Golden Swank

Monday, October 24, 2016


Jake is thee most ticklish person. He makes the cutest laughing noise and starts laughing uncontrollably. It's my favorite.
For the record, this pose was my idea. (Can't let Jake take the credit haha) I can't jump for crap and I was in heels or else I would have attempted to join in. :)

dress || boots || c/o choker 

jake's shirt

photography: THEE @annierubyy

I'm SO excited to share these photos with you guys! We took these during Jake's surprise birthday weekend which he was suppppper thrilled about hahahaha. But really, he ended up having a good time because Annie, the photographer, is amazing and hilarious and makes you feel like you're best friends in five seconds flat. She truly captured our relationship to a T; all the joy, all the laughter, all the love. I'm so beyond thankful that we'll always have these photos to look back on.

If you've been following me for at least a year now, you'll know that I shared how hard it's been out in Arizona for us. I think Jake and I would both agree that our time out here has been the absolute hardest on us as individuals, and on our marriage. It seems like when we moved here, we seemed to lose more than the comfort of a familiar place and familiar faces. We lost a bit of who we are, what we believe in, and what we want to be. I for one, lost a large part of inspiration for this blog of mine, and am still working toward figuring out what I want to do with it. (If you guys have ideas as to what you want to see on here, feel free to let me know!)

We have been tested time and time again, and still haven't really gotten to a spot where we can truly just breathe. But through all the ups and downs in Arizona, we've somehow grown closer. We rely on one another. We haven't given up. We are there.

He is my safe place, and I am his. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016


dress || turtleneck || hat || c/o purse - similar here || boots

This is one of my favvvvvorite fall looks this season! I'm all about lightweight layers since it's still pretty warm in Arizona. Both this lace turtleneck and suede dress are absolutely STUNNING in real life and the quality is top notch. Sometimes I feel like Free People items are super fragile and could potentially fall apart at any given moment, but not these babies! They are so so good. Andddd you can snag the suede piece at 20% off through October 14th since Shopbop is having an amazing sale right now. 

I'll be doing a post on that sale so make sure to check back tomorrow for a round-up of all the best pieces that are still in stock. 

I can't believe how quickly the weeks seem to be flying by. This always happens around the holiday season. I'm off to run some errands but I hope you've all been having a fabulous week!! :)


Tuesday, October 4, 2016


*This post is in collaboration with Tobi. All opinions are my own.

 c/o jacket (on sale!) || boots || t-shirt || c/o jeans || hat 

Howdy, partner! We just got back from celebrating Jake's birthday in Catalina Foothills, which is just on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona. My husband and I always talk about wanting to go camping, but never do because I'm just honestly not that into camping (high maintenance? haha). But I figured a glamping trip of sorts would be doable, so I rented a cute airstream for the weekend!

Planning surprises gets me giddy on all levels, so anytime Jake asked me what we were doing for his birthday, I had to do everything in my power to not start smiling uncontrollably or giggling from excitement. After weeks of holding in the secret and only really discussing it with my out-of-state best friend so nobody would mention anything to Jake, the day finally arrived. I could hardly sleep the night before. It was seriously like Christmas to me, because I have the mentality of a six-year-old and honestly get overboard excited about pretty much anything. I had the car all packed and ready to go when Jake came home from work. He was under the impression that we were just going to dinner that night, but YOU GUYS, I HAD SO MANY OTHER THINGS IN MIND.

He was blown away by the trip and was actually SO surprised, and we had a ball all weekend. Because we were glamping, the fashion blogger in me had to get some desert/camping outfits going. Luckily, Tobi was kind enough to send me this amazing shearling-lined, jean jacket. It's on mega-sale right now and you get 50% off your first purchase, so hop to it if you're in the market for a gorgeous jean jacket! I paired the jacket with the perfect ivory hat and my favorite Vince booties and ta-da! Easy glamping style. Jake proceeded to ask if I was a cowgirl basically all weekend, but what's new ya know? ;)

We also had the opportunity to do a photo session with an amazing photographer on this trip, so stay tuned for some amazing imagery from that. I'll be posting some sneak peeks on my Instagram (@jesslincheesman), so follow along there to get the first look!