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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-SailboatSo, 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!

-Marty

Going Geek Chic

Is it possible for us to be getting geekier and chicer at the same time? It must be, because Martha and Jocelyn have noted a personal style transformation… not unlike the one J. Crew has gone through over the past 5-10 years! From uber-preppy, to girly and fun, to quirky collegiate, to wear-to-work, and finally, to geek chic.

Gone are the days of preppy J. Crew catalogs comprised of critter shorts, grosgrain ribbon belts and flops, and seersucker pant suits. In waltzed Jenna Lyons, crowned Creative Director in 2007, and a style transformation consisting of markedly different colors, textures, fit, and mystique commenced. Loyal J. Crewers were shocked, surprised, dare I say antagonistic about the change, but somehow, Jenna & Co knew what was best for us.

Jenna Lyons

You see, woman cannot survive stylishly on pique, seersucker, and madras alone. No, our apparel appetites were hungry for the feminine frills (ruffle craze, you know the one we’re referring to), silky blouses, and chic silhouettes that came to grace the venerable racks. We soon came to lust after the Italian fabrics and tighter tailoring that felt much more fashion-forward than Connecticut casual. Sure, some J. Crew devotees dropped off the bandwagon and re-subscribed to L.L. Bean and Brooks Brothers catalogs, but the rest of us welcomed the style transformation with open arms.

Jenna Lyons | The Woman Who Dressed America

Next in our personal style transformation came quirky collegiate—dubbed in large part to our own circumstances–poor college students with expensive taste. We opted for the on-sale cotton pieces (tees and sweaters and fleecy things), coupled with quirky accessories like critter necklaces and oversized bow headbands (thanks, but no thanks, Gossip Girl).

As sophomores became juniors and juniors needed internships and “real work experiences,” Martha and Jocelyn loaded up on pencil skirts, Jackie cardis and haberdashery. Heck, we even invested in heels with price tags swallowing up three paychecks. Worked like a charm though, because everyone wanted to hire us (amiright J?)

Now, on the cusp of young adulthood and firmly planted in the “professional world,” we’ve developed a style of our own (yet strikingly similar to each other—can’t help it that we complete each other’s sentences)! It’s safe to say that geek chic is where we’ve landed.

Having plenty of J. Crew items curated through years of collecting (and many which have stood the test of time), we still wear those cotton sundresses from high school and those unbelievably soft favorite tees—but this time with a twist: We’ve gone professorial with blazers and prim + proper hairstyles, (well, everyone needs a messy bun every now and again). Nerdy with vintage-inspired tortoise-frame glasses, and modest with dainty little Jackies worn with everythinggggg.

At the same time, we’ve become much more mature in our style, with a keen eye for chic pieces and ways to style them effectively. If we had to pick a favorite wardrobe item, it would be the shoes—be they riding boots, luxe loafers, bow-trimmed ballerinas, power heels, or leather sandals—the shoes can really make or break an outfit. Of course, you can’t forget about the accessories—of which our favorites are: gold watches, “diamond” earrings, bright scarves, classy leather handbags, skinny belts, vintage gemstone rings, and statement necklaces.

 

A Glimpse of Our Geek Obsessions:

Going Geek CHic | The JCR Girls

What’s your personal style?

How has it evolved with J. Crew’s transformation? Let us know in the comments below!

Crew Pairings

Obviously we think J. Crew can be paired with just about anything. There never seems to be an outfit or style complete without at least one item from J. Crew. Pairing something J. Crew with something else you are coveting provides the perfect excuse to purchase both items, right? Yes.

Relaxing Sunday

For your Sunday mornings pair these J. Crew pajamas with these mugs.

Workwear

Complete your J. Crew Blouse by pairing with this gumdrop necklace for a styled office outfit.

Colorful Accessories

Bring color to your everyday by complimenting this J. Crew phone case with these Anthropologie earrings.

Shoes and Sunglasses

Pair these perfect J. Crew flats with these stunning cat-eye glasses for your end-of-summer/early-fall look.

xo

Anni

Meet Anni, one of our fabulous new guest bloggers:

Anni is a twenty-something marketing student at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. She spends her free time exploring Minneapolis coffee shops, perfecting her yoga headstand and catching up with her three best friends, her sisters.

After purchasing her first Jackie while most middle schoolers were sporting hoodies, Anni quickly became a J. Crew addict. She sets her alarm a bit early on Fridays to browse the J. Crew Factory site before the rest of the time zone and can persuade herself into buying just about anything from the store. Dressing as a business student and an intern, she is nearly 90% Crew at all times. She credits her mom for learning to dress classy and chic

Her dream job is to get involved in a business where style is appreciated and sequins are always welcomed, Anni also hopes to combine her business studies with her passion for social and digital media.

Anni believes in living every day like its your birthday, which includes dressing the part and topping just about everything with sprinkles.

She keeps a diary of her life at www.xodaries.com and is excited to be part of the Crew over here at JCR.

Walking on Sunshine

As summer is coming to an end, it’s time to throw on our favorite carefree outfits. Bold colors have been everywhere this season, which is why the color of the month is yellow! Not a boring, pastel yellow. This is a bright, “look at me” yellow. A bold yellow can frighten many, including myself. It is tricky to pull off on fairer skin, but anyone can wear it if done confidently and correctly! Here are some terrific statement pieces:

We’ll start with something simple: shoes! Cece leather ballet flats in sour lemon or Lena wedges in golden sunflower are a perfect pop of color to any outfit. Pair them with jeans or a summer dress and you’re good to go.
J. Crew Cece Leather Suede Ballet Flats

 

J. Crew Lena Wedges Yellow Platform Heels

 For something a bit more bold, try the No. 2 pencil skirt in golden sunflower. Every girl should own at least one pencil skirt and I simply adore this one – it definitely makes a statement. You can dress it up for work, or dress it down for date night. A pencil skirt is classy, but choosing a bright color makes it a fun piece for every day wear.
J. Crew No. 2 Double-Serge Pencil Skirt

One of my favorite pieces this season is the bright blazer. There is no reason for blazers to be boring. Try the bright sun Schoolboy Blazer in Herringbone for work or a night out with the girls. While not as bold as the other pieces I’ve mentioned, this one is perfect for any skin tone. Wearing bright yellow close to your face can drain the color right out of it if you are on the lighter side like me. However, wearing a more muted shade will keep you looking stylish and healthy whether you’re beautifully golden or a delicate shade of ivory. Either way, this blazer is definitely a must have!

J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer

And of course, don’t forget your yellow accessories!

Little Edie Purse J. Crew handbag collection

Classic Medium J. Crew Bangle Bracelet

  J. Crew Archipelago Necklace

 

by JCR Guest Blogger Katelyn Mills

JCR Guest Blogger Katelyn Mills
Katelyn Mills is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying journalism and retail merchandising. She hopes to find a job in advertising or public relations upon graduation and move to New York or California. She has dreams of big cities, over-priced apartments and fabulous shopping trips, which she one day hopes to afford. When not in school, she works part-time for Gap Kids, takes cake decorating classes, and interns at a small flower shop learning about small business hands-on, literally. Her secret ambition is to open her own business before turning thirty.