Frigidness is not in fashion

November 26th, 2014

…& neither are the subsequent sniffles, a result of not prepping properly for the cold. So today we partnered with ModCloth to bring you our favorite layered looks from the brand – just in time for Thanksgiving we might add. Subtext: that one day of winter break that you might want to peel off the sweatpants so that it’s less obvious to Aunt Martha just why you’re still single, or you feel a little more like a human while pouring gravy down your gullet, or so that you’re a smidge more prepared for the candids mom takes and then immediately posts to Facebook.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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modcloth simply snuggly cardigan / modcloth chill out on the town scarf in taupe / modcloth turn on tour lovelight top / let’s get cozy art print / alexander wang matte leather pencil skirt / john lewis merino wool ankle socks / peter nappi celia slingbacks in jade

Reasons for our choices: If you’re doing a bulkier top half with a cozy cardi & infinity scarf, show off those gams with a sleeker bottom. Black skinny jeans could also work. We’re big fans of mixed media, lately its band tees + [something dressier]. “Something dressier” can translate to leather, sequins, metallics, heels, a blazer — just anything that ups the social acceptability of donning a cotton concert billboard. The Peter Nappi slingbacks were chosen as an ode to a recent trip to Nashville where we got to tour the Italian shoe designer’s only US shop. And because his works of art go for $550 a pop, get a pair that is seasonally transferable, and go from summer to winter by adding a pair of wool ankle socks.

There you have it. We with you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and hope that your pencil skirt doubles as a girdle.

Rocksbox Giveaway!

November 12th, 2014

you may have seen our recent instagrams showing off our rocksbox swag. and now, just in time for the season of giving, we’re gifting you guys a free month to try out our new favorite subscription service.

think of rocksbox as the birchbox + rent the runway jewelry lovechild. you get a box of 3 pieces of jewelry to test out for as long as you like & when you’re bored of them, you either send them back or buy them. & if/when you send the pieces back, you can get a whole new set. since we’re gals that get over our clothes, etc. pretty darn quickly, this is the perfect type of subscription for us.

to get started, you just need to sign up here, take a style quiz so the folks at rocksbox know what type of jewelry to send, & then wait anxiously on your front stoop for your beautiful ribbon-wrapped gift to arrive.

we’re obsessed with our accessories — from house of harlow 1960, robyn rhodes, & margaret elizabeth — so figured we’d share with you how we styled them. anna’s mix of boho & modern pieces were the perfect companions on her visit to nashville this past weekend and accompanied her grand ole opry look.

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 {anna’s vest & purse are vintage, so we’ve scouted some equally awesome options}

 dkny faux fur vest / toit volant bohemian wild dress / tesori kinsley booties / isabella fiore earla embroidered crossbody bag / margaret elizabeth bezel necklace / robyn rhodes molly bracelet / house of harlow 1960 sunburst button earrings


so why wouldn’t you take advantage of this gracious gift from rocksbox & yours truly? we suggest you do! & then instagram your gifted goods & tag us please. we’d love to see what the stylists at rocksbox picked out especially for you.

& in case you somehow forgot, we wanted to remind you that you can find us on instagramfacebook, & twitter all day, everyday. xo.

remember us?

October 30th, 2014

guys: we know we completely left you hanging for quite some time now, but you know when your hobby/little side gig becomes too burdensome that it feels like a second full time job & you just become uninspired & therefore force yourself to take a break? yeah, well that happened to us.  we needed some time to breathe, focus on ourselves/our relationships/okay, & our fulltime jobs… & step away from the blogging scene for a bit.

but have no fear, we never really left ya! if you are still following along then you already know this, but we have remained active, as promised, on instagram, twitter, facebook, & (sometimes) pinterest… & most of you never left our sides (one reason why we love you).

last spring, when we began our blogging hiatus, our posts were pretty much focused on fashion & music. & now, maybe because we are getting old (almost 30? holy moly), we also find ourselves more & more interested in home design & cooking (who are we these days, really?)

so now, this is where you all come in. we want to know: what do you want to see on annacroswell this time around? leave your comments here or on facebook/tweet us, etc. you know the drill!

& we promise we will never leave you like that ever again.

xo party people,

lauren & anna

thursday thrift: h&m conscious exclusive

March 27th, 2014

hm jacket

h & m crop

h & m 4

h&m dress

{all images via fashionista}

behold, our favorite looks from the 3rd annual h & m conscious exclusive collection. available april 10th, each item is crafted from sustainable materials, such as organic leather & organic silk. go team!

although these aren’t all exactly at the price point that we would consider “thrifty” {hello, gorgeous & amazing sergeant pepper-esque white jacket for $399}, we know ya’ll can’t resist a $25 crop top or $20 earrings.

here’s to hoping spring comes rather quickly to our dear cities so that we can rock sleeveless anything.

& don’t forget to mark your calendars for april 10th. {we imagine there will be the same type of hysteria that occurs when a designer collabs with target… eeeeks}

what we want wednesday: jac vanek everything

March 26th, 2014

whatever forever


if you have never heard of jac vanek before, let us introduce you. let’s just say that we really appreciate when one’s outfit makes a statement for itself… & anytime you wear one of vanek’s creations, you’ll do just that.

some of her famous phrases {as seen on her tees & sweatshirts} are as follows:

whatever forever {as seen above on a blogger/models}

later nerds

more people have read this shirt than your blog


young and stupid

get lost


i don’t need money {our personal fave}


& good news: all of these tees & most of the sweatshirts are all on super sale because the summer line has just been debuted.

get ‘em while they’re hot {and half off}.

tunesday: babes you should know

March 25th, 2014

having just been in sxsw two weeks ago, we were left with a barrage of bands to reacquaint ourselves with and songs to stream on repeat. but what stood out the most was the high caliber of young female talent gracing the stages. it was hard to narrow down, but since you’re all probably at work suffering from cold-induced ADD, here are just a few of the chicks you need to add to your music rotation in 2014 and beyond.

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chlöe howl

style takeaway: liquid liner & “i can kick your ass” attitude

song to play: “this song’s not about you


tove lo

style takeaway: docs & “whatever she feels cool in”

song to play: “habits


betty who

style takeaway: bette davis meets pink

song to play: “somebody loves you



style takeaway: gap-toothed & gorgeous

song to play: “mind the gap

happy #tunesday!

monday montage: mary-kate & march madness

March 24th, 2014

Celebrities Attend The Dallas Mavericks Vs The New York Knicks Game

maybe they love basketball bc the height difference isn’t so obvious? although the age difference still certainly is.

two seemingly unrelated, but very relevant “m” themes going on today…

but first a quick word from your writers: even though spring break doesn’t mean sipping piña coladas out of coconuts or jetting off to the bahamas with our sorority sisters anymore, we still think us old ladies needed a break from the winter doldrums. and break we did – in the form of sxsw, naps, bachelorettes, and lots of family time.

but now we’re back on track, stalking olsens anonymous & filling our brackets/finding another excuse to go the bar as the temps dip to 21 degrees again.


1) mary-kate is recently engaged, and pulling off “grown-out nail polish” better than any mortal could. she is relevant to basketball bc courtside is one of the only times we see her cuddled up to her grandpa fiance olivier sarkozy.

2) we’re incredibly invested in march madness this year because frankly, the gators rule. our final two involves louisville playing {see also: losing to} florida, with an ending score of 111.

what’s your prediction?

spring break.

March 10th, 2014


since it is spring break for the youngsters & lauren is slammed at work {& anna is galavanting around austin for sxsw}, we have decided that we are taking a week long break from the blog & we’ll be back next monday!

until then, follow us on instagram {especially for anna’s uploads from texas}


tgif {this girl is fierce}: kendall jenner

March 7th, 2014




can we all just agree on the fact that kendall jenner is the real deal? she has caught the attention of designers & editors alike {hello, anna wintour} & there is just something about her that is so refreshingly {dare we say} un-kardashian. & we love that. so we’ve come to the conclusion that kendall is one fierce female & we can’t wait to see what she does next.

sidenote: congrats to christine t. who won our bellajenna giveaway. please email us with your contact info!

happy friday, party people!

thursday thrift: sale alert

March 6th, 2014





old navy



& while you are shopping the sales, don’t forget to enter our bellajenna giveaway. it ends tonight at midnight!


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