What I'm reading, buying and thinking about

What I'm reading, buying and thinking about

I saw this Sherpa Portland Jacket on Madewell’s Instagram and I fell for the color, so I tracked it down. I went to the store because the bulk of fleece can be tricky. I’m typically a small in Madewell., but I read that people were taking a larger than normal size. The medium was too big in the sleeve, so I went my small. I can’t close the last button, but like a jean jacket, I don’t plan to wear it closed anyway.

I also picked up these wide leg cropped pants. I was looking for work pants that weren’t the same old slim black or navy pant. I know this style can take a bit of getting used to for me. I have two pairs of this wide-leg style by Madewell, and I know that I have to try them on and they must be style a certain way.

The positives

  • They are made of a heavy cotton, (I can’t wear wool pants) which I can wear almost all year.

  • They material isn’t too casual, so I can wear them to work and on the weekends.

  • They are a fresh silhouette and not the same old work pants.

  • They look really cute with heels.

  • I do love the cut of the leg and where they hit me, which is just above my ankle.

  • There was a buy more, save more promo going on in store, so I got 30 percent off the fleece and the pants. I believe the promo goes live online on Monday.

The somewhat negatives

  • They do create wrinkles near your crotch, but it happens on everyone regardless of your body type. There were three employees of different body types wearing them at the store and they all had the wrinkles.

  • On vertically challenged people like myself, I like these better with a heel.

  • I was also concerned because my stomach isn’t flat - it never has been - and sometimes a high waist and depending on the material, it can accentuate it.

  • I definitely feel more comfortable with something not fully tucked in or something tucked in with a blazer or a half tuck. Wearing them this way also helps with camouflaging the wrinkles.

  • Yes, I have to style these a particular way, but I can deal with it. I have plenty of pants that I need to style a certain way.

I picked up a pleated skirt in a black and brown plaid and a grey and black herringbone one. They both look far more expensive than the price tag and it’s because of the heavy wool blend material. They are both ankle grazing on me, but I plan to wear both with boots when it gets colder. I know these will be so easy for me on a cold dark morning when it’s even more difficult to get out of the house. All I need to grab is a plain crewneck or turtleneck, boots, and earrings and I’m good to go. I may throw a scarf in there to change things up a bit

I recently listed to an episode of Unstyled, a podcast hosted by Refinery29 Global Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder, Christene Barberich, that “explores the funny, inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking tales of life, work, and love—as told through the things that we wear.” The episode featured one of my favorite icons Jenna Lyons. I was so excited because it’s been a while since we heard from her, and I wanted to know what was going on in her life. It turns out, not much is going on in her life and that’s how she wants it for now. She did allude to a project that is working on, which was the tidbit I was hoping for.

t’s a great episode because she’s very open, which I think may be a result of her time away from the public eye. She had two major life events - a break up and leaving J Crew - occur at the same time, which isn’t easy for anyone, but for someone under public scrutiny, the feelings of embarrassment, sadness and failure are amplified, which you feel when listening to her speak. It’s very courageous to let your guard down and be vulnerable in an everything appears great via social media world. I highly recommend the download.

Speaking of Jenna Lyons, I just read this “where are they now article” in the New York Times. that includes Jonathan Saunders, Jenna Lyons, and Alber Elbaz to name a few. Another good New York Times read is Vanessa Friedman’s review of Hedi Slimane’s Celine. There are many women missing the elegant, sophisticated, wearable and confident modern female vibe of Phoebe Philo’s Celine.

These captoe booties booties caught my eye. These would liven up any outfit. How cute would they look with a striped sweater or a white button down and cropped jeans or pants? I’m adding them to my wish list.

I received an early access email to a Friends and Family sale at Saks. It’s 25 percent off and it ends October 9 at 11:59 PM. No code, you must shop from their email. I believe it’s online only right now.

Equipment is having 25 percent off sitewide. The code is EQFRIENDS and it ends on October 1 at 11:59 PM.

Vince is having 25 percent off too. The code is INVITED and it ends on Oct. 8 at 11:59 PM.

Rag and Bone is also having a 25 percent off sale. The code is Fall25 and it ends on Oct. 4 11:59 PM.

Happy shopping!



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