How To Shop Smart I Spring Edition

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Hello everyone!

Springtime inspired me to purge my closet (I’ll be sharing more about that in a future post) to make more room. And guess what? I could fling open the closet door and experience a breeze of fresh air wafting out, and all without a mountain of fabric avalanching on my face. Okay, that’s a little exaggerated, but you get the gist!

And with that extra room, I wanted to do a bit of smart shopping to start off 2015, which is pretty much the following formula: shopping affordably + appropriately to the season. 599fashion wanted to help me reach my goal, and so I’m here to share with you a few items they sent over! I love how they offer so many options for clothing, accessories, lifestyle, etc… AND did you know they boast an extended line to include items for men+women+children – any creative last minute ideas for Mother’s or Father’s day, anyone? ;).

Let me show you my little haul with 599fashion.com! I’ll leave you a rundown of the details (shipping, thoughts on quality, etc) after the images. Let me know your thoughts!

item one: TASSEL EARRINGS

super cute, not too large for my ears, brand new and the little chains added a fun flair to my outfit! 

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item two: FAUX STONE BANGLE

i adore this piece. it’s bohemian. it’s classic. it’s bendable. it’s simple.

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Doesn’t it look absolutely… thoughtful, for an inanimate object? heh.

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item three: GOLD LINK NECKLACE

too sweet for words. a lovely complement for the classic white tee.

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isn’t it?

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item four: LAYERED CHAINS NECKLACE

whimsical, and the universal necklace. any look, and BAM. you’re done.

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item  five: GEOMETRIC PLATED NECKLACE

the quirky, outgoing one. free to pair with anything to add a little funk.

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oh, yeah.

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item six: THE SUNNIES

standard shades. cool texture.

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item seven: FLUFFY SLIPPERS

need i say more?

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oh, my darling!

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item eight: EMBROIDERED FLORALS

my favorite shirt atm. so spring but so versatile.

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that detail, though…

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item nine: MICKEY GOES ABROAD

a fun, mickey-inspired shirt with the CUTEST bow formed into the shirt.

see below.

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amazing.

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And yeah! I hope you enjoyed that sneak peek. I’ll link a video to show me trying on all of the items in the set HERE. or here.

THOUGHTS:

SHIPPINGfast! arrived just a few days after placing the order

SERVICEeasy, and very responsive. i even received an e-mail update regarding where the package was!

SETthe amount of items offered on 599fashion.com is immense! i love that there are so many styles that are catered to, and the price point (everything $5.99 or less

AVAILABILITY (sorry, no more alliteration): things go pretty quickly due to the low price points, so the exact items that even I’m showing you may not be on the website anymore. however, there are so many products loaded, which means similar things are sure to be discovered. how you go about that is up to you! it’s the ultimate scavenger hunt 🙂

Aaaaand that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the images and found this post helpful – let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you! 🙂

Have a lovely day!

Jessica

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*the items in this post were provided by 599fashion.com for consideration. all thoughts are my own and are 100% honest!*

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#PassportToParis OOTD & Travel Edition

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Hello everyone, and happy Friday!

So today, I decided to take the #fbf route because this OOTD was supposed to get posted a little while ago.

A little while ago meaning…. several months ago.

Time sure seems to fly, and so did I… to Paris this past year!

So let’s get started, shall we? 🙂

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A little ways away from Notre Dame (and an awesome stand that offers nutella crepes, SO good!).

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And this spot?

It just seemed like a really, really nice place to read.

I wish I could have plopped myself down where that person was sitting and relax for a sunny afternoon by the water, leaning against that lone lamppost.

With a hot cup of tea.

Ahh yes, it’s definitely fall today.

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We went walking this-a-way and that-a-way and found numerous lovely places for photoshoots! Too bad my luggage had been lost, which led to…

dressing myself with my mom’s clothes,

dressing myself with my sister’s clothes,

doing makeup using my mom’s small arsenal,

and… shopping!

IMG_2648  The lightweight maxi dress with the jungle green print was something I picked up the first day in Paris, and I wore that piece like crazy!

Paired it with the Love Culture hat I thankfully did not put in my luggage and the H&M purse that stayed with me the entire time as well 🙂

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Such enchanting views, I loved seeing all the beautiful things in that city!IMG_2662

Lots of amusing events happened here as well, but that can be saved for another time.

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A light and refreshing outfit that allowed me to carry all my essentials for a day of exploring in the city of love!
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I hope you had a fun time with me and enjoyed this post –

I’m thankful I was able to visit another part of the globe and see the wonderful creation – the sights and the views and the places to go – for myself!

Have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

[stylespace] my love from another star inspired makeup & ootd

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 Happy Thursday, everyone!!

So, there’s this crazy popular Korean drama that’s been going around… You may have heard of it…

It’s called My Love from Another Star/something similar and is (as can be expected) a love story. I saw the image of Jun Ji Hyun below and was inspired to create a fresh spring, natural look! Jun Ji Hyun’s also known for her fashion sense throughout the series, and so I did my own take on the styled outfit below. Stay tuned to the end of the video for that! (Click on the next or the next next image to be ushered to page!)

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That’s not too alien of an idea, is it? (hehe, sorry for the corniness).

