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

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Mani Monday – Frog Edition

Mommy, they are actually not green!” says my son as I arrive at his class presentation.  “Well I still thought a frog would be cute.” I reply.  “They are orange, but it is cute.” he says with a smile.

This week my son gave a presentation on the poison dart frog.  Did you know that a poison dart frog does not sleep?  Instead it sits very still and rests.  This amphibian is typically bright orange, but some are green.

My first polo shirt in high school was pink with green stripes.  It remains one of my favorite color combinations.  I love both colors in prints too, especially Lilly Pulitzer prints like in this top ,these shorts and this dress.  This week’s color combination has had me missing all my old Lilly clothes.  I did manage to keep one pair of shoes (pictured above) with blue butterflies that were a favorite in my New York days.  I also kept a dress and a few other pieces that I will wear this summer.

 

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Lace Me Up” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Veronica Beard Floral Dress

Rebecca Taylor Embroidered Denim Jacket

Pink Gingham Shirt

Legend of Lido Tropical Clutch

Pink Tie Shorts

Loewe Gingham Bag

Splendid X Margherita French Terry Sweatshirt

Swear Camo and Pink Kicks

R13 Liberty Print Shorts

Basket Circle Bag

Pink Adidas

Bow Mules

Pierre Hardy Bag

Floral Dress

Striped Tee

Chambray Top

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Cool Blue

“You are not one of those people now?” said my husband at dinner.  “Yes, she is.  She wore them the whole time in the grocery store.” said my son.  I love my new blue glasses for many reasons.  My love of the color blue is no secret.  They also provide a cooling shade to the sun that is different from any other pair of sunglasses I have and they manage not to be too dark inside.  So rather than switching to my clear glasses or putting them on my head (thus stretching them out) and squinting in the grocery store, I can keep them on.  Now I am that person.  I get why people keep their glasses on inside. Besides I will take the world in a cool blue hue anytime, especially in harsh lighting.

My spring uniform is in full swing.  I am mixing and matching blazers and fun tees with a variety of clutches and denim (or colored denim).  I have gotten so much wear out of these blush velvet heels from a couple of years ago (I have linked several great options below).

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Blazer (similar here, here , here  and here)

Sunglasses (also love these (under $100!), these , these and these)

T-Shirt (also love this, this, this and this)

Clutch

Denim (similar here and here)

Sandals (similar here (30% off!), here and here (30% off!))

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

Mani Monday – Valentine Edition

My son finished addressingh is valentines for his classmates this weekend.  Next weekend is his birthday so we will be in full party mode.  It was nice to get them done.  I decided to get a subtle heart mani as next week I will have something 8th birthday party themed.  Whether you celebrate Valenitne’s Day or Galentine’s,  love is always in style.

 

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Touch Up” , “Style in Excess“, “Dress call” and “Berry in Love” by Essie Gel Couture.

The clutch featured is by Legend of Lido.

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Rainbow Smiles

There is a lot to be happy about.  It is almost Thanksgiving vacation.  We have family visiting for the holiday.  We are having another heatwave (which I have decided to enjoy instead of being annoyed).  So today I am “Up Beat” and rainbows.  Why not?

I styled this “Up Beat” t-shirt with a velvet blazer, denim, tweed flats and a tropical clutch.

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Velvet Blazer

T-Shirt

Shoes

Denim

Clutch

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Blue Plaid

Next week J. Crew launches their holiday collection with plenty of my favorite plaid.  In the meantime, I am keeping it blue with this shirt styled with a pom-pom sweatshirt, dark denim and leopard print accessories. My son has the boy’s version and he styled it with blue cords that are so stretchy and comfortable (which for an active seven year old boy is a must)

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Pom Pom Sweatshirt (on sale!)

Plaid Shirt

Clutch

Shoes (older style similar here, here and here)

Denim

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

 

Not so Basic Black

I have been in search of a basic black clutch that makes a statement.  Of course I found one from one of my favorite bag designers, Legend of Lido.  Their one-of -a kind prints are gorgeous are handmade in Los Angeles.  This bag was inspired by travels in the English countryside and features geodes and wild flowers.  It is the perfect pop with black and also a neutral with other prints. Expect to see it styled many ways in future posts.

 

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Bell Sleeve Top (similar here and here)

Clutch

Black Denim

Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Cozy in Pink

“Mommy, it’s 59 degrees outside right now.” said my seven year old at 7:00 am.  “I’m wearing pants today?”

“Are you sure?  It will be warmer later.  Do you want to just wear your jacket?”

“I’ll wear that, too.  It should be Autumn by now.”

“True, it is technically Autumn.”  I try to put something together for a morning meeting that I won’t be sweating in by mid-day.

When I got an email and saw this cashmere sweatshirt from Madewell on Instagram I knew I needed to check out it immediately.  It is so soft and lightweight, perfect for this cooler in the morning but warm by mid-day weather.  It will also be great for layering when it actually does stay in the 50s and 60s all day.

While I was there I checked out the denim that they are so well known for.  I tried a few pairs and had trouble choosing just one.  They have a slim boyjean with an 11 inch rise that were a nice take on the slim boyfriend jean trend.  They are on my list.  The slim straight was a great fit.  I love that it is clean and straight without being super skinny and they are so comfortable.    I completed the look with my favorite driving shoes that are 12 years old (you can read about finding them in Antwerp here) and one of my favorite Legend of Lido clutches.

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Cashmere Sweatshirt

Denim

Clutch

Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

All Buttoned Up

“Congratulations!  You knocked it out of the park.  We are extending an offer.”  said the voice on the other end of the line.  I was so excited about my first job out of college at a management consulting firm in San Francisco.  I could not wait to go shopping for my work wardrobe.

This was before the tech boom and there was no such thing as business casual.  In fact, I had been strongly discouraged from wearing pantsuits.  “The manager of the office prefers skirt suits in dresses”, was what I had been told.  This was not in writing or an employee handbook, of course.  It was not that long ago.  It is still is hard to believe.  I did not really consider it a hardship at the time, but eventually the need to wear hosiery (and have at least one spare pare at my desk) got old.

I was more conservative then with my skirt suits, dresses, modest necklines and reasonable (though always above the knee) hemlines.  The firm where I worked was “buttoned up” and conservative.  There was something reassuring about having a “uniform”.

A few years later casual Friday was introduced.  I was a not a fan.  I hated having to put a more casual look together.  I was in charge of recruitment for the firm and often had interview rounds on Friday.  I felt it was unfair to ask an undergrad or even an MBA to interview without their uniform.  So I insisted on those Friday’s not being casual and I was the bad guy.

I continued to wear suits long after the dress codes were truly business casual.  Eventually I did not want to look like an auditor, so my business attire evolved into business casual.  I miss the more formal dress (minus the hosiery).

I was drawn to the simple statement buttons on the sleeve of this top.  I styled it with a new pair of vintage crop jeans (with a step-hem) and a clutch and navy sequin shoes.

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Top

Denim

Clutch

Shoes (older style but I love these)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE