How would you describe your personal style? Um, uh, I'm not sure... by Jessica

Monday, October 10, 2011
My name is Jessica, and Elaine and I know each other via church. Although, truth be told, I did read her blog before she moved to LA and then emailed her with tips about places to live and how to navigate the joys of LA. So, I'm pretty sure that counts as internet stalking, right? Luckily I'm only slightly odd in person, so that's was hopefully a bonus for Elaine. I've lived in LA for about 7 years and I'm originally from Utah. I work as a social worker and I do administrative work at a local non-profit agency. I've been married for almost 10 years and I don't have kids. At least none that I know of. :) I do have a great little dog named Bell and she is highly entertaining.

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Be forewarned: if you tease Elaine about taking your picture she might just show up to church with her fancy-pants camera and drag you to the courtyard and attempt to get you to pose in your outfit.

This is precisely what happened to me. After a brief conversation wherein I teased Elaine about why I hadn't been featured on her blog, I soon found myself attempting to pose in my Sunday best. Yeah, maybe I shouldn't have teased Elaine....

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Really though, Elaine asked me, "how would you describe your personal style?" I stuttered and stammered, and said, "um, ah. I'm not sure. I don't think I have a personal style." And truthfully, I've never thought about it. I often choose comfort over fashion, not that those things are mutually exclusive, but comfortable clothes often lack fashion and fashionable clothes often lack comfort. I've spent a lot of time over the years trying to find a happy balance between the two. Something that's just fashionable enough, while still being comfortable. I often do that by accessorizing my comfy clothes like crazy. I always wear a big ring, a bracelet, some big earrings, and a scarf if it isn't too hot outside (and sometimes I keep a scarf in my purse just in case). I have a serious love for accessories and I think they can make or break an outfit. I'm kind of a "more is more" gal when it comes to accessories.

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This outfit here? Well, this outfit is a little wild, but that's what makes it fun. A comfy patterned maxi dress covered by a t-shirt, a polka-dotted cardigan, striped scarf, rockin' shoes, and some just-right jewelry and bag to top it off. Boho chic? Maybe. But comfy and cute, for sure.

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Dress: Gap (last year?)
Shirt (over the dress): Gap
Sweater: J.Crew Factory Store
Scarf: Gap (are we sensing a theme?)
Shoes: Jenni Kayne (sample sale! woot woot!!)
Bag: purchase on a trip to Italy (in Florence). (This part makes me sound fancy. I'm not.)

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(It's me, Elaine. I had to put in this cute pic of Melissa and Jessica together! All we're missing now is Kari...)

15 comments :

  1. your ward looks approximately 50x more fashionable than mine...pretty ladies!

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  2. I love the pattern mixing - boho, for sure.  And those shoes are AMAZING!  I love them.  

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  3. The {Postscript} BlogOctober 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Ooh I really do love her scarf :)
    -Monica

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  4. Love the shoes, but I'm curious as to how long you can wear them, because the heels are so high! The cherry red purse is awesome!

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  5. Great boots!  Love the free and easy way you talk about your style, makes it fun :)  I don't know that I can do much to describe my style, but I definitely do know that I'd like to use accessories more...kudos to you!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  6. love the scarf and bag... and those shoes are rockin'!! :-)

    xo jeanette
    www.simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com

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  7. Thanks!  Accessories can be our greatest outfit friend.  Just throw on a few extra.  You can always take some off throughout the day if they start to bug you.  I find myself doing that on a regular basis.

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  8. The shoes actually have a hidden platform so they aren't quite as high as you'd imagine.  That being said, I generally wear them when I don't have to walk as much because I'm a wimp when it comes to heels!

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  9. Thanks for the love, team!  I'm also in love with the scarf.  It's extra-long and lightweight which is a double bonus in my world.

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  10. cute cute cute! i love the dress as a skirt...and that last picture!

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  11. In love with your bag. You are simple yet graceful

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  12. Heeeyy! It's Jessica. She's so cool and nice. She used to have really short hair like almost a pixie cute and I loved it!

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  13. I love your bag Jessica! Maybe if you get sick of it you should let me have it ;) You should definitely contribute to the blog more since I never get to see you and your outfits. 

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