MWW: {Elevated Summer Style}

If you’re like me, you don’t tend to put a lot of thought into our work wear during the summer. It’s the season to just race out the door in the most casual of basics. Or simply stay in a cut-offs and tee! No one really thinks twice. I’ve been sitting comfortably in that nice & easy summer wardrobe camp, until I saw this!

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The Mayiet 2015 Resort Collection is inspiring me to step up my summer looks ASAP. Maiyet has become one of our “lines to look out for” since we discovered them, literally a year ago today! I love that this collection is equal parts fabulous and wearable. That was exactly Mayiet’s Creative Director, Kristy Caylor’s goal. She set out to discover what a woman would actually wear on a holiday, but I don’t need any exotic locales to take inspiration from Kristy’s designs.

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My three favorite components in this collection are the proportions, the texture and the super chic color palette. I’m definitely digging my wide-leg trousers out from the back of the closet! {Is anyone else wanting to give their distressed denim a rest?? Over it!} And I might hit up the summer sales to grab a pair of culottes before that trend fades!

Finally, the collection’s dreamy color palette: shades of mint, pops of coral and bleached ivory all anchored with navy looks so sophisticated. Suddenly pairing navy and pastels feels so fresh!

While I may not be hitting the skies for a vacation anytime soon, that doesn’t mean I won’t be incorporating this “Resort” attire into my repertoire. No Riviera required. Be sure to watch Instagram to hold me to this pledge!

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We were swooning over this lookbook so much that the team created a July moodboard based on the collection!

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Did any Resort collections stand out to you? Don’t hold back, fill us in! And if you need vacation ideas, Palm Springs and Mykonos are two great places to start!

images via Maiyet 

Mood board {from left to right}: image 1 via Heritage Auctions // image 2 via W Magazine // image 3 via Kinfolk // image 4 via Retail the Show // image 5 via W Magazine // image 6 via Simon Watson // image 7 via Style.com

Bohemian Style, the Apartment 34 Way

It seem like every summer “bohemian style” makes its triumphant return. Certainly, summer is the season to play things a little bit more loose and easy, but rocking festival-inspired wear doesn’t mean your booty has to hang out of your shorts or you need to look like you’re still trying to relive Woodstock. We decided to take the idea of Bohemian style and put the Apartment 34 stamp on it. You might call it “sophisticated bohemian.” We call it a look you could take from the amphitheater into the office!

Here’s our inspiration:

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There are few keys to putting sophisticated twist on the bohemian aesthetic. The first is to keep your lines clean. I’m particularly head over heels for the jumpsuit this summer. It’s playful, but when properly accessorized, can still be totally professional.

Where you can really turn up the bohemian dial is with the details. Think mirrored sunglasses, tassel necklaces, stacked bangles and a funky backpack instead of a conservative tote! Thankfully, Nordstrom Rack just launched its online shop, so we can pick up a seasonal piece {or twelve!} without breaking the bank!

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While we all know The Rack is the place to go for the ultimate designer finds, there are SO many reasons to love the new NordstromRack.com. One, they offer free shipping on orders over $100. Two, you can return items to any Nordstrom Rack retail location – no racing to the post office neccessary. And what I think is the coolest – you can also shop using the Nordstrom Rack App – while you’re in line at the post office! I don’t know about you but I’ve become a major power phone-shopper so a Rack App is music to my mobile-loving ears. No more wondering if that perfect Manolo might have been available in a size 10 at my local store.

Oh and a little birdie also told me that NordstromRack.com is offering flash sales every week on Monday and Thursday at 8 a.m. PT. Sales are limited-time and quantity – so you’re going to want to be lightening fast on that one. Feel free to share this with your deal-seeking friends and followers {or keep that little nugget to yourself}!

Here’s to budget and trend-savvy summer style!! Be sure to stop by my Instagram feed today – I’ll be revealing the result of my latest Nordstrom Rack treasure hunt!

And to truly appreciate why The Rack has long been one of my best kept sartorial secrets CLICK HERE.

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Get Your Shop On:

> Alternative Apparel Jumpsuit
> Isaac Mizrahi Sunglasses
> Deux Lux Backpack
> Rachel Zoe Tassel Wrap Necklace
> Rose Gold + Druzy Cuff
> Gorjana Gold Bracelet
> Charles David Laser Cut Bootie
> Tassel Infinity Scarf

images via herenordstrom rack, here, here and here

This post is a paid partnership with Nordstrom Rack. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34′s doors open!

Trend Spotting: {Summer’s Biggest Bag Statement}

Today we’re kicking things off with our latest sartorial obsession. We love that there’s a new kind of bag on the streets, runways and blogs these days. Reminiscent of those cherished elementary school memories, the backpack is having a MAJOR moment!

But now the carry-all is all grown up! You can find a backpack in every sophisticated shape, size and material. These babies are just about as far from our overstuffed Jansport as we can get! Whether you’re spending thousands {like The Row’s alligator design!}, or opting for something more affordable, you’re guaranteed to find a design that fits with your lifestyle.

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A sleek, minimal and structured design is perfect for the creative type who might carry the latest issue of their favorite magazine and some notebooks for jotting down ideas on the go. The sporty woman can use those roomy pockets and straps for that extra change of gym clothes that never fit in her purse. And we’re confident office gals will ditch that boring, corporate briefcase once they see how much work they can fit into this modern design!

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If you’re in a hurry, the backpack is the most trustworthy portable option. Throw it over one shoulder {like these uber cool blogger babes!} or carry it on both shoulders {in the more traditional form!}- either way, the backpack definitely pumps up an outfit!

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GET YOUR SHOP ON:

> White Backpack {ONLY $40!}
> Le Specks Polka Dot Sunglasses
> Sonia Kashuk Translucent Illuminator
> Muji Notebook
> J.Crew Mixed Pattern Socks
> Escentric Molecules Fragrance
> Michael Kors Sneakerswhat-to-pack-for-gym

GET YOUR SHOP ON:

> Alexander Wang Backpack
> Molami White + Gold Earbuds
> Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm
> Russh Issue 54
> Ombre Yoga Mat
> Horn Sunglasses
> Zippered Brushstroke Pouch

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The backpack {along with sneaks!} are a crucial accessory as a sporty wave continues to hit the fashion world. And we can’t complain about the adoration to all things casual {and comfy!}.

How do you feel? Should we pick up the backpack and embrace its casual coolness or should it be left back in our school days? — Victor

image 1 via FashnChips // 2 via WhatsTrend // 3 via English Rose // 4 via Stockholm Street Style // 5 via Coco Chic // 6 via Connected To Fashion