• The Trend Report

    Posted by Annie Potts

    Ladies!!

    We're back with another Trend Report. Although temps haven't skyrocketed too high just yet, I can't stop thinking of swimwear. And lots of it. One pieces, bikinis, coverups... I want them all!!! I grew up as a bikini girl, but now I am obsessed with one pieces, and I love how popular they are by every company and designer. However, nothing beats a bikini tan. When you look at how far we've come in women's swimwear, you'd be amazed. 

    In the 1700's modesty was at it's highest, and women wore full on gowns to the beach. Best part? They actually wore weights at the bottom of the gowns to keep them from floating up and from showing leg. Basically, no such thing as tanning or showing of ANY skin. During the early 1800's women's beach wear went from functional, to straight up fashion, wearing gowns known as, "seaside walking dresses" with muslin, long sleeves and antique cuffs. When mid 1800's hit, most of women's bodies still had to be covered, but long bloomers were the trend. As of the late 1800's and early 1900's- sailor style swimwear was all the rage, complete with frilly collars, stocking, or lace up shorts. By 1910 it was all about bare arms and legs. Women ditched the long skirts and while still modest, wore bathing suits that allowed more freedom and movement. Oftentimes, the shorts had to be a particular length to be determined appropriate. By the 20's, 30's, and 40's bathing suits became about flattering the figure, even paying close detail to cuts like sweetheart and rucking. It was during 1946 when the first ever bikini was introduced at a fashion event in Paris. This racy number was even banned in some countries originally. By early 1950's bikinis went mainstream, especially with the help of Brigitte Bardot. During 1960's the SOCal style became huge. Beach party, itsy, bity bikinis were in. 1970's brought in a sexy one piece with a super low cut, while in Brazil the thong was released. in the 80's skimpy bikinis were in with thigh high cuts. With Baywatch making the 90's popular the high cut one piece was still popular but with an even cheekier appearance and the chest more exposed. Now, with a more boy acceptance attitude, companies are designing gorgeous suits of all cuts to support and compliment all body types. 

    With so many options to choose from, it's hard to choose just one swim suit. I stopped trying. I have several, and I'm sure several more will make their way into my closet soon.  Summer is around the corner, you're going to want to score your favorite styles now. Here at Bliss Bandits, we have SO many gorgeous suits. Here are a few of our new faves:

    Looking for a low key, but gorgeous and unique bikini? The For Love & Lemons La Playa Ruffle Swim Top and the La Playa Swim Bottoms are for sure your new faves. The ivory colored bikini is absolutely gorgeous. It's criss cross ruffle strap gives it a dainty feel, while the bottoms have the perfect amount of cheekiness with an elongated look. It's definitely ready to take on vacation.  

     


    Ah yes, the perfect amount of dreamy and sexy. Blue Life's Woodstock One Piece is flawless.  It's a one piece that still shows plenty of skin. With it's strappy pieces, and detailed holes, it will leave you with all the compliments. It just may be the most fun one piece you could own.

     

    What can I say about Blue Life's Roped Up One Piece? It just may be my favorite one piece. I love how they chose the most perfect, unique colors. And the long lace up the sides are absolutely sexy. Also, I can't tell you how good it looks on the bottom. Cheekiness galore! Every color is necessary. You can find Blue Life's Roped Up One Piece in Clay here. And Cacao color here. 

     

     Could the perfect sweatshirt/ cover up exist? YES!! And could this one get any cuter? Probably not. Wildfox's Bikini Bod Roadtrip Sweater is made for throwing on over a bikini for the beach, or long road trips where you want to stay comfy and cozy. It's also made for cool nights. You can't go wrong with this! 

     

    Looking to bring out your inner 70's child while looking your absolute best? I thought so. Suboo's Denim Ombre Knit Lace Front Piece is so beautiful. It's soft and unique with beautiful tones of blue and a hint of pink with laurel shine. The lace up on the chest has perfectly flowy tassels. Strut your stuff in this one!

