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Polished for Fall

Normally I’m totally a proponent of brightening up the colder months with pops of color. But when the temps drop I transition right over to darker nail polishes without hesitation. I also tend to stay pretty true to Essie – see some of my favorites for Fall below.

What are you favorite nail colors for Fall?

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.

StyleGuideScan

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.

McalisterBoot

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


Crew Collaging

The JCR Girls have always been big fans of collaging.
Back in the day when the J. Crew catalogs circa 2004 would arrive in our mailboxes, we’d anxiously devour the content and then start clipping. Annie, grab your Fiskers!

We’d choose our favorite looks, pieces, accessories and backdrops and then affix them to paper or cardboard to ‘keep forever’ (full disclosure: I just found some in my old desk, so yes clinging to old Crew Collages is real a problem).

Fast-forward to 2012: Today we have digital channels to help us marry our love for J. Crew with our motives to curate, clip and collage. For example: stockpiling all of our favorite ‘clippings’ on Pinterest and pushing them around until they’re perfect on the Bazaart iPad app. Voila!

J. Crew Collage | The JCR Girls - featuring Bazaart
J. Crew Collage | The JCR Girls featuring Bazaart

 

Make a J. Crew collage (either with our pins or your own) and send it to us!
Either tweet us the image @JCrewReview or tag us on Pinterest or Instagram!

Cheers!

M&J

 

Wear This Not That: Changing Seasons Edition

Ladies, I’m just as much of a die-hard Norts (Nike Running Shorts for you unenlightened few) and sweatpants fan as the next college girl but sometimes it’s just not going to cut it.  You know those days where you choose to throw your hair up into a messy bun, don your brightest pair of running shorts, sneakers, and old t-shirt because you just can’t be bothered to put on anything else (either that, or you try to feign athleticism like I do). Then life decides to put you in sartorial purgatory by running into every mildly cute boy you’ve ever had an inkling of a crush on because, alas, you chose to look like a scrub. These awkward encounters tend to make you curse your lazy outfit choices. #ForeverAlone.

But the J.Crew muses have mercy on our lazy souls and indeed the brand offers easy solutions to looking like the bright, blossoming beauties we really are—even on our most lethargic days.  Before you think jeggings are an acceptable substitute (they’re not) on colder days for your athletic shorts or sweatpants, behold two J.Crew solutions: The Minnie Pant (I’ve seen a similar factory version called the “Winnie Pant”) and the Café Capri.  Slim fitting and stretchy, the Minnie mimics the feel of leggings yet shows the world that you actually care about your appearance.  The Café Capri offers a bit more polish and, in addition to coming in its classic cotton city-fit version, also comes in herringbone, tweed, organza, and wool that are perfect for fall.

MinniePant TweedCapri

However if you, like me, live in one of the warmer parts of the country (holla ATL), you’ll probably want to sport a pair of shorts on the hotter days.  Enter the chino short, boasting enough colors to rival the selection at a Sherwin-Williams.  If that variety isn’t enough for you, J. Crew shorts comes in varying lengths and patterns as well (paisley, stripes, animal print, and even tiki print).  Now really, was it that hard to trade your running shorts for a pair of chinos? No. It wasn’t.

TikiShort

As for the rest of your outfit, you really have all the choices in the world.   While the Café Capris look great with a patent skinny belt, tucked-in blouse and Jackie cardi, I understand that you were looking for an easy solution.  So throw on a casual button down or oversized sweater and call it day. If you’re donning your chino shorts, pair them with a loose tank and a chambray shirt for a laid back look.  And if it’s not too taxing on your sluggish self, throw on a few pieces of jewelry too. The five seconds it takes to do this is so worth the added style it gives to your outfit. See? That wasn’t so difficult.  Now your professor won’t scowl at you for both looking like a bum and being late. Well, maybe just being late. But at least you look cute, right?

Below you’ll find my take on a more laid-back J.Crew look.

Chambray Shirt: J.Crew Factory, Top: ZARA, Café Capris: J.Crew, Shoes: Tory Burch, Jewelry: J.Crew and Laila Rowe, Watch: Michael Kors.

 

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