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Friday, January 18, 2013

leather and mustard

This outfit came to me on a whim as I was gathering other ensembles for a recent photo shoot and ironically out of all of them, this one is my favorite. Mustard is a color I have been playing with for at least a year. Every time I purchased a mustard item, I would get home and realize I looked like a pale face and then have to return it. Such a pain.... Then I found this cable knit high-low piece and fell in love (mostly because I didn't look like death while wearing it). I am also a giant fan of this $17 skirt purchased from Forever 21... and who could forget the leopard heels. You can never go wrong with leopard heels.
This was also my very first photo shoot for lovelee. I found myself awkwardly asking "What do I do with my hands?". Note to self for next time: Bring props. I am by no means a model, nor do I pose like one (obviously), but there is something very fulfilling to me about styling outfit posts. 

Maybe it's the fact that I can actually dress myself....... 
Sweater: Marshalls 
Cami: H&M
Skirt: Forever 21
Heels & Necklace: Target

Photos: Graphic Jay Design
he's amazing!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

trend of the week : studs & crosses

I have definitely done a 180 as of late in the 'Jessica Fashion Norm'. Those of you who know me, know I love floral, chiffon, flowy, girly and pastel colored pieces. But lately I have been testing the waters of edgier pieces like leather, skulls and studs. 6 months ago Jessica would have laughed at the present Jessica if she said "Hey I just purchased a shirt with skulls and a moto-vest"...... I am laughing as we speak. 

The first time I wore my skull shirt, I received a ton of observational looks and someone actually asked me if it was Alexander McQueen....HA pfft, I wish. I think I purchased that little gem at TJ Maxx for $20. Hardly couture level. One of my friends said to me "I could never pull that off", but really in all honesty, anyone can. I truly believe a woman can pull off ANYTHING if she wears it with full confidence. That's when I feel the sexiest - when I am wearing something out of the norm, but rocking it like I've worn it forever. 

Did I just say sexy? The leather is obviously taking over......

Clockwise : ASOS, River Island, Forever 21 (last three).


Stay tuned for a post on my leather moto-vest. I am pretty crazy about it!

Thanks for reading!!
xo 


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Room Service

Here is the second installment of my ever-so-exhilarating trip into Room Service.
Clockwise : Monogrammed votive candles, Mustache man greeting card (blank), Hola greeting card (blank), CLE loves me button, I love Cleveland greeting card (blank). 

For your loved ones who have a sense of humor, here are some knee-slappers :)
"You can't cheat at slaps! This is space, who cares, seriously. Just be happy someone's touching you"
Clockwise: I love Ohio greeting card (blank), Adorable artwork - perfect for a children's room, We Are Cleveland bracelets, Large playing cards, Fortune-Telling books (birthday and zodiac book).

Last, but not least - For the hopeless romantic and just in time for Valentine's Day:


Enjoy!
xoxo


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

color crush : lapis

The name of this beautiful color was inspired by the gemstone Lapis Lazuli. Some may call it cobalt, royal, bright blue or cerulean. There are so many pieces this season that you will find in this beautiful hue, even beauty products - especially nail polish. I love this color because it adds so much life to any outfit. Here are some of my favorite street styles along with some styling tips below:
LOVE this necklace and how it flows so well with the red lipstick. This girl and I should be best friends only because of the red lipstick.

If this is your first time styling with a brighter hue like lapis and you are skeptical about pairing it with complimentary colors, stay with neutral colors like white, black or grey.
Lapis/Slate

If you are daring, here are some colors to play with :

Lapis/Turquoise
Lapis/Purple
Lapis/Persimmon
Here are some of my favorite lapis-colored pieces. 




All items are under $60 - click here if you want to know where they're from

images: elle, green clothing style, style saint, the covetable, pinterest

Thanks for reading! xo

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Room Service

It has only been a little over a month since I was last in Room Service, but boy do they have some seriously adorable items!! The apparel and accessories available in this store right now are so amazing, you just have to purchase....well that was my reasoning when I spotted this gorgeous royal dress. 
Shimmer Panels Dress - $58 (left)  Cerulean Knit Royal Dress - $54 (right)

Tags & Stones - $39.50-$48

In love with these cozy little numbers, especially the one in the middle. These range from $32-54. 

For the everyday hipster baby: a handkerchief bib made of organic cotton. Zebi Baby - $18 

Another little babe piece - Lil' Burritos: $26

Chevron Printed Dress - $68 
How great would this dress look with a red belt or red flats/heels?! 

Stop down this weekend on your way to the West Side Market. Or grab some coffee and spend two hours in Room Service (I could). Even the smell of this place is amazing. Stay tuned for another post next week. They have so many gems, I couldn't fit them all in one post!!

Thanks for reading xo





Monday, December 24, 2012





1. Tory Burch Beverage Container $13
2. Altuzarra Drink Set $50
3. Marc Jacobs Gold Pouch $35
4. Carolina Herrera Travel Bag Set $20
5. Band of Outsiders Hats $15 (my favorite)

This is the final installment of the 12 days of Christmas Holiday Gift Guide! I skipped a few days, but the gifts listed above will make up for it :)

As most of you know, Neiman Marcus, Target and a handful of amazing designers collaborated to create a 'Limited Time Only' line for Target. This hit stores not too long ago, but now all items are 50% off!!!! Just in time for the Holidays!!! 

Marc Jacobs for $35 and Tory Burch for $13.....amazing. 

Happy Holidays to you! May you enjoy this wonderful time with your family.

Remember to drink egg nog in moderation and if you don't like egg nog, well....drink as much as you'd like. 

xo


Friday, December 21, 2012



Personalized Stationery is a great gift for anyone. I think it is essential for any recent college graduate or married woman who just took a new last name to own personalized stationery :) It's also a cute addition to your desk area. This would be an ideal gift for that hard-to-buy for person, or your Grandma. Grandma's LOVE stuff like this!

This adorable watercolor lotus stationery can be found at minted. I absolutely adore minted.'s items. They have everything from Thank You cards to Journals. You must check it out! 

Enjoy! xo


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