Dapper Bound

So over the weekend, I turned 28.

To celebrate, I naturally went to Disneyland! Where else? Actually there were other places I would have rather flown to, but after putting money towards a car this year (you'll meet Becky soon), traveling was something I was going to have to cut back on. Plus, my birthday fell really close to Dapper Day & I had never been!

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Dapper Day is an unofficial. totally unrelated Disney event that takes place twice a year (Spring & Fall) in Disney parks around the world. I've certainly found myself in the park, on Dapper Day, by accident. You see a lot of people dressed in their vintage Sunday's finest, something I've always wanted to try. With my best friend by myself, we Dapper bounded as Donald Duck & Daisy Duck! Can you tell?

It was truly magical! Every regular day at Disneyland after this will be just mediocre after this. Love, Jen

BRB. Nerding out at Comic-Con.

For years, I've been going to Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con, where I've been able to meet celebrities like Norman Reedus, voice actor Jeremy Shada, to Mythbuster's Grant Imahara. It wasn't until I followed Adam Savage outside of Mythbusters, on Tested.com, that I  became interested in San Diego Comic-Con and cosplaying. It's difficult to get passes if you've never been,  but this year I finally got a pass, and I was more than excited!

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DAY 1: FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Since I only had a pass for one day, my first day at SDCC involved exploring what the outside of the con had to offer. Luckily I had my friend Paul & his friend Stephan (aka Deadpool), to  give me a crash course of Comic-Con 101. I definitely wasn't ready for it's caliber.

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There's just so much to do & see outside of the convention center. I saw so many amazing cosplays & Easter eggs throughout the city. I got some pretty cool swag in the process, as well, like my Son of Zorn sword. Heck, I even got attacked by a zombie. Luckily, Deadpool got my back.

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As the sun went down, I don't think I could have asked for a better first day. Mentally, I was already planning next year's Comic-con.


DAY 2: NERDIST

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For Saturday, I only had one goal: see Adam Savage in his "Science of Star Trek" panel.

For the entirety of Comic-con weekend,  at the nearby Petco Field, Nerdist held Camp Conival, where it  hosted a series of activities & panels.  Since it opened at 11:00am each day, by 9:30am, I was outside waiting in line. It seemed like most of the people I spoke to, in the line, were also there for Adam Savage. Come 10:30am, they started to let us through security. Even though I was pretty far back in the line, at 11:00am, I sprinted up the stairs & sped walked successfully into row 2, front & center. I was ready & I wasn't moving.

 

I'm just here for @donttrythis. #MyOlderManCrush Why? Because being smart & being shamelessly passionate about things is attractive. #truth

 

While I sat through the first two panels, I found myself fan-girling as a tweet I sent, was retweeted by Adam Savage himself (above). Then as the 3rd panel rolled in, I was at the edge of my seat with excitement, to see him not 10ft from me. Some people may not understand my love for Adam Savage, but to me, he is someone that is a nerd from every angle, and he's not ashamed about it! In fact, he makes it cool! He's passionate about what he loves & does what makes him happy. I mean, how many people live in unhappy circumstances, just because they are afraid of being different?

He taught me to say just be into what I'm into, and be me. Let's just say, it may have been one of my best Saturdays EVER.


DAY 3: DARK SIDE REY

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Rey is back! This time though, she's gone to the dark side. 

For Sunday, Comic-con's final day & only day I have a pass for, I was Kylo Rey. My cosplay was supposed to be a mashup between Kylo Ren (swoon) & Rey, hence Kylo Ren's light saber. I quickly realized however, most people just recognized me as Dark Side Rey, which I was okay with. 

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I must say that walking the floor was quite overwhelming, more so than walking outside, around the con. I think it's the fact that there's just so much amazing material to see, in such a concentrated area. I definitely could see myself spending an entirely day, thoroughly walking through just half of the halls. At times, I found myself spending 30 minutes at a single book (although some of them were huge), just admiring the artwork.

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Luckily I ran into so many amazing Star Wars (and Deadpool) cosplayers to pose with.  Next are some of my other favorite cosplays. Jinkies! 

