Week in Review: Summertime Gladness

Hard to believe we’re over halfway through August! Here’s what we’ve been up to lately…

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Summer may be fleeting, but there’s no better time than the present to purchase a new pair of sandals (that’s what I told myself, at least). This time, I went with the Jack Rogers Capri Sandal in Platinum. Super comfortable + great for narrow feet! Rumor has it, there’s an “End of the Season” sale on now at jackrogers.com with savings up to 60% off!

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In addition to my go-to summer sandals, I’ve been getting a ton of use out of my @seabagsmaine tote this season. Many of you asked [something along the lines of...]
Q: Would you recommend this oversized, excessively nautical tote bag?
A: Oh for shore! (Aren’t you relieved I didn’t say tote-ally?)

In all seriousness, I do really like it. The bag fits multiple beach towels, beverages, sunscreen – you name it! Also pretty cool that it’s made of recycled sails. ♻️ I went with the Large Navy Zip Top Anchor Tote + Hanging Pocket (I’d recommend both the zipper + pocket upgrades!).

Minnesota-Summer-Lake-Minnetonka-Sailboat So, I’m still saving up for that boat, but until then I’ll continue to snap photos like this and live vicariously though them. Follow along on Instagram @TheJCRGirls for more where this came from!

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The title of this post isn’t entirely accurate. While I’m trying my best to embrace “Summertime Gladness,” the end-of-summer blues is really starting to hit home. To combat this, I’ve been spending tons of time outside – running, biking, festival-going and dining al fresco (that is, in addition to yard work, but I doubt you want to hear about that…).

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P.S. – Still getting plenty of wear out of this Ratti “Into the Wild” print – as seen in our recent #JCrewChallenge series!

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In the spirit of back-to-school season, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite geek chic accessories including: “You Got This” Trinket Dish, Gold & Acrylic StaplerShop Sonix Palm Print Case, Rose Gold Scissors, Rifle Paper Legal Notepad & Warby Parker Tortoise Glasses!


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You know we can’t resist a good nautical motif, so this new necklace from LK Meyer (handcrafted in Rhode Island) and “Sail Away” notebook needed to join the collection of nautical necessities.

Back-to-School-Desk-Accessories We stretched the “back-to-school” theme even further and decided it was a great opportunity to refresh both desk and bar cart accessories.

From L to R: Mariposa Napkin Holder + Boat Shoe Weight / Moleskin Notebook / Papyrus “Dress Your Desk” Accessories / Target Scissors / Hair Tie Holder Bracelets Cuffs / Leatherology Envelope / Monogrammed Mariposa Wine Coaster.

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And in true JCR girl fashion, we’d be remiss not to mention that the latest J.Crew Style Guide IS THE BEST ONE IN YEARS. Back us up on this, will you?

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We started parsing through the pages and familiarizing ourselves with the 226 shades of pink (not a typo!) to bring you some a roundup of our favorite new blush tones in the form of:

Tune in next week, as we share details of our recent travels AND an exciting announcement!

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Spa Day with VMV Hypoallergenics

I’ve always been completely content doing at-home masks, exfoliating, manis/pedis…all of that fun stuff…but, when I had the opportunity to go to VMV Hypoallergenics in Soho I couldn’t say no. A good friend of mine introduced me to the brand last year and I’ve gone to several events that they host at their shop on Mott Street. Last fall, I won a 90-minute treatment so I finally carved some time out of my weekend to go and see what it was all about.

VMV Hypoallergenics

First of all, I really love the brand. I have pretty sensitive skin that I’m always so nervous about agitating. With VMV I don’t have to worry about that because all of their products are free of all the things that could irritate your skin (regardless of the type)…parabens, preservatives, fragrances, and dyes. I was happy I didn’t have to stress about what was going on my skin which helped me to relax even more!

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My aesthetician  talked to me about my skin and problem areas before diving in. She gave me some suggestions based on the issues I was experiencing and then explained how she would address them in the session that day. Honestly, I thought I was doing a pretty good job taking care of my skin but after my appointment I walked away with a lot of ways I could be doing better. It can be overwhelming to know the best way to take care of your skin or the best products to use so it felt good to walk out with a more focused plan. I need to exfoliate more and make sure to wear sunscreen everyday – even if I’ll only be outside to walk to and from work (news to me!).

From there, the most relaxing 90 minutes of my life (okay, maybe a little extreme but at least of my year) began. The spa treatment I won was the 90-min “Let Down Your Stresses” so it included a facial but also a full body massage (amazing!). Everything felt so soothing, and I was warned by some friends ahead of time that facials can really swell your face or even flare up acne. None of that was an issue for me even immediately after my treatment. I felt like I was glowing and fresh walking out of the treatment room and it just got better over time!

VMV Makeup

If you live in NYC I would definitely recommend making a trip to their storefront in Soho and if you’re not local – check out their website! Not only is their skincare great, they also have a makeup line that is hypoallergenic as well. Personally, I’m a big fan of their boo boo balm (so good for lips and patchy areas on my face), sunscreens, and this eyebrow powder.

XO

JD

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Week in Review: J.Crew, ThredUp, Beauty & Sale Picks!

Here’s what we’ve been up to over the past week…

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I finally unpacked from my recent island adventure, and was happy to find the weather at home has remained hot with plenty of sunshine. I’ve enjoyed wearing bright colors and floaty fabrics (like this J.Crew x Liberty of London Skirt from Poshmark* + this GiGi New York Uber Clutch) – trying to make the most of it as I know fall is just around the corner! Come Sunday night, I was ready to relax, so treated myself to a mini at-home facial (using Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm) and a spoonful (ok, handful) of sugar!

*Sign up for Poshmark with code HMFGA to save $5: https://bnc.lt/m/EUh0zrMaFv.

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We had guests (ok, my parents) in town last weekend. Each time we host guests I ask myself, “Why haven’t we updated the guest room yet?” It has a ton of potential, we just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Here’s one of the guest room photos I snapped at the Artisan Home Tour earlier this summer. It’s filed away in my “Inspiration” folder, but hoping to make certain elements a reality soon!  How do you feel about the wallpaper?

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I don’t know about you, but when I got the email notice that Glossier was restocked (mid-July) I jumped on restocking my own supply. I admit I was skeptical at first, but I’ve quickly become a huge fan of Glossier* beauty + skincare products. I wear boy brow + generation g lipstick (in jam) on the daily. Also, loving the new balmdotcom flavors. I thought “one was enough,” but boy was I wrong!

*New to Glossier? Take 20% off your first order via this link: http://bff.glossier.com/d5bsl

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On Friday I had the opportunity to try ItsByU DIY flower kits. From flower crowns to centerpieces, bouquets to boutonnieres, their kits are fun and functional – not to mention a big money saver for a DIY bride or party planner! The founders take you through all the steps via video, and it’s actually simpler than it looks! Check out their full lineup of flower kits here: http://itsbyu.com/.

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I also had the chance to test-drive some new products from The Body Shop. More than just pretty and pink, all products shown here are packed with moisturizing benefits – even the lip + cheek stains provide 12hrs of hydration! Check ‘em out at TheBodyShop. Pro tip: Sign up for their email list to receive 15% off your first order. 

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I finally made some closet clean-out progress! Last week, I signed up for a ThredUp Clean Out Kit (after reading about it in Inc. magazine). It showed up in the mail, and I promptly started stuffing the bag with like-new clothing and accessories that just don’t suit me anymore. Once ThredUp has a chance to process my items, they’ll provide a payout and donate any unaccepted items to a worthy cause!

If you’re interested in checking out the gently used items in their inventory (there’s TONS of J.Crew pieces), you can take $10 off your first order by visiting: http://www.thredup.com/r/8AZKEC.

