Friday, January 31, 2014

The human sleeping bag.

This post is a quick teaser to say - YAY! I am thrilled to share with you all that I will be a regular contributor to bSmart, an incredible site that links women to live smart (and in the case of my first article, warm). My breakout piece will be on style and THE PUFFY COAT (what else?). Or as I like to call it, the human sleeping bag. It'll be comin' at ya live on February 8th, but for now, here's a sneak peek.

If you've been anywhere above the Mason Dixon line in the past month, you know it's been FRIGID. Like bitter, icy, wind-slapping-you-in-the-face-so-you're-wearing-a-ski-mask-to-work, cold.

In order to survive these frozen temperatures, regular winter wear just doesn't cut it. As much as we want to look adorable in our favorite pea coat -- it just ain't gonna happen. That is, if you plan on keeping all your toes.

We know. Puffy coats are not attractive. But damn, are they necessary. Thus, I decided to write an a-typical fashion article, and take a look at ways to make this winter staple a bit more fun and funky.

So here's to you, penguin-puffer-people, may you waddle ever so stylishly throughout the rest of the winter.

In love and layers,

Monday, January 27, 2014

Let your style do the talking.

We use fashion as a medium to convey our personality. If I had to sum up my personality in one outfit, it would be this one.

Jacket: Ralph Lauren // Shirt: TJ Maxx // Purse: Alberta Di Canio // Glasses: Cole Haan // Lips: NYX Pure Red // Necklace: Club Monaco
Just Sara Jane toasts bold personal style, so today I’m showing you mine.

As any gal knows, nothing feels better than wearing something that makes you feel great. I was even luckier to do this photoshoot with people who make me feel great (thank you to my wonderful friends for the help on this!). Most importantly, I feel lucky for every day that I get to celebrate style in NYC. This city makes me feel alive and reinvigorates my individuality, so the scene felt right for this shoot.

For the look, I paired my favorite print (meow, leopard), and my favorite solid (as I always say, black is the new black), with my choice accent (a matte red lip is everything to me these days). The best part about this look – it’s all (well, 90%) from my favorite store – TJ MAXX. Everything about this look felt truly and inherently me.

So my friends, I leave you with this food for thought. If YOUR style could talk, what would it say?


Photos by Shannon Kirk (thanks, Shan! x)

Thursday, January 9, 2014


“Lose weight, exercise more, eat less, eat different…” All the typical New Year’s resolutions are swirling around in our heads. As we enter this New Year, I suggest a different tactic. Rather than thinking about what you don’t have, try thinking about what you do. It’s time we refreshed our resolutions. 

Reflection and positive reinforcement are excellent motivators to help you continue to thrive in 2014. What do you love about your body? What fitness exercises do you enjoy? What are you grateful for in your life? Focus on renewing these sentiments in the New Year. Renew YOU in 2014. 

For this post, I collaborated with ZICOCoconut Water, as they rolled out their ReNewYorkCity campaign. I was fortunate to work with their tasty products, as well as attend classes at Pure Yoga studio as part of my research.

So today, I bring you three tips to “Renew YOU” in the New Year. Let us reflect, rehydrate and refresh our resolutions.


The New Year gives us a breathe of fresh air. A clean slate. 365 new chances to be amazing.

I believe reflection to be one of the most important aspects of life. How do we know where we’re going if we don’t know where we came from? Being in tune with your senses and your abilities is critical to achieving anything. Reflection is also key when appreciating yourself. And appreciating oneself helps us build confidence, motivates us to succeed, and helps us to appreciate others in our life.

In the spirit of reflection, I took a guided meditation class at Pure Yoga Studio - who partnered with ZICO for their ReNewYorkCity campaign. Yoga is a great tool for reflection. Especially for those of us who have trouble turning off our minds and getting some peace and quiet (enter, New Yorkers) -- guided meditation can be very helpful. Through this meditation, we were encouraged to embark on a journey of self-love. “What do you love about yourself?” asked our instructor. “What traits do you love?” “What features do you love?”Think of someone you love dearly. Share this love with them.” We then affirmed the answers internally. I came out of the class feeling focused, refreshed, and ready to renew myself in the New Year.

Even before entering this class, I had always been a believer in practicing self-love. Self-love helps us stay mindful of our bodies, it helps us practice good self-care, it influences who we choose as a partner. Most importantly, when you practice self-love, you live with a purpose.


Our body and mind are interconnected and we have to respect them both in regards to total body health. As we know, staying active is imperative to our health – and so is staying hydrated (after all a significant fraction of the human body is water).  

Here are two delicious recipes (courtesy of ZICO -- and named after Just Sara Jane!), to help us rehydrate our body and mind. Bust out those blenders, friends!

Just Sara Jane Juice

Who says it can’t feel like summer in January? ZICO's electrolytes, watermelon's lycopene, and chia seeds' omega-3 fatty acids will help tighten and smooth skin for a radiant, summer glow. Blend ingredients and serve chilled.

1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries
1/2 Cup Fresh Watermelon, cubed
1/4 Cup Fresh Spinach Leaves
1 /2 Cup Plain, Low-fat Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cup ice
1 Tbs Chia Seeds

The Rock Your Body

Who doesn’t love banana, peanut butter and chocolate? This smoothie packs a fantastic chocolate-y punch.

½ Cup Ice
½ Frozen Banana
1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
1 Square of Dark Chocolate (or for the Real Deal, Try a Pinch of Cacao Nibs or a Few Cacao Beans)


We all know the typical New Year’s resolutions shtick. I’m suggesting you do a remix this year. Making New Year’s resolutions is fine and good, but all too often we get bogged down in making a laundry list and then are let down when we don’t achieve all we hoped. I’m not one to say “don’t dream big” - I will be the first to tell you to do just that. I do suggest however, that as you are creating your “resolutions” for the year, also include a list of “renew resolutions.”

First, write your master list. Add whatever you resolve to achieve -- your dreams, your goals, and your hopes for the future. Then, ask yourself - what are things I did great last year (or in years past) that I want to keep doing? How did I use my body in ways that I enjoyed and were good for me? How can I continue to do the things I am passionate about? How did I change the lives of those around me?

Rather than radically shifting your mind into thinking that this New Year has to be all about change, try thinking about the things that were great in the past years and how you can continue to do them. Write these down too.  Refresh your resolutions.

Life is not about defining yourself, it is about creating yourself.

In this light, may you renew all the things you love about yourself, and the things that make you unique. At the end of the day, YOU are the only YOU out there.  


Some outtakes from the making of this article: 

Put some OOMPH in it! 
Hangin' with the fellas. 
Come one, come all! ZICO's here! 
Photo credit: Jenny Statler
xoxo, just sara jane