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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!

Just Because.

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Beauty Products, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes on July 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up — a little pop of color, a little indulgence — to get you through the day.  (And often those “sometimes” fall on Wednesdays, the toughest day of the week in my opinion.)  All I can say is that when I saw this photo of a Kate Spade – Cheree Berry collaboration card posted on The NeoTraditionalist’s blog last week or the week before, it was enough to perk me up for the remainder of the afternoon:

Inspired, this post is devoted to pure whimsy.  These are the items on my current lust list that may just have to be impulse purchases on otherwise drab (Wednes-)days in the future.  First up: this porcelain-inspired blue-and-white print dress by “Built by Wendy” (currently on sale for $135, Built By Wendy):

Funny that this dress caught my attention — I learned after that Chinese couples traditionally receive “happiness pots” in the conventional blue-and-white porcelain pattern (like the version below — $59, Wisteria) just before their wedding!

But back to the dress: aside from potentially signifying happiness in marriage, its slightly boho aesthetic coupled with the bracelet sleeves make it a slam dunk.  Perfect with a lived-in belt, whether thrown on over a bikini or worn to work on a steamy summer-in-the-District day.  And speaking of bikinis — I am absolutely bananas over a new swimwear discovery: Palma-NYC.  Absolutely love their BRIGHT pinks, corals, and reds and had to snap up a set with the honeymoon in sight.  (You’ll have to order via email —  The sisters that run the operation are absolutely darling — a delight to work with!)

I ordered the above “bandeau” style top (adore the slightly nautical style the rope tie introduces) with the classic “palma” bottom (each piece is $65) in a caliente red color.  Can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail!  While on the subject of vacation-wear, however, I’ve got to gush over another recent lust-list entry: these cashmere striped wraps from Seaton Surf ($348 apiece).  Love the idea of snuggling into one in the cooler evening air:

I’m super obsessed with coral/orange at the moment (hence my recent Essie Geranium kick), so the orange variation above speaks to me in particular.  This may explain why I’ve been routinely wearing my Tarte cheek stain in “Tipsy” (a glowing apricot-coral color, $30, Sephora)…

and it may also explain why I’ve been placing these coral-orange Louboutins in my shopping bag at FootCandyShoes (on sale for an almost affordable $339)…but then withdrawing at the last minute  (too much extravagance the past few months…):

Have you ever seen a more perfect shoe?!  The proportions, the glossy, candy-colored coating?  Die.  I would spruce up an otherwise all black work outfit with these puppies or slip into them with a fun LBD for a night out with the girls…but before I go too far off the deep end with my coral-color obsession, let’s return to the more general subject of footwear I (nearly) can’t live without.  And the designer Tila March’s merchandise certainly falls into this category.  I love their rope sandals above all else (around $200; comes in multiple colors, but you’ll have to contact them to find a retailer that carries them!).  Aren’t they the perfect fun-in-the-sun accompaniments to a splashy bikini?

I’m equally as nuts over their “Papillon” style, which I think would look adorable with a freshly painted pedicure (and yellow is so unexpected!):

Die.  (The above sandals also come in a super-cool and tres of-the-moment “greige” patent color that would be right on trend for this summer’s neutral kick.)  Also die over this easy-on, honeymoon-ready Madame A Paris dress, now on sale for only $99 at Calypso — just perfect for lounging around on the beach, cocktail in hand:

Maybe splash it up with these simple Tory Burch Thora sandals in (you guessed it) sunny tangerine — I just can’t get over my obsession with orange at the moment.  (On sale for $69 at FootCandyShoes.  I’ll admit that I snagged a pair once they dropped in price and then stowed them securely for the honeymoon.  I feel as though unpacking my suitcase will be like Christmas — so many new goodies!)

Ah, the honeymoon — I just can’t get it off the brain.  All I want is to pack up and ship out…especially if I’m able to afford this chic luggage ($1,885-$2,335, The Conran Shop):

…but if you can’t afford those globe-trotting classics, let this excellently styled print from Simply Hue take you places ($22, Simply Hue on Etsy):

I’m especially looking forward to debuting my new married name — such a strange concept, but so exciting!  In eager anticipation, I went ahead and ordered one of these hand-crafted hangers featuring my soon-to-be new name as a Mrs. ($25, Lila Frances on Etsy):

Perfect for hanging my wedding dress.  Love any way of customizing the Big Day — and beyond.  I’m preparing to order a set of these precious little personalized note cards from Rifle Paper Co — they will actually draw a sketch in your likeness if you submit a photo of yourself — how adorable?!  I can’t wait to get a little cartoon version of my (magpie) self drawn up above my new MRS. name!

Other customized goodies that have caught my little magpie eye recently?  These Ex Libris sets (bookplates) for my library.  I own hundreds of books and have them stacked everywhere — under my bed in my current apartment, in the basement and garage of my parents’ house, on my shelves, on my parents’ shelves…ay.  I would love a way of ordering them all or at least stamping those strays currently residing elsewhere as my own.  And how perfect are these engraved versions from ThornWillow ($28 for 16, ThornWillow)?  Love the old Latinate version — so old-school.

