Tangent Tuesday

This & That

by Koko on September 12, 2014 · 0 comments

in Fashion, Tangent Tuesday

1. Oh hey friends- this kitchen reno is kicking my butt! It is all coming together SO well and hopefully the next 5-1000 weeks go by quickly :). I am sort of dying about the amount of dust that is in my house, but just taking deep breaths and looking myself in my bedroom whenever possible.


2. I have found the most fabulous gym down here, Novo Fitness. What I miss most about LA is the abundance of healthy options and workout classes. Well, Columbus finally has an amazing barre studio that I actually love going to each night. I’m still swimming, but adding this into the rotation.


3. Have you heard of Birchbox? They send you 5-6 samples of health/beauty goodies a month. I’m sort of obsessed, although my sample drawer is totally bursting at the seams! I’ve found so many great new products through the company and who doesn’t love getting a box full of fun, new goodies each month?


4. Job… oh about that. I have been searching high and low and far and wide for a fabulous teaching gig. Unfortunately for me, the jobs on the Army base are few and hard to come by and the ones in the public school district are even harder (they let go of 130 teachers this year). So, I’ve been subbing almost every day, putting my name out there and meeting principals. I’m staying busy and honing my craft and praying something fabulous comes my way soon.


5. Did I ever share this awesome cornhole set I had made for Q for his birthday? Cornhole is a very Southern game – basically throwing bean bags into a hole. I think these turned out fabulously and think they would be SO fun for an engagement or wedding gift. (This is the company who made them for us. They ship nationwide).


6. White after Labor Day? I’m a rulebreaker. What can I say? (Pants are J. Crew/ Bag is Kate Spade/ Shoes: J. Crew)


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This & That

by Koko on August 6, 2014 · 1 comment

in Tangent Tuesday, Travel

1. At this moment, I am waiting for my flight to my favorite place ever: Hawaii. This last minute trip sprung about a few weeks ago. My mom planned on going to visit my grandma and I sorta-kinda decided to tag along. We are headed there for a few days before I head back to the humidity of the south. And lucky for me, it looks like not one, but two tropical storms are hitting Hawaii during my visit (serious sarcasm implied). But it will be great to spend time with family and relax.


2. Whenever I fly to Hawaii, I try and pad my trip with a few days in LA. Not only does it make the 6-hour time change more bearable, but I get to see my best friends and eat at all the new places I’ve only been reading about. This trip we did Blue Plate Oysterette in West Hollywood and AdoTeca in Brentwood. Both were superb and highly recommended.

Dessert at Blue Plate- heaven. 


3. On my flight over, I watched Saving Mr. Banks and Despicable Me 2. I’m pretty sure my neighbor in the seat next to me thought I was 13. I loved both of them.


4. These are my favorite travel shoes ever. Totally embracing the hippie life. (Top and shorts are J. Crew)


5. Like my mom (this is her 30 years ago).

Scan 2

6. Q and I got tickets to go see Eric Church in concert when he comes to Georgia. For those non-country music fans out there, he’s the best. I went outside of the norm and I used ScoreBig.com to get the tickets. The website is sort of like Priceline.com, but for concerts and events. You name a price and they either accept or deny it. And there were no Ticketmaster fees. Score. Super easy to use, highly recommended.


7. Have you heard of the site, WireCutter.com. So basically they review products- from home stuff to tech to cars- and they write the BEST reviews. They take reviews from the web and other bloggers and do months of testing before they come up with their results on what is best. I won’t buy anything without consulting them first.



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Whipping up some old favorites in the kitchen while Jess is in town!

Mexican Chicken Bowls  IMG_8995

Pepperoni Pizza with Roma tomatoes from the garden


Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese made with homemade bread


These soft tank tops from Target that are PERFECT for working out in. And at $10 a pop they don’t break the bank! I couldn’t find them at Target.com, but there were racks full at my local store. They are called Well Worn!


These fun new pumps from Steve Madden anibell

And the flat version also.



This new Mad Men esque dress from Mod Cloth. As cute in person as it is on the website!

mod Bedding from Crane & Canopy (particularly this coral one, although I know Q would never go for it)


This personalized embosser as a wedding gift or a housewarming present!

emboss Happy Thursday!


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Tangent Tuesday

by Koko on March 26, 2013 · 3 comments

in Tangent Tuesday

1. I’m bringing back Tangent Tuesday after a comment from Q, “Why don’t you do Tangent Tuesday anymore?” I said, “I don’t know, I guess I just let it go. That’s sweet that you noticed and missed it.” Q’s reply, “Well I invented it, so I think it should be brought back.” Awww I see, so here goes. Starting with this gem of me around age 8. I can’t get over that awkward toothless smile. Precious.


2. What does spring in Alaska look like? Well I thought the cold weather was over and winter laughed at me and said “Not too fast.” This week we’ve had nice weather (20’s) and then bitterly cold weather (-20s) all in one day. I’ll wake up and see 9 degrees and in two hours it will be -15 again. Yup. But in a couple weeks, the temps will finally rise for good and we have something called break-up where the snow melts and turns into slush for about a week and then a week later it will begin to melt away. So basically the snow will melt just as Q and I head south!


3. We went to one of Fairbank’s most famous tourist attractions last weekend: Ice Alaska, a world-renowned ice sculpting competition. They have all the enormous ice sculptures on display for a month after the competition and I have to say, it was extremely impressive. These things are 12 feet high, have perfect detail and are all ice! I said to Q, “I can’t wait until our future kids see this!” And he said, “You really want to fly up to Fairbanks with our kids in the middle of the winter?” So… TBD.


4. Q’s mom is super thoughtful and sends us gift baskets for all the major holidays. For Easter this year, we got our best package yet, including personalized baskets. I am pushing all my candy off on Q until post-wedding!


5. Speaking of wedding, holy moly, 2.5 weeks to go!!!! I’m not stressed, just excited! There is a lot to get done, little things like finalizing our what-should-have-been-150-people-and-is-now-180-people guest list and tables, perfecting song choices and drink selections, and day-of clothing choices. Oh and this is what happens when you leave town for 3.5 weeks and have all of your wedding gifts sent to your apartment in Alaska. And the kind neighbor who lives below you offers to keep the packages in her apartment. And as package after package begin to arrive, she doesn’t complain and continues to stack the packages 6 feet high in her tiny apartment until we come home. Yes, she is a saint. I made her cookies and a cake.


6. I’m thinking of going back to my doughnut making days and trying these out from How Sweet Eats. Oh right, AFTER the wedding I’ll be making chocolate covered deliciousness for Q!


So Tangent Tuesday, welcome back, I’ve missed you!


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