Friday, July 31, 2015

the Nordstrom sale is almost OVER!

I know, I know… enough with the Nordstrom Anniversary sale already… right!?!? But these deals are just TOO major. And the sales end in just a FEW days so time is limited.

These pieces are great staples for fall and they are really getting me in the mood for some crisp fall nights, football and hot cider.  Which just so happen to be a few of my favorite things… So let's make sure we shop the sale while fall-dreaming and then get back to our patio, long summer nights and endless summer cocktails while they last.

pale pink tote… swoon! what a looker!?!? huh??
cuffed jeans… these cuff go perfect with flats or ankle boots for fall - love them!
fur collar anorak… how cozy does this look? Perfect for football nights and chilly October mornings!
black tory burch flats… classic and simple, these have back-to-school-cool written all over them.
black skinny jeans… I have a feeling these are going to be my new staple jeans this fall.
striped top… you know I have never met a striped top I don't love.
leopard pumps… quite possibly the most perfect leopard pumps.  With a t-shirt and blazer these are PERFECT for fall! (or if you dig flats, these are perfection as well!)
long cardigan… long cardigans are going to be HOT this fall.  Snag one now and you won't regret it!
bucket bag… LOVE this! (insert hearts in eyes!)
faux fur vest… you will be thankful you snagged this come December.  Let's be honest!

Or see my other Nordstrom Sale posts here and here! You are sure to find something to love!


Thursday, July 30, 2015

my everyday style: navy and white!

Me and tunics lately.  Yeah, we've got a little thing going on for sure… 

There is definitely a time to be adventurous with your clothing and then there are definitely times to just go with what works. I've been having a "go with what works" summer for sure.  Navy, white shorts, tunic, etc, etc.  This is what works and it's about all I have the time and energy for these days.  Why overcomplicate? Why re-invent the wheel? That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

What about you? Are you adventurous with your wardrobe lately? Having fun trying new things? Or are you pretty happy with where things stand and know what you like? I think it's important to have season's of both.  This just happens to be the season I am in now. 






(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Details:
Shorts, Target (similar or similar)
Bag, Madewell (or a smaller version… or a bigger version - love these!)
Shoes, Soludos - just restocked with more sizes!
Bracelet, Banana Republic (similar or similar less expensive)

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

Makeup: 
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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

on my radar… July 2015!

July is always my favorite month… with the 4th, my daughter's & I's birthdays this month and general summer fun - this month NEVER disappoints.  Once August hits I feel the looming deadline of the end of summer and start of school… but for a few more glorious days we are still in the thick of the summer  (ignorance and) bliss.

Fall style has really got to be my favorite of all the seasons so my eye does start to wander and my mind  naturally starts daydreaming about jeans and boots about this time of year. Even though with this heat we are experiencing (in the 90s for the first time in years!) it makes the idea of layering and sweaters a very distant goal.  So for now I'll live in the best of both worlds, long days spent at the pool while dreaming of fall sweaters and outfits.  With that in mind… here are a few things that are on my radar lately…


red blazers for fall… LOVE (and I'm so glad I kept this one around from two years ago) - you should snag one too!

with the start of school I can't help wanting a new pair of glasses - so nerdy of me! This pair is pretty awesome too!

irridescent jewelry is the hottest new thing (earrings & bracelet) - what do you think of this trend? I say 'yay'!

these boots! And they are totally on sale! (don't forget the Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends very soon! shop now!)

speaking of that Nordstrom saleI got these jeans. They are simple and classic and I can't wait to wear them!

a bag with a tassel is ALWAYS a win in my book! (and you can get it monogrammed as well - score!)

the. perfect. sweater.  I'm in love!



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

my everyday style: a chambray blazer (pt 2)!

As promised, here is the same outfit from yesterday with shorts swapped out for jeans… This just goes to show if you are more of a jeans gal - wear it like I did yesterday. If you can't imagine summer in jeans at ALL then these shorts are the perfect look for you.   Like I have mentioned before, I usually start the summer strong in shorts and then start losing my bravery and the jeans start creeping back into my looks more.

The scallops on these shorts paired with the small scallops on my top were too cute not to pair with one another. Sometimes it can be so fun to be matchy-matchy that way, you know? 





(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Details:
Shorts, Gap (similar, similar or similar in chambray)
Linen Top, J.Crew Factory
Chambray Blazer, J.Crew (similar or similar in linen or similar in stripes - love that + it's 40% off!)
Sunglasses, Warby Parker
Bag, Madewell (or I think you will love this one too - for such a great price!)
Sandals, J.Crew - 40% off! (similar in leopard on super sale or similar less expensive)
Earrings, Kendra Scott - via Rocksbox, use code jillggxoxo for one month FREE!
Bracelet, Margaret Elizabeth - via Rocksbox, use code jillggxoxo for one month FREE!


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

Makeup: 
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, July 27, 2015

my everyday style: a chambray blazer!

This chambray blazer has quickly become a closet staple for me. It's a great summer layer and will hopefully translate to fall as well (fingers crossed!).  It's the perfect addition to any outfit, but I really love it over this peek-a-boo open back linen top.  I mentioned last week that jeans are still on outfit rotation for me in the summer… as you can see.  But if you aren't into jeans, stay tuned tomorrow and I am going to switch up this look with shorts… I think you will like it!






(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)


Details:
Jeans, Target (similar - $10 off!, similar - $10 off! or kind of obsessed with these!)
Linen Top, J.Crew Factory
Chambray Blazer, J.Crew (similar or similar in linen or similar in stripes - love that + it's 40% off!)
Sunglasses, Warby Parker
Bag, Madewell (or I think you will love this one too - for such a great price!)
Sandals, J.Crew - 40% off! (similar in leopard on super sale or similar less expensive)
Earrings, Kendra Scott - via Rocksbox, use code jillggxoxo for one month FREE!
Bracelet, Margaret Elizabeth - via Rocksbox, use code jillggxoxo for one month FREE!


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

Makeup: 
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

Thursday, July 23, 2015

handbag basics...

A good handbag or purse can really pull an outfit together - we all know that, right!?! There is something that carrying a gorgeous handbag does both to an outfit and to the gal wearing it.  It feels great to carry a beautiful bag. There is no doubt about that.

About three years ago I made a promise to myself to start investing in quality handbags from there on out.  A gorgeous handbag isn't always an easy acquisition. If you are on a budget you really have to shop the sales and be mindful about your purchase.  But I honestly believe it is one of the best investments you can make for your wardrobe.  Once you own a beautiful leather bag that is butter soft and looks and feels luxurious, you will know you can never go back!  Not to mention that a high quality leather bag will last nearly forever.  So it's an investment that definitely pays off.   Especially when you stick to classic colors and shapes that live through the trends.

These are a few of my favorites styles that I rely heavily upon in my wardrobe. I don't own a ton of handbags but the ones I do own I absolutely LOVE.

tote bag: left | right
black satchel: left (on sale!) right (on sale!)
cream satchel: left (on sale!) | right (on sale!)
black cross-body bag: left | right (on sale!)
bucket bag: left (on sale!) | right
burgundy cross-body: left (on sale!) | right (on sale!)
camel satchel: left (on sale!) | right (on sale!)

What is your favorite handbag style? Do you believe in investing in quality handbags too?
(on another note… I have a girlfriend that got one of these and says she'll never carry another bag besides it - do you agree?)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

fresh ways to style your summer dresses...

This time of year I am always looking for new ways to style my summer dresses.  My summer style evolution goes something like this… I start out strong with shorts, get sick of shorts, then move to dresses.  Then I get sick of dresses and I am looking for new ways to style them.  It's like clockwork.  Are you ever in the same situation?

Here I've got three fresh ways to style a dress this summer… add a vest, tie a denim top around your waist or pile on the accessories.  What is your favorite way to style a summer dress this summer?  I'm always looking for new ways!




accessories look: dress, watch, bracelet, earrings, shoes

denim shirt look: dress, denim shirt, hat, tote, sandals

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

my outfit: black & jeans in the summer? plus, espadrilles (we need to talk about these ladies)!

So three things:

1) Do you wear jeans in the summer? You all know that I am a die hard denim fan, so for me this is a no-brainer. Yes. I wear jeans in the summer. Now, no I don't wear them when I'm at the beach or to the pool or anything crazy. But if I am going to be home working or out running errands or out for the evening I tend towards jeans even in the summer.  I thought I was kind of alone in this but then I asked a few friends and they do the same!  I think jeans and a tank are pretty much the PERFECT date night or girls night combo, personally.  But there is one other piece to this puzzle. I don't *love* my thighs (I mean, who does!?!? If you do - I salute you!!!).  I gained a ton of weight in that area with both of my pregnancies and they never really recovered. So about this time of summer I am not so "brave" with shorts any more.  Jeans feel like a safety net of sorts.  Can you relate?

2) Black is kind of an obsession for me lately. Yes, even for the summer.  A black tank and jeans is preeettttty much my ideal outfit. So yea, this is heaven for me.

3) Espadrilles. Do you own a pair?!?! I am OBSESSED.  They are so comfortable. The only way I can explain it is that they feel like pajamas for your feet. They are soft and cushiony and the best part is they look great.  Both these lace up espadrilles and these other espadrilles sandals that I just purchased are a dream come true. By far my summer shoe obsession!




(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Details:
Top, J.Crew Factory (I love the front pleat on this top - the floral version is gorgeous too!)
Jeans, Target (similar or similar or similar)
Bag, Kate Spade (similar or similar scalloped or I love this laser cut version!)
Bracelet, Loren Hope (or in white, coral, pink or blue!) via Rocksbox - get your first month FREE with code jillggxoxo

Monday, July 20, 2015

(more!!!) Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

No, you aren't seeing double… after last week's post on Nordstrom's Anniversary sale I knew I just had to do ONE more post on all the amazing deals!  I couldn't squeeze them all in to just one post… Aaaaand to be honest I was doing some more perusing of the sale myself this weekend and I really wanted to share some of these additional deals I found (if you haven't seen the first post… make sure to check that out!).

If you aren't familiar with Nordstrom's Anniversary sale - it's their once yearly sale where they mark down the NEW products for the upcoming fall sale (unheard of!) on the hottest designer and brand name pieces that don't usually ever go on sale.  So, yes, it's kind of a big deal.  And yes, you totally need to be shopping it! :)

Here are a few MORE of my favorite sale picks…


clarisonic brush set (this has been on my wish list forevs!!!), pink wallet clutch, arrow drop earrings, faux leather pants (swoon! I can already tell leather is going to be huge this fall), army green coat (under $50!!), burgundy flats, dooney & bourke tote, distressed jeans, turquoise earrings, ankle boots (similar to THIS pair I own and LOVE!), butter nail set

Friday, July 17, 2015

Nordstrom's Anniversary SALE! (it's HERE!!!)

It's always like Christmas in July when Nordstrom's Anniversary sale comes around… I mean, they know how to do it right!  The take the HOTTEST fall pieces (yes, as in the upcoming season!) and put them on mega, mega sale.  So you can be looking your best this fall… all at amazing prices.

The Anniversary sale is the time to stock up on those statement and investment pieces that usually break the bank, but with the sale - are right within your grasp.  It's the best of both worlds.  And while yes, I get it… me posting pictures of leather pants, boots and (gorgeous) winter coats in July is a BIT of a summer buzz kill.  You will thank me later. I promise!

Last year I snagged these amazing boots… and they were hands down one of my best purchases of 2014.  BUT the thing is… these pieces go FAST, I mean super fast… so be prepared to snag what you want or go all season without it.  And that would be so sad…

So here are my top picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale... I can't wait to hear what you snagged… tell me in the comments!


So what is catching your eye at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Anything fun?

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

closet staples: how to style a summer tunic!

Today I am pulling some inspiration together on how to style summer tunics.  As I mentioned earlier this week… tunics have quickly become a mainstay in my summer wardrobe. They can be paired with shorts and jeans alike and on top of that they are perfect over swimwear for the summer.  So they can really be a workhorse in your closet in the spring and summer.

I have used tunics as a kind of "cheat" a lot so far this summer.  While they are laid back, they are also a tailored piece that makes an outfit look instantly pulled together.  So every time I throw them on I feel like a little bit more dressed up than maybe I really am.  Which is always a bonus.


one, white tunic - on sale!
two, pale blue - on sale!
three, grey/white striped - under $30!
four, lilac - under $30!
five, black/white striped - under $15!

tip: pair these tunics with your favorite cut off shorts, white jeans, distressed jeans or over a swimsuit!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

instagram style!

You all know I love Instagram! If you aren't following me there yet - you should! It's fun! (user: jillgg)

Here are some of my favorite recent everyday looks… this summer has been one of a lot of denim, chambray, white and black. I never get sick of it… as you can tell!



above: similar jeans, similar chambray, similar shoes, alex + ani favorites (this and this and this)




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