Author: Jessica Moy

TORONTO STUDIO APARTMENT TOUR 2020

Last year I published my first Studio Apartment Tour which continues to hold the #1 spot of the most watched video on my channel (157k+ views!). The layout was ideal for relaxing after a tough day at work or entertaining a couple of friends on the couch. I decided to rearrange my apartment to be more “social isolation” friendly. I pushed my bed in front of the TV because binge watching Netflix is now a past time and I carried my desk near the window so I can look outside from time to time while I work from home. I love the new layout, but let me know what you think! Enjoy my updated Toronto apartment tour below.

SUMMER LIST 2020 | ACCOMPLISHED GOALS

It’s the end of warm weather season and the beginning of pumpkin spice everyyythinggg. Back in April I set goals for summer 2020 and created two editions; one regular and one in case I was stuck in social isolation. Since there’s still a pandemic out there (please wear a damn mask) I won’t be too harsh on myself on the uncompleted goals but let’s see how I did: 2020 Summer Goals (social isolation edition) Learn how to make gnocchi  Yum! Gnocchi was way easier to make than expected. It’s perfect if you have leftover mashed potatoes and only requires 4 ingredients: Potatoes, flour, salt, and eggs. Here’s an easy recipe to follow if you want to try it for yourself. Learn the first 50 elements of the periodic table According to my boyfriend I completed this goal. I practiced a lot with him during social isolation (lol, poor guy) but don’t remember getting to 50. I’ll take his word for it sooooo I’m CROSSING IT OFF! Paint something I got very into line drawings and …

10 EASY APARTMENT DECORATING IDEAS

You’re at home a lot (hopefully) and likely procrastinating when it comes to hanging up wall art that’s been chillin’ on the closet floor since 2018.. you know who you are.  Time to dust it off because IT’S THEIR TIME TO SHINE! Decorating the space we spend the most time in is SO important for our productivity, mood, and mental health. Every art piece, photo, and plant in my studio apartment makes me “feel joy” (lol, thanks Marie Kondo). Even though my living space is essentially one big room (the fridge is only an arms length away from the bed) I love that it is intentionally decorated in a way that is bright, airy, and makes me feel ok with being a homebody. In the video below I show you tips and tricks on how to easily add colour, art, and inspiration to any size space.

DIY SMALL ROOM DECOR

If you’re looking for an easy DIY home decor idea that covers blank walls, no tools required, and can be done under $20.. I’VE GOT YOU COVERED! I went thrifting and bought baskets for this easy-peasy DIY basket wall and it’s perfect for small or large spaces. Let me know what you think and if you try this DIY basket wall, tag me on Instagram: @Jessica_Moy!

THRIFT FLIP, HAUL & TRY-ON

Went to Value Village. Wore a mask. Saw pretty things, bought them. Went home in the pouring rain. Washed my hands and the clothes. Turned on camera. Purposely ripped holes in a pair of jeans that were originally $238 but got for $14.99. Uploaded creation to YouTube. Enjoy.

SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT…

I stumbled upon an Instagram account I think everyone should follow: @soyouwanttotalkabout. Quite simply, they dissect progressive politics and social issues in easy to digest slideshows that feature informative facts and figures. Lately I have made it a goal to be conscious of who I follow on social media and fill my feed with diversity as well as educational content from valid sources. You are what you consume and if I’m going to spend 2-3 hours a day on my phone (lol, I’m not proud of this.. but like.. social isolation..) may as well make it useful. Below I have re-posted from @soyouwanttotalkabout about two topics relevant right now: RACIST REBUTTALS & WEARING A DAMN MASK.  

PRINCESS POLLY HAUL & TRY-ON

I recently won a contest on Instagram from Princess Polly and was given $100 to spend on anything on their site. My fourth contest win of the year, ayy! I’ve been wearing sweatpants.. or no pants.. for the past few months (thank you social isolation) and was excited to have stylish clothes I can wear for when I become social again. Princess Polly is an Australian online fashion boutique who sell trendy dresses, pants, accessories, etc. If you see Hailey Bieber or Kendall Jenner wearing it, you can probably find it on their site. Check out my haul and try-on video below to see what I nabbed up and how I style each piece.

