Friday, May 29, 2015

{instagram lately | 5.29.15}

This week has totally taken it out of me… anyone else feel that way? Maybe because I had a relaxing weekend and then was full steam ahead with a big deadline yesterday :) I thought this lovely Friday (woohoo, Finally!) would be a great opportunity for a little instagram roundup! First - I have a question for y'all: do you like the way I take my outfit selfies? Is it too much of the same pose? I always like seeing the full outfit (lipstick counts!) so that's why I take them like that but I worry that it's too repetitive! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram!

NARS Lipstick in "Schiap" // ASOS Dress, old (similar) // BaubleBar Necklace // Sam Edelman Heels

F21 Shirt // Initial Necklace // Tiffany's Ring (similar gold Gorjana one) // BaubleBar Bracelets // J.Crew Skirt // Cole Haan Heels, old (similar)

J.Crew Shirt // Loren Hope Bracelet, old (similar) // J.Crew Skinnies // Target Wedges (similar)

Sophie Harper Necklace via Rocksbox // J.Crew Shirt (obsessed) // J.Crew Belt, old (I have this one too) // Shop Hope's Maxi, old (identical) // J.Crew Bracelet // Elaine Turner Heels

J.Crew Panama Hat // Jack Rogers Platinum Sandals // Ray-Ban Mirrored Sunnies // Target Bathing Suit, Top & Bottom (online only FYI)

Old Navy Shirt, old (similar, with lace) // J.Crew Skirt // ILY Couture Tassel Necklace, color sold out (pink one here) // Gorjana Ring via Rocksbox // Kate Spade Bag, old (similar) // Jack Rogers Platinum Sandals

ASOS Swing Dress, old (similar) // ILY Couture Tassel Necklace, color sold out (pink one here) // J.Crew Tortoise Cuff // Knox Thomas Cuff // DY Bracelet // Cole Haan Heels, old (similar)




I hope everyone has a great weekend coming up - I'm off to Annapolis to celebrate one of my roomie's birthdays :) We're gonna do some shopping, get a drink, eat at a nice restaurant, and then spend Saturday night out on the town! I can't wait!

Love Always,

Thursday, May 28, 2015

{staying organized with giddy paperie}

If there's one thing I wish I could still do at the end of every summer it would be buying new school supplies! I know I'm not the only one ;) I love making lists, putting things in their proper place, and keeping organized! [With the exception of my room right now… I really dislike unpacking and switching out my winter for summer clothes. Ugh.]

With so many different trips, events and things to do this summer I have to stay on top of my lists and expenses. Giddy Paperie came to the rescue with this adorable "Pretty Paperclip Desk" set (℅)! Mini monogrammed folders, notecards, and a notepad - yes, please. 

These folders are by far my favorite. I use them for coupons (small), receipts (medium), and bills or paperwork (large). I used to shove all of my receipts into my wallet but now I carefully sort everything out and am sure to save the ones I need. The folders fit perfectly in my planner too.

I am a coupon queen so having a place to keep them allows me to quickly run to CVS and know right where my $5 off coupon is! The word "bills" makes me shudder every time but it's a huge part of my life… I have lovely student loans and living/eating in DC ain't cheap. Add in a shopping addiction and it can add up. I am huuuuge on balancing my budgets so I always keep my bills - and the tallied up costs - with me. If I really want to buy new shoes or splurge on a meal then I double check my budgeted list for the month (wow, that makes me sound like a crazy person). I'm not perfect and I probably eat out more than I should but it helps to stay on top of things.

One thing I learned early is to always send thank you notes right away and that the gift of a hand written note should never be underestimated. I actually have a stash of various notecards in my closet so that I always have one for the right occasion. My favorite cards to store away are "thinking of you" or "I love you" notes to send to my guy… long distance ya know ;) I can't get over the paper clips on these Giddy Paperie ones contrasted with the sassy Oh La La! A couple girlfriends have already gotten these in the mail reminding them that they're rockstars hehe!

