Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit quite like the promise of a colorful new eye shadow palette for my collection. It’s the one time of the year I don’t have to justify my want of designer mascara or sparkly caviar nail pearls because that’s the beauty (see what I did there?) of gift-giving season.
So I say away with you practicality! Pop open a can of Champers and treat yourself (and the ladies in your life) to something pretty, like one of these gems below:
Ahh Black Friday. The Christmas morning of November. There’s no better time to get a start on your holiday shopping – and with all of your savings you can buy a little something for yourself. Skip the crowds and craziness this year and scoop up those amazing deals from the comfort of your own home. Here’s a roundup of some of the sales going on tomorrow and a few of our favorite picks from each! (And take a look at Marty’s round-ups of some more great sales here and here.)
The holidays are all about giving and Everlane has done something really awesome that will allow you to give back. All of the profits from its Black Friday sale will go to their partners in Hangzouh, China. The money will go towards updating recreational facilities for individuals who live and work at the factory! You can join here.
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!
While I don’t miss the bootcut jeans, bermuda shorts, or cargo chinos of ’06, I’m still rather fond of the following… This outfit, does it come in my size? (This catalog featured the debut of Crewcuts!)
Mother-Daughter Madras. Because: adorable.
I must eBay stalk this fish print dress…
Denim vest done right (still not sure I could pull it off, but I’ll pretend I can)
Navy Blue Swiss Dot Top
The always-in-style Navy Blue V-neck Sweater (I wear mine religiously)
I love the look on the left from the knees up. Pretty sure I tried to copy this knee-high look back in ’06..I now realize how ridiculous I looked.
This striped skirt (and striped wallpaper). Can I have it?
Seersucker swimwear is always a good idea. I liked it then (note: dog ear) and I like it now!
And polka dots? Yes, polka dots are also always a good idea.
I had this bow dress in fuschia. Then had to gift it to my roommate because I was only a size 0 for like, 2 months.
And whatever happened to this $470 wedding dress? Seriously – $470?? #BringItBack
What are your favorite JCrew styles of yesteryear?
P.S. There’s a sale on current J.Crew items.
Shop it here:
So my black, grey, and navy wardrobe is really starting to get me down. Despite the fact that the temps for most of this week were in the 20′s and 30′s…it’s technically Spring so I can start really thinking about what to stock my closet with to brighten it up! Here are the pieces I’m absolutely loving for the brighter days ahead…
Oh, and make sure to check out Gap like NOW! They are having 40% off site/store-wide through today. What better time to scoop up some of their cute pieces like this (could the back be any more perfect?!)
The JCR Girls absolutely LOVE St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it’s because the majority of our childhood was dominated by Irish dance practice, performances, and competition.
Even though J and I both grew up in Milwaukee, we were in separate (read: rival) dance academies. The rivalry was fierce. It wasn’t until the end of high school that we even became friends!
The point is, we were raised on Irish music and tradition. Which is why my study abroad destination during my junior year of college was none other than Ireland. My first day in Dublin I met Aislinn and knew we’d be friends from the minute I saw she was wearing a Navy Blue Velvet Schoolboy Blazer. True Story. We spent the next five months traversing the country (oh, and studying a little bit). Here are some of the highlights:
Hiking in Howth
Because sometimes all you want to do is sit on a cliff by the sea.
Cliffs of Moher
Pronounced “More,” as in, “Gimme Gimme Moher Moher.”
Are you sensing a theme yet? I like nature when it involves Irish cliffs.
Also worth noting: Enchanted forests, secret gardens, Irish moss, little islands, cake…
Words cannot describe the magic that is Avoca carrot cake.
Upon hearing that we wanted to climb Croagh Patrick Aislinn’s dad said, “I’ve climbed that mountain nine times. And I did it barefoot, drunk, and in the middle of the night.”
One of the highlights of my first trip to Ireland – visiting the thatched roof cottage where my great-grandmother grew up!
So I guess there weren’t as many “Travel Tips” in that post as you maybe were expecting. Feel free to tweet me if you want some actual advice for your upcoming trip to Ireland, @MissMarthaMae.
The moral of the story – Go to Ireland and go adventuring!