Masquerade Wedding Styled Shoot

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 I’m so excited to finally share some gorgeous images from our Masquerade Wedding Styled Shoot from December 2014, now featured on Style Me Pretty! Our amazing team of vendors created a magical, whimsical setting at a private home on the water in Annapolis, MD., and Melissa Dorn of Lissa Ryan Photography captured the (cold) wintery day beautifully, both digitally and on film.

Jenna Shellhammer of Pop the Cork Designs organized a flawless day of vendor collaboration, from a beautiful invitation suite to hand cut leather masks, beaded gowns, and intricate bouquets. Not to mention the talented stylists who transformed B and me into blissfully happy love birds on our “wedding day.”

View the full feature on Style Me Pretty

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Enaura Bridal Gown
Jaclyn Jordan New York Bolero and Veil
La Gartier Garter

Hair by PSC Hair Artistry
Makeup by Luxury Brown Beauty
Floral Design by Petals and Promises
Coordination by Pop the Cork Designs

Photography by Lissa Ryan Photography

Relaxed

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I don’t know about you, but my spring went by entirely WAY too fast. Who told May that it was okay for 90 degree weather already?! It happens every year, but it never ceases to shock me when all of the blossoms are gone, trees are green, and it’s hot outside half way through the month. I also never seem to remember how busy this time of year can be (currently making a mental note for 2016) – summer is a whirlwind, but gearing up for the summer is just as crazy… which is why it’s important to take a moment and relax. B is constantly telling me that I need to slow down and “smell the roses” and I’m finally learning to take time (even if it’s just a few minutes) for myself.

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Stella & Dot Anchor Voyager Cuff
Stella & Dot Eva Ear Jacket
Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant
VS Yoga Pants

Photos c/o Bryan Wallace

Morocco Part II: Journey to Fes

Happy Friday, friends! I’m sharing a few photos of our journey from Rabat to Fes – with a stop at the Volubilis ruins in between – on this similarly warm and sunny day in D.C. I hope everyone has spectacular weekend plans! Mine involve brunching, working out, and more brunching with mom.

Cheers,
Jackietara

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Blossoms & Kimonos

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 I can’t get enough of spring in D.C. I’ve walked down to the tidal basin twice with B recently, and the second long walk was just as fun as the first (sore legs and blisters aside). I threw on a great kimono that I picked up for my Morocco trip and my favorite Gap hat for a little shade (we all know how my pale skin reacts to too much sun…) to join other locals and visiting tourists downtown. It’s amazing how quickly things are changing. Just two weeks ago and the cherry blossoms were at full bloom, bright white and pink everywhere, and now most trees have turned a lovely light shade of green with little to no blossoms.

I feel myself itching to go outside while sitting in the office during the week, so I’ve been taking full advantage of outdoor activities – brunching, walking around the neighborhood, and getting back into my running routine with B – on weekends. And to clarify, I do consider brunching an “outdoor activity.”

Outdoor activity: leisure pursuits engaged in the outdoors (according to Wikipedia).

Enough said.

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South Moon Under Kimono on sale!
Gap Jeans
Gap Panama Hat | similar
Stella & Dot Rebel Cluster Necklace
Stella & Dot On The Mark Necklace

Morocco Part One: Rabat

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I can hardly believe it myself, but I’m back from my whirlwind trip to Morocco! We somehow managed to cram 5 cities into 8 days, with 2.5 days of car rides (and one camel ride) in-between. I enjoyed every minute of our week-long trek across the country, so I have decided that the best way to share my trip with you is chronologically… After an 8-hour plane ride from Dulles to Paris, a 4-hour layover, and another 4-hour plane ride to Casablanca, we finally arrived.

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We were greeted by Aziz, who would be our amazing driver for the duration of our trip, at the airport in Casablanca. He had already met up with my sister, Natalie, who had arrived hours earlier from Senegal, so we all hopped in the car to travel from Casablanca to Rabat, our first destination. In Morocco, the hotels we stayed in were “riads,” traditional Moroccan houses/palaces with an interior garden or courtyard. Riad Kalaa, in the heart of Rabat, had a beautiful Andalusian courtyard with stone and marble architecture. The room I shared with Natalie was super cozy and had amazing amenities. It was so cozy, in fact, that Natalie and I didn’t want to get out of bed. Thankfully, Riad Kaala had a filling and delicious breakfast of traditional breads, yogurt, and fresh-squeezed orange juice that tempted us to leave our room.

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 Our stay in Rabat was a short one, but a great intro to Moroccan culture and hospitality. I would quickly learn that Morocco is home to beautiful medinas, delicious kefta kebabs, and cats – lots of cats.

– Jackietara

Whimsical Wedding Hair by PSC Hair Artistry

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect whimsical wedding hair style and the person to do it, look no further. Paige Clifton of PSC Hair Artistry transformed my long locks into a sweet spirally up do, suited for a lovely crown of red roses, for a styled shoot at the beginning of March. Paige is based out of Annapolis, Maryland, and is launching her website on May 1, 2015!

