The Fourth of July is coming up and that means it’s time to rock one of our favorite color combos…we’ve shared our favorite red, white, and blue pieces below!
What will you be wearing for the Fourth?
Uncle Sam is all tuckered out, which can only mean one thing…
It was a successful 4th of July weekend!
Hope you enjoyed it! I had a relaxing weekend at a friend’s cabin on the lake and wore nothing but red, white and blue. Which reminded me… I really love this color combo–it’s surely influenced by my nautical obsession, too!
So even though the bunting and star-spangled beach towels are no longer necessary, sporting red, white, and blue (at least thru September) is acceptable in my book!
Here are my Red, White & J.Crew picks:
Let’s ride this patriotic wave a little bit longer, shall we?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Woodwinked: Best. 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.
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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.
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!
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
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!
Earrings: J.Crew Resin arrowhead earrings, $75 $65j crew.com
I know I’m supposed to be funny (and I am. Hilarious.) But, while this is the frilly-est, party-est, gifty–est time of year, it’s also time of year to contemplate what we’re so thankful for:
I’m thankful for my JCR girls:
I’m thankful for new family! And the most J.Crew Wedding of all time. And the best photographer ever, JBM Photography!
*** (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!
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 🙂
It’s November in Minnesota. Time to turn up the heat.
1. Photo // 2. Taryn Dress in Vivid Poppy (99.99!) // 3. Majesty Peacoat in Decadent Red // 4. Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini Bag // 5. Etta Suede Pumps in Wild Beet // 6. Scented Candle “Be Dazzling” // 7. NARS Lipstick Jungle Red // 8. Classic Q Natasha Bag
I love the color red. My favorite sweater is red. Favorite coat – red. Favorite handbag? Gazpacho. (In layman’s terms – RED). I also don’t hate Taylor Swift. And there’s just something about red nail polish and red lipstick that is always RIGHT. Amiright?
P.S. If you’re like me and really like red, you’ll probably like this Pinterest Board.
Ok, so it’s not exactly red, but I’m currently lusting after the
Ink-dip popover in neon persimmon
Painter boatneck tee in stripe.
Can’t decide between Byzantine Blue and Brilliant Flame.
Not Crew, but pretty darn cute – Dorothy Perkins Striped Skater Dress
Which Red, White and Blue Crew items am I missing? What are you #CurrentlyCrewing for the Fourth of July? Tweet us @JCrewReview!
Brought to you by MM (@MissMarthaMae). All images c/o of JCrew.com
Wait, that’s not all folks!
…And the very best thing of all….
This past weekend I had the pleasure of celebrating America’s Independence on a beautiful lake in Northern Iowa. (DISCLAIMER: It may sound like I make fun of Iowans for the remainder of this post. Please note that it is a very select population of fashion-offenders I am singling out, and I have nothing against Iowa, Iowans, people who enjoy Iowa, etc.)
During my visit, we ventured to a far-off place called “Farmer’s Island,” which I was pleasantly surprised to find “not as hick” as I’d anticipated. Actually, I spotted tons of cute suits and a slight whiff of sophistication. Outside of the lakesters, however, I spotted quite the mix of characters: Cute preppy girls, Carnies, boys in boat shoes, farmers in plaid cut-offs and jhorts…
Which brings me to a short series of lessons:
2. Nauti vs. Naughty: Cute, nautical swimwear and accessories are not only acceptable, but encouraged. “Naughty” skanky swimsuits and low-cut spandex dresses are not.
3. Carnies are still creepy. ‘Nuff said.
Patriotic picnic attire is not limited to just a handful of national holidays, Americana Chic can be embraced throughout the year!
So what CAN you wear?
These Fourth-Worthy Frocks get more bang for their buck. FireWORK em before, during and after the holiday: