Fangirling in Chicago: Attending Wizard World ’21

Fangirling in Chicago: Attending Wizard World ’21

Over this past weekend, I attended the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. It was fun to spend a Saturday in cosplay while browsing comics and other collectibles.

In previous years, I’ve attended this convention as Padme, Tank Girl, and even Mr. Freeze. This year, Frenchie from The Boys inspired my #OOTD. I managed to thrift every piece of the outfit, so it was a fairly easy costume to put together. It’s just made up of plaid pants, a belt, suspenders, and a grey t-shirt that I cropped and painted a skull bunny on. If you’re also a fan of the show or comics, feel free to steal this costume idea for Halloween.

At the convention, there’s always a lot to see. My favorite photo opp was definitely with Chicago Tardis‘ Winston. Winston is a Dalek aka a mutant alien from the show Doctor Who. If you don’t know the show, I understand that may all sound very confusing. But anyway, trust me when I say that it’s pretty cool to see a life-sized replica in person.

I’m happy that I brought a few pieces of the convention home with me. My haul included a Powerpuff Girls charm bracelet, vintage Purple Rain and Annie Hall movie promotions, and a Jeff Goldblum print from Kelsey Rushing. You may just see some of these items show up in upcoming apartment decor blogs!

Have you ever attended a comic con? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Few Recent Thrift Finds

A Few Recent Thrift Finds

I always like to visit my local thrift store with the intention of curating my style. This helps me to focus on what clothing items I want to take home as well as which items to leave. On my latest thrift trip, my goal was to find a few more dresses to compliment my wardrobe. I got a bit lucky and found three new-to-me dresses for under $30.

First, I found this asymmetrical olive green dress. It was originally from J.Crew where dresses can easily cost more than $100. I scored this dress for just $8.99. I really enjoy the unique cut and color. This dress pairs perfectly with just tennies, but I could also dress it up with heels.

Next, I found a simple little black dress with lace detailing for $3.99. While browsing the clearance rack, I found an oversized vintage blazer to go with it for just $1.99. I think this look would be perfect for grabbing dinner.

Last but certainly not least, I found this casual denim dress. It’s Loft brand and cost just $8.99. It’s simple, comfy, and effortless. I adore dresses like this for mornings at the farmers’ market or for grabbing coffee and running errands.

If you live in northern Wisconsin like me, I’d definitely recommend checking out your local Goodwill NCW. That’s typically where I thrift, and that’s where I got all of the items featured in this blog. Also, before your next thrifting adventure, check out this blog post for a few tips and tricks!

What’s your best thrift find? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Upgrade Your Lock Screen: DIY Phone Wallpapers

Upgrade Your Lock Screen: DIY Phone Wallpapers

We all have those days when we could use a bit of motivation or inspiration, so why not carry some in your pocket?

I created a few different phone wallpapers that you can download and use to upgrade your lock screen. They feature some of my favorite quotes of the moment that I’ve found on Pinterest and Instagram.

If you want to DIY or customize the wallpapers, feel free to use my template in Canva by clicking here.

Which wallpaper is your favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

How-To Create a Simple & Vegetarian Charcuterie Board

How-To Create a Simple & Vegetarian Charcuterie Board

Whether you are hosting or just want to enjoy an indulgent night in, this is the charcuterie board for you! It has the perfect mix of sweet and salty, and it sits atop a bottle of wine; what more could you ask for?

Here’s what you’ll need: a bottle of Prophecy Rosé (if you are 21+), a bottle top serving tray, grapes of choice, gouda cheese slices, spreadable white cheddar cheese, Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Almonds, Dot’s Original Pretzels, and Avocado, Cilantro, & Lime Triscuits.

All of these snacks are personal favorites of mine individually, and they are even better when combined!

To get started, I first put down a bit of saran wrap on the tray. I figured this would help to make clean-up easy. Then, I began to stack crackers and cheese slices across from one another. Once those were placed, I added pretzels and spreadable cheese in another corner of the board. In the final open space, I put grapes. And lastly, I sprinkled chocolate-covered almonds across the board.

Depending on how many people you want to serve with your board, you can add or subtract from the amount of snacks that I have pictured. I don’t believe it has to be an exact science. I just think a charcuterie board needs to have delicious ingredients; the cute aesthetic is simply a side effect.

P.S. It was as good as it looks, and you should definitely try it.

What’s your favorite sweet or salty snack? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine

While not every day looks the same for me, I try to find consistency in my morning routine. I find that having a morning routine allows me to be more proactive during the day rather than reactive. I view it as a time to practice some self-care and set intentions for the day ahead.

Most weekdays, I try to wake up around 5:15 am. On the weekends, I like to be up by 8:00 am. Of course, there are days where I hit snooze a few times, but in general, those are the times that my days get started.

I try not to go on my phone first thing in the morning. It was this Florence Given quote that helped me to break the habit: “Your happiness – the way you view yourself – and the content you consume is in your control. Make changes. Now.” I believe Instagram can be a great source of inspiration but not if you are playing a game of comparison. I’d recommend giving yourself a chance to romanticize your life before looking at others.

Taking an Obe workout class is how I like to get my day going. Sometimes I catch live classes, other times, I follow along to a replay. Cardio boxing and yoga sculpt classes have been my favorites to do lately. Honestly, any class led by Alex Scolari is a class that I will take.

After working out, I like to do my skincare and take a shower right away. For months, I’ve been using all Bliss products on my face. The Clear Genius Cleanser and Drench & Quench Moisturizer are the perfect duo for me. As far as hair care goes, I love to use Beachwaver’s Stay Strong Reparative Line. You can check out my hair wash day routine here.

Most of the time, I let my hair air dry while I go through the rest of my routine. I do my makeup at my makeshift vanity that’s made up of a mirror, floor cushion, and floor lamp. I adore this little spot in my apartment because of all the natural light.

Once I’m mostly ready, it’s coffee time! I recently invested in a SMEG espresso machine, and I’m in love. It’s such a dream to wake up to fresh espresso shots. If I add anything to my coffee, it’s typically a splash of cream and Goldmine Supershroom powder or Copina Co collagen.

My go-to breakfast lately has been an egg sandwich. I dress it up with lots of kale, sriracha, sharp white cheddar cheese or gouda, and a sprinkle of Trader Joes’ Everything But the Bagel seasoning.

After eating, I finish getting ready and check my planner. I keep tasks scheduled out by the hour. Being a visual person, I enjoy seeing everything laid out. It helps me to see the bigger picture and the progress that I’m making on projects. I’d recommend giving it a try if you ever feel stressed by your to-do list.

& that’s a wrap on my morning routine! Let me know yours in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Glimpse at My New Apartment

A Glimpse at My New Apartment

If you’ve been following along, you may know that I recently moved! It has been my goal to curate my new apartment into a cozy and functional home. Slowly but surely, I’ve been getting my new space fully furnished, decorated, and put together. Not everything is complete quite yet, but I do feel ready and excited to share a glimpse of what is.

First, let’s begin in my living room. Here, I have one of my favorite pieces which is a signed Tank Girl comic poster. I got lucky at the Green Bay ReStore and found the perfect wooden frame for it. For aesthetic purposes, and because the frame is heavy, I think this artwork may stay simply rested against the wall.

Alongside Tank Girl, I have a dracaena plant. This is my first plant in this apartment, so if all goes well, I may add more!

Also, in my living room, I have a Valley of the Dolls movie poster that I adore. Valley of the Dolls is a slightly obscure movie from the late ’60s, but it’s one of my favorites. I recommend checking it out if you are ever in the mood for a bit of drama.

In my dining area, I also have a couple of different art pieces. On the left is an abstract painting that I did (you can check out my blog post about it here). On the right is a print I got at a comic con years ago. It’s a drawing of the character Eric from True Blood. The blue background on the portrait matched perfectly with my color palette, so I had to put it up. The gold frame was a Goodwill NCW find.

My bedroom might be my favorite room just because of my orange velvet comforter. It really just makes the room feel warm and cozy.

On the wall across from my bed, I created a collage with some Cindy Sherman postcard prints. I love her portraits, but they can be expensive, so this was a nice and accessible way to have some of her art displayed. This same type of collage could be easily recreated in your own home with your favorite art and command strips!

Last but certainly not least, I have to show you the bathroom and another Tank Girl print. As soon as I saw this print, I knew where it had to go. This frame is also from the Green Bay ReStore! If you are in the area, check them out for great deals on home decor and furniture.

I hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse into my new apartment. I’m sure that I will have more updates to share in the months to come, so stay tuned!

What are your best renter-friendly decor tips? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Bit About Me & MeganRoshak.com

A Bit About Me & MeganRoshak.com

While I know I do a lot of writing and talking online, it didn’t hit me until I took a look at my metrics. This post marks the big 100 on MeganRoshak.com. Whether you are new to the blog or have been here since the beginning, thank you for following along with me!

In honor of the milestone, I want to introduce or reintroduce you all to me and this online space that I’ve created. In short, a lot has changed since I first started this blog.

About Me

I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Currently, I live and work in Green Bay, and I adore it. Green Bay is my hometown, so I’m most likely biased, but it has turned out to be a great place to finish my education and begin my career. Also, it’s where I’ve found the cutest apartment to call home.

For work, I primarily do content creation and social media marketing. I also dabble in radio. It’s an interesting mix, but I appreciate everything that I’ve been able to learn and continue to learn in my different roles. For fun, I enjoy writing, reading, listening to records, and checking out community events. I will typically never say no to coffee or live music.

About MeganRoshak.com

I first invested in my domain out of a simple love for writing. I had done a lot of guest blogging, and I wanted to have my own creative space where I could be the publisher. At the core, this is still why I blog. But, I also blog for reasons like community building and networking. I believe writing is best when it’s shared and when it can spark ideas or conversations.

On the blog, you can find content that fits into four different categories: lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and coffee.

I define lifestyle content as the type of content that shares my life, as well as tips and tricks, with you. Beauty content includes reviews and how-tos on the latest beauty trends. The fashion content that I create usually showcases thrifted finds and DIYs. Last but certainly not least, coffee content includes anything and everything coffee related. Typically in coffee blog posts, I’m trying or sharing different and new drinks.

And that just about sums up me and the blog. Cheers to 100 posts, and here’s to many more!

What would you like to see more of on the blog? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Thrifting My Pinterest Board

Thrifting My Pinterest Board

I have found that I do my best thrifting when I know what I want. Obviously, you never know exactly what you will find at your local thrift store, but you can set some intentions.

Pinterest is a great tool to gather style inspiration from as well as create mood boards on. Before my most recent thrift trip, I took some time to add to and review my 2021 style board (you can check it out here). This helped me to develop a general list of “wants.” Based on my pins, I knew that I wanted to add pieces to my wardrobe that were flowy and feminine. I also knew that I wanted to lean into a pastel and neutral color palette.

Because I did a bit of homework before hitting the thrift shop, it became less intimidating to go through the racks. I could immediately look at a piece and say “yes, I love this” or “nope, it doesn’t fit my description of flowy, feminine, pastel, or neutral.” When you understand your style and how you want to curate your closet, it makes it easier to find pieces that you will absolutely love.

The first piece that I found on my Pinterest thrifting adventure was this long yellow dress. I completely adore it and can’t wait for an excuse to wear it. It’s made out of relaxed linen material, and it has dainty ties on the sides that cinch the waist.

The next piece I scored was this pink cardigan. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the cut and the thick knit stripes. I paired it with a simple tank and some light pink shorts for a monochromatic look. I think it will pair beautifully with jeans in fall.

Lastly, I picked up this v-neck knit sweater. It’s a lighter knit, so I could comfortably wear it in winter, fall, and even spring. The colors are neutral and simple, so the sweater will pair nicely with a variety of pants, shorts, and skirts. This sweater definitely looks like a combination of sweaters and tops that I pinned.

If you’ve ever felt like you don’t know where to start when thrifting, try creating a Pinterest board to thrift from! It’s a great first step in defining your style and aesthetic.

What styles have you been loving lately? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Lessons I’ve Learned from Working in Radio

Lessons I’ve Learned from Working in Radio

Happy National Radio Day! In honor of the holiday, I wanted to share a few lessons that I’ve learned from working in the industry.

For some background, I’ve been working in radio for about two years now! In the summer of 2019, I was an intern at my local radio station. In the fall of 2019, I began working for the station as an on-air announcer. Then in the winter of 2019, I fully transitioned into a producer role.

In each role I’ve had, I’ve been able to sharpen my communication and technical skills. I believe the lessons I’ve learned on-air have helped me grow in my radio job and my day-to-day life.

Here’s what I’ve learned from working in radio:

Forming relationships is key. On the first day of my internship in radio, I was told, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Getting to know others that worked at the station and learning from them allowed me to get hired. If you want people or a company to invest in you, you have to invest in them.

You must prioritize tasks effectively and efficiently. I learned this lesson when I began producing a live show. As you may imagine, producers handle a lot of moving parts. If tasks are not done correctly or on time during a show, the whole thing could go off the air. This is why prioritization is so vital. You have to understand what’s urgent and what can wait.

Anything can happen. As in life, anything can happen on-air. Technology can be fickle, and so can people. When I’m producing a show, and something goes wrong, I try to simply evaluate and adjust. I have learned to accept the fact that anything can happen (even if it’s a bit disorientating).

There are endless paths to the same result. The way that I run a show and the way that others run a show is different. Yet, to a listener, the on-air product sounds the same. There are various paths to the same result, so do what makes the most sense to you!

How are you celebrating National Radio Day? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

How To Create an Effective Instagram Bio

How To Create an Effective Instagram Bio

150 characters are enough to communicate who you are, what you do, and why people should follow you. You just have to get specific and concise.

Whether you are utilizing Instagram to build a brand, business, or personal community, I hope this post helps you create the best profile and bio for you!

Let’s discuss the different parts of an Instagram profile and what you need:

Have a clear profile picture. People can see what you look like from your feed, but it’s nice to have a casual and clear headshot to keep things cohesive.

Share who you are. This could be as simple as your job title, or you can make it more personal. At the beginning of my bio, I share that I am a content creator based in Wisconsin. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Share what you do. This piece of your bio could also be your mission statement. Think: If you could sum up the type of content that you share in a short phrase or sentence, what would that be? For me, it’s “sharing day to day life, thrifted fashion, and endless cups of coffee.” That’s what visitors to my page can expect. If they enjoy that type of content, then they may follow along.

Call to action. Clearly state an action that you want visitors to your page to take. This should also be short, sweet, and to the point.

Include a link. Utilize your link in bio feature! Include just one website link or include multiple links with a service like Linktree. I created a “hidden page” on my website, similar to Linktree, specifically for my Instagram bio. This allows me to share links to not only my most recent blog post but also affiliate links. Bonus: creating your own allows you to benefit from the website traffic.

Create relevant highlights. Here’s your opportunity to showcase the content that you want people to see when they visit your page! I’d suggest sticking to highlight topics that have to do with your niche or mission.

With highlights, you can even utilize highlight covers to communicate your brand visually. I used a picture of an abstract painting I created for my covers. I feel like this adds a fun and personal touch.

What’s your Instagram handle? Drop it in the comments, and let’s connect!