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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Maverix Muse 001 - Top 5 Favorite Podcasts
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(Me titling this post as Maverix Muse 001 as if I'm 100% going to start a series. Had to laugh at myself on that one! We'll see!)

One thing I really cannot live without (at the moment) is listening to podcasts. I've been on the podcasts bandwagon for a couple of years and have listened to quite a wide range of topics + publishers. I'm going to share with you guys a few podcasts that I normally have playing in the background while I'm working, driving or cleaning house.

This is really going to bring to light how sporadic my interests + personalities are.

 

My Top 5 favorite Podcasts at the moment, in no particular order

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01 True Crime Garage

Mystery + Real Life Crime

This was the very first podcast that I ever listened too and boy did these 2 guys get me hooked. Nic and Captain, the 2 co-hosts of True Crime Garage, have an excellenteye for pointing out the details in mysterious and true crime cases. They are based out of Ohio, USA and typically take an episode to dissect a crime case that has gone unsolved; over the years they have started producing lengthier crime cases that span over 2 to 4 episodes. They do an awesome job at staying unbiased and laying out all of the facts and possible scenarios -- not to mention their uncanny playful banter back and forth is often laughable.

Check out this episode: The Vanishing Man, Part 1 and 2

 

 
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02 The Balanced Blonde

Spirituality + Wellness

A podcast by Jordan Younger, formerly known as The Blonde Vegan. Jordan shares her personal struggles + triumphs of overcoming the eating disorder, Orthorexia and how she went from a vegan diet to a no-label diet. She is also the author of Breaking Vegan and Soul on Fire Yoga eBook. Jordan likes to keep it real; from discussing the hurdles she has overcome to the trolls, she has had to face on the interwebs. She also likes to bring health + wellness experts onto her show who always bring a whealthof knowledge in all things wellness, branding, business + spirituality goodness.

Check out this episode: Ep. 6 ft. Rachel Mansfield - Food Blogging QUEEN + Jordan's Instagram BFF

 

 
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03 Join us in France

Travel 

This is my new favorite podcast! When I listen to this podcast, it takes me straight out of the beautiful Midwest and transplants me right into the heart of France. Join Us In France is a weekly podcast produced by Annie and Elyse where they share about all things travel, culture, art, food + traditions in France. They give us the ins & outs and the dos + don’ts of traveling and living in France. This podcast cures my inner lust for all things French and my inner Francophile.

Check out this episode: Champagne Region, Episode 11

 

 
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04 Straight Up with Stassi

Comedy + White Trash Television

When I need a good laugh this is my go-to. Although I don't consider Stassi Shroeder a comedian I do find her beliefs + life trials a bit comical. She has no filter and I thoroughly enjoy that because she often is saying what EVERYONE else in the room wants to say. This will likely be a podcast that you'll either love or hate depending on whether or not you're a fan of Stassi.

Check out this episode: Stassi's "Summer of Yes" with Kristen Doute and Brian Carter

 

 
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05 The Minimalists Podcast

Life + Wellness  

If you don't know about the Minimalists you have GOT to check them out. So inspiring, encouraging + motivating! This is a podcast produced by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus who get real + raw on how to live a meaningful life with less. Every single time I listen to an new episode I get re-inspired to go through all of my belongings and start chucking things! You might have noticed that I placed this under both the life AND wellness categories--a tidy home = mental wellness to me and this

Check out this episode: 068 | Overwhelm

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

TED Radio Hour
Letters from War
The Daily

 

So there you go, a small peek inside of my many personalities. A little bit of travel, minimalism, wellness, white trash television + to top it all off... a bit of true crime. I’d like to say I’m pretty well rounded.

 

Are you on the podcast bandwagon? Which one(s) are you currently loving?

 

xx,

Riss

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Making Life Easier
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Taking one step at a time makes life much easier to navigate rather than always looking at the big picture.

