Sephora Spring Savings Event: My Picks

The Sephora Beauty Insider Spring Event is on! Rouge Members get 20% off their purchase, and VIB members get 15% off with code OMGSPRING. (Insiders get 10% off, starting on the 15th.)

I’m a lowly Insider, so I’m still making my shopping list, but I rounded up my top picks for anyone who is shopping the sale already. I’ve also included some reader recommendations that came from ladies in my Facebook Group.

My Sephora Beauty Favorites:

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My Spring 2021 Denim Favorites

Denim styles are in flux right now, so I thought I would round up my spring 2021 denim favorites. This is basically an update to my 5 Favorites: Denim Edition that I’ve posted several times in the past.

These days, straighter styles are trending, along with higher rises and lighter washes. While I still love a skinny jean, I’m finally embracing some other styles as well.

I have a lot of jeans, as I wear them daily, so I have more than I’m listing here. But these are the ones I find myself reaching for most often, now that I’m finally able to wear my spring clothes.

Also, Shopbop is having their annual The Style Event, so a lot of these jeans are on sale right now! CLICK HERE to shop all my Shopbop Sale Picks.

My Spring 2021 Denim Favorites

#1. Mother Insider Crop Step Chew Hem Jeans

at Saks (fully stocked) // at Nordstrom // at Neimans ($50 off with code INC50)

Mother jeans are some of the best I’ve ever worn. The denim looks and feels amazing, it’s generally very flattering and holds its shape, and the washes are practically works of art. Also, Mother jeans are made in Los Angeles, which is hard to find these days! Of course, you pay a premium for these unicorn jeans. I realize they don’t fit everyone’s budget, but if I have to choose my all-time favorite jeans to wear right now, it’s the Mother Insider Crop in the Dancing On Coals wash (pictured here).

I wasn’t sure I was crazy about all the distressing at first, but I’m loving the ultra casual style and the texture the rips jagged step hem. If you don’t care for the distressing, the Sweet and Sassy ($50 off with code INC50) or Hey Sun washes are both really good too. They both have a raw step hem, but no other rips or distressing. I’ve tried all three, and they are all suuuuper soft and comfortable. They run true to size, or some say they size down if in between; I my usual size 28.

#2. Levi’s 724 High Rise Straight Crop Jeans

sold out; similar here

Okay, this is mean because these jeans are no longer available, but I love these for a white version of a distressed crop straight jean. They have the more modern straight silhouette without being too wide, and the inseam is the perfect crop length for me. For comparison’s sake, these jeans have a 9.5″ front rise, 25.25″ inseam, and 11.75″ leg opening.

If you like the style and don’t need the white denim, Shopbop has two pairs of Levi’s 724 high rise crops in their spring event sale. In fact, I got mine during this sale around this time last year.

I found a similar pair at Bloomingdale’s, but they have a 28″ inseam and 14.5″ leg opening, so they’re a bit longer and wider than mine. I’ll be on the lookout for something more similar that is stocked for this season, and when I find something good, I’ll update this post.

#3. AGOLDE Sophie Mid Rise Crop Skinny Jeans

at Nordstrom // at Shopbop

I still like a crop skinny jean for spring, and the wash on these AGOLDE Sophies is a really nice medium indigo blue with a good deal of sanding and whiskering to give them a lived-in look without being sloppy. They’re also verrrry soft and comfortable. The fabric is only 33% cotton, so they’re very stretchy, but they have great shape retention and never bag out.

AGOLDE is a newer made-in-the-USA denim brand that is making waves. In fact, two of their styles made my spring denim favorites list. These are a mid-rise crop with a 26″ inseam, 10.25″ leg opening, and 9.75″ front rise. They run true to size; I have the 28.

#4. Good American Good Legs Crop Jeans in White001

at Nordstrom // at Good American

I wanted to include a white skinny, and I debated between these and the Paige Hoxton, but I settled on these Good American Good Legs. They’re less expensive than the Paige, the denim is slightly thicker, and they’re more widely available. Plus, I cut my Paige Hoxtons to make them shorter, so when I post pictures of me wearing them, it’s not an accurate representation of how they will come to you.

Good American is known for making jeans with tummy control and butt-lifting technology. They’re also specifically designed for curvy figures, and they promise not to gape in the waist. When you pull them on, they feel suuuuper tight, sort of like wearing Spanx, but they settle in quickly and become very comfortable.

I have these in the black wash, and I wore them on repeat all fall and winter, so I decided to try the white for summer, and I’m so glad I did. I recommend buying these your true size; I have the 6.

#5. 7 For All Mankind Josefina High Waist Boyfriend Jeans

at Bloomingdale’s (20% off with SAVEMORE) // at Zappo’s // at Nordstrom // at

While boyfriend jeans aren’t exactly on the cutting edge of fashion at the moment, they’re always a good option to have in your closet, and I’m enjoying the relaxed cropped fit right now. I tend to wear this style more in the spring/summer than in the fall/winter because I love how boyfriend jeans pair with sandals and a white tee for a casual girl next door vibe.

These jeans are very soft and comfortable, and the light wash and higher rise keep them looking current. I’ve always appreciated the consistent quality of 7 For All Mankind denim, and these do not disappoint. They wash and wear well, and they don’t bag out or lose their shape. They’re currently 20% off at Bloomies, and they run true to size; I have the 28.

#6. Daily Ritual Girlfriend Jeans (Bleach Wash) $39.90

at Amazon

You can probably tell from my other denim picks in this post that I’m a bit of a denim snob… although, I prefer to call it discerning. I ordered these Daily Ritual jeans from Amazon to have some lower priced options to recommend, and color me surprised when I liked them enough to add them to my closet! They’ve been in my regular rotation ever since.

These jeans are the best bargain to come along this season. They’re very soft and comfortable, they hold their shape well throughout the day, and the straight crop style is right on trend. I measured mine (although Amazon brands are not known for their consistency) and they have a 9″ rise and a 26.5″ inseam. They run true to size (I have the 6), and this is the Bleach Wash.

#7. AGOLDE Toni Fray Hem Straight Leg Jeans

at Nordstrom // at Shopbop // at

I discovered the AGOLDE Toni last spring, when I purchased this blue denim pair. I wore them a bit, but not as much as I thought I would. I’ve been reaching for them more this spring, and then I picked up this black pair with the raw chewed hem, and I absolutely LOVE these.

They’re soft and comfortable, and they have that on-trend straight crop styling without being too wide and baggy. They’re included in the Shopbop sale too! If you don’t like the chewed hem, the Montage wash is the same wash with the traditional hem. These jeans run true to size, or you may be able to size down if in between; I have the 28.

#8. KUT from the Kloth Amy Crop Straight

at Zappo’s

KUT from the Kloth does a good job with denim under $100, and I just added the Amy crop straight to my closet. I feel like these are a good substitute for the Mother Insider crop step chew hem jeans (#1 above) — they have the same vibe at a much more wallet-friendly price. In fact, these are currently on sale at Zappo’s!

I recommend sizing down in most KUT from the Kloth jeans, and I have these in the size 4. They were a bit snug at first, but they do stretch out some, which is typical for this brand.

#9. Mother The Insider Crop Jeans in Not Guilty

at Shopbop

I didn’t include these in the graphic, but I wanted to throw them in here as an honorable mention — especially since they’re part of the Shopbop sale! These were my first ever pair of Mother Insiders, and they’re so flattering. I’ve struggled a bit to style the crop flare style, but I’ve worked it out, and I’m excited to start wearing them more. Here’s now I’ve styled them for spring and for winter.

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Shopbop The Style Event 2021

Friends, Shopbop’s annual The Style Event is here! For those who are unfamiliar, Shopbop is an online retailer that carries a lot of popular designer brands — Sam Edelman, Mother Denim, AGOLDE, VinceAG Jeans, Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, and Stuart Weitzman… just to name a few!

I wait for this every year and often use the opportunity to pick up a couple of luxury items I’ve been eyeing. I always recommend buying premium denim when it’s on sale. Well, now is that time! I also buy a lot of spring sandals and shoes during this sale.

Shopbop The Spring Event Sale Details:

Use code STYLE to save up to 25% off your order. This is a tiered sale, so the more you spend, the more you save! #shoppingmathismyfavoritemath

  • 15% off orders of $200+
  • 20% off orders of $500+
  • 25% off orders of $800+

Shopbop Sale Shopping Tips:

1. Things do sell out. They have limited quantities they allow to go for the sale price, so don’t wait around to make a purchase.

2. Products only stay in your cart for 30 minutes, so don’t walk away and expect them to be there when you get back.

3. Shopbop will combine multiple orders — so if you place an order and then want to place another order that doesn’t meet the threshold for the discount, go ahead and make the purchase before you lose your items. Then, hop on their Live Chat and ask them to combine your orders so you get the biggest discount.

4. Shopbop is an Amazon company, so you can log in with your Amazon account and get Prime shipping!

5. Return shipping is free… but ONLY for 15 days. Mark your calendar to avoid return shipping fees. Also, save the return label from your packaging in a safe place, as they don’t make it easy to print out a new return label online.

Okay! That’s all the housekeeping details. Now, let’s get to the fun part — shopping, of course!

My Shopbop Sale Picks:

Shoes on Sale:

Denim On Sale:

Clothes On Sale:

Accessories On Sale:

Things I Have and Love:

Sam Edelman Lorraine Loafers

Sam Edelman Yaro Suede Sandals (the Daniella is the same but with a 3.25 heel)

Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong 100mm Sandals Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong Sandals

Stuart Weitzman Sierra Sandals

Frame Le High Straight Ankle Jeans

Mother Insider Crop Jeans (Not Guilty) // similar sandals

AGOLDE Toni Mid-Rise Straight Jeans (Feral); also check out the Montage wash // similar sneakers

AGOLDE Toni (Obscure); check out Landmark and Precipice

AGOLDE Parker Shorts (Swapmeet); also check out Riptide and Swapmeet Dark

Joe’s Jeans Ozzie Jean Shorts (TTS)

AG Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans (TTS; 12 Years Fluid)

AG Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans (TTS; Embers)

AG Farrah Skinny Jeans (TTS; Super Black)

Paige Mayslie Joggers (size 27; size down one)

B-Low The Belt Baby Bell Bottom Belt (size M)

Vince Breton Stripe Boatneck Sweater (size S)

If you have any questions about sizing, feel free to leave them in the comments, and I’ll do my best to help you out!

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What I Wore Lately Vol. 48

Happy Friday, friends! Yesterday I shared what I packed for Florida, and today I’ve got my outfits from the past couple of weeks, including everything I wore on vacation. Now that spring has officially arrived here in Philly, I’m finally getting to wear the clothes I bought and styled for 23 Days of Spring Fashion!

SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds, with an hourglass shape. Unless I say otherwise, I’m wearing a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, a 6 in dresses/jumpsuits, and size 8 shoe.

What I Wore Lately

This first outfit is what I wore to a Saturday morning Bible study with ladies from our church. It’s so nice to meet in person again! It was a mild spring day, and I was able to wear a lightweight sweater and jeans without needing a jacket.

Lou & Grey sweater (extra 50% off with OHLALA) // 7FAM boyfriend jeans // Everlane clogs // Loeffler Randall baguette bag // earrings // necklace // bracelet

Sunday was a rainy day, and we had family stopping through, so I threw on this hoodie and jeans with my Birks to hang out with them for the afternoon.

Caslon hoodie // Daily Ritual girlfriend jeans (bleach wash) // Birks // similar earrings

I didn’t go anywhere on Monday except to work out, so I didn’t grab a picture of that. On Tuesday, I had to run some errands, including a hair appointment.

