Shines & Wines No.1

Shines & Wines No.1

Let’s catch up, shall we?

It has been a while since I’ve done “Monthly Recaps” on the blog, and I’ve recently brainstormed a new blog series to replace it: “Shines & Wines.” This new series will be an opportunity to chat about recent happenings, as well as an opportunity to try something new.

I consider “Shines” to describe things that have happened that I’m excited to share, things I’m grateful for, and/or wins! “Wines” are just that, wine. I want to share some wine recommendations so we can share a cheers no matter where in the world you’re reading this blog from.

You can expect a new “Shines & Wines” on a quarterly basis, but I may publish more in addition to regularly scheduled content. It just depends on what’s all going on (and how many different wines I have to recommend). Let’s jump in:

Recent Shines

  • I finally updated my professional portfolio! Honestly, I haven’t touched my portfolio website since I graduated in May. It felt good to get the website revamped and updated with current projects. If you’re ever curious about my day jobs, feel free to check out my portfolio here. Also, shameless self-promo: If you have a business and you need help with photography, digital design, or social media, feel free to reach out! I’m always excited to explore collaboration opportunities.
  • I made an outside-of-my-comfort-zone clothing purchase: leather jeans. As it turns out, I absolutely love them. While getting a pair of shiny pants isn’t the most groundbreaking thing, I’m happy that I tried something new. Here’s your sign to challenge yourself to a new style statement piece!
  • My life feels different than a year ago. One year ago around this time, I was stressed. I was approaching graduation with a very vague plan of what life would look like after. I was applying for a bunch of jobs, and I didn’t know what city I’d call home. Now, one year later, I am happy and grateful for where I ended up and what I do. If you’re approaching college or even high school graduation, know that things work out in interesting ways (and no one else knows what they are doing either).

Recent Wines

  • Naughty Girl by Von Stiehl. I’d be lying if I said the name wasn’t the reason I tried this wine. But, hey, it has become one of my favorites.
  • Growlers’ Reserve Merlot by Trader Joe’s. This was a staff pick at the Trader Joe’s I went to in Milwaukee, so I tried it. It’s perfect if you want a good and cheap merlot.
  • Pink Door from Door 44 Winery. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know I enjoy rosé. This one is not too sweet, and not too dry.

There we go; the first Shines & Wines is on the books (or on the blog, I suppose). Let me know your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram! What are your recent Shines & Wines?

Recent Thrift Trip: Winter 2022

Recent Thrift Trip: Winter 2022

On my latest Goodwill thrifting adventure, I found eight new pieces for my wardrobe for just $50 and some change. In my haul, I scored brands like Madewell, BDG, and BB Dakota. I adore each piece and think they will compliment my wardrobe well. Also, I believe this haul contains a lot of nice wardrobe staples/basics. If you need some ideas of what to add to your thrift shopping list, you’ve come to the right place.

First up, I found a striped button-up and some classic ripped jeans. The cut of the top is perfect for me, and I love the button detailing on the side. Thrifting jeans is my favorite thing to do because then they are already a bit worn in. Uncomfy jeans are just not for me.

Next, I found a blouse-style black tank and three cozy cardigans. Wintertime in Wisconsin is chilly, as you may imagine, so I knew I wanted a few new sweaters in my closet. The light grey, dark grey, and green cardigans will go nicely with many of the tops already in my closet.

Lastly, I found one of my new favorite outfits: a simple grey tank and black wide-legged paper bag waist pants. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t squeal with excitement when I tried these pants on. The fit, the style, and the look was spot on for me. I will definitely be wearing them out soon.

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

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, MeganRoshak.com 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!

Chatting Entrepreneurship and Mental Health with Brianne Helfrich

Chatting Entrepreneurship and Mental Health with Brianne Helfrich

Brianne Helfrich is a college student, CEO, and podcast host. She is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but she currently lives in Pittsburgh where she is completing a master’s program before attending medical school. During the pandemic, she started her clothing brand, Helfrich Collective.

Brianne and I recently connected on Instagram, and as soon as I heard a bit of her story, I knew that I wanted to have her on the blog. To say the least, she’s making things happen, and I admire that. Throughout our Q&A, Brianne tells it how it is about starting her business, finding balance, and creating positive habits.

Q: What inspired you to start your business, Helfrich Collective?

