Thursday, July 31, 2014

so you wanna be a teacher? - wishlist

William Shakespeare's Love Sonnets // Vera Bradley Lanyard // Jeffery Campbell Pencil Wedges // Saint James Striped Top // Paige Jeans // Tea for Teacher Mug // pens for grading // Atlas Watch

Back to school is happening soon, and I've been stocking up on the essentials I'll need to help me through the semester. It made me think, what will I need when I'm a teacher? Likely, a lot of the same things, but of course, I'll be able to get cute teacher-y things like I've put above! Along with anything from Out of Print! I have a Pinterest board dedicated to all the school-related things I love. If you're interested, check it out!

What are your back to school essentials?
What would you buy for your classroom if you were a teacher?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

4.5 Things "Artsy" People Should Never Do

Though I'm not an authority on the subject of art, I've compiled a list of the things I think are most important that every self-proclaimed "artist," "free spirit," and "creative mind" have a look at. It's true that in the art world, there are little to no rules, but there are still a few unbreakable. These are those unbreakable rules.

An "Artsy" Person Should Never:

Buy Canvas from Walmart - Just don't. Please, trust me on this. I know you're saying "Jess, it's such a good deal. I'm just starting out. This canvas is probably just as good." No, it's really not. Paint on literally ANYTHING else. Paint on sticks or leaves or stolen traffic cones. Walmart canvas is flimsy, smells bad, rips easily, and worst of all it looks like Walmart canvas. If van Gogh had painted on Walmart canvas, he'd have chopped off both his ears. In my opinion, the best canvas you'll ever have is the kind you wrap yourself in the back room of your high-school art class. The kind with real fabric. The kind with the frayed edges and crooked staples. Less pretentiously, you could go to Michaels or AC Moore. You'll spend a few more bucks, but there's always a coupon floating around out there.

Hate on Other Artists - I can't stress this enough. There will always be someone better than you. There will also always be someone worse than you. Don't most of us dream of a world filled with beautiful art and endless self expression? We have to encourage that if we want it to happen. Sure, constructive criticism can be a positive thing, but make sure it's warranted. Even if that person paints on Walmart canvas, hating on someone else's work will get you nowhere, except maybe a fistfight.

Plagiarize - This SHOULD be a given. Someone else's art is NOT yours. Slapping an Instagram filter on someone else's hard work and saying "Look what I did" is one of the absolute worst things you could do in terms of respect for art. Not only are you lying, stealing, and making a complete ass of yourself, it's quite easy to tell that you're a lying, stealing, ass. Especially to the people that know your skill set. If one day you're drawing stick figures, and the next you're suddenly Picasso, everyone will know something's up. Same with those photos stolen from Tumblr that you pass off as a photoshoot you just did. You're not an artist or a model, you're a joke.

Say "I Can't" - You actually can, you just have to try. Or, don't try. Sometimes not trying makes your work better. Just let the art happen. Or practice your butt off. Do whatever feels best, but never doubt yourself. You're capable of more than you think.

A little Bonus Jonas - don't worry too much about finding your "style." Sure, it's nice to keep everything cohesive, but if you want to do papercuts one day, and oil paint the next, go ahead! Limiting yourself isn't going to make your art better, unless you want to specialize in a certain area. Like the B-52's sang "Roam if you want to, roam around the world..." get out there and do it!

What are your "unbreakable" art rules?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sushi & Sweets in Eastern Market

Today, Sabrina and I headed out for lunch at Nooshi in Eastern Market in DC. We split a California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Dragon Roll, and a Fresh Cucumber Roll. Then it was off to Sweet Lobby Bakery for desert. We got raspberry and chocolate macarons and both mint and triple chocolate cupcakes! Definitely a great treat on our days off :)

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Do you have a favorite type of cupcake?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Flowers - A Simple Outfit Post

The weather was so beautiful today, and I'm finished with my summer classes, so I decided to put on a pretty sundress in celebration. Now my REAL break starts. Woohoo!

| dress - macys | shoes - mel by melissa | bag - lucky brand |
crystal pendant - handmade | glass blown pendant - handmade

What is your favorite summer outfit?
What are you celebrating this week?

Sunday, July 27, 2014


This past weekend I celebrated my birthday with my friends. It was the first time in a while since I'd gotten to see most of them, and having all of them in a room together was one of the best birthday presents I could've asked for. 

I had red velvet cupcakes topped with beautiful (and edible) Ryan Gosling portraits. You're allowed to be jealous. It's okay, I'd be jealous too.

We all ate our weights in delicious party food. Above is S'mores dip with animal crackers. There was also a game of Movie Jeopardy and Cards Against Humanity thrown in there. They were great fun.

We danced our butts off to Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and One Direction. I didn't win any of them. My friends are really good dancers! (AKA lame meanies) 

I set up a makeshift photobooth in the dining room, and things got interesting.

Everyone decided to do the "disco eye" thing that I hate.

Tianna held me like a precious jewel. Yes I am wearing a Little Mermaid tiara. I think it's the only time I've ever worn a crown in my life.

We felt (and acted) like 9 year olds. It was awesome.

Have you had a birthday sleepover as an "adult?"
What are your favorite party games?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Need Your Help! (+ Giveaway Opportunity)

Hey y'all! It's been a while since I used this blog to give back, and since I'm steadily gaining on 1,000 readers, I thought, what better time to start thinking about a giveaway?!

That's where you all come in! Surely, I should let you all decide what you'd actually want to receive from me! Since you all are a big part in why I do this, I'd also like you to play a big part in choosing the prize!

If you would be so kind, please fill out this survey to let me know how I'm doing! You'll also be asked what kind of giveaway you'd be interested in entering, and even have the option to enter your own prize idea completely!

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If you'd like to get involved with (or help sponsor) the giveaway, please shoot me an email at! I'd love to hear from you!

Thank you all so much for being here.
Can't wait to hear your opinions!

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Day in Gifs

Waking up - no matter what time it is:

After finally getting out of bed:

Rude drivers on my way to class:

Attempting to pay attention in class:

Then, it's off to my job in childcare:

When tantrums happen:

Once getting off work:

Then I realize I live in the Nation's Capital... and it's rush hour.

And I'm stuck in traffic for the next hour and a half:

When I finally get home, I'm like:

But I see my roommate is watching something good on TV:

I try to get some blogging done:

But then I realize I have a paper due the next day:

All the homework puts me in existential crisis mode:

But then one of my friends wants to come over:

And we end up doing something totally stupid:

Way too late at night, I finally decide to make dinner:

And I realize I have to be up at 7AM the next morning:

And even though it should be like this:

It always ends up like this instead:

Thanks to Renee from Getting Fit & Fab for posting her hilarious day in gifs and for giving me the idea to steal! :)

What is your day in Gifs like?
Do you relate to any of these?