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!

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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


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! =)

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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

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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.

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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


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!


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.

Summer Launch Event // Peach Jumpsuit & Nude Sandals

The unofficial start to summer is almost here and I’ve just gotten back from a beautiful getaway that I can’t wait to share with you all! More details soon! But right now I’m in the mood to celebrate summer and I’m starting with a fun night out with a local boutique in Hoboken, NJ! Located in Ridgewood and Hoboken, NJ and in its newest location in Wellesely, MA, I love alba Boutique because not only did I find this jumpsuit there, but all of the pieces in store are beautifully curated for your summer styling – from lace maxi’s, jumpsuits, jackets, cute shorts, and all types of event looks to take you from a baby shower to a wedding to a night out on the town!

peach jumpsuit This peach jumpsuit for summer is everything right now! As a petite gal, I sometimes feel jumpsuits cut me off at the waist a bit too short and I can look frumpy, but not in this jumpsuit. From the light and airy material that keeps me cool on a hot summer night with a the low-v open back, I am seriously wearing it on repeat!

peach jumpsuit

With all the neutral shades from the peach to the nude sandals and tan clutch, I like to add a pop of color. My new favorite shades for the beach – a great pair of aviators –  are this summer season’s newest obsession in an ombré shade of blue!

peach jumpsuit

The back of this jumpsuit! I can’t get enough. To be totally honest, it can be a challenge to wear a low v-back outfit without a good undergarment! You know what I mean ladies, so I found some great pieces for this kind of jumpsuit here, here and here! Let me know what you think! 

peach jumpsuit

peach jumpsuit

If you are local and can make it to the Hoboken area, RSVP and stop by the event for some great music, drinks, and a braid bar to get you ready for Memorial Day weekend and the launch of the summer season! More details and RSVP form can be found here.

Shop the feature // Jumpsuit | Sandals |  Sunglasses | Clutch (similar) | Earrings (similar and here) | Bracelet 

Thank you so much for reading! I hope to see you soon at the event or next time on the blog! 

Summer Memories // Shoes and Labor Day Sales

Shop the Cover // Vince Camuto wedges (similar) | Chestnut Marc Fisher wedges | Navy Vince Camuto wedges

Happy Sunday! So we’re into the last of our warm beach days (if you’re in U.S. East Coast) as we prepare to head into what I like to think is the truest form of a new year! There’s something about the changing season into fall that helps us see things a bit more clearly, create new goals and make plans to be a better version of ourselves. I know I do that more often in September than when I celebrate the New Year in January. I’m also looking forward to New York Fashion Week, and sharing all of that excitement soon! Follow me along on Snapchat or Instagram for all the fashion and fun!

As I look back at my photos, the family memories of great vacations and times spent together are a lovely reminder of how our time was special this summer. My style and fashion choices were also something I saw evolve as I was lucky to spend time meeting great new people in the industry from Blogger Bash to New York Men’s Fashion Week to my own style event in Cape Cod! And if it wasn’t already evident from my Instagram feed, I was obsessed with wedges this summer! So I’m sharing some of my favorites with you and how to score them during this weekend’s sales events, plus sharing the best Labor Day sales to score those last of your summer favorites!

This Season's Gold // Labor Day sales

This Season's Gold // Summer Memories - Marc Fisher Wedges

This Season's Gold // Summer Memories - Summer Style event

This Season's Gold // Summer Memories - Labor Day sales

This Season's Gold // Summer Memories - Summer memories and Labor Day sales

This Season's Gold // Summer memories and Labor Day sales

This Season's Gold // Summer Memories - Summer memories and Labor Day sales

Shop the Feature #1// Chestnut Marc Fisher wedges | White & Black Market vest (extra 50% off w/ code 97886 or in this long version) |  Shorts (extra 40% w/ code FALL40)  | Deux Lux fringe clutch (on sale!)

Shop the Feature #2 // Red Vince Camuto wedges (similar – extra 30% off w/ code SUMMER30) | Asos top | Gold GreatbagCo. handbag | Suede gold ring crossbody

Shop the Feature #3 // Navy Vince Camuto wedges |Banana Republic vest, stripe top and jeans| Hbutler chargeable bag | Love bracelet 

Check out some of these other summer favorites now enjoying an extra discount during these Labor Day sales events! Thank you so much for reading!

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Ann Taylor (Extra 50% off sale)

Anthropologie (Extra 40% off sale)

Loft (Extra 50% off sale)

J.Crew (25-30% off w/ code SHOPMORE)


Changing Season // Wrap Dress and Leopard Heels

The weekend is here! Sadly, it’s the last weekend before the unofficial end to summer, and I’m not ready to say goodbye to the warm days just yet. Although I’ve already wrapped up the first week of teaching my students, I have been enjoying the summer weather as much as possible before the cool days of Fall set in. The changing season means finding the perfect transitional dress. And if you’re a teacher, you’ll want to read further to learn how you can win a wonderful prize for yourself and your classroom!

This Season's Gold // Changing Season - Maggy London Wrap Dress

I love a beautiful classic dress. Make it black and have it wrap comfortably around to give me a cinched waistline and I’m sold! I am in love with the soft texture of this dress while still making me look put together and ready to take on the day. A fun way to play with your more basic black pieces in your closet as you begin to look for transitional pieces for Fall is adding pattern or color with your heels. Wearing leopard pumps gives me a sense of power from the bottom up and definitely is a nod to all things Fall related. When I first started wearing leopard print, I found it challenging to find a print that I liked. When I found these, they were the closest leopard print to the one I’ve been coveting by Christian Loubotin.

