Clare Vivier Longsleeve Tee

There’s nothing more French than a Breton Tee… Well, except maybe the Eiffel Tower and smoking, but a blue and white (or black and white) striped t-shirt ranks right up there, for sure.

The Breton tee was originally introduced as the official uniform for the Brittany navy in 1858 and included 21 stripes – one for each of Napolean’s victories. The stripes were also said to have made it easier to find overboard sailors.

However, it was Coco Chanel that made these simple tees a fashion staple through her nautical collection in 1917. Everyone from Pablo Picasso to James Dean sported the casual and chic striped cotton shirt.

Today, there are no shortage of striped tees on the market – from the least expensive mall stores to the biggest fashion houses Europe has to offer. But one that I have my eye on now is this version from Clare Vivier. This one in particular has “Oui” on the front – another French detail que j’adore.

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photo credit clarev.com

Summer Dress-ing

I love dresses in the summer. I have all three kids home with me most days and we are constantly on the run, so dresses have become my go-anywhere-and-everywhere staple. Plus they always fit. A perk for someone who seems to gain and lose the same five pounds in as little as a week.

Most of my play dresses are cotton and inexpensive. Some are only used for coverups for the pool, and others I wear out and about.

That’s why this Jethro twist-back tank dress caught my eye. It comes in multiple colors, but true to form white, navy and black are my favorites. They are loose-fitting and cool and also have a deconstructed design that makes them casual and comfortable, yet they are still plenty chic.

Pair them with a long necklace and flatform sandals for brunch or an evening out. Or slip into your favorite summer flip-flops and floppy hat to head to the pool. There’s no place this little number won’t go!

Marc Cain Pumps

I stopped into, She.la, a high-end boutique that a friend of mine works for here in the Midwest. She has impressed her love of a line called Marc Cain upon me over the last year, and we had a chance to peruse the fall lookbook this afternoon.

There were the most amazing pair of kilty loafers in bright turquoise blue. If you’ve read this blog ever in your life, you’ll know that I absolutely adore all things turquoise – so much so that almost every room in my house is turning a shade of that color. (More on my ever-changing blue rooms to come later.)

So for a brief moment, I wished for fall and these beautiful loafers (more moments for the shoes than for fall) that would be a great high-low addition to kick cropped jeans or the perfect pairing for pencil skirts. And how gorgeous as a pop against black capris and a black turtleneck? They also come in a pale pink and an oxblood color too.

Sadly, I could only find the photo for my daily covet in an online look book as they aren’t out yet. But you get the idea, right?

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photo credit Marc-Cain.com

 

Daily Covet: Loeffler Randall Wedge Oxfords

It started out as a search for the flatform Stella McCartney brogues, which led me to some equally cute white suede Prada ones with green accents on the soles, which then led me to these to-die-for Loeffler Randall wedge oxfords. I’m absolutely head over heels – no pun – for these cute, little mirrors for your feet!

My destroyed jeans, a flippy skirt and a T. Wang athleisure mini dress would be topped off perfectly with these kicks. And pretty much anything else I own – save my yoga pants… although, with the right tunic sweater….. I’ll stop while I’m ahead.

Feast your eyes on these beauties!

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Daily Covet: Totemania

I realize my last post was also about a certain black tote. But if you remember, my current fabulous tote is on it’s way to being un-fabulous due to worn out straps that will break at the sheer mention of putting my laptop in it.

So my search has turned to frenzy and I’ve already notified my dear husband that the next gift-giving opportunity should include one of many of the great totes I’ve laid eyes on lately.

Here’s my current list in addition to that nylon HUNTER one that I blogged about the other day:

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Kate Spade Austin Varrick Street Suede, katespade.com

You can’t go wrong with Kate. She makes some pretty damn good bags. I should know, I have quite a few. I love this bag with the winged look that you can find on so many other bags, but at a fraction of the price. My only complaint is that it might be a bit dressy for my needs. I’m looking for the SAHM-everyday tote that won’t be seeing the inside of an office anytime in the near future.

 

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Zac by Zac Posen, Saksoff5th.com

This Zac Posen number is probably my favorite. It has a sophisticated vibe without being too dressy. It’s simple and roomy and the leather looks like it would feel like butter!

 

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Jason Wu Christy Leather Shopper, lastcall.com

I should give the disclaimer that this Jason Wu beauty is my actual favorite but at over $1K a pop, it’s just not a practical choice. I’d be too scared to let a snack near it!

 

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Neiman Marcus Greco Two Tone, lastcall.com

I’m a big fan of the two-tone detailing for obvious practical reasons and I love the long strap option, which I don’t have now and occasionally wish I did. A very good choice at a very good price.

 

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Cole Haan Mila Leather Tote, nordstromrack.com

You gotta love patent leather. It just makes a nice, black bag all the nicer. I love the gold hardware and the roomy handles. It looks sturdy too with plenty of room for my whole life that I lug around with me each day.

Daily Covet: HUNTER Nylon Tote

I’ve been carrying a super cool Ralph Lauren tote for several years now. It’s this shiny black leather tote with a “pinking shears” look along the top edge.

I get compliments on it almost daily and I love how it’s firm sides stand up so I can see inside it at all times. My 15″ laptop fits in it along with my iPad, snacks for post-school sports practices, swim goggles, mittens and a hat, my wallet and a small bag of personal affects.

Lately, I’ve been noticing that the handles, which are anchored by small gold-ish square hardware, are starting to wear thin. The day where one of those handles snaps is coming soon and I can’t be without a tote that gets me through virtually every day.

So my hunt has begun – no pun intended – and my top pick so far is this awesome HUNTER Nylon Moustache Messenger Bag. I love how simple it is and while I’m not a huge fan of big, fat labels on things – I do love the bright pop of red and white against the black background. I also love that there are both short and long-handled options, which is something my current bag doesn’t have.

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Girls’ Gift Guide

Friends, I cannot tell you how invaluable this blog came to be when it comes time for my husband and sons to shop for gifts.

It has become like my year-long Christmas list and makes gift-giving for this very particular girl easier than ever.

So what are some of my favorite gift ideas for girls who love to get good gifts?

See below for a few of my most favorite things. Chances are, some of these may be on your list too – so send mom, dad or your “S.O.” my way via littleblacksweats.com and have them take a look see!

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❤️ Cable-knit sweaters are everywhere this year. Pair them with virtually anything for a cozy, yet polished, style. 💛 Sui Love EDP by Anna Sui is a classic floral frangrance. It’s my absolute favorite and is absolutely on my own list this year! 💚 If she’s like me, her feet are always freezing. Update her worn-out slippers with a pair of these metallic leather and fur lovelies! 💙 The New Year is right around the corner. Help her keep the beat and her workout schedule with no-fuss wireless bluetooth headphones. 💜 Ugg is always a can’t fail gift option. Let her try out the new Classic Luxe Collection for a more streamlined version of her old favorites. ❤️ Planning to spend your bonus on her this year? Give her this multi-strand Lulu Frost statement necklace. It’ll be hard to tell if she or the necklace sparkles more.