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Trend to Try: Velvet

As soon as my hunt for a good deal on a flight home begins, so does the search for the perfect Christmas day outfit. This year, I have not yet had any luck with the former, but the latter was solved quite easily when I began seeing velvet pieces everywhere (LOFT has an amazing selection and with 40% of EVERYTHING right now, you can’t pass up trying this trend out!).

To shop our favorite velvet pieces just click the plus sign icon in the images!

Let’s all agree that pink velvet shoes need to become a staple item in all of our closets…

What will you be wearing for the holidays this year? Share in the comments below!
XO
J

 

PS: Be sure to check out these sales….

J. Crew’s biggest sale EVER! Take 40% off your entire purchase. WHAAAT!

Buy More, Save More (up to 25% off) at Shopbop

Up to 40% off at Neiman Marcus 

25% off sitewide at Rebecca Minkoff

Time to Get Bundled Up

Over the past couple of months, New York has offered up the most confusing weather I think I’ve ever experienced. I’ve gone from nights of layering up for bed praying my radiator turns on to cranking my AC the next day. This also entails switching up my wardrobe daily – kind of annoying. BUT…we’ve had about three days of chilly weather (the longest stretch so far!) so I think it might officially be time to bundle up! If you’re a longtime reader of the blog you know I’m extremely fond of the cold temps. Blame it on my Midwestern roots, but I can’t resist a good winter coat and think outfits are better when multiple layers are involved.

I can’t wait to share all of my favorite cold weather pieces over the next couple of weeks but let’s start with the pieces everyone will see the most – coats, hats, scarves, gloves..basically all of the best things about winter. Also, because I’m already in the holiday spirit of giving, all of the items below are ON SALE. Like..major sale (40% off at J. Crew for example. Yeah, I wasn’t lying!).

And okay – I know the holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but why not also score a good deal on gifts for those friends and family members?! Check out the sale roundup below featuring all of the great deals you can get during the days leading up to the infamous Black Friday:

J. Crew: 40% off your purchase when you use code HOLIDAY.

Shopbop: Buy more, save more! Use code GOBIG16 to get up to 25% off.

Loft: Use code THANKS to receive 40% off site-wide.

Baublebar: 30% off on holiday collection and gift sets with code HOLIDAY30.

Tory Burch: The event of the season…use code THANKS to save 25% when you spend $250 or more.

Gap: 40% off EVERYTHING with code GIFTTIME.

Madewell: Use code THATSALE and you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase!

Nordstrom: Don’t wait until Black Friday to save…check out early savings offers (no code needed!)

Happy shopping!
XO
J

J.Crew Review: December 2016 Style Guide

It’s good, you guys. Really good. 
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Makes me want to head to Canada and max out my credit card on all the necessary gear — including, but not limited to:

1. MARLED ITALIAN WOOL BLEND TURTLENECK SWEATER

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2. RIBBED TURTLENECK IN ITALIAN CASHMERE
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3. NORDIC PARKA
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4. BLACK WATCH EXCURSION QUILTED VEST

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Also comes in Dark Poppy, Bleached Sand, Emerald Pool, Navy, Black. Which one would you wear the most?

5. BELTED ZIP TRENCH COAT IN WOOL MELTON
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Also comes in several other fun and festive colors.

6. ICON TRENCH COAT IN WOOL-CASHMERE

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7. TOGGLE CAPE IN WOOL CASHMERE
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8. COZY TROUSER SOCKS IN FAIR ISLE
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*Shown front + center!

9. SADIE POM-POM ANKLE-STRAP FLATS IN TARTAN
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How perfect for the holidays, right? Act fast – sizes are selling out quickly!

10. RIBBED HAT WITH FAUX-FUR POM-POM

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And for holiday party attire… JCrew-Holiday-2016-Party-Attire

 FLOUNCE SILK DRESS IN WOLFSTOOTH /  LACE DRESS WITH POCKETS / SILK TWILL PANT IN WOLFSTOOTH

This isn’t all about you. You know that, right? Start making a list of gifts for the women in your life. We’re fond of the following gifts in shades that suit the season!

Gift Ideas

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From L to R: SIGNET BAG IN ITALIAN LEATHERSTADIUM-CLOTH COCOON COATKNIT NIGHTSHIRT IN POLKA DOT / CASHMERE-LINED LEATHER TECH GLOVES

Week in Review: Fall is in Full Swing

Fall is in full swing, and that means miniature pumpkins and decorative Indian corn will magically make their way into your shopping cart. You’ll suddenly have an irresistible urge to visit an apple orchard and a pumpkin farm. Perhaps a vineyard, too – while you’re at it! A strange sensation pulls you in the direction of all things plaid and flannel and it becomes abundantly clear that you do not have enough cozy socks and blankets (and never will).

That said, cider season is officially upon us! If you’re like me, you skip the PSL and go straight for the good stuff.

If we were ‘real’ lifestyle bloggers, we’d whip up our own clever cider concoction and share just how rewarding it is to make your own from scratch. I must say, this Trader Joe’s version isn’t half bad! Apple-Cider-Season Disclaimer: These apples aren’t freshly picked from the orchard. They’re Trader Joe’s, too.

Fall-Foliage-OnlyInMN And with the crisp autumnal breezes comes a myriad of gorgeous natural colors. A unique mix of reds, greens, yellows, oranges and maroons. A striking blend of colors that are just too Instagrammable to resist. It’s peak fall foliage season in Minnesota right now (meaning, we have ALL of the colors), and I have plenty of ‘grams to prove it!

Including this one, featuring my recent encounter with a real-life emoji! Real-Life-Leaf-Emoji

Wayzata-Yacht-Club And this snap, that’s really just a tease because that body of water is about to FREEZE soon.

Fall-Foliage-MN-2 And this tunnel of trees at a scenic outdoor wedding venue. Ok, I lied. This is actually outside of the public library. Looks like a lavishly decorated aisle though, doesn’t it?

Taylors-Falls-MN-Fall This recent hike was an eyeopener, featuring trees with only a few fall leaves left : (

Wood-Watch-1When it comes to fall clothing and accessories, I gotta admit, I don’t overdose on plaid and flannel and oversized capes. They’re not for everyone. I do love a cozy cable knit sweater, a fleece-lined quarter-zip (like this Heathered Green Patagonia “Better Sweater” that’s become a weekend staple), and leather riding boots (like these Frye faves I’ve been wearing on the daily).

JORD-WatchAccessory-wise, stylish wood watches are seasonally appropriate and make quite the fashion statement. This Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood combination caught my attention, and the best news is, the husband likes it, too! Check out woodwatches.com to explore the full collection of men’s and women’s watches. (Shown: Dover Series Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood. c/o).

Wood-Watch-2 Doesn’t it make you wanna go all analog and take a hike? Reaching for your iPhone is not required to tell time. It was, however, required for this photo, HA! 

Like what you see? Enter to win a wood watch.

Until next time!
Marty

Week in Review: Travels to Chicago, San Fransisco and the Ryder Cup!

It’s been an action-packed couple of weeks! From San Fransisco to Chicago to Milwaukee and back to Minneapolis for the Ryder Cup! Here are some highlights from our adventures:

Flowers-at-Mission-Dolores-Market-San-Fransisco“I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.” I couldn’t help but smile (and let’s be honest, walk in and what else they had to offer) as I walked past this darling market in Mission Dolores, San Fransisco.

View-from-Golden-Gate-Bridge-San-FransiscoThe next night I headed to the Golden Gate Bridge just before sunset, and the views were phenomenal! While it was a chilly walk, it was a clear night (no fog!) and I snapped an embarrassing number of photos.

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Next stop: Chicago. When I arrived my friends had already eaten lunch, so I took matters into my own hands. Made a beeline for the 3 Arts Club Cafe aka “a posh haunt inside Restoration Hardware combining a coffeehouse, wine bar & American restaurant.” Let me tell you, it lives up to the hype! The next time you’re in Chicago, I’d highly recommend swinging by. And plan extra time for exploring each floor of RH Chicago – design inspo for DAYS.

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Like this chandelier filled hallway…

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And this dreamy lounge on the top floor…

After a quick stop in Milwaukee for my grandma’s 90th birthday party (!!!) I made my way back to Minnesota and was pleasantly surprised to find the weather was still summery. Sundays-Lake-Minnetonka

Which turned out to be PERFECT for the Ryder Cup.  Ryder-Cup-2016-MN
We had a blast wearing full on red, white & blue and cheering on Team USA. We also got to catch up with friends from out-of-town all while spending ample time outdoors.

What have you been up to this fall?

-Marty

Week in Review: Labor Day Week+End

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you’ve probably been picking up on a pink theme…

jcrew-challenge-pink We’re excited to announce that we are participating in another J.Crew Challenge, this time – PINK. How refreshing for fall, right? You don’t need to go full-on autumnal to get into the season. 226 shades of pink provide plenty of opportunity to personalize your look.

We were thrilled when J.Crew asked us to participate in the “Into the Wild” #jcrewchallenge, and the same it true this time around.

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Follow our feed for more where this came from!

jcrew-pink-leopardorizeDo you speak J.Crew? We’re learning the ropes via the latest Style Guide. Here’s a lesson in how to LEOPARDIZE.

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While we’re excited for sweater weather and crisp autumn air, we are experiencing a bout of the summer blues. On the bright side, these blue pieces are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall: Rider Bag in Italian Leather // Sam Sunglasses in Navy // Colorful Crystal Necklace // Deck-Stripe T-Shirt // Vintage Pajama Set // Ruffle Dress in Tropical Floral // Roxie Suede T-Strap Pumps.