     

    THIS suit is EVERYTHING! I legit cannot get enough of it, and apparently neither can a lot of people. Look at how picture perfect they are though. Tularosa's Walker One Piece definitely hits the one piece swim suit goals. This crochet, lace up, two tone swim suit is beyond gorgeous. You'll be stopping traffic for sure. 

     

    Ok, so Blue Life's Eclipse One Piece in Rosewood is flawless. It had lingerie feels, while remaining appropriate, yet sexy. The deep plunge and lace detailing is so beautiful. The open back and cheekiness with rouching is stunning. 

     

    This beautiful white number is absolutely dreamy. It's perfect for any occasion from beach, to sailing, to vacay. For Love & Lemons Capri Scrunchy One Piece was made o elongate your legs and keep you looking amazing. The cheeky coverage on the back is met with strappy details that are made to show of your back. Get your buns into this one. 

    Ladies, no matter what your style, bikini or one piece- Bliss Bandits has got it. We have so many options that it's so hard to choose a few. Stock up on a few for this Summer. We want you looking your best- and of course feeling confident.

    Keep your eyes peeled for another Trend Report soon.

    -Annie @ Bliss

    xo

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  • Guide to Summer Music Festivals Vol 1. Coachella

    Posted by Lauren Robertstad

    The best part of Summer? The weather, the beach, the festivals, the food, the festivals, the pool parties, and THE FESTIVALS! If you can't tell, we're all about that FESTIVAL life! We're breaking down all of the Festivals on our list this summer, and what to pack along for an epic time! Our first edition is all about Coachella!

    Coachella (April 14-16th | April 21-23rd)

    Back in 1999, Coachella burst onto the concert scene as a "high-comfort festival experience," and over the years as become one of the most profitable music festival in the U.S. Falling onto two weekends in April, it's the official kick off to the season! Now with the boring stuff out of the way, lets get to goods: the food, the etherial garb, the art, where to stay, the headliners, and that FERRIS WHEEL!

    EATS

    With over 100 vendors, Coachella ranks high as the top Festival for Foodies. Scroll through the #Coachella hashtag on Instagram, and take note of the epic eats like these: 

    FASHION

    The CLOTHES. The most epic part of Coachella is the fashion; equal parts boho, and hippie-chic, dressing to impress is the way to roll. On #BLISSBANDITS, we're fond of a few looks in particular- (Tap the Pic's to Shop the Looks-)

    ART

    The art at Coachella is otherworldly. Four headline artists are featured this year (among countless others artists' large scale installations on the grounds-) while we can't wait to see what they bring to the festival this year, we're always a fan of the art mainstays like the balloon chain, and the bear that is terrifying for not-because-it's-a-bear reasons.

    SLEEP

    Where should you stay during the festival? The coolest part about Coachella are the endless accommodation options. Coachella has partnered with Curadora to offer affordable rates for those who'd like to stay indoors for the festival. Looking to Glamp? They've got that option too! Looking to save? The Camping Companion pass has got to be the most affordable of all festival camping! All camps have free showers included, water stations, and ice for sale. (Added bonus for campers? There's a free supermarket shuttle...UGH IT LITERALLY DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER.)

     

    With Beyonce out as the main headliner due to her currently carrying the next two saviors of the world, Lady Gaga valiantly took her place. Other big names to look forward to? Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Future, Bon Iver, and so many more!

    Headed to Coachella? Make sure to tag us and use #BLISSBANDITS 

    Missing it this year? No worries, we'll be updating you on our favorite fashion finds all weekend, both weekends!

    xoxo

    Lauren 

    BLISS BANDITS

    (all photos courtesy of @coachella)

     

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  • What We're Loving

    Posted by Annie Potts

    Hey Beautiful Blissies!!

