Wednesday, November 19, 2014


My mother always taught me that if you fall in love with something, buy it and you will find the occasion to wear it. I bought this vest 5 years ago when I randomly online came across it online. Guess what, I'm pretty sure it was from JCPenney. And this hat, I picked up days before my wedding (in August) at a cute vintage shop right by where I was getting my wedding dress fitted. Did I need it? NOPE. Did I have to have it? YEP. Turns out, I love both pieces and have featured them both many times on the blog. The moral is, buy what you love, no matter where it comes from and when you find it, because then, you build a closet of things you love. Somehow, it all just works.

Vintage Felt Hat (similar here), Black Fur Vest (old but similar here, here and here), H&M Shirt,
J.Brand Destroyed Denim, DKNY Grey Booties (similar here), Prada Bag, Banana Republic Cuff

All photos by the fabulous Dena Smith.

Xo J

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fall Floral

After doing a major closet clean out a few weeks ago with my friend Melissa, I realized that I had a serious deficiency in the tank top department. I've been on the hunt and when I saw this floral top on major sale last week on Piperlime, the deal was too good to pass up. When paired with my plum moto, it's a great fall look for both day and night (see the day look here).

Anine Bing Moto Jacket (major steal here), Glamorous Floral Tank ($25 - hello sale),
Abercrombie & Fitch Skinny Jeans (similar here), Gigi New York Clutch
Jimmy Choo Heels (major steal here), Julie Vos Ring, Banana Republic Cuff

PS - Piperlime is currently offering 30% off your purchase of $200+ using code HOLIDAY30. Happy shopping!

Xo J

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fall Recipe Roundup

Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
I ended up roasting the butternut squash, instead of sauteing it, to save time.

November is upon us and it's finally starting to feel like fall in SF. I've been getting into the fall spirit in my wardrobe, so it only makes sense that my meal prep would follow suit. Since my last recipe roundup, I've tried out several new fall recipes and have a few favorites to share with you. I've collected these on my Yummy Food board on Pinterest which you can follow for a stream of steady recipes :)

Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl - I made my own pesto for this using this recipe. The recipe makes more pesto than you'll need (careful not to overdo it like I did the first time) so you'll have extras you can freeze or use for another yummy recipe.

Little Gem, Kale and Farro Salad - I modified this recipe using this dressing with homemade mayo.

Autumn Couscous Salad - I was kind of weirded out by the inclusion of apple juice but it ended up being super yummy!

Roasted Maple Acorn Squash Kale Salad - This was my first time cooking up acorn squash and boy was it delicious. I used this dressing recipe with homemade mayo.


Xo J

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sporty Spice

A couple of weeks ago when Dena and I were taking blog pics, I was incredibly jealous of her miniskirt + sweatshirt look. I couldn't help but think about how I could rock that look with my favorite New Balance trainers. Yes, I am on a mission to wear them with as many outfits as possible #obsessed

Here is my version of the look. Cute for shopping, brunch and all around  awesomeness, I will be wearing this combo on repeat. 
Old Navy Hoodie, Forever 21 Skirt (old, similar here), New Balance Trainers, Prada Sunglasses, Prada Bag

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Favorite Beauty Tutorials

As I mentioned in this post, I've gotten into the habit of binge watching beauty tutorials on YouTube. These beauty vloggers are seriously magicians. They have so many tips and tricks that I had no clue even existed, like using concealer to define your brows WHAT. I've been gathering some of their tips and tricks on my Beauty board on Pinterest, and here are some of my favorite tutorials.

Great daily makeup look

Define your brows

Fun smoky eye for going out (I did this look for a recent night out here)

Elegant knotted bun

I hope you all enjoy these tutorials as much as I do. Have a good time playing beauty parlor!

Xo J

Monday, November 10, 2014

Blue Jean Baby

Can I just say how happy I am that chambray shirts are here to stay? I picked up this one from J.Crew a few years ago and it has become a major closet staple. My current favorite way to rock my chambray shirt is with even more denim a la the denim tuxedo. Throw on a pair of leopard flats to jazz things up and my new Quay sunglasses (I'm obsessed with the brand, check out some of their styles here) to funk things up even further, and I'm set.

J.Crew Chambray Shirt, Abercrombie and Fitch Skinny Jeans, Steven Leopard Flats, Quay Australia Ziggi Sunglasses (on sale for $16!!), Prada Bag, Banana Republic Bracelet

All photos by the fabulous Dena Smith.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

November Sales

How amaze is this coat from Banana Republic?

I just love this time of the year. Yummy food, festive activities, fall fashion, and best of all SALES. Holy cannoli there are so many sales right now, I am doing some major damage for myself and my Christmas list. Here are some of the sales going on right now.

J.Crew - 25% off fall favorites and 30% off fall sale through Nov 11th w/ code GETWARM
J.Crew Factory - 30% off through 11/11 w/ code EXTRA30
Madewell - 25% off select sweaters and boots through Nov 7th w/ code YESPLEASE
Banana Republic - 30% off everything through Nov 11th w/ code BREXCITED
ASOS - 25% off winter wins
Ann Taylor - 60% off sale and select sweaters $49.50
SPLENDID - 25% off through 11/11 w/ code WELOVEYOU
GAP - 30% off through 11/9 w/ code HAPPY

Here are some of my favorite pieces on sale right now: