Lemonade Stand

In Uncategorized on June 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I spent the majority of this weekend outside — and I have a terrible burn to prove it (sorry, Dr. Dellatorre [my dermatologist]).  Between a polo match on the National Mall and a day-long zydeco festival at Wolf Trap, I perspired away under the hot summer sun, and all I could think about was refreshing myself with a long, tall lemonade.

(Wall Art — $159, Ballard Designs)

What better way to beat the heat than with a citrus-inspired wardrobe to boot?  I’m imagining a lemon frosting concoction of a dress like this Milly number ($338, Shopbop):

Pair with classic Jack Rogers in summer-ready white ($96, Nordstrom):

Alternately, I’m loving this Lilly “Sullivan” shift ($148, Lilly Pulitzer):

I like the idea of wearing it with a big white necklace — something like this statement-making Hive & Honey wood beaded lovely ($68, PiperLime):

It would look equally cheerful worn atop this See by Chloe shift (on sale for $142, The Outnet):

Pair either with these easy-on, delightfully-styled K. Jacques t-straps ($245, Net-A-Porter):

Love the airy simplicity of the style — perfect for offsetting the heaviness of the necklace and the breeziness of the shift.  For those of you loving the matchy-matchy aesthetic, imagine how picture-perfect you’d look rounding it all out with this Kate Spade tote ($175, Bloomingdale’s):

If that’s too much for you, take a page out of Tory Burch’s lookbook with a versatile white-accented rattan clutch ($275, Bergdorf Goodman):

I also dig this little white wicker basket bag by Warehouse ($48, ASOS):

If you need something a touch bigger for your daily routine, I’m loving this Tory Burch slouchy carry-all.  I feel as though you could wear it all summer long and not have to switch bags once ($350, Bergdorf Goodman):

Endlessly wearable and fresh-looking.  Top it all off with these inexpensive, fun-in-the-sun, plastic yellow shades ($30, TopShop):

After all, summer is all about the cheap thrills, isn’t it?

The italian ice pictured above has got me absolutely drooling.  Imagine enjoying one poolside in a little white bikini ($44 for top, $40 for bottom, J. Crew):

Throw on a breezy lemon-yellow caftan by Tashia (on sale for $272, My Theresa):

Add the simple K. Jacques featured above or these inexpensive Steve Maddens ($69.95, Steve Madden) — the design on the top of the sandal echoes the interlocking shape featured on the caftan nicely:

(As would Jack Rogers.)  You might also consider pairing the caftan with some crisp white poplin shorts or white jeans for shopping and lunch.  Other options for citrus-fresh daywear?  I’m in love with this sweet, retro-styled Anthropologie dress ($98, Anthropologie):

So fresh and yet old-timey, like a yellow-and-white striped straw from an old-fashioned ice cream shop.  I like the idea of wearing it with some perforated flats — perhaps these darling Pradas (on sale for $329, Barney’s)?

If you’re ready to introduce other citrus colors into your palette — and money is no object — don’t you adore this kicky Pucci number (on sale for $1,037, The Outnet):

Pair with white sandals or espadrilles.  I kind of die over these recessionista-friendly lace-ups by Spiegel ($49, Spiegel):

For the more label-conscious, these Ralph Lauren Finlays are perfectly styled (on sale for $251, Neiman Marcus):

Alternately, pair a breezy white dress or some white shorts and a white caftan with these cheery Juicy Couture flats (on sale for $153, Zappos):

The perfect summer splash!  Other ways of refreshing your summer look?  Tote your coins around in this precious little Kate Spade purse ($60, Kate Spade):

Or maybe throw on this aptly-titled “Strawberry Lemonade” necklace from Anthropologie ($38, Anthropologie):

Perfect with a little white crew-neck or a white strapless dress like this Lilly (on sale for $217, Zappos):

…especially when paired with these strappy Belle by Sigerson Morrison sandals ($195, La Garconne):

I also love the above sandals with this demure eyelet C&C California dress ($148, Shopbop):

(Love the daintiness of a cap sleeve.)  I’d pair with a sunny tote, like this cabana-ready yellow striped Tory Burch tote ($195, Tory Burch):

Alternately, this Mar Y Sol tote would be a fun addition to your summer wardrobe ($88, Nordstrom):

(DKNY has a similar version in canvas for $85.)  Now that you’re properly attired, sit back, relax, and enjoy a tall glass of lemonade!  It’s summer time, and the living’s right.

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