Thursday, May 26, 2016

Instagram Style Lately!

Are you following me over on Instagram yet? If not... you should!  I love to post my everyday looks there and other fun and silly behind the scenes stuff.  Here are a few of my favorite spring outfits that I've put together recently...

A striped dress and flats is the perfect easy spring outfit!

I love pairing a tunic with jeans for a simple simple look.
(get the look above: similar top, distressed denim, bag, clogs)

Stripes and stripes and more stripes are my spring go-to pieces!
(get the look above: striped top, jeans, similar tie-up flats)

Again with the tunic ;) - this is such an easy and comfortable look!
(get the look above: tunic, jeans, similar sandals, earrings, bracelet)

One more with the stripes, because I just can't resist...

I love a chambray/denim look any time of year!  It's effortless and so easy to pull together.

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more easy outfit ideas!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

spring sale season!

It's spring sale season ladies... with the Memorial Day holiday coming right up stores have ALREADY started making major markdowns on spring and summer apparel.  So it's perfect timing to stock up on sandals, dresses, handbags, sunglasses, jeans and more.  Here are some of my favorite sale pieces right now.  Happy shopping ladies!!


PLUS!!! Shop these awesome sales this weekend too!




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

my everyday style: 2 ways to style chambray with Gordmans!

We all know that a chambray shirt is an essential wardrobe piece, right!?!? I am constantly reaching for my chambray shirt no matter the season.  Gordman's challenged me to style up a chambray shirt two different ways for spring and summer; furthering how versatile this piece can be.

For the first look I styled up my chambray shirt with white jeans and grey accessories. I love how the grey bag and shoes give the first look a refined yet casual feel. White and grey and white and blue are two of my favorite combos for summer - so putting all three together turned out to be a really easy wardrobe combo that is perfect for casual summer days.

For the second look I decided to dress up my chambray shirt with a pair of black shorts.  Black is an unexpected color for summer that works well in small bursts.  I love that this look is a little more refined, but just as easy to wear for busy summer days.  This second look is perfect for lunch with friends or running errands on a spring day.








(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details,
Chambray Top (similar), Gordman's - c/o 

1st look:
Sunglasses, Warby Parker (no longer available, but similar)
Sandals, Madewell
Bag, Chloe

2nd look:
Shorts, Gap (similar or similar)
Bow Sandals, J.Crew (sold out, but similar or similar)
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses, LOFT

This post is sponsored by Gordman's. All opinions are my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.



Monday, May 23, 2016

monday must haves pt 4

I've got the best news you've heard in a while...

This coming weekend is Memorial Day Weekend!  Hip hip hooray!  The un-official/official start of summer is just days away and I couldn't be more excited.  For today's must-haves I rounded up all the summer essentials you will need to kick off the summer in style!

How gorgeous is this pale blue swimsuit? It's such a beautiful color! Plus, this little beauty and a ton others are on sale... shop them now while sizes are still available!

I am always looking for a new tote, especially right before summer.  I need to be able to carry a book, water bottles, towels, and plenty of sunscreen with me almost around the clock.  This tote is super classic and the perfect size for summer!

I am completely obsessed with this gorgeous ROUND beach towel for summer.  Seriously, how fun is this?

You're going to need a new pair of sandals for summer (amiright!?!) and these simple gold sandals are gorgeous AND budget friendly... plus they will show off your fresh manicure perfectly!

It's little white dress season - I love this dress for weekends paired with a denim jacket and sandals, or to throw over your swimsuit at the beach or pool.  So so darling!

Who's ready for summer!?!?



Thursday, May 19, 2016

loving now

This past weekend I did some shopping and was going to share my finds on Snapchat or Instagram while I was shopping and of course the minute I got to the mall I realized my phone was totally dead.  Pffff. SO instead I thought I would share what I found and loved here.

I rarely shop at the mall - crazy, I know.  The fitting room lighting is never flattering, I prefer to try stuff on at home where I can try different shoes and pieces I already own with new items.  I often get frustrated when the stores don't have lots of sizes and I know they have my size online but I'm standing in the store instead.  In addition, I often find the online promos/sales are way better than the in-store deals (why? why?).  But on the other side of the coin, being able to try things on BEFORE buying them is always nice and often times pictures online just don't do a piece justice - or worse, they overstate a piece's worthiness. So sometimes shopping in person does have its advantages.

Here are a few items I really loved while out shopping lately... a few even came home with me! I thought you might like to hear my thoughts on the sizing and the individual pieces themselves to save you a trip to the mall!



white blazer - I have been wanting a white blazer this spring something fierce. I really loved the fabric and cut of this one, although they didn't have my size in store (story of my life)... for reference I tried on the 0 when I could really have used the 2P instead.  That is why I love LOFT, I often need a petite size when it comes to arm length.  Online has all the options for sizes.

released hem high-waisted jeans - I love a good released hem jean.  Usually J.Crew jeans don't fit me great - mostly in the hips/thighs, but these have SO much stretch that they fit like a glove.  I took this pair home with me I loved them so much!  These fit true to size and hit me right at the ankle, which is perfect for my short-ish frame. They are 25% off right now! Bonus!

black off the shoulder top - I'm still a little wishy washy on this trend.  Sure it looks great on all the bloggers, but I'm not so sure if it's a good trend for me personally.  This top is like a "starter" off-the-shoulder top... it's basically a really soft top with a lot of stretch on the shoulders.   This ran perfectly true to size.  

lace yoke tee - I had loved this top from afar/online and was excited to try it on in person.  The lace yoke detailing is absolutely gorgeous on this top.  But the sizing was a little weird. The XS was too small and the S was a little too big for me.  A Small Petite was perfect.  So if you have a smaller frame - go for the petite version of this top.  If you are a TRUE XS or a TRUE S, you will be fine with either of those. I always seem to fall in the middle somewhere.  And get super excited because there is a dress version that is SO gorgeous too!

wedges - I have had a pair of espadrille wedges on my wishlist all spring, and into last summer.  This pair was calling my name, but I am glad I tried them on in-store before ordering online.  I had to size down a full size on these.  I am usually a 6 1/2 or 7 and I was swimming in the 7, since they don't offer half sizes I went with the 6 and they fit perfect.  These are SUPER comfortable and the leather is soft as butter.  They are also 25% off right now!  Bonus!

chambray dress - This is the perfect summer dress! I could see dressing this up with a wedge or sandals or just pairing it with a simple pair of sneakers.  This is another piece I've loved online and was so glad I tried on in store... this too ran quite big and so I sized down.  I ended up passing on it in-store, but I think I may snag it online soon.  Especially since now I know what size I am - I can wait for a good promo sale.  ps, it is 25% off right now, super tempting!   


white saddle bag - You guys.  I am obsessed with this bag!  It's SO gorgeous in person and the leather is so soft I wanted to cry.  It's just a gorgeous, gorgeous bag.  It's not cheap though, but I found this smaller bag was just as pretty, but a little smaller and little less expensive!

dainty black/gold bracelet - The perfect summer bracelet.  The end.  This little guy was so cute and dainty.  I tried it on and meant to go back for it and it totally slipped my mind.  Now it's haunting me. I'll definitely snag this guy online soon.

bright pink earrings - Gimme, gimme with all the Kendra Scott earrings, right!?!?  This bright pink earring is the perfect pop of color for my admittedly not very colorful wardrobe. 

silver birkinstocks - So I've mentioned I've been wanting a pair of Birks for a while now.  But again, with my in-between sizing.  I've tried on quite a few pairs but I am smack in between a size 37 and 38.  What's a girl to do? This silver pair is SO cute and would be a really fun summer wardrobe piece.  I tried to talk my daughter into  the mini-me version but she wasn't having it. So sad! These shoes are just DARLING.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

my everyday style: white denim season!

Since I'm a huge denim fan/addict... I always love when white denim is seasonably suitable to wear again each spring.  In a sea of blue and black denim, there is a white light at the end of the tunnel.  So maybe that's a little dramatic, but white denim season equals lots of new outfit possibilities on a daily basis.

One of my favorite ways to style white denim or white shorts is to pair it with grey, it's a classic and simple combo that is always so easy to pull together. Here I paired a pale grey sweater with white jeans, a simple spring jacket and a pop of leopard to keep the look interesting.  This is a perfect look for running errands or for a casual spring day.



(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Sweater, Everlane (I LOVE this sweater and it was recently featured on The Lively Show!)
Jeans, Gap (similar or similar)
Jacket, H&M (similar or similar)
Shoes, J.Crew
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff




Monday, May 16, 2016

must must haves - pt 3

Happy Monday friends! How are you all pretty ladies doing? Today I have another installment of my Monday Must-Haves for you and this is one I am super excited about.  For this round up I featured a few items I have recently snagged and LOVED and can't wait to wear this spring, and then a few items that I am wish listing for spring.  Whatever your style or budget there will be something for you to love here today...


This bralette is so beautiful and it looks ultra comfortable as well.  It would be perfect for under tees and tanks this spring.  

I bought this dress last year in stripes and this year I just snagged it in black.  It's SO comfortable and flattering (I love that it's not too short) AND it's UNDER $20.  So it's pretty much a win-win-win. I plan on wearing this a ton this summer.

If you are looking for a high waisted stretchy jean that is ultra flattering AND on a budget - these are the jeans for you.  They remind me of my favorite jeans but for less of an investment.  And I love the open hem.  These jeans are a super winner.  I've been wearing them non-stop since I bought them.

pom pom tee (or in stripes!)
Pom poms are all the rage these days and I'll admit it, they are just so darn cute.  This tee is on my wishlist for spring, I love it's whimsical summer vibe. 

saddle bag (or this navy bag is gorgeous too!)
This navy saddle bag is really calling my name lately. I've come across it a few times online and each time I fall in love again.  This past weekend I "tried it on" at Nordstrom and ladies, it's gorgeous!  I love it's minimalistic lines and navy is so perfect for summer.  



Thursday, May 12, 2016

what to pack: tropical vacation!

A reader recently emailed that she is jet-setting to Hawaii with her husband and wanted some packing ideas!  I always love to hear from readers and packing lists are some of my favorite posts to pull together.  So it's a win-win!

I had a lot of fun pulling together this Hawaii packing list.  I focused on easy breezy pieces with an island feel.  I included plenty of casual pieces for day trips, excursions or exploring alongside dressier pieces for dinners and romantic evenings around the island.  There are so many great pieces here... with summer on the horizon I think I may have to snag a few of these pieces for myself even though a tropical vacation isn't on my horizon.  Is a tropical trip in your summer travel plans!?!  Or is it "tropical" enough where you live all summer (hello heat and humidity!)?





Wednesday, May 11, 2016

my everyday style: peplum!

Peplum is such a fun style to wear all year round, but I especially love it for spring and summer.  It just screams carefree and fun.  I have a few more flowy peplum tops, but I love the structured nature of this particular peplum top.  It's easy to wear, but it instantly looks dressed up.  And if you know me, you know I am all about comfort and ease when getting dressed.   Simply pair it with skinny jeans and some leopard flats and voila!  It's such an easy look!

And speaking of jeans... I know I've mentioned this pair like a million times, but seriously.  These jeans are my all time favorite.  They have the perfect amount of stretch and the high rise cut makes them insanely flattering (muffin top, be GONE!). Simply put: I'm obsessed with them. 




(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)


Outfit Details:
Peplum Top, J.Crew - on super sale right now!
Jeans, Citizens of Humanity - my favorite pair!
Necklace, Gorjana (available in three colors!) via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code: jillggxoxo
Flats, J.Crew - on sale!
Bag, Rebecca Minkoff
Bracelets: House of Harlow (similar), Gorjana (similar), Elizabeth Margaret (similar) via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code: jillggxoxo




Monday, May 9, 2016

monday must haves - pt 2

Monday!?! So soon!?!? Those weekends just fly off the shelf these days, don't they?  I hope you had a great weekend celebrating mom or being celebrated as a mom! I know Mother's Day weekend is always a favorite of mine.  It's kind of sad it's over already!

Today I am continuing my Monday series for May - Monday Must Haves.  (that's a lot of MMMMS!)  I've got a few summer-y pieces that have caught my eye lately that I think you will love to!


one: classic vans (slip on version, love these too!)
I saw a gal sporting some classic white Vans the other day and I LOVED the look! It's so simple and summery - not to mention comfy too!

two: mirrored sunglasses - under $15! (or splurge version!)
Even though these are ultra trendy, I am really digging this look for spring and summer.

This simple top looks like the perfect summer staple. I could see pairing this with denim shorts on hot summer days or with black jeans for a casual summer date night look.

I'm pretty obsessed with these sandals.  How could you not be? So cute and a great price too!

five: striped dress 
I'm officially ADDICTED to striped dresses.  It's a sickness!  But you have to see the back of this... it's so stinking cute.

Shop the post here:



Thursday, May 5, 2016

my everyday style: summer skin!

What's better than summer? The answer is quite frankly: nothing. Sand, sunshine, waves, vacations, cold lemonade, reading by the pool, fireworks... this list goes on and on.  Summer is hands down my favorite season.  I should put an extra emphasis on the SUNSHINE part. I am a total sun seeker.  I have been since I can remember.  Living in the northern part of the country makes me literally CRAVE the warmth and vitamin D that the sunshine offers.

When I was younger I would lay by the pool or frolic by the lake for hours on end without sun protection (gah! to think!) but now that I am older those days are over.  I need dependable and quality sun protection that still lets me lay by the pool or at the beach for hours on end - but SAFELY.  I'm not getting any younger and not only can the sun be dangerous, but I'd like my skin to look as youthful as possible for as long as possible.  You know?!

I'm super picky about sunscreen so when I discovered COOLA products a few years ago I was hooked.  I've tried just about EVERY possible sunscreen brand and this stuff delivers on protection AND feels great on my skin, which I have found is a hard balance to strike.  The Classic Face make-up setting face spray is my ultimate favorite (I mean who wants to smear sunscreen on their face if they already have makeup on!?) and the Pina Colada sport spray is perfect for the rest of your body and smells like vacation in a bottle.  I recently snagged the COOLA Signature Travel Set for my trip to Florida and I love that it was so easy to pack and is TSA approved for carry-on luggage. Although who am I kidding, I can never manage to pack only carry-on luggage.

Nordstrom is your go-to for summer beauty must-haves like bronzers, self-tanners and of course all your favorite suns care needs.  They carry COOLA and some other really amazing sun care lines for whatever your taste or budget is when it comes to sunscreen and summer beauty needs. I've heard great things about Supergoop! and I know other's who live and die by Kiehl's.  Whatever your suncare needs... Nordstrom has something just for you!










Outfit Details:

This post is kindly sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are 100% my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.







Wednesday, May 4, 2016

9 pieces/9 outfits for spring

The 9 pieces/9 outfits series continues to be one of the most popular here on the blog!  It's always a really great resource for so many gals (myself included!) on how to make our wardrobes and our investments in those wardrobes really work for us on a season basis.

The premise of this series is simple.  I pull together 9 seasonally appropriate pieces and then mix and match them into 9 outfits!  I strongly believe that each piece we invest in for our wardrobe should be easy to wear and should mix and match within our wardrobe to make pulling together outfits simple and fun.

This spring I chose the wardrobe pieces from my Spring & Summer Wardrobe Essentials post that I recently wrote. If you were thinking of investing in any of those pieces, now is the time because today I am giving tips on how to style them as well! It's a win-win!  I hope you enjoy this post, I know I am already planning on recreating some of these looks this spring and summer!


the 9 pieces: 

accessories, 






 

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