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Modern Cocktail Attire

Modern Cocktail Attire

With the arrival of June comes a whole new season of events - weddings, graduation parties, bridal showers - and with those events comes the need for a versatile, chic new dress. 

We love that rules for event dressing are looser, and you can get creative with not only your dress but your accessories as well.  Instead of a bold necklace, try throwing on a fringe, skinny scarf for a totally modern and updated take on the lariat.  And rather than stick to the basic black handbag, add color, texture and sparkle with a Lucite clutch filled with flowers.

From L to R: Ashlyn'd clutch, Versace Collection dress, Sarah Weinstock french lace starburst pendant, Halston notch neck dress, Shiraleah leopard print clutch, Chan Luu skinny scarf with fringe, ALC "Louise" dress and Claudio Cutuli laser cut leather handbag

Each of these dresses can easily take you from a daytime luncheon to an evening wedding, all you need is a change of footwear and a touch more lipstick.

XO
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Dare to Bare

Dare to Bare

Don't be scared, we're talking shoulders here and nothing else. A trend we love, that's carried over from spring into summer is the bare shoulder top, or cold shoulder if you prefer.  It's chic and sexy in the most understated way.  It's a great way to keep your arms covered, while showcasing your collar bones, and maybe some fabulous earrings.

From L to R: Blue Les Copains gauze top, Strom "Fyra" straight leg crop jean, Rag & Bone straw wide brim fedora, Cutuli Cult suede scarf, Vince "Signature V" cross-body, Theory "Joscla" top, Current/Elliott stiletto jean, Samira 13 Tahitian pearl and fringe earrings, Kismet by Milka black diamond and 14k gold bangles & ALC "Sadie" hobo.

 

If you're unsure about going full shoulder, most of these tops are designed to be worn both on and off the shoulder and a few even come with removable straps!

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Make Memorial Day Memorable

Make Memorial Day Memorable

A Memorial Day bash is the perfect opportunity to debut your newest LWD - the summer cousin to the LBD - as it's the unofficial start of the summer BBQ season.  Don't limit yourself to plain, white cotton, go bold with print, pattern, texture and silhouette.  It's a timeless trend that appears every year and can be worked into any wardrobe.  Feeling preppy? Try a cotton shirt dress that can be belted or worn loose.  Digging the boho vibe? A printed maxi with delicate details should work perfectly for you. Want to keep it casual? A striped tank dress will do the job just fine.   

From L to R; Current/Elliott eyelet t-shirt dress, T by Alexander Wang striped linen tank dress, Current/Elliott "The Sleeveless Jane" dress & Joie "Brisbane" maxi dress

Have fun choosing your LWD, as it will likely become your new summer staple.  The best part about this piece? It pairs perfectly with your well loved denim jacket and favorite summer sandals. 

Wishing you a festive Memorial Day full of fashion, food and fun!
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Safari Chic

Safari Chic

The most iconic trends can often be traced back to the visionary, Yves Saint Laurent.  From "Le Smoking" the first tuxedo for women, to the gypsy collection that inspired the boho trend of today all the way to safari chic.  His ability to think outside the box, and turn social norms on their head, lead fashion to where it is today. 

In his honor, we've chosen a couple of our favorite safari inspired looks of the season.  We saw the trend all over the runways and now it's time to incorporate it into your wardrobe.  It can be preppy, glam as well as edgy, so whatever your style preference, it's an easy one to mix in.

From L to R: Max Mara laser cut leather tote bag, Love Heals wrap bracelet, Sara Weinstock 18K gold "Alexandria" earrings with diamonds and sapphires, Fabiana Filippi linen and suede vest, Closed "Starlet" jean, Vince striped cotton shirt, Rag & Bone floral print scarf, Sara Weinstock 18K gold and Oxidized sterling silver bangles, Shiraleah calf hair clutch, Closed suede pop-over & Current/Elliott "The Cuffed Skinny" jean

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Summer Stripes

Summer Stripes

Stripes are a pattern that scream summer. From basic tees, to Breton sweaters all the way to breezy linen shirts, tailored skirts and slouchy jackets.  No longer limited to classic blue and white, striped tees and sweaters are coming in all different colors and silhouettes. We love the subtle update of gray or black for a more sophisticated look that still channels your inner Bardot. 

From L to R: California Tailor "Tomboy" t-shirt, Rag & Bone "Stark" 10" crop jean, Loren Stewart necklace and bracelets, Shiraleah calf-hair leopard print tote, ATM "Sailor" sweater, Frame "Le Garçon Crop" jean, Samira 13 Tahitian pearl drop earrings, Merci Marie chain trim cross-body

We can't really think of a time or place where the correct stripe wont work.  Keep it casual on the weekend with a tee, distressed denim and patterned tote, and knock him dead on a chilly date night with an oversized sweater, slouchy, white boyfriend jeans and your highest heels.  Obviously a bold, bright lip will accent both looks perfectly.

XO
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