How to Style White Jeans for Fall – A Summer to Fall Transition

Hello friends!  Are you asking yourself how we are halfway through September like I am?!  Well with the official start of fall is this Friday, I’d like to share with you all a summer to fall outfit and some advice on wearing white jeans for fall. Many people quickly put away their summer clothes around this time of year, but there is really no need to rush and put away all your summer clothes just yet. Allow yourself to transition your clothes slowly, following the lead of the transitioning seasons.

You can wear many summery clothes, even white jeans during the fall by adding more layers and changing your shoes. Some people are afraid to wear white after Labor Day, but white jeans in particular can be a fun way to spice up your fall outfits and look fresh. Now I will share how I styled my white jeans for summer and then how I changed up the outfit to better accommodate cooler, fall weather.

White Jeans for Summer

For me, this is a pretty common outfit to wear during the summertime. The flowy olive top is so comfortable to wear on a humid day, which we get a lot of in the D.C. area! To contrast the flowy-ness of my top, I opted for my favorite pair of white skinny jeans. In addition, these strappy sandals are a summer staple. If you tend to steer away from heels, this particular brand is super comfy!

How to Style White Jeans for Fall - A Summer to Fall Transition

White Jeans for Fall

With the same white jeans and olive top, I switched out my sandals for some warmer booties and threw on a denim jacket. Viola! I am all set for fall’s cooler weather. These booties are my all-time favorites and the taupe-y, grey color pairs nicely with the white jeans. In general, if you are wearing a dark top with white jeans, I would opt for a more neutral bootie or shoe.

Denim jackets and cardigans are also a perfect way to take a summer outfit into the fall. This denim jacket has the perfect amount of stretch and I like how it stops above my hips. It is also super affordable! I’ve also been loving this crossbody bag recently. It is just the right size for weekend activities and adventures.

How to Style White Jeans for Fall

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In addition to denim jackets and cardigans, I love adding scarves to transition my summer outfits to fall. How do you transition your outfits from summer to fall? Do you dare to wear white jeans for fall, and what about during the winter? I would love to hear more about your style and your fall staples.

Hope you are all having a great week so far.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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NEW: Warby Parker Fall Collection 2017

Get the scoop on the Warby Parker Fall Collection. There are eyeglasses and sunglasses for every style!
Just in time for the cooler weather we are getting in D.C., the new Warby Parker Fall Collection is out today!  I’m so excited to join Warby Parker in this release and share with you all their latest line.  Warby Parker is known well for their standard eyeglasses, but as someone with 20/20 vision, I’ve always zeroed in on their sunglasses. Thankfully their Fall Collection has both!

The Warby Parker Fall Collection

Warby Parker‘s new collection is inspired by leather-bound books at a college library and features a rich color palette. The collection also features two new styles — the ultra-feminine Mona and the round-lensed Logan. From chic and shiny rose gold to edgy, jet silver and classic tortoiseshell, I’m sure you’ll agree this collection has something for everyone. Now what are we waiting for? Here is the new Warby Parker Fall Collection!

How Warby Parker Works

If you are unfamiliar with Warby Parker, you can order your five favorite frames for free. Then, you have the ability to try them on and pick which one you like best. I love this option because it allows me to get opinions from friends and get a consensus on which sunglasses fit my face best.

Since I am in the market for some new shades, Warby Parker’s new collection is perfect timing. But now I have to contemplate which ones to try out. I recently took Warby Parker’s quiz to see which frames work best for me and help me decide between a few styles. You can take the style quiz too, if you’d like to be pointed in the right direction.  I have a particularly narrow face, so it was nice to see that there are certain styles that they recommend for my face shape and personal style.

MORE Warby Parker Sunglasses

When it comes to my go-to look, I usually go for a classic shape and tortoiseshell finish for sunglasses, like the Piper and Downing styles above. I think Warby Parker’s new rose gold Tansley sunglasses would be super chic for fall and winter, while also spicing up my current accessories for fall.

That said, I am indecisive and would love to hear from you all! Which sunglasses should I get and which ones would you get? Do you have a favorite style in the fall collection? If you have tried Warby Parker or do you have a different go-to sunglass brand! Let me know all about it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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DIY: Painting & Stenciling Concrete Floors

Last fall, Will and I discovered stenciling concrete was a pretty easy way to jazz up our outdoor space.  If you are looking for a cost-effective way to get a tiled look on your concrete, stenciling might be your ticket!  We were brainstorming home improvement ideas one night and decided to try painting and stenciling the concrete patio floor, in order to add some color and personality to our outdoor living space.  After much research, we devised a plan and headed to Home Depot.  Here is the prep work we did, along with details of the stenciling and painting, and the final results.

Preparation

Originally our outdoor patio had an outdoor rug glued down on top of the cement. So before we could begin painting the cement floor we had to get the glue off. We rented a floor sander to create a super smooth surface for the paint to be applied. There was a lot of dust from the sander, so we swept the patio multiple times. Then, Will used a mop and an old vacuum to get the floor extra clean. If you do not want to risk potentially messing up your vacuum, I recommend power-washing the cement floor before you paint.

It is important to get the floor as clean and smooth as you can, so your finished product is flawless. Also, remember to check the weather before you start painting. You don’t want a rain shower to ruin your hard work! The best temperature for painting outdoors is 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Supplies

Here is everything we used for this project:

Shur-Line Non-Stick Metal Paint Tray

9-3/8-Inch Nap One Coat Knit Roller Covers — used for base paint


Wooster Brush Roller Frame, 9-Inch — used for base paint

Wooster Brush Roller Cover 3/8-Inch, 4-Inch — used for stencil paint


Wooster Brush Roller Frame, 4-Inch — used for stencil paint

10482399Outdoor Floral Lattice Stencil By ArtMinds®

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BEHR Sea Cave Porch & Patio Floor Paint

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BEHR Pacific Fog Porch & Patio Floor Paint

KILZ Interior/Exterior Sealer, Wet Look

Painting & Stenciling Concrete

Once we had the patio properly prepared, we started with the first coat of “Sea Cave” blue, using our 9″ roller brush. When the first coat was dry, we applied another coat.

With two coats of dry, blue paint down, it was time to start stenciling. It is important to mark with tape which end of the stencil you will consider the top. The 18″ x 18″ pattern may look symmetrical, but it could be slightly off, which will make any rotation of the stencil throw off your design. It will be clear how the stencil fits together as soon as you paint the first stencil. In addition, make sure that first stencil is aligned properly with surrounding walls or the edge of your concrete. That initial stencil will impact everything else!

We began by making an “L” shaped outline of the stencil, first going down the short length of our patio and then down the longer width. Once that was in place, we went row by row, filling everything in. Remember not to put too much paint on your stencil brush. It’s better to have a small amount, and then go over your stencil again. This will create crisper lines. Thicker paint will also stick to your stencil and pull it off the ground if you aren’t careful.

Extra Tips

Go slow with your stencil brush and make sure the corners of your stencil align properly with the existing stencil on the ground. This process will take a while, as you should wait for the paint to dry, so that the bottom of your stencil does not pick up surrounding paint. Take your time, but don’t get too hung up over it being perfect. A few little bits of paint being outside the stencil, will not make a huge difference with the overall design.

With the stenciling complete, we waited a couple of hours for the floor to completely dry. Then, I did a few touch ups with a small paintbrush. The touch up paint dried within an hour, so we applied a glossy paint sealer to protect the stencil. I recommend at least two thick coats of the sealer. Will and I prefer an extra glossy look, so we applied extra coats of dealer until the bottle was empty.

The Results

Below are photos of our finished product. It’s so smooth and glossy that it almost feels like tile on your bare feet and most people think that’s what it is at first glance.

Have you ever painted concrete or stenciled a floor before? Or have you jazzed up your concrete floor in a different way? I would love to know if you have any DIY tips for similar home improvement projects.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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The Labor Day Sales You Need to Shop

Hi friends!

Are you planning on shopping the sales this Labor Day weekend? I hope you are! This is a perfect time to take advantage of some low prices and enhance your style, just in time for fall. There are some amazing end of summer sales going on, so I’ve created this roundup to give you all the details you need to know so you can fully capitalize on the shopping opportunities.

 

WHAT I’VE GOT MY EYE ON

     Striped Boatneck Sweater | Nate Burkus Curved Chair | Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress

Crown Street Ronan Tote | Striped Slub Canvas Slide-On | Quilted Vest

THE SALE DETAILS

Milly
Treat yourself to an extra 30% off of sale pieces by using the promo code LABORDAY17 during check out, from August 30 to September 4.

Target
Take up to 30% off home items and take an extra 15% off with code LABORDAY now through September 4.

Kate Spade
Enjoy an extra 30% off sale styles when you use the promo code GOLDEN during check out, from August 29 to September 5.

J.Crew
In stores & online: 30% off your entire purchase through midnight on September 4. Use code YESPLEASE.

Keds
Take 20% off of orders of $50 or more when you enter the code MUSTHAVE during check out. There’s also free shipping and returns, from August 29 to September 4.

Free People
Get an additional 25% off of sale items in stores and online, from August 31 to September 5.

Tory Burch
End-Of-Season Sale — Take up to 60% off handbags, shoes, clothing, and more at the end of Summer sale.

Fossil
Save 20% off of purchases less than $150, 25% off off orders between $150 and $200, and 30% off of purchases over $200, from September 1 to September 4.

Baublebar
Enjoy up to 80% off of sale items, from August 31 through September 4.

Ann Taylor
Take 50% off of sale items online, from August 31 to September 4.

J.Crew Factory
Take 50% off everything, in stores and online (some exclusions apply). Plus, take an extra 50% off clearance. Use code DELISH.

Draper James
Score an additional 30% off of all sale items when you use the promo code LABORDAY at check out, from September 4 to September 7.

Abercrombie & Fitch
Get new jeans for $39 and enjoy 40% off of everything else.

ModCloth
Get 20% off of all orders, 25% off of orders over $100, and 30% off orders over $200 throughout the weekend.

Boden
Save 20% off of the entire store and enjoy free shipping on all orders over $49, from August 31 to September 5.

Old Navy
Take 50% off of non-clearance jeans, dress, and tees, now through to September 4.

Macy’s
Take 20% off sitewide with the code LBDAY, now through September 4.

Nicole Miller
Take an extra 40% off all sale items using code ShopStyle40.

rag & bone
Ah one of my favorite pairs of jeans! Take up to 65% off at the end of Summer sale with the code LABORDAY30, through September 4.

VIX Swimwear
Get an extra 30% off sale styles with the code WAVE30.

Do you have an eye on any sale items? Is there another sale you are excited about for this weekend? I’d love to hear all about it. Also, if you don’t plan on shopping this weekend, tell me what you are doing. For me, I hope to soak up some sun in Florida and get a good dose of summer before it quickly ends.

Cheers & happy Labor Day!

Sarah Camille

9 Handbag Essentials for Women on the GO!

9 Handbag Essentials for Women on the Go

When work is busy and your list of to-dos is never-ending, having the right handbag essentials is a must. Once I took time to think ahead and carefully select things I often need, it was amazing to see how my busy days felt a little less hectic. This may seem like a no-brained for some of you, but going through my work tote every week or so automatically makes my work/life schedule and routine fall into order.

If you have looked for something in your desk that is already in your bag, or you have thought something is in your bag when it’s really at home, just know that I have been there (sooo many times)! I know how annoying and time consuming that can be. So, in hopes of helping you make your work bag work for you, here is a peek inside my handbag!

Wallet

IMG_1256 Tory Burch Frida Zip Aroung Wallet

This may seem like a no-brainer, but a proper wallet that can hold all your cards and coupoons is a simple way to increase your level of organization.

EOS Lip Balm

EOS Soft Lip Balm Sphere

Chapped lips can be a major distraction, especially if you are on your way to the office for an event or important meeting.

Felt Pen

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Enough said.. I always need these, and in all the colors!


Erin Condren LifePlanner

Erin Condren LifePlanner, 2017-2018

I’ve talked about my LifePlanner before, and my love for it has only grown since I got mine. It is a great way for me to set and track goals in addition to keeping up with my schedule.

Sunglasses

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Ralph Lauren Art Deco Square Sunglasses

I love to have a pair of sunglasses living in my bag at all times. That way I don’t have to think about it, and I’m prepared whenever the sun comes out.

Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara

This stuff is the BEST drugstore mascara. It is a must for when you need to freshen up in the middle of the day.

Lip Gloss


Lancôme Lip Lover Hydration Lip Gloss

Lancôme’s Lip Lover is an all-time favorite lip gloss for me. It’s not sticky. It’s well pigmented and it lasts a long time!

Snack


Blue Diamond Almonds 100 Calorie Bags

When a meeting goes over or your lunch just didn’t cut it, a snack like this is a must in order to keep me from crashing or falling asleep on my keyboard.

Stain Remover


Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover

Nothing is worse than spilling coffee on your shirt when your day is just getting started. These things save me all the time!

In addition to these essentials, there are always non-essentials floating around in my bag, like bills, receipts or tickets (oh my!). In order to keep these from getting in the way of my essentials, I aim to clean out my work bag every week or so.  The handbag I currently use is by Kate Spade from a surprise sale. Here’s a similar one in the same color and another tote that is the perfect color for fall.  The internal pockets and compartments, along with the sturdiness of the bag really help me stay organized.

Do you have similar essentials in your work bag or in your everyday bag?  How do you keep your handbag organized? I’d love to hear all about it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille