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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

Easy Chocolate Chip Scones.

Hi loves! Today I woke up in the mood to bake something. It's quite chilly out so I thought what better way to compliment my morning coffee than with a warm scone fresh out of the oven! I found this recipe on Pinterest and in just a few minutes I whipped up some delicious scones!! They were easy to make and most of the ingredients I already had in my pantry. Note: I did not have buttermilk so I just used regular 2% milk with half a lemon squeezed into it and that worked wonderfully. I also did not have butter so I used margarine, and again, that worked fine. Lastly I used a tri-blend of chocolate chips for added flavor! I did not make the glaze because honestly I was too eager to dive into these beauties right when they came out of the oven haha! They were scrumptious all by themselves but I think they would taste heavenly with some clotted cream too!


Preppy Home Decor.

Hi friends! How are you today? To be honest, I have my good days and bad days. Somedays I feel very productive and creative, while other days it's a struggle to even get out of my pjs. Right now I am just trying to look on the bright side of things and be thankful to have all of this free time at home with Joe and to be healthy and safe. 

To keep myself occupied during this quarantine, I've been really getting into home decor! We already repainted our bathroom (photos to come soon!!) and now I am planning on redoing our guest bedroom! The projects in our house are endless so I figured I might as well tackle as many as I can before I have to go back to work.

While scouring the internet over the last few days for inspiration ideas, I came across SO many adorable "preppy" home decor pieces that I wanted to share with you!! I love a good, clean, blue and white themed room with pops of wicker/rattan and some greenery sprinkled throughout to keep things looking fresh. My goal is to have every room in my house look like that!

You can shop the pieces for each rooms mood board by clicking on the links below and you can follow me on Pinterest here for more ideas!

J Crew Factory Spring Try-On.

Hi friends! Spring is almost here and that means it's time for a little wardrobe refresh! I thought it would be fun to do a little try on session of some new pieces that just arrived at J Crew Factory (I am a manager there and it's always so neat to see the new goodies first!) Let me know which look is your favorite! Also, I am totally noticing a red, white and blue theme here... but what can I say? I love the classics!

Happy shopping!!

Striped Sweater (runs small, size up) | Red Cardigan | Cropped Jeans (true to size) | Gingham Bag | Sneakers (run large, size down)

Trench Coat (size up for a comfier fit) | Striped Tee | Jeans | Nude Flats | Gingham Bag

Gingham Dress (true to size) | Cork Clutch | Hat | Red Heels

Gift Guide for the Preppy Girl.

Tis the season for hot cocoa, Christmas movie marathons and of course, shopping! For my first gift guide this year I thought it would be fun to share some gift ideas for the preppy girl in your life. Some of these items I own and can't live without, and others are on my own wish list this year! You can shop all of my picks by clicking on the links below. Happy shopping!

My Preppy Picks.

*items with a star next to them are items that I own and would highly recommend!

Autumn Weekend in Vermont.

Last month Joseph and I headed up to Vermont for a long weekend to enjoy some fall foliage- and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! I had never seen a true New England Autumn before and it was even more spectacular than I could even imagine! 

We drove to Woodstock on Saturday, October 12th and the whole way up we were in awe at the bright orange, red and golden colored leaves that covered the mountain sides (I highly recommend taking route 7 for some of the best views!) Upon arrival, we immediately changed and headed to the infamous Sleepy Hollow Farm to snap some photos. Side note: there is no real address for Sleepy Hollow Farm so just type Cloudland Road into your GPS and it will take you to a back road and from there you park on the side and follow the road on foot until you come across the farm (it was a lot farther than anticipated so be sure to wear comfortable shoes ha!) The farm was absolutely beautiful and is a must see while in Woodstock!! After exploring the farm, we headed to downtown Woodstock and grabbed a bite to eat for dinner. Downtown Woodstock looked like it's right out of a Hallmark movie- so many homes were decked out with mums, pumpkins and tasteful Halloween decor! 

The next day we woke up bright and early and started our journey to Stowe, Vermont. On the way there, we stopped at Cold Hollow Cider Mill and grabbed some hot apple cider and apple cider donuts! From there, we headed to Stowe Mountain Resort to ride the gondola up the side of the mountain! This was SO much fun and a great way to see all the fall foliage (lucky for us it was peak season and the leaves were so vibrant!) We took a small picnic up on the mountain and found a quiet spot to just sit, relax and enjoy all the foliage. It was my favorite part of our trip. After spending a while on top of the mountain, we headed to downtown Stowe and had a delicious lunch at Cafe on Main- I had a cup of clam chowder and the turkey cranberry sandwich! After popping in and out of all the local shops we headed back to Woodstock for the evening. 

For our final morning in Vermont we headed back to downtown Woodstock and grabbed coffee at Mon Vert Cafe and strolled around one last time to take in all of the Autumnal beauty. I did not want to leave! 

Until next time, Vermont.

Ps: you can find links to what Joe and I wore at the bottom of the post :)

What I'm wearing: Orange Blazer (thrifted, J Crew) | Skirt (old, J Crew Factory) | Green Headband | Sherpa Vest (gifted) | Navy Striped Sweater (gifted) | Gingham Shirt (gifted) | Bean Boots | Cream Cable Knit Sweater (gifted) | Chambray Shirt | Lace up Boots (gifted) | Sweater Dress (thrifted, similar) Riding Boots (old, similar) | Coral Dress (available in blue) | Quilted Jacket (old, J Crew Factory) | Camel Turtleneck Sweater | Brown Loafers (gifted)

What Joseph is wearing: Sherpa Vest (gifted) | Gingham Shirt (old, similar) | Maroon 1/2 Zip Sweatshirt (gifted) | Corduroy Pants | Boots (gifted) | Cream Cable Knit Sweater | Flannel Shirt | Teal 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt