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?


Fall Glitz and Glam

Last weekend my mom and sister Natalie decided to jointly host a Stella & Dot trunk show.  I have eagerly been anticipating the change in seasons [I’m a sucker for crisp mornings when I can slip on my favorite Frye boots and a comfy scarf and call it a day] and was very excited to view Stella & Dot’s new fall and winter collection… in person!

Sarah, our Stella & Dot Stylist, pulling reams of glittering jewelry out of all-purpose “How Does She Do It” totes and expandable fabric “Getaway” bags [much like Mary Poppins and her bottomless carpet bag], decked out my mom’s cozy Virginia home with glitz, glam, and gold.














With a glass of vino bianco in hand, we scoured over the gems and baubles until we found something that caught our eye.  My friend Lizzy gravitated toward the exotic “Pegasus” necklace, which seemed to be made just for her.  Chelsea fell in love with the classic “Oasis Bib Necklace” while Natalie rocked the long “Kimberly Necklace” and my mom wore the “Chantilly Lace Cuff” and matching earrings throughout the party.  It was fun to see which new styles fit everyone the best!








Some trends I’ve been seeing this season are versatile pieces that you can dress up, or down.  My favorite from the collection was the “Kahlo Bib Necklace.”  I can’t wait to pair this mixed medal necklace with a slouchy white T-shirt and a black blazer for work!




If you weren’t able to make the trunk show [or would just like to help my mom and Natalie earn free jewelry!], you can still shop online until September 6, 2013.  Happy shopping!


Coral Crush

All too much lately, our D.C. summer days have not been all too summery with long spouts of humid, grey, rainy weather.  These rainy days have just been begging for a pop of color, so I was pleased to oblige with a sea foam colored skirt and a bright coral necklace for a “girl’s day” outing in Georgetown.

It’s funny how colors have the ability to change your mood.  After a quick smear of Clinique’s “Beach Coral” long last lipstick across my lips, I was ready to hit the streets of Georgetown to enjoy a few hours of sunshine with friends.  After shopping and brunch [$3 bellinis!] at Paolo’s Ristorante, the heavens opened up for an afternoon shower.  Let’s just say that ditching the bus stop and taking a quick cab ride home was worth the splurge!

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Wearing: white button down: Old Navy // sea foam skirt: ModCloth // bib necklace: Stella & Dot


Spring Fashion on a Budget

Happy Spring!


After painting in the grass while the boys played ultimate frisbee yesterday and enjoying a fabulous Sunday brunch at District Commons [I had the pan seared salmon cakes “benedict” and bottomless blood orange mimosas, yum] this morning, I have decided it is officially spring.

With the emergence of spring comes the necessary [and long-awaited] shedding of clothing layers plus the acquisition of new exciting pieces.  When I was out with a good friend she looked at my outfit curiously [I don’t remember exactly what I was wearing, but it must not have been too shabby] and asked, “Jackie, how do you keep your wardrobe fresh while sticking to a budget?”  This got me thinking – how do I keep my wardrobe interesting without crying every time I check my bank account?

Here are a few simple rules that I stick to when a new season comes around:

1. As you pull out your spring/summer wardrobe from under your bed to hang your favorite pieces up in your closet, take this moment to set aside anything you didn’t wear at all last season to donate.  Do not ignore this step: it’s much easier [and feels better] to make room for anything that’s new!

2. There are a lot of fun trends this season, but if you plan accordingly you can get by with just a couple of key purchases.  Here are my affordable staples for this spring/summer:

  • Bright [comfortable] flats.  As much as I love heels, I hate myself for wearing them by the end of the day.  There will be no hating myself as I sport these fun and comfy Steve Madden shoes from DSW!


  • Simple solid dresses, like this $25 one from TJ Maxx.  I can dress it up with colorful jewelry or down with a cardi, tights, and boots.


  • Fun studs to pair with clothes that could use some extra umph.  Check out these pretty [and cheap!] ones from the Lou Lou boutique in Annapolis.  Obviously these will go in your ears and not on plants…


  • A chambray shirt, like the one I am wearing in the photo above.  I have been wearing this shirt silly over striped tops, dresses, even with other denim.

3. There is NO need to go crazy with buying a whole new wardrobe.  You already have clothes, and probably forgot about most of them during the winter, so it’s time to rediscover what you already have!  Some of my own favorites include these old gems:

  • A navy and white tank from Old Navy.  This season I am excited to pair it with with a hand-me-down floral skirt.
  • A black and white gingham collared shirt from Old Navy [apparently I used to shop at Old Navy a lot].  I can pair this top with bright blue skinnies from Gap or a long solid skirt.
  • A vintage pleated purple skirt from my Great Aunt.  I can wear this with a plain white tee [see what I did there?] a belt, and maybe my new flats!

4. Have fun!  Don’t be afraid to try piecing the old with the new and creating outfits you haven’t tried before.  It is a new season after all.