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The Great Pumpkin

blazer c/o talbots / pants c/o talbots / ankle boots c/o talbots

There’s a historic house in my area that I love visiting often as they have beautiful grounds to walk and wonderful settings to take photos at. Every Halloween season they invite kids to come carve pumpkins and they set their creations on the 1800’s stone fence. It makes for quite the perfect Halloween scene!

I recently wore this outfit from Talbots and the pieces are ones that I can wear year after year. Like most items from the brand, they are modern classics that earn their permanent place in your closet. The blazer is my favorite part of the outfit because the texture of the green has a little bit of navy underlying it, and the underside of the collar is lined with navy as well.

The inside of this blazer is super cute too! The blazer comes in other colors, and I think my next choice would be pink to bring a little more color into the cooler months.

I have these pants in three colors now and they are in heavy rotation in my closet. Years ago, I searched high and low for pants that looked like a riding pant, felt like a jegging, but were still real pants. I ended up buying a pair in camel and white, and now own the navy. They are unbelievably comfortable, and my favorite part is that they look high end! Pants are not always the most exciting purchases, but they are some of the most important. I just gave away a bunch of old pants that didn’t fit quite right but I liked the sale price, and it feels like such a waste. When I spend more on pants like these, they hold their value and  I save money over time not having to replace them.

These ankle boots are stunning in real life! I wanted something I could wear often that would transition well into cooler weather. These are the perfect shade of leather, and they are as soft and smooth as butter. The best part is they don’t need to be broken in as they are comfortable from the first time you slip them on.

Have you checked out the Talbot’s Friends & Family sale? They have 30% off your entire purchase and it’s a nice time to get a few pieces that you’ve been eyeing.


L.L. Bean Fit Guide

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of L.L. Bean. I’ve had the privilege and honor of working with the company many times, and have come to know and love the products they offer. These items are all what I consider to be staples I’ll own long-term both in style and quality. I’ve never been unhappy with a single thing from L.L. Bean and continue to buy from them for both myself and my family members (my dad is a big fan as well!).

I get a lot of questions regarding the fit of some of their main pieces that they offer year after year. Not having a store nearby to try on their clothes can make ordering tricky, but their reviews help a ton. I’m fortunate to have a store 20 minutes from my house that opened in 2016, but it wasn’t always that way. Here are some of my observations from wearing L.L. Bean for many years.

Fisherman Sweater

I own the iconic fisherman sweater in the original style (cream) and the washed version (blue). It’s the same exact sweater, but the fabric was dyed different. Before purchasing, I was told to size up two sizes. Since I’m normally an extra small, I opted for the medium. The washed blue version I have in a size small. It may be hard to tell in photos, but the medium is definitely more of a relaxed fit that’s best for layering. Many people like fisherman style sweaters to appear more oversized, and I feel like the medium does the trick without being too baggy. The small is the perfect sized sweater for me! I like it slightly more fitted because I often wear this sweater without layering. I enjoy having two of the sweater in two different sizes, but if I were to buy one more I’d get a small.

Final consensus: Size up one size.


Wicked Good Moccasins

The Wicked Good Moccasin is broken up into a few styles, the two above being the most popular. The top is technically the Wicked Good CAMP Moccasin while the bottom is the Wicked Good Moccasin. Same slipper, the difference being the shearling placement on the sides. I owned the top style for 3 straight years before I retired them, but I loved them so much I knew I needed a replacement. I love the look of both, but wanted to try the bottom one with more shearling. When I got them, my heel slipped out of them when I walked. I go up and down stairs a lot holding a baby so this was a problem for me.

I’m a 7.5 and I’ve always gotten an 8 in these slippers so I took them to the store to see if it was the style or the size that was giving me issues. The salesperson told me “slipping out” of the back of the bottom style is common no matter the size. I exchanged them for the top pair and ended up getting a size 7 instead. You truly break these slippers in as they form to your foot so I am glad I sized down!

Final Consensus: Top style worked better for me, and half sizes should size down!



The Ultralight Down Jacket (left) is super warm, and I reach for it constantly from November to March. The Quilted Riding Jacket is also a favorite of mine that’s perfect for cooler temperatures. My experience with both L.L. Bean women’s outwear is that they are true to size. Most people size up, but I got my regular extra small and found plenty of room for layering and still being able to zip and button up the coat.

Final Consensus: L.L. Bean outwear is true to size!


Sweater Fleece

I love L.L. Bean’s Sweater Fleeces! They are the perfect pullover for cool summer evenings or chilly days throughout the year. I love the weight and texture to them and find myself reaching for them a lot. I own one in the “sienna clay” color in a size small, and the one above in a size extra small. I like both sizes, but prefer them to be slightly oversized. This isn’t an item you want super fitted anyway since you’ll find yourself layering it!

Final Consensus: Size up for comfort.

Bean Boots

There are two questions here – what shoe size to get and what height to get?

Shoe sizing for Bean Boots is to size down, and recommends a whole size and half for half sizes like myself. I own several pairs (I’m embarrassed to say just how many), and all but one are size 7 boots when my regular size is 7.5. I’ve always found them comfortable, plenty of room for thick socks, and even the only shoe I could wear with my swollen pregnant feet at the end of my pregnancy. When the red pair went on sale, the store only had a size 6 which is what they reccomend for a size 7.5 such as myself. The size 6 felt great! I haven’t worn them with super thick socks yet, but they felt more like how my regular shoes feel and less like a boot. I’d still order just a half size down to stay on the safe side, but if you live in a mild area and aren’t wearing thick socks I’d definitely go one and a half sizes down!

What height to get – the 6″ or 8″? I own two pairs of the 8″ Bean Boots and have always loved that height. I tuck my pants into them easily, they feel more like a boot, and they’re super photogenic. I recently got the red pair of the 6″ Bean Boots and I don’t mind the height but it doesn’t feel as natural to me. It’s like wearing high top sneakers or short booties. I don’t mind them at all and enjoy wearing them, but I would only recommend them if you plan on wearing your pants over them vs tucking them in. Some people factor their height into this as well – a shorter person may look more proportionate in a 6″, a taller person in an 8″. I don’t put much stake into this and believe it has more to do with how you wear the boot in your everyday life.

Final consensus: Unless you live in a mild climate, size one half size down. I prefer 8″ in style over the 6″.


Most Underrated Item

To end this post on L.L. Bean, I want to share what I believe is the most underrated item they sell: The Gumshoe! I wear these things ALL the time. I will slip them on if I’m running outside real quick, or they’re perfect for running errands on a rainy day. While most people love the regular Bean Boot, I don’t see too many sporting the gumshoe. They’re quite practical for everyday life!

Please feel free to leave questions in the comments if you have any more!

West by Southwest

Western meets preppy? It’s hard to imagine the two styles colliding, but Ralph Lauren did the impossible in 1981 when he came out with his Santa Fe collection. Although western and preppy seem distant at times, they’re closer in style than one may think. Both are based on the all American style unique to the roots of our nations culture.

I have always admired the blend of western and preppy styles, and own a few items that lend towards that such as my large belt buckles, brightly woven sweaters, medium wash denim, and aged leather boots. I especially became inspired a few years ago when I visited my best friend Ravae’s family ranch in Wyoming, and then again two years ago when Joe and I visited Arizona. The western/southwestern style has a rich history of hard work and ingenuity that comes alive in the patterns and textures. My favorite item in my outfit above are my earrings –  a vintage Native American style pair that belong to my mom.

Ralph Lauren is featuring their southwest style again this year in their Polo Ralph Lauren Collection. I highlighted a few pieces below and also recommend the article they wrote in their magazine about Ralph Lauren’s 1981 groundbreaking Santa Fe collection.

Do you own any western inspired pieces? How do you blend them in a classic wardrobe?


Brands Reminiscent of Rugby Ralph Lauren

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know my love for the short lived brand Rugby Ralph Lauren. Most of my favorite items I own come from this line and ever since the brand was discontinued in 2013, I cherish them even more. My husband and I still frequently search eBay and Poshmark for old Rugby items. This brand was crazy preppy, much of it over the top even for me, but there are some key pieces that were so unique in the preppy style marketplace. I was able to visit the Chicago location a few times and one of the NYC locations once, and the stores are even better than you can imagine. If you’re curious, google “Rugby Ralph Lauren store” and look through the images. I wish I could live inside!

There are a few brands that remind me of Rugby Ralph Lauren and I love and appreciate that they are keeping the ivy-league style alive. Check them out below:

Weyhill & Wharf

Weyhill & Wharf makes incredible oxford cloth button downs that uses silk tie material as a trim along the shirt. Rugby used to make similar shirts that had tie material under the collar, which I’ve owned several of, so I was really excited to see Weyhill doing their own version of my favorite shirts. I have one of these from Weyhill & Wharf and I wear it all the time. I love the little detail that sets it apart from the rest of the shirts in my closet.

Arnold Steiner

Take one look at Arnold’s instagram page and you’ll see a lot of Ivy League influence. I recently received a bunch of great items from this brand and I think the style and quality is spot on. The hats in particular remind me of Rugby, especially the yellow hat with the navy skull. I can’t wait to sport it this upcoming fall. Check his page out, I think the prices are great and his product is worth checking out.

J. Press

J. Press is a brand that’s been around since 1902 that focuses on men’s suiting, but if you look at more of their casual items you’ll see some great seersucker and madras pieces. Keeping it preppy, J. Press reminds me of Rugby’s classic side. Check out their needlepoint hats.

Brooks Brothers – Red Fleece

The Red Fleece brand of Brooks Brothers always has a few standout items each season that remind me of Rugby Ralph Lauren. The varsity/collegiate look is strong with this brand, and it has the rich history of Brooks Brothers behind it.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Last but not least, Ralph Lauren teases us Rugby fans every once in awhile with Rugby-esque  lines in their fall collection. It always gives me hope they’ll go back in the direction of Rugby Ralph Lauren, but I don’t count on it. This year they are pushing “The Polo University” collection that is really just a small revival of what Rugby was. I hope they continue to put out collections like this and maybe make it more of a permanent standing in their brand.


Guest Post: Rowing Blazers by Noah Pelletier

Rowing Blazers x Luke Edward Hall Launch Party

Robin and I have long shared a mutual love of classic clothing, stately interiors, antiques, and unapologetic glamour shots. We met in the college group at our church in 2008, and were fast friends. We’ve been friends for 10 years now, of which almost 7 of those I have been living in New York. But that hasn’t changed a thing.

I was excited when she asked me to do a guest post on her blog covering a recent event I went to for the launch of a menswear collaboration between two of my favorite artists.

I’d been counting down to the end of July ever since I heard that one of my favorite designers Luke Edward Hall would be collaborating with the classical menswear brand Rowing Blazers.

LEH x RB Rugby Jerseys

Rowing Blazers was created by Jack Carlson, and inspired by his vintage blazer collection, sportsman and their wardrobes, and his time at Oxford. His unique perspective on men’s style was the perfect foundation for Luke to add his own artist’s touch – infusing Grecian symbolism, and punchy colors with the more traditional stripes and collars of rugby shirts, oxfords, hats and sweatshirts. The collection is described as below on the Rowing Blazers website:

“This limited edition capsule is based on a series of five illustrations by London-based artist Luke Edward Hall inspired by the ancient world: a Greek vase; the mask of Tutankhamun; a discus-thrower; a set of ionic columns in ruin; and a statue bust.”

This collab brought together two creatives I so admire, their unique sensibilities combined to create something fresh, compelling, and not to mention wearable! –Like all good design, it pays homage to the past through subtle and not-so-subtle references.

Guests enjoying the launch party

After seeing the collection teased on both Luke and Jack’s accounts for weeks prior, I was excited to receive an invitation to the launch party on July 25th at the recently opened Rowing Blazers Clubhouse. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I got to the bottom of the invitation and read “Artist will be in attendance.”

I immediately RSVP’d for two and set a few goals for the evening: (All of which I accomplished – as the accompanying photos will attest.)

  1. Meet Luke, his boyfriend Duncan, and Jack Carlson
  2. Take photos with them
  3. Give a concise, but genuinely passionate confession of how much I love their work
  4. Buy some pieces from the new collection
  5. Enjoy myself

I took my trusty sidekick/best friend Royce with me and we headed to the Rowing Blazers Clubhouse.

The Rowing Blazers Clubhouse

Walking into the RB Clubhouse is like entering an exclusive men’s club where everyone can be a member and the staff is glad to see you. The walls are covered in vintage menswear illustrations, pennants, ads, text, and framed photos. They’ve recreated the atmosphere of a jovial rec room, and the ping-pong table and Foosball only add to the fun.

