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That Island Life.

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Bombshell, Florals, Fresh Combos, Shoes on April 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently purchased India Hicks: Island Style, a gorgeous home decor and lifestyle coffeetable book.  I pored over it this past weekend, willing the cool Chicago weather to evoke the warm island breeze you can almost feel coming off the pages of this gorgeous book and daydreaming about all kinds of home decor projects I’d like to undertake.

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Yes, please.  Because I can’t pack up and move to the Bahamas, let’s get the look locally with some fun island-inspired fashion pieces, like this Elle Sasson dress ($484) with my favorite shades (Wildfox Classic, $179):

 

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Finish with my K. Jacques bikini sandals ($265):

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Or, what about this babydoll pink romper (on sale for $179) with white sunnies (St. Laurent, $345):

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Finish with strappy lace-up sandals ($220 — or check out these, or my own Aquazzuras):

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For beach lounging, check out this bikini ($58 for top, $44 for bottom), a white cover-up ($75), and a Turkish-T beach towel ($82):

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Or, check out the jumpsuit version of the fern print above ($128 — or check out this style in black-and-white palm print for less) with these funky retro shades (Opening Ceremony, $165) and Loeffler Randall sandals ($195):

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Finish it off with a monogrammed Kayu clutch in pink linen ($200):

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Lastly: Mara Hoffmann one-piece ($230); Illesteva shades ($177); Jack Rogers sandals (on sale for $88); this ridiculously chic t-dress (on sale for $119); palm printed sandals (Sophia Webster, $520);

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Tropicana.

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Brights!, Fresh Combos, Jewelry, Neutrals on April 27, 2015 at 8:47 am

First, let me just say that I love every little thing about Moda Operandi’s M’Onogramia shop.  I’ll take one of errrything.  Second, let me also say that I’ve long coveted a pair of Stubbs + Wootton loafers, but it wasn’t until I saw this dazzling combo of wheaten linen and neon monogram that I began factoring a pair into my current must-have-soon list.

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So splashy with this neon statement necklace ($44), a white boyshirt ($88), and dressy shorts ($59):

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Super splashy with this freaking adorable and well-priced MONOGRAMMED clutch ($205):

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Would also be sweet with this silken frock from Cynthia Rowley, on sale for $189 (helloooo, bachelorette party!):

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Or, for beachside, a linen cover-up (Tory Burch, $325 — or check out this more affordable style), a neutral-n-neon lip print bikini (Jo de Mer, $260), and these gorgeous Valentino bow-toe flips (on sale for $191):

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J. Crew has all sorts of goodies in acid yellow right now that would mix ‘n match well here, including this silken shell ($168), these shorts ($49), lovely with these linen bow-toes (die over these – $238), and a splashy bikini ($44 for top, $40 for bottoms):

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I love this linen blazer ($178) with any of the forgoing bright, splashy colors, or one of these cheery crossbodies ($98):

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Thoughts?

Bamboo.

In Accessories, Home Decor, Magpie Nest on April 24, 2015 at 8:26 am

I mentioned recently how much I love the china from Juliska.  This bamboo-edged set ($137 per place setting) is fun and elegant, especially with these rattan placemats ($30 each) and maybe even (overkill?) these bamboo cutlery sets ($168 each):

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It led me to add a couple of similarly-accented items to my wish list, including these rattan chairs ($495 each — amazing for a breakfast table!),

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Also loving this cane-effect umbrella stand ($173 — or get the look for less with this), which I might toss some vintage badminton racquets into (I did this in my foyer — you can find lots of affordable ones on Etsy, like these):

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This headboard ($799) would also make quite a statement:

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