Suit Yourself

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I’ll be going to Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Week next weekend and I am SO excited. Three straight days of fashion shows and pool parties—what could be better? A free swimsuit just might top it. I’ve partnered with Guria Beachwear to give away this super cute purple number  (which retails for $140) to one lucky Instagram follower. To enter, just: 1. follow us on Instagram: @guriabeachwear, @vchamlee and @jacksonvillemag (if you don’t follow us, we might not be able to see your entries) and 2. tag us in a pic explaining your favorite way to beat the heat in the summertime!

The contest runs until next Thursday, July 17 (at which point the lucky winner will be notified—and don’t worry, we’ll be sure they get the correct size).

If you’d rather not try your luck, the suit is available locally at Well Suited Swimwear, a boutique specializing in swimwear for all body types (plus, they don’t have that horrible florescent lighting which makes even the most flattering suit look bad). The company also provides in-home personal style consultations and  in-home fit and fashion parties (which can be arranged by calling Kara at 904.718.6371).

Ensemble du Jour: Romper Find

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I scooped up this cute Rory Beca romper at Marshall’s a few weeks ago. It’s an easy piece to dress up or down and it’s supremely comfortable in the hot weather we’ve been experiencing lately. I paired with with flat sandals and simple jewelry but I think it would also look great with strappy heels and a red lip.

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Ensemble du Jour: Denim & Camo

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Lately, I’m all about easy, wearable pieces that don’t require much attention—a comfy printed tee, loose-fitting pants and maybe a denim vest for good measure. Oh—and flats! I’m normally such a heel girl but sometimes you just gotta give your dogs a break.

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Pants: J. Crew // Tee: J. Crew // Vest: Rag & Bone // Shoes: Miu Miu // Ear Cuff & Rings: Rue Gembon // Bag: vintage Chanel

Ensemble du Jour: Bustier

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I love juxtaposition in everything, including housewares (sheepskin mixed with lucite, wood mixed with fine china) and fashion. This is my interpretation of a fancy-on top, casual-on-the-bottom sort of look—one that works for cocktails or a nice dinner out. This bustier is pretty amazing (despite the fact that I can’t exactly breathe when I wear it) and I can’t wait to pair it with something simple, like a black pencil skirt. 

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Bustier: Cameo (this strapless version is also great) // Jeans: Ralph Lauren (similar) // Heels: Tibi (similar) // Raffia Clutch: vintage (similar)

My Picks

I recently updated my boutique with a few of the items I’m currently loving. Here’s a run-down…

Ensemble du Jour: Black is the new Black

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Black never goes out of style. It’s slimming, forgiving and usually hides stains and damage pretty well. I especially like pairing an all black ensemble with a bold red lip. Case in point: this outfit. I wore a black silk shirtdress by Kain as a strapless dress (just put your arms and shoulders through the head hole, button it to the top, and tie the sleeves in front—you can do it with pretty much any button-up top or dress), threw on my favorite old cardigan and sandals, and slicked on some NARS Heat Wave.

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Dress: Kain Label (Shirtdress worn as a strapless dress, similar) // Sandals: Balenciaga // Cardigan: Joe’s Jeans (similar) // Lips: NARS Heat Wave // Clutch: vintage (similar)

Ensemble du Jour: Neon

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Something about the warmer temperatures (and by warmer I mean 90+) makes me want to wear all of my brightest pieces. I got this adorable Rory Beca tank recently and thought it was the perfect thing to wear with a circle skirt and cute sandals.

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Top: Rory Beca via Marshall’s // Skirt: Kate Spade c/o TJ Maxx // Sandals: Miu Miu (similar, and less expensive!) // Bag: vintage

Ensemble du Jour: Checkmate

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It’s no secret that checks are having a major moment lately—they’re showing up on everything lately. When I spotted this bustier online, I snapped it up immediately. I love the shape, which works best when paired with simple—even distressed or jeans or slacks, and the pattern is an added benefit.

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Bustier: Finders Keepers // Tee: T by Alexander Wang // Bag: Céline // Lips: Nars Heat Wave // Trousers: Helmut Lang // Sandals: Birkenstock