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BLAZER WEATHER ROUND 2

Jennifer Mejia

 
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This is “Round 2” because I blogged about the same subject last year. Why? Because I loooooovvvvve a good blazer. If you were to ask me if there was one piece of clothing that made me feel most like myself, it would be a wonderfully tailored blazer. With a crisp button down or a beautiful cami underneath. And in colder temps, a cozy turtleneck sweater. But truth be told, I could wear a blazer any way, even with nothing underneath…but let’s not get carried away.

 
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I love the menswear look on a woman, but it has to be done right. A blazer is the answer. This is one wardrobe staple that I think is worth the investment because if you buy right, you will wear it for years. I always love a great fitting tailored suit on a man. And I love when they mix patterns in their shirt, tie, and suit. The patterns need to be subtle and all come together with some common thread, but if done well, it’s very sexy (IMHO). I suppose that is what inspired my outfit featured in this post. The blazer I’m wearing fits so much better than I thought it would. It runs true to size (TTS). It’s not as tailored as the blazers I typically wear, but it still has a great shape. I paired it with one of my new favorite button downs that has a subtle pattern, and I happen to love the mix. There are a few sizes remaining in this exact style, but I’ve listed a few that are very similar.

 
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Aside from the plaid blazer, I’m sharing a few additional favorites. Personally, I feel H&M has been killing it lately with their blazers. I have this style in two colors, white and a blue/gray tweed, and the cut is amazing! It feels so feminine, and the gathered sleeves add the perfect unexpectedness to keep it from being anything but boring. As for brands with a great fit, I love L’Agence and Veronica Beard. L’Agence’s Kenzie (I own this style in a shade of blue, and no, it’s not just because of the name) is a wonderful knock-off of a favorite Balmain blazer. Actually, last year’s blog post feature photo was of Jennifer Aniston wearing a navy Balmain number. Veronica Beard blazers are cut very similarly…still not a bargain but not the crazy splurge of Balmain. And finally, I purchased this Theory blazer this season, so you’ll be seeing that in future posts. One tip for buying Theory: If you take any old Theory item into a store (one that someone could still wear), they’ll donate it and give you 25% off of your purchase. Score! And you’re welcome!

 
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To shop my favorite blazers of the season, simply click on the photos below. And if you’re wondering if you can still wear white, yes. Yes you can!

SHOP TODAY’S LOOK

SHOP FAVORITE BLAZERS

 
 
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Fall is perfect blazer weather. I hope this post helped you find one that’s perfect for you!

xoxo,
Jennifer

MAYBE FAUX...BUT NOT A FAUX PAS

Jennifer Mejia

 
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Allow me to begin by saying that there is a black faux leather A-line midi skirt (that’s a mouthful) in my closet that I’ve had since 2001! Yes, 18 years…not a typo. My friend and co-worker at the time, Pearl, purchased one for herself at The Gap for $19.99 on clearance. I fell in love with it, so she, being the doll she was/is, went back to get one pour moi! It’s a bit snug around my waist now (I did have two children), but I’m not giving it up. I’ll squeeze into it and breathe every 30 seconds if I must in order to make it work.

 
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So now when I see a fabulous faux leather skirt at a great price, I buy it. Why? Because leather NEVER goes out of style. It’s classic. It’s timeless. The burgundy faux leather skirt I’m wearing is that ridiculously good! It does not look faux. At all. And with a price tag under $50, it’s almost too good to be true. Yes, black is always safe. But this color goes with everything, yet isn’t the basic black that everyone will expect. It pairs well with black, gray, oatmeal, camel, white/cream, and even pink or lavender. The possibilities are almost endless. I’ve styled it here with the cardigan I debuted yesterday. And the same camisole. And the same shoes. (Hip hip hooray for that cardigan and my shoes for their versatility, right?) For size reference, I’m wearing a 2 (smallest size they sell), and it’s a tad bit big in my hips, but nothing I can’t live with.

 
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But if burgundy isn’t your cup of tea, I’m sharing a few other options for this look. Some are faux. Others are genuine (that’s pronounced “jen-u-wiiiiiinnnne!”) Black is in the mix, of course. And remember last year, pre-pregnancy, when Meghan Markle stunned in a green leather BOSS skirt? Well, of course that skirt sold out about three minutes after she was first spotted wearing it, but I’ve offered a faux green option and another that is the same style as Meghan’s skirt but in “Ruby.” Simply click on the links below to shop today’s look. And then keep scrolling for other leather and faux leather skirt options. There’s even a few minis for the young and hip crowd…whether that’s in real numbers or in your heart (and legs!)

SHOP TODAY’S LOOK

SHOP OTHER LEATHER & FAUX LEATHER SKIRTS

 

Now I’m going to go back to changing my skirt behind a tree in Central Park. You’ll see the end result later this week in another post.

XOXO,
Jennifer

 
 

THE SEXY BLACK SANDAL

Jennifer Mejia

 
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If there is one thing I adore, it’s a shoe that doesn’t go out of style. And if the shoe is sexy, well, that’s even better. I really want to help my followers build a closet full of staples that you can wear again and again for years to come. I’m not a fan of spending a lot on “disposable” clothing. Of course, I won’t throw in the towel on trendy pieces because they’re so much fun, but I typically try to find those items at a steal versus a splurge. I believe in investing in pieces that are versatile. Sometimes you have to spend to get quality, but sometimes you just get lucky. (Anyone remember the $50 espadrilles that just died after I had owned them for 12 years?) I have things in my closet, mainly shoes and bags, that I’ve had for over a decade.

Today I’m rounding up my favorite choices for the sexy black sandal. Why? Because they’re a wardrobe must. They’re versatile. If you choose the right one, it won’t go out of style. You won’t regret the purchase. And for many of them, they can be worn with dresses, trousers, jeans, and for some (but not me), even shorts. My go-to pair is Stuart Weitzman’s Nudistsong in Black Patent. And to be candid, they were a splurge, but I don’ regret it one bit given how frequently I wear them.

 
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Simply click on the images below to shop each shoe. If you don’t own a pair of sexy black sandals, it should definitely be on your list. And finally, when people ask me if they’re comfortable, I typically reply with, “They’re not uncomfortable, but I don’t expect heels like this to feel like I’m walking on clouds!” As women, we sometimes make sacrifices to simply look good! (Note: There is one green pair below, but I promise it comes in black if you click on it. The app was not cooperating.)

 

EYE LOVE CADDIS

Jennifer Mejia

 
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Getting older is no laughing matter. Or is it? Can we be confident and bold enough to look age in the face and say, “Take that! I’m proud and happy to be 45. I’m owning it. And I’m going to look damn good doing it.” That’s now my motto.

My friend Paul and I had a conversation one night at dinner when we both needed our readers and our phone flashlight in order to see the menu. We both agreed that this not-being-able-to-see-close-up business happened overnight. Like literally…we each woke up one morning and all of a sudden we had to hold the morning paper at a distance in order to see it clearly. In a separate conversation, my sister (who is a few short months away from 50) the need for readers was a sign that I am old. Pot calling kettle black, but anyway…

So when I discovered Caddis Eye Appliances, I felt like the universe had been listening to the voices in my head, as well as the aforementioned conversations with friends and family. You see, Caddis is all about owning where we are in life. And for many my age, that life now comes with readers. So instead of these things being an embarrassment, they’re now something I’m excited to don. In fact, my sight is now so dependent on readers that I am frequently seen walking around the city with them on top of my head or hanging on the neck of my shirt. Proudly.

About a month ago, I asked my Instagram followers to vote on a pair of Caddis readers for me to keep. Caddis made choosing new readers beyond simple. Much easier than going to a retail store to try on endless pairs. I chose five I thought might do the trick, and Caddis shipped them to my doorstep for free. I tried Bixby in Pink and Matte Black, Miklos in Matte Black and Pink, and Navin in Burnt Torte. Everyone voted, I kept Bixby in Pink and returned the other four—free of charge—thanks to their flexible 30-day return policy. How easy is that? Just for kicks, here are the photos used to solicit votes.

Caddis readers are presented in beautiful boxes that look like gifts themselves. And to keep them looking like new, they come in a microfiber bag with a cleaning cloth. Let’s hope I am disciplined enough to use the bag, as I typically toss my readers unprotected into whatever handbag I’m carrying at the time. The best part is that they feel sturdy and substantial, yet they don’t feel heavy on my face. At just $89 for the pair, you can’t beat the price. Before Caddis, I purchased my last pair with the help of insurance, and the bill was still over $200. If you have a Flexible Spending Account, Caddis will accept it. And although I haven’t had any issues, nor do I expect any in the future, Caddis vows to stand behind their products 100% and will work with its customers to resolve any problems. Based on my experience thus far, I believe them.

 
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Give Caddis a try! I’ve shared my favorites, but every face is different, so branch out and throw a few new ones into your mix . They also have Sun Readers with “backside” bifocal reader lenses so no one can tell you’re wearing bifocals (because that’s a term you hear when you’re REALLY old!) This post was NOT sponsored, but when I find something I like, especially when it meets my needs for form and function, I feel compelled to share it.

 
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THE "3-IN-1" LBD & TOP SHOPPING RULES

Jennifer Mejia

 
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I think it’s important for women to look good! When you look in the mirror and like what you see, it boosts your confidence and adds a little pep to your step. I’ve felt this way for as long as I can remember, and I can remember back to when I was about 4 years old! When I had a full-time job and didn’t have any kids, I didn’t care as much about shopping on a budget. But now that I’m all grown up and live in the real world where my kids’ needs often come before my own and financial trade-offs must be made, I’ve had to be more creative and resourceful with my fashion budget.

My shopping strategy has a few ground rules. First, always buy the best shoes and coats you can afford. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune—it just means to buy quality and items you LOVE in those categories. And if it requires that you spend a little more than you normally would, do it if it’s something you feel will stand the test of time. Why spend on these products? A great pair of shoes can elevate an otherwise ordinary outfit. We’ll get to examples of that in just a bit. Coats are something you wear frequently, sometimes every day. And they’re the first thing people see. So you need a coat that wows, even if it’s the 25th time someone is seeing it. And it needs to be durable enough to survive all of that wear. In addition to coats and shoes, if you find a basic piece that is timeless and versatile (like black pants, a great pair of jeans, a classic cashmere sweater, a belt), that’s also a great time to splurge if necessary.

 
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Second, buy for fit. That means to buy something that fits your body and flatters your figure. Forget how it looks on someone else because you’re the one wearing it. Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. The unfortunate truth is that more expensive designers often have the best cuts. But a dress cut like the one I’m wearing is often universally flattering. The sash around the waist makes it an easy piece that will fit many different body types. The flare of the bottom half can hide a lot or give a figure to those who don’t really have one (that would be yours truly). The length is also a plus because it’s not going to sweep the floor or look like a mini-skirt on anyone. I love a good maxi dress, but it’s probably not the best choice for those who are 5’2” and under.

 
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Third, while I love patterns, particularly florals, solids are more versatile. You can easily change the look by choosing different shoes, jewelry, and handbags. Solids are also easier to mix with other pieces, adding one more way to change the look. And solids aren’t as memorable as patterns so you’ll feel comfortable wearing the same piece multiple times.

 
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And finally, if the fabric isn’t the best quality, purchase it in a darker color like black, navy, or gray, as darker colors tend to hide a lower quality better than light or bright colors.

 
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So how does all of this tie into today’s three looks? The dress I’m wearing is a basic. It’s fairly timeless. It’s also under $40, which makes it more accessible. But even at that price point, the fabric isn’t cheap. It’s cotton poplin with a slight sheen. The tighter waist with the belt (the wide sash it comes with or another belt) means the fit will flatter many figures. The length (just below the knee) makes it versatile and appropriate as workwear, daytime casual, and even cocktail attire. It can be worn for all three occasions simply by changing shoes and accessories. The photos and three looks featured in this post are proof.

There’s one more look I didn’t shoot or include, but I think this dress would also look fabulous with a denim jacket draped over the shoulders. So maybe the title of the post should be “4-in-1 LBD.” To shop the pieces in each look, simply click on the images on the scrolling galleries below the look.

SHOP THE COCKTAIL/DRESSY LOOK

 
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SHOP THE DAY DRESS/CASUAL LOOK

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SHOP THE WORK OR CASUAL LOOK

 
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TWO OTHER FAVORITE BLACK DRESSES OF THE MOMENT

LIFE'S A BEACH

Jennifer Mejia

 
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This past weekend was a scorcher! We stayed in our pool Sunday morning, had lunch, and then headed to the beach. And at dinner, my kids whined about dining outside at one of our favorite restaurants due to the excessive heat. So we enjoyed our meal inside. While at the beach, I have to admit that I look quite different than I did 10 years ago when you would have seen me in a bikini with no sunglasses, not hat, squirting Australian Gold SPF 6 on my skin. As if that did anything for sun protection. But nowadays, I’m seen looking like this for much of the day. Yes, I’ll allow myself to get a little sun, but let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger, and Botox on my forehead alone is super expensive. I don’t want to get to the point where I’m injecting my entire face.

 
 

But the real point of this post is to share this fabulous beach cover-up that I feel comfortable wearing into Citarella to shop after I leave the beach. It reminds me of Roberta Roller Rabbit dresses, which I adore, but I don’t always adore their price tags. This version is from Zara, one of my favorite places for on-trend fashion at an affordable price point. It’s cotton and so breezy and flowy—that’s actually in the name of it! I wear it almost every day that I’m going to the beach because it makes me feel feminine and beautiful! You can click on any of the images below to shop this specific dress. And in case this isn’t your cup of tea, I’m sharing a few other favorites that you might like to sport on the sand.

