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October 2, 2015

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

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Okay, I know that I’ve been going on about fall, but I wanted to share the spring/summer look that got away. I know it sounds crazy, but right before we fully embrace the colder months, let’s have one last look at the bright florals and pastels we’ve so desperately tried to hold on to. This brightly colored floral waisted skirt (c/o Relaxfeel Fashion) is a staple I wish I had earlier in the spring/summer seasons. It’s a classic, and  reminds me of one that June Clever would consider wearing. Channeling June, I paired it with a more conservative top. Normally, I would’ve donned a sleeveless crop top but I think this is much more appropriate given the current temps. And if you haven’t  checked out Relaxfeel Fashion by now, you most definitely need to. Their clothing is reasonably priced and the quality is exceptional (not even kidding). Cheers to florals, and a summer well spent… ciao for now!

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

August 27, 2015

CHAMARD VINEYARDS

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My mom and I decided to take a few days and spend some time at our beach house in Westbrook, CT just the two of us. A couple months ago, I was in the Starbucks in Old Saybrook, CT and was eaves dropping on a couple who were raving about Chamard Vineyards in Clinton, CT. I mean hello, it’s hard not to listen to people when you’re standing in line anxiously awaiting your daily source of sanity. They could not stop talking about how delicious the food was and how wonderful their time was there. My mom, who is also my best friend is always up for trying new things especially when it comes to restaurants, she’s quite the foodie. We booked a reservation for Monday night, to try out the bistro that overlooks the vineyard. The Chamard Vineyards bistro only seats 35 people so reservations are required, it’s not a place you can just drop in on unannounced, however it wasn’t crowded on a weekday night (as you can probably imagine). The entrance was out of a Nicholas Sparks romance novel, a long gravel driveway lined with vines of various grapes until we reached the beautiful bistro that overlooked a small pond, more of the vineyard and a field of sunflowers. It was charming and breathtaking, almost too perfect. Our reservation was for 7pm but we arrived a half hour early to do some exploring and enjoy the pending sunset. While we would have loved to have gone on a tour we were happy with our choice to do some solo exploration, and then comfort ourselves with a delicious meal. Once we were seated our waitress was attentive and welcoming. We started with a glass of Chamard Chardonnay and the Camemberet en Croute, which is a creamy brie wrapped in a puff pastry served with salted caramel sauce, pears and apples. I’m typically not a fruit and cheese person, meaning I don’t like to mix my salty foods with sweet ones, however I could not get enough of the apple slices drenched in the gooey cheesy goodness—AMAZING. We couldn’t even finish it, and had to wrap it up for later (it was just as delicious reheated, if you could believe that!). For our main meals, my mom got the Croque Madame, which is essentially an open faced sandwich with ham, swiss cheese, a fried egg and Mornay sauce on a sourdough bread with a side salad. I don’t think my mom has ever raved about a meal as much as she did with this one. It looked delicious, and she especially liked the fried egg complemented by the rich sauce—she’s still drooling. I got the Chamard Fines Herbs Gnocchi, I was reluctant at first because gnocchi tends to be overwhelmingly filling and rich, however this meal was refreshingly light  (for gnocchi) and absolutely delicious. It was homemade gnocchi accompanied by morel mushrooms, spring ramps, sauteed nettles, asparagus, truffle butter and topped with shaved parmesan. The sauce was light enough not to make me feel uncomfortably full but the flavors were rich enough to make it an outstanding meal. What’s unique about this bistro, (open from Noon-9pm Monday-Saturday & open Sunday 11am-8pm) is that the menu varies with the season and they do have some daily/weekly alterations as well. I definitely plan to come back in the fall to give that menu a try, I’m hoping there will be some pumpkin inspired dishes to try! As you can expect, they also host weddings as well as other types of events, oh and on the weekend they have live music in their barn! So, if you’re in the area or even in the city and want to get away for the weekend I highly recommend you book a room at Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook, CT and take a quick trip 20 minutes down the road to Clinton to spend the day at Chamard Vineyards. It’s worth the trip, plus you’ll be able to escape from reality and enjoy some time surrounded by natural beauty and followed by delicious food!

Just treat yourself and book a trip to look forward to as we brace for summer’s end!

xx

Jacqueline

June 8, 2015

VACA OUTFIT RECAP: THE WHITE DRESS

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Details: Billabong long white dress via Lulu’s (old), similar here  | Franco Sarto taupe two strap sandals, similar here |

This time last week I was packing and planning for a getaway in Cancun, Mexico (sigh)— what I would give to be beachside with a mudslide in hand right now. Just to catch you up, my boyfriend and I went to Cancun and stayed at an amazing all inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa. This was the second all inclusive I’ve stayed at and I have to say I would go back again and again and again–hahah! The resort was absolutely beautiful and the weather did not disappoint (stay tuned for a full review later this week). Back to the outfits, it’s not too difficult to plan looks for a trip to Mexico; bras are optional and no matter what you’ll never be considered underdressed. My white maxi dress was definitely the star of my vacation wardrobe, it hid my sunburnt knees and is light enough to feel comfortable in the blissful heat. Honestly, there’s nothing more necessary than a white dress for the summer months; it’s crisp, clean and sophisticated the perfect option for a BBQ or a night out in Mexico ;). I purchased this dress last year from Lulu’s and it’s Billabong, BUT I did include another amazing option, that I may have to purchase myself.

Stay tuned for more vacay looks this week!

xx

Jacqueline

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