News // Shopping with alba Boutique & YouTube

News // Shopping with alba Boutique & YouTube

I can’t believe I am writing these words (for all the times I thought I would never do it!), but we are officially LIVE with our first video on YouTube (check out our short video below or right here)! And there is no better way than to start by sharing one of my favorite events to have hosted this year with alba Boutique! If you were able to attend the event, you know it was raining and the unusual weather was bookended by sunnier days. But that did not stop many of you who came out and enjoyed some bubbly and snacks while getting your hair braided and enjoying the company of the women and men who stopped by to support This Season’s Gold and alba Boutique in Hoboken! Thank you!

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

 

shopping with alba

What I love about shopping small boutiques are the attention to detail that is in involved in catering to the customer. I know that when I go into alba Boutique, I am met with a kind smile and an array of choices for whatever I may be looking for, whether that be a dress, leather jacket, sunglasses, handbag, jumpsuit or jeans! You’d be surprised how much such a small space can offer! I not only found this gorgeous peach jumpsuit here a few weeks ago, but then within 5 minutes of walking in saw this beautiful white off the shoulder top, perfect for the summer bbq’s, (similar here and love this one too) and had to wear it during the event!

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

What made this event even more special is that my hairstylist and friend, Catt Nunez (follow her on Instagram!), hosted a braid bar and it was such a hit! What girl doesn’t love a fierce braid to wear for a summer weekend?

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

Jeanna, the owner of alba Boutique, is such an amazing women. Her hard work and dedication makes her such an inspiration and is the truest form of a #girlboss! Her boutiques are in Ridgewood and Hoboken, NJ and now in Wellesley, MA – so you know she knows what she is doing. Learn how we met in our video below!

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

shopping with alba

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Layering // Taking the Maxi Dress to the Next Level

Layering // Taking the Maxi Dress to the Next Level

Most of us wait to wear our favorite maxi dress on the warmer days of the year. Wearing denim with our dresses may not be the first thing we think about. Yet, one way to take your maxi dress to the next level is to wear it with jeans! The perfect maxi dress to pair with pants (or shorts on those really warm days) is a full length button down dress so you can leave it open at the waistline, and wear it like a long and flowy cardigan or shirtdress (basically!). It’s a great way to play with proportions and get two outfits out of one maxi dress. 

With bright colors for the summer, I have worn this dress with white jeans also, and love how the floral print plays as that pop of color I mentioned in my last post that goes well with white denim. Here are some of my favorite maxi’s to layer the next time you are heading out for the day!

maxi dress

maxi dress

Would you try the maxi dress and pants look? I’d love to what you think! And if you aren’t subscribed to our newsletter, you can sign up here as we get ready to share a big announcement this week, and would love for you to be the first to know! Thank you for stopping by!

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Date Nights // Styling White Jeans for Summer

Date Nights // Styling White Jeans for Summer

Do you have a love/hate relationship with white jeans? I do. First, let me just say that I love wearing white and styling white jeans because of their versatility and simplicity (see here with burgundy and in all white here). But some white denim can be too thin where you can see through them, so finding a great pair is key! White jeans are great for summer and evenings when you go out for date night and want to look classic and chic. When you find the perfect pair of white jeans, be sure to buy more than one!

styling white jeans

Style your white jeans with a statement top.

This sheer shoulder top from Maggy London is a piece that can be worn casually as I did here or with a long skirt for a more formal look. From front to back, the illusion top is equal parts elegant and classic, with a hint of sexy – the perfect statement top. It is my new favorite top of the summer!

styling white jeans

styling white jeans

styling white jeans

Do-it-Yourself.

In order to change up an old pair of my favorite white jeans, I frayed the hem myself. All you need is a ruler, scissors and a large nail file. 1) Fold the jeans with the front side of them facing outward and line up the hem. 2) Using a ruler, decide where you will cut the hem (and cut) considering that you will lose about 1/2 an inch once you start to fray the edges. 3) After cutting, try the jeans on to ensure accuracy of your cut, and then remove them to begin to fray the edges. 4) Using a clean nail file (white is best), rub the edge the jeans that will start to separate the fibers. you can fray as much or as little as you want. If you want more you can cut slits around the hem use nail file the same way to get a wider frayed edge.

styling white jeans

styling white jeans

Have fun with the accessories.

When you style a look simply in black and white, have fun finding a pop of color or a print to make the entire outfit stand out. Leopard is basically another neutral in my opinion, and adding these sandals to the look was just enough to add some fun to the outfit!

white jeans for summer

styling white jeans

styling white jeans

Add red.

Wearing a red lip looks good on any woman, and there’s something about wearing a red lipstick that feels daring and empowering. While it’s not limited to the way you style your white jean look, when you add that pop of color an evening out can feel much more fun! =)

styling white jeans

What is your favorite way to styling white jeans? I’d love to know and get inspired by you! Leave your thoughts in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading!

Shop the Feature // Maggy London top (20% off w/ code JESSICA)| Ann Taylor jeans | Sandals | Earrings | Handbag | Lipgloss

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.

Adventure // 3 Ways to Stay Active with a Busy Life

Adventure // 3 Ways to Stay Active with a Busy Life

Thank you to prAna and #WeAllGrow Latina Network for partnering on this post.  

The words “I’m busy” are often an understatement in any mother’s daily life. I am sure of it. We all wish there were more hours in the day and less tasks on our to-do lists. Am I right? I know that with everything I have going on this time of year (planning trips and kid camp registrations, tests, tending to allergies, writing speeches, I could go on and on…), I rarely find a moment that I can dedicate to going to the gym. I’ve said a thousand times I’m returning to Bikram Yoga for a 6am class, but have yet to make it. (Trying!) So with my busy life, I know that I have to find different ways to motivate myself to stay active until I finally do make it to that 6am class! Here are my 3 ways to stay active while “the busy” keeps going.

ways to stay active

1. WEAR CLOTHES THAT MOTIVATE

There is something to be said for wearing clothing that motivates you to stay active. Feeling good about yourself is something I believe is important in motivating yourself to get fit and take on a new adventure, even if it means getting a new outfit to get the ball rolling. This netted top is long enough to cover my backside while light enough to wear on a cool or hot day. I also love finding a perfect pair of leggings that made with attention to detail  and feel snug in all the right places. High-waisted is a plus! These prAna pants fit the bill! Smooth, snug, high-waisted and made from sustainable material (doing good for the world!), these leggings were the perfect motivation to enjoy an active day outdoors!

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

2. TAKE THE FAMILY WITH YOU

Taking pics is one thing, but having my husband and my son to make it a day we can all enjoy outdoors is another. Going on hikes (see post here), finding ways to take on new adventures together, and modeling the importance of physical activity to my son is important. Getting to spend time with those you love by choosing activities that keep you active is the perfect way to get more stuff done!

3. DISCOVER SOMEWHERE NEW

Making the effort to find somewhere new to walk/hike/workout when you have too many things already on your plate may just feel like another task. However, it is possible to make it happen. Take a moment to think about a place you’ve always wanted to see or visit – even if only a short drive away. You’ll discover you are more inclined to spend time exploring a new place with a fresh set of eyes, and therefore stay active longer. Maybe that’s the reason I am less likely to make it to a gym to stay active (although winter may change my mind!) since I love the adventure of discovering somewhere new.

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

What do you do to stay active when you are too busy to workout? I’d love to be inspired by your ideas! Thank you for stopping by!

Shop the Feature // prAna top & prAna leggings (Use code WAGLNJL for special discount) | Tommy Hilfiger sneakers | Quay High Key sunglasses 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.

Summer Launch Event // Peach Jumpsuit & Nude Sandals

Summer Launch Event // Peach Jumpsuit & Nude Sandals

The unofficial start to summer is almost here and I’ve just gotten back from a beautiful getaway that I can’t wait to share with you all! More details soon! But right now I’m in the mood to celebrate summer and I’m starting with a fun night out with a local boutique in Hoboken, NJ! Located in Ridgewood and Hoboken, NJ and in its newest location in Wellesely, MA, I love alba Boutique because not only did I find this jumpsuit there, but all of the pieces in store are beautifully curated for your summer styling – from lace maxi’s, jumpsuits, jackets, cute shorts, and all types of event looks to take you from a baby shower to a wedding to a night out on the town!

peach jumpsuit This peach jumpsuit for summer is everything right now! As a petite gal, I sometimes feel jumpsuits cut me off at the waist a bit too short and I can look frumpy, but not in this jumpsuit. From the light and airy material that keeps me cool on a hot summer night with a the low-v open back, I am seriously wearing it on repeat!

peach jumpsuit

With all the neutral shades from the peach to the nude sandals and tan clutch, I like to add a pop of color. My new favorite shades for the beach – a great pair of aviators –  are this summer season’s newest obsession in an ombré shade of blue!

peach jumpsuit

The back of this jumpsuit! I can’t get enough. To be totally honest, it can be a challenge to wear a low v-back outfit without a good undergarment! You know what I mean ladies, so I found some great pieces for this kind of jumpsuit here, here and here! Let me know what you think! 

peach jumpsuit

peach jumpsuit

If you are local and can make it to the Hoboken area, RSVP and stop by the event for some great music, drinks, and a braid bar to get you ready for Memorial Day weekend and the launch of the summer season! More details and RSVP form can be found here.

Shop the feature // Jumpsuit | Sandals |  Sunglasses | Clutch (similar) | Earrings (similar and here) | Bracelet 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope to see you soon at the event or next time on the blog!