Silver Shoes and Metal Winning Looks

Silver Shoes and Metal Winning Looks

Happy Friday! This was an interesting week. Much has happened. In a few weeks, I will be returning to teaching again after being home to go through the healing process and get back on my feet. But last night, I returned in a different way. Last night, I was able to see many of my students and colleagues I hadn’t seen in 4 months at the annual HS musical event. (I would have directed my 10th show this year!) I was excited to see everyone, but not without reservation. I wanted to feel and look fabulous and well. I wanted to mask the pain and yet talk about it to everyone. In the end, when I did see everyone, it was mostly my students that suddenly brought the breath back into me. At least 50 of them each hugged me and told me they missed me. If I could explain it visually, it felt like a bright light entered my heart and made me feel like a winner again. And so, with my love for all things fashionable (and part purpose of this blog here!), I wanted to style some of my favorite silver shoes! They are some of the brighter colors in my shoe closet! (Full disclosure: I have an entire closet just for my shoes. I am not ashamed.)

Light colors with silver sandals

Astr Drape Jacket (On sale now), Forever 21 Tee, Ann Taylor Shorts, J. Crew Thongs (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Tiffany Heart necklace

 When you become a mother, there is nothing more important than having a bonding friendship with other women who are going through what you are going through. Unfortunately, not everyone has that. But I do encourage any new mother to seek out others who are experiencing the same thing you are, to make the journey easier on those nights where nothing else is going right but that phone call you make to that friend!

Okay, the necklace. It was given to me by 3 friends who know every hiccup, burp or late night I had experienced with my son when he was born. These friends mean the world to me and this was their way of helping me regain a bit of brightness in my life.

 Silver skirt with camouflage top

J. Crew Camo Tee, Pencil Skirt and Necklace (I do love J.Crew!), Vince Camuto Sandals, Essie Nail Polish, Longines Watch (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Iridescent Essie nail polish

My husband gave me this watch after I lost my last diamond Longines watch in Atlantic City. Not a winner. What’s interesting about that is that I also lost this watch too. Luckily, I did find it again. See? Winning.

Silver oxford shoes

 H&M Jacket, Loft Jeans, J.Crew Hat, Patterson J. Kincaid Sleeveless Tee, Steve Madden shoes, Michael Kors belt, CZ earrings, and Tacori Bracelet. (All wardrobe or similar pieces here)

Tacori Diamond and white gold bracelet

If there is one piece of jewelry other than my wedding rings that I adore most, it is this bracelet. It was the gift I received from my (ready to become) husband as a surprise while getting ready for my wedding. So even when I feel that I have lost so much in my life, I have to remember what I do have here with me and know that somehow I am winning. At least, trying.

Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Jessica
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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.

Quote of the Day!

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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