posted on: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Photos by: Olivver Simon
Happy to finally be sharing more photos from my amazing first trip of the year- MEXICO CITY! When it came to ringing in 2016 and starting the year off right, I knew I needed to get out of LA and spend a few days in a completely different environment. So, me and my Instagram husband planned a trip in 24 hours with an outbound ticket heading down south! I don't think I've planned anything within 24 hours let alone something involving a passport.
I am a big lover of spontaneity so something like this was right up my alley. But with that spontaneity does come it's downfalls which is why I thought it would be great to share with you some traveling tips when visiting Mexico City.
An International Phone Plan is Your Friend
Since we left in such a frenzy, we didn't have time to change our plans beforehand. Not a deal breaker, but it definitely requires some creativity later on. Let's face it, our phone's are not only great for wasting countless hours on Instagram, but also for navigation, google searches, and MAKING PHONE CALLS. All things highly necessary when navigating through a new city. Did I mention Uber? We'll get to that later.
Where You Stay is Where You Play
We received countless recommendations on which areas to stay in. Unfortunately we weren't able to find an Airbnb so last minute in those districts but our loft about 18 mins away was still lovely (see photos above!) Basically La Roma or La Condesa are where you want to be. Such tranquil, beautiful places filled with amazing restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. The Airbnb's are insanely adorable and completely affordable. What's not to love?!
Uber > Taxi's
So it's no secret that Uber's are wildly more popular than taxi's. However, when you don't have internet (ugh) taxi's may be your only option. What we discovered was a mixed bag of sorts. We had a few awesome drivers and some not-so-awesome rides. Biggest tip would be to negotiate your price beforehand. Make sure to notice things like their "meter being broken." Also make sure you are getting into an official taxi cab. You'll either see the letter "A" or "B" on their vehicle. And obviously, cash is key!
A small victory was that we were able to request an uber using wifi from our Airbnb when heading out. The stress of not having to give a taxi driver directions (that they sometimes ignored) was fantastic. Uber rides are also very decently priced there. I think our bill at a single dinner one night was double our accumulated Uber bill for the entire trip. Crazy!
Although there were some inconveniences, this trip was one of my favorites. With traveling comes the good and the bad. You will always learn something new from each new adventure. Next Mexico City post I will touch more on sights to see, mapping out your plan of attack, and why locals can make your experience so much better!
posted on: Friday, January 29, 2016
Even though it's only the tail end of January and we are quickly creeping up on February, I can't help but intensely crave spring and summer. I literally have been daydreaming of frolicking in the desert and I hate to say it...Coachella. I greatly place most of the blame on the fact that I can't wait to see LCD Soundsystem. RIGHT?! I've never seen them live before and they "retired" so I feel like my fangirl tendencies are justified.
With that said, I couldn't help but bust out some warm weather appropriate garments aka this amazing romper by Alice McCall. She is such an incredible designer who I admire on so many levels. She manages to combine edgy, girly, and sexy into all her pieces. Such an enormous fan and another reason why I will forever stand by the fact that Australians always get it right!
posted on: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
C'est la vie! We can't always get what we want- such is life. For me, straight teeth was definitely one of those things. Until now! I finally decided the take the steps toward a smile that I could be proud of.
Two months ago I paid a visit to Dr. Yana at her crazy beautiful office because after years of debating I finally decided to get...Invisalign! When I was younger I had braces but was a naughty child and never wore my retainer. Biggest. Regret. Ever! Basically my teeth ended up acting like rebellious teenagers that all went and did their own thing aka crooked. Even though I like pouty pictures (my inner Posh Spice) I prefer laughing and smiling throughout most of my day. I feel SO fortunate to have Dr. Yana as my Invisalign dentist because she is absolutely the best in the biz!
As of now I have had Invisalign for 5 weeks. My initial reaction to wearing the trays was that it did feel a little bulky in my mouth. I also noticed that when I spoke I had a slight lisp. As expected, the bulkiness in my mouth as well as my lisp quickly went away. The first week is all about adjusting. You now wear a retainer for an optimal 22+ hours a day. Don't be worried if you stumble in the beginning when taking them on and off. You will have plenty of practice and will be pro in no time. In the beginning I needed a mirror to put them on. Now, pssshh I can pop them in any time any place!
As far as any pain, for me personally I have had very little. The most I've experienced was during the first two trays. But again, very minor. The biggest adjustment has been eating. In particular- snacking! Snacking just doesn't really exist when you have Invisalign. A blessing in disguise! You start having the mentality that if you have to take out your trays it better be damn worth it! I've definitely found myself on more of a meal schedule which I personally love.
For the next few months I will be chronicling my Invisalign journey- the good, bad, and ugly! I'll touch more on any personal success and difficulties I encounter, lifestyle changes, and the changes I see in my smile! Next up will be an office tour of the previously mentioned BEAUTIFUL office of Dr. Yana.
I am so excited about taking the steps to a great smile. If you have a similar story to me or simply have questions concerning Invisalign or Dr. Yana's Practice please feel free to reach out or leave a comment below.
Keep smiling babes!
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posted on: Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Photos by: Will Tee Yang
Definitely feeling the glitz, glam, rocker vibes with this one! Line & Dot made this jumpsuit last summer that I absolutely freaked over the cut! Got so many compliments when I wore it out. Lucky for me they made it again but this time in this amazing velvet print for fall. I usually am not a huge fan of cut-outs but these are done so right. I'm crossing my fingers they come out with more colors/prints for spring!
Here I glammed it up with my favorite layering pieces from Child of Wild and my trusty shag cardigan (on super sale right now-link below!). Of course couldn't leave the house without some Little Black Boots.
What have been some of your favorite looks or trends this winter? Leave a comment below and let me know what you're loving!
posted on: Monday, December 28, 2015
I know Christmas was on Friday but I can explain my tardiness with this post- I was busy having fun! Or should I say busy eating. Good grief you guys. Christmas gluttony is a real thing. I was literally uncomfortably full for three days straight.
Overeating aside, my Christmas this year was far from what I've known to be Christmas, well, my entire life. I'm sure some of you can relate- siblings get married and have to alternate holidays, people go out of town, people work...the list goes on and on. But the point is getting everyone in the same room gets increasingly more difficult as we get older. Me a few years ago probably would get really sad but 2015 Jill gladly embraces it. I was able to spend quality one-on-one time with my mom and dad where the focus wasn't on gifts and a lot of hoopla. It was really nice!
On top of that, I am happy to report that my annual cookie decorating party with my friends went super well. So much laughter and ridiculousness. I'm walking away from this Christmas a happy camper. Very little stress and a whole lot of love.
I hope you all had an amazing holiday with your loved ones! Now on to New Year's! Not sure what I'm going to wear but I heart this DVF jumpsuit so much it's definitely a contender. We shall see!