Even the sale section is included in J.Crew’s 40% off Black Friday sale! (Sale section discount is 50% on some pieces). Yes, they’ve got the elevated basics (that I love to stock up on) covered but this year there are so. many. bold. surprises. I’m in love with their luxe bright wool coats, amazing shoes & statement jewelry.
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Hey hey. Can you believe summer is winding down? No, me neither. Most of the country has even started school already. Gasp. Up here in the PNW, we get until Labor Day (this year, a bit before and apparently everyone went insane about that).
Regardless of school starting, it’ still HOT in many places. I don’t typically wear dresses, but this recent stint of living without AC has made me realize that dresses are the coolest outfit to beat the heat. No thank you to shorts sticking to your nether regions (insert covered-eyes monkey emoji here) or heaven forbid pants above 90 degrees. Nah gurl. Put on a dress and feel pretty even though you’re sweating buckets.
My edit? Balance out girlie pieces (like a dress) with something tougher. I rely on my trusty black hi tops to add an unexpected element to the ensemble. What I adore about this combo is that it’s great for all-day this time of year…cool enough to get you through the heat of the day yet not overly casual for picnics, BBQ’s or dinner on a patio.
Keep reading to see a few no-fail dress styles that have worked really well with hi tops…..
Hey ladies – I made a naptime escape for my local Nordstrom today to try on some athleisure picks and workwear options from the sale! What did I find? Lots of killer comfy leggings, cool jackets (including this amazing Zella moto puffer!), cashmere sweaters and leather jackets to swap out for blazers this fall.
It’s always exciting to stumble upon an amazing online sale, and even better when you can share the excitement with others. Ann Taylor is currently in the middle of their massive Cyber Spring sale where every. single. item. is 50% off plus free shipping from now until Monday night but they are already going fast. Here are just a few of my favorites on offer:
It’s the most wonderful….ly stressful time of the year.
Especially if you’re a procrastination master like myself. But it’s not to late to buy your Holiday gifts from the comfort of your couch and still receive them in time for Christmas morning and this year I decided to draw my holiday gift guides in my sketchbook. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them!
We had a blast at the World War Two Weekend in Reading, PA this past weekend. (For more deets on the event, see my full coverage here. It’s pretty amazing.) But dressing for the weekend is always a challenge: it’s hot, it’s sunny, I’m on my feet all day, and then at night…..there’s a swing band and dance party. To make matters worse, most of the other attendees arrive in full 1940’s costume. Every year they look GORGEOUS and glamorous, and that level of dedication truly makes the weekend feel like stepping back in time.
So. I wanted to wear something comfortable, but something that could hang with all of the pin-up girl glamour (although a few women came dressed as Rosie the Riveter which was awesome). Inspired by Cam “grunging” her pencil skirt (bless her preppy little heart), I used Cam’s grunge to make mine…glam?
But here’s the thing: Cams is tall. I am not.
Ever since Megan sent in a pic of herself rocking a dress over pants….I’ve been scheming. I figured – HEY! I have cocktail dresses. I have pants. Why….not….put them together in some kind holiday mash-up and come up with something festive and warm? RIGHT????
Well. My initial attempts were total failures. You know when you run into a dressing room and don’t feel like trying anything on but know you should? So you just throw the dress over your head – leaving your jeans on – and then kinda squint into the mirror, balancing on your tiptoes all, “if I were in heels….and wearing spanx…” Yes? All of my earlier attempts looked like that. Like I was trying a dress on in a hurry, then forgot to take off my pants.
For the record, flare jeans and heels worked a little better than my trusty light-wash skinnies (and either type of jeans worked with a casual dress – see this old 2012 article for an example of a dress over flares)….but with an actual cocktail dress? No.
My “epiphany” came (wow – that’s dramatic) while perusing Nordstrom’s selection of holiday denim. I was surprised by the number of….let’s call ’em fancy pants. There’s a whole host of patterned, textured, and otherwise very lux-looking jeans that are making my heart beat fast. And while they’re perfect for dressing up a sweater….while browsing around….Trixie. Realized. Something*.
As it turns out, all my cocktail dresses needed was a pair of fancy pants.
Kate Spade reached out and asked if I’d take a look at their Fall line.
I did what any self-respecting fashion blogger would do: happy danced around the living room, moonwalked into the kitchen, then ran outside for a toe touch.
Ok, maybe half a toe touch. (They’re harder than I remember.)
But I couldn’t have been more thrilled to work with Kate Spade. I’m a longtime fan, and and I love how the designs always seem to incorporate a slightly quirky element. I know we’ve talked before about interesting basics, and Kate Spade pieces are the definition of interesting. It’s totally my speed.
To prep for this collab, I actually went into a Kate Spade store and tried everything on. Like really, seriously, almost everything they had. I was curious, you know? The Kate Spade price point is higher than what I typically cover (at least for clothing – the shoes and bags are pretty much right on), so I just wanted to feel things, you know? Rub my hands up and down, try on a bunch of different sizes. (Salespeople love that.)
My friend Shannon recently remarked that her favorite date nights always tend to be the spontaneous ones, the ones were you roll down to the corner dive in your sweats because there’s no food in the house and then one laugh leads to another and suddenly you find yourself Partying, with a capital P, in the manner of rockstars. High-five, us!
Shannon, obviously, doesn’t have kids. Our date nights require a little more advanced planning these days (unless we’re using the ipod-at-the-restaurant babysitter, which is great for dinner but eventually puts a damper on Partying), but the spontaneity and casual nature she describes is right up our alley. We work too much and are (frankly) to damn tired to always be Going Out All Fancy, and my pretty-pretty dresses aren’t typically part of our usual date-night rotation.