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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Biltmore Styled Shoot - Spring Bridals

When I was a going through my computer I came across this gem that I never shared! During my last months in Arizona I was asked to be a model for a shoot put on by Imoni Events. I was so excited when they told me that Mary Claire was going to be the photographer because I admired her work for the longest time. 

Planners- Imoni Events
Floral- Sarahs Garden
Rentals/tableware- The Confetti Studio
Rentals- Event Rents
Paper Goods- Foil & Ink
Linens- La Tavola 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Break The Mold

Photography: Ella B Photo
Sweater: Free People (ON SALE!) / Bra: Free People / Jeans: AG / Bag: VICI (similar here) / Boots: 1. State (similar here) / Belt: J.Crew (old similar here) / Sunnies: Quay / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Strawberry Shortcake
The past couple months have been a struggle for me. 

While this blog is primarily about fashion & fitness I like to share with you guys my personal experiences just incase it can resonate with another, and make you feel like your not alone. 

Ever since December I've been noticing that I am not the same person I used to be back when I was in my early twenties. I thought I knew who Jessica was when I was in college, and little did I know that I would evolve. Through experiences, people, traveling, and just being exposed to life outside the comfort zone allowed evolution to take hold of me as a person. There's an eternal struggle where part of me refuses to accept that I am a different person from 5 years ago, but the other part of whispers in my ear giving me reassurance that change is ok. 

Being vulnerable is ok. 
Being different is ok. 
Being true to yourself is ok. 

For years I felt like I had to fit into a mold that would ultimately bring me happiness, and consciously  tried to stay within those boundaries even though it didn't feel 100% "me." Dallas has made me feel more vulnerable than I ever have felt in my life, and has allowed me to take down my walls to break the mold. I've been resenting myself for so long that I am a different person today, and recently have allowed myself to feel ok to be me. This new self makes mistakes that are no longer secrets, actively puts herself out there to connect with others, refuses to prolong being happy, doesn't allow money to determine happiness, and has a depth that is completely different from when I was younger.

If you are struggling with something similar just know that you are not alone, and you will love yourself more when you allow yourself to stop faking who you are. 

Life is too short....

Friday, February 23, 2018

Ruffle Sleeve Dress

Photography: Ella B Photo
Dress: Shein c/o (Only $20! Comes in more colors too!) / Bag: WHBM c/o (similar here and here) / Shoes: WHBM c/o (ON SALE FOR $50!!) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Roseberry
I feel like it's been forever since I've shared a super dressy outfit on the blog, and I am obsessed with this gorgeous cobalt dress. I've always loved cobalt on me, but this color is so hard to find!

Since my life keeps getting more and more casual since I work from home it's so nice to get dressed up from time to time. One of the things I miss about working outside of home was actually wearing my wardrobe M-F. 
Petite Review for the Shein One Side Ruffle Dress: When I got this dress in I couldn't believe how perfect the xs fit. I did no alterations on this dress at all, and it fits me like a glove. Since my body is smaller than most I would definitely recommend going up a size. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Workout Wednesday: Spin Playlist Faves

It's no surprise that I've become OBSESSED with riding at Soul Cycle, and one of my favorite parts of the workout is the music! Here's a mix of my favorite songs I've heard recently in my classes. I hope you love this playlist as much as me! Click here to hear the playlist. 

  1. I Miss You  Cahill Remix) - Clean Bandit feat Julia Michaels
  2. Sinners - ODESZA feat Sasha Sloan
  3. Ok (Stadiumx Remix) - Robin Schulz
  4. Night Call - Steve Aoki feat Lil Yachty
  5. Aint That Way - R3HAB & Krewella
  6. New Rules (MRK Club Mix) - Duo Lipa
  7. Both Of Us - Yellow Claw
  8. Mi Gente (Alesso Remix) - J Balvin, Willy William, Alesso
  9. Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) - BTS feat Desiigner
  10. Beautiful Trauma (MOTi Remix) - Pink
  11. Silence (Tiesto's Big Room Remix) - Marshmallow, Khalid, Tiesto
  12. What About Us (Cash Cash Remix) - Pink
  13. Best Friend - Sofi Tukker, Oliver Heldens, NERVO
  14. Get it Right - Diplo, MO, Goldlink
  15. Dirty Sexy Money (Joe Stone Remix) - David Guetta, Afrojack, Charli XCX

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Topshop / Jeans: AG / Bag: Target (old similar here) / Shoes: Just Fab (old similar here and here) / Rings: Free People / Bracelets: Charming Charlie's (old similar here) & Baublebar / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Strawberry Shortcake
Stopping by today for a quick post since today is going to be full of Soul Cycle, Solid Core, Pure Barre, and round 2 of Soul Cycle in the evening. See you guys tomorrow for "Workout Wednesday."

