Fall Uniform

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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 :: 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

#spreadLOVE :: LBD x Valentine’s Day

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Happy Monday my loves!
With Valentine’s Day this coming weekend, the one thought circulating our hearts and minds other than what to get our sweetie is what to wear…obviously! So, as much as I like to fret about how I seriously need to improve the color range of my wardrobe, I’m always quite proud of my LBD collection.
Why you’re probably wondering…well let me indulge you. The little black dress doesn’t have to be a ‘dress’ per say, but a slew of sexy, sophisticated go to options. Like jumpsuits, a sexy blouse, or a sleek pair of pants. Having these perfect options will never fail you. They’re slimming, chic, sexy, sophisticated, and most importantly classic. More than that, wearing the perfect LBD for any occasion evokes a special confidence in all of us.
For this Valentine’s Day, I’ve created 2 unique looks with DAILYLOOK’s Little Black Dress Collection, using their StyleSets to show you my inspiration behind the perfect LBD and where I’d like to wear each option on VDay with my man and my closest girlfriends.
Beautysets - dLondie's Sexy Valentine's Day LBD
This first look, I LOVE! This outfit is exactly what I would wear for an elegant and stylish dinner in the city with my man. One of the many things I love about Chicago, is that even during the frigid months of winter, the city is alluring as ever with the brilliant, delicious, and innovative restaurant scene.
Valentine’s Day Dinner with my lover in Chicago:
1: NoMi at the Park Hyatt
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This second look is a bit edgier and definitely something I would wear on a more fun, and adventurous evening. I love this look because it is a bit more playful and daring. I’d for sure wear this out to dinner with my closest girlfriends on Valentine’s Day, because of course we’d go out dancing the night away afterwards!
Places I’d hit up with my girls on VDay:
1: RPM
4:Cafe Babareeba (Oldie but goodie)
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I hope everyone has a beautiful and blessed week, and let’s remember to #spreadlove … I love love, and I don’t think Valentine’s Day should only be about spending and sharing it with your significant other, but everyone around you. #bethechange and #makeadifference
Love you all, and please let me know in the comments what you’ll be doing this week with the loved ones in your life?!
xo dLondie

Comfort & Ease :: OOTD

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‘Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go out and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’ -Howard Thurman

Happy Tuesday my loves!!!

The weekend was absolutely beautiful in Chicago and I could not have been happier. We celebrated my gorgeous friend Brittany’s Bachelorette Party in the city and let’s just say we had the time of our lives 🙂

I had to share this specific outfit post because I am beyond obsessed with this dress from Express. Super affordable and crazy comfortable. I wore it out to dinner with my mom last week and tried to casual it up by throwing my favorite accessory (vest) over it.  I love how you can still see the sexy neck detailing, and the length is perfect for my 5’7″ frame. We can’t always wear mini dresses…or can we?? 😉

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Vest: William Rast for Target (SOO Old, but SOO Good) Dress: Express Clutch: Monserat De Lucca Ring: Mikal Winn Shoes: Zara (Last Season)

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This dress has already become a staple in my wardrobe because if the ease it has. I’ve worn it to work with taupe ankle booties and a vest piece over to create a more carefree casual look. Then on date night, I pop on my red lips, bare shoulders, sexy pair of heels and this piece works just as perfect for a dressy occasion. Did I mention how comfy it is with the stretch fabric?CE-8CE-9CE-10 CE-11 CE-12

My go-to clutch. In all honesty I try to switch it up, but there is just something about the color, the texture, the size…everything, that makes me always want to grab it and run. Monserat De Lucca makes gorgeous and I must say, reliable bags!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you loved this post and if you have any questions or comments, you know where to leave them!

xo dLondie

Photos by my beautiful Mother

July :: Favorites :: In da Bathroom

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Happy Monday my loves! I hope you all had an absolutely amazing weekend!

First of all I can’t even begin to believe it is already the end of July! But it is and I want to jump right in and talk about all my favorite things I use in the…you know…bathroom! Most of these items I have accumulated already throughout the year, giving me time to thoroughly fall in love with them, but also enough time to see the positive changes they truly make.  I hope you enjoy my recommendations and maybe try them out for yourself, but I would also LOVE to hear what you use that works. (I’m always on the hunt #productjunkie).

