You guys!!! It’s Thursday already! What?! I felt like I was just with you chatting about beating the winter blues. And speaking of which, I don’t think I’ll be feeling the winter blues this weekend because it’s gonna be 60 freakin’ degrees! I think that’s unheard of for Chicago in February but I plan to be outside literally all day.
Now for the exciting stuff.
Do you have your mug of coffee?!
Or is this your first coffee talk and you didn’t know this was part of the rules?!
(Btw, if this is your first coffee talk, welcome welcome. We – as in my readers & I – get together every Thursday here on the blog to chat about whatever is relevant. So take a sip, stay awhile, so happy you’re here!)
Let’s get back to it.
Today I’m switching it up a little bit on the coffee talks and having a little guest coffee talker! So since I just wanted to try this out and see what you guys thought, there was no better person to ask than my college-bestie-turned-Chicago-blogger-bestie Jordan Shull!
Real quick – some background on Jordan & I (I call her “Jiggy” and I’ve almost accidentally typed that like 3 times already) – we both went to college at the University of Kentucky and we lived together for two of those years. She was always a morning person like me, and on Tuesdays & Thursdays (imagine that) we would wake up early before class and pour coffee and chat.
Jiggy would make me breakfast some mornings, sometimes we would go to breakfast at one of our favorite spots on campus, like Josie’s or Philip’s Market (RIP). But even after she moved to Chicago (she will talk more about this in our chat!) we get together almost every weekend we’re both in town for a Saturday morning filled with a ton of coffee (or tea!!) & a breakfast date.
This week we picked the Three Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware and you guys – YOU HAVE TO GO. It’s stunning in there. (PSA: It does not open until 10 on Saturdays. I had to learn this the hard way. Lol)
So with that… enjoy our chat! If you love Jiggy you can find her blog at jordanshull.com or follow her on Instagram (@jordanshull)!
Q: So tell me a little bit about yourself – where are you from (I know this will be debatable! lol), what do you do for a living, where do you live now?
A: Oh gosh yes you know this is a hard one for me! Long story short I moved to Pikeville, KY with my family when I was 12 from a really small town in Illinois. My parents moved to Pennsylvania when I was in college in Lexington which is when I started not knowing where to say I’m from. I had stopped visiting Pikeville and it suddenly didn’t feel like home without my family there! I then moved to Louisville after school for 3 years and now I’m in Chicago. I think I’ll keep using my same strategy on picking where my home is which is waiting to see who the person I’m talking with is from and saying which state is the most relatable to them ☺ See I told you it was not a short answer!
I actually work in a corporate office here in Chicago as a senior tax accountant. My company specializes in building and designing synthetic DNA strands which to be honest I don’t know a lot about so I stick to know what I know – taxes ☺
Q: I think I’ll always think you’re FROM Pikeville, but thinking back I’m from Louisville so maybe that’s because it is the most relatable! I like that strategy. And love that you’re secretly a tax nerd. So… why did you decide to start a blog, and what is your blog about?
A: You know those girls out there that love to have artsy Instagram feeds and just “look like a blogger” but never officially say they have a blog? That was definitely me. I enjoyed taking blogger like pictures but never fully felt comfortable posting them until I started getting encouragement from several of my friends and people I didn’t even know really well! So, I owe it to all of my friends ☺
Oh the blog…..this is technically my “tax season” right now so there has not been much time to spare for writing posts and taking pictures when It’s actually day light out but I created www.jordanshull.com after all the encouragement to share my favorite outfits and other lifestyle ideas! I would say about 5-6 years ago I really started getting into fashion. Don’t get me wrong I’ve always loved shopping and buying new things but when I started really paying attention to trends I started loving and appreciating the fashion industry even more. It’s amazing how putting together a good outfit can make you feel so I love sharing my “OOTD’s” with people to help encourage/inspire them the way others have done for me!
Q: I love that. And you have the CUTEST style, which we will come back to. But – this intrigued me – this month you’re doing “Month of Me.” What is this and why did you decide to do it?
A: If I’m being completely honest I just needed a break from all the stresses in life but one more importantly – men. Men are a lot of work! Ladies, am I right?!! I moved to Chicago after a break up where I kind of wanted to start a new “me” and have fun, meet new people and be a little more adventurous in my daily life. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my first 6-7 months of taking on that new “me” it’s that putting yourself out there at the age of 26 is just hard. You have to focus on work, yourself and finding someone else that you can actually put up with ha ha! Balancing all of those things was putting stress on me and my body so I decided to take a step back this month and do things for myself! Aka – No.Dating.Apps. Just kidding that isn’t all but heck it’s a big portion and must I say it’s been so nice to clear my head and focus on no one but me!
Q: I think that’s absolutely amazing, and it’s so important to listen to what your mind & body need and give yourself a break sometimes! What are some of the things you’ve done, or plan to do, for month of me?
A: I’ve had a lot of “treat yo self” moments this month and it has completely changed my attitude. I’ve had a spa day to myself, I’ve been eating super healthy, drinking less and doing all the other things I love most in life but the most important thing I’ve been doing is praying! We all get so busy in our daily lives that we forget to talk to the big man upstairs so I’ve made it a priority every single night. It’s amazing how one little conversation before bed can turn your next morning around!
Q: Ok tbh that kind of made me tear up – it’s SO true and something that can so easily fall by the wayside! I have to get myself together over here. Here’s a fun one – what’s your favorite kind of coffee?
A: This is another hard question because I literally love it all. Is it even possible to have a favorite when they all taste so good? I will always love plain black coffee but if I could only have one brand for the rest of my life *crying thinking of that thought* I would go with the Hawaiian Coconut Caramel Crunch flavor by Kauai coffee. You can find it at pretty much any store!
Q: Ummm I have NOT tried that, and I’m basically running to the store tonight to try it because it sounds ah-mah-zing. Most people may not even know this but you’re actually the person that introduced me to the Whole 30 diet. So – what’s your favorite Whole 30 go-to meal?
A: I didn’t even have to debate this one because I literally make it once or twice a week and it’s the easiest recipe ever! I wouldn’t even necessarily say recipe because I came up with it on my own but I like to dice up zucchini and drizzle a little olive oil, salt, pepper and other spices on it then throw it into the oven on broil until its browned. In the meantime I sauté onions, garlic and tomatoes on the stove top then add in Trader Joe’s chicken sausage. Once those are cooked I’ll add in some Whole 30 approved tomato sauce along with some more spices while letting it simmer. Once the zucchini is cooked I put the sauce with chicken sausage on top of it and voila! It’s so good!
Q: Ok I have seen that on your Snapchat and have always wondered how you made it! It looks SO good. I have absolutely fallen in love with cooking and it’s one of my favorite things to do when I just have a little “me” time. So what’s your favorite thing to do when you just have some “me” time?
A: Me time is definitely my favorite time! I don’t get a lot of chances throughout the work day to check social media so I usually start there. I love to watch the news (yes I’m boring and old), Kentucky basketball obviously and spending time with girlfriends!
Q: Love that. A little Instagram, the Cats, and the girls. Doesn’t get much better than that! Ok so i promised we would come back to this – your style is SO cute. Where do you come up with outfit inspo?
A: I would definitely have to say my favorite way is by people watching! I like to see what other people are putting together and come home to see what I have that is similar and put my own twist on it ☺
Q: Well I’m creepy and people watch YOU and attempt to dress like you even though I’m like an awkward 5 feet taller. Lol. Kind of kidding. Kind of not. So… where are your favorite stores to shop?
A: Nordstrom. Nordstrom. And…Nordstrom ☺ Just kidding that’s not the only one but I would say I shop there 80% of the time! I also love Zara, Madewell and H&M!
Q: Those are tough to beat. Nordstrom is literally amazing. Ok, last question. I know you’re sad this is coming to an end lol! Who are your favorite bloggers and/or blogs to actually read?
A: Obviously the Windy Blonde, duh! ☺ Over time I have found myself following blogs with a platform about food, home décor, fashion and so many other things so it’s hard to pick my favorite! I always have trouble picking favorites with anything if you can’t tell because I truly love so many things and appreciate how different we all are!
Ok so did you guys LOVE that?! I kind of did! And I want your feedback – do you want to see more of this?! Do you want to be on my next installment of this type of coffee talk? Tell me everything! I will be back SO soon with another post of tidbits, a new recipe that I can’t stop eating, and more! Until then. Xo.