You all just put together the ultimate Summer ensemble. Allow me to make a contribution via this Banana Republic Goa Saddle Bag ($60, originally $150). Not only is the price so right for real leather, but it's also major pint-sized adorableness. The woven detail and indigo hue set it apart from all the other competition. I can so see it fitting into an outdoor Summer concert environment with a flirty floral maxi and a denim vest.
Cardigans are always on my brain, but when Summer rolls around, I gravitate toward ones that are less chunky, more lightweight. These Pins & Needles Open Cardigans ($15, originally $32) are perfect, not only in price, but also in style. The stripes make them incredibly chic, while the lack of buttons creates a laid-back vibe. Throw one on over a bikini, a tank, or a printed sundress for the ultimate mixmaster outfit.
Just because you shed clothes this season doesn't mean you should also shed statement bling. Au contraire, now is the ideal time to dress your bare neck with colorful, spotlight-worthy necklaces. I have to admit: this Guess Ethnic Charm Necklace ($10, originally $38) initially reeled me in due to the low price, but after closer inspection, I realized how intricate and beautiful it is. A lovely mix of Navajo and glam. At that price, get one for a friend with an upcoming birthday.
Have you warmed up to clogs yet? I hope so! Sarah Jessica Parker definitely has. What I love about her pair, and this Steven by Steve Madden High Heel Clog ($98, originally $139), is that it's mule-style, taking the concept of clogs from matronly to damn sexy. You might have to be extra cautious when wearing backless shoes, but the rubber sole on these should help.
A denim shirt should be at the top of your Spring shopping list. It makes a great throw-on piece for when you need a cover-up but not a jacket. Kate Bosworth recently rocked a dark denim version, while Haylie Duff tried a lighter style. I picked up this PacSun Boyfriend Medium Denim Shirt ($15, originally $40), which also comes in a light wash. The price is right and the cut is cool. Throw one on over any dress, pair it with khakis, leggings, or a bikini, tie it, button it, leave it open . . . the possibilities are endless.
Many girls get scared when they see cropped tops; I get inspired. Let me explain: one of these Delia's Ella Cropped Dolman Tops ($20, originally $25) is a match made in heaven for all your dresses. Just throw one on over a sleek LBD, a flirty floral frock, or a simple maxi to add depth and create the illusion of separates. Another perfect pairing is with anything high-waisted — shorts, skirts, pants. There are many more prints, so find the one that will blend seamlessly with your wardrobe.
Did you hear? Martin + Osa is closing. Sad, I remember when it launched in 2008. So let's pick up as many cute pieces from the retailer as possible before it disappears forever. This Martin + Osa Floral Print Silk V-Neck Dress ($45, originally $130), available in size medium, is a good one. It's moody, but with a cinch from a pink neon belt, it'll quickly become lively. There's more Martin + Osa sale goodies where that came from.
I'm all for statement dresses, like the ones in Herve Leger's Fall '10 collection, but some occasions call for delicacy. Bridal showers, intimate lunches, and daytime weddings come to mind. If you have one of those events coming up, consider this Ella Moss Camilla Dress ($103, originally $207). Not only is the price right, so is the rich hue, and the sweet silhouette. Once your party is done, throw it over a tee or turtleneck and ballet flats for a casual twist.
You know I died over Proenza Schouler's Spring '10. Consequently, anything that even remotely reminds me of it is fair game. This Free People Poison Ivy Tunic Dress ($48, originally $68) is an example of a frock that could totally pass for Proenza if you look at it quickly. It has a psychedelic, swirly, beach-inspired print, and a totally sexy cut. If you seek a little surf in your life, this is your girl. Right now, I would wear it exactly like the model — black opaque tights and black booties give it a harsh kick in the butt. Then in Summer, sans tights with strappy sandals. I'm off to buy, you coming?