Farewell Summer

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

This past week carried in the first feelings of fall. There has been a slight chill to the air, the sun seems to be lower in the sky, hiding amongst the clouds, and the summer night noises of bullfrogs are getting more quiet… and the last of the sunflowers are nodding their farewell to summer; until next year. The changing of seasons is coming.

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Sunflower Fields; ivory champagne trumpet flared maxi ball skirt, blue beaded art deco blouse, ivory cardigan

Jessica SKIRT: Jessica Swagman (similar here or here) | BLOUSE: Forever 21 (similar here) | SWEATER: Forever 21 (similar here or here) | EARRINGS: Pandora (retired, but can be bought here) | BRACELETS: Pandora | RINGS: Pandora

Get To Know Jessica

Well, since I told my team they had to come up with a “10 Things” list, it only seemed fair that I be required to do the same… so here we go.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jessica

1. I am deathly afraid of frogs. When I was little, my two older brothers would chase me around with frogs from our pool. We’re talking big, ugly, grotesque frogs. Ranidaphobia, it’s a real thing.

2. The scene in the movie ‘Patch Adams’ where Patch wanders into the peds oncology ward made me want to pursue a career in the medical field working as a Pediatrician Oncologist. God clearly had other plans.

3. My favorite physical attribute is my hair.

4. Growing up clothes and fashion were reading zero on my radar. I was too busy playing street hockey with my brother and getting cuts and bruises out on the field. I was, and always will be, part “tom boy.”

5. I am shy and quiet and at many times, socially awkward. Making friends has always been hard for me.

6. People assume that my dream is to be a famous fashion designer. That is not my dream. My dream is to run a successful company, design beautiful clothing, and support the goals of others in the process.

7. In my late teens and early twenties I used to be a fashion model.

8. For a good portion of my life I wanted to be Nancy Drew. Cool car, cool career, and a doesn’t take crap attitude. Heck, who am I kidding, I still want to be Nancy Drew.

9. Every night before I go to sleep, I read my thesaurus.

10. I love eating and am obsessed with food but I hate cooking and baking… It’s probably because I am not very good at either. Think of every kitchen disaster that could happen and then picture me in the midst of it. Fail.