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On My Shopping List

The hubby and I spent the day hiking in Taylor’s Falls (Interstate Park) so I didn’t have much time to write a blog for Sunday. This park borders Minnesota and Wisconsin on the St. Croix River. It’s home to many “potholes” that were formed in lava rock and has fabulous trails along the river. It was moving fast and furious today so no kayaking, but we did get a workout climbing over ancient boulders.

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A view of the river looking across to Wisconsin

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There is one pothole you can climb down into. Really amazing…

I did manage to put together a “dream” shopping list to share with you all. I had the new Anthropologie catalog waiting for me when we got home and it got me thinking about some fabulous items I would love to have.

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TOP:
Elizabeth and James “Bax” platform sandals $177 available at Nordstrom
I love these platforms. Because the sole is one height, they are much easier for me to walk in than heels or wedges. And I do need some brown summer shoes…

Topshop Lips in “Sartorial” $16 available at Topshop
Every gal needs a red lip and this one is bright enough to play off of your tan.

MIDDLE:
Glimmered Ankita dress $198 available at Anthropologie
This is my kind of dress. I love the peasanty silhouette and the colors are really fun. The longer sleeves make it a perfect selection for evenings (I’m always cold).

BOTTOM:
Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy $35 available at Sephora
I’m anxious to try this new multi-tasking oil. It protects, nourishes, softens, and boosts your hair’s shine. It’s next on my list of products to sample.

Rachel Zoe Belted Shoulder Tote $450 available at Nordstrom
I really want a red bag and this one is exactly what I’m looking for. Alas, it’s a pipe-dream (at least until I start working again!).

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The Little White Dress

We all know how important the “little black dress” is. It’s the one article of clothing that will get you through any social event on your calendar. But now that it’s summer, maybe we should switch things up and try a “little WHITE dress”. Yes, the old rules dictate you should only wear white Memorial Day through Labor Day (and we are now in that time frame), however, I do believe the white dress can be worn all year long with the right accessories and other pieces in your closet. White is classic, crisp, and chic, and looks fabulous with a tan. Here are some celebrities rocking the LWD.

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Jessica Stam is stunning in Marchesa

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Tali Lennox in this season’s hot trend-the shirtdress

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Gabrielle Union is perfection in this three-quarter number

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Caroline Sieber shines in an almost kimono-looking ensemble

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Cameron Diaz is chic in this white jumpsuit

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Vanessa Hudgens personifies glamour in this gown from Philosophy di Alberta Ferritti

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Ashley Madekwe in adorable in this shift from Zara

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Rachel Bilson opts for couture Chanel (love this one)

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Natalie Portman in a darling LWD

Every designer and retailer offers a LWD this time of year. Here are some of my favorites in stores now.

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From left to right:
Lucca Couture Chiffon Tie Top Baby Doll Dress $69 from Urban Outfitters
Warehouse Metallic Lace Shift $83.50 from ASOS
Johann Earl for Urban Renewal Surplice Dress $59 from Urban Outfitters

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Knit Lace Dress $98 from Banana Republic
Scallop Lace Tube Dress $98 from Arden B.
Amie Maxidress in whisper gauze $69.99 from J. Crew

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Sunny Repose Dress $98 from Anthropologie
Calvin Klein Sleeveless V-Neck $99.50 from Macy’s
Pleated Bodice Dress $79.90 from Express
JNBY Asymmetrical Hem Tshirt Dress $80.90 from Nordstrom

There are so many great options for the LWD. It is the perfect summer staple and will quickly become your go-to item for all occasions. Paired with flip flops or heels, this dress is sure to be a hit.

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Marvelous Maxis

Today is the first day of May (Happy May Day) and that means summer is almost here. Temperatures are getting higher, the sun is shining brighter, and the stores are full of amazing warm weather fashions. Once again, the Maxi is ruling the dress selections. Sexy, free-flowing, comfortable, and multi-functional, these dresses are the perfect staple for summer fun. The Maxi will take you to the beach, dinner, and everything in between. Here are some wonderful options in various price ranges. I know there’s one for you!

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Mossimo maxi dress with bra-top $34.99

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Mossimo Hi-Lo halter maxi dress $27.99
both available at Target
I love both of these dresses. They are the perfect beach cover-up or for running errands.

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Floral maxi $39.50 available at Delia’s
A lovely print at an affordable price. What’s not to love?

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Sparkle and Fade pleated empire maxi $49.99 available at Urban Outfitters
A very sexy option for a night out. I love the pleated skirt and empire top.

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Tiered-ruffle satin maxi $25

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Smocked-chiffon tiered maxi $39.94

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Smocked-gauze Mexicali maxi $24.94
all available at Old Navy
These are three of my favorites, especially the orange one. This is what I think a maxi should be-great colors, flowing bodies, and super summery.

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The Sexy maxi $88

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Ruffled maxi $69.50
both available at Victoria’s Secret
What I love about the two of these is the bohemian feel they have. They appeal to the hippy in me.

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Lattice back printed maxi $88 available at Express
This is more dressy and would be stunning at a summer wedding.

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One World sleeveless printed maxi $78 available at Macy’s
This one is so adorable and peasanty. I love the print!!

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Felicity and CoCo chevron print jersey maxi $78 available at Nordstrom
I can picture this on a boardwalk with a straw hat. I love summer….

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Medallion print maxi $69

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Stripe button front maxi $89
both available at Arden B.
Both of these could be worn to work.

I always thought I was too short to wear a maxi, but there’s nothing a good tailor can’t do. A little hemming and I have a fabulous go-to dress for everything summer throws at me.

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Bright Nails For Spring

I’ve only been wearing polish on my nails for about a month and I prefer a very dark polish. I’m not sure why-maybe because it doesn’t draw as much attention. But while shopping for some new polish, I couldn’t help but notice bright is THE way to go for spring. Yellows, greens, magenta and bright pinks, blues…it’s popsicle colors x 1000! I decided to take a risk and bought a bright reddish coral by Essie called “Ole Caliente”.

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Essie “Ole Caliente” $8.00 available at Target

At first glance, I wasn’t a fan. I’m just so used to blackish red on my nails and this was just so bright.

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But after a couple of days I got used to it and actually started to really like it. Now, I’m ready to explore more pops of color and cannot wait for the new collaboration between hot designer Thakoon and Nars to appear in stores. Inspired by his spring 2012 collection, these 6 shades are super vibrant and were inspired by the hues of Indian spice markets.

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Thakoon for Nars nail polish $18 available for pre-order at Nordstrom

I really love the light blue shade, Kutki. It will be so pretty with tan digits. I’ve used Nars polish in the past and it does wear really well. I’m not sure when the launch date is, but I am very sure they will sell out quickly. If there’s one you can’t live without, you’d better pre-order now!

And if $18 is a little too much to spend on polish, try the spring collection from Essie. The colors are very fun, especially the light green.

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Essie spring polish $8 available at Ulta and most major drugstores.

The good news is that everyone is doing bright shades for spring (check out Loreal’s Colour Riche) so there is definitely one to fit your budget!

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Cat Eyes

I am addicted to sunglasses. Even on the cloudiest of days, I cannot leave home without them. I think blue eyes are extra sensitive to the sun. Choosing the right pair is essential, especially if you’re spending a lot of money. They are a major statement piece and it’s important to wear a pair that fits your style. A huge trend in frames this season is the Cat Eye. This silhouette has been around for decades, but comes and goes as far as trends are concerned. I’ve always been a huge fan! They are super glamorous and look great on almost everyone. Here’s a look at my top picks this season.

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Tortoise, especially in coffee shades, are huge right now. This color really does look good on everyone.

TOP
House of Harlow 1960 (Nicole Richie’s label) $138 available at Nordstrom
Touch-Cat Eye $29.99 available at Mango
BOTTOM
Juicy Couture Cat’s Eye $120 available at Nordstrom
Tory Burch Polarized Cat Eye Hinge Logo $165 available at Bloomingdale’s

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Neon and other bright colors are another hot trend for summer. They are super playful!

