Public Desire Bae Watch

posted on: Sunday, August 21, 2016

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Shoes: Public Desire
Bomber: Zara (similar)
Dress: Asos (similar)
Sunglasses: Crap Eyewear

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Vest: Marciano
Shorts: Grlfrend
Necklace: Liv Bambina 

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Shorts: Morris Day
Sunglasses: Sonix

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Shoes: Public Desire (similar)

Very honored to be Public Desire's Bae Watch for the month of August! I styled up my favorite pairs of shoes in all the ways that represent my style- girly with an edge. 

It's always fun to play around with different looks. It's exactly why I love doing what I do! 

Check out my full interview here and what having an Insta-life looks like.

And because we love you, use the code JILL15 to get 15% off site wide (minus sale) until 11/15/2016! 

EXPRESS: You're The Pilot

posted on: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Photos by: Will Tee Yang

This month I've partnered with Express and it's all about how we #ExpressLife.  One way I Express Life is through how I dress. My style changes, just like me, and this outfit reflects my style perfectly right now. I love denim, neutral colors, and a solid pair of jeans is always a key staple in my wardrobe. This pair from Express is definitely my favorite.

Besides what’s hanging in my closet, I've also decided that this is the perfect time to get a little more personal than usual and reflect on where I'm at, where I've been, and where I hope to go.

The past few years, and especially this last year, has been filled with tons of growing pains for me. And I don't mean that in a negative way. Let's take it back a bit. Back to my younger years- I used to play it safe, I still do sometimes. Growing up I always got good grades, followed the rules, and did what I was told. But then suddenly you are an adult and no one is ushering you in a certain direction to do something. That day hits where there is no more hand holding and you have to make all the decisions yourself- oh boy is that scary.

As I've gotten older I've realized that growing up means growing confidence. I always say I wish I knew then what I know now. But that's just not reality. What I've learned is to not be afraid. Don't wait. The biggest rewards come from the biggest risks. Trial and error. I could go on for days.

What helped kick me out of my "play it safe" habit was surrounding myself with people that inspired me. These are the people that made me realize that nine times out of ten we don't do things because we're scared or don't think we're good enough. What I constantly repeat to myself is don't say no to anything. Let it say no to you. What's the worst that can happen?

The best thing I ever did was step out of my comfort zone and move to LA. I knew no one. I had no job. I had very little money. But I had a curiosity. As silly as that sounds I was intrigued about starting over and trying something completely new (sorry about that college tuition mom and dad). Now, I'm not telling you to drop everything and poor planning equals success, but I am saying that drive and motivation are.

As corny as it sounds, no one is going to give you the life you want other than yourself. As I sit here typing to you today, I can say for a fact that I am happier than I've ever been. But with that said, my life is far from perfect. Life is tricky, relationships are hard, and many days are filled with struggle, stress, and fatigue. But, in the end it is all worth it because I know that I've never worked harder at anything else before. When you feel a sense of self-worth, it makes you a better friend, girlfriend, daughter, get it.

Where do I go from here? I only hope up! Each day I hope to learn more about myself and this funny little journey called life. So until be continued.

The bad news is time flies. Good news is you're the pilot. -Michael Altahuler

Express Heeled Sandals
Express Star Choker
Strathberry Mini Bag

Post sponsored by Express.

LBB TRAVELS: Dominican Republic Part 1

posted on: Monday, August 8, 2016

She likes adventure! A couple weeks ago I ventured to the Dominican Republic for a quick trip that didn't disappoint. This day was my absolute favorite. We jumped in our rental and drove to our first stop of the day: Montana RedondaTo say I had a blast is putting it lightly. 

You park your car at the bottom, and then pay for the transport up the treacherous mountain. Fresh coconut for a little extra if you please. The ride up was HOLY GUACAMOLE bumpy. I couldn't stop laughing at us trying to Snapchat the view while simultaneously trying not to fly out the window. 

Once at the top you are greeted to what can only be described as an elevated playground on crack. The view is incredible and the star of the show had to be the swings. Oh my goodness these swings. At first it is scary but that dissipates very quickly. You quickly switch into giggly school girl mode. 

I highly, highly recommend going here if you are in the Dominican!

Blouse: Asos

After flying high, the beach seemed like the next best option. Fast forward to Macao Beach. 

It's a quaint little beach spot that was very much my vibe. I loved that it wasn't very crowded, the water was calm and warm, and uber picturesque. 

If you've followed my blog for a bit now, you know I am obsessed with white dresses. A bride without a wedding if you will. I can't get enough so I'm sharing my favorite white dresses of the moment down below!

Dress: Luna Soul
Bandana: Asos

After a hard day's work (hehe), what better way to end it than with some lobster cooked on the beach and a couple Presidente Light's! This little eatery was tucked in the corner and fulfilled my one wish of the entire trip- to eat lobster on the beach! 

The family that owned the restaurant was incredibly sweet. A characteristic found amongst everyone we encountered in this beautiful country. 

So before the storm rolled in, we grubbed on lobster, rice, and plantains. YOU GUYS. That's the vibe. 

I love reliving this day because it really was one of my favorites. Stay tuned for my next recap that will include all the swim I wore on this trip!