Monday, April 24

natsu au natural

Though I've had lots of practice dressing for summer recently, I'm still up for additional remedial help. Enter: Love by Natsu's Instagram, rife with A-game summer style inspiration. I especially love her use of robes in lieu of traditional cover-ups and one-piece bathing suits that--voila!--double as tops. Also in her distinctly cool mix are billowy, romantic dresses, high-waist cropped jeans, structured basket bags, and wide-brim hats. I'd like to integrate some her style signatures into my warm weather wardrobe starting with this Double J off-the shoulder dress (similar to above), this Realisation ruffle blouse (pictured below), this statement-making Lisa Marie Fernandez swim suit (last pic; I bought this less expensive version, and I also like this slightly more subtle one), these punchy yellow Stuart Weitzman slides (third pic down), these high-waist Re/Done jeans, this structured basket tote bag by Indego Africa, this crochet-trimmed Anna Kosturova kimono, and this super chic sun-shielding Carlson hat.

Photos: Love by Natsu 

Friday, April 21

la ligne

I did a fun shoot with uber cool NYC-based clothing line La Ligne a few weeks ago and thought I'd share the results: playful pics, a quick Q&A (in which I reveal surprising personal secrets!) and the lowdown on my sparkly, party-ready outfit, above. Check it all out here. P.S. I'm currently craving La Ligne's stripe-accented camo jacket and day-to-night statement dress.

Thursday, April 20

conscious shopping

A bounty of amazing, I-can't-believe-it's H&M clothing just debuted today--and, I'm telling you, it's all worth checking out! For starters, there's the Conscious Exclusive collection, which is creatively rendered from organic and recycled materials. My favorite pieces include this silk romantic dress, above, this glittery jacquard weave mini skirt, this floaty, delicate blouse, and this gorgeously textured strapless dress. Additional inexpensive greatness: this hot pink tiered dress, this lace-trimmed pinstriped blouse, these easy tie-waist trousers, this print bikini, and this sexy lace bodysuit

sandal strong

$110, boden

You know I love my stripes head to toe!

1. Ulla Johnson scalloped blouse, $345,
2. Miu Miu sunglasses, $450,
3. Sydney Evan multi-color sapphire studs, $230,
4. Chanel Rouge Liquid Lip Color in Luxuriant, $37,
5. Rosie Assoulin woven straw bag, $850,
6. Boden stripe-tie sandals, $110,
7. See by Chloe cropped lace-up jeans, $360,

Wednesday, April 19

marigold around

Springing up this season: marigold dresses! This vivid yellow hue isn't for every skin type, but it works for mine, which is why I did a little digging around to root out the best. Here's what I found: this off duty-ready Madewell, this eyelet Kate Spade, this Marks & Spencer lace maxi, this wrap Boden, this pleated silk Rochas, this effortlessly chic Ulla Johnson, and this party-perfect Lela Rose.

gingham greatness

$49, zara

This two-piece set is the cutest hot-summer-day outfit!

1. Zara gingham two-piece set, $49,
2. IAM by Ileana Makri, $270,
3. Lancome Juicy Shaker Bi-Phase Lip Oil in Wonder Melon, $22,
4. Nannacay straw tote bag, $260,
5. Aquazurra slides, $475,

Tuesday, April 18

haute hair bands

On the rare occasions I wear my hair down, I usually have a black rubberband wrapped around my wrist just in case I want to put it up. So, when I discovered that a neighbor of mine recently launched a line of chic bracelets that double as hair ties, I took notice. After all, these are no ordinary hair ties; they're Cartier Love bracelet compatible! The rose gold disk, above middle, is my favorite style, and it's $18. Check out the others, featuring green onyx, rose quartz and tourmaline here.

basket bucket

$195, shopbop

This basket bag boasts a vacation vibe but its lined pocket interior yields everyday practicality.

1. Tome asymmetric blouse, $340,
2. Harvey Faircloth peplum jacket, $448,
3. Rebecca Minkoff basket bag, $195,
4. Comme des Garcons x Converse sneakers, $120,
5. Frame Denim jeans, $230,  

Monday, April 17

best of st. barth's

There is nothing hard about St. Barth's--except getting there from Los Angeles. One red-eye, a connecting four-hour flight and a (harrowing) prop plane later, I landed mid-afternoon, rumpled and tired. Despite my fatigue, I made a quick presto change-o and met up with friends, who were well into a wine-steeped lunch at Shellona, a gorgeous restaurant perched above the idyllic Shell Beach (pictured below). The meal instantly perked me up and got me into the island's happy groove! The sun-soaked days that followed served up all of my favorite activities: yoga, swimming, shopping, sailing, and long decadent lunches. Check out the glorious highlights below. 

After my scrumptious first meal on the island of salad nicoise, burrata, grilled zucchini, and homemade french fries (possibly the finest I've ever tasted!), I swam off a few calories in the Caribbean Sea, then made a beeline for the chaise lounges. That's when the rose wine started flowing and basically didn't stop till I departed!

The next day kicked off with swimming at the secluded Colombier Beach, followed by--you guessed it--another yummy lunch and shopping at the super chic pink and white-accented Cheval Blanc, above, where I snapped up the insane lace caftan, below. 

Shopping in St. Barth's was my sport. I boutique hopped in Gustavia (my faves included Vanita Rosa, Lolita Jaca, Poupette, Gisele, and MC2 St. Barth's) and St. Jean (Terra, Cabane, Filles des Iles).

Another must-stop was Le Guanahani Hotel, above, where the view of the reef-protected lagoon and turquoise blue water is postcard perfect and the fried calamari rocks.

St. Barth's fashion mandate: swimsuits that make a splash! I went for it with this embellished, ikat print Asos.

And with this Asos crochet top, which stayed put while paddleboarding, snorkeling and jumping off the sailboat. 

Right now, this St. Barth's pina colada is calling my name and I'm already plotting to go back and drink it one day soon!

get in line

$49, h&m

Back to work, working on effortless summer style! 

1. H&M stripe cotton dress, $49,
2. Shashi earring set, $85,
3. Sophie Anderson raffia tote bag, $245,
4. Rag & Bone leather wedges, $495,