Q: White tops for summer. Not frou frou.
A: I love the vibe on the chic pea above — she’s wearing an oversized cotton-linen button-down from Posse. Gap has a great oversized white button-down that people rave about, too, and Everlane has a slightly slimmer fitting linen one for $80. If you’re into this summer’s gauze obsession, Xirena’s is the one to snag (they also have a short-sleeved variation and it’s on sale) — get the look for less with Gap. Doen’s Jane blouse is practically iconic at this point. I’m also convinced that this Frank and Eileen is the type of piece I’d buy and then wonder how I’d ever lived without it. Perfect for throwing on with jeans, over a tank as a layering piece, even with fitness wear.
Q: $100 and under gift ideas for a friend’s bridal shower.
A: Thinking back, some of the best engagement and wedding gifts I received were things like champagne buckets, cake domes, vases, pitchers, steak knives, serving platters, etc. These are things I would never have bought myself at the time but they really set us up for a nice home together, and helped with entertaining friends. Here are a few pieces I love along these lines:
PUNCHY PLATTERS FROM IN THE ROUND
FOOTED MARBLE FRUIT BOWL
JULIA AMORY PLACEMAT AND NAPKIN SET
SCALLOPED PARTY BUCKET
ROUND SERVING TRAY — YOU COULD MONOGRAM WITH THE LAST NAME
CAKE PLATE + PUNCH BOWL IN ONE — CAN’T TELL YOU HOW OFTEN I USE THIS EXACT STYLE
Q: A midi/maxi red dress to celebrate my birthday in Portugal — under $200!
Q: Lightweight cotton dresses under $100.
A: I hear you — easy pieces to beat the heat! My top picks —
THIS SZ BLOCKPRINTS (EXTRA 20% OFF WITH CODE YOUROCK)
THIS MINI — EXTRA 50% OFF THE BLOCKPRINT STYLE
A STRIPED TEE DRESS TO WEAR WITH CHIC SNEAKS
Finally, a shoutout to R Vivimos dresses — inexpensive, and not 100% cotton, but they’ve gotten me through a lot of epically hot days and I don’t fuss if I sweat through them — ha! I own and particularly love this polka dot and this blue floral. Both really lightweight and soft.
Q: Cute black sundress for a larger bust — not a fan of smocking.
A: A few great recent finds —
THIS GORGEOUS FROCK FROM THE GREAT — LOVE THE BACK
THIS LACE INLET MINI — $20?!
Q: Newport, RI wedding — bride said “summer florals” for girls!
Q: Easy summer dresses for lounging, walks, porch coffee.
A: Honestly, my favorite everyday dresses this summer are Julia Amory’s. I wear mine constantly. They are ultra-soft, have pockets, and make me feel pulled together when I feel anything but. They aren’t great for walks because of the length, though. For walks, the ones I reach for are SZ Blockprints caftans, inexpensive styles from R Vivimos, Hill House nap dresses, and Maxwell & Geraldine’s Kate dress. I wear these about 90% of the time when I’m just looking for something to throw on while hanging at home or walking the dog!
Q: Engagement party outdoors in Savannah in July.
Q: White tees — plain and graphic — that are not see through.
Q: Queen headboard under $700 to coordinate with Janie Kruse Garnett blue hydrangea duvet.
A: Gorgeous! I would go with something timeless like this Pottery Barn. I think the white would look fabulous with the duvet. If you prefer upholstered, I would check out the options at The Inside — affordable and lots of colors/fabrics available. You could do something dramatic like pair with a blue and white stripe or go with a solid.
P.S. Recent great Amazon finds.
P.P.S. Chic kitchen decor.
P.P.P.S. To the graduates.