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Happy Weekend || Fave Links

It would be cliche to talk about how happy I am for the weekend right?  Like who out there is not happy for the weekend?  So rather than stating the obvious, I will just wish you a super casual TGIF and leave you with some of our favorite links!  We doubled down on our anticipation of Friday night when we implemented a strict pizza and a movie Friday ritual when we moved to Austin two months ago.  Besides those all important plans, though, this is one of those rare mellow weekends that involves very little else. (Sometimes those are the …

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What To Listen To Now || Matthew Logan Vasquez

Some decisions in life are easy.  Like having coffee in the morning or whether you’d like to have dessert after dinner (always a yes.)  The same is true for when your super talented music supervisor friend, Matt Mugford, emails and asks if you’d like to do a post on one of his super talented musician friends, Matthew Logan Vasquez.  You always say yes.  Which is exactly what happened and how we found ourselves driving through the hill country of Dripping Springs, passing decades-old barbecue joints and century-old live oak …

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Hi My Name is Jen and I’m a Blogger

I never, ever, ever imagined in 2011 when I was perusing Go Daddy and registering the domain “TheEffortlessChic.com” that some day when someone asked what I did for a living (for a living!) that my response would be, “I’m a blogger.”  For one, when I first moved out to LA to begin my career in fashion in 2006, like a lot of people, I wasn’t at all familiar with blogs.  Secondly, coming from the world of celebrity styling where I started, blogging didn’t seem legitimate. What I mean is that it …

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What to Listen To Now || June

Today is the day.  The day we board our one way flight to Austin with visions of tex mex and our family dancing in our heads.  No words seem quite fitting– although, there are more thoughts here.  It’s hard to know exactly how to book end this perfect decade of palm trees and hollywood, but an ‘Ode to California’ playlist from the man, Matt Mugford, seemed pretty fitting.  He was one of my very first friends here in LA and his wife Beth is one of my besties.  I’m so wishing I could pick up their Highland …

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