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dress rehearsal

New York's 70-degreee-weather this week has me trotting out my new favorite summer staples, including the red Gianvito Rossi lace-up heels (on sale!) and Veronica Beard blazer, above, and The Reformation sandals and my floral Zara, below. (My decade-old dress, above, is from Bali, and my Jenna Blake charm necklace never comes off!) Truth be told, I've been on an excessive retail therapy tear as of late (for reals!), fueled by Memorial Day's crazy sales--watch out!!--here and here, and scored this amazing Chloe bag, this gorgeous lace H&M, and this pretty $30 Topshop blouse!

may day

I've been counting down the days to the upcoming l-o-n-g weekend and the warm weather to go with. Thank you, NYC, for delivering on the early heat--and Shopbop and Net-A-Porter for the pre-Memorial Day Weekend sales, kicking off today! The 40% off situation over at Shopbop is rife with tireless summer staples (along with weekend getaway bonuses), like the super versatile and chic Loeffler Randall sandals, above, this high-impact Ulla Johnson one-shoulder blouse, these high-rise Joe's Jeans, this fringed Kayu bucket bag, and this easy, breezy Mara Hoffman jumpsuit. (Check out EVERYTHING here!) Of course, Net-A-Porter's discounted designer bounty is exceptional--and then some! Take for example--or five--this Dolce & Gabbana straw tote, these Prada kitten heels, this Isabel Marant Etoile dress, this Valentino iconic print blouse, and these Chloe wedges. Get on it here!

summer sparkle

wedding guest dress
$180, topshop

I'm going to shine my way through summer soirees in this sparkly (and sexy) statement!

1. Topshop embellished dress, $180, topshop.com
2. Rosantica hair pins, $120, netaporter.com
3. MAC Throwbacks Lipstick in Marrakesh, $18, nordstrom.com
4. Loewe drawstring pouch bag, $350, neimanmarcus.com
5. Aquazurra metallic lace-up sandals, $795, netaporter.com 

long story

Summers past have seen lots of LWD's (little white dresses), but this year calls for the same acronym but a below-the-knee hem length: A.K.A., the long white dress. The head-to-toe silhouette is clean, light and simply feminine. Added bonus: solar-proof! Taking a cue from our Australian counterparts currently whizzing through Fashion Week, I'm looking to slip into these light lovelies from Jonathan Simkhai (on crazy sale!), Monroe, Mara Hoffman, Anais Jourden, Free People, Lee Matthew, Ephemera, and The Reformation.

lisa aiken style

aussie mega

Typically, Australian Fashion Week a harbinger of stylish things to come stateside, and this time around it's showing us, as warm weather season is now wrapping up Down Under, what will be hot in our northern hemisphere summer. As you can see from these recent pics, kitten-heel strappy sandals, high-waist white jeans (particularly those two together!), and long dresses are out and out must-haves. As fate would have it, I just bought my own new pair of high-waist white jeans last week in New York from Everlane (see me in them here), and they're super comfy (size down as they stretch!). I also love these by Mother (the cool scalloped hem!) and J Brand (the hold-it-all-in, super-flattering fit). Strappy sandal winner are pictured above and below by The Row (also here), The Reformation, and By Far. I have far too many favorite long dresses on my wish list, but if I had to whittle down to one or two, I'd definitely work this and this (on sale!).

Photos: Vogue Australia/Sandra Semberg

fine print

$300, netaporter

Ruffled, summery-floral, one-shouldered perfection. 

1. Isabel Marant Etoile top, $300, netaporter.com
2. Aurelie Bidermann earrings, $158, netaporter.com
3. Madewell bracelets, $22, shopbop.com
4. Dolce & Gabbana straw bag, $1395, nordstrom.com
5. The Row sandals,$790, barneys.com
5. Acne Studios jeans, $320, netaporter.com 

maxed out

j.crew maxi print dress

This summer I'm going big on big dresses, and by big, I mean loaded with playful prints, eye-popping colors, and big-time twirling capabilities. Take the fun and statement-making (and one and done) J.Crew dress, above, or these head-turners by Mango, Saloni (on sale!), La Double J, Free People, Topshop, and Borgo de Nor.

green light

$75, topshop

A skirt for all seasons is always a slam dunk. 

1. ATM t-shirt, $68, netaporter.com
2. Topshop skirt, $75, topshop.com
3. Anne Sisteron diamond and gold chain stud earrings, $475, annesisteron.com
4. La Mer Lip Voluminizer, $75, nordstrom.com
5. Aranaz woven raffia bag, $305, shopbop.com
6. Chanel slides, $975, chanel.com

glow girl

RMS champage rose luminizer

Lucky me, I've just discovered not one but two new ways to get my glow on! The first came to me courtesy of a good friend/vacation mate in the Bahamas. She emerged from her bedroom early one morning in her workout gear, looking dewy and fresh, like she had just taken an energy-replenishing yoga class. Turns out it was really just Face Gym's multi-vitamin stick (complete with super hydrating Hyaluronic Acid) that did the trick! (Sweating activates the ingredients, so you get even more glowy.) Hell-o, I want to wake up (and go to the gym) looking that way! Then, when I returned home, I noticed that my twin sister was looking exceptionally/mysteriously radiant--odd since she's been spending most of her days lately inside unnaturally-lit photo studios. She credited RMS' Champagne Rose Luminizer, dabbed on her cheekbones and below her eyebrows. Magic, truly!

summer slippers

reformation caroline sandals

The one pair of shoes (or two or three!) that will crisscross time zones with me this summer will seamlessly go with a caftan during the day to a dressy dress at night--with help from The Reformation's new shoe collection. Debuting today, Ref's sandals, espadrilles and flats are all super versatile, super sexy, and sustainably made, using materials like chrome-free leather and jute. Plus, they're affordable! I especially love the vintage-spirited thong-inspired kitten heels, above, the backless ballet slippers, and lace-ups, below. I've already put one pair to work yesterday on the Lower East Side. See here!

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