Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fashion Week San Antonio 2014

I'm super excited to announce that I will be covering Fashion Week San Antonio 2014!

Events will take place November 1-7 and the official schedule can be seen below.

Let me know if you'll be attending any of the events!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

San Antonio Beer Festival 2014

sa beer fest

The San Antonio Beer Festival took place this past weekend at Maverick Park. With over 80 breweries and 250 beers, live music, and yummy eats, I was pretty much in heaven. The weather was perfect and there were even games to play if you didn't have your hands full with beer and food.

This was my first year to attend SA Beer Fest and I was a bit hesitant about the $40 price tag on the tickets. The website and facebook page didn't make it very clear about what exactly the ticket price included. 

Now that I've been, let me tell you --- it's worth it.

The ticket gets you:
+ entry into SA Beer Fest
+ 10 drink tickets which you can use for any drink (beer!) at the festival
+ the official SA Beer Fest cup to use for said drinks

You do have to pay for food but the prices are very reasonable. Especially for the yumminess that comes with it. There were booths and food trucks that were difficult to choose from. I finally settled on a food truck and tried mini tacos, quesadillas, and a funnel cake. Yea, all of it. So good.

I'm already looking forward to next year!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Swiffer Effect

Swiffer is spreading the #SwifferEffect with the Big Green Box! 

I've been a Swiffer user for years and since my new home has stained concrete floors, I feel like my Swiffer is part of my weekly and sometimes daily routine. Especially with pets in the house! Most of you know that my sweet Duke went to heaven a few months ago. He shed like crazy! And my recent foster baby sheds too. Swiffer helps me not go to completely crazy with the pet hair that seems to be everywhere. And when I found out that Swiffer has partnered with the ASPCA, my support of them was pretty much a done deal.

Did you know....

  • Swiffer Sweeper picks up 3x more pet hair, dirt, and dander than a brrom and dustpan 
  • 38% of pet owners say the leading source of pet "cleaning tensions" in their home are hair dust bunnies and/or shedding challenges
  • 50% of Americans say that concerns about pet hair in their home is one of the top reasons why they are worried about getting a pet, wouldn't get a pet, or don't have one.

I was so surprised by these statistics! I've been lucky enough to not only experience the Swiffer Effect myself, but to spread the love to friends too. Swiffer gave me a big green box and gave me one to share. I knew immediately who I would share it with. Chezlea and her 8 month old pit bull, Sosa, were the perfect fit! I knew Chezlea loves a clean house and would appreciate the ease of Swiffer.

Barnaby and I went over for a playdate and surprised them with the big green box! Chezlea said she felt like it was Christmas and she immediately started swiffing. The pups stared at her like a crazy woman but hey, can you blame her? No more furry floors for us!

swifter green box

swiffer effect

swiffer pet effect

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

King Barnaby

Losing Duke was hard. I didn't know, and I still don't know, if I'll ever get over the hurt of losing him.

But I will tell you that I've found something that has helped.

After weeks of dealing with my little broken heart, I finally decided to be proactive about healing. I signed up to volunteer with San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA), a local organization that puts their efforts towards making San Antonio a no-kill city. Naturally, I followed them on all of their social media accounts. This was both the best and worst decision. Seeing their daily posts on Facebook is heartbreaking. The city of San Antonio euthanized over 4,000 animals in 2013 and has euthanized over 2,000 animals so far this year. 

One Friday, after a really emotionally tough week, I came across their post on my Facebook newsfeed. They posted an album with pictures of 92 animals that were scheduled to be euthanized that day. 92! They were pleading for fosters or adopters to help. I scrolled through the pictures and cried my eyes out. I stopped at the picture below.

This guy was listed as "King", a lab mix who had been found on the streets of San Antonio a few days before. I just stared at him and cried. Without really thinking, I emailed SAPA to see if he was still available to save. I was told that he was still at the shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized at 5 pm on that day. 

