sporty

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Madewell Linen Half-Court Tee in Stripe in Heather Sand; Old Navy shorts in olive (old but similar here); Nike Air Pegasus ’83 Sneakers in Mica Green Orange; Cartier tank watch; Cross necklace (old); Sliver necklace (old); Amethyst necklace.

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Madewell Linen Half-Court Tee in Stripe in Heather Sand; Cross necklace (old); Sliver necklace (old); Amethyst necklace.

This new linen tee has the perfect drape and is so sporty with the stripes on the sleeves. It’s nice and cool to wear too, since linen is the best fabric for summer. I finished the look with delicate necklaces for a layered and easy look.

Happy Friday to you!

white (& black)

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Madewell Linen-Front Embroidered Tank in vintage canvas; Paige Denim Skyline Ankle Peg jean in optic white (cheaper dupe here); Steven by Steve Madden ‘Slater’ bootie in black leather (cheaper dupe here); Tiffany pearl stud earrings; Cartier tank watch; Silver bar necklace (old but similar here).

It all starts with a great pair of white jeans. I guarantee they will go with 99% of the tops and jackets already in your closet. It’s up there in the Hall of Fame of versatile clothing items.

And, in case you were wondering, there’s a Pinterest board for that. 😉

Do you wear white jeans (or pants)?

red & yellow boho

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Forever 21 embroidered shift dress in ivory/red (recent store purchase, cannot find online but similar here & here); GAP Body full slip in heirloom taupe; Target Sam & Libby ‘Karina’ sandals in cognac; Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Amy’ rose gold watch; Vintage boho statement necklace (old but this bib necklace is cute); Indian-inspired bracelet set (old but similar look here); Vintage red bead drop earrings (old).

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Forever 21 embroidered shift dress in ivory/red (recent store purchase, cannot find online but similar here & here); GAP Body full slip in heirloom taupe; Target Sam & Libby ‘Karina’ sandals in cognac; Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Amy’ rose gold watch; Vintage boho statement necklace (old but this bib necklace is cute); Indian-inspired bracelet set (old but similar look here); Vintage red bead drop earrings (old).

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Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Amy’ rose gold watch; Vintage boho statement necklace (old but this bib necklace is cute); Indian-inspired bracelet set (old but similar look here); Vintage red bead drop earrings (old).

So, I bought this embroidered shift dress yesterday at Forever 21. It reminded me of Isabel Marant’s Etoile ‘Demma’ embroidered shift dress from last year. I couldn’t believe how much embroidery detail there was on this $27.80 dress, front and back. It was the only one in the store and of course, I can’t find this online (and I have tried, believe me). I was relieved that it fit and it wasn’t too short. It’s unlined, so I’m wearing my trusty nude GapBody full slip underneath. This is a great foundation piece where the length is perfect for lots of my summer dresses. It’s currently on sale online for Gap’s Fourth of July promo.

I finished the outfit with lots of boho inspired accessories and my new Target sandals. Talk about easy, breezy for summer. Are you wearing anything embroidered lately, care to share?

Stay cool out there!

camo & new sandals

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GAP Essential V-Neck tee in heather gray; Madewell Cargo shorts in camo in architect green; Target Sam & Libby ‘Karina’ sandals in cognac; Cartier tank watch; Silver turquoise cuff bracelet (old but I love this cuff); Silver necklace (old).

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GAP Essential V-Neck tee in heather gray; Madewell Cargo shorts in camo in architect green; Franco Sarto ‘Venezia’ flats in platino leather; Cartier tank watch; Silver turquoise cuff bracelet (old but I love this cuff); Silver necklace (old); Vuarnet sunglasses (old); Chanel jumbo classic flap bag.

I’m loving my new Madewell camo cargo shorts, they match with so many tops already in my closet. I ran a bunch of errands today and I found the best cognac & gold sandals at Target. They are dressier than your generic flip flops, but still casual enough to wear with my boho-inspired items.

Have you checked out my ‘Camouflage Me’ board on Pinterest? You may be converted to loving camo as much as I do, you never know. 😉

bikinis

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Splendid Malibu stripe bikini.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Maddy Botanical bikini.

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Splendid Marcel stripe bikini.

It’s swimsuit season! Of course, I’m not ready for swimsuits just yet. But I’m so ready for the summer, especially after the long and miserable winter. It’s time for a swimsuit refresh, so I ordered the 3 bikinis that you see above from Bloomingdale’s today. Their June sale is ending tonight, where it’s an additional 15% off select merchandise. If you are a Bloomingdale’s card holder, the discount is an additional 20% off. They have one-piece swimsuit versions available online too if bikinis aren’t your thing.

