OK, truth time. When I'm getting ready in the morning the last things I think about are my undergarments. Actually the last thing I think about is remembering to unplug my steamer before running out the door, but right before that, definitely my underwear. For me, it's more about functionality and much less about fashion. Until now. I was recently invited to a lingerie pop-up shop of sorts when the Journelle Airstream Boutique traveled to beautiful Castle Hill. The inn has partnered with the lingerie shop, which as you can imagine is a match made in luxury heaven! At stunning Castle Hill, you can book the "Journelle Getaway" or at Journelle, check out the Castle Hill inspired lookbook! Maybe it was the view, or more likely- maybe it was the rose', but either way I was inspired, and couldn't resist picking up a pretty little lacy thing for myself. And you may want to, too- since Journelle's semi-annual sale is going on now!
The unofficial start of start of summer has come and gone, which means beach season is underway in many parts of the country. Despite what may have been the longest winter in years, I still feel like warm weather crept up quickly- leaving me unprepared to bare all on the sand. That's why I'm loving Jessica Simpson's one-piece with cutouts by Mara Hoffman. The queen of graphic prints delivers a fun, sexy vibe, while still being a little more covered up. Weird tan lines be damned! Who really cares when we all use fake tanner anyway? Check out some more (less expensive) one-piece wonders below!
Jessica Simpson in Mara Hoffman
Victoria's Secret Flounce One-piece ...also comes in super cute floral print!
Although spring is technically here, besides the allergies, it sure doesn't feel like it! It's still jacket weather, despite the fact that we are all antsy to invoke our right to bear arms (get it?). While jackets don't exactly scream chic, there are some that can work seamlessly into your layering wardrobe to keep the chill off (and the style) on until warmer weather really arrives.
An edgy take on denim with this moto style from H&M.
The anorak! Goes with anything- especially in a military inspired olive tone. I have a similar one & constantly get compliments. This one is from Athleta. Similar here and here.
It's happened to all of us before. Shopping fatigue. You've gone to every store, tried on ever shirt, pair of pants, dress...whatever, only to find, yup you guessed it- nothing! Truthfully, I have a higher tolerance than most for digging through racks to find exactly what I'm looking for, but even I've been in a spot that an extra shot of espresso can't pull me out of. Enter Stitch Fix. My very fashionable, albeit tired of dragging through the mall and finding nothing she liked, friend turned me on to this new service.
Here's how it works: you create a profile so they can get to know your style, then they send you five items that their stylists pick for you based on said profile. You keep (and pay for) the items you like then send the rest back. And the fee for all this styling goodness? $20! I think that's pretty reasonable if they do a good job. Plus if you keep any of the items the fee goes towards what you keep. So,you ask, "Do they do a good job?". I can tell you from my friend's experience that I thought overall they picked items that fit her style well.
Things to keep in mind: you don't really know what you're going to get. You may like nothing, or you may like something but it's not in your budget (average item price $65). If you consider this going in and have reasonable expectations, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If the stylist does a good job, that $20 is SO worth it. If you don't really like anything, consider the $20 an entertainment fee. One thing I really liked was the option to provide them with a specific pinterest board. I have one that is just dedicated to my own personal style, so I supplied that one as inspo for my stylist. My overall verdict? If you have an extra $20 this month, and you're tired of shopping all the usual spots- give it a try! I just placed my first order to arrive next week, and I have a feeling this could be my new obsession! Check back to see how my personal order turns out!
Rain, rain- go away! You may have noticed that Noah and his ark didn't only arrive in theaters over the weekend...it's also here in New England! I'd love to believe this is the end of the April Fool's-like weather, but let's get real- the joke is on us, and there is likely plenty more precipitation to come over the next month. Time to upgrade your spring showers gear- with some affordable, but oh-so-chic basics!
Item of the day, because sometimes Mondays feel like going to war.
J Crew Camo Sweatshirt- 25% off right now w / code "HEYSPRING"
It's here, It's here! Can you believe it? Spring has sprung! The new season officially arrived at 12:57pm and all I can think about is flowers and sunshine! The sunshine may be free, but the flowers you'll have to buy. While I'd gladly accept a bouquet from an admirer, I'm more the type to buy it for myself. But, don't forget what your wise great-grandmother always said, "Flowers die, but shoes...they last forever!" So instead of buying myself some pretty peonies (my fave- for those keeping score at home), I'd probably be better served with some spring stilettos instead. Of course, I can hear Miranda Priestly's voice from "The Devil Wears Prada" echoing in my head, "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." Whatever, Miranda wasn't right about everything.
Winter blues got ya down? Join the club! Check out some cheap thrills to help brighten this endless season! All items layer-able now, and can stand alone when spring (eventually) comes.
J Crew Factory Short-Sleeve Stripe Necklace Sweater - 30% off, no code needed.
Banana Republic Sloan-Fit Rugby Stripe Slim Ankle Pant- 40% off until midnight tonight w/ code BRCLUE40
I found myself waking up today with the winter blues. Have you felt it? No more holiday glitz, 0 degree temps, and everywhere you turn someone is coughing into their elbow (guilty!). Gross. Not to mention a post-holiday empty bank account- it's enough to make a girl hibernate until spring! But, what fun would that be? It's time to brave the most depressing time of the year and get back on track! When headed out into the elements the best way to arm yourself is with layers. I've noticed the chicest of all layers is the fur vest. Whether faux or fancy, it's nearly impossible to go wrong when topping off your look with a luxe little layer. As demonstrated in my last post by my friend Lilly, or in the pic below with my favorite vest, not only do you add on the warmth, but also depth and, if I do say so myself, sophistication. Now that's a winter pick-me-up.
My favorite vest!
Not many people are lucky enough to have a couple of friends who would agree to go to Paris on a whim. Fortunately, I am. After a couple bottles of wine one afternoon, a trio of friends decided there was no city in the world they'd rather kill a few days in than Paris, and so it was. After a magical and unforgettable, if not whirlwind, trip- here is a brief glimpse of what it takes to pack for a Parisian vacation in winter. Spoiler alert! It involves a lot of head-wear.