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Friday, June 29, 2018

The Perfect Tassel Dress

Dress: Red Dress c/o / Bag: Red Dress c/o / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Sunnies: Quay / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Lips: Lipsense - 1x Razzberry 2x Sweetheart Pink
Yesterday I started scouting around town to find places to shoot, and I can't believe how many fun colored houses there are in Lewisburg. Current score: Dallas -100 / Lewisburg - 1.

I saw this purple and orange house, and my little photographer heart started to sing out of joy. When was the last time you saw an orange and purple house? Me - never until now.

Simply Fabulous!

Enough about my love for fun colored homes let's get back to the outfit. I saw this dress on the Red Dress Boutique, and immediately I was like

"I want I want, I need I need."

For me to get so giddy about an outfit that is absent of color is a very rare moment for me. Normally an outfit pulls at my heart strings when I see vibrant colors, but this dress was simply perfect! You would never know that this dress was only $68 because this dress is so well made. If you are looking for a dress for your summer vacation then this beauty is the answer to your prayers. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Summer Gold


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Playful and Colorful

Photography: Ella B Photo
Romper: Zara (similar herehere, here, here, and here) / Turban: Zara / Earrings: Baublebar / Sunnies: Nordstrom (only $14!) / Bag: Free People / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Lips: Lipsense - 1x Sassy Z 2x Frist Love
Before I moved to Pennsylvania I was preparing for another hot summer in Dallas, and got a few dresses and rompers to last me through another steamy season. When I saw this romper on the rack I was immediately drawn to it. The light weight cotton mixed with the playful pattern screamed Jessica, and you know it was coming home with me.

I can't wait to show you guys more of my funs pieces I got for summer before the Nordstrom Sale hits! #cantevenwait

Monday, June 25, 2018

Things To Do in Philly that Are Just Walking Distance Away

Dress: Red Dress c/o / Earrings: Baublebar c/o / Bracelets: Baublebar c/o / Lips: Lipsense - 2x She's Apples 1x Blu Red
Over the weekend we met up with our couple friends in downtown Philly. With missing the city life I contacted my old friend Katrina (we knew her in Utah and Arizona) telling her that I wanted to tour the city with her and her husband. Another exciting thing about seeing Katrina was seeing her pregnant! 

Since Katrina and her husband live in downtown Philly we walked everywhere. I couldn't believe how many things were just walking distance from her house.

Reading Market 

The day before we left to Philly I asked my followers on Instagram some things to do, and so many people suggested Reading Market. Reading Market is one of the oldest and largest farmer's markets. This market was a little different from others I've attended because it had TONS of mini restaurants in it. As we were walking through the market Katrina pointed out the Famous 4th Street Cookie Company. This place definitely didn't disappoint, and their cookies were amazing! Another place she said that was amazing was Beiler's Bakery. This place is known for their dutch inspired doughnuts, and their was a line a mile long from the cashier. 

Historic District

Right after we hit the market we then walked through the Historic District to see the Liberty Bell. I'm not a historic buff at all, but hey, if I can get a picture with the Liberty Bell I'm game. To my surprise you didn't have to pay to see the bell, and the line was only 15 minutes. When we finally got to see the bell it was a lot smaller than I expected, but then again, I don't know much about the bell. 

After we got done seeing the bell we then walked right passed Independence Hall. Independence Hall  is where the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence were both signed. Since we were limited on time we decided not to go take a tour of the hall. 

Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley was probably one of my favorite places we visited on our mini trip. This alley is one of the oldest alley's in the US, and people still live in it. The alley was so charming with all the brick texture, cobbled road, and bright fun doors. It's actually amazing to see how much of the city has been preserved over all these years. 

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Over at the Spruce Street Harbor Park you get a view of the Delaware river, pop up boat beer gardens, and boardwalk food. This area had such an energy to it, and was filled with so many people. Next time we visit I want to spend more time there. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Heading out to Philly

Top: Free People / Hat: Free People / Jeans: Zara (similar here and here) / Necklace: Baublebar c/o / Sunnies: Nordstrom / Watch: Michael Kors / Bag: HM (ON SALE FOR $13!) / Shoes: ASOS / Lips: Lipsense - 1x Sassy Z 2x Aussie Rose

Week 1 of Todd working is officially done! Cue in the happy dance.....

Since Todd will be having weekends off for the next few months I want use our weekends to escape to the city or go on new adventures. Last year it felt like Todd was in the hospital 24/7, and we didn't do much together in Dallas. 

This weekends adventure is going to consist of visiting our friends in Philadelphia. When we were still in Utah Todd was a TA for a dental class, and from there we met a girl named Katrina. Katrina got accepted to Midwestern for dental school in Arizona, and after her first year we moved to Arizona since Todd got accepted into the same program. Katrina and her husband now live in Philly where she's doing a pediatric residency. 

It's comforting to know that we have a pair of friends in the same state that are only 2 hours away from us!

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. 

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