Q: Unique 30th birthday gift for my fashionable sister. Budget $1000.
A: WOW. What a generous sister you are! I love this. A tiny bit over, but these Olympia Le Tan book clutches are iconic and the type of piece that she will treasure forever. These beautiful handmade Milanese bags would also be a beautiful, unique gift. Lizzie Fortunato has some incredible, small-batch jewelry to consider, too – I love this because the brand is run by two sisters. Finally, a dress by Mi Golondrina would be spectacular!
Q: If you could buy one statement dress this summer, what would it be. Under $500.
A: This is really hard for me, but I would say this Rhode mini. It’s my front-runner for my birthday in June. I don’t own anything like it in my closet and it makes me feel happy.
Q: 50th birthday dinner dress.
A: Happy birthday! Depending on affair, I like the idea of this Pink City Prints, this Something Navy, this Farm Rio, this Hill House, this Zimmermann-esque floral, this Alexis, this Pearl x Lela Rose, this Loretta Caponi, this patterned Rhode, or this La Ligne! All of these feel joyful and celebratory!
Q: Dress for a sip and see at the end of June.
A: Whether you’re asking as the new mama or the guest, I would vote this nap dress in the rose print or lilac stripe! Other options: this Mille, this J. Crew, this Pink City Prints, this Hunter Bell, or this Carolina K. All feel sweet and daytime appropriate.
Q: Bathing suit /cover-ups to wear on a yacht trip.
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THIS GAUZEY NUMBER IN WHITE WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE
Q: Family photo outfit for me. Going with blues, outdoor in June. Navy? Flattering for PP.
A: Fun! I would vote for this Lela Rose, this Naya Rea, this HH (add some flavor with fun shoes or a scarf or big earrings), this navy and white Mille, this timeless RL, this Evi Grintela, this navy maxi (again, add interest with jewelry and shoes), this affordable striped lovely.
Q: English luncheon with something feathered. Everything I see is black tie.
A: This top! It sold out this past winter it was so popular. You could pair with a skirt, trousers, even dark denim (if appropriate at the venue)? I also think you could dress down this feathered mini with some black pointed toe flats!
Q: Midi white dress with sleeves (not puff) for 4th of July at the lake.
A: This Boden! Stunning. I like the idea of pairing with a leather belt or woven belt for a different look. This is also crazy chic, but it feels a bit dressy for the lake? Maybe you could reimagine by pairing with navy Supergas or simple leather flats? I’m not sure if these sleeves are too “puffed” but I also love this Hunter Bell dress, and this may be too beachy (or just right) but this Xirena would be a dream. Last but not least, I feel like this Daphne Wilde is a worthy investment you could style a million ways.
Q: Maternity bathing suits!
A: I tended to go inexpensive on this front given how infrequently I used them, so would look at H&M or Target. I have heard that Hunza G suits work while pregnant and then post-partum / not pregnant, too — very stretchy material. Finally, Summersalt makes a maternity suit — I know so many of you love this brand.
Q: Rehearsal dinner dress!
A: I can’t stop thinking about this Alexis — it’s both sophisticated and boho in the best way. I feel like it’s what a chic New York woman would wear to her rehearsal dinner. I also love this Lug Von Siga, this lace number from Likely, this flirty Aje, this timeless linen sheath, and this smocked poplin Rebecca Taylor (one of the nine things I am currently obsessed with).