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Goody Goody Gumdrops

In Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses on July 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm

My fiance makes fun of me for my childish obsession with gummy candy.  I’m like a…kid in a candy shop?…when it comes to Haribo in particular.

There’s just something so festive and fantastic about a fistful of fruity, sweet candy — it just makes my day.  (I’m absolutely drooling at the moment just thinking about it because I have been trying to eat low-carb the past few weeks and it has been nothing short of painful.)  I’ll forgo the calories and instead creatively evoke the spirit of gumdrops, sprinkles, and all those sugar-filled treats we’re only meant to eat in moderation with some candy-colored wardrobe picks (no one said anything about dressing in moderation!)  The inspiration for this post (aside from a gnawing hunger for carbs) comes from Bounkit, my favorite jeweler  of the moment:

I saw the above be-gemmed necklace ($1,530, Bounkit) and instantly thought of gumdrops:

(In reality, it’s a masterpiece comprised of lemon quartz, fluorite, and carved rose quartz.  And I’m obsessed with it.)  You can lean towards a similar look with these jeweled sandals (Amedeo Canfora, $243, Pret A Beaute):

Wouldn’t they make you just the happiest little lady out there?  Lovely with a richly-colored Halston Heritage gown ($495, Net-A-Porter) for a slightly fantastical, luxe look —

Rachel Zoe would approve (anyone else amped about the premiere of her new season?!)  Alternately, this shorter Marc Jacobs shift dress features the same rich, gem-tone color and is just as darling (the gathering at the hip makes the dress — $313, TheOutnet):


I like the idea of unexpectedly dressing it down with the jeweled Amedeo Canfora t-straps above.  If you’re forgoing with Bounkit necklace, consider this gorgeous statement bracelet instead ($150, Bloomingdale’s):

I am literally obsessed with it.  Need that puppy.  Instantly added to my “I want” list.  Alternately, pair with either these candy-colored danglers ($75, Max & Chloe) or some enorma-rocks (appropriately titled “Gumdrop Studs” — $38, Kate Spade):

The studs would look darling with the little Marc Jacobs confection below as well, which has me drooling — it reminds me of sprinkles!  — $523, TheOutnet:

(P.S.  I may be the only customer over the age of five to order multicolored sprinkles on her fro-yo.  No judgment, please.)

This more low-key maxi by T-Bags is an equally sweet treat ($190, Revolve Clothing):

Reminds me of my favorite old-fashioned candy: Dots.  Yummy.

If the head-to-toe print is too much of a sugar rush for you, keep things simple(r) with your favorite jeans, this gumdrop necklace ($42, Anthropologie), and a pair of candy-colored jelly t-straps (French Connection, $25, Kurt Geiger):

Or maybe forgo the necklace and slip this lotsa-dots glam headband on (Jennifer Oeullette, on sale for $29, Barney’s):

Tie it all together with this bubble gum-pink Love Quotes scarf ($88, ChickDowntown):

And speaking of bubblegum, why not try these Dubble Bubble-shaded dresses — love that they are over-the-top girly and yet still sexy (the first: Derek Lam, on sale for $477, Shopbop; the second: Lotta Stenson, $615, Net-A-Porter; the third: Splendid, $115, Net-A-Porter):

Perhaps the latter could be paired with this fun gumball necklace ($24, Lori’s Shoes) for some serious sweet tooth indulgence:



For just a touch of sugar, toss this gumball-printed umbrella ($22, Kohls) in your tote or swap out your boring old wallet for this vibrant, Jolly Rancher red wallet (Comme Des Garcons, $250, Bloomingdale’s):


Ugh, just adore that BRIGHT red-orange color.  Perfect with an oversized gumball collar necklace (who else but Kenneth Jay Lane? — $140, Net-A-Porter) and Geranium Essie polish ($8, Essie Shop):

Well, now that I’ve sufficiently worked up an appetite, I’m pretty much out of steam.  Have a great weekend, and eat lots of carbs for me!

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Shades of Greige

In Accessories, Beauty Products, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses on July 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I’m sure you’ve heard about greige by now.  The gray-beige color blend earned fashionista-in-the-know status when it popped up as the nail color du jour on runway models at Chanel and Marc Jacobs (among other prominent designers) this past spring/summer season.

Greige nails on the Chanel runway

Greige nails on a Marc Jacobs model

The “It” nail varnish is Chanel’s “Particuliere” ($23, Saks), but this little Magpie is a firm believer in Essie products and insists that you can get the look for less with the “Jazz” color ($8, Essie Shop):

And if you’re either not sold on the color as a nail polish option or would like more of the color elsewhere, look no further.  Take as inspiration the fact that the hue was literally all.over.the.place this past season on the runway (and not just on nails!):

(From left to right: Rachel Comey, Shipley & Helmos, VPL, and Thakoon)

Because I think the color is particularly demure and ladylike — a touch warmer than gray, a hair cooler than blush — I think it makes an ideal for-the-office palette.  Consider how chic you’d look wearing this sleeveless blouse (Phi, $264, TheOutnet) with this greige pencil skirt by Valentino ($297, also TheOutnet):

Pair with oversized studs — I am into big florals like these Kenneth Jay Lanes at the moment ($95, Pret-A-Beaute) — and some ladylike taupe heels ($250, Kurt Geiger):

Toss your belongings in a ladylike bag of a slightly lighter greige hue (blending multiple shades of the same color family will leave you looking pulled together but not over-conceptualized or too matchy-matchy) — I love this Furla chain-strap bag ($595, Nordstrom):

And, if you’re like me and tend to have  a heavy hand when it comes to laying on the jewelry, consider adding these gold bangles with a greigey colored stone (Rebecca Norman, $240, Max and Chloe):

Or for a uptown-gal-around-town look, pair this to die for Armand Basi coat ($294, The Outnet) with a simple white tee (“The Artisan,” $29.50, Madewell) and some skinny jeans in a dark wash (Joe’s Jeans “Cigarette” fit in “Kennedy,” $158, ChickDownTown):

Top it all off with these tie-dyed taupe flats (what a find! — $24.90, Alloy) and a big, roomy tote (Kooba, $575, Bloomingdale’s):

The slight contrast in shades is rich in an unstudied chic way — I love it.  I’d probably throw on a gold, layered chain necklace like this Chrissy L piece ($150, Hazel and Harlow) or these almost-too-costumey-but-just-too-cool-to-pass-up earrings (Kenneth Jay Lane, $48, Pret-A-Beaute):

If it’s just too darn hot for a jacket and jeans (my gosh, I have got to stop daydreaming about cooler weather — it’s unbearably steamy here in the District and all I can think about is chillier climes), opt for a breezy patterned blouse in a fresh putty-and-white combo (Armand Basi, $112, The Outnet) with a pair of crisp white shorts (Pucci, $154, TheOutnet):

Slip into these Fendi thongs (on sale for $250, Pret-A-Beaute) and grab a slouchy clay-colored bag (Marc by Marc Jacobs, $330, Net-A-Porter):

If the thought of long sleeves has you sweating (certainly possible given the record-breaking heat this summer), swap out the Armand Basi blouse for this loose-fitting Loeffler Randall ladder-back tank ($225, 25Park):

And spruce things up with this mixed-media “marble” necklace (so versatile! — love the color combination! — $38, Anthropologie):

Take greige out for date night by pairing a simple black tank ($18.50, Madewell) with a flirty little putty-and-black printed skirt (another find — only $17.81, Forever21) and some wear-with-everything greige suede pumps (Jimmy Choo, $645, MyTheresa):

If it gets cool (here I go again) in the movie theater, slip this shawl-collar boyfriend blazer over your shoulders ($135, TopShop):

For something a bit more conservative (dinner with the in-laws?), I like the idea of an innocent white dress (Loeffler Randall, $242, 25Park) paired with bow-toed greige pumps (on sale for $63, Nine West):

Accent with this taupe-hued tie-on necklace ($38, Nordstrom) and a cozy cashmere wrap (Denis Colomb, $425, Barney’s):

I also like the idea of swapping out the heels for a pair of eye-catching flats for a retro look — these Aldo peeptoes caught my eye ($55, Aldo):

But if you’re bananas over the patent pumps, snap ’em up and wear them (and re-wear them and re-wear them) in a million contexts: to work with a skirt suit, on a date with a brightly colored dress (orangey-red would look fab with them), or even to a formal event, paired with something like this silk mini by Rachel Gilbert($690, Net-A-Porter):

Are you as astounded (and fascinated?!) as I am with the endless versatility (and classiness!) of this new neutral?!  Who knew mushroom could be so fetching.

Apply the same color pairing principle exemplified above with the Loeffler Randall white dress to nearly anything in pristine white — some white jeans and a white blouse, or any LBW.  Just throw on some greige accents and voila: insta-chic.  A new way of remixing your wardrobe.  For daywear, I like the texture of both these Steve Madden snakeskin-styled flats ($139, Endless) and these Tory Burch Revas ($231, Shirise):

And this lightweight Alice & Olivia drapey cardigan could go with and over anything (on sale for $131, ChickDownTown):

As mentioned in a previous post, Anya Hindmarch has some gorgeous shades of greige out these days.  Both her “stone” and “light gray” colors are delightfully on point — and check out the luxe factor of this “Maeve” shoulder bag ($650, Anya Hindmarch):

C’est chic, ca!

Made in Spain

In Accessories, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes on July 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hands down, the best meal I have ever had in D.C. (and probably in my life, with the close competition of a leisurely, indulgent lunch with my parents at the Tour D’Argent in Paris — but come on.  Paris always wins.) was at Jose Andres’ Minibar in Cafe Atlantico.  Minibar is a six-seat restaurant within the larger Cafe Atlantico establishment that features two seatings a night and is notoriously difficult to get into (it took my fiance and I weeks — you have to call every morning at 10 a.m. for a reservation exactly a month out, and you almost never get through).  But the wait is well worth it — the food (30 mini-courses featuring playful takes on classics — their “Philly Cheese Steak” is a brioche roll piped with parmesan cream and wrapped in Waygu beef!) is phenomenal and interactive.  The chefs prepare each delicious morsel right before your eyes and instruct you in how to best enjoy it.  I was thoroughly entertained and engaged for the entirety of the seating.  But if you never make it to Minibar (it will set you back a pretty penny…yikes), no fear: Andres has a host of restaurants with more moderate pricing, all of which feature modern twists on Spanish/Mediterranean fare, and all of which are incredible.  My fiance and I love the guy’s work so much, we’re having our rehearsal dinner at one of them AND we happen to have attended a festive wine-tasting there last night!  Ole!

Jose Andres’ cookbook — buy it at Amazon for $23.10

Inspired by his creativity in the kitchen and last night’s tour of Spanish wines (Verdejo is the new sauv blanc in my book — and I’m a huge sauv blanc enthusiast), this post will be an imaginative trip to Spain, full of flamenco flourishes and salsa sexiness.  First: a perfectly festive, ready-to-dance, cha-cha-cha red dress by Valentino ($1,497, The Outnet):

All eyes will decidedly, most definitely be on you in this rojo number.  Complete the look with these kicky shoes ($131, Endless):

(Don’t you love how the embroidered accents are reminiscent of the piping on a traditional matador jacket?!)

Of course, some dramatic, shoulder-sweeping danglers are in order.  Why not “grab the bull by the horns” with these glam Kenneth Jay Lane earrings ($210, Net-A-Porter)?

And, for pure senorita flair, throw on this be-petaled clutch by Sondra Roberts ($99, Sondra Roberts):

(Psst.  Magpie Maven Olivia Palermo was spotted with one of Sondra Roberts’ floral clutches.  Makes you want it even more, doesn’t it?)  A Sonra Roberts clutch would also pair excellently with this off-the-shoulder Halston Heritage dress — my, Halston is the label of the moment! — on sale for $291, ChickDownTown:

Spruce things up with these Miguel Ases chandelier earrings ($350, Max and Chloe):

and perhaps these Kate Spade Lucia pumps ($275, Nordstrom):

Love how the flower resembles the carnation-behind-the-ear.  And if you think you might be cool in the evening breeze, I love this inexpensive little pom pom accented scarf ($7, Old Navy) — why not buy them in a variety of colors for a little pop?

If it’s significantly chilly (a friend and fellow blogger — her blog is exquisitely written! — lives in Argentina and continues to mention how freezing cold it is down there!), a bolero is perfectly appropriate for the occasion.  This Oscar de la Renta wonder is lovingly crocheted just for you ($504, The Outnet):

If you go for it, make sure you glam up the rest of your look to avoid the dowdy librarian vibe — it’s a tricky line to walk, but I think it can be done, especially if you keep your dress form-fitting and slightly va-va-voom.  D&G’s classic bustier dress (available every season in different iterations) would be an ideal option.  I snagged a periwinkle/blue shaded version for the honeymoon — it’s body conscious in all the right ways.

