Mani Monday – Beach Edition

I am soaking up the last days of summer at the beach and pool.  We have had a few weeks at home and my son tagged along for my mani appointment and came up with the beach idea.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Dye-Mentions” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items featured in the photos include:

Chambray Beach Tote

Eyelet Cover-up

Hermes Sandals (similar here and here)

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

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Mani Monday – Polka Dot Edition

Life does not progress in a linear fashion. Some random polka dots on my blue mani was just what I needed to remind me of that. This manicure and its message is one of my favorites to date. There is something soothing about both the color, the polka dots — and the acceptance of life’s random progression.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “First View” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Clare V Blush Bag

Eyelet Tee

Tulum Tee

Beach Tote

Off-White Mini Dress

Floral Top

Liberty Swell Bottle

Pineapple Eyelet Top

Blue and White Wrap Dress

Striped Collage Top

Embroidered Peacock Tee (on sale!)

Floral Clutch

Embroidered Floral Shirt (on sale!)

Floral Dress

Denim Tote

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Camo Obsession

I will never tire of camo.  It’s as neutral as leopard print for me.   I wish I could fit into this crewcuts blazer I just picked for my son.  I have a lot of friends that can wear a boys size 14 or 16, so if you are smaller, go for it.  It’s a great blazer.

In the meantime my son looks great in his and I have my own light weight army jacket in blue.

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Camo Jacket (similar here and here)

Sunglasses (also here)

T-Shirt

Clutch

Kicks

White Denim

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Riding into Summer

School is out for the summer!  Yesterday my son and I attended a very fun second grade end of the year party complete with karaoke, a scavenger hunt and water balloons.  My son sang “Fireball”.  One of the mom’s who also has a sixth grader reminded me to savor these moments as this time and this grade is simple, innocent and most of all fleeting.  I look forward to summer adventures with my third grader, but I can’t help but wonder where my preschooler went.  I remember him striding into his last day of Pre-K like it was yesterday and yet he’s grown almost a foot and achieved so many milestones. The days can be long, but the years fly by.  I am hoping to slow down and savor a lot of fun moments and make some great summer memories.

Details on this look below.

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Denim Jacket

Sunglasses (also here)

Striped Tee

Bag

Sandals

White Denim

Happy Summer!

XO,

JAE

Polished Blue and White

It’s been a busy week with several meetings.  I had a few of my favorite blazers and jeans on rotation.  For this look I kept it simple with blue and white and fun accessories like this clutch and these sandals.  Soon I will be trading this look for beach coverups (like this one and this one I have ready to go), swimsuits and the bag I featured earlier this week here.

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Blazer (similar here and here)

Clutch

Sunglasses

Sandals

White Denim

Top (similar here and here)

Happy Friday!

XO,

JAE

Beach Ready

We are in the final week of school, but I am ready to report to the beach for summer duty.  I picked up this perfect, lightweight tote last weekend at Barneys and had it customized at thedropLA.  I’ve had my eye on it for a while and I had a reward card burning a hole in my pocket.  The tote is perfect for summer along with my new “jelly” sandals (they are under $50!).  I love the cork detail.  I added stripes, white denim, new favorite sunglasses and I am summer and beach ready.

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Striped Tee (similar here, here and here)

Tote (also in a larger size and shibori)

Sandals (also here)

Sunglasses

White Denim

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Designer Sale Picks

Now is the time to snap up some great designer bargains.  Since my shopping detox, I have remained clear about only buying things I love.  This is a collection of things I loved at full price, so it’s a bonus that they are now on sale (and thus closer to being affordable).

At the end of last summer I splurged on an Antonello Tedde clutch (with a handy hidden shoulder strap so that balancing a drink and an hors d’oeuvre is possible).  It is one of my all-time favorites.

Moda Operandi has a great selection of Antonello Tedde bags on sale.  A few of my picks are this tote, this clutch, this pouch and this tote.  They are all beautiful and so easy to wear.  You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

MyTheresa is having a great sale right now.  It’s a great time to scoop up a statement bag or a pair of great shoes (like the ever popular Golden Goose kicks). Here are my picks from the sale:

 

Golden Goose Kicks (also love this light blue)

Isabel Marant Blouse White (also in red and black)

Bottega Veneta Pink Crossbody (also this darker pink)

Balenciaga Striped Bag

Chloe Flats (also in red)

Prada Raffia Bag

Valentino Sandals (also with a heel here)

Isabel Marant Striped Top

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Shibori

I know we have to wait until June 21st for it to be officially summer, but Memorial Day marks the unofficial start.  I’m getting ready with easy summer dressing.  This shibori t-shirt (from a few years ago – I have linked some great options below) paired with one of my favorite clutches (that doubles as a cross-body or shoulder bag with a hidden strap), white denim and sandals.  It’s a casual look that still looks polished.  Now if only the sun were shining in Southern California it would actually feel like summer.

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Shibori Tee (similar here and here) Also this sweatshirt

Bag (similar here – on sale! here and here)

Sandals (here , here and here) full selection of colors and styles here

White Denim

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Memorial White

It’s official!  You can wear white as of this weekend.  This a rule I break all the time, particularly for my favorite super comfy Wit+Wisdom white jeans that I picked up recently in Santa Barbara for well under $100.  I also picked up this fun tie shirt (also a bargain) and considered the two pairs of slides (below) at J. McLaughlin (they are having a huge sale this weekend and the shoes are included!).  I also love this bell sleeved jaquard top, this eyelet shirt, these fun pants and this wrap dress.

I still have my eye on this bag (in a new color combo).

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Floral Slides (on sale!)

Gingham Slides (on sale!)

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Striped Tie Top

White Denim

Bag (similar here (on sale!) and here)

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Striped Shoes (similar here, here  and here)

Floral Slides (on sale!)

Gingham Slides (on sale!)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

 

 

Countdown to Summer

I’m getting excited for travel, swim, parties, longer days, but most of all summer styles!

Now is the time to snap up some great new arrivals at J. Crew. Most items are 40% with the code GETAWAY (through May 28th).  I have listed my top 15 favorites below.  It’s also a great time to pick up basics like my favorite New Balance Sneakers in both the gold/salt and rose gold/navy  ( I have both!)are included in the 40% off.  I wear both constantly and you can throw them in the washer.  They come out beautifully.

I recently stocked up on a few basic t-shirts.  The new supima cotton is so soft.  I grabbed a few solids and stripes.

Colorblock Cashmere Cardigan

Striped Convertible Clutch

Denim Mules

Dreamy Short Sleeve Pajamas

Packable Straw Hat

Ibiza Tote with Pom Poms

Embroidered Beach Tunic

Linen Blazer with Scalloped Collar

Parke Blazer in Stretch Linen

Striped Paper-Bag Pant

Raffia Mules

Sleeveless Chambray Dress

Striped Beach Towel

Vintage Straight Jean

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE