My name is Jessica. I am a 5’4″ half Japanese, half Caucasian and I have three younger sisters and a cute Yorkie named Mocha 🙂 I am based out of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Advertising and a minor in Studio Art.
As a child I wanted to be an interior designer: I rearranged my room almost once a week! As I got a little older I thought perhaps illustrating books would be my forte. I entered various art contests and often won first place. (Sadly I haven’t drawn or painted for many years now.) I went through three majors in college, 1st) Business, 2nd) Graphic Design and 3rd) settled on (Creative Track) Advertising. It might sound like exactly what I do now but I truly believe it really didn’t have an effect on my fashion blogging route (or even teach me anything about the realm of blogging and social media though I wish they did). It does however reflect that I’ve always had an inclination towards creating anything that might be aesthetically pleasing to the public eye!
When I stumbled upon Chictopia a few months before the launch of my blog, I felt like it wouldn’t be too hard to start fashion blogging because I love clothes, had done a little modeling for friends, and already owned a DSLR after taking a photo journalism class a few years earlier. But I was wrong! Fashion blogging is a lot of work! But it is also worth it because I love shopping and inspiring others to dress well and thoughtfully! See my January 2012 post called “How I got Started” for a bit more on this 🙂
Sometimes I have people ask me what hapa is. The term hapa can’t actually be found in the dictionary, though it is recognized slang for mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. It is also a loan from the English word half. In Hawaiian Pidgin, hapa has an extended meaning of mixed descent [Wikipedia]. When it comes down to it, you can call me Eurasian, halfie or half-asian, but I prefer hapa (not to mention my grandpa is from Hawaii!) as it’s just one of the coolest words ever 🙂