J Crew Steals for the Fall

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Happy Wednesday friends. I’m back from my trip to New England feeling refreshed and relaxed. I absolutely loved it up north and really felt in touch with the ‘yankee’ roots on my mom’s side. We had a great time up there as a family, especially because it will probably be our last family trip for awhile as I’ll be most likely moving for my next job. Coming back from vacation is always hard but I love sleeping in my own bed! Do you know what I mean?

J Crew Finds

Last night, I was browsing through the J Crew website trying to find some steals. I came across clearance (Ok, not really, it was the first place I looked), and found some amazing deals! They had plenty of summer stuff but also quite a few things that could be worn this season. I focused the color palette on the primary colors- red, blue, and a touch of yellow! Best part is, almost everything is under $50 (plus, I think there’s free shipping going on!) These are just a few of my favorite things on clearance right now, there’s plenty of other things so go check it out!

Let me know if you buy anything and what you bought! Also, be sure to like my Facebook page, it could use some love!

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Seaside Style

Hello lovelies! Yesterday, I was in Massachusetts doing some sight seeing and today I’m writing to you from Lancaster, PA. I love the northeast this time of year because the leaves are starting to change, the temperatures are dropping, and my preppy style fits right in! It’s wonderful to be in a place that recognizes Bean boots, Vineyard Vines, and even appreciates them.

J Crew in New England

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I spent Saturday with my family wandering around Salem, MA. This quaint, sea-side town has so much great history that we didn’t even get to see it all. We wandered down Essex Street and pretended not to notice the creepy shops that lined the sidewalks. Pretty much every little store sold potions and things with pentagrams on them. This Christian, suburban girl was out of her element. There were a few places with cute trinkets and baubles to take home as souvenirs though.

My sister and I wandered out onto a jetty to take some pictures. The weather was absolutely wonderful! The sun was abundant, great breeze, and a slight chill in the air!

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My sweater is the Charley from J Crew. They don’t make this one anymore but I found a few on eBay  that are pricey but if you’re really in love with it, go for it! I’m wearing a size XS and it’s a little snug but I made it work.

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My earrings are from Aldo and I got them on a 2 for 1 deal! I love their jewelry but it can be a little expensive given the quality. Wait for a good deal like the one I got!

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My eyeshadow is Mac “Amber Lights” for $16. Normally, I hate spending this much on makeup but Mac products are usually worth it! I love this color and use it as my base quite often. The crease color is actually from a Victoria’s Secret eyeshadow palette. It’s a medium gray shade that blends nicely with the Amber Lights.

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Lastly, my shorts were a steal from an Abercrombie & Fitch outlet in San Antonio. I got them for $9! I absolutely love the lace on them. They’re light weight, feminine, and go with nearly everything.

We had a wonderful time exploring Salem on Saturday. Even better, we took a historical and ghost tour that evening for fun. We learned a lot about the history of Salem and got a little spooked at the same time. I’ll be posting a few pictures from the trip along with some from our whale watching trip (yes, we saw many whales!) later this week. Be sure to check them out! If you’ve been to Massachusetts, let me know what your favorite thing is to do there!

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Summer Days With George and Martha

I love summer days when you have time on your hands to just enjoy the outdoors and the abundant sunshine. Earlier this week, I took some time out of my day to visit Mt. Vernon, the home of President George Washington. It’s located on the Potomac River and surrounded by lovely fields and forests. I honestly could have spent all day there and not seen everything. Despite the breeze, it was just too hot to be outside for very long. Here’s a peek at my day!

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Being the tourist I am, I thought it would be most appropriate to carry around my Kate Spade bag all day. As much as I adore it, it got really heavy! I wore light weight clothing to make up for it though. My shorts are J Crew and top is a throwback from Old Navy years ago. I’ve gotten a lot of wear and tear on both of these items. I just love bright colors like these for the summer months!

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The incredibly beautiful gardens next to the President’s mansion. It truly is a little oasis right by the Potomac River. The various flowers and plants that were in the garden have been grown there since the Washington’s resided in the home.

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Not many people know that besides politics and the military, George Washington was a successful farmer. He absolutely loved the land and rose early in the morning to meet with his farm manager.

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The porch view of the Potomac River.

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The front view of the home. The trees lined the driveway and provided a wonderful breeze to enjoy while walking around.

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Summer Style: Preppy Edition

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Good morning! Here’s a little preppy inspiration for you today! I love this look for summertime. Tee shirts, shorts, and baseball hats are classic Americana. It’s pretty much the only thing I wear during the hot, muggy summer days we have here on the East Coast.

A few things on my summer prep wish list:

-Jack Rogers sandals
-Vineyard Vine tee
-Lilly Pulitzer shorts
-Southern Proper tee

I went into a local preppy themed store and was talking with the owner about cute preppy themed things she should think about selling. She told me that Kiel James Patrick has actually designed a bracelet for her store and she’s debuting it next weekend! For the record, Kiel and his fiance, Sarah, are apparently really nice, down to Earth people. I can’t wait to see the bracelet they designed! I’ll be posting about it next weekend! Enjoy today!

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Fourth of July Style

fourth_of_july_styleFourth of July is this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited! I love this holiday for many reasons and one of them is sporting red, white, and blue in style! I love the way Americans celebrate their freedom. It’s a beautiful expression of who we are and that there are some traditions that won’t change.

I still haven’t decided what I’m wearing or even what my official plans are. I have many ideas floating around in my head but they all have one thing in common: bug spray! I get eaten alive every year. I also might attempt to make strawberry shortcake with some blueberries for added color, but don’t count on it.

I’ll take a selfie to share with you on my Instagram when I figure out what my Fourth of July style will include. For now, enjoy my inspiration!

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