Banana Republic Marimekko Collection

I love Marimekko prints – as evident if you ever come to my house and see this large (I mean large) Marimekko print hanging in the dining area of our kitchen. Marimekko is a Finnish design house that is known for making prints using bold colors and patterns – exactly my style!

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So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear about the new Banana Republic Marimekko Collection that comes out May 22nd. The collection consists of 5 distinct Marimekko prints created by 3 different designers. The prints were pulled from the Marimekko archives.

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Image from bananarepublic.com

I just LOVE the big polka dot print (called Kivet) and especially the colorful print on the far right (called Siirtolapuutarha). Happy shopping!

Casual Sneakers

We all have sneakers for running/working out, but I’ve always loved a casual sneaker for every day – like your converse all stars, for example. Well, I am finding TONS of awesome casual sneakers out there right now, and being super duper pregnant and still chasing after a wild 2 year-old, you can imagine my kicks have been in major use lately.

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1. Technically these New Balance sneakers are from the boys department at crewcuts, but did you know the conversion for women’s sizes to boys? Your shoe size minus 1 1/2 – I wear a 7 1/2 women’s shoe, 6 in boys.

2. I have always loved a good Marimekko print, so these Converse Oxford Unikko sneakers are just fab – and on sale!

3. The kate spade and keds partnership made some cutey cute casual sneakers, I am partial to the polka dot New York Kick sneaker.

4. Zara always has fun casual sneakers (albeit pricey), this season I am digging the Sneakers with Detailing with that tiny hint of pink.

5. Always being a metallic fan (my favorite neutral), I had to include these new Converse Lace Up sneakers in silver – on my list!

6.I haven’t gone down the casual hightop sneaker road myself, but if I did, I’d try these DKNY Lace Up Wedge Sneakers, don’t you love that coral color?

 

What to Wear – April Showers

April is know to be a rainy month, so what should you wear to still look great but stay dry? I tend to like to wear bright colors on gloomy, rainy days – do you? I’ve put together a cute and colorful outfit below to give you some ideas.   Sidenote: I just bought the little raincoat and it’s SO cute.  It’s very thin, which will be great for warmer weather.  I love that it’s the shape of a trench but also has a hood for when it’s especially down-pouring and you’re caught without an umbrella.

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1. Oriental print shirt from Zara – a floral top under your raincoat is great to remind you spring flowers are on their way; 2. A Longchamp, the perfect waterproof bag; 3. Hooded tartan trench form Anthropologie, on sale right now; 4. Sleek Lifeproof waterproof iPhone case to protect your phone as you text in the rain; 5. Colorful Marimekko print umbrella; 6. J. Crew toothpick jean in huron; and 7. I love these rainboots by Kamik, they’re a great height and the little crest is cute and preppy.

Couple Things

We had a good week around here, we weren’t too busy, which is nice so we could appreciate the simple things.  The biggest news I have is I will reveal a major blog redesign on Monday!  Make sure to check www.styledbyjess.com first thing Monday morning – I’d love to hear your feedback when the new site is revealed!

Here’s a photo recap of our week:

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My obsession with pistachio green began when I found this necklace at J. Crew Factory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got Z some mega blocks and she has been building towers ever since…  This baby is going to be a lego kid just like her daddy.  =)

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We got our ingredients for our Blue Apron meals – more on this next week!

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I am excited to start making Easter crafts!  I will have start sharing ideas next week…

Have a great weekend, here are some fun links:

J.Crew behind the scenes Spring/Summer 2013 presentation.

Shirley MacLaine is back for season 4 of Downton Abbey!

Here is a fun interview with working mom and Crewcuts designer Jenny Cooper.

Bloomingdales interviews Milly designer Michelle Smith about her Spring 2013 collection. I cannot seem to get enough of her bright preppy prints!

This new Marimekko print Converse sneaker line is awesome I love the yellow flower high tops the best.