{GBF Life + Style} Minty Days of Summer with Neiman Marcus

The first week of summer always draws out a yearning to be back in school and on summer break. Back then my summers were spent camped out on the couch with my lazy bones sprawled out like a Cheshire cat, the TV remote in one hand and the other cradling half of a watermelon.  Nowhere to be, nothing to do, not a worry in the world. 

Perhaps that's why watermelon is my favorite fruit as it's a juicy reminder of the bygone carefree summer days. I eat the mint colored rind as well as it's choked full of nutrients that help promote radiant skin complexion.  I incorporated the color into the outfits for my Neiman Marcus day to night to weekend summer shoot. Each of the three outfits showcase a black and white plus a pop of mint color palette, a personal reminder that summer, and all its juicy goodness, is here! 
 I don't necessarily agree that shorts are off-limits in the workplace as it's all about how you wear them. Stick to dressier fabrics, conservative lengths, and amply cover up the upper body to skirt the workplace ban on shorts. Here, I've paired my asymmetrical front zip J. Brand white blouse with a pair of well-tailored metallic Skaist Taylor boucle shorts. I love the vintage look and feel of the blouse and the shorts juxtaposed with a a rather modern Diane Von Furstenberg printed silk blazer.

You have to check out this sexy Robert Rodriguez jacquard number in person. It's quite stunning! The texture is rich and layered while the fitted bodice and pleated skirt instantly cinch in the waist and round the hips providing an hourglass illusion that's ideal for nighttime play.

The unpredictability of weekend adventures beckon a layered and comfy look that can take you from running errands in the morning, lunch al fresco, to an evening of wine and music at the Hollywood Bowl. The polka dot Equipment blouse is one of my summer favorites as it's versatile enough to wear with anything and draws an air of chic to every outfit. A white ribbed panel sweater from Theory complete with a kangaroo front pouch and boxy sleeves paired with luxe mint leather jeans from J Brand keeps the look light, airy, and juicy.

photos by Richard Min

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