Believe me when I say I was the last person to put SPF on unless I was heading to the beach or had plans to lay out by the pool for an extended period of time. Until my latest trip to California I didn’t quite realize the importance of wearing SPF in my day to day activities. If you check out the photos from my trip to Catalina Island you’ll see that by the last day I was more than little bit sunburnt. Since I was just running around town and hopping from spot to spot I didn’t realize how much sun I was actually getting, which is when it was too late.
That’s why when I headed to Charleston for #SBScon this weekend I made sure to include some Regenica® Renew SPF 15 in my bags and was sure to apply it on my face and neck every morning after getting out of the shower. I’m sure you saw on Instagramthat the girls and I spent every spare minute exploring the beauty that is Charleston, and I didn’t want to run into another situation (sunburnt forehead) this time around. Regenica® Renew SPF 15 helps protect skin from harmful UV rays, and thanks to its MRCx™ next generation growth factor technology it also enhances your skin’s own natural capacity to repair and regenerate itself – which can help maintain a youthful and radiant complexion. In other words, it’s a win, win. From its growth factor formula, to its UV protectant Regenica® with SPF is one of my summer go-to moisturizers. If you’re headed outside, Regenica® can work great when used in combination with other simple sun protection measures like wearing a hat that shades your face.
With the 4th of July weekend up and as summer travels begin to come to a close I definitely encourage ALL of you, young and old alike, to take skincare and especially summer skincare into consideration. Take it from someone whose Dad was diagnosed with skin cancer that it’s easier to take preventative measures now than to deal with biopsies and melanoma scares.
My travel schedule has been more than a little insane lately, and when my schedule gets hectic my diet definitely suffers. By diet I don’t mean that I’m on a diet, I mean that I often times forget to eat. Seriously some days (read that most days) I look up from my computer, see that it’s 6 pm, and realize that I’ve completely forgotten to eat that day. I blame it on the copious amounts of coffee that I drink because we all know that drinking a lot of coffee can impact how our bodies realize our hunger. It’s also a very, very serious possibility that I don’t want to take a break from work in order to cook, because it usually turns into a much longer process than originally expected.
If you’re in the same boat as me, I’m glad you feel my pain – really, I am. Some people just don’t understand it, and I sound like a crazy person. But if you, like me, forget or just get too busy to eat I may have a little something, something to make your life easier. Birds Eye released Steamfresh® Protein Blends, which when combined with some Tyson chicken actually make a for an incredibly quick (I’m talking less than 10 minutes total here) and filling meal. I picked these up when I was running errands at Walmart before my trip to #SBSCon, and I’m not gonna lie – it was seriously all I ate for the two days leading up to my trip.
Yesterday, the world as we now it changed forever, but in 76 others countries, it’s a crime to be gay. While I may have just earned the right to marry my future husband (a right that I’ll never taken for granted, and one that may possibly make me want to take dating a little serious) I’m lucky enough to be from a country where being who I was born to be isn’t a crime. Not everyone is so lucky, stand with Lush, and let the world know that #GayIsOk because for every bar purchased, they’re donating the profits to grassroots groups that are working toward LGBTQ equality worldwide!
Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to get personal for a minute. The news broke of the SCOTUS decision as I was en route to #SBScon, and I was so overcome with a mix of emotions that I was sobbing like a child while attempting to navigate a car. The next few hours on the road were spent like, retweeting, and favoriting every #LoveWins post across all my social media channels. My feeds have never been more gay, and by more gay I mean more happy. That alone is cause for celebration, especially in the day and age we live in, but more importantly yesterday was day that we witnessed a new chapter in the history of The United States begin. I still remember marching on D.C. as part of the National Equality March, and while I couldn’t be in the capitol to celebrate last night I was definitely there in spirt. Because for the first time in my 25 years on this earth I walked into a small-town America shop (in the South) with my head held high, not feeling as though I was a second class citizen.
By the time most of y’all will be reading this I’ll be well on my way to Charleston, SC for #SBScon. Actually, I’ll probably be stopped somewhere between Kentucky and Tennessee for a coffee and pee break. I plan on stopping in Knoxville and Asheville either before/after (probably both) on my way to Charleston since I’ve heard nothing but good things about both, and I’ve never been. Same goes for Charleston actually, I’ve never been, but I’ve seen plenty of photos, and I know for certain I’m going to enjoy my few days there.
One thing that’s gonna make that time even more enjoyable? This new Ben Minkoff Warren Pouch. Seriously though. If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you’ve probably seen an older version of the same pouch in older posts, and I still use that one on occasion. BUT the reason I’m even more excited about this guy, you may ask? That handy strap. That’s what. I love carrying a pouch around, especially when I’m traveling, but I’ll admit they can be kind of annoying without something to hold onto. Between my phone, external charger, business cards, and media kits that I’ll be carrying around at the conference this weekend this guy is going to be a serious lifesaver.
Don’t forget to tag along with me on Instagram this weekend as I explore some parts of the South that I’ve not been to, and keep up with all things Southern Blog Society by following the hashtag #SBSCon!
It’s been a whirlwind couple of months, from a slew of sponsored posts coming down the pipeline to traveling to California, Nashville, Chicago, Southern Kentucky, and Charleston this weekend I feel like I’ve been going a million miles per hour in one hundred different directions – which oddly enough I’m growing to enjoy more than staying at home. Don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than curling up on my couch with my favorite blanket and watching HBO Now or Netflix, but that’s the issue. When I’m home I don’t feel nearly as inspired as I do whenever I’m on the road. Whether that be because I feel safe when I’m at home, or that I’ve gotten a little bored with my surroundings (maybe a combo of both); but one thing is for certain finding my motivation to explore, create content, and hone my craft is lacking when I have the chance to hole up at home. Which is why The Fresh Exchange’s post about finding everyday beauty rang true with me a little more than it probably should. In it they share a challenge they’re holding themselves to for the rest of the year by using the hashtag #fresheveryday, and they’re challenging us to find the beauty in every days tasks that we may not have planned, or ones that may not have gone according to plan. For me, this is a challenge to once again slow down, enjoy life a little bit, and not get so wrapped up in trying to conquer the world one blog post at a time.
SO, I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m not the biggest Taylor Swift anymore, and if we’re friends on Facebook you probably already know why. But in case we’re not, here’s the long story, short. Taylor’s team reposted a photo I shared on Twitter after her Louisville concert WITHOUT crediting me for the photo, yeah I was annoyed, but I moved on (after a week of tweeting her with no reply.) Until I read her rant against Apple requesting that all artists be paid their dues, and I was like WTF T Swift, you’re a hypocrite. Looks like I wasn’t the only one, a photographer shared his open letter response to her on his blog, and then that letter + my rants from Twitter made it into a Jezebel article. I’ve not been contacted by Taylor’s team, BUT as of yesterday she started to credit photographers on her Instagram photos. So while I may not get my dues for the photo, at least I helped “swift” the tide in the right direction for future creators. If you’re asking yourself while this is a big deal, let me break it down like this: I’m a creator, I get paid for the content I create. Had Taylor shared my photo on her channels with proper credit that would’ve meant over 30 million users that had never seen my content and may never see my content again would’ve had my name flashed before them with essentially a seal of approval from the one and only T Swift. This could have been a serious game changer for me across all social media channels, like.. a seriously, serious game changer. And no it’s not about me, it’s about doing what’s ethical. According to Twitter’s guidelines..
But what’s yours is yours – you own your Content (and your photos are part of that Content).
I own the Content that she shared on her Instagram, which means Taylor Swift reposted my Content (along with several other creator’s content) without permission, prior approval, or proper credit. If we want to get technical, there are lost wages and copyright laws that could be thrown into play here, but most of all it’s insanely hypocritical that she ask that the music industry be treated one way while she continues to treat the visual creative community in another way.
Another thing that I’ve had more than my fair share of the past few months? Bad dates. Shew. SO many. From the West Coast to The Midwest boys suck, that’s what I’ve decided, which is why I related SO well to Isaac’s latest dating advice piece.
On the other hand, relationships and bucket lists like Blair and her husband share give me hope. Hope that I too will one day be able to travel the world with that special someone, and more importantly have someone to take good Instagram photos for me (kidding, not kidding.)
It’s probably a little obvious that I could use some stress relief in my life right about.. now, and I’ll blame that on the fact that my ankle still isn’t healed after spraining it. Which means I’ve not ran in 3 weeks, and that’s my token way of blowing off steam. Until it’s 100% healed, I’ll be taking these 10 Ways To Bring Zen Into Your Life c/o Wandeleur into consideration.
Since I feel confined to my house thanks to my swollen ankle/cankle and the stifling heat, I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen, and I’m about to start making my way through these 15 Blueberry Recipes from Gimme Some Oven.
Will’s posts from sunny Londontown always make me smile (cause that’s #makeyousmilestyle for ya), and I can’t wait until his second book comes out!
Now that I’ve got some extra money I’m really considering sprucing up my home space a little bit, thank god for HGTV.
What’s better than mac and cheese? If you’re like you may be saying nothing, but Gimme Some Oven added chicken + broccoli to her’s, and now I want to do the same.
I’m heading to Charleston this weekend for #SBSCon, and I’ve gotten pretty good at packing here lately. If you’re looking for some tips for the rest of your summer trips, HGTV has got you covered.
I’m guilty of being lazy when it comes to music, thanks Spotify, but if you’re not as lazy as me The Fresh Exchange have rounded up their Albums for Summer 2015 right over here.
I love appetizers, almost as much as food, which means I was all about Wandeleur’s post that included watermelon, feta, and basil. Can you say yum?
Speaking of food, Man Repeller in all their glorious genius threw Avo Toast and Rosé in the ring together for an Instagram heavyweight championship, who do you think will win?
Since we’re already on a food kick, and I’ve already shared 2 recipe posts from Gimme Some Oven I’ll go ahead and slide this last one in for as it’s for Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries. They’re at least a healthi(er) carb?
Authentically Emmie’s #TransparentTuesday posts are always some of my favorites. Mostly because I love when other bloggers get real and take down the rose colored filters that make our lives seem perfect, cause they’re really not. We’re just as crazy, tired, and messed up as you are. Sometimes even more so, I mean living in the lime light isn’t the best for your sanity – trust me. My take away lesson from latest post? I’m better than I was yesterday, hopefully you can say the same.
Alright – signing off for now. I’ve gotta start packing for my this weekend before heading out the door for a day of errands in preparation for heading to Charleston in the morning for #SBSCon. While I don’t 100% know what all I’m packing I can say for sure that my new Ben Minkoff Pouch + Zanerobe tee(s) are going to be making the trip with me. Be sure to tag along with me on Instagram and SnapChat (@TheKentuckyGent) because we all know how much I love some road trip sing-a-long sessions.
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