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And to make your Thursday a little cuter, here is an awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww -worthy image! A friend sent it over, and I thought it was the cutest thing ever.

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Have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

Aaaaand music for  this week: Tori Kelly’s #Foreword EP! 16 minutes and 14 seconds of repeatable goodness. : )

[snapshotspace] SNSD’s Jessica in “Mr. Mr.” Makeover

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Hello there!

I thought I’d do something different on the blog and introduce to you another hobby of mine: YouTube! The planning, filming, editing, and execution of videos excites me, and I hope to share that with you today : ).

So with that, let me start again:

Hello, everyone, meet my YouTube!

My YouTube, meet everyone.

: )

There, now we are acquainted!

Hopefully, we will soon become friends.

Fun Fact! The username (jessicaxnyao) was inspired by:

1. My name (quite clearly)

2.) My grandpa – he used to say “nyao” (similar to a cat’s meow) quite often as a random expression, and made a living for a lot of his life as an artist. And as he was an artist with the canvas, I would like to become more like an artist with… the face! Hehe. And also with the canvas. But that’s just a tad more difficult, I think.

Below is the latest one I created, inspired by Jessica from SNSD in “Mr. Mr.” – check it out by clicking on the image! I love the slightly-more-out-there-but-not-really look here, and recreating it was such fun!

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And the photo that inspired this project:

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Stop by if you like and let me know how you enjoyed it!

And of course, have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

[stylespace] puppy love

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Hello, there!

I don’t know about you, but whenever  I see an adorable canine, my heart goes pitter-patter-pitter-patter! I mean, I’m sure it does that all the time. Otherwise, I would be dead. But I especially am aware during these moments.

And maybe you feel the same way? So I put together a casual outfit – perfect for running errands, going on a picnic, or reading a book! – with a darling pup as the focal point!

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Except my hair is covering it. But here it is below –

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And now for the collective, Awwwwwwwwwwwww!

It’s napping, too!

Pair a dusty orange tank with dark wash denim jeans for a subtle contrast. Adore the juxtaposition of two complementary colors. : )

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These boots from Nordstrom Rack have been a winter staple, and I have no shame breaking the news that these are pulled out at least every other day. The rich brown color is so natural and deep… my boots-heart swoons a little every time I zip these up in the back.

And yes, I’m short. I had to cuff these American Eagle jeans to make this happen.

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Thought I’d do something a little different and feature a book I have been loving! I read it for the first time several years ago and it stood out to me ever since. Shadow of the AlmightyElisabeth Elliot, is a biography of her first husband, who loved God more than his own life – and showed it. It’s a striking example of how the love of God can pull sinners (all of us!) from a path to death to a path of life and righteousness, by His sanctifying grace!

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So, I’m re-reading it. And I hope you’ll join me!

Aaaaand, I picked up this little beaut from Forever 21 – only $7.80 for a statement necklace! Isn’t it absolutely delightful? So fun and bright. Hopefully, it will be here to stay for a while… Forever 21 isn’t known for long-term utility products.

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Also, wordpress.com just informed me that it’s my 1 year anniversary for blogging on this site! How exciting! : )

Have a lovely Monday in the Lord!

Love,

Jess

[stylespace] a winter wonderland

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 So… these shoes are taking me to new heights.

Quite literally so.

Would you like to take a look?

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Oh my.

My dear sister bought me these lovely beauties for my birthday a few months ago, not knowing just how high these would be. And when I opened the box on that fateful day, I tried walking in them and thought I would die.

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Not just from teetering and crashing like the walls of Jericho, but from how adorable the buckle detailing is on the strap!

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And so I determined to gather my courage and demonstrate my appreciation by wearing them! For the past month, I have enjoyed conjuring up new looks to work with these heels. Perfect to wear around the holidays, especially!

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Pairing the perfect hunter green top with distressed jeans made this look oh-so-very-comfortable, and the heels totally kicked it up a notch (no pun intended)!

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Nothing like some festive pillows in the background to spice up the photo ; )

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Love.

And seriously, no pain no gain, right?

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 The peephole in the back I found endearing, particularly with the buttons and the softest underlying tank that’s attached. No need to purchase or rummage around for a tank? That’s an A+ in my book.

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I whipped up this connected ring-bracelet contraption a year ago and found it perfectly contrasted with the deeper hues of the shirt. All about juxtaposition and finding the complementary&contrasting natures of different items to make it work!

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Decided to pair like elements this time around, with these gorgeous golden beads cascading down my ear. I’ve been favoring studs for the past few months, but seeing beautifully made creations like this challenge me to lengthen my earrings broaden my horizons!

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I hope you had a lovely Christmas, not only giving thanks for the various gifts given and the family’s love received – but ultimately for the One who is the greatest Gift and showed love as no one has and can ever show.

Love,

Jess

[fashionspace] How to Layer: Winter to Spring

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Hello everyone! Today I will be deconstructing a layered outfit that transitions pieces from winter to spring! I enjoyed tinkering with iMovie, and I hope you find this useful! 🙂 Feel free to let me know your thoughts on the layering and how you do it too!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4hD5CDRgLs

Tootle-loo!

-Jessica