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{ Dare To Wear } Colorful Is The New Black

Happy Birthday to me! I’m officially a year older today and I thought a bright outfit was in order to greet my 27th year of life. Spring is on the horizon (though there’s also a snow storm coming for Philadelphia tomorrow), so at least this look helps me think warm thoughts. I’m also thinking lots of positive thoughts too and being really reflective. Birthdays tend to do that to me, and holidays in general.

So I thought I’d share a little more about me in this post than just style tips. Here are seven random facts, since 27 seems like overkill.

1. I’m not naturally a morning person, like at all. I’ve been slowly training myself to become one but at least once a week get off track.

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2. My hair has always been really dark. I came out of the womb with this hair, though I highlight it and color my gray roots (yup!).


3. I always knew I wanted to be some sort of  “artist” and just didn’t know what or how. The jobs I’d imagine myself in as a kid include a cartoonist, actress, fashion designer, talk show host and magazine editor. My passions haven’t changed all that much.

How To Dress Up a Jean Jacket

4. I owe a lot to this blog. I started it as a way to work towards the things I naturally gravitate towards (style & media). I always looked at it as a tool to help me brand myself, but never did I think it would enable me to partner with brands I adore and land jobs I  dreamt of. Heck, without it my career wouldn’t have gotten off the ground.

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5. I’m shy. I’m outgoing on TV segments and when hosting events but the truth is that when I’m not “on” I’m actually shy. If I saw a group of people sitting and I didn’t know anyone I’d likely sit alone and not want to bother them, but if I was with a friend I’d be the outgoing one and introduce us. Weird, I know.


6. My beauty routine is heavy on the DIY. I usually do my own nails, pluck my own brows, and color my hair. I like go to a pro for all tricky hair stuff – ombre, balayage, etc, but enjoy pampering myself. It’s fun for me.


7. I rarely plan outfits for myself in advance. My friends who text me asking what I’m going to wear already know this. For clients, photoshoots and segments it’s different. I like to have all that stuff almost 100% styled ahead of time, but for me I like to live in the moment and throw on what feels good.

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{ Style Tips }

1. Embrace color. When planning this I didn’t hold up each accessory to the dress to be sure it matched. Instead I just tried things on and used my eye, and my photographer’s to decide what worked.

2. Use a  jean jacket to tone things down. Not only does the denim work well to not overwhelm all the color going on, but it also gives a casual element to the look, making this gorgeous maxi feel more daytime.

3. Balance your beauty with the outfit. It’s like proportions in clothes. If you wear a loose top, then go with a more fitted bottom. If you got with a colorful outfit keep hair and makeup simple. I went for a high bun and natural makeup tones, they’re always a safe bet with a loud outfit and looks good on everyone.


{ Merona Jean Jacket, Target (similar) | Jack Maxi Dress, Nich Boutique (similar) |  Vince Camuto Clutch, (℅) | Foxy Wrap Bracelet, Kohls (similar) | Vintage Necklace & Earrings, Bling Babe | Candies Booties, Kohl’s (similar) }

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DARE To Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three weeks in a row. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled three ways over three weeks. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.



{ Photo Diary } Inside Jewelry Designer Marlyn Schiff’s Showroom

I love jewelry and lately you may have noticed that Marlyn Schiff pieces have been making cameos here on the blog and my Instagram. It probably has to do the fact that everything is beautiful, budget friendly, and that I had the pleasure of meeting Marlyn and visiting her Ardmore showroom last month. I had featured a few blingy baubles from the celebrity-loved line in TV segments and blog posts so it was exciting to finally get to learn more about the brand and meet the creator.

First of all, it’s a wonderland of pretty things. There’s jewelry everywhere, of course, and the vibe is a little boho and free spirited yet glamorous and fashionable. There’s dainty cuffs and chain necklaces, blingy statement pieces, stunning stones, and most pieces are under $100.  I felt inspired to take it all in, try on a few pieces, and go a little snap happy. Here are some pictures from my visit. Hope you like! I’ll be sharing more pictures of places I go and things I do with the header { Photo Diary }. Continue Reading

Dare to Wear, Fashion

{ Dare To Wear } One Vest, Three Ways

Own a vest? They have a way of going with tons of types of styles and the right vest can be the perfect finishing touch to your look. Over the last few weeks I’ve put my new vest to good use — with a dress, paired with a skirt, and even with ripped knees.  Check out the looks and tell me your favorite by leaving a comment. Links to full posts, including style tips and outfit details, are linked below. Continue Reading

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Celebrity, Fashion

{ Best Dressed } 2015 Oscar Fashion

Hollywood’s finest stepped out dressed to impress (and some didn’t) for the 87th Academy Awards.  As I watched from home last night a few dresses had me flip flopping. One second I wasn’t a fan, and a minute later I was moving the style to my best-dressed list. This morning I joined Fox29′s Good Day Philadelphia to chat about the Oscar fashions. It’s always a good day when I get to visit Good Day (corny, but true). Here are my top five fashion favorites from the 2015 Oscars. Continue Reading

{ steal of the week } designer accessories
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{ Steal Of The Week } Designer Accessories

Last week’s steal sure made me crave spring. With more cold days on the horizon I’m looking for on-sale designer accessories that can be put to use right now and many days to come. I love to add a little designer accent here and there to upgrade my look but tend to wait until items go on sale. It’s the budget babe in me that loves a good deal.

Check the prices below and you’ll see some major savings going on. So which designer deal tickles your tastebuds? Continue Reading

Beauty, Fashion

Four Spring Trends To Wear Right Now

Are you so ready to skip the rest of winter and go straight to spring? There’s still some very cold days ahead where I am on the East Coast, but that doesn’t mean spring styles have to wait. Don’t go busting out bare legs yet, unless you’re lucky enough to be in a warm climate ( so jealous!), but do start sprinkling in springtime styles into your winter wardrobe. Here are my top four trends for spring that you can start wearing right away. Cause who can wait, right?! Continue Reading


{ Steal Of The Week } Faux-Leather Jacket

Hey, it was just Valentine’s Day. Did you treat yourself to anything? The greatest relationship is with yourself so don’t forget to show yourself some love and if it’s on sale, even better.

One of my favorite trends for spring is colored leather. It’s going to be BIG. It was on the runways and is already popping up in stores. Real or faux, whatever way you decide to go, color is in. Personally I’m loving pastel hues. It looks so fresh with the all-black outfits I’ve been gravitating towards lately and pastels have a way of going with so much. Continue Reading

Dare to Wear, My Style

{ Dare To Wear } Dressed Fine For Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I’m getting in the season of love with a little pink, red, and love-themed jewelry. This light shade of pink on the blouse is one of my favorite colors and reminds me of delicate beauty — think ballet slippers or a baby’s room. Now that I think of it, this is the color of my room back at my parent’s house. No wonder I’m so drawn to it.  Continue Reading

Blogging, Fashion

Jessie’s Fashion-Blogging Advice To Philadelphia University

When the Philadelphia Inquirer fashion columnist asks you to speak to her Fashion Journalism class you say when. And that’s what happened. The lovely Elizabeth Wellington asked me to come talk to her students at Philadelphia University about fashion blogging. It was such an honor to share my story, lessons learned, and explain how starting this blog changed my life (for real, it really did, and I’m SO grateful for it!!). I spoke from the heart and the top of my head while students tweeted some of my dream-chasing nuggets. Read a few below and check out this Ellen-style selfie we took. Continue Reading