A Seattle #DogVenture with Spike! (Sponsored)

Let me start off by saying this is probably my favorite brand campaign to date. DogVacay reached out to me for a DogVenture around the city, and Spike, Jacob and I were only too happy to oblige. Seattle is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country, and Spike is always up for an adventure. We're so happy to have DogVacay in the Emerald City, so that even when we're out of town, we know Spike will get lots of active fun in.

What is DogVacay, you ask? It's a website and app that makes finding great pet sitters simpler than ever! Pet owners can search for pet sitters nearby, book stays and pay online, all with a couple clicks. All DogVacay reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo "pup"dates, so pet parents can rest easy knowing that their best friend is in great hands. DogVacay Hosts work hard to take pups on walks, to the beach, to parks, etc. whenever they have a Vacay. If your pup doesn't return home pooped, they haven't done their job. :)

We took Spike on a DogVenture at some of our favorite places to walk and frolic. Hope you enjoy following our Sunday Funday!

Our DogVenture started at the University Village, where Spike loves to charm all the families into giving him a piece of that Trophy Cupcake.
C'mon dad, one cupcake!

The bronze animal fountain is just as much fun for canine kids as it is for human ones!
Water! -- Whoa where'd it go?

Menchie's for some more people-watching (or yogurt-watching.) Don't worry Spike, they've got treats for the dogs too!

The next morning, our DogVenture continued at Alki Beach, where Spike quickly charmed a few Alki Beach 5k runners. Can't ever walk Spike on Alki without taking a half-hour to make it down one block. He looooves the attention!

It's exhausting being this handsome yo. I gotta take a seat!

We even played cheerleader for the awesome runners!
Way to go girls!

Quick pit stop at Hamilton Viewpoint Park for some frolicking in the grass. There had to have been a wedding there the night before, because rose petals were everywhere! So romantical.

Dad & Spike playing chase



The final stop on our DogVenture was Marination Ma Kai, home of the best patio view in the entire city - and dog-friendly to boot.

Gettin' kinda tired...

 I'd say our DogVenture was a success, because Spike was out for most of the afternoon and evening!
One tired pup


Thanks for this fun weekend, DogVacay! Visit DogVacay.com for more info & to find your next pet sitter. Follow more #DogVenture excursions on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by DogVacay for this post. All opinions are mine!


Seattle: Win Bumbershoot Tix from Luden’s® & Fresh Jess!

Seattle! Bumbershoot is this weekend, and if you're looking to score some sweet last-minute passes, Luden’s® and I have the perfect giveaway for you.

Luden’s® has long been known for its outrageously delicious Wild Cherry throat drops. Their Facebook fans voted, and now there are two new flavors Introducing Luden’s® NEW Watermelon and Blue Raspberry throat drops!

These new flavors are available exclusively at Target this season. You can sample them this weekend at Bumbershoot! Make sure to head to Luden’s® Bumbershoot monster art near the main stage to take some fun photos to share with friends, and make sure you get a sample of the new Luden's flavors.

You have until Friday morning, August 29th to enter. Good luck!


Seattle! Lorna Jane is Coming (+ Gift Card Giveaway)

Seattle ladies! I've got a treat for you. Australian active lifestyle brand Lorna Jane is coming to Seattle and Bellevue, and I have a $50 gift card to give away to one lucky reader!

Lorna Jane was founded by its namesake, Lorna Jane Clarkson over 25 years ago. In that time, LJ and team have been on a mission to empower every woman to lead her best life through active living. Producing monthly bespoke collections available in more than 150 stores in the United States and Australia, as well as stockists in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Lorna Jane garments provide each wearer with a distinct sense of energy, vitality and a “take on the world” approach to life. All for the love of health and wellness, the Lorna Jane sisterhood aspires to be their own personal best by embracing the daily practice of Move Nourish Believe.

Y'all already know a Glow Girl is into it. The kind ladies at Lorna Jane sent me a care package a few weeks ago, and a few items have already made their way into my daily workout rotation. Below are a few shots of my favorite pieces - naturally a few notches up on the style factor and perfect for my everyday style.

