Friday Finds // Surf's Up

What are your plans for the weekend? It's Thanksgiving in Canada and stormy here in Texas, naturally I'm surfing the web (do people still say 'surfing the web'?) while deciding whether it's OK to eat a box of Stove Top for dinner. I have a pretty fun weekend lined up, an outdoor, live band cycling class with JoyRide, the first pre-season Spurs home game, Facetime dates with some of my favorites north of the border and I'm going to try my hand at embroidering apparel #staytuned...

In the meantime, here are some things that caught my eye + a peek at pieces I picked up this week:

J. Crew has teamed up with New Balance to release their first ever activewear line this Tuesday, Oct. 11th, my girl crush Taryn Toomey is featured modelling some classic pieces, I have my eye on some of the brighter orange + navy styles, check them out here.

I've been making this soup non-stop, I add vermicelli noodles + put chicken breasts in the crock pot earlier in the day so I have shredded chicken ready to go making it quicker to whip together at night. Add sriracha for an extra kick,

I bought this crop top and couldn't be prouder wearing it/happier to support the brand.

I'm obsessed with these dog accessories. Now I just need a dog.

I've been running to Spotify Running mixes, it matches songs to your cadence.

I had a hand in this collaboration between HEMM X Brunette the Label - I've worn it daily!

I'm going surfing here this week and there's no ocean for miles...

Some fun free desktop art.

This article makes me want to go back to Marfa immediately.

I updated the OG SHOP, enjoy ~xo LDLF

#sweatfancy #getdirtyplaybig

photo cred: J. Crew + yours truly.

Calvin Klein // Classy Crop Tops

I love the crop top trend. But not too short. I'm not talking Lady Gaga showing off her underboob, I'm Lady Gaga circa 2103 in a *longer* crop top and loose trousers

I have a short torso so finding shirts that I like and fit me right is a nightmare (*slight exaggeration). Wearing a pair of high-waisted bottoms and a 'classy crop' brings me J-O-Y. I'm about to do a closet purge today and all the tops that cut me off at a 'weird spot' aren't going to make the cut. Naturally, knowing that my closet is about to be emptier, I'm cruising Pinterest for outfit inspiration asking myself what I actually want to wear every day vs. filling my closet with trending pieces I never end up wearing. Classy cropped tops (yes, they are a thing) are catching my eye.

So why a blog post on this CK cropped tank & tee? Because Calvin Klein is classic. They're the only brand who's name I'm willing to broadcast around my torso, why? Unknown. Maybe because Marky Mark and Beckham also wear it wrapped around their chiseled torsos, I'll ponder that today.

Both tank and tee are only available at Urban Outfitters, good news is you can order both online, whew. Pair them with high-rise leggings from lululemon to/during/from your workouts and casually or dressed up with low slung baggies or a high-waisted denim. While on the UO site, check out their denim, I have a few pairs of BDG high-rise styles and a pair of CK ripped boyfriends that I love.

~xo LDLF


Photo cred: Urban Outfitters

Converse Essentials Collection // Closet Staples

Converse launched a 5-piece 'Essentials' collection and I was vibrating with hopeful excitement as I waited for the page to load. I’m in the space of less is more right now. Going through my closet I can honestly say I wear about 30% of it consistently, so why am I hanging on to the other 70%?  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve tried something on only to take it off and grab one of my trusted favorites. Each piece in the collection is intended to get better with time (like us), made with a cotton jersey that softens with wear and washes yet maintains it’s initial construction. I’m seriously hoping this means I can buy 1 (or 2) t-shirts, wear them with everything from ripped skinnies, to a high-waisted skirt to my luxtreme leggings to/from spin class.

First on my must-have list is the t-shirt, I‘m lovin’ how girl crush Bianca Cheah has it styled on Sportluxe, layering 2 of them, tying a note on the bottom/side or simply rolling the sleeves. Rolling your t-shirt sleeves literally takes the style to a whole new level, here’s an adorable vid w/3 ways to roll t-shirt sleeves – take note that I would try out his first 2 demonstrations with your t-shirt off, you’ll know what I mean when you see his first option. The sweatpants and crew are #2 and #3 on my wish list, teaching spin and checking out other classes are part of my daily routine so I need pieces that are easy to throw on + look sporty chic. It's all about sweatin' fancy.

High Snobiety also featured the collection this week, street styling it on Berlin cool crew NULLDREINULL (think pink high-tops & gold chains #yesplease). Each publication has a different take on the line, one sporty, one street, and both work possibly proving that Converse has created a line that hipsters and jocks alike will rock and love. Check out both sites and shop the full men’s and women’s Converse Essentials collection here.

Converse Essentials on Oil & Grain

PS, these weather-ready aka water-proof Converse high top sneakers also caught my eye this week. 

~xo LDLF


Photo cred: Sportluxe