Origin Story: My Jackie Kennedy Onassis Obsession

It all started with a homework assignment. We had to choose a historical figure, dress up as said historical figure, write and present a book report to the class. I remember going to the library that evening after school with my mom to select a biography. I’m pretty sure I picked it out, but I do remember the picture of a little girl and a horse that got my attention.

I saw that Jackie had dark hair like me and I liked horses enough. My Mom sealed the deal when she mentioned how Jackie looked like her mom. I worship my Grandma, so SOLD! Jackie, it is. A few weeks later, I wore my mom’s red blazer, some leggings, and tall boots capturing Jackie’s equestrian look, and read my book report to a room of unimpressed 10-year-olds. Kids, am I right?

Sadly, just a few years later she would pass away at age 64 from cancer. I remember my Dad got me a commemorative issue of Star Magazine filled with pictures of her that I still have to this day. Anytime I see a Vanity Fair, People, TIME issue celebrating Jackie or John F. Kennedy’s life, there is no hesitation – I must own it.  That tabloid was my gateway drug to all things Kennedy.

To me and so many others, Jackie is the epitome of grace, glamour, and strength. Her style is somehow classic and unique at the same time, and I plan on copying it for the rest of my life.

Here are some of favorite pictures of Jackie through the years:

Riverdale’s Fashion Queen, Veronica Lodge

I don’t think I can properly explain my love for The CW’s, Riverdale. I know! Don’t judge me. I am a grown ass woman, yet I can’t stop thinking about fan theories and potential storylines of fictional teenagers? Last season my friend, Kevin and I would text during every single episode dissecting every longing glance between Betty and Archie, or yelling at the screen whenever Miss Grundy appeared. Don’t even get me started on her!

Yet, in my opinion I feel it’s the fashion that ties the show together. The clean lines and tailored looks pay homage to the beloved comics that date back to the 1940’s, while serving as a stark contrast to the seedy underbelly of the town and its people. Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) is an excellent example of this. The moment she walked into the Chock’lit Shoppe in that hooded cape, I was hooked.

Here are some of Veronica’s signature looks from Season 1:

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c/o The CW

I want one for each day of the week!

 

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c/o wornontv.net/The CW

 Veronica and Betty in their River Vixen practice uniforms. Yes, I laughed at the name, River Vixens, but I secretly want to be one. If you look closely you can see that Veronica wears her pearls with everything! Love that!

 

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c/o wornontv.net/The CW

As you know, I love plaid, like a lot. I found out this outfit was from Brooks Brothers, but it had sold out. I still cry about it.  

 

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c/o The CW

Veronica silently judging her fellow classmates’ taste while looking flawless in this black lace number.

 

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c/o wornontv.net/The CW

She does tend to wear black a lot, so I like when she adds some color to her wardrobe, like with this magenta fit and flare dress.

 

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c/o wornontv.net/The CW

Veronica mixing it up again with a patterned skirt, and a different pearl necklace. 

 

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I think this is one of my favorite episodes/scene when Veronica comes to terms with her Dad’s criminal past.  Again, plaid and those pearls! Yes, please!

I can’t wait for the Riverdale Season 2 premiere on Wednesday, October 11th @ 8p on the CW.  If you need to catch up, you can watch all of Season 1 on Netflix.

If I Had the Money: J.Crew Fall Picks

I love Fall!  It’s my favorite season.  It means sweater weather, peacoats, obnoxious pumpkin flavored items that should never have seen the light of day, and the start of college basketball.  However, my favorite thing about Fall are the clothes.  I’m on a tight budget, so here are my J.Crew picks for Fall if I had the money.

The 1984 rugby shirt in stripe

*SPOILER ALERT: I bought this one

I actually screamed when I saw this shirt.  I love a good rugby shirt.  I don’t know what it is, but I can’t resist them.  It’s part of J.Crew’s effort to bring back the beloved staples from the ’80’s.  I was late to the game on ordering this shirt, and it was sold out.  Good news, you can still order.  I pre-ordered mine in navy peruvian pink, and it should ship by mid-December.

JCrew Rugby

 

Plaid cape-scarf

I love me some plaid.  I just found out that I’m part Scottish, so that explains a lot.  I would wear the crap out of this.  It’s like an adult blankie.

Plaid Cape

 

Merino wool sweater-blazer

J.Crew, you had me at sweater-blazer.  Best of both worlds.

Sweater Blazer

 

Perfect shirt in navy plaid

The name says it all.  If I could have a dream uniform it would be a button down, jeans, and saddle shoes.  That’s right, I said saddle shoes.  They really need a comeback.

Plaid Shirt

 

Velvet hair tie

My uniform would also include a bow.

Hair Tie

 

Colorful cluster earrings

I don’t think I can pull these off.  I feel like a pirate when I wear anything other than studs, but these are so cute!

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All photos c/o J.Crew

Happy Fall and Happy Shopping!