Camo Ballet

There is a delicate dance- ballet if you will- to being a self-proclaimed badass-girly-girl. I’ve stumbled through this dance for most of my life. I was born into a family of ultra feminine women -think lots of pink, bows, and playing with my grandmother’s pearls. However I grew up with two hyper, ninja wannabes for brothers, so naturally, the lines were blurred *thankfully* and I became somewhat of a hybrid. I loved to play dress up in my room just as much as climbing up our avocado tree behind my grandfather with his machete. I was both in ballet and Karate. I loved my Barbies and Ninja Turtles equally. So it is no surprise that my own personal style has, symptomatically, seen it’s share of confusion throughout the years.camoballet-0251camoballet-0256camoballet-0247I went through a phase where I wore pastels and french braids (lasted 2 months), followed by my all black phase (lasted way longer), then intermittent bouts of lingerie tops and baby doll dresses during the early 2000’s (yikes). Finally found my groove in New York and went back to black, but experimented with feminine elements. Lace, pops of pinks, and A-Line dresses were just the touches I needed to round out my personal style and soften the combat boots that never left my feet.camoballet-0228camoballet-0232camoballet-0240

I’ve continued to evolve my personal style and still love a bit juxtaposition; enter black tutu and high heeled combat boots. This look is the best example of my personal style to date, edgy details with a feminine twist. For me, this look was effortless. I have had this camo tee for 10 years and kind of live in it, the tutu was one of the best of impulse buys, and I kinda just wake up in boots. I felt so comfortable that I repeated this same look a week later, because as I always say, I’m only confident when I’m comfortable. Which apparently is when I dress like GI Jane taking a ballet class.

I’m pretty sure I’ve gracefully nailed this badass-girly-girl routine, care to join me?

xx

J

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Comfort Zone

I’m a bit of daredevil when it comes to most things, I don’t like to stay comfortable. I love roller coasters, travel, eating exotic things (except bugs) and even jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. When it comes to what I wear, though, I’m admittedly a creature of habit.dresslily-0022dresslily-0033dresslily-0024dresslily-0031dresslily-0023

Something black or white, boots, and sunnies. Lather, rinse, repeat. At this point in my life I know what looks good on me and these tried and true staples are what have solidified my personal style. A form fitting cropped pant and tunic, for me, are key to achieving a comfortable and flattering look. I will however, occasionally, venture on the wild side occasionally and wear color.

:::gasp:::

OR

I live dangerously by adding some boots to give the look a bit of edge and top it off with a funky pair of sunglasses. Really outside my realm of comfort right? I warned you though, creature of habit all the way.

Nothing wrong with staying in the nest sometimes birds!

xx

J

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Goodbye Dear Shorts

November 10, 2016

Dear Faux Leather Shorts,

I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed our 3 years together. I can’t believe that our time together has come to an end. You have not only been a staple in my wardrobe, but a sort of calling card for my particular brand of leather-clad-sophisticated-funk-meets-feminine style. I feel like I somehow have worn you all my life, as if my parents brought me home from the hospital in you or something. You were the perfect blend of Miami meets New York, just like me. I’ve worn you with heels for a night out, over tights when it got cold, with a graphic tee, with a leotard, with a bathing suit by the pool. You have traveled all over the country with me and beyond, no matter where I went, you were packed in my suitcase. Together we were invincible, there was nothing I could not pair you with. I actually refused to purchase a top or pair of shoes that would not match well with you. At one point, my husband feared I may even wear you to bed (although I would never waste you like that). You’ve helped me feel confident and comfortable -plus or minus 15 pounds. When I started this blog, you garnered your own fan club, every post with you was an instant hit. Your $24.99 price did not reflect your worth, which is of course priceless. 36-in-mem-536-in-mem-236-in-mem-636-in-mem-3Unfortunately, all good things come to end, even if we aren’t quiet ready for them to. I thank H&M for bringing us together that fateful day that changed the way I felt about wearing shorts or any leather bottom. I’ll never forget the many five minute, after work costume changes that included you, my favorite boots, and a sexy blouse. So chic, so simple. You made life easier. The morning your sides began to peel and crack was one of the saddest mornings of my life. I’m not sure what I’m going to without you having my back side, and I can’t even begin to entertain replacing you, it hurts too much. Know that I will always remember you fondly, and never forget you.

With love and appreciation,

Jenn

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Imoshion Handbags

I respect anyone that marches to the beat of their own drum, and when a brand does this, I swoon. The L.A. based, Imoshion handbags is only concerned with making beautiful, animal friendly handbags that are as wearable as they are fun! Their designs are meant to standout, but are still incredibly sensible. I was very fortunate to collaborate with them recently and fell in love with this carry all black tote with fun embossed patches.35-imoshion-1735-imoshion-1935-imoshion-15As you know, handbags are my favorite way to add unexpected pops to my look, especially with my monochromatic tendencies. This is hard to do at times. In all honesty, living the split screen life I lead (corporate working girl by day, fashion blogger by night) has it’s challenges, especially when it comes to accessories. My “work ” bag many times needs to become a part of my off duty look, which can be a logistical nightmare if I don’t have the right bag. Like Imoshion, I too like to march to the beat of my own drum, so having a boring bag (work bag or not) is just simply not an option for me. I’ve been wearing this carry all tote non-stop for a month now, day and night. It’s chic, modern silhouette is perfect for my full work day, the black vegan leather is durable, elegant and matches with everything, and the colorful badges add the perfect amount of personality. It also is reversible (red on the inside), has a removable zip pouch that has different badges as well, and comfortable double handles. I’ve worn it with virtually everything, but my favorite look by far, is this all black one. I paired a body con mesh paneled skirt with an open shoulder sweater tucked in- simple and clean to showcase my bags unique details. I finished my look off a coral and black kitten heels and a chunky gold bangle.35-imoshion-1435-imoshion-1835-imoshion-13

Imoshion makes bags that fit your reality, whatever that maybe, even their clutches are spacious and have at least two ways of wearing of them. They focus on designing bags with versatility, beautiful details, and unique styles that speak to your own individual needs and style. It’s no wonder the animal- friendly, PETA approved, brand is on the rise and can be seen everywhere from People StyleWatch, to  SELF, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Lucky, and Glamour Magazine. They can be found in boutiques across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, but my favorite way is through here.

March yourselves over to their site, and fall in love with a bag or two…

XX

J

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An Unlikely Pair

It’s no secret that the color black and I make the perfect pair. We met a long time ago, but didn’t date exclusively till I moved to New York City and adopted the infamous black on black uniform.We have stayed exclusive ever since, until I met and fell in love with the color nude recently. This look is evidence of the scandalous love triangle I created. Don’t judge. I just couldn’t choose between them both!

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My adulterous look features a nude mesh top from Zara with my favorite red plaid leggings that I have yet to post because I felt that black was just too much of a basic pairing, especially with plaid being everywhere this season and this whole year, thanks to the omnipresent 90’s trend. In the past, I always paired anything red with black. It’s easy and instantly chic, and when I saw this mesh top I immediately thought of pairing it with these leggings.

Then came the hard part- which color ? Black or Nude?

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My hair stood on it’s ends, my palms got sweaty and my heart skipped a beat. There were about 10 colors to choose from, but I only had eyes for black…errrr ….nude…NO… black! I grabbed the black quickly and turn away from the table that was tempting me to be unfaithful. Then I took a breath and thought, black loves me, it would want me to take risks, be HAPPY and not be basic! I looked to my left then to my right, turned around and laid the black top down gently. I snatched the nude top as my pulse raced and made my way to the cash wrap before I could change my mind.article-35-unlikely-pair-0041

Needless to say, cheating of any kind is wrong. After a few difficult conversations with my existing black wardrobe, I’m happy to announce we are now enjoying an open relationship and couldn’t be happier. Sometimes I even wear both colors out at the same time!

Here’s to having more than one true love,

XX

J

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