Recipe: Simple Dark Chocolate Truffles
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The older I get the odder my cravings get. For instance, I really never loved or appreciated dark chocolate and now I've gotten to a point where I can appreciate the deep + sharp taste of a high quality dark chocolate. So that got me thinking -- what sweet treat can I make at home that isn't too hard (because #lazy) and incorporates dark choc?

A quick google search led me to a Simply Luxurious Life recipe by Shannon Ables. I've been following Shannon for a few years and absolutely adore her and her outlook on life. In fact, we share quite similar views in regard to quality over quantity, cultivating a live well lived + celebrating the ordinary day-to-day life. I have to laugh a bit because when I started following along Shannon's journey, I kept having those "YASSSS GIRL, YASSSSS" moments and relating so much to her stories and views.

One of these takes me back a few years. You see, I really like champagne, like I thoroughly enjoy drinking glass of crisp champagne. When I would order a glass of bubbly it seemed like I would get questioned quite a bit, "Whats the big celebration?" or "What are we celebrating". My answer is always, "Isn't everyday life a celebration?".

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So back to the recipe: Through navigating the corporate world, my businesses, and life itself,  I have come to realize I am very much so an efficiency freak. I like things simple, streamlined and the lesser the hassle the better. Is it the Virgo in me?

If something requires too many steps or too many ingredients — you can *literally* count me out.

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With that being said, I have adapted this recipe from Shannon, I aim to take absolutely zero credit for the delicacy that follows.

 

What you need:

  • 7ounces dark chocolate (I just bought two 3.5oz bars from the local walmarts)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream1 tbsp honey or agave
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3-5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 

 

What to do:

  1. Chop up the dark chocolate and place in a medium bowl; set aside
  2. In a saucepan, pour heavy cream and honey, stir on low heat just until you reach a boil and quickly pour 1/3 of the mixture into the chopped dark chocolate bowl. Working quickly with a silicone spatula to fold and melt dark chocolate. Mix until you get a smooth and glossy finish. Gradually add the remaining cream mixture ensuring the emulsion remains until the chocolate has completely melted and smooth. This mixture is what they call ganache. 🙂
  3. Immediately add the room temperature butter to the warm chocolate mixture + allow the butter to melt completely; folding and incorporating itself with the chocolate until smooth.
  4. Set aside and allow to cool until room temperature; cover with saran wrap and let set for several hours. If you're in a hurry you can place in the freezer for 10-15 min!
  5. Grab an ice cream scoop or melon baller and scoop 1 inch balls of ganache and roll between your palms into smooth truffle-like balls.
  6. Dust with cocoa powder
  7. Serve at room temperature + enjoy!


Magic Maverix Tip: Lightly cover your hands with unsweetened cocoa powder before rolling the ganache to help prevent it from sticking to your hands!

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What’s your favorite indulgence? How do you celebrate the ordinary everyday life? 

 

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

Riss

Maverix Muse 002 — Things I’m Loving Lately

Hi — Happy almost September! Where the heck has this year gone? Feels like just yesterday I was hungover from NYE festivities. #kiddingaround 

Anyways — we are heading down to the lake this weekend but wanted to share with you things I'm really loving lately. This could be anything from hair/face products, experiences, white trash TV, sweet treats &/or all of the above. So I pretty much recapped the entire blog post in one sentence, keep reading if you're still interested. LOL

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01 This Patriotic Sweet Treat — I'm a fool for anything sweet; especially fruit tarts with a dollop of homemade vanilla ice cream on top. The ingredient list isn't a mile long either so I'm going to give it a try. Any one else decide on whether or not you're going to try a recipe based on the amount of ingredients listed and whether or not a grocery store trip is required?

Speaking of sweet treats! I was craving chocolate cake the other night but only wanted to bake up a single serving. I found a really good recipe but revised it a bit:

Low quality photo provided by Merrissa

Low quality photo provided by Merrissa

Mix WELL in a small bowl:

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1 tbsp whole milk or almond milk

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • Tiny pinch of salt

  • Optional: sprinkle of powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream


Make sure you mix REALLY well, the egg should be blended so well that its not stringy.

Add batter to a large coffee mug that has been sprayed (well) with PAM or greased with real butter.

Microwave for 1 min 30 sec (will depend on the power of your microwave but this is what worked for me -- the top should not be wet to the touch)

Flip coffee mug over on small plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar, even add a scoop of ice cream!

DELICIOUS AND COWBOY APPROVED


02 Group Fitness Classes — Last month Katelyn, owner of Sparrow Fitness LLC, started hosting workout classes in Downtown Coffeyville and let me tell you, I'm digging it. I even convinced a couple friends to join in on the torturefun so the accountability has really helped me ditch the snooze button. A few details on the classes if you're local and want to give it a try!

If you'd like to get more details on these fitness classes, check out this post!

Photo by Katelyn Haley Osborn

Photo by Katelyn Haley Osborn

 

03 The Hills: New Beginnings — In case you haven't heard, they are bringing back the cast of The Hills and filming a reunion series. I am so damn excited about this but also like what the hell, LC -- you're too busy to join the cast this go around?! We miss you and your low-drama attitude! Lauren was my absolute favorite, which is kind of funny because she was JF's favorite too (apparently we have the same taste in women). It's also funny because I don't watch a whole lot of television and I keep teasing JF that I'm going to cancel our Dish Network contract because I never even get the remote 😉 But The Hill's - this is something we can both get on board with.

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Can we just talk about how stunning Audrina and Stephanie looked at the VMAs? Drool-worthy.

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04 Tea Tree Oil — THIS STUFF IS LIFE CHANGING.

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I know, it sounds crazy... why add more oil to an already oil-prone complexion? 🤷🏼‍♀️ This 100% pure tea tree oil has improved my skin tone so much! I have been extremely stressed the last month and the first place you can tell if I'm stressed--is my face. Which causes me more freaking stress because my face is broke out! It's finally calming down and getting back to "normal".

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I apply this tea tree oil all over my face and down to my decollete, after I wash/tone and before I apply my morning or nighttime moisturizer. If you've never used a tea tree oil just be prepared for the overwhelmingly stout smell. IT IS STRONG. If you have sensitive skin, I would recommend testing a small patch before applying to your entire face. Or even just use it as an all natural spot / blemish treatment.

Tea tree oil has many benefits!

  • contains healing properties for sores, scrapes + scratches, stings + bites

  • diffuse or dilute with water to freshen linens/towels

  • help fight dry scalp or dandruff

  • fights bacterial and fungal infections

  • the stout smell could also help with clearing your sinuses ;)


04 Verday Chlorophyll Water — If you're looking for a way to sneak in greens but don't like the taste of greens, this water is excellent. I could even see myself sprucing this up with a wedge of watermelon or strawberries and a shot or two of Tito's Vodka.

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What are YOU loving lately? Tell me below!  

 

Xx, Riss  

Local Fitness Classes (+ The Benefits)
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I've gotten quite a few q's about a new group fitness class I've been attending lately so I'm going to share with you all of the details in today's post! As seen on the ‘gram, last week I started going to a fitness class in downtown Coffeyville. These classes are hosted by Katelyn Osborn, owner + founder of Sparrow Fitness LLC. Katelyn holds certificates in both Personal Training and Fitness Nutrition and is also a fitness/physique competitor. (So  basically she knows her shit.)

The classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:15a and go for about 45min to an hour long. The time goes by SO fast and sometimes we do a quick 8 to 10 min cardio sesh after the workout class.

The way Katelyn has the classes set up is referred to as AMRAP (as many reps as possible) so these classes are literally for any level of fitness, beginner or expert! For instance, each class will consist of warm-ups and then AMRAP style workouts. Each workout will be a specific time 'working' and a specific time 'resting' (e.g. workout for 20 sec, rest for 10 sec, workout for 20, rest for 10 - for 3 rounds). The best part about this style of working out is not feeling like a failure LOL! For instance, I might only be able to get out 10 burpees but my girlfriend might be able to push out 12! You're so focused on what you're doing that you're not noticing what the ladies around you are accomplishing. What's that old saying...'i'm too focused watering my own grass to notice if yours is greener'.

