Patriotic Pattern Play

Memorial Day: the three-day weekend that marks the start of summer! Whether you are lounging by the pool, having a barbecue with your neighborhood friends, or enjoying your time off work, it’s always fun to break out your red, white, and blue pieces in your wardrobe!

I absolutely love playing with patterns and mixing prints, and this striped shirt from Buffalo Exchange makes it so easy to do so! Also, shoutout to Thredup for having these Old Navy cream espadrilles on sale, new with tags!

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I’m a total stripes fanatic, but I love a good pair of floral shorts–especially when they have embroidered details and a tie-waist! These shorts are from Loft, and I got them on major sale. While these specific shorts are sold out, their selection of shorts is to DIE FOR right now! (Shopping tip: never shop at Loft unless there is a sale–they have sales almost every week!)

 

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What will I be doing tomorrow? Working on creating more content for the blog, going to work for a few hours, hanging out with friends and having a Bible study potluck, and of course, wearing this cute outfit as I reflect on those brave men and women who have served our country faithfully and courageously.

Love,

Jennifer

Taking Steps Towards Mindful Living

A goal of mine, which will realistically ALWAYS be a goal of mine, is to be more mindful. While you may think mindfulness is just a current phase or word that is buzzing around the “blogosphere” and Pinterest, I believe that mindful living is worth giving a try.

The best way that I have seen mindfulness explained is when the exact opposite, or mindlessness is defined. Mindlessness is, “a state that we often refer to as autopilot,” (Mrs. Mindfulness).

Mindfulness then, on the flip side, can be described as being present, aware and living intentionally. (Why don’t we do this already?!)

A few personal reasons as to why I want to live more intentionally include:

  • I am tired of having or wanting more just to have more.
  • I want to declutter my physical living space and my thinking process.
  • I am hoping to save ‘x’ amount of money by the end of this year.
  • I want to enjoy and savor every thing that I eat.
  • I want to spend time doing what I find important and that I have always dreamed of doing, instead of wasting my time.
  • I want to actively live in the present, rather than hurrying towards what is next.

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Looking through a mindful point of view in all aspects of my life, including how I am spending my time, my money, my energy, my calories, my words and my efforts, would significantly benefit me and my future.

To keep myself accountable and to potentially offer some advice to you all, I am hoping to share the steps that I take in order to live more intentionally.

So, what does it look like to live mindfully day to day? While I don’t (nor ever will) have all the answers, I think the first step is taking the time to notice and appreciate all that is around me. And today I notice that I feel excited and motivated to change the way I think about and do life.

Will you consider joining me in this new and challenging endeavor?

Jennifer

Gift Idea for Grads, Mothers & Friends

If you follow any fashion or lifestyle bloggers on Instagram, it is likely that you have already seen Jord watches and their unique timepieces at least once or twice! In my personal opinion, all the raving reviews have got it right: Jord sells high-quality, one-of-a-kind watches and their wide variety could fit with anyone’s personal style!

This watch is a timeless gift idea, for a recent graduate, a mother or father, or a loved one. While Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I do not know of any moms who would refuse this generous and beautiful gift any time of the year. (Plus, who says mothers should only be appreciated on Mother’s Day?)  Jord watches also gives you the option to engrave your watch, which allows you to make the gift even more personal.

I was absolutely thrilled when Jord Watches reached out to me to review their watch as well as offer a smokin’ deal to all of you!

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My favorite part of this watch is the unique wooden band. It comes in many different handcrafted and natural woods, including Zebrawood, Maple, Bamboo, Sandlewood, and more! Jord watches sells women’s and men’s watches, in a variety of styles and color combinations. I chose the Frankie 35 series watch with a Zebrawood band with the Champagne colored watch face.

DSC_0001I almost always wear a watch for several reasons: it adds a simple accessory to an outfit and makes me feel more put together while being functional. This Jord watch can serve as statement piece of jewelry, but it also goes with everything in my wardrobe! I’ve received several compliments on it and many questions about where I got it, as it is not a watch that you see around everyday.

Let’s stop and take a moment to talk about this packaging! Isn’ it stunning and oh-so-classy? The wooden box serves as the perfect storage for this watch and other jewelry pieces as well. Just from opening the shipping box, it is clear to see how detail-oriented this company is!

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The overall brand and contacts at Jord are also very accommodating and friendly, and it is clear to see how much they value their customers individually. They offer a payment plan at checkout, a print-out size chart to ensure that your watch fits your wrist upon arrival, and free shipping world wide!

Lastly, they are giving you all a chance to get one of these watches for yourself or as a gift, at a discounted price, through such an easy and simple giveaway!

