let’s get nautical

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J.Crew striped sweatshirt (sold out, similar), chino sailor shorts, lucite link necklace (sold out in pink, similar); Merona ‘Celine’ striped flats in navy/ivory; Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather bracelet (old, similar).

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J.Crew striped sweatshirt (sold out, similar), chino sailor shorts, lucite link necklace (sold out in pink, similar); Merona ‘Celine’ striped flats in navy/ivory; Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather bracelet (old, similar).

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J.Crew striped sweatshirt (sold out, similar), gazebo linen pants in white, lucite link necklace (sold out in pink, similar); Merona ‘Celine’ striped flats in navy/ivory; Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather bracelet (old, similar).

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J.Crew striped sweatshirt (sold out, similar), gazebo linen pants in white, lucite link necklace (sold out in pink, similar) & Dulci suede kitten heel pumps in tropical sun; Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather bracelet (old, similar).

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J.Crew striped sweatshirt (sold out, similar), gazebo linen pants in white, lucite link necklace (sold out in pink, similar) & Dulci suede kitten heel pumps in tropical sun; Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather bracelet (old, similar).

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J.Crew Painter striped tee in red; Trouvé sailor pants; Topshop ‘Juno’ ballet pump in gold; Madewell Morocco ring; J.Crew Factory golden cuff bracelet.

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J.Crew Painter striped tee in navy & chino sailor shorts; Puma Match Lo sneakers; Harvard–Yale Regatta crimson baseball cap.

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Apologies for the delayed reviews, which were a follow-up to this post. I had intended to do this yesterday, but life (and Friday night wine) happens. The good news is that there is a new sale promo code at J.Crew (GETSHOPPING) on select styles, but it may not apply to all of the new items featured in today post. Fear not, I’m confident J.Crew will run another blanket discount code soon.

First, the two painter tees in navy and red stripes are a great value. The soft tees are true to size and I really like the longer length. They stay tucked into your pants, shorts or skirts. I ordered XS, which is my usual size, and it’s very comfortable. I plan to hang dry these so not to risk any shrinkage.

Second, the gazebo pants. As I mentioned earlier, I tried the size 0 in the store, and I fell hard for these pants. The fit is flawless and the true cropped length shows off your shoes and bare ankles. They are true to size (size 0 for me). The only downside is that they are dry clean only per the label. I’ve washed linen at home before with success but I’m not one for ironing, so….

5/23/16 Update: I returned the white Gazebo pants yesterday. Since it’s been a cold and rainy spring, I hadn’t had the opportunity to wear them. But, the fact that they were dry clean only gave me serious pause. Also, I didn’t think it was the most flattering cut in white pants for me. I am very picky when it comes to white pants or white jeans. I don’t want to exaggerate my shorter legs and I feel that white on the bottom half of my outfit could make that feature more prominent. Oh well, back to the drawing board for white jeans that are machine washable.

Third, the chino sailor shorts. I think they run just a bit large (I’m wearing my usual size 0), but I’m keeping these anyway since size 00 is currently sold out online and they may shrink in the dryer. I’d rather have a looser fit for my shorts anyway, I hate wedgies when I wear shorts.

Lastly, no outfit picture, but I am keeping the halter bikini top & ruched bikini bottom in brilliant periwinkle. I purchased both in my usual J.Crew swimwear size (size Small) and the fit is spot on. The halter top is a nice change from my usual string bikini top and the ruched bikini bottom is very vintage pin-up girl, which is also a departure from my go-to string bikini bottoms. Both pieces definitely offer more coverage than J.Crew’s “modest coverage” string bikini tops and bottoms, but they’re not entering the mature bikini realm either.

Are you planning to buy anything from J.Crew for this spring and summer?

Also, don’t forget the Macy’s Friends & Family event ends on May 2nd (see my sale picks here)!

Have a great weekend! xx

tomboy mood

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Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren bomber jacket; Madewell Chambray courier shirt in buckley wash & Ensign necklace in silver ox; Rag & Bone/JEAN ‘The Dre’ skinny boyfriend jeans in bradford; Adidas ‘Superstar’ sneakers.

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Madewell Chambray courier shirt in buckley wash & Ensign necklace in silver ox; Rag & Bone/JEAN ‘The Dre’ skinny boyfriend jeans in bradford; Adidas ‘Superstar’ sneakers.

