Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Life Update & Our Last Shoot in Dallas

Photography: Ella B Photo
Dress: Urban Outfitters (comes in a red print too!) / Hat: Target / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Lips: Lipsense - 1x Sassy Z 2x First Love
Right before we moved from Dallas I knew that I wanted to get some pics of Todd and I to commemorate our year in Texas. Since Todd's schedule was so hectic at the hospital we never had time to get family pictures done, which made this shoot extra important. I was beyond thrilled that Ella was able shoot these for us two days before we moved on such short notice. We decided that the Winspear opera house was the perfect place to shoot since you see so much of the city in the background. 

Let's now switch gears, and talk about the Edmunds life update. Todd and I moved to Lewisburg Pennsylvania so that Todd could do a 4 year Oral Surgery Residency at the Geisinger hospital in Danville. We have officially been here a week, and this is how life is so far.

Lewisburg as a City

I've always lived in bigger cities (Salt Lake City, LA, Phoenix, Dallas) so small town living was something I knew was going to be very hard for me. So far there isn't much to do that matches my old lifestyle such as boutique workouts, amazing restaurants, night life, mountain recreation, or good shopping. I keep googling fun things to do in Pennsylvania, but so far I haven't found things that screams Jessica. On the upside there's a recreation center next to our home, and we both got a membership there. 

Back in Dallas there were pockets in the city for all age ranges, which is something I loved. So far all the residents in my area are either retired couples, or older people with families. I feel like I want to wear a sign around my neck saying "wanted: mid twenties friends - references accepted." It's only been a week so I'm still hopeful that I'm not completely SOL in the friend department yet.

Since Lewisburg is such a small city we have done TONS of driving to the neighboring city Harrisburg. The drive is about 1.5 hours, which kills me every time we go there whether it be to look at a new car, shop furniture, or get new licenses. I never realized what a luxury it is to have everything within 30 minutes driving distance.  

On a more positive note, Lewisburg is really pretty. There's so much green all around, and the weather is super mild for this time of year. Todd has made such an effort to make sure that my transition to this city isn't negative, and has been setting up little outings for us. We've been doing a walk every night where we explore a different area in our neighborhood, eat ice cream by the Susquehanna river, and visit our neighborhood park with Renly and Django.


Currently I am not working outside the home, and putting my teaching on hold. The closest Pure Barre studio to our home is an hour and twenty minutes away in Mechanicsburg. I was toying around with the idea of commuting at least once a week, but as of now the commute is too long to do especially when winter comes along. It breaks my heart to not teach anymore after 6 years of loving my job, but as of now my teaching career is going to be put on the back burner. 

I still plan to continue my photography here in Pennsylvania, and see this as an awesome opportunity to really build up that business. Since I started up photography 2 years ago I knew that with moving out of Arizona to Dallas that building a brand didn't make much sense since I was so transitional between states. Since we are planted here for 4 years I'm going to go hard with building my brand, and hopefully launching a site within a few months. 

While I love working from home with blogging and photography I need another part time job to get me out of the house to meet people, and have more income roll in. I've been scouring the ads to see what job opportunities are available for me in my surrounding cities, but nothing matches my background in science, fitness, or photography. 

Todd as a Doctor

This week Todd started orientation, and his program officially start in July. When Todd starts his program in July he will be in his anesthesiology rotation, which means he won't start doing 36 hour shifts until January. This honestly is such a breath of fresh air because Dallas was so miserable for me at first because he jumped right into not being home, and I felt completely alone in a new state.

After his first day at the hospital on Monday he said everyone seemed really nice, and he seems really positive about his program. 

Where I stand Mentally

I made such a life for myself in Dallas that it breaks my heart to leave the city, and all my friends I left behind. The friends I made in Dallas were so special to me that it feels like I'm leaving family. It's rare to find women who will fully embrace you for who you are, and love you full heartedly. 

Every day since we've moved I find myself crying because I miss my old life. I don't want this post to  come off as "woe is me," but this is where I am now. With every move there has been a grieving process for me, and especially now since my life is going to be completely different from what I'm used to. I miss my friends. I miss being surrounded by people I can relate with. I miss the energy of the city. I miss working at Pure Barre. I miss SoulCycle. 

I miss everything. 

Someone left me a comment on one of my Instagram posts that really stopped me in my tracks.. 

"Grow where you are planted."

These words are so simple, but yet made such an impact on me. With every move I've done I learned to adapt, made a life for myself, and found happiness. Even though I feel sad about starting a new life this gives me hope that Pennsylvania will have something beautiful in store for me. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

My Favorite Sunnies For Summer: Nicole Miller

Photography: Ella B Photo
Shirt: Madewell / Overalls: Madewell (wearing xxs) / Hat: Target / Sunnies: Nicole Miller c/o / Bag: Free People (also loving this style too here thats bigger and cheaper) / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 1x Sassy Z 2x First Love
With a fresh new summer finally here I am stocking up on a few key pieces for the season such as t shirts, dresses, hats, heels, and always some new sunnies. 

