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Aerie:

Hi! Just wanted to say I really appreciate your blog and all the heads-up you give on sales going on. Those bras from Aerie you posted a couple of weeks ago were EXACTLY what I’ve been looking all over for. Perfect for smaller girls who DON’T want padding. You’re a godsend! I bought 3. I’ve always felt that some people have a knack for finding sales and some don’t ( I don’t ). So I really appreciate it!
sajimar25

Thank you for the kind words! :) 

Those bras really are the best. They are so comfortable and the prices are insane on certain styles right now. This one is just $14.99! This style (I own all possible colors of these) is $14.99 too. I think this version ($17.99) is my favorite so far though—the cut is flattering and supportive. 

While you’re there, check out Aerie’s Outta-Sight underwear too (4 for $26.50). The thongs are the most comfy I’ve worn and they don’t show through ANYTHING. 

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I love Coach's leather Willis bag in black, but the price is eeeek - $298. Any cute dupes around? I really love the size and shape!

- Asked by gloriabeetwill

PERFECT dupe for you on Gilt today: Illbeca’s North Moore leather satchel is marked down to $99 (from $189). It’s adorable (see the replies for more info). 

If you want something even more budget-friendly, Steve Madden’s crossbody bag is $36 (from $58). UO has a structured, smaller bag for $54. Sole Society has a cute crossbody for $45. 

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Hi Jaclyn, I noticed a black sheath dress in a picture you posted on Instagram from a recent trip to Nebraska. Can you tell me where its from? Im always keeping an eye out for affordable versions of these for work! Thanks!

- Asked by kmc111508

I couldn’t find the exact dress, but I did find the right style! It’s the Kenneth Cole Hilary dress. 6PM has the charcoal version on sale for $64.28 and Zappos has the black version for $98 (mine doesn’t have the white exposed back zip). It’s basically the perfect black knit dress—I searched for a week for the right one that could work for travel. It doesn’t wrinkle and it’s so comfortable. The length is just right for me too. Highly recommend! 

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Hi Jaclyn! As much as I hate to start thinking about the fall, I'm being forced to.. and I'm on the lookout for some new jeans. As much as I've been a strong proponent for American Eagle the last few years, I'm struggling with their quality and would like to invest in some better denim if possible. However, my long inseam (35/36) seems to be impossible to find in skinny cuts. Do you have any go-to spots outside of AE, being a tall, thin girl yourself? Thank you!

- Asked by hiemilychristine

I don’t spend a lot of money on jeans so I may not be the best source for this (I love AE’s jeans too!) but I’ve had a lot of luck with the Tall/X-Long inseam denim from Gap. They’re long enough on me that I can cuff the bottoms.

The 1969 denim from Gap is the best quality for the price (especially since they have promo codes available so often). These ($69.95) are a perfect medium wash. Their black 1969 high-rise jeans are great too ($69.96). The 1969 Legging Jeans are CRAZY comfy. I’ve been eyeing this new pair ($80). I love the color. Their medium/dark blue color is marked down to $42 (from $70). You can get $25 off $125 orders or $50 off $150 orders today with code SMART

Gap’s sizing is annoying (it varies a lot, even from wash to wash in the same style) so if you buy online, I suggest getting your usual size and one larger or smaller depending on what most of the reviews suggest and returning the one that doesn’t fit.

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I'm looking for cute graphic tees that aren't childish to go with my new leather circle skirt and chunky jewelry. Any ideas? Thank you!

- Asked by tinichic

I love Swell’s selection of graphic tees. They look slouchy and comfortable and the prices are great. This long-sleeved one is $27. This moon-themed one is pretty ($24). This trendy arrow print baseball tee ($29.50) is fun. This boyfriend tee might look perfect with your skirt ($22.50). Here’s another option from Volcom ($29.50). 

There are some fun options in J.Crew Factory’s graphic tees section too. You can take 40% off J.Crew’s sale items with code TREAT, so search through their marked down tees—there are some really good shirts, like this Bon Temps tee ($42.50) or this Fantastique tee ($38.50). 

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Hi Jaclyn,I'm in dire need of your expertise! I was wondering if you can help me find a maternity dress for my baby shower in August. The shower will talk place indoors (what a relief) in a reception hall (somewhat fancy) with around 100 guests (to get an idea) The theme is "Ahoy! It's a Boy!" so I was thinking of a navy blue maxi dress...I'll be around 34 weeks at that time, so I would love something comfortable yet flattering. i'm open to any suggestions or advice! A thousand thank you's!!

- Asked by machelemabelle

You’re in luck! Isabella Oliver just marked down two blue maxi dresses that you might love. This Tank Column Dress ($79 from $159) looks so comfortable and chic. If you want something a little more dressy, this Gathered Detail Maxi ($62 from $209) is gorgeous. If you don’t mind straying from the blue and going with purple or black, this Hadyn dress ($112 from $225) is crazy pretty. 

