3.25.2015

Over the River and Through the Woods

I cannot believe it has been a few weeks since the ground was C-O-V-E-R-E-D in snow.  We shot these pictures just a few days before we went on an amazing trip to Italy for my 30th birthday in February.  We have been back for almost a month and naturally time has flown by.  

Today, I am so excited today to introduce you to a new jewelry line that I am simply loving.  My sweet friend Vanessa has opened a "Chloe + Isabel" boutique online called "Glitter and Pearls".  I was thrilled when she asked me to style a few pieces from the collection for you all.  First up...these amazing chandelier earrings.  Do you love them as much as I do?  Though they would be perfect for a dressy night out, I thought they were perfect for dressing up my grandma sweater.  

Next up...an amazing necklace that I might have taken to Italy.   You will certainly want to stay tuned.  There might be a little something in it for you:)  Happy Wednesday....J

Earrings {Chloe + Isabel}, Scarf {Gap}, Sweater {Vintage}, Purse {Celine}

3.23.2015

This in That: Flowers, Spots, Horses


Today I wish I was wearing THIS outfit in THAT room.  Am I the only weirdo who likes blooms and leopard for days?  Happy Monday...J

2.04.2015

Ciao to 2014, Ciao to 2015



Happy 2015!  I really cannot believe that a full month has passed in the new year, and I am just now putting pen to paper  finger to keyboard on my first post.  As the first days of 2015 began to pass quickly, more quickly than anticipated I should add, I started to feel terrible that I had not blogged.  Not a great way to start out the year with one of my favorite hobbies, but life happens.  

As I was thinking about this post, I started to ask myself, "Why do I keep blogging?"  I certainly am not a blogger who has thousands of bloggers to answer to, I am not always sure that people think my outfits are inspiring, and sometimes the fashion blogger world can seem a little materialistic.  And I think I have landed on the answer.  It is very important to me to be true to myself, authentic, and vulnerable....all with the hope that I can inspire others and give them the permission to do the same.  That is why I try to share my thoughts, feelings, and crazy outfits with you all here and with everyone in my life.

At my job this past year, I have sometimes struggled with this, as it seems there is a certain way you should dress and conduct yourself.  There are unspoken rules that sometimes just don't feel like....well...me.  But I have challenged myself to push past what "seems" to be right and just be myself, and I think (for better or worse) it has rubbed off on a few people.  My colleagues will say to me, "I thought of you this morning when I decided to wear these Aladdin inspired pants.  I probably should not wear them to work, but I thought...Jessica will love these."  It seems small, but makes me happy to know I am helping both myself and others be who they want to be.

If you are still with me...I should share that I am about to jump on a plane to Italy.  My first real  vacation since starting my new job over a year ago.  I will be there for two weeks with my best friend, and I hope to come back with lots of fun pictures, stories, and inspiration.  I also will be kicking things off when I return with an amazing giveaway.  While in Italy we will also celebrate my birthday.  So when I return, you will be reading the words of a 30 year old.  Miss you already.

Ciao...J

Pants & Top (Riffraff), Pink Jacket (Savoir-Faire), Leather Jacket (Lola), Heels (Coach), Necklace (Grey Dog Vintage Boutique), Bag (Fendi)

12.09.2014

Snow Blower


So I did it.  I bit the bullet.  I joined the Northern Indiana masses.  I, Jessica Reasons, purchased a snow blower, and I like it.  On our first trip to the Home Depot in Indiana last year, I saw this long line of contraptions. I literally asked Stuart, "What are those?"  He looks at me and says "Your joking?"  

I really had never seen a snow blower.  Not thinking we would need one last winter, we turned down a family member's kind offer to get us one.  Once winter showed its true colors, we were regretting the decision, but it sort of became this competition with "old man winter."

Well this year, I had no shame.  I survived last year.  I shoveled for countless hours, and I deserved a snow blower of my own.  So we bought one.  It is little, but mighty and runs on a rechargeable battery.  It even has a little spotlight for easy snow blowing in the pitch black of the morning.  I am able to clear our parking pad, our sidewalks, and both of the neighbors' sidewalks in 40 minutes.  

For those of you that know me, are you wondering if my blog has been hacked?  We have two great guest rooms if you want to come see me and the snow blower in action.  Happy Tuesday....J

Coat {Vintage}, Scarf {Zara}, Cheetah Top {Riffraff}, Skinnies & Necklace {J.Crew}, and Boots {Coach from TJMaxx}, 

11.24.2014

Ikat, Be My Guest

Hi there and Happy Monday!  Writing today from one of my favorite places in the world.  My hometown of Fort Smith, AR.  Still cannot believe I get a whole week home.  Happy Camper. 

Today I want to invite Ikat to be my guest.  I about died when I was searching Pinterest for a blue themed party motif and stumbled upon the first shot here.  I have to admit this eye catching print was never at the top of my print list for a party, but she is now.  If you are an Ikat lover like me, how easy would it be to grab a few yards of your favorite Ikat print to make a great tablecloth?  Feeling a little less inclined, try some sweet Ikat napkins to liven up your look.

What do you think?  Would you invite Ikat to the partaaa....J
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

11.06.2014

Double Feature


About once every month, my buddy and I catch up on all the latest movies in theaters we have not had a chance to see.  Sometimes one afternoon movie turns in to two movies and a sweet little Sunday is born.  This past Sunday we caught "Alexander's Horrible and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" and "St. Vincent."  I recommend them both if you are in the mood for some laughs, some tears, and a warm fuzzy feeling.  Happy Thursday...J

Jeans {Vintage, Local Honey}, Heels {Coach from TJMaxx}, Top {Ann Taylor}, Vest {Lacoste}, Necklace {J.Crew},  Purse {Celine}

11.04.2014

Slow Down


Some days you just have to slow down.  Even though I spent a lot of time working this weekend, we found some time to slow things down.  Did not hurt that I spent most of the weekend in these pants with an elastic waistband and this sweater that feels like a bunny.  Happy Tuesday...J

Pants, Scarf, and Necklace {Forever 21}, Sweater {Ann Taylor}, Heels {Nine West}, Purse {Vintage DahliaLynn}