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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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Nautical Jumper You're The One...

Jessica Wagner

Striped Jumpsuit + Rubber Ducky

The world' s largest {and cutest} "mama duck" was on display this weekend in Sandusky, OH for their bicentennial Festival of Sales. She sits 61 feet tall (6 stories!) and brought smiles to every face... needless to say, I found the world's largest rubber ducky charmingly amusing.

What to wear when meeting the inventor of the #duckface? I found this nautical ASOS jumpsuit online, and ordered it in a petite. I usually stick to regular sizes, but was worried about the ruffles at the hem hitting the wrong place. (I'm 5'3.) It was a perfect fit! Between the blue and white stripes, suspender style straps, and flared ankle I was sold.

Paired with my favorite J Crew yellow bow flats {a rubber material} and a bamboo basket bag, I was ready for the open seas! If you know our family, you know, it's a pirates life for me!!

Outfit Details:
Jumpsuit: ASOS Petite Stripe Pinny Jumpsuit With Frill Hem (similar here) Bag: Cult Gaia ARK Sunglasses: Zara Shoes: JCREW

Pops of Primary

Jessica Wagner

Springtime Stripes

I can't think of anything that goes together as well as rain boots and stripes. This pair always manages to look cute and preppy. Mix in some primary colors and you will be giddy a school kid ready to jump in the puddles!

When searching for the perfect striped dress to pull-on-and-go, look for high-quality material, comfort, and ease. Not fitted, but shows off your figure. Cotton with a hint of stretch is great for spring/summer. A dress that hits just above the knee will allow you to wear it with everything - sandals, flats or wedges (and of course your wellies!)

A striped dress is an easy daytime option you can wear all day at work and get away with Friday at happy hour. (I seriously live in mine this time of year!)

I found this particular one {on sale now!} at J. Crew Factory. I own the same top in a few colors, and love this fresh cream and red combo. It’s a nice thick fabric, but runs a bit large from what I read in the reviews. How cute would it be with a decorative J. Crew necklace?!

Add a raincoat, a quirky lemon-squeezy bag and you are ready for the weekend - rain or shine! 


Outfit Details:
Dress: J Crew Factory Rain Coat: Old (similar here) Bag: Forever21 Lemon Crossbody Boots: Hunter Original Tall in Porcelain Sunglasses: Fox House Vintage (similar here) Umbrella: Target Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

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Parisian

Jessica Wagner

How To Dress Like A French Girl

Sartorial undone perfection goes to the ever-elusive French girl.

So what’s their secret? (Besides wine, champagne, art, food, and the French language…)

Playing it cool in effortless, stripped down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact.

First, keep it neutral. This is essential when aiming for a Parisian-chic ensemble (and it’s the perfect way to coordinate with your afternoon latte at a quiet corner café.)

Aside from the classic striped Bréton shirt and maybe a {non-cliché} beret, this look is about embracing one's own individual style. Keep it feeling oh-so-fresh by mixing high and low, classic and trendy, and wearing it with a blasé air of confidence.

Next, aim for the allure of natural beauty, and let go of the search for perfection. This doesn’t mean you have to walk out the door sans make-up (unless you want to.) It means working with what you have, to compliment or accentuate favorite features and celebrate the little imperfections –a gap in a smile, slightly crooked teeth, prominent eyebrows or strong Roman nose. Let yourself be a touch undone. These are signs of certain strength in character. Show off freckles, glasses, or au naturel hair. French women understand you can feel beautiful without being perfect. 

Last, think like a muse. To evoke mystery, you need to exude an irreverent, downtown edge, with timeless glamour and old world romance. (I know, right?!) In other words, simple is sexy. Poise and confidence are fundamental to dressing Parisian cool.

For this outfit I paired my Bréton stripe top with a mod high-waist jumper. A tight pencil skirt silhouette plays up curves, and pairs well with blouses, tees and buttons ups. (Bonus if you rock it with geek-chic suspender straps.) Layer on a menswear blazer, rolling up the cuffs, and scrunching it at the elbows for a relaxed effect. Ballerina flats reign supreme in French style, but add a hint of sophistication with a fabulous pair of two-tone Chanel inspired heels. Drape a coat, swipe on a bold lip and if you don’t have a terrible vision (like me!) that requires a script, dark oversize sunnies always make a stylish addition. Add a side-sitting beret and you’ve about cracked the code to French girl fashion. This chapeau can be worn slouchy like a beanie for a boyish look, or slightly tipped for a more feminine feel.

Next trip to the museum, library, coffee house, or romantic night with your amour, pull a few pieces from the French girl wardrobe, and joie de vivre (delight in the joy of living.)

Outfit Details:
Coat: Old (similar here) Top: J. Crew Striped Boatneck Jumper: Old (similar here and here) Blazer: J. Crew (similar here) Beret: Vintage (similar here) Bag: Zara Over-The-Knee Socks: Asos Shoes: Zara Glasses: GANT Rugger GR Gibson Necklace: Stella & Dot Mia Collar Watch: Michael Kors Lips: MAC Sin Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

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