10 Rules For Wedding Season

Thursday, March 31, 2016


I subscribe to a "bride" email that absolutely kills me. I should probably unsubscribe, but the "advice" they offer is so ridiculous is brings me a chuckle every day.

It's stuff like:

"How to manage difficult bridesmaids!" You don't ask difficult people to be bridesmaids...
"How to tell people they're not invited to your wedding." You just don't invite them.
"What your wedding flowers mean." They're flowers.
"How to manage wedding day meltdowns." Xanax.

And most recently, TEN RULES FOR WEDDING SEASON!

Over the course of planning this wedding I have learned there's A LOT of dos and dont's. I think I've broken most of them because I'm just a rebel like that!

1. If it's not your wedding or shower, don't wear white!

The age old rule, am I right? If you're reading this right now and you're coming to my wedding or my shower, please feel free to wear white. Wear as much white as you damn well please. I get it that this is really important to some brides and that's great, but I assure you it won't cause me a meltdown if you show up in a white dress.

2. It's custom for the bride-to-be to wear white to everything wedding related.

You know, just in case people forget I'm the bride. Would HATE for that to happen.

I didn't think I would be, but I'm honestly embracing the white outfits. I keep buying them... I can't help myself, it's the one time in my life I'll wear this much white so might as well go all in. I've become a little obsessed with finding the right rehearsal dinner dress, but haven't just yet.

Our rehearsal dinner is at a very rustic mountain restaurant in Steamboat where it would be most appropriate to show up in a denim skirt and cowboy boots. However, I don't own cowboy boots and that's just not my style. So anything I wear will most definitely be very over dressed. This one might be a little much. But I don't care, I'm the bride, remember?


So my all white ensemble which I will probably be wearing to something wedding related can be found here: sweater, pants, wedges, and the good ol blogger fav tassel purse.

And let's just go ahead and call out the fact the blue wall is two different blues in both photos. My friend Ali, edited the top photo. She knows how to edit stuff. I do not. I tried for a solid hour to get the blues to match and could not figure it out.

People don't believe me when I say I don't "have an eye" for this stuff, but I really don't. It makes no sense to me. The only way I edit pics is on Instagram. Clarendon in the house what what!

Anyway, the white earrings I'm loving right now are from my pal, Bon and her Hey June shop. She is running a crazy sale that I begged her to extend today. If you buy two pairs of studs (they're only $8!!!) you get a third pair for FREE.


I have several pairs from her shop and I love them all. They make great gifts and are super affordable! Check out these square ivory studs and these adorable bows. When you order, just write which 3rd pair of studs you'd like for free in the notes.

And now I've run out of time. We'll have to cover the 8 other very important wedding rules in another post. I have about 12 hours of t-shirt time in front of me and Chris and I have a cab coming to take us to the airport at 3:15 a.m. tomorrow morning. One of my bestie's is getting married in Palm Spring this weekend. So there's a good chance I won't sleep until next week...

Eeek.

Lastly, thank you again to everyone who reached out yesterday in support of my t-shirt debacle. I am so appreciative and it really means a lot. Your voices were heard.

Victory Is Mine

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Over the weekend I learned a huge wholesaler is selling my I Just Want To Hang With My Dog shirt.

It's in boutiques all over the country now. Search #ijustwantohangwithmydog and you'll see what I'm talking about. You'll also see me hounding every insta post with "BUT ARE YOU GIVING BACK TO SHELTERS?" If they say yes, I back off. It's that simple.

But sadly not one has said yes. The only boutique giving back is Three Eighteen in Norfolk because they purchased from me and my one condition was they had to give a portion back to shelters, and Marie the owner, was more than happy to do so.

I stopped searching the shirt on Etsy after I saw more than 30 shops reselling it. Let it be, I told myself. You've all heard this rant enough I know, and I apologize for bringing it up so much. It just kills me that some people are so unoriginal they can't change literally ONE word so it's not a direct copy. That's all it takes in t-shirt world to be an okayish person.

