Countdown to Summer

I’m getting excited for travel, swim, parties, longer days, but most of all summer styles!

Now is the time to snap up some great new arrivals at J. Crew. Most items are 40% with the code GETAWAY (through May 28th).  I have listed my top 15 favorites below.  It’s also a great time to pick up basics like my favorite New Balance Sneakers in both the gold/salt and rose gold/navy  ( I have both!)are included in the 40% off.  I wear both constantly and you can throw them in the washer.  They come out beautifully.

I recently stocked up on a few basic t-shirts.  The new supima cotton is so soft.  I grabbed a few solids and stripes.

Colorblock Cashmere Cardigan

Striped Convertible Clutch

Denim Mules

Dreamy Short Sleeve Pajamas

Packable Straw Hat

Ibiza Tote with Pom Poms

Embroidered Beach Tunic

Linen Blazer with Scalloped Collar

Parke Blazer in Stretch Linen

Striped Paper-Bag Pant

Raffia Mules

Sleeveless Chambray Dress

Striped Beach Towel

Vintage Straight Jean

Happy Shopping!




Canadian Tuxedo

I have Bing Crosby to thank for this look.  The expression “Canadian Tuxedo” is due to Bing being refused service at a hotel in Vancouver, BC due to his all denim ensemble.  Levi’s heard about it and presented him a tuxedo made of denim.


I have worn denim on denim a couple of times (here and here), but I have never paired a denim jacket with denim.  I was wearing this denim jacket with colored denim when I tried on these slim boyfriend jeans and I loved the look so much I left the store in my new jeans.  It brought back cutting the tag in the dressing room with my mom when I was a kid (and what my son often does as he is so excited to wear his new item).  That look included a striped shirt and striped flats.

For this look, I added heels, leopard print and my beloved Luna bag.


Denim Jacket

Leopard Tee (similar here, here and here)

AG Ex_Boyfriend Slim Jeans

Luna Bag (also here)

Sandals (these and these would also be cute)

Happy Styling!



Striping into the Weekend

It’s no secret that I love anything monogrammed.  “JAE” adorns most of my bags, t-shirts and even bandanas.  I had these striped bags monogrammed for holiday gifts this year and filled them with goodies.  I decided to monogram a couple for myself.  This one has “J+J” and I have been using a lot as my husband and I approach our ten year wedding anniversary.

The bag now comes in camo!  My eight year old son has requested one (with monogram of course) for some upcoming travels.  I may “need” one too…They are affordable and durable to boot.

I grabbed my striped bag on the way out the door for errands.  I styled the look by doubling down on both stripes and denim.


Denim Shirt

Striped Bag with monogram (also available in Camo here)


Striped shoes (similar here, here and here)

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Hermes Scarf (similar here, here and here)

Happy Styling!



Love and a Jean Jacket

“You were wearing a jean jacket when I met you. It was your signature look.  Your hair was much longer.” said my husband as we bump into each other in our kitchen.

“That’s right I had them in a few colors.  Was I wearing denim or colored denim?” I replied.

“The first date was denim and then you continued to wear different colors.”  I do remember him commenting that I had a lot of little jackets and a lot of shoes.  I think his MBA brain was calculating what I must have spent on clothes (more than I do now actually) and wondering if this would be a good investment.

Here we are almost twelve years later, and I have been wrestling with how to end my shopping detox.  This denim jacket was technically a gift from by husband for Valentine’s Day.  He returned one of the jeans I picked up for him (that I mentioned here) which were subject to a store credit and insisted I get the jacket.  I have been searching for the perfect jean jacket for a while.  I have had a couple from J. Crew that I love like this and this, but I am 5’9 and they are just a tad short with certain looks. I also like this one from Madewell.

So now I have to ponder, if I have broken the detox with his gift?  I feel a certain pressure to make this first purchase count.  As I have mentioned, I am coveting this bag and a few others have joined the short list like this one and this one.  In the meantime I am pulling out a few bags from my closet again.  From a financial perspective not buying a bunch of little stuff to then make an investment in a bag may or may not pencil out, but in terms of being more conscious of my purchases it does.

I have created a new uniform with my new jean jacket.  Add stripes, shoes and a scarf and voila.  The uniform has taken me to all kinds of events this past week.


Jean Jacket

Saint James Striped Shirt

Hermes Scarf (similar here, here and here)

Camo Clutch (also in this fun stripe)

Orange Driving Shoes

AG Navy Jeans (also here)

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

A couple of other options that I wore last week.

Pink Sunglasses (similar herehere and here)

Pink Striped Shirt (similar here )

Hermes Twilly (similar here)

Pink Loafers (similar here and here)

Leopard Flats (similar here and here)

Orange Hermes Twilly (similar here and here)

Happy Styling!



Peace, Love and Denim

My love of denim and chambray is no secret.  I have lost count of the number of times I have worn my J. Crew Western Chambray shirt that I bought two years ago (and it still looks great).  J. Crew just came out with a new Western Chambray Shirt with snaps in a vintage indigo wash and I knew immediately it was a must have.  I also picked up another pair of Lookout high rise jeans.  I doubled down on denim for lunch with my mom at Flower Child in Del Mar.  I love the bright decor and the menu options make it easy for me to stick to my new regime.

I styled my new denim pieces with fringe boots by Maison de Talons, J. Crew Jane sunglasses, a J. Crew monogrammed pouch and a J. Crew bandana in a Drake’s print.

Here are three more looks with my other Western Chambray Shirt (which is on sale!) : Denim on Denim, Falling into Neutral, and Beam Me Up.



J. Crew Western Chambray Shirt

J. Crew Lookout High Rise Jean in Fairoaks Wash

J. Crew Drake’s Print Bandana

J. Crew Medium Pouch in Bright Flamingo with Monogram

Maison de Talons Fringe Boots (on sale plus 60%!) similar here with wedge heel (also on sale)

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!




Shades of Blue

It is no secret that blue is my favorite color.  I found the 10,000 Buddhas wall by Amanda Giacomini in Venice to be so serene.  You can read more on Amanda and the 10,000 Buddhas project here.

Of course, I was dressed to match.  My favorite striped flats from J. Crew have been marked down again, so they are a super deal.  My favorite and oh-so-comfy lookout high-rise jeans from J.Crew are also on sale.  My navy gingham button up and panama hat are both on constant repeat along with my Veronica tote from Parker Thatch.


J. Crew Hat

J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Jeans (similar here on sale or new arrival here)

J. Crew Shoes (on sale!)

Parker Thatch Tote

Happy Shopping!




Cherries on Top

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  Our day includes a 10K and kid’s race in the morning, a parade in the afternoon and fireworks to end the night.   I am starting the celebration early by adding a a pop of red to my favorite blue and white.  This cherry tee from J. Crew is so fun for summer.


J. Crew Top

J. Crew Blazer (on sale plus 40% off with code COOLSTYLES)

J. Crew Shoes (on sale plus 60% off with code COOLSTYLES)

AG Jeans – Prima 360 Contour

Happy Shopping!



Buzzing Gingham

About a month ago I wrote about my Grandmother B in this post.  June is her birthday month (and mine), so I have been thinking about her a lot.  I decided to style the J. Crew Save the Bees t-shirt again with some Gingham.  It has been very cool and foggy, so the layers made sense and wearing bees makes me feel connected to her.


J. Crew Gingham Shirt in Coral

J. Crew Save the Bees T-shirt

J. Crew Jeans (similar here)

J. Crew Shoes (sold out, similar here)

Happy Shopping!




Denim on Denim

I can never have enough denim.  I love this Western Shirt from J. Crew and I love pairing denim in different washes.  My jeans are AG in 360 Contour.  They are so incredibly comfortable.  As the name suggests they stretch in all directions and completely keep their shape.  I have them in the Prima which has a slightly higher rise.  I added a new J. Crew necklace in my favorite navy and my J. Crew liberty flats to add a little pop of color.


J. Crew Western Denim Shirt

J. Crew Necklace

J. Crew Shoes

AG Denim 360 Contour

Happy Shopping!



Stripes and Pom-poms

I was lucky enough to grab the pom-pom shoes from J. Crew when they first came out (they were online only).  I have seen them pop up a couple of times in the sale section.  It may be worth a little sale stalking.  I was wearing them last week and saw the long sleeve tee.  The shoes insisted I buy it.  I am styling the shoes and pom-pom striped tee with my cropped high rise lookout white jeans from J.Crew to show off the pom-poms as well as pair of lavender AG jeans that are on sale at Calypso


Striped tee with pom-poms

Cropped White Jeans

Everything is 30% off on J.Crew with the code TIMETOSHOP through April 21, 2016 11:59 PM Eastern,



Lavender AG Jeans

Available at Calypso on sale plus an additional 50% off


Happy Shopping!