vacation ready: shopbop sale favorites.

The big Shopbop sale is happening right now (take between 15-25% off using code: BIGEVENT), and since the Mr. and I are heading someplace sunny this evening I thought I’d share my favorite vacation ready looks from the event.  There are so many gorgeous pieces to choose from, but these are my very favorites…

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swimsuit. sandals. beach tote. romper. hat.

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bag. jeans. tee. shoes.

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jumpsuit. flats. bag. necklace. phone case.

Make sure and check out the Shopbop sale before it ends this Saturday! 3/7

-xo

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fit and flare.

fit and flare dress with a white floral

fit and flare floral dress

floral asos dress with a white blazer

floral fit and flare asos dress

floral fit and flare dress asos

floral fit and flare dress white blazer

Dress: ASOS. (similar herehere and here.) Blazer: H&M. (similar here and here.) Shoes: Enzo Angiolini. (similar here,  here and here.) Necklace: JCrew. (similar here and here.) Bag: Anne Klein. (similar here and here.)

I’m thoroughly convinced that no matter how old I get, fit and flare dresses will always be my favorite.  There’s no way not to feel fabulous in a dress like this!

This dress is sadly sold out now, but I’ve included a whole slew of gorgeous options below in case you’re in the market for one, or if you’re like me and you just love to look at pretty dresses…

floral fit and flare dress

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ps. today is “spread the word to end the word” day.  see what it’s all about here, and take the pledge to stop using the r-word.

  

mommy mailbox.

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As a woman entrepreneur (or momtrepreneur if you prefer) I love supporting other women-run businesses.  So when the new subscription box brand Mommy Mailbox asked me to be their March curator, I was thrilled.  The three mommies running this fun new business are so darling and beyond sweet, I had such a blast working with them on the March box.  There are some great subscription boxes out there, but this one really caught my eye because it’s “just” for mom and it’s filled with goodies to make women feel fabulous.  Since that’s pretty much the main goal of both my clothingline and this little blog, I couldn’t wait to get started picking out goodies to fill the box.  A cocoa mug was a must, because well, it’s me and I’m addicted to cocoa– I was so excited to include a piece from my favorite designer Angela from Saffron Avenue.  This girl is a breath of fresh air.  She’s beautiful, sweet and seriously talented.  Everything she does is amazing and I’m obsessed with all of her graphic design work.  She designed a custom mug just for this month’s box and I’m having a little bit of a fan-girl moment over it.  I love taking my munchkins out and about, especially to farmer’s markets, and the library so this darling tote bag from Liv and Hope was a happy addition to the bag.  I love the story behind this company, and the sweet mom (who I had the chance to meet at a blogger dinner last year) is such an inspiration to me.  Of course we had to add a little Seattle to the box, so we spiced things up with a yummy seasoning salt blend from Two Snooty Chefs.  Chocolate covered cookie dough doesn’t even need an explanation, but I will say that this treat from Snacksonville is beyond good.  And last but not least, no box curated by me would be complete without a little bit of sparkle… we all need some of that and this Strands necklace is the perfect addition.

Make sure and check out Mommy Mailbox.

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double up.

casual layers

black and cream layers

boyfriend jeans and double turtlenecks

casual layering

casual spring layers

layering

Denim: Zara. (sold out. great options here, here and here.) Sweater: JCrew Factory. (also similar here.) Turtleneck: Forever21. Shoes: Enzo Angiolini. (similar here, here and here.)

Okay, first off.  Can we just talk about the finale of Downton last night?!  Because seriously.

Here are my thoughts on season 5:

I was kind of on the bored side for most of it.  I’ll always love Downton but some of the plots felt a bit redundant.  (Like, oh now Anna’s going to prison!  And for murder no less!) But the season finale kind of redeemed it all for me.  I wish Isabel had ended up marrying Dicky(ie?) He’s super sweet and he loves her, and I like the idea of the elder characters having some romantic action on the show.  Especially the Dowager!  Holy scandal!  But best of all was Mr. Carson’s proposal.  Ah-mazing.  It took me totally by surprise and I kind of laugh/cried for the whole of it.  With those bushy puppy dog eyebrows, I would have said yes to him too.  So loving it.

Rose is adorable, and so is her new husband.  I suppose she’s leaving the show now and that makes me sad, because she’s like a breath of fresh air.  I wanted to punch her mom in the face last episode.  (not really, but kind of.)  She really is a horrible woman.

I can’t talk about Tom leaving.  I just can’t.

Glad Lady Mary didn’t end up with any of the suitors from last season- snore.  None of them were quite feisty enough from her.  I hope this new guy they intro’d comes back because he got a bit of a bite to him and whoever takes on Lady Mary needs a bit of bite.  And for the record, I’m still not over Matthew even if she seems to be…

And now since I’ve got nothing in the way of transitions, let’s talk about clothes!

