BEST OF SALE: C. WONDER

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The latest sale to hit my radar comes from C. Wonder. With some items up to 70% off, this one is definitely worth a quick look. They have some really great apparel marked way down – including some pretty adorable tunics and a pair of eyelet shorts for $38 – and there’s some cute shoes, too. The real gem of the sale, however, is the home decor. You’ll find some fantastic dinnerware (with napkins to match!), golden glasses that are calling out for a summer cocktail, and other knick-knacks for around the house. Like I said, this one is definitely worth perusing.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • My morning cup of coffee would be a whole lot better coming from one of these.
  • On that same note, how about this for my bowl of cereal?
  • The fact that these are $29 almost seems too good to be true. I love the yellow! Two pairs, please?
  • A set of four of these for $10! So. Good.
  • I love having little dishes like this one to accessorize tables and bookshelves. (A monogram one would make a great gift!)
  • A good maxi dress is a must-have for easy, summer dressing.
  • If you’re looking for jewelry, you can’t go wrong with a classic gold link bracelet.
  • A set of these salad plates will add the perfect pop of color to my all-white dinner situation.
  • A stripe top that feels just a little dressed-up.
  • These are a serious steal! I’ll take a pair of white and a pair of red.

BRIGHT WHITE

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If it seems like all I wear lately is white, that’s because I do. My summer uniform is simple: white on top, white on bottom. I even sometimes really go for it and add in white jewels and a pair of white sandals. It makes getting dressed really, really easy – not to mention, packing for vacations is a cinch. Speaking of packing, this sweatshirt-style (there’s no fleece, it’s more about the shape) top from Reiss  has become my vacay essential. It’s lightweight, but it keeps me warm on cool, summer nights. When the A/Cs are blasting, a good summer sweatshirt is exactly what you need. (Did I mention it’s on sale? $75.) The quilted pattern keeps it interesting, but the detail that really seals the deal for me is the pockets. Yes. It has pockets! I can go sans purse and still keep my lipstick (new favorite color right here) and my iPhone with me all night. Summer will be over before we know it so I’m going to wear all the white I can right now. ‘Tis the season.
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BEST OF SALE: KATE SPADE SATURDAY

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This summer has brought some really good sales (Shopbop just marked down even more goodies), and I’ve managed to score some great deals on some really great pieces. One of those great pieces is this cut-out flare dress from Kate Spade Saturday. I love this dress. It’s a linen-cotton blend making it perfect for even the hottest summer night, and it has this triangular cut-out in the front that not only adds a little extra breathability (it gets HOT in Texas) but it also adds something fun to an otherwise very simple dress. Did I mention it has pockets? Another fab detail! I hate lugging a purse around in the summer and pockets mean I can easily tote my iPhone, credit card and lipgloss and go purse-free all night. It comes in two colors: sunset and black. I opted for the sunset (it’s a perfect red-orange), but now that this dress is on sale, I think I’ll go ahead and snatch up the black, too. It’s easily one of my favorite dresses of the whole summer, and I know I’m just going to get more and more wear out of it.

Enter the code INSTA35 for an extra 25% off.

While you’re at it, take a peek at these goodies:

  • I go through a lot of sandals during the summer. When I find a good pair for $50, I go for it.
  • Simple as can be but oh-so-good: this dress is one you won’t ever grow tired of. Black, red or green!
  • Speaking of simple, you know you can’t go wrong with another stripe tee – and this one is reversible!
  • Want to spice up those stripes? Take a look at this adorable little dress. It screams summer, don’t you think?
  • Under $50? Yes, please. Pink!
  • It’s a new take on a cotton tee. I love the hot coral color.

 

BEST OF SALE: TORY BURCH

Tory Burch has a big sale happening. They’ve marked down all sorts of summer goodies – tunics, shorts, bikinis, and the cutest sandals – that you’ll want to scoop up and wear for the rest of the season (and next summer, too). Note to self: do not miss the jewelry here. It’s fab. The deals are certain to only get better from here. Stay tuned.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • TB is the queen of the tunic, as far as I’m concerned. I adore this embellished one (still pricey, but so cute) and this black-and-white one is a sure thing.
  • If you’re looking for a summer treat that’s under $100, be sure to check out the scarves. There are some really fun prints (this one!).
  • Speaking of under $100, this bangle qualifies. If not for yourself, it would make a great gift.
  • This blouse would have made an excellent addition to my Fourth of July look. Red or blue?
  • I really adore these little green wedges. Seriously comfy, and oh-so-cute.
  • A good wallet is essential. TB’s leather is one of the best and if you can scoop one up on sale, go for it. This blue one is right up my alley.
  • Poolside coverup or a casual throw-on-and-go over white jeans? I’ll take it.
  • I’ve had my eye on this little dress since spring. The orange embroidery is so sweet.
  • These are the types of sandals you’ll love next summer and the summer after that, too.
  • The best part? There is lots and lots of jewelry on sale! I really love TB’s jewels. She’s got an eye for color (who can resist kelly green?), and each piece has such a distinct look. These earrings are a favorite.

