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staycation: NYC

7 Apr

sincerely julesDespite the return back from our southwest adventure last Monday, today feels like my first day back to it.  Getting into the swing of things has been difficult since Dina was off all last week too.  I’d been vibing off her extended vacation and using it to my advantage.  With that being said, I decided to put off reality for a few more days and we lined up activities chock full of art, culture and cuisine for our remaining time.

And so our staycation began in our home city on Tuesday with a leisurely brunch at Lafayette, one of my new favorite spots to dine.  A Paris meets New York City vibe, the food is right-on.  I had the brisket burger which is not my typical mid-day light fare, but figured why not since we were still in vacay mode.  Dina had the steak tartar, roasted carrot salad and mouth watering deviled eggs that I will surely be ordering in the future.  I’m looking forward to the (hard to find in this city) outdoor space for those inching closer warmer days.  For a quick latte and a scone, the restaurant houses a small french bakery for take-away.  We got last minute tickets to the opera La Sonnambula for that evening.  I’ve never been, but have always wanted to.  Lucky for us, orchestra seats became available and we scooped them up.  Grateful for the experience, I can’t say I’ll be a buying a membership at the Metropolitan Opera House anytime soon.  What’s a stayacation without visiting the spa?  I scheduled a massage at Great Jones and Dina checked out the new thermal baths at AIRE.  Both relaxed, decompressed and unwound, we met up later that evening and took in an early movie.  The Grand Budapest Hotel was a visual feast!  Wes Anderson is a creative genius and the attention to detail with cinematography, storyline, wardrobe, props, etc. was next level.  A quick bite after at Ribalta, a local joint with a gluten free pizza option!  Rare find.  On Friday we hit up the Museum of the City of New York to see the “City As Canvas” graffiti exhibit, featuring Martin Wong’s collection.  A quick train ride up to 103rd street, I recommend the visit.  Such an authentic exhibit which represents much of what the street culture in NYC felt like in the late 70’s and 80’s.  The museum had other worthy to visit exhibits including “Rising Waters” which documents via photographs the events before, during and after Hurricane Sandy.

Over the weekend, we spent time with family, hung-out in Washington Square Park and took in one more delicious meal at Perla on Saturday night to celebrate Dina’s new job.  Today is day one at Google and I am the proudest wife on the planet.  No doubt she is going to kill it.  Although I’m going to miss our endless days of adventure, I’m feeling EXTRA EXTRA grateful for the time we’ve had.  I know how lucky we are.  It’s not often that you get to spend this type of uninterrupted time with the person that you love.  It has been an epic three weeks from Utah to Telluride to exploring our home turf in New York City and I’ve cherished each and every single moment.  The reality of getting back to work is off and running and both of us are ready to dive back in, feeling more rested, replenished and inspired.

Never forget to take the time you need to breathe and reboot.  Sometimes we’re all are on autopilot, and allow ambition and the pressure of success and making money to take the focus away from other important aspects of life.  But by stepping away and giving yourself the space to gain perspective, you will always come back with a new level of appreciation, loving yourself and the people around you (and even your job!) more than before!  Happy Monday!  xx jenny

NEXT UP:  A recap of our adventures through Utah & Colorado + an epic spotlight of Katelin Sisson, co-founder of Yoga for Bad People!

photo via Sincerely Jules

 

behind the scenes

14 Mar

photoshoot - 7The past few weeks I’ve spent most of my time styling for Mix Apparel, the Australian based company I consult for.  While on set yesterday, I remembered how grateful I am for my job.  It’s almost a year since leaving corporate America and although I’ve had moments of doubt and uncertainty, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to make the change.  Because I get to collaborate on such diverse projects, I learn something new and am challenged on the reg.  I have also met some of the loveliest, most creative and inspiring people I’ve ever known.  I’m reminded when I scroll through my inbox how most of these relationships didn’t exist just one year ago.  It’s mind-blowing what can happen when you switch paths.  My world has opened up to a whole new level and the growth is immeasurable both professionally and personally.  Even on days when I am scared and wavering (which can happen from time to time), I know I’m doing what I love, what I choose – stretching myself and expanding so that I can land exactly where I want to be.  Early on I would cry to Dina, saying how alone I felt, how I didn’t know if I was strong enough to continue and question if I had what it took to be successful.  I was looking for validation and wanted reassurance that it was the right decision.  In time I realized no one can do that for me – it needed to come from within.  None of it mattered until I believed in myself.  And that took me time to find too.  I wouldn’t trade those difficult moments out for anything.  They have proven worth fighting through.  It’s not simple choosing an unpredictable path, but if you have a passion for something different, embrace your inner courage and do it.  Grab every ounce of strength and decide to take control of your destiny.  There are times of discomfort and it won’t be easy, but the reward is living your fullest, most nourishing and best life.  You only have one – make it what you want it be.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at our kids shoot from yesterday at Industria Studios.  Candy, Amy and Mark, in some of the photos below,  are just a few of those amazing new additions to my life.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend filled with tons of soul and lots of style!  xx jenny

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gettin’ art’y

12 Mar

mel bochnerThis past weekend we hit up The Armory Show here in NYC, which showcases modern and contemporary artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries.  Every March for the past fifteen years, galleries from around the globe come together to present at the four day event.  This was my first time attending and it was AMAZING!  I loved EVERY SINGLE SECOND of it!  Aside from the occasional visit to local galleries or perusing museums while traveling, I don’t spend too much time studying fine art.  The appreciation is there, but I was never exposed to the history, influences, periods, techniques, etc.  I just know what I like.  When a photo or painting can take me on an emotional journey resonating somewhere deep, the artist has got me hooked.  It’s a powerful exchange.  And sometimes it’s just about an interesting geometric pattern like Mark Hagen’s acrylic on burlap, which was one of my favorites of the day.  I would have purchased it in two shakes of a lamb’s tail if I could.  While navigating through endless aisles on a quest for the next intriguing piece, I can’t forget to mention the epic people watching and fashion too.  Those art’y peeps have got some serious style!  It was inspiration overload and I really could not get enough!  My creative senses were in full bloom.  All in all, a fulfilling day that peaked my interest to learn more about the art scene!  I can’t say I’ll ever be an expert, but am open to some further education.  I am finally taking that photography workshop I spoke about here this coming Saturday and perhaps next up an Art History class?  A few more of my favorites from the show…

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Artists (from top): Mel Bochner (Oh Well), Mark Hagen (Untitled), Juan Genoves, Jose Parla (blooming city marks), Tracey Emin (Wanting You), James Hugonin (Binary Rhythm), Shilpa Gupta (Eye Test), Tim Noble & Sue Webster (Fucking Beautiful), Ed Templeton (clockwise from top left: girl eats, girl smokes, kissing kids, walking girl), Unknown, Tomas Saraceno (Untitled), Peter Halley (unknown), Kris Martin (Somebody), Chuck Close (Self Portrait)

homes & spaces

14 Feb

6aa1845b90789fc498370e456884492cDina and I started the semi-serious conversation about moving because although we love our apartment, we simply need more space.  I avoid this chat like the plague because despite the excitement of a new home, it’s stressful and nerve-racking at the same time.  New York City is a tough market to find a dream situation and one way or another, you are compromising somewhere (unless you’re SJP & Matthew Broderick).  Whether it be natural light, a doorman, neighborhood, closet size or layout – you are not going to find everything you want in one place.  It’s the nature of the beast.  That being said, the decorating is all yours!  My ever-growing home pinterest board is full of inspiring spaces and I can’t wait to implement some of these amazing ideas!  Along with the ones mentioned here and here.  Happy weekend!  Hope you stay cozy in your home!

And happy love day to you and yours!  xx jenny

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mz wallace metro tote

10 Jan

MZ WALLACEI can’t take an ounce of credit for finding this MZ Wallace Metro Tote.  My friend came over for brunch during the holidays and like a hawk to its prey, I spotted her epic bag.  I ordered my own a week later and have been toting it (pun intended) around NYC ever since.  It’s practically as light as air which works in my favor because I tend to carry everything other than the kitchen sink.  It’s also quilted which is a super hip and on trend texture this season.  And if that’s not enough, it’s water resistant which came in handy these past few weeks of snow and polar-vortexing.  The sensible price point is just the cherry on top.  Head over to MZ Wallace to view the larger version of this style and a plethora of other print and color options.  And check out their collage page which I am honored to be a part of!  Happy Friday ya’ll! xx jenny

style: the best of 2013

30 Dec

the best ofInspired by this post and fellow bloggers, instagrammers and tastemakers around the globe, I decided to recap my first year of YSS with a “STYLE: the best of 2013” tribute.  Here is a snapshot of some favorite looks from this past year.  There were obvious consistencies in my overall styling, wearing mostly solid pieces and maintaining an urban boho sensibility.  And I personalized each ensemble with details like hats, bags, sunnies and scarves.  Style is about authenticity and finding your own rhythm, but like our mental and emotional selves, it should always be evolving.  Thinking outside the box provides an opportunity for growth and if something is uncomfortable, you can simply change course.  Just like Teddy Roosevelt said, “it is better to have tried and failed, than not have tried at all.”  I took some chances in 2013 (ahem, crop tops!) and I can’t wait to see what develops in the coming year!  My crystal ball says I will be taking many more risks.  Stay tuned and join me!

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photos via candy kennedy & ira jesse pfeffer

the heat is on

4 Oct

0c9dff82dace5f259da1f71dcaa9ce69Despite the Indian summer happening over here in NYC (it’s going to be 81 degrees today!), I’ve retired summer styling and moved into fall.  For the past week I’ve been tripped up on what to wear (or not wear) since temperatures are unseasonably warm, but still – fall, I got your back.  A few looks to inspire you through the heat wave…

Have a fantastic weekend and stay cool!  xx jenny

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spotlight: photoshootin’

14 May

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Last week I styled a kids shoot for an Australian company called Mix, owned by Joe Mimran of Joe Fresh.  The philosophy behind Mix is about designing, “quality basics and on trend clothing at a surprisingly good value”.  I’m an advocate for companies that provide affordable fashion which can be obtained by all and Mix certainly hits the mark.  This was my second time styling for the brand and I will share the images and web content with you when they go live.   The kids were gorgeous and the amazing photographer, Candy Kennedy captured some adorable moments throughout the day.  Here is a preview of a few shots taken with my iphone and I will post the edited images in the coming weeks!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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gettin’ skirt’y

6 May

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Hello and happy Monday!  Last week I happened upon this zara origami skirt on a shopping expedition for a friend.  I tried very hard to stay the course and shop through the lens of “what would so and so like”, but this little number was eye’ing me from the center aisle hang bar and I couldn’t resist.  Like a seductress woman giving a man across the bar that convincing wink – I was reeled in.  I’m not a big skirt person but in my quest to continuously think (and dress) outside the box – I thought, ‘what the heck”.  As much as I feel it’s important to stay ‘comfortable’ in self expression – this is relative.  I also believe it is critical to stretch beyond our comfort zone (and I mean that in more ways than just fashion).  We should always consider the opportunity for growth and newness.  I didn’t try on the skirt – I was shopping during the 5pm rush hour and the dressing room line was already twenty deep.  I seriously could have spent hours upon end there though – the new zara concept stores are enormous and oozing with trend right, fashion goodies – all for extremely competitive prices.  Note to New Yorkers: check out the 34th street and 52nd and 5th locations!  So back to the skirt – I didn’t want to wait on the long line so added it to my pile of items and figured I could always return.  Well – no return necessary my friends.  This skirt fits like a glove and is just all over perfect!  Did I mention it cost $79.90?!?  And if you’re not digging this print, zara also offers similar here and here.  I will be wearing this skirt endlessly – most likely as such…

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  1. Zara jacquard sarong skirt, $79.90, zara.com
  2. J.Crew selvedge chambray shirt, $98, jcrew.com
  3. Aquazzura cutout booties, $465, shopbop.com
  4. J.Crew chevron bracelet, $78, jcrew.com
  5. Makeup Forever rouge artist natural n45, $19, sephora.com

weekend reform

19 Apr

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It’s Friday – finally!  We’ve made it and the weekend is here.  Hope you all have something enjoyable planned and are spending time with your favorite people.  Rounding out my week of shopping posts – I thought I’d offer you a final tip to take you into the weekend.

I happened upon reformation when I was shopping the LES  (LES = lower east side) for my pre-wedding dinner outfit.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going for however I knew I wanted to look edgy (black was a must) to counter the white dress that would happen the next night.  So alas – reformation appeared.  Choices galore – between the backless jumpsuits and plunging neckline maxi dresses I was like a kid in a candy store.  I wound up with this gem, felt perfect and certainly achieved my fashion goal for the night – reformation had done me right.  With no question I had found exactly what I had been looking for.  On top of them carrying a stellar fashion collection from an aesthetic point of view, it is “an environmentally sustainable fashion brand that repurposes vintage and surplus materials.  Their collection is made locally in the New York and Los Angeles studios, and sold directly to their stores at fair prices”  Get the full story here.  Head over to the site if you’re not native to NYC or LA because they ship throughout the US, free on orders over $50.  It’s kind of a win all around, right?

Here are some of my favorites that I’m coveting from the spring/summer collection.

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And……..some other links I picked up from the week to keep you busy for a minute over the weekend!

Refinery29 says this Loeffler Randall is the new ‘it’ bag.  What do you think?

Sarah Yates from a house in the hills looking extra chic in this look from monday’s post.

I’m lucky if I make it to yoga, but if you’re a cardio aficionado and also love a good stretch, check this new brooklyn spot out.

Coachella music festival was last and this weekend.  I’m not going, but if I was would certainly be wearing this.  For more coachella fashion check this and this out!

Speaking of Coachella, check this deal out!   If you haven’t been to Palm Springs yet, it is heaven on earth.  My happy place.

Gwnyeth Paltrow is getting a ton of criticism from this ny post review but you have to admit, the woman has got taste!  Check this post from goop for an epic travel recommendation.

Have a great one and see you next week!!  xx  #yoursoulstyle

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