    Happy Spring!! Hope you're all off to longer, sunnier days filled with warmth and fun. I am super stoked to have consistent sunshine and higher temps again. Even for California, for a minute there, it was cold and rainy. But with that rain, came some beautiful wild flowers and green grass. Apparently, that's uncommon, so I am grateful to witness it. And with these temperatures rising, comes festival season. Long, hot days, and cool, fun nights. Festival fashion is all the rage. Especially when it comes to Coachella. People plan their outfits for this desert days for months in advance. We got ya covered... from everything you want like dresses, rompers, bikinis, hats... you can find it here. 

    Below are some of our favorite festival pieces to keep you looking cute and fun all season. I particularly love the 70's/ hippie looks, and I hope you do too!

    I mean, does it get more 70's than these soft, floral, tye dye outfit photos? LOVE! The looks are perfect for any festival or concert...or gorgeous day... you see where I'm going. These are so versatile and feminine while remaining comfy. Sam wears a gorgeous Blue Life dress that we will have up asap, and Hannah wears Blue Life's Flora Romper that you can shop here.  Don't forget to top off either outfit with a belt. It really pulls the whole thing together. Loving the Parker Black Concho belt by Lovestrength that you can shop here. 

     

    This set made my 70's vibe dreams come true. I love the way it turned out. The colors, the outfits, the background... perfect. These beauties sure did make it easy though. Let's be honest, on days when the sun is raging down, we don't want to wear much, but we do want to look amazing. These bikini tops and denim shorts are your new easy answer. Shop Sam's look: Tularosa's Elias Bikini Top here. And One Teaspoon's White Beauty Bandit shorts here.  Or, shop Hannah's look: Tularosa's Walker Bikini Top here. And her One Teaspoon's Le Surf Bandit shorts here.  We don't blame you for wanting both combos.

     

    These dresses are the kind you put on and forget you're wearing because they're so light and floaty, and they're perfect for festivals, dates, vacation etc. I can't get enough of them. These will for sure make you want to dance the night away. Shop Sam's look: Endless Rose's Cold Shoulder Dress here.  Or shop Hannah's look: Endless Rose Strappy Maxi Dress here. You'll look killer in either one, promise. 

     

    Okay, but on a scale of 1-10 how much do you love these outfits? 10!! They both can take you from day to night, easily. Frocks and fills to kris cross flows, I think you'll agree these are easy go to's. To get Hannah's look shop: Tularosa's Alexa Top here.  And One Teaspoon's Blue Hart Awesome Baggies here.  Or shop Sam's look: LNA's Double Cross Tank in black here.  Her Blue Life's Cherie Shorts in vintage sage here.  The amazing and on trend, Cape Robbin Fur Slide Sandals in tan here.  And don't forget to top it off with Lack of Color's The Velveteen Hat here.  Winner, winner; chicken dinner.

     

     I love these looks because they're ultra comfy and fun. They can take you from a festival, to a beach, to a casual day out, and even vacation. To shop Sam's look get Blue Life's, Life's A Beach Romper here.  And don't forget to tie it together with Spiritual Gangster's Henna Hamsa Jacket here. Hannah's romper will be posted shortly via Blue Life. But don't forget to shop Lack of Color's The Grove Hat here in the meantime. 

    This shoot was so much fun, and I think we definitely enraptured the heart of festival season and desert life with a 70's motif.

    I hope you all love these looks! Happy Shopping for festival season and Spring & if you have any of these pieces, please tag us in your photos! We love to see how you style and wear them. 

     For more photos and higher quality, we'd love for you to follow us on Instagram: @gypsylovin85 and @blissbandits.

     *All photos taken and credited by Annie Potts.

    We'll be back with another, "What We're Loving" post soon! Stay tuned!

    Until then... be well, stay active, and smile.

    -Annie at Bliss 

    **If you're in the OC area, have had some modeling experience and would like to model for us, please direct message me on IG @ gypsylovin85.

     

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  • The Trend Report

    Posted by Annie Potts

    Hey Blissies!!