Just one word. That's all I ask.

Then on Monday I found out people are copying my MARRIED AF shirt. That was quick. It took less than six weeks for someone to steal it.



I contacted the seller, she admitted she stole, and then she suggested I, "move on and not worry about other people taking my designs."

Ooof. Not a good thing to tell me when I'm feeling aggressive.

I have a copyright for MARRIED AF, but laws about this stuff are weird. You can't copyright a t-shirt phrase, so instead I copyrighted another piece of work dealing with MARRIED AF and tied my t-shirts into it.

I reported the shop to ETSY as I have in the past but I didn't expect much. As mentioned, I've butt heads a few times with Etsy regarding this stuff before.

But yesterday Etsy wrote me back and informed me they took the other sellers' items down. They took them down! VICTORY IS MINE. And boy did it feel good. It's such a little thing, but for a small business owner it felt huge.

So now I'm wondering, should I rethink how I've tried (and failed) to protect the dog shirt? It's documented all over the internet I'm the first to have created, published and sold it. Or do I just come up with a new one? Both will take time and money, but it's worth it to me.

I think it may be time for a new one...

This isn't meant to be another bitchy t-shirt post (but such is my life so again I'm sorry I write about it so much) instead this is a tale of victory.


VICTORY IS MINE. (I just keep repeating this while I walk around my living room with my arms in the air.) I've said it before and I'll say it many more times, I'm really very appreciative to everyone who has ever purchased a shirt from me. Thank you!

One shirt down, ten to go. Tackle Wednesday, friends. It's going to be a good one.


The One About Religion

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


When I was younger, if I heard my parents up and around before 8:00 a.m on a Sunday morning my first thought was always, shit this means we're going to church today.

From what I remember, we went to church a lot. No matter how hard I played sick, tried to turn off my parents' alarms, or told them I had explosive diarrhea, on Sunday mornings we were at the Catholic service at either 9 or 11 a.m.

There were a handful of times when we got there too late and couldn't find a seat so we'd go straight to Val's Breakfast Buffet and skip service. And those were some of the happiest Sundays of my life. God had answered my prayers on those days.

That sounds terrible. I'm kind of kidding, but mostly not. I'm just being honest, I really disliked church as a kid. And as an adult, I still dislike it.

Or I dislike the thought of it. If you're a church-goer this might sound ridiculous, but I'm slowly learning there are good churches out there. I was just going to the wrong one (FOR ME.) *Catholicism is not my thing, if is yours, that's great. 

I cut ties with my childhood church for good when I went with my parents last spring right around the time gay marriage was being passed by the Supreme Court and the priest asked everyone to pray for "the sinners." Nope. Not okay with that. Just my opinion.

Here's the thing, I believe in God and I actually pray a lot, but I prefer to do it in my home.

But like I said, I might try to give church another try. For Christmas we've started going to my uncle's church and I really enjoy it. However it's going to take some time to wash 18 years of strongly disliking church off of me.

We went to Easter service on Sunday and I was dreading it. I've been to church all of three times since I've lived in Chicago. I was hoping we'd get there and it would be too full and we could go straight to brunch. But it wasn't. And once it started something crazy happened.

I actually liked it. I listened to the message and it made sense. It was so uplifting and tolerant of so many different things. The minister encouraged us to question what we've been told about Easter and Jesus in general, that perhaps we shouldn't take the events "we know" about Easter so literal and it's really meant to be more symbolic, after all.

There's a very good chance I was never paying attention as a kid in church, but I don't ever recall being told it was okay to question this kind of stuff. From what I remember, we were always told the opposite. Questioning anything was akin to not believing.

The photo above was at the end of service when we all released our fears via balloon up to the heavens so we could be "resurrected." It was a really cool moment.

Although as my friend Jake said, I couldn't help but feel bad for whomever had to collect all of those fears the next day.

Afterward we went to brunch and I managed to find a bright wall to pose by, so all in all it was a great Sunday.

SCARF. WEDGES. JACKET.