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So, I didn’t just clean out my closet via ThredUp. Full disclosure: I did some shopping, too. With over 8,000 like-new J.Crew items, I had to take a peek. Right? Turns out, I [almost] found this cotton + linen J.Crew blouse (from March 2007) I’ve been searching for! This is the Factory version, but it should do the trick. If you’ve been searching for specific J.Crew pieces from previous seasons, I suggest checking out the selection on ThredUp. In addition to this, I scored some long-lost sweater jackets and a suiting collection dress for just $8!

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Ok, ok, my online shopping spree didn’t stop there. I got an email about Tuckernuck’s “Best Sale Yet” and I couldn’t resist clicking through. I found tons of fantastic blue + white items – drawn to summery tops and dresses in particular. While I didn’t pull the trigger on any of these, I’m still tempted…

Did you shop the Tuckernuck Sale yet? If you do, check out the Ultimate Guide to Saint James, too. While not on sale (does it ever go on sale?), the information presented is SUPER helpful!

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Last but not least, our season-favorite, J.Crew x Ratti Into The Wild print pieces are on major sale! Scroll back through our Instagram feed to see how we styled this print 5 ways over the course of 5 days. Moral of the story? We’re really into this print, and we think you’ll love it, too!

Like what you see? Shop our picks via LiketoKnow.it.

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Woven Pear – Best. Socks. Ever.

Treat your feet to fun, comfortable, cute ‘pears’ of socks from Woven Pear. They seriously have the cutest designs. I mean, look at these:

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For my first order, I limited myself to 3 ‘pears’ and seriously had the most difficult time choosing. Decided to go with:

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Many of them have fun sayings on the bottom, too! Woven-Pear-Monthly-Subscription-Sock-Box *You can still snag the Americana 3-pack (shown above) for a discounted price of $30. And with this promo code, you can take an additional 20% ($5.99) off.

For more photos, check out Woven Pear on Instagram. They also have a monthly sock box, and I think I need to get in on that action. Here’s the scoop: Every month we’ll send you 3 “pears” of exclusively designed socks available only to members. Free shipping!

The June box screams summer picnic. Can’t believe I missed out on these cuties:

 

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This post wasn’t sponsored. We’re just really big fans of these stylish socks! Take 20% off your first Woven Pear purchase here: http://wovenpear.refr.cc/4SDWHWR.

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My Makeup Essentials

Nailing down a beauty routine involves a lot of trial and error. You not only have to find what works for your skin, you also have to find products that help you achieve the look you are going for. Finding a foundation that gave me both coverage and a bit of a glow for example seemed like almost an impossible task. I know I love seeing what other people have in their makeup lineup so I wanted to share mine with you.

I used to always have the “save” mindset when it came to makeup. I never wanted to spend too much, but honestly, I probably spent MORE trying out product after product because they just weren’t right. So many of these items might seem like more of an investment up front, but if you get what you’re looking for with the first shot it’s worth it. Plus, who doesn’t love those Sephora Beauty Insider points?!

What beauty products do you swear by? In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my skincare routine as well so stay tuned!

XO

JD

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How to Do Red, White, and Blue

The Fourth of July is coming up and that means it’s time to rock one of our favorite color combos…we’ve shared our favorite red, white, and blue pieces below!

Red:

White:

Blue:

What will you be wearing for the Fourth?

XO

JD

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Trend to Try: Jumpsuits

I think everyone has a few silly things that they get hung up on and can’t let go of. I’m a little embarrassed to share that for a long time, I was obsessed with wanting to be able to wear jumpsuits. Weird I know. I love how the look is effortless and a bit quirky, but due to the jumpsuit’s one-piece nature, my one size on the top and one size on the bottom body did not get along with it. Well, thanks to some new versions of the trend being introduced (and many months of hot yoga and barre classes ;) ) like wide-legged and more relaxed fits…IT HAPPENED, I could wear a jumpsuit!

Naturally, my obsession has now moved from wanting to wear them to purchasing them to wear. The great thing is that because they are so popular right now you can find them nearly everywhere at every price point.

Old Navy:

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Madewell:

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Shopbop:

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We will be sharing more of our favorite “trends to try” so stay tuned and share what trends have made it into your closet this summer in the comments below.