Weekend Recap
Labor Day weekend was spent enjoying the sunshine (responsibly – see below), planning upcoming trips and making some minor home improvements.Lake-Minnetonka-MN

Sunshine: Enjoy Responsibly. To continue the skincare theme, we tried Supergoop for the first time this week. An alarming 90% of the signs of aging are caused by the sun. It’s important to protect yourself year-round with SPF Skincare. We are enjoying the Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist, and will be purchasing more products in the near future, because…

Supergoop is NOW 20% OFF thru 9/8 with code: sg!365

Cabo-San-Lucas-El-ArcoSun protection will be incredibly important during our upcoming trip to Cabo San Lucas! I’ve been once before and can attest to the fact that the sun is strong and hard to hide from. Christmas in Cabo is still ages away, so I’ll spare you the details (for now!).

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Spent an embarrassing amount of time cleaning and organizing and decorating this weekend. We’ve been up and down every aisle of Home Depot, Menards and Lowe’s, and the place still doesn’t look remotely like this! This photo is filed under “Bedroom Inspo,” snapped at the Artisan Home Tour, designed by @gracehilldesign. I guess we’ll keep trying… If we make any solid progress, I’ll post updates on the blog!

Labor Day Sale Roundup:

P.S. Did you hear the news? J.Crew coming to 16 select Nordstrom stores across the country! Match made in heaven.
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-Marty

Spa Day with VMV Hypoallergenics

I’ve always been completely content doing at-home masks, exfoliating, manis/pedis…all of that fun stuff…but, when I had the opportunity to go to VMV Hypoallergenics in Soho I couldn’t say no. A good friend of mine introduced me to the brand last year and I’ve gone to several events that they host at their shop on Mott Street. Last fall, I won a 90-minute treatment so I finally carved some time out of my weekend to go and see what it was all about.

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First of all, I really love the brand. I have pretty sensitive skin that I’m always so nervous about agitating. With VMV I don’t have to worry about that because all of their products are free of all the things that could irritate your skin (regardless of the type)…parabens, preservatives, fragrances, and dyes. I was happy I didn’t have to stress about what was going on my skin which helped me to relax even more!

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My aesthetician  talked to me about my skin and problem areas before diving in. She gave me some suggestions based on the issues I was experiencing and then explained how she would address them in the session that day. Honestly, I thought I was doing a pretty good job taking care of my skin but after my appointment I walked away with a lot of ways I could be doing better. It can be overwhelming to know the best way to take care of your skin or the best products to use so it felt good to walk out with a more focused plan. I need to exfoliate more and make sure to wear sunscreen everyday – even if I’ll only be outside to walk to and from work (news to me!).

From there, the most relaxing 90 minutes of my life (okay, maybe a little extreme but at least of my year) began. The spa treatment I won was the 90-min “Let Down Your Stresses” so it included a facial but also a full body massage (amazing!). Everything felt so soothing, and I was warned by some friends ahead of time that facials can really swell your face or even flare up acne. None of that was an issue for me even immediately after my treatment. I felt like I was glowing and fresh walking out of the treatment room and it just got better over time!

VMV Makeup

If you live in NYC I would definitely recommend making a trip to their storefront in Soho and if you’re not local – check out their website! Not only is their skincare great, they also have a makeup line that is hypoallergenic as well. Personally, I’m a big fan of their boo boo balm (so good for lips and patchy areas on my face), sunscreens, and this eyebrow powder.

XO

JD

Woven Pear – Best. Socks. Ever.

Treat your feet to fun, comfortable, cute ‘pears’ of socks from Woven Pear. They seriously have the cutest designs. I mean, look at these:

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For my first order, I limited myself to 3 ‘pears’ and seriously had the most difficult time choosing. Decided to go with:

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Many of them have fun sayings on the bottom, too! Woven-Pear-Monthly-Subscription-Sock-Box *You can still snag the Americana 3-pack (shown above) for a discounted price of $30. And with this promo code, you can take an additional 20% ($5.99) off.

For more photos, check out Woven Pear on Instagram. They also have a monthly sock box, and I think I need to get in on that action. Here’s the scoop: Every month we’ll send you 3 “pears” of exclusively designed socks available only to members. Free shipping!

The June box screams summer picnic. Can’t believe I missed out on these cuties:

 

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This post wasn’t sponsored. We’re just really big fans of these stylish socks! Take 20% off your first Woven Pear purchase here: http://wovenpear.refr.cc/4SDWHWR.

My Makeup Essentials

Nailing down a beauty routine involves a lot of trial and error. You not only have to find what works for your skin, you also have to find products that help you achieve the look you are going for. Finding a foundation that gave me both coverage and a bit of a glow for example seemed like almost an impossible task. I know I love seeing what other people have in their makeup lineup so I wanted to share mine with you.

I used to always have the “save” mindset when it came to makeup. I never wanted to spend too much, but honestly, I probably spent MORE trying out product after product because they just weren’t right. So many of these items might seem like more of an investment up front, but if you get what you’re looking for with the first shot it’s worth it. Plus, who doesn’t love those Sephora Beauty Insider points?!

What beauty products do you swear by? In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my skincare routine as well so stay tuned!

XO

JD

How to Do Red, White, and Blue

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!

Red:

White:

Blue:

What will you be wearing for the Fourth?

XO

JD