All in White and Shining Armor

All in White and Shining Armor

Happy Thursday! We are almost to the weekend! As a mom, there’s just never a good time to wear white nor should you ever think you’ll make it through the day without a mark. Yet, here I am all in white everything to make a point about fashion and healing. When I found myself on the deep end of grief, I couldn’t bear to think about color or anything bright in my wardrobe. I loved all things dark. I hid in the clothes (and the fact that it was winter helped!) and my black wardrobe took over. When I think back to working in the corporate world in New York City, wearing black was a uniform. You wore a black pencil skirt, blazer, and had a black handbag and shades which meant you were serious and meant business. You wore it like armor. But I’m here to tell you that wearing white and color is my new strength.

white clutch

I wear white to say Here I Am. I am bright and shiny and living.

white clutch

white booties

When you are going through the depths of darkness, just know you’ve still got the light to get you out! And as a mother, don’t be afraid to wear white (Save the pizza for another day!). Wear white as your armor, wear it as your statement piece, wear it to get out of the dark and move yourself from one season of your life to another.

mirrored shades and white shirt

Outfit :: Astr Drape Jacket (similar), J.Crew Jeans, Forever 21 T-Shirt, Nine West Heels, Francesca’s Clutch, Loft Mirrored Sunglasses (similar) All wardrobe or similar pieces here

Photo credit: My Mother

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xoxo, Jessica
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New York City view from the Top in Lights

New York City view from top of GWB

Happy Wednesday! One of the things that is great about living in the New York City area is that you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, and still find refuge in quieter places that give you a view of all the on-goings of those busy people down below living their lives. This park near the George Washington Bridge (with miraculously light traffic on this day!) overlooking upper Manhattan is that perfect place.

Spring pastels

I like how this outfit sizes up to the massive steel structure of bridge. With the movement of the pleated skirt and casual nature of the tank top, I found that the mixed textures of the pieces made this outfit feel edgy and modern while still being light and girly. A nod to the classics with a high bun and large sunglasses made me feel like an actress on location from one of those American Movie Classics from TV. Wait…did I just say that? It must be that this location itself was considered the”original Hollywood”  and where motion pictures were born. For real.

New York City view

spring accessories

I’ve been having fun with jewelry and I am particularly drawn to a few things that make me happy to wear as much jewelry as possible on any given day: 1) Gold! 2) Druzy (glittering effect of crystals over a colored mineral) seen here, and 3) jewelry that is born out of a desire and passion to serve others. Now I know that last reason is not something you really think about when you buy jewelry. But this pink disc bracelet is something that not only is beautiful and affordable, but also created by a teacher so that a portion of the sales create college scholarships for students. I couldn’t be happeir to shop as a result! Learn more at Shop Compliment!

Spring handbag

Outfit :: Loft Tank and Skirt here or similar, H&M coat similar here, Aldo handbag (on sale!!) here, 424 Fifth Suede Slingbacks (25% off!) here

Accessories :: Rings (not my diamond bands),  earrings, Fossil Watch, Druzy bracelet  here or similar and Pink Disc bracelet here

Photo credit: My Mother

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xoxo, Jessica
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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

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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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