Now, it wouldn’t be a Magpie post without some oversized jewelry of some kind or another, so let’s hop to it.  You know how I’ve been pushing the mega-bling, oversized-crystal look lately (thanks, in part to some awesome vintage Kenneth Jay Lane finds I’ve scored on eBay and to J. Crew’s kindred styling in this season’s jewelry)?  I’ve found some awesome (and affordable) baubles at Henri Bendel that will just knock you dead.  Love these slightly vintage-looking sets of danglers (the first — $128, Henri Bendel; the second — $138, also Henri Bendel, and comes in several stone colors) for a BNO (big night out):

I feel like I’m having a glam time just looking at them.  Meanwhile, these Ylang23 Vintage stunners have been on my mind for long enough — into the eShopping bag they’ve gone, and onto my credit card they will go ($120, Ylang23):

They remind me of my favorite flower in the universe — the peony:

(Photos courtesy of A Creative Mint)

And while I’m typically more of a costume jewelry (with oversized everything) I will occasionally stumble across a delicate little wisp of a thing and find it totally arresting.  This Kiel Mead “Forget Me Not” ring is so disarmingly sweet, I just can’t get over it ($200, Kiel Mead):

But the REAL indulgence — the MAJOR item on my wish list?  A puppy.  My sister just bought her own (a golden retriever) and it is the most precious thing I’ve ever seen in my life.  My fiance and I have talked about getting a dog together for some time now, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can get ourselves together and buy one this year.  (We’ll see!)  We’ll be getting a French Bulldog and naming her Lady Brett, after my favorite character in all of literature (she was the impossible wanderlust of a woman from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, perhaps my favorite book in existence — certainly one of the few I’ve read and re-read with consistent eagerness and investment…just wait til the dagger of a line she delivers to Jake at the very conclusion!)

Dying?  In the meantime, I’ll just satisfy myself (ha) with this quirky little sketch by PopPopPortraits ($10, PopPopPortraits on Etsy):

Just because.

The Art of Kourt-ship

In Accessories, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes on July 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I have an inexplicable fascination with Kourtney Kardashian.  I attribute the celebrity crush to her fearless fashion sense (far bolder than my own) and her glamorous lifestyle — but then again how many celebs share those characteristics?  So who knows why I find her so interesting — but I do.  And this post will stand as a testament to that.

So this is what makes her style so fetching and — though bold — accessible: though she opts for pricey bags (she’s wearing Balenciaga above) and shoes (Christian Louboutins), she’ll mix it up with affordable separates (both the skirt and top are by H&M).  She counts Zara, French Connection, and Chinese Laundry amongst her favorite labels — and here’s a girl that can afford all the designer greats at once.  Love that — and will accordingly mix-and-match the highs with the lows in this post.  Let’s begin with this silky little Jack by BB Dakota romper (scary to some of us, but promisingly of-the-moment) — $44.50, PacSun:

Kourtney would glam it up with some studded sandals (her footwear is fierce, and these Vanesso Bruno Athes are no exception — $145, TheOutnet), enormous shades (Tod’s, $350, Bloomingdale’s), and a slouchy, oversized bag (she seems to favor Balenciaga — so here is the iconic “City” style by Balenciaga, $1,445, Balenciaga):

She’d probably layer on a white/cream boyfriend blazer (how much do you die over the scalloped edging on this version by Wink NYC — on sale for $215?) and an eye-catching necklace like this multi-strand Noir “Makah” ($220, Noir Jewelry) or this pop-o-color Isabel Marant design (Marant is the darling of fashionistas in-the-know, particularly those that enjoy the boho-glam aesthetic; $280, ShopJumelle):

A perfect 10, even when strolling with the baby.

By the way, if you’re more into sleeveless than skinny-strap, Arden B (shh, no one has to know) has a luxe-looking yet affordable romper variation for you for only $59:

(Dig the little tabs on the sides of the shorts.)

Something about her slightly edgy-yet-feminine aesthetic (those long locks!) sets her apart from the slew of either altogether-rough-looking (ew, Kristin Stewart) or over-the-top feminine (more in my category — I’m thinking Eva Mendes for some reason).  Kourtney is also quite good at pulling off dramatic proportions — billowy tops with twiggy leg jeans or nipped-in-waists with boyfriend jeans, and I like either.  She introduced me to the Tucker brand of blouses I’ve featured so many times on this blog, and I just can’t get enough.  The magenta/purple color below is very Kardashian (on sale for $188, Bluefly):

…although I could just as easily see her in this “wild thing” leopard print version ($325, Stylebop):

She’d probably pair her Tucker blouse with some fashion-forward high-waisted shorts (on sale from one of her favorite purveyors for $47.99, French Connection) and some super-high platformed sandals.

She sports the YSL tribute sandals ($760, Nordstrom), but these scare me, to be frank.

I might “tone it down” (not by much) but still get the look with these Dolce Vita “Lance” pumps ($182, Wink NYC):

Although you can also get the YSL look for half as much with these Stuart Weitzman “Clip” sandals ($385, ShoptheShoeBox):

Don’t forget some statement-making jewelry — perhaps this Fiona Paxton necklace does it for you (on sale for $208, Revolve Clothing)? — and a pair of oversized shades (on sale for $16, MangoShop):

For just strutting around town with the baby in tow, how perfect is this billowy Rebecca Taylor blouse (on super sale for $82.50, Heery’s) with some boyfriend jeans (if you dare…I don’t think I do), some uber chic triple-strapped sandals (also on super sale for only $31.60, Le Train Bleu), and the J. Crew “Hockney” tote for carrying around all those baby essentials ($228, J. Crew):

Right on the money…

And because she’s often seen in studded pieces (bags, jewelry, shirts, and more), let’s take a look at some of the borderline-Rihanna styles she might wear, like the tough-accented skirts below — the first by Dolce Vita ($165, Wink NYC) and the second by Corey Lynn Calter (on sale for $71, Corey Lynn Calter), which she’d pair with a trim black tank and some edgy heels (Jenni Kayne, $495, Les Nouvelles):

Very Kardashian.

Maybe add on a bold necklace to round out the look — I love this Sequin brand version ($145, Charm and Chain), which I imagine layering under white collared shirts for work or atop an LBD for a night out:

Speaking of nights out, why not pair the studded booties featured above with this daring little number (Carmilla and Marc, on sale for $275, Les Nouvelles):

You might add on this chunky ring (Kate Spade, $95, Nordstrom) and pull your hair back in a slick, dressed-up ponytail:

Don’t worry, if you want to be as chic as Kourtney, you don’t have to invest in an entirely black wardrobe.  She’s regularly spotted in daring colorful choices, especially silky little get-ups that she balances with heavy-handed (or…soled?) footwear, and particularly when she’s in Miami, epicenter of flashy clothing:

You can test the look with this Walter blouse ($118, National Jean Company), a pair of white shorts (I’m mildly obsessed with this sailor-inspired variation — on sale for $35.99, French Connection):

And maybe this pair of heavily-adorned sandals by House of Harlow, Nicole Richie’s line (on sale for $124, Wink NYC):

Or if you’re more a “dress” girl (which I am — from May through September, I’m spotted in little else), don’t you die over this Tibi shift (on mega-sale for $100, Heery’s):

I could just as easily see her sporting this punchy filigree dress ($86, Le Train Bleu):

…perhaps because I always seem to remember her wearing this chicly-shaped French Connection batwing dress, which has a similar “tribal” aesthetic to it:

(The dress is still available — though in a black and white color scheme — and on sale for $88 at French Connection.)  If these styles don’t have you re-thinking your fashion choices, I don’t know what will.  Whenever I watch her shows, I think — “Man, I need to step it up and try on some new things every now and then.”  A good place to be.


Shopbop is offering an additional 20% off all sale items with the coupon code EXTRA20 today and tomorrow — it’s rare that this retailer ever offers coupon codes, so snap to it, ladies!

Wintour in Summer

In Accessories, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes on July 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Have you seen The September Issue?  I somehow conned my fiance into letting me watch it, and was absolutely riveted for the entirety of the film (he promptly fell asleep).  It’s a documentary about the making of the September Issue of Vogue (most of you probably know already that the September Issue is The Issue of the year — at some point in the film, someone says its release is almost like January to fashionistas — a time to reinvent, try new trends, and so forth).  The documentary follows noted “Ice Queen” Anna Wintour around as she fulfills her duties as editor-in-chief of American Vogue. The interesting bit, of course, is that you never quite get a sense for who she is; she remains elusive, exacting, and steely throughout (even the segments with her daughter are stiff, rehearsed), although there is something almost vulnerable about her soft-spokeness, her taciturnity when reviewing designers, and the expressivity of her eyes when she takes off her ubiquitous shades.  Fascinating.

She dresses with pure class and is most commonly seen in a perfectly-tailored sheath dress like the Tory Burch classic below ($365, Saks), killer shades (Versace, $190, Nordstrom), and mega-bling ($1,398, House of Lavande).

If you’re channeling Anna, you’ll probably also need an upscale, classic-styled bag, like this Marc Jacobs arm candy ($1,295, Barney’s):

Perfectly polished.  Very Wintour-ready.

Though she often gravitates towards florals, the sheath is the underlying requirement — and this DVF would be perfectly passable ($325, Shopbop), especially when layered beneath a boxy Oscar de la Renta jacket ($2,390, Net-A-Porter) and a chunky, blingy collar necklace (Flutter by Jill Gordon, on sale for $280, Les Nouvelles):

The jacket above reminds me that one of my favorite scenes in the documentary, when Ms. Wintour (I just can’t call her by her first name) visits with Oscar de la Renta — just two kingpins of the fashion industry, putting their heads together.  Their combined power and discriminating taste is honestly humbling.  I also happen to think that Mr. de la Renta is just the classiest, most charming gent out there (my fiance excluded):

I should also mention that Ms. Wintour is always pushing the jacket — it’s the focal point of so many of her outfits and so many of her fashion spreads.  I don’t blame her — I love a lovely coat.  Something like this dazzling Matthew Williamson brocaded jacket (sorry everything in this post is so pricey, but she is not a bargain-hunting lady — $1,183, MyTheresa):

Love the nipped-in waist (and so does Ms. Wintour — she is always body-conscious).  And it’d go perfect with this perfection-in-fabric-form sheath (also Oscar de la Renta, $1,590, Net-A-Porter):

The above dress would look equally fab with this slightly less expensive (though still not exactly cheap) Alex & Eli topper (on sale for $339, Les Nouvelles):

And of course you can’t go wrong snazzing up a classic black sheath (you can find them all over the place for relatively affordable prices — Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, and so forth — I just found the most incredible version at H&M for $35.  Love a good deal.  And black always looks more expensive than it is).  Add a bold floral print coat like this Anne Klein piece (the floral is extremely Anna Wintour-esque — on sale for $169, Anne Klein) or this artful (almost water-color-inspired) Rachel by Rachel Roy jacket (on sale for $82.99, Rachel Roy):

Don’t forget the jewels — I love this costume version of a Wintour classic from J. Crew ($98, J. Crew):

For something on the lighter side (yes, Anna has one — see below), consider a bold sequined coat (the first: L’Wren Scott, $1,002, TheOutnet; the second: on sale for $49, Newport News) over a creamy vanilla colored dress (Fendi, $690, StyleBop):

Though the slouchy style of the sequin jacket above may be a bit of a stretch for Ms. Wintour, I just had to include it because I was so inspired by my favorite little fashion magpie, Olivia Palermo, and the downtown-cool vibe she scored in her own sequined coat (side note: the shoes are by Aldo — love the mix of high and low):

And, though I’ve mentioned this throughout the post, you have just GOT to have oversized-jewel collar necklaces aplenty if you’re going for the Wintour look.  I could not stop ogling at her phenomenal collection while watching the movie.

