Who am I?
My name is Jaclyn Larisa…people also call me Jac or Jax, just please don’t call me Jackie! I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, but now I live in the country with my husband Zack.
I met Zack in 2010 through my cousin and a group of mutual friends. He told me the first day I met him that I was going to be his girlfriend. Sure enough we were inseparable after that first weekend together, and things progressed quickly. From adopting a dog (often referred to as my dingo) 3 months later, to moving in together 7 months later, to getting married just over two years later (read about our little wine country wedding here)…I guess when you know, you know. I moved three hours away from my friends, family, and all that was familiar to me so we could be together. Three hours doesn’t seem that far, but the rural area I live in is a far cry from the luxuries and conveniences of the Chicagoland area. More importantly though, I miss seeing my family and friends all the time. However, Zack is a farmer, so where we are is likely where we will stay! As much as I miss it all, I also love my family out here, I love our house, and country life does have its perks…but I will also always love to go back to where I first called home.
Places I Shop
Essentially all my shopping is done online due to where I live. Some of my favorite stores are Shopbop, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, J Crew, Zara, and Christian Louboutin…everyone has a vice, shoes are definitely mine. I also love Yoogis Closet for used luxury items. And I sell my own used items through Poshmark! If you don’t know what Poshmark is I did a review on my experience with it here.
I also love to shop for home decor, see my favorite places for that here.
Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without
I’m a makeup junkie. NARS sheer glow has been my favorite foundation for years. Chanel concealer is the holy grail for my ever present dark circles. NARS Turkish Delight is my favorite pink lip gloss, Stila’s Beso is the best red, and I love MAC’s Velvet Teddy for a gorgeous nude/brown. Laura Mercier powder sets everything so it stays all day. Anastasia’s Contour Kit is a must have, as well as Bobbi Brown or NARS blushes…with a touch of this NARS or this MAC highlighter. Anastasia is also the best for brows…I love brow wiz and the brow powder duo. and As for for skincare? Read about my favorites for that here and here.
How I started Blogging/Why I Blog
I actually had a very opinionated political/current events focused blog while I was in college-I know, pretty opposite end of the spectrum from lifestyle blogging. I can be a very intense person, and a therapist once told me that I needed to stop taking life so seriously. I get pretty wrapped up in a cause, and in the troubles of the world. So lets be real: this blog is basically the opposite of the things that truly matter in this world, and thats okay! Food, fashion, decorating…can’t get much more light-hearted than that. Consider this my escape, and yours too.
Traveling Through Europe – Italy
Traveling Through Europe – Paris
The Tornado in Cameron, IL
Valentines Day Engagement Party
Capella Pedregal – Cabo San Lucas
My Thoughts on Black Friday
Our Napa Wedding At The Auberge Du Soleil
A Weekend With The Sister I Never Had
Family Week At The Lake
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