    We're back to chat about our Trend Report. And what better time to talk festival looks than right before Coachella. So for this trend report, we are showing you a few pieces that are perfect for any festival, including Coachella. 

    Festivals are one of the most sought out events to go to. Every one comes together to have a good time. And the outfits are the second best part of the events next to the music. Every one throws together they're best "care free," fun loving pieces. Every one hears or sees about this, and more so because of one of the biggest festivals: Coachella.  Coachella is one of the biggest music events of the year, and arguably the best in the country. Coachella started in 1999, now 17 years later, it's bigger than ever, often times selling out. Because Coachella is held Indio, CA, essentially put desert, the temperatures can vary, but it tends to be very hot. The fashion tends to be too! Crop tops, bikinis, and flowy pieces tend to lead the way at festivals, so we chose some of our favorites for all the festivals this year. Here are a few:

      


    Tularosa's Walker One Piece is quite possibly one of the cutest one piece's ever. This crocheted bad boy can take you from poolside at a festival, to the show in a minute. Wear it as is on a hot day, or throw on a pair of shorts or jeans. This suit is sure to be a festival and Summer favorite. 

     

     

    Can you say obsessed? Tori Pravers Justina Pants were made for festival season. The outfit options are endless for these. Pair them with a bikini, one piece, tank, crop top....you see where I'm going here. These flowy, striped pants have two large slits on each side keeping you cool and looking flawless. So much yes!!

     

     

     

    Looking for a unique bikini top to wear on those hot festival or Summer days? Spiritual Gangster's Good Vibes Bikini Top is it! The cut is perfect from day to night looks and gives us all the feels. The cute pineapple doesn't hurt. Give out all the right vibes this festival season.  

     

    For those who like to look gorgeous, girly, while still remaining light at festivals, don't worry, I don't blame ya... This Lovers & Friends- Life's a Beach Tube Top is definitely a winner.  This top goes amazingly with jeans, shorts, or even a maxi skirt. You can't go wrong. The best part? Both prints are different, yet equally beautiful. Check it out here in light blue with white floral print.  And here in the navy eyelet.

     

     

     If you could create the perfect desert ready, fun, and unique dress for festivals and getaways... I have a feeling it would be Tularosa's Didion Dress. This wrap dress makes it so easy to look SO good. Throw a hat on and you're ready for anything.

     

     

     Want the easiest to wear, lightest, and cutest outfit? Blue Life's Cassandra Romper is your new go to! This super comfy, "Mykonos Sunset" colored one piece can take you form day to night and have you looking carefree and cute in no time. Dress it up with a hat, booties, and some low cut necklaces. You will not regret wearing this. 

     

     

    Coachells is in the middle of the desert, and in case you weren't aware, it can get up to 120 degrees, easily. It's no surprise that bathing suits are often worn there because of this. The Eclipse One Piece by Blue Life just feels so right. Cool, carefree, and sexy is the perfect combo for any festival or hot day.

     

     

    Shorts are for sure a go to for festival season. I'm obsessed with baggy, low waisted cuts like One Teaspoon's Militaire Shorts. These legit pair well with anything from a bathing suit to a graphic tee, to a tank. These are unique enough to set you apart.Get your hands and buns into these.

     

     

    We all need a standard, yet fun pair of denim shorts. One Teaspoon's Blue Buoy Bandits are definitely necessary. These will legitimately of with anything you pair them with from a blowy top to a crop top. Pair them with a knee high pair of boots, and a low cut tank with a cute bralette for a fun festival look.

     

    These are just some ideas for your festival looks this season. The options at Bliss are endless. Keep an eye open for our upcoming, "What We're Loving" blog next week. It'll be a super fun one featuring more festival/ Coachella looks that we love. Seeing them on our gorgeous models definitely gives us wanderlust. And I'll be back with another Trend Report soon.

    -Annie @Bliss

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  • The Trend Report

    Posted by Annie Potts

    Hey Blissies!!

    We're here to give you another Trend Report. This time we're talking something that's come a long way: The Western Boot. Cowboy boots and those alike aren't anything new to the fashion game, but they sure have many different looks and have been seen much more lately. A once thought of Texas "fad" wasn't typically seen elsewhere. Now, it's everywhere! I couldn't be happier about that.

    "Cowboy boots began and continued to evolve through the late 1800s and the designs were influenced by the European cavalier style of boot, which were characterized by higher heels and better-quality leather. In the 1920s and 1930s cowboy boots became a fashion item as a result of the movies and radio shows about the Wild West. In the 1950s when rodeos became a popular form of entertainment and country music started being heard, the popularity of cowboy boots skyrocketed and millions of pairs were reportedly being made in all shapes, colors and styles.*" Today, the cowboy or western boot has become a strong part of American and Southern culture. While certain trends come and go, boot artisans continue to perfect the craft and use their creativity to create a new era of boot making. 

    Now western boots come in tall, heeled, studded, buckled, bootie etc etc... Here are a few of our favorite: 

    Perhaps one of our most favorite western styled boots: The Cassidy Boot by Matisse is definitely cowboy esque. A faux embossed overlay and a faux wooden heel give the Cassidy boot a vegan friendly appeal. With dual side elastic goring, a rear pull loop, and modest heel, these boots are made for walking! Shop The Cassidy Boot here.

     

    The Espana Suede Bootie by Matisse is a perfect example of western cowboy and modern. It features the most perfect tassels on the heel. This style comes in tan and black and is sure to bring a whole new look to your outfit. Shop The Espana Suede Bootie here. 

     

    The Courage Brown Booties by Matisse are such a classic western look! The color of these is gorgeous, and they're super versatile. They can be worn with anything and suit just about any one. I love the way they look with denim. Shop The Courage Brown Booties here!

     

    Ah, The Easy Street Boot by Matisse. Perhaps the most versatile boot. The simple black design make this boot perfect for any occasion. They'll easily be your go to boots. These are the kinda boots that even with major wear and tear, still look amazing. Definitely a must have. Shop Matisse's Easy Street Boot here!

     

    Your boot dreams have been answered! The Miranda Black Suede Boot by Matisse is everything we wanted and hoped for. The deep V on these bad boys create sophistication and uniqueness, while the tassels keep things ol' western. And the heel, the heel is the perfect amount. Shop Matisse's Miranda Black Suede Bootie here!

     

     

    Ah, the Neil Studded Black Bootie by Matisse. Definitely a favorite of mine. They're the perfect amount of badass while still remaining easy enough to match anything. This studded bootie is super comfortable and the shape screams cowboy. Shop the Neil Studded Boot here! 

     

    Okay, I hate playing favorites, but I have to! The Orlin Boots by Matisse are my absolute favorite western style boot. I am obsessed with this look. The spotted cow hair bootie is unique and the low cut style makes it easy to wear with so many styles. If you're looking for something different to spice up your shoe option, this is it! Shop Matisse Orlin Boot here!

     

     

     Yes! SO much yes! The Cruz Boot by Matisse are so fun! These puppies come in tan and black, and you wouldn't regret either color, or both. The Amuse Society and Matisse collab came up with these stitched booties with a perfect heel. Add in the opening V pocket and you're golden. Shop the Cruz Boot here in black!  And Cruz here in tan!

     

    Last, but not least! Matisse's Pronto Boot in Saddle. Your e everyday, western, easy wear boot. The distressed suede adds a worn in look, while the split shaft created an amazing look. The light brown color makes this boot easy to pair with anything. Shop the Pronto Boot here! 

     

    All of these western boot looks are on trend now, just as they were decades ago. The cowboy look, whether tall, short, heeled, or embellished are here to stay. 

    Keep your eyes peeled and browsers open for another Trend Report soon!

    -Annie at Bliss

     

    *Reference: A Brief History of the Western Cowboy Boot by Jakki Francis

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