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Monday, July 31, 2017

Test Done, Time to Explore

Photography: Jamee Edwards
Dress: Shein c/o / Clutch: Gigi New York c/o / Shoes: Kate Spade (old similar here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout: Apple Cider
I can't even tell you how excited I am now that the weekend is over!!! Saturday was the day that Todd took a huge exam, and it's now over!!!! Why does this matter you may ask? When Todd has had a moment of free time when he's not working he has been dedicating it to studying for this test. With this test done and over we can finally start exploring our new home of Dallas together! 

If you are from Dallas what has been your favorite things to do around here? Also since we are here for only a year what is a "MUST" do in all of Texas?

In other news some pretty fun things are happening this week over at the J Petite head quarters aka my office ;) This week I am going to be shooting some blog pictures with a new friend, doing a Pure Barre X Lipsense pop up shop on Saturday, shoot some headshots, and shoot a pretty fun project on Sunday. This is going to be the best week yet in Dallas.....

Friday, July 28, 2017

Find Paul Heiner Swenson American Fork Utah

I recently just found out that a friend from Utah Paul Swenson is missing. Paul has been missing since 3 pm yesterday, and was last seen in American Fork. Please help find Paul by sharing this link here on your social media. This man is seriously such an amazing soul, and we need to get him back to his wife and new baby. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Exciting Adventure With Senegence: How, Why, and What is has Done for Me

Today I wanted to talk to you guys more about what I have been up to lately, and to answer some questions that you have been emailing me. I've been meaning to write this post all month, and I am beyond excited to share it with you today! Let's dive right in...

So I have mentioned it a few times before on my blog, but I decided to become a SeneGence (aka LipSense) distributor 4 months ago. LipSense is a SeneGence product, and is a lipstick that is smudge proof for 4-18 hours! LipSense is also gluten free, vegan, wax free, animal cruelty free, non GMO, and is Kosher. Click here to read about how to apply it, and my review of it last year. 
Just like anything I talk about on my blog this is completely authentic, and I'm hoping that this post will answer the questions you've been emailing me. This post is going to be a little long to really show where I was coming from, and how I got there.

My Story on "HOW" I Became a Distributor

Let's rewind back to October of last year when I first started using LipSense. During this time LipSense started to circulate all over social media even though SeneGence has been around since the 90s. Naturally I became curious to the claim that this lipstick couldn't be rubbed off. Was it magic or false advertising? I started to talk with an old blogger friend about it, and she then put me in contact with a LipSense distributor she knew to collaborate with. Once I tried the product I immediately fell in love especially when I would do blog photoshoots/styled shoots, and not have to worry about lipstick getting on my face or clothes between wardrobe changes. I especially loved it when we did our Halloween shoot "I Feel You in My Bones" where I was in complete skeleton makeup, and we used Blackberry for me and my co models lipstick.

From October-Decemeber I worked with the same distributor where she would send me three colors every month, and I would promote her through my social media. Honestly, I didn't even charge her because I just wanted MORE AND MORE COLORS that's how much I loved it! #lipsenseaddict. Every time I would post about LipSense on my blog or social media I saw how people responded to the product, and that's when I first saw potential in this company. During that time other distributors were catching on that I was loving LipSense, and would contact me to become a distributor underneath them. Now anyone who knows me knows I HATE the idea of MLMs, but I seriously loved LipSense. During this period I kept telling myself "I am already way to busy with being a full time blogger, photographer, teaching Pure Barre, and direct sells isn't my thing." Todd always jokes around saying that people in direct sales invite people over for a "party," and locks the door until everyone buys something.

Once my deal ended with the distributor I started to miss getting in new LipSense colors to feed my addiction. I decided to try to find a new distributor to work with, and then searched all over Instagram to find someone to work with. While searching for the perfect distributor I started to realize that women were actually thriving in this business, and sharing how this magic lipstick has changed their lives financially. During that time I heard how a fellow Midwestern wife was bringing in 24k A MONTH from selling SeneGence. Numbers like that don't resonate with me because it doesn't seem attainable. Right?! January was a big research month for me, and started to watch people from a far to see if someone can really build an empire from lipstick. I quickly realized that money like that is real after seeing TONS of proud paychecks displayed over social media. My curiosity was still very active in this business opportunity, but wasn't quite convinced that it was the right fit for me. 
Once February hit I decided  to put out a Facebook post asking my friends if they knew a SeneGence distributor who would want to collaborate for 3 months. I then got a response from a girl named Sydney (my current upline) who wanted to work together who was also a fellow Midwestern Dr wife. I received my first package from her that month, and my LipSense itch was finally being scratched.