If you’re dressing for a special occasion, you might kick up the dazzle factor with this silk version of the bolero by See by Chloe ($164, The Outnet) — available not only in glossy black but a bombshell champagne/nude:

For something a bit less formal (yet a bit more daring), I like the idea of this “poncho” style dress by Jen’s Pirate Booty — “The Senorita.”  I’ve seen a billion and one celebrities photographed in it (everyone from Vanessa Hudgens to Alessandro D’Ambrosio) and it looks positively fetching in a “Oh this?  I just pulled this on because I had nothing else to wear but still look fabulous” kind of way.  Fetch your own for $115 at Madison L.A.:

I like the idea of wearing it with a loosely wrapped brown belt and some brown leather t-straps during the day, but, if you want to dress it up, simply pair with shoulder-grazing danglers, like these Kendra Scotts ($110, Max and Chloe) and a pair of fun sandals — whether flat (Paloma Barcelo, $180, Net-A-Porter) or high (Lanvin, on sale for $454, MyTheresa):

Another daywear alternative: this ruffly See by Chloe top ($157, The Outnet) with some white jeans and snappy shoes (Manolo Blahnik, $885, Nordstrom)

Alternately, pair with these Patricia Green rosette sandals ($82, Endless) and this I-want-it-bad Valentino bag ($2,400, Net-A-Porter):

Now, if you want to really put yourself out there, consider this salsa-ready number ($89, Modcloth), paired with these flower-embellished Valentino pumps ($775, Net-A-Porter):

Because the dress is so busy, keep add-ons to a minimum.  Just some simple studs (black or pearl will do — something like this Kate Spade pair — on sale for $29, Nordstrom) and a sleek black clutch ($245, Kate Spade):

Alternately, take a strapless LBD like this Catherine Malandrino ($294, Net-A-Porter) and jazz it up with some rosette pumps ($47.99, Modcloth):

And, if you dare, tuck a little rose hair adornment behind the ear.  Ban.do has some incredible versions up for grabs (and not all of them are as huge as the editorialized versions below — around $130 apiece, Ban.do):

If you’re still not convinced, just check out Chanel’s uber beautiful ad campaign from spring/summer 2010 for inspiration (I drool):

(Anyone else amused by the fact that the male model featured here, Baptiste Giabiconi, looks startlingly similar to Karl Lagerfeld himself?  Hm.  And YES, the female model in the bottom shot is the one and only Claudia Schiffer.  Hot.)

So throw your hat in the ring and test it out!  Viva Espana!

Easy Does It

In Accessories, Jewelry, Monograms, Shoes, Sundresses on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

While I typically strive for a refined, polished look, there are those lazy weekend days that are made for comfortable, casual, and slightly “undone” styling.  I like the idea of throwing this striped shirt-dress on ($88, Madewell) and pairing it with some strappy brown sandals ($247.50, TheOutnet):

If you’re heading out on the town for errand-running, you might want to step it up a touch by cinching the waist with a skinny wraparound belt (I like “easy” aura of a loosely-wrapped belt).  Linea Pelle has great studded options, but I’m kind of in favor of this braided variation ($100, Linea Pelle):

Toss your belongings into an easy carry-all — I love the Linea Pelle “Dylan” tote below($395, Muse Ten):

I feel that this monogrammed Ginette NY necklace would totally complete the look.  They take 4-6 weeks to craft (you custom order them with your initials), and they are just the loveliest of keepsakes ($588, Eliza Page):

Perfect with this La Mer wrap watch (I snagged one of these last fall and get compliments on it all.the.time — it looks much pricier than it is! — $90, La Mer Collections):

Or, if it were cooler — ugh, miss the fall — slip the dress on with a pair of low wedge boots.  These Loeffler Randall “Mathilde” boots are my favorite — finally bit the bullet and bought a variation of the version below this past year ($695, Blue & Cream):

If you’re sporting the boots, I’d make the entire look a bit heavier by adding on some leather bracelets.  CCSkye has some appealing options, including this clasped version (on sale for $109, NYCIWear):

This easy-on striped dress would be another excellent option for low-keying it around on the weekend ($82, PixieMarket) — check out the back!

It’d look lovely in the fall/winter months thrown on over a pair of black tights and some mid-calf black boots ($105, Endless — also comes in a versatile “cognac” brown color).  Very Parisian chic.

(I apologize for the multiple references to fall — I guess I’m not-so-subliminally tired of the heat…)  Another SEASON appropriate pick — this breezy striped cap-sleeved, boxy blouse ($67.50,  Built by Wendy) with a pair of white shorts (Pucci, $154, TheOutnet):

I’d jazz it up with a clinky coin necklace (I’ve recently blogged about my obsession with Katie Costello’s coin necklaces, but this Ben Amun version is equally appealing — $300, Max and Chloe):

Alternately, layer on a couple of these initial necklaces (I am thinking it would be cute to have two: one with the first name initial, one with my NEW last name initial — $90 apiece, Laura James Jewelry):

Depending on my mood, I’d either slip into some moccasins (on sale for $79, J. Crew) or some strappy low-wedge sandals (on sale for $71, Zappos):

Another “right now” separates option: a denim shirt ($88, Madewell) and some white shorts ($135, Calypso):

Throw this vintage-looking scarf on for bonus points ($40, TopShop) — especially chic with these swoon-worthy Chloe woven leather sandals I’ve been eyeballing ($625, Net-A-Porter):

This “Bond Street” B&D tote would be the perfect accompaniment ($357, Bluefly):

I’m not usually huge into stud detailing, but the richness of the leather and the casualness of the overall look just works.  If you’d prefer the simplicity of a throw-on-and-go dress, how about this T By Alexander Wang racerback dress ($89, Kirna Zabete):

Very cool with these lace-up flat sandals ($78, Madewell) and this statement necklace by Mine ($45, Farfetch):

Or, if you’d rather go the scarf route, how amazing is this Gucci one ($283, Farfetch)?

Love the horse-bit detailing.  I’m also in love with this inexpensive could-double-as-a-cover-up-or-nightie dress from Gap (on super sale for only $14.99 in the navy stripe!):

Slip on a bold statement piece, like this chain link KJL necklace ($88, Shopbop) and these accented navy sandals ($49, Dillard’s)

Then tote your belongings around in this YSL script-side tote ($756, Bluefly):

Easy does it…

The World Is Your Oyster

In Cocktail Dresses, Home Decor, Jewelry, Shoes on July 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Sometimes you’ve got to take your cues from the natural world.  I had originally conceived of this post as an homage to the pearl (probably my favorite “gem” — and also my birthstone) but quickly found myself drawn to pairing the luminescent pearl with the craggy grays of the oyster shell.  It’s a genius combination — and effortlessly modern, especially since I’ve sensed a return to mid-90s minimalism in some recent big name fashion collections.  Working with shades of gray is an easy way to achieve the modern monochromatic remix of mid-90s simplicity.  And here, below, are a few of my favorite pieces.

To begin: a feminized oyster gray dress by Derek Lam ($845, TheOutnet):

Now here’s the trick: offsetting the matte gray with the glow of pearl accents.  Though I’m typically against wearing flats to events marked “cocktail” or more formal, these mother-of-pearl adorned Giuseppe Zanotti sandals (on sale for $695, Shop the Shoebox) impart just the right amount of irridescence:

Then all you need is a little ivory clutch, some pearl-accented enorma-studs (I adore the Kendra Scotts featured below — $70, Max and Chloe), and you’re good to go.  I wouldn’t clutter the look with much else — your shoes are about as much bling as you need.

For a dress with a little less flounce and feminity, amp up the pearl presence.  Consider, for example, the J. Crew “Gracie” dress in light pewter ($189, J. Crew):

It is, essentially, the perfect wedding guest (or bridesmaid!) dress.  Elegant, sophisticated, and still fresh thanks to the unexpected color.  You can easily make the look more radiant, more lively by adding pearl accents — perhaps these  dainty, vintage-like pearl drops ($68, J. Crew) and this cluster pearl bracelet ($88, Danielle Stevens):

Or if you are more an oversized-cocktail-ring kinda gal (this little Magpie is), check out this Lee Angel bauble ($75, Net-A-Porter):

Or maybe just let this unbelievable clamshell Judith Leiber bag do all the talking for you ($4,395, Neiman Marcus):

(Side note: is it wrong that I’m almost as excited to be carrying a classic Judith Leiber clutch to the reception of my wedding as I am to be wearing my gorgeous wedding gown?!  Eee!  Fashion overload.)  You can get the look for (much, much) less with this La Regale beaded clutch ($38, La Regale):

While we’re on the subject of the shell itself (did you know some people collect them?  They are gorgeous!) — I just have to feature my favorite little Kate Spade ring (on sale for $82, Nordstrom):

The perfect accent to this Halston Heritage v-neck mini ($325, Net-A-Porter) paired with these pearl-accented t-straps ($69.95, Anthropologie):

Just don’t forget to keep the gold of the ring company — add on some gold-rimmed shades or a gold-accented bag for good measure.  For work purposes, don’t you live for this pearl-beaded Marni top (a cool $823, MyTheresa)?

Pear with a white pencil skirt (I featured this D & G yesterday — $80, Farfetch) and these killer Yves St. Laurent pumps ($409, MyTheresa) for a little edge:

(If those are too avant garde for you, the lower-heeled Miu Mius or the patent Michael Kors pair I featured yesterday should work just fine.)  All you need is a pair of enormous pearl studs and you’re ready to go.  Or maybe pair this See by Chloe top ($108, TheOutnet — love the scalloping along the neckline) with some white skinnies and a pair of pearlescent flats (Vivienne Westwood, $115, My Wardrobe):

If you walk on the bolder side and like the chunky jewelry look, consider throwing this Hive & Honey pearl cluster stunner on top ($68, Piper Lime):

Or perhaps this Wendy Mink be-pearled bracelet ($160, Wendy Mink) or Marta Per ring, if you’d prefer an accent piece rather than a front-and-center statement ($95, Farfetch):

Store your pearl gems in this lovely mother of pearl dish ($30, Jayson Home and Garden) — placed oh-so-coordinatedly beside your mother of pearl lamp ($348, Gumps):

As for decorating yourself: another office-appropriate styling option?  This ASOS ruffle-front dress ($68, ASOS):

Love the glowing blush color of the skirt.  Offset with this clover necklace by Soixante Neuf ($147, Bluefly) and its matching ring ($117, also Bluefly):

Love.  If you’d prefer a heavier look to your jewelry, you could swap in this Kate Spade oyster bay necklace ($158, Kate Spade) and it’s matching bracelet ($116, Nordstrom):

The color palette works well for the evening — and is somewhat unexpected.  You’d certainly be the belle of the ball, standing out in a sea of black.  Consider, for example, this floor length La Perla gown (yes, they do ready-to-wear now! — $595, Net-A-Porter):

Love the beaded, plunging neckline.  And when you’re wearing it — the world is your oyster!

Orange Crush

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes on July 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I’ve mentioned my obsession with flame-red-orange lately, and yesterday just confirmed my hunch that this color is just IT right now.  It’s bright like a neon but even more au courant than the day-glo-a-go-go style.  I had just splurged on these Anya Hindmarch shoes (can’t find them anywhere online — I bought them in person at my favorite boutique, Sassanova — so please excuse the poor picture quality):

And, though I’d paired them rather modestly (boringly?) with a straight-forward, high-waisted black pencil skirt (the one below is by J. Crew, $118) and a clementine-orange ruffle henley from J. Crew (on sale for $24.99, J.Crew) — I was stopped not once, not twice, but THREE different times on the street.

Most of the complements were not only directed toward my fab shoes — but to the color orange.  One lady-of-leisure at the nail salon exclaimed: “Orange!  What a great idea!”  Eureka — we’re on to something!  Below are my top picks for the BRIGHT orange trend of the moment.  I favor oranges on the bolder end of the spectrum, something verging into the reds, like this elegantly-draped Lela Rose skirt (on sale for $192, TheOutnet):

Glossy, jet-black accents are always an option, but I’m a fan of pairing it with grays and whites (not that I’ve been influenced by my sick Anya shoes or anything…) — I’m envisioning a white camisole beneath a trim charcoal cardi, paired with these patent Miu Mius ($495, Net-A-Porter):

Michael Kors has a more affordable, higher-heeled version on the market — equally enticing ($98, Lord and Taylor) — and they go delightfully well with the currently-on-my-dream-list (just beneath the Chloe Marcie bag) Caroline Mini by Tory Burch ($350, ToryBurch):

But back to my ORANGE crush.  How perfectly summery is this belted Milly number (on sale for $257, Revolve Clothing)?

