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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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: J.Crew Hummingbird Florals

I received J.Crew’s stylebook catalog today, and got a better glimpse of a print that has been catching my eye in ads for the past several weeks.

The J.Crew Hummingbird Floral print, which is part of their “Collection” line (read $$$), has absolutely stolen my heart.  I love the pale blue background.  I love the pops of red, black, white and bits of pale pink, green and purple against the rich silk/cotton blend fabrics.

And the Hummingbird Floral-print Etta pump with glitter heels are an absolute stunning combination that will be hard to go without.  But then again, that little minaudière would be a treasured piece for many years to come!

In fact, I want virtually every piece in the collection.  But at J.Crew’s inflated “Collection” prices, I may have to just choose one!

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Daily Covet: Trina Turk Velvet Shorts

Shorts were a staple in my fifth grade fall wardrobe.  I had tweed versions, wool flannel versions, corduroy versions.  I wore them with button down oxfords and argyle sweater vests.

A few seasons ago, cold-weather shorts came back.  Shorts in sequins.  Shorts in satin.  Shorts in leather.  And now these gorgeous shorts in rich, merlot-colored velvet.

I’ve been a fan of Trina Turk for a long time, and love the L.A. brand for it’s signature funky prints.

But these lucious velvet shorts make me think “twist” on the usual holiday dressing.  I love how they are shown here with a feminine blouse and dressy cardigan, but I can also see them dressed down with a chunky cowl-neck sweater and fun flats.

These are oh so irresistable!

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Bloomers aren’t just for toddlers.

A good friend and I often spend a few minutes outside preschool every morning after dropping off our 5YOs.  The content of the conversation varies, but often times it’s about fashion, products or DIY.

A few times, another friend’s little girl has run from dropping off her older sister, in the cutest chambray bloomers ever.  Friend #1 comments on them every time.

So when I ran across these chambray bloomers for “big girls,” I couldn’t wait to send them to her.  And they were 1/2 off that day with a code from Lucky Magazine.  I convinced her that they would be awesome over bikini bottoms for the pool, or for playing in the back yard with her kiddos.  And after all, she does have great legs!

Summer silk tunic from Alice & Trixie

This is my most favorite print right now.  I’ve seen throw pillows, curtains, sun dresses and now this adorable Alice & Trixie silk tunic… in pink, no less.  And flowy silk with short white chino or linen shorts, wedge sandals and oversized bangles are perfect for virtually any casual summer activity.  Don’t you agree?

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Daily Covet: Short on shorts

I need shorts.  It’s been hot here and my season of shorts, skirts and sundresses has commenced.

In a quick pick through my summer wardrobe, currently housed in roughneck tubs in my basement, there was a stunning lack of shorts.  And while shorts aren’t my favorite summer items, they are a necessary part of almost anyone’s summer wardrobe.

Since you can find shorts in any length, style and color from J. Crew this summer, it is probably my choice for a one-stop-short-shopping experience.