Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Brunch


Easter is kind of a big deal in my house. My husband and I, while not being very religious at all, both always give something up for Lent, so Easter is such a fun day! This year, as with most, I gave up sweets, and my husband gave up whiskey. I'm not going to lie, the first couple of weeks were tough, the middle was fine, but now that we're so close, I can't wait to indulge!


This year, we are having a few friends over for Easter Brunch. We are making all sorts of indulgent goodies - from chocolate chip pancakes to massive amounts of bacon to cupcakes! I've been dreaming of the menu for weeks and now am so excited the day is almost here.


No Easter celebration would be complete without massive amounts of preppy pastel decorations right?! I scoured Pinterest to find inspiration, and while I'm sure our soiree will be nowhere as fancy as these, here are some of my favorites:







I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and Easter if you celebrate!

Xo J

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Espadrilles



Ahhhh espadrilles, the quintessential summer shoe. Perfect with summer dresses and jeans, the espadrille is making a big comeback this spring/summer. While celebs and bloggers alike have been rocking the Chanel ones pictured above, that just simply isn't reality for most of us. Here are some more budget-friendly (but still chic!) espadrilles:

Soludos - $36

J.Crew - $60


Topshop - $75


Splendid - $68


Rebecca Minkoff - $175

Schutz - $130


Tory Burch - $150


Rebecca Minkoff - $175

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Healthy (AND Filling) Recipes


I'm just going to come out and say it- eating healthy all of the time can be really hard! Recently, I have been working to get back into a more balanced routine where I am watching what I am eating more. I need to kick this metabolism back into gear!



Not to be dramatic, I have been STARVING. I kept referring to myself as 'the hungry hippo' because I felt like I was always hungry. That can be a trade-off sometimes right? Well after a few too many frustrating days, I scoured the internet for new filling, healthy recipes. Boy did I find some great options. In the event that any of you are deal with the same thing, here are my favorites (spoiler alert, 90% of them are from Skinnytaste):


BREAKFAST

Mixed Berry Muffins - Similar to a recipe of my mother's that I make,
I love having a muffin with hard-boiled eggs for breakfast.

SNACKS

Coconut Mango Chia Pudding - I know I am late to the party on chia seeds. This weekend, I stopped by one of my favorite juice shops for a treat after spin class and got a sample of their chia pudding after seeing someone buy it. It was incredible, I bought some and then proceeded to make it a couple of days later bc I couldn't get it out of my mind. This version is probably a lot healthier but just as yummy!


Zucchini Tots - Like I said, I felt like I was still hungry after my meals so I looked for something healthy to either add as a side, or have as a snack.
These tots did just the trick! They are easy to make in big batches and oh-so-yummy.

Cauliflower Fritters - Another great addition to any meal or snack, these fritters are the bomb.com.
I feel like I'm cheating when I eat them because they are SO GOOD.


LUNCH/DINNER

Greek Couscous -  Holy eff this is amazing. I made it last night and I cannot wait to have the leftovers for lunch.
It's really easy to make (just involves a some chopping) and tastes divine.


Lavash Pizza - This has quickly become a household favorite! The lavash we buy comes with three sheets so I've tried a few versions.
Mushroom, olive and sun-dried tomato pizza and a white pizza with just mushrooms, garlic, truffle and cheese. YUM!

Three Cheese Tortellini Mushroom Soup - I always wondered why people made soup when it was so easy to buy, then, on a blustery day, I decided to try this soup recipe. OMG my mind was blown.
It was incredibly delicious and made a ton of leftovers, which I love.


Looking for more healthy recipes? Here are some of my old favorites :)


Xo J

Monday, April 7, 2014

Comfort Zone


By this point, I am pretty aware of what styles work for me and what styles don't. However, in my quest for chic styles for Italy, a friend suggested this adorable Yumi Kim dress. Although outside of my usual comfort zone, I was immediately smitten with it. Navy is one of my two favorite colors (hello wedding), the heart print is too cute, and the cut of the dress will be flattering after one too many pieces of pizza.


The dress is so breezy and cute, I'm obsessed. I plan on wearing it during the day as pictured here and then throwing on some cute wedges and fun jewelry for dinner. Can our trip get here already? ;)

Ray Ban Aviators, Yumi Kim Dress, Louis Vuitton Bag, Jack Purcell Sneakers, Adriana Orsini Earrings
Hair and Makeup by the fabulous ladies at The Social Beauty Co (recognize this broad?)


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lovely Lavender



With pastels being back for spring, I have been on the hunt for the perfect pastels pieces to fold into my wardrobe. When I saw this J.Crew sweater (here is a similar version in cashmere), I knew we were a match made in heaven. I was so jazzed about my new lavender sweater that I wore it the next day with my "chandelier" necklace as I call it, dark jeans and grey suede wedges. A new favorite combo.

Prada SunglassesJ.Crew Sweater, Necklace (similar), Abercrombie & Fitch Jeans,
DKNY Booties (last seen 
here), Dooney & Bourke Bag




In the market for a lavender sweater too? Check out these options:



Monday, March 31, 2014

LalaLeopard Jacket

Lily Aldridge for Velvet Aziya Jacket (sizing note- Velvet runs large so I'm rocking the P size),
Ray Ban Aviators, J.Brand Denim, J.Crew Tank, Dorothy Perkins Booties,
Banana Republic and Ralph Lauren Bracelets

I have had my eye on this Velvet jacket for quite some time, so the second it went on sale at Shopbop, I snatched it up. As you know, I don't do a ton of prints on the reg so I love when one piece can do all the work for me. Not to mention, it's comfortable, flattering and fun. What more could you ask for in a jacket?! Can wait to rock this in Italy and all Spring/Summer long :)





Thursday, March 27, 2014

Comfy, Not Dumpy, Dresses



So, for Italy, I am squared away with sneakers and skirt options. It's now time to begin my search for comfy, but not dumpy dresses. I'm looking for versatile dresses that work with sneakers/boots/sandals during the day but can be jazzed up with some heels and jewelry at night. I've been collecting some great options on my Cute Little Dresses Pinterest Board, but here are my favorites:


Ella Moss - $228

Susana Monaco - $114

 
Free People - $88

One thing you may notice is that most of these dresses are pretty simple. Try as I might, I just have a really hard time with patterns! For some reason, buying a dress or skirt with a pattern just feels like a huge commitment to me. So, instead of buying something I wasn't totally uncomfortable with and then having a panic attack when it didn't match anything I had or hating it two weeks after I bought it, I stayed true to myself. As an alternative, I decided to inject brightness and pattern in my shoe, jacket (for example I recently bought this leopard Velvet jacket and am OBSESSED) and bag collection. It feels much more versatile and much more me that way :)

Pink Stitch - $84

Yumi Kim - $194
  

Rachel Pally - $141 (on sale)

L'AMERICA - $87

Susana Monaco - $72

Sen - $149


Any other options I should be looking at?!

Xo J