Blog Party x PicsArt

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J for Jamie | Blog Party x PicsArt

For our first Blog Party of the new year, we partnered with PicsArt to put on a calligraphy workshop at their headquarters in San Francisco. PicsArt invited one of their top users, Bianca Mascarro, to lead us through an introduction to hand lettering. She then showed us how to apply our calligraphy to our own photos using the PicsArt app. This was the first time doing putting on a Blog Party in the workshop format and I was so thrilled with the results. Thanks to PicsArt, it was a breeze to put on – they provided everything from the food to the lettering supplies. PicsArt is also one of my new favorite apps to use for photo editing so this Blog Party is the gift that keeps on giving!

Hop on over to the Blog Party site to see all the photos from the night – and stay tuned for more exciting Blog Parties to come!

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YEAR 2015 IN REVIEW

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To spare you all the details, lets just say the holidays were a bit hectic and I didn’t have a chance to do a proper 2015 recap. So as we welcome the New Year (can’t believe we’re 4 days in already!), I’d just like to take a look back at last year and then put it in the past where it belongs and move forward. All in all, 2015 was a challenging one but looking back at all the memories, I think the good outweighed the bad and I just need to look at everything in perspective. I’m so grateful for the friends and family that make our lives full of adventure, love and happy memories even in hard times – I seriously don’t know what I’d do without all of you.

A moment of reflection on the loss of my sweet and beautiful grandmother, Helen. May you rest peacefully as we promise to carry on your loving spirit in our hearts. I love you Popo. 

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Fort Funston

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J for Jamie Blog | Fort Funston with the Torrez Family

We met up with our friends Nick, Milcah and their adorable twins at Fort Funston on Halloween weekend. We love this beach because dogs can be off-leash and there are plenty of four-legged friends for Charlie to chase and run around with. The twins, Hazel and Eli, had a blast running around in the sand and Eli took a particular interest in Charlie which was so very cute. Milcah also asked me to help take a couple of photos she could use to announce their pregnancy! They are expecting their 3 child early next year and I was so honored to help them out. I love hanging out with this family, they are so much fun and they make some pretty awesome subjects for the blog!

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Hailee’s Bachelorette

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J for Jamie Blog | Hailee Bachelorette

We threw our dear friend Hailee a Palm Springs Bachelorette this summer that had such impeccable decor, I had to share! Our friends Adrianna and Keghan organized the whole weekend and really outdid themselves with the decorations. It was a 60’s Palm Springs flamingo theme complete with plenty of Hailee’s favorite, Veuve Clicquot – Keghan even brought homemade 60s themed bathing suits for some photo ops. We stayed at the Ace Hotel which is one of my favorites and was perfect for the celebration. Check out #haybridechilla on Instagram for more photos from the weekend!

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Carmel by the Sea

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J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

We took a day trip out to Carmel by the Sea which is only about an hour drive from where we are. Charlie absolutely loves the beach so when we find a dog-friendly, off-leash beach, we’re there. Carmel is extremely dog friendly and there’s a cute little downtown too. We played on the beach, stopped at an amazing farm stand to get some freshly picked artichokes, ate a nice dinner and then drove home. This is definitely one of our favorite getaways when we want a change of scenery!

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

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J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea
J for Jamie Blog | Carmel by the Sea

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Hearst Castle

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J for Jamie Blog | Hearst Castle

After attending our beautiful friends’ wedding in Cambria, we stopped at Hearst Castle. We have both been wanting to go so it was the perfect opportunity since it was literally down the road from the wedding venue. We took the Grand Rooms tour so we saw the “social rooms” of the castle, including the dining room. Walking around the castle grounds completely transports you to Europe. My favorite was the indoor pool, it took everything I had not to jump in. I highly recommend visiting Hearst Castle if you’re on the Central Coast, it’s definitely worth the stop! Visit my Instagram, @jforjamie, for more photos of the castle and to see what we’re up to.

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A 30th Fiesta

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J for Jamie Blog | 30th Birthday Fiestsa

This summer, some of my girlfriends and I planned a 30th semi-surprise party for our dear friend Adrianna. We all knew we wanted to do something special for her because she has always been there for each of us through our own big moments in life. She’s the type of friend that will call just to make you laugh, always asks about you before anything else and is just so much fun to be around. Adrianna lives in Los Angeles so we don’t get to see each other nearly as much as I’d like but when we do, it’s usually no more than 5 minutes before we’re keeling over in laughter. I absolutely love this girl and throwing her a party was hopefully one little way to show how much we appreciate her. We decided the theme of the party would be a colorful fiesta, centered around Adrianna’s nickname, “Chiquita”.  We made it colorful and bright, catered food from her favorite taqueria and even had a DIY tequila bar. We think Adrianna was quite surprised by all the decor and we had a lovely evening celebrating her in all her fabulousness!

Check out the party’s photo booth photos by Cuckoos Nest West!

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Personalizing our space

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J for Jamie Blog | Framebridge

Chris and I have had endless conversations about the state of our living situation and what we want to do. Right now we’re living in a family home until we can save up enough to buy a place of our own – but we also live with a lot of other people’s stuff. So personalizing the space where we can is really important to us because it makes us feel like we’re home (not in someone else’s home). One way we’ve done that is by hanging up our favorite artwork or photos from our wedding. We custom framed them with Framebridge, my go-to online framing shop. I talked about them a while back and I still use them for all my framing needs. Having photos and artwork custom framed sure does make me feel like an adult.

For 15% off your first Framebridge order, use code 15JforJamie (exp. 12/31/2015). Here are my favorite Framebridge pieces we’ve put up around the house. I’m always getting new art and photos printed so be sure to check out my Instagram and #FrameYourFeed for more inspiration!

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J for Jamie Blog | Framebridge

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We love oysters

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J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

On our way home from Tomales Bay, we made a couple stops at The Marshall Store and Hog Island Oyster Company to have fresh oysters. Chris and I both love oysters so we had to try them out. The oysters at both places come directly from the bay so they’re fresh as can be. The oysters are one of the main reasons we love going up to Tomales Bay. I love that you can sit outside with a beautiful view of the bay and eat delicious food, it’s just heaven!

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

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Tomales Bay Weekend

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J for Jamie Blog | Tomales Bay Weekend

For Chris’ birthday, I thought it would be nice to plan a relaxing weekend away so I chose Tomales Bay. There is a mix of good food and fun outdoorsy things to do in the area so it was perfect for our low-key getaway. We rented an Airbnb, went kayaking, walked around town, visited Cowgirl Creamery (our favorite!) and had dinner at Nick’s Cove on the water. We also did some oyster tasting on the way home. It was a lovely weekend with just the two of us and perfect weather. I love Tomales Bay!

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