One lucky winner will be able to receive a $100 e-giftcard to spend on any of Jord’s products! The coolest part is that ANYONE who enters the contest will recieve $25 off their purchase of a watch! Yes, that does mean that EVERYONE IS A WINNER!

ENTER HERE: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/herstyledstory
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Let me know what style and color you are thinking of buying, and if it is for yourself or if you are planning on giving it as a gift! Good luck everyone 🙂

Love, Jennifer

*While I am collaborating with Jord watches, this is a review with my unbiased and honest opinions!*

P.S. Thanks to Jord for the support, the opportunity to collaborate with such an awesome brand, and for this gorgeous watch that I don’t ever want to take off my wrist 🙂


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One Dress, Three Outfits

While shopping, a new goal of mine is to be able to determine if I will be able to wear the item in at least two different ways with pieces I already own. As I stumbled across this dress in the sale section at Urban Outfitters, I knew that this versatile piece would be great for this spring and summer.

With college and high school graduations, grad parties and other occasions around the corner, I thought it would be beneficial to show how I would style this dress in three unique ways.

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Dress: Urban Outfitters (sold out, similar, similar) Shoes: Saver’s Thrift Store

I would wear this outfit if I were going to a classy event, such as an intimate graduation ceremony or a nice dinner. Plus, this entire outfit cost me less than $50! 🙂

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Necklace: Forever 21 (old, similar)

I would wear this next outfit to an outdoor graduation ceremony or to a grad party! I love this bright color combo and how fun this necklace is! You’ll most likely see me wear it all summer long, as I have already paired it with so many outfits.

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Necklace: Francesca’s 

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I would wear this next outfit anywhere–to church on Sunday morning, to brunch, to class, to work, legitimately ANYWHERE. Nothing like a jean jacket to dress down a classy dress 🙂

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Jean Jacket: Levi’s (Local Consignment Store) Shoes: Target

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What’s your go-to dress this season and how are you styling it?

Three things to remind yourself today: you are loved, you are beautiful, you are capable.

Jennifer 🙂

 

 

“street style”

Blue and white. Again. Whoops! Are you really that surprised?

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This is kind of my “go-to” outfit when trying to look nice. I would wear this outfit anywhere, whether it was out to a restaurant, doing some errands, or even on those days when I want to try a little harder for class. (Doesn’t happen very often…)

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Watch: Timex (Target) Purse: Romwe

Let’s just pause and take a moment to talk about this purse. I was surprised at how great of quality this purse was, considering it was such a steal! I love how it is in a neutral shade, however, with the bright and colorful floral embroidery on the front, it is perfect for spring!

I honestly, whole-heartedly, 100% recommend this bag to anyone who wants a dupe for the expensive Chloe Faye purse that keeps popping up on our Pinterest and Instagram feeds. ($20, or $2000?–your call.)

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Striped Blouse: Francesca’s Shoes: Famous Footwear (similar) Jeans: Loft (old, similar)

I also really love these jeans! Loft jeans are such good quality. I got them on sale for around $30 sometime last fall. When I first got them, they fit a little too tight for my taste. Now, they fit just as skinny jeans should, so I have been wearing them constantly!

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I love everything about this outfit, so you will see these pieces in upcoming posts!

Also, I feel a little stuck with the blog. I will be focusing on it more over the summer, as I will have more time, but what posts are you all most interested in? Fashion? Organization? Lifestyle?

Have a beautiful day lovelies!

Jenny

Spring 2017 Playlist

If you didn’t already know, I am a total music lover! I love going to concerts, discovering new artists, and listening to old classics.

I compiled a list of songs that I have putting on repeat lately. I know that I love looking at others’ song suggestions, so I thought I would share my current faves with you all. If you find a new song that you love, or if you are reminded of a song that you once loved, I’ve done my job.

Also, here’s a bit of self-promo: follow me on Spotify (jenmbello) for even more tunes!

