Berries, Stripes and Connections

I am counting down the days to my one year anniversary of blogging.  In fact, LinkedIn is already serving up congratulations.  There are times that blogging feels isolating.  I am at the computer editing photos, holding myself to tough deadlines, spending (too much) time on social media.  Then there are moments where a comment or an email from a reader comes through and I feel a sense of connection.  I am so grateful for the community of bloggers, instagrammers and J. Crew fans.

Amy of @howtojcrew fame and I kept missing each other at J. Crew.  We had been following each other on Instagram for a while.  It seemed every time I was shopping she had just been there or was coming later.  Finally one day, we both reached out on Instagram and we met for coffee to “talk shop”.  Then one day we actually did bump into each other in the J. Crew dressing room at the Grove.  Both of us were trying on looks from this berry collection.



So we decided to meet and swap photographer duty.  My “Instagram” husband was thrilled to be relieved of his duties for a few outfits.  We have taken photos twice together now and both times it rained, but we managed anyway.

We shot these berry looks in the mist.  I love that social media which can be isolating at times actually had a connecting power in real life (IRL).

jcrew berries stripes flatlay

My look:

J. Crew Berries Popover

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Striped Clutch (similar here)

J. Crew Striped Gemma Flats (similar here)

AG Prima Jeans

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Amy’s look:

J. Crew Berries Sweater

J. Crew Matchstick Denim

J. Crew Flats (similar here)

Here’s to connecting and friendships.

Happy Shopping!



Giveaway – Can a pom-pom change your life?

This adorable navy pom-pom from J. Crew has changed my life and lowered my stress level.  I used to constantly fumble and search for my keys and even managed to lock myself out of the house thinking they were in my bag.  Now I just reach in and *pouf* I grasp them easily with this adorable pom-pom.

As a thank you to my readers and followers I am giving away one navy pom-pom and a plaid zip wallet both from J. Crew.  All you need to do is follow me on Instagram(jaeustice), tag a friend in the comments and like the photo (marked Giveaway)  I will announce the winner on Instagram on Monday, December 19th.

You can also use the pom-pom as a cute bag accessory.


Good Luck!



Holiday Giveaway! As a thank you to all my followers, I’m giving away a navy pom-pom and plaid zip wallet from @jcrew To enter:

1. follow @jaeustice on Instagram

2. Tag a friend in the comments of the Giveaway photo

3. Like the photo

The giveaway starts on 12/16/16 and ends on 12/18/16 at 9 pm pacific

The winner will be announced on 12/19/16

This giveaway is not sponsored or administered by Instagram or J.Crew. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. The prize can only be shipped within the United States.