Wednesday, April 1, 2015

spring classics/2015

From the timeless denim jacket to your (new) favorite jean shorts to a fun and flirty tank… this season I am LOVING the classics.  A linen blazer in white, a pair of loafers with bows and fun details like scallops and tassels are the perfect balance of classic and modern this season.  Pieces like these become instant favorites and are sure to be on repeat in your closet throughout the spring and summer.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

my everyday style: spring trends with Macy's - the jumpsuit!

Today I have partnered with Macy's to feature a spring trend that I am loving lately and that is…. jumpsuits!  They are as easy as a dress to pop on and style but I love that they are pants - or at least my legs do!  Having a jumpsuit or two on hand for spring is the perfect seasonal staple.  They can be dressed up for weddings and events with simple accessories or a shawl or worn dressed down for a girls night out with a denim jacket, like I styled it here, or even with an army inspired jacket.   Not to mention that they are super comfy… I mean really. This jumpsuit is so incredibly comfortable and stylish.

I am always on the hunt for pieces that make my wardrobe versatile and super ready-to-wear.  This piece fits the bill exactly!

For more spring trends from Macy's check out their spring trend report!

(photos by Tracy Carmody)

Details: jumpsuit and bracelet (both ℅ Macy's)

Shop my favorite jumpsuit picks for spring below (click on the pictures directly!)… there are so many good ones here to choose from!
BCX Juniors' Back-Strap Jumpsuit • Amy Byer • $44.99
Material Girl Juniors' Floral-Print Strapless Jumpsuit • $44.99
Planet Gold Juniors' Empire-Waist Jumpsuit • Planet Gold • $24.99
Bar III Sleeveless Printed Tiered Jumpsuit • $79.50
Maison Jules Sleeveless Umbrella-Print Jumpsuit • $47.99
Lauren Ralph Lauren One-Shoulder Ruched Jumpsuit • Lauren Ralph Lauren • $174
American Rag Aztec-Print Popover Jumpsuit • American Rag • $34.99
INC International Concepts Petite Smock-Waist Jumpsuit • INC International Concepts • $62.99
INC International Concepts Petite Sleeveless Slim-Leg Jumpsuit • INC International Concepts • $89.50
Calvin Klein Wide-Leg Geo-Print Jumpsuit • Calvin Klein • $79.99
XOXO Juniors' Sleeveless Colorblocked Jumpsuit • XOXO • $44.99
Kiind Of Sleeveless Tulip-Back Jumpsuit • $79

This post was sponsored by Macy's with Shopstyle. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Monday, March 30, 2015

new arrivals/j.crew factory!

The new spring arrivals keep rolling in at all of our favorite retailers.  It's a guilty pleasure of mine to absolutely stalk my favorite stores when the seasons change to see what's new. To be honest, it's probably one of the reasons why I started blogging in the first place. I just can't get enough.

I'm loving these graphic neutrals from J.Crew Factory for spring.  It's looking like black and white are going to be a popular trend this spring.  I've been quite partial to black and white (and neutrals in general) lately so I am really loving what I am seeing so far. I will look forward to pairing pieces like these with denim jackets, white jeans and chambray this spring. But even if you prefer a little more color in your wardrobe, these pieces are super easy to style. Pair any of them with a bright and bold scarf or shorts or even with pastels this spring for a modern and updated look.

Friday, March 27, 2015

business casual capsule wardrobe!

I have been out of an office environment for so long now that I feel really out of touch with the whats and hows for business casual wear.  But by far one of the most asked for request that I get from readers is "how to dress for a business casual environment?"

So today I threw my doubts aside and really, truly asked myself "What would I wear if I was headed back to work? What would my work wardrobe look like?".  There are myriad ways to interpret "business casual" and really each and every office has their own spin on it.  Here I chose really bare-bones simple and classic pieces that would work in any office environment. If your office is more creative, then I would add in some more color or pattern or bold accessories or shoes. If your office is more casual then definitely add a few pairs of black or dark skinny jeans to pair with the heels and blazers or even a nice t-shirt to layer under blazers and fun necklaces. Or if your office is more "business" than "casual" I would add a few suits (navy and black are a good place to start) and maybe a more formal bag.

