Must Have bags of Summer 2017

Erica Valentin - Atlanta Style Blogger
Ya’ll it’s Saturday! This was a longgggggggg week and I’m so glad it’s over and tomorrow is Mother’s Day so I’m spending the whole day with my littles! In the meantime I thought I would share with you my favorite bags for summer 2017!
I must also confess I purchased all 4 of these and love every one of them! All of these work for spring too and I promise you will love any of these bags! Make sure you also stay tuned because I plan on featuring each on of these bags in a full outfit post for each one separately so you can see just how I styled each one!
Mar Y Sol Straw Tote
1. Mar Y Sol Ibiza – This bag is my absolute favorite bag! It’s huge inside and works for a day at the beach, shopping or even a night out in the summer!  The straw is very sturdy and amazing quality and the colors are gorgeous.  I got this bag via the LUVIT app and the cool thing about the app is that you get cash back on each purchase! You can also get it at Nordstrom too!  It comes in Natural, Navy (shown above), Pink, and Aqua but if you check out the LUVIT app they also offer it in a gorgeous yellow! 
Mar Y Sol Straw Clutch
2.  Mar Y Sol Mia Raffia Clutch – This is another adorable bag from Mar Y sol and you can also get this via LUVIT or Nordstrom.  Its the perfect clutch to transition from a day to night look! I can’t wait to use this for a date night with the hubby! The best part is it comes in 4 colors and is under $50!!!!
Steve Madden Jyme Pom Pom Clutch
3. Steve by Steve Madden Jyme Clutch – This clutch is seriously perfection! The poms and the embroidery make it the perfect statement piece for spring and summer and this clutch also works for day or night.  I like that it’s a bit larger for a clutch so I can fit more inside too!  I must inform you though.  This bag is sold out everywhere! I wanted (and still do) the Natural color….but like anything…if you wait too you may lose out!  I was lucky enough to find the denim one on HSN HERE though! Hopefully Nordstrom will restock this and if any of you find the natural color one somewhere please let me know!
Sam Edelman Straw Clutch
4. Sam Edelman Milly Straw Minaudière – I just got this gorgeous Sam Edelman bag in the mail this week and it’s fantastic.  It comes in 2 colors that are both perfect for summer but I got the red/pink one because I think it will work well into fall as well! This one is definitely more of an evening style bag but you could rock it during the day too maybe to a mid-morning brunch!
Hope you enjoyed my top picks and if you would like to shop any of them you can check out the links below or for the Mar Y Sol ones you can also check out the LUV.it app for cash back!

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FESTIVAL READY WITH SOUTH MOON UNDER

Festival Style from South Moon Under by Erica Valentin
I seriously love when new shops and boutiques open in my area!  South Moon Under is one of those shops!  South Moon Under has been around for years but I had never even heard of them until recently. I decided to check out the online shop and I am obsessed already! What’s even better isjust opened 2 new location Atlanta and I could not be more excited, mainly because while I love online shopping…..I definitely prefer shopping an actual store location! 
Both stores are in locations I already shop at…Ponce City Market and The Avalon in Alpharetta so if you are in the Atlanta area you def need to check them out and trust me you will not be disappointed!

Festival Style from South Moon Under by Erica Valentin

One of the things I love about South Moon Under is that they carry trusted brands that I know and love like Steve Madden, ASTR, Tularosa, Hudson & J Brand Jeans just to name a few……and with summer on the way they carry all your favorite swimwear brands like Trina Turk, Maaji, Isabella Rose, Nanette Lepore & Becca…just to name a few!

Right now being festival season they are literally a one stop shop for all your boho style needs! Think cutoffs & flowy blouses galore!  This is my absolute favorite piece from South Moon Under and as soon as I saw it I knew I just had to have it…..

Festival Style from South Moon Under by Erica Valentin

Festival Style from South Moon Under by Erica Valentin

The embroidery in this top is perfection……….and you all know I’m a sucker for a top with a cute back……so can we all just swoon over the back of this top for a minute!

Click the board below to see my other top picks from South Moon Under:

Right now you can even get 15% off now until May 10th using coupon code PEACH at checkout!  Click any of the links below to show my top picks or visit: South Moon Under

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My Top 5 Faves for festival season:

1. Banjara Cuba Top
2. Amelia Off-Shoulder Crochet Top
3.  One Take Wonder Denim Shorts
4.  Macrame Cross-Body Bag
5.  Snowflake Embroidered Top

(Banjara Cuba Top pictured above):
Sizing Reference: True to Size
I’m 5’1″ and purchased this top in XS

As always……Happy Shopping!

FLORAL OPEN BACK TOP FROM DYNAMITE

Erica Valentin modeling the Floral Open Back Top from Dynamite Clothing
I recently discovered this amazing new online store DYNAMITE! I am seriously obsessed.  In the mall closest to my house we have the store Garage and DYNAMITE is their sister store! I had never heard of them before but I’m loving all the gorgeous pieces on their site and this top is no exception.  I mean……how cute is the back of THIS TOP?!?!? :::INSERT HEART EYES EMOJI HERE:::

Floral Open Back Top from Dynamite Clothing
Erica Valentin modeling the Floral Open Back Top from Dynamite Clothing

Erica Valentin modeling the Floral Open Back Top from Dynamite Clothing
I paired this adorable Floral Top with my favorite ripped jeans, a cute mini backpack and some caged heels……but you could style this top with just about anything, shorts, a skirt….whatever! If your a bit more conservative and not a fan of the open back you can throw a cami on underneath or a jean vest or jacket over top!

For reference top runs TTS.  I am 5’1″ and got it in XS

Check out my favorite picks HERE or click the board below for more pieces from their amazing summer collection!

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 Be sure to head on over to DYNAMITE and shop their new summer collection! To shop just click any of the photos in this post with the top and you can also take an additional 15% off your total using coupon DYNAMITE15 at checkout!

SPRING LOOKS FEATURING ZAFUL

Spring Styles from Zaful by Erica Valentin

Today I’m bringing you 4 super simple easy spring looks featuring tops from ZAFUL that you can mix n match with closet staples you probably already have! All tops featured in this post are from ZAFUL!


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1. LOOK #1 – This is a simple neutral look with just a hint of color from this soft blush pink pleated top.  Create this simple look by adding your favorite ripped jeans, a gold choker & neutral heel

Shop Look #1
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2.  LOOK #2 – Personally I’m a sucker for white jeans in the spring & summer…my faves being from Express and also the Hudson Nico jeans if price is not an issue.  This look is perfect for spring or summer because come on….just look at THIS TOP! Light Blue, Stripes, Off-Should & Bell Sleeves………Literally every Spring 2017 must-have all in one top! Get it HERE!  Add a cute red shoe and statement necklace or even just a red lip for the perfect color pop!

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3.  LOOK #3 – Dont’t put away those red heels & white jeans just yet………..add a flowy floral top like THIS ONE from Zaful and a bold gold necklace and you’re ready for date night ……or brunch with the girls!

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4.  LOOK #4 – If you are still just a simple girl living in a neutral world ……then this is your go-to look.  Pair your favorite ripped jeans, neutral heels and a crisp clean white top like THIS ONE from Zaful make this the perfect light & airy look for spring or summer.  Turquoise jewelry also adds a bit of color without being too bold and also looks amazing with a tan!

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P.S. if you love the Steve Madden Carson Heels as much as I do but you are on a budget.  Target has a nearly identical dupe HERE that comes in 3 colors and less than 1/2 the price!  Happy shopping ladies!

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Palm Print Romper via the LUVIT APP

Palm Print Romper via the Luvit App

Have ya’ll heard of the new Luvit App??? Remember I talked about this app HERE back in January?  Well today I’m showing you the cutest Palm Print Romper I got via this very app.
If you haven’t downloaded it already you can get it HERE or just search LUVIT via the App Store!  Luvit features a curated shopping list tailored just to your style and you even get cash back on every purchase!  Who doesn’t want to earn money every time they shop?
  • With LuvIt you can create a style network, shop and discover trending brands, and collect cash back on every purchase
  • LuvIt gives you cash back every time you buy a product and every time you inspire someone else to shop. Yes. You earn real money when someone on your network buys a product you Luv’d or shared.
  • At LuvIt you can find up and coming designers, modern brands, and trending products like this “product name” that just arrived this week.
  • Download LuvIt today and follow me (@MrsEricaValentin)

Palm Print Romper via the Luvit App
Palm Print Romper via the Luvit App
Palm Print Romper via the Luvit App

Palm Print Romper // Marc Fisher Wedges // Cuff Bracelet:  Jules Smith via Rocksbox // Layered Choker:  Bauble Bar // Fringe Bag:  Similar HERE // Versace Sunnies 
My Palm Print Romper is by Eleven Paris. It arrived super quick after I ordered it from the app and it’s so soft and comfy with the perfect summery Palm Print! This is definitely going to be one romper I live in all summer! I paired it with my favorite Marc Fisher Wedges and the best fringe bag ever that’s a dupe of the Chloe Hudson bag!
The Romper is on major sale right now for $25 and if you purchase via the Luvit App you get cash back however I also gave you the link to get it on Shop Bop in case you can’t find your size!
For reference I’m wearing the XS and I’m 5’1″
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Pom-Poms are Back for 2017!

DIY Pom Pom Sandals
Remember THIS DIY I posted last year showing you how to make the CUTEST Pom-Pom lace-up sandals?  You should still totally make them because pom-pom are even hotter now than they were last year!  Not only are they on your favorite lace-up gladiator sandals but they are all over tops, hats & bags too!

