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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

May 24, 2017

ROMPER, ROMPHIM, ROMP-ALL!

Details: TJ Maxx/Marshalls Bell Sleeve Honey Punch Romper, here |

So, the guys are getting on the romper wagon now, huh? I’m completely fine with this, but I will say that everything that guys have said about rompers, like that they hate them because they look like something a toddler would wear or that they’re not flattering on anyone in anyway shape or form and look more creepy than sexy.  After seeing rompers on men, it makes me wonder if they were right all along. I mean not ALL men can pull off a RompHim, and it is somewhat off-putting that they look like hairy adult babies runinng around. But to each his own, right? Despite my growing distaste for the recent RompHim trend, I am certain I will not be ditching my rompers any time soon. In fact, I just scored this bell-sleeve romper from Marshall’s and couldn’t love more if I tried. Unlike most offices, mine doesn’t implement a strict dress code which means rompers are acceptable in the workplace–woohoo!! And the fact that this one has long sleeves makes it even more loveable because it allows me to combat the ice chamber conditions inside the office, while still looking like I’m acknowleding the fact that it’s spring when I walk outside. Its floral pattern is tasteful and broken up by the lace detail in the middle, makes this one of my favorites this season. Cheers to rompers for all,  we’re truly breaking fashion boundaries!

xx

Jackie

May 22, 2017

THE HEAT MADE ME DO IT

Details: LOFT Pleated Duet Dress, here | DSW two-toned sandals, similar here |

I recently went on a shopping binge at LOFT and came across this flowy pleated dress. The heat made me do it! It was so hot last week, and I was in desperate need of cute dresses and lightweight tops to keep me from getting heat stroke. It was basically prescribed by my doctor. It’s too late now anyway, the damage is done and I have some new summer clothes to show for it. Lately, the LOFT has been surprising me. I used to never think twice about walking in there because everything always seemed to be boxy and ill-fitting. I don’t know what they’ve been doing lately, but keep it! Not only do have they offer on-trend styles but the fit seems to be much more accurate. Plus, they have an awesome petite section so I’m able to pull off a mid-length dress like this because they offer it in petite–score! I’ve noticed lately, in my old age that the quality of your clothing means more than quantity, but having a lot of quality clothes is always better–I can’t help myself! I wish that we were experiencing that unseasonable heat this week, so I can rock this dress. It’s one that I would wear two days in a row–it’s that good! So, the lesson of the day: if you haven’t been into LOFT in a while, or ever because you thought it was outdated or ill-fitting, go on and stop in; I guarantee that you’ll find something you just have to have.

xx

Jackie

May 17, 2017

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE SUN

Details: Off-the-shoulder LOFT dress, similar here

The past two weeks have been depressing. Last weekend, I went to a really fun family party in Rhode Island and was determined to sit outside by the fire pit, despite the spitting rain. I’ve wanted to so badly to lounge outside and walk out of work coatless. From my understanding, those days are here. This week we’re reaching 80-degrees ladies and gentlemen and I was so excited that I whipped out my shorts on Monday! As you can tell, off-the-shoulder anything has been a spring/summer go-to of mine and I am ecstatic I’ll finally be able to start wearing my off-the-shoulder purchases. This rose red OFTS dress from LOFT is a favorite of mine because it’s so easy and breezy and it looks great with your favorite wedges or flip flops. I would even consider wearing it as a cover-up for the beach. I don’t know about you, but I’m 5-degrees away from getting in my bathing suit! How are you spending the warmer days?

xx

Jackie

May 10, 2017

A PUNCH OF PINK…GOLD

Details: Lipault Paris Miss Plume XS Backpack, here  | Banana Republic white denim wide leg pants, similar here | Forever 21 sleeveless top (last year), similar here |

The rules of no white after Labor Day are long forgotten and since it’s taking a lot longer for the spring weather to settle in, I decided to pull out my wide leg white denim and take on an all white look. It’s so funny that such a neutral everyday color (lack thereof) used to be such a faux pas. I mean, no one ever says you can’t wear black in the summer. Ivory, egg shell, stark white–they’ve also been kind to me during the summer months. And while you’ll rarely see me accessorizing with a bag or tote (I’m a wallet only kinda girl), I have to say this perfect Pink Gold Lipault Paris Backpack is a summer must-have. It’s small enough not to be cumbersome, but roomy enough to fit everything you need for a day of shopping or on the beach. Gone are the days when pink gold was only worn around your neck or on your ears. The color has become a serious statement in the apparel and accessory industries. And despite what some may think, it has also become quite a neutral for the summer. At one time, metallics and shimmer used to be considered flashy or “over the top”, now they’re just as necessary as your nude pumps or black clutch. Don’t wait around for the weather, just dress like it’s already spring and the sunshine will follow ( I hope)!

xx

Jackie

May 4, 2017

Double DOSE OF DENIM

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Details: Tencel Indigo Pullover c/o J.Jill, here |

At one point in style time, Canadian tuxedos were a serious faux pas, however, the times have changed and it is not stylishly acceptable to mix and match denim in one outfit. This Tencel Indigo Pullover Top is not as restricting as denim, but more lax and comfy. It is something that can be worn on a cozy day with sweats, or with your favorite pair of denim blues. I chose to style it with my favorite pair of legging jeans and broke the outfit up with a classic brown belt. I guess you can say, I’m going for a Western look–I don’t hate it! When wearing denim on denim, it’s important to style your blues appropriately. What I mean by that is, don’t try and match your denim top and bottom exactly. Go for a light and dark look. This way, you’re able to accessorize more and you won’t look overly monochromatic.

How do you feel about denim on denim? Share your style tips with me!

xx

Jackie

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