I know, I know. There’s still a lot of lace out there and it’s a lovely way to cover your arms if you don’t want to go sleeveless, but like I said last month, it’s tired and cliché. Everyone has that royal blue dress with the see-thru lace over a matching colored slip. So, let me suggest one of my favorite looks for the all-daunting upcoming holiday season–something literally kicky with enough variation in style that people won’t notice if more than one of you is wearing it. Try a pretty metallic dress with a steely fringe, or a simple Phillip Lim black cocktail dress with a feathery fringe. It’s an especially good look if you’ve got good legs and even better if you want to distract from your arms. Also, it’s a way to minimize accessories as the fringe is an accessory itself. I saw a really cute black Milly dress at Nieman’s with a sweet fringe or, your bank account permitting, you can go upscale with a Chanel fringe. Here are a couple of suggested designs. I’m partial to the cowboy look myself, but that’s just my thing.
[PHOTO CREDIT: Stephanie Crumley]
Get ready to meet your new favorite summer cocktail. Sure, sangria, mojitos, and margaritas will always hold a place in my heart, but if you’re anything like me, you might be getting tired of the old standbys. It’s time for a new summer bff and her name is the Southside Ransom. This effervescently refreshing mix of gin, mint, fresh lemon, and a little simple syrup for a touch of sweetness is sure to hit the spot after a long day in the sun and will help you transition to a long night of dancing. I had mine prepared by Justin McNeil, whose expert bartending skills and attention to detail meant a drink as beautiful as it was delicious. Get one for yourself tonight (or maybe 3).
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