A typical Sunday in the summer:
- Bike ride
- Vintage shopping
- Mila hangz
- Face mask
- etc, etc, etc
The above in video form, below. Enjoy! xo
A typical Sunday in the summer:
The above in video form, below. Enjoy! xo
Below is a list I put together during one of my “off” days to remind myself that sometimes when I’m thrown into situations where I’m uncomfortable or unfamiliar, it’s ok to not feel like, me. Forcing a smile sucks and shitty situations happen, but no matter what I (or you) go through, it will pass.
For days when I feel like I don’t belong, below are situations when I feel like I do.
My wonderful niece Mila turned two years old this month! I swear yesterday she was learning how to roll on her belly and now I see her running, singing, eating an entire cob of corn (she can do this now because she has all her teeth), watering plants, and saying how much she loves you! I’m proud of this little firecracker and how kind and fearless she has become, except when it comes to airplanes.. and spiders.. and waterslides (lol, k but same).
Below is a little weekend vlog I put together and it includes Mila’s super fun over the top backyard B-DAY PAR-TAY! Thanks for watching, love you more than Mila loves bubbles.
If you’ve been living under a rock and/or don’t follow me on Instagram (how dare you), I officially bought a condo in Toronto and it’s.. a fuckin’ lot to digest. I’ve been here for two weeks and today is the first time I’ve had quality time in it without putting furniture together or tiptoeing over thingamajigs that don’t quite have a place yet. It’s still not 100% put together but it will be, eventually.
But we’re not here to talk about new digs but rather my summer goals for 2019!
Wait, hold on. Can I interrupt that point and let you know I’m currently watching Beyonce’s HOMECOMING on Netflix and this is literally me…
IZZ SEW GEWD!
Ok back on topic. You can read last years summer goals here.
This year I’m going to keep it at five again because that’s a manageable number and now that I’m older, shit gets in the way more often. Here we go:
This blog post is WAY overdue, by almost three months. My bad.
The last I left you I was in Flamouth, Jamaica and you should read that post before this one so go, right now.
Done? Cool cool.
Mexico was the last stop on my Royal Caribbean Cruise. I explored Cozumel mostly on my own and took time to walk along the colourful streets to appreciate the outdoor markets and street art at every corner. Fun fact: Cozumel in Mayan language translates to “Land of the Swallows” because during the months of April and May pretty little swallows can be seen in abundance during migration. The small city used to be a quaint fishing village but has now turned into a popular cruise ship port.
You can’t go to Mexico and NOT have guacamole! Living my best basic life.
A couple night prior, we signed up for a fun excursion which included speed boating, snorkeling, and ATV-ing. It came out to be around $189 CDN each, not too bad for a full day of activities! It was an adrenaline rush to go 100 mph on a boat (tbh I don’t know how fast we went buuuuut it was enough to get sweet air when we hit a wave) along the crystal clear waters and snorkel with the itty bitty fish. We also explored the outback of Cozumel, swerving iguanas and trying not to fall off when waist deep in giant pot holes filled with water. Of course, I vlogged the entire excursion for you.
To be completely honest, cruising isn’t my preferred way of traveling, I don’t love being confined to one place and having a set schedule, but hey.. to each their own. One thing I could never complain about are the views from the ship, and I guess quality family time, that was pretty special too. 😉
Before you read this post, have you read part 1, Labadee, Haiti? GO!
ahem. All caught up? Great. Time to talk about the next destination on my Royal Caribbean Cruise: Falmouth, Jamaica!
Our second pit-stop on the cruise had us walking into a gated community with a plethora of souvenir shops and restaurants. We all know I don’t love being confined into one place while on vacation so OBVIOUSLY I ventured into town. I was immediately taken aback from the bustle, countless fruit markets, and colourful buildings. It made my travelling heart oh so happy.
Jamaica isn’t perfect, no country is, and I was advised numerous times to be safe and should not walk alone. I was with someone as I explored Falmouth, but in the four or five hours we walked around, there was no moment I felt threatened or in danger. Locals were kind, did not ever try to force us to buy anything and if we did have a question they would stop and help us out.
My suggestion is to take time to walk around the city, try the local food such as beef patties, fried plantain, jerk chicken, rice and peas.. you name it, you’ll find it, and take numerous photos of the beautiful surroundings.
VLOG TIME! Watch as I explore around Falmouth, a few cruise ship clips, a belly flop competition and a mini souvenir haul. Love ya! Enjoy!
After years of hearing from my mother how amazing cruise life is, I finally bit the bullet and joined her (and some of the fam) on a Royal Caribbean Cruise. Last month we all flew from YYZ to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and boarded one of the world’s biggest ship, Harmony of the Seas!
If you love staying in resorts, you’ll equally love being on a cruise ship. It’s not necessarily my style of travel because you are confined to one place for a period of time with a schedule of when and where to eat. But, when it came to eating, I LIVED for the endless amount of American style buffets. Mac & cheese, steak, curry, and brownies all on one plate. All. Damn. Day.
