Polka Dots Galore

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Today in “how many polka dots can I get away with?” I bring you a humble offering of just that; way too many dots. I have always loved a dot. It feels timeless and classic but still fun. If an item comes in a dot, I get it every single time. Especially if its navy or black. This black and white dot dress is an oldie but goodie from Ralph Lauren that delivers every time I wear it. It made it’s spring debut from the bowels of my closet just in time for a little day trip to the coastal town of Southport, NC.

Pairing polka dots with a pop of color and a denim jacket with be my go to until the weather warms up enough. In the meantime, I have been scouring sites for more pieces that will integrate into my wardrobe.  It’s like the internets have heard my plea and severely stepped up the quality and availability of polka dots this spring. Below, I am rounding up some of my favorite dotted things available for your consumption and mine. *Weep housewife tears of joy while looking through these*

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Boden Rhea Blazer // Boden Rhea Pants // Connie Flat Mules

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Boden Aria Ponte Midi Dress

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Ganni Dufort Polka Dot Maxi

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Talbots Swimsuit

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J.Crew Rollneck Sweater

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Colorful Cold Weather Hunter Gear

I consider myself a rain gear specialist. It’s kind my thing.  I went hunting for “the one that got away” a little scalloped jacket I remembered seeing and loving but honestly I was feeling too cheap to buy another thing. #meIRL This led me down a rabbit hole of some of the cutest winter goodies I have ever seen on the Hunter Boots site. With this polar vortex, winter sales and spring a coming, I figured these colorful goodies were worth sharing. As the proud owner of a gang of Hunter boots, I can say although I own none of these things, the Hunter quality is next to none and I may add a few of these items to cart. Here are a few of my favorite things that are on sale right now. Happy shopping! 20180131151449-PROD-SS18-ORG-WRO1224WAN-BMI-1

“The one that got away” Scallop Jacket $233

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Colorblock backpack $158

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Purple Rain Boots $80

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Penny Loafers $68

J. Crew Chateau Parka Review and the Look for Less

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This is my favorite coat in the whole wide world. The first time I saw it two years ago it was love at first sight. I instantly had fantasies of myself walking down the aisle in the blush pink version of the coat, reinacting J. Lo music videos circa Jenny from the Block era and just all around feeling myself in this coat.

So what could I do but buy this coat in multiple colors? The Chateau parka in Italian Stadium coat is absolutely worth the investment. Unless of course you live anywhere between Florida and North Carolina where the temperatures don’t drop terribly low, in which case I can only shrug and offer you fabulous alternatives which I am happy to do today.

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The Look J. Crew Chateau Parka in Italian Stadium Cloth Wool $365

Pros

  • Colors Comes in 7 stunning colors ranging from basic black and gray, to a fantastic heathered lavender, to a classic but not basic red.  I can not stress enough how stunning the colors are.
  • Wide range of sizes Comes in size 00 to 24 and petite and tall which is a blessing if you are looking for a great coat in extended sizes. Note: The extended sizes don’t come in petite and tall.
  • Fit This coat fits like a dream while still allowing sweaters underneath. It’s ultra tailored at the top while being swingy at the bottom. Several reviews on the site say to size down. However, I think if you enjoy layering, you may enjoy a little more to allow for that. The extra room doesn’t take away from shape with this one.
  • Removable faux fur The hood come with removable fur on the hood although why anyone would remove the fur is beyond me  I have a personal preference for fur that is faux but that is just coming from the tree hugger in me. So if you prefer real fur, the hood may not be for you. But for the most part the fur wears well and doesn’t shed or feel odd.

Cons

Price That price tag though. $365 for a coat that is pretty distinct in color and may not be an everyday wearer is quite pricey for a lot of people and that’s totally reasonable. Hence this list in the first place. However if you are looking to buy it sometime soon, it’s a great gift for the holiday to yourself or others because J. Crew has been doing a lot of promos like the 50% off everything Black Friday promo.

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The Look for Less J. Crew Factory Vail Parka $198 currently 40% off

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Pros

Colors Still comes in great colors. Each year, this coat comes in 4 colors; usually it’s three basics and one “wow color”. This year’s wow color is green, which in person is down right, stinking lovely. It’s the perfect pop of color in a fall and winter wardrobe and would look killer going to Christmas dinner with an all black number under it. I know that’s specific but if I can imagine the scenarios I would wear it. I’m sure you can too.

