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Spring Break in Europe

Spring Break is coming up on us quicker than we imagined. Some of us have been busy dreaming of resort getaways (see here) while others are debating what to pack for European vacations. We literally, kid you not, have gotten 5 requests in the past few weeks asking what to pack for late March in Europe.  You, lucky people, are headed to Italy, France, England, and Spain, and that’s just who we know of and has reached out.  The what to pack for Spring Break in Europe question is causing some serious angst, so we’re here to help! And we figured it was the making of a well-needed blog post to boot.

When traveling to Europe the goal is to be comfortable and chic, while somewhat blending in with the natives so you’re not sticking out like a sore thumb…

Loungewear and good ole’ pajamas.

What can we say, everyone needs a little loungewear in their life. Or, depending on the kind of homebody you are, maybe you need a lot. It’s been at the forefront of our minds lately too. If you follow Insta-stories, you’ve seen it’s the first thing Hallie does when she gets home from a long day. She throws off her street clothes and puts on the cozy loungewear.  And, Elana has been stuck at home for a few weeks with a bad back, so pajamas have become her new uniform.  And really, who doesn’t love a Sunday in cozy pajamas or loungewear! The days where you get to drink coffee in bed and might not brush your teeth until noon. Those are the days that call for the good stuff.

Scenarios for why having good loungewear on hand is a good idea…

-The Fed-Ex man shows up at your door in the morning. You don’t want to turn 50 shades of red out of embarrassment for what you might or might not have on.

-Your teenage children have friends sleep over. Wearing a decent pair of pajamas or loungewear won’t mortify you or them if asked to make pancakes at the last minute.

-Driving carpool in the morning. What if you get pulled over in ratty old jammies? Yikes! Wearing the good stuff is a much better idea than driving in those old holey t-shirts and bottoms.

-Unannounced visits from friends when you haven’t gotten totally dressed. 

The MEGA Shopbop Mega SALE – Don’t miss it!

Hip, hip, hooray! It’s that time of year again. The EPIC Shopbop Mega sale is going on NOW!

5 days only February 26–March 2.
 
We literally wait all year for this Shopbop sale. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it! Hallie scored the Lela Rose for her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah at this sale and saved $$$$$.

We’ll make this short and sweet – here’s what we love. The good stuff goes fast so dilly dally at your own risk.

Today you’ll get Hallie’s picks (She just did a big try on session/order so perfect timing) and tomorrow Elana’s. So, here ya go!

The Vest-a Common Conundrum Piece.

When we meet with a client for the first time we always ask about their conundrum pieces. And lately, the vest seems to be the conundrum culprit for quite a few clients. A conundrum piece as we call it is one of those pieces that every time you put it on it makes you say, “how am I supposed to wear this” or “what am I supposed to do with this”. Oh, and by the way, we aren’t talking about a sporty, Eddie Bauer type, fly fishing vest. There’s a place for those but that’s not the topic today.

We’re talking about a longer wool/cashmere, sweater, or fur vest. And the challenge of how to wear them for effortless style. But the answer isn’t as easy as a quick explanation. It’s more of a visual thing. So, instead of giving a quick answer, we’re offering up some quick style inspiration and how to’s…

THE COAT, Yes, it is THAT good!

There are coats and there is THE COAT! The coat is an internet sensation that has won over the hearts of fashionable women, living in cold climates everywhere. And even though the weather is so up and down (-10 one day and 50 degrees the next) This coat is worth it, especially on those super cold days. Think of it as a grown-up version of the beloved and very sought after Cabbage Patch Doll of the 1980’s – – –  everyone wants it. And I must say, for good reason. It even has it’s own Instagram page!!

I was not a super early adopter on this one, some people commented on my FB feed that they have had this coat for a year or more, smart ladies!! I’d seen it on other bloggers I follow and thought it was good looking. And at $130 worth a shot.  I ordered it in November and was so happy I did. Because when winter finally became winter, like serious, -10 degrees, I need a warm coat winter, I was all set!

Don’t cry me a river, I have other coats – long, short, puffer, fur (faux and regular). In fact, if you ask my husband, maybe too many… some are more fashionable and some more functional but as of now, none are more worn than my THE COAT.

THE COAT seemed to fill a void in my outerwear – here’s why:

The Basics of Vacation Packing.

Vacation packing doesn’t have to be tricky. One of us tells a really funny story about going on her honeymoon and packing so much that they needed an extra car just to carry all of her luggage. It was a surprise, so she didn’t actually know if she needed resort wear or ski wear, so she literally packed her entire closet. Funny, but not really funny. The anxiety people get about packing (and overpacking) is not a joke.

In the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (a TOTAL must see, btw) Midge was vacation packing and literally had an entire room filled with racks and racks of clothes to pack for her get away. It was quite a site – outrageous yet, somehow totally relatable too. Mrs. Maisel’s approach to packing is how many people pack for a resort vacation, WAY. TOO. MUCH! And the irony is when you’re packing resort wear, you don’t actually need that much.

What do you REALLY need when packing for Vacation?

Good question! And so good that we’ve gotten it from like 10 of you in the past week. Ya’ll must be chasing the sun! (PLEASE TAKE US WITH YOU!!!) So, needless to say, we’ve been on the hunt for good resort friendly pieces for many of our clients. And it’s been a bit of an internet hunt because it seems the stores don’t have a lot to pick from right now. But we’ve been on a mission and our sweat is your gain – we found some AMAZEBALLS pieces and you only need a few to be ready to go on your own beach vacay.

So, don’t pack for a month, because you truly don’t need it and most likely won’t miss it. Besides, most of the time a warm weather vacation only lasts about a week (sadly) anyway. So, here’s what you need…

Alo Yoga-The Exercise clothing brand you NEED to know about.

I’m not much of an exercise person, although I am trying to change that for 2019. But, I know many of you are waaaay into fitness as well as exercise clothes, so it’s been on my “to blog about” list for a while now. And then, the other day Elana showed up at my house wearing THE CUTEST workout outfit – and her butt and thighs looked really good in the leggings too… I was obsessed and promptly placed an order.  Of course, you guys need to know about this brand and why it’s so great too. So Elana is taking over the blog this week to talk all things ALO…

Elana’s favorite exercise clothes

Wearing gym clothes outside of the gym wasn’t my thing.  I’d constantly worry that my butt might look too big, or the flab that hangs over my sports bra was showing. I’m good at hiding all of that under my regular clothes, but in exercise clothes I never found it to be so easy.  So, in the past, if I was buying clothing, I’d generally prefer it to be everyday stuff like jeans, sweaters, and t-shirts. This is the kind of stuff I felt good in. Which meant my exercise wardrobe was really lacking. I needed an update, like ASAP, so I turned to some pros.

Designer Sales are happening NOW – Here’s what to get where.

The holiday crazies are over, and the designer SALES are ON! Especially at upscale retailers with HUGE savings on designer pieces. We are talking up to 80% off in some cases!

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when shopping these designer sales.

1. With major savings, some items can only be returned for credit or are final sale. This is pretty typical when you’re getting something at 50% off or more. These are amazing pieces at amazing savings,  so it’s totally worth it if you know your size etc and/or if you’ll shop there in the future.

2. And sizes are limited and going fast. So yes, you might love something but so does someone else… it might be gone soon.
The bottom line is, we try to take care of you guys – our loyal readers. So, as we’ve been shopping these designer sales for clients, we’ve been shopping with you in mind too.

Here’s a roundup of what to get where.