Thursday, July 2, 2015

red, white and blue… on repeat!

I hope you gals are planning for a firework, bbq, friends, family and fun filled weekend! I know I can't wait to get the weekend started and do some serious relaxing with my family and friends…

Call me crazy but dressing in red, white and blue all weekend is, like, mandatory!  And fun too…  I already wear a ton of blue and white… I do admit that my closet is a little low on red… but just have some fun this weekend breaking out any red, white, blue, stars, stripes or other patriotic outfits you can think of!  There is no better time!

Here is some inspiration from the archives to get you inspired… I hope you have an awesome and safe weekend!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram (user: JillGG) all weekend for more red, white and blue inspiration!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

all american CLASSICS!

Let's be honest… we American gals have got it going on. Am I right!?!? We get effortless style and cool casual… give us a simple pair of sneaks, a t-shirt and some rad sunglasses and we are instant babes.  Oh yes, you know the feeling!

What better time to let our your inner American-gal vibe than this weekend!  Grab some of these instant classics and celebrate this amazing country we live in…

(Oh and Happy July by the way! Yay, my favorite month!)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

my everyday style: striped shorts (again)!

I'm going full throttle on the patriotic theme this week… Fair warning: you will be seeing lots of stripes and red, white and blue inspiration this week for sure (both here and on Instagram!). These striped shorts have long been on my wish list and when I finally bought them (I don't know what took me so long!) I quickly realized they are now a closet staple.

They are a perfect staple for around the house during the week or hitting the pool or hanging out with friends on the weekends.  You can easily throw a tank top on with them or even dress them up with flats and a blazer.

I've mentioned this before, but whenever I am stuck on how to style a piece in my closet (or I am feeling lazy!) I always turn to my chambray shirt.  It seems to go with anything and always makes for a pulled together look at a moment's notice.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Shorts, Old Navy (similar or similar)
Denim Jacket, Old Navy (or similar)
Sandals, Target
Tiny 'right hand' Ring, Gorjana via Rocksbox - use code "jillggxoxo" for your first month FREE!

Hair: (my hair is shorter than in this video, but I still do it the same)

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer,  Beautycounter Blush in Tawny/Whisper,  Bare Minerals Volumizing Mascara, Bare Minerals Well Rested Luminizer, Bare Minerals Long Lasting Eye Liner

Monday, June 29, 2015

it's stripe season...

Let's be honest, I wear stripes year round… so to say that there is a "stripe season" is a little silly. But during the summer I can hardly go a day or two without sporting stripes.  Summer time is a stripe state of mind.

And with the Fourth of July celebration coming up this weekend, what is more patriotic that sporting some stripes?!?!  This week will have a decidedly patriotic theme here on the blog (and over on Instagram too… check me out for in the flesh patriotic inspiration all week as well!).  Today I have stripes, stripes and more stripes and check back for tons of inspiration for the Fourth all week!

Friday, June 26, 2015

closet staple: military-inspired jacket!

One of my staple jackets - pretty much for any season - is this military-inspired jacket… I love to layer it up with sweater, tees, tanks, oxfords, you name it.  It goes with absolutely everything in my closet and it's comfortable to the max.  So it's no surprise it gets ton of wear.  

Here are a number of ways I have worn it… not all of these styles are for summer, but it speaks to the versatility of this piece, for sure.

Enjoy the inspiration and see my top picks for this style of jacket at all price points below…

Military-inspired jacket (save $ | spend $$ | splurge $$$)

above: jeans, bag - on sale!, sweater, similar flats

above: shorts, tank, shoes

above: bag

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

on my radar/june 2015

As I sat down to think about what's been on my radar this month I was completely blown away by the fact that June is already in it's twilight. Here I am just trying to make it to the pool once in a while and the farmers market once a week and summer already feels like it's half over.  This is so sad!  So basically all that's been on my radar is the pool… haha! Unless you count making jam and pickles and hoarding farmers market goodies in general. I hate that this warm weather is so fleeing here in Michigan.

So without further ado… here's what's on my radar this June (almost July, almost summer's end, almost crying uncontrollably).

who doesn't want like 10 new pairs of sunnies this time of year? I love how these classic tortoise frames have a slight pink reflection to the lens.  So classic and trendy together.

a little sunnies/kissy-lips clutch action? yes ma'am!  how adorable is this clutch? and it's perfect for putting your phone and popsicle money in for the pool. on a budget? This little clutch is perfectly practical and affordable!

need a good pool read? you can gulp down Bittersweet in a few sittings or like I did, drag it out for a week because you just DON'T want it to end it's so good. It's a page-turner and oh so summery and quite suspenseful as well. 

this chambray jumpsuit is, you guessed it, perfect for the pool. But seriously, you could pair this with a denim jacket or cardigan for around town or even a black blazer for a casual (albeit, very casual) day in the office. Or, ohhhh! Date night! Bonus, it's under $30!

I am loving the new "dew skin tinted moisturizer" from Beautycounter… it's super glowy with great coverage and also has SPF, for - duh - the pool! This is the perfect summer foundation; it's so light and fresh feeling!

Sugar lip products are my favorite… this fun red is light enough for summer, but revved up enough for fun! Bonus, Sugar lips are always SPF 15 and it's hard to find a functional AND pretty SPF for lips (Which is always the first thing that gets burned on me! Maybe you too?)

I'm really digging a lighter and fresher alternative to clunky beach towels these days… These Turkish Towels are awesome for the beach or pool and way easier to wash and dry after a day in the sun because they are so lightweight.

Fringed sandals. Gimme, gimme. I'm all about these and how fun is this tomato red??

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

my everyday style: a tank and a jacket!

No surprise here.  I always seem to have a jacket with me in the summer, I'm sure I've mentioned it before.  I'm also the jacket police before we leave the house as a family "who wants a jacket? who has a jacket?" are how my kids will likely remember me someday.

The jacket. Never leave home without it.

That's my motto. But seriously, I get chilly in the summer when the AC is pumping.  And if you have a cute and comfy jacket (or two) hanging around, why not take it out for a spin?

Are you a jacket addict like me?  One of my FAVORITE little jackets is this army green version… it's easy to wear and works from spring all the way into fall.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Jacket, H&M (similar, similar or similar or I love this vest version)
Tank, Old Navy (I'm hooked on these!! Also seen here and here)
Shoes, Vince Camuto - ON SALE! (similar or similar less expensive!)
Bag, Milly ℅ Nordstrom Rack (similar or similar)
Bracelet, House of Harlow via Rocksbox (get your first month FREE with code: jillggxoxo)

Monday, June 22, 2015

9 gorgeous handbags...

There are few investments for your wardrobe that will last as long or give as much return for the money as a gorgeous handbag. A few years ago I made a promise to myself that I was done buying one-off cheap handbags and that I was going to invest in gorgeous quality handbags, preferably that were leather or other high quality materials, even if that meant owning less handbags or getting to purchase them less often.  It's a decision that I have never regretted especially since now I have a collection (albeit, small and practical) of beautiful bags for any occasion.

Investing in a gorgeous handbag is the way to go in my opinion! Here are a few of my favorites right now…

Thursday, June 18, 2015

closet staples: sneakers!

Like I mentioned last week, once a week I want to pull back from the new-new-new and really focus in on what the staples in my closet are right now.  While I, like most gals, just absolutely love getting new clothes and shopping in general. There is equal joy in pulling out an old favorite from the closet… especially when you know that the pieces that you have in your closet already fit you great, integrate into your wardrobe and your life well and of course, make you feel good when you are wearing them!

These sneakers have become an absolute necessity in my life! I don't know how I lived without them before… they are great for busy moms and weekends, farmers market and toting around town, sporting events and any time you have to walk for far. I just love 'em.  Here are some of my favorite ways I have worn them in the past!

If you are looking for a pair, these are from J.Crew… they don't make this EXACT color anymore but they still have very cool styles… HERE or HERE.  Nordstrom also has very similar pairs to these but they keep selling out, so if they don't have your size, check back. They can be found HERE, they also have some other fun colors here and here if you like bright and bold.

above: jeans & bag

above: jeans & bag

So what do you think? Are you loving sneakers too? 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas with Nordstrom!

I love celebrating Father's Day every year… somehow I hit the baby-daddy jackpot with my husband. He is all the things I am not - adventurous, spontaneous, full of energy and endlessly kind and patient - the life he has created for our kiddos is unparalleled. He is always up for fun and shooting hoops, always has an ear to listen or a kind word to encourage and he never let's out a grumble for pitching in with whatever I can't handle in a day.

This year for Father's Day I was excited to spoil him with a new weekender/gym back.  Poor guy has been carrying a ratty old duffle to and from the gym from his college days.  But my husband is picky when it comes to his wardrobe and accessories.  He likes the, ahem, finer things in life and has been known to pour over every style decision to the ends of the earth (that patience, I tell ya!).  I knew when I wanted to find him a new bag it was going to have to be something special.

Enter Nordstrom… they have an awesome selection of stylish bags for men, which can be surprisingly difficult to find.  When I found this Will Leather Goods tote at Nordstrom I knew it was "the one"… it's roomy and sturdy, with handsome leather accents. I can see this one lasting another… oh, 20 years or so!

Nordstrom has ALL your Father's Day gift needs… 

Similar Will Leather Goods items: tote, wallet, iPad case, briefcase, dopp kit

Or other fun Father's Day gift ideas from Nordstrom that my husband would love:
Ray Ban sunglasses - always a classic!, THESE sneakers, whisky acoutrements, monogrammed growler (!!!), retro turntable (so fun!), beer making kit for all those connoisseurs out there…

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there! 

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom & Shopstyle. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lee & Birch Anniversary Party… For the local ladies!!!

Hey ladies!  This post is for the local ladies… join me and some other very fabulous and stylish bloggers in celebrating the anniversary of Lee & Birch!  They are going to have a braid-bar and ice cream, shopping and discounts! I would love to see you there: Thursday June 18, 6-9pm at their Grand Rapids location.

If you aren't local… check them out online or be sure to follow their uber-stylish Instagram feed!  Plus, if you want a sneak peek of what I'm wearing to the party (Lee & Birch duds, of course!) check out my recent try-on sesh that I had on Instagram.

Here's a little eye candy to get you inspired… hope to see you there!

(images via Lee & Birch Instagram)

Instagram Style...

I love hanging out on Instagram (user: jillgg) and if you follow me there you know it's an extension of this blog in that I love to share daily looks that don't make it to the blog, fun behind the scenes stuff and generally I get a whole lot more personal on Instagram than I do here.  Check me out there if you want to join in on the fun…

If you just want the highlight reel… well, here you go! Here are a few of my favorite Instagram looks from the past few weeks…

above: The Woman I Wanted to Be (LOVED this book!), swim suit top & bottom ℅, sandals, t-shirt dress, similar tote or similar tote