Jackie and Marilyn | Instagram Recap November-January – Melissa

Hello all! Hopefully you’ve been following up over on our Instagram account, but in case you haven’t, here’s what you’ve been missing:






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Skirt: Target
Earrings: Target
Boots: Modcloth
Top: Goodwill

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Skirt and Top: AppleCorVintage
Socks: Target
Boots: Modcloth
Earrings: Modclothflannel3

Skirt: Goodwill
Belt: Goodwill
Shirt: Express
Necklace: AppleCorVintage

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Dress: Goodwill
Jacket: Goodwill
Boots: Target
Necklace: Target

bb3Thanksmas5Top: Modcloth
Jacket: Goodwill
Skirt: Vintage
Boots: Modcloth
Belt: Goodwill

bb5NewYear5Dress: Goodwill
Belt: Goodwill
Tights: Target
Shoes: Thrifted

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Dress: Eshakti
Belt: Goodwill
Boots: Target

Remember, for weekly updates from us, follow us @jackieandmarilynblog on Instagram!

– Melissa

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Jackie and Marilyn | Instagram Recap November-January – Brianna

Hello all! Hopefully you’ve been following up over on our Instagram account, but in case you haven’t, here’s what you’ve been missing:

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Dress: ModCloth
Cardigan: ModClothScarf: Brickyard Buffalo
Leggings: Old Navy
Boots: DSW

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Dress: Lularoe
Leggings: Lularoe
Scarf: Brickyard Buffalo
Socks: Target
Boots: DSW

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Dress: ModCloth
Scarf: ModCloth
Cardigan: Thrifted
Belt: Francesca’s
Leggings: Brickyard Buffalo
Boots: ModCloth

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Dress: Forever 21
Shirt: Target
Scarf: Brickyard Buffalo
Belt: Forever 21
Leggings: Lularoe
Socks: Target
Boots: Target

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Dress: Eshakti
Scarf: Brickyard Buffalo
Leggings: Target
Socks: Target
Boots: ModCloth

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Blouse: ModCloth
Cardigan: ModCloth
Cords: StitchFix
Boots: Target

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Sweater: Target
Shirt: OldNavy
Bracelet: Old Navy
Earrings: A Delightful Shop
Skirt: ModCloth
Leggings: Target
Boots: DSW

Photo Jan 09, 11 26 07 AM

Sweater: Old Navy
Tunic: Target
Leggings: Lularoe
Necklace: ModCloth
Socks: Target

Remember, for weekly updates from us, follow us @jackieandmarilynblog on Instagram!

– Brianna

Jackie and Marilyn | Braceface

Last week was a pretty big one for me, as I got my top row of braces! I will be wearing these babies for the next two years (bottom row to come in October)!

IMG_3418Naturally after undergoing this change, I was feeling a little self conscious about my mouth, partly because I felt like my teeth were trying to stab their way out of my cheeks. I figured the best way to distract from my new metal was to wear as bold of a print as possible. Enter LuLaRoe!

IMG_3315I recently picked up this floral beauty and I LOVE it! Unlike my other Nicole, I feel like the waistline is a little more agreeable and works better with a belt. The bold flowers make this a fun spring/summer frock.

IMG_3424I’m almost a week into the braces now and I am feeling a bit better about wearing them, mostly because my teeth feel a little less like they are trying to escape 🙂 Plus, you can never discount doing something that is good for your long-term health, and fixing my crowding/overbite will definitely be the best decision I made for my little Chiclets!
IMG_3349 IMG_3325The dress seemed like it was begging to be worn to a garden party, so I styled it with a bow belt, a teacup necklace, my trusty summer wedges and a woodland creature-themed earrings from A Delightful Shop. Because deer totally show up to tea parties, right??

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What I Wore:
Dress: LuLaRoe
Cardigan: ModCloth
Earrings: A Delightful Shop
Necklace: Etsy
Belt: Francesca’s
Shoes: ModCloth

– Brianna

Jackie and Marilyn | Not Always A Bridesmaid

Happy Friday, folks! Hope you’re enjoying your summer and all the activities it brings. For many of you, one of those activities may be planning, attending or participating in a wedding (T-22 days until Melissa’s big day!!)

With weddings comes all the various styles and among those styles are the ever evolving fashion of bridesmaids. Not every wedding includes a line of ladies wearing the exact same dress anymore, which is fantastic because there have been some amazingly creative pattern and color combinations! However, no matter how creative your bride is, sometimes as a bridesmaid you end up spending money on a dress you’ll probably never wear again.

Or will you???

This week as we are in the thick of wedding season, I wanted to share some tips for some of you who will be in weddings this summer that need a way to use that cute frock once again! Depending on your dress, there are plenty of ways to refashion that beauty for more regular use.

I want to focus on using a bridesmaid’s dress for a night out, with girlfriends or a casual date with your sweetie. The dress I chose to build off of is this gorgeous little number from Weddington Way!

dm-53183sxe-blue-green-frontI chose this dress for a very specific reason: It is a shape I adore and I absolutely know will complement my body type, but it’s not a color I would normally choose for myself. I think that’s where a lot of ladies end up falling with their leftover bridesmaid’s dresses, particularly with current trends of brides choosing a color and letting the bridesmaids pick a dress that fits their frame. However, just because it’s a color you wouldn’t normally wear doesn’t mean it’s a bust! Think of it as a new adventure in hue experimentation 🙂

The first thing that jumped out at me was the model’s shoes – I love the neutral tone of the gold heel! But it’s a little too fancy for a casual night out, and if I was going to restyle a bridesmaid’s dress for non-wedding wear, I’d want to avoid anything that feels too formal because it would just make me feel like I was dressed to go to a wedding again. But wanting to keep the similar color themes, I would go for a really casual wedge like these beauties from ModCloth.

The next thing I noticed is that this dress matched a beautiful set of Jamberry wraps I recently saw (and am currently wearing)! If I wanted to find a casual but fun way to complement this dress, I would definitely play it up with matching nails!

MUs5MA==Now that V-neckline is begging for some kind of drop necklace. I would probably avoid any jewel-type necklaces just because I want to keep it simple, so this tiki necklace from Francesca’s is perfect!

I would probably pick some bold drop post earrings – no matter what I do, if my hair is up and not in a ponytail, I feel super dressy, so I would probably let my short curls hang low with this dress. And where would I go for my earrings? A Delightful Shop, of course! I feel like I buy all of my earrings from her now, but I’m ok with that. They’re too adorable and well-made not to buy! These number 2 mums would be, for lack of a better word, delightful 🙂

Me personally, I always have to have something on my shoulders no matter how warm it is. I would wear some kind of cardigan on over this dress normally, but since it’s summer, that just doesn’t feel right. However, the Monroe Kimono from Lularoe would be a perfect middle ground for that draped effect I love without being stifling in the summer. This pink and grey floral kimono would be so cute with the teal dress!llr_20141021_229

For some extra fun, I’d pair the kimono with a wide brim hat for a chic boho look. This panama hat from ShopeRuche is neutral and would pair with the grey in the kimono perfectly.

And with that, you have a super cute casual night out style with a bridesmaid’s dress! The one point to stress is that wearing something like a bridesmaid’s dress again is all about trying different things and putting items together you normally wouldn’t think of pairing. Get creative and be you!

If you have any questions or would like some suggestions on refashioning your own bridesmaid’s dress, feel free to post them in the comments 🙂 Happy wedding season!

– Brianna

Jackie and Marilyn | Red, White, and MTVu

Ah, I remember when I was a teenager. Way back then I didn’t have cable, and I used to spend our family vacations indoors watching hotel cable and catching MTV’s spring break antics. I also would stay up all night in hopes to catch some of the more “alternative” (to MTV at least) music videos of Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack and Dashboard Confessional. Now I still don’t have cable BY CHOICE but I couldn’t resist going to see Dashboard when they were in town a couple weekends ago.
Dashboard5Dashboard6I got this matching crop and skirt set from Francesca’s last summer and haven’t had a chance to wear it together yet. The crop top is great with shorts, but I am really taking a liking to matching sets lately! I especially like when they are sold separately for a woman like me who isn’t one size all over (Small top, large bottom almost always).
Dashboard4I will wear the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks out of these sunglasses I got from Brianna from my birthday. I’m sure I’ll eventually lose them as I always do, but until then, expect them to appear in every post!
Dashboard3Dashboard7My earrings I got from an antique store in town. They were missing backs so they were only a dollar. Since I lose backs all the time, I have a whole canister of back ups. Mother of Pearl Sailboats? Sign me up!
Dashboard2Within a couple hours, this look was messed up by excessive humidity and thunderstorms, but it was still a good show!
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What I Wore:
Top and Skirt: Francesca’s
Earrings: Antique Store
Sunglasses: ModCloth
Hair Bow: H&M
Shoes: Target
– Melissa

Jackie and Marilyn | Fond Farewell to Floral

Even though there are certainly flowers in summer, something about floral is too classically spring. So I felt like I needed to get one more floral outfit in before the season officially turned.

IMG_2008This dress is originally from ModCloth, but I purchased it used from Vinted! I love how adorable the turquoise looks behind the floral pattern. I paired it with a dust blue cardigan to bring our some of the light leaves.

IMG_2024However, the weather is warming and I definitely didn’t wear this cardigan for long. This dress was actually capsleeved originally but the sleeves were oddly tight, so my friend Chelsey cut and hemmed the sleeves so it became sleeveless!

IMG_2031Everything about this outfit was in the details, making it look like a garden party of clothing! I chose matching floral oxford flats, some AMAZINGLY comfortable Lularoe leggings that matched the coral flowers, a vintage leaf belt, a teacup necklace and book flower earrings.

IMG_2061 IMG_2060 IMG_2054 IMG_2064A friend of mine once told me, based on how I dressed, that I should have been a kindergarten teacher (which she conveniently told me days before my graduation with a degree in English/Mass Communications). I feel like this outfit is a perfect example of how right she was. But I embace it 🙂

IMG_2086What I Wore:
Dress: Vinted (Originally on ModCloth)
Belt: Vintage
Earrings: ModCloth
Necklace: Etsy
Cardigan: Ruche
Leggings: Lularoe
Shoes: Francesca’s

And one little outtake of me being a sassy pants 🙂

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Jackie and Marilyn | Inspiration Station

While scrolling all the lovely retailers I follow on Instagram, I found a photo of a model wearing a chambray shirt under a dress. It was gorgeous and, as always, I felt tempted to go to the website and see how much those items cost.

Until I realized I had a chambray shirt that looked exactly like the one featured. Matched it up with my dresses, and I had an identical outfit.

IMG_1501I realize I wore this Lularoe beauty a few weeks ago for Easter, but it fit so perfectly with the chambray. And I think it helps support a very important lesson here: You don’t have to buy a million pieces of clothing to have a well-rounded, stylish closet. You just have to find new ways to wear what you own!

IMG_1569I opted to add some bold accessories, including a jeweled necklace and bow belt.

IMG_1552 IMG_1554I am so excited to try some new outfits with chambray under a dress for the rest of the season! It was perfect for warm, but not that warm, spring weather 🙂

IMG_1536What I Wore:
Dress: Lularoe
Shirt: Old Navy
Necklace: ModCloth
Belt: Francesca’s
Shoes: DSW

– Brianna