Meet the Member: 26 and Not Counting

26 and Not Counting

Hey there! I’m Jess, a lifestyle blogger at 26 and Not Counting who moved to Chicago in July of 2016. I love traveling, dining out, and subsequently, a good sweat session. I can usually be found wearing stripes, skinnies, and my favorite leather Converse, but I won’t deny a good reason to get fancied up! The people who read my blog come for the attainable style, product roundups, and wellness check-ins, but they stay for the realness and open dialogue which come from sharing my personal life stories. We’re figuring things out as we go – together!

When did you start blogging and what inspired you to start your blog?

I started 26 and Not Counting on a whim back in the summer of 2013 and it’s been serving as my escape ever since. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner! I’m inspired by the blogs, books, and magazines I read, running in the outdoors (but that doesn’t mean the treadmill hasn’t led to a great idea, or two!), experiencing a new city for the first time, and so much more. I believe inspiration can stem from anywhere – you just have to be open to it.

What is your favorite blog post that you have written?

That’s tough, but my favorite posts are always the ones where I’m able to connect on a deeper level with the people who read my blog. I’ve written about new beginnings, immense heartbreak, body woes, and my struggle to balance everything this life has to offer.

What do you love about blogging?

Blogging is my escape. It has forced me to grow in ways that I could never have imagined and I’m most grateful for everything I’ve learned about myself through the process!

What are some brands that you have worked with, or some brands that you would love to work with?

I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work with Target, Birchbox, Discover, Steve Madden, Shopbop, Moroccanoil, and more. I’d love to bring something to life with Kate Spade New York and Nike is high on my list, too!

Follow along on her adventures here!

  • Ashley Steffes Hasty

    Hi Jess! I loved hearing that you’re inspired by the “blogs, books, and magazines” that you read! Do you have a favorite book? – Ashley Hasty,

    • Hi Ashley! Oh, that’s tough. I’m a big fan of Lianne Moriarty! Her books Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret are two favorites of mine. I also recently read The Couple Next Door in one sitting….SO GOOD. 🙂

      • Ashley Steffes Hasty

        I’ve read all of those and I couldn’t agree more! I assume you are watching Big Little Lies on HBO with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman?! It is SO good – even my husband is into it! Liane Moriarty is definitely one of my go-to authors. And I’m not surprised you finished The Couple Next Door in one sitting – it is hard to beat a good mystery novel! It looks like we have similar tastes in books! Let me know if you have a recommendation for me – I’m always looking for new books to read.

      • Well, shoot! I watched the first episode, but need to play catch up. I actually just got Follow Me Into the Dark by Felicia Sullivan in the mail yesterday! I’ve read a lot of her short stories on Medium and this came highly recommended by Grace over at The Stripe. Have you seen her book catalog? SO many great reads to choose from!

      • Ashley Steffes Hasty

        Thanks for the recommendation! I checked out her books and we definitely have similar tastes. I’m always excited to find fellow book worms. ☺

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