10.26.2013

Tartan En Rouge

You cannot separate your identity from your perspective. To be honest, blogging and sharing myself with others has always been a mental challenge for me. From a young age I was taught to be diligent, humble, introspective, and to value knowledge over supposedly "frivolous" things. The idea of fashion was so far removed from those values that I equated it with superficiality, narcissism, and other qualities I disdained. But with age, I've realized that your entire world is formed by your lens, your perspective. Instead of viewing fashion as something superficial, I choose to view it as a challenge of creativity and confidence. Similarly, I'm trying to look at my blog as a platform to push myself to be more open, to take risks, and to hopefully instill some inspiration.

(Miss Sixty jacket; Calvin Klein shirt; Zara skirt, shoes; Fendi baguette, available here)

What challenges have you overcome by changing your perspective? 

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts and also my outfit! How do you style this season's prominent trendplaidand what do you think about my outfit? Thanks for reading and talk to you soon!


93 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting.would love for us to follow each other. Following now.
    Effortlesslady.blogspot.ca

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  2. Absolutely love your blog, gorgeous!! Amazing, creative style you have. Thank you so much for visiting, I'd love for us to follow each other. Followed! <3

    xo,
    pucker-pout.blogspot.com

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  3. LOVE your skirt, such a pretty color and of course gotta love the plaid/tartan print.

    x
    http://1finedai.blogspot.com/

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  4. AMAZING look dear, you look beautiful and I love your skirt and shoes!

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  5. great look :)

    http://itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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  6. Hey dear! I really love your blog and your lovely style:D
    Thank you for your comment, of course I want to follow each other to keep in touch!
    Have a nice day,
    xoxo
    http://stylishpatterns.blogspot.com.es

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  7. That skirt looks perfect. Have a nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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  8. Of course with pleasure I am ur new follower :)
    U and ur blog re stunning!

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  9. I love your bag!

    XO

    C

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  10. Love your skirt and heels! So pretty! Thank you for stopping by!

    Come back soon to visit me on The Notebook of a Fashion Lover

    Evi xoxo

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  11. nice look. I like how you combine it :)

    www.perlaoreneta.blogspot.com

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  12. Great outfit, that skirt is perfection. Love it!

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  13. You look stunning!

    xx, Ana Carolina.
    http://simplesglamour.blogspot.com
    Instagram e Twitter: @simplesglamour

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  14. Hi sweety, you have write so beautiful thinks, yes fashion is not all narcisism is an exprection of us!!
    pretty outfit and amazing shoes!!
    Have a great sunday
    Clo

    http://redshoesforbreakfast.blogspot.it/

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    1. Yes, definitely a form of self expression! Thank you for your thoughts Clo! :)

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  15. hey doll your shoes are amazing want one too. :)

    www.passport-to-fashion.com

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  16. Beautiful outfit girl. And I want your shoes.

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  17. Beautiful outfit! That skirt is beautiful and I love those heels!! =)
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I already followed you on GFC!

    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jess

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  18. Adore this outfit! Shoes are amazing!
    xx

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  19. Great outfit! I love your sandals!

    xx,
    www.mellowyellowblog.com

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  20. Jessica, it sounds like we share a very common struggle. I often feel guilty about my love of style, fashion, shopping and all these things that can be perceived as superficial. I've always been a very strong Christian and sometimes I feel like maybe my priorities are mixed up. Like you, I've come to understand more that loving style and all things related isn't really a bad thing as long as we are kind to others and remain aware of how we can help those less fortunate.
    I've always loved your blog, and I've always felt honored that you read, and comment on mine. You are not only gorgeous and stylish, but you are a beautiful person on the inside too.
    Thanks so much for sharing this post...it helps to know I'm not alone in my struggles:)
    XO, Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

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    1. Gina, thank you for such an insightful, thoughtful comment! We are definitely a community and I'm glad our dialogue can resolve any tension involved with fashion/blogging. You're such a beautiful individual and it's always a pleasure reading your blog (and I just saw you newest post!). Cheers dear!!
      xoxo Jess

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  21. Hello hun, Great post. Please do join my International Dressale Giveaway.
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  22. Wow! Super love your outfit, specially your skirt!
    xx

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  23. i am obsessed with that pattern lately (checkered skirt) ^^ it looks good on you <3

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  24. Really nice blog, love the look !
    I followed you via GFC as you asked on mine, please follow back xx
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  25. YOu look amazing!

    http://differentcands.blogspot.kr/

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  26. I never realized that tartan and brown leather go this well together! Great look!

    Arianna, Nymphashion ♡

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  27. Georgeous!


    Thanks 4 visiting my blog, follow me back ;) kisses from serbia!

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  28. I really like this tartan skirt
    kisses
    www. welovefur.com

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  29. Thank you for stopping by my blog, I do like your style so I think you got yourself a new follower ;)

    indraexclusive.blogspot.com
    Bloglovin

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  30. appreciating fashion definitely isn't superficial, it's like art :) i love your style and the thoughtful post! x

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    1. Yes, it is art! Thanks for your comment dear!
      xo Jess

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  31. Wow really fab look, love the fall colors. Great blog, new follower!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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  32. You look amazing! I love your whole outfit! Especially your skirt! :)
    Following you now, hope you can follow me back too! :)

    http://www.iamsophiasanchez.com/

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  33. Thank you darling for a nice comment!
    I have a new post now, check it if you like!
    xoxo
    Visit my blog ♥
    And instagram ♥

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  34. Love the plaid Jess! You look beautiful!

    xx
    www.starringsamantha.blogspot.com

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  35. hey sweetie
    I just found your blog and I wanted to let you know that
    I really love your style, you look always gorgeous and your
    photos are stunning!
    Would you like to follow each other? I would love to & just let me know and I will
    follow you back immidiately!!!
    in touch:D

    love from Greece
    Vicky

    www.fashionrailways.com

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  36. Thank you for your lovely comment! I really like your blog. Yeah, I follow you now. xx

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  37. Love the leather jacket and those shoes. You look so pretty!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  38. You're so right, I try to do the same! Sure we can follow each other, following you, your turn c:
    Abigail x
    www.lerevasser.blogspot.com

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  39. Thank you very much for you sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate that! You have such an amazing style and you look gorgeous! I follow you now :)

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

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  40. love the combination!

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  41. Thank you for checking out our blog! We followed you so hop on over to www.BKCsquared.com to follow us on GFC as well!

    Love your shoes & bag combo!

    xo, K

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  42. Brilliant look! Love the tartan skirt

    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

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  43. Absolutely love your views on perspective, fashion and blogging! That's how I see it also and you're doing a great job inspiring!!

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  44. that seems to be a good view to take on both fashion and blogging! and, your outfit is very lovely:-) x

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  45. Gorgeous outfit - love the tartan skirt and your shoes are so fab! You look lovely, as always :]

    I totally get what you mean about blogging and fashion. I also equated the whole fashion world as a cold, superficial, Miranda Priestly a la "Devil Wears Prada" society but it's so much more than that! It's art and it's passion. Once I embraced that idea I feel like fashion has opened so many doors for me!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. Deborah, thanks for your comment--it has helped me embrace the idea of blogging even more. Fashion is definitely driven by art and passion, and I'm so glad it has opened many doors for you! xoxo Jess

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  46. What a fabulous tartan and super love your heels <333
    Following you

    Chic Swank

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  47. this outfit is on point - you look darling!
    thanks for commenting on my blog . yours is absolutely stellar... i'm following. hope you follow back x
    www.vicariousLA.com

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  48. Hi..I was born and bought up under similar culture like yours and it was a bog challenge for me to share my pictures and my life updates on blog open to everyone. I can totally identify with you. But now I am facing it and trying to come out of shell slowly. Great post dear and great outfit. love them both. I am your new follower on GFC,

    Cheers,
    Janika
    http://crazysketchbook.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us too! I definitely think there's a cultural factor involved, but I believe we can continue to come out of our shells in time. Keep up the inspirational posts, Janika :)
      xoxo Jess

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  49. Wow you have such an impeccable sense of style! I love how you combined tartan and denim together- such a cool and striking combination! And tartan seems to be a really on trend!
    And I believe that fashion is definitely not superficial, but a really beautiful form of art! :)

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    1. Maddie, thanks for your input! And I agree, it's truly an artform and isn't necessarily superficial. Xo Jess

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  50. wow such an amazing look! loveeeee your skirt!! and your heels are so gorgeous :D

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  51. need that skirt!
    followed. follow back please <3

    doitfortheirony.blogspot.com

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  52. Thank you very much for your sweet comment on my blog. I really do appreciate that!
    You have a great sense of style. You asked me to follow and so I did.

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

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  53. You have a nice style and challenging yourself is a grreat way to accomplish new things in life.I also try to do that.I challenge myself to be more hard-working and helpful to other people because I'm a lazy ass.hehe
    xx
    Style Of OzOz Facebook Page
    Style Of OzOz

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    1. It's wonderful that you're challenging your self to grow and to help others! And I love your sense of humor (I'm sure you're not lazy hahaha) :) Jess

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  54. so cute! lovely outfit

    and sure, let's follow each other

    xo

    Inspirations Have I None

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  55. You look so stylish. The skirt is amazing. :)

    feel free to check out my outfit post
    www.jonnessa.blogspot.com

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  56. Hi Jessica! thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog. I'm now following you would be great if you can follow me back! :)

    I love this outfit! Really want to get my hands on some tartan!

    Emma Xx

    emmaslookingglass.blogspot.co.uk

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  57. Hey! I am sorry to answer so late , but I just saw your comment.
    I am really glad you liked my blog. I absolutely loved yours so I already follow you :) I wish that you will follow me back.

    Awesome style. Skirt and Shoes, as I can see you are a zara lover too :) xx
    kisses

    Eraklia
    http://www.attitudeunique.blogspot.com

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  58. omg you are so perfect my dear! thanks so much for visiting my blog, of course im following you, follow me back?
    http://annluckindarkdays.blogspot.pt/

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  59. This is absolutely amazing,hone, and that brown leather jacket look stunning on you <3

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  60. gorgeous look!
    love the skirt, heels and shirt <3
    following, kisses x
    http://fashiongirlfromtown.blogspot.co.uk/

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  61. i totally used to feel the same and often feel quite self-concious that this is how everyone views anyone who works in the industry like me! its such a good point you have brought up here!
    and i love your outfit, that skirt is gorgeous!

    x

    ♥ Ellen
    SHOPSTYLECONQUER.COM
    Facebook + Instagram
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  62. Can't agree with you more, it's the Asian factor I guess.
    And I totally dig your outfit, perfect from bottom to top.

    http://thevulgariangirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Could be the Asian factor! Was born in the U.S. and it still had such a big influence on my outlook. Thanks for your comment Tra Mi :)

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  63. your style is amazing!!!!!

    www.meryswardrobe.blogspot.com

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  64. No words necessary! want to wear this look

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  65. I love that look!:)beautiful skirt! following you on gfc .:) if you wana please follow me too:*)

    xoxo

    Zoya

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  66. You have no idea how much I relate to what you wrote!
    But I truly believe that loving fashion doesn't have to be frivolous if it is true love, even though most people don't understand it!

    Great look :)

    mykindofjoy.blogspot.com

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  67. What a killer look! Love the combo of plaid, denim, and leather- you look great!

    And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier- so much appreciated! I'm your newest follower :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  68. Oh, I just adore this look. Plaid is one of my weaknesses and I love how you've added such an element of glamour.
    XO, Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

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  69. This is really great post and i agree, fashion is a challenge of creativity and confidence but that's also what makes it so great :)

    http://www.leftinpink.blogspot.ca

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