  • Paris by Tiger in the Sky — romantic, soft, yet upbeat
  • The One by The Chainsmokers — my jam lately, whether I am working out or just need a bit of a “pick-me-up”
  • Fight to Keep by Run River North — I love this steady rhythm! To me, that kind of song makes a perfect driving song. Also, I have been obsessed with this band in general lately
  • All Glory Be to Christ by Kings Kaleidoscope — a new spin off an old hymn
  • New Man by Ed Sheeran — This song is hilarious! If you need a good laugh at the superficial things in life, give it a listen.
  • The Love Club by Lorde — Love the different voices/layering effects in this song. Just like Lorde, this song is effortlessly cool.
  • Cleopatra (Acoustic Demo) by The Lumineers — perfect for a mellow morning (another one of my favorite bands!)
  • Girl in Calico by Tow’rs — If I could write their whole album here, I would, but this song specifically is my current go-to pick when I am studying. But, seriously, check out this band!! Plus they are from AZ 🙂
  • My Joy is Complete by Citizens & Saints — perfect song for when I need to be reminded of the joy that I can only find in Jesus (which is every moment of everyday)
  • HARD LOVE by NEEDTOBREATHE — sorry for yelling, that was just the title. This is my current pump-up song. I always have at least one!
  • Four Pink Walls by Alessia Cara — for some reason, I get serious “girl power” vibes from this song, and this artist in general!
  • Summertime Romance by Johnnyswim — This song talks about all things warm and all things love…need I say more?
  • Until We Get There by Lucius — this song makes me want to travel and spontaneously leave my responsibilities behind and go on a road trip
  • A Lovely Night from La La Land — Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling singing a duet and jazzy interludes? yes please.

There is my extensive list! Let me know if you have any music suggestions, or if you liked any that I included! 🙂

Jenny

Tassels and Pinstripes

When I look at this outfit, all I can think of is the High School Musical 2 cast chanting, “summer, summer, summer!” at the beginning of the movie. This outfit is perfect for any spring or a summer day, whether you are going out to lunch with friends, doing some shopping, or even just spending the day outside. Plus, this ENTIRE outfit is under $50!! What a steal!

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Dress: Romwe  // Shoes: Amazon (old) // Clutch: Justfab

I am OBSESSED with blue and white together for this season! I cannot get enough! So when I saw this pinstriped blue and white dress with shoulder cut-outs and frills, how could I have said no?

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There are SO many other dresses to choose from Shein and Romwe that are around the same price and are similar styles! Here are just a few:

DSC_0086.JPG I am really surprised at the quality of this clutch, considering I did not pay too much for it. I ordered off of JustFab for the first time a little while ago, and I am impressed with their selection of shoes and accessories! They also have amazing discounts for first-time orders and they almost always have some sort of promotion going on! Check them out! 🙂

I have had these shoes for years now, but here are some similar ones that are under $30:

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I hope you have a wonderful Friday!

Know that you are loved and celebrated by many, that you are stronger than what you have to face today, and that you are capable of much more than you think!

Much love,

Jenny 🙂

 

 

Pushing through

I don’t know if it is because I am nearing the end of the semester, or if it is just where I am at in life, but I am in a rut.

I’m tired of the routine. I’m unwilling/unmotivated to be creative. I lack the drive to challenge myself. In other words, I’m too comfortable with where I am at right now.

I am about three weeks till the end of the semester, and I must say, I am ecstatic for the summer. I am excited to have a break from school responsibilities and to ditch the textbooks for books that I enjoy. I am excited to go to new places that I have never gone before, whether it be in the city of Tucson or in South America. (Yes, you read that right!!) I am excited to spend more time with those whom I love. I am excited to create more content and to have more time to spend being creative.

Nevertheless, I am in SERIOUS need of motivation, and I bet I am not the only one. After asking some of my friends and thinking on what strategies I use, I compiled a list of eight ways to get motivated, for this day, for this week, this month, or the rest of the year.

  1. Surround yourself with other motivated people or strike up a conversation about your goals with a close friend. Talking about goals with others can serve as inspiration in itself!
  2. Go outside. Seriously. I know everyone says this, but going outside, whether for a walk, a jog or a hike can change your entire day around. After your endorphins kick in, your mind will seem clearer. Accomplishing this simple task will encourage you to tackle more tasks.
  3. Think on and memorize a quote that you find to be inspiring, even if it may be cliche. Some common ones are, “Though she be but little she was fierce,” or “Life is tough, but darling, so are you.” My personal favorite is from Psalms 46:5, “God is within her, she will not fail.”
  4. Write down your goals, both short-term or long-term. Carefully break them down into small and manageable steps. It is much easier to feel productive and therefore be more motivated if every small step gets a check mark once it is completed.
  5. Go somewhere new. Take a break from your favorite neighborhood cafe and instead, try that new restaurant or new coffee shop. Being out of your comfort zone and around new people will help you see things in a different perspective.
  6. Listen to a cheesy podcast, read an inspiring book, or watch a Ted talk. My recent favorite Ted talk is “How to get better at the things you care about,” by Eduardo Briceno.
  7. Forget about the details and think about why you are doing what you are currently doing. For example, I need to step back and ask myself why I am currently enrolled in college. Or why I am currently working on a blog post. Knowing the purpose behind what we are doing is significant, because too often we lose sight of the “big picture” and stress about the specifics.
  8. Lastly, acknowledge what you have already done to get to the place where you are currently. As for me, with three weeks left, am I going to throw away the entire semester and the grades that I have earned just because I am not very motivated lately? OF COURSE NOT. I am going to use everything that I have already accomplished in this semester to propel me towards the end.

