philly recap

I made it back from my trip to Philly. I spent 4 whole days there, which honestly seemed to be a bit too long. The day we landed, Jake and I went immediately sight seeing to the historic district. We saw the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed), Ben Franklin’s grave, and the famous steps that Rocky Balboa ran up. After 1.5 days, we found ourselves bored with the city.

{ liberty bell, obvi }

{ room where declaration of independence was signed and where maaaany past presidents have stood }

{ think of how many historic figures walked this path and touched these rails – corny i know :) }

{ yes i was weird and took pictures of children that i don’t know, but it’s cute }

{ benjamin franklin’s grave: 1706 – 1790 }

While we were there, I got my hair did at a local hair salon called Luna Salon – seriously so great. I totally fell in love with my girl. I wish she lived in Chicago! Other than that, we met friends that were in town for the same conference at a few different pubs (Fin McCool’s and McGillin’s Olde Ale House – oldest pub in Philly). We also hit up a casino that’s right on the river that separates PA and Jersey. The damn casino stole so much of our money :( Normally we walk away even or up, but never with a big loss. Totes left us drinking waters later when we went out to the bar :)

{ my fave slot machine that took the majority of our money }

Overall, we had tons of fun but I did honestly get a little bored. GRANTED we had no car so we tried to stay as close to Center City as possible. Thanks to everyone for their advice on where to go and what to eat!

Until next time
<3 jenna


off to philly

Ah, today is my last day of work for the week then I’ll be taking off for a mini vacation to Philadelphia! Jake has a conference for work there where they’re paying for his flight and hotel, so I decided to tag along for a free trip :) PLUS neither of us have been to Philly before! I’m kinda really excited to just get away and be somewhere new that isn’t LA. Looked at the weather and it’ll be in the high 50’s :) YAY!

{ via }

Jake and I have been looking for things to do, seeing he’s only going to be at the conference for a couple of hours each day. OF COURSE, the 4 days we’re there…. there are ZERO basketball games (all-star break) and ZERO hockey games (all out of town). We’ll of course explore the city a bit, but doesn’t anyone have any recos as to “must-dos” in Philly??

Until next time
<3 jenna

first photo session

As some of my followers know, I just bought a new amazing dSLR a few weeks back but haven’t really had the chance to use it how I want. This past weekend, my hubby was kind enough to be my model so I could practice a bit with my new camera :) We wondered across the street to Ohio Street Beach, then to the park nearby, then to Navy Pier. Here’s some of the work that came out of that session. Let me know what you think!

{ my fave! }


Until next time
<3 jenna

just a recap

So Valentine’s day was Tuesday. I’m not one of those girls that are obsessed with the holiday and are pissed if they don’t get Tiffany’s. I accept and agree that Valentine’s day is a made-up holiday by Hallmark. HOWEVER, I do also agree that it’s a nice day to have just to stop and realize how much you love someone in your life. I don’t need gifts, I just need an “i love you.” :) Jake woke me up with a surprise, then sent these to my work…

I thoroughly LOVE the smell of flowers at work. It makes work a much happier time :) I had a bit of a tough afternoon with hard client demands, BUT I managed to get home by 6pm. We exchanged gifts and all that fun jazz. His card was probably the sweetest card to be ever. He works with children that have extreme behavioral disorders. He made a large card, then had each kid draw a picture for me on it. Super sweet and super cute :) Later, we went out to dinner at Wildfire. Mmmmmm so delicious. We both had a delish filet mignon. Seriously, melted in my mouth. So good.

The day was perfect, but we ran into one small glitch at the end of the night. Jake put on his coat after dinner and realized our keys were missing. Indeed our car keys with keyless entry and our apartment keys were all on there and fell out in the cab. We were calling like crazy trying to track it down. LUCKILY yesterday afternoon I got a call that the cab driver turned them in! Leaving work early today to go pick them up in the faaaaaar south loop.

Last night, I went and got my hair did. I simply love my place and love my ladies. Yesterday just went for color. Didn’t feel like fronting $75 for just a cut. The color turned out perfect! Best part was the shampoo. Talk about the ultimate head massage, especially when they apply the conditioner :)

{ yes I took this while sitting in the shampoo chair waiting for my glaze to finish }

Totally looking forward to this weekend!!! Jake is going to be pretty busy with his dissertation, which leaves tons of time for me to use my camera! I need subjects to practice on… any takers??

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Until next time
<3 jenna