October 7, 2014

Scallop Back Dress

Dress: Francesca's Collections
Necklace: Target
Belt: Borrowed
Sandals: JCrew
Sunnies: Prada

September 16, 2014

Fourth of July

This is long overdue, but here are a few of my faves during our Fourth of July bash. :)

Top: Madewell
Skirt: JCrew | similar - last seen here
Sandals: Franco Sarto
Earrings: Banana Republic
Bag: Kate Spade

July 15, 2014

Lace & Chambray

Rocking a relaxed look on a beautiful summer day.  A denim jacket or chambray button up will add that casual cool to any dressier look.

Chambray: Madewell | shop
Top: JCrew
Skirt: JCrew | similar
Sandals: Target
Sunnies: Prada | similar
Bag: Kate Spade | shop or smaller version here

June 3, 2014

Quick Loft Reviews: Crochet Trim Henley & Knit Circle Skirt

I've been really enjoying Loft lately.  Nearly everything I'm wearing today is from Loft!

Quick review: Loft Crochet Trim Henley Shell; this top comes in black & a bright cobalt (online exclusive) and I really like it because it travels really well, doesn't wrinkle, and basically goes with everything from a breezy skirt & a messy bun to my favorite pair of pants for the office (the JCrew Minnie Pant). I enjoy the split neck and the general ease of wear. Retails for $44.50.

Knit Circle Skirt ($39.50) I think I've had an iteration of this skirt from Old Navy, but the Old Navy version wasn't as flattering.  I love the cut of this particular skirt; my only complaint is that the material is a little thin and showcases any fabric that's tucked underneath it -- I would rethink purchasing this skirt if you were planning to rock this with bulky sweaters or tops.

Sunnies: Loft | shop
Top: Loft Crochet Trim Henley Shell | shop
Skirt: Loft Knit Circle Skirt | shop
Shoes: Target | similar
Lips: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick | shop

May 30, 2014

The Hoover Dam

Hi Friends!  In February, I visited the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas to celebrate my 25th birthday!  Some of my very best friends from college helped me ring in the next quarter century. :)

Chambray Top: Madewell | similar
Jeweled Top: JCrew | similar
Pants: Gap | similar
Sandals: Target | similar
Sunnies: Prada | similar
Bag: Tory Burch | shop

February 21, 2014

Dallas Stars Game

Hello all!  I hope you're surviving the winter weather.  I'm starting to get cabin fever, but there are some good things about cold weather (case in point: frozen) and wintertime activities. I caught a hockey game in Dallas with some of my college roomies.  This was my first experience with professional hockey, and I was impressed by how graceful the players were on the ice.  

And yes, the whole times I was chanting "ducks fly together" in my head.

Navy top: JCrew | shop
Sweater: Target | similar
Bottoms: Gap Skinny Mini Skimmer Khakis | shop
Shoe: JCrew | shop

February 18, 2014

Jane Squared vs Winter

Winter 200 points. JaneSquared 3 points.

Shesh Winter! I told you to get real & get out of town! Ah .. well, at least the snow looks pretty...

Today I'm wearing my new favorite denim top from Uniqlo. This is a great shirt that can easily transition into work wear (tuck into a pencil skirt, add a cardigan or blazer). Lucky for me, I'm keeping it casual with a great pair of leggings and my duck boots. 

We can battle this winter together! Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Shirt:  Denim Long Sleeve, Uniqlo | shop
Tank:  Scoop Cami, Limited | shop
Leggings: Loft | shop
Socks: Dotted Trouser, JCrew | shop
Scarf: Cheetah print | similar
Watch:  Runway Twist, Michael Kors | shop
Necklace:  Side double Cross, TJ Maxx | shop
Boots: Duck Boots, LL Bean | shop

February 17, 2014

Menswear Monday: Shave and a Haircut

Well it may no longer cost 2 bits for these items, but sometimes there's nothing better than a good haircut and a nice close shave. For me personally -- a trend that I am happy to see sticking around is the old school style shaving. No more five razor combos and aerosol gel spray. It's all about going back to basics. Props to Aili's bro for introducing me to some of my favorite shaving items.

This safety razor is nice and heavy; and the it twists to open the head for a blade change. A years worth of blades can be found super cheap online and will make you wonder why you ever spent $15 for a set of name brand heads that will only last you two weeks. 

The positive for this stick soap means it's great for anyone on the go. No need for a cup just rub directly on your wet whiskers, lather and get your shave on. The end result is a much better experience and a smoother shave. 

Trust me, you won't be the only one to feel the difference.

Cheers & Happy Shaving.G

From Left to Right

Brush:  Pure Badger, Art of Shaving | shop  
Soap:  Mike's Natural | shop
Blades:  Personna | shop
Razor:  92R Super Heavyweight, Parker | shop 
Soap:  Shave Stick | shop

February 12, 2014

Chicago Botanical Gardens

Over winter break I spent some QT time with my nephew and niece at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. They had a great display of beautiful plants and a special train exhibit for the winter season. If you haven't had the chance to visit -- I highly recommend it!

I also am learning to master the sock bun. I love this for a quick and stylish updo. I picked up a great piece at Target (Goody hairtie & bun). Best part? You can easily tote it around in any small purse/bag. What's in your purse these days?

Thanks for reading!

Dress: Target | shop similar
Belt: JCrew | shop
Leggings: Zella, Nordstrom | shop
Boots: Melissa Button, Frye | shop -- currently 35% off at Nordstrom!
Bag: Mini MAC Bag, Rebecca Minkoff | shop

February 10, 2014

Menswear Monday: To Infinity and Beyond!

Sometimes I can be accused of living under a rock and the Infinity Scarf is another example of that. After seeing them more than a few times I grabbed one on an impulse and its been a pretty solid buy. 

Here are the reasons I like it so far: 
1) Adds a lot of warmth 
2) Dresses up any button down or Tshirt 
3) In a pinch can work as a makeshift Balaclava to block the wind. 

That coupled with the rest of this getup will keep me warm and comfortable on the ‘average’ winter day. It's all about adaptation up in here!

Scarf: Navy Infinity, Boutique | shop similar
Shirt:  Denim Top, Uniqlo | shop
Jeans:  Brixton Reserve Denim, Pac Sun | shop
Shoes: Chuck Taylor Slip Ons, Converse | shop

February 4, 2014

Cream Jacket Woes

I love seeing cream coats in the winter as they are classic, beautiful pieces. However, keeping this coat clean is exceptionally difficult. Last year I wore this coat out one evening and got splashed by a huge truck. It took me a few trips to the dry cleaners, but I got it out.

To be honest I've squirreled away this coat for a while in fear of it getting dirty, but what's the point of having something if you can't wear it? So, it's back out in the real world and I'm loving it. Plus, this coat makes me happy -- so it's worth it.  :)

Coat:  JCrew | similar
Shirt: Silk top | shop
Pants: 1969 Ponte, Gap | shop
Boots: Melissa Button, Frye | shop
Purse:  Kate Spade | similiar
Scarf: Cheetah print | similiar

February 3, 2014

Menswear Monday: Lunar New Year

I was told it was good luck to ring in the Lunar New Year you should wear red for good luck. So, I decided to do so in a big way -- for me. I got these pants a few years ago and was told they would be great for fall, but somehow I have been able to shoehorn them into every season. Pairing with this blue shirt shows that opposites do really play off of one another. Sometimes you need to mix it up no matter what season. Also, a friendly competition has started with the gang via Fitbit. How are you tracking your fitness goals this year? Hope you guys were able to enjoy the New Year, as well.  

Shirt: Jack & Jones | similar 
Pants: Slim Fit Chinos, Dressman | shop
Shoes: Chuck Taylor Slip Ons, Converse | shop

January 29, 2014

Life According to my iPhone

An easy look for a day at the the office:

Cardigan: Uniqlo | shop
Top: Loft | shop
Skirt: Halogen via Nordstrom | similar
Tights: HUE | shop
Shoes: JCrew | shop the studded version

Minnetonka slippers -- a Christmas gift from the fam. :)  Super soft and snuggle-y during the polar vortex.

An Old Navy snakeskin print shift dress & a room in the midst of New Year's Resolution number two -- decluttering my space. I'm working slowly, but surely and I'm loving my cleaner, minimized space.  

Aili & I both love this travel toiletry case; it can take up a decent amount of real estate, but you can pick it up at the Sonia Kashuk section of Target.

January 28, 2014

Live in Leggings

Did you have a good weekend? We're back at it with a Menswear Monday, and this weekend we have something great to look forward to:  Chinese New Year

Nothing makes me happier than a pair of comfortable and WARM leggings. These Zella leggings are fantastic. They are great to throw on for a weekend, and fun to pair with boots. How are you staying warm?

Thanks for reading!

Shirt:  Tunic, Merona | shop
Leggins: Zella Live in Leggings, Nordstrom | shop
Boots:  Melissa Button, Frye | shop
Scarf:  Animal print | shop similar
Necklace:  Vintage | shop similiar

January 27, 2014

Menswear Monday: Ogres & Onions

It's Menswear Monday! Welcome back guest blogger G.

Ogres are like Onions.
They have layers, which is also a good way to dress in this weather. For walking around in one of the polar vortexes, temperature, as well as wind can vary throughout the day. Proper layering helps me block the wind and keep warm. This new jacket combined with a cardigan and button down certainly did the job. Other additions to help as well are: good gloves, 180s which can be a good substitute to for a cap, and even long johns in extreme wind. Additionally, when you are indoors and you start to peel those layers off you can loan one of your layers to your favorite Jane. See, chivalry isn’t dead.  
Thanks for reading.

Jacket:  DuraDown, Eddie Bauer | shop
Cardigan: Lambswool Gray, Uniqlo | shop
Shirt:  Oxford Slim Fit, Uniqlo | shop
Jeans:  Levi's 514 | shop
Gloves: Craft | shop
Boots: Jack & Jones | shop similar
Earmuff: 180s Ear Warmers | shop

January 23, 2014

Domes: Botanical Garderns

OMG. Midwest Winter.. what's up?! Well, the only way to stay warm is burrow inside. G & I found a local botanical garden where we can pretend it's warm. And, I'm wearing a fun dress from the Crew Factory with a sweet tulip hem so, things are looking up!

To stay insulated from the cold I added a pair of warm tights, and my favorite pair of brown boots.

Dress:  Tulip Hem, JCrew Factory | shop similar
Boots:  BP Runway Boot, Nordstrom | shop similar
Belt: Citron, JCrew | shop similar
Earrings: Diamond Studs | shop
Purse:  Vintage | shop similiar

Linked up to the Two Thirty-Five Designs.

January 22, 2014

Big Ben

Visiting London was very a cool for me, and seeing Big Ben & the Palace of Westminster were definitely some highlights. This trip marked my first experience in the UK, but I've learned and heard so much about London.  IT was exciting to visit streets (Baker St., anyone?)  I've seen on t.v. & read about in history books.

I walked up the stairs and out of Westminster station and was greeted with a breathtaking view of Westminster.  And all I could think to myself was "whoa".  This building has been around for hundreds of years. I really enjoyed just walking around this area and taking in the sights.

Have you been to London before?  What were some of your favorite things to do?

Coat: Loft | shop
Necklace: So Good | similar
Top: Express | shop
Jeans: Gap | shop
Flats: Cece Ballet | shop
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | shop