I hope that you feel a little more inspired and motivated after reading this. I know that after writing this, I feel a little less “stuck,” so I’ll count that as a success.

Jenny

P.S. My Tucson friends, any suggestions on coffee shops or hole-in-the-wall cafes? Asking for a friend… 🙂

 

 

Festival Fashion: Outfit Inspiration

With Coachella coming up and summer just around the corner, it is safe to say that we are in the height of music festival season. The second most important thing, aside from the music, is the FASHION.

Unfortunately, I have no plans to go to a music festival this season, but I put together a few outfits that I would wear if I were going!

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Denim skirts, ruffled crop tops, and sneakers are a must for a casual look, that you will comfortable in all day!  Also, a backpack is essential for music festivals, as you can jam/dance without worry!

Skirt: Goodwill // Sneakers: Steve Madden (similar) // Crop Top: Urban Outfitters (similar) // Backpack: Thredup // Choker: Urban Outfitters

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This next look is probably my favorite! I would wear this to a lot of places, not just a music festival. I really like the look of booties or mules with cut-off denim shorts! I think it gives this outfit more of a bohemian style, and it gives me yet another way to wear these versatile shoes.

DSC_0905I have had this top in my closet for years and I rediscovered it recently. I am excited to style it many different ways! In all honesty, if I could ONLY wear floral, flowy tops for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t be mad.

 

 

 

Speaking of floral and flowy tops, there is a HUGE sale at Free People right now! 50% off some new spring pieces, plus another 25% off sale items, so go check it out!

Denim shorts: Target (old, similar, similar) // Top: Free People (old) // Mules: Qupid Shoes (similar, similar) // Bralette: Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

 

 

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My last outfit would be perfect for those hot spring and summer days! I am trying to find a place/reason to where this outfit VERY soon!

I added silver jewelry to a dress with gold accents on it and I love how it turned out! Mixing metals is one of my favorite things to do. I would like to think that that makes me some sort of fashion blogger rebel.

I have never paired all these items and accessories together but I am glad I did! To top it off, I would add a black cross body bag and maybe a denim jacket, just in case the temperature in AZ decides to drop to the high 60’s or low 70’s. (Ha, those days are over.)

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Dress: Urban Outfitters  (old) // Bralette: Urban Outfitters (see above) // Silver Necklaces: Buffalo Exchange // Mules: Qupid Shoes (see above)

Are you planning on going to a music festival or a concert soon? Let me know who you are seeing and what you are wearing! 🙂

Hope you have a WONDERFUL day,

Jenny

 

 

 

What I want this blog to be

I started a blog in hopes to portray a sense of reality and everyday life in the fashion blogger sphere. And right now, I think that I have failed at achieving that initial goal of mine.

Sure, I could stand in front of pretty walls and take pictures of my outfits and accessories. Sure, I could write a few words about my outfit or about certain trends I am loving and call it a blog post, but where is the reality in this?

I want my blog and my Instagram to be an accurate representation of my life–my messy, mundane, chaotic, fun, hilarious, IMPERFECT life. 

If that means less followers, so be it. If that means I will never “make it” as a blogger, so be it. But at least I will be publishing an accurate version of myself.

I don’t think that I haven’t been myself on my blog or on my insta, but I do think that I have withheld information. I have withheld the struggles, the boring parts of the day, the life in between the posts; AKA the things that too many people withhold from others, especially on platforms such as blogs.

So what action will I take to make these goals a reality?

  • Of course, I will continue to take photos of outfits I am wearing and loving, but furthermore, I will choose to write more personal information about my day and my current life in my outfit blog posts, rather than just talk about the pieces of clothing that I am choosing to wear.
  • I will start a new blog series called, “Truth-filled Tuesdays,” where I talk about a current struggle or a thing that I am learning. This will encourage me to think and write about things on my heart every week. (Today’s will be the first!)
  • I will follow more blogs that have my same vision–the ones who want to include their whole lives onto their blog, not just the highlights.
  • I will post more “blooper” photos on my insta and my blog. (Honestly, though, I have a TON…)

Thank you for reading this and I hope you will stick around,

Jenny

P.S. if you have any ideas of what you would like for me to discuss on my new blog series, Truth-Filled Tuesdays, let me know! I have a couple ideas, but could always use more 🙂