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Eat, Drink, and Be Married!

In The Honeymoon Trousseau on August 5, 2010 at 3:57 am

Oh my GOSH — I’m getting married!!!  I cannot contain my excitement at the thought that I will be walking down the aisle in a matter of days (2 to be exact).  This portrait pretty much captures my spirits at this point:

I thought I’d give you a preview of the Big Day details, in part because it’s all I’ve been eating, sleeping, and breathing for the past 12 months, and in part because I just don’t have space in my oh-my-gosh-I’m-so-excited mind to think about anything else!  My favorite part of the entire wedding planning process (aside from trying on gorgeous gowns in various bridal ateliers — sigh — dream.come.true) was the invitation selection process.  On the one hand, it was painful.  I am normally cut-and-dry about what I want — yes, I like that shoe; no, I hate that hairpiece — but I must have spent weeks requesting samples and color swatches, poring over websites and invitation designs, reading up on paper weight and texture.  It was overwhelming (even if you finally narrow the hunt down to one invitation design from one stationer, you have to then pick paper weight and color (would ivory or white would best?!), ink color (hm, sea glass blue or marine blue?), font, liner vs. no liner, return address vs not, envelope details, etc) but — I pretty much ate it up with a (huge) spoon.  In the end, I went with the fab folks at Bella Figura for both my save-the-dates and invitation suites.   (See below for our invitation suites — “The Palais” — to which we added a designed-for-us reception card and yellow enveloper liner.  Die.over.it.)

They have the loveliest designs and the most responsive, creative, generous employees.  I can’t say enough good things about them and their business.  Though I had originally envisioned an entirely yellow wedding (which came as quite a shock — and relief — to my fiance, who knows that I gravitate towards pink in virtually any other pick-your-color scenario), I quickly became just as invested in the contrast color I’d selected: a deep hydrangea blue.  The blues eventually came to be as dominant as the original daffodil yellow focal point, and I came to need enormous arrangements of hydrangea everywhere: in Julep cups on the cocktail hour tables, in oversized urns in the fireplaces, in garlands on the mantelpieces….everywhere.

The sunny sweetness of a daffodil yellow pairs perfectly with the quiet richness of a deep hydrangea blue — I just think it’s the most August-appropriate color combination imaginable.  (Something about the blue seems calm, late-summer, almost sleepy.)  In these parts, hydrangeas are a softer periwinkle color at this time of year, so we are actually flying in some Dutch blooms to ensure that we get that deep blue I’ve been envisioning.  Ooh la la.  We’re featuring the yellow on my lovely bridesmaids — I finally found the perfect dress in the most sophisticated yellow hue (quite the feat — most lines featured either eyesore hard candy yellow dresses or pale gold ones) from Monique L’Huillier, the Big Cahuna in the world of wedding attire, who has just recently launched her own limited collection of bridesmaid dresses.  They are beyond elegant.

And then there are lots of other fun little pops of yellow incorporated throughout the day, from our specialty cocktail (I’ll keep that hush hush for now) to our kid-in-a-candy-shop candy buffet:

Eeeee, I am over the moon and am pretty much dying to share the rest of the details with you, but will just have to keep you hanging until after the nuptials.  The Big Day is this Saturday (thanks for the well wishes!) and then it’s off to Belize with my new husband (!!!) for a week!  See you on the flip side — as a Magpie Mrs.!

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Life Aquatic

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Home Decor, Jewelry, Monograms, Sundresses, The Honeymoon Trousseau on April 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

You may have noticed that The Fashion Magpie is “all aboard” with the nautical trend — just take a gander at the “Nautical by Nature” and “Ahoy, Matey” posts from a few weeks back.  This Markus Lupfer t-shirt (a vastly overpriced $170 at Net-A-Porter) pretty much sums up my approach to the look:

But what about marine life itself — beneath the sea rather than above deck?  I’ve been noticing a lot of accessories featuring clamshells, seahorses, starfish, and more — and I love it.  What could be better for my upcoming “Bachelorette Party Kick Off” at the beach house of my fellow fashion magpie and bridesmaid (I’ll call her Ms. On-the-Money — she’s one of those girls who always has just the right outfit for the occasion)?

