Save the Date: SMIJ Tailgate Trunk Show, Sept 1st at Henry & Pearl

Football season is so close I can smell it. To kick-off the season, we are hosting a SMIJ Tailgate Trunk Show at Henry & Pearl.  See it on Facebook HERE.  We’ll do the event from 11-2, I think.  That night Cambridge and Milton play each other at Cambridge and all the College games start that weekend.  We’ll have NEW tees in college colors PLUS a new graphic for 2017 that I am sooooo excited about.  I am grabbing one for myself as soon as my Dad gets them printed!  We are going to have it in short and long sleeve and several colors that can work for any team.  I want one in every color, but I think I’ll grab a camo one.  Or maybe one of each… Hee Hee!  The first time those will be available will be at this event.  For now, grab any one of these tees pictured here at Henry & Pearl before they sell out.  I won’t be getting anymore short sleeve high school tees in this year.  I hope you stop by the event to say “hi” and enjoy a little tailgating with SMIJ.

3 Denim Styles You Should Have for Fall

I had the most fun yesterday.  I friend called and asked if I wanted to go jeans shopping with her yesterday.  It took me about 10 seconds to rearrange my day and re-prioritize to make that happen!  We had a blast!  She scored big time and I got to really dig in on this year’s styles to share with you.  This will take more than one post, for sure.  There are the cutest jeans this year.  I overheard other shoppers saying the same thing.  This year really has too many must-haves.  Hopefully, these fun denim trends are around for awhile so I can add to my collection over time.  For today, I thought it would be fun to share the three that I think are great starters for the Fall.

  1. A cropped released hem bootcut is a great one and every brand is doing their version.  Here is a favorite from Frame and I’ve linked up a bunch of jeans below in a chart where you’ll see more.
  2. You can’t go wrong with another pair with some varying denim washes.  I am not even kidding when I tell you that this is exactly what I wore to my first day of high school.  Things really do come back around.  Here is the pair pictured in this post and the ones my friend got.
  3. OK, this is one I’ve never had before, but tried on and LOVED.  A side stripe is totally on-trend and super cute.  They come in many colors and brands and styles, but one thing is for sure, the side stripe is in.  This is one of my favorites in that trend.

See below for the collection I’ve linked up to show you just some of the favorites I have for the season.  This list was compiled with denim and trend experts at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and a 3 hour fitting room session so I feel pretty confident we are on point here.  It’s going to be a fun season for those of us who love jeans!

Going to the U.S. Open? Travel Chic

 


 

Anyone headed to the U.S. Open in a few weeks?  This trip remains on my Bucket List, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start outfit planning for it.  Since it’s still pretty hot in NYC in early September, this irresistible outfit would be great for the freezing cold plane ride there.  New York-bound in a cute “New York” sweatshirt in a great summer navy is the perfect travel outfit.  Not only is the outfit cute and chic, but it is super comfy.  The sweatshirt is cozy, but not too heavy and the jeans are stretchy and soft without losing their fit.  Toss on some wedges that you can slip out of in-flight and you’ll look New York Chic to start your trip.  Shop the pieces below.

Sky High Stripes

The cut of these jeans combined with the vertical stripes do great things for me!  I think they would be so cute for Game Days, too.  I would style the white ones with camo or army green shirts with on-trend patches.  Or, if you happen to have black as one of your school colors like the hubs and me, the white ones can be styled in more ways that I can imagine.  I ‘ll be posting all season!  The others would look so cute with SMIJ Game Day tees in your school colors.  Just sayin… You can grab one – or one of each! – at Henry & Pearl in Milton, GA.  Throw on some fun wedges or current sneakers and you are all set.  Wait until you see our new “Game Day” hats, too.  This outfit is shaping up nicely!

Tees & Jeans, the SMIJ Way

Hi. I’m Jill and I love t-shirts.  Always have.  I can remember taking tees out of my Dad’s closet all through high school and then the lifelong quest of finding the perfect white tee, which still continues.  I love jeans-and-a-tee for most days, but I don’t want just any old sloppy tee.  I seek cute, flattering tees to go atop my rock star denim collection, of course.  Some I find and many I make.  I have a blast coming up with our SMIJ tee collection and nothing is more thrilling than seeing you all wearing them.

