August 29, 2016

A LAST MINUTE SUMMER ESSENTIAL

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Details: SheInside off-the-shoulder blush bodysuit, here | American Eagle cut-off denim shorts, similar here |

The past couple months have been so crazy. Josh and I are moving in together this week and while I’ve been packing slowly, I still feel like I have so much to do. Plus, I’m having serious anxiety about closet space, but I’m trying very hard not to think about it. While I’m looking forward to chunky knits and cozy layers, but I have to say I’m going to miss my summer favorites; especially my many off-the-shoulder tops I’ve collected this season. This particular top combines two of my favorites: a bodysuit and an off-the-shoulder ruffle. There’s not much you need to do to dress up a shoulder-less top because it’s already sophisticated and sexy by itself. Neutrals are my go-to and this light blush color is as much as a neutral as taupe, grey, and white–it works well with everything! As you can tell, I haven’t been able to stop wearing my American Eagle cut-offs (I have two of the same pair); they just work and like I said, they’re my “yoga pants” of the summer. They pair perfectly with any top casual or cute; not to mention  they are just as comfortable as your favorite pair of sweats in the winter. Now, I have to get back to stressing about how all of my clothes are going to fit in our new (somewhat) spacious one bedroom apartment. SOS. HELP.

xx

Jacqueline

August 24, 2016

7th & Willow x GoCustomized

cuSTOMIZED PHONE CASE WITH gocustomizedWe spend so much time glued to our phones that it’s only necessary to make sure it’s on par with our outfits. I’ve had quite a few phone cases in my lifetime,  some tackier than others, and I always seem to grow tired of the generic designs and colors. I never considered the option of customizing my case. Mainly because the companies I’ve seen either have restrictions, making them not completely customizable, are limited in their abilities and/or are super clunky to navigate, forcing me to give up. However, after being introduced to GoCustomized, I finally understood why people do it. Not only do they offer on-trend patterns and artwork to choose from, but you’re able to upload personal photos, drawings, and designs, thus making your phone case an absolute one-of-a-kind. That being said, the world is your oyster and it’s super easy to become overwhelmed with limitless possibilities. Which is why I’m here to share with you tips on how to personalize a phone case you WON’T get tired of.

1. Do NOT search generic quotes. Whatever you do, do NOT go searching Pinterest for cheesy quotes to plaster across your phone. Listen, I’ll admit, that’s exactly where I started. As I was reading “C’est la vie” and “Hakuna Matata” in romantic script fonts, I felt nauseous thinking about how quickly I would want to chuck my phone out the window.

2. Personal photos are OK, unless… they’re of you and/or your BF/GF.  I’m not the type of person to plaster my phone case with a photo of myself or Josh. I mean, I’m already guilty of posting photos of myself every week, so I just feel like my face on my phone screams “I’m obsessed with myself so much that I want to look at my face every second of the day.” And even if I wanted a photo of Josh on my phone, it’s rare to grab one of him flashing his pearly whites. However, family photos and pets are OK. Especially if you’re a mom or dad, it’s an easy way to show off the kiddos without having to scroll through a loaded camera roll. And, who the hell doesn’t love a sweet picture of a pup.

3. Be creative. Again, a phone is an unrelenting accessory, which is why it’s imperative to make it “your own.” If I could draw well or had graphic design capabilities I would imagine I would design an absolute masterpiece. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. So, after scrolling through boring Pinterest quotes (while feeling nauseous), I took a moment to reflect some of my “hobbies.” I didn’t want to do a zen yoga quote or random photo of a pose, and I really didn’t want to do a mindless image of a shoe or clothing. It wasn’t until I was reminded of my hand-crafted Real Housewives opening line. It’s safe to say that I have a minor severe obsession with reality TV (ONLY Bravo NOT E!).  It’s not something I’m proud of but I’m not willing to give it up; it’s my guiltiest of pleasures. Thus, I included my opening line of  “My last name may be Dunn, but I’m just getting started.” to read across my phone case.  It perfectly defines my quirky sense of humor and is definitely a conversation starter

4. Use GoCustomized. What are you waiting for!? Get started by designing a customized phone case with GoCustomized. It’s simple! (1.) Choose your device and color. (2.) Upload an image or pre-made design. (3.) Check out your design and order!

There are so many options to choose from: wallet cases, wooden cases, tough case (full wrap) and even a super cute cork case! Since I’m such a clutz with my phone, I chose the tough full wrap case and I LOVE it. It’s super durable; I’ve dropped it several times without a scratch.

