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September 6, 2019

ME & MY CORE COMFORTS

Details: TopShop Rip Elbow Denim Jacket via Nordstrom, here| Aerie Oversized Nomad Pants, here|Converse slip-on sneakers, here |

I love trying out different fashion trends and stocking my closet with clothes, that much you can tell. However, I’ve never been one to sacrifice comfort for fashion. That’s not entirely true. I’ve done that a couple of times, and it’s not worth it. You don’t look cute when you’re uncomfortable. Wobbling around in 6-inch pumps that are cutting into your heels, what’s the point? I always do like to get a couple of garments that are a bit different from the rest of my closet and have that “outshine” factor, but mostly I stick with what’s comfortable and fits well.

I’m not sure what next week looks like, but the mornings have been a bit cooler than usual, and I’m more than okay with that. This weekend looks fairly mild, and today I woke up to crisp cool brink of fall weather…DELIGHTFUL! So, in the spirit of comfort and a new season, I’m sharing one of my favorite outfits. We’ve got, what I like to call, my core comforts: slouchy Nomad pants from Aerie (available in 4 different colors), a sleeveless sweater top, and my oversized denim TopShop jacket…oooh and can’t forget my slip-on converse sneaks! Which way to the apple cider, pumpkin patch, farmers market, (insert most basic fall activity here)?!?

Since comfort and athleisure have become more commonplace and accepted by major retailers, it’s so easy to find clothing that is not only comfy and cozy but looks good too. Take a look at your closet and identify your most comfortable pieces and see how you can elevate them with accessories, a blazer, you name it, it’s possible!

xx

Jackie

September 6, 2017

SUMMER —> FALL

Details: Pure Jill Luxe Tencel Mock-Neck Maxi Dress c/o J.Jill, here

This weekend we experienced a preview of fall weather. The air was crisp, the Halloween decorations were stocked on the shelves at Homegoods and…you guessed it… Starbucks was pushing its pumpkin spice latte–gotta love fall. So instead of donning my bathing suit and basking in the sun, I was layering my summer basics and contemplating bringing out my UGGs. Relax, guys, it didn’t happen. I did, however, begin to rethink my wardrobe and started to eye some pieces that I was ready to purge or tuck away until next summer. In doing so, I came across this mock-neck maxi from J.Jill. It was from their spring collection, I think I received it around March? I’m not exactly sure, but I know that when I received it, I was trying to think of a way to style it sleeveless without freezing my butt off. Needless to say, it didn’t happen. But I realized that NOW is the perfect time to slip it on. Since I’ve been relentlessly working on my tan, the neutral heather-taupe color is flattering and while it does have a mock-neck (which I LOVE), it’s still fairly lightweight. I am absolutely in love with it. It’s like I’m seeing it for the first time. Isn’t it strange how we look at clothes differently during different seasons? I don’t know that I would wear this at palest (Dec-April), but it’s the ideal dress to transition from summer to fall. And it can be worn casual with flip flops and minimal jewelry or dressed up with a sexy wedge and bold earrings. Now start digging through your closet to find some hidden gems. You may be surprised to find something you wouldn’t have deemed appropriate for the current season.

xx

Jackie

August 16, 2017

A MAXI TO REMEMBER

Details: T.J. MAXX Floral Maxi Dress, similar here |

Maxi dresses are often difficult for me to style because they’re usually way too long, however, I was fortunate to stumble upon this classic black and pale pink floral maxi. I love it because it’s super lightweight with a much shorter slip underneath. It’s perfect for summer bridal or baby showers, or even an afternoon stroll in the city. I love that its sleeves are modest, but its neckline is deep–the perfect combination of sophisticated and sexy. It’s obvious that I love T.J. MAXX and it’s not just because it’s affordable, but I’ve noticed an increase in quality (in my preferred locations) and the amount of on-trend brands and designers have become much easier to come by. I’m seriously loving it! In fact, some of my most talked about pieces this summer have come from T.J. MAXX. I’m looking forward to shopping there for my fall favorites, chunky knits here I come!

