Vlogmas?

Hi friends! Things have been a little crazy here this week, but I did have a few minutes to put together a vlog from yesterday. If you’d like to get a *small* update, make sure you check it out! 🙂 I’ll be back on Monday.

 

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December 2016 Goals

Good morning, friends! And happy Friday – FINALLY.

Marette’s December Goals post inspired me to write out a few goals of my own. December always seems to fly by (even though this week felt SO LONG) so I’m hoping this will help keep me on task!

December Goals

  • Stay present. This is a hard one for me, especially when I’m filling my time with work, job searching, blogging, vlogging, working out, etc. Last year was one of the worst Christmas seasons for me because it never “felt like Christmas.” And that’s all on me. I want to try to stay present this December and enjoy every day, even the stressful ones.
  • Vlogmas. I’m planning to film myself every day up until Christmas for Vlogmas, a series that’s pretty popular on the YouTubes. I may not post a video every day (if I don’t have enough footage), but I really want to stick to it this year!
  • Stay on track. As some of you know if you follow me on Snapchat (justjessie23) I’m trying to get down ~8 lbs (currently 9 – thanks, body) by my birthday at the end of January. I made a bet with myself (and my boyfriend, who will unfortunately hold me to it UGH) that if I don’t get there, I have to run a 5k, which to me is like making me burn myself slowly in the eye with a hot iron. (dramatic much?) I hate running! So with that, I’d like to stay on track with 5-6 workouts per week and stay on track with my food. HOWEVER, I do not plan on being SO strict that I can’t have fun through the holidays. Plus, I’ll be traveling a bunch for work and to be in Chicago, so we’ll see how I do.
  • Not be so hard on myself. Job searching sucks, guys. So does struggling losing weight. Or having difficulties with things in my personal life. Or getting sick. Or figuring out wtf to get your new boyfriend for Christmas (HELP). I am so hard on myself sometimes and I need to be better about giving myself a break.

What are some of your goals this month?

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TOL: Just a little chat …

I have to be honest – I’ve been struggling on the blog front lately. With three jobs + traveling for work + looking for ways to move, my days have been full. I’m slowly trying to get back into both blogging and YouTube, so hang on tight! No better way than to link up with Amanda, right?

thinking-out-loud

> Speaking of getting back into it, I feel like Vlogmas is the perfect time. Have you heard of this? It’s basically vlogging every day until Christmas. I’m going to *try*. A lot of my days are spent working, so there’s not much to show, but I’m hoping it’ll get back into the swing of things. I work so much and it sucks having to put aside your hobbies and passions because you work too much.

> I have a crazy cold that snuck in a few days ago. I finally took a rest day today because my body just wasn’t healing itself. BUT I did workout yesterday and take a #bathroomselfie after a high weigh-in.

Bathroom Selfie

Baby abs are trying to come in. TRYING SO HARD.

> I have been l-o-v-i-n-g this song lately. Kinda reminds me of a new person in my life. 🙂 It’s a really good song, though. Highly recommend!

Starving

> I have been obsessed with over-the-knee boots this year – I have three pairs. I used to be terrified of them because I’m so short (5’1″) but I feel like they actually make my legs look longer. Optical illusion, maybe? Anyways, I bought these red boots from Windsor a couple weeks ago (a favorite YouTuber was gushing about them, so I had to …) and I love them.

Windsor Boots

> And finally, I’m just so overwhelmed by the amount of people trying to help me succeed. Extremely overwhelming, in a good way, of course. I’ve had alumni, friends, boyfriend (obvs), boyfriend’s clients, boyfriend’s client’s friends try to help me out and I just can’t handle all the niceness. What did I do to deserve such nice people in my life?

Overwhelming

So, there’s a few little updates! I’m “high” on cold medicine right now, but hopeful to get a lot of work done today and tonight. I work this weekend and then I’m headed to Chicago Sunday/Monday. Should be fun!

Tell me an update about you!

eShakti Dress Review

As you all know (especially if you follow me on Instagram …) I am a dress girl. Casual apparel to me is a sweater dress and boots, unless I’m working out. Business casual? A dress. Business professional? Pencil skirt and blazer. Whatever I’m dressing for (unless it’s the gym) I’m almost always in a dress.

A few weeks ago, eShakti reached out to me to try one of their dresses and tailor it to fit me and my style perfectly. Not only was I able to customize the size, but I was able to customize the length (since I’m a short human, this was AWESOME) and other little parts of the dress. I’m always nervous to purchase dresses online because I’m not sure how it’ll fit my exact shape, so I’ll definitely be using their website again. It was an extremely simple process! It took a couple of weeks for my order to process and be shipped and I’m sooooo happy with it! It’s “casual”, yet something I can still wear to work if I dress it up with boots and jewelry.

eShakti Review

Someday I’ll have a professional camera and/or camera man (<— Ben doesn’t know what he’s getting into) but for now, you get badly lit selfies. It wouldn’t be a fashion post from me if they weren’t selfies, am I right? 🙂

eShakti Review

eShakti Review

I paired it with some lace tights and over-the-knee black boots.

eShakti Review

eShakti Review

The dress is SO well made. The material is thick and comfortable and there are USEFUL pockets! You understand, ladies. Dresses with pockets are the best, but when the pockets are useful? Amazing.

My only “issue” with the dress was a personal one. I’m not used to wearing high-neck shirts/dresses, so the collar started to bother me by the end of the day, hence why some of the pictures have the buttons undone. I think it looked just as cute undone, so it didn’t end up being an issue.

I’ve worn the dress to work a few times and have had a few coworkers comment on how cute it looked! The dress even passed the Thanksgiving test – didn’t show my food baby AND I still looked presentable. 🙂

Have you ever heard of eShakti? Make sure to check them out on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter! I had hoped to have a discount code for you, but they never sent me one. If I get one in the near future, I’ll highlight it in another post! 🙂

“Tutu

Weekend Recap: Wedding Weekend

It’s officially Christmas season! Now if only the rain would go away. I’m not a snow girl, but this rain/gloom is worse than snow in my opinion. Plus, it makes it feel a little more Christmassey. 🙂

So I don’t have too many pictures from the weekend because *gasp* I was living in the moment, but Thanksgiving was crazy up north at my mom and dad’s home. Friday morning I woke up, worked out and headed out to Milwaukee to pick up Ben for the weekend. We went to Bel Air Cantina for an early dinner, walked around a park that had a bunch of Christmas lights and then headed up to Green Bay for the night.

Saturday was a slow morning of cooking and watching some Netflix before getting ready for Kayla’s wedding! The ceremony was at 2 (and we weren’t allowed to take pictures – bride’s rules!) and then Ben and I headed over to Lambeau Field to check it out. He’s an avid Bears fan (aka Packers hater) so I had to show him a real team’s stadium. 😉

After a quick late lunch, Ben and I headed over the venue for the reception! I was actually in charge of taking photos and videos (along with a few other girls) for the reception, so I don’t have many photos of my own …

Wedding Weekend

Wedding Weekend

Wedding Weekend

Sunday was a full travel day – I drove Ben back to Milwaukee to the train, drove back to Green Bay and spent the rest of the evening working on my social media clients. Monday is ROUGH, ya’ll. Send some positive vibes my way, please. I’m hoping this week pipes up a bit! 🙂

How was your weekend?
What is your favorite part of a wedding?

Linking up with Katie. 

Weekend Recap: I’ll be back soon, Chicago!

Hi friends!

Weekend recap time – only two days late. 😉 I’ve actually been waiting on discount codes from a sponsored post, otherwise this would’ve been up yesterday. I’m also going to write a post on all three of my events last week, so stay tuned for that!

So let’s start with last Friday. I got up, worked out in the hotel fitness room …

Hotel Workout

Pretty good little room for a crazy hotel (you know if you’re a part of my Snapchat fam) 🙂

After my workout, I got my last free breakfast buffet with my colleague and then we got all packed up and ready to go. We drove to Naperville for a meeting with three of my alumni boar members, did a venue check and had a wonderful lunch with them. No pics. 😉

After a long afternoon of that (that’s what happens when you have four talkers in one room ha!) my colleague drove me downtown to stay with Ben for the weekend.

And that’s my weekend …

HOLD UP, JESSIE. WHO IS BEN?!

(I’m just getting ready for the comments)

Ben is a guy I’ve been seeing whenever possible for the last couple of months and, after this weekend, is my boyfriend. WHOA GIRL. I know. 🙂 I’ll tell you more about him later. Maybe. Probably. So, now at least you have the basics.

Chicago weekend

So, Friday night I spent with Ben and his friends out at a taco bar (which I forget the name of) and then we went to a bar to play pool afterwards (or for me to watch everyone play pool because I suck).

Saturday morning Ben had to work (he’s a personal trainer so Saturday morning clients!) so I went with him and sat at a Starbucks to get some work done. I did get to meet up with Marette that morning! So we were able to chat about all things life, but of course we forgot to take a picture. 🙂

Around 1, I went over to the gym and checked out his space. We were both starving, so we hit up a sushi place as you can see in the picture above and then went back to his place and hung out. He had some work to do and I was basically still in a coma from my week of events so we sat on the couch watching too many episodes of New Girl. Later that night he had a hockey game, so I went with him and a few of his family members to watch the game. So basically a pretty amazing Saturday. 🙂

Sunday we hit up a brunch place (DO YOU SEE THE FRENCH TOAST WE GOT?!) and then got a little bit of work done before I had to take the train back to Milwaukee where my sister picked me up to take me back to Green Bay!

The rest of the night I watched the Packers lose (boo) and got a few things done around the house. Wonderful weekend!

I had both Monday and Tuesday off this week, so basically all I did was workout and clean. See?

Workout Photo

It’s weird working out when the sun is up.

So that was my weekend! Probably the best one I’ve had in a long, long time! 🙂 I work tonight until 7 p.m. and tomorrow I work 8-11 a.m. before I head up to my parent’s house for dinner with the fam. Friday I head to MKE to pick up some boy to come with me to a wedding this weekend. 😉

How was your weekend? Ready for a short week?

Weekend Recap: The Calm Before the Storm

Good morning, friends! And welcome to Monday.

Since I had an event last week, I’ll start my post with Thursday. Around 8 a.m. on Thursday, my supervisor and I set off on the 4.5 hour trek to Minneapolis for my event. This event was sponsored by the Brave New Workshop, an alumni-owned theater in the city. They always do such a wonderful job with decorating and treat us so well!

A Brave New Workshop

A Brave New Workshop

The event ended up going pretty late, but I was able to catch up with a few of my favorite friends/alumni in the area! Afterwards, we headed over to Crave to eat (FINALLY) and then back to the hotel.

Crave Pasta - Minneapolis

We got up bright and early on Friday to head back to Green Bay. Super quick trip, unfortunately. We pulled into the college, unloaded the truck and I immediately left to go home. Once home, I did a few of my event wrap-up things from my couch and then took a 2.5 hour nap. Traveling + events make you TIRED, let me tell you. I ended up going to the gym later that night and then hanging out on the couch for the rest of the night.

On Saturday I got up, did some stuff around the apartment, worked a little from my couch and then had a call with my coach at 1. After my call, I headed to Starbucks for a few hours to get the rest of my client work done for the week.

Same pic, different day

After working, my sister and I headed to Pink at the mall to take advantage of the panty (I hate that word!) sale. There were SO many people out, so we ended up just getting in and out of the store before heading back home. I ended up going back into the gym around 7 and lounged in the hot tub and steam room before talking with my friend Dani at the front desk for 1.5 hours. I love when I get some chat-time with friends!

Once I got back home, I watched some YouTube videos, chatted on the phone and then headed to bed *late* (which for me means 1 a.m. – I’m too old for this).

Sunday ended up being a mostly work day. I worked a bit from the couch while watching YouTube videos, did my laundry and then headed into Starbucks with my sister and my friend Gina. The rest of the day was spent running errands, going to the gym and watching YouTube. I really should’ve gotten a head start on my social media work or … you know, packed … but I didn’t. =/

This is my last crazy week for work thankfully, but I’m excited for it! Today is nutso. Open the gym 4:45-7:45, run errands for my full-time job, GO to my full-time job and get everything ready, lunch with a coworker and a dentist appointment at 2:30. Then I need to pack for six days in Illinois once I’m home tonight. Mind you, that’s workout clothes + regular clothes + event clothes for two of those days. I hate packing. Any tips? I’d like to go to the gym to workout at some point, but that just might not happen today!

