November 21, 2016

Jess’ Go-to Holiday Outfit: Velvet + Leather

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My favorite place to visit during the Holiday season here in Grand Rapids is the Downtown Market. If you live in West Michigan chances are you’ve already been (and love it) and if you’re just passing through, it’s definitely worth a visit. Home to an expansive 24 vendor market hall that’s packed with inspiring local vendors: artisan foods, wines, gift boutiques, bakeries, clothing and decorated to the tills during the Holiday Season, the Downtown Market never fails to get me into the Holiday spirit. It’s a great place to connect with friends over coffee or a glass of wine,  shop for Holiday gifts AND the perfect opportunity for me to break out my new favorite Holiday outfit.

In past years, my holiday outfits have centered around skirts or dresses (which I love), but since they were such dressy looks, and not very warm to boot, I usually only wore them once over the holiday season. This year’s outfit: a Blank NYC Vegan Pant, velvet cami and slouchy cardigan, is so much more versatile and functional, that I could almost wear them everyday!

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September 22, 2016

Fav Fall Color Combo: Navy, Black & Camel

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Fall is officially here!  And this fall means back to work for me. Now, working from home I do appreciate being able to do my design work in my PJ’s occasionally, but for the most part, (as I mentioned in this post early this year) I try to get dressed everyday. It helps me get in the right headspace for work. And, as a designer, nothing gets me inspired more than finding a new favorite color combo!

This fall, the palette I’m obsessed with is navy, black and camel. I put together some favorite items in these colors and paired them with a few great pieces courtesy of Sole Society to round out the look…Join me (and one gorgeous cup of tea).

sweater | pants | boots (c/0) | bag (c/o) | earrings (c/o)

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December 8, 2014

Spotlight on Goodnight Macaroon (Not-To-Be-Missed For Easy, Affordable Holiday Style)

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When Goodnight Macaroon first reached out, I guess I was expecting an online children’s bookstore.  Imagine my surprise and delight when I realized that Goodnight Macaroon is actually a very clever name for an online boutique specializing in of-the-minute clothing (at reasonable prices).

This jacket, for example, is just the thing to dress up a turtleneck/graphic tee situation.  (See?  I promised I’d work that turtleneck in somewhere.)  And if you’ve been reading The Mom Edit closely over the last week, you may have already stumbled upon a few other Goodnight Macaroon pieces.  (This Ramones tee is theirs as well.  Raines picked it out for me – it’s his fav band.)

[Side note:  I’ve been getting several questions about photography – equipment, settings, etc.  I’ll start including shot details with the last pic (the one that also has outfit deets).  I’d also love to hear from you seasoned photographers with tips/tricks/improvements…..Thanks!!]

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October 25, 2014

Do You Have A Sexy Sweater? Here’s Why It’s My Holiday Must-Have.

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Yeah.  So I’m still in these jeans.  And I’ve been meaning to talk about this jacket FOREVER.  And yes – the sexy sweater + bustier combo, too.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Suffice to say that I gots some things to say regarding holiday style.

Holiday?  I KNOW.  Feel free to throw things, I do realize we haven’t hit Halloween yet.  IN MY DEFENSE…..I missed out on ALL holiday fun last year, *cough*chemo*cough* so I’m beyond excited for holiday festivities this year.  Like really, seriously, over-the-moon, excited in almost a manic, crazy-person kind of way.  I will be bringing Jolly this year, with a capital “J”.  BRINGING. THE. JOLLY.

And thank you guys – so much – for your kind words, welcoming my sister.  I’m so thrilled to have Scotti here, and because of her, was able to take some (much needed) time off in New York last week.  (And Instagrammers, your NYC suggestions were SPOT ON.  Seriously, wow.)

 

Now back to sexy sweaters.  Unlike my “sexy turtlenecks” which I keep (unsuccessfully) trying to make a thing [insert eyeroll from my husband], the sexy sweater is, actually, sexy.

 

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October 23, 2014

Your Closet Called. It Said It Needs These Faux-Leather Jeans – Sponsored Post

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Nordstrom asked if I’d like to take a look at their latest selection of denim. [snort]  Little do they know that I’m ALWAYS looking at their latest selection of denim.  BWAH HA HA-

Anyway.  There are few things in life that get my heart beating faster than denim.  Denim is my currency.  (And I still do that trick my friend Amber taught me:  “I could buy that shirt….but it costs half a jean.  Hmmmmm…..”)

So.  After pouring over pages and pages and pages of denim (seriously, Nordie’s selection is pretty staggering), there was one pair I couldn’t get out of my head.  Not my typical choice, brown(??), but the faux leather and the zipper details….well.  So I ordered them.

Holy Mary Mother of G– these are comfortable.   Here is my ode to the brown faux-leather:

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October 20, 2014

The Case For Faux Leather Leggings As A Post-Partum Staple, and This Game-Changing Nursing Tank

Hey Gang! My sister Scotti is going to start contributing to The Mom Edit, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. She just had her first kiddo this past July (baby Greenlea if you follow me on Instagram), and I think you’re going to love her perspective.

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, leggings became my best friend.  Not only were they comfortable, but they expanded along with my butt, thighs and belly as the weeks went by.  Regular leggings get old, though, so on a whim, I bought a pair of maternity leather leggings from H&M that I LOVED.  They instantly made me feel more put-together and fashion-forward than the old leggings I was wearing on a (almost) daily basis.  After having Greenlea, I found myself reaching for leggings again in my postpartum days and knew that I needed to purchase a pair of non-maternity leather leggings stat.

Faux leather leggings are as comfortable and as versatile as regular leggings, but add an extra bit of attitude and style to the same outfits.  I love dressing mine up for date night by adding a blazer, fancy shoes and some stylish accessories or dressing them down for lounging or running errands by pairing them with comfy booties, fabulously soft t-shirts and cozy sweaters.  They’ve been a saving grace with my postpartum body, hiding my pooch and replacing my pre-pregnancy jeans (um, made the mistake of trying them on too soon!) until I can fit in them again!

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December 9, 2013

Holiday Style: Five Ways To Rock Black Pants

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Whether they're skinny or flare, denim or wool, I'm willing to bet that you have a pair of black pants in your closet.  And while [yawn], they may not be [snore] the most exciting [zzzzzzz] sartorial choice…just you wait.  

 

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December 8, 2013

Holiday Style: Four Festive Ways to Wear A White Button-Down Shirt

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If Jenna Lyons can wear a white shirt on the red carpet, we can certainly rock one at some holiday party, right?  Youbetcha.

Here’s what I’m thinking….

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