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Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren bomber jacket; Madewell Chambray courier shirt in buckley wash & Ensign necklace in silver ox; Rag & Bone/JEAN ‘The Dre’ skinny boyfriend jeans in bradford; Adidas ‘Superstar’ sneakers.

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Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren bomber jacket; Madewell Chambray courier shirt in buckley wash & Ensign necklace in silver ox; Rag & Bone/JEAN ‘The Dre’ skinny boyfriend jeans in bradford; Adidas ‘Superstar’ sneakers.

Yesterday was grey and cool (where you at, spring?), so I went for cozy and easy for my tomboy inspired outfit. Everything I’m wearing are recent purchases, so I will give a review of each item.

I’ve been wanting a classic bomber jacket since last year but I waited for a sale, the right shade of olive green (not too dark, not too light) and the right amount of warmth (for transitional weather). I found the perfect jacket that ticks all the boxes in my Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren find. I originally ordered a size XS (my usual size) but it ran very small. I could still zip up the jacket (over a thin tee, but it did not work well over a lightweight sweater) but it was tight across the chest/back area where it wasn’t comfortable to raise my arms. So I returned it with the hopes of an exchange for a Small or Medium. Ralph Lauren online sent me a Medium and I am very happy with the sizing. It fits nicely over a thick sweater or multiple layers and I can raise my arms with ease. I’m not swimming in the Medium, so it’s a win. I also love the bright orange lining, which adds a classic touch. Online promo code PRIVATE16 provides an extra 15% off.

I finally got the Madewell courier shirt (I tried this on a couple of years ago here) and I’m glad I waited for the chambray version. I bought a size XXS so it runs large, I would order one size smaller than your usual. It has the perfect drape to it and chambray matches with everything so this shirt will be in constant rotation for me. I also ordered the Ensign necklace in silver. If it looks familiar to you, it’s because I already have it in gold (seen here, here & here). The length and weight of this necklace is the best for tees, slouchy shirts, sweaters and vests (basically everything).

The Rag & Bone ‘The Dre’ skinny boyfriend jeans are a reboot of an earlier pair that I bought a couple of years ago during a Nordstrom anniversary sale (seen here, here & here). I can’t wear the jeans anymore since they are too large on me now. I really missed those jeans because it was one of my favorite pairs of nicer jeans. By the way, the only other pair of more expensive jeans that I’ve replaced with a smaller size are my Current/Elliott ‘Stiletto’ skinny jeans (seen here & here), which is another hands down favorite.

I ordered a size 24, which is one size smaller than my usual 25, because I wanted a more fitted look for the jeans. I’m glad I did because the fit is spot on and the more you wear it, it does stretch out just a smidge (in a good way, not in a bad-saggy-butt-and-knees way). The jeans are on sale at Nordstrom, so sizes will sell out quickly.

Lastly, how amazing are these old school Adidas Superstar sneakers? I recently bought a pair for my husband at his request and it was love at first sight for me. All the awesome 80’s hip hop memories came flooding back, so I had to get a pair for myself. The shell toes and thick laces just kill me, these sneakers are straight-up legit.

I love a good tomboy look and all of the classic pieces you see here can easily pair with a lot of my clothes in my closet.

I plan on doing a follow-up on my recent J.Crew purchase blog post (find it here) later today since the current online 30% off promo SCORE expires tonight, so check back if you want some reviews.

Happy Friday! xx

gingham style

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J.Crew gingham linen tunic (similar) & studded leather belt in navy (similar); Paige Denim ‘Skyline’ ankle peg skinny jeans in optic white; Vans leather sneakers in navy (old, similar); Banana Republic Margeaux sunglasses; Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather cuff (old, similar).

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J.Crew Factory grey gingham shirt (old, similar); J.Crew lucite link necklace in pink (sold out in pink, similar) & Dulci suede kitten heel pumps in tropical sun (similar here); Topshop cigarette cropped pants in grey (similar); Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather cuff (old, similar).

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J.Crew gingham linen tunic (similar) & studded leather belt in navy (similar); Paige Denim ‘Skyline’ ankle peg skinny jeans in optic white; Vans leather sneakers in navy (old, similar); Banana Republic Margeaux sunglasses; Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather cuff (old, similar).

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J.Crew Factory grey gingham shirt (old, similar); J.Crew lucite link necklace in pink (sold out in pink, similar) & Dulci suede kitten heel pumps in tropical sun (similar here); Topshop cigarette cropped pants in grey (similar); Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar) & studded white leather cuff (old, similar).

