fall fashion

Zara Jungle Blazer

Bryan and I did our first fall shopping spree a couple weeks ago, and of course Zara was on my list!

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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

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

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

A Tartan Thanksgiving

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I was lucky enough to take a little vacation and disconnect from the city life with Teddy’s family in Bethany Beach.  We rented a house in a golfing community, so we were surrounded by lots of greenery and trees, and had plenty of outdoor activities to keep us busy.  T was able to play tennis with his family while I could jog around the community.  It was cold outside, but the sun made it perfect running weather.  Sometimes I can’t believe how quickly running has become part of my weekly routine.  I get disappointed when I miss running club on Tuesdays for evening events and I actually wanted to go running in the cold… while on vacation!

Thanksgiving day was absolutely beautiful, which was magnified by the calmness and happiness of being with family in a new place.  We had lots of great food, contributed by several members of the family [T and I made our famous goat cheese mashed potatoes], and wine, and once the meal was over, we sat around the table playing board and card games.  It really couldn’t have been any better.

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Wearing: tartan dress: ModCloth // short cognac boots: Frye

Photos by Teddy Wolff

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I {heart} Vintage

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With ever evolving fashion trends, it’s nice to know that there will always be classic pieces to fall back on.  I have always had a flare for styling vintage pieces and it helps that most of them came from my mother’s 60’s and 70’s wardrobe.  In addition to my mom’s fantastic clothes and collecting a few things of my own along the way, I have also received some great vintage pieces as gifts.  My sister gave me this lovely camel jacket from a thrift shop two years ago, which is still a trendy color and the perfect complement to white lace.  The thing to remember is, you don’t have to completely redo your wardrobe every time the next big thing is in style.  Try mixing some vintage in with the modern and you can accomplish the same [or an even better] unique look.

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Wearing: maroon pants: Zara // white lace top: Loehmann’s // camel jacket: vintage // ruby heart necklace: vintage // diamond heart necklace: vintage

Photography by Teddy Wolff

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Sweater Weather

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It’s finally here!  Sweater weather is here!  I’ve been arguing [more like bantering] back and forth with T all week about how chilly it’s been.  He went to college in Minnesota, so “chilly” for him isn’t until it’s 30 degrees outside.  Nevertheless, it’s been chilly enough for me to pull out the sweaters.  Inspired by a new trend I’ve been seeing lately [recently well captured on the A Piece of Toast blog], I decided to pair a cable knit sweater with a flowy skirt.  I did say you would be seeing me in more cozy knits this season!

Thankfully T is a sweater hoarder lover, so I’m the lucky girl who gets to borrow them from his closet.  If you want to try this trend too, I would stick with a mid-thigh length skirt that has volume, so it peeks out nicely from under your sweater.  Keep either the sweater or skirt neutral so you can play up one or the other with a bright color or pattern.  I got tons of [I must say, unexpected] complements on this outfit, which is reassurance for me to continue to take risks with my style.  Where is the fun in wearing the same old thing every day?!

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Wearing: sweater: Old Navy [stolen from T’s closet] // blue collared shirt: Zara // skirt: Michael Kors from Loehmann’s // necklace: Stella & Dot

Photography by Teddy Wolff

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