The Weekend Guide

The Weekend Guide 02.05.16

LISTEN
Head down hip hop’s memory lane with a scrolling audio timeline of the Billboard Top Ten from 1989 to 2015.

SAVE
I wanted to chat about my experience with The Laundress products this week, but I ran into some technical difficulties with our computer that left me in a blog drought for a few days. I’ll get to it on Monday (fingers crossed). In the meantime, snap a photo of your laundry day chores and post it to Instagram with #IamTheLaundress. Then, fill out this form for a $25 voucher to spend at The Laundress!

WEAR
I’m late to the cropped flare bandwagon, but I’m eager to jump aboard now that I came across this pair (also in a darker wash here). Here are tips on how to try the trend.

RELAX
At this point, I’m in the kids-after-33 camp. Everyone seems to have their opinions about older mothers, but those who naturally conceive later in life might enjoy a longer life.

HIDE
Stop looking like a DJ with a gigantic headphones. Instead, disguise a pair of ear buds in a statement pendant.

GIGGLE
Have you seen Tiffany Beveridge’s hilarious take on toddler fashion? I’m eager to pick up her book featuring the fictional pint-size fashionista Quinoa.

Monkeying Around

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If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I don’t particularly enjoy wearing pants — and it’s especially true in the winter. I rely on a uniform of skirts or dresses, tights, and wellies to keep my real shoes safe from precipitation and road salt. I know Hunter boots get a lot of criticism for being worn in colder months. And, no, rubber isn’t exactly the warmest material. However, when they’re paired with thick hiking socks (and a short walk to the car from my apartment and office), they’re really not that bad for a Wisconsin winter.

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Shop the Look
Coat: J.Crew (old, similar here and here) | Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (similar here, or buy it secondhand in a small, medium, or large) | Sweater: J.Crew Factory (similar) | Boots: Hunter | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Shopbop | Rings: Monica Vinader, c/o Julie Vos (similar) | Lips: Stila “Bella

The Weekend Guide

The Weekend Guide 01.29.16

EXPLORE
I’ve never been to New Orleans, but this three-day guide is making a beignet-filled trip to Louisiana awfully tempting.

BAKE
The heart cutouts make this strawberry balsamic slab pie perfect for Valentine’s Day dessert. (Use a small heart cookie cutter to make the pie design easier.)

LOVE
Alissa’s recent post on looking stylish while gaining weight is a poignant reminder that we should all love our bodies no matter the size.

ADORN
These oversize earrings are ah-mazing. Take inspiration from ’60s sweatheart Twiggy and pair the mod flowers with a tent dress and low block heels. (Save 25% on your full-price purchase at BaubleBar with code HEART25.)

LEARN
Unfortunately, we live in a society where throwing away items that have reached the end of their life cycle is the norm. Ikea wants to change that. The retailer is exploring ways to extend the life of its furniture and recycle old pieces.

APPLAUD
Fifty-seven years after her debut, Barbie is getting a makeover.

 

Five Under $55

umbrella, $34 (also comes in a flamingo print) | earrings, $8.40* | espadrilles, $55 | nail polish, $27 | dress, $30

*Be sure to check for Kohl’s discounts before you shop. There’s usually a coupon to help save money!

Mini Moments: January 2016

Mini Moments January 2016

I can’t believe we’re already through the first month of 2016! I don’t really get out much in the middle of winter, but there are a few mini moments worth reminiscing about:

  • Playful stripes kept a monochromatic look from being too boring. (The cape is still available in medium/large and it’s on sale.)
  • Grocery store blooms are one of my favorite indulgences. Bouquets of tulips (my favorite flower) must mean that spring is on its way!
  • I managed to stay on budget with the first shopping recap of the new year. A $200 Visa gift card from work allowed me to take home that Tory Burch beauty for virtually nothing. It’s been popping back on the Tory Burch site in various colors. Keep an eye on it here.
  • I go through my jewelry collection each spring to reorganize messy piles and rediscover old favorites. I’ll do a post on my organization technique soon, but I will say that stackable clear plastic trays (sort of like this) are lifesavers.
  • One of my coworkers brought back chocolates from a recent jaunt to Italy.
  • We booked a trip to Denmark and Belgium! While we visited Belgium in 2014, we’re beyond excited to go back to Brussels to restock our beer supply and head out on day trips to cities we didn’t visit the first time around. However, we’re definitely going back to Bruges for a day. The city looks like it’s straight from a fairy tale.
  • I was given the opportunity to try out some products from The Laundress. I’m going to do a full review in a couple of days, but let me tell you that their Signature Detergent is a total game changer. I always buy white sheets, but didn’t realize that they weren’t living up to their full potential with Tide until I used The Laundress product. The sheets have never been this bright since I purchased them. You can try their products out with a FREE $25 voucher. All you need to do is post a laundry day Instagram with #IamTheLaundress and then fill out this form.
  • My beloved faux fur coat is available for an even deeper discount! It runs true to size.
  • Kate Spade’s latest book is all kinds of adorable.

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