This Season's Gold // Changing Season - Wrap Dress and Leopard Pumps

I hope you enjoy the styling and if you’re in need of the perfect silhouette in a simple yet classic black dress, this piece should be on your list. The sharp and distinctive neckline gives it a bit of a masculine feel while still very feminine with the billowy wrap of the dress in front.This Season's Gold // Changing Season - Maggy London Wrap Dress

This Season's Gold // Changing Season - Maggy London Dres

This Season's Gold // Changing Season

This Season's Gold // Changing Season - Leopard Print heels

And for the teachers who follow along with me here on This Season’s Gold, Maggy London has 30% off plus a special giveaway for teachers to win over $500 for  your classroom as well as several dresses from the Maggy London brand and more. Check out all the details by clicking here. Need inspiration? See how I’ve styled some of my favorite Maggy London dresses here and here and here.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great start to Fall and the school year! 

Shop the Feature // Wrap dress  (30% off Teacher Sale!)| Leopard print heels | J.Crew Clutch (similar) | Loft necklace (similar)| Phone Case | Phone stand/ring

Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.

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Travel Diary Pt. 2 // Cape Cod Beach Stories

August is such a great time for vacation and travel, but also a reminder of the Fall season to come. It’s the time of the year where for those of you who go to school, have children in school or work at a school know it’s the last hurrah before getting back to the grind. Our favorite place to go is the beach. We enjoy the serenity of the ocean and the slow pace of simply enjoying time with each other, especially when we travel to faraway beaches rather than those closest to us in New Jersey. We have so many beach stories we still talk about to this day, and it truly is the happiest of times we can recall. Our personal favorite are our Cape Cod beach stories! 

This Season's Gold // Travel Diary Ridgevale Beach

This Season's Gold // Travel Diary - Ridgevale Beach

Every year when we return to Cape Cod, we make it a habit of visiting two of our favorite beaches, Ridgevale Beach in Chatham and Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. They are both gorgeous beaches for two very different reasons.

Ridgevale Beach is the perfect area for parents with young children. You can choose to sit on the side of the shallow inlet area, known as the “creek”, where children can look for crabs and interesting shell life, or on the beach side, where the waves gently roll (the sandbars are the result!) in with a view of chartered sailboats colorfully sailing in the distance.

This Season's Gold // Beach Stories Sail Regatta

This Season's Gold // Travel Diary Beach Stories - Ridgevale Beach

This Season's Gold // Ridgevale Beach

This Season's Gold // Ridgevale, MA Beach Stories

This Season's Gold // Ridgevale Beach Stories

This Season's Gold // Beach Stories Ridgevale Beach

This Season's Gold // Beach Stories Cape Cod - Ridgevale Beach

Cahoon Hollow Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, is a beach with a bit of a younger crowd due in part to the rather steep sand dune you need to walk down to reach ocean. It is more challenging for someone who may have trouble walking a far distance or up a steep hill (going down is way easier!), so that is something to consider. We happen to love braving the walk every year and make it easier for ourselves with one of these carts filled with all of our stuff to make the trek down (ok, so it’s really my husband who deals with all of that!). The best part is to reward ourselves afterwards with a lunch at The Beachcomber at the top of the dune (also with easy access to parking for all of our stuff!). Note to self: Service can be a bit difficult to access on your phone, so don’t plan on any major Instagram posting or Snapchatting until after you’ve done the climb back up!) 

This Season's Gold // Cahoon Hallow Beach Stories

This Season's Gold // Cahoon Hallow Beach

This Season's Gold // Cahoon Hallow Beach Waves

This Season's Gold // Cahoon Hallow Beach, Wellfleet

This Season's Gold // Cape Cod Beach Stories

Thank you so much for reading! Are you headed anywhere right before the official start of the school year? What’s your favorite beach story?

Shop the Features // Outfit 1: Anthropologie duster (old, this one is perfect for the beach) | J.Crew Gold one-piece (old, bikini top) | Banana Republic hat (on sale!) // Outfit 2: Striped chambray dress (similar) | Hat // Kids Swim: Crewcuts rash guard (on sale!) | REI outrigger hat // Outfit 3: Cutout shoulder top/ Hat

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Waterfalls // Blue Suede Dress and Scarf Handle

Happy Monday! I have officially returned to work mode this week at school, and my vacation days seem so far away already. However, I’m happy to be sharing a travel diary soon, so look out for that. I’ve recently taken to trying new ways to update my older bags to spice them up. This burgundy bag is actually a cross-body with a detachable chain, so I decided to play with the pink details of my Moschino scarf to match my suede pumps for this look.

This Season's Gold // Blue Suede Dress

This Season's Gold // Blue Suede Dress and Pink details

I liked the idea of playing with color up against this blue suede dress because it can sometimes be a challenge to match a navy dress with the right navy shoes. Of course, a nude pair would look just as nice, but the waterfall effect on the front of this dress made me instantly think of the softness of a scarf that I enjoyed pairing with this tough quilted bag.

This Season's Gold // Scarf handle for handbag

In order to make the scarf handle, I simply folded the large squared scarf into a triangle (from diagonal corners), rolled it into a thin long layered roll – as if to wear it around my neck – and slid one side through the hoop and then through the other across the bag. Since there was extra material on top, I took the top and made a knot to make a double layer of the scarf as part of the handle. And suddenly – an instant color coordinated look with my shoes and lips! 

This Season's Gold // Blue Suede Dress Maggy London

This Season's Gold // Blue Suede Dress and Pink

This Season's Gold // Blue Suede Maggy London Dress

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Shop the Feature // Maggy London dress | Charles David pumps | Rebecca Minkoff bag | Aviators (similar) | Moschino scarf (old, similar

Thank you Maggy London for partnering on this post.

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