This + That // Sales + Steals

September 8, 2017

I feel like this past week went by in a blur. Anyone else!? We are having the most glorious weather here in Dallas, that its hard not to mention to anyone I come in contact with. 70's in the mornings and mid 80s during the day - blissful for Dallas in September! Hopefully this means that lots of walks are in our future for this weekend. That and maybe a major closet clean out. I think I am borderline addicted to purging my closet. Could be worse, right!? All the better to make room for new fall purchases... (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Friends of Ann Event – 40% off your purchase! Use code FRIENDS40. (These are great to transition into fall with jeans!)
  • Anthropologie: New styles added – extra 25% off sale. (This is super cute for fall.)
  • Banana Republic: Up to 40% off all suits, blazers, and pants. (The perfect black jacket.)
  • Bloomingdales: Buy more, save more! (Loving the hem on these!)
  • Bluemercury: 18 year anniversary! Deluxe gift with must have items. (Absolutely obsessed with everything Tammy Fender that I’ve tried.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy 50% off sale styles! (Obsessed with this tee – aka need in every color.)
  • CB2: Up to 25% off select storage. (This is genius to put by a front door – goodbye clutter!)
  • Chicwish: Enjoy an extra 10% off orders over $50 with code FIL10. (This is a great white top – love it paired with jean shorts too.)
  • Crate & Barrel: The annual upholstery sale – 15% off!
  • Gap: 40% off women’s and men’s styles with code FORYOU. (Love this in the black and grey – also seems to be thin enough to wear here! Also, OMG, hello sweatshirt obsession.)
  • H&M: Free shipping over $40 with code 0040. (How cute is this? Perfect with a pair of skinny jeans. Also obsessed with this in the white – obviously.)
  • J.Crew: In stores and online – up to 70% off original prices. Prices as marked! (Our weather is such that we can still get away with precious pieces like this with great pair of denim and heels.)
  • J.Crew Factory: First time ever – buy one pair of shoes, get one pair free! Use code SHOESPLZ! (These are such a great work/going out/you name it shoe.)
  • LOFT: In stores and online – buy one, get the next 50% off. (I had been on the hunt for a white sweater – this one looks pretty legit.)
  • Lulu Frost: SS17 markdowns! Up to 40% off!
  • Old Navy: 20% off everything! No exclusions. Code SWEET. (This style looks perfect.)
  • Serena and Lily: Enjoy 20% off at the upholstery event with code GETCOMFY.
  • Steve Madden: Buy one, get one 50% off. Use code FALL50. (These in the black = yes!)
  • Waiting on Martha: Take an additional 60% off sale with code 60MORE at checkout! (This is adorable, no?!)

Some Steals:

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Swing Top Life

September 8, 2017

Thinking of and praying for everyone in Florida as Hurricane Irma is on the move...

What we have in this post are three of my favorite new wardrobe pieces: grey Toothpick Jeans from J.Crew that I can't stop wearing (especially with white tops), Cynthia Cazort Collin's easy and elegant Swing Top, and my only flat sandal purchase of the summer (besides flip-flops) in the Bo Tassel Wrap Sandal by Loeffler Randall. It's a trifecta of neutral newness and I'm wearing all three like crazy as we head into fall.

 

I’m always on the look-out for great white tops (they’re my hoarding obsession) and even though I have several white off-the-shoulder shirts, this one by by Cynthia caught my attention for it’s simple (but not simple) silhouette. I love the swing factor and in a season that’s dominated by ruffles, it’s nice that this guy has flow but not frills. The best part: under the ruffle there’s fabric that goes straight down (kind of like a liner) and surrounds the back and tummy for coverage.

All I can say about these jeans is that they’re a magical grey color and somehow they look great with practically everything. I’m loving the fit so much that I’m considering getting them in another wash…the Bryson looks like a perfect medium hue!

And it might be later in the season to buy a pair of sandals but I’m SO glad that I scooped up the Bo. Most ankle-wrap sandals are a little too extreme for me but these ones have the right amount of texture and detail without being over the top. Bonus that the criss-crossing across the feet totally conceal my bunions (not even 30 and have the feet of an elderly woman – what can ya do?!).

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Current Vibes

September 6, 2017

I had high hopes to publish this vibes last week but my move totally kicked it out of me. I mean, I'm a total beast so I killed it with the packing and unpacking - but it still took me a full week to feel completely organized and settled. It also only took Rosie (my almost one-year-old lab) a week of being outside her kennel while I was gone from my place to totally destroy one of my rugs. She's back in the kennel (sad face - I was really hoping the experiment would work in her favor) and there's duct tape on a very large and visible corner of my living room rug. At least it was from overstock.com. And at least all my wine is unpacked and there was a bottle chilling in the fridge. (keep reading for the vibes I'm really feeling and had fully intended to post last week!)

1. DENIMING // EVERLANE DENIM: Anytime Everlane does a new launch of goods I instantly perk up. So the fact that they’re launching denim, finally, has me jumping out of my seat like a lunatic. Maybe you’re all, “what’s the fuss?” Maybe you don’t know Everlane. They’ve based their whole business on “Radical Transparency.” That means they are beyond dedicated to showcasing the ethical factories where all their goods are made and explaining the costs associated with each piece. Everlane might be all about minimalism and no-brainer design but they sweat the small details in a big way. So, denim! After almost 6 years – they started with the humble t-shirt – Everlane fanatics finally get to shop ethically made and right-priced jeans. Three styles for women: the high-rise skinny, the mid-rise skinny, and the modern boyfriend. Men get two styles: the slim fit and the straight fit. All the pairs are $68(!!!!!!!!). But the price isn’t what makes this collection special (it’s just fair premium pricing) it’s the fact that Everlane found the cleanest factory in the world to make them – no leaching of toxic chemicals back into the ecosystem, no dumping contaminated water into the environment – and is using Japanese fabric that holds its shape and won’t bag out. As they put it, this is denim you can get behind. So get excited to shop it starting TOMORROW!

2. LIBERTY LOVING // ANTHRO COLLECTION: When it comes to prints and patterns, Liberty London is the OG (Mom, that means “original gangster” and yes, it’s a real term). The British brand is famous for their eclectic, detailed, bold, and bright prints and as such, they’re no stranger to a good collaboration. My fave example: J.Crew incorporating Liberty prints into their pieces season after season. And while it’s fairly easy to scoop up clothing and accessories that feature the iconic patterns, there has never been an opportunity to buy upholstered furniture with the fabric in the states…until now. Anthropologie has collaborated with Liberty to launch 40 pieces showcasing 18 of the brand’s heritage archival prints! What makes this collab truly special are the 12 pieces of furniture. I might not have the extra cash-flow to snag a pair of these chairs (the Strawberry Theif print is a fave of mine!) but I’m 100% going to get a couple of these little bowls, an oven mitt, maybeeeee a sheet set (for back-up, you know?), and while I definitely don’t need a shower curtain I just love this one so much.

3. DREAMING // BEYONCÉ’S $300 BOOK: If you’re wondering how to make lemonade, Beyoncé style (re: her multi-award winning album) then her collector’s edition box set is for you. The set – which comes with a 600 page hardcover coffee table book, double vinyl LP, and audio and visual album downloads – is made for a queen (like Queen Bey, get it?!) and also priced for one ($299.99). I guess the cost is associated with the “unprecedented insight into the making of multiple award-winning LEMONADE” and the fact that each tome is numbered? A fan can dream…

4. ORDERING // ASHLEY LONGSHORE’S BOOK: Ok, this book is actually affordable and maybe just as important. If you know artist Ashley Longshore, you know that she’s unapologetic about…everything. Her obsession with color, sparkle, pop-culture and pop-art, luxury, and yes, crass humor has made her larger-than-life pieces highly covetable. As an Ashley fan, I’m very excited to get my hands on a copy of “You Don’t Look Fat, You Look Crazy: An Unapologetic Guide to Being Ambitchous.” You read that right: ambitchous, not ambitious. Ashley’s guide has promised to be one packed with attitude and love of life – I for one could use a dose of her unabashed individualism and devil-may-care lifestyle. $16.60 on Amazon…add it to yo cart! P.S. if you live in Dallas, mark your calendar for Ashley’s pop-up shop at For Home Forty Five Ten. She and her larger-than-life personality will be in town September 15th and you know the Veuve will be flowing.

5. SERVING // PIZZA SET: I love to eat and my favorite cuisine, hands down, is pizza. I don’t discriminate between the cheap and easy (Dominoes), and upgraded pies (Dallas has a lot of great spots – I feel blessed). If you ask me what I want for dinner I’ll say “pizza” 99% of the time (even if I had it the night before and also for lunch). Maybe I’ll outgrow this devotion – though I hope not – but for now, I do cardio so I can indulge and make my heart and tummy happy. As such, when I came across the “any way you slice it” pizza cutter and server set on kate spade I got hearts for eyes. I thought, “someone should get me this for my birthday! I should get myself this like, tomorrow! How do I not already own this?!” Form and function and perfection. And now I’m starving for a pepperoni and jalapeño pie…

6. LISTENING // JON PARDI: I’m a big dork who loves listening to the radio and specifically the Country music stations. I’ve loved Country since forever, and living in Texas has just made me even more of a devotee. So many good songs this summer…“Ask Me How I Know” by Garth Brooks, “You Look Good” by Lady Antebellum, “Body Like a Backroad” by Sam Hunt, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” by Old Dominion, “Hurricane” by Luke Combs…I could go on. But my FAVORITE listen on repeat, crank up the volume when it comes on, know all the words song is “Heartache on the Dance Floor” by Jon Pardi. I don’t know why but I’m living for this song. Listening to it now and feeling all kinds of happy.

7. SISTER MATCHING // THE COLLEGE SWEATSHIRT: Sally and I do this thing where we see something we both love and say, “sister ___?” (fill in the blank with item name). It’s our way of justifying a purchase, typically one that’s a splurge and unnecessary, and we deploy the practice in only the most important circumstances. Like, “how can we live without these?!” circumstances. For several years now – dating back to our summers home from college – we’ve been asking each other, “sister sweatshirts?” The question mark is essential. We have several sister sweatshirts. When Cabana (a very favorite Dallas boutique) posted this Instagram with sweatshirts from The Great – we both had the same idea. Sister. Sweatshirts. Specifically the ones with the small embroidered hearts. I don’t know why it’s taken us over a month to finally take the plunge and make these bad boys ours but all I can say is that it’s inevitable. We both keep bringing them up to each other – leaning towards the grey with navy hearts – and now that it’s under 90 degrees in Dallas, it’s just a matter of time before we need to wear them everyday. And match. Obvi. You don’t have to have a sister to match with to have one, too – find yours herehere, here, and here!

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White + Indigo Denim [Post Labor Day]

September 5, 2017

I think by now we all know that white can in fact be worn after Labor Day. No one is going to arrest you...there's no such thing as Fashion Police. In my world this goes for both dresses and jeans. As long as they don't scream "summer!!" with the style or fabric, you're good. And really, the September and October months are my favorite to wear white jeans because it's too warm during the summer to do so.

One of my fave ways to wear white denim is paired with blue denim, chambray, or indigo-dyed pieces. It's like a better Canadian tuxedo...

 

I recently got this Ruffle-Side Shirt from Madewell and it’s the best. I wasn’t sure the boxy shape would work on me but I feel like it looks really relaxed and flattering when styled with a little front tuck. It’s SO soft and I think the subtle side ruffles give it a less edgy look. Oh, and it’s on sale for Madewell insiders!

The other Indigo-dyed and ruffle part of this post are the Vera Ruffle Slides. I had my eye on this Loeffler Randall style for a while and finally splurged a couple weeks ago. So glad I did because they’re by far the most comfortable “heel” I own right now. Love how they look with a cropped jean and especially a white pair!

Anyone else embracing white now that we’re into September??

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