Dapper Bound

So over the weekend, I turned 28.

To celebrate, I naturally went to Disneyland! Where else? Actually there were other places I would have rather flown to, but after putting money towards a car this year (you'll meet Becky soon), traveling was something I was going to have to cut back on. Plus, my birthday fell really close to Dapper Day & I had never been!


Dapper Day is an unofficial. totally unrelated Disney event that takes place twice a year (Spring & Fall) in Disney parks around the world. I've certainly found myself in the park, on Dapper Day, by accident. You see a lot of people dressed in their vintage Sunday's finest, something I've always wanted to try. With my best friend by myself, we Dapper bounded as Donald Duck & Daisy Duck! Can you tell?

It was truly magical! Every regular day at Disneyland after this will be just mediocre after this. Love, Jen

BRB. Nerding out at Comic-Con.

For years, I've been going to Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con, where I've been able to meet celebrities like Norman Reedus, voice actor Jeremy Shada, to Mythbuster's Grant Imahara. It wasn't until I followed Adam Savage outside of Mythbusters, on Tested.com, that I  became interested in San Diego Comic-Con and cosplaying. It's difficult to get passes if you've never been,  but this year I finally got a pass, and I was more than excited!



Since I only had a pass for one day, my first day at SDCC involved exploring what the outside of the con had to offer. Luckily I had my friend Paul & his friend Stephan (aka Deadpool), to  give me a crash course of Comic-Con 101. I definitely wasn't ready for it's caliber.


There's just so much to do & see outside of the convention center. I saw so many amazing cosplays & Easter eggs throughout the city. I got some pretty cool swag in the process, as well, like my Son of Zorn sword. Heck, I even got attacked by a zombie. Luckily, Deadpool got my back.

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As the sun went down, I don't think I could have asked for a better first day. Mentally, I was already planning next year's Comic-con.



For Saturday, I only had one goal: see Adam Savage in his "Science of Star Trek" panel.

For the entirety of Comic-con weekend,  at the nearby Petco Field, Nerdist held Camp Conival, where it  hosted a series of activities & panels.  Since it opened at 11:00am each day, by 9:30am, I was outside waiting in line. It seemed like most of the people I spoke to, in the line, were also there for Adam Savage. Come 10:30am, they started to let us through security. Even though I was pretty far back in the line, at 11:00am, I sprinted up the stairs & sped walked successfully into row 2, front & center. I was ready & I wasn't moving.


I'm just here for @donttrythis. #MyOlderManCrush Why? Because being smart & being shamelessly passionate about things is attractive. #truth


While I sat through the first two panels, I found myself fan-girling as a tweet I sent, was retweeted by Adam Savage himself (above). Then as the 3rd panel rolled in, I was at the edge of my seat with excitement, to see him not 10ft from me. Some people may not understand my love for Adam Savage, but to me, he is someone that is a nerd from every angle, and he's not ashamed about it! In fact, he makes it cool! He's passionate about what he loves & does what makes him happy. I mean, how many people live in unhappy circumstances, just because they are afraid of being different?

He taught me to say just be into what I'm into, and be me. Let's just say, it may have been one of my best Saturdays EVER.



Rey is back! This time though, she's gone to the dark side. 

For Sunday, Comic-con's final day & only day I have a pass for, I was Kylo Rey. My cosplay was supposed to be a mashup between Kylo Ren (swoon) & Rey, hence Kylo Ren's light saber. I quickly realized however, most people just recognized me as Dark Side Rey, which I was okay with. 


I must say that walking the floor was quite overwhelming, more so than walking outside, around the con. I think it's the fact that there's just so much amazing material to see, in such a concentrated area. I definitely could see myself spending an entirely day, thoroughly walking through just half of the halls. At times, I found myself spending 30 minutes at a single book (although some of them were huge), just admiring the artwork.


Luckily I ran into so many amazing Star Wars (and Deadpool) cosplayers to pose with.  Next are some of my other favorite cosplays. Jinkies! 

At the Star Wars booth, I even got to see a sneak preview at costumes for the upcoming film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as a multitude of props & figurines from The Force Awakens.


Last but not least, I ended my con, by meeting Markiplier, from Youtube; as well as running into Tested's Norman Chan, on the convention floor. I have to admit, it had been a unforgettably crazy couple of days, but I wouldn't have been able to have the amount of fun I had, without the help of Paul & Stephan. They saved me more than once during this trip, as well as treated to me to a fabulous dinner. My gratitude to them is beyond.

Now... onto planning next year. Thanks for reading! Love, JEN


Long time no see, my blog fam! In today's post, I'm saying hello to you from San Diego, California!

I'm here to attend International Comic-Con (SDCC), for my first time ever. Since I was already in area, and because I had so much fun on my safari in Disney World's Animal Kingdom, I decided to check out the Caravan Safari, in San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. For your choice of 2 or 3.5 hour tours (daytime or twilight), you can go out in a huge caravan that brings you to the eye level of baby giraffes. 

Here's one of the 3 baby giraffes that came up to our caravan. You imagine how close we got to these beautiful creatures.


 Luckily, in the time slot I chose (twilight), we only had 3 people in our caravan. That's 3 people splitting a huge bucket of leaves, enough for 10 people to feed these giraffes. It also allowed each of us with more time to feed them. We also got feed a few rhinos & see (2) baby rhinos. Not to mention, our tour guide, Justin, was better than anyone I could ask for. Extremely knowledgeable & funny. I had a lot of fun!

Work hard. Play harder.

In other news, sorry for my recurring hiatus. I've been working a lot outside of the blogosphere, 70-100 hours a week to be exact. You can imagine how I've been to busy/tired to blog. Plus, there isn't much to blog when you're working every waking moment. But, worry not! I still have so much to share about this San Diego trip. Not to mention, my upcoming trip to Europe in September & Australia in November. The rest of this year is going to a world wind adventure, as life should be! New videos are also in the making as well. 

I'll talk to guys real soon! Thanks for reading! Love, JEN

Finding Something Worth Melting For

It's been a few days now, since my trip to Disneyland & California Adventures. I don't know if it's coming home from the "happiest place on Earth," and going back to the Seattle rain, but the last 2 days back home have been tough for me.

I've said this before, but as much as I love Seattle & as proud as I am to live here, I feel best under sunny blue skies or on ultra white ski slopes. I find joy in the constant hustle & bustle that comes with traveling & adventuring new places. For some reason though, Disney never gets old.

There's just some things in Disney movies that truly resonate with my soul. Ariel & Belle, both lead comfortable lifestyles. Ariel has so many "thingy-ma-bobs", but she looks past all those material things & wants more. Belle longs for more than her provincial life. Pocahontas is guided by her inner voice to live life colorfully & adventurously, instead defaulting with the "smoothest" & safe path. Mulan battles the inner struggle with doing what feels right to her heart, versus what expect of her to honor her family (been there). And lastly, I truly believe, that "Adventure is out there."


Then again you have balance. Not everyone can adventure all the time, but I'm working on it. Work & play. Work to play. It won't be long 'til my next trip. In the mean time though, my pictures from California Adventures make me so happy! I think these are my favorite thus far!

If you haven't already, check out my California vlog (above). It was hard for me to hold in my laughter while editing this one. 

I hope you guys enjoyed my visual story of my trip. It's always a pleasure to go to a place you've gone before & capture it a totally different way. - JEN

Details on my look

Garage Clothing tee // Abercrombie & Fitch shorts // Toms slip-on

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your souls on fire  

Walking Through Walt's Footsteps

Happy Monday everyone! I just flew home from California on a redeye last night & I already can't wait to share photos from my Disney adventures with you guys! This trip was extra special because I got to share it with my fellow Disney fanatic bff, Kristina. Also, because we started our getaway with a Walk Through Walt's Disneyland Footsteps Tour, where we got exclusive access to the Disneyland Dream Suite!

Also if you haven't noticed, this was also my first time Disney bounding. What do you think of my first attempt at Pocahontas? I was quite pleased with what I came up with & pleasantly surprised when Disney characters were waving "Wingapo" (or Hello) to me, like Daisy here!


Ok back to this tour. :) Meet Ron, our tour guide for the day. Spiffy looking vest, I know. 


Disneyland has Tours you can take with their signature plaid-vested people, aka Ron. On this particular tour, he gave us an in-depth history of Walt Disney's life, where he stayed throughout the park & access to sound clips from Walt himself. We even learned about his wife & daughters. 

We also got to go on 2 of the Disney attractions without waiting in line: the Alice in Wonderland ride & the Haunted Mansion. 

Not to mention, before heading over the the grand finale Dream Suite, lunch was provided & we also got our own exclusive tour pins! I've probably been to Disneyland over 20 times, sometimes twice in a year, but I've never had an experience or access like this. For a mere $109 per person, I highly recommended to all Disney lovers out there. You won't regret it!

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Thanks for reading once again guys & I hope you guys enjoyed the video as well :) - JEN

I'll Be Your Minnie

Happy Blue Friday everyone!

It's been over a week since I've gotten back from my trip to SoCal, where Disneyland & California Adventures are doing their 60 year Diamond Celebration. By now, you guys have probably noticed that I've made it a mission to go to Disneyland every year, and I plan to do so for the rest of my life. I truly believe it's the happiest place on earth, where everyone can be young at heart.

Each time, I tryout a different approach with my photos, like that one time I stayed after-hours to get slow shutter shots of Disneyland, or the shots I got during my first Disney half-marathon. This time, I decided on a mash-up of the two parks. I hope you guys like it!

Thanks for reading loves. Until next time California! xoxo Jen