[snapshotspace] donut you want to go to krispy kreme right now, matey?

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Happy Monday, folks!

So this past Friday, Krispy Kreme was celebrating International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Which I had no idea about, until fellow donut loving friends lovingly informed me of this amazing day! Basically, this is what happens. Either you can:

1.) Go and buy a donut, per usual.

2.) Go and talk in a pirate accent/lingo, and get one glazed donut free!

3.) Go and be dressed up like a pirate, and get one DOZEN free glazed donuts!

Guess which one I did, and got amazing people to participate in with me? 😉

And it was crazy, because I ended up getting so absorbed into DIY-ing all things pirate that I invested over 2.5 hours into this project, heh.

My amazing friend also whipped up the awesome donut with utensil “crossbones” designed hat.

Wow!

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With everything made and done, two (awesome) friends and I…

put on our “gear,”

practiced our pirate lingo (okay, that was mostly me),

and walked out of Krispy Kreme with THIRTY SIX FREE GLAZED DONUTS!

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into that incredibly fun night, and please let me know if you have any suggestions for how to get all the donuts enjoyed!

Thank you, Krispy Kreme for such a memorable and sweet (hehe) night!

Have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

P.S. If you enjoyed, stick around and follow for more just as tasty and tasteful posts, hehe! 🙂

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[snapshotspace] Hello, Baby! OOTD

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Oh, hello again!

It’s going to be a little twist here on #helloblackbird in that we’re going to be featuring a BOY today!

Well, at the time this was taken, he wasn’t born yet, but we all were boy-oh-boy excited 🙂

So… if you didn’t gather in the last few sentences, I had the lovely privilege of attending a baby shower, and we all know how I can be a liiiiiiiitttle behind regarding the time frame between taking photos and posting them here!

<cough> He is born and thriving and handsome! </cough>

Nevertheless, here is a brief snapshot of my OOTD, with a cameo from a magical unicorn from that one movie. The one that was really funny. And cute.

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The statement necklace is from Windsor, and the classic navy shade has brought a lot of attention from passerby when I wear it! I love how it’s large and in charge, but at the same time doesn’t have to be bright neon or crazy huge to declare its presence. (Not that I don’t like those pieces. It just worked out this way for this outfit!)

The top is from Target, and I LOVE the cat print on this knit piece. It’s quirky and fun, and oh so comfortable! If you know me, you know that’s how I roll 🙂

Nevertheless, I need to make some space in my closet so I’m actually selling it on one of my favorite sites to browse, Threadflip.com! Stop by if you want to take a peek!

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Loving these navy shorts from Francesca’s! That store is pretty much my dream store. If I could create a boutique, I feel like I would just copy/paste that beautiful place with all the clever accessories and nicknacks over to my site, heh. Don’t you love the lace detailing on the pockets? I know that it’s pretty simple to add on yourself, so I could have just done it to a pair I owned, but nobody’s got time for that! That being going to the fabric store to pick out the specific lace, sewing, and figuring out how to use the rest of the lace.

Actually…

Hmmm………….

I digress.

And from here on out are a few photos I took from that special event! The ladies who made and put up this decor are quite talented, I must say (and I’m sure you’d agree!). Prepare yourself for some heartmelting content below.

Be advised.

You have been warned.

🙂

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GAH. SO CUTE.

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MUSTACHE straws?? Simple DIY with such massive changes in aesthetic!

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Plasticware cinched in to create a bow-tie effect. I love.

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The whole array 🙂

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My heart.

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No truer statement.

Well, that’s not true, but it’s pretty up there.

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Say it with me: D’awwwww!

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 One of the activities we had was decorating stick-on bow ties/neck ties so that when he reaches that length of life (one month, two months, three months, etc), it’s easy to snap a photo and know exactly how old he is!

Brilliant.

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The photobooth that was so meticulously set up by an amazing woman I am blessed to know.

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Manly munchies on the table!

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The program that “tied” (hehe, get it? :D) the whole thing together.

I hope you enjoyed this edition, and have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

[stylespace] One Day My Prints Will Come…

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And they came!

Hehe oh, hello there!

So over the summer, I introduced  a few items to my wardrobe – and one of the stars of the new additions are these printed pants from Zara!

I showed them in a haul uploaded this past week – click here (or here or here or here) if you want to take a look at the rest of the new items!

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It’s shopping vicariously… through me! 🙂

 And without further ado, here are the pants!

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These are super simple to style, and I love the elaborate print combined with muted colors that make it a breeze to coordinate.

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On top I have my favorite statement necklace EVER. Seriously. Ever.

MRAHHH I love.

Paired it with a plain white tee from H&M and a thrifted mustard yellow cardigan!

On nails: Essie’s “show me the ring” – the champagne/frosty finish is a lovely complement to the ensemble, don’t you think?

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The pants came with the belt, which (obviously) matches quite well. I love how casual the outfit can be by simply switching the pants for jeans, or dressed up by switching the pants for a pencil skirt!

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BEAUTIFUL.

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And here I present to you the wilted hydrangea that I could have placed the necklace on for your viewing pleasure ;).

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Exhibit A: I thought the dotted pattern would make a cool backdrop, but didn’t consider that I was too short to make it all the way up there, heh.

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Look at that print!

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Oh, hello again!

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The day was lovely 🙂

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Did You Know? Sitting on bricks is quite… comfortable…

And makes for a thankful heart when there are comfy chairs to sink into later!

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Again with these gorgeous booties from Nordstrom Rack! Seriously living on my feet!

 I hope you enjoyed this style snippet, and have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

P.S. If you are curious as to see how these pieces look in action, and a few entertaining bloopers, click here (or here or here or here) for this edition in video format!

[snapshotspace] Introducing Nathalie Cheng Photography

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Happy Saturday!

Are you relaxing from the long week and eager to lounge about?

Well, I’m glad you stopped by my little corner of the interwebs and joined me for a bit!

And while I’m at it, let me ask you a simple question:

Have you ever seen something that made you get the feels, and you just couldn’t get enough?

I have… like when I have a nice cup of hot tea, a good book, and some afternoon sunlight filtering through the blinds to bathe my room in warmth. Wow, that’s such a sweet blessing to me. What things get you?

And… every time I encounter a new event, time, place, person, or blog that stirs up those lovely feelings, I have the need to share it!

Because it’s not fully enjoyed by me unless I can spread the loveliness to others, wouldn’t you agree?

And so… I would love to introduce you to Nathalie Cheng Photography! I’ve mentioned her on my blog before, and she just started an amazing website that literally took my breath away when I first saw it. Seriously, who knew that such an inspiring, delightful woman of God was blessed with such fierce photography skills?

Seriously, it’s like I get such amazing encouragement from Nathalie, and then she goes ahead and decides to inception that by channeling nostalgic and loving feels through her work with the camera lens! Feels upon feels upon feels!

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This is a recent wedding that I believe she second shot for (please correct me if I’m wrong!) and… I can’t get over it. The colors are so gorgeously caught, and the moments are precious to behold. If these images start becoming Pinterest-able, I think I’ll need to keep posting such lovely things in whatever boards I come up with! Hehe. 

So if you’re interested in seeing something absolutely delightful to make your day brighter, I suggest you just click on over and check out the up-and-coming photographer who also happens to be one of the sweetest people God is using for His glory 🙂

Join me in my excitement, and have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

[stylespace] april flowers bring daisies

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 Hello hello there!

 And a happy Thursday to you!

Today, I’ll be featuring a new pair of shoes (that I wore once and have now gifted to my awesome sister who can pull them off a lot better than I can)  – silver oxfords!

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So the story goes…

I spotted these shoes on threadflip and kept going back and forth on whether to buy these shoes. Here’s a snapshot of my thought process… that went on…

For days!

So awesome!

But… practical?

Classic shape!

But… what about the color?

And then one day, I caved and purchased them because they were on sale/resold and I had store credit!

Aren’t they amazing? heh.

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I had a lot of fun coming up with this little get-up!

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This daisy skirt has become a wardrobe favorite!

The cashier even told me it was cute and that she was going to buy it as I checked out.

And the love for daisies blossoms! ; )

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The kitty sweater calms the bold black/white print, and I love these round sunglasses!

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Aren’t the accessories darling?

The gold studs with rhinestone accents are so bedazzled *_*

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   You like? haha.

I know I do! : )

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. : )