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Hello & welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog, Style My Mind! Here I post weekly about affordable fashion trends, but ya know, like real affordable! My favorite products, beauty routines & lifestyle experiences! I'm a girls-girl who loves the outdoors, white tee shirts & Disney World. Join me on my journey!

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Since I started my blog in 2016 it has always been a goal of mine to go to New York Fashion Week. I had no idea what it entailed to go or what would need to happen I just knew I wanted to be like Carrie Bradshaw, front and center.


Since I started my blog in 2016 it has always been a goal of mine to go to New York Fashion Week. I had no idea what it entailed to go or what would need to happen I just knew I wanted to be like Carrie Bradshaw, front and center.


In 2017 and 2018 I started on the slimmer end by taking on Miami Swimweek. Those seemed to be pretty successful so for 2019 we decided we were doing NYWF in September. This is the show where they reveal springs and summer 2020 styles. 

We started planning in July. What I did not know was anyone can go to fashion week, but you need to be invited to the shows. Ok great. Step one, find out who will be going with you and staying with you. Step two, find a place to stay. We emailed multiple hotels for collabs in exchage for a free stay but since we are micro-influencers at this point and fashion week is just "too busy" for them to give a room away we were going to need to pay. Luckily for myself, Tamy and Christina I travel a lot for work and had a few thousand points to use on a Hilton. Not enough for the whole time, but enough to take about $350 off. We ended up booking at the Doubletree Times Square West. I figured anywhere in Times Square was a good location. 


The next step is to start building your wardrobe. I partner with JustFab and ShoeDazzle so they sent me a selection of fantastic styles to wear during the week. I also bought items from the N sale and Vici Collection for the trip. Amongst all of this, you need to research PR companies to get on the list for the shows. Tamy, of VStylist took the lead on this because I was so busy with my full time job. It tooks weeks to hear back and get added to list. By the week of we did have 5 confirmed shows and two parties.

Once that was set, I started planning my looks. I literally bought a large mirror and a clothing rack to keep myself organized. I tried on and took photos of everything I planned. My Vici items did not come in until 8pm the night before I left haha. I threw them in the suitcase and hoped for the best.  My photographer was coming too so I was going to do some small shoots as well. I brought only low heeled booties (boots), and sneakers to New York and so glad I did. It is a ton of walking as you can expect. I also had roll-up flats in my bags at all times.





When we first got there, we checked out the area and had a bite. When we went back to the hotel to check in we were flabbergasted by how tiny the room was and how many of us there were. YIKES! We made it work. We literally had suitcases, bags, shoes etc stored in every crevest in that room.  We unpacked, walked to the wine store, stocked up then started getting ready for the first (and my only) show. We were late (the traffic in NYC is insane, you have to leave 30 min before you even plan on leaving). We were able to catch the last 5 minutes of the first show at the Chelsea pier. We had invites for the next show as well as one at Spring Studios. We decided to leave and head to Spring Studios which was much better than Chelsea Pier but the Liu Young show WAS NOT. I was quite disappointed, the designs were nothing that I would, or probably anyone else would wear. It was a little artsy but mostly hideous.  We then we back to our rooftop bar at the hotel for a drink and ended our night slightly early since we had all been up since 4am. 






Day two! We all slept in til about 9am and headed to RH (Restoration Hardware) Rooftop for lunch around 1:30 in SoHo. It was breathtaking! We had a delicious lunch, did a quick shoot then by the time we were done lunch it was like 3:30pm and there was a show at 6. We got changed and ran to Times Square to do a quick shoot there, it actually was my favorite one.




I did not make it to that show because I decided to have dinner with Dan's friend instead at a Korean BBQ place in midtown. I put down a bottle of red wine headed back around 9:30 and was passed out by 10pm. LOL. So many things to do, so little time honestly!



The last day there were not any shows scheduled just a wrap up party 6:30-10pm. So we got up and took a cab to Central Park where we did I did a two-outfit photoshoot, one being at the Bethesda Terrace where Blair and Chuck got married. My feet were starting to scream. I was so thankful for the flats but they were soooo flat they almost hurt MORE. After we walked a mile and a half, which doesn't seem that long but it was FAR to get Joe's pizza. I had barely eaten in the time I had been there by this point so I was eating the pizza and a lot of it. Finally we made it, ate and I was SPENT. We went back to the room to nap and then got ready for the party around 8pm. It was just ok. Met some really nice girls, had a $20 drink then found a cute little wine and cheese place up the street. Joy and I killed an amazing bottle, we had some great conversation and just like that we were in bed and leaving at 9am for the airport. So, fashion weekÃ'° I did ONE show. LOL. There is just so much to do in so little time and it's exhausting.

I did not make it to Brooklyn, we did not make it to the ShopBob pop-up, I also wanted to head down to see the FRIENDS location but the time is so short. I would say the first year was successful but I definitely would like to plan things a little more for next time.

Now I am pooped and ready to nap all weekend :)

I want to thank JustFab, ShoeDazzle, Erika Williner Designs, You Glow Spray Tanning for sponsoring me for NYFW! You made me look and feel like a million bucks, thank you!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

Photos by Christina Jones
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I ordered this Linen Midi Skirt from JustFab Online and I love it for so many reasons. It is very flattering in the waist, it has a cute built-in belt and the vertical stripes are most flattering on everyone. When I was thinking about how to style it, I liked the idea of a plain white shirt to keep it simple and more professional. I feel like it is a look you can get away with wearing to a summer business meeting. I



I ordered this Linen Midi Skirt from JustFab Online and I love it for so many reasons. It is very flattering in the waist, it has a cute built-in belt and the vertical stripes are most flattering on everyone. When I was thinking about how to style it, I liked the idea of a plain white shirt to keep it simple and more professional. I feel like it is a look you can get away with wearing to a summer business meeting. I paired it with this plain white crop which met the top of the skirt perfectly. I got these Landry light-weight clog platform heels also from JustFab online. They are fake wood so they are not heavy at all. My Gucci bag always seems to make everything look classy and chic. I threw on a pair of subtle multi-pink-colored tassel earrings, some pearl bracelets and a giant Morganite pink ring for fun!


The other way I styled it was a look for more of a girls-day brunch with a half-buttoned, embroidred top from Amazon. I kept the accessories except for the bag which I traded for a sweet, summer basket bag! This one is more low-key but still can be business-like. This is a skirt you can bring on vacation and swap out tops earily for multi looks!

Here are some other ways to style this look!


Amazon Floral Embroidered Babydoll Top under $18.99

 


Shein Wrap Shirt under $17
 


Deep V Floral Crop Top under $17

 


Jessica Simpson Alinda Wedge

 



Jessica Simpson Caiya3 Platform


 

Jessica Simpson Winsty Wedge


XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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This is my second year shopping the N sale. Last year I was a little more naieve at what I was buying and honestly didn't get as many staples as I should have. So this year I was smarter. Since I am a few hundred dollars from Nordstrom "Influencer" status I could not shop until the 12th, but some of the girlies I follow shopped the 11th. So... I watched everyone's stories and screenshot what I wanted. 


This is my second year shopping the N sale. Last year I was a little more naieve at what I was buying and honestly didn't get as many staples as I should have. So this year I was smarter. Since I am a few hundred dollars from Nordstrom "Influencer" status I could not shop until the 12th, but some of the girlies I follow shopped the 11th. So... I watched everyone's stories and screenshot what I wanted. 

I went to the store on lunch break and already there was SO much sold out. I had to order 4 items online because they did not have my size at the store. But, making the list was such a great idea because that is EXACTLY what I stuck to. Yes, I spent a decent amount but the sale is too good to pass up so I stock up on my fall/winter wardrobe in July. The good thing, I do not buy sweaters or heavy jackets since I live in Florida. I stick with jeans, dresses, tees, shoes. I don't buy boots, or booties either. Mainly because I get most of mine from Just Fab but also because I only wear them for 2 months.

OK so I grabbed what I wanted and headed for the dressing room. Here is what I bought.


