By the time you read this, we will be on our way to BIG SKY MONTANA for our best friends’ wedding! We cannot wait to celebrate Kate and Matt! ??Seriously, I’ve been counting down to this week for so, so long–it’s going to be one for the record books! I’m pretty sure the entire plane from Chicago to Bozeman is packed with Wendel wedding guests–it’s going to be a riot from the second we get on the plane. ?
Anyway, as Neal and I are sipping bloody marys in the sky–it’s time for another round of Ask Jess! Thanks to those of you who submitted your questions via stories yesterday. Let’s jump in! ??
Do you have any hidden talents?
I actually used to be a pretty good singer!
(Emphasis on used to be. I think when you get older, singing is definitely a “use it or lose it” type of thing.)
I have actually been considering taking voice lessons just for fun to get back into it again, you know, in all the spare time I have. ?My Karaoke skills are average, at best, these days.
But I LOVE to sing. I am always singing, usually almost always subconsciously. I have a particular knack for being automatically able to harmonize with literally any song–also something I do subconsciously to any tune that is playing much to everyone elses’ chagrin. It’s kind of an annoying habit. ?
I have been a singer as far back as I can remember–my mom’s side of the family is very musical.
One of my biggest accomplishments in high school was landing a highly coveted solo in my choir’s performance of Bohemian Rhapsody my Junior year. (Specifically, the second verse of the first song. You know, that ends with “MAMAAAA-A-A-AAAA.”) Come to think of it, it was definitely one of the first times I remember launching myself out of my comfort zone and being REALLY proud of myself.
I was in the elite choir in my high school (our school was and is really highly regarded for it’s choir program!) and every two years the music department would put on this huge production called “Century of Song”– Bohemian Rhapsody was always the closing number of the night–it was INCREDIBLE. It was always performed it at huge assemblies in front of the entire school as well.
I had never tried out for a solo before or really done anything to call much attention to myself, especially in choir, I was pretty quiet and was never comfortable singing in front of people by myself–I think the only person who knew I could really sing was my choir teacher. (Love you Mrs. T!) She told me I was one of her only female students who could hit both the lowest alto note and the highest soprano note. ??
I randomly raised my hand to try out for one of the two highly coveted Bohemian Rhapsody solos in front of the whole class and it was like a movie. The whole class turned to look at me like, “WHAT?!” I even remember my sweet friend who always sat next to me looking at me like, “OMG REALLY?”
Much to everyone’s surprise, I completely killed it and won the solo.
I don’t think anyone (partially myself) believed I could belt out a song like that, and I think it definitely caused some rumbling amongst the seniors.
I sang my solo it in front of the whole school at the assembly (I literally almost wet my pants I was so nervous) and my Uncle Mike, (who passed away a couple years back, we were extremely close–he is where so much of my love of music and musical talent comes from) got to come see me perform at the concert. He later told me, choking up, that watching me sing that solo was one of the highlights of his life. ❤️(Andddd now I’m crying.)
In another life, I think I would love to be the vocalist in a band that played at cool, swanky restaurants and cozy clubs a couple days a week, you know, just for fun. Maybe one day–when I retire. ?
Is Orangetheory as your only workout? Can you share your workout routine?
Yep! That’s it, haha!
In a perfect world I would also get to Corepower (their C2 classes are my favorite) at least once per week (for mental sanity and for fun) but I just haven’t had time right now. OTF is it! My goal is always to make it there 3 times per week but lately it’s been 1-2 because I’ve had so much going on. Even at one time per week, I think it’s honestly more effective than like 3 regular workouts at any other gym–I’m not even exaggerating.
Before that, CorePower was my pretty much my main workout, but I needed to kick things up a notch before my wedding, so I tried OrangeTheory, and got hooked on the results–I’ve been going ever since because I didn’t want to give up my OTF body. ?I have a whole review on Orangetheory right here!
I always get asked if I’ve tried Shred or Barry’s and I haven’t because I have no reason to switch–I love OTF and can’t see myself doing any other workout–it’s just way too effective. I personally don’t think there’s another workout out there that works as well–plus, I love everyone who works there–they have all become my friends!
Any suggestions for rain jackets/trenches?
Yes! I HIGHLY recommend London Fog trenches. I’ve had mine for a couple years now (it’s the one I wear on the blog all the time) and I can’t say enough good things. It’s not 100% waterproof but it’s water resistant, has a removable liner and hood. It looks like Burberry but is under $200! (Pictured above!)
As for totally waterproof, I don’t have any that I recommend that are still available to purchase (I have favorites but they’re old!) BUT Lole has a super cute rain jackets–and you know how much I adore all of their jackets! LOFT also has one that is really adorable!
What does a typical Saturday/Sunday look like for you and Neal?
Not that exciting, haha! We both usually work out in the morning, meet back at the house, either cook breakfast together while listening to music or we’ll go out for brunch. Depending on what we have going on we’ll hang out with friends or have a date night–our favorites are Boefhaus (tell Jessica we sent you!) or Nando Trattoria (tell Lucca we sent you!) Slow weekends are our absolute favorite thing ever.
Are you a jean shorts girl? What pair would you recommend?
Yes! I HIGHLY recommend the A.Golde shorts. I actually did a whole review on my favorite jean shorts right here. It took me a long time to find a pair of cutoffs that was high rise and also not too short. (I feel like the high rise ones are always high on the waist and are way too cheeky!) These I had heard about for years before I finally pulled the trigger before our latest Mexico trip.
They are admittedly, ridiculously expensive for jean shorts, but honestly they’re the best I’ve ever found and I’m going to wear them every day every summer for YEARS. They are worth the spend!
For a more budget-friendly alternative, Abercrombie has a REALLY cute pair that is a little bit longer in length, but I haven’t tried them personally!