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

 

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.

Manic Monday

 

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Let me just start by saying, if you have curvy hips or thighs, I strongly suggest you find yourself a pencil skirt. When your big in the chest and in the hips it can be hard to find pieces that don’t make you look big in the waist as well. Pencil skirts highlight the curves of your butt and thighs and nip in your waist to create an hourglass silouette, and who doesn’t want that?

(Top: Marshalls | Skirt: Cotton On | Heels: Steve Madden | Bag: Santee Alley | Necklace & Rings: Forever21 | Watch: Target Style)

Canadian Tux

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Hey all! Happy hump day, although it’s nearly over now. Things are crazy, but heres a quick look from a few weeks back. I’m a sucker for denim on denim. I know it seems like an obvious fashion no-no, but to me it’s edgy and laid back at the same time. Here’s my take on the folksy classic.

 

XO, Jess