 

SHOP OTHER SWIM COVER-UPS

 

NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE PICKS

Jennifer Mejia

 
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This blazer is part of the sale! Guy not included. ;-)

 

It’s that time of year, and Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here for Nordstrom Card Holders. If you don’t have a Nordstrom account, this may be a good reason to open one. Hot items go fast, so I always try to shop the first day. With Nordstrom’s uber flexible return policy, it’s worth it to order, try, and you can send it back if it doesn’t suit you. I’m going to get right to the point. I’ve tried to group my picks into categories so you can find what you’re looking for easily. There are over 2,700 items for women in the sale, so it can be quite overwhelming. I’ve narrowed it down to make life easier for you. Ready, set, go!

SWEATERS/TOPS


 

9 TO 5 CHIC



JACKETS, BLAZERS, COATS

FOOTWEAR

PANTS

LOUNGEWEAR/PAJAMAS

JEWELS & ACCESSORIES

ACTIVEWEAR

FAVORITE SUMMER HATS

Jennifer Mejia

 
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Summertime is here. Well, not technically on the calendar, but the warmer temperatures and the sunshine are what I go by. The older I get, the more I feel the need to protect my skin, especially my face where my age shows first. I always make my kids sport a hat, and recently they began asking me why I’m not wearing one when that’s the case. I don't really have a great excuse, so I’ve been reminding myself to do so more and more.

Luckily, there are many great hats for summer, and they can actually enhance our appearance. And sometimes they hide a lot, like dirty and undone hair as in the photo above. I have two hats that I wear most frequently, so I thought it was time to shop for a few additional options. And today I’m sharing those with you. You’re going to be shocked when you see how reasonably priced a few of them are. And then you’re going to thank me when you see how fabulous you look in one (or a few) of them! Happy shopping! Simply click on the images below to see more and purchase.

 

BUTTON DOWN DRESSES

Jennifer Mejia

 
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Button downs. You guys know I love a good button down shirt. But my obsession extends beyond shirts. To dresses. For some reason, buttons add that little extra something to a dress. And during the summer when it’s far too hot to even breathe some days, unbuttoning can be quite liberating and cool (in more ways than one). This dress that I’m wearing is a favorite of mine from last Summer. It’s no longer available, but I’ve chosen a few additional options that will help you make a statement this season. There’s also one adorable jumpsuit in the mix. Because my obsession is real, and I’m on the hunt for a few new pieces summer. Which one(s) should I try? Leave a comment and let me know your favorite(s). And if one or two catch you eye, simply click on the photos to shop.

 
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SHOP BUTTON DOWNS

 

SWIMSUIT SEASON FAVORITES

Jennifer Mejia

 
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My son is strategically placed in this photo!

 

This week is Spring Break for my oldest son, so our family is on Spring Break. Spring Break is not always what it was during my college days. This year, we are not near a beach. Instead, we are in the Washington, DC area visiting family and the many beautiful sites and amazing museums. That said, I know swimsuit season is just around the corner. (BIG sigh because this body has been yearning to get back to regular exercise, and life is just getting in the way. Next week!) You know what I say? Get a spray tan…because everyone looks better with a tan, even if you’re not in the best shape.

Now that you know my secret, let’s get to the real point of the post. Swimsuits. I find swimsuit shopping one of the most frustrating tasks. Yes, it’s a task to me because it’s really difficult to find a suit that I feel comfortable wearing. If you feel the same and dread this search, I hope this post will help. The suit I’m wearing in the photo above is a classic. I’ve had it for a few years, and it’s still going strong. The top can be tied differently to be worn three to four ways (strapless or around the neck), and the shape of the cups provides great support or gives the illusion of larger breasts…whichever you might need.. The bottoms are flattering but still provide full coverage in the buttocks because, well, I need it. I’m wearing it in Indigo, but it comes in many colors.

My favorite new two-piece of the season is this affordably priced blue and white striped triangle top and high-waisted bottom. I purchased a Size 4 in both. It really looks amazing on, and you can’t beat the price.

As for one-piece options, there are so many! But I did purchase this animal print option, and at $13, how can one go wrong. I purchased a Size 4 in this, as well.

I plan to order a few more of the options I’ve chosen below. I’ll try them at home, and ship back the others that don’t flatter my figure. I really recommend this for everyone who is swimsuit shopping because it can be quite time-consuming. And it’s much easier to do it in the privacy of your own home when you’re not rushed to make a decision. Simply scroll through and click on the images below to shop. Two-piece options are up first, then one-pieces.

 

TWO-PIECE SWIMSUITS

ONE-PIECE SWIMSUITS