Size The extended sizes for the Factory Vail parka goes up to size 20, which is still better than the usual size 12

Satin lined hood The ultimate pro is the satin lined hood instead of the stadium cloth. For a black girl with a head of natural hair, this is a God send. He specifically requested for this to be satin lined because then I don’t get the frizz or the ends stuck in the weaving and can avoid the static of the stadium cloth. Super win.

Price Obviously this is a great deal especially if you are buying it as a gift. You are definitely getting what you paid for and more especially while they are doing the killer Black Friday 50% off at J.Crew Factory.

Photographs lovely This isn’t just useful if you’re a blogger. During the time of year where you are photographed with family often, I have to say this little gem photographs well! The photos of me in this coat were actually taken many moons ago in our backyard with an iPhone and it still shows up great.

Cons

Quality It’s excellent quality. Promise! But the quality is not as good as the retail one, which feels a bit like a duh. However, whenever people say that, they don’t say exactly what about the quality is not as good. The factory version is a softer fabric so not exactly the sturdy stadium wool of the J. Crew Retail coat. For me this is a plus because the neck line on the retail coat stands a little high for me to have such a short neck. It also doesn’t have the same details, less visual stitch works and the diagonal breast pocket doesn’t exists on the Factory version.

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The Look for Even Less Target $64.99

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It seems this look has finally developed enough popularity that it is now in a similar look at Target.

Pros

Price The obvious initial benefit is the price. Even with sales on the J. Crew coats, the price is better on this little guy from target’s new day line.

Location Target is far more accessible for many than a J. Crew location or a J. Crew Factory. There is also the chance to get other things at Target like snacks. But let’s face it the ability to go in and try on is a driving factor for lots of folks.

Colors The colors are as nice and as rich as the J. Crew version with enough options to satisfy but not thrill.

Size Like the Factory version of the jacket, this one goes up to XXL which is equivalent to about a size 18-20.

Cons

Density Not nearly as heavy as J. Crew lightweight and not nearly as good at keeping that chill out from what I can infer. When you put both versions of the J. Crew coat on, both Factory and Retail, you can tell that the weight will keep you pretty warm.

Quality I feel like this goes without saying as well but the quality is not nearly as good as either J. Crew coat but for the price, its still quite lovely especially if you snag it on a deal like today.

Winning Coat: For me, the Vail Parka is the best buy for your dollar. You get most of the benefits of the J. Crew Retail version (unless of course you need the extended sizes) while losing none of the pertinent details. Plus you get that darn satin hood which is worth its weight in gold for me. Definitely the Vail Parka.

Small Black Women Owned Preppy Businesses

I had little to no intention to post Black Friday deals since a lot of the list I’ve seen contain overlap. However, one thing that none of these list seem to include are types of businesses that I make every effort to frequent when I get the opportunity; small businesses owned by black women who just so happen to be preppy. Because they are few and far between, I would love to introduce you to some of my favorites that  I would actually be shopping with, whether or not they were have a deal. I also included a few folks who may not check all of the boxes but do beautiful work.

Small Black Women Owned Preppy Businesses

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Culture Fit Clothing Active Wear for the Culturally Conscious Woman 30% off site wide with code BFCM18

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The Tiny Tassel 30% off with Code “Thankfulfortassels” I’m obviously bias to Tiny Tassel because I consider its lovely owner, Mimi, a friend after all this time but I love what she does and the quality of her pieces are next to none and home made.

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Effies Paper Company 25% off site wide no promo needed

Small Women Owned Preppy Businesses

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Janet Hill Studios 20% off prints with code “BLACKFRIDAY” at checkout If you follow my instastories then you have seen me obsess over this lady’s work recently. Her swoon-worthy preppy scapes give me heart palpitations. I purchased four prints for myself today during her sale including the one above.

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Society Social Up to $750 off best selling styles. No Promo necessary.

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Katie Kime 30% off site wide with code MERRY30 – This wallpaper is stellar and looks exactly like the style that we went for our own bedroom.