As the end of February was approaching I was still watching a mixture of distributors on Instagram that were either bloggers, stay at home moms, and older women that were equally killing it in the business. The fact that women from all walks of life were building their empires while having fun really hit home for me. Once March hit I decided that I needed to get some questions answered, and that I needed to become a distributor if it financially made sense with our upcoming move to Texas. Once my mind was made up I sat down with Sydney, and told her I wanted to become a distributor. We sat for an afternoon while she answered my questions that I could take back to Todd as a way to get him on board. Since I've never done anything like this I wasn't sure how to go about starting my business, and Sydney told me she would help me every step of the way. Now during this time I had an especially close friend that was a distributor, and I ultimately decided to sign up underneath Sydney because "ethically" it felt right to me since I was terminating our deal early to become a distributor.  At the end of March I finally took the leap, and became a distributor. To sign up you pay a fee of $55 underneath your sponsors distributor number, and pay a $5 fee that goes toward a charity. This gets you a handbook, printed materials, training DVD & CD, and access to purchasing products at wholesale value.

When I signed up to become a distibutor Todd wasn't completely sold on the idea, but I wanted him to be my 50/50 partner in this new business adventure. Todd knows that when I commit to something I put in 200% of myself into it, and don't half ass the work that needs to be done. This is where our buisness Pucker and Pout by J Petite was born!

"WHY" I Became a Distributor

For the past three years I have enjoyed becoming an entrepreneur with both my blogging, and my photography work. Nothing gives me more happiness than being able to do the things I'm passionate about, and make my work day be about things I love. Even though I hustle to grow my businesses I still don't make enough to pay for a mortgage, car payments, cell phone bills, while still maintaining to pay expenses that go into running a business.

When January hit that's when we found out that we would be moving to Texas for Todd to do Oral Surgery. This made our next step in life feel even more real, and immediately I started to realize that we were going to have to start paying off Todd's 6 figure dental school loans. I promise... you don't even want to know how expensive school was. I didn't want to graduate from school, and both of us still feel like we need to penny pinch like students. During the last 7 years that we have been married we have been so concerned with money and school that we haven't done a lot of fun things that comes with financial freedom. I was ready to figure out a way for us to start a life in Texas that would allow us to live life a little happier, and not so be stressed on finances. This is when I started to really consider SeneGence as a business opportunity.

If other women were making this opportunity work for their own lives I could do the same thing for my life. My "WHY" behind joining was primarily for the financial freedom for my little family, but I also wanted a new camera too ;)

What Has SeneGence "DONE" For Me Now

I have now been a distributor for 4 months, and I cannot believe the amount of success I have achieved since then. Within 4 months of hard work I have built up my team of 24 amazing women, and have a strong customer basis for selling. Through SeneGence you make money from both selling products, building a team of women, or a combination of both. When I first signed up building a team wasn't ever in the forefront of my mind, but women kept reaching out to me to join my team since day 1 of selling. The only reason I could think of why people wanted to join under me was because I have a genuine excitement and passion for the things I do, and I think that resonates with people. Within my first 2 weeks of selling I started to build my team, and both Todd and I are blown away with how amazing our team is. Seriously...they are ah-mazing! As a Pure Barre instructor and former organic chemistry instructor I have developed the skills that are necessary to lead people so being a leader to my team was a natural transition in my SeneGence adventure. Within the first month of being a distributor my team was growing so fast that Todd and I started creating learning and social media materials that would help educate our new members while I was working with them one-on-one to help set up their business. With being a blogger I educate all my girls how to use social media to their advantage to build their business. I am available 24/7 to all my girls, and help them with whatever they need to accomplish their own personal goals with SeneGence.

Through my hard work, and the efforts my team puts into their own businesses has blessed my little families life in more ways than I imagined. The money that I am making from my SeneGence business has helped us so much financially! After the first month of officially being in business we made back our money (plus some) that we used to purchase to sell to customers. I couldn't believe that as a business we were already cash flow positive, and how many customers were buying from me. This magic lipstick is changing my life in the best possible way. The money I have made from this opportunity has helped us move to Dallas, pay for our bills while waiting for Todd's first Dr paycheck, and now buying us a second car. Having the extra money to make payments on a car has been HUGE for my family since our first car is dying.  SeneGence as a company will pay for a blue car of your choice when you meet certain criteria within your business. Todd and I both think that  within another 2 months we will be able to get my Sene car to replace the other dying one.
While the money has been such a blessing the amount of friendships I have acquired out of this experience was something that I didn't expect to happen. During my last little bit in Arizona the sene friends I made inside/outside of my team are friendships that I know I'll have forever. We have all become each others cheerleaders, and help one another grow. I have talked about it before how I am always "community over competition," and I am completely blown away with how I've seen that within the Sene sisterhood.

This whole experience has been better than I ever could have imagined. I hope this helps answer some of your questions you had for me. If you are interested in joining my team shoot me an email, and I will answer any questions you may have

Purchasing LipSense From Me

If you wish to purchase Lipsense feel free to check out my Facebook page here. For all new LipSense customers you need to purchase what we call a "kit" for $55 + Texas tax + $3 shipping. All new customers get a complimentary makeup bag of your choice. A kit includes a color of your choice, glossy gloss, and oops remover. The gloss is what makes the color last 4-18 hours, and since it molecularly binds to your temporarily the oops remover removes the color. I also offer a 100% money back satisfaction meaning if you don't like the color you chose I can swap it for another, or if you don't like the product in general I'll refund your money in full :) 

Send me an email at for purchase inquiries :)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases Part 2


Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Photography: Jamee Edwards
Top: Vici / Shorts: Vici / Choker: Baublebar c/o / Bag: Vici / Watch: Michael Kors / Hat: Target / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Apple Cider
Just saying a quick hello for todays post. See y'all tomorrow ;)

Monday, July 24, 2017

How The Edmunds Are Settling In

Photography: Jamee Edwards
Top: Shein (only $15) c/o / Jeans: Rag and Bone / Bag: Vici / Bracelets: Baublebar c/o / Hat: Target / Ring: F21 (old similar here) / Shoes: Marc Fisher / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Apple Cider
You guys are seriously the best for continuously checking in with my blog even though I've been absent for the past month. Never in three years of blogging have I taken such a long break. You would think that I was pregnant with such an absence (I'M NOT!) lol. 

Todd and I are getting into our new routine of life, and now having a second car is going to help tremendously with that!!! Lets break down how the past few weeks have gone.
  1. Do Todd and I see each other? Yes and No. Todd goes to work 7 days a week, and will be gone from 5:00 am (on average) to 6-7 pm at night. He's on call 1-2x a week where he is at the hospital for 36 hours straight. On the nights we see each other we usually will make dinner together if I haven't already made it. Since his days are super long we will usually go to bed around 9 pm. For the past 4 weeks Todd has had 4 days off, and when he has a day off he spends it studying for his exam at the end of this month. 
  2. What do I do when I'm not with Todd? Currently I am teaching Pure Barre at 3 studios: PB Dallas, PB Uptown, and PB Preston Hollow. Since I moved during a time when the schedule was already set I have been picking up classes until I start getting on the schedule in August. When I'm not teaching I'm working out at home doing my BBG program. Once I'm done working out for the day I am then trying to get caught up on the backend of my blog, and leading my Senegence team. 
  3. Have I explored much of Dallas yet? To be honest no! I've been here 4 weeks, and I know how to get to the grocery store, mall, work, and home #theessentials lol. I explored a little of Dallas when I went on a shoot with Red Fern photography. I'm hoping that once Todd has finished his test that we can start exploring our city on his days off. 
  4. Have I made friends yet? I'm getting there. I feel lucky to be apart of Pure Barre, and be surrounded by so many women. All my co workers have been so nice to extend a helping hand out to me, and invite me to things. Last week I went with a fellow PB teacher to the Perot Museum where I met two other women, and their darling kids. After our museum date we then met up with another PB teacher for lunch. I seriously needed that day date because all last week I was feeling so lonely. It was as if the Lord knew I needed some friends all last week, and blessed me with an opportunity to meet 4 new women. 
  5. Are we unpacked yet? We are getting there!!!! We finally unpacked our whole front room, and we need to start furniture shopping. My office is pretty complete minus things that I need hung up. I'm waiting for Todd to get done with his test until I put him to work to complete my office. My closest is completely unpacked, which took the longest out of any room. Since we have two bathrooms I have the master, and Todd has the guest. We still need to unpack both of our bathrooms, and get everything organized. 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fashion Elite with J Petite Linkup: Free Week

Top: J.Crew (on sale)  / Skirt: Shein ($25) c/o / Necklaces: Shane Co c/o + Alixandra Collections c/o / Bracelet: Stella Dot c/o / Clutch: Vici / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Blu Red
So I got some pretty exciting news....well maybe not exciting for you, but definitely exciting for me!!! For the past 2 months Todd and I have been living by driving one car, and it has caused us to plan out our days ahead so that we both can get to work on time. Todd sold my car back in Arizona because the transmission was going out, and it was due for registration. Since the car wasn't worth fixing the transmission to pass registration we decided to sell my silver steed, and make Todd's car be our form of transportation. 

