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Penny Lane….
December 30, 2010

So, I am aware that this would now be my second movie reference in a week but…..this outfit felt so 70’s to me…and therefore rock n’ roll. Somehow, I fancy myself to feel like Kate Hudson’s character Penny Lane in the movie Almost Famous. Even though the outfit follows pretty classic color patterns and style, the fit of the black cords and the boy fit shirt made me feel like a rock star!! J



These shoes are ridic! They’re 5 inches and probably the most comfortable heels I own. I ADORE them. They’re definitely my favorite in my closet at this point…maybe. J I’m pretty indecisive. But, I feel like I am going to be wearing them all year long.

cords/Delias   clog heels/Charlotte Russe   chambray shirt/a.n.a.  ring/vintage   sunnies/Wolfgang

It was seriously beautiful  in Florida today. I was a little chilly in the shade and just warm enough in the sun. Perfect. Basically, our December days can be a lot like Seattle summers at times. Very mild and conducive to fun sartorial times. But, we do get a few hard freezes every year. I assume we’ll have one more before it’s all said and done with this winter.

My mama had me over for dinner tonight to enjoy some of her delicious baked spaghetti. “Baked?” you say….yes indeed! It is so great, if you haven’t had baked spaghetti, do! I prefer it over the traditional kind almost everyday of the week. Anywho, she had me over as a farewell to my eating meat! I am officially a vegetarian as of January 1st! I’m not going to lie…I am scared of the expenses and the hassle of it but am so excited about pursuing this endeavor to make my life a little healthier!

Song of the Day- “Comin’ Home” P. Diddy 


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December 29, 2010

cardigan/BDG   boots/Modcloth   white tank/F21   purse/vintage   sunnies/Franscescas

Every time I wear these boots, I feel like Elizabeth Swan at the very end of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy when she’s wearing Will Turner’s boot. Someone actually told me they looked like Jack Sparrow boots one time and I gotta say, they’re not wrong..lol.

But, I love them because they are so versatile. They can be worn all the way up with leggings or a short dress and tights or folded down and slouchy with longer length dresses or jeans!! I will say that the horizontal cardigan is not…err…slimming. But, it turned out to be super comfy and very appropriate for running errands today.

Anyway, I had fun with my makeup again today as well, which are posted below! NYE is almost upon us!! 2011 here I come!!


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Au Revoir deux mille dix.

December 26, 2010

coat & socks/Charlotte Russe   skirt, blouse, and tights/Express  scarf/F21   caridgan/AE   boots/Target 

Christmas is over….again…L It’s sad but happy in a way because every passing day puts me a little closer to my dreams! I just realized what an optimistic point of view that is…I must say I’m proud of myself for having it because I can be pretty pessimistic sometimes.

Anywho, 2010 has possibly been the most fantastic year of my life! I think I have been through more in one year than I had in like the 3 years before this one. It’s been perhaps the toughest time in a lot of ways but the worst times always precipitate the best experiences!! I seriously couldn’t be more grateful for this year; to say it has been amazing would be the understatement of the century.

Let’s see, I made a HUGE relationship decision (that turned out to be the right one) and dealt with that, got a 4.0 GPA, won an Associated Press Award, moved ACROSS the country and lived in Seattle, WA, turned 21, and made a documentary! And then of course, all the little things that live within the big things are so important as well. I can’t even name for you all the wonderful experiences that this semester has brought but it has been a doozie.

Oh! And it snowed in North Florida today! I can’t believe it! It didn’t stick, of course but the flurries were among us. I was absolutely freezing this morning but my new coat kept me warm… a la Sherlock Holmes style…J But, I think I may have to change out of my tights for tonight. We’re going to dinner because my friend Brian is heading back to NC! Oh! And I keep forgetting to show you guys this amazing vintage purse that I've been tugging with me everywhere!! Must remember: show purse in next outfit! 


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Slip a Sable Under the Tree....Or a Canon 5D?

