Must Have: Waisted Top

The summer sales are here and I’m drawn to waisted tops of all shapes and sizes. From Lemaire’s apron style silhouette to Cédric Charlier’s dramatic sleeve tee, there’s not a waisted top that I don’t love. Something as simple as a belted waist adds instant polish to any look. These styles are elevated classics that will live in your wardrobe forever. The Row’s blue poplin shirt has an updated collar that feels fresh. The Cédric Charlier top in perforated poplin adds subtle texture to any look. Lemaire’s sleeveless style is perfect for summer but lends well to layering for fall. What are you going to scoop up during the summer sales? Scroll through more of my sale picks in the sidebar…

Best of Basics: Slide Sandals

best-of-basics-slide-sandals-newbark-slides-2-desmittenIt’s no secret that I love Newbark slides. This summer, my fiancé gave me this double strap nude style that I’ve lived in. Newbark slides have a supported sole that makes it comfortable for walking around the city for hours. These particular slide sandals have a hidden bar that sits in between your toes to avoid sliding right out of them. If you don’t already own a pair of slide sandals, you’re missing out on the most effortlessly stylish shoe of the season. Shop my favorite Newbark slide sandals below.


Interior Inspiration: Summer Seats


I’m a bit chair obsessed, so when I came across this editorial in WSJ Magazine I was ecstatic. From supple leathers to stark metal frames, these summer seats will have you longing to redecorate. Styled on the shores of a sandy beach, the juxtaposition of nature and well-crafted furniture is flawless.

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Head over to WSJ Magzine to see more…


The Versatility of a Tunic

When shopping for pieces that can withstand the test of trend and season, successfully styling these pieces can be challenging. I find that a tunic/mini dress is my most transitional wardrobe piece. This month, I released the DE SMET Tunic Shell keeping this very idea of transitional dressing in mind. On Instagram, you can see how I am wearing this style today. But I’m here to break it down even further for you.

In the summer, pair your favorite mini dress with simple slides, a circular charm necklace, and an oversized bag for maximum functionality. You can run to the farmer’s market or meet your friends for brunch in this laid back look.
how-to-style-a-tunic-DE-SMET-indigo-tunic-shell-summer-evening-desmittenTake this style into the evening hours with ruffled suede ankle boots, a textured clutch and organic hoops for a modern take on the 70’s trend.
When fall hits and you’re craving lots of layers, go for tailored cropped trousers and a lightweight knit to wear under your tunic. Style this look with smart loafers and a shoulder bag to take you from client lunches to museum visits.
Update this piece for evening with knee-high boots, a bow blouse and contrast bag. Top the look off with a long-line coat.

Musical Ensemble: Grey Daze


In an effort to bring you more diverse content, I’ve decided to start a new segment focusing on music: Musical Ensemble. I find myself looking to new mediums to fill the silence (or drown out distractions) while I’m working. I usually alternate between podcasts, documentaries and music. Recently, I began building playlists on Spotify and I thought I’d share them with you. I kept the playlists fairly short and edited (how I like my wardrobe) so you can listen at your leisure. The first playlist in this series features moody tunes from past to present, perfect for a damp, grey day like we’re having in New York today. Listen to the playlist on Spotify and stay tuned for more! What do you listen to while you work? I am always looking for new recommendations, tell me in the comments below!