New Hair & Wedding Dress HELP

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Tuesdays are always the hardest day of the week for me, for some reason. Usually I’m running on pure adrenaline on Mondays, but by Tuesday, I have to physically push myself out of bed. But I’m here!

Anyways, I got in a spur of the moment hair cut / color last night and … it took 3.5 hours. My hair just pulls yellow like nobody’s business! So a million years of toning later …

Before and After

It’s horrible lighting, but basically it’s a lot darker, with less warmth and more cool blonde. The bottoms are pretty much gray right now, but that’ll wash out and be an ashy blonde. I like it, but it always takes me a little bit to get used to change to my hair – I’m very particular about it! ย But most of all, it needed to be cut SO badly – the split ends were out of this world!

Moving on from that, I wrote about my weekend yesterday, but as always, gotta plug the YouTube video. It’s short (what, me do a short video?!) and is just my day on Saturday for Homecoming if you’re interested in watching!

Okay, last but certainly not least … I NEED HELP. I have two dresses (albiet they’re basically the same damn dress …) that I need to choose between for a wedding next month. Normally, I would not care, but for the first time in about, oh, I don’t know … eleventy billion years, I’m actually going to have a date to a wedding (#shocker) so yo girl needs to look spiffy. Which do you prefer?

Dress - which to choose!

And last but CERTAINLY not least, it’s my BESTEST LOVE’S 30th birthday today! <3 Love you, Amy!

Amy's birthday

What is your least favorite day of the week? Favorite day?


Weekend Recap: Homecoming 2016

And the crazy weekend is over – woooohoooo!

Saturday my day started out pretty early with a trip to the gym. Had to get it in!

Workout outfit from TJ Maxx

After an upper body + HIIT workout, it was off to the Homecoming tailgate!

Homecoming 2016

It was actually a pretty slow tailgate for us this year, but we still had a good chunk of people stop by!

After the tailgate, we went back to the house (my office is in a house) and unloaded the truck/ate/sat down for a couple of minutes. Then the rest of the afternoon was spent running around campus, checking in on smaller reunions and getting our “After Party” tent all set up.

Food truck at Homecoming


The After Party went all night and I was whooped. I got home around 9 p.m. and went straight to bed.

Sunday morning I slept in a little and then started in on my social media freelance … and was interrupted by a pug. ๐Ÿ™‚


Pug Distraction

I got done with my social around 3 and then cleaned the apartment as best I could, did laundry, went to the gym, went grocery shopping, meal prepped … and then died. Just kidding – but it was a pretty crazy “weekend” if you can even call it that.

This morning I got up at 5 (somehow) and got in a shoulders + HIIT workout.

Workout outfit from TJ Maxx

And now it’s back to work!

TJ Maxx Work Outfit

Here’s to a productive week – last week before my travel month starts up. Madison (for fun) this weekend to visit my wonderful friend Lindsay and hopefully a TON more trips to Chicago next month. I’m telling you … I just need to be there permanently. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How was your weekend?
What are you doing for Halloween weekend?

Friday Faves #4

Happy Friday! I’m still waking up from my night at Lambeau Field. Wooo, we won. Booo, they still played like crap. Thankfully the Bears played worse, I guess? So I guess that’ll be my first favorite … though I’d like to know where my immortal Aaron Rodgers has run off to. Have you seen him?

Packer Game

Though how cold it’s getting is definitely NOT a favorite.

Speaking of cold, my “typical Fall outfit” is in full swing. A silly boy told me that it looked like I was wearing the same outfit all week. Excuse me, no. Different dress, different scarf, different leggings, different tunic/dress. Duh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fall Outfit

Third favorite is this Justin Bieber song. I just can’t stop it.

Justin Bieber

Another favorite of mine has been vlogging lately. Any type of YouTube – whether I’m watching it or filming it myself!

Speaking of vlogging, I’m also just loving all the connections I made in Chicago (including Marette,ย the pic in the vlog above). I have tons of people offering to help me out and connect with me, which is so refreshing!

I also loved writing my “Let’s Get Coffee” post yesterday and it seems like a lot of you were interacting with me. Maybe that’s something I can do weekly or at least more often? Let me know what you thought! I love reading those posts, but maybe weekly is too much? Not that much changes in my life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finally, my favorite is this crop top AND the fact that I felt comfortable enough to wear it again this week. Granted I wouldn’t wear it today (bloating issue … sigh … someday I’ll figure out what my body hates) but today is my MUCH NEEDED rest day anyway.


Okay, off to do this Friday! I have a few things to catch up on and then we have an event tonight (that I thankfully don’t have to be at) and then a 14-hour day tomorrow because it’s Homecoming on campus! I’ll catch up with you Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Linking up with Heather.

What are some of your favorites this week?
Do you have a staple Fall outfit?

Let’s have coffee

I love these types of posts. Whether it’s coffee, tea, diet code red mountain dew (my teeth are going to rot off, I swear) … I love getting coffee with a friend and catching up. Since I don’t have many in-person coffee dates planned, let’s have one together!

Coffee Date

If we were having coffee …

I’d tell you about the awesome, life-changing and uplifting trip I had to Chicago last week. Do any of you ever just “click” with someone, something, some place? That’s how I felt with Chicago. I’ve always liked it there, but this last time just solidified things for me. Even a few of you who watched my video noticed how happy I was, which is crazy to me that you can see that!

I’d ask you a million and one questions, because that’s what I do. I love hearing about things happening in my friends lives, whether it’s how passionate they are about their work, a new person joining their family, a funny date story … I love it. So how about you tell me something about you in the comments? I’d love to hear it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d probably spill some of my drink on myself, let’s be real.

I’d tell you about a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders. After over a year of being denied by loan refinancing companies, one finally refinanced my loan based on my credit score instead of solely based on my very low salary. So, my payments were supposed to go up to $867 in January (per month) … and the loan refinancing company cut that in half. It’s a HUGE weight off my shoulders and a little more manageable. Seriously, check out SoFiย if you’re struggling with student loans (or any type of personal debt).

You’d probably ask me about my dating life because, well … that’s what people ask single people. It’s okay, though. I’m used to it. I’d tell you I’m not actively seeking anyone, not online dating, none of that. I’d tell you that I’ve given up on the dating scene where I live a long time ago because I have no intention of staying in the area forever, which obviously hinders my dating life. Now, if you prod a little bit more, I’d probably tell you about someone that currently has my “attention”, so to speak, but I’m nervous about it. Girlย hasย been burned quite a few times, so I am apprehensive. But you would be able to see past the nervousness and see that I’m more excited than nervous. We’ll see what happens. ๐Ÿ™‚ (<— I’m THE BEST at being vague enough that ya’ll will hate me)

I’d ask you your opinion on what to wear for a wedding next month because girl is BAD at making decisions.

I’d ask you about your favorite hair stylist … hair is a big deal for me and I haven’t had mine done in almost a year. Whoops …

I’d tell you about how crazy my November is going to be for work – just the full-time job. I have five events next month, but four of them require overnight travel. Nov. 3: Madison, Nov. 10: Minneapolis (overnight), Nov. 15-18: Chicago (multiple overnights). I’d tell you that I’m excited about it, because getting out of the office and being at my events is the best feeling. Although, you would probably be able to tell that I’m hopeful for new opportunities soon.

I’d tell you that we need to have coffee more often because I miss being with like-minded, fun, energetic, driven people. So, I’d basically beg you to be my friend all the time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Linking up with Amanda!

I asked you above, but if we were getting coffee, what would you want to talk about? What would you ask me? What kind of drink would you get?

Weekend Recap: Back at it

Hi friends! I know my posts have been a bit sporadic (and non-existent), but I’m back at it now! Last week was AMAZING, so I will get a Chicago post up soon. In the meantime, let’s look back at the weekend!

So on Friday, my friend Nicole finally put up some of her wedding photos (aka 550 of them – love her!) and there were quite a few interesting ones. Specifically this one.


P.S. How are you seeing this picture? ^^ Some of my photos need to be rotated in WordPress and I rotate them PLUS have a plugin that’s supposed to help and I’m still having friend’s (thanks, Shannon) snapping me my pics still being upside down. Any pointers?

Friday night after work, my sister and I headed to Chili’s, then to TJ Maxx. I came out with a couple of dresses. I wanted this mug, though.

TJ Maxx

And then we went home, talked about how we need to lose weight (we both started new programs on Saturday – woohoo!) and tried on our Christmas pjs. Sneak peek …

Christmas PJs from Zulily!

On Saturday I was up early to go and present at an alumni board meeting. I actually had a ton of fun, getting to talk to the board members in my communities that I run. I ended up staying late just to hang out with people.

After work, I headed home to relax, then back to the gym.

Squat Goals tank from TJ Maxx

I convinced my sister go to see Girl on the Train with me around 8. I loved it, but I read the book. To be honest, this is probably the first time I’ll say this, but I kind of wish I wouldn’t have read the book. My sister was so surprised by the ending!

Sunday I slept in a tiny bit and then got to work on my social media freelance, which took me almost six hours to complete. I just couldn’t get in a rhythm! After I was done working, I finished my meal prep and tried to watch the Packer game. I finally just left early to go to the gym because I was sick of watching them suck. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Workout outfit from TJ Maxx and Forever 21

And then I spent the rest of the night relaxing on the couch because I could NOT fall asleep. I decided to kick back in with my Brittany Dawn workouts, just because those kick my butt so much more and I was feeling pretty exhausted.

I did NOT want to get up this morning, but forced myself to and I’m glad I did. Upper body workout is done for the day! My back is starting to show my progress again. I’m up a few pounds, but hopefully I can hunker back down.

Forever 21 bra

And then I got ready and went to work! They’re saying 75, humid and rainy today. What are you doing, October?


Here’s to a productive Monday and I’m really pushing for some good news this week. Nothing in particular, but would love some good news ๐Ÿ™‚

Lotta selfies, sorry guys. That’s what happens when the only person you get to hang out with is me, myself and I. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What did you do this weekend?


Weekend Recap: Too much Snapchat

Happy Monday, friends! Well, technically as I write this, it’s Sunday evening as I wait for my vlog to publish, but I wanted to have something up for you tomorrow morning.

Most of my weekend can be found in this brand new vlog …

But if you’re not interested in watching a vlog, basically I got Mexican food with my sister Friday night, drank too much wine (aka a tiny bit because I’m a light-weight) and lost my entire Saturday to the “after effects”. If you follow me on Snapchat, I’m sure you saw it. ๐Ÿ™‚ (JustJessie23 if you’re not already following!)

Sunday I spent running a ton of errands, getting a spray tan, doing my social media freelance work and packing for Chicago! Monday morning I work 4:45-7 a.m. and then I’m off to Milwaukee to the train … then to Chicago I go! I think I’m going to get to see the wonderful Marette Monday night, too! Not too many plans besides that … so the rest of the week I’ll just be bumming around Chicago and I’m SO EXCITED! I’ll take you along, though it may be almost entirely through Snapchat or a vlog. I’m sure I’ll still blog about it, but I’m really loving the vlog feel lately. I hope you do, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie.

Who has time for a sick day?

Good morning! I’m off to a site visit for an event in Madison I have next month, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. My newest vlog just went up, so if you’re into the whole YouTube thing, I’d love it if you watched! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Do you take sick days?
How do you deal with being sick when you have so much to do?