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June 13, 2018

I WISH FOR ENDLESS SUMMER WEEKENDS

Details: Linen-Stretch Button-Front Crops c/o J.Jill, here | Steve Madden via DSW Ankle Strap Platform sandals, similar here 

This past weekend finally felt like summer, and I did everything to make the most of it since you never really know how long this sunny warm streak will last.  My weekend began with a delicious meal at a local Italian restaurant here in South Boston and a swoon-worthy sunset. Then, on Saturday, I met up with my friend for a beachside work, took a stroll to get some coffee and met up with friends at Granite Links in Quincy for dinner drinks and awesome views. It was such a great day, filled with so many laughs, a ton of sunshine and delicious drinks and food. To close out a fabulous weekend, on Sunday, I headed to the North End to enjoy some more sun on a friend’s roof, people watched at Christopher Columbus Park, and ended the day with Josh’s softball game (they won! cue Queen’s We are the Champions). Can you say busy, busy!? But it was such fun weekend– the good kind of busy! When planning my Saturday night outfit, I wanted to wear something that would transition from afternoon to evening. I was not in the mood to show off my not-so tan legs, and I was feeling a bit bloated from the Italian feast Josh and I indulged in on Friday, so I went with this amazingly comfortable linen-stretch button-front crops from J.Jill. They are my absolute FAVORITE summer staple so far, and instead of the grey and white striped top above, I wore a classic black top and brought along a denim jacket just in case it got chilly. I felt comfortable and super sophisticated. Instead of my go-to block heels, I went with these Steve Madden ankle strap platform sandals. More comfort and sophistication ensued.

If I could relive this weekend all summer, I absolutely would! Do you have a go-to outfit that you can see yourself wearing all summer long? If so, let me know what it is!

xx

Jackie

May 1, 2018

MY CHARLESTON TRAVEL GUIDE

Oh vacation, how I miss you! Last week, Josh and I spent a week in Charleston, South Carolina and I can’t explain how badly I want to be back there right now. Typically, when we vacation, we tend to find an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean and drink and eat ourselves silly. But I have been wanting to visit Charleston ever since I started watching Southern Charm (LOL JK, guys! Give me a little more credit). Seriously, it’s a city that has been on my bucket list for a long time. So, as my Christmas present, Josh booked us a trip to Charleston, and after waiting for four long cold months, we jetted off to this perfectly charming city. First of all, the weather was incredible every day. It was between 70 and 80-degrees with, what seemed like a constant refreshing breeze. According to the locals, April/May are the best months to visit the city (way to go, Josh!). We stayed at an AirBnb on James Island, which is a prime location because it’s right between the beach and downtown. If you’ll keep reading, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite spots to eat, beach, drink and explore! I’m also going to share some of the places we didn’t have time to go to. Josh and I really wanted to go on a tour of the city. We actually explored some of the major spots ourselves first and then went on a tour to learn more about Charleston’s incredible history. Above is a view of The Battery. The Battery is a landmark in Charleston and is a defensive seawall, named for a civil-war defense artillery battery. It stretches along the lower shores of Charleston, forming the harbor. I loved walking this promenade and feeling the sea breeze–bring me back! And, in the distance, you can see the famous Ravenel bridge. Okay, the reason I’m unnecessarily obsessed with this bridge is mostly because it is named after the one and only drama-starting, reality TV “star” Thomas Ravenel. I’m super fascinated by this family, and this bridge is named after Arthur Ravenel Jr. (Thomas Ravenel’s dad). I learned quite a bit about this bridge. It connects Charleston to Mt. Pleasant (which is an area I wanted to go but didn’t have time), it is the third largest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere and its total length is 13,200 feet (WHOA!). If you’re planning on visiting Charleston, one of your first stops must be The Battery–it’s perfect and picturesque. For our tour, we did a combined bus and boat tour with Grayline tours. It was $40 per person and was three hours long. I really enjoyed exploring the city with them. We also drove through the Citadel campus which was beautiful. And the boat tour was a big highlight for us! We toured the harbor, saw Sullivan’s Island and Fort Sumter….and went right under the Arthur Ravenel bridge (LOL…K I’m done). When we go again, we would probably go on the highly recommended Gullah tour. 

