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

SPONSOR: East Dane sale,Made Worn, Lolo bags, iphoria, Lorenzo Serafini, OP Jewellery, pink lace dresses, navy pumps, lux watches, mini, maxi, pencil skirts,Women’s vests

Renewed in Bright Blue and Textured Skirt

Renewed in Bright Blue and Textured Skirt

My closet doesn’t have too much in the way of blue other than jeans, but I am trying to push outside my comfort zone more often (on so  many levels in my life right now!). I want to explore it’s potential in my wardrobe among my usual outfit colors like pink and red. So with blue Steve Madden suede heels and blue J.Crew mini cross-body bag (similar here) in hand, I wanted to take a little visit to the views of downtown Manhattan and the Freedom Tower.

bright blue heels

One thing is for sure, I do love a great midi-skirt that not only fits well and has a great waistline, but has pockets! I’m convinced all skirts should have pockets. Why this is not a basic fashion rule? (hint!) And what is better than pockets on a skirt? Texture! Skirts are the perfect Spring season look, but having a textured skirt gives a special quality and element of a strong exterior to your outfit, like this one from Asos (similar here). Even the waistband has a superhero quality.

blue heels

There is so much story to share about what I feel being across from the Freedom Tower (future post), but what I will say is that the feeling of renewal comes to mind. Renewed hope, renewed spirit and renewed strength. Everyday I strive for those experiences from minute to minute because so many days can be rather hard to get through.  Yet it should always be a goal to stand tall, strong and steely for those around you, but most importantly for yourself.

Share with us :: How have you renewed yourself in challenging times? We love comments, so feel free to share and inspire us too! And if you are enjoying the blog, please sign up for our weekly newsletter on the sidebar of this post and share with others. Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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In the Park :: Chambray Shirt & Pink Maxi Skirt

In the Park :: Chambray Shirt & Pink Maxi Skirt

Happy Wednesday! I am loving these days of Spring where you can enjoy some of the warmer days outdoors with those you love. The park is just the perfect place to not only get your children out to play and be active, but also to find time to reconnect to your own youth and see it through the eyes of your child. I actually like being on that playground too. I don’t want to miss a moment of my son’s joy.  My new worries about what it means to miss out on quality time with him has me trying to get on that slide, climb that rock wall or hang off some strange new monkey bar. (Sorry in advance if I’m the crazy Mom you see doing all of that!) Unfortunately today the crazy wind didn’t make much for a park date, but we were happy to get out nonetheless.

This Season's Gold // Side Braid

Now I consider the chambray shirt the perfect neutral for the spring season. It goes with just about everything and there are so many shades of the blue denim, you can’t just own one. I particularly love this J. Crew light blue chambray shirt since it feels feminine and isn’t too stiff of a material. In keeping it casual, instead of tucking or buttoning the shirt all the way, I tied a knot at the ends for a fun and free-spirited feel.

This Season's Gold // chambray shirt and pink maxi skirt

Maxi skirts are great for the spring, especially when you want to cover up your legs and still be in a skirt! (And awaiting that golden tan!) This maxi skirt is voluminous and I love it! It can be dressed down as much as a chiffon layered maxi skirt can be or dressed up for an event (future post!). And for someone as petite as I am (more about that here), I went for a tan and gold high heeled sandal to give the skirt just enough height off the ground while still elongating my stature (a tailor is also always a good option for us petite girls!). Hot pink particularly goes well with warm tones like brown or tan, so keep that in mind the next time you want to tone down a bright pink piece in your outfit.

This Season's Gold // Saddle Bag and braceletsAnd as someone who has invested in helping women succeed in all parts of their lives (styling, motherhood, travel, business, etc.), I have been drawn to many of the small businesses seen on Instagram these days. I am in awe of the many women out there creating such amazing pieces of clothing and jewelry. I just can’t get enough. That’s where I learned about druzy jewelry. And I’ve been addicted to it since. Here, the large golden druzy coin and mint bolo leather bracelet is from a shop I found on Instagram called HM Willow as part of their Magellan Collection.

Outfit :: J. Crew Chambray Shirt (On Sale with extra 20% off!), Anthropologie Maxi Skirt (old, similar light pink maxi here), Schutz Sandals (similar here), Fossil Saddle Crossbody (similar here), Rings: Francesca’s and Loft, Bracelets: Loft, HM Willow

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Photo Credit: My Mother

xoxo, Jessica
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Event Season for Flowers and Showers

Event Season for Flowers and Showers

Happy Thursday! One of the things I love about Spring is the start to what I like to call event season. My mailbox starts to get happy with invitations to weddings, galas, engagement parties, birthday parties (more for kids though these days), and baby showers. Even better, there’s always something to dress up for that doesn’t involve coat check. (Why does that line always move so slowly?) So I was happy that I had this floral dress ready to go for a very special and meaningful occasion.

This Season's Gold // Blush and Floral Maxi Dress

This wrap dress is so much of everything. It is classy, elegant and has that oh la la feel to it when the wind blows just the right way (oh, but be sure to wear something neutral underneath!). It’s the kind of dress that makes you feel pretty, girly and like a flower in bloom. I felt like gold.

This Season's Gold // Floral Spring Maxi Dress

It was the right kind of dress to wear to one of my family member’s baby shower.  It was the first baby event I attended since saying goodbye to my daughter (I never got to have her baby shower). I wanted to feel pretty and fresh and light while bearing the weight of facing everything baby times two (Twin girls. My wallet is in trouble!). But I was prepared and since I am beyond in love already with those precious little ones, I knew that all would be okay. And it was. I was. I will be.

This Season's Gold // Long Floral Print Dress

This Season's Gold // Blush Handbag and Sandals

Outfit :: June & Hudson Dress (similar here), Aldo Lock and Key Handbag (nice update here!), Black Saks Fifth Ave. Sandals (love these from Steve Madden!), Francesca’s earrings, Pottery Barn Kids Name Plate Necklace, Fossil Watch (On sale!!), Loft Druzy cuff, (All wardrobe pieces or similar here!), Compliment Gratitude bracelet here

Special Shout-out: And to the girl who was the first to ever say to me “You don’t know me but I know you are from This Season’s Gold, I’m wearing a pop of color because of you. (You looked great!) Thank you. It was a sign that I am doing this for the right reason.

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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