Jan 7, 2019

Trouble Don't Last Always

"Trouble don't last always, b*tch." - Amber Wagner 
(IG: @jstlbby)

This is my personal mantra and mood for all of 2019. It's a reminder that life is full of ups and downs, peaks and valleys, highs and lows... and the only constant in life is change. For me it means there will be a lot of seasons and my focus should never become too consumed on the discomfort of change, but rather channel my energy on enjoying the journey... because regardless of what's happening, the journey will be constant. I want to become my own star player this year and take more time to love myself more deeply, exercise grace and patience in the midst of trials and tribulations, and allow myself to celebrate the milestones and achievements, big and small.

My nail art continues to be an outlet for self-expression and my way of adding a bit more fun into my daily routine. For more information about my nail artist, Peka Grayson, check out her recent feature on King 5 Evening (I got to be her hand model).

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And for the real icing on the cake... my amazing manicure

Peka Grayson is still the best nail artist in Seattle

I first sang the praises of my nail artist and friend, Peka Grayson, back in January 2017 hailing her the best nail artist in Seattle. 2 years later and I'm so excited to see her getting recognized for the exceptional work she does - she was recently featured on King 5 Evening! Icing on the cake? I got to be in the studio with her as a hand model! Check out the video and full post on their site. Kudos to Elle Meny at King 5 Evening for covering the story!

Peka has been my nail artist since 2016 and is someone whose talent I continue to scream about from the rooftops! She's currently accepting new clients (which is rare), so be sure to check out her IG page (@ImpekableNails) for more information.

Jan 2, 2019

Recap: TLC's "90 Day Fiancé" - Season 6 Episode 8

Isn't it funny how you start a post and then forget to hit "publish" lol... well, that's what happened to this episode of the podcast! Super (duper) crazy late, but enjoy!

Dec 4, 2018

What nobody told you about getting older: Random Hairs

Why? Why didn't anyone warn me that once I got into my my 30s I'd need to mentally prepare for random hairs to sprout across my body! What in the entire hell, y'all! Like, I legit have been in low-key denial about this random hair that started appearing on my chest. I don't even remember when it first appeared, but a a few weeks ago (read: back in August when I first wrote this post and forgot to hit 'publish') I realized that 1) this hair was here to stay and 2) I wanted to research options for evicting it from my life.

In the age of Instagram I knew that options were only a few swipes away... what I didn't know was that laser hair removal is EXPENSIVE! Like, you need to secure a whole bag before you start seriously considering laser hair removal. It's definitely an investment. I also quickly was informed by those who have gotten the procedure done themselves that you don't need to lose sleep over 1 or even 5 hairs... but instead wait for a considerable amount of hair to exist to warrant the cost and multiple procedures needed to remove them.

So, for the time being I'll continue tweeze the hair whenever it rears itself, be annoyed that it's growing in the first place, and thankful more haven't seen the bat signal.

Sound Off: Have you experienced this? If so, where does your wild hair grow and how do you deal with it?

Nov 26, 2018

Recap: TLC's "90 Day Fiancé" - Season 6 Episodes 5 & 6

Is it possible for an episode to be both late and early? Well, yes! Last week we took some time off to be lazy and enjoy the holiday and didn't record (or watch) 90 Day Fiancé ... then did a marathon last night watching 2 episodes back-to-back!

We also used all of our learnings from our recap of episode 4 (#NeverForget) and cranked out a recap that was much shorter, higher energy, minimal tangents... just an all-around improvement.

Mike has preferred to keep some mystery around whether the couples are together or not in real life, but my twitter fingers have been busy (well, mainly on IG) and I know the tea on a few rumors:

1) Larissa has 3 kids back in Brazil
2) Leida and Eric were already married (in Indonesia) prior to filming
3) Larissa and Colt were the only couple that didn't film the reunion tell-all

So, what did you think of last night's episode? Who do you love? Who are you over?

We forgot to include our favs this week - but I'm rooting for Larissa to get a "biggie" car that has air conditioning and hoping Asuelu gets airfare $ to pack up his shit and go back to Samoa because Kalani is miserable and annoying af.

Nov 17, 2018

"Revive or Archive" now on PeopleTV!!!

I'm a little late announcing it here on my blog, but the web series I host for Allrecipes (Revive or Archive) launched on People.com's PeopleTV App and Website last month! For the month of October it was the 14th most searched show, and even came in 8th place on weekends.

The series page isn't live yet on the site or app, but you can find episodes under the "People TV Specials" and by searching "Revive or Archive" within the app.

Nov 14, 2018

Recap: TLC's "90 Day Fiance" - Season 6 Episode 4

This episode of the podcast is called "Do better next time..."

Everyone says when you start podcasting there is no way around some of the tough lessons you'll have to learn. There's no way around having some of your first episodes low-key sucking or being high-key trash. Well, it finally happened to us. Our low energy +  talking too slow... and too long... made for a not so great episode. Ugh. It's so annoying. I could barely listen to the full episode, but Mike made me. After both of saying "yikes" and cringing lol, considering it a lesson learned! If you can make it through the episode, bless your heart. Start at the 6:10 mark.

Major takeaways:
1) Keep the episodes a LOT shorter. We'll only spend 2 mins TOPS on each couple
2) Only record if we have high energy. Nobody wants to hear us sound like we're running underwater.
3) Don't get lost down a tangent. Make sure there's a point to whatever we're saying because those long ass stories that lead nowhere and add nothing are for the birds.

Watch episodes on TLC by clicking here.

Recap: TLC's "90 Day Fiance" - Season 6 Episode 3

Another week, another episode of TLC's 90 Day Fiance! This week I was shocked to be #TeamLarissa, bu alas here we are. I don't think I would've wanted to eat Colt's mom's stew either lol...

Who were your favs this week?

Watch episodes on TLC by clicking here.

Nov 2, 2018

Recap: TLC's "90 Day Fiance" - Season 6 Episode 2

This week's episode recap is super late, but finally LIVE! For anyone else who watches the show OnDemand or Live, HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR SANITY WITH ALL OF THE COMMERCIALS?!?!?! No, seriously. This is a real question. The constant commercial breaks are killing me slowly. Mike and I have decided to either pirate episodes (Sorry TLC) OR turn the commercial breaks into a game where we do squats, planks, crunches, etc... anything to make it more productive and bearable.

Watch episodes on TLC by clicking here.

Oct 24, 2018

Recap: TLC's "90 Day Fiance" - Season 6 Episode 1 (Part 2)

Mike and I finished watching part 2 of Episode 1 and are blessing the internet with our thoughts! We received some great feedback from my bae and work wife (Hey Shavonne!) saying that we needed to "stop referencing our notes and just say the thing" lol... so we're doing that. Take a listen and let me know what you thought about the episode.

Random, but why in the world is TLC making everyone die a slow death with ALL of the commercials?!?! I mean, damn. Maybe I've been spoiled by paying for ad-free experiences on Hulu and Spotify, but being forced to stream episodes on the TLC app (which are damn near 1/3 commercials) has been taxing. Also... I understand that I'm streaming episodes using someone else's login, so the fact I'm complaining about anything is already a joke. Still, I hate all of the commercials.

Watch episodes on TLC by clicking here.

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