Summer Essentials 2013

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Every season when I put my Winter gear to rest I breathe a sigh of relief. Slipping into feminine heels, my legs thankfully see the sun after months of growing pale under heavy boots. My handbags go through a metamorphosis from blacks to pastels or embolden flower hues. Somehow, with every shoe, hat, or handbag I choose for summer, I become more ladylike. What a welcome change from the cumbersome weight of winter!

high-heels-1Carven Bow Heel in Nude
Carven has slowly lifted into cult status. Seemingly coming out of nowhere and straight onto the backs of Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel, this classic fashion house has been recreated by designer Guillaume Henry into an enviable work of beauty. Street fashionistas agree. Simply search for ‘Carven Bow Heel’ (at Forward By Elysewalker for $450) and you’ll see this lady and that lady posing in the heel. It looks demure enough, until you turn around and see a bow at the back of your ankle. With it’s pastel hue is calling your name and saying, “Bye, bye Winter. Hello Summer!”

Eugenia Kim Marcel Striped Hat
As if you didn’t know that a straw hat (at Luisaviaroma for $310) is a summer essential. This season I dare you to be a little luxurious in Eugenia’s Kim’s elegantly stripped version. It’s elegant Monday through Sunday with a coy nude bow and wide brim. Yet, it’s still relaxed enough to wear at a heated music festival. Dress it up, dress it down. This feminine little essential will glide you through summer looking très chic!

earring-and-shoe-1Giuseppe Zanotti Wedge Sneaker in Tobacco
Kristen Stewart probably has no idea that her obsession with sneakers is elevating into a growing fashion trend. Yet, Beyonce probably knew it when she posted a photo of herself in a Giuseppe Zanotti pair (at Forward By Elysewalker for $886). Her’s is all suede and black. My Giuseppe choice is creamy suede and white adorned with golden embellishments. After all if you’re going to wear sneakers, why not add a little bit more bling?

Marni Clip On Wood And Brass Earrings
Every female should treat herself to a little Marni, especially when designer Consuelo Castiglioni designs a pair of earrings catering to women who haven’t pierced their ears. How thoughtful! These wooden clip on earrings (at Luisaviaroma for $480) are subtle enough to wear in the morning, yet flashy enough to don in the evenings. Not to mention that you’ll turn the head of every fashionista in the room.

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M Missoni Stripe Shoulder Bag
Adding an essential to your wardrobe that is both basic and playful is priceless. Striped brown and beige raffia is what you’d carry everyday. Red lips puckering up for a kiss are like a playful flirt. Light and petit, M Missoni’s shoulder bag (at Shopbop for $395) speaks of summer lined in a lime green trim and colorful resin link straps. What a lighthearted change from winter’s dreary shades.

Proenza Schouler Banana Yellow PS1 Wallet
Basic enough in black, Proenza Schouler’s ‘Continental Wallet’ (Available at SSENSE for $585) is somehow just as basic in banana yellow. The sunny hue is a welcome change when entering the warmer months. Buttery to the touch, this wallet opens in an accordion style to hold your coins, cards, and even a bright lipstick shade or two for summer.

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