Jackie and Marilyn: Our First Bird-Day!

Today is very special for us here at Jackie and Marilyn: It is our first birthday! One year ago, we launched our first blog post highlighting our Oscar party style choices.

BIRDAY1To celebrate our birthday – or, dare we say, “bird-day” – we wandered around Melissa’s neck of the woods in Cannon Falls, Minn., to check out the town and take some photos!

BIRDAY2BIRDAY4BIRDAY5BIRDAY18BIRDAY16BIRDAY23Melissa came up with the idea for a “bird-day” celebration thanks to this lovely new frock from eShakti. As Brianna already had this ModCloth gem at the ready, it was a no-brainer.

BIRDAY35We started the blog with the mission to share our personal styles and, hopefully, provide some outfit inspiration for our readers. Hopefully we have accomplished that!

BIRDAY17BIRDAY15This year has brought about plenty of changes for the both of us: new jobs, new puppies, engagements and more. One thing, however, has remained constant: We are still a couple of goobers who are lucky to have each other as friends 🙂

BIRDAY8Thank you for taking the time to read our style blog! Hopefully you have enjoyed it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

BIRDAY22 BIRDAY20What Brianna Wore:
Dress and Belt: ModCloth
Cardigan: Target
Necklace: Forever 21
Tights: ModCloth
Shoes: Kelly & Katie (in black)

BIRDAY39BIRDAY9BIRDAY29What Melissa Wore:
Dress: Eshakti.com (similar)
Blazer: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Earrings: Forever 21
Tights: Target
Shoes: Goodwill
Ring: NO IDEA
Hair Flower: Target
Sunglasses: Shopruche.com

BIRDAY7BIRDAY11BIRDAY37We look forward to starting our second year with a bang, including a special sale at Melissa’s Instagram shop! Tomorrow, if you FOLLOW and COMMENT on our birthday Instagram post, you will get 50% off at The Curious Closet Shop. Just mention it during check out!!
BIRDAY3If you have any feedback for us as to what you liked or didn’t like in our first year, please let us know in the comments! Ultimately we want this blog to be helpful for anyone who follows it, so don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and suggestions!
Thanks for hanging out with us in our little corner of the Internet 🙂

BIRDAY19Brianna and Melissa

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Jackie and Marilyn’s Holiday Survival Kit!

‘Tis the season to become a survivor! Whether you are beyond thrilled to see your family and friends, or shaking in your boots at the thought of hearing another story from your crazy uncle, the holidays are definitely a turn from our day-to-day existence! How will we survive this new territory?

Below we each share our five must-have for the holidays!

Melissa:

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1. Spotify.

I cannot sit in silence. Ever. I have music playing from getting ready in the morning, the car ride to work, while working at my computer and back home again. I have been a Spotify premium member since it was possible in the U.S. and now I don’t know how to live without it. Many long car trips to go to everyone’s Christmas party demand specially curated playlists and the fact that I can download the playlists to my phone to listen offline means I won’t be without it when I spend a couple days without service in the boonies!

2. Onesie PJs

This is more of a general must but especially important on those nights where you get a little too merry with the dessert tray. No one has eve felt uncomfortable in a fleece tiger suit – and if you’re going to be in your PJs around your extended family, you might as well go all out.

3. Plants vs. Zombies 2

What happens when you have already seen the whole Internet because your day is full of nothing but lounging? This game is seriously addicting. I spent a couple Christmas breaks ago defeating the first one but this version has seemingly endless levels. I welcome the challenge.

4. Elf (The Movie)

Not only a holiday staple, I am willing to watch this movie in the middle of July. That being said, you are more likely to get people to watch it with you during the holiday season. Blonde Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell in tights? How could you go wrong? They have Elf-themed Facebook stickers now, so I have been communicating with those exclusively and will continue to do so until someone intervenes.

5. Fuzzy Critters

A great thing about going house to house and visiting everyone is knowing there is (most likely) a furry animal for me to snuggle wherever I go. I’ve never met a dog or cat that I don’t want to incessantly annoy with my love. Bonus points if they snuggle with you while watching Elf 🙂

 

Brianna:

Kit_Brianna1. DSLR camera

Having my camera on me at all time is a huge must during the holidays. It’s more of less my statement necklace 🙂 Taking photos of the joy on my nieces’ faces not only helps me document these moments forever but it also reminds me that the holidays are about happiness, even when I am at my Grinchiest.

2. Roasted Chestnut tea

TeaSource, a local tea shop in Minnesota, sells the most delightful chestnut-flavored tea and it is the perfect morning cuppa during the holiday season. “Chestnuts roasting in a Santa teapot…” Doesn’t have quite the same ring but it warms my heart in the best way.

