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Happy Fourth! Here’s Our Roundup of Holiday Weekend Sales…

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Ready to Shop?

Anthropologie – Extra 20% off sale items. Use code: BUZZ20

Banana Republic – 40% off online and in stores. Use code: BRJULY

BaubleBar – $10 off orders $30+

Cole Haan – Take an additional 30% off sale with code: AMERICA

GiGi New YorkSummer Sale + Free Shipping and Gift with Orders $75+


Hanky Panky
– Save up to 65% off!

J.Crew – 40% off final sale with code: SHOPMORE

J.Crew Factory – 40-60% off everything!

ModCloth – the Wow Factor Sale – 50% off!

Piperlime – Up to 50% off 150+ summer styles

Poppin.com – Take 25% off select products (P.S. Did you read our recent “True Life: I‘m Obsessed with Office Supplies” post yet?)

Sole Society – 60% off select styles

Urban Outfitters – up to 70% off

Waiting on Martha – 15% off summer collection with code: AMERICA

 

MOM, GET ME THIS Holiday Wish List 0:-)

I’m back!  With bells on!  Literally, I have a sweater with bells on it…. I got it from UltimateUglyChristmas.com (we know them!)  We’re not over a good ol’ ugly Christmas sweater party, yet.  And we’re not over more cowbell.  More cowbell on sweaters.  This is a classic part of the holiday season now!  Get ugly, guys, you know you want to.

Ugly-Christmas-Sweater Don’t forget your pants. 

I’m a lucky duck because I get to return to The JCR Girls at THE MOST fun time of the year.  Here’s my list of things on my Christmas wishlist.  I hope that it will give you all some ideas for the weirdos in your life.

MAKEUP

MAC has created some absolutely beautiful holiday collection palletes this year.   You can check them out at any MAC location or get them online at maccosmetics.com.  That said, we’re BORED.  It’s way more fun to make your own, which (thanks, MAC!) you can do!  Custom palletes come in sets of 2, 4, 15, and 30.  YOU NEED THEM.

 Here’s some super awesome colors we recommend, listed in order left to right!

MAC-Makeup

Naked Lunch:  We just like the name.  We do!  But really, this minimalist shimmery pink is a great color for a “natural” first date type look with a plum (like sable) or burgundy (like sketch) crease or liner.  Also works as a fancy pants base color.

Shroom: Preeeeeeeeetty.  Shimmery Beige.  Beige is a great color because it generally works for most people.  I am the whitest (read: pink) girl ever and beige works.  Marty and Joce have more olive/yellow undertones and it works on them.  Hooray for beige!  It means I can steal borrow acquire things from them on nights out.

WoodwinkedBest.  Brown.  Ever.  (Referred to on the website as “warm antique gold”)

Steamy:  As the name would suggest, this color will make you look… um… steamy…  Another one that works on everyone, no matter the color of your eyes.  This is a blue-green with gold shimmer.  PERFECT for the season.  You love it, we love it, let’s all agree to agree and have chic perfect smokey eyes this year.

Carbon:  Matte black is everything I’ve ever wanted.  Sometimes, I just don’t want to look like a fairy vomited glitter all over my black smokey eye.  I don’t blame me.  Get this.

If you haven’t discovered pixiwoo.com yet and you need someone to teach you how to put stuff on your face and make it look good (or just want some ideas or to listen to their super cute British accents) PLZ CLICK THAT LINK.  They use a lot of different brands of cosmetics, including MAC and other high end and “high street” aka drugstore brands.  Also, Sam makes brushes, and they’re fab! I want these, too. 

CLOTHING
Next on the list!  Let’s face it. You need clothes.  Actually, it’s possible you have too many clothes if you’re reading our blog… but that’s okay.  Clothes are important.  Jesus thinks so.

GO OUT!
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I love this look.  Who says you can’t wear white in winter?  Olivia Pope wears white whenever she wants.  And we wish we were Olivia Pope, so we’re following her lead.  (If that went way over your head STOP what you’re doing and go watch Scandal on Netflix.)  We’ve included in this look a Cream Trapeze Coat.  The 60’s chic and cozy cream makes for a great Jackie Kennedy fashion moment.  This coat is beautiful and definitely not in my personal price point, but I thought it was a great centerpiece… please link any “affordable” look alikes in the comments to ANY of these pieces, by the way.  Though, a good staple piece (READ: expensive) never hurt anyone!

Coat: L.K. Bennett Jessamy Trapeze Coat,  $975 (£595),lkbennett.com

Cap: Topshop Faux Fur Cap Honey 0 $45 $32!!! nordstrom.com

Mittens: TOPSHOP Lux Fur Mitten $36 topshop.com

Shoes: J.Crew Strappy mirror metallic pumps $278 jcrew.com

Re: Shoes.  I got a pair of very similar pumps, with a black heel and only one strap, from Banana Republic.  I honestly think the ones I got from BR are way cuter, but I can’t find them online anymore 🙁  Also, got them on SALE!!!! and they were about $120 to start with.  Just keep an eye out if you stop in one of their stores!

WORK… OUT!

Workout-Clothes

It’s almost New Years Resolution Time!  My preferred method of exercise is Pilates (Gyrotonic! I’d tell you where I go in Connecticut but I won’t because I love her and I want to keep her for myself)  and Yoga.  Here’s some things on my workout wishlist (also on my wishlist: help affording this behavior.)

Towel:  Don’t be mean, guys… I sweat A LOT.  Even in normal yoga classes, so I normally need to cover my sticky mat (a.k.a. Slippery Devil Waffle Floor Covering) with a towel.  These Manduka Towels are great for those of us who go to yoga with butter on our hands.  (Lululemon also has great options.)  Manduka ‘eQua‘ Yoga Mat Towel Swoon One Size, $42, nordstrom.com (Also available on Zappos – free returns ya’ll!!)

Bag:  According to the internet, this features a drawcord closure, a removable shoulder strap, internal mesh pocket for essentials and durable straps at the base for a yoga mat.  Perfect! Essential Gym Bag, $82 (£50),sweatybetty.com

Roller:  Great to roll out all those kinks!  These are AMAZING.  Trigger Point Performance The Grid Revolutionary Foam Roller,  $40,  amazon.com

Sweater:  The best way to start a class and end a class is in a cozy sweater.  It’s crucial to warm up and cool down safely in yoga and pilates, and layers are my personal preference for accomplishing this.  Moving Comfort GOTTA LOVE IT Jumper, $82 $74 (£45) zalando.co.uk (Again, Also available on Zappos!)

Pants:  Your boyfriend likes these.  You’re welcome, Boyfriend.  Lucy lucy® Perfect Core Capri Leggings, $89, zappos.com

WORK… Really…
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I always ask for work clothes for Christmas.  Because I usually spend my money on ridiculous pieces of clothing like sparkly dresses and leather leggings.  I don’t regret it.   But there’s nothing better than looking good at work.  Once, when Marty was visiting, she had a conference call and she did it in her jammies and a pair of really cute pumps!  There’s power in clothes, ladies and gents, even over the phone!

Pants: J.Crew Collection curator pant, $128 $108, jcrew.com

SweaterMoth Bedford Pullover, $138, anthropologie.com

Earrings: J.Crew Resin arrowhead earrings, $75 $65j crew.com

Notebook: FOLIO PROFESSIONAL NOTEBOOK, $65, moleskine.com

Shoes: J.Crew Collection Etta calf hair pumps, $350 $298, jcrew.com

Briefcase: (I KNOW.) CHANEL VINTAGE quilted briefcase, $5,155, farfetch.com

 

REALITY

I know I’m supposed to be funny (and I am.  Hilarious.) But, while this is the frilly-est, party-est, giftyest time of year, it’s also time of year to contemplate what we’re so thankful for:

I’m thankful for my JCR girls:

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My Pretties

I’m thankful for new family! And the most J.Crew Wedding of all time. And the best photographer ever, JBM Photography!

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 handsome brother!!!  and his beautiful bride!

