Speaking in NYC, Cocktails, + Wrapped in Bacon


When we arrived in NYC, I was exhausted. And hungry. This is a lethal combination when it comes to my life…like a Molotov cocktail wrapped in nuclear bacon. The taxi line at the airport was the length of football field and there’s wasn’t a taxi in sight (apparently we arrived during a driver shift change), so by the time we arrived to our hotel, I was ready to gnaw on my knuckles. We dropped off our bags and, again, couldn’t hail a taxi because it was rush hour. Or my hailing techniques were clearly Californian.

In a desperation, I turn to JD and tell him we should walk to dinner. The restaurant is two miles away, JD said as he shook his head. Listen, dude, I’m three seconds from gnawing off my knuckles OR YOUR FACE.

Yup, that’s the “wrapped in bacon” part.

We walked the first mile and my stomach ached with pain and I debated buying a pretzel, or roasted nuts, or a steamed running shoe. Anything would suffice. Around mile 1.7, I hailed a horse and carriage (the kind with faux fur lined seats) and begged the driver to drop us off at our restaurant a few blocks away. With a thick Russian accent, he told me it’d be $27.00. For four blocks?!? Dees ees Neu Yourk Ceetee, he replied.

By the time we finished our walk and JD pushed open the door to Ilili (a great recommendation from my best friend), nothing in my life had tasted better. And it was just the complimentary pita bread and water. We got around to talking about my presentation the following day and then the nerves settled in on overdrive. Last Wednesday, I had the honor of speaking to a group of amazing photographers at PhotoPlus/WPPI NYC and though I was terribly nervous, everyone warmed up quickly and we had great time.

JD wanted to show just how much I talk with my hands…whatevs…

To those who joined us for the presentation, thank you. You made the craziness of my trip worth every second and when JD scoffed when I bought a pair of boots later that day, all I had to reply was: Dees ees Neu Yourk Ceetee!

Oh! And congrats to Kimberly Butler for winning my lenses and camera gear contest for $100 gift certificate! Happy Friday!

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  1. Lupe Ruiz

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    girrrrrrl! I’m loving that dress!! Is that the same dress Melissa Gorga wore on the RHONJ reunion??? Either way, you ROCK it!!!

  2. Ashlee

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Jasmine…that red dress is BANGIN!!!! Where did you get that?! Must. Have. You look stunning!

  3. Jaquielyn Tango

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    you look fantastic in red Jasmine!!! Sooo LOVIN your dress

  4. Casey Fatchett

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    It was a great speech! I am very glad I was there. It was great meeting you and JD afterwards as well.

    As for hailing a cab in NYC, I’d be happy to share the same techniques I told StyleMePretty about at Bridal Market – keep your head on a swivel, don’t stand in the middle of the block, be ready to run!

  5. Carly Arnwine

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    First of all, you look FABULOUS! Second, I LOL’d on the steamed running shoe. Nice touch 😉 and third, well, you rock.

  6. Kate Douthwright

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    So sad I couldn’t make it to NYC to see you but I’m hoping I can make it to WPPI in Vegas to see you again this year. Btw, I’m in love with the shadow puppet show you put on! And cute dress, very profesh yet stylish. Work!

  7. steph

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    That dress is fabulous!!!

  8. Kristen

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I love your dress. 🙂

  9. Carlise

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    You look stunning in red, Jasmine! Welcome to Neu Yourk Ceetee, sorry you had to walk miles! And congrats to Kimberly – enjoy!

  10. chenin

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    At first I read this as "Bacon-Wrapped Cocktails," and then I was all like "what?!? Why don’t I have that in mine hand right now?!?!" But then I was all like, "oh." That was a bummer.

  11. Carmen Rojas

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    It was great to have you in New York City! Thank you for your time.

  12. Jodie Lemke

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    hahahaha! LOVE it JD! you’re awesome J* I think its great how passionate you are! Can’t WAIT to meet you on Monday!

  13. jae

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    i love the shadow photos. i’m a hand-talker too, and my friends usually just start mimicking me to illustrate that. also, the OR YOUR FACE part is so me too. love it!

