A big change happened in my life recently. Without revealing all of the details, I woke up feeling like I needed something to hold onto to pick myself up.
This universe is a funny thing. It somehow prepares you for some bumps in the road and sometimes it doesn’t. This change that happened, I’m still dealing with it everyday, but as much as it can be hard to see the bright side, I try anyways.
Back at the turn of the new year, I wrote down several goals for myself and taped it above my mirror. Who knew how much I would need this now? This list has been there to comfort me and remind me of what I want and need. It’s been a gentle reminder to give myself affirmations of love and praise. It forces me everyday to look in the mirror and go after these goals for myself and no one else. I am so grateful to live the life I do, even when there’s a little bit of heartbreak.
This is just one side of the list, but you get the point.
The hourglass has been draining that sand for the past few months and it is almost down to the last few grains of my semester abroad in Florence. Although I won't be in Italy after next week, the memories I have made here will be with me forever!
Just when you are least expecting it, the unexpected happens. Isn't it funny how life always figures out a way to give us just what we need? Brainstorming, crafting, styling, writing, editing and 100 posts later, my smile is as big as it gets.
Talent will get you in the door, but character will keep you in the room.
Social media can work in amazing ways. Recently, I (finally) met someone I have followed on Instagram for quite sometime. I discovered Jacqueline Guelli through a mutual friend of ours (Hi Elisa!) and I began to follow Jacqueline (@jacguelli) because I saw she was a makeup artist, she had great style and she seemed like a really fun person. So of course I did what any creeper did and followed someone I didn't know.
The short story is, I can tell Jacqueline and I will be friends for a long time. In life, there are so many people that walk in and walk out for whatever reasons. Only the special ones, only the ones who make you the best version of yourself should stay. Both Jac and I have similar passions and are really driven. Since meeting each other, she has even started her own blog! I am so happy that she did so and that she has discovered a new love through writing and blogging. Please check her out HERE! Her words are honest and in reading her blog, you can tell she really cares and wants to connect with people through doing the things that she loves most.
Not only is Jacqueline a talented makeup artist in the local Boston area, she is also talented in styling and works with menswear company J.Hillburn styling men all over town and helping them define their style. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, drinking tea (chamomile to be exact) and enjoying the small things like her Saturday meditations. Being talented is one thing, but something I have learned by being in the fashion industry thus far and even more than that, being in this world in today's society, it takes a kind, driven, personable and honest person to truly become successful. All of those things I have seen in Jacqueline in such a short time. I know, I am bragging about her and probably even embarrassing her a little bit, but she deserves the recognition, trust me! You can also view her portfolio on her blog as well!
On me: Coat; Ann Taylor. Shirt; Zara. Jeans; J.Crew. Boots; Report. Scarf; H&M. Gloves; BCBGeneration.
On Jac: Shirt; Uniqlo. Jeans; American Eagle. Cape; EShakti. Shoes; Fido. Scarf; Brandy Melville. Puffy Coat; Uniqlo. Hat; Forever21. Bracelets; BCBGeneration and Cartier. Watch; Coach. Sunglasses; RayBan.
For this shoot, she did the makeup and I put together the outfits. Jacqueline's style is simple and clean with a hint of effortless. It wasn't hard to put her into something great and to compliment her style as well. For her outfit, she wore a thermal long sleeve shirt with classic dark wash jeans. Then to spice things up, I chose this amazing cape. Looking at it, it may look complicated, but truthfully it isn't! It just has a little loop to slip one side into to create the shape. I absolutely love this piece on her and the understated chevron pattern really makes a great simple outfit a bit more fun! We also added the hat and her taupe booties to step away from the classic era and move closer to the bohemian undertones. A great watch, fun bracelets, sunglasses and an oversized scarf really pulled this entire look together!
For my outfit, I also wanted to stay warm, classic and simple. I wore my light wash high rise jeans with a long sleeve shirt as the base so I could accessorize with just about anything. It was insanely cold this day so I wore a similar thick scarf to Jacqueline's and my mom's vintage camel brown wrap coat. The statement necklace, booties and "keep calm" gloves were the little fun touches!
I love both of our looks and I think we coordinated really nicely! We had so much fun doing this together and with my talented sister, Molly Grey, taking the pictures! Even though it was cold and windy, our love for fashion pulled us through. If you are looking for someone to do your makeup for an event, wedding, you need your closet cleaned out, organized etc. Jacqueline would be an amazing person to get into contact with for all of the above! She is trained in makeup artistry and esthetics and her work is very credible. Not to mention if there are any guys out there reading this, or ladies if your man needs a little "direction" in the style department, Jacqueline knows what's up. If you are interested in contacting her, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org for all business inquiries.
