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Road Trip: Indianapolis

This weekend the Escapay (my car, the Ford Escape. But Escapay just sounds so much more exotic) and I are headed down to Indianapolis to see one of my best frands ever, Jarebear. I’m hoping that the weather improves as we are currently at risk to experience some crazy 75 mph winds called derechos. Also I’m a meteorologist now. Okay, back to my post. Even though I’m driving down and I could over pack my car with all kinds of non-necessities and just-in-cases…I’m going to continue forcing myself to be a smart packer and just bring the basics.

Jean Jacket:

This is a piece I never even thought about buying because I didn’t think I could pull it off. Now I wear it all the time with anything from sundresses to my suburban-mom-errand-running pants.

Two by Vince Camuto Jean Jacket via The JCR Girls

Jack Rogers/Reva Flats:

Because if you don’t know you need to pack cute versatile shoes then you are an even worse packer than me.

Jack Rogers via The JCR Girls

Reva Flats via The JCR Girls

Longchamp:

You can throw lots of stuff in here and also not worry about it getting ruined/dirty. This is great because then you can just focus on socializing and your winery tour with no distractions. PS- every road trip should include a winery tour. Seriously though, another practical benefit is that you can actually pack in this and then use it as your tote for the weekend. If I could do it for a 3 day trip to NYC, you can do it to go anywhere.

Longchamp Tote via The JCR Girls

Do you have a summer road trip planned? What are the pieces you take with you everywhere you go?

A Single Girl’s Guide: Your Best Friend’s Wedding

Quick update on my life that you don’t care about: I’m single.  That means I’ve been doing a LOT of therapeutic online window shopping… a favorite of the JCR girls.

A few of our PRO-TIPs for online window shopping post-break up: proceed with caution and hot tea, never approach the internet after 3 or more glasses of wine, and don’t actually BUY anything — trust us, you’re about to lose a lot of weight because you’re sad and eating reminds you of picnicking with your ex-lover in a meadow filled with daisies and your hopes and dreams, which absolutely never happened but IT COULD HAVE.

I haven’t been “real” shopping because I live in Brooklyn and my rent in one month is my clothes budget for an entire year.  Generally, I get by with my Christmas and Birthday presents, my roommates’ belongings, and $15 finds at Beacon’s Closet.  Bonus: when you shop at Beacon’s Closet you get to carry around a bag with a baby wearing hip glasses on the front.  It makes you look like you’re cool and from Brooklyn and I appreciate that because I’m not cool and I’m from Connecticut.  However,  I recently realized that a grand haul shopping trip is in store in the next month or so…

I had wondered back in January how I might continue on with my post as Resident Wedding Guest Blogger. I’d already posted about dresses twice; I’d covered my problem with shiny fabric; and now that I am in a romantic rut I’ve worried: Have I lost my Wedding Blogger Mojo?  But everything has a way of working itself out and one day, while online window shopping, I was reminded of all I have to look forward to… Which finally brings me to the Fashion portion of my post:

 

The JCR Girls Style Guide for Wedding Festivities!

The Bachelor Party

Bridal Parties aren’t always “traditional.”  For the girl who’s one of the guys, we suggest a laid back put together style:


 

We love the combination of classic pieces such as the nude/tan/peach wedges (J.Crew Lillian Patent Low Wedges) and a white blouse (MANGO Metal Fastening Blouse) paired with edgier pieces like a statement necklace (J.Crew Fan Fringe Necklace), and cut off/leather shorts (Rag & Bone Jean The Cut-Off Short.)  And while we’re all for breaking tradition and making things your own, we still think it’s bad behavior to wear white to weddings when you’re not the bride or not directed by her to do so! If you’re invited, sneak some white in at the Bachelor Party – you know you’ve been dying to show off your cute new spring top!

The Bachelorette

Girls, this is your night to go crazy!  While we don’t encourage behavior fit for a hollywood film, we think you should look like you belong in one.



There’s nothing wrong with getting noticed tonight, so go for it!  We love the combination of a fun, flirty dress (Ted Baker Penny Floral Embellished Red Dress) and attention-getting accessories.  The outfit above features OASIS Metallic T-bar Sandals and Modcloth’s Mint to Be Yours Bag.  What’s so great about these accessories is that they evoke a bygone era while remaining modern and fresh.  We love the idea of a modern pin-up cat eye with an outfit like this, check out  MAC Liquidlast Liner!

