Toast Talk

September 1, 2014

“New Normal.” Not to be confused with the nbc sitcom that didn’t take off or the economic and business term used to refer to financial conditions. To me, new normal is a way to talk about facing a difficult reality. Maybe it’s not a reality we chose, maybe it’s not one we want, and it could very well be a reality that’s nightmarishly scary and the exact opposite of anything we ever dreamed wanting to be true. But it’s real all the same. What we had thought was normal isn’t anymore. It’s been changed - for better or worse - and our hearts have to make sense of what’s new.

 

Right now, amazing people in my personal life are being forced into a new normal and I’m both unable to process their reality or accept that what’s happened is real. Unreal and devastating life events have slammed some of the most precious people I know and what makes them even harder to handle is that these lowest of lows are following some of the highest of highs. This is when I say, “Life is so unfair.” It just is. It doesn’t make sense. How can things be so beautiful and perfect one moment and shattered the next? I’ll never understand…

As a second party to all this pain I try to be present and available but no sincere words, prayers, or physical presence can possible do what I wish could be done – a reversal of time. 2014 has been the best and now the worst. We are mad, sad, broken, scared – grieving what was and fighting what is about to be a new normal. I wish….well I wish a million things right now. Mostly I wish that the people I love didn’t ever have to feel this much pain and that I was better equipped to help them in some way. Again, I wish for a reversal of time – for things to go back to the normal we knew.

Gaining perspective is an amazing thing but it sucks that we get doses of it when horrific, heart breaking life events happen. I know that this blog is silly and that my day to day stresses are laughable – I don’t need jolting life events to occur to have that healthy perspective. But the past week has given me perspective on time. Moments, memories – time living fully present with family and friends – this is what is most precious.

Hug your people, be grateful for your normal, and send some positive thoughts or prayers to people who are learning to live life so different than what it was just a week ago.

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iPhone Sac

Sometimes all you need to take with you is your ID, cash, keys…and your iPhone. With so little necessities, why would anyone want anything larger than a sac? An iPhone Sac to be exact. Leave it to the master of bags, Clare Vivier, to bring to our attention how much our lives have be missing this little accessory.

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Open Back

Lady-like in the front, a little sass in the back. How could we not love everything about this open back blouse by Thakoon Addition…we have a lot of white shirts (a lot) but there’s nothing like this in either of our closets. A total classic with a twist, this is one edgy number one (or both!) of us needs to scoop up!

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Labor Day + Sales!

August 31, 2014

Hoping that most if not all of you have been enjoying the long Labor Day holiday weekend...we personally always get a little sad saying goodbye to summer. It's not easy to pack up our warm-weather favorites but knowing that fall fashion is on it's way in definitely helps make the transition easier. If you feel so inclined to shop, we have a list of the best of the best deals, sales, and steals out there. Sometimes a little retail therapy can be just what you need for an end of season pick me up!

 

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items // Ends September 1 (so in love with this pale pink number)

Ariel Gordon: 20% off sitewide // Ends September 5 // Code: THENEWAG (great time to get a love knot ring, a diamond lariat necklace, or something specially personalized!)

Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase online // Ends September 1 // Code: BRLABOR (these heels, this crossbody, and this plaid shirt - the new BR is so, so good)

BaubleBar: Summer’s best styles are on sale and starting at 50% off! // Ends September 1

Club Monaco: 50% off clearance items, extra 40% off sale // Ends September 1 // Code: HEYFALL (faux-leather sleeved striped dress – adore!)

C.Wonder: 30% off full priced items and an additional 50% off sale items (you’ll love the sweaters and quilted outerwear in the new arrivals!)

DVF: 30% off wear-now styles // Ends September 1 (a LBD doesn’t get more classic than this)

French Connection: All sale dresses are $69.99 (adorable navy shift)

Furbish: 15% off everything // Ends September 1 // Code ENDOFSUMMER (this is one good looking evil eye)

Gap: Up to 40% off everything // Ends September 1 (obsessed with this military parka)

Gigi New York: Free personalization and free shipping on orders over $75 // Ends September 2 (it’s NOT too early to buy your 2015 planner)

J.Crew: 25% off select fall styles and Extra 40% off sale items and free shipping on all orders placed today // Ends September 1 // Code: WEEKEND (so wearable: silk-cutout tee)

Les Nouvelles: Extra 25% off spring/summer sale collections // Ends September 1 // Code: SOLONG

Loeffler Randall: 15% off site wide // Ends Septmeber 7 // Code: LABORDAY (scoop up the pumps everyone is talking about and score those Fenton booties we all love!)

LOFT: 50% off full priced new fall styles (including Lou & Grey!)  and 50% off sale styles // Ends September 1 (perfect black & white sweater)

Lulu & Georgia: 25% off anything on the site! // Ends September 1 // Code: LABORDAY25 (Sally just bought this rug for her new SF apartment and it’s a dream)

Madewell: 20% off select dresses and boots and Extra 30% off all sale styles // Ends September 2 // Code: YESYES (our dress pick!)

Nasty Gal: Labor Day Weekend sale special, 30% off styles, 50% off styles, 60%+ off styles (shop all sale!)

Nordstrom: 40% off clearance sale in store and online! // Ends September 7 (too many good things for women, men, kids, and home to list…)

Old Navy: 40% off everything in store and on the site! // Ends September 1 (perfect striped tee, killer skinny jeans, sweet driving moccasins)

Pottery Barn: 10% off $100+, 15% off $250+, 20% off $500+, 25% of $1,000+ // Ends September 1 // Code: SAVEMORE

Sole Society: 70% off select styles // Ends September 1 (impressed by these booties)

The Dreslyn: Take 15% off sidewide // Code: WHITE (you’ll love yourself for snagging a pair of Golden Goose sneakers for fall!)

Tibi: Fall wardrobe event with 20% off select favorite styles // Ends September 2 // Code: HELLOFALL (coveting anything in this floral print and everyone’s favorite tank in black leather)

Torn by Robby Kobo: 20% off everything // Ends September 1 // Code: LABORDAY20 (loving this white and black boxy top)

Tory Burch: Spend $300 get 20% off, spend $500 get 25% off, spend $750 get 30% off // Ends September 1 //Code: LABORDAY14 (the Flemming Mini Bag is too cute to handle)

Vince: $50 off orders of $350+, $100 off orders of $500+, $300 off orders of $1,200+, $750 off orders of $3,000+ // Ends September 14 // Code: VNFALL14 (the shawl collar coat of your dreams and a vest you’ll wear all fall and winter)

Waiting on Martha: 20% off everything // Ends September 1 // Code: SOLONGSUMMER (wanting this ombre dog leash for Blue!)

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Lip + Eye Spackle

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Berlin Street Style

Remember when Paris Street Style published and we all ran out and bought it? Well we’re just going to guess that Berlin Street Style is the perfect follow-up book for our wandering hearts. Paris may have been “a guide to effortless chic” but a guide to “urban chic” sounds just about as useful and makes us all too curious about what’s on the Berlin-esque pages. Your bookshelf wants it. Let it happen.

Nyborg + Holckenhavn Slot

August 29, 2014

Taking my Friday night to finally get up the final post of my travel. Nyborg was the last part of our trip and possibly my favorite. A train ride from Copenhagen took us to this city in central Denmark and my pictures can even do it justice because it oozed charm and felt like a comforting hug after the hustle and bustle from the earlier part of the trip. There is an ancient Nyborg Castle but the castle we had the pleasure of being at for the weekend wedding was Holckenhavn Castle. I'm not going to be able to give an accurate rundown of everything that makes the castle special but what hit home for me is that it has been owned by a member of the same family - the Holck family - since 1672.

 

I’m not sure I will ever be at a wedding weekend more enchanting then the one in this town, at this castle…from Thursday till early in the morning on Sunday, the festivities were fun, thoughtful, personal, and special. The bride (who looked like a legitimate angel – so stunning) tossed her bouquet after she and the groom finished their receiving line from the Castle’s chapel but only after walking through a shower of rose petals. I learned that a fun Danish tradition is to cut and serve the wedding cake after the ceremony and before the rehearsal dinner. I also learned that Danish weddings last very late into the evening…and extend into the early hours of the morning.

Leaving for the train station to get directly to the airport was hard to do after lots of dancing and drinking but it was so worth it to come home to my Blue Moonbeam. Honestly, if you ever have the opportunity to go to Norway or Denmark, do it. I hope that someday I get the chance to return to both places (and also get to see Sweeden!) but the trip was so special and amazing I know I’ll never forget it.

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Le Garcon

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Coin Necklace

Coin jewelry is making a big come-back. First we spotted this bracelet and then this tassel and vintage peso coin necklace caught our eye. No surprise, they’re both by jewelry designer Daniela Bustos Maya. The necklace (available at Club Monaco) has a layered look we love that can go either boho or preppy. The jewelry CM is pretty on point right now…hello to these.

Boots Heart Dresses

August 28, 2014

Boots and booties - they aren't just for cold weather. They're the footwear of choice for music festivals and models off duty, the closed-toe staple that when styled correctly can be worn year-round, and one of the best ways to transition summer pieces into fall. Right now it's warm enough to still be wearing some of our summer dresses but cool enough that we don't want to wear sandals. Boots and dresses = a low-key, effortless pairing and the perfect way to stretch out our summer wardrobe while still getting a fall look. If you don't have a great pair of boots or booties, now is the time to scoop some up…they're a great buy that can be worn now (and later) and the ultimate accessory you'll want and need come fall!

 

Because shopping for any kind of shoe can be a little overwhelming (over assortments and millions of options) we went to Sole Society to see what kind of selection they had for boots/booties and were pleasantly surprised by the styles and colors available. It’s so nice when you find a shape you love and see that it comes in more than one color option. Choices range from high to low, zippers and buckles or pull-on styles, detailed or minimalistic, stacked or flat heels, casual or more dressy, and rounded or more pointed toes. Impressed? We were. And we were inspired to pick four favorite styles and colors to pair with dresses to show just how easily the boots can be worn now, in the last days of summer, and then also into fall (with the addition of layers!). If boots are really made for walking (and we think they are!) then we picture these pairs walking in style.

 

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