The Best Winter Leggings. Ever.

Top Secret Best Winter Leggings

Some of you are going to think I’ve gone insane when you read this post. Some of you will think I’ve just given up. And some of you will think I’m brilliant, go out and purchase them, and then be really, really happy getting dressed for the rest of winter.

My go-to legwear for winter are leggings, since they fit into my boots and I can wear them with dresses. A couple of years ago, Lindsey introduced me to fleece-lined tights, which I would sometimes wear under my leggings for protection. Then, my very fashionable and pregnant co-worker, Amy, told me that she had just ordered some maternity leggings that she would continue to wear even after giving birth because they were so comfortable. Amy is enviably thin–one of those pregnant women who looks exactly the same as usual except when she turns sideways–so I took this declaration to heart.

Then I found the perfect marriage of all those things: fleece-lined maternity leggings.

They came up in my Google search for fleece lined leggings and Amy’s voice rang in my head. I ordered two pairs and when they arrived I was delighted to discover that they don’t look like maternity clothing–no obvious seams or extra fabric. They’re pretty heavyweight for leggings, and jet-black. And unlike my other leggings, they don’t bag in weird places. Just a sleek, totally comfortable, and surprisingly warm legging. Pretty much everything I’ve been looking for all these years.

Anyway, I know it’s a little weird but I couldn’t resist letting you guys in on the secret of the best leggings ever. They’re buy one, get one 50% off right now at Motherhood Maternity. Don’t worry, I won’t tell if you get a pair. But you might find that you love them so much you’ll have to tell all your friends too.

This isn’t a sponsored post. I just really love these leggings!

Fall Fashion Necessities

Fall Fashion Necessities | Frock Files

After a strangely cool August (heck, a strange August all around), it’s been really hot here for the past few days. Summer’s last hurrah, I think! And since autumn is my faaaaavorite time of year, so I’ve been fall fashion hunting from my cool, air conditioned nest.

Fall always brings me back to my favorite basics, like cashmere sweaters and a good pair of jeans. But even though a lot of the pieces I own are classics, they’re not made to last forever. So it’s time to replace some of these core pieces, which is harder and more fun than I imagined.

Aside from online shopping, I’ve been trying to get more reading in (more on that next week) and a bit of cooking, too. Since James is never home for dinner these days, I’ve been eating like a bachelor, but I’m vowing to put an end to that this week–at least most nights. We’re scheduling in a little relaxation this weekend, thanks to your sweet comments on the earlier post, which urged us to do so. What are you up to this weekend?

1. Ellen Tracey Mini Trench Coat | 2. J.Crew Factory Colorblock Wool Baseball Cap | 3. J.Crew Factory Cashmere Sweater | 4. J.Crew ZigZag Scarf | 5. Gap Side-Zip Pants | 6. French Sole Sloop Ballet Flats

Romper Roundup

Summer Style Solution: Rompers | Frock Files

Rompers have never been my thing, simply because I don’t like the bathroom logistics of wearing them. But over the past month I’ve been searching for shorts and I just can’t find any that are dressy and comfortable. All of a sudden, rompers seemed like the solution, rather than a problem. Dressy enough to wear to, say, a 4th of July party. Comfortable enough to hang out in all day. You know how I love problem-solving pretty things.

After a lot of searching, here are my top contenders, covering a range of price points. Do you wear rompers? Are they your fave?

Splendid Short Women’s Romper | Forever 21 Sweet Tie Front Romper | Lulu’s Roxy Tainted Love Romper | LOFT Linen Romper

14 Days of Summer Love – MZ Wallace Giveaway!

MZ Wallace Giveaway | Frock Files

A couple of weeks ago, I read an article about extremely high achieving entrepreneurs and learned a secret to success: simplify. Many of them eat the same things every day, wear just one color all the time, and live by a very regular schedule, all because eliminating those choices allows more room in their brains for their businesses. Although I’ll probably always be someone who goes through three wardrobe changes before leaving the house, I can see how this type of streamlining comes in handy.

In fact, ever since I began using my MZ Wallace Fiona tote, I haven’t had to switch bags at all, and that’s actually relieved a lot of stress. Whenever I used to switch bags, I’d inevitably forget to transfer something important–lip balm, sunglasses, parking pass–but now that I can use the same bag for almost everything, I could pass for a Girl Scout. I’m so prepared!

MZ Wallace Giveaway | Frock Files

I’ve teamed up again with 14 other fantastic bloggers for two weeks of giveaways that we’re calling 14 Days of Summer Love, and today it’s my turn! My friends at MZ Wallace are giving one reader the opportunity to select a bag from their collections. To enter, leave a comment naming your favorite MZ Wallace bag. For bonus entries, “like” their Facebook page.

MZ Wallace Giveaway | Frock Files

This is just day six of the giveaways, so stay tuned for more great prizes. Each of the giveaways runs for three days, so you still have time to enter at Squirrelly Minds, Handmade Mood, and Design Improvised. Keep up with all the giveaways, both for this round and future ones, over at the 14 Days of Love page.

June 23  Design Improvised – $200 Home Decorator’s Gift Card
June 24 Handmade Mood – Instax Camera and Film
June 25 Squirrelly Minds – $150 Wayfair Giftcard
June 28 Jade and Fern – 2 Simple Peace Bags, The Handwoven Beach Carryall and The Organic Hemp and Cotton Farmer’s Market Bag ($120 value)
June 29 Everyday Reading – $100 Wrenn Jewelry Giveaway
July 1 Poppy Haus – Curated Art Wall from: Emily JeffordsClare Elsaesser, and Jennifer Daily (4 pieces valued at $350)
July 3 The Flair Exchange – $100 gift card to Pier One Imports
July 4 Melissa Creates – Prize Package including products from Shop Melissa Creates and a Target Gift Card (total value of $100)

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This giveaway is going to run for the next three days!  The giveaway will end on June 29th at midnight EST. Sorry, US residents only. MZ Wallace is supplying a purse for this giveaway. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Frock Files going!

14 Days of Summer Love

Chic Cape Style for Summer

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

Usually, when we take our clothes out of storage I find all of these things that I had forgotten about that I love. Not this year. In fact, as we pulled out our summer clothes I remembered how much I needed new clothes at the end of last summer. Shopping, anyone?

I’ve been on the hunt for everything summer, but for a long time I was having difficulty finding things that struck the right balance of casual, comfortable, and chic. When the UK company Joules introduced me to their new US line, I was thrilled to find that so many of their pieces are right up my alley. In fact, take a look and you’ll see splashes vintage floral–I do like to be the walking embodiment of my blog!

Joules asked me to put together a wish list for my ideal summer holiday outfit from their Vacation Shop, and I instantly thought of what I’d wear on a day on Cape Ann.

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

When we’re on the North Shore, we might go from a hot dog lunch to a lobster dinner with friends, so it’s important that I wear something that can transition easily. This is just as good for popping into little beachy boutiques as it is for sitting down with a cool glass of white wine.

I love that all of these pieces work so well both together and separately, too. The grey skirt is one of those that I’ll live in all summer, paired with a cami and cardi for the office, with a belt and an embellished top for date night, and just as it is in this collage for basically every other circumstance I can think of.

Chic Summer Style by Joules | Frock Files

And for those summer storms, I’ve already got my eye on a pair of Wellies from Joules’ large selection! They are, after all, English. They know how to conquer rain in style.

Are you already acquainted with Joules? I’d love to hear about what would make your summer style wish list. Until then, enjoy this first official weekend of summer!

This post was sponsored by Joules but all opinions are my very own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make it possible for me to continue investing in Frock Files.

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