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Pictures Of Recently Enjoyed Things

not very recent, still fun. 
(gonna miss you, lady.)

girls dream.

I'm all like "weeeee! Im going to have glorious skin!" and alex is all like, "please no, too many bottles. do you need this many things?" and I'm like, "weeeeeee!" 
new things from: under aurora (love the coconut spray and spritz', so good!) and image skincare (from here in Florida--- like, down the street, haha!)

But see, then I organized everything, so it's cool. 
see natural bathroom tour here.

no worries, I didn't want those anywhere particular, guys. 
no, we were cleaning, it's cool. see child in background, haha.

I suggested we consider upgrading to a kingsize bed--- he said no, I already don't cuddle enough. But see, bed hog. 



and a garden cookie date, cause I do share. 

out at night and still alive. 

I'm not sure what this face is, but I want to squeeze it. 
and my friend, Brandy designed this adorable little (organic) dress

the only time I left this house this week that wasn't for a doctors appointment of some sort. an ice-cream date with no vegan options--- I got juice and felt extra healthy. Alex got ice-cream and felt extra hefty :) I'd say we both won.

Right before I ate this, I whispered, "I love you, I do I do"

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! 

Fun Shopping For The People Who Don't Love Shopping

If you couldn't guess by the title, I don't love shopping. In fact, I really dislike shopping for clothing. Home stuff is another story (love you home good shopping), but clothes? pft. Thats not to say I don't like new clothes, because of course I do ;)  I think it's safe to say we all do.

I teamed up with LE TOTE this past month--- which has been conveniently, pretty awesome. LE TOTE is a fashion rental service that basic gives you an infinite closet. I like it because I get to choose what I like, without going to the mall and also because it's like using and recycling clothing with no waste. There's no guilt about wearing a garment only a few times and sending it off. You can keep up with new trends, get new stuff, without constantly buying new clothes. I've mentioned it before, but more times than not I have buyers guilt about clothes--- hence the whole not loving to shop vibe.

Other perks about LE TOTE: its pretty fun (just scroll and click styles and garments). And I like that there's free shipping: both ways. And for someone who hates going to the post office, this is another huge perk. Your tote comes with a pre-addressed postage stamp-- no lines required. Just drop in the box or you can even schedule a mail pick up!

Yes, I don't like going very many places--- or at least crowded places. It's cool.

How LE TOTE works: 

1. You sign up and pay one monthly fee.
2. Fill out your profile and 'like' all of your favorite pieces by clicking a little heart button--- this adds the pieces to your 'closet'.
2. A stylist will curate your tote with items in your closet and items that fit your style (I basically only said yes to black, blue, white, and grey).
3. They email you 24 hours before your tote gets shipped out so you can peek into your box! And if you'd like, you can swap out items and customize your box even more!
4. Wear your tote (3 garments, 2 accessories) for as long or as little as you want! 2 days, 3 weeks, however long or little as you please!
5. Send the whole tote back in the prepaid envelope and LE TOTE will send you a new tote immediately. Loved something? Hold on to it and send everything else back. This lets LE TOTE know that you'd like to purchase the item! They charge the card for the items you loved and kept and then send a new tote.
6. You keep winning at life, away from the mall and perhaps surrounded by puppies.

this post could also be called: when I tried to take a picture on a chair and got love attacked by puppies. Again, I'm VERY good at posing

or: fashion styling by marlowe with an incredibly great accidental dog prop.

easy peasy mail back. 

So basically, LE TOTE is perfect for you if:
-you hate the mall
-you're a hermit who likes to dress well
-you get buyers guilt from shopping
-you don't like commitment
-you want new things, but hate to shop
-you don't want to waste your time, you just want awesome stuff chosen for you
-you just want to try something new

Want a discount? Click HERE to get 20% off. No code needed, just use the link and you're good to go! If all else fails use code: "OHDEARDREA"

Perfect right? Hooray!

ps. how do we feel about my pants? It took my a while to get them over my butt. I'm still back and forth between I want to be loud and proud about my hispanic thighs (and booty) or if I should just step away. 

How To Pose Like A Pro In Any Photo

I'm not sure if you guys realize this, but I live on a healthy dose of sarcasm and lack of seriousness over here. And the more puns, the better. I mean, I drive Alex nuts with my puns, but I love them dearly. One of the people I was most scared about going into this trip with was Hailey-- okay, basically the only person I feared (there were waaaaayy too many smileys in all communication prior to the trip, even on the forms). And of course, I made it a point to tell her (and her friend, Erica who I also slightly feared--- love you guys!)--- because I'm not only honest when writing online, but all the time, duh. But of course the universe works in miraculous ways, and the person I feared the most on this trip, turned out to be one of the people I laughed most with (and at). We found all the same stupid things hilarious. I also made sure she would be taking home an appropriate amount of good photos of me (I even gave her all my passport extras, I'm a good friend), and every time I saw the camera go up, I made sure to put my best face on for her (you're welcome, Hailey). 

So the middle of the week and I thought it would be a great time to bring a little fun. Hailey put together this really life-changing post for you--- inspired by me, duh. Because in case you didn't know, I'm pretty amazing at everything I do--- like, posed photos for instance-- I like to have my life look super perfect looking all the time-- and I figured Hailey would be the perfect person to teach you guys all my own personal tricks and skillz. You can ask anyone who has ever photographed me, with the exception of my drunk college friends (we were GREAT at selfies), about my photo skills, I'm super relaxed about photos, haha. So without keeping you here any longer, here is Hailey and her life changing tips brought to you by my life changing life. 

Hi guys! I'm Hailey, one of the internet weirdos that decided to up and leave my life behind to hang out in India for two weeks with a group of total strangers. Like many of you, I have followed Drea's blog for a while and figured if she is even half as good at planning international travel as she is at making toast, then this would be one amazing trip.  Thankfully, I was totally right, because the last time I made plans to meet someone from the internet my parents took away my AIM for a month. 

Since it's not everyday you get to hang out with a celebrity blogger for two weeks, I wanted to share with you a few things I learned. For instance, Drea is way shorter in person, don't let her photoshop skills fool you, she's usually wearing 6" heels in pictures. Just kidding, I already knew she was tiny- I figured I could take her if she turned out to be an internet predator. However, she will win a staring contest any day. I also learned that she knows all the lyrics to The Vengabus, it's basically her favorite song, so if you want her to really like you, sing it every time you see her. 

But perhaps the most valuable lesson that I learned from Drea on our trip was "How to Pose like a Pro in Any Photo". We are always looking for insider tips on how to improve our internet appearance, so here is my exclusive, behind-the-scenes, first-hand account of all of Drea's photo-posing secrets. You'll probably want to write these down in case this post breaks the internet.

1. The Owl 

In this power-pose, intense eye contact is key. The Owl is most effective in candid group shots. Keep all other facial expressions to a minimum, and when you're ready, practice the pose with miscellaneous objects on your head (t-shirt, flower lei, etc.) Drea really has this one down.

2. The Rollercoaster    

 This pose is particularly helpful when demonstrating scale. For instance, doors. It's also a great answer to the common portrait question, "what should I do with my arms?" 
The rollercoaster instantly communicates fun, with a hint of danger. Fasten your seatbelt folks.

3. The Elbow Pop

This pose is an update on the blogger-favorite "foot-pop" but features the less-famous elbow joint, like the sibling you never knew a celebrity had. The best part of the elbow-pop is that it can be performed with or without objects in hand. When you see that camera go up, get those elbows poppin'!

4. The Cat Claw(s)

Like their namesake, the cat-claw is perhaps the most passive-aggressive pose of all. Cats like to do things on their terms and they use their claws to communicate playfulness, discontent, or their thirst for blood. Not surprisingly, this pose is beloved by high-fashion models everywhere, but here Drea demonstrates subtle ways to incorporate cat-claws into everyday photos. 
Paws out, claws out.

bonus pose: The Claw-Heart ... when you love someone but are conscious of personal space. 

Thanks for reading! Now go flood the internet with your awesome photos featuring these exclusive poses. Thank you, Drea, for so many things, but mostly for not being a (total) weirdo and for making all of my Dreams of India come true! 

Peace, love, and good poses. 


You can check out Hailey's "tiny blog" here: The Dailey Life

*nothing about this post is serious, except for the fact that I really do love Hailey, I'm incredibly short, and I LOVE the Vengabus (like, a lot) and there's video footage from the trip to prove it. 

Tinkering Around

I'm not really sure how to start this post--- because there are so many different topics I want to talk to you guys about. I know I've mentioned there were some issues going on over here, on this side of the screen--- that's unfortunately still relevant. I'm not sure whats going on, there's been multiple tests, scans, exams, x-rays, so many things done in the past few weeks. Sometimes I'm calm or hopeful, sometimes I'm nervous, and sometimes, honestly, I'm sad. But again, like I said before, the good new is, I'm being proactive. The running joke around here has been now that I'm 30, I'm falling apart. It kind of does feel that way, haha. It's not a surprise to anyone that our bodies are more delicate (I need a more appropriate word) as we age. I mean, even with the body weirdness going on, I'm actually healthier than I've been for most of my life. I took a lot of really positive steps for myself in my 20's. Diet really changed so much for me. I really do think paying closer attention to what I ate made a huge difference in my depression and helped improved a lot of my anxiety too. And I know I touch on it all too often, but it's so important to just take the little steps to work on yourself (ahem, myself) all the time. Some things are easy to work on and track, and some are easy to let slide by.

