June 20, 2014

black & cream: yumi kim + steve madden

IN PREPARATION FOR my upcoming trip to LA, I thought I'd wear as much black as possible before being confronted with bright colors, palm trees and sandy beaches. Although confronted does seem like a strong word... it's not as if the colors are attacking me. Right? How about embraced... welcomed. I love colors! I will try not to pack black, but as New Yorkers, is that a feat we can fathom? Update pending.

Uniqlo Corduroy Jeans

June 17, 2014

jakenna {changing} + humans of new york!

"When I was little, he’d always let me stand on his feet when we walked in the ocean, because I was so afraid of jellyfish."

IT FINALLY HAPPENED. That moment every New Yorker dreams of: being randomly stopped on the street by Brandon of HUMANS OF NEW YORK, having your photo taken and saying something completely heartwarming that everyone immediately relates to. {Insert obligatory and auditory EEK}

What's beautiful about this photo is the sheer pride my father and I are both exuding for one another. And reflecting on the jellyfish memory gives us a perspective on the journey we've both taken since those days. I still hate jellyfish, but I do know that he will support me in conquering my fears and realizing my hopes, dreams and aspirations. May that be fending off stings or helping me find what it is I'm looking for. Shall we say here that love conquers all? Indeed.

And bonus: we look supa stylish :)


May 25, 2014

beautiful creatures

BEAUTY IS IN the eye of the beholder. Anyone else think that's a terrible approach? Beauty is perceiving yourself as the beautiful creature that you are, no matter what the beholder may think.

Insecurities creep into the most confident of creatures, but true beauty is understanding those insecurities and reveling in your differences. Believe this truth and you, my friend, will be one helluva a beauty.


January 27, 2014

welcome back kid

REMEMBER THAT TIME I was a style blogger and then didn't post for a year? That did happen. But what really happened is that I moved to Colombia and saved children from a burning building... and then a drowning school bus... and then.... OK. What really happened is that I was working intensely and my time/attention/energy/will-to-blog was zapped.

But now, the kid is back. Welcome.


January 8, 2013

jakenna + nike

When all is said and done, we have a lot of living to do. I think it's natural for mid-twenty-somethings to go through mini-mid-twenties-something crises and start with questions. Am I doing the right thing? Is this how I imagined my life to be at this point? Am I working at the right job? Am I happy? Is there enough champagne in my mimosa? But I had a moment during this Nike shoot. I was standing on top of my rooftop, the Manhattan skyline was glimmering in the distance and a crew of the dopest Nike folks in the world worked around me as a photographer snapped pics. Of me? This little mid-western girl. And I realized that I'm making some pretty awesome life decisions. No need for a mid-twenties-something crisis here. I've got plenty of champagne in my mimosa. And lots to celebrate :) Thanks to everyone who made this day as awesome at it was.


January 5, 2013

brrrr: vintage sweater + broach

Peek-a-boo. I see you argyle socks and vintage broach :) It's chilly, but you keep me warm.

Remember when I said I was excited to start blogging again? Allll the way back in my last post? I think I'm most excited about the NIke photos about to launch in a few days... Whaaaa did she say Nike? Hells yeah, I did. Hells yeah. Stay tuned.

Vintage Teal Sweater & Broach
Ralph Lauren Argyle Socks

December 18, 2012

pink leather: urban outfitters jacket + american apparel top and jeans

Friends. It has been too long. So much has happened these last few months! I moved to Brooklyn (like JayZ is practically my neighbor), I started a new job at The Estee Lauder Companies (beauty products as far as the eye can see!), I went to Peru for two weeks (photos to come!) and most recently, realized that this pearl necklace was actually put on this Earth for me to wear every day. Hizah!

September 25, 2012

pop ice cream: pinky otto polka dot dress

WHEN YOU'RE SURROUNDED by ice cream you can't eat, several thoughts run through your head: Who am I? Do I have the self control to not lick the snozzberries?

But most importantly, what do I wear? I think this super sweet Pinky Otto polka dot dress (w/ adorbs lace collar!) does the trick. And! Thanks to a delicious summer sale, I bought this dress... for free. Yummy, yummy in my tummy :)


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