Spring Awakening // Happy First Anniversary!

Spring Awakening // Happy First Anniversary!

We made it! Today is This Season’s Gold’s first anniversary! (See where it all started) There are so many emotions that come from celebrating this milestone today. While I have just come off of a whirlwind season of directing the musical Spring Awakening at my school, I very much feel that making it through the first year of sharing this space has been an awakening of its own. I have found what it means to be strong in the face of adversity, resilient in the midst of deep sorrow, and supportive of others when I myself struggled to stand. Fashion became the vehicle that helped me come out of my own darkness and set my sights on something much bigger than what I already had in my life. It led me to meet many of my readers, through the web or even in person, and I am grateful for having created this space to make that possible.

This Season's Gold // Spring Awakening Anniversary

This Season's Gold // Spring Awakening Blush lace

This Season's Gold // Spring Awakening Gold and lace

I’ve decided that this space deserves so much more than what I already have done with it. My ideas are so big (and I am known not to do things small), so I cannot wait to create and build different ways to share fashion and style inspiration, my family stories (lifestyle!) and all of my travels with you.

This Season's Gold // Spring Awakening Anniversary style

This Season's Gold // Spring Awakening Delicate jewelry details

This Season's Gold // Spring Awakening Blush Kate Spade Tote

This Season's Gold // Spring Awakening First Anniversary lace dress

I want to thank you for making this such a special space for me, and helping This Season’s Gold grow over this past year. I feel blessed and very lucky to have this platform to inspire you!

Shop the Feature // Zara lace dress (similar here and here) | Christian Louboutin pumps (similar) | Kate Spade tote (old, love this one now 40% off here or similar here) | Ann Taylor bracelet/ring (similar here and here)

Thank you so much for reading! Stay golden!

Two for Tuesday // Camel and Stripes

Two for Tuesday // Camel and Stripes

Shop Outfit 1 // ASOS Coat vest | J.Crew Painter tee | J.crew belt Clare V clutch | Missguided sandals

Shop Outfit 2// Banana Republic blazer  (similar with gray collar)| J.Crew Painter tee | J.Crew jeans | J.Crew clutch ( in gold) | Christian Louboutin heels (similar)| Loft sunglasses (similar) | MAC lip pencil in Vino

It’s Tuesday, which means one day closer to the weekend! (It’s never too early!) I’m gearing up to share some fun and sunny posts from my recent trip to Florida, but being back home and still in cool weather, has me excited about styling camel and stripes because I’m enjoying wearing my blazer and long wool vest these days. I love how natural and chic the combination looks no matter the color of the stripes. Since my teens, I had an obsession with anything striped in any color or combination (See what I mean? And here, and here!). As a result, I’m sharing two looks today and some great pieces that would go perfect together to recreate the camel and stripes look for yourself. Hope you enjoy!

Camel and stripes

I loved playing with the idea of making this coat vest into a dress. While I definitely needed to wear something underneath to keep warm (biker shorts!), I originally bought this vest a bit larger than usual and liked the idea of cinching it up into a dress with a belt that closed with belt that had no loops. It kept the look slim when I already knew I had some bulk to contend with due to the thickness of the coat (which kept me warm too!) Playing with a heavier layer, the stripes and open sandals kept the look light (I took advantage of an oddly warmer winter day to pull this off!). camel coat vest

clare v leopard print clutch

Black strappy sandals

Camel blazer and red stripes

I have been living in this double breasted blazer for more than I’d like to admit this winter. I found it on sale at Banana Republic, and it was the last one in store! I absolutely love it. Popping up the color to show the grey inset is my favorite part. Red stripes, red lips and red bottoms made this a perfect dress down Friday look to go from work to a night out with your girls.

Camel and Stripes and Louboutins

camel blazer

Photos: The KP Life and Mr. E

Outfit 1 // ASOS Coat vest | J.Crew Painter tee | J.crew belt | Clare V clutch | Missguided sandals

Outfit 2 // Banana Republic blazer  (similar with gray collar)| J.Crew Painter tee | J.Crew jeans | J.Crew clutch (in gold) | Christian Louboutin heels (similar)| Loft sunglasses  (similar)| MAC lip pencil in Vino

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week!

Jessica TSG Signature

Warm December :: Navy Vest and Ankle Boots

Warm December :: Navy Vest and Ankle Boots

Happy Tuesday! I am so determined to get myself on a strict blogging schedule in the New Year! But I’m finding it a bit hard to get it together with the holidays or believe that we are even about to celebrate Christmas with it being so warm this time of year. I’m such a four seasons type of girl! The last time I can recall a warm December was when I was spending my Christmas in Florida! While my weekend was quite busy with a bat mitzvah (lots of dancing, face painting and henna!) and auntie duty (the twins!), I was excited that another one of my posts made it to IFB’s Links this past week! I thank all of you for always sharing and caring about this space, so I’m thrilled when I get to use it to share other creative online spaces as well! Be sure to check some of them out and please consider sharing some of our posts on your social media to continue to help us grow! We always appreciate it by continuing to have access to great content and being able to share it with you!

T-Shirt and Jeans Street Style

So what do you do and wear on a weird and warm December? Take advantage of long walks and wear short sleeves, of course! I can only imagine that if this were L.A. (I’m in the New York City area), I’d wear a vest and ankle boots all the time! However, I am craving some snow and wintery mixes to be able to play with my son all bundled up, drink hot chocolate (for a reason!), and make snowmen.

Guess Suede Ankle Boots

As for my warm December fashion, a long vest is a great classic piece to wear (and own!). I happen to love how they can be worn to dress up a look or keep it casual. I’ve worn this vest a couple of times on repeat simply because I am truly loving the length and texture of it. It can go with almost anything I own, from jeans to knee length skirts, with a t-shirts or turtleneck. Now I’m petite, so I struggle with finding the right type of ankle boot that doesn’t just make me look shorter. But when I found this pair, I loved how the pointy toe gave me a bit of an elongated leg (how does it do that?!?) and therefore they found their way to my closet!

Navy vest and ankle boots

Oversized scarf style

One challenge to wearing vests is how to keep warm when it actually is cold outside, and a great oversized scarf is definitely one way to keep the vest on and keep warm at the same time!

Warm December

Outfit :: Zara vest (check this pinstripe or this one here!) | Mossimo jeans  (old, similar)| J.Crew vintage tee | Guess boots under $100 (love these here and or these in burgundy!) | Fossil handbag (old, similar here) | ASOS scarf (similar here and here)

Thank you for reading! And thank you for sharing this post or pinning it to your board (hover over to see the Pin It button!)

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Calm after the Storm :: Love in warm tones

Calm after the Storm :: Love in warm tones

Happy Thursday! Halloween is almost here, but all I can do is take today to remember my daughter. Shy a month of one year in heaven, I cannot believe how fast time has passed. I feel as if I lost a year of my life while aging 20 years in my soul. I honestly look back to this time last year wondering what I would have or could have told myself that may have changed the trajectory of what was about to happen to me one month later, but there’s absolutely nothing. I was knee deep in work, stressed everyday to stay organized (to be perfect!) as I prepared for a soon-to-be maternity leave (little did I know it was sooner than I hoped!), with a huge belly hoping everything would just happen already. 

When people ask me, I sometimes can’t put into words how I have managed to keep myself together this past year. I do know that everything I’ve created and built since that very moment has been out of love for her and my son. The calm after the storm that was losing my daughter comes from the love I have for who she would have been. This space is about my love for her, my family, for helping others, and let’s be honest, it’s also about my love for styling clothing and fashion. For good reason. Fashion became my therapy. It became something I could hold and feel and touch to show that I was put together on the outside, while I slowly continue to work to mend on the inside. The fact that I still smile and laugh and love is important to me, and helps me show you that it is possible to continue after loss. And love is the answer.

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Many people find it hard (understandably so!) to understand a woman who has lost a child; no different than friends without kids who can’t quite get what it means when their friends have one (you know, the sleepless nights, the liquid gold, the constant worrying). I appreciated a recent article a dear friend sent me that explains so beautifully exactly what I go through every day and why love makes those days possible. It’s all about perspective. I remind myself that my love for my daughter is what will carry me through each day, not my loss of her.

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Outfit :: J.Crew trench |  Stripe tee |Leopard infinity scarf (similar darker color) | Hunter Boots  | Fossil handbag (similar here)

If you’d like to comment, I’d love what gets through your most challenging times? As always, thank you for reading.

xoxo, Jessica
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In the Park :: Chambray Shirt & Pink Maxi Skirt

In the Park :: Chambray Shirt & Pink Maxi Skirt

Happy Wednesday! I am loving these days of Spring where you can enjoy some of the warmer days outdoors with those you love. The park is just the perfect place to not only get your children out to play and be active, but also to find time to reconnect to your own youth and see it through the eyes of your child. I actually like being on that playground too. I don’t want to miss a moment of my son’s joy.  My new worries about what it means to miss out on quality time with him has me trying to get on that slide, climb that rock wall or hang off some strange new monkey bar. (Sorry in advance if I’m the crazy Mom you see doing all of that!) Unfortunately today the crazy wind didn’t make much for a park date, but we were happy to get out nonetheless.

This Season's Gold // Side Braid

Now I consider the chambray shirt the perfect neutral for the spring season. It goes with just about everything and there are so many shades of the blue denim, you can’t just own one. I particularly love this J. Crew light blue chambray shirt since it feels feminine and isn’t too stiff of a material. In keeping it casual, instead of tucking or buttoning the shirt all the way, I tied a knot at the ends for a fun and free-spirited feel.

This Season's Gold // chambray shirt and pink maxi skirt

Maxi skirts are great for the spring, especially when you want to cover up your legs and still be in a skirt! (And awaiting that golden tan!) This maxi skirt is voluminous and I love it! It can be dressed down as much as a chiffon layered maxi skirt can be or dressed up for an event (future post!). And for someone as petite as I am (more about that here), I went for a tan and gold high heeled sandal to give the skirt just enough height off the ground while still elongating my stature (a tailor is also always a good option for us petite girls!). Hot pink particularly goes well with warm tones like brown or tan, so keep that in mind the next time you want to tone down a bright pink piece in your outfit.

This Season's Gold // Saddle Bag and braceletsAnd as someone who has invested in helping women succeed in all parts of their lives (styling, motherhood, travel, business, etc.), I have been drawn to many of the small businesses seen on Instagram these days. I am in awe of the many women out there creating such amazing pieces of clothing and jewelry. I just can’t get enough. That’s where I learned about druzy jewelry. And I’ve been addicted to it since. Here, the large golden druzy coin and mint bolo leather bracelet is from a shop I found on Instagram called HM Willow as part of their Magellan Collection.

Outfit :: J. Crew Chambray Shirt (On Sale with extra 20% off!), Anthropologie Maxi Skirt (old, similar light pink maxi here), Schutz Sandals (similar here), Fossil Saddle Crossbody (similar here), Rings: Francesca’s and Loft, Bracelets: Loft, HM Willow

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Photo Credit: My Mother

xoxo, Jessica
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