Back to Basics

This week’s black striped mani (which was chip-free seven days later, btw) got me thinking about stripes and basics.  As much as I love color, there is an elegance to simple black and white and (of course) my favorite navy and white.  Here are my selections from the J. Crew New Arrivals and some great classic buys from the sale section.

J. Crew Italian Cashmere Mixed Stripe Sweater (new!)

J. Crew Geometric Eyelet Top (new!)

J. Crew Colorblock Ponte Striped Dress (on sale!

J. Crew Swimsuit

J. Crew Striped Pom-Pom Scarf (on sale!)

J. Crew Buffalo Check Shirt-Jacket (on sale!)

J. Crew Gemma Cap-Toe Flats (on sale!)

J. Crew Gemma Cap-Toe Flats (on sale!)

My favorite faux-fur scarf that I featured in Pattern Mix Hits the Gym , All of the Stripes and Stripes and Kisses is on sale!

J. Crew for Net-A-Porter Faux Fur Scarf (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!





Pattern Mix Hits the Gym

I really did not want to like the just launched New Balance for J. Crew active wear.  I have a lot of active wear already.  I was lured in by the color and styles (Hello, navy pattern mix!).  Then I tried it on…It is ridiculously comfortable and the rise and waistband are at the perfect spot.  The price point is just over half of some other active wear brands, to boot.  My only concern became how much to buy and how I would make room for it, as I wanted it all.  The look below is going to be on constant repeat.   My other active wear is about to feel neglected.

An added bonus is that it is easy to style with all my favorite navy pieces, so that I can run errands to and from a workout.  I styled the performance capri leggings in stripe with the in-transit long sleeve shirt in polka dot.  I added my favorite J. Crew for NET-A-PORTER faux fur scarf, Ryan Sunglasses, my own bag and my favorite navy leopard kicks.  If you have not read the story of my inspiration for the name of the blog as a result of these shoes, its here.

Even the accessories are perfect!  I love the colors of these hairbands and they are just the right size.

J. Crew Hair Ties


New Balance for J. Crew Performance Capri Leggings in Stripe

New Balance for J. Crew In-Transit Long Sleeve T-shirt in Polka Dot

J. Crew for NET-A-PORTER Faux fur scarf

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush

Stella McCartney for Adidas Kicks (older style).  These New Balance for J. Crew kicks would be perfect!

Happy Shopping!



Keeping Warm in the Butler’s Pantry

Bring on the cold!  I recently featured the J. Crew for NET-A-PORTER capsule collection in All of the Stripes.  At the time I thought this amazing striped faux fur coat in my favorite blue and white was sold out.  I was so excited to pick it up at J. Crew at The Grove recently.  I have been wearing it around our LA home every evening when the temperature dips into the 60s. I must convince my husband to visit his family on the East Coast for the holidays so that I can enjoy the gorgeous coat for more than an hour at a time.  Regardless, I will be grateful for the fake snow at The Grove during the holidays.

My husband and son are more into fashion than most, but are sometimes bored with my photo shoots and five day a week blog posts.  Yet when I brought home both the faux fur scarf (featured in All of the Stripes) and now the faux fur coat they each wanted their turn.

Who wore it best?

The coat is still available in each size at press time on NET-A-PORTER.  If you live in a colder climate, this is a no brainier.  I also have lots of ideas for wear on the West Coast.


J. Crew for NET-A-PORTER Geo Stripe Faux Fur Coat

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush

J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats

Lipstick Queen “Chinatown” Glossy Pencil in Chase

Happy Shopping!
Keep Warm.