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July 24, 2018

ONE-PIECES FTW

Details: (old) Kate Spade floral one-piece via Marshalls, see similar styles below | Time and Tru via Walmart White Tie-Front Cover-up below |

It’s hard to believe that July is nearly over, which means summer is almost over. Why does it feel like the winter lasts for far too long and summer is so short and sweet? I’ve spent the majority of my summer on the beach, and I plan to do so for as long as possible. Last summer, I bought so many bathing suits that I didn’t feel the need to buy so many this summer. One of my favorites is this Kate Spade pink floral suit that I scored at Marshall’s last year. Can you say AMAZING find!? I’ve recently started loving one-pieces, the only problem is I like to get my stomach tan since it barely ever sees the light of day. I wear one-pieces when I feel like like I’ve gotten too much sun the day prior, and I’m ready to give some part of my body a break from the rays.

I genuinely miss the days where I would walk around the beach with my belly out, beach pail in hand and not a care in the world. I also miss when my 9 to 5 job consisted of combining just the right amount of wet sand with just the right amount of dry sand to create as many meatballs as possible. Now, my beach activities consist of reading as many books as possible, soaking up all rays possible and drinking a pina colada…oh AND this only happens on the weekend…not 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.

What are you most comfortable wearing to the beach and what are some of your favorite beach past times?!

xx
Jackie
July 16, 2018

DRESS OBSESSED

Details: Banana Republic Tweed Stripe Asymmetrical Dress, here |

I have been on such a dress kick lately and it’s great because I’m sunkissed and eager to bear my legs. I recently went outlet shopping and picked up a few perfect summer dresses, but I also did some online shopping and purchased this perfect striped dress. This one is from my Banana Republic and it is available in PETITE. I repeat, IT IS AVAILABLE IN PETITE SIZES. Every time I find a good petite section at a store, I am instantly hooked! It’s so hard being short and wanting to style every dress, but either have to pay as much as the cost of the dress to get it altered or look awkward wearing a maxi dress that wasn’t meant to be a maxi dress. Short people problems! This asymmetrical cut threw me off a little bit because it does fall below the calf, but it looks how it’s supposed to and I love it. It’s a wear to work dress and can even be worn to a more casual summer wedding. I love the tweed fabric and the perfect accent of the bow.

Stay tuned for more dresses! I have a ton to share with you all, short and tall.

xx

Jackie

June 25, 2018

SALT AIR AND SEASIDE THERAPY

Details: Linen Full-Leg Seamed Crops c/o J.Jill, here | Light Essential Cardi c/o J.Jill, here

So…asking, believing and receiving beach weather didn’t really happen for me this weekend. I went to the beach, but instead of spending my days at the beach, I went outlet shopping instead…oops! I also spent some quality time with my parents and had a relaxing weekend doing everything I wanted to do…except lay out on the beach. The smell of salt air is soothing and it really is the best remedy for that post work stress. Lately, I’ve been on a comfort kick and have not stopped wearing these linen full-leg crops. They are SO comfortable and make the perfect coverup for the beach or for an evening out at your favorite seaside restaurant. I paired them with a classic tee and this adorable white gauzy cardigan. I’ve been wearing this cardigan with EVERYTHING. I love that it’s sheer, making it a little less formal than the classic solid cardigan. I am the definition of a beach bum. I can legitimately sit and lie on the beach all day from 9 to 5. I beach like it’s my job. I don’t need activities, I’ll dip in once it gets too hot, but I am perfectly content with my butt in the sand looking out into the ocean. What kind of beach person are you?

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 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

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

November 14, 2017

BEST OF BLAZER 2017

Details: Target plaid boyfriend blazer, here | H&M ivory skirt, similar here

I love a good blazer and I’m also partial to oversized garments, so you can imagine how excited I was when I received this grey blazer for my birthday. Whether it’s a pair of boyfriend jeans or a chunky knit, and I can live in it, it has to be mine! When I first styled this blazer I paired it with high waisted black denim pants and a black shirt…super classic and the comfortable option. But when I decided to style it again, I really wanted to be a little less predictable. I slipped on this H&M ivory skirt, the same black top and slid on my OTK black suede boots–can you say perfection? I love the longer length of this blazer because it allows you to pair it with a dress, skirt AND your favorite denim pants. Neutral colors are my thing so the fact that this blazer is black, white and grey makes it easy to pair with a variety of colors. You can go bold with a vibrant red or soft with ivory or black–the options are limitless. Not only does this blazer look great, but it’s super comfortable and almost feels like a cozy cardigan instead of a blazer.

That being said, I think it’s safe to say this will be a timeless staple for many fall/winter seasons to come.

xx

Jackie

November 2, 2017

READY, SET, COAT SEASON!

Details: J.Jill grey ‘Chelsea’ coat, here | French Connection light oatmeal high-neck sweater via Marshall’s, here  |

The time has come for us to fully load our closets with warm knits, wool socks and of course, coats. I have a bit of a problem with all clothes, but coats are my biggest weakness. I can never seem to have enough and one of my latest finds is this dark grey button-front coat ‘Chelsea Coat’ from J.Jill. I really like that it’s an easy coat to layer and work with. What I mean by that is, it’s a coat that has a lot of flexibility, it’s much less stiff, which makes it perfect for crisp fall days like today. I layered it over a super comfy and ultr-soft sweater, which is pretty thick and I still felt free and could move my arms easily. I guess if I could describe this coat in one word it would be: comfort. I feel 100% comfortable and even though it feels lightweight, it keeps you warm. Not to mention, I love a good collar and this one screams sophistication, am I right?!

This will not be the only new coat in my closet this season, but it will absolutely be one of my favorites.

Tell me: what will be your go-to coat this fall!?

xx

Jackie

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