Essential Summer Trends to Pack 

Trouble packing – who doesn’t have it? I certainly do…I know I need to pack light but the fear of forgetting something tempts me every time I look at my suitcase. This post is your (and mine!) ultimate guide to pack summer essentials (and by that I mean the latest summer trends) and combine them. The main goal? Being able to close the suitcase without sitting on top of it. So grab a post-it and take as many notes as you need cause I’ve prepared a selection of very ‘instagramable’ pieces.

Bikini & Swimsuit 

Two very easy things to pack that will allow you to create some very stylish outfits. The swimsuit can easily be transformed into a body that you can wear with shorts, jeans, flare pants or maxi skirts. Your creativity is your limit. I own several swimsuits (i´m guilty of finding them very flattering and elegant pieces, much more than bikinis) and frequently wear them out.

As for the bikinis, this season (just like last year) it´s difficult to understand the difference between some bikini tops and a crop top. Maybe it´s the universe telling you to wear your bikini top with high waist pants and spare a little extra room in your suitcase.

1) Moschino; 2) Blue Man; 3) Missoni


Hats

Just a quick question… How do you pack your hats?


Crochet and Lace  

I´m a big fan of anything crochet (except for ugly granny-style cloths) and lace so some of my favorite cover ups are beautiful see-through pieces that you´ll want to wear both on the beach and to go out on warm summer nights or even during daytime. It will all depend on how you style them. I usually go for jeans and denim shorts and add some cool wedges instead of flats.

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Meet my Pull&Bear crochet swimsuit that I often use as a body. Paired it with high jeans from Mango, a Fossil watch and Raybans.

 

Sets, Light Dresses & Jumpsuits

Matchy-matchy is a thing. And what better way to do it than wear a two-piece? If you feel like wearing it together, do it. If you don´t, congratulations! You just won two more different outfits 😉

A wise man once said “a jumpsuit a day makes you forget that you´re having a bad hair day”. Ok, it wasn´t a wise man. It was me. But it has been my motto when it comes to bad hair days. Just tie your hair in a cute up-do or a high pony-tail and the attentions will all go straight to the jumpsuit.

Light dresses, silk dresses, slip dresses, everything that you usually take to the beach with flip-flops but can also wear daily with gladiator sandals or at night with heels. Again, the power of good accessories will amaze you and help you transform your outfits throughout the day.


Women´secret Espadrilles and Oysho dress.


Off-Shoulders

The biggest and most-seen-on-social-media trend (check this post for some cool ideas to wear off-shoulders) is also the most versatile. The trick, once again, it´s to master your accessory game. I´ve made a small chart to give you some ideas to improve any off-shoulders look and take it to another level (those levels being the beach, a casual night out, a daily outfit, or an occasion that requires shiny jewelry).



Espadrilles

Flats and wedges. Pack them both. Why? See all the other trends above.

From top left: 1) Pierre Hardy; 2) Paloma Barceló: 3) Paloma Barceló; 4) Soludos

 


 

 

Fashion X Tech / Moda X Tecnologia 

The Fashion Industry evolves very quickly. Trendsetters started to appear from all around the globe using social media and their voice became more powerful than anyone would ever thought. Creative directors had to adjust to the digital era and evolve as well. Big fashion magazines too, when digital magazines and blogs began to take over. Today, Fashion cannot live without technology and I must say that they’re definitely one of the best combinations ever. As a blogger, technology is what allows me to share my opinions and keep up with the latest trends so it’s of course a big issue for me. That’s why I decided to creat the Fashion sub-category – Tech. As you can already guess (and because it’s a sub-category) it will be fashion related only. I will share with you the latest and the best Apps, digital magazines, fashionable accessories for your technology and everything fashion related.
For the first post, I’ll give you what I believe to be the best apps to do your online shopping, when searching for designer clothing, accessories or jewelry. I choose them based on my personal experience, prices and diversity of items. I don’t do most of my shopping online – yet (ASOS is slowly becoming one of my favorite places to shop). When it comes to great sales and vintage hunting, I prefer online shopping, for sure. Why? Well, I don’t know many places that sell designer clothes and accessories at such affordable prices like I do online. I find online shopping specially useful for vintage hunting because you can easily select categories, prices and the most important – quality. That brings me to one of my favorite fashion apps – Vestiaire. Vestiaire it’s an app recommended by magazines like Vogue and Elle, that allows you to sell your colthes, accessories, jewels and buy what other people are selling. It’s one of my favorites because it has the most amazing vintage pieces. I must confess… I can spend hours going through those bags and accessories. One great aspect about this app is that you can easily find the latest collections at a lower price and when you buy something the item doesn’t come to you right away because of quality control and the authenticity of your buy – both checked by Vestiaire. Probably one not-so-good thing about it is that, because people are selling their own pieces, you’ll have to make sure you know the value of what you’re buying. My suggestion would be to search for the specific item you want, filter by quality and price range and then see what suits you the most between the several items that will appear to you. 

