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Archive: July 2015

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 Maxi: Charming Charlie, Purse: Kate Spade, Sandals: Target, Sunglasses: Rayban

 Happy Monday lovelies!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I had to work pretty much the whole weekend, but I guess it was still a good one. I spent quality time with my husband and I also went out with some of my family Saturday night to celebrate my cousins' birthday. That was a lot of fun. I always love being around my family!

 I bought this super fun maxi dress about a year ago at Charming Charlie and I am still SO in love! Everywhere I go, I get so many compliments and people asking me where I got it. I was hoping this would be a repeat item for Charming Charlie because it was such a big hit, but I haven't seen it hit the stores again this year (sorry guys!). 

Man, I'm going to be REALLY sad when it gets super cold and I can't wear yellow as much. I always feel like I look silly wearing yellow in the winter! The color is SO meant for spring and summer time! I guess I can bring out the mustard yellow stuff huh? I must say I do love fall fashion ALMOST as much as I love the color yellow! Anyone else ready for fall so they can start layering?!

Thank you so much for reading! XOXO

Ahhhh. Houston. Texas.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I received the call that every college graduate dreams about. I was offered a job in Houston, Texas and I couldn't have been more eager or excited to embark on a new journey outside of Tennessee. I remember posting the above picture on Instagram just a few days before of my big move and I was SO READY TO GO.

I was ready to be an adult. Ready to see what it was really like to live on my own. Ready for any and everything that came my way! I was also nervous, skeptical, and feeling like I would immediately get homesick and not want to stay. Would I meet people who liked me? There was a chance I would go down there and be a loner! None of that mattered to me. I wanted to make this move for me so that I could get to know who Jamaria really is and who she was going to become.

Although I am still figuring out all of who I am and I ultimately ended up moving back home to Tennessee, I wouldn't trade my year in Houston for anything. In fact, I would still probably be there, but my husband had better opportunities back in Nashville so we came home. I really think it is important for every young adult to move away from home at least one time in their lives. In this case, I'm not counting leaving home for college because technically your parents still support you in some capacity when you're in school. I am talking about real life. Moving to another state. Having your own place and bills and your mom isn't there to pick up the pieces when you have a bad day.

I have come up with a couple of my own opinionated reasons why, so I will share them with you now. Again, everything on this blog is "Through Jam's Eyes", meaning solely my own opinion. Nevertheless, if you happen to agree with me, that's even better! :)


Five Reasons Why You Should Get Out of Town!

1. You Get to Know Yourself Better: It's so simple! You have the freedom to discover who you truly are, what you like and don't like, how you want to live without the influence of family and friends. You know how easy it is to get opinions swayed and if you're living at home, more than likely you'll have to live by your parents rules. Get to know what you want!

2. You'll Become More Self-Reliant: If you leave your hometown and go somewhere where you really don't know many people, it will force you to fend for yourself. The best part about being a child is always having someone to get you out of trouble or just someone there to help you. We don't have that luxury in the real world. If you're hungry, mom won't cook for you. I hated this part of my journey and I'm still working on it, but I am very independent now. Especially compared to how I used to be!

3. You Can Build a New Identity: There is no better way to start fresh than to move to a new city. The people there don't know ANYTHING about you! They don't know what you looked like in middle school or who you used to date or who your parents are. This is your chance to build a new brand for yourself with people who won't shouldn't judge you. I'm not saying lie about your past or anything, but if you don't want to talk about it, then don't!

4. You'll Learn How to Adapt and Cope With "Adult Stuff": The one thing I have learned since being on my own is that everything will not go my way. Just because I am being super optimistic doesn't mean the things I want to happen will happen. As you grow older, you'll experience adult problems; bills piling up, losing friends you've had forever, relationships ending, losing or changing jobs. This is completely normal "ADULT STUFF" and until you've established a certain level of maturity and flexibility, these things will be very hard for you to deal with. It is STILL hard for me to deal with things not going my way, but I'm learning.

5. You Will See the Good and the Bad in your Hometown: Moving to a new state will have you comparing things to where you previously lived. You may come to find out that your hometown isn't so perfect after all and you might just really love Iowa (why not?!)! Like, I really loved Houston because it was ALWAYS something to do and I find myself bored a lot in Nashville. On the flip side, I love the smaller city feel Nashville has because Houston was SO BIG! Moving away helps you think of the places you want to settle down in and raise a family and sometimes it might not be your hometown.

So there you have it folks! These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to benefits of moving away. I hope to move again before we start a family, but if that's not in God's plan for my husband and I, I'm okay with that!

Thank you for reading! XOXO

Shirt: Zara, Shorts: H&M, Gladiators: JustFab, Purse: Michael Kors, Watch and Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

I am SO in love with this top from Zara! I wasn't able to link details for ya'll because I bought this back in April in Miami. It is a few months old, so I'm sure it's been sold out! But Oh. My. GOSH! It is literally one of the most comfortable shirts I own. I love all of the different colors in it and how over-sized it is. Perfect for a bloated day or just a day when you don't want anything sticking to you! Ladies, you know what I mean! 

I also love that I can wear it now with shorts and my infamous gladiator sandals (are ya'll tired of seeing them yet haha!), and I can wear it in the fall with jeans as well! Oh no worries, you'll see this shirt pop up again in a future blog post!

I wore this outfit to one of my hubby's shows a couple nights back. He played with a band at a bar here in Nashville called Acme Feed and Seed. It's on the end of Broadway close to the Riverfront and the walking bridge. I believe they do live music in there often, so if you're ever in the Nashville area, you should check it out! Who knows, you might see my husband there! :)

Oh, I didn't tell you guys? My husband is a saxophonist! He's amazing too and I'm not just saying that because I'm married to him! He really has practiced his craft and he's doing a great job. He has his first album coming out soon and I'll be sure to mention it on here in case some of my readers are into jazz!

Thank you for reading! XOXO

What I bought at Nordstrom
TOP ROW: Lush Tunic - Okay, ya'll might think I'm crazy, but I bought this same shirt in five colors! It's soooo soft and comfortable and perfect for fall with leggings because it's long in the back. I know I'm keeping the three colors pictured above for sure, but I'm debating on returning the others!)
BOTTOM ROW: Faux Leather Leggings - I didn't plan on buying these when I went, but I had to have them! Love that they are leather at the bottom, but legging material at the top! Tory Burch Riding Boot - Not much to say about these other than I can't wait to wear them all fall and winter long! SO cute! Poncho - LOVE, LOVE, and more LOVE! I see so many outfit possibilities and it just screams fall when you look at it!

Hey ya'll!!


As you all may have already known from my last blog post, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public on this past Friday and I was lucky enough to be off work that day, so you guys know I went shopping! I got to the mall around noon and it was already super busy! I had so much fun picking out some new pieces for fall!

Fall is my all time favorite season for fashion. I LOVE layering clothes, wearing scarves, boots, leggings, over-sized sweaters, you name it! I told myself I wouldn't be buying any more summer clothes this year. Everything I buy from here on out has to be good for fall, so that's what I did at the sale! Here's the things I have bought so far. Yes I say so far because the sale doesn't end until August 3rd, and if I'm being totally honest with myself, there are still plenty things I want! So, we will see if I end up shopping for more things!

I definitely love this watch and I have heard nothing but great things about these leggings, so I will most likely be making a trip back to Nordstrom soon! Have you shopped the sale? If so, tell me some of your awesome finds! I would love to know! :)

Thanks for reading! XOXO

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wish List

TODAY IS THE DAY! The Nordstrom anniversary sale starts today and I'm really excited! I've been stalking the preview sale all week picking out my favorite items so I can easily buy some things once the sale officially started. Nordstrom had a preview to the sale all this past week for their card holders, and as tempted as I was to become a card holder, I DEFINITELY do not need any credit cards! Especially not at Nordstrom! Haha!

So I just waited patiently for the actual sale to begin and in the mean time I made a mental note of all the things I wanted to buy! Posted here are some of my all time favorites from this sale. I think it's the perfect time to rack up on some fall essentials since fall will be here before we know it. I'm not rich, so I won't be buying EVERYTHING I want from this sale (even though it is SO tempting!), but I'll be buying a few things from my post above!

