Into the Blue

It’s summer. We know, we know. The heat is unbearable, and at times stifling, and the ‘barely there’ styles of the season are all that you can possibly conceive of slipping into to survive until next summer. Crop tops, denim cutoffs, loose flowing dresses and sleeveless tees – those are calling our name!

But then the week swings around, and we’re back to rummaging through our closets for workwear appropriate clothing that can also endure in that freezer of an office space we call home, every Monday through Friday. You know the drill. Those days you forget to bring a cardigan are miserable. Do they really have to turn the air up to the max?

Some of the most versatile (and office approved!) styles we’ve come across are from Mehtap Elaidi, a Turkish brand we discovered and fell in love with last fall during a buying trip to Paris. They fit perfectly with the LILA Fashion International aesthetic, plus we couldn’t get enough of their classic pinstripe – as with the Passion Top (another spot-on workwear piece!) or Prairie Dress.

Their Books Top is showcased in this look! The details are what truly set it apart from more traditional workwear pieces. And you don’t need to be working at Vogue to pull it off. Handcrafted from cotton in ice blue, we love the long sleeve and elbow cutouts (a fanciful twist on the cold shoulder or off-the-shoulder styles we’ve seeing A LOT of lately). And did you check out the crochet detailing around the cuffs? Swoon. The Books Top also comes with a ribbon that you can use (should you choose!) to tie around the waist. You can tie it in a bow in the front or back, to accentuate the waist. What better way to celebrate the female silhouette?

We’ve paired the Books Top with distressed denim skinnies and kitten heels.  We wouldn’t recommend wearing jeans to the office, unless the casual Friday policy extends to denim or your boss is cool with it. If you’re office space is more conservative, consider pairing this top with a white, nude or brown skinny pant or slacks. Consider also tucking it into a pencil skirt or knee-length A-line skirt.

We had so much fun accessorizing this look! It’s remarkable what a pop of color can do to transform the whole aesthetic of an ensemble. Our leather mini barrel bag in coral stands  out in striking contrast to all the shades of blue we’ve played around with – and we got it in so many vibrant colors this season! Handcrafted from raw Greek leather in Athens, Greece, you can view the full spectrum of colors in our e-store!

We’ve polished off the look with a piece from LILA Fashion International‘s own jewelry collection, the Italy Jade Necklace, which also pairs perfectly with the coral mini barrel bag. Fashioned with large oval-shaped jade beads in burnt orange and mother-of-pearl beads, this necklace was inspired by Tuscany at sunset is truly unique; this is the only one of it’s kind that will ever be produced as part of the LILA Luxe Jewelry Collection. [View other one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from LILA Fashion International, HERE.]

What are the go-to pieces you look for when shopping for workwear and how do you style them? We’d love to hear how you build your office ensembles! Follow along with us on social media for more styling inspo. xx

Outfit Details

Sunglasses // Saint Laurent

Books Top // LILA Fashion International

Italy Jade Necklace // LILA Fashion International

Jeans | Paige Denim

Coral Barrel Bag // LILA Fashion International

Shoes // INC

————

Photography // Rebecca Gudelunas

Posted in fashion, Seasonal, shopping, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Is How We South Beach

When tulle made its debut as a hot trend this past season, many weren’t quite sure what to make of it. It was a hit with the fashion bloggers, the celebrities, the social set and such, but the pervading question was how the everyday woman – yes, the likes of you and me – could infuse it into our daily style, without looking like a trussed up cupcake.

Our newest designer – Mehtap Elaidi of Turkey – was thankfully, able to answer that question, with a collection that paid homage to the frill, the ruffle and the tulle, in a fanciful, yet understated fashion.  One of our favorite pieces from the brand’s new line, the Flowers Top as styled below by local fashionista Jasmine Daniels, features soft pink pinstripe and hand-embroidered floral on tulle sleeve. Completely dreamy, right? We thought so too.
Classic pinstripe also reemerged as a popular clothing style among both the high-end and more mainstream designers like Zara, Madame Shou Shou and Mango. It was also used as inspiration for shoes, which designers like Lolo the Ballerina executed beautifully in the design of their Capri Copper Ballerina and Charleston T-Strap Flat. And we were hungry for it. The speed at which this style has been adopted into our closets has been astounding; though this is just from an observational standpoint. Do you agree? [Read more about this trend in our recent post, Bring on the Pinstripe & Lace].

