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October 1, 2018

THE SEASON FOR CHANGE…AND FANNY PACKS

Details: Relaxed Shirttail Blouse c/o J.Jill, here | Envelope Belt-Bag c/o J.Jill, here | Madewell High-Rise Jeans in Black Sea, here |

So September is over…that lasted all of two minutes. I think it’s because we still had some lingering hot days that it didn’t quite feel like fall. Not only is October the month of my birthday, but it’s also just the BEST month ever! Seriously. Let’s talk about October for a minute. The air gets crisp, leaves are in full fall color, farms are open for pumpkin and apple picking, hot cider and cider doughnuts are within reach–need I say more?! Everything about it is perfect. Another thing about fall is the change that seems to follow me around during these fall months. It’s funny.  Every career/life move I’ve made has either fallen in September or October. And this October, I will be starting a new position at a really cool company in downtown Boston. Those who know me know that change is difficult for me, well it’s difficult for most, but especially for me. The only change I like is the change in seasons, to be honest. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. However, I’ve been long overdue for some change. In fact, this move has me feeling more inspired and excited than ever. In the past, there were times where I constantly doubted myself or my decision, but that hasn’t happened once in this process. I think it’s safe to say that means it’s the right move. I read a quote the other day that said: “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” I can really relate to that. For a while, I’ve been feeling complacent and less motivated, and now I have the opportunity to start something new and learn from new people; I am super excited to start this brand new adventure. One chapter closed, on to the next one.

Now, enough about my life changes and more about this simple fall look. When it comes to outfits, I’m the type of person who focuses solely on the entree, and less on the sides. LOL. Does that make sense? I spend most of my energy focusing on the top and bottom and much less on the accessories and shoes. This isn’t the best advice because accessories have the ability to really make or break any outfit, but it’s how I’ve always been. If I find a shoe with a considerable heel that’s comfortable, I’ll wear it until I no longer can. This season, I plan to spend some time channeling my inner accessor-ista (that’s not a word). With that, I have styled my simple rich brown colored blouse with my favorite black denim and my FAVORITE accessory yet: this envelope belt-bag. Or, as I like to call it: a fanny pack. Any accessory that allows me to be handsfree, I’m on board. I actually have several fanny packs, but with funky colors and patterns. This one, I can actually wear to the bar and it will actually complement my outfit. I’ll absolutely be styling this blouse in multiple ways and can’t wait to share some of my fall favorites this season. Happy fall, Y’all! Too much, right?

xx

Jackie

 

January 8, 2018

THINK WARM THOUGHTS, THINK WARM THOUGHTS

Details: Cable Chenille A-Line Sweater Tunic, here| Camel suede wedge booties, similar here | 

I am SO over the cold and the snow. It was cute when it was flurrying during the holidays and went away the next morning. But this, what we’re seeing in Boston, is criminal. Not only did we get a foot of snow, but then it was 0-degrees this morning. ZERO DEGREES. So now all of the snow is frozen solid making it a mean rude snow, instead of a soft and cuddly one. I haven’t figured out a way to keep warm, aside from staying inside. I truly haven’t. Last night we walked to a restaurant and my legs were burning, they got so cold. Like frostbite through my jeans. But if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s dressing for indoor winter temps. I have been LIVING in this ivory chenille knit tunic. It is so comfortable and its A-Line shape makes it super flattering. Fortunately, we’re going to be seeing balmy temps of 36 to 40-degrees this week and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll still be complaining about the cold but at least my face and legs won’t hurt.

Send help and thoughts of sunshine my way!

xx

Jackie

October 11, 2017

DON’T JUDGE A TREND BY ONE LOOK

Details: Almond green bomber jacket Marshall’s, similar here | Embroidered weekender jeans c/o J.Jill, here |

I’ll admit, I really wasn’t a fan of the bomber jacket trend. Not the traditional bomber jacket, but the lightweight bomber ones. There was something about them that I couldn’t take seriously. It was an episode of Southern Charm where Chelsea was wearing this really cute metallic blush bomber jacket, that I said I NEED one. I went to so many stores, scoured the internet for something similar but there was nothing. I actually gave up and quit my search until I walked into Marshall’s and stumbled upon this Kensie almond green bomber jacket with black trim. It’s shiny–not exactly metallic, but it’s perfect. The weather has been so ideal for light bomber jacket weather, so you can imagine how much I’ve been wearing it. Then, there were embroidered jeans: another trend I really couldn’t get behind. I don’t know what it was about them that I didn’t like. I guess I kind of felt like they were tacky and outdated (not in a good way). Again, I was wrong. It just took the right embroidered jeans to change my mind. These Weekender jeans from J.Jill have blue and green stem flowers, making it understated and classy. I feel like when there’s a really bold color flower it’s difficult to style, but these go with everything. They”re super versatile and a really fun way to change up your wardrobe in the fall months. I guess I need to take my own advice and not judge a trend by one or two looks… you have to try it out for yourself.

What trends were you wrong about?

xx

Jackie

October 5, 2017

THE SWEATER THAT STOLE MY HEART

Details: Light Shawl Collar Topper c/o J.Jill, here |

It certainly doesn’t feel like fall today, but it’s not gonna stop me from sharing another cozy knit today. I probably have like 4 or 5 of the same sweater. I like neutral colors (taupe, brown, black and beige) and a chunky, mock or high collar. When I shop for pullovers I make sure they are petite, but when I’m in the market for long cardigans, I tend to go big and baggy. This heather red shawl collar topper is one cardigan I can’t wait to cuddle up in all season long. It is in fact available in petite and tall, but it still has that nice oversized effect without appearing like I’m taking a swim in some knitwear. It’s a rare color for me, but because it has that heather effect, I can wear it with a variety of colors and garments. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would like super cute over a sleek black dress. Putting it on my “to-try” list. I really kept this look simple, with a black top and true blue denim jeans, but it’s easy enough to mix and match. I know I shouldn’t, but I’m eyeing a few more serious J.Jill must-haves including this boat neck tunic in cream,  another topper, this long cardi and yet another topper.

What are some of your favorite fall knits?!

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

January 25, 2017

NOT YOUR NEPHEW’S CAPE

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I’ve worn it all! From ponchos to outlandish jumpsuits; every new style trend there is, I’ve tried at least once. Which is why I had to give this black blazer cape a try, especially since it has been flooding my Instagram feed. I’m a big fan of a classic black blazer so this wasn’t too difficult for me to adjust to. However, Josh isn’t a huge fan; he thinks I look like Dracula. And now when I slip this on, that’s all I can think about (eye roll). If this blazer cape didn’t have the pronounced shoulder shape, I don’t think I would like it as much. The sleek shoulder point really gives this blazer a high fashion vibe. Although I decided to pair it with a more casual ensemble, it would look just as perfect layered over a red dress, (Valentine’s Day idea) or any bold color for that matter. Initially, when I was planning to style this outfit I had a black top underneath, but it didn’t give the cape the appropriate air time it deserved. So, I relied on my one of my favorite classics: a white oxford shirt. While I have many white button downs, this one from J.Jill, appropriately named ‘Essential White Shirt’,  is my recent go-to. It fits perfectly and J.Jill offers petite sizing so it’s the perfect length for my torso and arms. Josh’s comments aside, this cape is definitely a keeper and if you haven’t given it a shot, go for it!

xx

Jacqueline

January 5, 2017

BOUTIQUE STATUS KNIT

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During my wonderful holiday vacation, Josh and I visited his aunt and uncle in VA and enjoyed some mild winter weather. Don’t worry it was still sweater weather, but that’s all you needed–just a sweater. I, like most people, love a good cozy sweatshirt that I can live in, but they’re not always socially acceptable (especially for holiday festivities). I probably have one of the largest sweater collections, mostly because I can’t get rid of them, but this Willow Fair Isle fringe cardigan from J.Jill is definitely a knit I will never be able to part with. I love the fringe details and jacquard-knit pattern. It’s so unique and reminds me of a piece I would see at a specialty boutique: one of a kind. I love that I can wear it with black pants and a sleek black top and also dress it down with loose fitted leggings and a comfy tee. Now that I’m back in Boston, I wish this could be my only winter coat.

Cold winter weather stay away!

xx

Jacqueline

December 7, 2016

MY HOLIDAY DRESS COLLECTION CONTINUES

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Everyone knows about my dress collection, and this conservative black lace-tier dress is the perfect addition to my dress-drobe. It’s the perfect option for an office party or an afternoon holiday gathering. I love a dress with a sleeve. Seriously. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s being cold and with this J.Jill dress, I can keep warm while looking stylish. In lieu of tights, I bared my thighs with these ultra comfy Ivanka Trump over the knee boots. Considering this is an all-black dress, I wanted to give my black tights a rest and break it up with some peek-a-boo legs. I also feel that the boots take this dress to a higher level of sophistication. For an afternoon office party, I’d probably stick to tights, but for a night out, why not show some skin.

xx

Jacqueline

March 18, 2016

FRIDAY FEELS

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Last weekend we were #blessed with unseasonably warm weather, and as I mentioned on Monday, I was obnoxiously giddy about it. It inspired me to get my spring looks down and while I was preparing to wear this vest layered over a classic long white tee, I decided to bare it all. I relied on a trusted white cami, slipped on my favorite blue jeans and gave this casual look some sass with my Thierry Rabotin strap pumps. I think it’s safe to say I won’t be able to wear this look this weekend, considering a nor’easter is expected, but I’ve got one spring outfit down. As for shoes, I’m always wearing heels, but it can be taxing on my poor feet. I decided to switch it up a bit and went with a smaller heel and a much comfier shoe than I’m used to. Thierry Rabotin is dedicated to designing stylish and comfortable shoes, using premium quality leathers and fabrics out of their own factory in Busto Garolfo, Italy. With shoes this cute and comfortable there’s just no contest.

xx

Jacqueline

March 7, 2016

SET ON SPRING

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The weather is warming up and I couldn’t be happier. Recently, I’ve been thinking of all of the great things that come with warmer weather. Coatless walks, beach weekends, sunburns and the smell of the ocean. The average person sets goals or “resolutions” in January, but I like to set mine once spring begins. Everything becomes alive again in the spring and there’s a surge of positive energy that seems to touch everyone in its path. While I have my intentions set for spring, I need to get my wardrobe in motion. Pastel colors, airy tops, and sweaters give freedom and new life to the dark and dull shades of winter. It’s only appropriate that this J.Jill ombre sweater is the first knit I deem a spring staple. The light pastel, lavenders, pinks, and blues make it transitional and the perfect companion to my distressed white and blue denim. If you’re not thinking about your spring outfits just yet, at least, start setting some intentions for the start of the greatest season.

xx

Jacqueline

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