Some women have a shoe obsession between seasons, but my obsession lies in the sunnies. Whenever it comes to a new pair of sunglasses I always gravitate toward the aviator style since it's become a proven design that compliments my face shape. When Nicole Miller sent me these retro aviators I knew that they were going to be the perfect staple for any summer outfit this season. The Rose Sunglasses comes in three different colors, and I immediately went for the brown tortoise color.  Nicole Miller also makes another style called the Paisley, which is already in my shopping cart ( run onto their site to check it out ;) ). 

Since I’ve gotten these sunnies I have worn them like crazy, and get compliments whenever I wear them. Recently I wore my Nicole Miller sunnies with this casual outfit to add some edge to my summer overalls. 

This post was sponsored by Nicole Miller. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Striped Maxi & Memorial Day Recap

Dress: F21 / Bag: Vici (old similar here and here) / Shoes: Michael Kors (old similar here) / Bracelets: Baublebar here c/o + here c/o / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 1x Strawberry Shortcake 1x She's Apples 1x Fly Girl
Sorry for no blog posts for the past few days, but I got sick right after Memorial Day. In true Jessica fashion I neglected everything, and laid in bed for two days. 

Speaking of Memorial Day it was an absolute blast! Started off the day by doing a Soul Survivor, and then did a double class with some of my Dallas friends. Right after we did SoulCycle we then headed to my pool where we laid out for hours.

After we got a good base tan we then headed over to Pie Tap for some dinner followed by watching the Bachelorette. I don't know how I got so lucky in finding friends who want to play all day, and we don't get sick of one another. 

What did you do for Memorial Day weekend?

Monday, May 28, 2018

My Holiday Outfit & Memorial Day Sales

Jumpsuit: Everly (only $55!) / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Bag: Vici / Shoes: Free People / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 1x Strawberry Shortcake 1x She's Apples 1x Fly Girl
Happy Memorial Day everyone! Hopefully you have the day off work for a long holiday weekend. 

If you are anything like me then you love a good sale! Here are some of the sales that are going on for Memorial Day that you need to take advantage of!

Anthropologie: Up to 40% off sale + 20% off full priced decor and furniture 
Ann Taylor: 40% off full priced items using code GETSTYLED
American Eagle: 40% off summer styles
Blank NYC: 30% off site wide with code BNYC30
Bloomingdales: Save 20-50% off regular priced items + 40-50% off sale
Boohoo: 50% everything with code GIMME
Carbon 38: Up to 60% off using code MEMORIAL30
Current Elliot: Take an extra 25% off sale with code MD2018
Express: Up to 50% off on everything
Forever 21: Extra 30% off sale + free shipping on order over $21
Free People: Additional 25% off sale items
Gap: 40% off everything online using code MEMDAY
J Brand: 20% offf sale items with code SUMMER
J.Crew: 40% off site wide + FREE SHIPPING using code GETAWAY
LOFT: 40% off site wide
Michael Kors: 25% off sale items
Missguided: 50% off everything with code GOBABE
Onzie: 20% off site wide using code READY4SUMMER
Quay Australia: 20% off using code GET20
Rachel Parcell: Up to 70% off

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Best Summer Earrings Under $15

Left to Right + Top to Bottom
White pair c/o / Flamingos c/o / Mint Baubles c/o / Pink Baubles c/o / Neon Hoops c/o / Blue Baubles c/o / Red Tassels c/o
I go through phases where I wear earrings all the time or hardly at all. Typically during the summer months is when I itch for some bold, bright, and big earrings!!! I love pairing statement earrings with summer dresses, swimsuits, and jumpsuits! There's something about a statement earring that gives an outfit that extra "pop" that makes you feel all sorts of fierce am-I-right?!

I love Baublebar because they create pieces that are currently on trend, but sometimes I don't want to spend $30+ on accessories especially since all of our money is being allocated to moving to PA. Did you know that Baublebar teamed up with Target to create a line that is more affordable called Sugarfix?

For the past couple months I've been send some earrings from the Sugarfix line, and honestly it is the same quality as the Baublebar line. Have you tried the Sugarfix line yet?

Monday, May 21, 2018

One of My Favorite Dresses on a Budget

Dress: F21 (only $16!) / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Bag: Vici (similar here) / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (here, here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - First Love
This weekend the temps skyrocketed in Dallas, and dresses are the only thing that keeps my body from overheating. Since I WEAR tons of dresses in the summer months I try not to spend a lot on them. Lately F21 has been killing it this season, and have bought multiple pieces from them that I have been very happy with. I almost hate it when F21 gets it right for a season because I then want to buy it all!!! 

This dress stuck out to me because it doesn't cling to the body (great for when its hot), can be dressed down for daytime, or dressed up for aa night out with the girls. It also comes in cream/navy, but the green stood out to me for summer.

Tune in for tomorrows post where I share all the places my dad and I explored when he was in town. 

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