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Fall in Layers

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Dress – Oak + Fort / Jacket – Aritzia / Boots – J. Crew

For the fall, I really enjoy wearing this kind of color palette. The weather is typically a little bit more dreary so these all feel like comfortable staples to me. I remember spending most of my college years looking for a jacket like this one. After scouring through all of the retailers both in stores and online, I was never able to find the perfect fit. And then came Aritzia and of course as we know, years later everything I buy there just happens to be a perfect fit. This jacket is no exception. I purchased this back in 2011 and to this day, I can’t imagine parting without it. It’s the perfect cover-up and even though it’s not black, it still goes with everything in my closet.

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Madewell Launches Intimates

Madewell has held a very special place in my heart since they first opened up their store at University Village back in 2010. I was a college student then and still figuring out my own style after coming out of my “scene” phase in high school. I liked J. Crew because it was where my mom and Kevin had shopped and naturally, wanted to feel as cool as they were. But the truth was that I could never truly identify with J. Crew. The clothes felt stiff to me – too sophisticated – and didn’t match the vibe that I was going for. Madewell opening was everything I was looking for. Good denim – fitted chambray shirts – youthful prints and colors that fit my age and who I was. We’ve had a love affair with Madewell for the last seven years so this next piece of news that we’re about to share was next level in our relationship with the retailer. Announced this week, Madewell was now launching an intimates line. American Eagle has done it. So has Abercrombie. We’re also huge fans of Aritzia’s line of bralettes so why not Madewell?

The range consists of 42 pieces — 16 bralettes and 26 bottoms in a variety of sweet colorways — and is priced from $12.50 to $32.

Comfort is key when it comes to the pieces in Madewell’s new intimates line and this doesn’t stray too far from their already super comfortable and cozy apparel collections. Here are some things that we’re already lusting for and may or may not purchase for ourselves as a Valentine’s Day gift:

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Blondie

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Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Aritzia / Booties – Munro via Nordstrom / Scarf – J. Crew

Someone once commented that they thought the backdrop that I selected for this photo was really tacky. I actually love it! It’s outside of a movie theater and it’s a little bit different, but it’s so fun. I had just gotten back from Seattle after dyeing my hair even more blonde; we almost didn’t recognize ourselves. Seriously, who is this girl? It’s funny to see how my style has evolved over the last 3 years since moving to California because this isn’t normally an outfit we’d wear in Seattle – not even if we were just visiting. I don’t know if it was the outfit itself or moreso the blonde hair, but we felt confident. It’s 6 months later and after returning back home to Seattle again, we decided not to color our hair. We’re actually letting it grow out so that we can get the blonde out for good, but I’ll always appreciate this time in my life – in my 20’s where we just wanted to try something new. I don’t know how and I can’t put it into words, but this blonde hair changed me in the last 6 months.

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Our Favorite Looks of 2016

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Tank top – Abercrombie & Fitch / Chambray shirt – Madewell / Skirt – Brandy Melville

It’s way more fun to share your 12 favorite outfits from the year instead of the ones that just flopped, right?! We don’t always get it right, but luckily the shame of an outfit gone wrong usually only lasts a day. #blessed that my coworkers are always there to give me that immediate feedback. On the upside, I love the outfits that I’ve selected as my favorites for the year. We love that some of these outfits are ones that we’ve worn more than once and have recycled with other items from our closet to make them more versatile. And if there’s one thing that we appreciate more this year in these outfits than the ones we ended up hating – it’s that “less really is more.” Thanks Ma.

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J. Crew Discontinues Bridal Collection

We’re a little bit sad to have to share that J. Crew had decided to shut down its bridal collection for good. Full disclosure – I have never had an experience with their bridal collection the way that we talked about BHLDN or the way we had our visit with the Nordstrom Wedding Suite, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t know about it. One of my coworkers actually purchased her gown from J. Crew and altered it into one beautiful piece. J. Crew represented the classic kind of bride so we’re very sad to see it go. It’s no secret that sales at J. Crew have been declining, but it sounds that the shutdown for their bridal collection has also almost been a long time coming with prices for wedding gowns being slashed up to 70%.

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J. Crew Partners with Nordstrom

It was only a matter of time! Announced this morning, J. Crew will partner with Seattle based retailer, Nordstrom, to have their brand in select stores. J. Crew’s sister retailer, Madewell, has been selling within Nordstrom for quite some time already so this news should come as no surprise. In fact, the only surprise is that J. Crew didn’t do it before Madewell. Beginning September 12th, shoppers will be able to purchase J. Crew pieces in select stores as well as online at Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom plans to carry women’s apparel, men’s suiting and accessories with their petite line sold exclusively online.

“This was an easy decision,” said J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler in a release. “Nordstrom is the perfect partner because we both share the same high standards of customer service and store experience. Additionally, we are known for exceptional design, quality and style, which we know will appeal to the Nordstrom customer.”

