Holiday Card With Janie + Jack

Holiday cards are stressful. At least for me. Getting everyone dressed and ready, dealing with a toddler who didn’t want to wear her bow, shoes, or any of the beautiful accessories I picked out from Janie + Jack, and then trying to get a 4 month old and 2 year old to smile on cue. Oh, and Dallas had a heatwave so it was 98 degrees. Let’s just say, I needed a good cry sesh and a glass of wine afterwards. However, as my mom said, these are the moments you will look back on and smile. I know she is right but my lord, why do they need to be so difficult?

The one thing I was beyond grateful that I did was to buy the girls matching dresses weeks in advance. I turned to one of my favorite shops, Janie + Jack. Knowing that their outfits were decided on and would look so cute gave me such peace of mind leading up to the photoshoot. When I was looking for their outfits I wanted them to be similar, beautiful, and wearable. Wearable you might ask? Well, there are a lot of holiday parties coming up and I wanted something that Eleanor could look really cute in, be able to enjoy running around and playing with her friends, and me not being stressed out the entire time she was about to ruin a $$$ outfit. I wanted the outfit to look $$$, but not be $$$.

This is where my love of Janie + Jack comes in. I have purchased their items non-stop since finding out I was pregnant with Eleanor in 2017. They are one of my go-to shops.  Their items are of amazing quality and look really expensive without breaking the bank account. I want items that last, especially now that I have a second girl and without a doubt, their items last. I have so many pieces that have already been passed down to Eloise and they look brand new. I can’t sing their praises enough!

This year, their holiday line knocked it out of the park. Tartans, velvet, matching masks (hello 2020), hats, plaids, they really seemed to capture everything you want in your holiday outfits. Being a longtime fan, I truly can’t recommend taking a look at what they have on their website right now! It is Parisian chic! Which y’all know I love

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Eleanor’s Outfit// Dress, Bow, Gloves, ShoesCoat, Matching Mask

Eloise’s Outfit // Tartan Set, Socks, Shoes

Alexis Isabel Shoe

Outfit Details // Alexis Isabel ‘Uni’ shoeRhode Resort ‘Ella’ dress, J.Crew sunglasses

True Story: I have always saved my money for nice accessories. I feel like you can buy inexpensive clothing and make it look expensive by adding nice accessories. When I first graduated college I was earning next to nothing. I decided to stop highlighting my hair (thank goodness ombre was trendy), I never got my nails done, and I ate at home a lot. I chose to save and spend when I saw a nice accessory or something that would last. I still have and love the YSL ring that I saved up for and “splurged on” during that time. This is why I always recommend investing in quality accessories, they last!

During quarantine I made an effort to dress up everyday. I bought a few inexpensive, comfy dresses from different shops but wanted a fun shoe to dress them up. I searched and searched for something unique, beautiful and quality. When my friend sent me the Alexis Isabel Uni sandal I melted. Not only was the color to die for, but each jewel is handset in Napoli, Italy. Does it get any better quality and craftsman than that?

I have already worn them multiple times and love them more and more each time. The Italian leather gets softer and more beautiful with each wear. I know I will have these for years to come and like a fine wine, they will just get better with age!

Outfit Details // Alexis Isabel ‘Uni’ shoeRhode Resort ‘Ella’ dress, J.Crew sunglasses

Frances Hart

Outfit Details // Frances Hart Shirred Neck Collared Dress, Frances Hart White Blouse, Frances Hart Yoked Shirt Dress, Frances Hart Drawstring Poplin Dress

I am blown away. I have laid my eyes on the  MOST beautiful maturity clothing to ever exist: Frances Hart. The details, fabric, and stitching are all so beautiful it is hard to put into words. Right before this package arrived I was having a conversation with my husband. I was going through all of Eleanor’s old clothing and getting them ready for Eloise. 99.9% of what I bought or received for Eleanor was of the highest quality or from artisans or small businesses. It wasn’t until about 6 months when I threw in the towel and purchased a pack of onesies from H&M. She spit up, A LOT, so I wanted something she could ruin and I wouldn’t care. However, as I sat there going through her old clothing, I was blown away at how beautiful all of the items I had spent a little bit more money on had kept and how the H&M items completely changed (for the worse). I ended up getting rid of everything from H&M which made me feel beyond wasteful.

I told my husband how going forward I wanted to buy as few fast fashion items as possible because in the end, they become so wasteful. I would rather save and spend on quality items that last, than fill our world with items that lasted a few months. Now, I love a good Zara dress as much as the next girl but after going through the bin of clothing I just couldn’t stomach the waste of  inexpensive clothing. It honestly hurt my heart.

That was a bit of a tangent but receiving the box from Frances Hart only solidified my new way of thinking. Each piece is so exquisite and well-made. They are items I want to wear now and later. I have even talked to my tailor about altering the dresses for postpartum. I can’t adequately describe the quality of Frances Hart but I can highly recommend them to any expectant mother. Imagine investing in a dress that you can wear while pregnant but is equally as beautiful for postpartum. You kill two birds with one stone.  There was such a void in the market for pieces like this so I am so excited to discover them and cherish their pieces for years to come.

shop the dress here: Frances Hart Shirred Neck Collared Dress

shop the dress here: Frances Hart Yoked Shirt Dress

Shop the dress here: Frances Hart Drawstring Poplin Dress

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