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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

Friday Favorites: August Edition

1. Dainty Gold Jewelry
Featuring the new Catbird for J.Crew line!

2. Cami NYC
Classic, Feminine, Versatile.
Cami NYC gives every woman the perfect staple piece to compliment her wardrobe, while refining her everyday style.

Cami-NYC

With so many stylish options – The Racer. The High Top. The Backlace. The Sweetheart. The Scoop. The Classic… it’s hard to pick just one!

[Pro tip: Sign up for their email list to receive 15% off!]

3. ThirdLove
ThirdLove = European-inspired lingerie that is both luxurious and affordable.

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[Pro tip: Get $20 off your first ThirdLove bra using the JCR Girls Invite Code.]


4. Sticky9

I ordered a set of Sticky9 (formerly Stickygram) Instagram magnets for the office last year, and loved them so much I secured another set for home, too. With a new set of spring/summer favorite ‘grams, I thought it was time to add to my collection.
Sticky9-Instagram-Magnets

[Pro Tip: Use code: FRIEND0REH for 15% off your first order! Also — you can now upload photos directly from your computer OR directly from your published instagrams].

XO,

Marty

Red, White & J.Crew

Uncle Sam is all tuckered out, which can only mean one thing…
It was a successful 4th of July weekend!

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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!

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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:

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Arabelle Dress in Silk Chiffon / Jeweled Arrows Necklace / Stripe Leather Passport Case

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J.Crew Factory Stripe Linen-Cotton Sundress / J.Crew Factory Twisted Rope Short
Factory Pleated Stripe Short

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Collection Featherweight Cashmere Shell / J.Crew Stretch Matchstick Jean in White
Collection Cashmere Zip-Front Hoodie

 

 Let’s ride this patriotic wave a little bit longer, shall we?

Happy-Fourth-of-July

XO,

Marty

Looking for Adventure…

I know, I know, I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been too busy soaking up the start of summer and adventuring.

Adventuring (verb): To engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory. Well, maybe less on the hazardous side, more on the exciting side…

Adeventure #1 was to NYC over Memorial Day to hang with my fellow JCR Girls Jocelyn & Aislinn!

New-York-Trip-Brooklyn We ♥ Brooklyn.

We even went on a mini adventure to J.Crew Bridal!

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From Atlantic to Pacific
Adventure #2: My first trip to Cali followed shortly after.

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I met up with the Love Your Melon Tour in LA to assist with marketing strategy and event promotion. They currently have a team of college students from across the country traveling throughout the US. They’re visiting hospitals dressed as superheroes and personally delivering hats and smiles to children battling cancer! It’s truly inspiring. Learn more about Love Your Melon and check out their line of Buy One, Give One products.

Adventure #3: Enjoying the great outdoors, back in MN.
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Since I’ve been back, I’ve asked some important people some important questions…  Will-You-Be-My-Bridesmaid.jpg

The good news is – they all said YES!
Let the games begin. #mandm2015

*Interested in a Bridesmaid Box tutorial? I’ll write one up if there’s interest! Let me know in the comments below…

XO,
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.

Weekend Wish List

I’m leaving on a trip today to my dream world (I may or may not go every weekend). Here is what I will be buying at J. Crew during my stay.

Painter tee in colorblock via The JCR Girls

Painter Tee in Colorblock

Caftan tunic in pineapple via The JCR Girls

Caftan Tunic in Pineapple

Button front dress in roller girl via The JCR Girls

Button Front Dress

Boardwalk linen skirt in stripe via The JCR Girls

Boardwalk Line Skirt

Collection bow pumps in Ratti Regatta via The JCR Girls

Collection Bow Pumps in Ratti Regatta

Tiered stone necklace via The JCR Girls

Tiered Stone Necklace

And just because I can’t pass up anything with a cute critter…

Kangaroo BAGU via The JCR Girls

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What are you currently lusting over from Crew? Share with us on Twitter or show us your most recent purchases on Instagram!

XO

JD

Ships Ahoy! J. Crew Nautical Necessities

Whether you are sailing the Atlantic, lounging by the pool, or catching a baseball game with friends, nautical attire is always appropriate. Anchors, stripes and ship wheels have long been a summertime staple when it comes to casual dressing. Learn to embrace the theme with the help of J.Crew’s talented team who expertly crafts a boat-friendly collection year after year.

This season, standout items are all about the anchor. From a charm bracelet, to a scoop-neck blouse or comfortable T-shirt dress, anchors are a coveted symbol that certainly makes a statement, in a modest way in comparison to other loud symbols.

J. Crew Review Nautical Attire Ahoy! Nothing screams nautical more than bold stripes, particularly stripes in the all-American, spirited colors of red, white and blue. Borrowing from the boys has never been so stylish, as the Saint James unisex tee is absolute striped perfection. Tailored linen and cotton shorts are, as J.Crew called them, the ultimate secret weapon for summer.
J. Crew Review Stipes, Nautical, St. James Tee The J.Crew catalog, coined as the style guide, is a fashion magazine that embraces what we all know and love: the never-ending possibilities of J.Crew ensembles. Who doesn’t want to look like they just hopped out of the catalog? To no surprise, June’s style guide featured a number of nautical looks,
J. Crew Review Navy and White Maritime Anchor Dress Soludos for J. Crew J. Crew Review Nautical Striped Dress

This post is brought to you by Kelly J. (@KellyFrancess) All images c/o jcrew.com.