Calm Skies

Posted April 23, 2014 | 2 Awesome Comments

I didn’t fly for the first time until I was 22 years old and took a weekend trip to Las Vegas with my roommates right before we graduated college. After that, I flew every now and again for work trips and vacations, each time getting more and more anxious as takeoff neared.

calm skies, calming music for anxiety
I’ve tried magazines and deep breathing and talking with my neighbor, but the only thing that calms me is looking at the clouds and listening to music. I have a special playlist I created of calming music for anxiety that I’ve listened to for years, slowly and carefully adding new songs and albums that are soothing and peaceful. I used to wait anxiously, iPod in hand, for the flight attendant to announce that we’d reached 10,000 feet so that I could finally turn on my iPod and  begin to relax, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when the regulations recently changed and I could pop my ear buds in as soon as I found my seat.

I know flying isn’t an uncommon anxiety because I have several friends that share my nervousness…and my playlist. Which isn’t just for flying.  I share my playlist with friends before big events, during stressful times at work, or just when I think they’d enjoy a moment of peace.  My music may not be everyone’s taste, but I like to think people appreciate it when you share something personal and they know that you’re doing it as a way to offer your support and encouragement.

Do you have any favorite calming songs or albums? Any music you go back to time and again to relax and unwind?

Compensation was provided by Spotify and Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Spotify.

Posted in: Ciao Baby, Tasty Jams

Vanilla Honey Butter

Posted April 22, 2014 | Add an Awesome Comment

Ever since my stay at Hotel Havana, I can’t get their amazing breakfast of fresh griddled flour tortillas and blackberry butter off my mind. I tried my hand at homemade flour tortillas and remembered a vanilla honey butter recipe that I’ve had tucked away for years that was the perfect pairing.

Made from just four ingredients that you probably have on hand, vanilla honey butter takes just seconds to whip together and you won’t be able to resist dipping your finger in and taking a taste like it’s frosting.

vanilla honey butter

Vanilla Honey Butter

Makes 1/2 cup — I’ve noted a few specific brands in the ingredients because I think they make all the difference.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Wholesome Sweeteners organic raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla bean paste (I use paste because I like the vanilla flecks, but you can use extract in the same proportions)

Directions

Whip all ingredients until smooth. Use liberally on warm tortillas, pancakes, waffles, cornbread, biscuits, and the like.

melted vanilla honey butter

Posted in: Yum Yum

Midi Skirt Madness

Posted April 21, 2014 | 9 Awesome Comments

Midi skirts are a favorite of mine. (Though I may be showing my age by referring to them as “broomstick skirts.”) Hitting anywhere from just below the knee to mid calf, they’re comfortable and easy to wear while still being flirty and feminine and you don’t have to worry about giving anyone a free show.

midi skirt{top row}
ASOS floral scuba skirt $75.26
Dorothy Perkins crinkle skirt $39
Halogen pleated midi $79
{middle row}
eShakti poplin skirt $59.95
TopShop bubble jacquard midi skirt $96
River Island polka dot midi $56
{bottom row}
River Island coral pleated midi $24
high waisted midi $29.95 (I know this one is polyester but that color!)
Ruche floral midi $54.99

Posted in: Add to Cart, Pretty Like a Pony

Worthy of the Week

Posted April 18, 2014 | 4 Awesome Comments

It’s time for Worthy of the Week! A collection of some of my favorite stories, recipes, fashions, and random links from around the web this week. Read something fabulous lately? Share your favorite links in the comments!

worthy of the week swarowski gems

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

This weekend is supposed to be a bit gloomy, so my big plan is to snatch up some half price Cadbury mini eggs and read The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes. I know several of you have recommended it and I enjoyed Me Before You, so it should be an exciting weekend.

What are you reading?

Posted in: Awesome Austin, Bookworm, Worthy of the Week

Festival Fashion

Posted April 16, 2014 | 8 Awesome Comments

Coachella was last weekend. Lollapalooza is quickly approaching. Austin City Limits is on the calendar. And I can think of nothing worse than a music festival.

I know, I know. I’m a Debbie downer. A stick in the mud. A wet rag. But we all know I’m not an outdoor girl if it doesn’t involve drink service, cool water (a pool or ocean, I’m not picky) and a good book. Especially not when it’s 110 degrees and there are thousands of people in attendance.

But let’s pretend for a moment that I am a festival person. This would be my festival fashion pick. Comfy, basic, and by all measures, pretty reserved compared to most of the festival fashion I’ve seen.

You clearly wouldn’t find me moshing.  (Is that still a thing the kids do??)

Festival FashionLucky floppy hat $49.50
Ray-Ban Retro Cats 1000 $140
Old Navy embroidered tank $17
Printed Village antelope scarf $38
Milly Dylan tote $495
GAP boyfriend short $49.95
wood tassel beaded bracelets $26 each
Birkenstock Catania $120

Posted in: Add to Cart, Pretty Like a Pony

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