Memories from the Big Chair

“Welcome to your life, there’s no turning back”, was one of my favorite lines from “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears from the Songs from the Big Chair album.  My recent return to the Monterey Peninsula brought back all those memories.  XM radio 80s on 8 has made my seven year old a fan of the music at least.  He smiled when the cover band at the Tonga Room played it on our last night in San Francisco.

This preppy look is not much different from what I would have worn in high school other than I’m sure I was more hesitant to mix navy and black BACK THEN.







Clutch (similar here)

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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 the right polish.

jcrew plaid pink flatlay

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

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Memories of Plaid

“Jenni look!”


“These plaid pants are perfect for you.  They are so preppy.”

“They look tiny.  What size are they?”

“Just try them on”.

“I love them I have to have them.  It is weird to buy something someone else wore?”

“They are vintage and cool and one of kind”.

I wore my plaid pants everywhere.  They embodied my preppy style.

When I saw this pair at J. Crew I could not help but smile and think of all the fun I had in the  first pair.  They were followed by madras shorts that I also wore over and over.  The color of these also reminds me of the “Preppy Handbook”, which was my bible.

It was fun to style these with chambray, gold espadrilles and stripes.  I felt like a teenager again, only this time, a more daring one.  I never would have put the stripes together with madras in the 80s.  There are benefits to getting older.


J. Crew Plaid Pants

J. Crew Chambray Top (similar here and here)

J. Crew Striped Clutch

J. Crew Gold Espadrilles (similar here)

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

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This Gingham Cocktail Shirt by J. Crew is the closest I have gotten to a cocktail in over a month. I am still going strong on my new way of eating that I mentioned in Resolutions and Intentions.  It has morphed from the elimination of some foods (dairy, sugar, corn and gluten) to the Bulletproof Diet, which I highly recommend.  I do wish it did not have the word Diet in it. My husband and I have embraced  it as a lifestyle.  Doing it together makes it fun and I am cooking a lot more.  There are so many great recipes in The Bulletproof Diet Cookbook.  We both have a lot more energy, both physical and mental.  We have each lost just over ten pounds, so far. I have been posting some of the things we have been eating and my Bulletproof Coffee techniques on Instagram stories.

For this look I embraced my preppy self with my J. Crew Jane Sunglasses, J. Crew Featherweight Italian Cashmere Cardigan, J. Crew Shoes (older style, other options linked below) , AG Prima Jeans and the Jaipur Clutch by Legend of Lido.


J. Crew Gingham Cocktail Shirt

J.Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan (on sale!)

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

AG Prima Jeans

Legend of Lido Clutch c/o

Lipstick Queen Big Bang Lip Gloss in Creation

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