Priscilla Ono X Eloquii

Hi babes!

Last week, my prayers to the fashion gods were answered when a new collaboration by celebrity makeup artist Priscilla Ono (Fenty Beauty’s Global Makeup Artist AND Rihanna’s personal MUA!) and plus-size fashion mega-brand Eloquii dropped. It’s the first time a major plus-size brand collaborated with a makeup artist to create a collection, and a unique touch of Ono’s expertise is apparent in every single piece of the line. My favorite, of course, is the utility belt that holds a cell phone, a makeup compact, and your favorite lipstick.

What I love most about this collection is how much it pushes the existing boundaries of plus-size fashion (not that there should be any!) For so long, only straight-size bodies were able to find runway-inspired fashion on the racks. It’s long been a pet peeve of mine that the fashion industry assumes that all plus-size women are looking for clothing with comfort and flattery in mind. THAT’S 👏🏼 NOT 👏🏼 ME! Priscilla Ono X Eloquii pushes all those boundaries the heck out of the way and serves us neon, bold, daring, sexy, sophisticated looks on a silver platter!

The collection features 12 gorgeously vibrant pieces available in sizes 14 through 28. I styled 5 of the pieces for your viewing pleasure! 😇 I felt so seen & included when I tried on the various pieces from this collection! I hope you love it too so we can have a NEON MOMENT together!

Look 1: A Raspberry Moment

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 Sheer Bodysuit with Underwire | Sheer Moto Jacket | Belted Palazzo Pant

Look # 2: Tangerine Dreams

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Belted Cargo Dress | Makeup Holder Belt Bag

Thank you, Priscilla Ono and Eloquii for believing that the plus-size body doesn’t need to be hidden away, but celebrated. What better way to celebrate than a brazenly inclusive, trendsetting collection like this one? The Priscilla Ono x Eloquii collection is available online and in stores now!

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Photos by the incredible Jen Jean-Pierre.

Falling For Fall

Hi Babes!

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year, but it’s also bittersweet because it comes and goes so quickly. There’s honestly nothing better than that first autumn wind that whips across your cheek to let you know that it’s time to harvest your closet for jackets, scarves and boots. Today’s post is an homage to the early days of fall, where a beautiful dress and some sharp boots can make you feel like a super woman.

This is me, feeling like a super woman:

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Location. Location. Location.

This shoot was so much fun. Honestly, any shoot I do with my amazing, visionary bestie Kamaria Roberts is going to be fun, but this was my first “golden hour” shoot specifically for the purpose of my blog. We were up and at em by 5:45 AM to make it to our location, The National Cathedral, by 7:15 AM.  The Cathedral is undeniably gorgeous, but every time I visit I am more blown away by its intricacies. The flying buttresses, the stained-glass windows, the gorgeous gardens, the gargoyles! What a dream.

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Fun fact: The National Cathedral features a total of 112 gargoyles, 215 stained glass windows and a sculpture of Darth Vader.

The Look

I found this beautiful dress at Eloquii in Pentagon City a couple weeks back when I was attending a panel discussion for National Curves Day. I spotted it on a distant rack labeled “samples”, or should I say it spotted me? Others around me can attest that I fell in love with it instantly. I mean seriously, when I look at this dress, the soundtrack to The Sound of Music plays in my head 😂. I WAS INSPIRED.

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I paired the beautiful embroidered fit and flare dress with a couple of items I already had in my closet: a pair of cognac faux-suede thigh high boots and a matching wide buckle faux-suede belt. Eloquii head-to-toe, what else is new? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Since these items are a little older, they won’t be available on the web. But, you know I’ve got you, so I’m linking some alternatives below.

SHOP IT: Embroidered Fit and Flare Dress by Eloquii • Skinny D-Ring Belt in ‘Cognac’ by Eloquii • Dominique Tall Boot in ‘Camel’ by Eloquii

I hope you’re enjoying the Fall season as much as I am! The past couple of weeks have been crazy. I walked my first runway show and then I got sick with what might have been the flu! Now that I’m better, I hope to share updates as frequently as I had been. Until next time…

xoxo,

Jaclyn

Date Night: At the Disco

Hi Babes!

Ok, raise your hand if you’ve ever been to a silent disco? 🙋🏻

A couple weekends ago, I took Michael to his very first silent disco during Washington DC’s free, annual, overnight arts festival “Art All Night,” which takes place across 8 neighborhoods in the District.

So if you’ve never been to a silent disco, here’s how it works…

Upon arriving, we were handed a nice pair of headphones that had three channel settings. Each channel is tuned to a different DJ, so if you don’t like what DJ1 is playing, you can move on to DJ2 or DJ3. This leaves partygoers with no excuse to NOT shake their booties.

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Each DJ’s channel is assigned a colored LED light so that you can figure out what your friends are listening to. This particular disco was an ode to hiphop and each DJ had their own vibe going, so unlike your typical dance party, there was truly never a moment where we couldn’t find a groove we liked.

The coolest thing about this event, for me, was the location. The disco was held in the Shaw/U Street neighborhood in the courtyard directly across from the Howard Theatre, beneath the bright “Washington” mural on One Love Massive HQ’s wall. As people were heading to the bars and restaurants nearby, they stopped en masse to watch the ‘disco’ in total amusement. It’s gotta be pretty hilarious to watch a group of beautiful, happy, people twerk and sing their hearts out with no background music!

 

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This event was SO. FUN. and an awesome reminder of why I love living in D.C. We are more than just a federal district. This community is filled with amazing, diverse people who work hard but know how to play just as hard, too. It’s part of the reason why I started this blog: to share with all of you the spice of life that can be enjoyed in the nation’s capital! Thanks to Silent Party DC for having us.

Check out their next event happening on Halloweekend.

What I Wore

So I’m not gonna lie, I probably could have chose a more practical outfit (dancing in an 100% alpaca sweater is not the cutest idea.) But at the same time, I actually loved this look! I felt soooo confident and classy.

 

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I’m wearing a marigold sweater by Mara Hoffman (check my last blog for more on why this color will be in my closet all season long!) What I love most about this sweater is that its quality is its biggest attribute. When you look at the piece aesthetically, it’s pretty understated. It’s mid-length and has beautiful rounded sleeves. But the look and feel of it in person is what makes it special.

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I finished the look with a leather pencil skirt by Eloquii, in which I french-tucked the sweater, statement earrings by Lizzie Fortunato and some caged heels from Forever21 that have been in my closet for years. I’ll drop a link to a similar pair below, but a true fashionista always mixes the old with the new and the bargains with the expensive!

THESE EARRINGS THO!

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SHOP IT: Eliza Sweater by Mara Hoffman • Studio Faux Leather Pencil Skirt by Eloquii • French Marigold Statement Earrings by Lizzie Fortunato • Caged Heel Sandal by ASOS

xoxo,

Jaclyn

Date Night: Momofuku and City Center DC

Monday, Monday! Did anyone else have a rough start today?! I was dragging and no amount of coffee seemed to help with my productivity, so I’m currently listening to Robyn’s new single to put some pep in my step. But, we had an awesome weekend, so I guess that’s the trade off for how tired I am today.

My boyfriend works in hospitality, so when our opposite schedules allow, we make it a point to go out and do something new or tried & true for our date nights. As you might have already seen on your Insta feed, the new umbrella installation is now up at City Center DC. We saw it too, and decided check out the display and grab a bite at Momofuku afterwards.

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City Center consistently ranks at the top of lists highlighting DC’s best Instagram spots, thanks to their quirky seasonal installations in the shopping center’s main corridor, Palmer Alley.  My all-time favorite has been the pink kites, which debuted Spring 2018. But I never saw those in person, so I was dead-set on snapping some looks with the multi-colored umbrellas. The weather was perfect, so posing beneath a colorful display of umbrellas without having to worry about any precipitation was delightful.

