Chicas, I am all about the tropics. Palm trees, blue skies, fruity cocktails, warm ocean… ahhhh! Perhaps it’s because my family is from the Dominican Republic and so I swoon over all things Caribbean. Or, maybe it has something to do with living on South Beach, where the gorgeously warm weather and native surroundings are as tropical as can be. There is something about 85 degrees that makes my heart skip a beat. I vibe hard for island life, slather on the coconut oil before stepping into the sun, sleep like a baby to the sounds of the ocean and I even got married with my toes buried in the sand!
This nature girl loves regal pink flamingos, banana leaf prints, statuesque palm trees, seashells and starfish, exotic Birds of Paradise flowers, multi-colored parrots and pineapple décor galore. You can catch me glowing with a sun-kissed tan, wearing colorful fauna in my hair, painting my nails in vibrant pinks and corals, and enjoying an abundance of deliciously sweet fruits. All of it just feels like vacation. I can even smell the salt in the air…
Join me on this getaway as we explore ways to surround yourself in a painterly tropical oasis – and how to own this popular trend!
Rejoice in mixing sizzling styles, prints, fabrics and silhouettes. Serve up the sunshine by matching bright florals with a marinero striped skirt, Hawaiian top with white linen pants, ocean-inspired jewelry with dazzling metallics, and jungle with tribal prints. Have at it, and let your imagination escape.
Consejito: Ahora…you may not want to walk around looking like an oversized flowerpot. Ha, ha! So, contrast that super-saturated floral top with a neutral bottom, or vice versa. Create balance, and watch those heads turn when you turn the corner!
Make a splash at a pool party with a wildly tropical and fabulously frilly bathing suit. It’s getting hot in here! Take in the sunset with that retro summer dress, the cotton one with wild birds flying all over it. For that next happy hour with your Chicas, pair a flamingo printed blouse with blue jeans. Or, sport a green leaf print jumper with yellow accessories. ¡Belleza! And, I’m bananas over all things pineapple – from oversized beach bags to sparkly cotton tees to ultra cute jacket pins! Who’s ready for an escapade involving salty margaritas?!
Whether it’s rocking a pair of funky leaf-patterned sandals, throwing on some woven wedges or dressing down with comfy kicks bursting with hibiscus flowers – break out a pair of shoes that easily draws inspiration from the tropics to complete your head-to-toe look.
Every girl on the go needs to take her goods with her, and there are a waterfall of options that play well with your look! From straw clutch purses and canvas totes to jute handbags and printed spinner suitcases, look for images of the sweltering tropics: ocean and rainforest scenes, octopuses and turtles, coconuts and coral reefs, Toucans and Macaws, etc. The world is your oyster!
Consejito: Leave an unforgettable mark with a whiff of an unforgettable tropical fragrance: magnolia, citrus fruit, white woods, gardenia, Tahitian vanilla or a clean, green scent. Just a little dab on your wrists and behind the ears will drive your date crazy!
Calling all beach babes! It’s playtime for unique sunglass looks (and no, they don’t have to have little flamingos on them, hee hee!) From round, aviators and browlines to wayfarers, rectangular and retro squared, all eyes will be on you! Electric blue-mirrored glasses scream cool. Tortoise shell frames say chic. The oversized butterfly shape brings on the drama.
Protect your locks from the sun with a fashion-forward hat! I can’t get enough of raffia fiber Panama hats, wide brimmed visors style and floppy straw hats. They’re so easy to wear and are simply the perfect complement to finishing your ensemble.
The tropical trend doesn’t stop at your wardrobe – so let’s chat home décor! I love to look around my apartment and feel like I’m on vacation. Aside from fresh flowers and plants, pineapple decorative art prints, bronze bird sculptures, and tropical-inspired pillows and kitchen towels can bring the outdoors in!
Themed, stylish gifts spread the love, too! Here are a few ideas that will make a perfect present for your Chica: gift bags splattered with greenery, jasmine and sweet primrose-scented soaps, pomegranate and grapefruit body washes, coral beaded necklaces and bracelets, pineapple and coconut hand lotions, piña colada cocktail mix kit, miniature succulent terrariums and a tropical floral arrangement.
Consejito: Lightly spray tropical-scented fragrance throughout your home – on fabric curtains, in the bathroom, on bed pillows and in the closets. And, oil-infused wood reeds work wonders, too. Talk about an ocean breeze whisking you away…
Chicas, so how do you do the tropics? Please share your ideas and tips as I’d love to hear from you!
Mamá decía, “Estilo es una manera de decir quién eres sin tener que hablar.”