all denim everything

When I mentioned last week that I'm obsessed with anything and everything denim, I really meant it. This year it seems like denim is making a heavy appearance in pieces besides jeans and I can't get enough. Washes are getting lighter, brighter and more saturated, distressing looks more natural and hems are frayed and raw.

One new style I'm really into is the quilted denim jacket - I don't have a regular jean jacket, but a quilted denim jacket seems like something I can get behind. (And yes, that one bomber jacket might be a children's jacket, but just buy the largest size and pretend the 3/4 sleeves are intentional.)

Denim Car Coat / Denim Peplum Top / Chambray Shirt / Quilted Indigo Bomber / Straight Leg Jeans

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about that break...

It's been awhile - oops! I definitely did not set out to take a two-month break from here, but after some time away I'm anxious to get back at it. How has your 2015 been so far? Mine started off a bit rocky, but things are better now and I'm just counting down the days until spring!

Anyway, what's been going on?

Reading: Simultaneously reading two books - Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Once I finish one of those I'll be reading The Girl on the Train for my book club!

Loving: My recent haircut. It's a little shorter and I've finally been able to get the hang of making waves with my curling iron, using the wrap technique. It's the little things.

Coveting: Anything and everything denim. Like these straight leg jeans. And this chambray shirt. These perfect high-risers. And the jeans I'll be wearing all spring. This is the plan for the next few months.

Needing: WARM WEATHER! Seriously, though - you West-coasters don't know how good you have it! Our trip to California in April cannot come soon enough. We're going on a family vacation to Yosemite (my first time!) and then spending a night in Palm Springs (which I cannot.wait.for). Send any recs!

Working: On lots of fun little freelance projects!

Finishing: My weaving from Maryanne's workshop that I took back in January. I'm loving the break from all the time I spend staring at a screen and want to turn it into a bigger hobby of mine! Who wants a weaving??


so long 2014

There's only a few more hours left in 2014 (at least for us on the east coast) and I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support this past year! It means so much to me that you keep coming back and reading (despite my large gaps in posting) and continue to inspire me. This space is so special to me and I am constantly amazed by the opportunites and people that it brings into my life.

A few highlights from the year...

+ Having our apartment featured on Design*Sponge...

+ And then being featured again about my job at Madewell...

+ Had my instagrams turned into prints...

+ Took numerous trips out to my adopted second home, LA...

+ Worked on some awesome freelance projects, including the new  Sara Kate Studios Shoppe... 

+ And established an amazing group of girlfriends who are equally supportive + hilarious...

Thank you ALL for such a great year - I look forward to seeing what 2015 brings! 


It appears that I started my holiday vacation a bit too early around these parts - sorry about that! I am out in LA for Christmas and thoroughly enjoying the warm weather and serious break from work! 

I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season and I plan to be back here next week!



instantly framed

It's no secret that I love instagram and I've loved getting to see my photos as little prints. But, I've always considered printing them larger. Enter: Instantly Framed, an app that makes printing and framing your photos super quick and easy and has a flat rate of $65. I tested it out and was so impressed with the final product! The framing and matting is beautiful, as is the quality of the photo and the paper its printed on. The photos are printed on archival quality luster paper and then matted behind an acid-free mat and placed into a 12x12" American-made frame. 

All you do is download the app, connect to your instagram account or upload your own photo, choose the photo size and you're done! And to make things even better, Instantly Framed is offering Dreams + Jeans readers $10 off your order with code CIDREAMS10. The code is valid through January 4th, but I'd recommend ordering soon - a framed photo makes a perfect holiday gift!


Gift Guide: For Him

Next up, gifts for the guys in your life a.k.a. the hardest people on your list. If you're looking for the perfect something, hopefully these no-fail gifts will lead you in the right direction:

Leather + Maple Mousepad / Elevate his desk with this sleek mousepad, complete with a spot to put his favorite writing utensil.

Plaid Shirt / A classic style that he'll wear for years.

Leather Keychain / A one-size-fits-all, perfect-for-anyone kind of gift.

Grooming Kit / Treat him to a dopp kit filled with luxurious products from Baxter of California.

Beanie / Necessary for any guy's winter wardrobe.

Notebook / Perfect for writing down all of his brilliant ideas.

Colorblock Sweater / A unique twist on a basic sweater.

Saturdays Candle / An amazing blend of scents resulting in a woodsy, masculine candle.

Watch Box Set / Three watches for the price of one. This watch set comes with a leather band and two nylon bands.

Cashmere-Lined Leather Gloves / You really can't go wrong with a nice pair of gloves and these will last forever.

Miansai Woven Bracelet / A cool bracelet that comes in lots of different colors and styles.

Brass Bottle Opener / A bottle opener that looks great sitting out.

Weekender / Much better than the sports bag he's been using (and with room for you to stash a few things inside!).

Mophie Phone Charger / So he can play Angry Birds twice as long.


Looking for more ideas? My favorite places to shop for guys are Everlane, Need Supply, Mr. PorterEast Dane and TRNK