Spring Return // Kate Spade Flowers & Denim Dress

Spring Return // Kate Spade Flowers & Denim Dress

Shop the Feature // Denim dress Gold belt  (on sale!) | Floral print shoes Drop Earrings | Bangles (whitegold and knotted here) | Gucci handbag

Okay, so first things first – it’s been awhile, again! Best explained – my site and my life went under a bit of a hacking. Still learning the world of backend computing, I lost access to a few important files to get back to posting. As for my life, the early months of the year were consumed by my dedication to directing a musical. This year (my 12th!), I directed Next to Normal, and if you don’t know the story well, let’s just say that it is an intense story about family, love and loss. I wanted to honor it well, and so I dove right in and didn’t look up until it was finished this past weekend.

Now over both overwhelming experiences, I’m making my spring return (while outside my window an ice storm is reminding us winter is not quite over) and celebrating year two of This Season’s Gold! I have been sharing on my social sites in the meantime (follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and thrilled to have recently partnered with Kate Spade to host a Spring Style Event on April 7th! If you are in the NJ/NYC area, check out the details and rsvp here.

flowers and denim

kate spade denim dress

If you haven’t noticed, flowers and denim have made their return in a big way together this season. Whether you’ve seen embroidered flowers on jeans, floral patches on denim jackets, or rose appliqué’s on pretty denim dresses like this one, flowers have returned for spring quite fashionably this season!

flowers and denim

This denim dress (with pockets!) is perfect for the transitioning season. I love how structured it feels and that the dark denim makes the pink flowers pop with color. With a black and white striped inner collar detail, this dress makes for a perfect outfit for a stroll in Paris or a spring evening in New York along the water.

kate spade bangles

kate spade gold belt

gucci flowers and denim

Adding my new favorite floral bag and low block heels, I am ready for spring! I couldn’t resist a few touches of gold from my belt to my bracelets. I was happy to add a little sparkle to celebrate This Season’s Gold second anniversary and all that is to come our way this year!

flowers and denim

 

flowers and denim

I’ve added some of my favorite flower and denim looks below. What are you looking forward to this spring? Let me know in the comments!

roses and denim

Thank you so much for all the love you have given me and This Season’s Gold this past year! We have grown so much, and I cannot thank you enough for making it possible. I hope to surprise you with so much more content this year! Thank you for stopping by!

Thank you to Kate Spade for partnering on this post.

Shop the Feature // Denim dress | Gold belt  (on sale!) | Floral print shoes | Drop Earrings | Bangles (white, gold and knotted here) | Gucci handbag

 

 

Being Mom // Celebrating with Maggy London

Being Mom // Celebrating with Maggy London

Outfit // Maggy London sheath dress (love it in blush, on sale!)| Christian Louboutin heels (similar here) | J.Crew clutch (similar here under $50!)

Happy June! If there is anything us Mom’s know is that we sometimes like to say “better late than never”; and I’m taking that to a whole new level with my posts this week. So much happened in the last few weeks that I want to share with you because they were exciting and definitely worthy of sharing!   Shortly before Mother’s Day, I was invited by the brand Maggy London to host a special Mom (see post here) to a brunch and a bunch of goodies. What a special event! Upon arriving, I immediately met some of the other Mom bloggers who are such stunning and gracious women. It was an intimate brunch held at The Chester in the Meatpacking District in New York City, and my lucky mom winner Ana got to jump right in and get her makeup and hair touched up to feel more glam than she already was. It was such a joy to spoil her and make her feel as beautiful as she is! (Some photos were on my phone…please excuse the “grainyness”!) Maggy London Mom Makeover Maggy Loves Moms NYC Brunch She was immediately drawn to this one beautiful dress (their most popular!) from Maggy London and was so thrilled that it was the perfect dress  for an upcoming wedding she planned to attend this summer. She also received a pair of shoes from Corso Como, and jewelry from both Gorjana and Dogeared. The table decor and pink floral wall were such lovely touches to make us all feel special. Maggy London NYC Brunch table decor Dogeared Pearl Necklace for Mom Brunch Gifts Gorjana Jewelry I wore this Maggy London black lace sheath that was so comfortable and elegant. I could easily see myself wearing it again to a wedding or a special evening out with my husband.There’s just something about lace that I love when I want to feel elegant and classic. Some of my current lace favorites are on sale at Nordstrom’s Half Yearly sale and Net-a-Porter (OMG!), like this halter peplum top, this lace fringed camisole, or this yellow lace Michael Kors dress. I didn’t know about the Maggy London brand previous to this brunch, and I am so glad that I do now because not only are the dresses beautiful,cater to women of every size and easily available at Nordstrom, but also are genuinely kind to their customer base and have a wonderful brand ambassador in Chloe Melas, a Senior Entertainment Reporter for HollywoodLife.com. If you are on FB, you may have seen this fun Facebook Live video (one of firsts!) with Chloe and I sharing the beauty of the event.

 Chloe MelasOnce our guests arrived, we were excited to sit down and have a roundtable Q&A about balancing motherhood and a career as well as the ever burdening Mom guilt that we all experience at some point in our “being mom” lives! It was such a beautiful exchange with a group of beautiful fashion and mom bloggers that I was so honored to meet.Fashion Blogger Trio This Season's Gold and NY Trendy MomsWe shared some very wise words about what it really means to “having it all”. For all my Mom readers out there, you know that it’s not always easy, and in the quietest moments of our lives we sometimes can feel guilt for not doing enough or being enough for our children. We can be hard on ourselves, and I think it is so important to step back and realize that we may not always do the right thing, but our love and dedication to our child(ren) will always be the most important part of our jobs. We need to forgive ourselves, ease the need to be perfect ,and know that in the end even when we make mistakes, all our little ones want is to connect with us and feel us fully present when they are near. Being Mom Maggy London NYC Brunch My favorite question one of the bloggers asked is one I’d like to pose to you: What do you believe is the perfect way to balance motherhood and a career? I’d love if you would share in the comments below or tweet (find me on twitter here!) me your thoughts!  Thank you so much for reading! I have a few projects down the pipeline, and I hope you will follow along as I reveal all of them soon!  Don’t want to miss out? Get a sneak peak by signing up for our newsletter right here! TSG Sign

Sunday Favorites // J. Crew Styling and Sharing

Sunday Favorites // J. Crew Styling and Sharing

Outfit // J.Crew top | Loft Jeans | BR Handbag | Steve Madden Pumps 

Happy Sunday! This week, I am so excited to share some great news! First, I want to say that this space has continuously allowed to me grow and heal as a woman and a mother. And many of you have asked why I have this space or how it got its start. Independent Fashion Bloggers recently took time to interview and feature me on their site ( I’m so grateful!), and it sums up everything that has gotten me to where I am today and the value I believe this space has for all women. I hope you get a chance to check out the interview (click here), and let me know what you think! I always value your thoughts and shares with others, especially to any woman who finds themselves in difficult situations, questioning if there ever is a light at the end of the tunnel. (I promise, there is.)

They also featured me this week with their Links a la Mode, so I really want to thank them for their support and loyal following of my work! Check out all the blogs featured this week, and my most recent fashion post below!

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Above all of that, I have recently partnered with my (yes, I’m claiming it!) local J.Crew at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, NJ for a Styling Event! This honestly is something I’ve always looked forward to as I have been a loyal client of J.Crew for many, many years. Without knowing it, when I got engaged, Mr. E put the ring on a pair of J.Crew gloves! Part of my obsession with J.Crew also started when I found a what-was-then a small little blog called J.Crew Aficionada. She shared some of the great sales and events that J. Crew was hosting, and it was my first glimspe into something I wanted to do.

If you are in my local area, on April 29th anytime between 6-9:30pm, I’d love to meet you and enjoy a night celebrating J.Crew style in the new arrivals! Just be sure to RSVP (a must!) at the link here. My son’s closet is 90% J.Crew, so he can’t wait to find some fun new clothes to wear! He’s my number one J.Crew Crewcuts model, for sure! I look forward to styling and sharing with you!

Here are some great current finds at J.Crew  that you might enjoy while they are having a sale of $75 off $200 or $25 off of $100 with code SHOPNOW.

Thank you for always reading, stopping by and for your loyal support!

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Links à la Mode, April 14

SPONSOR: Shopbop Rachel Zoe, Antonio Berardi Tops, Kate Spade New York Shoes, Gallabia, Mishky, MEESH, Chambray Tops, Trench Coats, Espadrille Flats, Men’s Emporio Armani

Petite in Layers // Crop Top and Bell Sleeves

Petite in Layers // Crop Top and Bell Sleeves

SHOP THE POST // Black crop top | Bell sleeve top (under $25!) | High-waisted jeans | Strappy sandals  (similar)| Fringe clutch (old, similar here and here) | Sunglasses (similar)

Happy Friday! I swear every time I think I have all my ducks in a row, something happens to derail even the most well-made plans. Does that ever happen to you? I’d like to think I’m not the only one. This week has been filled with layers of challenges that only compounded as the week went by. But you know the most important part of dealing with those challenges? It’s finding a way to deal with them and face them head on so that they do not stop you from moving forward. So, that’s exactly what I did. How do you deal with challenges when you least expect them? I’d love to know!

Alright, let’s talk fashion and travel! I have been working on plans to return to Cape Cod this summer, and it’s always makes for an exciting time when making travel plans. Cape Cod is such a quaint and beautiful part of Massachusetts, and every year we enjoy finding new parts of the Cape to explore. Check out my post  here and here from our visit last year! And while I am still trying to find some spring weather to dress for outside my door (Mr. E jokes the poles have shifted!), I’ve been exploring wearing layers on my petite 5′ frame.

This Season's Gold // Petite Layers - crop top

Now, I don’t think I’ve worn a crop top since the 90’s (I’ll have to double check on that!), but the only way I’m comfortable wearing them at this point is in layers! Ha!

This Season's Gold // Petite Layers - Ombre

This Season's Gold // Petite Layers - Crop top and button down

I enjoyed finding this black cropped shell top because it is a great basic piece to have for all seasons. I can layer this over a button down as I did here for work,  or over a turtleneck in the winter, or even on a longer tank top in the summer. So it’s definitely an investment piece (this one was under $30!) to have in your closet.

This Season's Gold // Petite in Layers - Bell sleeve top

This Season's Gold // Petite in Layers - Striped bell sleeve top

The funny part of the layering the black crop with the bell sleeve top is that it was also a cropped top. However, when I put them together, it gave me a bit of length in my torso, and the striped bell sleeves gave me length in the arms!

It does help that I am wearing high waisted jeans (a shape I’m currently loving!). It’s something about that extra cinch! Ha!

This Season's Gold // Petite in Layers - Zara crop top

I wanted to play with structure of the lines  in the look, and so the layers of fringe on the clutch reflected the stripes in the blouse to give the outfit some edge.  Wearing open sandals was my way of defying the cool spring weather and keep it basic.

This Season's Gold // Petite in Layers - Fringe clutch

This Season's Gold // Petite in Layers - Lace-up Sandals

SHOP THE POST // Black crop top Bell sleeve top (under $25!) | High-waisted jeans | Strappy sandals  (similar)| Fringe clutch (old, similar here and here) | Sunglasses (similar)

Thank you for stopping by! And if you haven’t seen my new Currently Shopping For page, I’d love for you to stop by and check it out. In a hurry? I’ve posted my favorite spring finds right in the side bar! Enjoy! Stay golden!

Jessica TSG Signature

Sharing // Shopbop Sale & IFB Links

Sharing // Shopbop Sale & IFB Links

It’s Tuesday, and there’s nothing better than an exciting email in your inbox that says one of your favorite online shops is having a Friends and Family event for 25% off everything! Now while I have not always been a customer of Shopbop, sometime last year it came to my attention that as an Amazon Prime member anything I ordered from them online could be at my front doorstep in just two days! I became a fan very quickly as a result. I’m also happy to have an IFB Feature this week styling one of my favorite spring jackets from Anthropologie (that one of my readers already scored for herself after seeing the post!).

So if you need a dress, earrings, strappy sandals clutch, or just a golden inflatable swan (Ha!) for this upcoming weekend, it may very well be at your front door by Friday! Can you tell I’m ready for summer?

Here are just a few of my favorite things all now 25% off with code INTHEFAM. (Hint: If you’re not with Amazon Prime, find a friend who is, share this post with her and prepare to meet her at her front door in about two days!  You’re welcome!)

Thank you for reading!

Jessica TSG Signature

Links à la Mode, March 31

SPONSOR: Shopbop Shoshanna, Zimmermann Dresses, Olivia von Halle Sleepwear, Piper, LIKELY, Native Gem, Spring Jackets, Beach Dresses, Designer Stickers, Men’s White Mountaineering