Ready to Go in Red!

Ready to Go in Red!

Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great holiday weekend! If you are on Spring Break somewhere warm and sandy, especially with the little ones, cheers to you!

Red is a fun, daring color to wear. It’s always in season, and no one looks bad wearing it.  Whether it’s a red lip (you have to try at least once, don’t fear!), red shoes (no, you won’t look like Dorothy), or just a red bag for that pop of color, wearing red shows a side of you that says “Here I am”!

I have so many red wardrobe pieces in my closet, that I wasn’t sure how to explore a color story that didn’t have at least 100 golden moments to share. Red can be vibrant and attention getting, so when you are trying to be causal play around with some other basic colors in your closet. This will help you wear red as subtly as you’d like. So here’s to everything red, especially to a glass of wine (unfortunately, not pictured here!).

Red and Black StripesStriped Zip Back Top: Michael Kors, Pants: Gap, Heels: Banana Republic, Clutch: Franceca’s, Necklace: J.Crew (All wardrobe or similar pieces here – and on sale!)

yellow and red wedges

 Striped Tee: J.Crew, Ankle Zip Pants: Loft, Red Peep-toe Wedges: Michael Kors, Watch: Fossil, Leopard Clutch (25% off!): Clare V., Nameplate Necklace: Pottery Barn Kids (All wardrobe or similar pieces here – and on sale!)

red suede pumpsSilk Top: Loft, Pants: J. Crew, Red Suede Heels: Banana Republic, Clutch/Crossbody: Fossil (All wardrobe or similar pieces here – and on sale!)

red blazer

Collarless Red Blazer: The Limited, Tank Top (old) Jeans: Artisan NY , Mules: Asos, Black Pearl Bracelet(old) Watch: Longines (All wardrobe or similar pieces here – and on sale!)

love jessica

I bought this sequined phone booth tank top at a street market in London a few years ago. What I love most is that the tag says “Love Jessica”. And so with that, I thank you for reading and send you off to go and grab something red from your closet and enjoy it with love.

xoxo, Jessica
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Easter Outfit for the Girl in My Dreams

What Would Ava Wear?

Happy Easter! As I took the time to set up the egg hunt and toys for my son last night, I found myself wondering what I would wear for Easter Sunday (fashion blogger requirement, I’m convinced). I ran through my closet in my head and figured I’d wait until morning to see what I was in the mood to wear. Then I went to sleep.

But this morning as I attempted to think about what I wanted to wear, what suddenly fell heavy on me (and does every second of my life) was what I couldn’t get my daughter to wear. She’s not here, you see. She’s walking among the clouds on this day. So what does a pretty little girl wear on Easter? Since this blog is my way of sharing all the things I would have shared with her, I  decided to brave the world of beautiful baby girl clothing to choose pieces of a wardrobe for her.

When I started to write this blog, I knew my goal was to make it successful enough to one day create a foundation in her name, honor her in all the ways I could by sharing what I love (my family, fashion and traveling) and give back to others. It’s what I teach my son everyday, and the high standard in which I hold my students accountable. I believe that even in the midst of our own troubles, we should seek ways to give back for that is the truest reward. I promise on this special day that as this space grows, I will honor and give back. Thank you for reading and sharing!

xoxo, Jessica

Quiz: Are you prepared to travel with your child?

Quiz: Are you prepared to travel with your child?

Remember the part of planning the vacation when you were so excited to press the purchase now button or say the words book it? The feeling of booking a trip far away or even just a few hours from home can be elating until that moment hits where the thought of  keeping those wonderful children of yours under control (no matter how well they behave, mine does too!) brings you back to reality. Let’s be honest: Although going away on vacation is thrilling, there’s just something about the planning, packing and unpacking (and packing and unpacking and putting it all away again!) that can put a small dent in the joy of it all. And I’m not talking about your own stuff.

Want to know if you are prepared for that trip? Take this quick quiz to find out! Have you…

__ Packed ziplock bags in all sizes (some left empty and most filled for the trip) for the various foods, wet swimsuits, lotions, crayons, wipes, garbage, etc., you will need for the kids

__ Made the rule “only a few small toys can come with us”, but allowed just one more. You know the one that is going to be a pain to pack but will give you an automatic win and keep your child in check if you threatened to take it away?

__ Packed an extra 2 pairs of everything because somehow kids have decided these days to wear their food (often!)

__ Bought a new toy for every hour of travel going (and planned on doing the same for the return) and wrapped it for the extra time opening it will use up (Ok, it’s also exciting.)

__ Created a trail mix of all the healthy snacks (and made one for yourself  but with the M&M’s)

__ Packed their favorite cereal and boxed milk (because you want to avoid the tantrum on the plane, in the hotel or restaurant if they didn’t have the one they liked)

__ Grabbed an extra bag for their own stuff that you would be able to find where you were going, but did it anyway just to be safe (pillow, bedside rail, utensils and bowls/plates in their size)

__Downloaded extra Apps and movies on your fully charged iPad and phone (and on the spouse’s phone) to go along with those new big headphones

__Became a germaphobe (if you weren’t one already) and bought sanitizing wipes to wipe down the airplane seats, table, and any other surface your child will touch (because at some point the fingers end up in mouth)

Oh wait, was this just my list? Well, just in case you checked off any less than 10, prepare now for what’s to come. I promise it will make traveling a whole lot easier  (or at least an official control freak like me!) when you’re a step ahead.

Share in Comments: Are there any other ways you prepare to travel with the kids? New ideas are always welcome!

Happy travels this season! Thank you for reading.

xoxo, Jessica
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Tough Leather Jackets Looking Pretty

Leather Jacket

Happy April everyone! I love these days of Spring when you can start to wear prettier dresses and show your toes but can still put on a great leather jacket without experiencing heat exhaustion. I have to admit that I’ve always had an aversion to wearing anything other than jeans and a t-shirt with a leather motorcycle jacket. But we all live and learn, don’t we? So while styling some looks, I started to come to terms with my issues (Fashion 101: Evolve!) and went to toughen up some of my Spring outfits with this great Michael Kors leather jacket (similar here on sale!).

Leather Jacket and Pretty Dress

Maxi Dress (old), Nine West heels, Francesca’s Clutch (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Leather Jacket and mini SkirtThe Loft Tank Top, Skirt and bracelet, Charles David booties, Mirrored Sunglasses (old) (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Leather jacket and tight dress

Dress (old), DVF clutch, Boutique 9 booties, Drop earrings (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Revealing 10 Lies We Tell Our Children

Revealing 10 Lies We Tell Our Children

Happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend!

I imagine that I am not alone when I say that all parents make up and tell their children a few untruths every now and again. (Ok, they’re flat out lies! Call it what you want.) But without them, I have less leverage and that’s not going to happen (under my roof).

However, in an effort to be fully transparent with my son about how much of what I say is not really going to happen (when he’s old enough to read this in its entirety), and because he is officially starting to call me out on my untruths anywayI will now reveal the top 10 lies that have come out of my mouth. (Gasp!)

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10 Lies We Tell Our Children

1. Don’t sit too close to the TV or you will go blind. (I think I believe this now since I’ve said it only a billion times!)

2. If you make a face at me, it will stay that way forever.

3. If you eat any more sugar, you’ll bounce off the walls.

4. Never walk under a ladder or you will have bad luck. (True or not – I’m going to agree with this one. Why would you want to do that anyway?)

5. If you don’t go potty, your belly will fill up and then pop like a balloon. (Thank you Disney Jr. for those Nina Has to Go mini-shows!)

6. We go to sleep right after you go to sleep. (And I don’t know who is making all that noise after we fall asleep).

7. If you don’t pick up those toys, (INSERT character here…Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc..) won’t bring you anything.

8. Don’t put your shoes on a table or you’ll never get married. (Too early to worry about it? Sorry.)

9. If you get that Sharpie marker on your skin, it will never come off. Ever. (I said more than once.)

10. If you watch too much TV or the iPad, your brain will lose cells and you won’t be as smart as you could be. (Isn’t there science somewhere to back this up?)

So now that I got that off my chest, tell me, what are some of the untruths you have told your children (I might need a few new ones!)

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica