Funky & Trendy Home Decor: DIY Abstract Painting

Funky & Trendy Home Decor: DIY Abstract Painting

If you’re looking for a fun way to freshen up your space and spend an afternoon, this DIY project is for you!

All you need for this project are some basic supplies like painter’s tape, paintbrushes, and a few acrylic paints. The colors I picked up were white, pink chiffon, burnt orange, olive green, muted aqua, and burgundy. You can choose the colors that fit your aesthetic best!

Your canvas can be whatever you want for this DIY. It could be an actual canvas, or you can thrift something to paint. I found a wooden frame from my local thrift store that worked perfectly as a base!

Once you have everything ready, we can jump into the project:

Step 1: Tape off your border. Grab your painter’s tape and tape off anything that you don’t want to be painted. I know this is an obvious step, but it’s an important one.

Step 2: Start with a white base. No matter what color your canvas surface is, it’s a good idea to give it a white base coat. This ensures that the colors you paint on top will show up their brightest!

Step 3: Use a pencil to draw lines. Lightly sketch the shapes you want present in your painting. This gives you a general guide to follow along with.

Step 4: Start painting your shapes.

Tip 1: Paint with one color at a time to fill in shapes. Painting with one color at a time helped me to see how much of each color would make up the painting. It also minimized the number of times that I had to clean my brush, so I’d consider the method a win.

Tip 2: Work smarter, not harder. As you may already know, it’s best to start with lighter colors and then paint with your darker colors. This really helped me to clean up the lines in my painting.

Tip 3: Third time’s the charm. Most of my paint colors needed three coats to be vibrant and not streaky. Don’t be afraid to go back in with paint and perfect your colors.

Step 5: When you’re finished painting, let it dry and find a space to display it! Enjoy your art and graciously accept all the compliments you will receive from visitors. (;

Which colors will you choose for your painting? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

Summer is what you make of it, so I decided to jump on the summer bucket list trend. I feel like it will help me be more intentional and get the most out of my days off. There’s no reason to say “I’m bored” when there is so much to enjoy during the summer months!

Here are some items from my personal list and ideas for your summer bucket list:

Have an outdoor picnic. Make that dreamy picnic scene on Pinterest and in your Instagram feed a reality! Text your group chat and plan a lunch or dinner to have outdoors. I plan on checking this item off of my summer bucket list next week (as long as the weather lets me)!

Attend your local farmers market. I swear I can smell the fresh fruits, veggies, and flowers when I think about it. Farmers markets are such a treat to go to and shop at.

Go on your very own Tour de Coffee. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll explain. A Tour de Coffee is essentially a cafe crawl (instead of a bar crawl), but you create your own route. The rules are as follows: you have to stop at three coffee shops, you have to order a drink and food item from each shop, and you can’t take a bathroom break.

I first saw @girlmeetsnewyorkcity do this, and I thought it looked like a fun time. My friend Ashley and I ended up on our own tour last summer, and we vlogged it! You can check out our experience here. I would definitely suggest setting aside a day for this.

Read at least one book that empowers you. Simply put, it feels good to read something that makes you feel good or validated. A couple of books that I loved recently were Women Don’t Owe You Pretty and The Book of Moods. The next book I plan on reading is Kirstie Taylor’s What I Wish I Knew About Love.

Cook or bake something new. It feels so satisfying to create something from scratch, and it’s so much tastier. Lately, I’ve been challenging myself to experiment with ingredients like wild mushrooms, chickpeas, and tofu!

Enjoy a spa night in. Make self-care a priority and gift yourself time to relax. For my at-home spa nights, I love to pick up bath bombs, a face mask, and some of my favorite snacks. Sometimes I’ll even rent a movie to enjoy.

Commit to a journaling challenge. You can find tons of journaling prompts and 30-day challenges on Pinterest. Sometimes I prefer a quote or question to respond to while journaling rather than just freestyling. Also, I think prompts are really helpful if you are new to journaling.

Buy yourself flowers. Here’s the perfect excuse to do something nice for yourself and support your local florist.

Go on a day trip (big or small). Plan a little adventure for yourself and maybe even take a few friends along! You could visit a new hiking trail, coffee shop, or beach that’s outside of your city. Whether it’s 30 minutes away or a few hours away from home, enjoy the mini getaway!

What else is on your summer bucket list? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Summer Style Staples

Summer Style Staples

With the weather heating up, it’s the perfect time to freshen up your wardrobe! Below I have compiled six of my favorite clothing pieces and accessories for summer. All of these items can be mixed and matched, and they are versatile for whatever occasion you may be dressing for.

Denim shorts. I consider these a must-have in my wardrobe for day-to-day summer wear, and I’m sure many of you do too. I prefer the high-waisted option, but even if you appreciate the low-rise trend, denim shorts look cute with most things. I have found many of my favorites from my local Goodwill.

White Tennies. These go with just about everything. I’ve gotten so much use out of my Pumas lately, and I consider them another must-have. They pair nicely with many outfits, and they are actually functional (unlike some of my sandals).

Cute Totes. I have found myself using my totes just as much as my purses lately. It’s so convenient to just throw your wallet and a few other necessities in a tote to go. The tote pictured is from one of my favorite brands, Copina Co.

Knit Tanks. I know it may sound counterintuitive to have a knit tank top in summer but trust me. Knits are in, and they are adorable. If you do a bit of searching, you definitely can find knit tanks that are soft and breathable. Pictured is a knit tank that I thrifted, and it has not caused me to break a sweat.

Silky Scarves. These are very versatile accessories. You can wear a scarf in your hair, you can tie it on your bag, or you can even tie it as a top! I scored my scarf from Ragstock.

Bucket Hats. These come in handy for rainy days or even bad hair days! They are perfect for many cute and casual looks.

What are some of your summer style staples? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

On-Air with the Millennial Girls

On-Air with the Millennial Girls

Racquel Goldy and Natasha Salehi are the entertaining and relatable duo known as the Millennial Girls. On their podcast, they share personal stories and behind-the-scenes fun from their experiences as Miami radio personalities. I am excited to have them on the blog to share their opinions and insights as millennials and women who work in media.

I asked them questions all about podcasting, millennial stereotypes, working in radio, and personal branding. We also discussed the topic of imposter syndrome. I hope you can learn something from my Q&A with the Millennial Girls; I know I did!

Let’s get into it, and let me introduce you to Racquel and Natasha!

About the Girls

Racquel hosted the afternoon drive-time radio show for Revolution 93.5 FM. In addition, she has covered red carpets as a correspondent for events like the Billboard Music Awards, iHeart Fiesta, and the Creative Arts Emmys. Her second passion project is creating Kpop Reaction Videos on YouTube.

Natasha graduated with a BA in Advertising. She started out managing social media for Revolution 93.5 FM. Then, she moved into a co-host spot on the morning show. Most recently, she was in the solo midday slot. Her second passion project is cooking live and sharing recipes on Instagram.

Q: Why did you start a podcast together?

A: Both being radio personalities in Miami, magic would happen when we would do things together, like getting featured in Billboard for our exclusive with Martin Garrix. We considered starting our own podcast on the side to “keep the dream alive”, so to speak, then the pandemic hit and we were let go from our jobs. We really had no other option but to create our own brand! 

With the podcast world booming, we felt this was the right place to keep ourselves relevant but also niche. As a radio personality, you are really only showing 20% of your “real” personality on-air. We knew this was a place to not take ourselves so seriously, and we wanted to be as real and relatable as possible.

We’re both experienced in public speaking, Natasha is the master editor for all things video/audio/social, and Racquel is the Queen of PR. So what better partnership right? That’s how the Millennial Girls Podcast was born.

Q: What inspired you to choose the name “Millennial Girls”?

A: Natasha woke up in the middle of her sleep one night at 3 am and texted Racquel “MILLENNIAL GIRLS”. Both being millennials, we felt it was broad enough to create a brand name as well as title our community made up of millennial females.

Q: What millennial stereotypes do you disagree with?

A: People think our generation is lazy and entitled, but in reality, we bust our butts to do what makes us happy, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a large paycheck! Not to mention we are the guinea pigs of social media which leads us to comparison culture.

Q: What millennial stereotypes do you agree with?

A: Having the confidence to question authority, achievement-oriented, and obsessed with technology. I mean we did create social media… Mark Zuckerberg, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger are all millennials.

Q: What has been your favorite opportunity that you’ve had through working in media?

A: Our greatest accomplishment was when we were given the opportunity to interview Martin Garrix shortly before Ultra and Miami Music Week. Our goal was to get an exclusive, and we did! The interview went viral on all EDM platforms including Billboard. 

Q: How do you view social media and personal branding in your field?

A: Social media and personal branding are part of your resume. Especially being in entertainment and radio, everything is based on how much engagement and how many followers you have across all platforms from YouTube to TikTok. If you don’t post on all platforms or don’t consistently post, unfortunately, you become “irrelevant”.

Q: Do you ever deal with imposter syndrome or comparison? How do you overcome it?

A: All the time. When you know you have to continuously post on social media, not only post, but also post great content, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of insecurity and comparison culture.

We overcome it by not concerning ourselves with other people and “cleaning out our social media closet” by unfollowing profiles that don’t motivate or inspire us. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, we compare our own content to our past content and ask ourselves if it’s better and more creative. If it’s not, we go back to the drawing board and improve ourselves.

Q: What advice would you give to others who want to start a podcast?

A: Starting a podcast that you want to ultimately build as a brand on your own is a lot of work and takes a lot of time. First and foremost, the podcast has to be entertaining and bring value.

You have to have the right equipment, acoustics, editing software/tools, decide where to host your podcast, outreach to potential sponsors, outreach to potential guests, get your audience to share, consistent social media promotion, weekly episodes, keep your numbers up and growing, find ways to start making an income whether it be through retail sales or collabs… it’s not easy.

If you’re in it for the long haul, have patience, are consistent, and are ok with not being an overnight success, then get on that microphone and start podcasting!

Q: Where can we keep up with you?

A: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Apple Podcasts, and on our website.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to add?

A: Sharing, following, liking, commenting, reviewing, and subscribing are all ways you can support our podcast! We know it’s a lot to ask, but it’s a simple click, right?

May Highlights ’21

May Highlights ’21

We have a lot to catch up on.

First things first, I graduated college in May! It still feels a bit unreal that I don’t have to check Canvas every day, but it feels good. Having a bit of extra free time without coursework has allowed me to recharge and re-energize. I look forward to using some of my newfound time to work on the blog and other projects.

Right after graduating in mid-May, I started a new job in the marketing/communications field! It was a goal of mine to get hired before graduation, and I met it just a week before walking in the ceremony. The job search was a challenging process, but I am grateful that I ended up in the position that I did. I feel like the saying “rejection is redirection” rings true.

In May, I also decided that it’s time to move! I’ve lived in the apartment I’m currently at for about two years now, so I’m craving a change of scenery. My new place will still be in Green Bay, but I’m hoping to upgrade a bit. Stay tuned for some new apartment and decor content in a few months!

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

At-Home Coffee Recipe: Reishi Maple Cold Brew

At-Home Coffee Recipe: Reishi Maple Cold Brew

Who knew that mushrooms and coffee could mix? I didn’t believe it until I tried the Reishi Maple Cold Brew from one of my favorite local shops, Bona Fide Juicery.

Upon the first sip, the drink was extremely smooth and delicious. It was the perfect mix of cold brew, coconut creamer, maple syrup, reishi powder, and cinnamon. If you are in the area, I highly recommend going to Bona Fide and trying it out! It has become one of my go-to orders there.

If you are not in the area or if you want an at-home option, this drink is pretty easy to replicate. All you need are a few ingredients and a touch of barista technique. A hand frother is also very helpful to have, but in a pinch, a whisk can work too.

To get started on my at-home Reishi Maple Cold Brew, I collected my pre-made Krum cold brew, Om Mushroom hot chocolate blend, Nut Pods original creamer, store-brand cinnamon powder, store-brand sugar-free maple syrup, and ice.

I used some Om Mushroom hot chocolate blend instead of reishi powder to give it a mocha taste. If you prefer, you can definitely use regular reishi powder!

The first step is to combine the reishi powder, creamer, cinnamon, and maple syrup. How much of each ingredient you use is really up to you and your taste buds. Personally, I used about a teaspoon of reishi powder, two tablespoons of creamer, a couple of shakes of cinnamon, and a teaspoon of maple syrup. I used my hand frother to mix everything up until I had a nice amount of froth and dissolved powders.

The next step is just adding your ice and cold brew to the mug you used to combine everything. If you want to get a little fancy you can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, but that’s optional.

Last step: enjoy!

What did your taste buds think of this drink? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

My College Experience

My College Experience

I officially graduated with my bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay! It took 4-years and a bottomless cup of coffee to do it, but I made it.

When I first started my college education, I was not sure where it would take me. I knew that I enjoyed the communication field, but I did not know much else. To get started, I decided to go to a 2-year university and pursue my associate’s degree. I liked the idea of smaller classroom sizes, and I wanted an affordable option.

Looking back, attending UW-Waukesha was one of the best decisions I made. The university became a second home to me. I ended up working on campus in the main office and the tutoring center. I got involved in student government. I even became the Milwaukee Bucks brand ambassador on the UW-Waukesha campus. While I did not live on campus, it almost felt like I did. And, the connections I made there feel like family.

You may be wondering how I ended up graduating from UW-Green Bay then? Well, after completing my associate’s degree, I was able to transfer into a 4-year university. I knew that I wanted to continue my education, so I made the choice to attend UW-Green Bay.

There were a few reasons why I made this decision. First, they have a great communication program, and I knew a few people that could vouch for it. Second, I am from Green Bay, so I thought it would be nice to return home. Also, when I thought about my future and where I saw myself, I saw living and working in Green Bay as a good possibility.

This decision was also a pretty good one if I do say so myself. I think the biggest highlight was getting involved with UW-Green Bay’s Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter. It offered great networking opportunities, and it helped me to get more involved in the communication program. I got to know more students, and I got to know my professors better. As a transfer student, it can be tricky to navigate a new campus. Getting involved definitely helps!

I truly believe that your college experience is what you make it. You can choose to be involved or not. You can choose where you go to some extent. You can also choose who you surround yourself with. Being involved, going to UW-Waukesha as well as UW-Green Bay, and connecting with the people I did is what made my college experience. I wouldn’t change a single thing about it.

Are you a current college student, or have you graduated? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Creating a New Vision Board and Setting Intentions

Creating a New Vision Board and Setting Intentions

Last year, around this same time, I posted my first vision board blog. I didn’t realize that when I created a new vision board the other day. I guess something about spring makes me want to refresh and reset.

The major themes of my previous board included self-care, chasing dreams, and wanting to adopt a cat. Some of those themes have definitely carried over to my latest vision board, yet in a new way with a different aesthetic. Personally, it has been interesting to compare them and see the development in my goals and style.

If you vision board too, I recommend reflecting on old boards after you create new ones. It’s interesting to see your creative process over time. It’s also interesting to see what mattered to you then and what matters to you now.

But, without further ado, I want to show you my new vision board and point out some highlights.

First, I want to chat about some of the words on the board. The big three are confidence, creativity, and joyful. When I feel these three things, I feel my best. Of course, I can not be confident, creative, and joyful 24/7. But, the board serves as a reminder to make choices that help me to be confident, creative, and joyful.

Second, let’s address the cute cat image. Due to everything that has been going on in the world, I haven’t moved yet. So, I haven’t been able to adopt a cat yet. But, a move is coming soon! I hope that the next time I show you my vision board, a cat is sitting right next to me.

Third, I want to talk about the ear on my vision board. It may look a bit random, but if you look closer it is very pierced. I have quite a few piercings, but I want to dress up my ears some more. Also, I want to visit my favorite piercing shop again. My goal is to make an appointment for this summer.

Lastly, you may notice some roller skates and plants on the board. I want to learn how to keep plants alive first, and then I would like to add some more greenery to my home. The roller skates represent getting back on my rollerblades. It’s a hobby that I’ve had a very on-again and off-again relationship with. It would be great to reconnect.

I tried to keep the mood of the board fresh, minimal-ish, and cohesive. I really enjoy how it turned out, and I’m excited to work towards the things on it! I am most skeptical of gaining a green thumb, but I will try.

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

Why I Love Thrift Shopping

Why I Love Thrift Shopping

If you’ve been following along for a while, you already know that I adore pre-loved fashion. In fact, many of my fashion blog posts feature items that I got from my local Goodwill.

There are so many reasons why I’m a proponent of thrift shopping, so I wanted to share a few of them with you. I hope that this resonates with you or motivates you to give thrifting a try.

I love thrift shopping because:

It’s fun. Simply put, I enjoy the hunt. I love looking through the racks and finding new favorites.

It’s affordable. The price of brand-name items is significantly less at the thrift store. In fact, I’ve found full outfits thrifting for the same price as one piece of clothing from the mall.

It’s better for the environment. Thrifting keeps items out of landfills and gives them a new life! We’ve all been hearing how bad fast fashion is for the environment, so thrifting is a better alternative.

It supports great causes. When I shop at Goodwill, I know that my dollars are going towards job training and opportunities. I also know that what I spend stays in my community, and that feels good.

It allows me to experiment with my style. When I thrift, I find cute pieces that I would’ve never even thought to look for. Thrifting helps me to learn more about what I like and what I don’t when it comes to my personal style. It has helped me to curate a functional and unique wardrobe.

Overall, second hand is grand!

What do you love about thrift shopping? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

April Highlights ’21

April Highlights ’21

May is here! Let’s chat about April.

During the month, I tried to switch up my typical coffee runs. Of course, I still enjoy Starbucks and Dunkin’, but there are some great local cafes downtown Green Bay that I could visit more. There are also some great tea shops.

While exploring my own city I stumbled upon Pink Guava for a midday pick-me-up. It was absolutely delicious, and I will be returning. I want to continue to challenge myself to shop local when I can and try out new places.

In April, I also joined the Very Important EatStreeters crew! I actually used to intern with EatStreet, so it has been great to reconnect with the brand in a new way and see some familiar faces.

For some background, EatStreet is a food delivery service that started in Wisconsin. They partner with a lot of local businesses (and even Kwik Trip). EatStreet has been my go-to delivery app for a while now, so I’m looking forward to creating more content with them in May.

I’m also looking forward to my graduation in May! On the 15th, I will officially have my bachelor’s in communication. It will feel so good to be done with online classes and celebrate.

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