Mani Monday – Pine Cone Edition

“Some of my friends at school say Santa is not real.” says my seven year old.

My heart stops and my stomach drops until he says, “But I KNOW he is real.  I usually get everything I ask for and I have seen him and he looks exactly the same each year.” I sigh internally with relief and thank The Grove Los Angeles for having such an awesome Santa (that is the same guy every year).

“Wasn’t is so nice of Santa to put together the hot wheels ultimate garage last year, so it was ready to go in the morning?”  he continues.  “I am ready to make my list.”  I start typing it into the notes in my phone:

BB-8 Robot
Cozmo Robot
Mach 1
Alexa “for the go”
Icee maker
Kitchen Aid Mini Stand Mixer
Sensor lights for the backyard for the raccons
Two pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate
Big Eraser
Star Wars Water Bottle
Swiss Army Knife (TSA Approved)
Calculator

“Take a look at the list and take off the things that are easy for you to get.  I will only ask Santa for the things that are harder.  That will make your shopping easier.” My eyes start to tear up and I fight them back.  I want to freeze this moment in time.

We brought the list to Santa this weekend.  Santa told him no one had asked for a calculator in a while.

This week’s mani is both festive and nostalgic.  The pine cone reminds me of my own childhood on the Monterey Peninsula and all the huge pine trees.  I don’t remember when I stopped believing in Santa, but I am enjoying every second of Santa magic now.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The colors are “Gris Obscur“, “Cavaliere” and “Emeraude” by Chanel.

Items in the photos include:

Star Sweater

Velvet Mule

Windowpane Sweater

Gold and Black Shimmer Top

Studded Denim Jacket

Camo Monogrammed Clutch

Red Dress

Army Jacket with Peplum Tweed

Floral Top

Poof Sleeve Plaid Blazer

Bell Sleeve Sweatshirt

Camo Puffer Jacket

Metallic Dot Skinny Jeans

Tweed Jacket

Patent T-Strap Wingtip

Heart Blouse

Faux Fur Slippers

Leopard Print Coat

Multi-color Tweed Jacket

Camo Tee

Striped Tee with Embroidered Dots

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Camo and Monograms

My go with everything leopard clutch needs a rest once in awhile.  Meet my new neutral clutch in camo from Parker Thatch.  It has already been on steady repeat in less than a week. I styled it with a Liberty print shirt, denim and my orange driving shoes. I also love the clutch in this navy striped version.

The mimi tote from Parker Thatch in camo is definitely on my list.  I just need to decide which way to personalize it (white large letters, HAPPY or letters with kiss.) The totes and clutches are made in California and are so fun to customize.

Also on my list from Parker Thatch are a monogrammed sweatshirt in gray or white and a striped shirt.  Santa, I hope you are reading this.

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Liberty Print Shirt

Camo Clutch

Denim

Shoes

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

 

Stars in the Spotlight

I wished upon a star for cozy, navy blue cashmere.  J. Crew granted  my wish with this adorable year-round kaleidoscope star sweater.  The everyday cashmere line is well priced and the styles are adorable.  I also love thisthis and this (in so many great colors!).

I styled the sweater with denimtweed flats and a gold clutch.  I also love this gold clutch with tassel.  My new camo clutch is another great option.  It’s coming to the blog  on Friday.

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Sweater

Shoes c/o also available here

Gold Clutch  (I also love this one from Parker Thatch with the tassel)

Denim

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Red Dot Edition

I finally gave in.  I was visiting my parents this past weekend and they needed help with their tree.  I sent my husband a photo of my son and I working on the tree and when we got home he had gotten all of our holiday stuff out.  So I did not one, but two trees this weekend.  The house feels so cozy and it is nice feeling like I am ahead of the game, at least for now.  It’s only a matter of time before we start listening to the holiday station on sirius/xm.

I’m holding out on holiday themed manis for a a little longer.  This week I went with a light pink and red dot.  I thought it would coordinate with all the plaid starting to make the scene.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Dress is More” by Essie Gel Couture.  This polish has gel wear-ability while still being regular polish.  It is finished by this topcoat.

Gucci Fur Slippers

Striped Polo Sweater

Spectra Fringed Caridgan

Chambray Shirt with Embroidered Hearts

Beaded Clutch

Pink and White Striped Shirt

Plaid Jacket

Faux Fur Striped Stole

Snake Mule

Studded Red Plaid Shirt

Studded Floral Sneaker

Floral Silk Dress

Faux Fur Pom

Wool Leopard Topcoat

Metallic Silk Blouse

Striped Pajama Bottoms

Crewcuts Pink Floral Dress

Glitter Clutch

Cashmere Heart Beanie

Star Print Top, Dress, and Skirt

Tory Burch Pink Gemini Link Tote

Plaid Boyfriend Shirt

Long Cardigan

Pink Jacket

Plaid Ruffle Shirt

Equipment Floral Blouse

Kimono Sweater

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

 

Love, Stripes and Camo

I am ready to fall into The Gap again.  I have been on the hunt for a camo jacket to throw on over everything.  I spotted this jacket at The Gap and scooped it up immediately (it’s under $50 with the current promo CHEERS).  Others I have considered (like this, this and this) are almost ten times the price.  I love the striped details and I lost count of compliments the first time I wore it with a navy t-shirt and sneakers.  I also ordered this jacket in dark night from The Gap today (the army green with leopard print was tempting too).

I styled it with a Saint James tee, denim, navy velvet frayed sandals and one of my favorite Parker Thatch clutches.  I just ordered this camo clutch from Parker Thatch (it arrives tomorrow and I can hardly wait!)

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Jacket (on sale!)

Saint James Tee

Clutch

Denim

Sandals

Lip and Cheek Color – Frog Prince by Lipstick Queen in this value gift set

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

Ready for Plaid

“Why aren’t there more decorations for Thanksgiving?  It seems like we rush to Christmas right after Halloween.” said my seven year old on the way to school.  “Each holiday should be special.”  I could not agree with him more.  I was excited to find these fun Thanksgiving crackers that I know he and my niece will enjoy.  My dog is enjoying her Fair Isle bed (it also comes in this adorable plaid) and for now, that is enough Christmas décor.

On the fashion front I am ready for plaid and velvet.  I love the fit of this velvet blazer.  I styled it with my favorite Stewart plaid shirt, leopard print stole, new high rise skinny jeans and leopard heels.  The look is casual, but holiday ready.   I organized my closet and put all the plaid in a more prominent location.

Plaid Shirt

Velvet Blazer

Leopard Print Stole

Denim

Belt

Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Navy Flowers Edition

“Look they replaced Billy Joel with a Holiday channel” said my seven year old from the back seat.  “I am not ready for that.  We can start listening to it after Thanksgiving.  How about 80s on 8?” I replied.  Then we went to Target and I could not help picking up this fair isle dog bed they have it in my favorite plaid too.  I came home and ordered matching monogrammed Santa pajamas for everyone (adult and kids sizes).  The whole family will be ready for Santa in terms of sleep.

I have not put on the holiday music just yet.  I am planning my holiday manis, but I am definitely not going to start them until December (O.K. maybe right after Thanksgiving).  This week’s mani is a nod to fall and also the warm weather we have been having in Los Angeles.  It actually finally cooled to below seventy degrees today.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors is “Surrounded by Studs” and “Dress is More” by Essie Gel Couture (use with this topcoat for gel-like wear and it’s polish),

Items featured in the photos include:

The GREAT Shirt

Gucci Mary Janes

Rag & Bone Pinstripe Pants

Harvey Faircloth Jacket with Faux Fur

Ghurka Tote

La Vie Dress

Vince Camuto Mules

Harvey Faircloth Vintage Camo Jacket

Ted Baker Floral Top

Alice and Olivia Floral Top

Sandro Sweater

Madewell Heels

A.L.C. Floral Blouse (on sale!)

La Vie Chambray top

J.Crew Floral Vest (on sale!)

Veronica Beard Jacket

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Blue Plaid

Next week J. Crew launches their holiday collection with plenty of my favorite plaid.  In the meantime, I am keeping it blue with this shirt styled with a pom-pom sweatshirt, dark denim and leopard print accessories. My son has the boy’s version and he styled it with blue cords that are so stretchy and comfortable (which for an active seven year old boy is a must)

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Pom Pom Sweatshirt (on sale!)

Plaid Shirt

Clutch

Shoes (older style similar here, here and here)

Denim

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

 

Not so Basic Black

I have been in search of a basic black clutch that makes a statement.  Of course I found one from one of my favorite bag designers, Legend of Lido.  Their one-of -a kind prints are gorgeous are handmade in Los Angeles.  This bag was inspired by travels in the English countryside and features geodes and wild flowers.  It is the perfect pop with black and also a neutral with other prints. Expect to see it styled many ways in future posts.

 

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Bell Sleeve Top (similar here and here)

Clutch

Black Denim

Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Skeleton Edition

“Let’s give him a hat and a cane and make him dance.” said my seven year old son in his second grade art class.  “Did you still want to add a dog?”  “No, that would be mean to Cupcake.”  I smiled and was touched by his consideration for our Puggle.  He proceeded to show me how to blend the clay and I was so impressed with his skeleton (in the bottom right corner) that it inspired my Halloween mani.  I look forward to trick or treating in the neighborhood with my Astronaut.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors is “Off Duty Style” by Essie Gel Couture (my new favorite polish that wears like gel, but is not gel).

Items in the photos include:

Zadig & Voltaire Skull Scarf

Clare V Green leopard print Pouch

Clare V Embossed Leather Pouch

Clare V Striped “Oui” Long Sleeve Tee

Cult Gaia Ark Bag in Black

J. Crew Shoes

Zadig & Voltaire Hooded Cardigan

Karen Millen Blurred Leopard Print Dress

John + Jenn Leopard Sweater

Ted Baker Black Bell Sleeve Top

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE