A Fall Look & 10 random thoughts

Hat: Nine West Sweater: Intermix Coat: Blank NYC Jeans: DL1961  Boots: Marc Fisher Bag: Celine Dion

Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by. I wore this casual and cozy look on Monday afternoon when it all of a sudden decided to become WINTER overnight! I was kind of annoyed, but made happier when I had the chance to don this  gorgeous cashmere sweater! It comes with extra long sleeves with thumb holes which weirdly makes me very happy haha!

This week has been a busy one already and I have some random things on my mind I thought I’d share with you guys!

  1. Have you guys tried these Raw Rev bars? I eat one almost every morning during the week for breakfast. They keep me satisfied and full before lunch and have only 3-4 grams of net carbs depending on the flavor.
  2. Last month’s book club book was called What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I thought I’d share if any of you are looking for a new book to read. I really enjoyed this book and think it may be one of my favorite books we have read as a book club! We are reading The Hate You Give this month and it’s good so far, but tough to stomach at times.
  3. I just discovered these little cookies for babies and Charlee can’t get enough.
  4. I would like to just offer a major shout out to the creators of Little Baby Bum on Netflix. I would never have a moment to do the dishes, let alone go to the bathroom without this show. Charlee is obsessed!
  5. I can’t wait to see the new movie A Star is Born! Matt and I always joke that we are so excited to see a new movie….as soon as it comes out on VIDEO! ;)! We love the movies but the idea of hiring a sitter to go sit in a room to watch a new movie we could watch at home for half the price in a few months, just doesn’t make sense to us. Anyone else feel that way?!
  6. One of my favorite bloggers I really enjoy following is Brooklyn Blonde. I discovered her a few months ago and I love her content. Her little boy is also super adorable!
  7. One of my biggest pet peeves is unloading the dishwasher. I seriously hate it so much haha. I don’t know why but it’s my least favorite thing to do chores-wise. Anyone interested in coming over every morning and unloading my dishwasher?!! 😉
  8. This is so random, but I sleep with ear plugs and an eye mask every night because I am such a light sleeper. I actually became an even lighter sleeper since I had Charlee. I can hear her cry out in the night even with the earplugs, don’t worry!
  9. Charlee will be 15 months in early November and I have to say this toddler stage is TOUGH. Charlee has found her voice and makes it very clear when she isn’t a fan of her current situation, if you know what I mean! I’d love to hear any advice about tantrums for babies at this age.
  10. I just discovered the artist Jess Glynne on Spotify and LOVE her music. It’s great for working out or getting me in a good mood 🙂

Ok! I hope you guys enjoyed the round up of random thoughts. Have a great rest of your week everyone!



Let’s Jess UP and travel to Hudson, NY!

Hi Friends! I am excited to introduce a new series I am introducing on the blog, called #JessUPandtravel. Matt and I love to travel and a request I get a lot from my followers is to recap our trips with recommendations, so hence the start of this series! I hope you all enjoy!

One of my favorite trips we have taken as a family this year has been our recent trip to Hudson, NY. We had the BEST time and I wanted to share a few tips and info about the area in case any of you are inspired to head that way for a vacation!

Before I get started, have you guys seen the Netflix show “Stay Here”?! Well, a month or so ago Matt and I binge watched the whole first season and fell in love with the carriage house they renovated in Hudson, NY! After a quick google search we found the listing and booked it for this weekend. Let me tell you, this place did not disappoint! It was super spacious, beautifully decorated, and the location was perfect. It sits right in the center of town so we didn’t have to worry about driving anywhere. Here is the listing in case you guys want to book it one day!

Our latest trip to Hudson will be the 3rd time in the past two years that Matt and I have visited. We just love it up there. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive north from Manhattan. Check out some details and travel tips about the area below:

Where to stay?

  • Airb&b has a TON of listings in Hudson and the surrounding areas.
  • Bed and Breakfasts: There are a number of charming small bed and breakfasts in the area. Most of them are close to the center of town! We stayed at the Croff House a few years ago and we absolutely loved it. Cozy rooms and delicious meals served by the owner. highly recommend.
  • The Rivertown Lodge-this boutique hotel is new to the area! We haven’t stayed there, but we went to grab drinks this past weekend with Charlee in their lobby and were blown away. We are going to try and stay at this hotel the next time we head to Hudson.

Where to eat?

  • There are so many awesome restaurants to try! Here are some that we recommend:
  • Grocery Stores
    • Olde Hudson-This grocery store is in the middle of town and has all your basics for a weekend away. They have dairy and produce from local farms. Farm to table at its best.
  • Local Farms
    • We decided to stay in on Saturday night and cook dinner. We went to a few local farms to gather ingredients and one of the places we went was the Hawthorn Valley Farm Store. This is an INCREDIBLE grocery store on the grounds of a farm. We got most of our produce and side dishes for dinner here. We also picked up some yummy homemade baked goods.
    • We also stopped at another local farm called Kinderhook for fresh meat. We picked up steaks for dinner as well as sausage for breakfast on Sunday morning. They also had a ton of chickens on the property which Charlee loved chasing :).

