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!




Holiday Pattern Mix

My plaid shoes get a workout from November through January and even make appearances year round.  This year I have loved mixing them with camo.  This clutch has been my most reached for bag as I head out the door and I have paired it with everything.  I am even considering a second one with this sparkly stripe. My camo jacket that I featured here has been a fun way to mix with plaid along with my faux fur leopard coat (a bargain from Gap).


Saint James Tee

Camo Clutch


Plaid Shoes (similar here, here, here and here)

Happy Shopping!



Love, Stripes and Camo

I am ready to fall into The Gap again.  I have been on the hunt for a camo jacket to throw on over everything.  I spotted this jacket at The Gap and scooped it up immediately (it’s under $50 with the current promo CHEERS).  Others I have considered (like this, this and this) are almost ten times the price.  I love the striped details and I lost count of compliments the first time I wore it with a navy t-shirt and sneakers.  I also ordered this jacket in dark night from The Gap today (the army green with leopard print was tempting too).

I styled it with a Saint James tee, denim, navy velvet frayed sandals and one of my favorite Parker Thatch clutches.  I just ordered this camo clutch from Parker Thatch (it arrives tomorrow and I can hardly wait!)


Jacket (on sale!)

Saint James Tee




Lip and Cheek Color – Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen in this value gift set

Happy Friday!



Rugby Soft

This rugby shirt brings me back to high school, only I don’t remember my rugby shirts being this soft.  J. Crew has done an excellent job of bring back their 1984 rugby shirt and making it slimmer and softer (than at least I remember).   I have it in two of the three colors; I am tempted to make it a rugby trifecta with the olive and champagne version.  I featured the blue and white here.  All three colors are now on back order, but they will be worth the wait.  I have worn both shirts with everything from jeans to shorts to skirts and dressed them up and down.

I styled the pink and navy with dark denim, sparkly flats and a custom Parker Thatch canvas clutch.



Rugby Shirt

Canvas Pouch


Shoes (older style these and these would look great)

Happy Shopping!



Black and Blue Rules

Running late and the first to arrive.  Twice this week I have overslept or run late and still managed to be not only on time but also the first to arrive.  It made me realize that maybe I can push it and not play it so safe all the time.  I don’t play my fashion choices nearly as safe as I did in my youth.  You never would have seen me combine blue and black. At the time it  almost seemed as crazy as white after Labor Day (another thing you will catch me doing now).

I will still wear a seat belt, make sure my kid is in his booster correctly, secure my house, buy organic produce and drive much differently than I did as a teenager.  But when it comes to fashion, I am challenging old rules.

I styled the graphic tee with a sweater blazer (love the stripes on the cuff and the inside), high rise “true black” jeans and navy sequined flats.


Sweater Blazer here or here


Sunglasses (on sale!)

High -Rise Black Jeans

Shoes (older style these and these would look great)

Happy Shopping!



Hiking up to the Getty

It’s back to reality from the long weekend which included museum hopping, riding a fire truck in a 4th of July parade, fireworks, a kid’s race and lots of fun.

For this visit to the Getty Museum I put together this casual outfit and everything in it is on sale!  I just picked up this placed stripe tee for a steal and styled it with my favorite vintage crop jeans (they are such a good deal right now that I got a second pair), my pink signet bag and New Balance sneakers.  I was in a very competitive Fitbit competition, so we walked up to the museum instead of taking the tram.  I love my Fitbit Flex 2 in navy.  Competing definitely makes me look for more walking opportunities.



J. Crew Placed Stripe Boatneck Tee (on sale!)

J. Crew Signet Bag (on sale!)

J. Crew Pom-Pom (similar here)

New Balance for J. Crew 620 Sneaker (similar here and here)

Vintage Crop Jean with Patchwork (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!



Mani Monday – Fourth of July Edition

Happy Fourth of July!  I am enjoying the long weekend with museum visits, family movies and walks.  Tomorrow we will celebrate with a race in the morning, parade, barbecue and, of course, fireworks.  I hope you enjoy the holiday.


The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Beauty Mark” by Essie Gel Couture.  Take a look at last year’s Fourth of July mani here.

Items featured in the photos include:

Crewcuts Linen Shirt

Clare V Card Case

J. Crew Striped Pouch

J. Crew Hat

J. Crew Striped Popover

Rebecca Taylor Dress

Sleepy Jones Striped PJs

Stella McCartney Star Jeans

Good American Jeans with Pom-poms

Jimmy Choo Shoes

Happy Fourth of July!



Love and Stripes

Love, stripes and a birthday weekend lunch with my mom at Flower Child.   I was happy to have my favorite kale salad with salmon before all the celebrating and cake eating commenced.  It was perfect June weather and just right for a cotton sweater and skirt.  I love this striped sweater with patches.



J. Crew Striped Sweater

J. Crew Postcard Pouch

J. Crew Skirt (similar here)

J. Crew Sunglasses

J. Crew Shoes (older style these and these would look great)

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff

Happy Shopping!



Stripes on Stripes

This stretch seersucker blazer has quickly become my most reached for blazer.  It has the perfect amount of give to make it comfortable in the shoulders while still being fitted.  I styled it with a larger stripe with this Saint James tank, white jeans and a fun pear clutch.

Jcrew saint james kayu designs flatlay

J. Crew Blazer

St. James Sleeveless Top

Kayu Designs Pear Clutch

Piper Sunglasses

AG Jeans

J. Crew Shoes (older style these and these would both look great)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!