Hi There! I'm Jessica.
Welcome to Olive & Smith.
Here you'll find inspiration, real-talk, and my thoughts on all things related to life. From beauty, relationships, sex, and friendships, to self-love. I hope this blog can serve as a place for like-minded women to learn and support each other through all that life has to offer.
I am partial to herbal tea, Vinyasa yoga, and anything with Ginger. Besides stealing my boyfriend's clothes, I like to shop at second hand stores. I'm all about finding joy in the little things; like matte pink lipstick, and learning to live well.
Hopefully, we can share some smiles along the way. If anything else, my grandchildren will know how rad their grandmother was.
life // pregnancy • June 22, 2018
the moment i became a mom
I stared at your photo last night. Your dad was beside me watching another conspiracy film on the assassination of JFK. He does that sort of thing. The graphic nature of the film made me queasy. So with my hands covering my face, my attention wandered around the room until something caught my eye. Tucked nicely inside my purse were two, black and white photos peeking out from inside my bag. I should have ignored them, and gotten ready for bed but I couldn’t resist getting one last look at you.
Bites • February 13, 2018
The three juice recipes you didn't know you needed
When I decided to compete for Miss Alaska USA, I knew I was going to have to do something that would boost my immune system, and give me more energy. Juicing sounded like the perfect way to restore my health by allowing me to add more fruits and vegetables into my diet.
I was first introduced to juicing by a local juice bar. The juice tasted amazing, but at $9.00 a pop, I couldn't afford more than a few juices a week. As an alternative, I purchased produce and drove to a girlfriend's house every Sunday to use her juicer. Alas! I had fresh-pressed juice, but again, never more than a few juices a week.
Life • February 13, 2018
What it's really like living with an anxiety disorder
By now, everybody knows the internet loves when we share our "highlight reel". Perfectly staged meals, curated outfits, and sculpted, toned mid-sections. We've gotten to a place where we only feel comfortable letting people see the 'perfect' us. Which means, often times, we find ourselves hiding our shadow selves. Like the days when we struggle to put on pants, eat cereal for dinner, and sit cross-cross applesauce in front of Grey's Anatomy folding a giant pile of neglected laundry. I wish we shared more real things about our lives. Our struggles, our shortcomings, our flaws, etc. We all have them. And this is mine.
Health // wellness • July 10, 2017
how I lost 30lbs: the ultimate pageant diet
After competing in Miss Alaska USA, and debuting my body in a swimsuit, a lot of my friends wanted to know what I did to accomplish my results. The short version boils down to weights and salad. The other version starts a few years, and a "few" pounds prior. Luckily, I was born before Instagram was around. I didn't growing up comparing my body to the bodies we all see on the internet. I was healthy. I played sports, ate when I was hungry, and never obsessed about my weight. This all changed when I turned 19.