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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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DIY || Speckled Ceramic Dishes

In very unsurprising news, moving across the country is not for the faint of heart, so I have learned.  I’ve been having been dreaming of tex-mex and long days at the lake my sisters, but my reality has been moving boxes and logistics all the live long day!  My craft supplies may be packed, but luckily Sarah is with us today sharing a super easy ceramic DIY that can take one a myriad of uses.  I actually have a little dish that looks just like this one by the sink in our bathroom to hold my jewelry while I’m showering.  Keep …

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What to Read Now || Summer

I met a woman the other day while waiting to get my car washed who was reading a book I hadn’t yet seen and when I asked her about it she said it was for her book club.  She was in her early sixties and went on to say that she had been a part of this same book club for over 30 years!  Some members had come and gone, but the core group has mostly stayed the same for over three decades.  Can you imagine?!  Have you ever been a part of a book club?  I can’t get this woman off of my mind and I’ve been thinking maybe this …

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