IMG_2119IMG_3985okay okay okay…. before you say it I’m going to, YES I really am that extra!!! Chances are you’ve probably heard of Riverdale, and if you haven’t WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!? Seriously go turn on your Netflix right meow!

The show is very loosely based off the Archie comics, which hold a special place in my heart. When I was around 5ish My dad used to take my sister and I to a little place called Coopers Drugs, a tiny drug store that also sold comics, my sister and I would always get the Archie comics. That place felt like it was stuck in a different decade even back then.

Anyway, I love this show #teambetty #bughead hahah SORRY had to get that out so you know where I stand and all! When season 2 was going to premiere I KNEW I had to throw the most epic Riverdale party there ever was!!!!! When Pinterest and google failed me it was up to me!!

IMG_3972IMG_3979I KNEW I had to had Pop’s inspired food! That meant Milk Shakes, Fries, and burgers (but in this case I though sliders would be cuter and more appropriate party food!) Ordered the food baskets and red an white checkered liner paper off amazon! The old school cake stand is from Walmart only $10!IMG_4049IMG_3942

How cute were these food baskets!! I made simple basic sliders, baked a bag of 5lb fries they were delish though. If you guys would like the burger recipe comment down below and let me know!

Moving on to the Milk Shakes, were spiked DUH; Vanilla ice-cream, Chocolate syrup, frozen strawberries, vanilla extract, a little milk, and raspberry vodka!!!!! (Ordered the Milk shake glasses and straws from amazon!)IMG_4230IMG_2105

I knew I had to make Jughead crowns, and Josey and the Pussy Cat doll ears! I made them both out of poster board, paint, a glue gun, and headbands! I even attached bobby pins to each crown so they would be secure for pictures! Everyone watched the show in either a crown or ears of their choice! It was so fun to see everyone all decked out!!!!!

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The Shirts were pretty simple and super fun to make! I thought about doing iron on letters but that was getting expensive, so I opted for stencils and black paint. I got a pack of white big tee’s at Target, thought of cute clever things from the show and went to town. I didn’t want to put anyones specific first names on them because that just seemed a little basic to me. This was one of my fav parts! The shirts said : DARK BETTY, SOUTHSIDE SERPENT, BUGHEAD, BLOSSOM, ARCHIEKINS, SECRETS & SINS, HBIC, MAPLE RED

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SO WORTH IT!!!! These were so fun to make and so much fun to pick out!

For the photo background, or in technical terms “step and repeat” I ordered the gold ballon letters off esty, and the blue back drop off amazon! It looked magical!!!! So perfect!!!IMG_4009-2IMG_2129IMG_2131 3IMG_2121 3

Then I KNEW we NEEDED Riverdale inspired cocktails!!! I phoned a couple bartenders and with a little help from google came up with these! They were a HIT! The Blue and Gold was so popular there wasn’t even ANY left for the picture!

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Getting to watch together and talk on all the commercial breaks, was probably the best part of all! We talked about our favorite characters, and the episode as it was happening and just being together! Honestly the best part was just being with these babes! We had all the laughs took all the pictures and I had all the warm fuzzies!IMG_4214IMG_4213IMG_4093IMG_4041IMG_2117IMG_2129IMG_2135 2IMG_4083IMG_2064IMG_2070

From my squad to yours PEACE LOVE AND JUGHEAD!!!!!

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Your 20’s are weird fast defining years. These books have helped and guided me, through. Some are books of poems some are stories,  and even a list, but they have been a crutch when I needed, they have served as a friend when lonely, and clarity in crisis. Even if your a little older or younger these books will help you guide you through the trying, happy, and everything in between.

I love the way books smell, I love the way they feel in your hand, I love how intentional someone had to be to make it come to life. I feel like books are dreams you can hold in your hand. So here are some recommendations for people who are just trying to figure it out.

IMG_1130Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur: This book has helped me through so many trying relationship times in my life. I mean every kind of relationship, family, friends, boyfriends. Rupi Kaur’s words are so beautiful. Most of the poems are short, sweet, to the point, and oh so eloquently written. Milk and Honey has brought me to tears in just a few short lines. Its like I can always find clarity in her words, like Rupi knows what I’m feeling and how to say it, when I can’t find the right words. This book is powerful, and also gentle enough to be comforting in a time of need. I’ve said this before, but, in your 20’s when your trying to figure so many things out, and sometimes you can’t quite put your finger on how you feel Rupi Kaur can, and thats why this book is important.

IMG_1108The Opposite of Loneiness, Marina Keegan: The Story of Marina Keegan, the author of this book is a heart wrenching one. She had just graduated STANFORD, with an creative writing degree, I mean freaking STANFORD!!!!!  Marina and her boyfriend were going to visit her family just DAYS after graduation. Driving through the night, and her boyfriend fell asleep at the wheel and she was tragically killed. SO SAD!!!!!! Marina wrote plenty of beautiful imaginative short stories in her short years on earth. This book is a collection of her stories. She lives on through them, and if I ever need a quick but rich story, to get my mind off things this is my go to. As I read, I am also reminded just how beautiful and short life is, and what you can do in just a few short years here, I am also reminded to make them count.IMG_1143

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert: This book is just as the title says magical. The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, among others, she has also written a tiny book you may be familiar with, Eat Pray Love? lol! Seriously though this lady is a genius! You need to hear the words in this book. It is in the self help realm, but this book is not preachy or cheesy. This book is courageous, and honestly gave me the courage, to get over myself and go towards my dreams (example: THIS BLOG) Elizabeth breaks down why you must create and also why it isn’t that big of a deal. Without this book I don’t know if I would be able to unapologetically put myself out there every week with this blog and anything else I do creatively. Even if you are not trying to do something super creative, even if you just want to follow your dreams and stop being a scaredy cat making a big deal over it, READ THIS BOOK! If you read one of these books I believe this one should be it! Also THANK YOU ELIZABETH GILBERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMG_1126Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed: This book is FILLED with inspirations, not just inspirations but words of healing, encouragement, and comfort. I’ve turned to this book in moments when I didn’t feel good enough, I’ve turned to this book when I’ve needed the words to press on, in times of difficulty. I know this is a lot to ask of a book, but its almost been like a friend to me. A friend with the best advice, and who is most always a reach away. I feel like the underlined them in this book of poems, is that its okay to be yourself; and when your figuring it out in your 20’s you need that.

FullSizeRender 2Love Listography, Lisa Nola: This is such an awesome thing. No its not like a real book type book, its a journal like list book thingy lol! Okay let me explain! Its a set of list like probably around 150 blank list for you to fill in with prompts like “List all the boys you’ve ever kissed” “List Relationship moments you’d erase” “List all the gifts you’ve received from lovers” “List the details of your first time” Personally I’ve had this book since I was 19! like nine FREAKING teen! In my sorrow of every breakup I have filled out this book! Some of the things I seriously do not even remember happening but it was been such a cool experience to see how my life, mindset, and myself as a person have changed! I recommend starting this ASAP! Your past can be a great tool, and this has become a comforting way to reflect!

I whole heartedly LOVE these books! I hope they might bring you joy and help along the way if you decide to give them a read! Comment below any books that have helped you grow up! I love you, and I hope your day is filled with TONS of sunshine!!IMG_1149

PS I ALSO MADE A YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT THESE BOOKS! CHECK IT OUT AND SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE!!!!!!! CLICK HHHEEERRREEE ALSO IM SCARED BE NICE! LOL

 

IMG_0088IMG_0089I LOVE some wine! Like, LOVE IT! I’m going to blame my dad for this one. I would have a glass every night, if I could. What is more fun than relaxing with a nice red, some good music, (I’ve been on an Alabama Shakes kick lately) while you become one with the couch? Since I like to drink it often, that means I want something affordable!! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a nice bottle, but my bank account just can’t seem to keep up! lol! So behold, a solution! Ten $10 bottles of wine that are yyuumm!! I put my own personal thoughts and then tasting notes from their websites. I do love wine, but I wouldn’t call myself an expert, just an admirer, and I could taste them as I was typing this! haha! This list will be easy to drink, nothing too sweet, something you can find in the grocery store, or CVS, and still super yum, I promise!

