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Fall Fashion: Dress Yourself and Your Home in Stylish Finds From…

Target Project 62

I saw a new Target catalog sitting on my Mother-in-Law’s coffee table and couldn’t resist flipping through. In fact, I “read” it twice in a row, given my reaction to just about every page was, “Oh wow! That’s from Target?”

Project 62 is a collection described as: Modern pieces made for everyday living.

The products that made me go “Oh Wow!” linked below:

My favorites might be this tufted chair (comes in 4 colors, including navy blue!) and this wood chair. I just really like chairs, ok? These lamps are calling my name, too: Delavan Tripod Floor Lamp – Black and Clear Acrylic, this Geneva Glass Triple Globe Table Lamp, and this metal globe floor lamp.

From the pieces I’ve seen in-person (aka in store) the faux plants look pretty faux (so I’ll probably skip ‘em) and the knit pillows, while pretty, seemed to have a lot of loose/extra fabric, and I prefer a stuffed, taut throw pillow. One of the online reviewers agreed with me noting, “there’s next to no stuffing in the pillows and the quilted part is very loose and almost saggy.” So…skip the pillows.

Design-wise, what do you think of this new Project 62 collection? A little West Elm meets Anthro, no?

Spanx Arm Tights

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Somehow I’m on the SPANX email list (ok, I remember how I got there, founder Sara Blakely spoke at the Forbes Under 30 summit and offered us all a unique promo code if we signed up right then + there). So, I signed up. And while I don’t recall any of the emails coming to my primary inbox for a while, this week the subject line announcing their new invention, Tights…for Your Arms! graced my inbox and grabbed my attention.

Immediately judging the concept as “either the best or the worst thing ever” I had to see which of my suspicions was correct. Well, the product reviews aren’t rolling in yet, but I’m intrigued enough to give it a try. I wear regular tights multiple times per week in the winter, so arm tights may just be my new thing — a tool that allows sleeveless clothing items to be worn even in the dead of winter.

Spanx arm tights come in 10 colors, but I’m probably going to be boring and try the “Very Black” and “Cream Cable” options for starters. I’ll let you know what I think!

In other Spanx news (said literally no one ever), these Faux Leather Leggings have been well-received by Nordstrom shoppers along with the Bra-llelujah! Full Coverage Underwire Bra, which I can attest is worth the $$$.

ShopBop Sale [3 days only. Ends 9/29/2017]

ICYMI, the ShopBop sale is officially on! I find the site to be a bit of a black hole for me (not as easy to navigate as Nordstrom, so I end up poking around in a bunch of places until I find something that catches my eye).

So, I have no recommended ShopBop Sale picks for you because I don’t want to get caught up in that black hole. But, if you’ve had your eye on something(s) from Tory Burch,  Kate Spade New York, Madewell, Gorjana, DVF, Vince… now’s the time to check out the selection and save big – specifically, 20% off orders up to $500 / 25% off orders over $500.

Don’t forget: They’ve got free 3-day shipping and free returns.

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!

Home Decor

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

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

Scouted: Favorite Finds of the Week

1. Flash Tattoos
I’m not even a tattoo person, but how fab are these hyper-realistic jewelry-inspired tats?
Did I just say tats?!

Flash-Tattoos Josephine // Chloe // Lena 

If you’ve never been to Shop Waiting on Martha brace yourself, because you will find so many adorable things that you need in your life. While nothing here is necessarily a “necessity,” a 20% savings should erase that shadow of a doubt.

Use code: SOLONGSUMMER for 20% off everything. Yes, EVERYTHING. Like art prints. Adorable notepads. The cutest dog toys in the history of ever.


Ok, I‘m Hooked
Naturally, we’re head over heels for Tory Burch’s new fall boots.
Happens EVERY TIME.

 

Oh, hello dream boot closet!

 

Oh, and this is going on now – Sept. 1 #Dangerous!
***Enter Code LaborDay14 on TORYBURCH.COM***

 

XO,

Marty