Two Cents: Kelly and the Cameraman

Aug. 24th, 2016

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I travel a good amount for my job and personal life. And while I love exploring new places, the jet lag can be killer. The cameraman and I are here to give our two cents on how you can fight the good fight against jet lag.

Kelly’s two cents:

1. Unless you are taking a red-eye from your city of origin and landing in the AM at your destination, do not sleep on the plane! I used to fly from Ghana to Los Angeles and those 17 hours in air were killer. But I stayed awake, powered through, landed in the afternoon and stayed awake until 8pm LA time. Then crashed so hard my pillow felt like a thousand baby angels holding me in the air. I would wake up in LA the next morning feeling adjusted to the timezone. It’s hard, but completely worth it the next day.

2. While you’re awake on that long flight, perform all your normal personal hygiene routines. Go wash your face, brush your teeth, etc. when it’s “bed time” and repeat when you would be waking up. It will help keep you awake, but also save you from feeling disgusting and sticky when you land.

3. I’m a snack eating machine. If it were an Olympic sport, just forget about it competitors. I’ve got this one locked up. On the plane I am no different. Unless you are flying First Class, the peanut/pretzel situation can get a little tired. So I pack a large quart size ziplock of my favorite snacks. If I feel like dried fruit, I have it. A cliff bar? Yep, Kelly, you planned ahead. Pb&j? But of course Madam. I have whatever it is I’m craving and it makes the flight that much more enjoyable.

And the cameraman weighs in:

Kelly, that sure seems like an impeccable plan! Where, I wonder, did you learn all of those tricks? The cameraman will now claim credit for your wondrous ideas and give you the science behind it…well, I guess the pseudoscience behind it. Or in other words, I have some theories….

1. Get tired. Nothing wigs the body out more than being totally and completely exhausted. Everyone has pulled an all-nighter, and my feeling is that your circadian clock is put on snooze while you linger in this weird zombie-like trance state, but once your head hits the pillow, it starts right back up. So, learn to love the haggard, travel-trance, and then plan to crash for a good 12 hours, and bingo! Right on schedule, whether you’re in London or Tokyo.

2. This is a Kelly special. Keep clean everyone, or else she might give you the stink-eye from across the airport lounge.

3. Your stomach rules the roost. Have you ever heard that you have more bacterial cells than human cells in your body? Well it’s true. What does that have to do with jet lag? Maybe nothing…maybe everything! Who knows, but what I do know is that your gut, which is full of little microbes, puts you in bad moods, makes you happy, and has been scientifically proven to communicate with your brain.  if you adjust your eating schedule to coincide with your destination, your little gut microbes will be fooled into readjusting their clocks.  So, the day you’re traveling try to force yourself to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and I’m talking every calorie you would normally eat even if you’re feeling full, according to Australian time, cause that’s where every fun plane takes you, isn’t it?

Honeymoon packing

Aug. 17th, 2016

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I am a notoriously awful packer. If I’m going on a ski vacation I will pack shorts, tank tops, flip flops, bikinis…because one never knows what will arise while on vacay. And while it means I’m prepared for anything (my Vegas dress tucked into a pocket while backpacking down the Grand Canyon) it also means that my suitcases weigh a thousand pounds, the zippers on my bags are bursting at the seams, and I can never find socks when I need them (but my ballgown is always accessible).

Before going on my honeymoon I was determined to turn this ship around. I was going to enter my marriage and Europe a new woman. An organized, packing machine. And I actually think I did it! I laid out a bunch of potential clothing/accessories/shoes on my bed and started creating outfits. I edited out anything that couldn’t be used in three different scenarios. Once I had my items picked out I photographed all the outfits so that when I woke up in the morning in Greece I could scroll through the photos and pick my look for the day. I’m not kidding, this up front effort saved me loads of time and pounds of baggage!

This is the contents of my suitcase and I stretched this to be way more outfits than pictured!

Included in the photos are: 2 rompers, 5 shirts, 2 sweaters, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of jeans, 1 skirt, 1 dress, 1 jacket, 4 pairs of shoes and two necklaces. This made up the 11 pictured outfits, but in reality more like 15 combinations.

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Outfits
1 Asos Romper, Anthropologie hat (similar here), Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
2 Asos Romper, Loft shirt, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
3 H&M Romper, Thrifted denim jacker, Toms (sold out, but these are cool)
4 H&M Romper, very old top, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
5 Jcrew shirt, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
6 Loft shirt (similar here), Jcrew jeans, Rainbow flip flops
7 Loft sweater(similar here), Jcrew jeans, Forever 21 necklace, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)
8 Nordstrom shirt, Jcrew jeans, very old wedges
9 Nordstrom dress, Jcrew sweater, Toms (sold out, but these are cool)
10 Loft sweater (similar here), Anthropologie skirt (similar here), Steve Madden sandals, necklace gifted from cameraman purchased in Thailand
11Nordstrom dress, Thrifted denim jacket, Anthropologie necklace, Steve Madden sandals (similar here)

BWG Crossroads

Aug. 2nd, 2016

BWG is at a crossroads. An intersection. Well, some sort of road/highway/travelling metaphor. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and that’s because creating original content for videos can be time intensive. I love love love doing it, but working full-time and all the other life stuff going on certainly gets in the way. I’ve decided going forward to have a mix of videos, written and linked content. That way I can have original material I’m passionate about more often on the blog. Videos are definitely my favorite to create, but this gives me a break to not be editing all night after work, making my “cameraman” film me every Saturday and Sunday, etc. I am excited to be back on the regular with the blog in a way that is doable with my lifestyle. I hope you guys will like the new stuff to come!

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DIY Lace up flats

Jul. 26th, 2016

I was on a quest over the last month for lace up flats. I think they are adorable and perfect for summer/fall weather. That being said, the ones I’ve liked are 150-200 bucks and I can’t fork over that kind of cash for something I’m “feeling” but don’t need. Heck, even for flats I need I’m not sure I can justify that much.

I looked to the gods of pinterest for inspiration and they showed me the way. This is such a simple DIY project it almost seems silly that anyone should pay money for an expensive version of these flats. I got a nice pair on sale from The Gap ($15 to be exact!) because I wanted a comfortable pair that would last awhile.

Thank you, pinterest gods. You never fail me.

BWG House!

Apr. 20th, 2016

I bought a house! A real, top floor, attic-style house. And I love it. But it’s a tricky space and needs some definite work to make it a home. There will be an episode about each home improvement/DIY project I do in here, but before I get to the projects I want to show you the real before.

Please excuse the echoes. I don’t have furniture yet, so it sounds like I’m in a wind tunnel. Maybe it’s time to invest in a microphone?…or perhaps just some furniture.

 

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