We just launched out 2017 Football Tee collection and we’re selling like crazy – some are already sold out.  I have more coming to re-stock one time PLUS one new style.   This week our high school colors launched and our college colors are arriving in a few weeks.  There is a new graphic coming that I think you are going to love.  I’m bursting to tell you, but I’m going to keep it a secret…

Stay tuned for all the fast-moving, fun, football details.  Thanks for being SMIJ with me!

Trip Itinerary – Boston, 3 Days with Family

If you’ve been following for awhile, you know I took a big road trip to Boston this past summer.  I realize I never shared my itinerary.  I did a lot of research to try to cover as much as possible with a 3 year old in tow.  I think we did pretty good and we all had an absolute blast.  If you want to plan a trip, too, maybe my homework will give you a head start.

Also, check out my Instagram feed from July – I put lots of details about these pictures and what I loved about my trip to Boston, MA.


  
  
  
  
  

Boston Itinerary – 3 Days with Kids, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles

Day #1:

  • All head to Cape Cod for the day.
    • Eat lunch in Dennisport at the Kream ‘n Kone
    • Explore all the way to Provincetown, the furthest point of Cape Cod.

Day #2:

  • Morning: Freedom Trail (Freedom Trail Foundation offers 90 minute walking tours led by 18th century costumed guides.)
  • Lunch in Quincy Market. (Tour ends at FT)
  • Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore…

Day #3:

I Never Use Just One Mascara

I love mascara. It’s the one make-up item I can’t live without and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried almost every one out there. I don’t really have a favorite. Now, you’re wondering “Then why am I reading this?” Ha! I often have people ask me what mascara I use so I thought I’d share. I really never use just one. Right now I’m using the two pictured below. I think that, for me, the wand is more the key than the brand. I usually use a Bobbi Brown, but, in a pinch, I grabbed these drug store brands recently and the combo of the anti clump first, “lots of lashes” second has been a great combo. I also like to layer. I do a first coat from the bottom up and then, after that dries a little, coat the top of the lashes, too. This really gives them some length and helps the mascara last all day. What mascara tips or brands can you share? I love to try new things!


What Does a Farmhouse a Smell Like?

 

Back Porch, Farmhouse, Southern Charm, Burlap and Barnwood, Pecan Pie, Sweet Tea, Front Porch, Vine Ripe Tomato – these are names of candle scents! Every last one of those puts me in a happy place.  And, they are gorgeous.  I really love candles and this time of year I light them all.  The last question my husband asks me each night is “how many candles did you light?”  He counts them as blows them out to make sure we got them all.  I just love the glow, the smell and the season.  Yesterday a sweet friend gave me my first Park Hills Candle in Farmhouse.  I mean…. where have I been???  This candle is beautiful and smells great.  I just love it.  This will not be my last Park Hills, for sure.  I have to try ALL the other scents that are so creatively named.  I’ve pulled together a shopping list for you below, too.  Click any picture to shop.  These are awesome gift ideas.  I know I loved receiving one as a gift.  This gift will keep on giving for 150 hours!

This Color!

I love this color for Fall and Kendra Scott nailed it with these Red Jasper pieces.  They go with a lot of my Fall favorites already in my closet, I’m finding, too.  They are a great brick, red jasper, deep red -whatever you want to call it.  These pieces really work great to turn a neutral outfit, like a denim dress, into a Fall outfit.  I threw them on with a t-shirt and jeans to add some Fall color to my look on days that are just too hot to wear other Fall faves.  Great new color that I’ve got on repeat!  If you are looking to invest in some new Kendra Scott this Fall, I can definitely recommend this choice.   Click the pictures below to shop.

 


Attention Ladies! Feminine Blouses are IN – Where to Find Them?

Aren’t these gorgeous?  I would put one on under a favorite – or new – blazer and wear that combo with jeans and boots or wedges.  I love tie-neck blouses and they are back in a big way.  So are ruffles and other feminine details.  I popped into J. Crew yesterday and they had lots to choose from.  I’ve created a list of my top choices from them below.  Come on blazer season!  There are many ways to make the blazer/blouse look pop this Fall.  Happy Hunting.