This Gypsy05 mini gets the same look for less ($155, Gypsy05):

Both are reezy-chic at its best, especially with some t-straps or gladiators for an afternoon lunch.  I’ve mentioned in the past my affinity for these Madewell ankle-straps ($88, Madewell):

You’d look oh-so-chic when pairing them with the J. Crew Brompton bag ($298, J. Crew):

Very Rachel Bilson.  Alternately, dress it up with some neutral or white pumps (these Louboutin “Titi” pumps are…OMG — dying yet? — $725, Net-A-Porter) and these awesome enorma-studs (by the one and only Bounkit, $335):

They’d look just as lovely worn to work with this punchy Tucker blouse ($275, Farfetch) and a trim white pencil skirt (D&G, on sale for $80, Farfetch):

The above outfit would also look great with these Kendra Scott earrings ($70, Max and Chloe) — love how the deep raspberry color offsets the vibrancy of the orange:

If you want just a touch of orange deliciousness, how about swapping out your trusty old black or brown tote for a happy orange hued version (on sale for $44, Lori’s Shoes):

Or maybe this slightly offbeat zebra-print shopper is more your speed ($175, Kate Spade)?

Though I tend to be fairly practical with my arm candy (i.e. handbags) — usually opting for black or Louis Vuitton so that I don’t need to transfer my items on a daily basis — sometimes it’s just plain fun to center an outfit around an outlandishly bold bag.  Imagine wearing the above tote with an I-mean-business greige dress (the inverted pleats add interest — on mega sale for $319, Barney’s) and some staid, low-heeled Jackie O-esque pumps (on sale for $71, Endless):

And if you want to get really matchy-matchy (Momma Magpie is smiling approvingly), try these colorblocked orange-on-greige peeptoes ($67, Endless):

Another fashion-forward work option?  This to-die-for Halston shirtdress ($698, TheOutnet) — it is money.  I’m particularly drawn to it because it captures that 70s glam aesthetic I blogged about a few days back (Halston pretty much invented the look):

It’d look great with any of the shoe options above, though I think it could also look interesting (and could also POP a bit more) with some blush-colored pumps, like these steeply-discounted Zanottis ($280, Farfetch):

If you’re a bold gal, ready to take on the FLAME color, how darn cute is this Marni lace-up-back mini dress (on sale for $398, Marni):

The black grosgrain tie in the back pretty much requires you to throw on these glossy black Louboutins — a classic ($595, Net-A-Porter):

I like the idea of finishing the look with these elegant pearl-and-ribbon earrings by Lanvin ($920, Net-A-Porter) and Lanvin’s “Happy” MM bag ($1,760, Barney’s):

I like how the hallmark Lanvin bows “tie in” (pun intended) with the dress’s lace-up ribbon back — but a black patent clutch will do just fine as well.  Another fashion-forward and fun option: this tangerine-hued romper ($49, Roxy):

(If you dare.)  I like the idea of toning it down a bit with the Cyprus sandals by Madewell featured above.  Other fun daywear options?  This precious and oh-my-God-affordable floral top ($24.90, Heritage1981) and See by Chloe mango-colored shorts ($70, TheOutnet):

How cute when worn with the “Titi” Louboutins referenced above for a glammed up lunch outfit or just some classic white Jack Rogers?

Or maybe this uber-bright Vivienne Westwood blouse is more your style ($276, TheOutnet), worn with your favorite white skinnies and some fire engine red-accented wedges (Kate Spade, $129, Endless):

Or, for comfort purposes, these tribal detailed Marc Jacobs mocs (I love the moc style — $166, Farfetch):

Other little orange goodies to tuck away for a rainy day?  (Orange just makes you feel happy.  Period.)  I like a bold, sporty, just-for-fun watch — this Michael Kors version caught my eye ($195, ShopBop), but so did this jelly-banded TKO watch (also comes in a delightful neon pink — $125, TKOWatches):

It reminds me of these pep-me-up jelly Tory Burch flats (on sale for $57, FootCandyShoes):

For beachwear, how about this “wild thing” Melissa Odabash bikini ($82, TheOutnet):

Alternately, this solid “flame” colored two-piece caught my eye ($40 for top, $38 for bottom, Zappos):

Ideal with an easy-on white cover-up ($250, La Garconne) and these neon K. Jacques flip flops ($96, My Theresa):

I just gotta conclude with the cheesiest of all cheeseball statements: ORANGE you inspired by today’s post?!

Gold Rush

In Accessories, Cocktail Dresses, Home Decor, Jewelry, Shoes on July 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

It’s probably fairly obvious that I’m obsessed with gold accents.  I feel like I’m constantly recommending a “hard cased gold clutch” and “oversized gold jewelry” — it’s just very now and it goes so well with my favored looks: the nautical, the neon, the glitzy, and — yes — the 1970s disco scene.  So this post is positively gilded: get ready for some 24 karat, let’s-go-for-the-gold objets d’art.  To begin: the classic Alice & Olivia Sequin mini (on sale for $346, ChickDownTown):

This dress has been around a few seasons and it ain’t going anywhere fast.  Perfect for Vegas, bachelorette parties, New Year’s Eve, and — well — anytime you need a little gold rush.  For mega-watt shine (and telling taste), pair with these sculptural Moschino heels (on sale for $408, Zappos):

There’s something fetchingly futuristic about them that I can’t quite put my finger on — but at 50% off, what a treasure!  Seal the deal with this hard-cased clutch (Menbur, $144, Endless) and a pair of faux rocks ($40, Max & Chloe):

You’ll look like a million bucks.  Of course, you don’t need to be as blinged out.  There’s a slightly more understated, less-Vegas-appropriate side to the gold tone.  It begins with this lovely Kors sheath ($663, The Outnet):

Pure class, especially with these bow-toe Kate Spade pumps ($285, Zappos):

It’s the perfect hostess getup, in my opinion — chic, slightly retro, and pulled together.  (I always find that a tidy, uptown, “Charlotte York”-inspired aesthetic is perfect for entertaining guests — you’ll feel on top of things, even if you’re running around at the last minute.)  Come to think of it — gilded serve-wear might be the Midas touch for effortless entertaining.  Imagine serving hors d’oeuvres on this chic platter ($145, Vivre):

Truth be told, however, I’ve snapped up a collection of inexpensive gold lacquer chargers over the years ($4 apiece, Pier1) and they always look festive and more expensive than they appear:

I use them to creatively arrange cheese plates, rows of appetizers, and even glasses of champagne.  And serving champagne has never been as regal as it will be with these flutes ($128, Eden & Eden):

Back to decorating yourself, however: this Mad Men-inspired dress has all the panache you’d need for an evening of hosting ($123, ModCloth):

I’d pair with these similarly textured Kate Spade “Carlies” ($298, Kate Spade):

Those puppies would look equally lovely with this metallic-threaded lurex dress by Chloe (why does Hannah MacGibbon do everything right?  Her stuff is exquisite but delightfully wearable — $1,795, The Outnet):

Throw on this chunky gold statement necklace to “toughen” things up (Kenneth Jay Lane, on sale for $89, Piper Lime):

Perfect for a lady’s lunch, a meeting in the boardroom, or slightly-on-the-conservative side cocktail hour — especially when you’re keeping time with this expensive-looking — but affordable! — watch (ugh, love it, need it, want it — on sale for $76.90, Nordstrom):

And if you’re the hostess, you might consider arranging some buds in this gorgeous vase (matches your servewear above — bonus points! — $895, Vivre) and serving post-prandial coffee or tea in this  opulent teapot ($42, Jayson Home and Garden):

Don’t forget to fluff these fit-for-the-queen gold thread pillows ($175, Jayson Home and Garden):

Very neo-Versailles…though if you want to go the old school Napoleon route, imagine seating your guests on these over-the-top chairs ($515, Ivory Pearl Interiors):

Pretty luxe.  If you decide, after your guests leave, that you need to head out and let loose with cocktails and into-the-night dancing, slip into these “I’m ready to disco”  Louboutin heels ($1,195, Net-A-Porter) and throw your essentials into this to.die.for Amanda Pearl clutch ($1,595, Amanda Pearl):


Don’t forget to slip out of the collar necklace and opt for these swinging gold danglers instead (Roberto Cavalli, $615, Net-A-Porter):

Or overhaul the sheath altogether and opt for this glitzy-glam Pucci mini ($1,336, TheOutnet) instead:

Golden goddess material —  especially with some dramatic faux cils (Shu Uemura’s are supposedly the best — $20 a pop) and these kicky, dance-ready shoes (appropriately titled “Fire It Up” shoes — $49, Lori’s Shoes):

Don’t forget the perfect little hard-cased minaudiere (DVF, $295, Diani Boutique) and — just for fun — this bow ring by the one-and-only Kate Spade ($75, Nordstrom):

For those of us with an evening schedule that is less-than-packed with shimmery-little-dress occasions, don’t fret!  There are plenty of awesome ways of glamming up your daywear routine.  These two wear-everywhere totes are as good as gold: the first is by Tory Burch ($325, Foot Candy Shoes) and the second is by Kate Spade ($585, Kate Spade):

The lattice-work of the floral bag above reminds me of these perforated gold flats by Ciao Bella I’ve looked longingly at for awhile now (on sale for $59, PiperLime):

Alternately, glam yourself up regardless of your daytime activities with these gold-toned shorts (Schumacher, on sale for $152, MyTheresa):

Alternately, for a more ladylike look, consider this full-skirted Elizabeth & James wonder ($382, My Theresa):

With a prim, fitted white button down and the KJL statement piece above, you’ll be setting the gold standard!

The Halston Heritage

In Accessories, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes on July 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I spent a solid couple of hours last night poring over old pictures of Bianca Jagger — the muse of 70s “It” designer Halston — and deciding that I need to tweak my personal styling tendencies to better align myself with her 70s glam look.

Jagger, arriving at her Studio 54 birthday soiree on horseback

Jagger and Halston

I’m instantly coveting breezy, floor-length caftans; silky bow-neck blouses; menswear-inspired trousers; off-the-shoulder tops and evening dresses.  Luckily, the fashion world seems prepared to give me what I want — likely thanks to Rachel Zoe, heir to the 1970s jet set aesthetic.

First on my lust list: to-the-floor maxi dresses in distinctly 70s prints and colors.  I don’t think it gets any more delightfully retro than this Tucker by Gaby Basora georgette number ($396, Tucker Web Shop):

If the floor-length dress seems a bit much for testing the trend, transfer the style to a blouse.  I’m bananas about the Tucker blouse, but this Armand Basi is a wicked find (on sale for $112, The Outnet):

Pair with enorma-shades a la Rachel Zoe — she favors these Balenciagas ($395, Balenciaga) — and some oh-so-70s stacked brown suede wedges (Michael Kors, on STEEP sale for $48, ChickDownTown):

Zoe seems to think that the bell bottom look is back in, but — not sure I’m ready to take that plunge.  I’ll stick to the chic, Halston-inspired 70s maxi dress, thank you.  Rachel Pally has come out with a whole range of caftans and floor-length dresses very much in the Halston tradition:

On sale for $163, Shopbop

($268, Shopbop)

The creamy milk color of the version above is perfect for capturing the laid-back chic that defined the post-hippie era.  Glam it up in Studio 54 style with a lariat necklace ($88, Loren Hope Designs) and a hard-cased clutch (Menbur, $134, Endless):

If you’re ready and able to spend a pretty penny, slip into this Missoni caftan — it’s right on the money ($1,185, Net-A-Porter):

Zoe would probably pair it with her Cartier panther ring (price upon request, Cartier) and a huge fur vest (M Missoni, on sale for $2,100, StyleBop):

You can achieve a similarly fierce look for less with this nOir cocktail ring — $207, ShopSHEBoutique — and this Juicy faux fur jacket — on super sale for $98, Ssense:

As Zoe would put it: D.I.E.

