Hello, friends! I’m back in Pennsylvania and missing the call of the loons and the crisp Maine air, but it’s nice to be home.
We left at 5AM yesterday morning and drove straight through, only stopping for gas and snacks along the way. Traffic was NUTS. We drove right through New York City, which is the fastest and most direct route, but yikes!!! We are used to it, as in we do it once a year, but for some reason yesterday was unusually insane. I don’t think we’ll do this drive on a Friday ever again.
Here’s a snap I downloaded. (Yes, my husband was driving!)
Thankfully, the traffic was moving most of the time, but it was busy and people were driving crazy. There were at least 3 times when I seriously thought I was going to die right there on the highway. Cars (and once a huge tractor trailer) were cutting us off left and right and crossing over into our lane when there was no room. It was insane. My anxiety was through the roof.
Despite that, we made great time and got home safely around 4PM, which gave us plenty of day left to unpack and unwind. My husband did 90% of the driving, as he usually does, and when we got home, he unloaded the car and then napped for a couple of hours. Bless his heart.
I unpacked immediately with the kids’ help, and it feels good to have that out of the way. We were even able to enjoy a casual get together with friends last night, and I’m excited to have today to putter around and get organized before heading into the first week of August.
The 1980s called. They want their clipart back. Ha!!!
But seriously, I cannot believe it’s almost August. I just want summer to slooooowwwww dooooowwwwwwwn.
So tell me, what would you like to see on the blog next month???
I notice that my summer fashion posts aren’t doing as well as my fall fashion posts, but I’m not really buying anything new for summer right now, and most everything I want to link to is low in stock, which I know is aggravating.
I’m happy to wait till September to dive head-on into fall fashion if that’s what y’all want, but if you like to shop ahead, I have plenty of fall to show you. I got home yesterday to a tower of boxes in my office.
No, I don’t keep all that. I have to vet it all, and a lot of it won’t make the cut and will get returned. Of the items I keep, eventually many will be donated or sold on my Shop Jo-Lynne’s Closet Instagram. (Keep an eye on that, by the way. I’ll be putting more summer stuff up this week.)
I actually like to keep my personal closet pared down. In fact, today we’re going to Ikea to pick up a free-standing clothing rack so I can keep all the new fall stuff in one place and out of my closet. I think that will help me feel less overwhelmed, and it will keep my business and personal separate. After a year of doing this fashion blogging thing, I’m finally getting it figured out!
Today I’ll be working on trying things on and sorting through everything. It’s a little overwhelming. I may have overdone it at the Nordstrom Sale, lol!!!
I hope everything gets restocked because I’m excited to show you what I found and how to style everything, but I’d like to hold most of it till September because Cyndi and I are doing another 26 Days of Fall Fashion series, and I’ll need 26 fall outfits!
Anyway, back to August…
I have a few things already in the works. I’m doing a coast-to-coast blog hop with some other fashion bloggers on Tuesdays. We’re creating an end-of-summer survival guide that focuses on a different topic each week, so stay tuned for that.
I got a new box from Trunk Club, so I’m planning an unboxing post for that.
And of course, back to school season is upon us! I know a lot of you have teens and tweens, so I’m working on a few back to school posts featuring my girls. Those were very popular last year.
I don’t think my son will be making an appearance this time. He’s not a very willing model, and he’s pretty much the poster boy for the athletic wear at Kohl’s — not exactly fashion forward, but he’s 16, so you know. It is what it is.
Anyway, leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see from me on the blog and if you have any ideas that might be new and fun, and that will help me be sure to plan content that is interesting and helpful as I flesh out my editorial calendar for the month of August.
Meanwhile, I put together an Instagram Roundup with all of the looks I’ve shared over the past week.
This is a mix of fall and summer fashion, and I’ll throw in a few of my pictures from Maine as well. Of course, you can follow me on Instagram to see everything in real time, but I know that not everyone is on Instagram, and if you follow a lot of people, you may miss a few posts.
Instagram is where I share what I’m actually wearing, and I try to give you a peek into my life and what I’m up to, although that’s not always very interesting. Ha! I also post my looks from the blog to let y’all know when I have a new post up, or sometimes I give you a sneak peek of what’s to come.
Or if you want the links and don’t want more emails, you can always click the link in my Instagram profile, and that will take you to my Shop The Feed page on the blog. There is also a Shop The Feed widget on my sidebar, and those links are clickable too.
Okay, so movingrightalong.
In Maine, we like to make s’mores after dinner and sit by the lake and enjoy the sunset. I shared this one on my personal Instagram account. It’s more for family stuff, but it’s not private, so you’re welcome to follow along.
Paul snapped this picture one afternoon while I was sitting on the dock. You can see his reflection in my sunglasses, lol!!!
LOFT is running a fantastic sale on this Ladder Lace Tee. It’s $15, and all sizes are available. (I’m wearing a medium.) I also really like the Purple Potion color for fall.
We went hiking one day in Maine, and this was our view from the top.
I posted this one to our personal Instagram. We propped the camera on a rock and set the timer.
This Lush V-Neck Crepe Blouse is only $27 on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and comes in several colors. I’m wearing the medium. Unfortunately the earrings are sold out. The inventory on the Tory Burch Crossbody keeps fluctuating. The Bark is back in stock and the French Grey that I’m carrying is out again. It’s a good one if you like a smaller bag that still holds a lot.
Lush V-Neck Crepe Blouse in Grape Leaf (ON SALE!) // J.Brand Low Rise Crop Jeans (size up in these) // Crystal Marquise Drop Earrings // Tory Burch Convertible Leather Crossbody in French Grey (ON SALE!) // Kate Spade Grammercy Watch
Paul had fun photographing these Maui Jim sunnies for my sponsored post this week. If you missed it, you can see the post HERE.
This cold shoulder top needs an iron! LOL! Anyway, it is super cute and supremely soft. The Splendid brand is known for their soft tees.
I wore this to go to the Jordan Pond House for lunch while we were in Maine. The Jordan Pond House is one of the most popular restaurants in Acadia National Park, and we go every year. This Jetsetter Tee is FINALLY on sale! You’ve seen me style it a few different ways. It’s so versatile and very forgiving if you carry any weight in your middle. It also comes in white (you will want a cami under this) and a pretty shade of red. I also like the two striped versions — here and here.
WHBM Jetsetter Tee (25% OFF!) // DL1961 Emma Skinnies // Sole Society Audrina Flatform Sandals (THESE are similar & more sizes HERE) // Tory Burch Convertible Leather Crossbody in French Grey (ON SALE!)
This Foldover Tassel Crossbody is only $39, and it’s really nice for such a budget-friendly bag. The Cognac is a great color for fall, and it also comes in Grey and Black.
Here’s a random sunset picture. We had stunning sunsets almost every night we were in Maine. This is the view from our front lawn.
In order to boost my Instagram following and as a way to give back to my audience over there, I participated in two Loop Giveaways while I was away. I thought I should explain how this works in case some of you saw it and weren’t sure what was going on.
Basically, a bunch of bloggers chip in for the prize, and then we all post the giveaway at the same time. We get a list of participants, and we each link to the next person on the list. The idea is for people to enter the giveaway by following everyone in the chain, thus creating a loop once they get back to the person they started with. Get it? Loop Giveaway!
I don’t plan to continue doing them every week, but it is a great way to find new people to follow and for new people to find me. Last week we gave away a Macbook Air, and this week it was a Louis Vuitton tote.
Unfortunately this giveaway closed last night, so it’s no longer open, but keep an eye out for the next one! I’ll try to remember to give y’all a heads-up here on the blog.
This next outfit is almost entirely from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (#NSale for short.) I love and adore this cocoon sweater, but unfortunately it sold out early and so far hasn’t been restocked. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! The white tee is a favorite. It comes in a ton of colors, and it’s on sale for $17. It’s usually $25. I recommend sizing down in both of these. I’m wearing smalls, and I usually wear medium.
The booties are a great price at $79, and they are super comfortable. I know I said at one point you may want to size up, but when I put them on again, they felt fine in my usual 8 1/2. I think they run TTS.
The handbag is sold out in the tan, but it’s available in black, and it’s on sale for $149. This is another great mid-size handbag for those who don’t need anything too large.
Leith Cocoon Cardigan // Caslon Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee (ON SALE!) // DL1961 Emma Skinnies // BP. Tandem Bootie in Khaki Suede ($79!!!) // Moonbow Sunnies c/o Maui Jim // my Stella & Dot Quill Layering Necklace // Abril Leather Shoulder Bag (another great mid-size handbag)
This Crochet Tank is another great LOFT buy right now. It comes in black and rust and it’s currently marked down to $29. This sweater has such a flattering silhouette if you want a top that accentuates your waist or creates the illusion of a waist.
LOFT Crochet Tank // DL1961 Florence Skinny Jeans // Tory Burch Britten Small Slouchy Tote // my Stella & Dot Becker Cuff, Quill Layering Necklace and Havana Chandeliers // David Yurman Link Ring // Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet // similar wedge sandals
And that’s a wrap. Now that I’m back home and going through my #NSale purchases, I plan to put a few outfits together with items that are still available and post them to Instagram throughout the next week. There is one more week to shop the sale, and then the prices will go up to their full retail price.
Again, if you don’t have an Instagram account and/or don’t want LIKEtoKNOW.it emails flooding your inbox, you can shop my Instagram feed right here from the blog without registering for LIKEtoKNOW.it. Keep an eye on my Shop The Feed widget on the sidebar or click the Shop The Feed link in my menu bar at the top. If you’re on a mobile device, you can click the vertical lines at the very top to access my menu bar.
When you click those 3 bars, the menu bar will drop down like this.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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