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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

February 12, 2018

SPREAD LOVE & WEAR HEARTS

Details: French Connection striped heart sweater, here | Black Banana Republic skirt (old), similar here | Anne Klein polka dot tights, similar here | Black Sperry boots, similar here |

Oh, February, the month of love! It’s so funny.  I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, even sans boyfriend. When I was younger, my mom always made Valentine’s Day a thing (she still does to this day). She’d make a special red or pink treat, buy me cute Valentine’s Day-themed gifts and it always felt like such a happy day to me. My mom’s Valentine’s Day gifts continued on through college and as a result, I became a Valentine’s Day ambassador myself. I don’t think Valentine’s Day needs to solely be about the love for your partner, but more about spreading love to the ones you care about. The ones who pick you up when you’re down, who make you laugh when you’re mad, the friends who listen and give advice. Take this Valentine’s Day to let all of the ones you love that you care about them and appreciate them. Yes, you should do that every day, but if you don’t already do that, let this be a reminder.

In addition to giving and getting gifts of love on Valentine’s Day, I always love to wear heart-themed clothing. I came across this French Connection sweater in Steinmart, and it had this must-have 90’s appeal. I can see Kelly Kapowski wearing this on Saved by the Bell or DJ Tanner, in her high school years. I just love it! It’s got a classic appeal to it and I decided to make it appropriate for the workplace with a fitted black skirt. The polka dot tights offer some fun and I went with booties instead of pumps to keep it casual. Now, would this be something I would wear on Valentine’s Day date night? Probably not…maybe just the sweater with some jeans; the skirt is just too work-esque for V-Day.

So, if you’ve been one of those Valentine’s Day scrooges, maybe give one of your friends a call or write a note to your parents, letting them know you appreciate them. It will go a long way.

Happy Monday loves! Spreading love and happiness your way. Own the work week and kick some butt!!

xx

Jackie

January 24, 2018

HEALTHY SKIN WITH NEUTROGENA

Video by The Running Publicist, Jon Salas 

Okay, I just want to preface this by saying: I’m not a makeup artist/blogger and I don’t know the best techniques for applying makeup. I literally had to google how to use a beauty blender before doing this video. Normally, I just pour foundation into my hand and slap it on…seriously though haha. I also stopped wearing foundation this summer and haven’t really looked back. I just feel like my skin is not only so much clearer, but it feels much cleaner and smoother as well. However, when I was introduced to Neutrogena’s healthy skin and Hydro Boost Makeup products, my thoughts about foundation changed instantly. Below I’ve outlined all of the products I used in this video and how I felt about them. I was tasked with mastering a clean, red lip makeup look of Nicole Kidman. I actually think I did okay! Check out the video and tell me what you think :).

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in Natural Ivory First of all, this feels AMAZING on. I’ve seen so many reviews of different foundations where people say: “It feels like I’m not wearing anything!” Then I try it and it’s cakey and restricting. If you take one thing out of this post, let it be that this foundation ACTUALLY feels like you’re not wearing ANYTHING on your face. It feels like my skin and it doesn’t appear cakey or flaky. It has SPF 20 and is made of an ‘exclusive blend of antioxidants,’ which is why your skin feels so clean while wearing it. It’s working while you wear it, improving your skin’s luminosity, tone and texture, for healthy-looking skin…and it works! I’m fair and am wearing the Natural Ivory shade (best for cool undertones; it’s base it more pink than yellow). There are 14 different shades to choose from, so I’ll definitely be looking into darker shades once summer rolls around. ($14.59)

Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer- I’m always looking for a good concealer for under eye circles and occasional breakouts. During the winter months, it’s especially difficult to keep your skin hydrated, and some of the thicker concealers I’ve used have made my skin appear and feel chalky. Not only does this concealer have ‘hydro boost’ and ‘hydrating’ in its name, it has a core designed to instantly quench the skin…and it works! It goes on SO smooth and works well to conceal dark under eye circles and small blemishes. It’s creamy and available in 5 blendable shades. ($14.99)

 Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector-  Okay this is a game changer for me. Made with antioxidants, including Vitamin E, wild chamomile and soy, this beauty is clinically shown to de-puff and treat the appearance of dark circles…and it does just that! I’m in love with this and have been wearing it alone, with nothing else when I don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup. It’s applied with a flow-through brush, making the application effortless. This is officially a staple in my makeup bag. ($13.99)

Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer-  As its name suggests, this eyeshadow includes a built-in primer, which is super noticeable. I’m wild over this. There’s no annoying crease lines or smudging and it lasts so much longer than my usual eyeshadow. It’s not creamy, but it almost feels like it is when you’re applying it. I was so impressed with this, especially given that it’s priced at $9.99. It’s available in 6 shades; definitely a new keeper for me.

Healthy Volume Mascara– Love this! It glides on smoothly and adds some serious volume to your lashes. Its formula is made with a touch of olive oil, so I’m assuming that’s why it feels so silky going on and adds plumpness. ($8.99)

Healthy Skin Blush (Rosy)-  I’m a HUGE fan of blush. It’s one of those makeup products that my mom has engrained in my mind as necessary. And mom is always right, blush makes such a big difference. It makes you look healthy and vibrant. I have a variety of blushes in my makeup bag, but this one is 100% natural looking. It gives that post workout, flushed look. I’ve been using it regularly and love how light, yet buildable the color can be. It feels so soft when you apply and it blends beautifully and evenly. There are 5 natural shades to choose from. I may need to get my hands on a few more. ($8.99)

Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine (Velvet Wine)- I’ve always loved shiny lip glosses, but I always get annoyed with how sticky they can feel. It’s also super difficult to successfully do a red lip. You have to find the right liner and watch everything you eat or drink so as not to mess it up. I’ve found with this lip shine that it’s so easy to apply without the hassle of lining your lips. Plus, when it starts to wear off, you don’t need to run to the bathroom and spend 5 minutes reapplying your liner and lip color. It’s not sticky, glides on seamlessly and feels like it’s moisturizing/quenching my dry lips. It’s also available in 14 different shades. I NEED them all! ($9.99)

So, if I can successfully master this Nicole Kidman makeup look,  you can too. Not to mention, you can treat all of our skin’s imperfections while looking beautiful and glamorous. All of these products are super affordable and for 25% off your Neutrogena Makeup purchases use code HEALTHYSKIN25. Valid only at Neutrogena.com.

Share with me your healthy skin makeup looks!

xx

Jackie

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