December 22, 2010

 So, From Here to There has been sort of a flop this season. I renamed my blog from Jaded in Emerald City for obvious reasons, (i.e. I no longer reside in Seattle….) and honestly just sort of came up with the name on a whim. It seemed sort of appropriate at the time, and I think it still is in some ways, but I don’t think it is precise enough so I’ve been scheming up some new titles, one of which I believe I will be implementing after the New Year..From Here to There is so vague, to where? I think I liked that about it at first because it does ring of endless possibilities and what not....but now that I am on the eve of my life and am just about to graduate college, I think the more precise titles are in order. :) 

They say consistency is the key with these type of things, but since I will be keeping the same URL (verypleasantlyjaded.blogspot.com) I think I’m okay to do this. I need a decent header, though. Suggestions?

Well, today was pretty great. I was able to do some thrifting and I discovered the most adorable place in Five Points! If I continue to live in Jacksonville at any point after college, I must live in this area. It’s like the central artsy/hipster fun area in the city. Other than this area, we’re pretty lacking. Don’t get me wrong, Jacksonville actually has tons of beautiful places to live (we’re pretty famous for our sandy beaches, as you would imagine) but urban living is sort of in a lull. But, I have to give it to the city, they are really trying to enliven city center. The beaches have always been the place to live and hang out, but they’re trying to increase the 21-35 demographic in downtown with new condos, music venues and bars, and reinventing the museums and I think that’s awesome.

In unrelated business, I'm not overly ecstatic about today's "fit"...it just wasn't quite a hit...but this sweater puts me in the perfect holiday mood! It’s so sparkly and rings of Yuletide cheer, I love it! In fact, I think it could be pretty dashing over an LBD for New Year’s! Hmm….

gold cardigan/thrifted  crew neck top/American Apparel  mini skirt/Express  
sandals/Miss Me via random shop on Bainbridge Island  rings/Wolfgang

Which reminds me….I wonder what I will do in the way of getting all dolled up for NYE. I really love to do makeup and I’m kinda good at it. Ask me to do your hair and you’re up the creek….but makeup is my forte. Photography and makeup are sort of my creative gifts, I guess. Though, no one here gets to see my handy work because I no longer have an SLR…sad day for me...:( Oh well, below I have posted some of the things I have been doing to my face lately as well as some of my favorite photos I’ve taken so yous guys can check it out!!

All Photos by Yours Truly: Shannon Heath

Peace, Love, and Merry Christmas!!

Song of the Day- Santa Baby Jessica Simpson version


Seventy Shmeventy.....

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Bipolar Weather Patterns…..

December 18, 2010

Honestly, Christmas is a week away and it feels like 75 degrees in north Florida! It’s getting pretty ridiculous…and I have been investing in scarves and boots and cardigans because I LOVE to layer! However, this evidence of global warming has kept me from doing that effectively for the past week or so. I just hope its cool enough on Christmas for me to wear some of my new winter clothes.

I truly think I was meant to be born in Alaska or Washington state or something. I love to wear lots of layers of clothing and I pretty much shy away from the sun, to say the least. Oh well. I did love my outfit today, even though it proved a little warm for our recent climate down here.

romper, thigh highs, and wedges/Charlotte Russe  hat/UO  
tights and cardigan/Target

On a happier note, SEVEN DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!! I’m a child and Christmas is my very favorite holiday! I love everything about it….you give and receive gifts (and let’s face it, who doesn’t love gifts?!), spend time with all your loved ones, and eat tons of home cooked food! The best!

Well, I have to sign off now as I go prepare for my last performance of Little Women at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre! It’s certainly bittersweet….I am so happy that I auditioned for this show, it has been a blast and I am going to miss my cast mates so much! But, I’m looking forward to the much needed break before I start next semester. MY LAST SEMESTER OF COLLEGE! Holy cow! J J J J


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December 8, 2010

It’s FREEZING in Jacksonville! It has been totally cold this week and the temperatures are only supposed to creep up into the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow. Jeez…..I guess I am going to have to break out my acrylic Delias toggle jacket in the morning. Wearing that jacket is basically like having two skins..haha.

