Weekly Round-Up: What’s On My (Style) Radar this Week

1. Favorite Montauk Spots:

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The Montauk Yacht Club Hotel: Right on the lake, beautiful grounds, preppy nautical vibe– how cute is this little light-house?! They have plenty of outdoor seating, lounge chairs, and fire pits at this well-kept resort– plus a private beach and pool. Super kid and dog friendly also.

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Sole East Resort is probably my go-to place to stay when I’m in Montauk– the hotel is in an old 1920’s Tudor mansion, and they’ve decorated it in minimal 1960s- beachy-chic style– so the aesthetic is right up my alley! The “Backyard” is perfect for a lazy hammock-nap, complete with plenty of Adirondack chairs, firepit and pool– you can also rent bikes and ride into town or to the main beach.

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The Crow’s Nest is a must when you are in Montauk.  The food is out of this world and pretty healthy too– lots of hummus, grilled veggies, and fresh cheeses on the app menu, and plenty of fresh seafood, quinoa, and cous cous, dishes that go with their slight Mediterranean flair.  The drink menu (which we obviously sampled plenty of!) is on point as well.  They have a globe-lit beach area and outdoor seating too, which are perfect viewing spots for the sunset. Lots of famous people watching too!

2. Chinese Hot Pot:

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If you’ve never done Chinese Hot Pot (sometimes called Shabu Shabu), YOU MUST! It’s kind of like fondue or Korean BBQ, in that you cook your own food in a boiling pot of stock (that you can personalize).  Then you either order or take from a buffet the ingredients you want for your “soup”– proteins, veggies, noodles, and more types of tofu and dumplings that you ever knew existed.  Two of my favorite places to go are in Flushing’s Chinatown– Minni’s and Spring.

3. My fave casual romper:

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This is my go-to romper for casual days that include running errands or bike riding– its from MinkPink and has been to the beach and through the wash more times than I can count, but has held up surprisingly well! Link here to this year’s version ON SALE!

4.Yup, another version of my fave summer dress from Urban:

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So by now you guys have heard me sing the praises of this Urban Outfitters dress 7474646 times– I have it in floral, rust, bright red and this black and white tribal-ish pattern.  Seriously, you need it. Get it here! The most perfect summer dress!

5. The Madewell Overalls:

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The fit is just perfect on these– baggy-ish, but still fitted enough to not lose your shape; the perfect vintagey medium blue wash, and just the right distressing on the knees.  I love to wear it with striped tees, but paired it with this sleeveless silk button down, also from Madewell, for a dinner date last night.  Side note: DO NOT LISTEN TO GUYS WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR OPINIONS ON OVERALLS. They just don’t get it! Tim says he likes them, and that they look “adorable” on me, but I know what he really means is that he thinks I look 5.  I don’t care. I love them, they’re fun, and have lots of pockets for holding things.

xo, ❤

Christine

Look: White Off the Shoulder Dress

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White Off the Shoulder Dress: Express Runway (sold out, similar options linked below!) | Sandals: J.Crew |Clutch: Gigi New York| Earrings: Kendra Scott | Gold Cuff: J.Crew
If there was one dress that could sum up summer 2015, it would be the off -the-shoulder or “Bardot” (after Brigitte Bardot) dress, particularly in white.  These dresses offer a different type of sexy, instead of being low cut and skin tight, they are usually more bohemian, light and airy in feel and show off your shoulders, back and neck– a nice and refreshing change from Real Housewives-ish bandage dresses that have been unfortunately lingering over the past few years…
This one that I wore to a bachelorette party in Montauk this past weekend I had actually picked up months ago from Express– a store I don’t usually shop in, but I saw this one on the sale rack (!) and couldn’t believe that it fit so well and was pretty high quality for being under $50! I’ve worn it a few times this summer– with lace up heels from Zara, with my fave iridescent J.Crew sandals here, and with my snakeskin lace up Schutz flats to dinner.  Yeah, summer is almost over (sad face), but there are still a few weeks of outdoor cocktails, summer BBQs, and warm weather date nights that a little white off the shoulder number can be of use for– mine is sold out, but I’ve linked a few similar options below, in varying price ranges ❤
xo,
Christine
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Look: Shades of White

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Off White Silk Sleeveless Button down: Madewell | White cutoffs: One Teaspoon via Shopbop| White and Grey snakeskin lace up sandals: Schutz | White nail polish: Essie Blanc | Pearl and Gold Bangles: Baublebar

We spent the day running around the city yesterday, crossing a few summer activities off our bucket list– visit the top of the Empire State Building (you’d be surprised to know most people who live in and around New York have never been!), see the Met exhibit on the Chinese influence on Western fashion (amazing!! pics to come soon!), and our weekly ritual of Monday night movies in Bryant Park.  I knew I wanted to wear something easy breezy, since it was super hot in the city yesterday, but still kick it up a few style notches because well, you don’t go to see a fashion exhibit at the Met in flip flops and a t-shirt…

Actually, this outfit was inspired by yesterday’s all white mani-pedi– nothing fresher or cleaner in the summer in my opinion!  There are few outfit combos chicer than a monochromatic look, particularly in all neutrals like I did here– varying shades of white.  The shorts are a pretty classic white, with distressing, so they lend a casual, tomboyish feel, while the off white silk printed button up keeps it more put together– and the Schutz lace-ups– well they just elevate anything and everything you pair them with and make the whole look feel super fresh and edgy. If you want to do a monochrome look, it’s almost better, for me at least, to not look like you’re necessarily trying to match the shades exactly– pair varying shades of the same color and it’ll look way more effortless.

Shop my exact look on the links above, or I’m sure you guys all have plenty shades of white-(ish) colors to play around with in your closet!

xo, ❤

Christine

Mix Must: Grey Print T-Shirt

One of my favorite closet staples is the heathered grey t-shirt (heathered meaning the tiny specks in the grey that give it that vintage feel). I wear them with cutoffs and distressed boyfriend jeans, under a blazer with black skinnies, with lacey skirts to offset the too feminine vibe, and like shown here, with a leather mini (or leather skinnies in fall/winter). A grey tee literally goes with EVERYTHING.

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The key is finding the right one.  It can’t be too big and baggy, or too tight and fitted…it can’t look too athletic, or it will be mistaken for a gym piece…it has to look broken in and worn, but not like its ready for the rag bin…and guys, seriously, Suburban Riot makes this perfect, holy grail of grey t-shirts– and extra points, they say funny, tongue-in-cheek things that make you smile (I have two- my “Kale” one, and this “Happy Camper” one shown here).  Now, I happen to like a funny t-shirt every now and then; I know they’re not for everyone– a plain grey tee works the same magic (and I have a couple of those too), but I figure if your t-shirt can make you or someone else smile, why not? This Happy Camper tee, found at Nordstrom, by Suburban Riot, is the perfect slouchy yet feminine, feels like it’s been washed 55858 times, worn and soft grey– I can’t stop wearing it and I’m so happy to share it with you guys here! Shop my look below:

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Grey Tee: Suburban Riot via Nordstrom (and other ones by them that I like here)|Leather skirt: Zara (old, but they always get new ones in stock)|Loafer mules: Forever 21|Sunnies: Wildfox Couture|Bracelets: J.Crew (sold out, similar here) and BaubleBar|Ring: Madewell | Pearl Choker: Zara (sold out, similar here)

xo, ❤

Christine