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Perfectly Patriotic

dress – c/o blithe nyc / handbag – dooney & bourke / sandals – jack rogers

I’m so excited for 4th of July weekend! It’s one of my favorite holidays and a great excuse to wear more red, white, and blue. I wear so much of our nation’s colors that our dryer lint is purple… This weekend Joe and I plan to go to Traverse City, Michigan with friends. Traverse City is at the very top of the lower peninsula and has gorgeous clear blue water. I’m looking forward to relaxing, boating, visiting lighthouses, and spending time with friends.

I might have found one of my favorite summer dresses! It checks all the boxes for me – great fit, blue, and gingham. It’s not your typical gingham though, it’s more of a hand painted pattern that is so lovely in this shade of blue. I love the collar and tie belt – these little details are what really make this a favorite for years to come.

The cutest part of this dress is they make a smaller version for a little girl. If you have a daughter or a “little friend” it would be darling to get the little version. 

Check out the rest of Blithe’s Southern Living Collection. They have another great dress with hydrangeas on it that has a really pretty neckline on it.

 

Do you have any plans for the 4th of July? 

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Summer-Time

Joe and I recently found a great organic food stand and stopped to get some strawberries. I just received a watch from Welly Merck and was excited to wear it. I’ve always wanted a fabric strap watch and I couldn’t resist the fun stripes for summer.

I thought the red and white stripe would be hard to wear but I find myself reaching for it almost everyday. I keep the rest of my outfit colorful but solid, and tone down any patterns. I love that you can interchange the straps depending on the season or the outfit. I love the gold detail and appreciate the fine craftsmanship of this product.

Welly Merck watches has a really cute story about how it got started that has to do with a couple bringing their expertise together to form the product. I would check out their website and see what they have to offer. If you see something you like, code “ROBIN20” will get you 20%. I highly recommend them!

Do you have a favorite watch brand? I love watches and would love to hear about your go-to watch.

Sailor-Sailor

dress c/o sailor-sailor / earrings c/o tiny tassel / sandals – jack rogers /  bracelet c/o allison cole / clutch – j crew factory

Have you heard of Sailor-Sailor? This Connecticut based clothing brand is made in America and has so many dresses/tops/skirts with dozens of nautical patterns. While “preppy” can be defined many ways, Sailor Sailor is preppy in the truest sense of the term – like pieces you stumbled upon in a cute shop in a small beach town. The patterns are whimsical and fun, the fabrics are durable and hot-weather friendly, and the fit is truly flattering.

You know by now I’m a sucker for a sailboat pattern! Joe and I were engaged on a sailboat and he gave me a gold Tiffany sailboat necklace on our wedding day. I love the use of shades of blue on this dress and how it looks worn by the water.

We haven’t had a truly hot summer in Michigan in years, but this summer looks like it’s gonna be a hot one! I love hot weather so I don’t mind, but now I’m more mindful of the dresses I wear to endure the heat. I reach for sleeveless dresses to keep me cool, and the fabric of the Sailor Sailor dress isn’t thin, but it is lightweight and cooling. It’s not see-through one bit!

Check out Sailor-Sailor’s line, even just to see all the cute patterns. There’s many great navy/white options are well as some preppy pink and green ones that are really nice!

Lauren James Planner

planner c/o lauren james 

I’m someone who still likes to write things down vs. an electronic calendar, and I’ definitey not alone. There’s been a big spike in popularity in recent years of going back to handwriting, and you can see it through the rise of beautiful hand lettering, bullet journals, and more choices of agendas.

I love using agendas, but choices used to be slim and everyone uses them so differently. I was pleasantly surprised with the Lauren James planner because it encompasses everything I already need for a planner.

It’s pretty thick, going from August 2017 – July 2018, and has pockets in the back for loose papers and lots of stickers for parties, appointments, days off etc. It may be a little too big for a purse but perfect for a tote. It’s more like the size of an iPad.

I like that it has gift ideas in the front. Buying gifts can be challenging, so I like to keep a running tab of ideas when I come across them, even if it’s months ahead of time. I also like how goal orientated it is having you set goals in the beginning of the month and then every week asking you how the goals are going. Instead of making “new year’s resolutions”, it keeps you accountable month to month, such is more successful over time.

My favorite part is the month and week view! I have never found a planner that really fit my needs and this is exactly how I would design one. I love having the month at a glance view, but also to break down the week – but what makes this one different is the heath trackers. This is something I’ve done on my own with a bullet journal so I know it’s something I will be using with this agenda. You can plan your meals and workouts, and track your water intake. I’ve never seen a regular planner like this so I was really happy to see it integrated in a non-fitness planner.

I am looking forward to using this Lauren James planner come August to keep me on track!

Do you use a planner or have you gone digital? I’m really encouraged by stores like Paper Source because they show that print and writing is not dead. I love writing things down instead of typing them on my phone!

