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Mom Jeans + Quick Trip to Fort Worth
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I have been wearing the heck out of these jeans. They are so comfortable, flattering and hold their shape even after several wears. They are a TRUE denim!

The good news, THEY ARE ON SALE RIGHT NOW for less than $40 with code EVERY20 (code expires on 5/23, so hurry and grab yourself a pair!)

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(Photos by Brittany Coffee Photography)

 

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Quick Trip to Fort Worth

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Lord have mercy, you guys. It was quite the eventful weekend. We woke up so early on Saturday morning and headed down to Fort Worth, Texas with our friends/family (framily?) Drew and Savanna, to hang out with our other friends (who also happen to be family). We didn’t really have much lined out besides tickets to watch Easton Corbin at Billy Bob’s and to squeeze in a bit of shopping + eating down at the stockyards.

Depending on who’s driving, it’s only about a 5ish hour drive to Ft. Worth from our doorstep – depending on how many times we need to stop to use the restrooms. 🤷🏼‍♀️ It’s kind of funny, we had to stop 3x on the way down and didn’t stop one single time on the way home (I think we were all really ready to get into our own beds; we were up for almost 24 hours Saturday!).

Well, anyways, on the way down, we make it about 20 minutes out from Ft. Worth when BOOM – a hawk smashes into our windshield while driving 80mph down the interstate. I shit you not; I thought we were all going to die. At first, I thought some jackass had dropped a brick from an overpass because it was SO loud. I’m not sure how that hawk didn’t end up going all the way through the windshield but the glass ended up staying intact long enough for us to get off of the interstate.

We were in luck because we were just a short drive from Grapevine, TX and they just so happen to have a Ford dealership in town (we were in JF’s Ford F250) and we were hoping they might be able to replace it. While driving to the dealership, the windshield was literally flexing in and out from the wind/pressure—we were just sure the glass was going to come crashing down.

The Ford dealership tells us that their service department doesn’t replace windshields and gave us a couple numbers to call. Of course, we’re all like, ‘Well, shit. It'll probably be Monday before we can get it fixed.’ But you see, home girl does not play like that. I was determined to find an auto glass company to come to the scene, no matter the price (I was that desperate). Luckily, after a few closed shops and unanswered phone calls, the nicest guy at Quality Auto Glass offered to make the drive from North Dallas to come fix it for us that Saturday afternoon. AND even more so luckily, it didn’t cost us a fortune.

To make a long story short, JF’s sister, Jessie, came and picked Savanna and I up so we could go ahead and get to the hotel to get around and hang out with everyone while JF and Drew waited to get the windshield replaced. No worries though -- they were able to Uber to the local Golf Galaxy, so their afternoon wasn't totally wasted!

It was only a few hours later and JF and Drew were on their way to Ft. Worth – and they made it in one piece! Geeze that was a long few hours anticipating their arrival.

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The rest of the evening was a blast and stress-free compared to the events that had taken place prior. We got to shop a bit, watch the longhorn "cattle drive" and enjoy a glass of wine while listening to live music at the historic downtown Ft. Worth Stockyards. Next thing I know, it's a few lemon drop shots, vodka waters and $40 at the local Whata-Burger later and its 4a Sunday morning.

We woke up Sunday and decided to all go eat brunch at Flipz Patio Grill. This place was SO cool! If you come across one, you gotta go! Then everyone decides to stop at the Tanger Outlet Mall on the way home. I was equal parts "yes I want to go" and "no I just wanna be home" lol. Either way, it was time well spent.

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Until next time,

Riss

What's In My Makeup Bag (Spring 2018)
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I’ve had a few requests on the ‘gram to share what beauty products I use + what my daily makeup routine looks like these days. Although my basic day-to-day routine RARELY changes (like, I’ve been using the same style of products for what feels like, furrever) I do love trying new products occasionally! With that being said, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but not much has changed since my last 'whats in my bag' post LOL I am a creature of habit and when I find products that work well with my (sometimes-finicky) skin, I like to stick with it.

 

The Base

I have been using and continue to use the IT Cosmetics line for my base coverage. I don’t like a lot of coverage, I prefer the ‘barely there’ look when it comes to the ‘foundation’ part of my routine. I have previously used the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream but have found my skin feels healthier + freer when I only use powder for coverage.

 

Eyes

As far as the eyes go, I tend to use bronzey and neutral colors to help my eyes stand out. I always feel like it’s harder for those with blue eyes to get their eyes to “pop” and not blend in with their face because they are considerably lighter than other eye colors. (Flashback to high school when heavy black eyeliner was all the rage 😩🤦🏼‍♀️)

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer - I have oily skin so this helps my eyeshadow stay in place — even after the gym! This is another tried + true go-to. 
  • Tartelette "Flirt" Eyeshadow palette
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude - This mascara (+ my lash serum) has changed the game for me. I accidentally found this mascara on an end cap at ULTA and didn't realize it was "waterproof" until after I had used it and couldn't figure out why I was having such a difficult time removing it LOL I have never bought a waterproof mascara on purpose in my entire life but I am actually LOVING this mascara! It lengthens + adds the perfect amount of curl to my lashes.
  • Nyx Eyeliner - I normally only wear eyeliner if I'm going out, but this brand is my go-to
  • Nyx Eyebrow Pencil - This has been a continuous beauty repurchase, I'd even say it is comparable to Anastasia Beverly Hills, but less expensive! 

 

Lips

My go-to's lately have been my standard red lippy and new to the crew, a 'plumping' lip gloss. I love a bold red lip and I really like that it has become a part of my signature look (I actually feel naked without it!).

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Have you tried these beauty products? What's in your makeup bag?

 

xx, Riss

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Slowing Down
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Lately I've been slowing down like a fine Canadian maple syrup. And let me tell you, it has been oh so good for my soul + overall well-being. I'm enjoying the longer almost-spring days and taking more nature walks/runs for distance, not speed. I'm enjoying my coffee more + the entire process from coffee bean to freshly brewed espresso.

To be honest with you, this winter has really gotten me down. Like full force SAD (seasonal affective disorder). But as with every season, they come and go. Here's what I've been up to + how I'm slowing down:

I stopped taking clients over at Rad Maverix Republic for a short bit and put all of my effort + energy into the ones who have already invested in me. No worries though! If you need my assistance, I'm back in biz

I joined the gym (again) and even started getting back into running. I have a very strong love / hate relationship with the gym. We go back and forth, fall in love, out of love, fight, bicker and everything in between like those couples you see on Facebook that are constantly "In a Relationship". (...BUT WAIT--I thought you were already in a relationship?!) Going at it with the idea of "I don't have to go balls to the wall, I can do this on my own terms" has significantly changed my outlook on physical activity. I was listening to a guided running audio from the Nike+ Running App and it was a 20 min recovery run featuring Bill Nye. One thing he said that really struck a chord with me: "some time is better than no time". Bill says this in regards to not stressing out about the numbers or the length of your exercises...He goes on to say, "it's better to squeeze 10 min of physical activity in a day rather than NO time a day."

Even though the weather in the Midwest is a bit chaotic + sometimes erratic I'm learning how to slow down and enjoy the many seasons we're being presented with each week. My closet has never been so confused or gotten such an exercise..."Okay, Merrissa, you wore shorts + a tank top yesterday and now you're reaching for a scarf and parka..."

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Cooking more meals at home and I'm actually not loathing it. I've never (iteration on the NEVER) been a fan of cooking. I blame it on my very literal personality. You see, when it comes to baking (which I LOVVVVE to do) it's pretty black and white in regards to what ingredients you need and how long you bake it for and at what temperature. Cooking on the other hand--there are SO many variables! And what if the "medium" flame on my stove isn't the same caliber as the flame used in the recipe I'm using? That gives me so much anxiety! So with that being said, I've been cooking more and trying new recipes. I'm up to like 4 or 5 dinner recipes that are really good + cowboy-approved! Woot. (If you're wondering: 1) enchiladas, 2) ziti, jalapeño popper chicken breasts, 3) spinach, parm linguine and 4) Parmesan crusted chicken strips. I'm going to share with you my parmesan crusted chicken strip recipe soon! YAY!)

I've been using a French press to make coffee and taking time every once in a good while to enjoy an (uninterrupted) afternoon espresso. One thing I have noticed with the American culture is we're always on the GO-GO-GO. If you're not busy or worn out, you're not working hard enough. I'm trying to break that workhorse tradition, because, well, "sanity".

I don't immediately reply to emails. Oh my goodness you guys. This shift in my day to day business has been a breath of fresh spring air. I have a note on the signature line of my emails that says something to the effect of, "Please allow 2 full business days for a response" and this has taken a lot of pressure off of feeling like I need to immediately respond to inquiries. 

Learning to slow down + enjoy my meals. This has been a biggie for me and honestly it is still a work in progress. I overheard someone once say, "Why are you eating so fast? There aren't any taste buds in your stomach". Like holy shit, you're so right. Why rush to shovel this apricot clafoutis down my throat instead of really enjoying each bite? With that being said, I try to not use my phone while eating meals. If I want to snap a photo of my meal and I don't have my standalone camera on me, then I'll snap a photo with my phone but thats all I'll do, no checking social media, or replying to emails/texts. Again, not every meal is like this but it is an effort of mine to have meals "device or social media free". 

 

That's it for today. Thanks for reading + keeping up with me. xx

Riss

PS - How do you feel about the traditional American mentality on work-work-work? Do you like it? Are you fighting it? Are you working to live? Or living to work?

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