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Madewell Summer Picks

I love Madewell, mainly because not only do they carry their own brand, but others as well. Their clothing and accessories are casual or edgy, depending on how you style the look. They have a vast offering of merchandise, the quality is great, and the price points vary. It’s a great place to find anything you’re looking for and you know you’ll walk away with pieces that will last you many trend-filled seasons. I’ve put together my picks for this summer. Hope you like them!

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DRESSES
A must have for summer, but I think I’ve selected a range that can go through all seasons with the right accent pieces.

TOP:
Holepunch Tee Dress $99.99
Tickertape Stripe Shift $89.99

MIDDLE:
Stitchwork Silk Dress $159.99

BOTTOM:
Attic and Barn Kami Dress $235
Attic and Barn Kaoma Dress $255

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TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES
One of the brands designed by this year’s CFDA winners, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (and one of my favorites). This collection offers fabulous denim pieces and quirky dresses. I love that they chose to do the jacket in a bright pink, the jeans offer that 70’s vibe I dig, and the shirtdress is right on trend for this season.

Sid Denim Jacket $365
Morrison Jeans $245
Alex Shirtdress $245

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SUMMER MUST-HAVES
Everyone needs a fantastic bikini, a great hat and sunnies, and some tops for summer. These are my favorites warm-weather pieces.

TOP:
Pen and Ink String Bikini $46 for top, $44 for bottom
Sunny Day Tortoise Sunglasses $49.50
Sheercheck Smocktop $69.50

BOTTOM:
Mara Hoffman Cocoon Tunic $213
Biltmore Straw Fedora $58
Stoneskipper Sweatshirt Tee $49.99

All items available at Madewell

Summer essentials, for me, are pieces you can wear year after year. Bikinis, sunglasses, denim, tees, a great dress-these all are essentials. Add some trendier items and you have the perfect outfits for the season.

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Summer Inspiration Board

Spending the day outside has got me thinking about my favorite summertime items. I was inspired to do a board that showcases my favorite things right now. I love doing inspiration boards because I am very visual and they help get my mojo flowing.

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TOP
*Charlotte Ronson “A Perfect Touch” rollerball fragrance $20
This new fragrance was inspired by endless beach days. With notes of fresh citrus, blossoming florals, vanilla, and creamy musk, this harkens back to the summers of my youth. Charlotte created this scent due to the all the feedback she had regarding her “A Perfect Mess” beach hair. Everyone loved the smell and now it’s captured in an easy-to-use rollerball.
Available at Sephora

*Watermelon Lemonade. I first had this beverage when the hubby and I were in Las Vegas. We had spent the day at the pool and decided to try this little Mexican restaurant in Mandalay Bay. It is really the most refreshing summertime drink I’ve ever had. Yummy!!

*Sun-kissed hair. I love the color of her hair (and she is adorable). It truly captures the essence of days spent in the sun, sand, and surf. Gorgeous!

MIDDLE
*Who wouldn’t love to spend the day laying in a hammock with their girlies? Sand between your toes, sun on your skin, listening to the surf. It would be absolute heaven.

*1960’s swimwear. And people think bikinis are scandalous now? This was quite risqué back in the day. It makes me think of a much simpler time. And vintage photos are always inspiring.

*Flip flop flower baskets. What a super cute and fun idea. I live in flips all summer long and this would be perfect in our backyard oasis.

BOTTOM:
*Chanel Orange Fizz nail varnish $27
Such a scrumptious color. It would be a great accent color to your tan fingers and toes.
Available at Nordstrom

*Top knots-the perfect summer accessory. I find myself sporting them more and more as the days get warmer. It’s much easier to relax on my lounge chair with a top knot. A ponytail just gets in the way!

*Free People “Ruffle Me Up” mesh tunic $88
I am dying over this retro-style tunic. The ruffled tiers are fabulous. This would be ideal as a beach cover-up or with a colorful slip under it. It’s one of my favorite pieces for summer.

Available at Free People

So, what inspires you this summer? I’d love to hear about any great products, recipes, or cute decorative pieces you may love.

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Swim Into Summer At J. Crew

J. Crew has always been one my go-to shops for swimwear. For decades, they have offered versatile pieces in fabulous colors, prints, and fabrics. They may be on the more expensive side, but for someone who spends a lot of time in bikinis, I’ve learned you get what you pay for. They last for years, don’t stretch out, and the colors don’t fade. This season seems to be one of their best. I really love all the retro suits, but am not sure I can take the plunge. I’ve always been more of a string bikini kind of gal. Here’s just a sampling of what they are offering this season.

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Deck-stripe underwire top $58 and bikini bottom $46

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Deck-stripe board short $68
While the bikini bottom is a little high for me, I love the top and the board short. Perfect for those days spent kayaking.

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Polka-dot underwire top $54 and retro brief $50
Here’s an example of their retro collection. I think it’s super cool looking, but I’m not brave enough to rock it.

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Oxford-stripe string top $46 and string hipster $48
Ah, the good old string. I really love the colors of this suit.

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Ruched femme tank $82
I haven’t worn a one-piece since high school, but I do like this one. The ruche helps hide the problematic tummy area.

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Anchors Aweigh skirted tank $125
Another one of the retro pieces. It would be so cute on the right person and in the right situation.

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Ruched halter top $44 (not sure about the bottoms)
J. Crew has a fabulous solids mix and match collection. That way you can get the right top and bottom for your body.

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Glamour-girl bikini $42
This bottom has just the right amount of ruche to hide some of that extra hip I have.

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Low rider bottom $40
For days on my deck, lower is better (honestly these are still too high).

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Jersey Lomellina halter top $58 and side swept ruffled hipster $58
Just a little bit of ruffle makes this bikini a real standout.

And let’s not forget cover-ups. J. Crew has many cool options that make you a standout coming and going from the beach.

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Whisper gauze baja tunic $59.59
I would wear this anywhere!

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Whisper gauze beachcomber tunic $59.50 and faded indigo denim shorts $79.50
This is the type of outfit I live in all summer long!

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Knit tunic dress $69.50
Super easy to throw on and can take you right to a meal at the marina.

All pieces available at J. Crew

Just remember when trying on suits that you will get frustrated and you do have to try on many different styles, but I guarantee there is a perfect one for you. The stylists at J. Crew are more than happy to help you find the perfect match for your body. Good luck!

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Alberta Ferritti For Macy’s

Well, Macy’s has done it again. Another amazing designer is debuting a collection for Macy’s Impulse line and it is fabulous. Alberta Ferritti for Macy’s Impulse line is an assortment of printed dresses, maxi gowns, and navy and white knit tops and sweaters. All the pieces are perfect for spring and very affordable. The line ranges from $49-$119. Here’s a peak at some of my favorite items.

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Sage Double-Knit Sweater $79
A beautiful layering piece

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Navy Lace Tunic $49
Tunics are really great as a seasonal transition piece. This one will be great with leggings or a pair of skinny denim.

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Floral Strapless Dress $79
The ultimate garden party dress.

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Beige Maxi Dress $109
This comes in three colors. The maxi dress is not going anywhere!

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Printed Peasant Dress $79
I love a good peasant dress and the pattern of this one is lovely.

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Floral Print Skirt $69
Long skirts are very on-trend this season.

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Orange One-Shoulder Gown $99
Orange is the hot shade for spring. This would be stunning bridesmaid gown.

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Floral Print Halter $59
This silhouette is wonderful for spring and summer. Super cute with cut-offs, but can easily be dressed up with a skirt or trouser.

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Fushia Wrap Dress $69
This color is fantastic with a tan. And every gal needs a wrap dress. They are flattering on every body type.

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Alberta Ferritti for Macy’s Impulse launches in stores and on-line April 17th. Don’t miss out on these spring goodies!

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Spring Fling At The Gap

I don’t go into the Gap very often and when I do it’s usually for my husband. It’s not that I don’t like the Gap, it’s just that things tend to all look the same to me. I leave kind of uninspired. So, I was very surprise that while looking through my latest magazines, the Gap ads kept catching my eye. I had to check them out and see just what they had to offer for Spring. And let me tell you-the Gap is back. Tons of color, a huge variety, and just overall freshness. It was actually hard to narrow down my favorites.

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Broken-in Straight Khaki $49.95
These come in tons of colors and I love the fit.

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1969 Lightweight Always Skinny Crop $69.95
Finally, a skinny that isn’t too long. And again, these come in many colors.

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Eyelet Peasant Top $59.95
Love the peasant top and this can easily go from work to play.

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Slub Knit Drop-shoulder Sweater $44.95
The dolman sleeve is always great-gives an off-the-shoulder vibe.

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Gap Pure Bubble Sweater $64
I love the simplicity and the neutral color. A good alternative for black.

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Gap Pure Dolman-sleeve Tunic $68
Perfect for leggings, this longer silhouette is divine. And again, love off-the-shoulder.

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1969 Mid-weight Real Straight Rolled Jeans $89.95
These are really cool looking and super comfy. Will work with heels or flats.

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Peasant Bib Dress $69.95
This is so sweet. I adore the cut and the length. Great for Spring and Summer.

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Utility Jacket $89.95
This is a great jacket for spring. It’s classic and will never go out of style.

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Belted Cape Jacket $128
The perfect alternative for a trench. It’s a more trendy silhouette, but the khaki color makes it classic.

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Elastic City Flats $39.95
Every girl needs a good pair of flats. These can be rolled up and stashed in your bag so you always have an out when your heels are killing your feet.

All available at the Gap

I would suggest you run (not walk) to the Gap. Spring is going to be popping with color and they have really captured that with their new collections.

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