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!

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Travel Bug // Family Trip to Montreal

Travel Bug // Family Trip to Montreal

Shop the Feature // Loft coat (on sale!) | Ann Taylor sweater (on sale!)  | J.Crew toothpick jeans | J.Crew hat (similar) | Joie boots (on sale!) | Ralph Lauren Satchel (on sale!)| Keychain (similar) |

Here we are 2016! Happy to share my first post of the year  (I needed a few days to take it all in!) and talking about one of my loves…travel! Outside of the summer drive down to Florida as a kid, I didn’t do too much traveling until I was able to buy myself my own plane tickets! Soon after college, I started to travel more often, happily exploring places like Brussels and Paris on my own. A good part of my travels began when I became a personal assistant to Marc Anthony where we often jetted everywhere for concerts, video shoots, award shows, and charity functions.  I was on a plane almost every weekend, and I began to enjoy the craziness of it all. Of course, as in all things, life happens (happily!) but that didn’t stop my desire to travel. I feel so lucky to have been able to visit so many parts of the world, and still have a desire to visit many more! That’s why I chose to make travel (see Buenos Aires, Greece, Hawaii, Cape Cod) a part of what I share here on This Season’s Gold!

One of our most recent trips was a bit closer to home, but felt like an ocean away at a much needed time. Montreal is such a lovely city to visit. Right now they are experiencing some gorgeous snowfall, but our little family trip to Montreal for Thanksgiving 2015 (I shared some sneak peeks on my Instagram) was so lovely, and warm enough to walk around to shop (major bonus)! Hope you enjoy the photo journal!

Old Montreal horse carriage

Old Port of Montreal

3 Fat Ladies, Old Montreal

Espace Pepin Montreal shop

Montreal shop

Rue St. Catherine Montreal Shop

Street Art in Montreal

Walking through Rue St. Catherine (all the great shops!) and the streets of Old Montreal (more shops and gorgeous architecture!),  I was surprised how much it felt like walking around Tribeca or Soho in New York City. There was always something interesting to see and capture from different angles, which made taking photos for this trip such a joy.

Notre Dame Montreal

Inside Notre Dame Cathedral Montreal

Statue in Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

One place that felt beyond beautiful for words was the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal. Honestly, I wasn’t taking too much into account other than just appreciating the beauty of the interior of the church mostly because it was my daughter’s birthday, and I simply wanted to feel peaceful there.

Old Montreal street

Solmar Montreal

McGill University Montreal

La Baie Montreal

Pretty buildings and French speaking locals made me feel like I was a world away from home, even though the drive up North was only 7 hours from New York City. From large shops to the architecture of McGill University to quaint and interesting places off the main streets, one of the best parts traveling with Mr. E and my son is that they both like to explore as much as I do. We can’t wait until our next adventure!

Old Montreal Gate

Camel Coat

Shop the Feature // Loft coat (on sale!) | Ann Taylor sweater (on sale!)  | J.Crew toothpick jeans | J.Crew hat (similar) | Joie boots (on sale!) | Ralph Lauren Satchel (on sale!)| Keychain (similar) |

Our family trip to Montreal was definitely a highlight for us as we took time to reflect, enjoy the holiday, and most importantly each other. I will be sharing a Montreal guide to some of the best restaurants (my husband is a major foodie and is a top Yelp restuarant contributor!) and shops (I’m the fashion-obsessed one in the family as you can tell!) we enjoyed most in our next newsletter! We’d love if you would join!

Thank you for reading! Stay gold!
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Time Away :: Links and a Sneak Peek!

Time Away :: Links and a Sneak Peek!

Happy Saturday! This Thanksgiving weekend, Mr. E and I decided we needed to spend time away with our son as we prepare to honor our daughter’s first birthday not with us. I wanted to find a way to honor her, but also celebrate her so that my son could understand that while grief makes you very sad and can make you cry, it can also strengthen you and give you reason to appreciate life and the people around you. We are away in Montréal for a bit, first for me and my son. It is a stunning city full of life and culture, and gorgeous architecture. I look forward to sharing our travel experience with you soon!

Here’s a sneak peek!

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In the meantime, I’m happy to have IFB share such a special post of mine on their Links a la Mode this past week again! I love sharing and supporting other bloggers! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Closing out Summer:: Colorful Poncho & Red Kimono Dress

Closing out Summer:: Colorful Poncho & Red Kimono Dress

Hello everyone! It’s the weekend! I have missed out on posting and sharing lately since I have been preparing for the start of the new school year. It’s slowly coming together and getting into the new rhythm of it all has had its ups and downs. The newsletter and  new site are almost ready for a big reveal (it involves so much more than I ever thought, and I want it to be amazing for you all!), and I can’t wait! So, I figured what better way to share how I am closing out summer than with a little look back at my time spent on Cape Cod!

One element of fashion that I love most is playing with color.  And while a great black and white outfit can make you look sleek and defined, there’s just something about wearing color that brings out your personality (See what I mean?). And when I was packing for my vacation a month ago, I wanted  to be comfortable, but also wanted to dress up to have fun in the evenings out on the town. Cape Cod is beautifully colorful during the summer. From the deep hues of the hydrangeas to the blue waters and bright colorful doors, you can’t help but want to play a part of the scenery.

