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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!

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

J. Crew is for Babies

J. Crew just launched their very fashionable and luxurious line for babies. Because I’m 24 and irresponsible I always joke that if I actually had a baby right now I might forget it in a J. Crew dressing room (I wouldn’t really do this, don’t get offended). But until the day I might become responsible enough to take care of a tiny person, my dream (along with owning my own camel) is to be a baby stylist, and with the launch of this collection that job would pretty much be perfect. So enough about my hopes and dreams. Here are the clothes your baby needs (let’s look past the price tags, even babies need a dream life, KAY?).

Baby’s are snuggly just from being a baby. Imagine how snuggly they would be with a cashmere cardi added! Baby + Cashmere = Supasnuggly.

Collection Cashmere Baby Cardigan via The JCR Girls

Collection Cashmere Baby Cardigan

Start your baby out with some proper hopes and dreams. Even though my mom discourages me by telling me being a sailor is more than wearing cute nautical clothes (and that they don’t actually wear cute nautical clothes) I still think it is a valid dream.

Nature Baby Bib via The JCR Girls

Nature Baby Bibs

Oh my gosh, stop. This pigeon’s name is Pablo. Nobody needs a stuffed pigeon. Unless his name is Pablo and in that case…EVERYONE needs a stuffed pigeon.

Kids' Oeuf Pablo the Pigeon via The JCR Girls

Kids’ Oeuf Pablo the Pigeon

Look how tiny these Sperrys are! Even if you don’t have a baby you should still buy them JUST TO HAVE TINY SPERRYS! Also, I’ve heard sailing is a prevalent hobby of babies these days, so make sure they have the proper attire to participate.

Sperry Top-Sider for Baby via The JCR Girls

Sperry Top-Sider for Baby

Scroll through the widget below for more of our favorites!

 

Fancy Favorites

Do you use the Fancy app?
Now, it’s no Pinterest or Tumblr, but still highly useful for finding fun, interesting, useful, or just plain fancy things. Overall, some really cool stuff you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Here’s a sampling of the things I fancy:

If you don’t currently use the app, Sign Up for Fancy here.

Gurl, you fancy!

Marty

Banana Republic: Milly Collection

I am so excited about the Milly Collection at Banana Republic. I wouldn’t even let myself walk into the store on my trip to the mall during my lunch the other day, knowing that I would only come out having spent too much money. Once I develop a little more self control (or my mom agrees to go shopping with me to remind me that I DON’T NEED ANYTHING!) I can’t wait to go in and see the pieces I’ve been adoring online, in person.

What pieces are you most excited about….or which ones have you already purchased?! Tweet us @JCrewReview or show us via Instagram!

XO
JD

Pretty Prints

During the wintertime in Wisconsin I go to a dark place. Literally. I wear black. All. The. Time. Once the warm weather starts making regular appearances (this is finally happening…IN JUNE), I want to celebrate and suddenly….all I’m drawn too is bright and colorful prints.

What We’re Into Right Now

Hammered Waif RingThis here Hammered Waif Ring

Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick!

Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick (in every shade)!

Michael Kors Collectors Edition

Michael Kors Runway Chronograph Watch Collector Box Set

Chevron Chairs J. Crew Review Instagram

These Darling Chevron Chairs
(from T.J. Maxx!)

Ecosmart Fire Ghost Ventless Fireplace

                                                                                                                            Ecosmart Fire Ghost Ventless Fireplace

Black + Blum Box Apetit for West Elm

  Black+Blum Box Appetit

Black Vintage Style Plastic Cutlery

Black Vintage Style Plastic Cutlery  via The Fancy

Leather Strap Packing TapeLeather Strap Packing Tape
Seriously though, how cute is that?


J.W. Hulme Leather Envelope | The JCR Girls J. W. Hulme iPad Clutch
J. W. Hulme Envelope and iPad Clutch in Oxblood (add a complimentary embossed monogram!)

Wax Seal Stamps on Etsy These Gorgeous Wax Seal Stamps

Oh, and J. Crew New Arrivals of course!

It’s a Sample Sale…Full of Sequins!

That’s right JCR Girls,
Sequin NYC is having a Minneapolis Sample Sale this weekend!
And all of us Minneapolites know how exciting this is (especially considering the lack of sample sales that make their way to the heartland)!

60% to 80% OFF jewelry sold at:
Henri Bendel
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
& other fine retailers

Time to Stack Up!
Sequin NYC Bangle Bracelets Neon Stack Bangle Bracelets - Sequin NYC
If you’re going, tweet me personally @MissMarthaMae! I’d love to meet up and gush over J. Crew with you whilst perusing the goods.

P.S. Did I mention Blake Lively will be there?
Ok, maybe she’ll be sitting this one out, but her gorgeous necklace might be there!

Blake Lively Gossip Girl wearing a Sequin NYC necklace

More info: Sequin Sample Sale – Minneapolis
Stalk Sequin on Social: Facebook / Twitter

October Style Guide Scan

The October Style Guide left me wanting just a bit more, not gonna lie. There were obviously some fabulous pieces and some great ideas for mixing prints, but I didn’t tear out too many pages. And that’s weird for me… I tend to be a hoarder when it comes to torn-out magazine pages. Let’s focus on the positives, shall we?

Double Cloth Coat

The first page that got the cut (in a good way!) featured a fabulous oxblood leather skirt, a peachy rose top, and a bright fuchsia double-cloth coat. I want to wear this outfit every day for the rest of my life. Or just until next month’s style guide gets delivered. You get the idea.

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Loved the style tip for monochromatic looks. TEXTURE, people. I’m tired of seeing boring head-to-toe looks. I love me a monochromatic outfit, but there has to be some interest. Texture is the easiest way to add some style points.

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NAVY MACALISTERS. Enough said. These will be added to my shoe shelf ASAP. Navy has long been my go-to neutral and I’m loving the recent influx in navy basics.

Speaking of the Macalister… What are your thoughts on the new heel? I’m thinking I’ll stick with the classic wedge!

Overall, I’m loving J.Crew’s take on color for fall. And of course, no one does color and pattern mixing like our beloved. The color-way inter-mixing gives so many ideas of how to mix up your wardrobe this fall. Mints, cobalts, and emeralds. Pinks, oranges, and reds. Mix them up for a fresh spin on the monochromatic look!

XO
Jessica
Meet our (fabulous) guest blogger, Jessica from Bows & Sequins
Jessica is a twenty-something University of Illinois alum living in New York City. As an avid daytime sequin wearer and gingham shirt collector, her love for the Crew runs deep. She is addicted to Instagram, cutesy cards and stationery, a good leopard print, hot yoga, and glitzy statement jewelry. Jessica writes Bows & Sequins, a fashion-focused lifestyle blog where she shares her daily J.Crew-clad outfits.

Keep up with Jessica on Twitter @bowsandsequins