TOP
Kate Spade New York “Florence Broadhurst” Retro $128 available at Nordstrom
House of Harlow 1960 Chelsea sunglasses $138 available at Nordstrom
BOTTOM
Selima for J. Crew “Sophia” $128 available at J. Crew
Betsey Johnson Crazy Cat Eye $55 available at Urban Outfitters

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Sometimes simple and more subdued is the way to go. These are more reminiscent of those from decades gone by.

TOP
Colors in Optics “Brooklyn” $125 available at Nordstrom
Corrine McCormack reading sunglasses $60 available at Nordstrom
BOTTOM
“Jackie” sunglasses $30 available at American Apparel
I-Line “Hot Cat” reading sunglasses $60 available at Nordstrom

Sunglasses are the ultimate accessory when the sun is shining. Be sure to try on many pairs, get someone’s opinion, and have fun!!

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Summer Dreaming

The grass is green, the trees have leaves, and flowers are blooming. I am dreaming of summer and it is just around the corner. I cannot wait for beach time, going to the Farmer’s Market, and spending time on the water. I want sand between my toes and the sun on my face. Here are two outfits I’ve put together that scream summertime. I hope they inspire you to start planning your summer wardorbe.

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“TRIP TO THE FARMER’S MARKET”
~7 For Mankind Crop Josefina $225 available at Zappos
~Charles By Charles David Trove wedge sandal $59.95 available at DSW
~Farmer’s Market tote $45 available at J. Crew
~Michael by Michael Kors Oversized sunglasses $99 available at Nordstrom
~Sephora Collection Be You lip balm $12
~Sephora Collection Lacquer polish $7
Both available at Sephora
~Smocked Mexicalli top $24.94 available at Old Navy

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“EVENING STROLL ON THE BEACH”
~Destroyed Boyfit Denim Shortie $36.50
~Dolman Sweater $34.99
~Zig-Zag fedora $15.50
~Sam Edelman for AEO Braided Gladiator sandal $39.50
All available at American Eagle
~Panacea Candy Color Long Stone necklace $50
~Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri perfume $92
both available at Neiman Marcus
~Essie Go Overboard nail polish $8 available at Ulta

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Pretty Little Flats

I have always been a fan of wearing ballet slippers. In junior high we wore real ones all over town (that could not have been good for our feet). There’s just something so sweet and classic about them, and they can be very comfortable. Lucky for me, their popularity is at an all-time high and the choices are endless. You can buy Dr.Scholls for her “Fast Flats” (they fold and fit right in your bag) or you can spend upwards of $500 for designer slippers. Either way, they are always a perfect option for almost any situation. Here is just a sampling of my favorite styles available today.

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Dr. Scholl’s for her “Fast Flats” $8
available at major drugstores
These are great! You can store them in your purse so when your heels start killing, you can slip these on.

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Steve Madden “Karisma Bow” Flat $79.95
I love the bow-total sweetness.

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Elizabeth and James “Kimi” Flat $198
One of the Olsen Twins’ lines, these are stylish yet simple.

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Sam Edelman “Cadence” Flat $99.95
I adore the ankle strap-very pointe shoeish.

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Toms “Camila” Ballet Flat $83.95
The latest offering from Toms, you can buy for a cause. For every pair sold, Toms will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need.

All styles available at Nordstrom

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J Crew “Lula” Bow Ballet Flat $138
These are very classic. They will never go out of style, and I dig the black piping.
Available at J Crew

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R2 “Monti” $29.95
A fabulous price for a very trendy pair of slippers.
available at Famous Footwear

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Mossimo “Ona” Flat $14.99

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Mossimo “Ona” Sequin Flat $19.99

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Xhilaration “Shea Glitter” Flat
Three fashionable and affordable options.
available at Target

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Aldo “Holtan” flat $40
Very “Chanel” esque and timeless.
available at Aldo

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London Sole “The Ballet Sneaker” $245
Loved by celebrities (and me), these offer you amazing comfort and total style. Plus, they are made out of the best materials and last forever. If you want to invest in a really solid pair of flats, check out London Sole.
available at London Sole

This is just a small look at all the ballet flats in the marketplace. Believe me, there is something for everyone, at every price point.

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