Here I was, all set to write this cute little post about the first day of October, date night with Mitch on Lincoln Avenue, and all the great fall blazers out there… until a giant centipede runs across the wall directly behind my computer. I’m used to cockroaches, but centipedes?! Oh my god. (These were the only centipedes I encountered while growing up.)
Anyway, I wasted the better part of the last hour nervously tracking the little monster’s every move and trying to build up the courage to squash it (scroll down to the bottom of this post to see my distress text messages)… so I’m off to bed. ;)
*Take 25 percent off any regular-priced product on Eastland’s site with code “KELLY25” now through October 10th. The “Made in Maine” and “1955 Edition” styles are included!*
Today, I’m teaming up with Eastland, a premium leather boot and shoe company based in Maine, to give away a $100 gift card to the brand. :) Since 1955, the family-run Eastland team has been manufacturing classic, hand-sewn and durable footwear that reflects its Maine roots and long-standing principles of shoemaking. That’s three generations!
I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I feel like I see the same products over and over again. Every season, there’s an “it” shoe, an “it” jacket, an “it” dress, etc., etc. Don’t get me wrong; I definitely feed into it. Trends are fun! But isn’t it wonderful when you discover something amazing that isn’t all over Instagram and blogs yet? I feel silly saying it, but it’s kind of like you’re in on this big secret… and you get to spread the word about its awesomeness.
Well, that’s how I feel about my Eastland Belmont Boots. They’re amazing! Before receiving them, I had a couple of pairs of riding boots and one pair of duck boots. But none that I could easily slip on without bending over to adjust or tie for a minute or two. (And I don’t have a minute or two when it’s 6 a.m. and Noodle needs to go out!) My Belmonts, though, are super easy to slip on, and they’re extremely comfortable (no rubbing or blisters), rugged and well-made.
With some of my other boots, I’m constantly worried that I’m going to damage them. But with my Eastlands, they only seem to look better with wear. (And Noodle and I have trudged through our fair share of puddles and mud!) I love their chunkiness, suede detailing, and decorative buckles… and how they still have that fabulous leather smell even though I’ve been wearing them nonstop for a couple of weeks. Now that’s a good boot.
Another reason I love Island Pursuit is because of the story behind it. Michael Valentino, the store’s founder, grew up in New York. But when his family took a vacation on the Jersey Shore, he became captivated with beach life. (Me in a nutshell! #loveit) Later in his childhood, he visited Florida, and it was there that he realized he belonged by the water. Thus his pursuit to live on an island began.
At the age of 24, Michael opened his first store in Boston selling authentic Swedish clogs. Shortly thereafter, in 1979, he opened “Northern Pursuit,” a ski shop in Killington, Vermont. He then opened four additional stores, including one in Hyannis, Massachusetts. While Michael experienced great success with his stores up north, he still had the goal of living half the year in New England and spending the other half in Florida. He opened the first Island Pursuit on Martha’s Vineyard in 1983, and then a second location in Sarasota, Florida in 1988.
Today, there are four Island Pursuit stores. They’re located in Sanibel, Florida; Sarasota, Florida; Chatham, Massachusetts; and Newport, Rhode Island. Don’t live by one of the locations? No problem! You can still shop online. Below are some of my favorite products currently in stock. Oh–and don’t forget to take 20 percent off regular-priced online purchases with code “KELLY”!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mitch and I spent Friday night together in Chicago, and then drove up to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (where my brother- and sister-in-law live) on Saturday morning to spend the rest of the weekend there. I’ll always be a city girl, but I adore our little trips to the country. Especially when they entail seeing family.
This past weekend was the best. Noodle had the time of her life running around the backyard with my adorable niece and nephew, and Mitch and I loved being able to catch up with John and Sarah, and watch the kids so their parents could go out to dinner for John’s birthday. :) We played games, hung out on the back deck, took long walks around the new neighborhood (they just moved!), made cupcakes that looked like lambs (haha–ours didn’t look quite so perfect, but hey–we tried!), and went out to eat in downtown Oconomowoc. Couldn’t have asked for a better couple of days.
But back to fashion. ;) Today I’m toting my new favorite bag: the West 57th Street Carryall by Henri Bendel. I’m obsessed with it! I love its structured shape, its gold hardware, and how it’s made of Saffiano leather–making it both durable and easy to clean. It has a ton of interior pockets to help me stay organized as well as two zippered compartments that are perfect for carrying papers, folders and notebooks. It also has a removable crossbody strap for days when I need to be hands-free… which is pretty much all the time, now that Noodle’s on the scene! While the West 57th Street Carryall is my favorite, be sure to check out the rest of Henri Bendel’s fall handbag collection. Gorgeous, right?! (Oh, and select products are 30 percent off right now!)
P.S. — Today, you can take an additional 40 percentoffJ.Crew’s sale selection with code “SHOPASAP.” Additionally, Saks Fifth Avenue is currently having a shoe & handbag event: spend $350 or more and get $75 back with code “SAKS17.” (You can also get free shipping with code “FREESHIP.” Finally, take 20 percent off your Bloomingdales order (and get free shipping) with code “FRIENDS.” Below are my favorites from the J.Crew and Saks sales:
A few weeks ago, I posted about my (extremely positive!) experience with American Eagle’s new online denim shopping experience. Like I said in the post, I was a huge fan of American Eagle denim in my younger days, but after college, kind of forgot about the brand. Turns out the jeans are just as wonderful as I’d remembered them, though. They’re sturdy, form-fitting and super comfortable. Oh! And they’re affordable. (A nice little change from so many designer jeans’ $200+ price tags, huh?!)
Anyway, now that autumn has officially arrived, it’s time for bonfires, trips to pumpkin patches, and long walks through the crisp, cool air. And it’s also time for fall wardrobes! Right now, my eyes are on the AEO fall denim collection. AE currently offers 14 fits and 100 washes, but my favorite is the Jegging in Classic Light, black, Lovely Light, and white washes. (I’m wearing the white pair in the above photo. Anyone else wear their white jeans around well into fall?) I’m also liking this pair of Boy Jeans!
In need of some new jeans for the fall? Right now, all AEO jeans are on sale, and start at $24.99. You can also take up to 60 percent off the clearance selection, and get free shipping with no minimum today (9/28) only. (On 9/29, only orders of $50 or more qualify for free shipping.) Additionally, the AEO fall collection is “buy one, get one for 50 percent off,” both in stores and online. Before making your purchase, though, definitely check for applicable American Eagle coupon codes. :)
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