The Fashion Magpie What You Are Shopping For

What You’re Shopping For: June 2022 Edition, Vol II.

No one is actually shopping for the $6,000 Emilia Wickstead gown seen above but it was too beautiful a shot not to share at some point on Magpie. Swoon!

Q: Some fun costume jewelry to dress up plain black and white summer outfits.

A: I love my new shell necklace (look for less with this) with a simple tee. This beaded styhttps://bit.ly/3NxcJH3le would also be fun paired with a simple white dress. I also really like the on-trend, bold, candy-necklace-style all over the place, especially the ones from Maison Monik, or this one from Anthro or this one from Cloverpost (imagine with a white strapless dress!). This oversized shell would be fun to layer with other pieces. And I can’t stop thinking about the styles from Lizzie Fortunato!

Q: An alterative to Hermes Orans. I love them but I am tired of them.

A: St. Laurent Nu Pieds or Staud Pippas! Both have a similar refined elegance.

Q: Designer swimsuits on sale…are there any marked down yet?! Really want to make an investment but hoping to save a little.

A: You’re in luck: I was just up this morning hunting for some for myself. I earmarked this Agua Bendita, this Zimmermann, this Mara Hoffman, this Hunza G (40% off!), and this reversible Marysia (basically two suits in one!)

Q: Summer dresses, no strapless, midi, sweat invisible, under $150.

A: I don’t know if I can help with the sweat invisibility, but a few great midi dresses for summer under $150:

THIS GAP – A NO-BRAINER!

THIS PLAYA LUCILE

THIS BLOCKPRINT

THE ELLIE NAP DRESS

THIS GREEN FLORAL

THIS ULLA-ESQUE MADEWELL STYLE

Q: Mirror for a five year old boy’s bedroom, above dresser. Less than $500.

A: I love these bone inlay mirrors (fun to add a pop of color) and this white ball mirror (youthful, fun, and would go with virtually any decor)! More decor for children’s rooms here.

Q: Top to go with a skirt for black tie.

A: Check out Andres Otalora! Lots of fun styles, on sale — including this strapless style (a variation available in white), this peplum, and this organza.

Q: A REALLY bold, colorful dress for a wedding.

A: This Staud, this No Pise La Grama, or this Monique L’Hhuillier.

Q: Newborn essentials.

A: Congratulations, mama! It can be overwhelming. I shared some of my must-haves here, and to this list I would add a baby bath tub (I used this when my babies were very little because I’d had a c-section and it was hard to bend over, and then switched to this), this bottle drying rack (still in use in our home for sippy cups, children’s plates, etc), and Wubbanubs. Neither of my children used pacifiers for long but I found them helpful for both when young, and these are much more difficult to lose than others thanks to the little stuffy at the end. Also – never go anywhere without these tiny trash bags. They saved me so many times while out and about — you don’t want to have to leave a stinky diaper at a friend’s house, and they are also good for containing clothes that have been subject to throw up, blow-outs, etc.

P.S. I also shared some favorite layette finds here, and some thoughts on things I wish I’d known about before my son was born!

Q: Bed and bedside tables that are timeless.

A: Personally, I prefer upholstered headboards, and this classic style from S&L is timeless, elegant, and inviting — plus, you can pick a color you love. (Ours was a dove gray.) For bedside tables, I love these ones from Ballard. The drawers are great for containing all bedside must-haves (remotes, pens, tissues, glasses, lotions, books, iPads, etc) and the bottom shelf is ideal for styling with books or a hyacinth basket with additional essentials or slippers. I also like their substantial width. My one complaint about the bedside tables in our primary bedroom is that they are too narrow — I always feel like I have a stack of things at my side and wish I had more real estate to spread out my phone, my water, my iPad, my remotes, etc next to my lamp! I’m also drawn to the clean lines of this PB style, and the lattice on this one. A bit trendier, but these raffia scalloped ones add so much texture, depth, dimension, etc! I saw these used in the guest room we stayed in at the Blue Rock Inn in VA and fell in love.

Q: Dress for under $300 for family beach photos.

A: I think Mille’s Victoria style is perfect — flattering, slightly dramatic thanks to the length, and comes in a bunch of different colors/patterns (including timeless navy and summery paisley). Plus, I think most of us find sleeves to be friendly in photos. I also know so many women who love Anthro’s Somerset dress for this purpose — also comes in loads of great colors/patterns. A few other under-$300 dresses that I love…

THIS GINGHAM

THIS REFORMATION IN THE GREEN FLORAL

THIS SWEET FLORAL

THIS FLATTERING LA LIGNE

THE ELLIE NAP DRESS

Q: Black tie wedding in Ireland in September. I’m short!

A: Fellow shortie over here! I like this dramatic Staud and this voluminous, lacey Sau Lee.

Q: A chic and utilitarian weekender bag.

A: I love Paravel’s style, Neely and Chloe’s version, and Cuyana (always gets high marks for quality/detail).

Q: Easy but stylish throw on dresses for summer. Nothing too colorful, frilly, etc.

A: Gap has some really great, unfussy dresses for summer — this midi in black or white, this khaki beauty, this mini, this eyelet. All four can be dressed up/down in a million ways, whether with sneakers, fisherman sandals, or woven mules. You can also find some great, versatile pieces at Boden (like this white linen), Mango (like this shirt dress), and Ann Taylor (like this eyelet). I also love the throw-on styles at Target, including this swiss dot, and this black maxi.

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