Neutrals:

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I tend to gravitate towards black and all of the gloriousness that goes along with it in the Winter (ie: motorcycle boots, motorcycle jacket, black bags etc.) and neutral colors in the Summer.  Part of that has to do with my warm weather jewelry, shoes and bags collection which primarily are in the brown/cream and white family.  I love mixing neutrals playing off of white as a base.  Case in point here, as I was out the door to attend the Greenwich Affair launch party.

Dress: Geren Ford/ Wedges: YSL/ Necklace: Roger Vivier/ Cuff: Matthew Williamson 

And now…a few of my favorite neutrals to shop for the season:

Clu Sweatshirt Dress:

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Saint Laurent Tribute T-Strap Sandal:

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Stella and Bow Newport Necklace:

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J.Crew Contoured Spike Cuff:

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Summer’s Best Bikinis:

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I’m pretty picky when it comes to swimsuits.  I gravitate towards a specific style usually and am all about fit.  Here are a few of my favorite must haves for this season that even have me thinking outside the box:

Victoria’s Secret The Tassel Teeny Bikini:   This is a variation of the one I’m wearing above.  You can mix and match the top and bottom sizes and the quality is almost as good as my more expensive suits.

Lisa Marie Fernandez Mira Bikini: This is a splurge statement suit.  It’s sort of the evening gown of bikinis.  Pair it with drawstring pants as your coverup.

Shoshanna Ombre Triangle Bikini:  I’m big into black and white, and combined with the style of this suit (string top and tie bottom) it’s my perfect bikini.  Much of my swim collection is Shoshanna and it has lasted the test of time.

Eres Les Essentiels Paint Mouna and Paint Malou Bikini:   This beautiful suit is like wearing a piece of art.  My favorite LBB is from Eres, made of the finest quality and is super comfy–worth the price tag.

 

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Totes:

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This weekend entailed multiple BBQs at friends’ houses, resulting in daytime affairs that went into the night hours.  To me, this is one of the high points of living in the burbs.  From the time I was 21 and living in the city full-time, I escaped on the weekends.  Whether I was spending time in the Hamptons or LBI, I craved being outdoors in the sun with grass and trees surrounding me.  Not only have I found that in Armonk, but I couldn’t have asked for better friends to be summering with.  On weekends like this past one, having two kids in tow has taught me that I need an adult bag and a kids one.  But for me, it’s all about the tote.  They somehow hold everything and can even easily hang off of a hook on the stroller (which was apparent all weekend).  This Star Mela tote is sheer perfection.  It’s that bag that can take you from the sand straight to dinner.  It’s the bag that can take a basic outfit to the next level.  It’s the type of bag I’ll be living in all Summer.  If you’re into this style of embroidery and embellishments, check out the rest of the line like this cross body pouch bag or cosmetic case, two of my faves.

 

 

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Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale:

Twice a year Nordstrom has a huge sale–most of your favorite items are up to 40% off.  It happens to start today and lasts through May 31st.  While perusing the site picking out my lusts and musts, I came across these favorite items that should be on your list too (Note: some aren’t on sale so that’s why they’re in the lust category!).  Happy shopping!

Chloe Scalloped Ballet Flat:  THE perfect flat that comes in a multitude of colors.

chloe flat

 

Halogen Jumpsuit:  Your answer to an easy look for a night out.

jumpsuit

 

AG White Denim Jacket: I love a good jean jacket, and I’m always into white (you can even pair this with other whites).

AG jacket

 

Alexander McQueen Jewel Printed Clutch:  This comes in a tie-dyed print as well as solid, but how cool is this jeweled print? You can wear it casual with jeans or formal with a gown.  It’s rather playful!

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Personalized Parker Thatch:

I always think when something can be personalized, especially a gift for a loved one, it should be (hence a previous post of mine).   I recently came across Parker Thatch and am obsessed.  The items are super luxe and the patterns and fonts are chic as can be.  One of my favorites is the tote bag that can have a message imprinted inside of it–the ultimate gift to give.

My top picks:

Veronica Clutch as a makeup bag.

Classic Tote which is perfect as a beach bag or baby bag (and can be personalized with a message inside).

Valet Trays that can be jewelry or key catchalls.

Leather Clutch that’s adorable for a night out.

Glass Coasters that are both functional and cute.

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