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Under the Boardwalk, Down by the Sea…….

The post for today needs as little explanation as it does preparation when getting ready! This is really just the perfect summer dress.  The black and white stripes and the easy strapless maxi dress are details that are the epitome of summer style.

 

I added some simple jewelry and was set for anything the day called for from day to night.  This look belongs in The Dummies Guide to Style, you can’t go wrong.

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The Motion of the Ocean

The subject of today’s post is an outfit that just screams summer day with these blue and white shorts that remind me of the deep blue sea. I chose them for, yes, the color and I especially like the side zipper detail for a flat front look and I adore the scalloped hem on these shorts. These details dress up the shorts a bit. I paired them with a sleeveless cotton blouse and finished off the look with this fantastic fringed scarf. Scarves can be awesome in the summer too!! This one is such lightweight cotton. The white color is so crisp and the contrasting navy fringe makes this piece iconic summer in navy and white. I feel dressed up yet relaxed in this outfit that I pulled together from a combination of pieces that I purchased individually because I liked something about each one. They did not become an OOTD until they met in my closet :).

DSC_0828DSC_0823DSC_0817DSC_0809DSC_0819DSC_0831Shirt: Topshop (Similar Here| Shorts: Beth Bowley  | Shoes: Chanel (Sold Out) | Watch: Toy

East Meets West

 

Kimono translates to a “thing to wear”. It is not only A thing to wear but THE thing to wear! When a sales girl asked me to try it on, I was hesitant, but fell in love instantly!! This is one of those things that make your look. Kimonos come in many lengths, styles and patterns and they are super comfortable. I chose a black and white, medium length kimono with a serene elephant pattern. (Lately, I really like elephants) I know I will live in this piece and I am also pretty sure there is another kimono or two in my future. For today’s look, I partnered my kimono with my favorite cut off denim shorts and a classic black tank top. I love so many things about this look and probably my favorite is the care free spirit it exudes. It was a simple choice to add my oversize sterling and turquoise cross necklace. Life is crazy and feeling carefree at times is so rewarding. This is a look that can be mimicked with long jeans leggings, even a skirt or you can throw the kimono over a solid dress. It really is one of the more exciting fashion discoveries I made this summer, I’m so glad we met!!

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Hidden Gem

That feeling when you a find a special article of clothing that you know you will not see others wearing and you know is really beautiful and unique………

 

Such is the case with this little dress that is in such a rich color and fabric with a brilliant style and many details. The bold collar and buttons, the bubble-like hem and the baby pleating that makes up the back of the bodice all add to the overall appeal of this very feminine piece. This dress can literally take you anywhere! I paired it with black thong sandals for a walk in the garden on a hot summer day. It could easily be worn with heels and flats for an equally darling look. I have even worn this over black leggings for an evening concert. For today’s look, I added the Monogram Nano bracelet by Louis Vuitton and a thin, medium size gold hoop earring. I wore my Gold Gucci Aviator sunglasses for a perfect complement to this look. This dress is honestly so great and it is not a big name designer with a huge ticket price. That is part of the joy of wearing it. People always assume otherwise. I purchased this at a little boutique in a seaside town, Manasquan, NJ. A big part of the excitement and fun that adds to my love of fashion is finding these hidden gems in unexpected places. My challenge to you- next time you pass a shop that you think “looks like nothing from the outside”, take a minute to pop in, you just never know!!

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Watering Not Necessary

 

I just love to find a perfect outfit! One that needs little accessorizing, is comfortable, looks great (stating the obvious) and can take you to a variety of places.  A surprise or unique detail in that outfit is a terrific bonus.  This romper by Ark and Co. has all that.  It is so easy to wear, the sleeves make it perfect to wear day in to a cooler evening and it is a flattering cut.  The bonus detail to this outfit is the heavily embroidered bouquet of flowers that cascades from each shoulder. This is such a great thought that makes this so different from a simple solid black romper. The embroidery itself is enough accessorizing if you just need to pull it on and go.  It is not so over powering though, so if you are feeling like throwing on a long necklace or a few bracelets, you will still look great and it will not be too much. I added Again with this piece, I had my choice of shoe style depending on where I was going. I wore a simple pair of Ferragamo sandals. I also carried a House of Harlow bag. It is big enough to fit a phone and lip gloss and a few other necessities. It isis the perfect size! What girl wouldn’t love an outfit that comes with not one, but two bouquets of flowers!!!!

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Lilly Lovin’ – A Summer Fashion Icon

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Newly married, 21 years old, and living in Palm Beach, Lillian Pulitzer opened a juice stand and little did she know, that would be where it all started. Working at a juice stand, she found that squeezing fruit came to be a very messy job. In order to disguise the stains on her clothes Lillian designed a simple dress made from bright and colorful printed cotton. Soon after, she found that her customers loved her dresses so she began producing more to sell alongside her juice. Eventually she was selling more dresses than juice and she decided to redirect her focus from juice to design.  The bright, colorful dresses became extremely coveted once her classmate, Jaqueline Kennedy was spotted donning one of Lilly’s infamous shift dresses on vacation.  It was then the Lilly Pulitzer brand was officially born. A mass of celebrities and preppy ladies hopped on the band wagon when Jackie was once again spotted sporting a Lilly dress, but this time on the cover of Life magazine. Nowadays, her prints are recognizable from miles away. They are unmistakable, everyone knows a Lilly when they see one.

Although,  I am well aware that these bright patterns may not be for everyone, I have been a fan since I was a toddler. I am also a huge fan of color so I paired my bright printed shorts with a pair of pink and orange Hadleigh’s shoes, a navy Lilly bow belt and a bright orange Katanya sweater. Lilly’s signature is bright patterns, but there are also ways for those who are not a fan of very colorful clothes to bring a little Lilly into their lives. There are pieces that are on the simpler side, like my white linen pants. They are a personal favorite! They are simple so you can pair them with a printed top to add a little color, or a solid color and it looks just as good either way! Most of her pieces speak for themselves and need little accessorizing, and for that reason I paired the navy sequin Lilly dress with a simple pair of white Chanel sandals.  Lilly Pulitzer has been a fashion icon for over 50 years and still continues to be today. It just goes to show that the simplest of beginnings can lead to grandest adventures. DSC_0361DSC_0369DSC_0371DSC_0377DSC_0372

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Me in my Lilly bathing suit in Bay Head, NJ 

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Shorts:  Lilly Pulitzer  | Belt:  Lilly Pulitzer | Sweater: Katanya| Shoes: Hadleigh’s (Pink and Orange) Chanel Sandals (See Shoe Page) Pants:  Lilly Pulitzer | Shirt: Aqua (Navy) | Bike: Lilly Pulitzer | Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer | Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Swim Wear: Lilly Pulitzer |

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Bringing in the Heavy Hitters

Today’s elegant outfit is a perfect storm composed of several designer labels. I excitedly pulled this outfit together and loved the end result. Early into the write-up, I realized that each of these pieces could really stand on their own and add oomph to any outfit. However, combined into one look, the result hits it out of the park. This neutral ensemble will get you noticed for all the right reasons. I am very excited to present this to you today and since I’m a fan of each item equally, I will introduce them top-down. My hair was flat-ironed and held back by a two inch quilted Burberry headband in nude, patent leather. The Holy Lace Tube Top by Stone Cold Fox is truly elegant. It’s off the shoulder style and full slit back are details done to perfection. The lacy pattern lends itself perfectly to the easy flow of the top. I chose to put this top with a pair of Haute Hippie long, flowing, pleated pants. These two pieces together made a perfect outfit, but I couldn’t stop there. I accessorized with a gold Chanel chain and coin belt, a birthday gift I could not wait to Christen. On to the shoes! The Valentino patent leather Rockstud Slingback  pumps in blush (what a mouthful, but so sweet on the tongue) were an obvious choice. This power packed outfit needed very little in the way of jewelry. I added a few thin gold and crystal bangles onto my Cartier Love Bracelet and on the opposite hand, a large ivory and gold statement ring. My much-loved Prada Saffian Lux tote in Cammeo was the bag of choice and I was out! Not gonna lie, feelin’ fly!DSC_0226DSC_0230DSC_0228DSC_0232DSC_0220DSC_0245DSC_0236DSC_0246

Head band: Burberry  | Top: Stone Cold Fox  | Belt: Chanel  |  Pants: Haute Hippie | Shoes: Valentino  | Handbag: Prada

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