4EVAJESSIE

4evajessie has turned ONE!

March 16, 2017 62 Comments

Thank you for everyone’s support in the past one year, the 4EVAJESSIE blog. It has been quite a journey since I have started this blog, and sometimes, even to myself, it feels like I have been blogging here forever! There are a few highlights I would like to share with you – my dear audiences.

 

Instead of coming up with a Q&A list of my own. I recently was interviewed by a street-wear magazine, and I thought I might share the Q&A here to know me better…

 

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What did you start your blog?

The funny thing about starting this blog is that it wasn’t my idea in the first place. It wasn’t my own idea to become an Instagrammer neither.  I started as a hand-model for one of my girl friend’s fine jeweller, and I have received extremely positive feedbacks on Instagram from each post. As a result of that, my girl friend, her name is Cassie, suggested that I should become an Instagrammer and during the early days, she was my art director and photographer, sometimes editor as well! It was actually a very surprising and joyful journey to see my Instagram to grow to fast, and one day I decided to it to the next level by building a website of my own to start a blog. I have to honestly tell you, I am not a very tech-savvy person, and I honestly  had no idea how to build a website at the beginning. However, I am a very determined person when I want to achieve something. So I spent one day doing research on what’s the best website host for a blog and how to start one and another day to watch YouTube clips on how to build a website from scratch using WordPress. After two whole of working on it, Wala, couldn’t believe my site was up running and everything was actually functional. Up to this point, I’m still pretty proud of myself that someone who doesn’t even know how to format a computer now can build a website from scratch!

 

What was the most rewarding thing from your blogging experience?

I will have to say it’s the blogging community itself. Through blogging, I have met so many lovely blogger throughout the world, since we live in a boundless virtual world for blogging, and became close friends with them. I’ve been meeting up with bloggers from other counties when I travel , and I’ve been hosting them when they are visiting my residential city. Starting this blog has been one of the most wonderful highlights of my life and I have learnt a lot about life and fashion from the girls from different corners of the world.

 

At what point did you begin to gain tons of followers, and how did that feel?

I actually only started blogger about a year ago. I started as an instagrammer about 2 years and up till about a year ago, I decided to launch a blog (www.4evajessie.com) about Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel. I don’t normally consider myself as a tech-smart person, but I was pretty proud of myself that it took me

 

Who takes your photos?

To best honest, it’s pretty much anyone I can grab, a photographer, a friend, a passenger on the street, a security guide at a site or even a driver J I was at a UNESCO site in Montenegro last year travelling by myself, and I wanted to have a few shots with the beautiful site, so I asked one of the tourism who also had a SLR on her neck to take a few shots for me :). That was definitely one of the extreme case! Most of the time, I have local photographers lined up in the cities I travel and they take photos for me. As for my resident city, I have a few photographers I have been working with and they take amazing photos J

 

Can you please share with us a “day in the life”?

My weekdays are often quite routined, not as exciting as you might picture a blogger would have. My alarm o’clock is usually set for a 5.45am rise, rising early and shine everyday, even during the winter time when it’s pitch dark when my alarm goes off. I’ve always wanted to learn how to meditate and spend 10 or 15 mins meditate in the morning to clear some head space, however, it seems quite impossible when my current job. I often arrive office around 7am to start my day as an Oil & Energy equity research analyst. Yes, that’s the geeky side of Jessie. What you wonder what is an equity research analyst, here’s one sentence to summarize it -> basically, I’m the person who writes the ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ for the stocks. On a normal and calm day, I get to knock off around 730pm, however, when the companies I cover have any breaking news, or results announcements, then I probably need to finish my day around midnight to make up I write a report to cover the news and to make sure the valuation of the company reflects the new information/news and get it published before 7am the following day.

 

Your next question probably will be: HOW DO YOU EVEN FIND TIME TO BLOG! Well, most of my photos are taken during the weekends, and I take photos in batches every second or third week. When there is a special request of a posting date from a brand, sometimes, I take photos during my lunch. If not, I try to fit in my workouts during my lunch time break and leave the after work time for friends or just chill at home.

 

When did you start landing brand sponsorships and what do you think made that happen?

I can’t remember clearly when the first brand reached out to me. A few smaller and trending brands reached me via email probably through the hashtags I’ve used on Instagram. I try to be unique with each post and use different hashtags, so my post will stand out from the rest, rather than get washed down from the top posts in a few seconds. Hashtags like #photooftheday #instagrammer #smile #f4f …etc have no value added. Those hashtags have about hundreds of billions tagged posts, so you posts will be washed down within a few seconds.

 

 

What do you do when you are not writing or working on social media?

I do so many things… I can go on and on for like at least pages…Having them in short: exercising and traveling are different my soul food. When I’m feeling stressed from work or when life throw me a lemon, I go exercise hard. I go for a long jog (10+ km) or go have a hard core session at Muay Thai just to punch out the stress. When I’m so drained from my day job or the stress level in my life reaching for the last straw, I schedule an impulsive trip to treat myself. Sometimes I just book somewhere a day before the departure. Last year, I decided to visit Petra in Jordan on a Thursday and I was there on a Friday J Be free, and follow my heart is what I firmly believe.

 

Other than those, there are a million other thing I do outside work and blogging:

  • I love to read inspiration and empowering books;
  • I love to drive around destinationless just to enjoy the weather, especially during summer
  • I love to hike with my friends and enjoy the amazing views in Hong Kong
  • I love to go stand-up paddle boarding during the summer
  • I love to do a few jumps during the weekends for wakeboarding
  • I love to sip on a glass of wine and paint
  • I love to chill in the sun by the beach
  • I love to check out art galleries from time to time and search for the next piece I want to invest in
  • I love to work in a leather workshop and make my own leather goods
  • I love to sloth on my couch and just Netflix
  • I also spend a lot of time on my other businesses one them I’ve been working on is a chillax drink to help you to calm and manage stress…
  • There are so many things I do, and I feel very content with my life at every single minute!

 

 

Favourite quote?

One of my recent favourite is ‘A true individual is precisely one who is different from the rest of the world, and there is no formula, no set of rules, no code of conduct that can possibly capture in information term what it is to be like that.” – Frederick Nietzsche. -> Inspired by a recent met friend, but yet felt so close and like minded.

 

This quote summarized fashion into one sentence. Fashion, in a sense is to dress in your way to show your individualism rather blindly following the mainstream and eventually you forget about what is your own characteristics.

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This has been by far probably the longest post I have published here. I feel like I have shared a lot with you, and now I would like to hear something about you. Please let me a little about yourself and why do you start you blog, if you have one J

 

Xx, Jessie

 

(Photos by @Vavrovsky)

 | SHOP THE LOOK |

Look 1: Zara Dress | Faux Fur | Bag | Bracelet

Look 2: Black Dress | Bracelet

4evajessie@gmail.com

62 Comments

  1. Taylor

    March 31, 2017

    Obsessed with your style. You have an amazing blog keep up the great work!

    Please check us out at
    https://www.la-edge.com/

  2. Ana Vukosavljevic

    March 24, 2017

    I thought you blog much more than one year Jessie!! You are the best! Happy blog birthday, I wish you all the best! You are going to achieve a lot, Im sure about that!

  3. Anju

    March 23, 2017

    First off congratulations babe on the blogiversary. You have done some great work. I love your website. And this post is so lovey. It was a fun and inspiring read for me. I can relate completely about juggling between day job and blog

    XO
    Anju

  4. Kierra

    March 23, 2017

    Congrats dear. Blogging is so amazing and I totally understand you when you say that you feel you have been blogging forever. I love every minute of it though. You wake up way to early. haha I always need my sleep. My schedule is all over the place though. Your look is also so gorgeous and I am loving that handbag.

  5. Hadasah Love

    March 23, 2017

    hi babe,
    congratulations, i love your blog, and can’t wait to see all you’ll keep accomplishing, the best is yet to come!

    warm regards from miami
    xo

  6. Jessica

    March 23, 2017

    Congratulations on your blog turning One! I totally understand what it takes to get through that first year. Your job sounds so amazing. I used to be an analyze for mortgage securities, so I get the grinding day in what you do. Best wishes to you as you continue into your year two!

    xo, Jessica

  7. Lani

    March 23, 2017

    Jessie!! You are the definition of girl boss! To be honest, women like you are the reason I started my blog. You seem to have it all together, successful career, bomb fashion sense, blessed with great looks, and hair 🙂 You have such a wide array of experience to offer other young women, so thank you for sharing your life with us 🙂

    xo Lani [www.withlovefromlani.com]

  8. ellen

    March 23, 2017

    I loved reading this post and learning more about you and your blog! So inspiring! Congratulations on turning 1! So many amazing years ahead of you!!!
    xo,
    Ellen
    spreadfashionblog.com