I got the pants here and thought I was getting the top, as well. But I was wrong. Oh well, that crop might have been a little much for church...

Anyway, I'm not claiming I'm going to start going to church every Sunday, but I think it's worth giving it another shot in the future. I consider myself religious but I don't really like religion. Does that even make sense? Probably not.

I'm not trying to start a religious debate here by any means, but what are your thoughts? In the Chicago comedy world I'm definitely in the minority for believing in God, but to each their own. I believe in a lot of things most believe don't.

10 Things You HAVE To Know About The Instagram Changes

Monday, March 28, 2016



For those of you who aren't social media obsessed, Instagram announced a few weeks ago it's going to be making some big changes to the way you see photos in your feed.

It will no longer be the most recent posted photos at the top, but instead will have more to do which photos are the most popular. With that being said, here's a few very important things you need to know about the new changes and furthermore, why it's ESSENTIAL you turn on post notifications for your favorite instagrammers.

This is what I know. If you don't turn on notifications:

1. You will die. 
I know this sounds extreme and it's still up for debate whether it's just a rumor, but I've had good sources tell me your head will actually explode if you don't do what everyone is telling you to do.

2. Your dogs will get sick.
Again, sounds weird to me as well, but I'm just telling you what I've heard.

3. You won't get to see 100 bloggers in your feed wearing the colorful tassel purse. 
What kind of life is that WHAT?!? And I don't care if everyone has that clutch, I LOVE it. There I said it and I don't regret it. It's sold out everywhere, but you can find a similar here or here.

4. You will miss colorful wall photos.
And no one wants to miss a colorful photo.

5. You might miss donut pics. 
Granted you could catch one a few days later, or even from the next blogger on your feed on any given day. BUT STILL. Are you willing to take that risk? ARE YOU?


6. You might lose touch with the people you really care about.
On social media.

7. The amount of bloggers sitting on floors taking photos of their legs will significantly decrease.
I'm just talking to myself here. We all know these are my go-tos.

7. You won't know what nail color is currently in style.
White or off white?

8. You might miss out on flower photos.
And eventually you may just forget what flowers even look like. Again, can you take that risk?

9. Your feed will now only show posts of all the "famous dogs" you follow.
Which actually sounds AWESOME.

10. Life might just go on like normal.... Or maybe it won't. 
I guess the joke will be on me tomorrow when it's just my mom and myself liking my pics. Time will tell.

For a real post about the Instagram changes and things you might want to know click here.

*Sorry for being a sarcastic asshole today about this stuff. I had no other choice. 

My Friday Favorites

Thursday, March 24, 2016

wallet.
And now for a post about so many things. I feel like end-of-the-week posts are okay to do that, are we all on board? Good.

For starters, I have to admit I'm very proud of that bloggy pic above. I know it's weird and kind of dumb, but I find it very pleasing for some reason and that's not something I'm usually good at pulling off. I don't "have the eye" for that type of thing, so when it happens I get excited.

The sunglasses can be found here. If you just now clicked on them you saw they're $329. (Insert crying laughing face emoji.) I didn't (and I can't) spend that on sunnies. The last time I spent more than $100 on sunglasses was in college when I got a very ugly pair of Diors from Sam's Club.

I'm trying out this new program called Endless Eyewear that I'm actually really excited about. Basically I get to try out as many designer sunglasses as I want for three months. It's perfect timing because I have 100 weddings in the next couple months and I like to wear fun sunglasses for such events. If you use the code THEDAILYTAY you can try out some crazy expensive sunnies FREE for a month too.


I think these Retrosuperfuture sunnies are awesome, but let's be honest I'd never be able to afford them. But I'll wear them for a week or two and act as if. I might just try out these next because why the hell not.

Moving right along.

Rocksbox, you guys. Never in a million years would I think I'd like having jewelry sent to me. My friends from high school can testify I wore the same turquoise ring I found in my mom's jewelry box for 15 years. Jeni, you know what one I'm talking about.