Monday, February 19, 2018

Game Night

Photography: Ella B Photo
Top: Halogen / Jacket: Zara (super similar here) / Tights: Cammando / Bag: VICI (similar here) / Boots: Gianni Bini / Skirt: Free People (comes in other colors and is on sale!) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - First Love
Happy presy day blog fam! 

If you follow my Instagram stories then you would have seen that my weekend was a blast! One of my Pure Barre friends decided to host a girl game night on Saturday, and invited Pure Barre staff and some of our client friends. The turn out was amazing, and we had 20 girls show up! I seriously needed Saturday because I couldn't stop laughing. We played two games with the first being Fish Bowl, and the second being What Do You Meme (We also used the Basic Bitch Pack - Must GET!). If you have ever played Cards Against Humanity then you'll love this game! Seriously one of the funniest games I have ever played! The night was full of food, good company, and non stop laughs. 

I left the party a little early since I had my double dose of Soul Cycle in the morning, and didn't want to sleep through my favorite classes I look forward to all week! After I did a double with my soul sister AE I then went home to shower, and get ready to teach since Todd was pulling a 36 hour. After I got done teaching I then ran over to the Dallas Farmers Market to photograph a PB girl for her blog. 

I'm starting to love these weekends were I get to hang with girlfriends for days on end. I'm seriously soaking in every moment before we have to leave Dallas. 

What are some of your favorite games you like to play at game night?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Workout Wednesday: My Top Favorite Studios for Class Pass in Dallas + Studio Review

If you have been following my Instagram stories then you would have noticed how much I enjoy taking different classes with Class Pass (full blog post on CP here). Since I get so many DMs about my thoughts on different studios I thought I would share my top Class Pass studios for Dallas Texas with a full review on why I love the studios. Lets jump right in! 

BEYOND Studios - Preston Hollow 

This class caught my interest on Class Pass because of the treadmills. Since I am a runner I was curious to see how running was incorporated into this workout. The 9:30 a.m class I went to was called "Reform + Run," and you spend half the time on a treadmill with the other half being on a reformer or the bungee attached to the wall. Note: We didn't use the tramps featured in the image for my class. 

The class size consisted of me and two other girls, which seemed very small considering it being a 9:30 a.m. class. We started off on the treadmill first, and this treadmill was the most foreign treadmill I've ever been on. When I got on I was looking for the dials to turn up the speed, and little did I know that your own body propels the tread. Beyond uses a Woodway Curve treadmill, and the curved design mixed with body weight allows the machine to move. This treadmill was CRAZY, but a good crazy!!!

Once you spend some time on the treadmill at mixed rates then you come to the floor and do strength training with the bungee, and then its back to the treadmill. We used the bungee to either do jump squats or strength training with the arms. Since I've been taking it easy on my knees lately I modified any jumping. You do this back and forth between cardio and strength training the entire class, and by the 3rd time we hit the tread I was stripping down to a bra. You finish class on the reformers, and my body was sweating uncontrollably at this time. 

After class I talked to the teacher about how much I enjoyed the class, and talked about my bum left hamstring. As we talked she informed me on some things I can do for my tight hamstring to loosen it up. I REALLY appreciated this because it shows that the instructors are not only trained to run a class, but are also familiar with the body/injury relationship. 

Class: BEYOND Studios - Reform + Run

Class Description: Full body pilates based interval training. Portion of class is done on a treadmill, and other potion done on a pilates reformer.

Good For: Toning and burning calories.

Class Time: 50 minutes

What to Wear: Leggings or crops, sticky socks, running shoes, tank, and a sports bra incase you need to shed the layers ;)

Music: Loved the music. Remixed top hits that are upbeat.

Injury Friendly?: If running is too much impact on your joints you can always opt to walk. Make sure you talk with the instructor prior to class if you have a preexisting injury. 

Sweat Rating: I sweat a ton in this class and give it a 7/10 with 10 being drenched head to toe. This class is definitely a good calorie burn!

Pure Barre - Preston Hollow

Ok maybe I'm a little bias for this making my top studio list since I work here, but you know I love me some PB. I currently work at three studios in Dallas: Greenville, Uptown, and Preston Hollow. Preston Hollow is the only location I work at that is on CP. Pure Barre is a full body workout, and uses small movements to a) be low impact on the body, and b) to target and isolate muscles. The technique creates long lean muscle by fatiguing each muscle group to the point where it shakes, and then stretching it out after class (click here and here to see a Pure Barre transformation post I wrote).  

The class starts off with a warm up in the center of the room with weight work. After that you then move to the barre for the majority of class to work on thighs, seat, quick cardio sprint, abs, and cool down. Every class has the same format, but is different every time you come to class. For example: You'll never experience the same thigh set even if you come every day. 

If you are new to Pure Barre make sure you come at LEAST 10-15 minutes early #prettyplease. As a teacher I want to really stress this because of a few different reasons. It gives you enough time to fill out the waiver, and allows the teacher to talk with you some basics of the technique. If you have never done a barre class before the teacher will go over some basics on what to expect since PB is so different from other workouts (click here for a beginners guide to PB I wrote). 

When you sign up for class be mindful that there is 2 types of classes: Classic & Empower. Classic is our core class, and empower is our 45 minute cardio based class. It is recommended that you take 2-3 classic classes before jumping into empower, since empower is done at a faster pace.

Class: Pure Barre - Classic

Class Description: Low impact full body workout.

Good For: Toning and burning.

Class Time: 50 minutes

What to Wear: Leggings or crops, sticky socks, and a shirt that covers the midriff. NO SHORTS OR BELLY SHIRTS

Music: High energy music that is a mixture of the latest hits.

Injury Friendly?: ABSOLUTELY!!! Pure Barre has soooo many modifications for so many injuries. Make sure you tell the instructor about a preexisting injury or if you are currently pregnant before class. 

Sweat Rating: Depends on who you take class from. I'm big into keeping the body warm to prevent injury when stretching, and my class will be warmer than some. Typically I would say I give it a 4/10 on the sweat rating, but it all depends on how hard you work. I typically workout in a long sleeve shirt during the winter so I can sweat more. 

Uptown Yoga - Uptown

I've never considered myself a yogi, but have had spurts of where I really get into yoga. When I first moved to Dallas one of my goals was to find a yoga studio that I really enjoyed, and that had the potential for me to learn advanced positions. Finding a killer yoga studio was the reason I signed up with CP. 

Uptown Yoga was the first yoga studio I tried on Class Pass, and fell in love. You can find me here regularly 1-2 times a week, and is the studio I visit most frequently on Class Pass. There is multiple Uptown Yoga studios in the DFW area, but the Uptown one is my favorite. The only downside of this studio is that parking is on the street in a residential area so make sure you arrive a little early to find a good parking spot. 

I took my first UY class at 5:30 p.m. back in December, and during my first class I really appreciated that there was a second instructor in the class going around doing corrections. I LOVED this because it helped me find that extra length or spot in my body that relieved any tension in the muscles. They don't always have a second instructor in the class, and not quite sure which classes do. 

This studio is awesome for both those starting yoga or advanced yogis. If you are newer to yoga place your mat next to the instructor podium so you can have an easier time following if you aren't familiar with yoga lingo. 

I've taken from multiple instructors, but really love Alexandra Grimm's class. 

Class: Uptown Yoga - All Level Flow

Class Description:  Multilevel yoga flow.

Good For: Stretching 

Class Time: 60 minutes

What to Wear: Leggings or crops, shirt, or sports bra. Yoga mats are available at the studio for free. 

Music: Calming music to help you work through your flow.

Injury Friendly?: ABSOLUTELY!!! Yoga is low impact, and you move into what you are comfortable with. 

Sweat Rating: The studio is kept at a warmer temperature (round 75-80 I believe) to keep your muscles warm as you go into your flow. I give it a 3/10. 

[Solidcore] - Dallas

Yesterday I decided to break up my teaching/blogging work day by trying a new workout in Dallas called [solidcore]. When looking through my CP app I was looking for a new class that I could attend at noon, and this popped up on my "recommended for you." Had the word "core" in it, and naturally it caught my interest since I love doing core work ;)

Before attending class I went on the SC website to see what this class was about. While reading online it said that the class was a high intensity reformer class that works to fatigue the muscles to failure. Sounded intense, and I was excited for a challenge! Give Jessica a challenge, and I am a happy camper. When I walked into SC I was greeted by one of my Pure Barre clients who actually teaches at SC. Next week I'm going to take her class, and I know she's gonna love working me like I do with her ;)

Before class started the teacher gave a brief intro on what different parts of the reformer are called, and talked about what to expect with class. The key with this class is to go slow, and do small movements. Sometimes it was hard for me to make movements ultra slow since I move my body to 8 counts of music, and thus depending on the tempo of the music I moved faster or slower. #rhythymworkoutproblems. 

