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    Marlien Rentmeester   Under $100 Summer Finds
    When we hit up fast fashion retailers like Zara and H&M, we usually feel overwhelmed by the second rack and hightail it for the door. Marlien Rentmeester, on the other hand—the force behind Le Catch, one of the best style sites on the web—can emerge 20 minutes later with about 10 wardrobe transforming finds. We tasked her with rounding up the best steals for summer...along with a few worthy splurges.
     
    Chance Beach Towel

    Chance Beach Towel, $48

    Asos Le Specs clear frame sunglasses

    Asos Le Specs Clear Frame Sunglasses, $53.35

    French Connection strappy sandals

    French Connection Strappy Sandals, $95

    Elizabeth and James stick earrings

    Elizabeth & James
    Stick Earrings, $55

    C Wonder vintage aviator sunglasses

    C. Wonder Vintage
    Aviator Sunglasses, $78

    Anthropologie beaded bucket bag

    Anthropologie Beaded
    Bucket Bag, $68

    Gap metallic color block sandals

    Gap Metallic Colorblock
    Sandals, $34.95

    H&M strappy sandals

    H&M Strappy Sandals,
    $17.95

    Asos triple suede clutch

    Asos Triple Suede Clutch, $60.97

    J.Crew denim espadrilles

    J.Crew Denim Espadrilles, $60

    James Perse classic tee

    James Perse Classic Tee, $65

    Joe Fresh stripe short

    Joe Fresh Striped Shorts, $49

    Bauble Bar turquoise suspension drop earrings

    Bauble Bar
    Turquoise Suspension
    Drop Earrings, $28

    Iomoi canvas monogrammed tote bag

    Iomoi Canvas Monogrammed
    Tote Bag, $98-$188

    Asos tortoise shell sunglasses

    Asos Tortoise
    Shell Sunglasses,
    $28.58

    Madewell panama hat

    Madewell Panama Hat, $58

    Sam Edelman cross strap sandals

    Sam Edelman Cross
    Strap Sandals, $90

    Vans metallic slip-on sneakers

    Vans Metallic Slip-on Sneakers, $60

    Zara gold plated sandals

    Zara Gold-Plated Sandals,
    $35.90

    Madewell gauze pants

    Madewell
    Gauze Pants,
    $75

    Chance striped shirt

    Chance
    Striped Shirt,
    $68

    Cos skirt with draped pockets

    Cos Draped Pocket Skirt, $99

    Pixie Market white eyelet dress

    Pixie Market White
    Eyelet Dress, $75

    Joe Fresh embroidered top

    Joe Fresh
    Embroidered Top,
    $39

    Topshop denim t-shirt dress

    Topshop Denim
    T-Shirt Dress, $80

    Zara print mini dress

    Zara Print Mini Dress,
    $79.90

    GAP tuxedo-stripe khakis

    Gap Tuxedo-
    Stripe Khakis,
    $29.99

    H&M fringed skirt

    H&M fringed skirt, $59.95

    Kate Spade Saturday high-waisted cotton/linen shorts

    Kate Spade Saturday High-
    Waisted Cotton/Linen Shorts,
    $90

    Kate Spade Saturday 
cut-out bathing suit

    Kate Spade Saturday
    Cut-Out Bathing Suit, $100

    Zara print kaftan

    Zara Print Kaftan, $59.90

    Cos cotton beach bag

    Cos Cotton
    Beach Bag,
    $45

    Topshop palm print romper

    Topshop Palm
    Print Romper, $96

    Splurges
    Christian Louboutin Athena Calf Hair 
T-Strap Sandal

    Christian Louboutin
    Athena Calf Hair
    T-Strap
    Sandal,
    $895

    Stella McCartney Caroline cutout lace dress

    Stella McCartney
    Caroline Cutout
    Lace Dress, $3,955

    "Summer is chock full of fun parties, so I'm all for investing in a fabulous dress that will repeatedly turn heads."

    Marie-Louise wrap-around bikini

    Marie-Louise Wrap-
    Around Bikini, $385

    "Expensive, yes, but incredibly flattering
    and enduringly stylish."

    Isabel Marant Étoile Bloom filet-crochet dress

    Isabel Marant Étoile Bloom Filet-Crochet Dress, $480

    "An effortlessly chic piece that you'll want to live in all summer long."

    Celine pearly round sunglasses

    Celine Pearly Round Sunglasses, $295

    "Given how much you wear sunglasses during the summer (and the importance of protecting your eyes), they're worth it! Just don't lose them!"

     
     
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    10 Bucket List-Worthy Italian Hotels
     
    We've checked into a handful of these hotels—and quite frankly, we didn't want to check out. A trip to Italy is a life-changing event in and of itself, but a stay at one of these jaw-dropping spots would turn it into something else entirely. Here, a bucket list of 10 amazing Italian hotels.
     
    • Aman Canal Grande Venice
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      Aman Canal
      Grande Venice

      Venice

      Sited on the Grand Canal, the just opened Palazzo Papadopoli-turned-Aman-resort looks hands-down insane: Built in the 16th century, it’s surrounded on both sides by gardens, and topped by ceilings painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. All in, it's clearly a total once-in-a-lifetime hotel.

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      Capri Palace Hotel & Spa
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      Capri Palace
      Hotel & Spa

      Capri

      While the opulent, chintz-bedecked Grand Hotel Quisisana takes up a lot of the local oxygen, we much prefer this chic little hotel. The food is delicious (the on-site restaurant has two Michelin stars), the spa is fantastic, and you can walk down the hill to get sandals handmade in Capri at the city’s best shoemaker.

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      Castiglion del Bosco
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      Castiglion
      del Bosco

      Siena

      Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val D’Orcia, this centuries-old estate south of Siena is truly incredible: Beyond the fact that you walk amidst the remnants of walls from the 1100s, it’s surrounded by Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, there’s a world-class golf course, on-site truffle hunting, and the food is unbelievable. There’s a fancy restaurant, but there’s also a casual pizzeria—and kitchens in the villas where you can feast on bread and incomparably sweet tomatoes.

    • Faro Capo Spartivento Photos by Roberto Patti
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      Faro Capo
      Spartivento

      Sardinia

      Sardinia’s oldest lighthouse (built in 1856) is now home to a small, luxury hotel, which is set apart on a promontory that’s only accessible via the hotel’s shuttle. The wild, untouched setting is as gorgeous as the panoramic views of the sea. It’s intimate enough (six junior suites in total, along with two cottages set apart on the property that are topped with glass roofs) that you chat with the chef each day about what you’d most like to eat—and then you can take those meals in the open-air. Abutted by white sand beaches, the property offers snorkeling, scuba diving, along with mountain bikes and the option to ride horses up and down the coast.

    • Grand Hotel Timeo
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      Grand Hotel
      Timeo

      Sicily

      There’s an ancient Greek ampitheater at its back, and unobstructed views of the ocean and Mount Etna at its front, making this a pretty stunning place to rest your head while you tour Sicily.

    • Hotel Caruso
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      Hotel Caruso
      Amalfi Coast

      As if its location in an 11th century palace weren’t enough, this hotel literally sits above Ravello, with stunning views of the sea at its feet. They offer daily boat rides around the Amalfi Coast (or to Positano), or you can linger in the infinity pool perched above the city.

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      Hotel Splendido
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      Hotel
      Splendido

      Portofino

      This wonderfully old-world classic—which has the most epic views in the most amazing location—is the sort of place where every need is anticipated. When we were last here, we arrived really late—within 10 minutes they brought up the perfect plate of spaghetti pomodoro and a glass of red wine.

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      Il Pellicano
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      Il Pellicano
      Tuscany

      Situated along the Tyrrhenian Sea, this former guest house—built in the 1960s by an American socialite and a British soldier (the sole survivor of a crash in Africa in the ‘50s that had captured the heiress’s attention and heart)—still feels like you’re checking in with friends. It’s tasteful, wonderful, and low-key, and boasts stunning views of the sea.

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      Locanda San Vigillo
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      Locanda
      San Vigillo

      Lake Garda

      This isn’t the fanciest hotel on the list, but we hear that it’s incredibly special and cool: It sits on the stunning Lake Garda, the restaurant focuses on seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients, and its close to Verona, one of the cultural hearts of Italy.

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      Villa San Michele
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      Villa
      San Michele

      Florence

      This is one of those hotels that manages to make itself the destination, rather than Florence—while the city is within striking distance (15-minutes away by car), you won’t really want to leave the hotel’s gorgeous terraced gardens, stunning city views, and chic suites. The villa—which dates back to the 15th century—used to be a monastery, and it is said that Michelangelo carved its façade.

     
     
     
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    Uber for
     
    If you're an Angeleno, you probably can't get by without Uber, the app that's allowed us all to finally indulge in more than one glass of wine at dinner and still get home safely. And on the flipside, you probably can't live without Waze, the crowd-sourced traffic app that's reinventing commutes all over the city. While those are the two that are proving most impactful on our lives, there are a host of others that are making mundane tasks so much more appealing. From grocery delivery services to dry cleaning, these apps are reinventing their categories.
     
    • Liquor
    • Saucey
      SauceySaucey

      While currently limited to parts of Los Angeles, it’s hard to imagine that this alcohol delivery app isn’t going to take off across the country. Super slick and streamlined (and a bit, well, saucey), you can order anything from a $15 bottle of Pinot Grigio to a $1,200 bottle of John Walker & Sons Triple Malt Blend, and watch as it’s delivered to your door. There’s no delivery fee, but the prices per bottle are admittedly a bit higher than what you’re going to find at your nearest liquor wholesaler. Bonus: Saucey donates a portion of profits to Charity Water, which provides clean drinking water to impoverished communities around the world.

    • Drizly
      DrizlyDrizly

      Operating in Boston, Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Hamptons, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Drizly has big ambitions: They want to be the Amazon of alcohol. It isn’t as clean and streamlined as Saucey, but they charge no mark-up on in-store prices, and make delivery fees pretty negligible (it's free in NYC).

    • vivino
      VivinoVivino

      If you’ve ever soaked a label off a wine bottle to remember the name—or taken a bleary iPhone snap of a bottle at a candlelit dinner only to not be able to decipher the words the next day, this label-scanning app is your new best friend. Not only does it log your finds, but it tells you where you can buy the bottle in question, and offers the ratings, reviews, and suggestions of other wines you might like. Drync is similar (and shoppable), though it isn’t packed with as much wine-related content. And we're excited to try Delectable, which relaunches today.

    • Vulu
      VuluVulu

      It’s difficult not to fan-hard for this Chicago-based start-up: Not only do they deliver alcohol to your doorstep, but they do it via bike. We haven’t yet tried it ourselves, but we hear good things.

    • Minibar
      MinibarMinibar

      Serving parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Hamptons, Minibar offers some nice perks: The ability to filter by price, plus case discounts for parties. Delivery is free, and your booze will arrive in under an hour.

    • Laundry
    • Flycleaners
      FlycleanersFlyCleaners

      If you live in Williamsburg, Bushwick, or Greenpoint, you can summon FlyCleaners to pick up your laundry, anytime between 6AM and midnight. What’s more? They’ll notify you via the app when your laundry and dry-cleaning is ready, and you can pick your delivery window. (You can also adjust your address, meaning they can pick up from your house, and deliver to your office.) Another perk: You can set all your preferences— hot or cold, starch or no starch, eco detergent or regular—via the app.

    • Washio
      WashioWash.io

      Servicing Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, this eco-focused company actually kind of makes doing laundry fun. They pick up laundry and dry-cleaning in a reusable tote—and return it to you (minus those pesky plastic bags) the next day. They use earth-friendly detergents, and will even pick-up clothing donations, saving you a trip to Goodwill.

    • Shopping
    • Munchery
      MuncheryMunchery

      Woefully, Munchery currently only serves San Francisco (and soon, Seattle)—were we to live there, we’d likely outsource plenty of dinners to them. The premise is pretty simple: Some of the city’s best chefs (Chez Panisse alums and the like), put together menus and super-fresh, organic, pre-assembled meals. You select what you’d like, and they’re delivered same day—generally, they require just a few minutes in the oven. Prices are extremely reasonable—and for every meal ordered, they give one to someone in need.

    • Postmates
      PostmatesPostmates

      This app is pretty much a life-changer: They offer delivery from 1,000s of stores and restaurants. Essentially, they connect you with a local courier, who can grab that extra charger at the Apple store, or pick-up healthy lunch from a restaurant that might not typically deliver, and bring it to your doorstep in under an hour. All transactions happen under cover of the app, meaning cash doesn’t exchange hands, and you can track your courier’s progress through the city (you’ll also see his or her photo and information). Delivery starts at $5, and ranges up, depending on location. Postmates is expanding rapidly: They just launched in Austin and Silicon Valley, and already serve San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles.

    • Instacart
      InstacartInstacart

      This is one of those apps that, quite frankly, seems almost too good to be true—not only will they hit any of the main stores in your area, including Costco, but they’ll hit them all as part of a single order. And then deliver within an hour (you can also schedule a later delivery). They offer a photographic inventory from each store that’s fairly comprehensive, and you can simply dial in the quantity (either through their site or their app). You can also request that they shop for items not represented, though our experience was that they couldn't always find them. Like Amazon Prime, Instacart (after your first foray), offers a yearly membership for $99, where orders over $35 are delivered free. They’re expanding rapidly, and currently serve the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.

    • Restaurant
    • Cover


      CoverCover

      This is the sort of app you never thought you’d need—but then can’t imagine living without. Cover—available at select restaurants in NYC and the Bay Area—let’s you pay your check via app. It also lets you split your bill however many ways you’d like without having to ask your server to stand and swipe an endless number of credit cards.

    Two worthy sites to bookmark now
    Good Eggs

    Good Eggs
    The mission here is admirable ("to grow and sustain local food systems worldwide")—and it’s reflected in the goods. You can shop from a handful of local farms and producers, check-out with one cart, and receive one (free) delivery. Beyond gorgeous organic peaches, freshly-baked breads, free-range eggs, and grass-fed beef, they offer pre-made meals as well, crafted by local kitchens and chefs. Currently, Good Eggs serves Brooklyn, LA, New Orleans, and the SF Bay.


    Caviar

    Caviar
    Don’t feel like waiting for a table at Blue Ribbon Sushi, Corner Bistro, Han Dynasty, or Boqueria? No matter. For $9.99, Caviar will pick up dinner at restaurants that don’t traditionally deliver, and bring it to your door. Bonus: They offer real-time GPS tracking on delivery. Besides Manhattan, Caviar serves San Francisco and the East Bay, Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

     
     

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