Anyways, I'm seriously digging these classes so much; I was even able to convince a couple friends to join in on the fun so the accountability has really helped me ditch the snooze button.

A few benefits I've noticed from attending these classes:

  1. Accountability. Like I mentioned above, when you have friends meeting you at the fitness class it makes it harder to skip! They have helped me stay accountable + motivated to get my ass up!

  2. I don't have to think too hard about it. I fall in and out of love with the gym all of the time. I love going to the gym because I love the way it makes me feel afterwards. I hate going to the gym because most of the time I don't know what the hell I'm doing or how I need to structure my workouts to yield the best results! With this class being led by a lady who knows what she's doing, all I have to do is show up and put in the work. I don't have to think too hard about what exercise to do next!

  3. Doing it right. Katelyn is a huge advocate of ‘form over reps’. Making sure each person is going at their own pace and that their form is on point. She often expresses that it is much more important to do 5 GOOD squats rather than 10 halfass squats. She is there to guide you through the motions, celebrating and applauding when she sees you push through a set. So essentially it's like personal training without the cost of personal training. 😉

  4. It's actually fun. Yea sometimes I'm dirty cussing my alarm clock when it goes off at 4a but when I get to the class and see my girlfriends there I get pumped + excited to conquer the class. Plus it sets the mood for the rest of my day! By the time 3p rolls around I've actually forgotten that I had woken up at the ass crack of dawn and already put in the work!

A few details on the classes if you're local and want to give it a try!

The cost for each class is either $8 OR $4 + a donation; as outlined below.

  • 5:15a Monday - Upper Body (donation: a pair of socks)

  • 5:15a Wednesday - Plyo/Core (donation: women's sanitary product)

  • 5:15a Friday - Lower Body (donation: 5 Walmart type sacks)

If you're interested and want a buddy to go with, give me a shout!!


xx, Riss

Recipe: Parmesan Chicken Tenders
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Hello + Happy Tuesday! It’s been a while but I am excited to share a recipe with you today! I’m a big of fan of Cane’s chicken + fry sauce but since that’s at least an hour drive to the nearest fast food chain, I decided to try and mimic a similar recipe that I could easily whip up at home.

I was a bit skeptical trying this recipe because the chicken strips are coated in grated Parmesan cheese and I have been developing a weird intolerance to dairy products lately but I decided to take my chances and try it.

Like I mentioned, I was craving fry sauce (Cane's or Freddie’s or Braums — I’m not picky LOL) and I tried a recipe out to go with these chicken strips but it wasn't exactly right — otherwise I'd share that recipe too! It was a bit too mayo-y for my liking but I'm not the biggest fan of real mayonnaise.

Here are a few fry sauce recipes that I'd like to try in the future: Idaho Fry Sauce, Fry Sauce, CopyKat Cane's Sauce


The Details

  • Easy
  • Lower carb (you know I don’t count carbs but I know some of my close friends aim for a lower carb diet!)
  • Re-heats well
  • Cowboy approved

You know it’s a homerun when JF says, “who knew healthy could taste so good!” — I’ll take that as a win!

 

What you need

  • 2 lbs chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp  parsley minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Melt butter in a shallow dish and set aside + then combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • I used a cooling rack to bake my chicken so they would be a bit crispier – if you don’t have a cooling rack, line a baking sheet with foil
  • Dunk each chicken tender in butter then roll in seasoning mixture + place on cooling rack / prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20, remove from oven to flip each tender and then return to oven for additional 10 minutes (or until chicken is cooked through)

 

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Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! 

 

xx, Riss

Editors Note: I adapted this recipe from The Chunky Chef

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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Rad Maverix
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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

LifeMerrissa
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

LifeMerrissa