J.Crew Says ‘J.Crew Mercantile’ is Just a Name They Own

'J.Crew Mercantile' might be nothing more than a name after all.

On May 2, people "familiar with the situation" told the Wall Street Journal that J.Crew owns the name J.Crew Mercantile and is developing a more budget-friendly line. According to the people, the new line will feature merchandise and prices closer to what shoppers would find at J.Crew's outlet stores, J.Crew Factory.

However, on May 7, J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler told WWD that the company bought the license to the name 'Mercantile' simply because he liked the name.

"Mercantile is a name we own. There's not much beyond that," said Drexler. "It's a name that was available and we liked. The way we run the company, we are always thinking creatively, innovating , and managing our assets. We have secured names and trademarks with either loose ideas or intentions, or with our imaginations. Sometimes things come of it, or they don't."

So will a lower-priced line called J.Crew Mercantile actually happen? We'll have to wait and see.


By | 2018-02-16T20:28:55+00:00 May 10th, 2014|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Recipe File: Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Smoothies are quick to make, healthy and taste oh-so-good. Make yourself a refreshing kiwi strawberry smoothie for those hot spring/summer days.

Ingredients  (for 1 serving):

  • 2 kiwis (cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup tangerine (or orange) juice
  • 2 spoonfuls plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth!

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 April 30th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Review of Influenster’s Uni VoxBox

Here's another un-boxing of Influenster's Uni VoxBox!

In case you're wondering... Influenster is an exclusive online community of "tastemakers and trendsetters" who get to share their thoughts about products and experiences. Members can receive access to deals and VoxBoxes (boxes filled with special items that match their interests and what they're influential about).

Uni VoxBox

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia, $1.99

A great lipstick for $2? Yes, please. I have been looking for a flattering bright pink lip stick for a while and this is definitely it. The lipstick itself smells like candy (specifically Sweetarts) and the color lasts for about 12 hours. Though the candy smell isn't strong, I'm not a fan of it. However, the great lasting color > candy smell.

Rimmel Foundation & NYC Expert Last Lip Color

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation$4.99 - $5.49

If you happen to be looking for matte foundation that feels soft on your skin and is a great budget-buy, you should probably try the Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. It's smooth, has medium coverage and blends really easily into your skin.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure, $5.99 for colors / $7.99 for patterns

These fake nails are cute but unfortunately, they're too big for my own nails so I couldn't try them on. Feel free to tell me if you tried these and what you thought about the nails.

Pilot Acroball PureWhite$4.59 per 3-pack, $6.25 per 4-pack

I love great pens and this is - without a doubt - a beautiful pen. The Pilot Acroball PureWhite is a hybrid of a gel pen and ballpoint ink meaning that it has the vibrant color of a gel with the quick drying benefits of ballpoint ink. It writes incredibly smooth and is definitely a nice pen you should have in your bag.

Pilot Acroball Pure White Pen

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance$3.99 - $4.99

I'm not sure what exactly to say about these but they're priced well!

Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer$4.49

I'm not usually a fan of water enhancers. They're too sweet and taste funny. However, the Red Rose Real Tea Premium Water Enhancer actually makes my water taste like slightly sweetened black tea. If you like iced tea and are looking for a water enhancer that has no dye or coloring, try this.

Red Rose REAL TEA Water Enhancer

Check the other VoxBoxes from Influenster I've received and the products in them: Jolly VoxBox & the Varsity VoxBox.

Any products you see that you've tried? Let me know what you thought in the comments!


By | 2018-02-16T20:29:04+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

5 Must-Haves from the Oh Joy! for Target Collection

5 must-haves from the Oh Joy! for Target collection

If you're in need of some party-perfect items or even just fun decor for your home, Target may just be your one-stop shop this year.

Target has partnered with three of Pinterest's most influential Pinners to create a series of limited-time-only party planning collections.

First on the list is Joy Cho, author of Oh Joy!. The collection launched online and in stores on March 16 and has been causing a frenzy ever since. Joy's collection is inspired by a modern garden party and includes just about everything from fun banners and sparkly party hats. Items in the collection range from $3 to $25.

In addition to Joy Cho, Jan Halvarson of Poppytalk and Kate Arends of Wit & Delight will launch their collections with Target in June and September, respectively.

Not sure what to grab from the collection? Here are 5 must-haves from the Oh Joy! for Target collection:

1. Hooray Banner, $5

Because having a "hooray" banner reminds you to always celebrate the little (and big) things.

2. Removable Decal Large Confetti Dots, $10 for 12-count

Having confetti is always a good thing, but having large confetti dot decals on your wall? It's like a party all the time!

Oh Joy! for Target

3. Salad Bowl, $15

A pretty scalloped-edge salad bowl should be on everyone's must-have list. You need a pretty bowl for your salad, fruit, popcorn, etc.

Oh Joy! for Target

4. Cutlery, $4 (30-ct) / Printed Napkins, $3 (20-ct) / Printed Rectangle Plates, $3 (10-ct)

Technically, these items may be three separate things, but I've grouped them into "party-ware." Impress your friends and family with paper plates, napkins, and cutlery in bright and happy colors.

Oh Joy! for Target

5. Goblet Cups, $4 (4-ct)

In addition to party-ware, you absolutely need some great cups that are fun and fool-proof.

Oh Joy! for Target

Photos courtesy of Target

Shop the full collection online or in stores. 

Have you shopped the collection yet? What are you favorite items?

By | 2018-02-16T20:29:13+00:00 March 28th, 2014|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Morning Spent in Cambria

Spring is a beautiful season. Especially when you're on the central coast of California.

A few weekends ago I spent a beautiful Saturday in Cambria, a little seaside village located on the central coast.

Cambria, Calif.

If you're looking for a lovely little breakfast or brunch spot in Cambria, Calif., stop by Redwood Cafe. It's very home-y and delicious. Whatever you do, get their hash browns.

Redwood Cafe in Cambria, Calif.

By the way, ranunculus are in season! I picked up these beautiful pink flowers from Trader Joe's.


I paired a light cropped knit sweater with jeans for a simple spring look that was perfect for the breezy, sunny morning spent in Cambria.

Not sure how to wear a crop top without showing off too much skin? Yes, it's possible! Pair crop tops with high waisted pants or a high waisted skirt for a nice look that only shows off a sliver of skin. For more ideas, check out Lauren Conrad's tips on how to wear crop tops the right way.

Simple outfit for spring

Chicisms Outfit in Cambria, Calif.

Outfit Details: Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody / Cropped Sweater (similar) / Paige Denim (My favorite pair of jeans!) / Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch

Happy spring! 

By | 2018-02-16T20:29:29+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Categories: Fashion, Travel|Tags: , , |2 Comments