A Little Leopard

East Hampton, 1997

“Jenni, what did you buy? I left you for 10 minutes. That’s a big bag”. Elizabeth exclaims as she crosses Main Street with our iced coffees.

“A couple of bags. Great sale.”

“Let me see. Let me see. Oh Zadig & Voltaire. Nice. I love the black one and the duffle is great. A leopard print handbag? Really?”

“Yes, I love it. It adds a little something and says I’m a risk taker. “

She laughs.

“Just wait. I’ll carry it on the flight home to San Francisco. You never know who I’ll meet.”

“Well if anyone can pull it off, it’s you”.

My first leopard print purchase.  It was followed quickly by a belt and adorable pair of sandals (that have survived many a closet purge). Back then leopard was a simple embellishment mixed mostly with black and white. I had yet to embark on pattern mixing.

Los Angeles, 2017

“Hi I’m home.”

“Hi do you need help with anything from the car”. says my husband from the family room.

“No I’m good. I race up to the closet”.

I quickly hang up my new jacket.

“Hold on what’s THAT?”

“A new jacket. Do you like it?”

“It’s a bit much.”

“I think it’s just the right amount of much.”

Leopard is now in most parts of my wardrobe and even in my home decor (in shades of blue of course). This jacket is more leopard than I usually wear, and I love it. I styled it with my ark bag, denim, sneakers and a white tee. There is even a leopard pouch hiding in my ark (for a pop of print and to keep the Ark tidy).

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Jacket (similar here, here and here)

Linen T-shirt (similar here, here and here)

Ark Bag (also here and here)

Leopard Pouch (inside Ark) here, here and here

Denim (on sale!) this new wash and this new wash are on my list

New Balance Kicks

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

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All Access!

Public Access starts today for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I am still jumping for joy over some of my scores last week (which are all here).  These jeans are so comfortable and paired with these velvet sneakers I’m reading for lots of walking and jumping.  How could I resist this stars and stripes top in my favorite navy and white?

I have visited the sale a few more times.  My husband scored this jacket.  I also went back for a few beauty buys like this great hair duo, lip gloss set in both bright and nude, and  lipstick pencil set.

I am still deciding between this Foreo  toothbrush and this mini version.  I have both the full size and the mini version of this facial cleansing brush also by Foreo and I love them.  They are a good value in the sale.

If you are a La Mer fan this is the time to stock up on their amazing cream.

 

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Jeans

Shoes

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Double Leopard

Sometimes less is more.  In fact, that is usually my motto.  Then there are times when more is more.  For this look I doubled down on leopard print.  This equipment blouse is the same cut as I recently discovered in Happy Anniversary – Navy Leopard.  I kept the rest of the look simple with black skinny jeans, leopard heels and a gold clutch.

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Equipment Adalyn Blouse

J. Crew Leopard Heels (similar here and here)

J. Crew Toothpick Jeans

Gold Clutch (similar here and here)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Happy Anniversary – Navy Leopard

The Navy Leopard turns one today.  I have created over 200 blog posts and posted 4-5 times a week.  This past year I have learned a lot and even figured out some basic HTML code.  I am so grateful to my followers and I appreciate all the encouragement I have received.

My top posts are always the ones in which I am little more vulnerable either in sharing something personal like (Eight Years and Reunions, Memories and Milestones) or where I step outside of my comfort zone (Pattern Mix Hits the Gym).  Who would have thought I would do a post on active wear and that it would be my most viewed post?  (not me, when I started!).

I managed to gain weight while posting photos of myself regularly which in some ways was liberating.  Thankfully,  I managed to lose it again thanks to Bulletproof Coffee (more on that in Cocktails?).

To celebrate my year of blogging, I treated myself to a navy animal print Equipment silk blouse that I saw in @wearemidlife ‘s Instagram feed.  Jessica pointed out that she did not have that one button struggle with this style.  I had always loved Equipment’s prints but that one button (we all know the one I am talking about) never worked on me.  This is a different style and it fit! Thank you, Jessica.

I styled the blouse with my favorite AG White Jeans, J. Crew Velvet Heels, J. Crew Piper Sunglasses and my favorite new pink bag.  This was another fun (rainy) photo shoot with Amy @howtojcrew

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Equipment Adalyn Blouse (on sale!) also available here and here

J. Crew Signet Bag in Fuchsia Blossom

J. Crew Pom (similar here)

J. Crew Velvet Heels (similar here)

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

AG Prima Jeans

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Thank you.

XO,

JAE