Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Frequancy

Blouse: metrostyle | Pants: Old Navy | Shoes: Via Spiga | Accessories: Kara Ross 
Nails by Joyce  | Hair: Da Noi on Fifth Salon 
 Makeup: Ulta Beauty | Blush/Lips: Stila | Liner: Bare Minerals | Mascara: Smashbox 

The wind is picking up, leaves are changing colors, and there is a certain sense of crispness in the air. Fall 2015 has arrived and I am feeling the frequency! It can be challenging transitioning into the new season. Time to put away summer wardrobe (leaving a few pieces out of storage for that occasional Miami getaway), and bringing out the September staples. You can N E V E R go wrong with a clean white blouse and black pants. This is the perfect look for the office, dinner, and easily transitional from day to night. I love this high-low hem shirt by metrostyle, the definition of chic & classic. I paired it with leather striped pants and pointy-toe mule suede stilettos (this style is BIG for Fall). Aren't you just swooning over my python handle clutch-convertible by Kara Ross NY, definitely the "IT GIRL" of this look. 

Notice anything different ? ;) I completely chopped my hair! Change of seasons, change of look. Fashion and style is always evolving, don't be afraid to switch it up and try something new. I love my new locks and color by Da Noi on fifth, feeling like a natural beauty. I had a little help on the beauty side (I do NOT wake up like this). My friends at Ulta Beauty hooked a sister up with some of their best products for #21DaysOfBeauty and this is the end result. I am newly obsessed with Stila's color convertible compact. I used it on my lips and as blush for this look, a two-in-one home run! Want to have "eyes that smile"? Bare Minerals 12 hour stay liner (yes it actually stays) and Smashbox full exposure maraca does wonders. Twenty one days of beauty is still happening with some amazing deals, check it out HERE

I have been growing and evolving the past few months, and my style is adapting as well. Lately I have been channeling my inner power business women with an edge. What do you think of my new look?

Show me your FAV Fall 2015 styles by tagging me on INSTA @jaclynnbrennan 
Need advice on your new look or transition to Fall? 

Time is flying by and there are so many exciting things in store. This is going to be a WILD next few months filled with adventure. I am so excited to share my experiences with you throughout my professional life working in fashion and my personal one too. A lot of people have been asking me for career advice, so I figured this would be a great place to start! 


1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep the night prior and drink a lot of water for flawless skin 

2. Do your research on the company inside and out. Know all financials, employees, new launches, collections, and press associated with the business. 

3. Learn about your interviewee: Semi-stalk them to learn about their life, how they got started, family, trips they took over the summer etc. This makes for great unexpected conversation. 

4. MAKE YOUR RESUME FUN. No one wants to look at a boring word document. Add in your own personalized logo, use a sleek layout, hyperlink click-throughs to some of your work samples. 

5. References on FLEEK. Make sure you have at least 5-10 rockstar working references lined up and ready. If you are just graduating or are still in college reach out to professors and mentors for guidance. 

6.  Update your LINKED-IN and clean up social media. LINKEDIN is actually relevant so make sure your profile is up to speed. Take down inappropriate photos, no one wants to see what bar you were at last Saturday holding beer cans. (yes, they will look you up) 

7. Prepare yourself with at least 5 well-thought out questions you would like to ask your potential employer. These could be about the company culture, roles of your job, expected goals etc. 

8. BE FULLY PRESENT. Put your cell phone on silent and leave it in your bag. Make sure there is eye contact and you are speaking clearly and with absolute confidence. 

9. Be at least 15 minutes early. Lateness is never fashionable. 

10. FOLLOW UP IS EVERYTHING. The moment you walk out of that door immediately send an email thanking them for their time. 

Hope these tips help! Get your power-girl on and GO FOR IT.  


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Backstage Pass #NYW

Well well- looks like NYFW flew by! Normally, my coverage is from the front row... but this season I had the chance to work on something VERY special. As many of you have heard, Kara Ross is gearing up to launch a new brand, DIAMONDS UNLEASHED which is a total game changer. I have dropped some hints about the movement, and this was our first chance to show the fashion world what it's all about. This season we had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the great Dennis Basso + team for his runway show which took place on September 15, 2015. We were involved in a few aspects of the show including all accessories, backstage press lounge, and of course we brought the "DU Swagg"! Dennis Basso and his team (especially Creative Director, Emily Burnett) were amazing to work with. Kara Ross x Dennis Basso developed a one-of-a-kind couture handbag collection for  the runway. The models looked STUNNING in KR heritage jewels, and even rocked custom pink silk robes on rehearsals/hair/makeup. 

