Trends // the trend that needs to come back

Hey Babes!‍

Fashion trends come and go, and then come again, and a lot of times, you never see them coming.

When a trend does resurface, you might be all about it, or you might wish that it stayed in the decade it came from. There’s a lot of mixed opinions, but since it’s a trend, there must be something about it that makes it “cool.”

Nowadays, you don’t have to look very hard to find out that a lot of the current fashion trends that “came back” are from the 1990’s/early 2000’s, and I, just like every other Milennial, LOVE the how today’s style reflects that beloved era.

But, even though I’m all about the chokers, crop tops, and mom jeans, there’s still one trend that I haven’t seen make a big comeback just yet: shell jewelry. More specifically, cowrie shell chokers and puka shell necklaces.

You might have read those names and thought “What?” And it’s ok if you did, because honestly, before writing this post, I didn’t know that this type of accessory had names other than “shell jewelry” either. And if you didn’t recognize the names, you’ll most likely recognize the pictures. Honestly, it’ll be pretty hard not to if you’re a 90’s baby.

In my opinion, these two trends deserve to come back along with the rest of the era they’re from, and I’m about to break them down and tell you why I think so.


The first of the two necklaces, the cowrie shell chokers, basically consists of a a row of cowrie shells woven onto a hemp or hemp-like string. The one I have is about as simple as it gets, but you’ll find that there’s a really wide and unique selection of styles when it comes to shopping for pieces such as this one.

They might have colored hemp, decorative beads, or the shells may dangle instead of being in a fixed position. It’s also common for the shells to be in between two pieces of string, so it looks kind of like a ladder.














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When I was little, I loved the cowrie shell chokers because they were a chunky statement piece, and always looked handmade, which gave them a really home-y feeling. Plus, all of the older girls that I looked up to and wanted to be like always wore them so well and looked super stylish while wearing them.

I remember one summer camp I went to where we took a trip to Sea World, some other girls and I thought my group leader was the coolest person on the planet because she had a cowrie shell choker and a tounge piercing. After that, I just had to have one.

I can’t remember where I got it, but I did end up getting one eventually, and I still have it even though it’s just been sitting in my jewelry box.

The other trendy piece of shell jewelry from my childhood, the puka shell necklace, is a string of several small cone shell pieces. A lot of times, they have other beads or charms, such as a surfboard, or the shell shards can be dyed another color so that the necklace is something other than white.

The puka shell necklace itself, along with the process of making it, can actually be tied back to Hawaiian roots, but most people associate it with surfers and beachy lifestyles. I know it’s not just a Florida or California thing though, because when I was growing up, it seemed like every character on tv was wearing one, regardless of the setting.

Like the cowrie shell choker, I still have an old puka shell necklace sitting around in my room somewhere, but since I couldn’t find it in my old jewelry box, my sister let me borrow hers.

This particular necklace is from Ron Jon Surf Shop, so it’s most likely not “authentic,” and it’s probably overpriced, but it’s still the perfect example of a trend I want to come back.




That brings me to another good point and little side note: if you’re visiting any beaches this summer, and looking for some shell jewelry to take back as a souvenir, stay away from big tourist beach shops, and look for independent local shops, or individual local sellers themselves. It might be a search, but I know it’s common for the residents of beach towns to handmake and sell things like shell jewelry. If you’re lucky, they might even come up to you and have you take a look at their work while you’re lounging on the beach, I speak from experience.

Even though the puka shell necklaces appear a little more basic, and don’t always look as handmade as the chokers, I still think they’re cute, and I feel like their subtlety makes it easier to find things to wear them with. Pairing a cowrie shell choker with an Aztec print skirt might not look very good because they’re two different styles, but a puka shell necklace might go really well with said skirt, because they’re a solid white and don’t have a lot going on.

Also, the whole shells found on the chokers limits them to beachy styles, but the puka  necklaces look more like shards and aren’t as obvious, so it won’t look like you’re wearing two contrasting styles if you wear it with a more boho or grunge outfit.


If these trends did come back, I’m not sure if I would wear them every day like my tattoo choker, but it would definetly be a cool acessory to wear to the pool or the beach, or if I happen to be wearing a beachy outfit. And since I already still have both of them, I wouldn’t need to go out searching for new ones.
I might just get my wish too, because the Prada Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear runway show  features quite a bit of shell jewelry, and anyone in the fashion industry knows that every big trend is first seen on the runway, so I’m going to take that as a very big hint from Prada.





What do you think about this trend? Is there a certain trend you want to see make a come back? Or not come back? As always, let me know in the comments!




dress well. eat well. live well.




Vacation // my travel essentials

Hey Babes!

There’s two times a year where it seems like everyone and their mother is traveling: Christmastime and summertime. I feel like I haven’t left the state of Florida in forever, which makes me even more excited to go on a cruise with my closest friends in August.

Even though I’ve already started thinking about what I want to bring, I know I won’t start until the night before I’m supposed to leave. Not only am I a procrastinator, but I’m a huge over-packer. I’m not exaggerating when I say I will bring eight outfits for a two day trip.

Obviously I’m going to have to leave some things behind if I want to make the fifty pound limit, there AND back, so I’ve highlighted a few items that are essential for my travels. Without these, I would feel completely lost.


  1. Sunglasses

I dedicated one of my first posts to sunglasses because they are my number one essential no matter where I’m going, so I’m definitely going to make sure I don’t forget them on my cruise. Assuming you’re going to be traveling somewhere sunny, you won’t want to forget your shades either. With the sun being out of your face, it’ll be easier to site-see and you won’t have to squint to try to read the paragraph of information in front of that famous building. Plus, you’ll just look cooler.


  1. A Hat

Whether it be a baseball, trucker, floppy, or bucket hat, this is another essential you’re going to want to keep the sun out of your face. However, you might not want it if you can’t risk hat hair or on a day that’s super windy.


  1. Camera

In this age of social media where we document everything we do down to eating, traveling is no where near left out. Our smart phones have cameras, but in case something happens to it, or your storage gets full, I suggest bringing an actual camera along with you. It can be a DSLR, digital, or even an old-school disposable camera. I know I’m going to be bringing my Lomography camera, but I’m also going to see if I can snag a Polaroid before I leave. If you’re doing something extra cool, video it with a GoPro.

  1. Mini Backpack

While vacationing, you aren’t going to want to make several trips back to your room to grab a few things. And at the same time, you don’t want to lug around a gigantic bag, and if you did, everyone would be annoyed when you make several stops when you need something. Your solution? A mini backpack! Choose one that isn’t going to wear you down, but will still be able to fit your wallet, keys, phone, camera, make up, towels, snacks, and whatever else you need for the day. But if you’re going to Europe, be aware of pick pocketing.


  1. Comfortable Shoes

I’m assuming you’re out of town because you want to have fun and explore another place, not sit in your hotel room all day. If that’s the case you’re most likely going to be doing a lot of walking, and in hot weather. Wear comfortable shoes that give your feet support, or you’ll hate yourself. Also, if you bought a pair of shoes specifically for this trip, make sure you break them in ahead of time.

Aztec Slip-on’s: Kohl’s
  1. Versatile Pieces

Longer trips can be a little bit harder to pack for especially when there’s a fifty pound limit. But whether you have a weight limit or not, a lot of clothing is still a hassle and a lot to keep track of. Try to pack a couple of pieces that can be worn different ways. While some items are universally versatile, everyone may have different items that are versatile within their personal wardrobe. For me, these are high waisted shorts, a striped shirt, and a white crop. I’ve had this striped shirt for years, but that’s because I can always find something new to wear with it.

High Waisted Shorts: Kohl’s Cropped Bull Tank: Oceanography Headband: Publix
High Waisted Shorts: Kohl’s White V-neck: Target Red Bandanna: Michael’s
Striped Shirt: H&M Black High Waisted Shorts: MiMi’s Statement Necklace: Forever 21
Striped Shirt: H&M Red Skirt: Forever 21
White Crop Top: Forever 21 Aztec Skirt: Forever 21 Brown Fossil Bag: Dillard’s
White Crop Top: Forever 21 Bullhead High Rise Skinny Jeans: Pacsun Necklace: Target
  1. At Least One Nice Outfit

No matter how much of your days you have planned out, anything can still happen. You might discover a dinner show you want to check out where the attire is a little more formal. Good thing you packed that cocktail dress just in case right? Right. Even though I’d probably need to pack a few nicer outfits anyway for dinners on my cruise, they’re a good thing to have in case I meet a cute boy or something. You can never go wrong with a little black dress.

Black Slip Dress: Received as a Hand-Me-Down


I know with these things in my suitcase, my week in the Caribbean will be paradise. Where are you traveling to this summer? Or where do you wish you were traveling to?

I hope all my fellow American babes have a great Independence Day weekend!


dress well. eat well. live well.