Floral Eyelet

September 14, 2017

There's quite a bit happening with this top: eyelet (of the flower variety), ruffles, bell sleeves, and tuxedo pleats. Somehow J.Crew made it all work. And it's not too terribly preppy - which is crazy considering the eyelet and ruffle factors. As soon as I tried it on and did a little front tuck I was sold. Sometimes navy feels tricky to wear with jeans (it can be a lot of blue) but the texture and detail on this guy means that it stands out when worn with darker denim and it's not too harsh to wear with lighter washes like what I have on here.

 

Side note, I recently stole borrowed these Lucky jeans from Molly’s closet and well, I love them. Might have to get the same pair and another Bridgette style for myself since Lucky is having a buy one, get one 50% off deal. Who knew I would like high-rise denim so much?!

P.S. J.Crew is having a “buy 2 get 20% off OR buy 3 and get 30% off” on select items with code “MOREPLEASE” and this is one of the items…as is the Easy Sweatshirt Molly had on in yesterday’s post!

 

Pieces From The Post
J.Crew Floral Eyelet Top (DISCOUNT OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE THROUGH 9/14 WITH CODE "MOREPLEASE") // LUCKY BRAND BRIDGETTE HIGH-RISE SKINNY "SUNRISE ROAD" // Vince Mules (old, similar, similar, similar) // TRUFFLE PRIVACY CLUTCH // RAY-BAN AVIATORS (ON AMAZON!) // GIGI CLOZEAU GOLD & RESIN BRACELETS (ALSO HEREHERE)

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Cozy + Easy

September 13, 2017

I should have titled this post: "How to Wear a Sweatshirt When It's Still Sometimes 90 Degrees." But that seemed long. And honestly, with all the insane and horrific weather that's been happening across the country (Houston and South Texas, Florida and Georgia, and other areas - you are in my thoughts and prayers!) I have NO reason to complain about a little heat.

Speaking of storms and touching on relief efforts, I know there are a lot of ways to get involved and donate time and funds to those affected, but I wanted to note that Cynthia Cazort Collins - the amazing San Antonio-based designer responsible for the awesome rope necklace you see me wearing here - is donating 100% of all her September sales to relief in Rockport, Texas. Rockport is a sleepy fishing village that was hit by the eye of Hurricane Harvey and Cynthia and her family's personal ties to the town inspired her to give back. Support this up-and-coming designer and support a great cause this month!

 

I’ve gotten a few new pieces for fall – I can’t help myself, the back to school season is like a drug and I can’t resist cozy, cool-weather stuff. But this Easy Sweatshirt from J.Crew was one that I was dying to wear. It is cozy to the max. Yes, it’s really a bit to warm to wear it completely comfortably right now but I was begging to be styled. So I rolled with my excitement and paired it with jorts. Cozy but still seasonably appropriate for Dallas. Sizing note: this definitely runs on the bigger side (I have a small-medium) and I’m definitely going to wash and dry the 100% cotton! And P.S. J.Crew is having a “buy 2 get 20% off OR buy 3 and get 30% off” on select items with code “MOREPLEASE” and this is one of the items…you need it.

Pieces From The Post

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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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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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Two Black Dresses: Blooms + Cherries

August 31, 2017

Two black dresses. Different silhouettes. One with a pretty floral print, one with sequin cherries appliquéd. Both idea LBDs for taking into fall!

When we were shopping for dance dresses (you know, homecoming, prom, etc.) our mom always told the two of us, "Pick a color! You have the rest of your life to wear black." She was right...many of the dresses hanging in our respective closets are indeed black. And that's okay. Is there anything more versatile than a little black dress? No. But an LBD can be made even better with the addition of a thoughtful pattern or artful embellishment. And when it comes to this kind of dress, kate spade, well, they have them in spades.

 

Cheesy pun intended aside, we heartfully stand behind the fact that ksny has a way with taking an ordinary black dress to the next level with their feminine and flattering silhouettes. And the brand truly up the ante when they bring in the playful detailing they’re famed for.

Sally: As a new mama, I’m all about wearing what feels most comfortable…but that doesn’t mean I don’t love having a need to dress up! It’s almost like the In Bloom Fit and Flare dress was made for me and the special occasions I have coming up. I’m obsessed with every part of the fit – from the  a high neck (love the square cut!) and slightly accentuated banded waist and box pleats to the below-the-knee length and flounce hem. Normally I’d be skeptical of a larger-scale floral but the amount of black background showing is the perfect balance to the playful flowers. It’s girly but not in a juvenile way. Love the print but not sure the style is for you (I admit that the fabric does lend itself toward more fancy occasions), this, this or this might be just what you need…

Molly:  Only kate spade could present a Sequin Cherries Shirtdress and make me want it. Seriously, the brand can take nearly any motif or symbol and apply it in a way that’s stylish and not silly. And while this shirtdress is stylish, it’s obviously anything but serious. The playful appliqué mixed with the short shirtdress silhouette is kind of what makes the whole thing work. If the hem had been even an inch longer it could have veered into silly territory but the mini length (balanced by sheer sleeves and a tie neck) is sassy perfection. kate spade didn’t make a ton of pieces with the sequin cherries but what they do have – this little bag, this cardigan, this pencil skirt, and this sticker – are just as fab.

Black dresses as an adult = inventible. But why not spice up the somber color with a little fun?

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