At the Star Wars booth, I even got to see a sneak preview at costumes for the upcoming film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as well as a multitude of props & figurines from The Force Awakens.

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Last but not least, I ended my con, by meeting Markiplier, from Youtube; as well as running into Tested's Norman Chan, on the convention floor. I have to admit, it had been a unforgettably crazy couple of days, but I wouldn't have been able to have the amount of fun I had, without the help of Paul & Stephan. They saved me more than once during this trip, as well as treated to me to a fabulous dinner. My gratitude to them is beyond.

Now... onto planning next year. Thanks for reading! Love, JEN

Running with the Dark Side

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I've learned that one of the greatest feeling you can experience in life, is accomplishing something you never thought you could do.  Accomplishing it twice, is even better. Growing up, because of my scoliosis & it's affect on my lung capacity, I've always felt that I just wasn't made for running.

Inspired by Chris Guillibeau's book, The Happiness of Pursuit (best read of my life), last year I decided to wield my own happiness through traveling & physically challenging myself. Through consistent & gradual training, I was able to run my first half marathon

Last month, I flew back to Florida, for the purpose of running my second ever Disney half marathon. Below is some of my pre-run swag I picked up from the ESPN Wide World of Sports. I generally don't like printed t-shirts, but I love these! They're something to be proud about.

With this being my second experience with Run Disney, I felt a lot more confident in what I was doing & how I approached the half marathon. I decided to stay at a Disney World resort for the first time, as suggested by my friend Colleen, to streamline my morning transportation to the run (5am start). It also allowed me to have access to an extremely convenient wristband that was the key to my room, my park tickets, fast pass, photo pass & credit card in the parks, all-in-one. I would highly recommend this to any Disney World goer. Everything in the world should run this way!

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As for the run, while I didn't train as much as did for my first half marathon (whoops), somehow it was easier. 

With any challenge you face in life, I would like to emphasize that how you approach it mentally, will be the biggest factor in your success. Your mentality can become your greatest obstacle, or your best catalyst. 

It was knowing that I once thought I couldn't, but I did. It wasn't thinking about how I had 13 miles to run, but thinking about just doing one mile at the time. The only person I was competing with, was myself. When there was music, I ran to the music. When there were characters I ran a little faster. When I needed to slow down, I did. It's not how fast, but did you finish? 

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Thanks again so much for reading! May the force be with you! - JEN

How will you challenge yourself?

My First Half Marathon

Hey everyone. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I've finally graduated from my Radiologic Technology program, passed my boards, and that I just got back from a weekend at Disneyland California. As if two years of studying wasn't enough, I'm proud to say that I've just completed my first half marathon!

It's been a long time of planning and training to get to this moment. I first learned about Disney Runs, from my friend Paul, when he did his first Disney half marathon back in 2012. It seemed like the coolest thing in the world to me! Then when I learned more about the runs from some of the x-ray techs I met during my program, I finally made the leap to spend the money, sign-up, and booked a flight.

Keep in mind though, that I'm not a runner. In fact, since my graduation from high school in 2007, I didn't even start working out again until 2013. This year though, in my pursuit to find happiness, I wanted to push myself mentally and physical, which explains the sudden influx of hiking/running posts. Not only am I small framed, because of the way my ribs are positioned from scoliosis, I always thought that my lungs were condemned to a smaller lung capacity. I was wrong. When I did start working out, running, which seemed so hard for me before, slowly got easier and easier. Every mile I was able to add on would make my day. There's just something extremely satisfying about accomplishing something that you didn't think you could ever do before. And of course, it doesn't hurt to see a few Disney characters along the way. 

The run itself began in increments from 5:30am. From the get-go though, it was kind of empowering just to see how many people were there with you (I think they said 18,000), trying to accomplish the same 13.1 miles, first-time or not. The course brought us through California adventures and Disneyland California, where I saw a bunch of Disney characters, and eventually out of the parks towards Angels Stadium and back.

I don't know if it was the excitement of all the characters or the motivation from everyone around me, but 13.1 miles didn't feel as bad as I was expecting. To me, it wasn't about speed, but simply just finishing the run. I kept a slow steady pace and only slowed down when I came across a character I wanted pictures with, and at every hydration station, plus one bathroom break midway. And what really helped mentally, was that I never thought about the whole 13.1 miles. I only thought about what mile I was one, and focused on getting to the next one.

Thank you all so much for reading & sharing this special post with me. :) I already can't wait to sign up for my next one! Hopefully over my past few months, I've inspired you to try out at least a 5K (3.1 miles), like the Color Run or Electric Run, or even a Disney Run. Accomplishing even the smallest goals can feel amazing! Until next time, love & peace. - JEN

Sherman's Celebrity Softball Game

Hey loves! Two weekends ago, I got to go to Richard Sherman's 3rd annual Celebrity Softball Tournament. Not that it's exclusive or anything, but for the last two years I've tried to go, I've just happened to be schedule to work, or out of town. This time though, I made sure I got to go!

While I was disappointed that Macklemore wasn't part of the celebrity line-up this year, I was more than excited to be just 13 rows from Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, and Richard Sherman. There were also other celebrities like Brian McKnight, Isaiah Thomas Jr, and Ciara. We even got a surprise appearance at the very end, from Beastmode himself, Marshawn Lynch! Not only that, this was also the first time the game was held in Safeco Field & televised. 

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What I like about this event, is not only is it filled with celebrities, it's for charity! A portion of the proceeds from the game, go to Richard Sherman's Blanket Coverage Foundation, which helps give students of low-income families, clothing & supplies for school. Besides attending his annual softball games, you can also donate to his foundation here.

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I hope you guys enjoyed the read! After the game, we just headed to check out The Bite of Seattle, so here's a few more pictures, but I'll talk to you guys again later! xo JEN

Emerge Fashion Show & Launch Party

Recently, I was invited by Seneca & Spruce, an online magazine and fashion retailer, to attend their very first ever Emerge Fashion Show. They're a company based right here in Seattle, with the beautiful intent of promoting local fashion designers and assisting the sales of their collections. This would also be the first time I was able to help with the show and go backstage.  With that said, I'm very excited to share this experience with you guys and what I think about the designers featured in the show. 

BACKSTAGE & BEFORE THE SHOW

The show took place in the jaw dropping David Barton Gym, which at first glance at it's modern glamour, you would never believe was a gym. In fact, I think it should double as a dance club. It has this amazing wood entrance, that's perfect for a runway. 

Well before showtime, backstage was teeming with models getting their hair and makeup done. I spent this time gathering pictures and helping them assemble their swag boxes. There was also a nail art station and makeup station for guests to get pampered. 

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During this time also got to catch up with fellow Seattle fashion blogger, Gergana Ivanova, from Fashion is My Forte. I honestly love this girl! We had such a blast with each other for the rest of the night. I see a new BFF in the making here! :)

MY OUTFIT: Express top (here) & leggings | Peter Pilotto heels | Michael Kors bag

THE SHOW

featured 10 local designers: Carole McClellan, Sarsen, Tom Ordonio, Oddinary Garments, Klad Apparel, Kate S. Mensah, Mia Fioravanti, Jaleh Clothing, Masha Osoianu, and Dawson & Deveraux

Here are some of my favorite looks from the favorite designers of the night.

ODDINARY GARMENTS

While these pieces may not be as "high end" as you would say, as the other collections to follow, something about me just appreciates unique street wear for men. It also didn't hurt that the male models were on point for the looks. 

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MASHA OSOIANU

I've never seen pieces that had draped string like that, but I really enjoyed how the pieces moved on the models. Plus the color choices were simple, but hinted towards metallic glamour. Great for this coming Fall.

DAWSON & DEVERAUX

My favorite collection of the night, was Dawson & Deveraux. Rarely do I come across pieces that actually make me stop taking pictures for a second, and just say, "wow."  Most of the pieces did, but this dress had me at the edge of my seat!

You can follow Dawsonj & Deveraux on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I hope you guys enjoyed the article. Also, I would like to thank Seneca & Spruce founders Lauren and Tom for invited me to the show, as well as Seneca & Spruce writer, Chanel Robinson. It was a blast seeing all of you, a pleasure to help out, and I can't wait for your next show! - JEN