Portuguese version 

A indústria da moda desenvolve-se a uma velocidade incrível. ‘Trendsetters’ começaram a surgir um pouco por todo o mundo, usando as redes sociais em massa e a sua voz passou a ter uma importância sem precedentes. Os directores criativos das marcas tiveram, sem grande tempo para tal, que se adaptarem a esta nova realidade digital. O mesmo sucedeu com as grandes revistas, confrontadas com o aparecimento dos blogs e de revistas digitais. Hoje, a moda não pode – nem quer – viver sem a tecnologia e devo dizer que considero esta combinação uma das melhores de sempre. Enquanto ‘blogger’ é fácil perceber o porquê de considerar esta combinação tão especial: é o que me permite acompanhar tendências, exprimir a minha opinião e conhecer a de outras pessoas. Foram, no essencial, estas as razões que me levaram a criar a sub-categoria ‘tecnologia’. Sendo uma sub-categoria da Moda, podem esperar temas que relacionam as duas áreas designadamente aplicações, revistas digitais, acessórios, … Tudo o que resulte desta combinação entre o mundo da moda e a tecnologia. Para o primeiro post desta sub-categoria escolhi o que considero ser as melhores aplicações de compras on-line, no que diz respeito a marcas de designers conhecidos. Escolhi-as com base na minha experiência pessoal, preços praticados e variedade de produtos. Apesar de (ainda) não fazer a maior parte das minhas compras on-line, no que diz respeito a peças ‘vintage’ acho preferível, desde logo devido à possibilidade de selecção por categorias, preços e, sobretudo, qualidade. A primeira aplicação chama-se Vestiarie, é recomendada po revistas como a Vogue e a Elle, e é um óptimo lugar quer para vender peças quer para fazer óptimos achados. Um óptimo aspecto em relação a esta aplicação é o facto de ter peças das mais recentes colecções bem como peças vintage, e os produtos são sujeitos a um controlo de qualidade e verificação de autenticidade antes de chegarem ao novo dono. Um aspecto menos positivo – ou antes, uma questão a ter em consideração – é a diversidade dos preços praticados por cada pessoa. A minha sugestão para evitar comprar um mesmo produto por um preço superior é a pesquisa do produto, selecção da qualidade pretendida e definição de um preço máximo. 

Another great app is The Outnet. If you’re familiar with Net-A- Porter, you might have heard of The Outnet. It’s basically Net- a-porter’s outlet so you can always search for designer clothes at lower prices during anytime of the Year. I recommend the accessories and bags selection, definitely worth your time. After all, outlets are the perfect places to find the coolest bargains.

Outra óptima aplicação é The Outnet. Para quem conhece o Net-a-Porter, o The Outnet é o Outlet. Recomendo a parte dos acessórios e malas. Afinal, um Outlet é sempre um Outlet 😉 


Last but definitely not least, the Farfetch app. You have heard here before of Farfetch since I teamed up with them to show you some of the best Spring/Summer 16 trends. Farfetch reunites 400 boutiques in one place, bringing you the latest fashion to your devices. What you don’t know yet, is that I recently discovered Farfetch’s sales (worth taking a look if you’re searching for designer pieces at reasonable prices). Personally I got my eyes on a beautiful Kenzo bag 😉 

Por último mas sem dúvida não menos importante, a aplicação do site Farfetch. Já falei aqui antes do site, no post das tendências de primavera/verão 2016, feito em colaboração com a Farfetch. Também na aplicado se encontram disponíveis as peças de 400 boutiques de todo o mundo. Recentemente descobri os saldos da Farfetch (vale a pena, tem grandes marcas a preços óptimos) e tenho debaixo de olho uma mala linda da Kenzo 🙂