Travel Chic: Cruising In Santa Cruz, CA

10580200_10202339636708126_5991695939944938622_nOkay, okay, so maybe I haven’t stepped foot on a cruse ship in the past couple of years, but I did find my self on board of a really cool little boat ;) It is called Marcella, Santa Cruz, aptly named after a sleepy little California town which claims to be the birthplace of surfing and is home to sea food lovers, amusement park thrill seekers, fishermen, surfers and sea lions alike.

Whenever I travel, as a rule, I try to pack mostly wrinkle free clothing and comfortable footwear. No one wants to spend precious vacay time ironing instead of starting your adventure. For this windy sightseeing occasion, I threw on a marbled Zara pencil skirt, light shirt, biker boots and a trench coat, paired with a stylish zippered clutch, and I was ready to strut down Santa Cruz Wharf wrapped in head to toe stylish comfort.

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What rules do you live by when packing for a vacation adventure?

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OOTN: Shawl Dawls to the Rescue!

We’ve all had those ‘I have nothing to wear‘ moments, while standing in front of an overstuffed closet. With date night approaching, I was off on my own tirade, complaining and throwing a tantrum … and then there it was, in all it’s sheer and colorful glory, staring back at me — my newest         Shawl Dawls addition to the rescue!

Before I knew it, I found my self wrapped in a sexy and unique top … you know, the kind that made my hubby short of breath, and all the ladies dying to know where I got it … and dressing, my friends, has never been the same. Somehow, the sneaky little shawl that it is, it started to make its appearance on daily basis, as my swim wear cover up, as a light jacket to a restaurant, an elegant wrap covering a skimpy dress on a windy day, or as a sexy backless top on this date night … and I can’t say that I’m complaining … after all, what gal doesn’t like looking fabulous! ;)

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Top: Shawl Dawls / Jeans: Lucky Brand / Clutch: R&J Handbags / Bracelets: H&M / Watch: Dedia /             Shoes: Xhilaration, similar here.

There are endless ways to wear these shawls, and I’m crazy about their new sheer additions in multitude of fun colors.  The best part is, not only are they gorgeous and affordable, they complement anything you wear, and will soon become your new best friend. Hop on over to the Shawl Dawls website and get your own fabulous shawl. Don’t forget to check out their fun tutorial on How to Style your Shawl Dawls, or for even more ideas, see how my beautiful co-blogger styles hers in her The Perfect Swim Cover Up post.

Happy Styling!

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Summer Chic in Nin, Croatia

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Nope, this is definitely not the outfit I’d wear to a Nine Inch Nails concert, but maxi dresses do make perfect sightseeing attire ;) If you’re following FreeUrCloset on Instagram, you must’ve noticed our obsession with maxi dresses this summer. Walking distance from my summer house in Croatia, is a small little island and city called Nin. It is a city with a very rich and tumultuous history, dating as far as 10,000 years ago, though it’s present day town is only about 3,000 years old. Yes, only hehe … and it is always on my list of places to visit whenever I’m in it’s vicinity.

This charming little city is filled with historical ruins, a couple of sea food restaurants, ancient churches, town square, museum, gift shops, cafes, and ice cream shops, so how could I resist the temptation to stroll down it’s stone paved streets in my new maxi dress by Tiana B. Made of soft and comfortable jersey knit material and accented with gold braided straps and belt, this aqua colored maxi was just the perfect dress to wear on this warm summer day. Always the glitter girl, I’ve added H&M gold and turquoise bracelets, big gold earrings and a glittery Betsey Johnson wallet/clutch to the mix.

Let me take you on a little tour and show you why I love coming here. A short walk across the little moat bridge brings us to this little island of Nin.

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 This is the town square and the ancient well that has kept the citizens supplied with water throughout many sieges.

