July 24, 2017

THE DRESS FOR EVERY OCCASION

Details: Lauren Ralph Lauren Off-the-Shoulder striped dress c/o Macy’s, here |

I don’t think I’ve acquired enough off-the-shoulder clothing this summer…seriously. I just can’t get enough of baring my shoulders! Regardless of if it’s a romper, top or dress, I’m not picky. If my shoulders are bare and it looks cute, consider it in my closet. So you can understand that when I saw this Lauren Ralph Lauren navy/white striped off-the-shoulder dress, I was eager to get my hands on it. First of all, it’s cotton, making it super easy to dress up with a sleek pony and statement earrings, or dress down with loose waves and a fresh face…the options are endless. I’m a fan of nautical style; it’s timeless and sophisticated. I added a pop of color and on-trend twist with these yellow on-trend drop earrings. In fact, I love them so much that I have them in several colors; I literally couldn’t help myself. If you’re looking for a dress to get you through copious summer barbecues, bridal showers and/or weekend girls nights out, this is the one for you. It’s available now at Macy’s and you know you still have a ton of statements to make this summer!

xx

Jackie

July 17, 2017

MY LATEST FAVORITES FROM PRIMARK

Details: Floral bell sleeve dresses, True Blue Distressed denim, black off-the-shoulder bell sleeve top, Sleeveless gray keyhole floral top, all c/o Primark The South Shore Plaza in Braintree |

As I get older, I’ve begun to understand the importance of investing in timeless well-made clothing. It’s important and makes a huge difference in your wardrobe. But we all know that some trends stick around longer than others, and as someone who likes to give all trends a shot, it’s not practical or easy on my wallet. So instead of investing in fleeting trends, I rely on my favorite fast fashion retailers. You know the ones I’m talking about: H&M, Forever 21, ZARA and now I have the luxury of adding Primark to my list. That’s right, Primark, known as one of the hottest fast fashion retailers in the U.K. has opened two stores in the Boston area.Their newest location, which happens to be my favorite one, is at The South Shore Plaza in Braintree. I love a good mall and the selection they have there is amazing! If I wasn’t set on purchasing some spring looks, I totally would’ve blown my bank account on their homeware section–the deals are incredible! Some of my favorite purchases included (and this wasn’t even everything I got!):

  • Two bell-sleeve floral dresses (pink and black). They fit very well and are perfect for summer bridal showers or graduation/family parties.
  • These stretchy jeans with frayed cuffs are so comfortable and a fun mix to my denim collection
  • Off-the-shoulder accordion bell-sleeve top…I mean, do I really need to explain why this was necessary
  • This key hole floral sheer floral top in gray. It’s so airy and loose, plus Primark also sells a bunch of awesome undergarments so I purchased two invisible camis, some invisible underwear and invisible mesh spandex shorts to go under my dresses since they’re a little sheer too. I can’t love them enough they range from $3 to $7 and the quality is there. I’m about to head back and get some more!
  • What’s not pictured is a macrame trim bodysuit and black tiered shirt–stay tuned!

So, for two dresses, a pair of jeans, a body suit, two tops, a skirt and three different types of undergarments I spent $125. Can you say INCREDIBLE! I don’t even think I have to say this, but if you’re traveling to the Boston area anytime soon or leave close by, head over to Primark. I promise you’ll find something that you absolutely need and you won’t break the bank!

xx

Jackie

July 12, 2017

REVAMP THE OLD WITH ACCESSORIES

Details: Express Deep V Pink top, similar here | Charming Charlie The Austin earring, here |

I had the best vacation week last week! It was sunny nearly every day, I read a total of four books and I was with my two favorites: mom and dad. Although it has been difficult to get back to work, I’m pleasantly surprised at how fast this week is going…it’s Wednesday already! With these steamy temps, I’ve been resorting to sleeveless tops and bare leg. One of my recent favorite tops is this flowy pink deep V top. It’s comfortable and simple. In an effort to protect my bank account, I’ve been purchasing fun earrings to make some of my older tops feel new. Even though this top is a newbie to my closet, I decided to take things up a notch and accessorize with this colorful complementary 3-ball earrings from Charming Charlie. I love these earrings so much that I purchased them in a couple other colors. What!?!? I’m still saving, they were only $12 (blushing). Cheers to hump day and saving money! Instead of collecting new tops and dresses, revamp your oldies but goodies with some fun accessories. Trust me, you’ll look at your older clothes in a whole new way.

xx

Jackie

July 7, 2017

SUMMER COMFORT: THE MAXI SKIRT

Details: Printed Easy Knit Maxi Skirt c/o J.Jill, here |

It’s maxi skirt season! I’ve been on vacation this week and I’ve never felt more relaxed. I went on a bit of a staycation and ventured to my family’s beach house on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. My days have been spent basking in the sun from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. reading and relaxing. I feel so refreshed and the first time I put on my makeup was yesterday and it felt so foreign to me. I can’t say that my style has been on point this week because it’s been driven by comfort and I have NO problems with that. However, I’m planning on going out to dinner tonight and the closest thing to acceptable comfort is this colorful printed maxi from J.Jill. It’s super comfortable and looks good with a variety of colors: white, black, navy, purple and even turquoise. It’s flowy and because it’s available in petite it isn’t too long like most maxis are on me. I’m hanging on to these last few days of vacation and am planning on more sun, one more book and my favorite bathing suit. What are your plans for the weekend?

June 28, 2017

VACATION MODE: SLEEP. BEACH. REPEAT.

Details: Floral drawstring shorts from TJ Maxx, similar here |

I am SO excited to go on a little stay-cation. Next week, I’m heading to my family’s beach house on the Long Island Sound in CT. I’m way overdue for a vacation and am super excited to have no plans, wear these comfy drawstring shorts every day and lay peacefully in the sand. It’s so funny because the past two years, we’ve gone on a fun tropical vacation and don’t get me wrong, that’s always a fun time, but I like the idea of really having no plans. I spend every day organizing and managing my workload, that I’m just excited to not know what I’m doing and not following agenda or a “To Do” list. Aside from shooting some new looks for the blog, I fully intend on living in my bathing suit, cover-up and these comfortable and socially acceptable floral drawstring shorts. I wish I had purchased another pair because they’re just too cute, but I guess I can swap back forth between cover-ups and oversized tees. I’m also excited to eat home cooked food that I don’t necessarily have to purchase OR cook–whoa! What does your ideal summer vacation look like?

xx

Jackie

June 23, 2017

SUMMER UNIFORM

Details: Marshalls Printed Cover-up dress, similar here, here and here | Dansko Demetra Sandal in Taupe, here |

Summertime and the living is easy–am I right? I’m so excited for beach days and minimal thought into clothing. Don’t get me wrong, I love putting together outfits and wearing “thoughtful” looks, but there’s nothing better than wearing a bathing suit and lightweight cover-up. I went to Marshalls with the sole intent of buying photo frames for my desk at work; obviously, that didn’t work out because this blue beauty caught my eye. I really love this cover-up because I fully intend on wearing it as a dress as well. It’s modest enough to wear out to dinner, but it’s loose and lightweight enough to face the summer heat on the beach. The only thing is, I would have to wear shorts and perhaps a cami underneath since it’s a little transparent. This weekend is supposed to be hot and humid so you can be sure that this is exactly what I’ll be sporting! What are your plans to beat the heat this weekend!?

