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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Randoms

Alright, I'm doing random things again today based on the photos from my iPhone and other things that have been going on since last week. I love doing this post because it's much less 'staged' and much more 'real life' (see last week's post, here). 

First up is this awesome Bose speaker. I was at the Verizon store getting the iPhone 6 and spotted this micro speaker. It is super small and packs an awesome sound. This has totally been added to my Christmas list. 

I've been wearing these two necklaces together (monogram and tiny pendant) and love the look. It's simple but adds a nice amount of sparkle. If you want to order the monogram for someone for Christmas, just a heads up, it takes 4 weeks to arrive. Mine came much quicker than 4 weeks (more like 2-3ish), but I wouldn't risk it! 

This is me laughing at my mom who told me, right before I walked out the door, that I couldn't wear white after Labor Day... I wore my white pants from Country Squire Haberdashery to watch Monday Night Football... I felt the tennis shoes lent themselves to a sporty night ;) 

I tried a new color the other day called Don't Burst My Bubble by OPI. I usually stick to my tried and true colors, but felt like changing things up. The photo makes it look way 'whiter' than it is.. It's a subtle but opaque pink. Very neutral which is what I was looking for. 

I've been taking Mac on lots of errands with me lately. I try to make him sit in the back, but he always ends up coming up front with me. He's just so cute, I can't get enough. 

Town and Country is killing it with their latest issues. I'm a big fan and had so much fun visiting their HQ in Hearst Tower when I was in New York. I finally had time to catch up on all of the most recent issues and definitely recommend T&C to everyone! 

If you've been reading SW for a while, then you know how much I love Donald Robertson (past post here). I have this awesome idea for a commission for him that I know he has definitely not done yet... ohhh one day. Anyways, he just collaborated with J. Crew and It. Is. Awesome. It doesn't look like they are available online, but they are in stores and priced at $45. Would make an awesome gift for a Drawbertson fan! 

I wore my leather jacket out the other night. I forget that I own this 99% of the time and it always ends up in the back of my closet. I've had it for years, but rarely wear it (last worn here). But when I do, I always feel so 'hip' (I'm laughing at myself as I type this). However, It reminded me that I think a leather jacket is something that everyone should have in their wardrobe. It's a lot more basic than you would think and it is so perfect for this in -between-weather. Not to mention, I find it goes with everything in the 'going out' outfit department, but also looks super chic paired with cashmere. If you're looking for a good quality jacket, check out this one. It's priced low for a leather jacket, which is great, not to mention, the fit is more of a classic style rather than something overly trendy. 

Anything you've been loving in the past week? Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cozy Sweats

I should first preface this by saying that I almost never (although, never say never, right?) leave my house in sweatpants... Ironically, I've already done a post about sweats on Summer Wind. So, I do wear sweats, a lot... you'll just never see me in them ;). 

I wear out a pair or two each season from getting so much wear. I'm pretty sure I am always freezing cold 99.9% of the time starting in December and going through February. I mean, my guiltiest pleasure is coming home from work in the dead of winter, and immediately putting on the coziest, most comfortable, warmest thing I own... usually that's a combination of cashmere and fleece. I have a few pairs of old navy fleece sweats that I absolutely love, however, they've seen better days (they're so bad it's embarrassing, actually) and ON has since discontinued them. I also like to feel 'chill' and 'sporty' when I'm just hanging out on the weekend watching a movie or whatever.... yes, I just admitted to that. 

I have been hunting for a super cozy pair of fleece sweats and wouldn't you know, the J. Crew men's sweatpants are much warmer and cozier than the women's. I tried them on in store in a size small... they pretty much fit and were actually flattering as far as sweatpants go. I left the store without purchasing because I felt weird about wearing men's sweatpants, but then I couldn't stop thinking about how cozy they were. So, I hopped online and ordered a pair... I'm glad I did, because they can be monogrammed online and are currently 25% off with code TGIFALL. 

I also found this pair from Nordstrom... love the color and look, but unsure about the fit and material. I think I'll order a pair and report back! 

So if you are looking for warm sweats, these are the pair for you. Do you have a go-to pair? Have a fabulous day! 

Yours,

JMcLaughlin LBD



Dress// Sunglasses// Heels (similar, similar)// Pearls 

This dress is definitely one of my favorite pieces in my closet. It is J.McLaughlin's Grace dress and I have worn it to about every event and occasion since I received it. To start off, it's about as comfortable as dresses come. Not to mention, the cut is flattering and conservative with the perfect amount of 'flirt' in the skirt. It pairs perfectly with pearls as seen above, but I've also been doing a bold statement necklace and bright clutch to punch things up. For work, I've been pairing it with blazers and cashmere cardigans, but it also makes the perfect party frock. Definitely one of those 'multipurpose' wear a million times kind of dress! 

As far as sizing goes, it's a bit roomy, so I would suggest sizing down if you are in between sizes. I can't wait to wear this during the holidays and pair with plaid accents like this scarf (last worn, here). Have you found the perfect LBD for the upcoming holiday season? There is nothing I love more than a perfect little black dress paired with plenty of pearls! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours, 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Educate Yourself

I have been very fortunate in life to have visited some pretty amazing places in the world. Fun vacations, weekend trips, incredible historical museums, etc. My parents were never the kind to 'leave us behind' when they traveled. Looking back on this at 24, I greatly appreciate it. Wherever they went, Callie and I were always in tow, and that is something I have most definitely not taken for granted.
My dad is one of 'those adults' that loves to read. He takes after my grandfather, in that they love digesting all sorts of information. Biographies, political novels, any newspaper they can get a hold of. If you don't know what to give my dad as a gift, I tell people that a book is always appropriate. Same went for my grandpa. Our house is filled to the brim with all sorts of books. 
Well, on family trips, I used to loathe that my dad would make us sit around while he read all the plaques, brochures, pamphlets, etc. I remember Callie and I would complain and walk ahead and just in general get crabby about the fact that he wanted to 'read it all'.
In hindsight, Callie and I were rude to act this way. I say this, because in the recent years, I have caught myself trying to read everything. I have become almost obsessed, really. I will read labels at the grocery store, plaques at museums, books, magazines... pretty much anything. I think part of the reason is because I am out of school, I feel like I need to be responsible for further educating myself. I like to know bits and pieces of everything. I'm really into fashion as you can tell from my blog, but I also like to know what's going on in other facets of the world. I like to know about new wines, what's going on in politics (from both sides), what is the latest in science, the coolest tech innovations, etc. I'm always checking Mashable and AdWeek, as those are my two favorites. 
I saw the above quote and loved it. It's pretty much what inspired me to write this post. Educating yourself is one of the easiest and most important things to do in life. It's your responsibility, though. It can be easy to sit for hours on social media sites and online shopping, believe me, I know. But the feeling of 'knowing whats up' in the world is awesome. I think there is no greater feeling than hearing someone much older than me talking about something going on in the world, and I know enough to contribute to the conversation. It's fun to see that 'shock factor' on their face, too. 

How do continue to educate yourself as a post grad? Have a fabulous day! 

Yours,