TIGHTROPE

I’ve probably driven over the bay bridge …. 500 times? A few years ago, when they opened the ‘new’ bay bridge, it included a pedestrian walking path, and walking it has been on my bucket list since then. This weekend, I finally got to cross it off my bucket list! (I don’t think I’m too young for one of those – and I do love the feeling of crossing something off of a list soooooo….)

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It was a perfect day, which was good cause I was worried I was gonna freeze out there (and my friend, who offered me a weight vest [didnt’ know that was a thing] was afraid I was literally gonna get blown away).

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From where we parked and back, it’s about a 9 mile walk, but it really doesn’t feel like it. It was pretty crazy walking next to a freeway and even crazier once we got out over the open water of the bay.

And OHMIGAD, funniest story.

Soooo, my sister, who has always, sort of, done things her own way, ended up walking the bridge in flip flops. We’re about a third of the way out onto the bridge when we stop at one of maintenence overhangs to lean over and look at the birds nesting on the old parts of the bridge. My sister is hella short and boosted herself onto the bottom rail to see more. She had just stuck her leg through the gaps in the guard rail when a rush of air from a passing truck hit us and blew her shoe clean TF off. It was like it happened in slow motion! It just gently blew off and floated down onto the overhang about 5 feet below us. So funny. She was a boss tho, and didn’t even make me turn around and go back to the car; we walked the whole thing!

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MONOCHROME

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Ever since I saw NotJessFashion kill her version of a Power Suit in a badass head-to-toe red look, I’ve been obsessed with monochromatic outfits. My personal style fluctuates often, but right now I’m loving the easy sophistication of the monochrome trend.  This dusty blue blazer is one of my favorite pieces. It’s the perfect shade of blue to pair with light or dark colors and it’s oversize style makes it east to wear and move around in. Perfect if you want to look good and without sacrificing comfort.

This look was easy to put together, which is great if you struggle to get out the door in the morning like I do. And it feels really polished so I don’t have to worry about looking as frazzled as I feel.

Blazer: Forever21
Top: Similar
Bottoms: Similar
Shoes: Similar
Accessories: Anne Klein

CASUAL FRIDAY

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It probably has something to do with how long I spent in college, but for me, the weekend starts on Thursday night. Even if I don’t go out, by Friday I’m already checked out and focused on what I’m doing over the weekend. This is probably because the weekend is my biggest chunk of time to work on my personal projects, and workin’ on mah prooooojects is always at the forefront of my mind.

Not only that, working 3 jobs my weekdays fly, and I do mean FLY, by. It seems like I wake up on Monday, blink and it’s Thursday and I’ve gotten nothing done. This feeling has been really pervasive lately and I’ve been struggling to feel like I’ve got my head above water with everything I want to do. I’ve been distracted and really irritable, especially in situations where I feel like my time isn’t being used as productively as it should be. I shot this series after a particularly long and uninspiring day.

My sister recently moved home, and one of the best things about having her here is that I have my personal photographer back! I’ve realized that what makes me feel the best is being productive. So as soon as i got home I grabbed my sister and made her come shoot with me.  We only shot for like 45 minutes, which is actually a bit long for a typical OOTD shoot, but just those 45 minutes of doing something completely for myself made a huge difference on my mood. I went from legit feeling like I needed a Xanax and a good cry to laughing hysterically during this shoot. It was a good lesson for me about learning to cope with the rollercoaster of emotions that come along with chasing dreams. Nothing is as valuable as a good time with good company. And it was a great reminder of why I do what I do; because it makes my life more enjoyable. With that said, try to take some time this weekend to do something that directly makes your life more enjoyable.  It can be really hard to keep negative thoughts and self doubt at bay and keeping those emotions in check is a huge part of staying sane.

Jumpsuit: Forever21 (SIMILAR)
Jacket: Forever21 (SIMILAR)
Shoes: Air Jordan 8’s
Bag: Anne Klein

XO,
Jess