Peplum + Crop

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I am in love with peplum tops. There’s just no other way to say it. The shape and length of peplum hugs and gives in all of the right places. I have also found that my peplum tops give me versatility in dressing for a causal day on the town, date night, or work event. I’ve been a girl on the go these past couple of weeks, so not having to fuss about my outfit before running out the door has been totally key in keeping my stress level low. I realized quickly that peplum does not let me down, especially when paired with my relaxed fit boyfriend jeans, cute pumps, and a daring crop top. If you’ve been cautiously avoiding (or resisting) the bare-all crop top trend, this is a perfect way to ease yourself into it, just in time for a month that calls for layering.

Outfit details:
Gap Peplum Tank
Gap Boyfriend Jeans similar (on sale!)
Sam Edelman Pumps similar

Photography by Paul B. Jones

Sunshine and Whiskey

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September is here, but that doesn’t mean we need to pack up the sweet tea lemonade and whiskey for good! One of my favorite cocktails this summer was one that we made for my friends’ afternoon tea themed engagement party. The sweet tea was in honor of the bride-to-be (a North Carolina gal) and the whiskey was the no-brainer complement. Although this was a refreshing summer concoction, leave out the lemon and garnish with a cinnamon stick for an autumnal twist. You could serve it hot or cold and you most likely already have most of the ingredients at home!


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Ingredients
Ice
5 ounces sweetened iced tea
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce triple sec
1 mint sprig
1 lemon wedge

Photography by Traci J. Brooks Studios


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Summer Style Recap

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It’s that time of year again. Summer is winding down and everyone is wishing for cooler, more relaxed fall days that call for boots, scarves, and pumpkin spice lattes. The summer is always a whirlwind – I’m usually in denial when May rolls around that it will go so fast, but by the beginning of September I always ask myself, “where did summer go?!”. This summer in particular was especially significant with the amount of life changes I experienced (I am calling it my “quarter life crisis”), but I have recently realized that change is not necessarily a bad thing. As humans, we are naturally resistant to change – we get comfortable in our lives and each time we forget what it’s like to face change. Since most of the time we are forced into these times of transition, I have decided that I need to consciously try to be positive through it all. For me, mantras like “I am strong” and “everything happens for a reason” propel me forward in a deep murky sea of change, and I think it’s working this time.

Looking back on my wardrobe choices this summer, I incorporated a lot of my natural eclectic style into my style posts. I mainly started with a classically neutral base and added a flare of vintage or, conversely, a modern aesthetic. I’ve been playing with more modern looks in these past few weeks, trying to figure out the best combination of statement necklaces, bright tops, graphic tees, and different prints and patterns. It’s fun to see how separate pieces that when put together can create entirely different and unique looks – it’s almost like working on little puzzles. With new and old fall fashion styles quickly emerging, here are a couple tips to take with you into the new season:

1. Don’t be afraid to mix prints. Taking two pieces that have completely different patterns (polka dots + stripes, stripes + floral, tartan + leopard, the list goes on…) is a great way to transition your summer wardrobe to fall.

2. Be creative with what you have. It can be so tempting to forget about what you have in your closet (although sometimes it becomes very necessary to purge) and buy all the newest trends in fashion. Instead, try purchasing 2-3 key pieces for fall and incorporate some of your favorite things you already have, including those items that have been pushed to the depths of your closet…

3. Don’t forget to accessorize. A simple statement necklace or a silk scarf can jazz up a t-shirt and jeans if you’re looking for an easy and chic way to stay comfortable all day. This trick comes in handy for me at the office pretty regularly!

4. Take risks! This is a great time of year to play with layered looks (dresses, tights, boots, scarves, sweaters, oh my!), so don’t forget to have fun with what you have – you never know if something will work until you give it a try!

xo,
Jackietara

Graphic & Monochromatic

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I’m back, lovelies, and just in time to catch the end of summer.  August was a month of serious transition, which unfortunately didn’t allow me any time or energy to devote to my blog.  But I’m back in full force and excited to look at life in a new light, which is why I thought a white monochromatic ensemble would be the perfect reentry blog post.  All white reminds me of a clean canvas, fresh and ready for the first few swipes of paint.  This is also the last time I could wear white jeans for a while (does everyone follow that Labor Day rule?!)

I have joined the graphic tee craze and picked up this great black and white one from a recent Robyn and Royksopp concert (have you heard their latest single, “Do It Again“? I am obsessed) .  The muted white shirt is a complete contrast to the colorful lights, over-the-top outfits, and loud trance-like beats during Robyn’s show, but it definitely fits into my current “back to basics” style.  I hope to have more to share on that front in September.  It’s full steam ahead into fall, and I welcome all the changes that come with it.

Outfit details:
Robyn Concert Tee
Madewell Sleeveless Denim Top
Similar White Denim on sale!
Similar Sunnies
Mrkt Pumps from DSW
Floppy Hat from TJ Maxx

Photography by Paul B. Jones

Jumpsuit Joy

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Happiness.  Such a simple word, but defined in so many ways by different people.  It’s a word that I will be thinking about a lot.  I’m going through a big transition in my life [which scares the hell out of me] but it’s also an opportunity in other ways.  One of them being the chance to really think about what makes me happy.  Not my significant other, friends, family, or coworkers, but me.  I realize that’s a selfish thing to say, but if you can’t be selfish after being dumped, when can you be?

I hope to find even more joy in the small things in life, which is one of the reasons I started this blog.  Like my new morning ritual of making pour over coffee in my now empty apartment, and walking around my neighborhood taking in everything going on around me. I’ve been telling everyone that I am now a “yes girl.”  This is a time for me to experience everything that I can.  In the words of Ms. Frizzle, to “take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.”

Outfit details:
Eight Sixty Jumpsuit / Similar on Amazon
Madewell Gold Bangles
Madewell Knot Ring
Stella & Dot Link Bracelet

Photography by Traci J. Brooks Studios

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Jackietara

Motorcycle Chic

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Happy hump day!  I hope everyone’s week after the holiday weekend isn’t feeling too long.  Summer is just flying by for me, so I’m struggling to hang on to the days.  Before we know it, it will be October and and we will be longing for summer, but maybe not the heat…

Speaking of heat, T is still in Israel exploring the homeland [and even riding camels on this very hump day!], leaving me reminiscing about our last motorcycle ride together in the city.  Riding on the back of T’s red Ducati is one of my favorite things in the world.  It’s an incredibly freeing experience, with the wind in your face and the open road in front of you [especially since in my case I have absolutely no control over what we do and where we go].  But I don’t mind being on the back.  That feeling is rare these days, so I’ll take what I can get.

Wearing:
TJ Maxx striped dress similar
Tildon flats similar

Photography by Teddy Wolff

Furniture Facelift: Chalk Paint

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My bedroom furniture was going through a mid-life crisis, so I decided to help a dressa’ out and give it a facelift.  T’s parents were kind enough to give us a few pieces of furniture to get us started on our apartment, including our wooden dresser.  I love the thing, with it’s antique key holes and brass handles, but brown wasn’t doing it for me, or our bedroom.

I’ve been gravitating toward greys and purples lately, so I thought a nice grey-blue color would do the trick with a darker slate color on the very top.  On a random note, I have also been drawn to bright pink palettes lately.  Not so much in the clothes that I wear, but flowers, shoes, prints, etc.  I never used to be a “pink person,” but now it makes me so happy when I look at it!  Anyway, back to the facelift… My mom suggested using a “less toxic” version of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so we went with the CeCe Caldwell’s version of chalk paint and clear wax.  The great thing about this paint is that you don’t need to sand or prime your furniture before you paint [gasp!].  All you need to do is follow these easy steps and voila, a practically new addition to your favorite room or space!

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Step 1: Remove all hardware then wipe down with a damp cloth to get all the dust off.
Step 2: Paint. You may need to do 2 or 3 coats to prevent visible brush strokes on the furniture.
Step 4: Seal it. After the paint has dried for a couple hours, you can seal it with wax.  Less is more when it comes to waxing the top of your dresser, so with a dry cloth take some wax and lightly apply in small sections.  The wax can take up to 24 hours to dry, and even after that I recommend being delicate when putting decor back on top of your furniture.

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I’m so happy with how my dresser turned out!  One step closer to my dream bedroom…

Jackietara