CLASSIC CANVAS

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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.

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TROPICAL PUNCH

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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. 

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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Holiday candies are always good but, in my opinion, Easter candy is the best. This candy bark  sounds delicious – and looks so, so pretty! … Good timing! J.Crew has a major sale happening this weekend. First, they’re offering 25% off weekend-ready picks – things like my favorite neon coat and some fun jewelry. They’re also offering an EXTRA 30% off all sale items. I’ll be taking home some new suits for the pool and a pair of pajamas or two. … There is an art to styling a coffee table. Check out these tips and tricks to master it. … Talk about a style steal. For just $12.99, you can score this adorable herringbone mirror for your abode. … I have a major addiction to cereal. This article explains why I have so much trouble resisting those Lucky Charms. …TGIF. Warm weather calls for cocktails. Watermelons and vodka? Count me in.

 

THE BEL AIR VASE

2ce20ee959870cdce66c0d6f2de7a858 I’m in the process of finally getting things organized in our new house. Now that most of the furniture is here, it’s really just the little things – accessories, books, frames – that I need to focus on. I’ve found myself wanting to add a few more colorful accessories to the mix (no surprise there). Flowers are an easy way to do this but in unpacking I realized that while vases are something I have plenty of, the majority of them are clear. They all look pretty much the same. I’ve never thought to invest in some unique vases. The Jonathan Adler Bel Air vase is going to change that. It’s available in four different sizes and comes in an array of colors. I love all the sizes but I think the mini is by far my favorite. It’s just the perfect little size (not to mention, it’s also under $100 which also makes it a great gift!). I love the shock of color, and the Lucite surround gives it such a cool effect. My spring blooms will look even prettier in one of these. Which color to choose? Now, that’s the hard part. 

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SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP

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Hip hip hooray. This Tuesday brings us yet another Shopbop sale. They’ve marked down hundreds (!) of new items (one of which is this little white Tibi dress I’ve been eyeing). If you’re looking for a spring wardrobe refresh, this is most certainly the sale to shop.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • Everyone needs a good pair of black and white heels. The texture on these makes them even better.
  • Speaking  of heels, these are a closet staple. I’d wear these pretty much year-round here.
  • This skirt would work for the office, and it also makes for an excellent party skirt.
  • Here it is: the most perfect black leather jacket.
  • Who’s got weddings on the calendar? This pale pink dress would make for a perfect guest-of look. Or, go for more of a punch and try this flamingo-pink number.
  • I love this little striped tee. The cheetah-print addition is a nice update.
  • ‘Tis the season. Now would be a good time to stock up on your white denim. I’m particularly fond of this relaxed-skinny style.
  • You know what else the warm weather brings? Pool time. I’d love to add this reversible bikini to my closet.
  • One of my all-time favorite Equipment styles – white or black, take your pick!

IRO SAIKA BOOTS

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While I spend most casual days in a pair of sandals or sneakers, sometimes I’m just in the mood for a good heel. The tricky part is finding a pair that I can actually wear all day without having my feet screaming at me. My new Iro heels from The Dreslyn are the ticket. They’re different than anything else I have in my closet (I love the cuffed ankle); and maybe it’s because they’re technically an open-toe bootie or perhaps it’s the cone-shaped heel, but they’re surprising comfortable. I mean it. I’ve been wearing them non-stop since I received them. They dress up my casual denim and go perfectly with a dress for a night out. Finding a pair of heels like that is no easy task but these really do fit the bill.

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 Photos by Molly Miller

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SPRING SHOPPING: EMERSON FRY

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We hit 84 degrees here yesterday. This weekend is promising highs around 78 degrees. Hallelujah. I think spring is finally here to stay. I can’t wait to ditch the layers this weekend in favor of throw-on little dresses, breezy tops, and white jeans. I basically want to be wearing everything from Emerson Fry‘s  spring collection. If you haven’t already checked out the newest arrivals, it’s definitely a must-see. The entire line is so. good.

Let’s start with the shoes. Each pair is so unique and unlike anything else you’ll find out there. The tie sandals are pretty much a summer staple, and I wouldn’t mind having a pair of the cobra ankle-straps either.

You’ll also find classic tops available in both solids and prints (my personal favorite is the black-and-white Portia top) and easy-breezy knits that will be perfect for cooler nights. Have you ever seen anyone make a white t-shirt look so cool? The pants and skirts make for easy pairings, too. I’m obsessed with these white jeans - a zipper at the ankle and just enough of a distressed touch. I hardly ever wear skirts but I’m changing that this season and investing in a couple of colors of this one. My very, very favorites though are the dresses. I love every single one. Since I pretty much stick to white all summer along, this one is definitely calling my name (don’t you love the longer length?). I need this one for the office, this one for the beach, and this one for Saturdays spent with margaritas on the patio.There. That pretty much covers my spring/summer wardrobe, don’t you think?

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THE TRAVEL DRESS

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My little sister described this dress perfectly when she called it, “a great travel dress.” It really is. The stretchy fabric makes for a nice and tight fold in a suitcase yet leaves absolutely no wrinkles when I go to pull it out of the bag. It’s also got a great print which is such a nice departure from the usual all black that I’m used to packing for trips. The touch of color makes it versatile without being boring. The key is just getting the rest of your packing essentials right. I took a look through The Dreslyn (which, by the way, I’m pretty sure has the best online selection of K. Jacques) and found some pieces that definitely fit the bill: things like a great blazer (this one would work, too) and a leather jacket - either of which would pair perfectly with this dress. I also think traveling with the right accessories – a cozy scarf, a pair of shoes that will pair with everything else you’ve packed, and a classic clutch – makes a world of difference.

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