Anyone who knows me knew that I was wasn't happy about the decision since I like to work my day to my schedule, but I knew it had to be done. Since I have been selling Senegence for almost 4 months Todd decided that we can now buy a new car with our extra cash. YASSSSS!!!!! You guys, I am so excited!!!! With us having a second car again I can finally get back to my normal schedule so that I am not exhausted all the time with driving Todd to work at 5:30 am every day!!!

I know this has nothing to do with the linkup, but I am so freaking excited I had to write about it!!!! 

Anyways, since this week is free week post whatever outfit you want! I am excited to see what inspiration you have for me today :)

Thank you for joining me at the Fashion Elite with J Petite Linkup! I love sharing everything that is style whether it be the latest trends or something that is staple in the wardrobe. I absolutely love linkups as a way to connect and discover other amazing bloggers from all around the world. Each week bloggers may submit their posts on Tuesdays at 1 am Arizona Mountain time to show their take on our beauty/fashion theme of the week. Each week I will pick 2 of my favorite bloggers who rocked the trend from the previous week to be featured on my blog.
I would love to see you linking up with me by sharing #fashionelitewithjpetite, and tagging @thejpetite on Instagram. I will feature our favorite Instagram accounts who feature my hashtag.

Next weeks theme will be "Eyelet."

Would you like to cohost the Fashion Elite Linkup? Email me and let’s organize a date

Monday, July 17, 2017

What I Got From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Part 1


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tassels and High Waists

Photography: Red Fern
Top: WHBM c/o / Jeans: Topshop / Bag: Vici / Choker: Baublebar c/o / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Bracelets: Baublebar c/o + Stell Dot c/o / Hat: Target / Shoes: Marc Fisher / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Caramel Apple
Good morning everyone!!! All I can say is thank goodness it's Friday because this girl is ready to utilize her weekend to just work!! This week has been kind of crazy (thus the irregular posting) between covering classes at Pure Barre, unpacking my place still, and editing some photography sessions. 

I wanted to stop by today to share with you one of my favorite outfits lately. I used to think that I couldn't pull off high waisted jeans, but as-per-usual something that I didn't think I would like I end up loving. I got these jeans few weeks ago at Topshop, and their petite line fits amazing!!! I didn't have to hem these jeans or take in the waist. YASSSS.......

I decided to pair my new obsession with this fun white tee from WHBM. The ruffle sleeves are a fun play on the classic tee, and adds a feminine touch to the outfit. You guys know I love a pop of color so what better way to do that other then with the accessories ;)

Monday, July 10, 2017


Photography: Jamee Edwards
Top: HM / Dress: J.Crew (old similar here, here, here, and here) / Hat: Target / Bag: Gigi New York c/o / Shoes: Kate Spade (old similar here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Apple Cider
Todd officially completed his first week of his Oral Surgery program, and I can already tell that this is going to be a rough year for both of us. I didn't realize that he is going to be running on absolutely no sleep for a whole year! A WHOLE YEAR!!! If I were in his shoes I would have gotten sick by day three because this girl needs her sleep EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

I feel so grateful for his dedication to his program, and that he is willing to undergo a year of hell to accomplish what he needs to do to become an oral surgeon. If there was one thing that attracted me to Todd when we first started dating it was his drive because I needed someone in my life that was as equally driven as me. 

Our days start by dropping him off at the hospital around 5-5:30 am everyday, and then me driving back home to work. Lately I've been picking up some early morning classes at the three 
Dallas PB studios, and will usually drive straight to the studio once I leave the hospital. On the nights when Todd isn't on call (36 hour shift) I'll go pick him up at work around 6:30 pm, and let him sleep while I make dinner. During the day while my sweetie is off stitching people up I've been trying to unpack our house more, and do things around the house that will make life easier for him. This year is going to be all about adapting to our new situation, and learning how to enjoy the Dallas adventure when our time together is limited. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Dresses Under $100



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