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August 24, 2016

7th & Willow x GoCustomized

cuSTOMIZED PHONE CASE WITH gocustomizedWe spend so much time glued to our phones that it’s only necessary to make sure it’s on par with our outfits. I’ve had quite a few phone cases in my lifetime,  some tackier than others, and I always seem to grow tired of the generic designs and colors. I never considered the option of customizing my case. Mainly because the companies I’ve seen either have restrictions, making them not completely customizable, are limited in their abilities and/or are super clunky to navigate, forcing me to give up. However, after being introduced to GoCustomized, I finally understood why people do it. Not only do they offer on-trend patterns and artwork to choose from, but you’re able to upload personal photos, drawings, and designs, thus making your phone case an absolute one-of-a-kind. That being said, the world is your oyster and it’s super easy to become overwhelmed with limitless possibilities. Which is why I’m here to share with you tips on how to personalize a phone case you WON’T get tired of.

1. Do NOT search generic quotes. Whatever you do, do NOT go searching Pinterest for cheesy quotes to plaster across your phone. Listen, I’ll admit, that’s exactly where I started. As I was reading “C’est la vie” and “Hakuna Matata” in romantic script fonts, I felt nauseous thinking about how quickly I would want to chuck my phone out the window.

2. Personal photos are OK, unless… they’re of you and/or your BF/GF.  I’m not the type of person to plaster my phone case with a photo of myself or Josh. I mean, I’m already guilty of posting photos of myself every week, so I just feel like my face on my phone screams “I’m obsessed with myself so much that I want to look at my face every second of the day.” And even if I wanted a photo of Josh on my phone, it’s rare to grab one of him flashing his pearly whites. However, family photos and pets are OK. Especially if you’re a mom or dad, it’s an easy way to show off the kiddos without having to scroll through a loaded camera roll. And, who the hell doesn’t love a sweet picture of a pup.

3. Be creative. Again, a phone is an unrelenting accessory, which is why it’s imperative to make it “your own.” If I could draw well or had graphic design capabilities I would imagine I would design an absolute masterpiece. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. So, after scrolling through boring Pinterest quotes (while feeling nauseous), I took a moment to reflect some of my “hobbies.” I didn’t want to do a zen yoga quote or random photo of a pose, and I really didn’t want to do a mindless image of a shoe or clothing. It wasn’t until I was reminded of my hand-crafted Real Housewives opening line. It’s safe to say that I have a minor severe obsession with reality TV (ONLY Bravo NOT E!).  It’s not something I’m proud of but I’m not willing to give it up; it’s my guiltiest of pleasures. Thus, I included my opening line of  “My last name may be Dunn, but I’m just getting started.” to read across my phone case.  It perfectly defines my quirky sense of humor and is definitely a conversation starter

4. Use GoCustomized. What are you waiting for!? Get started by designing a customized phone case with GoCustomized. It’s simple! (1.) Choose your device and color. (2.) Upload an image or pre-made design. (3.) Check out your design and order!

There are so many options to choose from: wallet cases, wooden cases, tough case (full wrap) and even a super cute cork case! Since I’m such a clutz with my phone, I chose the tough full wrap case and I LOVE it. It’s super durable; I’ve dropped it several times without a scratch.

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Happy customizing!

xx

Jacqueline

July 18, 2016

BEACH BUSINESS

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Another great weekend spent by the beach and I realized that aside from the fact that I bring some outfits to shoot, I really end up wearing the same thing (or similar things) each day. I don’t know, I just like to feel relaxed and comfortable and when I have to cover my bathing suit to pop over to the concession stand or run and grab a coffee I turn to this coral v-neck dress from J. Jill. It’s easy to slip on and off and it’s appropriate enough to stop by an ocean-front lunch spot to grab some grub. I particularly love this coral color, but unfortunately, they only have the Blue Lotus and Caribbean colors available–both are equally amazing options. Now excuse me while I daydream about the upcoming weekend and seek some more beach looks to get me through these perfect sunny summer days.

xx

Jacqueline

 

July 12, 2016

LIVIN’ IN LINEN

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Another summer weekend has come and gone and here I am, back at work, waiting for the weekend. Lucky for me, I have off this Friday (happy summer Friday to me!) so I plan to head down to the beach for some quality time with my parents and pup. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately and I really haven’t been able to slow down. From a jam-packed house on Fourth of July weekend to a wedding weekend with up north, I can’t say I’ve gotten much sleep. I’ve noticed, that with my lack of well-rested weekends I’ve become a bit more anxiety-ridden when Monday rolls around. I’m trying to figure out a way to minimize my anxiety during the weekend and I realized last night while spending time with a close friend that I have to begin planning some fun activities or yoga sessions after work. Often times, I come home from work and think about work. Yesterday evening was filled with laughs and good food and it has made me calm and relaxed. It’s super easy to let work consume you, it’s where we spend most of our time, but it doesn’t have to be all we think about and I needed to give myself that important reminder. As I begin to pack and look forward to a relaxing weekend, I can assure you I’ll be donning this Pure Jill printed tiered linen dress. It’s cute, comfortable and casual making it perfect for nights spent by the beach. And I wasn’t lying when I said I would be wearing these Franco Sarto wedges non-stop–sorry not sorry. But in all seriousness, as continue on with your work weeks, be sure to take care of yourself. We only have one life and it’s meant to be lived–so enjoy it all and make the best of every moment–it’ll be gone before you know it. And who really wants to reminisce about how much they sat and thought about work?

xx

Jacqueline

 

June 24, 2016

KICKIN’ IT IN CUT-OFFS

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Details: American Eagle Outfitters sleeveless knit tank | American Eagle Outfitters cut-off denim shorts, here| Born Kaileen sandals c/o J.Jill, here |

Well, I made it through my first week of work back from vacation and it really wasn’t half bad. I am, however, absolutely ready for a relaxing weekend by the beach and you can bet that I’ll be wearing my favorite cut-off denim shorts (I have two pairs of the same shorts). I honestly haven’t not worn them on a weekend this summer and I might even go back to the outlets while I’m in Westbrook and see if I can snag a THIRD pair, okay no that’s over the top. As you know, I am partial to neutrals so you can imagine that when I came across this sleeveless beige knit I couldn’t help but pile it on to my shopping arm. I’m pretty sure this top might be as much of a summer staple for me as these cutoffs. Now that I have my weekend wear in place, get me to the beach!

xx

Jacqueline

June 23, 2016

FROM THE BEACH TO THE BAR

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Details: Pure Jill plaid airy-weave kimono, here | American Eagle white denim pants, similar here | Franco Sarto heels via Marshall’s, similar here |

I always say that I buy more dresses than I do tops. It’s mainly because I can never find tops that I absolutely LOVE. I always lean toward rompers and dresses because they’re a complete outfit by themselves–no outfit prep necessary. However, I have a couple of J.Jill’s kimonos and absolutely love wearing them, especially in the summer months. They’re light-weight and easy to wear with denim cutoffs and white denim. I especially like this plaid pattern because it adds a fun mix to my growing Pure Jill kimono collection. While in Jamaica, I wanted to bare as much skin as possible to maximize my sun  time, but when I knew I needed a break from the sun I slipped this on over my bathing suit–it makes for the perfect cover-up. Normally, I would wear a white cami under this top, but I recently bought  a couple cute bralettes from Aerie that I was eager to try out. I’m loving the added sex appeal that they give this look. To be honest, at first glance on the hanger, it appears to look baggy and boxy, but it falls perfectly on the body, and by adding a lacy cami or bralette you can achieve just enough sex appeal for a night out on the town.

xx

Jacqueline

June 21, 2016

JAMAICAN ME GROW

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Josh and I just spent a week in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande and I have to say it was one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever been on. Whenever we go on vacation together we always come back with a new set of inside jokes that we continue to talk about long after we leave the resort. It’s fun to have those memories to hang on to especially when you have to return to the office. This is the second all inclusive resort I’ve ever been to and the food was delicious, the drinks were strong and the room was beautiful. Last summer we went to Cancun and while we absolutely loved the fish tacos and all of that resort’s amenities, Moon Palace definitely has it beat. It offered various activities right on the resort so there was no need to travel anywhere else. For instance, we swam with the dolphins and since we were staying there 5 nights, we received a certain amount of ‘resort credits, leaving us only having to pay 16% of the ‘swimming with dolphin’ fee of $149, which came to $43–I was  shocked by this and was sure there would be some type of catch. I’m still holding my breath, but when we checked out there were no additional fees (fingers crossed). We even went on a sunset catamaran cruise for $23–unreal right!? The best part was that we didn’t need to waste half of our day driving to catch the boat because the pier we were instructed to meet at was AT the resort–everything you could ever want was all right there! Aside from our excursions, we spent the majority of our days hopping from the pool to the beach sipping on pina colada’s and cracking jokes. We also took part in the free paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing they had to offer. Oh, and Josh would definitely want me to mention the Flow Rider surfing simulation thing that he became a pro at–I even tried it! For those of you that know me, know that I’m not big into activities, especially if it interferes with my beach bum time, but I did some things that were a bit out of my comfort zone this vacation and it felt amazing. I included a photo of me in crow pose because it was one of the poses that took me the longest to accomplish. I hit my head on the floor a half a dozen times until I got it down. But you see, that was in a dark yoga room where no one else but me could really see my failures (they definitely heard them though).  I’ve always been fearful of what others might think of me if I messed up or fell face first and this fear has severely interfered with me wanting to try new things. That’s what I love most about Josh, he doesn’t care about what anyone thinks. He fell so hard about a dozen times on that Flow Rider and every time, he popped back up laughing and smiling. By the end of our trip, he was just as good as the instructors. It goes to show you that by embracing your failures, whether it’s with a belly flop or a nose dive into your yoga mat, you’re sure to come out on the other side a much stronger and more well-rounded person, maybe even with a new trick or two under your belt.  So while all of you thought I was bellying up to the bar and baking in the sun without a thought in my mind, I absolutely was, but I also learned a bit more about myself in the process ;).

xx

Jacqueline

June 8, 2016

THE “CORPORATE” FRIENDLY DRESS

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When I first entered the workforce I had an idea of how I was “supposed” to dress. Considering all of my jobs were within the fashion industry, I slowly realized that anything goes as long as you look cute. It wasn’t until I started working at a more corporate fashion company, that I could no longer get away with wearing my favorite designer jeans and a cute top. I really didn’t mind the “corporate” dress code, there was still an edge because it was a luxury fashion company, but during the fall and winter months, I definitely outwore my favorite black leggings. So when summer rolled around I couldn’t wait to don cute dresses and fun open-toed pumps. Since then, I’ve become a dress hoarder. I have so many dresses and I can’t stop buying them. But now that I’m in PR, I’m back to my favorite kind of dress code: anything goes, as long as you look cute. However, I still like to wear my favorite corporate-friendly dresses from time to time. In fact, I came across this Ann Taylor geometric patterned dress while shopping at the outlets and felt it would be the perfect addition to my dress collection. Its light-weight material and long sleeves make it ideal for the ice box office in the summer months and I’ve already worn it several times–even in 80-degree weather! While, I’m delighted to have the freedom to wear what I please, I did like the “challenge” a “corporate” dress code. Sometimes at least.

xx

Jacqueline

May 31, 2016

ROMPER READY

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It’s officially romper season! Despite what Josh says about rompers, I still can’t resist buying them. It seems like every time I go shopping I end up clutching a new romper. Eventually, I’m going to have to purge some of them (especially the ill-fitted ones), but for now, I plan to romp around all summer in my favorites. Funny enough, this weekend I went outlet shopping and came home with, that’s right, ANOTHER romper. Some rompers I come across are made strictly for weekend fun, but this navy and white floral romper from the Ann Taylor Factory store can be worn at the office (at least mine). It is a modest length and while it is sleeveless, it can be paired beautifully with a bright yellow blazer–adding the perfect pop of color. Since summer is such a crazy busy season, it’s important to have pieces that transition easily from work to play–which has given me even more reason to love this one-piece. It’s funny because a decent amount of the time I do trust Josh’s opinion, but when it comes to rompers there’s just no contest. Happy romping!

xx

Jacqueline

May 27, 2016

MY SUMMER UNIFORM

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The first weekend of the summer is officially here and I couldn’t be more excited to lay lifeless in the sun for the entire weekend. I always feel it’s necessary to invest in a new pair of cut-off denim shorts and for the past two years I couldn’t find the right ones. It wasn’t until I took a trip to my old stomping grounds, American Eagle Outfitters, that I found THE perfect cut-offs, literally perfect. They’re comfortable, cute and they are destroyed just enough. You can be sure I will be wearing these all weekend. To me, cut-offs are like yoga pants; you can wear them all weekend long, they go with nearly everything and you look freakin’ good in them! To balance out the amount of skin I’m bearing, I decided to pair them with this light-weight floral silk and cotton blouse from J.Jill. It’s comfortable enough that you can wear it over your bathing suit on the beach without making you sweat. While I’m hoping I can just wear my bathing suit all weekend, 24/7, non-stop, I’m sure I’ll have to cover up at some point, so I’ll let this outfit be my MDW summer uniform!

xx

Jacqueline

 

May 23, 2016

ALWAYS, FOCUS ON YOUR OWN SH*T

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Things have been so strange for me lately. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I haven’t been as inspired and up until this weekend the weather has been pretty miserable. Fortunately, the 70-degree weather on Saturday shook me out of this little funk–kind of. To be honest, I’m having a difficult time ignoring toxic people and I think that may be the root of my weird mood, but after a weekend spent with my favorites, I’ve realized that there are way too many good things going on in my life right now, for one person’s negativity to affect me so greatly. And like most, my outfit reflects my mood, so after some a needed pick-me-up session with Josh, I was feeling liberated, carefree and downright happy. Which is why this pleated peasant top was all I wanted to wear for the entire weekend. Initially, I was concerned about the sizing and when I received it in the mail, it was as crinkled as tissue paper (not cute), but after throwing it in the wash and leaving it to air dry, its pleats fell right into place–no ironing necessary. Funny enough, it’s exactly what I need to do. I need to sit back and let things fall as they may. One of my favorite quotes on my vision board (duh, I have a vision board), is “How to be successful: focus on your own shit.” It couldn’t be more perfect. It always seems to be the case that the more negative a person is the more they talk about other people and neglect their own well-being–ultimately only hurting themselves. It’s truly not fair to allow those people to get in the way of your happiness and ultimately your success. So, just like this peasant (once crinkled) top–clean yourself up take care of you and let it be. Everything will fall into place and you’ll be the perfectly pleated top you were always meant to be.

 

xx

Jacqueline

 

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