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Caitlin Wilson Design save 15% with code BF15 site wide

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Elizabeth Wilson Designs 20% off with Code FRIYAY. Get the cape coat. Just look at how cute it is

Small Preppy Businesses

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Arnold Steiner offering 15% off your first order on the site- Arnold is hands down one of our favorite shops and people. The pieces are quality and the owner, gentlemanly. You will have zero regrets buying from him.

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Kiel James Patrick 25% off site wide with code COZYCABIN

Preppy Businesses

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J. Crew 50% off everything with code “Everything”

J. Crew Factory 40-50% off sitewide

Artfully Walls 30% off everything BLACKFRIDAY2018

L.L. Bean 20% off Clothing and Outwear  with code THANKS20 and 25% off bean boots with code BOOT25

Landsend 50% off full price styles and men’s and women’s flannels for $20

I pray this list was useful to you guys and that you have a fun and safe time shopping today, be it at home or in store.  Just be mindful that today is one of the worse days of the year in retail for retail workers. They are doing long hours with often terrible operating technology which goes down from time to time all while battling people’s bad attitudes. So please be kind while you’re out and about. Happy hunting,

XO Prepford Wife

Favorite Preppy Rainy Day Coats

With the impending doom that is Hurricane Florence and having to inventory all my worldy goods, I realized exactly how prepared I am in the raincoat department. I love of a good raincoat. As far as clothing goes, I am a firm believer in the quote about there being no such thing as bad weather, just a lack of preparation. So I have been preparing with a vengeance with some of my favorite rain jackets.

L.L. Bean Signature Fisherman Cove Coat

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Coat (c/o L.L. Bean) // Tote (c/o L.L. Bean) // Jeans//  Boots

It was love at first sight for my husband who first spotted the Fisherman Cove Coat on L.L. Bean’s stories sometime last year. Fast forward to a year later when this little guy is shipped to me courtesy of L.L. Bean. It’s everything Marcus hoped it would be and more than I every could have expected. It’s such an incredible classic coat. It goes with every single thing in my closet and paired with high rain boats, my entire body stays dry.

J.Crew x Penfield Gibson Jacket

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Easily one of my favorite rain jackets. In a bright still sophisticated yellow, this rain jacket is perfect for its light weight and water proof seal. Full disclosure, this is a men’s jacket which would explain the really good yellow.

Stutterheim x Madewell Raincoat

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Stutterheim Jacket // Umbrella// Hunter Boots

I’ve blog about this jacket before. I am in love with everything about it from how much it covers my body down to how pink it is. I can not say enough good things about this brand.

Here are some others that I am this about pulling the trigger on while I’m stuck in the house.

J. Crew Perfect Jacket (comes in 5 colors and petites)  // Hunter Perforated A-Line Jacket (HAS SCALLOPS!) // Joules Right as Rain Print Packable Printed Poncho (only $39.95) // Joules Right as Rain Packable Jacket

Denim Rose Shirt Dress

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It’s been some time since I’ve really bought a piece that I love and this Kate Spade Denim Rose Shirt Dress is definitely a love piece. The denim is really sturdy and heavy and no picture I’ve seen does it enough justice. It’s absolutely high quality. The only thing is the rose is darn near a decal so it feels like the adult version of a screen printed tee. So far so good on durability since it hasn’t cracked yet.

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I wore it for a trip to Charleston recently and it was a total win. I blend right in with the magnolias. #camoflauge Because of the thick material, it makes a good transition piece since I don’t technically have to wear a sweater.  I’ve been pairing it with my oldie but goody J. Crew shiny oxfords and a pair of festive printed leggings (usually polka dot). A note about the shoes, I wear those oxfords at least once a week and they are one of the most comfortable shoes I own. While they are no longer available at J.Crew, they are all over the resell sites like poshmark (possibly because people didn’t quite know what to do with them?)

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As we get closer to summer, I’m shucking the tights and pairing with these fun little pom pom loafers. I’m sharing this outfit and the dress particularly today because it’s included in this month’s Kate Spade Surprise Sale which means it on super duper sale. At $129, it’s a pretty good price for what you’re getting. What I love about Kate Spade Surprise Sales is that if you have the patient and the shopping deities are on your side, you can snag little gems like this for 90% off sometimes. I love this dress and almost wish I waited but if I’m honest, I’ve gotten so many wears out of it since I first purchased it, I have zero regrets. I think it’ll be a classic piece for me that makes it through several seasons so I am excited to see it for such a good deal. 5FE2C6A3-43FE-4172-88DA-A3EBF4A1A635

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XO PrepfordWife

Gift Guide for Your Sister in Law

This is my favorite gift guide so far and I almost didn’t finish in time. Tomorrow is the last day for most businesses to get items to you by Christmas so this is actually perfect timing.

