Daily Covet: Missoni Umbrellas

What better way to welcome fall showers than with an iconic Missoni-print umbrella.

Missoni’s Tiffany compact umbrella has the exact print that comes to mind whenever I think Missoni.

It’s vivid.  It’s chic.  And it matches everything!

Missoni’s umbrella goes from a compact 11″ to a 42″ arc with an auto open and close button too.

Stylish and easy — rarely do you come by that combination!

Daily Covet: Spring Break-Worthy Swimsuits

Last year at this time, my family was gearing up for a Spring trip to Orlando, and to Disney World for the first time.  I remember stocking up on cute, warm-weather duds and bright bathing suits, which I made great use of by the amazing pool at the Animal Kingdom’s condo complex.

This year, no such trip is on the books.  But we will be at the pool the minute it opens.  And it’s reason enough for me to be scoping out new suits.  I know you’ll be shocked when I tell you that my favorite 2-piece is black.  My favorite 1-piece is charcoal gray.

So this year, I have planned to throw caution to the wind, and invest in suits with color.  I’d say these Missoni-esque Arden B. suits are a good place to start, wouldn’t you?  They’ve even got that chevron thing going on… which is also very fashion-forward this Spring.

Zig Zag Twist Bandeau Top $44 & Zig Zag Tie Side Bikini Bottom $32, ardenb.com

Zig Zag Print Monokini, ardenb.com $79

Daily Covet: Bolder Shorts

It was just shy of 70 degrees here in Middle America yesterday.  That’s truly bizzarre for the second to the last day of January.  And true to form, there was no bigger news than that, which is why the news crews were out in full force yeserday, interviewing every mom and child duo on the playground.  And yes, we got our turn in the spotlight… yours truly, and my handsome half-pints too, got to be on the evening news.  But I digress.

I blame this phenom however, for putting me in the mood to shop shorts.  Most years, I sport my J.Crew, Gap and Banana Republic versions in very few brights, mostly neutrals.  This year, it’d be a shame to let some of the hot colors and modern styles go by the wayside, for my plain old khaki flat fronts.  Let’s take a look at some kickier options:

Nanette Lepore Embellished Silk Shorts, Neiman Marcus $328

Nanette Lepore Rebel Striped Shorts, Neiman Marcus $228

Fête short in gardenshade floral, J. Crew $278

Emma Cook Leather shorts, net-a-porter.com $530

Missoni Alida crochet-knit shorts, net-a-porter.com $1,285

Stella McCartney Deckchair-striped cotton and silk-blend shorts, net-a-porter.com $825

Haltson Heritage Paillette-embellished shorts, net-a-porter.com $325

Daily Covet: Chic on the Cheap

Missoni, long known for unique patterns and styles in knitwear, has collaborated with everyone’s favorite discount store, Target.  This morning, I found a sneak peek of what they have “in store” for us very soon.

Here are a few of my faves – oddly I can’t wear any of it!  But who doesn’t want super cute luggage to travel with, baby clothes in bright and playful prints and dishes that are almost too fun to eat off of?

Obviously, not me!