Kate Spade Friends & Family Sale

And the amazing Friends & Family sale streak continues. Through tomorrow you can get 30% off of your entire purchase from Kate Spade (use code F14FFUS at checkout)!! There’s no better time to finally get that bag you’ve been lusting after or to pick up an amazing dress for the holiday parties that will be here before you know it.

Kate Spade F&F 1

Kate Spade F&F 2

1. Sparkly earrings are perfect for daily wear or as the finishing touch for a night out (you all know we love day-to-night)!// 2 & 7. You can never have too many bags. How fun is the color-blocked cross body? And that satchel is so timeless…need need need.// 3. iPhone cases, just because.// 4 & 6. Kate Spade is all about a well placed bow, and let’s be serious no matter how old you get it’s always a fun touch to your ensemble. These booties and gloves have just the right touch of whimsy while remaining very classy.// 5. I’ve been obsessed with the KSNY watches since they were introduced and this one has a strap in my favorite color for fall…oxblood!// 7. A silky floral skirt is a fun twist for a holiday party. Who says flowers are only for the summer?// 8. I love the Gatsby vibe I get from this statement necklace. It would be perfect to spice up your LBD for any occasion!

 

And in my dream life I have a reason to wear this dress every weekend:

Kate Spade Sequin Fit and Flare

 

XO

JD

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Sale Alert! Shopbop Friends & Family Sale On Now

3 Days Only! Take 25% off your Shopbop.com order with code: FAMILY25

Save on your favorites from: Tory BurchKate SpadeMadewellDiane Von Furstenberg, Rebecca MinkoffMarc by Marc Jacobs, & more!

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Did we mention Shopbop has free shipping, free returns and is Amazon Prime eligible?

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Black is the New Black

Because black never goes out of style.

If you’re updating your wardrobe on a budget, invest in the classics (but we’re not talking boring black basics here). Here’s a new take on classic black:

Ladylike with a Modern Twist

Black is the New Black: The JCR Girls
ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR // FIVE // SIX // SEVEN // EIGHT


A Little Bit Edgier

Black is the New Black: The JCR Girls

ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR // FIVE // SIX // SEVEN // EIGHT 

Speaking of black… Abercrombie & Fitch has recently lifted their ban on the color black [this Refinery29 article provides the deets].

So the question is: would you shop there again? My immediate answer is NO, NEVER!

But I mean these ponte pants and culottes are pretty on point…

abercrombie-and-fitch-black-clothing Ponte Pant Leggings // Culottes


I’ll leave you with some “All Black Everything” street style inspiration:

Street Style On Pinterest ***All Images via Pinterest***


P.S. Don’t miss out on these Columbus Day Sales!

 

XO,

Marty

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Tory Burch Friends & Fans Event

How is it that my main hobby is shopping and I always seem to find out about sales later than everyone else. I’m going to blame my inbox. Well, what’s important is I (and you all!) still have today to shop the Tory Burch Friends & Fans Event (get 25% off your order by using the code FRIENDLIEST)…crisis averted!

Shoes:

I am always in LOVE with all the TB shoes, but they are definitely in the “treat yourself” price category so this event is the perfect time to click “purchase”! Oh, and to restock on those Revas because we all know how much action they get!

Astoria Pump//Trudy Wedge//Fulton Bootie//Hastings Bootie//Reva Flat//Simone Boots

Bags:

Double Zip Cross Body//Fold Over Messenger//Thea Messenger//Savannah Tiny Tote//Lily Mini Square Satchel

Accessories:

Coin Purse//Fleming Wallet//Stacked Rings//Pearl Link Necklace//Bow Studs//iPhone Case//Sunglasses//Double Wrap Watch

There really is so much great stuff over on the site now so hurry over before the end of the day to take advantage of the amazing savings and let us know what you bought in the comments!

XO

JD

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Current Obsession (and a Giveaway!): Danielle Murray

Okay, get ready because today we are featuring an amazing artist Danielle Murray. I am in constant awe of her talent and I think you all are really going to love her work. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and shed some light on her journey to turning her dream into her career…oh and is also giving away one of the most perfect prints ever (hello stripes and a sailboat!).

I met Danielle when I lived in Milwaukee and worked with her husband (shout out to John Murray!). They are basically the coolest, cutest, most creative couple (the letter of the day is C) out there. Keep reading for our interview with Danielle and to enter for a chance to win this awesome print:

DanielleMurray_Welcomeship

Danielle grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in illustration with honors.  In addition to freelancing and gallery shows (and painting A LOT of ships), she has also worked in-house as a product designer, for a division of Bed Bath & Beyond. Her paintings have been exhibited in cities across the U.S. including New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Additionally, her artwork has been licensed to a wide range of products including textiles, paper goods and home decor products. She currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her better half.

Danielle Murray

How long have you been in business? What are some of the key milestones that have taken place?

I started freelancing (mostly editorial illustration) in 2008. Since then, many things have happened that brought me to the point where I am now: creating artwork that gets licensed for product and home decor. I have been working in this field, as a decorative/art licensing artist for almost 2 years.

A few years after graduating college, I left Philly and moved back to NJ. I started working a part-time job at a frame shop (which at the time made me feel like I was failing since my artwork alone could not sustain me), but it was so important, because it is where I learned about the art publishing industry (and also met some of my best friends). With the knowledge from the frame shop I landed an in-house designer position for The Christmas Tree Shops. I got paid to paint cupcakes and pumpkins, and while my 18 year old self may have laughed at this, it was exactly where I needed to be.

I like pretty things and painting pretty things, and well, I enjoy painting, anything! Not to mention I love researching and home decor and keeping up with trends in the marketplace, which all goes hand in hand with creating artwork for licensing and publishing. My work never seemed quite right for editorial illustration, and not always appropriate for the fine art world, so I always felt like I was just sort of lingering. Learning about this other world just made everything click for me. I eventually left my position at the Christmas Tree Shops and relocated to Milwaukee, WI where I began licensing on my own, I currently work with two representatives who sell and license my artwork.

Holy ship! We love all things nautical, too. Why is painting ships your “happy place?” Where else do you draw inspiration (…detail some of your rummaging adventures??)

I grew up by the ocean, so I’d imagine this has a lot to do with it, and in general, the act of painting the ocean is one of my favorite things to do. It’s one of those subject matters that I never think I paint well enough, so I keep on trying.

A lot of my inspiration is drawn from past places and things. My father has been a “picker” long before pickers were a thing, so I’ve been flea marketing, rummaging and well, garbage picking my whole life. I love old objects because of the history. All of the things I collect have a story, whether I know it or not, and that’s the fascinating part about every item I find.

What are some of the struggles you’ve encountered starting your own business and how have you overcome them? 

I think the toughest thing for me, which can still be a struggle at times, is comparing myself and my career to other people. It is a difficult thing in a world where you are constantly inundated with other people’s work and success to not compare where you are at with where they are at. I think it is best to remember that no two stories are the same.

I would also say having a plan is so important! For years I just didn’t have clear direction. What I liked and what type of artwork I wanted to make never wavered for me, but I couldn’t seem to find the right place for it. I was trying to find success in multiple places, editorial illustration, galleries, the decorative world etc. Trying to do too many different things resulted in me not finding real fulfillment or success in any of them. Having a clear focus and making a business plan has helped me tremendously.

There can be a lot of comfort 9-5 job. What advice would you give to someone who wants to set out to turn what they love into a career?

I think the bottom line is to always generate good work. Stay educated on the industry and set both long and short term goals. A long term business plan is so important, but it is the baby steps that make things happen.

Also, knowing what you are capable of and identifying your strengths is so important. From the beginning, one of the first steps of my plan was getting representation from an agent. I knew just starting out, that I did not want to be writing contracts and negotiating deals, It was not an area I felt confident in. This may not always be the case, but for now my time is best spent creating the work.

Will you be adding more items to your Etsy shop soon? Because we’re gonna need to start a collection…

Yes! I try to add new prints of my personal paintings as I finish them. I’ve also been slowly adding smaller/affordable originals.

Be sure to follow Danielle to see more of her amazing work on her Facebook, Instagram, and website. And enter below to win the Welcome Ship print pictured above! The giveaway ends next Friday so get your name in now :)

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Fall Favorites: Colors

Hello there! After a VERY long blogging hiatus I (Jocelyn) am back. I’m going to be blogging full time for now so you will be getting more regular updates from us, yay! Here we goooo……

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you probably know that I’m crazy and I love the cold weather months. Dressing for fall and winter has to be my favorite thing EVER. Sweaters, layering, boots, cute jackets…it really is the best! Due to this, I obviously have about a million categories of things I love for fall fashion so I’m going to share them with you because…I can! Let’s start out with the beautiful colors that you can incorporate into your wardrobe now that the temps should be dropping soon. In my opinion, wearing darker tones in the summer can be hard when its so bright and warm out. Now I take full advantage of being able to incorporate darker colors into my ensembles!

