This week has been a busy week for me; my mom and sister are coming to visit for the next few days, so I’ve been attempting to prepare for their arrival. That means a bunch of cleaning, purging, and organizing–stuff I’ve been meaning to do for awhile, but I never got around to doing it (nothing like yo’ mama’s arrival to make you go into a cleaning tizzy).

A few weeks ago I placed an order for an adult sized pair of Saltwater Sandals from Zappos. However, when they arrived I go a size kids’ size 9! I called Zappos, they were sold out of the red (OF COURSE!), and they sent me a gold pair of Saltwater sandals for FREE and told me to keep the pair they sent! I’m planning on giving those to my friend’s daughter.

I do like my gold pair, but I really wanted a red pair of Saltwaters; I ended up getting them at a local shoe store and I love them! I remember wearing Saltwater sandals as a kid, and about six or seven years ago my friend Cheric wore her Saltwaters to church camp, and I fell in love with them again! Salwater sandals have been on my mind every summer since then, but I didn’t buy a pair (or two) until this summer. They seem to be everywhere and I almost didn’t buy them.

I’m glad I got them, and if you’re interested in a pair for  yourself, here are a few things you should know:

  • When ordering online, be sure to order the big kid/adult size.
  • The shoes run large; I ordered my normal size, but I could have gone down a full size.
  • They are made for water; when we were in Carmel a couple of weekends ago, I wore these into the ocean with no problem. They dried quickly, but they also stretched out and got a little loose.

I’m wearing a GAP chambray shirt (similar, Day 23 of the Style Challenge!), a Dorothy Perkins skirt, Saltwater Sandals, and a Harper Reversible Tote.

 I think I have sequins on the brain! A friend of mine recently told me that I better wear sequins as much as possible because once I have a child, sequins are out of the question! After wearing sequins during the day on Friday, I decided to wear them to church last night.

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What do you think when you think J. Crew? Here’s what I think:

  • sequins
  • clashing patterns that somehow work aka pattern mixing
  • “pops of color” (do we blame J. Crew for this term?)
  • prints
  • formerly classic, currently trendy (read this article)

There are two types of J. Crew customers: Team J. Crew Classic and Team Trendy J. Crew. The J. Crew I grew up with was Team Classic J. Crew. Tailored khaki colored skirts, crisp white buttons downs, and luscious cashmere sweaters appeared on mannequins in the J. Crew stores. I remember getting my first J. Crew blazer (still have it!) and vowing never to rid myself of it.

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