Thugs, Hugs & Dumpcano

Love, Style, Thoughts

Magical narwal!graf2I will always find graffiti intriguing. I have never done large-scale art, I have always been more at home with my nose in small sketch books at home and scrawling on paper napkins when eating out. Iqaluit has been great for the street art (not only graf, but there are also stone and metal sculptures everywhere). My brother in law’s friend was commissioned to do these murals. These ones pictured are on the side of the fire station, I have yet to photograph the very large mural near the hospital, though that is another one I must get some pictures of.

graf3This is one of my favourites. It’s completely magical and I just love it. The colours and concept are amazing.

graf1Some other non-commissioned street I’ve come across include “HUG the police” on the side of a shed, and “west coast Thug Life” on a shipping container. I could make a whole album of things I find in the tundra. One of the most interesting so far was that plastic boot. There is a lot of litter, I wish I had the time and resources to repurpose them into something cool. But they are fun to just come across when I’m running too.

Dumpcano, you ask? Our dump has its own Twitter account, because it’s on fire. It has been for months. I can read about the drama in the local newspaper. I have only really skimmed our newspaper, though that’s something I’d like to be more diligent with, in order to connect myself better to the community.

thugshugsdumpcanoLife in the North has thus far been an incredible thing. I feel healthier, happier, and more whole. I’ve met some first-class people at my job as a waitress. I can easily walk to work, the store, the library, the ocean. My runs through the tundra are challenging and breathtaking. My love bank is filled every day by three amazing little boys who want to draw and play and dance endlessly with me. I have stuck with my vegan lifestyle. The 6 weeks I’ve been here have flown by.

I’m feeling endlessly inspired by this new environment. I can’t wait to share more through blogging and YouTube!

Thanks for reading!

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Dear Grammers,

I’ve been without my phone for 2 weeks now, and I have to say I quite miss contributing to the beautiful thing that is Instagram. I have not photographed a meal, an outfit or a beautiful sunset in this long. On the positive side, this did prompt me to stop being cheap and lazy and go get a new charger for my DSLR battery, so I’ve taken some real pictures and I’m ready to start my YouTube channel! So incredibly excited.

Anyways, Instagram is viewable online, and I was browsing and realized I have a lot of outfit pics I’ve done since the last post I did with different things I wore throughout the week. So here’s another style post.

punk dress dots combat cinergy alligator

peace & love kids,

-jessi hannah jay.

Follow me on Instagram & Twitter @jessihannahjay

Will be getting a new phone very soon! My constant IGing will return to its normal level of annoyingness soon.

Spring is Cutting it Up


Dear People Anticipating Bikini Season,

In my shopping ventures of the past few weeks, it seems the trend from last summer is going to continue. Crop everything. The shorter the crop the better. At least they’ve got some better high-waisted options available to go along with the crop tops to give a bit more coverage. However, the shorts are pretty short too.

I’m pretty picky about where I will wear a crop top or short shorts. Washing the car in the dead heat of August, and the beach, or a casual picnic at the park are pretty well my limits. If I am going into a store, or will see extended family, I’m just not comfortable with it. I think the cropped trend is fun (and functional, if it’s hot!), but I don’t think it’s appropriate for every situation (in my world, anyways). As a general rule I never wear low-rise jeans with a crop top.

The past few days have been sunny, and I realized I don’t have any denim shorts. So I DIYed it (seen below). I’m thinking of doing some kind of roll up trim with some other material or maybe distressing them.

Going through my closet yesterday I realized I really jumped on the crop trend last year, I found about 5 or 6 tops that show my abs stomach.

Tops and shorts aren’t the only thing being reduced in size (though never in price it seems, what’s up with that? Less material=less $$… guess not). On the Ellen show the other day, she went through the current bathing suit trends. It’s a good laugh. Click here to watch that.

Now that I’m off school (had my last exam yesterday!), I will be posting a lot more. I am so excited to get going on all my ideas for my blog here, and also the YouTube channel I’ll be starting soon.

Here’s my own little “Polyvore” kind of picture. Let me know if you like this kind of thing in the comments below. I’d love to make more!


What do you think of the cropped trend? Ready to bare all when the sun comes out? Comment below!

-jessi hannah jay.

Follow me on Instagram & Twitter @jessihannahjay

I lost my phone so I won’t be updating IG for a while! 😥

Making an Effort


Dear Non-Nudists,

Here are a few outfits from the past week(OOTW?) and some thrifting I did. This is my first style post, it’s going to be simple. No deep philosophical discussion of style, sorry!

You don’t want to see what my “closet” looks like right now. I’m doing a major clothing overhaul, so there are boxes and baskets of shirts and skirts EVERYWHERE. It’s madness.

I’m looking into starting a vlog & song cover channel on YouTube, so stay tuned for that in the next month! It’s gonna be lots of fun. I plan on making one of my first uploads about Defining Your Style. Fancy italics. Had to.

I bought a book while I was thrifting about that very topic: How to be a Budget Fashionista:The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less. Being a low-income student in love with the world of style, I thought this would be a good read. It’s interesting so far; it has a great chapter on budgeting that most people would probably skip over, but this is something I definitely need to work on. Everyone can benefit from a budget, right? (and tips on how to get stuff on the cheap!)

Okay, okay. Without further ado, here are some snaps from what I wore this week(last pic is thrifted scores from Value Village!).



slouchy gamsthrifting