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.

 

 

Daily Covet: 10 Items I wish Crewcuts made for J. Crew women

I just received a couple of catalogs from one of my favorite stores, J. Crew.  I’m sure you’ve guessed this by now, as I feature them frequently.

But one thing bums me out.  There are some really cute things in the Crewcuts catalog (children’s line for those of you not from this planet) that I would love to have in regular women’s sizes.

In fact, there are 10 things off-hand that I would kill to own (well, maybe mame) in my own size.  And they are as follows:

Girls' jaspé zip cardigan, jcrew.com $55

Girls' pep squad skirt in stripe $40

Girls' patch-pocket skort, jcrew.com $45

Girls' side-zip café capri in apple bobbing, jcrew.com $68

Girls' pretty kitty cardigan, jcrew.com $70

Girls' heathered tumble skirt, jcrew.com $44

Girls' wafer terry colorblock dress, jcrew.com $50

Girls' chino ruffle jacket, jcrew.com $70

Girls' Mila engineer-stripe ballet flats, jcrew.com $55

Girls' mini-ruffle dress in ikat, jcrew.com $72

Look book from a favorite….

LesPommettes is eye candy for the fashionista.  I love visiting this site a couple times each week because they have such unique pieces, both apparel and accessories.  The jewelry is amazing, and the look book is always inspiring.

Here are a few more laid back looks for summer.  Lace, linen, stripes and girly hemlines are just a few of the fun details I look for in clothing… especially summer clothing! (All images from Lespommettes.com)

Daily Covet: Bolder Shorts

It was just shy of 70 degrees here in Middle America yesterday.  That’s truly bizzarre for the second to the last day of January.  And true to form, there was no bigger news than that, which is why the news crews were out in full force yeserday, interviewing every mom and child duo on the playground.  And yes, we got our turn in the spotlight… yours truly, and my handsome half-pints too, got to be on the evening news.  But I digress.

I blame this phenom however, for putting me in the mood to shop shorts.  Most years, I sport my J.Crew, Gap and Banana Republic versions in very few brights, mostly neutrals.  This year, it’d be a shame to let some of the hot colors and modern styles go by the wayside, for my plain old khaki flat fronts.  Let’s take a look at some kickier options:

Nanette Lepore Embellished Silk Shorts, Neiman Marcus $328

Nanette Lepore Rebel Striped Shorts, Neiman Marcus $228

Fête short in gardenshade floral, J. Crew $278

Emma Cook Leather shorts, net-a-porter.com $530

Missoni Alida crochet-knit shorts, net-a-porter.com $1,285

Stella McCartney Deckchair-striped cotton and silk-blend shorts, net-a-porter.com $825

Haltson Heritage Paillette-embellished shorts, net-a-porter.com $325

Daily Covet: Long and Shorts of it…

The long story is that years ago, I bought this adorable black sequin mini skirt… really before sequins became a wear everyday, everywhere embellishment.  I bought it a size larger than normal because I wanted it to hang a little lower since it was a mini after all, and I was in my early 30′s after all.

Sadly, it ran very small and so it never really fit well.  But I couldn’t part with it.

Fast forward to last week, I tried it on with jet black opague tights and amazing jewelry and Voila!  My Annual Girls’ Night Out Holiday Ornament Exchange outfit.

Until this week, when it’s just days from “that time of the month,” and I feel awful in the outfit that I thought I looked really good in only days ago…. apparently being really excited about an outfit adds 10 lbs.

So the short of it, you ask?  By all means… see below.  I love everything about these, they would still look great with tights, I would actually order the right size (maybe even a back-up size) and I’d be set… if they could be here by 7pm tomorrow (Saturday)!

Annnndddd, if I had $265 to spend on sequined, laced and pearl’d hot pants that I’d probably, in all reality, wear once.

Shakuhachi High Waisted Shorts, Les Pommettes $265