And yet I tried RB one month over a year ago and haven't quit yet. As mentioned before, it's so perfect for wedding season. Use the code thedailytayxoxo to get a month free. 


I own all of these pieces they've sent. The ring below is probably way too cool for me, but I bought it anyway. Sometimes I just wear it around my house and pretend I'm hip enough to pull it enough. And if I put it on my shirt I like to pretend like I'm a flight attendant.


The verdict is still out on this necklace. I love it, but it's a little pricey. So I'm going to hang on to it and wear it to a wedding next weekend in Palm Springs and decide after.


That's the beauty of these subscription things, you can wear it once and send it right back.

I went bold (for me) and ordered this jump suit to wear to the rehearsal dinner next week in Palm Springs. It's going to be a super classy wedding, so I want to pretend to fit in. I now own TWO jumpsuits. Who am I? I don't know. Also, my friend Kate asked me to give a speech at said rehearsal dinner. What was she thinking? Jk jk Kate, I'll make it good... And I'll look fancy AF in that coral jumpsuit while doing it!

As a backup I ordered this skirt. Yes, I could probably just shop in Chicago, but that requires effort. So.... so here I am.

I've had some wine whilst writing this post. Just felt like I needed to get that out of the way. It's been a tough week- good tough, but tough never the less.

"Whilst." What a great word. Did I use it right? Probably not.

I'm going to finish this post (and evening) by putting on my fake glasses and settling in for a night of snapchat. Because that's my life. I ordered my fake glasses from Firmoo because they always have specials and they're inexpensive, but they actually last and don't break.


And that's it for today.  Hope everyone has a great weekend and Happy Easter!



10 Things You Have To Know About My Wedding

*Title is clickbait. You don't actually have to know anything about my wedding. It's a wedding.


ripped jeans found here. MARRIED AF SHIRT.

Anyway, as I was saying before I was rudely interrupted by life yesterday...

The wedding is officially less than four months away at this point. The four month mark makes me nervous for some reason, like in terms of getting shit done. Things are getting real. And that deadline is getting closer and closer.

We have the big stuff done, but it's all of that little stuff that makes me itchy. The weird stuff like programs, and ceremony music, and goody bags, and ...  what else is there? I think about all of these little things late at night while I'm laying in bed and my mind is racing. And I tell myself to get up and write them down, but I never do.

Also the thing I keep wondering is how does it all come together? HOW? We don't have a wedding planner, so it's obviously up to us to do it. And we're fully capable of course (we're not the first people to plan a wedding, I get it) I'm just not a detail oriented person by any means. So that worries me.

And then the person playing devil's advocate in my head always like to whisper, just chill out! It's only one day. If everything doesn't go absolutely perfect it's okay. Life goes on.

But that little whisper is often shut out by every other thought in my head surrounding that one day and what I hope happens.

Ultimate goal: I want everyone to have a good time. That's it. I just want a really fun wedding weekend.

I don't need the "bride spotlight," that can go to Harlow. I'm not worried about perfection, I think the silly moments that just happen are often the best. All in all, I prefer comical over romantic.

We're writing our own vows and every time I've sat down to work on them it turns into a standup set. And I know, I know, not everything is a joke. This is a big life step and I should take it serious and blah blah blah, but standup is so much more fun. If I were a wedding guest I wouldn't want to sit and listen to how much the bride and groom love each other, they're getting married, they must like each other. I'd rather hear some one liners and some hot bits.

I feel like it will be instinct to grab the mic and start warming up the crowd,  How's everybody doing? We having a good time? So what's the deal with mountains, anyway?

Just kidding. There's a time and a place. Apparently.

So here's what's on my list for this week:

Order invites. (Are we behind? Or on time?)

Find Harlow a bow tie. This one brings me more joy than it should.

Solidify a videographer. After extensive searching I think we've found a good team that comes highly recommended out of Kansas City. 

Figure out hair and makeup. I've found a hairstyle that I can already tell I'll look back on in five years and be like WTF? But I don't care. I love it. Let's just say I've always been really into Christina Aguilera in Lady Marmalade. lols. Or I'll go for the vintage look. So it's either 1980s or 1920s....

Bridesmaid getting ready attire. Yay or nay? It's cute for pics, but ... but I haven't found the perfect thing that doesn't seem too weird, or too pricey. If you have suggestions let me know!

Lastly, HONEYMOON. I am so excited for a honeymoon. Chris and I need to lock this down asap before flights get super expensive.

jean shorts found here.

And now is the time in the post when I tell you to buy all of your friends the MARRIED AF shirt because it's just fun. And guys love it (pic of Chris wearing his coming soon...) And of course the Honeymoon top for the honeymoon.

That is all. I'm off to order my wedding invites and pick up my wedding dress for the second time.


The Worst Day

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I just started crying on the phone with a customer service agent.

So I'm doing okay.

"I'm a small business owner and this is really putting me behind," I wailed in between sobs. "I'm a SMALL BUSINESS OWNER."

Help me.

My wedding is exactly four months from today and I had a really cutesy post in mind I was going to write. But life had something else planned and I just can't get myself to barf that cutesy post out at the moment.

So instead I'm sitting on my couch in my robe ugly toddler crying. In a second I might move to the floor and start pounding my fists on the floor. Harlow is very worried about me. He hates when I toddler cry.

This isn't uncommon for me. I've always been a frustrated crier. When I was a kid I used to put my head in my desk during math class and just sob. FRACTIONS! Why God why? Long division? Geometry? Pi? Noooooooooo. NOOOOOOOOOO.

Crying in class as a kid was almost as humiliating as calling your teacher "mom." It showed weakness and vulnerability.

So on days like today when my eyes are red and swollen and I can't stop sniffling from crying, I'm glad I work from home.

The problem is small, but annoying. Basically the shipping system built into my nebrowse site has locked me out. Shipping is completely disabled right now and the customer service at endicia is less than great and they're saying I can't get back in. Like ever.

There's fraudulent shit going on they refuse to believe isn't me and they've proceeded to lock down all of my other accounts as well. Last night I revealed this shirt and got a nice little chunk of orders but now I have no way to print the labels to mail them.

shorts. loafers. 
Like I said, it's just a dumb problem. But hey, I've cried about way less before...

Because yes, I can walk to the USPS to mail them. I'll just have to wait in a very long line, and wait even longer for my 50 + packages to get labels, so all in all this problem will probably put me behind about 4-6 hours of work.

My hope is that endicia will stop being a bag of dicks and will work with me on this. Perhaps it wasn't my best move to sob and shout on the phone. Or call them a bag of dicks in this blog post, but that's where I'm at right now. I've been better.

I'll be okay. And I'll be back later with that cutesy wedding post. Don't you worry.

yay.


Winning The Golden Vodka Ticket

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CH Distillery for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Twas a cold winter's day when my friend Claire and I decided we needed to mix things up a bit and beat the Chicago gloom somehow. We were both feeling beat down and were looking for something to raise our spirits.

So what do you do in Chicago when you want to have a good time and forget about everything else for an hour or two? Well you head to a vodka distillery, CH Distillery to be specific.


CH Distillery is located in the West Loop and it's Chicago’s only distillery making grain-to-bottle Vodka from Illinois-grown ingredients.

Upon first entering we sat down at the beautiful bar and immediately felt better. The weight of the Chicago winter had been momentarily lifted as we let the warm atmosphere of CH take over. We talked to the bartender for quite a bit and she surprised us by making us drinks based on our personality. Having no idea what Claire or myself thought we liked or didn't like in a cocktail, she totally nailed our drinks.




Take whatever you think you know about how vodka tastes and toss it aside, because the vodka distilled at CH has such a clean, light sweetness to it, it goes down as smooth as anything you've ever tasted.

After the bartender created some of the best drinks we've ever tasted, Claire and I grabbed our cocktails to-go and started the tour to see how the magic happens.

