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September 4, 2019

ENJOYING THE RIDE, ONE KICKBALL GAME AT A TIME

Details: Gap Striped Tee Shirt, similar-ish here | American Eagle Mom Shorts, here (they’re on sale!)| Timberland Violet Marsh Cross Band Sandal, here

I’d love to tell you that I wore floral flowy dresses all summer with sun hats, but that would be a bold lie. Instead, I wore these high waisted mom jeans and a comfy tee pretty much every other day.  I feel like I always have such high expectations for what I’m going to wear during the summer. I typically stock my closet with romantic maxi dresses and strappy tops, and only end up wearing them once or twice during the season. This summer, I tried to be way more reasonable and practical. And even though my focus is currently on chunky knits and cozy sweatpants, I’m still keeping my summer favorites well within reach.

Enough about my summer clothing choices. Recently, I joined a kickball league with some of my friends, as well as Josh and his friends. It has been so much fun! I’ve never been a sports person, by ANY means. I was always the one in gym class who convinced my gym teacher to let me be the score keeper during floor hockey. The competition intimidated me and I lacked confidence and… coordination. Not much has changed regarding the coordination, but I do have way more confidence in owning what I don’t know and giving the game of kickball my best shot. It has been a blast, and it doesn’t hurt that there’s a free party trolley and a weekly team pregame to calm my nerves. It’s so fun supporting your friends on the field and working as a team. I’ve learned more about myself and made some friends along the way.

So whether it’s playing a sport you’ve never played, being challenged at work with a new project, or learning a new skillset, you’ll never know until you give it your best shot. Never let fear get in the way of trying something new. Even if you fail, an experience is an experience. There are valuable lessons that come out of failure. And I’m so grateful and fortunate to have people in my life who challenge and empower me to go outside my comfort zone. It makes my life so much more interesting and entertaining. The quote below is a gentle reminder to remember what is truly important: 

“Your mission: Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.” – Karen Salmansohn

Hate, regret and fear require so much energy. Energy that can be much better spent on healing yourself, empowering others and enjoying the ride. I know that I won’t be the next national kickball champion (if there even is one), but I do have some funny stories to share with new friends and old ones. Enjoy your journey and quit thinking about that ideal destination, outcome or expectation. Everything will land where it’s meant to lay. 

Happy Wednesday my friends!

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

June 12, 2019

NOT YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL OVERALL DRESS

Details: Ivory Denim Overall Dress via Forever21, here | Franco Sarto Takara Espadrille Wedge Sandals, here | Mustard Cuff-Sleeve Bodysuit via Forever21, here | Top Knot Headband via Primark, similar here|

I have yet to find a dress that I can successfully where while commuting. I’m still not sure how to combat the random subway wind gusts that swoop dresses and skirts up to your back. And you know how some people have commuting shoes, like sneakers or flip flops? That small reprieve before slipping into your pumps and clopping all over the office. Perhaps I could slip on shorts under my dress and just accept the potential stares and puzzled looks. Or do I just wing it and say, “If you see my butt, you see my butt. Keep walking. Move along.” Still unsure how I’ll handle this during the increasingly warm summer months, but as soon as I figure it out, I’ll let you know.

In case it’s not clear, I’ve stocked up on dresses this summer season. Everything from long flowy maxis to short overall dresses like this one, I’ve been a dress fiend. I LOVE this overall dress because its ivory color makes it sophisticated, while its denim fabric makes it flirty and cute. I especially love the light tortoise colored belt and buttons. I decided to try and accent them with a deep mustard bodysuit, but you can definitely style this a multitude of ways with varying colors and patterns. This is certainly a dress I’ll have to be conscious of walking up the subway steps in but I’m certain I’ll find a solution. As for accessories, did you catch my adorable top knot headband?! I can’t believe I found a headband I can semi pull off. I love this because it’s not a full circle headband, it’s a traditional one so it actually stays on my head. I got two of them at Primark and they were $4!! Too cute and this one happens to work PERFECTLY with my outfit.

So, as I continue to figure out how to successfully commute in a dress, I’ll let you know. However, if you have some tips, PLEASE let a girl know. Happy sticky commuter legs season, everyone!

xx

Jackie

May 29, 2019

(PRESS) RESET, FOR SUMMER TO BEGIN

Details: Blue Floral Dress via Marshall’s, similar here and here | Franco Sarto Takara Espadrille Wedge Sandal via DSW, here |

The unofficial start to summer was AMAZING. It was a beautiful weekend here in the northeast, with sunshine and blue skies. I spent the weekend at my parents’ beach house in Westbrook, CT where they hosted a Memorial Day picnic for my extended family on Sunday. It’s always a great feeling to reconnect with family, share any new life updates and most of all, laugh. In my opinion, laughter can cure anything. We talked about funny work stories, random embarrassing moments and everything else you share with the ones you hold closest. To me, MDW is a reset. We come out of this cold bitter winter and rainy non-existent spring, and my default we’re feeling moody, bitter and maybe a little bit discouraged. This time to reconnect is such a pleasant and perfect reminder that family is greater than everything. It’s a reminder that you have a small army of people who are ALWAYS in your corner. There’s no greater feeling than that…other than a warm blissful breeze on a sunny day and a full weekend of blue skies. I digress.

In short, I hope you’re feeling as loved and rejuvenated as I do. Take time to reconnect with the ones you love most. Hold them close, tell them an embarrassing story, share your greatest fear, but don’t let anymore time slip. After all, it’s precious.

And as for some summer style tips: Wear what feels comfortable. This breezy blue dress is a little looser fitting than many of my dresses, but it’s super comfortable and its floral pattern is perfect for everything, from a bridal shower to an outdoor shopping outing. This summer, I plan on wearing more dresses. They make me feel good and I always resort to my favorite pair of jeans or shorts. This summer is the summer of dresses. Stay tuned for more of my favorites!

xx

Jackie

August 16, 2018

FOCUS ON THE LEMON TOP

Details: Lemon front-tie top via Nordstrom Rack, similar styles below |

Summer is winding down and I’m doing my best to savor every last minute by spending time outside, hitting the beach and wearing as many sleeveless tops as possible. I have a ton of clothes that transition to fall, but this adorable lemon tie-front top is not one of them. So, you’ll absolutely catch me wearing it right up until pumpkin spice lattes are sold at Starbucks. I know I’m going to regret saying this, but I am excited for the fall season. Back to hot coffees, chunky scarves, and booties.

But I’m practicing living in the moment and learning to “Be.” So until I feel the chill air and see the leaves falling, I won’t think about booties and scarves. Instead, I’ll focus on my lemon top and let the sun tan my skin for as long as possible.

xx

Jackie

August 14, 2018

THE JUMPSUIT THAT FEELS LIKE FAMILY

Details: Wearever Full-Leg Jumpsuit, c/o J.Jill, here |

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding in Killington, Vermont. It was such a (not to sound cheesy) love-filled weekend. You know when you don’t realize you needed some quality family time until you have the best time with your family and realize it’s exactly what you needed. I left Vermont feeling so loved, and with new hilarious memories to recount with the fam. It reminded me that there are a group of equally quirky, weird, hilarious, loving, beautiful people who love me. It feels so good to have that many people in your corner, and last weekend was a huge reminder of that.

On to the outfit (I promise, it’s related). This ultra-cozy, super flattering and wear-everywhere jumpsuit is EVERYTHING. It’s so comfortable, fits like a glove (available in petite sizing), and makes me feel good about myself. Just like my family. It makes me feel confident and comfortable in my own skin. I haven’t stopped wearing it and it’s so easy to take from day to night. Wear it with a casual pair of platform sandals, or your favorite summer wedges and statement earrings–PERFECTION.

Take away from the blog post: If you’re ever feeling lost, alone or just having a bad day, remember that there are a group of equally weird, hilarious, beautiful people who love you and always will.

xx

Jackie

July 16, 2018

DRESS OBSESSED

Details: Banana Republic Tweed Stripe Asymmetrical Dress, here |

I have been on such a dress kick lately and it’s great because I’m sunkissed and eager to bear my legs. I recently went outlet shopping and picked up a few perfect summer dresses, but I also did some online shopping and purchased this perfect striped dress. This one is from my Banana Republic and it is available in PETITE. I repeat, IT IS AVAILABLE IN PETITE SIZES. Every time I find a good petite section at a store, I am instantly hooked! It’s so hard being short and wanting to style every dress, but either have to pay as much as the cost of the dress to get it altered or look awkward wearing a maxi dress that wasn’t meant to be a maxi dress. Short people problems! This asymmetrical cut threw me off a little bit because it does fall below the calf, but it looks how it’s supposed to and I love it. It’s a wear to work dress and can even be worn to a more casual summer wedding. I love the tweed fabric and the perfect accent of the bow.

Stay tuned for more dresses! I have a ton to share with you all, short and tall.

xx

Jackie

July 10, 2018

OOO UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE…JK, I WISH

Details: Essential Linen Shirt in Beechwood c/o J.Jill,  here | Cut-off denim shorts via Nordstrom Rack, similar here |

I felt so relaxed until I had to go back to work on Monday! This Fourth of July week was such a beautiful week with sunshine every day. I actually finished three books and barely looked at my phone to check work emails. That’s not completely true; I looked at my emails once a day. It’s funny because I only spent the past week with family and Josh, but I packed so many clothes “just in case we go to a dance party…or just in case we get invited to charter a yacht” LOL. Seriously, if you saw how I packed you would think I was going away to Europe for five months. I actually only ended up wearing a few garments all weekend, and most of the time I was in my bathing suit…and this linen shirt from J.Jill. I love how it doubles as an everyday top and a beach coverup. It’s so lightweight and the color is the perfect neutral shade to fit in my perfectly neutral closet. I slid on my comfy converse and pulled on my comfy cut-offs and called it a day…every day I wasn’t working.

I’m currently daydreaming about an upcoming weekend of more sun and beach bliss, but until then I will be at the office longingly looking out my window.

xx

Jackie

June 25, 2018

SALT AIR AND SEASIDE THERAPY

Details: Linen Full-Leg Seamed Crops c/o J.Jill, here | Light Essential Cardi c/o J.Jill, here

So…asking, believing and receiving beach weather didn’t really happen for me this weekend. I went to the beach, but instead of spending my days at the beach, I went outlet shopping instead…oops! I also spent some quality time with my parents and had a relaxing weekend doing everything I wanted to do…except lay out on the beach. The smell of salt air is soothing and it really is the best remedy for that post work stress. Lately, I’ve been on a comfort kick and have not stopped wearing these linen full-leg crops. They are SO comfortable and make the perfect coverup for the beach or for an evening out at your favorite seaside restaurant. I paired them with a classic tee and this adorable white gauzy cardigan. I’ve been wearing this cardigan with EVERYTHING. I love that it’s sheer, making it a little less formal than the classic solid cardigan. I am the definition of a beach bum. I can legitimately sit and lie on the beach all day from 9 to 5. I beach like it’s my job. I don’t need activities, I’ll dip in once it gets too hot, but I am perfectly content with my butt in the sand looking out into the ocean. What kind of beach person are you?

xx

Jackie

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