Goodbye New York, Hello Texas!

If you follow me on social media, you may already know...that after 7 years in New York City, I'm moving back to my hometown of San Antonio, Tx. I am officially leaving on May 17th. I love New York City with all my heart, even when I don't, but it's time to focus on a new dream. San Antonio is booming right now. Things are constantly changing, but with help, I am planning to purchase a commercial property that I can live in and create a vintage-inspired boutique.

I'm fairly anxious about leaving. It'll be a major change, but I think it's the right thing. It's hard to think about starting over, going in a new direction. I came to NYC to be a writer and I've done some really cool things that I'm proud of. In my personal experience, the industry is not what it used to be. Full-time jobs are near impossible to come by and websites are constantly bought, merged or closed. I've been in retail limbo the past year, frustrated with the writer hustle. I admire friends who have the consistent hunger for it. Once my dream was to live here, another was to get published. I've accomplished that and surprisingly, don't feel the urge to push on, at least here. There's not enough return in happiness or money when it comes to hard work. Maybe, it's just me and my journey, but I feel it's time to move on to something new. 

In the back of my mind, another dream was always there, a dream of creating something tangible. I want to own a piece of property and create an inviting, brick-and-mortar store. I want to be part of a community and share my style while doing it. I didn't think it was within my grasp, but after much research, I feel passionate and excited about figuring it out, step-by-step. The transition will be hard, but family will be near, as will old friends. 

If you know of any resources in Texas, please let me know! I took  a Women's Entrepreneur class in Manhattan, which was a wonderful start. 

I definitely want to eat at all my favorite NYC restaurants before I leave. Please let me know if there's something I need to add to my Brooklyn bucket list!

The 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Happy 20th Anniversary to Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!!

It was 20 years today that little Kristina, 9 years old, sat in front of the TV and fell in love with this quirky, scary, funny, empowered show. I was home every Tuesday night and my walls were soon covered in Buffy memorabilia. I've never been more a fan of anything in my entire life. 

Now that I think of it, kind of a weird show for a 9 year old, my mom definitely questioned some moments, but nothing could stop my love for the world created by Joss Whedon. To this day, the season 2 finale makes me cry, but of course, I'm a sucker for them all. I sat with my friend and a plethora of treats as the series finale unfolded. I remember the sadness of knowing it was the end. Sure there was Angel, but it wasn't the the same. 

There were certainly ups and downs, but the show stands as a wonderful, collective piece of work. Thank you to Joss Whedon for creating a show that showed an imperfect girl kicking ass on a weekly basis. Sarah Michelle Gellar posted a lovely note on Facebook about the 20th Anniversary. Take a look hereYou can also read my previous Buffy content.

Women's Equality!

Women's Equality
Yesterday I celebrated International Woman's Day by participating in A Day Without a Woman. I happened to be off that day, but I wore red in solidarity. It was organized by the incredible ladies who organized the Women's March in D.C. 

Here are a few photos from the Women's March in New York, day after the Presidential Inauguration. I paired with BUST Magazine to create some clever protest signs. I took inspiration from Leslie Gore, but was partial to the Rizzo sign BUST made. SO GOOD. It was an incredible day and I felt empowered to be part of the crowd. There's so much going on every day, it's hard to keep up. I'll leave you with a few things to keep in mind...


Stay true to yourself

Keep intersectionality important

Fight for all sisters, not just cis-ters

As I post this on the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the sign below feels especially appropriate. What would Buffy do? Slay the patriarchy of course!

Women's Equality

New Glasses Put a Skip in My Step!

GlassesShop.com sent me a lovely pair of pink glasses. They suit me quite well and I've grown very fond of them. They literally match my hair AND my lipstick. What's not to love? I frequently get told I remind folks of Penelope from Criminal Minds. Turns out we have similar taste in eyewear...this is literally a still from the show.
 Here I am being goofy and hanging with my friend Dakota. 

These are another great pair from the site. The sunglasses comes in a variety of colors! GlassesShop.com has tons of frames and I was excited to find retro styles. Here's a coupon code (GSHOT50) for 50% off eyeglasses and sunglasses.
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Glasses & Frames: GlassesShop.com
Dress: Gwynnie Bee

Hello and Halloween

Hello Hello! I have a million half-posts in my queue, but we're moving into holiday mode. I had a splendid Halloween and I want to share the fun photos! 

Life update: While, I'm a fabulous writer/blogger extraordinaire, I'm also a fabulous Trader Joe's employee. Retail is not my end goal, but the community there is wonderful. I've learned more about working as a team than I have at any other job. Plus I've become a total TJs junkie. The food is ridiculously good. Anyhow, they're all about holidays, which I love. We got to dress up for Halloween and I chose Eleven from Stranger Things. Have you seen that show yet? It's great! It's like The Goonies meets ET with amazing music.  While I was working on Halloween, I spotted this mini me dressed in the same costume. How perfect is this photo?! 

The weekend before that, I headed to the Halloween Dog Parade, which as you can imagine, was a total dream. I dressed as Eleven in a dress from Pinup Girl Clothing and I DIYed an Eggo costume for Talullah. She was thrilled obviously. haha

I met many others in Stranger Things garb, including the couple above and Egar the Mighty, who was also dressed as Eleven. Such cuteness! 


Here are a few favorites. I was in doggie heaven!

I'll have to do a proper post for this Pinup Girl dress. It's super adorable and I will definitely be wearing it post-Halloween. This is my favorite season! 

Halloween weekend, I purchased my first corset. Not sure how practical it'll be, but I'm hoping it helps my posture and such. I paired it with my Sunnydale tee and a witchy chapeau. Hope you had a wonderful Halloween. Plz post costume pictures in the comments!!! (if I still have any readers lol).