Preppy Plaid

I love to dress up my (daily) denim with a blazer.  This preppy plaid version is perfect with a white tee, pink clutch and my favorite denim (that is on sale).  The look still feels casual and breezy with just he right polish.

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J. Crew Plaid Blazer

J. Crew Linen Tee

J. Crew Sunglasses

J. Crew Clutch

J. Crew Denim (on sale!)

J. Crew Shoes (older style these and these would look great)

Lipstick Queen

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

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Mani Monday – Sunflower Edition

 

Tall stems and long days – it’s Summer!  Sunflowers scream summer to me with their bright yellow and stems that seem to grow forever.  I am enjoying the longer days even if it does seem to make it impossible for my seven year to go to sleep.  He like, me wants to chase the light.  We take a later walk and scooter ride with the dog stopping along the way to smell the flowers.

The manic

 

ure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “First View” by Essie Couture Gel Color.

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Items featured in the post include:

J. Crew Embellished Top

J. Crew Floral Skirt (on sale!)

DVF Floral Sequin Skirt

J. Crew Tie Neck Top in Yellow

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mule

J. Crew Scarf

Equipment Dress

J. Crew Bell Sleeve Top (on sale!)

GAIA for J. Crew Bag

J. Crew Liberty Print Blazer (on sale!)

J. Crew Beach Blanket

Pink Pineapple

After coveting this bag and waiting for it to arrive, it did not disappoint.  I have been wearing it nonstop with everything and it holds everything.  I styled it with this fun pineapple blazer from J. Crew, white denim, pink sunglasses and gold espadrilles.

 

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J. Crew Blazer (on sale!)

J. Crew T-shirt (similar here)

J. Crew Sandals (similar here)

J. Crew Sunglasses (on sale!)

AG Prima White Jeans

Cult Gaia Ark Bag in Large

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Love and Stripes

Love, stripes and a birthday weekend lunch with my mom at Flower Child.   I was happy to have my favorite kale salad with salmon before all the celebrating and cake eating commenced.  It was perfect June weather and just right for a cotton sweater and skirt.  I love this striped sweater with patches.

 

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J. Crew Striped Sweater

J. Crew Postcard Pouch

J. Crew Skirt (similar here)

J. Crew Sunglasses

J. Crew Shoes (older style these and these would look great)

Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Pink Bluff

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Stripes on Stripes

This stretch seersucker blazer has quickly become my most reached for blazer.  It has the perfect amount of give to make it comfortable in the shoulders while still being fitted.  I styled it with a larger stripe with this Saint James tank, white jeans and a fun pear clutch.

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J. Crew Blazer

St. James Sleeveless Top

Kayu Designs Pear Clutch

Piper Sunglasses

AG Jeans

J. Crew Shoes (older style these and these would both look great)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Summer Casual

Now is the time to pick up some easy summer pieces on sale.  Everything in this outfit is on sale (except the shoes) including my favorite pink bag!  This is an easy casual look that still looks polished and is comfortable on the warmer days of summer.

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J. Crew Lace-up Popover (on sale!)

J. Crew Chambray Ruffle Skirt (on sale!)

J. Crew Signet bag (this color now on sale!)

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)

Jimmy Choo Sandals (older style similar here)

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

Polished Ikat

The Ikat Perfect Shirt is luxuriously soft and I love the juxtaposition of the pattern with a tailored shirt.  I styled it with cork accessories including this cork envelope clutch from J. Crew Factory that is a bargain and is the perfect summer neutral. 

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J. Crew Rhodes Blazer (similar here)

J. Crew Ikat Perfect Shirt

J. Crew Factory Clutch (on sale!)

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Lookout Jeans (on sale!)

J. Crew Belt (similar here)

J. Crew Shoes (older style similar here and here)

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Gemini and the Ark

My birthday month has begun.  I am not usually someone who celebrates the whole month, but as the years pass they feel more significant.  It is a privilege to get older as I wrote last year (The Privilege of Getting Older).  This upcoming birthday ends with a 9 and rather than get myself worked up for a decade birthday next year, I am embracing it now (at least that is the plan).

This is also always a busy time where my mind races and there is much to accomplish.  The school year is ending which has always impacted both my family life and my career.  I put myself through an annual performance review.  And if you believe in astrology,  the mind does race when the moon is in Gemini and we all have Gemini in us ( I happen to have a lot in my chart in addition to it being my sign).

I was thrilled to open my first present last night.  The Cult Gaia Ark bag that I have been coveting for a long time.  I was unsure about which size to order and went with the large.  It is perfect!  Get ready to see it styled over and over in my posts this summer.

In the meantime, my seven year old son snapped a few photos with the outfit I was wearing when I walked in the door, which demonstrates just how versatile the bag is.  My son and husband were both concerned about the contents being visible.  My husband’s late mother always told him “you never ask a woman’s age or to look in her bag”.  I reminded them of all of my cute pouches.

 

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J. Crew Stretch Blazer

St. James for J. Crew Sleeveless Striped Top

J. Crew Paint Splatter Jeans (similar here and here)

Cult Gaia Ark bag in large

Prada Driving Shoes (similar here and here)

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Garden Party

This weekend we put our outdoor furniture cushions out and were ready for outdoor entertaining.  A fresh print and summer bag were just what I needed.

J. Crew just launched an exclusive collaboration with SZ Blockprints for J. Crew.  Created by founder, Sarah Zellweger in a unique block printing process in Jaipur, India with the help of artisans.  SZ Blockprints donates 15% of proceeds to the SZ Foundation (a non profit that supports female education and empowerment initiatives).

The prints are unique and colorful with great details in the tassels and layout of the prints.  The collection includes these pieces.  They are available online only and are linked below.

From left to right:

Leyla Dress

Leyla Tunic

Leyla Dress

Crop Top

Drawstring Skirt

I styled the Leyla Tunic in green with a Kayu St. Tropez Mini Tote, Vintage Crop Jeans, New Balance 620 Sneakers and Piper Sunglasses.

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Leyla Tunic

Kayu St. Tropez Mini Tote

J. Crew Vintage Cropped Jeans with Patchwork

New Balance 620 Sneakers

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Shade, Stripes and Statement Tees

Happy Memorial Day!  In the summer,  I like easy.  A statement tee, like this linen one are simple to wear and fun to accessorize in a number of ways.  Stripes, gingham, or leopard (not pictured but always in my imagination) – take your pick.  I also love a little subtle embellishment in the form of a sequined navy anchor.  Preppy meets glitz.  Statement tees are ready to pack for adventure and can be dressed up or down.

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J. Crew T-shirt

GAIA for J. Crew Bag

J. Crew Lookout Crop Jean

J. Crew Corsica Sandals (similar here)

Striped Clutch (above)

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J. Crew T-shirt

J. Crew Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Factory Cork Clutch

J. Crew Lookout Jean (on sale!)

Sergio Zelcer Shoes (similar here)

Have a great holiday weekend!

XO,

JAE