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Wednesday Wishlist: Dresses, Coats & Bags

Everyday, I scour a long list of my favorite sites and pin all the awesome things to my Pinterest Boards. (Follow me on Pinterest – user: PinkghostFL) I stumble on some pretty cool stuff but not all of it makes it to the blog. So in an effort to bring some more of my Pinterest finds to Cool Gifting I decided to start a new feature: Wednesday Wishlists. Essentially, this feature will have the items I have loaded in my shopping carts during my daily internet window shopping. I hope you find great gift ideas for others and yourself in these posts :)

Midtown Streets Striped Dress

This dress made it into my shopping cart once I saw the back. I always fall for dresses that have cutouts in the back. My first dress with a cutout back had a square cutout and it was made by Vans. Ever since, I always check out the backs of dresses for a unique cutout. When I saw the cute circular cutout in this dress, I knew I had to have it. It’s a lower cutout that allows you to wear a bra without showing your bra strap. Aside from the nice cutout, what sold me were those coral buttons down the back. What a nice touch! Finally, the color combination of beige, dark coral and white feels a little like neapolitan ice cream. Sweet!

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Trending: Spring Floral Patterns

Spring is right around the corner and the floral pattern trend is in full bloom. From shoes, to dresses and accessories; flower prints are everywhere and I like it. It makes you want to have a tea party in a garden or at least a dinner in a back yard with stringed lights. I have put together a collection of floral patterned items, which I have stumbled upon lately. I hope you like it :)

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Calling All Wildflowers Dress

This dress caught my eye because it has a beautiful cream color and the floral print is mostly on the skirt. If you look closely only a few flowers peek through the top of the dress giving it the feel of an actual garden. I am a sucker for small details like these in clothing. Looking at this dress I am reminded of flowers trying to grow, ever reaching for more sunlight. Other details I like about this dress are the delicate shoulder straps and the unique racerback finish in the back. The final reason this dress made it into my shopping cart is the A-line silhouette. I find the A-line cut to be the most flattering style in dresses and skirts. This is a definite must have for spring. It is perfect for outdoor events and looks gorgeous with the Kate Spade New York Licorice Too pumps in powder patent.

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Surfing Wet Suits & Rash Guards

For those who like water sports but don’t like losing their swimsuit while they do it, I present these chic wetsuits & rash guards. Don’t get me wrong, if you like wake boarding in a string bikini go right ahead. I’m not judging you. Maybe you haven’t tried it yet. After all, no one warned me not to wear a bikini the first time. The first time I went wake boarding and fell, I had water up my nose, my ears, and other places; but most importantly, my bikini was a pair of useless rags that were not fulfilling their purpose of covering up my body parts. Now I know better and wear one piece bathing suits, preferably wet suits.

Rashguards are the modern pool t-shirt. In the past, when I was going to be playing in the pool all day my parents would make me wear a t-shirt in the pool because no amount of sunscreen reapplication tops a layer of clothing. Now a days, you can look stylish while you protect you skin. Plus, I love how rash guards give you the surfer look.

PilyQ Cabana Stripe Zip Rash Guard Top

A PilyQ rash guard in a crop-top silhouette. Subtle metallic accents add a hint of shine. Exposed front zip. Long raglan sleeves.

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Retro Looking Swimsuits

Boyleg and block halter neck swimsuits are all over the place. This vintage inspired swimsuit look is trending big time. Here are a few I fell in love with. I especially like the ones by Seafolly and the ruched fabric look.

Seafolly Goddess Boyleg Maillot Swimsuit

Swimsuit By Seafolly made from stretch swim fabric with halterneck design to lift and enhance the cleavage, and sweetheart neckline.

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Swimsuits: The Cutout Maillot

I know there has been a backlash against strange cutaway swimsuits because they leave interesting tan lines. To those naysayers I say, “Are any cool looking tan lines?” I don’t think so. For those of us who are not prone to going to nude beaches (for whatever reasons) then we must deal with those pesky tan lines. So why not make it an interesting pattern while we are at it? Cutaway maillots are so cute. They add a little flair to your beach attire. Fun!

FLAGPOLE SWIM Joellen cutout two-tone swimsuit

Flagpole Swim’s ‘Joellen’ swimsuit comes in a bold burgundy and crimson palette. This one-piece has a sporty cutout front and back to reveal a hint of skin. It’s made from a quick-drying Italian fabric that has built-in UPF50+ for added sun protection.

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Vintage Inspired Bikinis

Retro inspired high waist bikini bottoms are back! Now you can recreate your grandmother’s swimsuit photograph but with a modern twist. I actually don’t have a picture of either of my two grandmas by the pool but I do have this adorable photo of my mom and her mom. It seems like everything in that moment was fantastic :) Doesn’t it? Anyhoo, here are some vintage inspired bikinis I liked!

Kate Spade New York Georgica Beach Bandeau Underwire Bikini

South of France or South of the Boarder, this retro-right, ’50s-style bikini will have your selfie ready for your close up.

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Trendy One Piece Swimsuits

I decided that this summer I will go to the beach. As a South Florida local, I tend to wear jeans and sweaters while staying indoors blasting the A/C. It’s so crazy! We live by gorgeous beaches and have access to amazing pools and we don’t spend any time enjoying them. I know I have said this before; but this time it’s for realsies. To prepare for my beach going adventures I have started looking for some bathing suits. I am happy to report that the current swimsuit styles are adorable and stylish. I found so many potential swimsuits that I will be posting a swimsuit series. The first post of the series will be focusing on one piece swimsuits.

Tory Burch Lipsi Color Block One Piece Swimsuit

Neutral color blocking adds sophisticated glamour and slimming flattery to a one-piece swimsuit with molded-underwire cups and detachable straps that allow you to switch up the silhouette.

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The Utility Fashion Trend

Part of my daily routine is to sift through all of the new arrivals for major fashion websites. I had been noticing a rise in “mechanic jumpsuity” looking items and I was thinking to myself… I like this trend. I always loved wearing dickies pants to my roller hockey practices. They were comfortable and practical; and there was definitely a look to it – a tight tank top with baggy dickies pants and skates. It looked cool. Anyhoo, I was glad to stumble upon ASOS’ newsletter announcing the Utility trend (that definitely sounds more chic that mechanic jumpsuity). Below is a round up of my top picks from the latest Utility trend.

Diesel Biker Jumpsuit

Stretch cotton denim with V-neckline, zip through front and side zip pockets. This jumper has a skinny fit – cut closely to the body.

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Sale Update: ASOS 25% OFF Winter Sale

We are taking advantage of the ASOS winter sale. With 66 pages of items on sale, we are crossing people off our Christmas shopping list, getting our Holiday party outfits, and adding some wardrobe essentials. No code necessary, just click through and start shopping :) Enjoy the beautiful weather!
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Retro Nautical Swimsuits

This summer retro swimsuits with a nautical air are in! I absolutely love these swimsuits with navy stripes. If you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend – with a summer birthday – these are a great option. On the other hand, summer has arrived and you might be looking for a cute swimsuit for yourself. I know I am. This year I plan to keep my promise to go to the beach at least every couple of weeks. It’s a shame to live in Miami and never enjoy the amazing beaches we have. How about you? Any plans to leave the bat cave this summer? 1. Contrast Panel Belted Bandeau Swimsuit by ASOS, 2. Colorblock Short-sleeve Tank Swimsuit by J.Crew, 3. Mouille Santorini One Piece Swimsuit

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