Bathing Suit Season…

So its that time of year ladies… When the weather is beautiful and the only thing you want to do is head off to an island like this… 
http://www.seepcb.com/what-to-do/top-10-local-favorites
But when you head for the beach… you also have to consider what to wear to the beach… 
Its bathing suit time…. 
To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of bathing suits…. Maybe because in high school I worked at a bathing suit store called Water Water Everywhere… Yes I said that correctly… But it always seems to me that bathing suits always look like this on the models… 
http://www.tkshare.com/Trina-Turk-Swimwear-2011-LookBook.html
But then you try them on… and you feel more like this…. 
lat34.com
Not exactly what I’m going for… 
So I am thinking this year I am going to try out the tankini  or even… dare I say it… a one piece…
I am thinking something along the lines of this… 
http://www.swimnsport.com/Trina-Turk-Swimwear-Marrakesh-Bandeau-TOP-shown-with-surf-hipster/PAFCADMKNHJEBFJJ/product
or maybe even this… 
http://mackenziepages.blogspot.com/2011/01/sixties-sundaythe-avalon-hotel.html
I think they could be winners… Still cute and able to hide those amm… not so friendly areas of your body. 
We’ll see how it goes!

But I have to get on it soon.  Only two more weeks til the beach for me!!!
It might be fair to say I am counting the days. 

Happy Tuesday Chicks!!! 
xoxo 
Jennie 

Spring Finds!!!!!

Spring Finds!!!!!

Spring Finds!!!!! by fashionablechicks

So I don’t know if you have noticed, but its getting awfully close to March. Growing up, March always meant one thing… Spring Break and spring weather! However, someone forgot to mention to me that lawyers do not get Spring Break! If I had known this I might have re-thought my career choice.  
However, given the recent weather trends lately and our 65 degree days, I think it is safe to say that even without spring break, sunny skies are around the corner. While at Poppys of Atlanta last weekend I saw all these beautiful spring pieces and decided I had to share some of my favorites.
1. Hudson White Jeans
These are a spring necessity.  White jeans seamlessly transition you from early spring when the weather is just becoming warm all the way through summer. They look great with anything and like all denim, can be dressed up or dressed down. 
2. Rebecca Taylor floral top
This beautiful Spring top can be put on with white jeans, dark jeans, or even under a suit. The ruffling details and the cut make the fit great and allow it to still be flowy without looking like a bag. 
3. Trina Turk Yellow Jacket/Blazer 
Ya’ll know I am a sucker for a good jacket. This one looks great on but is super lightweight and can be worn with jeans and dress pants for work. 
4. Trina Turk Accessories; Necklace, Ring, and Cuff
Trina Turk is relatively new to the jewelry business but like their clothing, they are right on the mark. This necklace, ring, and cuff could be worn for lunch with friends or to dress up a flirty dress for a night out on the town. The best part about Trina Turk jewelry; its all very reasonably priced. 
5. Ali Ro Rain Jacket 
I know Leslie has told ya’ll about these before, but they are AMAZING. I actually have ammm… four. They are lightweight, look great on, don’t wrinkle, and will go with anything. Especially in Atlanta where our summers tend to be monsoon like, they are a life saver.  
6. Joie Striped Top
I am so happy the striped trend is here to stay. Stripes are always more fun to put on than just a solid shirt and add a bit of interest under a blazer or open sweater. Since it is still early spring, this top is great when it is not quite warm enough for sleeveless shirts yet. 
7. Rebecca Taylor Sweater
Every wardrobe needs one of these. In the early spring, there is still a crisp in the air and a light sweater will keep you just warm enough. In the summer, if you are like me, you always have a sweater like this in your purse because the air condition seems to always be set on freezing. 
8. Trina Turk Crochet Dress
Spring wouldn’t be spring without a great spring dress. This one is super cute with its colored stripes and could easily be worn to an afternoon wedding or with flats on a Saturday. Throw a blazer over this and you are set for work too.  
8. Jbrand Skinny Jeans 
I’ve said it before. A good pair of skinny jeans are your best friend. These are simply perfect. Wear them to the grocery store. Wear them to work on Fridays. Wear them with anything else you see. You just can’t go wrong.  
 9. A Great pair of shoes!
During the summer, I live in two types of shoes; wedges and flat fun sandals. You can’t go wrong. The ones shown are just two great examples of these. 
Happy Spring Everyone!!! 
xoxo,
Jennie 

Bargain Shopping!!

I love to shop. Seriously, it is something that truly makes me happy. I know I sound like every other girl in the world but shopping really is my happy place.  When I was having a particulary hard semester during college people kept telling me to do things that make me happy. So I went to the Neimans on Wisconsin Avenue once a week and looked at the purses. I kid you not. I never bought anything but just looking was enough to put me in a good mood. 
Unfortunately, my love to shop has never matched my ability to buy.  My fashion wants always seem to be a tad bit larger than my fashion budget. And  by tad, I mean … alot.  So with my law career ehh… only in its beginning stages, and my attempt to win the lottery yielding no success, I had to find a way to maximize my shopping budget but still get the fashion fix I need.
Thus, I tell you I have I become a master of what can only be referred to as bargain shopping and I thought I would share a few tips ya’ll.  
1. Know your bargain stores
I wish I had all the money in the world to go to Neimans and buy everything I ever wanted for full price…but alas, this is not the case. But there are numerous stores that are crawling with designer clothes for literally half the price. My favorites are Nordstrom Rack, Loehmanns, and TJMaxx.  

 



These places are full of designers such as Hudson, Theory, Marc by Marc Jacobs, JBrand, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor, Trina Turk, Joie only to name a few. I have bought over five pairs of Hudson Jeans from Loehmanns for $60.00. I have bought a Nanette Lepore bucle’ jacket for $70.00 originally $365.00, a Rebecca Taylor bucle jacket for $120.00 originally $425.00, a pair of JBrand courdoroys for $69.00 originally $198.00 all from Nordstrom Rack. Last weekend I found a pair of Paige turquroise colored denim jeans for $70.00.  I could go on but you get the idea. The possibilities are endless. Now be warned, these stores require some looking – and by looking I mean actually scouting things out. But I promise you its worth it… And if you are like me, shopping makes you happy anyway, especially when you get a great deal.
2. Know your sale cycle, and be patient.
Most fashionistas/a.k.a. hopeless shoppers know when things go on sale; the end of the season. Mid to late January, the winter items at your favorite boutique will go on sale to make way for the fabulous spring clothes. Mid to late August, the spring and summer stuff will go on sale to make way for the beautiful winter and fall stuff. But as the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait. I cannot tell you the number of times I have purposely waited (painfully I might add) for a beautiful piece of clothing to make it through to the end of season to be put on the 75% off rack.  I typically only do this for extra expensive items that I would otherwise not be able to afford, and ones that I know will take me into the following season as well.  Case in point, a beautiful, cashmere, Joie Sweater that was orignally $448.00 that I got for 75% off at $112.00 in mid January. I wanted it since they day it was unpacked.



3. Use the internet
My last bargain tip; use the internet.  Sign up for email promotions. Check websites. Join sale websites like Gilt Groupe. I cannot tell you how many times I have recieved email coupons from stores like Loehmanns that will not advertise or tell you about the coupon, but will happily accept it. Usually it is an additional 25% off or 20% a sale item. Also, glance at those email updates you get everyday. In this internet age, many websites like Piperlime or Banana Republic will do additional percentages off during low traffic times such as 8am to 11am on a Tuesday.  Now I am not saying go online shopping at work… but if you happen to stumble across a great deal while drafting a contract, say yes and quickly get back to drafting. 

 

HAPPY SHOPPING, 
XOXO
Jennie