Basic Building: Early Fall Jacket

Fall showed up immediately here on the East Coast. One minute we were sitting on the beach, the next, the leaves are falling, and there is a chill in the air.

During the Nordstrom Sale, I picked up this quilted jacket by The North Face. It’s just what you want in an early fall jacket. 

You get the quality of The North Face, in a classic style, so you can wear it season after season. It’s warm but super lightweight, water “repellent,” and you can throw it in the wash. If and when you start traveling again, it will pack like a dream too. 

This is the kind of purchase we talk about that has real staying power and a great example of price per wear. You’ll wear it all fall and early spring for years. 

The North Face, Westborough Insulated Quilted Jacket

 

 

The North Face, Westborough Insulated Quilted Jacket: $139 

Now that we are back into a relatively normal routine, I’m spending more time driving the kids around, dropping them off at various practices, going to early morning games, and planning some outside fall activities. 

I live in a uniform of Zella leggings, sporty tops, sneakers, and this jacket for busy weekend mornings.

I ordered both the medium and the large and ended up keeping the large. There isn’t a huge difference between sizes. The medium fit, but felt just a bit snug under my arms. So if you are in between sizes, go up one. 

Some of the reviews mention it feels boxy. That isn’t my experience. I don’t want something that is so fitted I can’t have the option to layer heavier pieces underneath. This still has shape, while having room to move. 

Available in black (above), and navy up to a size XL. Plus size? Try this similar style in black and navy up to a size 3X


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Basic Building: Perfect White Sneakers

Cole Haan Margo Leather Sneaker

Now and then, I stumble on an item so good I have to share it with everyone. 

If you need a classic, white, wear-with-everything sneaker for the fall, I found the perfect pair, by Cole Haan, and they are on sale, in all sizes.

As life continues to lean toward casual comfort, a stylish sneaker is a must-have. You can pair them with absolutely everything, from leggings and jeans to skirts and shorts. The challenge is sometimes, the sneakers in our closets might be too bulky or sporty. 

You don’t want to wear the same sneaker you wear on walks or to the gym. Instead, you want something with a level of polish and sophistication. 

 

Cole Haan Margo Leather Sneaker 

 

Cole Haan Margo Leather Sneaker

Cole Haan Margo Leather Sneaker, Sale: $89.97

Cole Haan, of course, is known for their incredible level of comfort mixed with style. There are a few elements to this particular pair that I am absolutely crazy about.

The slim profile makes this the ideal pair to wear with outfits. The leather is soft and smooth, giving it a high-end look (on sale right now for under $90).

But my favorite detail is the luggage color logo on the tongue, which creates a cohesive look when paired with other elements like this reader favorite crossbody bag by Madewell

I bought these for myself, so you’ll see me in them on Instagram, and I’m going to feature them throughout the season in outfit posts. They run true to size and get an A+ for comfort. 

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A Go-To Dress For Transitioning Back to the Office

It’s fair to say that our professional lives are going to look weird for the rest of 2020.

While some parts of the country are pulling back their reopening plans, many are slowly turning the lights on. In my hometown of Philadelphia, people are commuting and back in the office, even if it’s just part-time.

But the city is hot (so hot), with temperatures in the mid 90s, and, most dress codes are toned down versions of what they were pre shut down. 

Which leads to the question, after months of working at the kitchen table, what’s an easy outfit option that is comfortable, cool, an a little more professional than yoga pants? 

A dress, obviously! 

And not just any dress, but this Lola jersey dress from Boden, available in an array of colors and prints, in regular, petite and long, ranging in sizes 2 – 22. 

Basics Building: Go-To Dress for Work 

Navy Dress by Boden

Dress, $85 

I’m thinking specifically for readers who are either walking or taking mass transit into a hot city. Maybe you’re in an office with a skeleton crew or a municipal or government building coming back online.

You want to look polished, but not overdone, comfort is key, but feeling dressed up is a welcomed change.

This dress requires nothing else. Simply throw it on and go. 

A Better Basic for Under $100

 

This dress is everything Boden does well, and has almost all five star reviews from customers.  

The fit is lovely; it’s not too long or too short and the cut is ideal. A v-neck is universally flattering, and the waistband will help pull you in, creating a slimming shape. 

While I’m not personally a fan of their prints, picking it up in either black or navy means you  have an incredibly wearable dress (with pockets!) for under $100.

How would I wear this?

Assuming I was commuting (or just didn’t want to fuss with heels) you can easily wear this with flats. I would wear these Allbirds Tree Breezers in Navy for both comfort and style.  They are similar to Rothy’s  in that they are eco-friendly, washable and breathable, so your feet won’t sweat in the summer heat. 

Finally, use what you have in your closet! I would carry this bag from Target that we featured last month and keep accessories simple with these studs from QVC (another reader favorite).

 

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Basics Building: Navy and White Striped Top

Basics Building: Navy and White Striped Top

We are continuing our basics building series, where I highlight one key piece from our Classic Wardrobe Checklist. Today, I’m featuring the striped top, in advance of its upcoming Wear it Three Way post.

I remember being a kid, seeing pictures of Jackie Kennedy wearing a slim pair of pants and a perfectly fitted striped top, and being instantly drawn in. How could one person be so incredibly chic? 

Since then, she and other icons (like the forever beautiful Carolina Herrera) have been my style guideposts. Their perfectly pulled together, well-edited, subtle, and approachable style has been my style goal and the basis of my entire business.

Perhaps, one of the core pieces of any style is the striped top. It’s undoubtedly the holy grail of classic American style and is foundational if you love French girl style. But no matter where you land stylistically, a striped top will serve you well hanging in your closet.

The Classic Striped Top 

 

Clockwise from Left: One, $24  |  Two, $25  |  Three, $38  |  Four, $30 

For today’s post, I rounded up a few options, to  cover as many sizes as possible. 

First, this one from Old Navy. it comes in missy, petite and tall, up to a size XXL. Right now, with all of the extra at check out discounts it’s about $17. It’s a relaxed fit, with three quarter sleeves and in comfortable boatneck style. 

Next up, this crew neck, long sleeve top from Everlane. It’s as basic and classic as it gets, with a reasonable price tag. If you’ve been curious about Everlane, their better basics are a good place to start. I find they run slightly small, so if you are in-between sizes, go up one. I’m a big fan of them as a brand; my one call out is that their sizes are still limited and could benefit from a more inclusive range.

Boden is another retailer that really nails the striped top. Generally speaking, they are even too preppy for me, but their basics are well made and they have an inclusive size range up to a 20/22. 

I LOVE this option, with a split top neck (similar to a boatneck) and slim body. This is more fitted and longer so if you are tall (like me) it’s a nice option. 

Finally, I included this square neck option from Gap since a boatneck, or crew neckline isn’t flattering on everyone. If you have a fuller bust, and want to try out the look, this might be a good alternative. 


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A Perfectly Polished Fleece for Work From Home Days

I’ve been home-based for most of my career. As a working mom, I can tell you that, even though it comes with its own unique set of challenges, I would pick working from home over going into an office any day. 

Hopefully, as we return to normal, more companies will be generous with their work from home opportunities. Countless studies show that a flexible work environment helps attract and retain female workers, and more women in the workforce, particularly in leadership positions, are better for everyone and everything. 

So today, I want to share one piece of advice, especially if you’ve recently been thrown into a virtual work environment, that has helped me succeed in my roles at work and home over the years and that is: ignore the idea that you have to have set work hours. 

I know that goes against everything you hear and read online. But the truth is if you work from home, have kids underfoot, are managing a home, busy family life, and the new challenge of homeschooling, there is no way possible you can also work a strict 9 – 5. 

So don’t even try. 

Routine Instead of a Schedule 

Instead, find a routine that works for your internal clock and your family’s schedule while still allowing you to be mindful of your work responsibilities, knowing that every day will look a little different. 

Over the last few months, my best, most productive days are the ones where we follow a loose and unconventional schedule. 

We have two-morning routines, one for me and Bri before the kids get up, and one to get the kids moving and set up for school. 

Bri and I tag team during the day, focusing on who has the most pressing deadline. That might mean I cover the kids when he has a call, or he jumps in when I need to meet a deadline. 

One of us stops work around 5 to start dinner (or these days order something) while the other wraps up a call or project, we try to take a walk as a family, and spend time with the kids. 

Then, we have two nighttime routines. One that gets the kids either to bed or settled for the night, so we can get in a few more hours of work, and then we have a simple routine to end our night later on. 

Instead of trying to replicate your usual office hours, consider an alternative schedule that will allow you the flexibility you need right now to wear all the hats. 

And of course, try to get dressed for the day. 

It makes all the difference in your mood and outlook. 

I featured this pale pink fleece over on Instagram a few weeks ago, and I’ve received so many messages from followers that they ordered it and LOVE it – I wanted to share it here too. 

It comes in four colors: black, light grey, oatmeal and pink, up to a 3X! 

Perfectly Polished Work From Home Fleece


Charles River Tunic Pullover

I make no exaggeration when I say I wear this several times a week. It’s the ideal weight for this time of year, when the mornings have a little chill in the air. I wear it with leggings for walks, or comfy jeans and sneakers. The quality is surprisingly fantastic. 

What makes this a real winner, though, is the length. So often, these kind of pieces feel just a little short in the body and then shrink over time. Because this is cut like a tunic, it covers your bottom!

You can see it in my below. 

I ordered the large (because it’s from Amazon and I always size up), but I could easily have worn the medium. I’ve washed it several times already and it hasn’t shrunk at all. 

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🌈Today is the first Saturday that feels like a Saturday!! . So we’re taking the kids on an afternoon hike and then ordering from our favorite Mexican restaurant to celebrate hitting 10,000 followers!! . 🥰Seriously, it’s the best thing that has happened during this quarantine. . Thank you for following along! . I promise I won’t be annoying, my content will remain unsponsored, my recommendations will remain sincere and we’ll continue to grow a community that values kindness, self-respect and celebrating the little joys of life.☝🏼For today’s outfit, ideal for spending time outside, follow the link in my profile and click “Shop My Outfits” . My pink fleece is new and pretty great 💕

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