Always A Local:

unnamed-9unnamed-2I grew up spending every summer in Beach Haven, Long Beach Island.  I’ve written about it before, but each time I go back I have a whole new appreciation for it.  It’s a pretty short ride, all things considered, from my house.  Our beach house is in a location where we walk everywhere (I actually didn’t drive for a week).  The beach is our backyard and the kids couldn’t be more carefree playing there.  It’s also pretty nostalgic for me.  Instead of me jumping the waves and building drip castles and sand moats, I’m watching my kids do it.  My daughter’s the one jumping up when she hears the ice cream man ring the bell (although I still get happy inside when I hear that sound).  The beach is just easy living.  I ran every morning in the extra wide bike lanes (nope, none of that by my year-round house) followed by an outdoor shower (one of the best concepts EVER).  I wore a bikini and coverup daily until dinner time rolled around.  Then it was flip flops and cut-offs and a stroll for oysters and a bottle of rose.

Because I’m a minimalist when I pack (a planned afternoon and night outfit per day) I brought my Summer essentials that are perfect for the beach.  Here it goes:

My Tkees Foundation flip flops were worn to and from the beach and my walks to Bay Village, Pearl Street Market and Triton Oyster Bar.

I’m obsessed with white coverups.  There’s something ethereal about them.  Pair them with a tan and beachy waves and you’re good to go.  The one I’m wearing I found at a local boutique (it’s actually a shirt that I decided should be worn over a bikini), but I’m loving this one, this one and this one. 

Next up, bikinis.  while I love my Eres, I can’t afford to own various styles at over $300 a pop.  This season though I’ve been all about Victoria’s Secret string bikinis.  They fit well, actually seem to hold up well and come in awesome prints and styles.

And finally, sunnies. I’m sunglasses obsessed and I took this opportunity to pack  few of my fun ones.  Specifically, my hot pink Paul Smith’s (similar here).  They’re UV protectant and insanely comfy on your face.

 

If you haven’t been to Long Beach Island, especially Beach Haven (I’m not biased or anything), you must.  And if you’re heading there and need recommendations just let me know!

 

 

 

 

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Off-The-Shoulder Perfection:

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I’ve found the perfect off-the-shoulder top that’s suitable for a night out.  Besides the fact that this style comes in two different prints (I recommend buying both the gray and white–recognize a good thing!), it has elastic in all the right places (it’s smocked along the neckline/shoulders to keep it in place).  Pair it with bell bottom or flare jeans or even white cut-offs when it’s super hot out.  Oh, and the price point can’t be beat!

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White Summer:

unnamedunnamed-3unnamed-2 Despite this heat wave, which surely has been carrying into the night (so much for “cool” Summer evenings), I’m a big proponent of wearing booties with little skirts or dresses.  They’re unexpected and can make an otherwise dressier outfit feel casual.  Here are some favorites that can be worn year-round:  Lands’ End    Club Monaco   Isabel Marant   Vince

Button-down: J.Crew/ Skirt: dRA/ Boots: Lands’ End/ Bag: Miu Miu (similar here)

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Seeing Red:

unnamed-4unnamed-2unnamedSummer is that season where I tend to add a little natural into my wardrobe.  I love accessorizing with wood, coral and other chunky rocks.  I find that they’re perfectly appropriate for Summer whereas my rich materials, chains and other heavy hardware are reserved for the Winter.  I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to work this red coral necklace, a souvenir from my honeymoon in Vietnam, into my wardrobe.  It felt good to wear it and brought me back to days on a junk (read that as a ship you can sleep on) in Halong Bay and the beaches of Ninh Van Bay.

Top: American Apparel/ Skirt: Loft/ Wedges: YSL (similar here)/ Bag: Jamin Puech/ Necklace: souvenir from Vietnam (similar here)

 

 

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Pop Of Color:

unnamedunnamed-2As I’m writing this post of course I’m realizing that this look is pretty similar to my last piece I styled: casual t-shirt layered with a jacket, frayed denim skirt and heels.  In this case, orange patent heels.  Once the chill in the air pushes its way through (and all too soon), my open-toe heeled days are through.  I’m taking this Summer as an opportunity to wear them all and to take risks.  This silk crepe de chine bomber jacket was a gift from the designer behind Nieves Lavi and it’s one of my favorite pieces I own.  It never actually went into production, but I was lucky enough to have the sample show up at my door.  It’s one of those special pieces that makes a statement, especially when paired with a pop of color.

T-shirt: Alternative Apparel/ Skirt: Similar here/ Jacket: Nieves Lavi/ Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti (similar here)

 

 

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