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Coffee Talk: All The Blogging Feels

Hey friends! How is everyone doing today?! I am down here in Tampa working and somehow I managed to get SICK. Who gets a cold in FLORIDA? This girl. Yup. I am a stuffy, snotty, sneezy, sleepy mess of a person today. And work is non-negotiable. So since I’m stubborn as heck and don’t like to take medicine, I’m packing tissues and drinking a TON of coffee to get me prepped for this day.

Oh and speaking of coffee, you have yours… right?

Let’s take a sip together. Because it’s Thursday. And that’s just what we do on Thursdays. Except for last Thursday. When I was kind of a hot mess.

Also I have to admit I feel SO bad for not posting anything Tuesday but being out of town and traveling on Sunday (which is when I usually work on meal prepping & recipes) made it tough to get anything done for the blog.

But being here has kind of brought me to this realization. Because if I had really wanted to get something done, honestly, I could have.

You know?

I feel like I’m having some weird feelings toward blogging lately. I’m sure you guys can tell. I really haven’t been posting too much on here. And when I do it just feels a little rushed.

I tried to create a content calendar, I’ve been trying to step up my Instagram game, hoping to reignite this little flame inside me but right now it’s just a little flicker of light.

So I thought I would open up about this a little bit today and tell you guys all my blogging feels. Because if my blog was my boyfriend, right now we’d be having that talk like I think I need some space.

But I don’t want to break up. I’ve just been feeling a little unmotivated to really TRY the last couple of weeks.

You know what I mean?

Honestly so much of my frustration comes from how blogging has been evolving over the past few months. I get on Instagram now and I just feel like I’m looking at a magazine. With ads. And sponsored posts. And I don’t even see my friends on there anymore! You know what I mean?

My entire feed is BLOGGERS. And even as a blogger, I know this is like probably really uncool to say but it is really starting to annoy me.

 

I need a sip of coffee. I feel like that was bold to say.

SLURP.

But I really have no interest in seeing a blogger posing next to a roll of paper towels with the brand logo gleaming in the light and trying to make it look natural. Or seeing a style blogger trying on an outfit in a dressing room and linking the outfit for commission even though I want to scream I KNOW YOU AREN’T EVEN BUYING THAT!

So why does that even bother me so dang much?

Well because it makes me question the sacrifices it takes to blog all the time. Like the Sundays spent behind a computer screen instead of outside living life. Or the nights I barely even talk to Ben because IHAVETOPOSTOMG. Or the days I’m late for work because I had to get that photo justtttt rightttttt!

And it just makes me think…

Is this what I’m working so hard for? So I can promote paper towels and probiotics and open my mail on my Instagram story?

And I get it – you have to hustle and you have to get paid and you gotta do what you gotta do to pay the bills. I’m not judging. And I don’t do this for a living, so I don’t understand the pressures and stresses of being self-employed.

I’m just having some trouble seeing myself do the same thing.

You know?

It’s just something I’ve been kind of struggling with internally, and I didn’t want to talk about it out loud because I love my blog & I love writing & I love sharing ideas. And people have told me that I’ve inspired them to eat healthier or try a Whole 30 and that is SO meaningful to me!

But my Type A self is just having some trouble half-assing it. Because it feels like I’ve been running this marathon for almost two years and all that waits for me at the finish line is a Skinny Tea sponsorship or something.

(OBVIOUSLY I’m being dramatic)

Does this mean I’m done blogging?

HECK NO!!!!!!

I love it.

I am just letting you know why I haven’t been on my A-game lately. Because I feel like we’re friends and I felt like it was only right to let you know my thoughts.

So.

With that being said.

I honestly feel a TON better being able to type this all out and get it off my chest. It really has been weighing on me.

And I’m not sure if I’ll have a new post for you next Tuesday but if an idea comes to me I absolutely will. I still have so much that I want to share.

Nowwww it’s time for you guys to tell me your thoughts on this.