A: During the pandemic, I started going through my own mental health struggles. I needed something to look forward to and work hard on, but I also wanted to give back and raise awareness. So, I randomly decided to start my own clothing brand that donates to various charities for each collection.

Q: What prepared you to start your business?

A: Honestly, I had no preparation before starting HC. I kind of jumped into it and as a STEM major, I had no business background. Thankfully, I was able to surround myself with people who understood the business side of HC and they have helped guide me along the way. A big thing that I’m thankful for is that I was taught and brought up with a strong work ethic. Like any business, it takes a lot of work and isn’t an overnight success type of thing. It’s very easy to get discouraged when starting your own business, so my resiliency has definitely helped the process.

Q: How do you balance being a CEO and attending school?

A: To be honest, most of the time I don’t balance it very well. I want to do the best I can at everything, so sometimes that means overworking myself and pushing myself a bit too hard. It’s something I’m working on because I know it’s not healthy for me and leads me to insane burnout. I think a big thing for me is prioritizing and planning ahead. It helps alleviate my anxiety and helps with my time management when I know what’s coming up and can prepare ahead of time. Another big thing is asking for help whenever I need it. Sometimes I can delegate tasks or even get advice when I feel like I’m having a tough time balancing.

Q: What are some positive habits that you’ve created in your life?

A: Positive habits I’ve created in my life are the usual things like working out, eating what makes me feel good, saying positive affirmations, etc. But one big thing that has really helped transform my life was seeking help and going to therapy. This has made such a positive impact on how I view myself and the world. Learning that it’s okay to not be okay and having a safe outlet to talk/express my feelings has been so impactful.

Q: What does a day in your life look like?

A: My days are pretty similar during the week, but normally I wake up around 5 am. I’ll then head to the gym (it’s my favorite way to de-stress), workout for a little bit, then go home and get ready for the day. I then head off to clinicals and school. I am constantly working on Helfrich Collective, so I’ll send emails, prep for launches, contact manufacturers, etc. all throughout the day. Then when I get home from school, I normally do any homework I have, make some dinner/watch TV/facetime my family and friends, and go to bed early.

Q: What advice would you give other 20-somethings who want to start their own businesses?

A: Just start. You will always feel like you aren’t ready or not prepared enough, but you learn by doing. It’s normal to make mistakes, so take everything as a learning curve and grow from it. Just believe in yourself, work hard and you can achieve anything.

Q: Where can we keep up with you?

A: Instagram @briannehelfrich & @helfrichcollective, TikTok @briannehelfrich & @helfrichcollective, shop HC at Helfrichcollective.com, and listen to Welcome to the Collective.

A New Season of Style

A New Season of Style

The cooler weather is calling for a style change-up, and so am I. Lately, I’ve had a bit of a bored feeling when looking in my closet to choose something to wear. You know the one?

I think it’s important to note that this feeling doesn’t mean that you have to, or should, start from square one. I like to view my closet as an ongoing draft that I can make edits to, here and there, as needed. As fall came, I realized it was time to make a few additions and subtractions to refresh my wardrobe.

First, I focused on the subtractions. I took an informal inventory of my closet to see what I had, what I liked, what I didn’t like, and what I needed. Then, I began to take the items out of my closet that no longer “sparked joy.” I piled these items up and put them in bags to be donated.

In theory, this closet clean-out process seems simple enough. In practice, this process can be a bit tedious. But, I do have a few tips and tricks from a previous blog post that you can check out here.

I’d say the number one thing that can make or break your closet clean-out is honesty. You have to get real about what items you enjoy wearing and what items you will never wear. Holding onto pieces of clothing that don’t make you feel good isn’t worth it. Let yourself simply say, “thank you, next,” to the things that don’t spark joy! Trust me; it’s free-ing.

Once the hard part was over, I focused on the additions to my closet. Before heading right to the store, I thought about the type of pieces I truly needed to enhance my wardrobe. When you are specific and intentional, you are less likely to buy something that will end up collecting dust in your closet.

Based on the weather and the items that I decided to donate, I knew I wanted to add a few new sweaters and long sleeve tops to my closet. This brought me to my local T.J. Maxx, where I scored some really great pieces.

I can’t wait to wear these tops out and style them in different ways. I tried to get items that seemed classic rather than overly trendy. As I continue to edit my closet, I find that I value a more timeless style. Trends come and go, but your style is yours, and it can grow with you.

What’s your best seasonal style tip? 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!