Hey, There!

Hey y'all,

I took an unplanned blogging break through summer to refresh and refocus. I love the creative outlet of blogging but I never want to post content just to post content. I want to be proud of my little corner of the internet.

Since it has been awhile I thought an introduction was necessary.

I'm Jessica but have gone by Jess with most of my friends for years. I actually started blogging with a Tumbler back in college under the name Jane Austen Meets Southern Prepster which then became a blog. After my senior year of college, I started Preppin' Postgrad as a space to blog my transition to this whole adulthood thing. After a few years I thought I was done with the blogging world and ended that space. Well, that October I decided to come back to the blogging world under Just Jess and it has been a much better fit. It also appears that every summer I lack motivation to blog. Whoops!

I am the third of four kids and lovingly refer to myself as the black sheep. I mean, I am the only one of us that didn't go into the math or sciences (my siblings are an accountant, chemist, and zoo keeper). Clearly I take after my mom who was a librarian and not my dad who is a nurse. My degree is in English which meant I spent four years reading and analyzing a ton of books so now I read a lot of fluff mixed in with my book club's selections.

I went to UNC (GO HEELS!) and stayed in the triangle area after graduating in 2012. How it has been five years, you cannot ask me! In college I joined Phi Beta Chi and made some of the best friends ever, seriously I still see my sorority sisters a ton and I am making the annual trip to see my big next month.

When I am not working my desk job, I love to teach the PreK class at my church, go to Barre3 classes, take walks on the many trails around the triangle, spend way to much money at Target and LOFT, browse books at the library, binge crime dramas on Hulu, snuggle with my 5 year old tabby cat, and spend hours in my kitchen.

Here are some random this or that questions to help get to know me as well:

Dog or Cat?

Both! I grew up with dogs (a golden retriever then a German sheppard/chow mix). I now have a tabby cat who is just the sweetest though.

Netflix or YouTube?

Netflix since I love a good movie and tv show. Although there are some Youtube channels I watch weekly. 

Phone Call or Text?

Call my mom and my best friends. Text everyone else.

Toast or Eggs?

Scrambled Eggs, please!

Cardio or Weights?

Cardio, although Barre3 is a mix of low impact cardio, bodyweight exercises, and light weights with high reps.

Facebook or Twitter?


Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone?

Ice Cream, always. I do remember always having snow cones at school in Texas when I was little for field day

Mobile Games or Console Games?

I grew up loving my GameBoy color and then my siblings had a Nintendo64, Playstation2, and Wii. I will play here and there but not often.

While walking: Music or Podcasts?

Audio books or Music. On occasion podcasts but I love podcasts for car rides.

iOS or Android?


Form or Function?


Pop or Indie?


Cake or Pie?

Cake! I only like apple pie and my Mom's is the best!

 Crest or Colgate?


Swimming or Sunbathing?

Swimming. I did swim team for years. I also am very susceptible to sunburns so I'm always in SPF50+

Big Party or Small Gathering?

 Small Gathering. I am an introvert (INFJ/INTJ)

I hope you come to this blog to be inspired about food, fashion, share your faith, and have a bit of fun.

What is your favorite blog posts to read?

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  1. I love these kind of posts! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  2. I love these kind of posts, too! Glad you're back from your break. I'm the opposite; I'm always most motivated to blog in the summer when I have a break from work, which gives me lots of free time. I also spend way too much time at Target and Loft and love cuddling with my two cats!


  3. Welcome back girl - loved learning more about you! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Nice to meet you! Love your blog and this post. Would love for you to follow my blog at www.thebolinbunch.wordpress.com! Glad you are back to blogging and I look forward to getting to know you better.

  5. Welcome Back!!! I love getting to know you more through this post as well!


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