I think we both felt a little bit like we'd found the golden ticket and were being allowed into the chocolate factory. We were like two giddy kids as we walked through the doors into the area where all of the action happens. Or maybe that was the vodka talking.

We learned the process for making vodka, the work that goes into it, and had a better understanding for why CH vodka tastes so much better than others.


And we also took a traditional vodka shot complete with a pickle and bread on the side.


It was an informative, interesting, and best of all, very fun tour.

So would I say it was it a good day? Yes, yes it was. If you live in Chicago or are simply visiting, add a tour of CH on your list of things to do. Make sure to check out their CH Distillery Events and their CH Distillery Spirits.

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The Business of Blogging - Having the IT Factor

*In response to this article my pal Helene sent me today.

If you're in the world of blogging, you'll want to read it. If you're not a blogger, you'll probably read it and be like whatttttttt? Then again maybe you should read it, it may help you understand why I post some of the stupid shit that I do.

(insert shoes on white rug, my GO-TO!)


The article is about Caitlin Covington, aka @cmcoving. Again, bloggers know her. Others may not. I'm a late bloomer so I just started following her in 2015.

In the article she discusses the secret to her success, making tons of money off outfit posts, and a look inside her free vacations. As her mom said, "With blogging, you just kind of have an ‘it’ factor."

Moms are the cutest. I could totally see my mom saying this too, you know about me and my... my... I definitely have the IT factor when it comes to.... the things... and... the DOGS. Dogs love me. I've just got that IT factor.

Anyway.

I've accepted the fact that I don't have the "it factor" with blogging. Whatever IT is, this old gal missed that boat. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely still swimming after the boat, but it's always a few waves ahead of me. And it's full of pretty women who own homes big enough to have floor to ceiling mirrors.

But to be honest "big bloggers" work for that IT factor. It's not the type of work that for example the miners I met in Idaho Springs do, shout out to Weasel by the way! But it's still work. (Albeit it's fun work, and if bloggers don't admit it's fun and very privileged work they are kidding themselves) in my opinion.

Bloggers like Covington get free vacays all the time. I've mentioned before how I think that would be pretty great, but after reading what Covington does on said trips, I'm not so sure anymore.

"On such trips, they get up at 6 a.m. Then it’s shower/hair/makeup/prep, for photos at sunrise to catch that good early light. They eat breakfast, then change completely and do a second photo shoot (each) before lunch – and do it all again at least once more, later in the day."

That sounds intense. Up at 6 a.m.? Hair AND makeup? Eeek, no thank you. My "getting ready" routine on vacay is usually: roll out of bed, brush teeth, find nearest Bloody Mary.

In the article she mentioned how she made "thousands of dollars" off of posting a photo of a straw hat on vacation.

I made $8 off of this hat and I was all like HOLLA!!!! (One) drink is on me tonight!


Covington said that her "fan favorite" mirror selfies take hours to post. HOURS. I can't wrap my head around this. Maybe that's because when Chris takes my photo we have literally two minutes to get it done before we're arguing. Then I slap my favorite Instagram filter on it and call it a day.

Thus the reason Covington has 500,000 followers and I have five. She's putting in the hours and I'm not. But what's not to LOVE about this photo? Really? It's fun. Look at that face.

BRUNCH! Jeans. Jacket.
When Covington hits a selfie out of the park, she watches the dough roll in. She once posted something like this and it sold out entirely in one day. She had more than 200 sales. That's a lot.

I've been blogging for 100 years, but this side of it is still very confusing and complex to me. I think it's great women can be their own bosses, but the superficiality and narcism that goes right along with this world is what sometimes makes me have to step back for a bit.

*I don't know Covington, so I have no idea if she's narcissistic or superficial, this is basically just me casting judgement on blogging in general. 

It's just that all of the showy showyness of it makes me itchy. Then again, who am I to judge how someone makes their money? We all do what we have to do to pay rent.

Lastly, I think she's just referring to life in general here:

“It’s our goal to make it look effortless and fun and fabulous, but really we’re working so hard behind the scenes,” Covington says.

