How to Find the Perfect Dress

How to Find the Perfect Dress

Ever go shopping for a dress for a special work event, wedding, or just an update to your closet for the new season and leave with nothing? It happens to me too. But I discovered very quickly that there were a few tricks I started to use that made it much easier for me to spend less time looking for the perfect dress and just choosing among all the ones that were perfect for me. 

how to find the perfect dress

How to find the perfect dress

Here are 3 tips for finding the perfect dress without hassle.

1. Accentuate the Positive 

Decide which part of your body you feel you want to accentuate the most in your dress. Is it your arms, your shoulders, your waist or your legs. This is not to say you don’t want to accentuate it all, but you know we are our hardest critics so finding an area you LOVE the most will help. Love your legs? go for a mini or midi cut dress. Love your shoulders? Try a halter. Love your arms? Go for a sleeveless or even a long sleeves with flare.

how to find the perfect dress

find the perfect dress

2. Google search your Closet

Go to your closet right now. Search high and low and determine what color is most prominent. This will do two things to help you find the perfect dress: 1) help you determine which color you are drawn to most, therefore you can choose  a dress in your favorite color or 2) figure out that the color you always wear has got you in a rut and challenge yourself to find the one color you’ve always loved but don’t own, therefore choose a color you don’t own yet but love.

find the perfect dress

find the perfect dress

3. Prepare to Repurpose

You want to buy a dress for an event but can’t see yourself wearing it for anything else – don’t buy it. When you go looking for that perfect dress, be sure you are choosing a dress that you can see wearing with heels for an event as much as with flats or even sneakers for a more casual feel of the same dress. Be sure to find ways that you would repurpose your dress to make the most out of your purchase. 

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I had such a great time working on the Fit for All campaign with Maggy London.

Featured Look #1 // Valentina Dress | Heels | YSL Lip color #3 | Watch

Featured Look #2 // Illusion Dress| Red HeelsRed Lip

Featured Look #3 // Stevie Dress | Pink Heels 

 

Hope these tips were helpful. I am sure there are many more out there and would love your thoughts on finding the perfect dress. Let me know in the comments below! 

Thank you for stopping by!

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Family Weekend in the Poconos

Family Weekend in the Poconos

Who enjoys getting away even if only for a weekend? I definitely do. And to be honest, it’s taken me awhile to share this wonderful home away from home that I was so excited to enjoy with my family during a weekend in the Poconos a few months ago. Life happens and as I am just jumping back into my creative spirit, I am so happy to finally share it with you. But don’t be deceived, just as much as this is the perfect place in the Poconos in the fall and winter months, it also makes a perfect home for a family gathering as you start to think about warmers days for summer getaways.

weekend in the Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

Located within a Poconos community in Pennsylvania, this Oasis Holiday Home has the most beautiful view of a lake right in the backyard (which is ideal for all the summer activities!) and only 10 minutes away from some of the most enjoyable activities for children for any season. Want to get a head start on planning for a Fall vacation? I don’t know about you, but I’ve already got a few plans in the pipeline and one of them is enjoying the transition of the fall leaves, which would make this home an ideal place to stay again! 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in Poconos

I have stayed in an Oasis Holiday Home before (seen here), and the owners have such a liar for home design and style. So not only are you enjoying the location of being by a lake or a beach for a backyard, but you are also enjoying all the amenities you would need in a home without having to pack anything but your clothing and toiletries. I’ve shared  this Pocono home on my Instagram here, here, here, here, and in a blog post here and here, so be sure to check them out to see how easy it was to make this home feel like home even if only for a weekend. 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

From playing with my son in the game room to just hanging out enjoying a morning together, and a little fashion photoshoot with my husband, the beauty of being surrounded by nature for a weekend really can’t be beat. 

weekend in Poconos

weekend in Poconos

With 2 bedrooms on the top floor, two on the main floor and one bedroom in the “basement” (with direct access to the driveway for anyone who cannot take the stairs) equipped with a crib, every single family member up to 12 people can enjoy this beautiful and spacious Poconos home.

weekend in the Poconos

weekend in the Poconos

Can you tell I was already ready for spring with our Crocs at the door? Let’s hope there aren’t any more snow days ahead for us with the strange weather pattern we’ve been experiencing. But don’t let that stop you because this would make the perfect ski home too! The slopes aren’t too far away and planning for next winter for the holidays would get you a head start on the crowds! 

weekend in the Poconos

Thank you to Oasis Holiday Homes for letting us enjoy their stunning home. We are grateful to have spent time together as a family when we needed it most.

Consider booking a stay for the weekend in the Poconos with Oasis Holiday Homes, you genuinely will not regret it! Thank you for reading and I wish you a great week ahead!

Featured look #1//  Sweater (similar)  | J.Brand denim | Baublebar for Target necklace | Boots

Feature look #2 // Sequin dress | Baublebar for Target earrings | Heels

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Awakening Spring in Stripes

Awakening Spring in Stripes

I’m back and happy it is spring! To say it’s been awhile is an understatement, but I honestly needed to take break from this creative space to really examine where I wanted it to go and what it needed to be. That, and directing a musical plus a new puppy and some sad family news in the last few months just really took a hit on my creative energy. I am certain that any a creative spirit has experienced a lull in their work, and to come back to it feels energizing. Although spring has yet to fully show it’s awakening weather-wise, the style inspiration is in full swing! 

spring stripes

And what better trend to kick off a spring mood than stripes? Whether rainbow stripes like these in my look, a breton, nautical, barcode, or pinstripe, stripes always have their moment in the spring.

spring stripes

And can we stop for a minute and admire these super comfy amazing pink sneakers?! I got them last summer and they are now on sale in several stores here, here and here! Grab yourself a pair before they are gone! I wear them for long walks and are so comfortable and stylish at the same time.

pink sneakers

spring stripes

Featured Look// ASOS stripe dress (similar) | J.Crew Chambray shirtAldo sneakers  (now under $30) | Polo Sunglasses (similar) | Deux Lux Hobo bag 

Here are some of my favorites to shop for this spring season! Are you a lover of stripes for spring? Sound off in the comments below! Happy Spring! 

Thank you so much for coming back, reading for the first time or just browsing the web and joining me here! I can’t wait to create content that informs and inspires!

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What to Wear to Yoga Class

What to Wear to Yoga Class

As the year begins in full force, vision boards are being created and everyone is focused on their resolutions most likely about how to get more workouts in 2018. This past year I really wanted to get myself back into my favorite hot yoga class that really changed the way I felt after giving birth to my daughter. Hot yoga cleared my mind, made me sweat out any stress and anxiety, and really had my body craving only the good things to eat like fruits and veggies. I still have a long way to go to make it a regular part of my life, but 2018 is my year! I’m going to make it a part of my life again.

what to wear to yoga

When it came time to plan my yoga outfits, one thing I’ve always said about working out (see what I mean here) is that I enjoy deciding what to wear for my workouts. It mentally helps me feel good about having comfortable and stylish workout clothing when I have to face the mirror during those 90 minute yoga sessions. After all, who doesn’t enjoy some stylish and comfy workout clothes to motivate you to get to the gym? I’m a big fan of waistband leggings because they sit high on the waist and lengthen my petite legs. They also don’t pull down when I’m bending over in some yoga move requiring me to focus on pulling up my pants rather than the downward dog! Ha!

When I found this purple cotton tank top at Target for under $8, I was sold! I had to get them in every color. They are perfect for everything from working out to summer days to a pop of color under a blazer for work.

what to wear to yoga

So grab yourself a pair of comfy cotton leggings and tank top, a colorful water bottle, an inspiring towel, yoga mat and stylish kicks for the walk to the studio, a pretty set of stacked bracelets (because why not!) and you’re set to go!

what to wear to yoga

And after being all geared up for a great yoga session, go all in and then treat yourself to a healthy brunch afterwards with your favorite gals!

wear to yoga

wear to yoga

wear to yoga

what to wear to yoga

Thank you so much for stopping by & reading! What is your favorite type of yoga? Let me know in the comments! I’d love some inspiration this weekend!

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Date Nights // Styling White Jeans for Summer

Date Nights // Styling White Jeans for Summer

Do you have a love/hate relationship with white jeans? I do. First, let me just say that I love wearing white and styling white jeans because of their versatility and simplicity (see here with burgundy and in all white here). But some white denim can be too thin where you can see through them, so finding a great pair is key! White jeans are great for summer and evenings when you go out for date night and want to look classic and chic. When you find the perfect pair of white jeans, be sure to buy more than one!

styling white jeans

Style your white jeans with a statement top.

This sheer shoulder top from Maggy London is a piece that can be worn casually as I did here or with a long skirt for a more formal look. From front to back, the illusion top is equal parts elegant and classic, with a hint of sexy – the perfect statement top. It is my new favorite top of the summer!

styling white jeans

styling white jeans

styling white jeans

Do-it-Yourself.

In order to change up an old pair of my favorite white jeans, I frayed the hem myself. All you need is a ruler, scissors and a large nail file. 1) Fold the jeans with the front side of them facing outward and line up the hem. 2) Using a ruler, decide where you will cut the hem (and cut) considering that you will lose about 1/2 an inch once you start to fray the edges. 3) After cutting, try the jeans on to ensure accuracy of your cut, and then remove them to begin to fray the edges. 4) Using a clean nail file (white is best), rub the edge the jeans that will start to separate the fibers. you can fray as much or as little as you want. If you want more you can cut slits around the hem use nail file the same way to get a wider frayed edge.

styling white jeans

styling white jeans

Have fun with the accessories.

When you style a look simply in black and white, have fun finding a pop of color or a print to make the entire outfit stand out. Leopard is basically another neutral in my opinion, and adding these sandals to the look was just enough to add some fun to the outfit!

white jeans for summer

styling white jeans

styling white jeans

Add red.

