Monday Musings – On Repeat

Happy Monday ladies. I hope you’re doing something fun for the long weekend. Saturday’s mannequin was enlightening to me. I didn’t realize how popular and useful lightweight quilted jackets are in your wardrobe. That’s one of my favorite parts about would you wear it, your ideas. Today I have more thoughts on quilted jackets and my summer vacation outfit favorites.

woman walking on boardwalk with metallic accessories

The jacket I shared was close to $500 so I’ve rounded up a few more budget-friendly options along with things to keep in mind when choosing one. A quilted jacket is the perfect “shoulder season “jacket. They can be layered for extra warmth, break the wind, but aren’t too warm for mild days.

As always, you can click the red highlighted text for more info and to shop.



A closer look showed me that the direction of the quilting affects the bulkiness of a jacket and the way it makes you look. The Barbour above has diamond quilting which has a more slimming appearance because diagonal lines are slimming.


This one has nice shaping along the hem and at the waist but the large square quilting tends to look bulkier.


This jacket has basketweave quilting which adds a lot of dimension. The closer the quilting lines are together, the less bulky-looking the jacket. Longer jackets keep the wind from going up your back and could be comfier on a chilly car seat.



Summer Vacation Outfit Favorites

You may have noticed I wore several items over and over again during my 6-week trip. There are always pieces that perform better than others so I thought I would share mine.

woman wearing navy cardigan and pants with metallic sneakers


This convertible crossbody, clutch, shoulder, bag (on sale) got used every day and evening. I packed this smaller convertible bag but it never left my suitcase. This graphite metallic color is a terrific chameleon that goes with everything and never shows dirt. The flexibility to change straps or lengthen or shorten quickly made it invaluable.


This no-iron perfect white shirt got worn more times than I can count. I just washed it, took it out of the dryer, and put it on again. I never seemed to strain the front so it worked and worked and worked for me.


woman wearing white shirt and blue jeans outfit on summer vacation


These metallic sneakers, again and again. I didn’t expect them to be worn so much, but after I hurt my feet in sandals with no support, these were what I wore the most. They’re expensive, and I debated buying them, but based on cost per wear, they paid for themselves many times over.

over 50 woman wearing metallic sneakers with jeans and white denim jacket on vacation


This tiny scarf, over and over, and over. I brought lots of scarves but this one just made the cut more times than others. Here I have threaded it through the buttonholes of my denim jacket, in a laced whipstitch pattern. I will make a video with some scarf tying ideas when I get home.


What my daughter swiped and borrowed repeatedly was…this Kimono. I did get to wear it a few times, but she wore it a lot. It covers a multitude of things and dresses up anything for a quick dinner out.

I’m surprised to see that none of these are black, which was always the case on past trips.

Do you have favorites at home that are perfect for travel?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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  1. Marta
    September 8, 2021 / 1:05 pm

    Ok…I delayed and considered too long. The handbag is back ordered now. (Wondering how many of your followers were more decisive that me and cleaned out the inventory before I decided…)😕

    • Jennifer
      September 8, 2021 / 2:43 pm

      If it helps, I signed up for the waiting list for that bag and waited 6 months…it was worth the wait.

      • Marta
        September 8, 2021 / 8:12 pm

        . . .wonder if they will honor the discounted price when it becomes available. . .

      • Jennifer
        September 8, 2021 / 8:48 pm

        They will have sales again so I’d wait until then. I did:)

  2. Dianne
    September 6, 2021 / 3:16 pm

    I love all the quilted jackets you presented. Have had many over the years, down to two in my closet. Navy blue and olive. Good to have here in central Florida when it starts to get chilly in December and January. Have a great week Jennifer!!!

  3. Renée
    September 6, 2021 / 1:23 pm

    The third outfit after the jacket photos, with you in the simple white shirt and jeans: you got it just right. What makes it? Why isn’t it ho hum (jeans and a white shirt)? I had to think about it. The shoes helped, as did the little bit of gold around your neck, and the color of your jeans, but it was especially the belt that did it, the tan color and the simple but interesting style. If you’d used a medium width black belt with a buckle, the whole outfit would have looked fine, but not in the least interesting. That belt is going to pay for itself.

