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November 5, 2018

SWEATY AND (NOT SO) SEXY WITH 305 FITNESS

Hi! Happy Monday. I know it’s the least favorite day of the week, but like they say (not exactly sure who, but someone said it): “A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content.” This Sunday, I had the opportunity to participate in a super fun cardio dance party workout, known as 305 Fitness. It’s funny. Prior to getting the opportunity to review a class, I was actually searching the Boston area for fun dance-like classes to take. I’ve always loved to dance and was never an athlete, so I guess you can say dancing was my sport of choice. There’s something about feeling the rhythm in the music and moving your body in a way that expresses the song, ultimately bringing it to life–I LOVE it. I was introduced to 305 Fitness and it seemed like the perfect fit. It is literally like going out to the club, live DJ and everything. The only difference is that there is an awesome toning exercise in between dancing your asses off.  The newly opened studio in Boston (506 Commonwealth Avenue), is inspired by the vibrant Miami nightlife, with bright colors, palm trees, a grass wall, inspiring and adorable sayings, it’s the most instagrammable workout studio I’ve ever encountered. The instructor was a ball of energy and lived up to their tagline of “Make Sweat Sexy.” She absolutely did, but I’m not sure I achieved that…sweaty, yes…sexy? That’s TBD. Details about the studio below. Scroll away!

There’s a cardio sprint at the beginning of class and then there’s a hip-hop portion halfway through (my favorite part!). Ladies, take this as an important reminder…LOL ^^^

The bathrooms and showers are labeled with adorable sayings ^^ and include their main mission: Make Sweat Sexy…duh!

My friend Linnea and I decided to check out the studio well before our class started…mostly to take photos like this one. Hello! You know you would do it too. I also decided that I need a shower room like this one. Totally feeling ourselves before class. Mission accomplished, 305 Fitness!

Checking myself out and preparing for a sexy sweaty session that I would come to find out would make my legs feel like jello and my arms like lead…YES.

The entrance to class is an INCREDIBLE grass wall that you’re crazy not to snap a photo of, with a floor painted with the saying: “Know your worth. Then add tax.” SO true and again, super inspiring and motivating.

A studio filled with mirrors, every vain blogger’s dream…am I right? This brand new studio is BEAUTIFUL and the instructor let us in on a little secret: If you think you’re hiding by taking up space in the back, you’re wrong. The middle is the safest place. All four sides of the room are used, and at some point, you will be in the front of the class…unless you’re in the middle LOL.

Oh did I forget to mention that there’s a live DJ in every class?! That’s right! It’s legit like going to a nightclub. The lights get low, the music is loud and everyone starts to feel the beat–it’s awesome!

And just wanted to remind you ^^. That’s also what I really enjoyed about my experience with 305 Fitness. The instructor expressed self-love, taking care of yourself, believing in yourself, loving your body the way it is and letting go. I felt more inspired, motivated and nourished in this upbeat sweaty class than I have ever felt in any of my go-to yoga classes. So if you’re looking for something new or just want to let loose and dance, find your local 305 Fitness and…Make Sweat Sexy ;).

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

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

October 19, 2016

WHAT I LEARNED FROM TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH

untitled-designI remember when I was in high school and experienced my first heartbreak. I sat there with swollen eyes explaining to my parents how much this boy and I had planned for our future together. I mean, I was young but at the time my relationship was my entire world. I remember my dad saying: “We plan, God laughs.” I don’t know why, but this small saying has stuck with me ever since. We spend so much time trying to create the “perfect” life, but we don’t assume that what we’re planning might not work out, or may not be in our best interest. We create this picture in our minds of what life should look like and we break our backs trying to make that happen. But stop for a minute. Look around, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you’re exactly where you need to be. Don’t take life so seriously, and enjoy every experience that comes your way.

When I graduated college I made my way home to New Jersey and began my career in fashion in New York City. My plan was to live and work in the city, and once Josh graduated college I had hoped he too, would make the move. No one told me that the hour and a half commute (one way) into Manhattan would take a toll, not only on my body but my social life too. And no one said that the most glamorous part of my job would be secretly trying on fur coats when no one was looking. Needless to say, I became burnt out and tired of stressing over the most materialistic sh*t. Don’t get me wrong, it was thrilling for the first year (maybe), but I grew tired of not having a life and not making enough money to live on my own. I finally reached my breaking point and decided to take a leap of faith and make the move to Boston. Josh had settled there, had a great job, was enjoying the city and its people, and I wanted that for myself too. Boston wasn’t a foreign place to me,  I lived outside the city for college. I had friends there and Josh was there–it was a second home to me.  I was a bit apprehensive to move away from my family, but I bit the bullet and applied to a ton of companies and had various interviews (in-person and over the phone).  I actually found a place to live before I had a job. Regardless of employment, I was moving to Boston come September. And for the first time in my life, I wasn’t stressed or afraid. I remained calm, enjoyed the summer with my family and let everything take its course. I was also at a different stage in my life than I was when I was fresh out of school. I knew my worth and I wasn’t willing to settle. This whole taking a leap of faith and letting everything happen the way it was supposed to really worked. It was refreshing. So, if you’re contemplating a change or are stuck in a rut remind yourself of these 5 things:

 1. Your life will never go as planned. Stop trying to plan it. Take everything as it comes and if you’re in a job you hate, you’ll realize that you’re still growing and learning. Be patient and remain positive. You’ll get exactly what you need when you need it.

2. The best things happen when you least expect it. Please, give your brain a drink. Calm your mind and stop thinking about something that you THINK you want. If you try to force something to happen it won’t–that I can assure you. Create a vision board and focus on all that you do have in your life that makes you happy. A positive frame of mind will result in a positive outcome.

3. You can always go home. Listen, we all make mistakes. If the big move to a new city or a new job wasn’t the right one. Go home (after giving it your all, that is). But yes, it’s okay. Family always has your back, so never be afraid to retreat “home” (whatever home is to you).  You are much better off taking a chance and finding out that something’s not for you than you are remaining in your comfort zone.

4. A new city provides a fresh perspective. Boston is a cute little babe compared to Manhattan. I’ve never known a city so proud. The people love this state and it’s ever apparent. I’ve learned a lot from Boston and its people. Like, how aggressive driving really means not looking when entering a rotary, gunning it and hoping for the best. Um, that it’s absolutely acceptable to double park anytime, anywhere. And that while the pizza can never live up to Jersey’s standards, Mike’s Pastry’s cannolis make up for it.

5. Change is good. When I moved without any inhibition,  I felt like an absolute badass. It made me realize how strong I am and that I can do anything I want if I just get out of my own way. It worked. So, scooch out of your way girlfriend and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

xx

Jacqueline

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