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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

November 12, 2018

TRIP TO SAN DIEGO

This has taken me a little longer than I wanted it to, but I’ve been meaning to share my recent trip to San Diego with you guys. Josh and I went to San Diego the second week of October for an award ceremony for Josh’s job. It was five full days of exploring this beautiful city. From taco restaurants to the zoo, we did it all…or at least tried to.

We arrived to San Diego at 12 p.m. on Friday and decided to explore immediately. In San Diego, scooters litter the streets, BIRDs and Limes galore. Me, I could do without a scooter but of course, Josh could not get enough of them. Once we got some food in our stomach at this really cool Mexican Restaurant, La Puerta. Super relaxed and low key restaurant with good food and a fun vibe. And yes, after we ate, we went scootering but not for long. We continued our exploring to the Gas Lamp Quarter where we found another spot to enjoy the city and get some drinks, at American Junkie. And it just so happens that D-list reality TV star James Kennedy was expected to be DJing that night. In the morning and afternoons, American Junkie is a chill relaxed restaurant with sports games blaring on several TVs and an awesome outdoor seating area, perfect for people watching. However, at night, it turns into a club. Enter James Kennedy. We didn’t stay to wait for him, but I did shamelessly take a photo of the sign the hostess was creating. Not sorry.

As we were walking back to our hotel, we decided to peruse The Embaracadero Marina Park, it was on our list but Josh was also eyeing another scooter and as you can imagine, the park is the perfect place to scoot (is that a thing/verb?). It’s a really cool low key area right on the water with various walkways and grass to sprawl out and relax. Next to the park is The Seaport Village which consists of a bunch of touristy shops and restaurants. It’s right on the water and it’s a beautiful place to stroll through, definitely recommend!

The next morning we woke up early and headed back to the Gaslamp Quarter and decided to try our luck with a Saturday morning brunch spot. Josh and I are both foodies, so we’re not particularly fussy when it comes to new places. We stopped at Cafe 21, mostly because the outside decorations were oh-so Instagram worthy. It’s actually an organic, gluten-free eatery and it is DELICIOUS. Josh and I eat gluten like it’s our job, and as I said, we don’t seek out places, we just kind of go wherever feels right. This was one of our favorite meals! I ordered the Turkey Benedict which consisted of a spinach and feta bread pudding base, topped with turkey, a poached egg and cranberry jam. OMG. It. Was. Incredible. I was a little iffy on the combination, but it was so delicious and so fresh; literally drooling thinking about it right now. Josh got the Shrimp Corn Cakes, which included poached eggs, Kennebec potato, wild shrimp, sweet corn, mozzarella, cilantro cream sauce and, fried basil. I had a taste and it was good, but we both agreed my meal was the best. I also got a perfect cappuccino to complement my meal–AMAZE.

After brunch, we headed to the USS Midway Museum. This maritime museum located downtown and consists of the aircraft carrier Midway. The ship includes an extensive amount of aircraft, many of which were built in Southern California. It was super fun exploring the carrier and learning more about the aircraft it houses. We probably spent two and a half hours there–definitely a must-see in San Diego.

From the Midway, we headed to Coronado to visit the famous Hotel Del for lunch. It is BEAUTIFUL and filled with history.

Info about the hotel ^^^

We ate at Sheerwater, which was way overpriced and not anything amazing. It wasn’t bad, it just could have been better. We were there mostly for the amazing scenery and that did NOT disappoint. Definitely a place worth visiting when in San Diego.

We strolled the beach. It’s huge and so beautiful. It was the perfect beach day, but it was on the chillier side. If we had more time, I would be living at this beach all week. Oh, and people carved sand pumpkins…

See! Here they are ^^ CUTEE.

The reception for Josh’s award was hosted on the field of Petco Park. We ate ballpark-style food on the actual field and self-toured the stadium. It was an awesome experience!

