Bradley Agather Means
Striped t-shirts, Birthdays, Ice-cold Arnold Palmers, Monograms, Crossword Puzzles
EARLY MORNINGS OVER LATE NIGHTS, VANILLA OVER CHOCOLATE, SUMMER OVER WINTER
I'D RATHER BE IN...
AERIN LAUDER, GWYNETH PALTROW
THE GREAT GATSBY, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE GLASS CASTLE
There’s something about warm weather that makes me want to load up on my prints. The spring air has me pulling out all kinds of cheeky ones – pineapples (always), zebras, palm trees, and now, flamingos. This little shift is a new favorite of mine. Not only do I love the fun print, but the shape is just so easy. It’s a throw-on-and-go kind of dress – exactly what warm, summer days call for. I’m headed out to Palmetto Bluff this weekend and this will definitely be at the top of my suitcase.
‘Tis about that time! Shopbop is hosting their Friends & Family sale. From now until Thursday night, you’ll get 25% off your purchase with the code INTHEFAMILY14. Not only does this apply to all of their fab new arrivals (hello.), but it also includes their sale items. That means you’re getting things like this and these for 55% off. Happy shopping.
Here’s what you can’t miss:
There are only a few online shops that I rarely go longer than a couple of days without checking. Mango is one them. It’s one of my favorite spots to find super chic – and super affordable – pieces that I can stock up on for the season. They manage to master the mix of trendier items and those perfect basics (obsessed) that you’ll wear all year long. Their latest arrivals are some of their best yet – in my opinion. I’m pretty sure that they’ve got everything you need for a complete spring/summer closet. The dresses have me especially smitten. They’ve got classic, wear-to-work pieces, easy-breezy stuff like this, and cocktail-hour numbers. The same goes for the tops, too: casual to dressy. (I love the rope detail on this one.) The accessories (this bag!) are just as good. And even better? Nearly every single item is under $100.
After last week’s post (love. those. sandals.), I decided to see what other steals I could find in sandals. It turns out there are plenty. You can snag a great pair for under $60 at places like Sole Society and Topshop - even my beloved K. Jacques can be found on sale! Whether you’re looking for a neutral-hued sandal or something a bit brighter, you’ve got options.
I was going to include these in an upcoming Style Steals post, but I think they’re too good to wait. When it comes to my summer sandals, simple is always better. I like to have a couple of unique, fun pairs, but the rest need to be simple and easy. I actually think the the simplest pair can be the chicest. This pair from Matiko is a perfect example. You can’t get more straightforward than a leather sandal in a toe-ring silhouette. You also usually can’t find sandals like these for under $100. This pair rings in at $84 – and considering these are the types of sandals you can wear with pretty much anything and everything, I’d say that’s money well spent.
When I think of those items that signify classic American summers, the L.L. Bean Boat and Tote immediately comes to mind. The iconic bag – which was originally designed to carry ice – has been around since 1944. 70 years! Talk about standing the test of time. It’s been spotted on arms of many a stylish lady – Gwyneth Paltrow and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, to name a couple – and not just at the beach! This bag manages to look chic whether you’re running errands around town or spending your day at the sea. The canvas carryall is utterly simple – no frills, just function. I have the large size and it’s a lifesaver when I really need a tote that can pack it all in. Did I mention it’s washable! It’s a bag that just gets the job done. While I love it year-round, there’s something about the nearing of summer that makes me want to carry it more. In fact, it’s making me want to purchase a second one. The sunny yellow hue is calling my name.
After what seems like the longest winter ever, I think we’ve all got a bit of spring fever. Most of coats are now officially stored away (I’m keeping this one out just in case we’ve got one or two chilly days left) in favor of bright, spring-y things. I’m really feeling the tropical trend we’re seeing right now – palm trees (have you seen the Emma Cook line? Full of palms!), Hawaiian florals, pineapple motifs! It’s all of those items that I might normally reserve for a beach trip – but not right now! I’m wearing them day-in and day-out. (This clutch has even become my favorite camera carrier.) Don’t save them for later. Go ahead. Load up on the tropical punch.