3.29.2012

Tiffany & Co.'s Rubedo Collection

These pieces are so beautiful, I had to share!

In honor of its 175th anniversary, Tiffany & Co. unveils RUBEDO™ metal, a new jeweler’s metal. RUBEDO™ metal is the first such creation in Tiffany’s history. In the medieval philosophy of alchemy, 'Rubedo' was the title of the very highest achievement, when matter and spirit fused to create something of rare beauty.







RUBEDO™ metal marries the richness of gold, the brilliance of silver and the warmth of copper. 
RUBEDO™ is the company’s latest in a history of innovations in metallurgy. It debuts in Tiffany 1837™ designs that feature elegant contours polished to a high luster and finished with the jeweler’s hallmark. Light plays over the generous surfaces like the blush of early morning across the sky. Tiffany 1837™ RUBEDO™ jewelry designs inscribed with the signature of founder Charles Lewis Tiffany are available for 2012, in celebration of Tiffany’s anniversary year. 






You can find the RUBEDO™collection at Tiffany stores & online.

Tiffany & Co., Tiffany, T&CO., RUBEDO and Tiffany 1837 are trademarks of Tiffany and Company and its affiliates. All photos are courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

3.28.2012

Workout & Stay Fly in Nike Women S/S '12

Working at Nike in my college days left me with a soft spot in my heart for the brand that'll probably be there the rest of my life. While they're known best for their innovations in running shoes, top-dollar endorsements of the best athletes in the world, and most recently, their social media integrations - I've always liked their Nike Women offerings.

Getting back on my Gym Jones routine has me wanting every piece from their spring/summer '12 collection to keep me fly during my workouts. If you're looking to update your workout wardrobe and want to add some variety beyond your basics, check out the cuts, colors and fabrics in some of my favorite pieces below:









Peep all the looks over at the Made by Nike Tumblr

3.26.2012

Vision Boards: Keeping Your Goals in Sight

Vision boards are a powerful way to keep your goals and ambitions top-of-mind. It's always very humbling when people ask me how I stay on top of it all, and I'm quick to tell them that I have to work really hard to stay focused on what I want to accomplish. It's super easy to lose sight of our goals, and super tough to figure out how to balance our day-to-day responsibilities with the steps needed to reach the goals we set out for ourselves.

Inspired by Jammie (@VAFashionGirl)'s post on making vision boards for the new year, and prompted further by my friend & art director Byron Gronseth, I made a couple of vision boards in January. One for my goals for the year, and one for my blog. Here they are below:



In both, I put plenty of images of strong, confident women, bold colors and words to motivate me. I decided to go the old-school vision boarding route so I could hang these in my closet, where I'll see them every day when I'm picking out my outfit. 

I strongly encourage you to make a vision board whenever you feel unproductive, uninspired or need something to get your mind back to the goals you want to accomplish in life. You can cut & paste out of old magazines like I did, or take your vision boards online via Pinterest or Polyvore. Oprah even has a few tips for you in making a great vision board here.

If you do make one (or have already), I'd love to see them! Leave me a comment with a link.

3.25.2012

Get Your Coachella Wardrobe Ready!

I had so much fun at Coachella last year, and definitely recommend it if you're a big fan of the artists on the bill. This year's festival is just three years away, and my girl Andrea over at SkinnyPurse has a few of her favorite Coachella-inspired looks from ThreadSence's latest lookbook. 



Check out the rest of Andrea's faves over at SkinnyPurse!

3.20.2012

Fresh Jess for Market Publique (+ Happy 1000!)

This is my 1000th post! Thanks to my friends & family who told me to keep going after the first 25 posts, and for readers new and old alike! I'm still having a blast writing for you. If there's anything you want to see on Fresh Jess, please let me know.

With that said, I'm happy to announce I'll also be guest blogging for Market Publique, the online vintage marketplace. I'm a longtime fan and shopper of MP, so it won't be much of a stretch to write about what I'm shopping for. On Market Publique's blog, I'll highlight current pieces and sellers in the marketplace alongside current trends and styles in the fashion world.

I'm so excited to start writing for MP and hope you'll join me there too! You'll see my first post go up later this week. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite pieces in the shops right now. Get 'em while they're hot!