This one-shouldered maxi dress by Mothers en Vogue is $86 (from $159). It looks really comfortable! If you want something more form-fitting, this Ripe Maternity dress (about $50) can also work post-baby for nursing. 

This navy maxi from LOFT ($90 with an extra 40% off at checkout) is simple but stylish. 

If you can spend a little more, Rachel Pally’s navy and white print on this Grecian-inspired maxi dress ($238) is really beautiful. If you sign up for her email list, you can get 20% off your first order. 

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Hi friend! As a new gym class junkie, I have to ask: any tips for someone looking to motivate herself to get out to a class as early as you do? I'll do the night classes until my legs fall off, but I can't seem to drag myself out of bed and get motivated to go, even on days I know I'm busy at night. How do you do it??

- Asked by ellegolightly

My biggest motivation is that I know I won’t go and really can’t go if I don’t get it out of the way in the morning. The first few months were the hardest but once I did it enough times, it became part of my daily routine. It helps me to lay out my clothes the night before. I keep them right beside the sink in the bathroom so I can brush my teeth and jump into whatever I’m wearing. I keep my gym bag by the door so I don’t have to hunt for it either. I just fill up my water bottle and get my snack. One of the best things about going in the morning is that I have SO much more energy throughout the day than on days when I skip. I drink less coffee and the 3 PM sleepies don’t come as hard. If you can do the early morning thing for two weeks, it’ll stop being so annoying. I promise. 

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Suits on Sale:

Hi, love your blog! Please could you make some posts about cute and chic business suits on sale - will be much appreciated. Joanna
joannalovesnyc

I don’t know if I found any cute things (are business suits ever cute?), but they’ll do the job! :)

J.Crew Factory has a massive sale today—50% off clearance items with code EXTRA50—and they have a lot of suiting options available. Their lightweight wool blazer is marked down to $120 in black. The matching pants are $75. The black skirt is $70. They also have a navy pinstripe blazer for $120 and the pants are $75. A cotton blazer (available in gray or navy) is $95. The matching pants are $55. 

You can take an extra 40% off J.Crew’s suiting with code SALEFUN. They’ve got some GREAT pants available. The Campbell pant in stretch cotton has an insane 9 colors available ($60-$79.50). Their cropped linen pant in white or navy is really sharp ($108 from $118). The popular Bristol trouser is $70-$90 in 4 colors (from $98). The Paley pant in stretch wool is $148 (from $158). They also have this great stretch cotton skirt for $98 (from $110) in 4 colors. 

Nordstrom has also marked down a lot of suiting separates for their Anniversary Sale. Halogen’s navy skirt is $45 (from $70). Vince Camuto’s well-reviewed straight leg pants are $52 (from $79). Halogen’s black Ela suit jacket is $76 (from $128). 

Banana Republic has suiting separates on sale too. The promo code BRPICK4 should get you 30% off. This white blazer is $130 (from $158). Their popular Sleek Suit Blazer is $140 (from $158) and is available in 3 colors. I love their small black check wool blazer ($120 from $198). 

Calvin Klein has lots of suiting separates on sale. Ann Taylor’s semi-annual sale has dozens of suiting options marked down. You’ll get an extra 60% off at checkout. 

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I'm booked into my first spinning class next week! What should I expect? Where in class should I try and get a bike? What will I wear?! Any advice to prevent me from looking like such a newbie would be most appreciated!

- Asked by emmafolds

We’ve talked since you sent me this so I know you already read this older post of mine and went to your first class (yay!) but since the post is old here are a few extra tips with another year and a half of these dang classes under my belt:

  • The pre-class snack is important but I go to the first class of the day and so I’m usually eating at 4:50 am. Eating at that time of day is gross. I mean, everything feels gross at 4:50 am, but eating is especially terrible. I’m never hungry when I wake up but I can push myself much harder if I have some fuel in my stomach. I’ve tried many snacks and had varying success. The easiest is a protein/energy bar but they can sit really heavy so I’ll eat half pre-class and the other half post-class. Chia Bars are great. They’re small, taste decent and give me a lot of energy. KIND bars work well too. They don’t sit like lead in my stomach and they’re pretty tasty. Something that doesn’t work well for me? Smoothies or shakes. I tried this a few times but it’s too heavy and I feel like I’m sloshing as I pedal. It’s a good post-workout option, but they’re a little too much first thing in the morning. The winner for me is usually a banana with a spoonful of peanut butter smeared on the top. It’s easy to eat as I drive to class. If we’re out of bananas and I’ve pressed snooze once (or twice) and I’m running late, I’ve been known to gag down two spoonfuls of straight peanut butter. On the rare days I wake up hungry, I’ll make a frozen flaxseed waffle (from Wegmans) in the toaster, spread peanut butter on it and fold it in half like a sandwich so I can eat it in the car. Basically ANY food is better than no food for me, so I’ll grab anything in a pinch—a string cheese, an apple—but I definitely prefer some items over others. 
  • It’s really beneficial to find out how hard you’re actually working. Polar’s FT4 (starting around $60) or FT7 (starting around $70) allow you to track your heart rate in real time. Spin class is so aerobic that regardless of how hard you’re working, you’ll probably sweat. This creates this annoying little setup where I think I’m working really hard (SWEAT ROLLING OFF MY FACE) and then I check my heart rate and I’m working in the high 70’s of my aerobic max. No spin class is immune to this. I’ve read reviews of SoulCycle by fitness instructors (before they were banned) and they were seeing really low total calorie burn numbers. Most things I’ve seen say that 400-600 calories per 45 minute spin class seems to be a good target zone. One of my harder instructors says that 600 calories should be the minimum for her more difficult rides if we follow her to the letter. Basically all this is to say that I’ve had classes where I think I’m putting in some really good effort and then I check my heart rate monitor and realize that I could be pushing myself more rigorously. The way I see it is that I’m taking the time to get out of bed and go to the gym instead of sleeping for another two hours, I better get the absolute BEST outcome I can. Unfortunately (or fortunately), because of the format and self-sufficiency of spin classes, a lot of that responsibility falls to me. A heart rate monitor is really the only way to find out how much effort is actually happening. (Some spin bikes have watts monitors. Watts is a combination of your cadence—how fast you pedal—and resistance. The faster you can pedal at a higher, tougher resistance, the bigger your watts output. Watts monitors are a great way of seeing how much power you’re putting out on the bike—some classes even turn it into a competition against other riders—but a heart rate monitor is still important because you can see how your body is responding to the watts you’re generating on the bike.) 
  • Pay attention to how long it takes to recover breaths and/or heart rate during recovery or active recovery portions of the ride. When you go anaerobic—try to hit that threshold at least once or twice per class—take an informal note of how long it takes you to catch your breath or how long it takes for your heart rate to drop back to aerobic levels. Breathe in through your nose and out your mouth to speed up recovery. You’ll know when you’ve fully recovered either by checking your heart rate or because you can breathe in and out of your nose comfortably. The more classes you take, the faster this recovery gets. This is really important training if you decide to start cycling outside too. (I haven’t run in years but I have to think this kind of cardio training would be great for runners too.) Downhills or coasting are really the only recovery portions of an outdoor ride. Usually you have only a few seconds to bring an anaerobic heart rate to a place where you can start another climb or pick up the cadence without lactic acid eating your legs. Anyway, tracking your cardiovascular fitness as you go to more and more classes is really rewarding. It’s so fun seeing cardio efforts get bigger and recoveries get faster. 
  • Cycling shoes aren’t cheap, but they make a such a big difference. (You can rent them at a lot of spin studios now though.) Sizing can be tricky so I recommend you go to a bike shop for fitting, but if you do know your size, I saw these Shimano shoes selling for $78 in certain sizes on Amazon. The cleats aren’t sold with the shoes (another reason to go to a bike shop, they can get you all situated with the right stuff), but SPD cleats are compatible with most (if not all) spin bikes. 

Have fun! I can’t wait to hear how this week goes. :) 

[ETA: Here’s another post I did about spin class earlier this year.]

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Hi Jacyln - could use some help finding a new pair of jeggings. Would like to spend under $100, darker rinse if possible, and at least a mid rise waist to hold in my mommy tummy. I'm looking specifically for ones that are super tight at the ankle, so will look great with my new booties/short boots I procured from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Yay for getting excited about fall fashion! Thanks in advance!

- Asked by amlevi

For budget-friendly jeggings, you really can’t beat H&M’s $17.95 treggings. They are SUPER comfortable and have a mid-rise fit. The faux pockets make them convincing enough to pass for real denim, but these have a legging-like fit and feel. 

The other jeggings I can personally vouch for are AE’s hi-rise jegging. They are comfy and flattering (the high rise fit keeps hold everything in). The super-dark Clean Rinse wash looks way more expensive than the $44.95 price tag. (Watch for regular sales on these too.) The slightly lighter Dark Wash is a perfect classic denim color. 

AE released a new fit this season too—the Sky High Jegging ($44.95). The super high rise fit looks great. It’s available in three washes. Rinse Indigo is a nice dark color. 

Two other ideas: Madewell’s Legging Jeans ($98.50) get amazing reviews. I love the way Gap’s new 1969 Stretch & Recovery Legging Jean looks ($79.95, get 30% off with code SUN).

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