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May 19, 2019


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!



April 24, 2018


Details: Nordstrom Topshop Tie Front Minidress, sold out here, but similar here, here and… this isn’t similar, but I love this | Tommy Hilfiger Zappos suede heels, here |

I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful wedding this weekend and after seeing some of this year’s wedding fashions in person, I got to thinking about what’s appropriate to wear to a wedding. Things have changed, people seem to be less tied to tradition and I believe the rules of what guests can/should wear to a wedding have changed a bit. Listen, I don’t think that people should be attending a wedding dressed in white with a tiara, but do I think you can get away with ivory, floral with white accents and cream colors? Yes, yes I do. Newsflash! There is no possible way you will upstage the bride unless you decide to wear a wedding dress to a wedding that’s not yours, which would be super strange and inappropriate.  Now, just because I think neutral whites are fine to wear to a wedding doesn’t mean others do. I always feel like dressing modestly, but with some sass is the way to go (save your deep v-necks and high slits for a night out with your beau). Which is why I am SO in love with this dress. It has a beautiful modest sleeve and the tie knot in front is surprisingly flattering. The sass factor of this dress is definitely the length. It’s called a mini dress for a reason! I’m only 5’1″ so the length of this dress wasn’t a factor for me, but I do think it could look really short on someone who is 5’5″ and up. To give you some context, when I bent down I felt like a brisk breeze. Unfortunately, this dress is currently sold out, but I did link to some similar styles and I also included a super cute dress that I just happen to love. There is a possibility it will be restocked so stay tuned!



May 30, 2017


Details: Goodnight Macaroon ‘Riley’ Chambray Off the Shoulder Top, here  | Banana Republic white wide leg pants, similar here and here |

This weekend was your average weekend in New England in May–unpredictable. Friday night was beautiful and ended with a rainbow across the shoreline’s sky. Saturday was blissfully sunny with a comfortable breeze and Sunday was eh. It was hot and cold–literally. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful weekend filled with family, wine and lots of laughs. I was planning on donning my chambray off-the-shoulder top with these Banana Republic white wide leg pants. But like my dad always says: “we make plans and God laughs.” So, I resorted to a look that was much more well-suited to the weather. It doesn’t mean I love this outfit any less. I’ll just save it for a brighter day. I really love this top because it’s one of those comfortable OTS tops; it doesn’t slip off my shoulders and it’s a great length, not too short, not too long. I recently purchased these wide leg pants from Banana Republic and not only are they comfortable, but they’re so easy to wear. They look super sophisticated (and believe me, they are), but the material is practical and comfortable. It’s a cotton mix, making it a casual option that you can bring to the next level or wear with a laid back tee–the options are endless. I had all of these outfits I was wishing to wear this weekend, but I guess I jumped the gun a bit. Just because it’s the first weekend of summer to us, doesn’t mean Mother Nature agrees.



February 16, 2017


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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!



July 29, 2016


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I’m home in New Jersey for a nice long weekend and I couldn’t be more excited. Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed at work and I just needed some good ole fashion home and family time. It feels so good waking up in my bed; last night, when I walked through the door, I immediately felt relaxed. I was hoping for a sunny summer weekend by the pool, but the weather doesn’t look like it’s going to cooperate. Regardless, I’m looking forward to a weekend of rest, relaxation and some quality time with family. Similar to my weekend, this dress is the epitome of comfort and relaxation. Its loose fit makes it an ultimate go-to (especially for bloat-filled days) but its lower neckline gives it some sophistication and sex appeal. Did you have any idea this dress was from Target. I’m a bit surprised myself. I haven’t been to Target in a while, but like most, I always head to Target with the intention of buying one thing and I come out with eight articles of clothing none of which are what I went to Target for in the first place. In addition to good food and a cozy bed, I’m definitely planning on getting some shopping done while I’m home. But I guess I don’t even need to be home to do that…

Enjoy the weekend loves!



March 28, 2016


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Lately, I’ve been searching for a couple guest of the wedding, bridal shower and baby shower dresses and I just haven’t been able to find one that I like, that isn’t white. I have a tendency to go for white and cream colored dresses, which in this case,  isn’t entirely appropriate. I was participating in my typical weekend Marshall deal-hunting spree when I came across this cream-colored dress with gold metallic accents. It’s definitely not appropriate for a bridal shower or a wedding, but I really couldn’t let it go. It took a while for me to make a decision; I just didn’t know if it was entirely reasonable for me to purchase such a classy, perfectly flawless dress. Okay, who am I kidding? Of course, it was entirely necessary to have this dress in my closet. It fit perfectly and I even took the extra step in consulting my bestie, who reassured me it was a wardrobe necessity. It’s often difficult for me to find dresses that fit in length, so I was pleasantly surprised when I slipped this on and didn’t even consider a tailor. I don’t think it’s going to be difficult for me to find a reason to wear this beauty, but I do worry about keeping it clean and in good shape. It’s the type of dress that I love too much to wear. Its material is easily snagged, so I just have to be at least 300 feet away from people at all times while donning it. I have some places in mind for the summer months, if anyone has any fancy parties planned, just let me know. I’ve got a dress for it.



March 4, 2016


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This week flew by AND we’re expected to have 70-degree weather next week! Can you believe that!? So since this may be one of the last times I can cozy up in an oversized knit, I decided to go all out. Honestly, wearing such a comfy cardigan to work on a chilly day is like being hugged constantly by a teddy bear. It’s comforting and soothing. When I received this cardigan in the mail,  I wasn’t expecting it to be this big. It’s one size and is quite honestly, an intimidating article of clothing to work with. I admit, at first, I wasn’t sure I was going to keep it, but I gave it a test drive, channeled my inner Tim Gunn and “made it work.”  I have to say, we really lucked out with such a mild winter. I’m thrilled to have had coatless days in February and 70-degree temps in March. Let’s keep this going, Boston. Wear out all of your oversized knits while you still can and I guarantee no matter how large it is, you can make it work.



November 2, 2015


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I can’t believe October is over. This month was a especially crazy, with adjusting to my new city and getting a grasp on my new job. It just felt like there was no time to slow down and just enjoy the fresh air and the walk from the office to my car—the little things. For the month of November, I vow to take some time to be present, and enjoy the moment. In terms of my wardrobe, I’ve been wearing out my dark wash denim skinny jeans and it’s getting tired. My standard fall color palette needed a boost, which is why these powder gray gap jeans are the perfect inclusion to my monotonous closet. I paired them with my trusted chambray shirt and with it being coat season, layered on my treasured cocoon in sandstone.  This was the color palette I needed to get me out of my fall wardrobe funk. It’s refreshing, and breaks up the expected fall color combos. Make some bold statements this season, whether it’s as small as purchasing a  pair of lighter wash jeans than your used to, or you’re venturing far outside your comfort zone–go bold. Oh, and don’t forget to take time to be present and enjoy the moment–you never get it back.



October 28, 2015


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I’m always looking for fall dresses that can add some variety to my wardrobe. Instead of the typical LBD or belted denim jumper, I wanted something that could transition easily from work to play. When I came across this chiffon long shirt dress from YOINS, I was instantly drawn to its neutral hue and sexy slit.  It’s definitely a dress you need a slip with, so I layered it over a fitted ivory tank dress and it worked out relatively well. However, I would try to find a longer, looser slip for future wear because the fitted one kept rising. I know I’m over wearing these Primark wedge booties, but they’re too perfect not to, and while I should be giving my other shoes some love, they’re just too comfortable and perfect to take off. It’s safe to say that everyone has a favorite fall bootie they can’t get enough of, mine’s just more obvious than most. And if you’re in the market for some new fall clothes, I can’t talk enough about how reasonably price and perfect YOINS clothing is, it’s your one stop shop for all of your fall wardrobe needs.





August 17, 2015


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A while ago I read Rachael Brathen’s book Yoga Girl and recently I’ve found myself reciting some of her quotes about change, being present and letting go of people, a past, or things that are just no longer serving you. Change is hard, it’s really never easy; there’s always going to be some amount of fear when you’re making a change. I’m moving to a new city next month, and although I’m excited for a new chapter I’m scared shitless. What if it doesn’t work out the way I want it to? Or what if I hate it? I’ve been finding myself worrying about more things that could go wrong rather than all of the things that could go right. Do we all do that or is just me? This change that I’m making is not exactly planned out the way the “typical” Jackie Dunn plans things, it’s totally out of character, not organized and a bit chaotic. I’m taking a leap of faith and trusting that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. But in the midst of all the crazy that I’m making for myself, I’m feeling excited, not just about the physical move, but that I’m learning about this other part of me that I didn’t really know existed. This chaotic, unorganized, spontaneous and really fun Jackie that I’ve never met before. Sometimes I feel that my past was so calculated, so controlled, and for this moment in my life I don’t have a plan and I feel genuinely OK with that. Don’t get me wrong it’s terrifying, but I’ll be okay. This particular shoot, I was with my mom in a secluded field and I really wasn’t thinking, I was just being and laughing—livingWe consume ourselves with so many “expectations” that we see on Instagram, Facebook, TV and we actually begin to forget what it is to really live. Life 10 years ago wasn’t a highly filtered Instagram picture of a glass of wine by the ocean, it was in the basement of one of my friend’s houses making music videos, it was landlines instead of text messages and it was hardcore belly aching laughs instead of LOLs. I’m a victim of social media and sometimes I feel I can’t really escape. But in this moment I wasn’t thinking about how many likes I was going to get or if my hair looked good, I was just surrounded by silence and fresh air–it felt so good. I want to remember exactly how I felt here whenever I let the crazy get the best of me. I decided this was an ideal post for a Monday, to remind you that everyone experiences the feeling of life being too much and that taking a minute to go outside and just be, will be the smack in the face back to reality that you need. Also, sometimes I listen to this to give myself a reminder that everything’s always going to be okay (guilty pleasure).

OH and about my outfit… my cutoffs are from a super cool surf shop Brave New World in Point Pleasant, NJ my top is from Urban Outfitters and these A-MAZING slip on sneaks are Superga courtesy of J. Jill. It’s a simple look, but it’s a definitely a feel good one.

One more thing “Drink lots of water, take deep breaths and don’t take life as seriously as your mind makes it out to be”– Rachael Brathen

Happy Monday!


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