May 31, 2012

June MBF Picks

Mother Nature is finally warming up for us and it’s sure to be a hot one! These days we are working more than ever and the lines between work and play are pretty much non-existent. With that said, we deserve some unforgettable fun in the sun and this year, we're going to make it count more than ever! Along with a bikini, good read, and some tanning lotion, here are our must-have items to survive the anticipated rise in temperatures while looking stylish and effortless in the process.

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It wouldn't be summer without the perfect bag! From YSL to Burberry to Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney galore, there are a ton of satchels, clutches, and crossbodies to brighten up your summer wardrobe. Our personal favorite you ask? Well the sister of the ever popular PS1, Proenza Schouler's PS11 of course! With it's edgy, more functional look, this bag is the perfect transition from sophisticated day to a sassy night out!

One of the biggest Spring runway trends is definitely John Lennon inspired sunglasses. Spotted at everyone from DVF to Chloe to Elizabeth and James, The Row, and Yigal Azrouel, these circular shades are a definite summer staple. We love Karen Walker's take on round with her Spring collection, Little Aliens, which features funky, circular shades in both traditional colors of black and tortoise shell as well as in pops of pink and citrus.

Sick of your everyday sneaker? Well, it's time to get sporty in some neat high top sneaker platforms by Jean Paul Gaultier! This summer, espadrilles are all the rage and when combined with a traditional sneaker cut-out, it's all about functional, chic fun!

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Right now, we are obsessed with the color mint and what better way to accessorize with it than through some sweet candy apple colored nails! From lighter to darker shades, hints of sheen or sparkles, this color is the "IT" color for the summer in whatever finish you prefer. According to Essie founder, Essie Weingarten, "2012 is all about the color green" and we couldn't agree more! While we've featured them before, we love Priti NYC's creamy flower version called Dusty Miller!

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As far as fashion goes, from maxi dresses to swing tops to asymmetrical skirts, the mullet hem also called the high-low hem, is a great way to freshen up any look. This daring hemline is not only super fun and carefree, but a great way to show off your legs and cool down in the heat of the sun. The best way to incorporate the look into your summer wardrobe is with a sheer cover-up that will not only give you a great silhouette, but the perfect breezy beach look. Check out to get some inspiration, shop a bunch of different styles, and find out which works best for you!

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This summer, while you’re lounging at the pool, let your pooch cool down with you! Available in a variety of different colors and sizes, these pet floats are the ultimate poolside accessory. They even come in extra-large so the two of you can float around together! We couldn’t imagine a better way to catch some relaxing rays than with your friendly furry sidekick. 

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Lastly, with Father's Day around the corner, we'd like to leave you with the ultimate gift, Coach's limited edition billfold wallet. With only 200 in production, these hand stitched leather goods are made from 70 year old vintage catcher's mitts. You're sure to hit the ball out of the park with this one!

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