summer gems

aaaand I’m baaaaaack! whew, sorry for the extended silencio CPs- work has been crazy and lovely weather has kept me outside otherwise. today I’m going to share my favorite summer jewelry staples. anyone who knows me (or has seen the top of my dresser) knows I have a thing for jewelry. a BIG thing. so it’s only fitting I share some major picks- I’ve grouped them into 3 types, perfect for any and all of your warm weather occasions.

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#1 Fun earrings for wearing your hair down– for me, warm weather means being as low maintenance as possible.  theres something so easy breezy beautiful about a long maxi and letting your hair dry naturally- especially with some sparkly chandelier earrings caught up in the mix. (take a cue from MK- left) here are some of my favorite styles currently.

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  • get frilly with chandeliers by Julie Vos

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2) brights! about as groundbreaking as florals for spring, I know. I’m sure yall are all like “JL, bright colors for summer- that’s the best you got?” but seriously- if there ever was a season for bold and bright, neons and turquoise, this is it. I’ve been swooning over this elizabeth cole bib necklace for ages- so fresh with a sleek white dress or ruffled silk tank.

bright necklace

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3) Dainty jewels to never take off – while it may seem counterintuitive to wear your nicest jewelry in months when you’re running, swimming and hanging out in the grass, there is nothing worse that having your fingers turn green from cheap jewelry. going along with my ‘no muss no fuss’ trend, I typically wear dainty little pieces every day that never have to be taken off. the plus side of wearing nice jewelry a lot is that they typically have much better clasps and latches to keep things on.

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and there you have it- now you know what gems and jewels I’ll be wearing all summer long. CPs- thoughts? comments? what are your favorite pieces of jewelry to wear when its hot?


after last weekend’s booze-filled debauchery (S- late night gus burgers were NOT in the itinerary),  i was actually somewhat relieved to come home and get back to normal adult life (whoa- when did this happen?!) returning to work and attempting to get my butt in gear, at home as well as in the office, has made me crave some refined, ladylike sophistication. while overhauling my behavior is in the cards, I think purchasing some timeless staples might help motivate me to get there.  dressing the part is half the battle- right chic peas?! here are a few things that might class me up a bit in the coming weeks:

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#1 a lady-like dress- cream, lace and a collar make this the perfect frock for church or lunch- or anywhere else a classy lady would need to go. don’t worry, the length is much better in person- the amazonian model makes it look a little hoochie.

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#2 a nude pump– their leg lengthening and go-with-everything abilities makes these the perfect spring shoes (in my hunt for comfortable nude heels i also tried on this jimmy choo pair and loved the almond toe)

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#3 big girl investment bag – bonus season is upon me and i fully plan to take advantage by adding a serious piece of cow hide to my handbag collection. options include this top-handled prada and an always timeless 2.55 bag

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#4 a structured sweater- a good cardigan is a no-brainer for work, but lately ive been loving some of the more structured styles. H wore this ribbed banana republic one to the office yesterday and i fell in love. I’m also lusting after a frayed joie style

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#5  a dainty bracelet- what could be more ladylike than a dangly linked bracelet hanging from your wrist? im a huge fan of julie vos jewelry and have been wanting this bali bracelet for years. Screen shot 2014-05-03 at 11.21.12 AM

CPs- any tips for how to step up my sartorial game and get back in the good graces of the fashion gods? what are your go to pieces to feel pulled together?!