After a full cruise day, our first stop was Labadee, Haiti. This northwest corner of the country is leased to Royal Caribbean so it does resemble an amusement park filled with zip lines, water slides, and souvenir vendors galore. The best beach in Labadee (from what I could tell) is Columbus Cove. It is a bit of a walk from the port but it has smooth sand, crystal clear waters, and a ton of palm trees to nap under. See my vlog below for some bad ass beach b-roll.
Since this particular part of Haiti is quite commercialized, I didn’t get to see Haiti in its raw form. I would love to go back and explore the country, learn more about the culture, and meet the people. I remember Conan O’Brien visited Port-au-Prince and I fell in love with the spirit of Haitians. See below for a little history lesson.
The waters in Labadee were glorious, and I wish I had more time to float around. When you’re here I recommend getting up early and snatching a prime spot on the beach, play volleyball, do some shopping, and walk around Dragon’s Breath Point before heading back on the ship.
A travel vlog for you! Oh how I miss shooting and editing, I think this probably means I should travel more? Sigh, I wish. See more action on the ship as well as touring around Labadee, Haiti below!
I haven’t posted a YouTube video in a couple months and decided to brush my hair, set up a camera, and ramble. Rambling is what I do best. I remember in University we had to do mock job interviews and my interviewer, who worked as a sports reporter, noted that I ramble way too much. I’d like to think it’s part of my charm but anywhooooo..
If you have 10 minutes of your precious life to spare then grab a cup of tea and chat with me about my move into the city, tarot cards, travel plans, and other humdrum.. ramblings. xo
Last year I was rushing through Busan Station to catch the KTX train to Seoul. It was early morning on a Saturday and I was on my way to the platform when suddenly, a young Korean lady tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around and she kindly blurted, “I’m sorry to bother you but, what is your name?”
“Jessica!” I responded with a smile, “what’s yours?”
“I’m Rachel” she said shyly. “Umm, I’m a fashion designer, and I know you’re in a rush but I would love for you to model my clothes.” I was in shock, mostly because her English was flawless and that was something I wasn’t normally used to hearing. She mentioned she grew up in Busan, learned English in school, and now studies fashion design in France! I told her that I was actually on my way to Seoul Fashion Week and would love to work with her once I’m back. We exchanged Kakao info before splitting ways.
A couple weeks later, Rachel set up a photoshoot at a classy French restaurant in Haeundae. She dressed Emma, the other model, and I up in her designs and wanted the focus to be on the pants.
Cue: The photo shoot
Fast forward a few months when I was back at Busan Station, ready to take the KTX to Seoul. I was going back home to Canada and documented my solemn departure on my Instagram stories. She saw my story and DM’d me saying she didn’t know I was leaving forever and wanted to say goodbye. I told her my train leaves in 20 minutes but if she makes it to my platform I’d love to see her.
Rachel found me just in time. She ran, with multiple bags on her because she was in the middle of running errands, and opened her arms for a hug. I was so sad that day and to have someone, who I only hung out with that one day, want to hug me goodbye made leaving a little more tolerable.
As cheesy as it sounds, I’ll never forget that wonderful moment and I’m happy to have worked with such a beautiful soul.
It’s six days past my birthday (whoops) but I have to admit, turning 28 was the absolute BEST!
Here are a few reasons why my b-day was incredible:
As you know, I had goals I wanted to accomplish for my 27th year of life.
Let’s see how I did..
1. Start a career in a creative field
I have the best job at rock-it promotions. So proud to work here.
Although this is not done as of yet, I am WELL on my way! Can I count this at 0.5 complete? DOING IT!
3. Go to my 6th continent 4. Commence secret project (Mwhaha! Sorry, you’ll know in time, I promise!)
GET UP & GO GIRL WORKSHOP WAS MY SECRET PROJECT! AND I DID IT! WOO!
5. Donate blood
Mmmmk. Since I went to Africa I’m technically not allowed to donate my blood and have to wait an entire year. I’m adding this back on the list.
NOT SO BAD! Those were some pretty lofty goals and I think I did alright. 3.5/5!
Now, we move onto this year. Below are the goals I will strive to achieve during my 28th year of life:
1. Purchase property.
2. Donate blood
3. Travel to Portugal
4. Write a book (or at least, on my way)
5. Secret mission I can’t talk about, but next birthday I will tell you
MEEP! Ok. One more thing. I have a vlog for you. It’s not a birthday vlog but it’s been a couple months since I’ve uploaded so, here ya go! Cheers to another year of being an almost-thirty-goal-achieving-bad-ass-betch (or at least trying to). ENJOY!
“I will tell you something because I am a sexual assault survivor and the truth is, Trump the other day was speaking in a rally and said, ‘she has no memory of how she got to the party, should we trust she remembers the assault?’ And the answer is, yes. I’ll tell you exactly why. I also know this woman is smart because she’s a psychologist, she’s no dummy. If someone is assaulted or experiences trauma, there’s science and scientific proof, it’s biology that people change, the brain changes and literally what it does is takes the trauma and puts it in a box and files it away and shuts it so that we can survive the pain. It also does a lot of things, it can cause body pain, baseline elevations of anxiety, it can cause complete avoidance to remember or think what had happened to you but what I believe, what I have seen is that what this woman saw that Judge Kavanaugh was going to be possibly put in the highest position of power in the judicial system of this country, she was triggered and that box opened and when that box opened, she was brave enough to share it with the world and protect this country.“
– Lady Gaga
Instagram is how I draw inspiration from every aspect of my life.
What should I eat? Open Insta.
What should I wear? Open Insta.
How should I do my makeup tonight? Open Insta.
How should I decorate this room? Open Insta.
I had a bad day and need to escape. Open Insta.
I wanted to break down my favourite Instagram accounts because I spend enough time on the damn app to know what I love, and maybe you’ll like them too? Sharing is caring.
Here we go!
Laura makes bad ass art and I’m a huge fan of everything she creates.
Some more art inspo because, I’m obsessed. Artists from around the world can sell their work though Society6 and there are a ton of art and home products (pillows, rugs, shower curtains, etc) that will soon fill my future condo.
Social commentary at its best.
One of my fav makeup artists. He’s so talented and his creations are usually glowy, natural, and goddamn flawless. He’s also just a cool guy too. Be my friend plz, Pat?
I think the theme here is that I like following artsy-fartsy accounts, and I NEED to share this one with you. These posts feature street art from around the world and I find myself constantly stopping to stare at every single upload. IZZ JUSS SEWW GUUUD!
I don’t shop at UB often, if ever, but their Insta account is top-notch. I’m also a big fan of @urbanoutfittershome for small space home decor ideas.
If you ever feel heartbroken or in a funky mood, Mari’s posts usually cheer me up with insightful illustrations that are so #relatable.
Who doesn’t like to look at sexy photos sometimes?
I love Refinery29, and I used to read it every morning before I started my morning classes in Korea. Their posts are usually women empowerment fuelled and of course, I’m here for that.
Everything Jeanine posts always looks delicious, healthy, and AESTHETIC GOALS TO THE MAX! Veggie friends, you’ll LOVE this foodie account too.
Oh hey, are you following me on IG? You should by clicking HERE! While you’re in a following mood, you should also check out Get Up & Go Girl. Ok great, that’s enough self-promo. What are some of your fav Instagram accounts? Let me know in the comments below!
How is it September already?! Fall is around the corner and on my street the schools (yes, plural) are testing their recess bells so, I guess the deadline has arrived to accomplish my Summer goals for 2018. I kept them short and manageable this year because I knew this Summer I needed to get my shit together, in pretty much all aspects of my life. I still don’t even have my health card back but, I’M WORKING ON IT OK! Living away from Canada for so long leaves you a little behind compared to others but it’s a slow and steady climb. Alright, summer goals, let’s see how I did..
JESSICA’S SUMMER GOALS 2018
1. Learn the flag of every country.
Technically I didn’t memorize EVERY flag, but out of 195 country flags I know 173. In my world, that’s a pretty solid amount. To practice I used an app called Name The Flag, which gave me something to do when commuting to and from work. I have a 88.75% success rate so, I’M COUNTING IT!
The flags that confuse me most are from African countries, like the ones below. Can you name them all?
See bottom of blog post for the answers. 😉
2. Throw a summer dinner party for my girlfriends.
Please inquire within for all sangria or charcuterie board needs.
3. Take an online financial literacy course.
I totally forgot I did this. I took an online course back in May and learned about the basic risks involved with debt, how to avoid common mistakes people make with their finances, etc. Other than that, I don’t remember much of anything else. The big takeaway was don’t be frivolous with money because XYZ will happen.
On occasion I’ll watch videos by The Financial Diet on YouTube and they’re pretty good at dissecting the finance world and speak in a language millennials like myself can understand.
4. Be able to do the splits.
As you can see this goal is not crossed off. Moving on..
5. Have a photoshoot at a lavender field.
You can check out my vlog below when I went to a pretty lavender field in Campbellcroft, Ontario or read all about the fun day by clicking HERE!
Bonus footage for you! My BFF Dev visited me back in August and I haven’t posted our Toronto video on this blog yet so, here ya go!
It was nice to spend a few days together when he came to visit the land of maple syrup (his words, not mine). Dev and I had the best time going out, being tourists, browsing art galleries, and even hitting up Koreatown (home sweet home for us). I miss him all the time when he’s gone, but waiting patiently until he moves to Toronto. Heh heh.
Goodbye summer 2018! You were necessary for my growth when it came to getting my career in check, going full-throttle into buying property (BIG UPDATES ON THIS VERY SOON!), rekindling friendships, and getting used to being back on Canadian soil.
I’m very ready for Fall. BRING ON THE PUMPKIN FLAVOURED EVERYTHING! Except for the lattes, you can leave those out. Yuck.
Flag answers: Ghana, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Guinea