When your baby turns 3 you….

  • Set up balloons in the house and have that “birthday girl” tiara waiting because this is the first year she actually understands that this is her special day!
  • Wonder how did we get here? How did these 3 years go by in the blink of an eye?! It feels like just yesterday that we brought home this precious baby girl with a beautiful head of dark hair!

  • Once again mourn the newborn baby phase. With each year that passes you get further away from “what was” and it’s sad. You slowly start to forget all of those things you promised yourself you would remember.

  • Thank God for the blessing of this child. You thank him for her health, for all of the hugs, and kisses, but you also thank him for the gentle reminders to slow down and enjoy the moments even now. You thank him for creating her, and all that IS her. She is the sweetest and most strong willed little girl I’ve ever known, but she melts my heart and I wouldn’t trade her for the world – even when she refuses to wear a life jacket on the boat!

  • Question how much longer you should hold on to the last of the baby items!? That question begins to surface, “are we really done”. It seems so hard to start over with a newborn, but then so devastating to think we are closing that chapter of our lives. The move from 2 years old to 3 years old is very monumental! 
  • Can actually start to have full on conversations and understand what she is saying! Sure, she butchers her words and I giggle at her use of context, but WE are having conversations. It is no longer the beauty of baby jabber.
  • Relish that phrase “Mommy hold chu” much more than ever! It won’t be too much longer that I can comfortably hold her, and rock her. Someday she will stop asking, and just like that I’ll never hear that sweet phrase ever again.

  • Begin to love the simplicity of having young children this age. With a 3 year old and an almost 6 year old, life gets easier in many ways but now we are faced with new challenges as they learn and grow. We may get more sleep than we did in the newborn phase, but we are teaching and developing little people who we want to go out in the world with respect and kindness! You remember the parenting mistakes and hope that she doesn’t remember them! We are learning and growing as parents too.
  • Prepare for a day filled with friends at her favorite spot MONKEY JOES! It just isn’t a birthday party at the Green house without a trip to MJ’s!

Wishing this sweet girl a wonderful year of “3”. The year of the “Three-nager”. Pray for me dear friends!

 

xo,

Jena

On a very hot day 9 years ago, I married my best friend. The AC was broken in our church as we packed in nearly 300 people, but we didn’t care because we became one! We were two young ducks, let me tell you! We got married BP (before Pinterest), and all of my proofs were handed to me in a box, not an instant download file. That just makes me chuckle, I had to scan them to a computer like the stone ages. Now-a-days, all of you brides have these amazing instant videos 2 hours after your wedding! Perhaps I need to contact our photographer and see if they still have our pictures so I can get them in a file online, because these things are grainy as all get out! Regardless of the quality I am getting ready to show you, it is fun to look back!

 At our wedding, we had chair covers with brown sashes just in case you were wondering, and THAT was the “hot” thing. Our dance floor was packed the entire time, with the greatest friends and family ever! Being young helped with that I’m sure, as we were fresh out of college so we all still knew how to get down 🙂 My dress was ball gown style, very Cinderella like. I seriously sometimes feel like I am looking at my moms wedding photos when I look at these (no offense mom). We danced our first dance to Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us”. It still gives me butterflies when I hear it on the radio, and it always plays at the perfect time!

Random fun fact: Did you know that my flower girl Grace, was also our website model and worked in our warehouse recently! She is now grown and OH SO beautiful! Look how tiny she is here! 

(This makes me feel old you guys)

As many of you may know, marriage is work! I think sometimes I see so many couples rushing into marriage because of PINTEREST – they just want the wedding! Everything is focused on the details of getting married, and the glamour of the wedding, and not actually focused on the marriage itself. I am here to tell you, 9 years in, marriage is freaking hard WORK! Then once you add in kids, businesses, and bills, there can be a lot of added stress! You have to wake up every single day wanting to love the person you married (even when they leave the toliet seat up or have their long hair all over the bathroom floor). I can’t sit here and tell you that all 9 years have been the most perfect fairy tale love story you’ve ever heard. But I can sit here and tell you that we have fought for our marriage every single day, and it has been so very worth it!

Ross, today and everyday, I thank you for putting up with me! I am no easy task, and I know this. My coffee tastes better because of you, my Mt. Dew has the perfect amount of crushed ice because of you, and I actually have somewhat of a healthy diet because you cook for me! You help with the dishes, do laundry, help with the kids, and never complain! You support my 900 jobs and are always in my corner as my biggest cheerleader! I am so very lucky to have you as a partner in this life! I spent the last 3 days without you and I was LOST!! I am excited to spend many more years to come as your wife, and excited to see that head of hair on you turn gray (love me some salt and pepper). I love you more today than yesterday, but not as much as I’ll love you tomorrow <3

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

 

 

xoxo,

Jena

Sound the alarms, it’s an awesome sale y’all! About 90% of my attire these days happens to be Free People which can be rather pricey! The good thing is, if you watch closely this stuff always goes on sale! First Macy’s and now Nordstrom  is price matching!! I am tagging the items you’ve seen me wearing on Instagram below, and then I am also adding a round up at the end of items I think you need! Happy Shopping – make sure to enter code VIP at check out on the Macy’s site sale ends there 9/25! They are having a sale on a LOT of designer pieces too so check it out here!

Snag it here or here

I sized down to an XS

Snag this striped sweater here or here

I did my normal size small

Seriously my FAVE tee – shop it here or here

True to size, I did a size small

This thermal is life, shop it here or here

Runs true to size, I am wearing a small

Shop the bralette (not on sale) here

Loveee this off the shoulder top – shop it here or here

I’m wearing a size small

Click picture below for the rest of my outfit

This plaid studded jacket is on sale grab it here or here

Also true to size, I am wearing a size small

Free People jeans are on sale, wearing a 27 – snag them at Nordstrom here

This top is a good one, I am wearing a small – on sale here

Love this top and looks great with a bralette, I’m wearing a small – snag it here

Here are some other sale items you should seriously snag!! Just click the pic to shop!

 

One of my favorite things about fashion is taking one piece from my closet and wearing it multiple ways! If there is one thing that I am a sucker for, it is a good pair of designer denim! While they come with a hefty price tag, the quality can’t be beat! I am literally SO obsessed with the premium styles of denim available at Nordstrom  right now! I decided to splurge and purchase this pair of Paige high waisted black denim. I love the fit, and I absolutely love the undone hem. These jeans are exactly what you can expect from Paige: thicker material (but the good thick) and super soft and stretchy! The reviews are amazing!! I did go up a size (usually a size 27 and ordered a 28), so make sure if you are someone that is in between sizes that you go up!

Here are 5 different ways that I like to style my Paige black denim from Nordstrom

  • 1. Black on black: there is nothing more chic than an all black look. Some people may think that this style is super boring, or borderline gothic, but I am here to tell you that nothing is more classy than an all black outfit!

Shop this look, click a picture below

 

  • 2. Plaid & black: The reality of fall style is that you will wear plaid a lot!! A fun way to mix it up from the basic plaid and denim combo is to pair it with black! I love to mix in a taupe or camel bootie to really off set the colors. It truly pops your outfit when everything isn’t so perfect!

Shop this look, click a picture below

 

  • 3. Denim & black: There is nothing I love more than a basic tee, a chambray and black denim! You can also rock this look by wearing a blouse and a denim jacket! I threw on my favorite sandals and out the door I went with a comfy outfit!

Shop this look, click a picture below

  • 4. Rocker tee and edgy shoes: I am loving this look right now, and it pairs perfectly with black denim. Rocker chic is my jam!

Shop this look, click a picture below

 

  • 5. Sneakers and a ball cap: I love that with black denim, you can dress them up and also dress them down. Throw on a pair of sneakers, a tee and your favorite ball cap for an “athleisure” look!

Shop this look, click a picture below

 

There are a so many other ways you can wear your Paige Denim from Nordstrom but I hope this helped give you some ideas! Don’t forget to check out all of their amazing designer denim for fall, so many great options!

xoxo,

Jena

PC: Rstyle

I’m back from New York and more inspired than ever! You guys, never in a million years did I think little ol’ me would be attending New York Fashion Week as a blogger/influencer with Rewardstyle! Blows my mind when I stop and think about it! I will say that due to this being my first time, I was super unorganized and not on top of things at all! I don’t want to sit here and pretend that I knew exactly what I was doing and hopped to every show there was with not a minute to spare!! Hah, not at all – I spent most of the time running around like a little lost puppy! Next year I know what to expect and will make certain that I reach out to PR contacts far in advance!

Here are two questions that I’ve been asked the most since going to NYFW, that I want to go ahead and answer for everyone (because maybe you are wondering as well).

  1. Who can go to NYFW? My answer to this is ANYONE! Truly I mean this! Of course there are certain events that are invite only for members in the fashion industry, but if you are just a fashion loving girl or someone who works in a boutique and want the experience, GO! There are so many things to do and see during that week, and the people watching alone was my favorite. The street style is out of this world!
  2. What is Rewardstyle/LIKEtoKNOW.it : Here is the exact paragraph found on their website “Rewardstyle is platform-agnostic and has developed content creation, distribution and tracking technology to support content monetization in any channel where an influencer chooses to publish. Integrated social content monetization is only available through rewardStyle’s LIKEtoKNOW.it technology platform.” So basically Rewardstyle is the company and LIKEtoKNOW.it is the technology. This is the way for bloggers/influencers to get paid for their posts. We show you items that we link, and when you click those links and make a purchase, we get “rewarded”. We are actually each working with reps from the company who help us to grow our following, and make more money by posting our looks! Typically influencers on social media are doing this anyway (I was always posting my outfits), but this company with their amazing technology allows influencers to actually make money for doing so!

So let me break down for you kind of what I did! 

The first night here I didn’t do too much, just a quick little walk around the city getting lost with my girl Taylor! We ended up posting up at a pub that we had a really great time at! Just a very low key night before we got started with meetings the next day! That night I wore a  lace high neck tank under my grey suede moto jacket!

Shop my outfit by clicking the pictures below

Friday Taylor and I met with another blogger friend of ours, Meghan from @theblondeinpink, at this wonderful spot called The Butcher’s Daughter. It was absolutely amazing food, and I forgot to snap a food pic (amateur blogger) so I stole this pic from their website to show you how cute the spot was! We dined outside with our delicious Matcha Lattes! Definitely make sure to check this spot out!

We then headed off to the Rewardstyle event! Rewardstyle was hosting a fun afternoon meeting and networking event. Bloggers would drop in, network, meet with their Rstyle reps, take fun pictures, and drink a little bubbly! YOU GUYS, can we talk about how much I fangirled?! I honestly felt like I was in a room filled with celebrities, because to me these bloggers are just that. I’ve idolized many of them for years so having them in the same room was so surreal. I am happy to announce that most of them were even more beautiful and so so nice in person! There were a few biotches, not going to lie about that, but that is the 80/20 rule of life, right?! Here are a few pics from the day at the Rewardstyle meeting/party. Thank you Rstyle for sharing these pictures with us to show our followers how amazing every single detail was!

(The floral arrangements were gorge)

(The room was floor to ceiling glass, and the view was unbelievable)

(Like how gorge is this room though?!)

(Of course we need a little champs to build up courage to network, I was downing these, duh!)

(There was a DJ to set the mood, gotta feel those beats!)

(Stairs leading up to the roof where we got to take pics! This is such a powerful statement and honestly is so very true!)

(They took really fun rooftop pics of all the bloggers)

(Jordan @jordanunderwood was one of the nicest I met, I’m legit obsessed with her – her BFF Brittney on the right is such a sweetheart, I am so glad to have met them both!)

(Ummm, how awesome is this! Courtney Kerr was amazing! SO nice)

Shop my outfit by clicking the pictures below

 

After this networking event we headed over to the heart wall! Each town that LIKEtoKNOW.it visits, they paint a heart wall! This one was called “Seeing Hearts”. Of course as it was my turn to photo, the sun came out and blazed down on me (never good for pictures). Here are a few from that shoot that I didn’t hate like the rest of them:

 

 

That evening we headed to a quick meeting with Baublebar Jewelry to check out all of the jewelry coming out for fall! Some super cute items! We had some more wine, snagged a cute little gift bag and some free jewels and then headed out to dinner! We had an amazing dinner at an Italian place,  and then headed to a rooftop bar in Brooklyn (it was actually where Nick’s season of the Bachelor was filmed for the rose ceremony where Corinne got sent home)! I experienced my first subway ride on the way there, which was fun/scary but it was one of those things we HAD to do!

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On our last day there, which was Saturday, we basically shopped during the afternoon (I purchased my new Gucci) and had another amazing rooftop brunch at The Refinery Rooftop. These rooftops are just fantastic!! At this restaurant we dined next to a Real Housewife from NYC, so that was entertaining and fun! The food was delicious, and the company was even better. We also spent the afternoon photo’ing some of our outfits, because of course that is why we were there. We didn’t do as well in this category as we should have, so next year we will make sure to photo all of our outfits and get that out of the way!

PC: Refinery Rooftop website

PC: Refinery Rooftop website

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My newest baby – Which you can take a peek at here! 

 

Later that night was the Rewardstyle rooftop party at La Sirena Ristorante which was absolutely gorge! Every blogger who is part of Rstyle was there, so it was amazing to say the least! It really is the weirdest thing to know so much about these girls through social media, which makes you feel as if you know them, but in fact you’ve never met them before! It was so intimidating being in a room filled with the most fashionable and beautiful girls ever, but it was literally BUCKET LIST worthy! What a great time! Thanks again Rstyle for all of the pictures!

(Got to meet Caila Quinn from the Bachelor – she is seriously SO FREAKING sweet!)

(If you don’t follow Jen from @interiordesignerella you need to, she is one of my favorites to follow right now! Her outfits are always on point)

(Melissa from @ellabrooksblog is all around goals – I am obsessed with her feed and can relate a lot to her since she is also a mommy. Her style is very similar to what I like so I adore following her! Was so excited to meet her!)

(Is Destiny from @dthompsy not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. She is even more stunning IRL – a true beauty inside and out!)

(The quality of this picture sucks, but these two right here are HANDS down two of my favorites that I’ve met on this so called “blogging” journey. Both from Texas, Jen from @thesisterstudioig and Sue from @thesuestylefile are as real and true as they get! They both have amazing style, both mommies, and both all around just down to earth nice girls! Make sure to follow them!)

(My SQUAD: these are friendships that I will now have for the rest of my life. I am so very lucky to have met these girls, all on the same journey I am currently with blogging. Slowly but surely we are growing our businesses, and will be there for one another every step of the way! Make sure to follow my girls: Taylor @taymbrown, Megan @pinebarrenbeauty, Meghan @theblondeinpink, Jen @redwhiteanddenim, and Michelle @mrs.simplylovely)

Shop my outfit by clicking the pictures below

 

I am already counting down the days until next year, and knowing what I know now, I better get to planning!

xoxo,

Jena