Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Work Baby

My kittens! Trying to update you guys more, so popping in to show you what I wore today for a few business meetings. Being it's Portland, I wanted to embrace a cool chill vibe and yes I wore jeans to a business meeting *husband gasps every time, he's so old school and 10 years older than me. LOL*

Here's my fail proof recipe for an effortlessly chic business day outfit:

  • Long sleeve Jersey knit boyfriend blazer. I love the kind with a few faux buttons on the wrist, the detail makes you look more polished. I love jersey knit because it moves with you and doesn't wrinkle, so easy! This blazer was a $5 clearance find at Lane Bryant forever ago. SUCH. A PERFECT BLAZERRRRRR.
  • White perfect cami - I get mine from ROSS for like $5. I NEVER pay retail for basics.
  • Perfect pair of dark denim. I know it can be crazy hard to find "THE" pair, but after much trial, I really have found my perfect pair. They have a TINY bit of wash, perfect fit for my body type and so comfortable. These are from Torrid, the Sophia Blue Wash Skinny.
  • Perfect pair of cute flats. These are from Torrid, I love the Chanel inspired toe.
  • Perfect over sized clutch to mask the notepads/wallet/ipad. Super chic and no one would ever guess it's really a glorified pee-chee :D. This one is from SimplyBe and on sale for only $29! That's a deal.
Go work it baby!
xo Jessica

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Benson

I miss you so much!!!! I'm so sorry for the lack of posts, but truly, I've just been working like crazy and even though I've dressed up, managing to capture the outfit is kinda hard. Trying to reconnect with my gorilla blogger side, LOL, the side where you get super creative with any reflective surface in a 10ft radius to prove if only to YOURSELF you worked it that day. Gorilla baby.

Well this day was obviously in late December thanks to the Christmas decorations photo-bombing. Had a meeting at The Benson Hotel in downtown Portland with the Portland Business Alliance to discuss Portland Fashion Week. This hotel has a lot of memories for me and is a staple for anyone needing a gorgeous place to meet for lunch. They hosted my 30th birthday party actually! ahhhhhh the days, having the Presidential Suite (like the one that ACTUAL POTUS' have stayed in) all to myself. I learned that day that Secret Service will never put the Prez on the top floor? Didn't know that? Guess the SS stays on top floor with Prez always under them. Hm? Who knew?


This picture doesn't do the largest mirror I've ever seen in my life, justice. It's like 15 feet tall or something? I don't know. HUGE. Like weighs a few tons huge. LOVE it so. Great for the gorilla blogger selfies. LOL

Blazer c/o SimplyBe |  Pants Black Stiletto Skinnies c/o Torrid  |  Shoes  Target

Sunday, January 13, 2013

PQ Monthly Press Party

Fun night with some of my favorite people at the PQ Monthly December Press Party held at Hip Chicks Do Wine. My Portland Fashion Week® business partner and long-time friend Tod Foulk was my date for the night, we are so totally the odd couple, LOL!

I wanted to sass it up a bit, afterall I had to hang with some "hip chicks", so I went for the school girl look. I think I'm the last person on the planet to wear a bib necklace with a closed collar, I see it everywhereeeeeeee...and now I know why. Wore my new SimplyBe white fitted shirt which had amazing detail including a gold stud button that I loved with a necklace from Fashion Bug clearance rack. Paired with a vintage Lane Bryant pencil skirt that I recently took in, stretching my sewing skills, been awhile! HAD to have dark lips to top it all off, man I'm obsessed with that Plum Revlon lipstick and headband!

Little pre-party photo check by my friend Brit!

Need to train Tod to include the shoes! LOL they were SO cute!

(Top Left) With Tod Foulk - and with Tod and Michael "MiLo" HRC MAN :)




Good pic of the makeup, I didn't want to take it off! So proud, LOL.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

{Giveaway} Win a trip to British Plus Size Fashion Weekend

Let the London countdown begin. Such an honor to be invited by my colleagues in London to host part of the first annual British Plus Size Fashion Weekend and represent SKORCH Magazine and Portland Fashion Week®! This show is making headlines all over the world, and for good reason. This is the first time London has seen a show of this kind with full figured models and designs, the kind that London Fashion Week is not used to seeing.  UK Residents: See below how you can enter to win a VIP trip to BPSFW courtesy of Plus Size Tall.

What is BPSFW? Trapped in a Skinny World & Evolve Media Ltd has joined forces to create The Official British Plus Size Fashion Weekend presented by SimplyBe. In the heart of LFW February 2013, we will be celebrating the CURVES of the UK and Europe in this one of a kind event. This will be the biggest plus size fashion event that the UK has seen thus far. The event is being produced to bring together plus-size brands and the consumers that embrace them.

UK Residents Only, Enter to win a trip to British Plus Size Fashion Weekend by www.Plus-Size-Tall.com. Enter here.

Want to come and be apart of London fashion history? Checkout the locationscheduleaccommodationticket information etc.

Let me know if you're coming! XO
Jess







Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Faux Favorite







Photography by Mandy Allen @mandys_view on Instagram!

Hello loves! So much going on with the planning of Portland Fashion Week and my trip to London! But, wanted to pop in a quick post about a new favorite. I have been wearing this cardigan NON STOP. It's so perfectly comfy, nice and big to drape around me and lounge and the detachable fur collar is quite simply genius. I wear it on other outfits by itself since it's the perfect silver/grey. A must have piece for sure if you live where it's cold/rainy making it my faux favorite. 


Cardigan c/o SimplyBe - Link

xo
Jessica



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Top 10 Favorite Moments of 2012

Wow this was a hard list to compile! Man, what an amazing year. As the typical A-type that doesn't take time to appreciate that which I have done, it was so refreshing to just take a moment to let it all in. 2012 was hands-down the best year yet, I accomplished more than my wildest dreams, but most importantly I connected with more people than ever before through this blog. I never celebrated a proper 2 year blog birthday, but thank you so much for your continued support and coming by to sip martinis here and there.



I really wanted to look at the moments that changed the course of my life and although a few awesome ones didn't make the list (quitting my "job" and forming a partnership with my best friend and launching my own agency, joining cocoperez.com, meeting Ashley Graham and her saying "of course I know who you are" and me almost dying (???), finally finding my ultimate hair style and sticking to it *lol*, judging WA Plus America, spending some amazing time in LA/Santa Monica with amazing friends, hosting the Woodburn Stores Shopping Extravangaza and working a crowd of over 1,800 people and never feeling more alive and so much more), this list still feels surreal and I'm trying to wrap my head around it. And, of course laughing because I spent most of the year thinking I hadn't accomplished anything - what's WRONG with me??! **No wonder my best friend Mandy felt the need to perform an exorcism and write the MOST hilarious post OF. ALL. TIME. read here, you'll die.** 

So, sending my continued apologies to Mandy, you're right....I need therapy, thank goodness I have your pro-bono counciling for now. ;-)

Here are my Top 10 moments of Two-Thousand-and-Twelve....

TEN Being transformed by my uber-talented hair and makeup artist friend Lindi Merkercher as a plus size Kardashian, extensions and ALL! So trippy, I think if my husband didn't threaten divorce if I didn't take them out, I could have gotten used to the hair ;). Full post & more pictures here.


NINE To my complete surprise, a little post about a sexy dress got a lot of attention and created a lot of much needed conversation, the "scandalous" "Kitten" post garnered tens of thousands reactions on Torrid's facebook and others and received over 320 shares on my blog. This post gave way to my new reader nickname ... you guessed it... KITTEN :). Read full post and see pictures here.


EIGHT The hands-down best part of being a blogger is getting to work with the brands that you loved BEFORE you had a blog! SWAK Designs has always been a favorite of mine, and well we soldified our love-fest for each other this year and launched Project Plus. Check out the behind the scenes from the photo shoot and see the rest of this post.


SEVEN Appearing on KATU AM Northwest for a Torrid Fall Fashion Segment, see full post here.



SIX Being Torrid's Official Fashion Correspondent at NY Full Figured Fashion Week and hosting their invite only blogger trunk show! That. Was. Beyond. At the trunk show, I was asked to open the event with a speech and well, the tears came and almost took over! GAH! I was soooo overcome with emotion in that moment realizing where I was and what an honor and dream I was living. Women I admire and work with  were in front of me and supporting me and it was a moment I'll never forget. Read recap post 1 and post 2.




FIVE Skorch was recognized as Best Fashion Publication at the Portland Fashion & Style Awards. We won against 3 other straight sized publications and the plus size one took it home??!!!! Plus, good friend and Portland area colleague Keri Atkins won the Best Plus Model Award. See the video of the win and pictures!





FOUR Featured on CNN.com as a Fatshion Blogger making a difference. This was a huge huge moment for me to be recognized for the work I'm doing that goes beyond how good I do or don't look in my clothing. Read the CNN.com article.




THREE I can still remember the day I walked into Torrid for the first time, it changed my world. So much so, I wanted to work there and do research to own my own store....fast forward a few years, and I was being flown to their HQ in LA and in a flurry of a huge team was treated like a star with a photo shoot and video shoot and feature on Torrid's facebook and more. WOW!!! I need to do more of that!! LOL Watch the video interview and see rest of pics here. See behind the scenes pics here.






TWO Receiving Woman of Influence Award from the Portland Business Journal. I was one of 25 chosen and the youngest I hear to win. I can't put into words what the day, award, moment was all like. It was a blur, a heart attack, a moment that I still can't believe happened. I was in a room of over 800 most powerful business women from Portland, and I was on stage accepting an award. *beyond* Truly beyond and one of the best moments of 2012. Read my full post here.

Accepting my Women of Influence Award and with my best friend, therapist, photographer, videographer, coach, wing-man, PepTalk Polly ;) and business partner Mandy Allen. 


NO. ONE MOMENT OF 2012 My baby the Full Body Photo Project went to the next level with the realization of a dream team photoshoot with some good friends that got some crazy fab media attention?!?!! This could NOT have happened without the team effort! Thank you so much to Stanley Debas for the photography! Thank you to Lane Bryant for believing in this project and being our presenting sponsor & providing the clothing!! Thank you to the very talented and VERY busy ladies that volunteered their time to make my vision a reality -- Nadia Aboulhosn, Rosie Mercado, PassionJonesz, Kari from MadisonPlus.com and Samantha Morris!!! Thanks to this entire team's effort, the project/shoot made it into USA Today (see full insert here!) and CocoPerez.com and was on the finale episode of Season 1 of Curvy Girls!




As I prepare for 2013, the only thing going through my mind is...
Think. Believe. Achieve.


Make it count and thank you for taking this ride with me! 
XOXO
Jessica

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