 

The Bridal Shower

Keep it light and classic for the Bridal Shower, with a few personalized touches.

 

Try a structured fit and flare dress like JCrew Loretta Dress in a summery shade paired with a flowy hat like JCrew Summer Straw Hat.  Add whimsical touches like Windsor Store’s Gold Love Signature Bracelet (similar here) , and Kate Spade New York All Wrapped Up Pearls Drop Earrings.  Then tie it all together with a staple piece from your closet, like white wedges (ZARA Block Sandal w/ Ankle Strap!)

 

The Rehearsal Dinner

For the Rehearsal Dinner, go for Ultra-Femme, Understated Elegance, in your clothes and in your demeanor: let the next 24 hours be about your family/friends without sacrificing fashion!



Peachy hues and lavender tones are perfect for a Rehearsal Dinner.   Find a dress that cinches in your waist and floats away from your hips like French Connection Berry Voile Fan Dress and pair it with a – dare we say it – COMFORTABLE low-rise heels (J.Crew Miri midheel suede pumps.)  Remember that you do NOT want sore blistered feet going into a day of standing on even MORE uncomfortable shoes! Remember to get creative – if you can’t find a necklace length you like with the neckline of your dress or shirt – check out the kid’s section like we did!  We found this JCrew Girls Ribbon-Tied Long Pearl Necklace, which would suit this neckline perfectly.  Finally, tie it all together with a peach-pink blush and lipstick like Nars Blush in Orgasm and Mac Creamsheen & Pearl Lipstick in Peach Blossom.


The Morning After

Ah, the bittersweet morning after.  You’ll probably find yourself partly glad the craziness is over and partly sad that something you have looked forward to has ended.  You will also probably be sore from dancing, tired, and possibly find yourself with a slight headache (21+ only!!!!)



Pictured: Jcrew Ray-Ban thick cat-eye Wayfarer sunglasses,  Korres Yoghurt Face Sunscreen Cream SPF30, Butter London Nail Lacquer in Fiver, Asos Straw Floppy Hat, TOPSHOP Cream Scallop Texture Swimsuit (similar)


Today, you will RELAX, sit by the pool, have a margarita, and think about how not married you are.

xo

AG

 

The Spring Breakdown

With Spring Break rapidly approaching, the only thing more stressful than finalizing your tropical getaway is deciding what clothes your suitcase has room for.  Since most destinations lack laundry facilities, packing versatile pieces is key.  Luckily, J.Crew’s resort 2013 collection has an abundance of versatile pieces that are perfect for a springtime getaway! So many, in fact, you’ll likely need to sit on your suitcase to get it zipped!

Regardless of the potentially unsightly toll that winter may have taken on your physique, J.Crew swimwear is full of options for all body types. For those of you who managed to stay slender this winter, the bandeau bikinis are amazing.  Not only are they available in fun patterns and prints, but they are totally mix and match-able! Don’t be afraid to mix polka dots with solids or stripes with florals!

As for those of us who aren’t particularly thrilled for our bodies to make a…big…splash at the pool this spring break (myself included), there are still fabulous options with a bit more coverage!  I know it’s tricky to find a modest swimsuit that doesn’t scream “frumpy,” but J.Crew is here to change that mentality!  Check out the Painters Floral Tank or the Liberty Underwire Tank.  These one-piece suits are perfect for someone seeking more coverage without sacrificing style! Also, BE SURE to bring along a cover-up, like the Embroidered Rope Tunic. If you’re not on the beach or pool, a little coverage is the classier route to take.

Spring Breakdown | The JCR Girls

Spring Breakdown | The JCR Girls

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The Spring Breakdown | The JCR Girls

For daily excursions, dresses are key. The Tiered Ruffle Dress has been a staple for the past few years, and continues to be a classic and simple option to throw on in the morning and wear throughout the day.  The Lightweight Washed Chambray Dress is also a great option.  It’s beachy without being too casual, so you can wear it almost anywhere during the day!

The JCR Girls | Spring Breakdown

J. Crew Chambray Shirtdress

As for nighttime, nothing screams resort dinner to me more than a flowy maxi skirt with a simple tank.  The Striped Jersey Maxi Skirt is a lightweight and breathable fabric, and with a plain tank tucked in, is perfect for dinner and cocktails.

