OctOOTD 10/29




What a special day it is. 10-29 has always held significance for me as it is my Mother’s birthday and a mothers birthday is not something to take lightly! It is because of their strength, sacrifice and very existence that we have the arduous privilege to walk this earth and therefore it is truly a day worth celebrating! Today, however, turned out to be very special for a different reason.

An unexpected nearly week-long trip out of town for work set me back a bit in way of fall joy and halloween spirit… I always try to partner my work-related frustrations with a healthy sense of gratefulness and achievement. I should be grateful for chances to learn, grow and succeed… I should be. Though I don’t always see it that way.

I got home just in time for the last weekend before halloween to really dive in the deep end and though I got off to a rocky start, allowing pangs of anxiety over come me, I eventually settled back in to my usual flow. What helps most is being able to spend some time with Britt – My boyfriend of nearly 5 years, by the way… I mention his name all the time though a proper introduction has probably gone amiss. At the end of the day, just getting to spend time with him feels like a huge weight off my shoulders. We are both so busy it’s difficult for our paths to cross. If it wasn’t for the fact that we lived together we would likely miss each other entirely for weeks on end!

Today, though, we sat together in the beautiful late-October sun and had a long lunch downtown, finally having the time to just sit and talk before grabbing coffees from Malaprops and heading to the Farmer’s Market to pick up more of our favorite jam. The WNC Farmers Market was pure magic today. The maple trees were glowing a bright, firey orange as if they were all delicately ablaze and gracefully shed their leaves like tiny floating embers. It was all in slow motion and filled every second and every ounce of my existence with the pure joy that only nature and good company could. Our lovely few hours together quickly came to an end as he had to run into work, but it was still exactly what I needed. Today is such a special day… a moment in time to mark the rebirth of my own happiness and sense of peace. A day to serve as a reminder of all the good that comes from sharing time and space with those we love and that we don’t have to tackle it all on our own.

So here I am, sadly unable to pay my mom a visit on her birthday but thinking of her still and allowing myself to relax today and to accept all that I can not change, because I’m not alone in any of this. Since I was out of town for about a week, I sadly fell very behind in OOTDS for this October, but here’s to finishing off this month strong! Here’s a little orange and black for you today and a little cameo from my favorite winter shoes! I just couldn’t resist.

Having to use my iphone again so sorry for the low quality…But it’s all about the clothes anyway, so who cares right??  Right! ❤

Outfit |Blouse, thrifted vintage burnt orange button up. Thrifted pleated black skirt. Old GAP black tights. Poetic Licence “Afternoon Tea” Boots.|



OCT-O-O-T-D: 10/3


HELLUR! Again! As you may or may not have noticed by the title, I’m going to try my hand at infusing a little EXTRA EXTRA into this blog this month, my very favorite month, with more activity chock FULL of outfit posts. Welcome to OCT-O-O-T-D #2! I’m not going to pretend like I’ll be doing this every day, because while I would LOVE to have the opportunity to share my outfits on the daily, that sadly would not be realistic for my busy/boring/but busy adult life. I will definitely be trying my best to post every other day or atleast every other-other day, that ok? Good. I also thought this would be a really good opportunity to see how often I repeat and remix certain pieces without actually devoting an entire post to it, ya know?

So, moving on to the actual outfit, I guess you may have caught on by now that I have a rather dark wardrobe but I LIVE for pops of color. One of my very favorite trends I spotted on the F/W runways this year were the bright opaque tights, always in the most  unexpected colors that just made the look. These have already been a favorite accessory of mine so I have been jumping at the opportunity to incorporate them as much as possible! So, today I’ve got some neutral staples like my vintage lace up boots, thrifted blouse, black pleated skirt and black bowler hat with some bright yellow opaque tights (from Gap probably 6 years ago??) and some blue liquid lipstick. Yasss. Oh, and of course my black cat  novelty bag for some spookfactor.

In other news, I’m heading to Philadelphia for a few days with my guy on Wednesday but I hope to continue OCT-O-O-T-D while I’m there, though the photos may be a bit less formal and more camera-phoney. We’ll see! Also, snapchatters out there, find me on snapchat at jackiezulli for more snips and snaps throughout the day of my animals and vegan food, mostly, if you’re into that sort of thing. Thanks for reading! ❤img_9246img_9298



Let me be the 15034283th person you see today to say I am SO happy it’s October! Pretty much everyone loves fall, I get it, but you really can’t say it’s all that mysterious of a concept… It is simply the best and I’m glad everyone loves it as much as I do. While I may not be sipping on PSL’s from starbucks every day (not vegan FYI!), I definitely go FULL ON FALL with my personal style. Bring on all the oxford shirts, knee socks and berets! (Let’s just pretend like I don’t actually wear those things year round, k?)

Point is, I have a bit of a 365/year fall fashion mindset so once October actually hits I finally wake up and feel JUST RIGHT. For me, this is when creativity is abundant, inspiration is everywhere, and life is sweet.

|Thrifted oxford, American Apparel navy tennis skirt, Clarks oxford heels, old beret and old f21 navy over the knee socks|


OUTFIT: Hello September!


So when I originally planned this outfit and decided to blog about this dress, I thought I’d offer up two different ways I’d style it. A more playful, summer-time fun look like you see here, and also a more classic, romantic approach. I really wanted to emphasize how versatile this little cotton fit & flare is… but once I got outside in the summer heat and got my day started, I just COULD NOT fathom the idea of changing! It suited my mood and intention for this day so perfectly I simply couldn’t do it. So, perhaps I’ll do a “remix” of sorts with this dress some time in the future, but as for today, here we have it!

I really wanted to keep it simple and fun. Pulling out a fun novelty bag and a bright pair of sneakers is a great way to really dress down a look. I’ve already worn this dress a handful of times since making it last week and I absolutely love it. I’ve been practicing my sewing and construction A LOT and I finally felt comfortable to really take control and start designing (slightly) more complicated details. I am such a sucker for a dramatic collar so I just knew my time had come! I threw in an oversized pointed peterpan collar with a sailor back and sewed in a black satin bow tie, because, hello. The fabric is from vintage bedsheets I thrifted a few weeks back, along with these great high top red converse. Last but not least, my black cat bag is making an appearance! I foresee myself using this A LOT more in the coming weeks/months, but I couldn’t resist infusing a little fall vibes in there. It is, after all, my birthday month and the beginnings of my very favorite time of year! ❤