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The Better Summer Essentials

May 01, 2012

In a couple of weeks I will be taking a trip to the east coast to watch my brother graduate from medical school (he's now qualified to operate on people...CRAZY!), and it got me thinking about what I would pack. I can't remember the last time I didn't take more than I needed, and this time I'm determined to use everything I carry with me. This got me thinking about my summer essentials.
sumer essentials

Other than my favorite white tee, nothing compares in versatility the way my chambray button down does. Used as a sleep shirt when I forget to pack pajamas, a cover up when I'm at the beach, or an easy top with white denim shorts, I can easily use this item 4 times in one week. I especially love how it can be taken to a level of sophistication when tucked into a pair of crisp capris and sitting below a layer of bold necklaces.

I love skirts and shorts that have a bright, bold pattern. They make the rest of the dressing process easy because simplicity is key. Most of the time I don't get more creative than a thin, v-neck sweater or a James Perse tee, and as I run out the door I usually throw on a pair of leather flip flops. 

Living in California my perfect summer dress is my perfect spring, fall, and winter dress as well. But for those of you who aren't lucky enough to have 80 degree weather year round, whipping out one of these must bring you great excitement. For a casual day of shopping and lunch I might pair it with espadrilles or leather sandals. But the great thing is it works well for dressier brunches or dinners when worn with a bit of a heel. 

What other shoe screams summer the way a ballet flat espadrille does?  They always add a touch of innocence to the high hemlines of short shorts and mini skirts. Anytime I'm headed to a beach destination these are always in my bag; they offer the practicality of a flat shoe with the playfulness of the espadrille heel.

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