Z Supply leopard tee // Vince Camuto denim jacket // Level 99 utility pants (size down) // similar espadrilles // similar earrings

And that brings us to Wednesday… the day we flew to Florida! I tried to be smart about my travel outfit with things I could re-wear when we got down there, but I never did need the joggers again. I don’t even think I wore the grey tee again, surprisingly enough! The denim jacket did come in handy, though, as did my running shoes.

Splendid t-shirt (size M) // Vuori joggers (size M) // denim jacket // Saucony sneakers // Kendra Scott hoops

We didn’t do much the night we got down there. By the time we got our rental car and stopped at the grocery store, it was time to make dinner. Afterwards, we spent some time in the hot tub, and then we turned in early. At least, I did! The girls were excited to have their cousin join us, and I’m sure they stayed up playing games and catching up.

I went for a walk on Thursday morning, but it was too hot to run because I waited too late. It was fun to see the neighborhood, though. Afterwards, I put on a swimsuit and coverup and sat by the pool for most of the day.

La Blanca lace tunic // Gucci sunnies (budget option) // Prima Donna tankini top & bottoms

I put this outfit on after I showered later in the day… I didn’t include this tee and shorts in my What I Packed post because I forgot I wore it! I think I only had it on for an hour or so, because then I changed to go out for dinner.

Treasure & Bond tee // Agolde Parker denim shorts

The mirrors in this house are definitely a bit distorted — I swear, I haven’t lost any weight recently.

I wore a sweater tank with white jeans and heeled sandals for dinner Thursday night.

sweater tank // Paige jeans // Dolce Vita sandals // Kendra Scott earrings // Lagos bracelets

A cold front came through that night, and the next day was brisk and mild. Of course, it still felt great to us! We decided to go over to Sanibel Island for the day, and I wasn’t sure what all we would do, or if we would get cold on the beach, so I threw a sweatshirt on over my t-shirt, and I wore jeans instead of shorts.

BOBI hoodie // Mother jeans // Dolce Vita sandals // Hobo crossbody (old) // Kendra Scott hoops

Once we got there, it was plenty warm to go without a sweatshirt, so I left it in the car when we walked down to the beach. I didn’t even need it dining outside at Doc Ford’s for a late lunch. It was a perfectly gorgeous day.

ATM tee // Mother jeans // Dolce Vita sandals // Hobo crossbody (old) // Kendra Scott hoops // Gucci sunnies (budget option) // Lagos bracelets

And here’s one of Paul and me together… I teased him mercilessly for wearing socks and shoes to the beach, but he got the last laugh. There were a lot of shells, so it hurt to walk barefoot, and my sandals weren’t really beach-friendly. I did okay, but he was much more comfortable in his sneakers. I can get details on his outfit and add them later.

We spent Saturday at the house. I wore a swimsuit for most of the day. I threw the jean shorts on when I wasn’t sitting in the sun.

I threw these old Gap jean shorts in my suitcase at the last minute b/c I wasn’t sure how comfortable the Agolde Parker shorts would be. I sometimes put on weight on vacation, and I wanted a pair that I knew would be comfy no matter what.

Athleta tankini & bottoms // old Gap shorts (similar) // Dolce Vita sandals

That night, we had reservations at Rum Runners for dinner. It is one place that was recommended time and time again, and we loved it.

snap trim tank // Paige jeans // denim jacket // Marc Fisher slides // Kendra Scott hoops // Gucci sunnies (budget option) // Lagos bracelets
I wore a floral top and the same white jeans to church and brunch afterwards on Easter Sunday.

AT floral top // Paige jeans // Dolce Vita slides // Kendra Scott earrings // Stella & Dot bracelet

Afterwards, I threw on a comfy hoodie and shorts for the afternoon and evening.

Both of these pieces came from Evereve, and the shorts have sold out, but this hoodie is soooo soft and cozy. I also really like the shorter length.

Z Supply shorts // BOBI hoodie

We went to Fort Meyers Beach for the day on Monday. I wore a tank top and shorts over my suit so I wouldn’t need to change if we wanted to go to a restaurant after the beach.

black tank // similar jean shorts // Prima Donna tankini top & bottoms // Tory Burch sandals // woven straw tote // Paul’s shirt // Paul’s shorts

We spent Tuesday, our last full day on vacation, hanging out at our rental home in Cape Coral and soaking up every last minute of our beautiful view.

This is the other swimsuit that I brought, which I also wore on our first night. These Prima Donna swimsuits are spendy, but I love how they shape and support “the girls” — they have full built-in bras, with the back strap and everything.

Prima Donna tankini top // matching swim bottoms // similar jean shorts // Dolce Vita sandals

And I wore the same outfit to travel home that I wore down the week before.

Splendid t-shirt (size M) // Vuori joggers (size M) // denim jacket // Saucony sneakers // Kendra Scott hoops

Then it was back to life, back to reality… I put on workout clothes when I got up yesterday, but I never got around to workout out. It’s been a whirlwind since I got home, and I’ve hardly had time to breathe. Thus, the tardiness of this post.

Athleta tank // Vuori leggings // Vuori hoodie // On Cloud sneakers

And I suppose that’s a wrap! Big shout-out to Becca and Paul for being so willing to take pictures of my outfits while we were away… and I’m sure Caroline would have if I’d asked, but Becca seemed to enjoy it.

They were all just taken with my iPhone, although I doctored them up a bit in Lightroom. Not bad for a camera phone, wouldn’t you say? Although our gorgeous scenery certainly helped.

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What I Packed for Florida

Greetings, friends! I’m back from Florida, and while it was hard to leave our lovely spot, it sure does feel good to be home. I’ve had a lot of questions about what I packed for our trip, so I took some pictures.

I’m an unapologetic over-packer, so this isn’t necessarily a “what to pack” post; it’s simply what I actually packed. Or, rather, what I actually wore. I did pack a few other things, but I didn’t need them, so I figured it would be most helpful to share what I actually used.

For anyone tuning in, our family just spent a week in Cape Coral, Florida, where we rented a home on the canal through VRBO. We weren’t sure what the situation would be with Covid, so we didn’t make any plans for excursions or anything beyond a couple of dining reservations.

Our goal was to have a place that was beautiful and spacious and completely equipped for us to stay there for the whole week and not really go anywhere or do much of anything.

As it turned out, we did go over to Sanibel Island for a half-day, and we spent a day at Fort Meyers Beach. We also went out to eat a few times, and we went to a local church on Easter Sunday. Otherwise, we just hung out at our VRBO and enjoyed the warm weather and the gorgeous canal views.

Tomorrow, I’ll share my outfits from the trip, but here’s what I packed and actually wore, and how I packed everything. Everything is linked at the very end of this post.

Let’s break it down. I packed two pairs of pajamas — one to wear and one to wash. I also packed this Athleta wrap to wear over my pajamas in the mornings, or if I needed something to throw on with shorts and a t-shirt in the evenings.

I packed three swimsuits, which worked out well because I wore one every day. I could have gotten by with two, but they don’t take up much room. And I also packed a swim coverup, although I didn’t really need it because I wore jean shorts over my swimsuits most of the time, but it did make for a cute Instagram picture.

I also packed a my new Tesalate beach towel — it’s fast-drying, super absorbent, compact, and lightweight. It’s also “sand-free” so the sand shakes off, and you don’t bring half the beach back with you.

Of course, our house had beach towels, but I just got this one and thought I might want to photograph it. I did use it quite a bit around the house, and I brought it with me to the beach. I LOVE how compact it is — it took up almost no room in my beach bag.

Hoping to get some exercise in, I packed a tank top and running shorts (and my sports bra, of course.) I wore my running shoes on the plane because they’re heavy and take up a lot of suitcase real estate.

Beyond that, I packed a pair of white jeans, blue jeans, white shorts, and jean shorts. I never wore the white shorts because the weather wasn’t as warm as I was expecting, but I would have worn them to dinner a couple of times instead of the white jeans if it had been hotter. And then I packed a variety of tops — thinking I could mix and match with the jeans and shorts for hanging out at home, dining out, and any sight-seeing we might decide to do.

I expected to wear more jeans and t-shirt outfits, but I really didn’t. I basically lived in my swimsuits with jean shorts or a coverup on top while we were at the house, and I wore the white jeans every time we went out to dinner. I only wore my blue jeans once, but I was glad I had them that day.

Here’s how it packed in my medium-sized suitcase. All the clothes fit on one side — anything I didn’t use or mention above is underneath, so this actually holds more than it looks like here.

My shoes, bags, and toiletries fit on the other side. I know it’s a lot of shoes for a week of doing a lot of nothing, but I did wear them all multiple times, and I was glad I had them. The only ones I didn’t really wear at all were my Birks.

If I was trying to be a minimalist, I would have ditched the heels because they took up a lot of suitcase real estate and the studded flat sandals would have been fine in their place. I did wear the heels twice, though, so there’s that!

All my makeup and some of my skincare is in the black travel train case. Anything that didn’t fit in there is in the small grey cosmetic bag. I also packed my Dyson hairdryer with the two attachments, and the big round brush I use. I never travel without my own hair dryer. I learned that lesson the hard way! I do still have my T3 travel dryer, though, and I think next time I’ll just use that.

I also packed my straw tote bag — only used it once, when we went to Fort Meyers Beach for the day, but I definitely needed it. And I packed two crossbody bags. I wanted my YSL camera bag for church and dining out, and I used the Hobo brand crossbody when we went over to Sanibel Island.

Of course, I didn’t really need both — easily could have left the YSL at home, but I enjoyed carrying it. I stuffed it with socks and underwear, so it really didn’t take up much extra space. (It’s under the hobo bag in this picture.)

For both travel days, I wore a grey tee with my Vuori joggers with my denim jacket on top. As I mentioned above, I wore my running shoes to save room in my suitcase; otherwise I might have worn my Birks.

I don’t feel like I brought an excessive amount of clothes, but I definitely didn’t wear them all. I guess I’m used to vacation where we go out and do a lot more things. Even when we go to the Jersey Shore, I end up needing real clothes more often. I’ve never spent so much time in a swimsuit in my life — and we have a pool in our backyard, lol!

I really have no experience with this kind of lazy vacay, but I’m definitely a convert! This was by far the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever taken, but next time we do this, I won’t bring as many clothes and shoes. That said, I have no regrets. I would rather over-pack than under-pack any day. I like to have options.

Before you ask, I also took a picture of my carry-on bag and everything inside.

I’ve had my LV Neverfull for at least five years — probably longer than that, and prices have really gone up since then. This was my first luxury designer bag — a Christmas gift from Paul. I always use it as my carry-on bag when I fly, and my travel tote for road trips.

Buying pre-owned is an option, if you’re looking for one. Mine looks practically like new still, so they really do hold up to a lot of wear and tear.

This is the MM size, and it’s just big enough to hold my laptop, chargers, a change of underwear in case of emergency, and my purse essentials. I almost always check my luggage, so this is usually all I carry in the airport.

As far as what I carry inside, I love these clear Truffle Clutch bags for holding charging cords and other sundries. I have a set of three, and I use them in my totes to compartmentalize everything, but they’re also great for travel because you can put your liquids in them and put them through security.

I also carried my laptop, a Kindle, Anker portable charger, wallet, sunglasses, wet wipes, tissues, and a bottle of water — which I drank on the way to the airport. Of course I couldn’t take that through security. And, of course, my trusty Slip face mask! Although, I actually wore a disposable on the way home.

