Canadian Tuxedo

I have Bing Crosby to thank for this look.  The expression “Canadian Tuxedo” is due to Bing being refused service at a hotel in Vancouver, BC due to his all denim ensemble.  Levi’s heard about it and presented him a tuxedo made of denim.

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I have worn denim on denim a couple of times (here and here), but I have never paired a denim jacket with denim.  I was wearing this denim jacket with colored denim when I tried on these slim boyfriend jeans and I loved the look so much I left the store in my new jeans.  It brought back cutting the tag in the dressing room with my mom when I was a kid (and what my son often does as he is so excited to wear his new item).  That look included a striped shirt and striped flats.

For this look, I added heels, leopard print and my beloved Luna bag.

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Denim Jacket

Leopard Tee (similar here, here and here)

AG Ex_Boyfriend Slim Jeans

Luna Bag

Sandals (these and these would also be cute)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

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Mani Monday – Pink Stripes Edition

“Ummm, Jen, you should come here.”  I hear my husband say as I drift back to sleep.

“What is it?” I reply, struggling to wake up.

“Just come here.”

I get up and walk down the hall to the bathroom.  As I turn towards the door, I see a huge smile on his face as he holds the test.  The test. The one I took and left in the bathroom about thirty minutes ago.  I was so discouraged after almost a year of trying that I did not stick around for the results.  I look at the digital test.  It says “Pregnant”.

“Oh my god!  Really?” I scream.

“Do you think it sat too long?  Should we do another one?” he says.

“I only have the lower tech kinds, but yes.”

I take the test.  “Now we wait and hope for two pink stripes.”

The five-minute wait seems like an hour.  Finally, we look.  There are two distinct pink stripes!

Almost nine years ago, I finally saw two pink stripes, soon after I became a mother.  I have never been more excited about a stripe since (and I do love stripes).  I had to smile on Mother’s Day as I looked down at this week’s mani and at my husband and son in their striped shirts.

 

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Hot Pop Pink“, “Reflecting Pool“,  “Aqua-Intance“, “Creekside” and “Studio White” by CND Vinylux/

Items in the photos include:

Denim Jacket

Antonello Tedde Clutch (similar here and on sale)

Carrie Forbes Sandals (on sale!)

Rachel Comey Tie-Dye Dress

Striped Blazer

Blush Bag

Veronica Beard Striped Dress

Gingham Mules

Striped Clutch

Joie Beaded Chambray Top

Terez Star Leggings

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Cool Blue

“You are not one of those people now?” said my husband at dinner.  “Yes, she is.  She wore them the whole time in the grocery store.” said my son.  I love my new blue glasses for many reasons.  My love of the color blue is no secret.  They also provide a cooling shade to the sun that is different from any other pair of sunglasses I have and they manage not to be too dark inside.  So rather than switching to my clear glasses or putting them on my head (thus stretching them out) and squinting in the grocery store, I can keep them on.  Now I am that person.  I get why people keep their glasses on inside. Besides I will take the world in a cool blue hue anytime, especially in harsh lighting.

My spring uniform is in full swing.  I am mixing and matching blazers and fun tees with a variety of clutches and denim (or colored denim).  I have gotten so much wear out of these blush velvet heels from a couple of years ago (I have linked several great options below).

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Blazer (similar here, here , here  and here)

Sunglasses (also love these (under $100!), these , these and these)

T-Shirt (also love this, this and this)

Clutch

Denim (similar here and here)

Sandals (similar here (30% off!), here and here (30% off!))

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Blues Edition

Fun weekends sometimes lead to Monday Blues.  Not this week.  I was informed that this Mother’s Day week.  I came home after a Saturday night out with friends to balloons, flowers, gifts, chocolates and the sweetest notes and cards.  I tried to hold off opening anything until Mother’s Day,  but my son insisted yesterday.  It is going to be a great week! My favorite gift is this new coffee mug. I will be drinking my morning cup with a big smile.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Surrounded by Studs” and “First View” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Striped Embroidered Fable Top

Butterfly Dress

Embroidered Off the Shoulder Top

Floral Top

Striped Sandal

Floral Canvas Bag (under $10!)

Floral Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Steely Resolve

“The no shopping challenge changed you.” my husband said the other day.  While I am in the stores more than before my challenge, my purchases are still way down.  I feel the need to stop and consider each purchase.  Then I sleep on it.  Nine times out of ten, I wake up decide that I don’t really need the item.  That was not the case with a recent pair of sunglasses I could not stop thinking about and then splurged on.  I just dropped them off to get my prescription filled.  They will be coming to the blog soon, but here is a peek in the meantime. This pair was a runner-up (I love the vintage shape). This pair is a fun pink option (and under $100!).

Last summer I splurged on this Antonello Tedde clutch with (a strap).  A similar one is on sale! I still have my eye on this bag (in white) for the summer, but the brown is a great neutral option as well.  I am still loving my Cult Gaia Luna bag that I scored right before my shopping detox.

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Denim Jacket (also in this distressed version)

Striped Shirt (similar here)

Bag (similar here and on sale!)

White Denim (also love this pair)

Shoes (older style these, these, these,and these would look great)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Happy Edition

My son and I visited The Happy Place in downtown Los Angeles this past weekend.  (To see highlights check out my Instagram stories.).  I had my emoji nail art done a couple of days before and each time I looked at it it made me smile.  A little extra smiling and happy is always a good thing.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Picture Perfect” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Blue and Yellow Polka Dot Blouse

Striped Crocheted Dress

Whatever Striped Tee

Shibori Clutch

Denim Shirt

Wink Tote

Wink Clutch

Grey Tote

Yellow and White Striped Blazer

Rainbow Clutch

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Welcome to the Hotel Californian

“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”  Well I would never want to leave the beautiful Hotel Californian.  My husband and I checked out this new hotel when we had a quick getaway to Santa Barbara to celebrate 10 year anniversary.  It is gorgeous.  They just had their grand opening party last night.    I still can’t get over all the changes to lower State Street since I was in college at UCSB only a few years ago.  Back then there was very little going on lower State Street except a few dive bars. This is the latest addition.  I love all the black and white tile.

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Blue Camo Jacket (similar herehere and here)

White Denim

Blue Leopard Tee (similar here and here)

Striped Shoes (similar here and here)

Bag

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – 10th Anniversary Edition

10 years

2 addresses, 3 houses

11 cars

6 jobs

2 marathons

2 funerals

1 beautiful boy

Countless laughs

A “few” arguments

Here’s to the next 10, 20, 30, 40, 50…

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

Items in the photos include:

Striped Clutch

Equipment Blouse

Bell Sleeved Denim Jacket

Heart Clutch

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Easy Stripes

Shacket?  Jirt?  Either way, I love the stripes on this shirt/jacket.  I styled it with even more stripes with a striped long sleeved tee and striped clutch.  There are lots of different tying or open options and I love the fabric.

There are several new arrivals I have my eye on from J. Crew including this bag, these fun sandals, this scalloped blazer, and this striped tunic.

 

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Striped Shirt/Jacket

Striped Long-sleeved Tee

Denim

Clutch

Pink Loafers (similar here, here and here)

Happy Syling!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Shades of Coral Edition

Time for coral!  I continue to want sunshine on my hands to match the spring like weather that we have had on the west coast (while the temps go from one extreme to another on the east coast.  I am willing spring for all!

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Looks to Thrill“, “Spool Me Over” and “Perfectly Poised” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Monogrammed Camo Clutch

Card Case

Denim Shirt

Striped Clutch

Orange Driving Shoes

Camo Jeans

Printed Tee

Monogrammed Camo Tote

Gold Kicks

Gingham Cardigan (also here)

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE