Tuesday, September 25, 2012

for those that wait

{What I Wore: Zara tweed jacket // Genetic Denim skinny jeans // Nine West black pumps (similar, $40) // Everlane tee // boutique necklace (similar, $25) // Target sunnies}
Here it is: my souvenir from some recent travels around Nice, France. I enjoy picking up special items for my wardrobe to remember trips by... and this might be my favorite clothing souvenir to date. A tweed jacket is something that has been on my wish list for like EVER... and I have talked about my desire to get a classic tweed jacket in no less than 5 posts {herehere, here, here, and here}... see, not lying!

My criteria for THE tweed jacket of my dreams were: a classic cut, black & white colors, flattering tailoring, and a price that fits my grad student budget. So when I slipped this jacket on while experiencing shopping at Zara for the first time, I had a "this-is-the-ONE-moment". At $100, it wasn't exactly cheap, but I know that this jackets is a quality piece that is going to be worn and loved by me for years to come.... worth it!

So in the end, I am happy that I didn't settle for a tweed jacket that didn't tick all of my boxes just to have it earlier... and I am also BEYOND overjoyed that this baby has found its way into my life!

For the first wear on the blog, I wanted to style the jacket just as I saw it in my dreams for years: dressing up my go-to outfit (soft tee + skinny jeans) to take it from day to night.
I also can't wait to pair this baby with sheath dresses for work events, frayed shorts in the summer, and my liquid leggings this Fall
What piece are you searching for?
Any recently "finding the holy grail" of fashion moments for you?

P.S. If you are interested in purchasing this jacket for yourself... just a little word on the sizing/fit. In my favorite brand, J.Crew, I typically wear a size XS/0 (sometimes a S/2 if it is in petites), but purchased this jacket in a Medium so that it would fit like a typical blazer instead of a cropped jacket... I just personally saw it as more of a timeless piece in this fit


  1. Some pieces are definitely worth the splurge. You look so classic and chic.
    xo Annie

  2. you look so good! mad hottie!! I also love that you have an adorable pug!! I have a pug/boston terrier mix and I LOVE HER! I need to do more posts with her :)


  3. CoffeebeansandbobbypinsSeptember 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Love the furry friend and what a great blazer! Def. will remind you of the trip!

  4. Love that tweed blazer, it's hard for me to find pieces like this because i'm a bit smaller. This looks great on you though and I love the little details like that flare!


  5. The jacket looks gorgeous on you!! Well done!! 


  6. such a classic piece. I want a sweater dress for fall and winter.

  7. I'm totally in love with the tweed jacket!! It looks fabulous on you and it's so chic!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

  8. That jacket is an awesome find and buy--it will be worth the investment for sure! I love how it adds so much sophistication to jeans and a t-shirt! My best "holy grail" moment this year has been finding a pair of cute, comfortable ankle boots (which have been on my wishlist for a while) at Target for a great price! 

  9. That jacket was so worth it! It is such a classic piece and reminds me of Chanel!

    The Tiny Heart

  10. I love this piece, it is gorgeous and definitely a classic! :)

    Rachel’s Lookbook 

  11. Wow, that is a gorgeous blazer! Definitely worth the wait. I love it when I find a quality piece that will be in my closet for years to come! I love the way you've styled it here. Also, these photos are super cute and fun! I love how happy you look :)

  12. These pictures are so cool! VERY cute jacket.. sometimes you just have to invest! 


  13. LOVE the jacket! Totally worth the money!


  14. so stylish! 
    i need to get me tweed jacket, it's so perfect for fall.


  15. I am in love with your jacket!! i want one like it!!

  16. What a cute puppy! P.S this look is KILLER!



  17. What an awesome find, and you look so great! Very glamorous. Hope you're having a great week, and I love that pup's face!

  18. I love that jacket! I've been wanting a tweed jacket as well and this one looks perfect. Not to mention, it's extra special since it came from France!

    Side note: you look stunning in these pictures, I love the action shots!

  19. Your new blazer is so gorgeous!! Tweed blazers are so classic.  I love the way you styled it!! Can't wait to see more outfits with it!

  20. Loooove this outfit! So sophisticated and yet low-key... You look amazing! 


  21. Don't you love visiting new places so you can shop at stores you never get to?! This jacket is gorgeous! I'm proud of you for waiting for the perfect one (I am way too impatient and can never do that!) no doubt this piece will be very versatile, I love the outfits you already described and can't wait to see them!! I LOVE the way you styled it this time, just classic. These photos are adorable! Except look out, because that spot is totally reserved for Turner & Nichols!

    I think I'm looking for another blazer that fits like a dream, I have one but it's a little longer than I would like. I guess I'll just keep looking! Send your good luck this way!

    perfectly priya

  22. GREAT jacket Jess! It looks amazing on you.
    I'm looking to pick up a few classic pieces in San Fran... a little black dress (I'm sick of the old one) and a faux fur vest (still beating myself up for not snagging the $15 one I tried on at H&M last winter).


  23. I love it! Definitely worth buying. Next on my list is a statement blazer, maybe with a floral pattern.

  24. How exciting! You can see the joy in your pictures. And its a great fit on you.


  25. Found your blog at The Tiny Heart.  You have a great blog!  I'm now a new follower :)

  26. Great jacket! Definitely something you will get a lot of use from.  I love Zara! Unfortunately, I can't afford it most of the time...haha.

  27. I've been wanting to pick up a tweed jacket from Zara - they capture the classic style of them so well! cute puppy!!


  28. Ooooh, this jacket!  I love it, the tweed looks very modern with the black pipping around the collar and by the pockets, it's very striking.  I really like your easy, effortless styling of the jacket, the skinnies with the black pumps and the one statement necklace is perfect! :)

  29. Love your pug Doug : ) 


  30. GREAT find!!  I've been on the hunt for the perfect tweed shorts myself...still looking!

  31. This outfit is so pulled together!  You look so professional, I'm not if you were going for that or not but you do!  And that's a compliment!  I so wish I could feel as pulled together as you look here!  I always feel like I'm a little odd ball, hehe!


  32. Thanks lady! I have a lot of "odd ball" outfits too, might not be everyone's "cup of tea" but I love them! xx

  33. Great find!  Definitely a reminder to hold off on a purchase if you feel you are settling for good enough because the right item is out there waiting for you!

  34. Congratulations on your find! I love finding something I've been searching for. This is a great jacket. Looking forward to seeing it in many different ways...

    Sarah's Real Life


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