About the Jess

About Me

Hi, I’m Jess!  I’m just a small town girl, living in a lonely world…with a serious love for Journey.  And black beans, but more on that later.  I really am a small town girl from Illinois, but I now live in the DC area with my Southern bred husband, B.

 Our wedding day

I started blogging to chronicle our September 2011 wedding planning journey, and I realized that I enjoyed the practice.  So, I started this blog to continue sharing the usually random and crazy events and thoughts that make up my life.

My tagline “Dogs. Desserts. Downton Abbey.” is a nod not only to my love of all three of those things (who doesn’t love them?!), but also to the ever popular line from The Office, when Jim says “Bears.  Beets.  Battlestar Galactica.” as he impersonates Dwight.  I really love The Office.

In addition to dogs, desserts, and Downton Abbey, I also love: watching too much tv, anything green, everything Harry Potter, photography, fun socks, my (green) vw beetle, Coldplay, wine, black beans (seriously, love them), Abraham Lincoln, quotes, magnets, and especially quotes on magnets.

My dislikes include: bacon, dead batteries, people who find their phones more interesting than my company, and velvet.  

Contact Me

I love to make new friends, so feel free to contact me with feedback, suggestions, questions, or just to say hi!  You can email me at jessexpressed {at} gmail {dot} com

Proof I check my email. Like a champ.

Blog Policies

Express the Jess is my personal blog, written and edited by me.  All views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine, and any claim or representation about a product or service is based on my personal experience only.  Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. 

All of the pictures and content on this blog are entirely my own, unless otherwise noted, and all content from Express the Jess is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.

I always try to give credit where credit is due, and I try my best to link back to the original sources for images that are not my own.  If you find an image is not properly sourced, or would like your image removed, please email me and I will happily fix the information.

{Photos by Jamie Grant Photography}


  1. Hi Jess! I absolutely loved reading your Holy Matri-Pony blogs and was disappointed when I read you were done blogging there. :) Thanks for linking to your personal blog.

    As a side note, I am also a ridiculous fan of Journey and The Office. I also hate bacon too.

    PS: You made a very beautiful bride!
    <3 ,


    1. I think we should be BFFs, we sound like kindred spirits :)

    2. Haha, right? :) We can be BFF pen pals? I'm way out in the middle of South Dakota (where buffalo literally roam)