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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sweater Dress + Over-The-Knee Boots

I've been lusting over the Stuart Weitzman 5050 over-the-knee boots for years and I finally stopped by Bloomingdale's to give them a shot and tempt fate. I was sure I would love them and was prepared to splurge, but as it turns out, I was wrong! Kinda relieved, kinda disappointed, I continued my hunt for the perfect over-the-knee boots. Then, I came across these by Louise et Cie, a new line by Vince Camuto. I instantly fell in LOVE. They are perfectly snug and slimming, the height is spot-on, just touching the top of my knee without going too high and cutting off my leg line, and about a fifth of the price!

As soon as I made my purchase, I knew I needed the perfect sweater dress to feature the outfit on my Fashion Edition series. Since I'm on a budget, I can't buy clothes just to feature them on my beloved blog, so I have to wait until I find something worth the investment. Luckily, I found this dress at H&M! As most of you know by now, my style is simple and a bit like a New Yorker - I love black, gray, neutrals with an occasional floral or stripe pattern. This dress is exactly that! The fit is loose and comfortable, but short with a sexy flare. It's made of warm mohair, it's a pretty gray color and becomes a statement piece with the striped shirt dress subtly showing at the bottom. I feel stylish in it without looking like I tried too hard. It's still in the stores, but for some reason I can't find it online. This and this are similar. I'm also wearing Hue over-the-knee socks, Celine sunnies, and my favorite Cuyana shopper tote.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Yours truly,

P.S. Did you notice my hair tuck?! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Weekend: Huntington Library and Gardens

Hi ladies! Hope you had a lovely weekend. My roommate and I visited the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, just 20 minutes outside the city. If you haven't been, you must! It's beyond picturesque, even Wildfox featured it's beauty in their Royal Romance lookbook.

Hope your Monday is caffeinated and happy :)

Yours truly,

P.S. Don't you just love that Foo Dog?!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Muse

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Had so, so much fun with my girls this weekend, I wanted to share a girlie quote:

"These two women were so akin, so near each other, that the slightest gesture, the tone of voice, told both more than could be said in words" (Anna Karenina).

See you in the morning with some weekend snapshots and a Fashion Edition post to follow soon thereafter!! Night :)

Yours truly,

Photo Source: Wildfox