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Summer Espadrilles — 5 Styles

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There is something about a good espadrille that SCREAMS summer, and I love it.  It’s the only time of year you can pull off the coveted canvas shoe with its woven jute sole.  Espadrilles have been around for centuries (really!) and have never gone out of style.  While the original version was the flat style, you can find an espadrille today as a wedge, heel, sandal… you name it.

Hell, even the men have dabbled in the espadrille shoe art from time to time.  Recognize this gentleman?

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Though, I’m not sure how many men could pull that off right now.  Maybe Jude Law. Or Justin Theroux… maybe.summer espadrille - intolust.comNordstrom – $54.95

I love this classic, clean, almost nautical version. I, personally, can’t get away with straps tied around my ankles (oh, the curse of being 5’2), but if I WERE tall and leggy, I’d be pairing these bad boys with a white A-line skirt and then call it a day.

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Net-a-Porter – $125

Here is THE classic, modern version, with a slightly elevated heel. The Spanish designer, Castañer, was one of the main reasons the espadrille has had such a huge resurgence during the 20th century, with the help of Yves Saint Laurent.  Yves came across Castañer’s hand-crafted espadrilles and made a special request: “If Yves Saint Laurent wanted a wedge espadrille, a wedge espradille he would have!” — Lorenzo Castañer.  This version has been a mainstay of summer shoe wear ever since.

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J. Crew – $128 (40% off right now with the code SHOPNOW)

Now, this is the one for the short girls — I have it in 3 different colors.  It lacks ankle ties, which would otherwise cause your legs to appear a bit shorter, at least in my experience.  I’ve learned that one key to visually elongating your legs (as much as you can, anyway) is to avoid ankle straps or ties. Nude pumps or heels also help to visually lengthen your legs by creating on long, nude illusion of sorts.

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A summer shoe post would not be complete without including Tory somewhere.  These are the perfect shoes to take on vacation, to do some sightseeing.  Don’t forget to sprinkle a bit of shoe shoe powder, if you are going to wear them all day.  As beautiful as they are, they lack a bit of… aeration, shall we say.  Even still, who doesn’t love a good slip on shoe.

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Bloomingdale’s – $262.50 (originally $375)

And finally, the summer heel to beat all summer heels – the espadrille heel. It is the perfect shoe to go from day to night, to pair with shorts or a long maxi, and to throw in your summer suitcase for your Caribbean date night. Nude is my heel color of choice, especially for the summer (in December, its all black, baby).

Tonight, the hubster and I are going to see Anthony Bourdain at the Majestic Theater.  What he is going to talk about — I have no idea — but I am way too excited to soak it all up.  You better believe I’ll be wearing my favorite J. Crew espadrilles – in nude, of course.

Do you have a favorite summer espadrille? Comment below!

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Summer Reading Reviews

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Unfortunately, at our age, we no longer get an “official” summer vacation, i.e. three months of carefree bliss, sandwiched in between naps and TV reruns.  Even still, I always look forward to summer and I always load up on new paperback books.  I know, I know– why not use a kindle? or an Amazon Fire? I am just one of “those” who love the feel of the pages between my hands (I also have a ton of built-in shelves that need to be filled with something).

Here are a few books that I’ve recently finished and loved.  Most of these summer reading recommendations have come from other bloggers and thus far, no one has done me wrong. Each one has something different to bring to the table and all are perfect summer reads.

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You know that feeling you get when you turn the final page of a good book and you can’t help but close your eyes, hold the book to your chest, and let out a huge sigh of happiness?  No? Then, you’ll experience it at the end of this book — I promise.  It’s a story of an Italian romance spanning over 5 decades, commencing in the 1960s.  The story flashes forward and backwards; always keeping you on your toes.  I’ve been itching to go to an Italian coast ever since reading it.

Find it on Amazon here.

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First things first: I am not a widow and this is not a “self-help” book.  I just wanted to make that clear… My friend saw this book on my kitchen island not too long ago and looked at me with a “wtf” face. I assuaged her concerns and let her know that it was fiction and it was a new book by Carole Radziwill.  If you aren’t a Bravo TV fan, then you probably won’t know who she is– but I am OBSESSED with her.  Her style. Her personality. Her story. Just, her in general. To be honest, this book was probably my least favorite of this bunch, but it was still good.  If you like the Shopaholic series, this story’s tone will remind you of it.  I love Carole, but I loved her memoir so much more (find it here).

Find this book online here.

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I’ll be honest.  I judged this book by its cover.  I didn’t really get it, and it looked kind of adolescent.  I kept putting it off.  The story does initially feel a bit young (it takes place in high school), but you quickly realize there is a darkness to it and you get swept up in it. The story is told from the dual points of view of both main characters, which was interesting.  If you come from a divorced family or you were a bit “punk rock-y” in high school (was it only me?), then you’ll identify with Eleanor.  I couldn’t put it down once I got started.

Find it here.

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Typically, you will finish a good book to later find out that it will be made into a movie or TV series; but, I discovered this book via the backwards route. I was looking for a new series to binge watch and saw a preview for Outlander on Starz. All of those premium channels (HBO, Showtime, Starz) have been pumping out some amazing series lately, so I gave it a try.  I think I finished the entire first season in just 2 days… I was hooked.  Historical romances, especially European ones, always get me.  I googled the show to learn more and found out it was an 8-book series!  Each novel is 500+ pages (and tiny print), but I’m already on the 4th one.  It’s so interesting– even though it is a sequential series and I recommend that you read it in order, each novel is meant to be a standalone, as well.  You can pick up any of the books and enjoy it just as much, without feeling that you are missing something.  Don’t let the heavy Scottish “accents” deter you (somehow the written text exudes an accent, I swear).

Out of all my summer recommendations, I recommend this series the most highly. Order it here.

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Finally, a good lighthearted read.  If you love celebrity gossip, this book is chock-full of it. I have to say, I find myself watching Andy Cohen’s late night show every single night. He asks his guests ridiculous and crazy questions– I love it!  This book was an homage to Andy Warhol, whose personal diary was published after he died.  Both books simply detail their daily comings-and-goings, leaving no celebrity tidbit omitted.  Andy Cohen is BFFs with Sarah Jessica Parker, John Mayer, the Seinfelds, and Anderson Cooper, among others.  It’s juicy and the perfect poolside read.

Order it here.

What are you reading this summer?  I’ll be working on the Outlander series, but I need more suggestions!!

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Fashion to COVET, Places to WANDER, What to Pack

What to Pack for Santorini: Under $150

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Santorini: One of Greece’s southernmost islands, this island possesses some of the most amazing sunsets you’ll ever find. Add to it the cliffs lined with white washed, plaster homes and those iconic blue accents — Santorini feels truly magical.

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Greece was everything I had hoped it would be.  Wine, olives, beautiful architecture, seafood, and sun.  Being so remote, you pretty much only have 3 options to pass the time:  Bask on any one of the white, red, or black beaches; explore the island for wineries, shopping, or hiking; or eat.  Nothing to complain about there…

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Bearing these options in mind, packing is relatively easy and you’ll find yourself in the same uniform each day: sundress, swimsuit, sandals, sunnies, and a cross body bag or backpack. Done.

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I went during the month of June and packed wayyyy too much.  I thought I would need whole outfits, but I ended up wearing the same 3 white sundresses over the course of 10 days– they were just so easy. Most restaurants on the island are pretty laid back and these dresses would transition pretty well from day to night.

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Purple Shoshanna Bikini Top and Bottom – Bluefly.com

While exploring the island, you’re going to want to have your swim suit on and ready to go underneath.  There are several remote beaches you’ll want to explore and they aren’t commercialized– this means no public bathrooms or changing rooms.  I loved the beaches that required hiking to get to.  Sure, we had to do without beachfront beer service, but I would take seclusion over convenience any day.

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Santorini is not like Mexico or other beach destinations that you may be used to.  There are no large resorts with walk up beaches.  The island is comprised of several small villages, all surrounded by rocky cliffs and unforgettable views.  Depending on what village you stay in, you may be doing a lot of walking, riding the local transfer buses, or taking a 4-wheeler around the island (highly recommend that, by the way).  Heels are an obvious “no” and even wedge sandals may be pushing it– maybe save a pair for an evening or two out for dinner.  During the day, I opted for nude flat sandals.  For hiking, you will of course want to bring something more durable and close-toed.

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Along those same lines, large beach bags will not be your friend.  I brought one, of course, and it never left the closet.  They just aren’t practical for island exploring– they are more suited for resort type vacations with the beach within yards of your room. I thankfully brought a cross body bag and used it daily.  For the longer excursions on the 4-wheeler across the island, I had to use my husband’s bulky backpack and it was terrible.  Terribly ugly, that is.  If you’re adventurous and you KNOW you’ll be exploring the remote beaches, I would pack a light backpack to hold your necessities (and to bring back some wine to your villa, of course).

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Notice the man backpack that was almost as large as me…

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Jack Wills Blue/Stripe Canvas and Leather Backpack – Asos.com

Last but not least, you’ll be in the middle of the damn ocean and you’re going to need sunglasses at all times.  Take 2 pairs that are large and versatile (and cheap– we lost 2 pairs on the trip).  You’ll thank me.

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Warehouse Revo Sunglasses – Asos.com

Looking back, I have only 2 regrets: packing too much and not taking enough pictures.  There are too many moments like this one below, that you’ll want to savor forever…

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