New Year, New Goals

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! It’s that time again to reflect, reset, and move forward with a plan. While new goals can be made anytime during the year, around the beginning feels like the perfect time. For 2022, I created a list of five things that I want to accomplish:

Continue to learn and grow in my career. I primarily work on marketing efforts and social media management between my day jobs and freelance opportunities. Sometimes I wear the hat of a content creator, and other times I am a brand manager. I want to continue to improve my graphic design skills, photography skills, and my knowledge of SEO.

Expand brand partnerships. I want to continue to collaborate with brands that I love and share them with you! When I say expand, I don’t mean quantity over quality. I still only want the best things for us.

Prioritize movement. I’ve chatted about my Obe obsession on here before, and it’s only continuing. I love the feeling of starting my morning with a cardio or sculpt workout. In 2022, I want to continue prioritizing movement.

Create a beautiful home. The apartment that I am currently in is absolutely the favorite that I’ve had. The location and the aesthetic are perfect for me. I’m looking forward to decorating and customizing it more. Hopefully, I will be able to host more in the new year!

Seek new adventures. I mean this in a big and small way. I want to plan some trips, and I also want to explore more locally. It’s reasonable to say that I could try a new thing each month in my city whether that’s a new local restaurant or attending an event that’s happening downtown.

What are your 2022 resolutions? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Nashville Trip Recap

Nashville Trip Recap

I couldn’t have asked for a better time for my first time in the Music City. On my recent trip to Nashville, I enjoyed late honky tonk nights, lots of drool-worthy food, and an endless ambience of country music.

I’d say that my S.O. and I planned just the bones of our trip before visiting. We knew where we were staying, how we were getting there, and we had tickets for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. Yet, we left quite a bit of room in our itinerary to explore.

We decided to stay right in the heart of Downtown Nashville at the Moxy for a few nights. This hotel was very different than your average stay. The lobby had live music, games, a swing, and lots of lounge space. On the first night, we checked in at the Moxy bar and got our hotel keys along with a couple of drink chips.

The rooms at the Moxy were very clean and modern with an industrial style. If you ever stay at a Moxy hotel, definitely click the “bedtime story” button on the phone in your room for a laugh.

It was around dinner time by the time we settled into our room and got ready, so I booked us a reservation at The Diner. This place was a quick walk away from our hotel. I’m still thinking about the shrimp and grits that I had; it was seriously the most delicious start to our trip.

After dinner, we walked over to some of the bars. Our first stop was Johnny Cash’s bar. Here we learned that you better pay attention when the band tells you to raise your glass. My S.O. and I may have been distracted in conversation and a bit surprised when the bar went silent (and everyone was looking at us). I’m thankful for the bartender that tapped me on the shoulder so we could all get on with a “hell yeah” cheers.

After Cash’s, we checked out Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk. This spot became one of our favorites. The music was great, and the atmosphere was very fun. According to some locals, it’s one of the louder bars. That night we also went to Ole Red; it was a good time with a more laid-back vibe.

We began day two with a tasty brunch at Another Broken Egg Cafe. Pro tip: make reservations ahead of time for this place, so you don’t have to wait as long as we did.

Once we were full of coffee and beignets, we headed to the Johnny Cash museum. It was conveniently across the street from our hotel. If you’re a fan of Johnny Cash or country music history, I’d say that this is a must-see spot.

Later that day, we grabbed a quick dinner and went over to the Grand Ole Opry. It was an incredible experience to see a show at the Opry, and it was an added bonus that we got to see Jon Pardi take the stage.

The next day we went on a tour of Studio B and explored the County Music Hall of Fame. Overall, it was a really cool experience. At Studio B we even got to sit at the piano that Elvis used to record his music.

At night, we hung out downtown again. As a Big & Rich fan, I had to visit John Rich’s Redneck Riviera.

We also grabbed drinks at Miranda Lambert’s bar and Nudie’s Honky Tonk. Casa Rosa had a great dance floor and all the pink decor you could dream of. When we went to Nudie’s, it was gorgeously decorated for the holiday season.

As we walked around downtown, I did some window shopping at Boot Country. But, all I got was a photo with their giant boot. Unfortunately, I was not going to fit new boots in my luggage.

The following day, we checked out of the Moxy and into the Graduate. We thought it would be a nice place to spend our last night in Nashville. Full transparency: the hotel was gorgeous, but the service was not. I wouldn’t book a stay there again, but I would probably stop by to snap some insta-worthy pictures.

Soon after we got into our room, we went to the rooftop bar, White Limozeen. I had a “Queen of the Rodeo” cocktail, which was absolutely delicious. Later, we grabbed dinner at an Italian restaurant across the street and then watched a movie in our room. It was a good and relaxing night before traveling home the next day.

When we got back to Green Bay, we had a lot of sleep to catch up on, but it was absolutely worth it. I’m looking forward to planning another adventure soon.

Have you ever been to Nashville? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Cheers to the Holidays: How-To Make a Dirty Chai Tea Latte

Cheers to the Holidays: How-To Make a Dirty Chai Tea Latte

If you can’t get enough of cinnamon and spice around the holidays, this drink is for you. It’s simple to make, and it will give you just the kick of caffeine you need. Also, it’s a great treat to make for guests!

Here are your six steps to a perfect Dirty Chai Tea Latte:

Step 1: Add 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Copina Co to your cup (or another vanilla flavored powder or syrup).

Step 2: Add an espresso shot or a bit of hot coffee to your cup. Mix the coffee well with the vanilla flavoring.

Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of chai tea concentrate of your choosing.

Step 4: Add 1/2 cup of milk (I used oat milk).

Step 5: Add ice.

Optional: Add a cinnamon stick for some extra spice

Step 6: Enjoy!

What’s your go-to coffee to make at home? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

3 Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Love

3 Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Love

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with gifting candles and wine. However, I have a few more self-care gift ideas that would pair nicely with a bottle of rosé. The following items would make perfect gifts for friends or family (or even yourself).

First up is the comfiest gift idea: Woxers! These are seriously buttery soft and the best for lounging around in. Woxers come in three different cuts, so there’s a fit for almost everyone’s taste. In the picture, I’m wearing the “studs.”

Next, I’d recommend the new Glitter Beachwaver curling iron. This is the perfect gift to enhance someone’s morning routine. Also, the holiday design is a fun twist.

Like the Woxers, Beachwaver has three different designs. In the picture, I am holding the medium barrel size; this is perfect for achieving natural beach waves. If you want to see the Beachwaver and its rotating barrel in action, check out this tutorial I created here.

Another gift idea that is perfect for enhancing your giftee’s morning routine is Copina Co’s Holiday Kit. This comes with a couple of different kinds of plant-based collagen, a frother, and an adorable glass.

In case you didn’t already know, plant-based collagen can have a positive impact on nail and hair growth and your skin. Yes, you can actually drink this skincare (and it’s delicious).

If you go ahead and purchase any of these items during your holiday shopping, I have discount codes for you! You can check them out here.

What’s your favorite gift that you’ve received? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

2 Years of Blogging & Finding My Voice

2 Years of Blogging & Finding My Voice

This past week, turned two!

First, I want to thank you for reading this blog and keeping up with my content. I appreciate having this creative space that allows me to connect with others from all over! As this blog has grown, it has become something more than just a spot for me to type; it has become a community. I am glad that you are a part of it!

Next, I feel like I have to beg the cliche question: has it really been two years already? It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I purchased my domain and started writing weekly. It has become so integrated into my routine, and I am very happy that it has. Creating content on this blog keeps me in the habit of writing, which I adore doing.

Throughout two years of editing the website and publishing posts, I’ve learned a few things. I would say the biggest journey and lesson was finding my voice. And, what I mean by that is my writing voice. It took quite a bit of time and drafting before I truly understood my style. I’d say that blogging helped me to learn more about who I am, what I value, and how I communicate that.

For example, when I look at recent blog posts compared to blog posts from this time a year ago, I can see a difference in my comfortability to show up authentically. It’s not that I was sharing a false version of reality a year ago, but I don’t think that I was as confident in my voice. A year ago, I second-guessed myself way more than I do now.

So what changed? Well, I think time and practice had a lot to do with it. Continuously writing and creating helped me to get more comfortable with showing up in this online space. With time, I’ve allowed more breathing room in my writing process. I brainstorm, I write, I edit, and I give myself time to work with the words that I type rather than being super quick to publish. Of course, it’s good to have some structure and deadlines, but allowing some fluidity in your work and life can be good too.

In my second year of blogging, I got into even more of a groove with things than in year one. I’m looking forward to another year of creating and learning.

Cheers to the beginning of year three!

What was your favorite blog post from 2021? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Showing Up Authentically on Social Media

Showing Up Authentically on Social Media

Authenticity and social media aren’t always two peas in a pod. However, with good intentions, they can be.

Social media can be used in a way that is uplifting and true to you. It can be used to express yourself and connect with others that share your interests. Here are a few best practices when showing up online:

Type like you talk. How you speak IRL should line up with how you communicate on social media. If you wouldn’t actually say something that you are typing then there is a disconnect with who you are and who you are showing up as online.

Share content that you enjoy creating. When you share content that you’re passionate about, your online community can tell. If you are just posting something because you think it will get engagement, your community can tell. Create and publish genuine content that matters to you, and your community will show up for it.

Use filters to enhance images rather than alter them. Filters and editing tools are great for creating sharp and high-quality images. But, I do believe they can be overused. If you want your digital community to get to know you on social media, you have to be real.

Be honest and transparent. I believe transparency is especially important when you are posting #sponsored or #gifted content. If you promote a brand on social media that has paid you in currency or product, you should be open about it.

Create healthy boundaries for yourself. Being authentic on social media doesn’t mean that you have to share anything and everything. You have control over your own social media account, so you have control over how much you decide to publish. I find that it’s good to strike a balance between the personal things that you make public and the things that you keep private.

How do you show up authentically on social media? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

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!

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!