STREET STYLE FAVORITES: HAUTE COUTURE 2014

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With the fall haute couture collections wrapping up last week, there have been some seriously good street style shots to peruse. (Vogue and Harper’s snapped some of the best, in my opinion.) Thanks to the balmy Paris weather, quite a few of the looks on the streets were actually ones that would inspire current outfit choices over here. Another plus? You can achieve these looks for less with all the sales that are happening right now. I saw lots of black and white (no surprise there) ensembles, but my favorite was certainly Olivia Palermo’s. She’s a master at mixing her prints, and shows us here that the real key is picking prints in the same color family. (That Tibi blouse of hers would lend itself to plenty of pairings.)  Of course, it is summer, after all, so that means there was no shortage of color either. Lots of red, green, blue, and plenty of pink! Stylist Anya Ziourova might be the the most adorable pregnant woman I’ve ever seen. I love the way she toned down the sweetness of the pink dress (this Kenzo one is really similar and just so happens to be on sale) by layering a leather jacket on top. Pregnant in pink – with a tough side – looks good on her.


Images via Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and W

ALL OF A PIECE

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I’m a little crazy about my kitchen. I like it to be clean. Really clean. My kitchen is basically all-white so keeping it extra clean takes a little extra work but it’s worth it. I like to keep my countertops pretty bare. I keep the majority of my appliances tucked away in cabinets, and, with the exception of a Nespresso, an orchid, and a bowl of fruit, there’s really nothing else out to see. However, as of late I think I may need to add one thing to our squeaky-clean countertops: a good catch-all. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen, and it’s inevitable that the day’s “extras” get left there. I’m talking keys, mail, loose change, etc. They need a home.

That’s where these All of a Piece comes in. Designed by Dana Canaam and Rachel Griffin, it’s series of modular tabletop elements that can be interchanged for various functions. The series includes a shallow bowl, an endcap, a candleholder (definitely need one of those in the kitchen!), and a flat tray. Each piece is made of marble, granite or wood and with the magnetic connections, you can basically mix-and-match that different materials to create exactly what you need: a cutting board, a trivet, or, in my case, a great catch-all. If you have a chance to watch the video on the website, you’ll see what I mean. It’s a genius idea, really. It’s a purposeful, minimal design that will suit my kitchen just fine.

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BEST OF SALE: TIBI

 

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Another good one: Tibi’s End-of-Season sale is on. They’ve got some really great basics – this and this, for example – that you won’t want to miss. Up to 70% off here! Cheers to summer.

Here’s what you need to check out:

  • With summer not even halfway over, there’s still plenty of time to wear this LWD.
  • If that white dress isn’t quite your thing (or maybe you just need two?), this one is super cute. The cut-out sides are perfect for summer.
  • A good nude sandal is always a good thing to have. I love the wooden heel on this pair.
  • The same goes for a shiny, gold pair.
  • I love a good high-waist short. With blue-and-white stripes, this pair is extra special.
  • Speaking of stripes, I’m pretty crazy about this little dress.
  • I could use one of these on those rainy, summer days.
  • Flamingo pink? The name alone peaked my interest.
  • While we’re on the subject of pink, how about this pair of sandals? I’m partial to the pink pair, but they come in a million other shades, too.
  • Tibi always knows how to get basic black just right. This open-back dress is something I would wear right now and then pair with black tights when fall rolls around.

NOT QUITE A BIRKENSTOCK

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You all know that when it comes to “trends,” I’m hardly ever the first one to jump on board. (It took me months to get on the slip-on wagon – but I’m oh-so-glad I did.) For the most part, those trendy items are usually in-and-out, and I prefer to invest in classic pieces that I truly love and that I know will stand the test of time. Case in point: birkenstocks. When did that even start? I feel like all the sudden everyone around me is sporting the ’90s favorite – and when I feel like everyone around me is wearing the same thing, that’s usually what makes me back off from it. However, I actually think I might be coming around to these things. Maybe. Sort of. Here’s what I know for sure: I really like Loeffler Randall’s take on the style. It’s definitely Birkenstock-esque, but more refined. You get the double-straps and the thick, cork sole of Birkenstock, but the materials are much more refined. I love the leather choices and the contrasting patterns and textures. The gold + cheetah stripes are definitely my favorite. They’re basically a dressed-up Birkenstock, no? This is kind of Birk that I can definitely see taking up a spot in my closet.

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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If you were to interview with Anna Wintour, what on earth would you wear? The question must have crossed your mind. Find out what these 13 interviewees wore – and whether or not they got the job!

J.Crew just keeps ‘em coming. Their latest sale has lots and lots of new additions (like these!) and the items are an additional 40% off with the code SHOPMORE. That makes this dress (adorable, right?) and these hot pink sandals that I love under $100. Yes, please.

The latest Haute Couture collections have been out-of-this-world gorgeous. I normally can’t pick a favorite but this year, I’m all about Giambattista Valli. The collection will absolutely blow your mind.

What to do with all of those delicious summer peaches? Make these ice cream sandwiches, of course!

Is it strange to be this obsessed with a bowl? I can’t help it. The new watermelon bowl from Furbish is basically the only thing my summer tablescape needs.

I needed a new pair of metallic sandals – something to make my summer look just a tad dressier. I ordered these Sol Sana sandals and they’re already a favorite. Best part? They’re under $100!

 

 

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.

SUMMER SIPS

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In addition to my newfound appreciation for smoothies, I’ve also been making drinks of another kind: cocktails. Lots of them. A good cocktail is appreciated year-round , but there’s something about summer that makes the happy hour beverage taste extra delightful. (This is especially true when they’re extra-cold. The temperatures are rising here and I’ll do just about anything to keep cool.) I’m usually fairly adventurous when I’m grabbing a drink at a bar, studying the menu and trying their freshest concoction. However, when it comes to making drinks at home, I stick to what I know: wine and margaritas. You all know by now how much I love margaritas (and wine, too) and I’m certainly not growing weary of them, but I’ve decided it’s time to mix it up a bit. With so much delicious fruit (it’s National Blueberry Month!) right now, it’s the perfect time to focus my attention on some new libations.   Plus: it gives me a reason to pull out my new summer glassware.

When it comes to cocktails, I’m a big believer that simple is always best. When you add in too many things, it just never tastes as good. (The NY Times has a great section on three-ingredient cocktails that’s worth checking out.) So, I’ve been saving recipes with this in mind. There are a few margaritas in there (how can you resist this one?), but I’m really trying to branch out with some new flavors. (This one sounds incredibly refreshing.) Here, a few of my favorites so far. I would love your recommendations, too!

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Rosemary-Peach “Shucks Deluxe”

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Raspberry Margarita

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Blueberry Moscow Mule

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Cucumber Lime Margarita

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Lime Rickey Slush

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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Photos by Molly Miller

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.