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    Getting to Know – Jess from JessLively


    I posted about JessLC a couple of weeks ago, but I did not mention the brains behind the brand… or multiple brands. Jess Lively is also a business consultant helping businesses all over the country. Through her blog JessLively.com and her consulting site BusinessWithIntention.com, Jess inspires her readers to live with intention.

    I have to admit, I had sort of an epiphany reading some of her posts, and even signed up for her weekly email. So insightful and makes me consider and then reconsider some of my own decisions. If you have a small business or are considering one – it’s a must read situation!

    Here are Jess’ responses from our short Q&A:

    What are five things you are looking forward to this Fall?

    Since there is so much “new” in my life since getting married, I’m excited about a lot of the activities my husband and I are doing like: 

    1) Having a friend bash to celebrate our marriage. Since we eloped for our wedding, we are having our friends get together in September for a rooftop party and build-your-own mini-burger bar. 

    2) Moving into our new apartment! This one is a biggie. Come October we will be moving into our first official home (apartment) together. It has more room then my current apartment which is overflowing with boxes of Jess LC inventory, so that will be a welcome change. And of course, there is always the decorating, too.

    3) Getting a puppy! Again, extremely exciting. We are getting a Westie puppy this fall and cannot wait to see him or her running around our home. It will be a lot of work too, training and so on, but totally worth it. 

    4) Thanksgiving weekend. For our families to celebrate our marriage we are having them over to our apartment over Thanksgiving weekend. It will be a crazy affair with two big families, but totally awesome at the same time. 

    5) Christmas. This holiday might be the first time we have our own Christmas in Chicago as a family, or we might fly to Philly to stay with my parents. We aren’t sure on the details yet, but I’m excited about the holidays wherever we are.

    How do you describe your personal business outlook?

    My personal outlook on business is that we all have special gifts to share with the world to help others. And the more we can tap into what those gifts and talents might be, the more we can help people and improve our financial lives at the same time. It can be tempting to stay a safe course that doesn’t involve risk, but if you go with your gut and evolve along the way, amazing things can happen. Life, and business has a way of working out for the best. 

    What surprising person/place do you look to for inspiration?

    For design inspiration for Jess LC I look to my first love: interior design. I love taking interior trends and translating them to accessories or jewelry. And now, I’m actually also designing home goods themselves via collaborations which is a ton of fun, too. 

    What’s the biggest joy you receive from blogging?

    For me, blogging has allowed me to reach people and help them. So when I hear that something I have shared has made someones life or day better, I am deeply grateful.

    What piece of advice would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs? 

    I would say: start where you are and just keep going! That is all anyone in business has ever, ever done. 

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    Stripes for Less


    Photos courtesy of Tate Tullier Photography

    Pretty sure after this shoot, all my outfit posts are going to seem a little boring. 🙂

    Dress from Forever 21; Chanel clutch; shoes from Target (obsessed!); spiked bracelet from ASOS; Zara knuckle ring; vintage gold earrings and bracelets; Ann Taylor cateye sunglasses; Michael Kors watch. 

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    Late Summer Peach


    All photos courtesy of Tate Tullier Photography


    Tibi Top; Isabel Lu sheer maxi skirt, Lucky Brand wedges; Rebecca Minkoff bag; Marc by Marc Jacobs aviators; Forever 21 collar necklace; Michael Kors watch; earrings (old); vintage gold bracelets; DIY shell bracelet.


    The summer is winding down but the heat is still here. For some reason when I think of August, I think of the color peach. Peach is sort of like the preliminary hue of orange – the color that autumn seeps in and turns all the leaves. For the South, our orange leaves will come around October leaving me with a couple more months of bronze and peachy inspirations.


    ………………………


    So thrilled to finally be able to share the photos from my fun Sunday shoot with Tate Tullier and his wife Sarah. I’ve been a long time fan of Tate’s photography work as he always has an innovative way of capturing each shot. (Take for example the reflection off the door window in the third image – awesome right?) It was a collaboration match made in heaven as he perfectly translated my vision into these photographs. The only thing not perfect about the shoot was the absolute heat we were in… but Sarah was a lifesaver both patting me down and fixing my hair and skirt for different shots. Together, they were a sort of dynamic duo of photography if you will.

    Sometimes for me, professional photography can be rather nerve racking, but Tate and Sarah made the entire experience very fun and easy. If you’re looking for a photographer for any reason be sure to check out TTP! Following him on Facebook and Instagram (@tatephoto) is pretty cool too.

    NEXT week will be our second outfit from the same day’s shoot…

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    NYC in Instagrams


    In case you don’t follow along on Instagram (username: kbenne6), here’s a rundown of my recent New York trip in photographs. I’m proud to say I did EVERYTHING on my list of things to do in Manhattan.

    1. The first stop was Lauderée where I picked up 6 macarons and ate them ALL in the same day. Went back to get more, and the line was all the way down the street. (tear)
    2. 230 Fifth is an outdoor hangout at the top of a hotel. Think full drink menu with lots of bar food. Has the most spectacular view over the city at sunset.
    3. Found pillow fabric at Mood, found chain and buttons at MJ Trim. Lots of projects coming up!
    4. I literally got off the subway and ran into the C.Wonder store. Snapped a pic of some DIY-worthy rope bracelets. This store is awesome btw.
    5. At the top of Bergdorf’s sits BG, a small restaurant that overlooks The Plaza Hotel. It’s somewhat hidden on the 7th floor, probably for good reason. The menu had lots of fun champagne drinks that we had to try out.
    6. Beekman’s Beer Garden is on Pier 17 inside the South Street Seaport. It’s like a tiny plot of beach right beside the Brooklyn Bridge.
    7. A blowout bar with the different hair styles labeled like cocktails. This was probably one of the most relaxing parts of my trip.
    8. Ugh. The shoe floor at Saks. I don’t really need to say anything else.
    9. And though I did leave Saks empty-handed, I returned home with these beauties. From an unmarked, vintage store in Soho. Worn once and at leastt 70% off the original price. My proudest purchase (of many) from the trip.

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    Finally, My Bar Cart!


    If you are even slightly familiar with this blog and/or my Pinterest boards, you’ve noticed my obsession with bar carts. I’ve been pining away over them for years. I had plenty of bottles to fill it up with, but no cart. It took searching and lots of patience, but I finally found my perfect, vintage bar cart.

    I couldn’t believe it, but the people were practically giving it away… crazy!

    It was a little dusty and needed some TLC, but it was mine. One gold paint job later, and it’s one of my favorite things in the house. I topped it with a tray and a set of vintage bar glasses. Fancy, right?

    And yes, my curtains have pom poms on them. That’s a whole different obsession…

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