An Afternoon at The Getty

This summer we did a fair amount of traveling and also made an effort to explore our home town. We managed to hit a lot of museums in Los Angeles.  One of my all-time favorites is The Getty Center.  We spent a great Sunday afternoon there a couple of weeks ago. The views are spectacular.  My son especially loves The Family Room where he can have a hands on experience (I managed to do so, as well). We all enjoyed the “London Calling” exhibit and had a fun lunch there as well.

 

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J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Necklace

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew Gemma Flats

J. Crew Lookout High Rise Cropped Jeans in White

J. Crew Hat (on sale!)

XO,

JAE

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Thyme in the Ranch

I had the nicest afternoon and lunch at Thyme in the Ranch, my Mom’s favorite lunch spot in Rancho Santa Fe, on her birthday eve.  Thyme in the Ranch is so charming and the food is delicious.  They have both indoor and outdoor seating and the decor is filled with florals, so I wore my latest J. Crew Bee shirt in my favorite blue and white stripes.  The challenge to wear pink had been a great way to add more pops of color to my looks.

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J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan in Neon Hibiscus

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses

J. Crew Gemma Flats

J. Crew Lookout High Rise Cropped Denim in White

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

 

Pinking into Fall

I love seeing fall clothes in the stores, but it is still summer.  We are enjoying the last week of summer with a getaway and lots of beach time.  J. Crew’s recent roll out with all the pink is amazing.  The Drake’s prints are so beautiful.  You can read more about their history and the process here.  I continue to enjoy the challenge to wear pink.  I love this Drake’s shirt with pops of pink in the cardigan and my new J. Crew Jane sunglasses. The white denim pencil skirt still makes it feel summery.

J. Drake's with rug

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J. Crew Collection Drake’s Shirt

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan in Neon Hibiscus (on sale!)

J. Crew Panama Hat (on sale!)

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses

J. Crew White Denim Pencil Skirt

J. Crew Sandals (older style) better new style that is on my wishlist here

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Friday – Bikini Edition

I am savoring the last weeks of summer with beach getaways and a bikini mani.  The summer flew by and I am glad we spent a lot of in both the ocean and pools.  We still plan to get some more beach time in before school starts.  I am beach ready with my mani, for sure.

The color is “Creekside” by CND Vinylux.  The nail art is a navy polka-dot bikini with “Momma” by RGB Cosmetics.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

JAE and the Chocolate Factory

John Kelly Chocolates are simply the best.  Fair warning, it is hard to enjoy other chocolate after trying them.  They have a boutique in Santa Monica that is right near my bank, so I find myself there frequently for a treat.  They make great gifts by the box and I have  been the lucky recipient more than once.  The pieces are generous and that allows one to be very satisfying.  I was talking about how much I love them when I was in the store a few weeks ago and they suggested that I visit the factory.

The factory is on Hollywood and also has a boutique.  It is a bit off the beaten path and was originally only the factory.  They had so many people stopping by wanting to buy chocolate that they added the boutique.  They also ship nationally (you can order here) and are featured in a number of gourmet markets and fine hotels. You can search for a location near you here.

The Hollywood Boutique

The Cacao Bean

The process starts in a 150 pound kettle.  Each truffle fudge batch is 150 pounds. The truffle fudge is cooled and cut. The bottom and top are coated separately.  Then either a hand drawn letter or salt is added.  They use six different artisanal salts.  They were one of the first chocolatiers to use salt with chocolate in a major way.  They are included with not just caramels as you may have tried elsewhere.  The Peanut Butter with Himalayan Pink Salt is one of my absolute favorites. You can read more about the ingredients they use here.

The belt moves at a nice pace for all the handmade work.  It did make me think of the “I Love Lucy” episode which is noted in several fun posters. The staff of artisans all took  happy pride in their work.

It was such a treat to see the artisans at work.  My family was happy that I made a purchase in the boutique.

My outfit:

J. Crew Necklace

J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Lookout High Rise Jeans similar here (on sale!) and here

J. Crew Paisley Gemma Flats

Hairnet issued by John Kelly

Enjoy some handmade truffle fudge chocolates today!

XO,

JAE

Blue Herons Taking Flight

This blue heron t-shirt in my favorite navy blue inspired a leaping photo shoot.  I had to include a pop of pink with my Gemma Paisley flats to meet the current J. Crew challenge. Speaking of challenges, this post is my 100th post!  I’m definitely jumping for joy over that.  When I started this blog just over four months ago,  my goal was to publish five days a week. Thank you for following along. 

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J. Crew T-Shirt

J. Crew Paisley Gemma Flats

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew Lookout High Rise Cropped White Jeans (25% off with code WEEKOFSTYLE)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

 

Lofty Leopard

I discovered a new coffee place during our recent visit to San Diego.  Lofty Coffee Company is amazing.  I first visited their Solana Beach cafe.  They roast their own coffee nearby in Encinitas as well as bake their own pasties from scratch.  They have house made almond milk and hazelnut milk, which makes all the difference for me.  I had an iced salted caramel latte with almond milk and I had to go back the next day for another.  They also have great healthy, natural food options.  We stopped by the Encinitas location on our way home (it is an easy stop from Interstate 5).

I took a little break from pink and decided to leopardize (read more on how to “speakjcrew”here)  since leopard print goes so well with coffee.  I am loving this new leopard print blouse.  It goes so well with my J. Crew Ryan sunglasses, black toothpick jeans and cashmere cardigan.

 

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J. Crew Top

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan (on sale! plus 30% off with code WEEKOFSTYLE through August 28, 2016)

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew Toothpick Jeans (25% off with code WEEKOFSTYLE through August 28, 2016)

J. Crew Collection Sandals (similar here) 25% off with code WEEKOFSTYLE through August 28, 2016

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Stripes and Liberty

I am fully embracing the recent J. Crew challenge to wear pink.  My new J. Crew Jane sunglasses are such a fun shade of pink.  I added a pop of pink and green to my new favorite Liberty shirt (that I previously featured in this post Fiddlehead Farm ) with a preppy pink and green striped long sleeve tee. This white denim pencil skirt is quickly becoming my new go to and is perfect for pairing with fall looks to still feel like summer.

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J. Crew Liberty Shirt

J. Crew Striped Sailor T-Shirt (25% off with code REFRESH)

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses

J. Crew White Denim Pencil Skirt (25% off with code REFRESH)

J. Crew Panama Hat (on sale!)

J. Crew Collection Shoes (older style), similar style here (25% off with code REFRESH)

25% off select styles (indicated above) with code REFRESH through August 22, 2016

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Friday – Pink Daisy Edition

I am loving all the pink in the new J. Crew collection and their challenge to wear pink for five days.  I decided to be bold and use a color on my hands that I would normally only wear on my toes.  I am loving this bright pink and the adorable daisy nail art.

 

The color is “Kiss Me, I’m Brazilian” by OPI.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

In the Pink

There is nothing like pink to instantly lift your mood.  The latest rollout from J. Crew is all about pink.  They issued another challenge.  This time to wear pink for five days.  As you know, I am more of a navy and leopard girl, but this pink look put a spring in my step.  I am loving my new paisley Gemma flats with the neon trim.  My Ryan sunglasses in blush are the perfect neutral.  This neon t-shirt I picked up on sale last summer, but I have linked something similar below.

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J. Crew Blazer (on sale)

J. Crew Sunglasses

J. Crew T-shirt (similar here and on sale)

J. Crew Lookout High Rise Jeans similar here (on sale) and here

J. Crew Shoes

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE