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pay it forward

pay it forward

When I first heard about the "Liebster Award," it was unfamiliar. It was a welcomed reminder that I'm still in my rookie year of blogging. Thank you to Zoe from Zoe with Love who spread the love and enlightened me about this fun blogger to blogger award. Zoe is a living version of #ThatsDarling right here in Pittsburgh. Her blog is full of life, love and pretty passions. Her genuine sweetness jumps off her homepage and is even more uplifting in person. She graciously sent along some questions for you all to continue to learn more about myself. Thanks for the nod, Zoe. 

Zoe from  Zoe With Love

Zoe from Zoe With Love

What has surprised you most about blogging? The people, which really shouldn't be a surprise. Let me rephrase. I am surprised by the inspiring relationships I am building through blogging. Bloggers are passionate beings (again no surprise there) and I have had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with folks, particularly women, whom I would never met otherwise. 

Who is your biggest fashion inspiration? My parents influence all facets of my life and fashion really is no different. They have always embraced and encouraged me no matter what style stage I am rocking. Also, Iris Apfel. Not much to explain there; her fearless style is unmatched. 

Do you have any irrational fears? Snakes. That isn't too irrational. What is irrational is that I cannot look at a picture, listen to a similar sound, watch them on TV without going into complete panic mode. I also have a huge fear of my maxi dress or flares getting sucked up by the escalator thus rendering me pant-less or naked. 

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Rainbow Sprinkles. Not an ice cream flavor, but scatter those magic multi-colored sugar capsules on any flavor of ice cream and I'm all in!

Who’s in your dream girl squad? I'm blessed with a pretty amazing girl squad(s). But, the more the merrier, right? Leandra Medine, Stevie Nicks, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Iris Apfel, Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Miranda Hobbes, Charlotte York Glodenblatt, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Schumer, Sue Bird (I will cut myself off there) whenever you want to hang out, just let me know. 

Night in or night on the town? Tough one as I love a good night out dancing, but lately I have been really digging the nights in with good whiskey, even better friends and killer records playing the background. 

One thing you cannot live without? My husband, Ben. 

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to? The Napali Coast in Kauai was a take-your-breath-away-pictures-will-never-do-it-justice type of place. Ben and I ventured this coast during our honeymoon and even snorkeled right along her belly. It was just a perfect sync of time and place. 

Favorite Pittsburgh restaurant? Gyros N'at: a food truck that speaks to my heart and past adventures.  

Describe yourself in one sentence. Wow, Zoe, end with a kicker! I am an oxymoron with wild hair, a cackle of a laugh, a higher than normal impulse to dance through life, and whose "one sentence" will always change. 

Now for my nominations, drum roll pleaseeeeeee.  Kat McEachern, blogger, creative and photographer behind Always & Forever Photography and Meryl Franzos of Mrs. Franzos whose thought-provoking and clever writing will blow you away. These blogs are frequent stops on my weekly blog route and I hope you enjoy them as well!

Rules n' such:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Proudly display the award badge somewhere on your blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Create your own list of 10 questions.
  • Nominate a new blogger to receive the award.

The questions for you, Kat & Meryl, enjoy my friends!

  1. When you desperately need a burst of inspiration who or what do you turn to?
  2. Name your favorite 80's movie.
  3. What song or band is currently on a repeat?
  4. Why did you first launch a blog and why do you continue to blog?
  5. Describe your favorite secret spot in the city you live.
  6. Do you have an article of clothing that you would never, ever throw away? Explain why.
  7. What wallpaper or photo is currently rockin' on your cell phone?
  8. Describe a time when you were truly surprised. 
  9. What is the best piece of advice you ever received about blogging?
  10. If you had to wear one type of shoe for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Peace & Cheers, Jessa

Photos snapped by Dana Jackson, her first shoot with a live (some may say crazy) subject. I'd say she pretty much killed it for her first time behind the lens. Shout out to our location scout, Ann, who braved to cold with us. Love you both!

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on the fringe

on the fringe

all black, never boring

all black, never boring