Janelle In Real Life

Janelle In Real Life


Fall Fashion Finds

Alright friends, it's been a while since I've done one of these. I'm sharing some of my fall fashion finds, AKA things I've purchased recently! I love all of these pieces & I'm excited to share them with you!

1. Adidas sweatshirt (size down, I got a small) | 2. Clad & Cloth balloon sleeve sweater (size down on this one too, unless you want a pretty loose fit!) | 3. Marc Fisher over-the-knee boots (on sale, and the fit is PERFECT) | 4. Quay Australia sunglasses (on sale!) | 5. Levi's high waisted distressed jeans (I wear t | 6. Free People elderflower sweater | 7. Free People velvet loafers

Gearing up for fall is my very favorite time and also when I spend a bigger portion of my clothing budget for the year! Sweaters, boots, layering pieces, and anything cozy adds up, so I have to be extra picky & find the things that I really super love.
I'm obviously down with the puffy sleeve sweaters, I think they are SUCH a fun twist on a regular sweater! And so much more versatile since they can be dressed up more.
And if I had to pick my very favorite item from this round up, it would for sure be the Free People velvet loafers. I seriously wear these babies everywhere and they are the coziest, cutest things. I get compliments on them regularly!
Let me know what your favorite fall pieces are!


Layering for Fall

October can be a weird month for fashion.

Top- Free People (on sale!) | Jacket- BlankNYC | Jeans- Free People | Sunglasses- Nordstrom | Shoes- Freebird by Steven (similar)

It's starting to get cooler outside, but the sun is still shinning! I always used to struggle a little with what type of outfit works best for this weather. But let me tell you, layering is WHERE IT'S AT and this is the outfit you need! This suede jacket is a DREAM and perfect for that fall layering! My closet is lacking in jackets in general and this has been the best addition.
My favorite layering combos are:
moto jacket & a t-shirt (obvi)
cardigan & a peplum top
a mock neck tee & a tank top
turtle neck & a faux leather jacket
denim jacket, t-shirt, and a cozy scarf

There's a million other combos for fall that look amazing, what are some of your favorite layering styles?


Kortni Jeane Swimmers + Self Love

Hey friends! Reeeeally going out of my comfort zone here & sharing some photos in my Kortni Jeane swimmers!

Top- Kortni Jeane | Bottoms- Kortni Jeane | Sunglasses- Forever 21 | Bag- Ellen & James (similar)

Posting pictures of yourself in a swimsuit on the internet for anyone & everyone to see can be sort of frightening. And while this last year has been one of tremendous growth for me in regards to self esteem and self love, it still feels a little uncomfortable for some reason! 
I love these Kortni Jeane swimmers though, and I love the way I feel wearing them! The flatter in all the right places and make you feel like a million bucks. And for reference, I'm wearing a size small in the top & bottom.
I've come a long way in terms of body positivity & self love... there were times that I HATED the way I looked in a swimsuit. I felt uncomfortable & like my flaws were all on full display for everyone around me to critique. It was hard to enjoy the pool or the beach with my kids because of how uncomfortable I felt and there was a point that I thought "This is so ridiculous. No one is looking at you, just go play with your kids!"
I am in SUCH a better place now, and not because my body looks drastically different than it used to, but because I've learned to love who I am & what I look like! Your perceived "flaws" are part of what make you who you are and there's no shame in that! 
I have carried & given birth to two sweet babies and pregnancy put my body through the ringer. I have stretch marks, extra fat, and cellulite where my 20 year old body had none. But aren't those something to be proud of? It's a symbol of the selfless act of pregnancy & I think we should be proud of all our bodies can accomplish.
The moral of the story is it IS possible to love the way you look in a swimsuit and it's NOT done by changing what you look like. It's about changing your mindset and loving who you are RIGHT NOW in this moment!