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.

Getting Outdoors // Day Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA

Getting Outdoors // Day Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA

Happy May! Can you believe it? Summer is almost here, and I’m taking advantage of  the warm and sunny weekends to take a few day trips with my family – our most recent being to Bushkill Falls, PA. Mr. E and I got married outdoors, under a tent and near a barn with mountain views, so it’s no surprise one of our favorite ways to spend a weekend is a day trip with our son hiking up to a waterfall! If you’ve been following my Instastories, you know we’ve even been looking into purchasing an RV since we enjoy camping and the outdoors so much! We love to travel;  just look at some of our favorite places we’ve been – Greece, Montreal, Cape Cod (here, here and here), Hawaii, Walt Disney World, and Argentinaday trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkilll falls I’ve known of Bushkill Falls located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania since we visited several others in the area, but last week was my first time visiting the falls. Let me just say that I’ve been to Niagra Falls, and now I know why they call Bushkill Falls the Niagra Falls of Pennsylvania! The 100foot waterfall alone is stunning to see! You can get up close and actually feel the cool mist of the water splashing down as it rapidly descends from above while you walk along a wooden path and bridge. 

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls

day trip to bushkill falls There are different trails (green yellow, blue, red) you can hike depending on how much time you wish to spend there. The Green trail being the easiest with only a few steps but no climbing while the red trail is the most challenging at 2.5 miles long with several steps to climb and over 2 hours to hike. Overall, it’s important to remember you are hiking about 1200 feet above sea level, so before going it’s good to know what to wear and bring. I saw all people of all ages hiking, so it’s really about how you come ready for the hike. A plus? There are places to rest along the way – granted it may be on a large rock! And don’t be surprised if you see a creature or two along the way! 

Plan for a Day Trip to Bushkill Falls

Water Bottle

I forgot my water bottle in the car, which totally was not smart! But I was able to purchase one at the food store they have on site. Here are a few good ones that can keep your drink cool for the long hike!

Technology

You are not going to want to miss out on all the beautiful places to capture on camera! So be sure to have it fully charged before you head out the door! Now whether you use your heavy duty camera or just your phone, make sure to have a battery backup! With all the IG stories or snapchatting you’ll want to do, having a small backup charger will be a must! Some of my faves are lightweight and give you plenty of power to last the day!

Binoculars 

If you have kids, they’ll love to have a pair of binoculars! There is so much to see, and it’s a great way to observe some of nature through a closer lens. The little ones love to feel like explorers, so it’s exciting to make it part of the hiking experience!

Dressing in Layers

No matter the weather, I know that having options on a long hike is so important. Dress in layers, so you have the option to warm yourself up in some of the cooler parts of the hike (seasonal) and when you feel warmer because your heart rate is slowly rising! See below for outfit details in “Shop the Feature”.

Sunscreen and Shades

You can’t forget to protect your skin and your eyes! Wear sunscreen, shades and a hat! The beauty of the waterfalls only makes me more aware of how important it is to take care of what is most natural to us – and that is our skin staying hydrated and protected from the harsh sun.

Comfortable shoes (that can get wet!)

You’re going to want to wear your best version of a hiking shoe! Clearly, I could have been more prepared and worn a better pair myself, so lesson learned. A great pair with a sole that grips works. I’ve recently invested in another pair for my next visit!  

Hope you enjoyed this photo story and tips for a lovely day trip out to Bushkill Falls! We’ll be traveling again soon and can’t wait to share our next adventure! 

Shop the Feature // Nautica baseball cap & Herschel baseball on me | Chic t-shirt (seen here) | J.Crew carpenter shirt | Daniel Wellington watch (15% off with code “seasons gold”) | Nike

Where are you headed on your next vacation or even just next weekend? Let me know in the comments below. And if you want to see more of our travel adventures, let us know! Thank you so much for reading. 

Spring Fling // The Tiered Maxi Dress

Spring Fling // The Tiered Maxi Dress

Spring is the perfect time to wear your favorite dresses, even on your more casual weekend days!  I love how easy it is to throw on a maxi dress and feel ready to take on the world while feeling super comfortable for just about anything, especially as a Mom! Being petite can make it a challenge for me to find the perfect maxi dress without looking “lost” in all the fabric. Enter the tiered maxi dress! Wearing a tiered maxi gives dimension to your look and definition at your waist that you may not otherwise get with a straight long maxi dress.

tiered maxi dress

tiered maxi dress

tiered maxi dress

I personally love how fun and girly this dress feels. It goes from spring into summer easily, so on a cooler day, I could simply wear a cardigan over it. And because ruffles and a windy day make for a fun photo shoot, I thought I’d add a little joy with my new favorite phone case! I love that it keeps me hands free and is a wallet as well for my most important cards.

kate spade phone case

tiered maxi dress

tiered maxi dress

These wedges are one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned, and they come in so many colors! As a girl who loves wearing heels, wedges are perfect way to get the height I want and the comfort I need. 

tiered maxi dress

Shop the feature // Maxi dress (under $70) | Wedges | Bracelets (white studded, knot cuff) | Camera phone case 

Hope you enjoyed this post! I enjoyed shooting it and sharing my love for maxi dresses for spring! What is your favorite style for the spring season – dresses, shorts, a simple t-shirt and jeans? I’d love to know in the comments below! Thank you for stopping by!