January 2, 2019

2019: CAR COATS + A SUGAR DETOX

           

Going back to work after 10-14 days off feels like an actual slap in the face. I don’t even know how to function normally. I don’t often sleep in, but over break, I slept well until 8:30-9a.m., and now I’m afraid I won’t be able to make my usual 6:15 a.m. wake up call. Someone help! Not to mention, the weather is expected to get a little chillier these next couple weeks, and I’m far from prepared for that. And while my typical OOTD on vacation consisted of leggings, no makeup, and a chunky sweater, I did try to spruce it up a bit, in an effort to feel more productive. One of my coziest and most put-together staples is this reversible camel and grey wool car coat. It IS everything. It’s not stiff or overbearingly heavy like your average wool coat. Instead, it is more like a more substantial cardigan with pockets and a more esteemed collar. It’s light enough to layer with chunky turtlenecks, sweaters, and the perfect flowy button-up like the one styled. Lately, I’ve been resorting to these suede block heels, but I recently purchased some low, neutral suede booties that will look equally as good, but a little more casual.

I’m thinking my first day back to the office tomorrow will consist of my stretchiest most acceptable pants, a loose tee, and the chunkiest/coziest knit I could find. Sounds good, right? Wish me luck as I head back to work, detox from sugar and try not to drink more than three cups of coffee in the first two hours of work.

Cheers to 2019! I haven’t made any resolutions yet. Thinking of setting some goals, though. TBD!

xx

Jackie

December 26, 2018

FAMILY OVER EVERYTHING… WITH A POP OF PLAID

Ann Taylor Petite Curvy Skinny Velvet Jeans • Ann Taylor • $89

SAM EDELMAN Mules • Sam Edelman • $119

Joseph A Check Plaid Short Coatigan • Joseph A • $69

Another Christmas down and now it’s time to brace ourselves for a nice long, bitter cold winter. God help us! I always find myself enjoying the weeks and months leading up to the holidays almost as much, if not more than Christmas itself. With young nieces and nephews, the holidays are so much more fun through their eyes. However, with the holidays comes an exorbitant amount of stress, whether we like to admit that or not. Whether you’re planning your first Christmas dinner or bracing yourself to see relatives you might not be completely comfortable surrounding yourself with, stress is unavoidable this time of year. Leading up to the holidays, I made a pact with myself to stay surrounded by those who love and care for me, and spend as much quality time as possible. That may sound like a no brainer, but it’s important. While Christmas day was fun, filled with food and joyful, the moments that stand out to me the most are small. Like my sister and I on Christmas Eve in her kitchen surrounded by my brother, Josh and SIL, singing and dancing to New York, New York by Frank Sinatra because for whatever reason it was stuck in my head ALL day. You know the song….”Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today…” We were being stupid and silly, and it was a short blip in the day, but it was a favorite. Or watching The Holiday with my parents and my niece greeting us at the door on Christmas morning screaming “I got BABY ALIVE.” Which is a toy baby that actually eats and poops…why you would ever want to clean a dirty diaper when you’re barely out of your own is beyond me, but her excitement was so genuine and contagious; something I’ll always remember.

And now, I’m currently celebrating a second Christmas in North Carolina with Josh’s family, and we just finished playing Heads Up and Joking Hazard, after having a great dinner some of his relatives. It was a great night filled with laughs and good conversations. That’s what it’s all about, right? Spending QUALITY time with the ones you love and who love you the most. At the wise age of 29, the things I treasure most lately are not what I’m eating, how much I’m drinking or what gifts I’m getting. They’re these perfect precious moments spent connecting with people who mean something to me. These moments will turn into memories that will last a lifetime. I guess my only advice is to spend your time wisely this holiday season and always.

