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Sunshine and some summer plans

I currently have my ideal work schedule, I feel as though writing this information and having it out there is only jinxing my happiness bubble, but am too ecstatic to not do it. I feel as though I’ve got a handle of my work-life balance and this is making me really happy and content at the moment.
I also have fallen in love with the green tea cream frappuccino from Starbucks, which I think has successfully found its way into my life (the company). If you know me well, you know how I try to resist any mainstream stuff, but the older I become, the more mainstream I become, it’s not such a bad thing I guess (I am trying to console myself here).
Ok, so today I was woken up at the crack of dawn, or maybe it was 9:30 a.m, to drive Ian to get an eye procedure done. He said it was going to only take 30 minutes, so I decided to find a coffee shop and get some breakfast. I had my laptop with me, so i did some school work as well, and when an hour and thirty minutes passed without getting a call from Ian, I casually strolled into the PX (army base shopping mall) to stretch my legs, and that is when I saw the sun glasses. I am not one for designer sun glasses or anything really, but I walked out with a pair of cute vera bradley sunglasses. They gave me a free sunglasses case (a coach one because I wanted a hard case), so I felt like that was a win (maybe not, but who cares haha).
I walked out of the PX and picked up Ian, then on my way home I spotted some bikes outside a thrift store (I have been seeing these bikes for the last few months and really want one). So I dropped Ian home and got myself a used new-ish bike, which cost less than my sun glasses. I loaded the bike into the back of my prius and drove home.
I am now planning on going to Katy trail to ride my new bike. Ian is on the fence about going with me because he doesn’t like bike riding, but he’ll come around to doing it, he just needs some coercing.
I am looking forward to a beautiful and amazing summer this year, even though I will still be doing school work, and I hope you are all too. Kisses and hugs gorgeous people!

Things making me happy this fall

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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
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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)
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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
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Outfit Details
Dress, sweater, and earrings: Target
Shoes: Aldo
Purse and necklace: Forever 21

Dress to impress

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Hi lovely people, I am officially done with spring break, which was a lot fun!, time for real life to begin now.. going back to lots of studying/work. Since its almost June, I have been on the lookout for a nice dress for graduation, or just a dress I could wear to a nice grown up dinner, so when eShakti (a custom-made clothing company)contacted me for a collaboration, I immediately went on their website and chose this dress!. I had seen other girls talk about eShakti, so it wasn’t all new to me. My favorite thing about them is the fact that you can customize your clothing to your liking, how great is that?. They have sizes 0-36W and also very diverse styling (modern chic, edgy, vintage..everything). Their prices are also very affordable for custom-made, quality clothing.
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Here’s how it works:
1. Go on eShakti and choose an item
2. customize to your liking
3. Order and receive your item in 5-7 days! if you live in the U.S

What I chose:
I chose this black floral dress because I loved the sunflowers on it and also the cut of the dress. When I received it, it looked exactly like it did online, and the fabric is high quality from the feel. It fit me perfectly, I am very impressed. I wore the dress with minimal accessories to avoid having a “busy” look, since my dress is floral, then paired the look with my favorite Marshalls heels.
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My favorite picks on the site: this , this , and this black and white one
My customization:
I chose to omit the pockets because honestly I didn’t think I would use them, and they would just make my hips look wider haha. That’s all I did, then ordered my size and the style as it was. If they don’t have your size, you could put in your measurements, and you can also customize the style, e.g: long or short sleeves, round or v-neck etc

I hope you loved this post, am glad you stopped by.Enjoy this promo code:”purejackie” for 10% discount on any purchases from 04/05/2016 – 05/05/2016, for more inspiration from eShakti – Facebook // instagram// pinterest

Thank you eShakti for the lovely dress, all opinions are my own.

-purejackie-

Bright colors

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When I put together this outfit I was amazed at how well everything went together, because I have had this items in my closet for a long time and never thought to pair them together. I love when I can shop my own closet instead of spending money buying new “trendy” items every season, like seriously?, that is not real life…at least in my opinion, but no offense to more trendy people who go in that direction, I love watching the trends anyway, am just too poor haha, I digress, I just want you to know that looking good doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
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Outfit details:
Coat – Rue 21
Peplum top – Marshalls
Distressed denim pants – American Eagle
Booties – Marshalls
Bag – Forever 21
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Are you all excited for warmer, brighter weather?, I am so ready! I feel more motivated to do things now since its sunny on most days. I especially love the sunsets, and of course the blossoming flowers everywhere, its so beautiful and everything feels so alive. I love it.
Here are some spring quotes for you:

Spring will come, and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get…warmer. – Anita Krizzan

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”

I’m sorry for the things I said when it was winter

If we had no winter the spring wouldn’t be so pleasant.

