Hi, I’m Jenn! I’m a designer by trade and for many years, my blog was my semi-secret side hustle. I started writing here at Hello Rigby back in 2013 before Instagram was a big deal, and way before TikTok even existed!
Hello Rigby has been my special place to indulge in fashion, beauty, and everything in between that I didn’t get from my 9-5 in the tech industry. I love to share style advice, our mid-century home, and more about Rigby, my eight-year-old Shiba Inu.
So who is Jenn anyways?
I’m a 30-something Seattle native. I formerly was a designer at a mobile tech startup, and I transitioned to a full-time freelance lifestyle back in 2018. I now work on my blog full time and maintain several freelance consulting and design clients. (Curious about working with me? Schedule a consult with me!)
I like to think I dress fairly well most days (come on, I’m in Seattle. You know I’ve got to wear some ugly stuff every once in a while!) I’m also a bit crazy about my dog, Rigby, my eight-year-old Shiba Inu. Other things I like? Food, especially anything involving chocolate or cheese, shopping, reading, and playing with makeup. I post about all of these topics here too!
If you’re new here, try checking out some of my most popular posts:
- 10 You Should Probably Know About Shiba Inus
- The Best of Cuyana: 10 Things I Own and LOVE
- How to Wear Statement Earrings
- How to Fix Cold Weather Skin Problems
- I’m Not Fat, I’m Not Skinny, and I’m Okay With That
- What to Buy at Sprouts Farmers Market
- How to Save Money by Renting Your Wardrobe
- The 5 Best Things About Owning a Shiba Inu
- How to Rock a Body Con Dress, Even If You Don’t Have Abs of Steel
…Well, tell us more about Rigby!
Rigby is an eight-year-old Shiba Inu. He also has a silly little underbite, which meant he was rejected from having a future as a show dog. Their loss, my gain. ;) If you’re new to Shibas, no they are not foxes, coyotes, or wolves. Shibas are a quirky little Japanese dog breed. When he was tiny, and I took him everywhere, I got a bit sick of “OMG IS THAT A FOX DOG?!” No. He is not a fox, I promise. If you want to read more about Rigby, I highly recommend checking out all of the posts I’ve written about him.
Where did the name of your blog come from?
I couldn’t think of a blog name for the longest time. I’d been wanting to start a blog, but the one thing that I couldn’t figure out was a name… so I never did. Then one day at work, “Hello Rigby” just came to me. I knew I wanted to blog about my dog and fashion, and I wanted a unique name. So here we are. If you don’t like it, that’s cool. Sometimes I think it’s a little silly, too.
Wait, why did you name your dog Rigby? Like… Rugby?
No. Not like rugby. I named Rigby after The Beatles song Eleanor Rigby. Obviously, Eleanor wouldn’t work, and I liked how Rigby sounded. Runners up were Ringo (for the Beatles drummer/singer/songwriter Ringo Starr) and Roux (for the base to one of my favorite foods, Mac & Cheese). If he had been a girl, I was totally going to name him Veruca Salt. Yeah, I’m a freak. (And bonus points if you know where that name is from, too!)
Wait, so you have a dog, and you have a blog… who takes your photos?
Oh yeah. The other man in my life is Dave. He’s a web developer by day. I con him into taking many of my outfit photos. Even years later, he swears up and down that he’s NOT a photographer and claims that he hates it, but we make it work. Additionally, I take many of my own photos with a tripod, like the one above!
In 2019, Dave pulled off the biggest surprise of my life and proposed to me while I was at Disneyland with my good friend, Holly. You can read about the entire proposal, including him surprising me with my dream vintage ring that I thought was gone forever! We had planned to get married in 2020, but then um, a pandemic happened. So, we’re putting a small ceremony on hold until it’s safe for all of our loved ones to attend in person.
This is the end, my friend.
Hopefully, that answers any questions you had about me. If you want to know anything else, leave me a comment below, hit me up on Instagram, or shoot me a message anytime.
I’d love to hear from you!
Well, Jenn I was finally deeply wondering where your blog name came from and now I know! I know I small town in Idaho named Rigby so I was wondering if you were from Rigby or loved Rigby Idaho or something along those lines. But yes, Elenore Rigby makes perfect sense. I too have lived in Seattle area. I lived in 5 towns in 4 years (during my marriage to the dude that is my daughter’s dad) We lived in Snohomish, then Monroe, then Everett, then Mukilteo and then Lynnwood. and pardon but I don’t know the term “ux” designer. teach me or I guess I could google it. ♥, Renae
oh that’s funny! i’m glad i could clear things up for you! :) i grew up in mukilteo, what a small world! my mom also had a quilt shop in snohomish for many years, so i’m familiar with that area too! :) “ux” stands for user experience, and i design interactions and experiences for mobile apps and websites! i’ll update that to make it more clear… sometimes us “techies” forget that not everyone lives in our world, haha.
Hi, so nice to meet you! Your intro reeled me in right away: dogs, fashion, books and saracasm? We are practically blogging soul mates! Thanks for finding me so I could find you.
I’m excited to get to know you, Rigby and your blog better!
aw, thank you so much Miriam! excited to hear more from you too! :)
I love that your pup is named Rigby too! We had to go with the full name because explaining that she was a girl got tiring but it’s nice to see that great minds do think a like even if they’re on opposite sides of the country (Do ppl sometimes call her “Rigsby?” That’s been another headache on our end ha haha). Well in any case, great blog, great dog, and looking to some great posts in the near future. Take it easy!
Haha, so Rigby is a boy, hence why he’s not named Eleanor! My second choice was Ringo, but I felt like Rigby just fit him better. He gets mistaken for a female in real life all the time… so funny! Yes, we get Rigsby all the time. We also get Rugby a lot. Oh well, I like the name and that’s all that matters right? Thanks for stopping by and saying hi, Caitlyn! So happy to e-meet you! :)
Ok I saw this picture online, and you probably have seen it, but it looks just like Rigby! I had to share because it made me laugh…
OMG yes I’ve had a few family members share it with me on Facebook because it reminds them of him too! Totally cute! Thanks for sharing, Laura! :)
your dog is so cute!! and of course i loved reading about you and dave too! ;)
Aw, thanks Esther! :)
I love Seattle, you are a lucky girl to live there. My in-laws live in Spokane so I get to go about once a year it’s wonderful. Love your blog~~
Aw, thanks Gina! I love Seattle. I visited Spokane fairly often when I was in college (went to WSU) and miss visiting the Davenport for their Champagne Brunch! So indulgent :D
I don’t know how I could have even handled meeting Sarah Jessica Parker! I probably would have just stared at her for a little bit and screamed, “OH MY GOD. YOU’RE REAL!” Anyways! I’m so glad I found myself here! I found your blog on Twitter through a Retweet which had one of your posts linked. You seem like so much fun! And, you live in Seattle which is my second home. I’ll be visiting my best friend there in a couple of weeks. So excited!
Bahaha! I definitely was a little star struck, but she is very kind in person. Aw, happy you’re able to visit your friend, I love Seattle! I’ll definitely be checking out your blog as well and thanks for saying hi! :)
Your dog is adorable! I’ve never heard of that breed, but now I want one!
Aw, thank you! His breed is not for the faint of heart. If you’re actually interested in the breed I’d recommend meeting a Shiba and reading a lot! ;)
To be honest I’m not sure you can even get Shibas in Germany. I’d have to look into it. I really want some kind of dog though!
That’s a good point, I know there are European breeders, not sure about Germany specifically though. Regardless, dogs are a lot of fun and I highly recommend one that will fit your lifestyle! :)
I’m Somer and I wanted to let you know how much I love your blog! I live on the east coast and going to Seattle is definitely on my bucket list. It seems like such a cool place with an incredible vibe.
I’m a dog mom, too! It is such an honor, isn’t it? :)
I just wanted to say hello and invite you to visit my newly launched blog. It would mean so much to me if you would stop by!
Blessings to you and Rigby
Hi Somer! Nice to e-meet you! Thanks so much for the compliments, and yes, you must visit Seattle. It’s a great place to live in my humble opinion. ;)
I’ll definitely stop by – I love meeting fellow dog mamas! :)
I just posted a “Dog Behind the Blog” post! It tells a little bit about my dog:)
I’d love for you to check it out and tell me what you think!
Awesome, will check it out! Thanks for sharing it with me, Somer! :)
Love your blog and your adorable dog!!
My husband and I are visiting Seattle this weekend for a really quick weekend trip and I was wondering if you had any suggestions on must-see places or must-try restaurants. We’re staying downtown and will most likely be walking everywhere or taking public transportation. Thanks in advance! :)
Aw, thank you Beth! Of course I have recommendations. :) I’m going to email you right now with a couple of questions!
Rigby is adorable. I understand your love of your dog! I have a 15 year old Shiba Inu named Tabitha!
Aw, thanks! And senior Shibas are the best! I hope Rigby lives a very long life like Tabitha. Thanks for stopping by Susanna!
Hi! We’ve somehow found each other and I’m finally browsing your blog with more time on my hands and I love it! And I love Shiba inus, they’re so cute!!! I think the name is pretty fantastic as well! Can’t wait to read more!
And hope you’re having fab time in Europe, love it there! Lived there for many a years!
Aw, thanks Julie! Happy to have you visiting! Europe was great, we can’t wait to go back! :)
Hi Jenn. This is by far the most entertaining about me page I have ever read. You’re so personable!!! I love Rigby, he is the cutest! I am a big Shiba Inu fan. I am guilty of calling them fox dogs. Sorry. :)
My husband takes my outfit photos for my blog and hates it too. He is also a web developer and helps me with my WordPress. We have a lot in common.
Aw, thanks Asa! Glad you enjoyed it, and it does sound like we have a lot in common! Hopefully your husband will come around, but I must admit, Dave still rolls his eyes whenever I ask almost 2 years later. ;) Let me know if you ever want to connect for coffee or HH since we’re both in the Seattle area!
Hi Jenn. I am just now seeing your response to my comment. I was on your site and thought I would just check. I would love to meet for coffee sometime. I will shoot you an email.
That sounds great, Asa! I didn’t see an email yet from you but will keep an eye out! :)
Your About me its awesome! Just sayin’ :)
Aw, thank you so much Victoria!
That underbite on your dog is quite literally the cutest thing ever!
Aw, thanks Lydia! ;)
Your blog is adorable, I can’t wait to follow along! And I can’t believe you almost named your dog Veruca Salt, that’s too funny!!
Aw thanks Sydney! So happy you found me. I’ll be checking your blog out too!
I’m so happy to have found your blog! My husband and I live in Nashville, but have always been interested in Seattle and possibly living there so your blog pulled me right in! I’ll definitely be following along! Maybe one day we’ll make it up there and we can be blogger/dog mom buddies! :)
Hi Heather! I’m so sorry I missed responding to your comment! That would be awesome – definitely keep in touch, if you ever visit or move here let me know! I’d love to get coffee and chat about blogging and our pups. :)
Really lovely blog :)
Thank you, Angel!
Aww Beautiful Pitures :) NIce Post
Thanks so much, Angel!
Hey, just got an email from about.me this morning (Indonesia, south-east Asia) .. Love this site, wonderful and awesome!!!
Thanks so much for visiting, Fauzan! :)
What a beautiful blog. I’m from Washington too. I can’t wait to explore more of your posts.
I am no longer getting your emails. I have tried several times over several weeks to subscribe again hoping that I would start receiving them again. Every time I try this is what is stated:
The email address has opted out of subscription emails.
This confuses me because I haven’t changed anything and I am still getting emails from other WordPress blogs and can successfully subscribe to other WordPress blogs.
I would love any help/input if you can offer any. Thanks so much.
Hi Christy! So sorry about that. I have no idea what might be causing that, as I have you listed as actively receiving emails. (It omits those who have not confirmed their subscription or those who have unsubscribed.) It may be because the plugin I use was out of date, and I’ve just updated so fingers crossed they will start coming again!
Either way, I’m hoping to tackle creating a newsletter soon which will be a bit different (but hopefully more interesting!) ;)
A lot has gone into making this blog awesome and that’s really cool and incredibly helpful to me to have come across your blog. Thank you so much!!
Thanks so much, Belle! Happy to have you here! :)