Weekend Sales

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are some seriously great sales going on this fall. Between sipping your pumpkin spiced latte and picking apples at the local orchard, make sure you find time to check them out!

J.Crew – 30% final sale with code PICKSALE. Have a J.Crew card? Use code CARDSONLY for 40% off!

J.Crew Factory is hosting its $35 and under sale! Serious steals right now.

Take $25 off every $100 you spend at Banana Republic with code BRHERENOW

Brooks Brothers Friends and Family Sale

I don’t know why, but I have always associated Brooks Brothers with fall. Perhaps it has something to do with the all the wool jackets, cashmere sweaters, and tartan prints. Regardless, they are synonymous with fall in my head. So it’s perfect that the Friends and Family sale is ongoing through today. Take 25% off with code FF25. Below, you can see some of my favorites. I couldn’t help myself with the Black Watch Dress. (And the latest Red Fleece collection is to die for!)

Introducing: Firmoo

 If you wear glasses, today’s post is perfect for you. I’ve worn glasses since high school (yep, such a nerd), and now that I’m out in the big world on my own, I’ve realized how expensive glasses and prescription sunglasses are. When Firmoo approached me about a review, I knew I had to share them with you. Finally, affordable eyewear! Most of their frames start at just $36, and even their special lenses aren’t much more. If you love to change up your accessories, these are perfect, because you can buy several pairs for the same price you’d pay at your optometrist.

As long as I’ve worn glasses, I’ve never owned a pair of prescription lenses. On super sunny days when contact lenses just wouldn’t work, I’d have to be essentially blind to wear my shades. Not the brightest idea ever. I thought I’d give Firmoo’s Rx sunglasses a try. I chose their wayfarer sunglasses (OMJ8005), and couldn’t be happier. They’re lightweight and come with the cutest carrying case. The whole ordering process was super simple, too – just call your eye doctor for your prescription, fill out the ordering form, and you’re good to go! Which pair would you order?

Delight of the Day 9/12

 One of my favorite things about being a blogger is being introduced to new brands and getting the opportunity to share them with my lovely readers. Case in point: Devon Maryn. Devon (a former Kappa!) founded Devon Maryn in August 2014 to bring feminine, preppy activewear to the scene, and I couldn’t be more excited for you to check out her goods. I’m loving the Butter Me Up Lobster yoga pants; how adorable is that print? Now that it’s getting a bit chilly outside in the morning, these will be perfect for your AM run, and, thanks to these capris, you’ll look beyond cute running past the long line at Starbs.

Delight of the Day 9/11

I don’t know what it is, but I’m obsessed with the idea of leather duffle bags. There’s just something so classic about their look, and I love the idea of grabbing one, filling it with the essentials, and hopping on the first train out of town. Pair that with beautiful craftsmanship made in America, and you’ve found pure perfection. Frank Clegg’s Compass Duffle is the quintessential travel bag and will be topping all of my Christmas lists this year. That, and a trip to Paris.

Introducing: Kayla Itsines

 I could not be more excited for today’s post. I’m going to be honest: I’ve been in a workout/eating rut. I started strong this spring and kept it going until a few weeks ago, but I’ve been a disaster lately. I’m talking 1 cardio session a week, some ab workouts here and there, and lots and lots of late night snacks. I totally blame The Boy for all of this; he’s a horrible influence!

 We just booked a vacation for the end of November, and while I’ve been telling myself I have eons to get back on track, the truth of the matter is that I’m just bored with my current regimen and have had no desire to find motivation. So, when someone from Kayla Itsine’s team reached out to me about a blog feature, I (squat) jumped at the opportunity!

 If you don’t follow Kayla on Instagram, please do so now. Holy motivation, right? Kayla, a totally fit 23 year-old Australian, has created easy-to-follow Exercise & Training and Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Plan guides that can get you the bikini bod you’ve been sort of kind of maybe working on in 12 weeks (just in time for my trip). My favorite part is that the meal plans aren’t terribly restrictive diet (nothing like my BPC experience), and the workouts aren’t super intimidating. Both guides are completely manageable a busy schedule, so don’t even try the, “But recruitment/homework/project deadline has me so too busy,” excuse.

I will be starting the challenge on Monday, and I’m hoping some of you will be brave enough to join me! If you’re interested and have more questions, please feel free to reach out! If you’re ready to take the plunge with me, you can order a couple of different ways. You can order just the Exercise & Training guide or just the Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Plan for $69.97 each, or you can save $19 and order both together. I’ve gotten both so I can follow the more comprehensive, inside-out approach, but it’s totally up to you. I can’t wait to see how far we come!

 Need help looking cute while you sweat? I’ve got you covered:

Fall Essentials

It’s unofficially the most wonderful season of the year – fall! One of my favorite things about fall growing up was back-to-school shopping. While I may not be going back to school, I’m totally all about fall shopping. For me, it’s all about riding boots (may my old ones rest in peace), quilted jackets, and a great neutral leather tote. What’s on your list?

Riding Boots

Quilted Jacket

Neutral Leather Tote

Labor Day Sales

Labor Day marks the end of seersucker and white denim, butttt it does have a plus side: major sales. In between all the parties and concerts this weekend, I’m definitely making time to take advantage of these blowouts. What are your must-haves?

Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase with code BRLABOR, plus earn $20 for every $35 you spend

C. Wonder – 30% off full priced items + additional 50% off sale

Club Monaco – 50% off clearance + additional 40% off sale with code HEYFALL

Gap – Up to 40% off everything + 20% off with code HAPPY

J.Crew – 40% off final sale with code WEEKEND (Stubbs & Wootton for $170!!)

J.crew Factory – 40-60% off everything (The vest is on sale!)

L.L. Bean – Take 10% off with code LABORDAY (Bean Boots, ladies)

Nordstrom – Up to 40% off clearance

Tory Burch – Up to 30% off with code LABORDAY14 (Riding boots galore)

Preppy Home Decor

I have a confession to make. Until the Lilly sale (which then led to splurging for work attire at J.Crew, Loft, Banana, and The Limited), I really haven’t been buying a lot of clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still just as in love with shopping, but I’ve been focusing my purchases elsewhere: on preppy home decor. The Boy and I moved into an apartment at the end of November, and I’ve been slowly curating to make it home.

 Recently, I’ve been posting pictures of the summer decor (all-American versus fall/winter, which is tartan) to Instagram, and a lot of people are wondering where I find things. I’ll begin by saying I’m no stranger to scouring flea markets and even ebay once I’ve decided I wanted something (think vintage oars, wooden tennis rackets). I’ve also raided my grandmother’s basement, where I found some amazing silver serving trays and old golf clubs. But the majority of my collection has come from three sites: One Kings Lane, Joss & Main, and Zulily. (If you need invites to any of them, please click here: OKL, J&M, Z.)

 They have everything from vintage goodies and modern art to kitchen necessities and furniture. Seriously. If you can think of it, they have it. One Kings Lane is my personal favorite because of their curated collections. There’s one right now called Country Club, and, once you’ll look, you’ll understand where I get a lot of my inspiration.

Where do you find style inspiration?

After Party Part II

Day one of the Lilly sale is over, and let’s give credit where it’s due: Lilly did a phenomenal job of managing website traffic this year. Sure, there were a few glitches (one my orders was duplicated, but I’m hopeful customer service will fix this!), but nothing like in years past. I was able to get 2 dresses and a skirt I had been eyeing all summer, plus another cute dress I stumbled upon. What goodies did you score?!