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!

Daily Covet: Manolo Blahnik Patent d’Orsay Shoes

The Recipe For Perfection in Footwear

1 Part Patent Leather

1 Part d’Orsay Silhouette

1 Part Favorite Gorgeous Turquoise

and

1 HUGE Part Manolo Blahnik

Combine all ingredients and you have the perfect summer shoe. Sexy sandals ideal for skinny jeans, wide leg pants or your favorite sundress. Wear them for a girls’ night out, a wedding (even your own!) or a hot date.  Must.have.these!

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Daily Covet: Letarte Cotton Coverup

Hi friends!

You’re probably wondering if I gave up on LBS.com or what.  Truth is, I took on a lot of freelance writing work recently and am also winding up the school year with my two boys…

This has meant less time shopping for me and a little less to covet.

But fear not, I do have a long list of covets as I head into the end of this pregnancy.  While I’m coveting virtually everything non-maternity, one item I’d love to add to my summer wardrobe is a swim coverup that will “cover” me through the summer.

This Letarte scalloped drawstring cotton tunic is so feminine and so light and so airy, I can imagine wearing it to and from the pool on the hottest of days — now that we are experiencing some 80+ degree weather!

And trust me when I say I’ve got plenty to cover up these days!!  (Are we there yet, baby?)

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Daily Covet: DVF Metallic Jacquard Dress

Nobody loves a shift more than me.

And a DVF shift is perfect for balancing out my lower half.  The “shortness” of her many shifts, show off as much of my short legs as I can appropriately show at my age.

And while I won’t be wearing non-maternity clothes for a while, I would love to add this super cool DVF Metallic Jacquard Dress to my ever-growing (never shrinking) dress collection.

It has that cool retro-futuristic (clear as mud, right?) Barbarella quality about it.  And features one of this season’s hottest hues – mint green…. or is it blue?

Whatever… c’est trés adorable!

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Daily Covet: Metallic Mini Clutch by Eric Javits

The perfect gold clutch.

I’ve been looking for the perfect gold clutch for several years.  I have these fantastic gold strappy sandals that I want to wear with pretty much everything all summer long.

This gold mini clutch from Eric Javits is the right size, the right classic shape, and I adore the little tassel.  Also, the signature flower closure matches the leather cut-out blooms on my sandals.

I guess at $300+ for this evening bag, I really would have to wear those shoes with EVERYTHING, ALL SUMMER LONG!

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Daily Covet: Etro V-Neck Blouse

I know, I know, I’ve been dying for fall and winter to finally begin so that I could wear my fall finds.

But now that I’m being bombarded with all the Cruise collections, I’ve got spring on the brain.

This Etro printed v-neck blouse really caught my eye.  I love finding blouses that have unique lines.  This particular blouse not only has the most flattering neckline for me, but it provides a little camouflage for a little extra padding in the tummy and hip areas.

And of course, this blouse features shades of blue which are always my favorite.

Never hurts to be thinking about the next season, right?

Maison Martin Margiela Cutout Illusion Pump

I just had to post these Maison Martin Margiela pumps I found today.

I can’t decide if I love them or hate them, but I have to admit they are unique.

What do you think?