My First Kiss Went a Little Like This…

I think that there was an immense pressure or expectation in the 24 years that I have been alive. I haven’t been on a date, let alone had a first kiss, or even had interaction with men that is more than platonic friendship. I went to an end-of-the-year party that everyone is invited to, to a secret location. However, before that, I drove two of my friends and picked up my gay best friend. I worked with him on a show and we have been good friends, he is my gay best friend. He is someone I can trust completely without feeling like I am being judged.

I parked my car and he, in all his makeup glory and sassiness kisses me on the lips, it wasn’t long but it was definitely what I consider my first kiss. He felt bad once I told him that it was my first kiss but it was the most liberating feeling.

I may still be weary of opening my heart and to the idea of dating but at least the first kiss aspect is gone from that. One less concern!

I want to hear your first kiss stories in the comments whether they were simple and sweet like mine or just cringe worthy but something to laugh about now.


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I Moved At The Worst Time

It has been a crazy time for me. By crazy, I mean being wardrobe head (taking care of and being in charge of a crew during a performance) + having school work + having to move out in one week. Because of reasons that have to do with a horrible roommate (another story for another day), my sister and roommate and I decided moving out was best. To start off, we visited house #1 which had hardwood floors and it was quite tight with the laundry room on the outside in a small building. Kind of weird. House #2 was modern and had an open floor plan. I loved the large mirror halfway up the stairs because it made the space seem bigger. Kind of small and sadly too small for our studio items. House #3 was just right (yes, it happened to be our last stop) because the patio area that had the weird laundry room was transformed into an extended room.


Room entry


Right hand corner


Lower right hand corner



None of the stuff in the pictures is where they are now. My desk and shelf have both moved to different areas. I will say that it has been a stressful time. By stressful, I mean that I had a breakdown the day I found out. It has been the biggest struggle for me to cope with the abrupt change. Normally, I can hop on my feet but with all that was on my plate, I just couldn’t do it.

I am on my spring break right now and I apologize for the lack of posts but I hope that you will be patient with me!


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Review: Lush Star Dust Bath Bomb


I am so excited to have tried one of my new bath bombs. Here is what I think of it!

Stability: As a solid bath bomb it has the normal chalky feeling but I found when I was placing it on my tiered shelf, it started to fall apart. I was kind of sad because it held up so well on the way to the states from London.

In Action: Pretty cool. However, it separated in chunks rather than radiate like I have seen other bath bombs do. I tried to break it apart which may have added to the chunkiness. What is cool is that there is a blue center with confetti.

Smell: The smell was not overwhelming but I wish it was stronger. I added lavender essential oils to the water for more scent.

Clean Up: I had to wash down the confetti since they stuck to the walls of the bathtub.

What else do you think I should add to these?


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Wanderlust #14: 8 Weeks, 4 Pairs of Shoes

I was thinking about traveling recently because I dropped two of my friends off recently at the airport. I am actually dropping another friend off tomorrow so I thought it would be cool to let you all know about how to save room in your suitcase when traveling abroad or for a long period of time.

I am pretty simple with my shoes nowadays. I love flip flops/sandals more than anything else and when I went to Italy and London this past summer, I knew that I had to wear closed toed shoes if I wanted to survive. With climbing a mountain and walking all around the city, it was time to really bring closed toed shoes. I had to really think about what I would really wear every single day and get the most use out of what I was bringing, clothing wise, and how much space that I had.

  1. Shower shoes – I grew up with a mother who didn’t trust communal areas when bathing. I had to share a bathroom with three other girls in Italy in a house and up to twelve over girls in London at the hostel. I purchased my pair from Vera Bradley Outlet. They were $24.00 but were on sale for $12.00. I debated on buying overpriced flip flops but they are well made and much better than the cheap Old Navy pair that I wear to death. Vera Bradley Flip Flops
  2. Sneakers – I needed shoes that weren’t the shoes I had to wear during opera tech. They are gone forever now because I wore them consistently from June to October/November. The shoes were from the 90’s and had a zip up front, a great pair of sneakers I adored. Anyway, these shoes were my everyday shoes that I wore out and about and having fun essentially.
  3. Tennis shoes – I wore tennis shoes when we had tech and performances, essentially the last two weeks of Italy. I did not wear these in London because I honestly can’t stand tennis shoes. I wore this pair of shoes hiking up a mountain and trekking up and down cobblestone streets.
  4. Sandals – My gladiator sandals were the most important pair of shoes because when I wasn’t working, I had a nice pair of shoes that made me feel like me. My sandals, because they zipped up, I didn’t have to worry if they would fall off my feet or not.

So, how does one exactly pack four shoes successfully?

  1. Make sure they can compress or are thin. I wore my sneakers on the plane. My sandals and flip flops were easy to compress in my suitcase. The tennis shoes were the hardest to pack because they were quite bulky but necessary. If you don’t need sneakers for any reason, tennis shoes work great so then you can take one pair less.
  2. Outfits go with shoes. I didn’t actually plan it out and wore my sneakers with looks that didn’t look exactly right. It may not matter to everyone but I felt a little self-conscious.

What pair of shoes is your must have?

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Tea Time, Story Time #3: Snow Day + Snow Cream Recipe + Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe!


Garden Tea & Coffee Covent Garden London English Afternoon Tea

I still cannot believe that 2016 treated me so well with the chance to spend 2 1/2 weeks in the beautiful London for fun. I had so much fun and I am glad I could bring some goodies back with me. One of the goodies is this wonderful English Afternoon Tea. When I purchased this tea, I asked the clerk what is the difference between English Breakfast, English Afternoon, and English Evening tea. She told me that it was the intensity of the flavor in the tea. It was around 4:30 PM, so why not make a tea with the word “afternoon” in it?


This tea is quite bland in taste, unlike English Breakfast, so I put sugar in it. I think that next time, I will put milk in and see if there is a difference. I steeped my tea in my seahorse (any name ideas?) and it is a great addition to my sea collection. I think that, although not my favorite, and is a good introduction to adding a little something. I do think that a stronger tea may entice a non-tea drinker but if you don’t want to go head first, try something like English Afternoon.

Rating: 3.5/5


I am snowed in! I cannot tell you how much I love snow. I was so happy to wake up at noon today and see that it was still snowing. I will say that I am sad that it is starting to melt but it will be freezing again because it is so cold. My backyard, above, is so beautiful. Sadly, the dog my roommate has ran all through it so it isn’t perfect but I will get what I can take. I am just sad that it didn’t happen a little later. I start college back on Monday and don’t really want to go back just yet since I was sick for half of it.


Snow cream! My sister made snow cream from the fluffy snow that had landed on my car. Since the ground can be kind of sketchy. Anyway, a recipe for all of my Fleeters who want to have a little fun with the snow without freezing outside. Here are the ingredients to make your own snow cream.

Vanilla extract

Add all of the above as you see fit. My roommate said for every one part snow, do one part of milk, vanilla extract, and sugar.


Because of the chilly weather and being snowed in, my sister (Nerd Esteem) and I decided to make chicken corn chowder in our crockpot.

2 chicken breasts
1 stick of butter
1 block of cream cheese
4 cups of chicken stock
1 onion
3 red potatoes (2 if they are large)
1 box of rotini pasta (cooked separately from chowder)
1 can of corn
3 tablespoons of minced garlic

Seasonings are to taste but if you can season the chicken, onions, and potatoes before filling in the crock pot with liquids, it would be nice. Set your crockpot for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 on low.

If you make either the snow cream or chicken corn chowder, tag me!

What is the weather like for you right now?


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