Want. Need. Must have.

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Kate Spade Saturday Slip Neck Tee // Converse x Missoni Chuck Taylors // Loeffler Randall Rider Satchel // Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil // Gibson Textured Jersey Sweatshirt

{one} I’ve got a lot of basic tops for work (many from Banana Republic) that I’ve worn to death. Once my body returns to some semblance of normal after this baby arrives, I need to start replacing them. I love the neckline on this Kate Spade Saturday tee, and the poppy color is so fun.

{two} I’ve never owned anything from Missoni, but I’ve always been enticed by the iconic chevron (which was around WAY before chevron became all the rage). Plus, I love my Converse sneakers, so this is a win win.

{three} In real life this Loeffler Randall bag isn’t the most practical size or shape for me, but I’m a big fan of the lines, and of course I love the classic gray.

{four} Drybar sent me their 100 Proof Treatment Oil a couple of months ago, and I’m obsessed. I very rarely put heat on my hair (mostly out of laziness), so that means a lot of air drying. That can also mean a lot of frizziness. But for the last several weeks, I’ve been putting a few pumps of this oil in my hair when it’s damp, and ending up with some really nice waves/curls that are pretty manageable. It’s got a little bit of a sticky consistency to it, but doesn’t seem to weigh down my hair. Big fan.

{five} Apparently this is a sweatshirt, but I don’t think that really does this top justice. It looks like the perfect weekend top for running around and still managing to look fairly pulled together.

IFB Links À La Mode Weekly Roundup: August 14th

My post on being brand loyal vs. being boring was picked up in this week’s IFB Links a la Mode. Check out the list below for some other great blog posts from the fashion blogging community!

Note: The following was written by the IFB team and reposted here.

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What Really Matters

This week has been rough for a lot of us. The news is full of terrible things. Sometimes it’s hard to focus when the world seems to be descending into chaos. But, at the end of the day, we all have to show up to our regular lives. Family, friends, work, creating the best life possible. Sometimes fashion seems, well, not the highest on the list of priorities, so sometimes you just have to return to the basics, the classics to work for you while you get your life on track. It’s not all about the clothes.

Links à la Mode: August 14

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Am I boring, or just brand loyal?

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Ask any woman who loves fashion, and she’s sure to have some brands that are her favorites. For most people, I think this usually applies to clothing — just ask my friend Katie about her love for J.Crew, or refer to Grechen’s recent post about James Perse. At different times, I’ve certainly frequented one store or another (Banana Republic in the first several years of working life is probably the best example), but that had more to do with convenience and price points than true fanaticism. But where I do find myself really falling in love is in accessories: namely Rebecca Minkoff bags and Kendra Scott jewelry.

I discovered Rebecca Minkoff about four years ago, thanks to my daily Shopbop stalking, and bought my first bag, a butter yellow MAC, not long after. Since then, I’ve added two more MACs (another regular size and a mini), two MAB Minis (my favorite of all the RM styles), two small crossbody bags, a striped tote and a slightly ridiculous fuschia croc Swing that I picked up at a sample sale. Oh, and my diaper bag. I’ve rarely paid full price for any of these bags, but that’s still a LOT of Minkoff. You can see a bunch of the bags in my old posts, if you’re curious.

My love for Kendra Scott is more recent, but is growing rapidly. It started with a pair of the classic Danielle earrings, which led to the smaller (and much easier on the earlobes!) Elle earrings, the Rayne necklace I got for my birthday (pictured here and here), and most recently, the Alexandra earrings that I wore to my friend’s wedding (seen here). AND I just found out that the August PopSugar Must Have box includes a pair of Elle earrings, which I couldn’t be more excited about.

I couldn’t even tell you what it is about either brand that I love so much, but I do know that I seem to be addicted — the more pieces I own, the more I want. So, herein lies the question: am I a brand loyalist who sticks with what she likes, or just completely stuck in a rut? I’ve definitely told myself that I need to stop buying RM bags — and I did get that Kate Spade bag in the spring — but I can’t help myself.

On one hand, it seems silly to stop myself from buying things just because I have a lot of pieces from a certain brand. On the other hand, I don’t want to be a one-trick fashion pony who can’t branch out. What’s a girl to do?

Do you have brands that you can’t get enough of, or do you try to spread the shopping love?

{Fall essential} Pretty printed blouses

Now that I’ve started thinking about fall clothes, I can’t stop. Maybe it has something to do with the Chelsea28 coat I bought during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that’s now taunting me from my closet, but I’ve got jeans and boots and jackets on the brain. And blouses. The right blouse in a great print goes with a pencil skirt, dress pants, jeans — you name it.