I used to follow the "Thank You Note Rule" but haven't been so great about it recently… Don't use/wear/enjoy a gift until the thank you note has been written and sent off in the mail! It really works, y'all! If you received an adorable pair of earrings and instantly started wearing them out you could forget about saying thank you! But, if you didn't let yourself wear them until the note was written… then I guarantee ya you would write it instantly so you could put on those new jewels!

Speaking of jewels… Does anybody else have to take their bracelets off to write a note? I layer on the baubles but have to strip them off before I handwrite something. It's a way to get myself to focus! How gorgeous is my coordinates bracelet from Knox Thomas Designs (℅)? It's the location of my parent's house in Baltimore where I lived! [Yes, another coordinates - I'm an addict!]

Last, but not least, the jewel of the group: the to-do list notepad!!!! If I had a stack of these brain savers everywhere I went I think my life would get infinitely better. I make lists every day, three times a day. It's the only way I can stay organized at work and home. Grocery lists, blog outfits, work tasks, people to email, upcoming events, presents to buy, people to follow through with, etc. etc. etc. I especially adore that at the end of the pad you get rewarded… TA DA!! This one has the most coveted spot in my room - my bedside table :) I am constantly waking up in the middle of the night with ideas or having trouble falling asleep so this serves as a "catch-all" for my brain!

Be sure to check out Giddy Paperie note cards and notepads! They also have adorable prints and phone covers! Thank you Giddy Paperie for making my organized life a bit more fun :)

Love Always,

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

{the hat is back}

I just love this hat… I take it with me every weekend traveling!

Photography by Rachel Brennan

Old Navy Shirt, old (similar, and with eyelet) // South Moon Under Shorts, in store only (similar fit) // J.Crew Panama Hat // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // Kendra Scott Necklace via Rocksbox (get your first month FREE with code JENNIFERXOXO1) // Gorjana Ring via Rocksbox // Sam Edelman Sandals, old (similar)

How was everyone's Memorial Day weekend? I'd love to hear what everyone did! I was at Lake Anna for the 4-day weekend with 11 other girls and we had the best time talking, rafting, cooking, and playing looots of games - including slip & flip! Work was a bit hard yesterday… I woke up not even sure where I was haha I guess I was just that relaxed :) hence why I forgot to post this yesterday! Oops #socialmediavacay

I took these photos in 80% humidity. Okay, so I don't actually know how humid it was but it wasn't a pleasant temperature out. However, this outfit totally stood up to the heat! My shirt and shorts were loose and breezy and my hat helped cover up the frizz (it happens, y'all). I got these SMU shorts in the store after trying on tooooons. They have so many cute options right now but I would only let myself buy one pair. Notice that I stayed away from blue? ;)

Don't forget to try out Rocksbox if you haven't yet! I got this Kendra Scott Necklace in my last box and was SO excited! I think this is now the 7th piece I've received and decided to keep!? Just can't get enough of this subscription! Read more about it here.

PS. Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is STILL going on!! Shop my picks here.

Love Always,

Friday, May 22, 2015

{memorial day weekend 2015}

Happy Memorial Day, friends! This chick is off to the lake with 12 girls. Yep, you heard that right. 13 ladies will be chilling at the lake for 4 days together… I. can. not. wait. It's going to be pure relaxation and SO MUCH FUN! This 4 day weekend is well deserved :)

Don't forget the reason for the season. Thank you to everyone who is currently serving or has served this beautiful country. I'm so grateful for YOU and all that you have done and continue to do. XO!

shoes // coverup, old (this seasons - so cute!) // sunglasses // hat

Be sure to follow along on instagram, snapchat (jennrog3), and twitter! I'll be sharing our shenanigans and what I'm wearing (per usual) and eating (again - per usual). I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

Love Always,

Thursday, May 21, 2015

{nordstrom half yearly sale}

It's here! It's here!
I'm sure you've heard by now but Nordstrom's Half yearly sale has arrived and it is GOOD! You can save up to 40% on a TON of different items through May 31! As promised, I listed my picks below… I limited myself to 30 (seriously, that was hard) and included some of my favorite purchases that I've made from Nordstrom recently including these MK wedges, my favorite Hunter Rainboots, and these gorgeous Sam Edelman Heels. Yep, all shoes hehe! This is a great time to get those Kendra Scott earrings you've been dying for or a dress for an upcoming wedding! Basically, this sale is amazing and if you want something but haven't taken the plunge yet… just do it now. You won't regret it! Unless you wait until the very last day of the sale and everything in your size is sold out if you're average like me ;) just saying!!

What's at the top of your list? I'd love to hear your picks (or see them my fellow bloggers!) XOXO!

Love Always,

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

{work wear for this humid air}

I've got a little work wear post for y'all today…

Photography by Rachel Brennan

Happy Wednesday! It is humid as all get out in DC right now… between the thunderstorms and summer heat rolling in it's impossible to escape it. I've been getting in to work earlier just to avoid a couple of degrees as the sun rises!! My quick fix for work? A light weight skirt and a polished tee. If your office is more conservative then throw a blazer on (I realize I'm in a very unique situation with my design office being so relaxed). For me, adding lipstick and heels is the BEST way to dress up an outfit. It is quite literally "my go-to!"

How amazing are these bracelets? I know you guys have seen my wear them multiple times… I just can't get enough! I love the unique material, pattern, and fun tassels. Can't take em off!

Yes, my hair was curled when I started taking these photos and then it was so humid out that it fell totally flat… no amount of hairspray can combat DC humidity. Wah!

PS - HUGE sale happening at Nordstrom today - it's their yearly half-sale!!! YAYYY! I'll do a post tomorrow with all of my favorites and top picks! :)

Love Always,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

{beachy blue}

So happy to be in a spring dress!

I stepped in a puddle and one shoe got wet… oh well

Photography by Rachel Brennan

Nordstrom Dress // Jack Rogers in Platinum // Rebecca Minkoff Clutch // Dogeared Necklace // J.Crew Bracelet // Gorjana Ring 1 & 2 via Rocksbox (get your first month free with code JENNIFERXOXO1) // Tiffany's Silver Ring // MAC Lipstick in "See Sheer" // Nail Polish is OPI Gel in "Mod about You"

I wore this gorgeous dress to last weekend's beach wedding and the colors were perfect against the ocean water. I was originally planning on wearing wedges with it but we were barefoot on the beach for the ceremony and I decided to throw on my Jack Rogers so I could dance better later - Those boys love to swing dance, let me tell ya! It makes for a pretty darn good time :)

I love the cut of this because it was so comfortable to dance and move in. I never got hot and the skirt caught the breeze in the prettiest way! I paired it with simple gold jewelry and my turquoise clutch to really emphasize the beach look.

PS - I wanted to say thank you for everyone's kind words and comments on my IG post last night. I am  still totally blown away by how thoughtful and sincere y'all are when you barely know my Dad and his condition. He is really an incredible guy. I don't talk about his cancer because it makes it seem more real - It scares me to say it out loud (yes, even after 2 years). It's interesting because I will hold it all in not wanting people to pity me but then the second I open my heart and share my emotions y'all make me feel more loved and secure than I have in awhile. I feel like this platform has given me a whole new way to express myself - I truly view it as a way to connect with people and perhaps make a difference in someone else's life. Last night I had a friend reach out to me about her similar situation and I can't tell you how moved I was. I never want someone to be in this position but knowing that I helped give her a bit of courage to take away made me feel like sharing my words was the right thing to do. I want you to all know that if you need a friend - I will always be here for you as well. Thank you for giving me the courage to stand up to my biggest fears.

Love Always,
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