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Styles Suited for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and it has us craving sandal season, summery prints, and breezy dresses. We’ve been especially drawn to blue + white stripes (surprise!), one-shoulder and off-the-shoulder styles, and bow slide sandals. See below for our top picks from May 2017:

Blue + White Stripes

Bow Slides


These Sam & Libby bow slides from Target are just $24.99! They come in 3 colors: Black, Taupe, and Blue & White Stripe. We are also loving these Sam Edelman Henna Bow Slide Sandals.

Banana Republic Sale Selection
We casually swung by the mall on Saturday to grab a bite at Ruscello at Nordstrom. Afterwards, we spotted a sign outside of Banana Republic touting a 50% off sale (on sale items; 40% on regularly priced merchandise). I suggested we stay out (seriously!) but the husband had other plans.

The result? We each found 3+ items that fit perfectly and help fill gaps in our wardrobes. There were several other pieces the caught our eye, but we didn’t pull the trigger quite yet. I’ve rounded up some picks that we purchased (or almost purchased):

Nordstrom Triple Points
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I don’t know about you, but the news of an upcoming Nordstrom Triple Points day propels me into planning mode. After a great deal of research on summery tops, I present you my top picks:

Since we recently returned from a beach vacay (Big Island, Hawaii – highly recommend!), we’re missing the scenery and the sweet scent of sunscreen and saltwater, bathed in sunshine. To us, Bobbi Brown ‘Beach’ perfume sums up this desirable scent beautifully, and transports one back to their favorite beach with a simple spritz:

Switching gears a bit, spring cleaning has extended beyond the closet and into the rest of the home, too. We’ve been swapping out throw pillows for summery styles, and seeking a master bedroom overhaul in the near future. We’d love your help on headboard selection – see options below!

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A few weeks ago I started a search for a new pair of oversized pillows for the sectional in our sunroom. (We’ve had red-white-green plaid pillows since November, and they’re just to
“holiday” to work year-round). Saw these Oversized Banana Leaf Throw Pillows on Target.com, but wasn’t so sure they were right for our needs. After seeing them in-store though, I discovered the quality is much better than it looks in the photographs, and I was sold! We love how this pair of tropical pillows accents our Brown Leather Sectional.

Speaking of pillows, we’re also loving this cheeky reversible “Reserved” Pillow from Pottery Barn. I mean, how darling on an outdoor chaise lounge?!

The next search is for a suitable headboard for our master bedroom. We’re upgrading from a Queen to a King, and our current headboard (which I do love! Similar style here) will no longer fit. We have plans to move it to our headboard-less guest bed instead. I’m drawn to several different styles this time around, and would love your help in determining which route to go! The options (all from Wayfair):

Option 1: Regal
Riviere Upholstered Panel Headboard

Option 2: Dramatic
Crawley Upholstered Wingback Headboard 
Cora Upholstered Wingback Headboard
New Britain Upholstered Wingback Headboard

Option 3: Shabby Chic
Velvet Upholstered Wingback Headboard
Elsa Upholstered Wingback Headboard
Halsey Upholstered Wingback Headboard

Option 4: Leather
Baffin Upholstered Panel Headboard

Option 5: Vintage
Parklan Headboard
Vienna Slat Headboard

Thanks!
-Marty

Gift Guide: $100 and Under

Next up in our gift guide series – our favorite gifts for $100 and under – and this time, we didn’t forget about the guys! Below, check out round ups of the perfect presents for her AND him.

For her:

For him:

 

Gift Guide: $50 and Under

Still stuck on what to get those last few people on your list? Our next gift guide is sure to give you some inspiration and keep you under budget. Check out of favorite gift picks that are $50 and under:

If you’re a last minute shopper, don’t worry! We’ll be squeezing in a few more gift guides before the holidays are here so stay tuned!

‘Tis the Season for Textures – Our Favorite Tweeds, Plaids, & Stripes.

If you know one thing about our fashion sensibilities, it’s probably that’s we’re drawn to the classics. For fall + winter, that means tweeds and plaids, cotton and wool. And then there’s our perennial favorite – stripes. Whether layered under sweaters and vests or incorporated as thicker sweaters or coats, stripes are always on standby.

Tweeds
These cold temps aren’t going away anytime soon. Tweeds provide the weight and warmth you need to combat to frigid temps in style.

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These chic dresses and jackets are perfectly suited for wearing to work. Then, just add some bling and you’re on your way to holiday parties!

I’ve been finding so many ways to style the Lady Jacket in Metallic Tweed. For one, the bracelet sleeves make it easy to show off a pop of color. And the mannequin at J.Crew SoHo posed a style challenge – wear the lady jacket like a cape. Challenge, accepted.
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For this iteration, I’d like to thank Jenna Lyons, Jackie O and Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe stylist for the inspiration. These Over-the-Knee Boots only look high-end, on major sale ($64.50) – snatch up a pair while you still can!
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Plaids
Must be the holiday season, because plaids are present throughout the home. These Pottery Barn throws come in the prettiest color combinations, and these oversized Target pillows add a splash of Christmas cheer to our brown leather sectional.