There are about a million printed blouses hitting the shelves right now, but here are a few that are catching my eye, most for under $100 (hover over each clickable picture for details).


Happy shopping!

Want. Need. Must have.

wnmh 8.4.14Shoshanna // J.Crew // Everclen // Theodora & Callum // Rebecca Minkoff

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has thrown me into full shopaholic mode. Does that ever happen to you — you buy something great or get a good deal and then can’t stop yourself from more shopping? Anyway, I’m trying to keep myself under control, but only partially succeeding. Speaking of which…

{one} I’ll be honest — this Shoshanna Lara Dress is probably not something that I’d ever buy for myself because I don’t think it would work with my chest size. But it’s absolutely something that I’d see on someone else and think to myself, “Ugh, why can’t I wear dresses like that??”

{two} Is the J.Crew Three Stars Necklace the most sophisticated piece of jewelry out there? No. But is it extremely cute? Definitely.

{three} Everclen is a line of sensitive skin care that I was recently introduced to. The whole line is hypoallergenic, uses clean ingredients, and all of that other good stuff. I’ve been really liking the facial cleanser, which is creamy but still foams up enough to make me feel like my face is really getting clean. At the same time, it’s not so soapy that it’s drying out my face.

{four} With the wacky unseasonably cool (in a good way) weather last week, I busted out one of my scarves to keep me warm in the office. And of course that’s made me want to revisit my scarf collection. This Theodora & Callum style is very Santa Fe and very unlike the rest of my scarves, but I think that’s why I like it.

{five} It’s been almost a year since I got my last Rebecca Minkoff bag, which of course means that I’m craving a new one. But I couldn’t be less in need of a bag (sshh don’t tell Geoff I said that, in case I change my mind), so instead I’ll just drool over her new Small Amorous Satchel. So ladylike, even if it’s not the most practical size for me.

My early Fall 2014 wish list

As usual, it’s about to be August and I have no idea where the summer has gone. Just as I’ve settled into my warm weather wardrobe, I’m starting to be inundated with fall looks. With baby #2 coming in October I won’t be doing much fall shopping this year, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a wish list going! Here are some of the things that are already on my radar in preparation for the weather turning cooler.

I didn’t really plan out a theme here, but I’m obviously gravitating toward neutrals, with the occasional pop of color (how amazing is that pink coat?!).

What are the top items–either specifics, or categories–that you’re in the market for? I hope that you all buy some fabulous things and think of me sitting on the couch on maternity leave wearing yoga pants while you wear them :)

{OOTD} Wedding by the beach

IMG_3371_editIMG_3373_editLOFT maxi dress (sold out online) // Louise et Cie ‘Oroyo’ sandal // Kendra Scott ‘Alexandra’ earrings // Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer in Shocking

Last Saturday, one of my very good friends from college married her longtime boyfriend. It was a gorgeous wedding near the beach and a fun mini-college reunion for me.

I’ll be honest — getting dressed for this wedding was a STRUGGLE. Obviously there’s the fact that I’m six months pregnant, which makes everything a challenge. But more importantly, the bride and her friends are some of the most stylish people I know. I typically don’t stress myself out about living up to whoever I’m hanging out with, but I really wanted to look good for this one. I’m not going to tell you how many dresses or pairs of shoes were ordered and returned in the month or so before the wedding, but it was a lot. Like, A LOT.

In the end, this dress from LOFT was extremely comfortable and flattering, and I know I’ll be able to wear it again. Is it the most exciting dress out there? No. But I felt good in it. My new Kendra Scott earrings (a well-timed birthday gift) added a nice little pop of color so I didn’t feel too boring.

New sunglasses and my vacation packing fail

PicMonkey Collage3Last week, my family and I spent an awesome week at the Jersey shore. It was relaxing (sometimes) and so fun to see our little guy enjoy the waves, the sand and the boardwalk. Now that I’m back, I’m trying to keep reliving the fun instead of being depressed that vacation is over — it remains to be seen how successful I’ll be in that venture.

