Jessica Andrews:

“Glamazon” and Style Journalist, Jessica C. Andrews, has contributed to major publications in her tenure as a writer, including ELLE, The New York Times and SHEfinds; she is also Editor of the popular style blog With the motto: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fabulous, reports on everything beauty fashion and entertainment, dishing on the trends--as well as what’s “new, hot and next”. As our December COCOBlogger, Jessica took some time out to chat with us about living her dream as a writer, her style inspiration and the one bit of advice she would give to all women.

In 3-4 sentences tell us about yourself, your profession and your blog.
Everyday, I'm blessed to wake up and live my dream. I've loved writing since I was a little girl, and now I pinch myself when I see my words published on or in The New York Times and Essence Magazine. It's been a rewarding yet challenging process and I chronicle the highs and lows of my journey from small town girl to NYC fashion editor on my blog, With a daily dose of news, product reviews and style advice, my blog caters to the fashion and beauty-obsessed who have to be in the know about what's hot, new and next.

What are 3 products in your ultimate beauty arsenal?
La Prairie Eye Cream, Clarisonic, Mario Badescu Face Wash, Cover FX CC Cream. Oops, that's 4!

What inspires your outfit posts?
I always say I was born in the wrong era! I take cues from the vintage ladylike fashion of the '50s. Midi skirts, gloves, swing dresses cinched at the waist - I love it all! I'm heavily inspired by my mother who always looks regal, sophisticated and feminine. I'm drawn to that sort of retro romantic look but I tend to add an edgy flair that's very New York.

If you had 2 hours to pick out an outfit from head to toe, where would you shop and why?
Zara. You can find timeless closet staples and head-turning accessories in a one-stop shop! And they have the best sales.

Who is your celebrity style icon, and why?
I'm a big fan of Wonderland editor Julia Sarr-Jamois' style. She's able to mix different eras, trends, textures and colors for a look that's always quintessentially Julia.

What is your perfect red lipstick?
I love MAC Cosmetics 'RiRi Woo'. It's bluer than 'Ruby Woo', so the undertone really pops against my skin. And it makes your teeth look whiter!

What is your favorite winter fashion trend and why?
I think the "sporty glam" trend is refreshing and fun. I love to juxtapose tomboy staples like sweatshirts and baseball caps with girly, refined pieces. It's the one trend where you can indulge in comfy sportswear without sacrificing your femininity.

Do you have a Sunday night or weekend beauty ritual? If so, what is it?
Absolutely! I have natural hair so I give it all my love and affection on Sunday evenings. I cowash with Wen by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, deep condition with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and do a twist out or braid out with Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Milk to set my hair for the week.

What is the most rewarding aspect of blogging?
I find it most rewarding when I open up about challenges and personal growth, and I connect with readers all over the world who've been through something similar. Whether we're on a journey to find our personal style, learn to love our hair texture or figure out how to best accentuate our body types, we use the blog to support and uplift each other along the way. That's the beauty of growing an online community, and I'm so blessed to experience that.

What is your proudest blogging achievement to date?
My proudest blogging achievement is being featured in InStyle Magazine. I've always been behind-the-scenes as a writer so I was apprehensive about putting myself out there as a style blogger. Fashion is subjective so I knew not everyone would love it. I had to develop confidence in my look so no matter how people reacted, I'd still feel good about the content I was producing. I was happy to discover that other people liked my style too including the InStyle editors! That feature encouraged me to keep taking risks, stepping out of my comfort zone and striving.

What is the one bit of advice you would give to all women?
Well, here are a couple pieces of advice: Trust your instincts. If a job, relationship, living situation doesn't feel right to you, don't be afraid to step out on faith and change your circumstances. Life is short, and you shouldn't waste any time pursuing something that doesn't bring you joy and make you grateful to wake up every morning. When a woman is living on purpose, there's a magic about her that people just can't ignore. Find that peace. You owe it to yourself.

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