Hi, it’s Jess.

Welcome to the new http://www.styledbyjess.com.  It’s pretty snazzy, right?  Take a look around, let me know what you think.

I’ve been blogging for a couple years now.  I have such fun doing it because it’s my way to share all the creative and stylish thoughts and ideas that I have swimming around in my head at all times.  I really enjoy creating these posts and I hope you enjoy reading them.

I have to publicly thank my cute husband for helping redesign my site, I honestly had no clue how to do any of it and he patiently helped me throughout the process.

Have a good Monday – back to normal posts tomorrow!

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Couple Things

We had a good week around here, we weren’t too busy, which is nice so we could appreciate the simple things.  The biggest news I have is I will reveal a major blog redesign on Monday!  Make sure to check www.styledbyjess.com first thing Monday morning – I’d love to hear your feedback when the new site is revealed!

Here’s a photo recap of our week:

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My obsession with pistachio green began when I found this necklace at J. Crew Factory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got Z some mega blocks and she has been building towers ever since…  This baby is going to be a lego kid just like her daddy.  =)

Blue-Apron-Dinner (3)

We got our ingredients for our Blue Apron meals – more on this next week!

Easter-craft-supplies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am excited to start making Easter crafts!  I will have start sharing ideas next week…

Have a great weekend, here are some fun links:

J.Crew behind the scenes Spring/Summer 2013 presentation.

Shirley MacLaine is back for season 4 of Downton Abbey!

Here is a fun interview with working mom and Crewcuts designer Jenny Cooper.

Bloomingdales interviews Milly designer Michelle Smith about her Spring 2013 collection. I cannot seem to get enough of her bright preppy prints!

This new Marimekko print Converse sneaker line is awesome I love the yellow flower high tops the best.

Grilled Veggie and Goat Cheese Sandwich

For lunch I usually eat something boring like a Lean Cuisine or turkey sandwich.  The other day we had some leftover goat cheese that had to be used up and I recalled an episode of Giada at Home on Food Network where she made a delicious grilled vegetable sandwich with goat cheese spread on the bread.  I made my own version of that and it was just spectacular – more indulgent than a low cal Lean Cuisine, but worth it!

Mix about 2 oz room temperature goat cheese with chopped chives.
Mix olive oil with herbs – parsley, oregano, rosemary, s&p.
Mix veggies with oil and grill them, I used red onion and zucchini.
Brush remaining seasoned oil on your bread, I used ciabatta.
Once veggies were almost done I added roasted red peppers.  Grill your bread, too.
Spread your goat cheese on the bread when it’s right off the grill.
Add veggies.
Enjoy!

 

What to Wear – Pistachio Green

Have you heard? Apparently pistachio green is THE color of spring, 2013. It’s a bright, minty green and goes well with neutrals, metallics, and even coral if you’re daring – see below!

We were up skiing over the weekend and on the second day we were very cliche and while the men skied, my mom, Z, and I did a little outlet shopping. I found a fabulous necklace in pistachio green and my mom found jeans. I thought I would put together an outfit of how to wear this spring’s it color – it’s the exact necklace and jeans we bought this weekend.  Note – wearing all of these items all at once is overkill, but I wanted to show that pistachio green is everywhere!

Pistachio-Green

1. Neon stone and crystal necklace by J.Crew Factory; 2. Zoey sunglasses from Banana Republic; 3. Sparkle and shine bobbi set from ban.do; 4. Eye shadow pallette from shu uemura; 5. Mesilla peasant blouse from anthropologie; 6. Not Your Daughter‘s Jill fitted ankle jeans; 7. Zoya nail polish in Neely; 8. Beaded pouch from anthropologie; and 9. Clear sandals from Forever 21.

Review of essie Repstyle Nail Polish

I’ve been seeing essie’s new snakeskin magnetics repstyle line at CVS and Target for a while now and I finally bought a bottle to try. I was very skeptical if it would work or not – you hold the magnetic cover over your nails and it instantly creates this snakeskin pattern – how?!  I know patterned nails are big right now and this would be a much easier and less timely way to have interesting nails.

I picked the snake rattle and roll color and followed the directions carefully:

Paint your usual base coat followed by one coat of the repstyle polish.
Paint the second coat of color one finger at a time.  Immediately after you paint a finger, hold the magnetic side of the cap as close to the nail as possible for 5 seconds.
Last, paint with your usual top coat.
Here is my right hand all painted and magnetized – looks cool!  Here are some tips:
1. You have to hold that bottle cap CLOSE to your fingers for this to work
2. You should also sort of move it around the curve of your nail, otherwise just the top of your nail will get the pattern.  I did my left hand first and that’s why my right hand came out much better.
3. Hold for 10 seconds (not their recommended 5).
4. Don’t paint with too much polish or else the pattern won’t appear.  The more polish you use, the less clear the pattern is.

It’s Going to be a Dottie Neon Spring

After I posted about Spring attire last week, I realized that most of the clothes I’ve bought for our little Z for the season are either polka dot and/or neon.  Certainly not a bad thing!  Here are some other cute things I scooped up for her:

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Robeez bow crazy mini shoez in hot pink!

babyGap dot pleated dress
babyGap picot dot top – this is a great, bright, lime green in person

 

Old Navy gold dot foil leggings
Carter’s neon hair clips
babyGap dot baseball t

 

Zara velour jacket – check out the gold polka dots on the lining of the sweater – love!

Couple Things

It was a little hectic in our house this week with a couple nights out for me and poor Z got sick for a quick 24 hours.  We still managed to have lots of fun though – here’s a photo recap of our week:

Zoe-at-lunch

We had a dicey ride home from skiing on Sunday in the snow and stopped for lunch at some random pizza place right off the highway…Zoe was full of smiles as she ate her hamburger.

 

Close-up of Maxine the cat.

 

We had a blast at the library!

 

I got a yummy dessert treat on the way out of one of the work events I went to.

 

Zoe is officially addicted to watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse before bed.

 

And even though she was sick, she was still all smiles as she sat in her little  rocking chair.

 

Have a great weekend – here are a few fun links!

If you haven’t seen enough yet – here are the 2013 Oscars dissected gown by gown

It’s fun to watch Bobby Flay make his cioppino dish – it’s what I ordered when my sister and friends took me to Bar Americain in NYC for my bachelorette!

“Lena Dunham’s” Zero Dark Thirty audition.  Hysterical.