Travel Inspired Style

I received an e-mail from J. Crew today that talked about “Travel Inspired Style.” Now that it’s summer, it is time to be light and versatile with the wardrobe. What I love best, is that I actually had most of the inspired items J. Crew suggested.

Of course, not from J. Crew, but that’s all the better. Personally, I love the J. Crew catalogs and the styling, but every time I go to the store or actually see one of their pieces in person, it never lives up to what I want. Sorry, but I usually find that the quality of the material just doesn’t seem to justify its price. I have found better pieces at Banana Republic, H&M or Forever 21 for much cheaper. I know our first lady is a big advocate, and I think Creative Director Jenna Lyons is quite fabulous, but I often find that I don’t make purchases at J. Crew. Does anyone else find themselves in this same predicament?

Anyway, here’s my personal take on “travel inspired style.” My Panama Hat courtesy of my mom, purchased at Charming Charlie in Maryland ( (about $20), but they have stores all over the country. My straw bag is an authentic straw bag straight from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico ($15). My sandals are a few years old, but they are K. Jacques San Tropez ($250). OK, so they are pricey but since they’re a few years old, I’ve justified their price and amortized it already! Oh…. and just so you know, my green button down is courtesy of J. Crew ($79.50). Haha! OK, so I do own some J. Crew pieces – that’s why I still get the e-mails and catalogs!

Enjoy your vacations and travels!

The e-mail from J. Crew – travel-inspired pieces

My travel-inspired style.

Hat close-up.

The trifecta of travel-inspired pieces.

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