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Double denim

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Hi ladies!, I have been under the weather this past week, and totally lacking any motivation to do anything. I have to confess I slept through majority of last week, but today I woke up feeling slightly better, so I pushed myself to dress up, so as to feel a little human haha.
Today’s outfit was inspired by one of my favorite blogger, I loved how the combination looked on her, so I decided to copy the look. It is a 90’s inspired look, just because of the denim jacket. I wanted something casual, because I am running errands all day, but also wanted to feel a little fashionable.

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Outfit details:
Levi’s denim jacket & belt // Thrifted
pants // HM
Stripped top // Marshalls
Shoes // Target

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Have a lovely week everyone, I am hoping to post more in the coming weeks 🙂

Maxi skirts in winter

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I decided to pull out my maxi skirt and wear it out despite the cold, wet weather. I wasn’t going to be outdoors much, so I figured it wouldn’t be a problem, and it wasn’t, not at all. The only challenging part was actually snapping these photos since the beach was the closest place without crowds, so I decided to take my photos there, and it felt weird stepping on sand with boots..but hey, I just wanted to document this outfit haha.
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Skirt – Charlotte russe
Top – thrifted (similar)
Boots – Marshalls
Clutch – Francesca’s
Denim jacket – thrifted (similar)
I love this red and blue striped shirt that I thrifted, it goes well with almost anything, and today it was perfect for this skirt. I also wore tights underneath because it was cold..but not freezing or raining.
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I am really enjoying shopping my own closet and putting together different pieces each day. I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far, until next time…have a good evening 🙂

Shop items worn:

Style – 90s kid

Yesterday I got off work and couldn’t wait to change into something comfortable, but I couldn’t wear pajamas since I had to run errands first, so I slipped on my softest dress top and my Old Navy tights, then decided to wear my denim jacket and when I looked in the mirror, I felt like a 90s kid with my afro puff and oversized denim jacket haha. I adore old fashion trends; effortless and unique. While I like to look well put together in modern fashion looks, there’s something about older fashion trends that makes me a little happier.

happy 2016
Happy new year
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Anyone excited to end this year?
I certainly am, it started a little rough but it is ending on a high note. I had some very good things happen to me in 2015 and I am very grateful. 2016, I can’t wait any longer, just get here already! , I have my first month planned out already..
In 2015:
– I read some great books, here are my favorites; The Goldfinch, the Secret history, The Fold, Paper towns and Orphan Train
– I hiked a lot; Olympics, Mt. Baker area, Mt. Rainier and Snoqualmie area
– I ran 100 miles in August
– I blogged consistently 🙂 Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, August, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
– I learnt a lot career-wise
– I got engaged! 🙂

Hoping for even better things in 2016, thank you lovely people for sticking with me

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Stay warm, and I would love to hear about your old year and plans for the next, feel free to chat 😉

-purejackie

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Merry Christmas!

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You’ve probably heard this a million times and in so many ways, but…..from me to you….Merry christmas and happy holidays to those who don’t celebrate christmas. It’s officially that day we’ve all been preparing for. I unfortunately haven’t spent christmas with my family for a couple of years, but I spend most christmas days with friends, or extended family who live many states away. My first christmas away from my family was actually ok, I had an awesome group of friends from college and we cooked a ton of food, exchanged gifts and just had a good time with the girls. My second christmas without my family was the toughest, I chose to work extra shifts at work to distract myself because I was so homesick, it also snowed a ton in Washington and I had no power in my apartment for 3 days!!! – worst christmas ever (ha)
The other christmas days after that(2), I would either spend it with my roommate and some friends (invite people over) or with my fiancé and co-workers, nothing too crazy haha. This year, a friend invited us to a christmas party, but I will be working late that day, and am planning on getting some yummy food for my co-workers who worked all day christmas 🙂
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On the other hand, my family gets together every year with everybody else in the family (I have a huge family), and just have a good ol’ time while sending me photos and videos of everything I am missing ;( Next year though, I will be going home for christmas, so thats something to look forward to.
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What are you guys doing for christmas? Anything fun? I wanna know..
For all of you that don’t get to do much/see family for christmas, it is not the end of the world, the true meaning of christmas is in your heart so don’t feel left out by everyone else having a good time.
Again, Merry christmas! Happy holidays!

