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Magpie Favorites: Summer 2023.

By: Jen Shoop

A few of my absolute favorite items at the moment — the pieces I reach for over and over again and delight in. Probably because I wear them so often, I’m asked many times about them on Instagram, so thought I’d share them all in one place. I did want to mention that Shopbop is offering any first-time Magpie customers 20% off with code MAGPIE20, and that code would include my On sneakers, Chimi shades, and Xirena blouse detailed below!

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01. LULULEMON ALIGN DRESS — A full review here, but the TL;DR is that this is a perfect dress for active mornings / weekends. I would size up 1-2 sizes. I am a true 0 but took a 4 in this. Possible I could have taken a 2 but I like rounding up in fitness wear — nothing worse than feeling constricted!

02. ON CLOUDSWIFT SNEAKERS — I wear these when going for walks. They have this wonderful springy quality to them that almost makes it easier to walk? I can’t describe it, but your foot just rolls off the ground and springs forward. Ha. VERY comfortable. 20% off for first time customers with code MAGPIE20.

03. TAKEYA STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE — Carry this with me everywhere. I know everyone loves the Stanleys but bear with me. This one is SO good for an active mom on the go. You can hold it with like two fingers even when your arms are full thanks to that little latch on top, you can seal it up and carry it around in a bag. The wide mouth makes it easy to fill with water and ice. And I love the spout style opening.

04. AMAZON CLAWS — These litter all my bags and drawers. I am never without one! Big 90s vibes but so, so helpful to have on hand when I don’t feel like drying my hair properly.

05. GOOP ROSE TINTED BALM — This is the perfect semi-sheer, hydrating balm. The pink is SO pretty for everyday — like your lips, but turned up a bit. I also have it in the tomato red and I love that one, too — it’s not AS bright/red as it looks. Almost gives a just-had-a-popsicle stain.

06. AMAZON HOOPS — This is the summer I became a hoop girl. Cannot stop wearing these inexpensive, lightweight hoops. I love the way they look with the rest of my gold everyday jewelry.

07. CHIMI SUNGLASSES — I’ve been reaching for these a ton this summer. Easy to wear, go with everything, feel a little different than my standard Le Specs. One year, I will invest in designer shades, but I’m still doing penance for losing my Chanel ones in a Target dressing room ten years ago. 20% off for first time customers with code MAGPIE20.

08. HILL HOUSE COSIMA DRESS — It’s hard for me to play favorites with my dresses — I wear a dress about 90% of the time during the summer — but this one deserves special credit because it is really flattering and can take you to literally any occasion. You could dress up with mules and statement earrings, dress down with flat sandals and a casual tote. Also — I still happily wear my past season nap dresses but this silhouette feels like a fresh take on the vibe given its length and high-neck.

09. KALON SEAMLESS BRALETTES — I’ve basically given up on underwires. I wear these 99.9% of the time. They are SO comfortable and I don’t know who was gatekeeping about the genius of a racerback bra, but it is infinitely better than the standard style, where the straps always seem to fall off my shoulders. These stay put and work with so many necklines! I remove the padding. Also – can’t beat that price, huh!? Four for $35!

10. XIRENA LARK TOP — This is one of those tops that has startled me with wearability. I reach for it constantly! So soft and flattering, and I love the look of tucking it into jeans/white jeans. You can see me in it earlier this week here, heading to drop my kids off at camp and run errands. 20% off for first time customers with code MAGPIE20.

11. HUNZA G PAMELA SUIT (25% OFF) — SO fun and flattering. I wear with these covers for modesty. I wrote a full review here!

12. FRP COLLECTION SILVIA BAG — I’m actually wearing FRP’s Irene bag in the photo at the top of this post, and I love it, too, but I bought the Silvia bag last summer and have gotten a ridiculous amount of use out of it. The color is really fun to mix and match with other colors — it feels like a neutral? Fun with blue, with green, with pink, with white! Perfect size. Holds a wallet, sunglasses, keys, and even (just barely fits!) a Kindle Paperwhite (which I’m rarely without).

13. GUCCI DAD SANDALS — Sorry I can’t stop talking about these, but these have been proof positive that splurging on fun, trendy sandals can totally make a summer wardrobe. I love the way these look with everything from billowy sundresses to white jeans. They make everything feel a bit more fresh and fashion-forward. Plus, they’re highly functional in their rubber material: I can wear them to the pool, following the kids while they’re playing with water in the backyard, or damp morning walks with Tilly. More great dad sandals here, though I do want to say that I’ve seen a couple of chic peas wearing these Steve Maddens in the black or bone colorways and they look VERY chic and Chanel-like. I also love this new pair from Tory Burch in hot pink, which is selling like hot cakes.

14. UNIQLO U-NECK TEES — My new favorite tee ever. I was reluctant to abandon my thin J. Crew tees (still love those, too, if you want less bulk / better layering), but these have so much polish to them and are only $15. They make a great impression and somehow dress up jeans? A lot of you have asked about sizing. I would take your true size or go up a size if in question. The site seems to be suggesting you size up regardless, but I took my true size (XS) and it fits snug but perfect.

15. MERIT FLUSH BALM IN STOCKHOLM — I’ve worn this color daily since I received. It’s the prettiest, happiest pink — not as intimidatingly bright as it looks in the tube — and so easy to apply. I literally swipe onto my cheek and dab with my fingers. It’s buildable, sheer color so not as daunting as the Rare Beauty concentrated stuff everyone has been raving about!

16. GAP KICK FIT WHITE JEANS — Please do yourself a favor and order these if you’ve not yet. They are my most-worn pants at the moment. So flattering and comfortable! You could wear these working at your desk all day without a problem — stretchy, opaque, somehow flattering?! A no-brainer. So many of you have written to rave about these jeans, with all different body types. I’m also eyeing Ayr’s raved-about Pop jeans in white at the moment. Has anyone tried?

17. MILLE THALIA TOP — I own this in a few patterns and love the way it looks tucked into white jeans. They also do such fun colors/prints! Size down. For a less oversized vibe, try Emerson Fry’s Frances top — SO many of you guys have and love this one, and it’s under $130! Great for white jeans/shorts. (I own and love the dress version of that top — it’s fabulous and very flattering with the cinched waist. It makes me feel long and lean!)

18. JANE WIN JOY NECKLACE — Worn almost daily. I love its heft, especially paired with those dainty hoops. The coin is also a daily reminder to seek slivers of joy. It’s such a lovely mnemonic. If you like the look but aren’t ready for the investment, Amazon has a cute coin necklace for under $15 in different motifs here.

19. PAM MUNSON TEDDY TOTE — Probably my most-asked-after bag, both online and IRL. I own a suite of straw/woven bags but wear this one a lot, a lot, a lot because it fits over the shoulder, has interior pockets for phone/keys, and stands up on its own. It’s the perfect size for carrying more than just the basics, e.g., you can carry a book, water bottle, snack, etc. It is so chic!

What are your must-haves this summer?

P.S. Current Zara favorites.

P.P.S. My Dad gives the best advice.

P.P.P.S. There are some things we learn best in calm, and others in storm.

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