no, I don’t want to have coffee with you.


I have crowned myself the queen of everything. No seriously. I even made an enamel pin with my friend Bananna which you can purchase HERE (shameless plug). This means I’m also the queen of meetings. Prior to my travels, I was in 3-5 meetings a week. Most of them were work related and sometimes there would be a few coffee dates. Actually, there were a ton of coffee dates. I fucking HATE coffee dates. Not all of them though. I LOVE grabbing tea with my friends and hearing all about their lives and adventures. But before you get all judgmental and offended, here is why:

Most people that want to have a coffee date with you don’t actually want to have a coffee date WITH you. They want to sit down and get information from you. Or as the famous line says, “pick your brain.” Granted we’ve all been guilty of that. Someone has something that sparkles and we’ve just got to know how they got theirs that damn shiny. Needless to say, I have had life changing coffee dates. Sessions where we talk about life, personal growth, ways to better ourselves and help each other. But those have been few and far between. Or coffee dates where you can just kick it because the person wants absolutely nothing from you but meaningful quality time. I can dig those.

My personal life mantra is “Protect your Magic.” I have this written down on several pieces of paper around my office, and right before a meeting an alarm goes off that reads “Protect your magic.” Your knowledge, ideas, feelings. All of those things add up to the magic that is you. You can’t just give that shit to anyone. The great Rupi Kaur (purchase Milk & Honey because I’ve read it front to back over 20 times and it is my bible) once said…

Rupi Kaur Milk and Honey

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rainy day soup.


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Hai frenz. I posted this on my insta and a bunch of y’all asked for the recipe. I figured I should share it. However,  you should know that I 100% made this up and I am not a chef so don’t get all food network critics on me.

You can make this bomb ass rainy day soup two ways. You can make it to be Whole30 compliant, or you can just make it how you would normally make it if you aren’t torturing yourself with a whole30 sentence.

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#jetsetnanny does aruba.


Last week I had the amazing opportunity to fly out to Aruba and shoot for Vêtu de Joy with some amazing ladies. You should know I’m currently writing this from an AirBnB in Cartagena Colombia. You should also know I’m flying out to New Orleans in a week and a half. I basically live on a plane now. If you’ve been around for a while, and if you’re a fan of Lady Hustle Mag, you remember my travel anxiety piece, “Toronto made me Brave.” Well almost a year later, here we are. Jet set nanny all day. Aruba was magical y’all and I wanted to share it with you.

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2016 musical recap.


playlistIf you follow me on snapchat, Instagram or twitter, (really any social platform), you’ll see I’m notorious for my love of music. On snap I have my feet on the wall sessions and I’m always telling y’all what I’m obsessed with on insta. So I thought, why not recap all of my most played songs of 2016. According to Spotify, these are my most played out songs of 2016. You are welcome <3

What have you guys been listening to? Leave your favorites in the comments below.



vsco app.


You walk into your favorite marble table coffee shop, and to no one’s surprise, you see at least 4 people taking an overhead shot of their pretty table setting. So you decide today’s the day. You’re going to try and do the same thing. You do! You take the pretty coffee & matcha latte shot, but it doesn’t look like a dream because Instagram filters make everything look insane. Well, I’m here to share a few of the mobile photo editing tips I’ve learned.


If you visit my insta, you’ll see I’ve developed a semi-consistent look and feel to my feed. I normally use the same two filters and the same editing app. So here’s what I use:

Here are some things that you should know about VSCOcam. Not all filters are free, and I’m pretty sure the one I swear by isn’t free.


But for $29.99 you can get ALL. OF. THE. FILTERS! I don’t recommend this to everyone, but it is fun to have if you’re just looking to experimenting and finding your perfect filter. I found a filter that works for 99.9% of the images that I take on my phone. It works so well, that this summer I shot an event that needed real-time photo editing, and I uploaded my high res DSLR photos to my phone so I could quick edit through VSCOcam. Read More