BLOGGING BREAK what it was, why I took it, & why it saved my sanity

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Last summer I took a blogging sabbatical. I know that sounds dramatic and not actual accurate because I don’t think you can take a sabbatical if you aren’t a university professor, but go with me on this…

I took a sabbatical because I began to hate blogging.

It’s hard being on the internet, man. It is a weird place, sometimes a truly wonderful place, but sometimes a mean and ugly and troll-y and psychologically damaging place. I would compare myself to people I didn’t know, would never met, and who weren’t even in the same INDUSTRY as me. I would get envious of people’s lives and I didn’t know the first thing about them. It was insane and dumb and negative and draining…and let’s be honest, we get drained by enough shit daily and I didn’t really want to put up with it any more.

I stopped posting on, barely posted on my Instagram, deleted my Facebook, alerted my clients, and even put an away message on my email that said I was breaking up with blogging so take me off your press list please & thank you. It was delightful.

Ooh, all the free time! I didn’t style everything I touched, I left my phone in my purse on coffee dates and dinners out to new, cool, very ‘grammable spots. I took vacations and didn’t post a single photo. And the kicker – ready for it –  I deleted Instagram off my phone for weeks at a time AND DIDN’T MISS IT. It was bliss, pure bliss.

I re-learned that my worth wasn’t about a GD ‘like,’ and I really, really learned it. I stopped shopping because I didn’t feel this weird pressure to ‘dress like a blogger.’ I wore my hair in scrunchies because that is what felt right in the moment, I didn’t stress about a perpetually well styled home or the latest collection of anything. Basically, I allowed myself to stop caring so much.

I gave myself permission to chill the fuck out. And it was the single best thing I have done for myself in my adult life. That and invest in the box set of Harry Potter DVDs. and marring Griffin. Okay, well it’s high on a short list of very amazing adult things to be proud of.

Okay, so you are blogging again…what changed?

Honestly, I realized that I was doing something I liked (being creative) but on someone else’s terms. I thought that being a “blogger” meant that I had to style photos a certain way, dress well, or buy things that I could get an affiliate kickback from. I changed what I wrote about to get more likes and views, and totally let the “algorithm” become the driving voice. Am I proud of that? Absolutely not, but to be real with you…it was incredibly easy to lose sight of why I started.

You get given so much “free” stuff, get to go on so many “free” dinners or events, and get treated like this weird demi-celebrity that, honestly, you get kind of caught up in it. Who doesn’t love getting boxes & boxes of “free” product. Who doesn’t love free dinners, cutting lines, and press trips to cool places? No one. Absolutely no one doesn’t love that. It’s easy to get drunk on this weird micro-celebrity sense of power  and you lose sight of the reason why you put yourself out on the internet in the first place.


You want to know what changed? I decided that I loved being creative and the pro sides of the internet community were bigger than the weird negative shit that I let creep in and take over. So, I decided to take blogging back. I decided to put boundaries up, lay down perimeters, and instate a little personal manifesto. How is that for being determined and dramatic?

If you made it this far, I seriously commend the shit out of you. Thank you, it was a long-winded road, but you packed your windbreaker and I appreciate that.

Now, to see the next chapter of LK click this lovely little link to take you to the second installment of the “does she have a breakdown or has she always been this way?” story.…it’s a good one #nospoilers

RHUBARB ROSE MEZCAL MARGARITA the prettiest drink you ever did see

Are y’all ready for the most stunning twist on the classic margarita? Swap out your tequila for mezcal & switch things up with rhubarb and rose & prepare to be sipping pretty poolside all season. This drink is out of this world & we can’t wait to make it our new staple! xoxo, LK

