If you’re lusting after a Gray Malin print but can’t exactly afford one… Here’s your chance to get in on the action! Purchase a roll of Gray Malin Gift Wrap for $12.50. BOOM.
2. KitchenAid Soda Mixin’
This KitchenAid X SodaStream collab is practically perfect in every way. Love the look, and I’m already sold on the function – I’ve got the Apple-esque version which by comparison is so Holiday 2013 amiright? If you don’t already own a SodaStream, start that list for Santa and put this at the top!
3. Apple Watch
Just Kidding Apple Watch is not in our 5 Faves of the Week. But Aislinn’s commentary on Apple Watch made the cut:
This post is brought to you by our lovely wedding blogger, Aislinn! And with Marty getting married next year, we have weddings on our mind more than ever
The best thing about being a bridesmaid is that you get told what to wear (thanks, Marty!) I had to wear a Catholic School Uniform for 13 years, so, sometimes I crave the uniformity of not having to make fashion decisions. I also like it when people just do things for me. Unfortunately, one cannot be a bridesmaid at every wedding that they go to. Number one because that would be weird. Number two because that would cost a fortune. Number three because obviously.
Never fear, my non-bridesmaid folk, the JCR girls are here to help you out with a Wedding Dress Code. Rule number one: Never wear an actual school uniform to a wedding. You are not Madonna.
White Tie/Black Tie Attire
What. does. that. even. mean? Formal Dress is a scary concept for a lot of women. For men, there are some pretty set rules of what to wear and what not to wear, but for women? For women, it’s admittedly somewhat open to interpretation, which is the worst thing in the entire world. Here’s what you need to know about White Tie or Black Tie: You’re about to be surrounded by some rich people. White Tie is much more formal than Black Tie. Tradition says not to wear a short dress, but hey, tradition, shmradition! For Black Tie and White tie we say: long or short dresses are a-ok, but think formal. Think elegant. Do NOT think prom.
If you are going to go for a full-length dress, keep it sleek. Seriously, unless you are attending the wedding ceremony of Queen Victoria, do not wear a ball gown. (The wedding of Queen Victoria took place in 1840. Capicse?) If you are going to wear a short dress, keep the hem line no shorter than where the tips of your fingers brush your thighs. Remember, if you’re going to a wedding this fancy, there will be parents, grandparents, old people of all sorts, and they will be judging. Keep it classy.
Hooray! You just got an invitation with more interpretive nonsense! Cocktail attire for men at weddings means suit and tie, or dinner jacket. And for women the all-encompassing term: “cocktail dress.” Traditionally, this means any dress that falls above the ankle. We say that you should probably be keeping the dress-length mid-thigh for this as well, because it’s a wedding, but you can probably get away with it being a little on the shorter side. Remember, if you are like us, you’re about to dance up a storm. Leave some wiggle room! (Always avoid the risk of someone seeing your spanx!)
We quite like the idea of switching it up a little bit and wearing a sleek jumpsuit; keeping it classic with a vintage-inspired midi; or a cute mod shift. If you want to stand out, the best advice we can give for cocktail dresses is: Have fun with your shoes and make-up.
If you’re like us, seeing this on an invitation totally freaks you out! Are we going to be over-dressed? Or under-dressed?! Here’s the truth of the matter: Casual Attire on a wedding invitation means your Sunday Best, not your favorite blue jeans. For men: slack and a button down, or collared shirt. For women: a dress, a skirt and shirt, or slacks and a blouse. You can probably have fun with this! Remember, it’s always better to be slightly overdressed!
Note: A personal preference. The color red is the color men find the most attractive, and women find the most threatening. Really! There are studies! If you are going to wear red to a wedding, we recommend a short, modest dress. Red + full-length dress = center of attention, which isn’t the best thing to be at someone elses’ wedding. Another note on color: steer clear of the white. Even if the bride says she doesn’t care, or if it’s fashionable, etc…. if we’re being honest: it looks weird in Facebook pictures.
Our final rule in our Wedding Dress Code Guide For People Who Aren’t Bridesmaids is to wear something you love and you can move in. Weddings are FUN, full of energy, and full of love. Bring those great vibes with you Tell us what you’re wearing to your friends’ wedding!
The changing of seasonsis always a bittersweet experience. You could say we‘ve got a case of that Summertime Sadness (and we likely have Lana Del Rey playing on Pandora). While we don’t subscribe to the belief that you need to pack the white away after Labor Day, we will be introducing some new fall colors into our wardrobes and retiring some of the spring/summer brights.
If you’ve never been toShop Waiting on Martha brace yourself, because you will find so many adorable things that you need in your life. While nothing here is necessarily a “necessity,” a 20% savings should erase that shadow of a doubt.
Use code: SOLONGSUMMER for 20% off everything. Yes, EVERYTHING. Like art prints. Adorable notepads. The cutest dog toys in the history of ever.
I ordered a set of Sticky9 (formerly Stickygram) Instagram magnets for the office last year, and loved them so much I secured another set for home, too. With a new set of spring/summer favorite ‘grams, I thought it was time to add to my collection.
[Pro Tip: Use code: FRIEND0REH for 15% off your first order! Also -- you can now upload photos directly from your computer OR directly from your published instagrams].
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…the only thing that could make a Friday more amazing. This is the perfect time to pull the trigger on all of those things you spend the rest of the year lusting after, and to get your wardrobe ready for fall. We’ve tried to pick our favorites to share with you, but it was hard so bear with us.
I always think BOOTS when this sale rolls around. My closet is going to be well stocked for Autumn.
I studied abroad in Spain for a summer, so it should come to no surprise that when I saw the Spanish language gracing the front of J.Crew tops I did a little happy dance inside—my two loves combined. It wasn’t until I did some more investigating that I realized this is actually becoming a widespread trend.
Walking down fifthave as of late, I naïvely get the idea that my vocabulary is increasing, or rather that I’m having flashbacks to my one year of French in the seventh grade. Are we surprised that the three most prominent languages are those of romance: Italian, French and Spanish? Designers are also experimenting with other languages like Swedish, Swahili and Portuguese. Anyone else ready to jump on a plane?
Playful interpretations of this movement win my praise as I now, all of the sudden, need the ‘commeci comme ça’ banded tee by Madewell—don’t tell Spanish I’m cheating on it with French. This worldly trend may be the “new black” for now, but let’s be honest, thanks to Audrey//Coco, we’ll always be faithful to the timeless black-on-black ensemble.
Hasta luego! …(until next time)
Lauren is a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and has since moved to NYC. She can be found working for a digital advertising agency by day, and online shopping by night. Guilty pleasures include: cats, red lipstick, candles and classic paperbacks.
A few months ago I did a post on my favorite beauty items. Based on recommendations from friends, (I’m not a huge fan of trial and error) I’ve made some additions to that list.
Biore Charcoal Cleanser: This stuff is really amazing. My face has never felt so good with another cleanser, and it’s only $6.99! The charcoal in the cleanser helps to draw impurities out of your pores so you know you are getting a deep clean.
Laura Mercier Highlighter: I had wanted a highlighter for awhile and decided to go with a powder version. The liquid seemed like too big of a step to start out with. The Laura Mercier highlighter is great because it is subtle and not too glittery like some of the others out there.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer: My (ex) boss and (forever and always) New York Spirit Guide is obsessed with Sephora. This benefits me because I get all of the best tips from her on what to buy (oh, and all of the samples she doesn’t want)! She gave me two samples of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow primer and after the first use I was sold. Especially now that it’s summer I’m happy I don’t have to worry about my eye makeup melting off from the always present humidity!
What are the beauty products you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments section below!