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Live by BEING (Product Review)

This is a sponsored post.

About a month ago, I was kindly contacted by Cynthia, the maker of BEING, a handcrafted organic and vegan bath/body shop, about trying some of their products. (You can check out their website here.) I’ve never really had the opportunity to get into organic beauty, but it’s always sounded pretty interesting–y’know, the benefits of nature transformed into benefits for your skin and all that–so I jumped at the chance.

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LATELY 001

You’d think for someone who’s spent the past four years immersed in books and essays, writing a blog post like this would be super easy… but, alas. Apparently I’ve been missed, however, in my last four months of unintended hiatus, so here I am, back again on the blog, after having finished the final term of my undergraduate career/degree/what-have-you. *throws confetti*

I’ve just realized that since I started this blog in my first year, it’s been that long for “i.e.Jessie” as well. Actually, I think I missed the fourth-year anniversary. How strange! I’m kind of proud of myself for having stuck with something for so long. I know I always make mention of “new things” coming up on the blog, or such-and-so improvements or projects, or whatever, and now that I no longer have school as an excuse to fall back on, we’ll see how it goes.

This blog post was meant to just be a sort of “catching up on life” sort of deal, what I’ve been in to or up to lately, and so on. Let’s just focus on the past and present for now, because at the moment, my future is kind of blurry. Now that I’m finished with school (for now, anyway), I’ve had to field multiple queries that run along the lines of “so, what are you doing now?”, but really, it’s anyone’s guess. I’ve made do with the simple reply of “oh, just job-hunting…” because how am I supposed to detail my life plan to you, really. Even if I can’t properly say that I have no idea (because happily, I do, or at least some semblance of one), it’s hard to describe my life aspirations to well-meaning adults, you know?

>Anyway, in the vein of “monthly favourite” edits, I thought I’d just share what I’ve been enjoying in the time I’ve been away…
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b l a n k // PLAYLIST

b l a n k //

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James Bay / When We Were On Fire
CHVRCHES / Team (Lorde Cover on BBC Radio1)
Finis Mundi / From Cold
CHVRCHES / Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake Cover on BBC Radio1)
Go yama / Humble Brag
Melvv / Glide
James Bay / Hold Back The River
Sam Willows / Nightlight
Seoul / Stay With Us
Project SH / Lost Stars (Begin Again Cover by Project SH, JuNCurryAhn, StimMarvel)

Making an understated herald for my return to the blog with a list of my current life soundtracks. Hope you guys like it! New things are in store for the blog, coming soon. :)

xo, jess[i.e.]

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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (Movie Review)

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Oh, The Hobbit. How do I even begin to describe the feels? This whole #OneLastTime thing got me feeling sentimental. In fact, this whole post might not even be a legit review and just err on the side of me ranting about how much I love Tolkien’s brain… but we’ll see.

I’ve got a couple of bones to pick with the movie, so warning, beware of spoilers, of which there are many in this post. :) Click to keep reading~

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Why Do You Blog?

(Maybe I should’ve titled this “Why Do I Blog?”… but meh, pronouns amirite.)

I know I’ve been away for ages, and I sort of did mention on my twitter that I was taking a blog hiatus-ish. It’s just that it’s nearly finals season, which means study grinding, all day errday! Not that you need to hear me whine about school… It’s probably the most redundant thing to read from bloggers, because a) if you’re a student, then you’ve got your own school work to worry about, and b) if you’re finished school, then you’re really finished with school, if you know what I mean!

Anyway, tangent aside, I decided to sit down and try to puke up a blog post (y’know, like word vomit? probably could’ve found a more appealing metaphor…) today as a reflection of my writing, or my life, or whatever.

My life as of late has been a clutter of normal highs and bewildering lows. Add school stressin’ to that list, and cue “damn, what the hell am I doing with my life” mental crisis. So… I apologize if I’m not too coherent in this post. Like I said, word vomit. 😉

I’ve always viewed myself as a sort of writer. What I didn’t know for sure, exactly, was how good I was. Of course, I’ve always put on my resume “excellent written communication skills” and that sort of thing, but it doesn’t exactly count because I’m saying that about myself.

I’ve also always been aware that, career-wise, I wanted to go into something to do with my “talent” of writing. But as someone studying for a BA degree, and what’s more, as an English major, I’ve been the butt of many jokes about how I’m to be a poor starving artist (re: UNEMPLOYED) upon graduation. Some of them were made by myself, because what is life if you can’t laugh at yourself, or y’know, pretend to make a situation funny in order to distract from its horribly true and grim reality?

Okay, so I’m probably being pessimistic. And I didn’t mean for this post turn into a long ramble about the struggles of figuring out life beyond graduation, but as you can see, it’s been weighing quite heavily on my mind lately, haha.

So. Why do I blog?

I don’t know if this is going to seem like a super belated conclusion, and I’m not fishing for compliments or anything, either… but to be honest, it always surprises/flatters me when people tell me “I write so well”. Like people actually like my writing!/? It almost makes me feel validated as a writer, or even as a person, because I feel like maybe there is something about this whole writing career plan, after all. (Now I sort of feel like I just revealed part of my inner psyche to the world… #vulnerable)

Well, of course, the purpose of my blogging is not to get compliments from people. I blog simply because I like writing, and I guess it’s almost part of human nature to want to put yourself out there, if only online. I’m rather introverted, and writing comes more easily to me than speaking by far.

Oh geez, maybe I should learn to make my rambles shorter, haha. (It can’t be helped though, sometimes I just have a lot to say! And I’ve been rather silent on the blog lately, anyway.)

I also blog, because I want to record my life, and my thoughts. It’s like keeping an online diary. What’s more, I get to explore my interests through this blog. Writing is so versatile, and I love that I can use it as an avenue to talk/learn about things like fashion, or music, or whatever. (Plus, it makes for an easy answer when people ask the dreaded question about hobbies…)

Maybe I should’ve more aptly titled this post “Why Do You Write?”, hahaha. But y’all catch my drift. More or less. And now I’m just not really making sense anymore, so I’ll go back to studying now.

TLDR; I blog, because I like writing. :)

Happy Sunday, everyone!

xo, jess[i.e.]

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TUESDAY TEN / Autumnal Outfits

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So, I was curating @PeopleofKW on Twitter last week and on Monday, decided to blog everyday last week. Of course, you already know that it didn’t quite turn out that way, because midterms happened. Again. But rejoice, midterms are now over and I’ve got two blissful (sort of) weeks before all the assignments and projects start piling up before the end of term. Fourth year of university is seriously no joke.

Remember how I used to shoot my own outfits and all that in the efforts of being a personal style blogger? Those were fun. (If you’re interested in my #ootd’s, by the way, check out my Instagram. Selfies are included free of charge.) I’ve been interested in starting those up again, although the logistical issues are always the worst — camera, photographer, time. But in the meantime, I’m also seriously enjoying the wealth of outfit inspiration that is Tumblr.

Anyway, as long as I’m not further swamped with work this week, I’ll be seeing you soon in my next post!

xo, jess[i.e.]

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1Piece/2Ways: Over-the-Knee Boots

A style post? Yay! This time, I’m featuring an autumn favourite: the over-the-knee boot. It’s a classic but can also be difficult to style sometimes because they can look slightly intimidating. They’re kind of sophisticated but can also add a certain ‘punch’ to an outfit. So here are two looks I’ve styled with said boots!

#1 Dress It Down

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Inspired by a real life outfit that I myself wore — here, I’m keeping it cozy with a knit cardigan over a fitted plaid shirt and skinny jeans. The shirt gives a great touch of colour — matching with fall-appropriate red lip as well — while the rest of the outfit is kept neutral. It’s a great casual outfit — and you can take my word for it because I’ve basically worn it before! 😉

Click to see the second look after the jump!

#2 Dress It Up

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A little more “chic”, what with the skort and the duster coat — I’m a huge fan of this silhouette, I only wish the weather here was more forgiving to bare legs. ;( I kept it pretty neutral with the beige and grey, but added a statement with the cobalt jacket and the bold berry lip.

If you have any pieces you’d like me to style next, let me know! :) And have a great week!

xo, jess[i.e.]

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Current State of Mind #1

Basically the less Tumblr version of “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” “Live with no regrets.” “Life goes on.”

It’s been kind of a tumultuous week, what with midterms and essays, a constant battle between lethargy and restlessness, and the stress of trying to pull myself together. But as someone said to me recently, “having it all together” is merely an illusion. I guess I don’t mind.

Maybe I’m still coming to terms with things. Things like being myself. *insert thumbs up*

PS. Promise this is last of the autumn/train track photos! 😉 hehe.

xo, jess[i.e.];

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Autumn Leaves / Photo Diary


This is a thing. 😉

As I mentioned in my Thanksgiving post, I went on a road trip of sorts with my family — to Sault Ste. Marie! We joined this train tour — which I have mixed feelings about, because the views were stellar, but it meant about more or less 9 hours of sitting on said train. Anyway, thought I’d share some gorgeous photos.


(PS, I don’t know if this is becoming a yearly thing, but for some reason I always have photos of autumn foliage on my blog… last year’s are here and here!)


Forgetting to unzip my jacket while trying to take an outfit shot, LOL. Clearly haven’t done this in a while. The train tracks were super picturesque, though — under the glare of the sun, however, I could do little but squint… #attractive.


My favourite picture from the entire trip! Hey sister <3


I think I’ll call this one “Reflection: Blue on Blue”. LOL.


Lens flare without the help of special effects… *__*


Love the tree branches in this one.

Hope you all are enjoying autumn where you are!

xo, jess[i.e.]

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TUESDAY TEN / Beanie Outfits

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I’ve never particularly been a hat person until this year — I’d always thought they looked weird, but I think since coming back from Korea, my thoughts on this have slowly changed. Keeping warm aside, they’re also really great to cover up bedhead or flat hair. Case in point, an example here on my Instagram. I’ve also underestimated their effect on a simple outfit — another Instagram example here.

The only annoying thing is, of course, once you put it on, you can’t take it off because of the dreaded hat hair! #styleproblems

xo, jess[i.e.]

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