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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Guest Post: Tineey of

Girl's Night Out Fall Fashions

The best part of going out with your girlfriends is dressing up for a good time. It's even better when everyone has their own individual style. I never have to worry about any of my friends showing up in the same outfit! So, when my girls and I last got together, I decided to document what we wore. As you will see in the video, our styles are pretty different from one another. Hopefully our outfits will give you some inspiration when you are deciding on what to wear on your next girl's night out.

Let's start with Nubia -- The Wild Child. Not only does she have one far out personality, but the style to match as well. I'm talking about animal on animal print here. She pulls it off so effortlessly, too. With her fiery red hair and bold teal pants, wearing a neutral color is best to ground the look. So, although there is a cheetah on her shirt, the beige color neutralized an otherwise crazy combination. Just like how she wore it, I like pairing a neutral color shoe any time I wear funky-colored pants!

Kelly, The Curvy Professor, is sporting a clean-cut look. I know, totally different from the first look, right?! When in doubt, a sharp shirt and blazer dresses you up. Of course, since it was the weekend, she is wearing a fun-colored blazer in velvet. Who else is loving velvet clothing this Fall? You can easier pair this with your favorite jeans and heels to finish the look. Of course, wearing sexy aviators always helps!

Then, there is me, TineeyThe Party Girl. I love to have a good time. What can I say? I decided to go a little risque yet remain fun with my outfit. I've always wanted to rock pajama pants, and pajama pants in a colorful print is even better. Since there is a lot going on with my pants, I am pairing it with a solid black top.... with cutouts. No plain Janes here. I love the cutouts on the sleeves and the open back. Like they say, business in the front, party in the back. To complete my look, I wore heels in one of the main colors in the print of my pants. Doing so allows me to still wear color shoes without it clashing with the pants.

There you have it. Three girls in three completely different styles, ready to paint the town pink. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Guest Post: Tara of Mix and Match Fashion

Hi everyone!  I'm Tara, a teacher and Stella & Dot stylist from New Jersey, and I write the blog Mix and Match Fashion.  Jen asked me to guest post for here while she was on vacation, so I am here sharing four of my favorite fall looks, both casual and work appropriate.  Thanks so much Jen for having me!





Wednesday, October 24, 2012

3 Chic ways to display your jewelry

My jewelry collection has grown significantly since I started looking at my purchases as investments. And pretty investments they are.

While I have traditional jewelry boxes that keep my baubles for save keeping, I found I was forgetting about treasured pieces because they were hidden away. Sure, they kept them where I could find them, but from a home decorating standpoint, they weren't anything to look at.

I wanted fun ways to be able to display my jewelry so I could enjoy them... even when I wasn't wearing my bracelets and arm parties.

Here's some ideas on how you can decorate your boudoir with functional and stylish jewelry box options.

1. Glass containers

You know those funky specimen jars and glass pedestal candy jars? I found this one at Home Goods for $7. I'm convinced Home Goods is the mecca of quick and cheap home decor. Flea markets are also a great place to find vintage glass jars to use for storing jewelry. This way, I can see my jewelry, and it also acts as an accent piece in my bedroom.

2. Unconventional Household Items

I've found using tablecloth place mats is a quick way to bring color into a room, and protect your furniture. Here, I went with a striped velvet place mat on top of my dresser. And for a ring holder, I use this charming ceramic egg crate from Anthropologie. I love the idea of using non-traditional storage items to hold my keepsakes. 

If you can't find this one, save an actual cardboard egg carton, and paint it!

3. The Art of Deception

Sure, it looks like a book. And what's inside could be considered works of art... 

I used to think Ikea was the only place that used faux books as storage... until I came across this wooden King Henry VII box at ... where else? Home Goods! Since I'm obsessed with all things British, I knew I had to buy this book, um, box!

Storage books are a fast and easy way to keep your jewelry organized. I think it adds a little intellectual charm to my bedroom, and keeps the clutter of jewelry boxes out of the way, too!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Yellow Brick Road

Outfit Details:
Animal Print Button Up Blouse - Forever 21
Black Skinny Jeans - Zara
Pampa Ankle Boots - Mia Shoes
Enamel and Rhinestone Bangles in Off White and Orange - c/o Sequin NYC (email for order info)

This weekend, I kicked it super old school for these photos.