Now, as for today’s look. Ya know the more materialistic things that I was just writing off, haha. I’ll say this: if you haven’t invested in a good quality coatigan this season, it’s time. This red and blue plaid one is from TJ Maxx, by Max Studio and I LOVE it. It’s one of my favorites because it adds such a rich pop of color to any outfit and it’s super comfortable and easy to style. I often gravitate toward turtlenecks, mock necks and/or crew necks during this season because my chest is so pale, serving as a reminder that summer is so far away. I couldn’t find this exact coatigan online, but I linked a similar one, along with my exact shoes and pants. Hope you like it! And to reiterate, spend less time thinking about your outfit and more time being with your loved ones :).

xx

Jackie

December 18, 2018

THE AMERICAN MEME & TEDDY BEAR COATS

Details: Tiger Mist Teddy Jacket, currently sold out  similar jacket from Gap, here |

I’m currently watching American Meme on Netflix, and if you haven’t already, you need to check it out. It’s super interesting and entertaining. It’s actually slightly alarming that the memes, social media and influencers have become such a huge part of the American culture, and to be able to watch the evolution of social media and the rise of these influential, insta-famous influencers is INSANE. I remember when I was interning at an online subscription beauty box doing social media my first year out of college, and I was talking to my boyfriend and his family discussing whether or not social media would last and if the rise of influencers is actually something to seriously consider as a career/part of marketing. Immediately, my bf and his family laughed and said it would likely fizzle out. I hesitantly agreed…that was six years ago and social media has only evolved and grown. As a marketing professional, it’s so interesting to watch, learn and navigate through this brand new age of marketing.

Okay. Now that I’m done plugging American Meme, let’s talk about this comfy cozy teddy coat that I purchased from Nordstrom at the beginning of the winter season. I’m not sure I need to really sell this must-have since it’s not only super cozy and necessary for the winter season, but it’s stylish and not easy to wear since it’s not as bulky. It’s been so cold in Boston lately that I would even wear this under my puffer coat since I’m always so cold in the office…and in general. It’s also roomy enough for you to wear a relatively thick layer underneath. If you live in a mild climate this could potentially serve as your mid-winter coat. I also feel like I’m channeling my inner JLO with this outfit, straddling the crosswalk in the streets of South Boston, aka “my block.” I’m definitely less JLO and more nameless Hallmark movie character trying to master her best urban wear/big city outfit. Introduce me to a hometown flannel wearing hero and put a bow on it…Happy Holidays! 

xx

Jackie 

December 10, 2018

COLD WINTER, HOT…PINK

Details: J. Crew Tissue Turtleneck T-Shirt, here | Madewell High- Rise Skinny Jeans in Black Sea, here | Sam Edelman Black Block Heels, similar here

As you probably know by now, I tend to gravitate to neutrals i.e. taupes, brown, beige, ivory etc., especially during the fall and winter months. However, I’ve realized that adding some color to your wardrobe opens the door to new outfit possibilities. I don’t know if it’s just me, but have you noticed the increase in hot pink clothing in your favorite stores lately? I’ve never been a pink person, I mean I love the neutral pinks, but I’ve never gravitated to hot pink clothing. This season, it’s everywhere and I am seriously loving it. I don’t believe I’ll ever go as far as Kameron on Real Housewives of Dallas with her pink sparkle dog food, but I already have several hot pink pieces in my closet, including this ultra comfy and lightweight hot pink turtleneck from J. Crew. The material is very thin and lightweight which is a nice change to my usual chunky knits. And instead of slipping on my usual booties, I decided to bare some foot skin and slid on my favorite pair of black block heels. They are SO comfortable and go with just about everything, including something as casual as these distressed pair of denim. 

In terms of what’s going on in my life, I just returned from a work trip to London, and you know all those movies like Love Actually, The Holiday and Peter Rabbit? Yea. It’s exactly like that. I don’t know that there’s anything better than exploring a new city in a different country, no less. More on that later. Stay tuned!

xx

Jackie

November 19, 2018

COMFORT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Details: H&M High Ankle Jeans, here | Boohoo Pastel Panel Chunky Trainers, here | American Eagle Henley Crew Neck Sweater, here |

