That Beach Life.

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Beauty Products, Brights! on May 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

It started with a free sample of Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Acqua perfume ($150).  One smell and I was transported to some sort of beachy tropical island with my feet in the sand and a cocktail in my hand.

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I want to wear it immediately with this palm-print one-piece (Onia, $195) with this Missoni shawl ($350 – PSSSST, achieve the same look with this steal for $15 in punchy yellow stripe).  And this epic palm print bag (200 GBP), with these fab gold Ancient Greek sandals ($250 — but guys, this Etsy storefront does a very similar style in a rainbow of different colors for only $98 a pop!  Check it.)

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+Stock with a great beach blanket ($45) and sunscreen (this Shiseido stuff is the jam, $40), and some mirrored shades ($12!).

+For good measure, this book of palms is a great piece to display in a beachy home.

+And this spunky “Wish You Were Here” sunhat by Eugenia Kim ($485).

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+Oh, and this inflatable swan is the ideal vehicle for holding your frozen daiquiri while floating in the pool.

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Other pieces in this vein to consider:

+This kurta from Roberta Roller Rabbit ($85) or this adorable maxi ($135) from the same line.

+This hilarious pool float ($30).

+This striped one-piece ($160).

+This blue and white Anthro blouse ($88) is STUNNING.

+This gorgeous flowing maxi (on sale for $64).

+Darling embroidered mini ($103).

+Reversible round beach towel ($75).

+OK, so this is not in the blue/green/fern/palm theme, but this bombshell one-piece is BEYOND ($118).



In Bombshell, Champagne!, Cocktail Dresses on May 25, 2016 at 9:22 am

Weddings are slowly starting to dwindle on our social calendars — after 30, they seem to thin out a bit.  But we’ve got two weddings this summer that we’re excited to attend and I would be lying if I didn’t say I appreciate the excuse to shop for a new dress, guilt-free.  As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m trying to be vigilant about spending as we get our company off the ground, so I can feel a bit guilty when I do snap up a new find or two.  But a dress for a wedding?  It’s just part of the territory for attendance.




My top picks for summer’s wedding guest festivities:

+This gray lace dress is so of-the-moment and yet unexpected thanks to the color.

+I am SO dead in love with the plunging neckline, cap sleeves, and funky print of this DVF (on sale for 70% off!!!!).

+If you’re a short dress gal, this lace one in either blush or navy ($278) is insane.

+This siren red lace dress is nothing short of epic.

+Speaking of lace, this one would be good for black tie ($308), especially with some majorly gemmed earrings.

+For those unafraid of color, how fab is this tangerine colored lace dress ($595) from one of my absolute fav designers?!

+Such a chic take on tuxedo dressing for women — I die over this.

+A stunning yellow maxi ($73).

+Speaking of yellow, this Giambattista Valli is 60% off and would look so adorably chic at a summer garden wedding.

+I’m a bit of a Self-Portrait fangirl, I’ll admit, and I own this lovely navy dress ($530), which I find ridiculously chic.  I also own this gorgeous one ($625 — eesh, do I have Self Portrait problem?), which I’ve filed away for the weddings I’m attending this summer, so I gotta say–it’s my top pick.  It looks PHENOMENAL on. And how sassy and sexy is this fiery red one (on sale for $448)?!

+Setting aside Self-Portrait, my other evening wear go-to is Zimmermann, and I had my eye on this sweet floral for awhile ($630) before deciding that the two weddings on my agenda are too formal for it.  But this ($455) is so sweet and sexy in that pale pink.  And this one in the French Navy ($520) is so distinguished!  And my sister sent me a frantic text telling me that this one is SO my style, I need it like yesterday ($695).  Love that pastel blue hue.

+This champagne-hued dress is not for the faint of heart — you gotta wear it with a lot of confidence.  But hella sexy!

+Also, Moda Operandi is putting on a helluva sale on its gorgeous designer duds…may be a good time to splurge on a highend piece, like this Preen by Thornton Regazzi stunner.

Hello, My Pretty.

In Accessories, Beauty Products, Bombshell, Brights!, Denim, Jewelry, Neutrals, Pastels on May 24, 2016 at 7:54 am

This past Saturday in Chicago was…dreamworthy.  It reminded me of a day from last summer that I reflect on with oh so much affection. Mr. Magpie was out of town (missed him, but gave me the opportunity to self-indulge), and I woke up early to drive over for an early morning run on the lake.  Then I stopped for a juice, showered, and drove downtown for a massage at the Waldorf-Astoria, did a little shopping, and spent the evening watching chick flicks with a cheese plate and a glass of wine.  It was literal perfection.  I want more of those days this summer.

And here are some pretty finds that will prime me for summer without breaking the bank.


Love this crochet-effect white top ($44!).  Looks like a Self-Portrait piece but it’s super affordable.  I like the idea of pairing it with my new favorite jeans for a dressed up-dressed down melange.  Also check out these puppies from Levis, which I saw a fellow blogger ROCKING recently.

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How fresh are these laser-cut espadrilles ($109)?!  Also check out these super affordable TopShop leather laser cut slippers ($48).

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Denim is mah best friend, and I haven’t seen a denim dress I haven’t loved in a long while.  This funky ASOS style with the high collar and cutouts ($61) is just the kind of piece that adds a little panache to your wardrobe.




Get a flushed, happy summer glow with the help of Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow ($55).  I’ve heard fantastic things.

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How impossibly chic are these rose gold Monica Vinader “friendship” bracelets ($200 each)?  You can pick from a rainbow of colors.  Lovelovelove.  PS — Do kids these days still make friendship bracelets?  What about gimp?  Did anyone rock out thousands of gimp keychains like I did?

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OK, so I am not a Gigi Hadid or Kendall Jenner, but one element of their chic street style wardrobes that I’m intrigued by is the ubiquity of the bodysuit.  They seem to layer everything over a bodysuit:




Um, girlcrush much?  Thank God for companies like ASOS, which let you try the trend on the cheap.  I snapped up this style ($19) to pair with my high-waisted denim…but also seriously looked at this and this.  Depending on how well my first one goes, I may have to snap them up, too.  Yeah, it’s going to make using the restroom a pain, but imagine never having your shirt untucked/ride up and a nice clean line?!  Intrigued.


Old Navy, bringing the HITS this season!  Check out this affordable ($14) scarf!  Cute and wear with everything.  I snapped up this buffalo check linen-effect popover ($29)…perfect with white jeans and simple slides.  Also love this chambray throw-n-go dress ($34).



OK, I’ll try not to post too many more tassel earrings, but how great are these ($88)?!



I was so bummed that this scallop-collar shirt sold out at J.Crew before I could snag it.  This is the kind of thing I love to wear tucked into jeans with some great lace-up flats for a casual but polished work lunch.  So you can imagine my delight when ASOS released a similar version for only $35.  DONE.





I LOVE these oval link necklaces ($39), especially the neon yellow with blush bow.  So fab with a simple LWD.

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