Gang, Joe Fresh reached out and asked if I’d like to collaborate. Never having tried any of their pieces before, I promptly took the opportunity to venture to the nearest Joe Fresh.
In NYC. Such hardship. (Especially since Mike was already there doing his Strata thing.)
As you can imagine, we had a really good time. And (AND AND!!) it was actually the very first time we spent a night away from the boys. EVER. (Well, that’s not technically true – we spent a verrryy romantic couple of nights in the hospital after my mastectomy but that Does. Not. Count.)
In any case, the trip was a total success. To be honest, I was kinda blown away by Joe Fresh. I mean, not everything is amazing – a few sweaters didn’t drape well, the dresses were all inexplicably long (which Cams will love), but there were some standout pieces that are not to be believed. Including…DENIM. WHA? I know.
These lightwash, high-rise flares are my hands-down favorites. They’re as soft as sweatpants, perfectly distressed (just a tad), and a true high-rise. Low cost denim usually fumbles with lighter washes or skimps on the higher rise, but Joe Fresh nailed it. And the bum is good!! These jeans do stretch out, though, so I should’ve gone down a size. (In these pics I’m wearing my typical size – 25, but a 24 would’ve been better.)
If you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine) you’ve seen this jacket before. Comfy, flattering, and looks oh-so-fancy. But since these pieces are all insanely affordable (the jacket is seriously on sale for under $60), I didn’t feel the need to be precious with it. You know?
(BTW – Quinny’s new umbrella stroller, the Yezz, is my new fav. So light!)
Philly Mamas already know how good the toast and coffee are at Rival Bros. But just in case you haven’t tried their latest creation (apple butter, rosemary, almonds, and manchego cheese)….well. GO.
I brought these jeans into a random tailor and UGH. They’re STILL TOO LONG. Skinny jeans have spoiled me – I totally forgot how annoying it is to hem jeans. So back I’ll go. I was trying to decide if I wanted to hem these for flats or heels…but since they’re literally under $50 I may just buy another pair. (If anyone has a good tailor in Philly, let me know!)
top: Joe Fresh lace trim blouse (size XS)
jacket (from earlier pics): Joe Fresh Aviator Jacket with faux-fur trim (size S, so it will fit over sweaters)
jeans: Joe Fresh High Rise Flare Jeans (size 25)
boots: so old I have no idea. Bought well before kids when we all wore bootcut everyday and had to hem every pair of jeans for a specific shoe. GAH!
In hindsight, I should’ve done a whole #dressingroomselfies thing since this is the first time I’ve ever covered Joe Fresh (and I’m betting many of you aren’t familiar with the brand). So…I did a quick little at-home version to show you my favs.
I was shocked by how well Joe Fresh’s oxford shirt fit. The armholes are nice and high (but not too high), it fits perfectly across the shoulders, and the sleeves are a good length. I’m wearing an xs. The jeans are Joe Fresh Dark Wash Flare Jean, size 24. These jeans have NOT been hemmed. Yet. Ahem.
Ignoring my jean-hem problems, the sweater I can’t seem to stop wearing is actually Mike’s. Joe Fresh Men’s section has some pretty decent cashmere sweaters. Their guys’ clothes in general have a nice, slim fit but not overly so (like, good god, H&M). It’s perfect for Mike. (And, uh, for me too. His sweater is a size medium.)
I LOVE this top. Until I realized that I accidentally came home with the S instead of the XS. So. Suffice to say that this particular picture doesn’t do the top justice, but it does look (when properly sized) amazing with flares. That are hemmed. I should probably exchange the top for an XS and take the jeans back to the tailor….but…WOMP WOMP. That sounds hard. Instead, I’ll probably just hack at the jeans with scissors and call the size S close enough.
You know me and my love of short hemlines. I was trying to figure out how to show you how many inches were taken up when Pax stepped in. Problem. Solved.
Anyway, this dress is one of my absolute favs. The pattern is cool, and it’s perfect with a turtleneck and over-the-knee boots (pics coming soon). But the really exciting part is the fabric – it’s that slightly thick, yet fabulously drapy ponte. Which means the dress skims nicely over lumps and bumps yet it’s totally stretchy – there’s no restriction of arm movement. Also?
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ps. Just saw these jeans. DYING.
A huge thank-you to Joe Fresh for sponsoring this post. Dresses with pockets, perfectly faded denim and oversized scarves are pretty much the cornerstone of my fall wardrobe, so this article was a joy to work on. And readers, thank you – so much – for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very appreciated.