I really don’t write a lot about what to wear on my blog –and I don’t pretend to be up on the current fashion trends– but sometimes I find a favorite that I want to tell you about. Late last August, I picked up a Nili Lotan Maxi Beach Dress from Huzza. (You remember my post about Huzza, right?) I wore my beach dress everywhere but to the beach. It’s pretty sheer, but I layered it up with a second lightweight cotton slip and wore it over and over again until the October chill put it to rest.As of last week, we hadn’t gotten a lot of true Summer heat in the Northeast. I woke up in the country to 52 degrees and rain. The forecast called for continued rain and a high in the 60s, so when I dressed myself for a rainy trip into the City for apartment hunting. I wore my very favorite Oka B Taylor ballet flat rain shoes.As luck would have it, in the City it got well into the 70’s. It was bloody hot on the cement and the sun was blazing down. Needless to say, I was incredibly uncomfortable with all my Springtime gear on. I shed every layer of clothes I could. I finally got to the point where all I could think about was taking my shoes off. It didn’t matter if there was a Liebherr, a roof deck, or a walk in closet in the apartments we were seeing. I. Wanted. Flip-Flops. All I knew in that moment is that I liked J.Crew leather Capri Sandals. So before we headed down to West 12th street to see an adorable walk up 1 bedroom in a townhouse, I quickly stopped in the Fifth Avenue store for a pair of metallic gold flip flops. These shoes are a staple in my Summer wardrobe. I’ve had them in every metallic color, nude, white, black. They’re effortless to wear and look pretty -like you tried a little when getting dressed- unlike plastic flip-flops.While I was waiting to check out at J. Crew, I spied a familiar Maxi Dress. This time it was in a Wood-Block print. It was the very same lines as my beloved Nili Lotan Maxi Dress! I was completely annoyed that J. Crew knocked off her design, so I decided to take a closer look on my way out the door. Low and behold that wasn’t the case at all. I am not that “up” on current big-brand/fashion designer collaborations – but as it turns out – Nili Lotan designed a line for J. Crew!Seeing that beach dress at J. Crew inspired me to go home and check out Nili Lotan’s website – where I found she has the same maxi dress in multiple color ways for sale for wee-bit less than J. Crew is charging. As you know, in every instance I’d much prefer to support the small designer than the big box store, so you bet I did a little Summer uniform shopping at Nili Lotan!