About 500 photos later…. he’s so patient! 😂

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Momofuku CCDC

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After CCDC, we headed over for a late night bite and drink at Momofuku, a restaurant that has evolved quite a bit since its opening in 2015. When I first came to Momofuku, people were lining up for the ramen, buns and the adjacent Milk Bar. Flash forward almost three years, Momofuku has a new chef that’s shaking things up a bit.

We didn’t photograph everything, but check out some of the small plates and drinks we tried:

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Foreign Affair – mezcal, yellow chartreuse, DC aperitivo, lemon (his)
Tokyo –London gin, salt plum, cherry cordial, lime, soda (mine)

Food

Bing Bread with Maryland Blue Crab Dip

Bing Bread with Path Valley Farms cultured butter, honey, gochugaru

Hamachi Crudo– green apple dashi, horseradish chili oil (bottom)

Dry Aged Beef & Lamb Dumplings– scallion oil, dried chili (top left)

Smoked Carolina Trout Dip– Momofuku roe, furikake (top right)

About The Outfit

I’ve found that late September/early October is a tricky time of year for planning a look. Now, this could be because I was born and raised in Florida…but do you find yourself jumping the gun on wearing your new Fall clothes only to be sweating by 12pm? Just me? OK! 😂 So here’s my formula I’ve developed for what I call ‘Septober’:

STATEMENT JACKET + GRAPHIC TEE + SLIM CUT DENIM (Good American: ‘Good Waist’ High Waisted Jeans in Blue161) + TALL BOOTS (Just Fab: Nava Heeled Boot – Wide Calf) = YAS.

This works for me because 1) You can remove your jacket if you’re feeling warm and still look bomb. 2) It works for both day and night. 3) It’s versatile because you can switch up the type of tee or wear colored denim. This night, I did a longer tee, but a fun crop top can also work for bar-hopping or dancing.

Not bad for a random Friday night, huh?! If you’re downtown, definitely go take a picture with the umbrellas (and tag #CCDCFall!), and then stop in to Momofuku for drinks & bites. Tell them I sent you 😉

xoxo,

Jaclyn

Photos by Michael Schaefer: @thephilthyprofessor

 

 

Mi Bonita Punta Mita

Hi Babes! Today I wanted to backtrack a little bit to late last month, when my boyfriend Michael and I went on an epic 5-day vacation to Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita, Mexico. We spent one day in Puerto Vallarta to enjoy the mountain views and a dolphin swim. Then, we took a 45 minute ride up the West coast of Mexico into Nayarit state to stay at the GORGEOUS Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita to #RELAX and #RECHARGE!

From the minute we arrived at FS Punta Mita, it felt like our lifestyle had instantly changed, which is exactly what I wanted out of an R&R vacay! We were greeted everywhere with cold towels and the most delicious passion fruit margaritas and coconut mojitos a girl could imagine. I mean, this place is like Disney World for adults! The resort is huge, but one of the coolest things is that the staff is available 24/7 to whisk you around wherever you want to go. From the accommodations to the many amenities available on the property, it was an unforgettable vacation. The people of Mexico are so welcoming and full of life. Certainly one of the most beautiful, relaxing, and paradisiacal experiences we’ve had in our lives!

Check out some brief highlights from our trip below. I’ll link outfit and excursion details where I can!

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

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Linen dress by Forever 21+ (Sold out. Similar skirt here.)

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Panorama from our room in at the Hilton in Puerto Vallarta.

Studded bikini by GabiFresh for Swimsuits For All.

(Shop the clearance of this beautiful collection here.)

Swimming with the dolphins at Puerto Vallarta Adventures!

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Tie Dye Maxi by Fashion Nova.

Black High-Waisted Bikini by Fashion Nova.

Horseback Riding Mountain and Beach Tour by Vista Paraiso.

“Salty Hair. Coconut Oil.” Graphic Tee on Amazon Fashion.

Yellow Floral Off-The-Shoulder Romper by Fashion Nova.

Sayulita Day Trip

Polka Dot Wrap Dress by Forever 21 (now just $16.99!)

Our Last Night

Polka Dot Maxi Dress with Side Cutouts by Fashion Nova.

Black Ruffled Maxi Dress by Fashion Nova.

Goodbye, Mexico!

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