Steely Resolve

“The no shopping challenge changed you.” my husband said the other day.  While I am in the stores more than before my challenge, my purchases are still way down.  I feel the need to stop and consider each purchase.  Then I sleep on it.  Nine times out of ten, I wake up decide that I don’t really need the item.  That was not the case with a recent pair of sunglasses I could not stop thinking about and then splurged on.  I just dropped them off to get my prescription filled.  They will be coming to the blog soon, but here is a peek in the meantime. This pair was a runner-up (I love the vintage shape). This pair is a fun pink option (and under $100!).

Last summer I splurged on this Antonello Tedde clutch with (a strap).  A similar one is on sale! I still have my eye on this bag (in white) for the summer, but the brown is a great neutral option as well.  I am still loving my Cult Gaia Luna bag that I scored right before my shopping detox.

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Denim Jacket (also in this distressed version)

Striped Shirt (similar here)

Bag (similar here and on sale!)

White Denim (also love this pair)

Shoes (older style these, these, these,and these would look great)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

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Mani Monday – Pink Triangle Edition

I’ve got sunshine at (and on) my fingertips.  I am ready for sandals and spring weather after returning from the chilly east coast.  My son and I visited Washington, DC for spring break.  We had a blast, but were definitely bundled up and did not see the sun during our stay.  We did see cherry blossoms and they were beautiful.  I brought a little pink back in the form of triangles on my sunny yellow mani.  I love pink and yellow together.  This yellow color is one of my favorites and was included in my first Mani post just over two years ago (see here).

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

Items featured in the photos include:

Clare V Tote

Tibi Floral Blouse

Veronica Beard Embellished Denim Jacket

Floral Beach Coverup

Clare V Yellow Basket Bag

Clare V Pink Basket bag

Clare V Pouch

Rochas Dress

Veronica Beard Striped Sweater

La Double J Floral Dress

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Mani Monday – Spring Flowers Edition

“On Tuesday it will be spring!” said my son.

“What are you most excited about?’ I ask.

“The flowers will bloom, and the days are getting longer.  And it is closer to summer” he replies.

I smile and think to myself that I am glad he is learning about the seasons in school.  California has never really delivered seasons on time and definitively, but this year feels particularly challenged.  As it was unseasonably cold on the West Coast a few weeks ago it was uncharacteristically hot on the East Coast.  Now everywhere seems colder than usual, so let’s bring on spring.

I love spring fashion right now.  In last week’s post I picked several options for spring.  That list has since grown to include this perfect cross body (aptly named the gosee), this striped cross body , these shoes and this jacket.

I am still making my shopping decisions carefully since my shopping detox that lasted 73 days more on that here, here, here and here.  For now, I am enjoying spring flowers on my nails.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Sit Me in the Front Row“, by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Rugby Shirt

Gingham Shirt

Striped Clutch

Navy and Rose Gold Kicks

Moynat Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Heels, Fire and Love

This statement tee is not joking around.  I love the pop of red. It works perfectly with the Love Wall in Venice, CA.   I styled it with a neon pink featherweight cashmere sweater, watermelon pouch, Lookout high rise jeans, New Balance kicks and Ryan Sunglasses – all from J.Crew.

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J. Crew Heels on Fire T-Shirt

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses

J. Crew Italian Featherweight Cashmere Sweater

J. Crew Watermelon Pouch

J. Crew Lookout High-Rise Jeans

New Balance for J. Crew Kicks

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Sensual Rose

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Liberty Blues

Got spring flowers?  The weather in Los Angeles has been unseasonably cold and rainy, but I still have spring thanks to Liberty’s floral print.  I styled the Liberty Print shirt with a chambray Regent blazer (similar here), Piper Sunglasses, Charlie Slides and Broken-In Slim Boyfriend Jeans (all from J. Crew).

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J. Crew Liberty Shirt in Edenham Floral

J. Crew Piper Sunglasses

J. Crew Regent Blazer (similar here or double Liberty print with this)

J. Crew Charlie Slides

J. Crew Slim Boyfriend Jeans

J. Crew Belt (similar here)

Use code HAPPYSPRING for 30% off just about everything through March 24, 2017

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Riding Into Spring and Consciousness

Spring!  I always go through an awakening when the season turns, even in  Los Angeles which does not exactly deliver seasonal weather changes.  In fact, we are bracing ourselves for rain and it was chilly today after being warm for the past few days.  And yet, I experience the same awakening that I enjoyed in New York and San Francisco.  It is as if a light bulb goes off and I suddenly feel more aware.  I find myself thinking “Was I asleep?”

This week the first day of spring coincided with my husband having minor foot surgery. My day was spent caring for him, dropping him off, picking him up, and handling more at home.  All went well but that’s not the only great part of today.  Today, my husband and I were nicer and more patient with each other than we have been in a long time.  It is not that we were not getting along,  but it was that extra layer of kindness that made all the difference.  I felt the awakening of my consciousness about kindness – “why don’t we act like this all the time?”  “Where have WE been?”  I do not ever want my husband or son to suffer, but I do love rising to the occasion and being their best caregiver when the stakes are high.

As part of my spring awakening, I’m layering myself in a really nice J. Crew indigo eyelet that is a nice change of pace from my typically more tailored look.  I styled it with my favorite white jeans, Legend of Lido clutch and J. Crew shoes.  These photos were shot on one of those warm pre-Spring days in San Diego and the top was perfectly breezy.

 

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J. Crew Eyelet Top (30% off with code HAPPYSPRING through March 24, 2017)

Legend of Lido Jaipur Clutch c/o

AG Prima Jeans

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

Here’s to kindness (and style, of course).

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Greens and Blues

In spite of the changing weather lately, I am Spring ready in my greens and blues.  I love the detail on the collar of this striped shirt from J. Crew.  I styled it with aqua denim, my favorite new Gemma flats with pom-poms, a summery clutch and J. Crew Ryan sunglasses

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J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Shoes

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses (on sale!)

Flora Bella Clutch (similar here and here)

AG Prima Jeans similar style and color at J. Crew here

Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lipcolor in Darling Pink

*Up to 30% off at J. Crew with Code HEARTYOU through February 13, 2017 *

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE