Women’s March


Was it just me or was former President George W. Bush’s face and him playing peek-a-boo with a plastic sheet during the Inauguration pretty much a majority of us that day?! I swear, every time I needed a good laugh last Friday that was the only picture I looked at from the Inauguration!

Also, can I please give mad props to Hillz for showing up, rocking a white suit, and being so graceful. Still with her…still.with.her.

I have to say, last Thursday night (the day before the Inauguration) I went to bed sad, even though I had posted one of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes to my Instagram feed. I was still sad about by Hillary’s loss, Obama leaving, and where our country stood, so I wasn’t really looking forward to the next day.


On Friday, I texted back and forth between best friends, as we tried to avoid the Inauguration, and decided that Kelly Anne Conway’s outfit was quite unclear. Later that night, I realized that none of my friends would be able to make it to the Women’s March in Houston on Saturday morning. I mean, they were actually doing legit things like giving talks on gender equality, getting chiropractic certifications, nursing heart patients, etc. For a bit there, I was actually thinking about not even going. Then that totally defeats the point of the march, so I decided to go alone.


Since I’m also training for a 5K, I thought I’d turn my “transportation” to the march into my training run. When I turned the corner on the Buffalo Bayou Park Trail, and saw the Houston Downtown skyline, I was stunned. (I also couldn’t breathe from the running, but that’s a different story.)

I was stunned to see so many people come out—I almost wanted to cry. (My sides were also cramping—again…different story.) It was such a surreal experience for me as I marched with them—women, men, children, dogs—everyone! I had never done anything like that before, and the sick feeling I had for the past couple of days was getting better.

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This is not even an eighth of the number of people show showed up on Saturday!
(Image from my Instagram.)

I am glad I ended up going, and was part of something so historical. What I saw within the Houston march, and the millions of other people who came out to march worldwide is that there is so much good out there. The awesome energy, the creative signs, empowering attitudes—it all leads to such great hope for women…for all people. I do believe that glass ceiling will shatter one day.


P.S. If you have not already seen the Black-ish episode, “Lemons,” I highly recommend it. It covers so many points, questions, and issues from Election Day and onward, but in a light-hearted way that connects to you. Also, if you have never watched Black-ish—watch it…immediately.




After seeing Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar on the Golden Globes last weekend describe their nominated movie, Lion, I basically had to see it (you know—being Indian and all).

I’ve always been a fan of Dev Patel’s movies—Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films (more so the first one). However, Lion has to be one of my favorite films with him, so far. (I have yet to see The Man Who Knew Infinity.)



Based on a true story, the film is moving, gut wrenching, and incredibly heartfelt. The cinematography itself is beautifully done—depicting both the beauty and chaos of India, the gorgeous landscape of Tasmania, and the music and acting were great. The standout is none other that Sunny Pawar, who plays five-year old Saroo Brierly—he completely captures you.

Born in a poor village in central India (Ganesh Talai), Saroo and his big brother, Guddu, are inseparable. In every which way, Guddu is Saroo’s hero, and the father he has never known. Every day Saroo and Guddu go in search of work, food, loose change—anything to bring back to their mother, who works in a rock field.

One day, while they are out scavenging, Guddu asks Saroo to wait for him on a train platform. When Guddu never shows up, Saroo jumps onto the nearest train, hoping to find Guddu. At this moment, Saroo begins a long journey from his village to the chaotic streets of Calcutta (around 1800 km/1118 miles). Not understanding where he is, nor being able to speak Bengali, Saroo still searches for Guddu and his mother.


While I don’t want to give the whole film away, the remainder of the story follows Saroo through his time on the streets of Calcutta and in an orphanage. When he is six, Saroo is adopted by a lovely family and taken to Australia, however he never forgets Guddu. While in his late 20s and early 30s, he develops a strong need to search for his lost family. Saroo then begins to retrace the steps of his childhood, and utilizes Google Earth (of course), to search for his family. I’ll just leave it here.

It’s a wonderful story that proves that the unimaginable can happen, and yes—you will have tears. There is also a great 60 Minutes segment on it, and if you’re one of those people who like to read the book before the movie, then Saroo has written, A Long Way Home.


First Post of 2017


If you came here thinking my first post for the year was going to be my resolutions, or something substantial—I apologize. I do not think I can kick-off the year, with something other than a few thoughts about the season premiere of The Bachelor. (I completely understand if you have decided to click out of my blog now, and watch The Golden Globes. I do not blame you. I also promise that I do have good goals for 2017!)

For some reason, I am still a Bachelor/Bachelorette viewer, and once again will watch the show that makes me question absolutely everything in life.

The second to last post I wrote in 2016 was, “Team Luke…Still.” Six months later, I am still #teamluke, but like many other disappointments in 2016, Luke still did not become 2017’s, The Bachelor. With bags packed and an open heart (again), Luke was left to fend for himself, as ABC scooped up Nick Viall—a Bachelorette Alum…twice over, a Bachelor in Paradise Alum…once over, and now for the fourth time, Nick has finally earned the title, “The Bachelor.”

Clearly, Nick is much smarter than your average person utilizing online dating apps day-in, and day-out. I mean really believing in true love with The Bachelor/Bachelorette series (at the age of 36!)—that takes a lot of faith in reality TV. Well played Nick…well played.


While the season premiere was actually last Monday, I didn’t get around to watching the show till Wednesday, and then on to gathering my thoughts until today…and I have a lot of thoughts. For the sake of everyone’s sanity, here is just my top ten:

  1. Right off the bat—Nick is awkward as shit. BUT he’s going to make for some good TV—his facial expressions, one-liners, and tears are going to be epic. (I hate to admit that as much as I would have loved Luke, Nick will be fun to watch.)
  2. What in the hell was that ”bro” group therapy session with past Bachelor/Bachelorette alums, Sean, Ben, and Chris? Like what normal group of guys do this?
  3. Red dresses were a thing y’all—like a BIG thing. Like OMG SHE’S WEARING A RED DRESS..AND SHE’S WEARING A RED DRESS…AND SHE’S WEARING A RED DRESS—and all the girls wearing red dresses, are hating on all the other girls wearing red dresses.
  4. Josephine and her cat. As much as I want to make fun of her, I honestly feel like one day I may be her, and I maybe closer than I think.
  5. Oh Corinne. We already hate you (and feel really sorry for your nanny…that you still have at the age of 24). She’s pretty much every girl’s nightmare, every guy’s dream, and she’s going to get far—like top five far.
  6. Danielle, she’s a neonatal nurse…enough said! She is clearly the most non-crazy, sweetest, and down to earth girl on the show, and will probably have no chance against the other hot messes. Sigh.
  7. Alexis, the girl who thinks she’s a dolphin. Do I need to say more?!
  8. Elizabeth, the girl whose already hooked up with Nick. Is it just me, or does it seem like she kind of wants a medal for this?
  9. Some of the most interesting introductions yet—the trust fall, an eskimo kiss, a dolphin costume, a “runner up,” hug tokens, a hot dog book, a camel—you’re intrigued now, aren’t you?
  10. These are all really smart, successful, nice women whom consist of a civil defense litigator, special needs teacher, nurses, mental health counselors, photographers, an aspiring dolphin trainer—Nick…don’t F it up!

I have a few (ahem 100) more thoughts, but we’ve got a few more months of this ridiculous show, so I’m going to save them! Based on Chris Harrison’s “prediction” that this is the most controversial/exciting season yet—I actually couldn’t agree more with him. Whoa…did I just say that?



Dress—Urban Outfitters; Sweater—Old Navy; Heels—TJ Maxx; Scarf—GAP
Here is another way I styled this light pink dress, and the gray sweater.

Why I Don’t Mind Going to the Movies Alone


So I don’t have to share my box of Sour Patch Kids with anyone! Kidding…sort of.

A few weeks ago, right before the Olympics started, I took myself out to watch Café Society. Which was enjoyable, but definitely not one of my favorite Woody Allen movies (Midnight in Paris…sigh). It could have been way better if it weren’t for Kristen Stewart playing one of the main characters. She has absolutely no chemistry with anyone who is warm-blooded. It’s like she’s still a vampire.

Half-way through it, I was a bit relieved to see Blake Lively pop up in a pretty decent role (but still, nothing beats Serena Van der Woodsen).


To wrap my head around this whole Ryan Lochte fiasco (if you know me, I was like his #1 fan, so this is a huge disappointment), and to fill that Olympic void, I went to go see Don’t Think Twice the other day. Now, that was a great movie!

Anyone who has ever dealt with flailing in their careers or trying to find some kind of purpose, is going to appreciate this movie. It’s one of those “all-feels” movies, where you’re happy, sad, heart-warmed, content, and inspired—all at the same time. Plus, it helps you see what a great group of friends can do for you. I definitely recommend it. Seriously, Ira Glass (producer of the movie/winner at everything in life), can do no wrong.


Sorry! I had no intent on turning this into a weird movie review–I’ll get back to the point now.

To be honest, I’m not quite sure why I don’t mind going to the movies alone. I’m perfectly content with what’s on Netflix or Hulu, and whatever bottle of wine I have at home. However, I tend to go after I’ve had a particularly stressful day and just want to relax—away from my apartment, or it happens to be a movie that many people may not want to see.


