STYLE STEALS

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One thing I love about this time of year: the sales. There seems to be one at every single turn (Shopbop, Neimans, and Les Nouvelles, to name just a few). You can score some great discounts on not only a few last minute summer favorites you’ve been holding out on (for me, that includes this and this), but there’s also plenty of deals to be had on pieces that are worthy of a fall wardrobe, too: a pair of these, cozy knitwear, and a little leopard-print. Even the new arrivals to J.Crew are ringing in at under $100 (plus there’s an extra 25% off with the code SHOPNOW). No matter what it is you’re looking for, there’s more than likely a good deal to be had.

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PERFECTLY POPPY

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When I’m in need of some style inspiration, there are certain gals I know I can count on to deliver: Olivia Palermo, Taylor Tomasi Hill, and Poppy Delevingne all come to mind. The latter of the three has been a constant face popping up on my  “Looks” board lately. And for good reason: this British blonde knows what she’s doing when it comes to getting dressed.

I’m always on the lookout for Poppy pictures during fashion weeks. What I really love about her style is that she doesn’t have just one. Her looks range from uber-feminine in florals and lacy dresses one day to ripped jeans and studded Converse sneakers the next. (One thing that stays the same: her love of Chanel. You can almost always spot at least one double C something on this lady.) She just  mixes things up – pairs unexpected pieces, textures, and colors together.  I’m always inspired to try out something new after looking though some of her expert ensembles.  Put simply: she has great taste. (And seriously great hair.)

Side note: Have you checked out the latest issue of Porter magazine? There are at least six pages featuring Poppy’s weddings. (Yes. Plural. There were two – two weddings, two locations, and two fabulous dresses.) It’s definitely worth a look.

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The Look: “Perfectly Poppy”

Images: Stockholm StreetStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vogue

 

GEOMETRIC GEM

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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. trina turk dress
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Photos by Molly Miller

 

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COLOR MOMENT: NEUTRAL PARTY

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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?

 

A SUMMER OF LEMLEM

 

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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.)

 

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JENNIFER FISHER x J.CREW

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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.

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BLUE AND WHITE

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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?

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Photos by Molly Miller