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August 26, 2019

THINK LESS & “BE” MORE

Details: Levi’s Women’s Denim Trucker Jacket, here| Nordstrom BP. Long Sleeve Rib Tee, here| Animal Print Skirt via Primark, similar here|

Another summer down. It’s crazy how fast it went, I suppose it always goes by this fast. Since I haven’t had to go back to school in seven years, all of the seasons feel the same to me, except for the hellish season that is winter. We all know how it goes: The summer slowly melts into fall and the winter quickly enters like a diva who just snagged her favorite dress–nightmare!

Today I saw my niece and nephew off to their first day of school. I was quickly reminded of all of my first days. And the thoughts of, What should I wear? Will I like my teacher? Who will I sit with at lunch? Will I like my classes? So much to think about and so many emotions to deal with. We all know that going to school quickly becomes as routine as brushing your teeth at night, but there are so many unknowns that first day. I look back on a lot of those moments and wish that I never thought so much about the “what ifs”, and just let those first days and other life events swoop me up like a sailboat in the middle of the ocean and glide me through the moments. Ya know? Just go along for the ride and worry about the twists and turns as they come, instead of trying to prepare for them. Whenever I start to overthink so much that it starts to consume me, I think of the quote:

“There were many terrible things in my life and most of them never happened.” – Michel de Montaigne

The mind is so powerful, and if you let it get away from you, you could truly destroy those precious present moments and those exciting, nervewracking, glorious, first days. First days of kindergarten, first days of high school, first days of college, first days of your first job, first dates, first baby, the list goes on. So, as difficult as it may be, try and tune out the “what ifs” and focus on the “what nows.”

Now that I’ve shared some common sense wisdom, I decided to create an outfit post of what I might have worn on my first day of school, but, like an adult, almost 30 years old version. Here it goes, a flouncy patterned skirt to show off your hard-earned tan, a simple top, so as not to take away from the skirt, and a denim jacket. A back-to-school outfit could not be complete without it. Voila! Ready for the bus and a post first day Staples run.

While most of you will not be going back to school, and are likely resuming your work routine, but with just an added layer, I hope you acknowledge every moment. Big and small. Time flies by and you don’t want to look back and realize, “I spent so much time thinking, and not enough time being.”

Happy Monday!

xx

Jackie

July 1, 2019

MY VIA DE’ GINORI DRESS

Details: Terracotta Polka Dot Tea Dress c/o Pretty Little Thing, here | Franco Sarto Takara Espadrille Sandal via DSW, here|

This dress is called the Terracotta Tea dress and while I don’t believe I’ve been to an authentic tea party (at least not in my adult life), I’m not sure I imagine myself in this while sipping tea across from the Queen. When I think Terracotta, I think of the Italian dessert, Panna Cotta. And when I first saw this dress, its name after Terracotta, the clay, I instantly imagined myself wearing it while running errands in the streets of Florence, Italy. I’m not sure why, but I could see myself walking down those quaint Italian streets with fresh mozzarella cheese and a warm loaf of bread. I thought of the apartment on Via de’ Ginori where I lived while studying abroad, and those hellish stairs I used to climb in the scorching summer heat. Sitting in the kitchen with new friends laughing about the day’s events, planning the evening’s and sipping on wine and cheese. Sometimes it hurts how much I miss that place. It was so special and surreal. I love that this dress evokes those memories. It makes it one of my favorites.

Do you have clothing like that? Garments that conjure up memories? Treasure them.

xx

Jackie

June 26, 2019

THE BEST FRIEND OF DRESSES

Details: Blue Floral Flare Sleeve High Neck Frill Hem Dress c/o Pretty Little Thing, here |

I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: a good dress is like a good friend. It will complement you and make you feel confident, secure, comfortable and happy. This dress probably takes the number one best friend stop. First of all, I love a high neck, so…CHECK! Even though it’s long sleeve the material is super lightweight and it’s NOT see through. I love the blue, but it also comes in a lemon yellow. It’s definitely romantic dress and somewhat whimsical. I feel like it’s something the lead character of a Netflix modern day Cinderella remake would wear. I think it will be perfect for bridal and baby showers, and potentially weddings. I went with my comfy heeled mules but you could also opt for a strappy nude or white sandal. I haven’t really experienced clothing from Pretty Little Thing until now, and I have to be honest, it’s pretty much a game changer, especially if you’re into fast fashion. The prices are reasonable and the quality is super. I feel like if Pretty Little Thing needed a spokes-dress it would be this one. It is the epitome of a “pretty little thing.” 

Stay tuned for more SUPER pretty little things!

xx

Jackie

June 24, 2019

FLIRTY, TWIRLY AND…PLEATED

Details: White Frill Detail Pleated Skater Dress c/o Pretty Little Thing, here| Bleecker & Bond Elise Sandal via DSW, here |

Mother Nature has finally blessed us with some summer days. I didn’t think I’d see the sun after experiencing an entire month of clouds and rain, with only a peek of sun. This weekend, it seems she’s finally cooperating. So, in celebration of the first official weekend of summer, I’ve decided to pull out my summer favorites and show off my fake tan (lol). First up is this romantic and flirtatious white frill skater dress from Pretty Little Thing. It’s an absolute twirl dress with its delicate pleats and ruffle accents. I’m partial to white, especially during the summer months because it goes with everything and it makes your tan pop, even the fake ones. While the white is my favorite, I am considering getting it in red for an upcoming wedding. It’s just such a comfortable dress and I love how feminine and flirty it makes me feel. The front is on the low side so combatted that with a lace bralette. I think it adds to the romance of the dress.

