OJ AND CIGS - A Style Blog By Jana Rose Carrero

Out (In) of Office

12.02.17

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No wish conceived, no thought expressed. Just a place between work, life and rest.

Work life balance is so important…easier said than done though, right?

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with everything it seems: work, finances, love, living, health, anti-aging, instagram algorithms (🙄) you name it. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been going through some personal struggles, and it usually tends to happen around the holiday season for some freaking reason. This has resulted in nothing but extremely tense shoulders and a horrible case of acne, while desperately trying not to fall behind on work. Through all this I’ve learned that I still need to take time for self care (i.e. renew my Massage Envy membership), and literally smell the roses…

It started with wanting something to retreat to once I came home from work. I began visiting the Diptyque shop often and lighting candles at home, instantly realizing how nice a good quality candle is… So I became enthralled by the world of fragrance. I’ve grown to love learning about the notes, and it evolved into this fascination with perfume, and how it mixes with the chemicals of your body. I wake up looking forward to pairing a scent with my mood, and exploring how it changes on my skin throughout the day. No joke, this is like my new obsession. Scent is powerful in that it has the ability to transport you to an entirely different time and place, even if it’s somewhere you’ve never been before. It’s like a little escape. My collection of perfumes and candles is growing, and I’ve recently added Byredo and Le Labo to the mix. What are you favorite scents? And how do you escape from everyday stresses? Are you happy with your work/life balance, and have you found any hobbies that help? Don’t be shy – comment below or DM me on Instagram!

Scroll through for outfit details below. Photography Yesi Flores aka @simplylively.

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Suit via Zara | Sneakers are Nike “Cortez” | “Aquarium” Nails by Vanity Projects Miami | Milk Makeup Eye Pigment in “After Party”

Finding Hygge – Exploring Copenhagen, Denmark

11.20.17

MIA to CPH

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I was recently invited on a press trip (sponsored by Visit Denmark, Visit Copenhagen, Scandinavian Airlines) to explore Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish capital has become quite the destination with its startlingly impressive cuisine, design, style, and overall quality of life. I was beyond eager to get to know the city and discover the meaning behind a concept I’d read about: “hygge.” Most commonly (mis)generalized as “cozy” – hygge is an inherently Danish term used to acknowledge a special feeling or moment. It’s about not just being present, but also recognizing and enjoying the present…creating moments to help enhance daily life i.e. burning a candle, or meeting a friend for coffee. I couldn’t wait to experience it straight from the source.

Getting to Copenhagen is quite easy thanks to direct flights between MIA & CPH through Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). We flew comfortably in SAS Plus, which gave us access to the Lounges, delicious food and refreshments, and tons of in-flight movies/entertainment. One 9-hour flight later and we made it to our destination.

Hotel Sanders

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I stayed at the brand new luxury boutique Hotel Sanders right in the center of the city and within walking distance of pretty much everything. With its beautifully curated interiors and hospitable (not to mention good-looking) staff, the hotel is the epitome of casual luxury and simple elegance minus the pretentiousness, which almost instantly makes you feel at home. The inviting restaurant is aptly referred to as “Kitchen.” The lobby is not a lobby; rather it’s the “Living Room.” Classic cocktails flow from the intimate and seductive hotel bar, TATA.

The Sights…and Flavors

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Throughout our entire stay we indulged in the most delicious (and beautiful!) food. I was blown away at how fresh everything is. New Nordic Cuisine has revolutionized Danish gastronomy and created a focus on local ingredients. From tasting new spins on classic dishes to traditional foods like pickled herring, and trying natural wine for the first time – I marveled in it all. Here’s the list of restaurants, cafes and bars we visited. Plenty of hygge across the board. You’re welcome:

Aside from eating my way through the city, I was able to explore the sights, sounds and of course the shopping (I’m looking at you Storm Copenhagen)! We did a fun boat tour throughout the canals, under the bridges and out into the harbor. We were shown around the diverse neighborhood of Nørrebro, which has evolved from being a primarily working class area to one of Copenhagen’s hottest neighborhoods with tons of local shops. It was there that we also got to see Superkilen – a colorful sprawling urban space that fuses architecture, landscape and art (hello Instagram photo-opp). Later we strolled through Assistens Cemetery, the final resting place of famous Danes like author Hans Christian Andersen.

