Stars and Denim Three Ways

“Mommy, I am too sick to go to laser tag.” said my seven year old from the back of the car.   He woke up counting down the minutes to his classmate’s birthday party.  After six days at home he finally went to school.  It has been a long week of being cooped up and taking care of him.  I feel so lucky that I have the flexibility to be home with him, but I was definitely in need of some “me time” as he headed back to school.

It also provided a distraction from “not shopping” which is getting easier and easier.  I am not sure 28 days will be enough.  I am in the midst of a closet clean out and have developed my own version of the Kondo method that does not involve emptying my closet onto the floor and utilizes the color navy blue.  More on that soon.

In the meantime, I have had fun shopping my own closet.  I love this cashmere sweater.  It is lightweight and a great layering piece.  When I lived in colder climates I was always too warm inside with heavier sweaters.  I styled it with the same favorite denim and different handbags, shoes and jackets.

Star Cashmere Sweater

Denim

Camo Clutch

Sequined Shoes (similar here, here , here and here)

Camo and Striped Jacket

New Balance Kicks

Moynat Tote (similar here)

Faux Fur leopard Coat (similar here, here and here)

Striped Clutch

Red Shoes (similar here, here and here)

Striped Tote (in background)

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

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There is always another bag…

“I’ll just open this one,” I think as I scan quickly through multiple SALE emails.  I have been deleting the sale emails before opening them. The detox has begun..  But this one just cannot be ignored.   I open it. There they are, the runners up of my other Christmas gift, a Clare V fold over clutch.  I stop, look and think for a second that just one won’t hurt. Besides there are three clutches that work perfectly with my rope bag including this striped one, this yellow calf hair and this blush shearling. What is more important? Being a purist and not buying anything for 28 days or making ONE very conscience purchase? The fact that I am even thinking about this so deeply seems counter to my mission. The idea was to spend less time and energy on shopping. Sure, I want to spend less, but that is not my primary motivator. I desire a higher level of consciousness about my purchases. I reach out to a couple of friends. The responses range from “Stay strong, you can do this”. to “That sounds like a great deal”.

There will always be another bag (or two or three) and I WILL want them. Maybe something even better and more perfect is just around the corner.  I admit, if I was not on a self-imposed shopping detox, this would be a great time to scoop up a bargain, but expect I will have an even better idea of what I really want in February.

I’m celebrating this small victory with a little sparkle. I styled this t- shirt with black denim, a black sweater, tweed shoes and a silver clutch.

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T-Shirt

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Cashmere Sweater (similar here, here and here)

Black Denim

Tweed Shoes (on sale! also here)

Silver Clutch (older style, but I love this, this and this)

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

Oui to Detox, Non to Shopping

It’s time for a change.  And a detox.  As 2017 comes to a close and I write my last post of the year, my thoughts turn to 2018.  I am reviewing my goals and setting new ones.  Last year I quietly set out to improve my diet and only wrote about it after the fact. I was not sure I could actually give up dairy, sugar, grains etc. I proved that I could and that it had the longer-term value of changing my taste buds.  This year I am considering a different type of detox challenge.  A friend talked about a 28-day shopping challenge and my ears perked up.  Obviously, I love shopping and clothes. But, I also love dairy and grains.  So, I’m going to begin 2018 by challenging myself to NO BUYING for 28 days.  I am defining it loosely to include clothing, cosmetics and any non-essential items. Just like not having sugar for a period of time changed the way I crave it, I want to see what it’s like to just not buy anything.  I have cleaned out my closet with feng shui (this is a great book for that) and started the Kondo method many times.  That process does make you think about purchases differently and instead of just an impulse buy, I consider the life of the item.  I seek to reinforce that idea over the next 28 days.

I will clean out my closet (before and after photos to come) and also shop my closet. I expect to find things I have forgotten.  I will still be blogging and featuring outfits that I curate from my current inventory.  Full disclosure, Santa was good to me and I have picked up a few new things at end of the year sales, so there will be some new items featured.

This look includes a sweatshirt that my son surprised me with (and I love that it is yes and no!), my leopard coat (thankfully it has been just chilly enough to wear it in Los Angeles in the morning and evening), a new favorite clutch that I found under the tree, denim and my plaid shoes (see you can wear them after the holidays!).

Stay tuned – I hope the initial detox is not too rough. I wish you success in all of your January resolutions.

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Leopard Coat (other options here, here and here)

Oui Non Sweatshirt (also available here)

Striped Clutch

Denim

Plaid Shoes (other options here, here and here)

Happy Last Friday of 2017!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Clouds Edition

The last few days I have been in a post vacation back to reality mode that includes dreaming about my next adventure.  My head has definitely been in the clouds.

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

Items in the photos include:

Rag & Bone Camo Jacket

Frame Skirt and Blouse

Akris Cream Top

Antonello Tedde Bag (similar here)

Clare V Pouch

Clare V Bag (similar here)

Tod’s Driving Shoes

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE