Wednesday, April 23

denim tunic

j.crew embroidered denim tunic
$118, j.crew

I've never seen an embroidered chambray tunic as beautiful as this before. I am obsessed!

1. J.Crew embroidered chambray tunic, $118,
2. Ray Ban mirrored aviator sunglasses, $160,
3. Shashi chain bracelet, $50,
4. Asos floral clutch, $56,
5. J.Crew metallic sandals, $78,
6. H&M lace shorts, $24,

Tuesday, April 22

sexy back

It's rare when the back of an outfit trumps the the front, so when it happens it's extra awesome. Lucky for us, backless jumpsuits are proliferating like crazy this summer, affording us the opportunity to be sexy, comfy, and one-step-dressing chic. Some options to consider: this L'Agence, this Haider Ackerman, this MSGM, this Rachel Pally, this 9Seed, and this Friend of Mine. Oh, and you'll definitely be needing these to pull these babies off.

Photos: The Sartorialist, All the Pretty Birds

fringe full

$56, asos

Valentino, The Row, and Gucci are all going for the fringe. I'd go for it with this black suede clutch.

1. Sportmax dress, $955,
2. Paula Mendoza gold plated onyx ring, $250,
3. Asos suede fringe clutch, $56,
4. Alexander Wang ankle-strap sandals, $475,

Monday, April 21

stand out swimsuits

With this summer being all about the statement suit (think graphic prints, cut-outs, mesh, crochet, etc), I was excited to christen my new daring, cut-out Norma Kamali-90s-like one-piece this past weekend up in Santa Barbara. Even though I am far from sun-kissed and not quite in summer-fighting shape, I felt pretty good in it. Since the suit was cute, I felt cute. Or, rather, confident. So, going forward, my swimsuit shopping philosophy is the more striking the suit, the better I'll look--and feel. On my wish list now: the cut-out Kore maillot, above, in figure-flattering black, this ridiculously cute Lisa Maree crochet bikini, this paisley J.Crew convertible bikini (25% off!), and this striped Mikoh two-piece

Photo: Harpers Bazaar UK

the sexy white blouse

tamara mellon cutout silk blouse

A silk white blouse is classic, chic and always sexy. This one by Tamara Mellon featuring summery shoulder-baring cut-outs is exceptionally good.

1. Tamara Mellon cut-out silk blouse, $350,
2. Iosselliani agate bracelet stack, $395,
3. Anthropologie beaded clutch, $148,
4. J.Crew leopard print sandals, $243,*
5. Theory pants, $275,

*Get this price (25% off full price items and up to 50% off sale items) at J.Crew. Get code here.

Friday, April 18

print power

topshop tropical print top
$68, topshop

This eye-popping (Mary Katrantzou-ish) print top will shake things up a bit. In the best possible way, of course.

1. Topshop tropical print top, $68,
2. Marc by Marc Jacobs ball ring, $58,
3. Kenzo print clutch, $180,
4. Proenza Schouler ankle-strap sandals, $595,
5. Joseph leather skirt, $995,

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!