Not sure if I can pull off high-waisted cigarette pants - but I'm willing to try!
Big red sunnies

I see this leopard print crop top making its way into day and night outfits!

A vintage Christian Dior pastel turban!


DOLLA DOLLA BILL Y'ALL
This boho maxi skirt is the business. Love that print!
60s mod mohair overcoat

Because I can never get enough plaid or high-waisted shorts



Love this sweatshirt

This velvet black Victorian coat is from the freaking '30s. Still amazing!


To many more posts and fun experiences ahead! 

3.19.2012

Fresh Style: Umbrella Love

The weather in Seattle lately has been downright miserable. Blustery winds, pouring rain mixed with sheets of snow, and milliseconds of sunshine leave me wanting to just bundle up in my sweats and a blanket at home.

There's a stereotype that "real" Seattleites don't carry umbrellas - but I walk to work and I'd prefer not to be drenched and windblown when I get there! 

Here are some pretty parasols I found to bring a small ray of light into our grey days:
Bella Umbrella Pagoda ($129) (magenta here)

Yellow Bubble Umbrella ($18) (black here, dotted here, similar here)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Logo Umbrella ($58) (more Marc Jacobs here and here)

Printed Sky Umbrella ($38) (similar here)

ModCloth Polka Dot Umbrella ($24.99) (more fun prints here)

Tray6 Floral Print Umbrella ($29.99) (more florals here and here)

3.18.2012

Wondershare Your Spring Break

Heading to Paris, London, Rome, Sydney or somewhere tropical this spring break? Wondershare, the photo& video editing software, is making spring break this year a little bit sweeter!



From now until April 16th, share your vacation highlights with Wondershare and rally your friends over on Wondershare's Facebook page. The story submission with the most FB likes will win the new iPad (released just last week.)

Every day of the contest, 20 lucky participants will also receive a copy of Wondershare's video editor - so you can make your memories last in the form of fun videos to share on your FB profile or at your next family reunion.

Happy travels! For full contest details, check out the official page on Wondershare.

Wonderful software, wonderful life.®

*Grand Prize winner will be announced online April 20th, 2012, Wondershare reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason.

This is a sponsored post, fully written and reviewed by me. All opinions expressed in this post, as with all posts on Fresh Jess, are mine.

3.15.2012

Infographic Fun with Guinness & St. Patrick's Day

What's nerdier than incorporating beer and St. Patrick's Day into some fun infographics? Luckily I'm a big nerd and never one to turn down an infographic :)

Here's a quick post with some fun facts for you as St. Patty's Day approaches:






Help GUINNESS® & Fresh Jess make this the biggest St. Patty's Day ever! Take the pledge & enter the code "JESS" over at Guinness.com. For every pledge I bring in, I'm donating $1 to Bulldog Haven NW. It's totally free & takes just a minute. Thanks for your help!

3.11.2012

Fresh Eats: A Guinness Feast

With St. Patrick's Day, fast approaching, I'm sure you're getting ready to indulge in a pint of Guinness or two. But did you know there are a ton of recipes you can make with the dry stout?

You may be familiar with the famous Guinness & steak pie already. I've pulled a few recipes from Guinness' site, but there are a couple of great ones over at AllRecipes and Endless Summer. From starters to desserts, you can infuse a bit of Guinness love into every part of your St. Patty's Day.

I present to you...the Fresh Jess St. Patty's Day feast, featuring Guinness!


  • Serves 4
  • 2lb Boned stewing steak / 1 large onion / ½ lb carrots
  • 1 cup soaked prunes and hazelnuts (optional)
  • 3 bay leaves / 2 tbsp flour / 2 tbsp cooking oil / 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • ¼ pint GUINNESS® Draught
  • ¼ pint water / Salt and pepper
Trim the meat and cut into convenient serving pieces; do not make them too small. Heat the oil or fat and put in the bay leaves. Let them crackle, but put the lid on, then add the beef and fry on both sides. When half done, add sliced onions and let that gently colour to pale gold. Sprinkle the flour over and let it brown then add the GUINNESS® and water. A little more liquid may be needed, in which case make it water or stock to just cover the meat. Season to taste and add the parsley and carrots cut into circles. Put the lid on and braise in a slow to moderate oven 275°F – 300°F, gas 1 – 2, for about 2 hours. In the nineteenth century, soaked and stoned prunes (about 1 cup) stuffed with grilled hazelnuts were added half an hour before the meat was ready. They make a marvelously rich garnish.

Other great starter dishes: The Best Warm Oysters Ever & Mushrooms on Toast


Serves 3
  • 3 fresh fillets of cod
  • Batter:
  • ½ can of GUINNESS® Draught / 1 ½ cups of flour / ¼ cup of baking powder
  • Teaspoon of salt / ¼ teaspoon of pepper
Pour the GUINNESS® into a large bowl and add the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Then whisk until it is light and frothy. Let the batter sit for 15 minutes - remember good things come to those who wait! Meanwhile, heat a deep fryer to 180° C. When the batter is ready, dust the fish with flour and coat evenly with batter. Fry for 5 - 6 minutes turning once halfway. Then serve with chunky chips, salad and a cool GUINNESS®. Get your batter ready and then knock it up for the lads at half time. TIP To stop your batter sticking to the wire mesh of your deep fat fryer, simply take the mesh out and use a slotted spoon to lift your fish instead.

More delicious main dishes: Beef & Guinness Pancakes w/Smoked Cheddar & Rack of Lamb w/Guinness & Mustard

Serves 6
8oz. butter / 8oz. brown sugar / 4 eggs lightly beaten
10oz plain flour & 2 level tsps of mixed spice sieved together
8oz seedless raisins / 8oz sultanas / 4oz mixed peel
8-12 tsps of GUINNESS Draught
4oz walnuts
Cream butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Gradually beat in eggs. Fold in the flour and mixed spice. Then add the raisins, sultanas, mixed peel and walnuts. Mix well together. Stir 4tbps of GUINNESS® into the mixture. Mix to a soft dropping consistency. Turn into a prepared 7 inch cake tin. Bake in a very moderate oven, Gas mark 3 / 300° F for 1 hour. Then reduce and cook for another one and a half hours. Allow it to become cool. Remove from cake tin. Prick the base of the cake with a skewer and spoon over the remaining 4-8 tsps of GUINNESS®. Keep the cake for 1 week before eating.

Additional delectable desserts: Irish Cake Bombs & Guinness Brownies

Check all the recipes at the GUINNESS® Good Food Guide, plus 100 Ways to Cook w/Guinness


Help GUINNESS® & Fresh Jess make this the biggest St. Patty's Day ever! Take the pledge & enter the code "JESS" over at Guinness.com. For every pledge I bring in, I'm donating $1 to Bulldog Haven NW. It's totally free & takes just a minute. Thanks for your help!

3.08.2012

Volunteering for Bulldog Haven NW at the Seattle Dog Show this weekend!

This weekend, Spike, bf and I will be volunteering in the Bulldog Haven NW booth at the Seattle Kennel Club's 2012 Dog Show!

Come watch the pedigree dog shows & fun entertainment. Stay and hang with us in the BHNW booth to learn about the rescue, available foster dogs, volunteer opportunities and more.


Admission is just $10!

The 2012 SKC Dog Show is at CenturyLink Field Events Center, this Saturday & Sunday from 8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Let me know if you'll be there!


3.05.2012

Fresh Style: Cruisin the Caribbean

Last week I went on a much-needed technology break while on a Caribbean cruise through Belize, Honduras and Mexico. It was nice to get lots of reading, tanning, eating and exploring in! That said, I'm refreshed and happy to be back in the blogging swing of things.

Here's a quick photo recap of my trip outfits. Not much to say except that as a born and raised Seattleite, figuring out how to stay cool, functional and stylish in the tropical heat and humidity was easy and fun. Enjoy!

Illin in Roatan, Honduras
1950s Polynesian swimsuit
Sunnies from In God We Trust
Black w/gold speckled TOMS
Beautiful West End - Roatan, Honduras

I love Mexican Coke. So happy to see one of these tiendas every 20 feet!

At the top of the Temple of the Masks - Kohunlich Mayan Ruins

Kohunlich Mayan Ruins
Stussy dress
F21 denim shorts
Grey TOMS
Vintage cross-body bag

Mexico! Port at Cozumel
Lira draped tank
Lush tiered crochet knit shorts
Reef sandals

Cozumel

Cozumel

Last night at sea
Vintage dress (My Kelly Kapowski dress)
Deena & Ozzy sandals