These last few weeks I have been feeling extremely exhausted and overwhelmed. My agenda has been packed to the brim and life has been nothing short of slightly-organized-chaos to say the least.

I want to shed a little bit of light on owning your own biz and then we'll get right into today’s post 😃 (I'll try to keep this short + sweet. Edited to add — I definitely do not keep this sweet + short.)

It is very obvious that society glamorizes entrepreneurship and portrays small business ownership as always being aesthetically pleasing desks, brunch + champagne on a Wednesday morning with your gal pals and ultimately the most freeing endeavor you could ever take on. This is not the whole truth. ESPECIALLY, if / when you hold a full time corporate job AND run a full time business.

We know there are always two sides to the coin and although I will not get into every detail (that can be left for another day, another blog post), I'll just say this: owning + operating your very own business is extremely demanding and often resembles emotions that follow the tracks of a roller-coaster. It is HARD, it is NOT always glamorous and some days you will question, why the hell you even started said business in the first place.

This ^^ tidbit leads me to part 2 of this post.

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Last week I was having a legitimate pity party; really feeling sorry for myself. My phone would NOT stop buzzing from the moment I woke up to the time I laid down in bed. I was on the verge of being completely over it. Then one of my clients said some very kind words that shattered every ill feeling I had brewed up in my head in regards to my business. It was just what I needed just when I needed it. I think this is what they call as the beginning stages of “small business burn out”.

**please note: this post is not directed toward any of my clients! This post is about ME. I have been incredibly lucky to have such awesome + inspiring + caring clients who 9/10 become real-life friends. 

This is going to be a really ramble-y post so please bare with me if you haven’t already checked out!

Last Wednesday a few local small biz owners and I met at The Yoke Bar and Grill in downtown Coffeyville for a work night. We set up camp with our laptops and agendas / to-do lists in tow. One of the ladies that joined us is getting ready to start an online boutique and is in the midst of transitioning from a blog to an ecommerce site. We were just chatting and kind of outlining her next steps to prep for her launch. <— Business strategy + start up is something that really lights my ass up. I love + crave it.

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It was in those conversations that I had a revelation. I used to blog "just for fun" and because I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, it seems as if, when I felt like I *had* to blog or *had* to produce content is when it took all of the fun out of it. I completely recluse’d from the blogging scene because it didn't feel natural to me anymore--it always felt as if I need to have some kind of angle to every post. I don’t like that. Sometimes I just want to jump on and tell you guys how my week is going, the fun that I’m up to, or hell, even the stress I’m feeling and how I’m coping. I want to share about all of my woo-woo ideas and metaphysical obsessions. Sometimes, though, I just want to share things that are superficial, like the products I’m currently loving, the ULTA haul that cost me damn near a mortgage, flea market finds and all of that good rot. Now that I have Rad Maverix Republic (for all things biz development), I’m really hoping to get back to the roots of Rad Maverix, a life + style blog.

I wish I could explain in words how many blog posts I have started, just to be left in "draft". And how many video's I've recorded just to be left on my camera or half-ass edited in iMovie. I've been in a mega funk about blogging and I don't know how to explain it.

I have failed several times and I expect and plan to continue failing because honestly that’s how I learn. Failing helps me identify what I suck at, it helps me figure out a new plan but also helps me further identify my strengths. And obviously “GRACEFULLY HANDLING IT ALL” is not one of my strengths at the moment. You live, you learn + then you do better.

Another note. Which may come to your surprise. I don’t like being the center of attention and I don't like people looking at me. As a matter of fact, I loath the thought of being in the spotlight. And although I love to document what I’m up to, events I’m attending and new adventures I’m exploring – I do NOT like asking people (most of the time it's JF) to take my photo. And 90% of the time when I’m doing ^^ said “life” things, I love being in the moment and honestly...documenting for the sake of social media is not really on my mind. I have faced many hardships that most people don’t know about and I have (luckily) learned to appreciate and enjoy every moment on this beautiful earth. So I still need to learn that sweet spot of documenting but still living in the moment.

