Meet our resident artist/fashionista, Jess. Her creative side pours into her everyday style and it's oh, so good. Not only can she dish out packing capsule wardrobes, Jess can draw the dream wardrobe to match. We love to get inspired by her artwork and we think you will, too.

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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!