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August 28, 2019


Details: Lace Crop Top via Amazon, here |Levi’s Ribcage Super High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Jeans via Nordstrom, here

Summer is slowly coming to a close and I’m over here trying to get in my last few warm weather looks. I’m very aware that we can expect a heatwave or two in October. It always seems to work like that, but I want to make sure I’m bearing as much skin now before I’m cloaked in oversized knits, jackets and scarves. Layering is so much fun until it’s April and it’s just…not.

It really has been a great summer, though. I felt like I was busy nearly every weekend. I enjoyed a trip to colorado, joined a kickball league with friends, and spent many weekends soaking up the sun at my family’s beach house in CT. Every summer seems to go by so fast, I just don’t expect anything less anymore. This way, I’m less disappointed when it flies by. 

I think I’m just in the season of strolling down memory lane, but sometimes I miss the summer days of aimlessly laying by a pool or on a beach. The days when I would make meatballs out of the perfect combination of dry and wet sand, or when I would spend my nights hanging out in the town beach parking lot doused in Bath & Body Works body spray and with a Maybeline JUICY lipgloss in my back pocket. I spent so many summers wishing I was old enough to drive or old enough to stay out past 11pm. Truth be told, young little Jackie, driving is overrated and being in bed before 11pm is a blessing. There were so many great memories and there are so many more to be made. Enjoy every bit of it. 

So, to celebrate the conclusion of another summer, wear your favorite summer top and those perfect blue jeans and enjoy the sun shining on your face. Oh, and to pregame fall, grab a fall scented candle…or five. 



March 2, 2016


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I’ve always been a fan of crop tops, but with my pale belly, I’m reluctant to go full on crop until the appropriate spring weather has set in. In the meantime, I decided to give my high waisted shorts some love and pair my baby pink Forever 21 crop top with them. I’ve been in a wardrobe rut lately, I don’t know what it is, I think it has something to do with how pale I am, but this outfit has certainly sparked some inspiration and I’m already seeking out some necessary spring wardrobe essentials. I watched Clueless over the weekend and was reminded that it’s important to have fun with your outfits and use them as your main source of self-expression. I talk about this all the time, but I can’t say I always practice what I preach. Work is…work and sometimes it’s more important for me to feel comfortable than it is for me to think about what outfit I’m going to feel the most “me” in, or how the world is perceiving me based on my standard skinny jeans and black top. This may not be the best approach, and I should be a bit more conscious of how I dress for work. Because it’s true, when you’re dressed in something you LOVE it shows. It shows in every aspect of your life; in your work you may feel more confident and lead your team into an amazing brainstorm session, socially you may be more outgoing and spontaneous, inviting new friends into your circle. The vibration you send out to the universe comes back to you—make it a good one.



August 17, 2015


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A while ago I read Rachael Brathen’s book Yoga Girl and recently I’ve found myself reciting some of her quotes about change, being present and letting go of people, a past, or things that are just no longer serving you. Change is hard, it’s really never easy; there’s always going to be some amount of fear when you’re making a change. I’m moving to a new city next month, and although I’m excited for a new chapter I’m scared shitless. What if it doesn’t work out the way I want it to? Or what if I hate it? I’ve been finding myself worrying about more things that could go wrong rather than all of the things that could go right. Do we all do that or is just me? This change that I’m making is not exactly planned out the way the “typical” Jackie Dunn plans things, it’s totally out of character, not organized and a bit chaotic. I’m taking a leap of faith and trusting that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. But in the midst of all the crazy that I’m making for myself, I’m feeling excited, not just about the physical move, but that I’m learning about this other part of me that I didn’t really know existed. This chaotic, unorganized, spontaneous and really fun Jackie that I’ve never met before. Sometimes I feel that my past was so calculated, so controlled, and for this moment in my life I don’t have a plan and I feel genuinely OK with that. Don’t get me wrong it’s terrifying, but I’ll be okay. This particular shoot, I was with my mom in a secluded field and I really wasn’t thinking, I was just being and laughing—livingWe consume ourselves with so many “expectations” that we see on Instagram, Facebook, TV and we actually begin to forget what it is to really live. Life 10 years ago wasn’t a highly filtered Instagram picture of a glass of wine by the ocean, it was in the basement of one of my friend’s houses making music videos, it was landlines instead of text messages and it was hardcore belly aching laughs instead of LOLs. I’m a victim of social media and sometimes I feel I can’t really escape. But in this moment I wasn’t thinking about how many likes I was going to get or if my hair looked good, I was just surrounded by silence and fresh air–it felt so good. I want to remember exactly how I felt here whenever I let the crazy get the best of me. I decided this was an ideal post for a Monday, to remind you that everyone experiences the feeling of life being too much and that taking a minute to go outside and just be, will be the smack in the face back to reality that you need. Also, sometimes I listen to this to give myself a reminder that everything’s always going to be okay (guilty pleasure).

OH and about my outfit… my cutoffs are from a super cool surf shop Brave New World in Point Pleasant, NJ my top is from Urban Outfitters and these A-MAZING slip on sneaks are Superga courtesy of J. Jill. It’s a simple look, but it’s a definitely a feel good one.

One more thing “Drink lots of water, take deep breaths and don’t take life as seriously as your mind makes it out to be”– Rachael Brathen

Happy Monday!


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June 24, 2015


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Now that we’re fully emerged into shorts season, I’ve been having fun revamping my short-wear. In  the past I was never able to wear shorts to work, but now that I’m in a more casual environment nearly anything goes. While I’ve always been into denim shorts and still am,  my taste has evolved with age and I’m working to find more work appropriate shorts. {ENTER} these AMAZING dove grey ribbon shorts} c/o West Look. Here is when my ‘short‘ life changed; What I love most is their soft grey shade, it pairs seamlessly with a variety of colors;  from soft ivory to vibrant magenta—anything goes! The ribbon adds an element of femininity, so as to make sure you don’t miss out on the flirtatiousness that a sundress provides. I also decided to go with a more structured and fitted top; it doesn’t distract from  the shorts and flatters the figure. I seriously think I need another pair of these, commence the over-wearing process 😉




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April 17, 2015


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After this week, I am SO ready for the weekend! Since I treated myself to some new spring favorites last week, I couldn’t be more anxious to start mixing, matching and creating some spring looks. Considering I’ll be traveling up to MA today I decided to go with a casual outfit that transitions easily from work to play—Okay… I’ll be honest I had given up on Forever 21; I was tired of the short lifespan of their clothes and was frustrated by the lack of quality, but like all good loves I gave them a second chance. Um thank god I did!—as soon as I laid my eyes on this long side-slit blazer my heart was theirs again. This piece is elegant and easy; I paired it with dark acid wash high-waisted jeans and a simple fitted cross-over crop top— the blazer makes it office appropriate while the simplicity of the pants and top make it acceptable for a beer at the bar.

Happy Friday Loves!



March 16, 2015


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Details: Kora Rae reversible crop top, here  | Ivory/creme H&M skirt (old), similar here | Lace creme crop top from Marshall’s, similar here | Lulu’s ivory studded t-strap pumps, here 

I have been flirting with my spring wardrobe lately and been patiently waiting for Mother Nature to make up her mind. I finally decided I couldn’t wait any longer for her to get it together, and decided to break in my  new reversible Kora Rae, Lupita style crop top. I absolutely love its fit and reversibility— on one side it’s a faint pink/peach color as shown and on the other its a grey/beige shade.  Both are practical and easy to style, making this my go to crop top of the season. In an effort to combat the cold, I layered it over a creme lace long sleeved crop top and decided to bite the bullet and show some leg with with my ivory H&M skirt.

Mother Nature, I think it’s time to throw in the towel and let the sun prevail, we’ve suffered enough.




January 21, 2015

Crop Tops in Winter–Yea I Said It

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Details: long sleeve floral crop top, similar here// black flouncing skirt, similar here // Jessica Simpson Cecerre pumps, here//

Fortunately, we here in the tri-state area have experienced a fairly mild winter thus far (knock on wood). While we’ve had some bitingly cold days I have yet to subject myself to leggings and UGGS (snaps for me!) I do however, find myself looking back on pictures from the summer reminiscing over high waisted shorts and crop tops. Until one day, I was browsing a boutique near my office when I came across this long sleeve well fitted floral crop top– It was the burst of life my wardrobe needed. Not to mention it’s easily paired with a high waisted pant or a skirt, as styled above and it’s a fun way to mix up your winter ensembles. I bravely paired this top with a black flounce skirt and bare legs, but that’s solely because I needed to share these Jessica Simpson pump with you; they deserve their 5 seconds of fame too! And don’t judge a book by its cover, they are probably the most comfortably heel I own.

Don’t let the winter weather rule your wardrobe, mix things up with a long sleeve crop top and bare legs–I DARE YOU!




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