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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January 22, 2018

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MOCK NECK SWEATER

Details: Nordstrom Rack John & Jenn Instaria Mock Neck Sweater, here | Madewell High-Rise Skinny Jeans in black sea, here | Black Mule Pumps (old), similar here 

We’re seeing spring-like temps here in Boston, but I’m not convinced it’s sticking around. I know I’ve been MIA lately, and that’s mostly because it has been so difficult to get motivated with these dark, cold winter days. I’ve been wearing a combination of over-sized sweaters and denim on repeat, and one of my favorites is this grey and black mock neck sweater from Nordstrom Rack. I love how it looks on and instead of pairing it with my typical wedge booties, I decided to whip out my black mule pumps to add a level of sass and sophistication. I really love how sleek and sexy this look is with the added touch of some ripped jeans and skin-bearing pumps…it truly makes such a difference.

I’m trying to get back on track with my blog. It’s been so difficult to get motivated, and while I have some photos in my arsenal, I just haven’t been motivated enough to find the time. I’ve realized that I haven’t been putting my all into this and it’s showing. As a resolution, I’m going to be a concerted effort to be more consistent and add some more personal touches to blog, in an effort to let you into my life. That being said, I’m making some changes and will be focused on getting back to a more consistent schedule. This is more for me than anything. I’ve really enjoyed blogging and it’s something I’ve become super passionate about but it’s difficult to keep things consistent while balancing an extremely demanding job.

Now that I got that off my chest, I’m wishing you all a warm week and a successful one. Kick ass, babes!

xx

Jackie

 

January 11, 2018

COPING WITH THE WINTER BLUES

Details: NordstromRack ivory sweater, similar here | American Eagle high-waisted jeans, here | Macy’s/Ivanka Trump over-the-knee black suede boots (old), similar here |

I know this has been said before, but January truly is the Mondays of months. Lately, I’ve been so cranky, SO cold, tired and not motivated. Does anyone else feel the same way? There are only so many cozy sweaters to keep me warm and get me through the day. I’m an anxious person already, but this month has really taken a toll on my anxiety. I’m just not feeling myself lately, but I’ve trying to find ways to calm my mind and disconnect from social media and work. It’s difficult because a big part of my day job IS social media, but sometimes it’s really necessary to unplug and just be. I haven’t mastered the art of unplugging, but I’m working on it. Because of the cold weather and what seems like constant darkness, I haven’t been doing as much after work. I mean, I’ve never really been a gym goer, but I did regularly go to yoga and I haven’t made an effort to do that. After not doing it consistently for a while, I’ve realized how important it is for me. I always feel rejuvenated, calm and content after yoga. This year, I really want to focus on what is truly important for me to live a happy, balanced and healthy life. I don’t expect some of my bad habits to change in an instant, but I’m (slowly) working on unplugging and being more conscious of what my body is telling me.

While my habits are under review, that doesn’t mean I’m not relying on cuddly sweaters to get me through the days. This oversized sweater from NordstromRack literally feels like I’m cuddling in a blanket all day. It’s roomy and warm and it just feels like happiness–haha! With some motivation, self-awareness and cozy sweaters, I think I’ll be able to make it through these winter months successfully.

What are some ways you manage the winter blues?

xx

Jackie

January 8, 2018

THINK WARM THOUGHTS, THINK WARM THOUGHTS

Details: Cable Chenille A-Line Sweater Tunic, here| Camel suede wedge booties, similar here | 

I am SO over the cold and the snow. It was cute when it was flurrying during the holidays and went away the next morning. But this, what we’re seeing in Boston, is criminal. Not only did we get a foot of snow, but then it was 0-degrees this morning. ZERO DEGREES. So now all of the snow is frozen solid making it a mean rude snow, instead of a soft and cuddly one. I haven’t figured out a way to keep warm, aside from staying inside. I truly haven’t. Last night we walked to a restaurant and my legs were burning, they got so cold. Like frostbite through my jeans. But if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s dressing for indoor winter temps. I have been LIVING in this ivory chenille knit tunic. It is so comfortable and its A-Line shape makes it super flattering. Fortunately, we’re going to be seeing balmy temps of 36 to 40-degrees this week and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll still be complaining about the cold but at least my face and legs won’t hurt.

Send help and thoughts of sunshine my way!

xx

Jackie

December 28, 2017

THE DRESS FOR WINTER

Details: c/o Banana Republic Fit-and-Flare Dress, here | Nude patent leather pumps, similar here |

Like many, I find it difficult to wear dresses in the winter months. I mean, not only am I as pale a tube of toothpaste, but so many dresses are sleeveless and I don’t really like to layer a cardigan on many dresses, it can look a bit frumpy. Needless to say, I don’t invest in winter dresses unless it makes sense and this baby blue dress is worth the investment. Not only is it super comfortable, the fit is sophisticated and classy AND it has sleeves. When I put this on, I thought: “If Kate Middleton were to come to the U.S. and had to find a last minute dress, this one would be on the top of her list.” It’s elegant and modest with a certain flair. I paired it with my favorite nude pumps, but it could look just as perfect with a colorful or metallic pump or even a sheer pair of tights to protect your legs from the cold. When I’m not cuddled in oversized knits, you’ll find me wearing this perfect-for-winter dress.

xx

Jackie

December 19, 2017

CROPPED FLEECE: THE PERFECT BALANCE

Details: Funnel Vision Nude Cropped Sweatshirt c/o Tobi, here|   UNIQLO drape pants, similar here | Jessica Simpson two-tone pumps, similar here |

Feeling comfortable during the holidays is key. I mean, you’re overeating, there’s a lot of sitting, talking and traveling. Staying cozy and comfortable is almost necessary. While I love unearthing my “sexy” side, I feel more myself in cozy blanket-like knits and my favorite UNIQLO jogger pants. Now, to balance cute and comfortable, I found this perfect fleece cropped sweater and it even has bell sleeves. I’m super short and sometimes my chunky sweaters look a bit too long and chunky and a lot less cute. Not to mention, this nude mauve color is soft enough for my fair winter complexion (bonus points for not looking like a zombie!). The fleece material makes it ultra cozy, making it an absolute must-have for family gatherings filled with food. If it were up to me completely, I would wear my backless loafers (which is absolutely acceptable), but to add some sass, I went with a neutral pump. It definitely brings the outfit to the next level, but I’m still packing my flats in my purse.

While I’m in search of a balance between comfort and cute, I know I’ll hit some pitfalls but I will try my hardest stay balanced and stylish this season. What are your favorite holiday looks that you just can’t wait to wear?!

P.S. It’s on sale right now (50% OFF)

xx

Jackie

 

December 18, 2017

$1000 ASOS GIVEAWAY

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December 18, 2017

NEW YEAR, NEW FAVORITE COLOR

Details: Stripe Asymmetrical Hem skirt c/o Banana Republic, here |

Word on the street is that Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is ‘Ultra Violet.’ Most people know that I’m not crazy about colors, but the vibrancy and sheen of this asymmetrical hem skirt make it hard not to love. It’s high-waisted and fitted with a flare at the bottom, making it both sleek and girly. With such a vibrant color, it was hard for to determine what the best top would be. Typically, I would go for something neutral like ivory or taupe, but I decided to go a bit bolder to compete with such a strong color and paired it with a deep navy turtleneck. I always knew navy and violet were a good duo, but I never knew they looked THIS good together. I seriously love everything about this combo and I may just ditch my go-to black dress for Christmas dinner, and don this outfit instead. I’ll admit, it was difficult for me to figure out the perfect shoes. I still don’t LOVE the ones I styled this with, but they were good enough. I did try a black bootie, which seemed to be such a stark contrast with my fair skin, however, someone who is taller than me might be able to pull over an ankle bootie with this skirt. I’m also debating on wearing this skirt for a New Year’s Day party because it only seems appropriate to kick off the new year with THE color of the year. I mean, duh!

So, if you’re willing to swap out your dresses this holiday season for a skirt, I highly suggest you give this beauty a try. If you should be so bold, please share with me how you would style it; I’d love to see your looks!!

Happy holiday styling!

xx

Jackie

December 12, 2017

STAY SASSY

Details: Spotless Mind Black Mesh Bodysuit c/o TOBI,here | Black pointed toe mules (old), similar here | UNIQLO  Drape Pants, similar here |

Changing things up this holiday season with a game-changing look. While it’s a bit out of character for me, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable a mesh bodysuit is. From dresses to jumpsuits, I’ve tried it all, but I’ve never been able to wrap my head around a mesh bodysuit. It’s like a shirt, but definitely not a shirt because it’s transparent.  Am I the only one?  Regardless! I always say I’ll try every clothing trend once, so I gave this polka dot mesh bodysuit a try. I especially love it because of its bell sleeves and mock neck. Who would’ve thought that a mesh bodysuit could have a mock neck and bell sleeves?! Crazier things have happened, I guess. While I’m much more myself in a jumpsuit, I think this look could be runnerup. I feel like a Lifetime movie vixen. You know who I’m talking about? The woman who wears the most revealing outfits and looks absolutely stunning, but her intentions are to steal the man that the wholesome, all-American girl is absolutely in love with. Yea, that’s what I feel like while wearing this ultra-sexy outfit. And I won’t lie, I LOVE it. When I first styled this outfit, I slipped on high-waisted jeans and booties, but to bring this look to the next level, I went with tapered dress pants and snake stamped mules. I feel much more comfortable in a looser fitted pant because I’m practically naked wearing a mesh bodysuit. Plus, I think it adds some necessary class and balances the stunning sexiness of the top.

While I’ll never really relate to the Lifetime movie vixen, I’m sure going to have fun looking the part. And now…I’m due for a girls night out. See ya!

xx

Jackie

 

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