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Bradley Agather Means
Striped t-shirts, Birthdays, Ice-cold Arnold Palmers, Monograms, Crossword Puzzles
COCKTAIL OF CHOICE ...
MARGARITA (ON THE ROCKS WITH SALT), ST. GERMAIN COCKTAIL, RED WINE
EARLY MORNINGS OVER LATE NIGHTS, VANILLA OVER CHOCOLATE, SUMMER OVER WINTER
PLAYING TENNIS, SUNDAY BRUNCH, COOKING
I'D RATHER BE IN...
AERIN LAUDER, GWYNETH PALTROW
THE GREAT GATSBY, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE GLASS CASTLE
I popped in to Trina Turk to buy an ice bucket and walked out with this dress. (Did you know that she makes some seriously fabulous ice buckets? You’ll have to take my word for it because I can’t seem to find any of them online. They must only be available in the stores. But they’re worth a trip. Trust me.) I was buying the barware when this geometric gem caught my eye. I paused my purchase to try it on and that was that.
There are so many things I love about this shift dress: the cutaway-shoulder silhouette and the triangular print are just two of them. It’s actually a surprising color + print combo from Trina Turk, in my opinion. I always expect over-the-top hues paired with and super bold prints from the designer, but this dress is more subtle. It’s a little more unexpected from her. I like that. The length is perfect (works with flat sandals but it isn’t too short to pair with heels), and it manages to work both as a more casual piece on a summer patio or, accented with some statement earrings, it’s ideal for a cocktail party. You know what else I love about it? It packs well. I mean that I can throw it in my suitcase and somehow it comes out looking perfectly pressed and ready to go. When you’re packing your suitcase for as many summer weddings as I am, that little detail is key.
As much as I love a hot pink or an Yves Klein blue, I’m also someone that favors colors of the more neutral variety: creamy whites, beiges, nudes, and blush tones with just the slightest hint of pink. These colors look fresh, and along with black and gray, these are usually the hues I find myself wearing the most often. The neutral-tones items in my closet are often the ones with most longevity. For instance, a leather jacket like this one will never ever go out of style. (During the summer, I’ve favored this Elizabeth & James jacket. It’s the perfect weight for these hot temperatures.) Another must-have in neutrals: knitwear. I own this J.Crew cashmere tee in a million colors but the tan, light blush and gray are the ones that get the most wear. And no fall/winter wardrobe would be complete without a camel coat. This one looks downright cozy, but I also love the tailored silhouette (and the lower price tag) of this double-breasted one. One of the things I especially love about this palette is how it looks when layered together. There’s nothing prettier than white jeans with a creamy blouse and a tan jacket on top. It’s a palette cleanser, don’t you think?
As if you needed more proof of my love for Lemlem. I’m such a huge fan of this line, and this summer my affinity seems to have only grown. The entire collection is the definition of easy-breezy, glam – exactly what you want in a look this time of year. My love is certainly evident in my closet as my collection of Lemlem seems to have grown exponentially. Over the past couple of months, I’ve managed to acquire a coverup, a dress (I have worn a long cotton slip underneath so that it can indeed function as an actual dress), a scarf, and a top. Oh. And I am very seriously contemplating this hoodie. Someone stop me. The colors, the gauzy material (ideal for these hot temperatures), the stripes: I love it all. Anyone else have a line they can’t live without this summer?
(Note: My trusty Loeffler Randall sandals. These are officially the workhorse of my closet. They’re my favorite sandal. Loeffler Randall, if you’re reading, please consider re-making these. I’ll be smarter this time and buy them in every color. I promise.)
J.Crew has always had some of the greatest collaborations (Cynthia Rowley‘s: I still want one of these wetsuits. I have no clue what occasion of mine might require one but I love it.). Lately they’ve gotten even better with a focus on fine jewelry. They’ve got mini-collections from favorite designers like Catbird (this sweet heart ring is too good), Lulu Frost, and Maya Brenner.
The latest addition to the lineup is a particular favorite of mine: Jennifer Fisher. She’s known for her edgy yet classic designs – the kinds of things you wear for years and years. (I’m still coveting one of her nail cuffs.)Her J.Crew collection is a line of 10K pendants and charms – including letters, a lightning bolt, a “Taken,” (love that one), and a key, to name just a few. They’re super simple with just enough punch. The best part is that these sweet little charms look good worn on their own and even better when layered together. I love the idea of wearing the “B” charm with the star. My favorite one is actually the skull. The white diamond eyes add the perfect touch. I’d string that one on there, too. You can make a pretty nice mix with these. It’s a more-is-more philosophy.
Blue. And. White. Again. My love for this classic color combo extends beyond home decor (note: have you seen the blue and white sale on One Kings Lane?). It’s a big part of my closet, too. Black and white will forever be my number one favorite combo (there’s nothing chicer) but during the summer months, black feels a little harsh – not to mention, a little too hot. A navy or light blue just suits the warmer weather months. It’s a bit of a boring look but what you’re seeing here is day-to-day summer uniform: white denim shorts, a striped button-down, sunnies, a big carry-all (love this one), and my slide-on sneakers. These are the pieces that are in heavy rotation this season. It’s light, easy and it’s blue and white. What’s more summer than that?
Anyone else happen to come across Barneys’ new Aquazzura lookbook? Did you fall in love, too? I’ve long been a fan of Aquazzura heels (these are still my all-time favorite). The shape, the textures, the geometric details – all of it comes together to make a very sexy shoe. This season, it only seems to get better. It was this pair, in fact, that first caught my eye. That color. How can you resist? The lattice-style cutouts are just too good. But then I peeked at the rest of the new styles and discovered that they’re all just as fab as the next. I love the modern, simplicity of these. A great nude-colored shoe is important to have and these are fantastic. I’ve never tried any of his flat styles but I think that’s about to change after seeing these. Talk about upgrading your basic ballet flat. The mix of materials here (water snake!) is spot on, and I love the leather ties that wrap around the ankle. Even his ballet flats are sexy!
Did I mention that on the sole of every single one of his shoes you’ll find a gold, lattice pineapple? It’s true. You know how much I love that.