XO

JD

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J.Crew Challenge – Ratti Into the Wild Print

Exciting News! We’re happy to announce that The JCR Girls are participating in the latest #JCrewChallenge. We’re tasked with wearing 1 print, 5 ways, over the course of 5 days.

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Follow along to see how we style the bright and cheery ‘Into the Wild’ print. This jungle-inspired motif was discovered in the archives of Ratti, one of Italy’s most renowned print houses. The rich colors were achieved using new digital printing technology, for an especially vibrant effect.

We’re thrilled that J.Crew has revived this amazing print, and can hardly wait to share our outfits with you. Tune in on Instagram as we kickoff the J.Crew Challenge (℅ our friends at @jcrew)!

Day 1: J.Crew Challenge
Taking casual Friday up a notch with a punchy print and Cleopatra Collar (aka, I doubled up on necklaces).
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J.CREW BOY SHIRT IN RATTI® INTO THE WILD PRINT

Day 2: J.Crew Challenge
[Ad]venturing into the weekend in a J.Crew Ruffle-sleeve Top and bright red skirt. JCrew-Challenge-Into-The-Wild-Ruffle-Sleeve-Top

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 J.CREW RUFFLE-SLEEVE TOP IN RATTI® INTO THE WILD PRINT

More to come!

Martha

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I Can’t Believe That’s From…: Old Navy

One of my favorite things to do with my outfits is surprise people. Not necessarily with what I’m wearing (my style is pretty tame), but with where what I am wearing was purchased. It gives you a little sense of validation as far as your shopping skills go to hear someone say “I can’t believe you found that THERE!”.

I decided to do a post on this because the above reaction has been occurring more and more frequently when I’m wearing pieces from (drum roll please)…OLD NAVY. My roommate has actually said to me “please do not tell me that you bought that at Old Navy” because she really can’t believe that I’m finding all of these super cute pieces there. If you are looking to stay on trend on a budget and haven’t taken a look at what they have in awhile, make a trip there ASAP. Check out some of my faves below (apologies in advance for the number of items, but really I love pretty much everything):

After all of that, I didn’t even include workout or swim items. Which are also amazing and you should check out.

Let us know if you find any fun new pieces for your wardrobe at Old Navy in the comments below!

XO

JD

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Restock Alert! Glossier Stretch Concealer and Generation G Lipsticks…

UPDATE: As of July 13, Glossier announced that the sold-out Stretch Concealer and coveted Generation G Lipsticks are BACK. Grab them before they’re gone. If you’re new to Glossier, take 20% off your first order via: http://bff.glossier.com/d5bsl.

Mark your calendars! Glossier has announced that the sold-out Stretch Concealer and coveted Generation G Lipsticks will be restocked this July.

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Demand overwhelmed supply very quickly, and only the first to add to cart were able to get their hands on these cult beauty favorites so far this year. I snatched up Generation G in ‘Crush’ and just can’t get enough. It is the perfect compromise between lipstick, lip stain, lip gloss and balm. I want to collect them all (and not run out of my current supply before July – we’ll see!).

Also on my list upon restock is Glossier Stretch Concealer. Based on the blogger reviews to date, I have no doubts that this product lives up to its promise!
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So, what is in stock?

  • The new Flavored Balm Dotcom Trio {for a limited time!} features three fun flavors in Rose, Cherry, and Mint.
  • Boy Brow (in all 3 shades!) is currently in-stock and ready for ation.
  • My new favorite face wash, Milky Jelly Cleanser, is also available. (My favorite travel option is Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes).
  • If you’re in need of a new mask (or just up for trying a bunch of options), the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack has received high marks, and I trust the Moisturizing Moon Mask is a keeper, too.
  • Glossier also recently debuted some darling merch, including sweatshirts, pink pouches, logo pins and terry headbands.

Shop Glossier here, and get 20% off your first purchase + Free Shipping (over $30) and Free Returns on everything.

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