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Before this trip, I was already fascinated by the Viking Age of Scandinavia and Norse mythology. Danes are quite proud of their heritage, and it shows in their everyday, from the cuisine to the Norse art tattooed on their bodies. I was also very intrigued by the secret of hygge, and often wondered whether this was the key to Danes being consistently ranked among the happiest people in the world. My takeaway from this trip is that they are definitely doing something (or basically everything) right.

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Field of Dreams

10.30.17

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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream” – Edgar Allen Poe

What do you dream about at night? And what do you dream of accomplishing when you’re awake? Do you ever make your dreams come true? I used to write all my dreams down first thing in the morning, while they were fresh in my head, and am trying to get back into the habit of doing just that. It’s super therapeutic, and really interesting to read through after some time’s passed. My dream journal has crazy etchings about tidal waves, chases, armies, you name it. When it comes to dreams and aspirations in the waking-life however, the visions are not as over-the-top, and well, the cynic in me takes the reins. I am definitely more reserved with goals that I set for myself. Why? Simple. I dread disappointment. I’m afraid of aiming too high. What if I don’t reach that goal? What if I can’t for the life of me, make that dream come true? Even worse, what if I’m not good enough? I’m open to any advice you guys have on coping with self-doubt. It’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life! Which is crazy, considering I have amazing, supportive parents & people around me. Every day I not only think about what could be, but I continue to work on how to just BE. So I guess what I’m trying to say is, let’s try to not sell ourselves short. Let’s dream, and not be afraid to dream. Thanks for reading, and of course, for scrolling 🙂 

 

Photography Yesi Flores aka @simplylively | Scroll down for outfit details

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Blazer: Zara | Dress: Reformation | Boots: Dr Martens 

Morning Reverie

09.15.17

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Night bleeds into day. The hours melt together. I sway with the sea, lean into a reverie.

How many nights have you stayed out and lost track of time? Next thing you know day breaks. You feel one of two ways: really guilty yearning to wash yourself clean of the previous night’s debauchery, OR really alive and at peace, thankful for a brand new day. Here’s to you, daybreakers, to all those late nights and early sunrises that made you shine from within and beam with gratitude… 

About the look – A blazer is a staple piece to have in your wardrobe, as it can be styled different ways and be worn all year-round. Here, an oversized blazer and boyish silhouette are offset with ladylike details – sparkly sequins, chic heels, pearl buttons. The Calvin Klein halter top adds a touch of sport, as I’m pretty obsessed with sportswear and have been incorporating it into my daily looks, either dressed up or dressed down. I should note, I just returned from SS18 New York Fashion Week and came back super inspired by all the runway fashions and badass street style, so stay tuned for more, and follow me on Instagram for my daily musings 🤳 

Scroll through for outfit details at the bottom. Photography Yesi Laver Flores aka @simplylively.   

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Oversized Blazer & Pants via Zara | Halter Top: Calvin Klein via Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Dior Sling-Back with J’Adior Ribbon

Through The Looking Glass

08.20.17

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Break on through to the other side, of the looking glass…

Brought this mirror as a simple prop, yet it helped create magical things. Inspired by Alice In Wonderland, I wanted to evoke a feeling of stepping into another universe – one that’s barren and desolate, and all sorts of moody. Stripes on stripes adds a little whimsy, paired with my natural state of being (aka languorous), and we’ve achieved a dream…through the looking glass. 

About the look: I’m obsessed with this Style Mafia top which served as the first piece the outfit was styled around. The pants are old Zara and can be styled a variety of ways – with sneakers as depicted here, or over your swimsuit/bodysuit with a pair of flatform wedges. On to the shoes –  these Nike Cortez are one of my fave pairs of sneakers (that’s a lie, I’ve become a sneakerhead and actually love every single pair I own) because they go with everythingggg and are comfy AF.

So are you feeling sleepy/dreamy yet? Drop me a line, and see what I’m up to in the Instagram world

Photos Yesi Laver Flores aka @SimplyLively 

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