Oui to Detox, Non to Shopping

It’s time for a change.  And a detox.  As 2017 comes to a close and I write my last post of the year, my thoughts turn to 2018.  I am reviewing my goals and setting new ones.  Last year I quietly set out to improve my diet and only wrote about it after the fact. I was not sure I could actually give up dairy, sugar, grains etc. I proved that I could and that it had the longer-term value of changing my taste buds.  This year I am considering a different type of detox challenge.  A friend talked about a 28-day shopping challenge and my ears perked up.  Obviously, I love shopping and clothes. But, I also love dairy and grains.  So, I’m going to begin 2018 by challenging myself to NO BUYING for 28 days.  I am defining it loosely to include clothing, cosmetics and any non-essential items. Just like not having sugar for a period of time changed the way I crave it, I want to see what it’s like to just not buy anything.  I have cleaned out my closet with feng shui (this is a great book for that) and started the Kondo method many times.  That process does make you think about purchases differently and instead of just an impulse buy, I consider the life of the item.  I seek to reinforce that idea over the next 28 days.

I will clean out my closet (before and after photos to come) and also shop my closet. I expect to find things I have forgotten.  I will still be blogging and featuring outfits that I curate from my current inventory.  Full disclosure, Santa was good to me and I have picked up a few new things at end of the year sales, so there will be some new items featured.

This look includes a sweatshirt that my son surprised me with (and I love that it is yes and no!), my leopard coat (thankfully it has been just chilly enough to wear it in Los Angeles in the morning and evening), a new favorite clutch that I found under the tree, denim and my plaid shoes (see you can wear them after the holidays!).

Stay tuned – I hope the initial detox is not too rough. I wish you success in all of your January resolutions.

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Leopard Coat (other options here, here and here)

Oui Non Sweatshirt (also available here)

Striped Clutch

Denim

Plaid Shoes (other options here, here and here)

Happy Last Friday of 2017!

XO,

JAE

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Ace is the Place

“Ace is the place with the helpful hardware man”.  Some jingles from my childhood will never leave my memory.  This Ace Hardware, Hillcrest Hardware in the Hillcrest section of San Diego, is the place with so much style.  I have never seen such a well curated collection of housewares, hardware, cards, gifts and so many things I did not even know I needed until visiting.

I bought several stocking stuffers for my husband and picked up a few ornaments before Christmas.  If you are in San Diego, it is worth a visit.

For the outing I styled a plaid shirt with a favorite new jacket from the Gap, denim, tweed shoes and my Moynat tote.

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Jacket

Plaid Shirt (this would work great too)

Shoes

Denim

Moynat Tote (this or this would look great)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Thank You Jenna

When I started my blog almost a year ago I featured a lot of J. Crew because it was what was in my closet.  The initial inspiration for even making my Instagram public six months before was the shinyponies contest.  I feature other brands here and there, but it was the J. Crew fan community and Jenna Lyons herself that kept me going.

Thank you Jenna

Thank you for validating my obsession with leopard print.  I have always loved it.  You made it more accessible.   I have been calling it a neutral since I can remember.

Thank you for making the high/low mix so cool.

Thank you for living your life on your own terms (in the public eye).

Thank you for teaching us how to cuff a sleeve (even if I don’t quite have it).

Thank you for embracing the imperfect and making things interesting.

Thank you for the pattern mix.

Thank you for being a role model for young women, young men, boys and girls.

Thank you for showing us that any look can be pulled off with the right amount of confidence.

I look forward to your next act.  Please keep sharing your style and inspiring us all.

XO,

JAE