It’s already Thanksgiving and I’m heading home to NJ to spend time with family and get some much needed R&R. When I was younger, we used to go to my Aunt’s house for Thanksgiving every other year and I always got dressed up to go and post up in the living room, sit around the dinner table with family and stuff my face until I had no choice but to unbutton my pants. It’s pretty much the same at my mom’s house except we’ve kind of done away with the whole getting dressed up. It’s all about eating and feeling as comfortable as possible doing so. Now, that by no means wearing sweatpants or PJs to the dinner table (we’re not savages), but it does mean wearing what makes you feel good. I usually try to wear my most worn in stretchy jeans and a cozy knit–it works every time. This year, I’m sure I’ll wear some variation of that, but what I do plan to wear for some weekend shopping, is this comfy AF outfit. These light-wash retro high-waisted jeans from H&M are nearly as comfortable as my favorite pair of leggings, I’ve worn them almost every weekend to get errands done. Keeping with the comfort theme, I snatched up this cropped American Eagle crewneck sweater that is SUPER soft and so cozy. It comes in a few other colors, but this cream ivory color happens to be my favorite. It’s also not an overbearing sweater. You know those chunky sweaters that end up swallowing your face whole? I LOVE them, but when you’re in dressing room after dressing room trying on clothes, you need to wear something that doesn’t make you sweat and is easy to take on and off. Ease and efficiency wins the sales. Now, here is the REAL game changer: shoes. I ALWAYS (shamelessly) wear my UGGs when I’m chasing sales and running errands, but they don’t give me the lift a short person like me needs. Hello! We have to be able to reach those hard to reach sweaters and tops that they hang on walls so you have no choice but to find a salesperson to help or grab that hanger stick thing and get it yourself, like a god damn boss. So, after buying a pair of relatively high fashion NIKE sneakers from Nordstrom and returning them because they cut ankles up, I was on the hunt for the PERFECT fashion sneaker. Enter these pastel chunky trainers from BOOHOO. Guys, they are SO comfortable and I love how they look with jeans, which is an added bonus. They also give me the perfect lift and the light pastel colors give outfits a much-needed pop. Honestly, if you’re like me and are pining for a platform sneaker, BOOHOO has a variety of really cute, comfortable AND affordable styles; you can’t go wrong. Now that I have my shopping outfit planned, I just need to figure out what my mom wants me to make for Thanksgiving…

Happy Turkey Day!

xx

Jackie

November 14, 2018

COAT SZN, FTW

Details: SheIn Houndstooth Coat, similar here | Aerie Real Soft Ribbed Turtleneck, here| Dadawen via Amazon, Platform Lace-Up Oxfords, here 

It’s officially coat season and if you ask Josh, he would tell you that I’m the coat queen. I do have way too many coats and Josh always insists I start purging some,  but what if I need a hot pink semi-warm coat to get me through the fall and winter season!? Here in Boston, there really is such a short window of opportunity to wear them since they’re not exactly the warmest. This houndstooth coat is one of my favorites, but it’s more of a “fashion” coat, almost like a blazer. I feel like I could maybe wear this coat as an actual coat during the last week of September and maybe two to three weeks in October lol. Right now, we’re experiencing super cold mornings and chilly evenings, so as much as I would love to look like a fashionista sporting my stylish coats I like to be warm more. You will see me in my puffer coat with both buttons buttoned at the top, looking like a caterpillar in a cocoon. It’s not fashion, but it is toasty. My other favorite fall/winter must-have are these Aerie turtlenecks. I’ve always been a huge fan of the turtleneck, and this season Aerie has introduced these ribbed form-fitting turtleneck tops in (almost) every color you can imagine. I have them in this popping Holiday Red color, a kelly green, white and a rich wine/burgundy color. I LOVE them. They are the perfect layering piece and, who are we kidding, a turtleneck says sophistication, just ask Ron Burgundy. As for shoes, I’m all about comfort. Surprise, surprise, right? I hate to rip off designer styles and brands, but the one shoe style I’ve always loved are the Stella McCartney platform wingtip lace-up loafers. Like any millennial with no money, I went to Amazon and found these perfect imitations. These are so comfortable and they look awesome, IMO. So until the snow is falling, I’ll be rocking these and hopefully some cuter coats…if Mother Nature will allow.

xx

Jackie

November 12, 2018

TRIP TO SAN DIEGO

This has taken me a little longer than I wanted it to, but I’ve been meaning to share my recent trip to San Diego with you guys. Josh and I went to San Diego the second week of October for an award ceremony for Josh’s job. It was five full days of exploring this beautiful city. From taco restaurants to the zoo, we did it all…or at least tried to.

We arrived to San Diego at 12 p.m. on Friday and decided to explore immediately. In San Diego, scooters litter the streets, BIRDs and Limes galore. Me, I could do without a scooter but of course, Josh could not get enough of them. Once we got some food in our stomach at this really cool Mexican Restaurant, La Puerta. Super relaxed and low key restaurant with good food and a fun vibe. And yes, after we ate, we went scootering but not for long. We continued our exploring to the Gas Lamp Quarter where we found another spot to enjoy the city and get some drinks, at American Junkie. And it just so happens that D-list reality TV star James Kennedy was expected to be DJing that night. In the morning and afternoons, American Junkie is a chill relaxed restaurant with sports games blaring on several TVs and an awesome outdoor seating area, perfect for people watching. However, at night, it turns into a club. Enter James Kennedy. We didn’t stay to wait for him, but I did shamelessly take a photo of the sign the hostess was creating. Not sorry.

As we were walking back to our hotel, we decided to peruse The Embaracadero Marina Park, it was on our list but Josh was also eyeing another scooter and as you can imagine, the park is the perfect place to scoot (is that a thing/verb?). It’s a really cool low key area right on the water with various walkways and grass to sprawl out and relax. Next to the park is The Seaport Village which consists of a bunch of touristy shops and restaurants. It’s right on the water and it’s a beautiful place to stroll through, definitely recommend!

The next morning we woke up early and headed back to the Gaslamp Quarter and decided to try our luck with a Saturday morning brunch spot. Josh and I are both foodies, so we’re not particularly fussy when it comes to new places. We stopped at Cafe 21, mostly because the outside decorations were oh-so Instagram worthy. It’s actually an organic, gluten-free eatery and it is DELICIOUS. Josh and I eat gluten like it’s our job, and as I said, we don’t seek out places, we just kind of go wherever feels right. This was one of our favorite meals! I ordered the Turkey Benedict which consisted of a spinach and feta bread pudding base, topped with turkey, a poached egg and cranberry jam. OMG. It. Was. Incredible. I was a little iffy on the combination, but it was so delicious and so fresh; literally drooling thinking about it right now. Josh got the Shrimp Corn Cakes, which included poached eggs, Kennebec potato, wild shrimp, sweet corn, mozzarella, cilantro cream sauce and, fried basil. I had a taste and it was good, but we both agreed my meal was the best. I also got a perfect cappuccino to complement my meal–AMAZE.

After brunch, we headed to the USS Midway Museum. This maritime museum located downtown and consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship includes an extensive amount of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California. It was super fun exploring the carrier and learning more about the aircraft it houses. We probably spent two and a half hours there–definitely a must-see in San Diego.

From the Midway, we headed to Coronado to visit the famous Hotel Del for lunch. It is BEAUTIFUL and filled with history.

Info about the hotel ^^^

We ate at Sheerwater, which was way overpriced and not anything amazing. It wasn’t bad, it just could have been better. We were there mostly for the amazing scenery and that did NOT disappoint. Definitely a place worth visiting when in San Diego.

We strolled the beach. It’s huge and so beautiful. It was the perfect beach day, but it was on the chillier side. If we had more time, I would be living at this beach all week. Oh, and people carved sand pumpkins…

See! Here they are ^^ CUTEE.

The reception for Josh’s award was hosted on the field of Petco Park. We ate ballpark-style food on the actual field and self-toured the stadium. It was an awesome experience!

The next morning, we headed to La Jolla for a kayak tour with La Jolla Kayak Tours lol. We took the Original Cave Tour, which consisted of paddling along the coastline, catching glimpses of sea lions bathing in the sun. We stopped in front of the caves, but it was a little too rough to go through them. At each spot we paddled to, the tour guides filled us with fun facts and anecdotes. My favorite was one about Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel lived atop the mountains in La Jolla and, like most guys, he loved hosting guys night at his place, but his wife hated when he did that. So, to avoid the men, she would make her way to the top of the mountain and enjoy her own girls night. But when she was ready to head home, she would call Dr. Seuss and tell him to get everyone out of the house, she was on her way home. He would turn to his friends and say: “Time to go! The Grinch is coming to steal all of our fun.” (paraphrasing) and they would rush to leave. Apparently, she was the inspiration behind The Grinch, and I’m not sure their marriage lasted very long. For those who love the ocean and to be outside, I definitely recommend this tour–it was also a great workout! After, we got brunch at Galaxy TacoThey make their own taco shells and their food is DELICIOUS. I got the traditional Mexican breakfast meal known as Chilaquiles–so good! We sat outside and enjoyed some people watching while crunching on tortilla chips.

That evening, we decided to visit the famous Sunset Cliffs, Natural Park. For the best ocean and sunset views, this is the place to be. It’s a 68-acre city of San Diego park which extends 1 1/2 miles along the Point Loma peninsula’s western shoreline. The views were breathtaking and while there were a ton of people there, it didn’t feel crowded. There are more than enough spots to view the sunset.

We didn’t want to leave…

So pretty. Ready to go back.

As you can imagine, we worked up the quite the appetite. From kayaking to viewing sunsets, we were ready to eat! This is absolutely Josh’s favorite spot: The Crack Shack.  It’s your well-above average fried chicken, chicken sandwich, really good fast food-esque restaurant. They can describe it much better, here. I got the California Dip and Josh got the Double Clucker…he can’t stop talking about it…even now. We also got a side of Mexican Poutine-AMAZING. Mouth is watering again. If we were in San Diego longer, we probably would’ve gone at least once a day, especially if it were up to Josh.

On our second to last day, Josh went golfing at Torrey Pines while I wandered around the Gaslamp Quarter. I’m not a golfer, but the course is beautiful…right?

After golf, I met up with him to go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve. The views were beautiful and we ended up hiking two trails, so our legs were literally jello by the end of the day.

Paused for beach views before hiking up the steepest part of the trail. Needless to say, we didn’t make it out to dinner that night as we hoped. Instead, we ordered room service and watched 90 Day Fiance… it was a long day!!

And on our final day, we made it to the San Diego Zoo. So amazing! So fun. We spent five hours there made it to the majority of the exhibits, not all. My favorite was the orangutans–they are too funny! I could hang with them all day LOL.

 We obviously took some breaks to take photobooth pics… And eat gigantic boozy snow cones. It was such a fun day and a great way to end our trip. 

We had an early dinner at a restaurant near our hotel called La Puesto. It was pretty delicious and definitely a place we would go back to. Below is a list of places I really wanted to try, but just didn’t have enough time to visit.

Ballast Point Brewery

The Taco Stand 

Nolita Hall

Charles and Dinorah 

Trust 

Lola 55 

Piatti La Jolla 

Tacos Libertad

Herb + Wood 

Ironside Fish and Oyster

Hope you found this helpful and I can’t wait to make another trip out there since there is so much left to see…and eat!

xx

Jackie

November 5, 2018

SWEATY AND (NOT SO) SEXY WITH 305 FITNESS

Hi! Happy Monday. I know it’s the least favorite day of the week, but like they say (not exactly sure who, but someone said it): “A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content.” This Sunday, I had the opportunity to participate in a super fun cardio dance party workout, known as 305 Fitness. It’s funny. Prior to getting the opportunity to review a class, I was actually searching the Boston area for fun dance-like classes to take. I’ve always loved to dance and was never an athlete, so I guess you can say dancing was my sport of choice. There’s something about feeling the rhythm in the music and moving your body in a way that expresses the song, ultimately bringing it to life–I LOVE it. I was introduced to 305 Fitness and it seemed like the perfect fit. It is literally like going out to the club, live DJ and everything. The only difference is that there is an awesome toning exercise in between dancing your asses off.  The newly opened studio in Boston (506 Commonwealth Avenue), is inspired by the vibrant Miami nightlife, with bright colors, palm trees, a grass wall, inspiring and adorable sayings, it’s the most instagrammable workout studio I’ve ever encountered. The instructor was a ball of energy and lived up to their tagline of “Make Sweat Sexy.” She absolutely did, but I’m not sure I achieved that…sweaty, yes…sexy? That’s TBD. Details about the studio below. Scroll away!

There’s a cardio sprint at the beginning of class and then there’s a hip-hop portion halfway through (my favorite part!). Ladies, take this as an important reminder…LOL ^^^

The bathrooms and showers are labeled with adorable sayings ^^ and include their main mission: Make Sweat Sexy…duh!

My friend Linnea and I decided to check out the studio well before our class started…mostly to take photos like this one. Hello! You know you would do it too. I also decided that I need a shower room like this one. Totally feeling ourselves before class. Mission accomplished, 305 Fitness!

Checking myself out and preparing for a sexy sweaty session that I would come to find out would make my legs feel like jello and my arms like lead…YES.

The entrance to class is an INCREDIBLE grass wall that you’re crazy not to snap a photo of, with a floor painted with the saying: “Know your worth. Then add tax.” SO true and again, super inspiring and motivating.

A studio filled with mirrors, every vain blogger’s dream…am I right? This brand new studio is BEAUTIFUL and the instructor let us in on a little secret: If you think you’re hiding by taking up space in the back, you’re wrong. The middle is the safest place. All four sides of the room are used, and at some point, you will be in the front of the class…unless you’re in the middle LOL.

Oh did I forget to mention that there’s a live DJ in every class?! That’s right! It’s legit like going to a nightclub. The lights get low, the music is loud and everyone starts to feel the beat–it’s awesome!

And just wanted to remind you ^^. That’s also what I really enjoyed about my experience with 305 Fitness. The instructor expressed self-love, taking care of yourself, believing in yourself, loving your body the way it is and letting go. I felt more inspired, motivated and nourished in this upbeat sweaty class than I have ever felt in any of my go-to yoga classes. So if you’re looking for something new or just want to let loose and dance, find your local 305 Fitness and…Make Sweat Sexy ;).

xx

Jackie

October 30, 2018

ADDING COLOR TO MY COMFORT ZONE


I always gravitate toward neutrals, especially when it comes to fall pieces. I mean how can you go wrong with a cozy taupe sweater or a gray scarf? Bold colors can be intimidating during the fall months. Tans fade, your complexion becomes milkier; hot pink doesn’t look so cute when you’re resembling Casper. But with recent life changes and risks that have proven to work out in my favor, I decided to give add some bold pieces to my fall wardrobe. This full sleeve red top turned out to be an immediate success. The bold red complements my (slightly) new hair color, and I paired it with my favorite heeled mules. Venturing outside of my comfort zone has not only propelled my growth, but it has also opened my eyes to other and new passions. Whether you wear something you thought you’d never wear, accept a job in a different field or decide to try out a new sport, take a leap outside of your comfort zone and see where it takes you. If it doesn’t work out, at least you can say you tried something new.

October 15, 2018

JEAN JACKETS ALL SEASON LONG

Details: STS Blue Oversize Boyfriend Jean Jacket via Nordstrom Rack, here | Beige Suede Mules c/o Jjill, similar here

For as long as long as I can remember a denim jacket has always been a wardrobe staple. One of my most memorable denim jackets would have to be my mid-wash Abercrombie and Fitch one. I think I got it in 6th or 7th grade and I wore it through college… I actually still have it and it’s not off-trend. I still love it, but I ended up adding a couple more denim jackets to the mix. One is a more form-fitted stretch denim jacket from Ann Taylor and the other is one I haven’t been able to stop wearing. This STS Blue denim jacket from Nordstrom Rack. I love this one because it is somewhat oversized so I’m able to layer it over chunky knits, which is key for these chillier fall months. I also love its classic blue wash and I’ve been wearing it with black denim, leggings, sweatpants, all my jeans etc. I don’t even care if I look like a walking blueberry–I love it! I’m a HUGE sweatshirt, sweater, chunky knit person, but lately, I love treating this jacket as my go-to sweater/cardigan/etc. You can be sure I’ll be wearing this all fall long until I have to dig up a down puffer coat.

xx

Jackie

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