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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

May 19, 2019

DRESSING FOR SUMMER

Details: V-Neck Red Polka Dot Dress via Amazon, here | Suede Peep-Toe Heeled Mules, similar here |

The weather has finally turned for us here in Boston. Well, that statement is somewhat true. It’s been raining for 90-percent of May, but we’ve had some balmy rainy days and this weekend was BEAUTIFUL. We usually have a summer trip planned, but this summer we’re without one and I’m okay with that. The lack of a summer trip has NOT prevented me from investing a revamped summer wardrobe. Lately, I’ve realized that much of my summer pieces from last summer are still favorites so I haven’t really purchased as much as I usually do, but the summer season is just beginning, there’s still time. Once the warm days hit on a more consistent basis, I plan to pull out my dresses. Dresses in the summer are so easy to style and wear. The only problem I foresee is the freezing office temps we all encounter, but pain is beauty…right? As I was perusing Amazon for some summer sun dresses, I cam across this light-weight long sleeve ruffle dress. I LOVE that it has long flowy sleeves (to combat the freezer-like temps) and its loose-fitting silhouette. It makes it easy to style and wear in an office setting. I had a hard time figuring out which shoes to wear because I wanted to style this with white sneaks, but it didn’t look right. I’m not sure I’ll be able to master the dress with sneakers look but I’ll be sure to get back to you on that. Instead, I went with a nude heeld mule and I think it looks pretty flawless. You could also throw on some espadrilles since that’s what seems to be the shoe of the summer. Also a shoe trend I’m beginning to get behind. Stay tuned. So far my summer closet includes a ton of basics, this perfectly flowing dress, floral patterns and more denim jackets than I know what to do with. Stay tuned!

xx

Jackie

December 19, 2017

CROPPED FLEECE: THE PERFECT BALANCE

Details: Funnel Vision Nude Cropped Sweatshirt c/o Tobi, here|   UNIQLO drape pants, similar here | Jessica Simpson two-tone pumps, similar here |

Feeling comfortable during the holidays is key. I mean, you’re overeating, there’s a lot of sitting, talking and traveling. Staying cozy and comfortable is almost necessary. While I love unearthing my “sexy” side, I feel more myself in cozy blanket-like knits and my favorite UNIQLO jogger pants. Now, to balance cute and comfortable, I found this perfect fleece cropped sweater and it even has bell sleeves. I’m super short and sometimes my chunky sweaters look a bit too long and chunky and a lot less cute. Not to mention, this nude mauve color is soft enough for my fair winter complexion (bonus points for not looking like a zombie!). The fleece material makes it ultra cozy, making it an absolute must-have for family gatherings filled with food. If it were up to me completely, I would wear my backless loafers (which is absolutely acceptable), but to add some sass, I went with a neutral pump. It definitely brings the outfit to the next level, but I’m still packing my flats in my purse.

While I’m in search of a balance between comfort and cute, I know I’ll hit some pitfalls but I will try my hardest stay balanced and stylish this season. What are your favorite holiday looks that you just can’t wait to wear?!

P.S. It’s on sale right now (50% OFF)

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

December 12, 2017

STAY SASSY

Details: Spotless Mind Black Mesh Bodysuit c/o TOBI,here | Black pointed toe mules (old), similar here | UNIQLO  Drape Pants, similar here |

Changing things up this holiday season with a game-changing look. While it’s a bit out of character for me, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable a mesh bodysuit is. From dresses to jumpsuits, I’ve tried it all, but I’ve never been able to wrap my head around a mesh bodysuit. It’s like a shirt, but definitely not a shirt because it’s transparent.  Am I the only one?  Regardless! I always say I’ll try every clothing trend once, so I gave this polka dot mesh bodysuit a try. I especially love it because of its bell sleeves and mock neck. Who would’ve thought that a mesh bodysuit could have a mock neck and bell sleeves?! Crazier things have happened, I guess. While I’m much more myself in a jumpsuit, I think this look could be runnerup. I feel like a Lifetime movie vixen. You know who I’m talking about? The woman who wears the most revealing outfits and looks absolutely stunning, but her intentions are to steal the man that the wholesome, all-American girl is absolutely in love with. Yea, that’s what I feel like while wearing this ultra-sexy outfit. And I won’t lie, I LOVE it. When I first styled this outfit, I slipped on high-waisted jeans and booties, but to bring this look to the next level, I went with tapered dress pants and snake stamped mules. I feel much more comfortable in a looser fitted pant because I’m practically naked wearing a mesh bodysuit. Plus, I think it adds some necessary class and balances the stunning sexiness of the top.

While I’ll never really relate to the Lifetime movie vixen, I’m sure going to have fun looking the part. And now…I’m due for a girls night out. See ya!

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

May 4, 2017

Double DOSE OF DENIM

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Details: Tencel Indigo Pullover c/o J.Jill, here |

At one point in style time, Canadian tuxedos were a serious faux pas, however, the times have changed and it is not stylishly acceptable to mix and match denim in one outfit. This Tencel Indigo Pullover Top is not as restricting as denim, but more lax and comfy. It is something that can be worn on a cozy day with sweats, or with your favorite pair of denim blues. I chose to style it with my favorite pair of legging jeans and broke the outfit up with a classic brown belt. I guess you can say, I’m going for a Western look–I don’t hate it! When wearing denim on denim, it’s important to style your blues appropriately. What I mean by that is, don’t try and match your denim top and bottom exactly. Go for a light and dark look. This way, you’re able to accessorize more and you won’t look overly monochromatic.

How do you feel about denim on denim? Share your style tips with me!

xx

Jackie

April 18, 2017

EASTER BEST

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This was one of the first Easter’s in a while that I was able to wear a dress without tights or a coat. It was almost too hot this weekend; a whopping 86-degrees. My Easter Sunday began with a beautiful sunrise mass with my mom and dad. It was so peaceful. This time of year is always hard because we lost a lot of loved ones in the months of March and April. Fortunately, there were signs all around us at mass, making both my mom and I laugh and cry. After mass, we prepared for Easter brunch and the egg hunt. All the little babies were in search of those bright candy filled eggs. So fun to watch! Like I said, this was one of the first Easters in a long time that I didn’t have to wear pants or a coat. I finally got to take this Floral Flounce Dress out on the town. It’s comfortable and elegant all at once. I also love how I was successfully able to hide my Easter brunch belly. Usually, when I’m at home I wear no shoes, socks or slippers, but because I recently got a pair of Dansko’s Demetra sandal and found them to be unbelievably comfortable, I was able to wear a cute stylish shoe all day long. Not even kidding. I’m surprised at how comfortable they are, given the generous height. I’m a neutral girl, so I obviously gravitated to the taupe color, but they are also available in black and brown. I haven’t stopped wearing them. I think I may have found my go-to summer sandal. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Let the flowy dress and sandal wearing weather continue :).

xx

Jackie

March 6, 2017

SPRING WEAR JUMP-START!

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Well, we had an unappreciated cold spell last week and I’m hoping for warm weather from here on out. I’ve been stocking up on spring clothes and the day that I wanted to style this asymmetrical t-shirt dress, it was far too cold for bare toes and bare legs, so I went with my OTK boots instead of wedges. I’m most excited for spring weather so that I can wear cute sundresses without having to layer or wear tights. This outfit was a bit out of my comfort zone. I don’t know that I would normally wear a spring dress with OTK boots, but I’m pleasantly surprised with how well it came together. What are you excited to wear once the warm weather stakes its claim?!

xx

Jacqueline

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

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