Life lately via Instagram (& 25% off sale purchases)

travel styleRag & Bone jeansBric’s luggage, Nine west loafers
Ann Taylor tote, AC scarf c/o, J.Crew blazer, Nine west loafers

The above has been my comfy travel uniform as of late…spring is nowhere to be found in Boston, to the utter dismay of my floral dresses and sandals collection. My Rag & Bone jeans above were a splurge earlier this year but have proven their worth given how often I reach for them. The brand is on Shopbop’s F&F; sale exclusion list, but the code (SPRING25 for 25% off – ends tomorrow April 9th) surprisingly worked when I tried it at checkout! Shopbop has just a few sizes left, but good old Nordstrom is automatically matching the 25% off (discounted price is already reflected in the item listing) with a full range of sizes in stock.

I don’t really discriminate by brands and wear both LOFT clearance jeans and “splurge” jeans alike, but there’s something about the texture, comfort and resiliency of R&B; denim that makes me willing to pay more. With the 25% off, I picked up a more destructed pair (starts in sz 23! I got my usual 24) which have been on my wishlist after coming highly recommended by my friend Kelly. If destruction is not your cup of tea, their strongly reviewed “Kensington” wash looks like a perfectly versatile, slightly-faded option.
shopbop lip mug

Reiko Kaneko mug (also on sale with 25% off) – a small gift to self from earlier this year, and a nice pick-me-up each morning at the office!

I’m also in desperate need of sunglass variety and would appreciate any recommendations for flat nose bridges. I’ve had such poor luck with fit, I ordered the following (all on sale as part of Shopbop’s 25% off event), with fingers crossed that at least one will sit properly on my face: Rayban matte classic aviators in a neutral gradient, Karen Walker Harvest in a unique silhouette, and a more delicate Karen Walker “special fit” pair. The special fit line in itself was intriguing to me…per the description, “They are designed with less curvature of the frame, a narrower distance between the lenses, and high nose pads to prevent the frames from sliding or resting on the cheeks.” Hmm! I’ll have to report back on if this is the solution that flat-nosers like myself have been waiting for.

floral top striped skirt outfitLOFT floral tee (old), Chicwish skirt in XS (cut shorter), Sole Society Cadena heels c/o

I threw this on one morning and had a good long pause before leaving the house. Even though the pattern mixing followed my rules of big scale (large florals) vs. small (thin stripes) and keeping within a similar color family, I thought the combo was a little crazy for my typically conservative self. Nick gave an unexpected nod of appreciation, and I ended up loving the look more as the day went on. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with with your pairings, and push yourself out of your comfort zone every so often!
coconut oatmeal fruit breakfast bowl
If I lived on my own, I’d probably be eating my guilty pleasures of ramen or frozen pizza every other meal. I’m thankful for health-conscious Nick who is always working to sneak in something more nutritious. This breakfast I actually loved – “no-cook refrigerator oats” (followed this general process) made with coconut milk (not the thick kind in cans, but the lighter ones by the almond/soy milk section) topped with a little honey, fresh fruit, and granola. Yum. 
pho bun rieu banh mi We were driving around in the middle of nowhere after a morning of picking wedding rentals (good golly, why are there so many types of chiavari chairs?), and stumbled upon a gem that was N&H; Saigon subs. If you ever find yourself in the Raldoph, MA area, give this little place a try. It was tasty and filling with very friendly and genuine service (unexpected at an Asian restaurant) by the husband + wife owners.
golden retriever lola modcloth striped skirt
The best days at the office are when puppies come to visit. Having a stare-off with Lola (in my J.Crew pumps + Modcloth skirt).

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  1. Hello I wanted to ask if you found any good boyfriend jeans or cropped jeans? Most end up too oversized, or "cropped" ends up ankle length on me.

    Posted 4.16.15 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi! Love your blog! I purchased the R&B; Jeans per your recommendation and they just arrived today! I love them but I am concerned that they are 98% cotton. Have you noticed that yours shrunk at all? What's your washing routine for jeans? I was definitely surprised that they are the perfect length for my 5'4 frame! Also, do they remain soft after washing? I ask these questions because I usually wear Citizen Jeans and those are not all cotton and I LOVE how they stay soft and not stiff. Thanks 🙂 Teri

    Posted 4.16.15 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Thanks for the recommendations! I love oversized sunglasses so it's great to know some that still fit flatter nose bridges. I had honestly not heard of "Asian fit" before but based on the tips in this thread, it looks like I'm the one living under a rock!

    Posted 4.13.15 Reply

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