We had a delightful evening chatting with the other guests while looking over all the amazing pieces for sale. The Rosé didn’t hurt either! After much deliberation I bought the yellow striped Rugby shirt with the pink statue bust on it, as well as one of the corduroy hats. Once the temperature drops you know what I’ll be wearing first.

Accessories For All

In addition to the LEH x Rowing Blazers collection, the RB Clubhouse offers menswear classics, accessories, and some vintage objects. Not to mention a selection of the Rowing Blazers they’re known for. My favorite of which was the Croquet Stripe Blazer with multicolor vertical stripes!

Trying on the croquet striped blazer

I highly recommend a trip to the clubhouse, or you can of course shop online if you don’t live close.

Noah Pelletier, Luke Edward Hall, Duncan Campbell

Notable attendees:

Luke Edward Hall @lukeedwardhall

Duncan Campbell @jduncancampbell

Jack Carlson @jackcarlson

F.E. Castleberry @fecastleberry

Rowing Blazers @rowingblazers @rowingblazersmoodboard


ROWING BLAZERS CLUBHOUSE: 161 Grand Street, New York City


Noah lives in Brooklyn, New York and works in Manhattan as a luxury décor director


Playing Foosball with F.E. Castleberry

The Rowing Blazer’s moodboard


Noah Pelletier and Rowing Blazer founder, Jack Carlson

New To Me Brands

I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few brands recently that I had never heard of and came to love. I more often than not say no to working with brands I’m unfamiliar with because I’m afraid I’ll be unhappy with the style and quality. I want to be authentic as I can be with my audience so I try to do my due diligence in researching brands and asking questions before committing to working with them. The following three brands are recent companies I’ve worked with and was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed!


This jewelry company surpassed my expectations! I loved so many styles but settled on these earrings because they go with a lot that I wear. Since receiving them three weeks ago, I’ve worn them numerous times and have received many compliments.

I’m not just impressed with the earrings I got, but the whole style of Shiver and Duke. It reminds me of what a seasoned world traveler would wear – eye catching and intriguing, but also high end. Each piece has a unique look that I don’t see many other places. In the accessory industry you often find jewelry companies copying each other and putting out similar products, but Shiver and Duke is a refreshing take in copycat world. I hope to have many Shiver and Duke pieces in my collection over the years. Check out their website just to see how beautiful and unique their pieces really are!


scalloped topstriped shirt with ruffle sleeve / braided sandal

2. The Brimm Boutique

At first glance, this brand seemed a little too boho for my style, but after going through their website I found quite a few pieces that looked like they would fit well in my style. Both tops I got are blue, striped, and have a unique detail to them. The shoes are a beautiful shade and are not like anything else I own.

The tops are lightweight, and at $35 a piece I’m not expecting them to be the best quality but I’ve worn them quite often lately and they’re holding up great through multiple washes and wear. I find myself reaching for them over and over again, hoping no one notices I keep rotating them so much! 🙂

When I got pregnant I quickly realized that having an entire closet full of button down shirts wasn’t the best for a changing body. These shirts are beautiful, forgiving, and have feminine details that I love.

arcade cuff bracelet

3. Les Georgettes

This company’s concept caught my eye immediately because it’s something I have not seen in jewelry before. They sell all types of jewelry, and make it so you can flip the leather insert to reveal a different color. I love how this changes up the look completely and feels like I’m getting two bracelets in one. Both the cuff and the leather are great quality, and look and feel high end.

If you take a peek at their website you’ll see the hundreds of options available for bracelets, such as cuff thickness, design, metal, and leather colors. I love following them on Instagram just to see what other people have created.  Again it’s a great concept that I thought was very unique and done well!

Have you heard of any of these brands? Which one is your favorite?

The Best Gym Bag

monogrammed nylon gym bag c/o mark & graham / yoga mat c/o mark & graham / nike training shoe

It can be hard to take fitness gear advice from someone who’s a style blogger, especially when there are so many fantastic fitness bloggers out there. Something I don’t share on here too often is what I do in real life. Besides my day job, I’ve been a fitness instructor for the past 5 years at Life Time. If you haven’t heard of Life Time, it’s incredible and I love and enjoy every single part of my job and the facility itself. Calling it a gym or fitness center does it no justice!  Don’t tell my boss but I’d teach classes for free if that’s what it took. 😉

I’ve always been into working out ever since I realized I hated playing sports but still loved being active. I’ve been apart of some sort of gym / group fitness atmosphere for the past twelve years, and professional the last five, so I know a lot more about health and fitness than your average style blogger. Trust me when I tell you this is the best gym bag I have found to date.

