When i was contacted a few weeks back by the folks over at Joules Clothing the irony of it all just seemed kismet. It was only a day prior i was browsing their site in search of a new blazer and now here they were. Again the timing and the irony was perfection.
Joules Clothing was kind enough to have me select some stylish pieces i would find complimentary to my already existing wardrobe. I quickly set my eyes on a soft jersey jacket and striped jersey top in navy and i am completely enamored with my choices.
I have a soft spot for blazers, it's the perfect piece to own that can casually dress up or down any look. This Women's Jersey Tweed Navy Blue Blazer is a great alternative to a traditional blazer. The herringbone patterns gives the appearance of a traditional tweet jacket, it is soft to the touch, and its the most comfortable piece of clothing to have wrapped my shoulders.
My second piece was the Women's Striped Jersey Top. Also in navy blue i wanted to select something that was complementary to the jacket and wearable all year round. The three quarter length sleeves makes for a comfortable wear.
I can see these pieces easily set on top ration. There are so many alternatives on how to wear each - I am very happy with my choice.
Be sure to check out Joules and all their latest sales. Joules is currently promoting its Final Winter Clearance (free delivery included). This winter doesn't look like it will be leaving soon so take hurry and advantage.
Photo of my bare bedroom just a few months after i settled in.
Mondays can be such a drag don't you think? You never feel quite rested despite how much time you spent on the couch over the weekend. The mere idea of a rushed morning, crowded commute, and weather temperaments is enough to press the snooze button, cover up and roll over...but it doesn't have to be that way. I found that these simple morning rituals i follow have worked great and can do the same for you. The goal for any Monday should be for a bright, energetic, and productive day.
Prepare the Night Before
Try to be as prepared as possible the night before. I love fashion so i work on putting together a look that will make me feel good, confident, and stylish. If you look good you feel good.
In the winter this can be a bit challenging but we are creatures of light. We need it in order to feel good and energized even on overcast days. Open the curtains and if possible get a good deep breath of fresh air into your lungs. You will feel instantly good. You will see.
No matter where you live i am sure there is a coffee shop or deli nearby where you can get your morning Java. Try waking up just a half hour earlier and walk for your fresh brewed cuppa. Here you are practically killing two birds with one stone because you are also getting in a bit of exercise. Boom!
Factor in Time for Something you Enjoy
Long showers accompanied by good tunes always puts me in such a good mood. If this is what it takes to help make my day go smooth then why not
Check Your Commute
Knowing of any train delays or traffic jams will make for better planning and a better commute.
Get a That Second Cup
Go a head and treat yourself to a second cup of coffee and bring one for your office mate as well. Nothing will make you feel as good as brightening someone else's Monday.
Friendship like family is very important to me. As you all know i am almost certainly always singing the praise of one or another of my friends. This past weekend we celebrated my oldest, dearest, and best friends' journey into her 40's.
*Simply writing that sentence has sent intense sweats down my back.*
It has been three of us all this time, Ingrid, Yudy, and your's truly. It's incredible to believe we've sustained a friendship since our elementary school days. That's true love. We've seeing each other through whatever life dishes our way, from moves, first jobs, girls trips, engagements, wedding, first baby, first home, etc. It has always been momentous to sit back and watch how our lives have unfolded (no husband, baby, or home for me yet, thought -- i'm looking!)
I could not have been happier to be with Ingrid and 10 of her closest friends. It was a spectacular weekend of ladies enjoying the warm weather, good company, and a stellar good time. And although like another friend shared, i too feel like "i'm not mature enough to welcome 40!" but when it does, soon, I hope to be as ready and as fabulous as Ingrid.
Here are just some scenic pics from my time on South Beach. See my instagram for more.
I Love You Ingrid. I'm blessed and fortunate to have you in my life.
Here is it folks, PANTONE Color of the Year 2015 is Marsala!
It is first described as having "impactful, full-bodied qualities, Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many colors."
It has very warm and rich tones. It is strong, confident, and defiant but somehow the hue also reads rustic and very 90's - it's a long step back - anyone else feels the same? It's a wearable color but not for everyone. For example, I can only see myself sporting this hue on my lips or nails. It does remind me of a good bottle of wine and there is certainly something seductive about it, however, i feel like it would make more of a strong impact in home decor, accent accessories, or as part of a wedding theme.
Have any of you looked into the color yet and if so what are your thoughts? Do you see this making a splash come summer? I'm having a hard time with it.
Here are some example of the use of Marsala in different situations.