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.
Today was the first day back after two weeks on vacation. I was almost late dropping my son off at science camp (I am usually early) because he and were researching and planning our next vacation early this morning. We want to get one more family mini-vacation in before the end of August.
We just got back from our family vacation on the East Coast. It was our second year staying on Martha’s Vineyard with my sister-in-law and niece. My sister-in-law has a beautiful house on the island that is walking distance to one of the best restaurants, State Road. My husband and I took a stroll there one evening for a drink and appetizer and snapped these photos. I love this new cap-sleeve dress from J. Crew and my favorite Gemma flats in this neon paisley. I continued the pop of pink with the belt and cardigan and then added a more tonal lucite necklace (which is such a great length). If you have not checked out J. Crew’ssunglasses that launched this fall, there are some great styles.
We had an amazing time with great beach days and East Coast vs. West Coast Monopoly games. My son and I then spent three days exploring Boston. It was the first time for both of us. He is six and even managed to be my photographer one day. Stay tuned for a kiddo photographed Boston outfit post and several others from Martha’s Vineyard. The island is just magical and it is so great to have a week with our East Coast family.
Venice Beach or Paris? These photos remind me of Paris and give me wanderlust, but also remind me that there is so much to explore in my own backyard. My mother is a very talented photographer and a wiz on her iPhone (at least with editing photos, we are working on the rest). We did several outfit shoots in Venice when she visited last weekend. There are so many great walls and doors (especially the doors in Monday’s post). These photos really do remind me of Paris where The Navy Leopard was born (more about that in this post). I love the iron gate and cool bike rack. As I dream about my next trip, I will continue to explore the local sights.
My penchant for blue and white is no secret. I love the eyelet with the navy blue of this t-shirt. It works so well with my favorite striped flats and white jeans. The hat has a dark chambray band and is a lifesaver now that the June gloom has departed and it is sunny and hot in Southern California. J. Crew has a great selection of hats. I recently bought two and they have been in constant rotation. Between the hat and this t-shirt that doesn’t read like a t-shirt, this outfit kept me cool in the 100 degree heat.
J. Crew Top (40% off with code TUESDAY through 11:59 pm today, June 21, 2016)
I love this Ikat print!. It is in my favorite navy of course and has a chambray feel to it. J. Crew just launched their last of their summer roll-outs. The blouse is a collection piece and there is a skirt in the same print. I am considering the skirt as well. It is a fun way to create the look of a dress while still having the versatility of separates. In the meantime, I could not wait to style it with denim and my striped flats (that are on sale and still available).
Thirty Years!? Last weekend I attended my thirty year high school reunion. I attended the ten year and did not manage to go to the twenty or twenty-five. I wanted to, there just was a lot going on those years. I had heard that the thirty year was the best. At the ten year everyone wants to show what they have accomplished. At the thirty year everyone just seems more real and that was certainly the case. Our class had a great turnout including several people who traveled internationally.
My father has managed to attend all his reunions in Alabama (he lives in California). That has always inspired me to make the effort. Life is short and precious and you never know how many reunions you will have the opportunity to attend. It is a milestone. Facebook is great for reconnecting with classmates and keeping up with their adventures, but there is something special about reconnecting in person. Everyone remembers and tells different stories and it is so fun to relive memories (and laugh like a seventeen year old again). New memories are created with old friends and not just the friends you already see regularly. My friends and I all agreed we will attend every five years.
As excited as I was to go, I still had some last minute packing and outfit selection anxiety. I decided to go with my favorite white jeans, a fabulous sequined top that is on sale at Calypso, and my striped heels and clutch from J.Crew. One of my classmates commented that I was the preppiest person they have ever known, so J. Crew stripes for evening wear was no surprise.
Who knew lavender could be such a basic. I debated buying these lavender jeans. I wear them almost as much as white jeans. They look great with my favorite navy blue and also work well with leopard print, so for me they are a neutral. I have previously featured them in this post and this post. This is a look I put together for a celebration in my son’s Kindergarten classroom that was followed by a flight and a party. Tune in tomorrow for more on where I went and what I celebrated. Everything in this post is on sale and linked below.