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WOW! What a month.  I have been through a lot. My personal life included a death scare, personal illness, family trauma, and family miracle.  My work… unappreciative/selfish leadership, awesome peer support, and a new outlook at how I will deal … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Threads

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What to wear?  What to wear?  Tomorrow I am heading to a dinner party and even with a closet full of the latest fashions, I have no clue what to wear.  I love silver anything so I thought about keeping … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Dinner Decor

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Every holiday season I host a feast for all those who were unable to go home.  Last year I chose to personally fund and feed over 150 of D.C.’s homeless.  With this week’s many obstacles, I was grateful my friend … Continue reading

Forever Young!

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A lot has happened in the past few weeks.  I am awaiting yet another cancer check after a scare, which I am convinced, is work/stressed induced.  Without disclosing too much information about my work environment, I can say this… I … Continue reading

Small World

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I have been inundated with work but would not pass up the opportunity to post this! Here is a perfect example that you never know when the stars will align again to the point that you would run into someone … Continue reading

Philly Steak Pizza and Football!!

Are you ready for some football…..and a Philly Steak Pizza? Mini Me and I decided to spend some quality time together this wonderful Sunday and make a Philly Steak Pizza and our awesome Margarita Pizza to eat while we watched … Continue reading

50 Shades What?


I have to start by saying I am sorry Anna and followers.  I was to watch the Emmys and provide a tutorial on how the children were styling and profiling.  I failed, miserably!  But you know what, in this case … Continue reading

SoapWoods Review

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I recently went on a camping adventure with Mini Me and couldn’t help but stop by one of the locally owned boutiques.  (Confession: I cannot help myself!  There is something about small homegrown mom and pop stores.  That and antique … Continue reading

16 years of Service

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I cannot believe it!  Today marks 16 years of active duty Air Force service.  I have been blessed!  I am grateful for the simple fact that I have been able to build what I have off of a military salary. … Continue reading

Bedtime Fashionista

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  So, I have a problem with sleeping.  My mind never shuts off.  I believe I have tried everything but I am on a new mission!  With my current workout regimen I am feeling lighter and lighter each day.  This … Continue reading

Emmy Homework?


I had a crappy week at school this past week and didn’t do as good as expected on some tests.  My plan was to get hammered and pretty much stay that way all weekend.  Until…..Anna calls me and says, “Hey … Continue reading

Weekend Autumn BBQ

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I have been assigned at my current location for well over 3.5 years and have given them my blood, sweat and tears!  Part of my new look on life was to take care of me and my beautiful Mini Me! … Continue reading

2013 Emmy Awards Style

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Every year we sit with anticipation and excitement for the red carpet arrivals.  We hope to be wowed and awed with the celebrity choices.  This year I was surprised to see…only a select few worth mentioning.  My favorite was Kristen … Continue reading

Beer Butted Chicken Dinner

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  Nothing better after a 2.5 mile trail run on such a cool rainy day than having a beer butted chicken dinner.  I received messages from our FB followers wanting this easy and delicious recipe. Keeping our chicken company on … Continue reading

RG…III Strikes and You’re Out?


 I’m not a huge Washington Redskins fan but I have to wonder what all this hype is about when it comes to Robert Griffin III.  Yes, last year he looked promising, taking the Skins to near post-season hopes and dreams, … Continue reading


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Did the word camping just come out of my mouth? Never did I think I would be telling Mini Me to pack her bag and hygiene kit to go camping!  That just happened!  I am taking Mini Me on a … Continue reading

Hammer Time!! With….Miley?


Ok, soooo; here we go again!  Round two of our twerking hot mess!  Miley Cyrus strikes again.  In today’s episode of “How the Hot Mess Turns” we have Miley’s new song and video, Wrecking Ball. Let me start up front … Continue reading


“When will Trish be around?  What exactly are you calling for?  We can’t send you a check ma’am without the information the specialist gave you.”  And on and on and on….. Mr. Speaker phone inventor…..DAMN YOU!  Inconsiderate people in Panera…..DAMN … Continue reading

Not in My Family! Innocence Gone?

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Believe it or not it could happen to you too! I knew this time would come sooner than later.  (deep breath)  For almost two years I have tried my best to continue life with a smile on my face…joking and … Continue reading

Home away from Home

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I love long weekend get aways! I love it more when I am able to entertain in my own home.  There is just something about making people feel wanted, cared for, and loved.  Whenever I think I might have a … Continue reading

Bed, bath and Mommyhood

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Today was a bit stressful.  I woke up with the worst headache and neck strain ever! I need a new freaking pillow!  I made the mistake of sleeping on my down feather pillow last night.  UGH!  (Side note: Thanks Mini … Continue reading

Wonderful Welcome Back Weekend


So this weekend was a good one.  I got back from summer break to settle back into another daunting year of school and life as an INK… Cosmetics intern.  I have to admit, I slacked over the summer, no, I … Continue reading

2013 VMA Fashion and Performance Slam Dunk


What a night!  The VMAs, good friends, good drinks, and what a show! I recently posted about Bruno Mars and his stellar performance in his signature Fedora, still impressed, not doubting that.  But, I have to give the overall props … Continue reading

Pulling off a Fedora and a Live Performance?

Who can pull of a Fedora and a live performance in one night?  If you said or thought Bruno Mars, you got it!  You either love him or hate him, well hate is a strong word, let’s say dislike the … Continue reading

VMA 2013 Beauty

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Our pick for the best VMA beauty babe? Let me just say I have never been so happy!  In 2011 I was afforded the opportunity to do Aubrey O’Day‘s make up for the Indashio show and she was a complete … Continue reading

Definition of a Hot Mess

Miley Cyrus on the 2013 VMAs!  Miley……Earth to Miley!!  WTF?  To think she came from Billy Ray Cyrus who was a country singer/artist….wait, who am I kidding.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Miley was on the right … Continue reading


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“ALONE” “From childhood’s hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others saw; I could not bring My passions from a common spring. From the same source I have not taken My sorrow; I could … Continue reading