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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Show Some Shoulder

The biggest trend we're crushing on right now? Off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. There's nothing more unexpectedly sexy than a peek of shoulder, and these looks are perfect for summer days or your upcoming vacay. Check them out!

Monday, June 27, 2016

5 Sales You Don't Want to Miss

Hey, savvy shoppers! Check out our quick round up of the 5 best sales happening NOW. Whether you're in the market for a new dress or a new couch, we've got the savings you've been waiting for below!

West Elm - Up to 70% off and free shipping with the code SHIPINSTYLE

 Kate Spade - 30% off sale with the code SUNSHINE

Anthropologie - up to 50% off sale

Banana Republic - extra 50% off sale

Club Monaco - up to 60% off sale and clearance with the code KEEPCOOL

Thursday, June 23, 2016

james dry goods

Ok, so you need a bag that's big enough to haul your stuff, machine washable, AND adorable?! That may sound like an impossible find, but we can help - try james dry goods. James dry goods is a design studio owned by the inspiring Jennifer Coonce and we are so thrilled to be partnering with them! Today we have an interview with Jennifer herself - learn everything from how james dry goods got started to how she makes the bags below!

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Oklahoma and after graduate school, I moved to Texas. After a year, I had the opportunity to move to New York City and thought I would stay for a couple of years…that was 15 years ago. 

I had careers in technology, consulting, and fashion. Now, I focus full-time on james dry goods.

What is james dry goods?

james dry goods is a design studio based in Brooklyn, NY…run by me!

If you are jennifer, who is james?

My great-grandfather, named James, ran a general store in Texas prior to the Great Depression. My father and brother are also named James.

When I moved to Brooklyn, I decided to start a blog called james dry goods, highlighting the amazing boutiques, fashion, and experiences that honored the idea of a modern general store.

As the blog grew, I started painting and found that I loved creating goods as much as I loved sharing them!


Why the extra large tote?

For the past four years, I have been carrying a very masculine market tote to the grocery store and farmers market.  The bag was heavy and didn’t reflect my style.  I wanted a bag that was lightweight, but still strong - and of course, pretty! 

I started carrying my shibori tote to the store, the beach and just running errands!  When people stopped me and asked about the bag, I decided to start making the bags for everyone.

How did you learn how to shibori? Did you take a class?

My mother is a fiber artist and my father is a fixer - so when I decided I needed summer errand tote, I made one. My parents are great resources, but so is google! I love the feeling of accomplishment when you get when you imagine a concept, hit some roadblocks, fight through them, and figure it out! The finished product is fantastic, but the work feels pretty great too!

Where do you make the bags?

I make them in Brooklyn…in my apartment. I have a very patient husband.


How do you make the bags?

I found a company in California to sew the bags. When the bags arrive at my apartment, they must be washed to remove the sizing on the fabric. Once the bags are washed, they must be dried and pressed.

To shibori the bags, I fold and bind the bags, apply the dye, and let the dyed bag rest overnight.

The next day, I rinse the bag, remove the bindings, and rinse the bags again. Then, the bags are washed, dried, pressed, and branded to make them ready to ship.

From beginning to end, one bag is a four day project - thank goodness I can make more than one at a time. While it is a very time intensive process, the finished bags bring me so much joy that the time to make them is worth it!

How are girls using the bags?

The bags are 100% cotton and can be machine washed, so people are carrying them everywhere from the lake to the beach to the market! And the bags are compact enough to fold up into their coordinating pouch, which makes them easy to store when not in use.

What’s next for james dry goods?

I am working on a few projects that may become the fall collection. james dry goods is about making practical, functional, and beautiful items that I need and can’t find in the market - so the list of potential products grows everyday.

And I would love to get back into blogging and writing again. I am so lucky to experience some really cool events and places and while creating the bags is great fun, I get a real kick out of sharing everything else that is happening around me!