One of my favorite jewelry designers, Bounkit, has jewels aplenty in a similar style.  Consider these opulent pieces ($1,540 each, Bounkit — and take 20% off now through July 18, 2010 when you enter SUMMER2010 in the promotional code box):

For something in the realm of realistic affordability, check out these awesome designs by the Art for Interior designer ($130 apiece — to order, visit her blog for images and email her at

Or forgo the problem of finding a suitable necklace altogether by snagging this Tory Burch dress with built-in baubles ($430, Net-A-Porter):

Of course, Anna Wintour tops it all off with a lavish amount of fur.  But because many of you have moral and perhaps aesthetic objections to this and because it is, after all, summer — we’ll leave that issue to Wintour (and winter).

Until next time…

Getting Maui-ed

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses on July 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

This past Wednesday was the ONE MONTH mark until the Big Wedding Day (!) — I can’t believe it!  I’m over.the.moon.  These last few weeks, I’ve been revisiting my favorite wedding blogs (I stopped checking them out after the first few weeks of wedding planning — it was sensory overload and only had me stressed at the millions of options I could pursue.  As you might guess, I am fairly exacting in terms of what I like and what I don’t, so I didn’t feel lost without them — I actually felt much more confident in their absence.)  I’ve recently returned to drooling over Snippet & Ink’s daily serving of wedding-related eyecandy.  One of the posts this week was all about a vintage Hawaii honeymoon (insert “oohs” and “aahs”):

(Picture courtesy of Snippet & Ink)

And though my fiance and I are Belize-bound for our honeymoon (we’re staying at movie director Francis Ford Coppola’s ridiculous resort, Turtle Inn — eee!  So exciting!), I felt completely inspired by the post and begin envisioning all sorts of Blue Lagoon looks.  This Anthropologie one-piece had caught my eye awhile ago — not that I’m a big one-piece girl (I in fact have never worn one — at least not since I was 3 years old, donning a Minnie Mouse version) — but isn’t the retro cut and style just TDF (to die for — $198, Anthropologie)?

Perfect with this bamboo handle tote (on sale for $66, Talbots — and before you write the store off as “mom” territory, check it out!  It has some surprisingly updated styles) and some Bernardo t-straps (I’ve seen this line carried in my favorite accessory shop, Sassanova — $89, SandalWorld):

If you’re a prepster, this Lilly variation on the Hawaiian-print bikini may be more up your alley (something very “hula girl” about it — $128, Lilly Pulitzer):

Tote your belongings around in this perfectly beachy Elaine Turner bag ($150, Endless):

Then accent with this adorable Amanda Pearl “lei” necklace (no one said you can’t accessorize a bathing suit — on sale for $74, Shopbop) and some Mystique-brand shell-adorned flip flops ($98, SandalWorld):

For after-the-beach drinks, slip into this little Hawaiian print dress (kind of love the kitschiness of the print  — on sale for $59, French Connection), some spiffy red wedges (I own this exact Pink Studio brand pair and LOVE them — $83, Endless), and this Elaine Turner tote (can’t get enough of her stuff — $195, Neiman’s):

I am all about that fiery red-orange shade at the moment — so much so that Essie’s Geranium ($8, Essie Shop) has become more of a heavy hitter in recent weeks than the Magpie Classic “Lollipop” color in my lineup of nail colors:

For that reason, I’m also kind of bananas over this inexpensive TopShop bikini in just the right coral-red shade ($16 for top, $14 for bottom — TopShop):

Talk about the perfect accompaniment to a Hawaiian sunset, mai tais in hand…

And if you need something for the dining hour, how about this equally pitch-perfect Thread Social number (on sale for $364, Shopbop) — love the detailing on the shoulders, which sort of remind me of orchid leis:

Keep the shoes simple and unfussy.  Wedges or nude/blush colored pumps are best.  Or maybe this (Hawaiian) punch-y little dress is more your style (no eStore available — have to buy it in person at Club Monaco!):

I’m also obsessed with this (modestly priced!) French Connection top (on sale for $29, French Connection) — especially with your favorite white jeans:

If you’re bold, you might pair it with these all-the-rage Matt Bernson gladiators (every celeb and her mother has been seen in them — $169, Matt Bernson):

…but I’d probably keep it light with the white t-straps featured above or the Kate Spade Ines sandals shown below.  But regardless of shoe choice, how perfect is this maize-colored lei necklace ($38, Anthropologie) for completing the look?

Mai tai perfection!

If this whole vibrant orange hue just isn’t your thing, let’s return to the Blue Lagoon aesthetic and cool down with this to-die-for Pucci print bikini (a breezy $580, Net A Porter):

Amp up the surfer-chic look with one of these half hippie, half “I have excellent taste”  SeaBags — they’re made of recovered sails, come in all kinds of cool style (I love the sailor’s knot version below), and are extremely durable ($110, SeaBags):

For something equally “rustic,” try this Bonheur jute tote ($40, YesStyle)?  Isn’t the insignia on the front perfectly vintage?

