Monday, December 31, 2012

jessica who?'s top 10's of 2012

I thought it would be fun to do a little 2012 round up. I love looking back at this kind of stuff to see what works, what didn't, and for inspiration. Here are some of my "top 10's" of 2012!

++ Top 10 Posts of 2012 ++ 
I only included posts written in 2012 and did not include giveaways 
3. Under the Sea - 7/20/12
4. Our Love Story - 7/18/12
5. That Sh*t Cray - 10/26/12
9. Jessica Who? - 2/17/12
10. This Guy is a Dreamer - 6/18/12

++ Top 10 Keywords that Lead to Jessica Who in 2012 ++
1. jessica who blog (several variations of this)
2. texans in hawaii blog
3. 30 before 30 glamour
4. hrh collection
5. jayemmtee
6. cheat sheet
7. wonderland denim
8. baublebar mint teardrop bib
9. lily dawson designs
10. marketing resume

++ Top 10 Referrals of 2012 ++
This list does not include blogs.

++ Top 10 Blog Referrals of 2012 ++
1. Story of My Life

++ Top 10 Countries of Readers in 2012 ++
The fact that people in other countries read my blog is always so fascinating to me!
1. United States
2. Canada
3. United Kingdom
4. Australia
5. Italy
6. Philippines
7. Germany
8. New Zealand
9. Mexico
10. Greece

++ Top 10 Cities of Readers in 2012 ++
I love that the top 3 are all places that I've lived :)
1. Honolulu
2. New York
3. Houston
4. Chicago
5. Dallas
6. Los Angeles
7. Austin 
8. San Francisco 
9. Seattle
10. Denver

++ Top 10 Most Engaged Instagram Followers of 2012 ++
Thank you!!
1. @fashionmakeuplifestyle
2. @ohthatmama
3. @skmac44
4. @hayleysworld
5. @nicolemariejohnson
6. @sugarshackcrafts
7. @eunnie16
8. @irinagnatiuk
9. @m_is
10. @messydirtyhair

++ Top 10 Instagram Users I Engaged with the Most in 2012 ++
Do you follow these people?? I obviously think they're pretty cool ;)
1. @spikethepunch_
2. @aimeesan
3. @khloekardashian
4. @kendalljenner
5. @rutherfordsbyrebecca
6. @jtay0129
7. @trini_italian
8. @eunnie16
9. @thatsheart
10. @thecourtneykerr

++ Top 10 Most Liked Photos on Instagram in 2012 ++
Apparently people like sunsets!

++ Top 10 Most Commented on Photos on Instagram in 2012 ++
It's kind of fitting that the picture of pickles (I'm obsessed) was #1..

++ Top 10 Most Liked Status Updates on Facebook in 2012 ++
from personal facebook account
1. 6/22/12 - You guys.. Jared and I have been married for 2 YEARS! Crazy! Time flies when you're having fun! :)
2. 11/16/12 - @Whataburger just followed me on twitter. What else could I ever want in life? (besides a #1 with cheese..)
3. 1/31/12 - LADIES: Find a man who stands by your side, lifts you up, and supports you through all of your (sometimes crazy) decisions. I promise it's an amazing feeling!
4. 3/31/12 - I remember when drinking an entire bottle of wine meant pregaming. Now it means bedtime.
5. 11/1/12 - My best friend's a LAWYER! Congrats, Char! We all knew you'd kick the bar's butt. Wish we were in TX to celebrate!
6. 11/6/12 - so excited to see how many of you who are "moving to another country if __________ wins the election" actually move.
7. 1/17/12 - FYI: When someone in Hawaii offers you taco, it does not mean a Mexican taco. It means tako. Which means octopus. Lesson learned.
8. 1/7/12 - Wish I was in HOUSTON tonight!
9. 1/18/12 - I don't want to live in a world that does not have Wikipedia.
10. 5/3/12 - THANK YOU friends & family for making the day I turned 25 a lot less miserable than I expected :) and special thanks to Jared for making me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. LOVE you all!

++ Top 10 Most Liked Photos on Facebook in 2012 ++
People must really like Jared..

I couldn't find any legit Twitter stats. Apparently I tweet too much so there wasn't an app that could accurately calculate my tweets for the past year. Womp womp.

What are some of your top 10's? Is there anything that you think I should add to this list?

P.S.  Are you going to the Blogger's Ball?? Don't forget to link up!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

blogger's ball 2012

Welcome to the 1st annual Blogger's Ball! 

