Ahoy! Breton stripes are pulling into port! Tuesday, Apr 27 2010 

The classic sailor stripes so famously worn by Coco Chanel are hotter than ever for Spring/Summer 2010.  Don’t sweat it!  Just because celebs are wearing it doesn’t mean you can’t afford it, too!  (After all, they’re JUST STRIPES.)

Saint James striped boat-neck tee shirt

Saint James striped boat-neck tee shirt

This lightweight jersey tee is perfect for summer evenings spent sniffing sea spray on your yacht.  But something smells funny about paying $115 for a cotton tee shirt.  Similar designer styles are even hundreds more.  For less than half the price of the Saint James shirt, you could have both of the below pieces.  I especially like the Gap Boat Neck Top with shoulder detail and mix-stripe pattern. That fun take on the classic is so right.  I prefer to stick to thin stripes, and a larger stretch of cream or white at the collar is even more chic.

Urban Outfitters stripe tee

Urban Outfitters 3/4 length Nautical tee, $28

Gap Mixed Stripe Boat Neck Top

Gap Mixed Stripe Boat Neck Top, $24.52


Safari Chic Sunday, Aug 9 2009 

Whether you’re looking for that fallen pacifier or just a perfect new pair of shoes, you’ll be prepared for the hunt in these breezy safari dresses.
Michael Kors Drawstring Waist Dress Cabela's Safari Dress in SagebrushJ. Peterman Linen Safari Dress


Lulu's Tomboy Dress in NavyJessica London Shirt Dress

You could pay $150 for this silk Michael Kors dress, or you could spend less and worry less about these cotton and linen choices. You could get all four of these safari-style dresses for the price of one magazine-featured look.  Cotton dress in sagebrush from Cabela’s, $16.95; linen blend dress from The J. Peterman Company, $54; Tom Boy dress in navy from Lulu’s, $44; linen blend shirt dress in plus sizes from Jessica London, $34.99 – $39.99.