At The Moment

At the moment links I am currently digging on the internet:

pin of the week 1-28-2015

 

As you can see the pin of the week is all about tattoos! I have two tattoos, not sure if anyone on here knew that and I got both of them while I was traveling. When I saw this pin specifically, it reminded me how much I loved the inner arm location for a tattoo. {HOWEVER} I didn’t want to always worry about hiding my tattoo at work so I decided against getting one there. Since getting my last tattoo in 2012, I haven’t had the urge to get another one either. Do any of you guys have tattoos? Wanted to get one and was too nervous? Share with me! I’d love to know,

InLiquid Benefit v.15

inliquidAn organization near and dear to me is celebrating their 15th anniversary and Benefit. InLiquid is an arts nonprofit located in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia that provides opportunities in for visual artists in the city and beyond. Along with finding showcase and gallery opportunities for members, InLiquid’s website acts as a free public online hub for visual art.

The Benefit v.15 will take place on Saturday, February 7th from 6-10pm at the Crane Arts Building. During the Benefit, everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the Silent Auction that will have art, gift certificates, jewelry and design items. Food and specialty cocktails are provided by Birchtree Catering. Tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door click here to purchase your tickets.

InLiquid Benefit v.15 | February 7th 6-10pm | 1400 N. American Street

 

Avocado Bacon Fries

To kick off the new year, I ordered myself two new cookbooks and cleaned up my recipe board on Pinterest. Following a simple recipe and learning to enjoy cooking is something that I have been working on since I graduated from college. My parents have signature dishes that they love to make but cooking every day they found to be a task they would rather not do. This year, I asked Scott if we could try a new recipe each week and so far its been going well! I have seen this Avocado Bacon Fries recipe floating around on the internet for awhile and I thought it would be the perfect twist to football Sunday appetizers.

All you need is

-2 Avocados

-18-20 pieces of bacon. (The recipe usually calls for Turkey Bacon, but we decided to treat ourselves to the real thing.)

-One baking sheet lined with tin foil. (Most people probably have a baking sheet already, but this was the first one to enter Scott’s house in the year and a half the boys have been living there. *Insert crying laughing emoji here*)

Scott and I sliced up each avocado into 8-10 pieces and placed them out onto the tin foil. After opening the bacon, we took one slice of bacon and carefully wrapped each avocado until the green was covered. Next, we preheated the oven to 425F and let the fries cook for 10 minutes. After the bacon is crisp take them out of the oven and enjoy.
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MANI MONDAY

There is nothing I love more than painting my nails. When I started working at my first job the long hours and fast paced environment of agency life left little time for extracurricular activities on weekdays. Once it was the weekend I decided to take my love of watching old shows/past TV seasons on Netflix and give myself a manicure. I was always an impatient nail painter when I was younger and I would constantly smudge my fresh coat of paint. I figured if I watched one 60 minute TV episode, I could paint my nails, sit still and let them dry.

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Well give a twenty something endless hours of TV, chances are she will get pretty good at painting her nails. This weekly ritual became my self-care and meditation after a long week at work. I guess in the end it worked out for me because I have plowed through HIMYM, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and now I can paint two coats of polish in 10 minutes total.

For painting my nails some of my favorite products include:

Up & Up Acetone Nail Polish Remover

American Apparel Matte Top Coat

Sally Hansen InstaDry No Chip Top Coat

My go to places for OPI or Essie Nail Polish include Bean’s Beauty or ULTA. I’m vying to add a new grey and beige color to my collection. What colors are you looking forward to getting in 2015?

Photo from my Samsung S5 when I treated myself (about time) to a gel manicure from Boutique Hair & Nails. They are AWESOME and will be my new go to place for pampering.

At The Moment

Pin of the week 1.14.15At the moment, the links I am currently digging on the internet:

The pin of the week is a ACNE sherling jacket that I have been keeping my eyes on. One of my favorite bloggers, Chi City Fashion owns a black on black ACNE jacket and I can’t stop thinking about how I want one too. The theme for this week must be that I am freezing since I have been looking online at winter jackets, duster coats and trench coats. What is a staple outerwear item you are in need of or dreaming of? Sound off below!

 

Commuting in the Cold

I think I have made it pretty clear on this blog that I do not own a car. The only set of wheels I have is attached to my SEPTA pass and I ride the bus on average 24 times per week. During all of my bus rides, I have learned a thing or two about commuting in the cold and I am going to flurry my knowledge for all of you.

Commuting in the Cold

  • Always have a spare umbrella at work: I cannot tell you the amount of times I have gotten to work in the morning and by the afternoon it looks like the sky is about to fall. I have learned to keep a small spare umbrella at my desk for the times I forget to grab one at home. Nothing is worse then wet hair and cold feet on SEPTA so always have a spare.
  • Invest in a down jacket: When the temperatures start to fall below 35 degrees I turn to my down jacket that I bought at Brooklyn Industries. This was probably one of the best purchases of my life. It was 70/30 down and goose feathers. I feel like I am wearing an electric blanket when I start to build up my body heat walking through Philly and man its lovely. If you are looking for a down jacket, I suggest getting one that is water proof or at least water resistant. How else will you combat the snow?
  • Below 25 degrees, get a hat: My mom always said your body heat will escape through your head first when its not covered so extreme times comes beanie shopping. Since I can’t rock a hat any other time of the year besides winter, my go to is a slouchy beany with a fleece lining.
  • Snow? Keep your work shoes at work: After last winter when it snowed more than 5 times, I started to keep my work flats under my desk and only commute in snow boots. I found this to be a win win situation because I avoided bag lady status and I was walking on ice and snow with shoes made for that exact purpose. Also, this prolonged the life span of my shoes, they lasted almost all of 2014.

Needless to say I also advise the purchase of gloves and an awesome infinity scarf for your commute as well! Shop the post below:

Umbrella picks: Bloomingdales / J.Crew

Down Jackets: Uniqlo / Marmot Montreaux Down Jacket

Beanies: Coal Hazy Beanie / The North Face Briar Beanie

Snow Boots: Sperry Top-Sider / Sorell Tivoli II Snow Boots

At The Moment

2015

 

At the moment, here are the links I am currently digging on the internet:

Spicing up this at the moment post is currently what I have at the moment in my purse. These three things are always on my desk at work. Rosebud Salve to help me combat against dry lips. A new mini planner to keep me help me with blog inspiration and tasks for work. Lastly and probably the most important, my SEPTA pass. The clear sleeve has my work ID card on the other side, but I figured I would spare all of you from my photo haha. What are your work winter essentials right now?

Hello 2015.

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Hello 2015, a brand new year and a brand new list of goals to accomplish. Every morning I love scrolling through all of my favorite blogs and news sources to see what is going on. In the past few weeks there were countless lists about 2014 recaps and hopes for 2015. I find this to all be very inspiring as a young twenty something constantly trying to plan out what the next step is. Instead of making a list of goals I want to accomplish, here are a few target areas I hope to accomplish.

Finances I am a full supporter of always putting away a little bit of your paycheck into your savings each month. Through work I was able to put aside money into my savings account automatically which has been a true blessing. In the middle of 2014 I decided to add $20 from each paycheck into my savings account for miscellaneous expenses. (I was able to be care free during Made in America and my weekend in NYC with Scott.) In 2015, I will be moving in with Scott and we have our first round of weddings to attend together. More than ever my finances are a priority for me since I will be apartment hunting, setting up a home together and celebrating our close friends on their special days.

Home Décor Yep! Scott and I will be moving in together in the summer of 2015 and boy will we need the decorating help. We both have a lot of prints, tins and home décor we have built up at our own apartments respectively. Come the summer time, it will be a hilarious experience trying to blend our tastes together. I plan on starting small focusing on our bedroom, then expanding to the rest of the house. Honestly if it wasn’t for Pinterest I would be pretty lost since I haven’t hit the décor bug yet. If you have any tips please feel free to share with me!

Personal Growth In 2015, I am hoping to roll out some new projects that will continue my work, blog and personal growth. I have been putting off finding a new blog layout for Jade & The City and I am hoping to bite the bullet and find one. Speaking of Jade & The City, I hope to do a few more personal style posts in 2015 since my new camera phone is pretty awesome and has made the task of finding a photographer obsolete. I have a few more ideas for blog content and I hope I can turn my ideas into a reality. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to complete the new Temple SMC certificate program in 2015 and expand my education on digital media and advertising. I am proud to work everyday in a field that I love, but I think a classroom setting will help me grow my knowledge of current industry trends. I hope that I can execute my new education at work for a successful 2015. Finally, I will still always work towards the healthiest version of myself. I have my sights set on another Broad Street Run and the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Lastly, I’d like to find my perfect shade of red lipstick because what girl doesn’t.

Get Gutsy

Lose the weight! These three words echoed in my mind the entire year of 2014. This was going to be my year. The year that I was finally going to lose that twenty pounds and have everyone say “Wow Jade! You look great!” My friends have inspired me so much with their own weight loss accomplishments since college so I thought I can do it too.

I started out small with adding more water consumption to my daily routine. I downloaded a calorie counting app that helped me learn how many calories I needed to eat on a daily basis to lose weight. I became more conscious of what I ate and when I ate it. I gave myself cheat days because I’m a total foodie and I still wanted to enjoy food the way I wanted to. Sounds like a pretty good start, right?

love run

Scott and I trained and ran in the inaugural Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon. Five weeks later we both ran the Broad Street Run. I felt great to have kept a semi-consistent gym schedule to run both races and have a supportive boyfriend and gym partner. However summer came and I looked no different than I had in January. I am not a perfect person and I will admit that I became upset about not losing any weight. However, I tried to move forward with my quest for weight loss and the body image I desired.

In the beginning of the fall, I switched from calorie counting to Weight Watchers. I did see some small improvements with my figure but nothing was budging with my current weight. I used a FitBit to track my water intake and daily steps so I could stay active and hydrated during the work day. When I felt a moment of remorse about still looking the same, I would reach out to friends and loved ones about their own weight loss. Even with reading countless articles, meticulous planning and tracking, I started to resent the way I looked. I cried a lot about how nothing worked, I weighed the same and I didn’t want to live my life anymore through calorie counting. It was a hard decision to go cold turkey and stop counting calories or points, but I knew in the end it would be the right decision for me.  I was starting to get upset whenever someone mentioned weight and that’s not the reaction I wanted to have. The lifestyle I had for most of 2014 wasn’t making me happy anymore. So I stopped.

Now that I’ve gone through the cycle of living my day to day without calorie or points tracking, I had to get gutsy with accepting my body image. Of course I still want to lose weight, who doesn’t? However, I needed to learn to accept and love the body I have right now in order to work towards a healthy and fabulous future.

By working on having a positive body image and still having a focus to a healthy lifestyle I did a few of the following things:

  • Enjoyed the holiday season. Goodies and all!
  • Really listened to my friends and loved ones when they have a compliment about the way I looked. Instead of ignoring compliments because I felt I looked different, I embraced their kind words.
  • Taking what I learned from Weight Watchers and still implementing a lifestyle change with what I ate and when.
  • Work out in the comfort of my own room. I have a small elliptical machine (thanks parents!) and I work out while watching TV or movies.

In 2015 I will still focus on leading a healthy lifestyle but I will continue to work on my positive body image. It’s true, you only have one body and you should treat it right. I believe this means treating your body right with food, words and physical activity. I hope that this essay might be able to help anyone else who struggles with body image because it’s a tough process to learn to be okay with how you look. I’ll say “You look great!” because I’m sure you do and you should know it.

Getting gutsy is all about stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals and live a life that makes you truly happy. This post is my entry for Jessica Lawlor’s Get Gutsy Essay Contest. To get involved and share your own gutsy story, check out this post for contest details and download a free copy of the inspiring Get Gutsy ebook.

Seven Fishes

seven fishes

Ah, Christmas Eve or as I like to think of it the Super Bowl of cooking for my step-dad. He keeps up to date with his Italian traditions and creates a super spread of appetizers (bacon wrapped dates/water chestnuts), main courses (see below) and dessert (homemade wine). This year’s menu consists of the following fishes paired with recipes that I, personally, would like to see happen. Does your family have any Christmas Eve or Christmas recipes or traditions?

Crab 

Scallops

Clams 

Shrimp 

Smelts 

Flounder 

Salmon 

Tilapia 

Smoked Herring (quite literal no recipe needed!)

Whitefish 

From my family to yours have a happy Christmas Eve and Christmas!

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