Ashville, N.C.

Many of my readers are from North Carolina and are most likely well acquainted with Ashville. If you’re not, it’s a trendy town in the mountains, a place where you might find a hipster or two in the abundance of vintage record stores. Lots of vegan restaurants, Subarus, and hippies–you get the picture.

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Last Friday, my friend and I dipped out of school early to drive up there. We wanted to go to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but after our two-hour car jam sesh, we saw it was closed. Instead, we found a side road next to a mountain and decided to go exploring.

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After exploring some backroads and almost getting kidnapped in the woods (long story), we drove to the hotel. We met up with her fam downtown and grabbed dinner at Red Ginger which was amazing. We ate dessert on this old double-decker bus that has been permanently parked next to some buildings in the city and converted into a coffee shop. Eventually, we went back to our hotel for some night swimming and deep talks.

IMG-1979.JPGThe next morning, we grabbed breakfast (though it looks more like dessert) at a restaurant that only serves biscuits! These are like donut holes except they’re the texture of biscuits. Delicious.

We headed to a skate park so I could ya know, ride my skateboard and stuff. Just kidding! We went there for my friend’s brother, but it ended up being such a serendipitous experience because there was all this beautiful graffiti covering the buildings. The art was so captivating; my favorite was this wall.

DSC05488.jpgI’m not going to lie: I feel like I look really silly in this picture, but it’s the best one of the wall I had.

 

Later, we went to downtown and shopped. That’s when I decided that it was a good idea to buy a forty dollar, 3 tier box of Valentine’s Day chocolates to eat myself. Turns out, it was not a good idea. Also, I dropped some money on a hat that’s not really appropriate to wear in public (unless you enjoy getting looks of disapproval from strangers). All in all, I think I made some really great decisions. We made a quick stop at the Grove Park Inn and then headed home.

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For only 1 1/2 days, we actually packed in a lot of activity. Happi Traveler 🙂

Until next time,

Morgan

 

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Let’s Do Dinner

Hey babes,

If you’re a lady and if you have friends, you hear these three little words quite often. “Let’s do dinner!” That means you have to get out of those comfy sweatpants and stained t-shirt, turn off Netflix, and put on some real clothes. Thank God for friends; Without them we would never leave our houses. Or, at least, I wouldn’t.

Anyways, It’s Friday Night, I have a 15 minutes, a pile of greasy hair (ok maybe not, BUT if you do have greasy hair, try dry shampoo) and a reservation for 7:15 at Wolfgang Puck (10/10 recommend). Truthfully, I was late. I’m always late. I left my house at 7:15. However, being late was worth it because I felt very put together and stylish in my outfit. Dressing better really does make you feel better. Also, it makes you blog better, if you’re into that sorta thing.

So my outfit consisted of:

  • men’s ripped jean jacket
  • lace trimmed satin tank-top
  • tiny gold ball earrings
  • faux Prada bag (courtesy of my Mom)
  • over the knee boots
  • metallic gold choker

 

 

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I was thinking of posting my makeup look, but when I thought about it I had already washed off my makeup! Let me know if you’d like a tutorial or pictures with description. I love to hear your feedback!

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These chicas are some of my best friends ❤

As you can see, Wolfgang Puck ain’t got nothin’ on me. HA, that rhymes.

If you like my bedroom, I decorated it myself! Don’t worry all the fur items are faux. In addition, this jean jacket has a funny little story behind it.

I was touring colleges, and after seeing UCLA, I walked around Westwood. I had previously seen these amazing pictures of Rihanna looking bomb in an oversized torn jean jacket and I was on the hunt for one. I walked in an Urban Outfitters with my Mom and saw the jacket  and proceeded to buy it. I kept getting a lot of stares from guys in the store but couldn’t figure out why. My mom and I walked out and saw another Urban Store next to it, which we thought was strange. We entered and I realized they were two separate stores for guys and girls. The guys in the last store were looking at me because they were watching me try on a bunch of mens clothing! It’s really not that unusual for females to wear men’s clothes, but I think they realized that I was oblivious to the fact I was in a men’s store.

I feel like this story makes me sound clueless, but where I live there is only 1 unisex Urban Outfitters, and I had never seen separate store fronts for that company. Moral of the story: That small deviation from my path led me to find exactly the jacket I was looking for. Even though some stores may not be “you,” sometimes you can find great pieces in the most unlikely places.

Thanks so much for reading loves!

xoxo Morgan

 

Berry Yummy Breakfast

Hey babe,

Since I’m chronically in a rush in the morning and I seldom have time to sit down to enjoy a leisurely meal, I decided I need a way to maximize my sleep and minimize my tardiness without skipping breakfast. This chocolate berry protein shake is my solution. Don’t get turned off because I said chocolate; this meal is yummy and low-cal!  This recipe will enhance your weekday mornings and is convenient for making a quick breakfast for multiple people.

The shake has the creamy texture of soft serve ice cream and chocolate drizzled berries. The sweet, rich, aftertaste keeps you coming back for more. If you’re salivating already, don’t be embarrassed–it’s an unconditioned response. In other words, you haven’t even seen this shake yet and you already want it!

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1 and 1/2 cups

Calories: 275

Ingredients: protein powder, frozen banana, frozen wild blueberries, almond milk, cinnamon

Absolutely Necessary materials: blender

How to make:

  1. Measure one cup of frozen wild blueberries and pour into the blender
  2. Cut a frozen banana in half and place in the blender
  3. Use 1 scoop of chocolate Vega Organic Plant Based Protein Powder
  4. Add desired amount of cinnamon
  5. Measure and pour two cups of almond milk into the blender
  6. blend on setting 4 for about a minute
  7. Pour into a large class and sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top

*If you don’t want to freeze your ingredients, you can add ice to create a smoothie-like texture.

You’ll have a purple mustache in no time 😉 I’m serious.

xoxo, Morgan