Welcome to the Hotel Californian

“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”  Well I would never want to leave the beautiful Hotel Californian.  My husband and I checked out this new hotel when we had a quick getaway to Santa Barbara to celebrate 10 year anniversary.  It is gorgeous.  They just had their grand opening party last night.    I still can’t get over all the changes to lower State Street since I was in college at UCSB only a few years ago.  Back then there was very little going on lower State Street except a few dive bars. This is the latest addition.  I love all the black and white tile.

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Blue Camo Jacket (similar herehere and here)

White Denim

Blue Leopard Tee (similar here and here)

Striped Shoes (similar here and here)

Bag

Sunglasses (similar here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

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A Little Leopard

East Hampton, 1997

“Jenni, what did you buy? I left you for 10 minutes. That’s a big bag”. Elizabeth exclaims as she crosses Main Street with our iced coffees.

“A couple of bags. Great sale.”

“Let me see. Let me see. Oh Zadig & Voltaire. Nice. I love the black one and the duffle is great. A leopard print handbag? Really?”

“Yes, I love it. It adds a little something and says I’m a risk taker. “

She laughs.

“Just wait. I’ll carry it on the flight home to San Francisco. You never know who I’ll meet.”

“Well if anyone can pull it off, it’s you”.

My first leopard print purchase.  It was followed quickly by a belt and adorable pair of sandals (that have survived many a closet purge). Back then leopard was a simple embellishment mixed mostly with black and white. I had yet to embark on pattern mixing.

Los Angeles, 2017

“Hi I’m home.”

“Hi do you need help with anything from the car”. says my husband from the family room.

“No I’m good. I race up to the closet”.

I quickly hang up my new jacket.

“Hold on what’s THAT?”

“A new jacket. Do you like it?”

“It’s a bit much.”

“I think it’s just the right amount of much.”

Leopard is now in most parts of my wardrobe and even in my home decor (in shades of blue of course). This jacket is more leopard than I usually wear, and I love it. I styled it with my ark bag, denim, sneakers and a white tee. There is even a leopard pouch hiding in my ark (for a pop of print and to keep the Ark tidy).

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Jacket (similar here, here and here)

Linen T-shirt (similar here, here and here)

Ark Bag (also here and here)

Leopard Pouch (inside Ark) here, here and here

Denim (on sale!) this new wash and this new wash are on my list

New Balance Kicks

Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

Happy Styling!

XO,

JAE

Rainbow Smiles

There is a lot to be happy about.  It is almost Thanksgiving vacation.  We have family visiting for the holiday.  We are having another heatwave (which I have decided to enjoy instead of being annoyed).  So today I am “Up Beat” and rainbows.  Why not?

I styled this “Up Beat” t-shirt with a velvet blazer, denim, tweed flats and a tropical clutch.

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Velvet Blazer

T-Shirt

Shoes

Denim

Clutch

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Blue and White

My tried and true favorite color combination is blue and white.  It is evident in both my home decor and most of my wardrobe choices.  When I saw this clutch while on vacation in Hawaii, I knew I had to have it.  For me it’s a neutral (and it has this handy shoulder strap inside for when you tire of carrying it).  It gives a nice pop to my casual outfit of white jeans, blue tunic and my new favorite sandals.

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Top (similar here and here)

Jeans

Sandals

Clutch (similar here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Palm Leaf Edition

I have been enjoying the last few weeks of summer with a much needed family vacation. Nothing says “fun in the sun” like a palm leaf.  I am wearing my second gel manicure and loving the durability in and out of the water.

The color is “Cake Pop” by CND Shellac.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Items in the photos include:

Antonello Tedde Tote

Jamin Puech Tote (similar here)

Valentino Rockstud Jelly Thong

Flamingo Hat

Liberty Shirt

Polka Dot Shirt

Pineapple Scarf (on sale!)

Sunglasses

 Carrie Forbes Sandals

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

New York in Pebble Beach

Growing up on the Monterey Peninsula I longed for a more urban life.  My dream was to live in New York or San Francisco and I did live in both places as an adult.  It was hard to appreciate the relaxed lifestyle and natural beauty as a teenager.  I also hated the fog and lack of “summer”.  Visiting mid summer this year was refreshing for a week.   It was nice to break out a sweatshirt and bring a little New York to Pebble Beach. This sweatshirt has quickly become a favorite.  The sleeves are a little shorter which allows for cuffs and bracelets.

 

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Sweatshirt

Shirt

Sunglasses

Denim

Shoes (similar here and here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Horsing Around in Carmel

“You have to keep it”, said the VPS when I tried to return this sweatshirt to J. Crew.  I had gone on a bit of spree and was editing my choices.  It it sold out soon after and I ended up wearing it a lot (and I am still wearing it several years later).  There is nothing better than a well worn and loved item of clothing.  There is another sweatshirt (linked below) that I picked up in Carmel and have already worn on repeat.  I will feature it in Fridays’ post.  I styled this one with tweed mules, denim and a button down.

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Liberty Print Shirt older style (this  and this would work well)

Sunglasses

Horse Sweatshirt older style (this and this would work well)

Shoes

Vintage Crop Jeans (similar here)

Happy Shopping!

XO,

JAE

Please note: The shopping event at J.Crew at The Grove will now be on September 16, 2017. Details to follow. 

Mani Monday – Coffee Edition

There are a couple of things besides my regular mediation practice that bring me instant calm and grounding.  The first is a good blow dry.  When my hair is in place everything around me can be in chaos and I definitely handle it better.  The second is an iced latte with homemade almond milk.  I was recently in San Diego for a few days of fun with a childhood friend.  While it was a great visit, I have been traveling a lot lately and I definitely needed help with grounding.  I made regular visits to my favorite Lofty Coffee for their delicious almond milk iced latte as well their perfectly cooked eggs and avocado.  You can read more about my first visit last year to Lofty Coffee here.

The manicure and nail art are by 20 Lounge.  The color is “Do you take Lei Away” by OPI.

Items in the photos include:

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

Leopard Pouch

Leopard Blouse

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE