Date Night :: Off the Shoulder & Lace-up Heels

Date Night :: Off the Shoulder & Lace-up Heels

Happy Tuesday to you! When my husband (Mr. E) and I first met, one of our favorite things to do was to try out new restaurants and make a list of our favorites. It’s no coincidence that our wedding eventually had a food and restaurant theme. When we recently decided to go out for a date night, there’s always the conversation about where to go eat. This time last year, I remember having no interest in eating anything of any kind. I was pregnant and nauseous all the time.  But what I did recall was my craving for truffles. With that memory on my mind, I wanted to go to one of my favorite places where they make the best homemade pasta with mushrooms and black truffle oil, which meant Mr. E picked the movie.
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These last 7 months meant learning how to redefine what family means as we now are parents who have a child and lost another. Whenever couples go through such difficult experiences together, it’s important to understand that they are two perspectives that are experiencing the same event, which means being open to the difference in the response. I’ve learned that time is not what heals a wound as much as open communication and understanding does, albeit slowly. I think date night becomes all the more important for married couples to be able to share time to talk about the future and share sweet moments that can get swallowed up in the day to day of life and parenthood.

Off the should black dress

When we go out, I always put as much effort as I did when we were going out on our first date! I keep it simple and fun, especially in the summer. This casual off the shoulder dress was perfect for a summer evening walk along the water after dinner. I love that I could wear it with a thin or thick belt depending on the look I wanted. I can’t wait to style it again over jeans during the early days off Fall!

Schutz Straps heels

I’m never sure if Mr. E enjoys helping me decide to get ready sometimes, but I like to ask his opinion since I consider him to have a great style of his own. It was fun to let him pick what shoes I should wear for the evening and went with these lace-up heels, which I particularly love because they make me feel 6 feet tall (however, I’m not sure if that’s how I look!).

Off Should black dress

It means so much to me that This Season’s Gold is 4 months old already! Writing and sharing has been such a gift and a genuine therapeutic outlet. I always write with heaven in mind and think of my daughter every second I get to share, whether it is for fun or something more personal and serious. I am honored that you visit and share your kind words often. My family is stronger these days and although the hurt (and sudden overflow of tears!) never ever goes away, I know that we are a team, and will always stand tall against any storms that may follow.

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Outfit :: ASOS Off the Shoulder dress, J. Crew belt (old, similar here), Forever 21 lock handbag, Schutz lace up heels (old, love these!), ASOS pearl double stud earrings (like these as well!)

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Preview Fall :: Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

Preview Fall :: Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

Happy Thursday! My mind is in full Summer mode. But one of my favorite seasons happens to be Fall, so it’s no surprise that I already have been eyeing pre-Fall items as my favorite shops start to infiltrate my inbox with preview fall reminders. And then there’s the Nordstrom‘s Anniversary Sale. The shopping event that can make any sale-loving individual lose it! Why? Because that means Fall (sorry, I really am not trying to rush it!) is not too far away and all the great fashion for the upcoming season is on sale.

Anthropologie color block tank

This outfit has me inspired for many of the Fall colors that I expected to see at the sale and while I’m enjoying my Summer with this swing tank and peep toe heels, I’m still excited to get to preview the Fall collections.

color block tank

Kate Spade purple crossbody handbag

Peep Toe Ankle Booties

Outfit :: Anthropologie swing tunic (great one here too, both on sale plus 20%), Loft relaxed jeans, Vince Camuto peep toe bootie, Kate Spade cross body bag (other colors here too!) , Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Banana Republic “When in Rome” bracelet

Empire State Building View

I spent the day combing through the store to check out (and try on!) some of the best of the best to get you started! Pantone, a company based right here in NJ which works to create color matching and production for several industries including fabric printing, always share the color trends for the upcoming seasons and was right on target with colors such as pale gold and cashmere rose (they do have great names for their colors!) on the color palette for Fall 2015. Lucky me, my favorite color is green and there are so many variations of that shade now seen everywhere. Hope you enjoy the sale and my early picks!

Outerwear :: Michael Kors Raincoat, Vince Camuto Weave Cape , Sam Edelman Faux Fur Vest

Clothing :: Lace Romper, Halogen Floral Sweater, Halogen Leather A-Line Skirt, loving this Leith  V-Back Sweater

Shoes :: Tall Back Zip Hunter Boots,  Sam Edelman Fringe Ankle Boot, BCBGMAXAZRIA Grey Pumps, Cole Haan Over the Knee Suede Boot

Handbags & Accessories ::  Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Love Crossbody (loving the new burgundy color!),  Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch, Kate Spade Aviators  (so many colors!)

Be on the lookout this weekend for a special giveaway to prepare you for your Nordstrom shopping! Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Rail Lines :: Peplum Top & News Print Skirt

Rail Lines :: Peplum Top & News Print Skirt

Happy Tuesday! Late start today, but happy to share this pretty and cleverly designed skirt. In this journey of growing and sharing fashion (and much more!), I’ve come across many new people I can now consider friends, from photographers to other bloggers and social media guru’s to designers. With every new opportunity I get to experience, my greatest joy comes from equally sharing that with others.

