Exploring in Black Leather Jacket and Red Lips

Exploring in Black Leather Jacket and Red Lips

One of the things I love about fashion is that you can almost be anyone you want with however you choose to dress. Growing up, I tried to “figure out” what my style was (and who I was for that matter!), but as I grew older I realized that I loved everything about every style no matter what it was. From street style to office chic to casual weekend looks, you should’t feel you have to stick to one kind of aesthetic just because it’s what you’ve done before.  Be willing to take chances and explore new ways to dress and break out of your comfort zone to explore another side of you. That’s what fashion is for!

Leather Jacket

Nothing says edgy more than a black leather jacket. Add that pop of red (red lips!) and you suddenly feel a bit tougher and ready to face the streets! And while any kind of metal accessories work well with leather, I like the idea of mixing silver accents (I am loving these slip-on oxfords!) to pull that look all together. Go ahead. Take your usual look to the next level and try something new. You won’t be disappointed.

Leather

Outfit :: Michael Kors Leather Jacket, Loft Jeans, Junior Drake Handbag, Red Lips Tank, Felt Fedora (old), Steven Madden Oxfords, Longines Watch, Silver Feather drop earrings (old) (All wardrobe or similar pieces click here)

Street Style

Photo Credit: My Mother

Tell me: Do you try different styles to explore the different sides of you? I look forward to your comments. Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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In the Park :: Chambray Shirt & Pink Maxi Skirt

In the Park :: Chambray Shirt & Pink Maxi Skirt

Happy Wednesday! I am loving these days of Spring where you can enjoy some of the warmer days outdoors with those you love. The park is just the perfect place to not only get your children out to play and be active, but also to find time to reconnect to your own youth and see it through the eyes of your child. I actually like being on that playground too. I don’t want to miss a moment of my son’s joy.  My new worries about what it means to miss out on quality time with him has me trying to get on that slide, climb that rock wall or hang off some strange new monkey bar. (Sorry in advance if I’m the crazy Mom you see doing all of that!) Unfortunately today the crazy wind didn’t make much for a park date, but we were happy to get out nonetheless.

This Season's Gold // Side Braid

Now I consider the chambray shirt the perfect neutral for the spring season. It goes with just about everything and there are so many shades of the blue denim, you can’t just own one. I particularly love this J. Crew light blue chambray shirt since it feels feminine and isn’t too stiff of a material. In keeping it casual, instead of tucking or buttoning the shirt all the way, I tied a knot at the ends for a fun and free-spirited feel.

This Season's Gold // chambray shirt and pink maxi skirt

Maxi skirts are great for the spring, especially when you want to cover up your legs and still be in a skirt! (And awaiting that golden tan!) This maxi skirt is voluminous and I love it! It can be dressed down as much as a chiffon layered maxi skirt can be or dressed up for an event (future post!). And for someone as petite as I am (more about that here), I went for a tan and gold high heeled sandal to give the skirt just enough height off the ground while still elongating my stature (a tailor is also always a good option for us petite girls!). Hot pink particularly goes well with warm tones like brown or tan, so keep that in mind the next time you want to tone down a bright pink piece in your outfit.

This Season's Gold // Saddle Bag and braceletsAnd as someone who has invested in helping women succeed in all parts of their lives (styling, motherhood, travel, business, etc.), I have been drawn to many of the small businesses seen on Instagram these days. I am in awe of the many women out there creating such amazing pieces of clothing and jewelry. I just can’t get enough. That’s where I learned about druzy jewelry. And I’ve been addicted to it since. Here, the large golden druzy coin and mint bolo leather bracelet is from a shop I found on Instagram called HM Willow as part of their Magellan Collection.

Outfit :: J. Crew Chambray Shirt (On Sale with extra 20% off!), Anthropologie Maxi Skirt (old, similar light pink maxi here), Schutz Sandals (similar here), Fossil Saddle Crossbody (similar here), Rings: Francesca’s and Loft, Bracelets: Loft, HM Willow

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Photo Credit: My Mother

xoxo, Jessica
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An Unexpected Twist on Mother’s Day Gifts

An Unexpected Twist on Mother’s Day Gifts

Happy Sunday! In preparation for Mother’s Day next weekend, I have decided to forgo the usual lists (just this once) that include anything fashionable and probably want for myself – the clothing, those shoes, that handbag and tried to create the Unexpected Mother’s Day Gift List. As I think about all the ways I would want my son to appreciate me on Mother’s Day now and as he grows up, I thought long and hard about what I would really want. Perhaps, you will find a golden nugget of wisdom in this list that inspires you to think outside of the box and focus on the now.

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1. Spend the day getting to know her better over brunch or dinner. (You really don’t know it all!) Think of a few questions you’ve always wanted to ask her but have yet to do so. Let her know that her younger self and herstory matters to you.

2.  Send a few of your most favorite pictures of her (past or present) and list the reasons of what you love about how she looks in each of those pictures and why that memory is special to you.

