Unexpected Animal Prints for Summer

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Marc by Marc Jacobs Hiller Hobo

Available at: mytheresa.com

Lately I have been in an animal instinct mode. I love wearing a hint of animal print to brighten up the gloomy days in San Diego. Although June has passed, the June gloom still lingers and the fun side of me wants to implement animal prints back into my wardrobe. I have always adored animal print in moderation year round. Nothing else is more noticeable and sexy, whether it's a zebra scarf around the neck or a leopard print trimmed jacket, because it livens up any look. To change it up a bit I chose some pieces that I tend to overlook when buying animal print and that I think deserve a fair try.

I found an adorable wrist bling accessory that fit my description. I’m definitely diggin’ the Sweet Cheetah Bangle Set for a diva-like chicarita who can’t be seen without at least a little bit of attitude. This bangle set does the deed. The sassy warm weather accessory includes 3 bangles that complement each other wonderfully, or can always be worn with more bangles to play off each other. This set can add so much spunk to a plain white t-shirt, making it a great set to take on a trip with you to look stylin' no matter where you are.

Jessica Simpson 'Lepolia' Flat
Jessica Simpson Lepolia Flat

Available at: nordstrom.com

If bangles are not your thing, or you just need something a little bit more useful, try carrying around a sturdy bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs. This very versatile black and white Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed Hiller Hobo Bag will go with anything and everything with its coloring and classic style. The bag is great for travel or a day at work. It’s big enough to carry more than the necessary essentials, but not so large that it looks like your bag could carry your closet-- gosh, I hate that unless you are traveling with it. The single top handle and its hobo style is a polished put-together look that is appropriate for all outings. It’s not too loud, but it sends the message that you admire a little fun in your everyday life. Easy access with its magnetic closure means you’ll never have a zipper jam again, but just make sure it doesn’t fall upside down.

Lastly, plunging to the feet. I can’t keep silent about my love for Jessica Simpson’s ‘Lepolia’ ballerina flats. I think they're absolutely beyond adorable and could fancy up any outfit and create such a fun finish. The extra clusters of jewels backed with a grosgrain ribbon add more flavor than a spice rack. What really attracts me to this ballerina flat is that they're comfortable and can easily be taken anywhere without having to worry about future back problems. Kudos Jessica-- it’s exciting to see you pull through!
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.