5 cool pullover sweaters

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I don’t think you understand how excited I am that it’s finally sweater weather! Pullovers are basically all I wear when the temperature starts to drop, but it still hasn’t gotten to the I-can’t-feel-my-face kind of cold. The slouchier the better.

I feel like Free People’s Lurex Stripe Pullover (pictured above) is about to be all I wear for the next three weeks. It’s super cozy and with an oversized fit, a scoop neck and wide dolman style sleeves.

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Talk about comfy, last week when we were prop shopping, Joanna impulsively picked up the chronicle texture pullover sweater from Made Well and I’ve basically seen her wear it every day since. It’s knit from super-soft yarn, has relaxed drop sleeves and a cool exaggerated shirttail hem plus this color is soooooo good.

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Bold graphic statements are definitely more up my alley and the two-tone knit on this bobble knit sweater is what my fall dreams are made of. A mix of metallic and mohair yarns give this so much dimension and texture. It’s super boxy and on-trend with those dropped shoulders and oversized sleeves.

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Vince Camuto has just the right amount of playfulness in this chenille embroidered mock neck sweater. The embroidered flowers add a touch of girlish whimsy to the speckled cottony-soft sweater with a roomy fit, long raglan sleeves and such a good mock neckline.

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Keep things extra cozy with a blend of laidback streetwear and high-fashion in the crisse sweater. Wood Wood’s neat silhouettes and minimalist layering pieces shine through in this gridded mock turtleneck that is begging to be paired with your favorite skinnies or cute skirt.

5 cool graphic socks

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I’ll endure many a discomfort in the name of fashion, but one things I can’t stand is having cold, frozen feet. It’s just not something I’m willing to put up with on a daily basis, especially through another Seattle winter. That’s why I’m so excited that socks are having a big moment right now!

There’s so many choices in the sock world going on, from kitschy patterns to monochrome designs. My favorite is the bold colors and block patterns of these ankle socks. COS really set the tone with their awesome pair of Contrast Socks (pictured above) made from a soft cotton-mix of contrasting melange panels and finished with a rolled cuff.

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Things really get fun with the pattern of these ribbed knit socks from ASOS. The Stance Disco Calf Socks pop with light pink stripes, angled cream patterns and a fun golden toe. I could so see these with a chunky pair of boots over tights for a street-inspired look.

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I really love these Dotted Knee-High Socks from Anthropologie, they’re just the right height to peak out from the top of all my boots. This wool blended sock has little knit button details that have a very lunar-phase feel to them.

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For a sunny day option and extra style points, the Lightweight Block Pleated Rib Sock from Urban Outfits are perfect. These colorblocked crew-length socks have an stripe pattern and bright ribbed trim for a perfect fit.

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For more neutral tones, the ‘Vertigo’ Colorblock Crew Socks from Nordstrom keep things interesting and add that geometric pop. The cotton crew socks have an asymmetrical color blocking pattern, feature a seamless toe and elastic arch support for a super-comfy fit.

5 cool rain coats

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Nothing fills me with dread in the morning quite like the little cloud icon of my weather app, with five little light blue drops of rain. Cold weather is something I (finally) know how to deal with. But rain? Not a clue.

So this winter, instead of cowering in fear from the daily ‘Seattle liquid sunshine,’ I’m arming myself with plenty of cool rain coat options! The first is a rainy wardrobe must-have. In that classic bright yellow vinyl, the BDG New Fisherman Rain Coat is a modern staple complete with a drawstring, pockets, and full hood.

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For more sophisticated protection from a drizzle, checkout the Curve Jacket from Father Rabbit. This water-proof interpretation of the classic trench is made by a brand called RAINS that comes from the native and rainy nation of Denmark. An everyday kind of piece, I love that is has an adjustable belt for a cinched in waist.

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The Parka Cape looks so flattering and stylish I’d wear this even if there wasn’t a cloud in sight! It’s made in England from a soft and highly water-repellent Swedish fabric and finished with subtle reflective taping on the cuffs and back for extra visibility at night. What’s especially cool is that the drawstring and snaps on the sleeves can open it into a rain cape in seconds.5 Cool Rain Coats // jojotastic.com

Petit Bateau is a classic French brand that’s been making some of the best rain coats for well over 100 years. I’m so excited because this season their Women’s Water-Repellent Rain Coat comes in this gorgeous ‘fleur pink’ color! It has a straight hooded style, striped lining, and flap patch pockets. This is definitely the first coat I would reach for in a deluge.

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The final rainfall defense is a heritage staple from Bridge & Burn, the Erie Waxed Cotton Rain Parka. Fully lined with a deep hood, double hand pockets, and concealed zipper-front closure this super warm coat will keep you both warm and dry. Made from waxed cotton canvas, is the same materials sailors have been using to stay dry since the early 1900’s.

Stay dry!

celebrating fair trade month

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Did you guys know October is Fair Trade Month? (don’t worry, me neither!). I’ve always loved supporting ethically produced goods, so I was very excited to find out about this. In a time of the year so completely saturated by consumerism, it’s really nice to take a breather to celebrate Fair Trade by uniting ethically-minded consumers, awesome retailers, and some of the best brands out there.

I’ve been drinking Numi Organic Tea and eating LÄRABARs long before I knew I was supporting equal wages and protecting the environment. I just knew they were good (damn good, actually). But this month when I restock on my turmeric tea  and peanut butter chocolate chip bars, I’ll be doing my part and celebrating products that are good for people and the planet.

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If you’re wondering how to ‘celebrate’ Fair Trade Month, don’t worry, it’s easy. Just swap out some of your normal grocery list items for a Fair Trade Certified alternative or try something new, like this truRoots quinoa. It’s so simple to cook up a bowl for dinner or toss in with your morning smoothie for a healthy boost.  Continue reading “celebrating fair trade month”

5 cool graphic sweatshirts

5 Cool Graphic Sweatshirts // jojotastic.com

One of my favorite parts of this time of year is getting to pull on a cozy sweatshirt and still look socially acceptable in public. With a clean, graphic design, even the comfiest most shapeless sweatshirt can make a high-fashion statement and keep the chilly weather at bay.

First on my must-have list is the Grey Face Sweatshirt (above). There’s something so understated about this organic cotton piece by Depeapa, a Granada based designer who’s always ahead of the curve. The slightly off-center gaze of the print gives it a moody, nonchalant vibe. Definitely the cool older sister of the smiley face.

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While we’re discussing boldness… the Face To Face Sweater by Kowtow is everything I could ever want and more. This super clean design packs a punch with two stoic looking faces printed in white. Both the print and shape are angular in just the right, boxy kinda way.

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All eyes are definitely on you in the All Over Eyes Cotton Molleton Sweatshirt. It’s a fun and quirky Kenzo piece that’s super wearable in this understated color palate. Great for layering, pop a collared shirt under for work or peg pant for a casual look.

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Seriously swooning over the all-over geometric print of the Moves Sweatshirt in Smoke. This American-made canvas knit sweatshirt is made in Portland, Oregon by Make It Good. The perfect solution for a morning outing, casual lunch or fun night on the town.

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But really, how much cuter could you get than the Tania Pullover, Grey & Circle? This cotton sweatshirt is a baseball-cut pullover with three-quarter length sleeves and cornelly embroidery on the front in a perfect circle.

Wishing for…

wishing for...

Admittedly, I am a lady of eclectic tastes. I love quirky, off-kilter color combinations, photoreal prints, bold packaging, and Bill Murray. Here are a few things that have caught eye lately and have me reaching for my wallet…

gotta love a graphic tee about tequila
Lastly, it feels like this Haute Hippie tank just gets me!

flat-spiration

One of my resolutions was to dress better, so I guess we should start from the ground up! This could mean potentially ditching my daily uniform of chucks for something a bit more… grown up. {Full disclosure: I just ordered a brand new pair of chucks to replace my old hole-y ones…} Perhaps an oxford or an appliqued kitten flat? I’m thinking ‘quirky’ and ‘statement’ flat here… Here are some flats I am lusting after:

  1. Trixie from Kate Spade — these are girly and sweetsie, but there is just something about them I love. These could totally dress up a low-cut white T and skinny jeans in that ‘effortless, Blake Lively’ sort of way…
  2. Kitty flat from Urban Outfitters — because I’m a sucker for all things cat-related, let’s be honest here.
  3. Printed canvas oxfords from Gap — so maybe it’s not open-toe weather juuust yet. These are super cute and would bridge the gap until my toesies are ready for warmer climes.
  4. Bow mini wedge from Madewell — these have ‘date night’ written all over them!
  5. Patent and clear oxfords from Shoebacca — I honestly cannot explain why I like these. I just do, ok?