Tan Not Included, Style Guaranteed

Sometimes the universe is aligned and the fashion piece is perfect.

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It didn’t hurt that the setting was a tropical stretch of beach on the Mexican Riviera and that the shop is the cutest little white box holding the most wondrous colors of the rainbow cut into flowy silhouettes that work on every single post beach babe that walks in!

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reversecommuter first happened upon Josa three years ago on my first visit to Tulum (insert sighs, floating hearts and happy faces here).

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Josa’s coverups walk right off the beach into the bar, restaurant or wherever.

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Some models come with built in bras, some are made of über forgiving jersey that hides almost every single sticky finger print your child offers up, and you still look WOAH at the end of the day because the material, print and pattern are still fun and fresh!

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Josa Tulum has just launched their new & improved website which makes it MUCH easier to grab a little piece of boho beachy style, even when the graying chunks of snow are still littering the ground – I am so not kidding, the stuff refuses to melt!

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Josa Tulum went to NYC for coterie in February (think massive fashion shopping event for store buyers), so fingers crossed there will be some BIG news from that wondrous little shop sometime in the very near future…hint hint #calypso…

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Gladiator Sandals

WWSW?

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What Would Spartacus Wear?  It is THE shoe question to pose for the coming Spring season.  Perhaps Alexander McQueen‘s patent leather S&M inspired glads?

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Gladiator Sandals are stomping back into our closets louder than a tour bus crowd entering the Colosseum.  Lead the pack in Gianvito Rossi’s suede low wrap sandals?

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There is a dizzying array of styles and designers offering up the loveliest lace ups, reversecommuter is having trouble making a decision (quelle surprise!).  Valentino’s delicate laced up version is so gorgeous that for this shoe I would wrangle a lion or two.

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Chloe’s gladiator offerings come in a flat or heeled version, both in a beyond-buttery suede just begging to be caressed…or worn.

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Any shoe trend that allows my feet to be comfortable, run around after the banditos AND deliver  a look that makes my husband raise an approving eyebrow is ALL GOOD, even with the extra 5 minutes it will involve to lace these beauties up!

 

 

O.W.O. City Spitter Style

From beach to city.

spit3Traveling means fashion that rolls up into a suitcase, then rolls out unwrinkled, and works no matter the weather.  Darker colors are always a good idea when a tourist!  James Perse, Alexander Wang, Jonathan Simkhai and Diane von Furstenberg are all masters at this.

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Chicago’s Millenium Park has the coolest art installation/fountain, the Crown Fountain, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, and funded by a multimillion dollar donation from the Crown Family…thus the name.  It consists of two LED walls that run 1000 videos of a variety of Chicagoans, all of whom were instructed to smile, frown, and then pretend to blow out a candle.

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When that happens a spout sprays out a canon of water – much to the delight of anyone close enough to get sprayed!