Are you a blogger who also feels frustrated with “blogging”? Do you think I’m being a little harsh? Or have you never even noticed the things that bother me so much? Or are you a blog lover that also feels frustrated? Or are you a blog lover that loves it and think I’m mean?

Tell me everything!

I’m serious. I’m really hoping y’all don’t think I’m crazy.

Love you ALL & I hope you still love me too! Xoxoxoxo

-TWB

How I Edit My Photos Without Using Photoshop

Hi friends! How is everyone doing today?! I’m actually blogging from Louisville, Kentucky (my hometown!) because I’m back for the holidays! The company I work for actually opened an office here last summer, so I’m fortunate enough to have an office to work from here which is AWESOME because let’s be honest I just can’t focus when I work from home.

Whoops.

Anyway.

The very FIRST thing I want to do is announce my GIVEAWAY WINNER!!! So…

Congratulations to Chelsea (@crlutz_)!!!

Chelsea’s New Year’s Resolution is to complete a Whole 30 this January which is freakin’ AWESOME! And run a 5K!! So you go, Glen Coco I hope you enjoy all the fun snacks!

But now.

I have a gift for the rest of you.

Because I’m going to share something that I don’t think I’ve seen many – if any – bloggers share.

Yes…. I’m going to share how I edit my pics.

(Insert shocked face emoji here)

(Please sense my sarcasm here)

I used to think that bloggers were full of crap when they would say “SO many people asked me…” so maybe I’ve finally made it as a “blogger” or maybe you guys are just really curious but either way, legitimately a lot of people have asked me about how I edit my photos!

So let’s just start by me saying I’m going to be 100% honest on how I edit my photos. I’m going to explain the apps I use, why I don’t use Photoshop even though everybody says I should use Photoshop, and the exact equipment I use.

This is a LONG one so bear with me.

What I Use

Let’s start with WHAT I use to take photos. Because I’m going to be honest – no matter how freakin’ good you are on your iPhone, DSLR photos are going to look sharper and more professional than pics from a phone. Don’t get me wrong, though – I’m definitely NOT saying a DSLR is necessary at all… especially if you aren’t a blogger (sorry bloggers, I think you might need one!). But keep in mind that how you take and edit your photos is going to have the biggest impact on how they look over what you take them with – and I’ll get way more into both of these topics later in this post.

If you’re just not into learning how to use a DSLR, or you’re looking for a phone that takes amazing pictures, the iPhone 7 Plus has a feature called “Portrait” that mimics the blurry background from a DSLR. The photo below was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus. I edited the photo, so keep that in mind, but you can see it looks more like a DSLR photo because of the bokeh (blurry background) that the portrait mode gives.

Personally, I don’t use my iPhone for my blog (I have an iPhone 6S and the camera quality just isn’t as good). But I do use my iPhone sometimes. I prefer my iPhone for pictures of cityscapes over my DSLR because it tends to pick up the “scene” better, whereas my DSLR is better for detail shots and close-ups. This photo below was taken with my iPhone. But it just goes to show that no matter what you use, as long as you know how to edit it right and use the right lighting, you can still take amazing pics!

(Not that I’m calling this amazing or anything, lol *brushes hair off shoulder*)

So I just wanted to prove by showing those photos that a DSLR is NOT (in my opinion) necessary, especially if you don’t blog. And honestly, if you’re just taking pictures of your friends and your dog (NOTHING wrong with this btw!!) a DSLR might be a little overkill. It’s not like you’re going to whip this out at the club or a dog park… you might look a little extreme.

BUT…

Maybe you are a blogger or want to take better pictures or even become a photographer eventually. I would by lying if I said my DSLR doesn’t make SUCH a huge difference. So let me explain what I use.

The body of my camera is a Canon Rebel T5. And I’m going to be completely honest and tell you I got this camera because it was cheap. But after a lot of use (and a ton of research) it’s one of your best options for a DSLR beginner. Plus, the lens itself is going to make the biggest difference in your photos, so you can always start with an inexpensive camera body and invest a little extra in your lens.

I started off by using the lens that came with my camera kit, and it wasn’t bad per se. It was good to use while I was learning how to use my camera. But I could still see a big difference between my pictures and other bloggers’. That’s when I started really researching lenses and learned that the camera kit lenses are basically crap. So I invested in a Canon EF 35mm f2 IS and you guys… it’s SO good. And it honestly makes a huge difference in my picture quality.

One of the biggest issues I had when I first purchased my DSLR was that all of my editing apps were on my phone, so it was SUCH a process to edit my photos. I would upload the pictures to my computer, then send them to myself via email, then edit them on my phone, send them BACK to myself via email, and then upload them to WordPress from my computer. Yes, I realize this is slightly insane.

(P.S. if you are curious about how to start a blog or what WordPress is, read this post from back in the day where I explained how to create a blog!)

Anyway, I looked into how to make this easier, and I purchased this adapter from Apple that allows me to upload my DSLR photos straight to my phone, basically saving my life. (Also, PSA to WordPress users: you can access your blog dashboard from your iPhone, and you can upload media straight from your phone, it’s a HUGE timesaver.)

Ok so now that you know what I use to take my photos… Let’s talk about how.

Natural Light is Your New BFF

You guys. I can’t stress this enough. If you want to step up your picture game, turn your flash off and keep it off. Natural light is going to be your BEST FRIEND. I promise. I know everyone is addicted to the flash but once I get into how to brighten your pictures and add some contrast, you won’t even miss it.

The best times to take pictures outdoors are during the “golden hours” or an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. This creates an actual glow in your photos that can’t be recreated through any app.

Morning golden hour:

Evening golden hour:

If you have to shoot during the day, cloudy days will be best. Too much sun and your photos will look overexposed.

Let’s look at an example.

Too much light:

Just right:

Worst-case scenario, find a spot under a shadow to keep the photo from looking overexposed.

Now For The Juicy Part… How I Edit Them!

There are 3 apps I swear by to edit my pics.

  • Snapseed
  • Facetune
  • VSCO

Sidenote: these are all available on the app store, I apologize I’m not tech-savvy enough to create a link compatible with your phones but just search the name and it’ll pop right up!

And before you judge me for using Facetune, I want to remind you that I’m just being 100% honest. Lol.

So now I’m going to walk you through editing this photo from beginning to end using these 3 apps:

But let’s start with Facetune since we’re already talking about it.

Facetune is the first app I use when I edit photos because I want to make sure I make these edits on the original photo BEFORE I apply any filters so that when I do add filters on top, the edits look more natural.

DISCLAIMER: If you download this, please do NOT go crazy with the smoothing feature on your face. It makes the photo look too over-edited and unnatural. Please. I beg you. We can all tell.

The best feature on this app (in my opinion) is definitely the Details feature. Any time I work with a brand and want to make sure their name sticks out on the product, I use the details feature overtop of the print to make it stick out more. But I mostly just use this feature to make an object stand out, like my champagne glass below, for example or details on fabric if it’s a style photo.

It can even be used on eyes to bring out the brightness and make them really pop. Again, use this sparingly. Just a touch in the inner corners of the eyes will bring out the natural details. Any more than that and it’ll look unnatural.

And I won’t lie… I’ll use the teeth whitening tool and VERY small amounts (like, one touch) of the smoother on any unflattering wrinkle areas (like in between my brows!). The Patch feature is also amazing to cover up pimples. Here’s where I used the whitening on our teeth and a little smoothness between my brows:

Ok so once I highlight any details I want (and cough whiten my teeth cough), I move to Snapseed.

Snapseed is the absolute best out of these apps for brightening your photo (or increasing the exposure) because it brightens the foreground of the picture, whereas the exposure on VSCO tends to brighten the background. I use Snapseed for exposure, contrast, and sometimes I throw a little “Ambiance” on there.

Snapseed also has a new feature called White Balance, which helps take that orange glow out of photos that are taken indoors, if you’re not around any natural light. This is MAJOR for indoor photos! I highly recommend. See how big of a difference it makes in this indoor pic?! It just takes out that unflattering orangey tone.

So now. Drumroll. For the best app basically EVER.

VSCO.

If you only want to download ONE of the apps, or you think all of this is just way too intense for your needs, VSCO is 100% my recommendation. They have hands-down the BEST filters (I never, ever use Instagram filters). So I’m going to get into a LOT of detail here.

A lot of the time (like, 75% of the time) I don’t use Facetune & Snapseed first. Those I mostly use for the ONE photo I’m going to Instagram, because I want those to look super good. But most of the time, I skip straight to VSCO. I just honestly don’t have time for all of that editing for every single pic.

Once I import the picture(s) I want to edit, I click on the two lines at the bottom to get to the editing tools. This is going to open up your filter options. I always put the filter on FIRST because it has a pretty big effect on how the photos look.

Ok. So now. Filters. This could be its own section but I’ll try to keep it as brief as possible.

The basic filters that come with VSCO are good, but the best filters, in my opinion, are the packages for purchase. You can find them in the VSCO store in the app. They’re pretty cheap (like, $2-3 and you have them forever) and they make a huge difference. Most of the packages have different “moods,” so depending on what you want, they probably have a series that fits the mood you’re looking for. My hands-down favorites are The Aesthetic Series (A4-A6) and The Minimalist Collection (A7-A10) because they are clean, crisp, and keep the picture true to itself so it doesn’t look overly “filtered.” Plus they’re versatile. I can use the same filter on a style post as I can a food post (and I’ll talk about why this is important later).

And you guys. A6 is my bae.

Yeah, I can’t believe I just said that either.

Anyway.

I use A6 on the majority of my photos so I can keep my aesthetic consistent. I’m not saying it’s the best filter or anything like that, but it’s true to my style, which I love. Here’s a little before & after the A6 filter is applied.

It’s SO important to note that your filter should only enhance the photo and not overpower it. Kind of like good makeup.

So now that I can actually see the filtered photo, I go back into the tools to edit it a little more. Honestly, this just takes practice and playing around with your pictures until you find the right “mix.”

I like to use exposure, contrast, sharpening, saturation, shadow save, and temperature. I know it sounds like a lot but once you play around with it, you’ll see that you can make a big difference in the feel of the picture. Also – be careful with the saturation. I only use it to remove saturation, not to add it. It looks too intense. Stay far away from Clarity, too, because even though it can look cool in some cases, it mostly makes your photos look over-edited.

For this one below, I increased the exposure, decreased the saturation, and decreased the temperature. It gives off that cool, natural-light look which is super difficult to achieve with indoor photos.

FUN FACT: You can press down on your photo to see the “before” and “after” on this app!

Now. For cropping and repositioning. This is SO important.

I always wait to crop the photo until I see the final edit. I typically try to keep my photos in a square (Insta-Worthy, duh) but some photos just won’t work this way. It’s important to keep things centered OR purposely off-centered in two-thirds of the frame. It’s just more visually appealing this way.

Let’s get back to our example photo. I could crop it purposely off-center for Instagram:

Or I can crop it centered, but I will have to use a different ratio size:

I’m going to go ahead and crop this for Instagram as an example.

So now I would save this to my feed – and I would consider this one DONE!

But back to VSCO for JUST a second… There are a couple of more tools I want to talk about.

A personal pet-peeve of mine is also crooked photos. Using the Straighten feature on VSCO, you can manipulate the horizontal positioning of the photo. This was super important for my pics against this printed wall, because if the lines were crooked, it just doesn’t look as good or professional. Straightening your photos just make them more appealing.

Before it was straightened
And now after. WAY more visually appealing.

Likewise, sometimes you have to alter the perspective to get a better angle. This worked well for my picture in Heritage (which, by the way, was an iPhone pic!) because I was able to “move” the perspective like I was facing the door straight-on, and make it a more appealing picture. Again, this is one of the tools in the VSCO app.

Before I manipulated the perspective

So this is just how I edit my photos in VSCO, but the options are literally endless. I just recommend playing around with it, honestly, to figure out which style you like and which filters fit your aesthetic the best.

How To Get a Pretty Feed

Ok. So now you have pretty pictures. YAY!! But now what?

If you want to take your blog or Instagram to that next level, the next place you need to look is your feed. Because those first six photos are going to tell your story. I like to manipulate the perspective of the photo (like a photo from over top to a straight-on photo) and how close-up the photo is. For example, I wouldn’t do three overtop photos of food in a row and then a picture of me standing in front of a door. I like to switch back and forth so it’s more visually appealing.

It’s also important to use the same (or similar) filters on the photos so it looks consistent. That’s why I love the A6 filter because I post a little bit of everything, so it works for food photos, portraits, and everything in between.

So yeah. Consistency is key to create a pretty feed! I’m still working on it, and it takes some time! But it’s just important to find your style and stick with it.

Here are a few examples of other bloggers with a super consistent aesthetic:

By the way… if you really care about your feed aesthetic, VSCO is also awesome for this. I like to keep my VSCO feed the same as my Instagram, so I can see before I post whether or not a picture would look good with the rest.

For example, in my feed above, I wouldn’t want to post another picture of me in front of a red door above the last red door pic. That just wouldn’t look right. Yes, I know it seems a little extreme, but I have definitely not posted a picture because it would mess up my feed or seems a little repetitive.

Ok. So there you have it.

That’s honestly how I edit my photos.

Simple, right? LOL!

I promise once you figure out a flow, you can pick up the speed on editing. Oh – and about Photoshop – every blog site says you basically have to use Photoshop and/or Lightroom to succeed in life, so I realize this is something I will eventually have to learn, but it just seems so complicated and time-consuming. So if you know of any tutorials for Photoshop or Lightroom that are easy to follow, please share!

Ok.

So tell me… did this help you learn how to edit your photos? Have you ever used these apps before? Do you have a favorite filter you just HAVE to use? Tell me everything! I’ll be back on Thursday with a new coffee talk, and then next week I have a lot of fun topics to cover, and I’m even planning on sharing some Whole 30 meal ideas for the new year! I’ll see you soon! Xo.

-TWB

Blogging Tips

Coffee Talk: What Drives You? + Blogging Tips!

Hi guys!! Happy Thursday!! Today is a Thursday that is really my Friday because I’m leaving tomorrow for my best friend Kelly’s wedding in Dublin, OH! I’m so excited. Seriously can’t wait. And I’m sure I will share all my pics on Monday when I get back!

(Sidenote: Did anyone notice that my lens cap is still on in my main pic at the top LOL. Ugh. Such a freakin’ fail!)

But you guys.

It’s time.

Grab your coffee, take a nice long sip, because it’s coffee talk day!!

If this is your first coffee talk WELCOME! So happy you’re here! Every Thursday we just kind of chat about whatever is going on. And then you let me know your thoughts. And we pretend we’re on a  little coffee date. And we get super caffeinated along the way.

So seriously, y’all, grab a mug.

Last week we talked about our versions of paradise, and the week before we turned the tables for some ideas from you guys! (If you love coffee talks, read more here!)

One of the suggestions I got was from sweet Jessica (@jessicagreverphotography) and she wanted to chat about what drives me to blog everyday and how I grew my blogging platform. Which I LOVE because I could probably talk about blogging all damn day.

I originally began blogging because I just needed a creative outlet. I’ve always loved writing and painting and all things creative, which, unfortunately, just wasn’t a priority in my life for awhile. I feel like so many of us have the desire to be creative but real life comes in and you just don’t have time. Or energy. Or inspiration. And the further and further we get from our creative side, the more it shrinks.

I really started feeling my creativity disappear when I started my job. As I’m sure you guys know, I’m not a full-time blogger (I wish! LOL) and during the day I am a mortgage loan processor. I know it sounds super-snoozy but I really do love what I do. My company is a huge part of the veteran community, and I love going to work every day and helping our veterans. It really is so fulfilling. But, at the same time, I’m sure you can imagine mortgages aren’t exactly creatively fulfilling.

So, I started blogging.

When I first started out, I talked mostly about restaurants and experiences in Chicago because that was just what was going on with my life at the time. And as time went on, my health changed, and my eating habits had to change with it. I couldn’t keep posting a pic of a burger with a perfectly-cooked egg and a pound of cheese oozing out because I just couldn’t eat that anymore. And I thought that once I stopped talking about restaurants nobody would want to read my blog anymore.

Luckily, I was wrong!

More people were starting to read my blog. And I think that was because when I talked about my lifestyle (and not just my Chicago lifestyle), more people could relate.

But, it definitely wasn’t immediate.

Sometimes I literally felt like I was just sitting here talking to a wall.

One day, though, I was writing a post and having my coffee and just genuinely enjoying myself and I realized that I literally didn’t care if no one read it. Even if it was just my mom (hi, Mumsy!) it started a conversation between us. And she could see what was going on in my life so far away. And we could talk about it.

So, that’s what drove me.

And some days are hard. Some days I just feel drained, or like I have nothing to talk about, or like nobody will care about this, or I don’t have any pictures and I get stressed. But then someone totally random will say I love your blog! and it seriously makes me SO happy that I realize I couldn’t just stop at this point. I love it too much!

So I wake up every morning at 5:37 and I work on it.

Yes, every morning.

Yes, 5:37…AM.

I’ve told you several times I’m kind of a psycho.

But that leads into some of my tips for growing your own blogging platform! (Such a smooth transition, amiright?!)

Find time to work on it daily.

I know this sounds tough, but it really does work. And it’s important to find the time that works for you. I found myself super drained at the end of the day and it felt like I had no creativity left in me. My most creative times were weekend mornings. So, I started waking up earlier. Simple as that. Do I enjoy waking up at 5:37 every day? Um, no. There are some snoozes that happen. But I love it so much, I’m excited to wake up and work on it.

When you’re having a creative day, USE IT.

This is so important! Creative minds are not creative 24/7 unless they’re freaks of nature geniuses like Karl Lagerfeld or something. When you’re feeling creative, don’t hold back. Brainstorm blog topics, write them all down, go out and take pictures, or just start writing.

Be unique.

Ugh. This is so boring and overused. But it’s overused because it’s true! There are so many blogs out there now that you have to figure out what sets you apart. And – most importantly – you have to know yourself. I am not a fashion blogger. I’m just not. I like sharing outfits every now and then, but it’s not me. I’m an excessive coffee drinker slash foodie slash wellness guinea pig. And once I embraced that side of myself, I started seeing growth because I was being true to who I really was.

Find your brand and stick with it.

This concept was completely foreign to me, and it has taken me a lot of time to really figure it out. But read your work or look at your work. Figure out what your “voice” sounds like. Look at the pictures you’ve taken. Do you use similar filters? Do they have a color scheme? Every time you post, there should be some type of consistency that shows your readers or Insta followers that it belongs to YOU. I like to think that you guys could read something I wrote somewhere totally different and think, that sounds like TWB! Or see a picture and think, that looks like a TWB pic! And that is what branding is.

Don’t expect overnight success.

It doesn’t exist. It won’t happen. A quote I love? “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” The bloggers with thousands of followers that you admire? They’ve been doing this for years. Don’t let yourself get down if it takes awhile! They probably started out the same way you did! Envision yourself in 5 years – how great could your blog be if you practiced it every day for 5 freakin’ years?! You could be right there with them!

So tell me… what drives YOU?

Even if you’re not a blogger, what are you passionate about? What drives you to do it every day?

Have you ever wanted to start a blog? What would you blog about?

Tell me everything!!! I seriously want to know! Comment, text me, tweet me (I think I have 3 followers), write me a message in a bottle, I don’t care! I just want to know your thoughts 🙂

I will be back Monday with some pics from the weekend – I have this perfect fall dress that I’m DYING to share (even though I just swore I wasn’t a fashion blogger – LOL!) I will see you then! Xo.

-TWB

Weekend Wrap-Up

Hi sweet friends! How was everyone’s week?! I’m currently fighting against the O’Hare Wifi trying to crank out this post before a board another plane! Procrastination at its finest of course… Hehe. Whoops…

Anyway.

The past few weeks I’ve used Mondays to talk about MOTIVATION and get you excited to start your week! It was a fun run, but to be honest I’m just not feeling it as much anymore. So I’m going to switch it up a little bit. Last week I took a little break from publishing new posts and it felt great to get back on schedule and not feel like I’m always running behind. I took the time to wake up early, schedule posts, and come up with some fun new content for you guys!

Today I’m going to share a quick little wrap-up of my weekend!

This weekend consisted of…

Going back to blonde.

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I asked for ashy blonde balayge and my girl Kelly at Milio’s delivered per usual. I know my hair was still technically blonde but I grew out my roots for 3 months (!!!) to get it prepped for the balayage highlights. I’m obsessed. Maybe I will do a post soon on how I got my hair ready for balayage? Hmm…

Having a rainy coffee date.

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At Heritage. My favorite. It’s so cozy in there. Plus I finally broke down and bought the Heritage tee that I’ve been lusting over. I will be sharing soon! Along with my brown leather tote in the pic above!

Getting my ear pierced. Again.

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Notice it’s just “EAR” lol. I got my third piercing done on my left side this weekend. And I actually love it! A group of us promised our bestie Jordan Shull that if she moved here we would get it done. So this Saturday we went down to Claire’s like 10-year-olds and got them pierced! Only one of us held the bear. I swear it wasn’t me. (Shop my wishbone earrings & cute gold hexagons).

Eating way too much Thai food at a NEW Thai spot.

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My coworker swears by Thai Spice. It’s run by an Austrian man (who is SO nice) and his Thai wife who does ALL of the cooking (pretty impressive, right?!) and it’s honestly amazing. I had the panang noodle, extra crispy, with chicken. It’s a little bit pricier than my absolute fave, Namo, but the portions make up for it! (And P.S. there are no pics of the food because you know that good panang curry isn’t exactly picturesque lol).

Having a little lakefront photoshoot.

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Y’all. Ben is getting way too good at taking photos. We had an amazing little photoshoot down by the lake front, and I’m sharing the pics this week and I CANNOT WAIT!

Here’s a little sneak peek. See him in there?! (Shop my sunglasses here).

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So tell me… how was your weekend?! Was it everything and more? Did you do anything fun, try anything new?! Tell me everything! I will be back tomorrow talking about eating healthy during travel… You won’t want to miss it! Xo.

-TWB

 

Mini Break

Hi sweet friends! How is your day going so far?! I’m currently at the Louisville airport waiting for my (already delayed) flight, and I’m racing against the clock because I only have 20 minutes of free wifi (I don’t know if this is #thrifty or just plain cheap of me).

I just blew my nose and I’m cursing myself for taking the time to even reach in my bag. And then type about it now. LOL.

Anyway.

As I explained in yesterday’s post this week is a little crazy with the unexpected travel. And I think I need a couple of mental health days. So I’m going to take this week to give myself a little mini vaca and work on building some really fun content for you guys! Next week I’m going to share some bowl ideas and gear up for another coffee talk.

In the meantime, keep scrolling for some fun posts and make sure to follow me on Instagram (@thewindyblonde) and Snapchat (@jillbeangreen) to keep up with me during my little break! Enjoy and see you next week! Xo.

-TWB