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Instant Yo Pro

Once a year I get the obsessive compulsive urge to spring clean my wardrobe. This year I went a little nuts and I am getting rid of three trash bags + one smaller bag full of clothes. I felt like I was borderline hoarding with the way my closet/dresser was jam packed full of clothes. Initially I was disgusted with myself. I cannot believe I have THAT many clothes. And that I could get rid of that many clothes and my closet is still full!

However, some good came out of this endeavor. I found some hidden gems that I had totally forgotten about. Like these Rag & Bone Bradford Brogue Oxfords that I bought a year ago and have never worn.

So I dug these bad boys out of my closet and was determined to wear them ASAP. I figured work was the best excuse. So I paired it with some black jolt skinnies, my lush sheer sleeveless tunic and my Club Monaco blazer. Thus was born my dapper yo pro outfit. (For those of you who don’t know, yo pro = young professional.)

This isn’t a look I typically rock. So I felt a little out of my comfort zone but it’s always good to push yourself. Plus it totally paid off. I got tons of compliments. Someone even said that it would have been a disservice to humanity if I didn’t take a picture of it.

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Since I’ve Been Gone: The Offbeat Empire Reception

Ok, so it’s been wayyyy to long since I’ve blogged. I know I’m sorry. But life happens fast and I’ve been way to busy lately to spend time on the internets. But I miss it! So one of my new year’s resolutions is to blog more. So here we go.

Seattle. Geek Girl Con. Offbeat Empire Reception Party. I know this happened 1000 years ago by now. But it was to amazing to pass up. So let’s talk about this.

The Offbeat Empire gals

Geek girl con is an organization and convention celebrating the female geek. The Offbeat Empire gals were hosting a panel (and a party!!) so I tagged along with Megan.

The party was UH-MAZING! I mean there were appetizers, cupcakes, burlesque dancers, a photo-booth, Karaoke and the amazing Jonas Seaman documented the entire event. This dude is SUCH a good photographer he makes me want to throw in the towel and never take a photo again.

Photo by Jonas Seaman

Obviously the party was the most important part of our weekend. So Megan and I spent a lot of time planning our outfits. A few days before we left I found a white lace dress at Urban Outfitters that I loved. However, once we actually got to Seattle I felt like my outfit was super boring. So Megan suggested I try wearing her new corset over the dress. I tried it on and BOOM. It looked amazing. Megan, my least fashion-minded, forward OR concerned friend totally styled me.

My favorite part of the night was the karaoke. Karaoke has recently become one of my favorite past times. I LOVE it. If I could I would be on stage all night (which may or may not have actually happened on my birthday this year.) So Garrett and I sang “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.

But the absolute highlight of the night was when Megan belted out an awesome rendition of Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You.” Megan rocked it so HARD. The song was stuck in my head for the next two weeks. The offbeat empire gals and myself even got to be her back up dancers!

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RADVENT: December 7 — Playing

December 7

What were your favorite games as a child? What did you like to do with your classmates or the neighborhood kids? How did that affect the person you grew to become?

I’m pretty sure that my sister and I were the most active children ever. That’s probably why we were the only kids who actually napped during nap time (which seriously concerned our teachers). I just loved to play outside. Whether it was climbing trees, building forts, playing house or just running around pretending to be power rangers. I had a vivid imagination.

Hiking around Yosemite with the family

I don’t know what games we specifically played, but we loved going on adventures or pretending that our parents died in a plane crash and us kids had to survive in the wilderness. Of course this involved running around the hills/forests/parks/lakes that surrounded us.
Whitewater rafting -- We hit a huge rapid and fell out.

Our favorite place to play was the dirtiest, most disgusting, smelly swamp behind my friend Myeron’s house. We loved it because it was deep in a valley behind his house, and surrounded by a lush forest. Getting there was an adventure on its own. But because it was so secluded we could be as loud and ridiculous as we wanted. We dubbed this utopia “crap river.”

Even as an adult my appetite for adventure still rages on. I absolutely LOVE traveling, love being outdoors, experiencing new things, going new places and being generally silly. The only thing that’s really changed is the time I am able to do these things.

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RADVENT: December 6 — Adventuring

December 6

Abandon your to-do list and go somewhere else. Somewhere new. Somewhere you have wanted to explore. Bring a camera and take a picture to celebrate the moment when you abandoned anxiety and insecurity, embraced imagination and opportunity, and let life unfold.

I’m really not good at this. I lead a pretty busy life and don’t have a lot of free time. I always have a dozen things I need to do, at all times and never enough time to do it all. Sometimes, I feel like I can’t even keep up with my own life. But alas, I did it. For the sake of Radvent.

I forgot about my to-do list and all responsibilities (literally) and went to Malibu for Taco Tuesday with some co-workers. I won’t go into all the details, but I will say this. I had a BLAST, which required two days to recover so that I could catch myself back up. It was so fun and completely worth it.


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RADVENT: December Four — Forgiveness


It’s hard to come out of a place of resentment, and it takes practice (just like everything). Practice forgiving about small, everyday things. You can always non-forgive later. Who and what are you ready to let go of resentment toward?

This one is kind of hard for me. I think it’s almost impossible for me to hate someone. I’m not just saying that either. I’m very quick to forgive and I don’t hold grudges, even when people really screw me over. Continue reading “RADVENT: December Four — Forgiveness”

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RADVENT: December Three — Writing

I skipped day two.


Write a letter of love to yourself to read in one year.

Dear Coco,

Let’s just get this out of the way, I love you… at least I do most of the time. (You know I’ve never been very good with commitment.) Please stop being so hard on yourself. You’re a good person, you work hard, you have goals and you’re going somewhere. Continue reading “RADVENT: December Three — Writing”