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The Easiest Spring Styles

Sometimes it feels like the seasons change over one weekend. We finally received some much needed rain over the past few weeks and this past week finally feels like spring has arrived (hello sunshine!).

With a new season, means a new wardrobe.
Which means finding time to scope out new pieces to add to your closet. Personally, I often don’t have time to take time and go out shopping. So I prefer getting some easy pieces that I know will last me a long time, will go with my existing pieces in rotation and easy enough to throw on for work or weekend.

This season was hard to narrow down my favorites, but a few that stood out can be versatile for most California weather well through fall and easy to become staples within a solid spring/summer wardrobe

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  1. This shoe has recently become a Tory Burch favorite. The Lexington wedge is an easy style that you will live in almost year round – and is honestly comfortable. (Tory Burch)
  2. Sweater tank. I know what you’re thinking, a sweater for a warm weather season? But it’s a tank. And it’s a breathable woven. So it works  – really well. A great top to pair with cutoff denim shorts or tucked into some amazing joggers (as pictured).(360 Sweater)
  3. A perfect in season wash, and a relaxed fit are ideal for the coming months. This denim is your go-to-throw-on-with-any-top kind of pant that keeps it’s fit day to day. (Fidelity Denim).
  4. I’ll start by saying the picture does not do this one justice. This jumpsuit is hardly, a jumpsuit. On, it looks like a dress – flowy and ridiculously comfortable. So it’s absolutely perfect for bike rides and windy days. You’re welcome. (Tysa Designs)
  5. 5.   I’m happy that joggers are still on trend. (Okay, maybe I’m a little bias, since they typically are offered in shorter inseams and are ideal for my 5’3 self). Anyways, there are a great alternative to a denim since they’re a lighter pant and ultimately become your best friend when you bring on all your spring/summer vacations. (Velvet)

Happy Spring shopping!

Gifts for Your: Best Friend

As someone who loves buying gifts for people rather than myself, I especially enjoy getting gifts for my best friends. Having been scouring the internet for the past month, I’ve come across quite a few piece that I know they would love.

  1. This blanket literally feels like, if a cloud and a hug had a baby. Need I say more?
  2. Raw cut druzy stone earrings offer the right amount of sparkle and dimension. P.S. This collection is all handmade in the Bay Area.
  3. I’ll be sipping my CADE Sauvingon Blanc this season in this ultra chic stemless wineglass.
  4. The perfect pair of slippers to step into after work. And totally wearable to go out and get your latte on a Sunday morning.
  5. An ideal everday tote bag with a smooth finish and optional monogram detail.
  6. Dress up simple tea lights with these pretty tea light holders.

H A P P Y  S H O P P I N G !

Redefining Your Winter Wardrobe

This winter season here in Napa, we are yet again hoping for a season of true cold weather conditions and an abundance of rain. And while we’ll most likely at least get cooler temperatures, that’s a good enough reason for us to wear our winter coats and scarves. However, whether you’re here on the west or east coast, we all have become accustomed to reaching for the same neutral winter color palette and often fail to incorporate other colors that are often available but we tend to overlook.

Find your wint-spiration below + enjoy!

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Behind The Threads: Road Twenty-Two

We have long been a fan of locally made products, especially clothing. So when we discovered this gem of a company based in San Francisco, that creates perfect fitting tees while carrying out their mission in which the brand was built upon: employing women who have faced challenges in their life, including previously incarcerated women in the Bay Area, we knew had to place an order right away. We especially love Road Twenty Two’s enormous philanthropic effort in creating jobs for women within the brand and love all the super soft fabrics they use that make you feel the need to buy the same tee in five colors (not that that is necessarily a bad thing…).

We spoke more about the line with Road Twenty Two CEO, Fif Ghobadian for this month’s, ‘Behind The Threads’.

 

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1.       What has been your biggest accomplishment with Road Twenty Two?

The biggest accomplishment is when we see customer and store feedback that is equally as passionate about our mission and product as we are. When we see people on the streets wearing our Tees and when we hear people talking about our brand with pure love. Also, it is beyond gratifying to employ amazing women who deserve every opportunity but are unfortunately are black balled by the system.

2.       Besides the fantastic foundation in which the line is built upon, how do your shirts set themselves apart from other t-shirt brands?

Our shirts are created from luxurious US fabrics which have been washed in enzymes for ultra softness.  Road 22 shirts fit to perfection the skim the body, cling in all the right places and fit most body types.  The shirts are casual yet polished, fashionable not trendy and can be take you from day into evening.

3.       How do you see the line evolving within five years?

Our vision is to expand our line beyond Tees for women to all knits, button down shirts and cashmeres. We will continue to expand our men’s line next and then eventually we will have a kid’s line. We are going to be a national brand known for our high quality products and for creating a social movement of giving people a second chance and putting them back into society.

4.       We love that Road Twenty Two is produced entirely in San Francisco. What do you find most special about this aspect within the brand

We are supporting a local community and its wonderful to bring back garment manufacturing to San Francisco.We can just walk over to see our  shirts being produced and we have our pulse on every step of the production.

5.       Do you see the line spanning beyond knit tees and basics in the future?  

Yes, we are definitely going to be much more than Knit tees. We will have wovens and a full Men’s and Kid’s line.

 

Find out more about and shop the line here and check out PlumpJackSport at The Carneros Inn for Road Twenty Two clothing!

Fall Florals

Floral prints aren’t just for spring.

Elegant versions of this feminine classic print can be found on silks, chiffon and accessories for fall and we’re loving them all (we love them so much it makes us rhyme…). Floral prints for fall offer a sophisticated feel, so any piece will make a great addition to your closet.

A few pieces we’re currently loving:

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NYC Market Essentials

Ah yes, New York Fashion Week is just wrapping up in NYC. Which means us buyers get to go in next week and have all the fun pick out all the fresh new styles to bring in our stores for Spring.

I love attending market (fashion market: where we go twice a year to pick out the latest and greatest styles for PlumpJackSport at The Carneros Inn) in September vs. February in New York, as it allows for a broader variety of what I can wear. Since we’re on our feet all day long and walking around the city morning and night, I’ve learned how crucial it is to embrace the happy hybrid of fashion and function.

Here’s a glimpse into my go-to market essentials.nyc

 

1. a versatile carry on/market bag: this bag is nylon, so it’s easy to clean if I spill my wine the kid in front of you spills their juice on the plane due to turbulence, yet roomy and durable, for when we’re lugging around five pounds of orders and looksbooks/linesheets each day. (Tory Burch)

2. comfy, but cute sneakers: sneakers have a come a long way in breaking into the modern fashion world, so it’s almost impossible to not find a cute pair. I especially love these because I’m obsessed with leopard print it’s a great neutral to pair with almost any outfit on my trip. (Sam Edelman)

3. classic shades: an absolute staple – and it’s such a beautiful, sunny time in NYC right now. Protect those eyes in style! (A.J. Morgan)

4. a dark, casual to dressy jean: i live in relaxed/boyfriend-ish style denim, because it’s so easy to take from day to night and you could style with essentially, any shoe. These are comfortable enough to wear all day and flawless to wear at night with a dressy top. mapbild (Paige Denim)

5. a big, cozy neutral scarf: this is part of ‘Flying 101’. Steer clear of those shady airplane blankets and opt for a spacious, soft scarf to wrap up when it gets chilly during your flight or throw on when it gets chilly at night if you’re out to dinner. (Calypso)

 

Behind The Threads: Fidelity Denim

Everyone loves a good pair of jeans. And finding that perfect fit and wash is a journey that us ladies will always be on. So when we stumbled upon, Fidelity Denim, a made in California denim line offering an emphasis on the science behind the best fitting jean, we had to bring it in to PlumpJackSport. Lead designer at Fidelity Denim and previous Creative Director at Level 99 jeans, Rokhsan Enanoria spoke with us about the foundation of Fidelity Denim and up and coming styles to have on your fall radar.


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1. Fidelity Denim’s motto is, “Devoted to Denim” – what’s the story behind this? Fidelity’s focus is denim and will always be denim.  It what we are passionate about.  We are constantly asked by customers for other types of clothing/secondary’s to be added to collection.  However, we are devoted to the idea to making beautiful, rich, pure, fitting denim.

2. We all have that one pair of go-to denim that is our tried and true fit, style and wash. What has been become the most versatile style from Fidelity, that the average girl can wear year round? Definitely the Charlie.  This is a fit that is a true skinny.  Just between your ultra skinny and the skinny straight.

3. What sets Fidelity Denim apart from other denim lines out there? Fidelity pledges unwavering devotion to the finest fabrications. Fidelity promises to proudly manufacture every garment in the U.S.A, in a meticulous manner, for the ultimate fit. Fidelity honor’s blue jean history and strives to generate happiness and confidence in all those who create, sell or wear Fidelity.

4. Most people have a skinny, boot cut, cropped and shorts in their current wardrobe. What is a key denim style that we should be on the look for? Flares are an important piece in any wardrobe with the 70’s trend right now. Also, for that forward customer, anti fits and re worked boyfriends are also relevant.

5. What is the best way to care for your denim and get the most life out your favorite pair? Denim is best when it’s  never washed.  The characters of the fabric and it’s weave show through best after aging.

Days of Denim

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Denim is one of my favorite categories. There’s a wash for every occasion, a fit for everybody type and style for every age.

At the moment, I’m especially loving a good boyfriend jean in a medium worn in wash, like the Fidelity Denim Axl jean and pair with a wedge or heel to balance the relaxed leg. For a cleaner style, I’ve always been a fan of a good J Brand dark rinse skinny and often wear with a flat or sandal. The Indio wash from Hudson offers a lighter wash and cropped fit, so you can pair with a white tee in the fall months and still have a summer vibe.

Right now, we have the whole spectrum of new washes and fits to take you into fall and winter and we cannot wait to pair with cozy sweaters that will be arriving in the coming weeks!

 

Fall Pieces We’re Currently Falling For

 

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Even though temps have been hotter than hot here in Napa, they’re not stopping the fall arrivals from coming our way. Which makes us wish we could sport the latest hats and sweaters sooner than later. In the meantime, we can lust over some pieces that we can’t wait to wear full throttle in the next few months.

SUNNIES: if you typically reach for a black or tortoise frame, this olive color is a good way to switch it up + the fit is fantastic.

BLACK PANT: an updated fall staple + the softest fabric ever.

TEE: the color of the year + goes with your fall color palette.

NECKLACE: the necklace you’ll wear all year long + the most dainty piece to pair with everything.

FLOPPY HAT: two words: instant chic + just the right amount of flop.

SWEATER: asymmetrical hem + neutral color, makes for your not so average fall sweater.

 

The Bag We Can’t Get Enough Of

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Everyone loves a good tote bag. I mean, it’s a must in this day and age. At the same time, it’s hard to not have 52 different ones. Until we came across Tory Burch’s latest bag – The Perry Tote. This bag is fantastic in every aspect. Constructed with Tory’s signature buttery soft pebbled leather and contrast color inside, it fits all your essentials and then some. If you’re in need of an upgraded staple tote bag, you might want to meet this new guy, Perry and add to your collection. The makes 53.