My Curly Adventures

Jessica Elizabeth has a serious case of the travel bug, all the time. She shares this love of travel through her blog My Curly Adventures, opening her audience to the idea that a great getaway can be close to home, no plane ticket required. We had the pleasure of chatting with Jessica about what travel means to her, why she started her blog, and of course, her #CurlStory.

INTERVIEW: JESSICA ELIZABETH

Can you tell us about yourself? Where did you grow up?

I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and alternated dreaming of being the next Mia Hamm or a famous actress. I never quite did either, but I appreciate what those experiences brought!

Basically, I’m just a fun-loving curly girl who’s always in search of the next adventure, whether that’s somewhere far away or in my own backyard.

Your blog touches on fashion, beauty, and travel – there’s something for everyone! What inspired you to start a blog?

After I returned from Granada, Spain I missed travelling. When you’re abroad, every weekend is spent exploring a new destination, and when I returned I didn’t want to give that up. So, I started researching unique destinations close to where I live and would visit them on weekends. I posted them on Instagram and people started asking where I was. Slowly it evolved from random photos of my trips, to a blog about things that I was interested in: fashion, beauty, and hair!

We read that you were in Granada for 5 months – what took you there? Do you have a favourite memory from your time there?

I went to Granada as part of a study abroad program. Even though I am Latina, I never learned Spanish, and I knew this was my opportunity to immerse myself in the language. Granada was the perfect place, a quaint town feel, but with enough to keep yourself busy!

There were so many amazing things that happened abroad and it’s hard to choose one! One of my favorite parts was joining a soccer league there! I spent many days training with a group of girls. It was a great way to meet people and stay active.

Has travel always been a part of your life? What does it mean to you?

I had always wanted to travel, but I never really had the opportunity. It wasn’t until I went to college and received a scholarship that I finally had that opportunity – the experience was more than I could have imagined. I had to adjust to a different lifestyle and culture. I met people with worldviews different than my own and I loved it! Every day was an adventure and I still look back at that time with such joy!

What’s your dream destination and why?

The world – haha! I think it changes every week! But my fiancé and I are planning a honeymoon in Costa Rica filled with white water rafting, zip lining, and relaxing by the ocean. I would say it’s what I’m looking forward to the most right now!

Apart from mini trips and staycations, tell us your favourite way to unwind.

There’s nothing like a good glass of wine and chatting with my friends.

What are your favourite AG products to take with you on your journeys?

Fast Food and Re:coil are my go to for sure! I use Fast Food as a leave in conditioner and Re:coil to keep my curls defined without looking crunchy.

What is your go-to hairstyle for when you travel?

I may be a little boring, but I love to wear it down and natural! Sometimes I add two small braids to one side for an edgier look!

We’ve noticed a lot of people on social media telling their #CurlStory. What’s yours?

As many curly girls have experienced, mine started with quite a few nightmares: hairstylists who would cut my hair unevenly, frizzy pyramid hair, and years of straightening my curls! Finally, I found a hair stylist who understood curly hair, he taught me the proper techniques (and introduced me to AG products). Ever since, I’ve felt so much more confident in my curls and have received so many compliments.

What’s the best piece of curl advice you’ve given or been given?

You can never have enough moisture! Finer, straighter hair can get greasy easily, but the great thing about curls is that they love the oils!

Thank you for sharing your #CurlStory with us, Jessica!

 

Image credits: @mycurlyadventures, @jeremylaruephotography