Now I’m Obsessed with Jenni Kayne

Tick off another mark on the List of Inevitability: Now I am obsessed with Jenni Kayne.

If you’re not familiar, Jenni Kayne is a high-end lifestyle brand that epitomizes effortless, natural California style.

From home goods to clothing to accessories, everything is Just So.

Just So Chic.

Just So Perfect.

Just So Simple.

Just So Stylish.

And Just So Expensive.

Cost was a factor that kept me away from Jenni Kayne until now. While I loved the curated offerings, even I could not justify a t-shirt for $125 (although I really, really like it).

And then things changed, like they often do.

For one, I received this amazing gift – really the most spectacular gift from the most spectacular person, and I will never discuss it here – that had so many beautiful Jenni Kayne items, including a bag, a pair of shearling slippers, a candle, and a fancy match striker among other luxuries.

I was so enamored of This Gift, which was Just So tasteful and lovely, and essentially I wanted to move into Jenni Kayne Headquarters and live out the rest of my days there.

Also, speaking of end of days, I have been vacillating between Why Bother and YOLO modes recently, and YOLO won out when it came to Jenni Kayne.

As I type, I am happily awaiting the arrival of my first real Jenni Kayne order, complete with moccasins, sandals and an oversized cashmere sweater.

I still have my eye on a lot more, and Dreaming of a Montecito Lifestyle a la Jenni is rapidly becoming a full-time occupation.

Patagonia Better Sweater

Seriously, this Patagonia Better Sweater suddenly seems to be everywhere.

It’s not new but seems to be having a renaissance.

Made of recycled materials, the Better Sweater comes as a jacket (like mine, above, in Birch), 1/4 zip pullover, vest, hoodie, shirt jacket, hat or scarf.

Whew.

I can attest to the wearability and softness. The outer surface says “sweater” but the inside says “fleece.”

I had this on my Christmas list until I discovered an amazing Black Friday deal – roughly 1/2 price – and scooped it up early.

Rothy’s Limited Edition Loafers

I finally bit on Rothy’s.

If you’re not familiar, they are a sustainable shoe brand whose products are made from materials like recycled plastic bottles.

One selling point is that they are machine washable.

While Rothy’s have achieved cult status with some of my friends, I wasn’t tempted enough to dive in until I saw these limited edition pink gingham loafers.

They also come in red or brown check, but pink gets my heart every time.

While these babies are going to be shelved until snow season is over (i.e., mid-2020 at the earliest), I’m patient.

OOTD, Friday

Greetings from my 10 year old daughter’s closet.

The one with the giant mirror.

Here’s what I wore today in clinic, minus personalized white coat on top of it all:

Ok, let’s get this out of the way: the sequin rose gold Minnie Mouse backpack is not mine. #tweendaughter

Let’s start with these J. Crew pearl hoop earrings that are currently on sale:

Next up:

Friends, these Jeffrey Campbell booties are amazingly comfortable, bridge the gap from work to weekend, and they are subtly brown, versus a black-and-white snake print. The pair well with so many colors, including blush pink.

And can we talk about the pants?

The Spanx Perfect Black Pants are not hyperbolically named.

I’d suggest sizing down. I am wearing a medium in the above picture (for reference, I am 5’9″ and weigh 155#).

And lastly, a confession.

That sweater?

It’s old.

Old. Old.

Practically vintage.

I checked the label and it is from the Banana Republic Holiday 2012 collection.

But I still like it.

Have a great weekend!

My Fall Uniform

Friends, I can’t stop wearing this fall uniform. 

When a look works, I tend to fall back on it.  

Often. 

This ensemble has made five appearances already this fall. It may reach the point of needing to go out of rotation due to over-exposure, but I’m not there yet. 

From top to bottom: 

J. Crew pearl hoop earrings 

J. Crew slim turtleneck 

Veronica Beard dress  (similar)

Layered pearl bracelets (Arm party!) 

Tights 

Chanel boots – Check out the detail on the heels:

Can also be paired with a fitted leather jacket: 

Pink + Red

This color combo is having a moment.

Image via Vanity Fair

These are all red carpet looks from the Emmys (Vanity Fair wrote about it here), but mass retailers also got into the game for Fall/Winter 2019.

This is from Trina Turk’s Instagram feed, but I can’t find it online. Yet. #Stalking

From the available now files: This Boden sweater is my favorite of the bunch.

This silk blouse – also Boden – is an alternative:

J. Crew adds a few other colors to the mix, but pink and red are front and center:

Coats from – again – Boden and J. Crew, respectively.

And now this.

Georges BB bag, $2140, at Louis Vuitton.

My take on the trend:

Nylon bucket bag with an added Salt strap. This adds a punch of color to any outfit.

Cool Leather Coats – On Sale

I have a mixed relationship with leather.

In the late 90s, I had a leather blazer inspired by “Friends” – just like everyone else.

Image via IHeartRadio

Then I went gun shy and stayed away for nearly two decades until springing for a black moto jacket last year.

I like it, but it’s not right for every occasion.

Last week I saw someone wearing this Vince zip cross front jacket.

Image via Nordstrom

I gave her a hug and the leather was like butter.

Plus, it was polished enough for work and looked good when worn open.

I was thrilled to find it for over half off at Nordstrom Rack, albeit in a dark green. I like the color, at least on the website.

$450 at Nordstrom Rack.

The green coat was a bargain too good to pass up, but I really wanted something in black or blue.

Or both.

This Cole Haan jacket is now 25% off at Nordstrom and comes in a several colors. I like the snap detail at the collar.

Image via Nordstrom.

The coat above is navy, but I ordered black. Even though my moto jacket is also black, the hardware skews it a bit tough, and the look above is more in tune with professional wear. I can see this paired with a dress during cooler months, which is basically 90% of the year in Minnesota.

This Andrew Marc jacket is an incredible 60% off:

It also comes in an amazing color called Rosewood:

This is under $200!

And finally, from at Shopbop, this Kingston jacket from The Mighty Company.

Image via Shopbop

Spring Wardrobe Additions

I’ve been trying to slow my roll with wardrobe building over the past several months, for a variety of reasons.

  • My new-ish job (now nearly 1.5 years into it, but still, it was a major style shift) doesn’t require the same business attire (all suits, all the time) that my old one did
  • We moved last summer into a tiny rental house with a highly inadequate amount of closet space (Spoiler: this is a problem that will self-correct soon!)
  • Packing and moving forces you to see how much stuff you really have, and when the amount is embarrassing, it puts a pause on “Buy Now” mode
  •  I adore the idea of a capsule wardrobe, even though I am far, far from it

And finally, a really good reason:

  • I recently lost some weight and I’m waiting until the dust settles to see what fits, what doesn’t and what I need to buy all over again

As I posted earlier this week, I received a Stitch Fix with lots of casual mix and match options for summer. This is terrific. I am hoping to keep my new summer wardrobe mostly limited to that Fix, save a few new pairs of summer shoes and swim suits (I am planning to do a tremendous amount of swimming this summer).

For spring, I also kept what was new in check.

One investment that made the cut was this suit from J. Crew:

This is the Parke blazer, Cameron pants and Perfect Fit tee, all in navy. I knew that I had a few important lectures and meetings this spring, and I wanted something that felt modern. I’ve worn this exact outfit three times already and each one has felt like it perfectly hit the mark.

I also placed an order with Banana Republic during one of their 40% off sales for a metallic tweed jacket, a soft gray leather moto jacket, a v-neck tan sweater and this necklace:

Even though this was a recent order, it looks like the tweed and leather jackets are sold out. Here’s a similar version of the jacket available at Nordstrom:

I wore this earlier in the week to give a lecture, pairing it with the navy suit pants, the tan v-neck and the pearl necklace. It all came together.

I’ve also waffled a lot over whether to invest in this bag:

The gray is appealing and unlike anything else I own. I also like how this is less structured that some other designer bags. I can’t seem to pull the trigger.

This Sole Society blush suede clutch was an easier call:

At approximately 3.5% the cost of the gray bag, this pink one feels like a bargain.