It’s like a miracle.
Francesca and I live on opposite coasts now, so we don’t get to see each other nearly as often as we’d like. And so when we do get to see each other…we like to do it up.
Pretend we’re still living together in L.A. and thinking about things like which bathing suit to wear on a Tuesday afternoon.
Put on sequins and red lipstick and get into a little trouble.
(Oh, okay…we got in no trouble at all. We tried, I swear, but after sacrificing ten bucks to the slot machines we decided to just cut our losses and window-shop for shoes along the Grand Canal.)
On me: Haute Hippie dress (similar); TopShop Longline Sequin Bralet (similar); Le Icon Pochette purse c/o Dareen Hakim (more shots here); hoop earrings and bangles c/o INC; Nine West patent leather heels; rings c/o Sophia Forero.
Last night, a birthday present (it’s on Sunday) from my parents arrived on my doorstep.
It’s Le Creuset’s 3 1/2 Qt. Braiser, and can apparently be used for everything from stir-frys to sauces to roast chickens.
I am so excited I don’t even know what else to say about it. Recipes, as always, are welcomed with open arms.
Q. Hi Jordan!
I love your style and am hoping you can help me with something.
I just found out I’m pregnant!
I know it’s a little early to be thinking about maternity clothes, but the truth is I’m already bloated and cannot deal with anything tight around my waist. I’ve got a slew of bridal and baby showers coming up; can you recommend some stylish not-yet-maternity dresses that will work for the first trimester (and maybe beyond)?
Thanks so much!
I totally get where you’re coming from – it’s common to “feel” a little pregnant (and want to wear less constricting clothing) even before your body visibly changes.
This worked out pretty well for me because I favor the potato-sack-ish look in my regular life, so I had lots of pieces already sitting right there in my closet…but what I discovered early in pregnancy was that it’s not just about wearing flowy pieces: it’s about wearing pieces that have visual elements – ruffles, ruching, interesting draping – that keep the eye moving, and then drawing focus to your face with a pretty updo (your hair, just so you know, is about to start looking spectacular) and a pair of striking earrings or a collarbone-skimming necklace.
Above are some high-end examples, just to give you an idea of the kinds of dresses I’m talking about.
And here’s a real-world example: a dress I wore when I was about 4 1/2 months pregnant. See how that neat layered effect doesn’t say “maternity dress”…but still adds movement? It was also really comfortable, thanks to the elastic waistline that was hidden by the draping. (More shots of the look – and product info – here.)
The dress looks different on me now, of course, but I still love it.
Here are a few options I picked out for you that work for daytime events like baby and bridal showers.
L to R: Kate Dress ($230); Halston Heritage (available in select sizes in Tangerine; $85 on sale); Cynthia Rowley (also available in black; $169 on sale); MSGM ($225); Mariella Rosati (also available in navy and black; $109 on sale); Vix (has the same draping effect as the pink dress pictured on me; $166 on sale).
One last thing: if you’re looking to keep your pregnancy a secret until you hit the second trimester, click here for some more ideas.
These are really extremely cute.
And then I saw that they were Furla, and $248…which is a lot generally, but kind of surprisingly inexpensive for a Furla.
And they’re really extremely cute.
Let’s “Lust & Less” it!
My immediate reaction is that this is an obvious case of when you should go for the “Less” version: we’re talking about a trendy bag that’s very summer-specific; not necessarily the kind of piece you’d want to invest in.
But…but but but: I ordinarily don’t care a ton about whether my accessories are from some fancy brand or another, and yet I think what I love about this particular item is its very hi/low-ness. It’s a kitsch bag from a classic designer, and that’s what makes it so striking and unique. And despite the whole “neon jelly” thing…I think the simple shape makes it the kind of item you could break out every summer for years and never get sick of.
Going to have to give a tentative win to the “Lust” on this one.
What a crazy weekend.
First of all: Vegas! I love Vegas. Love. Yeah, it’s tacky and overwhelming and everyone (seriously, everyone, especially packs of twenty-two-year-old men in elevators carrying PBR tall boys) has their volume level turned up to “yelling” at all times, but still:
It’s just so exciting. I used to go there with girlfriends every so often when I lived in L.A., but I haven’t been back since my trip with Kendrick six (!) years ago…and I’ve certainly never done it like this, with gorgeous hotel rooms and delicious meals and being lifted into the air in glass boxes (stay with me here).
On previous trips, I also didn’t go to bed at 9PM (Friday) and 10:30PM (Saturday). But hey, I was there for work…and also, my body clock is set to “Toddler”, so that’s that. In any case, I was up with the sun both days, and somehow managed to pack what felt like a week’s worth of fun stuff into 48 hours.
Here’s why I was there in the first place: to emcee and co-host an event for INC with Camila Alves McConaughey. We started around 12:30 with a meet-and-greet lunch followed by a runway show, and then headed back to the store to announce the winner of an INC shopping spree (that’s what we’re doing above).
This shot (courtesy of Francesca, who drove out to spend Saturday night with me) is from the end of the show, moments after Camila walked.
Now let me explain what I meant by “lifted into the air in glass boxes”. See that very large, transparent structure behind us? The show started with that glass box and the runway literally elevating up out of the ground in a cloud of smoke. And in that box was a very nervous me and a DJ, and I got to walk out onto the runway yelling “HELLO LAS VEGAS!” into a microphone.
Have to say: I think that everyone should try entering a room in a cloud of smoke screaming “HELLO LAS VEGAS” at least once. It’s quite the experience.
More shots (and what-we-wore details) after the jump!
For this time of year, a lightweight jacket is a must-have. And there’s nothing wrong with the denim jackets and cardigans you already have sitting in your closet…but sometimes it’s nice to throw on something a little different. Less predictable.
Below, four of my favorite jacket finds from the INC summer event: