Jeanne says: Yes, I admit it: this is not a gray skirt, but a colorblock midi skater dress from Asos. I wish this WERE a skirt because wouldn’t it be the ultimate in girliness and versatility? Kate’s little gray skirt is also pretty girly, although she works to toughen it up with black tights and yellow and animal print accessories. Which just proves my point about the versatility of a great gray skirt!
Kate says: You guys have seen this skirt in many different outfits. Generally I like pairing it with bright colors and prints, to keep it from looking too neutral or dowdy. Here I think it’s perfect with bright yellow and a polka dot tee.
We’re checking in again with our latest outfits from Instagram!
What seems most amazing about our Instagram pics this time around is how few of the items we are wearing are still available for purchase. What does this say about us? Of course, we buy the very chicest items and they all sell out immediately! Seriously, the real answer seems to be that most of our clothes are deeply on sale when we buy them and they disappear by the time we want to put them on the blog. That is combined with the fact that we wear our clothes for more than one season — we’re always looking for ways to combine our new and old clothes!
Kate says: A bright blazer is a really useful item during winter. Not only is it a nice warm layer, this hot pink blazer brightens up any outfit. In my business casual office, I love to pair more business-y pieces, like this blazer, with more casual pieces, like jeans and a striped tee.
Jeanne says: Gray winter days call for bright, bright colors! Hot pink fills the bill. These little cashmere tops from J.Crew go on sale all the time and they are perfect for practically all climates. I love mine. Kate shows another bright color solution — a hot pink blazer. Keep your eye out for neon colors for your winter wardrobe!
For this post in our “One Piece, Two Ways” series, we both styling Kate’s Mango full white skirt (similar) — which is actually a hand-me-down from Jeanne! We think this style is great to bring some white into your winter wardrobe.
Jeanne says: It was easy for us to both wear this skirt even though we are 2500 miles apart. I bought this midi skirt last year on sale from Mango and passed it along to Kate when I found a J.Crew version I liked better — also on sale, of course. While I think there are a lot of different ways to style this versatile midi, I’m wearing a pretty formal “suit” look here. Kate’s uses the same skirt to create a young, flippy, insouciant look. She looks much more on trend than I do!
In any case, don’t forget the idea of a versatile white or ivory skirt. The color is universal, goes with everything, and is a fresh switcheroo from black, navy blue or gray!
Kate says: I had to have this skirt taken out when Mom passed it on to me, but it was totally worth the wait. Not only is this skirt a great shape and length, it’s a perfect white skirt for winter. My requirements? Two words: Fully. Lined.
I loved pairing this skirt with a bright sweater, patterned tights and maroon booties, but it would also look adorable with collared shirt or tucked in blouse. White white FTW!
MM LaFleur is another website that delivers a box of 5 to 8 items of clothing to a customer’s door based on lifestyle and fit and style preferences. I decided to check them out and here is my review.
I thought the MM LaFleur website looked promising since they seem to specialize in work clothes. So I ordered a MM LaFleur box after answering a lengthy online questionnaire about my lifestyle and style preferences. When the box arrived, I was impressed by the chic presentation (see above). Things looked promising! There was even a wonderful saying inside the box top!
Below are pictures of the items I received As you can see, MM LaFleur’s focus is on apparel with very simple and conservative shapes in darker shades.
The box also included an ivory skinny belt and four little notebooks (cute but sorta hard to wear!).
I can easily envision many women wearing these clothes to work — especially in more corporate work environments and these dresses would be great for going from work to an evening out. And if professional women are busy and have no time to shop, the MM LaFleur service could be very handy. The price point of these clothes is higher than other similar services I’ve seen, but people who don’t have the time or interest in bargain shopping might not be bothered by this.
My personal style, however, is a bit different. Sadly, everything in my box is going back. I did go back to the MM LaFleur website to see if I could find something that suited my style better. And just look at this fabulous scarf!
Bottom line: Good presentation through the mail, easy to use website, prompt delivery, and clothes that aren’t for me, but would be great for women who need or prefer more conservative apparel. Check it out!
Jeanne says: I am embarrassed to admit how many black sweaters I currently have! But this pullover is this year’s go-to favorite. I love the boxy, shorter style — it feels more contemporary and stylish. Kate’s sweater is a more traditional pullover — perfect for her more classic style — and perfect for ensembles ranging from very casual to dressy.