3. Sweater tights

Just because it’s frigid in Minnesota doesn’t mean I am going to NOT wear a dress to every holiday gathering we attend! Therefore, sweater tights are a necessity.

4. Annual viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life

Two words: Jimmy Stewart. The man is more or less Christmas personified (excluding religious themes from the holiday). My husband and I have had a Christmas tradition since we began living together that, in the middle of the five Christmases we attend, we take at least one night to spend as “a family.” I make a roasted chicken, we open presents and we cry into our cocoa when George Bailey’s neighbors start singing “Auld Lang Syne.” Of all of our holiday traditions, this one is my favorite!

5. Onesie PJs

I didn’t know Melissa was going to choose these but ultimately I should have. But when a girl’s right, she’s right. I get really into the holidays so I have to go for penguin-themed pajamas. Have I waddled around the house while wearing penguin onesie pajamas to delight myself during the holidays? Of course.

 

As long as we both have our kits, we can make it through any holiday season! But what do we get the guys in our lives? What kit would keep them happy? Luckily, there’s Man Crates! Man Crates will send the fella in your life a gift-themed kit that he gets to open with a crowbar! This is a perfect gift for the picky guy in your life, which is great for some of us who have husbands that every other year decides they “don’t need anything!” Not thinking of anyone in particular… 🙂 And now the recently-engaged Melissa (check out her ring on our Instagram account!) will have a go-to gift option for her husband-to-be!

Happy Survivor Week everyone! May the odds ever be in your favor!

What is in your holiday survival kit?

Jackie Style: Little Lunas

I haven’t posted too much about Luna since my husband and I first brought her home. I am happy to report she is doing well and has gotten super big! She’s lovely and silly and perfect, and she loves giving kisses! 🙂

I bring her up because she is the inspiration for this week’s outfit!

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This adorable blouse features a Boston Terrier print, which of course I adore! One of my best friends gave it to me for my birthday, knowing I absolutely had to have it.

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Dog ownership has obviously changed the way my husband and I live. It’s a whole new living thing we are responsible for, but with that responsibility comes so much love. We can’t get enough of her! We took her camping with some friends this weekend and she snuggled in our blankets and our mattress both mornings. It was so precious.
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I love the photo below of her so much – she had just kissed near my teeth and I laughed, and she isn’t quite sure what I’m doing. She’s such a goof!

Luna has a bit of a cherry eye, which you can see in the photo. It’s a swelling/”flipping out” of her tear duct. Really common in this breed and the vet has us massaging her and giving her drops. He was able to put the tear duct back in at a visit but there was a 50/50 chance it would come back. We’re monitoring it for now and he asked us to call him if it didn’t go in on its own by Wednesday.

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I can’t wait to find more fun ways to wear this blouse. I’m partial to it because of my own Boston Terrier, but the print is truly fabulous and versatile!

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What I Wore:
Blouse: ModCloth
Cardigan: Target
Jeans: ModCloth
Shoes: Restricted

Jackie Style: The Go-To

I am so excited for the spring weather we’ve been having! We still get a few cold days but there’s been some really nice warmth. No more snow in the backyard? I’ll take it.

The nice weather has me bringing out some of my spring favorites, and this outfit is a go-to of mine. There’s just enough layering to keep me warm when the wind is chilly, but I still feel light in my dress and tights.

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I love how great this dress looks with or without accessorizing. It makes for some fantastic outfit combinations!

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I’m a huge fan of oxfords and I love seeing them so popular right now. However, I’m not always a huge fan of the perforations or different design qualities – sometimes, I just want a nice structured pair of shoes. I found these lovelies while visiting Santa Monica. The store had such amazingly affordable shoes, particularly some super cute oxfords! Had my luggage been larger than a carry-on size, I surely would have come home with more than the two pairs I managed to squeeze into the corners of my bag. I’ve had them for two years and love them ardently, so they are a bit…”well-loved.” 🙂 Still my most adorable oxfords!

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 What I Wore:
Dress: ModCloth (clearance)
Cardigan: Ruche (old)
Scarf: ModCloth
Belt: Ruche
Tights: Target
Shoes: Somewhere in Santa Monica

Speaking of adorable, this week has been a pretty busy one – my husband and I adopted our first puppy! Her name is Luna Lovegood (we just call her Luna), and she is an 8-week-old Boston Terrier. I’m sure she will be making plenty of appearances in the future. Right now her favorite activity is sleepy snuggles 🙂

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