P.S. PLEASE forgive me for these pictures! I am a grease ball who needs a shower in all of these.  Also, yes I am wearing my sunglasses inside because I was def not putting on mascara that day!

IMG_204110. Mènage à Trois, Red Blend: AHH good ole Menage! This wine is a go to for me, if I want something light, drinkable and easily accessible. It’s EVERYWHERE! This stuff goes down like water for me! lol! This is a blend, which I love. It’s mostly Zinfandel which is something I happen to enjoy!

NOTES: Fresh ripe jam, fruity, silky, and soft.

PRICE: $10.99

9. 14 Hands, Hot to Trot, Red BlendThis is another go to if I want something that goes down easy, but just a little sharper than Menage! Drinkable, affordable and a little bit of spice. What more could you want in a wine!?

NOTES:  Cherry, ripe berries, plum, tea, and baking spice

PRICE: $8.99

8.  Apothic Red, Red Blend: This is another FAVORITE of mine. It’s a little thicker and a little bolder than the previous two but so, so, so yum!

NOTES: Black Cherry, vanilla, mocha

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7. Save Me San Francisco, Drops of Jupiter:  No, I’m not just spouting off random Train lyrics. This is a wine and a yum one! ALMOST as good as the song itself! haha! It’s a Petite Sirah. A little on the sweet side, just barley, but I looovvee this one!

NOTES: Fruit-forward, boysenberry

Price: $9.99

FullSizeRender 26. Butternut, Pinot Noir: Easy to drink, jammy, cute name, super yum. And it has a CUTE label! lol! Not that it matters, but it does if you love aesthetics like me! hehe

NOTES: Vanilla, red, and dark berries

Price: $11.99

IMG_00905. Louis Jadot, Beaujolias-Villages: This is a CLASSIC wine! This type of wine actually has a TON of heritage and history. But I won’t bore you with the details, because they are boring me thinking about them. Blah, blah, blah. Grapes. Soil. France. No one cares! I PROMISE it is YUMMYYY though!

NOTES: Violet, and red fruit syrup, fresh and silky

Price: $8.99

4. Pennywise, Pinot NoirThis was the name of a band I was obsessed with in like 7th grade, and a yummy Pinot! There is sooo much flavor up in this bottle! Lately, I’ve been drifting from Pinot to Cabs, but this one keeps me coming back!

NOTES: Crushed rose petal, fresh baked blueberry pie, wild cherry and hints of toasted cedar, tart cherry, cranberry, wild huckleberry and toasty marshmallow, vanilla, toasted coconut, cinnamon and clove.

Price: $8.99

FUNNY STORY ABOUT THIS NEXT ONE! While writing this blog post, I asked Matt: “What’s the name of that cab we always get?” His reply: “UBER” lolllllll!!! Anyways, on to the yummy cab, and I DON’T mean Uber!!!!!

3.  Gnarly Head, Cabernet SauvignonI LOVE THIS WINE AND IT’S SO CHEAP! I feel like it’s easier to find a good cheap Pinot because they are lighter in flavor, but this Cab is still soooo good. Big, bold and beautiful. All for a super low price point! That’s what you call a WIN-WIN

NOTES:  Black fruit, clove, spice and earth.

PRICE: $10.99

2. Trivento, Malbec ReserveI was lucky enough to stumble upon this gem at The Wine Bar in Pensacola. I was with my friend Camilla who was visiting from Denmark, and we both FELL IN LOVE with this wine! She even bought one for her going away dinner. It’s FULL of flavor! Think heavy and bold!

NOTES: Ripe red fruits, strawberries and cherries, with hints of coffee and chocolate from the oak.

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1. Cupcake, Red Velvet Blend: This is my go to cheap bottle. It’s silky, smooth and such a good time. This one hits all my taste buds! I love how it’s easy to drink but you still get all the complex flavors. I don’t know if this make any sense, but the taste just flows nicely for me, lol. I want a bottle right MEOW!

NOTES: Chocolate, deep dark blackberries, luscious red fruits, a hint of coconut and creamy mocha.

PRICE: $9.99

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I really hope you enjoy these yummy cheap reds! Let me know if you know of a good cheap bottle I didn’t mention, or your thoughts on any of the bottles I did mention! I love to talk wine and act fancy sometimes! lollllll! I say that as I sit here with no pants on and hair so greasy you could fry an egg on it! Shut-up Torri you need to go to sleep.

I love you! CHEERS! Or in this case, CLINK! HAHAH

 

episode-52-1024The first time I ever heard of The Moth was on my favorite show! It’s no secret that the show Girls on HBO is probably one the the things I cherish the most in this whole world! I even embarrassingly created a FB group to connect with other girls who loved the show. lol! I know, I’m lame! (If you want in click > Girls Who Watch Girls…The TV Show) Anyways! I saw this episode where Hannah got on this stage and bared her soul, by telling a true story, in in front of a ton of people at this place called The Moth. It was so beautiful to me. So I did what everyone does when they don’t understand something, I googled it, and I was fascinated by what I found. And I knew right then and there, I HAD to go!

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The Moth has been around since 1997. They have events in bigger cities, held once a month. At these open-mic-style events there is one topic which is announced 3 months in advance. The topics are usually one-to-two words, and sort of up for interpretation. They are all something that humans, by nature, experience in some capacity or another. For example the next upcoming months topics (in most locations) are, “Fresh“, “Karma“, “Cheating“. They call these events “StorySLAMS“. People come prepared with a 5 minute TRUE story on the given topic, and the hopeful story-tellers all place their names in a hat. The Moth draws from those names, and 10 people are chosen. The names drawn are the story-tellers for the night. They each get up, one by one, stand on stage and pour their heart out, with experience and truth. There are also 3 judges in the audience, picked at random. Sometimes in teams of two and sometimes just 3 separate people. Judges simply hold up a number that can be seen from the audience to the stage, and it is recorded on stage the old fashion way, hand to paper.  The judging and winning isn’t important though, it’s the  getting up and sharing. That is the real prize. Everyone in attendance can feel it too. However, after 10 StorySLAMS in a city, they have a GrandSLAM Championship, where each winner steps on a bigger stage and again bares all. The only real prize to win is human connection. It’s beautiful, in every sense of the word.IMG_2046 2-2

If you live in the Panhandle of Florida, like myself, the closest cities with The Moth are New Orleans, (3 hours Pensacola, 5 hours from Panama City Beach) or Atlanta (5 hours from Pensacola or Panama City Beach) On The Moth’s Website, is a full list of cities where you can search for events! As I said before, they are in bigger cities all over the country!IMG_3223-2IMG_4313-2IMG_9719

New Orleans is closest to me! 3 hours, not too bad! The GrandSLAM was the next event The Moth had up, so I just had to go! I bought tickets, booked a room at my favorite hotel in Nola, and convinced my mom to come with! We had a magical experience at The Joy Theater. We drank champagne, and listened to stories from people of all different ethnicities and ages, 21-87. The girl who runs The Moth Nola was soooo freaking funny!!! All the stories were so special! We laughed, teared up, and felt almost every emotion. Leaving the theater, I remember feeling buzzed off human connection. It really says something about humans in general, that although we are all so different, with different families, friends and cultures, we all experience the same range of emotions, and that somehow we are all connected. The Moth is really about The Human Experience.

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The Moth made me grateful to be alive, and I hope you make it a point to experience it. I’m thinking of entering next time! Let me know what you think about The Moth, and if you’ve seen that Girls episode I’m referring to! Or even if you watch Girls at all! I really hope you look into The Moth and if you ever want to go, I AM SO DOWN! Seriously, hit me up! Well, I love you! I’m going to leave you with some super cute New Orleans pictures of my FAVORITE hotel The Catahoula!

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Last, but not least, here’s a super cute pic of my mom!!

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Okay, I love you BBYYYEE!

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I feel like V-Day has grown stale. Which is very sad to me because, little fun fact, IT’S MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY! Kind of strange, I know, but I love showing love! Valentine’s Day isn’t just for people in relationships and that’s where the V-Day haters get it wrong. I think everyone could use more love in their lives. What better of a day can you ask for than to give and receive love from the people you care about? Okay, I will stop being so Hallmark card-ish. You’re probably nauseous by now. Since everyone normally just goes to dinner, and restaurants have totally capitalized on this, with “A Special Valentine’s Menu”,  THAT’S usually about $75 a person! I’ve taken it upon myself to give you some awesome ideas. Do not get me wrong, I LOVE going out to dinner. I LOVE everything about it, the ambiance, good company, the options, and not having to cook! But, I mean you can go to dinner any night of the week. Why go on the most crowed AND expensive night of the whole year? No thanks! I love planning “fun days” it’s one of my specialties. If you know me, then you know I’m always on the hunt for something fun to do! So I think I got you covered!

 

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ARCADE: What is more fun than an arcade!? Its also romantic, and playful. Dates like these are just the BEST kind, filled with innocence, and laughter. Personally, I strive to do things that I don’t do on the regular, like all the time! It keeps life interesting! It’s easy to spend all day in an arcade. Picture it, corn dogs, ice-cream, air hockey, skee ball, cheap beer, and shooting hoops! Life simplifies, it’s easy to feel in a different world in places like that. That kind of environment makes for a perfect date and makes for an unforgettable time!IMG_1242.jpgIMG_1249.jpgIMG_1211.jpg

Roll your own sushi: I’ve personally never done this before, but I’ve always wanted to! A night in trying to do a new activity together, especially making a meal, is such a bonding experience. No phones, no TV, just a really awesome playlist! Don’t forget wine, and a pallet on the floor, or a blanket fort! Matt and I used to do this all the time, only we bought the sushi! Sometimes we would play “Heads up” too. Highly recommend “Heads up” ESPECIALLY after wine! But any game will do! Now that sounds like a perfect night to me!

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Bike Ride: This is most definitely one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE THINGS! We normally take our bikes to the beach, with some beer or wine, and stop at little spots on the water, or a bar for a drink. Being outside like that, makes me feel so carefree! This is what you call some QT with your QT! (Haha! OMGosh I need to go to sleep) You just kind of go where ever the ride takes you! It’s very romatical and make sure to get the sunset in.

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Picnic: I know this is not an original idea, but I have to mention it because even though it’s simple, it can be so thoughtful. Bring mimosas! Matt surprised me one time on our anniversary with a picnic and it always makes me smile when I think about that day. I want everyone to feel like that. Here’s a pic from that day!IMG_1256

 

A whole day: Start the day together. Go get coffee and order for each other. Go to your FAVORITE coffee shop. Everyone has one. Next, go to a record store, spend about 30 minutes browsing and listening to music. Then take turns buying a record for each other, but don’t let the other see. Then do a reveal at the same time! Repeat at your favorite book store. This is such an intimate way to explore each others interests. Ideal! This date, in my opinion, is ideal!mattbodo!.jpg

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Okay I’m done being super cheese pizza! I really do hope that Valentine’s Day is a happy one for you. Make your best friend your Valentine. Go see 50 Shades of Grey and get wine drunk! Have fun and celebrate the love you have in your life, at whatever capacity that may be. Be thankful for the ones who love you! JUST HAVE AN AWESOME DAY AND GO HUG SOMEONE!!!

(I’m going to leave you with the first picture Matt and I ever took together!)

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Remember I love you! Okay bye!!!!