Sunday, June 10, 2018

Romping Around The Weekend

I have been living in rompers lately. I feel like rompers are always on sale so I have been stocking up for the past year or two, but I love wear them any time I have somewhere to go. 

This weekend we went to the casino to watch the Belmont race. Prairie Meadows in Des Moines has a little horse race track that during the summer and for big race days you can watch the race there.


It is most exciting for the Kentucky Derby because everyone dresses up (This was us last year!) 

This year I just wore white jeans, but I noticed everyone was wearing rompers. I obviously love trends, but I love seeing the local trends. Des Moines has hot and humid weather, and sometimes a dress is nawt what you want to wear. Rompers are the perfect way to look great and stay cool. Here are some of my favorites for this summer. 



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Monday, June 4, 2018

Weekend in Seattle



I recently took a trip to Seattle to see my boy friend in Seattle! Long story short for the next year he is moving every month for rotations. He goes for med school, and I get to visit for travel! The first stop was Seattle.   

Full disclosure the first time I went to Seattle (You can check it out here)I had a fun trip, but I did not really love the city. I was not dying to ever go back. BUT this whole next year I promised myself that I was going to have an open mind. (I mean I am young, have a job, and I have no roots, so why not?)

I was not expecting anything from Seattle, but I knew I would have great company and at least get to go to some good restaurants. Surprisingly enough I loved the area, and I never stepped foot in the city of Seattle. 

We always joke that our favorite hobbies are morning cocktails and walks with good views. Which in Seattle that did not disappoint. We woke up Saturday heading to a whole in the wall breakfast place. Which hands down had the best morning cocktails I have ever seen. A got a smoked bloody mary and I got what I think was a blueberry mimosa. It was bomb, amazing. Also the food was wild. A got a taco that the waffle was the shell (what?!) and I got "Hipster eggs Benedict" which was pretty much spinach and tomato and eggs. 

From there we headed to a hike! We parked at this little coffee shop/ petting zoo (What?!) And walked about a half a mile from the coffee shop to trail. It was so funny all the gals were wearing these cute legging and crop top sets. Then, all the guys were wearing chinos and a tshirt. 


The last time I went to Seattle I learned that hiking is not just walking. It is actually a little hard! The hike we went on was pretty crowded and pretty steep so that took a big chunk of our day.

From there we headed to a little brewery. All I have to say about Seattle's breweries is that there are amazing cider options. I had a fruit salad cider and shared some loaded sweet potato fries. 

The theme of this trip was eating. We got ready for dinner and got some bomb sea food. Which living in the midwest I never get too much. And we finished off the night at another brewery called ODD OTTER. If you are new here, I love otters (not in a weird way that I would ever wear an otter shirt). 

The last day I was there we grabbed brunch, and headed to a little beach for another walk. I love West Coast beaches, it was low tide when we were there so we could walk way out. I loved seeing all of the kids running around and the little dogs chasing sticks. We ended off the trip going for a nice little forest hike and going to another brewery. (Did you know there are such thing as hoppy ciders?)

Overall the trip was AMAZING. I totally fell in love with Seattle.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blogger Life: Social Media: Keeping it Social

“Are you keeping social media social, or are you trying to create genuine connections [or genuine art] or are you trying to build your ego” - jenna kutcher 

Oh my gosh Jenna Kutcher is a goddess. Seriously though, I think she has been the only person to have enough guts to say something like that. It is so true though. I’ve thrown out the questions before “why do you care about the algorithm change” and the answer is ALWAYS “because it’s harder to build a following”. 

Well why do we want to build a following? I mean this is a case study of one but the last time I checked the algorithm doesn’t effect how YOU can engage with people or how others can engage with you.

So in the words of Jenna Kutcher. “Is social media social for you, or is this just one big marketing campaign for you?  Are you posting and ghosting?”

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Trader Joe's Haul

My favorite place to get all of my food. I have the biggest love for Trader Joe's. From their amazing wine selection (read cheap wine selection). To their great produce, inclusive options, and ease of finding everything. Trader Joe's,

Also the Protein drink has fake sugar, so FYI I would not get it again. ALSO, even more exciting, I got onions! So tune in to find all the exciting things that are more exciting that ONIONS!!!!
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Round Up

I’m heading to El Paso! Another trip to Texas! So you know I will be sporting my Texas ring. If you have been following around for a while, you know El Paso was hands down the most eye rolling experience. It was super emotional, I missed a flight on my way back home. Just overall not a fun experience. 

THIS TRIP! Will most likely be a lot more low key. Obviously there for work, but my college best friend actually lives in El Paso! And  I have a fun shoot planned (if you are in Des Moines I’m doing 1 hour shoots for 40 dollars- Email me at Bridgettemack32@gmail.com if you are interested #ShamlessSelfPlug)

Also I was in Wisconsin this past weekend, now I am heading to El Paso, and this weekend I am taking a trip to the west coast. 4 different cities in 1 week. I am kind of low key excited to never travel ever again. Like ever. BUT it was everything I wished for when I graduated college. So be careful what you wish for, ladies;)

So happy Monday, and off we go! Here are some links for my other travelers to look at while you are in line at the airport.


Instagram Changes// I am so sick of hearing about the algorithm, and it is always the same types of people that complain about it. Here are some changes that are happening to instagram. 

This Dress// If I had somewhere amazing to be for New Years Eve, this is what I would be wearing. 

I am a Sucker// This is such a sappy post, but I love this little love story journey. 

On the Opposite Side// I am also a sucker for a good petty break up announcement;)

The Best Classic Dress// This lilly dress will never go out of style.

Millennials// This article is so funny. Talking about how millennials go through so much to live in a city. I am hash tag guilty. I drive an hour every morning and evening to make sure I can stay in the city.

Garden Party Dress// This dress is so stunning, if you have a big event this summer go with this.

My Mini Obsession// I am low key obsessed with personal finance. This was an interesting take. 

Going off that// I am so sick of the "salaries have to hush hush" People say it will only make people jealous, but what about the people who are doing the more work for less pay? I am not promoting this, but I thought it was an interesting discussion. 

Swim Suit// 1 pieces are not the best on me, BUT my sister got this suit and it was hot fire flames on her. 





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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Fitness Update

 
I’m going to post a full blown fitness journey soon. But for the mean time let’s talk about now! My word for this year was “health” which was going great. I started small. Then in March one thing after another just kept coming up, and I just started stress eating nacho cheese like crazy (I mean hey I’m human too) it took me about two month to feel the effects. So for the past couple of weeks I’ve been back on the fitness train.

And let me tell ya! It’s freakin hard! I’m surrounded by yummy Snacks at work all day. Going for a run isn’t exactly ~fun~ BUT. I’ve kept with it for the past could of weeks. AND it has finally gotten easier! 

I am a hill runner. I’ve always loved running on hills and I just moved into a neighborhood with a TON. The hills have been hard, the last stretch to my home has One huge long hill. And I haven’t been able to get to the top without stopping. Yesterday was the first day the hills did not phase me, and I was able to run up the huge hill without stopping. 

For me the beginning stages of getting back into the swing of things is soooo hard, but the longer I stick with it the easier It gets. Also seeing and feeling results is a great motivator too!

So no matter where you are on your fitness journey, keep rocking it out to live your healthiest life. 
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tips For Moving


Moving was hard. I donated alllll of my furniture/ sold it (Which was super daunting, but am happy I did it) I moved 10 blocks over and it took me forever. I swear I would get home from work and go 6 hours nonstop for a couple of days to get across town. It took forever, and I did not even have a whole lot of stuff!

1. It is going to take a long time. I honestly thought that I was going to get this done in 6 hours on a Saturday. I. Was. Wrong. It took so much time. If I were to do it over again (say in two months) I would start packing up about two weeks before. 

2. Take the help. Sooo many people will offer to help. You think you do not need it but take it. Ever moving thing that could go wrong, went wrong. Take the help you can't do it by yourself.

3. Salvation army will pick up your stuff from your home for free if you donate. I know most cities where they charge you 20 dollars to throw it away!

4. Hire help! Most movers cost a couple of hundred dollars. Just go for it, and that will be taken care of in a couple of hours. 

5. Pack your important stuff with your suit case. I could not for the life of me find my check book or a contact case. Pack all the important things for an easy grab! 

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Legging obsession

I have never been on the athleisure trend. I am a type of person for the large part of my fitness journey I was wearing a uniform and using a gym that all of my "coworker" used as well. I basically was wearing a paper bag tshirt and nike shorts (hands down the best invention of the 21st century) 

Now there are many things in women fashion that I hate. I hate heels, I can't power walk to a meeting across the building or even walk the length of a football field of the parking lot to my office. I can't squat down and get a good measurement (Remember I work in "construction").

Long nails. Who on what planet made these fashionable? I could not even take my contacts out last night let alone hold a power tool. 

One thing I love about women's fashion. Leggings. Seriously Nike shorts are great, sweats are horrible, but leggings are 10/10. I recently got back into health and fitness and I motivated myself by getting some new cute leggings.

Here are some others I love! 

One//Two//Three
Four// Five// Six
Seven// Eight// Nine
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Traveling Hacks You Probably Did not know

Ah so I travel a lot during the year. I travel for work, fun, and to see family. Last year I traveled 25% of the year and this year just a little bit more! Spending a lot of time on the road or up in the air you learn some great hacks. 

TSA PreCheck- If you travel 3 or more times during the year, or exclusively during the holidays get TSA PreCheck. I promise this is the most life changing travel hack. Most of the time I travel on Monday mornings, and guess what. So does everyone else! I have made flights single handedly due to the fact that I have TSA PreCheck.  

Wine Opener- I have bought 2 wine openers in my whole life. To be honest, even in college I refused to buy a wine opener, and I became a hot fire flame of a wine opener. I am not even kidding I can open a wine bottle with anything. That being said, clean out your bag every single time before you head out and start packing. BECAUSE every single time I have flown in the past year. TSA pulled me over because I had a wine bottle opener. Where do they come from? I honestly do not know. I think TSA just gives it

Wine- Okay, say you do drink wine, and you are on a longer term trip, or you are celebrating. Prosecco's cork pops off and you do not need a wine opener. 

Suit Case- Get a good suit case. Last year I kept debating splurging on a suit case or not, and it is the biggest game changer. Something that allows you to pack perfectly, and feel light when you are trucking through an airport is the best. 


Play by the Rules & Ask Questions- The travel industry makes money off of your mistakes. They have super strict rules, and are only getting more strict. Also the travel industry is fast. If you are confused or do not understand, then ask! There has been times where I have been charged with the silliest things. Take a double look, because things are always changing. 

Safety vs Price- Trust me I am a cheapo, but I will let you know that spending a couple of more extra bucks to make sure you are in a better neighborhood will make you all the more relaxed. 

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Life Round Up

Hey what is up, hello. I have not had a weekend off in forever. So this weekend had pockets of naps and lots of time hanging out. Overall, so lucky to get a weekend doing nothing.


I was suppose to have all of Thursday to clean my apartment and pack it up. However, something more fun came up (can you say champagne bar) and I ended up going to that instead of doing what I planned on doing all week. Friday, I luckily got off a little earlier due to having later meetings all week. I no joke spend the moment I got off until dinner plans running around like a crazy person getting ready for this move. 

May was probably the worst month for me to move, due to the fact that I was gone 3/4 weekends in April. ALSO, I am gone the last week in April. SOO I am now thinking what on earth was going through my mind. 

BUT I have to keep reminding myself that the laundry situation in my apartment is the worst thing I have ever experienced. It was so bad, and I did not feel safe what so ever. I have to keep saying this to myself so I do not end up canceling all the plans to move. 

Also deploying is making moving mass chaos. I am still pretty young, so my furniture is not anything special. My whole furnished apartment probably cost me less than 600 dollars. Which if you are a grown up human, you know furniture does not cost that little. 

I was hard core debating getting storage, or selling. It was a hard thing to work out. But the fact that I could get back, AND move again. Was way too much. People always talk about how moving is not a fun thing to do, and I agree. It ain't fun.

Anyways, Saturday was full of brunch, naps, and more eating. I could not have asked for a better day.


THEN Sunday was just as relaxing, but a little more relaxing. It was a great weekend of being home before having to be gone for a full week. 
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Why I joined the Military

I have interviewed a handful of my military friends about their experience but I have never talked about why I joined or what I do! *Nothing in this blog Is associated with the ideas of the military all opinions and ideas are my own* 

How did I join the military? 

Well let me say this, most of my cousins and uncles were in the military. It was not the biggest surprise that I joined, except for me. 

I skipped my senior year of high school and I went to school at Georgia Southern University (Go Eagles!) my family ended up transferring to Michigan.

I was getting super homesick from being 4 hours away so I thought moving with them would be the best move. HOWEVER, I would not do this unless I got an internship AND was going to go to a big10 school. 

Both ended up happening HOWEVER. two weeks before school started my parents were like “hey we can’t pay for you to go to MSU.” So I replied (like the sassy brat I am) that I was going to join ROTC, thinking they would be like “no you can’t do it”

That day we made an appointment, and I was going to try out ROTC. I ended up loving the people and I signed a contract at the end of the semester. 


Okay, that’s great. That was college, what do you do now?

So I graduated from undergrad in 2016 that same day I commissioned as an army officer. (You can see the post here, and here is proof that I talk about this haha) I went the army reserves route which means you meet for one weekend a month. 

From there I went to basic officers leadership course which is three months to learn the role I would actually be doing in the army, which is Human Resources. 

After that I went to my unit and became a platoon leader (manager is how I would explain it). And I get to lead 20 amazing soldiers. 


Overall review of the job? 

I have super conflicting feelings about this. I think this is an amazing job for young people, or single people, or people who are wildly independent. The army is an amazing way to give yourself and your family and better way of life, trust me they will take care of you. I thoroughly enjoyed the military the first couple of years I was in. This job put me in high stress situations I never imagined I would be in, I learned how to deal with those things, I have gotten to do things I never imagined I ever would, and at a young age it gave me a good sense of self. Which is hard to put into words but I really learned who I was, and I can honestly thank the military for guiding me through that. I learned all of this and I just have a desk job.

That being said the military is amazing, and honestly I look at it as my greatest achievement. I mean getting to the point of being into the military and maintaining a career is a stressful and hard thing and looking back I’m so happy I was able to do it. 

However, I’m proud of that, but the thing that makes me happiest is being with my loved ones. And being in the military makes that hard sometimes. So for me that is my constant struggle. I am still learning balance, but I know I am lucky for this whole experience. I always say "I am wearing the best jersey for the best team". 

Overall, the military has been a huge part of my life lately, and I thought I would share that with you all!

So there you have it a little extra slice of my life! 
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

The sing behind the ring


This is my little Texas ring. I have been wanting a pearl ring for forever. For those of you that do not know I actually grew up in Texas for 10 years. So Texas hold a certain vibe in my heart. BUT that’s not what this is about. 

I asked my Platoon Sergeant (my military cohort) if I could wear it in uniform (he said probs nah) I came back from putting it in my bag and my platoon (the handful of soldier that I have the honor of leading) and they all looked nervous and they were like “ma’am is that a promise ring” I laughed and told them that I was not 12 years old so no hahah. For someone who shares a ton on the internet I’m a super private person, so they are always trying to creatively get info out of me. I thought that was hilarious. 

This past year i have had a lot of emotional moments in Texas. Going back to last August I found out I was deploying, and I attended a training conference in El Paso. This was a loooong week of planning the next year and just a ton of emotions for the unknown.

Then this past October i headed to Houston after Hurricane Harvey. I went to help out the Houston branch with my job. Because what people sometimes forget it is the people helping do the reconstruction were also affected by the hurricane. I work in what is called a manufacturing industry. I would call it being in the construction industry. But what I think of it is ✨exterior design✨ apparently I can’t call it that though. Going into peoples homes that were completely destroyed was so eye-opening and heartbreaking. One day of destruction can cause months of rebuilding.

This past weekend I was in Dallas for more deployment information. This one was more for how to handle finances and family matters and overall dealing with the lifestyle of being deployed. Families were allowed to come to this and it was interesting to see how much they went through during an deployment as well. 

Lastly! I’ll be deploying out of Texas! I wanted a ring to kind of remember everything that has happened and will happen in that state. So there you have it! 


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blogger Life: I am not an expert

Oh my gosh. I am not an expert I have said this 17 hundred times ( what is that number ). And I have heard EVER SINGLE WOMEN SAY THIS. 


LEAN THE FRICK IN! I saw on of my favorite Youtubers say "I am not a beauty guru" and she had 1 MILLION plus followers. I have said "I am not a beauty guru" and I had a handful of people tell me "wow that really helped" and I thought I was the last to the game. 
You have no idea what you followers know, so tell them what you know! You are helping them! Stop belittling yourself, just because you are not the first does not mean you can not help someone else.

I am so sick of hearing this to the point, where I want to say, WHO IS? Social media is so new, why would you not be an expert. 

And then there are the people who shoot one wedding and call themselves a wedding photographer and end up teaching thousands of other people because they believed in themselves. OR the people who branded three people and  made their business a  million dollar teaching service for sales and marketing. 
If you think you can do it, or you have been doing it for a couple of months you already know more than most of your peers. Share your information, rather than say you are "not an expert" because in this crazy entrepreneur creative life NO ONE is.  

Also because I am already on a little rant. I was listening to an amazing podcaster.  Her business is a million plus (apparently my new favorite word) and she had this amazing author on who also had a million dollar plus business. Both female, both badasses. HOWEVER, the host kept having the need to say (three times to be exact) to her female and male audience (she kept saying this) that just because she had a female guest on her male  guest could learn something new. 

DUH! Do you think in the history of ever a male  host ever told his audience that he had another male host and has said his female  views could benefit from the information a male guest shared? NO! It made me so frustrated, but that is the end of my rant on this topic. 

You know way more than you think you do, and own it. 
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Graduation Dresses 2018

Ah graduation is right around the corner! So that means finding a job, and finding a great graduation dress. I know a handful of schools graduate in white dresses, so here is a mix with solid color dress. As great as pattered dresses are, I think solid colors are so much more ever green meaning you will not regret it in 5 years. (Nothing will last 10 years;) )




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Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Book Club

Right before I headed to College our girl Rebecca Harrington came out with this book Penelope. I freaking loved it. I remember reading it three times in three weeks. I'm not a book  person, but this book stuck with me. 

I was honestly on a book drought. I was not going to be buying any books until October, and let me tell you I do nawt buy any books new. I found out Harrington was coming out with a new book. I did not stop, drop, or roll. I bought the book and all its glory. 

Penelope really stuck with me, and I though Sociable could be the exact same thing. So far. It is! It is about a gal who is in New York City, trying to ~* find herself*~ She gets rid of her eh boyfriend, finds her new job, and is ready to roll. 


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Easter Dresses

 Easter is upon us. That means dress season is in full force! You got to love some full blown pastels, and some ruffles. Which I mean that screams spring. I love a good dress/ romper. Some girls are shoe girls, some gals are make up gals, but I love dresses. Here are my favorite picks for spring. 

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Current Loves

 The things I am loving. I love the positive post of everything that is going great. (Also lets let a moment to sink in that I still try to spell the word "of" like ov) I mean English is hard. You can always keep up with me on insta I try to keep it real as possible over there. 


However, the blog always goes into more detail, so here we go. Everything I am loving over here at the blog. 

Smell// Coming from the girl that can smell nothing, the one thing I have been loving and smells like home is crock pot chicken. It seriously is so great coming home to something that smells home cooked.th

Cooking// Which brings me to my next point. I turn on a Youtube video and cook for the week, and I haven't burnt anything in weeks! (I did drop something on a burner, so it did smell like something burnt) Other than that, it is actually extremely relaxing, and it feels nice to come home to something I can eat immediately. 

Listening// I am loving the podcast strategy hour. It is like your life coach screaming at you to get ish done. Their biggest inspiration was them saying, "Just start you business!" Who would have thought that is all it takes to start, by just starting. 

Wearing// I have been wearing nothing cute lately, other than matching PJs. I seriously feel like I have my life together if I have matching cozy PJs. 

Drawing// I pulled the trigger and got the fully loaded Adobe shop. Which I am not a technology person what so ever, but wow. All of their products are so easy to use. I can not even imagine how crazy good your skills would get if you took at class, or tried to teach yourself. Anyways, above is a something I whipped up. It honestly was so easy to use. (ALL OF the audrey vibes for that pic ((except for blonde because... you know;) ))
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Salon Bronze Airbush Tanning Review

Okay here we go, so shout out to Rachel Cruze for talking openly about her spray town obsession. I think it really opened up the door for all of us to admit that, you can be a hell of a business women, and went to be a little more tan.

PLUS, I mean it is the smart way to tan, no consequences. So I had a month of a super cheap tanning sessions. It was the dead of winter, I was not feeling 10/10 so I took it on and at the end of it I got a free spray tan. (which ended up being like 15 dollars #ugh). However it was fire. 

So I liked being a little more tan and wanted to keep it going. I get the Salon Bronze Airbush Tanning. I was at Sally's Beauty and it was 13 dollars and I though why not. The instructions were too easy I thought what could go wrong. 

Well everything.

 I even read the reviews and EVERY other person loved it. I however hated it. The color is amazing. It is darker than I could go, but it was still super bronze and not orange at all. 

I loved the color, but the formula of the actual product was sooooo bad. (Which I am soooooo fair and under tone of yellow, that it is hard to find a good color) It was extremely watery and out of this world streaky. I tried to let it dry and reapply, but the longer I waited the more it became crazy bad.

I have never had a horrible experience with a spray tan (which is wild because I have been using one on and off since 2009), but I ended up washing this off, it was that bad. Overall, color was great, but formula was horrible. 


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