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New Name, New Brand, New Location for the New Year

Hustle + Halcyon :: A Lifestyle Blog

Helllllllo Ladies ( & Maybe some Gents? ),

So, maybe you’ve followed my blog, maybe you haven’t. Either way: I know I haven’t posted in an eternity. I have been working ultra-hard to re-brand my blog ( making inspo boards, hiring a tech guy (<< soooo official, right?), working on branding (<< new logo to come!), shooting some amazing pictures with Megan, Kristen, and some others, etc. etc. etc. ), so I have SO much content for when the new site goes live. Also, I’ll be in Los Angeles by then, so I’ll have a totally fresh, new outlook to share with y’all. It SO matches the new brand.

So y’all wanna know the new name…………? Its

Hustle + Halcyon

So, let me do a little explaining, because every time I discuss my re-brand with someone who has read my blog, they get into ‘OMG NO I LOVE RAMBLINGS OF A WILD ONE!’ mode. Well, first off ( logistically ), my current name is just too long. Like, its a mouth-full. Secondly, I believe that the new name and look better matches where I want to go with my brand in the blogosphere ( yeah, I just called it that ) & elsewhere. I have some wonderful, amazing readers that I think will absolutely love the new vibes.

So, in saying that, I’ll explain the name. I love the word ‘Hustle‘ and I write it all over the place to remind myself to work my ass off on a daily basis. It can apply to really anything you want it to — fitness/health, work, school, blogging, etc. I knew I wanted to incorporate that vibe into my new brand.

The word ‘Halcyon‘ ( pronounced HAL-SEE-ON ) is one of my favorite and ( in my opinion ) one of the most beautiful words in the English language. Yeah, I went there. As described in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Halcyon is an ancient word that has come to mean reaching a calm, peaceful, & happy state. Its so euphoric, and EXACTLY what I’m going for.

The marrying of these two, opposing words ( one meaning ‘work, work, work’ and one saying ‘relax’ ) totally embodies the balance that I’m looking for in my lifestyle, and hopefully, the balance I can inspire in yours! Now, I’m not saying I’m the happiest, most hard-working pick of the bunch, but I am on my own journey to be happy, at-one-with-myself, and to inspire others to do the same. So, this is merely a documentation of that journey… Its not the end-all-be-all, ‘I know everything’ type of publication. Bonus Points: Ellie Goulding’s song ‘Halcyon’ is one of my favorites.

Hustle + Halcyon Lifestyle Blog ( yeah some new stuff coming, told ya )

I cannot wait to share all the new posts I’ve had saved up this past month on the new website. I’ll release the new link soon! Ahhhhh, I can’t wait to hear what y’all think!

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram & Twitter to witness the craze of re-branding for yourself.

Oh and side note: I am still doing the Kayla Itsines Bikini Bod guide ( she has some updated versions now, btw ) and it is kicking my ass.. in the best way! This girl has taken over the world… I mean, I ran into 4 other girls in the gym the other day doing her workouts… in College Station, Texas. Like, what? Thats some serious #GIRLBOSS action.

Seeeee ya soon ( probably in a couple weeks ) !!

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ROAWO x Mavy Savvy Trend Store

One of my favorite word combos? Street Style.

I’m such a sucker for websites that specialize in inexpensive versions of the sweet stuff I see my favorite fashion Instagrammers (word?) wearing. Wether its a badass graphic tee or a black leather skirt, I. Want. It. For. Cheap. I’m on a college budget, so I can’t exactly afford to splurge…. so how in the world am I supposed to buy cool, trendy stuff?

Enter: Mavy Savvy Trend Store.

I was soooo pumped when I discovered this online boutique & became a part of their campaign. They are a new (& quickly growing) online marketplace for girls on a tight little budget. AND now, you can get 20% off their new arrivals. Deals on Deals on Deals.

I’ve rounded up some of my top picks from Mavy Savvy, so shop your little hearts out:

Favorites from the New Online Boutique: Mavy Savvy Trend Store

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So. much. love. for the Mavy Savvy team & I loooove to be a part of the success of new shops. So go show them some lurve yourself, alright? I can’t wait to see the future of this store.

Much love

xx

This is a sponsored post, as I am a part of the Mavy Savvy Trend Store campaign powered by Brand Backer. Though this is a sponsored post, my opinions are sincere!



November’s Necessities for your Nest

Okay, so as a highschooler/college kid in a dorm, I never really understood people being so intense with their cutsey home-decor trinkets, entertaining accessories, and fancy utensil shopping. You guys remember those miserable times that your mom dragged you to go furniture shopping and you seriously thought you were experiencing a slow, painful death? Maybe thats just me, but as a kid, there aren’t many things worse than that (except maybe the post office or the plant nursery)

BUT Since I’ve lived in a house of my own, I get it. I’m addicted to changing up my decor/ furniture/ kitchen extras/ etc. Like, really, really, obsessed on a weird, crazy-house-lady level. Also, I feel like I’m constantly re-locating lately, so I’ve had so many excuses to shop for my multiple living arrangements. Aaaand, because I’m moving to California soon, I have yet another reason to be scouring Pinterest for the best of the best in home decor.

So, y’all. Check This Shit Out:  November Home Favorites: ROAWO

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I mean, how cooliolio is that stuffz? Hope y’all have the best Tuesday your little hearts can handle.

PS: Our Giveaway winner is Elizabeth Holtrop! We’ve contacted you via e-mail and your basket of goods will be in the mail this week!

xx



Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics

Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Okay, I’m going to preface this post with an amusing little tale from this weekend. So, Friday night I was doing a little (or a lot of) celebrating my being dunz-o with test week, and decided to go out with my girlfriends. Due to all of this excitement, at some point in the night, my friend and I took off in a  full sprint towards our bar of choice…… and then took a pretty nasty tumble in front of like 4903544835 people. Seriously ate shit like a bunch of idiots.

Anyways, things were all well and good until we got up (initially laughing at our klutz-o status) and realized that my eyebrow was profusely bleeding. Turns out, the fall re-opened a previous, accidental cheerleading injury.

So there I was trying to have a nice time with my bloody eyebrow and scratched up face. The point of this? Well, the next day, I used my Paula Dorf eyebrow filler and, seriously, you couldn’t even tell I had eaten shit onto my face. I’m serious… never been more thankful for a beauty product in my life. Covered all of that lovely crusted blood! Omg, sick. I know.

So, anyways: back to my Eminence obsession. Hi, I’m Payton and I’m addicted to Eminence Organics. I did a post about this amazing brand way back when, but I have some additions to the collection that I am DYING to show y’all. I’ll save you guys my spiel about organic skincare products, because I covered that in my last post on this subject. but just know: its the way to freaking go. The only way to go.

Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Also, I invested in a Clarisonic and I need need need to share how amazing this little tool is. I’m not sponsored by Eminence or Clarisonic, so ya know the love is the real kind. I know I’m a little late in the Clarisonic game, and some of y’all are like ‘k duh it rocks,’ but I got here eventually, right? I use the Mia 2 every night (with a delicate/sensitive skin brush thing, because my skin is some kinda-out-of-this-world sensitive) to deep-clean my pores and polish my skin. Its a charmer and a must-have for a dreamy, dewy complexion.

Some of my favorite Eminence Products are detailed in this post… buuuut I’m here to talk about some new faves. I’ve added some products to my all-star lineup and all of you need to go grab them online right now. It’s important.

Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic Okay my favorite ‘favorite’ is this Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream. First and foremost, this stuff smells absolutely incredible.  I seriously cannot get enough of it. If I could jump into a pool filled with this stuff & live in it… I would. Weird?

Once you get your nose out of this wonder-cream, you realize how freakin’ moisturizing it is. Okay, that should be obvious for a moisturizer, but this stuff takes it to the next level. Its penetrating and softening without being all gross and oily. I HATE heavy creams… I always feel like my pores are being suffocated. No thanks.

Also, I’ve started using this Citrus + Kale Masque. I’m not big on the way this one smells, but I am big on what it does for my skin. This stuff is superfood for your face, so in conjunction with the Eight Greens Serum.. its dynamite. The Eminence Website describes  this masque calling it “A cocktail of citrus, rhubarb extract, leafy greens and avocado oil forms helps reduce the appearance of sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles.”

Another little skincare tip (that I recently covered here) is using Vitamin E Oil as makeup remover! I absolutely luuuurve finding a natural, cheaper replacement for those annoying-ass makeup remover pads/ oils. S’gross. Thought this leetle tippidy-tip would be a great addition to my organic/natural skincare routine post. Read more about how bomb vitamin E oil is for you skin here.

Complexion Perfection: Eminence Organics + Clarisonic So there ya go. All the goods. What do y’all think about organic skincare? Essential or excess?

and sidenote: does anyone else absolutely love when all your makeup/beauty products match and are perfectly accumulated on your counter like a magazine ad? Am I a crazed maniac, oorrrrr?

Later loves.

xx

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Meet Lauren Williams: Health and Fitness Guru & the Brain Behind Indubitable Fitness!

Lauren Williams: Indubitable Fitness, Fitspo & Health Guru. A great site for workouts and healthy recipes! Hiiii loves. It’s been awhile, but I’m back from my little blogging break (consisting mostly of classes, tests, term papers, AND re-branding BS) and I have something really freakin’ great for y’all today.

Lauren Williams: Fitspo, Fitspo, Fitspo!

Y’all know I love to feature my friends on ROAWO, sooooo meet my girl Lauren. She’s a health & fitness guru, a beach body coach, and the brain behind her brand: Indubitable Fitness.

Here we go:

◊ Introduce Yourself: Hey everyone! My name is Lauren Williams and I am a health & fitness coach! Indubitable Fitness is my online site where I blog about healthy recipes, fitness tips, inspirational posts, and where I lead my online fitness challenge groups! I’m from Fort Worth, TX (<< my hometown too!) and I’m attending TCU to get a Kinesiology-Health & Fitness degree. I’m a mover and a shaker.. If anything gets lost in the day for me it’s sleep, because I have a million things to do and you better believe I am going to do them all (ok, and sometimes school gets lost too)! Oh and I’m totally horse crazy. I competitively show hunter jumping horses and I have a fabulous horse named The Big Dog (aka Cujo).

Meet Lauren Williams: Beach Body Coach and Health Guru

◊ What inspired you to start your fitness journey? My freshman year of  highschool, my habits of eating krispy kremes and not working out caught up to me really quickly. After some teasing at school, my mom telling me to put down the cheetos one too many times, and just becoming fed up with the person that I saw in the mirror, I realized that I had to do something to fix this.  I was blessed in that I got a personal trainer who taught me all about food and nutrition and pushed me, even when I tried to put on the brakes, thinking I couldn’t go on in the workout. Becoming healthy and fit drastically changed my life. It took me from being sedentary, unhealthy, and miserable to constantly active, confident, and loving life every day. I now want to pass this wellness onto everyone that I can.

◊ How do you stay motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Consistency is the key that I have found for success. I led an unhealthy lifestyle before and the way that I felt back then is a way that I never want to feel again. Working out and feeding my body right makes me feel confident, energetic, happy, and alive every day! I love life and I love to explore.. Working out can be fun if you mix it up! I always am finding new adventures to go on, like paddleboarding on the river, going trail running at a state park, or going biking with friends! My online support groups holds me accountable for being my best and not falling off the bandwagon (<< this is what ROAWO does for me!). As a coach, I know that I have to give 110% in order to inspire others and motivate others to make changes and that pushes me on every day.

◊ As a Beach Body coach, what is your main goal? I want to change the way that people think about nutrition & exercise, and more importantly, the way that they think about themselves & their potential! I want to help others reach their health & fitness goals and help them to look and feel their best. There are so many “quick fixes” out there these days, like diet pills and starvation diet plans. The fact of the matter is: those just will not hold up your weight loss or give you the mental benefits that proper nutrition and exercise will (<< Amen, sista) . There is no quick fix to a lifestyle that pays HUGE rewards to those willing to put in the work. I provide people with a fitness & nutrition program tailored to their needs, access to my online support group, and free coaching from me to put them on the path to success! (<< y’all, seriously check it out… FREE coaching)

Lauren Williams: Indubitable Fitness, Fitspo & Health Guru. A great site for workouts and healthy recipes!

◊ What has been the most effective way to transform your body and build lean, sexy muscle? Don’t be afraid of the weight room!! Weights are SO important in building lean muscle mass and lifting weights will not make you get huge like a boy… that just won’t happen. Another important exercise component is HIIT training. HIIT is the quickest way to burn fat while gaining lean muscle! It combines short, high intensity intervals with longer, low intensity intervals so that your body is constantly kept guessing and never “plateaus” on burning calories! You must remember to never give up… Muscle weighs more than fat, so sometimes, even when the scale isn’t changing, your body is! Give it time and continue working your muscles, I promise that you will love the results!!

◊ So, you’ve got 30 minutes to work out and you can’t make it to the gym. What’s a quick exercise that you can do at home? I would typically pop in a workout DVD because the workouts are only 30 minutes long–so doable! But, if not, I’ll do something like this: 30 seconds each 3x through & rest 10 seconds between exercises: mountain climbers, chair tricep dips, high knees, squats, planks, pushups, jumping jacks, burpees, alternating jump lunges, wall squat—GO!

◊ Who are your favorite social media/ blogger fitness gurus? Kim Danger: She has all sorts of goodies awesome snack ideas, healthy recipes, etc. and she’s just real!! I love that. Fitfluential has tons of awesome workout ideas and recipes & Skinny Taste has all the healthy recipes you could ever want.

Lauren Williams: Indubitable Fitness, Fitspo & Health Guru. A great site for workouts and healthy recipes! ◊ Give us the details on your daily diet: In general, I try to stick to lean proteins, veggies, fruit, and some complex carbs. Here is a specific idea of my day: Breakfast: Shakeology!–I am so in love with this stuff. I’m super skeptical of so many protein shakes, but what I love about ShakeO is it’s a super-nutrient dense nutritional shake that fills in the gaps of our nutritional intake! It curbs cravings, regulates the body, and increases energy! Snack-Apple & Peanut butter. Lunch-Low sodium turkey, avocado, swiss cheese, spinach & mustard on Ezekial bread wrap. Snack-Greek Yogurt with strawberries. Dinner-Grilled Chicken, broccoli, & squash It is important to eat every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism revved up! Here is an example of my weekly meal plan.

