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The tall and short

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Current situation : Done with my school assignment, watching Monday night football as Seattle kicks the sh** out of the poor Detroit Lions, sucks to be a lion’s fan right now haha
Life lately:
1. Always wondering what I’ll be eating next (is this normal?, should I get some type of diagnosis?..ha)
2. Am thankful to be back in school, excited for the future.
3. Wanting some dainty lights to hang around my balcony…procrastination much
4. Wishing I had a dog, preferably a golden retriever or lab
5. Enjoying my mental health textbook(secretly diagnosing people…sshh)
6. Wondering if I over/under share on my blog. My favorite bloggers are open books, and I love that because I feel like portraying perfection or your highlights on a blog…always, is so unrealistic and un-relatable
7. Hoping I win this year in my fantasy football team (a girl can dream)
8. Disliking passive aggressive behavior online. I long for days I didn’t own any social media accounts sometimes
9.Needing more inspiration in terms of blog posts
10. Thinking about the hike that was yesterday…..😊
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Can you spot the fox?, FYI: I was terrified
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Spot the white mountain goat?, unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, so the phone camera was what I was using.
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Enjoy your week friends!

Doing your own engagement photos

     Ian and I recently did our engagement photos, and I decided it would be fun to do it ourselves vs a professional photographer. I know hiring someone would have probably yielded better quality photos but we both are very happy with the photos we got.

Reasons I did this:

1. Engagement sessions are usually a good way to choose a wedding photographer and kind of bond/be comfortable with them, and also get engagement photos (duh), but our wedding will be in Kenya so we won’t meet the photographer until a few weeks before the wedding so it wouldn’t have been helpful in that way

2. It’s fun and a good learning process for me because I love photography 

3. We saved some cash and got good use out of my DSLR 

 Wondering how we did it?, if you are a blogger you have probably used a tripod and self timer technique before, for non-bloggers, yes we used a tripod and self timer (you can use a remote but I hate remotes)

I used Ian to focus and kind of frame the photo, clicked the shutter and ran to pose haha…..it was fun, we had some good laughs

We chose a less populated site at the park close to us(with occasional joggers and dog walkers) – it is easier to naturally pose without onlookers and a good way to avoid photo bombers

  
  
  
  
We had a casual and a dress up session, took us about an hour and a half. We did lots of walking though, since the 2 sites are kind of far apart. Took about 67 good photos haha, I think a professional photographer will do about 300 takes or even more, so don’t gasp at the 67 takes

I think we did fairly well for a first, what do you guys think?  

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Maxi skirt

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On my recent shopping trip I scored this maxi on the sale rack from Charlotte Russe, it was the only maxi in size “small” and I had to get it! Back then when I was in high school, I remember maxi skirts and dresses being the “it”, but none of them would fit me because I was too short. I haven’t changed much in terms of size, still 5’1″ haha, and maybe gone up a size or 2, depending on type of clothes. I had given up on maxis, but when I saw this skirt at the store and it fit me perfectly, I thought to my self…..the stars have finally aligned…
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Skirt & ring//Charlotte Russe
Top//Target
Booties//Marshalls
Necklace//F21
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I know some ladies like maxis that literally sweep the floor, but this is just fine with me…the back is slightly longer and the front comes up a little due to the ruched detail on one side. This maxi is so perfect for the spring and summer, am so glad I found it.
Initially I wanted to pair the skirt with a white top for a classic black and white look but I thought this grey top would make it more unique, it has the white lace detail at the front, so the outfit isn’t too dull. I tucked in the top because its flared at the bottom.
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Have a lovely week guys, sending good vibes your way.

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For visual readers (lol…jokes), the above are recent pictures taken with my DSLR….I am enjoying photography in spring because everything is so alive. The ferry is in a small cute historic neighborhood close to where I live and hopefully in future I’ll share more photos, the picture of me standing is me practicing focus points and manual shooting…I get so thrilled when I learn new tricks…if you have been a beginner DSLR learner I know you share this moment lol, the other pictures are random, p.s those trees do blossom in spring and it should be gorgeous 

I also feel like I have no time for anything!!!, I have so many ideas but no time for actions..current situation:



yeah, it’s time for me to renew my BLSand I went ahead and signed up for ACLS (I didn’t know I should study for ACLS before class..oops!) thanks to the bf for having an extra copy for ACLS , am now reading it like a novel befor e class tomorrow morning 😁, I hope I pass, I’ve heard of HP’s who’ve failed the class(I didn’t even know that was possible lol) …I better pass because it is freaking expensive. I am also turning a year older in April and I am eying those sandals from Seychelles *hint*

Anyhow, hopefully during the weekend i’ll do some outfit posts…I am so jealous of you guys who post everyday/every other day. Lastly, I might be starting some DIY projects to make things (jewelry, clothing) I like but can’t find my size or my taste, hopefully  that will go well lol. Cheers guys!

-purejackie- 

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“My thoughts are stars I could not fathom into constellations” – John Green

“I write because I do not know what I think until I read what I say” – Flannery O’Connor

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to  make  you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” – e.e cummins

“First, I am very fascinated by how everyone  loves each other, but nobody really likes each other ” – John green

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear, and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)..” – e.e cummings

DSC_0454_FotorHopefully it will stop raining so I can do get out of the house. Today I really wanted to blog but had nothing to say ha!, so I decided to try do a self-potrait.. you like?

I also binge read other blogs I like, and hadn’t had a chance to read recently. It’s so  refreshing for me to read other people’s perspective on things related to daily boring everyday life, and I also like getting inspired in terms of food, style, working out etc, some of my faves are delightfully tacky by Elizabeth, twenty seven by Michelle and Curious Natalia. I find this ladies blogs “from the heart”  and very unique and personal. It’s obviously very brave for people to share their lives with the wide world web (the good and bad) and I respect such content, despite my disagree-ability  or agree-ability. I honestly hope my blog will go into a similar direction, something someone can relate to, not just nice photos/clothes.

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Stripes simplicity

Today was weird, I woke up thinking I had the day off and was really confused when work called me to go in….ooppss!, I can’t keep track of my days anymore..

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striped dress – thrifted

6 pointI also can’t wait for this week to end, its been hellish, but I am trying to stay positive. Do you guys ever miss school/classes?, I do.. I miss learning new things and being excited to finish projects in college, and I honestly can’t wait to go back because I am really struggling to like my new work position. I don’t want to quit just because am unhappy there, I know its only temporary so I’ll give it my best and hopefully things will look up soon.

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8 pointyay to career change thoughts!!

yay to career change thoughts!!

Stay positive friends, it’s almost spring 🙂

-purejackie-

Street style inspiration – sister

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Our mission in life is not to merely survive but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, compassion, humor and some style

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I am glad to see my sister has some stripes obsession like I do.
I hope y’all have a great start to the week, I am definitely looking forward to mine hoping to achieve a lot this month. Enjoy the sister style and hopefully we get to see more of her in future ✌️😘

-purejackie-

Valentines

I have been enjoying reading other blogs and seeing everyone’s take on Valentine’s day and their outfits…so fun
This year for valentines I will be wearing a dress I bought last year from dailylook for a different “dress-up occasion”, it is one of my favorite dresses in terms of quality and style. Since February is somewhat cold here (esp at night) and I hate wearing heavy coats on a night out, this dress will be perfect because it covers me up and still makes me look hot 😍

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Working for the weekend

Last week was literally one of my hardest weeks at work, at one point I felt like bursting into tears because of how crazy everything was getting and am glad I work with some really helpful people. But these kind of days make it worthwhile when you have some days off.
All that aside, this was the most epic weekends I’ve had in a long…long time. I found out the bf had a weekend off too and so he decided to take me to one of my bucket list places in WA – Palouse falls.
There were many obstacles that played against us on this weekend together, like my bf being unable to finish work until 12:30noon on Saturday( Palouse falls is 4 hrs away and we had initially planned on leaving by 8am), so I drove the whole way like a mad woman so we would get there at least by sunset and hopefully get sunset views at these amazing waterfalls. On getting there (after a very emotional 3.5hr drive, with the bf trying to convince me we should just drive into Yakima instead and go there on Sunday) we got to the beautiful falls in good time, parked right In Front of the amazing view and basically had the most amazing time walking around and enjoying the whole place.

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As you can tell it was an overcast day but these pictures don’t even do Palouse falls justice, it is beautiful, esp if all you see in wa is the greenery, it’s a nice change, seeing how nature re-arranges itself to create incredible things like these(who knew we could find waterfalls in the middle of eastern Washington?)…And the bf was really happy too 😀

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We went to Yakima for some more planned events.
~purejackie~

Do me a solid.

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I think summer came early in the pnw and am not complaining, the weather has been gorgeous all week and I finally got to enjoy it today, even though I have become accustomed to the rainy and cloudy days. My work week has been very eventful and I couldn’t wait to get a break from all of that, and soak up on some vitamin D.

I almost never wear jeans, since I spent half of my teenage life in jeans, so I decided to double it up!, I used a red belt to pop some color since my shoes matched the denim haha, I needed comfortable shoes I could walk in.

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Denim shirt: old navy// pants: HM//shoes: target

tips on a double denim look: wear a different tones of denim, don’t accessorize with more than 2 items, wear different color shoes or belt.

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Do y’all (pun intended) like the other side of WA?, I felt a little “mid western/southern cowboy” I have to say. I enjoyed playing with the sunset because I never get the chance to take sunset photos, it was fun.

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DSC_0085Enjoy the little things in life, one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.

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