Wearing a red lip looks good on any woman, and there’s something about wearing a red lipstick that feels daring and empowering. While it’s not limited to the way you style your white jean look, when you add that pop of color an evening out can feel much more fun! =)

styling white jeans

What is your favorite way to styling white jeans? I’d love to know and get inspired by you! Leave your thoughts in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading!

Shop the Feature // Maggy London top (20% off w/ code JESSICA)| Ann Taylor jeans | Sandals | Earrings | Handbag | Lipgloss

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.

Adventure // 3 Ways to Stay Active with a Busy Life

Adventure // 3 Ways to Stay Active with a Busy Life

Thank you to prAna and #WeAllGrow Latina Network for partnering on this post.  

The words “I’m busy” are often an understatement in any mother’s daily life. I am sure of it. We all wish there were more hours in the day and less tasks on our to-do lists. Am I right? I know that with everything I have going on this time of year (planning trips and kid camp registrations, tests, tending to allergies, writing speeches, I could go on and on…), I rarely find a moment that I can dedicate to going to the gym. I’ve said a thousand times I’m returning to Bikram Yoga for a 6am class, but have yet to make it. (Trying!) So with my busy life, I know that I have to find different ways to motivate myself to stay active until I finally do make it to that 6am class! Here are my 3 ways to stay active while “the busy” keeps going.

ways to stay active

1. WEAR CLOTHES THAT MOTIVATE

There is something to be said for wearing clothing that motivates you to stay active. Feeling good about yourself is something I believe is important in motivating yourself to get fit and take on a new adventure, even if it means getting a new outfit to get the ball rolling. This netted top is long enough to cover my backside while light enough to wear on a cool or hot day. I also love finding a perfect pair of leggings that made with attention to detail  and feel snug in all the right places. High-waisted is a plus! These prAna pants fit the bill! Smooth, snug, high-waisted and made from sustainable material (doing good for the world!), these leggings were the perfect motivation to enjoy an active day outdoors!

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

2. TAKE THE FAMILY WITH YOU

Taking pics is one thing, but having my husband and my son to make it a day we can all enjoy outdoors is another. Going on hikes (see post here), finding ways to take on new adventures together, and modeling the importance of physical activity to my son is important. Getting to spend time with those you love by choosing activities that keep you active is the perfect way to get more stuff done!

3. DISCOVER SOMEWHERE NEW

Making the effort to find somewhere new to walk/hike/workout when you have too many things already on your plate may just feel like another task. However, it is possible to make it happen. Take a moment to think about a place you’ve always wanted to see or visit – even if only a short drive away. You’ll discover you are more inclined to spend time exploring a new place with a fresh set of eyes, and therefore stay active longer. Maybe that’s the reason I am less likely to make it to a gym to stay active (although winter may change my mind!) since I love the adventure of discovering somewhere new.

ways to stay active

ways to stay active

What do you do to stay active when you are too busy to workout? I’d love to be inspired by your ideas! Thank you for stopping by!

Shop the Feature // prAna top & prAna leggings (Use code WAGLNJL for special discount) | Tommy Hilfiger sneakers | Quay High Key sunglasses 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of prAna. The opinions and text are all mine.

Seaside Style // The Must-Have Jersey Wrap Dress

Seaside Style // The Must-Have Jersey Wrap Dress

I think you’ll agree with me…when you find a dress that fits you like a glove, you name it the must-have dress! Am I right? Well, it turns out that when I saw this dress, not only did I love the color and the “wrap” style that gives shape to my petite frame, but loved that it was made in “jersey” fabric. I immediately knew exactly how I wanted to style it for the season.

jersey wrap dress

jersey wrap dress

I love a great dress! Have you noticed? Pretty and girly to edgy and modern, I love how easy a dress can be to style. Not only does a great wrap dress suit every woman, but when you find the right dress made in the right fabric, it moves to the top of my list! There is something about a forgiving fabric like jersey (made with 5% spandex) that has a little bit of stretch and doesn’t require too much maintenance with pressing or dry cleaning. What woman doesn’t want that? And as a Mom, I honestly need the easiest thing to wear when I want to feel pretty but not make a big deal about it. 

jersey wrap dress

jersey wrap dress

I could easily wear this dress casually with some flat sandals or all dressed up for Mother’s Day Sunday brunch or a summer an evening to dinner. With these bright colors, walking along the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ matched the mood of the lovely spring day. From day to night, causal to dressy, I didn’t have to worry that my dress would wrinkle or lose it’s shape after a long day out.

jersey wrap dress

jersey wrap dress

Do you love jersey fabric and wrap dresses as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below! 

Shop the Feature // Maggy London Chantal wrap dress (20% off w/ code JESSICA20) | Schutz heels | Rebecca Minkoff bag | Quay High-Key sunglasses

Thank you to Maggy London on partnering on this post.