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Bring The Tropics Home

Spring is right around the corner and in anticipation of the warmer weather I have been obsessively perusing photos of tropical home decor. I have an infinity for tropical locales. I always imagined that I would retire somewhere tropical in a little shack on the beach. So I always look at photos for inspiration and ideas. 

As you can see from the pics I am showcasing today there are a variety of ways to incorporate the look into your home. You could use materials like teak, bamboo, batik, ikat, and rattan to add some lushness to your home, or you could add brightness to your home with bold and sultry colors like canary yellow, jungle green, orange, turquoise, and shellfish pink.
Below are a few items that I have found that will add a casual and relaxed vibe to your home with a fabulous tropical flair.

Just Us Girls

Today's outfit of the day was inspired by this beautiful picture of supermodel Chanel Iman in a net hat and rocking bold matte red lips. I started to think about how I would style an outfit that would work with the vibe of the image. I found a pretty dress by Karen Millen that captured the sexy and feminine touches in the photo. The lace in the dress was a great substitute for the mesh. It is a similar fabric that allows your skin to breath too. The Indot clutch worked with the floral embroidery on the dress as well.
I was very particular about the colors I used because of the mood set in the photograph. Of course, I was going to work with red and black because of the color of her lips and hat, but I also wanted to incorporate a darker blue to represent the blueish-grey background. You can see the blue touches in the embroidery of the dress, the heels, and makeup.
Overall, this look of the day is totally girly and feminine with a sexy edge. 

Just Us Girls by latoyacl featuring blu…

To Everything There Is A Season

On this blog, I have always expressed my love affair with the color combination of black and white. For me, it is such a perfect pairing because of the contrast, graphic nature, and chicness. The color duo always made me feel sharp, crisp and pulled together. 
Today's set features the stark color combo but I wanted to balance it with feminine touches that veer more towards an elegant and sophisticated vibe. I wanted to create a look that even a woman who tends to wear dresses would still feel comfortable wearing (someone like me for instance). I have always been intrigued by designers and women who know how to straddle the line between masculine and feminine, so, all of these themes were on my mind while creating this set. 
To everything, there is a season but black and white will always stand the test of time. It never goes out of style.

To Everything There Is A Season by latoyacl featuring leather crossbody handbags

Inspiration Image: Yves Saint Laurent 
Elisabetta Franchi Maxi Se…

Art of the Day - Patty Rodgers

" Interior in Red, Yellow, Blue " by Patty Rodgers. Oil on Canvas. To view more or to purchase visit

My Faves From The Berluti Men's Fashion Collection Spring/Summer 2018

This was Haider Ackermann's second collection for the brand Berluti, and he did not disappoint. Berluti is a French luxury brand that caters to the sophisticated gent that has an incredible understated style, and under Ackermann, it has added a modern edge that is truly irresistible. 
I liked the collection and its jet-setting vibe. I can imagine a rich baron or noble who doesn't deign to wear jeans wearing this brand. You know ... a wealthy man's version of dressing down or casual wear but with a sophisticated twist.

When The Stars Align

Stars, stars, stars are everywhere. In the sky, in Hollywood, and on the runway stars can be found twinkling bright and drawing us into their magnetism. Designers have taken note and last season they splattered stars across all types of clothing and this current season is no exception. The star trend is still going strong so if you haven't paid attention to this eye-catching print now is the perfect time to give it a try. Today I am showing a fun way to rock the trend and below are a few of my favorite ways to showcase the terrific print.

When The Stars Align by latoyacl featuring betsey johnson jewellery 

Miu Miu Cardigan (Buy Here)
History Repeats Glitter Star Crop Jeans (Buy Here)
Betsey Johnson Crystal Moon And Star Earrings (Buy Here)
Kate Spade Holland Star Watch (Buy Here)
Elizabeth and James Black Market Shopping Bag (Buy Here)
Christian Louboutin Holiday Black So Kate Pump (Buy Here)
Azature Black Diamond Nail Polish (Buy Here)
Lancome L'absolu Gloss (Buy Here)
Bobbi Brown Liq…

Designer Spotlight: BAGGU

I know you may not be familiar with the brand BAGGU but today I am looking to change that. BAGGU was founded in 2007 by Emily and Joan Sugihara. The brand started with one bag the Standard BAGGU. It was a Ripstop Tote bag based on the construction of a plastic grocery bag that they featured in eight colors and soon interest began to grow. Now they offer canvas and leather totes, purses, travel bags, and accessories.
Below are a few highlights from the brand