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January 2, 2019

2019: CAR COATS + A SUGAR DETOX

           

Going back to work after 10-14 days off feels like an actual slap in the face. I don’t even know how to function normally. I don’t often sleep in, but over break, I slept well until 8:30-9a.m., and now I’m afraid I won’t be able to make my usual 6:15 a.m. wake up call. Someone help! Not to mention, the weather is expected to get a little chillier these next couple weeks, and I’m far from prepared for that. And while my typical OOTD on vacation consisted of leggings, no makeup, and a chunky sweater, I did try to spruce it up a bit, in an effort to feel more productive. One of my coziest and most put-together staples is this reversible camel and grey wool car coat. It IS everything. It’s not stiff or overbearingly heavy like your average wool coat. Instead, it is more like a more substantial cardigan with pockets and a more esteemed collar. It’s light enough to layer with chunky turtlenecks, sweaters, and the perfect flowy button-up like the one styled. Lately, I’ve been resorting to these suede block heels, but I recently purchased some low, neutral suede booties that will look equally as good, but a little more casual.

I’m thinking my first day back to the office tomorrow will consist of my stretchiest most acceptable pants, a loose tee, and the chunkiest/coziest knit I could find. Sounds good, right? Wish me luck as I head back to work, detox from sugar and try not to drink more than three cups of coffee in the first two hours of work.

Cheers to 2019! I haven’t made any resolutions yet. Thinking of setting some goals, though. TBD!

xx

Jackie

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

October 19, 2017

LET QUILTED COAT & VEST SEASON BEGIN

Details: Ann Taylor bonfire sweater, here | Quilted down coat in Peat c/o J.Jill, here |

So we’ve had a few true fall days, but it looks like we’re going to be back in the 80-degree weather today. I don’t know about you, but I find it super frustrating planning my outfit in the morning because I’m cold when I wake up and sweating on my lunch break. Despite what we might be experiencing, the season we’re currently in is in fact fall. And that means that we’re in quilted coat season. Every fall I seem to get myself a new quilted coat and this olive green lightweight down coat from J.Jill has become my favorite. It’s super lightweight and breathable so it’s actually easy to wear in this flighty weather. I typically gravitate toward taupe or black, but I’m loving this dark olive green color because it’s neutral yet adds a necessary pop of color. Speaking of color, this Ann Taylor Bonfire sweater is AMAZING. It’s a 70’s throwback (I think LOL). I love the vintage look and the pop of color really brightens up my neutral fall wardrobe. It’s comfortable and fun to layer with a quilted coat, denim jacket or puffer vest–HELL YES!

I think it’s safe to say that my fall closet is starting to come together, we just need Mother Nature to cooperate.

xx

Jackie

October 5, 2017

THE SWEATER THAT STOLE MY HEART

Details: Light Shawl Collar Topper c/o J.Jill, here |

It certainly doesn’t feel like fall today, but it’s not gonna stop me from sharing another cozy knit today. I probably have like 4 or 5 of the same sweater. I like neutral colors (taupe, brown, black and beige) and a chunky, mock or high collar. When I shop for pullovers I make sure they are petite, but when I’m in the market for long cardigans, I tend to go big and baggy. This heather red shawl collar topper is one cardigan I can’t wait to cuddle up in all season long. It is in fact available in petite and tall, but it still has that nice oversized effect without appearing like I’m taking a swim in some knitwear. It’s a rare color for me, but because it has that heather effect, I can wear it with a variety of colors and garments. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would like super cute over a sleek black dress. Putting it on my “to-try” list. I really kept this look simple, with a black top and true blue denim jeans, but it’s easy enough to mix and match. I know I shouldn’t, but I’m eyeing a few more serious J.Jill must-haves including this boat neck tunic in cream,  another topper, this long cardi and yet another topper.

What are some of your favorite fall knits?!

xx

Jackie

September 26, 2017

#SHOPPRU’S FALL FASHION EVENT

Details: LOFT skinny ankle pants in Marisa fit, here |  ZARA leather moto jacket, similar here | Photos by Jon Salas

So I’ve realized that I have a bit of a shopping problem. What can I say? I like clothes and the trends are changing, so a girl has to keep up, right!? When I lived at home in New Jersey there were three malls all within 20 minutes of my parents’ home–that’s just how Jersey works. I would make a weekend of mall-surfing; floating from mall to mall until I would find just what I “needed.” I know that I have to reign in my shopping habits, but I did clean out my closet this weekend so we’re making some progress, little progress, but progress nonetheless. Since living in Boston I’ve gone just about everywhere to fill my fashion fix, but The Shops at Pru has been my number one go-to. It has everything I could possibly need. From Ann Taylor to Club Monaco–they have everything! Not to mention, when I moved from NYC, I was bummed that I would no longer be able to meander around Eataly in Flatiron, BUT recently the Pru opened an Eataly, and I’m no longer without fresh pasta and biscotti.

If you’re like me and have already purged your closet to make room for fall favorites and trends, then I suggest you come to #ShopPru’s Fall Shopping event on Thursday, September 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a SWAG bag, there will be a prosecco bar provided by Eataly, mini makeovers from Sephora and more fun activations by a number of amazing brands! I’m going to scope out some more fall fashions…even though I should really quit while I’m ahead. I’m also planning on grabbing a bite to eat the new Earl’s Kitchen that just opened; will let you know how it is! Hope to see you there :).

Happy fall fashion shopping!

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

October 17, 2016

THE GAME-CHANGING DRESS

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As the fall weather settles in, I’m  gathering my favorite pieces to prepare for the full transition. I’ve always been a fan of turtlenecks. Not only are they cozy and comfortable, but I like how they frame your face. Is that weird? Anyway, to break up wardrobe monotony, I always like to have a few staple dresses on hand for the fall season. Some dresses are more comfortable than others and sometimes it’s difficult to wear a dress when it’s cold out because, let’s face it, that cozy sweater and stretch denim pants feel so much better. And don’t get me started on tights. Recently, I’ve felt like a stuffed sausage in them, not to mention it makes wearing dresses a small task. However, this long sleeve turtleneck dress from J.Jill’s Pure Jill Luxe Tencel collection is the coziest dress you’ll find all season. It’s ultra soft and I cinched the waist a bit with this colorblock belt from Fossil. It breaks up the solid color and adds sophistication to this comfy casual dress. J.Jill’s Pure Jill Luxe Tencel collection consists of a variety of sweaters, pants, tunics and dresses that are all made of an exclusive fabric blend (tencel/poly/spandex), that is fluid and lightweight with an incredible hand feel. Tencel® is a natural botanic fiber, more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen – because of these properties even those with sensitive skin can wear this fabric with ease. This collection launches this week, on October 20th, so if you’re looking for cozy fall staples just hang on until Thursday and stock up on these comfy garments.

xx

Jacqueline

October 12, 2016

CHUNKY KNIT WEATHER

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Every morning this week I’ve woken up to 40-degree weather. Brrr! When I said I want the fall weather I didn’t mean that fall weather. However, after a weekend filled with rain and long lounge sessions, it feels good to wake up to blue crisp skies, hold the crisp. As you know, my fall wardrobe is in limbo right now because much of my clothing is back in New Jersey. Although I’ve slowly been picking up new pieces, and this only means that I’ll have to purge some of my older clothing. It really is time for me to let go of my (past) clothing. And speaking of new, yes, you guessed it! This chunky khaki knit is brand spankin’ new, and if you see me on the weekend there’s a 95-percent chance I’m wearing it all.weekend.long. I’ve been resorting to simple looks lately and I’m starting to realize that less is actually more. This also applies to my ever-growing closet. I’ve been going through some of my clothing lately and am realizing that with many pieces, the quality is lacking and there are way too many one-hit wonders. That is, clothing I wear once and abandon because it’s a fleeting trend that doesn’t last more than a month. Lately, I’ve been styling simple staples and not only have I received various compliments, but I feel and look more sophisticated and mature. I’m 27 years old now. I have to start acting like it (only when I feel like it). In all seriousness, a closet purge is in order for me and if I can give you any advice on how not to let your overwhelming closet filled with one-hit wonders get the best of you, it’s to invest in staples and only staples. You know, those timeless pieces that add sophistication and class to your wardrobe.

xx

Jacqueline

October 5, 2015

AUTUMN ON ACORN STREET

LCP-2 editedLCP-1 editedLCP-4 editedLCP-7 editedLCP-6 editedLCP-19 editedDetails: Woven sleeveless plaid dress c/o UNIQLO, here | Primark chocolate brown turtleneck, similar here | Primark suede wedge booties, similar here | Grey knit tights, similar here | Photos by Lindsay Connors Photography

Fall is coming in hot, well— actually, really freaking cold. I’ve been all about layers lately and have been in need of some new fall favorites. I finally made my way to Primark this weekend at Downtown Crossing, and it was EVERYTHING I hoped it would be. If you’re planning on going, prepare to block out 4 or more hours of your day. There is so much to see, and you just HAVE to see it all. They have everything from cozy chunky sweaters to perfect pumps for a night out; all at reasonable prices. Anyway, I got this plaid jumper from UNIQLO a couple weeks ago, and with the recent cold weather I knew I needed to layer it. This chocolate brown turtleneck from Primark was NINE DOLLARS and the quality is serious. To warm my legs, I put on these grey knit tights and finished the look with the ultra comfortable suede wedges, (ALSO, from Primark). I’m not crazy about wearing dresses to work, but this one is too cute not to wear all fall long. I know that it screams prep school chic, however when you stick with classics you can’t go wrong.

xx

Jacqueline

 

 

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