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February 13, 2017

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS TO GIVE YOURSELF

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So many people believe Valentine’s Day is a poor excuse for a holiday, and I can’t disagree. We should express love daily. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, show yourself some love, and I know just the products.

1.  TriDerma Spot and Wrinkle Erasing Cream:  Since I entered into my late 20s, I’ve been taking my skincare seriously. I haven’t been actively looking for wrinkle creams or anti-aging serums, but when I came across TriDerma and gave them a shot, I was hooked. This Spot and Wrinkle Erasing cream is super lightweight and not at all greasy, which I love, but it also has lightening power. It makes my skin look brighter and since I’m prone to breakouts, I was concerned it would clog my pores, but my skin has seriously never looked better.

2. TriDerma Pore Reducing Anti-Age Serum:  I never imagined myself reaching for an anti-age serum at my age, but this is one is AMAZING. All of TriDerma’s products are medical strength and it’s noticeable. I really like this serum because it works as a primer and does more than just “fill in” pores. It actually reduces the appearance of pores and helps control excess oil throughout the day. I usually apply this after the Spot and Wrinkle erasing cream and before my moisturizer/makeup. My pores immediately felt tight and after a couple weeks, I noticed much smaller pores–success!

3.  Re-Fresh French Bulldog Sweater:  This cozy knit is the closest I’ll get to getting a pup. Who doesn’t want a pooch embroidered knit!?

4. Homesick Candles:  Everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE my home state of New Jersey, and when I received this Homesick New Jersey candle from my mom for Valentine’s Day, I was thrilled. It smells exactly like the garden state; a scent of the Jersey Shore fills my apartment and I LOVE it. Now my little apartment smells just like home. All Homesick candles are made in the USA with natural soy wax. It’s the perfect gift to giver yourself, especially if you’re away from the ones you love most.

5. TriDerma Spot and Wrinkle Erasing Scrub: Okay, now THIS is my all time favorite TriDerma product. I actually couldn’t stop using this when I got it (I’m not sure it’s ideal for daily use, although I didn’t see it as a problem). This scrub contains Precision Diamond Cut Crystals that act as a surgeon’s scalpel gently exfoliating dead skin cells to help stimulate collagen, diminish the fine lines and wrinkles, help flatten the look of acne scars and correct uneven skin tone. When I read this on the back of this scrub, I was excited to try it, but I was even more ecstatic with the results. It really does go on rough (in a good way), it almost feels like what I imagine a surgeon’s scalpel would feel like. My skin just looked so even after one wash and it was so refreshing and clean. I would suggest using it 1-2 times a week. I was using it daily for a week straight, and my skin felt amazing, but any exfoliating scrub is best to limit to 1-3 times a week (in my “expert” opinion at least).

6. Rose Gold-Tone Earrings:  For a while, I thought the rose gold trend was dead, but it is certainly alive and well. Treat yourself to some shimmer with a pair of rose gold stud earrings. Wear them daily and/or for a night out with your favorite Galentines!

7. H&M Lace Bra and Underwear Set: Whether you have a Valentine or not, invest in a fun lace bra and underwear set. It alone will make you feel sexy and beautiful. And, you don’t have to spend a fortune. This set is approximately $25.00 and it’s available in a variety of colors.

Make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet, by pampering yourself with a new skincare regimen, cozy knit or some new bling!

xx

Jacqueline

August 29, 2016

A LAST MINUTE SUMMER ESSENTIAL

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Details: SheInside off-the-shoulder blush bodysuit, here | American Eagle cut-off denim shorts, similar here |

