May 27, 2016

MY SUMMER UNIFORM

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The first weekend of the summer is officially here and I couldn’t be more excited to lay lifeless in the sun for the entire weekend. I always feel it’s necessary to invest in a new pair of cut-off denim shorts and for the past two years I couldn’t find the right ones. It wasn’t until I took a trip to my old stomping grounds, American Eagle Outfitters, that I found THE perfect cut-offs, literally perfect. They’re comfortable, cute and they are destroyed just enough. You can be sure I will be wearing these all weekend. To me, cut-offs are like yoga pants; you can wear them all weekend long, they go with nearly everything and you look freakin’ good in them! To balance out the amount of skin I’m bearing, I decided to pair them with this light-weight floral silk and cotton blouse from J.Jill. It’s comfortable enough that you can wear it over your bathing suit on the beach without making you sweat. While I’m hoping I can just wear my bathing suit all weekend, 24/7, non-stop, I’m sure I’ll have to cover up at some point, so I’ll let this outfit be my MDW summer uniform!

xx

Jacqueline

 

May 25, 2016

SO LONG, A&F FIERCE SCENTED SWEATSHIRTS

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The weekend we’ve been waiting for is finally here! I don’t know about you, but Memorial Day weekend has always been one of my favorite weekends of the summer. It’s as if we’re all finally waking up from the fog that was winter and we’re ready to interact with one another while enjoying the summer sun. Seriously, the warmer weather brings out the best in people. Driving to work has actually been a pleasure lately (REMINDER: I’m in Boston, so this is a rarity). People are less reluctant to let you scootch into the clogged up rotary and I even received a ‘thank you’ wave from this lady I let cut in front of me–big things are happening! When I think of Memorial Day weekend, I often reminisce of the summers where I had little to no responsibility and was most concerned about getting as tan as humanly possible. Those were the days, weren’t they?! I would literally sit on the beach with my Disc Man from 8:30am  to 6pm (or until my mom called me that dinner was ready) and bake in the sun. For those who have vacationed with me, know that I am a genuine beach bum. I can literally do NOTHING on the beach ALL day and be 100% content.  In fact, I don’t even like to partake in beach activities, I’d rather lay lifeless in the sand. I especially miss those summer nights (out in the beach parking lot), the ones where sun got the best of you and that light summer breeze gives you goosebumps so you’re “forced” to rely on your favorite sweatshirt, which was more likely than not an oversized, Abercrombie and Fitch: Fierce scented, ratty sweatshirt whose owner was a shaggy-haired boy who you were currently swooning over. Ahh yes–that certainly screams summer to me. Unfortunately, my age doesn’t allow me to get away with such juvenile styles anymore and instead I’ve invested in the perfect post-sun summer poncho. Before you freak out about ponchos in the summer, just hear me out–this one has arm holes AND fringe. I can shamelessly say, I wore this poncho twice this weekend–Saturday and Sunday. It’s super light-weight, its neutral color makes pairing easy, and it can be worn over your bathing suit for those long beach days that turn into nights. You can be certain that I already have this packed for the weekend. And while I won’t be hanging out in a beach parking lot with shaggy-haired boys, I still plan to kick off the summer the only way I know how–at the beach with my favorites.  I guess some things don’t really ever change and I’m grateful for that.

 

xx

Jacqueline

May 23, 2016

ALWAYS, FOCUS ON YOUR OWN SH*T

DSC_6192editedDSC_6230editedDSC_6206editedDSC_6216editedDSC_6246editedDSC_6248editedDSC_6263editedDSC_6259editedDetails: Red/orange pleated peasant top c/o Dress Link, here | Banana Republic dark-wash jeans, similar here | Franco Sarto wedges via Marshalls, similar here |

Things have been so strange for me lately. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I haven’t been as inspired and up until this weekend the weather has been pretty miserable. Fortunately, the 70-degree weather on Saturday shook me out of this little funk–kind of. To be honest, I’m having a difficult time ignoring toxic people and I think that may be the root of my weird mood, but after a weekend spent with my favorites, I’ve realized that there are way too many good things going on in my life right now, for one person’s negativity to affect me so greatly. And like most, my outfit reflects my mood, so after some a needed pick-me-up session with Josh, I was feeling liberated, carefree and downright happy. Which is why this pleated peasant top was all I wanted to wear for the entire weekend. Initially, I was concerned about the sizing and when I received it in the mail, it was as crinkled as tissue paper (not cute), but after throwing it in the wash and leaving it to air dry, its pleats fell right into place–no ironing necessary. Funny enough, it’s exactly what I need to do. I need to sit back and let things fall as they may. One of my favorite quotes on my vision board (duh, I have a vision board), is “How to be successful: focus on your own shit.” It couldn’t be more perfect. It always seems to be the case that the more negative a person is the more they talk about other people and neglect their own well-being–ultimately only hurting themselves. It’s truly not fair to allow those people to get in the way of your happiness and ultimately your success. So, just like this peasant (once crinkled) top–clean yourself up take care of you and let it be. Everything will fall into place and you’ll be the perfectly pleated top you were always meant to be.

 

xx

Jacqueline

 

May 11, 2016

FLORAL FEELS

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I’m in a funk lately–in every aspect, and I’m not quite sure why. I’ve been visiting my family home in New Jersey since Friday, and will be here through Thursday for work. I don’t know, I get this way every time I come home– I never want to leave. I guess you can say I’m feeling homesick while I’m at home–weird huh? Anyway, considering we’ve finally been experiencing warm spring weather, I decided it was only appropriate to celebrate in style with flirty florals of course! Josh considers this a level of Mormon conservative attire, however to me it’s more feminine and classic. I mean, I have way too many dresses with the same “go-to” neckline, it’s nice to include some out-of-the-box pieces in an effort to spruce up my wardrobe. As you may already know, I’m partial to neutral colors and this dress perfectly combines soft neutral hues with some vibrant pinks and yellows. Even though I’m not exactly feeling myself lately and I have some things to think about, I am taking full advantage of the warm spring weather by donning some of my spring favorites while I can!

xx

Jacqueline

May 4, 2016

AN OLD CLASSIC WITH A FACELIFT

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I’ve come to realize that less is really more. I say this because when I wear something that I never put a ton of time into, that just comes together naturally, I get the best responses. I always look through some of my favorite bloggers and wonder what exactly it is they’re doing right and nine times out of ten it’s because they style clothing for the everyday girl. The one who shops at Banana Republic, Gap, H&M etc. I mean don’t get me wrong I look to bloggers with aspirational style, but with my current salary, I need some realistic outfits to get me through my wardrobe slumps. Not only do I dabble in blogging, but I work with bloggers on a daily basis and I’ve also noticed that the ones that resonate best with consumers are the ones who talk about their lives. Perhaps it’s providing tips on surviving a long distance relationship or how to navigate a dating app–things that your everyday girl could use some advice on. I follow bloggers who I can actually picture myself being friends with. I really don’t share enough on my blog, but I appreciate bloggers who show me their human side. I mean it does become a little mundane to discuss the details of an outfit–let’s be real. It’s not exactly thrilling. Which is why I’m challenging myself to not only plan better but to get a little more personal and maybe even make some new blog buddies! As for today’s outfit, it’s simple and one that I feel most comfortable in. While I do own more dresses than I can count, you are sure to find me in my favorite jeans and a fitted button down. I fell in love with this crop-esque top because it provides me with the sophistication and class of a button down, but also remains true to today’s trends– giving me a boost of fashion confidence!

x

Jacqueline

 

May 2, 2016

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH — LET THE LINEN LIVING BEGIN

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I don’t what the hell is up with this weather, but it sure as hell didn’t feel like the April that I know, and considering it’s already May, I’m in even more shock–Boston, get IT together! In the meantime, I’ve been testing out some self-tanners and I think I found the one. I’ll save the details for a separate post, but check out Tanceuticals and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Anyway, I spent my Sunday at the outlets with my roomie and I really had a hard time controlling myself.  From cut-off denim shorts to sleek sleeveless work dresses, I was in heaven! I’m the type of girl who has way too many dresses and pants, but never enough tops. I don’t know what it is, I’m drawn to dresses, especially during the summer. This multi-striped linen dress is super comfortable and light weight and it’s definitely something I can wear to work as well as the beach. It’s a loose fitted dress more, but since I prefer dresses with more of a shape, I accessorized with a belt. I admit it, my toenails are not polished, so I’ve been sticking with my wedge booties and I actually think these nude ones from Primark will remain a constant throughout my spring wardrobe. The forecast this week is rain, rain and more rain, but since my legs are looking tanner, I may just be pulling out my favorite spring dresses to kickstart the season.

xx

Jacqueline

April 25, 2016

ANOTHER KNIT FOR THE BOOKS

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My brother came to town this weekend to visit, and I have to say it’s always so nice to have a piece of home visit my new digs. It just feels good to be with family and I was excited to show him some of my favorite restaurants and have him meet my roomies. It was another great weekend for the books, and not to mention the weather was gorgeous. I was coatless for the most part, and I had some spring sweaters like this open-stitch side-button pullover to rely on. It’s the perfect beach sweater; I would even consider wearing it over my bathing suit for a late night beach date. Speaking of the beach I CANNOT wait for salty beach air and sunburns. Who’s with me!? So while I prep on my spring/summer wardobe why don’t you share with me your favorite beach day looks?!

xx

Jacqueline

April 21, 2016

SPRING ESSENTIALS

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Spring is finally here…I think, and I’m excited to start pulling out my spring dresses. The only problem is that I’m painfully pale– hate it! I have so many sleeveless dresses and I’m just not ready to show the world my Casper arms and legs. I need some serious vitamin D and I think this long sleeve midi dress is perfect in helping me get my fill of dresses while concealing all of my pale. I’m usually not a handbag person, I mean I definitely have plenty but I typically stick with one. However, when I’m heading out for day trips where my trusted handbag can’t suffice I’m now able to rely on this leather J.jill backpack. I love that it’s not overwhelmingly large, but it still fits all of my junk that I think I need–haha. Now that I have a bag for beach trips, I’m ready to get some much needed sun and pull out some more of my spring faves!

xx

Jacqueline

 

 

April 18, 2016

HERE COMES THE SUN

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The weather is finally heating up and I couldn’t be more excited. I mean, it only took untile mid-April (eye roll). While I’m still in a bit of a wardrobe slump, I’m finding my way back and it’s all thanks to my neon coral denim and this ultra soft indigo/denim-esque tunic from J. Jill. We’re in such a funky weather period right now, some days it’s 37 degrees and other it’s 65, it’s so hard to keep up, but I’ve been able to wear this top through it all. I think that’s why I love it so much. I know I won’t be able to wear it into the hotter months, but I think it could serve as a beach coverup for brisk New England beach nights which I canNot wait for. I’ve also found that I’m just not feeling as nourished and healthy as I used to be. I know we’re all scrambling to shed our winter pounds, but I’ve realized that since moving away from home I’m just not eating the way I should. Thus, I sought the help of my fit and healthy roommate and friend to get my butt back into shape. Not only would it be nice to tighten up my buns, but getting on a healthy meal plan will give me some much-needed energy and I may just be able to get myself out of this season transition funk.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my new and improved eats as well as the usual outfit deets!

xx

Jacqueline

April 14, 2016

“OH BOSTON, I DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD BE THIS CUTE”

DSC_0625editedDSC_0591editedDSC_0612editedDSC_0639Details: High neck ribbed long sleeve top, similar here | ZARA black culottes, similar here | Rockport Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump, similar here | ZARA black leather jacket, here |

I’ve been living in Boston for eight months now and I haven’t explored the city as much as I should. I mean, I basically found my favorite local spot and haven’t strayed. So, last weekend I took a trip to Beacon and saw how the other half lives. I mean…hello cobble stones and John Kerry’s estate–can you say breathtaking?! We brunched at a restaurant off the beaten path–no tourists, regulars ONLY. And while I tend to wear my favorite blue jeans and simple top to the local Southie bars, I decided to sophisticate my look with black culottes, a leather jacket and these sleek pointed toe pumps. I am far from a pump girl; I stick to booties, however these Total Motion pumps by Rockport are unlike any other heel I’ve worn. Imagine slipping your foot into a cushy cloud heaven, that is precisely what it feels like. I mean, I’ve never walked on clouds before but I can imagine it feels similar to this. To me, comfort is everything, it blows style and fashion out of the water for me and I think that’s why I stick to chunky secure booties and wedges. If my feet hurt, you better believe everyone around me knows about it. In fact, when I was working in Manhattan I often donned my HEINOUS old Uggs on the train and would slip into my heels when I arrived at the office. Not only is it frustrating to have to switch shoes, but do you know how many side eyes I received for wearing Uggs?! If I could I would have thrown myself a discerning look. To have a sexy pump that can go from the train to the office and then even to drinks with your cutie is a rarity. Now that I have the right shoes, it looks like I have no reason BUT to explore this adorable city.

xx

Jacqueline

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