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The first—and only—time I rode a horse was at a Girl Scout outing when I was 11 years old. I’ve never been the outdoorsy type and the very idea of horseback riding struck the fear of God in me. Nevertheless, I strapped on my riding helmet, sidestepped droppings to my horse, and set out on the trail with the rest of the troop.

The horse sensed my hesitation and took it as an opportunity to meander about the trail, falling further and further behind. He stopped to look at the clouds, smell the grass, eat a twig. Brilliant. My horse had the attention span of a toddler. I desperately pleaded with the him to giddyup and he simply didn’t give a damn. Tears pricked at my eyes. I’d surely be forgotten about in the woods. Forever. (Always so dramatic.)

After what seemed like hours (read: 15 minutes), the instructor circled back to find me. Through my blubbering tears, I told her how I didn’t want to ride an ADHD steed any longer and I preferred to walk back. I wasn’t allowed to. Instead, I was given a stick and instructed to swat the horse’s rump when he got distracted. Okay. Sounds like a great idea for an inexperienced rider, but I was on board. The next time his eyes fixated on a berry and he drifted off the trail, I wound up and snapped the horse in the rear. He didn’t quicken his stride to a leisurely walk.

He trotted. Trotted! My face paled and I held the reins for dear life, knuckles turning as white as my face. As you can imagine, getting off that saddle was the most relieved I have ever felt. When my troop wanted to go back the following year, I sat in the car reading back issues of American Girl magazine. 

Even though horseback riding obviously isn’t for me, I still admire blue-blood equestrian style. These Gabor boots from Charles Clinkard are especially beautiful with the quilted shaft. Tuck in a pair of skinny cords, pop a trophy stopper in your wine, and you’re good to go. No horse needed. 

1. Lulu & Georgia, $24.50 // 2. ASOS, $22 // 3. Gabor, £105 // 4. J.Crew, $298 // 5. Gorjana, $35 // 6. Fab, $22.50 // 7. J.Crew, $118 // 8. J.Crew, $98

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1. Kate Spade, $40 // 2. Reed & Barton, $125 // 3. Notte by Marchesa, $250 // 4. Topshop, $110 // 5. Lulu Frost for J.Crew, $115 // 6. Williams-Sonoma, $120, set of four // 7. Bauble Bar, $78

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We’ve been toying with the idea of going to Europe next fall, which has me searching for and pinning all sorts of travel-related images. Our short list of possible destinations includes Belgium, Istanbul and Prague, but this image of snowy Paris has me yearning to go to France. 

1. ASOS earrings, $44.50 // 2. J.Crew sweater, $98 // 3. Essie nail polish in Parka Perfect, $8.50 // 4. Repetto flats, $285 // 5. ASOS ring, $14 // 6. Bauble Bar ring, $32 // 7. Tibi pants, $214

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I love this wallpaper and really wish I owned a home to decorate with it. “Apartment Beige” walls just don’t measure up to this spattering of spots, especially when a Greek key bookshelf is added to the mix! Even though I’m tempted to buy a roll in anticipation of home ownership someday, a spotted clutch is a probably more sensible (use this one as the inspiration for a cheaper alternative). The key to this look is keeping the accessories classic: an envelope clutch and pointy flats are the perfect companions to this structured cocktail dress from DressFirst. As in the inspiration photo, a swipe of pink keeps it playful. 

1. DressFirst dress // 2. Roman Luxe necklace // 3. Proenza Schouler clutch // 4. Kate Spade earrings // 5. Lancome eye shadow // 6. YSL lipstick //  7. Manolo Blahnik shoes

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I’ve never been to England, but I hope that all bars in London look as elegant as The Luggage Room. It’s the perfect inspiration for a jetsetter ensemble that’s as comfortable as it is chic. 

Shop It: Oscar de la Renta necklace // Joie flats // CLU dress // rose gold earrings // ASOS passport cover // Floto duffle bag

This post is a courtesy of Late Night London.

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Serene layers of blue, silver and cream unify a look inspired by the pool, but textures and patterns keep it from being boring. Of course, a couple of gorgeous rings doesn’t hurt. They’re from The Bradford Exchange, a resource for collectibles with a lovely selection of gems. (I’d stack the rings on my index finger to keep the look modern.)

Shop It: Richard Nicoll dress // Zara sandals // Macy’s earrings // Rebecca Minkoff clutch // The Bradford Exchange women’s rings and jewelry

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I purchased this quirky banana-print top moments after featuring it in last week’s "Color Crush." It’s scheduled to ship at the beginning of June, but I’m already dreaming of ways to wear it that are inspired by colorful Palm Beach.

Shop It: Anya Hindmarch clutch* // Julie Vos earrings // Reiss sandals // J.Crew top // Gerard Yosca necklace // J.Crew shorts

*I’ve said it before, but eBay is a stellar source for vintage straw clutches. This one is similar to the clutch I found earlier this year

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Candy hearts seemed too obvious for this week’s “Inspire It | Wear It,” so I opted for a more traditional way to ring in tomorrow’s lovey dovey holiday: a bouquet of artfully arranged flowers

Shop It: C. Wonder earrings // Kate Spade purse // J.Crew sweater // Madewell flats // Gucci shorts

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Affixing letter decals to a vintage mirror is an elegant way to display the evening’s bar menu. A dash of green garland and red cocktails serve as the inspiration for a festive ensemble in traditional Christmas colors.

Shop It: Erickson Beamon necklace // J.Crew sweater // Tibi pants // Zara glasses // Kate Spade shoes // Crislu earrings

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Four things contribute to a satisfying holiday season: gatherings of loved ones, gobs of glittery ornaments, glasses filled with holiday spirits, and, of course, a fabulous frock is a must! The new-to-me site, MissesDressy, has cocktail dresses in every shape and sequin color imaginable (and prom dresses to suggest to the younger ladies this spring). 

I’m one click away from ordering those glamorous cocktail picks. They’ll look divine on the bar cart I have yet to acquire.

Shop It: Kate Spade ornament // cocktail picks // Zara Home glass // MissesDressy dress // Bijoux Heart earrings // Gianvito Rossi shoes

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