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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Giveaway Winner and Award News!

This is a great day! Not only do I get to give away a beautiful necklace to one of my readers (thank you, thank you!), but I also get to share some good news about our first blog award! That’s right.

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers who are new to the blogging world. You are nominated by other new bloggers and the community continues to share to help build each other up. I am so thankful to the blogger Stacey, who authors Love is Blind, for nominating me.

The concept here now is to 1) share the link back to the person who nominated my blog(above!), 2) share 11 facts about myself and 3) then answer 10 questions, which then allows me to nominate others!

So here it goes:

1. I am a theatre teacher and do so to inspire young adults to follow their passion-always!

2. I used to work for Marc Anthony as his personal assistant (yes, the one who used to be married to Jennifer Lopez).

3. Harvey Keitel is one of the coolest actors to have worked for.

4. I enjoy coffee more than I’d like to admit.

5. I am obsessed with shoes and the art of designing them (although I’ve never tried.)

6. I work very hard to be a great Mom to my son!

7. My husband is a phenomenal cook (and the part about me is that I like to eat everything he makes!)

8. I love a good game of Monopoly with my 5 year old because he really does try to buy all the property before I do.

9. I wish I was taller; just a little bit. (Hence, the heels!)

10. I would like to have a philosophical conversation about life with Oprah one day.

11. I have traveled to over 11 countries.

 

Questions to Answer:

1. When and Why did you start your blog? To honor the memory of my daughter. Her colors were to be pink and gold.

2. What do you aim to get out of your blog? To share the joys of fashion, beauty, parenting and travel as if she were here (along with with my son) to enjoy doing so. 

3. Where do you find inspiration from your posts? From being an observer of humanity and my children.

4. How many hours a week on average do you spend blogging? More than anyone thinks.

5. What’s your favorite shop? J.Crew (LOVE!)

6. How do you like to spend evenings? Sleeping (honestly!)

7. What would be your perfect day? Central Park picnic with my family on a warm day (and someone capturing all those moments for us on camera) 

8. Where would you go for your dream holiday? Australia

9. What are you most grateful for? To tell my story in a unique way and help other women regain strength after loss. I love to help others and genuinely want other women to feel good about themselves, even if they haven’t experienced loss.

10. What keep you awake at night? Missing out of what would’ve been.

Nominated Bloggers: Feel free to the answer the same questions I answered above!

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Lastly, thank you to all who entered our first giveaway. As chosen by the awesome “random generator” at Random.Org, congratulations to our winner….. Ashley Perez! We can’t wait to see how you style the necklace! Enjoy the little clutch as a fun surprise addition to your prize! Please contact me via the contact form with details about where to send your gift!

Thank you for reading! I look forward to our One Month Blogversary to share another giveaway!

xoxo, Jessica

5 Reasons :: Why to wear a Scarf for Success

Wearing Scarves for Success

Now, I love a great scarf. As we speak, I have almost every color of those $5 pashmina scarves (you know the ones from the vendors in Soho or anywhere in Manthattan?) in my closet. Of course, there are a few that were a little bit more of an investment, but with good reason. Scarves are the perfect accessory to tie all the lose ends of your ensemble together.

But you may ask: Winter is over, so why should I still wear a scarf to work?  It seems that wearing a scarf is actually less about keeping warm and more about asserting yourself in the workplace. I recently was fascinated by a BBC online article about scarves being the new power symbol for women stating that a scarf gives more visibility to women in the workplace. (Trust me, I know it’s our instincts, brilliant minds, hard work, long hours, and multi-tasking selves-Moms!-that really makes us visible. But for a moment, let’s discuss fashion.) So in the spirit of sharing (as always), here are the 5 reasons why you should wear a scarf through the year.

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1. Scarves draw attention to your face and that’s where you want people to be looking when you are speaking, especially about anything of importance.

2. Wearing a bright colored scarf says that you are confident enough in yourself to wear that bright color. It also adds that pop of color to the often dark colored work ensemble.

3. You will look refined (choose fabric and color with purpose). I love that the brand consulting firm Managing Director at Corporate Class, Mirella Zanatta, in the article stated “One piece of clothing equals one word in a sentence. ” So I say get dressed  and use a scarf to be a whole be a paragraph!

4. The caliber of your work (whatever it may be; even SAHM’s work!) will improve. Yes, I said it. When you feel good, you do good. You also walk taller, get away from your desk/house more often (presumably because you want people to see your outfit…and scarf), and are more productive as a result.

5. It can be a great conversation piece. You know that person that always just passes you by and never says anything? Well, a scarf can be an icebreaker! Seriously. Whether you want to start the conversation or they do, wearing a great scarf moves people to speak to you-so choose wisely and have fun with it! Isn’t that was fashion is about? Fun!

So the next time you try wearing a scarf with a purpose, take a picture and share it with us on Instagram or Twitter (See “Stay Connected” on sidebar) We’d love to know how the day goes! I am enjoying meeting my new readers on social media! Thank you for reading!

xoxo,
Jessica
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