In the meantime, you can check out her artful handiwork on Instagram @pschairartistry. Her beautiful hair designs were also recently featured in a Buzz Feed article, 8 Must-Have Looks for the 2015 BrideI would say “I do” to any of these looks!

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Enaura Bridal Gown
Les Fleurs Floral Crown

Hair by PSC Hair Artistry
Makeup by Ashley Yalana
Coordinating by Pop the Cork Designs

Photography by CJK Visuals

Morocco Calling

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This blue and white top just screams “take me to Morocco!”, doesn’t it? Little does it know, it will in fact be accompanying me on my journey to the exotic lands of Morocco very soon – Friday in fact! I’m not quite sure how this trip snuck up on me as it did. A few months ago our family vacation to Africa seemed forever away. Now, it’s just a few hours. Crazy how that happens, huh?

My intent was to write a post on “how to pack for an exotic vacation” , but that clearly was a lofty goal as I have not taken photos for or written said post. Instead, you will have to settle for many, many photos from my trip and maybe a note or two on how my packing worked out… or not. I’m actually feeling pretty confident that I packed enough basics and layers (without over-packing, huzzah!). 

I have managed to fit 7 days worth of outfits, four pairs of shoes, light camera gear, and entertainment material into one carry-on and a mid-sized suitcase (with room to spare!). I’d call that an accomplishment.

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South Moon Under Tunic
Vintage Jacket
White Denim | similar
Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Bracelet
Stella & Dot Rebel Cluster Necklace
Lou Lou D.C. Necklace

My Dream Workspace

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It has happened – I finally have my dream work space! No more wishing, wanting, and longing for the perfect place to dream, think, doodle, and be creative. I may even delete my “Dream Workspace” board on Pinterest. (OK, let’s not get too crazy…). The space speaks for itself, but there are a couple of things that I want to highlight.

My amazing friend Heather Mae, in addition to being a musician and fellow style blogger, refurbishes furniture and creates memo boards on her Etsy shop, ALittleLoved. She created a gold memo board for me with chalkboard panes and fabric panes for pinning my favorite notes and clippings. I love me some Pinterest, but there’s something irreplaceably gratifying about pinning things to a physical board.

Shelves were also an important piece of my workspace, so a little trip to Ikea and some gold spray paint did the trick. If you’re thinking about redoing your workspace, it doesn’t take much to give it a little uplift, and a little lift makes all the difference.

Xo,
Jackietara

Spring Layers

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Although you can’t tell by the white fluffy stuff in the background of these photos, I think that spring is finally just around the corner! I enjoyed our little snow day last week, but too much time inside has given me a serious case of cabin fever. Ergo, B and I spent a lovely day at Union Market, just a few blocks away from my NE D.C. apartment. The sun was finally out on Saturday and temperatures exceeded 40-degrees, so I was a happy girl.

I was also happy to throw on some lighter spring layers, like my new window pane tunic and favorite Zara anorak. I have been searching for the best “window pane” look for me, so I was super excited to find this tunic on the sale rack at Urban Outfitters. I can’t wait to wear it in warmer weather, and on my trip to Morocco (more on that to come)! B also found a couple gems from UO on his last shopping trip there that I was lucky to catch on our outing. He has been warming up to the idea of me taking photos of him, and I am so glad (because how cute is he in his Aztec print cardigan?!).

I’m also relieved that orange is back in for spring this year. Stella & Dot has an amazing new leather cut out clutch that speaks to me every time I go to pick a purse. What does it say, you ask? “Wear me defiantly until the snow melts away and spring is here to stay!”. At least, that’s what I would say if I were a cute bright clutch.

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On him:
Urban Outfitters Cardigan | on sale!
Levi’s Jeans
Vans Cosmic Galaxy Shoes

On me:
Urban Outfitters Tunic | on sale!
Zara Anorak | similar
Stella & Dot Waverly Clutch
Vintage Boots

Bubbles & Baubles

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It’s official – I am a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist! I have developed a love for S&D jewelry and products over the past few years, so it was only natural for me to further my relationship with the company  by joining it. A celebration was in order, so I hosted my debut trunk show, Bubbles and Baublesin February and invited some of my favorite girlfriends over to take a look at some of my favorite pieces from the spring line.

 Edgy delicates are super in this spring, so I was happy to see pieces like the Rebel Cluster Necklace (currently sold out but will be back!) added to the mix. I’m usually all about gold jewelry, but I am completely obsessed with the new Eclipse Pendant – a gunmetal-toned adjustable necklace with smoky, clear, and opalescent stones. So chic.

You can shop YOUR favorite looks from the Stella & Dot spring line here!
What are your favorite jewelry trends this spring?

Xo,
Jackietara