*The* Sweater-Blazer

December 19, 2017

Run - don't walk - and get yourself this Sweater-Blazer while it's fully stocked in all sizes and colors! If you're a J.Crew fan (which Sally and I are, despite the overdose and addiction we went through in college) then you may know that their Open-front Sweater-Blazer was a huge best seller this fall. It would come back in stock then sell out immediately. Sal and I were determined to get one in our size (Tip: size down, it runs big! We wear it in xs) and even though it has been and continues to be excluded from every discount and sale the Crew runs (grrrr) we both bought it at full-price in the heather khaki color in early November. Good buy? Um, yes. I wear it so often that I'm considering getting it in the black.

 

Throw it on over a t-shirt (these Everlane ones are my current fave), an embroidered top (like I did in this post!), a button down, a henley, a bodysuit, a turtleneck…really anything. It’s polished but casual. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the five colors available in the sweater though I have to say that the heather khaki (which I have), the black and the heather cilantro are my top faves.

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Sally’s Moreau

December 18, 2017

If you didn't catch the photos and recap of my visit to Moreau's very first U.S. store via this post, be sure to do so. It is an absolutely stunning space and the perfect home to some of the prettiest, luxury bags around. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to pop into the store while in SF and meet Graciela - the brand director for the San Francisco store. Being in the store meant that I was able to touch and feel each bag in person as well as see the endless (literally!) options for personalization that Moreau offers. Even down to interior leather colors and handle colors - you name it and it can be personalized to your taste and liking. This is the only brand that I know of that does such customization, making it a truly unique experience.

As Molly mentioned in her postMoreau-Paris has no shortage of beautiful bags to choose from on the floor of the San Francisco store. While visiting the store, Graciela raved about how much she loved the Vincennes style tote bags for their durability, storage capabilities, as well as how lightweight the bags are. I am a tote girl through and through and with a baby, tote-style bags have become even more practical for me to have a decent amount of room for diapers, wipes, and a few toys when on the go. I instantly knew that this would be my bag of choice from Moreau.

Deciding on the style was the easy part, but the colors, now that’s another story! I wanted to get something that was different than anything else I own in the tote department. I own two Goyard totes, both in darker colors – navy and black, so after much deliberation I decided on the Vincennes bag in the white, printed calfskin version. The white bag features black handles and black and grey detailing in the print. Although it is a white bag, the combination of white with the black makes it feel that much more wearable and year-round. I love how different it is from the other bags I own! And I have to say that as a loyal Goyard customer, the quality of Moreau is above and beyond that of Goyard.

When it came to choosing the personalization on my bag, like Molly I did A LOT of scrolling through Moreau’s Instagram account (@moreauparis) for inspiration. Its the best way to see the different combinations that have been done in the past and to see how the specific color of bag I chose had been painted before. Yellow is my absolute favorite color, but one I don’t often buy when it comes to wardrobe items or accessories. As soon as I saw the combination of the yellow and “tan” painted on the white Vincennes bag here, Molly and I decided that that was the way to go. Molly made a great point that by adding the yellow and tan to the black and white bag, it would make the bag that much more wearable because I could also easily pair it with tans – not just blacks and greys. I admittedly can be the most indecisive person ever, most especially with big, permanent decisions like this one! Graciela was amazing and quickly sent me a mock up of what my initials in this color combination would look like on the white bag. Seeing the visual was a game changer and made me realize just how much I loved the combination. I cannot sing Graciela’s praises enough for how helpful so was throughout the entire process – even though I visited the store in person, I made all of the bag decisions over text and email and she was so responsive and helpful and offered great suggestions along the way. It really was a truly personalized experience, which is exactly what you want when buying something so special and investing in a handbag. I personally think that by customizing the bags, they become that much more special and that is an area where Moreau-Paris really excels – customization to the nth degree!

I have since been carrying the bag non-stop and absolutely love every single thing about it. The handles feel SO sturdy and I have had no problem filling the bag with every day baby essentials. I have carried Goyards for years, but I love that the Moreau Vincennes is so much more exclusive and and much higher quality that is apparent just upon feeling the softness of the leather and the thickness of the straps. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a longstanding love for Moreau-Paris and their beautiful, craftsmanship creations. (Next on my list is a Vincennes in the orange color which is absolutely to die.) I know that I will love and cherish my bag for years and years to come.

Pieces From The Post
J.Crew Funnelneck Shirt (get 40% off with code 'TIMETOGIVE") //  J.CREW 8" TOOTHPICK JEANS IN GREY (get 40% off with code 'TIMETOGIVE") // MOREAU-PARIS THE VINCENNES POCKET BAG (CALL THE SAN FRANCISCO MOREAU-PARIS STORE (415-398-1110) FOR ASSISTANCE WITH BAG COLORS, STYLES, AND PERSONALIZATION!) // Golden Goose Superstar Velvet Stickers // ELIZOEBETH JENSEN CLASSIC SIGNET RING // RAY-BAN AVIATORS (ALSO HERE, AND ON AMAZON!)

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Giving Better

December 18, 2017

Hint, hint. Wink, wink. It may surprise no one that I'm pretty direct in letting people know what I'd love to be gifted. Prime example: I told my dad that I would LOVE new retainers for Christmas. He is thrilled to deliver (don't judge me, adulting is expensive and teeth are important). Although I might not be shy about sharing practical things I'd like to receive, gifts and (gift-giving for that matter) is not my love language and I frequently struggle with what to get my friends and family. My main goal is to buy and give presents that people both want and need. The older I get, the more thoughtful I become, and the more I believe that less is more when you're gifting quality over quantity.

Cuyana and their "Fewer, Better" ethos has always struck a cord with me when I shop for myself and I definitely turn to them when looking for high quality gifts that I can personalize and know are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. Of course I can visit Cuyana's site year-round and find things I know will be ideal for birthdays and special occasions, but this holiday they've really nailed their selection of giftable offerings. It's "Giving, Better."

 

So what makes Cuyana’s gift assortment “better”? I’ll tell you: 1) A small curated selection. You don’t get overwhelmed by an endless scroll of options. 2) Each product is made with integrity and from the highest-quality materials. So you can pick literally one or all the items and feel good knowing that each piece is created thoughtfully and will last and last and last. 3) You can add personalization to the leather! The options are simple, lovely, and done by hand (which means they’re the quality stuff). How cute would this heart-shaped cosmetic case be with a monogrammed “xoxo”?! 4) There’s something for everyone. There is! Stuff for guys, an array of leather pieces for every need and/or style, cozy accessories (the baby cashmere and baby alpaca is the stuff of dreams), new pajama sets (that I may or may not be gifting myself), and must-have style pieces any girl would be lucky to have.

Having already gotten myself a mini jewelry case – which is undoubtably one of my favorite Cuyana leather pieces of all time – and a little leather coin pouch I felt like it was worth showing them off because aside from them being fantastic, they’re both part of Cuyana’s gift guide and both would make excellent presents! I love the jewelry case for all my big statement earrings because the height of the box keeps them from being crushed and the strap for stud earrings and rings is ideal for keeping them all tidy and safe (I’m always fearful of my teeny earrings and thing rings getting lost in the shuffle). Speaking of rings, I’ve actually been using the leather coin pouch as my designated ring holder. Perfect for having on hand so said rings have a safe place to go during a workout. I guess I should use it for loose change but…I never do cash and coins so it makes more sense to use it as a catch for rings, bobbi pins and hair ties in my tote bag!

I know it’s crunch time for ordering gifts in time for Christmas but fear not, there’s still time to get Cuyana’s gift goodness (even the personalized pieces!) under your tree or in the hands of your favorite people…check out this handy guide for order placement and shipping turnout times!

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Coziest V-Neck

December 17, 2017

It's a rainy, grey, cold Sunday here in Dallas and this v-neck sweater happens to be what I'm wearing. To say that this guy is cozy is an understatement. I think it's the combination of the oversized fit, big ballon sleeves and deep v-neck that makes it exceptionally comfortable but still feminine. Sally has a grey sweater in an open-back style that's also by Cuyana (she wore it in this post) and we both love how the merino wool and cashmere blend is soft and thick (no itch) and that the technique Cuyana uses keeps the fibers from pilling. You know how some heavy knits can get fuzz balls on the sleeves and near the hem from the fabric rubbing? Cuyana's ribbed pieces don't do this. Which just makes them all the more wearable and awesome.

 

What else? I’m so excited that Christmas Eve is exactly a week away. Cannot wait to be home! Obviously packing this sweater for the cold weather in Kansas City…hoping for a white Christmas!!

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This + That // Sales + Steals

December 15, 2017

Apparently today is "Free Shipping Friday"? Who knew? I think a new day is created each year to give shoppers an excuse to shop. And also, don't most sites generally already offer free shipping? I mean, it is 2017 after all. I have nearly crossed everyone off my list, minus needing some stocking stuffers for my husbands stocking. I am majorly failing on that this year and the clock is seriously ticking. Too bad I am far too scared to visit the mall this close to Christmas. It gets pretty crazy out there. (read on for this weeks sales and don't forget #freeshippingfriday)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: Free shipping + 50% off almost everything! (This could be cool for New Years Eve? Love this in the black.)
  • Anthropologie: Extra 40% off select styles. (I’ll take this in every color! Perfect for this time of year and such an easy piece to throw on.)
  • Banana Republic: 40% off your purchase of $200+ with code BRWINTER. (So pretty – really liking that its a pale grey. How cute is this?)
  • Bluemercury: 12 days of beauty! Free full sized item each day!
  • BURU: 12 days of mom style sales! Every day = a new sale!
  • CB2: Up to 30% off select gifts! (Is this not the most perfect white elephant gift? Kind of amazing. These are so cute for a stocking. This too.)
  • Chicwish: Enjoy an extra 10% off orders over $70 with code PRS10. (How precious is this for little girls?)
  • Gap: Up to 50% off everything + extra 20% off your purchase with code GIFTNOW. (I just reserved this in white at a local store because I cannot.resist.cozy.things. Send help! Also, this in the black. See? Its a problem!)
  • H&M: Sale – up to 60% off! New styles added! (Ugly Christmas sweater party on the books? Not sure I’ve seen anything worse than this one. Ha!)
  • J.Crew: 40% off full priced styles and free shipping with code TIME2GIVE. (Does this mean time2give to yourself? Because I’m ordering three of these for myself in black, camel, and grey to fill a little bit of a sweater void I have in my closet. I only wish they had an off white version this year, too! These are awesome! I love that this is festive and fun while still remaining classic and simple.)
  • J.Crew Factory: 60% off everything with no exclusions! Use code DASHING. (Need this to come back in a small in the ivory – such an incredible price and great basic. This is such a good sweater dress.)
  • kate spade new york: Extra 30% off all sale styles with code EXTRATREAT! (Some of mine and Molly’s faves are on sale…this top, this red dress, this cherry dress, and this great black jacket!)
  • LOFT: The merriest of sales – 50% off everything! (Obsessed with these. Also this is SO cute.)
  • Madewell: No time like the present – 25% off your purchase! (Madewell rarely does sales, so when they do I always feel like I have to take advantage. There is nothing more classic than a cream cable knit sweater – this one is perfect. This is a great piece.)
  • Old Navy: Entire store on sale! Up to 60% off. (Ya’ll know how much I love my sweatshirts. I would wear just about every single one of these. Such good prices too! I’m kind of over plaid flannel shirts, but how good is the striped version of this?)
  • West Elm: Up to 40% off in stock items + free shipping with code MERRY! (Ohmygosh how cute/cool are these? SUCH a fun gift. We love our Sonos speakers and these are a great price. This is perfect for the chef in your life. Or the husband that is obsessed with his kitchen knives like mine is.)

Some Steals:

1. H&M Kids Faux Fur-Lined Slippers ($12.99) // 2. Kate Spade New York All Dolled Up Sweaters ($228 → $160 → $112 get 30% off with code 'EXTRATREAT') // 3. CB2 18" Disco Santa ($129 → $90) // 4. Banana Republic Bell-Sleeve Top with Pearl Accents ($68)

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