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A Few of my Favorite Things + A Little Promo Code Surprise !!

A Few of my Favorite Things // ROAWO Another favorites post is finally here! Every once-in-awhile I like to share a few of the little things that make me happy, happy, happy. These little parts of my every-day life ( most days ) either make me feel like I’ve really got my shit together / they look pretty and/or they make me a cool, calm, and collected human ( <<< necessary ).

So here’s my most recent collection of simple, every-day favorites:

Healthy Breakfast // A Few of My Favorite Things // ROAWO 1. A Healthy, Homemade Breakfast: I LOVE starting my day with a well-sized, healthy breakfast. For some reason, it just makes me feel clean & organized which is the BEST way to start the day. There’s just something about the good, clean energy that getting up and cooking some bfast gives you… plus it makes my house smell nice and home-y.

Usually, I’ll have something like this :: A mixture of whole-eggs / egg whites with avocado & my homemade salsa on top, blueberries, a glass of green tea, & a big glass of lemon water.

You Musn't  Be Afraid to Sparkle a Little Brighter, Darling // A Few of my Favorite Things // ROAWO A Few of my Favorite Things // ROAWO 2. Daily Inspo Quotes: I am obsessed with words ( probably why I’ve loved every literature class I’ve ever taken )… like really, really obsessed with them. I mean, my Quote Board on Pinterest is ridiculously lengthy ( around 2,500 quotes pinned to date ).

I think what I like the most is how I can read how someone ELSE puts words together and think “wow, that’s EXACTLY how I feel / think!” Because, sometimes, its hard for me to do that myself.  I think its kind of hard for all of us at times… thats what can make communicating so difficult. Communication is SO complex ( << obviously, you can tell I’m really interested in this topic ).

Anyways, so back to my framed inspo: this is the easiest way for me to remind myself every day to be happy / stay inspired. Okay, so the second quote I have pictured is a little aggressive / extreme, but whatever. We all get in those moods where we need a little bit of that. I like to print out my favorite quotes, frame them, and put them around my room for a daily dose of badass-ary.

Fresh Flowers // A Few of My Favorite Things // ROAWO Fresh Flowers // A Few of My Favorite Things // ROAWO 3. Fresh Flowers: They always say every room needs something alive to make it feel right. Enter: flowers. This is SUCH an easy way to brighten up your home. I mean, when is the last time a freshly-cut flower bouquet / plant has ever stressed you out? Pretty much never. Though I’m just a college-kid on a college-budget, I try to pick up some flowers whenever I see some that I must have.

Grocery-store flowers are good ( cheap ) enough for me.

Laptop Skin // Society 6 // ROAWO 4. This “Wanderlust” Laptop Skin from So, if you’ve kept up / ever read ROAWO before, you know I like to travel as much as possible. Obviously, this laptop extra is perfffect for me. I’m kind of in love with it. Plus, I’ve gotten so many compliments, so obviously, its

Also, Society6 is one of my FAV online shops for stuff like tech skins / prints / iPhone cases / etc. There are so many options, so theres something for everyone.

Louboutins // A Few of my Favorite Things // ROAWO Louboutins // A Few of my Favorite Things // ROAWO 5. These Christian Louboutin Wooden-Heel Leather Platforms: I mean, can we have a moment of silence for these? I’m known to splurge occasionally on some of my must-have items ( sparingly, of course ) & these were seriously so worth it ( I found a similar pair on eBay here << such a steal ).

But, exactly as expected :: I haven’t worn them yet because I’m too scared to scratch them up / get them dirty. You might be thinking “then whats the point of…” I get it, okay. I’m a crazy freak. I also always get the bottom-protector put on these types of shoes as well :: I don’t like when the red gets all scratchy.. OCD.

Metallic Tats // A Few of My Favorite Things // ROAWO 6. MetallicTats: I am seriously into this trend. First off, I don’t really like wearing a ton of bracelets, because I feel like they just get in my way. So, these are perfect for me. These jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos stay on for 4-6 days and look so, so badass.

MetallicTat is the brand I’m currently working with & I LOVE them! MetallicTat is owned by Leandra Simmons out of Encinitas, CA ( << one of my favorite places ever ) and her designs are fun, unique, and perfect for festivals / parties / a night out / or whatever else.

** The Super exciting part:: Visit MetallicTat on Etsy ( link above ) and use the promo code ROAWO10 at checkout to receive 10% off your order !! **

( I’ve already featured this little bull-skull metallic tattoo here. )

My German Shepherd // A Few of My Favorite Things // ROAWO My German Shepherd // A Few of My Favorite Things // ROAWO 7. My Most Favorite Thing… My German Shep, Drogo: He completes my life, pretty much. Who needs a boyfriend ( or even friends… k no, thats dramatic) when you have the most perfect / sweetest cuddle-bud ever? Most of my day consists of: feeding Drogo / walking Drogo / talking to Drogo like he’s a human & like he’s going to answer me. I have long, sometimes funny, convos with my pup.. like a crazy-dog lady ( yes, he’s not even a real adult-dog yet.. an 80-pound beebus <<< my coined term for “baby” ). Maybe he wants to hear about my day, okay?

