Steal her Look: Shay Mitchell

July 27, 2015   
Shay Michell looks adorable in this off-the-shoulder dress paired with studded sandals. We spotted several looks for less under that are super budget friendly. Here's where you can steal her look for less.

Where to Buy: 
Off-the Shoulder Dress, Shopbop, $62 (or check out this plus-size alternative or this one)
Studded Sandals, 6pm.com, $22






Steal her Look: Rihanna's Black Jumpsuit

July 24, 2015   
Rihanna was recently spotted wearing this T by Alexander Wang Jumpsuit ($550) paired with an Abercrombie and Fitch denim jacket and black strappy sandals. Here's where you can get a similar look for less for just under $100 bucks. It's the perfect outfit for a casual dinner date!

Black Jumpsuit, H&M, $20// Denim Jacket, American Eagle, $49 // Black Sandals, Amazon, $13


Our Favorite Bug Spray!

July 23, 2015   


Ever since we got a playground, we’ve been spending more and more time outside. The only problem is, I usually take Andres to the playground once the sun starts to set (so he’s not getting too much sun) but as many of you might know, that’s when mosquitos also like to come out.

It’s super annoying and sometimes we’ll only spend five minutes outside before we have to come running back in because we are being surrounded by mosquitos. I’ve been on the hunt for a bug-repellent that actually works and came across Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard. I had actually tried an Avon Skin So Soft oil version years back when the hubby and I went camping. We were being attacked by gnats and a fellow camper gave us some to try. He had been camping for years and told us how he never went camping without it. It worked like a charm.



They have two aerosol spray versions that I really like called Expedition and Picaridin. Both are great for kids since they are DEET-free and can repel mosquitos for up to 8 hours. I also really like that the Expedition has SPF 30, so it protects my little one from the sun and has Aloe (so it’s soft on his skin).



I’ve been using it every time we go to the playground and it works great. It actually makes me want to spend more time outdoors and last week I even planned dinner al fresco (something I had never done before because of those pesky mosquitos). It’s also budget-friendly, under $20 bucks and perfect for all of your summer outdoor needs!




This post is brought to you in collaboration with Avon. All opinions, however, are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Viva Fashion possible.

Steal her Look: Jamie Chung

July 22, 2015   



Jamie Chung was recently spotted wearing this Madewell 'Amour' top ($58) paired with a distressed denim skirt and cuffed black sandals. Here's where you can steal her look for less and get her same exact t-shirt!

Where to Buy: 
Striped Tee, Madewell, $58 // Denim Skirt, H&M, $29 // Wedge Sandal, Nordstrom, $99 //  Studded Bag, Amazon, $40//


Work Uniform: Netty, Lawyer

July 21, 2015   

One of the biggest question we get all the time from our readers is "what to wear to work," which is why we're really excited to start our new series called Work Uniform.  In this series, we'll be featuring various women from different fields and show you how they dress on the job.  To kick it off, we'd like to introduce you to our beautiful friend Netty.

Netty is a Miami-based Lawyer and founder of the fashion blog The Fashionable Esq. Here are some of her tips and outfit inspiration.



Tell me about this outfit and why it works for work? 
The grey dress was given to me by a brand named Of Mercer, they're a cool online shop dedicated to the working woman, and they specialize in work appropriate dresses. I struggle to find pieces that are well tailored and work appropriate (in terms of tight fitting and hemlines)- while they are pricey, they offer a good selection of traditional pieces that work for the office. The grey dress on it's own is cute, and more traditional. I styled it with a white button down underneath in order to add a little bit more of a fashion forward flair. The statement necklace is bright but can be toned down for the court room by switching it out with something less bold, or by simply forgoing the necklace all together.




My navy blue, nautical inspired outfit is a casual Friday selection. I find that the J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt fits me well, with a hemline that is work appropriate. It gives a super flattering silhouette and comes in many color variations and styles. The navy blouse is a great piece for both weekend and office wear. The lining makes me happy because when you roll the sleeves up, there's a pretty little party underneath.

What are your favorite places to shop for work?
My favorite work outfit retailers include Ann Taylor, LOFT, J.Crew, Banana Republic. Some of the more affordable options can be found at Express and LOFT. I try to stay way from super high end pieces because I like to spend more on my weekend and evening wear as opposed to work clothes.

What are some of your other fashion staples for work? 
A definite work staple is a tried and tested comfortable pair of black and nude closed toed pumps.
3" inch heel or less works well, and a padded footbed is amazing as well for those of us that have to be on our feet a lot. I have yet to find the perfect brand of footwear that meets all of my criteria! I would love to hear your recommendations! Many attorney's like Joan & David and Nine West for their variety...but I do not really find either that comfy :(

Any other helpful tips you'd like to share?
I think that a good blowout goes a long way in this business. When I have my hair done, it really makes me feel put together. When you pair that with a good power suit, you have a good combination and confidence boost! I like to try to extend the life of my blowout with dry shampoo (right now I'm into PSST), and I like to pin my bangs bag during the workday. It's less fussy and it just feels more traditional.



Thank you so much Netty! Be sure to check out her blog The Fashionable Esq. 

Hope you like this new series! If you'd like to be featured in our next "Work Uniform,"  simply shoot us an email to carmen@vivafashionblog.com. 


Netty is a Miami Based Lawyer and founder of The Fashionable ESQ, a personal style blog with a focus on weekend and workwear. Right now, she started a workwear series where she aims to post traditional work appropriate outfits on Monday, and more casual Friday outfits on Fridays. In between you will always find fun weekend wear looks. She also loves to document fashion related events, and recently had an amazing time chronicling runway looks at Miami Swim week from brands like Maaji and Gotex.



Summer Packing Essentials + Packing List

July 20, 2015   


In just two weeks, the family and I are heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We can't wait. In case you're planning your own summer getaway, I wanted to share with you a few of my must-have summer essentials I'm packing along.

Also, a few years back I shared with you my handy dandy packing list. For some reason, I can never travel without making a list ( I always feel like I'm going to forget something).  This list, of course, was before I had a baby, so I'll be sharing another list later this week.

Where to Buy: 
H&M Striped Top// AE Midi Shorts// Target Beach Bag// Top Shop Bathing Suit// Kohl's Hat// Shoe Dazzle Sandals


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