Trinity Down Vest from Royal Robbins

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( September 4th, 2015 )

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There is a new favorite in my closet these past couple of weeks. It’s the trinity down vest from Royal Robbins. The trinity down vest is a stylish take on your traditional puffy vest. It features a unique herringbone print, and a flattering chevron quilt pattern. The overall result, is a vest that bridges the gaps between sporty, outdoorsy, and chic.

I felt that I could get away with wearing this vest over a sophisticated and flowy tunic with my new black boots from Matisse or with jeans and a t-shirt and a pair of hiking boots. That’s exactly the kind of versatility you need from a travel garment.

Here’s a comment about vests in general: get one; they are magic. I am one of those women who runs cold, and when I imagine a remedy, it involves tea, a huge, long-and-baggy-sleeved sweater, and bringing the comforter from my bed so I curl up in it on the couch. Back to vests: I am always amazed how warm I can be when I just insulate my core! Warm all day, arms unencumbered. It’s a fantastic solution for whatever your day demands. Especially in a season like autumn—which is upon us, by the way! I’m feeling pretty done with summer these days—especially since Washington caught fire. This morning, I have the heater on!

Let’s get into the details. I love the tailoring of this vest. the way the quilting changes on the sides helps you keep a feminine figure under the fluff. The inside of the pockets are super soft and they are a great size for your hands. Royal Robbins even calls them “hand warmer” pockets, so you know that’s what they’re designed for. They’ll stay nice and warm in there. The lining of the vest is fun and quirky. A print that looks like fur! I love a garment that makes me feel like I’ve got a secret. I should show you a pic. Here you go:

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If you’re in the market for a vest, this is a good one. I choose mangrove green, but you have options.

I almost forgot to tell you! I was too busy loving the style of this piece that I spaced on some key features: UPF 50+, water repellent, wrinkle resistant. Just some of the benefits of getting your clothes from a company like Royal Robbins where functionality and fashion meet.

 

Go in style,

Jacquelyn Barnes

 

I received this item for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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What to Wear in Mexico City in August/September

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( August 14th, 2015 )

I’ve told you what to wear in Paris and London. I thought it was time to change continents and tell you what to wear in Mexico City.

What to wear in Mexico City

Ililily Blouse / Columbia Raincoat / Karen Kane A-Line Dress / Felt Fedora / Green Scarf / Linen Pants / What a Crescent Surprise Necklace / Cushe Glimmer Dress Sandal / Heading in the Bright Direction Bag / Toms Shoes

Mexico City may be in Mexico, but nobody dresses like they are going to the beach. It’s a city—one at a fairly high elevation, too. Be ready for it too cool down a little at night.

If you’re traveling in August or September, you’ve just missed the warm season, but you’re not out in the cold just yet. That means you’ll need to be prepared for everything. Look for highs in the seventies and lows in the forties. Bring a scarf, some close-toed shoes, a rain jacket.

You’ll want to keep the jewelry simple. Bling will make you a target for theft.

A small messenger type bag might be good to carry around—less touristy than a backpack. This Modcloth bag is pretty cute—and it even has a travel-themed name.

You’ll want shoes you can dress up for a night out dancing salsa or meringue, but nothing that will cause you to tumble on the cobblestones.

Now you know what to wear in Mexico City. Have fun!

Go in style,

Jacquelyn

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Ahnu’s Coburn Boot, a little something for the men

by Jacquelyn Barnes
( August 7th, 2015 )

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A long, long time ago, I told you I would give you some more insight into what my husband Ty and I thought of Ahnu’s Coburn boot.

Like all Ahnu shoes, the Coburn is packed with the latest technology. They use durable leathers—waterproof, of course—and a stylish rubber toe protector. (I adore the stitching and shape of the toe protectors on most of Ahnu’s hiking boots. Somehow their boots look rugged and classy at the same time.)

The tongue is gusseted to keep out water and debris. The incredibly waterproof bootie uses eVent technology, so you aren’t trudging along in a pair of sweat buckets. Ahnu’s Coburn Boot also uses Numentum technology to help guide the foot with stability while maintaining athletic forefoot flexibility, preventing stone bruising, and remaining incredibly lightweight so you can keep on hiking. In the picture above we just did a little memorial day weekend trip. We averaged eight miles a day, both grateful for our Ahnu boots.

My husband typically does not like wearing boots that go above the ankle, but when he picked out the Coburn, he decided to put that to the test. Turns out Ahnu’s Coburn Boot struck the perfect balance, providing more support for the ankle, but remaining soft enough that he didn’t feel restricted by the ankle. He found that the eVent technology did it’s job and kept his feet well ventilated.

Turns out, we’re both impressed by Ahnu’s design and technology.

Any time someone mentions needing hiking boots (or not), I preach the Ahnu gospel. I converted my husband. Who’s next?

Buy Ahnu’s Coburn Boot here!

Go in style (and make sure he does, too),

Jacquelyn

 

*We received this item for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are our own.

 

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