My husband and I have been together for almost a decade and in that time, I’ve picked every single gift for every member of his family since the very first holiday. (I like to gift buy and sometimes you need an objective view.) Aside for him, I do the most gift buying for his sister. We spend a decent amount of time together and throughout the year, I find myself picking up tidbits of things for her here and there. We have pretty similar taste, hers just has a bit more edge to it while I tend to air on the side of “honey, I’m home”.

So if you have a college aged sister, one or two of these goodies may work for a last minute gift for her. As per usual, quite a few of these items are small business items like the lapel pin (which is sold out but my sister in law would LOOOOOVE it and Effie’s paper has so many other items though they will not reach you by Christmas necessarily), the women’s march pillow,  earrings and escape bag. SIL gift guide.jpg

Coat // Lapel pin // Elephant earrings // Rain boot // Pillow // Roll up //Tote //Watch band //Escape Weekender

Bonus: Here’s a quick gift guide if your sister in law is a bride to be. Mine isn’t but I couldn’t resist a few of these goodies.

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Forever bag // Ring holder // Feyonce shirt //  Always glasses // Blue Shoe // Forever

Cute Apple Watch Bands

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This post is long over do. Every time I post an apple watch band, I get quite a few questions about it. Yesterday was no exception. I wore this beautiful pink confetti band on Instastory that I purchased right after I got the watch because I knew it would be a hit for Christmas and it was one several people asked about. Some I’m compiling a list of my favorite apple watch bands that are both utilitarian and discreet. The one I wear most often is the double tour band modeled after the Hermes band that I simply refused to pay for. I grabbed a few on Amazon for less than $20 each and I juggle between the red, the blush and the classic brown leather. More often than not, the one you will see me wearing is the red. I also get excellent wear from the Apple Sport band (which isn’t included here) because I can swim in it without it getting a strange smell like the leather will after some time if you dab perfumes or oils on your wrist.

 

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Also keep in mind, if you end up purchasing a double tour band of your own that you have to wear in it in just the right spot so that the Apple Watch is still close enough to read your heart rate and activity.

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So there you are. A round up of my favorite Apple Watch Bands as promised.

XO PrepFord Wife

 

 

A Prepford Husband: Gift Guide for Him 2017

Somehow, I’m a better men’s shopper than women’s. Probably because my primary gift giving is for my husband who is very sure of what he likes in this world. So consider this gift guide a gift from my husband to you. Every single thing is owned and approved by him. Half of the items on this list like before, are small business items including the hat, watch band, sweater, cologne and pin.

The item I can not recommend enough and I feel like needs an actual shout out is the cologne. My husband pleaded for it a few Christmas’ ago from online. He’d never smelled it before but knew from the descriptor that he wanted it so we got it. It is the BEST. SMELLING, COLOGNE, EVER. It’s strong and works well with his unique chemistry and super long lasting. I would get into my car for a week after he drove one day and my cloth seatbelt would still smell like it. Aside from that, we love everything on this list and couldn’t recommend them enough. 2017giftguideforhim

Harding Lane Hat // Yeti Bag Cooler //Bexar (Pronounced Bear) Goods Watch Band //Arnold Steiner Sweater // Flannel Lined LLBean Boots // J. Crew Travel Pillow // Rayban Clubmasters // VT Oswald Pin // DS & Durga Cologne // LLBean Windbreaker

Holiday Gift Guide for Her 2017

Today begins a series of Holiday gift guides, the first and the easiest being for her. This is a very specific “Her” List in that its the list that I would want if I didn’t already own most (i.e. some form of all) of these things. This things are all tried and true by me except for the Away bag which I love love love because of the beautiful Gray Malin print. My favorite thing about this list is that half of the items are from small business including the oxford, the hat, the tassels and to some extent the duffel. I think we tend to think of small businesses only in terms of arts and artisan goods but they definitely extend to wearable goods as well.

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