Fashion Favorites: Denim Edition

Last week I shared some tips for finding jeans that fit. Today, I’m sharing my favorite jean brands and styles with you. As you read along, you should keep in mind that I am 5’8” and have legs that are longer than my torso. Because of that, I find a skinny or cigarette leg with a midrise cut tends to be most flattering on me (Side note: “cigarette” jeans are just a rommier version of skinny jeans). That said, I many of the brands below have various cuts that will likely work for you if your body shape is differen from mine.

First, my favorite jeans to date are Hudson’s Nico Mid-Rise skinny jean. I have these in multiple washes and they fit me SO well. While they are on the pricey-end, around $200, they have easily lasted me two years of wear and tear. This style is also very fitted, with a good amount of stretch, which keeps the denim soft and comfy.

Rag + Bone’s ‘The Skinny’ Skinny jeans are also a favorite of mine (I’m wearing them in green at the top of this post :-)). These are a little looser and more structured than Hudson’s Nico style, but that extra structure is nice and can feel more formal at times. These fit similar to the Hudson–good for someone with a straight, slightly curvy or athletic frame. The downside on these is that they are the priciest of my favorites.

For a less expensive alternative, I go for Kut from the Kloth’s Diana skinny style jean. This cut has more of a cigarette leg than a skinny leg, and the denim is pretty soft and stretchy. These jeans usually go for about $90, but often Nordstrom marks them down. For example, the Kut from the Kloth jeans below are 40% off! This brand also sells the Diana cut in corduroys if you need to stock up for the upcoming fall and winter.

If you aren’t a huge fan of jeans with a skinny leg, I’d recommend checking out other styles and cuts from the brands I have mentioned. From what I have experienced these brands make good quality denim that lasts after many many  wears (and I am not easy on my clothes!). I also recommend checking out Zappos and Nordstrom Rack to find designer jeans at a fraction of the cost. They often sell an array of Hudson and Rag & Bone jeans on those sites.

Happy shopping my friends!

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Get the Look: Wedding Guest

I’m back in DC after a whirlwind of a weekend in downtown Nashville, celebrating my cousin’s wedding. The wedding was such a fun time, perfectly suiting my cousin and her new husband’s personalities.

On Saturday morning, we went to the Frothy Monkey, an eclectic, hipster restaurant for breakfast (I’d go there again in a heartbeat!). We spent the day walking around Nashville and exploring the city. After roaming around and getting a light lunch to hold us over to dinner, we got ready for the wedding and headed over to the Bell Tower for the ceremony and reception.

Throughout the night I received several compliments on my dress, so I thought I’d share the details and some similar styles. I wore a violet, lace dress by AQUA that I bought online from Bloomingdale’s. I paired the dress with a Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC convertible crossbody bag and strappy Michael Kors heels.



This exact style dress was exclusively sold at Bloomingdales, and now there are just a couple sizes available in violet and black. But there is good news! AQUA has some very similar styles in darker colors. These would be perfect if you are looking for a dress like this for a fall or winter event.

While lace and midi dresses are definitely trendy right now, I think there is something classic about this look. They can be worn at different types of events and for years to come. Maybe that’s why I went for it.. and why I’m so tempted to get another one!

Good luck my fellow shoppers, and let me know if you get one.

Happy Monday!

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Sale Alert!

There are some amazing sales going on right now for you, my fellow shopaholic! I am sure more will be announced in the next week as we get closer to Labor Day weekend. But, if you have the urge to shop now and don’t want to wait until the holiday weekend, I’d check these out:

  1. Anthropologie: Extra %25 off Sale Items
  2. Pottery Barn: Almost everything is being sold at a discount with this week long sale. It’s *almost* too good to be true!
  3. South Moon Under: 15% off purchases over $150. This sale ends Sunday.
  4. J.Crew: 25% off select items + extra 30% off sale items through Sunday.

This is definitely a great time to stock up on classic pieces and summer sale pieces that can be transitioned into the fall season. The flowy dress pictured above is from Anthropologie and definitely makes for a practical transition piece for fall and spring. It’s marked down from $148 to $89.95. J.Crew also has several classic staples on sale that could be beneficial to your closet.

I’ll share another sale alert next week for those of you who are patient enough to put your wallets aside for a week. 😉

Happy shopping my friends!

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My Go-To Foundation 

When I was graduating from high school almost ten years ago, my mother took me to Sephora to buy some high quality makeup and get a tutorial on how to properly apply it to my face. It was on that (glorious) day that I was first introduced to Laura Mercier Cosmetics. It may seem dramatic to say that it was a life-changing day, but when I look back at it — it was a life-changing day!

At the time, Laura Mercier Cosmetics was a relatively new makeup line (about 10 years old), but what first attracted me to their foundation was how simple it was to apply and the fact that I did not look like I had makeup on after I applied it. Laura Mercier’s primer and tinted foundation allows my skin to glow through the product.

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I am not one to use heavy makeup on a regular basis, so Laura Mercier’s primer and foundation has been a staple for my daily makeup routine since I first discovered. Admittedly, I have tried other foundations and primers because I love testing out different makeup products, but I always come back to Laura Mercier.

It’s dependable and oh-so-practical for my daily routine. It is also comparable to a bb cream that has good coverage. The foundation is perfect in warmer months when you want something light. It is also easy to build upon the Laura Mercier foundation if you need to add concealer or additional foundation for more coverage. The primer also creates that perfect base for the foundation to go on smoothly and evenly across your face.

The best thing about Laura Mercier’s primer and foundation is that enhances your natural skin, and doesnt leave you feeling covered up. It is worth giving a try if you are looking for something with this effect. Let me know if you try it!

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Four Tips for Finding Jeans that Fit

“They are a little too tight around my hips.”

“They’re little too loose around my thighs.”

“They fit well at first, but after washing they are way too tight.”

“They are giving me a recurring wedgie!” 

“They always have to be hemmed.”

These are just a few of the common comments us ladies make about jeans. We all know it can be hard to find a pair that fit well, especially when there are so so many options out there. But, that struggle makes the achievement of finding a pair that truly fits your body shape that much more cheer-worthy.

Throughout my searches I have discovered some bits of knowledge that have helped me find jeans that fit and have helped my jeans maintain that fit. Here’s the scoop:

  1. Know your inseam – this is a lesson from the gentlemen in our lives. They know how long their legs are and how long their pants need to be due to the ways men’s pants are sized. This number is especially important for women above and below average height as it can save you a trip to the seamstress or from constantly returning pants that stop at your calf. Tip: look for this information in the jean’s details section when shopping online.
  2. Inside out, cold water & air dry – these are key when you are washing jeans. Washing them inside and out and in cold water helps the jeans maintain their vibrant blue color. Airing them dry afterward helps your jeans maintain its stretch factor.
  3. Don’t overwash – jeans should be washed only after you wear them several times. Doing this dramatically increases how long your jeans last.
  4. Don’t force a trend – It’s sad but true. We all have different body shapes, so not all trends are going to look good on you. No matter how much we love those high-waisted jeans on Gwyneth Paltrow, they aren’t going to look so great if you’re  short-waisted. Think about the parts of your body you love, and then determine which new trend or cut for jeans will accentuate that part of your body.

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At the end of the day it is all about feeling good in your skin. Clothes should help you achieve that feeling, not leave you feeling self conscious or physically restricted. Hopefully these tips ease your search for jeans with a perfect fit and help keep you from getting frustrated as you search. It’s a process that takes patience. I know.. easier said than done!

I’ll share later this week on my go-to jeans and some denim looks I love.

Happy Monday!

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