 News Print Skirt

One particular great new gal I recently met is the designer behind this here skirt. I love the way she played with the newsprint concept of magazine copy from Vogue and images of Audrey Hepburn (a definite style icon of mine when I want some classic inspiration!). I thought it would be fun to play with the old classic feel of the skirt with a textured peplum top that made me think of rail road tracks. Adding strong cobalt blue details with silver accessories was my choice of color to pop against the black and white details.

Peplum Top

Peplum tops are a must-have in your wardrobe, particularly because they have a forgiving shape to a transitioning body type like mine (still working on my post-baby body!). Peplum also looks great with just about any bottom; from jeans to pencil skirts to a pleated skirt like this one here. I particularly loved the texture hard edges and sheer mesh details of the top that give it a bit of sex appeal without over doing it. I added the belt to elongate my petite frame.

Bauble

This top could easily go without any necklace, but here I wanted to add some extra details to bring old world elements to the look…the big baubles, the red lip, the oversized shades. Probably even a little more than I normally would wear, but I do love how it brings the look together if I wanted to feel a little extra for an evening out to the theatre.

Black Peplum top

And if I didn’t love this peplum top enough, the fact that the back of it has a zipper from the neckline to the hem makes it so much easier to put on given the narrow cut on the waist of all peplum tops. Hope you enjoyed the look!

Outfit :: Anthropologie peplum top (on sale and extra 20%!) , Milagros Designs newsprint skirt, Steve Madden suede pumps, DVF foldover clutch (neutral color here), J. Crew belt (I like this one too!), J. Crew necklace, Longines watch (newer edition here), The Loft sunglasses

Thank you for reading! And be on high alert as Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is just around the corner with Early Access to cardholders (did you even know you could get a Nordstrom debit card so that you don’t feel the guilt or interest on any statements?!) I’ll be sharing some of my top favorites to help you get started this Thursday! Do you shop the anniversary sale? Be ready!

xoxo, Jessica
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PopSugarLatina :: Being All American, All Latina

PopSugarLatina :: Being All American, All Latina

Happy Wednesday! Welcome July!! When I heard that PopSugar, the megawatt website of all things celebrity, fashion, food, and family (the list goes on!) was branching out to specifically target the Latina market, with PopSugarLatina, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it any way I could! I was thrilled when I saw this tee and even more so when I got the chance to style it. You see, I am an American woman. I am a Latina woman. And those two worlds easily live within me dictating the way I live my life and raise my son.

popsugarlatina tee

When I was growing up, I attended schools that were truly reflective of our country; a beautiful potpourri of cultures that make America what it is today. I was able to share my own culture while learning more about others. My best friend was Korean, my next door neighbor was from India, the boys across the street were from the Philippines and some of my friends from the block (I’m still Jessie from the…!) whom I played with had Polish and Irish relatives, to name a few.

metallic clutch

My grandmother was the youngest in her family and the only girl. What I recall hearing her early stories (she is no longer with us) of growing up, she reminded me that she was the first (and bravest, I think!) in the family to leave Puerto Rico to come to New York. I’m a little fuzzy on the details (I want to do more research!), but I do know that when she came to live here she immediately went to work and ensured that she was independent and successful on her own. She would have thought herself as all American and all Latina, as do I. She was beautiful and committed to making the best life for her family. My commitment to my family is the ultimate reason I do what I do! Although we have lived at different times (and times are surely different!), one thing is for sure, we embraced being both!

popsugarlatina tee

Outfit:: Tee thanks to PopSugarLatina , Asos Skirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs crossbody/clutch, Baublebar Crystal Necklace, Loft Sunglasses (similar here), Fossil Watch, Rings (various, some great piece I love here, here, and here!), Christian Louboutin Heels (similar pair here)

Thank you for reading! Have a great 4th of July!

xoxo, Jessica
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Hangout :: Strappy Sandals, Olive Vest & Links à la Mode!

Hangout :: Strappy Sandals, Olive Vest & Links à la Mode!

Happy Friday! I am so thrilled to be featured again on IFB’s Links à La Mode! I really work so hard to share some great pieces and my personal style to inspire you, and getting featured along with some other great and fashionable woman and men is always an honor!

Sharing a casual look today with my favorite strappy sandals and fun olive vest as I prepare for my son to graduate from Kindergarten. I will be sure to share much about it soon. He’s so excited and I can’t wait. His joy is infectious. Hope you enjoy the look as well as some other great bloggers along the way! Thank you IFB for featuring my post!

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strappy caged sandals

Outfit :: J.Crew Vest (similar one on my wish list here and here), Express Cami (nice one here), Forever 21 Handbag, Loft Jeans, Schutz Sandals (old, these are nice here), Jewelry (great pieces you might like here and here!)

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica

Links à la Mode, June 18

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