  9. Sheree

    March 23, 2017

    Congrats on turning one year!! What an accomplishment you have done and I adore your style. It is funny to read that you used to be a hand model for your friend’s jewelry line because I did notice how beautiful your hands are in the photos. You have such an amazing day job as well as a successful blog, perfect example of beauty and brains. Can’t wait to see what more is in store for you.
    ~ xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

  10. Andreea Birsan

    March 23, 2017

    Haha! I can totally relate on the photographers part! Asking tourists to take a couple of shots can be a great idea! Also loved finding out how you started your IG. Have a lovely day! x

    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

  11. Michelle

    March 22, 2017

    Congrats! I seriously don’t know how you do it. Your full time job seems so demanding and I know how long it takes to do blogging and Instagramming. I also do everything myself (take my pics and edit them, built my blog and studied up on everything) and I have basic skills but it can be so frustrating. Kudos to you! And I totally agree about that hashtag tip. Drives me nuts when I see people using basic or common ones because they just don’t know.
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  12. Rachel Holliday

    March 22, 2017

    Congrats on 1 year! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year, everything about what you do looks so professional. Also, that is so amazing that you started as a hand model

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  13. Ravayna

    March 22, 2017

    Happy anniversary babe- so great to get to read and learn more about you. I’d love to see you share your leather working – sounds so interesting and creative!
    Xo Ravayna
    http://Www.loveravayna.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thank you very much Ravayna! I made a handbag from scratch about a year ago! I should totally share the experience here with a dedicated blog post. Thanks for promoting my inspirations!

  14. Katya | Style Sprinter

    March 22, 2017

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary, darling!! I’m truly impressed with all the amazing content you are producing and the words of wisdom that you share with the world!

    It’s been such pleasure reading your interview and I found a few facts that truly inspired me. Wow you are waking up before 6 am!!! How is it possible? I wish I could do so as I know that mornings are the most productive time for me!

    Loved reading about hiring local photographers — it’s a great idea! I might need to borrow it!

    http://stylesprinter.com/

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thank you so much Katya! There are many things might not seen possible in life, but eventually we find a way to either concur it or overcome it. So with my current job, I have now developed a habit of rising early. It was a real struggle at the start, but now I actually see the benefits of that and it is a part of my life now. My days are often more efficient and more productive when I rise early and I found myself more rested when I go to bed earlier and rise early.

      Try to work with the local photographers. They are always open for collaborations with bloggers and it’s always fun to try out different styles, as each photographer has their unique styles.

  15. Amanda

    March 22, 2017

    First of all HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!! It’s so hard to believe that you’ve only been blogging a year because you have such an eye for everything! Loved getting to know you more and I was in the exact same boat when I first launched trying to figure out all the tech stuff! You look GORGEOUS btw!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thank you so much Amanda! I think fashion has always been somewhere in my bone, but working with all-men teams did not give myself a chance to discover that. I’m so glad that I have made the right choice of starting this blog a year ago, and the joy it brings is beyond that words can describe. I’m glad that I have now got over with all the hard and tech issues, so now I can focus more on the quality of the posts and photos =)

  16. Open Kloset

    March 21, 2017

    Hey Darling Jessie,
    Congrats for everything what you achieved and for this Fantastic Interview, it was so Nice to read your thoughts and Visions:)
    You reached so much in one Year, so Proud of you:)
    I am very Happy for you and so in Love with your Hair:)
    How was your Day?
    Love Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Tuesday

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Karina! and thanks for the support for the past few months. It has been a great pleasure to read your post and live my food journey though your vivid posts! They were truly inspirational! Too sad that I’m not in your city, otherwise we can venture out on the food journeys together!

  17. Monica

    March 21, 2017

    congrats on your blog anniv! I love your hair colour <3

    https://monicaptanzil.wordpress.com/

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thank you! I was thinking about changing it to a different colour. Maybe I should keep it this way for the time being 🙂

  18. Mónica Sors - Mes Voyages à Paris

    March 21, 2017

    Wow! Amazing photos! This dress is awesome you looks so goregous! Very glam babe!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: PFW STREET STYLE MARCH 2017 | RAINY PARIS

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks for the support Monica!

  19. Tandya

    March 21, 2017

    Congratulations on one year and being featured in a streetwear magazine! Your blog is amazing! I loved reading your interview. I also work full time and have to shoot over the weekend. It’s SO hard for me to keep up with everything. I also love blogging community itself.

    XO Tandya

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thank you for your dearly support Tandya! I have a little confusion – actually lately I have been slipping a little. I have been publishing one post per every 2 week because I was swamped by my day job and I struggle to find time to come up with something inspirational.

