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

 

Disneyland Days

I love going to Disneyland. It’s like going someplace brand new and very familiar at the same time. The atmosphere is celebratory and youthful and makes you feel like anything is possible. I always feel compelled to shoot while I’m there because everything around me is so visually stunning. I’ve yet to really capture the essence of Disneyland in my photos, but I just use that as an excuse to keep going back. One thing I always love about Disneyland is how swaggy everybody is! Aside from the fanny packs, sunhats and ridiculous sandals, most people come with some of their best outfits ready show off their Disney spirit. Of course, the best pieces usually don’t come from the park. Hot Topic has a sick collection of Disney inspired pieces and some of my favorite things I saw were from there as well. One of my main focuses this trip was to photograph Disneyland Street Style in the style of classic street photography.

I failed miserably at capturing the essence of the photographic style, but I do know how to spot great style when I see it, so the photos aren’t amazing, but the subjects are sporting some seriously cool shit.

Theres just too much to appreciate at Disneyland! Disney is really good about finding actors who are truly committed to their roles. When you meet Kylo Ren at Disneyland, it’s not like meeting a character, it’s not even like meeting Adam Driver. It’s like stepping on to Star Killer Base and meeting Kylo Ren. It really adds a lot to the Disney experience.

Unfortunately, I have to wait till summer to come back. But my family will be coming, including two of my nieces and my nephew so I know it will be even crazier and more fun than this trip! What are some of your favorite attractions at Disneyland and California Adventures? And who is your dream Disney Bound? I’m trying to think of a really good group Disneybound that can include myself, my mom, sister, two nieces (15 &11) and my nephew (9), and would love to hear some of your ideas!

XO,

Jess

NEW HAIR, WHO DIS?

After months of letting caution get the better of me, I finally pulled the trigger on my blue hair! I seriously love it and my only regret so far, is that I didn’t do it sooner,

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The process was kinda intense tho and I did a rush job the night before a big trip, so I would recommend giving yourself a whole weekend to tackle a complete color transformation like this. I have pretty dark hair so the first thing i had to do was bleach the dark pigment away. I HATE BLEACHING MY HAIR. It feels like sacrilege or something because everybody knows how damaging it is, but it has to be done in order to get light colors to show on dark hair. My hair was partially bleached already from an ombre style I had before, but i made a pretty big booboo when applying the bleach:

SOOO,  it turns out you are supposed to apply bleach the midsection of your hair (from 1 inch from your roots to about 2 or 3 inches from your ends) LET THAT SIT for 5-25 minutes – depending on desired lightness – THEN apply it to the rest of your hair. I totally misunderstood this, probably because i was rushing and being poisoned by the noxious smell of developer and bleach. SAFETY TIP: Open doors and windows and use a fan if necessary to keep your space ventilated. I was literally suffocating with the bleach on my head and all over my hands trying to apply it evenly. Because of my rookie mistake, my bleach job is pretty rough. my ends are very light, my roots still pretty dark and my midsection a random green color which I’m thinking is left over pigment from when I dyed my ombre hair blue a few months ago. Thankfully, the shade of blue I use is pretty deep and vibrant and after 2 rounds of blue, the difference in bleaching is much less prominent. Instead, my blue hair is multi dimensional with different shade of blue and teal, which I love.

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Ideally, I would like to have bleached my hair at least one more time before adding the blue, which is why I recommend giving yourself a full weekend if you’re going the DIY route. Bleaching is so damaging, I feel like its mandatory to give my hair a breather and a nice deep condition in between bleach treatments. And although dye as a general rule, is less damaging than bleach, it’s still a lot of unnatural chemicals to expose your hair and skin to, and I think its good to give your hair as much time to adjust as you can.

#tbt 49×365 ONE OF ONE

Football season may be coming to an end, but with Superbowl 50 coming to San Francisco this year (well, technically Santa Clara but, you know…) there is plenty more for Bay Area sports fans to be excited about. Superbowl City will take over The Embarcadero from January 30th to February 7th  for an immersive NFL experience like no other. On Saturday, February 6th, Alicia Keys will headline with many others at a free concert to kick off the semicentennial celebration. You can find links to event calendars and schedules at the bottom of this post.

Although the 9ers had a difficult season, their fans did their best to hang in with them.  One particularly gold-blooded individual approached me about creating a pair of 49er inspired customs for him.  Amechi has his hands in a lot of different creative projects; he does video work for TrapXArt, a Bay Area based art movement to bring young creatives together in a positive environment. He is also one of the voices behind 49×365 a weekly podcast focused on the 49er fandom. This web series was the inspiration behind these Gold Nugget Jordans, a one of one created exclusively for Amechi. Check out these shots we took to showcase these finished joints. A HUGE ENORMOUS HEARTFELT THANK YOU to Amechi for the opportunity to create and shoot these.

Download 49×365 on iTunes
www.49×365.com
@49×365 on Instagra

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Find out how to join in on the Super Sunday Festivities HERE.

XO,

J

Straight Outta Oakland, Pt II

Hello, hello!  Today I’m sharing Part II of the Straight Outta Oakland shoot inspired by the movie Straight Outta Compton. For this shoot, I wanted to expand on the concept from our first shoot, but in kind of a funkier way. Angela actually found this spot while hiking in the Oakland Hills (I never give up secret spots like this, sorry) and knew right away it was going to be the location for our next shoot. We had hella fun playing with those spray paints 😉

Shout out to my go to model Angela (@_persuasioon) Shes such a dream to work work with – i’m always amazed at what we come up with. Stay tuned for much much more!

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Leader of Cool Moons Light Up Lookbook

Just saying a quick hello today, and sharing some shots from a lookbook shoot I did a while back. Leader of Cool Moons is a west coast based lifestyle brand, specializing in handcrafted, recycled, unisex clothing. Theres really not anything else out there like this brand and I love that they’re working to make Fashion a more sustainable art form.

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This handsome boy is Blue. He was rescued a few years ago from a Bay Area dog fighting ring. Dogs that come from situations like that require a lot of patience, love and guidance. For a while, Blue struggled to adjust to normal life, but with the right amount of attention, socialization and a healthy regimen he’s looking healthier and happier then ever.

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XO,

J.

 

Straight Outta Oakland

BWA_Angela0815_028Raise your hand if you saw ‘Straight Outta Compton’ when it came out a few weeks ago? I can’t be the only one who found it to be a HUGE source of creative inspiration, can I? Literally, everything – the music, the attitude, the fashion, the struggle, the message, it relevancy today (HELLOO)….the over kill of black clothing and raiders gear…. it really spoke to me.

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Lucky for me, one of my many muses, @_persuasioon was up to the task of embodying my B.W.A. a tough, fun, modern twist on what it means to be female in the 21st century. Our grandma’s days of passivity are long gone. We’re out here making moves and getting money in higher numbers than ever before despite the overwhelming effort of mass media to keep us boxed in. Keep being you ladies (and gentleman)! Whatever that is, and whatever you do, don’t let anyone stop you.