Weekend Bags

Summer inevitably brings on spontaneous trips that don’t involve a lot of planning.  They’re exciting and a great way to reconnect to that thrilling feeling that came during childhood in between School years.  Whether it’s a night away at a local hotel offering a great deal or an impromptu decision to drive a couple hours along the coast to a great vacation spot, I like to be able to get out of the house within an hour before the idea of actually doing it fades.  Some of my favorite daytime purses are actually larger weekend bags that are perfect for these occasions.  Big enough to fit the essentials for a different climate, but small enough so that it is easy to carry.

Weekend Bags:

West Coast Wardrobe Todos Santos Weekender $46

Urban Outfitters Ecote Bizarre Backpack $59

Rachel Zoe Weekender Belted Satchel $464.90

Gypsy 05 Lohri Gypsy Hobo $265

Rebecca Minkoff Woven Bright East/West Tote $425

Deux Lux Putty Woven Faux Leather Bowery Weekend Duffel $82.99

House of Harlow 1960 Dakota Bag $506

Urban Renewal Baja Weekender Bag $29

Diane von Furstenberg Vintage Collection Duffel Bag $115

Forever 21 Vibrant Print Backpack $34.80

Cleobella Lolita Studded Satchel $473

Topshop Large Washed Clip Backpack $72

JADETRIBE Sammi Stripe Small Beach Bag $86

Wildfox Couture Roadtrip Bag $114

Longchamp Paris Le Pliage Travel Bag $155

Rebecca Minkoff Striped Wheelie Bag $346.50

Madewell The Leather Transport Rucksack $248

Intiq for J. Crew Mochila Bag $295

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Summer Dresses Under $100

Everyone knows I love a good deal.  I’m talking any sort of discount whatsoever… $1 off, throw in a free gift, some sort of upgrade… it makes me giddy inside.  There’s a constant battle of splurging vs. saving in my head and I probably think about my purchases (both past and future) every 5 minutes.  I knew I had it bad when I once saw a sign while passing Old Navy at age 13 for .34 cent shirts.  I swear to you I remember nothing – like a total black out.  I came to, hours later, in my closet sifting through about 15 of the same exact shirt in every color they had.  I mean, I cleared out the racks.  Upside?  I still only spent about $6.  Low?  The shirt was horrible… like, really, really ugly.

There’s something about a deal that condones the purchase.  It’s a trap.  But, I’ve realized at the time it was so I’d have something to back up my argument when my Dad would get my Visa Buxx card statement (a pre-set limit debit card made for teenagers to teach them how to manage money which I BEGGED my parents for).  Being able to say, “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.  This was a once and a lifetime opportunity!  It would have been stupid NOT to have bought it!!” was just so much easier than flat out breaking the ‘no more clothes’ rule.  It got so bad that I used to buy things, hide the bags at my friends houses and then smuggle them into my house days later when my parents weren’t home… but that’s another story for another day.

In all reality, I’m still using the sale signs as a crutch for my chronic buyer’s remorse and the proof is that I wanted a really expensive pair of jeans last year so I flagged the website to let me know if any discounts/savings were happening.  A week later I got an email from them saying, “Free Shipping Until Midnight”.  Deal was done.  I saved $5.  Problem.

Summer Dresses Under $100 (Better Than The Alternative!):

           

Motel Rosie Dress $63

              

ASOS Midi Slip Dress in Floral Print $40.60

                         

Funktional Tunnel Midi Dress $98

                      

DV by Dolce Vita Cullen Shirt Dress $68

                        

Zara Linear Dress $79.90

                          

Joie A La Plage Mayan Printed Collie Dress $98

                          

Velvet Keenan Dress $68.60

                   

MM Couture by Miss Me Printed Strapless Dress with Tie Waist $94

          

Sam & Lavi Dextra Shift Dress $98

                  

MINKPINK Wishful Thinking Sundress $83

              

Zara Lace Print Dress $89.90

               

ASOS Skater Dress in Heart Print $24.86

              

Backstage Nikki Dress $70

           

Zara Silk Tunic with Lace at the Sides $89.90

            

