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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This just in…Black and White Stripes 2015

This just in…Black and White Stripes 2015

Happy Wednesday! It’s no secret that Black and White can be your most basic and yet iconic color combinations in your wardrobe. Whether you see this combo in stripes, polka dots, chevron or any other amazing shape, black and white together are a safe “go to”.

And while you can look amazing in any classic black and white ensemble, playing with COLOR can be so much fun!

Today, I wanted to make some golden moments out of this pretty J.Crew dress that is very much in season for Spring.

Black and White Stripe dress with leopard print

Dress:  J. Crew Factory (30% off everything until March 15)

Shoes: Sam Edelman

Leopard Foldover Clutch: Clare Vivier

Jewelry: J. Crew necklace(old) and Rosary bracelet (Similar here)

Lip Balm: Evolution of Smooth

Black and White dress with red pumps and pearlsShoes: Banana Republic (30% off select style until March 15)

Sequin Clutch: J. Crew (old), Similar here

Necklace: J. Crew

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Black and White dress with blue and brown

Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar here)

Cross body/Clutch: J. Crew Factory (similar here and here)

Oversized Scarf: H & M (similar here in different color)

Beret (Old):Similar here

Black and white stripe dress with brown details

Shoes: Schutz (one of my favorite shoe designers!)

Cross body/Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff

Infinity Scarf: Charming Charlie (similar here)

Which one is your favorite? What will be some of your favorite colors to add to the black and white trend this season? I’d love to share! Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Who am I?

Who am I?

As a theatre teacher, I always start the school year by asking students to answer the question Who Am I? I challenge them to explore how much they know about themselves before they explore characters. And now with this blog and all of you, I get to share my answer to that very same question.

who am i

I am a mother to two beautiful children, a gloriously funny 5 year old boy and a daughter whom I only met after 33 weeks-for too brief a moment-as we were one through our hearts, before she became an angel. And through these two very different mommy experiences, I am a wife grounded by love and support from my amazing husband, my best friend.

who am i

Fashion has always brought me joy and makes me feel like I’ve got it all together. I remember watching my mother when I was young as she would get ready to go out. I always imagined she had a golden aura around her. It was the dress, the shoes, the hair, the makeup; all of it just made her even more beautiful than she already was. And I wanted to be HER.


Being here on this blog along with me means one or more of the following: you love every season in fashion (and a good sale!) and want to see great ways to mix and match your wardrobe, you are a mother (or planning to become one) to a young child as they navigate their way through life or simply want to explore the world as we travel through it.

No matter what the reason may be, thank you for joining me as I take you from season to season sharing life’s little golden moments-in fashion, in motherhood and around the world.

xoxo, Jessica
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It started with Christian Louboutin Shoes!

It started with Christian Louboutin Shoes!

Welcome to This Season’s Gold! I have been a shoe lover my whole life.  Many women (and men!) would say the same, and probably can recall the time when they were little and tried on their mother’s or father’s fanciest shoes. As I write this, I have several shoes in different sections of my home as I reorganize my shoe closet: Give away, Sell, Keep, WHY didn’t I ever wear these?, WHY did I ever wear these?, and so on. But then there are these beauties; the only heels I was willing to wear on my birthday while pregnant! They are THAT amazing! And they say so much about me as a person.

With everything this past year has brought, I can wear these Christian Louboutin shoes and  feel unstoppable, know that even the saddest moments are possible to overcome (with time and support!), and that fashion can actually heal. Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica

Christian Louboutin shoe exhibit

Shoes ::  Christian Louboutin Fifi Spikes 100mm (Similar Here)