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February 14, 2018

ACTUAL OOTD…FOR REAL

Details: Top Shop red Wrap Waist top via Nordstrom, here | Dark wash Gap jeans, similar here | Charming Charlie yellow floral earrings, similar here | Tommy Hilfiger via DSW taupe suede ‘Venture’ pumps, here |

Guys, Happy Valentine’s Day! Hoping you took my advice from Monday’s post and have decided to spread some love this month, week or day :). While I’m TOTALLY into wearing heart/V-Day inspired clothing, I decided to tap my sophisticated side and wear this classic red wrap waist top and my favorite jegging jeans (yes jegging jeans from GAP…sue me!) to my Valentine’s Day date tonight. I love this top. You can’t see, but it ties in the back, making the front as fitted as you’d like with some flattering ruching. I love the orange undertones in this red color and how nicely it falls above my jeans. Because I was feeling even MORE color, I popped on these yellow floral earrings and added some beach waves to my locks. Instantly, I felt like I was owning the Valentine’s Day game…sexy red dresses are overrated. Because this look is all about color, I slid on my new taupe suede block heel pumps and voila! Cute comfort at its finest.

Now, if you don’t have a date or you aren’t going out with your Galentines, make sure you spread some love to the ones you care about and then get into something cozy, put on your best face mask and tune in to your favorite shows. You deserve some self-love and relaxation, today and every day!

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

July 17, 2017

MY LATEST FAVORITES FROM PRIMARK

Details: Floral bell sleeve dresses, True Blue Distressed denim, black off-the-shoulder bell sleeve top, Sleeveless gray keyhole floral top, all c/o Primark The South Shore Plaza in Braintree |

As I get older, I’ve begun to understand the importance of investing in timeless well-made clothing. It’s important and makes a huge difference in your wardrobe. But we all know that some trends stick around longer than others, and as someone who likes to give all trends a shot, it’s not practical or easy on my wallet. So instead of investing in fleeting trends, I rely on my favorite fast fashion retailers. You know the ones I’m talking about: H&M, Forever 21, ZARA and now I have the luxury of adding Primark to my list. That’s right, Primark, known as one of the hottest fast fashion retailers in the U.K. has opened two stores in the Boston area.Their newest location, which happens to be my favorite one, is at The South Shore Plaza in Braintree. I love a good mall and the selection they have there is amazing! If I wasn’t set on purchasing some spring looks, I totally would’ve blown my bank account on their homeware section–the deals are incredible! Some of my favorite purchases included (and this wasn’t even everything I got!):

  • Two bell-sleeve floral dresses (pink and black). They fit very well and are perfect for summer bridal showers or graduation/family parties.
  • These stretchy jeans with frayed cuffs are so comfortable and a fun mix to my denim collection
  • Off-the-shoulder accordion bell-sleeve top…I mean, do I really need to explain why this was necessary
  • This key hole floral sheer floral top in gray. It’s so airy and loose, plus Primark also sells a bunch of awesome undergarments so I purchased two invisible camis, some invisible underwear and invisible mesh spandex shorts to go under my dresses since they’re a little sheer too. I can’t love them enough they range from $3 to $7 and the quality is there. I’m about to head back and get some more!
  • What’s not pictured is a macrame trim bodysuit and black tiered shirt–stay tuned!

So, for two dresses, a pair of jeans, a body suit, two tops, a skirt and three different types of undergarments I spent $125. Can you say INCREDIBLE! I don’t even think I have to say this, but if you’re traveling to the Boston area anytime soon or leave close by, head over to Primark. I promise you’ll find something that you absolutely need and you won’t break the bank!

xx

Jackie

July 7, 2017

SUMMER COMFORT: THE MAXI SKIRT

Details: Printed Easy Knit Maxi Skirt c/o J.Jill, here |

It’s maxi skirt season! I’ve been on vacation this week and I’ve never felt more relaxed. I went on a bit of a staycation and ventured to my family’s beach house on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. My days have been spent basking in the sun from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. reading and relaxing. I feel so refreshed and the first time I put on my makeup was yesterday and it felt so foreign to me. I can’t say that my style has been on point this week because it’s been driven by comfort and I have NO problems with that. However, I’m planning on going out to dinner tonight and the closest thing to acceptable comfort is this colorful printed maxi from J.Jill. It’s super comfortable and looks good with a variety of colors: white, black, navy, purple and even turquoise. It’s flowy and because it’s available in petite it isn’t too long like most maxis are on me. I’m hanging on to these last few days of vacation and am planning on more sun, one more book and my favorite bathing suit. What are your plans for the weekend?

June 28, 2017

VACATION MODE: SLEEP. BEACH. REPEAT.

Details: Floral drawstring shorts from TJ Maxx, similar here |

I am SO excited to go on a little stay-cation. Next week, I’m heading to my family’s beach house on the Long Island Sound in CT. I’m way overdue for a vacation and am super excited to have no plans, wear these comfy drawstring shorts every day and lay peacefully in the sand. It’s so funny because the past two years, we’ve gone on a fun tropical vacation and don’t get me wrong, that’s always a fun time, but I like the idea of really having no plans. I spend every day organizing and managing my workload, that I’m just excited to not know what I’m doing and not following agenda or a “To Do” list. Aside from shooting some new looks for the blog, I fully intend on living in my bathing suit, cover-up and these comfortable and socially acceptable floral drawstring shorts. I wish I had purchased another pair because they’re just too cute, but I guess I can swap back forth between cover-ups and oversized tees. I’m also excited to eat home cooked food that I don’t necessarily have to purchase OR cook–whoa! What does your ideal summer vacation look like?

