Monday, December 23, 2013


Did the title of this post get the Nsync song of the same title stuck in your head? I sure hope so. It's a holiday classic.

I am heading out this week to spend time with friends and family down in LA. We have a jam-packed schedule of activities so I will be taking time off from the blog to enjoy it all. Of course, I will still be on Instagram, because well, I'm addicted. Follow me @tartanandsequins for all the excitement.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! Talk to you in 2014!

Xo J

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Red Slouchy Pants

As you know, I have been looking for ways to class up my look for work. After spotting these red suckers on my blogger pal BSOUP's page, I felt like "you know what, I can pull these bad boys off." Off I went to and ordered them.

Much like with my other pair of slouchy pants, I paired these with a neutral blouse and heels. I added a red lip and bag, and a chunky pearl bracelet and called it a day. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kendra Scott FTW

Darian Drop Earrings

You know when all of a sudden, you feel like a particular brand is KILLING IT?! Like you legit want to buy everything they're selling? I felt like that earlier this year with Madewell and Club Monaco and now I'm feeling like Kendra Scott is doing the same. I kid you not, I want everything she's making. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Kendra Scott now offers a ton of clip-on earrings but hey, I'm an easy sell :)

Here are some of my favorites:

Stone Nest Cocktail Ring

Selma Earrings

Baguette Hourglass Earrings

Elle Earrings

Cassie Bracelet

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Chic Cozy Cardigan

It has been incredibly cold here in San Francisco the past couple of weeks. All I've been wanting to wear are sweaters and boots- the cozier, the better! After spotting this cozy cardigan on Piperlime, I knew it was just want my freezing tookus needed. The best part - it was on sale. Merry Early Christmas to me!

Greylin Cascading Front Cardigan, J.Crew VNeck, Madewell Coated Denim,
Steve Madden Moto Booties - ON SALE (last seen here)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Girl Crush of the Week: Samantha Penner

Today's Girl Crush of the Week is everything that defines a girl crush- bright, energetic, girly, pretty, and has impeccable taste. Who could this be? Well Sam Penner of course! Sam's blog, The Peak of Tres Chic, documents her love of good design, fashion, entertaining, travel, and pieces of her own life. It's a must-read that I think you all would love. Before you check it out, get to know Sam a little more as today's Girl Crush of the Week!

  • Style icon? Sienna Miller- I love her minimalist, boho style.  She always looks comfortable, yet chic and put together.  And of course, Coco Chanel! 
  • Favorite book? Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I picked it up randomly in an airport book store in London, and finished it by the time I arrived back in the States.  I love Gilbert's style of writing.  She gave a TED talk after the success of this book that was also incredibly inspiring.
  • Favorite perfume? I love to wear Angel by Thierry Mugler for special nights out- it's a spicy, unexpected scent that always gets compliments!  Lately, I've been wearing Kate Spade's new scent, Live Colorfully, for everyday.

  • Interior design philosophy? Surround yourself with the things you love, and don't get in a rush to finish your home right this second.  A house will feel more lived in and special if you allow yourself to collect things you love or find over time, rather than settling for something just because you want to fill your space.  And if you want to bring in a trendy fabric or piece, I suggest you do it on a small scale (i.e. throw pillows, etc.) so it can be easily changed out when you get tired of it. :)
  • Best "hidden gem" store? Here in Houston, there are so many wonderful antique and home goods stores.  I love the consignment portion of Memorial Antiques and Interiors- I once found a vintage Louis Vuitton travel bag there!
  • Must-have beauty product? Warmth by Bare Minerals.  I dust it on my cheekbones and T zone, and it gives you that instant sun-kissed glow, even in the middle of winter!
  • Favorite song? It is hard to choose just one!  I love all kinds of music.  Daft Punk's "Veridis Quo" is a definite favorite, and I've been loving M83's "Reunion" lately.
  • Secret addiction? Texting in the shower.  I know- it's ridiculous (and dangerous!). 
  • Motto/quote to live by? “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”- Rumi
  • Favorite drink? Cabernet Sauvinon from Peju Winery in Napa Valley.  My fiance and I split a bottle of it on special occasions.  There's nothing better!
  • My bracelet stack isn't complete without... Anything gold!  Of course I'm lusting after the Cartier love bracelet... but I don't think I'll own it anytime soon ;)
  • I get my sweat on by... Revolution at a local spin studio here in Houston called Define Body & Mind.  Revolution (Rev for short) is a high-intensity spin class that mixes in hand weights and a resistance ball.  The instructors always manage to make the class a ton of fun by turning off the lights, lighting candles, and playing amazing music.  I actually enjoy the workout!

