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

 

July 6, 2016

TAKING IT OFF (THE SHOULDER)

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Yesterday was the most miserable work day yet. It was painful getting out of bed after such a great holiday weekend, and I know that it wasn’t just me because everyone at work was just as miserable, if not more. Funny enough, I didn’t wear a single outfit I had planned to wear this weekend. When you’re on a lake and the only thing you need is a bathing suit during the day and a sweatshirt at night, there’s nothing more you need. It kind of felt good to just not think about what I was wearing. I wore two bathing suits all weekend and the same sweatshirt. While I enjoyed the simple and lax lake dress code, I did miss wearing this chambray off the shoulder top. It’s one of my favorite summer garments this season and these white denim Artist Crop pants are the perfect counterpart. It’s a simple classic look, but also sexy and sweet at the same time. It can be worn just as easily at a family BBQ as it can at your favorite intimate Italian restaurant. Instead of standard wedges, I went with these metallic gold slip-ons that I scored at Marshall’s. I especially love the white sole and espadrille combination–it elevates the slip-on. Since I didn’t don this outfit this holiday weekend, you can be sure that I will be wearing it several times this summer–maybe even too much!

xx

Jacqueline

July 1, 2016

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND-WEAR

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I’m so ready for this holiday weekend! I love 4th of July weekend and unlike past years, I won’t be with my family,  instead, I will be down in PA with Josh’s fam. While I really love being at the beach with my family, I’m excited to spend some quality time with those I haven’t seen and I do enjoy lake life every once in a while. Let’s put it this way,  as long as I’m basking the sun or splashing in a body of water, I’m as happy as a clam. Last year, I went bold with my 4th of July look and sported a full-on American flag button down from Urban Western Wear (one that may have been perceived as obnoxious). However, this year, I decided to go with a somewhat subtle look. I recently picked up two of these racer front/ high neck camis and I absolutely love wearing them during these ever-so-frequent hot summer days.  Not only are they  flattering, but you can go braless without any issues. Sans bra is what summer is all about! As you can probably tell,  I’ve fallen in love with American Eagle’s Artist Crop white denim pants. They are the ideal length for my short stature and I love the cut-off fringe at the ankles–super on-trend! I think I may even have to purchase a second pair. Now, let me get back to packing! Enjoy this fabulous weekend with friends, family and hot dogs!

xx

Jacqueline

 

June 29, 2016

THE ROMPER LOVED BY ALL

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I would honestly wear a romper or a jumpsuit every single day if I could. I actually own enough of them to do so, but I won’t delve into this somewhat, unhealthy obsession. Is it just me, or does anyone else receive a distasteful reaction from their beau when they slip one on? Josh doesn’t seem to understand them and it would probably be an issue if I cared, but I don’t. However, when I picked up this sexy off-the-shoulder romper from the Banana Republic Factory store and tried it on to show him, he actually really liked it. What?! This must actually be a winner. While guys are severely simple-minded when it comes to fashion, I do trust that they know what looks “attractive.” I’d be lying if I said I don’t care at least a little bit about what my boyfriend thinks of my outfit choices. If I love it, then there’s no question, but if I’m having doubts about a garment I usually seek his opinion as a deal breaker. Regardless, this romper is not only super sexy, but it’s also comfortable and easy to slip on and off (for bathroom purposes, guys! Get your mind out of the gutter). It can be made sophisticated with wedges or casual with your favorite pair of flip-flops. I don’t know about you, but if you’re attending a relatively casual wedding this season, this could even serve as a viable outfit option. Throw your hair up in a sleek up-do and strap on some heels–you’ll be set!

P.S. It’s on sale RIGHT NOW for $18–go grab it!

xx

Jacqueline

 

June 27, 2016

FEELIN’ THE FLORALS

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Why do the weekends go by so fast? Lucky for me, I spent the weekend at the beach with my parents and it felt good to relax and soak in the sun. I found myself reminiscing over the summers spent there with my beach friends and how few worries and responsibilities filled my head. Instead, I was most concerned about my tan and the boys of course! I miss those days so much that my heart hurts. I know that sounds silly, but it’s hard growing up and letting go of such great times. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m very much enjoying my life right now, I just miss the carelessness of summer when you’re younger. There’s nothing to worry about and your days are spent bike riding to the pool then to the beach then back to the pool–it’s just simple and perfect. In an effort to make Monday a decent day, I decided to take on this bright floral linen dress from J.Jill. Just by looking at it, it makes you smile. It’s also super comfy and better yet, it has pockets! I’m always torn about which seasons I like dressing for; if you had asked me last year I know I would’ve said fall, but for some reason, I’m loving all of the summer styles this year. Everything is bright, off the shoulder and light-weight. If this cheerful linen dress doesn’t make you smile, then just focus on the upcoming long holiday weekend we have to look forward to! We can get through these responsibilities and all of these Mondays to come!

P.S. Happy Birthday to my amazing little mom who took two weeks worth of outfit photos this weekend–LOVE!

xx

Jacqueline

 

June 24, 2016

KICKIN’ IT IN CUT-OFFS

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Details: American Eagle Outfitters sleeveless knit tank | American Eagle Outfitters cut-off denim shorts, here| Born Kaileen sandals c/o J.Jill, here |

Well, I made it through my first week of work back from vacation and it really wasn’t half bad. I am, however, absolutely ready for a relaxing weekend by the beach and you can bet that I’ll be wearing my favorite cut-off denim shorts (I have two pairs of the same shorts). I honestly haven’t not worn them on a weekend this summer and I might even go back to the outlets while I’m in Westbrook and see if I can snag a THIRD pair, okay no that’s over the top. As you know, I am partial to neutrals so you can imagine that when I came across this sleeveless beige knit I couldn’t help but pile it on to my shopping arm. I’m pretty sure this top might be as much of a summer staple for me as these cutoffs. Now that I have my weekend wear in place, get me to the beach!

xx

Jacqueline

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