*** (C) ALL PHOTOS ABOVE ARE PROPERTY OF MAGGIE & SEAN GAVIN AND JBM PHOTOGRAPHY***

…And the rest of the things I’m thankful for will come in another post – STAY TUNED!

XO,

Aislinn

P.S. Please also consider giving to a foundation or cause that you care about.  There are thousands of non-profit organizations, you can research one you’re interested in here: http://www.greatnonprofits.org/navigation/issues.

We all love stuff, but let’s remember to love EACHOTHER 🙂

I Think You’d Like to Take a Hike

Take a hike! Seriously. Because before you know it we (those of us that bravely reside in the Midwest, at least,) will be covered in snow. For this very reason I knew I had to get out and hike before the blizzards blew in and ruined my chances.

So last weekend Matt and I did just that. Although we missed the peak of fall autumnal elegance, it was a beautiful day and we happened to stumble upon some nice fall foliage and naturey goodness:

The-JCR-Girls-Hike-1 Pike Island | St. Paul, MN

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Minnehaha Falls | Minneapolis, MN (Or as my GPS likes to call it MinneHaHA!)

So now that you can’t wait to get out and hike, what’s a girl to wear?
Well…

Boots 
Because fancy boots (although I’m in LOVE with these) might very well get muddy, a pair like this is practical:

Affordable Riding Boots *I wore a pair just like this all over Ireland during my semester abroad. Trashed them in the end, but the faux-leather lasted thru many a hike!

Layers
Because when it’s on the brink of winter in MN, you really don’t know what you’re gonna get! Any combination of these will do:

Scarf
Go for something cozy and cashmere like this infinity scarf, or a chunky cable knit.

Windbreaker 
The name windbreaker cracks me up for no apparent reason, but I’ve got this bad boy and approve of it. And this one is nice, too.

Camera
Because it’s fun! We (boyfriend R3dline Photo and I) shot the photos above with a Canon EOS Rebel.

XO,

Marty

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is Here!

And you know we can’t pass up a good sale…

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Our sale-section faves include:

 

SHOP NOW (before it’s too late)!

Lady in Red

It’s November in Minnesota. Time to turn up the heat.

Lady in Red | The JCR Girls

1. Photo // 2. Taryn Dress in Vivid Poppy (99.99!) // 3. Majesty Peacoat in Decadent Red // 4. Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini Bag // 5. Etta Suede Pumps in Wild Beet // 6. Scented Candle “Be Dazzling” // 7. NARS Lipstick Jungle Red // 8. Classic Q Natasha Bag

I love the color red. My favorite sweater is red. Favorite coat – red. Favorite handbag? Gazpacho. (In layman’s terms – RED). I also don’t hate Taylor Swift. And there’s just something about red nail polish and red lipstick that is always RIGHT. Amiright?

With the holidays growing ever closer it just makes me want to surround myself with cozy red coats and holly jolly party dresses. And a glass or three of wine. Red wine.

 XO,

Marty

P.S. If you’re like me and really like red, you’ll probably like this Pinterest Board.

What We’re Into Right Now: Cozy Fall Edition

The JCR Girls - Fall Favorites

1. Jodphurs  / 2. Capes / 3. Everything About This – Bib Necklace Sweatshirt + Lace Skirt  /
4. Antlers on the Wall / 5. Burberry Cashmere Snood for My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter {Hilarious! A Must Read} / 6. Patent Pumps / 7. Cambridge Cable Turtleneck /
8. Cashmere Infinity Scarf / 9. Riding Boots with Fancy Hardware

 

Perfect Party Frocks

With the temperatures drastically dropping (in MN at least) and the layers of clothing accumulating, I can just feel the holidays getting closer. Early November thru New Years = prime time for parties — holiday parties, company parties, family dinners, soirees, galas, fancy schmacy gatherings and New Years’ Eve bashes. Not that I get invited to a TON of parties, but my closet likes to remain prepared nonetheless.

So, what do you wear, there?

Warning: Your options are dresses and more dresses. Because I really like dresses.

