Midday MiniPost: Cinco de Mayo Update!

In Accessories, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses on May 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Cinco de Mayo, one of my favorite holidays, is coming up manana!  One of my earlier blog posts laid out some colorful fashion ideas for a celebratory fiesta, but I’ve got some new eye candy to help you through the midday doldrums.  (How is it only Tuesday?!)

I’m loving the idea of this ruffly white dress from VaVa by Joy Han (on sale for $80, RevolveClothing):

I’d pair it with these to-die-for patterned Louboutins ($845, FootCandyShoes) —

How adorable would you look?  If the shoes are too much (style- or -price-wise), consider these super-cool strappy flat sandals for an outdoor BBQ ($195, ShopZoe):

They also come in a cheery canary yellow — and we all know I adore yellow! — but you may find them more difficult to pair in the future.  Looking for some other fiesta fashion fare?  VaVa by Joy Han (the designer responsible for the happy little frock highlighted above) has a ton of Mexican-style embroidered dresses just perfect for the occasion, though I’d err on the side of caution with the embroidered-animal style — you can quickly look child-like.  I’m into this salsa-red number, however — currently 50% off and only $54 at ShopRumor! —

Jessica Simpson was spotted in it a few years ago.  I’d love it with some gold gladiators and dangly earrings.  If you’re all in — if you’re “todos” about this senorita chic look, I’ve been trying to come up with ways to pull off this cheery rustic looking tunic by Juicy Couture:

($198 at Shopbop — and, until May 5, you can get 15% off any purchase there with the code INTHEFAMILY — a true rarity!  Shopbop rarely issues coupon codes, so use it while it lasts!)  If you’re still leary of a head-to-toe look, scale back to a cute little embroidered top or tunic, jeans (white where appropriate), and killer sandals.  I’m loving this J. Crew “Cozumel” tunic (although it’s in an awkwardly sheer fabric — what are you supposed to wear underneath!?  I suppose you could throw on a bikini top and wear it to the beach but then it seems like a waste of a look…):

It’s $78 at J. Crew.  You might also consider this adorable Calypso tunic ($135, Calypso Celle):

Alternately, test out an all-white look (white jeans, white top) with a festive bib necklace.  As mentioned in my Tropical Punch post, I recently snagged this amazing beaded peace for an affordable $46 from TokyoStyle:

I’m eagerly looking forward to debuting it tomorrow night over some margaritas with my girlfriends!  Lizzie Fortunato has some unbelievable, artisanal-quality necklaces that would fit the bill (fit the bib?!), including this heirloom-worthy “Palace in Pondicherry” piece ($425, CharmandChain):

(I’m partial to the Lizzie Fortunato line — see my inclusion of their killer tribal-inspired necklace in my Safari Chic post — because I love the back story: a pair of twin sisters began marketing their handiwork to classmates while at Duke University and then — after graduating the same year that I graduated from UVA — followed their dreams to the Big Apple.  They’ve now been featured in the likes of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar!  Big supporter of that entrepreneurship and vision!)

If you’re not sure you can manage the bold bib deal, invest in these charming enorma-studs by my resident favorite, Bounkit ($330, Max & Chloe):

Love the idea of wearing these with some thin gold bangles, an LWD, and some gold gladiators, like this affordable pair by from SE Boutique ($54, DSW):

(Apologies for the size of the graphic.)  I also think an 0ff-the-shoulder red or black dress would look amazing with this beaded Aztecan-looking clutch by Moyna ($172, CoutureCandy — save 15% off by typing in the code “Love” upon checkout):

Love love love!  Now that you’re suited up, settle in with some friends for a couple of rounds of margaritas — ole to the 5th of May!

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