P.S. My favorite pens EVER for planners / may books  /etc. are Le Pen. I get the big pack on Amazon. 

 

Spring Tweed Outfit

fascinator – nordstrom / coat – c/o sail to sable / dress – c/o sail to sable / pearls c/o demoisille pearls

I’m a big fan of matching sets reminiscent of the 1960’s, especially anything Doris Day or Jackie O wore! You can see from my favorite past Easter outfit that I love coordinating separates with vintage flair, and my favorite material to do so in is spring tweed. It is not an easy task to find a modern day outfit with this classic style, and vintage clothes don’t always fit so well, so when I see a coordinating tweed outfit set I fall in love.

Sail to Sable is known for its classic, yet fun style and I have a few pieces from them that I love. Everything from them is always incredible quality and made to last. The material is thicker, buttons and zippers aren’t flimsy, and there is extreme attention to detail on every garment. Anything bought from there has staying power both in quality and design.

I can’t help but feel like a 1960’s movie star when wearing this outfit. The tweed and fringe details gives the outfit a nice texture, and I love the color of the lining! The dress itself has some really pretty feminine details.  I love wearing the set together, but will definitely be wearing both the coat and dress on their own as well.

Check out Sail to Sable to see what other cute styles they have for the spring season!

Marco Island with Mark & Graham

My family look a trip to Marco Island, Florida at the end of January, and we had such a wonderful time! It was sunny every day and it was just what we needed after such gloomy weather back in Michigan. This is our second time to Marco Island as a family, and Joe and I’s third time to the area. There are so many great things to do in Marco Island and nearby Naples, and being on the Gulf of Mexico side makes for gorgeous sunsets.

Coastal Cut-Out Bag – c/o Mark & Graham  /   Terminal 1 Carry-On Luggage- c/o Mark & Graham

I decided for the week long trip I would only bring a carry-on luggage and tote, and I had more than enough room to do so. I’m a big fan of doing carry-on only when possible, so I’ve been searching for the perfect luggage for years. This carry-on luggage is the answer to my prayers! It’s the right size for all airlines to qualify, has a hard case that makes a great structure for fitting all the essentials, and has handy organizational compartments inside for easy access (see photo above of it opened up). You can even lock it if you’d like! The quality and style are always a home run from Mark & Graham and this luggage is no exception. 🙂

The coastal cut-out bag is the perfect compliment to the luggage as it’s the right size to count as your “personal item”, but also roomy enough to fit tons of other items. The best part is that I used it as a beach tote and purse all week – it’s functional and stylish! I put all my “liquids” on the top of the bag so I could easily access them during the airport security, as well as items I wanted easy access to during the flight like my ipad, magazines, etc

Yoga class on the beach at sunset!

.We had a fantastic time in Florida, and can’t wait til the next time we go back!

Hubbell Hille Smoking Slippers

Smoking Slippers c/o Hubbell Hille

I’m a big fan of the smoking slipper as they are a staple in the preppy, all-American wardrobe. I love all types of smoking slippers – needlepoint, kilim, linen, but these “hubblers” may be my new favorite! Saying I love the laurel wreath crest would be a complete understatement. These shoes are stunning both in photos and in real life. 🙂

The shoes fit large, so as a size 7 1/2 I went with a size 7 and they fit great without socks. There’s a 1″ heel that dresses it up a bit and adds an appropriate height to the shoe. I was most surprised how comfortable this pair was right out the box. It’s not uncommon for smoking slippers to have to be broken in over time, but I wore these two days in a row in complete comfort and no blisters. Mine are navy blue, but they also come in black.

Check out Hubbell Hille, the company who makes this shoe started by two sisters who work in the financial industry. This shoe has quickly become one of my favorites that I own and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for this company!

Use code “ROBIN15” for 15% off for your own pair of Hubblers!

Loggin’ Around

RVC x CRA 1

Joe and I love spending time outdoors whether it’s evening walks, summer bootcamp workouts, or getting lost in the woods. The early darkness in the winter makes it hard to get outside, so we are extra mindful to take advantage of time off or unexpected nice days. We always put dressing for the weather first!

Fleeces are my go-to for the winter months as they are nicer looking than an over-sized hoodie but easily just as warm. They can easily be layered with a flannel underneath or a vest over it, and overall look more “put together” than your average fleece. Charles River Apparel makes my favorite fleece and I did a post on their half zip in oatmeal heather version last year.

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I LOVE this fleece in the jade heather version. The green is such a rich color to pair with fresh whites and blues, and  it can also be monogrammed. Heathered fleeces have a little more texture to them giving your outfit some depth when you’re on the go. For sizing – I prefer a roomier fit for these because I love to layer underneath so I recommend sizing up.

RVC x CRA 2

Fleece – c/o Charles River Apparel , Vest – J Crew Factory,  Pants – Talbots  , Boots – LL Bean 8″ Thinsulate 

L.L. Bean Holiday Gift Guide

Part of the product featured in the post was provided by L.L.Bean.

ll-beanAs the Christmas season quickly approaches, you may have loved ones ask you what you’d like for Christmas. I think it’s smart to have some ideas in mind because it helps the giver in the ability to give you something you will love. Although it’s not outwardly rude to say “I don’t know”, it makes it so much easier for the generous person who’s asking for ideas.

There are four main staples from L.L. Bean that I own and love that I recommend you put on your Christmas list (or give to others) because they are both stylish and functional. All four of these have quality guarantees that will ensure they will last for years to come.

img_83521. Bean Boots (thinsulate 8″ tall women’s pair shown above)

I can’t say enough great things about these boots! They are the original “duck boot” and are made for all weather. You’ll find yourself reaching for these over and over again, and they are made to last. My husband also has a pair and a few years ago the stitching started coming out.  L.L. Bean replaced them in full without any questions! The quality guarantee and customer service alone gives me confidence as a buyer that this is a product I’ll have in my life for a long time.

If you have these on your Christmas list, get them NOW. They get back-ordered quickly and it would be unlikely to get them by Christmas at that point. I wear the thinsulate version (a tad warmer), but the originals are great too and you can add warm insoles to them later. Remember to size down a whole size!

coat2. Ultralight 850 Down Jacket (c/o – long version, short version)

This coat is unbelievable. I live in the north, and our winters can be pretty harsh. I’ve always operated under the assumption that all warm coats have to be giant puffer versions in order to keep me comfortable, but this is simply untrue. This coat is both thin and incredibly warm – something I did not know was possible! I cannot stress enough how surprised and impressed I am with the quality and construction of this item. I 100% recommend putting it on your Christmas list if you’re looking for something you’ll want to throw on daily to keep you warm without being overly puffy.

The best part of this jacket is that it can be stuffed into a “stowaway pocket” in the inside of the coat to become smaller for storage. If you vacation to warmer places in the winter, this would be ideal to wear this coat and then stuff it into it’s own pocket to take up barely any space in your luggage.

sweater3. Fisherman’s Sweater (classic version shown above in beige)

This classic design is Made in Ireland with a nod to the heritage of fisherman. It has a heavier weight to it, which is exactly why it will quickly become a favorite in your closet for years to come. I have owned this sweater for a few years and it still looks brand new. The collar of this design is my favorite detail since it sits a little taller than most sweaters giving a little extra warmth. For fitting purposes – size one size up if you like to layer.

flannel4. Scotch Plaid Flannel (slightly fitted with Prince Charles Edward pattern above)

You can find flannels at many places, but none come close to L.L. Bean’s version. With a wide variety of options, this flannel is the softest version you’ll buy and will still look new after you’ve washed it a hundred times. Like many L.L. Bean products, this flannel comes with a lifetime guarantee. In my opinion, their flannels are not much more money than ones you’d find elsewhere, so I’d rather spend a little bit extra because I’ll save money over time with not having to replace it. Again, get one soon because many patterns sell out fast!

michigan-storeThis past summer Michigan finally got it’s first L.L. Bean store! Located at Partridge Creek Mall in Clinton Township, it’s worth going in to check it out. If you are unfamiliar with L.L. Bean sizing, this is a great way to see the product in real life and try it on. I can guarantee that you will be impressed with their quality and selection.

in-store-gifts

As a fan of L.L. Bean, my personal favorite part of the store is the many things you can’t buy online because they’re in-store items only. They have many smaller items that would be great for stocking stuffers!

What items do you have on your Christmas wish list?

Camilyn Beth Navy Dress

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When it comes to investing in formal wear, I like to buy a dress that I can wear for many years that meets a simple criteria. Can this dress be worn more than one season throughout the year? Can it be worn to more than one type of occasion? Can I dress it up and down?

This navy Go Go dress by Camilyn Beth checks all these boxes that I require for the perfect outfit!

img_8159img_8158img_8176img_8162Dress c/o Camilyn Beth  /  Clutch – Talbots (last year) / Shoes – Talbots (last year) / Earrings – c/o Demosille Pearls

I like to dress fun yet classic, without being too trendy. The navy keeps the dress in the classic territory, where the ruffle collar and gold button details keep it from being boring. This dress has a lot of staying power to serve you well for years to come.

I’ve worn Camilyn Beth dresses before so I’m familiar with the quality, but it truly stands out from the pack when it comes to the construction and design. Even opening the package you can immediately tell how nice of a product it is ( & made in the USA). The dress is a heavier material, the gold buttons on the back are heavy duty snaps, and the collar stands up nicely. It may seem unimportant, but the attention to detail is what makes you fall in love with the dress and keep wearing it year after year.

I’ll be wearing this dress to the next wedding I attend! I also think they would make great bridesmaid dresses, especially since this design comes in tons of colors. Check out Camilyn Beth to see what other great styles they offer.

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