Gemini in a Blue Dress

Last year I wrote about the The Privilege of Getting Older.  I still feel like it is a privilege even as this year flew by (I know that is such a cliche, but seriously, time is moving at warp speed).

This weekend is my birthday which also signals the official start of summer and the longest day of the year a few days later.  My son finished First Grade this week and we spent the first day of summer at Legoland followed by swimming.  Life is good.  I am lucky and I have a lot to be grateful for.

And who doesn’t love great birthday presents like this Cult Gaia Ark Bag and Samantha Sung dress?  I also found the most comfortable Stuart Weitzman sandals in navy with a frayed edge.  The dress is versatile, so comfortable, well made with important details like a snap instead of a button in just the right place.  I have already worn it with flat sandals for a more causal look.

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Samantha Sung Dress (similar here)

Cult Gaia Ark Bag in Large

Stuart Weitzman Sandals

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in CRIME

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

Stripes on Stripes

This stretch seersucker blazer has quickly become my most reached for blazer.  It has the perfect amount of give to make it comfortable in the shoulders while still being fitted.  I styled it with a larger stripe with this Saint James tank, white jeans and a fun pear clutch.

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J. Crew Blazer

St. James Sleeveless Top

Kayu Designs Pear Clutch

Piper Sunglasses

AG Jeans

J. Crew Shoes (older style these and these would both look great)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Rainbow Edition

Love is Love.  In addition to supporting Gay Pride this weekend, this rainbow mani just cheered me up every time I looked at it.  Who doesn’t love a rainbow?  After rain, it is a beautiful surprise.  A rainbow, like love, goes with everything.

The colors are Essie Gel Couture “Haute to Trot”, Essie Gel Couture “Fairy Tailor”, (also available with Top Coat here).  The rainbow was made with Nars “Night Out”, OPI ” Live Love Carnaval”, Essie “Mojito Madness”, OPI “Big Apple Red”, and Essie “Clambake”.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Items in the photos include:

Balenciaga Velvet Boots

Gianvito Rossi Denim Heels

Givenchy Pink Bag

Chloe Blush Bag

Tabitha Simmons Polka Dot Slides

Stella McCartney Demin Bag

The Row White Wristlet

The Row Gold Slides

J. Crew Gingham Blazer (on sale!)

J. Crew Pink Gingham Shirt

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Summer Casual

Now is the time to pick up some easy summer pieces on sale.  Everything in this outfit is on sale (except the shoes) including my favorite pink bag!  This is an easy casual look that still looks polished and is comfortable on the warmer days of summer.

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J. Crew Lace-up Popover (on sale!)

J. Crew Chambray Ruffle Skirt (on sale!)

J. Crew Signet bag (this color now on sale!)

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)

Jimmy Choo Sandals (older style similar here)

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

Polished Ikat

The Ikat Perfect Shirt is luxuriously soft and I love the juxtaposition of the pattern with a tailored shirt.  I styled it with cork accessories including this cork envelope clutch from J. Crew Factory that is a bargain and is the perfect summer neutral. 

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J. Crew Rhodes Blazer (similar here)

J. Crew Ikat Perfect Shirt

J. Crew Factory Clutch (on sale!)

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Lookout Jeans (on sale!)

J. Crew Belt (similar here)

J. Crew Shoes (older style similar here and here)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Blue Stripes Edition

It’s no secret that I love all shades of blue and all manner of stripes, so this week’s mani falls into the neutral category for me.

It has been a little busy lately with the end of the school year and a lot going on as I am sure is the case for most of you.  In fact, you may have noticed there was no Mani Monday on Memorial Day.  I hosted a really fun dinner party on that Sunday and decided to take the holiday off.

My weekly manicures are regular polish, I have never tried a gel manicure on my nails.  I tried gel on my toes this winter which was a game changer.  Due to the process and fast drying I was able to walk out in socks and shoes and go have a workout right away.  I was excited to try Essie’s Gel Couture Color.  It has a “gel finish” without the process.  My manicure is currently on Day 8 and it looks brand new!

