Polished Blue and White

It’s been a busy week with several meetings.  I had a few of my favorite blazers and jeans on rotation.  For this look I kept it simple with blue and white and fun accessories like this clutch and these sandals.  Soon I will be trading this look for beach coverups (like this one and this one I have ready to go), swimsuits and the bag I featured earlier this week here.

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Blazer (similar here and here)

Clutch

Sunglasses

Sandals

White Denim

Top (similar here and here)

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

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Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag

For my recent Spring Break in Washington, DC,  I splurged on a new cross body.    The Clare V. gosee is the perfect travel bag.  It manages to be light and streamlined yet it holds a ton!  In fact, I have been back for a week and I am still using it daily.  It is giving my totes a run for their money.  The strap is removable so you can use it as a clutch in the evening.

Speaking of new bags,  here are a few of my picks from Shopbop.  They are having a site wide sale of 25-30% off using the code EVENT18.   The sale ends on April 14th.  It’s the perfect time to scoop up a great bag.

Antonello Tedde Clutch with Strap (similar to the one I featured here)

Clare V. Pot de Miel

Cult Gaia Luna (my score at my pre-detox sample sale)

Star Mela Tote

Cult Gaia Lilleth in Tortoise (featured here)

Cult Gaia Lilleth in Stripe

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Rugby Shirt

Clare V. Gosee Bag

Orange Driving Shoes

Denim (also here)

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Chanel Double Intensite in Light Rose

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Bathing in Stripes

I have been known to bathe in stripes (see last week here).  This look is actually light on stripes.  I love this “Sunbathers” t-shirt by Virginie Morgand.  It is perfect for spring and summer and it’s fun to mix off-white with white.  It is also the perfect warm up for National Stripes Day, tomorrow, March 31st.  There are quite a few graphic t-shirts I have my eye on including this, this and this.  They are so easy to style with a blazer or jean jacket and they meet my comfort criteria.

I styled the t-shirt with white denim, a denim jacket, sandals and my favorite striped clutch.

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Denim Jacket (also here)

Sunbather’s T-Shirt (love this too!)

Striped Clutch

Sandals (I also love this color)

White Denim

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Abstract Stripes Edition

Is it really Spring? The calendar says so.  In typical spring fashion the weather is a bit confused.  After some much needed and refreshing rain in Los Angeles the sun came out.  I love how much more I appreciate it after a few days of rain and clouds.  There is a chilly breeze in the air. I am heading east soon and I will wait to pack until right before and be prepared for a variety of weather.

This week’s mani is a new take on stripes and also moves into spring with lavender, but still has a foot in winter.  It’s the second annual National Stripes Day Later this week.  A holiday near and dear to my stripes loving heart that was created by J. Crew.  Check out their contest.  Check out my  Stripes- Greatest Hits and this mani (which is in my top 5 favorite manis).  Of course, my family and I wear stripes all year long.  I can’t wait to see everyone’s contest posts on Instagram later this week.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Style in Excess” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photo include:

J. Crew Sunbathers T-Shirt

Tod’s Orange Driving Shoes

Clare V Lavender Tote

The Great Top

Rebecca Minkoff Floral Mule

Equipment Floral Dress

DVF Leopard Dress (on sale!) and here in a wrap dress

J. Crew Rubgy Shirt

Clare V Gosee Bag

Carrie Forbes Sandals

Opening Ceremony Knit Dress

Adidas Baby Shoe

Alice + Olivia Floral Dress

DVF Floral Print Top

Clare V Striped Clutch

Nordstrom Signature Floral Dress

J. Crew Bow Mule

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Patience is Rewarded

What a difference a day and an almost three month detox makes. The pressure to figure out what to do with my hard earned J. Crew rewards card (if you are a J. Crew shopper, check out their program).  I ordered a couple of things online and planned to spend the reward card on my growing eight year old (who actually NEEDS new clothes).  I stopped into J. Crew last Saturday night in the rain to make the online return that did not work out and was still not that inspired to buy (I can be stubborn when I’m set on a goal).  I returned on Monday with my son (so he could try on pants) and the Spring arrivals were out.  I decided that seventy-three (73!) days was long enough for my detox.  Now I must continue to use my strengthened resolve and curating skills to choose only a few pieces.  J. Crew is making this hard.

I picked up this shirt and these striped sandals (as well as the leopard print). I styled them with white denim, this hat and one of my favorite clutches.

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Panama Hat / Ratti Print Top / Striped Slides / Clare V Clutch / White Denim

I have my eye on these rugby dress.  I featured two of the  rugby shirts (which are still available and also available in so many color new options like this and this) in Rugby Soft and Vintage Stripes.  The shirts are part of the Heritage Collection of looks brought back years past and are inspired by the 1984 shirts.  More on that here.

 

Pink and Navy Dress / Navy and White Dress

Here are a few more items I have my eye on.

 

Blithe Silk Blouse / Seersucker Pumps /Striped Sweater / Gingham Mules

Leopard Perfect Shirt / Ratti Print Coverup / Camo Bomber

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Don’t Forget to Smile

Don’t forget to smile

The corners of my mouth lift and everything is elevated. I return to my breath and the present moment. I’m wigglier than usual for this meditation, my second one today. It’s the days when it is the hardest that I need it the most. Again, the teacher says:

Don’t forget to smile

Giving a smile to a stranger is like spreading love and happiness. It’s unusual not to be met with one back. And when you are not, just like the hard meditation, that person probably really needed the smile.

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There must be some mistake. I’m certain I booked this flight/class/reservation. Despite thinking for a moment that it must be the fault of the airline/studio/restaurant,  I realize that being right and angry won’t likely get me my way. Being nice, just might. Stay firm, continue to pursue what you want with a smile.

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It excludes confidence and disarms the other party in a negotiation. It’s easier to reach common ground with someone you feel positive about.

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Never let them see you sweat. Why not, just keep cool and not sweat on the first place? Easier said than done, but a smile gets you halfway there. When I’m put together I feel better. I’ll even go out of my way to wear a bright color or favorite outfit when I’m stressed or sleep deprived. A smile is the best accessory.

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This look is making me smile.  Also making me smile is the Staud bag I mentioned in my Mani Monday post, except that it keeps selling out in various colors while I make my decision. I love the pink (also available here), but the red would be so fun with stripes.  There is always this perfect neutral brown.  I am thinking very consciously about my first post shopping detox purchase, but his bag may be the one that gets away….As I said in this post, there is always another bag, but I think this is the ONE.

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Striped Top (similar here, here and here)

Striped Clutch

Hermes Maxi Twilly Scarf (similar here, here and here)

Denim (similar here and here)

Shoes (similar here, here and here)

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Rainbow Set

Rainbow sweater set?  Where have you been?  Folded nicely in a pile of sweaters I have been ignoring.  I am almost done with my closet clean out.  The best part has been discovering old favorites, now if I can just find that pot of gold.  This sweater set sold out right away so I only featured the shell (here).  I linked several other fun options at various price points below.

I styled the sweater set with denim, a striped clutch and my favorite pink shoes.

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Rainbow Striped Sweater (similar here, here, here and here)

Striped Clutch

Shoes (similar here, here and here)

Denim

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

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

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