Thoughts on My Apple Watch

by Koko on September 28, 2015 · 0 comments

in Exercise, Fashion


I’ve had my Apple Watch for about 4 months now and there is not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t ask me how I like it. The answer is: I love it. I was super skeptical to begin with, but I’ve learned to really use it to my advantage in so many ways.

Why do I love it?

1.Getting text messages while driving/while my phone is in my purse. This is one of the best features of the watch. I get a little ping when I get a new text message (which is a different vibration than for an email or an activity update). I flip my wrist towards me, read the message and can answer with my voice or a pre-chosen message. When I’m driving, I speak into the watch and Siri writes out what I said and sends it. When I’m at the grocery store, I like to take a peek at who texted and make a call if I’m going to take my phone out and answer or wait until I’m done.

2.Not being the person who has their phone out all the day and is checking messages.If I’m at dinner with Q/my friends/family, I don’t want to have my phone on the table, but with my job, I like to have my phone around. I keep my phone in my purse, and my watch lets me know if  someone texts/calls. I think it is super discreet and a much better solution than constantly looking at my phone.

IMG_63203. The Workout Tracker. The watch has a special workout app that you click before you start a workout. You select what kind of workout it is and set a goal for yourself. The watch tracks your heart rate, calories, pace, and distance and lets you know when you’ve reached certain milestones (halfway point, 1 mile, your goal distance or time). It’s great to have the heart rate monitor built in and not have to switch it out before going to the gym.

4. The Activity Monitor: Like the Workout Tracker, the Activity Monitor monitors your daily activity (calories burned, minutes exercised and hours standing). You set your own daily goal for each of these areas and the watches color-coded circles show you how far you are to your goal. I like reminding myself to stand once an hour, or making myself go for a 10-minute walk to get my exercise goal in. If you like the Fitbit, you’ll like this feature (setting goals, keeping you on track).



Which version of the watch do you have? I have the Apple Watch (the middle range version). There is a less expensive Apple Watch Sport and a more expensive Apple Watch Edition. I went with the middle range one because the screen is basically scratch proof (it is a different glass than used for the Apple Sport). It also has more bands to choose from (another plus).

Does the vibrating when you get a text/email bother you? Simple answer is no. At first I could hardly feel it, but now I am so used to the simple ping on my wrist that it isn’t annoying at all. If it does bother you, you can always turn if off.

How easy is it to switch bands? I have a leather band and a workout band. It takes all of 20 seconds to switch between the two. There are times I forget my workout band, and the leather one is totally fine to use instead.



Blue Apron

by Koko on September 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Recipe


There is nothing I love more than cooking for Q, but sometimes the planning and prep kills my passion. I also fall into ruts easily: turkey chili/Mexican chicken bowls/grilled chicken and rice become weekly staples without me meaning them to. Doesn’t everyone?

Recently when I flew home to Tennessee for a weekend, I knew that I wanted to cook every night, but I didn’t want to think about what to cook. Q and my solution: Blue Apron. Blue Apron is a a meal delivery service, but instead of sending you pre-made, pre-packaged meals, you get the ingredients and recipes to make your own meals.

We had used Blue Apron once before a few years ago and loved it (first review is here), so we thought it would be fun to do again this time. We love it because it takes the thinking out of meal planning and makes cooking fun and easy. We always split the prep work and cook together, which I love, and the meats and produce are of a super high quality.

The food is interesting and delicious and we are constantly rating our favorite meals (it’s always a tie). This week we made:

*Spiced Meatballs with Garlic Toasts & Summer Squash Salad

*Stir-Fried Ginger-Basil Chicken with Tinkerbell Peppers and Coconut Rice

*Seared Salmon & Panzanella with Corn, Shisito Peppers & Thai Basil




We love it so much we are considering ordering it once a month to the house to make cooking and meal planning that much more fun and easy.

In a nutshell:
* Every week, Blue Apron delivers a box with ingredients and recipes for three meals.
* You can choose between six meal choices (some vegetarian/fish/red meat/chicken/etc.)
* There’s no commitment, so you can cancel anytime.
* A box with three meals for two adults is $59.95 with free delivery.

The good news is: if you want to try Blue Apron, you can get your first two meals free with this discount link!



Best Black Pants

by Koko on September 17, 2015 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion


My love of J. Crew has recently hit a whole new level. I am forever on the lookout for a great black pant and these bad boys hit the mark in every way. I love the length (ankle), the material (crepe), and the fit (slim). PS they are crazy comfortable! Oh and J. Crew is currently 25% off with code SHOPNOW. What’s not to love? (and yes I know the pants in these photos are navy, but wanted you to see the fit!)


IMG_6180 (2)PS gotta love the one shoe look :)


Oh Hi!

by Koko on September 9, 2015 · 0 comments

in Tangent Tuesday


Hi friends! Another week has gone by and I finally had a minute to sit and write. This past weekend Q came in to visit me (and most importantly Carl) in LA. We had such a great time with friends and family. And Carl was so happy to be reunited with his dad!



On Monday, I flew to the beautiful NYC for work and that’s where I am now. I have a love/hate relationship with the city. I love the food and shopping, haaaate the traffic.


(Oh hi “very LA” travel outfit. J. Crew top and boyfriend jeans)


(I even brought my very white Birkenstocks with me)


(JS pumps all the time. My go-to NY shoe (when I’m not in my Birks of course). )

More to come later this week/weekend. Thanks for sticking with me during this crazy week!