3. If fashion is your thing, play dress up by helping her journey through her closet to organize and revisit clothing she forgot she had. Tell her what she looks good in!

4. Write her a letter-not just a card-and use pretty stationary! Whether it’s to apologize for something she never knew you did (oh boy!), to tell her something she doesn’t know about you (remember that time…), or to help her understand you better than she already does.

5. Take her to your favorite childhood place and share the memories of what it meant for you to be there with her. (Hoping it’s still there!)

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6. Dance with her to her favorite music. The kind of dancing that gets funny and silly and makes you breathe out of control.

7. Take a cooking class with her. And if she thinks she knows how to cook everything,  trying to cook a new cuisine might give her a bit of a fun challenge.

8.  Make a public declaration of your love and appreciation for her and all that she has done for you over the years on FB, IG, Twitter, etc. Send a different message on each.

9. If she’s not tech savvy (making #8 unrelatable), then dedicate time to teach her how to be. Get her connected!

10. Just listen to her. Tell her you love her. Always.

Dear Mom

And if all else fails, buy something. (I kid. Sort of.) Go ahead, you know you want to. But don’t ever lose sight that every single day of your life was witnessed by her love and hard work for you.

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica

Event Season for Flowers and Showers

Event Season for Flowers and Showers

Happy Thursday! One of the things I love about Spring is the start to what I like to call event season. My mailbox starts to get happy with invitations to weddings, galas, engagement parties, birthday parties (more for kids though these days), and baby showers. Even better, there’s always something to dress up for that doesn’t involve coat check. (Why does that line always move so slowly?) So I was happy that I had this floral dress ready to go for a very special and meaningful occasion.

This Season's Gold // Blush and Floral Maxi Dress

This wrap dress is so much of everything. It is classy, elegant and has that oh la la feel to it when the wind blows just the right way (oh, but be sure to wear something neutral underneath!). It’s the kind of dress that makes you feel pretty, girly and like a flower in bloom. I felt like gold.

This Season's Gold // Floral Spring Maxi Dress

It was the right kind of dress to wear to one of my family member’s baby shower.  It was the first baby event I attended since saying goodbye to my daughter (I never got to have her baby shower). I wanted to feel pretty and fresh and light while bearing the weight of facing everything baby times two (Twin girls. My wallet is in trouble!). But I was prepared and since I am beyond in love already with those precious little ones, I knew that all would be okay. And it was. I was. I will be.

This Season's Gold // Long Floral Print Dress

This Season's Gold // Blush Handbag and Sandals

Outfit :: June & Hudson Dress (similar here), Aldo Lock and Key Handbag (nice update here!), Black Saks Fifth Ave. Sandals (love these from Steve Madden!), Francesca’s earrings, Pottery Barn Kids Name Plate Necklace, Fossil Watch (On sale!!), Loft Druzy cuff, (All wardrobe pieces or similar here!), Compliment Gratitude bracelet here

Special Shout-out: And to the girl who was the first to ever say to me “You don’t know me but I know you are from This Season’s Gold, I’m wearing a pop of color because of you. (You looked great!) Thank you. It was a sign that I am doing this for the right reason.

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Petite in Blue Suede Shoes & Brown Hat

Petite in Blue Suede Shoes & Brown Hat

Happy Tuesday! As someone who is petite at only 5 feet tall, I usually have a difficult time feeling confident when I wear flats. (It’s something I’m working on, trust me!) But there’s no doubt that when you are trying to keep up with a 5 year old boy, you’re on the run most of the times…literally. So my flats and I have become the best of friends. (My heels are jealous!) These blue suede driving shoes (which I want to call penny loafers, but more about that in a moment) are the perfect flat because they are certainly fun and fashionable all while keeping me comfortable for a day out with the family.

blue suede shoes

Why are these driving shoes and not penny loafers? Well, apprently it has to do with the sole of the shoe. Penny loafers have hard bottom soles while driving shoes have a soft rubber sole and are meant for you to feel comfortable while…well, driving. News to me!

brown floppy hat

Royal blue is such a great color and can be worn combined with cool colors (silver, white, purple) or warm colors like I have done here with a brown floppy hat (I love hats. Choose your own here!) and orange”y” saddle bag. And if you need a new blazer, go for blue. It makes you and everyone around you feel a bit brighter. Here I wanted to keep it casual and relaxed while still feeling polished and bright for the day!

saddle bag

Blue and Orange Outfit

Outfit :: J.Crew Blazer (similar), Graphic Tee and Hat (I love J.Crew!), Fossil Saddle Bag, BlankNYC Jeans, Cynthia Rowley Driving Shoes (similar),  All wardrobe pieces or similar here (jeans and shoes on super sale!)

Blue Blazer

So despite feeling short in my blue suede shoes, I’m happy to be comfortable and ready to run after my little guy wherever he goes. Thank you so much for reading! Stay golden!

xoxo, Jessica
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