Monday, May 20, 2024

Americana Flag Sweater: Ralph Lauren vs. Tuckernuck

Ralph Lauren (left)// Tuckernuck (right)

I wanted to chat about flag sweaters with you all because I love a good flag sweater. They are timeless and great for kids, men, grandparents... literally anyone and everyone. It's a staple I wear SO much, and I also wear it year-round. I'm updating this post I wrote in February because I found a few more flag sweaters to add into the mix in case you are shopping for one, considering Memorial Day weekend and 4th of July are around the corner, so scroll to the bottom to see the updates! 

I have both the Tuckernuck flag sweater and the Ralph Lauren flag sweater. Many other brands also offer flag sweaters, but I will focus on these two since I own them both! 

Cost:
Tuckernuck: $248
Ralph Lauren: $398

Materials:
Tuckernuck: 100% cotton
Ralph Lauren: 100% cotton

Sizing:
Tuckernuck: It's true to size, but you could size down for a closer fit. It's roomy/boyfriend-style, but I love that.
Ralph Lauren: True to size, a slimmer, closer fit vs. Tucekrnuck. 

Fit: 
Tuckernuck: both the neckline and the sleeve hems are rolled, which is nice and adds to the casual vibe of the sweater. The neckline is between a crew and a mock neck. the length is a bit longer and more a-line than the Ralph Lauren sweater. 
Ralph Lauren: This is a true, classic crewneck sweater that hits right at the hip and has a flattering, slimmer fit. 

My thoughts:
Tuckernuck: For being about $150 less, I prefer the Tuckernuck version, so if you are considering one or the other, the Tuckernuck is less costly but just as nice as the Ralph Lauren. If you prefer a more classic crewneck style, Tuckernuck makes a version for $298, which is still $100 less than the Ralph Lauren version. 

Ralph Lauren: I love this Ralph Lauren sweater. I've had it for over 10 years, and it has held up perfectly. It is high quality and classic. I don't love the RL logo on the sweater; it's unnecessary. My husband has this one in navy, and it looks so handsome on him. 

The stars are embroidered on both, and nothing is printed on either.  

Bottom Line:
You can't go wrong with either, but when it comes down to price, you can save $150 and go with the Tuckernuck option, and I think you'd be just as happy! 

Scroll below to see many outfits of how I have styled both sweaters over the years and seasons. 














My husband has the men's Ralph Lauren version in Navy blue.

UPDATE:

Over the last few months, quite a few new options worth sharing have popped up. All of them are budget-friendly, too!




This sweater is a great option for under $50. It's 100% cotton, and it fits true to size. The quality is great. The only thing that's pretty different from the Tuckernuck and RL options is that the starts are not stitched on. I do think the stars being stitched on gives it a nicer look, but at under $50, it's still a beautiful sweater!

The sweater sells out but pops back in stock, so if you see it sold out, it's worth keeping an eye on. There is also a great option via Target. it's a cotton/poly blend, so I'd say choose the ON option first before considering the Target option! 

More flag sweater options:

Friday, May 17, 2024

Weekend Wish List

Happy weekend! I wanted to say a very big happy birthday to my Grammie, who is 98 years old today! She is on social media and stops by my blog occasionally, so I know she will see this! I love her dearly and am looking forward to celebrating her tonight! 

Today's weekend wish list is filled with colors and prints! I can't believe we are just a week from Memorial Day weekend so I added a few fun red, white, and blue pieces into the mix! 

Some items of note... 
- This Floral Dress is absolutely stunning! I love the print, the colors, the linen fabric; it's all perfect!

- This Fringe Skirt has metallic woven throughout, making it SO fun. It's begging for a dance floor! 

- I love this Printed Denim because the colors are just so beautiful together. 

- This Lobster Bag is a fun novelty for summer and under $50!


Some items of note... 
- These American Flag Placemat are gorgeous and so perfect for summertime! 

- I love this Tennis Skort because it's made with pique fabric making it unique!

- Ordering this Striped Top immediately. I absolutely LOVE it. 

See last week's Weekend Wish List, here!

For your weekend reading, here are blog posts you may have missed from this week:





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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Lately


Earrings I wear often

I've been living in this lounge set all week!



I hope you are all having a lovely week. It's been a very standard week around here. Nothing all that exciting to report.

I got my new car and many of you asked what kind of car I purchased. I bought a Volvo XC60 which is a mid-size SUV. I am really liking it so far. If you have been following for any length of time, then you know how particular I am about a beige interior for a car. Not many offer beige anymore, especially beige leather seats that also have a beige interior roof. A lot of beige interiors have black/dark ceilings. 

I don't know anything about cars and have no interest in them. I see them as nothing more than an expensive necessity and so the only thing that matters to me is that it has beige interior. After I narrowed down what brands offered mid-size SUVs with fully beige interiors, that's when I made sure whatever I was buying was safe and didn't have any weird issues. When everything was narrowed down to beige interior, it really cut out so many options and the search became a lot less overwhelming. There were a few brands I learned to stay away from after researching a bunch. I was between this, the Audi Q5, and the VW Atlas. I think VW makes the very best beige interior. It's the perfect shade of creamy and warm but I felt that the Atlas was too large for my liking. I was nervous driving it. The Audi Q5 was great and very comparable to the Volvo but the Volvo ended up having a little more trunk space. I'm a big VW gal, my girlfriend drives the Audi, and my sister has the Volvo so that also drew me to these brands as I was able to talk to them and they gave their cars glowing reviews. I'm really liking it so far and have no complaints. 

I have some fun plans on deck, which is always nice! Tonight I'm getting together with some girlfriends at one of my favorite restaurants and tomorrow we are celebrating my Grammie's 98th birthday!!!! 98!!!! Can you believe it?! I really cannot and feel so fortunate to have her in my life! She is the best! Then we have plans to get together with friends later this weekend! I also think we may squeeze in a trip to the Strip for some shopping!


Wearing: I just got this Dress from a new-to-me brand, Never a Wallflower for an Instagram collaboration and I love it so much. It's so well made and kind of reminds me of Tory Sport pieces! Are you following me on the LikeToKnowIt app?! You can shop all of my outfits, favorite finds, and more in the app. I am constantly updating it with the latest! You can also access all of my posts, here, if you don't use LTK!

Eating: I made my favoriteBurrata Pasta recipe. I used a fresh pasta brand from Whole Foods and it was delicious! It's seriously the perfect summer dish because it's light and fresh. I used the leftover burrata the next day for lunch and made pesto toast (Whole Foods sourdough bread is my favorite thing ever). I topped with prosciutto, burrata, salt, pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil. YUM!
Drinking: I got the Orin Swift cabernet after it being highly recommended by so many and I liked it but I didn't think it was anything amazing. I will say, it was better after I let it breathe for a while! I feel like this is a highly liked and popular wine so I was disappointed that I didn't love it more. Especially because the price point isn't terrible and it's readily available here in PA (with our goofy liquor laws). Oh well! I want to try the 8 years in the desert blend next as some have said it is better! 

Sale: One of my fave bras on sale in a few colors! I love that it doesn't have much padding and is so comfortable to wear. 

Watching:
 I'm watching 90 Day FiancĂ©: before the 90 days season 6 and let me tell you... it's one of the better seasons. It's such a mindless show but I can't get enough. It's on TLC. 

Loving: This nautical sweater looks like Ralph Lauren or The Great but is under $100!

Wanting: This is kind of silly, but I've always favored half-zip pullovers over full-zip ones. However, in the past year or so, I've been loving full-zip things. I have no idea why! I have the half-zip version of this pullover but am eyeing the full-zip! This yellow tweed dress is gorgeous- I love the neckline! These pants are in my cart. I am so drawn to the colors, what do you all think of them? I love our Wustof knives but wow, these with the blue. handles are so pretty! I was actually able to snag our set on major sale from WS during a MDW sale many years ago! This is such a cute sundress under $150. 

Amazon Rec: I published my May Amazon finds this week! I also wanted to recommend this Pet Car Hammock. I got a new car last week so I ordered a new hammock for Henry. I used this exact hammock in my Passat and loved it so I just repurchsed it for my new car! It is high quality, easy to clean, and is beige which is hard to find. You can find more of my Amazon favorites, here on my Amazon page where I am constantly updating it with all of my finds and top picks from home, beauty, fashion, and more!

Quoting: 'The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.' - Tibetan Proverb // See more of my favorites, here.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

May Amazon Finds


April Amazon finds did not happen, which I'm annoyed about, but I just didn't have enough 'worthy' finds to share with you all. So, May will be extra packed full of goodies! I'm always updating my Amazon storefront page. You can check out January's finds and February and March!


Gold Stretchy BraceletFaux Diamond Bangle BraceletGold Coin Earrings// These are 3 pieces of costume jewelry I ordered for our Mexico trip as I didn't bring any of my real jewelry with me! I was actually pleased with all 3 of these pieces! The faux diamond bangle looks so much like my real one and I got three of the stretchy bracelets to stack. The coin earrings were a nice statement stud and matched with everything! 

Travel Steamer// I love using a steamer on things, but my usual steamer is cumbersome for travel so this is what I like to bring along with me in a suitcase. It's smaller and less powerful but does a good enough job and is dual voltage so you can take it anywhere!

Six Blue and White Votives// These are currently in my cart! Aren't they so cute?! You could even get citronella votives to put inside for an outdoor tablescape. 

Portable Light// I use this to film things sometimes! It's the best light I have used and so portable. It has a few different settings, which is also nice and easy to charge. 

Sunglasses// I got these before I went to Mexico last month, and I love them. They look much nicer than the price suggests. 

Tub O Towels// These are great! If you need to remove a stain or clean something quickly, these towels are efficient. You should test a small spot before you go to town, but I've never had an issue with them messing up any surface. I mostly use them in the car! 

Mosquito Patches// Mosquitos love me. I loathe putting on bug spray because of how it smells and the feel of it on my skin. These patches are like stickers you can place on your clothing to keep mosquitos away. 

Knit Coverup// I love this coverup. I wore it for a bachelorette boat day last month in black and it's easy breezy because of the open-knit pattern. I also love the open-back. This comes in so many color options!


Eyelet Top// This is currently in my cart. I think it looks adorable, and I love eyelet during the summer months. 

Scalloped Pillows// These have good reviews, and I love the different color options. In the reviews, someone monogrammed them for their bed, which looks adorable. 

Set of 12 Dinner Napkins// Napkins are so pricey, but this set of 12 is a great price and they come in many colors. 

Sweater// This is giving me Varley vibes for much less. 

Solar Lights// I have these in our backyard, which look beautiful. They have held up through the winter and still look great! They give off a warm light which was important to me!

Cardigan// This is a cute and classic cardigan that comes in many colors!

Outdoor Lantern// This is currently in my cart. I think these look beautiful, and I like that you can hang them on a shepherd's hook! 

Sandals// These are inexpensive and would make a cute pool sandal! 


Monthly Amazon Finds:
January 

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