It's been a fun run, Netflix.

June 19, 2018


It's time for this little series of mine to come to a close.

I've been sporadically posting these roundups for over three years, and in that time, my affinity for Netflix as a whole has waned. Lately, I find myself clicking on Hulu, HBO, or Crackle more often than the Netflix icon. It almost reminds me of how I started logging into Facebook more often than Myspace back when I was in college. One day I realized I hadn't logged into Myspace in months, and I didn't even miss it. Well, history may soon repeat itself with Netflix.

The fans are a fun bunch

June 14, 2018

I now understand why they're called fur babies

June 4, 2018


My poor puppy.

Raven has a bad case of happy tail (an inappropriately named condition where dogs wag their tails so fiercely in excitement, hitting any and everything in their path, breaking the skin under the tail hair, leaving a trail of blood in their wake, and on the walls... doors... door frames... cabinets... clothes... bare legs that happen to be nearby... the list goes on), and it has led us here.

May

May 31, 2018

Tulum

May 25, 2018 Quintana Roo, Mexico


Playa Del Carmen

May 24, 2018 Quintana Roo, Mexico


[a photo journal]

How I Work

May 17, 2018

Seeing how other people live their lives is oddly fascinating. I recently had a conversation about how people who are Internet Famous basically make money off sharing their lives, and the reason their careers thrive is because other people follow, like comment and otherwise engage. It is voyeuristic, but the idea of peering into the most intimate parts of other people's journeys and finding enjoyment sounds far less creepy when the content appears on your Instagram feed or in your YouTube subscription box.

I am no exception. I love blogs, vlogs, open diaries, and "a day in the life" content as much as the next person, and it serves as inspiration for this post (along with my my morning routine). Today, I am ripping off the How I Work series on Lifehacker. It offers insight on how higher-ups at prominent companies spend their day or organize their workflow. I am not a higher up. I probably have very little insight to offer, but I am writing this anyway.

Let's get to it.

Current Gig: Creative Content Writer
One word that best describes how you work: Methodical
Current mobile device: iPhone
Current computer: Macbook Pro

Take us through a recent workday.

I get an early start.

The part of our soul that needs a mate

May 15, 2018


A few years ago, my cousin and I were hanging out at my place. I was straightening her hair, she was watching tv, we were chatting about life, and doing all the normal things cousins who double as friends tend to do. We talked about our careers (or lack thereof), our goals, our dreams, and our boyfriends. J and I had been dating for less than a year at this point, but she asked me a question that many others would ask soon after: is he the one?

Because #art

May 11, 2018 Midtown, Atlanta


Last weekend, my friend Ashleah and I went to the High Museum for First Fridays and saw our first ever piece of performance art. Two girls were frolicking on the field out front, sort of following each other's movements and taking each other's lead, and the crowd was utterly captivated.

Your Enthusiasm is Scaring Everyone

May 8, 2018 Atlanta, GA

Seis de Mayo

May 7, 2018 Atlanta, GA


My Cinco de Mayo plans fell apart, for various reasons, but I got the chance to make up for it the very next day at Superica.

They have two locations: Krog Street Market and Buckhead. I have never been to the Buckhead location, but if it has as much character as the Krog Street outpost, I would highly recommend a visit. The food is your typical, slightly-overpriced Tex-Mex fare, complete with all your favorite accompaniments like chips, salsa, queso and guac, but the service and the atmosphere (especially on the patio) makes for a delicious afternoon of people watching.

Flavor Tripping at {three} sheets

May 3, 2018 Sandy Springs, GA


{my manual focus struggles continue}
The Miracle Fruit is a small berry that rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for as long as one hour. Those who have tried the berry claim that everything they eat with acidic properties become sweet. Lemons taste like lemonade, goat cheese turns into cheesecake and Guinness with lemon sorbet becomes a chocolate milkshake.
These are big claims to make for a little piece of fruit, but "flavor tripping" (as they call it) sounded too fun to pass up.

Two from Pinners Conference

May 1, 2018


So many vendors, so many crafts, so many classes, so many DIY techniques, so much walking, so much goodie bags.

April

April 30, 2018


I took many, many photos this month, starting with the blurry self portrait above.

The #100DayProject is well underway, and I underestimated how easy it would be to remember to snap at least one photo each day. Not every day has photo-worthy moments, and even though I've been good about always having a camera with me, I don't always feel like taking a picture. Still I've committed, and I'm not a quitter, so I've been pushing myself to just do it anyway.

Books for Africa, Round Two

April 28, 2018

Curvy-Friendly Jeans

April 26, 2018


I have struggled to find good jeans my whole, entire jean-wearing life.