  20. Diana

    March 21, 2017

    It was great to read about you and how you started blogging carrier! Well, if you saw me a few years ago, you would definitely tell that I didn’t know anything about blogging. Your blog seems really great! hard to believe that you blogged only a year!

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      No way! your blog is one of my fave and I actually frequently go to site in seeking of more inspirations!! I can not picture another version of you Diana~!

      Thanks for the support and it means a lot coming from you!

  21. Thomas Falkenstedt

    March 20, 2017

    What a lovely post where I learned so much about you. Just like you I’ve been working two jobs with a day job from 9-5 and blogging and doing social media night time and during weekends, but a few weeks ago I handed in my resignation from my day job and will become a full time blogger which is both exciting and a bit scary. I’m sure it’s going to be tons and tons of work, but that the reward I’ll get out of it is even better than I can imagine right now. 🙂
    Happy one year anniversary to your blog!
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      OMG, two jobs. How did you manage both jobs and on top of that you have a blog to run! I feel so proud of you to take such a big step in your life Thomas! I would like to resign from my current banking job one day, but I’m not brave enough to do so. People has been telling me that there is no right moment for everything, and the right moment is the moment you decided to do so! So let me take in a few more deep breath in and soon I will be ready for my ‘right moment’. 🙂 Wish you all the best with your new journey!

  22. Everest

    March 20, 2017

    Hey Jessie, I can’t believe your blog is only 1year old! The imagery that you produce and write about gives the impression that you have been doing it for so Long!
    I have to say that you are such a superwoman to be able to do so much and achieve so much amidst keeping your life balance and sane.
    Such an inspiration!
    Kisses,
    Everest
    http://www.everestsays.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Everest. I have to confuse that I did struggle from time to time when I have too much on my plate. However, most of the time it’s joy over pain. I enjoy the joy that this blog has giving to me and the connection I have made with people around the world. I’m hoping to grow it into something more inspirational for 2017 🙂 and of cause there is no way I could have done it without each one of your support.

  23. Candace

    March 20, 2017

    I would love to hike in Hong Kong with you! None of my friends want to even hike locally with me. They’re all so boring, haha! Congrats on making 1 year for your blog too babe. You’ve accomplished a lot more than I have in a few years and I look forward to see what you do in the next year. I love your content 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Come to Hong Kong for a visit and I will bring you to the most scenic hike in Hong Kong. I’ve planned a trip to hike in Yosemite! can’t wait =)

      Thanks for the support Candace, there is still a lot I can learn from you babe!

  24. marcy

    March 20, 2017

    I just discover your website an absolutely love it!! Congratulations on the first year and I’m sure many successful years to come. Such a great interview and love knowing more about what inspire you to blog. love the pics and your style babe.

    xoxo
    Marcy

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Marcy. Such a pleasure to have your support here =) Hope my future posts will keep inspiring you.

  25. aurela

    March 19, 2017

    Jessie, your story is so similar to mine. I started my blog 2 years ago just after my son left for University. It became to escape my empty nest. I didn’t know what blogging was and how to build a website and I YouTubed all night to learn how to do it as I couldn’t afford to pay someone to build it for me. Also, I worked for oil and gas company as a buyer now I’ve changed my job and somehow I ended up being an estimator. Is funny how we all find time to do what we love doing, and juggle all between a full time job, friends, writing and creating contents.
    Congrats on all your achievement. I love your style and your honesty 🙂
    Aurela xoxo
    http://www.aurelafashionista.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      BABE!!!! i’ve been following your blog for a while now, and I was completely shocked when you mentioned that you started your blog because your son left for university! I can’t even picture you have a kid! you look absolutely young and stunning for your age. and I love your style! chic and yet elegant! The next wave of shock came when I was trying to link your elegance with Oil & Gas…I guess we are both very driven and determined women and when we want to achieve something, we will get there, in no time! Thanks for such a supportive comment and I can’t wait to learn more about you from your blog!

  26. gina diaz

    March 19, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post about you! I really enjoyed reading it! The pictures are just so glam and you look fabulous in this dress!!! love it completely!!!

    xx, GIna

    Happy Weekend, sweetie!!!

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks for the support Gina. Hoping to step up the game for this year 🙂

  27. Aldora

    March 18, 2017

    Awesome post Jessie! And happy blog anniversary 🙂 I wish to do something like that on my blog but haven’t found the time to do. And your working hours sound so crazy! I’m really amazed how did you find time to curate such quality content for your blog and IG! You’re really blessed with nice photographers who will shoot photos for u though 😉

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks babe! What do you do for your day time job? Love to know a little more about you too. I can’t wait to see a Q&A post on your blog soon!

