Jennifer Wilson founded Modern Ensemble in November 2013 as a way to creatively express herself on a daily basis through her two loves, fashion and design. Modern Ensemble is about all things fashion, design, lifestyle and beauty.
Springtime in Paris is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit. Everything is in bloom, there is still a crisp chill in the air, and the newness of a season creates this beautiful vibe around the city.
Bryce and I spent a week in Paris in April with his parents and we had the most incredible time. Our typical itinerary every day was getting up around 8am, and walking in our workout gear to get a cafe creme and croissant or egg dish from a cute cafe down the street from the apartment. Then we would shower and get ready for lunch. After lunch, we would do something cultural and usually that involved a museum exhibit, or walking around an iconic place in town. My favorite stop was the YSL museum where I learned so much about Yve’s life with Pierre and how the brand became what it is today. It was fascinating. I also loved the Foundation Louis Vuitton and the Baccarat museum. We decided on this trip that we would not do the typical Parisian tourist stops since we had both already been to most of them. After an activity, we would go back to the apartment and take a nap and rest until dinner. We didn’t really experience bad jet lag which was nice, but by 5pm I was in serious need of a nap before dinner.
Bryce’s mom Jody would make the best hors d’oeuvre’s before we would go to dinner and they were such a treat that I looked forward to every night. I can’t remember all of the dinner spots we went to but they were all incredible and wide ranging. One spot had amazing fried chicken, another had the best chicken with morels. I remember the best dessert of the trip was by far this dish that involved kumquats and was similar to a creme brulee. It was fantastic.
I also never hold back on bread and butter at home, but in Paris, I indulge even more. I literally could live off of bread and butter and I love how you walk so much in Paris and there is no guilt. I think I actually came back a few pounds lighter (which I have since put back on of course)!
All in all the trip was truly an amazing one and so memorable. We had the best time and I already can’t wait to go back.
We are officially in wedding season! I cannot believe May begins in just two days. I don’t know about you but I have more weddings, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties than I can count!
I thought I would share what to wear to a summer wedding starting with one of my current favorite dresses. I typically do not pick out my dresses ahead of time for events, but this year I am ahead of the curve since I have so many. I also always feel that when I wait until the last minute I can never seem to find anything so when I do I like to snag them early and be prepared.
I typically look for a few things when deciding on dresses to buy for weddings. My first thing is fit. It needs to fit me really well since I will be moving and dancing. Second is comfort. I once wore a really itchy dress because it looked great and learned very quickly that no matter how cute a dress is, if it isn’t comfortable, you won’t care how it looks. Third is price. I never like to overspend on dresses for weddings because I know I am only going to wear it a few times. There are always exceptions but typically I won’t go too crazy unless I know I can wear something for other things!
When I first laid eyes on this lace flutter sleeve floor length dress, I knew I would be obsessed. It is perfect for any kind of summer wedding and I honestly cannot wait to wear it. It also fits great ( I am wearing a 2, it is comfortable, and it looks more expensive than it is). I paired it with simple nude accessories and now I just need August to hurry up so I can wear this! I also linked a few other favorites of mine for wedding season below. How many wedding’s do you have this year? xoxo
A few weeks back, Bryce and I went down to San Miguel de Allende for a little weekend away for one of my best friends weddings. We had an amazing time and as someone who has been to Cabo more times than I can count, I never thought that a place like this existed in Mexico.
San Miguel de Allende is rich in history, has the most beautiful and vibrant streets, charming cobblestones (that my shoes hated), and so many amazing art galleries and shops.
I wanted to share what to do in San Miguel de Allende and hopefully I will make you want to plan a trip there because it is a pretty special place. We flew into the Leon airport which is one of the larger airports and has more flight times, so I would suggest flying in and out of here. I set up a car service through the hotel and would highly suggest this as well. You don’t really want to take a cab or uber because it isn’t the safest (even though I felt completely safe my entire trip). We even took beer and wine in the car which turned out to be an amazing idea since it was an 1.5 hour drive.
We stayed at Hotel Matilda which is a small boutique hotel and in the center of everything. We had a great experience and would highly suggest this as a great place to stay. I debated on booking the Rosewood which is obviously an amazing hotel as well but I am happy we ended up staying at a smaller spot.
There are so many things to do in town including going to Fabrica La Aurora, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, and walking tours around the town. Since we were there for a wedding, we spent a good part of the trip attending wedding related events. During our free time we explored the town and found so many amazing galleries. My favorite by far was Wabi, and incredibly stunning and minimalistic design showroom right down the street from our hotel. I literally wanted everything.
In addition to this, we ate at so many yummy restaurants, most of which I cannot remember the name unfortunately, but we did stop at an incredible place called Quince. We sipped the most delicious margaritas and had a beautiful rooftop view of the town. I would highly suggest going here when you visit.
The only downside of the trip was that Bryce got really sick from something and we don’t know what it was. Luckily we had a great hotel room because he spent a good amount of time there recovering from his stomach bug. Despite this, he was a total trooper and we truly had the best time. I know that next time we go back to San Miguel, we need to figure out how to ship things back to the states because I have to get a few things on my next trip!
Below are a few of my favorite memories from our trip. I hope you love them as much as I do. xoxo
I read a quote recently that said – “There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy” and it really stuck with me.
In today’s world, we are all in a rush every day, moving from thing to thing, almost in a robotic sort of way, and we rarely take the time to slow down and breathe, even if just for a minute and focus on all of the good in our lives. I know firsthand I am definitely guilty of this. My schedule is insane, and I have two jobs, interior design and blogging, which keep my schedule more than full. Then mix in a workout here and there, a social life, my boyfriend, family, being a bridesmaid in several weddings and planning showers and bachelorettes, the list could go on… and I am sure yours could too! That is why I wanted to share 10 simple ways to be happy every single day because life is too short to stress and just go through the motions of life without enjoying the little moments that make it worth while.
