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February 25, 2019

BRIT IN TRAINING

Details: Sam Edelman One Button Blue Wool Coat, (sold out) similar here | Oxford Platforms via Amazon, here | Banana Republic Devon Pant,here|Striped Mock-Neck Turtleneck via Amazon, here |

I can’t really tell you why, and I’m certain I’m not the only one, but I’ve always been starstruck by the Brits, you know, our friends from across The Pond. I think it’s mostly the fact that they can wear absolutely ANYTHING, and sound so incredibly eloquent and smart. I can’t say I’ve ever really met many unpolished Brits, but then again, I haven’t met many Brits at all. I’m obviously making generalizations, but let me have this. Growing up, and when I first became interested in the world of fashion, I was in LOVE with Burberry. I wanted this Burberry bag so badly and my mom ended up getting it for me for Christmas, but it had some sort of defect and I wasn’t able to get another one after I already returned it. I still think about that bag to this day. Pathetic, I know. Even when Burberry had its identity crisis or fell off the high fashion wagon, I still had an infatuation with its heritage and culture. I even wrote a case study on how in the UK Burberry’s reputation was tarnished by Chavs, a UK stereotype of antisocial youths i.e. troublemakers. This subculture of youths began wearing Burberry, bringing the brand down a few pegs. I remember being so into that paper, I didn’t want to turn it in, I wanted to keep writing and help come up with ideas on how it can rebrand, get its classic image back. Oh, my sophomore year of college self…how naive.

Today, there are so many affordable UK retailers I find myself gravitating to, and it’s not just the styles offered. I always find the quality to be upstanding and the fit to work for me. ASOS, TopShop, Boohoo, Boden, to name a few. Recently, I started working for a UK company and had the privilege of going to London to meet my counterparts. It is as picturesque as I imagined and the streets were filled with stylish Brits (considerably more stylish than the streets of Boston, insert eyeroll). I kept seeing women walking the streets in powder blue wool coats. I instantly became OBSESSED, which is not uncommon for me. I’m not sure if it was an actual cultural trend, or just coincidence but I was mesmerized. When my mom asked how London was, I said how vast yet charming the city is and how I really needed to get my hands on a powder blue wool coat. That never happened. Instead, I brought back souvenirs from Harrod’s, how #basic, I know. I am not ashamed. However, I was pleasantly surprised to receive the perfect coat from my mom on Christmas. It fits like a glove and I love the one button closure.

After returning from London, I made it my mission to convince one of my British colleagues to teach me how to be British. I am certain that this is a lost cause, but I’m putting my best foot forward and giving it a shot. Right now, I can successfully say peanut butt-ah, in a British accent. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Zucchini is called Courgette
  2. Eggplant is called Aubergine
  3. Pickles are called Gherkins
  4. It’s egg mayo sandwich NOT egg salad, and it’s quite honestly just egg and mayo
  5. Girl Scouts are Girl Guides
  6. Cookies are Biscuits
  7. Being obsessed with reality tv is SO not British
  8. Wearing a wool blue coat does not instantly make you British

I’m still in the early stages of training, but I’m clearly off to a good start!

See you for tea!

xx

Jackie

January 2, 2019

2019: CAR COATS + A SUGAR DETOX

           

Going back to work after 10-14 days off feels like an actual slap in the face. I don’t even know how to function normally. I don’t often sleep in, but over break, I slept well until 8:30-9a.m., and now I’m afraid I won’t be able to make my usual 6:15 a.m. wake up call. Someone help! Not to mention, the weather is expected to get a little chillier these next couple weeks, and I’m far from prepared for that. And while my typical OOTD on vacation consisted of leggings, no makeup, and a chunky sweater, I did try to spruce it up a bit, in an effort to feel more productive. One of my coziest and most put-together staples is this reversible camel and grey wool car coat. It IS everything. It’s not stiff or overbearingly heavy like your average wool coat. Instead, it is more like a more substantial cardigan with pockets and a more esteemed collar. It’s light enough to layer with chunky turtlenecks, sweaters, and the perfect flowy button-up like the one styled. Lately, I’ve been resorting to these suede block heels, but I recently purchased some low, neutral suede booties that will look equally as good, but a little more casual.

I’m thinking my first day back to the office tomorrow will consist of my stretchiest most acceptable pants, a loose tee, and the chunkiest/coziest knit I could find. Sounds good, right? Wish me luck as I head back to work, detox from sugar and try not to drink more than three cups of coffee in the first two hours of work.