When I came into adolescence (and subsequently developed my child-bearing hips), I was fortunate to find one or two pair that would get me through my school days. Good jeans were - and are - expensive. My mom was not the one to splurge on a pair of Seven or True Religion denim for her teenage daughter, and I knew that, so I dared not ask. I took whatever I could get, and usually, that was whatever would fit from whatever store she could afford.

If I managed to get the jeans over my bum (my friends called me applebottom - let the record state that I neither had nor wanted the boots with the fur), I still had an extra three inches hanging past my feet. This is when I got in the habit of chopping the excess and throwing them in the dryer for an intentionally-frayed hem look. The habit remains.

Every time I get a new pair of jeans, even ones with a shorter inseam, I wear them for a bit to decide if I should "cut or cuff." If the cuff makes my legs look too stubby, then I cut them. Sometimes I luck up and find a pair that are the perfect length, but more often than not, they need some sort of alterations. So, when I stopped in the middle of cutting my newest pairs to take a picture for my #100DaysProject, I thought to myself: there's a blog post in here somewhere... and here we are.

Filter the Fluff, vol. 5 - On Creativity

April 23, 2018

Every now and then, I come across really well-written pieces on the interwebs and get the urge to share. There are so many vapid pieces floating around these days, making it more and more difficult to filter the fluff. Whether it aligns with my viewpoint or not, I only have one rule: it should be thought-provoking. The following (listed below) were just that. 


Creatives share their routines when dealing with burnout, shock and overwhelm


"...many prolific artists or authors (those who’d written hundreds of novels or created countless artworks in their lives) only spent a few hours each day creating. It is a lesson I’ve learned over and over in my 10 years as a working creative. You don’t need every hour of every day to accomplish great things. Which is lucky, because our work should supplement our life, not be our life. 
People won’t connect to how little sleep you lost over a project or how often you post, they will connect to how deeply they can relate to your work. Those flames burning inside you need to be fed. That well that you draw your ideas from needs to be filled. For the sake of good art, spend more time daydreaming and exploring."

Taco Cantina

April 19, 2018 Smyrna, GA



If there is one food I'm picky about, it's tacos. My street tacos must be authentic, on a classic corn tortilla and loaded with onion and cilantro. All those extra ingredients are unnecessary, and the more expensive they get, the less I usually enjoy them. 

My favorite taco spots are hole-in-the-wall establishments. They don't have an online presence, and the whole meal usually costs around $5 - better than any value meal at any fast food restaurant. So when Taco Cantina popped up in Smyrna a few years ago, complete with a sleek and shiny doorfront and a snazzy website, I was in no rush to visit. 

Fear of Flying

April 17, 2018


This post has been sitting in the drafts of my brain ever since I started planning our trip to Cuba last fall.

About a week or so before the trip, more and more people started telling me how dangerous it was, and that we should think it over, reconsider/read some literature on the subject ;). The country was/is in a state of turmoil, political relations were shaky, there had been a bombing at the American Embassy, and it had recently been hit by Hurricane Irma.

It was, admittedly, a bit much. J was already a little uneasy because of how terrible the media portrayed the streets of Cuba, and at first, he thought I was unhinged for even suggesting Havana as a vacation destination. But I knew in my heart we had to go. The window of opportunity to visit my dream city had finally opened, and I saw that it may be closing soon, so I had to take the leap before it closed.

Good memories have no price tag

April 16, 2018 Helen, GA


Trying to document a girls' trip, with a manual focus lens, under overcast skies, while wine tasting at multiple vineyards, on an empty stomach, will humble you. 

I took so many photos while we were in Helen, but only a few of them came out somewhat in focus. Still, this getaway was definitely one for the books, the kind that makes me realize why I'd much rather invest my time and resources in experiences over things. Good memories have no price tag.

Amelia Island in Technicolor

April 10, 2018 Fernandina Beach, FL


I have been playing around with RNI presets lately, and I absolutely love how the Technicolor simulation renders the greens and blues of coastal scenery.

Welcome, morning people

April 6, 2018 Midtown, Atlanta


I had the chance to attend a Creative Mornings Atlanta session last week and loved every single minute. The guest speaker, Joey Reiman, gave a great talk, making it the perfect way to kickstart my Good Friday.

35mm Winter

April 4, 2018


Olympus OM-10
M.Zuiko 50mm 1.8
Kodak Portra 400

The 100 Day Project

April 2, 2018


I recently showed an Elle Luna piece in this post from my visit to MoDA. She created the "Should and Must" sketch (her explanatory essay can be found here), and I loved it so much that I had to follow her on Instagram, naturally. It seems I joined her following at the right time, because every year she co-hosts The 100 Day Project, and it begins tomorrow, April 3.

Easter Views

April 1, 2018 Atlanta, GA


Today I woke up early, went downstairs, cooked breakfast and set off the smoke alarm because I like my bacon crispy.

Slow March

March 31, 2018


TL;DR  (presented as a Haiku)(well, almost.)

The backyard is still crusty.
I am already over spring.
The house is clean.

Moxie Burger

March 29, 2018 Marietta, GA



Moxie Burger, has been on my Yelp list for years. Yearsss. They have three locations, all tucked away deep in Marietta and Roswell, which is never on the way to anywhere I am going - until yesterday.

It was surprisingly busy for a weekday night, but the weather was nice so we sat on the patio to pass the time (and, of course, I took pictures of the decor).

Filter the Fluff, Vol. 4 - Bloggers Edition

March 28, 2018

Every now and then, I come across really well-written pieces on the interwebs and get the urge to share. There are so many vapid pieces floating around these days, making it more and more difficult to filter the fluff. Whether it aligns with my viewpoint or not, I only have one rule: it should be thought-provoking. The following (listed below) were just that. 

Lately

March 27, 2018


Ladies and gents, may I present: a list of things I have been doing more of lately:

Lighting Candles
A few years back, I used to light candles every evening. My routine would be to come home, figure out dinner, get comfy, light a candle, dim the lights and read/watch tv/write/etc. It has always been a super simple way to relax and unwind - kinda like romancing myself. The first time J. ever came to my apartment, I had a candle lit on the coffee table with the lights dimmed. I thought nothing of it at the time, because HELLO, it was part of my routine. Like a year later, he told me he thought I was trying to romance him that night! *spoiler alert: he was wrong* After a few more visits (and no "romancing") he realized I just like to light candles in the evening.

I had fallen out of the habit this past year, but it is coming back strong.

Love at first snap

March 22, 2018

The Georgia Aquarium

March 18, 2018 Atlanta, GA


Through the lens of an iPhone.

This space is imperfect, just like me

March 12, 2018

Six years ago today, I published my first ever post here on TAS.

I was fresh out of college, working full time as an administrative assistant, and in desperate need of a creative outlet. After being inspired by a few blogs I found via StumbleUpon, I created a blogspot account, registered a domain and got started - armed with only an entry-level DSLR my mom bought me as a graduation present and the HTML knowledge I had from a 101 class I took at Georgia State. I had all I needed, or so I thought.

Soon I realized my kit lens was not cutting it. The quality of my photos were not on par with the quality I intended to produce, and as blogosphere began to explode, my homemade template began to feel inferior. In short, the demon of comparison began to creep in. Those sentiments were present in this post. *cringe*

After all this time, two things have remained constant in this space: my core categories (life, love, music, food and atlanta) and my name/domain. It took me all of 20 minutes to pick a name for my blog, and even less time to choose what I wanted to blog about. TAS was created as a form of self-expression, so, naturally, I built this platform around my personality.

Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes...


Not much has changed since day one, but at the same time, nothing is the same. I still live in Atlanta, love food, enjoy writing about music and am (occasionally) spilling my thoughts on love. However, the following things are different.

My Writing 

There were many times when I felt so constrained by my collegiate experience. My senior year was full of 10+ page papers, structured poetry pieces and APA vs. MLA formatting. By the time my degree came in the mail, I just wanted to write for the sake of writing, so that's what I did.

My early posts were full of grammatical errors and typos, and I hardly proofread before hitting the publish button. I recorded my thoughts and went on about my business. My readership was minimal (such is still the case), so who cared if I missed a few commas here and there? Not me. All those linguistic rules could kick rocks. I even put a disclaimer in my about me page, something along the lines of please excuse my writing, this space is imperfect, just like me.

These days? I CARE. My blog link is sprinkled throughout my various social profiles, including my online portfolio, which means increased visibility with potential clients. In short, flawed blog writing can now interfere with my side hustle. *record scratch*

I cleaned up my act and am continually working to improve my blog writing process, mostly as a way of honing my craft. I no longer spill my thoughts and hit publish; I review, revise and refine. Sometimes I even find ways to challenge myself, like only writing in the past tense for a whole post or only using simple sentences to convey my message. Funny how my relationship with constraints and structure has come full circle.

Visuals

I have always cared about the visuals here, but I now care less about how others will receive them. I snap and post photos for my own enjoyment more than anything else. In doing so, I have become more confident in my photography skills; I have also gotten better at curating photos for my content (a skill I also conveniently use at work). I am itching to upgrade my gear this year, so hopefully that will happen soon, but I will definitely be shooting more 35mm film in the coming months.

Layout

Okay now. This one changed quite often. I have updated my blog template every year, sometimes twice each year. At first I was upgrading for newer and newer features, then I could hardly settle on a design. Sometimes I just got bored, and this may always be the case, but I will always choose a simple layout with lots of white space. This year I tried to introduce a little color - grey - in the navigation bar up top.

Baby steps.

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