Archive | April, 2015

Outfits: Back to Reality

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Returning to work after a sunny vacation can be a rough transition back to reality.  However, just because you are trading your flip flops for solid shoes, doesn’t mean you can’t transition some of your relaxed wear (and vibe) back into your work wardrobe.  While on vacation last week, I was pairing this loose, gauzy blouse with cutoffs and espadrilles.  For a “back-to-the-office” look, I swapped the shorts for jeans, and added a bootie, and a polished bag.  I matched the boho spirit of the blouse with the large tassels on the bag and kept my jewelry colorful and fun.  Finally, I added a bright lip to complement my relaxed glow…I did just come back from vacation, after all!

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Shirt: Madewell | Jeans: Madewell | Boots: Zara similarlizardstrappy | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Bracelets: Gap (last year) gemstonehandmadecolorful | Earrings: Banana Republic (years ago) similarmulti-color | Rings: GorjanaGorjana | Glasses: Chloé | Lips: NARS

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Hope your enjoying some spring sunshine, regardless of your reality! Please leave a comment with any ideas, suggestions, or opinions…I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading! ~Jenn

Outfits: Spring Break Style

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Arizona spring breaking with the fam requires comfortable and easy play clothes that keep me cool yet still looking put together (in an effortlessly-chic way).  Enter the dress…a one-piece wonder that is as easy as it is stylish.  In fact, when I threw this on to head to the train park, my husband asked, “you’re wearing a dress??” So fancy, but couldn’t be more simple!

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You won’t catch me without a hat in the spring and summer.  I’m obsessed about skin care (have you read my previous posts?!) and protecting my fair skin from the sun is important to me…I only wish it had been 15 years ago!  This panama hat has been on my head every day since arriving in Arizona.  Plus, a hat elevates any look while covering up “vacation hair”!

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Dress: Joie (similarsimilarsimilar) | Sandals: Vince | Hat: Madewell | Bra: Free People | Clutch: Pretty Ships | Necklace: Anthropologie (similar) | Rings: GorjanaGorjana
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Hope your enjoying some spring sunshine…or, at least, a little break.  Thanks for reading and happy Friday! ~Jenn

What I’m Lovin’: My Spring Break Suitcase

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Greetings from Arizona! I’m currently spring-breaking with the fam. If you follow me on Instagram (and you should), or read last week’s post on packing, you would know that I brag some mad packing skills.  Most of my success is due to pre-packing preparation – I try things on in advance and shop to fill in my needs.  Below are 3 looks that I’m currently sporting in the Scottsdale sunshine.

Vince Espadrilles | Stateside Tank | Madewell Panama Hat | Madewell Shorts

Star Mela Crossbody | One Teaspoon Shorts | Madewell Blouse | Birkenstock Sandals | Chan Luu Necklace

Steven Sandals | Eight Sixty Jumpsuit | Gorjana Earrings

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What’s your favorite spring break look? Hoping you’ve found some spring sunshine or at least some R&R!

Thanks for reading! ~Jenn

Friday Favorites: Swimwear

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Have you gotten further than the title of this post? I know…swimwear, dread.  But, it is that time of year when spring breaks are upon us and summer is near.  Below you will find a few of my favorite swim finds and some tips for finding the suit you seek.

RetroAerie (the lingerie & swim of retailer American Eagle) is a great place to look for inexpensive and on-trend suits that are of good quality.  There is a greater selection online, such as this fabulously retro, cut-out one piece.  Add a red lip and channel your inner Taylor Swift (we’ve already discussed the belly button!).

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Classic: Nautical stripes and chain detailing in a classic string bikini silhouette will always be in style.  I always ensure that sting tops have padding for shape (and security), such as this one from PilyQ.

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One-Piece: I love the peek-a-boo lace and slimming cut-outs of this one piece made by Becca.  Always read the online reviews – this one boasts an ultra-flattering silhouette with a belt, which whittles the waistline.

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Floral: Nothing says girlie like a pretty floral print in a bra-like underwire top like this Zinke suit.

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Plus-Size: Stylish plus-size suits can be found on several sites.  In particular, I like the youthful cut of this suit from Asos.  Although this may seem counterintuitive, often times the less suit material, the more flattering the suit.  Avoid attempting to cover-up “problem areas” with more material (especially in a pattern).  Instead, find a cut that highlights your favorite features and makes you feel comfortable.

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Black: The swimsuit tool at J.Crew truly makes shopping easy (if not entirely painless).  You can sort by style, size, and color with an amazing assortment to choose from; ranging from simple and classic, to patterned and stylized.  They even have a “mix & match” function which makes choosing the perfect top to go with just-the-right bottom easy!

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Cover-Ups: I am obsessing over a kimono (with just about everything), but particularly as a swim cover-up.  Worn open and flowing like the beach goddess that you are, channel your inner boho spirit.  You can also wear a kimono as a robe when at home, or over a tank and shorts during the summer. Unfortunately, just the right kimono can be hard to find.  My current favorites are made by an Australian company, Arnhem.

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What poolside look would be complete without the perfect hat?  This Panama hat from Madewell is traveling on spring break with me!

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What’s your go-to poolside look or favorite beach-bum attire? Please leave a comment with suggestions or ideas.  As always, thanks for reading and happy Friday! ~Jenn

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