So many covet-ready pieces on LornaJane.com, with new pieces added every month! Seattle, you have until Thursday August 28th to enter. That's when the Seattle store opens in Westlake Center. Hope to see you at the launch party! Good luck!

Disclosure: Product was provided by Lorna Jane. All opinions are my own!


For the Glow Friday: The Benefits of a Community

Community. Tribe. Sisterhood. Fraternity. Village. Whatever you call your peoples, they're a crucial part of any kind of personal growth - in health, fitness, career, dating, what have you. Anyone who says they've gotten to where they are all by themselves forgot about every single person who helped them along the way. Don't be that guy. Nobody likes a credit hog.

Anywho, the For the Glow community has grown so much this year and I’ve never been more proud to be part of it. We've got a Facebook group that's open to all women, and we are especially lucky to have Jenn based in Seattle, where we can work out or meet with her face-to-face. Women are overcoming fears and adversity every day to reach their goals, and the support for everyone's effort is incredible. Last year, there were maybe three other girls who regularly came to class and who I considered the Glow community. Now, we have to be in the hundreds, including more Seattle glows and tons more all over the world!

Image via Pinterest

I remember doing the FTG candida detox last year and feeling so alone aside from Jenn's coaching. One friend committed to it then quickly fell off b/c of some excuse. Detoxing alone was a miserable experience. I think of that now - how with so many active Glows, I'll never detox alone again.

Communities are so clutch on so many levels. Here are just a few ways the For the Glow (and similar) tribe is so great.

They're positive
One of Jenn's rules for joining the For the Glow community is to always keep it positive. We have a daily workout check-in, and are each other's biggest cheerleaders when milestones are metSure, there's some sharing about bad days and struggles, but there's no room for condescending, negative attitudes. There was a girl who once dissed Beyonce. I respect differences in opinion but not if it's conveyed disrespectfully. She's not active in the group no mo'.

They push you to do your best
Whether it's getting those last rounds of tabata done alongside each other, or getting over the struggle of getting to the workout, these girls are awesome motivation to push yourself past your limits. I hated running (still do), but it's a joy to run alongside my fellow Glows. We're usually laughing at ourselves while huffing & puffing! I know I don't do sprints or online workouts with quite as much enthusiasm as when I'm working out with them in person.

They share resources, feedback & ideas
Jenn has turned my perspective on how I eat, work out and otherwise treat my body, and the community is the perfect sounding board for recommendations on recipes, self-care and more. I'm more likely to trust the opinion of my fellow Glows b/c they're coming from experience, and they have an understanding of the Glow life. We learn together. We grow together.

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They remind you you're not crazy
Transitioning to a life of kale, burpees and 6:00a.m. workouts is not likely to wow your friends and family - until they see the results, of course. Sometimes the hardest part about being healthy day-to-day is dealing with your loved ones' opinions of your new lifestyle. Some will be understanding, and others just won't get it. This is why having a community like ours is extremely important. They understand, are sympathetic and supportive - because they're going through things too. While the rest of the world thinks we're a little nutso, I love this community as a 'safe place' to discuss all the quirks of a healthy lifestyle.

They're everywhere!
I have For the Glow, but there's a community for everything. Knitting, books, your favorite TV show - and of course, every sport and fitness regimen under the sun. If you're the type to stick to yourself because you think you can't stand people - challenge yourself to find a community to be part of. Of course, you have to show up and participate in that community. Like many things in life, you only get out what you put into it.

Seattle: come check out a For the Glow class with unlimited week or drop-in passes! ForTheGlow.com


My Top 5(ish) #Seattle Event Picks, Week of 8/22/14

Here are my top 5(ish) things to do in Seattle this weekend & the coming week!

Featured events:

Breaking my normal rule of only posting on events coming in the next week for this cutie pie and PAWSwalk! 
We have supported PAWSwalk with our own fundraising in the past, but this year I'm helping Raina, Kevin & Guffman Puppen (pictured above) reach their goal! Hope you can donate and/or share their efforts to help more animals have a second chance at a great life. Geeks Who Drink is also hosting a trivia night to help the team!