◊ What is your favorite Indubitable-Fitness-approved recipe? This warm chicken & quinoa salad with pears & feta is definitely one of my best meals! 100% clean, easy, and AMAZING.

◊ Give ONE tip to those starting their journey in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle: Believe in yourself, trust the process, and never give up! Fitness is not an easy journey, but the rewards are endless. Fitness is truly a lifestyle! Change your mindset, improve your eating and exercise habits, and find a support system that will aid you on your journey. Don’t give up on yourself!!!

Lauren Williams: Indubitable Fitness, Fitspo & Health Guru. A great site for workouts and healthy recipes! So, where can we find all your Indubitable Fitness-approved workouts, meal plans, tips, etc.? I have a variety of workout programs such as P90X, Insanity, Beast Body, TurboFire, and the 21 Day Fix available. You can view the programs or apply for a challenge group and I will help select the perfect one for you! The next challenge group is beginning 11/17 called “Hot for the Holidays.” Also, Learn more & purchase Shakeology here (my secret weapon to weight loss & improved health).

For a Daily Dose of Inspo, you can follow Lauren on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or find her at her blog, Indubitable Fitness, duh.

She’s a badass, riiiiiight? Thats what I’m sayin’. BY THE WAY: There is like (almost) 0.0 minutes left to enter this amazing FALL GIVEAWAY, so go! Do it. Now. Also, you can enter my giveaway with Old Factory Candles by going to my Instagram and following the quick & simple steps.

Until next time luvvvvvs.



I’m Lurving… + Big News & I Need Your Help!

I'm Lurving... Hi.

So, I’ve decided to switch things up a bit and change the “My Favorite Things” series to “I’m Lurving…” because I lurve the word lurve. Its so.. weird. So.. Me. In fact, I have a lot of changes coming soon to ROAWO & I need your help!! [ I’ll talk about this more in a sec.. ]

Now, onto the previously scheduled post. I have a whole list of some seriously-cool “lurves” for y’all this week. First things first, how intense is this crazy succulent garden^^? I found it when I was in San Francisco, casually sipping tea by the Golden Gate, and I had to document it. Y’all know I love succulents. They’re s’cuuute.

Serendipity Fine Lines Print Serendipity Fine Lines Business Cards Do y’all remember my interview with Sarah of Serendipity Fine Lines?? Welp, I got my custom print in a couple of weeks ago, and I absolutely LURVE, LURVE, LURVE it. How freakin’ badass is this Madonna quote? I mean seriously, I’m digging that idgaf vibe ( because who even has the time and energy to gaf … yeah, idgaf ).

Can y’all tell that I also love the word/term idgaf. I esp like saying idgaf instead of the whole ‘I don’t give a fuck,’ because I think its so hilarious for some reason. What a knee-slapper, right?

Click here to read the interview + find out details on where to buy her stuff, links to her social media sites ( for daily pretties ) & a little discount code. Her biz cards are amaze too… #talent.

TSC Frapp on ROAWO TSC Frapp on ROAWO Another thing I’m lurving is The Skinny Confidential’s Vanilla Frap ( sans the crap! ). Back in the middle school days, I was a frapp-fanatic. I remember waltzing into the mall Starbucks with my clan of girly-gals ( wearing all Abercrombie, sporting some colored Uggs, & obvi carrying my colorful Dooney & Burke handbag.. lolz. ) & ordering some trendy blended beverage… thinking we were all old and mature for drinking coffee. Don’t pretend like you weren’t exactly the same.

Gah, am I relieved those days are long over. I mean, that memory is so embarrassing. AND, the worst part isn’t even my choice of attire… its those damn frappuccinos. They are seriously disgusting.. read up on the real-nast-deal here ( Lauryn from TSC has me convinced ).

BCBG Suede Jacket BCBG Suede Jacket & Flannel Eeeeps, this suede, fringe jacket from BCBG is everything… and more. I am aalllll about texture combo & this jack ( as well as my leather one.. as seen in San Fran post ) is my go-to when I want to layer some texture and make my outfit next-level cool. I’m 99% positive its out of stock, but they sell similar ones here and here.

I layered the Suede + Fringe jacket with a killer flannel button-down & some destroyed skinnies. And, obviously some clunky wedges.. a staple. This is an outfit completely comprised of staples, actually. You need to own every single one of the pieces right now. This is serious.

Kombucha My last lurve of the week is this blood orange HOLY Kombucha tea. Okay, most importantly, HOLY Kombucha is made + bottled in my hometown, Fort Worth, TX.

( PS if you don’t know what Fort Worth is, or you’ve never been, you need to get your shit together… its a seriously cool city with a small-town, friendly feel. Its getting a lot bigger, so go before it becomes too much like Dallas… plz Fort Worth, don’t ever do that… )

HOLY Kombucha’s Mission reads:

For you, HOLY Kombucha strives to brew the freshest kombucha using only organic ingredients and using absolutely nothing artificial to brew the highest quality.
For those in need, HOLY Kombucha has a mission to help save and provide a safe haven to children and women from human trafficking. We want to raise awareness and give help to organizations who strive to END human trafficking throughout the world! This is where we put our 10%!

How insanely cool… You need some HOLY Kombucha in your life. I like to drink kombucha + vodka for a weekend treat OR just by itself ( normal-human style ). This week, it was part of my detox-from-Halloween routine.

Okay, so some news:

Remember when I said I had some new things in the works for ROAWO? Well, one of those things is… drumroll please…… a total rebranding. Yep, as of early 2015, I will be moving ROAWO to a new domain ( obviously I will be giving y’all lots of heads up & I will be annoying y’all with news on the move, new links… yada yada yada) as I make the move out to Los Angeles.

I’m doing this because I no longer feel that the ‘Ramblings of a Wild One’ theme fits with my blogging goals. I’ve absolutely LOVED & worked so hard to make this blog what it is now, and I feel like rebranding is necessary to embody my ultimate vision.

I think y’all will like the new name, look, & overall vibes of the new site, which I’ll be introducing y’all to as of 2015.

I can’t waittttt to show y’all!

In the meantime, have any of you bloggers gone through a rebranding, and want to share some tips with me? I need all the help I can get… its a lot more complicated than it seems!

Even if you aren’t a blogger,

I still need your help! Is there any specific topic that you’ve been wanting to know more about? I mean, anything from health & fitness to fashion & home decor. I’d like to know what my readers want to know about, so I can write about things that y’all are actually interested in, as well a cool things that I find interesting. Comment below with your suggestions… and I will be eternally grateful & ready to help/research. Don’t be shy, k?

Much love xx



Creating a Zen, Super-Chill Space to Just Reeelax In ( ft. Old Factory Candles… Spa Collection! )

Creating A Zen, Super-Chill Spaces to Just Reeelax In ( ft. Old Factory Candles… Spa Collection! ) For those of you who really know me, you know I’m a crazy, anxiety-ridden mess pretty much all of the time. My mind is always turned on & working at maniac-speed, which can be a pretty serious pro at times. What usually happens, though, is I’m thinking of five million things at once ( some bad things, some good things, but mostly just looming tasks & my ever-growing to-do list ) and I can’t help but feel like my brain is going to absolutely explode. You know what I’m sayin’?

Now that I’ve started blogging, yet another entire section has been added to my to-do list ( on top of freaking classes [<— uuuuggghhh], trying to stay active, eating healthy, taking care of my [beautiful] pup, planning the Holidays, organizing my move to California in two months, etc. etc. etc. ) and sometimes, it just gets to be too much. Don’t get me wrong, ROAWO has been an incredible creative outlet and a major stress-relief in many ways, but its still a lot of work ( usually a lot of work that goes unnoticed… blogging is weirdly complex ).

Creating a Zen, Super-Chiller Relaxation Space :: ft. Old Factory ( Spa Collection ) Candles !! Anyways, because of all this craziness, I take my alone time very seriously & I make sure I get to relax / just veg out for a little while every day ( even if its only for 15 minutes before bed! ).

Obviously, real relaxing starts with cultivating a designated zen, chill-out space. I try to make my room my ‘worry-free-zone’ ( with 4 roommates, I don’t really have a choice ) by decorating it as such, keeping it clean, flower-filled and well lit. Am I the only one who is weird about lighting? It affects my mood in a really intense way. Am I crazy, orrrrr? The flicker of candles has some sort of crazy power over my anxiety levels.

K, Speaking of candles…. I am a real candle-addict/ fiend/ obsessor. I mean, I have 8 candles lit in my room as I am typing this. Alright, 1 is flameless, but only because I’m pretty sure I’m reaching fire-hazaard level… and most of them are unscented because, um, that is too many smells for one room. My serious obsession lately is my Spa Collection candle set from Old Factory Candles, which includes Lemongrass, Cucumber, & Green Tea scented candles. Anything spa scented is a +++++ for a zenned-out (<– not a real word?) space. I just had to join the campaign for these cutie candles.

Creating a Zen, Super-Chill Space to Just Reeelax In :: ft. Spa Scented Candles that you neeeeeed A quick run-down of Old Factory’s dealio: The candles are hand-poured in the US of A ( y’all know I like anything handmade.. feels so special ) with natural, soy wax. They burn evenly ( so no annoying, leftover wax stuck on the sides… such a waste ) for 20 hours… which is crazy because they’re fun-sized / cutie candles.

Old Factory Candles has some seriously badass candle sets that come with three separate candles that are inspired by a certain theme. You just choose your fav theme & you’re done. They’ve got some pretty scandalous options… so obviously I’m a fan. Here are a few of my other favorite theme/set options:

50 Shades (insert sly-face emoji here): Leather, Jasmine Bubbles, & Vanilla Sex

High As A Kite: Cannabis, Incense, Bag-O-Cookies ( <– lolz )

∇ Romance: Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate

Fresh & Clean: Lemongrass, Olive Blossom, Fresh Linen ( <– similar to the Spa theme )

There are sooo many other options ( including various Holiday-themed sets!! ). I’m probably going to try that 50 Shades set soon, because I’m really interested to know how insanely good that Leather candle smells. So, stay tuned for that. These candles are also perfect for gifting, so keep that in mind for the coming celebrations.

Creating A Zen, Super-Chill Spaces to Just Reeelax In ( ft. Old Factory Candles… Spa Collection! ) After I light my ( five million ) super-zen candles, I turn on some chiller music ( or Netflix: Gillmore Girls is my shiz lately… a little late on the bandwagon ), grab myself a glass of hot tea or lemon water, close my door, take a sec to deep inhale/exhale a few times, & just relax. Like a said, it may last only 10-15 minutes, because I do have to study sometimes, but those 10-15 mins are so glorious.

Relaxing like that is so necessary for your wellness. Yes, school is important. Yes, work is important. Yes, your friends/ pets/ kids/ parents/ etc are important. But everyone deserves at least 10 minutes to themselves every day, no matter how long that to-do list is.

So, find out what kind of surrounding makes you calm & chilled out, and create your own zen-space. Then, make a promise to yourself ( and your poor, poor, over-driven brain ) that you will put your wellness & comfort first, if even for a small portion of your day. It’ll make a huge difference, and its something really amazing to look forward to at the end of a long day.

Creating A Zen, Super-Chill Spaces to Just Reeelax In ( ft. Old Factory Candles… Spa Collection! ) [ I make sure to put one of my leetle candles on my convenient table, so I can smell those goods as soon as I walk in my zen-space ( aka my bedroom ) ]

Also, after my F-ing Fab Fall Giveaway with Meghan from Boho Nouveau ends ( in 9 days! ), I’ll be teaming up with Old Factory Candles to bring one of you lucky ladies ( or gentlemen ) a free set of candles in the theme of your choice!  Thats right, back-to-back free shiz situations!

Stay tuned for the details xx

What makes you calm & at-one-with-yourself? I’d love to know what I can add to my serene-routine!

[ PS ]

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This is a sponsored post, however, my opinions & views are 100% true. I wouldn’t have joined the campaign if I didn’t love these candles!



Weekend in San Francisco: My Fav San Fran Spots & College Fashion Week

San Francisco Favorites by Ramblings of a Wild One Finally, I got some time to put together a little run-down of my weekend in San Fran ( last weekend )!! I went to San Francisco to attend College Fashion Week ( learn more about how I decided WTF to wear here & my final outfit choice here ) & spend a little Father-Daughter time with my Dad.

Weirdly enough, I had never been to San Francisco before… I fancy myself more of a Southern California girl (<< PS: didja know I’m moving to LA in JANUARY ?? … omg, can’t wait). Honestly, I was surprised by Northern California. It’s a little chillier than SoCal & the vibes of San Francisco reminded me more of a North Eastern town.. it has a feel all its own. I also loved how the city is separated into very specific neighborhoods. I got to visit many of them, but I can’t wait to go back and explore the rest!

We didn’t get to spend that much time in the city ( because we only had 2 days.. ugh ), but we did get to cross a few San Fran must-sees off the to-do list. I’m no pro at conquering San Francisco, but here are some of my favorites from my weekend (+ Some pictures from College Fashion Week at the End!):

This post is pretty lengthy, so prepare yourself »

ROAWO's San Francisco Checklist: Lots to see in so little time! First off, I should note that we stayed at the cutest little boutique hotel called Hotel Carlton in the Nob Hill area. We were greeted with a bottle of red wine ( from the California wine-country ) by some witty hotel employees.

The decor throughout the hotel is eclectic & super-chiller status. Hotel Carlton is less than a 10 minute walk from Union Square (<< we’ll get to this later) and is an LEED certified hotel (which means its environmentally responsible… how California, right?).

Hotel Carlton :: ROAWO's Guide to San Fran Hotel Carlton :: ROAWO's Guide to San Fran Hotel Carlton :: ROAWO's Guide to San Fran Obviously, my Dad insisted I see the Golden Gate Bridge ( he’s an airline pilot on the side, so he’s seen it 302843854 times & thinks its an absolute must-see ). Its windy AS HELL up there on the Golden Gate & you have an insane view of the city from that vantage point. I mean, its a seriously beautiful city. The huge ocean, huge mountains, and views made me feel teeny-tiny. Its a killer feeling fer sher.

Dynamo Donuts :: ROAWO's Guide to San Francisco For breakfast on Saturday morning, we headed over the Mission District to see what all the hype is about Dynamo Donut + Coffee. I discovered this little gem while watching one of my favorite shows, Unique Sweets on The Cooking Channel. This place is a serious must-eat.

