Editor’s Note: Vacation Hangover

Striped Summer Dress

Sneak Peek for Next Week

A pretty, preppy summer dress for a cute little beach town in Queensland, Australia.

Need to Have

Love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day a little over two weeks away, I’m feeling all heart eyes over this graphic sweater, which is 40% off right now!


Editor’s Note

I’m trying a new format to wrap up the week, inspired by Blair’s weekly email newsletter! I love the idea of sharing a few of my favorite finds for the week and random thoughts on my mind that might not fit nicely into an outfit post. Hopefully, you’ll like this format too and as always, if there’s anything you’d like to see covered in the blog, let me know in the comments below or email me at jen@skirttherulesblog.com.

The first week following a vacation is always the hardest. James and I flew back into NYC early Monday morning and went straight to work. Oof. Surprisingly, I didn’t suffer from jetlag much. With two 10-hour flights (first SYD to HNL, then HNL to JFK), I had enough time to adapt my body to the 16-hour time difference. Melatonin, an eye mask and travel blanket are my best friends when it comes to red-eye flights.

To fully recover from my vacation hangover, I’m playing things a little low key this week. I’m completely abstaining from makeup or curling my hair all week (thankfully I don’t have any major meetings at work right now) and returning to my routine of cooking healthy at home. I had some amazing acai bowls and quinoa salads while in Sydney, so I’m weaving that into our meals for the week.

James and I were originally planning to head out of town again today, but decided we really needed a weekend at home to unwind and unpack (yes, all of my clothes from our trip is still in my suitcase or strewn about the floor right now). Plus, I’m sticking around to celebrate my favorite boss babe Roxy and her brother, who have a brand new home renovation pilot premiering on HGTV this weekend! Tell all your friends and tune in at 2:00 PM ET to watch!

Sale Alert

Take an extra 50% off sale items at J.Crew. There are plenty of winter styles to keep you warm, but if warm weather is in your cards, there’s also a bunch of swimsuits on major sale like this lace-up one piece and this scalloped bikini top.

My Word of the Year for 2018

Black and White Work Outfit

Ruffle Collar Top with Pearl Buttons (only $49 — also comes in cream) / Satin Midi Skirt (only $32 — also comes in black) / Black Leather Clutch / Rosegold Bracelet / Black Ankle Strap Heels / NARS Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Damned’

Last year, I also adopted a word of the year — two to be exact. Challenge and adventure. These were simple ideas that I could carry around with me whenever and wherever to as a quick reminder of what I wanted to focus on for the year. They’re a great alternative to actual New Year’s resolutions, which as I shared with you earlier this week, can sometimes feel more like obligations than inspiration. That’s why I’m embracing two new words for 2018.

What I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

Winter Outfit Ideas / Grey Turtleneck & Cream Puffer Vest

Textured Turtleneck Sweater (on sale for $20 and comes in three colors!) / Cream Puffer Vest (on sale for $44!) / Stretchy Skinny Jeans (on sale for $53!) / Black Leather Ankle Booties (c/o Shoe-Inn) / Maybelline SuperStay Liquid Lipstick in ‘Lover’

I’m going to put it out there right now — I’m the worst when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. I cringe at the thought of looking back at last year’s list because I’m pretty sure I didn’t achieve a majority of my goals (even after I wrote about how not to break them). This year, I’m doing away with the construct of resolutions and sharing the things I’m looking forward to in 2018. I’m hoping that by re-framing my goals that it’ll seem less like a to-do list and more like things that are already going to happen.

Winter Outfit Ideas / Grey Turtleneck & Cream Puffer Vest

1. More travel.

Last year brought along a new job with some major perks. In 2017, I hopped on a total of 72 flights! We criss-crossed around the continent to places like Miami, San Juan, Washington D.C., Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tulum. along with lots of visits home to Phoenix and San Diego. We went abroad for our second time in London and our first times in the south of France, Ireland and Northern Ireland. It’s going to be a hard year to beat, but I’m ready for it! We’re actually going to Australia in two weeks and have plans for Cuba and hopefully Spain later this year. We’ve got a lot of places on my list before we start a family, so you better believe we’re crossing off some new destinations this year!

Winter Outfit Ideas / Grey Turtleneck & Cream Puffer Vest

2. A more curated wardrobe.

Earlier this year, I mentioned how the color palette of my closet is shifting. My personal style is constantly changing and right now, it’s really being driven by a desire for more neutral colors and quality pieces. Hopefully after scrolling through my Instagram feed, you’ll notice the difference. I’m trying to be more thoughtful in everything I bring home, especially since I don’t have much place to store things anyway. Instead of chasing the latest trends, I’m looking for pieces I’ve always needed and will always wear. Case in point: these black leather booties. They’re fashionable and functional and will definitely come in handy for years to come. I’m hoping to invest in more things that will stand the test of time and let go of everything else that’s just taking up space in my tiny little NYC closet.

Winter Outfit Ideas / Grey Turtleneck & Cream Puffer Vest

3. More substantive content on the blog.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that things have been a little quiet around the blog. I think part of the reason has been all of the focus I’ve been putting into my full-time job over the past year left me feeling exhausted by the end of the day. It’s more demanding than any role I’ve ever had in my professional career and I’m still trying to understand how to balance that. But another big reason is that I’ve been feeling really uninspired about blogging. Do you really want to know about “the perfect dress for wedding season” or do you want hear about things like finding a new job, dealing with work-life balance, or making friends in a completely new city?

Of course, I love putting together outfits and editing photos. Where I get stuck is writing the content to go along with it. There’s something unsatisfying about writing about pairing a turtleneck sweater with a cream puffer vest. Of course, I love sharing amazing styles and sales with you and I obviously make commission if you purchase something through my links, but I have other experiences that I can share that I think could inspire you in some way and reinvigorate my love for blogging. So bear with me as I strike the right balance between with my content. And if there’s anything you want to hear from me about, let me know in the comments section below!!

Winter Outfit Ideas / Grey Turtleneck & Cream Puffer Vest

I think 2018 is shaping up to be an amazing year and I’m looking forward to the new adventures and stories to come!

Winter Wardrobe Essential: Black Letter

Get the Look:

Textured Turtleneck Sweater (on sale for $20 and comes in three colors!) / Cream Puffer Vest (on sale for $44!) / Stretchy Skinny Jeans (on sale for $53!) / Black Leather Ankle Booties (c/o) / Maybelline SuperStay Liquid Lipstick in ‘Lover’

Thank you Shoe-Inn for sponsoring this post!