Spring White?

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It’s Monday! Hope you had a great weekend!

The fashion rule of wearing white only between Memorial Day and Labor Day has always seemed quite odd to me.  I mean, what little girl didn’t wear her white shoes with white bonnet and possibly even white gloves come Easter? Didn’t the Moms know white before Memorial Day was a fashion faux pas? Apparently not, since it didn’t seem to matter if you were under the age of 10. However, plenty of Moms do know that dressing their little girls in pretty white shoes with pink dresses is just too cute to pass up.

Now, I’m sure I’m breaking some etiquette rule somewhere by saying this, but wear white whenever you want! Of course, growing up in the Northeast, it made sense that we wouldn’t break out our lighter fabrics (when the white clothing would start to appear in stores) until it was warmer outside. But don’t be surprised if I suddenly bust out the white on an unusually warm Winter or Spring (climate change will do that!) day. Let’s face it, isn’t that why the fashion industy came up Winter White? See, even they break the rules.

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I love this combination of white, black and a little pop of Essie’s Macks on the nails and toes. I also love a good pair of white jeans. J.Crew has a great selection of jeans that work well with my height.  Graphic tops (H&M, similar here) are fun and play well with dressier pieces, like these peep toe heels from Nine West. This leopard clutch from Clare Vivier plans to reappear often this season. It’s just so classy with almost any outfit you put together. I’m making it my neutral go-to.

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While it can still be cool in the Spring evenings, wearing a jacket (this one from H&M) over an evening or cocktail dress (AQUA, similar here) is a must, so choose to wear one in style.  Wear a jacket that suits the entire outfit and mood of a crisp cool evening.  I love this simple collarless jacket that doesn’t take away attention from the dress. Add a clutch and pumps and you’re off!

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White and gold can be a fun combination.  These heels are everything! Quite similar to Valentino’s Rockstud heels, these BCBGeneration pumps are just as nice but affordable. I am very picky as to which shoes will get the Louboutin treatment (spending a mini-fortune on a pair of shoes) and these didn’t quite make it. They were nice enough to find nonetheless. I love how the texture of this dress from Collective Concepts (old) compliments the shoes and clutch.

Enjoy playing with white this season! Thank you for reading!

What do you think about white before Memorial Day? Do you follow any “fashion rules”?

xoxo, Jessica
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Family Time :: Little Yogi and I

imageHappy Sunday! If you have never practiced Bikram Yoga (aka Hot Yoga), you are missing out on one serious workout. Bikram Yoga is a 26 posture and 2 breathing exercise practice done in a room heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The intention behind the practice is to be able to stretch, balance and create pressure in order to improve blood circulation and flexibility, in addition to many other physical issues you may have.

After having my son, I decided to give it a try convinced by the articles in fitness magazines toting the benefits of this particular yoga practice. I bravely walked into that hot room and surprisingly loved every HOT, sweaty, long 90 minutes of it. I left the class feeling refreshed and (really) properly exhausted. It may have felt awkward getting into those poses, but I never left the room. For a first timer, staying in the room was accomplishment enough. But as time passed and with a baby at home, I couldn’t keep up with a schedule nor find a suitable (without guilt!) 90 minutes away from my little guy to make it work.

Fast forward five years and I just finished my version of the 30 Day Challenge. I took days off in between making it not quite the 30 Day Challenge I was hoping for. But with more than 3 weeks worth of classes, it was just enough to give me back my energy towards emotional recovery. And when you discover something new that brings you joy, you want to share it with the world. So it’s no surprise that I encouraged my family to join me for a special Family Yoga class. Oh yes, the heat was turned off!  It was a golden moment for us indeed!

Tell me, what are ways in which you share workout experiences with your little ones or other family members? Would you ever try Bikram Yoga? Thank you for reading! Comments welcome!

xoxo, Jessica
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Pretty Things

Pretty Things

Being a mom to a 5 year old little boy keeps my hands full all day with Hot Wheels, Legos, super secret missions, fort building, and freeze dance competitions. And I absolutely love every minute. He is my hero! And I prepared to be a mom to a little girl who, without a doubt, would have equally done all those things as well. She would have memorized all of her brother’s knock-knock jokes, challenged his scientific mind, tried to memorize more numbers of Pi (he’s up to 7 numbers!) and want to wear my pretty things. In my mind, I planned to immediately celebrate my love for pretty things with her only the way a mom (nothing personal Dad!) could share.

imageTo be honest, this blog is for her. To share all the pretty things and places she would have enjoyed with her brother if she could have stayed. I picked pretty things for her, mostly in gold. And even though she couldn’t stay, I know she will be in my heart with every change of season and with every morning light.

I can love the pretty things and think of her and smile. I can love the pretty things and laugh. I can love the pretty things and write this for my readers because it doesn’t have to be sad, even though it can be. I will celebrate her and my family here and the pretty things.

It may just be that nothing gold can stay, for as the season changes so does the light of day.

Thank you for reading! I appreciate your following. Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Jessica
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Spring Prep

Spring Prep

Hello to Friday! I am so ready for the change in season.  Spring brings warmer days and more sunlight. And luckily, it reintroduces us to our closets as we look for ways to organize better (“this year I’ll do it!”) to get rid of the old and buy something new.  It means finding those sandals that have been hibernating all winter.  Spring is all about the brighter colors, the pretty flowers and all things renewed.

With just a week away, I decided to start digging and find just a few of my Spring essentials. I wouldn’t want Spring to catch me unprepared for fear that winter might just try to creep back in!

Shoes :: Christian Dior Cutout Patent Leather Sandals (old, similar Click here or here), Sunglasses: Prada (similar here), Marc Jacobs Daisy Fragrance, MAC Lipstick in Zen RoseEssie Nail Polish, Ring (Similar here)

Hope you enjoy your weekend! Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment below and tell me, how do you prepare for Spring?

xoxo, Jessica
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Shoes First :: From the bottom to the top

Shoes First :: From the bottom to the top

Happy Thursday! The weekend is almost here!

There is nothing more difficult than getting up in the morning and suddenly not knowing what to wear. Whether you are a stay at home mom, have to be up and out of the house before the children wake up, or recover from a late night out, you do have to get dressed. Obvious, right? But what you chose to wear can really have an effect on how you feel for the rest of the day.

For these past cold winter months, I’ve lived under a hat, sunglasses (even on cloudy days),  big moon boot Uggs, sweats and a sweater. It’s where I was most comfortable until I remembered what it was like to get dressed and feel good about the effort I put into it.

The title of this post says it all. I’ve had to work my way out of the bottom to the top. And this blog is a part of that transformation. But this thinking also applies as my number one rule in how I get dressed, from a casual weekend to a night out or even when in the midst of the morning rush!

When facing that closet ask yourself, How do I want to feel? And then immediately pay a visit to your shoes. And yes, on some days you can say “I don’t care!” but even that can dictate how you get dressed.

When I look at my shoes, which you should try (when you have “me time”) to organize by color not style, I am usually drawn to one particular color.  Now it all happens within seconds, but I immediately can determine what I am going to feel like in the shoes and go from there. Of course, where you are going will also dictate your choice of ensemble, but lets’s just start with some golden moments using your basic t-shirt and jeans.

image Forever 21 Basic Tee, J. Crew Vintage Matchstick Jeans

Now, these VANELi flats (other colors HERE) are comfortable and easy to slip on. Here I want to feel like I mean business with this chain link Sanctuary clutch while being casual, even if only dealing with my 5 year old’s negotiating skills on the way to school and before I head out to lunch or coffee with some friends.

Chain link clutch

 

My version of sneakers and jeans for the changing season into Spring allows for some style to sneak into your day with these Mia shoes. I decided to add a scarf, a blazer and a satchel (Cole Haan here) big enough to fill throughout the day with goodies or to hold the water bottle, the toy, the crayons, the Legos…I could go on and on.

Flatly of brown and burgundy

 

In most cases however, I want to wear my heels. There is just something about lifting my legs off the ground and seeing my calves look stronger than they really are! These Manolo Blahnik BB pumps are classic, classy and surprisingly comfortable. It’s great that you can customize the heel to any height and in any color online at Neiman Marcus. I would definitely meet the girls for a movie matinee or dinner in this simple ensemble.

Metallic Wine Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps

Tell me, how do you decide what to wear? What are some of your go-to looks that make getting dressed easy for you? I’d love to know and learn more from you! Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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