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Outfit details:
Dress – Nordstrom
Jacket – Forever 21
Shoes – Norstrom rack
scarf – Local store
Tights – HM

Brooklyn

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In case you are wondering, no I am not in Brooklyn New York (ha), wouldn’t that be lovely? My title is from  the movie Brooklyn which I saw a few weeks back with some wonderful company. Ian was dragged along of course, and he rolled his eyes every time we mentioned the movie, because it is a love/romance story that he thought was too girly for him, but later agreed it worth the time. I cried nearly the whole movie, so you know its an amazing love story haha. So I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it, maybe a good movie to see with family or friends over the holidays.

Ok, in this post I will be mentioning a couple of my favorite things this season that I recommend you try if looking for things to do with others/for others.

  1. See a play; a charlie brown christmas play(good for kids too)// what a beautiful life// The nutcracker (I love the nutcracker!!)
  2. Make a meal for everyone; Cranberry and pomegranate bruschetta (I felt tears in my eyes after biting into this..you have to try this)// cranberry margaritas – you can make it non-alcoholic if you like// bacon wrapped brussels sprouts – perfect appetizer, literally took me 10 mins to prep and 30 mins in the oven..love it// potatoes – this are very good, everyone will like them// Eggnog French toast – even if you don’t like eggnog, this you will like.
  3. Go outdoors and do an activity – there are so many outdoor activities around the holidays, from shopping, snow sports (skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or just walking) to just taking a stroll outside with after a big meal.

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I hope you are all having a wonderful christmas eve, enjoy time off of work if you have it, and as always thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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Outfit details:
Coat – Forever 21
Pants – American eagle
Shoes – Nordstrom rack
Scarf and t/shirt – Local store

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The brave

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In today’s world, nobody bats an eye when a male talks about adventuring/traveling alone, because we have set this as a norm, “males can do whatever they want” type of thing. However, in my mind and this is supported by real statistics, males are as much in danger adventuring/traveling alone as are women. When I moved to Washington state, the most attractive thing to me was the endless beauty in the wilderness. God truly did love this side of the world….I quickly became addicted to being outdoors, and I enjoyed hiking immensely. It is my way of distressing and recharging after stressful work weeks or school days. A few times I do hike with other people, but I love going solo because of the freedom to hike more difficult trails and just take it all in without being bothered. I never for one second felt threatened by anything/anyone on the trails, I meet a lot of fellow young lady hikers on the trails, hiking solo too and this encourages me even more.
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Tips on hiking/camping/traveling/adventuring solo:

1. Know your environment well. This means doing a lot of research on the conditions of the place you are visiting, and also reading reviews about people’s experiences there. I feel very safe on Washington trails because the areas are overall very safe and far from urban places, meaning less chances for crimes. You are more likely to be in danger in a city full of people than in a Washington state trail in my opinion. I do not hike urban parks because homeless people go there for shelter, I prefer out and back trails that require driving far away from the city to get to.

2. Plan accordingly. Safety first. Have a first aid kit customized for yourself (if you have allergies, bring allergy medicine. Have pain medicine, antiseptic, bandages, small rope/tourniquet for emergency purposes, pepper spray or bear spray if in bear country, pocket knife – could be used for so many things including protecting yourself and a whistle too). Have extra food, extra clothing and most important dress for the weather.

3. Last tip, let someone know where you are. I always send a quick text to someone about where I am going to be and the time I expect to be back. If they don’t hear back from me at that time, then they would act accordingly.

I hope this makes you feel more at ease about going solo in whichever place you choose to. Just do your research well and be prepared. I met someone who loves camping solo and she always has a gun with her for safety, if you love adventure, don’t let anything stop you. Just be smart about things.

If you hate being alone and don’t care for solo adventuring, then find someone like minded and in somewhat same physical fitness(I don’t mean this in a bad way at all, if your partner can’t do what you can, then you don’t get to do what you want. Some people are also endless complainers and won’t stop whining – I have seen this a lot while hiking and it is so annoying) Any how, I hope this was somewhat of an encouragement to those seeking adventure, have fun and thanks for stopping by.
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