Stripes on Stripes | The JCR Girls

Accessorizing isn’t extremely crucial on spring break, but there are a few must haves for the beach.  Firstly, a sun-protective hat.  Regardless of whether you prefer a floppy straw hat or an androgynous fedora, a hat is never a bad idea, especially for peak sunning hours (or to wear to breakfast after a night in the discoteque…).  You also need a go-to pair of sunglasses.  Aviators and Wayfarers are always a safe bet and the Ray-Bans that J.Crew carries are fantastic quality – I’ve had my Clubmasters for over 4 years and they’re in perfect condition. Throw a few bangles and some bold necklaces in a durable beach bag, too, like the Farmers Market Tote, and you’re good to go!


The Market Tote
Tortoise Ray-Bans Aviators The Spring Breakdown | The JCR Girls

Lastly, SHOES.  They are the absolute most annoying things to pack, so make your decisions wisely.  The likelihood that you’ll wear a pair of heels isn’t great, so leave those at home.

Bring three things:
1. A cute pair of sandals that can transition from day to night, like the Kira Sandal
2. A pair of beach appropriate sandals, like the Tortoise Capri Sandal
3. A pair of closed toed shoes, like the Sperry Metallic Boat Shoe

Tortoise Capri Sandal

Metallic Sperry Topsiders | J. Crew

See, it’s easy.  Once your suitcase is packed, the only thing you need to enjoy your trip is a piña colada and a chaise.  There’s no reason your packing experience should be any less relaxing than your vacation!

-Brought to you by Bennett / @BKerwinOfficial!

 

J. Crew Spring Sneak Part One: Vintage Chic

Living in the soon-to-be-freezing Midwest, I fully realize that spring is far, far away. Being of sound mind, however,  does not inhibit my use of imagination. All I had to do was click my J. Crew heels three times and I was transplanted into the future. Join me as we travel to Spring 2011. But first, I must warn you: looks may be deceiving. While we are fast-forwarding into the future it may seem as though we are traveling to decades past. Both the clothes and the styling of these new looks have a distinctly vintage aura about them.

Here are my favorite Vintage Chic Looks For Spring:

The Irish Angel

We have a young, Irish, Joan Harris dressed simple and chic. A crisp white dress and white scarf are topped with an oatmeal cable-knit, extra-long grandpa cardigan. While I am not wild about the shoes, I am wild about the pieces that make up this outfit and the simplistic styling that magically makes this very noteworthy look. Her neutral outfit is perfectly accentuated by her red hair and lipstick.  The sweater is perfectly proportioned just above the dress hem. The ethereal Irish countryside princess is a spring style star!

Lady in Lace

This adorable lady in lace looks as if she just stepped off a 1940s train platform. Coming out of a first-class cabin (note the lace jacket), but ready for a leisurely vacation. Again, the hues coordinate nicely: the shorts are a few shades darker than the top in the same color family. The cuffs of the shirt roll up to coordinate and, along with the skinny brown belt, pull the whole look together. The lady in lace is slightly “fussed” but remains regal with her tailored modern-Marie Antoinette blazer.

The Studious Skater

The pale pink color palette is a fresh, unexpected take. The fishnet sweater with it’s chunky texture and in-between sleeve length channel a much different decade. While it does work in this outfit, I cannot help but associate it with those hideous ponchos on the sale racks of A&F not many years ago. The styling: combining “Fisherman’s wharf” with “Spring break in Morocco” is an interesting take, especially with the addition of the cross-body bag (art student) and substantial boots (that for whatever reason remind me of roller skates, perhaps in combination with the flouncy skirt). At any rate, I’d never guess it’s Crew!

Green Tea

This jade silk bateau romper is another unexpected surprise! Quite a gem, this vintage piece features both a unique sleeve length and hem length. On this model, the proportions work perfectly. The styling, on the other hand, is a different story. The hairstyle looks like a sloppy mop, the army bag is not doing anything for me and the green socks are very unnecessary. The braided brown belt, however, is vital to the success of this rowdy romper. Without it, I’d imagine it would be far too boxy.

 

Overall, these looks blend unique styling, vintage elements, and worldly pieces in a color-coordinated fashion. This is a bold step for J. Crew– they are venturing into new (and old) territory including uncharted waters. These looks are so very unique they all beg the question, “Where’d you get that?” I am looking forward to spring and infusing vintage worldly pieces into my wardrobe while spinning the color wheel and getting creative with mix-n-match.

Stay tuned for J. Crew Spring Sneak: Part Two for more chic critiques!