The second part of this amazing show were the shoes! DIAMONDS UNLEASHED teamed up with Stuart Weitzman to create gold & diamond shoe clips in the shape of our women's empowerment symbol. (these are pretty bad ass!) You can easily wear them on any style shoe you like, and will be released exclusively on www.StuartWeitzman.com mid-November. The best part about these clips are the give-back! 100% of profits will go to Diamonds Unleashed and support charitable partners like Girls Who Code and She's The First. I can totally get down with that! 

It is so amazing to see something come to life from concept to result. Our team has been working so hard and this fashion week was a huge success. Teamwork is dreamwork and the DU CREW is just getting started! 

Backstage is always pretty chaotic and there are a million things going on at once. I have to say Dennis Basso + team were extremely organized and ready to roll. DIAMONDS UNLEASHED also set up a sanctuary high end press lounge filled with white furniture and fun goodies for PR + celebs to hang out before the show. There were so many fab interviews and DU ambassadors that came out to support us! (we feel the love) 

Dennis Basso's Havana Night's themed runway was a total success! It was so amazing to be a part of this, the collection was beyond beautiful. If  you missed this show SHAME ON YOU... but you can still watch it HERE ;) 

Excited to hear more about DIAMONDS UNLEASHED?

What is Diamonds Unleashed:
Diamonds Unleashed is a brand with a purpose; symbolizing, promoting and supporting women’s empowerment. By working with the best of class partners at two different retail levels, Diamonds Unleashed showcases jewelry collections at a variety of price points, and directly supports partner non-profit organizations that educate, equip and empower young women around the globe to reach their full potential. Diamonds Unleashed celebrates that women, like diamonds, are brilliant, multi-faceted and unbreakable.

Empowering Women & Creating Community
Diamonds Unleashed will become a symbol of women’s empowerment, and serve as a platform for a number of initiatives in support of it. Diamonds Unleashed will provide monetary donations to relevant non-profit organizations, foster a community of distinguished ambassadors to spread the mission, and among other things, host a series of Salon events nationwide to bring people together in support of a common cause.

Diamonds Unleashed retail partners include HSN, and the #BeBrillant collection for Neiman Marcus, which interprets the logo and symbol, along with Kara’s signature design aesthetic. The goal is to create stunning and wearable jewelry with a deeper message of women’s empowerment. A significant amount of net profits from the collection will directly support partner non-profit organizations like She’s the First and Girls Who Code to start, which educate, equip and empower young women around the globe to reach their full potential. Diamonds Unleashed has over 200 celebrity/athletes/executives/actresses/artists supporting our movement and standing behind our initiative to help spread the word. We want every customer to feel connected to our mission via our social media outlets, ambassadors, events, and newsletters. We want them to share their stories and inspire other women, spreading the message and supporting a greater cause.

We are launching December, 10th at the Hearst Tower! DIAMONDS UNLEASHED official instagram is now up and live > follow us here 

Now you know why I've been such a busy bee. All good things ahead... stay tuned dolls xo 


Friday, September 4, 2015

#BTW Bring The Wine

Location: Bed on Clouds | 5320 NY-23, Windham NY 12496 | Ph: 518 734 4692

Dress: metrostyle | Heels: Michael Kors | Jewelry: Kara Ross NY 

Normally BTW stands for "By The Way", in today's case it means BRING THE WINE! 
#TGIF everyone and happy Labor Day Weekend. It's honestly very bittersweet because the Summer has come to an end. On the other hand, us fashionistas are prepping for fashion week and all things Fall and fabulous. Transitioning into a new season is always a bit tricky. Starting off with fitted print dresses and 3/4 sleeves is a great point of reference. I totally love this abstract printed piece by metrostyle. It is easy to wear, never needs to be ironed, and is season-less. I paired the dress with black and white color blocked strappy block heels by Michael Kors. I can literally run in these babies, so comfortable and look great with everything in my closet.  

This look is a continuation from my amazing weekend getaway at Bed on Clouds in Windham, New York. I loved the fresh mountain air and peacefulness that surrounded the property. Bed On Clouds has a beautiful back porch with seating and shade, the perfect area for wine and cheese + great conversation. Spending time with my family away from the city always is a great way to recharge. I highly recommend Bed On Clouds, a boutique B&B with a lot of character and charm. 

What is everyone doing this weekend? (and WHO'S EXCITED FOR NYFW?!)


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beds On Clouds #WindhamNY

Location: Bed on Clouds | 5320 NY-23, Windham NY 12496 | Ph: 518 734 4692


Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the Catskill Mountains (Upstate NY) with my family, to celebrate a very special wedding anniversary for my parents. We stayed at Bed On Clouds, a boutique Bed & Breakfast in Windham NY located right on Main Street. This B&B is highly rated, and awarded #2 best B&B by TripAdvisor in the area. It truly was a little piece of heaven in the mountains, and the lovely owners/Inn-Keepers made us feel right at home. I really enjoy Bed & Breakfasts'; the intimacy, peacefulness, and close to home feeling that a hotel can not provide. 

Bed On Clouds gets it's name for two reasons: 
1. You are so high up in the mountains the clouds and sky are simply magnificent. 
2. Every room's ceiling is painted sky blue with clouds.

I loved the quirkiness and quaintness that each room had. So much character, and history in every corner. Owners Rebecca & Susumu are world travelers, who's stories and life experiences made the trip that much more enjoyable. Susumu, a famous NY photographer, has even shot + collabed with Andy Warhol! There is a special gallery on the property dedicated to his work, and it is simply awesome. The rooms were large, the beds very comfortable, and newly renovated bathroom was beautiful. Now let's chat FOOD- the breakfast was delish! I also loved the fresh baked french bread every morning. I could get used to that! 

My favorite escape was the garden area. I felt like it was straight out of a movie. Better yet... a fashion editorial. I have been channeling a 1950's vibe lately with fit & flare accents all Summer long. Mixing bright colors, and going bold with a checkered blouse added a fun touch to this look. 

Windham NY is a beautiful area for a weekend getaway. I know your normal go-to's might be the Hamptons or Jersey Shore, but consider this mountain adventure. Extremely peaceful, lot's to do with your family or romantic getaway, and not to far from the city. I highly recommend Bed on Clouds boutique Bed & Breakfast.

... more mountain adventures coming soon! 


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hidden in the #Hamptons

Dress: Ralph Lauren | Shoes: Valentino | Handbag/Jewels: Kara Ross 

Every woman needs a killer LBD (Little Black Dress) in their wardrobe. I am constantly on the go, traveling and living out of my rolly suitcase. I HATE to iron, and love to pack easy to wear pieces that I can roll up into a ball with no worries. I always think it's best to over-pack, you just never know how you are going to feel when you wake up, or an unexpected dinner/event might present itself. Obvi you can not be seen in the same thing twice, so what's a girl to do?! 

This fashion tip will come in handy, trust me. 

I am basically in love with this curve-hugging shoulder hole dress by Ralph Lauren. It is easy to wear, and I feel extremely sexy in it. The best part is, I am not showing much skin. The neck line and hem length are perfect,  the added shoulder cut out's give just the right amount of sass. This piece is fab because it does not require any ironing AND it's machine washable.
 (pretty much just hit the fashionista jackpot) 

I paired the dress with these killer nude studded Valentino stilettos. Yes, I do mean killer... these are "dinner shoes" ladies. Regardless, I love them and when a woman with purpose walks in heels she is a force to be reckoned with. I added this fun and playful KARA ROSS NY paradise sunny clutch from the Resort collection available exclusively at the KR Flagship (email for custom orders). Last but not least, no outfit is ever complete without the jewels + diamonds.

I have had some great summer fun in the hamptons the past few weekends. I really love the vibe and atmosphere away from the craziness of the city. Fashion in Southhampton is like watching an episode of Revenge, meaning you better bring your A game. Also, you can never go wrong with anything by classic American designer Ralph L. 

Need some fashion tips? Style 911's for upcoming events?
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