Friday, August 29, 2014

Atlanta Day 3- Coca Cola & the Sun Dial

Wow, am I just realizing I never posted this???

For our third and final day in Atlanta, we slept in. We needed to! 

Our first stop was World of Coca Cola. I have been here so many times and though they keep changing the set-up, it's always essentially the same. We skipped the films and walked through each exhibit before hitting my favorite part- the tasting room. Having grown up coming to WCC, I know which sodas are awesome (Asian) and which ones taste rancid (Italy). My favorite one is definitely Smart Watermelon from China, but Inka Cola from Peru is also really awesome. 

After this, we stopped by the CNN Center so Lara could hit the big Braves show. I found a lifesize Rick from Rick & Morty that was adorable. 

Our last stop before getting our luggage was a last minute inclusion. Since we had skipped breakfast, we were starving. We made a reservation at the Sun Dial and that was probably one of the best choices we made. The food was amazing and our last views of Atlanta were beautiful. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Throwback Thursday

The time I went to the Las Vegas Ren fest and had a monkey sit on me.

Not really much to tell here; we have a small annual renaissance festival every year in Sunset Park around October. Funny thing about October, it can be insanely hot or really nice. This particular year it was hot. We did a whole round since it was not as crowded as usual, and I met this cute little girl who is attacking my head. Not really, she was quite well behaved. After having lived in Georgia and seeing their AMAZING and over the top ren fair a few times, ours is quite sad and a bit more like a themed festival. Still fun though. :-)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Break-Ups, Dating, Blogs

It's been a weird month.

After what I thought was the worst break-up ever, I realized, it was the best thing that's ever happened to me. Not only am I no longer attached to someone shady and dishonest, I have freedom to do whatever I want again. I don't have to subconsciously wonder how my decisions impact his life. I don't have to wonder if he's lying to me. I don't have to care at all. And it's amazing. 

After a few weeks of feeling like I was run through a wood chipper, I woke up this week feeling almost blissfully happy every morning. I let myself be the unstable ex last week and stalked his Facebook and hers. And this week, I haven't bothered. I just don't even care. Why waste time and energy on someone who broke every promise, took things for granted, and in the end was never going to deserve me anyway? 

I also realized that I have amazing girlfriends. 
How could a girl ever get through anything without amazing girlfriends?

On that note, I'm dating. I have never really dated before. It's been extremely interesting. I've met some great guys, some weird guys, some guys who were nice but just not for me. And of course some creeps.

That said, when guys are asking about me, I always think of my blog. I realized, I'm very protective of it. Yeah, it's public and I have followers I've never met. But at the same time, I think I want to keep it to myself. I've met one really nice guy that I really like and when it came down to adding him on Facebook or Gmail (where my Google+ shows my blog posts) I opted for Facebook. I'm not entirely sure why. Clearly if it gets serious, the blog is coming out. But for now, I'm keeping it to myself.

So here are some great things about my break-up:

I don't have someone quizzing me about music I don't care for.
I don't have to force myself to like things I know I won't like.
I don't have someone making fun of everything I like.
Guys buy me dinner again. YES. I don't mind splitting the bill, but I don't have to pay the whole thing!
Someone tells me I'm pretty every single day.
If I want someone to talk to at any hour of the day, there's someone waiting for me.
I don't have to wonder why (not if) someone is lying to me.
There are no promises to break.
I can save the money I would have spent going to Pensacola and sign up for pilates again!
I can find someone who will really take care of me and let me take care of them.

So anyway, that is life lately. Hope you are all doing awesome!!!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Travel Tips- the Good, the Bad, and the Stupid

I travel a lot. That's no secret. I don't think I'm any kind of expert and I'm constantly looking for new tips and tricks to make things easier/faster/cheaper. It's a work in progress!

Here is an assortment of tips I've come up with, tips I've heard, and things I just think are stupid.

I usually book with Expedia. A number of rewards companies have Expedia portals so you can earn points for them AND earn Expedia points. They do all kinds of promotions, especially if you book on the app. The majority of the points you earn will be for packages or hotels, flights earn very few BUT you still get your points with the airline too. I've booked at least one swanky hotel stay with points and paid next to nothing. 

Stuff things in your shoes- I agree but to an extent. Like, don't put your cosmetics in your shoes. And if you put stuff in your shoes, put them in a bag inside your shoes. Who wants all their stuff smelling like the inside of a shoe???

You never know if you're going to end up at a rodeo- A former friend said this to me once and I wanted to bash my head against a wall. This was an excuse for OVER packing. Um, if you didn't buy a ticket to the rodeo, you probably aren't going. And cowboy boots take up a lot of room. Pack for what you're doing not every eventuality. Cuz then you can't buy anything. No joke, when this girl had her luggage weighed at the counter, the attendant said "you're at your limit, you literally can't put anything else in, no shopping". 

Don't pack a million of one item. I'm mostly saying this to myself as I remind myself I do not need FIVE BLACK EYELINERS. I'm going to go with two. Just two. JUST TWO.

Contact lens cases are great for holding fake lashes. They don't crush them. 

Don't under-pack and not bring extra pants. The one time I did this I was caught in a monsoon, and sat in my only pair of pants in a foot of flood water. They weren't dry the next day so I walked around town in damp pants. The grossest feeling ever. 

Don't eat at Denny's. Seriously, you are in a new fantastic place. Why eat the same stuff you eat at home and pay MORE since you're in a tourist destination? WHY???

Take advantage of Groupon, Living Social, and Travel Zoo. So many discounts.

Test out any new beauty routine at home first. I did a test run with my new palettes to make sure I could get ready in under ten minutes. 

Cute make-up cases are great for your clean underwear. Just saying.

Got any great tips for me? I'm always on the lookout!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

A Few Things About Your Bridal Consultant

I sold wedding gowns for two years. 
During that time I "sold dreams", dealt with crazy bridezillas and even crazier wedding parties, and learned way more than I ever needed to know about bridal undergarments. I've seen all kinds of brides and even had repeat business (which was a bit odd). 

If you're getting married, here are a few things to know about your bridal consultant:

We don't want you to look fat or ugly. We really don't. Well, not most of us. We will usually do everything we can to avoid having you pick the dress that makes you look hideous. 

Unless it's Kleinfeld's or somewhere super upscale, we don't make a lot of money. If we make hourly, it's very little and having someone come in to play dress up or take up six hours of our time when they're not serious or are planning to buy elsewhere is not cool. 

If you're not serious or are planning to buy at a sister store, that counts AGAINST us on our numbers. Our percentage of sales include the brides that come in and aren't buying from us. So if you're not sure what you're doing or don't plan to buy at the store, maybe be nice and tell a manager that you don't want it counting against their consultants and see if they can help you instead. 

No it's not a bad thing if you don't cry. Only a few of my brides cried when they found their gown. But that doesn't mean they loved it more than the ones who didn't. 

We have nice ways of steering you towards things that look better. We really do want you to look better. And we know your size better than you think. But if you really insist on seeing the 2, we will bring it over. Just know that when it doesn't fit right, we did warn you. 

And here are just a few tips if you're looking at gowns for the first time:

Don't bring your whole entourage the first time. You don't need that many opinions at once. The brides who were most happy were the ones who came in that first time alone and looked at what THEY wanted. After all, it's YOUR gown.

We do like it when you bring pictures. But don't expect to see all the designer gowns if you're shopping at David's or Alfred Angelo. Research which gowns the stores actually carry in advance.

Don't try on too many that first time. What we suggest is starting with one of each style. If you try on a ballgown and hate the way it looks, then you know not to try anymore ballgowns. So much easier!

With alterations, ordering a gown can take eight months. Don't wander in three months before and expect a lot of customization. You'll likely end up with something straight off the rack and/or rush fees. 

You're probably going to need alterations. There aren't a whole lot of ways around it. And the loop under the train is not for you to hold, it's for hanging the gown. If you hold it then the inside and underside of the back of your gown is showing. That looks pretty awful in pictures. 

And now for the number one thing not to do:

This should be a no-brainer but do NOT try to return the gown after you wore it! Yes this has happened. Not that I think any of my fabulous readers would ever do such a thing. 

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