BP Tee $11.90  size sm | STS Blue Jeans $38.90 size 28


STS Blue Jeans $38.90 size 28 | Caslon Utility Jacket $58.90 size XS
 


STS Blue Jeans $38.90 size 28 | Socialite Leopard Tee $15.90 size Sm
 


BP. Midi Leopard Slip Dress $38.80 Size SM | Treasure & Bond Wool Hat $31.90
 


Free People Tunic $78.90 Size SM | Treasure & Bond Wool Hat $31.90
 


Top Shop Jamie High Waisted Jeans |$49.90 | Size 30x30 (8) SIZE UP
BP. Lace Trim Leopard Cami  $25.90 Size SM
Treasure & Bond Wool Hat $31.90
 


Zella Leggings (OMG they are AMAZING) $38.90 size SM
 

 



Adidas Edge Lux 3
$63.90 TTS
 



Steve Madden Rockstar Bootie  TTS $79.90


Rose Gold Full Length Mirror  $90

Best advice, if you love it get it now. There is already a thin sweater I wanted that is sold out. So now I have to keep an eye for a return! Also, be aware ordering online. I accidentally double ordered because I did not realize the confirmation email was delayed. Thank God for free returns!

Good Luck everyone!!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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I met Erika Williner of Erika Williner Designs at the Fly As a Mother event at Don Me Now Bubbly Barchique in Channelside Tampa, FL. I didn't get a chance to chat with her too much but I was immediately drawn to her handcrafted jewelry. I noticed that her line was very cohesive and similar to some current pieces lining the Nordstrom shelves, but she also had a plethora of one-of-a-kind inventory as well. She has such a fantastic variety from classic pearls, to trendy tassels and designer dupes. 





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I met Erika Williner of Erika Williner Designs at the Fly As a Mother event at Don Me Now Bubbly Barchique in Channelside Tampa, FL. I didn't get a chance to chat with her too much but I was immediately drawn to her handcrafted jewelry. I noticed that her line was very cohesive and similar to some current pieces lining the Nordstrom shelves, but she also had a plethora of one-of-a-kind inventory as well. She has such a fantastic variety from classic pearls, to trendy tassels and designer dupes. 

I bought an incredible ring, that is made up of 6 multi-colored rings fastened by a rhinestone encrusted safety pin. I had never seen anything like it and I had to have it. I was like "Oh I am sure it's outrageous but I need it". I walked up to Erika and asked how much, she said it was $34, I was floored at how reasonable her prices are. I specialize in mostly affordable fashion and Erika's pricing falls in line between retail and wholesale. For instance, these tassel earrings in Nordstrom are $50, Erika sells for $25. Back to the ring, the safety pin came undone after a handful of wears and I lost it. I let Erika know and she immediately said she would send another one right away. I expected just to get the pin, but she sent me a whole new ring! I was taken back but her talent but most importantly her customer service. I knew I wanted to work with her. 

I asked Erika if she wanted to do a collaboration and she was just as excited as me about the idea. She asked if I wanted to come to her studio to see her pieces and to do a one-on-one interview. One thing I can tell you about me is that I love working with local designers and business owners, especially those who are really talented and fit my niche. Art comes in many different forms and Erika nailed her talents on the head.



When I walked in, she greeted me at the door and a delicious scent wafted out the door; I was in heaven (I love candles!). Her home was beautiful. She invited me in and offered me a cup of coffee. She took me on a tour of her showroom as well as her studio where all the magic happens. I was amazed at home many pieces and raw material she had, and how organized they were. 

We sat down in the showroom to chat where I sat sipping my coffee, facing Erika, who was wearing the most adorable gold studded espadrille shoes!!! I couldn't look away haha. Erika was born in Argentina but she left there in 2001 to venture to Canada for a few months. During that time she had a lot of free time where she started playing around with jewelry crafting. As I looked around at all the pieces I wondered how long she had been doing this and she said "the company officially started in 2012 after she went to grad school to create a business plan. Prior to then, I was making pieces for fun to give as gifts and then they would ask me for custom pieces for their friends and so on and so forth." 

As a writer, I know inspiration comes differently for people. For me, I get mine from being out and about in the world, and personal experiences. I asked Erika about what her inspiration for starting her business was and she said she loved the way a person's face lit up when she presented them a piece they just adored. She loves making women feel beautiful and understanding and delivering exactly what someone envisions. So, Erika also does custom pieces by request as well!! Some of the custom or more detailed pieces can take up to 4-6 hours, but in general she spends 30-60 minutes on each piece.

Traveling is her number one outlet for her creativity. It is where she gets the ideas and inspiration for her pieces, and mostly in Europe. However, she told me about a cool trip they took to South America last year. "We took a trip to Rio last year and while I was there I created my Rio line incorporating shells and tassels inspired by Brazil." She said a lot of times at night when she is traveling is when she feels mostly motivated to craft and design.

We as fashionistas always have a style icon we look up to, currently, mine is Jessica Simpson. I love her down-low look and her high-end style. She wears it all very well. As for Erika, she loves the classic Sophia Loren look with the pearls and Chanel. I too love the classic look, my fictional style-con is Blair Waldorf from Gossip girl. Give me all the pearls and all the bows, k thanks! 

Before I left Erika's beautiful home, I was telling her how last year I got super burnt out and really forgot my "why" of doing what I do. I lost my mo-jo for a little while. I asked her what she would tell anyone starting a business and she said, "dream big. Don't be fearful because it can hurt you in the long run." And I responded and said, "exactly, we should never let fear of drowning stop us from making a splash!!"

GIVE AWAY!!! We are giving away these earrnings on IG @stylemymind_jenn for the details. Earrings will be mailed on Monday July 1.


Some of my faves!
Stars in Hoops Earrings
 Crystal Open Bangles
Solar Quartz Open Bangle


XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

 

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Spring is in full bloom and I have been on the look-out for the must haves this season.

Spring is in full bloom and I have been on the look-out for the must haves this season.

JUMPERS

I have jumped on this band-wagon STRONG this season. Why? Because they are super cute and easy. I love dresses for this reason to. There is something about putting together a full outfit, but when you can slip on one piece & feel like you're killin' it, well that makes dressing so much easier. This beauty is from Sweet Threadz  ($33) and it's adorable. It has amazing pink details lining the bottom of the pants so I popped some color in there with some pink shoes & earrings under $15 on Amazon.

MIDI DRESSES

I was never into mid-dresses because I felt like the length made me look shorter than I am. I still have to be very careful when purchasing them & style it up with the right pair of heels. This one is also from Sweet Threadz. Unfortunately this one is sold out but I am linking one like it here. I styled this baby with a Gucci Belt, strappy black heels, black statement earrings & a Bottega Clutch. And topped it off with some kick a$$ JLo type sunnies from Diff Eyewear.


STRAW BAGS & HATS

I have always been a fan of the hat. I have a TON. I love the straw hats for summer, these two were actually my friend Holly's who passed away. I love that I have something from her to cherish. This is also her straw bag. The straw circle bags are really hot this season too, I still need to get me one of them! I topped this look off with a pair of blue Diff aviators. I popped the pink detail with some pink block heels from JustFab.


NAME NECKLACES

I am OBSESSED with this trend. I hate that word but that's what it is. I love layering the dainty necklaces, I am super into that right now. Some of these are quite pricey but I got mine from Harper & Jewels. It is $75 plus my code STYLEMYMIND will give you 15% off. I also have the J bamboo necklace I love. This one is only $33 & an extra 15% with my code. I guess we all just want everyone to know everything about us so we wear it on our "necks"... get it? Instead of sleeve? Haha! I am also loving the pearl clip trend right now. LOVE! Mine are from Keeping Up with The Accessories, and the quality is amazing.


FLORALS

Yes for spring, I KNOW groundbreaking! Haha. I am careful with my selection of florals because sometimes they can look a little older or like curtains. I love this off-the-shoulder top from Sweet Threadz because it is bright & colorful, flirty & young. This one's also sold out, so linking one like it here!


Some of the florals are drop dead gorg  this season. Here are some of my faves:

 

About Tonight Floral Maxi Dress- Red Dress Boutique

Vacay to the Vineyards- Red Dress Boutique


Dreaming of Roses Blouse- Pink Lily Boutique


Promise to Love You Forever Maxi- Pink Lily Boutique


XO, CHeers!
Jenn

PS- I will be taking a blog break until I get back from Europe! Follow along on my IG @stylemymind_jenn 

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2018 is coming to an end and I have to say it really was a great year. Even though I had a few storms I needed to fight through, I made it and I am glad they happened because they were lessons learned. This was the first year I really started taking blogging seriously with a new website and a professional photographers so today I want to talk about some of the mistakes and lessons I learned in this last year.