But actually, having a dog means someone(thing) will literally think that you are the best person / thing that has ever existed. Ever. You can’t NOT love that. Plus, despite his I-could-eat-you-whole appearance, Drogo is the sweetest & most playful dog ever. Best friends fo life.

So thats it for for now. I’m finally starting to create a posting schedule ( for the last week, I’ve posted almost every day ). Now, I’m going to try to stick to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

I also wanted to take a sec to thank everyone who has given me such amazing / encouraging feedback about ROAWO. I originally started this whole thing as material for internships and I have gotten SO much more from it:: discounts, promos, & collabs ( <<< so fun, contact me for info @ ) / connections with people who enjoy the same things that I do / further knowledge in the subjects I’m interested in / a creative outlet to fill my time / etc.

So thanks to everyone who has been soooo cool about it. I really appreciate it. Really.

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Some Seriously Good Salsa

Some Seriously Good Salsa // ROAWO I’m a fan of this one. A reallll big fan. First of all, I like homemade anything better than store bought for two reasons: 1. I know exactly what is going into what I am eating and 2. I’m a control-freak, so the fact that I get to alter the recipe to my liking is a huge plus.

Also, its super-simple. Put all the ingredients in a blender and voila ( I used my convenient little Magic Bullet
) !! You’ve got some yummy restaurant-style salsa in the comfort of your own home ( for the homebodies ).

I use this salsa in my Summer “Salad” ( recipe coming soon ), put on scrambled eggs, or dip (  gluten-free ) tortilla chips into it. So many options.

I found the recipe for this restaurant-style salsa here.

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Change ingredients as you see fit…. For me, I went crazy with the cilantro / garlic & added a leetle more lime, because those are my faves.

Soooo simple & delish.



Juice Cleanse :: The Dirty Deets

I FINALLY unpacked my always-packed suitcase and got the chance to sit my azz on the couch and watch cheesy crime shows all day. For pretty much the first time this summer, I had nowhere to be and nothing to do. Peace.

I decided this would be the best time to veg out, relax, do a juice cleanse, catch up on some blogging education, and craft some jewelry ( I got SO many amazing trinkets from CO ).


Alright down to business:: Juice cleanse. I ordered a 3-day cleanse from Suja Juice. Suja shipped all my juices to my house in a make-shift cooler ( explains the shipping prices… But I got the cleanse on sale w/ free shipping so go me / life rocks ). Here’s all the juicy details (<<< see what I did there) on my three-day detox::

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Day 1::
I woke up, weighed myself ( important to do, so you can track your results ), grabbed my morning Glow juice, and went about my relaxing and hanging out with my dog / love of my life. I drank a lot of water throughout the day and never felt hungry, which is extremely strange for me. I’m always hungry ( or bored ). I did have a horrible headache, however. I can’t say that it was due to the cleanse, because I have headaches somewhat often, BUT it was noticeable so I thought I’d address it. I also felt a little more sluggish than usual. I woke up a little late in the morning, so I didn’t finish all six juices ( only drank 5 ). I also added in a broth-based soup around dinner time ( yeah that’s allowed in the cleanse-rules ). So basically, I wasn’t feeling 100% by the end of the day, but I wasn’t feeling like complete shit either.

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Day 2::
I woke up the morning of day two and drank a hot cup of lemon water and started my juices for the day. I wasn’t hungry at all.. Again, very strange for me. I had a big green tea/passion tea in the afternoon, as well as my afternoon juices. And drank a TON of water ( <<< very important ). No headaches one day 2, so that was a good sign. I didn’t get through all my juices, because I slept in again. I also ate a bowl of fruit on this day (which is allowed ). Day 2 was SO much easier than Day 1.


Day 3::
Last day! I woke up a little hungry on day 3, but drank a glass of water & my morning juice and got over it ( gotta keep my eyes on the prize ). This was the easiest day by far, so I finished it like a champ. I had SO much energy after I finished the cleanse, which I didn’t expect. I usually start these things and end up cheating on the first day ( whoops ), so I was extremely proud of myself. Also, I lost about 4 pounds in 3 days, which was amaaaze.

I LOVE Suja Juice ( above others ) because I didn’t get a juice that I just didn’t like. They were all REALLY good. Also, Suja is organic / no GMOs … so basically its the best in the biz. Order yours online now and get to cleansing friends!