Isn't she just the cutest?! Follow Sam via the following social media channels:

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday LBD

This past weekend, my husband and I headed out to a couple of holiday parties. I wanted to be festive so I threw on some red lipstick and my vintage collar and called it a night. Also of note, I am making great use of my Gina Made It hair bow (seen here and here) this holiday season. I am loving how versatile and chic it can be.

Zara Combined Striped Dress, Vintage Fur, J.Crew Bracelet,
 Gina Made It Bun Bow, Banana Republic Clutch, Pour La Victoire Irina Heels

Sunday, December 8, 2013

skinnyBLING Giveaway Winner + Guest Post

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was a great mix of holiday festivities and relaxation. 

So first things first, the skinnyBLING giveaway ended last night and we have a winner. Jessica Ruby YOU ARE THE WINNER! Please send me an email by Friday so we can coordinate. A huge thank you to all who entered- it means a lot to both Britt and me!

Secondly, did you all check out my guest post on The Peak of Tres Chic on Friday where I shared my holiday wish list? Check it out here.

Have a great week!

Xo J

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Girl Crush of the Week: Melissa Richardson of Style Me Montana

Now, you may have thought that my Girl Crush of the Week series was over, because well, I haven't shared one in quite some time. WELL, never fear, the series is back with a vengeance with several super cool gals. The first I'd like you to meet is the adorable Melissa of the blog Style Me Montana. Please join me in getting to know this blogger a little better!

Style icons? 
Gwen Stephani + Nicole Richie. I just love Gwen's funky crazy style. She is always coming up with fun, fresh ways to mix up her style! I also secretly want her platinum hair and signature red lip. Someday, I'll just have to do it! I love Nicole for her boho side...she's always wearing flowy, beautifully printed fabrics that seem to tell a story. She's adorable--and makes me wish I lived in 1975! 

Favorite book?
I always have to answer this question with my current favorite book because I can never quite decide on one all-time favorite. So for now, it's Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain. An amazing story about a man and his golden retriever. Maybe I'm just a little partial to pet stories, since I have a black lab named Andre who is 2 1/2 and gives himself baths by rubbing himself in snowbanks. He is my most favorite thing and often gets press on my Facebook and Instagram pages (sometimes sporting neon nail polish and wearing chunky necklaces)...

Favorite perfume?
I'm so not a perfume girl! I am drawn to more masculine-smelling scents, and I have a few bottles of perfume, but never end up wearing them. Just really never has been my thing! 

Interior design philosophy? 
Funky! I love mixing vintage pieces & modern ones. Think a modern sofa from CB2 + a gold antique mirror from Italy. Perfect!

Best "hidden gem" store? 
I have to be a bit biased here and say the boutique I manage, The Village Shop. It's in this tiny little ski resort town of Whitefish, Montana. For Montana, it's a fashion gem! Would you have thought you could come to Montana and shop designer finds like the latest Citizens Of Humanity denim, Free People tops, and Frye boots?! It's so fun to bring big-name fashion to such a small town, because people love it!

Must-have beauty product? 
Coconut oil! I use it for so many things! Lotion, face cleanser, makeup remover... the list goes on!

Favorite song? 
No one favorite song, but I love a lot of dancey stuff ranging from Santigold to The Red Hot Chili Peppers to Frank Sinatra, and my husband also gets me into bands like Killswitch Engage and Avenged Sevenfold... and then I steal his band t-shirts and mix them into my wardrobe. 

Secret addiction? 
TV shows I can watch on Netflix, since we don't have cable, so The Office, Dexter, Breaking Bad, House of Cards...

Motto/quote to live by? 
"Make today ridiculously amazing!" I'm such a huge believer of being happy right now, in the moment. If you start a day with that attitude and the commitment to choose to be optimistic, things are bound to work out! 

Favorite drink? 
Chia Seed Synergy Cherry Kombucha. Addicted!  

My bracelet stack isn't complete without...
A skinny gold bracelet with a sparkly tiger head on on it. It makes me smile and reminds me to see the lighter side of things. 

I get my sweat on by... 
It's ALL about CrossFit! I go at least 4 times a week. It's totally addicting. Never thought I'd be so excited about living heavy weights, flipping tires, climbing ropes, and doing handstands. Love it--and the excuse to do my part to keep Lululemon thriving! 

Want to follow Melissa's latest activities? Check her out on:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kiss Kiss

Zara Moto Jacket, H&M Lips Sweater (in-stores only), BDG Jeans,
Dooney & Bourke Bag (similar)

The second I spotted this sweater, I knew I had to have it. It's incredibly luxe feeling and looking but the best part about it was that it was $14. God love H&M! I snatched it up immediately and couldn't wait to rock it.

I took the sweater out on it's maiden voyage the other weekend for brunch with friends and it was a big hit. Afterwards we stopped by Kara's Cupcakes for something sweet. If you're in San Francisco, I highly recommend you check Kara's out!

Heading to brunch with my best friend Mark.

Monday, December 2, 2013


Okay so even if you didn't stay up last night to shop the Cyber Monday deals when they went live East Coast time, there is still time to shop like a madwoman! Here is the list of all the best Cyber Monday deals in town!

Asos: Get 30% off full price items and marked down items with promo code GIMMEMORE at checkout from Cyber Monday to Wednesday December 4 at 5 a.m.
Alice + OliviaSave 25% off site wide. Thursday, November 28th through December 2nd. No code necessary.
Ann TaylorSave 50% off entire purchase Sunday, December 1st through December 2nd. Code SHOP50.
Bluefly: Save 80% off all original prices from December 1 through December 3.
christian siriano: Get 25% off your entire purchase.
Clos du Bois: The Clos Cruiser by C. Wonder bike, which retails for $350, will be 50% off Cyber Monday.
C. WonderSave 40% when you buy four full-priced or sale items, and get free ground shipping with code GIFTS40. Today only! 
Drybar: Get 20% off all bundles all day.
DVF: Get $50 off when you spend $200 online with code DVFINSIDER now through December 31.
Genetic Denim: Shop 35% off site wide.
Go Smile: Get the Smile Whitening Light System for $69 (reg. $129)
IntermixTake 40% off sale items in store and online Wednesday, November 27th through Monday, December 2nd. No code necessary.
J.Crew: Shop 25% off plus free shipping all Cyber Monday.
Johnston & Murphy: Select outerwear up to 50% off, all scarves 50% off, handbags 40% off, and the Riley Embroidered Slippers are 40% off. Plus, free shipping on orders over $75.
JoieSpend $250, save 20% off; Spend $500, save 30% off. Wednesday, November 27th through December 2nd. No code necessary.

Lauren Elan: Use code CM20 to get 20% off site wide.

Lovers + Friends: 30% off entire site with code MONDAYLOVERS.
Macy'sReceive 15% off — and get free shipping with orders of $75 or more — just by typing in the code CYBER! 
Margaret Elizabeth: 25% off orders of $100 or more with code MEcyber25.

Milly: Get 25% off online and in-store with code BFCM.
Neiman MarcusIt's a tiered gift card deal! And here's the deal: for every $200 spent, get a $50 gift card; for every $500 spent, get a $125 gift card; for every $1,000 spent, get a $250 gift card; and for every $2,000 spent, get a $500 gift card. Offer applies to select regularly priced merchandise; enter GC4YOU through Dec. 3
NordstormFind new markdowns and online exclusives of 40% or more on apparel and shoes for women, men, kids, and juniors. No codes needed to score these sweet sales! 

Parker NY: 30% off site wide with code CYBER30.
Ralph LaurenEnjoy up to 50% off items already marked down! Plus, get complimentary shipping through tonight. 
Sachin + Babi: Use promo code CyberM to receive 25% off your entire purchase.
SaksGet up to 40% off select styles, both online and in stores, while supplies last. 
Shopbop: Get 15% off when you spend $250, 20% off when you spend $500, and 25% off when you spend $1,000.

Tibi: 20% off site wide with code CYBER20.

Happy shopping!
Xo J