Thursday, December 26, 2013

Winter Wonderland.

Hello lovelies!
It's been too long.

With school over and work calming down (for the time being), I finally have time to blog my heart out.

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday with your family.
This year, our Christmas was cozy and quite perfect.


Each year, the theme of our Christmas changes, and I decided to go for a less traditional color scheme and the result ended up being surprisingly beyond my expectations. 

Every Christmas Eve, my family and I crank up the Christmas music and prep the banquet table for the big day.


 Each family member had their own little Christmas tree name card.


That's my mom in the background.
Hi mom!

Every Christmas morning, my big sister Jennifer cooks us the cutest Christmas-themed breakfast.

This year's breakfast consisted of reindeer pancakes and donuts.
So cute!!

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One of the greatest things about my mother.. is her ability to whip together a fantastic meal for any and every occasion




It was the warmest Christmas yet.
With temps in the 80's, it seemed a bit ridiculous but we were outside BBQing it up!
(More like.. my dad barbecuing and me watching)

While in the backyard, I saw my mother's cacti and succulent collection getting rather out of control.

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Next… of course… le photobooth

 Me & my little sister Mijean

 My mom and aunt got in on the fun

 My lovely mother






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And after gift exchanges, a white elephant game (where I stole my grandma's gift and she got mad at me), and champagne, we ended with our cookie decorating contest

 Christmas themed sugar cookies

I was so delighted to find these cute sprinkles!
$1 at Target too.

 And here are our final outcomes!
Mine is the Christmas tree on the left.
But sadly, I didn't even place in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.

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Later in the evening, my cousin gifted us with her hand-made home-made cake pops that humbled any of us who thought we were ├╝ber crafty

I mean… wow.

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With New Years approaching… I wish you all a memorable week as we close out 2013.
This has been the best year of my life thus far, and I can't wait for the big events of 2014!


Cheers!

-Jessica- 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Pretty in Pink.

Let's talk about the color for Fall this year.
Carnation pink.

You know what pops into my mind when those two words are put together? 
Burger.
{Ugh! He had so much potential! Then the Prada thing and the post-it's! Omg the disappointment.}

Okay.
I'll stick to the fashion focus here that all began with some inspiration from the simple and chic Jil Sander…


That amazing show was more than a year ago, and as research shows, it takes about that long for that style to hit the trend alerts here in the U.S.

So now we have the must-have color in every form on the streets.
And although I'm not a huge fan of pink, I'm warming up to it slowly…



And not just in coats…






And sweets in pink just seem to taste a tad bit more delightful, no?


 Please note the heavy presence of donuts.
As I am currently craving one… or five.




A touch of pink for your home?



And last but not least, it is Friday, and I wish you a beautiful and exciting start to the month of November with beautiful pinks in nature's finest flowers…


Just a little note.
I kind of caved and had to get me a pink piece for the Fall.
Stay tuned for a post on it soon.

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I hope you all have a fun weekend planned ahead!
This weekend, I am foregoing social functions to take care of some business.

These days, it seems like every weekend is chalk full of birthdays, parties, dinners, drinks, etc. I have realized now more than ever, it is absolutely necessary to decline unapologetically in order to take care of your priorities first.

And if that means I just need some time away from the social scenes to spend some time alone, then I deserve that.
And so do you!

So have a fabulous weekend ladies and gentlemen. 
Don't ever apologize for being a little bossy. 


- Jessica -

Monday, October 21, 2013

Reflections.

On the eve of the anniversary of my 21st birthday, my mind is light yet full of reflections of the best year of my life thus far.



I feel so blessed and for those of you who were a constant presence in my life this past year, you were and are so valuable to me.

Highlight reel!

New York with my sisters.

Time Square at night

Nights out downtown with my besties Cynthia & Amanda.

Epic trips to San Francisco...

Shenanigans with my little sister.

...and my big sister.

Wedding crashing

Rage nights with the crew

Breakfasts with Annabelle

Hikes up on Griffith

The Black Keys in concert

And last but not least...
My parents.. who made it all happen for me with their limitless love and generosity.
Thank you for always supporting me, encouraging me and challenging me to be better. 
I love you.

I am genuinely excited for the next year of my life.
With big things on the horizon and large scale changes professionally and personally, I can't wait to do this again in 365 days with all of you (my VIP crew).


Thank you again for your presence and for all the laughs my family & friends.

-Jessica-