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Perfect Posture”  and “Surrounded by Studs” in Essie Gel Couture Color.

Items in the photos:

Saint James Striped Shirt

“Blue, The History of a Color”

Saint James Striped Tank

J. Crew Plaid Pants (on sale!)

“Indigo, The Color that Changed the World”

J. Crew Vintage Cropped Jeans with Patchwork (the most comfy jeans ever!)

J. Crew Liberty Print Blazer (also similar here)

J. Crew Stretch Seersucker Blazer

Carrie Forbes Sandals (similar here)

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Gemini and the Ark

My birthday month has begun.  I am not usually someone who celebrates the whole month, but as the years pass they feel more significant.  It is a privilege to get older as I wrote last year (The Privilege of Getting Older).  This upcoming birthday ends with a 9 and rather than get myself worked up for a decade birthday next year, I am embracing it now (at least that is the plan).

This is also always a busy time where my mind races and there is much to accomplish.  The school year is ending which has always impacted both my family life and my career.  I put myself through an annual performance review.  And if you believe in astrology,  the mind does race when the moon is in Gemini and we all have Gemini in us ( I happen to have a lot in my chart in addition to it being my sign).

I was thrilled to open my first present last night.  The Cult Gaia Ark bag that I have been coveting for a long time.  I was unsure about which size to order and went with the large.  It is perfect!  Get ready to see it styled over and over in my posts this summer.

In the meantime, my seven year old son snapped a few photos with the outfit I was wearing when I walked in the door, which demonstrates just how versatile the bag is.  My son and husband were both concerned about the contents being visible.  My husband’s late mother always told him “you never ask a woman’s age or to look in her bag”.  I reminded them of all of my cute pouches.

 

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J. Crew Stretch Blazer

St. James for J. Crew Sleeveless Striped Top

J. Crew Paint Splatter Jeans (similar here and here)

Cult Gaia Ark bag in large

Prada Driving Shoes (similar here and here)

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Garden Party

This weekend we put our outdoor furniture cushions out and were ready for outdoor entertaining.  A fresh print and summer bag were just what I needed.

J. Crew just launched an exclusive collaboration with SZ Blockprints for J. Crew.  Created by founder, Sarah Zellweger in a unique block printing process in Jaipur, India with the help of artisans.  SZ Blockprints donates 15% of proceeds to the SZ Foundation (a non profit that supports female education and empowerment initiatives).

The prints are unique and colorful with great details in the tassels and layout of the prints.  The collection includes these pieces.  They are available online only and are linked below.

From left to right:

Leyla Dress

Leyla Tunic

Leyla Dress

Crop Top

Drawstring Skirt

I styled the Leyla Tunic in green with a Kayu St. Tropez Mini Tote, Vintage Crop Jeans, New Balance 620 Sneakers and Piper Sunglasses.

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Leyla Tunic

Kayu St. Tropez Mini Tote

J. Crew Vintage Cropped Jeans with Patchwork

New Balance 620 Sneakers

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Shade, Stripes and Statement Tees

Happy Memorial Day!  In the summer,  I like easy.  A statement tee, like this linen one are simple to wear and fun to accessorize in a number of ways.  Stripes, gingham, or leopard (not pictured but always in my imagination) – take your pick.  I also love a little subtle embellishment in the form of a sequined navy anchor.  Preppy meets glitz.  Statement tees are ready to pack for adventure and can be dressed up or down.

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J. Crew T-shirt

GAIA for J. Crew Bag

J. Crew Lookout Crop Jean

J. Crew Corsica Sandals (similar here)

Striped Clutch (above)

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J. Crew T-shirt

J. Crew Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Factory Cork Clutch

J. Crew Lookout Jean (on sale!)

Sergio Zelcer Shoes (similar here)

Have a great holiday weekend!

XO,

JAE