Wednesday, October 30, 2013

i confess.

Confessions... they are good for the soul.

I think.

Either way here we gooooo....
(if you are feeling judgmental, go read another blog.) 


I confess: I was too lazy to carve pumpkins this year, so I painted them.  
 They are cute, but I def didn't put too much effort into them.

Confession #2: I still haven't vacuumed the glitter off my apartment floor.  
At least it is concrete. 

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I confess: I already made a Christmas list with very practical things like a blow dryer, cute measuring cups, and a skillet.  This water resistant wireless speaker also made the list!

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I confess: After market last weekend, my mother and I ate a wonderful dinner at a fancy sports bar and caught up on college football and the world series.  The confession... that drink was TOO strong and I barely touched it. (getting old) 

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I confess: I bought a crock pot... but at least it is ridiculously cool.
I made gumbo & it was delicious. (and easyyyy)

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I confess: The UPS truck makes my day!!  My UPS leaves this many boxes every other day & after seeing him nearly every day, I have finally gotten him to joke with me and not be so uptight. lol 

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I confess: I have been taking selfies.
HELP! lol 

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I confess: Bucees won me and my temptation over...
Is it bad to love a cliche convenience store so much?! 

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I confess: I have been drinking coffee 2-3/week.!

I partially blame my allergies for making me feel like a zombie, but I don't want to become the caffeine addicted adult.  I guess is could be worse. 
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I confess: I participated in the eating of this:

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I confess: I used all these pictures that I have already posted on Instagram/Facebook. 
so if you stalk me, this is old news.
I'll do better!
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Girls Dinner Tonight!

eeeeeek! So excited to see some of my very favorite people in the world. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

101 Things Every 20-Something Realizes In Their 20s

I kind of love being a "20 something"... there is so much we have done, so much we have left to do, and I feel like acceptance comes easier in our 20s.  There are also TONS of articles written about us... my fb friend shared this one the other day, I like it. Def lot of truth in there.
 Check it out:

(ps. the bold ones are my personal fav)