Of course, Halston’s recent reincarnation line — Halston Heritage — features a host of throwback styles, including this orange Plisse Double Layer maxi ($895, Net-A-P0rter) and this jet black satin jersey gown ($418, Singer22):

And if you’re really ready to go the disco route, check out this ridiculous Marc Jacobs “liquid” dress (on SERIOUS sale for $132, ChickDownTown):

Not for the faint of heart.  I’d be more inclined towards these Camilla Frank minis — they still capture the Studio 54 vibe without risking quite as much ($660, Camilla Frank):

(Frank, an up-and-coming Aussie designer, also has a number of punchy caftans in her new collection, and Rachel Zoe is bananas about them.  Check them out.)  Halston Heritage features some briefer dresses as well if you’re not sure about the full-length styles above — you’ve likely seen the one-and-only SJP in them over the past few months (she moonlights as a creative director for the line)!  This electric blue one has been all the rage this season ($435, Singer22), although I’m a little intimidated by the combination of the bold color, the metallic threading, and the fashion-forward shape:

This Isabella Oliver dress seems much more manageable (and comes in easier-to-wear black as well — on sale for $204, Isabella Oliver):

If you’re beginning to think that this little Fashion Magpie may have gone off the deep end with the bold (risky!) looks above, don’t fret: I’m just playing around in the space, wondering how to make things work a la Rachel Zoe.  I’m much more likely to keep things a bit more modest by testing out some less daring — though equally glam — daywear looks.  I’m loving, for example, the idea of an updated 70s look centered around this unscary See By Chloe bow-neck blouse (on sale for $106, ChickDownTown), some lived-in, lighter-washed jeans (pick your flavor), and this pair of killer Belle by Sigerson Morrison lattice espadrilles ($240, Ssense):


They’d pair well with the Marcie bag by Chloe (bag of my dreams — $1,790, Net-A-Porter), or, in true 70s style, this cross-body Madewell bag ($128, Madewell):

And if you dare…this ridiculous beaver fur jacket by Revillon to up the ante (on sale for $1,942, MyTheresa):

Chloe was all over this 70s-cool look on the runways (I’m obsessed) — check out these Jagger-esque separates:

I mean, the season could very well have been straight from Lauren Hutton’s closet!  (Lauren Hutton was another of the 1970s icons — you may remember her face from some recent J. Crew modeling she did.)  Love.  To achieve a similar aesthetic, I’m absolutely ogling over this Erin Fetherston “peignor” blouse ($625, Ssense):

For fall, go ahead and pair with wider leg tweed or textured taupe pants (Ann Taylor Loft and Ralph Lauren have good options in this department) — or, if you’re ready to take a plunge — go the Bianca Jagger route with a full on white suit (I’m in love with the Armand Basi blazer below — $218, TheOutnet):

Jagger on her wedding day

Jagger heading to Studio 54

Groovy.

Under the Awning

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Home Decor, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses, Work Wear on July 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Lately I’ve been daydreaming about buying a house in the traditional Virginia style — a mini Monticello if you will.  This is probably because I attended UVA (and consequently have the requisite fascination with all things Jeffersonian), grew up spending long weekends down at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA, and spent the weekend of my proposal at the classic Virginia getaway Keswick Hall.  I’m particularly drawn to awning stripes — so graphic and vintage at the same time — which are all over the place in classic Virginia resorts, showing up in the form of wallpaper, upholstery, bedding, and — yes — awnings themselves.

The Great Hall at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA

A Suite at the Homestead

In particular, I’m coveting a lovely little garden out back with this gorgeous wrought-iron backyard seating ($1,450, Garden House Decor):

The striped pillows make the look — and you can get the same look inside by jazzing up your couch with these awning stripe pillows from Restoration Hardware (on sale for $15.99 apiece):

And even those these awning striped lamps are made for kiddie rooms, I just may have to snap up a set to spruce up my soon-to-be-nautical-inspired living room in the newlywed nest ($62, Cheeky Little Munchkins):

The items above remind me of my absolute favorite tote of the summer, to be worn with the same laid-back, easy-breeziness that I affiliate with traditional Virginia style: The Tory Burch Stripe Canvas Tote (on sale for $136, Tory Burch):

Perfect for toting to the beach for a day in the sun, especially with a simple white or navy bikini — these days, I’m obsessed with the simple, flattering stylings of NYC-based Palma Swimwear ($65 for top and $65 for bottom, Palma NYC):

Of course, if you’re willing to take the bold stripe look a few steps forward, try this French Connection one-piece on for size ($76, Bluefly):

Perfect with an easy-on white caftan and a big canvas tote — and so is this two-piece version from TopShop ($50):

This pricier Undrest version is beyond precious…if only I hadn’t already sprung for five new bikinis for the honeymoon, I might make an exception and snap these separates up ($85 for top, $90 for bottom — Undrest):

Love the ruffling around the edges and the almost-bow shape of the bandeau.  Strike a similar (striped) pose by pairing a simple white sundress with these Burberry striped espadrilles ($395, Zappos):

Or really go for the bold with this ribbon striped Alice & Olivia frock ($396, Alice and Olivia):

For something a bit less formal, I’m absolutely bananas over the interesting open-shoulder design of this Ella Moss “Liberty Dress” (also love the navy-white contrast — $162, Revolve Clothing):

Love it with this gilded clover necklace by Tory Burch ($195) —

Although I got my clover necklace for far less from Stella & Dot and wear it constantly (it’s long enough to loop around your neck twice for a different look — $59, Stella & Dot):

As an alternative to the Ella Moss dress above, this ALC striped number is perfectly on point for this season ($295, Barney’s):

Layer on this “clover beaded” necklace ($145, Tory Burch) and pair with these perfectly summery Tila March sandals (around $220, Tila March)


Or maybe this slightly more offbeat Bernhard Willhelm cowl neck striped dress is more your speed — still getting the awning stripe vibe, but without the crisp and potentially stuffy preppiness of it all ($768, Farfetch):

As we inch towards fall, I’m thinking it’d be the perfect transition piece — just throw on some opaque black tights and a greige leather hand bag.  Anya Hindmarch has some unbelievable versions in the perfect greige color out — I saw her “Leland” style at Sassanova last weekend (one below on the left) and drooled over its soft leather perfection for a good ten minutes:

Before I get ahead of myself by leaping full force into fashion for fall (it’s far too hot outside to think seriously about autumn), let’s consider some additional summer separates featuring what I’ve dubbed the Virginia Stripe.  How perfect, for example, is this “Cricket Match Skirt” from ModCloth ($41.99):

Adore the bow — feminine without being TOO fussy.  I’d wear it with a simple black tank and some black flats for work (Lanvin’s classic ballerinas are on my lust list — $495, Net-A-Porter):

Pair with simple pearl studs for easy elegance.  Or wear the skirt above with these killer Kate Spade pumps — ay yay yay, I want these so badly.  The chiffon-esque fabrication leaves me drooling, while the stripes make for a perfect match with the skirt ($325, Nordstrom):

Or just punch up an otherwise straightforward outfit (I wear a breezy white dress once or twice a week, switching in bold statement jewelry to make it fresh) with these striped baubles from Kate Spade ($45 for earrings, $65 for bracelet — Nordstrom):

And though I’m admittedly not a fan of Tom’s footwear (sorry — love the cause, bud), I lingered over these Roxy Tortola shoes for awhile, captivated by their simple charm (on sale for $16.99, Roxy):

I think you might be able to pull them off if you keep the rest of your getup extremely tailored and borderline over-the-top preppy (I’m imagining crisp white shorts, an oxford, oversized pearls, and a structured Kate Spade tote).  And until I can afford to outfit my home a la Sara Gilbane (interior decorator extraordinaire — see below for pictures), I’ll just have to stick to awning striped accents and fashion pieces.

