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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. Essentially, 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.. I know, I’m late to the game but now I’m addicted.

We’ve 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, who 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. Going back to science class.. 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 I recommend visiting 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 just 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 place 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 out and about until the tour buses arrive around 10am. But 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!

SUMMER LIST 2019 | ACCOMPLISHED GOALS

Monday was the first day of fall. AKA I’m late on this post, I get it, I know. *eye roll*

Every summer I set goals. I try to accomplish them but sometimes life gets in the way and you lose motivation so you end up just feeling like a huge failure but what else is new (LOL, my mental state right now like, am I ok???). In this case I didn’t complete 1.5 of the goals I set out for myself, which isn’t THAT bad. You can read my initial Summer List 2019 post here but don’t bother because they’re also listed below (I need to drop this attitude asap)*. ANYWAY, let’s see how I did…

1. Be able to do the splits.

Not exactly. I took yoga classes for a month to start myself off and learned a bunch of great stretch moves to help me out so I’m half crossing this off.

2. Film an apartment tour.

As of today it has 700+ views, baby!

3. Go rock climbing.

Nope, didn’t have the time but I am going rock climbing in Portugal. REAL rock climbing. On a mountain. WHO AM I?! I leave in 10 days and I’ll keep you updated on how this goes.

4. Order a burger from Uniburger in Montreal.

Oh yes, all I did in Montreal was eat and it was the perfect summer weekend getaway.

5. Learn a simple song on the guitar.

My brother taught me tune. I can’t remember how to play it but just know I did for a short period of time.

*I have an attitude right now because I’m tired and annoyed. I’m trying to be creative but it feels like work and I hate that I feel this way. Your hobbies shouldn’t feel like work, but it does and it makes me feel bleh. I love this blog, I’ve written (pretty consistently) since I was 21 years old. Young pup Jessica grew up on this platform. I hope one day that spark of inspiration hits me again because I want to feel happy when I write, not stressed and anxious. BRB, looking for inspo. 

 

WHEN I FEEL MOST LIKE MYSELF

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.

  • When I travel
    • Exploring and going on adventures make my soul smile.
  • When I’m with family or close friends
    • I can eat like a slob and not shower for three days and they will still look at me in the eyes.
  • When it’s late at night and I’m watching Netflix, reading, or writing in my journal
    • Bliss.
  • When I spend time with kiddies
    • All barriers and insecurities are let down because kids don’t care what you look like, what you do for work, or how many Instagram followers you have. They just want to hold your hand as you walk to the park, play boardgames, and for you to share your french fries.
  • When I’m at a concert and I know the words to every song
    • The music just takes over! I also feel like I black out at concerts sometimes, but maybe that’s alcohol induced idk.
  • When I play soccer
    • It’s familiar and something I know I’m good at.
  • When I sleep in the nude
    • This doesn’t need an explanation.
  • When I wear black leggings, an oversized sweatshirt, and sneakers
    • Peak comfort level.
  • When I laugh uncontrollably
    • You can try and hide it but you’ll just look silly. Everyone’s laugh is different and that’s what makes it so truly, authentically you!

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MILA TURNS TWO

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.

MY SUMMER GOALS 2019

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!

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Ok back on topic. You can read last years summer goals here.

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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:

  1. Be able to do the splits.
  2. Film an apartment tour.
  3. Go rock climbing.
  4. Order a burger from Uniburger in Montreal.
  5. Learn a simple song on the guitar.

COZUMEL, MEXICO


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.

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You can’t go to Mexico and NOT have guacamole! Living my best basic life.

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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. 😉

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FALMOUTH, JAMAICA

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.

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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.

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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!