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Happy Fall Ya’ll!

I am BACK, with an amazing Fall outfit if I do say so myself! I have missed doing outfit posts, and I was so inspired when I put this look together that I knew it had to be photographed.

This season I definitely had a wish list of pieces I wanted to curate into my wardrobe and the designers this season did not disappoint. During the fall and winter there are certain staple pieces that should be in everyone’s closet, like a floppy felt hat, black booties, and a long sleeve flowy dress. I love incorporating high end pieces with affordable pieces because I think it gives the look a uniqueness with a little edge. Good style isn’t always in the dolla bills ya’ll, it’s in the personality of the clothes themselves, how you outfit them together, but most importantly the smile you rock them with.

Now, let me introduce you to my some of my favorite new fall pieces.

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Hat // Brooklyn Hat Co. :: Dress // Express :: Necklace // Jenny Bird :: Boots // Zadig & Voltaire :: Purse // Best of Everything

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‘Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself’ – Coco Chanel

Thanks for stopping by my loves. I hope you enjoyed this look, and please, if you have any amazing Fall or Winter staples that are a must in your closet, comment below. I’d love to hear!

xo

Jaclyn

#MotivationMonday :: Do What You Love

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Happy Monday my loves!

I come to you today with an essentially easy yet excruciating hard topic.

‘Do What YOU Love’

Easy: because most of us all know what we love to do. Hard: because most of the time it is almost impossible to make a living out of it.

In today’s society we’re force fed to have a solid job after college, work our way up the ladder, continue getting raises and a 401K so in 5 years we can buy a house, get married, and then have children while being able to put them into daycare to continue working the money making job that will support their college education. Now let’s get something straight, I am no where near a cynic, however God has chosen a completely different route for my life and sometimes people have a hard time understanding where I come from. I completely support those that have a solid foundation and feel satisfied living that life (sometimes I feel like that is the only way to live a successful life).

I am a hard worker, I am a creator, I am passionate, I am a dreamer, I am driven and I feel everything. Doing what I love is the only way I will survive this one life we are given. I need to feel connected to the world, and to feel connected means I need to be making a positive difference during my days. And to me that is doing what I love.

Even if it is the harder route, even if I am not making as much money as my peers around me, as long as I am doing what I love, I, as a human being, will put out way more positive vibes into the world, doing a heck of lot more good, doing what I love.

I hope you will too!

xo

Jaclyn

Backyard Travels with JT Ed. 2 Part 4: Ocracoke, NC

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Happy Friday my loves!

I am so sad that this is the last installment of Edition 2 for Backyard Travels with JT. I have had so much fun writing and sharing with you about one of my favorite places to travel, while also being able to look back at all the photos and reminisce. That being said, I’ll just have to start planning more trips to take 🙂 Any suggestions on where I should go?

Now without further ado, my favorite part about going to the OBX…Ocracoke Island!

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:: How to get there ::

No matter which direction you’re coming from, the only way to get to Ocracoke is by a ferry. Which personally in my opinion is half the fun. I love being on boats and depending on where you ship out from the ride takes anywhere from 30 min – 1 hour. The ferry is extremely convenient because you can drive right on and off. No worries about transportation once you get to Ocracoke.

There are 3 ports you can go out of to get there.

From the South = Cedar Island

From the West = Swan Quarter

From the North = Hatteras

Here is a link that gives you all the times and and updates on how to get there.

For live feed on delays or change of departure times you can follow them via twitter @NCDOT_FERRY

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:: Where to Stay ::

1. Silver Lake Motel Inn (One word…Hammocks!)

2. Ocracoke Harbor Inn

3. The Castle at Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast

4. Blackbeards Lodge (Not on the water, but its safe to say it’s named after a famous Pirate, so it must be awesome, right?)

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:: Where to Eat ::

1. Jolly Roger – Fish and Chips all the way! (On Silver Lake)

2. SmacNally’s – Love LOVE Love this place, great burgers, cocktails, and open air! (On Silver Lake)

3. Howard’s Pub & Raw Bar Restaurant

4. The Slushy Stand (Amazing Icecream)

5. Gypsy Juice Stand – It was a hot day and we were in heaven when we found this gem! There is also a ship right next to it called TJ Outfitters hot dog and walking taco boat stand. AMAZING and so cute!

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Bag: Sseko (If you don’t know this company yet, click on the link, I promise you’ll be glad you did)

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:: What to Do ::

1. Teach’s Hole

Blackbeard Exhibit – If you’re a pirate lover and have little kids, this was fun. It’s a very small exhibit, but the kids will really get a kick out of it and there is also some good true facts for the adults to indulge in. Arghhh Matey!

