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Happy Weekend || Home

A couple of weeks ago, I went back to Los Angeles for a couple of days for work.  It was the first time I had been back since we moved to Austin two and half months ago, after living in LA for 10 years, and let me tell you, it was such a mix of feelings.  When I first moved to LA right out of college, I planned to only be there for a year.  Then I made friends and got a job that I really loved, so I stayed longer.  Then I met my husband who also had friends and a job he really loved, so we stayed even longer than that.  When I first …

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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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