May 17, 2013 § 2 Comments
It appears, folks, that putting your name in the pot (so to speak) does actually result in winning.
After a week of ups and downs and more downs, I received an email from Canadian company, Second Yoga Jeans, letting me know that I’d won a pair from a giveaway on Attached To My Heart.
Out of 1400 people, aren’t I lucky?
There’s a lot of literature online about Yoga Jeans running large, but after corresponding with the company’s Marie Eve, I was advised that the ones I wanted (Mid Rise Skinny in Watermelon) are running small.
Unable to find a pair of the watermelon in my area to try, I called up the trusty helpers at Nordstrom to give me some advice (since they carry the brand in their stores and online).
Unlike Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (never judge until you try), the Nordstrom fit genius I spoke with told me that although the Yoga Jeans have stretch, they haven’t fallen victim to way off vanity sizing like the NYDJ’s pair I’ve got (size 8, isn’t that funny?), but they do tend to run on the larger side.
The only other pair of super stretchy jeans I own (with amazing memory… look good after wearing for three days) are Blank’s Spray on Skinny, which I took in my normal size (31).
What’s a gal to do?
Having weighed all of the input, I’ve requested a 31.
Let’s hope they fit!
If you could choose, which would you order?
So many more pretty colors…
May 14, 2013 § 20 Comments
I’ve just returned home from a four mile run with two fantastic friends, who might be responsible for reigniting my running mojo.
Despite the fact that their comfortable run pace was closer to a minute per mile faster than mine, I was happy panting a good few feet behind.
I waved them ahead when I needed to slow, and sweet as they are, they always circled back to get me.
I know I’m predictable, but everything always comes around to what everyone wore.
Both girls chose capri tights and cute tanks, while I, the sun hater, covered up in a long sleeve shirt, my Luluemon pace shorts, and a good dose of sunscreen on all other exposed skin.
I’m completely over my entire running wardrobe right now (maybe because I’m heavier than when I was marathon training or because my legs no longer look 20 … my shorts seem really short), so for weeks I’ve been surfing the latest, newest, greatest.
Inspired running has inspired running clothes shopping.
And we all know how I love good gear.
P.S. Notice how there’s no Lululemon in the bunch. Another post, another day.
May 2, 2013 § 8 Comments
Yellow is a funny color. With so many shades to choose from (pale lemon to butterscotch to neon flouro) I’m surprised I’ve not one piece of it in my closet.
I realized this last summer when I bought a strand of easy-going, yellow gratitude beads that I thought I’d wear like a neutral.
But every time I put them on they seemed to clash with everything else I was wearing.
Maybe it had more to do with my skin coloring?
Pale and pink, I am.
A tough backdrop to the primary that it is.
Heading into another summer I’m still attracted to hue, but am wondering if yellow on the feet might work better than yellow around the neck? Farther from the face, more of a sunny afterthought?
Whether you’re a yellow fan or not, one web-shop search tells the story; an abundance of sunshiny spring/summer sandals just begging to be worn.
How do you feel about yellow? Would you wear any of these?
April 29, 2013 § 7 Comments
All weekend I web-surfed denim looking to replace my old Paige Jimmy Jimmy’s that’ve been tossed in the dryer far more often than any jeans ever should be.
My search resulted in two surprising discoveries.
The first being the sheer number of skinny jeans being sold (wowza).
The second, and frankly the bigger surprise, is the massive trend toward distressed denim. How long has this been going on, and more importantly, why hadn’t I noticed?
Distressing is nothing new.
As a teenager I took bleach and razor blades to my not-cool-enough denim. But what I learned back then is that unless you’re a DIY pro, it’s not easy to control the desired effect. Rip too far and you’ve got too big of a hole. Too much bleach and you look like a dish rag.
I actually do own two pair of distressed boyfriends that don’t get much wear. When I see them folded in my dresser drawer I can hear my mother’s whisper from far, far away, “Why are there holes in your pants?”
So they stay folded on top of the grey Genetic Shane’s that never, ever get worn; their own lives inching closer to an Ebay separation and divorce.
But the biggest resistance to wearing distressed denim (mostly) see-saws over the fact that I already rode that horse almost thirty years ago.
Do I really want to go there again? And with this amount of gusto?
I just might.
Do you wear distressed denim? What do you think of the trend?
April 22, 2013 § 11 Comments
Monica Rogers was my friend long before we ever discussed social media business marketing, which we do now on the same schedule as her hair coloring appointments (she texts me from the chair).
When I told Monica that I wanted to start doing giveaways, she immediately offered up one of her solid toddler car seat covers (retail for $92.00, fully lined, piped, durable, washable, providing a protective barrier from the off-gassing of manufacture car seats).
Having been featured on the Today Show, Instyle Magazine, and the New York Times as a new parent ”must have”- LB car seat covers are famed as being the most stylish accessory to hit car seats since… well, the inception of instant car seats!
Constructed with gorgeous fabrics and monogrammed (or not), they’re a celebrity favorite. Developed in 2004, Monica’s mission is about doing your “little bit” to make a difference in the world- whatever that may be; all of her car seat covers were made from exquisite end of bolt fabrics.
Winner of the giveaway will be able to choose one solid fabric toddler car seat cover with piping color of your choice. Monogram will be included.
Winner (must be in the U.S.) will place their order with Monica upon Rafflecopter’s closing of the giveaway on May 6th (12 a.m.).
Rules are as follows …
Mandatory for eligibility …
1.Like LB on Facebook for 2 points.
2. Like MarthaWills(dot)com on Facebook for 2 points.
For extra points …
1. Like @MerrillMartha on Twitter for 1 point.
2. Leave a comment introducing yourself for 1 point.
3. For 2 points tweet this about the giveaway – “Adorable monogrammed car seat cover giveaway from @MerrillMartha! #kids #gear #celebfave http://marthawills.com/”
Oh, and we’d really love a photo of your child in their seat once you’ve received your prize!
*** Please note: LB car seat covers fit most standard size car seats including Graco, Britax, Evenflo, etc. but do not fit Peg Prego at this time.
Have fun and good luck!
Addison is sitting in the LB car seat cover in hot pink with lime green piping.
LB ~ Covering mistakes since 2004.
For more information or if you can’t wait for the winner to be chosen,
contact LB directly (here) to place an order.
April 20, 2013 § 4 Comments
For years I’ve been low key when it comes to my makeup, preferring the no makeup look to a face-full of color.
My arsenal’s gotten even smaller since the birth of my twins five years ago; sunscreen du jour, Mac’s Omega shadow brushed on eyebrows (since 1991) and some sort of lip balm (the latest, Josie Maran’s Argan Color Stick in Rosey).
But since turning forty a year and a half ago, the simple routine no longer cuts the mustard. The no makeup look has turned into the not enough makeup look.
Difficult for any over-fortier to pull off.
More than a few Sephora visits since that pivotal birthday has added to the list of products that now sit at my makeup station. Some of them have turned out to be just what I needed; a pop of color, a little more glow.
Others haven’t held up, and so the search continues for the right mascara that doesn’t make me want to itch my eyeballs out of my head, or a foundation that evens things out without making me look like a Kardashian.
What’s in your beauty arsenal? Are you a minimalist or do prefer to play more with color?
April 17, 2013 § 13 Comments
After discovering Zara a few months ago and falling fast for their fashion forward aesthetic (and totally reasonable pricing), I placed my first order and waited anxiously for my friend in the big brown truck to deposit the goods at my door.
When the package arrived, boxed beautifully, folded in tissue paper, I think I may have squealed.
But after trying on the first piece (the trf line’s quilted moto jacket), I laughed out loud when both arms could only get as far as the elbows. The back of the jacket (a large, btw) was so tiny that I looked like a giant in a baby’s clothing; arms overhead in touch down mode, there was no way, no how, this was ever going to fit.
There’s been a lot of press about Zara sizing too small for American women.
Yes, we Americans do like vanity sizing. And yes, Americans weigh nearly twenty-five pounds more than they did forty years ago.
But some of us are fit and healthy (maybe a little soft through the middle) and never going to squeeze into a typical Zara large.
The other items in my box looked so miniature (all from the trf line) that I didn’t bother trying.
One printed return receipt, a quick trip to drop-off at UPS, and I was back at the Zara site; I am not a girl who gives up.
This time sticking with the women’s line, I ordered the v-neck blouse in two colors (one in Xl and one in XXL), cotton and ramie (a linen-like fabric), perfect for steamy summer days.
When they arrived I was pleased with both; nice fit over shoulders, good room in the body, glided easily over arms.
The XXL fit with room, but since the blouse is made from such airy fabric I’ll have to remember to be more careful with the XL when laundering (let’s not make shrinky dinks out of our clothes, k?).
The women’s line is clearly a bit larger than trf, but since much of Zara’s offerings are polyester or viscose, checking the composition tab helps when deciding on size.
The moral of the story is this …
Yes American girls, Zara does run small. The trf line runs remarkably small.
Be safe and order up a size or two. Do not be deterred by the size on the tag and take advantage of the free shipping and returns.
Do you find Zara runs small? Would you stay away from a piece based on the size on the tag?
April 4, 2013 § 14 Comments
Just yesterday I had a lively conversation with my UK blogging buddies at our secret meet up on facebook.
I’d sent out a call for style/purchasing help regarding British company Sweaty Betty’s 7/8 Harem Capri in coral.
“Are they weird or amazing?”
Having seen the questionable pants on SB’s site days ago, I kept going back to visit.
The more I looked, the more I liked.
Paired with a black boyfriend tee and my (waiting for warmth to wear) Rachel Comey, tan, open-toed wedges, wouldn’t they be great in summer? Cool and loose in the U.S. southern heat.
Love or loathe, these ladies always tell the truth.
Fiona called them vile (made me giggle, such a great word), but also said that the company has “… a great reputation for quality.”
Joanna said they were, “…right up her street,” which wasn’t a huge surprise as we’ve already bonded over our approval of the hotly debated design.
Trea thought the print was gorgeous even though she’s not a fan of harems for herself.
And Kat gave me a great suggestion for evening styling; black silky tee, blazer and heels.
If I squint my eyes hard enough I can see a future where I got out again after dark.
What say you?
Come on and share.
And be truthful.
p.s. If you hate them, please try not to giggle when you see me coming because I made my decision … and it’s LOVE!
March 26, 2013 § 15 Comments
Shopping as research is the name of the game when blogging about fashion and clothes. Combine with that my closet’s one missing necessity (a pair of proper skinnies that slim the legs, fit the low-waist without creating massive muffin top, and stretch enough to be comfortable, but not baggy) and my order at The Gap seemed requisite.
Though The Gap ebbs and flows in the design (and fit) department, they’ve been pumping out some quality products for the past few seasons (i.e. my much worn denim button-down, my Alice Ritter Star top, to name a few).
Their new Skimmer Skinnies arrived this morning, along with the 1969 Forever Stretch Legging Jeans. Both did great!
Shopping as research only works when the purchased items fail. This is what my credit card will have you think.
But my closet is happy, so I am happy, and if your happy, too?
Have you tried Gap’s newest denim?
March 17, 2013 § 9 Comments
For every little girl who watched Olivia Newton-John morph from Sweet Sandy to Danny’s T-Bird dream (and wished for the day that she herself could “Tell me about it, Stud!”), the trend toward skinny leather pants is like a childhood fantasy come true.
Designers have gone mad for leather, pleather, and all sorts of fancy fabrications that harken back to 1978′s Grease Lightning.
But rather than pairing the 2013 versions with open toed stilettos and a smelly cigarette, the new ones are being styled in much more clever ways, making them wearable for every girl.
Miranda Kerr, queen of the skinny jean, styles hers with preppy pieces like a classic trench and ballerina flats.
Leather pants for pre-school pick-up? Totally wearable when paired with basic tees and Converse.
Dressed up with heels or flats and easy tunics makes them perfect for a night out with the girls.
Have you taken the leather pant plunge?
The real deal, J Brand Lambskin Leather Pants $895 @ Nordstrom.
Rag and Bone Leather with zippers @ Shopbop are marked from to $470.00 (from $950.00). Rag and Bone has a huge following, but I admittedly haven’t tried them yet. The zipper detail has been a big seller for them in the regular denim fabrication.
My newest denim obsession, Sold Design Lab (hunting for the medium blue pull on to no avail). These are their Pleather Pants @ Piperlime. Size up.
AG leatherette Legging Jean @ Revolve. Size up.
AG Leatherette Legging in Cobalt. The blue makes them less vampy, but still on trend. @ Calypso.
Genetic Denim The Shane Faux-Front Cigarette Jean. Sequined! I’m a huge Genetic Denim fan. These are sold out @ Gilt , but you can always put your size on the wait list. A bunch of sizes are still available @ Asos.
Topshop Faux leather Leggings @ Nordstrom. Only $36.00 and with surprisingly good reviews in regard to fit and appearance (not too oily looking, etc.).