I have always been a donut lover ( who isn’t ?? ), but sometimes, those little pastries can make my stomach hate the hell out of me. I mean, some donuts are just too sweet. At Dynamo D+C, they understand that sentiment completely, and have created some extremely balanced, gourmet donuts with some interesting flavors. Plus, they use mainly organic and local ingredients…. ahhh two of my favorite, favorite, favorite things ( times a million ).

Dynamo Donut + Coffee :: ROAWO's Guide to San Fran I tried the Lemon + Pistachio Donut ( not a normal choice for me.. but let me tell ya, I do not regret it ) and the sticky bun ( a HUGE cinnamon roll, basically ). I 100% recommend the Lemon + Pistachio donut if its on the menu when you ( inevitably ) make a trip to Dynamo. The flavor was done perfectly ( PS: sorry for the shitty picture… iPhone photography at its finest… ugh ).

The Mission District is really freaking badass too. It’s kinda of grungy, but in that cool, laid-back kind of way.

Mission District: ROAWO's Guide to San Francisco

Mission District: ROAWO's Guide to San Francisco

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Okay, possibly my favorite spot in San Fran??? Union Square, duh. For those of you who live in SF, you’re probably thinking ‘gross, what a cliche‘ BUT: I’m a serious shopping-addict, so can you blame me?

I checked out the BCBG/Herve Leger by Max Azria storefront ( and ended up staying for like two hours… sorry Dad ) while I was there and DIED/ fell in love.

BCBG & Herve Leger by Maz Azria Storefront in San Francisco First of all: I got to try on some seriously insane dresses & shoes… AND they have champagne. So, why would you ever want to leave? The girls ( and guys! ) who work here are super-chic and helpful too. Shopping here is a real experience ( even you’re not going to buy anything… some of the price tags are redic, obviously ).

BCBG Booties :: zOMG.

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BCBG Holiday Collection Dress :: ROAWO

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Herve Leger Dress :: ROAWO

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After shopping around a little on Saturday, we went to check out Lombard Street. Apparently, this street is ‘the most crooked street in the world,’ though I can’t tell you who came up with that title or if ‘crookedness’ is something that you can actually measure.

Anywho, Lombard Street is a super-crooked street that snakes left and right all the way down a huge hill in San Francisco. From the top, you have a reallllly insane view. The street is lined with flowers and cute little town homes ( that probably cost a pretty penny ). Warning though, this is a major tourist hub, but its worth it.

Lombard Street :: San Francisco

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Lombard Street :: San Francisco Lombard Street Town home: San Francisco After taking in the views & touristy sites of SF, I had to stop by Samovar Tea Lounge to try some of their famous tea and soak in the super-zen atmosphere. I have never been to a cafe specifically for tea ( usually, I’m a coffee girl ), but I’ve become really obsessed with specialty tea lately. So, I had to check it out. This place has a calming, hip-vibe.

I got the Green Ecstasy Tea ( << really good and earthy ) & my Dad ( who is a little less adventurous ) got the Tea Lemonade. We also shared the ‘Raw Honeycomb with Local Artisan Cheese, Homemade Crackers & Fresh Fruit‘ Plate. Gahhh, that raw honeycomb.. I could eat it all day. And cheese… duh.

Samovar Tea Lounge :: San Francisco Samovar Tea Lounge :: San Francisco Samovar Tea Lounge :: San Francisco Samovar Tea Lounge :: San Francisco Before I made my way to College Fashion Week, I had my hair blown out at the drybar ( Union Square Location ). I had never been to a drybar before, and I instantly fell in love. The salon is so clean & fresh, and I love the bar theme they have going. I sat back, sipped some fruit-infused water, and had someone else mess with my hair for a nice change.

I need to learn how to blow out my hair like they do… I mean, they are seriously skilled. I got the Mai Tai blowout: nice, messy waves. Also, I got roped into buying the Texas Tea hair volumizer spray, and I can’t say that I’m sad about it. It’s pretty good stuff.

The Drybar Experience :: ROAWO

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Mai Tai :: The Drybar Blowout Saturday Night, I went to Her Campus College Fashion Week. It was a night full of drinks (at the Origin Nightclub), makeup (by bareMinerals), hair-dos (by TRESemmé), and clothing (from Boohoo). The whole set up was so fun, and I got to meet some really cool people who are as interested in fashion as I am.

HerCampus: College Fashion Week: ROAWO

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Most girls ( & guys ) I met there work in publications ( blogs, college newspapers, etc. ), study fashion, or are just super interested in clothes & accessories, like me. I snagged some pictures from the HerCampus CFW Facebook page to show y’all how sweet the setup was.