So, today I did my senior seminar final presentation with my documentary! Woo-hoo!! I can’t believe I did it and I actually like it. I have the 5 minute draft on Vimeo. I’ll post it here…

I was supposed to look pretty business casual for my presentation today so I wore this skirt that I adore and Natalie and I took photos after! Short post but I am going to get back to this now that I am done with my senior project! J

skirt, blazer, & blouse/F21   tights/American Eagle  booties/Charlotte Russe 

cape/south moon under  sweater/F21  skirt/BDG  tights/Express  scarf/UO  
booties/Steve Madden


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Breathe In Breathe Out….

November 13, 2010

Breathe in and breathe out. That’s all any of us can do. Today has been a great day and I couldn’t have asked for more. I mentioned early last week that the ball was officially rolling on my documentary and I had been able to meet some amazing kids on Floor 5 (Oncology) at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

I talked about a boy I met that was suffering from a rare form of reoccurring brain cancer. He and his mother were kind enough to let me in to their home today just to hang out and talk about the ups and downs they have been going through as of late. As I said before, I am intentionally withholding his name for privacy’s sake. But, I can’t wait for you guys to meet _____ and the family in the final documentary. The word amazing just doesn’t measure up. His mother will most likely be embarrassed when she sees me bragging on her like this. But, I can’t help it. From what I have been told, every parent, child, and family member handles this journey differently. Because no one person is the same. No one situation is the same. But, I can’t help but think that this family is doing something right. They don’t walk around depressed or shaking their fists at the sky. I wouldn’t blame them if they were. But, instead they are grateful for everyday they spend together. They’re overjoyed at the idea of teasing each other and making plans for tomorrow and the next day and the next day…..in hopes for a better test result, a respite from the battle, or a glimmer of hope in a new trial or treatment.

My only hope is that this family’s beautiful spirit and especially _____’s unfaltering determination will shine through in the documentary. I am so glad that this boy has worked with Art With a Heart. He is too, practically glowing when he talks about them and urging funding for it every chance he gets! He’s just so passionate about helping others at a time when it would be perfectly reasonable to be selfish! I admire his positivity. As I said in my last blog, I am thrilled to be doing something with purpose my senior year of college.

This entire process has already been life altering and everyday is a little piece of my journey with this organization. Every time I meet another child battling through this, I feel like I’m peering in on an intimate struggle. At first, it was very uncomfortable because I was tiptoeing a thin line between violating privacy and getting what I needed to tell a story worth telling. But, everyone has been so amazing to me and they each have a story worth telling. It becomes more and more personal to me everyday and I feel like I need to take a good look in the mirror before climbing into bed each night. I examine myself, embrace the good, and weed out the bad…..and breathe. 


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I Want to Live

November 3, 2010

Where does the time go? Holy crow, this week has gone by so quick! Sometimes, I feel like time is just getting eaten up and thrown away every single day. So, I’ve made it my purpose to set out to do something worth doing everyday. That can be hard when I’m trying to balance the multitude of equally important priorities in my life, but when I look back on my life; I want to say that this time counted for something. I want to say that I did something purposeful.

The next few weeks are going to be InSaNe until I finish the semester. I need to wrap up my senior seminar documentary, get ready to open in Little Women next month, make the most out of my internship with Ch 4, and figure out some way to actually pass my other classes! (Math…gross..)

In other stressful news, my puppy passed away on Monday. It was really awful. We had Daisy for 12 years and she was really a part of the family. I know it seems silly to some people, but losing your pet can be very traumatic. Everyone was really upset so now we’re just sort of dealing with it the best way we know how and trying to remember Daisy at her very best. I was so sad on Monday that I didn’t want to do anything at all.

But, instead I went to my filming that I had arranged for my documentary and am so grateful that I did. I met an amazing young man, who shall remain nameless for the sake of privacy. He is fourteen years old and is suffering from brain cancer. The doctors say his prognosis at the moment is not promising, yet he seems to stay positive and full of life.