Hello, Camille here! Last spring I spent time in London and Paris with my best friend for a work and leisure trip. Eating at local classics and hotspots is also a favorite part of my travels as I come home with a lot of inspiration for new recipes to try at home. This trip was no exception! My food highlight of the trip was all the dishes and drinks featuring rhubarb, including a rhubarb mezcal margarita at Wahaca, a fun and colorful Mexican restaurant in London.
Rhubarb is in season from late spring through summer, making a rhubarb margarita a delicious spring cocktail to enjoy all season! I’m also loving adding floral flavors and edible flowers to just about anything I can right now. They are an easy and delicious addition to lots of recipes. Plus they look absolutely stunning! I added a touch of rosewater to the margarita to give an extra feminine and spring touch. This recipe is delicious without the rosewater for anyone that isn’t a fan of floral flavors.LB-9886

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Serves: 4
  • Rhubarb Simple Syrup
  • ¼ - ½ tsp Rosewater (optional)
  • 4 Large Limes
  • 4 Shots of Mezcal (1 to 1.5 oz per shot)
  • Dried rose petals (optional)
  • Coarse salt
  • Ice
  1. Make rhubarb simple syrup in advance, allowing time for it to cool. I used
  2. this simple recipe
  3. and added some lemon zest (optional). The extra simple syrup is great on ice cream, yogurt, tea cake, or in sparkling water/seltzer.
  4. Rim glasses with coarse salt. Run a lime wedge along the rim of the glass first to help the salt stick!
  5. Juice the limes and add the fresh juice, mezcal, 4 ounces of rhubarb simple syrup, rosewater if you're using (if you're unsure if you like the flavor of rose, start with less and add more to taste), and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine and chill.
  6. Pour into 4 glasses. To dress up your drinks, add a lime wedge or my favorite, a sprinkle of dried rose petals (available at Whole Foods or usually any local grocery or specialty food shop that has dried lavender). Enjoy!


recipe creation by Camille Wynn | photography by Lindsay Brown| styling by Alana Stipech


IMG_4440Does your morning routine look like this: wake up, reach for your phone, check your email & texts, and maybe look at Instagram if you’ve got the extra minute? There is nothing wrong with picking up your phone first thing (hey, we are guilty of it), but sometimes a pesky email from a boss or a rude text can dictate the tone of your day & no one wants to wake up stressed out.

This month we’ve been challenging ourselves to spend ten minutes, first thing in the morning, to wake up with an easy, phone-free morning routine. Taking just ten minutes to breathe, stretch, set intention, and have a little alone time before the rush of the day kicks in is an amazing way to take back your morning & set yourself up for a healthy day.


If your phone is normally plugged in to your nightstand or right next to your bed, try moving it across the room. This forces you to get up & out of bed when your alarm goes off. Normally, we would all run back to our warm, cozy bed, but this week you are going to move to the living room and spend the next 10 minutes in your new daily routine.

To help get things going, I drink a small glass of water & turn on the coffee pot. By the time the coffee is brewed and cooled down a bit, my morning routine is wrapping up and the coffee is already made. This is a great start to a morning already.

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Despite what you might think about meditating, there are lots of different ways & a mass of health reasons why meditating, even a few times a week, is incredibly beneficial. I’ve been starting off my mornings by setting a timer for 2 minutes and sitting in a quiet place, with our eyes closed, focusing on our breath.

I increased those two minutes to four the next week & then again in two-minute increments as the weeks roll on. So far I am up to eight minutes & it’s the best part of my morning. Sitting in my office with a candle lit, the smell of coffee coming in through the kitchen, and eight glorious minutes to just wake up, check in with how I am feeling, and set personal intentions for my day. It’s insane how much better I feel & how my reactions have changed when met with stressful situations.


You did it! You woke up a few minutes early & chose to spend a little time on yourself this morning instead of jumping right into the work day grind. How do you feel? Sure, a little sleepy maybe, but hopefully you feel more grounded and prepared to take on the day.

Our days are filled with people needing things from us –  that email,  your attention, your input – and while that might just be part of the daily grind, taking a few minutes out of the morning to give yourself a little love, a good pep talk, and a great cup of coffee will help make the grind a little better.

If you are looking for a little extra love, try some Simply Pure clean coffee creamer. Only five simple ingredients & your morning cup of coffee just got seriously upgraded. I am partial to the French Vanilla, but I hear the Hazelnut is pretty divine as well.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

DOUBLE DUTCH BRAIDS from gym to the office

IMG_2742The argument for waking up a bit earlier to style and “do” my hair in the morning just has never been that compelling. Maybe because I prefer a bit for of a tousled look, or maybe just because I’ve never really known how to style my hair well, either way, I am always on the lookout for quick & easy hairstyles that will get me out the door on time and one that I don’t have to keep fixing all day.

We just started playing around with the Double Dutch Braids and I am obsessed. Remember that braided crown we did a while ago? Well, it’s the same braiding technique, but this time we are braiding straight down the back of your head instead of around. Basically, it’s half the work & you can do this on the train to work in the morning – yes, it really is that simple!

Perfect for the gym & adorable for work, we have a feeling this is going to be your favorite no muss, no fuss hairstyle this season. Still unsure about how to master the Double Dutch braids? We’ve called in one of our favorite stylists from StylistedChristina Gauthier – to show us how!


1. Start with a clean part that extends all the way down your head. Cleanly separate the two sections and pigtail the left section on the side of your head.

2. On the right section, separate the top of your hair into three sections. Dutch braids are basically the inverse of a French braid, so instead of pulling the pieces of hair under one another, push them on top. Or, if it’s easier to think of it this way, start French braiding and then do the opposite. The right piece goes under the middle and then the left under the middle, while adding more hair from the root.

3. Work that pattern until you’ve reached the end of your hair & secure with an elastic tie. Un-pigtail the left section and repeat.


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PALOMA my favorite summer cocktail

IMG_2918Well, happy Friday, friends! I don’t know about you but I am ready for summer to make her grand entrance because these little beauties have been calling my name. Festive, delicious, and wildly easy to make, the Paloma has become a warm-weather staple in our house. I discovered this little babes when living in Austin and have happily brought them with me wherever we’ve moved.

For all my grapefruit lovers, this is for you. Love margs but hate the sugar? This is for you! Searching for the perfect “go-to” cocktail this summer – oh, yeah, this is absolutely for you! Give her a try & tell us what you think!



– 1/2 cup Tequila
– 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods has some great ones!)
– 1/2 cup Topo Chico (if you can’t find that, use Club Soda)
– 1 tablespoon lime juice
– OPTIONAL: Salt or sugar for rim


1. If you like a salted rim, go ahead and fill a shallow plate with salt, run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, & rim it with salt. I like my Paloma’s without salt, but it’s totally up to you!

2. Fill two glasses with a few ice cubes & add in your ingredients. Stir gently & serve, sip, repeat!


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HOST A SEAFOOD BOIL our go-to summer party

Think you can’t pull off a backyard seafood boil? Think again! With warmer temps just around the corner, we are making the case for why a seafood boil should be your summer go-to party. They are big fun, low stress, and with a little extra prep work on the front end, your party will go off without a hitch!  What could be better than cooking outside, drinking great wine, and eating seafood right off the grill. Start saving those newspapers now, because we’ve got a party to throw! Are you ready for your 5 step prep? Let’s get started!


If you’ve ever been to a seafood boil, you know that paper napkins or plastic bibs just won’t cut it. Make a quick run to IKEA and grab a few bundles of dishtowels to serve instead. Your guests will thank you & they are just a few bucks per bundle and totally worth the trip.

Gather up the spices, trash bins, newspaper stack (to line the table, of course), and clear a prep spot in the backyard that is separate from your entertaining space. All the fun will take place on the big table, but it’s nice to have a little side table for extra bibs, spices, crackers, etc.


This is the fun part! Get your water up to a rolling boil and get ready for something delicious. For the most amazing seafood boil recipe hop on over here to see our friend Brendan’s insanely delicious concoction. Easy to make & even better to eat, I promise this is one to print out and tape to the fridge.


Line the tables with newspaper sheets (I like to do three or four layers because things can get a little messy), bring out big bowls for shells & cobs, and don’t forget the straws! Your guests’ hands will get messy when they are eating your delicious food, so get some tall glasses for water & give everyone a straw for easy sipping. Or, just save the water for the fishes & sip on some perfectly paired Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay. Just saying, I have yet to meet a better pairing then seafood & crisp white wine.

Encourage your guests to discard their shells into the big bowls down the center of the table. This is dual purpose – more room for eating & clean-up duty just became a lot easier! Melt some butter in smaller bowls & pepper those throughout the table, along with some extra spices, and hot sauce for dipping.


One of the best parts of a seafood boil is getting to eat with your hands, so embrace the mess! Make sure every spot at the table has a bib (and make sure to get a few extra for the drop-by guest or extra clean-up) & put the crackers and tools within reach.

Serve your boil right on top of the newspaper & dig in! I like to leave a little dish of toothpicks out on the table to help pick up those bits of potato or sausage that are too hot to handle. Keep it casual & fun! Don’t have matching bowls for the shells or small containers for butter – who cares?! The best part of these parties is being outside with your best friends, drinking wine, & hanging out.


It’s all basically done for  you, so don’t worry about it! Sit back, relax, drink an extra glass of wine, stuff yourself with delicious seafood, and have the best afternoon you could have hoped for. Have we convinced you to make seafood boils your summer go-to party? We sure hope so!


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Food by Brendan McCaskey

This post is sponsored by Kendall-Jackson but all thoughts, opinions, and food obsessions are our own.


SIMPLE BRAIDED UPSTYLE perfect for spring

image6.JPGHi friends! Breann here. Are you as excited about Spring finally being here as much as I am? There’s just something about the welcoming of warmer weather that has me itching for cold drinks, throwing the windows open, and enjoying meals on the porch. It also has me embracing loose, romantic hairstyles to accompany said outdoor meals that hopefully include candles and some slow John Mayer tunes. (Hint, hint husband!) This simple French braid upstyle is perfect for those second day curls that have fallen a bit loose and messy.


Start with curled hair that’s been prepped with a texturizing spray, and tease just slightly at the back of the crown. Make sure to smooth the top.


Begin a French braid just an inch or so south of where you teased the hair. Leave a few loose pieces surrounding your face for some soft framing.


Tie off with a clear elastic, then gently pull the braided strands for the braid to appear more full.


Lastly, take the end of the braid and tuck it under to the nape of your neck. Secure with a few bobby pins as necessary, then finish off with a firm hold hairspray.


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CHOCOLATE WHISKEY CAKEAre y’all ready for the most delicious thing your Monday has ever seen? It’s boozy, chocolatey, & perfect for literally every occasion. It’s our new favorite dessert, the Chocolate Whiskey Cake! One bite of this & your life will be changed forever! xoxo, LK

Hello there! Constance here. Confession: I definitely ate more than half of that cake pictured above. I’m not sure how it happened, but just beware, it’s sort of dangerous! Perfect for a birthday, celebration, “hooray we made it through Monday” party, or just because – no matter the occasion, this cake is perfect for a crowd and will please even the most dessert averse friends. Trust me when I say this, you are about to become everyone’s favorite baker. Bring this to your next dinner party & you could start a fan club. Not such a terrible thing to be known for fantastic whiskey cake, you know?


-1.5 cups of dark chocolate chips
-1 cup water
-1/2 cup instant espresso
-1/2 cup cocoa powder
-4 cups flour
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-2 tsp baking powder
-2 cups of unsalted butter (4 sticks)
-6 large eggs
-3 cups sugar
-1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
-2 cups whiskey (we used Knob Creek)


-1/2 cup egg whites
-1 cup granulated sugar
-1 1/2 cups butter (cubed, room temperature)
-1 tsp vanilla
-3 oz dark chocolate (melted and cooled)
-Ground cinnamon for dusting
-1/2 cup of dark sweet cherries



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 4 8-inch cake pans with coconut oil spray & in a medium sized saucepan, slowly melt the dark chocolate and set aside to cool.
2. Bring the water to a boil, add the espresso and cocoa powder and set aside to cool. Add the chocolate to the espresso/cocoa mixture, and whisk until evenly combined.
3. In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, sugar and vanilla and beat until combined.
4. Add the whiskey to the coffee/cocoa mix and then combine that mix with the batter. Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter. Beat until evenly combined. Divide batter evenly amongst pans and bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
5. Let cool for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.


1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites and sugar until until the mixture becomes a meringue (approx. 10 minutes.) Slowly add the cubed butter and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla, melted chocolate and whip until smooth.
2. Frost cake and top with a light dusting of cinnamon and the sweet dark cherries.


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6Is it starting to warm up in your neck of the woods? Well, even if spring is getting a sleepy start, this insanely enticing blood orange margarita will put you on a beach under the sun, living large. Yep, it’s that good. Don’t believe me? Try for yourself! Promise, you’ll be sipping these puppies all season long. xoxo, LK

Elizabeth here friends! How’s your Spring starting off?! This week we had temperatures in the 60’s so naturally I went and got a bright pink manicure and started drinking a blood orange margarita to convince myself that summer was here.

Maaaaaybe I was reaching… but come on, you know the thought of putting on that maxi dress was reeeeeal appealing. Not only do margaritas remind me of warm summer patio nights but also they’re like my go to cocktail. It may be just me but I’m just not an overly sweet cocktail fan. If I’m sipping on something all night I like it to be citrusy and light and this blood orange margarita recipe is just that! Cheers! xoxo



3 Ounces of blood orange juice

1 Ounce of lime juice

2 Ounces of silver tequila

2 Tablespoons of simple syrup or Agave

Kosher Salt + Sugar for rim

Crushed Ice


1. In a cocktail shaker combine juices, tequila, agave nectar and shake for 15 seconds.

2. Rim glass with a blood orange wedge and dip in a half & half salt / sugar mixture for rim. *Note salt rim will not stick to plastic ware!

3. Pour over crushed ice. Cheers!


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View More:, hi friends! Remember that home tour that you were in love with? Well, it’s back & it’s hosting the most beautiful spring lunch we ever did see. Say “hello” to one of our favorite lifestyle bloggers, Katelyn from Katalina Girl, as she shows us how to throw a lovely spring brunch using the items you already have! Prepare to get inspired. – xoxo, LK
katalina_2Hello! Katelyn here from Katalina Girl. There’s nothing like a little spring soirée after a cold winter of hibernating.  The flowers are officially blooming, the birds are chirping and the sun is shining. What better way to welcome this cheerful season than a springtime party? So grab some stationary or shoot your besties an email. It’s time to celebrate the sunshine!View More:’s nothing I love more than a sweet spring tablescape—the bright color palette, vintage décor, a rustic farm table (I made this one with Milk Paint), fresh greenery, beautiful blossoms and of course the crisp light from your kitchen windows. A new season doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to shop for new entertaining pieces.

I threw together a ton of items I already had to create the perfect blend of a mix-to-match table setting. I spent hardly any money on décor, just flowers, food and a few fresh serving ware pieces.

Most items are borrowed from Grandma’s kitchen while others are new from Anthropolgie. It’s the perfect mix of old and new. kataline_1If you don’t have access to your Grandmother’s kitchen I suggest searching for a few must-have entertaining items at Goodwill, flea markets and vintage stores.

 milk vases, jadeite plates or a cake stand, mason jars, patterned bowls, printed plates and tea cups, ornate drinking glasses and silverware.

You’d be surprised how much you’ll end up using those pieces year round. View More: whip up your favorite snacks, pop open the wine and give yourself an excuse for a girl’s night of fun.

Cheers to spring!View More:

Copy by Katelyn Cheek | Photography by Lauren Konrad