Cheers to 2019! I haven’t made any resolutions yet. Thinking of setting some goals, though. TBD!

xx

Jackie

December 18, 2018

THE AMERICAN MEME & TEDDY BEAR COATS

Details: Tiger Mist Teddy Jacket, currently sold out  similar jacket from Gap, here |

I’m currently watching American Meme on Netflix, and if you haven’t already, you need to check it out. It’s super interesting and entertaining. It’s actually slightly alarming that the memes, social media and influencers have become such a huge part of the American culture, and to be able to watch the evolution of social media and the rise of these influential, insta-famous influencers is INSANE. I remember when I was interning at an online subscription beauty box doing social media my first year out of college, and I was talking to my boyfriend and his family discussing whether or not social media would last and if the rise of influencers is actually something to seriously consider as a career/part of marketing. Immediately, my bf and his family laughed and said it would likely fizzle out. I hesitantly agreed…that was six years ago and social media has only evolved and grown. As a marketing professional, it’s so interesting to watch, learn and navigate through this brand new age of marketing.

Okay. Now that I’m done plugging American Meme, let’s talk about this comfy cozy teddy coat that I purchased from Nordstrom at the beginning of the winter season. I’m not sure I need to really sell this must-have since it’s not only super cozy and necessary for the winter season, but it’s stylish and not easy to wear since it’s not as bulky. It’s been so cold in Boston lately that I would even wear this under my puffer coat since I’m always so cold in the office…and in general. It’s also roomy enough for you to wear a relatively thick layer underneath. If you live in a mild climate this could potentially serve as your mid-winter coat. I also feel like I’m channeling my inner JLO with this outfit, straddling the crosswalk in the streets of South Boston, aka “my block.” I’m definitely less JLO and more nameless Hallmark movie character trying to master her best urban wear/big city outfit. Introduce me to a hometown flannel wearing hero and put a bow on it…Happy Holidays! 

xx

Jackie 

December 10, 2018

COLD WINTER, HOT…PINK

Details: J. Crew Tissue Turtleneck T-Shirt, here | Madewell High- Rise Skinny Jeans in Black Sea, here | Sam Edelman Black Block Heels, similar here

As you probably know by now, I tend to gravitate to neutrals i.e. taupes, brown, beige, ivory etc., especially during the fall and winter months. However, I’ve realized that adding some color to your wardrobe opens the door to new outfit possibilities. I don’t know if it’s just me, but have you noticed the increase in hot pink clothing in your favorite stores lately? I’ve never been a pink person, I mean I love the neutral pinks, but I’ve never gravitated to hot pink clothing. This season, it’s everywhere and I am seriously loving it. I don’t believe I’ll ever go as far as Kameron on Real Housewives of Dallas with her pink sparkle dog food, but I already have several hot pink pieces in my closet, including this ultra comfy and lightweight hot pink turtleneck from J. Crew. The material is very thin and lightweight which is a nice change to my usual chunky knits. And instead of slipping on my usual booties, I decided to bare some foot skin and slid on my favorite pair of black block heels. They are SO comfortable and go with just about everything, including something as casual as these distressed pair of denim. 

In terms of what’s going on in my life, I just returned from a work trip to London, and you know all those movies like Love Actually, The Holiday and Peter Rabbit? Yea. It’s exactly like that. I don’t know that there’s anything better than exploring a new city in a different country, no less. More on that later. Stay tuned!

xx

Jackie

November 14, 2018

COAT SZN, FTW

Details: SheIn Houndstooth Coat, similar here | Aerie Real Soft Ribbed Turtleneck, here| Dadawen via Amazon, Platform Lace-Up Oxfords, here 

It’s officially coat season and if you ask Josh, he would tell you that I’m the coat queen. I do have way too many coats and Josh always insists I start purging some,  but what if I need a hot pink semi-warm coat to get me through the fall and winter season!? Here in Boston, there really is such a short window of opportunity to wear them since they’re not exactly the warmest. This houndstooth coat is one of my favorites, but it’s more of a “fashion” coat, almost like a blazer. I feel like I could maybe wear this coat as an actual coat during the last week of September and maybe two to three weeks in October lol. Right now, we’re experiencing super cold mornings and chilly evenings, so as much as I would love to look like a fashionista sporting my stylish coats I like to be warm more. You will see me in my puffer coat with both buttons buttoned at the top, looking like a caterpillar in a cocoon. It’s not fashion, but it is toasty. My other favorite fall/winter must-have are these Aerie turtlenecks. I’ve always been a huge fan of the turtleneck, and this season Aerie has introduced these ribbed form-fitting turtleneck tops in (almost) every color you can imagine. I have them in this popping Holiday Red color, a kelly green, white and a rich wine/burgundy color. I LOVE them. They are the perfect layering piece and, who are we kidding, a turtleneck says sophistication, just ask Ron Burgundy. As for shoes, I’m all about comfort. Surprise, surprise, right? I hate to rip off designer styles and brands, but the one shoe style I’ve always loved are the Stella McCartney platform wingtip lace-up loafers. Like any millennial with no money, I went to Amazon and found these perfect imitations. These are so comfortable and they look awesome, IMO. So until the snow is falling, I’ll be rocking these and hopefully some cuter coats…if Mother Nature will allow.

xx

Jackie

January 22, 2018

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MOCK NECK SWEATER

Details: Nordstrom Rack John & Jenn Instaria Mock Neck Sweater, here | Madewell High-Rise Skinny Jeans in black sea, here | Black Mule Pumps (old), similar here 

We’re seeing spring-like temps here in Boston, but I’m not convinced it’s sticking around. I know I’ve been MIA lately, and that’s mostly because it has been so difficult to get motivated with these dark, cold winter days. I’ve been wearing a combination of over-sized sweaters and denim on repeat, and one of my favorites is this grey and black mock neck sweater from Nordstrom Rack. I love how it looks on and instead of pairing it with my typical wedge booties, I decided to whip out my black mule pumps to add a level of sass and sophistication. I really love how sleek and sexy this look is with the added touch of some ripped jeans and skin-bearing pumps…it truly makes such a difference.

I’m trying to get back on track with my blog. It’s been so difficult to get motivated, and while I have some photos in my arsenal, I just haven’t been motivated enough to find the time. I’ve realized that I haven’t been putting my all into this and it’s showing. As a resolution, I’m going to be a concerted effort to be more consistent and add some more personal touches to blog, in an effort to let you into my life. That being said, I’m making some changes and will be focused on getting back to a more consistent schedule. This is more for me than anything. I’ve really enjoyed blogging and it’s something I’ve become super passionate about but it’s difficult to keep things consistent while balancing an extremely demanding job.

Now that I got that off my chest, I’m wishing you all a warm week and a successful one. Kick ass, babes!

xx

Jackie

 

December 28, 2017

THE DRESS FOR WINTER

Details: c/o Banana Republic Fit-and-Flare Dress, here | Nude patent leather pumps, similar here |

Like many, I find it difficult to wear dresses in the winter months. I mean, not only am I as pale a tube of toothpaste, but so many dresses are sleeveless and I don’t really like to layer a cardigan on many dresses, it can look a bit frumpy. Needless to say, I don’t invest in winter dresses unless it makes sense and this baby blue dress is worth the investment. Not only is it super comfortable, the fit is sophisticated and classy AND it has sleeves. When I put this on, I thought: “If Kate Middleton were to come to the U.S. and had to find a last minute dress, this one would be on the top of her list.” It’s elegant and modest with a certain flair. I paired it with my favorite nude pumps, but it could look just as perfect with a colorful or metallic pump or even a sheer pair of tights to protect your legs from the cold. When I’m not cuddled in oversized knits, you’ll find me wearing this perfect-for-winter dress.

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

November 28, 2017

A HOLIDAY SEASON MUST-HAVE

Details: Nordstrom/Chelsea28 Off the Shoulder dress, here |

The holiday season is finally here and that means Hallmark Christmas movies, over-eating and festive dresses. I always purchase dresses during this time of year and I constantly tell myself: “I’m going to wear this every year. It’s timeless and so perfect.” But what do I end up doing? Purchasing several new dresses along with new shoes and makeup, only to do it all again next season. I’m aware that it’s an unhealthy vicious cycle, but there are worse things in the world. Anyway, I actually purchased this dress for a September wedding…SEE! More than one use! I love it because it’s laid back with bare shoulders, but it’s formal fit and flare bell sleeves make it sophisticated and irresistibly sweet. Oh, and a side note, two women who attended the same wedding were wearing the same dress, but in black. While I like the black, it just doesn’t do it for me. A dress fit this stunning deserves a vibrant color. Not only is it available in this eye-popping red, but there’s also a stunning emerald green…perfect for this time of year! One thing I was concerned about when I purchased this beauty, was if it would slip on and off my shoulders and make me uncomfortable and frustrated. I can honestly say, I’ve never encountered a more secure off-the-shoulder top or dress, and I’m not kidding. It’s tightly fitted, but not restrictive and it is SO comfortable. I could wave my hands in the air without any pulling, pinning or primping–total perfection!

If you haven’t gotten your holiday outfits already, I highly suggest that you get your hands on this dress! Be bold and go for red or green… or BOTH!

Happy holiday dress shopping! Tell me: what are your favorite holiday season duds?!

xx

Jackie

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