A huge thank you to Jacqueline Guelli for all of the makeup in this post and the donation of her talent! I also want to thank Molly Quinn Photography for the amazing photos and catching those candid moments. Both of these women are so talented and even greater people.
Thank you for reading and admiring the beautiful pictures!!
Tune in next week for some traveling fashion and where my home for the next four months will be!!
If you follow me on Instagram (@whengreyskiesRU), you may have seen my excited posts on my experience with Salon Capri.
As I stepped into the clean, glossy chic and hip salon in Dedham, Massachusetts, I was warmly greeted by the receptionists. Often a huge component in the level of satisfaction with a "salon experience" is how you are treated from the time you step through the door, until the time you let go of the handle of that same door on your way out. At Salon Capri, they made me feel at home and pampered and with that, my experience was nothing but sweet.
My hair stylist Vanna knew exactly what I wanted when I sat down in the chair. I believe my phrasing was, "I kinda want those flippy things at the ends…" She created soft waves with curled ends using her round brush and worked her magic.
Vanna and I!
Not only was I impressed with Vanna, I was also impressed at the diversity in the salon. No two stylists were the same and they all had their own style. Curly hair, straight, up and to the side were styles I saw walking back and forth to clients. Maybe that isn't something that jumps out to everyone, but for me, it was really nice to see that. One's relationship with their stylist is important and one of the first steps is trust! The staff was genuine and skilled and really made me want to go back! Also, for the skill and service you get with your experience, the prices are reasonable and won't break the bank!
Legacy Place in Dedham isn't Salon Capri's only location either! Ladies and gentlemen, that means you can pick what is convenient for you! The family business was started in Hyde Park, the original Salon Capri. As their client base grew, SC moved to Newton, then Dedham and is also on Newbury Street in Boston. Each one is it's own getaway; maybe not the Island of Capri, but pretty darn close. Nick, one of the owners, and I spoke at the end of my experience and I was amazed at the story of how Salon Capri came to be! They will be celebrating 50 years of styling next year! His mom is also still a stylist; which tells you how dedicated and passionate this family is to their work and to their clients. I have nothing but great things to say about both my experience and about Salon Capri!
I recommend everyone try it sometime if you are in the area! Call the location best for you to make an appointment or with any inquiries.
Thank you for reading and make sure to tune in next week!
Last week I had my wisdom teeth out (all four, *shudders*) and then just as I was getting over the pain and sensitivity of my teeth, I came down with the flu. Just a case of bad luck, but I was feeling pretty down and out about it. I have never watched so much Netflix and eaten that much applesauce in such a short amount of time. Thinking back, maybe I had it made! Lol! So, what do my ailments have to do with anything? Well, truly nothing, but the perspective of taking care of oneself and others has to do with everything.
It goes hand in hand with "You don't know what you got, until it's gone." Your health, physical, mental and whichever state you can think of, is majorly important. I'm not just speaking of medicine, because that's also crucial when you are ill, but I'm pointing at before the ailments arrive, throughout and after too. So just what can you do to keep things up and running? Eat (and eat a lot, don't be afraid to indulge once in a while). Sleep and get rest. Read, jump, paint, knit, act, sing, drive, sip tea. Whether you believe it or not, all of those things? They're positive and good for the mind, body and soul. That's what taking care of yourself is. Check up on yourself, ask how you are. Then, when you feel those happy juices flowing through your veins (non-alcoholic), ask how others in your life are. That little question, "How are you?" sounds minor, but truthfully it isn't. A little goes a long way.
My favorite movie is Pretty Woman with the gorgeous Julia Roberts. In the movie, her and her best friend Kit DeLuca always say, "Call me when you're through, take care of you." Think about that for a second… take care of you!
For this look, I wanted something feminine and easy. I dug through my closet the other day and discovered an old purchase, this lace slip from Zara. I originally bought it to wear for this exact outfit, but I never found a sweater like this until another recent visit to Zara. Can you tell that is my favorite store? To make things more modern, I added the oversized clutch and the gold plait necklace. Then, I had to wear this gorgeous floppy hat. My shoes are Report from the fabulous Piperlime after Christmas sale and I absolutely adore these boots. Even keeping things simple in this outfit, the look is refined and chic.
I really encourage you all to watch the "Lookbook" to go with this post! A 360 degree view of this whole look. Find it HERE and subscribe to my YouTube channel!! Also, you can click below:)
Dress; Zara. Sweater; Zara. Tights; Betsey Johnson. Hat; J. Crew. Necklace; H&M. Shoes; Report Signature Jackal. Clutch; Deux Lux. Coat; Vintage Lord & Taylor. Gloves; Michael Kors.
Thank you for reading!! All of this gorgeous snowy photography is Molly Quinn Photography.