Weekend Wear: Fall Jacket! (OOTD #18)

A perfect addition for fall

When I was back in Chicago a couple weeks ago, my family headed out to Kuiper’s Family Farm for my favorite fall activity: apple picking!! We picked loads of delicious apples and snacked on cinnamon sugar doughnuts and kettle corn from the huge barn store. Half of the fun of Kuiper’s is slowly making your way through all of the fun rooms full of unique goods, from food to home decor. They even have a wine and cider tasting room.

The weather was perfect for breaking in my new Blank NYC Corduroy Moto Jacket. It has the cool vibe of a leather jacket, but the corduroy fabric adds an interesting twist. I love the charcoal gray color as well. This jacket is really comfortable and warmer than I was expecting too! The cord fabric has a great weight to it that helps fend off the chill, but it’s not too bulky either.

We usual don’t venture over to the pumpkin farm side because it’s more kid focused and the store is much smaller. It was the first beautifully chilly fall day though, so we felt like sticking around for a bit longer. Fall is my very favorite season, so it was fun to get in the spirit.

Aren’t these mini pumpkins just the cutest? I had to include a photo because they’re so adorable and just scream fall to me.

Do you have a fall tradition? What’s your favorite season?

September Rocksbox! Monthly Jewelry Unboxing

Raving about this subscription

Here’s my second September Rocksbox! I posted the first one in my Instagram Story; it had some cute dainty gold pieces. This one has wowed me, so I thought I would share it on the blog because I love all three pieces!

I’ve worn these beautiful Kendra Scott Sophee Earrings the most so far. The silver tone goes with everything in my wardrobe and it’s a fun change for me, since most of my earrings are gold. I think the larger shape elevates a basic jeans and tee look perfectly too. I may have to keep these!

The pink color on this Dusk Fairy Bracelet is so pretty and subtle enough to wear with practically everything. I love the gold setting with the pink gemstones, and there are actually little diamond rhinestones in between each stone as well. I have a pretty small wrist, so this dangles a tiny bit, but it’s definitely not as loose as bracelets from some other brands.

Lastly, I really like this fun Moma Necklace from Rudiment. It’s more playful than many of my current necklaces and it adds a subtle bit of sparkle as well. I think it looks lovely layered with chunky sweaters or a plain v-neck tee. It also goes well with warm or cool toned outfits since it has a mix of gold, silver, and black.

This has been such a fun subscription and I look forward to receiving each box. I love that it’s flexible and you can send back your items a few times a month too. That way, I get to switch up my outfits with new jewelry almost weekly! If you want to try out Rocksbox, get a free box with code “jeansandgemsxoxo”!

P.S. How cute are my matching Lakur polishes too? Unrelated, but I had to include them since the colors were spot on!

Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Box Review!

My favorite discovery from August!

Jewelry is my very favorite accessory; I love how it can completely change up your look, whether a layered necklace can make a plain jeans and tee outfit feel special, or the perfect simple earrings finish off a great dress. I have a lot of sentimental jewelry pieces that I wear daily (story behind my rings here), but I’ve been playing with more fun and trendy pieces lately.

When Rocksbox kindly reached out, it felt like the perfect opportunity! The subscription is such a great way to try out different styles and trends without having to commit. It’s $21 a month for three pieces of jewelry at a time. You can keep any piece you fall in love with and your credit will be applied to the purchase. Then you can get a new set and start again within the same month! If you’d like to try your first box for free, you can use code “jeansandgemsxoxo” at checkout!

As far as personalization, you can note which metals or colors you prefer as well as your ring size and other details. There are helpfully curated shops to browse too, like delicate styles or trending stones. I would definitely recommend making a wishlist; it takes just a few minutes and your Stylist will choose from here first. You can then preview your set and swap out pieces if you’d like. I thought my picks were great and simply swapped out a pair of earrings because I’ve been eyeing something similar to this star and moon style!

My Rocksbox package arrived only three days later! Opening the cute, tied box felt like unwrapping an exciting gift! Inside were three little pouches (each with bubble wrap to protect the jewelry), a care guide (so helpful and thoughtful!), info on prices and how to return my box, and an extra scratch off that turned out to be a $5 credit! I really appreciated the message my Stylist wrote for my box, with more details on each piece and tips for how to wear them.

The three items I received were a Dusk Deja Charm Necklace, Slate Lyra Earrings in Gunmetal, and a Dusk Story Slider Bracelet. I wore the earrings immediately and then again on the weekend – they jazzed up a basic work outfit and were perfect for a night out too. They also weren’t too heavy and felt comfortable all day. The necklace was a great everyday piece since it was so dainty. I liked the gold chain and four charms mixed with rhinestones and labradorite; it’s one of my favorite stones. I loved the slider on the bracelet since it was so easy to put on and added movement to the piece.

After a few wears, I knew my wardrobe wasn’t complete without the Lyra earrings! I was really debating on the necklace too, but I have a lot of dainty pieces and am looking forward to buying more of a layered style. It was so easy to purchase the earrings on the Rocksbox website and I applied the $21 credit from the monthly subscription cost. Then I rated all of my picks and sent the other two back in the original packaging.

I’ve already received three picks for my second set and it should be arriving early next week! I’m so impressed with Rocksbox and I’m definitely going to continue my subscription. It’s an awesome way to shake up my wardrobe and find pieces that I really love after experiencing them for a few days. I think this would make such a fun gift for someone or a wonderful treat for yourself.

Have you ever tried a jewelry subscription box? What’s your favorite accessory or jewelry brand?

