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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Shoes First :: From the bottom to the top

Shoes First :: From the bottom to the top

Happy Thursday! The weekend is almost here!

There is nothing more difficult than getting up in the morning and suddenly not knowing what to wear. Whether you are a stay at home mom, have to be up and out of the house before the children wake up, or recover from a late night out, you do have to get dressed. Obvious, right? But what you chose to wear can really have an effect on how you feel for the rest of the day.

For these past cold winter months, I’ve lived under a hat, sunglasses (even on cloudy days),  big moon boot Uggs, sweats and a sweater. It’s where I was most comfortable until I remembered what it was like to get dressed and feel good about the effort I put into it.

The title of this post says it all. I’ve had to work my way out of the bottom to the top. And this blog is a part of that transformation. But this thinking also applies as my number one rule in how I get dressed, from a casual weekend to a night out or even when in the midst of the morning rush!

When facing that closet ask yourself, How do I want to feel? And then immediately pay a visit to your shoes. And yes, on some days you can say “I don’t care!” but even that can dictate how you get dressed.

When I look at my shoes, which you should try (when you have “me time”) to organize by color not style, I am usually drawn to one particular color.  Now it all happens within seconds, but I immediately can determine what I am going to feel like in the shoes and go from there. Of course, where you are going will also dictate your choice of ensemble, but lets’s just start with some golden moments using your basic t-shirt and jeans.

image Forever 21 Basic Tee, J. Crew Vintage Matchstick Jeans

Now, these VANELi flats (other colors HERE) are comfortable and easy to slip on. Here I want to feel like I mean business with this chain link Sanctuary clutch while being casual, even if only dealing with my 5 year old’s negotiating skills on the way to school and before I head out to lunch or coffee with some friends.

Chain link clutch

 

My version of sneakers and jeans for the changing season into Spring allows for some style to sneak into your day with these Mia shoes. I decided to add a scarf, a blazer and a satchel (Cole Haan here) big enough to fill throughout the day with goodies or to hold the water bottle, the toy, the crayons, the Legos…I could go on and on.

Flatly of brown and burgundy

 

In most cases however, I want to wear my heels. There is just something about lifting my legs off the ground and seeing my calves look stronger than they really are! These Manolo Blahnik BB pumps are classic, classy and surprisingly comfortable. It’s great that you can customize the heel to any height and in any color online at Neiman Marcus. I would definitely meet the girls for a movie matinee or dinner in this simple ensemble.

Metallic Wine Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps

Tell me, how do you decide what to wear? What are some of your go-to looks that make getting dressed easy for you? I’d love to know and learn more from you! Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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It started with Christian Louboutin Shoes!

It started with Christian Louboutin Shoes!

Welcome to This Season’s Gold! I have been a shoe lover my whole life.  Many women (and men!) would say the same, and probably can recall the time when they were little and tried on their mother’s or father’s fanciest shoes. As I write this, I have several shoes in different sections of my home as I reorganize my shoe closet: Give away, Sell, Keep, WHY didn’t I ever wear these?, WHY did I ever wear these?, and so on. But then there are these beauties; the only heels I was willing to wear on my birthday while pregnant! They are THAT amazing! And they say so much about me as a person.

With everything this past year has brought, I can wear these Christian Louboutin shoes and  feel unstoppable, know that even the saddest moments are possible to overcome (with time and support!), and that fashion can actually heal. Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica

Christian Louboutin shoe exhibit

Shoes ::  Christian Louboutin Fifi Spikes 100mm (Similar Here)