Monday, December 31, 2012

NYE outfit on the fly.


jeans, Nasty Gal // 2 pumps, Aldo // 3 headband, Just Lovely Things // 4  top, Garage // 5 nailpolish, butter // 6 blazer, ASOS
Going all out for New Year's Eve is definitely a good time. Last year, I spent my night in NYC glammed out with some of my girls. It was awesome. This year though... not so much; I just don't have the funds to. So, how can I do NYE dress up on the cheap? My first choice is always to buy a dress. I've contemplated thrifting one and fixing it, but I'm short on time with NYE days away. This may sound trivial, but after examining my whole closet, I've decided I can mix separates I already own. And, yes, I'm pretty dang excited about it. 

Layering
Layering can be key to re-styling your clothing. Throw that fancy sweater over a casual summer dress with some pumps. Looking for new jewelry? Layer 3-5 long & short necklaces over a plain, solid sweater. Layer your makeup: wear hot pink lipstick with an intense cat eye (don't go overboard, but do put on a little more than you usually would if the rest of your outfit is toned down). Layering your clothing will not only keep you warm on a chilly NYE night, but also will help you revamp what you already own to look like something new.

Use what you already have in new ways
We probably all have at least one bright colored pants we bought this past  year (I know I do!) that could be twisted up with a sequin tank top & some pumps. A blazer tends to dress anything up, so mixing one with dark/black jeans, a lace top, & booties would be NYE festive. I have plenty of casual dresses that I wear with kicks, but instead, why not wear a casual dress with a high heel? Instantly, that dress is taken up a notch. Or! Go opposite & rock a more laid back look for NYE that's still got some sparkle to it.

Mix & match prints & colors
Mixing, matching & getting a bit out of your comfort zone with your closet can take it to new places. I, for one, wouldn't choose to wear heels, a skirt, and a peplum top all in one outfit on an average day (I'd wear two of the three with something more boyish). However! That outfit right there would be rad for NYE. A huge trend this year was mixing prints and colors. This makes styling on the fly even easier: the print on your heels don't need to match the print or color of your skirt. In fact, it's better if it doesn't! Throw on some bright or sparkly nailpolish that stands out from your outfit. What's even sweeter about doing all of this for NYE is that I'm more inspired to do it in my everyday style. 

DIY revamp
Another idea I've been wanting to try is some DIY: adding stones, studs, or metallic buttons to a piece like a blazer (pictured above) or collar on a blouse. Decorate a headband with some sparkly cut out stars (like in the inspiration board above...). Adding low cost additions to already existing pieces is like buying a whole new piece without that added cost (and more free space in your closet - woohoo!). I'm planning to do this to a few shirts in the new year... I'll let you know how it goes.

Enjoy mixing, matching & revamping your closet! Get a little crazy in there.
xx. Jillian

Monday, December 10, 2012

Having trouble finding the perfect holiday gift?

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Recently, I've seen a lot of people commenting and tweeting that they're having trouble finding or making gifts for people in their lives who already have everything or who want nothing or for whom you just aren't sure what their tastes really are. Perhaps you just don't have the time to holiday shop this year or you started too late. I admit, I'm having difficulty gifting for a couple people this year myself. Now it's mid December and some holidays are already upon us (depending on your religion)... Random gift cards are being bought in a panic... Stress is settling in...

Okay, hang on - back away from that fruit arrangement and that fast food gift card. I've been contemplating a lot this morning about gifting for the difficult giftees in our lives. Instead of just spending money on something to give that you're not even sure your loved one will like, give a holiday gift that is meaningful on multiple levels: donate in your giftee's name to a life changing organization. Last year, my awesome brother Jason symbolically adopted a polar bear in my name from World Wildlife Fund. It was stellar because he gave me a gift that made me smile - in my honor, WWF was going to fight to save polar bear lives. Jason paid it forward and gave twice.

In honor of Human Rights Day today, I've listed below some different donation ideas so you can pick an organization geared towards your giftee and one that fits your budget. With a gift honoring someone and changing the life of another, I really don't see how you can go wrong this holiday season. 


$25 gift donation ideas:
1. For the giftee who loves children: This donation will give a whopping $300 of clothing, shoes & more to kids in our own backyard in the U.S.. Other $25 donations for kids in the U.S. here.
2. For the giftee who loves animals: Symbolically adopt your giftees' favorite animal through World Wildlife Fund and fight to converse animals' lives here. Take this fun quiz to see who your giftee's spirit animal is if you're having trouble picking an animal.
3. For the giftee who is passionate about human rights: Life changing job training for girls & women "frees a women's children from hunger & creates new jobs in the community". This gift will "supply job skills & business training" to "make a good living in a field such as tailoring, jewelry-making, baking or dairy farming." Other $25 ideas via World Vision here.

$50 gift donation ideas:
4. For the giftee who loves children: Be Santa for a child who is struggling to survive & may have never gotten a single gift. $50 gives $600 worth of new toys via World Vision.
5. For the giftee who loves animals & cute plush toys: Take your animal conservation to the next level & purchase the $50 gift package that will include a plush toy & gift bag for your giftee. OR! Purchase an awesome panda vintage tee here ($.85 of ever $1 goes towards conservation when you purchase gifts).
6. For the giftee who appreciates education: Give the gift of education and a future for young girls. $52 provides a year of education for girls in places like Afghanistan via the International Rescue Committee.

$100+ gift donation ideas:

7. For the giftee who loves to learn: For $125, you will help build a farmer field school that will provide free training to help people support and feed themselves. Via OxFam.
8. For the giftee who is fascinated by medicine and can't get enough of shows like House: "$190 can supply the necessary medication and medical attention to protect the lives of 100 children in a place where a cholera epidemic has broken out." Donate here.

9. For the giftee who loves to play: Remember how much fun it was still is to play on a playground after school? Help KaBOOM! share that experience with all kids and is striving to build safe playgrounds in reach of all American kids.

Any amount gift donation ideas:

10. Give the gift of education through Artists for Peace and Justice to children in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere: Haiti. Check out what (one of my idols) Olivia Wilde has to say about this gift here.
11. That shower you just took and that toilet you just flushed and those dishes you just washed - all not possible without clean water. We may take this for granted. Every year, 40 billion hours are spent just walking to find water. Give clean water to a community via charity: water. Donate and print a gift card here.
12. Hurricane Sandy is still affecting many areas - donate to Red Cross disaster relief for those friends of yours who live in the northeast area (photo via).
13. Help homeless animals in the U.S. via a donation in honor to the Humane Society.


Gift happy this holiday season. 
Have any other ideas on charities to donate to? List them in the comments to share for us all!
Live in love, 
xx. Jillian

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Black Friday, yo!

Let the holiday shopping madness begin. I've got two awesome things to announce:

The first: Be sure to check out Mrs. Robinson's Holiday Gift Guide!  There are a ton of really great, small business and handmade companies featured on her lovely gift guide. Not to mention, there's a ton of discount codes listed in the side bar as you scroll down the page. my Remedy is featured on there, too! Booyah.

I met Megan via blogging some time ago and we have been supporting each other through blogging ever since. She's a lovely person to work with and she always has other people's interests at heart. Certainly a lady who lives in love. Click below to check it out.

The second: I'd like to invite y'all to purchase a gift that gives this holiday season. I'm so happy to announce that for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and through Cyber Monday, I'll be donating 10% of all my Remedy purchases to Hurricane Sandy Relief. But, wait... there's a bonus! For every $10 you spend, you'll be entered into a giveaway to win a uniquely, hand-inscribed dog tag of your choice (including custom!). So, the more you spend >> the more awesome gifts you get >> the more your gifts give to people who are in need >> the more you RE-GET by being entered into a giveaway multiple times. This giveaway starts today Friday, November 23 and ends Monday night, November 26. No coupon code necessary. Winner announced Monday, December 3.

Let the shopping & giving begin!
Keep living in love,
xx. Jillian

Monday, November 19, 2012

black Friday wishlist.

The holiday season is upon us! Wow... that was quick. We're a week away from Black Friday &, the even better, Cyber  Monday. In between, there's even Small Business Saturday, which I encourage everyone to check out: shop small & support your local small biz - many businesses are even having special deals on this day. Overall, one killer shopping weekend is about to be served after Thanksgiving.

