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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5 Reasons :: Why to wear a Scarf for Success

Wearing Scarves for Success

Now, I love a great scarf. As we speak, I have almost every color of those $5 pashmina scarves (you know the ones from the vendors in Soho or anywhere in Manthattan?) in my closet. Of course, there are a few that were a little bit more of an investment, but with good reason. Scarves are the perfect accessory to tie all the lose ends of your ensemble together.

But you may ask: Winter is over, so why should I still wear a scarf to work?  It seems that wearing a scarf is actually less about keeping warm and more about asserting yourself in the workplace. I recently was fascinated by a BBC online article about scarves being the new power symbol for women stating that a scarf gives more visibility to women in the workplace. (Trust me, I know it’s our instincts, brilliant minds, hard work, long hours, and multi-tasking selves-Moms!-that really makes us visible. But for a moment, let’s discuss fashion.) So in the spirit of sharing (as always), here are the 5 reasons why you should wear a scarf through the year.

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1. Scarves draw attention to your face and that’s where you want people to be looking when you are speaking, especially about anything of importance.

2. Wearing a bright colored scarf says that you are confident enough in yourself to wear that bright color. It also adds that pop of color to the often dark colored work ensemble.

3. You will look refined (choose fabric and color with purpose). I love that the brand consulting firm Managing Director at Corporate Class, Mirella Zanatta, in the article stated “One piece of clothing equals one word in a sentence. ” So I say get dressed  and use a scarf to be a whole be a paragraph!

4. The caliber of your work (whatever it may be; even SAHM’s work!) will improve. Yes, I said it. When you feel good, you do good. You also walk taller, get away from your desk/house more often (presumably because you want people to see your outfit…and scarf), and are more productive as a result.

5. It can be a great conversation piece. You know that person that always just passes you by and never says anything? Well, a scarf can be an icebreaker! Seriously. Whether you want to start the conversation or they do, wearing a great scarf moves people to speak to you-so choose wisely and have fun with it! Isn’t that was fashion is about? Fun!

So the next time you try wearing a scarf with a purpose, take a picture and share it with us on Instagram or Twitter (See “Stay Connected” on sidebar) We’d love to know how the day goes! I am enjoying meeting my new readers on social media! Thank you for reading!

xoxo,
Jessica
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Styling Blue Blooming

Styling Blue Blooming

Happy First Day of Spring! Did you ever think that you could look to nature to decide what to wear? Probably not as much as you should. While I know there are several seasonal “go-to’s” that we are quick to want, no doubt motivated by the seasonally fabulous fashion shows held the previous season (therefore dictating what you find in the retail shops the following season!), we forget that nature is the best reference for our fashion color combinations. The blue hydrangea is one of my favorite flowers and butterflies hold a special place in my heart, but to see this color in nature is not as usual as you think. Quick, name 3 things you can think of that are blue in nature? (Oh, good. I really couldn’t. My first thought was blueberries. But let’s get back to fashion.) Since we are currently experiencing a snow event here in the Northeast on the first day of spring (rare, but not rare enough!), I decided to explore the less often true blue seen in nature with a little styling!

I absolutely love a blue blazer. I think all shades of blue work, but here a bright blue blazer from J. Crew (click here) works really well in the category of “must have’s” for spring. The warm brown tone of Fossil’s saddle bag (similar styles here) tempers the brightness of the cool blue suede shoes (similar here). Of course, any black and white shirt should be treated as a neutral, so consider it as such and have fun with it! Add cuffed jeans for a casual look and you’re good to go! Blouse: The Loft, Gold Hoops: J. Crew, Lipstick: MAC image As we cross our fingers for warmer days sooner than later, these silk scalloped-edged shorts (others here) look great on any shape because they have a loose fit and flare to them, and therefore the peplum top (old, Banana Republic) perfectly pairs well. Add a pair of heeled sandals (similar styles here) or any choice of heel height (metallic flats are pretty too), a crossbody bag (J. Crew, others here), and a few accessories and you’re off to a movie date or brunch with friends. Gold Watch: Fossil, Double Length Necklace: Anthropologie
image The window pane blouse is definitely in season and is having a moment this Spring.  Pairing this loose fitted blouse with a pleated skirt is perfect for work (and play). The red crossbody bag (Fossil here) and lipstick become the pop of color you need to keep the look classy, yet fun. Blouse: Loft (get it on sale!) , Skirt: J. Crew (similar here), Lipstick: MAC, Mother’s Nameplate Necklace: Pottery Barn Kids (click here) Go out there and have fun in blue (the brighter the better!) this season. You’ll be sure to have a golden moment when you do! Thanks for reading!
xoxo, Jessica
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Lucky Charms: Pink, Green and a Giveaway

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Today, I’m really excited to share my first GIVEAWAY of this gorgeous Charming Charlie necklace to one lucky person (rules below) in honor of my one week blog anniversary! While it’s only been 7 glorious days blogging, I have learned so much about what it means to open up and share insights and my love for all things, especially my family. Many of you personally contacted me to wish me luck and I am grateful for your words of encouragement and kindness. Thank you!

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I absolutely LOVE this necklace. It is the perfect way to dress up the simplest white t-shirt or make a fabulous dress look even more fabulous, just in time for the Easter (or any other Spring celebration!) holiday. Take your average chambray button down and turn it into a dazzling part of your outfit. Charming Charlie has some of the nicest costume jewelry I’ve seen that is not only chic but affordable. You should check them out (Click here)!

And in the spirit of Spring, officially just 3 days away, here are some lovely looks that remind me of a blooming flower with pink on top and green (of course!) on bottom. Put these colors together and you will feel as if you have an extra spring in your step!  Thank you for reading!

imageTop:J.Crew Tee with Gold trim (here), Bottom: Asos Skirt (here), Shoes: Asos (here), Bracelet: from local Hawaiian shop, Lips: Lancome Juicy Tubes in Miracle (here)

imageTop: Ann Taylor (old), Bottom: J.Crew (other colors here), Shoes: Gucci (old), Skin Highlighters: Benefit High Beam (here) and MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle (here)

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Top: J.Crew (old), Bottom: J.Crew Pencil Skirt(other colors here, on sale!), Shoes: Christian Louboutin (here or similar here), Clutch: Ann Taylor(old, similar here), Lips: Estee Lauder in Pure Color Shimmer Pink Kiss (many colors here)

 

GIVEAWAY RULES:

STEP 1. Click on Leave a Comment at the top of this post(under title). Then scroll way down to leave a comment telling me a little bit about yourself. I’d love to learn who my readers are. Your support means everything to me! Feel free to also share what types of posts you’d like to see in the future.

 

STEP 2. On Facebook (Click here), tag a friend on your status and like the page website,

OR

On Instagram (Click here) tag a friend and Follow @thisseasonsgold.

***One winner will be chosen at random. Winner will be announced on March 23rd at 5pm. You’ll receive your prize just in time for the Spring holidays.***

Good luck!

xoxo, Jessica
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Spring Prep

Spring Prep

Hello to Friday! I am so ready for the change in season.  Spring brings warmer days and more sunlight. And luckily, it reintroduces us to our closets as we look for ways to organize better (“this year I’ll do it!”) to get rid of the old and buy something new.  It means finding those sandals that have been hibernating all winter.  Spring is all about the brighter colors, the pretty flowers and all things renewed.

With just a week away, I decided to start digging and find just a few of my Spring essentials. I wouldn’t want Spring to catch me unprepared for fear that winter might just try to creep back in!

Shoes :: Christian Dior Cutout Patent Leather Sandals (old, similar Click here or here), Sunglasses: Prada (similar here), Marc Jacobs Daisy Fragrance, MAC Lipstick in Zen RoseEssie Nail Polish, Ring (Similar here)

Hope you enjoy your weekend! Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment below and tell me, how do you prepare for Spring?

xoxo, Jessica
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