As we inch our way into summer, we find ourselves facing not only seasonal transitions but also life transitions. Summer may be favored for sunkissed skin, denim cut-offs, beach visits, and blissful relaxation (that is, if summer vacation still exists for you), but the summer season is also a popular transitional time for people, whether it be for new jobs, worldwide travels, family relocations, or new school beginnings.

Every summer, I find that at least one person has moved out – either temporarily or long-term – from my life due to one of the aforementioned reasons. Thank goodness for the power of social media; I can’t imagine how friendships can endure if we were still stuck with the communication methods of the olden days! But even though life brings different opportunities to each of us that may take us away from each other, it’s always fun to gather together one last time for a brilliant going-away dinner party.

Today, British fashion brand River Island and I embrace this summer story of mine and bring you inspiration for finding the perfect outfit for this first segment of River Island x Jayeeaych’s #SpiritofSummer campaign. When it comes to night-time events, I love going for an all-black look. With black on black comes an immeasurable level of confidence fused together by edgy elegance and understated sexiness. I love this maxi skirt from River Island – the flowy chiffon split panels put a modern sultry spin on the classic maxi, striking the perfect balance between avant-garde and conventional, and downplayed with a graphic tee but elevated by caged stiletto heels, it makes for the perfect dinner look that oozes with contemporary edge. Below, I’ve picked out a couple more alluring pieces from River Island that would turn up the heat at the next going-away party you attend this summer.

My River Island picks:
Black Eyelet Tie Crop Top // Black Pleated Split Skirt // Black Fringed Slip Dress // Dark Grey Sequin Dress // Black Bandeau Belted Jumpsuit // Blue Suede Sandals // Black Snake Print Strappy Pumps // Grey Quilted Crossbody // Black Oversized Asymmetric Zip Clutch // Gold Tone Gem Black Watch

Saying good-bye doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you’re sending off a good friend with an unforgettable dinner party filled with great company, memorable quotes and laughter, dapper outfits, and, of course, good food. If you’re local to the Los Angeles area, here are some favorite spots (by no means comprehensive!) to check out for delectable bites and beautiful ambiance:

Nic’s Beverly Hills
453 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Honda-ya Izakaya
333 S Alameda St, Ste 314
Los Angeles, CA 90013

The Little Door
8164 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

A Food Affair
1515 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tar & Roses
602 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Faith & Flower
705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Drago Centro
525 S Flower St, Ste 120
Los Angeles, CA 90071

The Misfit Restaurant + Bar
225 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Upper West
3321 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Thank you so much for reading! To close off, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes that I happened to come across again this past weekend:
“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”
– Andy Warhol

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Special thanks to River Island for partnering on this post!

Top: Only (similar)
Skirt: River Island (similar)
Heels: Ivanka Trump (similar)
Belt: Asos

Photos by Joselyn

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