weekend update: PBA, macy*s designer preview, etc.

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Good morning and welcome to a fresh week. I hope you had a good weekend! Mine was full of running (did a half marathon on Saturday to prep for the San Fransisco Marathon this fall), cooking (created a wonderful meal with friends for my running partner’s birthday), and eating (everything under the sun including two Ann Sather’s cinnamon rolls and Piece pizza).

Today I want to recap two developments. The first is a slight change in my Personal Bank Account intention for May, and the second is a Jess LC update regarding the Macy*s on State St.

Houston, we have a problem


Last night’s salad: mixed greens, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, alfalfa sprouts, herbed Chevre (goat cheese), cucumbers, and Cilantro dressing from T.Joe’s.

Despite my good intention for this month’s Personal Bank Account (PBA) deposit, I am changing course and heading in a new direction. Originally I mentioned I wanted to eat my vitamins everyday like a good little girl. But about a week into the month, it became obvious that I should find a new intention unconnected to supplements (don’t ask).

So for the remainder of May I intend to consume my vitamins and minerals in their natural state, specifically via four salads a week. I chose to eat four salads a week because it is healthy and requires me to eat slightly more veggies than I normally eat. To put things in perspective, the number of salads I consumed in 2009 before May could be counted on… one finger. So here I am on May 18th armed with bags of Arugula, baby spinach and more salad dressings than shoes in my closet. Above is a photo of last night’s salad- fresh and tasty, but I should have added croutons, nuts, or some other crunchy addition.

How has everyone else done with their PBA’s? Smooth sailing? Any snafus like mine?

Fingers crossed…


Last Friday I spent most of the afternoon debuting Astor St. and the rest of the Jess LC line to Macy*s buyers for consideration in the Chicago Designer section of the State St. Macy*s. Each year they carry four to six Chicago jewelry lines in a special jewelry case and host a handful of trunk shows for local designers.

Last year I attended this event and was asked to participate in the trunk shows, but they did not place a wholesale order. Not sure what they will decide this year, but my fingers are crossed and I will update you in the next few weeks if the outcome is positive.

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  1. Jill

    Jess! That is so fab! I will be thinking of you… and then I will hopefully be able to visit the “chicago designer” space at Macys! So cool!

  2. Good luck with Macy’s!

    Eating your vitamins is so much better for you than swallowing them whole! You’ll get in the salad habit in no time.

    My PBA is going well. I’ve been logging at least 20 minutes of intense exercise daily!

  3. Once again, you have inspired my pba to start running. I went on map my run and shall begin and work toward a marathon — Love to know how you began running, how many miles, what shoes?
    Good luck to you with everything, sending good vibes your way!

  4. Jess

    @ all: Thank you so much for the encouragement! I will see what happens. Either way I will be doing the trunk shows there a few times a year which are always a lot of fun for me. I love meeting customers face to face!

    @ Rachel: Nice! What do you like to do? I recently got hooked on a Bally’s Power Flex class which I have now recruited two people for (Erwin and Kristin).

    @ PVE: Great question about the running. I started running when I was in high school for track and cross country. Kept up long distance in college and have now run a few half marathons and my first full marathon last April (The Nashville Country Music Marathon) with Team In Training. This summer I will be training for the San Fransisco marathon where I hear they give out Tiffany’s necklaces via Fireman in tuxedos – can it get any better?!

    As for miles, I run three to four weekday runs between 3.5-5.5 miles and long runs on the weekends between 6-20 miles (depending on where I am at in the marathon training).

    And for shoes, I was a VERY loyal fan of Asics 2130’s for many, many years with my pronation (AKA “flat feet”) and wore shoe inserts as well. But recently I switched to a Saucony shoe I don’t know the name of, but it seems to be working well.

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