My husband couldn't help me take photos, so I had to dust off my tripod and go back to the days when I used to take my pictures myself. Not my preference, but it did make me appreciate the fact that I have someone who I can depend on to take photos for me. 

Originally, I used to take all of my pictures myself on my lunch breaks at my old job. I scouted out a bunch of parks and playgrounds where I felt the embarrassment factor wouldn't be too high, and would take my outfit shots during the day.  And back then, I didn't have a tripod. I'd just balance my camera anywhere. 

Oh the woes of being a fashion blogger.

And since I'm flying to England this Friday, things have been crazy. I've struggled to keep up with House Of Jeffers as I prepare for my trip. Between packing, after-work commitments, and work... I absolutely need some time away from the desk in every capacity.

But fear not! I've lined up some awesome fashion bloggers who are kind enough to keep House Of Jeffers going while I'm away! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Fashion Fix: Seeing Green

Outfit Details:
Grey Wool Peplum Top -
Oxblood Leggings - Zara
Leather Ankle Booties - Forever 21

The inevitable cold weather in New Jersey has arrived, and I've been left with no choice but to adapt to Mother Nature's seasonable, colder, mood swing.

I'm definitely no stranger to color, and I'm not turning my back on brights, but Fall is a time to embrace a darker color palette. You all know my thoughts on Johnny Cash's favorite color as a wardrobe staple for fall (um, it's black for you non-music enthusiasts out there). While you can wear deep wines and the current favorite, oxblood clothing, accessories are a great way to commit to color in the fall.

Olivia + Joy Lavish Lady Satchel - c/o Olivia + Joy
Deco Strap Bracelet by Henri Bendel
Leather Bow Bracelet by Henri Bendel
Naja Cuff Bracelet by 2 Bandits
Sterling Silver Monogram Necklace - c/o

My Olivia + Joy Lavish Lady Satchel is the first green handbag I own, but I adore it. I'm often drawn to accessories that sometimes outshine what I'm wearing. 

And I'm also a fan of "everyday" jewelry - things that go with everything, that you wear them so much that they start to become an extension of who you are. LOVE pieces that become a part of your personality... My 2 Bandits Naja cuff is totally becoming something I put on everyday, and us fashion bloggers are no stranger to a monogram necklace. 

I kinda lucked out with my initials - being that the JJ are my initials, but the "M" is also my middle initial, and my husband's name, Mike. Got all the bases covered. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Stripes Are A Necessity

I've learned two things this month.

1. Don't let any other person besides the person who always cuts your bangs, cut your bangs. Even if your hairdresser is on vacation. Suffer with the long hair.

Learned that on the hard way when I had to have a much-needed bang trim. I'm sure my bangs don't look too much different to you, but they're just too thinned out... and not blunt enough. <Sigh>.

Black Scuba Ring - Mango
Mele Bangle - c/o Sequin NYC (buy it here)
Diamondhead Bangle - c/o Sequin NYC (buy it here)

Outfit Details:
Striped Heritage 21 Blazer - Forever 21
Black Peter Pan Collar Dress - Urban Outfitters
Ribbed Grey Tights - JC Penney
Oxblood Suedette Ankle Boots - Forever 21

 2. Stay away from creepy cats.

3. Stripes are a necessity. I still can't quite tell if the stripes on my blazer are navy or black... Honestly, I don't care. It's striped. It's got some type of stripe on it. And did I mention, it's striped?  

And you know I can't resist a bargain. The dress, from Urban Outfitters, features a Peter Pan collar... and cost me $9! The tights were equally economical from JC Penney, and the shoes are from Forever 21... even if they don't want to be my Twitter friend, I still love their clothes. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mani Monday: Nail Rock Striped Mani

Thank God for nail strips.

I do most of my nail art by hand, without a stencil or Konad (which I do want to buy eventually). Since nail strips have come a long way, and are now available in funky patterns, the mani game got a lot more creative.

I've used various brands, but the best nail polish strips I've found which not only look good, but stay on, are Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps. They're a UK company, but I bought mine at CVS.

I've purchased multiple Nail Rock patterns, and so far, I've been uber satisfied with the results. You apply them just like any other strips, but what's best about these: The finish. While they do have a shine to them, it's not overly glossy, so it blends well with your nail or other polishes you'll pair with em.

The results?

I'm sorry, but I'm in love with my nails. I didn't want to use all the striped wraps all at once so I went with a classic combo of pink, white and black. The gold glitter tips were done using Julep's Oscar. Easy, cheap and fly!

Friday, October 12, 2012

UK or Bust: Jet Set Fresh

Although my trip to England is two weeks ago, I'm sick in the head, and sit and ponder what I'm going to wear... on the plane.

This is an important decision people. For 7 hours, I'll be annoying my husband with bouts of paranoia about turbulence and complaints regarding that annoying 5 year old who is kicking my chair that YOU KNOW is gonna get seated behind me.

But I digress.

When traveling, I like to wear something that's comfortable and security friendly. I leave my studded accouterments at home, and know not to wear 25 lbs of jewelry because they make you take it off anyway. Leggings are my go to since they are almost like jammy jams, and shoes that aren't heavy, but keep me toasty, are a definite.

Many of items in this set I already own, including the Black Chuck Taylors, Crown Vintage Ankle Boots, the striped ModCloth top, the Kristen satchel from Coach and, as of two days ago, the green blazer and the 2 Bandits Naja Cuff Bracelet. The rest, especially the Beats by Dre headphones, will be an early birthday gift...

Can't go on a trip without UK nail strips and a snarky sleep mask.

Here's what I plan on wearing, and brining, to staying jet set fresh on the way to England.

UK or Bust

Striped Long Sleeve Top - Modcloth / H&M blazer, $48 / High rise legging / Crown Vintage black booties / Black Converse Low Tops / Stephanie Johnson Jenny Train Case  / 2 Bandits Naja Cuff / NARS Eyeshadow / Bobbi Brown Cosmetics nude lipgloss / Fred Flare Storefront Sleep Masks / Nail Rock Union Jack Nail Strips, $11 / Beats By Dre Limited Edition Studio Purple Headphones / Paco Rabanne Lady Million

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Purple in Princeton

Yes, people. No need to adjust your monitors.

I, Jen, of House Of Jeffers... am wearing brown.

My motto for brown as it relates to my style was "I don't wear brown. I got enough of it going on my head. No need to add more of it." But, I can admit that I'm now eating my words and have a whole new perspective on this shade.

When I spotted this dress, the purple flowers is what sold me on it. But I was admittedly on the fence about the brown leaves in the print.

We all know how it ended... and now, I'm all about this dress. Worn it at least 3 times already, including on a day trip to Princeton for my husband's soccer game a weekend ago. I'm standing in front of Nassau Hall... 

Outfit Details:
Purple Cardigan - Express
Purple Floral Print Dress - Marshalls
Black Tights - Target
Black Patent Leather Flats - Target
Globetrotter Handbag - c/o Just Fab (via LuckyFABB)
Gold Disc Necklace - c/o South Moon Under
Talulah Checkerboard Faceted Disc Earrings - c/o Kara Ackerman (via LuckyFABB)

I also finally broke out my new bag, which I got through Just Love the texture of the leather... It's definitely a contender for which bag I'm going to bring to England.

My photos don't do the town justice... but Princeton is just one of those places that always looks beautiful round year. It's got major history, adorable shops on Nassau Street, great food and is where one of my favorite bands, Saves The Day, formed.

I love spending time there as it's just so laid back and sorta touristy. I'm a big fan of touristy type places, but without acting like a tourist... Even though I had my camera with me. And took photos in front of things.

Not touristy at all, right?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Chilly Chic

I do this thing every year... where the weather turns cold, and I feel like I have to go shopping because I have a momentary lapse of judgement and feel as though I hate my clothes... when it's really the in between weather I despise.

Outfit Details:
High Waist Pencil Skirt - (similar skirt here)
Black Ankle Booties - Zara (similar shoes here)
Rhinestone Bib Necklace - Charlotte Russe (similar necklace here)

Arm Party details:
Pink& Gold Chain Link Bangles (came as a set) - Forever 21
Gold Brass Bangle - J.Crew
Black Rhinestone Bangle - C. Wonder

I'm gunna be honest: I hate being cold, and I'm constantly freezing. While I love wearing skirts, I really have to force myself to do so when October hits. The day I took these photos it wasn't too bad. Shivering and teeth chattering is NOT a good look, and I suffer from both in the fall and winter months. 

