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Jenn

Hello & welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog, Style My Mind! Here I post weekly about affordable fashion trends, but ya know, like real affordable! My favorite products, beauty routines & lifestyle experiences! I'm a girls-girl who loves the outdoors, white tee shirts & Disney World. Join me on my journey!

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I have been really into fall/winter clothes this year since I will be heading north. I feel like I have gotten so used to the comfies, I don't even know why I buy dress clothes anymore. Haha. I think I have worn jeans like twice in the last 5 months. I live in joggers, tanks, tees and workout gear. You know what I love about fall clothes, sweaters are comfy and also dressy!! So I went on Amazon and made a little look book below of my fave fall finds under $50. 

I have been really into fall/winter clothes this year since I will be heading north. I feel like I have gotten so used to the comfies, I don't even know why I buy dress clothes anymore. Haha. I think I have worn jeans like twice in the last 5 months. I live in joggers, tanks, tees and workout gear. You know what I love about fall clothes, sweaters are comfy and also dressy!! So I went on Amazon and made a little lookbook below of my fave fall finds under $50. 


$25 VNeck Thermal Tee



$21 Washed out pullover
 


$19 Thin sweatshirt pullover
 


$29 Cutest Halloween Sweater
 


$36 Teddy Cardi
 

$25 Turtleneck Sweater (I have this one)
 

$15 Blue & White Chevron Sweater
 

$24 Babydoll Dress
 


$24 Tie Dye Sweatshirt
 


$34 Braided Cardi
 


$9 Ruffle Turtleneck
 


$21 Color Block Cardi
 


$26 Leopard Sweater
 


$34 Color Block Sweater
 


$24 Tie Dye Long-Sleeve Tee
 


$22 Slouchy Cardi

Tag me if you snag any of these cuties!
@stylemymind_Jenn

Yes they are BACK! I love a good skort. I am a huge fan of the denim short, it's my go-to day-time oufit like everyday but I L O V E that a skort can easily make this look a bit dressier (or not). It's super versatile so I am sharing 6 transitional ways to wear a skort for fall 2020 featuring the "Be Mike Skort" from Shop Just Jadi.

Yes they are BACK! I love a good skort. I am a huge fan of the denim short, it's my go-to day-time oufit like everyday but I L O V E that a skort can easily make this look a bit dressier (or not). It's super versatile so I am sharing 6 transitional ways to wear a skort for fall 2020 featuring the "Be Mike Skort" from Shop Just Jadi.

For the skirt AND this adorable BLONDE sweatshirt (which BTW is the softest thing you will ever wear) you can use my code SMMJ10 for 10% off at Shop Just Jadi. I love this look to lounge around the house, or throw on for a good fire night by the pool. Super cozy and casual with a side of style. My slipper slides are from Amazon and perfect for house shoes.


This sweater cardi will be my life in a few months. It is from the N sale and so cute. I honestly did not want to buy it when I saw it online but once I saw it in person, I was like omg yes please. This is one of my fave outfits I styled for this post. The boots are my go-to OTK from Just Fab and under $50!! I wear these CONSTANTLY. The color is perfection. 

I love a good waffle OTS shoulder and this one is no exeption. They also have it In a blue-ish grey. The beach hat was my go-to summer one but I am also linking a fall panama hat that is adorable. The Gandy platform sandal are so comfy to walk in and very summer meets fall. 

Here's that hat again! I just love it. I bought this fab Wild Flower graphc tees from Amaryllis with the Easy Morning joggers I am obsessed. It is SO cute with this skort for a day adventure. I paired it with my fave chunky rhinestone Steve Madden sandals

Ok so... I returned this sweater because mine came in torn around the neck sadly. It is SO cute but they ran out of smalls early on. I am linking the Free People My Only Sunshine Sweater here just in case. I am obsessed with this cute Tweed Paperboy hat from Amazon. I love anything tweed. My booties are ages old but linked a pair I love here for you. Alyssa Slouchy Boot.

Everyone's favorite sweater!! I bought this BP sweater in cream and grey because I love it so much!! It is also super soft and super affordable. I paired with black booties (mine are old linked others) and a panama hat as per usual. I am all about hats all the time. 


Don't forget this skort 10% (under $30) with code SMMJ10% from Shop Just Jadi!

XO, Cheers,
Jenn!

I feel like everyone had found their "thing" during the 2020 quarantine° my "thing" is making margaritas, specifically spicy ones. I was infusing my own tequila with jalapenos for either watermelon or pineapple spicy margs. I became quite the mixologist and muddler! 

A few weeks ago I was at Whiskey Joe's beach bar and I ran into a tequila rep who offered me a shot. Umm YES please. It was a spicy tequila and IT WAS AMAZING. I ended up getting two bottles and created a recipe to share with y'all. I never ever use margarita mix, that will tear your stomach UP. There is way too much sugar in those, trust.

I feel like everyone has found their "thing" during the 2020 quarantine, my "thing" is making margaritas, specifically spicy ones. I started infusing my own tequila with jalapenos for either watermelon or pineapple spicy margs. I became quite the mixologist and muddler! 

A few weeks ago I was at Whiskey Joe's beach bar and I ran into a tequila rep who offered me a shot. Umm YES please. It was a spicy tequila and IT WAS AMAZING. I ended up getting two bottles of the Ghost Tequila and created a recipe to share with y'all. I never ever use margarita mix, that will tear your stomach UP. There is way too much sugar in those, trust.

Fresh Spicy Watermelon Margarita with Ghost Tequila

What you need:

1 bottle Ghost Tequila
Double Shot Glass
Shaker
Muddler
Watermelon
Simply Watermelon Juice
Agave
Key West Lime juice
Cayenne Pepper
Chili Powder
Limes
Ice

How to create the perfect marg!

Step 1:

Add a few shakes of cayenne and chili powder on a plate
Coat the rim in lime and spin on the plate coating the glass rim

 

Step 2:

Pour in 1 double shot of Ghost tequila into the shaker
Muddle in 1-2 cubes of watermelon with the tequila
Add in a double shot of watermelon juice
Add in a double shot of of Key West lime juice

Add 1 TBS agave
Add Ice


S H A K E 
 

Step 3: 

Open the whole shaker and pour all contents into rimmed glass
Add a chunk of watermelon and piece of lime for garnish

E N J O Y!


**You can also substitute the watermelon/watermelon juice for pineapple/pineapple juice.

Y'all can try this tequila for 10% off at  Reserve Bar with code JENN10.


XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

This is a paid partnership with Ghost Tequila.

I fell in love with the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette when I was at my sisters and she had it. The pigments are like nothing I have used before. For blue eyes, tans and browns are the best to make the eyes pop and this palette has a variety of choices in this color scope. Today I want to talk about the colors I use for my go-to eye makeup.

I always start with a flat neutral color from the center of the corner of the lid to about halfway across. I also use the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe brushes to apply the shadows.

I fell in love with the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette when I was at my sisters and she had it. The pigments are like nothing I have used before. For blue eyes, tans and browns are the best to make the eyes pop and this palette has a variety of choices in this color scope. Today I want to talk about the colors I use for my go-to eye makeup.

I always start with a flat neutral color from the center of the corner of the lid to about halfway across. I also use the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe brushes to apply the shadows. The neutrals I use are:

Silk Creme
Pukey
Pooter
Butter

I then will go over the actual lid with Creamsicle or if I want a little sparkle I hit it with Obsessed. Blend that in real well. Then I choose a deeper color for the crease. My faves are:

Cranapple
Firework

Jacz

Blend that in the crease from the corner in. Then I will take an even darker color like:

24/7
Chip
Soda Pop

I use Abyss with an eye liner brush for the bottom lid. Then highlight my brow-bone with:

Faint
Enlight

???????

These are the colors I have used so far. I am still exploring and playing with them but honestly this is the best palette and such an amazing price of $40. 40 bucks for 28 colors° UM YES PLEASE! 

XO, Cheers!
Jenn


 

It is here! The good ol' N SALE. It is my 3rd year shopping and every year I learn something new! Year one I bought a lot of trendy items- which I have learned is a big NO NO. Maybe one trendy, and one splurge item. Funnily enough last year my splurge was a Free People tunic, $80. I wore it twice. This is why I say not to buy "trendy" items at this sale.

It is here! The good ol' N SALE. It is my 3rd year shopping and every year I learn something new! Year one I bought a lot of trendy items- which I have learned is a big NO NO. Maybe one trendy, and one splurge item. Funnily enough last year my splurge was a Free People tunic, $80. I wore it twice...This is why I say not to buy "trendy" items at this sale. 

What I always buy:

STS Blue Jeans: they are the best fit for me and very affordable. Lots-o-stretch. Last year I bought a pair of TopShop jeans, SO cute but I never wear them. I still have them in the closet but again, one of those things I probably shouldn't have gotten.

 

Good Tees. So I always buy the BP tees: white, black and usually another color. I have been stocking up on SO many tees though during quarantine I am not planning on getting any at the sale except I am going to splurge a little on this Free People long sleeve one. I am going to be in NJ a lot this fall/winter with the twins so my 2 (actually 3) splurges are for winter. 

 

Booties: I always shoot for a cute pair of booties and sneaks. I don't buy a lot of high boots because well, I live in Florida so booties are a go-to. Also, obsessing over the UGG slippers!!

 


 

A Brixton Hat: I buy a new hat from Nordstrom every season. This year I am going for the white Brixton paperboy hat. SO cute!! I have one in green and I wear it all the time. I am a hat person though.

 

Zella leggings: THE BEST. Sadly I don't see the ones with the pockets at the sale but the fabric is amazing. If you see the pocketed ones, go for them.

 

 

What I am buying this year: 

Chunky knit blanket: I have wanted this blanket for 2 years so I am finally doing it. It's going for only $65 instead of $100. The other one I have and love is the Barefoot Dreams blanket. Get it NOW because it's regular price is steep. 

 

 

Candles: just because we love candles!!

2-3 pairs of joggers: well because it's still COVID and that's all I feel like wearing right now haha. Also like I said I will be in NJ a lot this year and these are cozy AF. I love love Zella.


Zella Joggers

 

BP joggers

 

 

GIBSON joggers

 

A chunky sweater: Because LOOK AT IT!!!!!!! Hello. It will be my NJ uniform with my Zellas and my joggers. Done.

 

SPANX: Grab them now 40% off. They really are as good as everyone says. I love mine! Sucks it all in!!



 

Kate Spade mini initial pendant: been wanting this for a long time and it's only $25 during the sale! This is such an easy go-to necklace I can layer with.

A pair of Jams: I love jams lately and Honeydew Intimates is SUPER SUPER soft. $25 for a set, worth it!! 

Most of you will be shopping online I am sure. I will take you with me to do some try-ons during lunch on Monday the 10th at 12pm. The sale opens up to everyone on the 19th. They do re-stock most items before opening to the public. My advice, give yourself a budget, buy staple pieces and let yourself get 1-2 splurges. Go with what you have been wearing and see yourself wearing this year. Honestly not sure why I am buying jeans° I have so many newer ones and I have worn jeans like twice in the last month. Joggers on the other hand, necessity!!

 

GOOD LUCK!
XO, Cheers!
Jenn

Ever since I was born I have been bleach blonde everywhere and my eye brows were no exception. It's nice having light hair on your legs, arms and head of course but the brows... HELLO they look neglected. I have been filling them in brown for years. I tried pencil, gel, shadows, you name it and I tried it. The best pencil I found was the IT Cosmetics Universal brow. I have the thick one and the thin one. I got my technique down pretty well after watching a makeup tutorial (Nikki Tutorials) but once quaratine happened and I did not wear makeup like at all and did not want to color them in everyday I was like ok I am over this. I took to my IG to get some advice and my girl Patty told me to go to Brows and Beauty A Go-Go and see her friend Carrie. I immediately called and made an appointment for what I thought was microblading... turns out, it was not!

Ever since I was born I have been bleach blonde everywhere and my eye brows were no exception. It's nice having light hair on your legs, arms and head of course but the brows... HELLO they look neglected. I have been filling them in brown for years. I tried pencil, gel, shadows, you name it and I tried it. The best pencil I found was the IT Cosmetics Universal brow. I have the thick one and the thin one. I got my technique down pretty well after watching a makeup tutorial (Nikki Tutorials) but once quaratine happened and I did not wear makeup like at all and did not want to color them in everyday I was like ok I am over this. I took to my IG to get some advice and my girl Patty told me to go to Brows and Beauty A Go-Go and see her friend Carrie. I immediately called and made an appointment for what I thought was microblading... turns out, it was not!

Carrie's assitant sent me over all the paperwork, do's and don't's, the Corona Virus forms and some other ones to sign. I just signed them and didn't look at them again. Well I did look at the do's and don't's. A lot of the don'ts were like botox: don't drink before, don't take ibeuprofen, don't take vitamins etc because all this causes bleeding and bruising.Ok check, got it!

I showed up at the place and immediately loved Carrie's personality. Her and I were very much a like, outspoken, strong and fierce-- YES GIRL! She explained to me what was going to happen. When I asked how long she had been doing it she said she started with microblading like 8 years ago but then switched in the last few years. "ummmm switched to what Carrie?!" LOL. What am I getting done here? She explained it's called powder brow and it is a little different than the micorblading. Instead of making scratches on the surface of the skin it actually tattoos pigment into the top layer of the skin where it heals and lasts longer. So intead of making slices the needle makes dots and dashes into the skin like a tattoo. Ok let's do it!

The longest part was when she was measuring out the brows. Carrie was SUPER type A and detailed about what she was doing, HELLO BEST FRIEND. I was like please dear God take your time. The brows are sunglasses to the windows of the soul and they need to be badass, k?! haha. She showed me her work, I looked a little clownish but really said ok you're the expert hit me! I let her do whatever she thought was best. I am a little type A but I am not the expert. For my lips and botox I always let my Dr. decide what is best as I did with Carrie. And boy she NAILED it. The total time was about 3 hours start to finish. She did numb me and after about 5-10 min I didn't feel the needle at all. I have a very high pain tolorance anyway but it doesnt' hurt at all in my opinion, it was really relaxing. When I got done I was like oh HAWT DAMN!! I felt like queen. I was obsessed.

So like anythiny digging into your skin it takes time to heal. My total healing time was 7 days. As for caring, you just wash them twice a day with baby soap and water and then put on a sheer layer of Aquaphor, super easy to care for. Day 3-4 they started to peel but nothing crazy. By day 6 they were totally peeled and by day 7 they were totally healed. You cannot sweat for a least 10 days. No sun for 2 weeks. You should definitely be wearing a hat and prob sunblock on those brows in the sun though.

They can last anywhere from 18-24 months YAAS KWEEN!! They run about $550 which includes your 5-6 week follow up appointment. At this appointment is where she will basically redo the color and shape again. The first appointment is just the foundation, the second is where she builds the house and decorates the interior. Ya know what I mean?! 

Below are my photos before, the day after and one week after!


XO, Cheers!
Jenn

After quite a while of lack in motivation I am back! My desire to write took a spill once quarantine started, but there were a lot of changes that happened in Q that were very positive, and that is what I want to share today; why I am thankful for quarantine.

As you know, I am a firm believer in what GOD wants is what is best. While I know a lot of people lost their jobs, the kiddos could not go to school, and we were not allowed to see our loved ones; for me I looked at the positive side of it.

Luckily, I kept my job, I do not have children so homeschool was not a thing here, and I found new loved ones that I was able to get closer to. I am taking a trip down memory lane in my photos to show you how we spent our quarantine.

After quite a while of lack in motivation I am back! My desire to write took a spill once quarantine started, but there were a lot of changes that happened in Q that were very positive, and that is what I want to share today; why I am thankful for quarantine.

As you know, I am a firm believer in what GOD wants is what is best. While I know a lot of people lost their jobs, the kiddos could not go to school, and we were not allowed to see our loved ones; for me I looked at the positive side of it.

Luckily, I kept my job, I do not have children so homeschool was not a thing here, and I found new loved ones that I was able to get closer to. I am taking a trip down memory lane in my photos to show you how we spent our quarantine.

In week one, just 2 days after #stayhome was announced, Luke came into our lives. Stella is 16 now and I am trying to prepare for what is inevitable in the near future. I have wanted a puppy but with my job, traveling and busy social life it just did not seem like the brightest idea; until those things did not exist anymore. ENTER LUKE aka Luke Perry, aka Lucas Scott est March `18, 2020. He has been a complete blessing in our home. Puppies are not easy but with Marissa and I being home the first month, it was a tag-team effort and I am grateful we were able to get him fairly trained quickly. He is a doll.


Being able to take Luke to the dog park, take him for long walks and talk to neighbors on the trail was a great outlet for us. We live on the water, and we were always encouraged to get outside, so we did. When our pools closed, we popped up our beach chairs right on the grassy bank outback and hung on the bay. We made new friends, distanced as recommended, figured out new ways to entertain ourselves with floating down the bay, karaoke, and hanging on the patio. I have become a professional guacamole extraordinaire and learned how much I love to muddle! I have perfected the watermelon, jalapeno margarita!! We even set up a drink around the world, Epcot style at the apartment which was a huge hit. Hannah put on a concert and I° well, really enjoyed Paris! 

DRINK AROUND THE WORLD




Hannah I met one time before March 2020. It's not that we never got along; we just never really hung out. Well, Q has brought her, Marissa and I closer than ever and I am SO thankful for that. We have found an appreciation for simplicity with our quaranteam; hanging outside with friends, drinks, karaoke, the dogs and nachos. LOL. I am not sure that us three, plus Savanna and my great friend Amanda would have all gotten so close if this never happened. Amanda is even looking to sell her house in NJ and move here with us, with Tully in tow. Her and Luke have become the best of friends! We have become a girl-posse, a family. 

 

My brother even enjoyed spending a week with us in June once things began to open up here in Florida. We took him on the S.S. Seaman, a blow-up kayak we have grown to love for a peaceful bay ride with music and each other. Hannah, Amand, myself and an unfamiliar male tow-away even hopped on a random guys boat on a Friday night right out back on the bay, risky, yes but YOLO; it's 2020 I mean° at this point it is what it is! Still friends with them today! We had a crazy 12 hour Saturday-fest which was concocted of White Claws, the over-crowded-non-social-distanced pool, two male suitors, one of which graced us with his veneers and hair plugs, pasta salad, shots of ° well, everything, the patio, and drinking games. It left us with hangovers and a very large UberEats bill the next day.

Disclosure: We are NOT friends with Mr. V and Great Dane at this point but we will #neverforget. 

It is those nights filled of makeup-less faces, sweatpants and belly laughs that really brought me back to life. I was in a slight depression in January. I bounced out of it, but I felt like I needed a reset. I needed to focus on what is important, what is not, and what I really needed in that time. God gave it to not just me, but all of us. We are so focused on likes, and comments, and relying on others to feel good about ourselves I feel like God said enough is enough, they need to regroup and spend time with their families, outside away from the superficial world. I am just looking at quarantine as a reset. It was an opportunity to internalize my wants, pay off my debt, make new forever friends and appreciate what I have. I have never been one to say OMG I can't wait to be married with children, but I can say that I am glad I was NOT during quarantine. I can say I am SO glad that I chose to live where I do during quarantine; these neighbors are amazing, we all help and look out for each other. I can say I am thankful for my job, and it is truly a blessing. I am happy about the choices I have made to lead me to where I am today. It's my journey and quarantine has given me the quiet time to really be able to say I love my life. 

Things are not always easy, the world can be a very hateful place, but I know it is my job on this platform to bring joy, hope, peace to anyone who reads this. I hope you used this time to focus on where you are in your life, and evaluate your happiness. Life is too short and let's be honest, the world can shut down at any given moment, don't spend one more second living with regret or uncertainty; make choices, don't wait, walk away if you have to, tell someone you love them, take chances, the time is yours NOW!!! 

PS I AM HAVING TWIN NIECES AND COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!!!!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn


 

Somehow I feel like all of my "peace" training for the last two years had prepared me for this quarantine. I used to be a person who lived completely and fully in the future, the what if girl constantly. I was always trying to plan my life and the lives of the people around me. But when a death would suddenly happen, or a break up would leave me inundated with emotions I had to learn to let go of control. I went to therapy and really focused on my faith. Overtime I started to learn to only focus on the day ahead not tomorrow or next month. I started to stop wondering "what if" and just let things be what they were. 

Somehow I feel like all of my "peace" training for the last two years had prepared me for this quarantine. I used to be a person who lived completely and fully in the future, the what if girl constantly. I was always trying to plan my life and the lives of the people around me. But when a death would suddenly happen, or a break up would leave me inundated with emotions I had to learn to let go of control. I went to therapy and really focused on my faith. Overtime I started to learn to only focus on the day ahead not tomorrow or next month. I started to stop wondering "what if" and just let things be what they were. 

I have always had a fear of abandonment but with therapy I learned I am ok. If someone leaves me, I am ok! I can take care of myself physically, emotionally and especially financially so what am I so worried about? I can tell you I have no idea the last time I asked "what if" to myself, even during this pandemic. 
 

I want to say something though, I am VERY blessed to be in the situation I am. My job is essential and I worked from home prior to all of this so I don't have to worry too much on that end. I also do not have children that need to be homeschooled which I know has been very trying for a lot of families. I did however, get a puppy which has kept me very busy but like having children it was my choice to take on the responsibility- in sickness, and in health! 

Ok so here is how I am staying sane! 

I live with my best friend, best choice ever! When choosing to live with someone from now on I would ask yourself "Can I be quarantined with this person?" My answer is YES. We get along great, take our alone time when we need it, agree on activites and both take responsibility at home with chores and the dogs! 

Having a puppy has kepy my mind off the negative because I don't have time to think about it. Haha. The puppy is teething, potty training and straight up attacking Stella. I am constantly multi-tasking with work and watching them or cleaning up his pooh, which is ALL. DAY. LONG. But I wouldn't take it back. We love walking him on the trail, talking to neighbors and watching the sunset.

I am getting outside a lot. I always liked walking or running on my trail but before all this happened, I was doing cycle 2x a week and hot yoga 2x a week and that was my go-to. Now I am getting out to walk or run 2-3 times a day.. Well trying to! I started playng tennis and do some rollerblading. Izzy and I kick a soccer ball sometimes and do outdoor HIIT workouts!


We are surrounding ourselves with our Florida family to keep the happy alive. Hannah is like our family, She is here every weekend. Izzy lives next door so we spend a lot of time with her. This has been our weekend saving grace. We spend time on the bay, having drinks, floating and soaking up the sun. We do this carefully and yes there are others on the trail but we keep our distance and stay in our own pod. I feel SUPER blessed to live on the water, and in Florida during this time.

We watch a lot of TV or movies but sometimes it's too much and we need brain stimulation so we play games like Monopoly, Clue or card games. We also like to sit on the patio with drinks and watch the boats and dolphins float by. We have kareoke nights and dance parties.

I haven't been too motivated on Instagram lately and I am not sure why. I guess because it's a constant reminder of what is going on. So I am trying to keep things light and honestly trying to keep my brain and my faith positive. I read the bible every night and keep a nightly prayer journal where I pray for the world and people I love. My 35th birthday is next Monday, April 13, and this is not exactly how I planned to spend it but I am happy to have made it to 35 with good health, financial stability and mental sanity haha! 

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Stay safe, stay healthy, stay peaceful friends!

XO, Cheers

Jenn

I always get asked what I eat and how I stay fit while traveling for work all the time. I did a blog about this a few years ago but wanted to do an updated version as so many people responded to my stories about my travel nutrition. 

When I travel for work it's usually only two days. So before I leave my house I make a shake to take on the road in the morning. 

I always get asked what I eat and how I stay fit while traveling for work all the time. I did a blog about this a few years ago but wanted to do an updated version as so many people responded to my stories about my travel nutrition. 

When I travel for work it's usually only two days. So before I leave my house I make a shake to take on the road in the morning. 

 

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Lately, my recipe is as follows:

310 Nutrition Toasted Coconut
1 Banana
1/2 Cup of Blueberries
1 Cup Unsweetended Almond Milk
1 scoop of Chia Seeds 
Ice
Blend

I love 310 because it has ZERO sugar added but still tastes like ice cream! I do not like super sweet drinks so this has been the best protein for me. 

I also pack a travel packet of 310 Protein for the following day to mix with water.

This last week I traveled to Fort Lauderdale for two days. I brought 4oz of strawberries, 4oz of Quaker rice crisps- lime flavor OMG so good, 2oz of coconut cheerios, a greek yogurt and carrot sticks.... I also love celery!! YUM!

It is important when being on the road to still get your appropriate macros in your body. I always plan. So I knew Thursday night I would be drinking and eating poorly so I limited my carb intake. I skipped lunch so I could have more at dinner. 

Friday I had my shake, then I had a lunch at my meeting, chicken quesadillas. I did not eat any snacks on the road and saved up for sushi dinner and some wine. It is not about what you eat it is about how much. My macros:

5'2
130 LBS
90 Carbs
120 Proten
50 Fat

I gain weight with fat so I need to keep that AT 50 or below. Also, if you have a bad day just cut back on these numbers the next day.

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XO, Cheers!
Jenn

I loved this book. I love her, I love her honesty and she inspired me to walk away from toxicity and to hold onto faith beacause God is always working behind the scenes. We may not feel it through the pain, but we need to go through it to get to where we are meant to be. Her book sold out on Amazon and was #1 on the iBooks list the first week of the release. I am so happy for her. She built an amazing clothing company that she threw herself into during times of pain and it has been so successful. Her mom has done an amazing job with it. I think the book will help a lot of people face their past, confront their ghosts and hopefully move on with their heads held high with a new horizon in sight.

I have had a girl-crush on Jessica Simpson since 1999 when she announced she was going to stay a virgin until marriage. Something was different about her than Britney and Christina and I took a liking to her. I drew her in my art class, tried to constantly dress like her and was completely inspired by her. When NewlyWeds premiered, to say I was addicted was an understatment. I never missed it. I bought all of her CDs and knew all the words to every song.  


My friend Gina and I went to see her at a concert at Washington Township high school, we had front-row seats and I was in AWE!!! Then in 2004 my friend Debbie and I saw her at Walmart (which she talks about in the book). At this time she was definitnely on the rise in season 2 of NewlyWeds and the release of "With You". We literally went from a flight from Cancun right to Walmart to see her haha. Sadly the line was SOO long to meet her, we got pictures of her though and had to leave. So I never met her ° so sad. When NewlyWeds ended, so did her and Nick which of course I was heartbroken. I followed her career and love-life avidly for years. Her country album, Do You Know released in 2009 was easily my favorite album of hers. 

LOL this was 2009 in Las Vegas!

I loved her show in 2010, The Price of Beauty. My friend Rosaana and I would watch religiously every week. If that wasn't on we would sit in her kitchen, drinking wine, doing our nails and would BINGE re-runs of NewlyWeds. Also this year, my cousin told me her boss was Jessica's hair dresser and she had hung out with her MANY times. So Christmas that year my cousin brought me a back-stage pass with Jessica's autograph° yup I was 26 years old and still in awe. 

At this point, she had started dating Eric and I became infatuated with following them on Twitter. She was the first and almost only account I followed for a while. Haha. I loved how private her life was, even when it wasn't. Rumors flew about her and Nick, Johnny, John and Tony but nothing was ever confirmed. Which is why when she announced she was releasing a tell-all I was like YES now we will all know the truth.

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I pre-ordered the book in November for a February 4th release. I came home from happy hour that evening and read for 4 hours, I finished it the next night. Yes 450 pages in two days, I was cross-eyed. My initial feedback was that the writing was a little rocky at first but it became smoother after a chapter or two. I like how she opened the book, talking about the worst day first, the "intervention". She was very open and honest about her actions, what she felt and her friend's responses. Ironically, my cousin's boss, Rita Hazan, was there doing her hair during the inter-friention, I of course did not know this until reading the book.

I felt like I already knew a lot about Jess (yes I call her Jess haha) since following her from the time she was 17 years old. But she admits a lot that was not exposed until now like her sexual abuse or the details of her cousins death. I always knew she was faithful growing up in a very religious home, but the fact that she has carried that strength throughout her 39 years was really evident in the memoir. After her cousin passed away (so tragically and shocking) Jessica began journaling on the regular, and I am obsessed with the idea. I blog which is great but a lot of the time I don't put that personal of information or a daily prayer on here, which I should!

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Nothing from the beginning of her stardom really shocked me. "Lose 15 lbs, show more skin, become sex object"° yes all seems about right to me. Even the reason for the divorce did not shock me. He seemed to become jealous of her rising fame and ended up disliking her almost to the point of hate. I actually went back and watched a few episodes of NewlyWeds and was like WOW it really is evident he did not like her. She said they became their roles even in their lives, which I would imagine was easy to do considering the first through 3rd year of marriage was all on TV for the world to see. But I will say this, she was herself in the beginning and America took a genuine love to her open and honest-ness and we all fell in love. Instead of Nick being a happy supportive husband he was jealous of her video budgets, and constant being on the road. At this point, 98 Degrees was no more.

The part that affected me the most was her relationship with John Mayer, or "relationSHIT". Again, we have all heard the rumors, especially about what a shitty person Mayer is° see Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift. But I was more upset that she let it go on for so long and allowed the abuse. He never hit her, but verbally abused her time and time again and ruined special moments for her. But eventually I thought Ok Jess now it's your own damn fault. They broke up 9 times in about 2 years. Then she started dating Tony Romo, who seemed to be a little insecure telling her she could not kiss men in any movies she was cast in.. LOL ok. She realized she did not love him enough to give up her career and I feel like she probably would have ended it anyway but he broke up with her the day before her birthday because he went through her phone and saw an email from JM talking about the BBQ at her parents. She was there, she did see him but she did not tell Tony. She left Tony's and ran right to John's after he told her in front of her whole family how much he loved her and wanted to be with her, she too was in love with him. When she got there, he basically told her he was grateful she was back because he could not come up with any good musical content without the emotional ups and downs of their relationships° basically she was a muse and that was it. He did not love her. It was really sickening and sad to read. Then he did an interview calling her sexual napalm and saying how he wanted to snort her. He was infatuated and addicted to her, not in love. She felt dirty. I would too.

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I love the way she met Eric, just a casual night at her house for a basketball game. They start talking about pooping pigs (you just have to read it lol) and talked for hours. They slept together the first night° look at that ladies° see some guys are not children and can handle a mature sexual relationship! He moved in two months later and they both wanted to start a family and started trying right away. Jess had some medical issues early on and had an ovary removed, so she could only get pregnant every other month in a nutshell. Well with both her kids, she got pregnant on that "off month". The egg somehow jumped over to the other falopian tube, the one she had, to be spermed haha. She was happy and shocked both times. They seemed perfect, her life seemed perfect but no one knew how intoxicated she was° well until the Ellen interview, yikes. She was consistently taking sleeping pills since 15, and then was prescribed a stimlant (she never says which but I assume adderall) so she should drink for hours without getting tired or passing out. Until the Dr. said, the stimulant or the Ambien, I cannot give you both you are killing yourself slowly with the drugs and alcohol. This all took a head when she was going to have a tummy tuck for stretch marks and loose skin. In 2017 on Halloween she began drinking at 7:30am and does not recall who got her kids ready. She was trashed. She had an emotional conversation with her father and completely shut down. That was the day she stopped drinking. Well technically 11/1/17 was her last drink. 

I loved Open Book. I love her, I love her honesty and she inspired me to walk away from toxicity and to hold onto faith beacause God is always working behind the scenes. We may not feel it through the pain, but we need to go through it to get to where we are meant to be. Her book sold out on Amazon and was #1 on the iBooks list the first week of the release. I am so happy for her. She built an amazing clothing empire that she threw herself into during times of pain and it has been so successful... a billion dollars successful. I think Open Book will help a lot of people face their past, confront their ghosts and hopefully move on with their heads held high with a new horizon in sight.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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