Endless Love + Three Circles Chicago

January 28, 2015

It's such a coincidence that Sally mentioned my affection for J.Crew's Endless Shirts in her Sales + Steals post today because I'm wearing my new striped version in this post! I first got the top in white and after wearing it once or twice a week, I realized that I have endless love for the Endless Shirts. I've always been a fan of classic button downs but the extra long length on these (hence the name) makes them feel more modern and fresh. Added bonus that they cover my tush and are ideal for wearing with leggings (like these faves). The other items I'm feeling the love for are my two gold circle necklace by Three Circles Chicago...

 

Gold dainty necklaces are the jewelry obsession equivalent to my addiction of adding white shirts to my closet. I’ve been lucky to add new pieces to my collection that are easy to layer and fun to mix and match with what I already have. You might have seen me wearing two circle necklaces lately – one big, one small. Both are by a small brand called Three Circles Chicago. I knew this company was up my alley when I read that founder and designer Allison designed the pieces with durability and quality in mind. Items that can be worn from a workout, to the shower, throughout the day, and while sleeping have my name written all over them.

I’ve been wearing my circles so much that Allison was kind enough to offer all A Piece of Toast readers 15% off all orders from Three Circles Chicago for the next month with code “Toast15”! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this discount is the perfect excuse to drop hints to your cupid or get something pretty for yourself. Just make sure you place your orders before February 27th! I may just have to get a set of two stacker rings for myself…I can never seem to have enough rings these days.

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Some Sales + Steals

January 28, 2015

Lately I have been pretty envious of my sister's closet/purchasing abilities. She has always had this gift or maybe more of a "sense" of only buying pieces she knows she will get a lot of use out of and that will be worn for years. Mostly basics and classic pieces that are less novelty or "cutesy" which is more the route I am known to take. I feel like I have definitely gotten better, but I still have nothing on Molly. She is in general a better decision maker than I am in all aspects of life - an ability that I definitely wish that I possessed. More often than not, I turn to her for advice when making choices, so planning this wedding would be next to impossible without her! To say that there is a lot of decision making would be an understatement, and it is something that I can easily get stressed and anxious over.

Thanks to Molly, I am jumping hurdles in our wedding planning (a little over two months away - eek!) and only spending my money on pieces that I know will last. Ever since our weekend together in Houston, I want to make room in my closet for a few of J.Crew's Endless shirts that Mol raves over and that looked so cool on. Any other can't-live-without pieces I should look into? (read on to get the sales + steals)

 

Some Sales:

  • Aha Life: Get 15% off with code ENJOY15 at checkout. (they have great Valentine’s Day gifts…)
  • Anthropologie: Free shipping on orders over $150 with code FS150 at checkout!
  • Banana Republic: Get 35% off your purchase today only with code BRGETNOW! (love and want this simple sweater)
  • Barrington Gifts: Get 10% off site wide with code LOVE10. (we love our St. Anne Totes)
  • Gap: 30% off regular priced styles and 50% off sale styles with code SAVE – ends 1/28. (this is my favorite and I love the shape of this sweater!)
  • J.Crew: Extra 40% off sale styles with code SALETIME (seems to be a good time to pick one or two of these)
  • J.Crew Factory: Today only, get 30% off and free shipping with code TIMETOSHOP! (tons of cute new arrivals – especially loving this color blocked tank)
  • Luisaviaroma: Extra 25% off already discounted items. (say hi to these Isabel Marant Jeans)
  • MILLE: Get an extra 50% off fall & winter sale items! Use code NEWYEAR2015 (adore this 2014 moon calendar!)
  • Old Navy: 20% off regular priced items and 40% off sale with code TREAT – ends at midnight tonight! (check out these quilted jackets)
  • Rag and Bone: Extra 25% off sale with code Winter25 (a shirt named after me? maybe I need it…)
  • Steven Alan: Winter sale – markdowns up to 60% off – get an extra 40% off Steven Alan collection items on sale and an extra 25% off all other items on sale. Use code SAFINAL40! (pretty cute for wedding festivities!)
  • TIBI: 30% off sale with code WINTERSALE30 (SO pretty)
  • Truffle: 25% off all document cases through 2/1 with code TIDY2015 (thinking I need the nude version since it goes with everything)

Some Steals:

Clockwise from top right:

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Un-Ordinary Jacket

January 27, 2015

I get more questions and compliments on this jacket than I can count. Which is funny because it's one of those things that I bought on sale from J.Crew but didn't know if I'd get a lot of wear out of it. Is there anything more scary in shopping that buying a final sale item that's not returnable from J.Crew? Lucky for me, I wear the Collection piece all. the. time. and I'm constantly pairing it with different tops and even over dresses. It's the crazy jacket that goes with everything and it really saddens me that it's no longer available for the rest of you...but now that I've seen how an unordinary jacket can get so much use in my closet, I keep my eyes open for other unique coats/jackets/blazers and I've found a few good ones recently!

 

To give credit where it is due, I have to say that I first saw this jacket when I photographed Bradley in it last spring (she wore it in this post). B is one of those women who has the perfect balance of classics and uniform staples along with fun and detailed items. When I first saw her in the quilted zip-up with all the trim I had no idea it was from J.Crew. Leave it to her to find such an awesome, novelty jacket and make me covet it for myself!

Maybe one of the below numbers speaks to you…I know all of them look pretty good to me. But since they are more embellished, most of them come with a higher price tag. My advice is to keep an eye on pieces like these and jump on them when they go on sale!

P.S. Love my bangles in this post? They are by Margaret Elizabeth and they’re just as versatile (if not more so) than the jacket I’m wearing them with. Make sure you enter to win a $500 credit from Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry via this post! You have till midnight on Friday 1/30!

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Giveaway – Margaret Elizabeth $500 Credit!

January 26, 2015

When Sally moved to San Francisco, Meg of Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry was one of the first people to reach out to her. Not only did this completely warm my heart (I miss my sister and want her to be making new friends!) but I was more than a little star struck that Sal was getting to hang out with such a jewelry star...the two of us have been following Meg and her brand for years. Her simplistic but bold pieces always caught our eye for their price and layering quality. This past winter we finally were able to add some of her designs to our jewelry box and we have loved wearing them with everything from sweatshirts to sweater dresses. The more we got to know Meg, the more we came to love her and admire her business. She was sweet enough to invite us to host a giveaway for you lovely readers and we couldn't say "Yes!!" fast enough! (continue reading to enter)

 

One of the best parts about Margaret Elizabeth’s 24 karat gold-plated pieces is that designs come in an array of stones t0 choose from. For instance, the famed teardrop bangle is available in 12 different stones…knowing how much her fans and clients love getting to pick their favorites to mix and match, Meg is gifting one lucky A Piece of Toast reader a $500 credit to her site that can be used towards anything! Can you even? I styled a few pieces just to give you an idea of how wearable they are and what great layering pieces they make. (both outfits will be posted later this week!)

To enter, simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment on this post (if you are reading this via email or a feed, you’ll have to click over to apieceoftoastblog.com to enter) telling us what Margaret Elizabeth piece or pieces you might buy with the $500 credit! Entries must be posted by the end of day (11:59pm CST) Friday, January 30th, and one winner will be chosen at random and announced on this post the following day. Good luck!

**This giveaway has closed. Congratulations to Rita Alarcon for winning the credit from Margaret Elizabeth! We hope you enjoy choosing your pieces! Winner was randonmly chosen by random.org. Thank you to all who entered**

[No purchase necessary to enter, only open to US readers with a US shipping address. Please only enter by leaving a comment with a valid email address. $500 total value. Winners of the giveaway will be contacted via email once the giveaway closes and announced on this post soon after.]

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