This here is my own interpretation on business casual. It's the pieces that I would likely invest in if I were to head back to an office for work in the near future.  I really worked to choose simple pieces that are classy and classic, but that also mix and match well. When you work outside the home it can be difficult to balance your "work" wardrobe with your "weekend" wardrobe so here I chose a few pieces that might overlap a bit.  It's easier on your pocketbook that way and more fun.  No one wants to feel like they can only have fun with clothes after hours.

bottoms and dresses:

tops and blouses:

blazers and outerwear: 

accessories and shoes: 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

my everyday style: in the navy!

Oh spring, where art though? 

Patience is a virtue, especially this time of year.  Shopping is a virtue too… especially if you do it right. I recently found this navy peacoat on the super-duper-sale rack at Gap and usually I pass that rack by, but I couldn't believe the price on it (shop a few sizes remaining here - or check your local store, mine was priced lower than this in store)!   While it's 'technically' a winter coat, it's not super warm or long so it's actually makes for the perfect end-of-winter coat.  It's lighter than my usual winter coats but the navy makes it season-less.

Navy is the perfect winter to spring color. I feel like we have talked about this on the blog before… but it's a dark enough color to not be too obscenely bright in March/April and is still completely spring/summer appropriate color wise. In that vein, I've been wearing a lot of navy lately!  Not surprising.

I've been raving about these "girlfriend" jeans on Facebook and Instagram. A lot of you asked how they are different from the "boyfriend" jeans that I used to wear a lot. In my opinion they are a little curvier. The boyfriend jeans don't really fit me any more, 4 to 5 days a week with Pure Barre and I've got a little booty (in the best way possible! Thank you PB!!).  These jeans are still very relaxed in the hip and bottom but with a little more curve for gals.

AND, I got my hair chopped! 6 inches in fact - yikes! Today it's finally making it's debut here on the blog… I'm still getting used it being shorter and of course, already planning on growing it out again. ;)

(photos by Tracy Carmody)

Coat, Gap (similar or similar)
Jeans, Gap
Sneakers, J.Crew (similar or similar)
Sunglasses, Warby Parker

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

spring finds for under $50!

I've been slowly building my spring wardrobe as I have found pieces that I like… there are a few investments that I like to make each season but other than that I have found that $50 is usually the magical price point for me when building my wardrobe.

It's nice to breathe new life into your wardrobe this time of year.  I often think that just a few new items can make your entire wardrobe feel fresh.  Here I have a whole slew of perfect pieces for spring all at $50 or under… so they are perfect for stocking up on!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

my everyday style: a little leather and a little lace!

So these aren't reeeeally leather pants… they just look like it. But I love the juxtaposition of the leather look with the lace… and then a little denim to bring it all together.  This is an "in real life" example of my beloved Elements of Style posts.  Like I've always said, I try to have a little something dressy, a little something neutral and a little something casual. Here I would say that the shoes and pants are dressy, the sweatshirt is casual and the denim jacket is neutral.  All together they make a comfortable AND stylish look that is easy to wear all day. 

(photos by Tracy Carmody)

Coated Denim, Gap (similar or similar less expensive)
Flats, Dolce Vita (here, here or here)
Denim Jacket, American Eagle - old (similar or similar less expensive)

Monday, March 23, 2015

new toms | one for one bags!

We all know and love the one-for-one mission behind TOMS shoes (and sunglasses and coffee)… but TOMS is launching a NEW one for one program that I personally am super excited about.  Their new handbag and wallet line offers stylish and practical bags (loving those duffels and backpacks!) and with every TOMS handbag purchase you are providing a birthing kit and training to provide safe conditions for pregnant women and new babies across the world.

I know personally that birthing two babies was kind of a scary experience for me… even with my beloved doctor and husband close at hand in a world class hospital. When I think of doing that without a skilled practitioner or without a clean environment I can only imagine how scary that could be. When you purchase a bag you not only get an awesome new bag/purse but you offer an opportunity at life, health and safety for a new mother and her child. What a great one for one program!

Here are a few of my favorite bags from the collection… I hope you will find a few you love too!

middle row, from left: backpack, saddle bag, tote, duffel bag

bottom row, from left: tote, backpack, saddlebag, laptop case

This post was sponsored by TOMS with Shopstyle… all opinions are my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Friday, March 20, 2015

9 pieces | 9 outfits… spring 2015!

