All the favs this week!
ONE// J.Crew Top: “Comfort” is a key part of my wardrobe and this top is the perfect combo of comfy + chic. Perfect with jeans and sneaks or oversized with leggings!
TWO// Essie ‘The Perfect Cover Up’: When it comes to nail polish, I’m usually a neutrals girl with little exception. But the Essie Fall 2014 line is pretty great, and there’s a good chance I’ll test the waters with a couple. I never thought a variation on turquoise polish would make one of these lists… #branchingout.
THREE// J.Crew Factory Flats: There’s a very good chance I shared these shoes in pink last year….but now, navy. If you asked me to design my perfect pair of flats, it would probably be these. Holding off purchasing for now (I’m trying to be good! And because these are also on my list), but consider me obsessed.
FOUR// L.L. Bean Bag: This bag is beautiful and the budget-friendly version of the Coach bag I’ve been coveting for quite some time. I’d definitely want it in a more versatile color — maybe they’ll restock — but if you want something colorful, this one’s great. I’m a huge proponent of anything L.L. Bean… everything is so well made and their customer service is phenomenal!
FIVE// Julie Vos Earrings: Turquoise is a stone that I love in moderation (I just don’t pull off an abundance of it well!) and these earrings are the perfect amount. They’re elegant without being too showy, which can be hard to come by these days! Not to mention they’re in the Julie Vos Sample Sale…
SIX// Ella Moss Silk Tank: I know this top is a) expensive and b) not something you’d normally see me post, but truth is, I do love a good pattern (not just Lilly!). This tank is beautiful and I’m a huge fan of the subtle navy neckline. Definitely something that could be worn year-round, too!
Sidenote/PSA: The site is going to be down for a bit tonight in preparation for the elusive surprise (ok, redesign) that I’ve been dropping hints about for awhile now. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan…things should be back to normal by Friday A.M.
Blue, white, and gold. Three of my top five favorite colors. And multiple things from Waiting on Martha. What could be better?
ONE/ Madame Mathilde Studs: I recently discovered Madame Mathilde, a jewelry + handbag brand based out of NYC. Their necklaces and earrings are equally stunning — talk about the perfect statement pieces! You wouldn’t even have to think about much more jewelry when you have any of these gems on.
TWO/ Waiting on Martha Pom Pom Scarf: The navy scarf just sold out after I made this, but the pink + white one is perfection. If you’re in the mood for blue + white, this tassel one…swoon. Despite not being much for trends, pom poms and tassels are something I can really get behind. I may the weird person who wants to wear pom pom scarves after the trend dies, and I’m okay with that!
THREE/ Waiting on Martha Coral Bottle Stopper: A cute way to keep a slice of summer on your bar cart/corner and because one can never have enough bottle stoppers…right?
FOUR/ High Street Market Brass Peanut Boxes: High Street Market is one of my favorite new discoveries… the selection (and prices) are awesome! I love these quirky little peanut-shaped boxes and love getting lost in the abyss of their products.
FIVE/ J.Crew Sweater: This sweater looks so cozy and is a completely acceptable August purchase because it works well with white jeans for the next couple of months and with jeans or leggings after that. Plus, it comes in so many colors!
SIX/ Poppin Stapler: If you’re in the market for some colorful (and matching!) desk accessories, you have to check out Poppin. I’m partial to the navy stapler, but there are so many colors and items to choose from.
SEVEN/ Eliza Blue Quilt via Waiting on Martha: I was so excited to see this quilt in Mandy’s shop because it a very strong resemblance to my favorite quilt from India. If it’s the same, I can guarantee that it’s the perfect weight, gets softer with wear, and makes the perfect statement. Plus, there are pillows cases to match!
You may have seen this J.Crew fluted skirt just about everywhere by now, but I’m a huge fan and feel the need to share my two cents about it here. Long story short, I’ve been eying this skirt since it came out and waited for it to go on sale while trying to decide between navy and black. Patience paid off, because I got it for $30 a few weeks ago and chose black because I liked the idea of wearing it as either a black skirt or dress with a tank. Lucky for you, it’s now down to $20…. sizes are selling out fast, though! Unlike some other J.Crew skirts I’ve purchased (which I’ve had to size down in since a 2 fits like a 4, 4 like a 6, etc.), this one ran true to size. It sits a bit high on the waist and is a great work + casual skirt. I went with my favorite Zara basic tank and created a monochromatic look/dress-like effect for my birthday dinner on Friday night. It felt dressy, but not overly so!
About these wedges…I know we’re deep into summer, but if you’re like me and procrastinated finding the perfect wedges for way too long, you might want to try these out — or, just get them anyway because they’ll be a great addition to your closet. Because I have pretty knobby ankles, a lot of wedges have left awkward gaps between my foot and the ankle strap…it’s hard to explain, but it’s been a problem and the strap sticks out weirdly. I also like that there are multiple straps covering the top of the foot, so the ankle strap isn’t responsible for holding your foot in place but is rather more for show. Only small complain is that you’d need to wear them multiple times to soften the leather and avoid blisters entirely, but I have pretty sensitive feet (weird?) and can still wear these for an entire night. They’re simple enough to go with everything — especially white jeans — are comfortable, and are really high quality – as expected from Brooks Brothers. A win-win-win!
IN THIS POST:
Zara Top (old, but available in the Basics section in store) // J.Crew Skirt (now only $20) // Brooks Brothers Wedges (on sale!) // Kate Spade Earrings (old, but love these) // Loren Hope Cuff // Vintage Watch
I’ve always loved the look of button downs on guys, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I willingly purchased one for myself. It’s hard to imagine, because now I’m looking to add more button downs to my closet and am starting to develop strong preferences towards fit, fabric, and specifically the shirt’s buttons. A button down is so versatile… you can wear it with jeans, a skirt, shorts, et al. and easily dress it up (a suit) or dress it down (with shorts). As someone with broader shoulders, sizing can also be pretty tricky, which is why I have my favorites. Out of the tops above, I have the C. Wonder (as seen here), Banana Republic, and Brooks Brothers ones. The J.Crew one ($36) ( is on my wish list partly because the buttons are the same white as the fabric, which is a huge plus in my mind. Each shirt has its pros and cons (note: they’re almost all on sale!):
Banana Republic Fitted Non-Iron Sateen Shirt ($69.50): Good fit and relatively longer length, but I prefer 100% cotton rather than a blend and don’t love the slight sateen sheen. The length also makes it a bit too bunchy when tucking it into fitted skirts. However, there are tons of colors and some non-sateen styles available (note the yellow buttons, I have this but really don’t like the buttons), plus the shirts don’t wrinkle much.
Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Solid Shirt ($37.50): The most amazing fabric and fit but slightly on the shorter side… would look great untucked with jeans but you have to keep an eye on the hem when tucking it into regular shorts. Wish the buttons were the same color as the shirt but they aren’t bad. Also that there were more colors to choose from!
C. Wonder Shrunken Boy Fit Pullover Shirt ($20, but limited sizes): This one’s a pullover so only has buttons part way, but it’s good for a more casual look. Really soft fabric, but definitely a looser, larger fit.
Anyone have any favorites in this department? I would love any recs and am looking to expand my button down collection! They really do make you feel put together in an effortless way.
IN THIS POST:
J.Crew Shirt / Brooks Brothers Shirt / Banana Republic Shirt / C. Wonder Shirt
Lots of blue + white this week… no surprise there, and it’s even more appropriate with all the RWB tomorrow. Plus, a lot of these are under $15!
ONE/ Goodnight Macaron Striped Top: Easy to dress up or down and would be perfect with leggings + boots in the fall, too!
TWO/ J.Crew Factory Sunnies: I love my Ray Bans to death but think I need to branch out a little or at least have a secondary pair — these are really tempting.
THREE/ Joe Fresh PJ Shorts: I got a pair of PJ shorts from Joe Fresh when I was in NYC last week and wish I’d grabbed a couple more…how cute are all these prints?!
FOUR/ Sole Society Pumps: I’ve been intrigued by the d’orsay look but love how classy these are, not to mention they have a modest heel that would make walking a bit easier. Great for desk to drinks, too.
FIVE/ Furbish Studio Nesting Bowls: An adorable set of three that would be great in your own home or serve as a sweet hostess gift. Perfect for your matchbook collection, hair ties, bangles, et al.!
SIX/ Society Social Lamp: I’m on a ginger jar lamp kick but have yet to actually take plunge– this may be my ideal lamp! It’s a classic and could see myself keeping it for years and years to come.
SEVEN/ Stephen & Co. Necklace via Nordstrom: If you’re looking for a versatile statement necklace that won’t break the bank, this is it. On sale for under $15 and is simple enough to wear with practically everything!