J. Crew - Final Sale Finds

It should come as no surprise that I am a sucker for the J. Crew clearance sale.  I seldom go to the brick-and-mortar stores, but give me an extra 30% off of already marked-down stuff, and you've likely got yourself a sale.  Throw in free shipping and "likely" becomes "definitely."  Here are some favorites that will soon be mine.

Underwire tie french top

 Broken-in boyfriend chino short

Cinched bow hipster

Hideaway dress

Tucked mini

Plaid swing skirt

Leslie lace shell

Ikat swing skirt

Fishnet necklace

Swoon skirt in check linen

Best Skinny Jeans Ever.

I am not a big fan of the skinny jean.  I am not skinny, therefore I figured that this type of jean does not apply to me.  I had also hoped that the trend would pass, taking its little friends the cigarette pant and the jegging with it.  I was wrong.  It looks like it's got some staying power, so I figured I might as well give it a try.  I wandered into the Gap last week and on a whim tried on their 1969 Textural High-Rise Skinny Jeans in black.  Color me surprised - They are actually cute and comfortable.  I've been a low-rise girl for so long, but after not working out for 5 months, I'm really enjoying the high-rise. 


Best Shoes Ever: Keds + Steven Alan

I recently made an impulse purchase from Yoox.com.  I was buying a couple pairs of jeans and saw a cute pair of slip-on ikat print Keds.  I haven't worn Keds since junior high, and boy have I been missing out.  Seriously.  Turns out my $19 footwear purchase (which is the apparel equivalent of adding a pack of gum at the check-out of Target) was part of the 2010 Steven Alan / Keds collaboration.  I  heart them.

Album Love: Bon Iver

Over the last couple weeks, I've really begun to appreciate how wonderful Bon Iver's self-titled album. It has been out since June.  It's fantastic, and may be one of my top 10 favorite albums of all time.  The first time I heard the song Calgary played on the Current, I was truly blown away. 

Also, thanks to the magic of Google Image Search, I found this really cool picture of Justin Vernon and a cat.

Good Morning.

The sunrise this morning was one of if not the most beautiful I've ever seen.  I tried (unsuccessfully) to capture it on my phone while driving.   It makes me happy to live where I do.  Nothing better than a sunrise/sunset over a lovely body of water.

Etsy Love: Renee Staek / Nazerbean


"Ghost kittens"


"Bird Couple"

"Kitten Pink"

"Bird Blue"


The Twin Cities most affluent suburb is. . .

Dellwood!?!  - at least according to MSPBJ.  This begs the question: Where the eff is Dellwood, MN?  Why have I not heard of it? 


Save the Date: Barbie & Ken

File this one under "Humans with way too much time on their hands." Photographer, Beatrice de Guigne staged and shot a full wedding for Barbie and Ken.  The pictures are pretty amazing and quite spot-on in terms of current wedding photography.  All shots were found here.