Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The End of Summer or So I Thought....

A few days ago it was the perfect weather, crisp cold air, cloud coverage, and even a nightly thunder storm. I was so excited to get to wear my slouchy indian textiled sweater again, find some new boots to adorn my feet, sip coffee while working at my desk with the window slightly cracked for a cool breeze to flow in. Unfortunately this dream was short lived, today was literally the hottest day of summer. So for all those people who are so sad like me that summer seems like it's just starting up again with a vengeance enjoy my fall inspired favorites from
Made Well , Forever 21, & TopShop;

Tan Leather Patch Work Tote $190
Chambray Sunset Ex-Boyfriend Shirt $68

The Leather Writer Pump $198

Striped Sweater Dress $168

Love this Leather Jacket (not the dress!) From Forever 21 for $37.80

Tribal Bracelet $5.80

Panel Earrings $4.80
Don't forget to get your colorful jean's to spice up your fall wardrobe, add a jacket and boot's and your fall collection should be complete!

Also, go see my Pinterest page for other inspiring looks! 

Love, Jesse's Girl



Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Lovin':: Summer Quick Links

I'm so excited! It's summertime! Today is the second day of nice HOT weather and I'm loving every second of it!

Favorite Blog as of Late: The Selby
Need a New Bathing Suite on a budget go here: H&M
Favorite Record of the week: The Byrds; Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Favorite Coffee Shop this week: Portola Coffee Lab

If you haven't already seen TYPO's new look & features, here you go -------> TYPOLOGIE & CO. let us ETCH your business or design the BACKDROP for your most recent events!

Have a good day!

Jesse's Girl

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Notes, Journals, Stationary::Quick Links

I LOVE stationary, paper, pen's and journals and will compulsively purchase even though I have many of all these things. There is nothin' better than having a clean white piece of paper and a sharp pencil or great pen to doodle on, a nice crisp lined piece of parchment to write a letter to a friend or a great journal to write your thoughts in.
The Inspiration behind this post is one of my closest friends Ashley, she will be taking an extended trip this summer which gives me an excuse to use all of my stationary! I can't wait to sit down with a hot cup of coffee and write a note to a Pal with my Pen.
I hope your inspired to pick up a pen this summer and write to one of your friends because another great feeling is receiving a letter in mail! Sometimes you need a break from the digital world.

Quick Links:

Custom Thank You Notes by TYPOLOGIE & CO.
Neat Journals at Kinokuniya Books
An inspiring Pen Post

Jesse's Girl

Monday, June 13, 2011

A quick monday blurb on LOVE!

Jesse and I just celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary! I was all about love all weekend long and am still on cloud nine, hopefully nothing will dampen my mood! This weekend we were so blessed, our friend Tyler got us into Disney land for free and we were wished HAPPY ANNIVERSARY twenty one times by D-land employees because we picked up the happy anniversary pin first thing, it's free, and they have happy b-day, I'm celebrating and a I graduated pin. We were even escorted to the front of a ride line, it's a magic pin!!! 

Another fun fact about the Dunstan family is that we love music and have recently started our record collection, so we picked up a few new records this weekend, you can definitely say we are turning into record junkies when you would rather find a new record that buy a new article of clothing ahhhh... I hope this doesn't get out of hand!

Lastly, we finished out the weekend with a fun day at the park and a mean game of frisbee, so excited about our summer frisbee club!

It's been a great 5 years!


Jesse's Girl

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Match Book Diaries Part 1

As you know I love going and discovering new treasures at flea markets, rummage sales & estate sales and a couple weeks ago I went to do a little rummaging and found a few things, a new belt for .50 cents, a small jar and lid that goes really well in my kitchen for .25 cents a vintage purse for $2.00 and one of my favorite finds to date, a big box filled with vintage and semi new match books! I would like to think that this collection has a great history, maybe some old man would collect a match book from each one of his many adventures or maybe he just smoked a lot, no telling for sure but whatever the reason I think I'm gonna add to this collection and collect a match book from my own expeditions. Anyways, as I was poring over this $2.00 find I was so inspired, each book has it's own style, some skinny, some fat, and some oddly shaped, the logos were equally inspiring and seeing the different font styles was the best part! Here is part one of The Match Book Diaries: NAMES.

The above is a fun little lay out of some match books that are all names of restaurants and stores.

This little  turtle guy isn't a name or anything I just thought it was so cute!