What to do?

  • Apple Orchards- We went to Fix Brother’s Farm and had a wonderful time. The apples were among the most delicious I have ever tasted and it was only .15 cents an apple to pick. Charlee actually learned to say “Apple” at the orchard!
  • Wine Tasting: We had no idea how amazing the wine valley was up in Hudson. We went to Hudson-Chatham Winery and we were truly blown away by not only the service but the quality of the wines. Here is a full guide to the wineries in the area.
  • Antique shopping! Hudson has about a million incredible antique shops in the area. There’s at least one on each block!

I hope you all enjoyed this travel guide! Let me know if you make it out to Hudson!

Happy Fall Y’all!!!

A Fall Statement Coat & a Let’s Jess Up Update!

Photography by Zoe Wong

Coat: Something Navy Jeans: A.G. Turtleneck: H&M Sweater:H&M Belt: Club Monaco

Hi Guys! Welcome back to the blog. I am super excited to share this outfit because it’s finally cold enough to pull out this amazing Something Navy statement coat. I bought this back in September when Arielle Charnas of Something Navy released her line at Nordstrom, so it’s been sitting in my closet just waiting to be worn. I find that despite being a statement pattern, it is surprisingly versatile and immediately upgrades a look. I am wearing a size small and find that I still have that oversized look, so I would say it runs true to size. I paired it with this fabulous layering turtleneck that I got at H&M for $20 and an oversized sweater.

In other news…the Let’s JessUP team has expanded! I hired an intern and her name is Zoe! She is fabulous. Here are some fun facts about her:

1. She likes to eat all kinds of food but can’t cook at all
2. She can speak four languages- not all fluently but still ok!
3. She has six closets for her clothes (including two in the guest room)

I am so excited to have her join my team and to see where this will take the Let’s Jess Up brand! Make sure to follow her here!!


The F-factor diet and the cracker that helped me lose 25 lbs!


Photography by Shadi Garman

Top: L’agence Intermix Jeans: Veronica Beard Heels: Gucci Bag: Celine Dion Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

After I had Charlee, I really struggled to lose the extra baby weight I had gained during pregnancy. I gained 50 lbs during my pregnancy which was quite a shock to me. For some reason I had this really silly unrealistic idea of how pregnancy would be for me. I was in for a rude awakening! I was SO swollen and heavy by the end of my pregnancy that I could barely sit down, let alone walk. I remember Matt and I went to a movie the week before I gave birth and I was so uncomfortable the entire time that I could barely make it through the movie! HA! After I had the baby, I lost about 30 lbs of weight in the first three weeks. I was so happy to have that relief and remember thinking to myself “oh great! The weight will just fly off.” Unfortunately for me, that was not the case. I plateaued with 30 lbs left over. I wish I could say that I was super comfortable in my body and didn’t worry about the weight I had to lose. I am not going to pretend like that is true. I definitely felt far from my true self during this time. On one hand I felt incredibly confident in my abilities as a Mom and the fact that I had actually given birth was super inspiring and gave me a different view of myself physically. I felt strong and in awe of what I had been able to physically accomplish. With that said, on the other hand I felt far from myself and couldn’t help but analyze my figure. A lot of this negativity had to do with the fact that I had postpartum anxiety. You can read more about my experience with that here.

One day, when Charlee was around 6 months old, something clicked. I decided I needed to make a change. I downloaded the BBG Sweat app in the app store and started working out 3-4 times a week. I saw slow changes in regards to my body but I still wasn’t losing weight. I was toning up, but not losing pounds. I realized that if I wanted to lose the weight I was going to have to diet. I had never dieted before in my life so I had absolutely no idea what to do. I wasn’t knowledgable at all about the science behind weight loss. Luckily, I came across Tanya Zuckerbrot’s instagram around this time. Tanya is the creator of the F-Factor diet. I started following her and learned that the F-factor diet lets you eat carbs and drink wine from day ONE! I was intrigued haha! I bought her book and it all started to make sense. The best thing about Tanya’s book is that she explains the SCIENCE behind weight-loss. I had been making what I thought were “healthy choices.” After reading her book I realized that I may have been eating healthily, but not in a way that was going to activate weight loss. I started step-1 of her program and after 6 weeks had lost 10 lbs! yes, 10 lbs! Since I have been on her plan, I have lost 25 lbs. I am back in my old jeans, and feeling in control of my body and more like myself.

