Summer Lovin' with Rainbow Embroidery

I already love margaritas pretty truly, madly, deeply. My feelings for avocados verge on fatal attraction. And this summer, I've taken up with a new Latin Lover: Mexican embroidery. 

Whether it's red on white, white on blue, or my favorite of all, rainbow colored embroidery, I just can't get enough of this beautiful trend. Mexican embroidery is festive and vibrant, which makes for an aesthetic that is fiesta-ready and perfect for summer vacations and soirees. Part folksy and part funky, delicate Latin-inspired embroidery is rooted in ancient cultures as both an art form and a way of providing for a family. I read that some designs are based on the dreams and aspirations of the wearer, meaning this embroidery is like a primitive Pinterest board or an early-model slogan tee. ;) 

Stitch Fix, J Crew, Old Navy, and LOFT are all in on the embroidery action at the moment, but it's this top from  Tartan Lane that I'm obsessed with this summer. I mean, it's The Catch to land, given its triple-threat credentials: 1-vibrant rainbow embroidery, 2-crisp blue cabana stripes, and 3-the ability to morph into a beach cover up. It truly was love at first sight with this shirt and I couldn't get it out of my head. (Infatuation, sigh!!)

From the moment I knew this top was on its way to my house, I couldn't stop thinking about it, picturing all the places my shirt and I would go this summer. My head was swimming with ways to style it because with ROY G BIV embroidery, this shirt can be worn with endless color combos. Pick your favorite shade to pop: lemon, papaya, neon pink, kelly green, or cobalt.

The day that my embroidered top and I became Facebook official, I wore it to hang out with my best friend Tonya on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach for the express purpose of documenting mine and shirt's new status as "joined at the hip" because pics or it didn't happen, right? :) It was also so that Tonya and I could catch up since best friend time is so so SO important for your sanity when you're living the monosyllabic-convo life of animal sounds with a toddler. (Moo, whoooo, mow, arf, quack, tweet, roar, repeat) 

Shirt and I headed over to Melt where we split a waffle cone piled high with Scotty's Vacation (because we both like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain), while our third wheel Tonya had Pomegranate sorbet with Oreos.    

Here's Tonya. BFF Extraordinaire, bride-to-be, holistic health educator, and new blogger. She was stoked to snag a vegan ice cream at Melt. You can check out her blog  here. She's also the woman behind the camera for many of my outfit posts. 

Things got pretty hot and heavy at Melt, and true to Melt's name, my ice cream pooled in the presence of my muy caliente new shirt. Bright side? My sprinkles match my sleeves! 

One of the many things I love about this shirt is the embroidery detail around the cuff. No bracelets needed! This shirt looks a lot more luxe than its price tag ($42 regularly and it was on special for $36 when it came into my life). It is reminiscent of Mi Golondrina pieces, as a my friend Nancy pointed out, which retail between $175-$725. This top is far more down to earth and wallet-friendly for this SAHM. 

Other reasons to love this top include its versatility. The colorful style can be worn by maiden, mother, or mee-maw with no question of age appropriateness. A younger gal might wear it over a bikini, mini dress, or paired with a spaghetti strap tank and frayed short-shorts, while a more seasoned-somebody could slip it over a maillot (tank suit in plainer speak), or pair it up like I did with a tee and white capris for a casual outfit. 

I'm actually looking forward to wearing this as a cover-up over my future royal or yellow swimsuit, when I find the right one. I'm looking for a high-waisted two piece or a classic tank as an alternate for when my ruffled gingham suit is drying. This top is the perfect length to conceal the important bits that a swimsuit showcases. For a longer length, consider sizing up or hang to dry. 

If you're smuggling a baby bump this summer (for the record, I am not), this top's forgiving cut will provide comfort, style, and lots of distracting colors up near your face to keep eyes away from your midsection.  

The embroidery in this top plays so well with other festive summer trends like pom-poms and tassels. Above I'm wearing it with a really cool three-tiered tassel necklace from Me & Mommy Boutique, (just $22) and I popped the pink of the embroidery with my Tons of Funds clutch available  here which is such a great vacation bag since it comes with its own crossbody strap and organizing pockets and slots for your must-haves. The Tons of Funds bag is also large enough to hold your phone and car keys, provided you don't have a teenagers collection of key fobs. Another great crossbody bag with this shirt is this  sunny yellow one. 

I'd be remiss if I didn't share with you just how pleased I am with my purchase of these sunglasses from Charming Charlie. They are on sale 2 for $15, and little did I know what a big part of my summer look these would be. The little dash of white and glimmering goldtone add a sleek touch to every outfit. Check out the styles available here. 

I'd love to see this shirt styled with some of the season's statement earrings like Charming Charlie's Austin or Shimmy Tassel or these cool ones from Bauble Bar and these from Anthro. 

Above I grabbed the green in the shirt by pairing it with my new crossbody from Style Encore, the best resale shop around. This vivid green bag was just $10, and I got it for free when I traded in some of my gently-worn clothes for cash. 

Lastly, I really love the style vibes this shirt gives off. It's got chameleon-capabilities to be a little bit boho, farmstand fresh, globally-minded, or Palm Beach chic, depending on how you style it. 

I have a feeling this beautiful shirt will be one I reach for all summer long and one that I will get excited about unpacking each spring. What began as a fling just might turn into a love for the ages. 


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1 comment :

  1. You crack me up!!! "The day that my embroidered top and I became Facebook official"