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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.
Formal Wedding Attire via The JCR Girls
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.
Cocktail Wedding Attire via The JCR Girls
Cocktail Attire via The JCR Girls
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!
Casual Wedding Attire via The JCR Girls
Casual Wedding Attire via The JCR Girls
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

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

 

The J.Crew news you need to know – April Edition

 

 

 

 

Flashback Friday: Faves from JCrew Catalogs of 2006…

While I don’t miss the bootcut jeans, bermuda shorts, or cargo chinos of ’06, I’m still rather fond of the following…
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 This outfit, does it come in my size? (This catalog featured the debut of Crewcuts!)

JCrew-Catatlog-Plaid-2006Mother-Daughter Madras. Because: adorable.

JCrew-Catalog-2006-fish-in-the-sea-dressI must eBay stalk this fish print dress… 

JCrew-Denim-VestDenim vest done right (still not sure I could pull it off, but I’ll pretend I can)

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Navy Blue Swiss Dot Top

JCrew-Catatlog-SweaterThe always-in-style Navy Blue V-neck Sweater (I wear mine religiously)

JCrew-Catalog-2006-ArgyleI 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.

JCrew-Catatlog-Striped-SkirtThis striped skirt (and striped wallpaper). Can I have it?

JCrew-Catatlog-Bikini-SeersuckerSeersucker 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.JCrew-Polka-Dot-Bikini-Top

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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.

JCrew-Catalog-Wedding-DressAnd whatever happened to this $470 wedding dress? Seriously – $470?? #BringItBack

What are your favorite JCrew styles of yesteryear?

XO,

Marty

P.S. There’s a sale on current J.Crew items.
Shop it here:

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The Spring Sale Roundup: Early April Edition

So many great sales going on right now!

1. Kate Spade Friends & Family Sale {as detailed by Jocelyn here}

2. Sephora Beauty Insiders Get 15% Off!

A few of our faves

3. J.Crew has EXTRA 30% off sale items and extra 50% off final sale items – ENDS TODAY!
Use code: SHOPNOW
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A few of our faves

4. BHLDN is having a GREAT BIG SALE (as Aislinn has so kindly alerted us!)

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Warning: You may fall in love with a few items then come to realize that your size is SOLD OUT. Just a heads up!

XO,

Marty

Brighter Days Ahead

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?!)

XO
JD

Travel Tips: Ireland

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

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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.”

Giants Causeway

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…

 

Avoca-Carrot-CakeWords cannot describe the magic that is Avoca carrot cake.

Croagh Patrick

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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.”

The Homestead

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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!

True Life: We’re Obsessed With Marble MacBook Decals

We’re obsessed with Faux-Marble MacBook Decals! So much so, that we debuted an online shop to bring them to our favorite fans and followers! Check out our Etsy Shop for more information.

Because we’re OBSESSED
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ere are a bunch of photos of this baby:

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Reading List: February

So, I’m already failing at my NYR and didn’t finish any books in February to share with you guys (judge me). So instead I asked my boss (and friend, and NYC spirit guide), Erika to share one of the books she read this month and absolutely loved! I can’t wait to borrow it to include in the books I WILL be reading in March! See below for her review of How I Live Now.

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How I Live Now

Let’s face it, YA books love their clichés, especially ones about children in times of war. Not so for How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Set in the near future, at the outbreak of a third world war, this is a story of first love and survival told in a refreshingly realistic teenage voice. Daisy, a smart mouthed New Yorker, is sent off by her father and evil stepmother to live with her distant family in the English countryside. When political conflict kicks off, stranding their only adult supervision in Oslo, Daisy and her gang of somewhat mystical English cousins are left out in the country to fend for themselves. In the midst of this madness she falls in love.

Unlike her YA counterparts, Daisy doesn’t possess extraordinary skills or abilities, she isn’t exceptionally beautiful or smart, and if we’re being honest, she isn’t especially likable at the start. Yet, you root for her every step of the way, because underneath that jaded New York shell is a vulnerable teenage girl with a heavily guarded but warm heart. Adult yet childlike, graphic yet tender, and violent yet romantic, this is a book my angst-filled teenage self would have greatly benefited from.

What books are on your “must read” list for the coming month? Share in the comments or tweet us @JCrewReview!

XO

JD

J.Crew: The News You Need to Know

Have you seen the March Collection? Over 200 new arrivals, just in!

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BONUS: Cardmembers receive 20% off. Use code CARDSONLY with your J.Crew Card.
DOUBLE BONUS: For a limited time: Enjoy free shipping on all orders.

That’s not all…

The Wedding Event is still on thru March 4th!
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Which 2014 dress styles are your favorite?

We know you love J.Crew, but investors do, too! J.Crew said to be in talking with banks about a 2014 IPO.

“With 451 stores and about $2.4 billion in annual sales, J. Crew may fetch a valuation of as much as $5 billion, one of the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information” via Bloomberg.com.