Wednesday, August 15, 2018

J.Crew Factory Dressing Room Notes


I have to try on clothes to see how they fit or know if I really like them. My size is different depending on the store and the item or style of clothing. It makes shopping online, especially time-sensitive sales, a little tricky. So I thought it might be helpful to share some dressing room notes and photos for stores I frequent to help you get ready for your fall stock up. First up is J.Crew Factory. 

In the first photo I am wearing their oxford button down and skinny jeans. Although it looks a little wrinkled, the shirt has a nice weight to it, making it feel a little more high quality than some of their other shirts. It comes in this classic blue, which goes with just about everything. I'm wearing a small. 

The skinny pants have a nice fit, but the fabric does not have much give, especially in the high waist, where I found them a little tight. I couldn't find the next size up, a 28, so I'm curious to see how those fit. I especially love the rust red color of these for fall.


I was also impressed with the quality of this quilted puffer vest. It's not incredibly thick, but it does have some plush to it and the material is nice and soft. The zipper moves easily. It could be a little longer, but overall I was pretty happy with this. I'm wearing a small in navy blue.


I tried on this dress because it looked so interesting on the hanger. It has this flared skirt and floral print that seems to be really "in" for fall. I was happy with the fit and quality. I'm wearing a size 4.


Lastly, I tried on this skirt. It's lined, has pockets, and the material seems durable, which is a must for any work pieces. I'm wearing a size 4 in black. I would probably go down to a size 2, since the 4 looks a little boxy and the waist is elastic.

So what do you think? Do you like seeing dressing room notes and photos? What do you like at J.Crew Factory for fall?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Shaker Woods Festival

This weekend and next, a forest in Columbiana, OH, will turn into a crafter's/maker's paradise with more than 200 craftspeople selling their wares during the Shaker Woods Festival. I had the chance to check it out last weekend, and I was really impressed! There were countless sellers of quality handmade goods, including holiday decorations, primitive dolls, wreaths, quilts, apparel, furniture, signs, home and garden decor, soaps, toys, art, and candles. I scooped up this fabric pumpkin, wooden tray, and beeswax candle. It's definitely an interesting experience to walk through a craft fair in the woods, made even more intriguing by the crafters who are dressed as shakers.

They have live music and food vendors, so it's a fun activity for families. Wear comfortable shoes! Admission is $8. Shaker Woods is located 1 hour from Pittsburgh and 1.5 hours from Cleveland. The address is 44337 County Line Road, Columbiana, OH.

Besides my purchases, I shared a few photos of other vendors I liked and felt inspired by.










Wednesday, August 8, 2018

White Flower Earrings


Details: Baublebar Earrings / Thrifted J.Crew Top (Similar) / Articles of Society Jeans / Jack Rogers Sandals

These white flower earrings are my favorite new piece of jewelry. I've been wearing them all summer with everything from casual outfits like this one to party dresses. They add such an interesting element to any outfit whether my hair is up or down. I especially love them with this white and red striped J.Crew top I found at Goodwill. What kind jewelry have you been gravitating toward lately?

P.S. My jeans are currently 40% off at Nordstrom.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Striped Summer Espadrilles

Details: Soludos Striped Espadrille / Banana Republic Shirt Dress (On Poshmark, Similar Option)

I love these sandals! As soon as I saw them I knew I needed to have them. The stripe is perfect for summer. It can be paired with everything from crazy patterns and bright colors to this crisp, clean shirt dress. And the little bow ties had me at hello. Soludos has come out with a lot of really nice espadrilles for summer. Some are embroidered with cute phrases and others feature quirky designs like avocados or flamingos. A few Soludos Sandals are on sale as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. And as someone who is new to this brand, I can confidently report that they are very comfy! Have you bought any cute sandals this summer?





Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Meal with Scallops


Being on vacation for a week has convinced me of one thing: relaxation time is essential. It wasn't until I had to force myself to do nothing that I realized how much I was craving that time for myself. Now that I'm back to my regular life, I'm hoping to accomplish that a little bit each day by doing a little bit less. Dinner time is one of those areas where I feel like I can cut back. Sometimes I take on overly ambitious meals during the week that I don't have time for when something simple is all I need. Take this meal for example. It took less than a half hour to prepare. Another thing I realized while on vacation is how much I love southern cuisine. While on vacation, I had the best scallops over cheesy grits at a new restaurant we tried called Peninsula Grill in downtown Charleston. This meal is like a subtle tribute to that. I hope you enjoy!

Scallops Recipe
I used this easy to follow recipe to get the timing right. 

Corn on the Cob Recipe 
Another recipe that is all about the timing. 

Tomato Salad with Burrata 
  • 2 to 3 garden tomatoes sliced 
  • Burrata cheese 
  • Basil 
  • A drizzle of balsamic vinegar  
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Garlic salt

Thursday, July 19, 2018

My Favorite Purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Gibson Blouse, $45.90
 
Now that early access has ended and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public, I thought I'd share my favorite purchases. Ever since I got rid of half of my fall/winter wardrobe last year, I've been wanting to slowly build it back up with timeless pieces. What I love about all three of these items is how versatile they are. They're great for work or play, so I know I'll get a lot of wear out of them. And I feel good about getting these high-quality brands on sale. What were your favorite purchases from the sale? What are hoping to buy during early access?



Calson Back Zip Pullover, $39.90

Calson High/Low Tunic, $29.90

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Summery Jumpsuit

Details: One Clothing Los Angeles Jumpsuit via Nordstrom (Similar jumpsuit) / Nines West Sandals

How cool is this flower print jumpsuit? It's one of those statement pieces that makes me feel like a totally different person in a good way. It's like an instant boost of confidence with its elongating features and bold print. My boyfriend bought it for my birthday this year, and I have to say he did a great job. I love the keyhole and bow in the front. Everything about it just works. And it's the easiest outfit to put together. Just throw on some heels and subtle jewelry and the jumpsuit carries the look. What has been your go to look this summer?




Monday, July 16, 2018

Kale and Apple Salad for Lunch


Kale is one of those veggies you either love or hate. I've never had any issues with it, but I don't really use it in a lot of my recipes. It wasn't until I bought a community-supported agriculture (CSA) share from a local organic farm that I really started to embrace it.

To use the kale that comes in my share every week, I've been packing kale salads for lunch. This is a very simple recipe that's easy enough to make after a long day at work and it's healthy. It's also the perfect fit for anyone who is still on the fence about kale as the tangy dijon dressing really takes away any of its bitterness. 

Here are the details. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! You can throw in any combination of fruit, nuts, and cheese. Use whatever you have on hand.

For the salad:

1 to 2 cups of kale
A handful of slivered almonds and dried cranberries
Half an apple chopped up
A sprinkling of goat cheese

For the dressing:

3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of smooth dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons of honey
A pinch of salt and pepper


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Good Pair of Denim Shorts

Details: Similar Anthropologie Body Suit / J.Crew Denim Shorts and Scarf / Jack Rogers Sandals 

The last time I owned a pair of denim shorts was in high school. I still remember wearing them with my Tommy Hilfiger polo and matching Tommy Girl perfume probably on my way to go cosmic bowling. As an adult, I didn't think they were very flattering until recently. Now I like the way they look with flowy, bohemian tops or a simple striped shirt. They go with anything. I bought this pair during the J.Crew memorial sale for 50% off, and I think they're a great investment. The fit and wash are super flattering. My only regret is that I didn't buy them in a bigger size. I think I would have liked a slightly more relaxed fit. I do like how they make my legs look longer, though!




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Avocado Grapefruit Salad

I've made it a priority to make fresh meals almost every night for dinner. No packaged or frozen meals unless that's all I have time for. With these sweltering 90-degree days we've had, it's hard to want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So I've been gravitating toward simple, no-oven-required recipes. This avocado grapefruit salad is perfect for hot summer days and it's bursting with color and flavor. All you need are a few ripe avocados, grapefruit, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, and kosher salt. I made this with fish tacos one night and it was bon appetit!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

One of the biggest sales of the year is almost is here: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you're not familiar, I'll give you a quick rundown. Every year around this time, Nordstrom debuts its fall merchandise. Instead of waiting until the end of the season to mark it down, they launch it at sale prices. This includes designers like Tory Burch and Michael Kors, which rarely go on sale, and major brands like Nike and North Face. So if you've been eyeing those Tory Burch Reva Flats or a North Face Jacket, now is the time to pounce. You likely won't find better prices all year. 

The sale opens to the public on July 20 and runs through August 5. You can get early access starting July 12 if you sign up for a Nordstrom Credit Card or Rewards Card. You certainly don't need early access to shop the sale, but it does ensure you get access to it before the more popular items sell out. A Southern Drawl wrote a great blog post about all of the details if you're still not convinced. 

The first time I shopped the sale, I felt very overwhelmed. Nordstrom has a huge selection to sort through, which can be especially stressful when you're hunting for a great deal and hoping nothing you want sells out. Here are some tips for getting the most out of it. 

J.Crew Factory Dressing Room Notes

  I have to try on clothes to see how they fit or know if I really like them. My size is different depending on the store and the item ...