Current Wishlist

Dreamy items on my list

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Mejuri Travel Case and Twin Necklace – I have almost this exact same necklace, but from LOFT; I’ve been wearing it so often recently that it’s definitely time to invest in a higher quality version. This little case also looks perfect for safely traveling with your jewelry in a cute, organized way.

Frank Body Birthday Cake Scrub, Illuminator, and Lip Tint in Send Nudes – I basically want to try everything from this brand. These three products are topping my wishlist since I would definitely use all of them! I love anything Birthday Cake scented and I’m almost out of my Sol de Janeiro Bod Buff too. I think I only own one or two highlighters that I never use, but this one looks like a subtle shine that would be perfect for everyday, and I’m obsessed with tinted lip balms and this one can be used on cheeks as well!

Pur-lisse BB Cream – I’ve been looking for a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream with physical SPF and I’ve read great reviews on this one. Love Purlisse’s face masks and I’ve been wanting to try some more of their K-beauty inspired line.

Bite Beauty French Pressed Gloss in Salted Caramel – I’m super into glossy lips right now and this color looks stunning! I adore Bite Beauty too.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer – I’m loving the FAB Priming Moisturizer (reviewed here!) and would love to try their newest launch as well. IT’s supposed to by hydrating and stretch instead of crease, which sounds perfect!

Patchology Restoring Night Eye Gels – While I am slathering serums and masks all over my face and neck, I sometimes neglect my eye area. These seem like a super easy way to restore my delicate under-eye area overnight.

Ilia Summer Essential Face Palette – An all cream palette with usable colors! This screams summer and I would love to try more from Ilia, a clean beauty brand available at Credo.

Farmacy Honeymoon Glow – I still haven’t tried anything from Farmacy… I know! What am I waiting for? I just have so much skincare to get through, but this AHA/BHA serum may be my next purchase. It also has honey and hyaluronic acid, which my skin loves.

I think I’m going to start doing a wishlist monthly! It’s a great way to narrow down possible purchases and see what I’m loving that month. The theme here is clearly soft pinks, nudes, and golds. Plus a pop of blue, which is my favorite color.

What’s on your wishlist? Anything I should try?

Weekend Wear: Bright Red (OOTD #17)

Bright red is one of my new favorite colors and I’ve been loving this bright red top lately. It’s perfectly breezy for warm summer days, but it also layers well and can be dressed up for the office since it’s a silky fabric. The halter neckline is fun and flattering and I like the ruffle accents around the neck and waist.

This top also goes with everything, from white jeans to cut offs. I’ve gone with more tailored denim shorts here and added casual brown sandals. That link is for a similar pair from Madewell; I totally would not recommend the J Crew ones I’m wearing in the photo as they’ve already broken!

What’s great about this top is that I’ve also worn it with my favorite dress pants and a gray cardigan for the office. I love when my clothes can pull double duty since my weekend and work looks are usual very different. Sometimes I feel like I have two completely opposite wardrobes, so it’s nice to get a lot of wear out of one piece.

What’s your favorite color to wear lately? Any favorite spots for workwear that can transition into going out?

Weekend Wear: New Favorite Skirt (OOTD #16)

A flattering find

I’ve been having a hard time with skirts lately as I’ve realized that too much volume can overwhelm my frame and add bulk. However, I’m not a fan of bodycon or pencil skirts on me personally; the former is just too tight and the latter tends to be too long. If it sounds like a Goldilocks situation, that was definitely how I felt before I found this denim dream from Free People.

It’s the Zip It Up Mini Skirt in Haven Black and I love everything about it from the color to the frayed hem! The cut slightly flares out from the waist, which I find very flattering. It’s fitted without being too tight and I love all of the pockets. The zipper is functional too, and I think it helps elongate my body with a vertical line. I really like the high waist fit, although it is definitely the shortest skirt in my wardrobe…

I originally ordered a size 26 (which is my typical denim size) but since this sits about three inches higher, I had to exchange it for a 24. Just something to keep in mind if you’re ordering online. It also comes in blue, which I’m probably going to pick up as well.

This skirt pairs perfectly with plain tanks, cute crop tops (shocking for me!), and graphic tees. I’m wearing my favorite one from Maje in these photos, but it’s from last year. These have some similar floral details: a cute, affordable option and one with flutter sleeves. I would also love to get something like this amazing Kenzo tee.

What’s great is that this skirt feels really summery when paired with sandals and light tops, but I can see it transitioning into fall seamlessly too. Add a long cardigan and tights or a leather jacket with booties. It’s definitely my new favorite skirt and I think I’ll get a ton of wear out of it!

Have you found any wardrobe heros lately? What is your favorite summer clothing item?

Outfits of the Week: May 2018

Rounding up a few recent outfits

It was a really busy week for me, so here are some quick snapshots! My cousin visited for Memorial Day weekend and we had the best time running all over the city. The weather varied from perfect at 85 degrees and sunny to chilly and 65*, so my outfits incorporated both Spring and Summer styles. I’m still obsessed with my birthday jacket, picked up this adorable midi skirt, and am thoroughly enjoying the square neckline trend.

Loft lace trim cami, layered necklace

Scotch & Soda printed bomber, Loft split hem jeans, Nordstrom gold slides,

Kate Spade crossbody

Loft heather tank, fabric belt, J Crew shorts (sold out), black sandals

J Crew tank top, Loft midi skirt, Gunmetal bow slides

Loft square neck tank, dark wash jeans

What Spring and Summer trends have you been loving lately?