Wearing Madewell, buying Madewell, and somehow I miraculously did not spill coffee all over myself once second after this was snapped.
How awesome is this embroidery?!
Ft. Lonesome hard at work
My gal pals Bethany (left) and Gabby (right)
Jordan, the awesome lady behind these great Madewell events
There are a lot of brands I like, but Madewell continues to knock it out of the park. Their chic and understated offerings are the backbone of my closet. They have killer designer collaborations. My local Madewell has killer pop-up events with amazing local brands.
They also hit a home run in one of my soft-spot categories: recycling. Do you know that you can insulate a house with denim? It takes 500 to 1,000 pairs of old jeans to insulate They’ve partnered with Blue Jeans Go Green™ to recycle your denim.
It’s super easy.
Step one: Find jeans your don’t wear/don’t want anymore.
Step two: Bring them to Madewell. They take care of sending them to Blue Jeans Go Green™.
Step three: Get $20 off the purchase of a new pair of jeans.
The hardest part is remembering to grab the old jeans as you leave your place. It took me a few trips out the door before I remembered my bag of denim, but I have faith in you. There isn’t an expiration date on this program, so don’t worry about missing it if you forget it the first time. (Read about the program and find a participating location here.)
These pictures are from Madewell’s fall denim tour, which featured custom embroidery by Fort Lonesome. Thank you to Gabby, for these awesome pictures!
Sweater: A Ruby / Denim: Madewell / Tote: Similar / Booties: Aldo (similar here and here)
Neutrals are the backbone of my closet. I have a tendency to be attracted to louder pieces (hello sequins), but the neutrals balance them. The classics are the items I reach for time and time again, and this turtleneck is no exception.
Man Repeller recently published an essay about outfit templates. The article is here, but the CliffsNotes version is that people have a go-to clothing combo. I’m more adventurous in the warmer months, but as soon as temps begin to dip, I find myself in the outfit template seen here. I mean, can you really go wrong with jeans/sweater/booties? No, I didn’t think so. With the oversized cut of this sweater, there’s styling flexibility. Wear fully untucked (as I did here), do the “J.Crew half-tuck,” or tuck it fully into a skirt. Three looks, one sweater. I’m basically a magician here.
With A Ruby creating such well-made neutrals, it’s hard to go wrong. So whether I’m leaning toward my sequin pants or toward my denim, these classic pieces have equal hold on both sides of my crazy wardrobe.
Boston friends- if you like to shop IRL, you’re in luck. They just opened a pop up location in Copley Place (Level 2 near the central elevators). There’s a fun event tonight from 4-8. Stop by to have a glass of wine and preview the India Hicks holiday collection. You can even get styled by A Ruby’s own Avra Myers! I hope to see you there.
Crop top: Express / Skirt: Asos (here or here) / Flats: Steve Madden (similar here and here)
Ah, the double-edge sword of being busy IRL. On the plus side, you’re doing fun things, seeing people, being social! You’re getting ideas and photos to use for blog content! On the down side, you’re busy doing things and not busy converting it to an actual post. Life is also accumulating, so then you have stuff to catch up on (laundry, dishes, vacuuming the endless supply of hairballs produced by your dog).
Boston has so many fun events, store pop-ups, and restaurant openings that my calendar has been full. I have LOTS to share with you, but for today, we’ll start with an outfit that I shot with Miranda on a day much warmer than today.
I love a pleated midi-skirt. Because of its length, it’s always appropriate for work. If you pair it with a tee or tank, it just as easily fits into a weekend wardrobe.
Ankle-strap flats and a crop top were on the docket for this weekend casual look. It was warm when we shot this, but imagine it paired with a long camel color coat. Add some black booties (heel or no heel, whichever works in this imagination of yours). If you’re feeling wild, throw a faux fur stole around your shoulders. Boom, we have magically transitioned this outfit for cold temps.
I’ve linked to some items below, in case you want to know exactly what I would pair with this to make it seasonally appropriate. Now if/when I reshoot this outfit with aforementioned items, pretend to be surprised.
Black and white, you’re my sartorial evergreen.
There’s just something so classic about the combo, so fool-proof, and so easy. I may dabble in navy and teal, and blush is really catching my eye as of late. However, the reliability of the black and white combo will never get old.
Keeping it modern with a crop top and a fun bag gives personality to this classic color combo. PSA: Crop tops are great with high-waisted skirts because you don’t have to tuck them in to look polished. And really, who is able to keep their shirts perfectly tucked in? (If you are one of these gifted people, please dish in the comments.)
As we get into colder weather, this would pair well with a leather jacket (then again, what doesn’t) or a blush duster.
Ah, I see you there Ms. Blush, trying to work your way into this color love affair. Well, enchanté. I hope you stay a while.
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Skirt: Past season Ann Taylor, but similar options here, here, and here.
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bag: Mod Cloth (Three fun alternatives are here, here, and here.)
Jacket: Similar here and here / Denim: Madewell / Bag: Chanel (similar styles here and here) / Booties: Calvin Klein (similar here and here)
A couple of weeks ago I was in a pretty foul mood, and decided to channel these feelings into something more productive. I went completely Marie Kondo on my closet. I filled four bags for donation, two bags to consign, and multiple trips to the recycling and trash bins.
There was a lot of trash, but there was some treasure.
I bought these shoes at the end of the winter, and had forgotten that they were tucked away. At first, they look like a basic black open-toe bootie. However, the inner part of the heel is gold, and it adds a little rock-and-roll edge. Paired with this faux fur jacket, I feel like I could be part of a band. Dress for the band you want to be in. That’s a phrase, right? If not, I hope it catches on because I’m going to keep dressing that way.
Ps- Beyoncé, if you’re reading this, please know that I will also wear only leotards if it means I can be one of your backup dancers.