August 31, 2016


Jeans are my wardrobe staple. Besides Sundays, when I'm wearing a skirt or dress to church, you'll see me in jeans ninety-nine percent of the time.

I get a ton of questions about my jeans, so I'm rounding up my favorite six pairs of blue jeans that I wear all the time, and giving you the scoop on all of them. (I did the same for maternity jeans here and here if you're in the market for those!)

Some of you ask "if I could only pick one, which one?" And the reality is that I like them all for different reasons, and like to have a variety of jeans for different occasions and outfits. So it's really tough to pick just one. But if I HAD to, I'd choose my DL1961's. They are a perfect color of wash, super flattering, and the distressing is minimal enough that they can be dressed up or dressed down.

That being said, these are in no particular order:

1. DL1961 Emma Power Legging (currently on sale for 40% off, but limited sizing -- same jeans in a different wash here)

Things I love about these jeans:

  • They're a nice stretchy denim with a great hugging fabric. They suck you in and don't stretch out or sag at all. Even after several wears. 
  • They're a great length. Most of my jeans need to be cuffed, but I almost never cuff these because they're a perfect ankle length so they work perfectly with heels, boots, sandals, and sneakers. 
  • They run true to size
  • They have a nice skinny ankle that requires no alteration, and hugs my calves perfectly. 
  • The pocket placement on the back is very flattering
  • Front pockets are real

Things I like about these jeans
  • I like a medium amount of distressing on my jeans, and this is just enough, and is attractive distressing
  • They're fitted through the calf
  • They have real pockets in the front
  • The pocket placement and size on the back are really flattering
  • They're a nice medium weight stretchy denim, and they take a few wears to start stretching out. 

Things I don't love about these jeans
  • They're a little bit too long. I'm 5'6 and I usually wear a regular length, but these ones are a couple of inches too long. I like my jeans to hit about an inch above my ankle bone, and I had to tuck these ones up to make them shorter.
  • They run big. Order one size down

3. American Eagle Distressed Jeggings

Things I like about these jeans:

  • They have distressing, but they're fully lined
  • They're stretchy, but they're more of a thick denim, so they're a little warmer and sturdier. 
  • They're a good length and don't always need a cuff, although with boots I always like to cuff them like I did in the image above. 
  • They have real front pockets
  • Fitted through the leg
Things I don't love about these jeans:
  • They stretch out after a few wares (obviously not a huge deal -- just wash them and they're back to normal!)

4. Blank NYC boyfriend jeans

Things I like about these jeans:

  • These are hands down the best boyfriend jeans I have ever found. You need a pair RIGHT NOW. 
  • They run TTS -- don't size up! 
  • They stretch out during the day, so even if they start a little more fitted, they'll be slouchier within an hour or two. 
  • The distressing is just enough
  • They're a nice soft, lived-in fabric. The fabric is medium weight and sturdy, but not uncomfortable at all
Things I don't like about these jeans
  • They have to be washed in between every wear or else they get too baggy
  • The top hole is too high for me, so I patched it and shared a tutorial here.
  • I ordered a few pairs of these and some of them have a sort of tie-dyed coloring to them. It's not the case with all of them (the ones I kept didn't have it at all), but every pair seems to be a little bit different. So I'd recommend ordering a couple of pairs and then choosing the one with the color you like best. 

5. Dittos Jessica Jeggings (this exact pair isn't currently's usually restocked within a few weeks. But the same style, different wash is available here or another wash here)

Things I like about these jeans
  • They run pretty TTS, but maybe a tiny bit on the small size. Order up if you're nervous. 
  • They're super stretchy and lightweight
  • They're nicely fitted in the legs
  • They're super flattering
Things I don't like about these jeans
  • They have fake front pockets, which drives me nuts.
  • They're really long, so I always have to cuff them, but they're so thin so the cuffing is less bulky than any of my other jeans
  • The cuffs are pretty stiff so with the skinny ankles they're kind of hard to get off over my feet!
  • They're the lowest rise of all my jeans, which I don't love. 

Abercrombie Super Skinny Jeans (on sale for under $40!):

Things I like about these jeans:

  • I love that they don't have any distressing. Most of my other jeans have distressing, so it's good to have one pair without. 
  • they're fitted through the legs
  • They're a good mid wash

Things I don't like about these jeans:

  • They're a little bit long, and require a cuff (order in "short" length if needed!)
  • The pockets are a little bit small for me, so the backside is a tiny bit less flattering for my body
  • They stretch out after a day and need to be re-washed
  • They run one size big -- order down!

 Any other questions about these jeans? I might sharing a little special feature with these jeans over on snapchat today if you're following along -- my username is merricksart. 

August 30, 2016



Since I rediscovered Abercrombie a few months ago, I've become completely obsessed with their clothing. When I was dating my husband, I bought my first pair of Abercrombie jeans, and here we are ten years later coming full circle. Who would have thought? I'm just super impressed with their rebrand to be age appropriate and a little more mature.

I don't know what it is about them, but they just have the best jeans. They always have. They're soft, they hug all the right places, they have great washes, and they're just so darn flattering. I get far and away the most husband compliments on them -- so if that's not reason enough to pick up a pair...  ;)

I bought this pair a few months ago and have been wearing them to death, and then I found this distressed pair and now have been wearing them nonstop.

Also I've been itching for fall lately, and instantly fell in love with this dark floral top. It's an easy top to throw on with jeans and ankle boots, but it makes a statement and really makes the outfit. Plus it's lightweight so it's a good piece to wear when transitioning to fall, and it comes in a ton of other colors!

I'm loving a bunch more pieces from their new fall line, but especially this cozy sweatshirt I picked up and this gorgeous burgundy swing top. Shop all my favorites in the widget below:

photos by rad and happy
created in partnership with abercrombie

August 29, 2016



Does anyone else find it so funny how cyclical fashion is? I love seeing "new" trends pop up that are total blasts from the past.

Two huge trends this season are chokers and bell sleeves, both of which are recycled trends, but they're back this time in a fresh and modern way.

And that's the trick with these old/new trends -- choose modern versions and then style them with modern pieces, and you won't feel like you stepped out of an old decade. Nordstrom is always so up to date on what's trending, so they're one of my top go-to shopping spots since I know when I shop there I'll find pieces that are both on trend and modern.

I thought I would hate the choker trend, but the more I see, the more I'm loving it. I found a few fun ones at Nordstrom, including this bolo tie style choker and this double banded one. I've also seen thicker velvet ones, like this one, which are more of a statement and so chic. They're all fair game -- just stay away from the little plastic stretchy ones we all used to wear back in the day!

And bell sleeves -- we've been seeing so many ruffles and flutter details on tops this season, so bell sleeves fit right in and make sense. There are so many good ones out there, like this white boho one I just picked up.

How are you feeling about these trends coming back??

Shop my favorite chokers and bell sleeved tops right here: 

photos by rad and happy
created in partnership with Nordstrom

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