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24 Hours In Austin

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard how cool of a city Austin, TX is. It is the OG “weird” city (sorry Portland, we were “keeping Austin weird” way before you guys, but thanks for sending Voodoo Donuts to the Lone Star State). It is the blue epicenter in the middle of a very red state. Austin has been and always will be many a hipsters’ Holy Land.

I started escaping to Austin when I was in high school. I would skip school and bum a ride an hour north of San Antonio to spend the day exploring a very explorable city. There’s always something happening in Austin, as it is the live music capital of the world. I have so many great memories of concerts in the capital city of Texas, like at SXSW when I snuck in through the VIP section to see The Strokes, or when Explosions In The Sky put on an amazing fireworks show over Lady Bird Lake for their finale. I saw Stevie Wonder at Austin City Limits in 2012 (but he did not see me). I got kicked out of a Mickey Avalon concert (not my fault) at the old Emo’s, and I climbed out of a bathroom window and onto the roof at the iconic Paramount Theatre during a New Year’s Eve Bob Schneider show…

But music is not all Austin has to offer. The food! The nightlife! The friendly drunk people on 6th street! The general atmosphere of this city makes it the reason we’d live there if we were to ever move back to Texas.


Our recent trip to Austin was, unfortunately, pretty limited. We took a Megabus from San Antonio on Monday morning and flew out of the Austin airport and back to Pittsburgh that same evening. We sure did cram a lot into that short time frame, though!

I gotta take a minute to share my new found love of both Megabus and the Austin airport. Holy crap, it was the best transportation day of my liiiiiiife! My friend said she used to take the 1.5 hour long bus ride to and from Austin to party with friends on weeknights and be back for work in San Antonio the next morning. It’s such a cozy ride, you don’t even mind having to sit in the notoriously bad Austin traffic because you can watch movies on your laptop (free wifi!), and you get dropped off right in the middle of downtown by the UT campus. If you’re visiting Austin and want to experience the best tacos in all of Texas, hop on a Megabus and go to San Antonio for a few hours. It’s so easy and convenient! And, dear Lord, Austin Airport- you are the most magical airport I’ve ever been to (*insert hallelujah hands emoji here*). No line at security AND I can take my beer to my terminal? Ohhhh, you da best.



Fresh juice from Jugo, the only healthy thing I had ingested for 72 hours- had to document. Had to!
Austin has a Voodoo Donuts now and it’s huuuuuuge!


Since downtown Austin is on a grid, getting around on foot is extremely easy. We got off of the bus, met my friend Liz for lunch at Leaf downtown (so many great healthy food places in Austin), walked to Rainy Street to gawk at the new high rise condo buildings and adorable restaurants, then crossed the river to South Congress street to window shop and conclude our Texas trip with a couple of local beers. It was a very good day.




I’m gonna have to write a blog post about all the cats we’ve met in all of the cities we’ve traveled to…










Even in the scorching Texas summertime, Austin is a great place to find yourself. We always look forward to visiting ATX and can’t wait to go back!


Ohhhh Austin, we love you so much.

Practicing Gratitude

I feel like I should preface this by saying that this is not exactly easy for me to write. It’s hard for a person to be vulnerable and put her/himself out there without feeling like a little bit of an asshole, but whatever. I’m doin’ it anyway.


Something inside of me changed when the new year started. I can’t explain what it was exactly, but it felt profound. I knew deep down that this year, 2018, will be the year that I cut the bullshit, and find happiness. True, unrelenting happiness. Not that I’m not a “happy person”… because, dude, I’m the epitome of a happy-go-lucky, optimistic gal, to the extent that it might annoy people. I live a good, happy life. But my core happiness has always felt like a chunk was missing and I just found out what it is: gratitude.

Sure, once a year (usually around the 4th Thursday of November) I like to think about the stuff I’m thankful for in my life. But to be thankful and actually “practice gratitude” everyday? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Right? WRONG!

This process started when my best friend sent me an episode of Oprah’s podcast, Super Soul Conversations. I listened to the episode featuring the late and oh-so-great Maya Angelou. When Maya mentioned that she woke up every morning and just said “thank you” to God, no matter what was going on in her life be it happiness or hardship, I was so taken aback by the simplistic beauty of the small act that I probably started tearing up (I was a basket case, TBH). I have since listened to the podcast’s episodes featuring Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat Pray Love), Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project), Brene Brown (Daring Greatly), Shawn Achor (Big Potential), and so many more where they all said the same thing, something along the lines of “there is no joy without gratitude”. HOLY CRAP THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.


So I’m making the effort to pause and be grateful every single day. Here are a couple of obvious things I’m beyond grateful for:

  • That I live in a world that can be so inspiring if I let it be. Just knowing that I gain so much inspiration from any and all things colorful has made me so, so happy! Thanks world and all artists everywhere.
  • That I found a partner in life who has the exact same sense of humor as me and that we find pure joy in making each other laugh. Thank you, Joel Blumer!
  • That I am always ready and willing to learn new things and for my undying love of reading. Thank you to all literature and libraries!

Just sitting here writing this is giving me an overwhelming sense of gratitude! I’m so grateful to have a creative outlet, this very blog, where I can share the “secret” to happiness with people all over the world. This epiphany is not something I want to keep to myself, but rather something I want to shout from a metaphoric rooftop. Thanks, Internet! And thank YOU so much for reading!



How To Fight The Winter Blues


Last spring, when the flowers started blooming and we, in the Northeast portion of the U.S, started to see Mr. Golden Sun a little more often, I realized just how bad my seasonal depression was. Like a switch had flipped, I suddenly had much more energy, was less lethargic/sluggish/depressed, and my general outlook on life had returned to positive as soon as winter was over. Not to be dramatic, but spring made me feel like I had reason to live again…

Since this winter, that pretty much just started, is supposed to be worse than last, I thought I’d try some ways to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder. Because, who wants to be S.A.D?! Not me!




Tips For Combating Seasonal Depression

  • Sunshine– Even though it’s rare to see the sun from December-April in Pittsburgh, anytime it shines, I make it a point to go outside and stand in it. 15 minutes of sunlight will give you a sufficient amount of vitamin D. Even if the temperatures drop to single digits, bundle up, go outside, and let those sunny rays of delight do their thang.
  • Vitamin D3 supplements– since the sun can be an elusive sonofabitch, I started taking these in November and they seriously make a huge difference. You can get vitamin D3 from food, but it’s so much easier to take a little supplement than it is to eat a can of sardines if ya ask me.
  • Exercise– A BIG FAT DUH. There’s no way around the fact that you should be exercising. I was loving our routine of me running/walking in intervals + weight training while Joel rode his bike at the park by our house, but then stupid winter happened. We ponied up and got a gym membership because we can motivate each other to go.
  • Cute Winter Clothes– when I moved to Pittsburgh, my aunt bought me a really nice wool peacoat and it was pretty much the only thing I had to keep myself warm. Fast forward 4 years, and I am now the proud owner of too many sweaters, a few faux fur coats, and an array of colorful leather jackets. These items of clothing are just enough to brighten the dullest day and remind me that I usually look forward to getting dressed in the morning.
  • Make A Grateful List– it’s so freaking cold and you’re probably feeling cranky and annoyed about it, but try to remember all of the good things in your life! I am so grateful for the roof over my head, gas heating, and for all 3 of my almost identical gray faux fur blankets. I am feeling especially thankful for the cow that made my one authentic leather jacket. If he/she hadn’t sacrificed his/herself, I’d probably have pneumonia by now. Thank you, cow.
  • Plan A Trip– I may have had a stomach bug and had to miss my twin sister’s wedding at the beginning of January, but we’re booked to go to Texas for my brother’s wedding at the end of this month. Little weekend trips to get away from snow and ice? I’ll take them! We’ve also been flirting with the idea of a springtime road trip, which gives us something to look forward to.
  • Fresh Flowers- IDK what it is about having fresh flowers in our home, but it’s a small thing that makes me so happy. If you’re a monster and see fresh flowers as a waste of money, try potted plants instead.




I have to say, I have implemented these few things into everyday life and I feel SO MUCH BETTER than I did last year. It’s kind of crazy that tweaking my routine a little and making a ritual out of taking vitamins and working out has completely changed my life. I can feel myself (slowly, but surely) becoming the best version of myself and all it took was a quick seasonal ass kicking.

You may have won the battle last year, winter… But I’m gonna win the war. 46 days until the first day of Spring!

Dress/SheIn, Faux Leather Jacket/Amazon, Shoes/Sold Out (similar),Floral Stickers/A Design Kit

Girls Support Girls (In Business!)

There are few things I love more in life than solidarity amongst women. Nothing against dudes or anything, I’ve just always felt that sisterhood is such a powerful thing, ya know?

Another thing I love is supporting small businesses. So when I come across a small business that is founded, owned, or operated primarily by women, I want to spread the word! Scroll down for a few of my favorites and click to support these awesome women in business!!!



  1. Daisy Natives– founded by the beautiful Sarah Eckett. My favorite product is the Girls Support Girls tee (comes in all different colors too!).
  2. Outdoor Voices– Tyler Haney is such a badass!!! I really want a matching workout set to go with my new gym membership.
  3. Shop Luella– founded by resident cool girl, Caroline Kolbe. Favorite product is this unicorn piñata pin! AND I LOVE THE “SISTERHOOD IS POWERFUL” TEE!
  4. Oui Fresh– founded by blogger babe sisters, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. I loooooove the daisy sunglasses and I’ve heard great things about their lipsticks too!
  5. Aelfie– founded by a truly inspiring It-Girl, Aelfie Oudghiri. I. NEED. ALL. THE. RUGS. AND. THE. THROWS.
  6. Cloth And Twig– founded by Karly, a mom/doula/master stitcher. How cute would a family cross stitched portrait be?! Bonus- a portion of every item sold is donated to Destiny Rescue!
  7. Everyday Is A Holiday– Jenny Freakin’ Holiday, you are an amazing artist!!! I feel like my life won’t be complete until I have a super realistic pizza plaque!
  8. Kertis- founder Jessica Kertis makes such elegant jewelry!
  9. Ashely Goldberg- another one of my favorite artists. Her pattern work is simple, but beautiful!
  10.– this brand is all about fun and founder/CCO, Jen Gotch, simultaneously keeps it real while also being the funniest gal on Instagram.


I’m bummed I’m missing the women’s march again this year, but I’ll be there in spirit (wearing my Girl Power shirt, too)!

Girl Power Tank/Luella, Daisy Sunglasses/Oui Fresh

What To Wear To A Winter Wedding


Well, it’s wedding “season” for us anyway. We have 3 to go to in a time span of about a month, and I’m soooo excited for all of them. I. LOVE. WEDDINGS. I’ve had my bridesmaid dress for wedding number 2 (my twin sister’s) for a while now and have been mentally planning what to wear to weddings 1 and 3 for way too long. Like I said, I’m excited!

Picking out what to wear isn’t rocket science, but sometimes it’s hard. If I don’t plan what I’m wearing to a specific event or outfits for a trip far enough in advance, I usually spend an hour or so staring at my closet screaming “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR” while crying ever-so-dramatically…

Even though the three weddings will be vastly different, I thought I’d give myself (and you, dearest readers!) some general guidelines of what to wear and what NOT to wear to a winter wedding.




How To Dress Yo-self Before You Wreck Yo-self: Winter Wedding Edition. 

  • You can never go wrong with an all black ensemble. This skater dress with eyelash lace detailing is chic as hell. I can fit a box of leftovers in this black quilted bag. Add a pop of color with a jacket or shoes. Cool!
  • I’m always a fan of accessorizing with minimal gold jewelry and Madewell has some of the best I’ve seen.
  • Layer up! It was 22 degrees when we took these photos and the fact that I was wearing this bodysuit with tights under my dress was keeping me quite cozy. If I wear this dress to my little brother’s wedding in Texas in February, I’ll probably be able to skip the tights and bodysuit.
  • Take advantage of post Christmas sales!!! Joel got a new black suit on the day after Christmas for $71 at Nordstrom Rack.
  • If you’re a guy, don’t wear shorts. If you’re a gal, don’t wear white. Easy!
  • Ask yourself these questions before buying any garment for a wedding or big event: Can I dance in this? Can I easily pee in this (the bodysuit I’m wearing in these photos is, luckily, very easy to undo!)? Will this look okay in photos? Am I comfortable in this?
  • Keep in mind that if you’re a guest at a wedding, it is not your time to shine and it is not your day. Don’t be over the top and don’t worry too much about what you’re wearing.




See now, wasn’t that easy?

Note to self: Louboutins + Tights + Icy sidewalks are a recipe for disaster. WEAR YOUR KATE SPADE BOOTIES BEFORE YOU FALL AND DIE, YOU IDIOT.

Fur Jacket/ J.O.A, Purse/Similar, Sunglasses/Amazon, Dress & Bodysuit/TOBI

Holidays Daze

And just like that, round 2 of the holiday season is over. IDK about you, but I am definitely feeling a Christmastime hangover because it comes and goes too quickly. We try to pack as much stuff as possible into a short amount of time and our heads are left spinning.


This Christmas was different from the last five I’ve had with my Pittsburgh family, but we added some great new customs to complement the old. My sis-in-law + her husband (our family’s most loveable weirdo, Friggin’ Todd) usually come to town, but stayed in Nashville this year. And although I hate to miss an opportunity to hold the cutest baby in the world, our niece Lola; seeing her via FaceTime was so, so sweet. We usually get pretty dressed up for Christmas Eve dinner at my in-laws, but my new favorite tradition of drinking all night and dancing in the living room until 6 a.m. on the Eve of Christmas Eve meant showing up in yoga pants. I’m also 99% sure one of our new things to do every year is letting friends wear my hair extensions.


Another new tradition we’ll be honoring is going out for fancy hot chocolate. Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream makes the best. It’s so rich and decadent and will definitely make you sick if you drink it too fast or too much of it (oops!), but it’s somehow sooooooo worth it. This was the first time we’ve ever been to Millie’s that it wasn’t packed full of people, so we took some photos. Definitely put this on your list of places to go to in PGH if you haven’t been!





faux fur coat/SheIn (similar), look of regret on my face c/o being lactose intolerant

Anyway, happy belated birthday, Jesus! I’m feeling pretty hashtag blessed because I’m looking forward to going back to work tomorrow and we’re almost through the final round of the holiday season (NYE is Sunday). Happy ‘Daze!

Dressed To Match

Raise your hand if you can’t walk by a Where’s Waldo book without opening it up and finding that little dweeb on one of the pages. *enthusiastically raises hand*

Waldo is who I think of every time I blend in with my surroundings. Which is pretty stupid considering Waldo himself isn’t actually camouflage and sticks out like a sore thumb once you find him. I should probably rewrite this post, but I feel like I’ve come this far and I might as well keep going. Whatever. They can’t all be winners.

Dress/TJ Maxx, Purse/SheIn, Pizza Necklace/B-day gift from Joel (found here)

These photos of me dressed to match the building behind me were acquired by no coincidence whatsoever. I packed this b&w striped dress for Miami specifically to take photos in front of this specific b&w striped wall. Which kind of made me question all the things I do and why. I guess this is my own version of art? Sure! We’ll go with that answer.

Seriously though, if you’re in the market for a new and interesting Instagram account to follow, check out @DressedToMatch! It’s pretty much where I got the inspiration for this particular photoshoot. Taking photos of you matching art work is in itself a version of modern art! Cool!






Now if you’ll excuse me, there is a neon color park in town that is begging me to be seen with it…