xx

Jackie

June 23, 2017

SUMMER UNIFORM

Details: Marshalls Printed Cover-up dress, similar here, here and here | Dansko Demetra Sandal in Taupe, here |

Summertime and the living is easy–am I right? I’m so excited for beach days and minimal thought into clothing. Don’t get me wrong, I love putting together outfits and wearing “thoughtful” looks, but there’s nothing better than wearing a bathing suit and lightweight cover-up. I went to Marshalls with the sole intent of buying photo frames for my desk at work; obviously, that didn’t work out because this blue beauty caught my eye. I really love this cover-up because I fully intend on wearing it as a dress as well. It’s modest enough to wear out to dinner, but it’s loose and lightweight enough to face the summer heat on the beach. The only thing is, I would have to wear shorts and perhaps a cami underneath since it’s a little transparent. This weekend is supposed to be hot and humid so you can be sure that this is exactly what I’ll be sporting! What are your plans to beat the heat this weekend!?

P.S. I know how frustrating it is to see something from Marshalls and not be able to purchase it, but I did my best to try and find some similar options for you guys.

xx

Jackie

June 19, 2017

ROMPERS: THE NEVER-ENDING SUMMER TREND

Details: LOFT Tassled Off-the-Shoulder Romper, here | Rockport Cobb Hill Tropez High Vamp, here  |

Rompers are a girl’s best friend once the warm weather rolls around. They’re undeniably comfortable and you don’t have to worry about a summer breeze exposing you or being conscious of how you sit. And we all know that in addition to the romper trend, the off-the-shoulder trend is just as popular right now. Like I said last year: “shoulders are the new cleavage”, and it remains to be true this year too. OFTS tops share just enough skin to be sexy while allowing you to remain modest and classy. Although I’m known for going for bold colors and patterns when it comes to rompers, I love that this one is black and can be easily dressed up or down. Lately, I’ve been on an earring kick and have been popping in some color that way. However, if casual is more your speed, throw on your favorite pair of flip flops and stroll on down to the beach–the options are endless. So, does anyone need more reason to go out and get your romper on? I didn’t think so.

xx

Jackie

June 13, 2017

GO WITH THE (FLO)RAL

Details: Soft Rayon-Twill Full-Leg Crops (floral) c/o J.Jill, here |

This weekend was a scorcher…finally! So naturally, I spent both Saturday and Sunday basking on the beach and enjoying the warmth. There was such a nice breeze by the water that it was difficult to gauge how much sun I was getting and I ended up a little crisp. Now that the weather is finally feeling like the way it’s supposed to, I’ve been excited to try out new outfits. I’ve always been a fan of cropped flowy culottes and these tropical ones from J.Jill have become an all time summer favorite. They are super light weight and breezy. In addition to this funky floral pattern, they are also available in some neutral solids as well as in a deep blue pattern. I paired them with a very fitted top, but I’ve also worn a fun looser fitting and fringe top and it looked just as good. I’ll definitely be experimenting with these this summer and may even purchase another pair (they’re that comfortable!).

xx

Jackie

 

May 22, 2017

THE HEAT MADE ME DO IT

Details: LOFT Pleated Duet Dress, here | DSW two-toned sandals, similar here |

I recently went on a shopping binge at LOFT and came across this flowy pleated dress. The heat made me do it! It was so hot last week, and I was in desperate need of cute dresses and lightweight tops to keep me from getting heat stroke. It was basically prescribed by my doctor. It’s too late now anyway, the damage is done and I have some new summer clothes to show for it. Lately, the LOFT has been surprising me. I used to never think twice about walking in there because everything always seemed to be boxy and ill-fitting. I don’t know what they’ve been doing lately, but keep it! Not only do have they offer on-trend styles but the fit seems to be much more accurate. Plus, they have an awesome petite section so I’m able to pull off a mid-length dress like this because they offer it in petite–score! I’ve noticed lately, in my old age that the quality of your clothing means more than quantity, but having a lot of quality clothes is always better–I can’t help myself! I wish that we were experiencing that unseasonable heat this week, so I can rock this dress. It’s one that I would wear two days in a row–it’s that good! So, the lesson of the day: if you haven’t been into LOFT in a while, or ever because you thought it was outdated or ill-fitting, go on and stop in; I guarantee that you’ll find something you just have to have.

xx

Jackie

May 10, 2017

A PUNCH OF PINK…GOLD

Details: Lipault Paris Miss Plume XS Backpack, here  | Banana Republic white denim wide leg pants, similar here | Forever 21 sleeveless top (last year), similar here |

The rules of no white after Labor Day are long forgotten and since it’s taking a lot longer for the spring weather to settle in, I decided to pull out my wide leg white denim and take on an all white look. It’s so funny that such a neutral everyday color (lack thereof) used to be such a faux pas. I mean, no one ever says you can’t wear black in the summer. Ivory, egg shell, stark white–they’ve also been kind to me during the summer months. And while you’ll rarely see me accessorizing with a bag or tote (I’m a wallet only kinda girl), I have to say this perfect Pink Gold Lipault Paris Backpack is a summer must-have. It’s small enough not to be cumbersome, but roomy enough to fit everything you need for a day of shopping or on the beach. Gone are the days when pink gold was only worn around your neck or on your ears. The color has become a serious statement in the apparel and accessory industries. And despite what some may think, it has also become quite a neutral for the summer. At one time, metallics and shimmer used to be considered flashy or “over the top”, now they’re just as necessary as your nude pumps or black clutch. Don’t wait around for the weather, just dress like it’s already spring and the sunshine will follow ( I hope)!

xx

Jackie

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