Moving on to festive attire, J.Crew does it again! We’ll take one of each of the following, please:

Stripes
Winter, spring, summer or fall – stripes are 100% appropriate for every season. For the dead of winter (hate to break it to you, it’s upon us), opt for cozy knits and use your cotton Bretons as layering pieces under sweaters, scarves and vests.

When it comes to stripes, Saint James is the gold standard. J.Crew has been collaborating with Saint James for years, and we adore the collections season after season. This season, it’s the Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy T-Shirt that is really catching our eye. Also comes in a short sleeve slouchy version, in 4 fun colors!

While a serious investment, here’s what you can feel extra good about when growing your Saint James collection: Careful attention is given to every step of the manufacturing process. For example, after each part of the shirt is cut, the pieces are then applied to a needled table, which allows for each stripe to be perfectly aligned from front of the shirt to back. Talk about a lot of love and personal attention! Read more on the Saint James website.

Saint James sells their tried-and-true pieces, such as nautical shirts and knits on their website, saintjamesboutique.com. Here’s a sampling of our faves:

Gift Guide: $25 and Under

Now that I’ve finally accepted that it is, in fact, December (didn’t it kind of sneak up on us out of nowhere?!) – I can finally officially start my gift shopping. Even if you are on a budget, you can still check everyone off your list and show all of your friends and family just how special they are to you with these gifts that are $25 and under!

Black Friday Sale Roundup

Black Friday is here! Wake up from that food coma and take advantage of the amazing deals retailers are offering. The best part – you can shop of all of these sales online and not even leave your couch!

J. Crew: You still have time to take advantage of the best sale EVER. Use code HOLIDAY to receive 40% off of your purchase. I spy with my little eye…lots of perfect items for gifting (be sure to check out the full gift guides for all the ladies and gents in your life for even more gifting inspo)!

Loft: 50% off everything. Yep, every. single. thing. It doesn’t get more amazing than that. Use code FRIYAY to take advantage of this awesome sale.

Loft Black Friiday

Anthropologie: Use code LETSGO to get 30% off your entire purchase. Quick side note – rounding all of these sales up for you all is really hard because they are SO AMAZING and now I want to buy EVERYTHING. Okay moving on…..if there was any store that could persuade me to wear a velvet jumpsuit, it would be Anthro.

Gap: TGIF50. Nope, I didn’t type that wrong, that is the code that will get you 50% off site wide at Gap. Personally, I’m a huge fan of their denim and lounging gear *insert thumbs up emoji here*. They’ve even developed “gift kits” – selecting a group of perfect together items so it really takes all of the work out of it for you!

Nordstrom: Through Sunday, receive an additional 20% off select sale items. Check everything out here because there is too much great stuff to just pick a few items to show you!

Nordstrom Black Friday

Shopbop: Buy More, Save More…use code GOBIG16 to save up to 25% off your purchase. This applies to ALL full-price and sale items so kind of impossible to pass up, right?

Banana Republic: 50% off five full priced items (NO exclusions!). Use code BRFIVE. Banana is really stepping up their game lately and you’re guaranteed to find some gifts for the super stylish folks in your life (check out the gift guides for her and him) and maybe a few pieces for your own holiday wardrobe, too!

The sales really are never ending today and we’re going to keep sharing them with you…after we have some coffee.

Stay tuned for posts throughout the day featuring more sales (beauty, home, tech…aka everything you’ll need to get all the names checked off that list of yours)!

 

Time to Get Bundled Up

Over the past couple of months, New York has offered up the most confusing weather I think I’ve ever experienced. I’ve gone from nights of layering up for bed praying my radiator turns on to cranking my AC the next day. This also entails switching up my wardrobe daily – kind of annoying. BUT…we’ve had about three days of chilly weather (the longest stretch so far!) so I think it might officially be time to bundle up! If you’re a longtime reader of the blog you know I’m extremely fond of the cold temps. Blame it on my Midwestern roots, but I can’t resist a good winter coat and think outfits are better when multiple layers are involved.

I can’t wait to share all of my favorite cold weather pieces over the next couple of weeks but let’s start with the pieces everyone will see the most – coats, hats, scarves, gloves..basically all of the best things about winter. Also, because I’m already in the holiday spirit of giving, all of the items below are ON SALE. Like..major sale (40% off at J. Crew for example. Yeah, I wasn’t lying!).

And okay – I know the holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but why not also score a good deal on gifts for those friends and family members?! Check out the sale roundup below featuring all of the great deals you can get during the days leading up to the infamous Black Friday:

J. Crew: 40% off your purchase when you use code HOLIDAY.

Shopbop: Buy more, save more! Use code GOBIG16 to get up to 25% off.

Loft: Use code THANKS to receive 40% off site-wide.

Baublebar: 30% off on holiday collection and gift sets with code HOLIDAY30.

Tory Burch: The event of the season…use code THANKS to save 25% when you spend $250 or more.

Gap: 40% off EVERYTHING with code GIFTTIME.

Madewell: Use code THATSALE and you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase!

Nordstrom: Don’t wait until Black Friday to save…check out early savings offers (no code needed!)

Happy shopping!
XO
J

J.Crew Review: December 2016 Style Guide

It’s good, you guys. Really good. 
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Makes me want to head to Canada and max out my credit card on all the necessary gear — including, but not limited to:

1. MARLED ITALIAN WOOL BLEND TURTLENECK SWEATER

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2. RIBBED TURTLENECK IN ITALIAN CASHMERE
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3. NORDIC PARKA
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4. BLACK WATCH EXCURSION QUILTED VEST

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Also comes in Dark Poppy, Bleached Sand, Emerald Pool, Navy, Black. Which one would you wear the most?

5. BELTED ZIP TRENCH COAT IN WOOL MELTON
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Also comes in several other fun and festive colors.

6. ICON TRENCH COAT IN WOOL-CASHMERE

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7. TOGGLE CAPE IN WOOL CASHMERE
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8. COZY TROUSER SOCKS IN FAIR ISLE
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*Shown front + center!

9. SADIE POM-POM ANKLE-STRAP FLATS IN TARTAN
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How perfect for the holidays, right? Act fast – sizes are selling out quickly!

10. RIBBED HAT WITH FAUX-FUR POM-POM

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And for holiday party attire… JCrew-Holiday-2016-Party-Attire

 FLOUNCE SILK DRESS IN WOLFSTOOTH /  LACE DRESS WITH POCKETS / SILK TWILL PANT IN WOLFSTOOTH

This isn’t all about you. You know that, right? Start making a list of gifts for the women in your life. We’re fond of the following gifts in shades that suit the season!

Gift Ideas

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From L to R: SIGNET BAG IN ITALIAN LEATHERSTADIUM-CLOTH COCOON COATKNIT NIGHTSHIRT IN POLKA DOT / CASHMERE-LINED LEATHER TECH GLOVES

Week in Review: Labor Day Week+End

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you’ve probably been picking up on a pink theme…

jcrew-challenge-pink We’re excited to announce that we are participating in another J.Crew Challenge, this time – PINK. How refreshing for fall, right? You don’t need to go full-on autumnal to get into the season. 226 shades of pink provide plenty of opportunity to personalize your look.

We were thrilled when J.Crew asked us to participate in the “Into the Wild” #jcrewchallenge, and the same it true this time around.

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Follow our feed for more where this came from!

jcrew-pink-leopardorizeDo you speak J.Crew? We’re learning the ropes via the latest Style Guide. Here’s a lesson in how to LEOPARDIZE.

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While we’re excited for sweater weather and crisp autumn air, we are experiencing a bout of the summer blues. On the bright side, these blue pieces are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall: Rider Bag in Italian Leather // Sam Sunglasses in Navy // Colorful Crystal Necklace // Deck-Stripe T-Shirt // Vintage Pajama Set // Ruffle Dress in Tropical Floral // Roxie Suede T-Strap Pumps.

Weekend Recap
Labor Day weekend was spent enjoying the sunshine (responsibly – see below), planning upcoming trips and making some minor home improvements.Lake-Minnetonka-MN

Sunshine: Enjoy Responsibly. To continue the skincare theme, we tried Supergoop for the first time this week. An alarming 90% of the signs of aging are caused by the sun. It’s important to protect yourself year-round with SPF Skincare. We are enjoying the Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist, and will be purchasing more products in the near future, because…

Supergoop is NOW 20% OFF thru 9/8 with code: sg!365

Cabo-San-Lucas-El-ArcoSun protection will be incredibly important during our upcoming trip to Cabo San Lucas! I’ve been once before and can attest to the fact that the sun is strong and hard to hide from. Christmas in Cabo is still ages away, so I’ll spare you the details (for now!).

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Spent an embarrassing amount of time cleaning and organizing and decorating this weekend. We’ve been up and down every aisle of Home Depot, Menards and Lowe’s, and the place still doesn’t look remotely like this! This photo is filed under “Bedroom Inspo,” snapped at the Artisan Home Tour, designed by @gracehilldesign. I guess we’ll keep trying… If we make any solid progress, I’ll post updates on the blog!

Labor Day Sale Roundup:

P.S. Did you hear the news? J.Crew coming to 16 select Nordstrom stores across the country! Match made in heaven.
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-Marty

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