Venus Trapped in Mars

23 February 2017

Take it Yeezy

This post was written by me through an activation with HireInfluence on behalf of Community Coffee. Although I received compensation for participating in the campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I take a few things very seriously: Vol Football, access to the Bravo channel in hotel rooms and coffee mugs. Today I'm partnering with Community Coffee to talk about the last of those three passions, coffee mugs! 

I found this Take it Yeezy mug on Etsy and I knew I had to have it. For those that don't know, I am a huge rap music fan.
There is nothing that gets me motivated to kick a day in the booty like a 2 Chainz or Kayne jam -- the old stuff that is, the new stuff is a little too "Kayne being Kayne" for me. 

Rap music is the only kind of music that will pull me out of my shyness and get me on the dance floor. I used to have this terrible (and by terrible I mean perfect) little joint called Elm Street Bar within walking distance from my old apartment in Deep Ellum that played nothing but rap music. The crowd in there was always welcoming and judgement free. It was the perfect little bar to check your insecurities at the door and just shake your booty! 

Elm Street Bar, in a weird way, I like to think pulled me out of my comfort zone. They'd play all my favorite rap jams and I'd never be my usual shy self, hiding in the corner. I'd be the first on the floor and the last to leave. I checked my fear and dance floor anxiety at the door with my coat and just let loose. I ended up making so many friends doing so, and have more nights than I care to count with CB on that dance floor. 

Sadly, like many of the run down places in Deep Ellum, has since closed and been turned into a Falafel shop or a $15 craft cocktail lounge. While I like that kind of place too, I'll forever miss my favorite little judgement-free dance bubble, Elm Street Bar. 

I like to say that this coffee mug reminds me of all the times I didn't worry about if Becky was looking at my butt because it was so big (yes, that was a Sir Mix-a-lot baby got back reference, YW) or if anyone was making fun of my terrible dance moves. 

I just did ME. I did my thing and did not care. I made friends, I laughed and I let my insecurities go. This is something I need to do in my day-to-day life a lot more. Let go and stop stressing over if someone will be judging me or not, and just do ME! 

So that's the story of my favorite mug, Community Coffee and I want to hear about YOUR favorite mug! Share the story and a photo of your favorite mug on Instagram right now using the hashtag #ShowYourMug and #contest and you could win a year's supply of Community Coffee and other coffee goodies! 

It's that easy! So what are you waiting for??? 

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10 February 2017

The Wedding Plan Everyone Thinks I'm Joking About

Apparently when you get engaged everyone thinks you've already planned your entire wedding within moments of accepting a proposal. I hardly screamed "Holy Shit" and "Hell Yes" at CB before someone asked if we had set a date. 

To answer everyone's question, no we still haven't. It has been a week and a half since we got engaged, and we still haven't set a date. In modern day society, not having set a date 13 days in basically means that we'll never get married and we aren't serious about our future. 

CB and I don't fight that much, but I brought up the cost of a photographer and lawwwd help us we were in a full blown argument. The kind of argument that you can feel you're wrong in, but you've come way too far and you've fallen way too deep and you can't dig yourself back out. I wanted to end the argument, I really did, but I wasn't physically able to do so. 

We were laying in bed and my body said, go over there, snuggle with him, just end this ridiculous disagreement about how much we should be spending on a photographer. My mind though? Well, my mind wouldn't program my body to move. My mind said BE MAD. BE VERY MAD. DO NOT GIVE UP, DO NOT GIVE IN. Let this fester as long as possible. 


As it turned out, the photographer argument turned out to be a good thing because I think we both voiced our opinions and came to the conclusion that this needed to be a FUN process, not a stressful one. The second we don't have fun planning this thing, we will make a conscious effort to step back and remember it isn't about the cost of the photographer -- it's about me and Drew--- or CB --- or whoever I marry that day. LOLS! 

Staying within our budget is our number one priority. I have had this vision for our wedding that I am very VERY serious about, but every time I tell someone they think I'm joking. 

Like, they literally laugh and say, "OMG you're hilarious." They then bring their giggles to a halt and look at me again, waiting for me to tell them the real plan. 

No no, that's my plan. Why is it so funny? 


If a couple want to release doves into the air as they finally kiss, release doves. If a bride wants to wear a black dress, wear a black dress. If you want a puppy petting farm, get a puppy petting farm -- (wait, that's a great idea, writing that down). 

My point, there's no weird thing to do. It's yall's day, do yo thing. 

So--- with that said----

I'm not sure why everyone is laughing at me like I just told THE GREATEST JOKE OF ALL TIME when I say I'd really like to have Pizza Hut and a self-serve keg of beer. 

Why is that funny???????????? 

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08 February 2017

Fifty Shades of Donuts

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures.

I know I already spilled the beans that I had a Fifty Shades of Darker themed post coming your way in my engagement announcement post. 

Was bringing that up just an excuse to link back to the engagement post? Perhaps.........

Last weekend I had the gals (and - seeing as it turned out to be a bit of an engagement party - the guys too) over for a Fifty Shades of Darker masquerade party. I've "read" all the books and am SO pumped for the release of the film on Feb. 10th. Now, when I say "read" I've listened on audible. Boy, let me tell y'all, THAT is a book that is wayyyyy more fun on Audible while sitting in rush hour. I remember at one point during the book I just sat in the driveway, I couldn't get out of the car I was so hooked!

I knew I wanted to throw a donut + cocktail party in honor of the film’s February 10th release. I don't know about you, but nothing is sexier than donuts and cocktails. Just my honest opinion. 

CB helped me build the donut holder shown above. It is just a wood plank with some dowels place down the board. It only took 5 minutes to make, which was about how long it took for everyone to scarf down the donuts at the party! 

I also had an official hashtag for the party: #50ShadesofDonuts (LOLS!) 

Ok, why am I writing this post on an empty stomach????? 

In addition to a Red Satin Fifty Shades of Grey red wine for us to split, I also had a silver photo backdrop, black and silver balloons and the CUUUUTEST goodie bags to give the girls! Inside the goodie bags was a copy of Fifty Shades Darker book so they could read it again before we all go to the theaters next weekend and watch together, a great lounge shirt, a masquerade mask to wear at the party in case anyone forgot to bring one, and a makeup bag!

I also made French Kiss Cocktails

3/4 Oz Raspberry Liqueur  
3/4 Oz Peach Schnapps
3/4 Oz Vodka
Splash of OJ + Cranberry + Pineapple Juice

Shake Shake Shake over Ice and Serve!! 

I think it is safe to say that everyone had a FANTASTIC time and is pumped for the movie release! Make sure you watch the trailer below and check out Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters Feb. 10th! Get your tickets NOW via Fandango

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07 February 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas || His and Hers Watches + $100 GC Giveaway

The Best His and Hers Watches

Valentine's Day is next week and if you still haven't figured out what to get your S.O. then I've got you covered. 

Quick V-Day throwback story real quick. Last year, CB came to visit me in Miami. Every year, during Valentine's Day, I work the Miami International Boat Show. The trip always falls over V-Day, and this past year CB came down and spent the weekend at the show. He brought a V-Day card with him from Texas. I brought my card with me from Texas. I bought mine in Irving (suburb of Dallas) and he bought his in Denton (really far suburb of Dallas). 

Well - WE BROUGHT EACH OTHER THE SAME DANG CARD. I'm sorry, but can you believe that??? If you've already heard that story a million times, I'm sorry I just can't help myself. It makes me smile every time I think about it! 

In addition to picking out the perfect card, you need to give the perfect gift! Enter JORD Wood Watches. I love the uniqueness of these watches. These timepieces are modern, unique and sleek all rolled in to one beautiful accessory. I picked out this one for CB and this one for me

A few things to note, because I know y'all and you'll note them:  Yes- we took these before getting engaged. Apologies for those here for ring pics. Also - if anyone has any suggestions on taking ring photos, I'm all ears. I hate my hands (weird thing to hate, I'm aware) and every picture I take of the ring all I can see is HAAAANDS! 

Second thing to note is CB's modeling debut. I mean, he is a natural!
Not pictured: him wanting to kill me.

JK JK JK JKJK JKJKKJKKKKKKK he was totes patient AF 🤦🏻‍♀️.

Ok, so are you ready for the best PRO TIP to date?? 

PRO TIP: Pick a watch for your man that could easily be unisex. 

See what I mean in 3...2...1....

****EDITOR'S NOTE: Veenie dog hair sold separately.

Icing on the cake? I even have a $100 gift card giveaway to JORD for you today! Plus, just for entering, you'll get a $25 coupon good toward any watch purchase!

The giveaway is now open and will run through 2/12/17 at 11:59pm. Anyone who enters through the giveaway link above, will get a $25 JORD e-gift code, and 1 winner will get a $100 JORD e-gift code! Both codes will expire on 4/30/17. 

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