One of those days!

Hi all! Do you every have one of those when everything is going right.  But my midday or early afternoon you just seem to lose steam and them everything is downhill from there?  Well, today is that day for me.  Nothing particularly bad happened.  I just need a serious nap and some R&R.  So, this will be a short post.  Be good to yourself this evening.  Watch some tennis (Australian Open - woohoo!)  Turn in early.  Have some hot chocolate.  Tomorrow is supposed to be another cold and wet day.  Burr!

This outfit is a combination of comfortable and stylish all in one.  I'm lucky that my office runs towards the casual, so I can get away with outfits like this.  Warm sweaters are awesome in the winter.  The print gives some life and interest to an otherwise plain and basic outfit.

New Directions

Happy New Year!  I hope that your holidays and new year have been fun and exciting for you.  On this end, I have been planning and prepping for a change.  Hopefully, you'll agree with me that this is a good change.  I've known for a while that I might want to revamp my previous blog - Style, Spreads and Strength.  I love clothes, fashion and dressing up or down depending on the occasion.  But I also love sports and have a new found love named running.  I did not think that a fashion blog was the place to discuss my running escapades.

So, I have created 2 new blogs.  For those of you who want to follow the fashion side of things, I have created a new space on this blog, Jasper and Jacquard.  I am planning to expand the content to include personal style and how to create one that is all your own.  While I love Style, Spreads and Strength, I think that I tried to cover too much under one umbrella.  So, I have closed that site.  I have transported all the post from Style, Spreads and Strength to this blog.

If you are interested in following my pursuits in health and fitness, check out A Fit and Lively Dash.  On this blog, I plan to discuss healthy living and how I try to incorporate it into my busy life.

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2013 brings you the best it has to offer.


Welcome to Jasper and Jacquard!  This is the next phase my journey.  My first blog Style, Spreads and Strength was my first step in this journey.  I used that blog to share my thoughts and love of fashion. I hope to use this space to define and refine my personal style.  And along the way, I hope that I can help you do the same.

I believe that personal style is an expression of who we are; and how things and people around us influence our lives.  Personal style can reflect one's likes, dislikes and experiences.   I plan to explore my personal style through the use of the following:

  1. Dress
  2. Accessories
  3. Home decor
  4. Entertaining
I plan to post 3 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Once a week, I will include a post devoted to personal style and how to create and refine your signature style.   I hope that you will join me in this journey.  

The name Jasper and Jacquard comes from my love of fashion, specifically accessories and clothing.  Jasper is a play on my current obsession with gemstones.  Jasper comes in many colors including green, red, brown, yellow and blue.  The green variety of jasper reminds me of jade, my latest obsession.  Jasper can be used as a gemstone or polished forming a vase, seal, or snuff box.  I also use term jasper as a play on my love for Wedgwood which is most famously known for its jasperware, a type of stoneware.  Wedgwood is a British ceramics company known for its production of pottery with a matte finish, "jasper ware," found in a variety of colors.  The most recognized jasperware is Wedgwood blue.  Jacquard is a type of fabric or textile with a complex pattern.  The materials, colors and patterns used to make jacquard are so lovely and unexpected in their combination.  They add depth and dimension to the fabric, article of clothing and overall outfit of the wearer.

Welcome to my playground.  I hope that you see something that you like and come back often.

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