Anyway, I thought I’d report back on my packing fails for the week for your amusement and to possibly serve as a helpful reminder for those of you with upcoming trips. Here are my takeways:

  1. This was not my honeymoon. I brought a bunch of cute dresses to wear in the evenings…while I fed my toddler dinner and played cards at the dining room table with my siblings. I’m not sure exactly where I thought I was going, but I definitely packed more for an all-inclusive retreat than for a family vacay.
  2. It is not that warm at the beach in the evenings, even in July. Being on the beach = sea breezes = somewhat chilly ocean temps. I packed a zip up hoodie and that was about it for warmth. I should have brought my J.Crew denim jacket and probably a cozy cardigan.
  3. Daytime attire doesn’t mean just bathing suits and cover ups. My family likes to go out to breakfast a lot and I’m not really into wearing my bathing suit if it’s not to the beach (unless I’m in Mexico, per #1), so most days I needed an outfit for the morning before we hit the beach. A t-shirt and shorts would be the perfect option here, but I only brought one pair of shorts. And they were white. And did I mention I have a toddler?
  4. Flip flops are everything. I brought two pairs of cute shoes (to go along with the dresses, I guess), but lived in my flip flops all week long. This should not have come as a surprise.

All that said, my questionable packing job did not take away from my enjoyment of the trip, even if it wasn’t the most fashionable week of my life. On the plus side, I picked up a new pair of TOMS sunglasses from my favorite surf shop (if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen them already). I absolutely did not need sunglasses, but we were in there looking for a pair for Geoff, and they just called my name and wouldn’t let me leave.

IMG_20140725_115131I hope everyone had a great week!

 

{Sale alert} The 2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on!

Happy Christmas in July, a.k.a. the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! If you’re not familiar with how the sale works, this post explains it. As my fellow Nordstrom devotees will understand, this is the most exciting time of the year (in terms of shopping) for me, and requires some real work. There’s the scouting of the catalog when it first appears, the scouring of every single item when the sale opens online, ordering way too much knowing (hoping?) that not everything will work out and therefore you haven’t blown your budget too badly, and finally, the painful wait for the weather to turn cooler so you can wear your new stuff. Last year’s Via Spiga boot purchase taunted me for months!

This year I have an added wrinkle in that I’m six months pregnant and have to anticipate what will work for me after the baby comes. So, I’m sticking to mostly outerwear — there’s PLENTY to choose from this year! — and a few random items like a scarf and some pajamas. That said, I’ve fully browsed the sale and pulled together some of my favorite items for your perusal!

 

Happy shopping, and let me know what you snag from the sale!

My beach bag must-haves

In just a few days, I will be off to spend a week luxuriating at the Jersey Shore with my family. Or at least as close to luxuriating as one can be with a hyperactive toddler whose favorite question is, “You wanna play with me?” Anyway, I’m in full-blown packing mode, which, among other things, means making sure I have all of my beach bag essentials. And since I’m already doing the work, I thought I’d share a list of some of my beach bag must-haves, with some specific picks in each category.


{Hats} First up is the floppy hat, which serves as both a functional and fashion item. As far as I’m concerned, the bigger the better, so you get some nice coverage of your shoulders in addition to your face. I wear my hats to the beach, on the boardwalk, eating outside…pretty much any time I’m going to be in the sun for more than a few minutes.


{Sunscreen} Possibly the most obvious, but also the most important, is a great sunscreen. You may not want/need SPF 50 like I do, but for the love of your skin, please use at least SPF 15 and reapply often!


{SPF Lip products} It’s easy to forget about your lips when you’re in the sun, but yes, they can get burned too. Don’t be afraid to use a product with some color, even if you’re used to going bare-faced on the beach.


{Hair products} My hair is shorter than usual right now, but is still frizzy and tends to get knotted very easily. For the most part, it’s in a ponytail and under a hat when I’m on the beach, but I still like to have a product with me for when I get out of the water. There are lots of options to provide heat protection, frizz reduction, detangling, beachy waves, or some combination thereof.


{Cute towels} If I’m being honest, most of my towels are from Costco, BUT I try to be selective and I’m always tempted by cute towels I see elsewhere. I also have added a Turkish towel to my collection this season, courtesy of a Popsugar MustHave box.


{Coverups} If you’ve got a body that you love to show off, more power to you. For me, while I’m mostly fine with my body, I’m also more comfortable keeping it somewhat covered most of the time. When I’m on vacation I tend to wear a dress-style cover up a majority of the time, so I’m safe


{Miscellaneous} And for our last category…everything else. Waterproof cases for your phone, a pouch to keep money for when the ice cream man comes around, baby powder to get sand off of your skin (it’s a miracle worker, I swear!) and antibacterial wipes for general cleaning up.

That’s my list — what’s yours? Any important items that I forgot?