Mani Monday – Fourth of July Edition

Happy Independence Day!

Here are a couple of nail art ideas from the past two years…

In the meantime I have my eye on a few cute summer things that work for the holiday and rest of the summer like these denim slides (that I have been wearing non-stop), this striped sweatshirt (because you can never have enough stripes), this daisy top (coming soon to the blog), this fun bag, this red denim mini skirt,  this statement-making striped top, and this star top.

Have a great holiday week!

XO,

JAE

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Bricks and Patterns

More is more when it comes to patterns and textures.  My Antonello Tedde clutch just got a workout on my recent trip to Paris.  It was the perfect evening bag (and I love that it has a strap when you want to jump on the metro or snap a photo).  I styled it below with another workhorse from my vacation in Paris,  my seersucker blazer.  It added the perfect polish to my t-shirts, white denim and kicks while running around museums and sightseeing.

Check out the full selection of Antonello Tedde at 24 Sevres the online site for Le Bon Marche.  I visited several times including my first afternoon on no sleep while my husband and son rested.

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Here is a look I wore stateside just before my trip.

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Blazer (similar here and here)

Top (similar here)

Sunglasses

Clutch (similar here and here)

Denim (also here)

Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Camo Obsession

I will never tire of camo.  It’s as neutral as leopard print for me.   I wish I could fit into this crewcuts blazer I just picked for my son.  I have a lot of friends that can wear a boys size 14 or 16, so if you are smaller, go for it.  It’s a great blazer.

In the meantime my son looks great in his and I have my own light weight army jacket in blue.

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Camo Jacket (similar here and here)

Sunglasses (also here)

T-Shirt

Clutch

Kicks

White Denim

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Jungle Clutch

My easy summer look continues to be on repeat with denim, a tee and blazer.  For this monochromatic look I added a couple of patterns with my jungle clutch and leopard flats.  Add in my new favorite sunglasses and and a chaga latte (no dairy, sugar or caffeine and so good) and I am ready for any summer day.

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Blazer

Sunglasses (also here)

T-Shirt

Shoes (similar here)

Clutch

White Denim

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

Riding into Summer

School is out for the summer!  Yesterday my son and I attended a very fun second grade end of the year party complete with karaoke, a scavenger hunt and water balloons.  My son sang “Fireball”.  One of the mom’s who also has a sixth grader reminded me to savor these moments as this time and this grade is simple, innocent and most of all fleeting.  I look forward to summer adventures with my third grader, but I can’t help but wonder where my preschooler went.  I remember him striding into his last day of Pre-K like it was yesterday and yet he’s grown almost a foot and achieved so many milestones. The days can be long, but the years fly by.  I am hoping to slow down and savor a lot of fun moments and make some great summer memories.

Details on this look below.

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Denim Jacket

Sunglasses (also here)

Striped Tee

Bag

Sandals

White Denim

Happy Summer!

XO,

JAE

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

Countdown to Summer

I’m getting excited for travel, swim, parties, longer days, but most of all summer styles!

Now is the time to snap up some great new arrivals at J. Crew. Most items are 40% with the code GETAWAY (through May 28th).  I have listed my top 15 favorites below.  It’s also a great time to pick up basics like my favorite New Balance Sneakers in both the gold/salt and rose gold/navy  ( I have both!)are included in the 40% off.  I wear both constantly and you can throw them in the washer.  They come out beautifully.

I recently stocked up on a few basic t-shirts.  The new supima cotton is so soft.  I grabbed a few solids and stripes.

Colorblock Cashmere Cardigan

Striped Convertible Clutch

Denim Mules

Dreamy Short Sleeve Pajamas

Packable Straw Hat

Ibiza Tote with Pom Poms

Embroidered Beach Tunic

Linen Blazer with Scalloped Collar

Parke Blazer in Stretch Linen

Striped Paper-Bag Pant

Raffia Mules

Sleeveless Chambray Dress

Striped Beach Towel

Vintage Straight Jean

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

 

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

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