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Monday, October 13, 2014

My Unexpected Absence

So, you might have noticed that I haven't updated my blog in two weeks.

I haven't really been as good as I normally am about updating it, especially since I am typically on top of creating new posts 3x a week. And I also haven't been on Twitter too much either...

While it might seem like I'm neglecting my blog in an attempt to shut it down without making a big deal - I'm not. I don't have plans to quit on my blog, although my lack of updates might look like I am.

The reason I've been missing in action is because I've had to take some time to take care of myself. I haven't been feeling 100% like myself, and I've been extremely tired after work, which is when I work on House Of Jeffers. I come home and all I want to do is sit on the couch with the dogs because I'm exhausted from the day.  I just don't have the energy to go outside and pose when I'm feeling sick. So, the blog took a backseat, and it really makes me feel so guilty that I've let it go like I have... But I really can't control how much energy I have in the day. On the days I feel well, I might not have time to take photos. On the days I want to take photos, I barely want to get off the couch. So, I've had to let my body tell me when I can do things.

But, my spirits are up. Way, way up! Trust me, I miss talking to you on Twitter. I miss finding places to take photos, especially now with fall giving me a chance of scenery. I don't want people to forget about me - even though I know I'm just a small blip on the fashion blog radar. My blog does mean so much to me, and I want to get back into posting again  - even if it's once a week until I get my strength back.

I'm not gone forever. I'm just trying to ease my way back into it when I feel my best.

And for those who have asked and shown concern, I sincerely appreciate it.

Thanks for being so patient with me! I'm hoping to get back into posting this week, but if I don't... just know that I am coming back sooner than later!



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Nail Colors for 2014

Fall Nail Colors 2014

With the changing of the seasons, comes a need to change up your wardrobe... and nail game. Sure, the neons were totally apropos for summer, and pastels turned your hands into spirit fingers... But now, it's time to look to the darker side of things as you pair flannels, booties and those favorite ripped jeans with that jacket you've been dying to wear.

Fall nail colors match the traditional dark mood of the season, as brands, and even designer nail polish collaborations like 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS, are cranking out hues that still relate to the primary color chart, yet have a sleeker, starker appearance. 

You can still wear you favorite color  - in a muskier shade. 

 * Instead of a cherry red nail polish, try a roasted red a la Zoya's Pepper.

* Blue gets the royal treatment, creating a bold nail color look. Jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher has teamed up with RBG to create a line of polishes that are sure to appeal to your tendency to choose nail polish based off your jewelry routine. Momma is a deep, deep, royal blue that'll look awesome with a leather jacket.

Or, if you still like lighter shades, colors like purple, green and pink will all do. Knit sweaters paired with a polished mani pull your outfit together, and just make those dry hands look like you've actually paid some attention to them.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Back to the Start

Floral Print Dress, Chanel Inspired Bag, Coach Shoes | House Of Jeffers, a fashion blog from a New Jersey point of view

After some long periods of radio silence on my blog, I'm back! I had to take some time off to take care of me... Everything is good, but there comes a point when you need to take a break from social media. But, I'm getting back into the swing of things, and hope you're still here to follow me along!

One thing I didn't take a break from in the past couple of weeks was my fashion game. You know I could never really say no to shopping, or being forever on the hunt for my next favorite dress. Well, I think I found it! I love this trompe l'oeil printed dress that I bought at Forever 21. It's a mixture of cherry blossoms and stripes. In other words - it's a "Jen dress".

Chanel Inspired Boy Bag | House Of Jeffers |

trompe l'oeil dresses | House Of Jeffers |

To emphasize the pattern of the dress, I applied this Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. I applied this on a Friday night, and no joke, 12 day later, they looked like they were only on day 1. Officially hooked! Plus, with fall upon us, I'm going to have to change up my nail routine. 

Be on the lookout for a post about my top picks for fall nail colors!

In the meantime, throw on a cardigan and enjoy the cooler weather!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips review | House Of Jeffers |

Floral Print Dress - Forever 21 / Chanel-Inspired Boy Bag - Forever 21 / Coach Tassel Heels - Marshall's / Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Spot On / Alex and Ani Bracelets

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How to Avoid Getting FOMO During NYFW

New York Fashion Week kicks this week! For many, getting to attend the event is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is full of action... and sore feet. I've been lucky to live in New Jersey, and have the convenience of hopping on a train to New York to spend some time at Lincoln Center to take in a show or just people watch - which is honestly, one of the best parts.

But, this year, I won't be attending since I haven't been feeling well. And I am all too familiar with the exhaustion and hecticness that NYFW brings. I'll have to sit this one out, and watch from the sidelines... which opens the door to developing a serious case of FOMO = Fear of missing out. 

And perhaps you're starting to develop a case of feeling left out of the crowd because you can't be at New York Fashion Week. I know I have, since the number of #NYFW tweets on Twitter have started to fill my feed.

But fear not! You can still keep up with the action from afar.

Here's my suggestions on how to avoid FOMO during NYFW

1. Watch the live feeds - Check out the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Website and stream shows anytime you want! Best seat in the house - guaranteed! They often re-run the shows in case you tune in a little late. A schedule of the NYFW shows is available now so you can reserve your spot on your computer!

2. For picture perfect galleries of runway shows, is my go-to. They always have amazing photos that bring you front row and center to the action. 

3. Go shopping as if you were looking for the perfect NYFW outfit... then wear it to work or for a night out. 

4. Get inspired by the street style! While the runway shows are a huge part of what makes fashion week exciting, the audience at Lincoln Center is just as enthralling. Keep watch of what attendees are wearing on sites like:

5. Sulk about it over a bunch of fashion magazines. Try not to get your tears all over the pages.

6. For up-to-the minute exclusives, and truly unique perspectives, the #NYFW and #MBFW hashtags are your friends. Whether you love Twitter or Instagram, there will be an overload of images to give you your NYFW fix.

7. Avoid it all together. While I want to be in-the-know, sometimes, it can be overwhelming to be bombarded by NYFW news on every single social media feed. For that reason, tuning out might elevate the pity party associated with not attending. But don't you dare feel bad that you can't attend because you work, or couldn't take time off, or couldn't afford to go - fashion week isn't going anywhere. You'll get your moment to attend in person! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brand Spotlight: ARK Clothing

Across The Pond: Ark Clothing

One trend that I think the Brits put on the map is playsuits. I, for one, didn't wear them until I visited England in person, and my perspective on this one-piece wonder absolutely changed. 

One UK brand giving jumpsuits and playsuits their day is ARK Clothing. From trippy hippie flower prints, to solid playsuits that make the seasonal transition effortlessly, their selection of jumpsuits and playsuits appeals to a variety of style aesthetics.

But don't limit these to just summer. A short playsuit can still make an appearance in the Fall.
Try these tips for styling playsuits and jumpsuits well into October:

 - A short jumpsuit looks just as formal as a dress for a night out. Pair it with a kimono cardigan and simple stilettos for a night-out look.

- Throw a blazer over it, accessorize with jewelry and it's the perfect dressed-up Fall look.

- When it gets a little colder outside, put on a pair of opaque leggings underneath to keep warm. The contrast of the leggings against the shorts looks a little boho, but cute!

- When it's cold outside, wear a knit sweater over a sleeveless pants jumpsuit. The pants will look like joggers!

Check out ARK Clothing's selection of jumpsuits and playsuits here!

*Compensation was received for this post.The opinions herein are soley my own.