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Happy customizing!

xx

Jacqueline

August 22, 2016

LOVE N’ LEMONS

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Another summer weekend has come and gone, and as I gear up for this Monday morning I’m trying my best to remain as calm and relaxed as I was lounging by the pool this weekend. Fat chance, I know! But it’s worth a shot. I’ve actively been trying to stress less about work and even continue to give myself pep talks, I.e. “You’ve got this!” or “Don’t forget to breathe.” Listen, I’m being a bit melodramatic, but sometimes I over stress and need a real reminder to not take everything so seriously. Which is why I’ve been getting myself back into a yoga routine, and Monday seems to be the best day for me. No matter how shitty my day may be going, I tell myself: “I’ll be at yoga soon; just breathe.” It works! Not to mention, thinking of fun memories from the weekend also helps take the edge off. While home this weekend we celebrated my brother’s birthday with family and close friends. And as soon as I saw everyone, I was reminded of what is ACTUALLY important in life. It’s not that unbearable client or the gift guide pitch; it’s family. I’m so lucky to be surrounded and supported by such amazing people. I know it sounds super cliche, but it just feels good knowing that no matter what happens, you have a group of awesome people that will always love and care about you. Because of this, I felt it was only appropriate to begin my week with this off the shoulder lemon print top. Simply because lemons are a symbol of eternal love. Now, when I’m stressing through Monday, I can look to my top and remind myself that no matter what happens, I’ve got a crazy, amazing, loving group of “lemons” by my side every step of the way.

Take that, Monday!

xx

Jacqueline

 

August 17, 2016

CHIC IN CHAMBRAY

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The summer has been crazy busy and I am sad to admit that I haven’t been on my blog game. I let this amazing beach weather get the best of me, and I just haven’t been as motivated to keep my blog going. Not only are there family  get-togethers almost every weekend, but Josh and I are preparing to move in together on September 1st and you don’t really realize how much there is to think about until you’re in it. Regardless, here I am, and I’m determined to get back into my blog post routine. Now, on to today’s outfit. The last time I was home, I went to the Marshall’s and found this adorable chambray dress for $16.99 and knew it would become one of my favorite summer staples. When my mom saw the dress draped over my arm, she immediately recalled a similar dress that she used to have. I feel like I hear her say this more often than not and I’m always annoyed that she didn’t save any of her favorites. All fashions come full circle, ya know! And I love high neck dresses and especially love the narrow cut of the top of this one; it’s sexy and sophisticated. With summer BBQs in full force, it’s safe to say I’ll be wearing this every weekend and even well into September.

Happy summer! Enjoy the sunshine while you can.

xx

Jacqueline

July 29, 2016

AWAY MESSAGE: HOME FOR THE WEEKEND. BYE.

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I’m home in New Jersey for a nice long weekend and I couldn’t be more excited. Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed at work and I just needed some good ole fashion home and family time. It feels so good waking up in my bed; last night, when I walked through the door, I immediately felt relaxed. I was hoping for a sunny summer weekend by the pool, but the weather doesn’t look like it’s going to cooperate. Regardless, I’m looking forward to a weekend of rest, relaxation and some quality time with family. Similar to my weekend, this dress is the epitome of comfort and relaxation. Its loose fit makes it an ultimate go-to (especially for bloat-filled days) but its lower neckline gives it some sophistication and sex appeal. Did you have any idea this dress was from Target. I’m a bit surprised myself. I haven’t been to Target in a while, but like most, I always head to Target with the intention of buying one thing and I come out with eight articles of clothing none of which are what I went to Target for in the first place. In addition to good food and a cozy bed, I’m definitely planning on getting some shopping done while I’m home. But I guess I don’t even need to be home to do that…

Enjoy the weekend loves!

xx

Jacqueline

July 26, 2016

POISED IN PAISLEY

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I can’t say I’m your typical preppy paisley girl, but when I came across this layered paisley dress with vibrant tangerine, pink and red colors accented by a rich royal blue. Unlike most J. Jill dresses this one is an ideal length because it’s just short enough to be sexy but long enough to remain sophisticated. It kind of gives me some retro-inspired vibes and I’m sure you can tell by now how much I love retro looks. I can say with certainty that this dress can LITERALLY be worn everywhere for nearly any occasion. I’ve worn it to work, out with friends and even to a recent outdoor wedding. It’s my go-to and on days when I’m lazy and feel like I have NOTHING to wear, this dress serves as an easy option—it does all the work for me. My dress of the summer–now go get yours!

xx

Jacqueline

July 21, 2016

HAIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW

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So, this past weekend I did something I never thought I would do. I cut my hair. Yes, that’s right my long locks were getting admittedly straggly and my hair felt much like straw. I told myself when I moved to Boston that I would still remain true to my hairdresser in New Jersey and until now I’ve been remaining true, but I was worried that if I went any longer without a trim, I’d be in trouble. So, when I went to visit my parents at the beach in CT, I decided to get a trim. A two-inch trim that is. I was in shock when I left the salon, but my hair feels much healthier. Guys, I know it’ll grow back, but I just have to me melodramatic about it because if I wasn’t that would be too unlike me. I’m still getting used to styling it. I asked her to cut it bluntly so that when I get back to Jersey  I can have Jenny work her magic. So while taking photos this weekend was trying because I was dreaming of my locks, I will say this Summer Garden scarf poncho really turned my mood around. It’s hard not to look and feel great in it. It’s light-weight and includes a fun variety of pop colors. I paired it with these (newly purchased) white denim flare jeans from, Banana Republic and I can say I felt a bit retro. I often find myself dressing in 70’s inspired attire–I don’t hate it. Unfortunately, I won’t be at  my usual beach spot this weekend, but I fully intend to continue my summer mission, of laying lifeless on the beach. This poncho makes for the perfect post-beach outfit, and while I’ll probably have to ditch the long pants this weekend, it looks just as perfect with white or traditional denim shorts. Stay tuned and enjoy the heat while you still can!

xx

Jacqueline

 

July 18, 2016

BEACH BUSINESS

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Another great weekend spent by the beach and I realized that aside from the fact that I bring some outfits to shoot, I really end up wearing the same thing (or similar things) each day. I don’t know, I just like to feel relaxed and comfortable and when I have to cover my bathing suit to pop over to the concession stand or run and grab a coffee I turn to this coral v-neck dress from J. Jill. It’s easy to slip on and off and it’s appropriate enough to stop by an ocean-front lunch spot to grab some grub. I particularly love this coral color, but unfortunately, they only have the Blue Lotus and Caribbean colors available–both are equally amazing options. Now excuse me while I daydream about the upcoming weekend and seek some more beach looks to get me through these perfect sunny summer days.

xx

Jacqueline

 

July 12, 2016

LIVIN’ IN LINEN

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Another summer weekend has come and gone and here I am, back at work, waiting for the weekend. Lucky for me, I have off this Friday (happy summer Friday to me!) so I plan to head down to the beach for some quality time with my parents and pup. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately and I really haven’t been able to slow down. From a jam-packed house on Fourth of July weekend to a wedding weekend with up north, I can’t say I’ve gotten much sleep. I’ve noticed, that with my lack of well-rested weekends I’ve become a bit more anxiety-ridden when Monday rolls around. I’m trying to figure out a way to minimize my anxiety during the weekend and I realized last night while spending time with a close friend that I have to begin planning some fun activities or yoga sessions after work. Often times, I come home from work and think about work. Yesterday evening was filled with laughs and good food and it has made me calm and relaxed. It’s super easy to let work consume you, it’s where we spend most of our time, but it doesn’t have to be all we think about and I needed to give myself that important reminder. As I begin to pack and look forward to a relaxing weekend, I can assure you I’ll be donning this Pure Jill printed tiered linen dress. It’s cute, comfortable and casual making it perfect for nights spent by the beach. And I wasn’t lying when I said I would be wearing these Franco Sarto wedges non-stop–sorry not sorry. But in all seriousness, as continue on with your work weeks, be sure to take care of yourself. We only have one life and it’s meant to be lived–so enjoy it all and make the best of every moment–it’ll be gone before you know it. And who really wants to reminisce about how much they sat and thought about work?

xx

Jacqueline

 

July 8, 2016

ALL HAIL THE HOODIE

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Have never been more ready for the weekend than I am right now. I legit feel as though I’m living for the weekend lately and I haven’t really had much time to enjoy Boston. I’ve been on-the-go non-stop and I can’t wait for these weekends to slow down so I can enjoy my lifeless beach days again. This weekend, Josh and I are heading up to NH for a wedding and while I’m excited to celebrate the bride and groom, I was hoping for a weekend where I could live in jean shorts and college tees. Fortunately, we will have some time to enjoy the lake and I obviously made sure I packed my favorite denim shorts and this tab-sleeve knit hoodie. It’s one of my favorite hoodies for the summer because it’s not as bulky as your typical sweatshirt and it’s ten times cuter. I also might add that it looks AWESOME with a good tan. I’ve been wearing it for various summer outings, from late night beach walks to casual dinner dates–it’s perfect to fight off a summer chill or to seek refuge from the sun. I think it’s safe to say this is a sure-fire summer staple. Now, excuse me while I get on with my busy weekend!

xx

Jacqueline

 

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