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I’m breaking out a springtime favorite–gingham–for J.Crew’s Instagram challenge this week. My navy gingham linen tunic was worn in yesterday’s outfit and the checked print looks fresh yet classic with white denim. Today’s grey outfit matches the grey weather outside but I punched it up with some bright colors: yellow pumps and a pink necklace. I’ve been meaning to break out my gingham for spring, so this challenge was a fun reminder. You should check out all the looks, including Jenna Lyons’s, at #jcrewchallenge on Instagram.

Happy Wednesday to you! xx

macy’s friends & family sale

Just in time for treating mom for Mother’s Day or yourself. Promo code FRIEND provides an extra 25% off (or 10% off for electronics, furniture, etc.) until May 2nd and free shipping with a minimum $25 purchase. Exclusions apply, such as cosmetics/fragrances and certain brands.

Here are my picks:

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Pom Pom necklace.

How fun is this necklace? I’m on a colorful Pom Pom kick after wearing my Sam Edelman Gretchen sandals (shown here, here & here). This necklace will snazz up a tee or dress in a flash.

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Sanctuary striped lace-up top.

I love this lace-up top, it’s cozy, soft and the black stripes pretty much matches with everything. I purchased a XS and it’s true to size with a relaxed fit. I’m wearing it here and here.

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Sanctuary lace-up blouse.

Another lace-up top that I really love. This is silky (polyester so it’s machine washable) and has a dressier feel. You can wear it untucked (it’s almost a tunic length) or tucked in. I bought a size XS and it’s true to size. I’m wearing it here and here.

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Camo shorts.

I love camo and I needed a new pair of camo shorts (my old pair from Madewell are too big for me to wear). I like the longer inseam on this pair and you can easily adjust the length by cuffing them.

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Striped lace-up tee & Cropped straight leg pants.

This lace-up tee is too cute and more interesting than your everyday t-shirt. It will look so fresh with white denim or your favorite pair of chinos.

These pants remind me of the Nordstrom cropped chino pants I purchased last summer (they’ve since sold out). I immediately noticed that this item has 72 very positive online reviews. Women really love the fit and feel of these pants, whether you’re curvy or not, and there’s a hint of spandex in the fabric. It also comes in eight colors.

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Sunday Funday leather crossbody bag.

Doesn’t this little circular bag make you thirsty for mimosas and hungry for Eggs Benedict? It comes in two other colors, milk and poppy, besides black. I love a little circle bag, as you can see my Rebecca Minkoff bag here. You could wear this bag everyday, that’s where the Funday comes in.

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Home state sterling silver necklace.

This sterling silver pendant necklace is great way to show off your love for your home state or country (they have the United States as well). As you can see, I’m a proud Jersey Girl through and through.

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Adidas Superstar sneakers.

You cannot get more old school (hip hop) classic than Superstars. The shell toes and three stripes will live forever in cool hall of fame. It looks like athletic sneakers are excluded from the FRIEND promo code, but I cannot wait to get these nonetheless.

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Easy Tiger espadrilles; Aloha Beaches espadrilles; Bomb Shell espadrilles; Rosé All Day espadrilles; Queen Bee espadrilles.

I have the Rosé All Day espadrilles and they are a riot to wear. I get compliments and they’re a fun conversation starter. I have a size 8 and they are true to size. They’re shown here and here. If rosé is not your thing or your mom’s, I think the other tongue-in-cheek espadrilles would make you or her smile. Queen Bee, anyone?

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There you have it, my MVP Macy’s friends & family picks. See anything you like?

Have a great Monday and week! xx

overalls friday

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Madewell skinny overalls & lightvision earrings; Sanctuary lace-up blouse; Kate Spade New York initial necklace; Target Muk Luks slide sandals.

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Madewell skinny overalls & lightvision earrings; Sanctuary lace-up blouse; Kate Spade New York initial necklace; Target Muk Luks slide sandals.

I was recently reminded by a commenter (thank you very much, by the way!) about my Madewell overalls, so I put this outfit together. A little grown-up with a silky lace-up blouse and very comfortable with the slide sandals and overalls. The blouse is long enough that it stays tucked into the overalls and it has an elegant drape to it. This look is very easy to do and wear.

