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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

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 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 14, 2017

SIMPLE & SHOULDERLESS

Details: TJ MAXX One Clothing off-the-shoulder mustard top, here  |

Off-the-shoulder tops and distressed denim have been my go-to summer staples all summer long. Every time I walk into Marshall’s, I seem to walk out with yet another, off-the-shoulder top. This one is a favorite because it’s super lightweight and loose fitting. It’s the season to be sans bra, and I love a top that allows me to feel free. I’ve had these boyfriend jeans for about 4 years and I haven’t found another pair I like half as much. Especially for the summer months! Enjoy the last month of summer by baring your shoulders in your favorite OFTS tops :).

xx

Jackie

July 24, 2017

THE DRESS FOR EVERY OCCASION

Details: Lauren Ralph Lauren Off-the-Shoulder striped dress c/o Macy’s, here |

I don’t think I’ve acquired enough off-the-shoulder clothing this summer…seriously. I just can’t get enough of baring my shoulders! Regardless of if it’s a romper, top or dress, I’m not picky. If my shoulders are bare and it looks cute, consider it in my closet. So you can understand that when I saw this Lauren Ralph Lauren navy/white striped off-the-shoulder dress, I was eager to get my hands on it. First of all, it’s cotton, making it super easy to dress up with a sleek pony and statement earrings, or dress down with loose waves and a fresh face…the options are endless. I’m a fan of nautical style; it’s timeless and sophisticated. I added a pop of color and on-trend twist with these yellow on-trend drop earrings. In fact, I love them so much that I have them in several colors; I literally couldn’t help myself. If you’re looking for a dress to get you through copious summer barbecues, bridal showers and/or weekend girls nights out, this is the one for you. It’s available now at Macy’s and you know you still have a ton of statements to make this summer!

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

April 20, 2017

MORE SUN HATS LESS SUNBURNS

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No matter what I do, when I go to the beach for the first time of the season, my scalp gets burnt. I usually carry a ratty worn baseball cap, or get creative and tie a shirt around my head, but that’s just not cute. I’ve started to take the sun seriously. Skin cancer runs in my family and I haven’t been so kind to my skin over the years. My high school years were spent at the tanning salon (hello, I’m from New Jersey), and I often wore the absolute minimum SPF while crisping my skin. I wisened up (a little) when I went to college, and now I wear nothing less than 30 SPF. I’ve also become very conscious of my scalp because it’s hard to see the damage that’s being done. Now that I have this cute and comfortable chambray sun hat from J.Jill, I don’t have to worry about looking silly while I’m spending the day outside enjoying the sun. As for my all white look, I broke out last year’s Banana Republic white denim wide leg pants and I picked up this cold shoulder top from Marshall’s. It’s actually a body suit, which makes it even more amazing. You don’t have to worry about it become untucked or looking out of place–it’s one of my favorite new purchases!  Now, it’s your turn to pick up a cute sun hat, slather on the SPF and put a classic all white look together, it is spring after all.

xx

Jackie

 

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