Oddly enough, I say the same thing about my snapchat. So if you really want to see a fun and fab life, you should follow me @thedailytay. Sneak peak: this shot took hours to capture!


I've rambled on long enough of this topic. Read the article if you want to more know more about the business of blogging, then let me know what you think below.

The Hangover

Monday, March 21, 2016

Having one of those Mondays where it's time to reevaluate life again. Spending four days snowed in a cabin on Rainbow Road will do that to you. By the last night we had run out of all food and couldn't make it to town so we were passing around a bowl of butter noodles to eat for dinner. I kid you not. Things got messy.

I can tell you one thing, I'm definitely not the smug pre-vacay girl you see in the photo below.

hat. jacket. travel bag.
I'm far from it. It always makes me laugh to see my "going there" travel outfit versus "coming back." It's a world of difference. On both the inside and the outside.

I knew this bach trip would be one of the wilder ones I'd experience in life, and that it was. You remember the crazy girls in high school who did a lot of stupid stuff and never seemed to be scared of getting in trouble? That's who these girls were. While they retold their high school tales of huge house parties and sneaking into hotels I reminisced on that one time I snuck out, only to sneak right back in. I felt TOO guilty.

If there's one thing to be said about Catholicism, it's that catholic guilt is very real. Perhaps it's not the worst thing to have as a teenager...

Anyway, we arrived early Thursday and it didn't stop snowing until Friday late afternoon.

Overalls.




We had to venture out Friday evening but our only way to get a ride was by walking the first part of the way. Also, it should be noted that none of us brought snow boots. When we booked the cabin we weren't exactly sure what we were getting ourselves into. I don't think any of us realized just how up there it was.


Friday night was spent in town drinking with the locals at their number one dive bar. Things got a little crazy once all the miners got off work and settled into the bar fresh in their work mining overalls. And then one thing led to another and it suddenly felt like we were all on the Hangover.

Teeth got chipped, people went missing, a baby was found in the closet. You know how the story goes.

I'm back in the comfort of my house today and have probably 20 hours of work to complete at this very moment. Also, Harlow is demanding a walk and six trips to the park.

So basically it's time to get my life together. Wish me luck.

Spring Fashion- The Good, The Bad, And The Tassels

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My flight leaves at 5:50 a.m. tomorrow for a bachelorette in Colorado. That is painfully early. But it was roughly $48 via Southwest, so sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

My friend had one request for her bach: drinking in sweats in a cabin.  And some casino time... She's a big fan of keno. Lols. See why we're friends? And so this will be the most laid back bachelorette ever. I've packed sweats, sweatshirts, and yoga pants. For the "big casino day" I may get fancy and put on jeans. Who knows?! Time will tell.

We might also get old timey saloon photos taken, it's still up in the air. But after a day of drinking I'm pretty much positive said saloon photos will happen.

Anyway, because I'm all over the place with my thoughts since it's 10:00 p.m. and my cab is coming in just about six hours I'm just going to ramble and hope a post idea is born.

First, I have to tell you I stumbled across a big sale at Target today that is going on through tomorrow. Buy one thing, get the second 50% off. Shoes, clothes, accessories, it includes a LOT of stuff.


I snagged these Sam & Libby gladiators, and because I was basically saving myself money by getting a second pair for 50% off I also got these fringe peep toe booties...

Speaking of fringe, I'm seeing some interesting styles I don't know how about to feel about this spring.

Like pom poms. What's going on with this? Sometimes I feel like the people who are creating these fashion trends just say, "let's do something really stupid and see if it catches." Or they just let their kids just start crafting.

That sounds more harsh than I meant it. I'm simply saying I'm not a fan of something like this...

found on google somewhere. I don't know. google "pom pom stuff."
But maybe I'll eat my words in a few months and be all over this style. It's happened before. I've seen similar styles of this sandal for sale around $800. Not kidding.

They kind of remind me of the jewels people buy to put in their Crock sandals. Anyone else? Okay.

Then we've got tassels everywhere. I'm mixed on this, as well. I like them on a pillow like this one from Target. But on a dress? I don't know.


Also, whenever I hear the word "tassel" I think of nipple tassels. I know that's weird, but one time a friend in second grade told me she went to the Sturgis Bike Rally and that's what the women wore. It obviously scarred me a little because I've never forgotten it.

And of course we've all seen this bag on Instagram from every single fashion blogger ever. It's pretty cute I think, would probably go really well with my red nipple tassels.

The other thing I've noticed all the cool kids are wearing are these cute off the shoulder dresses. I love this style, but the name of the dress is a little off...  Isn't that considered an offensive term now? A comedy teacher told me that last year.

Anyway. Fashion trends are interesting. Thanks to Instagram I seem to notice them more now than ever.

Lastly, I'm going to end on this very important question that has been bothering me for quite some time. If you're in a lake and the two people next to you are drowning, who do you save? Gigi Hadid or Kendall Jenner?

And don't say neither because we're all nice people and they can't help it they were born completely flawless.

Gotta go. It's time to get weird at Kim's bachelorette. Follow on snapchat @thedailytay as we're sure to do some pretty stupid stuff.

10 Things To Know About The New Bachelorette!

So the world found out who the new Bachelorette will be! I do not watch the show so it means literally nothing to me, however an email from US Weekly popped up in my inbox so I clicked on it. "10 Things To Know About the New Bachelorette!"

And then I thought, what if this was you that was appearing in email inboxes all over the world today? Or me? (If I was single and looking to find love on a TV show, I am neither.) But ... what would you want the world to know about you?

Might as well have some fun with it!

Meet the new Bachelorette: Taylor! 10 Things You Have to Know!


1. She does not like physical contact with people she does not know, or has just met.
So it should be lots of fun to watch the guys get out of the limo and try to hug her! Chances are you'll see her physically cringe and step further and further away.

2. Speaking of the first introduction, this might be a challenging moment for her. 
She does not care for romantic gestures, cheesy pick up lines, overly nice guys, guys who are mean, and holy shit do not try to be funny. Unless you are funny! Funny is great. But trying too hard to be funny when you're just not will most likely have you sent home on the spot. But she's a real treat, honestly!

3. She loves dogs!
Like to the point where it's kind of a little much, you know? She should definitely take it down a notch, but it's only getting worse. So ... if you are not completely obsessed with dogs and are not willing to talk about dogs all the time, this probably won't work. *sidenote: wouldn't this show be more fun if there were more dogs on it?

4. She is terrible with names. She must know you and consistently interact with you for at least six months until she is totally confident she knows your name. Even then she'll probably just go for the extended "heyyyyyyyyyyy" rather than adding your name at the end because she'll panic at the last minute.

5. She cringes when people pronounce "mature" like "matour." She also cringes at the sight of cotton balls, or snowboats squeaking on snow.

6. If you see her suddenly clutch her chest in pain, do not panic. She probably just ate a Dorito too fast and forgot to chew it. This happens more than you'd think.

7. Dirty napkins and dirty tissues make her gag on the spot. Keep them away.

8. She has never once in her life been called a "sweetheart," or " just darling." She has been called other names, however.

9. When she is uncomfortable in a situation she is known to make awkward uncomfortable jokes.  They are almost always inappropriate for the moment, and sure to make everyone else just as uncomfortable.

10. Lastly, she is already engaged and can't wait to be married, so she's 100% not interested in any guy on this show. And for the most part never would be interested in a guy who would come on this show because she's a little judgy when it comes to men and dating shows because let's face it, they're all kinda weird and showy and far too pretty for her. She sends her apologies if this pisses anyone off.

So it would be best for all parties involved if the guys were actually replaced with dogs. And then she would never send any of them home, but instead would play with them all day and rub her face in their ears at any chance possible.

Talk about a fun TV show, am I right?! Who's ready to watch?