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With my schedule + sanity as it is, I can in no way, shape or form, promise a regular schedule of blog posts. I'm going to try and get on here and just write what’s on my mind, what I'm up to, what I'm obsessing over, maybe an occasional #ootd and all of the chaos that’s happening at the Rad Maverix HQ. And you know what, to be completely honest with you, after giving this a shot I might come to find that blogging doesn’t really serve me anymore. And if that’s the case, that’s okay too! No need to force something that doesn’t add value to my life or those around me. 

 

That’s it for today I think I’ve rambled on enough. Thanks for reading and following my journey.

If you're a long time blog “follower” &/or a member of the Rad Maverix Lifestyle FB Group, I have good news.

But I’m not announcing until next week. 😁

 

Xx, Riss

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Style Obsession: The Camel Coat
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I can't get over the sea of camel coats this season. So classy, so chic and such a breath of fresh air. The best part about the camel coat? They are effortlessly chic, versatile + oh so flattering. Most have buttons or wraps that tie right around the waist, accentuatingthe waist line. When it comes to versatility, you can use the camel coat to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans or throw over a slip dress, the possibilities are endless. If you're in to curating a "capsule" wardrobe, this should definitely be on your list!

I bought this one few months ago and it has been my go-to all winter long, I see myself owning this for years to come. 

 

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Currently lusting over these classic camel coats

 

What do you think about the camel coat? Yay or Nay?
What's your favorite way to wear yours?

 

xx, Riss

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OOTD - Finally Not Wearing All Black

While I was in Vegas last month I got to meet up with one of my good friends, Tyler Bicknell, owner over at Tyler Bicknell Photography. After a night of partying at the South Point, we hopped in an Uber and set up camp at the Springs Preserver for a (super) quick photo shoot! 

I wore this outfit on our "chill" day where we chowed down on Mexican food and mimosas, meandered Cowboy Christmas and then later that evening watched the NFR at the Thomas & Mack. Although I don't typically wear a lot of contrasting colors at once, I am really loving the contrast of these unlikely pairs, camo, burnt orange + maroon. I really love how the maroon velvet heels added a splash of color I didn't know I needed. I got a lot of compliments on these heels! Really love how versatile they can be. I'm really envisioning wearing these with a black dress + black leather jacket. ;)

Also really loving the embroidered detail on the back of this slouchy burnt orange cardigan, adds a bit of flare without being "too much". (Okay, who am I kidding? I'm *always* too much.) You can kind of see by these photos that this is a super slouchy / over-sized sweater with a subtle bishop sleeve. 

Can we talk about these jeans for a sec? I have been living in them lately. They are a true denim and a relaxed boyfriend style fit. I bought these at The Painted Buffalo Boutique in downtown Coffeyville, KS last month and they're either on my body or in the dirty clothes basket.

 

Photos by Tyler Bicknell Photography

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How do you like to step out of your comfort zone and add a touch of flare?

 

Until next time, Riss

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VEGAS: We Came, We Saw + We Conquered
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Phew. What a whirlwind of a trip. Our annual outings to Las Vegas are always fun yet exhausting yet exciting yet tiring. As much as I love hitting the tarmac to Sin City I always equally, if not more, love hopping on that homebound flight. (This feels like a trend...I guess that’s what happens when you love to travel but are also a homebody!)

We landed in Vegas on Saturday, Dec 9th and kind of just chilled at the Casino for a bit. We always stay at the Golden Nugget mostly because we love that old school / classy style of Las Vegas and also because this is where JF’s family has traditionally stayed over the last several decades. Saturday night we hung out for a bit, gambled…ate…drank…this is a common theme for this trip… Eventually we headed to the South Point to hang out with some friends and watch the Aaron Watson concert. 

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*Spray tan coming in clutch*

*Spray tan coming in clutch*

We didn’t get too wild Saturday night because I had a mini photoshoot with my good friend Tyler Bicknell (owner over at Tyler Bicknell Photography) Sunday morning.

When I say 7a came early, it came FREAKIN’ EARLY. Tyler met me at the Nugget and we jumped in an Uber to the nearest scenic place we could google, Springs Preserve.

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We walk in and start taking photos as if nothing is wrong besides the fact that I had not had any coffee yet. We get to the ticket window where we are kindly informed that professional photog’s are not allowed to shoot on the property without approval from the Spring Preserve’s Supervisor…………

*crickets*

So we turn around and walk towards the public street where we decided we’d just catch a few more shots on the way out and call it good. Then we see a security guard zoom by on his golf cart as if he were looking for 2 trespassers 😅. We were conveniently hidden in-between bushes / trees. LOL BUT I HAD TO GET IN JUST ONE MORE OUTFIT BUT THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE TO CHANGE. So we hop in the nearest elevator, I changed my clothes and I’m pretty sure Tyler saw more of me than she wanted to that morning.

We make it a quick shoot and get an Uber back to our hotels. Tyler had another shoot at the Miss Rodeo pageant and my group was heading to Cowboy Christmas to do some shopping. (When in reality all we shopped for was alcoholic drinks.)

Later that night we went to the Thomas & Mack to watch the NFR and then to Caesars Palace where I enjoyed a $19 (nineteen) mimosa; And I thought $11 was outrageous in the ATL! The gang gambled and I continued to get massages while sitting and watching JF play blackjack. When I started dozing off at the card table I decided it was time to hit the sack. 

Monday rolls around and it is the same story, gamble, eat, drink. However, the fun part started at dinner where I got to meet up with an old college friend, Kristina. I may or may not have talked her into going out to a bar and drinking one too many lemon drop shots …when she obviously had to be at work the next morning.

We started the night at the Golden Steer Steakhouse; it was good, although I must say the atmosphere and the service made the experience fun. And WE ended the night at the “western” bar, Gilley’s, inside of the Treasure Island. There was a lot of fun to be had, and honey, WE HAD IT.

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It was the next morning that I would swear I would *never drink again* for the 10,000th time in my life.

We eventually packed our bags and got the heck out of dodge and back to God’s country.

 

 

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Until next time,

Riss

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A Guide To Staying Rad During the Holidaze
Staying Rad During the Holidaze

My Christmas tree has been up for 3 weeks and I’ve been blaring Christmas music since November 1st.

You know, its kinda funny because I’m actually the type of person that waits to put their Christmas tree up last minute. But truth be told, I’m taking a different approach to the holiday season this year. Although the happiest time of the year, it is also the busiest time and I know my schedule picks up significantly after the middle of November. So putting up the Christmas tree when the time suited me was the perfect choice this year. Plus I get to enjoy the lights + cheer a bit longer than most.

(And no, it doesn't mean I'm trying to skip Thanksgiving.)

A few of my intentions this holiday season:

  • Prep + plan. No waiting until December 24th to stress out and start my Christmas shopping. As I mentioned above, I'm completing my holiday check list as time suits me. 

  • Be present in all family functions, this is an ongoing goal of mine. Put the damn phone down, chat with family + friends, get to know your family on a deeper level.

  • Give back more. A few weeks ago I did some work for one of my clients, Shelbie, owner over at ShelbieLFitness.com. She overpaid her invoice by 35% to show her gratitude for me and all I've done for her these last few months. At that moment I decided to take that extra $ and give back to a charity this holiday season. (#radgirltip: if money is a bit tight this year but you still want to give back, donate your time!)

  • Daily gratitude. Reflecting on the day I had and jotting down the small things that made me happy or grateful. (I included a 2 pg gratitude journal in the guide to staying rad during the holidaze!)

I hope to sip my coffee (+ hot cocoa!) a little slower and enjoy the smallest of joys this Christmas.

What are your intentions + desires this holiday season? If you're like me and wanting to make the best of it, download my short guide to surviving the holidaze! Make sure and catch up with us in the Rad Maverix Lifestyle Facebook group and let us know what you're up to and how you're staying rad this holiday season. 

 

PS - ShelbieLFitness and I have collaborated on a small giving back project this year.

You can purchase the tee below for $30 and 100% of the proceeds will be given to families in need this holiday season.

this is a pre-sale and if you order by sunday, december 3rd, you can score free shipping by using code "freeship".

 

xx,

Riss

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Chief Of The Teepee: Brittany Coffee Parker, Photographer
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Hi guys. Today’s Chief has a VERY special place in my heart and in my life. Brittany and I met last year and although we have only known each other a short period of time, it feels like we have been lifelong friends. Not only on a friends’ level but on a business level too. She is the best at helping to bounce idea’s and is always willing to offer genuine and honest feedback. She is the most humble + talented person I know.


Editors Note:

I've been holding onto this Interview for quite some time. I want to use this platform to help promote Brittany's new book, Tales & Traditions: The Steadfast Faces of Agriculture. Brittany has poured every ounce of her being into the making of this book and I am incredibly proud that she has allowed me to be such a small part of it.

The skinny on Tales & Traditions: Brittany interviewed + photographed several ranches and farms in the beautiful Midwest. She is hoping to shed some light and share the stories of those who are most often over looked in a hustling and bustling society. If you feel so inclined, please check out Brittany's website. She has blogged about each story; providing us with sneak peeks + snippets of what is to come in her new book, Tales & Traditions: The Steadfast Faces of Agriculture.


1. Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. I am Brittany Coffee (now she is Mrs. Brittany Coffee Parker) and I call Gentry, Arkansas home. A fun fact or two...I showed cattle + ride horses but I'm terrified of chickens. Weird, I know. Also- somehow I've managed to never have a broken bone but I am probably the clumsiest person you'll ever meet. 

2. Where did the inspiration behind your business come from? How did it begin? When I started my business at 16 I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew I loved taking pictures. The idea of capturing moments + memories forever is probably my biggest inspiration. Photos are history + tell stories. That's so important to me. Throughout college my business grew + eventually became my full-time career. I always said I didn't want photography to be my career but now that it is I can't imagine doing anything else. 

3. What is the best part about being the BOSS? The best part about being my own boss is being able to make my own hours. If I want to have a long lunch break I can, if I want to take the morning off I can. I have these privileges but I don't abuse them. I know there is work to be done + always see that it gets done. 

These things I never thought I was capable of, I am doing every day, wholeheartedly.
— Brittany Coffee Parker
Brittany Coffee Parker
Brittany Coffee Parker

4. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? I am a passionate person by nature so I can't help but pursue my passions. For me to be able to combine my love of agriculture + photography into my Tales & Traditions project is a dream come true. In the sense that I never thought I would be writing a book, or having photos publish or running my own business for that matter. These things I never thought I was capable of, I am doing every day, wholeheartedly. I have such a phenomenal support system + having their support pushes me to be my best + work hard. 

Photo by Megan Frazier Photography

Photo by Megan Frazier Photography

5. What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting their journey? It's hard work, such hard work. Things will go wrong but things will also go right. It's crucial to stay positive, self-disciplined + fresh. It's so important to try new things, step out of your comfort zone + never stop working. Set goals, long term + short term, + work toward them every day. 

6. What are your hidden superpowers? I make a mean salsa; I can iron jeans with the best of them + my ability to laugh loudly at the worst possible times is out of this world. 

7. What is your favorite quote?

"I figure if a girl wants to be a legend she should go ahead and be one" - Calamity Jane

"I hate rude behavior in a man, I won't tolerate it" - Captain Call in Lonesome Dove

8. What is bliss to you? Bliss is so many different things to me. Laughing on the front porch, jam sessions with all of the windows open, being surrounded by the people I love most, the feeling of finishing a good book, getting my fingers dirty from spring flowers, a good ride on my horse, a long walk with my pup, a fresh conversation with someone I look up to, camping, seeing new places. Bliss is laughing, reminiscing and telling good stories. 