My head was spinning. I didn't know what to do! I hadn't healed from my loss of Duke. I didn't know if I was ready to be the mama to another pup. 

And then I stopped. And realized how selfish I was being. I could sit there and say I wasn't ready and because of that, this little guy would die. Die, you guys! How insane is that? I couldn't let that happen. I couldn't save all of them but I had to help.

So I decided to foster. It was a reasonable median since I wasn't sure if I wanted to commit to adopting.

My stomach was in knots the entire way to the shelter. I got there and was so nervous to meet him! They brought him out and he was much bigger than I expected. Very skinny and covered in ticks and fleas. And he was the sweetest pup I've ever met. He kept giving me kisses and trying to sit on my lap. We immediately loved each other.

I sat on the floor at the shelter and picked the ticks off of him. I picked off over 75 ticks and that is not an exaggeration. This poor guy had them everywhere. 

I signed some papers and walked him to the car. He was very hesitant about doorways and cars. I finally got him in and we drove home. During the drive he seemed worried and I felt worried too. I was mixed with nervousness and guilt. I couldn't help but think that Duke would be so upset with me! I know that sounds silly. As we drove, I glanced up at the sky and saw the first rainbow I've seen since moving back to Texas. I broke down in tears.

I took a picture of it because I didn't think anyone would believe me! Some of you may know that rainbows remind me of Duke. Hawaii, the rainbow state, holds a special place in my heart and that's where Duke was born and raised. This had God and Duke written all over it. I think it was their sign to me that it was ok.

This was King on the day that I brought him home...

He had patches of raw skin. Scars. Scrapes. I could see his ribs when he walked. He had no interest in toys at first. And I will always remember how precious he was when I gave him a bone for the first time. He looked at me in disbelief. He didn't think it was for him. And finally, he took it from me and kept throwing it up in the air because he was so so happy. He really just wanted and still wants to be loved. 

This is him now...

He's healthy and so happy. He hasn't shown a single sign of aggression towards me or anyone else. He is very social. Soft as ever. And loves attention! 

I renamed him King Barnaby, but he goes by his middle name :) I liked that "King" had a hint of royalty like "Duke" does.

I'm thinking he is 1-2 years old and a black mouth cur. No one really knows but one thing is for sure - he is 72 pounds of handsome and sweetness!

I still haven't committed to adopting him and really the only reasons why are because I'm not home as much as he needs me to be and my home isn't as big as he deserves and needs. It will break my heart to let him go but I'll be happy to know that he is going to a happy home and able to live the life that was almost robbed of him.

Barnaby has helped me heal. I may have saved his life but he saved mine too! I'll forever be grateful.

Barnaby is available for adoption. Please spread the word!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Other Side of the Lens

I've been in the market for a new camera strap and I'm so impressed with the ones I found from iMO Strap! I love the textures, quality, and designs. Check them out here ---

imo camera

fashion camera straps

Get the look ---
Camera strap: c/o iMO Strap
Top: Nordstrom (similar)
Necklace: c/o Ginger13
Bracelets: c/o Ginger13, Francesca's Collections, 31Bits, c/o Uncommon Goods, c/o Ettika

Monday, October 13, 2014

Benefits Matter

Did you know that about 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck? Pretty scary number, huh? The reality is that most of us are one emergency away from financial disaster. This was made especially apparent to me a couple of months ago when I got 2 speeding tickets, 1 flat tire, 1 dead car battery, and a ton of medical bills for my sweet baby Duke. All within a span of 3 weeks. I panicked. Especially about the Duke situation. I knew that I had to do everything that I could to try to save him. Thank God, I was able to figure out my situation financially but I know there are a ton of people who aren't so lucky.

duke taylor

Benefits matter. Check with your insurance providers, financial advisors, banking systems, etc. Make sure that you'e getting the most out of it. Make sure that you're NOT one emergency away from financial disaster. Check out the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report for help!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.