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October 17, 2016

THE GAME-CHANGING DRESS

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As the fall weather settles in, I’m  gathering my favorite pieces to prepare for the full transition. I’ve always been a fan of turtlenecks. Not only are they cozy and comfortable, but I like how they frame your face. Is that weird? Anyway, to break up wardrobe monotony, I always like to have a few staple dresses on hand for the fall season. Some dresses are more comfortable than others and sometimes it’s difficult to wear a dress when it’s cold out because, let’s face it, that cozy sweater and stretch denim pants feel so much better. And don’t get me started on tights. Recently, I’ve felt like a stuffed sausage in them, not to mention it makes wearing dresses a small task. However, this long sleeve turtleneck dress from J.Jill’s Pure Jill Luxe Tencel collection is the coziest dress you’ll find all season. It’s ultra soft and I cinched the waist a bit with this colorblock belt from Fossil. It breaks up the solid color and adds sophistication to this comfy casual dress. J.Jill’s Pure Jill Luxe Tencel collection consists of a variety of sweaters, pants, tunics and dresses that are all made of an exclusive fabric blend (tencel/poly/spandex), that is fluid and lightweight with an incredible hand feel. Tencel® is a natural botanic fiber, more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen – because of these properties even those with sensitive skin can wear this fabric with ease. This collection launches this week, on October 20th, so if you’re looking for cozy fall staples just hang on until Thursday and stock up on these comfy garments.

xx

Jacqueline

October 3, 2016

‘STRANGER THINGS’ INSPIRED

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You know those sweaters from the 70’s, the ones with the crochet patterns that stretch across the shoulders? You know, the ones most recently on Stranger Things? Yeah, those. Well, I’m a huge fan of 70’s style and this Cambridge Fair Isle Pullover c/o J.Jill has me swooning. First of all, the fit is flawless. It’s just the right length and it’s super soft and cozy. I paired it with my favorite pair of jeans, but I have plans to style it with a skirt and layer it over a chambray shirt. I think some people tend to shy away from bold sweaters like this one because it’s not your typical solid color sweater and that’s what makes it great. This fall, I challenge you to wear something bold and feel confident in it. That’s difficult, I know, but when you do it once and realize you can own it, then you can wear just about anything–no joke! Go on, and share you bold, out of the box styles with me :).

xx

Jacqueline

September 20, 2016

OLDIES & NEWBIES

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Lately, I’ve  let work get the best of me and after a beautiful weekend spent at Kripalu I realized how much I stress over things that don’t matter and won’t matter in the long term. I struggled this weekend with remaining mindful. I don’t think I’ve ever had a job where I didn’t bring work home, and this one is no different. Even if I’m not physically working when I get home, I’m thinking constantly about what needs to be done or what could’ve gone more smoothly had I done something differently. Regardless, those thoughts are not important and only interfere with my present moments. We all have things to work on and I need to be more cogniscant of the things that aren’t necessarily serving me. Anyway! I always talk about I have NO clothes and while that is definitely NOT the case, I think sometimes I purchase things in the moment that I may not end up wearing more than twice. This isn’t the proper way to shop, and I’m fully aware, but it’s the reality of my not so cute shopping habits. However, this outfit includes two oldies but goodies: my Banana Republic graphic tee (this saying will never go out of style) and my distressed denim ZARA pants. My new loves in this photo, that will certainly become oldies but goodies, are these A-MAZING wedge booties from DSW and this long Merino wool TAHARI vest from Marshall’s. To me, wedge booties will never go out of style. My wedges from last season are literally destroyed because I couldn’t stop wearing them. And just like those, they go with everything and are unbelievably comfortable. Now, excuse me while I’ll get my coffee on.

xx

Jacqueline

July 26, 2016

POISED IN PAISLEY

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I can’t say I’m your typical preppy paisley girl, but when I came across this layered paisley dress with vibrant tangerine, pink and red colors accented by a rich royal blue. Unlike most J. Jill dresses this one is an ideal length because it’s just short enough to be sexy but long enough to remain sophisticated. It kind of gives me some retro-inspired vibes and I’m sure you can tell by now how much I love retro looks. I can say with certainty that this dress can LITERALLY be worn everywhere for nearly any occasion. I’ve worn it to work, out with friends and even to a recent outdoor wedding. It’s my go-to and on days when I’m lazy and feel like I have NOTHING to wear, this dress serves as an easy option—it does all the work for me. My dress of the summer–now go get yours!

xx

Jacqueline

July 21, 2016

HAIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW

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So, this past weekend I did something I never thought I would do. I cut my hair. Yes, that’s right my long locks were getting admittedly straggly and my hair felt much like straw. I told myself when I moved to Boston that I would still remain true to my hairdresser in New Jersey and until now I’ve been remaining true, but I was worried that if I went any longer without a trim, I’d be in trouble. So, when I went to visit my parents at the beach in CT, I decided to get a trim. A two-inch trim that is. I was in shock when I left the salon, but my hair feels much healthier. Guys, I know it’ll grow back, but I just have to me melodramatic about it because if I wasn’t that would be too unlike me. I’m still getting used to styling it. I asked her to cut it bluntly so that when I get back to Jersey  I can have Jenny work her magic. So while taking photos this weekend was trying because I was dreaming of my locks, I will say this Summer Garden scarf poncho really turned my mood around. It’s hard not to look and feel great in it. It’s light-weight and includes a fun variety of pop colors. I paired it with these (newly purchased) white denim flare jeans from, Banana Republic and I can say I felt a bit retro. I often find myself dressing in 70’s inspired attire–I don’t hate it. Unfortunately, I won’t be at  my usual beach spot this weekend, but I fully intend to continue my summer mission, of laying lifeless on the beach. This poncho makes for the perfect post-beach outfit, and while I’ll probably have to ditch the long pants this weekend, it looks just as perfect with white or traditional denim shorts. Stay tuned and enjoy the heat while you still can!

xx

Jacqueline

 

July 1, 2016

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND-WEAR

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I’m so ready for this holiday weekend! I love 4th of July weekend and unlike past years, I won’t be with my family,  instead, I will be down in PA with Josh’s fam. While I really love being at the beach with my family, I’m excited to spend some quality time with those I haven’t seen and I do enjoy lake life every once in a while. Let’s put it this way,  as long as I’m basking the sun or splashing in a body of water, I’m as happy as a clam. Last year, I went bold with my 4th of July look and sported a full-on American flag button down from Urban Western Wear (one that may have been perceived as obnoxious). However, this year, I decided to go with a somewhat subtle look. I recently picked up two of these racer front/ high neck camis and I absolutely love wearing them during these ever-so-frequent hot summer days.  Not only are they  flattering, but you can go braless without any issues. Sans bra is what summer is all about! As you can probably tell,  I’ve fallen in love with American Eagle’s Artist Crop white denim pants. They are the ideal length for my short stature and I love the cut-off fringe at the ankles–super on-trend! I think I may even have to purchase a second pair. Now, let me get back to packing! Enjoy this fabulous weekend with friends, family and hot dogs!

xx

Jacqueline

 

June 27, 2016

FEELIN’ THE FLORALS

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Why do the weekends go by so fast? Lucky for me, I spent the weekend at the beach with my parents and it felt good to relax and soak in the sun. I found myself reminiscing over the summers spent there with my beach friends and how few worries and responsibilities filled my head. Instead, I was most concerned about my tan and the boys of course! I miss those days so much that my heart hurts. I know that sounds silly, but it’s hard growing up and letting go of such great times. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m very much enjoying my life right now, I just miss the carelessness of summer when you’re younger. There’s nothing to worry about and your days are spent bike riding to the pool then to the beach then back to the pool–it’s just simple and perfect. In an effort to make Monday a decent day, I decided to take on this bright floral linen dress from J.Jill. Just by looking at it, it makes you smile. It’s also super comfy and better yet, it has pockets! I’m always torn about which seasons I like dressing for; if you had asked me last year I know I would’ve said fall, but for some reason, I’m loving all of the summer styles this year. Everything is bright, off the shoulder and light-weight. If this cheerful linen dress doesn’t make you smile, then just focus on the upcoming long holiday weekend we have to look forward to! We can get through these responsibilities and all of these Mondays to come!

P.S. Happy Birthday to my amazing little mom who took two weeks worth of outfit photos this weekend–LOVE!

xx

Jacqueline

 

November 27, 2015

BLACK FRIDAY WEAR

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Details: Buttoned back pullover in Spruce c/o J. Jill, here | Primark work boots, similar here |

Happy Black Friday! This is the first year I didn’t go Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving night. I know, I know, Thanksgiving is for family time and not meaningless sales. But to be honest I never went BF shopping for the sales, I went for the experience and thus it became a new Thanksgiving tradition. It’s less stressful when you’re not pining for a product and aren’t involved in the crazy stampede into Target. I have to say, it is prime people watching. Despite all of the craziness, I do plan on taking advantage of some sales today; mostly online, but I’m determined to get my fix of people watching by browsing some of my favorite stores.  And a shopping day calls for a comfortable outfit, which is why I’m wearing my simple crewneck buttoned back pullover, favorite pair of jeans, and these ultra comfy Primark work boots. Seriously, if you’re building out your sweater selection head over to J. Jill, they have a sweater for everyday of the week (I’m serious) and everything is 30% off today, online and in store. On your mark, get set….SHOP!

x

Jacqueline

October 21, 2015

SOCK GAME STRONG

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As much as I love fall and all of the layers it brings, I always find myself wearing the same black or denim pants with some variation of a sweater. It gets tired, and while I can assure you I’m not at that point yet, I am always wracking my  brain for ways that I can incorporate a mini or a dress into the fall mix. I’ve had this one for almost a year now, and wasn’t able to get much use out of it, but it’s been revived and I decided to pair it with some knee high socks. Unfortunately, knee high socks don’t get the recognition they deserve, and many resort to them as a cozy comfort-wear option, but trust me, they’re making a comeback. What’s not to love? They break up the monotony of an outfit, keep you warm, AND give your tired black boots something to work with. If you’re considering incorporating some knee highs into your fall wardrobe, I suggest you head over to Chrissy’s Knee High Socks for inspiration. They have everything, from party starting doughnut patterns to classic argyle— covering all individual styles and personalities. Get your sock game on!

xx

Jacqueline

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