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

Silver Shoes and Metal Winning Looks

Silver Shoes and Metal Winning Looks

Happy Friday! This was an interesting week. Much has happened. In a few weeks, I will be returning to teaching again after being home to go through the healing process and get back on my feet. But last night, I returned in a different way. Last night, I was able to see many of my students and colleagues I hadn’t seen in 4 months at the annual HS musical event. (I would have directed my 10th show this year!) I was excited to see everyone, but not without reservation. I wanted to feel and look fabulous and well. I wanted to mask the pain and yet talk about it to everyone. In the end, when I did see everyone, it was mostly my students that suddenly brought the breath back into me. At least 50 of them each hugged me and told me they missed me. If I could explain it visually, it felt like a bright light entered my heart and made me feel like a winner again. And so, with my love for all things fashionable (and part purpose of this blog here!), I wanted to style some of my favorite silver shoes! They are some of the brighter colors in my shoe closet! (Full disclosure: I have an entire closet just for my shoes. I am not ashamed.)

Light colors with silver sandals

Astr Drape Jacket (On sale now), Forever 21 Tee, Ann Taylor Shorts, J. Crew Thongs (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Tiffany Heart necklace

 When you become a mother, there is nothing more important than having a bonding friendship with other women who are going through what you are going through. Unfortunately, not everyone has that. But I do encourage any new mother to seek out others who are experiencing the same thing you are, to make the journey easier on those nights where nothing else is going right but that phone call you make to that friend!

Okay, the necklace. It was given to me by 3 friends who know every hiccup, burp or late night I had experienced with my son when he was born. These friends mean the world to me and this was their way of helping me regain a bit of brightness in my life.

 Silver skirt with camouflage top

J. Crew Camo Tee, Pencil Skirt and Necklace (I do love J.Crew!), Vince Camuto Sandals, Essie Nail Polish, Longines Watch (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Iridescent Essie nail polish

My husband gave me this watch after I lost my last diamond Longines watch in Atlantic City. Not a winner. What’s interesting about that is that I also lost this watch too. Luckily, I did find it again. See? Winning.

Silver oxford shoes

 H&M Jacket, Loft Jeans, J.Crew Hat, Patterson J. Kincaid Sleeveless Tee, Steve Madden shoes, Michael Kors belt, CZ earrings, and Tacori Bracelet. (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Tacori Diamond and white gold bracelet

If there is one piece of jewelry other than my wedding rings that I adore most, it is this bracelet. It was the gift I received from my (ready to become) husband as a surprise while getting ready for my wedding. So even when I feel that I have lost so much in my life, I have to remember what I do have here with me and know that somehow I am winning. At least, trying.

Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Jessica
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Styling Seersucker? YES!

Styling Seersucker? YES!

J.Crew Pencil Skirt and Sweater, Printed Scarf(old), Saks Fifth Avenue Crossbody, Asos Heels, EOS Lip Balm, Francesca’s Jewelry (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Happy Wednesday! I am going to go out on a limb here and say that every woman should have at least one seersucker item in their wardrobe. It can sometimes be a difficult style to pull off (or is that just in my head?), particularly because seersucker styling usually falls under the category of menswear. Just try Googling “seersucker” and see how many results are really about men’s suits. At its origin, seersucker fabric was first popularized by Haspel, a menswear company rooted in New Orleans since 1909. It was at this company where the idea and need to make suits with this lightweight fabric (it was New Orleans…in the summer!) made its way into the closets of the most fashionable and affluent of men.

Enter my husband. Fashionable? Yes, very. Affluent? Does rich in love count? One day in our early stages of dating, he met me after work and to my surprise (and liking), he was rocking a seersucker suit with stylish brown shoes, a bow tie and pink shirt (Men wear pink!…Moving on.) My point in all of this is that I wanted to look as great as he made me feel seeing him wear that suit. So a few years later, I finally found a great seersucker suit in J.Crew and had to have it. I mean, why not? The material and print just SCREAM Spring and Summer. And every season there is always something to find in this great fabric/print, be it a swimsuit or summer dress. So make it your mission to find something seersucker this season!

And being that we have officially entered Spring (the weather has yet to catch up), I decided to dip into my closet to play with some seersucker styling to get you started. Wear (and rock it out!) at your own discretion.

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J.Crew Suit and Top, Fossil Watch, Schutz Sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

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Banana Republic Vest, J.Crew Tee, Jeans and Ankle Boots, Scarf(old), Fossil Watch, Ear Cuff (All wardrobe  or similar pieces here)

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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