Perfect summer sandals?

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Every year, around this time, I can’t help but start looking ahead to sandal season, browsing online to see if anyone is selling the perfect summer sandals. Aron will insist that it’s a moving target… and he’s probably right. But I’ve at least developed a few favorites, and I know what I’m looking for: essentially, a slightly more refined version of my beloved salt-water sandal.

Could these from Madewell be it?! They look pretty darn perfect!

P.S. Past favorites

[Images: Crisscross Sightseer Sandals in Tan and Black, by Madewell]

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Denim up top

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Like so many women, I have a thing for chambray shirts lately (see examples A and B, in my favorite, the JCrew Keeper). I literally would wear mine every other day if I could.

It’s trickier to find a good dark denim shirt these days. Or maybe it’s just trickier to make them look right. They tend to be either made for men, in boxier cuts (though maybe you could add darts to this Cowboy Cut Shirtstyle  Denim up top ), or cut slim for women wearing it with a Stetsonstyle  Denim up top . But this painterly fashion photograph has me rethinking a search for a true denim, slim-cut  shirt (or at least a darker chambray).

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While I haven’t tried any in person, these look like potential candidates for styling this right: (from top left, clockwise) Calvin Klein Fitted Denim; JCrew Factory 2-Pocket Chambray; Levi’s Juniors Annie Western Shirt; Calvin Klein Fitted Denim in Medium Wash; Lands’ End Denim; and the Madewell Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Harvest Wash. Anyone else have a favorite?

[top image via A Well Traveled Woman]

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Gift Guide: For Her

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(1) I’ve had these bags by Valhalla pinned for ages now. A very Brooklyn bag. (And P.S. Did you know you can buy Etsy gift cards now?)
(2) The Gilmore Girlsstyle shop  Gift Guide: For Her  Complete Series on DVD–because they’re not on Hulu or Netflix, darn it!
(3) Round out her collection with still-relevant, out-of-print issues of Domino Magazine.
(4) A beautiful Turkish Towel.
(5) Classic riding Boots will be a huge hit. It’s a thrill to open the giant box and get that whiff of leather. And these will last forever.
(6) These will come in handy when the weather warms up: A set of waxed canvas Panniers for riding bikesstyle shop  Gift Guide: For Her  together.
(7) The new Eames coffee table bookstyle shop  Gift Guide: For Her .
(8) I think the LemLem Split Scarf is gorgeous. But it’s the sort of thing I would never splurge on myself. I’m guessing there are many others out there who would love this just as much as I would.
(9) A gold-dotted dish for keeping her earrings in.
(10) Gorgeous coasters. I don’t actually like to make people use coasters, but for these might require an exception.
(11) A perfectly simple, gold, Michael Kors Women’s watchstyle shop  Gift Guide: For Her  (that’s big enough to fit on a man’s wrist).

(12) All of the best cafes in New York seemed to use these Classic Italian Cappucino Cupsstyle shop  Gift Guide: For Her .
(13) Cashmere socks  Completely decadent.
(14) Swedish Hasbeens 877 Zip It Emy Boots. These might be really for me.
(15) A trendy necklace for wearing with t-shirts and jeans.
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In case you’ve been pining for a certain fall boot

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After years of pining, Aron treated me to a pair of Frye’s Dorado Riding Boots last year. Funny thing was–once they came, I realized that my trusty Madewell Archive Leather Boots were pretty darn awesome and that I didn’t need such an extravagant gift. I think he secretly sighed in relief, while I tried not to look back as I handed the boots over to UPS.

But this year I spotted some Frye lookalikes at Aldo and couldn’t help myself. A few of you asked about the boots I’m wearing on our trip to Apple Hill; those are the Aldo Laverdiere boots in the dark brown–which look suspiciously similar to the Frye Dorados, don’t you think? (But they cost a whole lot less.) I also think the Aldo Fantlants look exactly like the classic Frye Melissa Button Boot.

[Images and shopping links (clockwise from top left) Frye Dorado Riding BootAldo Laverdiere BootFrye Melissa Button Boot Aldo Fantlant Bootstyle  In case youve been pining for a certain fall boot ]

P.S. I wish everyone could have won the Radisson giveaway. I know you had to comment, but I loved hearing from so many of you! I’ll be announcing the winner on that post and contacting them by email. Thanks again!

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