DIY Pom Pom Sandals
DIY Pom Pom Sandals
Pom embellishments are literally one of the easiest DIY‘s you can do!  You don’t even have to sew them on like I did…..because some hot glue is perfectly acceptable too!  One thing I love about DIY ……is that you can customise the color’s.  A lot of the sandals out right now are very bold and bright but if you are intimidated by so much color you can always do yours with neutral colors!
If you still are not a DIY lover like me and just want to purchase instead here are a few of my favorite pom-pom goodies right now….
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Why I Cancelled Stitch Fix

Happy hump day! Thank god the week is halfway over! Tomorrow is the Anthropologie fashion show down at Lenox Mall and I’m stoked!  Then I work from home all next week since my little people have spring break, YAY! Let’s hope the remainder of this week goes by fast so I can bust outta here!

This post won’t have any pretty pictures and it’s kind of a vent.  Well Not a vent just facts really so feel free to comment with your Stitch Fix thoughts.  I know most of you love your stitch fix subscriptions and that’s cool. I gave it a shot for about 6 months and finally I have decided cancel my Stitch Fix subscription….for good!

Being a fashion/style blogger my main goal is to “share” my style with my readers in hopes of giving them tips and inspiration.  I know myself as a reader of many other style & beauty blogs…….I look to bloggers for style inspiration or products referrals.  If they have a piece that I love or a product they swear by most likely I want to purchase the same item.


While my stylist eventually sent me items that I did “like” 99.9% of them are no where to be found online. ANYWHERE.  They say they have the hottest name brands or brands you will find in stores.  Most I could not find anywhere.  The only time I ever found a brand was when I receive a pair of Steve Madden mules.  Other than that, each month I would receive my box and search high and low for the item and no luck.  I sometimes would even search for the brand and still nothing.  The only thing I would turn up would be other bloggers reviewing the same items they got in their fix.  But no place for anyone to purchase online.

This also has nothing to do with not being able to use affiliate links.  Take those out of the equation completely.  Here’s an example ….Remember THIS POST?  I showed you the cutest mustard colord fringe bag.  It was a dupe of the Chloe Hudson Bag.  I wanted to purchase a second one for my friend since she loved it so much but it was NOWHERE to be found online.  I found similar ones in different colors and even a came one that came close but not a mustard colored one like this.

I mean from what I can see they don’t even seem to be items from the prior season or year.  There is just literally no trace of them online ….unless like i said you request a pair of shoes ……usually you get something like lucky brand or Steve Madden.

Two months ago they sent me the most fabulous layered gold choker known to man.  I wanted to share it online.  But seriously why get my readers hopes up that they can but it?  The brand was literally non-existent online and I couldn’t find anything similar at all.  Very disappointing.  On top of that I felt like I was throwing away money every month because I rarely kept anything!

Now I still love the concept of monthly subscription boxes especially when it comes to clothing which is why I am going to try out Trunk Club! What I love is that they are part of my favorite department store Nordstrom and they get all of their items there so I’m positive you will be able to find the items online.

Have any of you ladies tried Trunk Club?  What are your thoughts?

Tory Burch Private Sale – Up to 70% OFF!

One of my favorite things on the planet is when designers have sales ….. especially when they are big sales and TORY BURCH never dissapoints.  Last years FALL SALE was simply amazing and right now you can save up to 70% on my top picks for the Private Sale going on now! You can also shop by clicking your favorite pieces below! I’ve included lot’s of pinks, blues & neutrals since those are the “IT” colors for Spring ’17!
The Sale is going on through Monday so grab something special for yourself or your bestie or even your mom while you have time!
Happy Shopping Lovelies!

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Tobi Sweater Dress

Black Tobi Sweater Dress
I always love finding new brands and shops online.  It’s so much fun stepping away sometimes from the big box retail stores and finding fun unique pieces from smaller brands online,  Recently I found Tobi and their online shop has tons of adorable pieces to choose from! I ordered 3 adorable dresses and they are perfect for spring!  Two of them are sweater dresses and one is a cute floral fit and flare.  Today I’m sharing this black sweater dress.

Gold layered choker

Tobi Sweater Dress
Booties:  H&M (Old) // Necklace:  BaubleBar // Bracelet:  The Styled Collection // Bag:  BCBG via Marshalls // Earrings:  Kendra Scott via Rocksbox // Sweater Dress:  Tobi // Sunnies:  Nordstrom
I absolutely love this dress and right now is the perfect timing because as much as we all wanted spring time temps to stick around …..the weather God’s in Atlanta just reminded us it’s still technically winter and the highs were only in the 50’s! Too cold for my liking!
Anywho…..the back of this dress has buttons that go all the way down the back and it’s super thick and cozy for when you want a cute LBD but still want to keep warm! It also works for any body type because it’s not super fitted so it’s more like a shift dress! I wore this with black ankle booties but you could also pair it with OTK’s as well!
Stay tuned for more looks from Tobi and in the meantime check out their awesome spring line!