hat’s off (or on)…

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Beach days are quickly approaching and what’s better than the perfect fashionable hat to shield us from the piping summer sun!  Okay – I have to disclose that hats are a new accessory for me as I’ve been a sun worshiper up until this point and do like to tan my face, but I’m trying to be more mindful as I head into my mid thirties (yikes!).  Hats are a maje trend so it’s not hard finding one that fits well and looks super stylish to complete your epic beachy look.  I have already picked up one for the season from zara (I have searched high and low for an image to show you but can’t seem to find one!), but here are a few others I’ve curated from the interweb to keep you protected and looking ultra chic this summer.

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  1. MSGM floral printed hat, $107, luisaviaroma.com
  2. Sensi Studio straw hat, $115, net-a-porter.com
  3. H&M straw hat, $12.95, hm.com for locations
  4. Anthony Peto Hats, $188, matchesfashion.com
  5. J.Crew summer straw hat, $34.50, jcrew.com
  6. Eugenia Kim kurt hat, $104.99, theoutnet.com

photo credit via here

gettin’ skirt’y

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Hello and happy Monday!  Last week I happened upon this zara origami skirt on a shopping expedition for a friend.  I tried very hard to stay the course and shop through the lens of “what would so and so like”, but this little number was eye’ing me from the center aisle hang bar and I couldn’t resist.  Like a seductress woman giving a man across the bar that convincing wink – I was reeled in.  I’m not a big skirt person but in my quest to continuously think (and dress) outside the box – I thought, ‘what the heck”.  As much as I feel it’s important to stay ‘comfortable’ in self expression – this is relative.  I also believe it is critical to stretch beyond our comfort zone (and I mean that in more ways than just fashion).  We should always consider the opportunity for growth and newness.  I didn’t try on the skirt – I was shopping during the 5pm rush hour and the dressing room line was already twenty deep.  I seriously could have spent hours upon end there though – the new zara concept stores are enormous and oozing with trend right, fashion goodies – all for extremely competitive prices.  Note to New Yorkers: check out the 34th street and 52nd and 5th locations!  So back to the skirt – I didn’t want to wait on the long line so added it to my pile of items and figured I could always return.  Well – no return necessary my friends.  This skirt fits like a glove and is just all over perfect!  Did I mention it cost $79.90?!?  And if you’re not digging this print, zara also offers similar here and here.  I will be wearing this skirt endlessly – most likely as such…

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  1. Zara jacquard sarong skirt, $79.90, zara.com
  2. J.Crew selvedge chambray shirt, $98, jcrew.com
  3. Aquazzura cutout booties, $465, shopbop.com
  4. J.Crew chevron bracelet, $78, jcrew.com
  5. Makeup Forever rouge artist natural n45, $19, sephora.com

maxi maven

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The temperature has hit 80 degrees in New York which means one thing:  maxi dress season is here and nothing excites me more than this summer silhouette – my boho roots are doing a little dance.  I snagged the above photo from pinterest because this is exactly how I want to look (and feel) all season.  My arms have been wrestling to escape from under the layers and I believe we’ve just about arrived.  The greatest thing about this style is that it works with all body types.  No matter what your shape is, how tall or short you are – there is a version for you.  Are you a maxi maven?  How about giving this a try…… *photo via here

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  1. Raquel Alegra tie dye silk maxi dress, $696, matchesfashion.com
  2. Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, $95, net-a-porter.com
  3. J.Crew panama hat, $58, jcrew.com
  4. The Row round frame metal glasses, $410, net-a-porter.com
  5. Topshop hexagon cutout cuff, $28. topshop.com
  6. Zara embroidered clutch bag, $79, zara.com
  7. Ishvara flat sandals, $250, shopbop.com

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hello, yellow

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Yellow is hitting it hard this season as demonstrated in the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 runway show.  I have never been a mega fan of the color however while perusing the interweb I found some goodies that have convinced me otherwise.  It’s definitely a tough shade for us fair skin girls but throw on a red lip for pop of color and I think it may do the trick.  Or you can just go with yellow accessories.  A few items on the radar…
* photo by Yannis Vlamos via style.com
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  1. Joie ombre maxi dress, $498, shopbop.com
  2. J.Crew classic wide bangle, $28, jcrew.com
  3. Topshop sunglasses, $28, topshop.com
  4. Charlie by Matthew Zink bandeau bikini, $225, net-a-porter.com
  5. Phillip Lim medium satchel, $825, shopbop.com
  6. Malene Birger two-tone floral lace top, $435, net-a-porter.com
  7. MaxMara mid rise skinny jeans, $186, matchesfashion.com
  8. Barney’s Co-Op high back sandal, $395, barneys.com

that’s so clutch…

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If it were up to me I’d carry a clutch endlessly.  I would have to figure out a way to magically shrink my essentials to fit into the compromised space – but since we now have Jetson’s-like conversations between iphones a la facetime anything’s possible, right?  I digress.  Clutches are the perfect outfit completer and can take the most casual head to toe ensemble and transform it into a super stylish look.  If it’s a work day and you have a date or a dinner with the girls – I’d suggest throwing one into your (most likely over-sized) day bag.  When it’s time to head out, leave the bulky stuff in your desk drawer – exchange your hobo, satchel or tote bag for the handheld chic one and grab what you need for the evening – cash, keys, id, phone and a touch up lip.  Now how clutch is that?  I’m loving these…   *above photo via here

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  1. Diane von Furstenberg leather clutch, $295, net-a-porter.com
  2. Zara metallic clutch bag, $35.90, zara.com
  3. Lizzie Fortunato envelope clutch, $733, matchesfashion.com
  4. Christopher Kon allison clutch, $215, shopbop.com
  5. Clare Viver hair calf clutch, $165, saks.com
  6. J.Crew colorblock convertible clutch, $218, jcrew.com
  7. Wendy Nichol midnight rider clutch, $518, lagarconne.com
  8. Marc by Marc Jacobs two tone clutch, $298, shopbop.com

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