1. Old Navy Women’s Drapey Twill Pant, XS – XXL, $32; 2. West Elm Cookbook Stand, $24; 3. Athleta Snowscape Sweatshirt, XXS – XL, $60; 4. Castlepeak Slub Crew, XXS – XL $45.00
Old Navy Women’s Drapey Twill Pant, XS – XXL, $32
The other morning, when I reached for my most favorite pair of lived-in Joe’s jeans, I realized I was desperate for a new option. Something just as easy, but not another jean or legging. Old Navy is such a great resource for inexpensive casual pieces. These drawstring pants were exactly what I was looking for. They are easy but still feel more polished than a legging. No need to over complicate the look, throw them on with a slim fitted tee and flat sandals for an easy-breezy summer look.
Sizing note: I am 5’10 and bought a tall. I ended up buying two pairs in black and will have them hemmed for flats. The regular length were just a hair too short. I like a nice, strong break.
West Elm Cookbook Stand, $24
What a great Mother’s Day gift for the mom that loves to cook! I always have my iPad in the kitchen, switching between iTunes and Food Network. It’s nice to have a place to keep it, so it’s accessible but not laying in the middle of everything.
Athleta Snowscape Sweatshirt, XXS – XL, $60 and Castlepeak Slub Crew, XXS – XL $45
I can never have enough sweatshirts. They are in constant rotation in my day to day wardrobe. I wear them from a workout and then afterwards to grab a coffee or run some errands, with leggings on a cozy night in watching movies or with jeans and chic sneakers at my kids sports on the weekends. If you love comfort but still want to look pulled together, look for elevated activewear, like these sweatshirts from Athleta. They work well anything from workout gear to comfortable jeans but do not compromise on style.
1. Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc – Gardenia Colonia’ Candle, $27; 2. Lafayette 148 Bleecker Pants in Black, $348; Lead, $121; and Granite, $328; 3. kate spade new york ‘somerset’ cotton blend cardigan, $198
Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc – Gardenia Colonia’ Candle, $27
In my next life, I will have a garden that smells like this candle. It’s perfect for this time of year when the sun starts to feel warm again, and flowers and plants are on the verge of bloom. The packaging is lovely and would make a great gift for Mother’s Day.
Lafayette 148 Bleecker Pants in Black, $348; Lead, $121; and Granite, $328
If you haven’t done so already, trade in your long trouser pants for an ankle skimming pair. This time of year is perfect to shorten your pant length and Lafayette 148’s Bleecker is a client favorite. The stretch twill is not only forgiving in shape but the fabric stays breathable as the temperatures warm up. Ankle slits anchor the sleek lines and a side zip creates a flat front which is a treat for those of us who would rather leave our shirts untucked if possible. Many colors are available from the finer department stores in petites, misses, and plus. Wear with a pump to elongate the line of your leg and the top with a blouse that grazes your waist or shell and jacket.
kate spade new york ‘somerset’ cotton blend cardigan, $198
Cardigans are tricky. When worn beautifully, they are soft, yet polished. When worn incorrectly they can look sloppy, unprofessional, and marginalize our image. I shop for cardigans for clients on a pretty regular basis so when this came out of the back stock room of Nordstrom last week, my client and I were feverishly unwrapping the lovely little buttons to get it on! It’s available in 7 colors and, in true kate spade style, has impeccable details. Look at your current cardigans and if any of them are pilling, have lost their shape, or you just want a new color for your spring and summer wardrobe, these are the ones to buy.