Okay lovelies, ya'll take advantage of this sale! :) HAPPY SHOPPING!

Where's Waldo (Jamaria)?!?!

Okay, so I was supposed to talk details on my trip to St. Louis a long time ago and totally forgot. SORRY! So here we go!

Like a previously mentioned, we didn't get to do a lot of exploring in St. Louis because we went for Marcus' job conference. However, it was my mission to go to the top of the St. Louis arch! Unfortunately, I still didn't get to do that because the wait was more than two hours and we had to be back for another meeting. (SAD FACE!)

Despite my disappointment, we did manage to get some really good photos of the arch and inside the courthouse. I do really hope to go back soon and actually get to be a tourist because I really like St. Louis! It's a beautiful city!

Thanks so much for reading! XOXO

HEY LOVELIES! I'm SO SORRY I've been on a hiatus! Things have been pretty crazy from work to just my life in general and I couldn't find the time to sit down and write a blog post, BUT! I'm back now and I'm going to try my best to stay consistent! :)

On a BRIGHTER note (pun intended hehe), this is one of my most favorite summer dresses! Why? Well number one, it's yellow! That is my favorite color and it just makes me happy all the time. Two, I just adore these little "peek-a-boo" shoulders! Such a fun flirty aspect!

I wore this dress to work with sandals and then dressed it up with wedges for a fun date night with my husband. We went to dinner and then we went to see Selfless. It was a really great movie, I encourage everyone to go see it! It was one of those movies that I definitely don't have to see again, but I'm glad I saw it at least once.

Thanks for reading! XOXO

I love to see people succeed. People with ambition, drive, and a true passion in life inspire me daily. My drive is fueled by watching other people hustle. I love to see friends, old and new, doing things they love and feeling really passionate about their craft. It makes me want to do any and everything I can to help them reach their goals. 

I'm really excited to share with you guys Love Journey, an online boutique created by Sophia Cannon. As quoted on the Love Journey website, "Love Journey LLC, was founded in 2012 on the premise of extending and showing love to all people-- true love as it is defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  It is a reminder to walk in love on this journey called life." 

I absolutely LOVE that! 

Sophia started out handcrafting beautiful jewelry for fun and once people started asking her for her pieces, that is how Love Journey came to be. She wanted her jewelry pieces to be conversation starters for women all over the world and a way to remind others to extend love to one another. This year, Sophia decided to expand her brand to not just jewelry, but a boutique for women's clothing and she has a blog as well! I definitely recommend that you all check out her product here on her website.

Let me just give you guys a little background information on our relationship. Sophia's husband and my husband have been best friends since they were really young, so I met her through her husband. We have not known each other for a long time, but I can pick up on a kind, genuine spirit very quickly and let me tell you guys, she has that. She asked me to model some of the clothing for her boutique and I couldn't feel more honored! I mean, I love taking pictures, but I'm no model! Haha! Sophia is one of the sweetest, caring, and giving people that I've met in life and I know she is not expecting me to write this post about her, but she deserves it. I am pleased to share her brand with the world and my only hope is that you all will support her and a great business!

Thank you for reading! XOXO

For most brides, as soon as you get engaged the first thing you think about is "how am I going to plan this wedding?" or "Let me go to my Pinterest board!". We think we have it all figured out and now we just have to bring it to life right? Tell me ladies, how many of you truly knew exactly what you were doing and needed no advice or help? Nine times out of ten, unless you're a master wedding planner yourself, you probably realized you needed some advice and help really fast! Well, today on my "Throw it Back" post, I'm going to share some of my favorite tips I received while planning our wedding and then some tips I wish I had known sooner! I would love hear additional advice and tips in the comment section below. Enjoy! :)

1. YOU Are Not Alone in This: Speaking about myself personally, I know that I can be a little bit of a control freak at times and just want to have my hand in every aspect of everything. When it comes down to planning a wedding, do not try to do this or you will seriously lose your mind! If someone offers to help you do things whether it be calling a vendor you want to check out, helping you craft some DIY projects, or anything, LET THEM. You will feel much more relaxed and stress-free!

