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

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Celebrating an Anniversary with a Date Night

Celebrating an Anniversary with a Date Night

Happy Friday everyone! Today marks our 1 Month Anniversary at This Season’s Gold! I want to thank each and every one of you for following us as we continue to grow. Whether for one visit or twenty-three, we are happy that you have joined us.

So what does a Mom do when there’s a special anniversary? Go out on a date, of course. It’s probably one of the few times you get to jump (yes, jump for joy!) out of your usual garb and go buy that outfit you’ve been eyeing online. Yes. No one has to know that you ventured to try it on whilst your child was losing their mind on the fitting room line, or even that you just want to buy it to have something new and nice to look at.  Come to think of it, when was the last time you bought something nice for yourself anyway?

With a baby sitter in the wings, a secured date that isn’t allowed to back out (thanks honey!), and a place to go, all you have to do is go and get fancy. In a effort to help you with this endeavor, I put together some fun ideas.

olive and pink outfit

I love the idea of wearing heels on a date with my husband because it makes me feel extra special, pretty and elegant, which are all good things. I have to keep in mind that going on a date means no verbal tug at my ear with “mommy” a thousand times over (fyi: I love my son beyond words) and so I shouldn’t dress like I’m expecting to hear it either. So while those date nights can sometimes be few and far between, I do try to avoid my usual casual Mom style. Try it. Make going out all the more reason to feel special with a nice outfit, some great makeup (trust me, go the extra mile for extra fabulosity), and even an extra spritz of perfume (at the crown of your head is best and lasts longer).

Olive vest

And lastly on the topic of all things fancy and celebratory, so many new opportunities are coming our way that we want to share with you because we couldn’t do this without you! As promised a giveaway for our 1 Month Anniversary will happen and will be announced this Sunday. It definitely will be an exciting one for sure!

So the only thing left to do is go book a  date night (and a reason to shop) with your love and have fun!  Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Tough Leather Jackets Looking Pretty

Leather Jacket

Happy April everyone! I love these days of Spring when you can start to wear prettier dresses and show your toes but can still put on a great leather jacket without experiencing heat exhaustion. I have to admit that I’ve always had an aversion to wearing anything other than jeans and a t-shirt with a leather motorcycle jacket. But we all live and learn, don’t we? So while styling some looks, I started to come to terms with my issues (Fashion 101: Evolve!) and went to toughen up some of my Spring outfits with this great Michael Kors leather jacket (similar here on sale!).

Leather Jacket and Pretty Dress

Maxi Dress (old), Nine West heels, Francesca’s Clutch (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Leather Jacket and mini SkirtThe Loft Tank Top, Skirt and bracelet, Charles David booties, Mirrored Sunglasses (old) (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Leather jacket and tight dress

Dress (old), DVF clutch, Boutique 9 booties, Drop earrings (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

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xoxo, Jessica
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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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