Thursday, April 17

flipping out

Cuteness alert: Havianas has improved on the basic rubber flip flop with expressly cool sandal-like silhouettes and excellent colors. At 3o bucks a pop, no less. I love the asymmetrical slingback, above, in black and rose gold, the T-strap in gold, and the braided thong style, below, in sand grey.

Photos: Sincerely Jules

everyday earrings

$85,* shopbop

My twin sister has been sporting dainty line stud earrings for months now. I'm inclined to follow suit with these glinty rose gold ones (25% off--sale ends today).

1. Duro Olowu dress, $1665,
2. Michael Kors pave rose gold-plated studs, $85,*
3. Paula Cademartori lizard bag, $1420,
4. Kat Von D Everlasting Love lip gloss in A-Go-Go, $19,
5. Loeffler Randall sandal, $195,

* Enter code INTHEFAMILY14 at checkout to get discount.

Wednesday, April 16

the midi heel

Not too high, not too low, the midi-heel--A.K.A, spring's most desirable shoe--is just right. They're sensible yet sophisticated, the happy medium between a flat sandal and a sky-high stiletto. They will be my go-to's this season, because they give me the 2- to 3-inch leg-lengthening lift I need without the hardship of a high heel. They also go with just about everything from a pair of jeans to a feminine pleated skirt. My favorites include this cool wraparound Alexa Wagner, this classic metallic Manolo Blahnik (I covet the snakeskin version too), this black ankle-strap Joe's Jeans,* this block-heeled Gucci, this buckle-trimmed Steven,* and this scalloped Loeffler Randall

*These shoes are 25% off through Thursday 4/17.

Photo: The Sartorialist

go short

$195, shopbop
I have a friend who's always flawlessly dressed and whenever I see her I  want to run home and change my outfit (and try again). Such was the case when I visited her last summer at her Sag Harbor home and her breezy tunic and eminently cool rope-accented shorts completely outshone my dress.  Now, if I turn up at her house this summer sporting these lovelies, I am certain I will not want to run home and change.

1. Helmut Lang blouse, $220,
2. Sole Society straw hat, $34,
3. Saint Laurent cat eye sunglasses, $221,*
4. Clare V leather clutch, $157,*
5. Vince Cammuto metallic sandals, $68,
6. Tory Burch embroidered shorts, $195,

*Get these prices and 25% off almost everything else at Shopbop now through Thursday during their Friends & Family Sale...get code here!

Tuesday, April 15

summer staples on sale

Every summer needs a breezy, backless dress like this or (this or this), along with fresh new staples--i.e., a flattering bikini, a flowy blouse, gorgeous sandals. Today would be a good day to stock up on these warm weather essentials (along with year-round basics for that matter) as Shopbop is staging a site-wide 25% off sale through Thursday (use code INTHEFAMILY14). I'm eyeing this sunny little dress by Antik Batik and this ruffly one too, these fierce Aquazurra lace-up sandals, this picnic-ready Clare V. tote bag, this fun fringed Endless Rose mini and this sweet Patterson J. Kincaid floral print romper.

genius jacket

$198, the outnet

There's a lot going for this denim staple, primarily the frayed edging, faded wash and forever-good cut. Added bonus: it's 60% off.

1. J.Crew wool blend top, $130,
2. MiH Jeans denim jacket, $198,
3. M Missoni canvas clutch, $146,**
4. Forever 21 fringed sandals, $19,
5. J.Crew leather shorts, $450,

**Get this price and 25% off almost everything else at Shopbop now through Thursday during their Friends & Family Sale...get code here! I am doing a round up of my favorites from the sale now, so check back later to see the post!

Monday, April 14

the fun dress

As I danced like crazy with some great friends at an epic birthday bash on Saturday night, I felt in those minutes nothing but pure joy. And all that mattered was the next best song. I love those magical nights, when everything lines up: the company, the music, the setting, and of course, the festive outfit. I busted out a sexy summery Balenciaga dress that I last wore almost a year ago in Napa for an equally fun soiree. It's a dress that, I think, demands a whirl around on the dance floor, and I adore it for that reason. I'm always on the lookout for these dance-worthy dresses as they don't come along that often. And I think perhaps the more I have, the more boogie sessions in my future! Here's what I am currently coveting: this Tamara Mellon, this BB Dakota*, this Lover, this findersKEEPERS*, this T by Alexander Wang*, this Zimmermann, and this Solace London.

*Get these and almost everything else at Shopbop for 25% off now through Thursday during their Friends & Family Sale...get code here!

denim dress

$198, french connection

Laid-back denim mixed with flirty cut-outs. Both right up my alley.

1. French Connection denim cut-out dress, $198,
2. Sacai lace bomber jacket, $1360,
3. Asos embroidered clutch, $52,
4. Manolo Blahnik sandals, $725,

Friday, April 11

shoulder baring

You may recall that my husband dislocated his shoulder a few weeks ago while surfing and,  unfortunately, he will need surgery. And I'll be helping him tie his shoelaces (among other things!) until his arm is healthy again. In the meantime, I'm thinking about putting the spotlight on my own shoulders, thanks to spring's new crop of shoulder-baring dresses and tops. The look is outright sexy, and I love that it can be executed via a festive cocktail dress or an everyday sweater (see last pic) and even in between. Some current off-the-shoulder stunners include this Preen satin-crepe dress (pictured in the third image below), this versatile Blaque Label top, this Tbags blouse, this ruffled Isabel Marant maxi, this dramatic Rosie Assoulin cotton top, this vintage Jean Paul Gaultier dress, and this Mes Demoiselles eyelet blouse.

crochet crazy

$68, j.crew

Crochet transforms this tank top into something summer-special.

1. J.Crew crochet tank top, $68,
2. Frieda blazer, $599,
3. Isabel Marant cotton pants, $440,
4. Topshop quilted cross-body bag, $80,
5. Daniel Wellington Exeter watch, $198,
6. Steven buckle sandals, $129,