(see how I did that?  So smooth..)

 I’m always excited when I find a new way to layer, (layering is kind of my thing) and I’d never tried doubling up on the turtlenecks before, but these two have the most delightfully drapey necks that it actually worked quite well, and was rather cozy.

I won’t bore you for the umpteenth time on my thoughts and feelings about distressed denim, but I will say that I’ve been asked many times over the last few weeks where I found these jeans.  ZARA is the answer, my mecca for distressed boyfriend denim.  Unfortunately, they aren’t online anymore, (maybe you can find them in store??– that is, if you happen to live in the 4 cities in the US that have a Zara) But the good news is, I spent a ridiculous amount of time last night rounding up all the best distressed denim I could find from around the internets, and I limited myself to only jeans that were of the rip and repair variety. (meaning no thigh sneaky-peek) because I know those are hard to find and they are my very favorite (and the denim I get asked about the most).  You can find the fruits of my labor below.  Now go forth and find denim!

ps. should you be aware of a fantastic pair of distressed denim that you would recommend to your best friend or your sister, pretty please share a link in the comments below!

MWAH!

And the happiest of Mondays to you all!

sweater with a turtleneck underneath

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All the best rip and repair distressed denim:

  

three things.

leather skirt flowers

panama hat flower and a white leather skirt

spring look, window pane shirt, leather skirt, nude heels

spring flowers window pane shirt

spring look

spring outfit

white leather skirt and white panama hat

spring panama hat white skirt

window pane shirt white leather skirt

window pane shirt, leather skirt, nude heels

window pane shirt, leather skirt spring flowers

Top: JCrew Factory. (on sale, also comes in petite.)  Skirt: ASOS.  (similar here, here and here.) Panama Hat: JCrew.  Necklace: Downeast Basics. (c/o) Nude heels: Enzo Angiolini. (similar here.)  Bag: Steve Madden. (old. swoon worthy coral pieces here and here.) Sunglasses: H&M (similar here and here.) Lipstick: MAC- Costa Chic.

Three things:

1. If you really lovey love love something new (like this top) it’s perfectly acceptable to wear it twice in one week. (I’m surprised you didn’t know that.)

2. It’s spring and all I want to do is buy all the pink and white and blue hydrangeas there are.  It’s my very favorite flower.  I’m still trying to choose a favorite of the three colors but it’s proving difficult.

3. I keep bashing my shins into everything, tables, chairs, the side of my car, my stroller, etc etc,  and they are literally covered in bruises.  What. Is. Wrong. With. Me. ??

Look below for all the very best Friday/Weekend sales.  There are some good ones!

Happy Weekend everyone!

window pane top, fedora

Friday sales:

Gap has a bunch of great stuff happening right now.

Up to 75% off last call styles here.  Crazy good prices.

Up to 40% off sunny packables. Loving the rolled boyfriend shorts.

25% off regular styles and 40% off sale styles using the code: HAPPY (online only.)  have you seen all their cute new spring dresses?  Swoon.  And this trench.  Amazing.

Extra 40-50% off final sale styles at JCrew using the code: SWEETSALE

Extra 25% off sale styles at Anthro. Some gorgeous fresh cuts. This Jumpsuit is my favorite.

Extra 30% off everything at JCrew Factory using the code: HURRYSPRING.

Stop the presses.  Kate Spade launched a children’s line.  Um, dying.

If you like this windowpane top, Loft has a whole bunch of pieces in the style.  Loving them all.  Also, take an extra 40% off all their sale styles right now…  And have you seen their swimwear this year?  I ordered this top and it’s awesome.  The fit is so flattering and it’s so well made.

  

spring transitions.

transitional spring outfit

pink striped spring shirt

spring transitions
transitioning winter to spring

Jeweled Boyfriend Jeans: Loft. Top: Gap. Necklace: JCrew Factory. (similar here and here.) Bag: similar here.  Sunglasses: H&M. (similar here.) Shoes: Enzo Angiolini.  (similar here.)

I love this time of year when the weather starts to change from winter to spring, but dressing for it can be a bit of a challenge.  It’s nicer out, but not exactly warm, and while you’re ready to ditch the dark colors in favor of something lighter and brighter, it’s still a bit chilly to say a complete syonara to warmer layers.  I love adding great transitional season pieces to my closet, especially if they are a cozy long sleeved boatneck top in a soft blush stripe.  It just whispers “spring” while still keeping me warm enough against those chilly spring breezes.  We’re heading into the rainiest part of the year in Seattle and I cannot wait to pair this top with my Navy Hunters (pink and navy!).  This is also a great time of year for a lightweight field jacket, or a trench coat, which are both perfect outerwear layering options for spring.

Hope you’re enjoying your Thursday!  We leave for the tropics in exactly a week and I’m running all over the map trying to get everything ready.  Can’t wait to get to the sunshine and sandy beaches.  Speaking of beaches… Did you check out my post from Tuesday?  I found the jackpot of all swimsuit websites.  Gorgeous designer suits for up to 70% off.

More amazing spring sales below…

winter to spring

Shop the post:

Mid-week sales of note:

 60% off sale flash sale at Loft.  use code: FLASH  (including these jeans pictured here.  And I’m loving this tweed striped sweatshirt.  Perfect for spring.)

Here are my other favorites from Loft’s sale right now:

Extra 40% off sale styles at JCrew right now.  use code: SWEETSALE

Here are my faves from JCrew’s sale right now.

favorites for littles:

Extra 30% off everything at JCrew Factory.  use code: HURRYSPRING

if you’re heading someplace sunny soon their getaway shop is tops.

  

spring patterns with downeast.

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downeast basics skirt 4

Skirt: Downeast Basics. (c/o) Top: Target. (old. similar here and here.) Blazer: H&M (similar here.) Bag: Kate Spade. Necklace: TJMaxx. (similar here and here.) Shoes: similar here.  Sunglasses: H&M. (similar here and here.)

My favorite part of early spring, as the weather changes, is transitioning from my winter layers into bright spring prints.  I’ve got a real weakness for pattern mixing so when Downeast asked me to choose an item from their spring line to style, this skirt had my name on it.  I’ve been a fan of Downeast since college, so getting the chance to style something fabulous from their line was really fun.  Plus, anything with stripes makes me weak in the knees, especially if that something also has pockets… swoon.

Make sure to swing on over to instagram later on today for a chance to win your own Deauville Skirt and a sweet treat from Downeast. ;-)

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*brought to you by Downeast.

  

window pane.

black and white outfit with pops of red

black, white and poppy red

kate spade bag, coat, sunnies

kate spade bag, matching coat

kate spade bag, poppy coat, window pane top

kate spade bag, window pane top, bow shoes

window pane top, kate spade bag

kate spade bow bag

Coat: ASOS.(also similar here.) Top: JCrew Factory (on sale!) Pants: Gap. Shoes: JCrew Factory. Bag: Kate Spade. Necklace: J Crew Factory. (similar.) Sunglasses: H&M. (similar here and here.)

I don’t know why, but this outfit felt very 60’s classic to me.  This top reminded me of Jackie O and I knew it would pair so perfectly with my favorite coat and new Kate Spade bag, so of course I bought it immediately.   I loooove the window pane pattern and it’s extra breezy and silky soft, it feels great on and will be perfect in the Caribbean next week when we leave for our vacation.  I’m itching for that getaway like whoa…

I’ve been mentally packing my bags for the last month so I’m pretty stoked that it’s finally getting close enough to start the actual packing process.  I used to be a terrible packer.  Always over packed/under prepared.  But now, I’m basically a suitcase ninja.  I ordered (yet another) new bathing suit today (it’s mint, eek!) and I can’t wait to wear it.  (Even though bathing suit shopping is kind of a nightmare when you’re working around a teeny-tiny chest like mine…)  Also, I know some of you were looking for some more affordable bathing suit options after my last swim wear post, and while I’ll always recommend investing in a good bathing suit, (I think it’s better to have one really really great piece that fits and you love, then 4 that you feel just meh about)  I did happen to find the literal jackpot of affordable swimwear.  I mean designer suits at 70% off… Shop here.  This one and this one are my favorites.

(FYI- this bag is a much more orangey-red than it looks in the product pictures on Kate Spade’s website, so if you are looking for a true red, be warned.  It just so happens that this orangey red is my all-time favorite so it was a happy coincidence.)

orange-red coat and matching bag

  

hatted.

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Sweatshirt: Target. (similar here.) Scarf: Old Navy- mens. (old. similar here, here and here.) Hat: Nordstrom. Jeans: Loft. Shoes: Enzo Angiolini. (similar.)

I’ve been really into winter hats this year.  This felt fedora has become a fast favorite, and I’d love to add a black one to my closet.

So, did anyone watch the Oscars last night?  I had big plans to do so and then I fell asleep early, because I’m old and tired, I guess.  But seriously, a full night’s sleep was juuuust what the doctor ordered.   So tell me, were the gowns swoon worthy this year?  Who won?  Do tell…

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anthro sale favorites.

Anthro’s awesome extra 25% off sale is happening right now, and here are my absolute favorites, although choosing favorites at Anthropologie is basically impossible.

(click the picture and it will take you right to the item.)

use code: EXTRAEXTRA at checkout.

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