On the Road with Stripes and Leopard

On the Road with Stripes and Leopard

Happy Sunday! Being able to share my love for fashion and actually be in the clothes on the blog has been a long road I’ve had to travel.  From losing baby weight after a loss (this takes on a whole new meaning!) to fitting in those skinny jeans (why do we do it to ourselves, ladies?), it was not easy. But here I am. And this look is quite symbolic for my current state of mind.

This Season's Gold // stripe top and leopard print

There are so many theories out there as to why stripes and leopard print is pleasing to the eye, and I’ve chalked it up to the basic rule that nature dictates what we wear. You’ve got the leopard and the zebra. One predator. One prey. In chase. And that’s exactly where I am now. Some days I’m very much the predator, taking advantage of all that I have going for me in life. On other days, the world is very much on my hide, chasing me down with moments that are forever different in the way I perceive them. But here I am.

This Season's Gold // Black and white stripes with leopard print

And in fashion, there’s nothing you can’t handle with a fierce pair of red suede pumps! So however you want to put it together, get yourself some stripes, some leopard print and something red (even if only the lips!) and go take on the world!

This Season's Gold // Leopard print clutch and red pumps

Outfit :: Ann Taylor Stripe Top (love this one!), J. Crew Vintage Jeans (mine are extra torn, but on sale!), Clare V. Leopard Clutch, Banana Republic Suede Pumps (similar!)

This Season's Gold // Stripes and red shoes

Photo Credit: My Mother

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xoxo, Jessica
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All in White and Shining Armor

All in White and Shining Armor

Happy Thursday! We are almost to the weekend! As a mom, there’s just never a good time to wear white nor should you ever think you’ll make it through the day without a mark. Yet, here I am all in white everything to make a point about fashion and healing. When I found myself on the deep end of grief, I couldn’t bear to think about color or anything bright in my wardrobe. I loved all things dark. I hid in the clothes (and the fact that it was winter helped!) and my black wardrobe took over. When I think back to working in the corporate world in New York City, wearing black was a uniform. You wore a black pencil skirt, blazer, and had a black handbag and shades which meant you were serious and meant business. You wore it like armor. But I’m here to tell you that wearing white and color is my new strength.

white clutch

I wear white to say Here I Am. I am bright and shiny and living.

white clutch

white booties

When you are going through the depths of darkness, just know you’ve still got the light to get you out! And as a mother, don’t be afraid to wear white (Save the pizza for another day!). Wear white as your armor, wear it as your statement piece, wear it to get out of the dark and move yourself from one season of your life to another.

mirrored shades and white shirt

Outfit :: Astr Drape Jacket (similar), J.Crew Jeans, Forever 21 T-Shirt, Nine West Heels, Francesca’s Clutch, Loft Mirrored Sunglasses (similar) All wardrobe or similar pieces here

Photo credit: My Mother

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xoxo, Jessica
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New York City view from the Top in Lights

New York City view from top of GWB

Happy Wednesday! One of the things that is great about living in the New York City area is that you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, and still find refuge in quieter places that give you a view of all the on-goings of those busy people down below living their lives. This park near the George Washington Bridge (with miraculously light traffic on this day!) overlooking upper Manhattan is that perfect place.

Spring pastels

I like how this outfit sizes up to the massive steel structure of bridge. With the movement of the pleated skirt and casual nature of the tank top, I found that the mixed textures of the pieces made this outfit feel edgy and modern while still being light and girly. A nod to the classics with a high bun and large sunglasses made me feel like an actress on location from one of those American Movie Classics from TV. Wait…did I just say that? It must be that this location itself was considered the”original Hollywood”  and where motion pictures were born. For real.

New York City view

spring accessories

I’ve been having fun with jewelry and I am particularly drawn to a few things that make me happy to wear as much jewelry as possible on any given day: 1) Gold! 2) Druzy (glittering effect of crystals over a colored mineral) seen here, and 3) jewelry that is born out of a desire and passion to serve others. Now I know that last reason is not something you really think about when you buy jewelry. But this pink disc bracelet is something that not only is beautiful and affordable, but also created by a teacher so that a portion of the sales create college scholarships for students. I couldn’t be happeir to shop as a result! Learn more at Shop Compliment!

Spring handbag

Outfit :: Loft Tank and Skirt here or similar, H&M coat similar here, Aldo handbag (on sale!!) here, 424 Fifth Suede Slingbacks (25% off!) here

Accessories :: Rings (not my diamond bands),  earrings, Fossil Watch, Druzy bracelet  here or similar and Pink Disc bracelet here

Photo credit: My Mother

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Making Memories on Opening Day

Making Memories on Opening Day

Happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Weather here in the New York area was quite warm during the weekend (today is another story!) which was perfect for Opening Day of tee-ball for my little guy.

London tank top

For someone petite like myself, I could empathize with my son whose uniform was just way too big! If you have a child who’s on the smaller side and they join any sports team, prepare your sewing skills or get a good tailor in the ready.  I did neither and instead just cut his t-shirt several inches from the bottom. I admit I cut it poorly. (Note to self: never wait until the last minute to make big decisions about fashion!) I felt so bad. Lesson learned. Even the poor cap was too big, but my little champ embraced it and was awesome.

Kids baseball

And since we had time before the ceremony, we had some fun practicing catching and throwing! Family time is so precious to me now more than ever. And whether you are a parent or not, when you are with those you love always make time to enjoy the outdoors with them. Take a walk, sit on the porch, talk about nothing. Just being there and listening makes a world of difference to their memories…and yours. Go make some memories this season! Thank you for reading!

Baseball Mom

Outfit:: Rush blazer (similar here), Tank Top (old from street market in London), Kate Spade sunglasses here, J.Crew jeans here, Converse sneakers here

Photo credit: My Mother

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Saying Hello in Neon and Stripes

Saying Hello in Neon and Stripes

The weekend is almost here! I am so happy to finally get a chance to share how I wear my styling-in neon and stripes nonetheless. It took me awhile and I was waiting for just the right time to make it all come together the way I wanted. I think this outfit is the perfect representation of everything I’ve been feeling about creating This Season’s Gold and what it means to me.

When you’re pregnant, there is so much joy and you make immediate plans for the future of your unborn child. You live in a world of color! When you lose your child, you immediately want nothing to do with any thing pretty or painted or bright. You can barely handle the black and white of the world. Balancing the emotions from going through that experience makes you feel like you never want to care about getting dressed ever again.

I  had it all together at one time in my life. Then I lost it. In all that ugliness, I wanted nothing more than to get it back. (Would I ever get it back?) It meant facing my grief and realizing that looking fashionable or losing the baby weight didn’t have to be about vanity (my fear about what others would think despite how untrue that was), but instead be extremely therapeutic. I had to stop worrying what people would think if I smiled, wore lipstick or even stepped out of the house in high heels. I could still grieve for my daughter (I always will) and yet feel good about myself on behalf of what it means to move forward. If my daughter were here, I would teach her (as I do my son) that being strong in the face of tragedy doesn’t have to come at a cost to who you are. You are allowed to be strong and be sad.

If you ever find yourself in the depths of grief, just know that you can find yourself again. You may be altered, but you will be okay. A different kind of okay. You are allowed to laugh (and cry), celebrate (and grieve), wear brights (and gray), and always be in search for this season’s gold to lift you out of your darkness!

neon pink skirt

Outfit :: Tulle Striped Coat (in navy and white here), Club Monaco Sweater (old, similar here), J. Crew skirt (other colors here), Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps (other colors here)

Photo credit: My Mother

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xoxo, Jessica
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