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December 14, 2015

PEEK-A-BOO KNEES + MIXED MEDIA

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DSC_0070 editedDetails: Banana Republic black and white mixed-media ponte dress, here | Lulu’s  black knee high boots, similar here |

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 9, 2015

BOLD BEANIES

DSC_0238DSC_0242DSC_0246DSC_0237DSC_0271Details: Gap oversized ivory turtleneck,  similar style here | Beige faux-fur pom beanie from Beyond Trends Somerville (also sold at Ladyfingers), here | UGG Croft Toscana high top sneakers c/o J.Jill, here |

I’ve never been known to wear hats, but it seems as though every store I pop into lately has a variety of beanies to choose from. I do have several plain and simple beanies lying around, but I’ve never been bold enough to take on a pom beanie. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of the winter hats I used to wear as a toddler. I remember my first pom beanie like it was yesterday; it was white with multi color hearts and had my name printed across the front in pink. When did these pom hats become cute again? Well, I guess you could say I’m feeling “bold” this season because I bit the bullet and bought this beige faux-fur pom beanie from Beyond Trends. It can be worn with a wide variety of colors and you can wear it to lay further on the back of your head or straight up, allowing the pom to shine! Get on and get yourself a pom beanie this season; I promise you’ll feel like a little kid again.

x

Jacqueline

December 2, 2015

SCARF STOCK

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It’s the season of scarves and I can’t seem to stop buying them. However, I really don’t think it’s possible to have too many considering they’re the perfect winter accessory. Often times, when I wake up on a dreadful Monday morning and can’t decide what to wear, I throw on a pair of jeans, a simple top and drape my neck in a scarf—voila! I tend to gravitate toward the standard neutrals of black, grey, taupe etc. but I’m really loving this red and beige color block scarf from J. Jill. It’s the best of both worlds and breaks up my always neutral wardrobe. Not to mention, scarves make for the perfect holiday gift, and you can start by stocking up at J. Jill since all full priced items are 25% off in store and online!

xx

Jacqueline

October 14, 2015

A WEEKEND WELL SPENT

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I spent this past weekend at home in New Jersey to celebrate my birthday. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect,  I was able to spend some quality time with family and was treated to some pampering. It’s amazing what family time can do, even though I got back late Monday night, I still felt refreshed and recharged on Tuesday morning. While fall has always been a prime season for clothing, it has also become a favorite season of mine because it marks the beginning of a long stretch of full on family time. This weekend, I visited some of the local farms with my sister and then enjoyed a meal at my favorite restaurant with the rest of my family. It’s funny, I realized that when I’m home and going out with family I don’t put as much thought into my clothing. Sometimes that results in the best outfits, and in this case that’s especially true. I was layering like crazy, but the sweater that made its mark was this J. Jill shaker-stitch topper. The deep navy color complemented the classic reds and blues of the plaid button down. Not to mention, my footwear game was especially strong with these  casual ‘hiking’ boots from Primark. I was skeptical at first, considering they were only $30.00, but  their quality outshines some of my more expensive favorites. I may even buy another pair to have on-hand in case I wear them out! And I know how busy life gets, but don’t forget to carve out some time to spend with family. It’s the best kind of medicine and guarantees a ton of laughs and great food!

xx

Jacqueline

 

September 30, 2015

FLANNELED FOR FALL

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Fall is for flannel. I probably purchase at the very least one flannel a season. I prematurely purchased this one from UNIQLO in August, because I was super pumped for the fall season. Fortunately, I was able to wear it this past weekend and I decided to pair it with my favorite distressed denim pants from ZARA. I’m typically not picky as to where I get my flannels, but I will say this one is not only exceptionally comfortable but the quality is serious, and $29.90 is a modest price point. While denim is the perfect counterpart, I fully intend on pulling out my black leather pants—a great way to take this look up a notch.

xx

Jacqueline

 

September 23, 2015

KNITWEAR PREP

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I think I speak for most fall lovers when I say, that layering and chunky sweaters are the best part of a fall wardrobe. Considering  today marks the first official day of fall, I felt it was only appropriate to share one of my newest fall favorites. With the winters we’ve been experiencing, you can never have too many sweaters. This J. Jill mixed pattern topper is unlike my current knit selection, with its unique pattern mix and varying textures. It’s a perfect combination of marled yarns, herringbone and plaid patterns. OH! and cozy is an understatement, plus this topper is so warm  and not itchy like other heavy knits. Once it becomes weather appropriate I fully intend on pairing it with my black leather  pants and booties. I always feel that there’s a huge rush to jump into fall, and I prematurely start busting out my flannels but I think this week’s weather has proven that fall is actually beginning. With that being said, Happy Fall! (Let’s hold off on winter for as long as possible).

Also, since moving to Boston I happily reconnected with an old friend from college who started her own photography business Lindsay Connor’s Photography, check it out— she’s amazing and so easy and fun to work with!

xx

Jacqueline

September 14, 2015

BEACH DREAMS + PLAID SCHEMES

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It’s a beautiful start to the week, and while I’m slightly overwhelmed by the move I just made, although I think I’m starting to settle. I’m loving the fresh air and cooler weather, yesterday I went by the beach near where I live and it felt like a piece of home was there. As I’ve been unpacking I’ve noticed an overload of fall/winter clothing that I’ll need to move home because it just CANNOT fit right now. BUT the one fall favorite from last year that I stumbled upon was this open plaid cardiagn Josh got for me last year for my birthday from Ganesh Imports in Portsmouth, NH and I love it because it’s unique and easy to wear over a casual dress, top or with some cutoffs. Someone close to me explained to me that Ganesh is deity known to yogis as the remover of obstacles and overseer of new beginnings. How appropriate for my first week in a new city;  I think I’ll wear it today, on my trip to city hall and to get my car inspected—I’ll just pretend on I’m on the beach….

Happy Monday!

xx

Jacqueline

July 13, 2015

FOCUS ON THE PRESENT(S)

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This weekend I spent up in CT at my parents’ beach house in Westbrook. As I’ve mentioned, it’s where I spent all of my adolescent summers, but this particular weekend I was feeling severely nostalgic. While visiting my favorite spots, I began to reminisce of times that required much less responsibility.  I experienced so much there, a lot of friends made and some love lost, but they were the times that I felt the most present. I miss not knowing or caring what day it is and not having to worry about the thought of going to work on a Sunday afternoon. With age, comes more responsibility and with responsibility comes more stress and the more stress the less present I feel in ‘the here and now’. While this mindfulness is something I’m working on, I do have some quick “fixes”. One of my favorite remedies for stress relief is spending quality time with my pup, Jack— (retail therapy doesn’t hurt either). Jack clearly isn’t the best photo shoot partner, but he is the cutest. And on a day filled with shopping, comfort is key. My Melange pullover c/o J. Jill is loose fitting and a fun summer layer, that I wear to combat chilled summer nights and rainy shopping days. The perfect companion for such a sweater are my true blue Banana Republic distressed denim jeans. With another beautiful summer weekend behind me, I’m going to be conscious of living in the moment, except on Monday. Monday I prefer my mind to be elsewhere, so I guess I’ll start practicing mindfulness on Tuesday…LOL.

xx

Jacqueline

 

 

 

 

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July 8, 2015

BEACH BUM STATUS

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If I could, I would be a professional beach bum. I love the heat, I love the sand and anyone who knows me, knows that I will beach it from 7am-7pm. A day at the beach is therapeutic to me, there are absolutely no judgments passed; you’re make-up free, wearing only your bathing suit– it’s liberating and it’s when I feel most at peace. Like any beach bum in training, I always have more than enough sunscreen (most of the time) and a super cute cover up. My J. Jill pink sun-bleached tank dress has become a serious beach staple. It’s loose, airy and appropriate enough for an afternoon lunch date. Now, if I could just make it through this work day I’d be one more closer to a beach weekend.

xx

Jacqueline

 

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July 6, 2015

NEW ENGLAND SUMMER

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Unlike the typical Jersey girl, I spent my summers on the Connecticut shoreline. I always felt like that this was taboo, considering the New Jersey handbook states if you’re born and bred in New Jersey, ‘down the shore’ is the place you go for the summer; it just is. But as my ‘About Me’ describes I was born in New Jersey and raised by New Englanders, so that’s just where we went. I’m not complaining about my summers spent close to family and with great new friends, in fact I’m grateful for the people I’ve met and the times I’ve had. So every summer when I make my way up here for our family parties and long weekends, I get flashbacks of nights spent in the beach parking lot and days gorging on concession stand pizzas and rocket pops. It’s memories like these that make me want to go back in time and relive. This Fourth of July, was more or less the same; spent with family and friends by the beach enjoying great food and sharing some laughs. I wanted to capture the place where my fondest of summers were spent. In doing so, I decided to go bold with my 4th of July look and invested in this flag inspired button down, made casual with denim shorts and a white crochet top. It’s perfect for the beach— a true no fuss look with layers to combat the all too familiar New England chill. My boyfriend, Josh also went with a more lax look with his untucked Jos. A Banks red and white striped button down paired with charcoal grey shorts—summer ease at its finest.  I hope your weekend was as relaxing and as family-filled as mine was. Bring it on Monday!

xx

Jacqueline

 

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