I don’t often share brand lookbooks on here but every now and then one just really grabs me. Summer is on the horizon and I’m already getting excited for longer days, a slower pace, and comfortable, breezy staples in rotation. The warming temps always prompt a desire for a lighter, less analytical wardrobe and in my book, a laid back Americana vibe (much more of that to come in upcoming posts). I recently discovered Emily Current and Merritt Elliott’s newest brand The Great and haven’t found a better inspiration for summer. Relaxed fit old-timey jeans, airy smock dresses, embroidered peasant tops, distressed sweatshirts, and not-too-girly ruffles for all. Altogether, it gives off some serious Tom Sawyer vibes (just add those suspenders and straw hat from the lookbook which I don’t think are from their line but perfectly chosen nonetheless) that vividly bring me back to being a country school girl on summer break without a care in the world. The balance of loose fits and slimming flares is at an equilibrium unmatched by any brand this season, and solidifies the need for The Great to be in your closet. I have a feeling this summer is going to be the most comfortable one yet.
DENIAL: dress / bra / bat / ANGER: bra / leggings / coat / boots / APATHY: necklace / bra / jacket / EMPTINESS: dress / ACCOUNTABILITY: hat / tank top / jeans / dress / FORGIVENESS: headphones / RESURRECTION: ballet shoes / dress / REDEMPTION: top / jeans / dress
Beyonce has done it again. Have you seen it? Last week we were blessed with another visual album from Queen B that was full of emotions about Jay Z’s alleged cheating, and was chaptered by the different complex stages of coping with it all. Though not to belittle the huge topics portrayed in the video, it’s impossible not to talk about the wardrobe. Each outfit is as powerful as she is from the Cavalli and Givenchy gowns to the Yeezy separates to the hot sauce baseball bat. Today I’ve put together a round up of how to get each iconic look for those of us who don’t have a Beyonce budget to prove that even if you’re only given lemons, you can still make lemonade.
One of my favorite things about the holiday madness is when I actually get settled wherever I’m spending Christmas (we switch off every year between Ian’s family in New Jersey and mine in Minnesota) and get to relax and enjoy all the little moments that make the holidays special. This year with a new baby in the mix, we will have every reason to move at a much slower pace, and I’m planning on spending a lot of time in my PJ’s for the rest of 2015. I always try to treat myself to a cozy new pair around the holidays, but I tend not to go for ones that scream Christmas so I’ll be just as excited to wear them for the rest of the winter. I’ve gathered all my favorite PJ options below, most of which are available with free or cheap fast shipping in time for Christmas morning!
Mine are by Olivia Von Halle.
As if fall doesn’t give us enough reasons to get comfy, this season you won’t even have to get dressed in the morning. Pajamas have been a street style trending topic for a few years now, but Rag & Bone’s fall collection has me thinking it’s about to go full force in the coming months. I’m leaning towards more of a Hugh Hefner inspired take on the trend; complete with piped collars, velvet smoking flats, and wide legged trousers. Pair a silk pj top with boyfriend jeans, heels, and a tailored jacket, or even go with a matching set to really pack a punch.
1. Rag & Bone silk shirt / 2. Del Toro loafers / 3. Sandro silk shirt / 4. Rag & Bone silk shorts / 5. Merchant + Archive jacket / 6. Equipment blouse / 7. Rag & Bone jumpsuit / 8. Rag & Bone trousers / 9. Scotch and Soda dress / 10. Madewell backless loafer
When you think about it, it’s a tall order that pregnancy requires us to set aside the bulk of our wardrobe for several months. I mean, you have a closet full of regular clothes and as your stomach starts to get bigger, more and more of those things no longer zip all the way and your options quickly dwindle. On the bright side, it’s actually a nice time to simplify your options and go with more of a capsule style approach. You only need a few things really. I’ve been rotating between a few oversized tops and tenty dresses, and haven’t needed to buy a whole lot of new pieces… except jeans. Jeans are something I really committed to when it came time to shop for maternity wear. I mean, what could be more important for a daily wardrobe? So today I’m breaking down the various ways to wear jeans throughout pregnancy, including how I repurposed my non-maternity jeans into pregnancy friendly versions, and the different kinds of maternity jeans which make getting dressed easier and a LOT more comfortable.
I’ve always been fascinated by the Chinese zodiac calendar but never paid too much attention to the animal signs until last year. 2014 was the year of the horse which meant it was supposed to race by with lots of recklessness/change. Boy was that the truth! It was the craziest and fastest passing year with a lot of change going on in my life and that of my friends and family. So the accuracy of that left me feeling more curious about what the Chinese calendar predicts might be in store for 2015. It’s the year of the sheep, which is a much calmer, softer, gentler animal. That means it’s time to settle in and do a little much needed nesting. It’s a perfect time to catch our breath from the debauchery that 2014 brought on, clean up the mess, and enjoy the simple pleasures. It couldn’t come at a better time for me considering that I just moved into a new place and desperately need to organize, decorate, and turn it into our new home. Whatever you’re doing with the sheep, here’s a little list of “nesting necessities” that we’ll all need to get through this year.
These Club Monaco fringe gloves are the perfect blend of boho and refined. They’re ideal for the coldest climates to keep your hands warm and sleek, yet they’d also be great with your layers in warmer locations (on the coldest days of course). Wherever you live, they are marked down plus an extra 30% off right now, so you better go get em!
Joan of Arctic boots by Sorel
Snow boots that you actually want to wear aren’t the easiest thing to come by. In the bitter cold, a lot of times you end up looking like a stuffed sausage in layers of thermal shirts, puffy jackets, and scarves. To make matters worse, you are made to choose from weird weatherproof footwear that can be painful to buy. You want shoes that will keep your feet dry and warm but somehow the ones that work the best look like something your mother forced you to wear. Thankfully, the universe answered our prayers and sent us these Sorel boots that you’ll get excited about wearing. With a rubber sole and a high shaft, there’s no way any water or coldness are getting into these babies. Also, with a name like “Joan of Arctic,” you’ll feel like nothing like a little snow can stop you from being queen of the world. So if you wanna be the conquerer of all drab winter footwear, these are the boots for you. Go get them!
1. Boskke cube planter / 2. Menu & Notes Design Studio candle holder / 3. Eduardo Garza box / 4. Luv AJ ring set / 5. Hot Topic phone case / 6. Biegert + Funk’s watch / 7. Karl Zahn + Areaware key ring / 8. Poketo radio dock / 9. Poketo notebook / 10. Ladies & Gentlemen & Nicholas Nyland’s wind chime / 11. Fort Standard bottle opener / 12. Forever 21 cuff / 13. West Elm bookend / 14. Poketo canisters / 15. Steel | Lark table lamp
1. DKNY flannel nightshirt / 2. J Crew pajama set / 3. Wildfox soldier boy sweater / 4. Equipment pajama set / 5. J Crew plaid pajama set / 6. Madewell lounge pants / 7. Aerie pajama set / 8. Madewell leggings / 9. Wildfox tee
There are few things as sentimental as Christmas morning. That rush you got as a kid sprinting down the stairs to see what Santa had left for you under the tree, everyone still comfy in their pjs. Every year around this time I love taking advantage of a holiday sale to grab a new pair of festive pj’s that make me nostalgic and cozy. Today, I’ve gathered some of the best ones so we can all be one of the kids again. All you’ll need is a hot cup of coffee and maybe a puppy or two to show off your morning wardrobe in the cutest Christmas instagram the world’s ever seen. Time to get cozy!