Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall 2014 women's fashion favorites from J.Crew

Fall 2014 favorites from J.Crew



I have a love-hate relationship with J.Crew. I love the styling of so many of their items, but I've repeatedly been disappointed by the quality or ridiculous sizing of their merchandise. In past years I easily could've spent hundreds on collections from the different seasons, but recently I've maybe spent $300 in the past three years combined. It's disappointing when a brand you've worn since girlhood has let you down. I've always loved the wool miniskirts and cable sweaters - their bread-and-butter for decades - and hold fond memories of wearing those items from middle school on. But I haven't been able to rely on those things in recent years and it's terrible when a brand alienates those customers who've been with them for so long. That being said (as I step off of my soapbox), some people love their clothes regardless of the changes in the brand. If I look at it from a purely aesthetic point of view, the items in the Polyvore above are the cutest, multifunctional but on-trend items that caught my eye in the J.Crew catalog this September.


I have yet to go to Short Pump Mall to check them out in person, but maybe one or two will end up coming home with me as they will meet my expectations? Here's hoping that's the case, and let me know if you have purchased any of these items and your thoughts on them!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sponsored post: Scout bags at JoPa for Fall 2014

Georgetown-founded and quickly approaching cult status here in the Southeast, the new Fall 2014 Scout bag stock has arrived at JoPa Company in Richmond, Virginia. You may not be aware that JoPa carries a large stock of Scout bags in their store, ready for you to browse! This stock includes items from different Scout collections, such as their bags, totes and storage bins.

JoPa took care in ensuring that their Richmond-area customers would find a perfect Scout bag. The available options include a wide selection of Scout's patterns, colors, materials, and whether or not the item is lidded and/or has pockets. There is certainly a Scout bag at JoPa with your name on it.

Running around trying to think of the perfect last minute gift? Come in to JoPa! Their sales staff can help you pick out a fun Scout bag, and then fill it with items such as coordinating Caspari napkins and plates, or a set of acrylic barware. If you need a new reusable tote for tailgate season and grocery trips, Scout bags are perfect for that purpose! A Scout bag is the perfect gift for that friend who has everything, the hostess of a summer's end pool party, or even the new PTA President at your child's school.

If you are unfamiliar with Scout bags, read their story here. If you are sending a child off to boarding school or college this season, look into the colorful and fun convenience of Scout's lidded and open-top storage options. From the preppiest plaid to the cheeriest chevron, your teenager and you will find the perfect storage item for their gear – no need to spend hours at the big box store when JoPa has what you need! These storage containers are perfect for athletic gear, seasonal clothes storage, or anything bulky that should be off the floor. They are collapsible and wipe clean, making them perfect for young adults!

Visit JoPa and find your new Scout bag today.


Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a "sponsored post." The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." All photos property of JoPa Company.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Goodness gracious

Hello all,

Goodness gracious has the summer gotten me away from this blog. My most sincere apologies to anyone who still gives a damn. From personal life "stuff" to the desire to continue to be more fit and active I really have neglected this corner of my world. Now that all of my graduate student friends have once again returned to classes and TA-ing, and Labor Day holiday weekend has come and gone, I hope to be more devoted to updating on WorthyStyle.

So, what have I been up to all summer? I hope you will enjoy the past three months in summary, provided by pics from my Instagram account:
My family and I went to the Outer Banks for a week in June, taking with us my cousin L (who was about to start her third trimester of her first pregnancy!). Her husband works crazy long hours and shes a sister to me so we had fun doing all of the things we used to do as kids:

I chased an ice cream truck playing Christmas music to get us some popsicles

I worked on my short game (golf)

I got some sun (well, a pasty girl can dream!)

(So did Lily)

Bruder (my brother J) and I made drip castles

Mom found the largest shell we have found outside of Florida in years - this beautiful, perfect whelk! - hanging out half-buried in a tidal pool with tons of people around

We played many games of Cards Against Humanity with my Mom saying EVERY OBSCENE thing on those cards (mortifying/hysterical) while my Dad frowned behind his newspaper. We "kids" could not keep it together around her. Here are some good examples similar to what was played. Imagine a woman about to turn 70 saying these, these, or these out loud [obviously offensive and/or incredibly profane].

A couple weeks later, I went to Lexington to celebrate my Grandpapa's 85th birthday

And work was really cool about screening the World Cup games for us to watch live

In July, I had fun at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, picking up items because I had gone through my closet and realized many of my clothes just do not fit - even my shoe size has changed

Also in July, my GF S from RMC had her third brain/spine procedure and was in the hospital for a couple weeks, so many of my nights included hanging out with her watching the Orioles and Food Network/Cooking Channel programs - for the past few weeks she has been settling into her PhD program at Penn State so how's that for recovery?!
Seriously though, she is such a fighter and I love her for it!

At some point I somehow managed a DIY project of making a moderately-attractive diaper wreath for the aforementioned L, whose baby is due in just a couple weeks!

Mom and I had never hosted an event before, it was so much fun and I hope we can do it again in the future for any kind of occasion

And last but certainly not least, in celebration of a recent promotion and my 29th birthday, I joined the ACAC Short Pump and I've loved it!

I hope you all have had a great summer making lots of memories, and you'll be reading more from me soon.

Xx.

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