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Summer, in 10 Pieces.

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

Ladies, ladies.  I’ve been throwing a lot of options for your summer wardrobe in your face and have decided to simplify the last few weeks of posts into 10 must-haves.  The creme de la creme as to what’s out there for this season — what’s hot + happening.  Here we go.

01.  THE DRESS.

The IT dress for the season: chambray and OTS.  Here’s a lovely one at a good price ($89).

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I snagged this comparable from Express of all places ($60) and it’s super cute but a little too voluminous TBH.  I like that the above one has a nipped waist.

02.  THE SANDAL.

I love these Loeffler Randall-esque sandals ($64).  They’ll be as chic with shorts as they will with a maxi.  I think I need them in the gold foil.

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03.  THE ONE-PIECE.

This Marysia one-piece is as good as it gets ($334).

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If the price tag is a little hard to swallow, consider this style ($39 — check it in this Lilly Pulitzer-esque print, too!) or this Kate Spade style ($160) or this J. Crew style ($125).  Scallops for everyone!

04.  THE TOTE.

This monogrammed Kayu tote ($140) is THE accent piece of the season.  Everyone’s gone nuts for them.  If the wait until October for yours just doesn’t seem tenable, check out these monogrammable bags from Etsy store Mariella Vilar ($135).


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05.  THE EARRING.

I guarantee you won’t regret the Rebecca de Ravenel Bon Bon earrings ($275).  They are SUPER lightweight (I thought they’d be so heavy!) and oh-so-chic.  I’ve worn mine a bunch since they arrived.  I love dressing up a simple LWD or an OTS chambray top with these shoulder-grazing beauties.  Plus, I strongly suspect they are going to go up in price the longer they’re out there.  Invest now!

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06.  THE ‘DRILLE.

Soludos is the name of the game this season, and I think these slightly platformed styles in either leather ($99) or canvas print ($129) are the way to go.

 

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07.  THE BIG NIGHT DRESS.

Wedding season has arrived, y’all.  I made an investment in this black-tie beauty ($625) from very of-the-moment Self-Portrait.  I’d strongly recommend ponying up for a dress that you absolutely love and feel is tres chic right now and then recycling for the season.  To my mind, the top brands for summer evening wear are: Self-Portrait (if the one below is too crazy for you, the Azalea dress is major in all its pretty pastels, or this periwinkle statement piece); Zimmermann (this one is my top pick — so sweet!! — but I also love this badboy in its gorgeous pastels); or Rebecca Taylor (this one is sort of the dress of the season).
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08.  THE SHADES.

I’ll stop venting and obsessing over these Dior So Real shades (on sale for $420) from now on, but these continue to hold the top spot in my lust list.

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09.  THE TOP.

This Caroline Constas top ($395) is THE snag of the season.  This even more dramatic style from the same designer is also high on the list, but if you have to pick one, pick the first one.  There are a few lookalikes to consider: this Zara steal ($50), although I wish the hem hung lower; this linen-y cotton top from Madewell ($70); or this J.Crew find ($88).
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10.  THE EMBROIDERED TUNIC.

Embroidery is where it’s AT this season.  Steal yours from Christophe Sauvat (exact style shown below found here), Ulla Johnson (this one and this one are my faves — but lookalikes for less can be found here and here), or Stylekeepers (available in shirt version here).

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P.S. I love this, too.

Under a Hundo.

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Beauty Products, Bombshell, Brights!, Denim, Home Decor on April 28, 2016 at 7:49 am

As I mentioned recently, I’m on a maj budget these days, so I love any bargain I can find that satisfies my need for staying in style and keeping it frugal.  Below, some finds I’ve been swooning over:

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These perforated leather espadrilles are the spitting image of a style from Loeffler Randall…but only $69.  Cha-ching.  (Although, if you’re a brand loyalist, you can find the LRs on sale here.)

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I’m dying over this OTS, embroidered cotton dress ($98).  It nails so many trends in one place and I just love the oversized easy-breeziness of it.

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Pick3

A sassy little needlepoint pillow to remind you how awesome you are ($34).  (Also, this.)

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I’ve been seeing these baskets from Eliza Gran ($96 apiece) pop up all over the place in the well-appointed homes of some major chic peas.  Great for storing toys, magazines, shoes at the front door, etc.  But I also ferreted out some lookalike baskets (also handmade!) on Etsy for $56 a pop.  You’re welcome.  {P.S. — Don’t miss the sweet pompommed straw handbags from this Etsy storefront either!  All made in Spain, ooh la la.}

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Pick5

In the same vein, this embroidered clutch ($127) caught my attention as an easy way to punch up a simple white dress on the BBQ circuit this summer.

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Pick6

CHA CHA CHA in this OTS cotton lovely ($29).  This is the exact sort of piece that I’d accent with higher-end pieces to elevate the whole look: I’d finish with my Rebecca de Ravenel drops ($275) and some fab sandals from Alexandre Birman ($695).

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Pick7

Feeling pret-ty pale as I head into the warmer weather months, so this new-to-me line Say Hello to Sexy Legs and all of its products — especially this tinted glow gel ($38) — caught my eye.  I’m almost as a rule opposed to any self-tanning products because the smell makes me want to BARF.  I’d rather be pale than smell like a burnt plastic doll, thankyouverymuch.  P.S. — I have also used in the past Guerlain’s amazing Terracotta tan enhancer oil ($59).  It smells like a beachy dream and adds a little tan glimmer/sheen to your limbs.  Love.  And BTW, Guerlain’s bronzer ($53) is THE BEST ON THE MARKET.  I upgraded from Nars last year and haven’t looked back.  Yes, it’s more pricey.  But it lasts way longer (seriously, my girlfriends and I always whined about feeling like we’d go through a Nars bronzer in a few weeks!) and it goes on so natural.  Love.

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Pick8

I’m so into the summer party mode right now.  I’ll admit to stockpiling some cute bar/party accessories, including these retro flamingo picks ($9.50), some monogrammed plastic cups ($45), and some fab cocktail napkins ($8).

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Pick9

I’ve never been an iPhone case user (why ruin the perfect Apple design?  I know, I know…I’m walking on the edge of danger because the phones are easy to shatter!), but I have to say, these Minnie and Emma cases ($59) are pret-ty cute.  You can customize the pins/stickers you add to yours to include your name, favorite emojis, etc.

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I’ve been stocking up on affordable statement blouses/tops to pair with my favorite jeans — it’s the perfect way to keep your weekend fashion game strong without breaking the bank.

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A few of my favorite finds:

+Love the mixed media effect of this top ($53) — it nails the whole poplin/shirting trend that’s been on rage recently.

+J.Crew finally caught up with the times and came out with some poplin OTS tops in a variety of colors and stripes ($88).  Easy way to punch some white jeans up.

+Love the flutter sleeves on this white top ($59).

+Even Gap’s in on the OTS trend — love this linen-y looking top ($59).

+Also love this boho white blouse ($59).  I want to pair with skinny jeans and some stacked/wedged/platformed heels (i.e., these).

+Perfect for a BBQ ($88).

+This ($98) is so cute, I can’t even take it.  LOVE NEED WANT NOW.

+Still one of my favorite steals so far this season ($68).

Cha-Cha-Chambray.

In Accessories, Americana, Beach Wear, Denim, Neutrals on April 27, 2016 at 7:51 am

Chambray has always been a mainstay in my wardrobe, but it’s BIG for this season.  Take some clues from these babes:

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Gorgeous all around.  Some of my top chambray/denim pieces for the season, mixed in with great accent pieces:

+Bardot Blouse ($486 — love the shoulder ties!);

+A very of-the-moment shoe silhouette ($320);

+Scalloped chambray top ($55) — or check out the J. Crew variation on this theme here;

+Monogrammed traveling jewelry kit ($58 — love this);

+Espadrilles ($55);

+A striped linen shirt ($79).

 

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+Or, how about this darling chambray romper ($128)?

+Fab with these perfect wedges ($295).

+Or how about these chic shorts from L’Agence ($268)? (Get the look for less with these or these.  And if you like stripes, these shorts are a chic little addition to the mix.)

+All of these looks would be perfection with a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag ($595).

+Crisp flats from Jimmy Choo ($625).

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+And, love the idea of this frilled poplin OTS top ($48) with paperbag-waist trousers like these ($335):

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Or, maybe just get it all done with a chambray jumpsuit like this (on sale for $99) or this ($158).

+This embroidered romper ($58) is what I want to wear on the weekend.

+Don’t forget these lace-up wedge espadrilles (Joie, $275).  If you’re more of a flats girl, check out these lace-up flat espadrilles ($60).  And by all means check out these badboys, on sale for $150.

+Embroidered top ($350).

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And, a few other pieces to consider:

+Scalloped edges are big this season — check out this chambray scalloped tank for $68.

+I’ve shared lots of OTS shirts along these lines, and I promise to stop soon, but here’s a good steal for $45 to nail that Tibi look.

+Love this a-line dress ($88) — crisp and pulled together but sweet at the same time.

+It feels like everyone has made a variation of this dress this season — and I love ’em all.  Get the look for much less with this or this.

+Banana nailed it with this peplum top ($68).

+This patterned tote ($48) has the best color contrast.  I’ll wear this to the beach with a gauzey white cover up.

+Not exactly chambray, but love this chambray-hued flutter-sleeve tee ($44).