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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

 

January 27, 2016

SPRING IN THE MIX

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Lately, I feel like I have NOTHING to wear. I know that sounds crazy, especially if you take a look at my closet(s), but I think I’m in a style rut. It definitely has to do with the cold weather and I know it’ll pass but it’s really throwing me off. In an effort to get out of this wardrobe funk I pulled out a spring favorite of mine. This longline open-front Forever 21 jacket was a staple for me last spring so I decided to bring it back to life during these cold winter months. It’s a great layering piece and it’s light enough to wear under my clunky winter coat. There’s no better color combo than black and tan, which is why I resorted to my trusted black turtleneck as its counterpart. Honestly, you’d be surprised by how many spring pieces you can convert to winter. I still think I should go shopping…just to be on the safe side!

xx

Jacqueline

January 13, 2016

COZY & CHAOTIC

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We had a teensy bit of snow last night and since I wasn’t driving in it I was pretty giddy! Snow can be so peaceful but so chaotic at the same time. That’s kind of how I feel this week; lax laid back tired, but beyond chaotic and stressed. I don’t know what it is, but I am really not feeling 100% like myself. All I really want to do is wear chunky knits and (yoga) pants; it’s just that kind of week I guess. My boyfriend always tells me that I have 10 of the same sweater and he has a point; I can’t turn down a neutral chunky knit. To me, neutral knits are just so beautifully practical, so you can be sure that this beige Banana Republic carpet-stitch open cardigan was number one on my Christmas list. In addition to its neutral beige color, its large open collar makes it easy to wear with a variety of tops. I’m honestly not sure what I’ll be wearing for the rest of this chilly week, but if it were socially acceptable I would wear this cardigan until spring. Bring on the cozy!

xx

Jacqueline

January 11, 2016

SLEEVELESS SHEATHS

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I know that it’s completely acceptable to wear sleeveless dresses to work during the winter months, but my pale skin doesn’t agree. I don’t like being reminded that I resemble Casper’s sister. And since I have a ton of sleeveless sheath dresses I decided to get creative and layer this one over a long sleeve lace bodysuit. Initially, I was planning on layering it over a turtleneck, but this is a relatively sexy dress and sometimes a girl doesn’t like feeling so buttoned up. The black lace adds an element of feminity and sex appeal making it an outfit that transitions seamlessly from work to play. And considering it is the season for tights, I finally had to invest in a reliable pair. I don’t know what it is with me and tights; we just don’t mesh (no pun intended). I always end up getting a snag, run and/or pull and it results in so much frustration that I just decide to pack up my dresses and wait for the spring. However, after receiving a pair L’eggs black sheer energy tights, I can finally say I no longer harbor those frustrations. As a young girl, I’d always purchase solid white or pink tights for my ballet and jazz classes and they carried me through some of the most memorable recitals. Unfortunately, over the years, I forgot about L’eggs. I guess the flashy designer names caught hold of my wallet, but now, I can honestly say I will never go back. Every dress I’ve worn this season I’ve paired my sheer energy L’eggs tights with them and I have yet to have a run, snag OR pull! I’m not kidding. If you’re like me, and the idea of putting on tights deters you from donning your favorite winter dresses just invest in ONE pair of L’eggs tights and you’ll be all set. I’m serious. Let the dress wearing begin ladies!

xx

Jacqueline

January 8, 2016

THE MOST INDECISIVE SWEATER

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Holy TGIF, am I right?! This week was especially difficult going back to work after long holiday break, but we got through it didn’t we?!  I always find that my work outfits become somewhat ‘tired’ by the end of the week. I’m always willing to wear dresses or skirts with tights at the beginning of the week, but by Friday I don’t have the energy to fight with tights or tuck in a blouse to a skirt—am I lazy or what? Today, I decided to stick with a chunky knit and my favorite black J.Crew leggings and call it a day. I have my fair share of oversized turtlenecks, but this is unlike any other. Its collage stripes across the front are all different textures making it all kinds of cozy. It has a fleece-esque stripe, a blanket quilt-ish one, plaid wool and honeycomb textures; oh and we can’t forget the added fringe for good measure. I kind of sound like a walking blanket with textures for all cuddlers’ preferences. So, if you’re an avid snuggler or an indecisive one this should be your ‘go to’.

xx

Jacqueline

 

January 6, 2016

MY CHRISTMAS GIFT OUTFIT

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Shorts with tights is my new favorite combo lately. It’s so difficult to get creative with my wardrobe during the winter months because I get discouraged by the frigid temps. This outfit includes two Christmas gifts and you can be certain that clothing gifts are my absolute favorite. It’s clear that these gift-givers knew my style so I decided to create a look with both. The metallic Banana Republic peplum top is a new staple for me considering it can be worn casually with denim or dressed up with a skirt and/or trouser shorts. I decided to layer it over a white button-down, although if the weather permits it’s perfectly acceptable to wear it solo. And instead of my typical sheer black tights, I incorporated my other Christmas gift, these Anne Klein polka dot tights. I’ve been searching for tights like these since last New Year’s so you can imagine how excited I was to get these in my stocking this year. To top this look off, I slipped on my ONE and ONLY Black Friday purchase, these black laced booties. I can’t explain how comfortable they are and not to mention the added edge they give any outfit is undeniable.

x

Jacqueline

December 14, 2015

PEEK-A-BOO KNEES + MIXED MEDIA

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This warmer weather we’ve been experiencing has allowed me to get some good use out of my favorite dresses. If I don’t have to, I prefer not to wear tights; they can be so uncomfortable and restricting, especially when sitting at a desk all day. This dress happens to look best with thigh high boots and some peek-a-boo knees. And as you know, I’m  all about the outlets and stumbled upon this one piece mixed-media black and white dress from Banana while on a mini shopping spree. It’s comfortable and I can’t tell you how many people have asked and been in shock that it’s just ONE piece. Even in the winter, it’s common to wear a sleeveless dress and pair it with a cardigan; you rarely find comfortable long-sleeve work dresses. And as someone who is always cold, CUTE long-sleeve dresses are ideal so this was definitely a wardrobe WIN. I hope you’re all taking advantage of these warmer days because the cold will eventually settle in. Bare your legs while you still can!

xx

Jacqueline

 

December 4, 2015

A LEATHER MIX

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 Details: Banana Republic black and white crew neck sweater, similar here | Faux leather trouser shorts, similar here | BCBGMAXAZRIA high black boots, similar here |

As the weather gets colder it has become more difficult for me to add variety to my daily outfits. In the summer it was so easy to go from sundresses, to shorts, to skorts—the options were endless.  But the colder months are proving to be difficult. I strive for comfort and often resort to my favorite pair of jeans and a cozy sweater. However, I recently across an older pair of leather shorts and decided to give them another shot. It’s true, leather shorts can be worn with any type of top, but I believe their best worn with a fitted sweater. This black and white patterned Banana Republic sweater is ideal because it’s not too baggy, it’s practical and the black and white combination isn’t overwhelming; balancing out the ‘edginess’ of the leather. Seriously, give your denims and black dress pants a rest, and introduce a pair of leather shorts to your mix.

xx

Jacqueline

November 20, 2015

DARKER DAYS & LIGHTER SHADES

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I don’t think a week has gone by where I haven’t worn a turtleneck. I’m not sure what my obsession is lately; it probably has something to do with the fact that they’re unbelievably comfortable and make me feel as though I’m cuddled underneath my favorite blanket. Recently, I made my way to the Banana Republic Factory store and let’s just say my wallet hates me. In addition to this mixed-stitch chunky turtleneck, I got several sweaters, a couple dresses and some much needed winter accessories—I couldn’t help myself! And in an effort to mix up my standard denim duds I’ve been giving a new neutral the spotlight. {Enter} powder grey high rise skinny jeans; one of my favorite purchases this season. They go with everything and add a much needed pep in my fall wardrobe. Seriously, give some lighter shades a try this winter, you’d be surprised at how much they can revamp your style.

 

x

Jacqueline

October 26, 2015

VENT SESH

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Lately, I’ve been super stressed with work. I think that’s standard with a new job, any job for that matter, there are ebbs and flows, learning to work with certain people and trying to fit in all over again. It’s safe to say I was feeling pretty homesick this week and fortunately my parents came to visit this weekend. I was reminded of the instant comfort they emit when they walk in a room; they don’t even need to say anything—they’re like one big ball of home and they’re just what I needed. Needless to say I was a bit emotional  this weekend, but I’m navigating it and the lump in my throat has since ceased. I think that’s where blogging helps, I took some time yesterday to walk around the park near my apartment while shooting, and a couple deep breaths and some fresh fall air really helped my head stop spinning and talked me off the ledge. Sometimes I take life too seriously and when you really step back and take a look at the stressors in your life, it’s almost laughable. Will that deadline really mean anything 10 months from now? I mean really, in the grand scheme of life the things we stress over are unnecessary and it just makes this already challenging journey more difficult. As serious as you take faux leather pants, that’s how you should take life—but really, breathe and take a minute to evaluate what’s important to you.  And while the weather is still amazing, take some time away from your desk and walk outside, acknowledge the foliage, take a deep breath and realize that this is just an ebb you gotta get through, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to enjoy it.

xx

Jacqueline

 

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