For whatever reason, I just like to go—it’s kind of therapeutic. I feel better about things after I’ve gone, plus it makes a great date night, for one. I don’t have to dress up nor put on make-up. I can eat however much candy I want without anyone being there to judge me, and I can laugh as loud as I want. The biggest perk, I don’t have to sit across from some loser who is boring me to death. It’s kind of just fabulous!


Dress: Ross (old) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (old) | Velvet choker: ribbon from Joanne’s Fabrics

Team Luke…Still


This week is huge. OK, last week was huge too, with us electing our first woman presidential candidate—so many feels (and some ugly crying)! If you are in need of inspiration this Monday—stop reading this crap, and go watch last week’s DNC—all of it.

Now this week, after 9-weeks, we finally find out which one of the two guys JoJo picks as her “forever (read: one minute) love” on The Bachelorette tonight. These are important times y’all.


Throughout this season, I’ve found JoJo to be both really pretty, and pretty boring. Nothing too exciting came out of her, except for the fact that she’s from Texas and the multiple times she would start crying, bawl the words, “This is so hard,” and then fall to the ground in her tight designer dress, while having an anxiety attack.

Also the guys this season—an erectile dysfunction specialist, an ex-pro football player, a “Bachelor enthusiast” (so many “whats?” here), a some-what violent, steroid-using bully, a whiny little military guy, a goofy singer/songwriter from Katy, TX (woo hoo!), and the guys who had exactly what you’d want out of someone—which clearly did not appeal to JoJo.


But week after week (until last week), Luke Pell, a fellow Texan, and a war veteran (might I add, he looks great in chambray), always seemed to come out on top. Then he was axed. Now I think JoJo’s just pretty dumb.

Luke talked a bit slow. The candlelit path leading up to a heart made out of rose petals on his parents Texas ranch home, is what cheese is made out of, and was completely ridiculous. He did not say, “I love you” (because he’s not stupid). But he truly was the best and most genuine. His words, “You did not want me anymore,”…ugh…dagger to the heart. 

Now she is left with two guys—Jordan Rodgers (brother of real football player, Aaron Rodgers), whose brain is that of a sleazy high school jock, combined with whatever is the dumbest animal out there, and Robby, a 13-year old boy trapped in an overly-tanned body of a 20-something year old swimmer. It truly is slim pickings out there.


Well JoJo, tonight you get to wear another pretty gown, hyperventilate again, fall in love for a hot second, and still have to sit next to Chris Harrison, host mind-numbing “therapist” of The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad. What a resume.

As for Luke…there is another JoJo out there. *wink* #lukeforbachelor2017

Another huge thing this week—the Olympics start on Friday! Once again, the world’s most perfect athletes (and Ryan Lochte) will grace our TVs for two weeks.

It’s also the two weeks where I’m so inspired by them, that I actually go to the gym like every day and eat healthy, with the hope that maybe I too can be an Olympian. After two weeks, I want a donut. I want a donut real badly. So, there’s always archery…

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Where Did She Go?


I cannot believe how long it has been since I posted anything here! The last time I did an actual style post–I had much shorter hair AND that was back in December. Ahhh!

The other week, I decided to go through my blog archives. Now this is going to sound weird, but I got a little bit jealous of my blogger-self from 5 years back. I know…who gets jealous of themselves?


I used to post quite a bit–sometimes two or three times a week! I even went as far as posting recipes, and I am not a fan of the kitchen. Seriously, where did that blogger go?


Honestly, I’m not sure if I will ever go back to being that blogger. Let’s just say, I’m feeling a bit more energized and inspired, so I’m here now.

I am ready to get some new content up, and I’m toying around with the idea of a blog name change. I’d also love to add guest bloggers. I’m not quite sure how that will actually play out, but I think it’d be a fun idea to look into! For now, it’s just baby steps and making more time to have a presence here.

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Over the last couple of years, I’ve become more conscious of what I’m putting into my closet, thus a lot of it hasn’t changed. But because of this, I’m always looking for new ways to pair the pieces that I have.

As a return to the blog, I thought I’d bring back two pieces that I’ve worn here before. I’ve always had fun styling this orange top (check out Bleeding Orange and Jackie O.), but the candy stripe shorts went with a simple gray shirt in the post, Girls at the Gym.

In the spirit of embracing summer, I thought it would be fun to pair the two, and throw in a red/orange lipstick (NARS Heat Wave)!

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The One Resolution that Stuck

While I may not be Emma Watson or Malala (seriously, you go girls), I wanted to do something in 2015 that would be inspiring and educational. Last January I made a resolution to research various nonprofits (locally, nationally, and globally) and pick one to donate to each month in 2015. This would give me the opportunity to better understand the issues being faced and the programs that are being implemented to tackle them.

We get so caught up in our own worlds, that we forget there is a much bigger one out there. One where people don’t get the luxury of running through a fun and safe park, taking art lessons, eating fresh food, reading, or even putting on clean underwear.

To kick-off 2016, I thought I’d share a list of the organizations that I found. Some are because of my passion for art and reading, a couple build upon girl empowerment, and others are for my love of animals and parks. All of them inspired me in some way and continue to support the things I believe everyone deserves.

January: One Girl
February: Recipe for Success
March: Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP)
April: Buffalo Bayou Park
May: Discovery Green
June: NPR/Houston Public Media
July: Art Bridge
August: Girl Effect
September: Houston K-9 Division
October: Undies for Everyone
November: Pratham
December: Room to Read

This is one resolution I definitely want to continue to carry on. While I didn’t have time to write a short description about each one, I do encourage you to check them out. Maybe there’s something in there that you’ll be interested in helping out this year!

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2015 Round-Up

I don’t know about you guys, but I need me some “new year freshness”…like immediately. I’m so ready to drink champagne during the countdown, read my new year’s horoscope out of Cosmopolitan magazine (it’s legit y’all), and embrace 2016 with a hug (and I don’t even like hugs that much).

So I’ve got my new planner (trying out a Moleskin one this year), a new pair of Nikes, and some fresh goals. Like Cleopatra once said (the 90s girl group, not the Egyptian pharaoh), 2016…“I’m comin’ at ya.”

I had the opportunity to do some fun and creative shoots this year. While I didn’t get around to having as many blog posts as I would have liked, Kristen (from Kristen Eide Photography), had a few of the best ideas I’ve featured here—going all Little House on the Prairie in some Texas lavender fields, making a creepy forest look like something out of Game of Thrones, and my favorite, turning Buffalo Bayou Park into a fun jungle. I’m hoping 2016 brings even more great posts.


Mustard Dress & Stripes


I’ve truly neglected the blog this year! Now that I think about it—instead of blogging, I was either working on a 1000 piece Star Wars puzzle (still incomplete), sleeping, or Netflix-ing. Let’s just say, the dark side got to me. (However, I am giving myself kudos for putting together the puzzle’s border…it only took 6 months.)

To round out 2015, I thought I’d squeeze in a few December posts. Here, I’m sharing one of my favorite fall outfits. (I do apologize that these pictures aren’t as great as the ones I’ve had in my last few posts. I wanted to get something up and had to rely on my go-to tripod pictures!)

I wore this dress in one of my first posts on the blog. It was never to be seen again…until now. To be honest, I’ve only worn it a few times since then—styling it with simple pieces, like a blazer and flats. I was about to let it go this year, but then I decided to give this shirts under dresses-thing a try.


This look definitely takes me back to my 90s days, but I actually really like it. It gives me a fresh way to repurpose some of my dresses and shirts. I did think about adding a belt to define the dress. However, I didn’t want to overwhelm the look with both a belt and neck tie. Considering I’m still really into bandanas, that won. This just happens to be my go-to bandana look, but for a few different ways, check out my other post.



While I haven’t quite figured out my resolutions for 2016, I do hope to come back to my blog space more often. I’m not quite ready to give it up! As I do every year, I’ll be back next week with a recap of my 2015 resolutions and favorite posts. Until then…Happy Holidays!

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month


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I don’t normally post topics like this on the blog, but the more I came to learn about this “below the belt” disease at work, the more I realized that that this is something that I want to share, even if no one really likes to talk about it. Really, what’s the point of me learning all of this information at work, having a blog, and not sharing it with my friends, family, and others?

Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to research ovarian cancer-related topics and attend a screening of N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease). This powerful documentary follows six gynecological cancer surgeons who are on a “rock n’ roll mission” to raise awareness and educate women and their families on the signs, symptoms, and critical importance of early diagnosis. If you’re into medical/health-related documentaries, this is a really moving one!

Ovarian Cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in women. In the U.S. alone, over 20,000 women/year are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and there are close to 15,000 deaths/year, due to this disease. Unfortunately, there are no effective screening options (pap smears do not test for this cancer) and the symptoms are so vague, that the cancer is usually caught in its later stages. The symptoms are common to other issues, and include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full too quickly
  • Urinary urgency or frequency

See…it could be anything else! However, if they continue to happen over a course of a few weeks, its recommended that an individual gets checked out.

Even though, today is the last day of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it doesn’t mean awareness truly stops. Continued education and awareness are key to helping women and their families fight ovarian cancer. If caught in its earlier stages, the 5-year survival rate is greater than 90%. I wanted to share this information because it can affect any woman in your life. Educate yourselves and others on the symptoms–early detection really is the best defense.