Dreaming of Fall

Posted on: October 12, 2015


Fall is no where in California. It was dreamy, drizzling, and foggy in Vancouver but with my busy work schedule I enjoyed it from my hotel window.  I was hoping San Fran would give us a taste of crisp air but It didn’t. Luckily we enjoyed the heat and got our sweat on climbing up and down the rolling streets.


These Durango Moccasin boots are dying to be worn and I’m dying to wear them through a pile of crispy leaves. I complained about cold in Minnesota but I’ll take it now! Its 82 degrees in the middle of October here! It’s going to be Christmas before I get a chance!



1. Moccasins. 2. Scarf (similar). 3. Sweater. 4. Jeans. 5. Watch. 6.Lipstick




Posted on: September 6, 2015




Can’t wait to see what my next box holds! Have you ordered yours yet? Remember you have a free month to try it out using my code jessieannjamesxoxo at Rocksbox!



RocksBox Shine Insider

Posted on: August 27, 2015


Did you ladies know you can get the latest, totally customized to your style, jewelry right to your door?
Well you can and I’m giving you an exclusive chance to try it for 1 month free!

Rocksbox is a membership-based jewelry styling service. Straight to your door access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time.

Here are a few things you should know…

Rocksbox sets are curated for you based on your style profile.
You can keep and wear your Rocksbox pieces for as long as you like.
You can return your set anytime, as often as you like, and we’ll send out a new set of three right away. How cool is that?!
You pay the same membership fee regardless of how often you exchange your box.
When you’re ready to refresh your box, send back all the pieces you don’t wish to purchase.
If you love a piece, keep it when you return your box and you’ll be billed at the Insiders’ Price shown on your packing list.
You can find a lot more answers on the FAQ page.

I’ve teamed up with the ladies over at Rocksbox and you can get your own personalized box for FREE your first month using the code jessieannjamesxoxo at checkout! My first box is on its way and I am so excited to give it a try. I am not usually the one to go jewelry shopping so I am looking forward to it on my door step.  Check back soon for how I style my box!



What You Get When You Hire a Choreographer

Posted on: August 20, 2015

What exactly are you paying for when hiring a guest choreographer? Well, I’m here to tell you and give you a small peek behind the curtain!  As a free lance choreographer and teacher I spend most of my time traveling to studios nationwide. A studio normally reaches out to the choreographer of choice and communicates how much and what type of work they are looking for.  Solos, duos, trios, small groups, large groups and sometimes even production numbers.  It’s then determined what style is needed for the competition season. I usually choreograph Jazz, lyrical, or contemporary pieces, but mostly contemporary!

11781720_10207057776899981_2440039941958660770_nDates are set and flights are booked. Now what? Well I spend hours pouring over music waiting for something to inspire me.  I can’t create without a song that speaks to me and shows me exactly how the piece should go.  I am a big believer in each piece having a specific intention and story. Once the song is selected and the studio approves, I usually have to cut it to meet the under 3 min requirement.  I edit all of my music since it is sometimes stressful sending it out to someone else.  That usually takes a bit of time and dedication at my computer to make it sound how I want it to.

I then spend time brainstorming concepts and ideas.  Sometimes that entails props, costume design, staging etc. Every choreographers process is different but I can’t create much more than a chorus unless I am in the studio with the dancers.  I need to feel the energy in the space and get and idea of what they can and can’t do. I won’t be the one on stage so it should feel good on their bodies, not mine.  Most parents and studio directors only see the in studio process but there is so much more that happens behind the scenes.

I love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  It can be a long and hard process with months of traveling but creating art fuels my soul and I consider myself extremely lucky to call this my job.




My Travel Must Haves

Posted on: August 11, 2015


You would think I am dating LAX the amount of times I am there.  We have regular dates, sometimes pleasant ones, and other times I want to punch him.  Delta or Virgin are by far my favorite (good job LAX), Southwest and Sun Country a close second, but American really can’t live up. Sorry American you’re out.

IMG_3112I’m not exaggerating when I say I am there at least 3 times a month! I am a pro packer by now and here are my favorite travel accessories.


I’m usually searching for new music or cutting existing songs for choreography on the plane. There is so much noise on the plane I like taking my Bose that fully cover my ear!  Eliminates the extra distractions.

IMG_3113My hair is not a natural beauty! I can’t travel without my Bumble and Bumble:)



 How bout those sunglasses?! I’m so embarrassed. I didn’t realize they were dirty when I took the photos. Oh well. #realife.

1. Bag. 2. Earphones. 3. Shampoo & Conditioner. 4. Book. 5. Day Planner. 6. Phone Charger. 7. Sunnies.

Happy Travels



Easy Summer Hair Inspo

Posted on: July 19, 2015

I am one lazy gal when it comes to my hair! I’m all about air dry with a natural wave and it usually ends up in a top knot 4 times weekly. I gathered my fave summer hair inspirations for a little update in my do!

PicMonkey Collage1. Top Knot 2. Braided Half Up 3. Braided back. 3. Twisted Half Up

What’s your summer hair go-to?



I can’t do all the things….

Posted on: July 13, 2015


This one may get a little churchy so consider yourself warned. I was sitting in church sunday and wasn’t feeling well.  I made it through sacrament meeting, then sunday school, and considered heading home for the 3rd meeting.  Sunday school ended and I about stood up to go but decided I could last a little longer.  The teacher walked over and handed me a quote to read during the lesson.  I couldn’t leave now.

The lesson began and it was about love.  Pure Christ like love.  Most of the lesson was pulled from talks by Cheicko Okazaki.  She has numerous books and spoke a lot for our church but I had never heard of her previous to the lesson.  I glanced down to the quote and of course it was everything I needed to hear.  It’s no coincidence she had me read the following from her talk.

“We need to love ourselves. Remember that in a gospel sense love means and unconditional desire for the eternal well-being of a soul. Do we feel that we’re worthy of such an unconditional regard? Not just someday. Not just if we do everything on the list.  But right now? The lord is my helper.  I can go to him.  He loves me and wants an eternity of good things for me.  But he also wants to give me seconds, and minutes, and hours of good things right now. This is true for you, too. He’s not waiting for us to become perfect before we can be happy.  We can take our time. We can enjoy ourselves. We can consult our own needs and wants. We can forgive ourselves for what we can’t do, and we can be patient about the things we can’t do yet.  We can lighten up and stop punishing ourselves by thinking we have to do it all.”

Pretty heavy stuff right? The conversation went on and we touched upon the pressure that we all feel to be perfect. The pressure to be the best house wife, blogger, photographer, killer abs, dancer, choreographer, best dressed… and the list goes on and on and on.

Celebs look perfect from the outside and so do the Jones’ next door.  The reality is we are all fighting our own battles and sometimes I can only do one thing on the list.  That should be enough. Why do we beat ourselves up at the end of the day? So what dinner isn’t done? At least the laundry is! I’m ok with that! I can’t do all the things but I’ll try my best.  If it’s enough for God, it’s certainly enough for me.



My Favorite Day Planner Picks for 2015-2016

Posted on: June 15, 2015

July is quickly approaching and for some of you that means you need a new planner! There is something about sitting down on a sunday to plan out my week.  I need a space to keep track of my schedule, to do lists, and even journal.  Writing out my weekly goals and setting a daily intention sets me up for success and helps nail down my thoughts. I’ve discovered they run a thousand miles an hour and if I don’t jot it down it’s gone.

My iphone just doesn’t do it for me. It’s kind of like reading a book for me. Reading it on a phone or tablet doesn’t create the same feeling.  There is something about turning the pages and the smell of ink on paper. My day planner is the same. I can’t say enough how much I love writing it down, checking things off the list, and color coding my events. I’ve never considered myself the planner type, but I find myself pen in hand, planning and organizing.


Just for you I compiled all of my favorites! Each planner contains more than just a monthly layout and encourage goal setting, journaling, note taking, and to do listing! What more can you ask for?!?!

1. Passion Planner 2. Plum Paper 3.Erin Condren 4.Day Designer 



Darby Smart {Internet Rehab Inside}

Posted on: June 1, 2015

We all are well aware of my love for DIY and the dreams I have for my future home.  Imagine my surprise, while browsing I Spy DIY, when I found a site that provides all the supplies you need!  Bloggers submit designs and you can shop the DIY! All you have to do is add the supplies to your cart and its sent straight to your door. You guys, I was like a kid on Christmas and I’ve already ordered two projects!



Do yourselves a favor and get ordering! This isn’t a sponsored post, I am just legitimately pumped! It’s fool proof and takes minutes! I’ve already made the Mason Jar Terrarium above and starting on the Gold dipped pots!


Happy crafting!




How I Cross Train As A Dancer

Posted on: May 26, 2015

I am a fitness gal. I enjoy working out and breaking a sweat, but unfortunately I am also a short, broad little human who gains muscle fast. Four squats and suddenly my legs are twice the size and I am shopping for new jeans… Maybe not that intense… Sorry…Carson says I can be a little dramatic but you get the point. Crossfit, running, spinning, aerobics, boxing, yoga, i’ve tried it all! Let me tell you about my new found love!


I’m sure most of you have seen a Pilates reformer machine at one point or another.  This bad boy is my new best friend.  I recently got hooked at a studio in Calabasas called SPN Pilates and there is no going back for me. It’s addicting and its a more fitness based pilates class than a classic one.  Faster paced and I always leave dripping sweat and red faced! Which leads me to my next point…..

Pilates has changed my body for the better as a dancer! I feel stronger, longer, and leaner! The work comes from the resistance of the springs that differ in weight load. This particular studio is more fitness based and the classes are faster paced.  I love feeling challenged so it’s good fit for me but a few other studios I have attended offer more classical classes too!  Many choose pilates because it is low impact and a safe way to burn calories without jamming your joints!  It’s amazing the amount of sweat dripping off me when I am asked to stabilize against the weight of the springs!  Many use pilates to rehab injuries as well and I take class with a huge range of clients from young to old!

Thankfully there are so many studios out there offering classes and I challenge you to give one a try! Pilates, weekly dance classes, and yoga are keeping my body healthy.  We ask a lot of our bodies as dancers and it’s important to be good to them. Dancer or not I think health is important! We only get one body, don’t let it expire sooner than it should!

What’s your favorite way to sweat?!



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