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 9:34 pm

      Thank you, Renee, It was a splurge but I love that belt and think accessories are worth investing in.

  4. Christi
    September 6, 2021 / 10:41 am

    Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your vacation travels and visit with your daughter with all of us. Vancouver is definitely on my list (starting point for an Alaskan cruise??). Quilted jackets are the best. I purchased the Barbour Annandale in Wine (?) several years ago and it goes from Fall through Spring. Perfect weight and classic, too! On a separate note, where do you find your beautiful tea cups? They are just gorgeous!

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 9:32 pm

      I buy them all over but mostly, Amazon. I think tea just tastes better in bone china:)

  5. Deb
    September 6, 2021 / 9:36 am

    Jennifer, I love your crossbody bag! Is it saffiano leather or Napa leather. I see that it comes in both.

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 9:30 pm

      It is the saffiano which is so durable!

  6. mrsben2
    September 6, 2021 / 9:19 am

    Yes, yes; the quilting on these type of garments certainly can make a difference as to how one feels when wearing such. For example; when seeking a down-filled winter coat last year it was basically a process of elimination, as I felt I looked like the Michelin-Man in quite a few of them because of their stitching pattern. (I finally settled on one that had a mix. Diamond on the body/wide spaced arrow-head vertical on the sleeves.) Also looks like you had a wonderful time with your daughter and wisely packed. With appreciation of your expertise. -Brenda-
    P.S.: Re the belt you are wearing; could you share the size as see they only come in s/m/l. Thank you!

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 9:29 pm

      I am wearing a medium, but also have it in black in large, and prefer that because it does run small

      • MRSBEN2
        September 7, 2021 / 4:23 am

        Thank you so much, Jennifer.

  7. Eve
    September 6, 2021 / 7:32 am

    I live on the coast so a lightweight quilted jacket plus trench raincoat and denim jacket, a few windbreakers are my coat wardrobe. The quilted needs to be warm because it is my Winter coat. Not fitted is best so I can layer a warm sweater underneath.
    All these clothes are so everyday wearable. A stripe tee, jeans and sneakers always works. So does a white shirt, jeans, maybe add a cardigan. I love this simple down to earth dressings. You keep it fresh with your creative knack. Happy Labor Day!

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 7:48 am

      Happy Labor Day, Eve

  8. Leslie Greaves Radloff
    September 6, 2021 / 7:31 am

    The type of quilting, pocket placement, and inner pockets are important. They are just as important with quilted vests and winter outerwear made of down. I tried on a very lovely silver quilted coat, this was for deep temps, and when I looked in the tri-mirror all I could think was: torpedo. Another style and brand didn’t produce the same response. The different quilting lines matter especially for shorter more compact body types.

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 7:47 am

      lol, Happy Monday Leslie:)

  9. jackie
    September 6, 2021 / 7:07 am

    Your graphite convertible bag also looks like it has excellent inside pockets. It’s so nice to be able to stay organized while traveling.

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 7:46 am

      It does have a lot of interior sections and pockets. I love bags that are organized.

  10. Rose
    September 6, 2021 / 6:53 am

    Love all your travel outfits. We are planning a short trip in November to Arizona and these tips will really help. Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 7:45 am

      Awesome. Have a fun trip

  11. MaryY
    September 6, 2021 / 6:23 am

    Many years ago I purchased a maize quilted nylon jacket from Lands End (perfect for football games). It closes with a zipper, has pockets, withstands moisture, and has the diamond quilted pattern. It packs very smoothly into the outer pocket of my carryon luggage, so has gone around the world. However, I am always startled when I see the resulting photographs of me wearing this bright colored jacket! Last year, I saw the updated version on the LE site in navy, on sale, and quickly ordered it. When it arrived, I realized I’d overlooked that the new navy jacket has vertical quilting. It makes a big difference. The maize jacket lives on.

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 7:45 am

      Lol, Happy Monday Mary

  12. SueMD
    September 6, 2021 / 6:04 am

    Great coat selections, and a new line of clothing I’ve not seen before. I got the olive jacket.

    • Jennifer
      September 6, 2021 / 7:43 am

      Isn’t that one pretty? I love the pattern

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