BAUBLE OF THE WEEK

J.Crew, $50

Usually my jewelry M.O. is “bigger is better,” but lately I’ve been drawn to delicate pieces like this J.Crew necklace. Nothing embodies a carefree summer quite like layers of sleek strands. 

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BEST OF THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale lineup this morning (my wallet is thankful), but I did spot a few items I wouldn’t mind adding to my wardrobe:

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#BAUBLEOFTHEDAY

I’m having such a ball peeking at your jewelry collections! Please continue to show me your #baubleoftheday on Instagram, so we can make your gorgeous gems a regular feature here! 

The baubles above are from the following ladies, listed left to right, starting from the top:

alexander.alexandra
trfab
fhasselhof
macam888
sailboatsandchampagne
stylefragment
lpodlich
bekkageld
_julieleah_

Thanks for sharing your #baubleoftheday!

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LUST LIST: TORY BURCH FOR FITBIT

I didn’t have anything planned for today’s post (last-minute Brussels research is dominating my schedule), but I had to share this incredible collaboration between Tory Burch and Fitbit.

The only thing that kept me from buying a Fitbit was that ugly plastic strap. Now that there’s a chic fretwork case to hide the tracker, I’m much more willing to commit. I can’t decide if I’d prefer the bracelet version (it would stack well with the Hermes bracelet I wear daily) or the pretty pendant. Fortunately, either piece will look fabulous long after the Fitbit craze subsides.

Do you have a Fitbit? I’d love to know what you think!

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LIFE LATELY

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LOFT swimsuit (also love this one)

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Tory Burch wristlet | Vrai & Oro ring c/o | Lacee Alexandra ring c/o 

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BAUBLE OF THE WEEK

Erickson Beamon Rocks, $148

I hadn’t really paid attention to Erickson Beamon Rocks, the lower priced alternative to Erickson Beamon’s signature collection, but this dazzling bracelet steals the show at just $148. Even if you don’t have a cocktail occasion to wear it now, tuck it away for impromptu evenings out and for holiday seasons to come. 

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THE FRENCH WARDROBE UPDATE

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There’s just a month and a half left of the spring/summer French Wardrobe Challenge and I’m in desperate need of a clean slate. This season has been especially challenging; I love warm-weather clothes (they’re my favorite to buy and wear) and my style has evolved since last summer. I used to wear shorts almost exclusively. Now I’m all about the ease of a summer dress. It definitely resulted in overindulgence and a bit of overspending. Our upcoming trip to Belgium (just two weeks away!) was a ridiculously convenient excuse for a lot of my purchases. (New clothes are so much better on vacation, right?) I filed most items under the basics category this month. They’re black, white or beige, versatile, and in many instances, easy to pack. I also added my last item to round out this season’s stand-outs: a bold DVF dress that’s unlike anything in my closet.

THE RULES

  1. Just five standout pieces per season that update your wardrobe. (There are two “seasons” for this purpose: spring/summer and fall/winter.)
  2. Quality over quantity.
  3. Basics don’t count.
  4. Accessories don’t count, unless you’re spending a lot more than usual.
  5. Socks and underwear don’t count.
  6. Shoes do count. (I’m not counting shoes, though.)

MY PROGRESS

Part of my five:

Basics:

Bags: 

Accessories: 

Shoes: 

Gifted items: 

If you’re curious about The French Wardrobe Challenge, I encourage you to peruse the archived posts

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Are you taking part in The French Wardrobe Challenge this season? Let me know and I’ll link to your post below. (It probably goes without saying, but I’d love it if you linked back to my posts too.) 

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CURRENTLY COVETING

ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT | NINE

C.Wonder is having a sale on its end-of-season wares. Would you believe this bracelet is only $34? There’s another version with an anchor for even less. I’m also smitten with the darling needlepoint key fob embellished with a sweet crab and anchor motif. 

Kate Spade released the 2015 day planners for fellow paper-loving list makers. I like the green ikat most (there’s mint on the inside, for goodness sakes!), but it’s also available in two of last year’s most popular prints: gold polka dots and black and white stripes

Congrats to Erika, the winner of the UGallery.com giveaway. I can’t wait to see what you spend your winnings on! 

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LUST LIST: COACH LOBSTER LOAFERS

Is there anything better than lobster-embroidered loafers?! Eating a lobster roll while wearing your new lobster loafers, yes. Other than that, no. My inner New England prep is yearning for a pair of these puppies, but I can’t decide between light blue, gold, navy, or pink. More importantly, do I really need another pair of nautical loafers given that I purchased these earlier this year?

There’s actually quite a bit on sale at Coach right now, including the black satchel I wear all the time. (It even fits my DSLR if I pare down the rest of my daily necessities and just use a slim card case instead of a full wallet.) 

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BEHIND THE BAUBLES: VRAI & ORO

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If you haven’t already fallen in love with Vrai & Oro, you haven’t been paying attention to Monday or Tuesday’s posts! In addition to offering fine jewelry without the markups (details here), the L.A.-based brand prides itself on a mantra to “Live Authentic.” The brand isn’t about trends. It isn’t about over embellishment. It isn’t about fast fashion. Vrai & Oro embodies quality, simplicity and transparency. Read on to learn more about Vanessa Stofenmacher and Chelsea Nicholson, the entrepreneurs behind the baubles. Then, sign up here to receive $10 off your first purchase. 

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Shop It:* Baguette Diamond Necklace, $315 | Double Stacked Ring in Silver, $65 | Baguette Diamond Earrings, $430 | Thick Stacking Ring, $175 | Diamond Line Necklace, $295 | Baguette Diamond Ring, $230 | Line Earrings, $70 | Small Hoop Earrings, $130 | Set of Three Skinny Stacking Rings, $125

*All items are solid gold, unless otherwise noted

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