9. If you could meet anyone for champagne, who would it be and where would you meet? I don't know that Chris LeDoux would drink champagne but I would've like to meet him somewhere at a rodeo I'm sure. Maybe Louis Serpa, the first female rodeo photographer, but she preferred tequila to champagne, again probably meet at a rodeo somewhere. 

10. What do you like to do in your "free" time? In my free time I like to do all of those things I listed that are blissful to me. I like to read a good book, surround myself with happy people, the people I love most. Sometimes that means being at the roping pen, a family function, camping on the river, or on the porch drinking a beer.

 
 

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Dining: Samantha's - Bartlesville, Okla

It’s the perfect blend of a southern steakhouse and a chic Parisian bistro. We sat outside by a prominent fireplace, under a canopy, a string of porch lights and soft-playing music. We were in Oklahoma but the atmosphere felt like a quaint café in Paris. The vibe was just right.

Rad Maverix - Samantha's Bartlesville, OK
Rad Maverix - Samantha's Bartlesville, OK

We started the evening off with mimosas, martinis and an appetizer of roasted red pepper hummus, toasted crostini’s (warm toast for the simple folk), celery + carrots. The hummus was not your typical store-bought bean dip. It was creamy with bits of red pepper and drizzles of oil for good measure. The hummus appetizer was quite a bit of food, I’d say it could suit 4-5 people but the two of us pretty much devoured it. Other appetizers on Samantha’s menu that I would like to try sometime include their crab cakes, bacon wrapped jalapeños and the bruschetta…because #carbs.

After a couple of drinks and demolishing the appetizer we were feeling a bit full so we decided to share an entree. The special Friday night was a ribeye topped with grilled shrimp and sides of roasted veggies and garlic + rosemary potatoes. I was actually blown away by the quality of the meat and seafood. We asked for a medium rare cooked steak and if you eat meat / steak, you’ve probably witnessed that not all medium-rare steaks are the same. However, this one was cooked perfectly with a warm red center.

We finished the evening with good conversation and a Crème brûlée. 

Samantha's is a great place to host dinner parties or grab a light lunch. They have a variety of sitting areas ranging from under a gazebo, on the deck, at the bar or your traditional indoor seating. Next time you're looking for a place to host a celebration make sure to check Samantha's out! 

Rad Maverix - Samantha's Bartlesville, OK
Rad Maverix - Samantha's Bartlesville, OK

 

 

Samantha's is located in Downtown Bartlesville on the corner of 4th and Shawnee.

 

Make a Reservation

TELEPHONE

918.876.1591

HOURS

LUNCH: Tuesday - Friday, 11a - 2p

DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday, 5p - ?

 

Until next time.

 

xx, Riss

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Seagrove Beach, FL Recap
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As much as I love traveling I always love pulling into the driveway of our home after a week of exploring just as much...if not more. Last week we flew down to Florida to celebrate the wedding of JF’s sister and new brother-in-law. The wedding was beyond picture perfect, with a light breeze and the beautiful gulf shores behind the ceremony; it really could have been something straight out of a fairy-tale.

We flew out at 6am.

This is what happens when you ask your significant other what time they’d prefer to fly out and you get no response or… “I don’t care”. You book the earliest flight available and start vacation at the crack ass of dawn.

We decided to get a hotel room at the Hardrock and head down to Tulsa the night before our flight so we wouldn’t have to drive as far in the morning to get to the TUL INT’L Airport. 3:15am came mighty early. So there we were, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed leaving our vehicle at the airport valet because…who wants to walk 2 miles at 4:30 in the morning with 50+ lbs of luggage. While checking our bags, the receptionist gladly informed us that our luggage was 6 lbs overweight and we would need to pay an add’l $100 for the extra 6 lbs…………….