P.S. I know how frustrating it is to see something from Marshalls and not be able to purchase it, but I did my best to try and find some similar options for you guys.

xx

Jackie

June 19, 2017

ROMPERS: THE NEVER-ENDING SUMMER TREND

Details: LOFT Tassled Off-the-Shoulder Romper, here | Rockport Cobb Hill Tropez High Vamp, here  |

Rompers are a girl’s best friend once the warm weather rolls around. They’re undeniably comfortable and you don’t have to worry about a summer breeze exposing you or being conscious of how you sit. And we all know that in addition to the romper trend, the off-the-shoulder trend is just as popular right now. Like I said last year: “shoulders are the new cleavage”, and it remains to be true this year too. OFTS tops share just enough skin to be sexy while allowing you to remain modest and classy. Although I’m known for going for bold colors and patterns when it comes to rompers, I love that this one is black and can be easily dressed up or down. Lately, I’ve been on an earring kick and have been popping in some color that way. However, if casual is more your speed, throw on your favorite pair of flip flops and stroll on down to the beach–the options are endless. So, does anyone need more reason to go out and get your romper on? I didn’t think so.

xx

Jackie

June 13, 2017

GO WITH THE (FLO)RAL

Details: Soft Rayon-Twill Full-Leg Crops (floral) c/o J.Jill, here |

This weekend was a scorcher…finally! So naturally, I spent both Saturday and Sunday basking on the beach and enjoying the warmth. There was such a nice breeze by the water that it was difficult to gauge how much sun I was getting and I ended up a little crisp. Now that the weather is finally feeling like the way it’s supposed to, I’ve been excited to try out new outfits. I’ve always been a fan of cropped flowy culottes and these tropical ones from J.Jill have become an all time summer favorite. They are super light weight and breezy. In addition to this funky floral pattern, they are also available in some neutral solids as well as in a deep blue pattern. I paired them with a very fitted top, but I’ve also worn a fun looser fitting and fringe top and it looked just as good. I’ll definitely be experimenting with these this summer and may even purchase another pair (they’re that comfortable!).

xx

Jackie

 

June 5, 2017

COLORFUL CHINOS IT IS

Details: LOFT swing jacket/blazer, similar here | LOFT cropped skinny chinos, here |

My 5-year reunion was this weekend and I’m currently recovering from sleepless nights and belly aching laughs. It was so nice to return to campus and live the dorm life one more time. The weather held up and we were able to bask in the sun while drinking beers and playing games #collegelife. I’m bummed that the rain returns this week, but I’ve learned to live for the weekend. Also, I picked up some QuickTan to get me through these sunless days. It’s the best spray tan in a bottle and it’s what I used all through college so it only felt appropriate to grab some this weekend. If I can’t don my denim cutoffs, I decided to resort to fun colored cropped chino pants and am combatting the chill with this swing jacket/blazer. It’s super lightweight and easy to style with a variety of colors. I’m eagerly waiting to wear bathing suits and flip flops, but until then I’ll be wearing my colorful cropped chinos.

xx

Jackie

May 30, 2017

WHAT I WISH I WORE THIS WEEKEND

Details: Goodnight Macaroon ‘Riley’ Chambray Off the Shoulder Top, here  | Banana Republic white wide leg pants, similar here and here |

This weekend was your average weekend in New England in May–unpredictable. Friday night was beautiful and ended with a rainbow across the shoreline’s sky. Saturday was blissfully sunny with a comfortable breeze and Sunday was eh. It was hot and cold–literally. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful weekend filled with family, wine and lots of laughs. I was planning on donning my chambray off-the-shoulder top with these Banana Republic white wide leg pants. But like my dad always says: “we make plans and God laughs.” So, I resorted to a look that was much more well-suited to the weather. It doesn’t mean I love this outfit any less. I’ll just save it for a brighter day. I really love this top because it’s one of those comfortable OTS tops; it doesn’t slip off my shoulders and it’s a great length, not too short, not too long. I recently purchased these wide leg pants from Banana Republic and not only are they comfortable, but they’re so easy to wear. They look super sophisticated (and believe me, they are), but the material is practical and comfortable. It’s a cotton mix, making it a casual option that you can bring to the next level or wear with a laid back tee–the options are endless. I had all of these outfits I was wishing to wear this weekend, but I guess I jumped the gun a bit. Just because it’s the first weekend of summer to us, doesn’t mean Mother Nature agrees.

xx

Jackie

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