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From Left To Right

Swan Creek Candles :Elie Saab Perfum : Clarisonic : Essie Nail Oil : eos Lip Balm : frank body scrub :eco tools loofah : ORIGINS Night Cream

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::Swan Creek::

BEST.Candles.EVER

But on a serious note…we sell these at the store I work at (redE boutique), and it is ALWAYS the first thing a customer comments on. The company uses 100% Soy Wax for Clean Burning (Check) and they are handmade in the USA (Dbl Check). But most importantly being a candle THEY SMELL AWESOME! There are so many yummy flavors to choose from, fresh and mild, to sweet and savory, whatever your little nostrils prefer. Just be prepared, you’ll definitely be wanting to buy in bulk…best part, the gorgeous canisters they come in are totally reusable and I have them scattered all throughout my house. By the front door to toss my keys in, pencil or makeup brush holder, you name it, you can create it. Done.

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::Elie Saab::

This perfume has easily become my daytime staple for the summer.

It has a very sophisticated smell without being to heavy which I love since I like wearing it to work without feeling like I am going to give everyone a headache. It has a dominant floral smell to it, with a hint of woodsy appeal. So yummy 🙂

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I bought my clarisonic two years ago at Macy’s and could not stop using it.  In all honesty when I saw it, I thought it was just another gimmick, and not a cheap one either, but I was desperate to find something to save my skin.  As a woman who loves to play with makeup, and put a face full on, this gadget has saved my face. It gets deep down in the pores to clear and clean away any face makeup and dirt build up.  They make different style brushes based on your skin which is wonderful because I do have sensitive skin and was worried about it scarring my face. It’s actually done the opposite, just after using the clarisonic for a week or two, my skin literally felt softer, smoother, and lifted with less break outs. Definitely no bad reviews on this one.

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Aside from their awesome nail polish names (and colors of course) I am absolutely addicted to their cuticle oil. I use this on my cuticles every am and pm followed by my favorite Cucina Hand Lotion and I have to say, with someone that has extremely tough dry skin it definitely makes me feel a bit more feminine during the day. My nail beds have never looked better, less hang nails, and softer smoother hands. Which I’m sure is much appreciated by my boyfriend.

Tip: After a shower or washing my hands in luke warm-hot water, I like to lay the oil around all my nail beds.  Then let it sit for about a minute. After which I will massage thoroughly in to each nail to ensure the oil penetrates the skin.

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Lip Balm…all natural…yummy flavors…egg shape…go out an buy them now…you’ll thank me later!

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What can I say about frank is…..that I freakin’ love frank! Now that being said, let me get the one thing that I was opposed to with frank off my chest first because there are sooooo many good things. It is messy. Now I absolutely love a natural skin exfoliate and when I saw the amazing and sexy ads I had to try. I mean come on, it’s made with coffee and all the hottest bloggers are doing it.  But I did find myself having to clean my bathtub after every use, which let’s be honest ain’t nobody gots time for that. BUT I LOVE LOVE LOVED the way my skin felt afterwards, and I smelt so so yummy.  The package I got specifically targets cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and acne with roasted and ground robusta coffee beans. Umm ya…so good! It also has grapeseed and coconut in it so you know it has some credibility to it 😉

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Now it truthfully isn’t the first thing I go to, but I have used it about every other week and I am definitely loving the way skin feels and looks. But the best part about frank is that he loves you to take selfies with him, and who doesn’t love a selfie!

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::EcoTools::

If you haven’t used or heard of EcoTools yet…you should probably check them out. Not only are their products truly amazing and durable, they feature innovative eco-concious materials, SCORE! This specific loofah comes with two-sides: one with a heavier and rougher texture to really exfoliate and clear all the dead skin away,  and the green side is a lot softer so you can lather yourself with soap on the days you aren’t exfoliating and want a softer finish. You can purchase their products online or at Target stores.

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::Origins::

All I can say is, why haven’t I bought an ORIGINS product before. I was browsing around their counter at Macy’s one rainy afternoon because on a very rare occasion I actually had time. That being said I engaged with the sales associate and she was more than helpful and knowledgeable about the products. I was on the hunt for a great Night Moisturizer and I think I found it. This cream is newly fortified with a system of time-released resurfacers plus Vitamins C, E & H, minerals & moisture-rich replenishers. So in londie lingo, I literally wake up with glowing, baby soft skin (and no this is not a sponsored post)!

