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Do you think a personal stylist is a luxury or reserved for those with huge budgets? Think again! 

Affordable Orange County personal stylist, Jen, of  jeans | and | a | T makes personal styling accessible to moms like us who want to feel cute and confident in our every day lives – without breaking the bank. In fact, Jen can take you shopping right in your own closet and put together outfits you didn’t even know you had!

Jen believes style should be available to all budgets, sizes and needs. “I really want women (whether a full time working mama or a stay at home mom), to feel confident in what they wear every day.”

Whether you need to rock an outfit for the carpool, office or date night, she’ll help you put together outfits to put a little extra spring in your step and sparkle in your eye.

Susanne and I recently got to experience a personal styling session with Jen to do a closet detox and styling session. Here is how it all went down…

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Susanne’s Closet Detox + Styling Session

My friend Jen has effortless style. She always looks so put together, mixes pattern and color in the most unexpected ways, is ahead of the trends, and rocks a little bit of edge in a classy way.  She is a style maven.

In her own words:

“Fashion is my vacation. It can enable anyone to express themselves in many different ways and that’s what I love most about it. Each year my style evolves and fine tunes. Here I am, 40 (!) and fashion continues to inspire me. I love it. All of it. And I want to share my love for fashion with those around me! And the name…who doesn’t love a great pair of jeans and a T? It has been and always will be a vision of effortless class and simple style.”

I love clothes.  Like, I love them a lot.  I’ve accumulated quite a bit of stuff over the years and I’m not the best at weeding out, so I had a pretty full closet.  Being that I just had my 3rd and final babe and I’m transitioning back to my normal self again I was ready to purge.

I chose The Fashion Fix package which included:

– > Style survey which was completed before first consultation

– > Full closet detox, a review of each item (clothing + accessories) in closet, to be divided into three categories: keepers, tailor-bound, or charity bound

– > Styling of 4-6 outfits within your current wardrobe

– > Disposal of all unwanted items (transportation to local charity)

– > Unlimited access to stylist via text for two months regarding fashion advice, style ideas or just simply what to wear on a Friday night!

– > List of 5 new items needed to round out newly edited wardrobe.  Suggested items provided via Pinterest, Polyvore, etc. to help achieve style ambition!

With Jen’s help I gave away 2 full trash bags, not including the maternity items I had already pulled!  It feels so good to have my closet streamlined.  It was so wonderful to have someone give me an honest opinion as to what worked on me, what doesn’t, what’s dated and what had seen better days.

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Jen took a few items I love in my closet that just weren’t working and told me how I could tailor them to bring them back to life.  Taking account my height and shape she suggested turning a maxi skirt into a “midi” and a knee length skirt I’m going to have made into a mini.  I’ve held onto these two skirts without a single wear for years because I love the prints- can’t wait to have them back in the mix!

She created outfits out of my clothes I would have NEVER thought to put together that work.

Pulling items I would have considered purging and she made me love them again.  This skirt I actually bought for a neon theme party and she loved it so much she styled an outfit around it!

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Having a stylist on speed dial is also REALLY helpful… I was in a crunch with an outfit the other day and texted Jen for advice, I needed a sweater option.  The dress was a navy and cream stripe and I was wearing a bold turquoise and yellow necklace.  She pointed me in the right direction telling me jewel tones were my friend when I thought I would have had to go with a muted neutral.

Jen took notes as we were moving through my closet and she’s going to send me items she thinks would be good additions to my closet to fill the holes in my wardrobe.  I am very excited for this part of the process!

Here are a few more of the looks she styled for me that day…

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If you have a life event coming up like a high school reunion, major birthday, important work event, baby shower, etc. I highly recommend having Jen come out and style you pretty!

My Closet Detox + Styling Session 

What I loved most about Jen was her honesty. 

There were so many pieces cluttering my closet I never wear because I don’t feel good in them. We went item by item and I could tell just by her face if it was a “please let this go” or “we can work with this!” piece.  Of the ones I didn’t feel good in, she confirmed I made the right choice when I admitted it was time to say good-bye.

And some things surprised me!

Like this Gap dress that is over  5 years old.  I haven’t been wearing it because I know how long I have had it. But what was old can be made NEW again.  Look at the belt she put with it! Never in a million years would I have thought of putting that belt on that dress. But it works!

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I also loved being able to ask her HOW to style certain pieces.  I am obsessed with Golden Tote (affiliate link) and many of my pieces are G.T. ones I wear all the time. However, every now and then I get pieces I like but just don’t know how to wear.

Case in point, this long sleeveless sweater.  Not a problem for Jen, she showed me exactly how to wear it! I love this outfit, one of my new favorites I never knew I had in my closet!

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As we were going through my accessories, Jen eyed one particular scarf and got a little twinkle in her eye. “I love this.” she said.

I was assuming she would put it on me like I had been wearing it – as a scarf around my neck – but no! To my amazement she made it into a wrap skirt, belted it and paired with a cropped denim jacket into a look I just love!

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Affordable Orange County Personal Stylist

There are many personal stylists out there so I wanted I asked Jen from her perspective what makes jeans | and | a | T unique.

“I work with most any price point and I’m honest. So many people look at styling as a luxury service – and while I do have certain requirements as far as budget is concerned, I think it’s a lot less then most people expect. Second, I’m honest. I tell it like it is. If I don’t like something in your closet (whether brand new-or 4 years old-$20 or $400 – I’ll tell ya.) That’s what I’m  here for! Clients appreciate that and love the streamlined closet they walk into days after I visit. I’m also always available…in a pinch on a Friday night? – shoot me a photo and I’ll lead you in the right direction! Availability, accessibility and honesty – that’s what makes me tick.”

To learn more and following Jen on Social Media visit:

www.jeansandat.com

@jeans_and_a_t on Instagram.

www.facebook.com/jeans.and.a.T.OC

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Golden Tote On Sale Tomorrow!

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Links to Golden Tote in this post are referral links, meaning I get a little credit of you click through and order a tote. Thank you in advance for supporting my Golden Tote obsession. My husband thanks you too.

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This might sound crazy, but I really hate to shop. Taking the time to go into the stores, digging through racks while trying to hold complaining kids at bay is honestly not my idea of fun. Which is why I am obsessed with Golden Tote, because they do the shopping FOR you!

I get more compliments on my Golden Tote pieces more than any other item of clothing in my closet. Things I wouldn’t have thought to try on, but end up loving. Cute, hip, stylish pieces that put a little extra pep in my mom step.

It’s very easy. Here’s the run down.

1. The totes go on sale the first Monday of every month at 9am PST at www.goldentote.com. Set a reminder in your calendar to ping you and remind you to go online and order yours, because the very cutest pieces can sell out, quick. Shopping early ensures the best selection.

2. There are two totes to chose from – a $49 one with 2 – 3 pieces or a $149 with 5 – 6 pieces. If you can swing it, go for the $149 one because you will be amazed at the number of cute things you will get.

3. In your tote, you will be prompted to pick 1 or 2 items you want. Then, Golden Tote surprises you with the rest! It’s like Christmas in August when that box arrives.

4. Finally, you will create a style profile with your height, body type, likes, dislikes, styles you love, etc. which helps match your Tote to your style.

I am sure you are wondering what happens if you don’t like something or it doesn’t fit?

It’s an all or nothing deal. You can return the entire tote for a full refund, but you can’t return individual pieces. There is although, a private group on facebook.com/groups/Goldentotetrades where you can buy, sell or trade pieces that you don’t want.

When I get my totes, I usually end up loving say, 5 out of the 6 pieces, and the one I don’t, I will give to a friend. But for the price, it’s totally worth it for the 5 pieces I wear all of the time.

Try it. You will love it!

www. G O L D E N T O T E .com

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Limeapple Active Wear Sets at Costco!

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As a mom of two girls, I personally love the growing popularity of active wear lines. After all, “Strong is the new pretty” and I think that is a really powerful message for young girls. What I don’t love are some of the price tags that come along with some active wear lines which is why I am thrilled to share Limeapple active wear with you today AND a special Costco promotion they are running this month. For a steal.

See those four cute tank and capri sets above offered in girls’ sizes 6 – 14? In (Western U.S.) Costco stores now for a very limited time and also on Costco online they are selling for, are you ready…only $18.99! Ordering online? Shipping is free. Mommy like!

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Limeapple sent me a set for review and I tested it out on my SUPER active 3rd grader.

Give her a cute active wear set and a camera and she was on fire (below), and loves the pieces.

Note: She is a petite 8-year-old (51″ and 56 lbs) so the set she is wearing is actually a size 6. We also received a size 7, but it was too big on her.

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Limeapple also carries boutique pieces for school, active wear for weekends and afters school activities and also a darling swim line.

Mamas, if you have active girls stock up on these cute sets because I am telling you, the price is phenomenal for the quality and cute styles.

But you have to jump on this QUICK because they will only be available for this price at Costco through early May!

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Holiday Hues from Jacadi Paris

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Jacadi is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor 

Jacadi Holiday Hues Timeless. Incomparable. Exclusive.

All these words can be used to describe Jacadi Paris, an authentic children’s fashion line rooted in the elegance and refinement of French culture.

Jacadi Paris a brand for fashion connoisseurs who love and appreciate their elite fabrics, patterns and attention to detail.

What struck me about their clothing is the incredible beauty in its simplicity.  You will not find fussy patterns or trendy details, but rather, effortlessly tailored styles that will live on long after the trend of the day has passed.

Jacadi Holiday Collection

Their Holiday Hues Collection had me drooling.  If I could select a dream holiday outfit for my daughter, this would have to be The One.

Jacadi Holiday Hues Girls Outfit

Taffeta Belted Dress
Three Button Cardigan
Metallic Tights
Glitter Mary Janes

Now, I don’t have boys myself, but I do happen to have two darling nephews, and I can just picture how handsome they would look in an outfit like this for the holidays!

Jacadi Holiday Boys Outfit

Marino Wool Sweater Vest
Cotton Dress Shirt
Corduroy Trousers
Leather-Trimmed Chukka Boots

If you are investing in high quality clothing for your kids, it’s nice to know the items are ones they can wear again and again. And then hopefully pass on to younger siblings or friends.

My oldest daughter started Cotillion this year, and Jacadi’s dresses would also make for perfect Cotillion attire with their refined and sophisticated styles.

Jacadi Winter Sale!

I am also happy to share you can save up to 50% off select items featured in their Winter Sale! The holiday collection, new collection and home are not included in this sale, but you scan score some major deals on other staples! Check it out!

Jacadi Winter Sale

You can shop Jacadi Paris online or if you are one of my Orange County readers, shop in store at their South Coast Plaza boutique.

Now I would also like to end this post with a photo of a VERY cute baby.

Can you even get over that face in that little jumpsuit?!

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Treat Your Boobies to a Coobie

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Please excuse my adolescent humor in the title, but it made me giggle and it ensures you remember the name of the most comfortable bra you will EVER wear, the Coobie (shopcoobie.com).

One early weekend morning before the kids were up I was reading a People Magazine and came across a Coobie ad claiming it to be the most comfortable bra in the world.

I thought that to be a bold claim, but the ad and special offer inspired me to check out the website to learn more.  I found it hard to believe one size fit 32A – 36D, but I would see for myself because I loved all the cute colors and was already adding three Coobie bras to my cart. (Incidentally, they also have Coobie Bras Full Size for those of you blessed with bigger busts.)

All it took was wearing a Coobie bra for one day and I was HOOKED (no pun intended). It truly is the most comfortable bra I have ever worn.

Here’s what I LOVE about the Coobie!

1. They are super soft, seamless and have no clasp.

2. The removable pads give you a little “oomph” and don’t squish you down like a sports bra.

3. The colors also make it look like a cute cami under things a little too cleavage-y for day-to-day mom life.

4. It has now also become my favorite Pilates and yoga bra. I wayyyyyy prefer to wear my Coobies now instead of a sports bra.

5. They are cheap! There was a People Magazine offer in the ad for $20 off 3+ bras (which made my 3 only $40!) and I saw when writing this a Friday special using promo code TGIF for the same deal.  So keep your eye out on Fridays just in case.

You know that feeling at the end of the day when you take off your bra and think, “Oh, the relief! How on Earth was I wearing that all day?” Not so with the Coobie, it’s so comfortable you can lounge around all day in it.

Ladies, your boobies will love the Coobie seamless bra!  One of my new favorite finds ever, had to share. xoxo

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