(Hopefully won’t be needing the nursery for awhile, but adore it nonetheless).  In the meantime, I can still show off with these awning striped, letterpressed calling cards ($171, Crane’s):

Striped perfection!

Scalloping Along

In Accessories, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes on July 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I’m in love with scalloped edges.  I can’t divulge the details now, but I’ve used the scalloped edge in several ways at my upcoming wedding (I promise to dish after August 7 but want to leave all of that a SURPRISE for now).  My interest in the accent is not newfound, however — I’ve had and dearly loved my Matouk “Scallops” bedding for three years now!

This feminine detailing has defined a number of Chloe’s seasons over the past few years (thanks to head designer Hannah MacGibbon, Chloe has rapidly become one of my favorite fashion lines), and I just can’t get enough of it.

Soon-to-earn-Magpie-Maven-status Kate Bosworth sported the Chloe runway look and just killed in it:

(So did Chloe Sevigny, but she scares me.)  See by Chloe (diffusion line) came out with a whole series of scalloped shorts, some of which are still available on Farfetch, on sale for $181 and at La Garconne, on sale for $206:

I’m not bananas about the silky sleepwear vibe several versions (including the pair above) flaunt, so I’ll pass on them (power to you if you can make them work!) — but check out these fashion-forward trouser shorts from Queen’s Wardrobe ($72, Queen’s Wardrobe):

The editorial style of the shop’s photos leave me absolutely giddy.  I had to do a double take when I saw the price — they honestly look much higher end!  I feel as though you’d be channeling a 70s-era Olivia Palermo in them.  Love.  If you’re not so much into the shorts look, how precious is this little skirt from Urban Outfitters ($59)?!

It also comes in crisp navy and versatile white (white could be the perfect option when worn with a blush-toned blouse if you’re trying to channel Chloe’s runway look).  If you’re like me, however, and often opt for the easy-on, all-in-one DRESS above all else, how much do you covet this Lilly “Pearce” frock ($278, Lilly Pulitzer)?

Ah!  Just seeing it makes me want to make an impulse purchase — perhaps I need it for one of the events leading up to the wedding?!  (No.  I already have 4 white dresses set aside for various pre-wedding festivities.  Drat.)  For something a bit bolder in print, I’m loving this Calypso Mendosa dress (on sale for $99, Calypso):

I’m thinking it would be spot-on with these blue-stone Mystique ankle-strap sandals ($155, Mystique Shop) and this herringbone-patterned Magid brand tote (the style is so unexpected — $70, Endless):

Another bordering-on-boho look incorporating the fetching scalloped edge?  This Vanessa Bruno Athe white silk dress (on sale for $291, La Garconne):

(I’m Very — capital V — into Vanessa Bruno’s stuff at the moment.  She defines chic Parisian streetwear.  I just snapped up her awesome lavender dress at 55% off at TheOutnet and can’t wait to wear it to work with a big pearl statement necklace and my ivory Louboutin pumps — or just as readily with a pair of gold t-straps and an oversized tote for shopping.  Hurry, mail!)  I’d pair the above dress with these street-cool gladiators from Mango (on sale for $39) and this killer Foley + Corinna bag ($395, Bloomingdale’s) for the perfect Saturday shopping getup:

And if you’re of the minimalist school of fashion decision-making (…which I doubt you are if you’re reading my often over-the-top posts), consider adding the above accessories to this unfussy scallop-edged See by Chloe dress (on sale for $252, Otte NY):

With this dress, I think an eye-catching necklace would nicely break up the borderline severity of the torso design.  I’m head over heels for clinking coin necklaces after seeing them all over the place in a spread for Lucky magazine, and this vintage find from Brook & Lyn boutique is right on the money ($85, Brook and Lyn):

Jewelry designer Katie Costello also has some cool little coin-accented trinkets, like this necklace (on sale for $44) and this bracelet ($77):

While we’re on the subject of metallic accessories, how about these scalloped Tapeet flats (on sale for $214, Zappos)?  I dig them, especially with an all-black ensemble (black skinny pants and a trim black blouse) for a Parisian-chic look.

Or, for just a HINT of scalloping, these dainty Gorjana earrings ($50, Gorjana):

I’m equally bowled over by this darling little Anya Hindmarch pouch, which reads: “Manicure Money” ($155, Diani Boutique).  This is truly something I need for myself, as I get weekly (occasionally bi-weekly) manicures…sigh.

And, for a dose of pure fantasy, let’s ogle over two of my favorite pictures from Cherry Blossom Girl’s unbelievable shoot for the designer Alexandra Grecco, whose line features quite a bit of scalloping:

Swooning yet?  In a similar vein of thought, we’ll conclude this post with a fanciful scallop-edged blouse from the Designer Remix Collection at Farfetch (on sale for $181):

I like the idea of pairing it with these Alice & Olivia “butterfly” shorts (also have a kind of “scallop” to them — $188, Shopbop):

And then I’d keep things totally neutral and unfussy on the bottom — maybe just these Enzo Angiolini blush-colored peep toes ($45, Zappos):

(Label lust-worthy Giuseppe Zanotti also has some kickin blush colored pumps for $595 — check them out at Endless.)  I’d mix it up with these funky-cool Lizzie Fortunato earrings ($108, Shopbop):

The above earrings would look equally smashing with this silky peach dress by Ali Ro (on sale for $195, Neiman Marcus):

But — because we aren’t all BRIGHT color people — I’ll include a perfect LBD as the closer: a Catherine Malandrino at an unbeatable price (on sale for $294, The Outnet):

Ooh la la!