AOK Guide to New Orleans

guide to new orleans

Another 2018 weekend getaway is in the books! I swear, the more I travel the more I want to travel. I love being home, don't get me wrong, but there is something so exciting about experiencing different cultures and exploring new cities. One of my favorite parts of traveling is planning the trip - it fills me with anticipation and excitement! The best trips live up to those expectations.

New Orleans was one definitely one of those trips that left me wanting more - I could have stayed longer and already want to go back! However, my stomach and digestive system demanded I return home to detox. NOLA was filled with European influence (more than any other city I've been to in the U.S.) and southern charm. It is really unique and unlike any place I've been before. Parts of the French Quarter are a little junky, but they are trashy in the cutest and prettiest of ways - color everywhere! The only disappointing thing about The Big Easy was the, don't get me wrong! Every meal we had was very good - a solid A all around - I think I just had overly high expectations. Everything was enjoyable, there just wasn't much that totally and completely blew my socks off. Does that make sense?

Regardless, C and I both totally and completely loved our time in New Orleans. We visited in early March and the weather was chillier than I anticipated (in the 50s and 60s most of the time) but I think that was a good thing. On our last day, the southern humidity made its debut and I quickly realized I wouldn't want to be there in the dead of summer.

How I Edit Photos on My iPhone

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Floral Maxi, c/o Romwe | Wedges | Lips, color is Stripped 

Hi, friends! Happy Monday to you! I've had several people reach out recently asking how I edit my blog and Instagram photos so I thought I'd do a quick post on it. I've always been a fan of good photography - my dad is a professional photographer and I had a Fischer Price film camera in my hands by the time I was five. I remember getting my first digital camera in middle school (I chose Nikon because of Ashton Kutcher, ha) and my first DSLR camera for my photography classes in college. I'm still a Nikon girl to this day!

Of course I have and use Photoshop on my computer, but a lot of the time I'm snapping photos on the go (especially when traveling) and need to edit and post them ASAP. Scroll on down to see my go-to photo editing apps for Instagram!

Encouragement for Influencers

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Embroidered Tank, c/o Romwe | Similar Army Jacket | Skinnies | Steve Madden Sneaks, $20 Dupe Here | Gucci Purse | Kendra Scott Cuff BraceletLips, Color is Patina
Hi, friends! And Happy Friday! Today's post is a little more personal/from the heart. I've been struggling with feeling discouraged lately, especially when it comes to blogging and Instagram. All bloggers do a good job of making their online life look pretty....but in reality, it can be messy, frustrating, disorganized and very, very discouraging. Blogging in general is a very over saturated market, so no matter how good you're doing, there are always girls out there doing better (and worse). Sometimes, the best ones get over looked while others, who may or may not deserve it, escalade to the top.

There are a lot of "cheaters" out there who buy their likes or followers. Better numbers makes those blogs and Instagram accounts look more appealing to brands and in turn, helps them become more popular as influencers. Others get lucky and go viral overnight. Then, there are those of us who work to improve our accounts, grow our following, and try to have faith that one day it'll happen. It can be really discouraging when people pass you by, but I try to tell myself that slow and steady wins the race.

Thundering Up with Kickoff Couture

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Oklahoma City Choker T, c/o Kickoff Couture

You guys know I love all things home-sweet-homa! I was SO excited when Kickoff Couture reached out and asked me to partner with them. I've been wearing their stuff for years (both the OKC Thunder and Oklahoma State lines), so it was a no-brainer collaboration for me.

One of my favorite things to do is to dress up a good t-shirt. This one is extra fun because of the choker cut out. I thought pairing it with white skinnies and pumps made it ideal for a Thunder game date night! When C and I first started dating, he took me to watch the Mavs play the Thunder for my birthday since I am originally from Dallas. It was such a fun experience and something I'll always remember. He said he caught Kendrick Lamar checking me out from the sidelines...pretty sure C was just trying to make me feel special, haha, but it worked. If only I had this outfit back then instead of a KD jersey!

Going Beyond | BIG Announcement!

fitness instructor

No time for small talk, I've got big news!! I'm SO excited to finally announce that as of tomorrow, I'll officially be an instructor at Beyond Studios in Oklahoma City!

When I started really trying to grow my blog last spring, I wanted fitness to be one of my main topics because it is something I genuinely love and am very passionate about. However, I never felt comfortable creating workouts or publishing health and fitness content because I wasn't certified in anything. I had tons of real life fitness experience, yes, but no titles or certificates to show for it. Now, though, I'm becoming certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and am SO PUMPED to teach BEYOND500!

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