  28. Jennifer Quattrucci

    March 18, 2017

    I am completely impressed and amazed to read of your unique journey and experience in starting and becoming so successful with your blog ! The quote you choose for your favorite is a favorite of mine too and I also take my photos in batches every couple of weeks. Thank you so much for the inspiration here and on Instagram! You are truly one of a kind !

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Jennifer! Wow, can’t believe that’s your favourite quote too. I guess great minds think alike 🙂

  29. Helen Chik

    March 18, 2017

    Hooray for your one year anniversary babe! Sad I didn’t get to catch you my last trip over to HK but will be back next month!! Let’s catch up over drinks and celebrate the success xx

    Helen xx
    https://helenchik.com/upgrade-wardrobe-fall-essentials

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Babe! Let’s catch up next time when you are in town over a champagne toast =D

  30. Christine Kong

    March 18, 2017

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! You are such an inspiring person and have grown your blog and Instagram tremendously in just one year. That’s amazing!! I love these q&a and getting to know you better. So funny that you started as a hand model. Lol. Thanks for sharing this journey with us and can’t wait to see more. Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Christine. You blog has definitely been one of the sources of my inspirations. I admire your devotion of all the quality posts and I adore your styles 🙂 I will keep being your royal reader and lets hope 2017 be another year of high achievements for both of us 🙂

  31. Maggie

    March 18, 2017

    This was such a good read to learn a little bit more about you. I can’t believe you wake up at 5:45am every morning. I am soooooo not a morning person. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get up early enough. I love that you’re hustling so much for your blog too! It’s definitely not easy and it shows that you care a lot about it. Happy 1 year anniversary!

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Maggie! I was never a morning person, but this job has trained me to get up early, and now I struggle to sleep in during the weekends … After 2 years of getting up early, it is growing into an habit, hopefully I can say it’s a good habit! Thanks for the support babe, and maybe in the near future I can make this a full time job.

  32. Vivian

    March 18, 2017

    Happy 1 year blogiversary! Can’t wait to see what the next year brings to your blog! Love your photos and you’re so beautiful! xo, Vivian

    http://www.viviantse.net

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Vivian. This blog has definitely brought me joy during my everyday busy working life. xx

  33. Aimara

    March 18, 2017

    Such a good read babe! Thanks for sharing so much about you. I love reading things like these.
    I have a blog and I started 2 years ago because it was in my heart. I just needed a space to share my thoughts and outfits and lifestyle around Chicago and so happy people responded so well to it that now it’s my full time job!
    Have an awesome weekend!
    Xo
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Your blog looks amazing and so professional! You need to coach me how to maintain it well! So what was the trigger point for you to move it into a full time job? I’ve been thinking about it, but not brave enough to make the first step yet.

  34. Eliza

    March 17, 2017

    Congrats, sweetie! That as so inspiring to read! Definitely, keep it up, it’s just a beginning of an endless journey! Good luck!

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Eliza, I hope 2017 will be a great year ahead for my blog and hopefully a less stressful working life =)

  35. Wanderlustts

    March 17, 2017

    Congrats on the one year babe! It really is such a huge milestone that deserves to be celebrated. You know, i think a lot of people can relate when it comes to how they started blogging – it’s never almost intentional. Out passion to share a part of our lives just somehow gained recognition and it’s a great thing because it genuinely shows us doing something we love and people love it just as much as us. Definitely agree I’ve met a lot of lovely bloggers ever since i started instagramming and it’s just so nice to be able to connect with people we would never have the chance to if it wasn’t for this big virtual platform!

    Wanderlustts
    http://www.wanderlustts.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      How long have you been blogging babe? I love all the insightful and inspirational posts from your site 🙂 I will keep being your loyal fan =)

  36. DEMELER

    March 17, 2017

    congratulations on the one year anniversary! love this post
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 31, 2017

      Thanks Lily!

  37. Jessi Malay

    March 17, 2017

    Awww so much congratulations are in order hun! You’ve achieved so much in this one year, and I’m so excited to see all the amazing things you’ll do in the future! Hope you have an amazing day! <3

    XO Jessi,
    http://www.mywhitet.com/ruffles-lace/

    • 4evajessie@gmail.com

      March 17, 2017

      Thank you Jess! Thank you for the support and encouragement from the past one year! You blog has definitely been one of the inspirations for me =)

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