Must Have: a winter coat

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We’re leaving for Europe in just few weeks! I’ve been looking for the perfect winter coat to take with me – one that’s warm, stylish and easy to travel with (like I can stuff it in my suitcase if needed). Do I go with a wool pea coat, a down parka, a military-chic jacket, or a light-weight jacket I can layer with? Choosing the right coat has been challenging but thankfully, sites like Pinterest and Polyvore provide endless ideas and options. I love the wool coat by J.Crew I’m wearing but I think it might too heavy to travel with. What do you think? Share your recommendations in the comments below or tag me on Instagram or Twitter!

J for Jamie Blog | Winter Coat

J for Jamie Blog | Winter Coat

J.Crew Melton Wool Duffle Coat

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Framed Art

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One thing Chris and I are trying to do is improve our art collection. We’ve graduated from movie posters and are moving on to selective art pieces that will make our living space more unique and colorful. When our artist friend, Jeff McMillan, put his Sloth Giclee up for sale, we had to have it. With our order, Jeff also included a beautiful pencil drawing. Framebridge sent us prepaid packaging to send back the prints to have them professionally framed. For the Sloth painting, we chose the Marin natural wood frame and for the pencil drawing, we went with the black Mercer frame. Our other friends also gifted us a custom illustration by Lisa of My Little Buffalo. We put that one in the Marin frame as well. The three prints came back professionally and beautifully framed. We are quite pleased with our art upgrade and they look even better in Framebridge frames, along side our wedding photos. J for Jamie readers, receive 15% off your entire Framebridge order until October 31st with code:FRAME15

I received custom framing and additional compensation in exchange for writing a review on J for Jamie. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions and photos are my own.

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Living Room Refresher

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One thing that’s been bothering me is that we haven’t had any of our wedding photos printed. Plus getting photos professionally framed is so expensive so it’s easy to put off. When I had the opportunity to partner with Framebridge, I knew this was the perfect time fix that problem. And, we just had our first our wedding anniversary so how better to celebrate than to finally hang up some photos of our special day? Framebridge made the process so easy – we chose our frames and sizes from over 25 options, uploaded our photos, then they were professionally framed and shipped directly to our home. It even came with all the tools to hang the frames, so easy! I’m truly so impressed with the quality, customer service and ease of Framebridge. For this project, we chose the clean and modern Irvine frame for all our wedding photos so we can easily transition them into a future home. I am so happy with how it turned out and how much it’s transformed our living room. I am excitedly awaiting some artwork I also had framed and can’t wait to share. Receive 15% off your entire Framebridge order until October 31st with code: FRAME15

I received custom framing and additional compensation in exchange for writing a review on J for Jamie. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions and photos are my own.

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Half Moon Bay

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Chris and I recently took a day trip out to Half Moon Bay. It’s only about a 30 minute drive north of us so it’s the perfect little getaway. It’s also more of a foggy and overcast climate year-round so it was nice to escape our never-ending heat wave. We love to take these little trips to get a breath of fresh air and spend some quality time together. We grabbed sandwiches for lunch, walked around town and bought some beautiful succulents, visited the lighthouse and then ended the day with coffee and a snack in Pescadero.

J for Jamie Blog | Half Moon Bay

J for Jamie Blog | Half Moon Bay

J for Jamie Blog | Half Moon Bay

J for Jamie Blog | Half Moon Bay

J for Jamie Blog | Half Moon Bay

J for Jamie Blog | Half Moon Bay

J for Jamie Blog | Half Moon Bay

J for Jamie Blog | Half Moon Bay

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October Blog Party

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I am so excited to share our third Blog Party with you! It was such a great night at the Polyvore head office – we met Polyvore CEO and co-founder, Jess Lee, who spoke about her career and why Polyvore loves bloggers. She even gave us a personal tour of the office! My amazing sister Jasmine provided the delicious bites to eat and Nanette Wong snapped photos throughout the evening. All 30 bloggers took home a Party Box filled to the brim with goodies from our sponsors, I can’t wait to share what was in them. You can check out all the photos by Nanette from the Blog Party here or search the hashtag #BlogPartyPolyvore on Instagram and Twitter. We’re already working on some future Blog Party events and projects so stay tuned!

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October Sponsors

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Happy October, I can’t believe our third Blog Party is tomorrow! The leading fashion curation site, Polyvore, will be hosting us at their headquarters in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Mountain View. We have some amazing sponsors lined up, some who have come back for a second or third time and some new. As always, we try to curate a diverse set of brands that we personally love and want to share and connect with the Blog Party bloggers. Sponsors contribute items to promote their brand for the Party Box each blogger takes home with them. Check out the group of sponsors for tomorrow’s Blog Party, this is such a fabulous box of goodies! Follow us on Instagram @theblogpartyco and #BPPartybox.

Sponsors: PolyvoreBare Escentuals45 Wall DesignPennie PostThatch & ThistleHedley & BennettThe MakeryBracketChapter Jewelry, Print Em

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September 1st

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Our first wedding anniversary fell on Labor Day and, although we were both busy with work, we decided to take the day off and go to our favorite place (and where it all began), San Francisco. We had no agenda except dinner at 6pm at a new restaurant in Hayes Valley called Monsieur Benjamin. We just drove up and decided to play tourist in the city we’re so familiar with. We started with brunch at Outerlands, followed by the Botanical Gardens and then coffee and shopping for our Europe trip in Hayes Valley until it was time for dinner. It was the perfect low-key day and time much needed together.

 

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J for Jamie | First Anniversary

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J for Jamie | First Anniversary

J for Jamie | First Anniversary

J for Jamie | First Anniversary

J for Jamie | First Anniversary

J for Jamie | First Anniversary

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J for Jamie | First Anniversary

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And so, life goes on

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Admittedly, it’s been difficult to accept that my little bear is really gone. By Monday, it was back to the grind at work even though the pain is still so raw. It hurts to act normal and smile and there’s a sadness that goes deep into my soul, like a piece of me is missing. I get randomly overwhelmed with emotion and all I want to do is cry. But I have responsibilities at work and with Blog Party and to be a good co-worker/friend/wife/daughter, I have to be strong. The amount of love we’ve received is so touching and I’m so grateful for the support of our family, friends and readers. A beautiful card arrived in the mail from our vet which I think explains it all, it said, “Dogs come into our lives, leave paw prints on our hearts, and we are forever changed.” Although it feels like the tears will never stop, I look forward to see how this experience and loss will have made us stronger and more compassionate – perhaps it already has. And so, life goes on and we will too, but certainly not the same people we once were.

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My little bear

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First let me start by saying, I always try to keep JforJamie.com a cheerful and positive space but in this moment, I can’t think of a better outlet to express my grief than through the blog community. Reading about other people’s loss has actually helped me navigate through this painful time. So thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share.

Yesterday we said goodbye to Roxy, our beloved dog and “little bear”. Chris and I knew this time was coming but nothing could prepare us for the pain and heartbreak of losing such an essential part of our family. We all held on as long as we could but in the past week, she stopped being able to walk or go to the bathroom on her own because of her severe hip dysplasia and as a result, muscle loss and nerve damage. We had to carry her around, all 60 pounds, like she was a small puppy. She was in constant pain and we couldn’t see her go on like that so we made the extremely difficult decision to let her be at rest. On the last night we had with her, Chris made Roxy’s favorite foods, hamburgers and sweet potatoes and she happily enjoyed every last bite (she even tried to eat the bowl). The past few weeks, she’s been anxious and restless so we laid on the floor with her until she fell asleep. In the morning, we tried our best to make the most of our last few moments with her but we were constantly reminded that soon we would be coming home without her and that pain can only be expressed through tears. In the car, on the way to the vet, she sat up and leaned against me, occasionally giving me kisses, as if to tell me it was going to be okay. Somehow, it’s always been that way, her comforting me. We brought her bed into the room at the vet, we held her and gave her kisses, told her how much we love her and how wonderful of a dog she has been to us, and then we watched all of her pain go away as she was finally able to rest peacefully.

Coming home without her was the most painful feeling I’ve ever experienced. Right now I feel like a piece of me is missing and there’s a constant pit in my stomach. Yesterday, I laid in bed all day, not wanting to get up and face the reality that she wouldn’t be sitting there in the doorway where she always is. Chris and I hold each other and cry together and he tells me it’s going to get better. Right now, it doesn’t feel like that but I know he’s right – time heals. He has been so strong through all of this and he has let me grieve in the odd ways grief happens to people. I know it’s painful for him too but he is persevering for the both of us. I get flooded with happy memories of her but also the memory of watching her go which triggers uncontrollable sobbing. Chris tells me Roxy wouldn’t want me to be sad and he’s right, she was happiest when we were happy because that’s just the wonderful being she was.

Roxy was the most vivacious dog from the time we brought her home at 3 weeks old. She loved to chase squirrels, run after cats and occasionally bolt out the front door to go exploring around the neighborhood for hours at a time. My mom and dad brought her home as a surprise when I was just 12 years old. Over 15 + years, we watched each other grow up. She has taught me so much about responsibility, compassion and patience. From the day she met Chris, she was as much a companion to him as she is to me. I truly believe our relationship is stronger because of her. Words can’t express how thankful I am to my little bear, absorbing every one of my emotions through the years but always wagging her tail and giving me kisses just like she did in her final moments – she always reminded me it was going to be okay. The support we’ve received through this time has been overwhelming and I’m so grateful for the love we’ve received from our friends and family. I know Roxy was so loved and she loved right back.

I love you little Roxy bear, thank you for coming into my life and changing it forever, a piece of my heart will always be yours. Get some rest little girl.

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High Tea at the Palace

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Oh my gosh, one of my little cousins is married! We celebrated Victoria’s beautiful wedding this weekend in Sacramento so I thought it would be the perfect time to share some photos from her bridal shower. My aunt, the bride’s mother, hosted us at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. We had a beautiful high tea in the historical Garden Court with 4 different kinds of tea, delicious tea sandwiches and scones, and an endless amount of desserts. We had a lovely Saturday celebrating Victoria who looked gorgeous in a mint lace maxi dress.

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