Daily Covet: Beach Bag Bingo

On this most dreadful of days, it seems only fitting that I’d be searching for lovely weather essentials for the pool, the lake or the beach. Here’s a roundup of a Bingo’s game worth of cool beach bags I’d love to carry everything I own sunscreen, pool toys, floaties, magazines and snacks in.

How about these cute Billabong bags… how do you choose just one?!

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These Scout bags are some of my absolute favorites. The adorable pattern options and coordinating accessories are but two of the reasons. The other is the fact that the coated canvas make them ideal for seafaring (pool or lakefaring too) days!

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If you’re tired of losing small items at the bottom of your beach bag, this LeSportsac Clear Haven Tote is for you. The clear fabric means you can see everything in your bag at one time!

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Here’s a good Independence Day option for those of us stateside. Tory Burch’s red, white and blue canvas tote is perfect for celebrating with a poolside barbeque and some festive fireworks.

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What screams summer sophistication more than Target’s oversized tote with a gold-toned handle? I’m loving this bag for more than just the beach, that’s for sure… and it’s inexpensive – a definite bonus!

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Well, that’s a wrap, as they say! Too all my American readers, Happy 4th of July. Enjoy your celebrations and stay safe!

And for my foreign friends, bon weekend! (Sorry that’s the only one I know with any certainty.)

 

Daily Covet: LOFT and the Riviera… and a birthday wish

I’m super excited to pick up some super adorbs shorts this summer!

And these Riviera shorts from LOFT are at the top of my list. I love LOFT because it’s so affordable – why pay full price when everything is on sale all the time?

Truth be told, I’d love to have virtually all of them! So maybe I can at least pick up a few of my faves!

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I would also like to give a shout out to my “Mr. Middle” son, who showed up nine weeks early six years ago. Today he is as big, healthy, strong and perfect as ever. Happy Birthday Super G!

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Daily Covet: Lilly Pulitzer Target Collaboration

I am so excited for this Sunday, April 19th, I can hardly stand it.

Sunday is the day that Target launches it’s latest collaboration with the well-known Lilly Pulitzer label.

It’s true, Lilly purists are dismayed by the brand “lowering” itself to the likes of Target’s fashion for the masses, but I think it’s awesome. It brings southern belle charm and sophostication to all women, who want to look good even if their bank accounts aren’t as full as the average Lilly Pulitzer wearer.

I haven’t always been a huge fan of the busy prints in a rainbow of bright colors, but I have as of late found more and more prints that I really like and Lilly’s shift dresses are practically perfect in every way.

So without further adieu, here’s a quick edit of my most absolutely favorite pieces not only for women… but for the home and children too.

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BEAUTY

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What are your thoughts on the Lilly Pulitzer brand collaboration with Target? Do you think it devalues the brand’s reputation or do you think it’ll give people who wouldn’t have otherwise known or been able to afford access to this fun and vibrant brand?

Anthropologie: New Arrival Edit

The Anthropologie catalog arrived in the mail this weekend. I always love to flip through and see what beautiful landscape and props they’ll use to show off their bohemian-leaning lines. And this catalog was no exception. Case and point…

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I gotta say it was full of stunning items with which I’d love to line my closet. If only had a little more lining my wallet – it’d be fun to start from scratch right from the pages of Anthropologie.

From ballgowns to bathing suits, here’s a roundup of some of most favorite pieces in the New Arrivals section.

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Literally a ball gown… er ball skirt & tank

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And this little black number… va voom!

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Summer weddings perhaps?

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Love that you could pair this sheath with a number of matching cardis, sandals and bright jewelry options.

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Could the pleating on this bodice be any more gorge?

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Well you gotta wear something underneath, right?

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I don’t know which I like better, this flowy top in turquoise or the eyelet shorts.

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This top is so ultra chic up front (and back!)

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You can never have enough sheer, lacy and white blouses.

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect white wrap blouse for years!

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Cutest paperbag shorts with bow EVER!

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Bring on the 70’s and these fabulous flared jeans. I’m also loving the French striped tee.

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Oh Nanette Lepore, you never let me down!

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And last but not least… this gorgeous scalloped maillot that is no longer available. I just couldn’t skip it!

Daily Covet: The Perfect White T

A friend and I were recently having a discussion about finding the perfect white t-shirt. There are a list of stipulations that the “perfect” tee must meet in order to indeed be the perfect tee.

It can’t be too heavy, but not too see-through either. It has to hold it’s shape well and not stretch out. The quality has to be such that the seams run in all the right directions (You know we’ve all had those cheaper-made tees that have seams that twist and turn around our torsos!)

The sleeves should be short enough to not get bunched up under our cardis or sweaters, but not so short that they show off the little bit of extra “pit fat” we’ve been trying to lose since we had our last baby (18 months ago for me!) A v-neck can’t be too deep, a crewneck can’t be too tight and we really don’t want a boatneck. It can’t be too clingy, but not too loose that it looks like a paper bag either.

The perfect white t-shirt has to be so perfect that we don’t have to replace it every year and so perfect that we actually want to buy several so that we’d never be without one. It has to wash up nicely (and be dryer-proof for her.) I lay everything out to air dry so that’s not an issue for me.

We even agreed that we’d pay considerably more for a t-shirt that looked great with everything.

So I’ve been doing some research and googling “perfect white t-shirt.” Most of the articles written on just that topic give quite a few options – but I’m unsure that the tees have actually been test-driven, so to speak.

Here are a few however that I’d like to try out. Or better yet – to hear from readers if you’ve had good or bad experiences. Or let me know which perfect white tee has worked out for you and why!

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Daily Covet: H&M Pink Printed Coat

The fun part about today’s “Daily Covet” is that I actually am not coveting it anymore! I purchased this retro and totally fabulous H&M coat already – just in time for the Valentine’s Day brunch with my best gal pals. The Dolman sleeves and boxy shape are so 60’s but the collarless style also makes it look sort of asian-inspired. This cute, little number has opera-length sleeves and must-have pockets too. It’s absolutely perfect!

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I styled it with boyfriend jeans, a j.crew factory Charley sweater in pale gray and pink suede pumps (old, very old kilty version.) I also wore my Anthropologie glass bubble necklace because the irridescent beads naturally catch the light to reflect pink and gray. Here’s the real thing, but the picture was a terrible “quick pic” I sent to a friend to tell her about my cool find. I included a better mock up of the outfit too.

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Have you seen? Iris & Ink.

How did I miss the The Outnet’s private lable “Iris & Ink?”

Launched in 2012, Iris & Ink combines trendier pieces with wardrobe staples.

Overcoats, body-con dresses and a fab midi-length leather dress are stand outs in this ultra-cool collection that is really versatile style-wise and age-wise too.

I love that it’s designed with sophisticated lines and grown-up details, but still features edgier fabrics and prints for both the young and young-at-heart sets.

Here are some of my absolute faves…but really I’ll take one of each!

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