My Style Represents…

Hello all,

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I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a truly inspiring woman. McKenna, started a blog on Utah’s style trends, due to the judgment and stereotype that Utahan’s do not have their own style and we all are cut from the same fabric, she wanted to add voice to those that have their own style and emphasis the beauty that comes from being yourself and expressing your character.  I value this project and am excited to be apart of such a positive movement. It has been so fun getting to know McKenna and her creativity. (for her art click here)

For me I think appearance is an important part of who we are, on that same note with all things it is only good if it is balanced, my desire is to look nice but not to distract from who I am on the inside.  It is more important for me that people leave my presence feeling inspired to be a kinder more loving person as opposed to walking away from me knowing how I got my hair to look just so.  Beauty/fashion tips are not a bad thing I enjoy beauty talk like no one you have ever met but like stated above my hopes is that people see the importance of kindness as well.

My wardrobe is hard to put a label on, my outfits come from inspiration all over the world, and when I say world I mean Pinterest, same thing right? My outfits definitely reflect my mood and how I am feeling.  I am drawn to basics with a quirky flare here and there.  Although, my day to day wardrobe is very unpredictable, one thing I am conscious of keeping consistent within my appearance is modesty and virtue. I believe that women are beautiful, strong, precious leaders, what we have to add to our societies is important and interesting. I am no feminist I just think it is important that women know that they are more than appearance.  I like to dress in a way that does not come across as “hoochie” or calling attention to my body, because I am better than that all women are.  What we have to say and what we bring to the table is more important then looking “desirable”.  Don’t mean to preach I am just very passionate about this topic :)

If I were to describe my style in one word it would be CLEAN (minus my hair haha)

Visit Utah Threads HERE and see all of interesting styles of Utah

Thanks for stopping by love you all!

XOXO Jenessa

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Outfit details below!

Cardigan: Windsor Mine (sold out) similar/loving

Necklace: Windsor Mine /loving/wishing

Sweater: Nordstrom Mine (old) Similar/loving

Pants: Forever21 Mine Only $8 (ripped holes myself) loving /wishing

Fallin into cozies

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Hey guys,

I had an opportunity to collaborate with one of my favorites FATIMA She is an awesome photographer and always captures what I have in mind.  I hate when you have a vision and then you look at your photos and your vision is not seen in the photos.  Anyways, Fatty has never disappointed me, she does all sorts of events so if you are looking for a local Utah photographer with diverse camera talents and is super creative check her out!

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XOXO, Jenessa

OUTFIT DETAILS LISTED BELOW

Sweater: Victoria Secret Mine/Loving/Buying

Kimono: Windsor Mine/Loving/Buying

Leggings: Nordstrom Mine/Loving/Buying

Booties: Walmart Mine (old) Loving/Buying

Earrings: From a sweet Native American woman (she hand made them!) Loving/Buying

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Anniversary 2014 The Sheffields

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November 29th, 2012 was the best day of my life.  I know everyone says that but I guarantee anybody who gets married says that.  This year it is our two year anniversary, it feels like it should be our 10th just because I know him so well and our relationship is off the charts that it doesn’t feel possible for it to only be two years! Anyways enough ooey gooey love talk.  The picture above is the event that inspired me to keep a love journal for our future children and grand children to read how Jordan and I fell in love.  Jordan is a tough mans man if anybody knows him they know he is the strong manley type so not many people see his sweet side, in fact i’m almost positive I am the only person who has actually seen it.  Which I am totally fine with it makes all the more special when he does romantic things for me.  He is my perfect match.  Anyways one day while we were dating he went away on a family trip and when he came back he brought me gifts from the sea, sand seashells, sweet little things like that, well he also wrote me a note and at the bottom of the note it said “message in the bottle”  Jordan had written a love not about our relationship and put it in a bottle then he took me to California to throw it in the ocean with him :) So romantic and I am so obsessed with him.  Jordan has done romantic acts like this from the time we were dating till now and I wanted to create a diary specifically for it.  Below is a little video diary of it, hope you enjoy!

PS. I LOVE YOU BABE! Thanks for giving me reason to keep a record of all our special moments!

Random acts of Kindness are a blessing for both people

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Hello hello!

Todays post is all about Charity!  An attribute I am always working on and trying to perfect.  A while back I started following this girl on Instagram. She has a blog where she bakes a cake and looks for someone in need and gives it to them.  How sweet is that! Well she lives in South Africa and was doing a cake call where anyone could meet up with her with a cake a donate it to a children in need.  I thought what an amazing opportunity to be apart of such a positive movement.  Unfortunately I live in the states, therefore, I wouldn’t make it in time to deliver a cake.  So I decided to bake some cookies and give them to somebody who needed a little pick me up.  I searched all day for somebody who looked like they had the weight of the world on their shoulders.  I live in the city so I come across a lot of homeless individuals but it wasn’t until I came upon Steven that I knew these cookies were baked for him.  His humble nature and kind eyes really struck me and I wanted to make him smile.  I walked up to him and said “Excuse me, hi” He looked up at me and will a slight surprised laugh said “whoa hello”  I am assuming not to many females approach him to say hello because he was very surprised to see me take a seat next to him to chat for a minute. He graciously accepted the cookies and was extremely appreciative and very polite.  I look for him time and time again to revisit our new friendship that was made in the gutters of Salt Lake City but I’m sad to say I have not had any luck running into him again.  Steven’s kind eyes made such an impact on me, it made me reflect and wonder what people remember about me after meeting me for the first time.  My goal is that people leave my presence feeling happier and motivated to be kinder, not to focus on how shiny or nice my hair is or where I purchased my purse, or how I apply my make up.  Those things are all well and good and they make me happy and they are fun things to be involved in but life is so much more than that.  Those things will fade and they don’t leave an impact on people, my goal is that people leave my presence noticing a kind loving personality that trumps a stylish outfit.  I Love Steven’s sign, such a simple sentence leaves such a strong message! RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS ARE A BLESSING FOR BOTH PEOPLE. It is such a true statement I love the simplicity of it.  I hope this message leaves you with the motivation to leave someone else feeling happier having been in your presence.

Thanks for stopping by! You can visit girl with a cakes blog HERE

Oreo cheesecake bites with sunflower tops

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Hey guys,

Today is a recipe post.  Last year for my birthday my sweet husband signed me up pastry classes, it was so fun and I learned so much and I developed a useful secret talent, unlike my prized secret talent of break dancing haha but that’s a post all in its self.  It has been fun to be able to use this talent for different small events.  I recently got called to be a young womens leader for the church I attend .  It has been a blast to get to know the girls and learn so much about the program since I myself was not an active member during that time in my life.  The girls participate in a program called Personal Progress It’s like a girl’s version of the Eagle Scout where the young women can develop skills and talents and come closer to their Father in Heaven.  Anyways, they have a special night called Evening of Excellence where they get to present everything they worked on that year.  I am so impressed with the hard work and motivation these girls showed to accomplish their projects.  I had the opportunity to provide the dessert.  Since the theme was Sun flowers: representing that we should walk tall because we are daughters of a Heavenly King I decided to make Oreo cheesecake bites with Sunflower tops! Hope you enjoy, recipe below! (found on pinterest)

RECIPE NOTES:

OREO CHEESECAKE BITES

You can easily double this recipe to make 30 cupcakes (I tripled it and it was perfect)

Yield: 15 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 22 Minutes

Total Time: 6 Hours

INGREDIENTS:

36 Oreo cookies, 30 whole, 6 coarsely chopped

1 pound (2 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/2 cup sour cream

1/8 teaspoon fine salt

Vanilla Frosting

15 Cupcake liners

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 275 F. Line 2 standard muffin tins with 15 paper liners. Place 1 whole Oreo cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.

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In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the sugar and beat until combined. Beat in the vanilla then add the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined.

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Beat in the sour cream and salt. Do not over mix. Stir in the chopped Oreo cookies.

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Divide the batter among the cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake until the filling is set, about 22 minutes.

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Transfer to wire racks to cool completely inside the muffin tins. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight, before serving.

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These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Defrost in the fridge overnight before serving.

Printable recipe here

The Oreo Cheesecake bites are amazing as is, however, if you would like to decorate them like I did follow below!

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DECORATING SUNFLOWER TOPS

INGREDIENTS:

Vanilla frosting (I just use the cheap 99 cent kind from Walmart, I like the consistency of it)

yellow food dye ( I use Wilton’s gel kind)

the other 15 Oreo cookies

Pipe bag

Wilton tip #21 and #67 (or get creative and use any petal/leaf tip you like)

DIRECTIONS:

Use the other 15 Oreo cookies and place one on top of each cupcake after it has been refrigerated for at least 4 hours.

Begin doing three layers of petals, I did a wide variety of different petals using the tips from Wilton #21 and #67

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HAVE FUN!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Fit & Feminine: Upper body/ Core work out

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Hey guys,

So I’ve been getting a lot questions on how I stay fit and the number one question I get is what do I do to get my arms so toned.  So I thought I would answer your questions in a fun way with one of my good friends and former teammate Fatima! I am so excited to share this post with you because I think working out should be fun and I hope this video we have put together inspires you.  I am super passionate about working out, I just love being active so this is a really fun post for me and I hope you all benefit from it!  Most of you know by now that I use to run track for BYU, so back in the day I use to do a lot of lifting with dumb bells and that is how my arms got ripped.  Now days I do not lift with dumb bells at all in fact it has probablly been about two years since I have really lifted.  I currently just do at home circuit training, just using my body weight to keep me toned.  Back in the day I used dumb bells to build mass and bulk up but now that I am no longer competing, I just want to stay lean an toned.  In our video we are doing some of my favorite shoulder and upper body sculpting work outs.  They are super fun and the best part is you can do them in the comfort of your own home, equipment free! Below is the video, check it out and try it out with us! I will also post the circuit below, if you have any questions holla at me i’d love to help you out in any way I can. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and really CHALLENGE your self!

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THE CIRCUIT 

Do 3×10 so three sets and do each exercise ten times

Beginners: 3×5

Advanced: in between each set either sprint 100 meters or jump rump for 60 seconds

Lets Begin

1. Hands to chest push ups. Targets: shoulders, chest, core

(keep butt down, body flat)

2. Push up jumping jack. Targets: shoulders, triceps, core

(Bring arms and feet together then jump out spreading arms and legs)

3. Side to side hip. Targets: Core, triceps

(keep body straight, use abs to twist hips to floor)

4. Shoulder tap. Targets: core, shoulders

(stay stiff and in control, no bouncing)

5. Forearm to hand. Targets: core, shoulders

(contract core keep butt down)

Meet Fatima! Check out her blog and see her version of this post HERE

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OUTFIT DETAILS BELOW

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Leggings: Nike. on sale/ love/ splurge

shorts: Nike.

Sports bra: Nike. on sale/ love/ splurge

Tank: Walmart. need/ love/ splurge

Shoes: Nike. on sale/ love/ splurge

What can I say I am a Nike girl! :) Hope you enjoy the work out, let me know what you think or if there are any other target areas you would like me to do a post on next! Till next time XOXO

P.S. not only is Fatima a bomb friend and a beast on the track but she is an awesome photographer check out her work! 

 

My Facial Moisturizing Secret

Hey guys!

I think it is very important for us women to stick together and share our beauty secrets. Especially when it comes to our faces, it’s nice to have clear glowing skin.  One of my favorite facial treatments, is a bomb mask and moisturizer. I don’t like chemicals or a ton of ingredients in my facial treatments, who does right? Like many I try to keep my beauty products as close to natural as possible.  I want to feel like I pulled it out of the ground my self! Quiet literally the products I am using are pulled straight out of it’s natural environment and put into a bottle and shipped to me. I love it so much I had to share it with all of you.  If you click HERE  you can visit the site.  They have every kind of beauty product you can imagine.  My favorites right now, the ones I use for my face are:

HAND PRESSED PURE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL I use it on my face before bed after I’ve taken off my make up and right before I put on my make up in the morning. It is so smooth and soothing I am obsessed. I can’t help but be excited that it is 100% Argan oil nothing else is in it! It is good for all skin types and gives our skin the nutrients it needs. Plus, it’s on sale right now!

RHASSOUL CLAY This is a perfect mud mask, I even use it on my body.  I was recently in Hawaii and started peeling (hate that) so I used the mud mask and it helped remove the excess skin leaving me looking polished.  I love this stuff so much! You will have to try it out.

I hope you have a chance to check out Douce Argan!

 

XOXO, JENESSA