Have a great Friday and RIP Prince (I’m still in shock that he’s gone). 💜💔💜

j.crew TIMETOSHOP/CARDSCORE picks & reviews

First, do not delay since both promo codes at J.Crew expire at 11:59 pm tonight. TIMETOSHOP will provide a 30% off your purchase on selected regular and sale priced items whereas CARDSCORE is a 30% off regular priced items but a 40% off sale items but you must pay with your J.Crew store card for CARDSCORE to apply.

Second, I visited the J.Crew store shortly before my Cabo trip and I got to try on a few items that I’ve been eyeing online and in the monthly catalogues. This is where the reviews come in.

Here are my picks and reviews:

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J.Crew Ruffle sleeve striped top in navy, Ruffle sleeve striped shift dress in black & Ruffle sleeve striped top in black.

This top and dress are adorable with the festive sleeves. It takes your stripe game to a whole other level. The sizing is generous in the torso, I had to size down to XXS (I’m normally a XS). Plus, the sleeves did not pouf or stick out as much when I sized down. I’m wearing a size XXS in the first picture (navy stripes) and a size XS in the second and third pics (black stripes dress and top). I bought the navy striped top.

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J.Crew frayed white denim skirt; J.Crew Factory sweatshirt (old, similar).

I’m wearing a size 24 on the left and a size 25 (my usual) on the right. Both sizes were comfortable but I had to size down because the back yoke of the size 25 skirt was poufing out. The size 24 lay flat in the front and back, so it came home and to Cabo with me. Here was my outfit in Cabo:

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Free People off-the-shoulder top in chambray; J.Crew frayed white denim skirt; Sam Edelman Gretchen sandals in golden caramel; Madewell circle pendant necklace (old, similar) & lightvision earrings; J.Crew Factory golden cuff bracelet.

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J.Crew Painter striped tee in navy and red.

This is a great sale value. It’s already on sale for $19.99 but with the respective aforementioned discounts, the t-shirt nets to $13.99 or $11.99 each. I plan on wearing these with my navy sailor pants and white sailor shorts (coming up next). They also have the tee in grey and in light blue, but I feel the navy and red stripes are the most striking and nautical inspired.

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J.Crew Gazebo pant in white & chino sailor shorts.

I tried on the Gazebo pants during my store visit, but I didn’t have time to snap a picture. They weren’t on sale that day so I held off until now. They are a true crop length on me with a 23″ inseam and the fit is so flattering. It’s true to size (I got a size 0) and the linen fabric has a nice weight and drape to it. The white color pant was lined very well. It’s a dressier pant for the warmer months and they will showcase your waist (if your top is tucked in) and your pretty sandals or shoes.

I have not seen the shorts in person but how cute are they? I hope they fit well.

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J.Crew halter bikini top & ruched bikini bottom in brilliant periwinkle.

Another great sale value with this bikini in this colorway (select colors are on sale). My husband loves this shade of blue and it’s one of the Pantone colors of the year, Serenity blue. I bought a size Small in both pieces, which is my usual J.Crew swimwear size. This shade of blue should really contrast well with a nice summer tan.

Are you planning to shop the sale at J.Crew? What your your faves?

Cabo outfits

I just got back from Cabo and it was perfect–the natural beauty and weather were simply stunning. It was a welcome respite.

We stayed at the One & Only Palmilla again and it did not disappoint, in fact it was better than we had remembered. The level of service and attention to detail was among the best we have ever experienced.

Here a few of my outfits from the trip:

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Sanctuary lace-up striped top; J.Crew frayed white denim skirt; Ray Ban Light Ray sunglasses; Cara love knot hinge bracelet (old, similar).

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J.Crew tropical sea fan bikini top & bikini bottom; Ray Ban aviator sunglasses; FitBit One in burgundy (clipped on my bikini top, in case you were wondering what that was).

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Free People off-the-shoulder top in chambray; J.Crew frayed white denim skirt; Sam Edelman Gretchen sandals in golden caramel; Madewell circle pendant necklace (old, similar) & lightvision earrings; J.Crew Factory golden cuff bracelet.

The J.Crew white denim skirt was a quick purchase before I left for Cabo. I really love it! I had to size down from my normal, so I bought a 24. The frayed hem is really cool but it does become much more frayed when you wash it. I washed it inside out on the gentle cycle and low heat tumble dry. In the future, I will wash it in a large lingerie bag and just hang dry.

