ripped denim
fall shoes

This weekend, I am off a long stretch of work days and all I want is to relax and recover from the physical drain that nursing comes with. I have been enjoying reading blogs and seeing what people have been up to, since I can’t catch up when I am working.
I got a few snaps of what I am wearing in downtown Springfield, MO. Springfield is a small midwestern town with a lot of beauty hidden in it. I stumble upon beautiful gardens and houses while driving from work or going grocery shopping and I am amazed by the number of coffee shops in this little town. Good ones too. There isn’t a lot of diversity here so I feel like I get a lot of stares (which I don’t care for) in places, and conversation starters are always like,”are you from Springfield?” I don’t know what to make of these interactions yet, but I love the town aesthetic so far. Lots of colorful and cute cupcake shops everywhere.
Oh, and I learned a beautiful mess sisters are from Springfield, how cool. I am yet to visit Emma’s restaurant : the golden girl rum club, if I do I will let you know how that went.

Details of my outfit:
Jeans – American eagle
Top/Necklace – Forever 21
Booties – Aldo

How to look classy without hurting your wallet

jump suits
Be thrifty and shop the sales.

This is my only advice because it has worked wonders for me. I have noticed some of my cheapest clothing is what I look most classy in, and some of my most expensive items I don’t even wear that much and barely feel that stylish in. I am not saying it’s 100% not worth buying expensive name brand items, but when you score some “hot & classy” items on the sale rack, it does make you feel a certain way haha.

I scored this jumpsuit at Ross for 10 bucks! (not even joking), when I needed a last minute classy piece of clothing to wear to Ian’s residency graduation. The occasion was semi-formal dinner and I wanted to feel very elegant in whatever I was wearing. My first time ever attending a semi-formal grown up dinner event, I wore a dress that literally made me feel like a potato haha, and I never wanted to have that feeling again!

My favorite thrifty finds (designer labels on sale) stores are Marshalls and Ross. Ross can be a little overwhelming sometimes if it is a disorganized store, but I have found some treasures here.

Outfit details:

Shoes – Nordstrom
Jumpsuit – Ross
Purse – Forever 21
Earrings – charlotte russe

The art of wearing crop tops

high waisted jeans and crop tops
Casual look of the week – crop tops

I don’t wear crop tops as much as I would love, but the two that I own, I absolutely love them. Crop tops back in the 90’s were almost a taboo because most people were more conservative and didn’t want skin showing, (at least where I lived at the time) so my parents absolutely forbid me from wearing them, but I secretly admired the style when I spotted models on magazines or TV wearing them.

Fast forward, they’re back now and better than ever. This is one of my two crop tops, it’s more casual and I mostly wear it with high waisted jeans (the classic way to wear crop tops). As a short girl though (5’1), I feel like the look doesn’t pop as much as it does in a taller girl, but I’m still in the search for some nice high waisted jeans and more crop tops.

I paired the casual look with my target Keds because I was going to be running around all day and needed comfortable shoes.

Jeans: H&M

crop top: Forever 21

shoes: Target

My Fall wishlist

I recently put myself on a spending freeze because I found out I spent way too much money this past summer, on food mostly! can you believe this!
Ok, so instead I am just window shopping online and feeling miserable because I can’t buy anything yet.
These are the current items I am wanting in my life. They do not necessarily match the fall theme, because who needs rules to live life haha


1. SPANX® Print Seamless Leggings : They look so comfortable, and I have heard great things about this brand of leggings, in terms of durability and comfort level. A good pair of leggings is my go-to in cold weather.

2. Vince Camuto ‘Melaya’ Over the Knee Boot : I love long over the knee boots but I have a hard time finding a pair that I like. I love how these look but will definitely be waiting for major sales on these ones 🙂

3. Billabong ‘Shoreline’ Slub Cardigan : I love fall sweaters and these one is a classic one. The perfect everyday fall sweater for casual looks, and still keeps you warm.

4. Long Sleeve Lace-Up Jumpsuit : Unfortunately this one got sold out, but fingers crossed, it will come back because….seriously, how beautiful is this jumpsuit.

5. BP. Lace Racerback Bralette : I love bralettes, but I only have one and believe me when I say I literally want to live in it. So comfy, I definitely need more, this is a necessity.

6. Steve Madden ‘Carrson’ Sandal :This is such a cute sandal. I am searching for a comfortable cute shoe for my wedding and this one is on the running to be my “it” shoe. It is also blue, so I can have “something blue” to bring me luck haha

7. Free People ‘Far Away’ Lace Top : I love lace and this top just stole my heart, I wish I could get it in like 4 colors: white, black, forest green and burgundy.

8. BP. ‘Trott’ Bootie : OK, I have enough booties to even want another pair, but I love these ones! I will definitely be hoping to get this pair as a gift so I don’t feel too guilty about spending haha

Things making me happy this fall

Target style
There has been a lot of negative things going on this past summer and now fall, from the raging monstrosity of infuriating politics in the United States, to destructive hurricanes displacing people in the south. I don’t like to ignore what’s going on because one, I am a very curious person, and second, I always feel an obligation to know what is going on around me, so if need be, I can help out by whatever means I am able to, be it emotional support, financial support, or just sympathizing with those in need, because if I was in their position, I would want the same thing.
Ok, now lets talk about what has been making me happy in the midst of the madness in this world
1. Podcasts
My life literally made a 360 degree turn around when I found out about podcasts. They are becoming quite mainstream now, so you may have heard about them too, but in case you haven’t, go! now! and find out about podcasts.
I was a huge fan of talk radio (NPR)…slightly embarrassed to put this out there haha, but I wasn’t interested in all the topics they had, so I would go back and forth between NPR and audio books until I found podcasts.
The awesome thing about podcasts is that they have a huge variety of topics to choose from, so there’s definitely something for everyone.
My favorite is NPR politics. The hosts talk politics, in an unbiased way, and also make it fun and relatable, while covering important topics.
Other fun ones I listen to: The Moth stories, Fresh air (I pick and choose what to listen to), Serial (3 seasons that I went through quick! nothing new yet)
I have tried listening to nursing/medicine ones..but OMG!the speakers are so boring I just can’t! For all fellow nurses out there, if you find something interesting let me know!

2. Movies & TV shows

Latest fun movie: Masterminds. I literally almost cried in laughter and still have giggles here and there when I remember lines from this movie, it was HILARIOUS. Ok now go see it!

TV: Vice principals on HBO was pretty awesome, I always looked forward to watching this on my days off. Currently waiting for season 2. If you have Netflix I loved Stranger things – totally binge-worthy. Other Netflix favorites are the marvel comic series; Dare Devil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, and also Better call Saul. Ok I will stop now, am glad you’ve found out what a TV-Holic I am haha.

3. Being outdoors.

I have discovered a few hikes in MO. Elephant rock was definitely my favorite, followed by Hahatonka state park. It is very beautiful in southwest MO right now because all the green trees are changing color. I am slowly getting charmed by this side of the world and I am loving it..sorry Seattle (you’ll always be my first love)
Fall outfits
I hope you are not getting beat by all the negativity in the world right now, and hope you enjoyed reading this post. What is currently making you happy?, I would love to know
Outfit Details
Dress, sweater, and earrings: Target
Shoes: Aldo
Purse and necklace: Forever 21


Laid back casual day date outfit

We recently went hunting for wineries in Missouri, and found one about 35 minutes from us. If you love your wine, please stay clear of Missouri wineries, it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. The weather here doesn’t really work in favor of good flavorful grapes, and the result is an almost-bland wine. I will however not let that experience stop me from visiting more wineries, because who knows, I may get surprised, I have seen people say good things about other places, so there’s still hope.
This is the Outfit I wore for the day date to the winery. This heels remain my favorite because of how comfy they are. I can walk a whole day in them and not get any blisters or sore feet.
Outfit details:
Top – Target
Jeans – H&M
Heels – Marshalls
Lipstick – Milani (Flirty Fuchsia)

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you all are having a great start of the week. See you next time!

Autumn colors in St.Louis

all things fall
My favorite season with no doubt is spring (mainly because its birthday season for me 🙂 ),then my second favorite is “end of summer, beginning of fall” period. I love the transition period where we can still bare our legs and wear dainty dresses, but still pull off rich colors and eat/drink pumpkin flavored things, and start planning on decorating our houses with fall decor and candles that smell like apples, cinnamon, pumpkin spice… I love all of these fall stuff.
This last weekend I drove down to St. Louis, and went exploring. If you don’t know it yet, I moved in the middle of nowhere Missouri, in a small lovely town with very friendly people, but there is really nothing to explore in my small town, so my weekends and days off are spent in other bigger towns/cities.
Down in St. Louis, I found out about this church ruins, which was destroyed in the 1800’s by a bolt of electricity (some sources say lightening, but its controversial), and burned down. It was never built back up, so now the remains standing in ruins and covered by vines.
fall dress

If you have been reading my blog for a while you probably have seen this forever 21 print dress a couple of times. I absolutely adore this dress and am impressed with how long is has lasted without looking old. The print is gorgeous, and the colors are very fitting for fall. I got some complements on the dress, down is St. Louis at this festival that I accidentally walked into, and who doesn’t love complements 🙂
Dress & belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Marshalls
Purse: Francesca’s
Hair: Done by me 🙂 , I had to brag ha!
Thanks for stopping by ladies and gentlemen, I hope you’re having a lovely fall so far.

End of summer

Hey lovely people,

Did you all know that NASA has added a zodiac sign to the existing list, and most of our zodiac signs have changed?
I don’t strictly follow what my zodiac sign says about my future or character…etc.. but I feel like I identified strongly with my previous zodiac sign and feel kind of odd switching into a different one. Let me know what you think about this!

This outfit somehow marks the end of shorts season for me, even though am not a huge shorts fan..so am excited for fall, and all the sweaters and pumpkin spice everything.
I wore this to a farmers market a few weekends back, but have been rather occupied and couldn’t find time to post it.
What are you guys excited for, in the upcoming the fall?

summer shorts
end of summer vibes
Shorts: Old Navy
Top: Buffalo exchange
Shoes: Amazon
Purse: Kenyan Market

Thanks for stopping by!

Thinking is difficult, that’s why people judge.

Some of my close friends make fun of me for using the phrase “am not judging anyone, but..” I have literally used this phrase to death, and in most cases if my thoughts start this way, I just seal my lips and think more of the situation before putting my opinions out there.
I read an article this morning about how christianity is almost a dying art in the modern world we live in. This article attracted me because I do fall under “christian”, and have battled so hard with certain doctrines in certain churches..which led me to staying away from churches for a while until I found something fitting.
I struggle with how christians discriminate “passive aggressively” against people they don’t approve of..you preach that God is the only judge but turn around and judge people openly.Having being raised in a very small conservative Kenyan church, I disagreed with almost everything I saw in other churches I went to, and as I grew older and more knowledgeable on certain things, I realized how certain things I was taught, as I grew up in this small community church, were more cultural than “christian”
Having read the entire bible and analyzed almost every little verse, in half of grade school and most of high school, I became confused and conflicted by interpretations offered to me as I grew up.
Christians today live a life opposite of what their founder lived. They openly discriminate against gays and are anti abortion (without differentiating between a mother’s life in danger or a person knowingly getting rid of a fetus for the sake of it), when Jesus never mentioned demonizing these people. Jesus himself was more of a radical who challenged the christian establishment, and paid more attention to the sick and the poor, and unfortunately today christianity is a large establishment all over the world, focusing on being rich and famous.
People are focusing more on how the outside looks, thus the anti-poor, anti-gays, anti-arbortion, anti-immigrants, anti-intellectuals and anti-science. That is not what their founder was about.
Instead of people sitting and pointing fingers, wouldn’t it be great if we paid less attention to the problematic systems of beliefs and lived a more generous and loving life, with more thinking and understanding, and also showing compassion to those around us? This would be in support of the founder of christianity and move away from the religious bureaucracy.
We also have to pay attention to the fact that religion is ever changing to accommodate the world we live in, because the world is ever changing. Remember when christianity was racist, burned people believed to be witches, discriminated against the poor?..long gone are those days because the world is ever changing and religion changes with it. People get comfortable when things are going good for them, but it is not about you anymore if you decide you’re a christian, it is about those around us too. We ought to raise children teaching them to be compassionate, loving, generous and accommodating of others, not discriminating against certain groups of people, because that does not match with the same scriptures you will turn around to teach them.
I long for the day people who call themselves christians, move away from seeing themselves as a system of beliefs to expressing their faith through love and compassion. Religious services should not be about showing off how virtuous, anointed and holy, one is, while pointing fingers to those that don’t meet these standards, but about tackling the human needs around us. This would be a better world to live in if this happened, just like Jesus did.

Lastly a direct quote from the article, “people have seen ritual as an obsession for the religious community, and they haven’t seen the courage and commitment to shaping a more just and compassionate world”

article: What religion would Jesus belong to?, by Nicholas Kristof on the NY Times

Night & Day : LRD

I had missed doing outfit posts so much!, so this was a very good day for me haha. There is something about dressing up that gives me a good feeling inside. Isn’t it funny how looking cute can just put you in the best mood? (girly girls you know what I mean…*wink*)
I hope in future, I will be able to put together cute outfits and post them.
My schedule isn’t insanely busy, and now that I don’t have school anymore, I think I ought to live a little 🙂



It’s not sweater weather yet here, but I couldn’t resist the urge to throw on this cute and light, fall cardigan. I think the 2 pair very well together.
Fall colors
I love how versatile this dress is. You can easily dress it down or put on some heels and feel more dressed up. If you remember my valentines post, I wore this dress, but with a lace top underneath because of how freaking cold seattle was haha, but living in the midwest, temps are higher, so you can totally get away with not wearing a coat/sweater with this dress. (at least in summer and early fall)
date night outfit

Dress // SheIn
Shoes // SheIn
Purse // Forever 21
Necklace // Kenyan Market (thanks siz 🙂 )

Thank you for stopping by!!

– purejackie –

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