There I was, chucking clothes into my carryon bag like I was robbing a bank. Of course you feel like everyone in line is staring and judging like ‘omg, is this their first time flying’. LOL, no Gerald, I just like to be prepared—who knows if I’ll want to wear a cute romper or yoga pants on Sunday? 

After making it through security we run to the nearest coffee shop and I scarf down a bagel, fresh fruit cup and a large black coffee—don’t judge me, I like my coffee like I like my clothes—blacker than black.

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We arrive in the ATL and have a couple of hours to spare before our next flight so we hit up the TGIFriday’s and grab a couple appetizers and mimosas. If you ever want to try an $11 mimosa, go to TGIFriday’s. That shit better have been Cristal.

Sooner or later we arrive at the Panama City Airport, the tiniest airport I’ve ever seen. I think there were only like 4 terminals. I call for an Uber and we enjoy one more adult beverage—because #vaca. We finally arrive at the house we’re staying at and literally all I wanted to do is sleep. The house we stayed in was a 3 story home with 3 different units. It was beautiful, the top floor was it's own unit and the bottom and second floor were both split level units; all 3 units had their own kitchens / full bathrooms and entry doors. 

We waited for a few people to fly in and just hung out on the deck and caught up with old friends. 

Come Friday morning we got up, some walked down to the beach to watch the dolphins and others enjoyed the plush pillows + soft sheets. 

The guys made a liquor run and the girls all headed down to the beach to catch some rays. It was the perfect afternoon; friends, pina colada's and mexican food on the beach. 

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That evening we had the rehearsal dinner and the groom's family rental. This home was literally something out of an HGTV magazine. It was a modern home with a slight touche of Joanna + Chip.

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Saturday morning comes and all of the bridesmaids shack up in the Bride's room to get hair & makeup done. Of course we snacked on cheese + fruit platters and sipped on Mimosa's.

When I tell you Jessie looked like a Model out of the Oklahoma Bridal Magazine— I am not exaggerating in the least bit. She looked absolutely stunning. So did the entire bridal party; what a great looking group of people 😉

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After the wedding ceremony + photos, we all headed back up to the house where we held the reception / after party. We had Nick N' Jim's BBQ and all kinds of adult beverages on tap. 

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I don't think Jessie + Billy could have picked a better location. Everything about their wedding was beautiful and magical in the most simplest of terms. 

Photo by Sarah &amp; Paul Photography

Photo by Sarah & Paul Photography

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Photo by Sarah & Paul Photography 

Day 4 rolls around and the guys (graciously) woke up early to pick up the decorations and clean up a bit. I considered this our 'chill day', all of the anxiety and worrisome of pulling off a destination wedding was finally lifted off of everyone's shoulders. We all sat on the beach, soaked up the sun and enjoyed each others company.

Sunday night we went out to dinner at 723 Whiskey Bravo; I think there were nearly 30 of us so they sat us all in our own little room. The food was so good. We ordered fried mac and cheese sticks with a chipotle aioli sauce and a smoked gouda cheese dip topped with ground beef and tortilla chips for appetizers. I ordered the shrimp pasta + JF ordered the filet. It was all so so good. 

We hit the sack at a decent time Sunday evening because our flight left Panama City at 9:45 the next morning and that was at least a 40 min drive from the house. I could barely sleep Sunday night because I was so scared we wouldn't be able to find an Uber at 7am. Luckily we did! 

Our friends, Bekah, her husband Cody and Shannon were on the same flights back home so when our first flight landed in the ATL, we stopped at the Carrabba's and had a bite to eat to pass time until our next flight to Tulsa.

We make it to Bartlesville to pick up the dogs from Grandma's house and we finally opened the gates to our house about 6p. It felt so good to be home. I lit ALL of my fall-scented candles, jumped in my chair, cuddled with my dogs and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I am already looking at my calendar and trying to figure out when I can get back to Seagrove Beach. I'm hoping Jessie takes us on their anniversary trip next year 😉

 

Until next time.

xx

Riss

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