Weekend Wear: Cozy Turtleneck (OOTD #19)

Loving this crisp weather!

October is my favorite month; I love that you can enjoy being outside without a thousand layers on. The weather is crisp and it’s still sunny quite often, so it’s lovely to walk around. I’ve always been drawn to water (I miss our view of Lake Michigan!), so I’m really thankful we can walk over to the Hudson River and enjoy the piers there.

These Dolce Vita suede sneakers are perfect for walking around the city. They’re really comfy and I love that they slip on easily. They’re also taller, so they cover my ankles, which is great when it’s chilly.

It may be a weird time of year to be getting into lighter colors, but I’ve been loving lighter wash denim lately. I usually wear dark or black denim during the week and then fun patterned or embellished pairs on the weekend. These are different for me because they have a clean finish without any distressing or rips, but the color is laid back. I also like the split hem at the bottom for a more casual finish. Mine are from Loft this past summer, but you can similar options here or here.

October is also the best time to wear cozy sweaters. Turtlenecks are my favorite because I’m usually cold if my neck and chest are exposed. This charcoal one is a mockneck and it’s chenille too, so it’s really snuggly. I’m also eyeing this beige one to finish out fall and this emerald one for the holidays.

I can’t believe it’s already Halloween tomorrow! This month has seriously flown by… A friend is coming to visit and I still have no idea what I’m going to dress up as… Any ideas? Are you dressing up this year?

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?

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?

Weekend Wear: Happy Spring! (ootd)

Excited for warmer weather

The temperature reached 50* twice this week and it feels like Spring is finally right around the corner. I can’t wait to start wearing sandals, short sleeves, and skirts! It’s still a little chilly for this outfit, so I also was wearing a jacket and scarf, but I wanted to show off this adorable top! I love the mint green shade, tiered bottom, and ruffled sleeves. Here are some similar options.

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I’m not sure how well you will be able to see them, but I’m wearing these fun threader earrings my mom gave me. I think these are the perfect mix between dainty and statement earrings. They catch the light nicely and have a pretty movement to them as I walk around. This pair is really similar, but you can find these at BaubleBar and Nordstrom as well.

I’m also loving these jeans from Loft – I have the lightest wash and love the split hem detail. These fit like a dream and are super comfortable. The petite length perfectly grazes my ankle as well. I generally wear darker wash skinnies, so this lighter option is perfect for transitioning into spring and summer.

How do you feel about this mint color? What spring outfits are you looking forward to wearing?