Kate says: I also have a few black sweaters, but I particularly love this J.Crew one — they make the most perfect fitted crewneck sweaters. I also love a sweater like this over a collared shirt. It’s a classic pairing, but you can spice it up by playing with color and prints.
Today in our One Piece, Two Ways series, we’re styling Jeanne’s Madewell wool knit turtleneck tunic (similar). This is one of those items that might totally stump you (how do I wear this??), but we wanted to show you that this piece can actually be quite versatile.
Jeanne says: Well, this Madewell sleeveless sweater tunic seems to one of a kind and I understand why! It is so easy to combine with jeans, pants, and skirts and the color is sensational. I especially like it with a button-down shirt underneath, but almost any top will work. And I can tell you — it is especially great in a climate where a full-on nubby wool turtleneck only works if you are at a ski resort!
Kate says: I was thrown for a loop at first by the side slits and high-low hem — won’t this make me look like a big blob? But as always, a belt came to my rescue. I love a big chunky knit paired with a more breezy fabric — the juxtaposition of textures keeps the outfit unexpected. A sweater like this also helps warm up a dress you might otherwise save for spring! I ended up loving this outfit.
Kate says: This print wrap dress has been a real workhorse for me — I think I’ve been wearing it for 7 years now. Black and white prints are so versatile. They can stand on their own in the summer and layer beautifully in winter. Mom’s dress is really more of statement piece — it doesn’t need much to go along with it. She looks great!
Jeanne says: Dresses are so easy-peasy when they are “all in one” like mine. Necklace – check, shoes – check, ready to go! Kate takes a great black and white print dress and shnazzes it up with a bright belt and sweater. It’s a chic look and a warm ensemble for winter.
Jeanne says: The winter uniform for me is definitely pants, sweater and some sort of shirt underneath. There are lots of ways to spin this look; this year I like a cropped sweater with a long shirt- tailed blouse. Kate is rocking the cardigan look which works equally as well and looks darling on her!
Kate says: This is certainly a uniform for me, and is one of the easiest outfits for me to pull together. Incorporating bright colors and printed pants keeps the combo looking sophisticated! Mom’s version is much more sassy, but I think the combo of printed blouse and cropped sweater is a great uniform too.
Hey, it’s Jeanne. I never thought I would be any kind of expert on packing for a winter vacation in the tropics. But last year we went to Thailand in December and this year it was Mexico. I’ve learned a lot as a result.
First of all, it turns out that two weeks in Thailand and one week in Mexico require almost exactly the same wardrobe. And I would probably pack exactly the same items for a month long trip to a warm weather climate.
Here is what I packed for Mexico (and almost exactly what I packed for Thailand):
6 t-shirts with short sleeves – mostly J.Crew: cool and easy to wash if necessary
2 one-piece bathing suits
2 pair of shorts: one pair for exercise in the fitness room and one pair of knee-length denim cut-offs
4 pairs of pants: distressed boyfriend jeans to travel in, 2 pairs of white boyfriend jeans, and a pair of wide-leg cotton pants to wear over my bathing suit or out shopping
2 maxi dresses: one to wear over bathing suit or in the evening and another to wear out to dinner
2 cardigan sweaters for cool evenings
1 denim jacket: for travel or unseasonably cool weather
5 pairs of shoes (ok, my weakness): 4 flat sandals, 1 pair of ballet flats and exercise shoes for the gym or long walks
Accessories: 1 big linen scarf – could serve as pareo, otherwise for plane; 2 necklaces/belts (could be used for either; and assorted inexpensive jewelry; also including 2 pairs of chandelier earrings for evening pizzaz; also beat up baseball hat for the sun
1 pair of pjs and a very light bathrobe
1 handbag and 1 tote: useful for travel and for beach
Here are two pics of my wardrobe pieces for evening outings.
It turns out that this combination of items worked almost perfectly for both trips. I COULD make a few tweaks: I might add a pair of cropped black exercise pants as opposed to just shorts. One camisole or sleeveless tee would have been great for a hot afternoon. And I was even sort of prepared for Chang Lai, Thailand where the temperature dropped into the 40’s because I had lots of layering pieces in my suitcase to play with!
How do you pack for a warm-weather vacation during the winter?