When I put this outfit together, I had two ideas in mind: First, that I wear something that keeps me warm - a la the longer pencil skirt and this pink striped crewneck Tippi sweater which is my very first J. Crew clothing purchase. And second - that it fits my fall wardrobe criteria of being colorful, but functional.

If I'm gunna be cold, as least I can try to look cool doing so. Freezing is the new black.... or something of the sort.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

House Of Jeffers Turns 2!

Without sounding like a total narcissist, I am so proud I've continued to keep this House Of Jeffers going. So many people start blogs and they often fall off after a couple of months. But even through times when I couldn't be bothered to sit at the computer, and upload photos, or write a post because of life's other commitments, I've seen it through.

Having a blog is also a commitment. Throughout 2012 year, much has changed for me. I moved, found a new job, dealt with life troubles at times... But my blog has always been something that's constant and consistent in my life. It's the one thing that during times when I felt I had no control over things, I knew no one could take away my blog.

I'm a writer - it's what I do. When I created this blog, I wanted a place to be able to share my writing, and join others in the pursuit of defining their personal style - all while doing it in a way that wasn't so stereotypical of New Jersey. Because let's face it: You know and I know that New Jersey isn't known as a place where fashionable people live.

I wanted to show that hipsters can live in the suburbs...

I've always been the kind of person who didn't have cookie cutter friends, and my interests were unique to the people I surrounded myself with. Don't get me wrong - I don't think I'm the bomb, and I certainly don't think I'm breaking any molds here. But I think that my eye for the "different" has always drawn me to more eclectic things, and I try to translate that in my clothes.

I value uniqueness and individuality more than I value anything else when it comes to fashion. I don't want to be like everyone else... even though, I'm gunna own it: Having a blog is JUST like the 900 other bloggers out there. But being yourself and not doing things for the approval of others is 100% the way to go. Some people might not like it - and they don't have to. And it's okay.

My blog is more than just a blog to me. It's a place that I can take my spot on the proverbial soapbox (if you will) and share my random thoughts on fashion... and talk about how much I hate it when my bangs separate in the heat (uh, I still hate that). Where I don't have to be afraid to be a little eccentric, because being different doesn't always make you weird

House Of Jeffers has grown beyond anything I ever thought this blog could be. And the most surprising thing of all? People, just like YOU, support this blog! I am so appreciative of ALL of you who take time out of your day to read my posts, comment, look at my photos, follow me on Twitter, email me.... It means so much to me. And I'm so unbelievably blessed to work with all of the amazing brands that think enough of me to want to work with me.

As long as my bangs are blunt, my nails are manicured, and people still make clothes - I'll be here, and hopefully, you'll come along for the ride! 

Monday, October 1, 2012

To The Moon and Back: South Moon Under Hits NJ

I love it when new stores that aren't anywhere else in New Jersey pop up. South Moon Under came to New Jersey during the summer, and brought with them copious amounts of fashion goodness a la shirts, tops, shoes, jewelry, handbags and even adorable housewares and gifts. I've been drooling over their clothes ever since I stumbled upon the store... Take a visit for yourself, and you'll see why.

Lucky for me, their grand opening was just down the road from my job, so I headed over on Thursday to celebrate the newest store to hit the artsy section of Montclair, NJ - one of my absolute favorite areas to shop in!

To help kick off festivities, the Rebecca Minkoff team and Nylon Magazine was there to give the party some extra love while customers got their shop on in style.

Take a peak at some of my snaps from the night!

Not sure how I used restraint to not by these Sam Edelman leopard print booties.

Customers had the chance have their Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C.s personalized with their initials or name. Love the look of the gold letters!

Spikes and studs in full effect: The collection of Rebecca Minkoff bags at South Moon Under makes it hard choosing just one... How adorable is this Alex carry-all! Wish list anyone?

This sign is so right. 

DJ Julie Twinkle doing the "Play my jam, DJ!" thing behind the turntables.