The next morning, we headed to La Jolla for a kayak tour with La Jolla Kayak Tours lol. We took the Original Cave Tour, which consisted of paddling along the coastline, catching glimpses of sea lions bathing in the sun. We stopped in front of the caves, but it was a little too rough to go through them. At each spot we paddled to, the tour guides filled us with fun facts and anecdotes. My favorite was one about Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel lived atop the mountains in La Jolla and, like most guys, he loved hosting guys night at his place, but his wife hated when he did that. So, to avoid the men, she would make her way to the top of the mountain and enjoy her own girls night. But when she was ready to head home, she would call Dr. Seuss and tell him to get everyone out of the house, she was on her way home. He would turn to his friends and say: “Time to go! The Grinch is coming to steal all of our fun.” (paraphrasing) and they would rush to leave. Apparently, she was the inspiration behind The Grinch, and I’m not sure their marriage lasted very long. For those who love the ocean and to be outside, I definitely recommend this tour–it was also a great workout! After, we got brunch at Galaxy TacoThey make their own taco shells and their food is DELICIOUS. I got the traditional Mexican breakfast meal known as Chilaquiles–so good! We sat outside and enjoyed some people watching while crunching on tortilla chips.

That evening, we decided to visit the famous Sunset Cliffs, Natural Park. For the best ocean and sunset views, this is the place to be. It’s a 68-acre city of San Diego park which extends 1 1/2 miles along the Point Loma peninsula’s western shoreline. The views were breathtaking and while there were a ton of people there, it didn’t feel crowded. There are more than enough spots to view the sunset.

We didn’t want to leave…

So pretty. Ready to go back.

As you can imagine, we worked up the quite the appetite. From kayaking to viewing sunsets, we were ready to eat! This is absolutely Josh’s favorite spot: The Crack Shack.  It’s your well-above average fried chicken, chicken sandwich, really good fast food-esque restaurant. They can describe it much better, here. I got the California Dip and Josh got the Double Clucker…he can’t stop talking about it…even now. We also got a side of Mexican Poutine-AMAZING. Mouth is watering again. If we were in San Diego longer, we probably would’ve gone at least once a day, especially if it were up to Josh.

On our second to last day, Josh went golfing at Torrey Pines while I wandered around the Gaslamp Quarter. I’m not a golfer, but the course is beautiful…right?

After golf, I met up with him to go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve. The views were beautiful and we ended up hiking two trails, so our legs were literally jello by the end of the day.

Paused for beach views before hiking up the steepest part of the trail. Needless to say, we didn’t make it out to dinner that night as we hoped. Instead, we ordered room service and watched 90 Day Fiance… it was a long day!!

And on our final day, we made it to the San Diego Zoo. So amazing! So fun. We spent five hours there made it to the majority of the exhibits, not all. My favorite was the orangutans–they are too funny! I could hang with them all day LOL. Here for updated information on the zoo.

 We obviously took some breaks to take photobooth pics… And eat gigantic boozy snow cones. It was such a fun day and a great way to end our trip. 

We had an early dinner at a restaurant near our hotel called La Puesto. It was pretty delicious and definitely a place we would go back to. Below is a list of places I really wanted to try, but just didn’t have enough time to visit.

Ballast Point Brewery

The Taco Stand 

Nolita Hall

Charles and Dinorah 

Trust 

Lola 55 

Piatti La Jolla 

Tacos Libertad

Herb + Wood 

Ironside Fish and Oyster

Hope you found this helpful and I can’t wait to make another trip out there since there is so much left to see…and eat!

xx

Jackie

November 5, 2018

SWEATY AND (NOT SO) SEXY WITH 305 FITNESS

Hi! Happy Monday. I know it’s the least favorite day of the week, but like they say (not exactly sure who, but someone said it): “A Sunday well spent, brings a week of content.” This Sunday, I had the opportunity to participate in a super fun cardio dance party workout, known as 305 Fitness. It’s funny. Prior to getting the opportunity to review a class, I was actually searching the Boston area for fun dance-like classes to take. I’ve always loved to dance and was never an athlete, so I guess you can say dancing was my sport of choice. There’s something about feeling the rhythm in the music and moving your body in a way that expresses the song, ultimately bringing it to life–I LOVE it. I was introduced to 305 Fitness and it seemed like the perfect fit. It is literally like going out to the club, live DJ and everything. The only difference is that there is an awesome toning exercise in between dancing your asses off.  The newly opened studio in Boston (506 Commonwealth Avenue), is inspired by the vibrant Miami nightlife, with bright colors, palm trees, a grass wall, inspiring and adorable sayings, it’s the most instagrammable workout studio I’ve ever encountered. The instructor was a ball of energy and lived up to their tagline of “Make Sweat Sexy.” She absolutely did, but I’m not sure I achieved that…sweaty, yes…sexy? That’s TBD. Details about the studio below. Scroll away!