J. CREW
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Hildy Dress in Silk Dupioni /  Raquel Dress in Cotton Cady / Sequin Sweatshirt. Lace Skirt. Collection Francoise Lace Dress / Heidi Dress in Silk Chiffon / Collection Half-Placket
Cashmere Tee Dress in Poppy / Cate Cami in Iced Lilac Paisley /  Cilla Dress in Silk Taffeta

NORDSTROM
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Strapless Soutache Gown
 / Lace Bodice Fit & Flare Dress / Twist Waist Silk Chiffon Gown
Lace & Tulle Sheath Dress / Tonal Stripe Fit & Flare Dress / Ruched Strapless Dress
Strapless Ruched Chiffon Gown / Eliza J Lace Dress / Floral Lace Sheath Dress

 

ANTHROPOLOGIE
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Toulouse Embellished Shift / Pleated Dropwaist Dress  / Brushstroke Blossoms Dress
Seraphima Dress / Sarzay Dress / Taisia Dress
Vela Dress / Eclat DressByzantine Lace Shift

And don’t forget the Ice!

Now who’s ready to HOLLA for the HOLLAdays?

XO,

Marty

Let’s Go Shopping: The SALE Roundup

Now that cooler weather has set in, I can’t be the only one who feels the urge to stock up on sweaters and cold weather essentials. Luckily, there are quite a few Columbus Day / Friends & Family / Final Final Sale sales going on right now to help you feel less guilty about your shopping habits!

Banana Republic – 40% Off Your Purchase

C. Wonder – 50% Off Sale Items

Gap – 40% Off Columbus Day Sale

J. Crew Factory – 50% Off Everything {Even New Arrivals}!

J.Crew – 25% Off Your Purchase

Kate Spade – Final Sale Up to 50% Off

Nordstrom – New Sale Items Added {Plus Free Shipping & Returns}!

Piperlime – 30% Off FALL

…and the Charm & Chain Friends & Family Event!
Charm & Chain Firends & Fans Event

P.S. If you’re one of those people who switches out her iPhone case frequently, you’re gonna wanna head over to GiGiNewYork for a custom monogrammed one and Kate Spade for everything colorful and quirky. This fun little Kate Spade Astroturf number caught my eye and I had to have it!

Kate Spade Phone Case | The JCR Girls

J.Crew Deals & Steals

Best of J. Crew & J. Crew Factory SALE Sections

Also…
J.Crew: IN STORES & ONLINE: 25% OFF SELECT SHIRTS, SWEATERS & PANTS FOR WOMENMEN, GIRLS & BOYS WITH CODE FALLSTYLE. PLUS, FREE SHIPPING!
J.Crew Factory: ENJOY UP TO 40% OFF ALL WOMEN’S JEWELRY. ONLINE ONLY.

You’re Welcome. 

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Life Lately: 5 Things We’re Into Right Now

1. Chromecast

Google Chromecast YOU GUYS! If you don’t have one and you’re not on the waitlist, you need to get on it now.
It’s like, AppleTV but for only $35. Srsly tho. Time to get your #geekchic on.

2. NYFW
NYFW-RewardStyle-Party Because, parties.

3. Shopping Your Own Closet
Came across this Buzzfeed article titled, “10 Ways To Hack Your Heels” and I was like “MUST try #1 #5 #7 and #10 NOW!”

4. Creating Gallery Walls
It’s a chore, but so rewarding when you get it just right. Am I right? This little one in my bedroom is ALMOST there:
Gallery Wall | The JCR Girls

5. Tuft Stuff
If you’re a regular reader I’m sure you’re already well aware that I love a good tuft. Hence, my tufted chesterfield sofa, my new tufted ottoman (thought you couldn’t double up on the tuft, think again!) and my latest pursuit…a tufted headboard!
Tufted Ottoman and Sofa | The JCR Girls

Please please please help me choose:

All of the following images are from Wayfair.com

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Two

Wayfair-Upholstered-Headboard

Three

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Four

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Five

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Seven

Found it at Wayfair - Nail Button Tufted Headboard in Navy Linen

For background – my bedding is navy and white; walls are white.

XO,

Marty