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This Week I Love …

… the abundance of high-rise styles currently on the market.

I know high rises aren’t for everyone. Low and even mid rises hit me at exactly the wrong spot and make me unspeakably miserable, and depending on how you’re built high rises may do the same for you. But they’re the ONLY style of jeans and pants I can wear, and I’m thrilled to see a variety of washes, sizes, and styles available right now.

Here are a few styles and brands I love:

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Karen Kane Zuma Twill Jean – $109

We’ll start with my standby: Karen Kane denim. I know this is a lot to pay for a pair of jeans, but I’ve worn my pairs on the blog and off and just straight-up adore them. I bought a pair of black Old Navy jeans about 9 months after I got my black Zumas, and the ON pair has already faded twice as much. Lots of stretch but no sagging, a slim leg, and a nice high rise. There’s a cropped version, too, in some fun colors for fall.

All Karen Kane jeans and pants are high-rise, so if you’re not into skinnies, there might still be options for ya. Plus sizes available in some styles. Made in the U.S.A.

cn9026067Gap 1969 Resolution True Skinny High-rise – $34.99 – $79.95
use code COOL for 40% off until midnight

My other go-to right now is Gap, a brand that resisted high rises for a billion years before unveiling a great little collection earlier this year. They’ve got dark and light washes, several levels of distress, and tall and petite sizes in many styles. I’ve also got a couple of pairs of Gap Factory high rise skinnies that are super comfy, but tend to bag a bit after a day of wearing.

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Everlane Slouchy Trouser – $120

I will admit that I’m yet to place my first Everlane order, but based on Grechen’s opinion alone I’m more than willing to recommend the brand. The company is extremely transparent about its sourcing and production methods, and dedicated to lower markups than traditional retail. These pants are an unlined mid-weight wool twill, and in a cut that would look equally appropriate at the office or at a funky restaurant.

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Pretty much any pair of NYDJ pants or jeans – $30 – $150 (this is the pair shown above)

I’m linking you to 6pm above, but also check Amazon, Nordstrom, and eBay for great pricing, especially if you’re looking for past-season styles or colors. Again, a spendy brand at full price, but comfortable, well-made, and available in a mind-blowing array of colors and styles, many in regular, petite, and plus sizes. The brand recommends buying a size down from your regular to optimize the “tummy panel,” but that has never worked for me. I buy my regular size and am far comfier in them. Made in the U.S.A.

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Jones New York Sloane – $33 -$89

Again, the vast majority of JNY styles are high rise, but this classic wide-leg dress pant is incredibly versatile. Pocket-free and pared-down, it’s made from a seasonless, stretchy poly blend and comes in petite and plus sizes, too. Macy’s has some cute new JNY styles for fall.

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Pretty much any pair of Talbots pants or jeans – $29 – $139 (this is the pair shown above)

I don’t wear this brand much myself anymore, but still praise them constantly for their size diversity – most styles are available in regular, petite, and plus sizes with a decent though smaller group in petite plus and tall sizes. Talbots will occasionally do a mid-rise, but the vast majority of their jeans and pants sit at the waist. And now’s a great time to buy since dozens of pairs are 50% off or more.

Premium denim brands like Paige and J Brand are hopping on the high-waisted bandwagon, too, showing everything from skinnies to flares, and you can get some great deals on them through the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, running until August 2.

Who else is a high-rise fan? Any other styles or brands to recommend?

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This Week I Love …

tide pen

… my Tide Pen.

I am a spaghetti sauce magnet. Also salad dressing. And occasionally ice cream. Oh, who am I kidding, my klutzy nature means that most of my meals end up decorating my clothes in one way or another. And although I still swear by Palmolive as the ultimate stain remover, you’ve gotta dampen the stain, douse it in Palmolive, let it sit, wash it, and await the results. (Usually miraculous, occasionally only passable.) Sometimes you can’t make it home to change, and sometimes you end up with a stain that needs immediate triage. Enter the Tide Pen.

This little wonder is ideal for dealing with or pre-treating stains as they happen and works best on “fresh” stains. Just as the manufacturer says, the Tide Pen works beautifully on tomato juice, ketchup, BBQ sauce, grape juice, coffee, wine, tea, and chocolate syrup. I remember going to a banquet with Husband Mike and his coworkers, and watching one of his managers dip the sleeve of her ivory silk blouse in a cherry sauce. I whipped out my Tide Pen and TOTALLY SAVED THE DAY. Some reviewers have had good luck with oily stains, but I’ve had mixed results myself. A few vinaigrettes have needed the full Palmolive treatment. But overall, this product works beautifully in a pinch and can save your clothes from ruination.

Anyone else a fan of the Tide Pen? Other stain triage products to recommend?

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This Week I Love …

amope pedi

… my Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Pedicure Foot File.

You guys know so much gross stuff about me already, I figure why not throw another one onto the fire? I get SERIOUS calluses during the summer months. Big, hard, yellow suckers that no bath soak will soften and no amount of nightly lotion-application will cure. A couple of years ago, I walked away from a pedicure with one of these foot files, and used it until it absolutely fell apart. It was only mildly effective anyway, so when I heard about the gadget pictured above, I was more than a little intrigued.

As you can probably imagine, you turn it on, run it over your foot calluses, your heels, anywhere that’s got a buildup of hardened skin, and it grinds that stuff down quite nicely. This is a fast-moving rotor head, so be very careful not to apply it to un-callused skin or you’re gonna be in a world of hurt. But I never feel a thing when using it on the hard stuff.

You definitely need to pair your Amopé Pedi Foot File with a routine of f00t care that includes moisturizers; It won’t give you smooth, soft feet all on its own. But man, it sure helps.

Anyone else tried this gadget? Thoughts? Other options to share for summertime callus care?

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