STYLE LESSON WITH JULIA

When you have a doll face paired with a killer body and a boho-chic style to die for, you are already in possession of some great material for a blog. Add to the mix a hint of model magic (because of course, you were born for the job) and sexy, sun-filled Californian adventures on the daily, and blogging becomes more than a good idea, a God-given mission. Thankfully for us, Julia Friedman didn’t back away from her stylish responsibility and the result is absolutely dreamy. On her blog and on her Instagram page, we can follow the L.A. native as she lounges along five-star pools, gets her tan on aboard a yacht, takes a stroll down paradisiac beaches and garden, and basically leads in style the life all of us secretly dream of.

While waiting for this day to arrive, join her 279K Instagram followers to travel with her around the world and benefit from her tips in fashion, wellness, interior design and more. As we focus on fashion, we’ll share with you six style lessons that we learned from Julia!

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[1] DON’T BE AFRAID TO GO ALL OUT FOR COACHELLA

For Julia, who defines her fashion sensibility as either Bohemian or Rock’n’roll with very little in between, the iconic festival is the perfect occasion to express her personality. Even if the Festival season is over, you can easily emulate her style for the summer. For example, combine hippie and sexy by wearing lace as a total look- the more open, the better. A long skirt will easily be balanced out by a cute crop top baring your midriff, but you can also opt for pants or long dresses.

Even more daring, the mere bodysuit worn as an outfit will have all eyes on you, especially if you don’t shy away from showing some cleavage. Julia’s has fringes making it look like a half dress, but if yours doesn’t, you can simply pair it up with a long skirt slit along the leg, or with cutoff denim shorts depending on your mood. Some gladiator sandals and round mirror sunglasses will add the finishing touches to your 2016 Valkyrie goddess look.

If you want to stay on the more classic side, a long floral dress is your festival staple. Like Julia, pick it with an open leg to add some drama. For a shorter alternative, opt for a white or black crochet dress, that will easily transition from day to night-wear it with sneakers and chain necklaces in the daytime, and with high heel sandals and a mini clutch when it’s time to dress up.

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[2] FRINGE IT UP!

Julia loves fringes, and for a good reason- they add a cool, edgy touch to the simplest of outfits. Take a look at this picture where she sports a perfect jacket from Jetset Diaries. This summer, emulate the look by replacing the jacket with a vest worn over a loose tank top and your favorite cutoff shorts. You can add a long multi-chain necklace or a hat for the show, but don’t overdo it- you don’t need much more than the fringes to make a statement.

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[3] EXPERIMENT WITH FABRICS AND TEXTURES

If, like Julia, you tend to always wear neutral colors and have a go-to fashion uniform, you can easily spice things up by playing with different fabric and textures, like on this picture where she combined a Style Stalker lace kimono and Wyldr London velvet pants. This season, you may not find much velvet but you can easily make use of this tip by playing with sheer/non sheer fabrics or incorporating a lace top in a sportier look.

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[4] LET THE STRONG PRINT DO THE TALKING

SS 2016 is a dream come true for print lover; stripes, florals, tribals, gingham animals… Basically, they’re everywhere, and it can get overwhelming. No need to panic though- just go back to the basics. Mixing up prints can be cool but sometimes, a strong print equals a strong statement. Therefore, your best bet is to tone things down with your simplest separates. Julia mastered the task here by pairing her cool For Love And Lemons pants (The color! The print! The bell bottoms!) with a black crop top and a military jacket, and even finished the look with mirrored sunglasses matching the color of her pants perfectly- now that’s what I call having the sense of detail!

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[5] NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT A GREAT HANDBAG

Another way to look instantly stylish without putting too much effort into it is to invest in a great handbag, like the Céline Trapèze (pictured). If you don’t have the budget for a designer bag, many retailers have some less pricey options. Our advice for the summer is to go with a miniature model to carry all of your belongings with ease. Pick it in tan and with fringes to give, just like Julia, all its sense to the word boho-chic”.

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[6] COMBINE STREET LOOKS WITH DESIGNER LABELS

Julia cites Topshop Naked Wardrobe, or Sorella, as well as Rag & Bone, Chanel, and Saint Laurent as some of her favorite brands. If big designers are great for investment pieces, pairing those up with cheaper fashion finds will allow you to vary a lot and have fun with your outfits, while adding some under-the-radar labels will add a unique personality to your style.

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