Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was definitely a busy, but great one.
+ Visited my future school to turn in some paperwork on Friday and took Dai along with me. It was nice showing him around my new school! We got coffee at one of my favorite local chains and took a little walking tour.
+ On Friday I stayed the night with the girls I nanny for and then on Saturday we met their parents in Napa. We played bocce ball, had a picnic lunch, and swam at their hotel, and later walked downtown for dinner!
+ Saturday evening I drove home from Napa so that Dai and I could go out to celebrate my friend's 21st birthday! I am the oldest of my friends, so it is nice having another 21-year-old friend to get into mischief with ;) haha. It was a pretty fun night out!
+ I slept in fairly late on Sunday morning, which was a nice rarity. I didn't even set an alarm and when I finally did wake up, I stayed cuddled in bed for an hour to watch Teen Mom (one of my guilty pleasures) on DVR. Perfection!
+ After I finally did get out of bed and Dai came back from his baseball game, we met with a couple of his friends visiting from Florida & Hawaii. We took them to see the Golden Gate Bridge and took a little walk on it (even though it is kind of scary!).
+ We later drove across the bridge to have lunch at probably my most favorite restaurant, Sol Food, and made our way back into the city, stopping at a lookout spot for another view of the bridge.
+ With Dai's friends we also drove through Golden Gate Park and went to Dolores Park for a nice view of the city and to get ice cream at Bi-Rite (I opted for salted caramel soft serve--yum!)!
And now, a little happy list...
+ Eagerly awaiting my order from LindyBop!
+ Girls day happening this weekend to celebrate my friend getting married. Hiking, dinner, & drinks!
+ Evening walks.
+ Long phone convos with my sister.
+ Dog sitting a sweet pup named Ginger.
+ All the activity with #trueyouproject!
+ Watching a Japanese drama with subtitles with Dai.
+ Weekly trips to Target.
+ Spending last weekend with my mama.
+ Dreaming of summer travel plans.
+ Finding my groove again in softball.
+ Being soooo close to the end of the semester & (hopefully) being exempt from the final.
+ Reconnecting with old friends!
How was your weekend? What's on your happy list?
Have a fabulous week, friends! Hey, I'm getting a better start this week than last, right? ;)
Somehow, it is Friday once again! I swear, it takes me until like Thursday to get a handle on my week and I think "Ok, now I'm ready to blog!" and then its basically over and I get one or two posts in before the weekend. Then the cycle starts again. Sigh. Perhaps one of these days I will actually figure out how to work, go to school, do life, and run a consistent, thriving blog. But probably not. Haha. For now though, I hope that those of you who actually do read this blog understand and love me despite my sporadic posting schedule. I love you, too.
Anyway, while I (clearly) haven't been diligently working to stick to my editorial calendar, I have been refining (and adding to) my wardrobe! Lucky for you, this means that I am all revved up for a whole new series of outfit posts (unlucky for Dai ;) ). The other day when we went out to shoot these photos, I found this lovely yellow wall on accident in an alley way. I wasn't sure how well it would photograph with my orange skirt, but I was pleasantly surprised and must say that it is my new favorite shooting location! It is simply perfection. So, definitely get used to seeing more of it :)
I got this skirt from ModCloth back in the fall and can't believe that it has taken me this long to feature it here on the blog! As you may recall, last summer was the summer that I became obsessed with skirts. Ever since then, skirts have been high on my radar and I haven't been afraid to snatch them up. At the time of my recent found love, I came across the Breathtaking Tiger Lilies skirt on ModCloth's site and instantly knew I had to have one. It took me a few months to actually order one, though, because I simply couldn't decide what color to get! I obviously eventually settled on orange and am really happy with that choice! That isn't to say, however, that I don't plan on adding
I think that it has taken me so long to style this skirt in an outfit post because I had been waiting on the perfect top to pair it with! While I have paired it nicely with a solid black or white shirt in the past, I think that this collared polka dot top is a much better match. As soon as I saw this top in the store, I knew exactly what I wanted to wear it with! I enjoy this top on it's own too, though, since it is soft, lightweight, and can be dressed up or down nicely. I can't wait to wear it with jeans or a pair of colored pants!
