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February 25, 2019

BRIT IN TRAINING

Details: Sam Edelman One Button Blue Wool Coat, (sold out) similar here | Oxford Platforms via Amazon, here | Banana Republic Devon Pant,here|Striped Mock-Neck Turtleneck via Amazon, here |

I can’t really tell you why, and I’m certain I’m not the only one, but I’ve always been starstruck by the Brits, you know, our friends from across The Pond. I think it’s mostly the fact that they can wear absolutely ANYTHING, and sound so incredibly eloquent and smart. I can’t say I’ve ever really met many unpolished Brits, but then again, I haven’t met many Brits at all. I’m obviously making generalizations, but let me have this. Growing up, and when I first became interested in the world of fashion, I was in LOVE with Burberry. I wanted this Burberry bag so badly and my mom ended up getting it for me for Christmas, but it had some sort of defect and I wasn’t able to get another one after I already returned it. I still think about that bag to this day. Pathetic, I know. Even when Burberry had its identity crisis or fell off the high fashion wagon, I still had an infatuation with its heritage and culture. I even wrote a case study on how in the UK Burberry’s reputation was tarnished by Chavs, a UK stereotype of antisocial youths i.e. troublemakers. This subculture of youths began wearing Burberry, bringing the brand down a few pegs. I remember being so into that paper, I didn’t want to turn it in, I wanted to keep writing and help come up with ideas on how it can rebrand, get its classic image back. Oh, my sophomore year of college self…how naive.

Today, there are so many affordable UK retailers I find myself gravitating to, and it’s not just the styles offered. I always find the quality to be upstanding and the fit to work for me. ASOS, TopShop, Boohoo, Boden, to name a few. Recently, I started working for a UK company and had the privilege of going to London to meet my counterparts. It is as picturesque as I imagined and the streets were filled with stylish Brits (considerably more stylish than the streets of Boston, insert eyeroll). I kept seeing women walking the streets in powder blue wool coats. I instantly became OBSESSED, which is not uncommon for me. I’m not sure if it was an actual cultural trend, or just coincidence but I was mesmerized. When my mom asked how London was, I said how vast yet charming the city is and how I really needed to get my hands on a powder blue wool coat. That never happened. Instead, I brought back souvenirs from Harrod’s, how #basic, I know. I am not ashamed. However, I was pleasantly surprised to receive the perfect coat from my mom on Christmas. It fits like a glove and I love the one button closure.

After returning from London, I made it my mission to convince one of my British colleagues to teach me how to be British. I am certain that this is a lost cause, but I’m putting my best foot forward and giving it a shot. Right now, I can successfully say peanut butt-ah, in a British accent. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Zucchini is called Courgette
  2. Eggplant is called Aubergine
  3. Pickles are called Gherkins
  4. It’s egg mayo sandwich NOT egg salad, and it’s quite honestly just egg and mayo
  5. Girl Scouts are Girl Guides
  6. Cookies are Biscuits
  7. Being obsessed with reality tv is SO not British
  8. Wearing a wool blue coat does not instantly make you British

I’m still in the early stages of training, but I’m clearly off to a good start!

See you for tea!

xx

Jackie

November 6, 2017

MORE COMFORT, LESS MONDAY

Details: Neutral color-block cardigan (old), similar here, here and here | UNIQLO jogger pants, here |

Mondays are THE worst, especially now that it’s getting colder. Although my work dress code is super casual, I always feel like when I dress up for work, I feel better and more productive. Super weird, I know. So in an effort to kick off the work week, I pulled out this somewhat monochromatic look. Neutrals are my favorite so it shouldn’t be surprising that this neutral color-block cardigan has made it to my wardrobe from last season. Yep! That’s right. It escaped my closet purge, and for good reason. It is super comfortable and it goes with EVERYTHING. With the goal of comfort on my mind, I slipped on another last season favorite, my UNIQLO joggers. These light beige joggers aren’t just for summer but work just as well in the fall and winter months. This entire look depends on the shoes. If you glide on a backless loafer, it will look super casual and sweet, but as soon as you slip on a pump, you’ve upped your outfit game. These Ann Taylor neutral pumps are also unbelievably comfortable and I also purchased them, you guessed it, LAST SEASON. Well, if there’s one thing I get right on a Monday, it’s this outfit. Now let’s go kick some ass!
xx

Jackie

November 2, 2017

READY, SET, COAT SEASON!

Details: J.Jill grey ‘Chelsea’ coat, here | French Connection light oatmeal high-neck sweater via Marshall’s, here  |

The time has come for us to fully load our closets with warm knits, wool socks and of course, coats. I have a bit of a problem with all clothes, but coats are my biggest weakness. I can never seem to have enough and one of my latest finds is this dark grey button-front coat ‘Chelsea Coat’ from J.Jill. I really like that it’s an easy coat to layer and work with. What I mean by that is, it’s a coat that has a lot of flexibility, it’s much less stiff, which makes it perfect for crisp fall days like today. I layered it over a super comfy and ultr-soft sweater, which is pretty thick and I still felt free and could move my arms easily. I guess if I could describe this coat in one word it would be: comfort. I feel 100% comfortable and even though it feels lightweight, it keeps you warm. Not to mention, I love a good collar and this one screams sophistication, am I right?!

This will not be the only new coat in my closet this season, but it will absolutely be one of my favorites.

Tell me: what will be your go-to coat this fall!?

xx

Jackie

February 4, 2015

A MOMENT FOR OUTERWEAR

IMG_0890 editedIMG_0842 editedIMG_0831 edited 2IMG_0906IMG_0905 edited 2Details: Gap oatmeal turtleneck, here | Lulu’s oversized pink coat here (sold out), similar here | Ann Taylor ankle pants, similar here |

I want to take a moment to shed some light on outerwear, since lately the weather has been destroying our winter fashion moments. Seriously, it’s cold and the sidewalks are full of slush and ice, there is absolutely no way you’re subjecting your heels to that. Not to mention, our cute wool coats get cast aside and in moves that warm and cozy puffer. There you are, walking to work resembling the Michelin Man; it’s okay we’ve all forfeited fashion for comfort at one point or another. But today, I really wanted to give one of my favorite outerwear pieces a moment to shine. This blush pink coat has a boxy/square silhouette making it oversized, but its lapel collar gives it that element of class making it a traditional outerwear staple. And to brighten up these grey days I paired it with my blue Ann Taylor ankle pants and oatmeal colored turtleneck. This is a rather cheerful outfit for the snowy grey days we’ve been seeing, I think spring is trying to peek through!

So, with that being said let’s all take a moment to revisit our beautiful wool peacoats seeking refuge in our closets and throw them on to grab a cup of coffee or get the mail. Just show them some love, but do not freeze please!

xx

Jacqueline

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