The title really says it all. I love this lace crop top trend I’m seeing all over the place. I think it looks fabulous paired with a long maxi skirt because it’s just so versatile. It’s appropriate for so many occasions or whatever you may be doing during your summer days. Plus, the accessories and sandals can be mixed up to add different vibes to the outfit.
How about the iPhone quality of these photos?? Ugh. You really don’t realize how nice your dslr is until you only have your phone available. And it’s raining, which = terrible quality.
This is from our rainy day in Salem. Had to make a stop at a Walgreen’s for umbrellas and ponchos, and it was soooo cold. And my feet were wet. And gross.
I opted to pack this polka dot denim jacket because even though it was polka dot patterned, I figured it would be versatile enough to go with most of my outfits on the trip.
And these flowers were really pretty and happened to match my floral jeans! As big of a trend this has been lately, this was my first day to ever wear mine. I think I like them! Plus, this specific pair is currently marked down to 75% off on the website!
Good morning! I’m back from Boston and back in this Louisiana heat and humidity! These photos are from a day spent in Plymouth and Cape Cod. Unfortunately, it was a rainy, cold weekend (hence the jacket), but you can see the sun finally came out in some in some of these photos, and it ended up being such a nice day. Pretty sure I’m retiring in Plymouth/Cape Cod and opening a bed & breakfast when I’m like 65+. Who’s with me?
I haven’t done a ‘Splurge vs. Save’ post in two years (give or take a few months), but this deal was too good not to share. While shopping at a Forever 21 in Boston, I stumbled upon this adorable little Elephant Parade necklace. When I got back to the hotel and started browsing online, I randomly found another Elephants On Parade necklace–except it was $130 more expensive than the Forever 21 version.
Both are so adorable, so it’s a tough choice. I love everything elephant. The $140 elephant necklace would surly last longer, but the Forever 21 is still an adorable alternative.
Which would you wear??
SF: Where did you get the inspiration to create Culture Shock?
Christine: When I studied abroad I would bring jewelry back to my friends and family, and eventually random people began asking me to bring items back to them and offered to pay me. That’s when I thought of Culture Shock! I thought it would be really cool to give customers a piece of somebody’s culture to wear.
SF: What countries have inspired you the most?
Christine: Honestly, I would say France and Costa Rica for very reasons. When I was younger my entire family took a trip to France to experience the cultural richness of the country. Although this trip was not my favorite international trip, it definitely made me appreciate my French ancestry and made me curious about the rest of my heritage. In high school I began to research the Native American tribe my ancestors came from and eventually found the tribe (Tunica-Biloxi Tribe). I also researched the countries in Africa that my ancestors came from and am still actively looking. Traveling to France made me appreciate who I am, but at the same time made me curious about where I come from in Africa.
SF: Tell me a little about the style and type of jewelry you create.
Christine: I began designing my own jewelry on a whim. When I imported items I would routinely think to myself, “If only they changed this, or added that color to it.” That’s when I thought that it would be really cool for me to create my own line within Culture Shock. I am also coming out with a fine jewelry line called Sona (Hindi for gold) that should launch this fall. I am doing a kickstarter campaign for Sona in late July.
SF: And you design your own T-shirts! You’re very busy! Tell me about the T-shirt line and the Creole-themed shirts.
Christine: Yes, I started designing my own T-shirts! I really liked the “Keep Calm” shirts and thought it would be cool to make one for Creole and Cajun people, because we all know that we’re far from being calm! The shirts became a hit and I sold out very quickly. A few of my customers began asking me to create more Creole shirts and that’s when I created the Creole flag shirt. This shirt was also a success, and that’s when I decided to create a line within Culture Shock called Naturally Creole. I thought it would be a neat way to honor my Creole heritage and my customers’ culture!
SF: With a company like Culture Shock, how important is it that you stick to your Creole roots?
Christine: My heritage encouraged me to learn more about other cultures. Lately, I’ve been fascinated with Arabic and Indian cultures and have been creating jewelry inspired by those cultures. Although I am a self-proclaimed cultural enthusiast, I never forgot where I came from and am so proud of my Creole culture.
1. Nine West Beach Tote from Macy’s
2. Mar y Sol ‘Havana’ Stripe Tote from Nordstrom
3. Kelly & Katie Cerene Straw Tote from DSW
4. nicole by Nicole Miller Randy Tote from JCPenney
5. Hat Attack Striped Beach Tote from Club Monaco
6. Seashore Tote in Sun Valley from Vera Bradley
7. Wide Stripe Beach Tote from LOFT
8. Banago Malaya Tote in Leaf Design from Voguette
I’m headed to Boston tomorrow–not the beach. But it’s only my second week of summer, so I’m still in the beach/poolside honeymoon phase until this 90 degree weather starts to bring me down. I’ll freeze in Boston I’m sure, and definitely don’t need a beach tote (unless I use that adorable Banago Malaya Tote from Voguette as a carry-on!) They were just too cute not to share.
This will be my first trip to Boston, so any recommendations on things to see/do/eat will be much appreciated!
p.s. Sorry for the Photoshop disaster with the Nine West tote. I did learn to always SAVE my work, so maybe in the future you’ll be able to see the FULL bag