How I Plan My Styled Shoots

Styled shoots are so much fun for me to daydream, plan, style, shoot and then see the final product come to life. It’s one of the things I enjoy most about creating content (although the actual set up does stress me out sometimes). I often get questions on how far in advance I plan styled shoots and how the whole process works to come together to what you end up seeing in my blog and feed, so I thought today…

It's all about the Hair and What it means for your Health

Hi friends! Today’s “Coffee with Jess”, is a bit light hearted with a deeper message of self care. As many of you know, my husband Mark and I have been much more apt to use vegan, cruelty free products, clean products free of harsh chemicals, and shop organic, non-gmo foods. Even gluten free recently! Whether its what we use to clean the carpets for a spill, or what we directly ingest or inhale into our body, we’re becoming more and more conscious of the products we choose and how those products may negatively or positively affect our health. Especially when it’s come to our hair-care as those…

The Rosy Life & Managing Feeling Overwhelmed

What do you do when you get that feeling? You know what I’m talking about. The dreaded first signs of feeling overwhelmed creeping up into your chest and paralyzing your thoughts. This happens to me in different situations of life. For example sometimes it’s a feeling of joyous overwhelm, flooded with emotions of excitement and anticipation…like starting something new (whether it be a relationship, job, big project etc.). It’s like you don’t want to…

Sometimes Silence is Golden & Laughter is the Cure

I literally spent all Sunday afternoon thinking about what I wanted to write about for today’s “Coffee with Jess”. Nothing. I guess it’s called writers block? I thought, what value can I bring to my amazing digital community today. Because y’all always deserve the best. Still…nothing. Ugh! So I thought, what am I going through right now that I can share to inspire you today. Still…nothing. Grrr! And then I realized…

Facing Crossroads and Creating Your Own Path

While stuck in Sunflower fields forever. And in a gorgeous yellow jcrew shirt dress and the most stylish, eco friendly walking shoes ever (rothy’s in case you’ve been under a rock)… of course! But seriously y’all, why are some decisions so hard to make? Do you ever feel like you just want to escape the entire decision making process all together? It sometimes seems so challenging to know what the “right” decision is, maybe because of fear or something else holding us back. In a perfect world, we would all just let it go and find it effortless and easy to find and create our own path. But no one said chasing your dreams our listening to your heart would be easy…

No Place Like Home and How I Unwind after Traveling

There really is something to the saying, “there’s no place like home”. We’ve been traveling a lot lately, most recently Las Vegas and Charleston, but we’re back home in North Carolina and it feels good to be back. Even though North Carolina hasn’t been our home for long (since January-more on that here), I feel like we’ve adjusted pretty quickly and have explored a lot of cool areas in this beautiful state. And there’s still so much more to see…

Luck Defined and Creating Your Own Luck

As I was flying home from Las Vegas to North Carolina, after what seemed like really long days and evenings of work meetings, I wondered how to make the time pass. I’m an anxious flyer (like many of us), so this was no easy task. Anyone else when traveling home feel like you just can’t get home quick enough? My brain felt warped from all of the new information and presentations I’d been absorbing for work and I thought it would be so easy to just turn on a sweet play list, if only I had one (darn), and tune out. So instead I decided to continue learning and growing by listening to a new podcast called…

Manifestation

So I’ve got a question for you today. Do you believe in manifestation? In putting it all out there to the universe and on the line, and it will come true? A part of me believes in that and the power of the mind. After all, I always say where there’s a will there’s a way. Another part of me though thinks this is too good to be true. Like the art of just saying something out loud or writing it down is going to make it happen…I’m not sure yet about all that…

A Spring Picnic at the Plantation

Stay with me here because I know Your biggest Regret. But first, this story- which I promise has a very good point.

Oh what a day!! It was truly such a beautiful Spring day when I pulled up to Dewberry Manor Farms for a relaxing picnic on their plantation. Y’all if this home isn’t full of Southern Charm with its sweeping front porch views of rolling green pastures, and fragrant garden flowers, I don’t know what is. I was blown away by such a stunning property that looked like it jumped straight out of Southern Living Magazine into my pre-planned, real-life afternoon. And my London Times Tam Shift Dress couldn’t have been a more perfect outfit for the occasion. Naturally, the first thing I had to do once I got there, was…

Comparison - Plus the Beauty of Staying in Your Own Lane

Ok Ladies. Hands up if anyone here can relate to the comparison game. It really is the thief of Joy. There’s something so refreshing about embracing the “Stay in your own lane” motto. Until you try it you simply can’t understand what a relief it can be.

This is something I believe many of us, including myself, struggle with all the time. With an Instagram scroll that begins to look like Martha Stewarts Pinterest page, its easy to find ourselves thinking how can I keep up, or will I ever …