In a South Beach inspired look, Jasmine styled the Flowers Top with skinny denim and flats by British designer Yull. The Pimlico Flats are handmade from leather in the UK and feature a playful palm print (if you dig this…. you’ll love our palm printed Harrogate Sandal as well!). She also opted for a ‘My Passport’ Green Barrel Bag from our new collection by Vice Versa, which features Swarovski crystal studding on the fastening strap. So fun, right? The barrels are handmade from raw Greek leather in Athens, Greece, and come in two delightful sizes! You’re looking at the mini. This season, our e-shop is bursting with with these barrels in a spectrum of bright, seasonally appropriate colors. We can’t think of a better accessory to accompany you on all of you travels (South America, Cuba or even Europe, perhaps?) this summer.  Explore the full collection.
To polish off the look, Jas is sporting the OHTO Modenia sunglasses. We love the story behind the entire collection by Zylo Eyewear. Each pair of sunglasses, including the pair styled, is handcrafted from wood on the Greek isle of Syros in the Mediterranean, where the brand is headquartered. What makes each pair truly exceptional is that all the different species of wood – modenia, bubinga, rosewood, purple heart & oak and so forth – that are used to craft them is sourced directly from the island, so no two pairs are the same. Pretty darn cool, huh? You’ll also spot a necklace from LILA’s own jewelry collection in this look. Each statement piece is inspired by the vibrancy and culture of Athens, where the collection is designed and handmade, and may feature genuine gemstones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, and sterling silver beads and accents. Shop our full collection in-store and select pieces in at LILA online!
We hope you love this look as much as we loved pulling it together. Let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see featured in our next blog. xo
Outfit Details
OHTO Modenia Sunglasses // LILA Fashion International
Necklace // LILA Fashion International
‘My Passport’ Barrel Bag (Green Strass) // LILA Fashion International
Pimlico Palm Print Flats // LILA Fashion International
Heels // Jasmine’s closet!
____________
Model // Jasmine Daniels
Photography // Rebecca Gudelunas
Posted in fashion, Seasonal, special occasion, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Something Navy

As you begin to refresh your summer wardrobe, what do you look for? Shorts and tees, no doubt – those are the easy get. But the sundress – now that takes a little more work.

The dress must be flattering to the silhouette, that’s a given. But it should also evoke a feeling – one that plunges you into a momentary daydream of all that’s good to come. The warmth of the sun. Cool breezes. Salt on skin. Beach waves. Patio barbecues. Refreshing cocktails. Outdoor concerts. A much needed holiday vacation on a exotic island. The allure of summer means a slower pace and a few lazy, carefree days to recharge. Simply put, summer celebrates a beautiful soul (that’s you), in a beautiful sundress. What more could a girl ask for?

The lovely Veery dress, styled by Philly Fashion blogger Hara of Fashion and the City, transports us to Greece (where it was also made!) with its dramatic open back – hello, island life! – and the classic nautical blue we love so much. Must be the Greek in us! Airy and lightweight, with a sweet babydoll cut, the Veery is revealing in just the right places. Perfect for stealing glimpses of that sun-kissed skin you’ll be baring all season long.  And did you notice the delicate lace and pleated detailing? Equally eye-catching, wouldn’t you say?

Hara popped the look with accessories in dramatic red. We could not have found a better complement to the Veery dress if we had paired it ourselves! The Illusion Clutch by Vice Versa of Athens was handmade from soft Greek leather and is available in our e-shop in a plethora of bright summer hues. The playful Tassel Earrings, also handmade in Greece and featuring crystal studded endcaps and crystal beaded tassels, add movement and polish to the ensemble.  We know you’ve loved the tassel as much as we do, so we’ve restocked them in the LILA Fashion International e-shop in two additional colors, Ice Blue and Black. You’re welcome!

Come summer, nothing gets between us and our shades! Ok, so we have a bit of a thing for sunglasses… you can never have to many pairs, right? We love switching up our sunnies to perfectly match our mood and our ensemble. The shades Hara is styling are handcrafted on the Greek isle of Syros in the Mediterranean by designer Zylo Eyewear. The wood used to create each impeccably designed pair of sunglasses is sourced directly from the island – how cool is that? Spotlighted in this shoot are the Felis Modenia Sunglasses, which feature a signature oversized shape with a lavish and winding design. You can also check out all of the inspired styles we carry in our e-shop, here!

How would you switch up this look to suit your style? All for now, thanks for stopping by! xo

Outfit Details

Felis Sunglasses // LILA Fashion International

Tassel Earrings // LILA Fashion International

Veery Dress // LILA Fashion International

Illusion Clutch // LILA Fashion International

Heels // Hara’s closet!

_________________

Blogger // Hara, Founder of Fashion and the City

Photographer // Rebecca Gudelunas

Posted in Seasonal, shopping, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bring on the Pinstripe & Lace

There are so many trends that we are adoring this season. Some are classic – could we ever tire of crop tops, florals, rompers and the cool easy vibes that come with all things festival-inspired? We think not. And then we have our in-the-moment fashion fixations, which could be a color, pattern or print (pineapples and palms, anyone?) – that given enough airtime, are blasted to a whole new dimension of what’s cool and trending.

The pinstripe has made its debut in many a collection this season, both in the U.S. and abroad; we’ve seen it prevail in some of our own collections as well. Greek designer Madame Shou Shou incorporated the preppy print in a range of their airy dresses and billowing skirts (one of which is styled below!), while Mehtap Elaidi of Turkey used it in combination with frills, ruffles and tulle to draw you in with their unique take on the feminine silhouette. The print also came out to play in the beautifully handcrafted line of leather shoes by Lolo the Ballerina of Belgium. Think copper pinstripe ballet slippers and and metallic navy t-strap flats that romance you with their impeccable design and craftsmanship. All three international collections are available in our e-shop!