River Island Chelsea Girl Spot Lace Dress $41.43

          

Indah Yang Cold Shoulder Tunic $54

       

Hive & Honey Floral Blousant Dress $39.99

            

C&C California Smock Tank Dress $98

          

ASOS Animal Print Swing Dress $46.40

       

Forever 21 Sheer Floral Dress $17.80

             

ASOS Bandeau Dress with Strawberry Print $40.60

                  

TopShop Fluro Dip Hem Dress $96

               

Michael Stars Belted V Neck Cami Dress $59.99

           

Forever 21 Vibrant Tribal Dress $19.80

                        

River Island Denim Shirt Dress $49.71

                 

Zara Printed Dress $79.90

                    

Asos Knitted Shift Dress $52.20

                         

TopShop Crochet Shirtdress $80

              

Forever 21 Dotted Peter Pan Dress $19.80

Robes

When I moved to Southern California, I pictured myself tan, waking up early to skateboard down to the coast to surf for an hour before work, and basically just accidentally slipping into a super toned and slender physique a la Kate Bosworth, which seemed pretty easy according to my research of watching Blue Crush over and over.

First of all, I’m of Irish decent.  I’m pretty sure the only step between pale and burnt is blistered, which I really should know by now.  Also, it’s my 5th year in and the only thing I have to show for my skateboarding skills is a permanent scar and to be honest with you, I’ve not come as far as shoulder deep in the Pacific, so surfing isn’t working out so well.  I also moved here just before June, which sent me into a deep depression once I learned of the phrase, “June Gloom”.

Living by the beach… it’s actually cold.  Not in terms of snow or single digit Winter weather, but let’s just say leaving the house without a sweater is 9 times out of 10 a big mistake.  Also, almost like clockwork, when each June rolls around, the sky turns dark and remains overcast for the remainder of the month.  I’m convinced this is karma for all the egos and bad intentions that fill this town (half joking).

I take a personal protest by using the weekends to stay in bed, watch movies and order cheap Chinese food.  My attire?  Can’t live without my comfy robes.  Whether I’m sick, relaxing or even getting ready to go out – it’s my go to.  I also never travel without one.  I’ve managed to acquire quite the collection ranging from my favorite warm and cozy (pictured 1st) to a light, short sleeved printed wrap (pictured 2nd) to use while straightening my hair and doing my makeup.

Robes:

Kashwere Adult Shawl Collared Robe $135

*First heard of this from my friend Courtney (THANK YOU). 

Josie Interrupted Floral Short Robe $52.80

Kiku Cotton Kimono in Kyoto Floral Print $156.56

Lacoste ‘Smash’ Robe $69.99

Topshop Rose Robe $45

Oscar de la Renta Pink Label Heavenly Lace Long Robe $79

Splendid Soft Luxurious Robe $82.60

Hudson Park Boxed Robe $99.99

Marc by Marc Jacobs Serpent Nightwear Robe $81

Victoria’s Secret Long Terry Robe $44.99

In Bloom by Jonquil ‘Blossom Bouquet’ Wrap $68

Gilligan & OMalley Women’s MixMatch Robe $21.99

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Sleepwear Stripe Spa Robe $64

Calvin Klein Underwear Essentials Satin Short Robe $56.25

In Bloom by Joquil ‘Animal Patch’ Wrap Robe $58

Natori ‘Sapa’ Robe $170

Gap Stretch Jersey Short Robe $44.50

Anthropologie Blooming Rose Robe $78

Forever 21 French Terry Sleep Robe $15.80

 

Lightweight Sweaters

Living by the beach is great.  There’s nothing like being able to ride your bike to meet friends along the boardwalk on a hot Summer day, which more times than not turns into an all day/evening adventure.  I’ve learned to always be prepared for the breeze that takes over once the Sun goes down by being sure to never leave the house without a lightweight sweater that’s easy to layer over a swimsuit, printed shorts and a basic tank (my Summer uniform).

