If there’s one thing every girl needs to survive fall in style (and every guy for that matter), it’s a Barbour jacket. Lightweight enough for a cool breeze but easy to add layers underneath on cold winter days, it’s an outerwear investment that you’ll wear dozens of times each season. Because the silhouette is less slimming than a dress coat or trench, I like to pair mine with skinny jeans (these equestrian leggings would be perfect too) and tall boots. P.S. I’m on the lookout for a new pair of leather riding boots if anyone has any recs!
A few notes on sizing… For the jacket, I wear the US size 2 / UK size 6. And if you order this sweater one size up from your usual size (e.g. a small instead of the extra small), it will no joke be the comfiest item of clothing you own. And in case you were on the fence about a Barbour jacket, here’s another genius part of adding one to your outerwear collection: if you live somewhere with extra chilly winters, you can also order a zip-in liner for added warmth!
I don’t know how I grew up on the east coast without a Barbour jacket but now that I have one, I completely understand what all the fuss is about. We’ve officially reached the point in the season where you’d have to be insane to leave your apartment sans jacket, gloves, scarf, hat, boots, two pairs of socks, etc. What I’m loving about my new Barbour is that the silhouette is pretty tailored on the outside (and much warmer than my beloved field jacket) but leaves ample room for layering underneath and pairs well with all my existing winter accoutrements.
Happy Friday! I’m in Bluffton, South Carolina, this weekend for a press trip with the Montage Palmetto Bluff. I’ve barely been here for 24 hours but I have to say it’s pretty magical here. A bunch of you have DMed me since I posted on Instagram (I’ve been trying to post more stories so come say hi!) and I can see why you all love it so much! Today’s itinerary includes horseback riding and s’mores and I can’t decide which one I’m more excited about. 🙂 I wish Will were here but I’m reveling in the chance to sleep in the middle of the bed for once haha. I hope you all have a great weekend!
1. Did you always know you wanted to return to Connecticut / the area where you grew up?
No actually! After college I lived in San Francisco, New York, and Dallas before moving back to Connecticut at 27. After a couple years of bad homesickness, I realized that my top priority was to live close to my family again. Now my parents are ten minutes away, my brother and sister live in New York, and my youngest brother will hopefully be heading back this way after he graduates this spring! I’m so glad I left the area and experienced a few different cities as it made me appreciate coming back home so much more.
2. Do you have any ideas for what to wear while traveling from a cold place to a warm place? My husband and I will be going to the Caribbean for our honeymoon and I don’t want to overpack!
Congratulations! My go-to travel outfit is my Barbour jacket, cashmere wrap, sweater or sweatshirt, black leggings, and sneakers. I’m usually freezing on planes so I need lots of comfy layers and I’m almost always happy to have a sweater on hand once I get to a warm weather destination and it cools down at night. You can always go to and from the airport in your winter coat and just fold it in your carry-on once you arrive!
Yes! They’re affordable, super soft, and I like the high waist, but they’re pretty long on me so they bunch at the ankles (I’m 5’1″). If you’re looking for a cropped pair that seriously sucks you in, I love this even more affordable pair, but for that price you really can’t go wrong with either option.
4. How is training at Countdown going? Would you recommend it?
I’ve only done three sessions but I’m really liking it so far! (For those of you not following on Instagram, Countdown is a local personal training gym where you do just one thirty-minute session per week!) I was a little skeptical at first (thirty minutes a week seems like so little!) but I have girlfriends who’ve seen amazing results and just had to give it a shot. I have to say it is way harder than I was expecting but in the best way — I never knew thirty minutes could feel so long or so painful. 😂I do think I could eventually layer in another workout or two each week, but I just bought a Countdown package that will last me the next six months and I’m feeling really optimistic about having a new routine in place. I’ll keep you posted!
5. What’s your favorite thing about living in New England?
Living close to my family, the beach, and the city. At this point in my life I can’t imagine living anywhere else!
6. What are you most excited about in 2019?
Travel! Will and I sat down together when we got back from New Year’s in California and made a list of all the trips we want to take this year and it got me so excited for the next twelve months! Our first big trip will be to Australia in March and all your suggestions on this post have me counting down the days! Also my youngest brother Camden and I are getting ready to launch a new side project together that we’re both really excited about… I’ll be announcing it on the blog the week after next!
7. How would you describe your interior design style? I’ve gotten so many good ideas from watching your decorate your space!
That makes me so happy! Decorating brings me so much joy and I can’t wait to have a house of our own where I can do more permanent projects like wallpapering, gardening, etc. (Does anyone remember the wallpapered powder room I did when we owned our townhouse in Dallas?) I would describe my style as classic and coastal, with lots of clean lines and plenty of blue and white!
8. I’ve looked everywhere trying to track down your wedding shoes and can’t find them available anywhere! Do you have any recommendations for similar pairs?
I wish they would bring them back because I get this question at least once a week! This pair is the most similar I’ve found but I don’t love them quite as much as I loved mine (I know that’s not very helpful!). These and these are heeled sandals with a similar tie and these and these are both white satin with a bow detail. Honestly if I were choosing from what’s readily available now, I’d probably forgo all the above and do something like these, these, these, but you could also look into having a white satin ribbon sewn onto a pair like this if you’re set on that one look. P.S. You can always browse more ideas for what to wear to wedding events in the bridal favorites on my shop page!
9. What is your philosophy on investing in quality pieces when decorating a rental unit?
As long as it’s something you know you’ll be able to bring to your next home, I say go for it! Renting a house or an apartment is no reason not to invest in quality pieces like a headboard, a dresser, a desk, etc. that will work in a less temporary space down the road. I try to avoid spending a ton of money on window treatments or super specific rug sizes that may not work in our next house, but in general it’s important to me to make a house feel like a home whether we plan to be there for one year or several.
10. Any ideas on where to find unique bridesmaids dresses?
This is a tough one! I found mine at A Little Something White in Darien, CT (you can read about the experience here!) but it was definitely an overwhelming process up until then! Personally I would forgo the specifically branded bridesmaids’ stores and just look on your everyday go-to retailers for cocktail or formal dresses that fall within your price range. Bloomingdales, J.Crew, and Nordstrom all have beautiful options — I love the look of this, this, this, and this. I’ve also heard of brides using Rent The Runway as a cost-effective way of getting everyone in the same dress — I think this, this, this, this, and this could all be great options!
Who’s excited to get lots of holiday shopping done this week? I like to start by making a list of everyone I’m shopping for along with ideas for each person and I always take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promo codes. The sales seem to start earlier and earlier every year but I’m not mad about it! I noticed that J.Crew, Serena & Lily, Shopbop, and Tuckernuck all kicked off their Cyber Week sales today so I wanted to round up my favorites from each for those of you looking to get a head start!
You guys, I am so in love with the photos of Coach and Rory in today’s post. I cannot handle their matching red jackets! I have a not-so-slight obsession with puppy clothing and somehow Rory is completely comfortable in all kinds of outfits. I found these jackets on eBay and immediately ordered two of them — they remind me of little Barbour jackets with the contrast collar and faux pockets!
I shared our fall porch decor from eBay a few weeks ago and today I want to share a few holiday gift ideas you can find on their site. They seriously have something for everyone — and 81% of the items on their site are brand new and available with the “buy it now” option. In addition to Coach and Rory’s new dog coats, I also found the same Ray-Ban clubmaster sunglasses I’ve given to practically every one of my family members over the past few years (I swear they look good on everyone!), a brand new pair of Nike sneakers for my mom, and a variety of Ralph Lauren picture frames (one of my favorite gifts to give!).
Last but definitely not least, I treated myself to a refurbished Dyson vacuum and I’m not sure what took me so long. This thing is a game-changer! It works on every surface in our house and made our rug look practically brand new. eBay has a whole section of their site dedicated to new and refurbished Dyson products (including their famous hair dryer) at amazing prices. Highly recommend checking out their goodies as gifts for yourself or your loved ones — I may just get the same vacuum for my parents!
dog jackets (Coach is 16 pounds and wearing the size S, Rory is 30 pounds and wearing the size L)