Jess

Let’s get the basics out of the way: where you live, etc.: I’m a Southern girl at heart (raised in Texas and NC) and I’ve lived in Grand Rapids for over 2 years now. No kids yet, just a STUBBORN, smelly Dachshund and equally stubborn and smelly boyfriend Jonathan.

Three words to describe your personal style. Go.: Ugh, this one’s hard… boho, vintage, chic. 

Who are your style icons? How do you integrate those tastes into your own wardrobe if at all?: As a kid, I absolutely adored my super glamorous, totally 80’s big haired, Texan grandma. Everything she owned was covered in sequins, brightly colored, and fabulous. I spent hours in her closet trying on her clothes and jewelry. She was a fire cracker who wore what made her happy and with such confidence….I always admired that. 

What’s your most-worn piece? (If it’s sweatpants…we won’t tell.): Okay you got me, I love my Alo yoga leggings. 

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge height from an Instagram or blog post – SO…how tall are you?: So funny story, I always thought 5ft6ish, but at the doctor’s recently they measured me at 5ft8” so dreams do come true. 

Your top three beauty products?: Bareminerals complexion rescue, any dark/bold colored lipstick, and amazing cosmetics anti-aging face primer. 

What drew you to blogging and when did you start?: I’m really introverted and writing has always been a major outlet for me. I’ve kept a journal since I learned how to write and I started blogging or  “liveblogging” in college while working in an orphanage in the Philippines and I’ve been doing it in some form ever since. 

Special talents: I know all the lyrics to any Disney song made in the 90’s (seriously don’t watch Disney movies with me). 

What’s your favorite thing to do to decompress?: Yoga, painting and reading. I get out of sorts when I don’t have a good book to read. 

What did you dream of being when you were young?: A broadway actress, the highlight of my career was being Pepper the Mean Orphan in Texas Tech University’s production of Annie. Shortly after that, I realized I couldn’t sing a lick. 

What’s one fashion risk you love to see on others but would NEVER take yourself?: like taking risks with my style so there’s not much I wouldn’t wear …oh I know…a Brazilian thong bikini – I seriously have nightmares about them. But self-confidence is the sexiest look so you go Glen Coco!