Jesse's Girl

Friday, May 27, 2011

Featured Artist:: Melinda Hagman::

I'm so excited to feature Melinda Hagman today on the blog! She is a friend of mine and Jesse's and is super talented. I love her art because it's new and fresh, the idea of doing a painting a week on a theme or topic is so interesting, it's amazing to see what her mind produces. This is definitely a project I enjoy following, I hope you do to. My favorites are Week's 17, 19, & 21. Enjoy.


Amber: Why did you decide to do this "flowers" project and how long are you doing it for?

Melinda: I got the idea for the "flowers" project from a friend.  He was writing a short story once a week for the year.  It was the first week of the year and I had just painted one flower painting and the idea hit me.  So, I told my friend that I was going to steal his idea and do a flower painting once a week for the year.  It was exactly what I needed to do.  I had stopped painting after my first child was born almost eight years ago.  For the last 3 years I have been saying, "I should start painting again."  I would do maybe one painting and then that was it.  Now I have made a promise and that I will keep.

I chose only to do "flowers" because I wanted to challenge myself.  It would be easier if I painted whatever I wanted every week; the challenge of making flowers different each week and playing with different styles and just to practice was my goal.

Amber: What or who inspires you?

Melinda: Van Gogh and Picasso (Picasso's blue period) are the two artists that have influenced me most.  I also love Marc Chagall and Egon Schiele.  They all have such a way to convey emotion through their art and that is what attracts me to them.  Music also inspires me, the sadder the better - violins are always good (i.e.. Warren Ellis.) 

Amber: How long have you been into art?

Melinda: My first memory of wanting to be an artist was in junior high.  I had painted a picture of a horse that everyone loved.  I remember clearly one of the teachers telling me I should be an artist.  I believed her.  I took art classes in high school and that's almost all I took in college.  It really took me by surprise to learn you couldn't get a degree with only a bunch of art classes to show for it ;)  Also, my mom was taking art classes while I was growing up and that also influenced me.  She did such nice work, I wanted to too.

Amber: Do you do anything else besides paint?

 Melinda: I pretty much exclusively paint.  I would like to do more sketching and ink work in the near future.  I also love messing around with Photoshop;  I can waste half a day with that program.

 Flowers Week 2

 Flowers Week 6

 Flowers Week 12

Flowers Week 21

[Here is some more art by Melinda]

If you like what you see and want to purchase a piece go here ---->, Melinda's Etsy Shop 
Or if you want to keep up on Melinda's "flowers" project and other art go here ----> Art By Melinda

Jesse's Girl

Monday, May 23, 2011

a goal----> Learn how to play my banjo by October 30th.

OK so here it is, my father in law gave me a banjo because he knows how much I love that instrument and how it sounds, the thing is I don't know how to play any instrument at all! Which brings me to my goal, I'm determined to teach myself with maybe some pointers from friends who already know what they are doing by the time my 27th birthday rolls around! If you have any advice I would love to hear it! 

Jesse's Girl

Friday, May 20, 2011

Quick Links::Thoughts

Good morning blog readers, today is sort of a mixture of a few different things: quick links, a future post, & thoughts.

First, of all here is a list of some favorite things this week/check out these quick links: Jesse and I love chairs, just the idea of sitting in a comfy leather wing back chair reading a book with a stainless steel floor lamp next to it just sounds perfect or a cozy rocking chair sounds magical! Everyone needs a good THINKIN' CHAIR! (ANTHROPOLOGIE). Next quick link would be COLOR, lately Ive been loving colorful decor and yarn, I can't walk into Michael's or Joannes without checking out what the yarn isle has to offer. As for Decor, I saw this amazing color pallet on Design Work Life (a favorite site), also check out Room Service. Lastly, another favorite would be Fringe, for this one I typed "fringe" into google and those photos came up, so try it!

Lately I've been promising a post on a recent estate sale find, I'm so excited to share it with you guys but I want to make sure I have the perfect photos and such before it's debuted. I'll keep you posted! It's definitely inspiring especially if you have a love for TYPOGRAPHY & DESIGN.

Lastly, My thoughts on life. Ive been talking about this topic with a few of my friends and just wanted to document it here. The stages of life are a strange thing, sometimes people think you have to do a certain job to be successful, own your own home or have a family by a certain age and so on. Why can't we just do what we think is best for us now? Jesse and I were talking and we know that what's best for us now is to just spend time together, do what we love to do and for Jesse that would be writing and for me it would be a plethora of things (I'm all over the map), travel, scope out new towns and places and when it's time for us to add a new member to our family or buy a house it will be an added bonus! Right  now I'll just have to hang out with my nephew more to get  my baby fill (cutest kid ever). Do what's best for you, not what you think other people think is the right way. 

I know that God has a plan for my life and so ultimately it's not what I want but what He wants for me and it's all good, like Ive said before as long as your walking than your headed in the right direction. Jeremiah 29:11

Jesse's Girl

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Typeface Tuesday has turned into Font Fun:: These are some of my favs right now!

Here are a few of my favorite font's as of late, they are fun and different and make all the difference when designing a fun little logo or invite! My favorite thing to do is sit with a client and get their vibe, inspirations, ideas & expectations going into a design project, it's the best when you are on the same page and are equally inspired by what you are creating for them! I've learned my lesson, I don't take gigs that don't inspire because then your doing the client a dis-service by not creating the best product you can and it's boring for the designer when you don't like what your creating! Anyways, hit me up if your in need of any branding for your biz, cards, invites, etc. Oh and here is TYPOLOGIE & Co.'s site for more inspiration.


Enjoy this fortune cookie fortune! I got it a LONG time ago and still have the little fortune on my fridge! 

Jesse's Girl

Friday, May 6, 2011


Hello Everyone I just wanted to quickly fill you in on some local treasure hunting this weekend...last night as we were driving to Balboa Island for our nightly saunter,  and noticed the giant sign for the St. Andrews Rummage sale May 13-14, ** Great low prices! I found a vintage baby blue make up case,for a dollar or two last time I went, so you know you are guaranteed to find a find! 
Once we arrived to Balboa and started our walk we came across another sign but this was for the Balboa Island SALE! It starts 5/7 7:30am-3pm, this one is alright, you can find little fun things, but the prices are not great, You can get maps for the Island at 207 Pearl Ave.

Here are a few from the penny saver:
*Newport Beach Estate Sale Friday & Saturday 9am 1718 Marlin Way, Newport Beach
*Seal Beach Estate Sale Friday & Saturday, 9am - 3pm 4172 Candleberry (off Lampson)

For Others in your area check out these other guides and here.
 *Photo Courtesy of HELLO STUDIOS, a group of ARTIST who know how to take a photo!


Jesse's Girl

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wednesday Quick Links :: Summer Fun :: Etc.

Here are a few of my favorite things today on [Wednesday quick links],
It’s been so sunny and warm the past couple of days and was so
inspired by summer!

I Featured artist in this post is Corey Leven, I saw him on a blog I
follow recently (design work life) and followed the link to his own
site. The minute I saw his prints I fell in LOVE, they are so

The Rompers are found at urban outfitters, as are the shoes.

*Summer Movie Recommendations:
I love Edie and Andy, their style and artistic vibe makes me happy! I
just watched Factory Girl with Sienna Miller and Guy Pierce, so if
you’re up for an entertaining movie than you should definitely take an
hour or two to watch it!

Jesse and I LOVE Jerry Seinfeld, so when Bee Movie came out we were
SOOOOOO excited! We definitely recommend watching this movie; it’ll
crack you up!!!


Blog Part  TWO:

I have been SO inspired by music lately and design combined with that
makes me even more inspired. I shared a quick link about Cory Leven
above but if you don’t have time to jump over to his site check out
one of his posters he created for The Arcade Fire (a fav of the Jesse
Husband) and The National (a fav of mine and the husband).


Jesse’s Girl

Friday, April 29, 2011

Featured Friend:: Erica K. :: Made You Look ::

My Friend Erica is so exceptional, she has a natural designers eye, from the decor of her room to her own personal style, always put together. These photos are from her Europe trip this past summer *the upper left photo is my favorite, and the scrabble one rocks my world! She crossed the pond and went and had her self one hell of an adventure, stopping in all sorts of places, met so many new friends, and snapped photos to capture every single memory. **I had to share her photos with you because they inspire me SO much!

She's not only is an amazing photographer but is also very creative, this past Christmas she made me a journal that was created out of an awesome vintage western novel and wrapped in butcher paper with a little accent of handmade flowers made from the books pages!


Jesse's Girl

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gluten Free Cookies & John Wayne

Hello! Last night I got to make Jesse some home made gluten free (GF) organic chocolate chip cookies accompanied by a hot cup of organic green tea. It was the most perfect addition to our night, and we loved every second of it!  First, we made some Indian food, took a stroll around the neighborhood and then came home and baked some cookies, we then put on an old western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance! John Wayne is one of our favorite movie actors and since we have been on an old movie streak the past few month's we thought this movie would be great and it was! If you haven't seen it go and get it! 
Anyways, back to my cookies, I have this cook book called The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook by Cybele Pascal, it's super helpful if you have ANY kind of food allergy. I have a low tolerance for wheat and gluten so any cook book with yummy GF recipes is great! There are many different GF flour options out there; here's a link for some suggestions as many of the GF flour have varying flavors and taste, try them all out and use what you like best! Last night I used Bob's Red Mill GF flower, Bob's Red Mill has tons of different GF product & recipes and can be found at most health food stores even Ralphs! Here's the Bob's Red Mill Recipe for chocolate chip cookies, It's pretty good but I would definitely recommend getting the Allergen-Free hand book! In honor of Easter, here is a link for some GF candy.

Oh! I almost forgot here's a helpful hint for those who don't bake often but crave a sweet treat every now and again: if you notice in the first photo I have ball's of dough wrapped in saran wrap. so what you do is take the left over dough roll them up into individual balls & wrap each on of them up and place them in the freezer so when you have a craving take 1 or 2 out, pop them in the oven and you have a baked treat in 10 minutes!

I hope you enjoyed this quick, brief blurb from my perspective.
Love, Jesse's Girl

Monday, April 18, 2011

Old Hollywood, Classic Looks, Great Era----Glamorous

 When I watch old movies I day dream about what it would be like to live in those glamorous days of dinners at swanky restaurants all dolled up in our best clothes along side a suite clad husband, sipping champagne and conversing with friends. For some reason everything back then seemed simpler, safer, and beautiful. Even though today we have certain styles that are specific to our era it still seems like their is still so much diversity, everyone has a certain style specific to them. I loved the style back them, everyone seemed to be classy and everyone would dress up to go out, the men and women would wear nice suits even during the day to go to work Like Mad Men! (Mad Men is definitely one of my favorites!) People nowadays wear p.j.'s & sweat's outside! No one should wear pajamas outside and sweats are definitely border line.

 Love Louis Brooks, definitely a classic beauty! The husband and I love her, without Jesse I wouldn't even have know who she was, definitely inspiring style wise, not to mention her silent movies! I need to watch more of those!

 I especially love the architecture and decor of that era as well, I feel like people were more concerned about making a building or interior classic and beautiful instead of just creating cookie cutter home and buildings. Nothing freaks me out more than suburban track homes that look the same. I want to be more adventurous, see different things, do different things and take advantage of where we live! There are so many free things to do when your strapped for cash and you can sign up for places that offer coupons for different restaurants, museums and parks.  Here are some references: Groupon, Living Social, check your local library-sometimes they have free events in your area, The Getty, flea markets are fun, that's all I can think of right now...Let me know if you have any other fun ideas! I'm always looking for fun free and cheap stuff to do!

This photo of Bette Davis is Radical and so I just had to share it! Her hair, her make up and I just die over that leopard piece of clothing! I'm thinking I really need some new lipstick and a new dress, Check out this long dress and  the orange lipstick to match! 

Jesse's Girl

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

TYPEFACE WEDNESDAY---that was supposed to be on tuesday.

Lately Ive been obsessed with the more classic forms of TYPE, I feel
like they're way more simplistic and clean. I don't know what
it is but I've been wanting to keep things a lot more simple
lately...I am even contemplating re-painting my living room and going
with a more modern look, the simple but elegant vibe just feels less
chaotic right now (maybe a future post/Dunstan home
remodel?). Anyways, less is more and I feel like these few types are
exactly what inspire me right now, it's funny literally up until maybe
two year's ago I thought a font was just a font, no big deal, but little did
I know different font's a.k.a. typefaces have a history dating back to
forever ago! I'm just learning and wanted to share these ones with you
and hope you like them also! Oh and if your sick of what's in your library
check out www.dafont.com, free fonts!

Have a good day!

Love, Jesse's Girl

Monday, April 4, 2011

no beard, coachella, dating fun!

 I love reminiscing about the times when Jesse and I first started dating! Sitting by the lake watching the duckies, taking walks, sharing chap-stick, seeing bears in the wild, discovering new coffee shops, etc.! SO FUN! One of our funnest memories was going to Coachella, we had NO money at all but we were still having a blast sort of wishing we had some cash for some junk food or something fun. Then as as we were roaming around the huge field along with thousands of other people $15.00 starts to blow by my feet, it was so exciting to find that money, things like that rarely happen to us! We couldn't believe it! It was small example of how much God cares for us by blessing us with that $15.00! It was a super great night! Below are some fun photos from back in the day when we were dating and went to Coachella!

Jesse's cute face with out his beard! Handsome fella!


Getting ready to go see Wilco,
Beck,Coldplay and lots of other

I love this picture of Jesse and
I especially the guy in the
back ground to the right of Jesse!

Here's the line up for this year!
You never know, maybe some money
will blow our way, again!

Jesse's Girl

Thursday, March 31, 2011


For those of you who don't already know this about Jesse and I, We are avid estate salers and occasional garage sale goers. We have found some pretty promising treasures on our adventures and LOVE when we discover new things! It's the best when you find something that's super cheap but worth a lot! The best ones are the estate sales orchestrated by the home owners, family members of the home owners friends because they don't usually know what they are selling. Their are a few companies who do this who skim through the items first, take what they want and leave the junk for customers. Or sometimes antique stores will come in and snag ALL the antiques it's very frustrating!

Anyways here are a few helpful hints to finding some good estate sales...

-Sign up for estate sale websites so you get alerted when their is something happening in your area. Click here to check one out.  
-Scope out Craig's list.
-Drive through your neighborhood and see any signs that are posted.
-The penny saver is one of my favorites, it usually arrives in your mail box on Wednesdays, most estate sales start on Thursdays!
-Usually companies who conduct estate sales will have a sign up sheet to alert you of any new sales in your area, SO SIGN UP!

This is all I can think of so far but if you have any other ideas please share them!

*here is a helpful hint when estate saleing (i know this isn't technically a word but it's how I say it): check out the sale the day it starts or Friday because normally ALL items will be on sale the last day of the sale since the people doing the sale usually wants to get rid of everything as soon as possible. The downside to this is that you are risking loosing the item. Feelin' lucky?

I'll be attending some good ones this weekend and am super excited to share my finds!!!

Jesse's Girl

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

{trials, sparrows, memories}

Sometimes it seems as though EVERYTHING goes wrong at the same time, if feels like maybe you see NO end in sight, despondent and not sure what the future holds. God knew that Job was a faithful servant and would still praise Him if all his earthly possessions were to be taken away along with his family and this continued up until he was even physically afflicted. Sometimes it's easier said than done, sometimes you just want to know why these things are happening, what is the purpose of these irritating circumstances? Some times we never figure it out, sometimes times it's to help others, sometimes it's just to refine your character. I just know that I don't want to hold on or put my happiness and trust in possessions & people. 

Job 1:20-21
20At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. 
Then he fell to the ground in worship  
21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
   may the name of the LORD be praised.”

He cares for me, more than than the many sparrows...I'm so glad that through all of my experiences I know that God is there and will be there for me. 
Luke 12:7
"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 
DO not Fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 


Here are some old photos from our time we spend in Saint Joseph, MO.! The town Jesse James was shot and the Home of Glore psychiatric Museum (our favorite place), some of our favorite friends & some magical memories! 

Have a great day! 
Love, Jesse's Girl


Friday, March 25, 2011

'cause I love you'

I LOVE the lyrics of this song (below) especially when it's sung by Johnny Cash! My love Jesse is the most amazing guy every, super smart, talented and witty! My Best BUD! heheheh I just had a burst of LOVE for my Husband today and wanted to share it with my friends also!! I guess I want everyone to appreciate their love as I do mine today! Valentines day 2.5 not on valentines day! ENJOY!

I’ll sweep out your chimney
yes and, I will bring you flowers
yes and, I will do for you
Most anything you want me to

If we live in a cottage
You will feel like it’s a castle
By the royal way you’re treated
And attention shown to you

I’ll be there beside you
If you need a cryin shoulder
Yes, and I’ll be there to listen
When you need to talk to me

When you wake up in the darkness
I will put my arms around you
And hold you till the mornin sun
Comes shinin’ through the trees

I’ll be right beside you
No matter where you travel
I’ll be there to cheer you
Till the sun comes shinin through

If we’re ever parted
I will keep the tie that binds us
And I’ll never let it break
’Cause I love you

I will bring you honey
From the bee tree in the meadow
And the first time there’s a rainbow
I’ll bring you a pot of gold

I’ll Pick up all your troubles
And I’ll throw ‘em in the river
Then I’ll bundle down beside you
And I’ll keep you from the cold

I’ll be right beside you
No matter where you travel
I’ll be there to cheer you
Till the sun comes shinin through

If we’re ever parted
I will keep the tie that binds us
And I’ll never let it break
’Cause I love you  

Jesse's Girl<------

P.S. the photo taken of Jesse and I is yet another one of the photos taken by the amaziingggg MARK BROOKE Photographers!