AEG Chats: Jess Zimlich, 26 & Not Counting

One my favourite, recently instated features on the blog is Girl (For Granted) Talk. If you missed the first one with the gorgeous Annie Reeves (you should really go read it), you’re in for a treat today. The basic idea of this series that to bring you gals who I want to be friends with, or mine for advice, or just admire and think the world should see more of. Today,  Jess Zimlich, of 26 and Not Counting is chatting to us. Jess’ blog is going from strength to strength, and I’ve really enjoyed watching her grow and becoming (admittedly only via email and social) blogging friends with her! laid back look // jess zimlich // girl for granted

Your elevator pitch?

*elevator doors close*….kidding, your pitch can happen anywhere! Mine sounds a little something like this, “I work as a Corporate Communications Project Coordinator and dabble in freelance writing. I’ve also been running my lifestyle blog, 26 and Not Counting, for close to two years now where I cover everything from fashion to fitness and a hefty dose of life happenings. I really enjoy creating and sharing my experiences with the people who follow my blog and I’m excited to continue to nurture my corner of the web.”

Morning rituals?

I’m guilty of checking my social media channels before rolling out of bed and it definitely falls in the category of things I’m not proud of. However, I always, always start the morning with a big glass of ice water and a quick stretch to get my blood flowing.

 Favourite blooms?

White roses and ranunculus, please! You thought I was going to say pink peonies, didn’t you 😉

Your proudest blogging moment?

The posts I’m most proud of are usually the ones that are chock-full of my personal life happenings – that’s when I really feel like I connect with the people who read my blog. There was that one time I lost my job and the time I told the world that I used to be fat, but I’m also big on celebrating and I think 26 and Not Counting’s 2nd Anniversary is one to remember.

Signature scent?

Aqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani.

Any tips for achieving work/life balance?

I set boundaries when it comes to work by letting the people I work with know when I’ll be available. If you’re answering emails into the wee hours of the morning, people are going to expect that you’re available at that time. When I leave work for the day, I’m completely checked out and that allows me to clear my head (focus on the million other things that make up my life) and come back the next day refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Your typical work day?

The glory of it is that no two days are the same and that keeps things interesting (bet you haven’t heard that before). I spend a hefty amount of time writing, editing and managing various projects. After that, it’s home to tidy up the apartment or run a few errands before I workout. Then I come back home to have dinner, work on my blog and any other projects I’ve taken on.

kate spade espadrilles // jess zimlich // girl for granted

Books you always recommend – fiction and non fiction?

The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty are two of my favorites books, ever. I’m working my way through The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins right now and it hasn’t disappointed me yet, so I’ll more than likely be adding that to the list as well. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso was a quick, motivational read and proved to me that it’s okay to try and then try again to figure out where you’re meant to be when it comes to your career.

How do you get through your to-do list?

Slowly, but surely. No, but seriously, my lists have their own lists. I like to re-write mine at the end of the week and remove the things I accomplished so that the next time I come back to it I can clearly see what needs to be accomplished. I keep daily tasks written in my planner and then I have a larger “master” list, if you will, that highlights to-dos for the long-term. I also have a habit of emailing myself reminders. If it’s something that will take a quick second or two I’ll shoot myself an email to keep my to-do list from filling up with minuscule tasks.

Favourite way to spend Saturday?

I would wake up around 7:30 and head to a class at Health House KC, follow it up with brunch at The Farmhouse with my boyfriend, Pete, and then come home for a leisurely nap. At night we would meet our friends for dinner and drinks at The Westside Local and then see where the night takes us from there.

Any must have tools of your trade, or things that you couldn’t live without?

The Bloglovin’ app for reading my favorites on the go, the MyFitnessPal app for logging workouts and keeping track of what I’m eating and the Venmo app to quickly transfer money to friends and family (think brunch, cab fare or anything else where you’ll need to pay someone back).

Three beauty essentials?

A solid 8 hours of sleep, a great eye cream and enough H2O to have you running to the bathroom every hour, on the hour.

spring beauty products

Your style in three words?

Work in progress. Does that count? My style is constantly evolving (thank god because I’ve had my fair share of “what was I thinking moments”) and I don’t see myself fitting into one category or another, but I do have one non-negotiable – I’ve gotta be comfortable!

Favourite piece of a) life advice, and b) career advice.

Take care of your body, because it’s the only one you’ve got. Some of my favorite career advice as of late came from Meg and Victoria over at The B Bar. You can read their posts here and here, but for those of you who want the cliff notes version: it’s okay if you don’t have a clear vision of what you’re meant to do or where you’re headed next.

What’s next for you?

I like to think the best of me is still hiding up my sleeves and if you care to follow along, I promise to share when I figure it out!

Thanks so much to Jess for chatting (well, emailing)! x


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    Jess Zimlich

    I love the way it turned out 🙂 Thank you again for having me!


    Love this post Amy! Well done 😘 I will follow Jess’ blog now! ✌️ xx