7.29.2015

The Best of the World Wide Web - July Edition



This is what I like on the internet these days.
Hope you do too! XX - Megan

BEST OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB

-If you enjoy being the 3rd wheel in Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak's complicated relationship as much as I do, watch him interview her at Book Con 2015.

-I bought myself this photographic print from art.com as a present. PS - everything at art.com is 35% off today with code XGH686. Get yourself a present too. Better yet, get me one.

-My intern Sara showed me this shower curtain and it made me laugh. It was created for the sake of the environment but I want it just to mess with my family + friends. 

-Perfect iPhone case for all us Texas gals.

-This shirt is bananas (and only $8.90!) - I'm gonna get it.

-As someone who drinks almond milk all the time, this article was depressing. I buy the generic grocery store brand, not Blue Diamond, but still. 

-Every woman should listen to the Jess Lively podcast with guest Alisa Vitti about  eating, exercising, and working differently - based on where you are in your cycle. It's fascinating especially if you're on the pill or want to have kids one day. If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome you especially need to hear this. I don't even get my period anymore but I will still omg-ing. So interesting!



-Taylor Swift's Tribeca loft. Clearly she didn't write Teardrop on my Guitar while living there. (That was so cheesy. I'm embarrassed.)


            -PRODUCTS PLUGGED IN THIS POST-

7.27.2015

A Day in the Life

Sometimes this blog writes itself. 
Allow me to take you through the last three hours of my morning to explain.

-Wake up, begrudgingly, at 6am for a 8am shoot with a CCH photographer for an upcoming project/collab.

-Per the assistance of two different GPS systems I arrive at University of Houston, which is not where the shoot is, but I can't find myself out of paper bag.

-Eventually find the location of the shoot which is in the hood. Wait and wait for the photographer, with locked doors, getting more aggravated by the minute at her unprofessionalism. Call her and leave voicemail. 

-Take this selfie while I wait because, duh, I'm a professional model on the verge of a very edgy shoot. Surely this going to get me "discovered" at the young age of 33 and tall height of 5'2.




-Realize the shoot was scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8am......

-Start feeling nauseous as I haven't eaten anything yet and have consumed a massive amount of coffee.

-Really nauseous..

-Super nauseous.

- Start driving to find something to eat but throw up in this padded envelope that I had in my car. (I removed its contents prior to vomiting.) 

-Text this above pic to Candace and try to explain but feel another waive of nausea coming on.

-Drive over to TootSuite and order something to eat at the counter.

-Somehow order a $22 breakfast??! WTF.

-Waitress delivers enough food for an army. I realize that her and I someone a-strayed from the same page during the ordering process.  



-Eat all the food.


-Look out the window and get excited because I see cops on horses!!!!! Cops on horses is my favorite thing about living in Houston!!!!!


And that's where I'm going to leave you friends. While ridiculous things are still playing out in real time and I'm tempted to "live blog" them* I have to restrain myself because I actually have real work to do today. 


THE END 




*The waitress just brought me a red velvet cake ball to apologize for the confusion. I ate it. In a strange turn of events perhaps this post is sponsored by Tootesuite?



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7.24.2015

MY EXPERIENCE WITH EYELASH EXTENSIONS

My life long dream of getting eyelashes extensions came true when I visited Lash Co earlier this month. And I'll come right out with it- I'm a fan. But I do have a few words for the wiser which I'll provide with you now.



LONG-ASS APPLICATION PROCESS-  It was 2 hours. That's not only a long time to lay there (my technician said most people just go to sleep - I tried unsuccessfully) but its a significant chunk of your day to give up. I get restless during the 45 minutes it takes to get my nails done, so the 2 hrs was intense for me. Obviously a 1st world problem but still.

PAIN IS BEAUTY - The first 3 days post having my extensions the bottom half of my eyes turned blood shoot red and it kinda hurt. At that point, I was dramatically swearing I'd never do lashes again. My friends and family just assumed I was stoned which I was (ha! jokes!) but it wasn't a good look. Maybe I just have sensitive eyes as I obviously have a sensitive soul. My technician did initially offer to use the sensitive glue on me but said it doesn't last as long which is why I passed and went for the chronic. 