My 9 pieces & 9 outfits posts continue to be super popular here on the blog… and it's not hard to see why.  (check out the archives here)

We all want our wardrobes to be more versatile and as hard working as possible for us.  Mixing and matching 9 pieces into 9 outfits is proof that simplicity and style is not only within reach for all of us… but it's easy too.

This spring my style is all about neutrals, but it's fun to add a small pop of color in there as well.  Here I relied on a little pop of pink and a little dash of red to bring life into these simple spring looks.  I think you will like them… and I hope you get a little inspiration for how to build a versatile wardrobe this spring!

the 9 pieces: 

the accessories:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

instagram style!

Like I mentioned last month… I have been putting more and more outfits on instagram lately as I am able.  If you aren't following me there already… you should! (user: jillgg)  I absolutely love Instagram. Of all the social media out there, it's definitely the most fun.

It's fun to have seen my outfits subtly go from winter to spring-ish here.  I've definitely tried to ditch the boots and heavy coats this month in exchange for layers and flats. The days aren't super warm yet, but we've definitely seen a warm up in the temps and that is very welcome after this long and very cold winter!

Here are a few of my winter to spring Insta looks…

(above: flats, or similar flats, similar top, bag - on sale!)

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more daily outfits… user: jillgg

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

on my radar: march!

March is a tricky month because we are all so ready for spring… but the weather sure takes it's time!  We've had days in the 60s and days in the 30s and everywhere in between.  It's easy to go overboard getting excited for spring weather and clothes… but the reality is that we still need some layers and warmer clothes for those chilly days.  So it's kind of an in-between month for shopping.

Here are a few things that are on my radar this month even though it's a tween-er month...

Pink Gingham Top, pink is really catching my eye lately - I actually think it does every spring! - and this sweet gingham top would be perfect for warmer days or for wearing with light spring layers.

Gorjana bar earrings, these are my new favorite earrings. I wear them almost every day. They are simple and pretty and easy to wear because they are super light weight.  Mine arrived recently in my Rocksbox subscription - which I love! - you can get your own Rocksbox subscription for a discounted rate right now using code: jillggxoxo 

Downing Tote, I have seriously been eyeing this tote for ages. I needed a new tote that is suitable for everything from carrying my laptop to day trips to a travel carry-on.  I finally purchased it and LOVE it. It is the perfect size tote for everything… it's going to be a workhorse for me this spring and summer, I can tell already.

Alexa Chung for AG, I thought by now I would be done with the distressed denim trend. But I can't quit it. These Alexa Chung for AG skinny jeans are pure perfection.  They are on my wish list for sure.

Beautycounter Blush in Tawny/Whisper, this is my new spring blush… it's the perfect combo of blush/bronzer to give my face new life for spring!  Plus, it's one of the cleanest blushes out there… if you are worried about chemicals in your personal care and cosmetic products I can't recommend Beautycounter enough.

Linen Miracle Tee, another wish-list item for me is this simple but gorgeous linen tee. It's so simple and I love that it's sort of a tank and sort of a tee and drapes perfectly.

Tassel Sandals, THESE are everything for spring. I am swooning over these tassel sandals right now… so fun and laid back. They would be perfect with dresses, shorts or even jeans this spring.

What's on your wish list this month?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

my everyday style: transitional dressing!

Layers are layers. But in my mind spring layers are much preferable to winter layers (well, at least at this point in the game).  This time of year can be tricky because our minds are all "spring" and the weather is all "spring/winter/spring/winter/winter/spring".  It's hard to plan for to say the least.  Transitional dressing are those not quite spring and not quite winter outfits that are necessary to employ this time of year.

Lightweight and versatile layers like a sweater over your shoulders, light layers or even lightweight jackets are absolute essentials this time of year and are the hallmark of transitional dressing.

(photos by Tracy Carmody)

Sweater, Banana Republic - on sale! (or similar)
Sequin Oxford, J.Crew - on super sale! (or similar or similar)
Jeans, Gap (similar or I love these similar!)
Sneakers, J.Crew (similar or similar)