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Fresh Air In The Rain

Happy Wednesday! Happy back to school! Happy end of summer!

I’ve been savagely cooking out of Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook & unfortunately not the healthy recipes.  How she remains skinny is truly unfair, although I’ll admit my choice of recipes have definitely been the ones calling for TBLS x TBLS of butter.  I haven’t eaten butter since 2004.  I need to change my strategy with that a little bit. She’s so funny & honest in her book about the fat you’re about to inhale or the salads you should be eating – which is why I’m obsessed with her.  The real deal.

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Besides cooking I haven’t been busy doing very much, the rain we’re having in Texas is extreme.  I never complain though, I love the way rain gives you an excuse to stay inside, cook, watch movies & light candles.

The rain outside inspires a calm & relaxing morning.  I’m the type to get increasing anxiety as the morning goes on, meaning sleeping in is no longer as easy as it once was.  The saying: “My brain during the day: Potato, potato, ching chong tomato. / My brain at night: I wonder why the Earth was placed exactly here and allowed us to provide a perfect climate to sustain life”, applies to me.

After two weeks straight of rain and staying indoors, me & my B Unit were getting a little cabin fever.  I feel bad when a dog has to stay inside through bad weather.  I saw (one of my many) girl-crush’s walking out from the trail with her two dogs in pouring down rain & feeling so envious.  She looked like how I imagine Michael Phelps felt when he kicked that South African man’s ass.  (Anyone see that?) And I was wanting to let out my inner water badass too.

Like any jealous girl, I then proceeded to my own adventure in the rain, with the B.  I told myself & Wafiq we’ll pretend we live in Portland & rain is what we do best. (?)

The adventure went well, it was wet + sweaty + muddy + buggy BUT being outside & breathing in fresh-ish air was so necessary after being cooped up for the past week.

Not to mention burn off at least a small portion of the 10lbs of Chrissy’s Mac & Cheese.

Another reason it’s totally necessary for you to adopt a dog.  You’ll feel guilty if you skip outdoor time.

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Hat for the sun, turned in to hat for the rain

In other news, I’m really excited because I’m going to Minnesota for a long weekend soon… Last time I was there I was suffering from major culture shock, yikes! I laugh now because I remember how uncomfortable I was driving & talking to strangers (aka, the checkout lady at Whole Foods).   The whole American thing was freaking me out, I try to remember how grateful I felt & remind myself to continue being grateful every single day.

Which I absolutely am.  I think almost every day Wafiq and I literally smile and remind ourselves how lucky we are. We bought the Costco size package of laundry soap and toilet paper.  Don’t even get me started on being able to do our own laundry! Living posh as fuck right now.

Life is good today!

Have a great rest of the week, be thoughtful. Talk soon!

Xx

+ P.S.  If you saw my Instagram you’ll have noticed my recommendation for NEEDTOBREATHE.  You guys, it’s freaking fantastic – download it now!

 

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Choosing My Mood: HAPPY

I’ve been in a fantastic mood all week!  Don’t you love when that happens?  And I’m extra excited to write when I’m in a great mood – spread that energy around.

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Last week was a damper.  The whole last month had me feeling emotional.  Too much happening in America that weighs heavy on you after hearing & seeing so much of it.  Once something bad happens it kind of spirals. You know?  (Anyone watch The Secret?)

I stayed away from writing because BLAH.

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The good news – this week I’ve been feeling stell!  Such a mental decision to be happy.

When I wasn’t feeling that chipper I couldn’t figure out why everything felt soo off.  My mood wasn’t extraordinary & everything else seemed to be dragging too.

I told myself I was going to ignore the news & social media & hot conversations.  I wanted to be happy.

I had to make an effort, but thought it was worth a try.  And it worked!  Every time I do this it reminds me how welcoming other people are to such happiness & kindness.  Or I should say, how quickly you attract the same kindness you project.  People need it too.

And people that aren’t kind shouldn’t bring us down with them.  A negative person shouldn’t change a positive person.  Even though negativity is incredibly toxic, it’s worth the effort to avoid.

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If you couldn’t tell –> Kindness is basically my favorite thing on planet earth & beyond.

So, last weekend Wafiq & I spent some time at the pool + cooking some new {delicious} recipes. I went to the grocery store & as a result – I vowed not to go outside for the rest of the summer between the hours of 11:00pm – 4:00pm.  It’s the sun! KILLS. ME.

