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.
“It takes 40 days to really make a change” I heard recently. That spurred me to blow past the 28 shopping detox challenge I set for myself at the end of the year. I made it to 40 days almost a week ago. Today I almost bought myself a pair of jeans when I was shopping for Valentine’s gifts for my family. Before you say “wait a minute, I thought you said no shopping.”, remember the challenge included clothes (for me), shoes, purses and cosmetics. I have not done much shopping for my family. I love these AG 360 Prima jeans (pictured below). They are so comfortable. I was thrilled to find out they have the 360 in my husband’s favorite cut, the Graduate. I picked up a couple of pairs for him and was tempted by this Middi cut for me. I decided to wait.
Valentine’s Day is one week away. I wanted to share a few fun gift options. Last year I treated myself to this envelope clutch (monogrammed of course). There are a bunch of fun options (below) from Parker Thatch.
I styled my clutch with red and pink for a casual look.
Plaid, leopard, stripes and camo are a few of my favorite things. I usually have at least two of them represented. These plaid shoes have potential to wear well after the holidays. I styled them with this adorable leopard tee (with a navy collar), denim, cashmere cardigan and custom pouch.
These plaid, leopard and tortoise home accents are perfect for the holidays and beyond.
I am preparing for the holiday with a casual plaid ensemble. I just got these plaid sneakers in the mail and it was a great mail day! They are selling fast, so don’t miss out. I styled them with a plaid shirt, pom-pom sweatshirt, denim and a custom clutch (which makes a great gift under $100). Check back on Friday for more of my plaid shoe picks.
I recently attended a Book Party for life coach Kathy Kelada’s new book “Be the Shoe”
Kelada has made breakthroughs with clients through shoe metaphors and was inspired to write the book as a result. It’s a beautiful book and a unique approach to self-help. I for one am ready for some “Closet Therapy”.
“Be the Shoe” makes a perfect gift for all the women in your life. The hand painted water colors of various shoes are stunning. As I wrote in Shoes Tell the Story, I have always said that shoes tell the story of your life. This book illustrates that in ways that will surprise you.
When I was getting dressed for the party I was focused on the shoes given the title and chose my favorite J. Crew navy sequined flats. Little did I know my blazer would coordinate so well with the book.
J. Crew Blazer (this was previously sold out, but as of press time a few sizes are available!)