Lightweight Sweaters For Summer Layering:

Soft Joie Nia Mesh Sweater $118

Full Tilt Pullover Sweater $14.97

Forever 21 Hooded Open Knit Sweater $17.80

Topshop Knitted Tie Dye Sweater $68

Free People Neon Deatils Hoodie $98

BCBGeneration Boxy Crochet Sweater $54

BB Dakota Jenina Marled Acrylic Sweater $27

Vintage Havana Anchor Sweater $62

Forever 21 Burnout French Terry Pullover $17.80

Betsey Johnson Boxy Stripe Lightweight Sweater $88

Rebel Yell Have A Nice Day BF Pullover $90

Calypso St. Barth Priscilla Hand Stitch Sweater $395

Forever 21 Electric Southwest Pullover $19.80

Lulu’s Trapeze-y Going Striped Sweater Top $37

Insight Light Trouble Knit $82

Topin Hamptons Sweater $64

Ami Dans La Rue Double V Sweater $125

Forever 21 Relaxed Striped Sweater $14.50

Madewell Stripecast Pullover $72

Free People Laguna Coast Pullover $88

Lulu’s Instru-mint-al Beats Mint Sweater $49

J. Crew Chunky Cable Sweater $158

MINKPINK Domino Effect Sweater $69.99

Jen’s Pirate Booty Braided Beach Hoodie $168

Zara Loose-Fit Open-Work Jumper $79.90

BCBG Adalyn Slashed-Back Sweater $168

Zara Jumper with Front Cable Ribbon $49.90

Printed Shorts

Integrating new colors and prints into your wardrobe will maximize the use of everyday basics.  I’m trying to be really conscious of buying things I don’t have anything like in order to mix up my looks.  With Summer right around the corner, a great way to create easy outfits that are fun, but still allow you to run around, is to layer your staples on top (that you already have) – T’s, blazers, lightweight sweaters, and invest in some printed shorts.

Shorts have a bad rap because they can be a disaster if you buy the wrong type for your body.  Know that your shorts should hit just below the largest part of your thigh.  Also, make sure they are not too small (looks all kinds of wrong) AND not too big (usually looks really sloppy).  When all else fails (even though I love wearing shorts with strappy, colorful sandals) – wear them with a wedge or some type of comfortable heel – it instantly takes 5 lbs off.

That being said, it’s a great way to mix up solid colors and allows you to use a lot of pieces you probably already have.

Printed Shorts to Sport this Summer:

Madewell Side Cinch Shorts $175

DVF New Boymuda Circle Stitch Jacquard Short $285

ASOS River Island Leopard Print Denim Hot Pants $43.49

Sass & Bide I Been Around Shorts $122.50

Anthropologie Loveburst Shorts $148

Aqua Floral Printed Shorts $58

Anna Sui Printed Silk Crepe de Chine Shorts $330

Maison Scotch American Flag Shorts $103

Rachel Antonoff Annie Shorts $188

Forever 21 Zebra Print Shorts $15.80

DVF The Best Selling Rolled Shorts $236

Free People Daisy Shorts $98

MIH Jeans Star Print Shorts $240

Topshop Aztec Printed Shorts $60

Old Navy Dolphin Print Shorts $8

Treasure Blue Cuzco Shorts $72

Forever 21 Smocked Floral Hot Pants $14.80

Tibi Layla Ikat Printed Shorts $250

Alice and Olivia Butterfly Shorts $198

Dear Fieldbinder Tegen Shorts $176

Burberry London Jacquard  Shorts $325

Jen’s Pirates Booty Sunny Surf Shorts $110

Old Navy Striped French Terry Shorts $16.94

Anna Sui Printed Silk Shorts $325

Madewell Striped Junie Shorts $60

Delia’s Floral Printed Shorts $29.50

Joie Layana Ikat Print Silk Shorts $158

Forever 21 Floral Print Cutoffs $19.80

Joe’s Jeans High Rise Cutoff Shorts $128

 

Printed Tights

I’m obsessed with Pinterest.  I don’t have down time because of Pinterest.  I found it really funny when I was trying to explain what it was to someone and took about five minutes describing it’s complexity and she goes, “Oh, so it’s like a collage”.  UM, yeah.  Seriously forgot about collages, but yes.  An online collage.

One thing that has been all over my boards is printed tights.  They’re such a fun way to mix up a serious dress or skirt with a basic top.

There’s TONS out there, but here are some of my favorites…

BZR Ombre Tights in Sunset $50

Splash Color Tights $11

Jonathan Aston Wild Tights $18.50

ModCloth Plaid Tights $20.99

Jonathan Aston Stripe Tights $9.49

ModCloth Yellow Printed Tights $29.99

Topshop Car Print Tights $16

Jonathan Aston Plaid Tights $19.50

YSL Heart Print Tights $95

*Accessories Boutique Pink Rose Tights $11

Topshop Pastel Tie Dye Tights $20

Lord & Taylor Dot Stripe Tights $5.98

Topshop South Pacific Swirl Tights $16

My Favorite Online Shopping Spots

I do a lot of online shopping.  It’s super convenient and I like to be able to scour different sites to make sure I’m getting the best deals and sort through sales without feeling like I’m digging for gold amongst designer thirsty style enthusiasts in my way.  There are also a lot of free shipping incentives, along with discounted departments every day.  The easiest way to find out about deals and savings?  Sign up for the website’s daily email.  Yes, this can be incredibly annoying and as someone who wakes up each day with a minimum of 50 new emails all saying, “Indulge on _____ today, you deserve it!”, I get it.  That person definitely does not know my life.  If she did, she’d probably say “OK, Taylor, you can probably pass on your fourth pair of strappy sandals, don’t you think?”.  BUT, if you can develop a level of self control, it’s a great way to look out for things you are looking for.

I narrowed down my long list of online shopping sources below to include my very favorites.

Department Stores/Specialty Stores:

Bloomingdales.com

NeimanMarcus.com

Nordstrom.com

Barneys.com

SaksFifthAvenue.com

ShopPlanetBlue.com

Zara.com

Designer Websites:

BCBG.com

DVF.com

MichaelKors.com

AliceandOlivia.com

RebeccaTaylor.com

Online Retailers:

Shopbop.com

RevolveClothing.com

Net-A-Porter.com

ShopTheTrendBoutique.com

Refinery29.com

Asos.com

Topshop.com

IntermixOnline.com

FarFetch.com

Piperlime.com

Couture.Zappos.com

Madewell.com

PinkMascara.com

LesNouvelles.com

Specifically Shoes:

Zappos.com

SteveMadden.com

FryeBoots.com

DolceVita.com

Jewelry:

FavorJewelry.com

RachelRoy.com

Handbags:

ELuxury.lm

Look for Less Spots:

Forever21.com

DorothyPerkins.com

AE.com

FredFlare.com

Sale Sites/Daily Mailers:

Gilt.com (I belong to all of the off price sites, but I find Gilt features the best products for the best prices)

LastCall.com (Neiman Marcus Off Price)

LuckyMag.com (Sign up for their deal of the day)

DailyCandy.com

PopSugar.com

OpenSky.com

LuxeYard.com (You can sign up for their clothing and home goods mailers)

OneKingsLane.com (Home Goods)

Beauty/Hair:

Sephora.com

ElfCosmetics.com (great deals!)

Beauty.com

Drugstore.com

DermStore.com

RickysNYC.com

SkinStore.com
MACCosmetics.com

Home Goods/Office Supplies:

Amazon.com

RussellandHazel.com

KateSpade.com

Williams-Sonoma.com

WestElm.com

CrateandBarrel.com

CB2.com

ZGallerie.com

PotteryBarn.com

RestorationHardware.com

JaysonHome.com

FishsEddy.com

Anthropologie.com

WorldMarket.com

GretelHome.com

GandGWebstore.com (artificial flowers)

LindaandHarriett.com

DesignPublic.com

SeeJaneWork.com

Tech Stuff:

FreshlyPicked.BigCartel.com (love their mouse-pads)

AhaLife.com

AplusRstore.com

ThinkGeek.com

CoolestGadgets.com