So you may be asking…”ummm isn’t this post supposed to be about a magic cracker?!” Well, I am getting there ;). On day one of the F-factor diet, you can eat carbs. This doesn’t mean that you eat bagels for every meal, but you substitute and make adjustments throughout your day to allow for carbs. You learn about healthy carbs and how fiber is the secret behind weight loss. You see, your body only burns fat for fuel in the absence of carbs. If you don’t have carbs to burn in your system, your body then starts to burn the fat. That’s why athletes will “carb load” the night before a race or game. The next day, their bodies aren’t diluting their energy supply because they have eaten a ton of carbs which their bodies burn first. So, what F-factor teaches you is that you can eat carbs as long as you net them out with fiber. Fiber nets out carbs! It’s amazing! Instead of depriving yourself, you actually focus on what you are going to ADD to your diet. Meaning, if I am going to eat carbs, I go for a carb with a high fiber content so the net carb is less. Which leads me to…GG crackers! GG crackers became my go-to carb. If I went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant, I would dip GG crackers into guacamole and skip the chips. If I went out to eat at a Mediterranean restaurant I would top my GG crackers with hummus and babaganoosh and skip the pita. In the mornings, I would put scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese on top of my gg crackers and make a yummy and delicious sandwich and I never felt like I wasn’t able to eat my favorite things. GG crackers have only 4 grams of carbs per cracker, with 2 grams of fiber, which nets out to only 2 grams of carbs. Fiber is the key ingredient to these crackers. Fiber has 0 calories and keeps you feeling full for longer. By swapping normal bread, chips or crackers for GG’s I was able to enjoy my normal foods while still losing weight! I never felt deprived and still don’t! I wish I could tell you all every single thing about the F-factor diet and the amazing science behind weight-loss, but that would take a long time. I just wanted to share how I was able to lose the baby weight and not feel like I was depriving my body.

I am now on step 3 of the F-factor diet. I am no longer actively trying to lose weight but instead maintaining. That said, after learning so much about nutrition and weight loss from the F-Factor diet, I’ll never look at food the same way! Knowledge is power!



Photo by Shadi Garman

Dress: Club Monaco Heels: Sam Edelman Charlee’s Dress: Jacadi Charlee’s Shoes: Amazon

I can’t count how many times I am asked about our life as a family in New York City. Friends, family and followers seem to be curious as to what life as an urban dweller looks like, especially now that we have a baby in the mix. I thought I’d share a peek into our lifestyle in NYC with our baby girl and also why we choose to live here :).

Living in a big city is surprisingly convenient 80% of the time. Everything you need is right outside your door. I take a left out of my apartment building and the grocery store is on the south right corner of the block. I take a right and there is our pharmacy. Buy Buy Baby is an avenue away, and Charlee’s daycare is leased out of the same building as our apartment! These reasons are the main reasons that we not only live in NYC, but why we choose to live on 6th avenue in the Flatiron district. These amenities are really life changing. If I run out of diapers, I pop Charlee into her stroller and run to the pharmacy…and I’m back home in 10 minutes. Living in the city also keeps my family and I super active. We walk EVERYWHERE and don’t own a car. We think of our stroller as our car and we go for long family “adventures” every weekend as we like to call it. There are so many places to explore in the surrounding Burroughs and cities. This summer we spent time in Brooklyn, Rye, the Jersey Shore, and upstate NY which are all about 1-2 hours away by car. I was also super active during my postpartum experience because I COULD be. I didn’t have to strap Charlee into a car seat to drive her to a park to go for a walk. I could literally just walk outside and down the street to the playground in Madison Square Park. The amenities and experiences for Moms and children is amazing in NYC!

Anther fabulous reason to live in NYC, and don’t laugh at me when I say this, is because of Seamless! Seamless is a meal delivery service that partners with local restaurants to deliver meals to you on demand!  I remember when I was pregnant, the idea of going out to dinner or even going out to pick up dinner sounded exhausting ha! So, we really took advantage of Seamless! You can order basically anything you want! It’s amazing!

Matt works for a bank that is only 5 minutes up the street from our apartment. He is home every night between 5:00 and 6:00 P.M. If we didn’t live in the city, he most likely wouldn’t get home until closer to 6:30 or 7, meaning he wouldn’t get to spend as much time with Charlee (she goes to bed at 7.) This is a huge factor for why we decide to live in the city.

Matt and I are also really social and living in NYC makes it easier to keep this part of our lifestyle. We used to go out multiple times a week before baby. We have definitely cut back on how much we go out these days, but because of where we live, going out and on date-nights is actually pretty convenient. We have a few amazing babysitters who have been with us since Charlee was a teeny tiny baby! We go on a date-night at least once a week and love trying new  restaurants and going to new places. Just the other night, we went to a comedy show together as a date-night. It was so fun! I love that these types of experiences are always at our fingertips!

As wonderful as all of this is, NYC does pose a few challenges. It is really expensive! You definitely pay a premium to live here and spend a lot more on rent and living expenses that one would in the suburbs. It’s also very busy and loud which weirdly I have gotten used to and it’s almost like white noise to me now. And, the city isn’t for everyone. I have had family members come visit who say to me ‘I don’t know how you do it?!” when they return home from a weekend visiting us. If you aren’t used to this lifestyle it can definitely feel exhausting! We walk everywhere, are always on the go and to be honest, we prefer it that way! Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to live in New York. I just had this calling, as silly as that sounds. I feel so lucky to get to call this incredible city home :).

To learn a little more about how I navigate the city with a baby, you should check out this post!