Friday, June 24

sunny sandals

My summer sandal inventory has always concentrated on neutrals: beige, black and a few metallics. But now these pics have me thinking I need to inject vivid hues pronto! I'm eyeing these by Zara (above), Mansur Gavriel, Yosi Samra, Paula Cademartori, Gucci, and Whistles.


frill thrill

I love Warehouse's take on this season's must-have ruffled cropped pant (the trend all began here)--and its under $100-price tag!

Thursday, June 23

chain reaction

The one-two punch of Natasha Goldenberg's coral Celine dress and patchwork leather bag is powerfully stylish, but it's her statement chain earring that really takes the outfit to next level! And it's something I could easily incorporate into a look. I found similar outfit-elevating earrings by Chloe, Eddie Borgo, Maison Margiela, Sole Society, and Diane Von Furstenberg.

chambray chic

$47, gap

This chambray jumpsuit defines one-step summer dressing. Or as my seven-year-old describes: easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! 

1. Gap jumpsuit, $47,
2. Karen Walker sunglasses, $300,
3. Chanel Lip Gloss in Sahara, $30,
4. Gucci tote bag, $530,
5. Zara sandal, $25,

Wednesday, June 22

summer jeans

Every summer, the skinny jeans in my wardrobe take a vacation. They retreat to a dark, quiet spot in my closet and hibernate till fall. Subbing in for them: my looser-fitting pairs that look suitably relaxed yet still polished, like the ones, above, by MiH (on sale!)*. Other great laid-back, summer-ready options are from Frame (20% off), J.Crew, Current/Elliott and Citizens of Humanity.

*Shopbop is offering an extra 25% off already marked down items with this code through 6/24.

Photo: The Frugality

Tuesday, June 21

robe in

For some vacation style inspo, I'm looking to stylist Natasha Goldenberg, who lounges oh so elegantly in (not your everyday) robe-like cover-ups. Creative director Lily Kwong (last pic) also eschews the traditional caftan for a long silk Stevie Howell kimono. On my next getaway, I'd like to jump on this trend and chill in this Missoni crochet robe (60% off!), this lace Anna Sui, this feather light floral Zimmermann, the print Free People, and this pretty pastel Maaji (50% off!).

Photos: Natasha Goldenberg, Lily Kwong

sunny and strapless

$295, intermix

This itsy, bitsy strapless top is my kind of cute and fun!

1. Saloni strapless top, $295,
2. Topshop sunglasses, $26,
3. Maria Black gold plated ring, $155,
4. Stella McCartney bag, $1360,
5. Proenza Schouler sandals, $530,
6. Chloe jeans, $750, 

Monday, June 20

real simple

A friend of mine showed up at the beach this weekend wearing these amazing braided leather Ancient Greek Sandals (also available here). I love their barely-there simplicity and distinct elegance. Plus their versatility is endless, especially in neutral (also here)! You can also find the straw hat here and striped dress here.

back to back

Summer nights in LA are typically chilly, but this unusually balmy weekend had me under the Malibu stars wearing a simple but elegant shoulder-baring dress. The compliments I received prompted me to seek out more stylish ways to show some skin this season, and the first idea I came up with is the ruffled and backless (and Harry's Bar-worthy) Reformation, above. Also sexy yet chic: this lace Zimmermann, this floral Keepsake, this one-shouldered Johanna Ortiz, this plunging Cushnie et Ochs, this striped Club Monaco, and this strapless BB Dakota.

Photo: Jenny Walton

Friday, June 17

best dressed guest

Talk over lunch yesterday at Silver Lake's new Sawyer centered around the long awaited end of LA's June Gloom and the universal start of wedding season and its inherent hard-to-navigate intricacies, most notably finding the one dress fits-all-nuptials. Of course, I thought I'd try my hand at this challenge by providing a few options here. For starters, the retro-chic lace Cynthia Rowley, above, this asymmetric Joseph, this black-tie-worthy Ministry of Style, this romantic Reformation, this tiered Olivia Palermo + Chelsea 28, this embroidered Giambattista Valli dress (40% off!), this bell-sleeved Carolina Herrera, and this dramatic Haney. I'll keep adding to this list as I find more!