For a year or so now, I have been on the hunt for the perfect black, wide-rimmed fedora style hat. I have found a few that have come close to being winners, but usually there was something a bit off about them--too floppy or too wide (or too expensive). While I was shopping with my mom this past weekend, though, I found this beauty at Forever 21! It was really nice that they had several styles of simple black hats, but this one seemed to be the most "classic" and suited me well. I wore it all around the store before deciding I just couldn't leave without it!
I'm not gonna lie, this is one of my most favorite outfit posts to date! I love how I feel and look in this outfit, and the photos turned out pretty wonderfully. My lucky yellow wall! I shall be back here soon :)
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I will be spending mine working (overnight stay with my nanny kiddos!), hanging out with friends, and (hopefully) relaxing! Hopefully I will also be able to spend a nice chunk of time prepping for next week's posts and will actually be able to publish one before next Friday ;)
Cheers to the weekend, friends!
P.S. Check out all the fun stuff happening with the #trueyouproject! It isn't too late to join in & we will be releasing a brand new prompt on Monday! Woohoo!
Skirt // ModCloth
Top // Old Navy
Belt // Old Navy
Shoes // Cathy Jean
Shoes // Cathy Jean
Hat // Forever 21
Hello, hello! Jess here. As if it would be anyone else... Another week has nearly come and gone! I feel like we are now on a steady down hill ride to summertime and I couldn't be happier. I'm ready for warm weather! I'm ready for the ease that comes with the summer months! I'm ready for adventures! Until then, I will patiently wait and dream up plans for that time. Sigh. What's a girl to do?
In the meantime, however, I have been working hard on my summer wardrobe. Because, you know, shopping is hard work, right? I don't know what it is, but I feel like I have been hitting the shopping jackpot lately. You know how it seems that sometimes your usual stores just aren't getting your style? Well, recently I've been finding great pieces at great prices and rejoicing at the love the shopping gods have had for me. Hallelujah! A little dramatic, but really (and I'm almost a little embarrassed to admit this) I have lucked out in finding 7 new dresses, a skirt, and several awesome tops in the past month, all for great deals. Crazy, I know!
One of these finds was this chambray dress! A good chambray dress has been on my radar for the past couple summers, but I never found quite the right one. I thought that I wanted it to be sleeveless, but then I saw this lovely one at Old Navy and it was love at first sight. I tried it on, praying it would be perfect, and thankfully it was! We have been inseparable ever since.
But in all seriousness, it is really the perfect dress. The color is just the right shade and will work really nicely in any season, plus it flatters me in all the right places. I am also glad that it has sleeves because I have noticed that for whatever reason I tend to gravitate toward sleeveless dresses more, so it is nice to add some variety to my wardrobe.
When hunting for a spot to shoot these photos, I found this stretch of brick wall in the little downtown area near where I live. I am pretty happy with how they turned out and I think this will be one of my new regular photo shoot locations! I think that the bricks really compliment this outfit well :)
Oh, and I should mention that shooting these photos was quite the adventure! My car wouldn't start when we were finished and we ended up having to call AAA to get it towed. Fun times! All is well with my car now thankfully! I love having a very handy dad that can fix anything!
I'm trying to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to lip colors and since I'm pretty confident with a red lip these days, I thought that I would give this bubblegum pink color a try! Very spring-like :)
This is the bracelet that I received in my first Rocksbox! I really love it and didn't realize until later that the stones are a perfect color match to my dress. I never wear bracelets (mainly because I don't have any!), but this one made me a bit of a fan! I don't really want to send it back haha. I'm also wearing the earrings I received in my box, but my pesky hair makes those difficult to see!
These sandals are also a new addition to my collection and they are what sandal dreams are made of. I mean, gold glitter? I can't think of anything more that you could ever want from a pair of sandals. Well, besides comfort and luckily these have that too! I already have a back-up pair in my Target shopping cart for when these wear out because I know I will be sad haha gotta be prepared!
I guess the moral of this post is that good things come to those who are patient! If I would have settled for a different, sleeveless chambray dress, this one and I may have never met and then where would I be?? ;) Pro tip: this dress is on sale right now, so I suggest grabbing one for yourself!!
Well, I hope you all have been having a great week! I'm off to play some softball now!
Dress // Old Navy
Belt // Gap
Purse // Madewell
Last week, I received my very first Rocksbox in the mail! I am sure many of you have seen things about this company on Instagram or other blogs, but it is a fairly new jewelry monthly subscription box. When you sign up for the service, you take a little survey that gives the folks at Rocksbox an idea of your style. Then, you receive a box with three different jewelry pieces that the stylist thinks you would like based on your survey. What is pretty cool and unique about Rocksbox is that you can keep the jewelry for as long as you'd like and then send it back when you are ready for three more pieces. It is like you are renting jewelry and get to change your collection up as often as you'd like! If you happen to fall in love with a particular piece, you also have the option to buy it.
I found a coupon code through a fellow blogger's Instagram account, so I got my first month for free! This was a great way to try this service out to see if I would like to keep going with it. Plus, it is always great to get fun mail!
With my Rocksbox, I received a little note from the stylist that put my box together. In it, she gave a little explanation of her choices and it also listed the pieces included, as well as the prices if I like them enough to buy them. I really liked this personal touch to my curated collection!
In my box, I received a pair of earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet. The stylist said that she chose these items because I had put the earrings on my "wish list" on the Rocksbox site, so she decided to build a little collection around them and include pieces that would all go well together.
Melinda Maria "Mini Nicole Necklace" - $78
This necklace is fairly lovely and seems to be great quality. However, it is my least favorite piece that I received. I don't know what it is. Perhaps it is just a little too simple for my taste, as lately I have been more into statement necklaces. Also, for it being the most expensive item in my box, it is the least impressive. It is cute though and pairs nicely with the earrings that I also got.
Gorjana "Pristine Circle Stud Earrings" - $36
I really like these earrings! They seem to be fairly neutral, so they could go with just about any outfit. I feel like these would make a nice "every day" type of earrings. I like the little specks of faux diamond mixed in with the gold and to me their simplicity is part of their charm. They aren't too big, which is also nice, and were pretty comfortable to wear. Though they are probably a bit more than I would spend on a pair of studs, because I could get so much use out of them, I am considering keeping them.
Margaret Elizabeth "Teardrop Bangle in Aqua Chalcedony" - $70
This is definitely my favorite piece that I received in my box. I love how delicate and feminine it is, but that it is also unique and has the potential to be very versatile. The color of the stones is very beautiful and the style is unlike anything I own. It is also very light weight and comfortable to wear. If I were to purchase anything from my box, it would be this piece, although I am not sure I could justify its price tag.
Overall, I really enjoyed my Rocksbox experience and would like to see what kind of other pieces I could receive in future boxes! Because I got my first month free, I may give it a try for another month and tweak my style profile a bit. Generally though, these pieces do fit my personality and are things that would function well in my wardrobe. I am undecided about whether or not to keep any of the items yet, but they sure are pretty!
The one thing I am hesitant about, though, is the pricing. All of these pieces are generally more than I would like spend on one jewelry item, so I am not sure if I will really be inclined to keep any of them. BUT, I guess that is part of the beauty of Rocksbox because you can just "rent" them and return them when you're done! That way, you are only spending $19/month for totally new pieces to spice up your styling! Well played, Rocksbox, well played.
If you decide to give Rocksbox a shot, I would love it if you entered my referral code jessicabff933 when signing up :)
What do you think about Rocksbox? Do you subscribe to any monthly boxes?
Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored post and I was not compensated in any way by Rocksbox for publishing this review. I simply wanted to share with my readers something I thought they would truly enjoy and find value in! However, if someone from Rocksbox is reading this, I'd be happy to try out another month for free and write about it here ;)
Hi friends! I just wanted to let you all know about a little project that Abby, Britt, and myself launched on Instagram last week called the #TrueYouProject! The goal of this project is to connect with other bloggers, artists, bakers, mamas, and fashionistas through sharing things about the real you! Each week, there will be a prompt/theme and you can post a photo that follows it and includes the hashtag #TrueYouProject. This way, we can all peruse the hashtag and get to know others out there!
From the left top corner: @jesspanian, @theyoungretiree, @brittandhive, @shingletoria, @brittandhive, @abbybarstow, @inspirationspks
With that being said, we would like to formally and officially invite you all to participate in this second week of fun! We have also decided to release the prompts for the week ahead of time so you have time to start thinking about what you would like to post! You can find them listed above :)
Big hugs and thanks to all of you who have been following along and participating this past week! You have really made all of difference and have motivated us to keep this going! We look forward to meeting even more of you this second week <3
Check out what's going on here!
Since it has been quite some time since my last happy list...
+ Making myself at home at Dai's house
+ Early evening trips to the dog park
+ New spring clothes from Old Navy!
+ Sleeping in guilt-free this morning
+ That the semester ends in just under one month!
+ Spending all of last weekend with the girls I nanny for
+ All the pretty succulents
+ Frappuccino Happy Hour
+ My new rug for my desk area!
+ The #TrueYouProject
+ Mint nail polish
+ Mario Kart Wii
+ Girls' night with dinner, a trip to Target, face masks, ice cream, & a movie at home!
+ Gold glitter sandals
+ Cookie butter cookie sandwiches
What's been making you happy lately?
I hope everyone had a very lovely weekend! Stay tuned for a full week of new posts! Woohoo!
Happy May! Another month is here and, of course, I can hardly believe how quickly the past one just flew by! We started the month off with a nice little trip to San Diego, joining a co-ed softball team, and attending the admitted student welcome day at my new college! Since then, I've been quite busy with school assignments, work, and preparing to temporarily move all of my things (and myself) to Dai's house for the summer. This week especially completely wiped me out and I'm looking forward to having an entire weekend to relax and catch up on all of the things that I have been meaning to do, including blogging!
This week has been pretty warm and lovely! It has been fun to put together more spring-like outfits like this one. I wore this outfit on a little date night we had last week to have dinner at a pizza place that just opened up nearby and to have a coffee date.
I absolutely love this corally-orange colored top. Besides the beautiful color, it has the perfect amount of *flow* to it and is very soft. I, of course, had to also snag it in black! I'm set for summer.
When we were in San Diego last month, we enjoyed taking morning walks to the beach, which took us through a little downtown area filled with shops and restaurants. On one of our walks back, a store window with beautiful, colorful, big skirted dresses caught my eye and I knew that I just had to stop in. Well, it turns out that it is a very small boutique owned by a sweet gal named Priscilla! She hand sews all of the dresses and things in her Etsy shop, Priscilla Dawn, and has the store front open at different times throughout the week. She is a twenty-something girl working hard to follow her dreams and I really admire that about her! We had a lovely conversation that led to the topic of blogging, and she sent me home with this fun scarf to feature here on the blog!
There are obviously many ways to style scarves, but I have been wanting to try out the whole head scarf style thing and this seemed like the perfect one to try it with! It is silky and lightweight, so it is pretty comfy to wear in this way. Plus, the geometric shapes on it are a fun touch! I think I need some practice with this kind of look, but I could see myself sporting it more often from now on :)
I just love how unique and vibrant all of her designs and fabrics are! I'd love to rock one of her many cute dresses with a full, fun skirt. I definitely encourage you to go take a look at her lovely shop! Thanks so much, Priscilla!
I hope you all have a great, relaxing weekend! I'm excited for this new month and to get back to blogging more regularly! May's editorial calendar is looking pretty good so far, so stay tuned :)
Sandals // Old Navy
Purse // Kate Spade
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