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Autumn Outfit Ideas from J Crew.

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Hi friends! I am so happy that the temperature has been cooler the past few days and I could finally break out some fall clothes! To celebrate the start of my favorite season, I thought it would be fun to put together some looks from J Crew and J Crew Factory to give you some autumn outfit inspiration! Let me know which look is your favorite and don't forget that you can shop all of the items by clicking on the links below or by following me in the Like to Know It App! Happy Fall!!!






















Exploring Chatham.

 


Today I wanted to talk about the second day of our Cape Cod trip- Chatham! If you missed my day one post about visiting Nantucket you can check that out here.

We started our day in Chatham by visiting the infamous Chatham Bars Inn! All I can say is WOW! This waterfront resort was absolutely stunning and had the most beautiful hydrangeas I had ever seen all around the property. I would love to stay at this gorgeous place someday.

After exploring CBI for a while, we headed downtown for a little shopping. Downtown Chatham was so cute and picturesque; it was my favorite town on the Cape for sure! While there, I had the pleasure of meeting the owners of a boutique I had been following on Instagram for a while, Jaks Chatham! They were so sweet and they had such a darling collection of souvenirs and clothes in their shop. If you ever find yourself on the Cape make sure to check them out! 

After some more shopping we decided to treat ourselves to some Lime Rickys from Buffys Ice Cream to cool off from the summer heat. We spent the rest of the day checking out lighthouses near Chatham which was nice and relaxing after a busy day before in Nantucket!











Special thanks to the owners of Jaks Chatham for gifting me a few items from their shop! 

Thursdate!

 


Special thanks to The Melting Pot for sponsoring this post and for The Melting Pot in Harrisburg, PA for having us.

Last night Joe and I were able to turn an ordinary Thursday into a Thursdatethanks to The Melting Pot! Every Thursday The Melting Pot offers a special 4 course menu complete with candles and rose petals on the table to help couples rekindle date night! 

It was such a treat to get dressed up and go out on a proper date night with my love; it really felt like it was Valentines Day or our anniversary! We indulged in cheese fondue, filet mignon and of course chocolate and drinks! It was perfect.

Make next Thursday a Thursdateby booking a reservation at The Melting Pot!




Thank you again to The Melting Pot for sponsoring this post.

Nantucket!

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Hi loves! Today I wanted to share part one of my Cape Cod trip from July! This trip was so special because I went with Joe and my parents; we are all best friends and have such a good time together! When planning the trip earlier this year, we knew we wanted to visit a different part of the Cape each day we were there so we wanted to stay in a pretty central location so we decided to stay in Sandwich, MA at the cutest little mom and pop motel, The Sandwich Inn & Suites. They took every precaution possible to make our stay healthy and safe and they made us feel very comfortable (and the price was great!!). Sandwich, MA was about a 7 hour car drive for us from PA.

Sunday morning was our first full day and we woke up bright and early and headed to Hyannis to catch the 6:30 am Steamship Authority ferry to Nantucket. I want to note that I did not do my research well enough and parking was very difficult to find- luckily we found a lot near the port that wasn't too far of a walk, but I recommend that you have an idea of where to park before you get there by checking out this page. Also, please make sure to check out Steamship Authority's homepage for Covid-19 updates!

We took the traditional (and cheaper) ferry ride over to the island which was about 2 hours long. It was a long ride but it was so worth it! Just around 9 am we made it to Nantucket and we were greeted with a charming wharf full of people riding bikes to grab their morning coffee (masks on!) and lots of golden retriever pups riding in the back of Jeeps (I think I really need a puppy now!!).  

I wanted to see the Brant Point Lighthouse first thing before it got too busy so we started the short walk there from downtown while taking in all of the island life.  








After taking endless photos by the lighthouse, we headed back to the wharf to grab some iced coffee, which was much needed on the 90 degree day! We then strolled in and out of some shops downtown trying to find the perfect souvenir to take home. I found the cutest "Nantucket red" crewneck sweatshirt at the store, 3 Girls and a Dog. 

I had been dreaming of getting ice cream from the infamous Juice Bar ever since I first saw a few preppy bloggers post about it on Instagram in like 2014 so I made sure to be first in line for it at 11 am haha! Let me just say, the wait was SO worth it!! I got cake batter ice cream in a warm waffle cone with rainbow sprinkles and it was absolutely delicious! 




After ice cream, some more shopping and a quick outfit change, we decided to hop on a bus and head over to 'Sconset for lunch and more sightseeing. We ended up grabbing lunch to-go at Claudette's Sandwich Shop and oh my goodness was it scrumptious! Get the smoked turkey sandwich with the works- it will not disappoint! Following lunch, we walked down the street a little bit to the 'Sconset Bluff Walk which is a public walkaway that has the most breathtaking views of quintessential Nantucket homes with ocean views and hydrangeas galore. We practically had the path to ourselves!!










After strolling through the lovely homes in 'Sconset we decided it was time to head home. We had such an amazing day in Nantucket and I hope to be able to stay on the island some day to really get to see everything it has to offer!


What I'm wearing:



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Sunhat DIY!



I recently found this sunhat at Boscovs, a local department store, for under $10 and I instantly imagined giving it a little facelift to make it more "me." Joe and I are heading up to Cape Cod tomorrow with my parents and I thought what better time to wear a cute sunhat than on a beach on the Cape!? 

This DIY was pretty easy! All I needed was navy ribbon (I found mine at Hobby Lobby) and a hot glue gun. I carefully hot glued the ribbon around the base of the hat and then I used this bow guide to tie the perfect bow for on the back of it. That's it!

I can't wait to wear this on the Cape!






8X10 Rugs Under $400!


Hi friends! If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen in this post that I recently found the score of a lifetime on Facebook Marketplace- a blue and white striped couch for only $20!!! God is so good and I am just so thankful that He lead me to this gem because Joe and I had been looking into getting a new couch soon and this was just the most perfect couch for us. Since the new addition to our living, I have been on the hunt for a few new pieces to add to tie the whole room together- a new coffee table, some art for the walls, and a new rug! Rugs have always been one of those things that I hated searching for online because 1.) they are expensive and 2.) there are endless options and it's extremely overwhelming to me. I finally got up the courage to search the internet for some rug inspiration and I actually found a few that I really like on Wayfair! I was searching for an 8x10 rug that is mostly neutral or had some blue tones to it and I found these beauties pictured above! I'm still not sold on one in particular but these are a good start for some inspiration!

Side note: I finally joined LIKE TO KNOW IT!! You can follow me on the Like to Know It App for links to a lot of the items (or similar items) from my social media and blog posts! *I do make a tiny commission if you shop directly through my links, but I greatly appreciate those who do shop from my page because that helps keep Simply Lauren Gray running and fresh!

I hope you all have a great week!



Q&A About Jack Rogers.

My Jacks Collection! Clockwise: Platinum Wedge Jacks, Raffia & Gold Classic Jacks, Platinum Lauren Sandal, Gold Classic Jacks, White Classic Jacks

Happy Saturday loves! Today I wanted to share a Q&A post all about my favorite preppy, Spring and Summer sandals, Jack Rogers. It's honestly a rare occasion not to find a pair of Jacks on my feet during the warmer months and there are many reasons for that! If you are in the market for a quality and timeless sandal then Jacks are for you!! Take a look below for my Q&A all about Jacks!


What was your first pair of Jacks?

My first pair of Jacks were the platinum Lauren sandal! I had been eyeing them for years on Pinterest before finally biting the bullet and purchasing them for myself. I think this was a great first pair to own because the platinum color pairs beautifully with gold or silver accessories and pretty much everything in my closet. I love how feminine and pretty the Lauren sandal is; the straps have almost a scallop look to them which is such a lovely touch and they dress up any outfit. These will always have a special place in my closet! 

If you could only own one pair of Jacks which pair would it be?

I think the photo above speaks for itself when I say that my white flat Jacks are my absolute favorite and would be my choice if I could only have one pair. They seriously go with everything!!! If you aren't sure where to start your Jacks collection, I would start with a classic pair like these.


Are Jacks comfortable?

At first, no. But trust me when I say that after just a few wears they mold to your feet and become the most comfortable shoe in your closet. I got a few small blisters on the side of my feet when breaking in new pairs, but once the leather softened I was good to go. I only had my white Jacks for a short period of time before bike riding 8 miles around Mackinac Island last summer and guess what? no blisters! I would suggest wearing socks with new pairs around your house to break them in even quicker.

Do Jacks run true to size?

I am almost always an 8.5 in all shoes and that's what I wear in Jacks! At first when I put on a pair of the classic Jacks I thought they were too small but I am glad I did not size up because as mentioned above, once you break them in the leather softens and they become looser. If anything, I would say that Jacks run a bit narrow. I have naturally pretty skinny feet and the classic pairs just fit me. Jack Rogers does offer a wide fit though so I would check that out if you feel like that would be more comfortable for you. If you are truly in-between sizes, I would recommend going up rather than down.

Side note: Jack Rogers always have the size written on the inside of their shoes. If you're a half size like me, your Jacks will be marked with either a dash or M (or both) after the number on the inside of your shoe (example: 8.5 = 8- or 8-M.) When I first ordered a pair of Jacks I thought they sent me the wrong size because they fit snug like I said earlier and I thought 8-M meant 8 Medium, but after doing research I found out that's just how they mark their half sizes!


Favorite outfit to style Jacks with?

My favorite way to style Jacks is obviously with a Lilly Pulitzer dress! The bright colors of Lilly compliment the classic style of Jacks so beautifully, making them the perfect Summer combo. I do also love a good navy and white striped tee paired with white denim and gold Jacks.

Are Jacks worth the money?

Yes yes and yes!!! I think Jacks are definitely more of an investment piece but their timeless style and amazing quality make them so worth it. You will have these shoes in your closet for years to come!! (You can use my referral code for $10 off your next Jack Rogers purchase by clicking here!)

If you have any other questions about Jack Rogers I would love to answer them in the comments below!



*all opinions are my own