Urban Campfire is TODAY! The day kicks off at 10am, so it's not too late to get tix.
Hope to see you there Seattle ladies!

All weekend:

I'm speechless.

Beast Corn is back at KuKuRuZa Popcorn's Seattle/Bellevue locations! GO HAWKS

Thursday, August 21:

Head out to Free People Bellevue Square for The Fall Edit styling event!

Friday, August 22:

My friend Dawn of Not Just a Mommy is hosting a night at Frost in Mill Creek benefiting Seattle Children's. Crafts, donuts & fun!

Saturday, August 23:
Bring your used bikes to Whole Foods Interbay for Alaffia's Bicycles for Education program!

Clinique is hosting a VIP Smart Event at Nordstrom Bellevue this Saturday. Beauty lovers will receive a complimentary Smart Skin Consultation including NEW Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum, the latest skin care innovation from the brand, and have the chance to create a customized smartphone case designed on-the-spot by leading fashion illustrator Brooke Hagel. For shoppers who don’t have time for a custom sketch, pre-designed smartphone cases will be available. Aren't they cute?

Want to be featured in a future Seattle Happenings weekly post? Email me at jess(at)freshjess.com for sponsorship opportunities and media kit.


Live in Levi’s®: Office Style (Sponsored)

It’s weird working in an office almost every day after two years worth of coffee shops and working at home. Doing the job? No problem. Dressing for it? A whole ‘nother story! I don’t know why, but getting dressed for work was the most nerve-wracking part of taking on this contract. In Seattle, we don’t ever have to worry about being too dressed down for most offices. However, I’m not the type to throw on just any old tee and jeans and call it good. Just like any other situation, dressing for the office means finding the right fits for my body, my personality and my need to be comfortable in my own skin.

Levi’s® Pull-On Leggings in dark ink rinse

Levi’s® have been a staple in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember. Nowadays, most of my Levi’s® are vintage pairs I’ve scoured from various thrift shops and garage sales and transformed into cutoffs. Vintage Levi’s® have a natural high-waisted look, and are so comfortable yet sturdy. There are a lot of different kinds of denim out there nowadays, but I always know there’s solid fabric, quality and craftsmanship in each pair of my Levi’s®. I treasure my vintage cutoffs, but what style of Levi’s® should I wear into the office?

Levi’s® Pull-On Leggings in dark ink rinse

I was super stoked to review Levi’s® new Pull-On Leggings in dark ink rinse. Figure-enhancing and perfectly slimming, these modern-day Levi’s® are an essential pant for the office wardrobe. The legging style means they’re extremely soft, stretchy and comfortable – yet they’ve still got that denim look that’s easy to pair with everything from crisp white button-downs, chambray shirts, silk tunics and your favorite cotton tanks.

Levi’s® Pull-On Leggings in dark ink rinse

Levi’s® Pull-On Leggings in dark ink rinse

Levi’s® Pull-On Leggings in dark ink rinse

Levi’s® Pull-On Leggings in dark ink rinse
Levi’s® Pull-On Leggings in dark ink rinse / Zara top / Jewelmint necklace / vintage bracelet / Dolce Vita “Yani” black suede stilettos

I’m wearing suede heels and a few more of my favorite office attire pieces with my pair of Levi’s® Pull-On Leggings. What would you wear with yours?

Live in Levi’s®

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Levi’s® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Levi’s®.


Lookbook Love: Waters & Army

It's been awhile since Lookbook Love had something for the fellas, and with fall style transition in full swing, I thought I'd share the layer-friendly looks of Waters & Army. Based in New York City and rooted in skateboarding, Waters & Army is the uniform for individuality. The apparel brand’s name is a hybrid derived from two of the most iconic destinations in skateboarding’s lineage: 3rd & Army in San Francisco and Water Street in New York City.

Shop the full collection at WatersAndArmy.com