The past couple months have been so crazy. Josh and I are moving in together this week and while I’ve been packing slowly, I still feel like I have so much to do. Plus, I’m having serious anxiety about closet space, but I’m trying very hard not to think about it. While I’m looking forward to chunky knits and cozy layers, but I have to say I’m going to miss my summer favorites; especially my many off-the-shoulder tops I’ve collected this season. This particular top combines two of my favorites: a bodysuit and an off-the-shoulder ruffle. There’s not much you need to do to dress up a shoulder-less top because it’s already sophisticated and sexy by itself. Neutrals are my go-to and this light blush color is as much as a neutral as taupe, grey, and white–it works well with everything! As you can tell, I haven’t been able to stop wearing my American Eagle cut-offs (I have two of the same pair); they just work and like I said, they’re my “yoga pants” of the summer. They pair perfectly with any top casual or cute; not to mention  they are just as comfortable as your favorite pair of sweats in the winter. Now, I have to get back to stressing about how all of my clothes are going to fit in our new (somewhat) spacious one bedroom apartment. SOS. HELP.

xx

Jacqueline

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 21, 2016

HAIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW

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So, this past weekend I did something I never thought I would do. I cut my hair. Yes, that’s right my long locks were getting admittedly straggly and my hair felt much like straw. I told myself when I moved to Boston that I would still remain true to my hairdresser in New Jersey and until now I’ve been remaining true, but I was worried that if I went any longer without a trim, I’d be in trouble. So, when I went to visit my parents at the beach in CT, I decided to get a trim. A two-inch trim that is. I was in shock when I left the salon, but my hair feels much healthier. Guys, I know it’ll grow back, but I just have to me melodramatic about it because if I wasn’t that would be too unlike me. I’m still getting used to styling it. I asked her to cut it bluntly so that when I get back to Jersey  I can have Jenny work her magic. So while taking photos this weekend was trying because I was dreaming of my locks, I will say this Summer Garden scarf poncho really turned my mood around. It’s hard not to look and feel great in it. It’s light-weight and includes a fun variety of pop colors. I paired it with these (newly purchased) white denim flare jeans from, Banana Republic and I can say I felt a bit retro. I often find myself dressing in 70’s inspired attire–I don’t hate it. Unfortunately, I won’t be at  my usual beach spot this weekend, but I fully intend to continue my summer mission, of laying lifeless on the beach. This poncho makes for the perfect post-beach outfit, and while I’ll probably have to ditch the long pants this weekend, it looks just as perfect with white or traditional denim shorts. Stay tuned and enjoy the heat while you still can!

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 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 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

June 2, 2016

LAUGH CRY & BE

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Every day I learn something new about myself. Recently, I’ve become more aware of how easily I let insignificant people get the best of me. It’s funny how that works. We spend a great deal of time thinking about what the negative people in our lives do or say to us than we do the ones who actually love and support us. I’ve (slowly but surely) begun to realize how much easier it is to let go of those insignificant people, because, well, they’re insignificant. Life is much less stressful and light when your focus is on the good. In fact, I’ve started to get back into my yoga routine and it’s amazing how much emotion I release on the mat; it’s liberating to cleanse my body both physically and mentally. It allows me to release any pent up stress, anger and frustration from my day so that I can make room for all of the good stuff. Often times, we don’t take the time we need to take care of ourselves in the way that we should. Maybe you’re due for a good hard cry or a belly aching laugh–just give yourself the opportunity to really feel things and give yourself a release. Whether it’s going for a 2-mile run or talking for 3 hours on the phone to your bestie who makes me you laugh every three minutes–give yourself that time to be in the moment. If yoga has taught me anything, it’s that the practice of being mindful, in all aspects of my life, can, in fact, change my life in more ways than one. While it takes a conscious effort to remain mindful, it’s a practice worth sticking to.

Now that I’ve shared a bit of a life lesson/vent session, let’s get on to the mindless outfit post–HAHA! If you’re in the market for a light breezy knit, let it be this Bay Breeze open-stitch pullover from J.Jill. I’m all about the light-weight beach knits and I love that I can don this over a bathing suit for a late-night walk on the beach, and also layer it over a sleeveless dress for those chilly summer nights by the water. I’ve been relying on J.Crew’s chinos for as long as I’ve been able to shop on my own, and I’ve had this pair of baby blues for about three years. They still look as perfect as they did the day I bought them–if I do say so myself.

Today’s take away: do yoga, cry or laugh it out and remember that insignificant people will always be just insignificant.

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

 

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