Tomorrow we head out on the road to Chicago at 8:30 a.m. and have a private event that night. We’re staying out in Bloomingdale (which is ridiculous) and then have events Wednesday in Lincolnshire and Thursday in Orland Park. Friday I have a lunch meeting in Lincoln Park with three of my board members and then I’m staying for the weekend – woooooo. It’s going to be the craziest week, but probably the most fun. Friday I think we’re going to the light festival or something, then dinner. Saturday is a little bit of work in the morning and then a hockey game at night. Sunday I’ll be on my way back to Milwaukee for my sister to pick me up at the train station. And I took Monday off. See, now I don’t even need to write my weekend recap next week because you already know what I’m doing. 😉

I’m ready to spend the week in Illinois! Even though it’s for work, I have such a great time each time I’m there. It’ll be permanent soon!

How was your weekend?
Any big plans before the Thanksgiving craziness starts next week?

Linking up with Katie

Weekend Recap: Work and Coffee

Good morning! Happy (hopefully) Election Day! I’m excited for this day to be over, but also terrified by what could happen. So … let’s move past that.

Last Friday I came into work and got everything under control after a crazy event weekend. By the time I went home, I was wiped, but I still went to the gym.

Forever 21 Gym Outfit

The rest of the night I spent on the couch and going to bed early. PERFECT Friday night for me.

Saturday I woke up and got ready for work at the tennis courts. Once I got there, there weren’t any courts scheduled so I went and did some cardio and then went home. A little Chipotle for lunch and then headed down to Appleton for an afternoon with my friend, Kelly!

Fashion Nova Jeans

Wore my jeans for the first time EVER, too!

Kelly and I got coffee and “worked” (AKA chatted about life) for a few hours and then headed to get sushi. After sushi, we wandered around the mall a bit before I headed back up to GB.

Because I didn’t get much work done all week/weekend, Sunday was all about my freelance position work.

Hashtag Mug

After a few hours on my couch (with a few breaks for food in between), I headed out to Starbucks to meet my friend Gina for some work time. I chatted with her and got through the rest of my work for the afternoon.

Starbucks Date

I had all intentions of going home and watching the Packer game, but as soon as I got in the car, the first play was the other team getting a touchdown. So I drove to the gym instead. 😉

Lifted Crop Top

The rest of the evening I spent doing a bit more work and relaxing on the couch before an early bedtime. Made waking up early to workout pretty easy on Monday. 🙂

Monday Workout

Then again, I tend to make all of my spelling errors when I snap at 5:30 a.m. *eyeroll*

The rest of the day was spent at work and then bumming around Green Bay with my sister. Now we’re on to Tuesday!

How was your weekend?

“Tutu

Hey what’s up hello

Long time, no chat! Well, really it’s only been a week but I’ve been completely disconnected from the blog world! Let’s catch up! 🙂

Last Friday I worked a half day and then headed to lunch at Kavarna with my friend Kayla (I’m going to her wedding later this month) before heading out to Madison for a weekend with Lindsay!

Friday, funny enough, we didn’t take any pictures together (which is totally unlike Lindsay and me) so Saturday we had to make up for it. I’m sure you saw if you already follow me on Snapchat. 😉 JustJessie23 …

Girls weekend in Madison

Girls weekend in Madison

Girls weekend in Madison

Girls weekend in Madison

We started the day slowly, watching movies, doing Lindsay’s hair, etc. We went for lunch, went shopping and then got some cupcakes. 🙂 We tried to go to a tattoo parlor (I have a new one I want) but they were closed. Downtown Madison was insane due to the home Badgers game AND fright fest. We did end up going out for Halloween, but we didn’t dress up and I didn’t drink at all. Still a fun (but late!) night!

This week has been a whirlwind, which I’m kind of expecting all of November to be. Monday I worked + closed the gym until 11 p.m. Tuesday I had an extremely stressful meeting at work. Wednesday was spent preparing for my event on Thursday. Yesterday was a 16-hour day of travel + an event + a migraine in Madison although the event went well). Here’s a few snaps from the week …

Workout to work

Hip Thrusts

Van

Madison Tom's Last Tango

And now it’s Friday on my lunch break and I am T-I-R-E-D! Just have to make it through the day, then hopefully I’ll have a busy, but fun weekend! I’m planning to see my friend Dani tonight and my friend Kelly tomorrow. Of course, I also work at the tennis courts tomorrow, have to fit in my social media freelance that I’m a little behind on and workout somewhere in there, too! Oh and sleep. Sleep would be cool. 😉

How was your week??