Monday, July 6, 2015

Jord Wood Watches

Outfit Details: Jord Maple & Rose Gold Wood Watch (Sidney Series), Percy Tunic in Black,  Zara Shorts, Steve Madden Sandals (similar), Miss Selfridge Envelope Clutch (love this one), Aaraa Accessories Fringe Bracelet

What's the one accessory that is worn everyday, regardless of your outfit? The timepiece of course. Although we have a million ways to tell time these days, the traditional wrist watch will always make for a true fashion statement. We all know finding the right watch that offers quality and style can take time and research. There are so many designers to choose from. Some are tech-based, while others are sporty, feminine, classic and so on. I've been on the hunt for a timepiece that is a little more fashion forward. Something oversized, unique, and modern. No, I'm not referring to a rolex...

I'm speaking of a wood watch. Yes, wood! When I discovered Jord watches a few months ago through a blogger pal of mine, StushiGal Style, I was intrigued. The wooden details are refreshing, and offer a sophisticated twist for any arm party. Added bonus, you can order the watch online sized exactly to your wrist. I was nervous the watch was going to be too small because I took the measurements myself, but it actually fits perfectly. It doesn't irritate me the way other watches do this time of year (hello, humidity). 

The watch itself is very durable. I've been wearing it daily for the past few weeks in replace of my Kate Spade, which took quite the beating and now looks very worn because of the leather band. Considering the main feature of my new watch is wood, I will not have to worry about the distressing of leather or metal. 

Jord offers a collection for both men and women. There's a variety of eye-catching colors, shapes and sizes. How cool is this purple heart & pearl watch? I also love the clever packaging. My watch arrived in an adorable wood box with a plush cushion. It would truly make for a great birthday, anniversary, or celebratory gift! To view more Jord Wood Watches click on the image below and be sure to give them a follow on Instagram and Facebook

Mens Wood Watches

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Outfit Layering



Today's look is all about layering patterns and fun details to exude an overall summery feel. Typically I would recommend starting with a slip dress and topping it off with beaded jewelry, but this time of year gets very humid and it's usually too hot to bother with chunky jewelry. What I love the most about this dress from Anthropolgoie is all the fine details. From top to bottom and front to back, the intricate designs feel laid-back, yet fashion-forward all at the same time. For this reason, you do not need to layer jewelry over the outfit. You can simply pull your hair back and give the look some personality with a statement earring, like these jeweled drop earrings from Pink Slate Boutique! 

I wore this dress a few weeks ago when I took a trip to Holly Crest Farm in Locust, NJ. Holly Crest Farm is a 37-acre thoroughbred breeding farm and their broodmares have about 8-10 foals each season that go on to racing careers at Monmouth Park and New York race tracks. I can't get over how beautiful these animals are, they are so full of strength. Their muscles are huge! And let's not forget about the adorable babies. At just two months old, they were nearly my height! I'm hoping to share a picture of the smallest baby on my instagram later this week. It was a 90 degree day and super sticky. Don't judge me for wearing a girly outfit to a farm. I was comfortable the entire time, because this dress is heavenly!! I did, however, change my outfit before going into the field with the babies for obvious reason (i.e. they are super hyper and like to occasionally nuzzle). 

Hope everyone has a very happy, healthy, and safe July 4th weekend. I'll be back next week with more outfit inspiration.

xx,
Jess
Photography by Art Petrosemolo

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mermaid Style Cocktail Dress

Outfit Details: Mint Market Dress, Necklace, & Seashell Vintage Clutch (available in-store only), JCrew Heels, Roman Luxe Ring, Madewell Layering Rings

Summer goal: become a mermaid.

Style from the sea should be the theme of today's post. This lacey pink cocktail dress from Mint Market exudes the perfect amount of mermaid inspiration for a one-of-a-kind look. What's a mermaid dress you ask? Mermaid dresses cling very closely to your figure and offer a fishtail flare at the bottom. This dress in particular features a stunning lace hemline that elegantly drapes from the front and then lengthens down the back. You can see the high/low hemline in some of these photos, but in person it's even more dramatic and makes the dress so unique. My favorite part of the dress is the keyhole back. The intricate lace details look so beautiful against bare skin. I've been on the hunt for another statement cocktail dress, and this one perfectly fits the bill.

I chose a vintage seashell clutch to top off the look. It's a guaranteed go-to summer clutch and offers a refreshing twist to your wardrobe. I hope this inspires you to opt for exciting new accessories and silhouettes this season. Happy shopping!

xx,
Jess

Photography by Art Petrosemolo

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Wardrobe Essentials

Outfit Details: H&M Dress (check out their summer collection here) & Straw Hat, JCrew Slide Sandals (love this pair on sale), Chevron Clutch (similar), Goldtone Swag Collar Necklace

White jeans, a chambray top, big sunglasses, a floppy hat, billowy dresses, tunics, and brightly colored accessories will all help to create multiple looks this summer. The best styles are super soft and have a relaxed, casual feel to them. Treat your outfits like a blank canvas and layer on accessories for a more dimensional look.

It's no secret that H&M is one of my favorite places to shop when stocking up on seasonal essentials. Luckily, I'm surrounded by them in NYC and can quickly pop into any store when I'm looking to refresh my wardrobe. Nothing beats their variety of clothing at an affordable price. How adorable is this polka dot hat I scored for under $15? It can be dressed up or down, and provides the perfect amount of shade when lounging on the beach. 

Now, onto the fun stuff. H&M has partnered with Bloglovin' and three fashion bloggers, Arielle from SomethingNavy included, to offer fashion lovers the chance to win a blogging mentorship, a trip to the #BlogLovinHMAwards, and of course, H&M swag. Hello, you could win a new wardrobe! This is my entry, and if you are interested in learning more you can view all the details here.

xx,
Jess

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fancy Feet Friday

Photo via Anthropologie
It's Friday people!! Let's all do a happy dance and smile for the weekend ahead of us. I have been majorly crushing on printed espadrilles and flats lately. Of course, I love sandals in the summer, but lightweight flats are super comfortable. Not to mention, espadrilles pair really well with denim pieces. If you follow me on instagram, you probably saw this pair that I posted this morning. They are not included in some of my favorites below, but they are under $15 and I highly recommend you go check them out here before you swoon over the others below. As always, you can click on any product below and it will bring you directly to the retailer's site.  Enjoy!

xx,

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Sunglass Trends

To celebrate the sunny days ahead, I decided to showcase a few pairs of sunglasses from Warby Parker that rank high on my wish list. Warby Parker offers unique, stylish, and boutique-quality sunglasses. From modern styles that feature trendy pops of color, to classic and timeless pieces, there's a frame for everyone. In the spirit of the summer season, they are releasing two limited-edition hues to their Downing collection: Striped Indigo and English Oak (pictured below). The Striped Indigo is my personal favorite, the color just screams trendsetter

The Downing collection is fun, polished, a little quirky, and extremely versatile. Scroll through the below to decide for yourself which frames are your favorite! And side note, no one said you need to stick with just one pair. The summer season is your chance to add some variety to your look!

This new collection is available online and in stores today starting at $95. For every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

Happy shopping!
Downing English Oak
Downing Striped Indigo
Downing Jet Black
Downing Walnut Tortoise
View more styles at Warby Parker #seesummerbetter

Monday, June 8, 2015

Something Blue With Violet Ray

Outfit Details: Violet Ray Blue Spike Hasp Satchel, Halogen Fit & Flare Dress, Olson Pointy Studded T-strap Flat, Urban Outfitters Sunglasses (similar), Madewell Pave Spiked Pendant Layering Necklace (on sale!)

One of the most flattering silhouettes, the fit and flare, just so happens to be one of the most trendy shapes for this season. This style dress is fitted through the bodice and then flares out into a fuller skirt. I have a really short torso and have trouble with shift dresses, or any style that doesn't offer some sort of shape. Which is why I tend to lean towards fit and flares for the summer season. While browsing in Nordstrom over the weekend I stumbled upon the Halogen section of dresses and skirts. I spotted this printed dress and couldn't help but snatch it up after I tried it on and realized how perfect it would be for work. 

This dress runs true to size and feels so comfortable and can be easily dressed up with chunky statement jewelry for a cocktail event. For this outfit, I decided to mix in some shades of blue with this Violet Ray Satchel to create an overall classy feel. This handbag is so unique and easy to carry. Personally, I love the little spikes along the handles. It's so stylish! This bag comes in Taupe and Brown. To browse the full collection click here and don't forget to follow Violet Ray on instagram for more street style inspiration.

I wore this outfit over the weekend for a quick little brunch with my family. We stopped into our favorite cafe afterwards, Cloveberry in Sparta, and picked up some delicious peach tea. We sat outside overlooking Main street and enjoyed the light breeze. It was so refreshing. Hope you had a great weekend and cheers to a speedy full week ahead.


xx,