Brooks Running Sneakers Will Brighten Up Your Outfits

A few weeks ago I was invited to check out the fall collection for Brooks Running. All I have to say is just because it's fall doesn't mean there won't be a lot of color in their looks. Who loves athletic wear with personality? I know I adore it.

As you know I'm mostly heels, wedges - I want to be a little taller shoes- kind of girl. But then you find sneakers that not only stand out but also speak to you. That's  what happened to me when I went to the Brooks Event.  If you're not familiar with the Heritage line, be prepared to fall in love.  The collection includes Chariot, Vanguard, and Fusion styles.

I decided to go with the Chariot. It was originally born in 1982; it was one of the most worn running shoes by runners in the eighties. It has a medial wedge for pronation control, molded tri-layer insole for cushioning, solid rubber outsole, reflective hits for visibility. So in other words they look and feel good. 

Chariot sneakers

I do workout, but these shoes are for every day rather than hardcore runs. We all need a pair of cool, colorful sneakers to pair up with maxi dresses. And these bright babies make my royal blue dress pop like no other shoes could possibly do. I heart them and I know I will be wearing them with other dresses, jeans and anything I want all summer into fall long. 

If you go into a neutral routine when fall rolls in, a pair of these sneakers is the perfect way to brighten up your look. Check out all of their available color combos here


How To Be Stylishly Inspired By Flowers Without Resorting To Flower Print.


Is it possible to be stylishly inspired by flowers and not be covered in flower print? Totally.
My favorite flower hands down is the sunflower. I grew up with them in my backyard, and the color was something that always caught my eye from the kitchen window. So, every summer I buy a bunch for my kitchen. That's what I did on Tuesday, check my Instagram. Then for some funny insane reason I see nothing but the beautiful mustard color everywhere. I'm still living in summer neon, but I'm already dreaming of sunflower yellow this fall.

Sincerely Jules

Tops in yellow here, tops in yellow there tops in yellow everywhere. Seriously everywhere! I took a walk through a shopping center the other day, and sunflower yellow was popping up everywhere. I don't know why I didn't notice it before.  Maybe retail shops have been checking my Instagram and noticed I loved the color and decided to stock up their shelves for me. A girl can dream.
But a top in this color is the perfect way to seamlessly work this color into your everyday style. It will work with the blue and gray jeans you already own.

If you're a little more daring, take a cue from Late Afternoon and wear a skirt. Honestly, I don't know if this is something I would do, but I  love the way she plays with the color.  You would think that yellow should be front and center, meaning only combined with neutral colors, but as you can see it can play along with other standout pastel colors and even prints. Have all the fun with this!  

vanessa jackman
This coat look is my jam! I tend to live more on the neutral side of fashion during the fall. A lot of gray, brown, white and black, so a coat in sunflower yellow would be perfect. The fact that I can just throw a coat on my shoulders, and take my look to a whole new level is everything I love about fashion. Don't be surprised if you see something like this piece pop up on my insta. You've been warned!

If you're not ready to commit to such big staple pieces in sunflower yellow, I totally understand. If you happen to see a top, a pair of pants, a coat in this color at a retail shop try it on. If you're still not sure, going the scarf route is a great way to take baby steps. Just do it! 

Don't you want to take a little bit of summer sunflower yellow into fall? I know I do! 


The Killer Look That Can Go From The Beach To Date Night.

As I walked home yesterday, I wished I was wearing an off the shoulder top. It's been super hot in Seattle. We're the city that breaks out tank tops when it goes above 60, so the 90's has been "I need three fans to survive" hot.  So, I've found myself wishing for a few tops that let my shoulders see the sun.

They're perfect for stylish everyday walks around the block and many other occasions.

The off the shoulder beach dress should be a staple. I don't have to tell you this. It's super easy to throw it over a bathing suit giving you that effortless cool look that you can take on and off the beach.


Unfortunately, we don't spend every day on the beach. Bummer, I feel you. This is the perfect opportunity to break out your off the shoulder top. It shows just enough skin to be summer friendly and fits perfectly into your everyday "I'm just meeting friends for an iced coffee" look.


Is it a good look for a date? Hells yes! Just pull that sleeves a little farther down the shoulders revealing a little more than you did for your day look. It's funny, but it never shows more than you would in a strapless, but since it's done in such a different way that it seems a little more scandalous. Trick to it: Dress it up with some major earrings.


If you find yourself in a predicament - as in you get caught in the hot sun, and your shoulders are completely covered, DIY it. A button top is perfect for this. Give it a go! 

I know this style isn't really anything new, but I know that some of us get stuck in the tank top, spaghetti straps look that we forget there's some other awesome styles to enjoy. 

Check out shopstyle for some awesome dresses on sale.  


Wearing All White Is So Hot Right Now!

You're probably not surprised to see a post about how cool white is, this is a story as old as time. But, I have to confess I've never worn an all-white outfit. I think I've always seen it as a bride outfit. You know how they wear all white to their wedding shower, rehearsal dinner and, of course, wedding. It looks so chic that I thought why should brides have all the fun. There's no need to wait until a special occasion to wear an all white, all awesome outfit. Rock it now.

Here're a few ways to make it part of your every day:

Victoria Platina

Girl on the go. 

The t-shirt dress that is chic for those days you have to run errands in heels. In truth, I won't rock this look. This boxy style does not work with my butt, but I still love it. So, for those Mondays you want to just roll out of bed, but don't want to look like it, wear a white t-shirt dress. 


Vacation vibes.

This is perfect for when you've spent all day at the beach and you can't wear a bikini to dinner. This white little fancy number shows off your tan in the the most flattering way.


Jump on it. 

An all white jumpsuit, sure you may be nervous to sit down, but if you're walking around a foreign city or even your own this is the way to do it. It's not casual, its a total grown up sophisticated spin off the overalls, so you can totally go out to dinner and be the chicest person in a 2 mile radius. 


Oh this is not all white. Let's break the rules. 
Are you a little nervous to do the all white, well take baby steps. Go for a bold piece in white. Wear it with your favorite pieces and see how you feel. I bet that will be the jump off piece to get you ready for an all white, all right outfit. 


Fun shoes, yes please.

Do you have a pair of shoes in your closet that just doesn't seem to work with any of your other outfits. I know I do. All white doesn't really clash with other colors - neon, pastels, primary - yes, yes and yes. So have a little fun, take out those funky shoes and rock an outfit you will adore.

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Hair Tutorial: This Easy Breezy Wave Takes Just 10 Minutes.

I rarely do anything with my hair. I think its the whole short hair complex and the fact that I always end up never having enough time. On special occasions, like my birthday I make an appointment at Gene Juarez to take my hair out of the everyday and style it in a special way. This year, I walked out of GJ with more than a hairstyle, I walked out of their learning that this "special occasion" hair can become an everyday occurrence in just a few minutes. Don't believe me, check it out. 

Kérastase, R&Co and Oribe

Of course, product is important. Here's what Marcela used for my look. The best thing is that I already owned 3 ( Oribe Beach Wave & Shine Spray, R+Co Sea Salt Spray, R+Co Outer Space Spray)out of the 4.

I know we, ok I tend to rush through the wash and dry part of the process, but it's important to throughly dry your hair. It should be 100% dry. Whenever I think its completely dry I purposely go a few minutes longer. It totally does the trick.

We're going to get into the meat of the tutorial, but there's two things you should do first. 

1. Make sure you've used heat protectant before you start using your heat staying tools.
            2. That you're using a 1 1/2 curling iron. 

Marcela sectioned out my hair so she could curl one big piece at a time. 

If you look closely at the curl, you can see she curled the hair around the iron tightly, but the let the ends stay loose so my hair could have that messy look.

Don't be afraid to use the hairspray. As you can see Oribe was used generously on my hair. I have a lot of hair so I always want to use a little more.

Run your fingers through your hair to help the pieces blend. Add some sea salt to give it a little more texture and you're all done. 

The actual styling part - curling, hairspray, blend took all of 10 minutes. No joke. It took me longer to dry my hair. I don't mind adding 10 more minutes to my hair routine because I felt a million times happier with messy "special occasion" now everyday hair. 

Thanks to Downtown Seattle Gene Juarez and my hairstylist Marcela for making this look possible. 


Last Minute Outfit Ideas for 4th of July!

4th of July is this weekend, and you have nothing to wear. If you're like me, you always have good intentions of picking up a cute patriotic dress, but then time just gets away from you. Well, it's happened to me again this year. So, I will be looking in my closet for some easy outfits, so I can still show my red white and blue without having to go shopping. Here are some of my favorite everyday red, white and blue outfits that will inspire you to look into your closet for 4th of July outfit ideas.


Staples in my closet - the chambray shirt and chucks. You don't have to have a red and white stripe dress to complete the look. It can be all red or white and complete the look with red accessories. 

Denim shorts - an easy way to make sure your outfit has blue.


Prints that are not stripes are game too. Don't limit yourself. 

If the outfit is not coming together there's still a cute fall back, patriotic headbands pop up a lot during this time of year. Pick one up and enjoy the 4th of July.

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It's All About The Hat This Summer.

It's officially summer which means the sun is here to stay. YAY! Now I feel like I can fully commit to a summer wardrobe. I've gone down a rabbit hole of summer dresses, which is a lot of fun. But I've noticed something, an accessory is missing. I just never feel complete. And then I realized I need to find a hat. It's a super hot accessory right now. In style and self-care. A hat doesn't only just elevate a look and can save you from getting wrinkles. Win-Win, right?

A hat can work with many different looks. I'll prove it.

You don't have to go out and look for a summer hat, your fall/winter hat could work. So, try that first.

I never bring a hat to the beach, and that's a big mistake. I rarely pick a chair with an umbrella because I don't want to block the sun rays. But I always wish I had a hat so I could protect my face. This year I will be taking a hat to a beach this year.

This is one of my favorite looks. It's that casual cool look that feels like you just woke up like this. And thanks to a great hat you can wake up and look like this. No hair style needed.  

Hats are fun with friends, especially at festivals and even when you wear all black. 

Matchy-matchy, totally not a must. But have fun with your hat. They come in so many designs and styles that you can even match your swimsuit.  

I have some weddings coming up, and they're all outside. I am leaning towards a maxi dress, but I might bring a hat. I wouldn't necessarily wear during the ceremony, I don't want to block the photographer, but for after the wedding when the sun is still out, its fair game.

It sounds like a hat can work for every occasion, right? I told you I would prove it. If you don't think hats works for you, still try it on. There are different styles, so you still could find the one.

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7 Reasons to Not Pack Away Your Black Clothes This Summmer

I love wearing black all year long. In fact, I am wearing a black dress as I write this, and it's about 80 degrees outside. I do try to wear a little more white and color in the summer, but my black dresses are still in the rotation. So here are a few ways to wear your favorite black pieces all summer long. 

Have you ever thought about wearing shorts to work? It seems like a fine line and totally dependent on the style of shorts. Black instantly takes the controversial "maybe you shouldn't wear that" look to office appropriate. If Christine Centenera can do it, I can too. Definite style envy.

Date night is going to be every night this summer. If you're heading out with your significant other, meeting up with the ladies or even doing a little happy hour fun with some co-workers, an all black outfit is the perfect look to rock. 


Does your event schedule seem to triple in the summer? I know mine does, but it's not hard to add a little fancy to your everyday look with a fun LBD. LBD's don't have a seasonality attached to them. That's why they work.

on the racks

Summer leather, black leather - it does make sense! I wake up on the go every single day. I'm never late, but I'm always about 5 minutes from being late, so finding something to wear can be headache. But a leather skirt can be effortless in style and time. A lady on the go always needs easy, stylish pieces. 

Sincerely Jules

The most important summertime ritual - farmers market shopping.  Pike Place Market is here all year round, but Fremont, Ballard, Terry, Queen Anne and many other markets are opening up all over the city. It's the perfect thing to do with family, friends or alone. However you want to enjoy the market is up to you, but your favorite black dress that flows easily in the wind would be the perfect thing to wear.

Could I Have That?

I'm more of a neon person when it comes to beach time, but a black bathing suit is no stranger to the beach. Take the whole look up a notch and go all black - sandals, coverup, and sunglasses. Chic on the beach - accomplished.

Fire On The Head

I don't know about you but an early morning Sunday coffee run is almost always a must. It's still super cool in the mornings, so cozy black jeans, a black sweatshirt, and black sunglasses makes your "I just got out of bed, I need coffee now" run into an " I woke up like this" moment.

I hope this seven ways to wear black all summer long keeps you from packing your favorite pieces away. They were good to you in the cold months they won't let you down in the warm ones.