People in Texas (or Dubai), always tell me they could NEVER live in the cold when they find out I’m from Minnesota (the Arctic North).

BUT WHY?!

Winter in Minnesota is the same as Summer in Texas or Dubai. You stay inside. What’s the difference!?  At least in the winter you can layer up the clothes and manage the outdoors.  Am I wrong here?!

I suppose it all comes down to preference.

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How’s everyone else doing this summer?

I’m having fun w/some new blog post ideas this month.  I’m really starting to love blogging.  It’s kind of a trick to figure out but it’s worth it – brainstorming new ideas & constantly working the creative side of my brain.

I’m loving the process.

Wafiq is surprisingly busy considering he doesn’t have a job at the moment.

And Bernice is on board with the No Outdoors between 12:00pm – 4:00pm house rule I’ve established.

As long as I stay positive & avoid outdoors between the hours of 12:00pm – 4:00pm +++ keep the cold drinks flowing –> I’m destined to have a great rest of the summer!

 

Talk later!

 

Xx

 

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Sell Your Clothes & Buy A Camera

I’ll go ahead and say this first: Real cameras are expensive.

Real camera = Not a phone

We’re already spending near millions on our miniature computers, aka mobile phones, so spending even more on a real camera sounds like some kind of sick joke.

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I’ve been following several blogs for years now and I always scratch my eyeballs out reading about the cameras they’re using or promoting.

{$3,000+?!?! Fucking how? Not to mention, I have nooo idea how to use one}

BUT. I’m here to confirm: a real camera is worth the expense. Womp womp.

Here’s why:

+ You adjust the photo to your preferred settings

+ Other people will actually enjoy having their picture taken

+ You’ll forever have pictures you actually love!

+ And pictures for other people to love!

+ It’s fun to learn the different settings

+ Always on the hunt to find good photography opportunities

+ You are shockingly WAY hotter.

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Wafiq recently bought this Sony camera, honestly with very little thought.

We looked online briefly, Wafiq wanted a camera too, sold all our belongings, then were okay with the price tag, went to the store –> proud camera owners.

NOT disappointed.  For a novice camera user, I feel professional with this badass piece of equipment.

AND when you look at the price tag of many others, this one appears to be near free.

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I should also mention, I bought Wafiq a GoPro for Christmas two years ago –> life changer r r !

Dubai grows up, rather than out. Having a camera that could capture the ground to sky was unknowingly necessary and GoPro worked miracles.

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I can’t imagine traveling anywhere without that little baby now. I THANK GOD I HAD THIS CAMERA IN DUBAI (<— every day) ! ! !

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Pictures a r e important. And as I get older I realize, in most moments you don’t stop and think a picture will mean anything – what are you even taking a picture of?  But it’s those pictures that are special.  Looking back at seemingly average, candid times – are the best, most memorable.

A picture is truly worth a thousand words.

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Now that Wafiq and I have an actual camera – not running around with solely iPhones – I’m TOTALLY kicking myself for shopping at Top Shop and River Island so freaking much while living in Dubai.  Idiot.

Not saving that money and investing it into a camera? (Katie! WHY?!?!)

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So – if you were ever on the fence of buying a real camera – 100% buy one. [For the love of God sell your TopShop clothes and buy one (<–bitter).]

Then start snapping photos of EVERYTHING.  You’ll thank yourself later.

Camera pro’s weigh in! What’s the first camera you ever bought?

Off to sift through and organize all my pictures. {Note to self – organize after every photo session. }

Night friends!

Xx

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SXSW: What I Wore (all day long)

The perfect SXSW outfit.

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Guyssszzz, this outfit took me through an entire DAY of walking — aka: SXSW’ing!  (I feel like I solved a 5,000 small piece puzzle of an all blue abstract painting.)

Texas  Pretty  Festival  Cool-Girl

 smack dab on the head!

I went from a pop up conference, to the wild wild west of 6th street, to lounge life with disco dance floors all in one day… and all in one outfit.

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You know when you want to look professional enough for a conference with innovative speakers in the morning… but then not over-done for day time, 6th street, beer drinking – all afternoon… and most definitely not old lady frump for the night time hotness crowd.

The struggle is REAL.

 

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Key factors —>  incorporating a thick heal in order to put some distance in but still look fly, and denim with a pop of color.  (I die for fringe, but that seemed too expected?)

 

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Other killer outfits that got you around SXSW for a day? Please share cuz I’ll be heading out {into the chaos} again this weekend – inspiration is always welcome <3

 

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