Two Lips

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Spring is here and the tulips are in full bloom early here in the Pacific Northwest, and I was able to take advantage of some good weather we had a few days ago & check out Tulip Town.

Every year, this is something I look forward to, because it's always been conveniently during the month of my birthday (April), with the exception of this year. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers for their simplicity, vibrancy & resiliency. I used to have tulips in my yard, at my old house. We planted the bulbs one year and every year after Summer, the tulips would die and disappear entirely. Looking at the dirt, you would never think anything was ever there, but come Spring again, tulips would seem to pop up over night. Metaphorically, it makes one feel hopeful & reassured about some things in life. 

It's also crazy to think, that in a month, I'll be turning 26. I used to be so scared of my birthday, despite my annual weeklong celebrations. I always related to Michael Jackson in the sense that, I felt like I never wanted to grow up, because I'm such a kid at heart. Of course, that's still truer than ever, but now, my birthday doesn't seem to mean as much to me. Sometimes when people ask me how old I am, I actually have to hesitate & think. I may be 25, but I feel 20 (I don't drink)... ok maybe 23. There are people out there in their 40s, that act like a 20-year-old, & 20-somthings with the wisdom of someone in their late 50s. More than ever, the numbers just don't mean anything anymore.

I truly understand now, that its just about how you feel. Here's to hoping I feel like a kid at heart forever!

Thank you all again for reading! Have a wonderful Monday! But first, coffee ;) - JEN

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Blossoming | Again

Hey loves! Spring is coming, the temperatures are warming up, and I'm finally feeling more like myself again. I will always love Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, but a part of me feels like I'm truly meant to live in warmer climates like California or Hawaii, where the colors are brighter, the personalities are warmer, and the fabrics are less restricting. 

The early bloom of the cherry blossoms inspired me to wear these baby pink jeggings I picked up last month, from American Eagle. (Psst!* They're currently on sale here) You may have noticed by now, that I never did a Valentine's Day lookbook, but I did wear these jeggings on Valentine's Day, otherwise known as Singles Awareness Day for me lol.

This is a blog about my life and I would like to be as transparent with you guys as possible, but sometimes you debate with yourself on what you're ready to share, and what you're not ready to share yet. I'm not going to go into too much detail, but if you've been following me for awhile, you know that I ended a pretty serious relationship almost 2 years ago. Since then I've kept myself occupied with school and work, and that's worked out pretty well for me, academically. It's just now, I feel like I'm finally ready to kind of dip my feet in the waters, wade around, and see what kind of fish are out there.

When you have this whole plan of how you're going to spend the rest of your life with someone, and that get's shatter, you really question afterwards, what you want anymore. And of course, this is not an easy topic for me to discuss publicly, but the thing that keeps me sharing writing, is knowing that somewhere out there, another girl is going through the same thing & I believe girls should help each other out.  

Something that was really helpful for me (another book, yes), was reading "It's Just a F***king Date", " by Greg Gehrendt & Amiira Ruotola. As lame as it may appear, the book has really gotten me to open up to the idea of "modern" dating, and to be more fearless. Of course, no woman needs a man, but I've always been a hopeless romantic, and I think i'm just going to leave it at that for today. :) I hope you're doing well! I'll catch you guys next time. Keep dreaming, believing, loving, and slaying! - JEN

"It's okay to be scared, but you have to get out there, open up, love, make mistakes,
earn, be stronger, and start all over again." - Anonymous 

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Kendall & Kylie kimono // Forever 21 beaded tank // American Eagle jeggings // Just Fab bag // Sam Edelman sandals

Blush

American Apparel top (similar here) styled again here
Express skirt (similar here) | Shoedazzle heels (old) | Just Fab bag 

This month, for my JustFab pickup, I got their Narrative bag (here). What caught my eye most, was the blush color with the gold hardware. It's a timeless color for Spring and different than anything I have in my bag collection. Soon after getting it though, I found it is quite the dupe for Valentino's studded cross body bag (here). (Did you click the link? Looks just like it huh?) This one, though, is only $39.95 on JustFab.com. Can you say deal! Plus, it also comes in black for those of you still deep in Winter wear. :)

Street Art in Seattle

Hey loves! It seems like decades since my last post, but if you must know, I recently started a new chapter in my life. I was accepted into my radiographic technology program & started school on Tuesday.

My two-year program will be forcing me to wear scrubs 4 out of 7 days a week, but expect my style posts to continue, especially on the weekends! :)

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Moving forward, today I headed into Seattle for an Italian cooking class at Al Boccalino. Two hours and a great brunch later, I felt more knowledgable and the need to walk off my meal over some Starbucks.

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During my walk, I came across a lot of great graffiti art. I'm actually from Philadelphia, home to a lot of great murals, so I've always have a deep respect for graffiti art. 

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On top of that, I got to bust out my new slouchy Garage cardigan and over-the-knee JustFab boots. Fall is almost here and I can't be more excited for pops of oxblood and oversized sweaters! What are you guys most excited for this Fall?

Garage cardigan | Forever 21 top (similar here) | Celebrity Pink jeans 
JustFab boots (similar here) | Michael Kors Fulton Crossbody

Summer Blazer

Mossimo blazer // Hollister tank // Zara shorts (similar here) // Guess heels
JustFab bag // On my Nails: Bikini So Teeny by Essie

A few weeks ago I was bargain hunting in the sale section at Target and I found this wonderful gem of a blazer!  The colors and print on this Mossimo blazer has everything I look for in Spring/Summer wear. It's a great statement piece that I can see myself hanging onto for a long time! JN