June 19, 2017

ROMPERS: THE NEVER-ENDING SUMMER TREND

Details: LOFT Tassled Off-the-Shoulder Romper, here | Rockport Cobb Hill Tropez High Vamp, here  |

Rompers are a girl’s best friend once the warm weather rolls around. They’re undeniably comfortable and you don’t have to worry about a summer breeze exposing you or being conscious of how you sit. And we all know that in addition to the romper trend, the off-the-shoulder trend is just as popular right now. Like I said last year: “shoulders are the new cleavage”, and it remains to be true this year too. OFTS tops share just enough skin to be sexy while allowing you to remain modest and classy. Although I’m known for going for bold colors and patterns when it comes to rompers, I love that this one is black and can be easily dressed up or down. Lately, I’ve been on an earring kick and have been popping in some color that way. However, if casual is more your speed, throw on your favorite pair of flip flops and stroll on down to the beach–the options are endless. So, does anyone need more reason to go out and get your romper on? I didn’t think so.

xx

Jackie

June 5, 2017

COLORFUL CHINOS IT IS

Details: LOFT swing jacket/blazer, similar here | LOFT cropped skinny chinos, here |

My 5-year reunion was this weekend and I’m currently recovering from sleepless nights and belly aching laughs. It was so nice to return to campus and live the dorm life one more time. The weather held up and we were able to bask in the sun while drinking beers and playing games #collegelife. I’m bummed that the rain returns this week, but I’ve learned to live for the weekend. Also, I picked up some QuickTan to get me through these sunless days. It’s the best spray tan in a bottle and it’s what I used all through college so it only felt appropriate to grab some this weekend. If I can’t don my denim cutoffs, I decided to resort to fun colored cropped chino pants and am combatting the chill with this swing jacket/blazer. It’s super lightweight and easy to style with a variety of colors. I’m eagerly waiting to wear bathing suits and flip flops, but until then I’ll be wearing my colorful cropped chinos.

xx

Jackie

May 30, 2017

WHAT I WISH I WORE THIS WEEKEND

Details: Goodnight Macaroon ‘Riley’ Chambray Off the Shoulder Top, here  | Banana Republic white wide leg pants, similar here and here |

This weekend was your average weekend in New England in May–unpredictable. Friday night was beautiful and ended with a rainbow across the shoreline’s sky. Saturday was blissfully sunny with a comfortable breeze and Sunday was eh. It was hot and cold–literally. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful weekend filled with family, wine and lots of laughs. I was planning on donning my chambray off-the-shoulder top with these Banana Republic white wide leg pants. But like my dad always says: “we make plans and God laughs.” So, I resorted to a look that was much more well-suited to the weather. It doesn’t mean I love this outfit any less. I’ll just save it for a brighter day. I really love this top because it’s one of those comfortable OTS tops; it doesn’t slip off my shoulders and it’s a great length, not too short, not too long. I recently purchased these wide leg pants from Banana Republic and not only are they comfortable, but they’re so easy to wear. They look super sophisticated (and believe me, they are), but the material is practical and comfortable. It’s a cotton mix, making it a casual option that you can bring to the next level or wear with a laid back tee–the options are endless. I had all of these outfits I was wishing to wear this weekend, but I guess I jumped the gun a bit. Just because it’s the first weekend of summer to us, doesn’t mean Mother Nature agrees.

xx

Jackie

April 3, 2017

MOM, DO YOU LIKE THIS?

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Nine times out of ten whenever I buy something new, my mom says: “Oh I had something just like that.” And I’m always like great, why did you ever give it away!?! I always ask my mom for style advice, because she kills it in the style department. She’s petite but is never afraid to try a trend. I’m the same way; I really don’t have a genre of my style. I mean, some may disagree, but I wear what I like and to be honest, I think it’s super juvenile for people to bucket a person into a specific style genre. That’s dumb. I always hear girls say stupid things like: “she was wearing this flannel shirt, leggings and uggs– so basic.” And I laugh to myself because, shit, I wear that and I don’t think I’m “basic.” What is basic? And maybe I am, but I certainly do not care what anyone thinks of my style, except maybe my mom. It’s true. I can’t remember a time where I gave two sh**s about what people thought of my clothes. See, when you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing it shows and people either love it or hate it. How confident you are will determine how your “haters” react. So, chin up! Even if your outfit isn’t something that someone else would wear themselves, they’ll still respect you. This outfit is bold for me. While I love wide leg pants, it’s hard for me to find the right ones because I’m super short. These wide leg pants from Ann Taylor are available in petite sizes, so they fit perfectly and they’re super comfortable. I’m excited to break them in this spring–whenever that’s coming. They’re a great alternative to shorts for work and the warmer months. I paired it with this funky 70s inspired pleated cuff blouse; I  love everything about it. It’s so different and it makes any solid color bottom look stunning. If you’re already a bold stylista, stay bold and if you’re not, then get your bold on. Oh and only listen to what your mom says. Moms always tell the truth and they know what looks good but if your mom doesn’t, call mine!