Here's my wishlist for what I'd love to go on sale to rock through the holidays:


Nasty Gal tux blouse // I really like the collar tip trend and I like how here it's played out like a boyish chic tuxedo. This is a top I could take from day to night - key for the holiday party season. Plus, it also means I could add a bowtie from the Tie the Knot Org...

Aldo Shoes tall boots // I've been searching for a tall boot for some time now. I have an over-the-knee one, which is awesome, but sometimes I don't want my boot to go up that high. I'm searching for a decent, everyday boot that still has some kick. This pair is rad.

Virginie Millefiori chevron, arrow ring // Turquoise + chevron + arrow + ring... need I say more? The perfect combination for an everyday ring.

Victoria's Secret military coat // Military coats are boyish chic and I'm loving this particular one. It would be killer over a dress or as an everyday coat. Keep warm and look good? I'm in.

ASOS skater dress // Something I can dress up or down, this dress is adorable for the holiday season. It's velvet (still trying to get my hands on some velvet pieces for my wardrobe) and it's embellished. Too cute.

free people cozy sweater // A giant, cozy sweater is a wardrobe staple. I'm looking for a new oversize one to wrap myself up in. Now, all I want to do is go sit by a fireplace with some hot cocoa.

Kimchi structured bag // Another staple, this bag would work for dressing down for everyday or up for a party. I like the light color of this bag... it feels wintery and light. I also love the vintage, retro feel this bag has.

What would you love to see go on sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday?
I'll say one thing I haven't listed above... a new point & shoot! Gahh... waiting for those to go on major sale.
Look forward to a giving post coming up this week, as well. 'Tis the season to give, not get (even though every season is a time to give in my book). I'm pumped for the holiday season. Are you?
xx. Jillian

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

home office style: in a coffee shop.




Usually, I love being at home to work; I can do my own thing and not be distracted. Other days, it's nice to get out and be in a public atmosphere to get inspired. So, yesterday I took my kicks & bow-adorned leg warmers to set up my "home office" at the Java Room for a different creative vibe. The high price of the raspberry white mocha latte (it's as good as it sounds) was worth it; a live piano player was infusing music into the space and there were other people set up working, too. It felt like an open, creative, relaxed office space within a coffee shop. Think I might head back over today...

Where do you like to set up shop to work or get creative?
xx. Jillian

legging, TJMaxx // legwarmers & rings, gift // dress, Zara // kicks, Coverse

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bond, Jill Bond...

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I have the most awesome, incredible, surreal, beyond stellar news ever. My thoughtful and lovely boyfriend, Eric, is taking me to go see the opening of the new James Bond  movie, Skyfall.... in London. YES. LONDON. Cue: me. freaking. out. I danced all up and down and around my house like a crazy person when I found out. I'm beyond excited.

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In true Bond girl fashion, I will need to be dressing up royally for this event. So, I started by thinking of some words that define a Bond girl: sleek, sexy, mysterious, smart, chicly badass (heyoh, boyish chic!). They always seem to be wearing long gowns. I'd like to revamp the look a bit while still emulating my inner Bond girl. Here's my moodboard for the night out:

Skyfall Posters
1 // badass studded earrings
2 // beaded, flowy dress with an edgy slit
3 // red, chic bodycon dress
4 // boyish chic, bowtie clutch
5 // sleek, ankle strap platforms
6 // badass, bodycon dress

On the hunt for a look that's shaken, not stirred.
xx. Jillian

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

lavender lush.

I'm really diggin' multi colored hair lately, especially Miss Kelly Osbourne's lavender locks...

photo credit: Vogue & Twitter
Color pops for our fall wardrobes...



What's your favorite color right now?
xx. Jillian

Friday, September 21, 2012

Jesse Tyler Ferguson using his talent for the greater good & looking darn cute doing it:



"Advocating for a more stylish & equal America." - Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is amazing on Modern Family. And he just keeps getting more fabulous; he's teamed up with his fiance, Justin Mikita, to create/sell bowties in which proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations fighting for equality. I'm truly inspired when I see celebrities using their influence to benefit the greater good, especially in such a cute, stylish way. Honestly, who doesn't love a good bowtie? Even super suave spies (cue James Bond) rock 'em.

The bowties aren't for sale just yet, but you can sign up to be notified via email here: http://www.tietheknot.org/

Inspired to live in love,
xx. Jillian

Thursday, September 6, 2012

color & fashion inspiration:

Welp, Labor Day has come & gone - heeelllloooo Autumn, apple picking & hot toddies. Here's some September-geared color & fashion inspiration to get us psyched for fall, while still holding onto summer juuuuust a little bit (already miss you, summertime):


black sterling silver earrings //  Black, stone studs: boyishly black... cut femininely. Add an edge to autumn wear.

chalkboard wall // Really aching to paint something with chalkboard paint. Not to mention that this typography is killer.

reclaimed wood chair // I'd also love to learn how to make something out of reclaimed wood. Such a sucker for wood pieces.

chevron bracelets // Also a sucker for chevron. And these colors...

gray pillows // There are elephants on these pillows... cute elephants! Did I mention I like chevron?

blue backpack // This color is stellar + it's a backpack + there's fringe. Been meaning to find a great backpack like this one...

victorian white dress // This Victorian styled dress is an awesome segway into fall. It's got a vintage, classical feel that's dark, even though the dress itself is white.

feminine biker boots // The ultimate moto boot: black, leather, studded & high heeled. Also, made by Jeffrey Campbell. This boot is boyish chic to the max.


xx. Jillian

Friday, August 31, 2012

DIY: knotted tank top

This is a stellar DIY to make a tied tank top - a twist on the original DIY from The Craft Caboodle here. Revamp something old in your closet or, as in this case, take a unisex shirt & make it more feminine. I used my Size Matters tee from the shop, which is also now on sale (woohoo!). I suggest buying one size up from your usual wear since you'll be pulling it tight. Once you've got your shirt, you've got step 1 down...

Step 1 // Grab a tee.

Step 2 // While wearing your shirt, make a tiny mark (sharpie, pencil, whatever works!) where you want the future knot to be. The higher you cut, the shorter your top will be. Take off your tee and lay it on a flat surface. Using (fabric, if possible) scissors, cut a straight line slit from the bottom of the shirt to your mark. Cut the front of your shirt only - NOT the back. Remember, you can always cut more. 

Step 3 // If you wish to change up the sleeves: put your shirt on and mark where how much shorter you'd like the sleeves to be. Lay it out on a flat surface and cut a straight, slightly diagonal line. Use the existing edge of the shirt as guidance for the angle. Make sure you don't cut through the armpit!


Step 4 // For a sleeveless tank: mark how thick you'd like the tank strap to be while wearing it with a point on the top of your shoulder. Lay it out on a flat surface. Use one of your existing tank tops as a guide for where you should cut the curved shape.

Step 5 // You can also cut the collar piece out as I did for my tied tank. Turn your tee inside out. Cut a slit & then cut as close as you can along the collar all the way around. I would suggest cutting one layer of fabric at a time, but go with your gut!


Get the look...

my Remedy Size Matters tee & Summer Strawberries earrings (red strawberries just sold out, but pink is still available!) - both on sale right now, thrifted shorts (DIY tutorial here), gifted rings & Rocket Dog peeped toe shoes. If your tank is oversize like mine, rock it with a bandeau.

Lemme know if you try this DIY out!
Give it up for summer & have a sweet weekend,
xx. Jillian

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rockin' the Jasper Wave.


Heyoh! Here's how I rock the Jasper Wave necklace (made from silver plated chain, Chinese turquoise, red jasper & amazonite) with a beachy oversize top, cuffed DIY shorts & peep toe shoes. Oh, and I got bangs...! 

These shorts are an easy DIY that I learned how to make from my beautiful friend, Sophia Osbourne...


I took an old pair of jeans that no longer fit. Put them on and mark with a sharpie where you want to cut them. I suggest making them about 3 inches longer than you want the finished product. You can always cut more, but it's not as easy to add length! Take them off and lay them on the floor. Cut (using fabric scissors if you have 'em) a straight line where you marked with the sharpie. Put them on and roll them up from the bottom. Booyah! Recycle the old into brand spankin' new shorts.