EDIE PARKER

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Are you tired of seeing these clutches? Because I’m not. Not even a little bit. In fact, I think I like them more and more each time I see one. Maybe it’s the combination of acrylic + glitter that has something to do with it. I’ve been a fan of Edie Parker since she debuted the Lara clutch (more glitter), and I think her bags have only gotten better. She manages to master the art of quirky (cherries?) and fun, yet still so chic. She’s the type of the designer that doesn’t take herself too seriously. Here’s another fun fact: the collection is produced entirely in the United States. Just a patriotic details that’s especially relevant this week.

While I love her fruit collection (how can you resist this one for summer?), it’s the bespoke clutches that I’m particularly drawn to. They’re completely custom. Once you choose your shape, you can then choose a color (gold confetti, anyone?), hardware, and text. There are so many good choices that it might be tough to make a decision. (I can spend hours playing on these types of custom things. I just logged 1.5 hours with the NikeID sneakers. So. Many. Choices.) If it really came down to it, I think I might have to go with the navy pearlesecent (this navy one is pretty fab, too.)and I think my initials B.A.M. would look quite nice in silver confetti text.

I love the idea of gifting a new bride one of these. How fun to receive a little clutch either with your new initials or Mrs. +  your new last name. Or you can just go with one of these ready-made ones: “Bride” or “Mrs.” The good news is that they’re all so fabulous that you really can’t go wrong.

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Images via Elle and Edie Parker

PALMS

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One of the best things to come out of the spring/summer trends is the emergence of tropical prints. You know the ones: the pineapples, the Hawaiian-inspired florals, and, my personal favorite, palms. They’re the types of prints that scream vacation and are simply perfect for the summer months. There have been plenty of designers that have really knocked these prints out of the park (Topshop being one of them), and Kenzo is near the very top of that list. They’ve always been aces when it comes to bold, splashy prints but this season’s group has to be one of my favorites yet. The colors are striking and their eye-catching palm prints make just the right statement for summer. (Their prints always encourage me to be bit more daring with my pattern mixing, too. Just take a peek at this look and you’ll see what I mean.)What I really love is their choice in materials. Not only have the mastered a unique mix between various textures, but this particular dress (sold out – but this one is really similar and so fantastic, too) happens to be cotton, making it light and easy-breezy for warm weather. In other words, an ideal summer piece.

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This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own. 

 

THE FOURTH OF JULY PACKING LIST

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It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is just one short week away. I hate to pick favorites but this holiday is definitely near the top of my list. It celebrates our great country and epitomizes everything I love about summer. I’m never one to shy away from a theme (are you surprised?) so I make it a priority to dress appropriately on the Fourth. I love donning my patriotic colors – and the good news is that this year, there’s no shortage of options. J.Crew’s star-spangled bikini (and this Lisa Fernandez striped one, for that matter) is a must if you’re headed to the pool next Friday. Or if you just want to keep it simple with a single accessory then this Clare Vivier clutch is the thing to have. And I’m pretty sure that these Bauble Bar earrings were made for the holiday. No matter where you’re headed or what your plans are, you can celebrate in red-white-and-blue style.

 

SALE ALERT: EXTRA 25% OFF AT SHOPBOP

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While I’m on the subject of sales, this one was too good not to post. It looks like Shopbop’s sale just better: they’re offering an extra 25% off all sale items. The markdowns are already pretty fantastic (hello.) but that extra discount makes it seriously good. An extra 25% means you can score these Jenni Kayne hot pink (also available in red!) pants for less than $100. Or how about this Lela Rose dress for 85% off? Or a pair of red shorts that are destined for an adorable Fourth of July ensemble? Yes to all of the above. All you need to do is enter the code 25MORE at checkout. Better hurry though. The offer is only good through Thursday night.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • I don’t think you can ever have too many pretty white dresses. Scoop this one up for 65% off.
  • You know what else I can’t have enough of? Stripes. This striped t-shirt dress has easy summer written all over it.
  • A size 7 left? Is that a sign? I think so.
  • This is a great time to add a new bikini to your summer wardrobe. I love my Zinke ruffle swimsuit in black. Maybe I should grab the mint one, too? I adore this hot pink option as well!
  • Now that this top is 50% off, I think I’ll go ahead and snatch it. I love the crackle print, and the ruffle adds a flirty touch.
  • The promo code makes these sandals less than $100. Yes, please.
  • I already own this dress in bright blue. It’s one of my go-to’s when I need something comfortable but polished. In other words, the perfect basic. I think I’ll add beige to my closet.
  • Speaking of perfect basics, this Theory dress falls into that same category.
  • Never could there be a better time to stock up on your favorite denim. I’ll take these, thank you.
  • When 3.1 Phillip Lim goes on sale, I pay attention. This navy blue number would be a great wedding guest dress.
  • I’ve already told you all this countless times: these Rag & Bone booties are the absolute best boots you’ll ever own. The fact that you can now score them at half the price is reason enough to make the purchase. (The dark brown is also on sale!)
  • Three words: Fourth of July.