Back to the blue: opt for this refreshing aqua blue bikini by the indomitable Melissa Odabash ($240, Net-A-Porter):

It would look kickin paired with the coral-red shade I’ve been swooning over ($400, Melissa Odabash):

Especially with these going-for-the-gold gladiator sandals (BCBGeneration, $78, Zappos):

But you could also get away with a simple white or alternate-shade-of-blue cover up, like this Juicy Couture version (on sale for $77, Juicy Couture):

Or maybe even this busy little number by DVF (on sale for $163, Revolve Clothing):

When opting for the latter, I’d tone all accessories down to a simple blue tote — I love the simplicity of this Tory Burch Jaden carry-all (and the blue is so brilliant! — on sale for $136, Bloomingdale’s):

And these little rope-detailed Kate Spade sandals (die over them — and don’t know why I have not yet bought them yet…on sale for $178, Endless):

If you’re getting dolled up, you might opt for this ALOHA of a dress by Yumi Kim (apparently Stephanie Pratt of The Hills fame has also been spotted in it — sorry if that’s a detractor rather than a motivator — $193, Yumi Kim):

(If you are into the romper — so hot right now — she has tons of fun prints and styles for you.  Don’t hate — I’ve seen girls pull them off and look adorable.)  Punch things up even more with this precious pair of Lanvin flats (love the oversized flower/pom-pom — $335, MyTheresa):

Alternately, this ModCloth “Molokai” skirt ($53.99, ModCloth) could look darling with a simple white tank and the Ines sandles above:

Offset the look with this bold statement-making necklace (love that it sort of looks like sea glass or coral or something — $175, Charm and Chain):


(Note: I stole the post title from Aiden in Sex & the City.  Don’t judge that I still quote from the show on a regular basis.)

Chocolate Kiss

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses on July 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

My father once told me that his favorite color on me was brown.  I was confused and a little taken aback (perhaps even slightly miffed): brown?!  Of all the feminine colors out there, how could he associate constantly-in-color me with brown?!  But I slowly realized that brown is in fact one of the most flattering shades on a brunette — and one of the classiest colors imaginable when in a rich fabric or accented with ivory.  It’s as yummy-looking a combination as a perfectly-prepared mocha.

Think, for example, of how impossibly chic you’d look layering a Virginia Johnson scarf (on sale for $156, ShopPrettyMommy) atop a structured white or ivory dress (Theory, $325, Neiman Marcus):

Add some enorma-shades in tortoise shell (Kate Spade, $148, Nordstrom) and these Enzo Angiolini tortoise pumps (I’m obsessed with this style — and they’re so affordable! — on sale for $53, Zappos), and you’ll be classiest thing your office has ever seen.

Or, if you’re a label luster like myself, check out these picture perfect Louboutins ($775, Neiman Marcus):

Why not punch things up with these fab retro-chic enorma-studs by my personal favorite jewelry designer, Bounkit ($385, Bounkit)?

Alternately, classic pearl studs are always permissible (Mikimoto, $300-$1,400 depending on size, Nordstrom), especially when offset by this eye-catching Amanda Rudey smokey topaz and pearl ring ($140, Max & Chloe):

And — if you’re moving from day-to-night, simply whisk off your artfully-tied scarf and add this lovely hard-case tortoise shell clutch ($99, Johnston & Murphy):

For something a bit more party appropriate, how precious is this tie-dye inspired Campaigne dress (on sale for $119, Bluefly)?

I’d die to wear it with this ridiculous, bank-breaking Fendi clutch ($1,620, Barney’s) and something like these platform Rupert Sanderson pumps ($257, TheOutnet):

Darling.  Adapt the style to your office environment by investing in this Lela Rose dress (on sale for $570, Neiman Marcus):

Because the cut is so femininely demure, you could probably get away with those bold Rupert Sandersons while still looking super refined.  If you need something more corporate, I love everything about these classic point-toed suede pumps (Kate Spade, $258, Shirise):

They would look equally appropriate when sported with this bold chocolate-on-white DVF dress (on sale for $211, MyTheresa) and the iconic Mulberry Bayswater in white (one of my all-time favorite bags — and I just found out my little sis snagged one!  I’m jeal — $1,000, Mulberry):

For weekend wear, I’m envisioning this espresso-colored Milly top (on sale for $124, ShopTwigs) with your favorite pair of white jeans:

Wear with simple gold t-straps or — how sick are these Chloe flats ($625, Net-A-Porter)?

Then simply add on this adorable Kate Spade tote ($295, Kate Spade):

Love.  Alternately, pair the above tote with a simple white tee, these Kate Spade “Piper” shorts ($156, Bloomingdale’s), and a bib necklace (Milly, $235, Neiman Marcus):

Round it all out with these killer brown wedges ($187, Matt Bernson):

For poolside lounging, mocha-colored swimwear is surprisingly sophisticated.  I love the simplicity and (dare I say this in reference to a bikini?) elegance of this Tooshie two-piece ($182, TheOutnet), especially when worn with a simple wide-brim hat (Eugenia Kim’s hats are all.the.rage — $298, Intermix):

Or, if you’re more in the Kardashian camp of fashion (I’m not ashamed to admit that I obsess over Kourtney Kardashian’s fearless styling), consider layering this leopard print pareo over your bikini (on sale for $14, Spiegel) and sporting some timeless aviators ($139, Ray-Ban):

Or maybe you’re into splashier prints?  How unexpected is this Kushcush palm-frond-print bikini ($49 for top, $52 for bottoms — Bluefly):

Super fresh with a billowy white tunic — Calypso always has incredible beachy-chic options, and I’m especially bananas over this Madame A Paris brand cover up they’ve been carrying (on sale for $99, Calypso):

If you’re on the preppier end of the styling spectrum, add this chic Elaine Turner straw bag (very Charlotte York — and on sale for $147, Elaine Turner) and a pair of Lanvin shades (on sale for $146, TheOutnet):

If you count yourself an eclectic dresser, pair with this fun little Kate Spade tote ($338, Endless) with these fearless gold gladiators (I’ve been on the hunt for a flattering pair forever, but just can’t yet make these leap — these are on my short list, however: $175, TheShoeBox):

And, for a dinner out, how about this ridiculously discounted Derek Lam dress ($567, TheOutnet):

Love the upscale tribal chic look — perfect with these sky-high Lanvins ($383, TheOutnet):

If those are too “out there” for you (several of you wish I’d steer away from the platform style), these classic patent leather Valentinos with the fan-accent on the toe are stunning ($298, TheOutnet):

A nice, calorie-free way to satisfy your chocolate craving…


In Accessories, Beach Wear, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses on July 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

So let me be honest.  This post is somewhat transparently a plug for my fiance’s new business venture: Blind Pig Cocktails, a line of pre-mixed, high-quality cocktails.  I have to give him a shout-out because he was just featured in today’s Washington Post, and I’m so proud of him!  But beyond that — his flagship line includes the Jargarita, a twist on the classic marg, and an excellent source of fashion inspiration for today’s over-100-degree weather conditions.

Blind Pig Jargaritas

(It is brutal out there, and all I can think about is an icy cold, salt-rimmed margarita.  And it’s only 11 a.m.)  So why not spice things up with some lime green, margarita-inspired fashion?

How cheerful is this zesty, tiered dress (Muse, on sale for $78, Dillard’s)?  Sort of looks like the  pink-and-red parfait See by Chloe dress I was obsessed with earlier this season, only with a much slighter price tag.  Love the nautical rope detailing beneath the bust.  Pair with nothing but some unfussy white sandals (I know I’ve featured these puppies 2,123 times, but you just can’t beat ’em — K. Jacques, $245, Net-A-Porter) and a white clutch (Tory Burch, $275, Bergdorf Goodman).  Done.

Or how about this cheerful, marg-color-palette Lilly dress ($148, Lilly Pulitzer)?  Love the cut of the dress, especially when paired with some white or lucite statement jewelry, like this Anthropologie necklace ($42, Anthropologie):

Slip into some white Jack Rogers or, for something a bit dressier, go bold with these green Ralph Lauren “Finley” wedges ($281, Endless):

This green Lilly clutch would match perfectly ($98, Lilly Pulitzer):

Or, for lounging poolside (drink in hand), this awesome Milly cover-up (on sale for $142, The Outnet)?

Throw on over this neon green bikini (JETS, $110 for top and $85 for bottoms, Net-A-Porter):

Toss all your essentials into this white bucket-style carry-all (loveloveLOVE — CCSkye, on sale for $419, Zappos):

But if white leather seems a bit risky for poolside fun, opt for this more beach-appropriate straw tote (adore the style — $86, Endless):

Another splashy beachwear option?  This darling Shoshanna two-piece ($90 for top, $90 for bottom, PiperLime):

I’d wear it beneath this breezy white caftan cover-up (Diane Von Furstenberg, $141, Bluefly):

Make things a bit splashier with these nothing-but-fun Betsey Johnson aviators in lime green ($53, Zappos) or these green-and-gold thongs (Miss Me, $22, Endless):

Or maybe for a little backyard fiesta, this little Lilly has your name all over it ($202, Zappos)?

If you’re super-bold, pair with this Elva Fields necklace ($268, Elva Fields), but if that’s too much, wear the necklace separately with a solid white sundress.

You might offset the yellow this this precious rope-accented tote ($29, Endless):


This little Shoshanna eyelet number would look equally darling with the above statement necklace ($330, Bloomingdale’s):

You could dress it down with these lime-and-white Jack Rogers ($95, Endless) and this vintage crystal Amanda Pearl necklace ($298, Amanda Pearl):

Or some gold sandals and this Kate Spade lucite necklace ($125, PiperLime):

Or you can dress it up with these peppy little Jerome Rousseau heels (on sale for $202, The Outnet) and this multi-stone Margaret Elizabeth necklace ($138, Margaret Elizabeth):

And if you’d prefer only a little splash of green — consider this adorable little lime coin purse by Kate Spade (on sale for $42, Kate Spade):

And maybe this fun, sporty little Marc Jacobs watch ($175, Bloomingdale’s)?  I like the idea of pairing it with some slim bangles for that bold jewelry look.

Or maybe just set a citrus scent wafting through your house — this Diptyque candle is perfectly zesty ($60, Beauty Habit):

But most importantly — settle in with an icy margarita (preferably a Blind Pig Jargarita) and beat the heat in style!

Back to the 50s

In Cocktail Dresses, Home Decor, Jewelry, Shoes on July 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Like my mother and my mother’s mother, I am constantly ripping pages out of magazines and storing them in an ever-expanding file of “things I like.”  Many of these I eventually forget about or ultimately toss in the trash, but every now and then, I’ll come across an image that I just cherish.  Kind of like those images in our collective cultural consciousness — the sailor returning home from WWII and kissing his girlfriend; Marilyn Monroe with her skirt billowing up; little JFK Jr. saluting his father’s coffin — images that capture a moment or a spirit so well, they earn instant icon status.  One of my all time personal fashion favorites has got to be this Oscar de la Renta ad:

Swoon.  I pretty much wish I could dress like that every day of my life.  (The digs aren’t bad either.)  When I re-encountered this photo yesterday, I was instantly daydreaming about a 1950s wardrobe, replete with full skirts, feminine pumps, and enorma-studs.  Essentially, all my favorite things rolled up into one placid decade where…well, not much happened (many now consider the 1950s a “conformist” period — perhaps relative to the rockin, rebellious ’60s.  However, the HBO series Mad Men has illustrated that beneath the calm, cool, collected appearance of the 1950s nuclear family, an inner angst was simmering).  At any rate, our concerns here will remain sartorial, so I’ll just jump right to it and present you with some lustworthy Betty Draper-inspired looks.  To begin: a perfectly polished Eva Franco polka dot dress with a flattering nipped-in waist ($258, Anthropologie):

Pair with black bow-toe peeptoes (Valentino, $695, Bergdorf Goodman), pearls (Tiffany Signature Pearl Necklace, $5,150, Tiffany), and a little top-handle doctor’s bag (I featured this bag a few day’s ago, but I just adore it — Anya Hindmarch, on sale for $778, My Wardrobe):

I’m also thinking that you’ll need an old-fashioned rotary telephone ($340, Conran) at home so that you can “ring” your friends for cocktail hour:

You might consider wearing this little strapless top with the high-waisted bow-front skirt by up-and-coming designer Sarah Seven ($280 for look, Sarah Seven — note that she custom makes every order based on your specifications and that, because Martha Stewart featured her in one of her magazines a few years back, she’s slammed with business and has a long waiting list; I know this because I tried to order one of her white “wedding” dresses as my rehearsal dinner dress but the wait would have been too long!):

The mustard yellow is pure kitsch.  Pair with these precious Kate Spade pumps (love that the bow on the sling back strap echoes the styling of the skirt — on sale for $227, FootCandyShoes):

Adorable, especially with these precious “Carsisi” earrings ($45, J. Crew):

Why not serve up some cocktails on a festive lacquer tray ($70, Decorative Things):

Maybe some Tom Collins or G&Ts in these festive green highballs ($20 for 4, Fishs Eddy):

And, to make sure your guests are reclining in comfort and style, cushion your couch with retro-cool pillows like this Thomas Paul style (this exact version is sold out, but check out his awesome printed alternatives from this season at Velocity Art & Design — they are usually between $70-$100/pillow):

For lunch at the club?  How about a 50s era madras dress like this little Lorick number ($322, Sunday Brunch Dress Shop):

I dream about wearing it with these Fendi pumps to give the look a slightly updated feel ($695, Net-A-Porter):

(I tried these on in Intermix the other day and my ankles essentially snapped in half.  Treacherous, but beautiful.  They are about 23 inches high.  Speaking of Intermix, you can get an extra 40% off their already reduced sale items right now on their site.  Slim pickings now.)  Add on this bamboo handle bag by Buti ($559, Forzieri) and these adorable sunburst-shaped enormastuds by Ylang23 Vintage ($180, Ylang23):

Another country club afternoon option: this Thread Social madras dress (on sale for $412, Honey in the Rough):

The madras colors are perfectly 1950s.  Wear with simple pearl earrings (Mikimoto, $190-$680 depending on size, Nordstrom):

And indulge in a summer game of croquet (I love this shot of Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass):

You can buy your own set from LLBean for $129.  If you’re heading out for dinner and dancing — why not this killer Oscar de la Renta gown (I die over it — $2,790, Net-A-Porter):

Pin your hair up and add on this lace version of the Valentino pumps I’m so ga-ga over ($885, Saks):

And, to switch things up — spurn the studs and head straight for the dramatic with these Kenneth Jay Lane danglers ($180, Net-A-Porter):

Tres chic, ca.  Reminiscent of the amazing wardrobe in the film “An Education” (if you haven’t seen it — do it, if only for the fashion).

Back at home, slip into a comfortable shirt dress for your daily routine — I’m loving this little ModCloth number ($99, Modcloth):

Pair with these impractically high Louboutins ($735, Barney’s) and these awesome vintage studs ($298, House of Lavande)

And, while doing housework or baking up a souffle, tie on this retro apron ($32, Anthropologie):

Protect your hands with these patterned rubber gloves ($7.50, Fabulicious):

Housekeeping sounds a lot more fun when you’re all decked out…

Peachy Keen!

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Beauty Products, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses, Work Wear on June 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm

This may disgust many of my dear readers, but my absolute favorite breakfast for several years of my childhood was a packet of Quaker instant oatmeal in the peaches & cream flavor.  So artificial, so over-sweetened — and so delicious.  I’ve since graduated (I actually don’t ever eat breakfast — not healthy, I know, but I’m just not hungry in the a.m.), but the peach-and-cream combo is as enticing then as it is now.  Who wouldn’t love to wake up to a bouquet of delicate peach-and-ivory rununculas, for example?

(Photos by Lucy Snowe — see her shoppe on to purchase prints)

A soft, warm blush of peach color is flattering on virtually any complexion, and I’m totally inspired to sport the hue over the course of the next few weeks of blazing mid-summer heat.  I’m particularly interested in this breezy Michael Kors caftan top (you know my obsession with the style) — snag your own on sale for $479.50 at TheOutnet:

I like the idea of pairing it with some crisp, twig-leg, ankle-cropped jeans in optic white — pick your favorite.  My favorite pair is by Joe’s Jeans, of all lines, but I’m loathe to recommend a particular cut or brand because I’ve probably tested about 342 different pairs and grimaced at every single one of them until I tried on the Joe’s.  White jeans can be immensely unflattering if they don’t fit just right.

I’d accessorize with one or two long gold necklaces — I love Carol Marie’s variations as they come in slightly different lengths and are perfect for layering ($125, Carol Marie):

And then this lovely coral-accented gold bangle by Kenneth Jay Lane ($160, Shopbop) and a simple pair of chunky, statement-making gold studs (love this versatile pair — on sale for $35, JennyBird):

I’d be reaching for this pair of gold DV by Dolce Vita sandals to boot ($55, Endless):

Other daywear options?  I’m loving this little LemLem peach-palette smocked-top dress ($215, Barney’s):

I’d pair it with these precious Cynthia Vincent for Roxy t-straps ($79, Roxy) and a roomy straw tote (Kate Spade, on sale for $236, Zappos):

Because the look is already so vibrant and multi-dimensional, forgo a lot of jewelry (I know, I know — it goes against my grain as well) and round it out with some peppy little studs.  Maybe this pair of quatrefoil/clover earrings will do the trick (Jardin, on sale for $70, Bluefly):

Alternately, consider pairing a simple crew neck tee in a fetching peach color (on sale for $19.60, J. Crew) with some crisp white shorts (the Milly pair below are no longer available, but you can find a similar version — also by Milly — for $195 at Bloomingdale’s):

You might consider throwing on your gold or white Jack Rogers to complete the look, but a pair of peppy flats adds an interesting dimension to a mid-summer look — refining the entire aesthetic a bit.  I’d opt for either these slingbacks (an affordable $36, TopShop) or these elegantly printed ballet flats ($118, J. Crew):

I’d either layer some gold necklaces (like the Carol Maries above) and add a pair of happy studs (M. Flynn, $130, Max & Chloe) —

Or I’d throw on a statement-making bib necklace — perhaps this Roberta Chiarella piece ($128, Max & Chloe)?

I like the idea of a tone-on-tone necklace-to-shirt look.  Finish with very tiny studs or pearls or…gasp…nothing!  If you’re headed to the beach, you can remain peachy — J. Crew has the perfect polka dot bikini for you ($44 for bottoms, $29 for tops, J. Crew):

Throw on a white cover-up and you’re ready to go.  Otherwise, wear a white bikini with this darling TopShop tunic/dress, which I’d like to use as a cover-up ($58, TopShop):

Ohsocute and Sienna Miller-esque when paired with some nondescript brown leather t-straps and some Wayfarers.  Alternately, cover up with the immensely popular Jen’s Pirate’s Booty (yes, that’s the name of the brand) “poncho” — the ever-glam Alessandra Ambrosio has been spotted in it and you can snap up your own for $122 at Singer22:

For a different (more date-ready) look centered around a peach palette, consider mixing shades of coral, salmon, peach, and white for a perfect summer look.  Start with this vibrantly-hued dress — like this DAY Birger et Mikkelsen knockout (on sale for $137, The Outnet) or the Amanda Uprichard “Joan” dress in salmon ($194, PiperLime):

Add this Wendy Mink quartz cluster bracelet ($170, Wendy Mink Jewelry), some simple gold studs, and a pair of dusty peach heels (the first — $150, Kurt Geiger; the second — $636, ShopSavannahs):

For a bit more festive look, you could also go in a slightly BRIGHTER direction, avoiding the dusty peaches and soft mixed quartz stones and instead pairing the dresses above with these cheerful little David Aubrey earrings ($58, Kitson):

The earrings would also look fantastic with this linen sweetheart neckline strapless number ($198, J.Crew):

Pair with some gold-accented wedges, like these Charles Davids (on sale for $124, Zappos):

and make sure you tuck this YSL peach-toned gloss ($30, Saks) into your little gold clutch ($155, Tory Burch)!

Or maybe you’re getting seriously dolled up  — check out ever-sophisticated Audrey Hepburn in her peach-colored dream of an evening look for inspiration:

Then consider slipping into this ridiculous one-shouldered Halston Heritage number (SJP wore it in Sex and the City II — $325, Net-A-Porter):

Imagine wearing it with your hair up and these bank-breaking diamond and moonstone danglers (Divya, $3,000, Max & Chloe):

High end meets recessionista cool when you pair the above stunners with this lovely TopShop flower ring ($40, TopShop):

Then you’d just need some simple gold high-heeled sandals, a tiny gold clutch, and a peach-hued manicure (the color below: “Cool-Lots” by Essie — $8,  To.die.for.

Get seriously into the color by primping for the night in a vintage-inspired, peach-colored teddy ($60, TopShop):

You may even want some glam mules — I’m in love with these peach-colored Giuseppe Zanottis (on sale for $349, Bluefly):

Don’t forget to powder yourself with this retro-cool puff ($54, BeautyHabit), dotting on a little of Benefit’s Georgia Peach blush (my mom’s favorite — $28, Benefit):

And while we’re in the mood for indulgence, make sure to pour yourself a bellini (champagne and peach puree — my lovely bridesmaids and I enjoyed them on the train up to NYC for my bachelorette party, and nothing could be more festive).

For work, why not wear your white suit (Miss Slick, you know you have it ready and waiting — wear it!) or a white, work-appropriate dress (the gorgeous little threaded-pattern version below is by Fendi, on sale for $425, MyTheresa) with a peaches-and-cream statement necklace (love this Hive & Honey design, $34, PiperLime) and a pair of dusty peach patent wedges (die over this pair by Pour La Victoire — on modest sale for $202 at Zappos):

And leave all your co-workers drooling with envy when you roll up with this wow-worthy peach-toned Michael Kors bag ($448, Bloomingdale’s):

Peachy keen!