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summer shortcut

Typically by now our favorite white jeans are hard at work. This year, however, is a little different--to say the least. This summer's shortcut to style rests easy in a pair of white shorts, suitably relaxed but still crisp and cool. They look ideal, I think, when paired with a blazer or button-down shirt. The effect: dressed, but not too dressed, if you know what I mean. I like these combos from Citizens of Humanity, H&M, Blank Denim, Club Monaco, 3.1. Phillip Lim, and Mango.

bucket shot

$140, Marni

This new Marni bucket bag is one bright spot right now. And so are these under-the-radar (and affordable) finds from Sam Edelman (below with an Alaia aura), Everlane (polished and pleated shorts), Club Monaco (stylish sweats and then some),  Storets (summer's go-to wrap-tie pants), Maiyo (Chanel-inspired crochet bikini, anyone?) and Target (chic striped beach towels).

take a bow

$310, the outnet

Ready to show up somewhere (anywhere?!) in this.

1. Red Valentino dress, $310, theoutnet.com
2. Chanel denim bracelet, $750, chanel
3. Make Beauty Tinted Marine Salve, $20, netaporter.com
4. Alanui Jaguar bag, $193, farfetch.com
5. LOQ braided sandals, $320, netaporter.com

hot stud

$59, pull & bear

I love this studded sandal's Ibiza-chic vibe.  

1. Mango dress, $99, mango.com
2. Timeless Pearly earrings, $285, netaporter.com
3. Clare V x Every Mother Counts denim tote, $99, clarev.com
4. Pull & Bear sandals, $59, pullandbear.com

mighty minis

Thought I'd keep it short today--with a little mini-skirt love. This summer staple is back (again) but the hemline is higher. In other words: legs for days. To counterbalance the shortness of the skirt, I'd go with more coverage on top, whether it's an oversized button-down, a boyfriend blazer or roomy sweater. Consider these minis from Levi's, By Malene Birger, Madewell, Alex Mill and Gucci.

cream of the crop

Like Parisian Leia Sfez, we're currently keeping it simple in our most trusted wardrobe basics. But in this pic she proves that not all basics are made equal, specifically her up-to-the-minute-cut white jeans by Citizens of Humanity, black Havianas flip flops, and slightly oversized De Fursac white button-down blouse. Polished and pulled together made simple!

Photo: Leia Sfez

glow away

I may not be able to go to Mallorca this summer--but at least I can glean that same post-Med glow at home with Osea Malibu's Anti-Aging Body Balm. I recently started using this silky sea mineral-rich lotion, recommended to me by an in-the-know friend. It deeply moisturizes and imparts the prettiest luminous sheen, seriously unlike anything I've ever tried before! And it seems to miraculously tighten and lift my skin. Perhaps its organic seaweed and essential oil formulation effects this magic? Who knows! But anyway, there's more I need to share, another rec from an all-of-a-sudden-radiant friend: Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40. This tinted sunscreen made my friend's skin look so dewy and glow-y, as if she'd been indulging in Georgia Louise facials for the last month (we all wish). I'm now hooked, and my summer game is on! P.S. That's not me in the pic above, but I hope to look this by August 1! A girl can dream.

home run

So, it took me three locked-down months to hone my homebody-hood--or at least just discover the secret (and crazy affordable!) home decor genius that is Urban Outfitters. Who knew it's rife with more than just hipster dorm decor, from the little $12 (vintage, artisanal-looking!) ceramic bowls to dining table-punctuating $12 ombre candles to more cool chairs than I have places to sit (this, this and this!). Also amazing: this speckled planter, this abstract floor mirror, chic rattan table lamp, and this side table. P.S. The beach lounger from Australia that I posted the other day and now back-ordered can be found stateside here!

fresh direct

$75, shopbop

Today's cherry pick will stay fresh all season long.

1. Glamorous dress, $75, shopbop.com
2. Chloe earring, $440, netaporter.com
3. Jennifer Zeuner ring, $88, shopbop.com
4. Baguu ripstop tote, $39, shopbop.com
5. Eres lace-up silk sandal, $260, netaporter.com 

take a seat

Herewith a dispatch from Malibu: This be-all-end-all Land & Sand beach chair ($199) was recommended to me by my good friend, Erica McLoughlin, the mastermind behind LA's in-demand sleek outdoor furnishing and design firm Saturday House. Deeply familiar with my inveterate beach-bum ways, Erica rightly assumed I could rattan-lounge it up by the pool as well as in the backyard, on a camping trip (okay, maybe not), in the park, at soccer games, etc. Made in Australia (also eminently versed in the art of lounging), it ships free! Other summer-ready things I'm putting to use this long weekend: the glam Haney dress, below, now 40% off, this cute West Elm modern melamime plate set for fun picnics, these vintage Gucci-looking Zara Home braided place mats (on sale), this monogrammed Mark & Graham Turkish towel, and this inviting Anthropologie hammock. Happy Sunday!

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