Tuesday, May 3

surprise sale

You know how much I love a Shopbop sale. This one came as a surprise, so it's extra special. Here's the stellar summer stuff galore I need/want: these metallic Ancient Greek Sandals, this lace-up 3.1 Phillip Lim tank, this striped Shakuhachi tunic, this ruffle-trimmed Cushnie et Ochs dress (similar to above), this Nina Ricci leather bucket bag and this cut-out Thakoon dress. So much more here!

spring staple

$82, shopbop*

Poised to be the hardest working piece in my spring wardrobe! P.S. If you're looking to beef up your next season wardrobe, Shopbop is staging a surprise two-day sale. Think new spring/summer must-haves at up to 40% off. I will share my picks shortly!  

1. Madewell striped lace-up blouse, $82, shopbop.com
2. Illesteva sunglasses, $220, shopbop.com
3. Nadri stone bar ring, $50, nordstrom.com
4. Dolce & Gabbana bag, $995, netaporter.com
5. Alvaro sandals, $380, barneys.com
6. French Connection embellished shorts, $198, frenchconnection.com  

Monday, May 2

less is more

Monday is getting off to a good start, thanks to Neiman Marcus' First Call Sale, replete with all things summer chic in the city (and beyond). Highlights include this super versatile Tibi shift, this sleek one-shouldered Helmut Lang top, this boho-chic Derek Lam 10 Crosby blouse, these wide-leg, high-waisted Alice & Olivia jeans, this party-ready Rebecca Taylor dress (or this one!), this cropped and fringed 3.1 Phillip Lim tee, this black tie wedding-worthy Milly gown, and these go-with-everything Tory Burch mules. 

Thursday, April 28

striped straw

$9, h&m

This is one of those incredulous H&M pieces that cost nothing but look impressive. I actually have it in navy, but I think I like this one now even more, with its unexpected yet polished combo of striped straw and chain link!

anna october

Anna October's ruffled tops succinctly summarize my summer style! I especially love how they all turn heads, day and night. Check 'em out here.

sarong song

$140, topshop

This skirt goes from the office to the beach without breaking a sweat. And I love the chic Altuzarra-ish vibe!

1. Simon Miller tank top, $130, matchesfashion.com
2. Self Portrait x Le Specs sunglasses, $125, shopbop.com
3. GAS Bijoux bracelet, $156, shopbop.com
4. Cle de Peau in No. 10, $48, nordstrom.com
5. Lanvin clutch, $525, frwd.com
6. Tom Ford sandals, $1590, netaporter.com  

Wednesday, April 27

in sync

My twin sister flew to New York yesterday and as per usual called me upon arrival. Making up for the five and half hours of incommunicado airtime,  she rattled on about the photo shoots she'd be working on, how she'd hoped to spend her little downtime (running along the Hudson River, dinners out at Le Turtle with friends, etc.), and what she had packed. Because Coliena crisscrosses the country regularly (two or three times a month!), her carry-on always contains precisely what it should, and I was curious to know the current specifics of her masterful mix. Among the items she listed, she said a dress that can be both meeting-appropriate and free time-friendly, like the easy maxi, above, is essential. Inspired, I sought out some of these versatile dresses and happily discovered this Sam & Lavi, this Theory, this Asos (or this!), this Topshop, this Tome, this Vince and this Timo Weiland.

*Randomly, in a notable case of twin synchronicity: this past week my sister and I separately stumbled upon the all-of-a-sudden must-have cuteness that is BCBG's spring collection, specifically this beach-to-street embroidered dress, this boho romper, this ethnic tunic, and this striped top. All so good!

Tuesday, April 26

ruffles and stripes

$375, moda operandi

The stripes make it dress day-worthy while the ruffles lend evening drama. In other words: my ideal summer dress!

1. Viva Avivia one-shoulder ruffle dress, $375, modaoperandi.com
2. Rebecca Minkoff earring set, $48, shopbop.com
3. Clare V drawstring pouch, $199, clarevivier.com
4. Jin Soon Pop Orange Nail Lacquer, $18, nordstrom.com
5. Sophia Webster patent leather sandals, $495, netaporter.com

Monday, April 25

skirting around

This slit skirt is going to do wonders for my effortlessly chic run-around-and-go summer uniform. Priced at $41, it's a must-have in all three colors!

werk bag

I love the way New York City-based artist Jenny Walton goes about her business, elevating her work-ready outfit with an unexpectedly chic $60 basket bag. Inspired by a Japanese picnic tote and made of bamboo, the bag makes a street-savvy statement, plus is roomy enough for an iPhone and other on-the-go essentials. 

Photo: Nabile Quenum