  14. jae

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    i love the shadow photos. i’m a hand-talker too, and my friends usually just start mimicking me to illustrate that. also, the OR YOUR FACE part is so me too. love it!

  15. Tara

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Hopefully some day I can come listen to you live! somewhere!

  16. brianna

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    ilili is awesome (as is the friend who recommended it). but so is that red dress!! hot mama. score for me next time I visit!!!! 😉

  17. LEOLAK

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    GIRRRLLL….You are wearing that dress!! Must know where it’s from and if it comes in purple? =) Don’t feel bad…I talk w/ my hands a lot too…I think that puts us in the kewl category. TGIF!!!!

  18. tiana

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    jasmine is that black halo you’re wearing? wow! your body looks amazing in that dress.

  19. Lance B.

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Next time, take us up on our offer.

  20. Emily

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Is that the same dress as Melissa Gorga from RHONJ reunion show? Very cute 🙂

  21. Aisha Mujib Khan

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Love that dress!

  22. Whitney Bower

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    That dress is amazing – you look gorgeous! Miss you- xoxo

  23. rich

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    jasmine – thank you SO much for coming to WPPI to speak. my wife and i were so inspired listening to you and meeting you and JD. hope you had a wonderful time in new york despite all the craziness!

  24. Meredith Sledge

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Jasmine, you are just gorgeous.

  25. B

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Lady in red? So hot.

  26. Whitney Dupuis

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    You look beautiful! That dress is gorgeous!

  27. Kristin Hardwick

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Sorry I missed you speaking, but so glad you enjoyed the citteee 🙂

  28. Jennifer Jar

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Jasmine! That red dress looks amazing on you <3

  29. Adriana Morett

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats J*!!! On your presentation, your new pair of NY boots, and that FABULOUS red dress!!! Rock on girl!!! 😉

  30. Ashley Terry

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I know just how you feel! I was in NYC for the very first time last week and was so bummed that I had to fly home on the day you presented (I kept hoping there’d be a J* sighting the day before). I’m sure it was amazing. You are such an inspiration!

  31. kristin brown

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    ha ha! those shadow pictures made my day. so funny. and yes… you look beautiful in that red dress!

  32. Bonnie Horton

    October 28th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Yay for Kim!! She is an amazingly talented photographer and she so deserves it!

  33. Abby Grace

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I LOVE that red dress! It looks so amazing on your! I’m plae enough that wearing a dress like that would make me look like a Mike ‘n Ike, but your skin works so well with it. Totally jealous.

  34. MartaV

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hahahaha! I love the shadow puppets! 🙂 But really though, how else can a person talk if they don’t use their hands?

  35. Emma Gardiner

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Haha! I love JD’s photos, maybe on your next presentation you will incorporate shadow puppetry?

  36. Clare Day

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Love it! You’re so gorgeous and hilarious.

  37. Ansley Braverman

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Hard to imagine you in those awkward circumstances… I’ll certainly make a note of the restaurant recommendation, although they say that hunger is the best sauce…

  38. Yuba City Photographers

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Good shadow pics by JD. (I think he couldn’t have expressed his point better since a picture is worth a thousand words). From your lectures which I attended, I always felt your using the hands helpful and expressive. Thanks.

  39. Lisa Cour

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    You did a fantastic job speaking. It was very timely. My third time seeing you speak (in person) and its always fresh, new material…and always GOOD!

    Thanks for all you do!

  40. naomi yamada

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Great job J*…now show us the boots!

  41. Jeni Brower

    October 28th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    That’s so funny. I kept getting distracted by your (friendly Peter Pan) shadow on the wall 🙂 Love it!

  42. Mireya

    October 28th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Oh God you always make me laugh haha and your advice is invaluable, I hate sounding like a groupie and repeating what pretty much everyone else says but you are awsome and I can’t ever thank you enough for all your photography advice. Thank You!

  43. Kimberly Anne

    October 28th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I wish I could’ve BEEN there! You are so motivational, a real inspiration. And I LOVE the dress, cute!

  44. Vanessa Corral

    October 28th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    It’s ok Jasmine….I’m a hand talker too! lol Red is your color Jasmine…you look gorgeous!!

  45. Chris

    October 28th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    You look AMAZING in that dress! Wow. Glad you got some food though. Knawing off your knuckles would have been embarrassing to explain at the presentation. 🙂

  46. astami

    October 28th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    black halo dress… very niceeeeee!! hot child in the citayyyyyy! missed out on seeing you this year but always love your presence in nyc.

  47. Charles Silverman

    October 28th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    You’re just too damn cute. Stop it. 😉

  48. Therese

    October 28th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    LOVE your dress Jasmine!!! YOU look great! and lovin the hand gestures shadow! haha

  49. Kristin Nicole

    October 28th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Love your dress!!!

  50. life with kaishon

    October 29th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I love your dress
    and your hand talking : )
    The carriage driver made me laugh.
    I am glad your supper was scrumptious.

  51. Life with Kaishon

    October 29th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Oh my goodness.
    Your dress is on the Real Housewives of New Jersey right this second. Melissa looks good…but you look EVEN better : )

  52. Jacquelynn Henderson

    October 29th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    You are a true celebrity now! In the last 2 days I’ve seen 4 people on TV with this great dress… two women on the RHWNJ, Kelly Clarkson on the Today show, one of their makeover people in the plaza… and I must say, you are rocking it! They should use you instead of the model on their website 🙂

  53. Angela Higgins

    October 29th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    You clever girl 🙂 So proud of you! And dang girl – where’d you get that dress? You need one in every colour cause that thing rocks!

  54. Jenika

    October 29th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Whoa now, look at you in that fabulous red dress! I’m sure you rocked the presentation even more than you’re rocking that dress. Woot!

  55. Belinda

    October 30th, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Lol! I laughed wayyy too hard at JD’s pictures of your shadow. You are both hilarious!

  56. Amy Rizzuto

    October 30th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Jasmine, it was so great hearing you speak in person! One of my favorite things you said was "Big results require big changes." This weekend I am looking for two things I can let go and refocusing my energy on my strengths. Thanks again for an inspirational talk and for being you!

  57. Kathleen Lapp

    October 30th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Jasmine, Your presentation truly inspired and blessed me..Thanks for taking the time to share!

  58. MemoriesandColors Photography

    October 31st, 2011 at 4:22 am

    You make me want to go to the gym! great biceps!
    Hope to meet you in Vegas WPPI!

  59. Barbara Marcella

    October 31st, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you for speaking at WPPI….you were great!! I was so excited to finally see you in person!<3

  60. Andrea Paris

    October 31st, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Two things. 1. Love the shadow pics JD took. 2. Where did you get that red dress??? It looks spectacular on you.

  61. Izzy Hudgins Photography

    November 1st, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Hahaha my husband knows this lethal combination of hot hungry and tired all to well! We call it the hangries – hot and hungry = ANGRY!

  62. Kate Neal

    November 1st, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Your seminar was fantastic Jasmine! Even though I was bummed my hubby was unable to make it, I was SO glad my mom joined me & got to meet you as well. You gained a new fan! Thanks for always inspiring!

  63. Kenna Klosterman

    November 3rd, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Folks aren’t kidding about that red dress – you looked MAHvelous my dear! So fabulous to hear you inspire the audience and catch up with you and JD afterwards. Susan Roderick and I were especially grateful for the shout out when we walked in… "He-ey, it’s the creativeLIVE girls!" Right after "He-ey, it’s Jerry Ghionis!" Now that was cool. Mwah! ; )

  64. michelle gunton

    November 3rd, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Love the shadow pictures

  65. Petra Cross

    November 7th, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Great dress choice! I have the same dress in white (here is how I wore it: http://petracross.squarespace.com/blog/2011/5/18/doubly-starlicious.html). This reminds me of "Who wore it better?" column in US magazine. 🙂