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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Earth Tones

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The changing of the season means gravitating towards earth tones. Although I wear bright colors all year round, fall inspires me to reach for richer, deeper colors that coordinate well with texture and leathers. For this outfit I paired olive leggings with dark brown booties, a chambray top, and a kilim handbag for a more of classic, earthy feel.

img_70347paov9o9screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-25-46-pmshirt – land’s end (old), olive leggings – ralph lauren (old), booties – land’s end (old), watch – shinola , kilim handbag – c/o res ipsa

I’m heading out to Arizona this week and whenever I pack I like to stay within a color palette so all the pieces can be worn interchangeably. I’m opting for the colors above to coordinate with the southwest look of this purse.

I’m really loving the kilim accessories lately as they give any outfit interest as well as the “well traveled” look. This handbag is amazing quality and no two are exactly alike. I love the leather and brass accents that compliment the kilim well. It’s the perfect pop of style to an otherwise simple outfit. Check out Res Ipsa to see more gorgeous, unique accessories!

Two Bees Cashmere

two-beesWe had such beautiful weather this past Saturday with weather cool enough to break out my new favorite sweater! Joe and I took advantage and headed out to one of our favorite towns in Michigan, Grosse Pointe, which is beautifully located right on the water. We got coffee, checked out some shops, and took some photos. It was a lovely day!k6kxhwsa

img_7295img_7284ktjqwg2vsweater c/o two bees cashmere / vest c/o vineyard vines / pants c/o vineyard vines / shoes – ralph lauren / purse c/o dooney & bourke (old, similiar)

Two Bees Cashmere has the cutest styles, and the quality to match. My husband opened the package and went “woah, this is so soft”, and I couldn’t believe it myself. Cashmere is an unreal level of comfort and I know I’ll naturally be reaching for it from now til spring.

I can’t resist elbow patches and absolutely love the plaid ones! This sweater comes in a few colors, so check out their website to see the stylish navy version as well. Overall, I’m more than impressed with Two Bees Cashmere and know why everyone raves about them. Between the quality and the classic, yet unique, styles, every sweater is a home run. This is a piece I’ll wear and love for years!

Fall Birthday Picnic

img_2175I love having a September birthday for many reasons, one of them being how beautiful the weather ends up being. That time at the end of summer and beginning of fall is perfect with crisp mornings and sunny days. For my birthday, Joe and I went apple picking at our favorite local orchard (fun fact – I used to work there in high school), and then had a little picnic afterwards. Mark & Graham were gracious enough to send over some essentials for a perfect picnic!

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If you haven’t heard of Mark & Graham, do me a favor and take a peek at their website. Everything they sell is fantastic quality and can be tastefully monogrammed. It’s a dream come true for someone like me who loves to monogram everything!

screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-8-25-14-pm2-in-1 Car Organizer c/o  / Plaid Ground Cover c/o  / Travel Ice Cooler c/o

The car organizer is incredible! I just bought a new car in the spring and went from having a sedan to a hatchback, and had a hard time finding something to keep the back of my car organized. The three compartments are so handy, and the entire thing stays put while I drive. It also comes with a small cooler that fits in one of the three compartments. This is perfect for everyday life to throw essentials in and know they won’t move around. My favorite use is putting groceries in it! The entire thing collapses and velcros tightly if you need to put it aside. This is a must buy!

Plaid Ground Cover is great for all outdoor events. I always have to use a random blanket for picnics, outdoor concerts, etc., but this ground cover is thick and water resistant. No more needing to worry about damp grass or spilling something – trust me when I say this thing is resilient. The handy leather carrier and cute monogram is too cute not to own! This is one of those things you buy once and own for decades, so might as well get a nice one now!

The travel ice cooler is perfect to complete your trio, and others will appreciate your coordination when you whip it out. The plaid on these things is irresistible, and I love the subtle monogram on the leather tab on the front of the cooler. It’s a pretty large cooler, so it would be a smart and stylish way to replace a picnic basket since it will keep things neat and cool.

All-in-all these Mark & Graham items will help complete the perfect outdoor excursion whether summer, spring, or fall.

Fall Style Influences

I did a post back in the summer about the four types of “preppy style” that influence my summer wardrobe. I’d like to do the same thing for fall! I pull from all four styles to influence my fall wardrobe and will work them in interchangeable.

ivy-leagueIvy League Style

A collegiate style that stays true to its heritage by using classics that never die out. It will often resemble repurposing your grandfather’s old college sweater or borrowing your boyfriend’s rowing blazer. These items are meant to look like they have a long history of serving your style well.

Origin: Originally England, then New England, but the style first rose to popularity in the 1950’s when college students at Ivy League schools started sporting the look and naturally the rest of society followed.

Key Pieces: Blazers, Oxford Cloth Button Down Shirts, Cardigans, Varsity Sweaters, Loafers (you’ll also see items with elbow patches, silk tie material, gothic letters, etc.)

Brands: Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Hilfiger, Weyhill & Wharf

 

outdoorsOutfitted for Outdoors

This style boasts American heritage that conveys our nation’s love for the great outdoors. Functionality is of the utmost importance to keep you comfortable whether you’re on a hike or running errands.

Origin: Much of the main items in this style originate from early 20th century hunting gear or items worn for specifically for outdoor activities – such as fisherman’s sweater, flannel, etc.

Key Pieces: Bean Boots, Flannel, Waxed Jackets, Quilted Vests, Fleece Pullovers,  Fisherman’s Sweaters

Brands: LL Bean, Eddie Bauer, Patagonia, Moosejaw

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Western Americana

This style is Americana at the core as it takes cues from the adventurous spirit of the west and southwest. It’s not the first style that comes to mind when you think of “preppy”, but Ralph Lauren uses this style to influence his pieces that have evolved the look and feel of “all-American style”.

Origin: This style is as American as it gets, and dates back to Native American and cowboy culture.

Key Pieces: Chambray, Leather, Turquoise Jewelry, Navajo Sweaters, Medium Wash Denim, (you’ll also find fringe, suede, larger scale gold or silver accents)

Brands: Ralph Lauren – RRL or Denim & Supply lines, LL Bean, Levi’s, Res Ipsa

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Equestrian 

Influenced by the uniform of English horseback riders, equestrian style can look both sporty and polished and does so effortlessly.

Origin: Comes from English style horseback riding, primarily dates back to early 20th century.

Key Pieces: Riding Boots, Ruffle Blouses, Leather Accents, Quilted Riding Jackets, Blazers, Riding Pants, Equestrian Style Hardware (horse bit on a purse, loafer, etc.)

Brands: Ralph Lauren, Ariat, Ellsworth and Ivey, Talbots

 

These are the main four styles I work into my fall wardrobe. My only caveat that I can give is to mix one or two elements of a style into an outfit to avoid looking too much one way or the other. I’ve learned the hard way that wearing all my equestrian style clothes at once causes people to approach me and ask if I just left the barn.

Which is your favorite style? If there another fall style you like to wear?

 

Thanks for reading,

Robin

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