Shop james dry goods here:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Live Free

We all have a bit of a boho babe inside of us, don't we? Somehow our hippie girl vibes always reach their peak in summer, and that's where Free People comes in. If your summer wardrobe needs a boost, now is your moment. Check out all the flowy, earthy, indie goodness below to unleash your summer goddess!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer's in the Bag

Between pool days, fesitvals, picnics and just hauling the kids around town, summer comes with a lot of baggage. You need some place cute to put all those pairs of sunglasses and bottle of sunscreen, so we've picked out some awesome bags below - from totes to crossbodys to clutches, it's all here!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Target Dresses for Less

Need some cute, inexpensive dresses for summer? As always, Target has got you covered. Target is having huge sale on dresses and rompers right now - we're talking dresses as low as $7! Check out some of our favorites below:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Fitness Finds

It's time to work up a sweat...and no, that isn't a reference to the rising temperatures. We get that's it's hard to find the motivation to get to the gym, so here's a few of our favorite fitness finds to inspire you:

Baby Got Back

Nothing makes you feel sexier while working out than a top with back detail. And let's be real - we could all use a boost when we are gasping for breath and sure we can't go on. Catch a glimpse of yourself in these adorable shirts and keep moving!

Poppin' Bottles

Are you still bringing disposable bottles to the gym? Upgrade with these super cute reusable options - you'll be inspired AND be saving the environment. Win-win.

It's in the Bag 

Stuffing your gym necessities into your work purse just doesn't cut it. Grab a real gym bag to keep your things organized and remind you that YES, you DO need to go to the gym today.

Father's Day Gift Guide

What is it about dads that make them so hard to buy for? Does anyone else have this problem?! With Father's Day coming up this Sunday, it's time to find a solution. We're bringing you our Father's Day Gift Guide with the best stuff for dad. Check it out below, and good luck gifting!

Friday, June 10, 2016

3 Bedroom Hacks to Transform Your Space

Does your bedroom need a facelift? We know binge watching HGTV can leave us feeling like we need a room makeover, but we don't always have the time or money to redo everything. So instead we bring you these three smalls hacks that leave a big impact in your space!

Light the Way

The easiest hack the makes the biggest difference? Swapping the boring lamps on your side tables for something chic! There are so many lamp styles out there and each brings personality to a room.

Let It Grow

Try adding some life to your bedroom - literally. Keeping a vase of flowers or a planter of succulents in your bedroom makes it feel fresh and welcoming. 


Mirror, Mirror

No, this isn't about seeing more of your pretty face - mirrors add texture and design to the walls with all kinds of designs, and they even reflect sunlight, making your space appear brighter!

Ta-da! A "new" room just for you - no HGTV envy necessary.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Swimwear Under $50

Swimsuit season comes with enough anxieties - let's not add expensive to the list! If you're in need of a new swimsuit or cover-up this season, check out these options that are totally on trend without breaking the bank:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pinterest Envy: Summer Style

Want to make your fashion Pinterest board a reality? It's easier than you think. Check out these cool street style shots and learn how to recreate them for some great summer looks.

White Hot

Why is it that when it's boiling outside it has to feel like an arctic tundra indoors? These denim shorts are the epitome of summer, but with this breezy sweater thrown over your tee you can stay warm when the AC is blasting!
Photo: Gal Meets Glam

Bare It All

The bare shoulder trend is in full force and it's perfect to wear when you want to feel like you're on an island vacay. Dress it up with some adorable heels - we love the tassels - and you're good to go!
Photo: Vici 

Over It

Overalls aren't just for kids anymore! Paired here with a bright bag, a crown braid and a laid back tee, overalls look less playground and more fashion blogger chic.
Photo: Dash of Darling

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Half Yearly Sale Shoes

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is here for a few more days, so take the opportunity to start summer off on the right foot! A very fashionable foot, that is - we've gathered our favorite sale shoes to dress those toes in style! These shoes are made for saving! Check them out below:


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