happy friday, and happy first day of fall! i'm so glad the weekend is here, and even more excited that it's the start of my favorite season. bring on sweater weather! i've been doing some major window shopping this week, on the hunt for new fall goodies (yess end of summer sales), and found myself oddly drawn to these shearling heels. or should i say, fancy-pink-slipper-pumps. they're weird, right? but i really dig them -- they're practically begging to be worn to an impromptu party...
there has been a familiar chill in the air here in Boston this week, giving me alllll the fall feels. so, it feels only right to introduce you to my first official fall purchase: the sweater dress. i stumbled upon this little number at Artizia while crossing through the Pru. after ohhing and ahhing, but ultimately leaving empty handed, i couldn't get it out of my head. this particular sweater dress has that ideal slouchy shape -- you know, effortless with extra long sleeves -- and the colors are perfect for the cooler months. i can't wait to pair this with leopard mules (what else?), or with leggings and ankle boots for a more casual feel.
popping in to say Happy Fourth of July!! how is June already over? but seriously.
i've had quite the busy month both at work, and at home, and time seems to be flying. we're knee deep into our kitchen renovation, which has made life a little bit more complicated (i.e. washing dishes), but i can't wait to share the finished product -- hopefully at the end of this month.
i recently bought the dress version of this Sandro star top and these gold satin sandals from Zara -- both were sale finds. i thought that together they created the perfect look for celebrating Independence Day, especially with a little denim thrown in. we're keeping it low key with bbq-ing and soaking in the sunshine among friends, exactly what this outfit was made for! how are you celebrating?
you could call me a full-fledged fan and frequent customer of J.Crew (and can check out my past J.Crew musings here). in fact some of my most cherished pieces likely came from Jenna Lyons' creative mind. so when she announced her departure from J.Crew last month, many wondered what the future of J.Crew would look like or what kind of plans Lyons had up her impeccably rolled chambray sleeves. personally i'm wishing for a Jenna Lyons clothing line, but that's just me. one thing that's certain though: this gal has left a legacy filled with great patterns.
since her legacy at J.Crew was kind of a big deal, i've pulled together 11 of the most memorable print moments from the Jenna Lyons Era -- according to MP of course.
01 / SEQUINS FOR DAY
some say sequins are not a pattern, but i disagree. at J.Crew, Jenna introduced the idea of sequins for daytime. to avoid looking like a disco ball, she often styled sequins with contrasting casual pieces like cargo pants and slouchy tees to achieve a wearable look.
02 / MATCHY-MATCHY PRINTS
matching prints is arguably one of the easiest ways to mix patterns. it's practically foolproof. obviously Jenna took the art of matching prints to the next level for J.Crew -- so much so that matching sets became a styling secret sauce of sorts. my favorites include polka dots, head-to-toe leopard, and the Jenna-famous stripes with stripes with stripes.
03 / HEAD-TO-TOE PATTERNS
remember when clashing prints made you look like a fashion victim from What Not to Wear? with the Lyons touch, crazy combinations (like this) transform into something fresh, exciting, and most importantly, very cool. i'd be so bold to say that Jenna changed the pattern mixing game for a modern gal's everyday wardrobe. she made mixing prints approachable by crafting collections with pieces you could easily play around with and make your own.
04 / LADY-LIKE POLKA DOTS
i distinctly remember purchasing my first polka dot item of clothing ever, and it was from J.Crew.
i bought a top very similar to the dress pictured here about 6 or 7 years ago. since adding this ladylike piece to start my collection, polka dots have carved a place in my wardrobe -- as easy to wear as black and white.
05 / STRIPED PANTS
these pants may be J.Crew's greatest statement piece. striped pants could be intimidating, but Jenna managed to take that fear away. she treated striped pants with the ease of a striped tee.
06 / SHINY PONIES (AKA: THE SHOES!)
what would Jenna's legacy be without mentioning the shoes! from ballet flats, to block pumps, her collection of shoes came in an exciting array of yummy prints: gingham and plaid, florals, stripes and lots of leopard. thanks to her, J.Crew offered some of the best shoes in the biz. each season i need to add another patterned pretty to my wardrobe -- it's an easy way to spice up a simple look.
07 / LIBERTY OF LONDON FLORALS
these tiny Liberty of London florals have made multiple appearances while Jenna was Creative Director at J.Crew. from quilted jackets, to utilitarian button downs and the perfect pump, even swimsuits and hats, there is usually something available in this English classic print.
08 / STRIPES + LEOPARD: THE PATTERN POWER COUPLE
Jenna definetly made a strong argument for why stripes and leopard should be in every gal's wardrobe -- look how chic this mom of two is! and together, leo and stripes make one of the most classic pattern-pairings in women's fashion. it also happens to be one of Jenna's most signature combinations. and for that, i thank her.
09 / CAMO CAN BE A PATTERN NEUTRAL
strange but true: camo is wildy versatile and pretty much goes with everything. i was super excited when J.Crew reintroduced this "pattern neutral" into the spotlight during their nyfw show earlier this year. but what i love most about camo is how it can take something extra-girly, like lace, tulle or pretty bows, and make you look laid-back yet chic.
10 / COOL-GIRL PLAID
like stripes, plaid is a clear staple for J.Crew. it's safe to say that there is plaid on their shelves at all times. Jenna loved pairing this practical print with something glamorous and unexpected: a polished pencil skirt, bright lipstick, a sparkling statement necklace, or piles of patterns.
11 / COZY FAIR ISLE SWEATERS
when i think of the ultimate cozy pattern, my mind often goes to this particular Fair Isle print. Jenna made Fair Isle a perfect choice for wearing around the holidays. i love it's simplicity, and i especially like the look of layering these sweaters with a button-down, scarf or even a blazer.
and this is just the tip of the iceberg. did i miss anything? trust me, it was a challenge to narrow down 26 years of patterns to one short list, and it made me realize that i really will miss Jenna's creativity and playful eye the most. let me know your favorite print moment in the comments!
images via J.Crew
i am officially ready to take a mini getaway, anyone with me? i don't have a specific place in mind, but i've been dreaming of warm weather. i wouldn't mind trading my Madewell boots and chilly days for some fun sandals and sunshine. after a few trips to North Conway and those drizzly, or snowy commutes, i know a change of scenery and climate would be reenergizing. and i'll be bringing this dress. and that bag too (love the pom poms!).
this outfit is something i would wear out in the city: running errands, shopping or meeting friends for lunch. i am really on board with the frayed edge denim, and love how they look with sleek booties. don't even get me started on that fluffy polka dot jacket -- as you know i've got fuzzy outerwear on my mind -- it's perfection! scroll down for details on how to get this look:
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happy Monday! i am lucky enough to have today off (happy president's day!), and am planning on spending it doing things i normally couldn't do during the week. like spend my morning blogging in the parlor, or going on a midday walk with foxy around the neighborhood. the possibilities feel endless!
since nyfw just ended, i thought it was time to do another "the collection with..." story. this is Rochas Pre-Fall 2017 collection, and it has a lot of great moments: the colors (yellows, blush, peacock blue, and elephant gray), ankle-strap platforms with thick socks, snakeskin, fuzzy coats, golden brocade layered with preppy turtlenecks, delicate florals, velvet, monograms and imperfect hair.
i was drawn to this collection partly because of the presentation. these photos are full of movement, capturing those awkward, but wonderful in between moments. an unexpected pairing with proper, aristocratic garb.
let's face it, for 2017 muppet fuzz is in -- whether it be a sandal covered in fluffy pom poms, or the warmest jacket you own. it's bright, bold and colorful. Rochas collection includes a faux fur coat in mustard gold and blush pink (keep on scrolling to see that one).
florals and animal prints are a classic pattern mixing combination. in this instance, it's gray snakeskin and granny roses. below is the amazing snakeskin trench coat that inspired me to share this collection in the first place. i'm officially convinced that every girl needs a statement trench in their closet, and a trench made out of this snakeskin pattern feels unexpected but timeless.
this is the blush faux fur coat, layered to perfection with velvet, brocade and chunky socks.
the red snakeskin used in Rochas' collection is truly beautiful. in my opinion, colored snakeskin can run a fine line between impossibly chic and tacky, especially if it's red. but here, it totally works. i especially love how this skirt has been styled -- paired with an effortless rose colored tank, and luxe velvet pumps.
let me know which look was your favorite!
happy valentine's day! i wanted to share this fun date night look -- with pink hearts, ruffles and tassels, it felt like a dream outfit to wear out with your love while celebrating love. after all, there's nothing more perfect than hearts and pink on pink for valentine's day. we haven't decided what we want to do yet, but since it's a Tuesday and it has been freezing and quite snowy here in Boston (aka: not a good time for shoes that are not duck boots), we will most likely opt to lay low. i still might wear the rest of this outfit though.