Stripe Sweater Poncho

One thing to love about evenings on the Cape are the cool breezes that come after a long hot day out in the sun. I loved this poncho, not only for the color but for the lightweight and airy feeling when wearing it. I can easily see this being the perfect transitional piece from summer to fall.

Metallic clutch

Being summer, I decided to style the look with a mix of ripped denim and white heels to keep it a bit more casual for the night while out for dinner and a little shopping.

Shopping in cape cod

red kimono print dress

Mr. E and I had the lucky opportunity to go out to the Ocean House for a date night (grandparents are awesome!), and I was so happy to wear this red kimono dress. What makes this dress even more special is that it represents an amazing fashion label that promotes one of a kind textiles made from women artisans around the world. Its mission speaks to my personal interest in supporting and inspiring other women through fashion. Marissa Heyl, the founder of Symbology is a creative force that I hope to have the pleasure of meeting one day. I look forward to seeing and wearing many more of her designs in the future in support of her mission. More about Symbology here.

clare v leopard clutch

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red kimono print dress

Outfit #1: Anthropologie Poncho (love this as well!) | Loft jeans (old, other great boyfriend style here) | Vince Camuto slingback heels | Marc Jacobs clutch (also love these here and here!) | Loft sunglasses | Banana Republic bracelets | Ann Taylor pearl ring

Outfit #2: c/o Symbology Kimono dress |Vince Camuto sandals | Clare V. clutch | J. Crew necklace (old, similar here) | Earrings (old, lovely silver half-moon pair here) | Rings (Bauble Bar has some beautiful rings here)

Thank you for reading!

xoxo, Jessica
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Summer on the Cape :: Beach Looks in Purple and Gold

Summer on the Cape :: Beach Looks in Purple and Gold

Happy Thursday! This week has been loaded with much to do and learn, and returning to teach for my 11th school year has been an enlightening experience in more ways than one (more of that throughout the year!). But for a few more days, my mind is happily still recalling my travels to the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Mr. E and I have enjoyed the gorgeous beaches and small town communities of Cape Cod for several years now. Traveling there every summer only became much more exciting when we had our son and were able to enjoy watching him make the best of our family of 3 getaway. This time last year, I remember thinking and planning ahead about what it would’ve meant to have a 7 month old and my almost six year old vacationing on the Cape, so it was inevitable that I would find moments where it was a bit difficult to find joy. But because of my family and much needed time away, I did . I’m sharing two looks on the beach in purple and gold today, and I hope you enjoy!

Swim cover up on the beach

Gold strain hairband

swimsuit beach cover

To feel my best on the beaches this summer after having a baby sometimes felt like a challenge, but I honestly embraced it for what it was (especially given my situation!), and decided to do my best to feel comfortable and just be reflective and look bright while sitting along the shore!

Red beach hat

Red beach hat

Being along the water can be healing, so I took advantage of many quiet moments to feel connected to my thoughts and find strength. Wearing bright colors that complimented the blue waters of the ocean made what could have been time spent feeling somber into a more positive experience and honestly, simply brighter. I love how a simple red hat served it’s purpose both for fashion and function on a hot day!

imageIf there is any accessory that rivals my love for shoes, it is a hat (clearly evident here and here)! For women, a hat is a great statement piece that brings all the elements of shape and design in your outfit together, particularly when wearing the right hat that frames the face and doesn’t overwhelm the size of the head (the crown, if you will).

gold one piece bathing suit

duster vest on the best

gold bathing suitFinding a gold bathing suit for this summer wasn’t intentional, but when I saw this gold swimsuit from J. Crew, I knew I wanted to wear it. It was my way of acknowledging the color’s deeper meaning for me while on the beach. Taking the time to really open my heart and accept my “new normal” while on vacation truly had an impact on how I prioritize things in my life. The importance of family and truly living to the fullest extent possible took on a new meaning, and I enjoyed making that understanding a reality every day since then.

Gold stripe seabag

Beach cover-ups are my new favorite thing to find and style with my bathing suits. Preparing for a trip earlier this year to Hawaii, I discovered so many beautiful options to wear that make a basic swimsuit on the beach look put together, and so when packing for my trip to the Cape, I organized (and honestly, packed much less as a result!) my swimwear in that way.

anthropologie duster vest

First outfit :: Echo swimsuit cover | Baublebar hairband | Beach hat (similar option here and here) | Hoop earrings

Second outfit :: Anthropologie stripe vest | J.Crew Gold swimsuit  | Fedora (old, similar here) |                J. Crew Seabag (other styles here to love here!) | Baublebar initial necklace |  Marc Jacob sunglasses | Pura Vida infinity bracelet | Gorjana earrings

Thank you for reading this much longer post! Be sure to look out for some exciting new changes and additions on This Season’s Gold. I know I’ve been saying it for awhile, and it surely is coming together. We can’t wait!

xoxo, Jessica
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