Where has the summer gone???
I cannot believe it is already September and I can sadly write that I did not take one vacation in three whole months! Time most definitely flies. I was able to take some nice day trips this summer though, and on one of those trips went consignment store shopping with my mom in the East Bay. I was able to snag some real jewels like this Equipment blouse for only thirty dollars and also my vintage Ferragamo purse. When I saw this beautiful bag, I knew immediately that this was a special piece--my eyes enlarged and my jaw dropped as I examined the bag and then its price tag. Forty dollars?
Yup, done and done.
This summer I also discovered my new favorite brand: Frame Denim. I have purchased designer jeans in the past, but never have I paid the original price. I just couldn't justify the idea of spending 200+ on a pair of jeans. However, when I tried on this pair of distressed denim jeans, I knew that I needed to leave with them in my hands. I've already worn them enough this summer to know that my money was well spent. I also love the message behind this brand: the idea of bringing together heritage and quality to create a chic wardrobe essential. They are simply wonderful and extremely comfortable.
J.Crew Toile Sweatpants
Let's break this down right now: sweatpants + a stuffy 18th century French pattern of white people nonchalantly hanging out in the woods. Yeah.
A few weeks ago Adrienne called me after a quick trip to her fave place, J.Crew. "Jackie, you won't believe the new collection. Everything is really fab...except these sweats."
Of course I knew she was talking about MY sweats.Yes, *my* sweats. They were mine before they were really actually mine--I'm sure you understand. There was no changing my opinion. Luckily, despite our agreement to disagree, Adrienne (like a true BFF) told my boyfriend's mom to go get them for me for my birthday.
Basically, a real friend not only supports your sartorial endeavors despite their own opinions, they actually facilitate said item's addition to your wardrobe.
Finally let's also address the new shoe situation here, the Freda Salvador "Wish".
Sorry to brag, but they're worth clicking the photos to enlarge them. Trust me!
Keeping it simple:
This look is all about being simple and still stylish. I find myself saying this a lot, but it's a very true fashion statement. A pair of great jeans, a sweater with a little bit of detail, and an amazing pair of shoes can really take a simple outfit to a whole new level. Not only did I feel comfortable wearing this look, especially after eating my date night meal; I felt confident and totally on point with my fashion aesthetics. I am a normal kind of gal: I buy on sale and I reuse clothes. These Uniqlo boyfriend jeans have been such a great staple for my wardrobe. I've worn them a lot and have blogged them before (see here). I'm so into a clean line that I was hesitant about a baggy boyish cut, but this pair just worked for me with its tapered leg. Like I said, I reuse clothes and try to shop a bit savvy. These Coclico boots are reflective of both those statements. I purchased them on Gilt at a crazy reduced price and have lived in them. They are such a great day-to-day boot. Wear them with a casual dress or an easy pant, they make every outfit feel complete.
Keeping it real:
I have to be honest here. Jackie and I have taken a few breaks from blogging. We recently just started back up. One of the reasons was just being plain old busy. Work was definitely taking both of us away from this fun hobby of ours. Another reason was that we were I guess you could say slightly disillusioned and disappointed by the blogging community. We are true fashion lovers, and as mentioned above are completely normal human beings. Bills need to be paid and savings need to grow. It's shocking to see some fashion bloggers just wear a piece once, and then never see it on their blog again. What's up with that?! I just have to question this aspect of blogging, since a huge part of fashion is styling. Why buy something if you are only going to use it for a blog post? Style is not something that is disposable. Trends come and go, but a true sense of taste does not. Again, I have to question, why do people blog?After a while, it gets old seeing the same types of outfits being produced over and over again. We get it: you LOVE arm candy and neon floral prints?! I don't want to come across as a "hater" because I am definitely- like I said- a fashion lover. I just wish more bloggers would dress and post for themselves, truly having a real sense of personal style. There's something so generic out there with fashion bloggers- it's a worldwide crisis! So fellow bloggers, do yourselves and your wallets a favor: wear your clothes, love them, and challenge your styling skills.
There are a few things I've begun to question as I exit my first quarter century, eternal type questions that one holds with them forever.
1. When did short shorts begin to look terrible on me?
2. How much expensive cheese from Whole Foods is too much?
3. Will this green juice really undo my 1 am donut binge?
Now onto the "Mom Jeans". I feel like I want to keep saying it because it rolls off of my tongue (and apparently my fingers) really nicely. Mom jeans, mom jeans, mom jeans.
Contrary to my other favorite jean, the boyfriend, the mom is its own breed of trendy denim. It is high waisted, tapered at the leg--but not too tapered. It has the softest cotton ever, and I am obsessed. Maybe its because I'm turning 25 in a matter of hours.
P.S. Don't forget to laugh!