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Goodbye White Hot Summer,
Hello White Hot Fall

White Lace Dress

White Hot Summer

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Summer isn’t officially over until the Fall Equinox on September 21st, but with Labor Day behind us, the chill (or not so chill) days of summer are definitely over. And so, we’re saying goodbye to White Hot Summer, and hello to White Hot Fall! With a little finesse you can wear your summer whites well into fall — and, if you’re really clever, you can rock your whites all winter long.


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Best Beach Bag Ever


I have been looking for the perfect beach tote for as long as I can remember, and just when I was about to give up the ghost, and purchase an extra large monogrammed LL Bean Boat & Tote, in orange or green (or possibly one of each), I found the best beach bag — and all around tote — ever, The Catalina, from Lo & Sons. I’ll be taking it to the beach and to the streets. And since it’s foldable, I’ll be tucking it into my travel bag the next time I jet off.

The Catalina has some great features.


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TFRL Uniform:
(Better Than Ballets)
Jenni Kayne’s D’Orsay Flat


Jenni Kayne D'Orsay Flat


Every now and then, a new basic arrives on the scene that makes you say “of course.” Well-cut, fit to your body, 2% lycra  jeans; button-front shirts with a flattering, made for the female body cut; ballet flats — they’re all such an obvious part of our wardrobes, it’s hard to imagine a time when they didn’t exist. Well I can imagine it. I was there. And I can tell you that dressing quickly and stylishly has gotten so much easier since these stylish wardrobe basics arrived on the scene.

Add California-based designer and blogger Jenni Kayne’s D’Orsay Flat to the mix. The D’Orsay Flat is an investment. Price range from $425 for denim to $450 for suede and go up from there to $495 for leather and crock, and $610 for lizard, with a couple of stops in between. My shopping philosophy, though, is “better to have a handful of higher-end things than a wardrobe of second-rate schlock.” I’ll admit this is a hard principle to live by — especially if your budget is such that you have to save up — but I promise it’s worth it in the end. Through trial and error, I’ve learned that I have a happier and better-functioning wardrobe when I focus on buying even just a few better quality things. My few high-end basics help me feel like a million bucks — and they aren’t more expensive than a boat-load of cheap in the end.


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