Finding the right gym bag is a personal preference that really depends on how you use it. Some people are OK with a simple tote that they throw things in, while others depend on versatility because they work out often and/or shower at their gym. I fall into the later category and depend on the functionality of my bag to help keep me organized.

  • This bag has a total of EIGHT pockets and compartments – each designated for a different use. The very front of the bag has zippers on the side that once unzipped can hold a yoga mat, and right above the monogram is another compartment that I use for random hair ties and headbands (being without one can ruin a workout for me).
  • One side of the bag has a place for a waterbottle, and the other side has a compartment for shoes. I would never buy a gym bag that didn’t have a compartment for shoes and flip flops! I find it so useful and helps my inner germaphobe feel more at ease to keep it separate.
  • The back of the bag has a huge slim pocket that can hold anything you want easy access to.
  • The inside has three pockets – one larger one that I use to keep my iPad and workout class lessons in. It would also fit a laptop as well. Opposite of that pocket is two smaller compartments – I keep my instructor essentials in there such as a mic belt, windscreens for the mic, & wallet,  as well as extra headphones and socks.
  • The entire interior and exterior are completely wipe-able so it will look brand new for a very long time!

I’ve owned this retired Gaiam bag forever (7+ years), and while I bought other gym bags throughout the years, I always went back to it because of the compartments. I can now say that bag has been replaced and upgraded majorly with this new gym bag. I’ve never felt so organized in my life as this bag checks all of my boxes for my dream gym bag. I couldn’t have design one better myself!

While it may be more money than some are willing to spend on a gym bag, I find that owning the perfect version of something ends up costing you less over time. Settling on a lesser version of something so functional that will end up being replaced anyway costs time, money, and frustration over the years. Buying the right version the first time is worth its weight in gold. Plus, who can resist the navy and monogram?

What bag do you use for the gym? What are your must-haves for a gym bag?


L.L. Bean Sale

sweater fleece pullovermountain pile fleece vest

wicked good camp slippers   / original 8″ bean boot

fisherman sweater / chunky knit bird’s eye sweater

L.L. Bean doesn’t run many sales, which means most of the time people are paying full price for their items (and rightfully so, the quality is worth the price). Normally around Christmas they will run 15% off, but for the first time in years they are running a 25% off everything – including bean boots. Many items are already sold out on the website because of this great deal.

All the items above are ones that I own and highly recommend. If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on something, now is the time to buy it! The one item I was hesitant to get were the slippers because I didn’t want to pay $79 for something I just wear around the house. I ended up asking for them for Christmas over 2 years ago and still year them everyday year-round. I couldn’t be happier! There are 500+ good reviews on them if that tells you something. 🙂

My mom is always asking for ideas for Christmas so right when I heard of the sale I asked for this hat (now sold out, but thankfully she snagged it in time), and these snowshoes for me and for Joe. We snowshoe 4-5 times a winter and our old snowshoes come undone so often while using them. I’m excited to try a pair with this different bindings that make it easier to use.

Did you get anything from the L.L. Bean sale?

As always, I don’t use affiliate links so no money goes towards me and all my opinions are 100% my own.

Autumn Fallin’

Poncho c/o Marley Lilly ($29 currently!)  /  Corduroy Leggings – Land’s End  / Boots – Bandilo 

I’m really enjoying the poncho trend as it’s comfortable and flattering on everyone. This Marley Lilly one is really cute because it has my monogram in the bottom corner for extra personalization. I love the hunter green color for fall and winter as it will add some rich tones among many of the neutral staples I have, but the poncho is available in several colors.

While I love the poncho trend, there is a trick to wearing them correctly. Because they are more flowy, you’ll want to make sure the rest of your outfit is fitted. Leggings work well in this instance because it keeps proportions in check. I also try to dress up a little more when wearing a poncho so it doesn’t look sloppy. Worn with boots and a turtleneck, the outfit is more polished and looks mature.

I’ve been wearing my leather boots more and recently cleaned and conditioned them. I’ll have a post later this week on how to do the same!

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