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Monday, February 24, 2014

True Blue Friendship and Blue Jeans

It's not every day that a company contacts me and asks me to talk about my best friend!  I mean how cool is that? So when J.Jill contacted me about sharing their True Blue Friendship Challenge for February, it was just too good to pass up! This month J.Jill is celebrating friendship and denim with it's True Blue Friendship Challenge and an awesome giveaway for the blog.

I met my best friend/soul sister, Callie, the first day of new teacher orientation in the summer of 2008. It was not love at first sight actually. We both thought the other was a snooty know-it-all, not necessarily untrue, mind you. But a rather rocky start to a loving and lasting friendship! By Homecoming week, we were best buddies, and over the years we have gone on vacations together, gotten matching best friend tattoos, gotten our noses pierced, and so many other fun memories!

One time we had a caricature drawn of us. This was when I realized I looked like Fran Drescher. It was disturbing.



We've celebrated many New Year's Eves together, and we have the Instagram pics to prove it!


We like to take selfies!



We like to dress up like twins!


Callie's my go-to girl. Not only is she my closet friend, she is also my hair stylist and my fashion consultant. She is my first call when I need advice on a new book to read or what shampoo to use. She fixes my hair for all special occasions, and I make her dinner once a month. 

Like best friends, blue jeans are tough to find, and the good ones last forever and get better with age! J.Jill is revamping their denim collection, focusing on using quality fabrics and artisan styling to create comfortable and flattering denim looks.


Authentic Fit Slim Boot-Cut Jeans -- These create a lean silhouette. These jeans have a slimmer, slightly flared leg opening creating a flattering, balanced fit for both shoes and boots, and the higher rise is perfect to tuck in shirts and maintain a smooth silhouette --.Jill recommends a brightly colored button up with cami underneath. If you'd prefer a longer top to create a long,lean line - try an A-line shape cardigan that mirrors the flare of the jeans. 
Slim Boyfriend - This type of denim is like your favorite boyfriend jean but now more straight and streamlined for a more feminine fit. Straight fit through hips and thighs for a silhouette that flatters every body. J.Jill's tip - play with both proportions and volume with the slim boyfriend, both slim and fuller-volume tops work well. A streamlined top has a slimming effect (especially in black!) over the straight shape of the slim boyfriend jeans, whereas fuller tops create a visual balance with the straight bottom.

Tried & True Slim Ankle - These were inspired by the classic and timeless ankle silhouette, and conform beautifully to a woman's shape with the ankle-length seam falling in just the right place. Pair with a longer length top with either a little or a lot of volume -- either works! Try tunic for a slim, lengthening effect, or a more voluminous sweater over a stretch cotton tee for a flattering layered take.


Tried & True Slim Leg - These jeans are super flattering thanks to J.Jill's cotton-stretch fabric for a great fit, recovery and comfort. The dark color elevates the look, and the slim leg looks great with heels, flats or tucked into boots. These jeans are a perfect complement to tops with an A-line shape or hem interest. Pairing them with an anorak would make for a classic look with balanced proportions, or try a high-low hem to create interest on top while slimming and elongating the bottom.

I am sharing with you TWO ways to win BIG with Hems for Her and J.Jill!

How to Win of J.Jills Facebook Page:

JJill is  running a True Blue Facebook contest They are encouraging people to post photo of themselves and a friend to J.Jill’s timeline and tag it with hashtag #jjilltrueblue, or upload a photo of yourself and a friend to instagram with hashtag #jjilltrueblue and tag J.Jill’s instagram (@JJillstyle). JJill will select one person each day to receive a gift card for a pair of jeans for themselves and a friend and a grand prize winner will receive a two $250 gift cards – one for themselves and a friend.

How to win on my blog Hems for Her: 

Comment below and tell me about you true blue friend.   One follower who comments will be selected to win J. Jill jeans for themselves and their true blue friend! How great is that??!!

Disclosure: I will be compensated for this post as a member of J.Jill Lifestylers.

21 comments:

Katie Frost said...

Is it lame if my true blue friend is also my husband? Honestly I have girl friends but when the world is swirling and I need someone, he is my first choice every time. When something good happens I want to be with him. When something bad comes along, I need him. When I am crazy laughing and cracking myself up, he is there laughing with me. I never have to explain, he just gets me. The fact that he is best friend and my lover, is just a bonus.

Katie Frost said...

I had a fun gal come up to me at story time at the library and ask me if I crocheted. I do, and she said great, my best friend just moved away, will you be my new best friend? We have been wonderful friends for 5 years, and even though we live miles apart now, we still talk all the time, and when we get together, it is as if we have never been apart.

Katie Frost said...

My true blue friend is Jaqueline. We met in 2009, right after I'd gotten a divorce and moved to a new town. We actually don't live near each other anymore, but we stay in close contact. When I moved for a job, she sublet my condo from me and still lives there today! When she broke up with her boyfriend less than a week before a trip they had planned, I went in his place. When my boyfriend had a 4 day long trial about custody of his children, she sat in the courtroom and took notes for me every day. And we have standing traditions - an A's/Giants game every year (we have different teams), a fancy Oscars party (coming up this weekend!), and a date for our "friend-a-versary". She's amazing and I hope I'm half as good a friend to her as she is to me.

Katie Frost said...

I have to talk about two True Blue friends. One is Kerilyn. She and I have been friends since literally before we were born. Our parents met at the "young marrieds" Sunday School class and are still friends. When my family moved to another state, Kerilyn and I stayed in touch by writing letters. This was before e-mail and Facebook and texting. We're both 30 now. I was just in her wedding last month and I cried like a baby as she came down the aisle. It doesn't matter how long we go between seeing each other, we just pick up where we left off. The next True Blue friend is Kim. We became friends in high school. We've been through a lot in life together, and the thing about Kim is her loyalty. She always shows up. ALWAYS. She's been there for every major event in my life even if I haven't asked, she adores my kids, and helps my ineptness for crafts by doing sewing projects for me. :-) I love these girls.

Katie Frost said...

I actually met my true blue friend online through my husband and her boyfriend when we were all playing WoW (Nerd alert! Don't care!). We live in different states (but only a 5 hour drive away), and we actually first met in-person at my wedding. Our SOs (significant others) are basically the same person, and we're basically the same person too. We all share the same sense of humor, similar hobbies (we're both avid readers and we share books with each other every time we can see each other), we're all awesome nerds, and it's just a great all-around friendship. My husband and I visit them for the weekend as often as we can (every couple of months) and we use social media/texting to stay in touch otherwise. Even 5 hours away and online, we can help each other through crises at work, dealing with backstabbing "friends," share jokes and memes, and just be there for each other. I have many physically closer friends and those I've known longer, but she's still my forever bestie.

Katie Frost said...

Hmmm my true blue best friend is named Tara, and I met her 14 years ago in the ninth grade, she was my drama teacher! She took me under her wing, showed me the value of an education, how to dress to show case your personality, the importance of accessories, the importance of eating well. I even lived with her when I was a senior. She is the best! A combo Mother figure/Sister/best friend all rolled into one. She's the God Mother of my kids and my cats and even took in one of my cats kittens. She's the bestest of my best best friend. I honestly love her. I hope we win!
-ash
www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

Katie Frost said...

I met my best friend Ali when she began dating my good friend Chad (almost 8 years ago.) She was very introverted and quiet while I sat and yakked her ear off as Chad's band played at the open mic I attended every week. At one point, I had to ask Chad if I bugged her since she was so quiet but he told me that before they went to open mic every week she would ask if I was going to be there. Eventually, she warmed up and now we gab together with the best of them. Ali is very down to earth and trustworthy. She tells the truth about those leopard print pants I thought were a good idea but not in a way that cuts me down. When she married Chad I officiated the wedding ceremony. When I marry the love of my life in June she will be standing next to me. Elie Wiesel once said, "friendship is never anything but sharing," We have always shared our joys and sorrows. I count myself very lucky to have such a great friend.

Katie Frost said...

My true blue best friend and I just celebrated 30 years of friendship. We met when I was 4 and she was 6. I rode my tricycle to the bus stop to meet my brother when he got home from school one day. However, when I saw Dana get off the bus with him, I followed her home on instead. And the rest is history.....

Katie Frost said...

My best friend and I actually met when I moved to a new school in 8th grade, but became best friends while making slurpee runs after school in 11th grade. We don't talk everyday, and we live over 300 miles apart. But if I need her, or if she needs me, we know we'll always be there for each other.

Katie Frost said...

This will sound so corny, but my mom. She was always mom first and friend second, but growing up and moving a lot and having some rough patches as an adult I really appreciate it.

Katie Frost said...

I met my best friend back in October of 2010. Her husband and my husband had been working together for a few months and when we ran into them while trick or treating with our daughter, the husbands introduced us. We hit it off immediately.

Steph and I are so much alike but so different too...She is laid back and overly nice and non-confrontational and I am the complete opposite. We give each other a different view on things and I love that I can tell her when she is being too nice and she can tell me when I'm just being a b*tch.

She has been an amazing friend in the short 3 1/2 years that we've known each other. She has been there for me when I was struggling with getting pregnant with a 2nd child and then found out I have PCOS and she cried right along with me when I finally found out I was pregnant again (after trying for more then 4 yrs) and then miscarried not even a week later. This past October she was my matron of honor when my husband and I FINALLY got married. Not a day goes by that we don't talk/text each other, even if it just to say, "How was your day?"

The best part of our friendship is that, not only are her and I best friends, but our husbands are best friends and so are their 2 kids and our daughter. It is so rare to find such wonderful people that aren't just friends but a part of our family. I feel so blessed to have such amazing friends in my life.

Katie Frost said...

My true blue friend lives on the other side of the world and we are still able to share a soul sister connection. She is a blessing and it's a privilege to be a part of her life. I miss her very much!

Katie Frost said...

My true blue friend is my sorority sister Holly, we've been friends for the last 13 years or so and like to call ourselves the "worst best friends ever" because we are constantly joking with each, teasing each other and encouraging each other to make bad choices! (not really bad choices, we are perfectly well behaved adults when we HAVE to be) but you know. I would love to suprise my bestie with a pair of J Jill jeans!!

Katie Frost said...

My true blue friend is my husband, Chris. We have been together for 9 years this year, and we had our first little one this past November. We have faced some hard battles, including cancer, but we have stuck together. He's absolutely my best friend and confidante. :)

Katie Frost said...

My true blue friend is Sarah. We've know each other for almost 37 years, which is pretty awesome for people approaching the big 4-0 birthdays. We were roommates in college and have vacationed together. We've stood up in each other's wedding and are Godmothers to each other's kids. My life is better because she is my true blue friend.

Katie Frost said...

My true blue friend is Melody. We have been friends for 10 years. We met after our first class in College, I thought she was weird and she thought I was a snob. Both of those things may slightly be true. Since then we have been on many random road trips. She is the ying to my yang. Since I don't cook, she cooks for my husband a few times a year, we joke that she is his our other wife. I don't know where my life would be without her.

Katie Frost said...

This is SO cute, Katie! I love it! You and Callie are darling together, and I love that you have so many pictures together as well!


My true blue friend is Andria. We've known each other our whole lives, actually - her parents are my godparents, and her family lives right next door to my grandma. We have celebrated every birthday together, every Christmas, and nearly every 4th of July. We live about an hour away from each other right now, but we make it a point to see each other every week. We laugh, we cry, we vent, we snuggle, we play games, we sing songs...it's pretty much the most perfect friendship I have ever had, and will ever have!

Katie Frost said...

I wish I had more pictures of myself and my friend. Kim and I are both military wives and met online at a scrapbooking site. We met when my oldest was born and he is now almost 12! We became instant friends and try to get together at least once a year. We don't get the chance to talk as often as we both like because we are both busy with kids activities but when we do get to talk it is like no time as passed at all.

Katie Frost said...

Cassirobertson@gmail.com

Katie Frost said...

And my email address is my name here at hotmail.

Katie Frost said...

igottapickleheyhey@gmail.com

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