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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.

Not perfect, but it’s a start! 👩🏻‍🍳✨
  • 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
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I got very into line drawings and practiced a bit throughout the summer. Technically this isn’t a “painting” but I’m counting it because watercolour was used and I make the rules here.

  • Watch all seasons of Seinfeld (except the first season because apparently it’s not worth it)

I forgot about this goal. I didn’t watch Seinfeld (like, at all) but I did watch A LOT of movies this summer including The Big Short, The Wolf of Wall Street, Jojo Rabbit, The Nice Guys, etc. All recommended by my boyfriend, all were great. Thanks Mark.

  • Creatively celebrate the one year anniversary of Mark and I

By creative did I mean, go to Costco and indulge in chicken wings and ice cream? Because that’s exactly what we did (a delicious decision). I could literally sit in a box with Mark and be happy, he’s truly been a saviour for my sanity this year.

Love ya!

2020 Summer Goals 

  • Book trip to India/Nepal

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers every month

I have discovered that my favourite form of self care is buying an $8 bouquet of flowers from the grocery store. I enjoyed bringing them home every month, especially since I spent most of my time indoors. It was nice to admire them at every hour of every day.

Greenery makes my soul happy
  • Go thrift shopping and post a haul on YouTube

I DID IT, plus a couple thrift flips.

  • Attend a concert, festival, fair.. literally anything that will get me outside and social again

Lol.

  • Go on a romantic weekend getaway with Mark

Mark and I rented a little cabin in Huntsville and absolutely loved it. We wish we could’ve stayed longer to enjoy the sunsets and s’mores, but it was the perfect socially distant getaway while it lasted. Vlog below.

2020 is a weird one, but at least I completed most of my summer goals. I hope you’re doing well and keeping safe. A reminder that we’re all in this together. Perhaps next summer we can all hug, travel, and breathe again without hesitation. Summer 2021 I’m looking at you! Here’s hoping.

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.

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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.

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2020 Summer Goals (social isolation edition)

  1. Learn how to make gnocchi 
  2. Learn the first 50 elements of the periodic table
  3. Paint something
  4. Watch all seasons of Seinfeld (except the first season because apparently it’s not worth it)
  5. Creatively celebrate the one year anniversary of Mark and I

2020 Summer Goals 

  1. Book trip to India/Nepal
  2. Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers every month
  3. Go thrift shopping and post a haul on YouTube
  4. Attend a concert, festival, fair.. literally anything that will get me outside and social again
  5. Go on a romantic weekend getaway with Mark

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.

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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.

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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 Monopoly game scam that was essentially run by the mafia. We’ve also been watching Game of Thrones.. for the first time. Do I even bother watching the last season? Please advise.

We’ve also been cooking delicious meals every day together. Tonight, for example, we made homemade chicken fingers and sweet potato fries PLUS a yummy dipping sauce comprised of plain greek yogurt, mayo, garlic powder, and sriracha sauce.

For those of you struggling with the effects of this pandemic, I’M RIGHT THERE WITH YOU! I’ve had a couple breakdowns that have been COVID-19 related since it’s 1) a scary ass virus and 2) has taken a lot away from me, from us. I have to remind myself that this madness is out of my control and all I can do is follow daily protocols and stay as positive as I can.

Below I have rounded up 5 self-isolation tips:

  1. Make your bed every single morning
  2. Go outside daily, a 15 minute walk is VERY beneficial to your physical and mental health but remember to keep a safe distance from your neighbours
  3. Text, phone, or video call family and friends as often as you can and play Houseparty with them, it’s a free app where you can challenge them in virtual heads up, pictionary, and trivia games
  4. Learn a new skill – guitar, coding, video editing, baking.. literally anything
  5. Be gentle on yourself and remember that you don’t always have to be productive, just do your best and know that doing your best will look different on different days

I find the above has been super helpful for my sanity so hopefully it can help you too!

Before I arrived at Mark’s I created a couple YouTube videos to keep my creative juices flowing. In the first video I did some spring cleaning around my studio apartment, lots of bleach was involved.

In the second video I break out some makeup and do a glowy, natural every day look. I wasn’t going anywhere (obviously), but it felt nice to get ready.

I hope you’re staying healthy and staying inside. We’re all going through a variety of emotions, but know that you’re not alone and this is all temporary. I hope to write on this blog a lot more now, I don’t have an excuse not to. Talk soon!

xo

Jessica

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 suckers, illness is inevitable. My family doctor said that strain, stress, and anxiety usually lasts in the nervous system for 3-4 weeks and only time can heal. ALL OF THIS TO SAY.. I needed rest and relaxation so I flew to a tropical beach, doctor’s orders.

Hola Tamarindo, Costa Rica! 🎉 🎉 🎉 

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Playa Tamarindo stretches for miles and every morning I sat on the soft blonde coloured sand, ate french fries, drank coconut water, and swam in the glistening cool blue waters. I wish I had crazy stories about wild adventures and drunken nights since this little town is known for two things – parties and surfing. I did neither. I sat on the beach by 10am every morning and was in bed by 8pm every night.

I was very happy with this routine.

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The sunsets in Tamarindo are ridiculously beautiful. My soul went from 0 to 100 after just one evening.

TIP: There’s a grocery store in town (5 minute walk from the beach) where you can purchase fruits, bread, meats, and cheese. Restaurant prices, especially on the beach, are comparable to big city eateries. Save yourself some $$$ and have cute little picnics on the beach.

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Other than laying out and resembling bacon every night, I did eat a whole lot. My favourite dish was called casado, a traditional Costa Rican meal which consists of rice, black beans, plantains, veggies, and a meat (chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc). In my vlog I show you a super delicious casado dish as well as other minor activities I did.

This tropical paradise cured all my troubles (lol, cheesy but true) and whether you go solo or with a group of friends, I recommend visiting this gorgeous part of the world if you can!

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.

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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 beautiful. I brought a lunch and sat on the boardwalk, watched the giant waves crash on the shore, and imagined how busy this beach can get during the summer months.

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After a couple of days of exploring Aveiro I took a bus to Óbidos. Oh. My. God. I could cry just thinking of the beauty of this town. My Airbnb host, Arlinda said this little town was presented to the Queen of Portugal on her wedding day in 1282. If I’m not given a whimsical town from my partner on my wedding day, I want a divorce.

I stayed at a gorgeous Airbnb that was within the castle walls, you can check it out here. Arlinda was so kind and took me on a tour of the town and it was an incredible experience to stay in her home that has been passed down in her family for hundreds of years. If you’re new to Airbnb and thinking of booking, you can get $60 off your first stay anywhere in the world HERE!

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When in Óbidos I recommend getting up at sunrise to climb the walls the encircles the illustrious town to admire the views without the crowds. You will be one of few people, until the tour buses arrive around 10am. While you can enjoy the cobblestone streets, classic Portuguese painted houses, and be first in line at the cafes.. mmm the baked goods here were delicious.

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I didn’t mention above but in Aveiro I ate a francesinha, which is a traditional  Portuguese sandwich that’s basically a heart attack on a plate. It. Was. Massive. I vlog about it below so you should watch. Right now. Enjoy!

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!

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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.

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My favourite part of Porto was crossing the bridge and entering Vila Nova de Gaia. I sat beside the Douro river, ate a pastéis de nata, and read my book until the sun went down. Absolute paradise.

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During my trip I was doing a lot of reading, sitting, shopping, and eating so I took a fun-filled day trip to Guimarães, a charming and historic city where I did a lot of.. reading, sitting, shopping, and eating. Guimarães is regarded as the birth place of the country since the first King of Portugal was born here. It’s an incredible little town with the cutest restaurants that sold a lot of wine.. a lot of cheap.. delicious.. wine.

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After a few glasses of vino I made my way to the historic Guimarães Castle where many battles were fought and hundreds of years later, a girl named Jessica Moy ran up and down the cobble stairs to nail the perfect photo. Not bad for just resting my camera on my backpack and setting the timer.

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PORTO TRAVEL VLOG BELOW! I had so much fun editing this one. I hope you enjoy it. K LOVE YOU BYE!