You know I love me some stripes, so the 2 bikinis in the stripe patterns were calling my name. I needed to throw in a wild card, so that’s why I picked the floral pattern. It has an Asian feel to it. I hope at least one bikini works out, or I’ll have to start from scratch.

How do you feel about buying swimsuits? Any recent finds that you love? Happy Sunday!

Update: I kept both Splendid bikinis, the stripes are really cute. The Malibu bikini was true to size for me in a medium. The Marcel bikini was cut on the small side, so I sized up to a large in both pieces. The Marc by Marc Jacobs bikini was not a good fit for me, so it went back. It was a shame because the print was very pretty in person.

If you love stripes, you need to get a striped bathing suit. I don’t know why I waited so long to get some stripes for the beach and pool!

hair SPF

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Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30.

This Clarins SPF 30 has been a lifesaver for my hair. I’m not sure if it’s a sign of getting older or a result of my digital perm and hair coloring, but my hair gets dried out in the sun. I wear a hat to protect my hair/scalp and face, but the ends of my hair got sunburned. I spritzed this on my hair (and body since it’s an all-over sunscreen) at the beach. My hair was even softer than before applying, I’m totally sold. It did not make my hair or skin greasy in the least, it’s a dry oil that absorbs instantly. The scent is subtle. Give it a try if you’d like to give your tresses some relief from the summer sun.

Happy First Day of Summer 2014!

sunset

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Pins and Needles sleeveless button-down blouse (old but similar here); Forever 21 scoop neck cami in white (old but similar here); LOFT floral fluid Tencel twill shorts (sold out online but check stores; similar here); Franco Sarto ‘Venezia’ flats in Platino leather; Chanel classic flap jumbo; Vuarnet sunglasses (ancient).

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Pins and Needles sleeveless button-down blouse (old but similar here); Forever 21 scoop neck cami in white (old but similar here); LOFT floral fluid Tencel twill shorts (sold out online but check stores; similar here); Franco Sarto ‘Venezia’ flats in Platino leather; Chanel classic flap jumbo; Vuarnet sunglasses (ancient).

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Beach sunsets are the best sunsets. Summer officially starts this Saturday, I am so ready for this!

rock the casbah

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Madewell Kasbah Top in Pure White; Crochet shorts in black (old but similar here and in lace here); KORS Michael Kors ‘Ace’ wedge sandals in black nubuck (old but similar here & here); Isabel Marant for H&M earrings (old but similar here) & bracelet (old but similar here); Vintage marcasite ring (old); Cartier tank watch.

Just trying to keep cool today. It’s 91 degrees and I’m still hot from running outside this morning. White gauze for the win, this Madewell Kasbah top is preventing me from overheating. I’m so glad I purchased this yesterday.

What do you wear to stay cool?

mad for madewell

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Madewell Mercado Shiftdress in Pure White.

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Madewell Kasbah Top in Pure White.

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Madewell Linen-Front Embroidered Tank in Vintage Canvas.

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Madewell Linen NY Stencil Muscle Tee in Creme Fraiche.

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Madewell Linen Half-Court Tee in Stripe in Heather Sand.

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Madewell Cargo Shorts in Camo in Architect Green.

Like what you see? I did, so I picked them up in my local Madewell store.

All of the items above were an additional 30% off the sale price in-store, which is better than the additional 20% off online. I’ve been dying to get something embroidered in white gauze or linen for the summer since it’s made for the sweltering heat and looks great with a tan. Everything was in my normal size, except for the Kasbah top and the Linen-Front embroidered tank. I had to go down one size since they ran big. The Mercado Shiftdress is true to size but I had to try on 3 different mediums. Only one of the medium sized dresses fit comfortably underneath my arms, the other 2 were too tight (& the large was too big). By the way, I tried on the Mercado Shiftdress in After Dusk and there wasn’t any armhole issues, so true to size. This indigo blue color would look really fabulous on those fair in coloring.

Have you gone mad for any recent sales?

olive you leopard

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Aqua leopard layered tank (old but similar here); Costa Blanca olive cropped pants (old but similar here); Zara Basic sandals in black (old but similar here); Vintage Multi-Chain necklace (old); J.Crew Factory white enamel bangle (old); Michael Kors tortoise shell watch (old but similar here).

I thought a dose of leopard was long overdue. It’s one of my favorite prints, I blame it on my Jersey upbringing. To me, it’s a neutral since it goes with most everything but I today I went with olive green, black, white and gold.

I’m still on the fence about the pants, I’m not a general fan of pleating on pants. But I think wearing heels elongates the line of the pants. One hopes, at least. In any event, I love olive green. It’s totally a neutral, even more so than leopard, ha.

Do you wear leopard? Have a great Thursday!

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