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.

J for Jamie readers receive 15% off your entire Framebridge order until October 31st with code: FRAME15

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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.

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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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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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Meet Jessica

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My main goal of Blog Party is to connect bloggers with each other so I’m always so thrilled to hear about people networking after our events. Of course, when I can collaborate for my own blog, it’s great too! I met blogger Jessica, of Thread and Bones, at the Social Print Studio Blog Party and was thrilled to have her guest post on JforJamie. Jessica is an amazing photographer and blogger and documents her travels all over the world. Today, Jessica shares some hidden secrets with us from her recent trip to Seattle. The way she travels is exactly how Chris and I love to travel – off the beaten path. I want to jet off to Seattle right now, I mean look at that seaside picnic!

Seattle is such a vibrant, beautiful city with fantastic spots to eat, walk through, browse and explore — it’s one of my favorite locations for a home-away-from-home getaway from San Francisco. That being said it took me quite a couple trips before getting a handle on how to experience Seattle like a local, and I’m excited to share those secrets here with you! Read on for how to experience Seattle like you live there.

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J for Jamie Blog | Seattle by Thread & Bones

J for Jamie Blog | Seattle by Thread & Bones

J for Jamie Blog | Seattle by Thread & Bones

Local Secret #1: Don’t drink coffee at Starbucks
Avoid Pike’s Place and head south to Pioneer Square. This historic part of town has gorgeous eye candy architecture, and quiet Zeitgeist Cafe is an awesome, steam-punk coffee shop with some great brews and a killer vibe. Start your weekend with a caffeine boost there before strolling around the corner to East Smith Mercantile, Laguna Pottery, and whatever other funky little vintage shops and speciality boutiques catch your eye. For lunch, look no further than the London Plane, with fresh, seasonal West Coast cuisine. Order the assortment of in-house spreads (my favs were the beet hummus with harissa and roasted red peppers + cashew dip) and share a couple plates of salads and grains (the curry chicken salad is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten).

Bonus: if you want to dig further into Seattle’s history you can take their spooky and fun underground tour

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Local Secret #2: The Real Seattle Farmer’s Market
As I mentioned, Pike’s Place is really not worth the visit in my opinion. You can get better, cheaper, fresher produce and watch salmon fly through the air by by heading across the bridge to old town Ballard. The Ballard Farmer’s Market here is open year round, rain or shine, and offers an incredible variety of produce, cheeses, nuts, jams, breads, foraged products, prepared foods and even wines; is wonderful for shopping, grabbing lunch, or just getting a cup of coffee at the Anchored Ship and people watching. To see more photos of the market, check out my recent post on the event Jessica’s blog, Thread and Bones!

Bonus: Afterwards, take a short jaunt (10 min walk) along the water to the Ballard Locks. September is actually the best time to catch a sight of wild salmon running upstream through the lock’s fish ladder!

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Local Secret #3: Nature in the City
Washington state is renowned for its hiking and outdoor adventure offerings, but you don’t have to leave the city to experience some nature. Spend the morning trekking through beautiful Discovery Park; swim in the ocean, or just lay out and admire the views of the sound and the ring of mountains around you. This is a perfect place to also get in one final savoring of the summer before it ends — the area is beautiful in September so pack a seaside picnic like we did here, with cooked crab, cheese and olives, a light chowder, and pre-roasted lemons, fennel and carrots that were just as good cool as fresh out of the oven on this hot day pictured.

Bonus: If you’re curious about cooking up some of that summer corn and fennel chowder for yourself, check out local blogger, Cannelle et Vanille has the recipe.

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Local Secret #4: Worth the wait for a table
Local celebrity Molly Wizenberg, of cooking blog Orangette, opened her own restaurant Delancey a few years ago, but it’s still running strong as a priceless neighborhood gem. This is a perfect spot to visit for lunch after the Ballard Farmer’s market, and has some of the best pizza I’ve eaten in a long time. The menu is nicely rounded out with super fresh, delicious salads, wine, beer and cocktails, and some gluten free options as well.

Guest post by Jessica of Thread and Bones
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Year One.

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Oh my goodness, it’s our official 1 year wedding anniversary! I can’t believe the time has flown by so fast. I must admit, I still suffer from post-wedding sadness at times. I wish we could relive our wedding every weekend! Being married to Chris is a lot like when we were dating but it actually feels so much more special now. We are officially in this together, figuring everything as a team. Of course there are the occasional off days and disagreements but going through those with someone I care infinitely about makes it worth it. Our next big adventure is our official honeymoon trip/anniversary trip to Europe and I can’t wait to travel around my favorite cities, and explore new ones, with my husband. Happy first year of amazing memories to my handsome husband! See more photos from our magical wedding on Instagram by searching #chrisheartsjamie.

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