HerCampus: College Fashion Week HerCampus: College Fashion Week HerCampus: College Fashion Week After the show, my Dad and I grabbed a late dinner at Waterfront in Fisherman’s Wharf. This place is on the water & a little pricier than the usual, but its worth the extra $$. It was a really relaxing spot to grab a nice glass of wine & enjoy some authentic, local seafood.

I went a little overboard and got: a 2006 Cab Franc from Napa ( zOMG ), Baked Oysters, Organic Greens Salad, Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Veggies, and some of their Lemon Cheesecake (zOMG times a million).

I can’t pass up an opportunity to indulge in some quality food-age. Also: the Italians that I know would look at me like I was crazy for this food and wine pairing.. but I couldn’t help it.

I seriously LOVE all that San Francisco has to offer, and I can’t wait to make many a trip back to discover more. For those of you who live in ( or just love ) San Francisco, what did I miss? I need to add some places to my future San Fran To-Do list.

Marble Stairs:: San Francisco Sidenote: How cool are these marble stairs?? Doorway of my dreams.

BTW: Have you entered the sweet giveaway I’ve got going on right now? Click here for details! 

Until tomorrow, ladiez.

P xx

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Spoooky, Sexy Halloween Decor for You Last-Minuters

Spooky, Sexy Halloween Decor for You Last Minuters Last night, I finally got my shit together when it comes to Halloween decor. I ran out to Target in between my Kayla Itsines workout circuit and finishing a super interesting paper for my Sociology of Religion class (only kind of kidding because that class is actually pretty cool).

I found some reallllly bad-A shot glasses, cups, etc. (for lots of themed drank time) in the $1 section! I almost cried tears of joy because my bank account has been kinda spooky/scary AF lately.

The shot glasses were actually mini-basket things (skulls, cauldrons, etc), and I just took the little handles off… and viola! Shot glasses. I’m a genius.  Add some flickering candles, candy corn (<< speaking of, I found this hilarious article today ), and a nice cocktail and you are in forrr some tricks and a treat or two tonight!

Spooky, Sexy Halloween Decor for You Last Minuters love my skull bank ]
Spooky, Sexy Halloween Decor for You Last Minuters Luckily for me, I decorate with skull accessories all the time, so I can reuse my cheapy decor throughout my house ( thinking of spray painting the mini skulls gold and using them for various things.. ahh, the possibilities! ).

Princess Drogo

Clearly, Drogo loves his costume.

My halloween drank of choice is this vodka-kombucha cocktail with frozen blackberries (<< spoOoOoky rotten brains! ). I’ll do a post on this later gaterz.
Spooky, Sexy Halloween Decor for You Last Minuters Spooky, Sexy Halloween Decor for You Last Minuters Also, I’ll be doing a leeeetle post on these amaze spa-inspired candles that Old Factory sent me (<< because they rock my socks). May have a little giveaway as well… insert sly-face emoji.

Speaking of giveaways… have y’all entered the ROAWOxBohoNouveau F-ing Fab Fall Giveaway? If not. are you 4 real? Go do it riiiight meow.

What’s everyone being for Halloween tonight? Eh, I’m so not costume creative. I need ideas!

P xx



ROAWO x Boho Nouveau: F-ing Fab Fall Giveaway!

ROAWO x Boho Nouveau: Freakin' Fab Fall Giveaway [ Enter Today! ] Yay, yay, yayyy, Giveaway day is finally here!

I’ve been yapping about this giveaway for weeks (<< these things take a lot more energy to put together than you would assume). Me and my girl Meghan [ of Boho Nouveau ] did a lot of thinking about what we wanted to put in this giveaway gift basket… because obviously we wanted to give out the most badass stuff we could find.

ROAWO x Boho Nouveau Freakin' Fab Fall Giveaway! [ Learn More & Enter here ]

In our F-ing Fab Fall Giveaway, you will find:

Frank. Body Scrub | ∇ Cozy Scarf | ∇ Voluspa Candle | ∇ Black Tied Jewelry Co. Bracelet & Midi Ring Set | ∇ Deborah Lippmann Burgundy Nail Polish | ∇ ‘Today is my Bitch’ Mug (inspired by this post) | ∇ Almond Vanilla Paper Soap (<< so cool) | ∇ The Cute little re-usable basket it comes in!

ROAWO x Boho Nouveau Freakin' Fab Fall Giveaway! [ Learn More & Enter here ] ROAWO x Boho Nouveau Freakin' Fab Fall Giveaway! [ Learn More & Enter here ]

Here’s how it works: Enter HereYou can enter by following ROAWO or Boho Nouveau on various social media outlets (insta, twitter, Facebook, etc.). The more following you do, the more entries you get! So freakin’ easy, if you ask me.

The giveaway will last for 15 days (starting now) and the winners will be contacted by Meghan and I after the giveaway entry period has ended.

Y’all are going to LOVE this basket… my first giveaway had to be super badass, so Meghan and I put some serious effort into this one.

So go! Enter, Enter, Enter! 

Much love. xx

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