Plaid Poncho





When I first saw this poncho at Chicwish, I couldn't resist. It was on my wish-list for less than a week, before I had to have it. I'm obsessed with wearing ponchos like this, right now! They're so easy to throw on every morning, when a coat sounds restrictive and uncomfortable. Plus, I pair it with over-the-knee boots, and suddenly look so much more put-together than I really am! haha A definite win! Ponchos and capes always give me the most feminine feel, when I'm wearing them, so of course, I can't get enough! Expect to see lots more from me in the future! In fact, I have a few up my sleeve already, so definitely check back often if you love them too!

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You guys might have seen that I got my hair highlighted on my Insta-stories. It's the first time my hair has been chemically treated in any way in quite a few years, but I love it! I was just a little bored, and I still wanted long hair, so changing the color was kind of my only option! haha Plus, I feel like I'm at a point in my life where I can kind of keep up with the up-keep that colored hair takes. I never had time to deal with it before! This will force me to keep up with my hair-cuts too, which are usually something I just put off until my hair is way too long. Also, this weekend, I had my first blogger meet-up with Michelle from Peaches to Palmettos, and Laura from Illuminate Blog. It was SO fun, and we plan to meet-up regularly from here on! I shared some behind-the-scenes from yesterday on my stories, and I'll share pictures from it on my Instagram, soon! I'm very excited about our collaborations! I hope you guys are having a fantastic Monday! Thanks so much for reading! 
Jessica

Updates I'm Making to my Wardrobe this Winter






Lately, I haven't done as much shopping for myself (and my wardrobe) as I have for my kids. It's not that I don't buy myself anything (to be sure! You can ask my husband! haha), but I've been more selective in the types of things I want to purchase for myself, so far, in 2019. I've seen so many trends come and go throughout blogging, and I want to start to build a wardrobe that has more staple items that I'll use for the long-haul, and less trendy items. Don't worry, the trends will still have their place! I'm all for a trend, especially if I just honestly love the look of it.



The types of things I have been purchasing lately are: classic handbags, beautiful heels, over-the-knee boots, feminine hats, and cashmere scarves, and gloves. Of course, for me, these things will mostly be in the pastel and nude color-scheme, but the nice thing about these types of purchases, is they're pretty timeless and sophisticated, no matter what colors you choose. It recently got so cold, where we live, so I'm excited to put these winter wardobe essentials to use a little more, and remix items in my wardrobe with my new purchases. I hope you're having the most amazing week so far! Ours has been a pretty good start, getting back into the swing of things. I have some exciting things happening for the blog, and I'm ready to take you guys along for the ride! Have a lovely weekend, and thank you so much for reading!
Jessica

Burgundy Lace Dress






This dress has quickly become one of my favorites. I wore it over the holidays, but it's going to definitely work into the new year, and would be such a great Valentine's Dress, too! I love how much lace detail there is - that's always one of my favorite looks for a dress. Chicwish always does such a fantastic job of having high-quality dresses with beautiful lace detail. Plus, the color is just so perfect for so many occasions! I just feel so feminine and beautiful, every time I wear this one, and I seriously can't say enough about the quality of every piece I've ever received from Chicwish. 

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Lorelai went back to preschool this week, and I'm kind of sad about having to drag us all out into the cold early in the mornings, but also kind of happy about the break it gives me, only having one toddler, for a few hours a day. haha It's always bitter-sweet, to me, getting back into the routine of everything after the holidays. My body craves the routine and the clean-up I usually give to my diet, but I do miss the time with my kids that I had, and definitely the time with my husband, and extra help that he provides for caring for the kids! But, I'm excited to start this year off right, and to get into a good routine, and, like I said, clean up my diet. I mentioned on Instagram recently that I want this year to be more intentional, and I'm ready to put that into motion. The past few years were full of sleepless nights and breast-feeding, and just round the clock care for newborns and toddlers. Now that Lorelai is a little older, and Luke is approaching two, I feel like 2019 is going to be the perfect year to enjoy the kids, while taking better care of myself. I hope you're excited for 2019, too, and if you're back to your normal routine after a holiday break, I'm sending lots of positive vibes that today goes well, and you have a wonderful and productive first week back! 
Thanks for reading - I just love you guys!
Jessica

Gossip Girl Dress and New Year's Resolution Talk







As 2018 came to a close earlier this week, and I was thinking on my resolutions for this year, I, of course, thought of my goals for this blog. Blogging has been a funny thing for me, because while I want to be successful and work with great brands, as well as reach more and more people, I also want to remain true to myself, and the reasons why I started blogging (Those reasons being for me - to have something creative that I love to do, and am so passionate about). It's been harder to find that balance than I originally thought. I know this struggle is not new to bloggers - I feel like every blogger I know of has mentioned it in some way, and I'm hoping that I can find myself on the side of doing this for me and for fun the entire time that I do it. It's more and more difficult, to me, because we live in this world where everyone seems to have a fashion blog. And, everyone seems to be amazing at growing their instagram account. But, I plan to keep doing this for the joy of it. I feel like those types of blogs are much more fun for their readers, so I'm all for that! 

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How fun is this pink tweed dress from Chicwish!? I'm obsessed with this one. It's so polished and feminine, and perfect with my over-the-knee boots. I've been really into dresses like this lately, and this one is so classic, yet stylish, and such great quality! I can see myself wearing this for years to come. Don't you just love the little bow at the collar, too? I absolutely love details like that, as you guys know! Definitely pick this one up, if you're a fan of this kind of style. You won't regret it!
Thanks so much for reading, you guys, and I hope you had a wonderful start to 2019! 
Jessica

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