I love how this necklace has a tribal feeling with the bibbed jasper sections. It reminds me of a trip I took to Arizona with my family as a kid. There were Native Americans selling jewelry by the roadside - truly exquisite handmade pieces made with turquoise and other colored stones. This piece is now on sale in my shop for Labor Day among the rest of the sale! Get it while you can...

xx. Jillian
necklace, my Remedy // tee, Roxy // jeans, thrifted // rings, gifts & a hair tie // shoes, Rocket Dog from TJMaxx

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

End of Summer Sale up to 75% off!


BOOYAH! Let's give it up for summer with a ginormous sale on 
EVERYthing my Remedy: http://goo.gl/jGMjA
Up to 75% off now-Labor Day with $4 flat rate shipping, yo.

xx. Jillian

Friday, August 24, 2012

falling for autumn: men's take.

Last week I did a women's edition of trends I'd like to rock this fall. Knowing I have a few guy readers, I thought it'd be fun to do a dude's version so here it is! Guys - if we went shopping together, these are the types of items I'd be making you try on...

1 watch // Yep, I'm into watches right now, especially dark, simple ones. I like the matte color of this one, as well as the distinct square face. It feels polished & bold, but in an effortless way. Nixon has a sweet watch collection that you can check out here.

leather jacket // I don't think a leather moto jacket ever goes out of style. Ever. It'll cost you a pretty penny, but I can promise that this is a staple item for your closet that's going to last. You can rock a moto jacket with many outfits, especially if you get one in black. It's versatile. It's warm. It's badass. It's durable. It's a smart buy and every guy (& girl!) should have one.

chambray shirt // I had the chambray shirt in the women's edition & I didn't think I'd be adding it to the men's, but... this is a pretty sweet shirt. It's a darker, dustier blue so it's rugged. (Fun fact for us fashion geeks: the blueish-black colors were featured in this fall's fashion week.) I also love the thread detailing that makes this shirt even more western. I'd suggest mismatching this shirt with any of the above items for a rougher look & rocking the cowboy look 'cause it's kick-ass.

4 action > words // This dogtag is hand-engraved from my latest collection. The miliatry-inspired tag is a reminder to do what you say you're going do & be a man of your word. There's a slew of other unisex tags online here, as well as a custom option where you can speak your own mind.

5 versatile boots // Like the moto jacket, boots are a staple item for your closet. You can wear them with your jeans tucked into the top for a stylish, rugged look. Or, don't tuck your pants in & the boot works as a dress shoe (& they'll keep you warm in winter).

To my guy readers - what would you like to see more of on this blog?
xx. Jillian

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

new products in the shop for guys & girls!

New unisex hand-engraved dog tags! Each piece is unique. Shown above is Speak Your Mind. Speak your own mind & order a custom dog tag here.



A spin on feather extensions, check out stone & charm hair clip ins in the shop.




Is there anything that you would like to see in the shop?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on what's up there now & what you'd like to see! Leave a comment below or email me at myRemedydesign@gmail.com

Thanks & keep living in love, 
xx. Jillian

Friday, August 17, 2012

falling for autumn.

Don't get me wrong - I am in no way over summer. I don't think I've ever been over summer. That being said, I am starting to get excited about fall fashions. Thought I'd throw together a set of items I'd love to have for autumn, as well as new trends I'm itching to try & haven't yet...




black & gray watch // I've been on the search for a boyish chic watch & this one by Nixon steals the gold for me. I love the masculine black & slate gray with the more feminine, clean, mod face. It's a simple, yet strong looking watch. This would be sweet as an everyday watch (black & gray matches everything) or paired with a more feminine outfit (like a floral dress).

2 tribal & geometric dress // Don't know that I'll ever be over the tribal trend. My dad has inspired an appreciation for Native American art & culture in me since I was little. I'd wear tribal patterns any day. Geometric patterns have also made a comeback and will be big for fall. I'm liking the dark side of this Torn by Ronny Kobo dress mixed with this coral. It's the perfect color transition from summer to fall.

3 metallic & lace scarf // Scarves. Mmm, man, do I love me some scarves. I don't like cold weather, but I do like the layering-&-drinking-lots-of-hot-cocoa-&-tea aspect of it. Metallic (especially gold) & lace are two trends that have been & will continue to make waves this fall. This scarf is a stellar combination of both. I've only discovered ash&dans recently, but their scarf collections are beautiful.

4 black & geometric ring // Keeping in step with the geometric trend, is this black & diamond ring by My Jewelry Box. It's masculine with its square shape and black stones mixed with more feminine diamonds & white sterling silver. This would be an amazing ring to add to any wardrobe because of its easy ability to be dressed up (it's shiny already!) or dressed down (with some boyish combat boots and oversized tee or flannel).

5 ombre & chambray shirt // The cowgirl in me is way into the chambray trend. I really like how this BDG shirt is also ombre, but in a subtle way. It's noticeable without being overdone, which is awesome. Matched with a dress and some Dr. Marten's or cowgirl boots - I'd rock this shirt for fall.

6 velvet & bowtie // Okay, the ultimate boyish chic item may be a bowtie & I have yet to try one with a buttondown blouse. This is something I'm hoping to attempt this autumn. Have you tried it before? I also don't have anything velvet (besides leotards from elementary school dance recitals), but I think I'm about ready to try it out, too. Why not try them together with this ASOS bowtie? I'm in.

7 booties & black // Finally, my favorite part about colder weather: the shoes. What better than these killer Jeffrey Campbell booties? Pretty much head over heels for these. The matte black and the wooden heel are a sweet combination to match just about anything from jeans to dresses. They also fall a bit into the military trend of this autumn: they're sleek & simple, but still have a great kick. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

wanderlust.

Tomorrow starts a month of amazing opportunity: I'm going to be traveling. I'll be cowgirling it up in Nashville with some girlfriends, then road tripping across Switzerland & France with my family. I'm incredibly excited & beyond blessed. Plus, I'll have some kick ass photos to post when I'm back.

 

Now to find a big enough suitcase...
xx.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The week of Jade: boyish chic-ed out.

You've heard read me talk about Jade several times now - 'cause she pretty much just rules. And, she dresses the boyish chic style so well: here in a Nirvana tee, ripped jeans & tie up wedges. We did her custom necklace shoot in the Watchung Reservation (a huge park with forests & trails nearby our hometown) & ended up at her house for her everyday look. Jade's house has this barn charm to it - it's really beautiful. 


Yep, she's gorgeous. Thanks for letting me take some shots, Jade! 
We'll have to do it again in the future... like tomorrow.
After photo shoot grub at Tito's Burritos... yum.


xx. Jillian 

On Jade: tee, Chaser // jeans, Abercrombie // wedges, Steve Madden // belt, Lucky Brand // necklace, my Remedy // bracelets, my Remedy & assorted

Monday, May 21, 2012

Custom design & my girl, Jade.


As some of you may know, I have my own design, jewelry & apparel company called my Remedy. Every so often, I get crazy lucky & am able to create a custom piece for someone. This time, it was for my amazing friend, Jade. Usually, it takes me some time to sit & think over what I'll design for someone, but for Jade, it came to me immediately...


Her faith means the world to her so I wanted to incorporate the cross into this design. Jade's also a cowgirl at heart so I knew I wanted to use colors that resemble the midwest; cue the turquoise & white howlite and the gold. Jade's no ordinary lady, so to give the necklace a unique appeal, I made it asymmetrical & tiered. I truly loved creating this piece for Jade & she looks stunning in it! 



Absolute favorite photo of Jade.

What I wore behind the camera...

I'd LOVE to create a jewelry piece (necklace, bracelet, earrings...) made uniquely for YOU. To order a custom piece, please email me at myRemedydesign@gmail.com. Price vary based on materials & intricacy of design. Check out more of my designs here!

xx. Jillian



All photos copyright © Jillian Pfund // my Remedy, LLC

On Jade: necklace, my Remedy // dress, Natalie Wood // boots, Old West // belt, vintage
On me: shirt, Forever21 // necklaces, my Remedy // jeans, Levi's // booties, Blowfish
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