I am blown away by the amount of courage he has displayed and it really put my life into perspective. I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life and I hope I don’t take too many things for granted. There was one thing that he said to his Mom (who is also a strong and courageous human being) that really stuck with me. When discussing the different types of therapy available to him, ____ and his Mom were at an impasse because one particular treatment had a slightly higher success rate, but takes a dreadful toll on the body, leaving the patient bed ridden. The lesser therapy is also effective but has less consequence in regards to patient time spent in the hospital. ____ decided to take the route with less effect on the time he would need to stay at the hospital. His reason to his mother was as follows, “I don’t just want to survive, I want to live.”

Today, I filmed a visiting artist session with the kids from the oncology floor. The organization brought in a local artist, a painter, who worked extensively with the kids for about 2 hours to take their mind off the chemo. One girl had her chemo drip taken off while she was in the session so she could have a break. Her face lit up for the first time since I’d been there. That overwhelming joy, stemming from a break from this hardship that is too heavy for a child her age, must be a breath of fresh air. I could see the light on her Mom’s face. This, in conjunction with her time in the session made her happy, even if just for a second. And that one second of happiness is what this organization is all about.

Working with these children just in the brief amount of time I have, has had a more profound affect on my point of view than anything else has in years. These kids have a strength and maturity powerful enough to move mountains, but it exists inside these weak and frail bodies. I know many of these things have been said before and I don’t intend to be trite, but I aspire to their bravery and I don’t even think they realize how great they are. Another boy, a seven year old, spent his time in the session room today. He was completely bald from the treatments he’d received but strutted in the room with confidence I can only hope to garner at some point in my life. He wasn’t much bigger than my four year old nephew, but he came walking into the room with the IV drip three times his size in tow. Of course, his mother tried to push it for him, but he wouldn’t have it. Honestly, when I first saw him it felt like a kick in the gut and the tears immediately welled up in my eyes. I can’t imagine how the people in AWAH push through this everyday, but I am definitely glad they do. After meeting with him and observing his time with the paint, I got to see even more of his beautiful personality on display and I felt at ease. I understand now that the reward in making even just one child smile is far greater than any pity you could feel for them. I hope I can fulfill my purpose here, I’m counting on it. 


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An Inspiration for the Ages…

October 30, 2010

Louisville (local pronunciation Loo-a-vul apparently) has been more than wonderful, more than amazing; this town is really phenomenal and I am having a blast. Actually, it’s going to suck, for lack of a more PC verb, rather badly to go back to the mundane stresses of everyday on Monday.

But, if I’m being honest, my life never seems to take on humdrum qualities from day to day. The past two years have basically been an emotional roller coaster ride! (I know that metaphor is usually overused in very clichéd instances, but I can’t think of a single better way to describe these years…)

So, I’ll be hitting the ground running first thing next week. I start my documentary for the Art With a Heart organization, which excites me more than you could imagine! I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned here at the conference and use it to make my piece all the better. If you haven’t heard of this organization, puh-lease go to their web site and check it out! These artists are crazy good people with huge hearts! I love them already. 

Not to mention, I have only three weeks of rehearsals to get ready for the open of Little Women at the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, in which I will be playing Beth. :) I’m pretty stoked about this as well….I wasn’t sure about auditioning when I first heard about it but I am SO glad that I did because I had forgotten how great the book is and the play is so timeless and funny and happy and sad and everything you could want out of a show!

Oh, there’s also that small endeavor I like to call being a college student (and an intern.) I have other classes as well and honestly I’m not 100% sure how I am going to jam everything in, but I know I’ll make it work. Power through…and take a deep breath. That’s my mantra.

I’m super thankful for everything that I am a part of and so grateful to be in this remarkable place right now to better myself as a professional journalist and a human being. In the spirit of that, I leave you with some great photos from my adventures in Louisville thus far! I hope to keep updating throughout the conference…….and maybe actually talk a little bit about the classes next time! Ha!

Song of the Day- Home Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Overlooking the Ohio River Into Indiana..

Home of the Mint Julep and the Kentucky Derby

Also home to some of the coolest bike racks around town!!

Modern Art Museum

Baseball Heaven!