Tuesday, September 1, 2015

fall wardrobe essentials/2015

Earlier this summer I kicked off a new seasonal series here on the blog featuring wardrobe essentials based on some awesome feedback from you, my readers!  You gals were loud and clear that you wanted clear and concise seasonal advice on what to put in your closet.  Some of you wanted inspiration on filling in the potential holes in your wardrobe each season and others of you wanted a specific guide on creating a capsule wardrobe to minimize the amount of items in your closet while maximizing the style and ease of getting dressed each morning.

I loved the idea too… so I was happy to deliver! You gals loved the summer version of the "wardrobe essentials" so I knew it would be a great series here on the blog. Today I've got the fall version of the wardrobe essentials for you… and I think you are going to 'fall' (wink, wink) in love.  Keep in mind… some of these pieces you may already own, or you may own similar items.  Use this as a guide for a cohesive fall wardrobe filling in blank spots in your personal closet as needed.

I don't personally subscribe to a 'capsule' wardrobe but I will say that I don't own a ton of clothes… I really zero in on what I love each season and try to create outfits repeatedly out of those pieces without adding endless new clothes to the mix. I find it easier to create outfits with a smaller palate… and that is really what capsule dressing is at it's core, I suppose.

Here are my fall wardrobe essentials… which pieces do you plan to add to your wardrobe this fall?

get the pieces: (*item shown)

leather moto jacket (save | splurge*), trench coat (save*| splurge), military vest (save | splurge*), puffer vest (save | splurge*), navy blazer (save | splurge*)

black jeans (save | splurge*), distressed jeans (save | splurge*), army green pants (save | splurge*), boyfriend jeans (save*| splurge), black skirt (save*| splurge), chambray dress (save | splurge*), striped dress (save*| splurge), burgundy t-shirt dress (save*| splurge)

striped top (save | splurge*), grey henley (save | splurge*), blue striped oxford (save | splurge*), plaid shirt (save*| splurge), long line cardigan (save* | splurge), sweatshirt (save*| splurge)

riding boots (save* | splurge), ankle boots (save | splurge*), burgundy flats (save | splurge*), leopard flats (save | splurge*), lace up flats (save* | splurge)

grey tote (save | splurge*), leopard clutch (save | splurge*), cream wool scarf (save | splurge*), cross ring (save | splurge*), bold gold bracelet (save* | splurge), geode necklace (save* | splurge)

Or shop the pieces below… 
(remember some thumbnails will show items in different colors… it just means there are multiple colors available of that piece!) 

 Shop the tops and blazers…

Shop the bottoms and dresses…

Shop the tops and sweaters…

Shop the shoes and boots…

Shop the accessories…

Monday, August 31, 2015

my everyday style: dressy joggers! (I'm addicted!)

It took me a while to warm to the "dressy jogger pant" trend.  I tried on a ton of pairs and just couldn't find the perfect pair for me.  They were either too tight or too loose or weird fabric.  So when I stumbled on this pair I was skeptical, but I loved the feel and drape of the fabric and the zipper accents.

I'm glad I gave them a go, because they are definitely a new favorite and will be worn plenty this fall and winter.  They are perfect for everyday wear but can also be dressed up.  They are the perfect fresh pair of black pants to add to your wardrobe.  They would be perfect for the office as well, paired with heels and a sweater or a blouse and blazer combo.

Here I paired them with a chambray top, which is ultra easy.  They would work well with a striped top or chunky sweater as well.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Chambray Top, J.Crew (similar or similar or similar less expensive)
Earrings, Loren Hope via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code: jillggxoxo (similar or similar)
Shoes, J.Crew (similar or similar)
Bag, Milly via Nordstrom Rack - ℅  (similar or similar)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

#BleachInYourBest with Clorox + a giveaway!

I have this thing with white for my home… I'm kind of obsessed with it.  White sofas, white sheets, white towels… if it comes in white, I have it or want it.  But with two busy kids and I'll be honest a sometimes-klutzy-self my whites need a little (or a lot) of help staying that way.

But like any obsession it has it's ups and downs.  Who wants to be bleaching sheets and towels (or let's be frank… toilet bowls) in your good clothes when there is a chance for spilling or splashing.  Not me!!  But I also don't have the time to be switching into "yucky clothes" just to get a few household chores done mid-day.  And yes, I have paid the price.  Bleach stains on my favorite black top or worse on my designer jeans are in my not-so-distant past.

So when Clorox sent over their new Clorox Control products my interest was instantly piqued.  Clorox challenged me to 'Bleach in My Best' clothes like my favorite little black dress without the stress of ruining it. Using either the Clorox Control Bleach Crystals (solid form) or Bleach Packs (pre-packaged bleach bombs) I didn't have to worry about splashing or spilling or staining while using bleach!  I was instantly sold.

The Clorox Control Bleach Crystals are a handy solid-form bleach that is water activated.  You can add them right to the washing machine drum with sheets and towels or shake them into a toilet bowl to clean and brighten (both methods of which I have tried and loved!).  The Clorox Control Bleach Packs - my personal favorite - are pre-measured water-activated pouches of bleach powder that completely dissolve in water but are safe to the touch.  I have popped these babies right into the wash with my sheets and towels on multiple occasions and voila - whiter whites with no mess!  (Please remember parents to always keep cleaning products away from children!)

Read on below to see how you can win a Clorox Control Prize Pack and a mini shopping spree to #BleachInYourBest this fall!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit details:
Dress, Old Navy (similar or similar)
Shoes, Sole Society
Earrings, Loren Hope 

And now for the giveaway!
Clorox is generously giving away one Clorox Control Prize Pack and one $150 American Express gift card - so you can Bleach In Your Best!  So awesome, right!?!? 

Use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter - only entries placed through Rafflecopter will be eligible to win.  You must be 18+ and a US resident. No purchase is necessary to be entered.  A winner will be drawn at random on September 28, 2015.  Winner will be notified via email with 24 hours to claim their prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note, this post and giveaway was sponsored by Clorox.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.  All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

on my radar… August 2015!

These are just a few things on my radar this month…

geode necklace… I'm obsessed with geode's lately and this one is so gorgeous… (or similar less expensive)

cable knit sweater… sweaters this time of year seem to sing a siren song just for me. I want them all. I am in love with them all.  This classic beauty is no exception. (or similar less expensive)

tassel earrings… how fun are these? Plus, I am obsessed with burgundy for fall. 

grey scarf… scarf weather!?! Yes, please. I'll take that with a side of apple cider and football. (or similar less expensive)

grey jacket… this blazer/coat is perfect for fall into winter, and the price is right on this gorgeous piece!

grey handbag… this is my latest handbag obsession. It's not cheap, but boy is it pretty! (or similar less expensive)

black jeans… late last winter I became a serious black-denim-addict. I can't wait to put them back into heavy rotation again.  I love this fit… or I have this pair already and love them.

distressed frayed hem jeans… I love distressed jeans (you know me!) but frayed hem denim is my newest obsession.  These are super fun! (or less expensive option that I own and love!)

leopard flats… my leopard flats have been very "loved" over the past few years, if you know what I mean. They could use some replacing. These are just gorgeous! (or a less expensive version)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

my everyday style: thinking fall!

I admit.  Any hint of fall in the air like we have been having and I go running for jeans and more fall-like clothes.  Am I jumping the gun? Probably.  But fall style has to be my absolute favorite.

Distressed denim and a lightweight striped sweater seem to fit the bill for these pre-fall days.  And with temps rising back up into the 80s in the upcoming week I am taking what I can get for now with cool weather and will be sure to enjoy the return of summer later this week.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Striped Sweater, American Eagle (old but similar or similar budget-friendly)
Clutch, Deux Lux (old but similar or similar)
Sunglasses, Nordstrom Rack - ℅ (similar budget-friendly or similar)

Monday, August 24, 2015

fall accessories guide… 2015!

Fall accessories are usually the first purchases I make of the season… who wants to try on sweaters and coats while it's still 80 and sunny!?!? Shoes, bags, baubles and scarves… now that I can get behind.  Plus, a few new fall accessories can really breathe life into your fall clothes from previous seasons.  So it's a great way to stretch your wardrobe and your fall budget.

Here are the accessories I have my eyes on this fall…

the shoes…

the baubles…

the bags…

the scarves…


Just a few housekeeping tips for this Monday!

ONE: I am going to condense the email list to go out ONCE a week with the "best of" for the week.  This is in lieu of the daily emails…  some of you have given feedback that everyday is too much.  
BUT… let me know if you still want it everyday and I can look into maybe splitting the groups in two… one for everyday and one for once a week.  It's up to you gals how you prefer to get the emails! I don't want to inundate you with too many emails.  To sign up, if you haven't already… click here!  I try to include a few fun extras there too… so sign up! It's fun!

TWO: Have you downloaded the good life app yet? It's available for both iPhone/iPad and Android users! Whoop!  It has some awesome features like "bookmarking" your favorite posts to refer to later and you can toggle between my blog and my Instagram account for more outfit inspiration.  You can also "bookmark" the Insta posts and then see ALL your bookmarks in one spot.  It's super easy to use and looks pretty slick too (wink, wink!)… and the best part is that it's totally FREE!!! Bonus! Download it here… I've gotten some really great feedback from users that they are loving it! And if you do love it… leave a little review on the iTunes store… it sure would be sweet of you!

Friday, August 21, 2015

in (with) the army (green) now...

Army green is a classic fall color… so it's no surprise to see it popping up in retailers left and right as fall approaches.  I personally love army green because it can be a great neutral in your wardrobe.  It pairs well with denim, black, white, leopard and even pattern and bright and bold colors… you can't go wrong with adding a little of this hue to your closet this fall!

I just snagged some army green pants (check out this video to see them!) and I am, as always, I am in love with this coat. I wear it year-round.

Here are some fun army green picks for fall… I would gladly have any of these pretties join my closet for the season.  What about you? Are you loving this color for fall? Have some already? Can't wait to add more?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

closet staple: military-inspired vest!

When I randomly picked up this military-inspired vest over two years ago I never thought it would be as versatile as it has turned out to be.  It's been a real gem.  It's been a life-saver for adding a little extra something-something to an outfit no matter the season.

As you can see below, I've worn this vest spring, summer, fall and winter.  It's one of only a handful of items in my closet that can truly be worn all four seasons with ease. It's perfect to layer with sweaters, dresses, chambray and I especially love it with the faux fur collar! I can't wait to try that again this fall.

one,  shawl collar
three, military vest

Or shop the pieces below…

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

wear it now and later: boyfriend jeans!

I walked into my closet the other day totally, over the top, forget about it sick of summer shorts and found this pair of boyfriend/girlfriend jeans that I had completely forgotten that I owned.  Don't you love it when that happens?!? It seriously made my day.  Then I wore them for multiple days straight.

Yes, it's hot here.  And really, really humid. Like you walk outside and your whole outfit and body feels soaking wet instantly.  But the past few weeks have been heads-down-g.s.d. days so I am mostly in AC all day.  Otherwise jeans wouldn't be possible at all.  But this is the thing with where I am at with summer right now. My kids still don't start school for three weeks (kill me!) and I am swamped with work (I've got some super fun projects coming to the blog soon!) and fall sports are in full swing.  So we are at max capacity.  I'm over shorts. So I let myself wear jeans. I'm over being the camp counselor mom promising fun and action at every turn. So I let my kids run wild with the neighbors. My house is a disaster from neglecting it all summer. So I let it just go, or try to (I'm not good at letting this one go).  We've been traveling every weekend. So I let dinner planning go out the window, cereal anyone?

My point is that boyfriend jeans are just what I need right now… maybe you need them too? Maybe life is feeling a little upside down for you like it is me and these slouchy devil-may-care jeans are just up your alley right now too.  If so, I've got good news… you can wear them now and later.   These boyfriend jeans are perfect with a little lace top for hot days now… then layer them with plaid and a vest and some cute little boots this fall.  Voila!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

my everyday style: tunics!

I've already raved quite a bit about tunics this summer… to say I've been wearing them quite a bit is an understatement.  They are classic and breezy and elevate an outfit instantly.  At this point in the summer I am actively thinking of how I can transition the summer wardrobe pieces I love into fall and tunics are no exception.  I will definitely be layering these with my leather jacket, blazers or a denim jacket this fall. 

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Top, J.Crew - on sale! (or in blue or similar)
Sandals, J.Crew - on sale! (similar or similar less expensive)
Bag, Madewell (similar or similar)
Sunglasses (similar), via Nordstrom Rack - ℅ 
Necklace, Gorjana via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code "jillggxoxo"

Monday, August 17, 2015

fall crush/j.crew

J.Crew is really getting me excited for fall with their new arrivals right now… after an insanely hot weekend here this past weekend, I think I am officially ready for some cooler fall weather (I may regret saying that, but for now…).  The idea of wearing a few layers and maybe even a cozy scarf sounds very appealing at the moment. Let's not even talk about the apple pie, Friday night lights and gorgeous boots… because then I'm done. For sure!

The best news… ending tonight you can get up to 30% off your entire order at JCrew using code: SHOPMORE - major bonus, right!?!
1. corduroy blazer - um, yes please! I love it styled here with a simple oxford and jeans!
2. shirtdress - this would be great to layer with a denim jacket or blazer.
3. field jacket - this is such a great closet staple, I love it paired with the sequins here. So fun!
4. marble painted top - this is a great transitional piece for wearing alone now and with layers later.
5. grey blazer - wear it with shorts in September and then jeans in October. Perfection!
6. zipper top - this is another piece that is great on it's own now and layered later.
7. silk lapel blazer - this blazer is so beautiful. I get major blazer cravings this time of year, can you tell?
8. denim jacket - paired with stripes or a striped dress is such ease and perfection for fall.
9. surplus dress - this is so easy and chic… I sound like a broken record, but wear it now on it's own and layer it up later this season.
10. gingham top - gingham's back! Not that it really went any where… but hallelujah, right!?

Friday, August 14, 2015

super sale alert: rebecca minkoff!

I am a huge Rebecca Minkoff fan… her bags are DROOL worthy and if you weren't lucky enough to pick up a RM handbag at the recent Nordstrom sale - well, have I got news for you!

These gorgeous bags are up to 70% off - most of them are 50% off!!! I am always up for splurging on a handbag, even though at these prices it's hardly a splurge!