Philadelphia based blogger, Davida of Vida Fashionista joined us for a recent photoshoot, and effortlessly styled this pinstripe and lace look that we love so much! The Lapelle Dress features a soft blue pinstripe and lace detailing (pay mind to the dreamy back of the dress where the lace is sheer enough to see skin! #HelloSummer), trumpet sleeves and belt to accentuate the waist. She accessorized with a silk scarf, oversized shades, wedges and pearl earrings, while channeling the laid-back, easy vibes of summer.

As far as accessories go, we’ve determined that a silk scarf can lend even the most ‘shabby chic’ of looks a little polish. If you’ve typically shied away from scarves because you’re not quite sure how to style them – now’s the time for experimentation! Consider tying yours into a dainty little bow at the neck, fashioning it in the hair like a headband or wrapping it around the wrist like a cuff. Or if not for yourself, use it to accessorize your handbag! Scarves can lend color (and dress up) a simple, neutral colored top handle. Davida is styling the beautiful Pegasus Silk Scarf by Greek designer Grecian Chic. Did you know that each scarf is hand-illustrated and digitally printed on pure silk in London? Even better – each print is limited edition, and only 50 pieces of each design will ever be reproduced. This definitely makes our list of top investment pieces.

We are particularly excited by the mini barrel bag that Davida is styling in this look, as it is from our new Swarovski crystal studded collection. While you may have come to know and love our vibrant selection of barrel bags by Athens-based Vice Versa, the mini version (these come in TWO sizes) are now available with a little extra embellishment – perfect for styling to a wedding, special occasion or a simply for a fancy night out. Davida took our ‘My Passport’ Barrel Bag in White out for a stroll. Explore the full range of colors in our e-shop!

Wedges are a popular choice for summer, and we love the ones Davida is styling. Swap them out for ballet flats or sandals if you’re looking to feel a little more grounded in your look. We also can’t get enough of her oversized shades and pearl stud earrings – a great compliment to the scarf if you’re opting for dressier with your final look.

What do you think of this look? xx

Outfit Details
Pegasus Silk Scarf // LILA Fashion International
‘My Passport’ Barrel Bag (White Strass) // LILA Fashion International
Sunglasses, Pearl Earrings & Wedges // Davida’s closet!
_________
Blogger // Davida, Founder of Vida Fashionista
Posted in fashion, Seasonal, shopping, special occasion, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Picnic Ready

What could be more exciting than new spring arrivals? Spring is officially in at the LILA Fashion International store and web shop, so get ready to embrace a palate of sweet pastel hues, prints galore (think florals, pinstripe and gingham!) and the most romantic, flowing lines you ever did see. Any wonder spring is our favorite season?

We invited burgeoning Fashion Blogger and our darling former Merchandising Intern, Jasmine, to model this spring-inspired look at our recent photoshoot. Isn’t she a doll? There is so much to love about this look – for one, we are major proponents of mixing prints. Pairing a floral crop on top of gingham trousers lends this look a little dimension – and wouldn’t you say it’s a little more playful than pairing it with a plain old white tee? Pictured is the Tuyauterie Top, which is perfectly lightweight and printed with sweet floral blooms.

This season, high-waisted is also having a moment. This is definitely a trend we get behind! Notice how the gingham trousers sit just at the belly button; we love how it flatters the curves, while also accentuating the waistline. Even better, if you’re a fan of the crop top (like we are!), the Pleat Trousers rise up to meet it, revealing just enough skin to be sexy, without the overexposure. If the crop top is not your thing, consider pairing it with a solid tee or tank top, slightly tucked in the front, and a low top tennis shoe or wedge to suit the occasion!

Accessories were kept at a minimum as the outfit itself is loud enough. Do you agree? Earrings from LILA’s own jewelry line (did you know every piece is handmade in Athens, Greece?) was paired with this look. Featured are the Tiger Eye Shimmer Earrings, fashioned from genuine tiger eye and Swarovski crystal with sterling silver hooks, which are currently sold out. However you can shop a similar pair – Tiger-Eye Tear Drop Earrings – in our e-shop! We also paired the look with the Metal & Strass Bracelet in two colors – camel and rose gold. The bracelet brings a little edge to the ensemble with a combination of gold studded hardware and rhinestones on supple Greek leather.

The Wave Clutch (hello, summer!) polished off the look! Inspired by the Mediterranean Sea, this handcrafted leather clutch from Greece features a unique shape in soft pink pastel. This color is currently available in-store only, but you can still shop it in WhiteCobalt Blue and Serenity in our online shop.

Where to style this look? Sky’s the limit. Consider it for a picnic date in the park, a brunch date with friends or leisurely stroll downtown.  All for now! xx

Outfit Details

Tiger-Eye Earrings | Sold Out; shop a similar style HERE

Tuyauterie Top | LILA Fashion International

Metal & Strass Leather Bracelet | LILA Fashion International

Pleat Trousers | LILA Fashion International

Pink Wave Clutch | Shop this color in-store, or WhiteCobalt Blue and Serenity online

____________

Model: Jasmine Daniels

Photography: Rebecca Gudelunas

Posted in fashion, Seasonal, shopping, special occasion, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment