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h&m hunting


I'll admit it: I was questioning myself when I ended up in H&M one afternoon last week in downtown New York. Why am I here, I wondered, when I can be bopping around boutiques in Soho? Or drinking a bellini at Cipriani? But then the lace dress, above, appeared before my very eyes, and all of a sudden it was clear why! I also snapped up this Natalie Martin-like top/shorts combo, this floral maxi, and the polka dot dress, below. Score! I also love this tulle lace (wedding guest-worthy) dress, only available online.

summer solstice

mum's handmade swimsuit

In my opinion, the most suitable way to while away the the longest day of the year is in a bathing suit! The question is, which one? I love the pink crochet one-piece by Mum's Handmade, above, but I'm also drawn to these by Same Swim, H&M, Ganni, Red Carter, and Zimmermann. I'm thinking there might be multiple swimsuit changes today! 

Photo: Mum's Handmade

the slinky skirt

life of boheme style

I saw lots of chic girls in downtown New York wearing a slinky skirt--and now, of course, I want one, too. I adore the sold-out one, above, by Realisation, but found this similar Alice + Olivia. There are plenty of other options to be had, such as these from Club Monaco, Vince (on sale!), and Lovers + Friends

Photo: Life of Boheme

the hero

marlien rentmeester dress

Look who's the hero now! Yes, that's right, my Jack dress, according to the editors of Harper's Bazaar! This cutie is now up for grabs on shop.bazaar.com (and in navy, too) till supplies last. I'm guessing it won't be long. Also, definitely make sure to check out my interview with the editors and pics here. It's a good read!

summer in the city


My running around in New York City for the last few days has entailed laps around the Whitney Museum, a jaunt across the Brooklyn Bridge, a head-to-toe exploration of Dumbo Soho House, rounds of miniature golf with my son, and miles clocked up and down the Hudson River Park bikepath--and it has all required a marathon of dress-wearing. Fortunately, I packed well: a carry-on full of frocks that make the Big Apple-style cut and keep me cool, including the Rebecca Taylor (on sale!), above and the striped Madewell, below. Did I mention that I've also been shop-hopping? Of course, this should come as no surprise, and nor should the fact that I snapped up a few more dresses, including this lace H&M, this floral Topshop (I also like this cut-out one for hot, steamy days!), this ruffled Apiece Apart and this mini Saylor wrap.

 

elliette et al


I've officially begun my summer dress-only streak (read: no jeans allowed). And I just found this corset-inspired cutie by Elliette (on sale, no less) to put into my rotation. I love it so much, I might have to get it in blue, too. But then again I could add other on-sale options into the mix, such as these by Veronica Beard, Ulla Johnson, Warm, and Backstage

bold brims


To go with summer's barely-there dresses (I love the Zimmermann, above), I'm going to need a new (i.e., very much this season) big, bold hat! One that will totally shield my face--and turn heads at the same time. I'm talking hats like these from Sensi Studio, Sole Society, Hat Attack, Eugenia Kim, and Lola.

white sight


Clearly, there's a consensus among this fashion blogger crew (vacationing in Tulum, natch) that white sunglasses are a warm-weather must, and their go-to's are by Le Specs. I also like these versions from Saint Laurent (below, left), Illesteva, and Le Specs (slightly different from above).

 

out of the blue

Yosuzi basket bag
$240, shopbop

The most fetching summer statement bag I've seen yet!  


1. Whistles devore dress, $559, whistles.com
2. Saint Laurent sunglasses, $350, shopbop.com
3. Noor Fares multi-stone ring, $3100, netaporter.com
4. Yosuzi bucket bag, $240, shopbop.com
5. Dolce Vita metallic slides, $90, shopbop.com

summer skirts


This chic German trio is making me re-think my summer skirt game--and score with a long and bold play. What's most appealing about this midi silhouette is its wear-anywhere ability. It can be dressed up or down--i.e., with sky-high heels, simple sandals or even sneakers--plus, it will keep me cool on a hot summer day. No major accessories needed. Prime examples include the ruffled wrap, above, the checked linen Zara (right), this feminine Velvet, this polka dot Lisa Marie Fernandez, this striped Topshop (also this floral wrap one), and this Ganni mesh wrap.

Photo: @tt_stories
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