I’m Lurving… A Few Of My Favorite Things

Sup Doods. So, I thought I’d go ahead and start posting about a few of my favorite things every once in awhile. Honestly, all I’ve done in the past two days is go to class, online shop, and meticulously organize every inch of my pantry. So, this is what I’ve bought and/or seen recently that make me one happy gal [not pictured: my PERFECT pantry].

my bed 1. My freaking amaze-balls Yves Saint Laurent Canvas from Gilt and my badass handmade blanket purchased on a recent trip to Cabo San Lucas. Okay, serious talk: If you are a girl, and you don’t know what Gilt is… you are wrong. This website hosts daily “events” where members can purchase designer goods ranging in prices from vintage Louis Vuitton bags to cheaper Steve Madden sandals. Prices are marked up to 80% off, and membership is FREE. So… if you don’t go join right now, then.. well, yer weird.

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2. Stop. Drop everything you are doing right meow. Go to your nearest H-E-B [if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area] and buy this Organic Green Tea with Lemonade. This stuff is the best thing that has happened to boring old green tea. It contains more sugar than I would like, but it doesn’t house any  fake sweeteners [get away, nasty-azz chemicals: you’re tacky and I hate you]. You rock, Green tea lemonade, never change.

necklace  3. My roommate, Abbey, made me this water buffalo tooth wooden necklace. Because she’s the cooliest of them all. My other roommate, Jac, and my girl, Caroline, craft similar designs, which can be purchased on their online shop, LINETWO [Go buy their stuff if you want to look cool]. I love long necklaces like these because the length can be adjusted easily by wrapping the necklace multiple times. My OTHER roommate, Maddy, is pictured here wearing my new ice [lolz] with my Free People top. I can’t find this top anywhere online, sorry gals.

Fort Worth 4. Fort Worth, TX. Being “home” [using this term lightly because I have moved like a billion times.. Air Force brat life*] made me so pumped to get back to this amazing city for summer. I mean, look at it. Ft. Worth has grown so much since my family moved there about 7 years ago. It’s the perfect mix of Country Club life, trendy bars, and Texas Country influence. If you haven’t been to “The Fort” or “Funkytown” [ya know..the names us locals use] you’re missing out. This city has a vibe all its own, and it is MOST DEFINITELY not the same as Dallas. It’s better. Way better. Just wait until summer break, and I’ll convince you myself. [Also, it wasn’t too bad to hang out with my chill AF family & friends for a couple of days.. that plug is for you Mom]

purse 5. Last, but not least, I love my new Erica Anenberg Venteux Satchel [100% leather… the fake stuff just looks, well, fake as hell] in the color “Bone.” I purchased this on for a fraction of the retail price [around $400]. Hautelook is another website, like Gilt, that hosts daily events that will absolutely blow your mind. Hautelook actually tends to be a little cheaper than Gilt too.. and that’s saying a lot. If you don’t check these sites daily, then I don’t think we can be friends. Just sayin’, you’re crazy. It’s a roomy purse, which will be perfect for my abroad travels this summer <<- my excuse to buy pretty much everything.

I’m going to be posting Sundays, Wednesday, and Fridays from now on.

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You da best.

xoxo. Payton


OMG Organic Lemon, Garlic Butter Pasta with Turkey-Parm Meatballs

Hellur thur, Happy Monday! So, my roommates and I L-O-V-E to put together a good meal.. almost more than we love to binge-watch “The Following” on Netflix. Almost more. Last week, we prepared Organic Spaghetti, topped it with a Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce, threw some Turkey-Parmesan Meatballs on top and added some stuffed crescents and sautéed spinach. Usually, we opt for healthy meals, but this pasta dish was too yum-o to turn down. I mean…. this recipe is to-die-for. See for yourself:

We started with an organic spaghetti from Costco (a.k.a. Heaven-on-Earth) and whipped up this Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce (found here). Then, we adjusted a Chicken Parm Meatball recipe (here ya go) to include ground turkey instead of chicken. The only reason for this was that we didn’t have any ground chicken, so use whatever it is that you like better.

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On top of all of that, my roommate, Jac, made some Bacon-Jalapeño Cream Cheese stuffed crescent rolls. Thats a mouthful… no pun intended. This easy addition was made simply by smearing a small amount of cream cheese on store-bought crescents and toping with jalapeño and bacon bits, then baking for the allotted time on the package. These little bites of heaven contain a little more processed ingredients than I generally include in my diet, but they were too hard to turn down. The pups even got to split a little one… who can say no to their cute leetle faces??

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And don’t forget the champagne! I’m not sure what our excuse for celebration was… but there is always a reason for a little glass of da bubbly. I picked up this Lagranja 360 Cava Brut at Trader Joe’s for about $7 (hey, I’m in college.. not rollin’ in the $$). It was a pretty good little treat for less than $10. Gotta love Trader J’s.