Here are a few of my favorites that keep me happy every single day.
1. Smile. Smiling releases seratonin in the brain which instantly gives you a mood lift and it’s the easiest thing to do daily! 2. Sing Out Loud in the Car. This sounds silly but let me tell you, it is an instant mood changer and you will be happy and smiling in no time, so turn on your favorite song, turn it up, and sing your heart out. 3. Indulge in a piece of dark chocolate. Nothing beats a sweet treat and will make your mood brighten almost immediately, plus dark chocolate is technically healthy right? 4. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day. This was really a game changer for me. I usually take the first few minutes in the morning or evening to do this and I just sit in silence, clear my thoughts, and focus on all of the positives in my life. It really works and it only takes a few minutes. 5. Forgive Your Imperfections. This one is particularly hard for me because I overthink everything and I am a perfectionist. Truth is, we all make mistakes, no one is perfect. Laugh it off and you will be so much happier in everyday life. 6. Get Enough Sleep. This is really important. I personally need 8 hours of solid sleep a night and wake up refreshed, energized and in a great mood. When you lack sleep, it’s a lose lose for everyone around you and especially yourself. 7. Be Grateful. When you are content with what you have, you will always be happy. Don’t compare yourself to Betty or Veronica, they aren’t you. Be you and only you. 8. Wake Up Early. I am by no means an early riser, but I wake up around 6:45am daily and those first few hours of the day are always my most savored. That first sip of coffee, my workout class, and my morning show “Live with Ryan and Kelly” are the little things that make me happy every day. 9. Surround Yourself with Happy Positive People. Being around like-minded people that share your values and goals makes a big difference. No one wants to be around Eeyore (think Winnie the Pooh) with the dark cloud around you and always negative. Happiness is contagious and when you are around positivity, you will catch it immediately. 10. Love. When you love who you are, your life will immediately change. Love what you are doing (work wise), love the person you’re with (your partner), love your friends, and even your enemies. When you love, happiness automatically follows.
I will never forget the scene from the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, where Miranda makes the infamous statement-
“Florals for spring? How groundbreaking.”
It was right then and there that one simple statement made me think so differently about a print I love. I had never really thought about florals being mundane for a season but for a hot minute, I decided I was not going to wear florals.
Well, I think we all know how this story ends…
Sorry Miranda, they might not be groundbreaking, but I love them and will continue to wear them every spring, summer, and warm weather vacay as long as I live and can buy them!
That being said, I am OBSESSED with this dress you guys. I have had it about a month and worn it at least 6 times. I even took it to San Miguel De Allende with me last week and actually wore it on the plane with a striped sweater over it (I am a big fan of mixing prints).
Make sure you size down if you are on the more petite side. I am 5’7″ and wearing a size 4 for reference. By the way, speaking of San Miguel, I lived in these metallic slides while I was there because the cobblestones were seriously no joke!
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Since we are going to get another three days of rain this week, I thought I would share some of my favorite rainy day activities to do!
1. Bowling– It might not be groundbreaking but let me tell you, it is so much fun! We have been getting a good group together the last few rainy days, and it has been amazing. I also have no idea where my bowling skills have come from but they have been in full force these past few times and I am not mad about it.
2. Playing Games– I have to say, backgammon, has become a favorite of mine and I used to play it as a little girl with my grandfather. It wasn’t until B and I started dating that I got back into it and I love it. It is so much fun to get a little competitive and it is perfect to do on a rainy day inside. Just add takeout and a little wine and you’ll forget all about the rain.
3. Movie Day– Whether you go to a movie at the theater, or have a movie day/binge watch a tv show, nothing beats a chill day on the sofa watching something great. I am pretty sure I watched the entire first and second season of Ozark during a rainy weekend once and it was one of my favorite weekends.
4. Getting Organized– This might sound weird but I love going through my closet and throwing out things/organizing my cosmetic drawers, papers, anything really. It feels so good to purge and I have been really into this whole Marie Kondo way of life and its the perfect task to tackle on a rainy day.
5. Wine and Paint Night– If you follow me on instagram (@jenniferglifestyle) then you know I am super into painting classes. Not only are they so much fun to do with a significant other or friend, but you can also enjoy wine while you paint. Classes are usually 2-3 hours long and totally worth it.
Needless to say, I have a newfound love for rainy days and hope you do too! PS outfit links are below! xoxo
Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend and are ready to have an even better week! Did you watch the Oscar’s last night? Who did you think was the best dressed? My favorite was Brie Larson in Celine an Gemma Chan in Valentino Couture. I was also a major fan of the diamond that Lady Gaga wore which was 128 carats!
I wanted to start off this week by talking about a few great everyday basics. I typically am a fan of items that are not so basic but the basics are what make up a great closet and make it possible to mix in other items that are a little out of the box.
I have been wearing this pair of cropped denim and these ballet flats on major repeat these past few weeks. It is crazy how I have been gravitating toward the same things (and I am actually wearing these flats as I type this post!). When you find a few great pieces, why not wear them all of the time? These jeans also fit like a glove and I am wearing a size 26 for reference. Also a great top is also key and this one is a great basic for spring even though it has a little more flair to it then your average tee (I am wearing a small). It is a great alternative and still a great staple that I know I will get tons of use out of as soon as the weather isn’t freezing cold!
I also love a good tortoise shell sunglass frame because they are softer than black and literally go with everything. This frame shape and size is a classic and I love them. I am sure you guys have also seen me toting around this mini bag and it is a great staple for spring/summer as well because it is a great price point and such a fun whimsical bag that stands out and can make any everyday outfit pop.