Too Good to Be True

Collection Calf Hair pumps at 50%?!!! J. Crew is on day two of a forty-eight hour 50 % off sale on select items (see them all here).  My new favorite leopard heels and leopard flats are on the list (along with a few other items below).   I wear the flats with everything and they are so comfortable.  I just received the heels for Christmas and they are already in heavy rotation.

You can click on any of the photos below to get link to the original blog post.  The code GOSHOP is good until 11:59 pm eastern on January 18, 2017.

J. Crew Colette d’Orsay Pump in Leopard Calf Hair

J. Crew Silk Blouse (also 50% off)

J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats

J. Crew Oversized Combo Stripe Shirt (also 50% off)

J. Crew Field Mechanic Jacket (also 50% off)

The code is GOSHOP for 50% off of select items.  It is good until 11:59 pm eastern on January 18, 2017.

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

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Greenery

Greenery is nature’s neutral according to Pantone. It is also a life-affirming shade that is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality. I feel the same way about my favorite neutral, leopard print.

I styled Maddie pants in misty forest, Colette d’Orsay pumps in leopard calf hair, silk pocket blouse, Ryan sunglasses in blush, and an oval lucite link necklace – all by J. Crew.

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J. Crew Blouse (50% off with code GOSHOP)

J. Crew Necklace

J. Crew Shoes (50% off with code GOSHOP)

J. Crew Maddie Pants (on sale!)

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Resolutions and Intentions

Ever since I could put pen to paper, I would make New Year’s resolutions.  Each year there would be lists that most certainly included “lose weight” from my teenage years on.  The last few years the idea of resolutions has evolved into intentions.  I set intentions regularly on a weekly or even daily basis in my meditation practice.

This year rather than declaring “lose weight” as a resolution (though admittedly, I would love to lose a few lbs) I want to feel healthy and vital.  It has become clear that eating certain foods — dairy, sugar, corn and gluten. – does not make me feel good and at times downright uncomfortable.  This week I have eliminated the aforementioned  foods to see if I feel better.  It’s only day four and I already do feel better.  The more I eat cleanly, the more I want to keep going and build my resolve.

I was fortunate to kick this intention off with a “Reinvention” Hypnosis at my favorite mediation studio Unplug, with the always inspiring Camilla Sacre-Dallerup that is based on her upcoming book “Reinvent Me”.  The mediation made a huge difference.  I started the elimination of dairy, sugar, gluten and corn in earnest on Monday.  After the Friday class, I found myself resisting the temptation of the all the yummy Christmas leftover cookies and chocolate.  The part of my brain that said “No, this won’t make you feel good” was loudest – and victorious.

I am keeping lots of good snacks on hand and planning meals.  This morning I will give Bulletproof coffee a try which will leave only two meals a day to prepare.  I don’t eat red meat.  If any of you have great “Whole 30” recipes or tricks, please reply in the comments section.

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My outfit from a recent trip to the fabulous new natural market with locations in California, Lazy Acres.

J. Crew Tippi Sweater

J. Crew Signet Bag in Bright Sea

J. Crew Shoes

J. Crew Black Toothpick Jeans

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

Happy, Healthy 2017.

XO,

JAE

 

 

Stripes and Bows

Is it really over?  The holidays arrive like a speeding train with all the preparations, shopping and decorating.  Then each year the train departs until next year in the blink of an eye.  I was happy to capture a little bit more of the holiday with this tree and bows.

Yes, I am wearing another striped shirt.  I love the grosgrain ribbon details.  I styled it with my new J. Crew Signet bag, black toothpick jeans, leopard flats and Ryan sunglasses.

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J. Crew Top

J. Crew Signet Bag in Bright Sea

J. Crew Sunglasses

J. Crew Toothpick Jean in Black

J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Leopard Surprise

There has always been one pair of #shinyponies from J. Crew that I have wanted, but never splurged on, the Colette D’Orsay Pump in Leopard Print.  My mom surprised me with them this year.  I was so excited when I opened them that I had to immediately put them on with my plaid pajamas and leopard print Santa hat.  My two favorite neutrals, leopard print and plaid, work so well together.

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J. Crew Colette D’Orsay Shoes

J. Crew Plaid Pajamas (last year) this year’s style (on sale!)

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mad for Plaid

Plaid is on heavy rotation at this point and I love it.  I am wearing my J. Crew plaid pants from last year, but this year’s Martie Pant in Stewart Plaid are more comfortable and slightly more fitted.  I styled them with my new favorite tuxedo inspired t-shirt that I wore last week in Basic Black.  It is a sign of a good purchase when I not only immediately wear it, but style it multiple ways right away.  The top also comes in navy.  I am definitely mad for plaid and added my favorite plaid flats, plaid pouch, Ryan sunglasses and cashmere cardigan – all from J. Crew.

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J. Crew Top

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses (on sale!)

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Plaid Pouch

J. Crew Shoes

J. Crew Pants (last year) very similar here

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Mad for Plaid Edition

It is no secret that I am mad for plaid.  My first nail art was a plaid nail like this one with red nails a year ago.  I have been hooked on nail art every since.  My love of plaid is shown in It’s time for Plaid! , Plaid and Leopard, Pink and Plaid, Black Watch, Stripes, Sequins and Lace, Matchy Matchy , Beam Me Up , and Plaid Tidings.  In case you clicked on any of the items (like the amazing plaid shoes) and received a a sold out notification, several items come back in stock a few times.  It is worth a second try.

 

The color is“Rouge Red” by CND Vinylux.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Beam Me Up

After seeing “Arrival” for a movie date with my husband recently, I had aliens on the brain.  A friend had spotted this wall for me the week before and it went perfectly with my mindset after the movie.  If you have not seen “Arrival”, I highly recommend it.  It was a casual Sunday date and the perfect opportunity to add a touch of plaid with my new favorite flats.  I kept the rest of the look simple with my tried and true Western chambray shirt and black toothpick jeans both from J. Crew, as well as my J. Crew Ryan sunglasses. The Western chambray shirt has proven to be one of my best buys.  I have worn it year round and featured it previously in Falling into Neutral and Demin on Denim.

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J. Crew Western Chambray Shirt

J. Crew Large Pouch in Stewart Plaid Italian Leather

J. Crew Sadie Pom-Pom Ankle Strap Flats in Tartan

J. Crew Toothpick Jeans in Black

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush

J. Crew is offering 40% off almost everything with the code FESTIVE through November 27, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Moynat Tote (this or this would look great)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Matchy Matchy

I’ll take all the plaid, all of it.  I just can’t get enough. I just need a matching collar for Cupcake (my puggle) and we would be all set.  J. Crew‘s holiday offerings have not disappointed this year.  I hear there is even more next week!  I can’t wait. In the meantime, I have had both the sadie flat and scalloped heel on repeat.  Have I mentioned that the pom-pom on the flats is navy!?!

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J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Sadie Pom-Pom Ankle Strap Flats in Tartan

J. Crew Scalloped Heels in Festive Plaid

J. Crew Toothpick Jeans in Black

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Black Watch, Stripes, Sequins and Lace

The holiday party season is upon us.  And, while I don’t usually go for lace —  I’m more of a leopard, stripes and plaid kind of gal –  I recently tried on these lace pants and they are so comfortable (maybe even more than the pajama party pants I featured last week in Pajama Party) that well, I may be a convert … to lace !  I love the feminine touch they give to my Black Watch plaid blazer and striped St. James top.  Now, I’m ready, in comfortable style, for any number of holiday events.

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Do you know where the name Black Watch plaid comes from?  It is named for the Black Watch, a regiment formed in 1725 to guard the Scottish Highlands (in kilts).  Now you’ll be ready with an outfit – and some interesting trivia to discuss about it.

 

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J. Crew Black Watch Blazer

St. James for J. Crew striped long-sleeve tee

J. Crew Lace Pants

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush

J. Crew shoes (older style, but these satin slingbacks in black and navy or these dark navy velvet shoes would look great and they are on sale!)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE