Whenever spring wants to begin, I'm ready for it! I've already been scouting plenty of outfits to wear when the weather finally warms up. One of the first items I look forward to wearing is different types of jeans...white jeans, lighter washes, cropped jeans, colored jeans, you name it.
In New England, it doesn't really warm up that quickly so I’m not jumping right into sundresses and shorts. That’s why each season I usually rely on a few types of jeans that can work for that transitional period from March until full-on summer. Here are some super skinny jeans from NYDJ I've been eyeing as well as some colored and white jeans:
White jeans: Every woman should have a go-to pair of white jeans, whether they are cropped, skinny or boot cut. They essentially look good with any color top, but I usually go for black or a bright pop of color.
Cropped jeans: I've been loving ankle length jeans to wear with flats or sandals. Typically I’ll pair skinny ankle jeans with a looser top, like a silk blouse or oversized light sweater.
Colored jeans: These were a big trend a few years ago but I still love a few of my colored jeans. Some of the shades aren't as popular anymore, like the neon brights, but you could still rock basics like mint green, red or royal blue. I would definitely steer toward a neutral solid or patterned top with colored jeans.
Recommendations on how to find jeans that work for you:
Definitely start with patience. Not every brand, cut or style works for everyone, but when you find one that works, stick with it. I recommend buying more than one pair of the same fit. I also used to think that designer jeans for women always ruled, but that’s not always true. Stores like Gap and J.Crew have affordable options that are good quality and on trend and you can get access to plenty of designer jeans for less at places like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.
I'm finally home for a few weeks in a row after traveling to Dallas and Atlanta for work and to DC to visit my sister and my friend. I definitely need a break from airports, I experienced more delayed and cancelled flights in the last few weeks than I ever have before. It was nice getting to spend a weekend at home with not much on my schedule. Here are a few pictures from my weekend in DC:
We went to visit the monuments around DC and got some great pictures of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.
My sister and I checked out Dean & Deluca, a great gourmet market in Georgetown.
Also, I think I say this every year, but I'm looking for dresses to wear to a few spring weddings (and rehearsal dinners) and I'm having such a hard time finding anything! I've gone to a ton of stores and have shopped online but can't seem to find anything with the right price, fit and color. Here are a few that I've worn in the past:
I definitely need some ideas of where to shop and what brands to check out because right now I'm out of ideas! Here are a few styles that I am considering:
A lot of my favorites this week have to do with cold weather: TV shows, lip products, warm clothes, etc! I highly recommend the winter berry tea from Teavana, along with the perfect tea maker, which makes it really easy to brew the tea into any cup. I've been obsessed with high-end and drugstore lip products lately, even more so because of the cold weather. This Fresh set is a great deal because you get three minis and a lip scrub. I also bought a pack of Lip Smackers because I thought they were going out of business but that may not actually be the case. (Oh well! I'm happy with my purchase anyway!) I rediscovered the Girl Meets Pearl highlighter and have been using it with a stippling brush for the high points of my cheeks. As you know already, I've been watching The Blacklist non-stop and finally got caught up this weekend. Lastly, this Zella hoodie and The North Face hat have both been great winter staples for me.
There were so many beautiful gowns at this year's Oscars but overall, nothing blew me away and nothing was a huge surprise. There were a lot of black and white gowns, along with red and multi-colored beaded dresses, and then a few outside the box colors. My top 3 were: Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon and Margot Robbie.
Jenna Dewan Tatum, Anna Faris, Lupita Nyongo, Reese Witherspoon
Dakota Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Behati Prinsloo
Nicole Kidman, Emma Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston
With all the horrible winter weather lately, I've been catching up and binge watching some great shows. With things like Netflix, On Demand and Hulu, it's super easy to discover new shows and then watch all the episodes from the beginning. Below are some of the ones I recommend:
Friday Night Lights: Set in a small Texas town, this show is about a high school football team, the coach and his family. Sounds like a classic teen drama but it's so much more than that.
Homeland: About a CIA agent who also struggles with mental health issues. She is extremely smart and good at her job but sometimes makes questionable decisions.
Orange is the New Black: Based on the memoir, this show is about an upper/middle class white woman who goes to prison years after committing a non-violent crime.
The Blacklist: One of the FBI's most wanted comes back to work with the FBI and sets his sights on Agent Elizabeth Keen, who he has a strange connection with.
Scandal: A DC-area "fixer" saves powerful politicians from bad situations...and gets into some herself.
House of Cards: A manipulative politician works his way up by playing his cards just right, no matter what the stakes.
The Affair: This is of course, about an affair, but there is also a mystery woven through the episodes about something that happens as a result of the two main characters' secret relationship.
How to Get Away with Murder: A high-powered lawyer takes students under her wing to teach them how to be defense lawyers...they really do learn how to get away with murder.
Breaking Bad: A former high school chemistry teacher becomes a meth cook along with his former student.
With all the cold weather, I've been really into lip products that moisturize and provide color. Hence, the tinted lip balm. I've picked up a few new ones recently and have been rotating through them for the last few weeks. Some are great paired with a clear lip gloss and others are great on their own. I keep a few at my desk, in my purse and at home because I'm always applying them throughout the day. Here are my current faves: