Monday, February 9, 2015

Beach Cottage

Hi and happy Monday! How was your weekend?

I spent the weekend up at the beach cottage with my sister making arrangements for her wedding. It was raining the entire time and couldn't be more romantic! Did you catch my photos on Instagram?

Our little cottage is truly my favorite place. It was built in 1895 and could use some repair, but the view is breathtaking and the interior is like walking into a Kinfolk magazine spread - vintage ginger jars, wood planked-floors, rattan stools, and gelatin silver prints of our ancestors lining the walls. I'll be up there a lot this year and I'm so excited to share its special charm with you!

I'm home now for a couple of weeks and then I'm headed to Cambodia, Thailand and Hong Kong. I'm beyond excited, but I have no idea what to pack (besides Dramamine). Have you been to any of these places? Any suggestions on what to bring?

Hope you all are doing well and staying warm. 

Yours truly,
J.

P.S. Here are Kinfolk's City Guide stories for Santa Cruz - The Penny Ice Creamery and Verve Coffee Roasters. Love both of these places which are about 10 minutes away from our cottage. 

Photos Source: Kinfolk magazine

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

LACMA

Hi there, and happy hump day! Just wanted to share a few snaps from LACMA. I'm wearing my California winter go-to outfit: knit, cut-offs, and super flat, flats (linked the pieces I wish I was wearing!).

Heading up to the beach house this weekend. Join me on Instagram!

Yours truly,
J.

P.S. wish this exhibit was in L.A.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Affordable Original Art - Lisa Grue

The biggest challenge I've run across while redecorating my apartment has been finding affordable, quality art work for the walls. I wish I could purchase a Gray Malin or Slim Aarons and be done, but I rather take a vacation to Asia (true story happening in February). So with my pennies, I've been scouring the web, intensively.

Unexpectedly, I discovered Lisa Grue during my daily read of Joanna Goddard's Cup of Jo blog. I fell in love with that top Sleeping Monkey print and when I went to her website I found the two with Hello Kitty!! Most people don't know this about me, but I adore Hello Kitty. I neeeeed these. Now, I have to convince my roommate that Hello Kitty and friends belong in our living room.

What do you think? Too kitschy?

Yours truly,
J.

P.S. Sorry I've been so busy, you can follow along with me on Insta.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Currently Coveting

Hi there! This is a random post for me, but I wanted to share these very cool, heptagon sunnies with you. They are made by the British-based designer, Zanzan, and I discovered them while browsing Vogue UK. Of course, Alexa Chung is rocking them! She never fails when it comes to edgy fashion. I wish I could be her BFF or at least party with her @chungalexa!

That's it for now. Hope you all are well! It's almost the weekend - hang in there!

Yours truly,
J.

P.S. The sunnies are called Ortolan, the tiny songbird that is said to embody the soul of France. Love that!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Home Wish List - Blue + White

Happy Monday! Quick update: after months of looking for a new apartment, my landlord finally agreed to install hardwood floors in my unit. Yay!! Now my roommate and I are busy pinning and planning our new decor! Here are some of my latest favs!

Utensil Canister // Dreamcatcher // Ceramic Hand // Stump Stool // Bowl // Soap // Bolga Basket // Cactus

What do you think?!

Yours truly,
J.

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year, Fresh Start!

Happy New Year!!

First and foremost, thank you for reading the j. edition blog. My beloved blog is a window into my personal life and thoughts, so when you share your comments and relate to my experiences it truly means the world to me. Thanks :)

Last year, I had to make a lot of tough decisions about my personal life and career. I broke up with my boyfriend of two years and transitioned into a new position at my company. After doing some heavy lifting in 2014, I feel as though I'm entering 2015 with a clean slate!

Thus, it seems only appropriate that my first post in the New Year be my resolutions. I'm a big believer in New Year's resolutions, so much so that I store my list in my phone for constant access!

Here are some of my top priorities in 2015:


Do you write New Year's resolutions? How often do you review them?

Yours truly,
J.

Photo Source: Tiffany & Co.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Weekend Snaps - Christmas Shopping in Silver Lake + Baking

Hi there, ladies! Hope you're all well and enjoying the holidays with your loved ones! Before heading home, this weekend I did some last minute Christmas shopping. I always have to find the perfect gift, so I'll wait until the last minute if need be! I ended up at Reform School located on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. It's the perfect store to find interesting gifts like this moon calendar and these ceramic tumblers.

But first, I grabbed a cup of coffee from Intelligentsia. (I couldn't resist but to take the cliché photo of their beautiful floor with my new quilted ballet flats).

On Sunday night, I baked Smitten Kitchen's oatmeal raisin cookies for my Cookie Exchange at work. It's the only holiday activity I will participate in, because I love cookies so much!

Join me during the holidays on Instagram and Twitter!!

Yours truly,
J.

P.S. If you're stumped on finding a gift for someone, just go with this (also sold here). It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Monday, December 15, 2014

L.A.'s Undiscovered Sanctuary - Wattles Garden Park

This weekend I finally ventured into the Hollywood Hills to visit Wattles Garden Park. Located just a block above Hollywood Boulevard, sits a modest, Spanish-styled house with a view of Los Angeles to the ocean. It's almost like the Eastside's version of Greystone Mansion, without tourists and grandeur. And in keeping with the Eastside, it has an underground quality about it.

As I wandered through the garden and up the peculiar column-lined path, I was led to a deserted Japanese garden where I found a damaged shrine and graffiti. Beyond this, there is a hiking trail that serves as a secret back entrance to the popular Runyon Canyon hike. I cannot tell you how excited I was to find this quiet, unknown sanctuary. Next visit I'm sunbathing and picnicking! This is my new spot, officially!!

Have you heard of Wattles Garden Park?

Yours truly,
J.

P.S. I'm wearing old Zara skinny jeans (similar here), Zara soft leather ballerina flats, old Brandy Melville stripped sweater, Karen Walker sunnies, Cuyana shopper tote, and Catbird classic hammered ring.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Christmas Wish List

Hi ladies!

At last, here is my personal Christmas wish list :)

Hope you're enjoying the holidays!!

Yours truly,
J.

SWEATER - because I could never have too many striped sweaters

RAIN BOOTS - something I wouldn't buy myself since it hardly rains in sunny L.A.

ZEBRA DISH - some bling for my home

NAIL POLISH - trying nail colors out for my sister's wedding

STOOL - to compliment the woven baskets in my living room

MOCCASINS - because mine are falling apart

POWDER - a finishing touch I can't afford

LOTION - my everyday facial

CARDIGAN - the softest sweater...ever (not pictured)

CASHMERE SOCKS - a little luxury I've wanted (not pictured)

STATIONERY - long live the handwritten letter (not pictured)

BLANKET - ridiculous, but I want it (not pictured)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Biggest Mistake I've Made In A Job Interview

When I was interviewing for a new job, I told the HR rep how much I made at the time. The offer immediately dropped by 15%.
HUGE MISTAKE. I will never make it again.

No matter what, don't ever tell your new employer your salary history. Don't let them bully you into it by saying it's "the policy." A point that resonated with me from this article, is to think of it like this: "Imagine what they'd say if you asked to see the history of salaries they've paid for the job over the past ten years."

I know this may seem like obvious advice, but, like me, so many of my friends have made this mistake. In the moment it's really hard to say no, so go in prepared! Here's how to say no politely:

  • "I keep that information confidential, but the range I'm looking for is..."
  • "That's not something I share with anyone, but I'm seeking..."
  • "I'm sure we'll find a number that works for both of us, but for now, I want to make sure it's a good fit."
  • "I didn't fill out the salary field on the form because it's personal, but as you know, I'm very interested in the position."
  • "I'm really not comfortable with revealing that information, but the minimum amount I'm looking for is..."

In case you do give in, know your total compensation number before going into the interview. For example, some companies offer a pension in addition to a 401K and include benefits as part of their total comp package. That number is higher than your take-home pay.

Yours truly,
J.

P.S. When asked this question, I usually go over the different factors to consider - 401K and the percentage they match, pension, bonuses, and paid vacation. I typically provide a minimum salary amount, no max.

More sources on how to refuse disclosing your salary: here, here and here.