THE REAL Jersey Shore Style

A few years ago, when I was brand new to the blogging gig, I stumbled across Fashion-isha!  I remember thinking Sharon had the most contagious smile.  When I read on and realized she lived at the Jersey Shore, not ten miles from me, I was elated.  I adore networking online….but in person?  Well, that is my jam:)

We have met a few times and shared our stories, blogging journeys, desires in the fashion industry.  At our most recent meetup we were trying to come up with a way to collaborate and potentially involve other New Jersey fashion and lifestyle bloggers.  With shows like Jersey Shore and Jerseylicious there is a negative image about fashion in this great state.  Sharon and I come from very different backgrounds and cultures…but we both agree on tasteful fashion…I wouldn’t quite say I am modest…I take risks…but I also know the difference between classy and trashy…and what works for my age and body type.  Our collaboration was born….showcasing THE REAL JERSEY SHORE style and inviting others to join in the fun. Please leave a comment or shoot one of us an email if you are a fellow Jersey blogger and are interested in getting in on the FUN…we don’t have a specific plan…but would love to connect with like-minded women who live in this beautiful state!

Sharon and I have both styled up our takes on the classic combination of ivory and black.  You simply can’t go wrong with this color combo.  Don’t forget to pop by Fashion-isha to check out how Sharon has styled her look.  I know you will love her blog…her energy and zest for life are very much alive on her blog and she finds the most beautiful inspirational photos for fashion and home decor!  Happy Wednesday:)

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Sweater c/o Topshop similar available here, Necklace available via The Box Service, Skirt c/o RD Style, Fur trimmed gloves and headband available through The Box Service, Boots (old) Jeffrey Campbell available here

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Sunny and Warm

This look felt comfortable and classic while the studded boots and faux leather leggings kept it young and fresh.  The combination of yellow and black can be reminiscent of a bumble bee, so the trick for me was layering and adding dimension with accent colors and accessories.  I think this is my favorite casual outfit to date….I am not sure why….maybe the yellow blazer has me dreaming of sunny warm weather….I hope you like it as much as I do and find some outfit inspiration:)

Leggings ChicNova available here , White Tshirt LNA via piperlime, Blazer Pim and Larkin available here, Scarf Banana Republic (old), Necklace Zolie Designs available here, Bangles c/o Lydell available here  Boots Jeffrey Campbell (old)

To Try or Not to Try?

I literally had three separate emails come through last week inquiring how to wear the “socks with boots” trend.  I agree that this particular trend can be a little tricky.  The most important things to remember (at least for me as a thirtysomething mama) are:

1. Keep the hemline on the longer side so as to NOT look like a teenager.
2. Keep accessories to a minimum, having the sock be the focal point of your outfit.
3. Keep the look on the more casual/day side.  Think sweater dresses and wool skirts.

So to answer your question, I say “TRY”!  After all, fashion is supposed to be fun:)  Hope you find some outfit inspiration and enjoy wearing the “sock” trend this fall/winter.  Happy Shopping!

Leather Jacket Steve Madden, Sweater Dress Banana Republic, Thigh High Socks Nicole Miller, Boots Jeffrey Campbell, Necklaces Soko and gifted, Infiniti Scarf Veond

Happiest of Holidays!

I hope everyone had the happiest of holidays! Mine was filled with family, food, fun and of course, PRESENTS. Santa was very good to me…lots of great posts with my hubby’s SPLURGES to come:) For now, I will share my Christmas Eve outfit. I normally don’t share decor pics, but thought I would throw a few in….We hosted Christmas Eve…..so a lot of preparation and decorating…..going for a warm and cozy vibe…Hope you find some inspiration.
Happy Shopping…..GO GET THOSE SALES!

Dress Old Navy Sweater Micheal Kors Boots Jeffrey Campbell Tights Target

Necklace Sunshine Daydreams
I thought this added a little bit of sparkle to a more subdued and casual outfit!

Notice my friendship bracelet…I won it…..fabulous giveaway from Emily’s amazing blog El Vintage Such a great layering piece:)

With the little guy just starting to walk, I thought it was better to NOT have glass ornaments this year. Such a great alternative from Pottery Barn!

Beautiful Christmas arrangement from my Aunts gift and floral boutique, Andi’s in BayHead NJ.

Home Sweet Home

It’s all the little details today…..

My outfit is rather simple and this post is ALL ABOUT the accessories. Just purchased these earrings and bangles and had to blog them, I love them both so dearly.
Also love love love this coat! It is a purchase from a few years ago…but seriously people, is there a more beautiful coat out there? I think not! Hope you find some inspiration:)

Shirt Gap, Sweater Old Navy, Shorts The Limited, Tights Target, Boots Jeffrey Campbell, Bracelets Indego Africa, Earrings Sunshine Daydreams

So…these earrings are RIDICULOUSLY fabulous! I cannot tell a lie, they are a bit heavy, NOT unbearable, but definitely more of an evening out earring (for a couple hours) and not a wear everyday all day kind of earring. I have an extra pair to sell if you are interested email me carly@thirtysomethingfashion.com
Retailing for $22. I will ship them n/c.

These bangles were a purchase from Nicole Miller Philadelphia (25 dollars for set of three). Aside from being beautiful, bright and cheery….they are also part of the Indego Africa fair trade initiative. A portion of the proceeds from every purchase go towards poverty stricken women in Rwanda. See, now you know why I love Nicole Miller so much….killer clothes, killer style and a whole lot of substance. The bracelets are sold at all Nicole Miller stores…please let me know if you are interested (carly@thirtysomethingfashion.com) and I will get you in touch with the Philadelphia stores.

Coat Nicole Miller Collection

Leopard on the town!

Hi all. Hope everyone had a great weekend. I am slightly on the hang….Hubby and I had a night out on the town with a bunch of friends. So great to see everyone, loads of fun…especially because it gave me a reason to wear my NEW MinkPink loepard tunic from Seventh Door. I have blogged about this online shop before. Really great site for trendy “of the moment” pieces that do not break the bank. I feel like this tunic has limitless possibilities…..turtleneck underneath this winter, with jeans, with leggings, and in the summer…how cute will it be over a black bikini! I would say this top was a total SCORE. Hope you find some outfit inspiration and Happy Shopping!

Leopard Tunic MinkPink, Black Skinny Jeans Old Navy, Leather Jacket Steve Madden, Shoes Jeffrey Campbell, Earrings The Limited. Necklace South Moon Under, Clutch Louis Vuitton

They have arrived!




So exciting…..my Jeffrey Campbell boots were waiting on my front porch when I got home yesterday 🙂 Slipped those suckers right on, fit like a glove! Perfection!
As promised, I took some shots of a pre fall look and a way to wear the boots NOW. I really enjoyed diving into my closet to find this look- I felt very victorian badass in those boots and if I dare say, I think I have gotten some pre pregnancy mojo back!

Shirt Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent from Third Street Habit, Skirt Old Navy, Necklace Vintage, Earrings Sunshine Daydreams, Bag Lust 4 Luxe, Shoes Jeffrey Campbell.
Happy Shopping!

Love my new Jeffrey Campbell "JOE"!


So I know you think I am crazy and it is kind of early to be thinking FALL- but I was on one of my favorite websites (for shoes) www.JeffreyCampbell.com and reading their blog…..Saw a feature on the pre fall boot “Joe” (pictured above) and fell in love. The blog mentioned it was available on www.solestruck.com so I immediately went to the site to find the shoe SOLD OUT in all sizes but 9 and 10. Always a good sign when something is sold out (means you are RIGHT on trend) but equally annoying that it can’t be yours. After a lot of commitment and online searching, I found the Joe at www.freepeople.com (which is an amazing bohemian chic website to check out as well) I pressed “order” and the boots are on their way to me…I CANNOT WAIT to get them. I will be sure to post a fab pre fall outfit idea once they arrive.
Also available in khaki and taupe, this over the knee boot is well priced at $298.00
Happy Shopping!

Couple of My favorite Jeffrey Campbells……



There is no “theme” to my favorite Jeffrey Campbell Shoes….Just my absolute favorite picks.
First feature is the “charmed” sandal retailing for $109.95. Amazing summertime shoe and also can be worn into early fall. Loving that this platform has a vintage feel but it also very modern.
Second featured is the “prospect” oxford shoe. These are quite trendy, but SO cute! The vintage inspiration is there, but the cut outs on the sides make it very updated and modern. Great with jeans and a tshirt or how cute would they be with kakhi shorts? For the bargain price of $99.95 this is one trend that you can afford!

Third and final featured shoe is the “rally” sandal retailing for $164.95. This shoe is the most versatile to me- It has tiny studs all over it that almost look like sequins, so it is perfect for evening club goers. Since they are not actually sequined you are perfectly fine to wear them daytime or out to dinner. The grey color allows for pretty much ANY season ( also available in black). I am really digging these shoes!
All of the above are available at www.nordstroms.com and don’t forget to check out www.jeffreycampbellshoes.com to see into the world of Jeffrey Campbell and to find out all the retailers that carry the brand.
Happy Shopping!