Oxblood:

Olive Green:

Cognac (for your bags, shoes, and other assorted accessories this is my favorite!):

What are your favorite colors for fall? Tell us in the comments below!

XO

JD

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Sale Roundup

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Woo, it’s Wednesday (and the first day of October)! Halfway through the week…I don’t know about where you are but it’s been pretty gloomy here in NYC. What better to brighten things up than with a sale roundup?! Be sure to check out these sales soon to snag up all the great deals and stock up on pieces for your fall wardrobe!

Ann Taylor: Extra 40% off of sale items (only through midnight tonight)! This top is perfection with a subtle leather detail around the neck and can we talk about these shoes?! In love.

J. Crew: 25% off fall jackets, shoes, and boots AND 30% off select final sale items (use code FALLSTYLES). I’ve been wanting a toggle jacket for…forever so I had to scoop this one up! And how cozy does this sweater look? I’m imagining drinking a PSL walking through Central Park (I’m seasonally basic and I’m totally fine with it).

Shopbop: There are tons of new additions to the sale section (including my favorite Rebecca Minkoff crossbody) and be sure to check out the additional 70% off section…I mean, really, it doesn’t get better than that (this Tibi dress may or may not be hiding there. Obsessed).

Gap: 30% off full priced styles (or 40% if your a card) with code LAYERUP. I stopped in the other day and they’ve really stepped their game up this fall. I picked up some corduroys and was thinking about this dress. I think I’ve decided I need it!

Piperlime: 15% off sale items (ends today!) with the code SHOPSALE. Three words: shoesshoesshoes. I didn’t say it was going to be three different words…

Happy shopping!

XO

JD

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Anthropologie New Arrivals

Anthropologie is always one of my favorites and their new arrivals for fall aren’t making it any easier for me to keep my credit card in my wallet. Here are just a few of the pieces I’m dreaming of having in my closet…(key word is dreaming because I’m going to have to wait for all of these things to go on sale, let’s be real).

Anthro Risen Sun Sweater

Risen Sun Sweater Dress

Anthro really has a spell cast on me, I think. When I’m on the website I really believe, “yes I can wear this sweater dress and look like a chic hippie free spirit just like the model. I need this.” So I might try this on and it won’t look good because my free spirit status is pretty low, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m still obsessed with it.

Anthro Camofloral Neoprene Skirt

Camofloral Neoprene Skirt

I need this skirt. NEED. Imagine this in my family Christmas picture. Actually don’t…because if you can imagine my family’s Christmas picture that’s kind of creepy. But trust me, it would look really cute.

Anthro Domino Deco Cape

Domino Deco Cape

This cape could not be any more perfect. Definitely makes a statement but I don’t think its over the top. Love, love, LOVE.

Lumi Pullover

Lumi Pullover

You can never have too many basic t’s – but this one is so much fun with the trim and crossover detail. The perfect piece to spice up your errand running outfit a little (and it comes in lots of colors)!

And we can’t forget about shoes! Mostly boots which I am on the hunt for now that it is starting to get cooler out and my sandals are being put away:

I have about a million other favorite pieces that I just couldn’t include here for the sake of the post’s length, but be sure to check out our Pinterest for all of our fall fashion picks!

XO

JD

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5 Faves of the Week | Sept. 2014

1. Gray Malin Gift Wrap

Gray-Malin-Gift-Wrap 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!
Kitchenaid-Sparkling-Water-Maker-Soda-Stream

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:

The-Apple-Watch-LOL

4. Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Collabs

Is it just me, or is Brooks Brothers taking a nod from J.Crew on the collabs here?

5. Booties
Because, Fall.

P.S. My Sticky9 instagram magnets arrived and I’m in ♥ with them!

Sticky9-Instagram-Magnets

XO,

Marty

2 thoughts on “5 Faves of the Week | Sept. 2014

  1. Aislinn

    Also, go away with those Sam Edelman booties. I don’t have $150.00 right now because I accidentally bought $120.00 worth of merchandise from Sephora (EYEKO LONDON BLACK MAGIC MASCARA OMG) and $160.00 worth of merchandise from NastyGal because I needed a light blue trapeze coat. And now you’re ruining it because I’m probably going to accidentally buy those booties, too.

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Dress Code: Wedding Edition

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 :)
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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.
Cocktail Attire
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.
Casual Attire
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!
XO
A

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