There’s a cardio sprint at the beginning of class and then there’s a hip-hop portion halfway through (my favorite part!). Ladies, take this as an important reminder…LOL ^^^

The bathrooms and showers are labeled with adorable sayings ^^ and include their main mission: Make Sweat Sexy…duh!

My friend Linnea and I decided to check out the studio well before our class started…mostly to take photos like this one. Hello! You know you would do it too. I also decided that I need a shower room like this one. Totally feeling ourselves before class. Mission accomplished, 305 Fitness!

Checking myself out and preparing for a sexy sweaty session that I would come to find out would make my legs feel like jello and my arms like lead…YES.

The entrance to class is an INCREDIBLE grass wall that you’re crazy not to snap a photo of, with a floor painted with the saying: “Know your worth. Then add tax.” SO true and again, super inspiring and motivating.

A studio filled with mirrors, every vain blogger’s dream…am I right? This brand new studio is BEAUTIFUL and the instructor let us in on a little secret: If you think you’re hiding by taking up space in the back, you’re wrong. The middle is the safest place. All four sides of the room are used, and at some point, you will be in the front of the class…unless you’re in the middle LOL.

Oh did I forget to mention that there’s a live DJ in every class?! That’s right! It’s legit like going to a nightclub. The lights get low, the music is loud and everyone starts to feel the beat–it’s awesome!

And just wanted to remind you ^^. That’s also what I really enjoyed about my experience with 305 Fitness. The instructor expressed self-love, taking care of yourself, believing in yourself, loving your body the way it is and letting go. I felt more inspired, motivated and nourished in this upbeat sweaty class than I have ever felt in any of my go-to yoga classes. So if you’re looking for something new or just want to let loose and dance, find your local 305 Fitness and…Make Sweat Sexy ;).

xx

Jackie

October 15, 2018

JEAN JACKETS ALL SEASON LONG

Details: STS Blue Oversize Boyfriend Jean Jacket via Nordstrom Rack, here | Beige Suede Mules c/o Jjill, similar here

For as long as long as I can remember a denim jacket has always been a wardrobe staple. One of my most memorable denim jackets would have to be my mid-wash Abercrombie and Fitch one. I think I got it in 6th or 7th grade and I wore it through college… I actually still have it and it’s not off-trend. I still love it, but I ended up adding a couple more denim jackets to the mix. One is a more form-fitted stretch denim jacket from Ann Taylor and the other is one I haven’t been able to stop wearing. This STS Blue denim jacket from Nordstrom Rack. I love this one because it is somewhat oversized so I’m able to layer it over chunky knits, which is key for these chillier fall months. I also love its classic blue wash and I’ve been wearing it with black denim, leggings, sweatpants, all my jeans etc. I don’t even care if I look like a walking blueberry–I love it! I’m a HUGE sweatshirt, sweater, chunky knit person, but lately, I love treating this jacket as my go-to sweater/cardigan/etc. You can be sure I’ll be wearing this all fall long until I have to dig up a down puffer coat.

xx

Jackie

October 1, 2018

THE SEASON FOR CHANGE…AND FANNY PACKS

Details: Relaxed Shirttail Blouse c/o J.Jill, here | Envelope Belt-Bag c/o J.Jill, here | Madewell High-Rise Jeans in Black Sea, here |

So September is over…that lasted all of two minutes. I think it’s because we still had some lingering hot days that it didn’t quite feel like fall. Not only is October the month of my birthday, but it’s also just the BEST month ever! Seriously. Let’s talk about October for a minute. The air gets crisp, leaves are in full fall color, farms are open for pumpkin and apple picking, hot cider and cider doughnuts are within reach–need I say more?! Everything about it is perfect. Another thing about fall is the change that seems to follow me around during these fall months. It’s funny.  Every career/life move I’ve made has either fallen in September or October. And this October, I will be starting a new position at a really cool company in downtown Boston. Those who know me know that change is difficult for me, well it’s difficult for most, but especially for me. The only change I like is the change in seasons, to be honest. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. However, I’ve been long overdue for some change. In fact, this move has me feeling more inspired and excited than ever. In the past, there were times where I constantly doubted myself or my decision, but that hasn’t happened once in this process. I think it’s safe to say that means it’s the right move. I read a quote the other day that said: “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” I can really relate to that. For a while, I’ve been feeling complacent and less motivated, and now I have the opportunity to start something new and learn from new people; I am super excited to start this brand new adventure. One chapter closed, on to the next one.

Now, enough about my life changes and more about this simple fall look. When it comes to outfits, I’m the type of person who focuses solely on the entree, and less on the sides. LOL. Does that make sense? I spend most of my energy focusing on the top and bottom and much less on the accessories and shoes. This isn’t the best advice because accessories have the ability to really make or break any outfit, but it’s how I’ve always been. If I find a shoe with a considerable heel that’s comfortable, I’ll wear it until I no longer can. This season, I plan to spend some time channeling my inner accessor-ista (that’s not a word). With that, I have styled my simple rich brown colored blouse with my favorite black denim and my FAVORITE accessory yet: this envelope belt-bag. Or, as I like to call it: a fanny pack. Any accessory that allows me to be handsfree, I’m on board. I actually have several fanny packs, but with funky colors and patterns. This one, I can actually wear to the bar and it will actually complement my outfit. I’ll absolutely be styling this blouse in multiple ways and can’t wait to share some of my fall favorites this season. Happy fall, Y’all! Too much, right?

xx

Jackie

 

June 25, 2018

SALT AIR AND SEASIDE THERAPY

Details: Linen Full-Leg Seamed Crops c/o J.Jill, here | Light Essential Cardi c/o J.Jill, here

So…asking, believing and receiving beach weather didn’t really happen for me this weekend. I went to the beach, but instead of spending my days at the beach, I went outlet shopping instead…oops! I also spent some quality time with my parents and had a relaxing weekend doing everything I wanted to do…except lay out on the beach. The smell of salt air is soothing and it really is the best remedy for that post work stress. Lately, I’ve been on a comfort kick and have not stopped wearing these linen full-leg crops. They are SO comfortable and make the perfect coverup for the beach or for an evening out at your favorite seaside restaurant. I paired them with a classic tee and this adorable white gauzy cardigan. I’ve been wearing this cardigan with EVERYTHING. I love that it’s sheer, making it a little less formal than the classic solid cardigan. I am the definition of a beach bum. I can legitimately sit and lie on the beach all day from 9 to 5. I beach like it’s my job. I don’t need activities, I’ll dip in once it gets too hot, but I am perfectly content with my butt in the sand looking out into the ocean. What kind of beach person are you?

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

 

November 2, 2017

READY, SET, COAT SEASON!

Details: J.Jill grey ‘Chelsea’ coat, here | French Connection light oatmeal high-neck sweater via Marshall’s, here  |

The time has come for us to fully load our closets with warm knits, wool socks and of course, coats. I have a bit of a problem with all clothes, but coats are my biggest weakness. I can never seem to have enough and one of my latest finds is this dark grey button-front coat ‘Chelsea Coat’ from J.Jill. I really like that it’s an easy coat to layer and work with. What I mean by that is, it’s a coat that has a lot of flexibility, it’s much less stiff, which makes it perfect for crisp fall days like today. I layered it over a super comfy and ultr-soft sweater, which is pretty thick and I still felt free and could move my arms easily. I guess if I could describe this coat in one word it would be: comfort. I feel 100% comfortable and even though it feels lightweight, it keeps you warm. Not to mention, I love a good collar and this one screams sophistication, am I right?!

This will not be the only new coat in my closet this season, but it will absolutely be one of my favorites.

Tell me: what will be your go-to coat this fall!?

xx

Jackie

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