Back to Basics

This week’s black striped mani (which was chip-free seven days later, btw) got me thinking about stripes and basics.  As much as I love color, there is an elegance to simple black and white and (of course) my favorite navy and white.  Here are my selections from the J. Crew New Arrivals and some great classic buys from the sale section.

J. Crew Italian Cashmere Mixed Stripe Sweater (new!)

J. Crew Geometric Eyelet Top (new!)

J. Crew Colorblock Ponte Striped Dress (on sale!

J. Crew Swimsuit

J. Crew Striped Pom-Pom Scarf (on sale!)

J. Crew Buffalo Check Shirt-Jacket (on sale!)

J. Crew Gemma Cap-Toe Flats (on sale!)

J. Crew Gemma Cap-Toe Flats (on sale!)

My favorite faux-fur scarf that I featured in Pattern Mix Hits the Gym , All of the Stripes and Stripes and Kisses is on sale!

J. Crew for Net-A-Porter Faux Fur Scarf (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

 

 

Resolutions and Intentions

Ever since I could put pen to paper, I would make New Year’s resolutions.  Each year there would be lists that most certainly included “lose weight” from my teenage years on.  The last few years the idea of resolutions has evolved into intentions.  I set intentions regularly on a weekly or even daily basis in my meditation practice.

This year rather than declaring “lose weight” as a resolution (though admittedly, I would love to lose a few lbs) I want to feel healthy and vital.  It has become clear that eating certain foods — dairy, sugar, corn and gluten. – does not make me feel good and at times downright uncomfortable.  This week I have eliminated the aforementioned  foods to see if I feel better.  It’s only day four and I already do feel better.  The more I eat cleanly, the more I want to keep going and build my resolve.

I was fortunate to kick this intention off with a “Reinvention” Hypnosis at my favorite mediation studio Unplug, with the always inspiring Camilla Sacre-Dallerup that is based on her upcoming book “Reinvent Me”.  The mediation made a huge difference.  I started the elimination of dairy, sugar, gluten and corn in earnest on Monday.  After the Friday class, I found myself resisting the temptation of the all the yummy Christmas leftover cookies and chocolate.  The part of my brain that said “No, this won’t make you feel good” was loudest – and victorious.

I am keeping lots of good snacks on hand and planning meals.  This morning I will give Bulletproof coffee a try which will leave only two meals a day to prepare.  I don’t eat red meat.  If any of you have great “Whole 30” recipes or tricks, please reply in the comments section.

jcrew-leopard

My outfit from a recent trip to the fabulous new natural market with locations in California, Lazy Acres.

J. Crew Tippi Sweater

J. Crew Signet Bag in Bright Sea

J. Crew Shoes

J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

Happy, Healthy 2017.

XO,

JAE

 

 

Neutrals at Sunset

Leopard is definitely a neutral for me.  I love mixing it with stripes and plaid and other patterns, but I also love the way it pops with black and white.  My new leopard heels that I was so excited to get for Christmas (more on that in Leopard Surprise) are so easy to wear.  My number one criteria for shoes is comfort and these heels are very comfortable.

I styled them with my J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans, J. Crew Black Cashmere Cardigan, a white shirt and my J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses.  You can expect to see more of these heels.

jcrew-leopard-blackandwhite

J. Crew Leopard Heels

J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans

J. Crew Cashmere cardigan

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

Lafayette 148 Shirt similar here and here (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday -Black Stripes Edition

2017 is off to a stripe-y start. It is no secret that I love stripes.  Last week was a week of stripes.  For this week’s mani, I am wearing black for the first time with negative space stripes.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Black Pool” by CND Vinylux.

Happy Monday!

PS – How cute are the Gucci Bee Loafers?

XO,

JAE

Broad Stripes

I realize this has been a full week of striped posts other than Mani Monday, but this one is different.  When I saw the thicker stripes and shades of burgundy and pink,  I thought it was a perfect fit with this amazing mural in Carlsbad.

jcrew-stripes-leopard

J. Crew Top

J. Crew Sunglasses

J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans

J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats

Calypso Clutch similar here and here

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Favorite Color

The favorites of many unify into one.  This mural, “Favorite Color” by Roy McMakin, was created by asking people their favorite color.  He then presented them with of 4 to 6 swatches and asked them to choose the one that was closest to their favorite color.  You can read more about the mural and the process here  and here (including some controversy about if blue really is the most popular color).

It is so bright and cheerful and I love the grid.  I decided to highlight orange (even though blue is clearly my favorite color) as I loved the pop.  I styled my J. Crew cuffed striped shirt, Hermes Maxi-Twilly, J. Crew Signet Bag in Bright Sea, J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans and Tod’s Driving Moccasins in orange.  I am walking into 2017 inspired by the full spectrum of color.

img_7357img_7356jcrew-stripes-hermes-tods-muralsoflajollajcrew-stripes-hermes-tods

J. Crew Top

Hermes Maxi-Twilly similar here and here

J. Crew Signet Bag in Bright Sea

J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans

Tod’s Shoes

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Stripes and Bows

Is it really over?  The holidays arrive like a speeding train with all the preparations, shopping and decorating.  Then each year the train departs until next year in the blink of an eye.  I was happy to capture a little bit more of the holiday with this tree and bows.

Yes, I am wearing another striped shirt.  I love the grosgrain ribbon details.  I styled it with my new J. Crew Signet bag, black toothpick jeans, leopard flats and Ryan sunglasses.

jcrew-stripes-leopard

J. Crew Top

J. Crew Signet Bag in Bright Sea

J. Crew Sunglasses

J. Crew Toothpick Jean in Black

J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Blue Velvet

One of my best purchases this season was the Velvet Clutch from J.Crew.  I was excited to see it when it came out and bought it right away.  It went with just as many things as black and added an elegant touch.  I lost count of the times I reached for it to complete holiday outfits both casual and dressy.  It made it into six blog posts.  I noticed this week that they had a few in stock, so if you missed it, now is the time to grab it.

Click on the photos below to see the original blog posts.

Velvet Clutch

It is also available in Pink Satin (and on sale!)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

 

 

 

Dreaming of Paris

As my son and I research our trip to London in 2017, I am scheming how we can get to Paris for a few days, too.  As Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris is always a good idea.”

Like Audrey, I also believe in pink.  I styled my  pink Velvet Blazer, with my Paris T-shirt, pink Jane sunglasses, glitter heels and a pink (monogrammed) wallet all from J. Crew.   I added a pink Hermes scarf in keeping with the Paris theme and AG Jeans.

jcrew-paris-agjeans

J. Crew Blazer

J. Crew Paris Tee

Hermes Scarf (similar here ) or the J. Crew Paris Scarf

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)

J. Crew Shoes (on sale!)

J. Crew Small Zip Wallet

AG Prima Jeans in Navy

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE