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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

February 12, 2018

SPREAD LOVE & WEAR HEARTS

Details: French Connection striped heart sweater, here | Black Banana Republic skirt (old), similar here | Anne Klein polka dot tights, similar here | Black Sperry boots, similar here |

Oh, February, the month of love! It’s so funny.  I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, even sans boyfriend. When I was younger, my mom always made Valentine’s Day a thing (she still does to this day). She’d make a special red or pink treat, buy me cute Valentine’s Day-themed gifts and it always felt like such a happy day to me. My mom’s Valentine’s Day gifts continued on through college and as a result, I became a Valentine’s Day ambassador myself. I don’t think Valentine’s Day needs to solely be about the love for your partner, but more about spreading love to the ones you care about. The ones who pick you up when you’re down, who make you laugh when you’re mad, the friends who listen and give advice. Take this Valentine’s Day to let all of the ones you love that you care about them and appreciate them. Yes, you should do that every day, but if you don’t already do that, let this be a reminder.

In addition to giving and getting gifts of love on Valentine’s Day, I always love to wear heart-themed clothing. I came across this French Connection sweater in Steinmart, and it had this must-have 90’s appeal. I can see Kelly Kapowski wearing this on Saved by the Bell or DJ Tanner, in her high school years. I just love it! It’s got a classic appeal to it and I decided to make it appropriate for the workplace with a fitted black skirt. The polka dot tights offer some fun and I went with booties instead of pumps to keep it casual. Now, would this be something I would wear on Valentine’s Day date night? Probably not…maybe just the sweater with some jeans; the skirt is just too work-esque for V-Day.

So, if you’ve been one of those Valentine’s Day scrooges, maybe give one of your friends a call or write a note to your parents, letting them know you appreciate them. It will go a long way.

Happy Monday loves! Spreading love and happiness your way. Own the work week and kick some butt!!

xx

Jackie

February 16, 2017

PINK OVERLOAD

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Another Valentine’s Day in the books! We didn’t plan anything and ended up going out to dinner, but it was a really great time. We share a lot of laughs and enjoyed some delicious food. It’s funny that I have all of this pink clothing and I didn’t wear ANYTHING pink on Valentine’s Day. To make up for my lack of pink on the pinkest day of the year, I’m sharing a pinked out ensemble. I layered this Brushed-Twill Hooded jacket over a white tee and slipped on some boyfriend jeans and these super vibrant Superga carnation-print sneakers–how fun! I was really excited to style this outfit because it got me in the mood for spring clothing. After this most recent blizzard, I’d be happy if I never saw my snow boots again.  I can’t wait to wear light-weight jackets like this one and not have to wear socks–spring, where are you? I love this jacket because it’s cuter than your typical windbreaker but more casual than a trench. It will be perfect for cool nights walking to yoga and breezy days strolling Castle Island. Now, I don’t feel so bad for not wearing pink on Valentine’s Day. I’ll be sure to wear enough pink for the both of us!

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

February 10, 2017

GOING CAJ’ FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

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The day of love is right around the corner, and I’m sharing some cozy casual looks that are perfect for a date night with your one and only or a night out with your Galentines. Considering we just experienced our first blizzard of the season, I decided to go with comfortable looks, that involve pants–haha! This tie-front pullover from J.Jill is perfect because it’s as sophisticated for a date night, but casual enough for a movie night with your girlfriends. I paired it with light joggers and some neutral pumps to make it a bit more dressy. So, instead of rocking that body-con red dress, take it easy this Valentine’s Day and get cozy with this pullover–it’s worth it, I promise!

xx

Jacqueline

February 10, 2016

MY VALENTINE

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“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.”- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

With Valentine’s Day upon us, I decided to share with you some insight into the one who holds my heart. I’m not going to bore you with how we met or what we think of each other. I just thought it would be fun to go a little deeper than my standard outfit posts and share with you some things I’ve learned about myself from my relationship. Those who know Josh and me, know that we’ve had our fair share of bumps in the road. We’ve been dating for 7 years, and while that seems like such a long time, you have to understand we started dating when we were 18 years old. There’s a lot that needs to happen in your life from the ages of 18 to 26. It’s a crucial time for self-discovery and a time where you haven’t fully accepted yourself or understand who you even are. During our seven year relationship, we spent some time apart. Necessary time apart. Two years time apart. And while we weren’t in a relationship, we couldn’t comprehend the thought of not hanging out, talking or just being involved in each other’s lives. I think that’s what made it so hard. We were friends before anything else and we could “turn off” being Facebook official ‘in a relationship’, but we couldn’t turn off caring for one another or wanting to be there for each other. I was vulnerable and broken when we met and I think I really just needed time to get to know myself better. It’s so easy to let yourself become consumed with the idea of being in a relationship, so much that you lose sight of who you are. I changed a lot while we were dating, and I remember my mom telling me before I left for college, (the first of many bouts of long distance Josh and I would see)  “you’ll either grow together or you’ll grow apart.” She couldn’t have said it any better. We could’ve broken up; a clean break, goodbye, but we knew there was something worth sticking around for. Whether we were going to get back together or not, there was a friendship that was not to be lost. And we grew together, even if it hurt like a bitch, we didn’t want to miss out on each other’s accomplishments, study abroad experiences or drunken college night stories.

I  love the person that Josh has become.  There are qualities in him that I admire and I look up to him in a lot of ways. We’re really quite different; he’s soft-spoken, I’m outspoken, he acts logically, I act on emotion, he uses the left side of his brain for his job and I use the right. I could go on, but one of the many things  we have in common is that we both want one another to succeed. He’s not just my boyfriend and best friend. He’s my career coach, my emotional punching bag, my (unwilling, but willing) photographer, my voice of reason and the one person that can tell me what I’m actually thinking or feeling when I just can’t quite put it into words. I think the quote above resonates so much for me because it’s just so true. A soul mate isn’t your ‘other half’, you’re a whole person; a soul mate is the one who shows you who you are and makes you realize your own potential so that you can work toward being the best person you can be. I’m sure we’ll see some more bumps, smaller bumps, but definitely some bumps, and I’m okay with that. We still have a lot of growing up to do and I’m ready to enjoy the ride.

(Although it appears that Josh took these photos willingly, it was a battle. Josh was not harmed in the making of this post and received brunch as compensation.)

x

Jacqueline

 

 

February 13, 2015

KEEP IT CASUAL

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Details: ZARA chino pants, similar here | Banana Republic black and white grid peplum knit, here |

Going out on Valentine’s Day this year is going to be difficult, especially since I’ll be in New England. With freezing temps and the impending snow, I’d prefer to just cuddle up in my onesie. But I’m no quitter, so instead of throwing in the towel on a Valentine’s Day outfit I decided to create a more casual look. This cozy peplum knit paired with pink chinos is ideal because while the sweater’s feminine silhouette makes it sophisticated and sweet, the pants add a necessary element of Valentine’s Day flair.

Whether you decide to keep it casual or take it up a notch, I know you’re all going to look AMAZING!

Happy Valentine’s Day beauties!

xx

Jackie

February 11, 2015

RED DRESS READY

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Details: H&M dress in wine, similar here | chunky black and gold statement necklace, similar here |

Grown up Valentine’s Day is fun and all, I mean there’s chocolate, food, and a cozy cuddle buddy. BUT there are some downfalls– for the coupled up, it means fixed menus, over-priced entrees, a need to find some kind of gift, I mean how creative can you get with a box of chocolates? And for the singles, as much as you try to, you can’t ignore the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day. Window displays are filled with hanging hearts and red dresses, coffee shops are selling those adorably delicious heart shaped cookies and you’re just like WHY ME!?

It’s ok let’s breathe, take moment, and return to our childhood years where everyone received a Valentine AND candy. They were not so secretly delivered to your own heart decorated shoe box while you were getting high on sugar all day, only to return home to well received hugs from your forever Valentines–Mom and Dad, BLISS.

Well today while reminiscing over the simpler days, I resorted to a more conservative and subdued Valentine’s Day look. This wine colored long sleeve dress reminds me of my childhood dresses (minus the low neckline). It’s simple and classic making it bearable to wear out in these freezing temps. I paired it with a chunky statement necklace and decided to call it a day. It’s a perfect no fuss look, and one that will win over your love bug.

Chin up! Valentine’s Day isn’t so bad, just find a cuddle buddy and some wine…or just wine

 

February 9, 2015

FOR THE LOVE OF ROMPERS

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Details: hot pink romper purchased locally, similar option here | Tweed h&m blazer, here  | Carrano black mules, here |

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I decided to devote my posts this week to the colors of love and romance. So, for today’s Valentine’s Day look I went bold with this hot pink romper. For those that know me, know that I love a good romper—they’re comfortable and flirtatious making them a definite Valentine’s Day favorite. Layered with a blazer it’s immediately office appropriate, slip it off, add a statement necklace and be on your way to meet your sweetheart for drinks–PERFECTION.

Whether your spending your Valentines day with your Galentines, or that special someone, you’ll find no fault in slipping on your favorite romper.

xx

Jacqueline

 

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