So yeah, I guess that covers it! Tomorrow I’ll be back with my outfits from the past couple of weeks, including what I wore while we were in Florida.

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Update Your Spring Activewear at Nordstrom Rack

**This post is sponsored by Nordstrom Rack and Shopstyle. Thanks for supporting the retailers that support this site.

Now that Easter and Spring Break are behind us, I’m definitely in springtime mode. Hopefully our weather here in Philly will get the memo pretty soon!

This time of year, I want to be outside all. the time. The days are getting longer, temperatures are getting warmer, and we’re getting lots of sun… which means it’s time to update my activewear. That’s where Nordstrom Rack comes in.

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine // ten // eleven // twelve // thirteen // fourteen

Whether you’re working out, walking the dog, or running quick errands around town; Nordstrom Rack has everything you need for comfort and eas​e of movement, at prices that won’t break the budget.

I’ve rounded up some of my top picks below!

Spring Activewear at Nordstrom Rack

Don’t forget to sign into your Nordy Club account, so you can earn points toward Nordstrom Notes when you shop. You will enjoy exclusive perks like members-only access to sales, offers, and events.

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How To Dress Up Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans aren’t new or particularly trendy, but they play into the more relaxed styles that are popular right now, so I’m styling a pair of modern boyfriend jeans for a spring date night.

wearing: 7 For All Mankind boyfriend jeans (LOFT option/Amazon option) // Caslon t-shirt // Blank NYC drape front jacket // Jeffrey Campbell sandals // Halogen earrings // similar pendant // Yurman bracelet

What keeps these boyfriend jeans looking modern is the higher rise and the light wash. And because they don’t have much distressing, they’re easy to dress up or down.

They come with a cuffed hem, and I like them that way. The inseam with the cuff is 25.5″ long, which is the perfect crop length for my 5’5″ frame. You could roll them again, if you need them shorter, or you could wear them un-cuffed if you prefer — they are not sewn like that.

These jeans run true to size, and you can find them at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Zappo’s. They were on sale for a while, but unfortunately, I can only find them full-price at the moment.

For lower priced options, LOFT has a similar pair, or you could also do this look with the Daily Ritual girlfriend jeans. I have the bleach wash.

I’ve showed these boyfriend jeans a few times already with casual t-shirts and sneakers or flat sandals, so I styled them for this post with a faux suede drape front jacket and block heel slides for a fun date night look.

These slides are a great value for Jeffrey Campbell. Unfortunately, my blush color sold out, but they come in white, blue, and a fun lavender.

These harken back to the jelly sandals that were a passing trend in the 80s — yep, that’s trending again! What goes around comes around! And they have the square toe and minimalist design that is also on trend at the moment.

Because they’re not leather, they’re under $50, and they’re actually really comfortable and flattering on the foot. They only come in whole sizes, so I went with my usual size 8 (I often need a 7.5 in slides) and they fit perfectly.

I’ve had this drape front faux suede jacket for a while. It’s a great little completer piece for those in-between seasons. In fact, I styled it for fall with skinny jeans and my P448 sneakers.

This jacket is currently 40% off and still fully stocked in this versatile chateau grey, plus it comes in black as well as pink and peach. I always size up in BlankNYC jackets, so I have this in the medium.

I just layered it over a simple white tee — the rounded v-neck is flattering, but you could do a v-neck or crewneck — whatever you happen to have! And I just wore a simple pendant along with teardrop earrings to complete the look.

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2021 Swimsuit Guide: Swimsuits for Women Over 40

This time of year, I get tons of requests for bathing suit recommendations, so I’m updating my Swimsuit Guide with the latest trends and tons of swimsuits for women over 40!

It’s a big task because every woman’s body is different and we all have different features we want to camouflage or flaunt, but I’ll do my best to cover all the bases.

2021 Swimsuit Guide: Swimsuits for Women Over 40

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We probably all have challenges when shopping for swimsuits. When I go bathing suit shopping, it’s all about finding something that supports and shapes the girls. I’ve always had more than my fair share in that department, which creates enough of a challenge, but now that age and gravity have taken their toll, it’s almost impossible to find a cute, trendy swimsuit that fits the bill. Most suits with proper support have a way of aging me about 20 years.

Maybe in your case, it’s a long torso, a menopausal midsection, a pear shape, a mastectomy, extra weight, or a small chest… My point is, we all have problem areas that make shopping for swimwear a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, there are swimsuits designed to target all of these issues.

I highly recommend shopping online so you can try on your swimsuits in the comfort of home. The lighting is more forgiving, and I think overall it’s an easier experience. Plus, you can get the opinion of your husband or kids, which I always find helpful. When I’m in the market for a new swimsuit, I usually order a bunch and send back the ones that don’t work.

Swimsuit Trends for 2021

I spend a lot on my suits to get good quality and support, so I typically go for more traditional styles, but I still like to know what’s trending. I did some internet research on swimsuit trends for 2021, and here’s what I found:

#1. Asymmetrical Silhouettes & One-Shoulder Swimsuits


#2. Ruching


#3. Keyhole Cutouts


#4. Shades of Brown


#5. Animal Prints


#6. Plunging V-Necks


#7. Minimalist Black Bikinis


#8. Short-Sleeve Swimsuits


#9. High-Side One-Piece Suits (the 80s are back!)


Clearly not all of these trends are styles every woman is comfortable wearing, but that gives you an idea of what’s popular right now.

Swimsuits for Women Over 40

When you get to a certain age, swimsuits become extra challenging because it’s all too easy to fall into the frump zone if we’re not careful, but it is possible to look good and feel confident in your swimsuit. It just sometimes takes a lot of trial and error to find the right one.

As with most garments, you tend to get what you pay for with a swimsuit, and quality garments become more important as we age. A few brands that do a good job designing modern suits with the coverage and support more mature women need are Bleu by Rod Beattie, Title Nine, La Blanca, Summersalt, and of course there’s always Miraclesuit.

