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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

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 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

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-Cake Words 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!

Francesca Joy + York Design Co. *Giveaway Alert*

Did you hear? We’ve teamed up with Elise from Francesca Joy to bring you an exciting giveaway! Elise is an extremely talented designer and entrepreneur – read all about her business in our recent interview, “Current Obsessions: Francesca Joy.” Enter to win two of our all-time favorite Francesca Joy designs:

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Elise sells hand painted canvas totes on her etsy shop, FrancescaJoyTotes. These custom totes feature a variety of colorful prints. Here are a few of our faves:

Roy Destination Compass Medium Tote
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Bali Honeymoon Toile Tote
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Palm Beach Breakers Bag
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Keith Richards Coral Medium Tote
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Charleston, SC Scene Tote
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Washington, DC Cherry Blossom Blues Tote
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Connect with Francesca Joy on Social: Facebook / TwitterPinterest / Instagram

Elise also designs needlepoint bracelets for York Design Co. Their range of needlepoint accessories spans cuffs, belts, handbags and headbands. Here are some of our favorites from the online shop:

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Connect with York Design Co. on Social: Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram

 

The giveaway ends Friday, February 21st. Winner announced Saturday, February 22nd. Best of luck!

 

Fast Forward to Spring // I Need a Vacation

J.Crew’s email this morning – “Time to Plan A Vacation. Polar Vortexes – best excuse for a sunny escape” got me thinking. I really could use a vacation. At least for some sun, warmth, and the ability to wear shorts or a skirt again!

This winter has been long and harsh enough already. So let’s just fast forward to spring, shall we?

For Spring 2014, let’s shine the spotlight on Blue + White:

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Sarita Dress // J.Crew Factory Striped Swim Top // Noelle Tunic
 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag // Zigzag Stripe Short // J.Crew Factory Swiss Dot Shirt
J.Crew Factory Polka Dot Skirt // Tory Burch Miller Stripe Sandal // Spade Skirt

Additionally, I’m ready to add all of these things to my life. Then maybe spring will get here soonerthat’s how it works, right?

What’s on your spring wish list? Let us know in the comments below!

Gold Things You Need Like, Right Now

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Happy Belated Holidays Y’all! This is the two of us posing oh so elegantly under a Christmas tree. Because that’s a normal thing to do…

Also, we exchanged some gifts…

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As you can see, it was very exciting.

J gave me this gorge gold bracelet: The Classic Link Bracelet. And I think you need it too, because it goes with everything and looks totally rich and luxe.


In addition, here are some other gold things you need like, right now:

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Boat Shoes in Platinum Gold. Because, obviously.

Starstruck Tieks (same reason).

Kate Spade Sailor’s Knot Hinge Bangle and Scallop Bangle

And last but not least…
Gold Jack Rogers Navajos – In Classic or Glitter (that’s right, we said GLITTER!)

P.S. One more thing – Gucci Guilty perfume.
Because we love the scent and we really love the bottle!
Gucci Guilty Perfume Review
XO,

Marty

Last Minute Gifts for Her Under $50!

Here’s our roundup of last minute gifts for the ladies in your life – all under $50!
And don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you procrastinated (after all, it happens to the best of us)!

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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!

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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!

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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 🙂