xx

Jackie

March 30, 2017

K. I’VE HAD ENOUGH.

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Details: Easy Linen and Cotton Pullover c/o J.Jill, here | H&M short trench/overcoat, similar here |

There are so many changes happening at work and I’ve been getting antsy with this terrible weather we’ve been having; it feels like senioritis. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to kick my puffy winter coat, but that hasn’t stopped me from shopping around for cute lightweight trenches and overcoats. It all started when I was an hour early to my hair appointment that happened to be located in Boston’s biggest shopping destination: Newbury Street. I decided to kill time and walk across the street to H&M, when I came across this cream colored minimalist beauty. I had to try it on, just to see. I had no intention of making a purchase, but if the shoe fits! Am I right? I picked it up, put it down. Picked it up again, and clung to it when I saw other shoppers eyeing it. That’s it! I was sold. And I am not disappointed–it has been one of my favorite spring season purchases thus far. I layered it over a simple blue J.Jill pullover, allowing it to pop and what can I say, blue is my color. This sweater is one of my favorites because it hangs just in the right place, above my waist. It’s linen and cotton, making it airy and easy to wear in the warmer months (whenever they decide to show up). While I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring weather, I’m making due with cute staples like these. Don’t you worry, bank account there will be many more spring purchases to be had!

xx

Jacqueline

March 27, 2017

BARE LEGS AND PERFECT PLEATS

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You wouldn’t know this by the stupid weather lately, but Spring is officially here and I am no longer waiting for the weather to catch up. I started to pull out my old skirts and invested in some new ones, like this side tie pleated skirt from Ann Taylor. I’m super short, so I don’t typically go for skirts of this length, but Ann Taylor carries this in petite so it hit where it was supposed to on me. I also love the color because it’s unlike any other skirt I currently own. And it’s a twirl-supported skirt, which means it supports twirling–DUH! I paired it with a sleeveless white knit and a blazer, but I’m anxiously waiting to pair sleeveless and off-the-shoulder tops with it. I probably should’ve made the side tie tighter, but my sweater was hiding it so I decided to let it hang, but I would suggest tying tight to fit your waist. If you’re still battling the cold weather like I am, you could also wear an oversized sweater, and let it fall over the skirt–it will give this skirt more of an edge, not to mention it’ll be super comfortable.

What are you dying to wear for Spring!?

xx

Jacqueline

March 22, 2017

CASUAL IN COUTURE

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Remember when I was talking about how we were going to reach 60-degrees this weekend and I was all like: “YAY! spring is finally here for good. No more winter.” Remember that? Well apparently Mother Nature was not too happy with my excitement because the weather this Saturday went from 60-degrees down to 46-degrees, AND it’s supposed to snow. NO. I actually wore the most spring-like outfit on Monday and now I’m digging back in my closet for some cozy knits and coats. Since the cold hasn’t arrived yet, I’ve been able to pull out my lighter coats like this black and white animal print one from Ann Taylor. It’s an oldie but goodie and I love that I can wear it anything. It really has the ability to make a simple outfit stand out. AND you may notice that I’m bearing some skin in the footwear department. That’s because I recently got my hands on this Thierry Rabotin couture pumps. They’re not only super comfortable, but they glitter as I walk. They’re like an adult version of the light-up sneakers I used to have when I was a kid. They too have the ability to bring any outfit to the next level. As you can see, I paired them with this casual chic look and it instantly looks ultra sophisticated. It’s important to have pieces like these in your arsenal; they make mixing and matching fun and easy.

xx

Jackie

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