A DIY Rooftop Watch Party

10/22/14

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photos by Aelish Wilmot

I’ve learned several things in my four years of living in Texas, and two of those things are: 1) always have a koozie with you at all times and 2) if you can’t beat em’, join em’ when it comes to football parties. I think I’ve been to more football watch parties in the last year and half than I have almost my entire life total, so basically what I’m saying is I’m a professional now, obviously.

Veteran or not, I teamed up with Smirnoff ICE to bring you my modern take on the traditional watch party, so naturally it had to be a rooftop shindig. Mostly because I’ve always wanted a reason to throw a rooftop party, but let’s stay focused…

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A Pumpkin chai latte recipe

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Okay so technically we have to fake fall weather when in Houston, but I went ahead and combined two of my fall favorites with this pumpkin chai latte recipe for those of you that are lucky enough to experience cool weather and changing leaves. Please tell me that fall is your favorite season, too! I need to live vicariously through some of you until late November when Texas decides not to be stuck at 80 plus degrees forever.

You can find the full recipe for these lattes over on Julep, and be sure to let me know what you think! I’m hoping that the pumpkin puree wasn’t too much, but really is there even such a thing as that?

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An Anxious Traveler

10/20/14

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It’s funny how when I was younger I felt somewhat invincible when it came to traveling and new adventures and then sometime between the age of twenty and twenty-six I’ve all of the sudden become such an anxious traveler. I started noticing it just with flying more often than I used to for work and then it became more often even just with trips that were too spontaneous or unplanned that I usually would’ve been thrilled about all of the sudden made me uneasy at first. Maybe it’s just a side effect of my getting older or trying to be in control of something I can’t change, but it’s a bad habit I’m still hoping to break. I think part of me is so worried that something bad or frightening will happen that I end up fearing fear itself, if that makes any sense at all.

We got presented the opportunity last week to go on a very spontaneous (i.e.- last minute) cruise to the Caribbean with Princess Cruises and it seriously put my travel anxiety to the test considering all of the above feelings mixed with my first time ever going on a cruise. I think Jared spent a solid 24 hours cumulatively consoling me that everything would be fine before we left. Usually everything works out pretty seamlessly, and alas we’re on our cruise now and having a great time, but it’s funny how your mind has a tendency to play with your emotions even when everything else can tell you otherwise.

I’ve come to find a few things that really help calm me when traveling like the Rescue pastilles some of you recommended to me a while back, saying quick prayers, and reminding myself and I can’t control everything around me. Did any of you ever experience a switch over from being a fearless adventure to more of an anxious traveler? I’d love to hear your thoughts or tips and tricks on the whole thing!

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Chiquita Banana Last Minute DIY Costume Idea

10/17/14

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I accidentally stumbled on this Chiquita Banana inspired fruit headband idea when I was trying to come up with an easy craft idea for a Halloween party last month, and I kind of loved the way it turned out in practice runs so I decided to share it with you! And in case you’re the kind of gal that plans her Halloween costume the day something calls for one (like myself), this is the perfect last-minute costume idea for you! That is if you have small honeycomb tissue balls lying around your house anyways..

Also, I wish I could tell you this was not a natural pose for me to make while modeling my crafts, but I actually felt really at home with myself. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person, but mostly I’m just happy to have justified this unnecessary Anthropologie polka dot shirt purchase yet again.

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