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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

 

My Bittersweet Birthday

So, I turned 25 last week. It was a bittersweet experience. Just before midnight Jewlz (my friend since Kindergarten. Scratch that, 5th grade – she was a bully in kindergarten) texted me a sweet little emoji-laden happy birthday message noting that it’s now acceptable to lie about my age. That’s what she does, and that’s what I plan on doing.

Too add to the bittersweetness, my April 3 bday (which is typically springlike and lovely) got hit by a blizzard. Like, a serious blizzard. So yeah, it snowed on my parade.

North-Loop-Minneapolis Photo Cred: my friend Carrie – @carrielmcgregor on Instagram!

A stark contrast to last year when I was in Cabo (85 and sunny) with Matt. This year he was traveling for work, then had to head back to Chi, so I don’t get to see him for a few weeks : ( Cabo-Beach-Photo

Ok, ok, enough complaining. On to the sweet part! Specifically cupcakes! And cake! And cocktails! And tulips! I have the best friends : )

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And the really sweet part? My best friends’ baby was born at 9:00am on my bday. In Wisconsin. Guess who was born at 9:30am on April 3rd in WI? ME. Seriously, what are the chances? I was placing bets on him coming March 17th so I was not expecting this at all. It was super fun though, we drank beer at the hospital (Helen’s husband packed a cooler and set of signature pint glasses. Obviously.) We remained entertained for hours as Baby Theo made funny faces and the occasional tiny pterodactyl noise. What a little cutie pie!

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Also, he insisted on taking his first selfie with Auntie Marta.
Newborn-Baby-Selfie

I kinda treated myself to a new car, too. My lease was just about up so it was necessary, but I’m sure the quarter-life crisis in me made it difficult to decline an upgrade, so I went for it. But before I acquired that shiny black car I bought what I thought would be my one and only splurge to myself… a shiny black pair of discount designer shoes (thanks Opitz Outlet –just my size–nothing short of miraculous)!

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Sometimes, you fall head over heels for a pair of heels and just can’t help but purchase them and put them on a pedestal. Or in this case, a cake stand.

As bitter/sweet as this bday was, I‘m really look forward to the next, because I must cross that brdige before THE WEDDING, and I have a feeling Baby Theo will stick his face in a cake and it will be super entertaining.

XO,

Marty

I Think You’d Like to Take a Hike

Take a hike! Seriously. Because before you know it we (those of us that bravely reside in the Midwest, at least,) will be covered in snow. For this very reason I knew I had to get out and hike before the blizzards blew in and ruined my chances.

So last weekend Matt and I did just that. Although we missed the peak of fall autumnal elegance, it was a beautiful day and we happened to stumble upon some nice fall foliage and naturey goodness:

The-JCR-Girls-Hike-1 Pike Island | St. Paul, MN

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Minnehaha Falls | Minneapolis, MN (Or as my GPS likes to call it MinneHaHA!)

So now that you can’t wait to get out and hike, what’s a girl to wear?
Well…

Boots 
Because fancy boots (although I’m in LOVE with these) might very well get muddy, a pair like this is practical:

Affordable Riding Boots *I wore a pair just like this all over Ireland during my semester abroad. Trashed them in the end, but the faux-leather lasted thru many a hike!

Layers
Because when it’s on the brink of winter in MN, you really don’t know what you’re gonna get! Any combination of these will do:

Scarf
Go for something cozy and cashmere like this infinity scarf, or a chunky cable knit.

Windbreaker 
The name windbreaker cracks me up for no apparent reason, but I’ve got this bad boy and approve of it. And this one is nice, too.

Camera
Because it’s fun! We (boyfriend R3dline Photo and I) shot the photos above with a Canon EOS Rebel.

XO,

Marty

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is Here!

And you know we can’t pass up a good sale…

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Our sale-section faves include:

 

SHOP NOW (before it’s too late)!

Life Lately: 5 Things We’re Into Right Now

1. Chromecast

Google Chromecast YOU GUYS! If you don’t have one and you’re not on the waitlist, you need to get on it now.
It’s like, AppleTV but for only $35. Srsly tho. Time to get your #geekchic on.

2. NYFW
NYFW-RewardStyle-Party Because, parties.

3. Shopping Your Own Closet
Came across this Buzzfeed article titled, “10 Ways To Hack Your Heels” and I was like “MUST try #1 #5 #7 and #10 NOW!”

4. Creating Gallery Walls
It’s a chore, but so rewarding when you get it just right. Am I right? This little one in my bedroom is ALMOST there:
Gallery Wall | The JCR Girls

5. Tuft Stuff
If you’re a regular reader I’m sure you’re already well aware that I love a good tuft. Hence, my tufted chesterfield sofa, my new tufted ottoman (thought you couldn’t double up on the tuft, think again!) and my latest pursuit…a tufted headboard!
Tufted Ottoman and Sofa | The JCR Girls

Please please please help me choose:

All of the following images are from Wayfair.com

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Found it at Wayfair - Nail Button Tufted Headboard in Navy Linen

For background – my bedding is navy and white; walls are white.

XO,

Marty

 

Life Lately: 5 Things

So…
A lot has happened over the past month! Jocelyn packed up and made the move from Milwaukee to Brooklyn; Martha got a new office – moving only a mile but to a much larger, much more creative space…and we’ve both been blessed with exposed brick in our new settings, WIN!

 

Also, we’ve both set out on antiquing adventures (what else is new?) and had to restrain ourselves from purchasing all of our September Style Guide Faves and this Ridiculous Long List of Riding Boots.

Here’s a recap of our adventures of late:

1. J’S New to New York!

New-York-City | The JCR Girls

NYC’s the place to be!

 

2. We Heart Exposed Brick
Exposed-Brick-Apt-Office | The JCR Girls

 

3. We Heart Antiquing
The JCR Girls Go Antiquing

 

4. Do It YoSelf

Project #1: Leather Bow DIY
Leather Bow DIY | The JCR GirlsStep 1: Find scraps of leather (found mine at the fabric outlet)

Step 2: Follow this tutorial. If you’re like me, take a few creative liberties. (Namely, I didn’t make them into bracelets…)

 

Project #2: Nautical Pillows!
Nautical Fabric | The JCR Girls
Step 1: Buy Nautical FabricNautical Pillows | The JCR GirlsStep 2: Follow this Slipstitched Pillow Cover Tutorial. 

 

 

VOILA!
The JCR Girls | DIY Nautical Pillows
5. And then I Went House Hunting!
Dream House | The JCR Girls
Just Kidding. I Wish. This actually happened in my #DreamLife.

 

…More detailed decor posts to come! Don’t miss out, subscribe to our blog to stay in the loop!
XO!
Marty

Summer Trip: Door County

Last week I loaded up my monogrammed Vera Bradley duffel (No, I’m not a teenager, but I did get it for my 18th bday) with all of the essentials for a weekend in Door County, WI:
Monogrammed Vera Bradley Duffel | The JCR Girls

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Sperrys
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Swimwear (J.Crew Bikinis)
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Summer Dresses
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Perfect Tees / Tanks
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Chino Shorts
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Nautical Anything Everything
{See: Nautical Necessities Round 2}
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Crustacean-Clad Beach Towels
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Here are some smartphone snaps from the weekend!

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My sister & I shared a bedroom again. Seersucker bedding? How’d they know?!

Door County Trip | The JCR Girls

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Where are you headed for summer vacay?
…and more importantly, what are you packing? Tweet us!

XO,
MM

It’s on SALE!

J. Crew Spring Sale | The JCR Girls - A J. Crew Blog

Here’s our weekly roundup of the latest & greatest of J. Crew sale items! This week we’re focusing on Women’s Sale:

Pretty Lipstuffs – in French Martini
J. Crew Lipstick - FACE - in French Martini

$10 OFF Sperrys in Pretty Pastel Colours

Sperry Top-siders for J. Crew | The JCR Girls Blog


This Pencil Wrap Skirt
(as seen on Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies)

J. Crew Pencil Wrap Striped Skirt | The JCR Girls


Jackie Cardigan in Stripe {with Anchor Buttons}
!
J. Crew Striped Jackie Cardigan | The JCR Girls

No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Pinwheel Eyelet

J. Crew Pencil Skirt in Pinwheel Eyelet | The JCR Girls

Ikat Tee
J. Crew Ikat Tee | The JCR Girls

Anchor Buckle Belt {$30!} 
Oh, you like Nautical things? Check out our “Come Sail Away” Pinterest Board!
J. Crew Anchor Buckle Belt | The JCR Girls

Circle Print Chambray Popover

J. Crew Circle Print Chambray Popover | The JCR Girls

Collection Cafe Capri in Bazaar Print

Collection Cafe Capri in Bazaar Print | The JCR Girls

Crinkle City Mini
J. Crew Crinkle City Mini | The JCR Girls

Collection Cashmere Tippi Sweater
J. Crew Collection Cashmere Tippi Sweater | The JCR Girls

Collection Washed Silk Side Tie Pant

J. Crew Collection Washed Silk Side Tie Pant | The JCR Girls

Rosalind Dress in Tricotine
J. Crew Silk Rosalind Dress | The JCR Girls

And don’t forget…

Everything is 25% OFF thru May 3. USE CODE SPRINGBEST!
XOXO,
Marty

 

Talk Derby to Me

The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner
and we couldn’t be more excited…YEEHAW!
Okay, the Derby has absolutely nothing to do with cowboys, but I wanted to pretend I was one for just a second. Moving on to what’s more important here…THE FASHION:

J. Crew Blog | The JCR Girls | Kentucky Derby Fashion

Petal Floral Sonja Dress | Milan Straw Portrait HatEquestrian Silk Scarf
Collis Velvet Horse Slipper | Delia Dress | & SHOES!

And, of course, you can’t mention the word “Derby” without a strong desire to down a Mint Julep, or three (we prefer monogrammed silver julep cups – more on that later).

Whether you’re fully stocked with polished silver drinkware, or ridin‘ SOLO (I see you, college kids, we won’t judge) you’ll love this refreshingly simple Mint Julep Recipe:

J. Crew Blog | The JCR Girls | Mint Julep RecipePhoto Credit + Details: MyRecipes.com

 

Now pick out your dress, shoes and hat.
Purchase your Julep fixings.
And prepare to celebrate the greatest two minutes in sports!

New to hosting Derby parties? Don’t fret! Get up to speed at: KentuckyDerby.com/Party

Tweet/Instagram us your Derby attire this weekend: @JCrewReview #KyDerby!

 

Shop our Favorite Derby Dresses, Shoes & Accessories:

XOXO,

MM & JD

Mint Condition

Current obsession: all things mint!

See what we are stocking our wardrobes with in the lookbook. Oh, and don’t forget to start perfecting your mint julep with the Kentucky Derby just around the corner!