These eye drops helped and the temporary stoned-ness wouldn't stop me from going back again. I think its like having a terrible hangover. You initially swear off drinking for the rest of your life but then a few days later you're like "eh, vomitting every hour, on the hour, isn't that bad. Give me a red bull and vodka, hold the red bull, please!"  



CELEBRITIES WITHOUT MAKE UP - I haven't worn a stitch of make-up (except for lipstick) since I've gotten these bad boys and it's the best. My lashes are just so full (cue hair toss) I don't need eyeliner nor mascara. I wake up in the morning and marvel at my "bigger, better pair". 


BUT MEGAN, HOW LONG DO THE LASHES LAST?  I was told 4 - 6 weeks. I'll say that I'm in week 3-ish and they're still going strong. I think I actually like them best now as they're a bit more sparse and natural looking. 


BEWARE OF THE MANY EYELASH CHAINS - I feel like there's a Groupon every week from an eyelash chain for $89 but beware friends as you get what you pay for. These places get you in and out in an hour and are apparently way harder on your natural lashes then the Nova Lashes Lashco uses.

DEALS AT LASH CO - This post is graciously sponsored by LashCo which we need to talk about for a hot sec. The 2 hour service that I received is regularly priced at $350 but currently on special for $275...which obviously might be out of some people's price range. But they have an introductory 1 hour appointment for people wanting a very natural look for only $99 which  is do-able, no? Go to LashCo people - I'll see you there!


Have a good weekend everyone! 

*I'll be sending out another Greetings from Texas newsletter Sunday with some "exclusive content" so sign up for that at the very top of my sidebar, if you're so inclined.


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7.22.2015

Greetings from Texas Summer Blogroll

I've been meaning to put together a proper blogroll for a while now, not just for y'alls reading pleasure, but for my own personal benefit. I often find myself staring at the screen thinking "ummm, who do I like again?". 

The thing is, however, its very hard for bloggers, or myself at least, to put together such a list. First of all, let's be clear, I'm taking it wayyyyy too seriously. But it's hard in a very 1st world way. Perhaps "political" is the better word. It's reminds me of choosing bridesmaids for my wedding. Which I was THE WORST at as all my girls had to return their dresses as that wedding never happened. #mybad  #jcrewdresses #youcanreturnthem

the gft graphic was designed by becky murhpy who you'll note is on the blogroll as well


Political is the right word for it. There's a lot of "but I'm friends with this person" - I have to include them. But if I include them, then I have to include Big Bertha*. 

*Big Bertha's name has been changed, or made up rather, for my own personal entertainment value.

The truth is the following blogs are all on my blogroll for different reasons. Some have consistently good, original content and I'm genuinely engaged and inspired. Others aren't necessarily my faves from a content perspective, but they are industry leaders and I want stay informed on whats happening in the industry in terms of trends, sponsorships, and general montetization happenings. 

Others are my friends' blogs and even if they blew I'd still plug them because I'm so ride or die for those particular girls.

So here's my list. I'll add more as I remember and as I discover more. Please add your own recs in the comments section so I can check them out as well, cool? 



-GREETINGS FROM TEXAS SUMMER BLOGROLL-


LOVES
Natalie Dressed
Venz Edits
House Of Harper
Sugar + Cloth
Orchid Grey
Cup of Jo
Lauren Kelp
Man Repeller
Hello Giggles
L Avenue



BFFS IN THE BIZ
Prosecco to Plaid
Luxe with Kids
See Beautiful
Jessica Murnane


SMALL BIZNESSESS
Moulton
Shop The Manor
Chipper Things
Bueno Bueno Shop
Man Ready
Cuteheads
Foundry


PODCASTS
Jess Lively
Marc Maron
Serial - Just started and finished last week. WHO THE F@CK killed Hae Min Lee? 
Good Life Project
Off Camera with Sam Jones



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7.21.2015

Up North


I spent last week up north at my family's cabin in Minocqua, Wisconsin.
 Macy loved it per the above picture.

If you want the detes and background on this family property, I wrote about it here.
If you're fine with just looking at this pic and moving on with your life, that's cool too.


Aunt Jules and Mace pondering life.

A Minocqua staple.
Just terrible terrible food. But a staple nonetheless.

I've often said I have no investment in what Macy becomes when she grows up as long as she's healthy and happy. I realize now that that's a lie. I want her to be on , The Min-Aqua Bats -  Minocqua's Water Ski Team.  If she completes just one season as a Min-Aqua Bat, then I won't care what she does. She can become a drug addict for all I care, or if I'm being greedy, a dealer - as that at least shows a little hustle and entrepreneurism. But a Minocqua Bat first....k, Mace? #compromise

Everyone knows we're sisters but only few know we're twins. 

Macy and her baby cousin, Roman, who she for the most part, didn't like.
Whenever I held him she'd scream, throw herself at my feet, and cry "MY momma". 
It was very dramatic but great for my self esteem.

Grandma.

Breakfast downtown.  I broke out my 99 Problems script after months dormancy while Macy doctored up her water with various jelly tubs and sugar packets. Other restaurant patrons seemed to judge me from not intervening in Macy's culinary process but I met their judging looks with mine own that said "as long as she's being quiet I don't give a fuck."  


Chillin.

My brother's family. A very strange family but a family nonetheless.

Sibling boat ride.  I'm sure my Grandpa is fondly looking down from heaven thinking "those kids are a hot mess" which, guilty as charged, but I'm sure he also finds our love for the house flattering as its essentially love for him, our childhood, and wanting to re-create the magic of Minocqua for our own kids. 


THE END


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7.17.2015

NSALE FOR THE WIN & I'M GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!

Introducing the "Nsale" - valley girl talk for Nordstrom's biggest sale of the year, apparently outpacing even their Black Friday sales figures.  Apparently this is a thing now - Black Friday in July. Ho ho ho hoes!

In related news, I'm furthering my education! I've decided to go back to school! Education is always something that's been supes important to me and I want to push myself to be the smartest I can be. It brings me great joy and pride to tell you that I've been accepted into Texas's #1 rated defensive driving school - Comedy Driving to be exact. It's not necessarily an elective program but an academic adventure I'm pursing nonetheless.

Anyway, I put together my Nsale picks while simultaneously learning about things like Automatic Brake Systems. 

Have a great weekend everyone! I'm up north in Minocqua, WI for a mini-vacay. It's been amazing - I bought cheese curds and Spotted Cow beer when at the grocery store. Apparently you can take the girl out of Wisconsin but not the Wisconsin out of the girl. Now shoppity, shoppity! 


-The NSALE according to Megan-

7.13.2015

A HANGOVER RELIEF SERVICE NEAR YOU

Today's topic of "hangover relief services" is especially dear to my heart, rolling off my cousin Kimmy's bachelorette party this weekend. 


in the process of creating hangovers


The concept of these hangover relief trailers is something I discussed at length with the girls at the bachlorette party, as well as with my interns who helped put this post together. The general consensus seemed to be 50/50; some girls having concerns about the legitimacy of these trailers, others, like myself, welcoming the ideology with open arms (or veins rather) and would do it in a heartbeat if my hangover was intense enough to warrant the price of a hundo+.

Medically speaking, the idea is that oral intake of fluids and vitamins only have an absorption rate of 50 to 60%, while IV hydration is 100% and therefore can replenish the needed fluids and electrolytes immediately, making you feel better. (source here.)


So without further ado, find the hangover relief service nearest you. 

They claim to cure your hangover in less than 45 min and they use small pediatric IVs & numbing medicine to make the process very comfortable.. Prices range from $159-$259.


Rolling Revival  - AUSTIN
Rolling Revival specializes in treating groups (bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, etc.) so it looks like you have to pre-book them. Prices range from $119-$139.



The Hangover Club  - NEW YORK CITY

The Jimmy Johns of the IV services world, The Hangover Club claims they can have a nurse come to you within 45 minutes of your order.



The I.V. Doc   - CHICAGO (& LA, SAN FRAN, PARK CITY, AND NYC)

I'm having drinks with friends tonight in Chicago, I'll call here today and have these folks stand by. Prices range from $150- $399


Lets light up the comment section this morning about this scintillating subject. 
-Has anyone ever done this? 
-Would you do this? 
-Why the f@%!  isn't there one these places in Houston?  
Talk amongst yourselves.


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