According to Jess

Racism has been a destructive sickness that has plagued this world for a very long time. We've seen it throughout history between nations and even cultures of the same kind. To me, there is no greater sickness than the one that says you are unworthy and your life is less valuable because of the color of your skin.


Police brutality is a horrific problem in our country and while I understand the issue itself may affect a vast number of people, it’s important to realize how it’s being used as a genocidal tool with hatred at its core to eradicate the black community. This is a system that has been structured this way for centuries now and it cannot continue. I don’t have to be black to see there is a fatally critical problem with lives being taken from people of color without hesitation. Friends, if you continue to remain blind and silent about these injustices, you become part of the problem.


Furthermore if you remain silent yet have the audacity to mention the riots, again you are part of the problem. I'm not going to scream at you, though I may want to inside. What I am going to do is mention Colin Kaepernick, who made a decision to peacefully #protest during the national anthem to bring awareness to this ongoing issue. What happened? He was ostracized by his football community and deemed unpatriotic for his non-violent protesting.


Maybe violence is seen as the only language people in power might understand. Maybe that is why #riots occur. Riots have occurred as a form of protest for years and it hasn't just been in the pursuit of equal rights or against racial injustice. Boston Tea Party anyone? Ah yes, a story from the old history books about a strong #rioting protest dumping over 300 cases of imported tea into the sea for...taxation without #representation. That’s right, it was all about taxes. One could argue #equality and racism carry a much heavier weight, no?


If nothing I've said has resonated with you in agreeance or a new eye-opening #perspective, maybe listening to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about "The Other America," might #enlighten you a bit.  He didn’t agree with #violence but he did understand why people felt it was the only way to be heard.


The full transcript can be found HERE.


Love,

Jess


Happy Friday Fashion Fam!! Can I be your hype girl today? Perfect, let’s get into it. ⁣⁣

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Quick story time: I’ve always been a fan of Pinterest, especially for style-inspo and recently Liz Everett of Style IT Factor pinned some incredible looks for me and I went to town. ⁣⁣

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In my latest YouTube video I go over 3 looks that I loved and how I recreated those looks with clothes right from my closet! I loved doing this video and I encourage you to let pinterest inspire you, go to your closet, and get creative recreating your favorite looks without buying anything! Trust me, it’s a blast. ⁣⁣


⁣⁣Now, for my dose of spiritual inspo for the day. This morning I came across Proverbs. 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” This Bible verse spoke to me because so often we get consumed with our appearance and that has become our highest and most valuable currency. When really, it isn’t and shouldn’t be. ⁣⁣

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For me, I have found the most valuable part of my life is my spiritual walk. That is my highest currency because it’s what brings me peace, comfort, hope, and faith. ⁣⁣

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I encourage you to reevaluate and check-in with yourself to determine what you consider to be most valuable and ask yourself, is this fleeting? You can’t build any foundation on something that isn’t solid and grounding. Pour into yourself in ways that create the ability to sustain and withstand. ⁣


Love,

Jess

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Jessie's Cookbook features delicious homemade recipes right from my kitchen. Today's tasty meal is my Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta. This recipe is a favorite of mine and really simple to make.

Recipe for Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta Serving Size 4 to 5 Prep time:

15 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes


Ingredients:

- 1 lb of raw or frozen shrimp

- 1 bulb of garlic or 4 to 5 tablespoons of minced garlic

- 5 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (regular vegetable oil can be used as an alternative)

- 1/2 cup of white wine

- 1 qt of heavy whipping cream

- Seasonings to Taste (I recommend Mrs. Dash's Onion & Herb and McCormick's Montreal Chicken)

- 2 teaspoons of salt

- 1 box of Linguine or Angel Hair pasta

- 2 teaspoons of dried parsley for presentation


Directions:

Step 1: Clean shrimp with water and lemon juice. If shrimp is frozen, be sure to allow time to fully thaw.

Step 2: In a medium sized deep pan or wok, simmer garlic and 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil until fragrant. Do not over cook the garlic, garlic should be a very light medium gold color before adding the shrimp.

Step 3: Add white wine and let shrimp simmer for about 5 to 6 minutes.

Step 4: Season shrimp to preferred taste. I recommend using both Mrs. Dash's Onion & Herb and McCormick's Montreal Chicken.

Step 5: Once the shrimp is seasoned, add heavy whipping cream. Stir sauce occasionally until thickened.


For Pasta:

Step 1: On high heat, bring water to a full boil in a large pot.

Step 2: Add 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.

Step 3: Once water is at a full boil, add in pasta.

Step 4: When pasta is ready to your liking al-dente or more, strain pasta and let it cool.

Once pasta is done and sauce is thickened, you are ready to serve, adding dried parsley sprinkled on top for presentation. Bon appetit!


Love,

Jess