Let’s start with the items on my current lust list.  I have literally begun the purchasing process for this Kate Spade clamshell ring 2,923 times ($125 at Nordstrom) — each time worrying that I might be going too big with this one:

Don’t get me wrong: I love an aggressively-sized cocktail ring.  But 1.5″ x 1.5″ on my tiny hand?  Hm.  I’ll mull it over and probably buy it anyway.  Kate Spade also has this adorable seahorse bangle up for grabs ($225, Kate Spade):

I’m bananas about this Pisces-perfect Emilio Pucci dress ($1,860 at Net-A-Porter) — can you imagine how hot it’d be with a late summer tan, some super-high white pumps (Fendi, $980, also Net-A-Porter), and an updo?  Love.

I’ve already shared with you my love of starfish.  I featured these precious studs by KEP Designs ($250) a few days ago and have been drooling over them since:

But how adorable is this delicate starfish charm on a chain by DogEared ($46 for sterling silver; $54 for gold-dipped)?  What a perfect gift for a good friend or a bridesmaid (hmm…my wedding is coming up in August) — or maybe just for myself:

One of my very dearest girlfriends from UVA gave me a Dogeared necklace with a solitary pearl on it for Christmas and I wear it every single day I’m not wearing a big statement piece.  Magpie Deal: you can get 20% off your order at Dogeared by entering the code LuckyBreaks5 at checkout!

If you’re a fan of the starfish, too, consider this bauble by Bounkit ($495, Marissa Collections):

I’m swooning for all of the aqua-studded pieces in the collection as well.

Other sea-creature featuring jewelry?  The covetable Mesi Jilly rings I blabbed out in my Tropical Punch post (definitely the most popular post to date — check it out if you haven’t seen it! — and side note: Miss Big City emailed me the other day to say that Jenna Lyons, the head designer over at J. Crizzle, must have been taking a note out of my book, because she just featured a new “Turks and Caicos” spread as well!).  The Jilly rings are insta-heirloom masterpieces — and I recently found out why: they’re all handmade in Italy and individually designed by Ms. Jilly herself.  Um.  Uh-may-zing.  You can pick one up for around $1,000 from Kirna Zabete:

I like the idea of wearing one with an airy white caftan on the beach (Calypso-Celle often has breezy sundress options and a decent sale section to boot — the tunic below is “The Aurora,” $135) and some metallic gold sandals (you know my “Thing” for K. Jacques — love ’em — but these comparable Tabithas by J. Crew ring in at an affordable $88!):

I also like the idea of lounging by the beach all day in a coral print bikini (the one below is by the one-and-only Melissa Odabash, a very hip UK-based swimwear designer — $166, Madison L.A.):

Don’t mind if I do.  I’d throw on this airy batwing tunic, also by Melissa Odabash, and available through her own online boutique:

While you’re on the Odabash site, browse all of her tunics/cover-ups.  They are ridiculously chic.  Believe me — if you wind up putting down your plastic, you’ll seriously consider booking an impulse trip to St. Tropez just to have an adequate audience for your new beachwear’s debut.

If you’re more inclined towards the preppy, check out Lilly Pulitzer.  She has a bunch of coral print items out this season, including this bright bikini, available at Lilly Pulitzer’s eShop:

Continuing with the coral motif, consider splurging on this Simon Tu coral necklace:

You can pick it up at Vivre ($1,125), but KEP Designs has a similar style for about half the price ($660 — see it here).  I’d wear it with a simple strapless white dress — I’m thinking of one of those little embossed numbers that J. Crew has out every season and that we all own in 23 different colors (on sale now, $69, at JCrew):

With some metallic accessories or a pair of hot wedges and a raffia clutch?  Perf.

(Love the little turtles on the clutch above — perfect for this “Life Aquatic” theme.  You can snap it up at Vivre as well — $800, by Ismachseven.)  If you’re a little intimidated by the idea of wearing a bold coral necklace, why not get the same bright pop of color without the statement-making shape?  This cheery Anthropologie necklace is perfect — and only $28:

While you’re in the Anthro store, consider the lobster-print dress I was chit-chatting about a few weeks back.  It didn’t fit me properly, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t test the waters!  I saw one little chica wearing it at Foxfield and, while I wasn’t sure if it was Foxfield-appropriate, still found it made me smile ($138, Anthropologie):

You’d need to wear it with simple accessories — say, white Jack Rogers and a little white woven clutch.  Anything else would look a little overdone given the scale and whimsicality of the print.  Think lobsters are charming but find the above dress over-the-top?  Why not entertain with the style?  I’m nutso about Dabney Lee’s monogrammable lucite serving trays ($120):

Check out her other home goods as well; she also has adorable ice buckets, place mats, and napkins in a variety of bright graphic prints.  And they’re all personalizable.  And you know I love a monogram.  Her blog is delightful as well — Ms. Southern Belle, I totally envision your future children’s nursery to look just like the one she wrote about here.  Oh!  And while on the subject of the little ones — just had dinner two nights ago with Christine Meulemans, one of my little sister’s good friends from Wake Forest and just the most adorable girl ever.  She’s a super-talented photographer specializing in lifestyle and family portraiture — love her photography style, love her website!  Definitely need to keep her in mind for big moments down the road…

But back to sea-scape-inspired home decor: why not spruce up the bedroom with some coral-print sheets (these are from Williams-Sonoma)?

Or maybe add some coral-print pillows to the couch (Pottery Barn):

And — because I won’t be happy concluding this post until I feature a few little gems I’ve been stockpiling for just-the-right-post over the past few weeks — consider toting your life around in this adorable Henri Bendel carry-all ($128, Henri Bendel):

If you’re willing to go a bit bolder, check out this NOIR koi fish ring I scored about a year ago.  I’m obsessed with the NOIR line of cocktail rings — so fun, glitzy, whimsical.  They’ve designed a line of rings featuring all different kinds of animals, from owls to elephants, and they always draw a lot of “oohs and aahs” from a fashion-interested audience.  I tend to wear my little fish with a navy frilly J. Crew blouse, skinny jeans, and some kicky shoes for a dinner out with friends:

And finally: though the pirate is not officially an aquatic life-form, he looms large in oceatic iconography, and I’d be remiss to omit this adorable little pirate sarong by Tara Matthews ($68, TheOutnet):

With a little white bikini and some gold sandals?  I’d be happy as a clam.

Haute Couture on the Cote d’Azur

In Beach Wear, Cocktail Dresses, Shoes, Sundresses, The Honeymoon Trousseau on April 21, 2010 at 2:37 am

One of my fiance’s friends has captained several sailing trips to the Caribbean and Bahamas over the past few years.  Until now, I’ve declined the offer to embark on the journey because…well, it seems like a “boy’s trip.”  (I’ll spare you the details, but lots of wild and crazy stories have emerged.)  That is,  I’ve declined until now.  His next adventure?  A sailing trip on the Mediterranean, the thought of which hurtles me into all kinds of insert-me-as-Grace-Kelly-in-Monaco-or-Brigitte-Bardot-on-the-Cote-D’Azur montages.

Um, yes please.

Even though I’m a firm supporter of the bikini, I must admit that I first envisioned myself lying underneath a striped cabana umbrella (in case you’re landlocked and want to transform your backyard into a diminutive version of the French Riviera, the one below is from UmbrellasUSA) in a retro one-piece —

This mini polka-dot maillot is by J. Crew (on sale now for $59), and it has “Monte Carlo Beach Babe” written all over it.  Alternately, you could combine the cabana stripe look and the one-piece retro styling with this sailor-inspired French Connection suit (available at Bluefly for $76; also comes in a navy stripe):

Or — if you’re stubborn and have a hard time adjusting to the idea of wearing a one-piece — pick up the J. Crew scalloped white bikini I’ve been bananas over this entire season (still on sale!):

Grace Kelly would approve.

I’d love to accompany the swimwear with this impractically expensive nautical Chanel towel —

…but candy-colored cabana towels are easier to come by (you can find them for as cheap as $4.95 from KMart…just saying).

While sailing along the Mediterranean coast, you’d need to overcome your millinery fears by investing in a sun hat, a la Mademoiselle Bardot.  (Repeat the following mantra: yes, I can wear a hat without looking like Mary Poppins.  It’s all a matter of owning it.)

The peasant-slash-gaucho straw hat look was all over the runway last spring/summer season, especially in Marc Jacobs’ collection, of which the shot below is my absolute favorite.  Something about the dress makes me do a double take whenever I see it — maybe the almost-mandarin-collar, which I adore.

For our purposes, I’m thinking a wider-brimmed style would be more suitable — it just screams “glam beach-going goddess.”  I snagged this one from J. Crew for an affordable $34 — and it’s foldable, making it ideal for traveling:

I’m pretty sure J. Crew “borrowed” the idea behind this hat from Eric Javits, milliner to the stars.  He’s got a wide collection of awesome vintage-looking hats — including this one, which I find too fanciful for practical use, but appealingly reminiscent of one of those 1940s “Travel to the Cote D’Azur” posters you see all over the place (especially in Nice, which I visited while studying abroad).

If the name Javits sounds familiar, it’s probably because Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf has worn a number of his head pieces over the past few seasons.  Only Waldorf could pull off a head-to-toe throwback look.  Let’s not go there ourselves.

But don’t worry — not all of Javits’ designs are as bold as the few I’ve featured above.  He also has some insta-classics (heirloom material) if you’re willing to pony up the cash for something you’ll likely only wear a handful of times a year — most are within the $200-$375 range.  I’m into the lavish-yet-wearable style below.

You’d also need some legit glam glasses.  I’ve been coveting these vintage lucite YSLs (available at LoveWorn.com) for awhile now — you wouldn’t need any other accessories with them on.  They speak (loudly) for themselves.

White-framed sunglasses would also fit with the Riviera vibe — check out Bardot in these bold square-framed sunnies:

I’d probably go with some white Ray-Ban wayfarers instead — I’m pretty sure there’s a rule somewhere that only those with perfect bone structure can pull of silly-looking styles without looking like an idiot.

While on the subject of Bardot and Cote d’Azur sea-faring style, I’ve just got to bring up the breton striped shirt she popularized back in the day.  Originally worn by French sailors, she took the look and ran with it.

The style has come back in a big way (see this month’s full-page spread on breton shirts in Vogue), and it fits seamlessly with the “in the navy” looks I featured in my Nautical By Nature post.  You can find a similar style at J. Crew for only $36:

I’d keep the look simple, pairing it with big black sunglasses (Oliver Peoples), white shorts (Milly), a straw bag (Serpui Maria), and some nautical knot-inspired gold sandals (“The Ines” by Kate Spade) — many of which I’ve featured in previous posts.

If you’re not “all aboard” with the French sailor look, check out alternative styling options favored by neo-Bardot-ite Kate Moss, one of my fashion icons:

or adorably casual Reese Witherspoon:

If you want a more conceptual approach, I think we can all admire (if not readily adorn) Balmain’s edgy epaulette-inspired take on the look in his 2009 spring/summer runway collection:

Bold shoulder for sure.  For eveningwear, I’m thinking a classic white bustier dress (this one, by D&G, is available at Nordstrom and Saks for just shy of $500 — I bought the same style in a sky blue for the honeymoon and plan on wearing it with a pair of killer neutral wedge espadrilles by Louboutin and a straw clutch):

I’d pair this LWD with forget-me-not Louboutin peep toes in a pattern reminiscent of the sailor’s knot:

Can you imagine strutting down the street in that getup?  People would think you were Grace Kelley reincarnated.  Oh la la!  Tres chic, ca!

Addendum: I feel compelled to share some amazing coupon codes I’ve received over the past couple of days:

  • 20% off all Saks online purchases April 20th-25th — some designer exclusions apply.  Code: FRIEND3
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Tropical Punch

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Cocktail Dresses, Jewelry, Shoes, Sundresses, The Honeymoon Trousseau on April 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Even though it’s hit 80 degrees in the District this afternoon, it feels like the North Pole in my apartment.  (The thermostat is broken; it currently reads a balmy 61 degrees.  I am wearing my ratty, well-loved L.L. Bean “Wicked Good” moccasins and a Patagonia fleece — and am shivering.)  For that reason, when I received an email from my uber-chic NYC-dwelling friend, I instantly (jealously) remembered that she had just jetted down to Turks and Caicos over the Easter holiday, and began to daydream about a little trip to the tropics…

…which quickly turned into dreaming up a breezy tropical-chic wardrobe in a cheerful aqua-and-coral palette.  I think I picked that color combination because I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of this fab beaded bib necklace that I found at Tokyo Style Boutique for an affordable $46:

(Word to the wise: if you plan on ordering, I was alarmed to find a hitch in their e-CheckOut function — they listed the shipping as $999.00 rather than $9.99.  You’ll have to call/email and pay through PayPal to place an order.)  I love the tribal-tropical vibe and imagine wearing it with a little white dress or a minimalist outfit of white shorts and a white tank whilst sipping a cocktail at the tikki bar.  If that’s too busy for you, try this lovely solid aqua statement necklace, by Gerard Yosca:

It would look equally stunning against an all-white wardrobe or this breezy little Calypso Celle dress:

For a nice dinner out, imagine sporting this to-die-for guava-colored asymmetrical Halston Heritage dress:

I’d wear my hair up and pair the dress with some super-high-heeled gold sandals and enorma-studs like these (the first by Bounkit, the second by Simon Tu — both available at vivre.com):

I’d pair the same accessories with this I’m-ready-to-party dress by Carmilla and Marc (a steal at The Outnet):

Or, if you’re really dressing to the nines while wining and dining, imagine the stares you’d draw with this Temperley London (read: extremely expensive) dress:

You’d need nothing but a good tan, a structured gold clutch (this one by Kate Spade),

and some unfussy heels (like these Manolo Blahniks, which I bought awhile ago — brand new in box — on eBay):

For day time, you’d need an unchipped manicure in Essie’s coral “One of a Kind” (I might wean myself off of  “Lollipop” for a Turks and Caicos trip…)

some major tangerine-framed shades (these, by Cutler & Gross, are on sale for $164 down from $328 at FarFetch.com), a bright-white little romper (Shoshanna), and a pair of classic gold Jack Rogers:



I love those oversized glasses — they’d look so Jackie O-chic against a stark-white palette and tanned shoulder.  Matthew Williamson also has a killer pair up for grabs (the first shown below; visit Boutique1.com), as does the brand Cheap Monday, whose coral-framed cat-eye glasses ring in at a modest $35 (see Tobi.com).

Alternately, imagine throwing on a bright aqua-green scalloped bikini (J. Crew):

a gauzy white sundress (Calypso-Celle), a floppy straw hat (J. Crew), and an organic-looking straw bag.  It took me awhile to track down just the right straw bag; a lot of them are too boxy and structured for my taste.  I wanted a bag that would almost emulate the straw umbrellas featured in the picture above, as I was striving for casual-chic, not buttoned-up tidy.  I found it in this Serpui Marie Samantha tote (available at Endless.com for $110).

I’m big into cocktail rings, so I’d probably accessorize with coral and turquoise pieces, like this steal by Yochi (originally $45, now $25 at Max&Chloe):

or this happy little mother-of-pearl bauble by Bounkit:

or maybe a bank-breaking Mesi Jilly ring (I die over these rings, but at $1,000/pop, I just can’t bring myself to spring for one of them):

For non-beach daytime activities (shopping? lunching?), I’d love to slip into this tangerine-dream dress from Anthropologie:


Or, on the dressier side, this Temperley frock (once again…expensive!) in bright coral (available at MyTheresa.com):


They would look fab with gold accoutrements — a big gold cocktail ring, huge gold studs, sassy gold gladiator sandals, a statement bangle (like this by Trina Turk)…

…you get the (breezy island) drift.

And with that, I’ve almost thawed my toes with the warm-weather fashion fantasy I’ve been envisioning…

White Hot

In Beach Wear, Cocktail Dresses, Sundresses, The Honeymoon Trousseau on April 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm

So it was nearly 90 degrees in the capital today, and all I could think about was jumping into a breezy LWD (little white dress), like this Lilly Pulitzer number (the “Pearce” dress):

I’ve been strategically collecting little white dresses over the past few years — nothing looks fresher or cooler in the muggy D.C. summer — but this year, with the upcoming wedding and honeymoon, I’ve been snagging pieces left and white (right).  I’m envisioning honeymooning around in white sundresses with girly little details (shoulder ties and eyelet are plusses in my book!), a big straw hat or some killer Jackie O. face-encompassing shades (like the pair below, by Oliver Peoples), and gold or neon pink thongs/sandals/Jack Rogers.

Just yesterday, ChickDowntown returned to the WWW after a brief (coupla’ month) hiatus.  It is now under new ownership and, though the functionality of the site continues to leave something to be desired, it has a killer sale section.  I’ve been blabbing non-stop about the It factor of those neon K. Jacques thongs, and — to my surprise! — they had a whole bunch of them in a rainbow of neon colors for only $52!  Get ’em while they last, ladies…

At any rate, on my first visit to the site, I snagged a white maxi dress by Milly I’d been eying for — literally — a year.  Originally around $500, I picked it up for a ultra-low $131.  I’ll be hemming it (I’m 5’0…) and placing it in my ever-expanding “Honeymoon Trousseau” section of the closet.

I’ve also been eying a lovely sheath dress by Shoshanna with some jeweled detailing around the neckline — perfect for a bridal shower or luncheon!

I’m just waiting for it to go on sale, since I know I’ll be seeing it in the low $200’s in the next few weeks…I just hope I can still find it in my size.  (The other problem is that I know I’ll need to have it taken in — her sheaths are always way too big up top! — and I’d rather wait for a price plunge to account for the fact that I will need to shell out an extra $30+ for alterations!)

I’m also kind of drooling over this super-cool, nod-to-the-80s-but-VERY-of-the-moment Laila Azhar dress:

With sky-high heels (hot pink?) and a little clutch, you’re more than Miami chic.  However, this Pheobe Couture dress (a label that seems to have materialized out of thin air and is now drawing me in every time I see it at Neiman’s) is more up-my-alley.  Feminine, ethereal, innocent…I just adore it:And finally — even though it’s not a dress — I have to include this precious Shoshanna romper.  I’ll be the first to admit that I am not too keen on the romper look…for a petite gal like myself, I’m scared I’ll look about 12.  But Kourtney Kardashian has inspired me, in a strange way, to take some leaps of fashion faith, and this little getup could be beyond chic on the beach:

NEON!

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Shoes, Sundresses, The Honeymoon Trousseau on March 31, 2010 at 5:42 am

In my first posting, I mentioned that I have been majorly into neon of late — not head to toe or anything; just a bright little pop of color to mix into my summer wardrobe.  I especially like pairing neon accessories with bright whites and beige/gray/putty palettes.  I’m thinking of accessories like my K. Jacques thongs (a recent steal — 70% off at seatonsurf.com!):

I’ve also had a love affair with La Mer Collection wrap watches (until I can afford the Hermes wrap watch, these will do — and will make my wallet a much friendlier zone!).  I snagged one of their watches in brown leather this winter, but am digging the neon pink:

If you’re not a watch-wearer, but like the style, CCSKYE came out with some fun little bracelets:

Or what about trying on some 80s-retro-cool shades, like these by Carrera, which seem to be popping up all over the place (Net-a-Porter, Shopbop, and all my favorite trendsetter clothing purveyors):

At $130, they’re not a bad price point — especially considering the price tags that I’ve found on some other covetable styles (Chanel, Chanel, Chanel!)  Christian Louboutin seems to come out with eye-blindingly bright colors every season — there are lots of hot yellow shoes featuring the signature red sole to be found by poking around on eBay.  I saw 2-3 pairs in a size 35.  Kourtney Kardashian wore these (or similar) yellow Louboutins on an episode of “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” with a pair of crisp white shorts, a white tee with a neon graphic print on the front, and one of the neon CC Skye-style screw bracelets above.

If yellow seems too ambitious, a bright orange might work (also Christian Louboutin — currently on sale at Bluefly.com!):

Of course, if you’re not willing to embrace the day-glo full on, you can opt for a manicure in one of Essie’s brighter shades.  (Essie is the best polish around — bar none.  Great colors, and it outlasts the other standard salon brands.)  I typically get Escapades (a bright coral-pink-red color), but Bachelorette Bash pink has caught my eye on numerous occasions.  It looks something like this:

Alternately, keep them “under wraps” with some of these fun little Deborah Marquit undergarments:

or my old standby — Hanky Panky.  I literally own them in 20-25 shades and wear them 24-7, whether I’m working out, sleeping, out to a formal dinner, at the office, or anything else.  They are hands down the most comfortable (and adorable!) thongs I’ve ever worn.  They’re also available in an array of colors, including all different shades of pink:

I’ve been carrying a neon pink Tory Burch wallet for the past year or so — I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on it.  It’s a smaller version of this style:

Give it a try!  One of the many built-in advantages to neon items?  You never lose them.  Hard to forget your wallet at the checkout counter when it’s literally screaming your name!

The Honeymoon Trousseau

In Accessories, Beach Wear, Sundresses, The Honeymoon Trousseau on March 30, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Welcome to TheFashionMagpie blog, devoted to all things sartorial and style-related.  I’ll just jump right in here and share my e-shopping activity du jour: seeking chic items for my honeymoon trousseau!  (For those of you who do not know: traditionally, a trousseau refers to the trunk of clothes and household linens that a bride receives from her family just before her wedding.  I’m using the term in a slightly more updated sense: the “trunk” — suitcase — of clothes I will be taking with me on my honeymoon this August!)

At the moment, I’m envisioning neon pink bikinis (I’ll have to devote an entire posting to my fascination with neon), K. Jacques sandals, over-sized sunglasses, bright-colored tunics, breezy white dresses, and a healthy dose of nautical-inspired shirts, dresses, and so forth.  I am absolutely lusting after this Mara Hoffman bikini in fuschia:

…and a big floppy hat like this one, from J. Crew:

I should mention that my fiance and I have not yet finalized our honeymoon plans — travel arrangements fall within his line of duty, and he is an extremely busy MBA student.  I’ve only identified one requirement: I want to go somewhere that I can wear a bikini all day long (hence the beachwear above).  My fiance has proposed a range of interesting spots, from Fiji to Belize to Portugal.  We’ll see which wins!  In the meantime, my main objective will be to track down the cutest honeymoon garb I can find, which include these neon pink K. Jacques sandals (in the Valerie style), which I snagged on sale (70% off!) at seatonsurf.com (again — it all comes back to my fascination with neon!)

I have much, much more to add — cover-ups by Milly, scalloped bikinis by J. Crew, a little D&G bustier dress — but will cut myself short here because I have to go finish my taxes.  Hideous.  April 15th is just around the corner…