Nordstrom’s J.Crew edit will be available in the following stores to start:

  • Downtown Seattle (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Washington Square (Tigard, Ore.)
  • Michigan Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Ill.)
  • Somerset Collection (Troy, Mich.)
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • NorthPark Center (Dallas, Texas)
  • Houston Galleria (Houston, Texas)
  • Barton Creek Square (Austin, Texas)
  • Domain Northside (Austin, Texas – opening September 30th)
  • Tysons Corner Center, (McLean, Va.)
  • The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, Pa.)
  • South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
  • The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville, Tenn.)

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Black x Black x Black

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Hat – Nordstrom / Dress – Aritzia / Boots – J. Crew

As some of you know, I’m very partial to all-black outfits. Why? Well, why not? It goes with anything and it looks good when it’s organized in a closet. My coworkers like to joke that when I come in wearing all black that they shouldn’t mess with me that day. But just look at us! We couldn’t hurt a fly. This dress (while black) is super girly and feminine almost to the point of sometimes feeling like it might be a little formal when wearing it to work. In an effort to toughen it up a bit, I added these almost knee-high heeled boots (my favorites for fall) and this hat. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of setting this outfit is best suited for and it’s a mystery. It is definitely channeling witchy vibes though.

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The Closet: May 2015

Free People Sausalito Washed Sandals – $68

Can you tell that we’re looking for new sandals and wedges? I’ve worn down by only and first pair of DV by Dolce Vita Wedges and after looking at its condition, it’s time to invest in a new pair. So we’ve been looking at options…

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The Closet: April 2015

Free People Arrow Run Skort – $98

It’s already feeling like peek summer in the Bay Area and it’s only May! The Seattle girl in me is weary that I’ll be able to survive another summer here. Here are some pieces that will get us through the season and will just be fun to wear regardless!

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The Closet: February 2015

Wilfred Free “Daria” faux leather leggings – $135

Bring on spring! We would feel much more ready if we had all of these pieces.

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Congrats Amber and Andrew!

Oh my gosh you guys, Ashley (Greek) and Gareth (The Walking Dead and also from Greek) got married last night and their photos are amazing. I know I’ve always said that Seth and Summer were alway my favorite tv and real-life couple, but they just couldn’t last. It’s something that Amber and Andrew managed to do and I’m pretty overjoyed (from someone that doesn’t know them at all) that they’ve decided to make things official by becoming husband and wife. I had a really unhealthy addiction to watching Greek on ABC Family.

The two were married on Friday night at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles.

“I could not imagine a better send-off into the rest of our lives together. Amber was beaming all night,” West, 31, tells PEOPLE. “We were surrounded by so much love.”

Adds Stevens, “It was the most magical night of my life. I wish I could rewind and play it again, but I’m so looking forward to our future together.”

The two met on the set of ABC Family’s “Greek” when Andrew was selected to be Amber’s boyfriend:

“He came in to play my boyfriend on the show. We were introduced by the casting director, and I remember I went back to the hair and makeup room immediately and started Googling him. I was like, ‘Well, that guy was cute!’ ” Stevens, 28, said on Conan in June.

Amber walked down the aisle in a gorgeous CB Couture gown while Andrew donned a J. Crew tux.

Throwback to the time I blogged about their engagment here.

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J. Crew Introduces Size 000

I know what you’re thinking. Any time any news is released about smaller sizes being released or models looking even more thin than they really should, everyone starts getting uncomfortable. I’ll admit, I’m one of those people. But I’m also in that same boat as the people that wear a 00 in jeans and an xxsmall in tops because that’s just what fits. People think it’s unrealistic for others to be this tiny, but it’s totally a reality. The only time it should be considered unhealthy is when someone who is not naturally this way hurts themselves to become a size 00.

J. Crew announced today that they were releasing a new size to their roster – 000 – to satisfy their customers in Asia. J. Crew’s sizes typically run a little larger so there is an entire demographic of people who are unable to wear their clothing.

A spokeswoman told Today.com, “We are simply addressing the demand coming from Asia for smaller sizes than what we had carried. Our sizes typically run big and the Asia market tends to run small… To further put into perspective, these sizes add up to the smallest possible percentage of our overall sizing assortment.” She noted the brand aims to “accommodate as many customers as possible… [It’s] all based on customer demand.”

Looking forward to my first pair of J. Crew jeans!

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Madewell Spring 2014 Revamped

 

Is it too early to be talking about Spring 2014 collections? Most would say yes, but I’m already wrapped up in my Pendleton blanket for warmth so I guess you could say I’m over fall. This week, Madewell unveiled their new Spring 2014 collection led by J. Crew vet of 12 years – Somsack Sikhounmuong and it is everything you thought it would be – classic pieces, stripes, and a slight nautical theme. Sikhounmuong mentioned that he plans to “elevate” Madewell and “focus on making things a little more classic-based.”

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J. Crew Debuts September Catalog on Pinterest

Retailers are starting to view Pinterest as a good opportunity to expand their audiences. First, Nordstrom created “P” tags for their most pinned items online in stores and now J. Crew has released their entire September catalog via Pinterest board. We love this idea especially because we can now post our favorites directly onto Yow Yow! The physical catalog just won’t let us do the same thing. There are very few catalogs that can do what J. Crew does and the collection that they have just released for fall is absolutely stunning.

To view the entire catalog via Pinterest, click here.

Here are our favorite picks…!

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