SAM_0615 photo 4-8SAM_0608A perfect example of Nin’s seafood restaurant, offering ample shade on this sunny day. Located right across from this restaurant is the Church of the Holy Cross, aka the world’s smallest Cathedral.SAM_0613 SAM_0612 Croatia,_Nin,_church photo#1 photo 1-2photo 2photo 1-5 Overlooking the ancient cathedral is the statue of Grgur Ninski who was the bishop of Nin in 926. Rubbing Grgur’s big toe is said to bring good luck. Not only did this great man stand up to the church officials, but he also, obviously, had great fashion sense, not being able to restrain from fabulous maxi dresses ;) pucisca-otok-pag-nin-1422-e1319521417450 photo 1-6

Rubbing Grgur’s big toe and wishing you all a fabulous Monday!

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Happy Friendship Day!!

Cheers to all our Blogger friends and Happy Friendship Day from your FreeUrCloset besties!

Our long friendship started waaay baaack in 1989, and has endured love, boyfriends, betrayal, heart aches, adventures, weddings, babies, road trips and long distances. But, most of all, many many many goofy and crazy laughter (and vino) filled moments that make us who we are today; and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

We celebrate our friendship every time we get together, but today we celebrate all of You, our fabulous blogger buds, who invite us into your lives and generously share your joys and discoveries with us.  And what better way to celebrate Friendship Day than with Tumblr’s all too true words of wisdom!

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Happy Friendship Day to ALL our Fabulous Friends!

Today we raise our glasses to You!

Cheers!

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OOTD: Zara in Zadar

IMG_1645I’m not sure if the name Zara is in any way related to Croatia’s prehistoric city of Zadar, which is still referred to as “Zara” by it’s Italian neighbors, but to me, strolling along it’s ancient stone streets and squares is as thrilling as walking into a Zara store and fawning over it’s latest collection.

In this ancient coastal city, it’s impossible not feel the pull to dive into it’s alluring Mediterranean waters … wait!   <<record scratching>> … as tempting as that sounds,  how about I just take you on a sail instead. Dressed in Zara’s latest nautical apparel, and armed with coordinating accessories to fit the theme, I’m elated to show you what I wore above Zadar’s blue waters today ;)

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Top and crossover Skirt: Zara / Pumps: Guesshere / Necklaces and Bracelet: Charming Charlie /           Red Envelope Clutch: TJ Maxx, similar here.

Happy Sailing!

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Twining with my Style Crush

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Just because they don’t wear dresses, push-up bras and heels, does’t mean that men can’t influence our every day style. Meet our blogger friend http://stylentonic.com, a man who never fails to entertain and inspire us.

For those of you who haven’t met him yet, Mr Tzachas of style’n’tonic is a hunk who, on his fabulous blog, rocks male fashion like it’s no one’s business. His bold and fearless approach to clothing makes t-shirt and jean wearing effortlessly trendy and cool. With an uncanny eye for detail, no style’n’tonic’s look is complete without a swathe of ideal footwear, sunglasses and accessories. Set along matching backdrops and accompanied by sublime music choices to set the mood for each unique outfit, his posts look like they’ve come right out of a fashion magazine. Needless to say, he always makes me look forward to his next post with anticipation and admiration, wishing I could somehow be there with him … having a spakling drink, or two, or … ahem … and you all know how creative I can be when inspiration strikes, hehe.

Paying a well deserved homage to our fashionable friend, a hottie who has ‘style’ rooted in his DNA (and hoping he approves). Keep ‘em coming Mr Fabulous ;)
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If you aren’t following him already, you are truly missing out. Hurry on over to Mr Tzachas’ stylish Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stylentonic, Twitter https://twitter.com/stylentonic, and Instagram http://instagram.com/mrtzachas, and don’t forget to let me know all about the man who inspires your everyday style.

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OOTD: Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

Even though I am not a fan of horse racing, I love to people watch on a day that brings out the most eclectic fashion and style to the Golden Coast - Opening Day at Del Mar Fairgrounds Racetrack. From the eccentric and tacky to the stylish and elegant, opening day saw the best and worst in fashion as well as a plethora of interesting statement hats for the races’ hat contest.

The Races

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My Racing Day OOTD

Zara Top and Skirt.

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The Hat Contest

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The Del Mar races run from July 17 – September 3, 2014 with tons of fun events and concerts happening throughout the season. If you ever get the chance to attend an Opening Day at the Del Mar races, then do so. It’s a once in a lifetime chance to see action, fashion and the best scene in California.

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