2. Leave Wiggle Room in your Budget: Okay so you've found your venue, you've found all of the vendors you would like to use and you have your budget set based upon how much each of these are going to cost. The ideal thing to do would be to sit down with your fiance, set a budget, and then find vendors within your already selected budget. Yeah, that doesn't always work out! However, once you solidify all of your vendors and your venue and you know where your budget stands, I strongly advice you to add at least 5-8% more to your budget for unexpected things that pop up. & trust me when I say, they will pop up! It's just better to be prepared rather than panicked.

3. Give Your Fiance What He Wants: Before ya'll go crazy on me, let me explain what I mean. My husband didn't really care about anything that had to do with planning our wedding. Not that he didn't care about our marriage, but he felt the wedding thing was for me, so he wanted me to do whatever I wanted. The only part he cared about was the music, and I let him handle all of that because that is what he wanted. Ladies, I know it can be hard to let go and let your man handle a huge part of this special day, but if they just want control over one thing, let them have it. Trust me, I was on him everyday asking questions and getting frustrated when he didn't have it planned out the way I would have done it, but at the end of the day it came together and he was happy (I was too! Our band and DJ was awesome!). It'll be a good start to a long healthy marriage with compromise! :)

4. It's Okay to Put Your Foot Down: Learn that it is okay to say no NOW. Before you get so deep into yeses that you can't take them back and now you're up a creek! It's okay to tell people no when it comes to your wedding day. No, I don't want $10,000 flowers. No, I don't want an expensive sit-down dinner with China. No, I do not want children at my reception. The list goes on! HOWEVER, I will say pick your battles people. Some things are just not worth an argument. Never ever be nasty, but be firm.

5. Take Your Time: Some people work really well under pressure and can plan a wedding within a couple months and be totally fine. If you're not that person, that's okay! When setting your wedding date, keep in mind how long you will need to plan and if you're paying for the wedding yourself how long it'll take to get the money you will need. Don't let anyone rush you to set a date or to push your date up once it's set. Enjoy the process!

6. DO NOT, I Repeat, DO NOT Get Caught Up in Perfection: Your wedding is one day. It does not dictate how the rest of our lives together will go. You can plan all day, but something can and most likely will go wrong. The most important thing to do is remain calm and embrace the changes and the unexpected. Some unplanned things might turn out to be that thing that makes your day unique!

7. Pick Your Favors Wisely: Ladies and Gents, don't waste your money on a wedding favor that your guests are going to throw on the backseat of their car and never think about again. When thinking of favors, think of something either edible or unforgettable. We went with a photo booth picture that our guests got to take home and see online and a candy buffet that they enjoyed probably for a week after the wedding, but then it was gone. Sometimes it can be so much cheaper to think of it that way than to buy 250 matchboxes with a picture of you and your new husband on it.

8. Accept That You Can't Please Everyone: You cannot make everyone happy and you cannot accommodate everyone's requests. Matter of fact, my advice is don't even start trying to accommodate anyone because then you will get stuck and it'll be hard to say no. Make everything about you and your beau. If you both agree you don't want to do something, don't do it and don't apologize for it. 

9. Make Sure Your Wedding Party Feels Appreciated: Your wedding party accepted an invitation to be a part of your special day, and what this means for them most of the time is that they have to shell out money! Money for your shower, money for your bachelorette/bachelor party, money for their dresses/tuxedos, etc. They also have to put up with YOU, the bride, during the whole wedding planning process! It is a huge responsibility to be a part of someone's wedding and I am a firm believer in making sure your wedding party feels appreciated. I went a little overboard with gifts for my girls, but it's because I appreciated all they did for me. You don't have to buy a lot of fancy gifts, but make sure to let them know you appreciate them and don't make them spend money on worthless things that they may never wear again. BE NICE! :)

10. HAVE FUN: This is the most important tip! Make sure that no matter what, you enjoy every aspect of this! From getting engaged, to planning your wedding, to picking out a dress, to your actual wedding day! Dance the night away, drink a couple glasses of wine, and make memories that'll last forever!


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