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

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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

Striped Clutch

Sandals

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

Striping into the Weekend

It’s no secret that I love anything monogrammed.  “JAE” adorns most of my bags, t-shirts and even bandanas.  I had these striped bags monogrammed for holiday gifts this year and filled them with goodies.  I decided to monogram a couple for myself.  This one has “J+J” and I have been using a lot as my husband and I approach our ten year wedding anniversary.

The bag now comes in camo!  My eight year old son has requested one (with monogram of course) for some upcoming travels.  I may “need” one too…They are affordable and durable to boot.

I grabbed my striped bag on the way out the door for errands.  I styled the look by doubling down on both stripes and denim.

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Denim Shirt

Striped Bag with monogram (also available in Camo here)

Denim

Striped shoes (similar here, here and here)

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Hermes Scarf (similar here, here and here)

Happy Styling!

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

Love and a Jean Jacket

“You were wearing a jean jacket when I met you. It was your signature look.  Your hair was much longer.” said my husband as we bump into each other in our kitchen.

“That’s right I had them in a few colors.  Was I wearing denim or colored denim?” I replied.

“The first date was denim and then you continued to wear different colors.”  I do remember him commenting that I had a lot of little jackets and a lot of shoes.  I think his MBA brain was calculating what I must have spent on clothes (more than I do now actually) and wondering if this would be a good investment.

Here we are almost twelve years later, and I have been wrestling with how to end my shopping detox.  This denim jacket was technically a gift from by husband for Valentine’s Day.  He returned one of the jeans I picked up for him (that I mentioned here) which were subject to a store credit and insisted I get the jacket.  I have been searching for the perfect jean jacket for a while.  I have had a couple from J. Crew that I love like this and this, but I am 5’9 and they are just a tad short with certain looks. I also like this one from Madewell.

So now I have to ponder, if I have broken the detox with his gift?  I feel a certain pressure to make this first purchase count.  As I have mentioned, I am coveting this bag and a few others have joined the short list like this one and this one.  In the meantime I am pulling out a few bags from my closet again.  From a financial perspective not buying a bunch of little stuff to then make an investment in a bag may or may not pencil out, but in terms of being more conscious of my purchases it does.

I have created a new uniform with my new jean jacket.  Add stripes, shoes and a scarf and voila.  The uniform has taken me to all kinds of events this past week.

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Jean Jacket ( I found it here on sale!)

Saint James Striped Shirt

Hermes Scarf (similar here, here and here)

Camo Clutch (also in this fun stripe)

Orange Driving Shoes

AG Navy Jeans (also here)

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

A couple of other options that I wore last week.

Pink Sunglasses (similar herehere and here)

Pink Striped Shirt (similar here )

Hermes Twilly (similar here)

Pink Loafers (similar here and here)

Leopard Flats (similar here and here)

Orange Hermes Twilly (similar here and here)

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.

Don’t forget to smile

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.

Don’t forget to smile

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

Don’t forget to smile

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.

Don’t forget to smile

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

Pink and Camo

I’m staying in the pink after my Pretty in Pink mani.  I love the contrast with my tropical clutch and my Wit+Wisdom camo jeans.  They are so comfortable! They come in these great colors and I love this demin version, all for under $100.   If you have not tried Wit+Wisdom check them all out here.

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Clutch

Gingham Shirt  also here (similar herehere , here and here)

Camo Jeans

Shoes (similar herehere and here)

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

40 Days and Counting

“It takes 40 days to really make a change” I heard recently.  That spurred me to blow past the 28 shopping detox challenge I set for myself at the end of the year.  I made it to  40 days almost a week ago.  Today I almost bought myself a pair of jeans when I was shopping for Valentine’s gifts for my family.  Before you say “wait a minute, I thought you said no shopping.”, remember the challenge included clothes (for me), shoes, purses and cosmetics.  I have not done much shopping for my family.  I love these AG 360 Prima jeans (pictured below).  They are so comfortable.  I was thrilled to find out they have the 360 in my husband’s favorite cut, the Graduate.  I picked up a couple of pairs for him and was tempted by this Middi cut for me.  I decided to wait.

I am also tempted by a few new arrivals from J. Crew and I did just receive my reward card in the mail…so the detox may end soon.  I have my eye on this embroidered top, this floral tank, this Liberty popover,  and these sandals.

In the meantime, I styled my 360 denim with a Drake’s top (there is a similar option that is now on sale!) and my Lilleth bag.

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Drake’s Top (similar here and here)

Lilleth Bag

Leopard Flats (similar here, here and here)

AG Prima Denim

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