I wish that we were all in a huge ballroom sipping on champagne and dancing the night away together.. until that dream of mine can come true, check out my Blogger's Ball inspiration board and a few questions answered below it. Be sure to check out the other host's pages and link-up with us below!
This dress.. I DIE! Give me it and give me an excuse to wear it..PLEASE!

1. What was your best part of 2012? 
The best part of 2012 was... this actually took me a while to figure out. I think the best part of 2012 was starting this blog. I never could have imagined how fast and how much it would grow and I never knew that this amazing blogging community existed. I've built relationships with some of you that I am so grateful for. It's taught me a lot about myself. About my life. About my writing. I'm excited to see where else this blog will take me.

2. What was your favorite song/book/movie of 2012? 
This may make me sound dorky but... I have to go with the Hunger Games trilogy and movie! I'm not sure when the books were actually published but I read them in the spring of 2012. I was absolutely mesmerized by each of the three books and was so sad when I finished. I didn't want them to end! I remember reading them so fast and actually forcing myself to slow down so I wouldn't finish them so fast. Then I patiently waited for the movie to be released. Of course, the book was better than the movie but I was still so excited to watch it. I still can't wait for the next movie! 

3. What was your biggest accomplishment of 2012? 
My biggest accomplishment in 2012 was working up the courage to quit my corporate office job to start something new. It was scary. And I was nervous. And some people probably thought I was crazy.. but I can tell you that I am so so sooo much happier and content with life. I love the field that I'm in (PR + Marketing) but don't know that I could ever go back to doing it in a corporate, 8 to 5, office environment. 

4. What are you looking forward to the most in 2013? 
I'm looking forward to a new chapter that should be opening up soon for us. I haven't talked about it on the blog yet, but when it happens, I'm sure I'll be writing about it!

5. What are your new year's resolutions? 
I've never been one to pay attention to what I eat or what kind of exercise (if any) I get. Let's be realistic, I'm not expecting to turn into some health nut in 2013 but I do want to try to be more conscious of my body and how I take care of it. As I get older, I'm realizing more and more how important it is. 
I also want to focus more on the "voice" of my blog. When I started it in February 2012, I was writing mostly for fun and as a way to look back at memories of my life. Since then, this blog has grown more than I could have imagined and has become so much more than just fun. It's an outlet. A source. I need to figure out exactly how I want to use it, what I have time to commit to, and how to organize things in order for me to be more efficient.

P.S. To help give your blog a boost in 2013, I'm offering 40% off all ad spots with code NEWYEAR

If you're joining us, be sure to link up below so we can check out your post. Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

you're invited..

Mark your calendars! Join Rachel, Niki, and I at the first annual Blogger's Ball on the night of 12/31!


after christmas sales you don't want to miss


Now that the craziness of holiday shopping is (almost) over, check out these fabulous sales to kick-start your shopping addiction as we roll in the new year.

1. Target: In addition to their already huge price-cuts and deals, from 12/26 to 12/29, all toys are 50% off.

2. MiH Jeans: Use code HAPPYHOLIDAYS to get 30% off their entire Fall collection starting 12/25

3. Topshop: Select items go on sale starting 12/24

4. Keds: The entire winter collection will be 50% off starting on 12/25

5. BaubleBar: Select jewelry will be 50% off starting on 12/27

6. C.Wonder: 50% off new markdows starting 12/26

7. Charming Life Studio: 20% off with code CHARMINGHOLIDAY

8. Blue Bird Bride: 15% off w/ code FALL2012

Ginger13 Bow Tie necklace: Regular Price $28
9. Ginger13: 30% off with code JESSICAWHO now until 12/31

10. JAVOedge: 15% off with code j15who now until 12/27

11. Intwined Bows: 20% off with code HOLIDAYME now until 12/26

12. Tookies: 15% off with code JESSICAWHO15

13. Sephora: Extra 20% off sale items with code EXTRA, 12/21 - 12/31

14. Wanderlust + Co.: 30% off with code FB5000, now - 12/30

15. Madewell: 30% off all sale items with code BYEBYE, now- 12/31

16. Jessica Who?: 40% off all ad spaces with code NEWYEAR, now - 1/1

Got any other great sales that we can't afford to miss? Leave the details in the comments below. I'll be adding to this list throughout the week!

Happy Holidays! and Happy Shopping! ;)


Saturday, December 22, 2012

2012 holiday cards

I really love snail mail. A lot. In a world of emails, texts, social media, and phone calls, getting good ol' fashioned mail often adds a nice touch to whatever message you're trying to get across. So, naturally, my favorite part about the holiday season is receiving holiday cards in the mail. It may seem a little dorky but it totally makes my day!

I really wanted Jared, Duke, and I to have a Christmas photo session but we never got around to it. Jared probably wouldn't even notice if we didn't send out cards at all but I, of course, was super bummed. I ended up going through our pictures so that we could send out a semi-decent card. I'm not totally pleased with what I came up with but here it is...

Front photo taken by the fabulous Marina Miller of Red Heart Photo at Waimea Bay. (Marina is also the genius behind our underwater photo shoot.)
Back photo taken by Michael Romero (I think) at the top of the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.
Printing and design done by Tiny Prints -- who I love!
These are photos that I took of the cards. The actual quality is much better in person!

I over-ordered of course. I always do. I'm always afraid I'll forget to send it to someone. If you want one, let me know! ;)

I also participated in a Blogger Christmas Card Exchange! I received this sweet card in the mail from someone named Jessica Lynn. She didn't include her blog address so I'm not sure who it is! 
And this is the exact reason behind my blog name-- there are just so many Jessica's out there! 
If you're the sweet Jessica who sent this card, THANK YOU!! And let me know where you blog so I can check you out! 

Speaking of snail mail and people named Jessica Lynn.. my sister in-law sent this gorgeous ornament to us! I'm in love with it and it's the perfect addition to our tree! Her name is also Jessica Lynn! I told you there are so many of us..

What did your Christmas card look like this year?


Thursday, December 20, 2012

10 trends to look for in 2013

According to Lucky Magazine's article, "10 Trends We Can't Wait to Wear in 2013", these will be 2013's hottest trends. Here's what I think..

stripes trend 2013

1. Bold Stripes. The black and white version is a little too jailbird-ish to me, but vertical stripes can be slimming-- and I'm all for that.

ruffles trend 2013

2. Romantic Ruffles. Lucky referred to this trend as "feline, flirty, and frilly". I personally refer to ruffles as annoying.

blazers trend 2013

3. The New Le Smoking. Clearly I'm not a fashion expert because I had no idea what the hell "le smoking" referred to. For those of you who don't know, here you go. Anyway, hasn't this been trendy for a while now? I love blazers! 

flats trend 2013

4. Fancy Flats. Oh I am SO excited about this one! I think I've been rocking this one since 2008-ish even if it wasn't stylish. Stilettos may be sexier but flats definitely win when it comes to comfort.

drop waist dress trend 2013

5. The Drop-Waist Dress. I'm a bit pissed off about this one. It's meant for incredibly tiny stick-figure-ish people unless you wear a baggy version... which looks like a potato sack.

sunglasses trend 2013

6. Crazy Shades. I've already seen some of this out and about.. and I just can't take it seriously. Someone tell me.. Is this a joke?

chokers trend 2013

7. Chokers. I'm pretty excited about this one. I rocked chokers in the '90's and now that I've got a bit more style sense under my belt, I'm excited to do it again!

color leather trend 2013

8. Bright Leather. This one can get a bit tricky in my opinion. And expensive. If real leather isn't used, it's likely that you'll end up looking like you're dressed in a cheap costume. Fashionistas, beware.

budoir trend 2013

9. Boudoir Beautiful. Think 50 Shades of Grey.. on the runway. This sexy look has been around for forever and you may see it around even more in 2013.

bermudas trend 2013

10. Baggy Bermudas. Whether you like the look of these boyish shorts or not, you have to admit that they sure do look comfy. Think boyfriend jeans.. but shorts.

So what do you think? Which of these trends will you try next year? 


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

because every girl loves diamonds

All girls are different. But I've never met a girl who didn't like (more like love) diamonds. 
Boys- take note- you cannot go wrong when giving the gift of a diamond!
Whether it's a pair of earrings, a big fat engagement ring, or an elegant necklace... diamonds can be worn day or night, fancy or casual, every single day of your life.

With that being said, Peter Norman has outdone himself. If you're looking for beautiful jewelry and exceptional service, he is your man. Take a look at some of my favorites from his shop..

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... because no one likes fruit cake.

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I'd take them all. hint hint ;)


Monday, December 17, 2012

12 days of giveaways: 36 prizes [closed]

DAY 12

Welcome to the last day of Jessica Who?'s 12 Days of Giveaways event!

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36 prizes. 1 winner.
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