Bikini vs. Tankini vs. One-Piece Bathing Suits

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One-piece suits are definitely trending right now, and bikinis are always in style. Tankinis are taking a backseat to one-piece suits and bikinis right now, but much like denim styles, anything goes these days.

I believe it’s possible to look super cute or super frumpy in any of these bathing suit styles — the key is knowing what works for your body and staying within your comfort zone.

I haven’t worn a bikini top since I was 3 years old, but I think some women look fabulous and perfectly appropriate in a bikini top. It’s definitely easier to pull off if you’re smaller chested. If you prefer some belly coverage, high rise bikinis are a great option.

For those of us who like complete belly coverage, one-piece suits are on-trend, but I still prefer the tankini for the ease of potty trips — which, less face it, are more frequent these days than they used to be. Ahem…

Let’s break it down!

Swimsuits for a Larger Chest

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One of the best things to happen to swimsuits recently is the bra-sized swimwear. If you have a larger chest, I highly recommend swimsuits with a built-in bra. Most stores carry them now, but unfortunately they don’t always come a very wide variety of sizes.

If your cup size is larger than a DD, you may have to look at specialty shops such as Everything But Water, Swimsuits for All, and Bare Necessities. Some sites even have a section just for DD+ sized swimwear. Two brands I particularly like in this category are  Birdsong and Prima Donna.

Swimsuits for a Smaller Chest

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Obviously, I’m no expert on this, but I can tell you what I cannot wear and wish I could. LOL! Ruffles, padding, and push-up styles all add volume and give the illusion of a larger chest.

Deep v-necks and halters also flatter smaller chests. Cupshe actually has a section for small-bust friendly swimsuits, and Lands’ End often offers the option of regular or D/DD sizes.

Swimsuits with Thigh Coverage

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If you like hip coverage, swim shorts and swim skirts are always an option, but they can quickly cross over into frump territory. Try to choose a style with clean lines that isn’t any longer or wider than necessary to cover what you’re wanting to cover.

For swim shorts, I personally like a boy short style that fits snug to the body, I realize that shorts will fit every pair of thighs differently. If you have bigger thighs, a looser short might fit you snug to the body.

For more ideas, Swimsuits for All, Lands’ End, and Macy’s each have a whole section dedicated to thigh minimizing swimsuits.

Swimsuits to Disguise a Belly

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The swing tankini tops don’t cling to the bumps and rolls of the midsection but rather skim over them. Swimsuits for All has a bunch, and Lands’ End has a few as well.

The blouson style swim tops work much the same way, and I find them a bit more youthful. But I definitely think the blousy tops look best with a bikini bottom or super close-fitting shorts. If you add a blouson or swing top to a skirt, it’s going to look frumpy.

Another option for disguising a bit of a tummy is to wear a swimsuit with some ruching or shirring. Patterns also help distract the eye from any bumps or bulges we don’t want to draw attention to.

Or just look for swimsuits with tummy control at Macy’s, Lands’ End, Swimsuits for All, or Bare Necessities.

Plus-Sized Swimwear

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If you need plus sizes, Bare Necessities and Swimsuits for All both have a nice selection. You can filter your results by your size so you’re only seeing suits that work for you, and Swimsuits for All has a ton of filters under the REFINE dropdown menu on the sidebar. I’m noticing more plus-size options at the department stores as well — Macy’s has a lot of good choices.

Long Torso

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Got a long torso? Lands’ End has a whole section with tall sizes and swimsuits for long torsos, and some are also available in tall plus sizes.

Post-Mastectomy Swimwear

Several ladies recommended Lands’ End for post-mastectomy swimwear. I also found a large selection at Swim Outlet. If this is something you have experience with and you have another recommendation, feel free to leave it in the comments.

Okay, that’s all I’ve got. I hope it’s helpful as you’re swimsuit shopping this spring and summer.

And hey, when in doubt, throw on a cute coverup!


Seriously, coverups are where it’s at! I practically live in mine during the summer months.

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Happy Easter! #CoffeeTalk

Good morning, and happy Easter! It’s a joyful day for Christians around the world, and we’ll be celebrating this morning at a local church here in Cape Coral, Florida.

I always find it a bit odd not to be at my home church on Easter Sunday, but I’m so thankful for the freedom to worship in person this year. Last year’s Easter Sunday was so odd and full of uncertainty. Most of us could only meet to worship remotely, and it was so early on in the pandemic, we had no idea what was ahead of us.

This year, things are still not back to “normal,” but we know so much more, and there seems to be a light at the end of a very long tunnel.

Last year, we planned a long weekend getaway over Easter weekend at one of our favorite spots on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. That got canceled, of course, as did our Paris trip in May.

When we started talking about taking a warm weather vacation this spring, my glass half-empty self thought for sure something would happen to prevent it from working out, but here we are! We made it to Florida safely on Wednesday with no major snafus, and we’ve had a great trip so far.

A lot of you have asked for more information about how we found our rental house, what it’s like, what traveling was like, what I packed, and all of that. I’ll share more about what I packed in a future post, but I can share a bit about how we found this place and how it was to travel.

We started looking for a destination with nothing particular in mind, except we wanted to go somewhere warm. We ended up deciding to take a week’s vacation over Easter weekend when the girls had a few days off from school. Many of you gave us advice about different locations, and that was helpful because we didn’t really know where to start. We started looking at places on Airbnb and VRBO, and our search area was pretty much anywhere in Florida. We also considered Hilton Head for a short while, but were afraid it wouldn’t be warm enough.

We ended up in Cape Coral, Florida, mainly because we found the perfect house for us. Then a lot of you had good things to say about the area, so that sealed the deal. We rented this house on VRBO, and I’ll be happy to share the link with anyone who wants it after we leave. I did a house tour on my Instagram Story, and I’ve saved all my Stories from our Cape Coral vacation to the highlight reel.

As far as travel is concerned, I addressed that on my IG Story as well, but all in all, I felt pretty safe. Strict mask mandates were in place in the airports and airplanes, but our planes were all full, so 6-feet distancing was not possible at all times. It also got to be a little close during boarding, but with everyone masked, I wasn’t too concerned.

We took a Lyft from the airport to the rental car company, and masks were required for that as well. Plus, we did the larger car so we could fit our luggage, so our driver was in a minivan, and it was nice to have that extra space.

Even though Florida doesn’t have a state mask mandate in place, the grocery stores and restaurants seem to require them, so it doesn’t feel much different than being in Pennsylvania. And our rental home was cleaned professionally before we arrived, and we’ve been very pleased with that.

The main difference I notice down here is that people aren’t wearing masks much outside, but they keep their distance, so it’s fine with me. I’m not one to wear my mask outside unless it’s required, anyway.

I realize there are lots of opinions about masks and travel, and I’m not interested in debating any of that — I’m just providing information for those who asked, and sharing my personal experience.

At this point in this pandemic, we have a lot of information, and we all have to sort through it and make the decisions we feel are best for our families and individual circumstances. I won’t say I haven’t had any anxiety about traveling and being in a new area during these uncertain times, but there are risks with everything we do in this life. I felt as safe traveling here as I do when I’m at the grocery store, dining out, at the mall, at home.

As far as what we’ve done with our time, we’ve spent most of it here at the house. We purposefully chose a house with a spacious interior that allows us to spread out, and a pool with a view of the canal. We did go over to Sanibel Island for a half day, and it was great to see the beach and visit a few shops.

It’s so nice to have a change of scenery, and I’m so glad our niece could join us. The girls all get along well together, and that makes it seem a little more of a vacation for them. I definitely miss having my son with us, but he seems to be doing fine at home. He’s not much into travel, and I’m sure he feels like he’s had plenty of family togetherness this year. A little bit of independence is probably a good thing for him.

I wasn’t able to get this post up before we left the house this morning, so I’m back from church and lunch, and just finishing it up now. I hope those of you who celebrate are having a blessed and relaxing Easter Sunday. Even though it may not look or feel “normal,” we can rest assured that our eternal hope is not in the things of this world, but only the free gift of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus alone.

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, just as he said.” Mathew 28: 5-6


Top 10 in March 2021

At the beginning of a new month, I like to take a look back at the previous month’s stats and see what products and posts were the most popular, so today I’m sharing my Top Ten in March 2021!

Top 10 Posts in March 2021

Based on Google Analytics, these were the 10 most popular blog posts that I published last month. These posts are listed in typical Top Ten order, with the most popular one last.

10. Weekend Ready

I love this look, it’s perfectly springtime. The crisp red/white stripe hoodie is fitted without being clingy, which shows my shape, and the straight crop distressed jeans in a clean white wash are fresh and summery. Then the brown wedge Sorel sandals and tan straw bag offer a pleasing contrast against the cool red and white tones.

#9. A Modern Sweater Twin Set Outfit

This work wear looks features an elevated sweater shirt jacket over sweater tank for a modern twinset. I paired them with skinny pants and and added conservative pumps for a chic work wear look. This is also something I could wear to church or to a blogging conference or event sometime… whenever those start happening again!

#8. Beige Shacket Outfit with Veja Sneakers

And this is another neutral outfit featuring a shirt jacket — but a much more casual, urban vibe. I paired the Abercrombie faux suede shirt jacket with a crisp white tee on top, and I wore slim straight ankle jeans with my white leather Vejas on the bottom for a cool street style outfit.

#7. Sandal Season is {Almost} Here!

This post was a collaboration with Nordstrom, and I featured 5 big sandal trends for spring, and showed ways to wear them. I kept my outfits simple, so the sandals could really be the feature, but I actually love each of the outfits I created for this post. They’re all variations on my go-to casual spring uniform — jeans and a t-shirt.

#6. Must-Have Utility Shirt Jacket for Spring

This outfit was part of the sandals post, and I liked it so much, I decided to do a dedicated post for it. Every single piece in this outfit is a must-have wardrobe staple that I’m wearing on repeat this spring. They all work well together, but they can be mixed and matched to add value and versatility to my wardrobe.

#5. Spring Outfit Formula with a Patterned Blouse

This is my go-to spring outfit for occasions that require more of a business casual dress code — white jeans with a printed blouse, topped off with a denim jacket. Loafers, ballet flats, or mules complete the look and keep it work-appropriate. Or I will swap out the mules for heels and call it date night.

I particularly like the dolman top in this look, and I guess you guys do too because it’s one of the top sellers this month. I also have the solid olive. (Don’t let the word “dolman” scare you away — it does not have deep armholes. Dolman technically means a sleeve made from the same piece of fabric as the bodice.)

#4. Spring Boyfriend Jeans Outfit with Clogs

Spring Boyfriend Jeans Outfit with Clogs

This is a quintessential casual spring outfit, if I ever saw one — lightweight sweater in a modern star print, light wash boyfriend jeans, and basketweave clogs in the perfect shade of tan. I love the color palette of this look, and each piece is one I’ve worn several different ways with other items in my closet, making them all super versatile.

#3. Green Bomber Jacket Outfit | 23 Days of Spring Fashion

This is the post that launched 23 Days of Spring Fashion! This is such a fun, casual look for early spring. Each piece is high quality and has unique details that elevate them beyond a simple closet basic. And again, each of these pieces can be mixed and matched with other items in my closet to make different looks, which helps lower the cost per wear.

#2. How to Wear an Oversized Button-Up Shirt

This look was a step outside of my comfort zone, but I actually love it and can’t wait to wear it. I guess you all liked it too, since it came in 2nd place last month! I was drawn to this pinstriped tunic shirt because it plays to the current oversized trend, but it has a slimmer silhouette than most.

#1. 2021 Spring Fashion Try-On Haul

And I guess it shouldn’t come as any surprise that my only Try-On Haul of the month ranked in first place! These are always popular.

I wanted to have one for tomorrow, but I realized once I got down here that I never finished editing pictures for that. I’m not even sure where they are. I may have deleted them from Photos after moving them to Lightroom on my desktop computer at home… in which case, I can’t access them even if I wanted to. I’ll see what I can find.

Meanwhile, let’s move on to popular products…

Top 10 Products in March 2021

These were the 10 most popular products across my blog and social channels last month. They’re listed in typical Top Ten order, with the most popular one last.

#10. Free People Camo Clare Tee

I was so excited to see this popular t-shirt from last year brought back, and they added this new color way. SO cute! This tee runs true to size; I have the small.

#9. Old Navy Waist-Defined Tie-Dye Stripe Midi Dress

This is such a great play on a t-shirt dress, with the figure-flattering elasticized waist and modern midi-length. Plus, the crisp blue and white tie dye stripe pattern is right on trend. This dress runs true to size; I’m in the small.

#8. Old Navy Rib-Knit Button-Front Shift Dress

Another easy throw-on-and go casual dress from Old Navy, this one has a ribbed texture with a v-neck and button-up front for added interest. I’m 5’5″, and it’s a couple inches above the knee, so I like to wear slipshorts underneath. Once again, this dress is true to size. I have the small.

#7. tarte Shape Tape Ultra Creamy Concealer

If you didn’t try the new tarte Shape Tape Ultra-Creamy Concealer yet, the JOLYNNE15 code for 15% off still works. This concealer is great at covering any dark circles under my eyes, as well as the veins in the corners by the bridge of my nose. And because it’s designed especially for dry or mature skin, it blends in easily and doesn’t dry out my under-eye area.

#6. Banana Republic Dolman Top

This is that dolman top in the olive that I referred to above. It’s currently 40% off + extra 10% off applied at checkout, and it runs true to size. I have the small in both the solid olive and the navy floral — unfortunately, they’re low inventory, but it comes in other colors as well.

#5. Banana Republic Cotton-Hemp Long Cardigan

This lightweight cardigan in the breathable cotton-hemp blend is the perfect outfit completer for spring. I love the boyfriend cardigan design with the deep v-neck — it’s more flattering on those of us with a larger chest. It’s also 40% off + extra 10% off applied at checkout, and it runs true to size.

#4. Twist Detail T-Shirt

This super soft tee with the twist detail at the neck and cuffed short sleeves is another great elevated t-shirt option for spring and summer. It layers easily under a bomber or utility jacket, but it’s also cute worn along with shorts or jeans. It runs a bit big, but I still have my usual small.

#3. Kut from the Kloth Utility Shirt Jacket (more sizes at Zappo’s)

This utility jacket is made of a lightweight modal fabric, and I absolutely love the styling. It’s a nice update to the longer utility jackets that were trending for the past few years. It also comes in olive and white, and it’s true to size.

#2. Caslon Knit Hoodie

This stripe hoodie has made both sections as well! Unfortunately, it is low inventory, and I don’t expect to see them restock since it’s more spring than summer — although I plan to wear mine with shorts this summer!

And the winner is… DRUMROLL PLEASE!!! 🥁

#1. Daily Ritual Girlfriend Jeans

These jeans are remarkably good for the price point — under $40!!! They’re soft and comfortable, but they hold their shape, and the slim straight fit is on trend without looking teeny-bopper… ifyouknowwhatImean.

And that’s a wrap! I always like to ask, which posts from March were your favorites, and did you score any of these Top Ten products? 

I checked, and I do not have the pictures I need to put a Try-On Haul together for tomorrow, so I’m going to take tomorrow off from posting so I can enjoy my vacation. But I’ll be back next week with my 2021 Swimsuit Guide, what I packed for Florida, some spring activewear inspiration, and more!

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Spring/Summer Fashion

23 Days of Spring Fashion Recap

Guess what? It’s April! And I’m coming to you this morning from sunny Florida! No foolin’. It’s beautiful here, and the house we rented is perfect — there’s even a huge full length wall mirror in our bedroom for my outfit selfies, haha!

Beyond that, it’s a gorgeous space with a pool and a water view, and the weather looks like it’s going to be perfect for our stay. We are so grateful to be here. Meanwhile, let’s take a look back at 23 Days of Spring Fashion.

I always get requests for a recap post after one of my seasonal style challenges so you have all the looks in one place, so here you go! Let’s recap.

23 Days of Spring Fashion 2021

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six // seven // eight // nine

ten // eleven // twelve // thirteen // fourteen

fifteen // sixteen // seventeen // eighteen

nineteen // twenty // twenty-one // twenty-two // twenty-three

I always love to hear from you — which looks are your favorites? Are there any that inspired you to try new styles or shop your closet for new outfit ideas?

I have to say, I’m really happy with how this series turned out. I usually have one or two looks that I really dislike, but while I might make a tweak here or there, there’s not one of these outfits that I wouldn’t put on and wear right now if I had the appropriate occasion.

As far as those that stand out to me — I love the outfit from day one, and I love day twenty… which stands to reason. They’re quite similar! I also love day twenty-two and day four… and all of those casual dresses! Funny that all the dresses in this series were from Old Navy.

I’m also really partial to day eighteen, and of course I will be living in the looks from days eleven and fourteen this spring and summer. Oh, and there’s day ten! Okay, see? I really like them all.

ANYWAY! After 5 years of full-time fashion blogging, I guess I should like the outfits I put together. If I haven’t learned how to dress myself by now, there’s probably no hope for me. Ha!

I hope you all have a terrific Thursday!!!

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