Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Plaid

After weeks of Indian Summer, things have finally started feeling like fall here in San Francisco. On the first day of a chill, I am took full advantage and went straight for my favorite fall look- PLAID. I mean, this blog isn't called 'Tartan & Sequins' for nothing! To edge up the look, I paired my plaid button down with my favorite coated denim from Madewell and a bold lip.

Ralph Lauren Rugby Button Down (old but similar here and here), Madewell Skinny Coated Denim (another great pair here),
BP Pointed FlatsHRH Collection Origial Ombre Bracelet (similar here and here), J.Crew Quilted Vest (J.Crew Factory version here), 
Club Monaco Camel Coat (last season but similar herehere and here)

All photos - Dena Smith of Dena Julia

What are your favorite fall staples?

Xo J

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Banana Bread Recipe

With the holiday season being upon us and my sweet tooth being what it is, I have been searching for some yummy, but guilt-free holiday treat recipes. As luck would have it, after reading about my #fiveorless challenge, the wonderful folks over at Nutiva sent me some coconut flour to experiment with. I did some searching and found a super yummy coconut flour banana bread recipe to try. Since it's fall though, I wanted to crank things up a notch so I modified the recipe to create Pumpkin Banana Bread. 

The finished product was nothing short of amazing. It was moist and flavorful and just so so yummy. The best part was that it was indulgent, but also guilt-free. Now, it look more than 5 ingredients to make but all were ingredients that I could pronounce and had little-to-no processing involved. So if you are looking for an incredibly yummy, but guilt-free holiday treat, this recipe is for you. Paleo or gluten free friends, you will especially love this :)

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Coconut and Cashew Flour (modified from this recipe)

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cashew flour (or almond)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, or berries (optional)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Using a whisk or fork, blend all the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add the wet ingredients together, blend well, and then mix them into the dry ingredients. I used a mixer to ensure the batter is well blended.
  4. Grease the baking pan with coconut oil. Add the batter to the baking dish.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.
  6. Cool and slice. Store sealed at room temperature for a few days, in the refrigerator for a few weeks, or freeze for a few months.

Enjoy!! Xo J

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Mirrored Ray-Ban Aviators, Helmut Lang Sweatshirt Jacket (last seen here), Madewell Skinny Skinny Zip Racetrack Jeans,
Rag & Bone Harrow Booties, Kenneth Jay Lane (similar) and Hermes Bracelets, Gorjana Super Star Necklace

What I love most about fall style is the rich colors- the deep emeralds, beautiful navys and of course, the beautiful burgundies and oxbloods. Last fall I was on the hunt for a pair of oxblood skinnies but didn't get my act together in time so I missed out. I was not messing around this year and so the second I spotted these Madewell oxblood moto skinnies, I scooped them right up. I mean talk about a dream pair of jeans for fall!

All photos by the fabulous Dena Smith.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Current Obsessions

Quay Ziggi Sunglasses - On sale here!

I usually try to keep my posts focused on one subject, but I have recently come across a few obsessions here and there which, while fabulous, are perhaps not worth a dedicated post each. I wanted to share them with all of you though, so please enjoy this compilation of my current obsessions.

Quay Sunglasses - I recently came across the Australian brand Quay and their chic sunglasses. Their styles are so fun and fabulous, and even better- affordable! I'm trying to decide between the KittyZiggi and Frankie - which should I get?!

Perfective Ceuticals Eye Serum - This eye serum is lovely. It goes on really smoothly and smells great and I have noticed more brightness around my eyes. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Bow Pencil - I have recently gotten into binge watching beauty You Tube videos and, as a result, have become obsessed with my brows. One of the products that most of the beauty vloggers swear by is this brow pencil. I will be picking this sucker up this weekend for sure.

Rewined Spiked Cider Candle - This candle smells so much like fall it hurts. It's currently making my home feel 10x more festive.

So those are my current random obsessions. Any other goodies I should check out?!

Xo J

Monday, October 20, 2014

Destroyed Denim

Hinge Army Jacket (runs big, get a size down and it will still be baggy), J.Brand Destroyed DenimH&M Sleeveless Blouse (sold out online, similar here and here)Rag & Bone Harrow BootiesRebecca Minkoff Quilted Crossbody BagPrada Cat Eye Sunglasses,Banana Republic Bracelet (similar), Hermes H Bracelet, J.Crew B&W Bangle, Gorjana Super Star Necklace

After seeing my buddy Natalie rocking these J Brand destroyed jeans I promptly added them to my shopping basket. They're sort of everything I love in a jean- dark, skinny and destroyed. I'm also partial to J Brand because of how they fit me. So ya, it was sort of a no-brainer to order them and when they arrived, I was really excited.

You know I love me an all black look so I paired them with a sleeveless black blouse and black booties. I'm also addicted to this army jacket (pretty much haven't worn any other jackets since I got it) so it was a natural fit. Casual and put together with an edge, just the way I like it. 

All photos by the fabulous Dena Smith.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekend Sales

The sales just keep on coming and since we all love a good deal, I thought I'd  share. Here are the brands and deals they're running this weekend. Happy shopping!

J.Crew - 30% off w/ code FALL
J.Crew Factory - Extra 30% clearance off w/ code YAY30
Madewell - 30% off w/ code PICKMEUP
Club Monaco - 25% off w/ code FALLFAVES
Kate Spade - 30% off entire purchase w/ code F14FFUS
Ann Taylor - Extra 50% off w/ code STYLE50
Saks - 25% off w/ code FRNFAM
GAP - Extra 25% w/ code HAPPY
Old Navy - 25% w/ code TREAT

Here are some of the items I'm thinking about picking up during these sales this weekend:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Indian Summer in San Francisco

Prada Cat Eye Sunglasses, Helmut Lang Sweatshirt Jacket, Velvet Racerback Tank (old but similar on sale here), 
Abercrombie & Fitch Shorts (I cut these from an old pair of jeans, similar styles on sale here and here), 
Steve Madden Booties (old but two options under $150 here and here), 
Prada Pebbled Leather Bag, Gorjana Super Star Necklace

Ah yes, it's another Indian Summer in San Francisco- it's 80 degrees in October. I'm not complaining, I love summer! Just like last year, I'm loving rocking cutoffs and booties for the warmer temps on the weekends. This is a look I wore this weekend to check out the Blue Angels airshow. It was a little cool in the shade so I grabbed my new Helmut Lang sweater jacket (last seen here) and called it a day. Bring on the warm weather SF!