I told myself this year would be the year of travel---you guys know this. But I also told myself that this year would be the year that I slow down to breathe more-- the cookbook took a lot out of me last year! I mean, don't get me wrong, I am SO grateful to have done it and so pleased to have it coming out soon(!!) but it was definitely a heavy workload on top of my every day life. So this year, on top of travel, I really just want to put more action into focusing on myself and what I can do to improve my overall self, mood, mind, body. If not now, at thirty years old then when? You know? It's not as dramatic as it sounds, but I'm only getting older, everyday.  We all are. And if I don't stop to take care of myself, then who will? It's gotta be me, now
The fine folks of Zensorium sent over a Tinke for me to try. Well, let me start, they emailed me, I checked out their site and the conversation went something like this:  

"OMG, I need the Being, NOW." 
And they were like, "well, no Drea, you need to work on your patience because thats not out yet*, how about you try the Tinke in your life?"
and I embarrassingly wrote back telling them, "well the shooting pains in my arm made me question if I was having a heart attack yesterday, so learning about my heart rate might be positive step in my life" 

*they didn't actually say this. 
So I tried the Tinke. And it's pretty cool. 

So whats a Tinke? Well, it's an adorable little machine that sort of reminds me of an adult version of a tamagotchi--- you know, one of those digital pets we all played with that you need to feed and water for it to survive? Except that I get to use it as an adult--- and it helps me make positive actions in my life. It checks my heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen rate while I try to get myself to survive, haha. But in all seriousness, it's pretty cool to be able to carry a tiny little machine around to check your levels at any time in the day. For me, honestly, it's been sort of meditative. In the moments of anxiety, I get to just tune into a little device and breath. Literally, just hold and breathe. 

The Tinke works a few ways, to measure your vita (fitness) and your zen (stress). You put in your body information once. And then each day, a few times a day, you check your levels. The Tinke then stores and tracks your information so you can learn about your own patterns and cycles. Busy and stressful weeks? Need more zen? Or maybe more activity? The Tinke is an easy way to guide you through that. And for me, someone who does need to actively work on taking a moment to just breathe, it's really useful.
So this, really old (sarcasm) thirty year old, is doing every step I can to enhance my life. I don't want to just be alive everyday--- I want to live, fully. Diet: check. Sunshine: check. Positive environment: check. Self awareness: mostly. Self care: I tinke I can. (I'm so funny, I know).

Oh and it comes in pink and grey too, but blue is supposed to be calming, right? ;) Let me know if you try one out, we can buddy up! :) Have a wonderful and healthy monday, friends! 

Thank You Tidbits

I just want to pop in and say thank you to you guys. It's sort of crazy to me that I can just sit here and type and know so many of you are reading and supporting. I mean, how did I really get to this point? I'm not sure, but I'm grateful and lucky.

Thank you for sharing the excitement of the big cookbook news. I went out for drinks the other night and secretly cheers a few friends, but I'm looking forward to properly celebrating one day soon. In the meantime I'm just working on life over here. I have a lot of posts lined up in my head and on paper (I know it's somewhere around here) too. And I actually have quite a few sponsored posts coming up that I'm excited for--- some companies that are really cool and I think you'll enjoy. I know, who gets excited for sponsored posts? I do apparently, haha. You'll like them, I swear! And India posts too--- one of the things I'm still most excited about, but fail in gathering-- but I'll be posting more of the india adventuring soon, if not tomorrow :)

So on the not blog-side of things---- it turns out, I don't actually have carpal tunnel. The shot fixed some issues, but not the majority of them. I'm currently working on figuring out the underlying problem. The good news is, I'm actually being pro-active about it. Ruling out some things, but still need some tests for others. Most of me is still pretty healthy, haha so thats a perk! Thank you, healthy eats! But my body still deserves a lot of side eyes. I'm actually heading to a chiropractor soon, by suggestion of a few of you. I've never been and honestly, I'm not really sure how it all works, but I figure a consultation doesn't hurt. I'd love to hear your good or bad thoughts on chiropractic experiences, if you have them! Anyway, I'll chat more about this when I find out more answers-- no need to spoil awesome things.

I know I haven't done a question and answer post in a while, but always feel free to let me know if there are more topics and ideas you want me to write about :) Gardening, food, local tidbits, whatever.

Thank you again. I wish I could thank each one of you individually, you guys deserve that. Know your support is appreciated. Happy to have you all here. Have a wonderful wednesday!