UM. You can’t visit Charleston and not visit Rainbow Row. It was clearly number one on my list and out of all the colorful homes, this vibrant lavender one was my favorite! There are 13 colorful historic houses, and it represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States. An absolute must see.

Here! I’ll live right here. Just one of the many ivy-covered homes I want to live in.

Another shot of The Battery, and that bright pink house, right there, is John Ravenel’s house, 5 East Battery (OMG ha! I’m embarrassing myself, but it’s beautiful). It was declared the best real estate on the peninsula with the most beautiful views…in 1838. Not exactly sure it’s an ideal place to live during a hurricane…just sayin’!

More of The Battery….behind is the White Point Gardens at The Battery. A better image of the White Point Gardens at The Battery. I could stare at these trees all day. They’re breathtaking; out of a scene from The Notebook.

Staying so close to the beach, we were told we had to go to Folly Beach. We went there on our first full day in Charleston, which was a Thursday, and after talking to some locals, that was the best decision we ever made. Apparently, there are only a few beaches in Charleston, Folly being the most popular, and in the summer it could take an hour to get to the beach from where we were, which was 10-15 minutes away. Since it gets super hot in the summer months, almost sticky, naturally everyone retreats to the beach. If you’re planning on going to the beach, plan to go on a weekday.  And, it’s not just a beach, but a whole town with restaurants, bars, and tourist shops. After getting burnt to a crisp and walking out on the pier, we hopped around Folly, with our first stop being  Rita’s Seaside Grille.  A cocktail is just what we needed after getting fried in the sun (Josh more than me). OKAY. I don’t know what they did, but their Pina Colada was silky smooth and AMAZING. My mouth is watering thinking about it now. After getting some liquor in us, we stopped at Taco Boy, which is a super cool spot with the best type of food on earth. You guessed it…TACOS. I LOVED everything about this spot and it was super affordable too. Quick service and great views of the streets of Folly. Let the people watching begin! I got a Kimchi Beef taco which was out of this world. If you find your way there and are debating between tacos, let the kimchi be one of your selections.

Our first night, we went to Leon’s Oyster Shop. Josh and I love seafood, so this was the perfect place to kick off our vacation. We got…oysters, of course, peel and eat shrimp and I got the Siam Salad–so good! OH…AND…. for dessert, they offer soft serve ice cream! What!?!!! I got the vanilla soft serve in a cone with rainbow sprinkles…AMAZING.

If you take one thing from this whole post, it’s to go to Carmella’s Dessert Bar. UM. TWO WORDS: DESSERT BAR. We went to this place TWICE! It’s right on East Bay Street, in a row with a group of great restaurants. They have gelato, cake, coffee, and alcohol…what more could you ask for! I got salted caramel gelato with a scoop of chocolate gelato and it was (double hand raise emoji) amazing! We went again on our last night and I ordered a cappuccino and salted caramel chocolate mousse–OH YES! It’s a fun spot to stop at after dinner or to take a break from shopping. It’s completely open too, so you can feel the fresh air and see the passersby.

See! How cute is Taco Boy? It’s as good as it looks.

We grabbed lunch at Prohibition. The lunch menu was limited, but I can tell you that the brussel sprouts were AWESOME! It’s a huge place, with this cute outdoor seating area. We would’ve gone back for dinner, had we had more time. Definitely a spot worth checking out!

Looking for a light bite and cozy atmosphere? Go to The Gin Joint. It was OK, but I’m not sure we would go back. Check out some places I wasn’t able to make it to below.

In the mood for a delicious breakfast and good coffee? Go to The Daily. There are two locations, and we went to the one on King Street. I wish we went more than once because there were a few things I wanted to try. Seating is a bit limited at this location and it’s cafeteria style ordering, but it’s SO good. Highly recommend.

These fun little ice cream looking trucks are made for both adults and children. Booze Pops! That’s right, in addition to your go-to chaco taco, they sell frozen booze popsicles. Definitely, a fun novelty to try. There are two in Charleston and are for the most part parked in the same spots, this one was right on King Street, the main shopping destination in the city. Great way to cool off while shopping in the South Carolina heat.

I didn’t do any shopping while I was visiting. I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you about any great clothing boutiques I stumbled upon, but my coworker stocked up on some super cute shoes at Shoes on King. I stopped in but there were too many shoes that I NEEDED, so I had to leave ASAP. The sales associates were super friendly and funny. There’s a mix of boutiques and your typical mainstream retailers: Forever 21, Louis Vuitton, Sperry, Vineyard Vines, Madewell…you get the gist.

We didn’t go into this antique shop, but this sign was too perfect not to snap a photo of.

Here are some of the other places we went to and loved…

Jestine’s Kitchen: Amazing southern food. We stopped in for lunch after our tour and it was one of our favorite meals

The Vendue Rooftop: Super cool spot! We stopped here after walking the city and got some drinks and a light bite. The views are unreal and it wasn’t as crowded as I expected it to be. There were a ton of people there, but there was so much space so it didn’t feel like everyone was on top of one another.

Loggerheads in Folly Beach: This was Josh’s favorite spot. We sat outside on the rooftop/deck. It’s a beach bar, right next to the marina. It’s an older crowd, but there are a ton of TVs and great live music! Definitely a spot we would go back to.

Pearlz Oyster Bar: Our favorite meal! I got the salmon on top of beet goat cheese risotto—heavenly

Ones we wanted to try…

If you have time, go to Mount Pleasant. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time but apparently, there are a ton of great places to eat and it’s a bit less expensive than downtown Charleston.

Stars Rooftop, Revelry Brewing, Husk, Hominy Grill, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, Obstinate Daughter, Vintage Coffee Cafe, Ink N Ivy, The Watch Rooftop, SNOB, Shem Creek Bar and Grill, Market Pavillion Hotel (Pavillion Rooftop) and The Commodore. Downtown Charleston is small, so it’s fairly easy to hop around to different places.

Hope this was helpful and I really hope you get a chance to visit this amazing city! If you do, let me know what your favorite places are and share some of your adventures with me.

 

xx

Jackie

 

 

April 24, 2018

GUEST OF THE WEDDING WEAR

Details: Nordstrom Topshop Tie Front Minidress, sold out here, but similar here, here and… this isn’t similar, but I love this | Tommy Hilfiger Zappos suede heels, here |

I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful wedding this weekend and after seeing some of this year’s wedding fashions in person, I got to thinking about what’s appropriate to wear to a wedding. Things have changed, people seem to be less tied to tradition and I believe the rules of what guests can/should wear to a wedding have changed a bit. Listen, I don’t think that people should be attending a wedding dressed in white with a tiara, but do I think you can get away with ivory, floral with white accents and cream colors? Yes, yes I do. Newsflash! There is no possible way you will upstage the bride unless you decide to wear a wedding dress to a wedding that’s not yours, which would be super strange and inappropriate.  Now, just because I think neutral whites are fine to wear to a wedding doesn’t mean others do. I always feel like dressing modestly, but with some sass is the way to go (save your deep v-necks and high slits for a night out with your beau). Which is why I am SO in love with this dress. It has a beautiful modest sleeve and the tie knot in front is surprisingly flattering. The sass factor of this dress is definitely the length. It’s called a mini dress for a reason! I’m only 5’1″ so the length of this dress wasn’t a factor for me, but I do think it could look really short on someone who is 5’5″ and up. To give you some context, when I bent down I felt like a brisk breeze. Unfortunately, this dress is currently sold out, but I did link to some similar styles and I also included a super cute dress that I just happen to love. There is a possibility it will be restocked so stay tuned!

xx

Jackie

April 18, 2018

NOT JOGGING, JUST WEARING JOGGERS

Details: Ann Taylor jogger pants, here | Tommy Hilfiger Ventur pumps, here | Forever 21 trench jacket, similar here |

When you can’t wear your favorite sweatpants to work and the weather is torturing you…enter joggers. I’ve always loved how joggers look on other people, but I never knew JUST how to style them. They’re like an enigma to me. They’re not sweatpants, they’re not dress pants, not jeans, not leggings… they’re joggers– in their own category with endless options. These polyester Ann Taylor joggers are equipped with lax pockets and can easily be worn with your best blazer or your coziest knit. I took my first shot at styling joggers with a classic white gauzy top, a light beige overcoat and my favorite pumps (perfect for work and play). I am now fully on board with these beauties and have worn them everywhere. From new business meetings to casual nights out with my friends, I’ve styled them in a variety of ways and got the same response: “I love your joggers!” And so do I.

What’s your favorite way to wear joggers? Do you prefer to keep them in your athleisure drawer or hanging with your business casual staples?

xx

Jackie

 

April 9, 2018

A GOOD TOP: AS NECESSARY AS A GOOD FRIEND

Details: Pink bell sleeve top via Marshalls, similar here | J. Crew white denim pants, similar here |

I feel like I talk about the weather in every outfit post I write. Maybe that’s because it’s absurd that we’re still experiencing frigid temps in April. Regardless,  I’m trying to figure out my spring wardrobe, while maintaining my sanity. I’ve begun to care less about what I wear and more about staying comfortable, which is a dangerous game. I’ve recently stocked up on a couple long sleeve spring-themed tops, one being this bell sleeve top from none other than Marshall’s. It has become one of my favorite tops. Like I always say, (but have really never said until just now) a good top is like a good friend. It makes you look good, it’s reliable and it never judges you for any winter weight gain–it’s true! In an effort to summon warmer temps, I pulled out my white denim pants and some peep toe shoes…in case you were wondering, that didn’t work. Right now, I’m focusing on my wardrobe for my upcoming vacation to Charleston, where I can guarantee I’ll be surrounded by sunshine and bare arms and legs. Until then, I’ll be living through outfit photos in which I suffered through to take during, yet another cold March day.

xx

Jackie

April 2, 2018

WORK HARD, BE NICE AND IGNORE THE SNOW

Details: Denim Fringe-Trim Jacket c/o J.Jill, here |  Sub_Urban Riot Tee-Shirt, here | DADAWEN square toe oxford platforms (AMAZON), here | J. Crew white denim pants, similar here |

So. It’s currently snowing in my hometown of New Jersey, and I’m feeling a little defeated. After a weekend of flirting with spring temps, enjoying coatless strolls and spending time with family, it’s such a sick tease and I’m at the end of my rope! So, in an effort to match the current white landscape, I felt it was necessary to share my all-white look; just to get you in the mood for spring.

I love white denim and I don’t believe in the whole “no white after Labor Day” thing. Wear what you want, when you want. It’s simple. And even though I took this Monday off, I wanted to share an important reminder that is just as simple to live by: “Work hard and be nice”. It’s so easy to do, and it goes a long way. If things aren’t going your way or you’re feeling defeated because of the weather (LOL), just remember that hard work pays off and everyone remembers a big smile and some kind words. Don’t let others decide your future and don’t let a passive aggressive email from a coworker or some side-eye from a disapproving neighbor distract you from your innate good vibes. Put your head down, do your work and smile. Life is too damn short to let negative energy get in the way of what’s important. I know this advice is a no-brainer, but consider it a friendly reminder, but not the passive-aggressive email kind hahaha!

Happy Monday, guys!

xx

Jackie

 

 

March 25, 2018

BLUE HUES AND FLORAL PRINTS

Details: Tencel Indigo Bell-Sleeve Top c/o J.Jill, here |  Printed Weekender Jeans c/o J.Jill, here 

There have been a few days where it actually felt like spring. I, like most in the northeast, was thrilled! I love floral prints for spring (basic, I know), but I truly do. There’s something about adding a floral print to your look. I love the vibrancy it adds but I know that some people aren’t about brightness and boldness, and that’s why I LOVE these printed weekender jeans. They are AMAZING. I legit have been wearing them every week (sometimes twice a week). They’re comfortable and easy to pair with everything…seriously, everything. I decided to stay on the blue color theme and slipped on this light bell-sleeve top and added some sparkle with these silver drop earrings. And this instantly became my new favorite outfit!

xx

Jackie

March 14, 2018

WIDE LEG CROPS AND A FAVORITE KNIT

Details: Ann Taylor wide leg crop pants with lace detail (older), equally cute style here | Melrose and Market via Nordstromrack cowl neck knit sweater, here | Franco Sarto via Marshall’s black tassel slides, similar here |

Given that the snow has yet to stop, I’m still wearing my chunky knits but baring some skin to let Mother Nature know that I’m ready for warmer temps. I have become somewhat addicted to wide leg crop pants. Not only are they super comfortable, but they look so stylish on and have the ability to bring a casual outfit up a notch. Instead of my standard pumps, I went with slides (staying on the comfort theme) and I felt super cozy but also extremely stylish. I’m hoping I never have to pull on this grey cowl neck sweater (even though it’s amazingly comfy) until next winter. I will, however, be wearing these wide leg crops well into the spring…if that season ever decides to make an appearance.

xx

Jackie

February 21, 2018

BRIGHT ON!

Details: Forever 21 Ribbed Multicolor Sweater, similar here | American Eagle High-Waisted jeans, similar here | Forever 21 Faux Leather Combat Boots, here

Guys! It was unexpectedly 70-degrees yesterday and I couldn’t even believe it. Today is supposed to be just as warm, but my pale skin is not prepared for gorgeous sunshine and blue skies. That being said,  I won’t be donning shorts, skirts or dresses, but instead, I will channel the brighter weather with this multicolor cropped sweater and bold yellow drop earrings. I always seem to channel retro 70’s style, and I think it’s because I love wearing bright colors and letting my hair flow in waves. I ditched bell bottoms for tapered high-waisted skinny jeans and slid on some combat boots, making this an elevated 2018 70’s inspired look, right?! Once my skin is tanner, I can wear this sweater layered under overalls and over a cute denim dress…the options are endless! I’m also not getting too excited about these warmer temps in February because we’re supposed to get some snow on Thursday. Thanks for the reality check, Mother Nature!

Hope your day is filled with sunshine, whether it’s from within or outside. Shine on my beautiful babes!

xx

Jackie

February 14, 2018

ACTUAL OOTD…FOR REAL

Details: Top Shop red Wrap Waist top via Nordstrom, here | Dark wash Gap jeans, similar here | Charming Charlie yellow floral earrings, similar here | Tommy Hilfiger via DSW taupe suede ‘Venture’ pumps, here |

Guys, Happy Valentine’s Day! Hoping you took my advice from Monday’s post and have decided to spread some love this month, week or day :). While I’m TOTALLY into wearing heart/V-Day inspired clothing, I decided to tap my sophisticated side and wear this classic red wrap waist top and my favorite jegging jeans (yes jegging jeans from GAP…sue me!) to my Valentine’s Day date tonight. I love this top. You can’t see, but it ties in the back, making the front as fitted as you’d like with some flattering ruching. I love the orange undertones in this red color and how nicely it falls above my jeans. Because I was feeling even MORE color, I popped on these yellow floral earrings and added some beach waves to my locks. Instantly, I felt like I was owning the Valentine’s Day game…sexy red dresses are overrated. Because this look is all about color, I slid on my new taupe suede block heel pumps and voila! Cute comfort at its finest.

Now, if you don’t have a date or you aren’t going out with your Galentines, make sure you spread some love to the ones you care about and then get into something cozy, put on your best face mask and tune in to your favorite shows. You deserve some self-love and relaxation, today and every day!

xx

Jackie

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