2018 is coming to an end and I have to say it really was a great year. Even though I had a few storms I needed to fight through, I made it and I am glad they happened because they were lessons learned. This was the first year I really started taking blogging seriously with a new website and a professional photographers so today I want to talk about some of the mistakes and lessons I learned in this last year.

  1. Do not worry about the number of followers you have. Right now as I write this blog I am almost at 8,000 followers and to be honest I cheated on that a little by hiring a company to help engage for me (more on this below). Companies don't care about your follower count it's more about your engagement and the quality of your content. Engage with the followers you do have, just like anything else word of mouth if one of your best sources of advertising.

  2. Don't hire a 3rd party company. I did this for a little while because I did not have the time to keep up with engaging myself and it got me shadowbanned. I was so upset but it was a blessing in disguise. I took a week off from IG and when I came back I had to work harder because I lost 90% of my engagement and 100 followers. I started to engage more organically with people in my area and others in my niche and made some good friends. I got involved with an awesome giveaway and a meet-up group with some Tampa girls. This is the best way to grow your IG and blog, organic rapport.

  3. Invest in a photographer. I found Audra on IG and reached out to her with a collaboration proposal and it worked out phenomenally. We are good friends and also working on other business ventures together. When you find someone you work well with they learn your best photo angles and know what you are looking for content-wise. Consistency is a major piece of what companies look for on an Instagram page. So I also bought a filter that I loved this year too, it was only $10. All my photos have the same color-scheme and flows very well. I use Lightroom app, it's amazing!

  4. Plan out your blog and IG posts in advance. After every photoshoot I take one Sunday and write all day. I plan out the posts in advance. The only time this does not work is if you are doing outfit posts and linking them because if it's too far out, most the items will be sold out. I have been staying away from these type of blogs because I am going towards a different path with my business. I also use an app called Colorstory and you can put your photos in there and move them around to see how your IG will look. I highly advise on doing this before you post.

  5. Don't run to join the rat race of RewardStyle. I did join this year but I posted once, and there are multiple reasons I do not like it. You have to buy brand new items all the time to keep up with what they have. You can't search for an item you have to know the store, brand etc. I like to give options for outfits and it was hard to work. I do use ShopStyle and have an Amazon affiliate as well as some others, but these not my biggest source of income. This takes a lot of time for small return.

  6. If you are looking to really grow a business you have to think of the bigger picture, not just just making $8 off a sweater you posted. For me, I like collaborating with brands through PR companies to help promote their products or services. Building a long-term relationship this way is how you will really grow in the long run. It does take time and will take longer but I want my blog and business to be a substantial place people come for advice on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

  7. Be yourself. Be goofy, be you. Use your IG story feature to tell a story, a funny one or some that is going to benefit your followers. Don't constantly be posting trying to sell people things they don't need, I hate that. If it's something that truly has benefited your life share it!

  8. Don't apply for every collaboration that comes your way. For one, not all products are going to fit in your world. For instance, I am not going to apply for a collaboration for baby items because I don't have a baby! Also, it is a lot of time and work to post good quality photos. Even with me scheduling my photoshoots every 6 weeks right now I have so many collaborations that I have to do my own shoots in between and that can be difficult to get the quality I want. Only accept collabs that you believe in!

  9. Listen to podcasts or take some free webinars it will really benefit you and your business. Julie Solomen is amazing I listen to her Podcast and took her course; it really helped me figure out my "want", where Instagram is heading and what I really want to focus on. She has guests on there who have booming businesses and have great tips and tricks!

  10. Lastly, Shop smart. Don't go out and spend a ton of money on clothes. Like I said, doing RewardStyle is good for someone who has a lot of followers but the time is just not worth the return. Wear what you have, take good quality photos and write with substance. No one wants to hear, "I got this top here and these jeans there, wear it in the fall." What?! That does not help me at all especially if your sweater is $200 and your jeans are only made for tall skinny people. Remember to give options for different sizes and ages. I try to focus more on lifestyle blogging with a dash of fashion and beauty. Find your niche!!
    Good luck!

    You can find this amazing shirt at Rox Jewelry Shop and get 15% on this link! A portion of your order will go to a charity of your choice!!!!

    XO CHEERS!
    & HAPPY NEW YEAR BABE
    Jenn

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Shopping on a budget get can be difficult especially if you follow bloggers who are constantly buying the newest clothes and products. I never pay full price for anything unless it is something I sincerely cannot live without. Guess what? It does go on sale! So unless it's something you are shopping for like an event, I would wait it out.

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Shopping on a budget get can be difficult especially if you follow bloggers who are constantly buying the newest clothes and products. I never pay full price for anything unless it is something I sincerely cannot live without. Guess what? It does go on sale! So unless it's something you are shopping for like an event, I would wait it out.

Nordstrom

As stated previously, I started shopping more at Nordstrom. I used to be a Macy's girl but their clothing has went down hill unfortunately. I did get a Nordstrom store card so I could shop the N sale early access in July.

What I learned from the N Sale:

1. Go early! I got the early access and went at like noon the day it opened and there were still things I could not get because they were already out of my size. 

2. Buy staples like tees, tanks, denims, sweaters, booties. The tees were like $9-14 down from $17-25. The sweaters were down to $25 frpm $45. I didn't buy any jeans because I have too many but those sales were great too. 

3. Keep an eye online because people return things and they will add it. There is still one tank I am waiting to get restocked in my size. 

OK so I still shop Nordstrom because they have sales constantly. I still have not bought anything full price and if you have a card for every $1 spent you get point and get "notes". So I just got a $20 "note" and I bought the MAC foundation I have wanted and had to pay $12. They always have free shipping too.

Amazon

I constantly buy clothing on Amazon. A lot of times if I see something that is just not what I want to pay I will look for dupes on Amazon. Now they have a new program where you can order clothes and try them on before you buy them! I haven't tried it, but I have a friend who did and she really liked it. I will say to be careful when ordering from Amazon with sizing. Check the chart and go by your measurements not your size.

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SHEIN

Shein is a website for discounted clothing (I believe from China) however the quality is very, very good. You can get designer dupes for more than half the price. I bought a Blank NYC dupe leather jacket last year and it's bad ass. The sizing is pretty accurate. Most places from China run small, this one is pretty good but again go by measurements not sizing. The swimwear does run smaller, I wear a large in their swim and I am a size 4. It's great for sweaters and I love for photoshoots! If you order over $100 you get express shipping and will arrive within a week. Normally shipping is about 2 weeks. Their return process is very good as well. You do it all online. Here are some of my fave picks for fall!

 

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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very season there are new fads and trends popping up but we will always have our must-have staples! Last week I talked about the perfect T, which is a staple for any season in my opinion. This week I am going into my top fall must haves for this season.





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Every season there are new fads and trends popping up but we will always have our must-have staples! Last week I talked about the perfect T, which is a staple for any season in my opinion. This week I am going into my top fall must haves for this season.

The outfit I am wearing is my idea of a perfect fall ensemble. And YES you can wear white after Labor Day, so let's get that elephant out of the room right now. My go-to '18 fall fash is totally slouchy sweaters with a great bralet. I love the V neck sweaters or shirts that allow you to show some skin. This sweater is BP from Nordstrom and the bralet is Free People. I paired it with these perfect white denims by Juicy Couture and a burnt tan peep-toe bootie. So real quick, I did not think I liked a peep-toe bootie until I got a pair two years ago and now I decided they are the perfect Florida shoe for all year 'round. This sweater is super cozy yet thin enough for you to wear during transitional months like September and October. Throw on a cool pair of shades and some drop earrings to dress it up. I linked this look above!

In the next few sections I am showcasing my fave finds for six categories.

FAVE TOP FINDS

FAVE PANT FINDS

FAVE SHOE FINDS

FAVE BAG FINDS

FAVE HAIR CARE FINDS (I actually use ALL of these products)

FAVE BEAUTY FINDS

 

 

XO Cheers!
Jenn

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The last year I have taken a whole new approach in my shopping skill. I used to be one that needed many things (my mom was always this way) but this year when I moved I got rid of 6 trash bags worth of clothes. Yes S I X and then I have a whole rack of clothes I am selling on Poshmark and I am still overwhelmed with the amount I have.

The last year I have taken a whole new approach in my shopping skill. I used to be one that needed many things (my mom was always this way) but this year when I moved I got rid of 6 trash bags worth of clothes. Yes S I X and then I have a whole rack of clothes I am selling on Poshmark and I am still overwhelmed with the amount I have.

I am over not being able to find things until I am physically "cleaning out my closet". I find things constantly and I do this like "OMG I love this and haven't worn it in ages!" Yeah, because you couldn't find it Jenn. This is borderline hoarding. Joyce Meyer says people hold on to things because someday we may wear it, or someday we may need it… yeah but then when you do you can't find it because you have too much stuff!

 



I am taking a new approach heading into the fall months and buying quality items over quantity. I started shopping mostly at Nordstrom now buying really well-made clothing during sale events. I did a haul during the Nordstrom N Sale and got about 6 pieces for $150 which is really good for Nordstrom. I bought this adorable Socialite Front Tie dress which was on sale for $35 and this Wool Panama hat for $39. Then over the Labor Day sale I got two tanks I have been waiting to drop in price (in scroll below), one for $41 and the other for $35. I have always been someone who spent <$20 but now looking back at those pieces from Target or wherever, I have only worn it maybe 1-2x and gotten rid of them! The Chelsea lace tank was also on sale for $40 (cannot find so linking another one here for $42) and I snagged that baby and the Wayf Posie camisole for $32! 

So my new plan is to declutter the closet and simplify my wardrobe with only high quality, must-have pieces.

I have been holding onto dresses from 4-5 years ago that I have not worn since then. Like, seriously? A deep V neck sparkly dress? Yeah ok what about a wedding? What about NYE? Chances are with my track record I will be in the wedding, and I hate NYE so it's gotta go!

Here are some higher-end items at great prices; oh and my favorite line at Nordstrom is BP. Great quality at great prices. 

 

 

 

Simplify our lives, our minds and our eating ladies! These are 3 components of a happy life!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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Someone once told me my style is "country chic". Initially, I was super irritated by this comment. But the more I get comfortable with myself and my style I realize that sometimes I am a little bit country!

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Someone once told me my style is "country chic". Initially, I was super irritated by this comment. But the more I get comfortable with myself and my style I realize that sometimes I am a little bit country, so what!

I was born and raised in southern New Jersey next to Philadelphia. Know what's there? Corn, cows and farm land. Of course I am a little bit country. I started listening to country music when I was 18 years old and haven't stopped yet. I feel like this outfit describes my personality the best.

I am comfortable camping in a tent (I actually can pitch a tent and anchor a boat and bait my own fishing rod!) using baby wipes and dry shampoo for three days but also dressing up to the nine and holding my own at a 5 star restaurant. I am girly, but I also am very down to earth. I have slept outside in tents, on trampolines and front lawns! I also have spent evening in top of the line hotels with the best mattresses ever created. I love either, just depends on who I am with and the time of year. I still have not camped on the beach yet though.. Fort De Soto anyone?!

So I learned to embrace who I am because after all that is what fashion is all about. Showing the world who you are through the expression of art on your bod! That's how I got the inspriation for this look. I love the mauve still and glad it's still here for fall '18, and love anything with denim shorts. I thought you know what would be adorable, my camo hat and some pearls to soften the look. It's not for everyone, but again, own who you are and wear it proudly. 

Fun facts:

I am not bugged by bugs, I will kill those SOBs with no problem

I don't mind getting dirty

I grew up with my dad always having a boat so I know how to anchor and work that baby pretty well

I like to crab with fish heads and raw chicken on a string

I used to camp in my backyard every weekend with my cousins when I was younger in a tree house my dad built me

One day when I was a tot, my dad took me and my cousins on a party boat for 5 hours and we all chugged Kool-Aid Burst, and then we all puked for 3 hours. Clearly deep sea fishing is not my forte!

My favorite hotel bed is the Sofitel

I am a Hilton girl though, my favorite one is in Disney Springs (Palace)

I would rather eat crabs with my fingers and drink beer then go to a fancy dinner (most of the time)

I love laying in plush grass, or running in it with barefeet; simple pleasure

Xo, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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