Top Ten in April ☔️

Good morning, and happy Saturday! It’s time for my Top Ten in April. This is when I round up the most popular blog posts and retail products among JLS readers during the previous month.

I’m sure I’m not the only one happy to bid adieu to April. What a month it was!

While we are all experiencing this global pandemic differently, I’ve tried to keep things as normal as possible here on the blog. Most of you seem to appreciate the escape into lighter topics, while others have unsubscribed or taken a break, and that’s fine too. I totally get it.

There’s been a thing going around Facebook, one of those copy-and-paste deals that gets circulated from time to time. I won’t republish it, but I think it makes a very good point — basically, that we may be in this thing together, but we are NOT all in the same boat. The same ocean, maybe, but not the same boat.

Some of our boats are sinking, some are flailing, some are hurtling ahead at warp speed (raises hand!), and some are sailing along just fine. And so we each must handle our personal situation the best way we know how, and give grace to those who are experiencing it differently.

I know it may seem frivolous or even inconsiderate to continue to post fashion and sales while so many are suffering in various ways, but having this blog to focus on gives me the distraction and purpose I need to avoid the mild anxiety that tends to lurk in the dark places of my active imagination… Not to mention, the income to pay our bills and donate to organizations helping those in need, which I do regularly.

But really, it’s so much more than that. It’s providing community while so many of us are isolated, and a place to commiserate and encourage each other, and I am so grateful for that.

If you’re reading this, I assume you’ve decided to stick around, so thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your continued readership, comments, and interactions more than you know.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff! For today, I’ve got my Top Ten in April.

This is a regular feature on the blog, and I always find it interesting to see what resonated most with you all. I hope you find it interesting as well.

TOP 10 Posts In April 2020

Based on Google Analytics, these were my top 10 posts from last month — but not necessarily the posts I published last month.

Usually I weed out the older posts that are still ranking high, but I decided to include them this month. It seems like they deserve a mention if they’re still getting ranked, yes?

#10. Trunk Club Unboxing + Try On Haul

All four of my weekly try-on hauls ranked this month, so it’s clear what you all like! This one had a Trunk Club unboxing with some fun designer pieces, some great spring styles from Madewell, and a few odds and ends from Nordstrom.

I’m sort of winding down on orders right now, and there’s not much in the pipeline for my future try-on hauls. I’d love to hear what you’re looking for, and what you’d like to see me try this month. Let me know in the comments!

#9. April Q&A: Fashion, Beauty, Food & Life

I’m trying to remember to do these every month.

If you have questions for May, feel free to email me with Q&A in the subject line.

#8. What To Wear With Each Denim Wash

I get questions about this from time to time, so I decided to write a post about it! I definitely choose my denim based on the colors I’m wearing in the rest of my outfit.

While yes, denim is a neutral, and you can pretty much wear any wash with anything, some combinations are more pleasing than others, or more appropriate for the occasion. I hope this post was helpful.

#7. Weekend Sales: What I’ve Worn + What I’m Ordering

So many good sales last month… it was really crazy. I’m curious to see where retailers go from here.

#6. What I Wore Lately 04.15.20

It’s a mix of athleisure and ultra casual denim looks these days. I’m trying to at least put on makeup every day… it doesn’t always happen, but it’s the goal.

Makeup is sort of like making the bed — once I do it, I feel so much more productive, but some days it seems to take more effort than I’ve got.

#5. Early Spring Try-On Haul: Trunk Club, LOFT, Nordstrom, Amazon & More

Yep, another try-on haul! This one had a Trunk Club unboxing with lots of upscale athleisure, some pajamas and loungewear, and a bunch of cute tops.

#4. How To Wear Cardigans Without Looking Frumpy

Fight the Frump: How to Wear Cardigans Without Looking Frumpy with real life examples and style tips geared for women over 40!

This is an oldie but goodie that I’ve republished a few times. I try to keep it updated since it consistently gets good Pinterest traffic. (There should be a SAVE button hovering over my images, if you ever care to save them to Pinterest for future reference.)

#3. Are Skinny Jeans Out of Style?

And this one is from March, but it stayed popular in April. Once again, it’s done well on Pinterest.

#2. Try-On Haul: Amazon, Athleta, Birkenstocks, Everlane, LOFT & More 

Spring 2020 Try-On Haul: Amazon, Athleta, Birkenstocks, Everlane, LOFT & More

This try-on haul was a mish-mosh of retailers. There were a few dresses, a lot of shoes and sandals, and a big Athleta order.

#1. Early Spring Try-On Haul: LOFT, Lululemon, Gibson Look, Madewell, J.Crew & More 

Trying on spring and summer styles from Try On Haul: Lululemon, LOFT, Gibson, Madewell, Amazon Fashion, Nordstrom, and J.Crew

And yet another try-on haul for the prize! There are a lot of cozies and athleisure styles in this one, and most are still well stocked.

Okay, moving on to popular products…

TOP 10 Products In April 2020

Based on my ShopStyle analytics, 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. Acorn New Spa Thong

I wanted to find some spring slippers that don’t make my feet as hot as my UGG moccasin style slippers, so I got these, and evidently a lot of you love them too!

#9. Rag & Bone Cate Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans 

(also wearing: Two Tone Star Lace up Fashion Sneakers sneakers)

I just found these jeans on a MAJOR sale at Nordstrom Rack!!! These are soft and stretchy and very comfortable, plus I like the light wash and the shredded hems. Also, the 27″ inseam is the perfect ankle length on me.

FYI, the Nordstrom Rack measurements are a little off. They have a 9″ rise and a 27″ inseam, and the 10″ leg opening is correct. They’re TTS; I have my usual 28.

#8. LOFT Shirttail Open Cardigan 

(also wearing Chelsea28 raw edge tank and AG Farrah skinnies)

So nice, I bought it twice… okay, that’s a tired saying. But this is a really good cardigan!

(also wearing Halogen cap sleeve blouse – up to 55% off, 1901 ankle skinny pants – 50% off, and Marc Fisher Zalay pumps – 50% off)

I love that you can dress it up or down, and the shirttail hem is really flattering. It keeps it from being too overwhelming, which can be an issue with cardigans. It’s TTS; I have the small in both.

#7. AG The Farrah High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans 

These are basically my all-time favorite AG The Legging Ankle Jeans, updated with a higher rise.

If I could only have one pair of jeans, it would be this pair… although that Rag & Bone Cate is a verrrrry close runner up. They’re pretty casual, though, and these have a more versatile wash. Plus, I just think the Farrah is a little more flattering on me, for some reason.

Unfortunately this exact wash is almost sold out. I also have this pair, and I had this pair before I lost weight; both are great for more of a mid-wash. They’re TTS; I wear the 28.

#6. LOFT Chevron Stripe V-Neck Top 

(also wearing: AG Farrah skinnies)

Everyone I know who has ordered this top loves it, although some say it runs big. If in doubt, size down. I have my usual small. It also comes in red, and many have ordered both colors. I’m tempted…

It’s currently 40% off plus an additional 10%. Plus, free shipping over $49, and free returns.

#5. BlankNYC Faux Suede Drape Front Jacket

(also wearing: Chelsea28 raw edge tank and AG Farrah skinnies)

I have this in blush from last year, and I added this stone color this year. This is the perfect lightweight completer piece for all your spring looks! It has a slightly edgy vibe with the moto-inspired styling, but the draped look gives it a feminine touch.

We may not be dressing up much right now, but it’s an amazing price. If you do Zoom conference calls where you want to look stylish and professional, this could be a nice addition to your wardrobe.

It’s also very soft and comfortable. Size up in this one, though. I wear a medium.

#4. Sanctuary Tiffany Top 

(also wearing: Madewell skinny crop jeans)

This pretty floral top can be dressed up or down, and it’s 55% off; unfortunately, it’s almost sold out at Nordstrom. You can find it for 10% off at Zappo’s. It’s TTS; I have the small.

#3. Vince Camuto Jean Jacket 

This has long been my go-to denim jacket, and I’m afraid it’s being discontinued. I can’t imagine why else it’s been so deeply discounted for so long, and now sizes are getting depleted.

If you don’t have it, and you see your size, grab it. It’s SO good. Soft and thick and stretchy, with great structure, and such a nice lived-in wash. I take my usual size small in this.

If you’re in the market for a denim jacket, and your size is gone in that one, I also have and love the Kut from the Kloth Helena in white and dark blue.

It comes in a medium blue as well, and it’s 40% or 55% off, depending on the color. It runs small; size up. (I have it in the medium.)

#2. Treasure & Bond Long Sleeve Ringer Tee

This tee sold out quickly, which is a bummer, because it’s a good one. In fact, I’d recommend any of the Treasure & Bond tees. They’re generally super soft with a really nice drape.

And in first place! Drum roll please . . .  🥁

#1. Daily Ritual Supersoft Terry Open Sweatshirt 

This cardigan is such a good value for the price. It’s so soft and cozy, there’s plenty of length in the sleeves, it has a great drape, and it’s the perfect mid-length.

It can be worn with jeans and a tee on the weekends, or you can wear it with joggers and a tank or over your pajamas for loungewear.

There’s also a hooded version that was super popular last year.

Amazon Brand - Daily Ritual Women's Supersoft Terry Hooded Open Sweatshirt

They run TTS; I have the small in both.

And that’s a wrap! Which posts from April were your favorites, and did you score any of these Top 10 products? 

I love getting feedback from you all when you purchase from my site. It’s good to know what resonates, and I always want to be sure my recommendations are spot-on. It makes me so happy to hear when you’re pleased with a purchase; and of course if you aren’t, that’s helpful to know too.

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