It’s Summer, but if you want to stay inside…

Y’all. Summer has officially hit us with temps in the triple digits. Stay hydrated and use sunscreen! Sometimes though, the heat in Houston can be debilitating, and stepping outside causes you to get exhausted, soaked in sweat, and cranky.

Need a reason to beat the heat and stay inside? Well, plant yourself in front of your computer or tv, my friend, because I’ve got your binging recs covered!

Here are my top 3 favorite movies:

  1. Almost Famous – It goes without saying that Kate Hudson is a badass. This was one of her first films and she played the ultimate cool girl as Penny Lane. This movie has absolutely everything. A coming of age tale, a band’s climb to fame, and a rollercoaster of a love story. Also, the soundtrack is one of the best things I’ve ever heard.
  2. Hope Floats – I mean, who doesn’t love Sandra Bullock? Add in the charm of Louisiana charm boy, Harry Connick, Jr. and we’ve got FIREWORKS. I love this movie so much and never tire of watching it!
  3. Mama Mia is my favorite musical of all-time (okay, it’s tied with Wicked). I got to see it on London’s Broadway with my best friend and my life was changed. So when the movie came out featuring Queen Meryl as Donna Sheridan and Amanda Seyfried as her daughter, Sophie, I knew it was going to be good! And while we’re at it, let’s add the sequel to this list because, duh, it was just as good. I’ve watched it probably a solid 10 times up to this point, and I still cry.

Okay… and now onto what I’m currently watching or just finished:

Cuckoo (Netflix) – British show with Andy Sandberg and Taylor Lautner. A girl takes a gap year before staring university but comes back to her parents with a fiancee who is unlike anyone else in the entire family. This show has like four or five seasons, and it’s so good. The dad on the show is SO FUNNY without even trying and the mom is Emma from Friends. This is a silly, feel-good show that has a lot of heart.

Dead to Me (Netflix) – I think this is one that a lot of people have been talking about. Christina Applegate’s husband is killed by a hit and run and all of sudden, Linda Cardellini’s character comes in to her grief group and they hit it off. Cardellini’s character has a strange past and an even stranger connection to the family she’s befriended!

The OA (Netflix) – This is all parts sci-fi, thriller, and somewhat Stranger Things. A blind girl disappeared seven years ago and mysteriously reappears with her sight and a strange tale of what happened to her. Season 2 starts off a little strange and took a while to connect back to Season 1, but once it does, it really picks up! Loving Season 1 more than 2 right now, but we’ll see.

Always Be My Maybe (Netflix) – Hands down I loved this rom-com with Ali Wong! It was sentimental, funny, and Keanu Reeves makes a cameo. My mom came to visit this last weekend and we decided to turn it on and we were cracking up.

Specialย (Netflix) – A gay guy with mild cerebral palsy tries to establish his independence from his mom, while also not telling anyone about his CP. He lies and says he got hit by a car and that’s why he has a limp. He meets his new bestie and she opens up a social life for him. The show also follows his mom as she tries to let go of her grown son and get back into the dating scene. Loved this and I hope there’s another season!

Riverdale, Season 3ย (Netflix) – Welp, I’ve been sucked into a Riverdale hole I can’t get out of. I’m such a sucker for this show. It’s The OC meets Sabrina, and I can’t look away. Not realistic at all, but an overall good story line that I have enjoyed so far.

AP Bio (Hulu) – HILARIOUS! This Harvard professor loses his job and ends up back in his hometown teaching high school biology. This show is ridiculous, but funny and heartfelt. I felt all the things watching! I heard it’s been cancelled, but there’s two seasons for you to watch.

And if you are going to venture into the rising heat? Wear something light and easy!

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Happy Tuesday friends, thanks for stopping by!

Weekend Recap: South Padre Island

I had such a nice weekend in South Padre last weekend, y’all. The island holds a special place in my heart. I grew up going down there with my best friend and her family, and then started going with my family, too. Going down there every so often fills me with happy memories and goofy adventures with my gal pals that are still my best friends to this day.

I thought I’d give you the lowdown on where we stayed and where we ate.

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Where we stayed: We stayed at the Sapphire condos. They are also connected to the Pearl, which is a hotel. There’s a spa, multiple pools and hot tubs, a hut to order a refreshing pina colada, and easy beach access.

What we ate: We stuck with our favorites! We ordered in two nights and got Russo’s pizza and then Gabriella’s which is delicious Italian. My dad and I also drove over to Port Isabel to Manuel’s to pick up the BIGGEST AND BEST breakfast tacos you’ve ever had. For a nice night out to celebrate my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary, we went to Liam’s Steakhouse.

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Thanks for stopping by, friends.

Summer finally feels like it’s here!

Unpopular Opinion: I don’t watch reality TV anymore

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I know this may come as a shock, but I’m not watching reality television anymore.

Bachelor, Kardashian’s, Housewives. No more.

Here’s why:

Let me start by saying that there is absolutely no judgement coming from me if you enjoy watching these shows! These shows were just bringing too much anxiety and drama into my life. I didn’t really experience drama with friends until I was out of college. And it was enough to last a lifetime. The drama and false sense of reality these shows envoke is just not good for my mental health.

Every time Ramona and Sonja got in a drunken brawl, my anxiety would start to creep up. Picking to be on Team Vanderpump or Team Rinna perpetuates the act of women turning on other women instead of lifting each other up. Does this sound preachy? I don’t mean for it to be. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, if women would just stop tearing each other down, we’d be absolutely unstoppable.

Being in the dating game, it’s actually hard for me to watch shows like The Bachelor. You love him on night one? Bless. It’s funny, yes. But concerning? Also yes. I gave up after Ari’s season. It’s once again perpetuating the idea that women need to compete with each other for a man’s attention.

And the Kardashian’s treat each other terribly, promote products like flat tummy tea, and aren’t honest about the work they’ve had done (remember that Kyle lip challenge?). Are they a family and do they love each other? Absolutely. Are they savvy businesswomen? 100%. But I can’t do this anymore. It’s too much.

So what am I doing instead? I’m committed to reading more! I’m currently readying Crazy Rich Girlfriend and these are the next ones on my list: Where the Crawdads Sing, Educated, The Light We lost, My Oxford Year

Anything you’re trying to give up and replacing with something else instead?

Have a great Thursday. Thanks for reading!

A Floral Dress With A Twist

Happy Tuesday, y’all.

I hope you’ve had a great, long weekend! I got some much needed R&R this weekend at the Texas coast with my family celebrating my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. I’ll be sharing a round-up of my looks and your guide to the Island next week, but I wanted to pop on here and share a floral dress that makes me so happy!

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Hope you had an easy day back at work today!

Xx

Your Guide to Curvy Gal Swimwear

It’s here! Your Curvy Gal Swimwear Guide.

I tried to keep all comfortability levels in mind here as I put this guide together. I love color and this summer, I am pushing myself to extend my love of color into my swimwear picks! Of course, I did keep some classic styles and colors in mind!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these pieces. I tried to keep them classic staples in fun prints or solids!