Your 20s are an age where you settle in and get comfortable with who you really are. It's a decade of exploration, self-actualization, and growth.
Since lists about being in your 20s is the Internet's No. 1 pastime, I've created a list of 101 absolutely true things every 20-something realizes while riding the boat through the best decade ( date) of their life.
1. Confidence is not cockiness.
2. Self-reflection is a sign of maturity. 
3. Waking up early is important if you want to be a functional member of society.
4. ... But sleeping in on weekends is precious.
5. Although you don’t see each other nearly as much as you’d like to, friends from back in the day are still pretty important.
6. Discretion is the better part of valor… Especially in Tweets, Facebook updates, and text messages.
7. Your SAT score didn’t determine your destiny. You did.
8. Your grade in that college class didn’t matter.
9. There’s something you probably suck at.
10. Anyone who passes judgement about your choice of college or college major is being a prick.
11. Plan B is usually Plan A.
12. Opinions are like assholes: Everyone has them, but that doesn't mean they're good or you have to follow them.
13. Dreams are great, but there’s no need for you to become a douchebag in pursuit of them.
14. Booze is awesome.
15. ...But its power deserves to be respected, if not feared.
16. Even Frank Sinatra had regrets and he did it his way. Regrets imply self-awareness.
17. Anyone who claims they’re in “the friendzone” or genuinely cares about “getting out of the friendzone” has a lot of maturing to do.
18. Judging people for personal choices like getting married, having babies, or career changes is really stupid. Live your own damn life.
19. Instagram is a lot better when you use it to take pictures of people, not things.
20. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) really isn’t important to your personal life. In fact, it only really applies to critically acclaimed mass cultural events such as can’t-miss epic TV shows that must be binge-watched in one sitting.
21. Enough sleep + hydration + food = The Ultimate Hangover Cure.
22. The music your parents listened to is kind of awesome. 
23. Padding your resume is never a good idea.
24. If you don’t have to do it every day, dressing up in a nice suit and tie feels great.
25. Spending money on the things that separate you from the ground is worth the investment: Shoes, tires, bed, etc…
26. The most important things you’ll ever learn will come from people with different points of view than your own.
27. Intelligence is not a dick measuring contest.
28. “Personal Brand” is a bullshit buzzword made up by PR flacks and social media marketing professionals who stare at Facebook/Twitter all day. Just be yourself.
29. Who you were in high school? Hahahahahahahahahahaha.
30. There is ALWAYS an appropriate time to leave a social situation.
31. Compliments go a long way, as does constructive criticism. 
32. ... But remember, some people don’t listen to criticism.
33. ... And sometimes it's OK to not accept criticism.
34. Your favorite sports teams are inherited, not chosen.
35. Quoting lines from movies with other people is the ultimate social currency.
36. Discussions revolving around musical tastes are the most subjective thing in the world.
37. There’s nothing wrong with staying out until after 3 a.m. every now and then.
38. Careers can be stressful.
39. ... And rewarding.
40. Relationships can be stressful.
41. ... And ultimately the most rewarding.
42. A $1 slice of pizza only tastes good in college, doused in ranch dressing. $2.50 for a slice is normal, not a splurge.
43. If you’re on the fence, going out is usually worth it vs. staying in.
44. ... But there's nothing wrong with staying in.
45. It’s very easy to avoid shallow people.
46. Very few people are actually “influncers.”
47. The end of college is not the end of the world, nor the end of fun.
48. Vote in local elections. A wise man once said “Politics is the art of controlling your environment.” In America, your vote at the community level for a school board member/county commissioner/sheriff/mayor matters. Otherwise, don’t complain.
49. The music you listened to in high school was actually pretty awesome.
50. Channeling anger into physical exercise or creativity is the most productive and proactive way to blow off steam.
51. Connecting with old friends, teachers, and acquaintances over social media pays off.
52. There are many ways to #YOLO without calling it #YOLO.
53. Jealousy is a weak, fleeting emotion. If you’re not transforming jealousy into empowerment almost instantaneously, you’re just being petty.
54. Not dancing is pretty lame, no matter how bad your moves are.
55. Have a mentor and be a mentor, because teaching someone something feels great.
56. Caring about college too much after graduating makes you look like a Peter Pan. Time to grow up. :)
57. The ability to negotiate is a valuable skill.
58. Paying for Netflix > BitTorrent
59. "Too old for this shit" is an excuse.
60. Weddings will drain your bank account and eat up your weekends, but when you’re there reconnecting with old friends, they're worth every penny.
61. Disgusting bathrooms are the ultimate mood-killer. (fo real)
62. Never pass up an open bar, but don’t underestimate its potency.
63. No one is the voice of a generation.
64. No matter how flashy and new your device is, you’ll never get the full experience from a glowing LED screen.
65. Grad school is not an excuse to delay the inevitable.
66. You feel a lot better about yourself if you eat at least one green food a day.
67. Older generations will always pass judgement about younger generations.
68. Stop talking about traveling and just f***ing do it already.
69. A walk is the best way to cool off.
70. Alone time should be cherished.
71. Money says nothing about your character.
72. Collecting experiences is more valuable than collecting things.
73. There’s no point in putting your time and energy into activities you get no enjoyment out of, especially in your free time.
74. Everybody gets laid. Although vaguely interesting, your hook-up stories are not that special.
75. Listen.
76. Empathize.
77. The things you enjoy are not your lifestyle.
78. Gossip is stupid.
79. Talk to strangers on public transportation (planes, trains, buses, etc).
80. Genuinely thanking people is pretty important.
81. Confusion is usually the result of not asking enough questions.
82. Apathy is a disease that's best cured by giving a shit about something.
83. Vacation days are a luxury meant to be used.
84. If you've ever experienced what it's like to not have health insurance, having health insurance is great.
85. Nothing in the media is worth getting angry over.
86. There is other content on the Internet worth sharing on Facebook than lists with GIFs. 
87. Sometimes a hotel room with a clean bed and a hot shower is a lot more comfortable than pitching a tent in a muddy field.
88. The financial responsibilities that come with being a functioning, independent adult must be taken seriously.
89. Surfing eBay after a night at the bar is a horrible idea.
90. Routine isn't a bad thing.
91. All-you-can-eat sushi sucks. (hahaha)
92. Nothing tastes better than a beer bought by a friend.
93. Nothing feels better than buying drinks for a friend.
94. Flaking on commitments makes you a flake. (amen!)
95. The best results always come from being straightforward. 
96. There are varying degrees to how one reacts to a mistake.
97. What you are isn't who you are.
98. Your generation is not special.
99. There’s never an excuse to be bored.  (!!!)
100. A little humility goes a long way.
101. Do your best. Everyone else is winging it too. That’s okay.

ohhhh. good stuff, huh?
Pay it forward & have a good weekend! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

things that make ya smile.

These pictures have no relation, except for the fact that they make me smile a little bit.

and what else does the world need more of than to just smile a little...
so here ya go!

Things that make me smile:

you can totally judge me for this, but sometimes when I ask Siri a question, I keep asking her questions (things you do when you live alone lol)

so the other day I was asking her the weather in Dallas for this weekend and then I got curious and asked her where she lives... goodness she makes me laugh! Thanks for that siri: 

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"But... but..." but what Siri?!?! lol 


My friend Jessica brought me Pappasitos for Boss' Day:
and if that doesn't make you smile, than what really does?!

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This awesome sign at Personalize It in Kingwood:
love it, shop local friends!

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Liana is the best English teacher in all the world & she got school pictures made, 
so like any normal person, she shared them with her friends:

taking it back to elementary days 
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It is still in my wallet, love it! lol 

okay he didn't really make me smile, but check out this guy chilling by my apartment:

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now that I shared that, I feel validated for taking that picture lol 


the Texans and Steelers in the REDZONE
and just the RedZone Channel in general is amazing enough to make you smile:

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Looking like George Washington while getting your hair done & getting some darker hair for fall

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Awesome visitors to PLT!!

Meet Krizia: she was my first pal when we moved to Crosby in 1st grade :)

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This sign we got at PLT makes me smile bc it makes me think of my little sister.
I want every young girl to feel this & know this:

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Peace out! 

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Hey Hey!

Hope y'all had a great weekend! 
Mine was crazy to say the least.  I literally felt EVERY.SINGLE.EMOTION. ever and the most random things seemed to happen, but all in all it was lovely!


I am a horrible secret keeper/liar, but for the past month+ I have had to be, while we planned 
Blair's Surprise 25th Birthday Outing!

We tried to act like we had nothing planned and that we were all just busy.
(she even came to see me at work Saturday and I lied and said I was closing)...

but secretly we had planned a fun little outing with her fav ladies :) 

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We picked her up from her sisters house in a limo, blaring/"blairing" 
Started from the Bottom!

hence the #

We headed out to Maggiano's for a delicious dinner.

Cheers to fun ladies, birthdays, and a good surprise:
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and then out to lots of fun places,
dancing/singing the whole limo ride there.

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mechanical bull action:

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yeah, don't know the lady on the left...
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Blair turned 25 yesterday & I hope she felt super loved bc we all think she is a solid,
 one of a kind pal!

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Blur, you the best! Thanks for being the most supportive/up-for-anything friend I could have!

ps. Happy Birthday to Brittni Bell-DeMilia as well :) 
It is insane the amount of birthdays in October! 


Have a great Tuesday!  

Friday, October 18, 2013


So I haven't had any big projects going on in the pass few weeks...

logically that tiny bit of freedom has made me want to completely redesign my apartment and boutique.  It sometimes really is a curse to be creative bc I never truly feel "done" with anything, or I want to always redesign it.  (ex: Christmas decor- I want a new "theme" every year)

 I want to give it a new look, I change my mind constantly about design.  
Luckily I am in the fashion industry and that is our core... change and seasons!   

Sadly, projects = money & time.  Not to mention I am lazy and a perfectionist, 
the combo is quite awful for projects.

this made me realize I never "formally" introduced the apartment:

I LOVE it, and it isn't that I necessarily want to change it, I just have a lot I want to add to it.
(Christmas decorations are going to make me the happiest girl in the world!!!) 

from the front door:
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(still need bar stools)

from the living room:
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(I will prob mount the tv onto the brick wall & put some decor behind the couch)

from the kitchen:
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( I have recently changed the light covers over the bar to more modern ones)

I want a large mirror above the table:
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(still needs curtains)
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gallery wall in the dining room:

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Ginger approves:)
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Most of the furniture is from Ikea, Target, or Home Goods.  I spent plenty of $, but didn't want to get too much "grown up" furniture bc most likely this stuff won't go with my next house, etc.  I tried to get some solid pieces though that can be used in a guest bedroom at my next place (ex: bed, tv, side tables) and didn't spend too much so that if I do change my mind, I won't be too attached to it or still paying on it.  

some things that I NEED:

That sparkle pillow & that patio:
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this chandelier is so fun:
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anyway, that is that! Do y'all get obsessive redesign fever?!

I can't imagine how Blair works with the new design stuff and creates spaces for people and then doesn't want to change her space 24/7!

Have a great weekend! 
I will be working & watching football lol

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013


First of all... I am overwhelmed daily by the crazy support of family, friends, and complete strangers. I have always said it is easier to be someones friend when they are down and out, it takes a special kind of person the be able to be happy for someone else.  So thank you. 
Thank you for being the kind of person that makes other people want to do better.

The article that The Observer did on PLT and my story was awesome, but I cannot help but feel like I wish my friends and family would get any and all recognition instead.

Seriously not trying to sound like a "oh no not I?!" person... but my friends/family are straight up bad asses.
and no, there is not other word for it. lol

whatever you do that you love or work really hard at, it deserves recognition.  whether your a grad student, a mother, an educator, a super swoll gym rat, an accountant, a nurse, a job that nobody is really sure of the exact title (lol)...whatever YOU are doing... bravo! because anything worth bragging about has cost you time, money, dedication and hard work.

-thanks for letting me get that out-

In other news, I have not caught this little blog up on some fun times I've had the past few weeks:

Blair and I finallllly got to see the rescheduled Mumford & Sons concert!
Such a good show, they sound perfect live. 

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We celebrated Jessica's 25th birthday @ Grand Lux.
Love her & do not ever get to see her enough, so ready for her to finish law school 
(and I am pretty sure she is ready to finish too)

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Got to catch up with the "Dinner Club" ladies.
I am laughing now thinking about our ridiculous conversations. 

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I got to see the The Neighbourhood & Imagine Dragons:

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great show & great company!

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I drove out to Pearland to visit my sweet, married friends:

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we always have a good time.
I mean prettier people always do right?!

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(that was joke. chill.)


I did something I rarely ever do, but have started to more lately... sit still.
oh it was nice! 

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This day happened: 

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My mom and I went to the Texans Battle Red Ladies Football 101 Event, awesome! 

I know I am a nerd, but we go to run through the tunnel & I was SO excited.

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Jamie, Blair, & I made fall wreaths while we watched football 

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Ginger was not too impressed with the Texans ...
better than the Steelers, so I will just keep my mouth shut.

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but how about them Pirates?!

They play tonight, we will see! 
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