MY SUMMER GOALS 2020

We don’t know what the world is going to be like tomorrow but I’d like to be optimistic. If you’re a long time reader you know that every year I write a list of summer goals (check out my 2019 edition here). For 2020 I’m creating two lists, one social isolation related and one not. Safety procedures will determine which list I will work off of, perhaps I’ll complete one list or a mix of both. I guess we’ll see what happens. 2020 Summer Goals (social isolation edition) Learn how to make gnocchi  Learn the first 50 elements of the periodic table Paint something Watch all seasons of Seinfeld (except the first season because apparently it’s not worth it) Creatively celebrate the one year anniversary of Mark and I 2020 Summer Goals  Book trip to India/Nepal Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers every month Go thrift shopping and post a haul on YouTube Attend a concert, festival, fair.. literally anything that will get me outside and social again Go on a romantic weekend getaway with …

A LITTLE BIT OF INSPIRATION

I’ve been following artist/author Adam J. Kurtz on Instagram for quite some time and love that his work is simple, yet powerful. His words make you feel not so alone, especially in quarantine as you bake your fifth banana bread, finish your umpteenth Netflix original series, and wait for this dreadful COVID-19 to just GO AWAY! Today in Adam’s newsletter he included printable quotes and worksheets you can fill out. Since I have nothing else going on I decided to participate. If you’ve seen my apartment tour you will recognize the first quote below as I have it hanging in my bathroom, above the toilet (it’s a good daily reminder). If you want in on more inspirational worksheet fun, you can check it all out here.

WTF I’VE BEEN DOING DURING SOCIAL ISOLATION

Hello friends, how are you? ❤️ It’s been a tough time over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has literally put the whole world on pause. Nothing feels normal and there’s nothing normal about this situation (this is a daily reminder to myself, wanted to remind you too). It’s wild to think that we’re living in history and everyday people have been losing their lives, jobs, and.. well.. their sanity from social isolation. Before I get into it, below is a creative I think is important to share from @bethdrawsthings. I’ve been staying inside, trying to keep busy as much as I can but also giving myself permission to just chill TF out. Twice a week I’ll go for a run in the morning and that usually makes me feel accomplished and starts my day off on a good note. I’ve been staying with Mark at his place (my boyfriend) for the past week or so and it’s nice to have the company. We just finished watching McMillions which is a documentary series about the McDonald’s …

TAMARINDO, COSTA RICA

Somewhere within the last two weeks of 2019 I woke up one morning and felt terrible chest pains. When the ache didn’t go away after 24 hours I went to a walk-in clinic. The receptionist led me to a small room where I sat on top of a plastic bed covered with that weird parchment paper that crinkled as I waited for the doctor to tell me WTF is wrong with me. A blonde lady in her mid-50’s quickly burst into the room with a clipboard, barely looking up. She asked me 100 questions, checked me out, and asked, “are you an anxious person? Are you stressed?” Yes, to all of the above. She recommended I make an appointment with my family doctor, whom I visited a week later. He set up an appointment for me to get a blood test done and when the results came back, I was very low on white blood cells. As you may already know, white blood cells protect the body against infectious diseases. If you’re low on these …

AVEIRO & ÓBIDOS PORTUGAL

First post of 2020! Woo-hoo! If you haven’t seen my first Portugal blog post, you can read about my adventures in Porto, here. After a few days sipping coffee and reading on cobblestone stairs until sunset, I said good-bye to the magnificent city of Porto and hopped on a train to Aveiro. This vibrant town is commonly known as the Venice of Portugal because of the pretty canals and gondolas. You only need a couple of days to explore Aveiro and if you get a chance I highly recommend renting a bike and peddling to Costa Nova Beach. I rented from Biclaria for 10€ and was given a bike (with a basket!), helmet, and security lock. I was also given a map to how to get to the beach but it was a little confusing so I used my phone to navigate. Costa Nova Beach is an hour ride away and when you see the colourful houses, you have arrived! The beach was a little cloudy the day I went but it was still so …

PORTO, PORTUGAL

I got back from my Portugal trip in October and here I am in December writing about my adventures. It’s not a Jessica Moy blog post unless it’s a couple months late, AMIRITE!? *sigh* In early October I arrived in Porto, Portugal and was in awe of how beautiful the people were.. not just kind and helpful but, FLAWLESS ON THE OUTSIDE! Airport security lookin’ all fineeee and here I was after a six hour flight with bags under my eyes and hair disheveled. Cool. From the airport I hopped on a bus that took me right into the heart of Porto and was amazed by the beautiful architecture, cobblestone, artwork, and sculptures! OH, AND THE TILES! The famous blue Portuguese tiles properly known as azulejos (Arabic meaning small polished stone). These gorgeous pieces of art are built into most buildings, used as decoration in public spaces, and can tell stories about Portuguese history, religion, and culture. My favourite part of Porto was crossing the bridge and entering Vila Nova de Gaia. I sat beside …