Winter White

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I found this awesome graffiti wall on a Saturday morning run around Theodore Roosevelt Island with my beau. As we ran by, I told myself that I would have to come back to do a shoot there. I mean, how could I not? I love my city and it never ceases to amaze me. There are always new places to explore, and one of the best ways to discover those hidden gems is running. I’ve never been a “natural runner,” but I have taken to it again lately after a long 6-month hiatus. I’ve been going running with a couple friends, and although I can’t speak a word while I run (one of these days I will build up that pesky lung capacity!), it’s so much nicer to run with a buddy.

True to my word, we came back to the island. I’ve been taking the new “white is now acceptable after Labor Day” fashion rule to heart and shamelessly wearing white whenever possible. And before you flash that judgmental smirk, let me explain. White just never gets old, and black and white is too much of a classic combination to force into hibernation during the winter. I wore this dress back in August, and decided to style it with a long-sleeved gingham shirt, tights, and boots for a warmer look. Dresses with shirts underneath are my new favorite, and a white dress in December is just a bonus.

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Gap Dress old | similar on sale!
Old Navy Gingham Shirt old | similar on sale!
Vintage Short Boots
Stella & Dot Link Necklace

Photography by Paul B. Jones

Art + Aztec

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I have never been much of a Black Friday or Cyber Monday fanatic (surprising, I know, considering my most trusty motto is “never pay full price”), but this year I gave Cyber Monday a go to knock a few “presents for him” off of the shopping list. My favorite gifts to give family and friends are usually of the homemade variety – crafts, cards, paintings, etc. – and I’m planning on continuing that tradition for the holidays this year. I’ve been experimenting with watercolors more lately, despite my previous frustration with this elusive type of paint, and I am slowly growing to love it. Contrary to my inner control freak, I get an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction as I let the colors drip and blend into each other on the page, much like a slowly melting popsicle on a hot summer day.

Now let’s talk about Aztec prints on capes and ponchos. I am completely in love with the makeshift poncho look we are seeing all over the place right now (even Maggie was wearing one in The Walking Dead!). You can have a poncho without having to buy one by wrapping a larger scarf or light blanket around your shoulders and belting it in the front to secure it. Or, just drape it around your shoulders for a more relaxed “at home” feel. With a blanket wrapped around you, though, you may never even want to leave the house. Consider yourself warned.

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South Moon Under Dress on sale!
H&M Scarf

Photography by Paul B. Jones

Let’s Stay Home

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like we bypassed fall entirely, but I am totally not ready for the wear-your-heaviest-coat-and-warmest-boots-weather that is inevitably coming our way this winter. Apparently I missed our small sweater weather window (where was I, under a rock?!) and I will be moping about it sufficiently until there is at least some fun snow to play in. I know what you’re thinking, “but moping isn’t productive, Jackie”, and you are absolutely right. I’ve been slowly building my mental arsenal of indoor activities, ranging from not-so-productive movie watching to uber-productive-and-festive ornament making with my roommate’s girlfriend, and I’m getting really excited about it. I’m usually in hyper drive, so I’ll take any excuse (especially freezing weather) to stay inside and be cozy.

One of my favorite things lately is making coffee – hot, aromatic, and comforting coffee. And no, not just any old coffee from a drip coffee maker, but experimenting with the pour over method. I received a burr grinder and ceramic dripper as gifts a few months ago and never looked back. There’s just something special about brewing your own coffee in your own home (preferably in your pajamas), discovering nuances about different beans and taking the time to learn how to control every variable in the brewing process. I digress, but I’m definitely feeling a dedicated post about home brew pour over. Yes?

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Madewell Sweater |  similar on sale!
Hue Leopard Leggings | similar
Old Navy Tee on sale!

Photography by Paul B. Jones

 

Feeling Fab

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I think this tee says it all: I’ve been feeling pretty fabulous lately. I’m not quite sure if it’s the refreshing fall weather, my event-filled schedule, or all of the coffee I’ve been drinking, but I have been feeling reinvigorated and ready to take on anything. My restart button was pressed just in time for a busy and fun October. I spent a lot of time with friends and had a fantastic Halloween. Although I couldn’t get it together enough to do a Halloween post oops!, you can see some of our silly costumes on Instagram @jackietara.

I’m in shock that it’s November already. The leaves are turning brilliant colors and it’s getting downright chilly. Not to mention, good ol’ daylight savings time has ended, so our days are going to be much shorter, and darker [this is not a new concept, but it gets me every year]. I suppose it’s not the best time time of year for me to be feeling energized, so I’m sensing a lot of indoor activities in my future. Can you say craft nights, board games, and movies galore?! I can’t wait.

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Old Navy Graphic Tee similar
Vintage Midi Skirt
Modcloth Coral Necklace
Ariat Riding Boots

Photography by Paul B. Jones

Gingham Girl

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Fall is just flying by, ya’ll, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. My days are currently spent either glued to a computer or running around managing events, so I have been itching to spend some quality time outdoors, savoring any and every chance I get. In fact, I have been SO eager to be outside that I completed about half of my fall to-do list this past weekend. So productive, right?  I managed to escape the city not once, but twice, over the weekend to the rolling hills of Virginia. I literally felt like a new person breathing in the crisp fresh air, listening to the crickets chirp, and taking in the gorgeous landscape. Let me tell you (if my lengthy flowery description didn’t say it all), it was much needed.

And thank the gods for the comfy clothes trend that has taken off this fall (Joggers, I am coming for you!). I have been living in bright patterned tops, like this blue gingham shirt, basic denim, and boots. I just have to say how much I love my black curvy skinny jeans. They are a little high-waisted (my personal preference when it comes to jeans) and the perfect length to cuff and wear with short booties. I know I may seem like a poster child for Gap, but I just can’t help that I feel like Goldilocks and that their 1969 jeans fit “just right.” I know a few friends who can back me up on that, too ;)

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Gap Booties
Gap Black Denim
Gap Gingham Shirt similar

Photography by Paul B. Jones

Plaid Will Never Die

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The plaid is out. I have finally transitioned my closet from my summer to fall clothes and plaid flannels have taken over. I’ve collected a few over the years, including this grey and red plaid number (a hand-me-down from my younger brother…), and they are perfect for fall. Throw one over a T-shirt or dress, pair with some cute booties, and call it a day. Didn’t I say that plaid would be one of my wardrobe staples this season?

I wore this plaid-focused ensemble to a picnic brunch at Meridian Hill Park the other day and it was perfect. It was really chilly that morning – chilly enough to numb my fingers a bit and send a shiver up my spine from a cross breeze in the shade – but I was super cozy. The best part about flannel: even if it warms up, you can throw it around your waist in true 90’s style. Really, THE best thing is that plaid is inexpensive (and can easily be stolen borrowed from your brother or boyfriend’s closet), can be worn with almost anything, and hasn’t gone out of style in forever, so don’t ever get rid of it! I am almost certain that plaid will never die.

Outfit details:
California Republic Tee
Plaid Flannel similar
Gap Black Denim
Gap Booties

Photography by Paul B. Jones

 

Denim Dress

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Happy fall everyone! I think it’s finally here. The air has been so crisp these last couple of days, and the distinctive scents and colors of this lovely season are beginning to make an appearance. My fall “to-do” list is already too long to possibly accomplish in just two short months, but this is my favorite season and I want to make the most out of it. Here’s what I’m considering so far:

Trip to an apple orchard
Hiking at Great Falls and/or Shenandoah
Beer tastings at local restaurants and breweries
Pumpkin picking and carving
Visit to a corn maze or haunted forest

I basically want to just do activities outside so I can relish in all the glory that is fall. I also plan on doing these activities in my favorite casual wear – denim, plaid, comfy tees, boots, and scarves. I love that this season gives me every excuse to pile on the cozy layers, and I can still be considered “fashionable” and “trendy,” and I have to say that this denim dress fits the bill. It’s causal, loose, and totally comfortable, but it’s pockets and call for complimentary accessories make it a fall staple. Also I just have to say, how cute are those booties?! Booties + me = two peas in a pod.

Outfit details:
Gap denim dress similar
Anne Klein booties
Gap hat similar
Vintage scarf

Photography by Paul B. Jones