2. Rent a SUP Board, Kayak, or Learn how to surf from Ride the Wind Surf Shop.

3.Horse Back Riding. There are stories about beautiful wild horses that love to run through the islands wildlife. But if you’re not into taming a wild horse, you can get lessons at Charlie Horse Stables and ride along the beach and in the water. Definitely romantic, and definitely on my list!

4. Rent a Golf cart or bicycle and ride around the island. Ocracoke is very small and everything is condensed. Much easier to get around that way then driving and you can see more.

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:: Where to Shop ::

1.Down Creek Gallery (My absolute FAVORITE)

2. Island Ragpicker – I got the most amazing woven rug from there!

3. Ride the Wind Surf Shop – Aside from rentals, this place is awesome for bathing suits, sunglasses, and cute island wear.

4. Village Craftsmen (Tons of handmade goodness)

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That is it my loves! I hope that you loved spending time reading and looking at pictures of a vacation destination that is very special to me! Please leave comments if you have any questions about any of the areas or if there are any hidden gems you know about that I didn’t mention. I also need to give a huge shout out to Lori, and my mother, both of whom introduced me to these amazing places and especially to Lori for always welcoming me in her beautiful home.

Till the next adventure!

xo

Jaclyn

Backyard Travels with JT Ed. 2 Part 3: Buxton/Frisco/Hatteras

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Happy Wednesday my loves!

It’s finally here…Part 3 of Backyard Travels in the OBX. I’ve grouped Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras all in one post because they are pretty much on the same ‘Island’, but also this is where I have vacationed more than a few times at a family friends beautiful home.  It’s always amazing to me when I go on vacation here because it seems so small, yet there is always something new, fresh, and fun to do. While we were on our travels this time, we had the babies with us and found even more fun things to do that I previously never knew existed. Listen, age is just a number, kids know how to have real fun, and that is exactly what we did. I hope you do to, enjoy!

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:: Where to Stay ::

Like I have said in my previous posts, rentals are the way to go when you visit the OBX but these hotels/motels definitely peaked my interest.

1. Lighthouse View (Buxton)

2. Cape Hatteras Motel (Buxton)

3. Inn on Pamlico Sound (Buxton) Great Wedding Spot

4. Ivey Coast (Hatteras)

5. Villas of Hatteras Landing (Hatteras)

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:: Where to Eat ::

1. Diamond Shoals Restaurant (Buxton) and they serve SUSHI!!

2. Sandbar & Grill (Buxton) Great for watching the Sunset.

3. Rusty’s Surf and Turf (Buxton)

4. Gingerbread House Bakery (Frisco) Funny combination, but they had amazing pizza and awesome pastries/coffee. Double whammy in my book!

5. Scotch Bonnet Fudge and Gifts (Frisco) As seen on the Food Network and yes it is worth going to for gifts and of course the fudge.

6. The Wreck (Hatteras) Great place to grab a cocktail while you do a little (or a lot) of shopping before hopping on the ferry to Ocracoke.

7. Dinky’s Waterfront Restaurant (Hatteras)

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:: What to Do ::

1. Deep Sea Fishing – There are a ton of Marina’s but we went through Hatteras Harbor Marina and fished on the ‘Lucky Chip’ with Captain Neff. I personally love to fish, especially deep sea fishing so it is a must for me when traveling. Its beautiful, relaxing yet exciting, and you get to eat your catch once you’re done. Completely rewarding if you ask me!

2. Mini Golf and Go-Carting – Yes I know, we traveled across country to do something that essentially we could do everyday back home. But let me tell you, we had SO much fun, and it was the perfect outing with all of the little ones.

3. Shopping – Most of the stores around here are gift stores, but I’ve found some of the most eclectic pieces from jewelry, to pottery, and even art. Just drive down Rt. 12 and stop at the first shop that looks interesting. It’s what we always do.

4. Light House Climbs – Research it, you’ll thank me later!

5. Seaworthy Gallery – I have not been here but this is something that is high on my list.

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:: Best Beaches ::

1. Cape Point (Hatteras) This is where you can see the famous Light House.

2. Frisco has great 4×4 beach driving and recreation. There is also a spot that is right off Rt. 12 that has a nice bathroom and showers to clean up after all the salt, sand, sun and fun.

3. Right across from this spot in Frisco you have the Pamlico Sound, which as we heard from a local, is the perfect location to go kite-boarding. I’m sure also for SUP boarding and kayaking. However, you will have to rent them beforehand.

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Thanks for stopping by, I really really appreciate it 🙂

I hope that you’ve been enjoying this series of Backyard Travels with JT. Traveling is such an important aspect of my life and I hope that I am inspiring others to take that trip they’ve been dreaming about going on. Traveling is more than just a luxury, there’s inspiration to be had, culture to be learned, people to meet, new languages to learn, hearts to be stirred, desires to arise, respect to be gained. But most importantly I think it personally helps us as humans grow…within ourselves, but also with the world and the people we share it with.

I have one more part for my travels in the OBX and that is Ocracoke. Till then…

xo

Jaclyn

#MotivationMonday :: Love Yourself

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Happy Monday my loves!

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!!! I definitely did. I just got back from visiting my beautiful Grandmother down in Florida with ALL of my girl cousins. She wasn’t able to come up to Chicago this summer so we decided to go down and surprise her…and oh my gosh, she was soooo surprised. I still can’t believe we pulled it off, it was amazing and beautiful and definitely an experience I am sure none of us will ever forget.

My awesome cousin Amanda took these photos of me and as we were taking them my whole thought process sort of evolved and turned into something completely different. Something more beautiful than the pictures themselves. You see, never in a million years did I think I would be posting photos of myself in a bikini, non the less on a blog for everyone in the world to see. People are so ridiculed these days for merely nothing. Not being skinny enough, wearing to much makeup, not being pretty enough, not being smart enough, saying the wrong thing, it has gotten out of control.

I’ve recently had personal insecurities about my weight, and what I look like. I’ve also recently been guilty of thinking I couldn’t be happy or at peace until I took the weight off, and looked like something else. I was originally taking these photos to showcase one of the new designs for my label I am starting. But while taking these photos I had a moment, a moment while walking down the beach in a bikini posing for photos that I thought, screw this, this post is for the girls out there who are insecure, the ones who don’t feel beautiful and should be told their beautiful everyday. The one’s who have humongous hearts and deserve the world and deserve to be happy and at peace and live with wild abandon and not care about what other people think or say. I know I have lived way to long with that mindset myself, and just looking back at these pictures I know in those moments I felt it. I felt it because I know…I know deep down who I am, what I have, and what I can accomplish. So today I just wanted to say love yourself, be kind to yourself, and celebrate yourself, today and everyday. You are beautiful the way you are right now and if there are things you need to work on, acknowledge them, write them down, work hard at them every single day, but please, don’t let a day go by without recognizing and celebrating your own worth.

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LastHat : Eugenia Kim Bathing Suit: Victoria Secret (Old) Coverup: triphahn (coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by. I truly hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any inspiring words or advice, please leave in the comments!

xo

Jaclyn

#MotivationMonday :: Victory

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Happy Monday my loves!

I hope everyone had an amazing and beautiful weekend!

My mom always sends me the most inspiring quotes from different people and truly it always turns my day around. She sent this to me the other day when it seemed like I was having endless struggles with no resolutions in sight. I read this, took a deep breath, closed my eyes and prayed for patience and for clarity and to be proactive about the things that I could personally control in that moment.

Monday’s can be hard. Maybe because the weekend is over, or we are feeling tired, or maybe there is a huge elephant sitting on your shoulders and there is just to much to deal with this week let alone today. That being said, because of all the pressure we are facing sometimes we forget the most essential things we can do to mentally clear our head and hearts and focus on what truly matters and is in our control.

It’s always darkest before dawn and whatever challenges you are facing today, keep in mind that you aren’t alone, and they most definitely won’t last. Keep your heart filled with faith, hope, love, and patience.

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1. Get up and stretch, go for a walk, work out first thing. When our bodies are moving and working it helps clear our minds.

2. Take a moment before the work day starts to write out the things you are grateful for and also a list of goals you want to accomplish throughout the day. Keep these goals small and attainable so that no matter what you can do them, check them off, and end your day feeling productive and happy.

3. If you are capable of taking a break during your work day, do it! Even if you have a pile of things to get done a mile high, you will have a clear head and work more efficiently if you allow yourself time to zone out. Go for a walk, sit outside, journal, read something non related to work.

4. End your day with a pat on the back for the things you DID accomplish, have a glass of wine, or tea, and prepare for the next day. And I like to personally tell myself everyday, don’t be so hard on yourself!

xo Jaclyn

Backyard Travels with JT Ed. 2 Part 2: Avon

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Happy Thursday my loves!

I have really enjoyed writing up these Backyard Travels with JT and today I am transporting us back to Avon, NC. This was my first time actually staying in Avon, and I loved it. In the past I have stayed at a family friends home in Buxton, so it was a nice change of pace and scenery. This house also had a pool, which I think is an absolute must because even though you have the sound and the ocean to choose from, you can swim there all day everyday. It’s especially great if you are traveling with kids because its safe and convenient. One thing I love to do while traveling is ask any locals what their favorite place to eat is, and what their favorite thing to do during their free time is. We got a lot of great recommendations this trip and most of the places did not disappoint. I hope you enjoy Avon just as much as we did!

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:: Where to Stay ::

As I mentioned in my previous post we rented a house here in Avon through the Surf or Sound Realty which would be my first recommendation. However, if all you want to do is get your toes wet and start small, I have asked around and researched the best places to stay Resort/Hotel wise in the Avon area.

1. Koru Village Resort and Spa – This place has so many amazing amenities to it! Plus it is on the higher end scale.

2. Avon Motel – You’ve got a bed, you’ve got a beach…what more do you need.

3. Sands of Time Camp Ground – for the more rustic travelers.

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:: Where to Eat ::

It’s not that I just like to eat, but I love to eat and I appreciate food…any and all food. So this is usually the number one thing I research before I travel. Obviously you can find  fresh, yummy, amazingly delicious fish and seafood anywhere in the Outer Banks.  But here it’s with out the outrageous price points. The following were by far my favorite places for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

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Typically we made our own breakfast at the house but these places were also super delicious.

1. Oceana’s Bistro (Great for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)

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1. Top Dog – This place is a town away in Waves, however it is the closest to Avon which is why I am including it here. They have amazing fish tacos!

2. Froggy Dog – This place was pretty much our go to. Big bar area, tv’s which was crucial since it was the Stanley Cup Playoffs. GO HAWKS!

-Dinner-

1. Pangea – I absolutely loved this place. It is right by the Avon Pier, has an awesome ambiance, AND of course great food. There is a park in the back, a beautiful beer garden and the night we ate there, they had a stand up comedian on the patio. Two thumbs up for sure.

2. Catch 55 – make sure to get there early, or later. Place fills up fast.

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Last but not least, dessert. Now there is a Dairy Queen, and it was walking distance from our house, which we did frequent for the first two nights there since the Jurrasic Blizzard was all the rage. But then my sister-in-law found this magical pink and orange house that had THE best desserts, we refused to search for anything else in the area!

1. Island Time Cups & Cones

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:: What to Do ::

1. Avon Pier: You have to pay to get on the actual pier, but you can fish without getting a license. We also posted up there one day underneath the pier for shade while we played in the sand, went boogie boarding, and watched the surfers.

2. Water Sports: You can rent anything you want through Ocean Atlantic Rentals, whether it be bikes, kayaks, SUP boards, etc. They also have tons of awesome Rental shops with local’s who are great at giving lessons. For instance, the one thing I wanted to try but couldn’t fit in time wise was kite-boarding. Different from wind-surfing, which is another awesome thing to try out on the sound. The sound is a great, safe and easy place to learn, mostly because it is very shallow, but also because of the way the wind flows through there you can get an epic ride 100’s of yards out. You can learn more about the different water sports and lessons here. This was the best place in the Avon area I read about.

3. Beach It- There are so many different beaches to choose from. Some smaller ones on the sound side, and pretty much the whole east side of Avon is a beach on the ocean, duh! Just make sure to bring an umbrella, the sun’s game is strong there! We mostly hung out at the beach by the Avon Pier, which was nice since it had the outdoor showers, and a bathroom.

4. Klub Koru – The house we rented has a standing membership with the Klub Koru so we had access to all the amenities without having to pay an extra fee. This is definitely an unbelievable resort and definitely worth looking into. They offer Yoga classes on the beach, concerts, and beach club parties for adults and teens, so the whole family can enjoy.

5. Relax! This is an obvious one, yet I feel people always need to have a set itinerary and every second of everyday has to be utilized. Let me just say, we packed in a ton of activities, but our favorite days were just sleeping in, having breakfast, getting out on the sound via SUP board or kayak, and then just swim and lay by the pool all day. Letting your mind turn off and just finding balance in your life is the best thing a person can do for themselves and those around them.

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And of course, you do not want to miss the epic sunsets the Sound Pamlico has to offer!

Thank you so much for stopping by and going back to Avon with me. These photos are making me miss it real bad. I hope you loved it as much as we did, and please if you have been there or have any questions, please leave your comments below. I would love to know!

xo Jaclyn