summer calling

ring ring, summer here. this weekend new york officially became the sweaty steampot it can be (a season officially marked once the sidewalk garbage starts to smell- blech). this is actually happy news for a summer girl like me, as I for one would rather be sweating than freezing in most scenarios.

if you’re a fellow summer birthday like this Cancer, you live for the days of long nights and bare legs. in honor of this most holy of seasons, I rounded up some shorts + sandal combos to carry you all season long.

for the romantic…

subtle shorts

 

shorts: rebecca taylor

sandals: schutz

sunnies: warby parker

for a tropical jaunt…. bahama shorts

shorts: j.crew

sandals: ancient greek

sunnies: ray ban

for the girl next door… 

all american

shorts: madewell

sandals: vince

sunnies: dior

to make shorts not just a daytime thing… 

city slicker shorts

shorts: topshop

sandals: zara (also try the nude version)

sunnies: prada

to get the right kind of attention…

patterned shorts

shorts: zara

sandals: l*space by cocobelle

sunnies: illesteva

i love you, drew

since i feel fairly certain he will never be reading this blog, my first crush was named Drew. i was in the third grade and it never went anywhere, but i think you never forget your first case of butterflies. recently, ive met a new Drew and this time, i think its serious….

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in an ode to this amazing bag (and an attempt to convince EMB to buy one with me) check out this bad boy in action. especially on my fave european girl crush the fashion fraction

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convinced yet? you can buy one here, here, and here.

one shirt, three ways

Truth: I have been trying to avoid buying clothes with prints, but failing. The reality is that my closet is chock full of color and prints (more so than neutrals) because they are just more exciting to buy, but as I’ve gotten older, again and again I pull out the same black dress. I’m not sure if it’s my age in life (to go Freud on you, I think I still associate prints, especially bright florals, with my embarrassingly awkward Lilly-filled tween days) or my impatience to wear new things and not repeat the same thing twice—and prints are easily identifiable. However, this silk Heidi Merrick cropped top has made me consider breaking my rule. The combination of the simple colors (black and white make it basically a neutral right?) makes it go with a lot—so follow along as I convince myself to wear it on a bunch of different occasions (from most dressy to least).

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#1 the spring fete– take it to the next level of dressy with a taffeta skirt and stilettos

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1. Heidi Merrick silk top

2. dance the night away (without your stomach hanging out) in a high-waisted skirt like this tibi

3. killer fringe clutch (i mean, a girl can dream right?)

4. equally amazeballs SW heels (see Jamie Chung slay in them here and you’ll inevitably find them in your shopping cart)

5. simple pearl studs in case the whole thing needs classing up a bit

#2 drinks with friends–because nothing pairs better with pinot than a crop top

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2. boxy raffia clutch to add another playful print

3. chunky neutral sandals to balance out the black

4. swap out the overplayed white jeans for a cream pair of Etro chinos–still equally comfortable, but fresh

#3 back yard bbq— silk + cutoffs? wear if you dare

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2. mix materials by pairing with black denim cutoffs (also obsessed with a silky pair from Old Navy, surprise surprise!)

3. simple Frye leather sandals keep it casual

4. my favorite red polish in the summer, Lollipop by Essie

5. im sure you’re sick of my obsession with tassels, but can’t stop won’t stop—this one by holst + lee is too good not to share (currently 20% off with code spring!)

day late and a peso short

Lo siento chicas! I am definitely a day late and a peso short on the whole cinco de mayo thing. This gal has been the opposite of anything chic lately—lots of late nights, slimey take-out and getting through the grind at work. Luckily, however, the world of instagram was out in full force last night to show me all the amazing queso and corona I was missing. Don’t feel too bad for me though–I did manage to find this sweet little topshop number to lift my spirits.

tunic dress

If I had been lucky enough to spend my yesterday somewhere fun, lounging leisurely—I’d be wearing something loose, flowy and bright (the more embroidered the better!)—and pair it with some tassel sandals to really seal the fiesta-worthy deal (also die for these by the same designer)

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1. striped mexi dress

2. loeffler randall tassel sandals (budget friendly version)

3. cabachon cuff

4. clear acetate frames

5. neutral woven tote (die for these straw bags here)

Also, a pair of clear sunglasses has been on my wishlist for this summer— ever since I saw them on my original girl crush OP. Round lenses are everywhere this season but I may have to try a cheap pair before I break the bank for this cutler and gross style.

A few more festive looks to cure the “mexi (i dont live in) cali” blues

1) adjustable ruffled maxi dress (worn on one of my bffs CHG here)

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2) maya inspired mini skirt

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3) embroidered dress with a handmade feel
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4) cheery yellow statement necklace by holst + lee

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5) smocked top (amazing with white cut offs!)

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that’s all for now— hope you all had great cinco and enjoyed many margs for me! now it’s time for me to play catch up..

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