Happy Wednesday! xx

when it’s still sweater weather

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Bella Freud 1970 sweater in red; Madewell skinny fatigue pants in british surplus; Puma Match Lo sneakers.

My outfit from last Sunday morning, when it was freezing and it had snowed like crazy the day before. C’mon spring, let’s go!

My skinny fatigue pants were a recent purchase (detailed review here of the other available color, burnished mahogany, where the fit is exactly the same). Something different from jeans, but not too dressy.

The Bella Freud sweater is always a mood booster, this bright orangey red was everything.

Have a good evening! xx

the target, madewell & j.crew review

Here is a review follow-up from my recent Madewell sale blog post (discussed here) and Target shoe post (found here). The J.Crew bikini was not previously mentioned here (due to two previous unsuccessful attempts at finding a new bikini), but I finally found a winner.

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Madewell lo-fi striped tee in camel/ivory & skinny fatigue pants in burnished mahogany; Puma match lo sneakers.

The striped tee and skinny fatigue pants are true to size (I’m wearing an XS and 25, respectively) and the fit is perfect for both. A big sigh of relief since they were final sale items. I really like the retro Brady Bunch vibe of the striped tee. The deep red color of the fatigue pants is gorgeous in person and is different from the typical olive or tan colors you see for this type of pant.

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Madewell embroidered tassel top in almost black & skinny fatigue pants in burnished mahogany; Target Muk Luks slide sandals.

The Madewell embroidered tassel top is a great buy, the shirt is extraordinary with all the many embroidered details and even the tassels are well-done. It is true to size (I’m wearing an XS). It’s lightweight but not sheer due to the saturated black color.

The Target rose gold slide sandals are good but not great. I’m keeping them because I paid so little for them during the BOGO promo and I really need them as a replacement for flip flops (they tear the skin at my toes). The top part of the shoe is sort of cheap looking, almost like cardboard covered in shiny rose gold. But the rest of the slides is nice. I like the thick white sole and the faux suede footbed feels good under my feet. I also like the look of the sandals overall, so fashion-forward with the white and rose gold.

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Madewell bandana in cream (sold out in cream, but indigo & coral are still available) & lightvision earrings.

I’m impressed with the bandana, it’s cotton but more delicate like a voile. The graphic design sets it apart from all the other bandanas out there. I ordered the indigo and coral colors but they are backordered.

How cute are the earrings? They are small in scale and very lightweight, which I appreciate in an earring. Can’t wait to wear these.

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J.Crew tropical sea fan string bikini top & bikini bottom.

The third time’s the charm in finding a new bikini. I really love the tropical sea fan print, it reminds me of an aloha shirt. The sizing is what I expected from past seasons of J.Crew swimwear. It’s not the recent shrunken sized versions that I’ve been reading about online and further confirmed by my purchase & return a few weeks ago with the sea spray Italian matte bikini. I’m wearing a size Small (one size up from my usual for everything else, but my normal bathing suit size). I can’t wait to wear this bikini, I’m jonesing for hot temps.

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Have you been shopping for spring and summer stuff? Would love to hear about what excites you for the warmer weather.

Happy Thursday! xx

preppy

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L.L. Bean Signature fisherman sweater & 8″ bean boots in navy/kelly green; J.Crew striped tissue turtleneck t-shirt in navy/ivory; Levi’s Capital E skinny jeans (old, similar); Banana Republic Margeaux sunglasses (green sold out, other colors here)(a green pair).

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L.L. Bean Signature fisherman sweater & 8″ bean boots in navy/kelly green; J.Crew striped tissue turtleneck t-shirt in navy/ivory; Levi’s Capital E skinny jeans (old, similar); Banana Republic Margeaux sunglasses (green sold out, other colors here)(a green pair).

My outfit from last Sunday when it was blustery and chilly. I was smiling because the sun was finally shining after a rainy and overcast week. I got to wear my new Margeaux sunnies from Banana Republic, which are a gorgeous grayed jade color. I was in a Banana Republic store about a week ago and they were running a 50% off your first item + 40% off all remaining items. I was thrilled to find these sunglasses because they fit my face and head comfortably and my eyebrows weren’t fully covered by the frames. But, I was first drawn to the light green color–perfect for spring. It had to be fate, a great fit and 50% off? Yes, please!

Happy Wednesday to you! xx

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