Mani Monday – Pine Cone Edition

“Some of my friends at school say Santa is not real.” says my seven year old.

My heart stops and my stomach drops until he says, “But I KNOW he is real.  I usually get everything I ask for and I have seen him and he looks exactly the same each year.” I sigh internally with relief and thank The Grove Los Angeles for having such an awesome Santa (that is the same guy every year).

“Wasn’t is so nice of Santa to put together the hot wheels ultimate garage last year, so it was ready to go in the morning?”  he continues.  “I am ready to make my list.”  I start typing it into the notes in my phone:

BB-8 Robot
Cozmo Robot
Mach 1
Alexa “for the go”
Icee maker
Kitchen Aid Mini Stand Mixer
Sensor lights for the backyard for the raccons
Two pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate
Big Eraser
Star Wars Water Bottle
Swiss Army Knife (TSA Approved)
Calculator

“Take a look at the list and take off the things that are easy for you to get.  I will only ask Santa for the things that are harder.  That will make your shopping easier.” My eyes start to tear up and I fight them back.  I want to freeze this moment in time.

We brought the list to Santa this weekend.  Santa told him no one had asked for a calculator in a while.

This week’s mani is both festive and nostalgic.  The pine cone reminds me of my own childhood on the Monterey Peninsula and all the huge pine trees.  I don’t remember when I stopped believing in Santa, but I am enjoying every second of Santa magic now.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The colors are “Gris Obscur“, “Cavaliere” and “Emeraude” by Chanel.

Items in the photos include:

Star Sweater

Velvet Mule

Windowpane Sweater

Gold and Black Shimmer Top

Studded Denim Jacket

Camo Monogrammed Clutch

Red Dress

Army Jacket with Peplum Tweed

Floral Top

Poof Sleeve Plaid Blazer

Bell Sleeve Sweatshirt

Camo Puffer Jacket

Metallic Dot Skinny Jeans

Tweed Jacket

Patent T-Strap Wingtip

Heart Blouse

Faux Fur Slippers

Leopard Print Coat

Multi-color Tweed Jacket

Camo Tee

Striped Tee with Embroidered Dots

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Camo and Monograms

My go with everything leopard clutch needs a rest once in awhile.  Meet my new neutral clutch in camo from Parker Thatch.  It has already been on steady repeat in less than a week. I styled it with a Liberty print shirt, denim and my orange driving shoes. I also love the clutch in this navy striped version.

The mimi tote from Parker Thatch in camo is definitely on my list.  I just need to decide which way to personalize it (white large letters, HAPPY or letters with kiss.) The totes and clutches are made in California and are so fun to customize.

Also on my list from Parker Thatch are a monogrammed sweatshirt in gray or white and a striped shirt.  Santa, I hope you are reading this.

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Liberty Print Shirt

Camo Clutch

Denim

Shoes

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

 

Sequins and Cupcake

Despite hating her own doggie Santa hat, Cupcake was intrigued with my leopard print version (that my son picked out at CVS).  We had fun with this shoot.  I styled a J. Crew sequin skirt with a black cashmere cardigan, black blouse and grey and black leopard heels.  The skirt is almost sold out, but I linked two places to buy it below along with the factory version.  The factory version is a bit shorter, currently only $34 dollars and available in a range of sizes.  All the links are below.

Here is a dressing room selfie.  I was so excited to find the skirt in my size the other night at J. Crew.  It is such a versatile holiday piece, I like it with flats for a more casual look as well.

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J. Crew Skirt available at J. Crew and Net-a-Porter as well as this J. Crew Factory version

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Blouse (older style) other options here and here

Armand Ventilo pumps (older style) these and these would look great

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I want all of the plaid and all of the leopard print, please.  Is that too much to ask? They look so great together.

Love,
JAE

 

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J. Crew Perfect Shirt

J. Crew Necklace

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew Toothpick Jeans

J. Crew Gemma Leopard Flats

J. Crew Large Plaid Pouch

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE