Let’s Jess UP Style Tip: How to extend the life of your summer wardrobe!

Photography by Claire Peterson

Sweater: Intermix Dress: Max Studio Boots: Marc Fischer Purse: Gucci Necklace: Amazon Sunglasses: Celine

Happy Fall everyone! It’s that time of year to pull out sweaters and boots and layer up! I posted a layered look this week in case you missed it. Layering is one of my favorite parts of fall and winter, but another part of the season that I love is the challenge of recycling items in my wardrobe. Just because you purchase a piece of clothing with summer in mind doesn’t mean that you have to put that piece away when the weather changes. I challenge you to think outside the box and transition it into new seasons like I did with this dress:

 I originally bought this dress for summer and wore it multiple times and for a lot of different occasions. To transition it into fall, I added a cropped sweater on top and paired the look with a waist bag to accentuate my middle. Here are a some tips to keep in mind when styling your summer wardrobe for fall:

  1. Add a pair of tights
  2. Add a leather jacket
  3. Skip the sandals and pair your summer dress with suede booties or over the knee boots
  4. Add a duster (I love this one and will def be using it to transition more dresses into the colder months)
  5. Add a chunky cardigan! Remember when adding a chunky knit on top, make sure to accentuate your waist in some way. You don’t want to look sloppy 😉
  6. Take risks! Fashion is all about trying something new and being confident! Share your looks with me if you try this out!!

What do you guys think? Are you inspired to try to continue the life of your summer dresses into the cold weather months?

xoxo-J

HEALTHIFIED CHICKEN ENCHILADAS!

I just finished a plate of 2 full chicken enchiladas and only ate a total of 10 carbs! How is that possible you may ask?! Well, my Mom makes the most delicious chicken enchiladas in the world (I may be biased) but they aren’t the healthiest. I decided to take a stab at recreating them but making them healthier since I am currently on the F Factor diet! I replaced the flour tortillas (which boast around 24 grams of carbs per tortilla) with Tumaro’s low carb wraps that have only 4 grams of carbs per wrap. I also added mushrooms for more fiber and instead of sour cream I served them with 0% fat greek yogurt. I must say that they are SUPER delicious and totally cured my Mexican food craving without derailing me from my diet. See below for the ingredients and directions! Let me know if you guys make these. I want to hear how they turn out!

Ingredients:

Enchiladas:

6-8 tumaro’s low calorie multigrain wraps

-1 rotisserie chicken shredded, white meat only

-1 cup of white button mushrooms chopped

-1/4 of a white onion

-low fat re-fried beans

-½ package of taco seasoning mix (I prefer the Trader Joe’s mix)

-Enchilada sauce (I prefer Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce)

-/2 cup shredded low-fat Mexican cheese

Toppings (all optional, just what I prefer):

-Chopped romaine lettuce

-Pineapple salsa

-0% fat greek yogurt

Directions:

-Set oven to 400 degrees

-Pull apart all the white meat off of your rotisserie chicken. Set aside.

-Saute your chopped onions and mushrooms in a large pan. I use ghee to cook mine. Saute your veggies until they become soft (3-4 minutes.)

-Once your veggies are soft, add the pulled apart rotisserie white chicken into the pan. Mix the chicken together with the mushrooms and onions.

-Add half a package of taco seasoning mix to the pan with a splash of water to coat the chicken. Mix all of this together until completely combined. Set aside.

-Take each tortilla and spread a teaspoon of refried beans on the tortilla. Just enough to make a thin layer

-Add the chicken, onion and mushroom mixture into the tortilla and roll each one up, placing them side by side

-Place your tortillas (wrap side down) in a 9×13 baking dish

-Pour and spread the enchilada sauce evenly between the tortillas

-Top your enchiladas with ½ cup of cheese (or less, I like cheese!)

-Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes covered with aluminum foil

-Serve with chopped romaine lettuce, pineapple salsa, and 0% fat greek yogurt (or whatever enchilada toppings you prefer!

-ENJOY!!

Please let me know if any of you guy try this recipe out! It’s definitely going to become a house staple for us!

xoxo-J

LAYER UP

Photography by Shadi Garman

Top: Not available online. Similar here Purse: Gucci Blazer: Nordstrom Boots: Marc Fisher (on sale!!) Skirt: Frame Denim Glasses: Warby Parker


Hi Friends! I hope you all have had a great week so far. I am  absolutely exhausted. I can’t seem to catch up on sleep. Charlee has been waking up a few times a night. She cries out for a minute and passes back out, but then I’m up after which has been tough. I think she is either having a nightmare or her teeth are bothering her.Then yesterday morning she woke up at 5 A.M. which hasn’t happened since she was a newborn so as you can imagine I am REALLY tired ha! I can’t wait for her top teeth to come down. I see them and they are being stubborn!

Anyways, sorry to rant but I am such a sleep lover so when I am not well rested I get a little crazy haha! Let’s talk about this look! I am so excited that the weather is starting to change so I can get creative with layering. Layering is one of my favorite trends. I think it has gotten super popular over the last few seasons. One of my favorite bloggers Blaire Eadie of Atlantic Pacific is the best at layering. She sometimes wears two coats and manages to make her outfit look effortlessly chic!! I may not be rocking two coats here, but I loved how this look came together. What do you guys think?!

I thought I’d put together a post of random thoughts and links to articles or items I’ve been coveting lately:

  1. Have you guys watched “The Good Place” on Netflix starring Kristen Bell? It’s HILARIOUS! We randomly started watching that last night and are now 4 episodes in. It’s super funny and easy to watch. Speaking of, I also loved Jack Ryan on Amazon and The Sinner is also good on USA.
  2. I have slowly become a podcast loving person and just started “Dr. Death.” It’s super creepy but also SO GOOD. Awesome storytelling of one of the craziest true stories ever. It’s by the same producers of Dirty John which is also a great podcast.
  3. I just ordered a ton of clothes for Charlee from Gap.com. They are having a huge sale right now…although aren’t they always?! I find that they have really great quality and the price is awesome.
  4. I have been really enjoying my Dancebody stream subscription. It is only $34.99 per month to stream classes! I stream the class on my apple TV and do the workouts right in my apartment. I really like the sculpt and express classes the best.
  5. A friend recently introduced me to Girls Night In which is  an email newsletter subsription and blog. Every Friday I get an email from them with a list of their best self-care tips and recommendations for “your night in.” It is super interesting to read and I discover a lot of cool products and offerings from it.
  6. My sister is due with a baby boy in less than 1 month and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!
  7. I just recently discovered these Raw Rev Glo protein bars. They are delicious and have 10g of protein, 12g of fiber and only 9 grams of carbs! To give you some reference of the carb count on these, Luna bars have around 25gof carbs per bar. Crazy right?!
  8. I just got these hair ties with bows on them for Charlee and she keeps them in and doesn’t try to pull the bow off since they are attached to the hair tie
  9. We just booked a weekend away in Hudson for a weekend in October. If you haven’t had a chance to discover upstate NY, you should! It’s so beautiful especially in the fall and winter. I am excited for pumpkin patches, wine tasting and coziness haha!
  10. London Fashion Week is in full force and there are so many fun trends that have arrived. Check out this article to see a recap!

Hope you all enjoyed this post!

xoxo-J

BABY MUST HAVES 9-12 MONTHS

Photography by Shadi Garman

Hi Friends! it’s been a while since I have done a baby must-haves post! Well, 3 months actually ha! I have done 2 so far, my newborn essentials  & my 3-6 month essentials. I missed 6-9 eek! It was a very busy time in our lives so I’m going to include some must-haves from those months in this post!

Baby’s First Year Baby Book: I LOVE this baby book! I received it as a gift from my best friend Mackenzie. It does a lot of the work for you in that it’s super interactive and the illustrations are super cute. I love it!

Baby Touch and Feel First Words Book: Charlee got this book from her Aunt Ashlea and I am telling you it is her FAVORITE book. She absolutely loves it and I always have it in my diaper bag to help keep her entertained. She loves to touch all the animals and items in the book and even learned to say “tickle tickle” from a page in the book!

NUK sippy Cup: At 12 weeks, our doctor told us to not only transition Charlee from formula to whole milk, but to also get her off the bottle and start drinking milk out of a sippy cup. We started by transitioning her to milk and it was surprisingly easy! We mixed 1/2 formula and 1/2 whole milk for a few days and slowly decreased the amount of formula. After a full week she had transitioned! Then the next week we tried the sippy cup and she took to it right away! The Nuk sippy cup worked really well for her.

Oxo-tot Sippy cup: This is another sippy cup that Charlee likes. It is a great way to introduce a straw to your baby!

Native Shoes: These shoes are AWESOME! They are waterproof and made of a rubber material making them super durable. I put these on her when we are heading to the beach or the splash pad or pool! Charlee is currently in a size 4 for reference.

Hair Bows: These are my go-to hair bows for Charlee. They stay put and aren’t too big :). PLUS they are inexpensive!

Kids Ipad cover: I have to be honest and say that Charlee does have some screen time. This only happens if we are traveling or out to dinner and she gets antsy. I do my best to limit screen time but let’s be real, I’m human and sometimes I need some help! We had an iPad that we weren’t using so we bought this

Travel Noise Maker: This is not only the best travel noise maker, but also the best noise maker in general! It gets super loud and drowns out all the noise. It is super small and lasts for HOURS after it’s charged. I highly recommend this!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I am so excited because this weekend I am heading down to NC to celebrate my baby sister and throw her a baby shower with my mom! Make sure to follow along on my Instagram stories to see what we planned!

xoxo-J