This dress is new to my wardrobe, but I’m thinking this will be perfect for date nights and days where I want to feel a little extra girly.

There’s more where this came from. Stay tuned for more of summer favorites!

xx

Jackie

October 15, 2018

JEAN JACKETS ALL SEASON LONG

Details: STS Blue Oversize Boyfriend Jean Jacket via Nordstrom Rack, here | Beige Suede Mules c/o Jjill, similar here

For as long as long as I can remember a denim jacket has always been a wardrobe staple. One of my most memorable denim jackets would have to be my mid-wash Abercrombie and Fitch one. I think I got it in 6th or 7th grade and I wore it through college… I actually still have it and it’s not off-trend. I still love it, but I ended up adding a couple more denim jackets to the mix. One is a more form-fitted stretch denim jacket from Ann Taylor and the other is one I haven’t been able to stop wearing. This STS Blue denim jacket from Nordstrom Rack. I love this one because it is somewhat oversized so I’m able to layer it over chunky knits, which is key for these chillier fall months. I also love its classic blue wash and I’ve been wearing it with black denim, leggings, sweatpants, all my jeans etc. I don’t even care if I look like a walking blueberry–I love it! I’m a HUGE sweatshirt, sweater, chunky knit person, but lately, I love treating this jacket as my go-to sweater/cardigan/etc. You can be sure I’ll be wearing this all fall long until I have to dig up a down puffer coat.

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

December 18, 2017

NEW YEAR, NEW FAVORITE COLOR

Details: Stripe Asymmetrical Hem skirt c/o Banana Republic, here |

Word on the street is that Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is ‘Ultra Violet.’ Most people know that I’m not crazy about colors, but the vibrancy and sheen of this asymmetrical hem skirt make it hard not to love. It’s high-waisted and fitted with a flare at the bottom, making it both sleek and girly. With such a vibrant color, it was hard for to determine what the best top would be. Typically, I would go for something neutral like ivory or taupe, but I decided to go a bit bolder to compete with such a strong color and paired it with a deep navy turtleneck. I always knew navy and violet were a good duo, but I never knew they looked THIS good together. I seriously love everything about this combo and I may just ditch my go-to black dress for Christmas dinner, and don this outfit instead. I’ll admit, it was difficult for me to figure out the perfect shoes. I still don’t LOVE the ones I styled this with, but they were good enough. I did try a black bootie, which seemed to be such a stark contrast with my fair skin, however, someone who is taller than me might be able to pull over an ankle bootie with this skirt. I’m also debating on wearing this skirt for a New Year’s Day party because it only seems appropriate to kick off the new year with THE color of the year. I mean, duh!

So, if you’re willing to swap out your dresses this holiday season for a skirt, I highly suggest you give this beauty a try. If you should be so bold, please share with me how you would style it; I’d love to see your looks!!

Happy holiday styling!

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

October 19, 2017

LET QUILTED COAT & VEST SEASON BEGIN

Details: Ann Taylor bonfire sweater, here | Quilted down coat in Peat c/o J.Jill, here |

So we’ve had a few true fall days, but it looks like we’re going to be back in the 80-degree weather today. I don’t know about you, but I find it super frustrating planning my outfit in the morning because I’m cold when I wake up and sweating on my lunch break. Despite what we might be experiencing, the season we’re currently in is in fact fall. And that means that we’re in quilted coat season. Every fall I seem to get myself a new quilted coat and this olive green lightweight down coat from J.Jill has become my favorite. It’s super lightweight and breathable so it’s actually easy to wear in this flighty weather. I typically gravitate toward taupe or black, but I’m loving this dark olive green color because it’s neutral yet adds a necessary pop of color. Speaking of color, this Ann Taylor Bonfire sweater is AMAZING. It’s a 70’s throwback (I think LOL). I love the vintage look and the pop of color really brightens up my neutral fall wardrobe. It’s comfortable and fun to layer with a quilted coat, denim jacket or puffer vest–HELL YES!

I think it’s safe to say that my fall closet is starting to come together, we just need Mother Nature to cooperate.

xx

Jackie

July 12, 2017

REVAMP THE OLD WITH ACCESSORIES

Details: Express Deep V Pink top, similar here | Charming Charlie The Austin earring, here |

I had the best vacation week last week! It was sunny nearly every day, I read a total of four books and I was with my two favorites: mom and dad. Although it has been difficult to get back to work, I’m pleasantly surprised at how fast this week is going…it’s Wednesday already! With these steamy temps, I’ve been resorting to sleeveless tops and bare leg. One of my recent favorite tops is this flowy pink deep V top. It’s comfortable and simple. In an effort to protect my bank account, I’ve been purchasing fun earrings to make some of my older tops feel new. Even though this top is a newbie to my closet, I decided to take things up a notch and accessorize with this colorful complementary 3-ball earrings from Charming Charlie. I love these earrings so much that I purchased them in a couple other colors. What!?!? I’m still saving, they were only $12 (blushing). Cheers to hump day and saving money! Instead of collecting new tops and dresses, revamp your oldies but goodies with some fun accessories. Trust me, you’ll look at your older clothes in a whole new way.

xx

Jackie

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