As class was going I was having the best time because the teacher was so funny. Her cues made me break out in a smile, and made class that more fun. Maybe I was the only client having the time of her life since I was the only one giggling with the instructors jokes. I have a tendency to have RBF when I workout, but was cracking a smile all throughout class. Seriously.... the instructor Brittany Harrington is one funny gal. 

The class uses the reformer for a full body workout coupled with some killer jams. Whenever we did core or upper body work my muscles didn't struggle too much, but definitely feel it in my chest today. The leg section was short (I'm definitely not complaining about that), and was DYING with hamstring work. Since I have a bum left hamstring my right is equally as weak since I try to baby my right so my body stays symmetrical. Anyways.... hamstring leg work was-a-struggle.

I did get sweaty in that class (not dripping), and was wearing a long sleeve shirt the whole time to keep my body extra warm. When I woke up this morning to teach the 6 a.m. in Greenville I noticed that my inner thighs and chest were sore. With that said I'll definitely be back!

Note that not all class times are available on CP. 

Class: [solidcore] - All Levels

Class Description:  Full body workout on a pilates reformer.

Good For: Toning and burning

Class Time: 50 minutes

What to Wear: Leggings or crops, shirt, or sports bra. You can either wear sticky socks or go barefoot. 

Music: High energy music that is a mixture of the latest hits. Solidcore hook me up with your playlists!

Injury Friendly?: ABSOLUTELY!!! Since movements are slow and controlled you move at your comfort level. Talk with the instructor prior to class about preexisting injuries. 

Sweat Rating: I would say that this studio gets a 5/10 on the sweat scale.  

If you have done any classes on Class Pass in Dallas that you love please drop your recommendations below. I love trying new workouts, and love when someone recommends an awesome studio! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My Latest Fashion Obsession

Photography: Ella B Photo
Jacket: Shein (only $40!) / Top: Halogen (seriously have this in three colors! Best staple!) / Jeans: Rag and Bone / Sunnies: Quay / Bag: Target / Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (old similar here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Strawberry Shortcake
Recently Dallas has been all over the place with the weather. One day it's 65 degrees, and the next day it hits 27!!! I know I shouldn't be complaining since I hated it being warm in Arizona during this time of year, but it's so hard to dress when the weather isn't consistent. 

Even though spring fashion is starting to poke it's head out in stores I find myself sticking to winter pieces during this cold front. If you saw my post yesterday then you might notice that I am beating the cold weather by loving on the fur jacket trend. What I'm loving about the fur jackets is that it's such a bold piece that it elevates a simple outfit. My current fur jacket obsession is now up to three jackets (insert in a million laugh cry emojis). 

If you haven't jumped on the fur jacket trend yet you have to! It's such a fun fashion piece that every girl needs in her wardrobe. 

What do you think of fur jackets this year? Yeah or neh?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Chic Pink

Jacket: RP Everyday Shop / Top: Rachel Parcell c/o / Denim: AG / Bag: Target (old similar here and here) / Shoes: Sam Edelman (old similar here and here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - 1x Be Mine 1x Sweetheart Pink 1x Razzberry
Happy Monday blog fam! This week is going to be such a fun week since it's Valentines Day on Wednesday! I've already gotten into the Vday spirit by making home made boxes of chocolate dipped strawberries for my favorite Soul Cycle instructors, Soul Cycle Uptown staff, and my Pure Barre family. I'm all about showing those who make a positive impact in my life how much I appreciate them. 

Since Todd's birthday and Valentines Day land a few days away from one another he decided that we skip doing a nice dinner for him, and do something really nice for the holiday. We all know that I LOVE getting all gussied up for the holidays, and I can already tell you that this jacket will be apart of the date night outfit. I recently got in this jacket that is only $50 from the Rachel Parcell everyday shop, and it pairs beautifully with her new blouse from her collections. When I saw this top I was immediately obsessed with the lace detail, and the high neck. This blouse can easily be worn with jeans, or a skirt for an ultra chic look. 

Have you already planned out what you will be doing for Valentines Day?

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