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That is it my loves! Those are my absolute current favorites at the moment. I hope you enjoyed this type of post and thanks again for stopping by!

xo dLondie

‘Don’t over complicate simple things. Enjoy life for what it is!’

Monday Musings

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Happy Monday my loves!

It is February the month of LOVE…and I LOVE love! Ha 😉 I don’t see Valentine’s Day solely as a ‘romantic’ holiday, I see it as an opportunity to cherish all our loved ones. To take a moment out of our busy lives and truly appreciate the special people we have around us, and genuinely SHOW that appreciation. This post is all things red that have inspired me. I think that if we all took the time to show our love regularly, we would be a much happier place. Have a great week, and an even more amazing February! This month let’s find a way to show our love and appreciation to someone EACH day, and see not only how you feel, but the people who surround you will feel and create a chain reaction of LOVE & AMAZINGNESS!

xo dLondie

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Happy Wednesday my loves!

Hope your week is going amazing so far despite the terrible cold in the midwest…brrr!!! This is a two part post that I have been excited about starting. I want to show you a delicious yet healthy recipe jam packed with nutrients, PLUS a workout routine. (Please remember I am NOT a trainer, I am merely journaling my personal goals and ideas. So if you try any of the mentioned workout routines please do so with caution and listen to your body, maybe even ask a trainer first, just be safe! 🙂 )

The first of the year I decided I needed to change my workout schedule. Don’t get me wrong I love to workout, but I also love sleep and I am terrible getting up early in the am. Literally like 5 snooze buttons horrible, it’s kind of pathetic. But, working out is something I need to mold into my schedule first thing in the morning so I can get it done. I work late and when the workday is over I want to either relax or go have dinner and drinks. So alas, I have decided that prep work is crucial in accomplishing your diet and fitness goals, especially mine in the am!

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The following Recipe is one my favorites…easy to make the night before, super filling, and super tasty. Did I mention it’s very healthy too??

Monster Packed Salad:

1/4 Cup Quinoa

Super Greens Salad Mix (Any type of salad you prefer, but stick with darker greens, Spinach, Baby Kale, etc.)

Cherry Tomatos

Cucumbers (You can substitute your favorite Veggies here: Green/Red Peppers, Broccoli, chickpeas, etc.)

1 Chicken Breast

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Coconut Oil

Spices for Chicken: Cumin, Tumeric, Cinnamon, Red Pepper

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Next: You want to season your chicken and then bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes (shorter or longer depending on thickness) I put coconut oil on top of the chicken.

Seasonings:

Tumeric is known to help brain function, pain reliever and natural antiseptic, cancer prevention, liver detoxifer & more.

Cumin  controls blood pressure, improves iron levels, kills bacteria

Cinnamon regulates blood sugar, reduces pain linked to arthritis, lowers LDL cholesterol, and so much more!

Red Pepper helps with metabolism and digestion.

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While the chicken is baking, the Quinoa will take about 15 minutes to cook. I use a 1/4 cup of Quinoa, with 1/2 cup Water (I drizzle a tad of olive oil, definitely optional). Put on stove at MEDIUM Heat and let come to a boil. After it starts to boil reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minute. DO NOT open up lid to look at how pretty it is until it’s done, that will take the moisture out and won’t cook through all the way.

Quinoa is a Supergrain jam packed with Protein, Fiber, AND Iron! Not only will it leave you feeling full and light, you will feel that way till your next meal and it will provide you with the right energy you need for the rest of the day. I recommend reading more about Quinoa…just click on the link HERE.
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Grateful for my nieces recycled Gerber jars…fits the Olive Oil & Balsamic Dressing perfectly! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!Fitness-12

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The next day at lunch…drizzle the dressing on the salad, heat up chicken/quinoa, drop on top and then let me know what you think! Fitness-14

Outfit Details: Leggings Under ArmorSports Bra ChampionShirt Alternative ApparelShoes Nike Free, Lip Balm eos (Of course!)

As for getting up this morning and working out, I DID IT, so you can to. Like I said, being prepped the night before is crucial, so I packed my gym bag and laid out everything I needed for the morning. I really hope this helped you, motivated you, inspired you in any way! Please let me know how your workout goals and diet goals are coming along and I wish you the very best! And remember….
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Dream. Believe. Achieve.

xo dLondie