Monday, August 30, 2021

Everything You Need To Know About Dudley Stephens

 Hi everyone! If you've followed me on Instagram or have been a long time reader you know how much I love Dudley Stephens. Last night I posted on my Instagram story asking if anyone had Dudley questions before they purchased. So many of you had great questions, so I decided to include them in a blog post. Dudley Stephens is having their best sale yet- 25% off everything with code LABORDAY! It's the perfect time to stock up for fall or take the plunge on your first purchase! The sale runs until 9/6/21 at midnight. 

I know Dudley's are a bit of an investment, but in my opinion it's totally worth it! I wear mine so often and also love shopping at a company that has so many great values. 

A little bit more about the brand: Dudley Stephens was founded by two sisters, Lauren and Kaki. They prioritize being enviornmentally conscious and make all of their products out of recycled fabrics. The company is female founded and run which is so inspiring! They also heavily prioritize diversity which is fabulous to see. 

Let's get into your questions!

What's your favorite style? 

Over the past few years Dudley has been widely expanding the styles they offer which makes me so excited. After trying out the majority of their styles, I still reach for my Park Slope the most often. I love the length of the Park Slope and how versatile it is. I often will fold over the neck to have a different look especially when layering. The Park Slope also comes in a wide array of color choices so you can find something that matches your wardrobe and personality!

My mom is 56 and her favorite style is the Greenpoint! She loves the classic style with a bit more length than the Park Slope. She also has the Brighton Boatneck and said she loves it for layering. 

Shop the Park Slope:


Which do you recommend as a MUST for a first time buyer?

Something neutral! Depending on your preference on style and wardrobe, I would select something that you can wear a variety of ways. For me my go-to styles are the Park Slope in either black, navy, blush, or camel. I find I can wear these colors so many ways in every season. 

My mom said her go-to color is black and she finds it to be the most versatile in her wardrobe. 

Shop neutrals:

What size do you wear? 

For reference I'm 5'2 and I typically wear an XS and find that Dudley Stephens runs true to size. If you plan on layering a lot, you may want to size up. For the Park Slope I've heard that that if you have a longer torso it does run a little shorter so that is something to keep in mind! I'm linking their fit guide here - they break down each size and have detailed reviews of the fit. 


How do you wash them? How does it wear after washing? 

I follow the care recommendations on their website, added those for the vello fleece below! When purchasing they include care details for every product on their website.  After washing in the recommended way I find they hold up very well. They hold their shape and softness. 

  • Machine wash warm, inside out, with like colors
  • Hang to dry
  • Do not bleach or iron
  • Avoid use of fabric softener; avoid washing with towels

Do you reach for the terry or vello fleece more often?

The terry and vello fleece are their most popular fabrics for the turtlenecks. You can read an in-depth description of the fabrics on their site here. The terry fleece weight is similar to a sweatshirt and more lightweight than the vello. The vello is similar to a typical fleece but more luxurious. Most of my Dudleys are vello fleece which I find to be best for cooler months. I love the terry too since the fabric is more lightweight. P.s. did you know they also make joggers?! Nothing cozier than a full Dudley look! 

Shop pants:

Do they travel well?

Absolutely! I pack a Dudley every time I travel. One thing I love is that they rarely wrinkle and maintain their shape when packed. They are so great to travel in- so cozy and warm! I'm always reaching for my Dudley's on trips and love how versatile they are. 


Here are all of the different styles I own & what they look like on!

     

The Somerset Sweatshirt (left) is perfect if you don't want a turtleneck! It's so comfortable and the perfect casual sweatshirt for everyday wear. 

The Cobble Hill (right) is a longer version of the Park Slope. It has the same neck, but a little more coverage. You can see in the image above how long it is on my- I'm 5'2!

     

Park Slope (left) as I mentioned before is my favorite style. It's the perfect length and the one I reach for the most often. 

Somerset Sweats (right) are so cute and comfortable! This style is unfortunately sold out, but the Jay Joggers are in stock and are just as cute!

Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you find the best Dudley Stephens for you!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Let's Talk Luggage!

 Happy Monday everyone! My mom and I are heading on a road trip in the morning to St. Michaels, Maryland and couldn't be more excited. We are staying at the Inn at Perry Cabin which looks like an absolute dream. I'm packing right now and thought I would write a post about my favorite luggage. Every time I travel I am asked questions about my luggage- especially from Away and Mark and Graham. I think investing in a great suitcase is important especially if you travel frequently. These are two great options if you've been looking for the perfect suitcase. In tonight's post I'm sharing an in-depth review of my two favorite suitcases and sharing a couple other travel essentials! Happy traveling. 

Also a quick note- this post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own!

Mark & Graham

These suitcases couldn't be cuter! I've had mine for years and am constantly getting compliments when I travel. I made a graphic below highlighting a few of my favorite features of the luggage. It is made of a durable polycarbonate, has TSA approved personal lock, it's very easy to clean, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The only drawback of this luggage for me is that I've had mine crack a few times. The only time my luggage cracked it was when I checked my bags and I could see them being rough on it from the window of the plane. Personally, I love my check-on bag and have never had any problems with that! They are also great about replacing bags that have any damage to them with their limited lifetime warranty so if you are worried about durability that is definitely a plus!


     



Away Luggage 

Away has been a game changer for luggage and I can totally see why! Their suitcases are VERY durable, has the option of a USB charger, 


Find your AWAY suitcase  here!

Overall, the Mark & Graham and Away suitcases have very similar features. I would say they are both comparable and choosing the perfect fit for you depends on your taste! If you need something very durable I would lean more towards AWAY, but both companies offer a warranty so you'll have a great suitcase either way.

Other Travel Essentials


How cute is this duffle from Neely & Chloe - linking a few travel favorites from them below:

Totes:

Having a spacious tote bag with a zipper has always been a travel essential for me. My two favorite brands that I've discovered are Barrington Gifts and MZ Wallace. Barrington Bags are a little more structured and have so many pockets. I love that I can personalize their bags and fit everything I need in them! MZ Wallace also makes versatile travel bags that can become very compact if need be. I have numerous styles and colors and use them frequently for travel.

Packing Cubes:

If you haven't tried packing cubes yet- what are you waiting for!! I am obsessed and will never travel without them. I am way more organized and can fit so much more in my suitcase. I also love being able to separate my dirty and clean clothes so laundry is much easier when I return home. 

Jewelry Cases:

Nothing is worse than arriving to your destination with tangled jewelry. I'd much rather spend my vacation with a class of rosé than untangling necklaces- lol. I've been using this jewelry organizer for years and absolutely love it. It has space for earrings, necklaces, rings, and everything you need to be perfectly accessorized on your vacation. 

Duffle Bags:

If you're an expert packer or heading on a short trip a duffle bag is a great option! I have always used my duffle bags from Barrington gifts for weekend trips and absolutely love their designs and how durable they are. Sharing a few of my favorites in the links above!

A few other favorites:

Thanks so much for reading, happy travels!

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Four Ways To Wear A Basic Tee

Happy Wednesday everyone! I love having pieces in my wardrobe that are versatile and can be styled countless ways. I recently stocked up on my favorite basic tee in a few colors from Vineyard Vines and have been wearing them nonstop. They are made of a super soft Pima cotton blend that is exclusive to Vineyard Vines and makes the tees so comfortable. In today's post I'm styling the tees four ways! They make a great addition to your summer wardrobe. 

Enjoy!




Biking look:


Print Mix Look:
 




Activewear Look:



Boating Look:
 
Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Summer Style From Target

Hi everyone!

I can never walk out of Target without a few new pieces for my wardrobe. Their summer collection this year has been absolutely adorable, and SO affordable. I'm always looking for casual outfits to wear when I work in the greenhouse and this floral graphic tee couldn't be more perfect. I paired it with this pair of denim shorts that I could not believe were only $15. The quality and fit of these shorts is so great and I know I will be wearing them all summer. Everything I styled for this look was under $20 and are quickly becoming staples in my summer wardrobe. 

A straw hat is always essential for me in the summer! I found this one and absolutely love the fit and how versatile it is. I styled it a little dressier in the second look with the most adorable Wild Fable sundress. In the summer easy dresses are always a must and I've been finding so many at Target this year! I love how neutral the color of this one is because it is so fun to accessorize with it. How fun is this straw bag and tortoise sandals? I hope you guys enjoy the post and find some summer style inspo! Everything I'm wearing is linked below!






Linking my greenhouse look (all pieces are $20 or less)!






A special thank you to Target for sponsoring this post!

Summer sundress look:



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