Tuesday, September 29, 2015

photo diary: the summer in which i wasted no time

Do you ever make a bucket list for things? Sometimes it seems so silly, or it might feel more like a to do list than a checklist of fun things, but I've found it helps me actually get things done that I want to do.

Now that I'm working 6 days a week, the thought of wasting any time just sitting around alone freaks me out. I do enough sitting alone at the studio throughout the week. When the weekend is here, I want to do ALL THE ACTIVITIES. It might become too much when I'm cussing out friends for being "the lamest," but like.... I'm just trying to make their life better. They should thank me for teaching them a hard lesson.

For summer 2015, I set out to:
  • Attend a festival
  • See an outdoor movie
  • Explore Georgetown's waterfront/paddleboard
  • Waterpark
  • A DC pool party
  • Tubing/floating the river
  • Boating
  • Make alcoholic popsicles [I've had the molds FOREVER]
  • National Harbor at sunset
All of that, along with the regular summer activities like going to the beach, country concerts, as many pool days as possible, etc. I achieved 5 1/2.... which is a little upsetting, but I had zero extra time, so I'm walking away mostly satisfied. It's like a good romp, but you know there's better out there somewhere. 

Because I can't pretend like I have a cool life without all the pictures to prove it, a few of my favorite moments:

Checked off the pool party right away when they handed me alcohol and a microphone on the roof of a hotel in Dupont on Memorial Day [and again on Labor Day]!

My two friends who [separately] added MARRIED to their life status.

Turning the station into CARLY 99.5 as we helped her find a bone marrow donor. UPDATE: She got the transplant!

Taking Tori Kelly and some listeners on a tour of DC!

My birthday party with some very important people has to be on here, duh.

My first camp-out/overnight festival! Big Barrel in Delaware was a wet mess of incredible fun and country music.

July's trip: Staying on a boat in KEY WEST for 4th of July and my best friend's 30th!

Turns out the outdoor movie idea was a bit tough to get through when the sun is beating down on you at 95 degrees... but still got to hang out at the beautiful Harbor!

Giving out free ice cream every Friday became even cooler when I got to surprise my dad at his office with the treats and my stilts!

Mama Plog got the special treatment when I took her to her first meet and greet so she could fangirl over how hott they were. 

Being AT Pride is awesome... helping HOST it- real honor making me feel real cool.

My second date with Sam Hunt, obviously a highlight. I mean LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. Oh MAH GAWD. 

The start of eating as many calories as possible at the county fair because what the hell else are you supposed to do when you're broadcasting live from there?!

Oh right, you also ride rides after eating all the calories.

Spent several days stalking my brother at National's Park.

Another successful PLOGERPALOOZA at the parents' humble abode. Getting grown adults in a group picture is significantly different from even just a couple years younger.

Wouldn't be a complete summer without proving that I can still hold myself upside down in the sand for at least one whole second.

And when you have mermaid hair, you must have a mermaid photoshoot.

I got my brother and dad a ziplining trip for CHRISTMAS. We finally completed it because I'm a good daughter/sister. 

And my most favorite summer moment: Spur of the moment slip n slide kickball.

[That's Mikey.]

The reason this is my favorite moment: I had seen viral videos of this and always wanted to try it, but never knew how to get it going. On the final day of summer, I'm scrolling through Facebook and see [what I think is] a stranger post a picture of them setting it up. I say I want to play, and he sends me an address. 

I was already out with friends, and had more plans for the rest of the day.... but I showed my main PIC, my bro, a pic of it and he immediately said we needed to go. So we did. I drove an hour to some person's house and played the most fun game ever and made some new friends. [I ended up learning later that I had met the guy who invited me during a rather... not-so-memorable night... woops.]

It was more proof that I should say yes to things, even if I think I can't. The plans I had for that evening could be post-poned a little bit for some epic memories and stories and Snapchat videos. 

Why make excuses for yourself to not have fun? Why prevent yourself from making memories? Your couch can wait. That show, the errands, the relaxation...it can all be done at a later time. 

And while I'm getting all deep or whatever you call this, I should add that the end of summer brings a genuine sadness to me every year. I don't want to go as far as calling it seasonal depression, but I really do have a hard time coping with it. It's looking back at my crossed off bucket list and writing a new one that have helped me this year. 

Now I need to find a way to get in ALL THE FOOTBALL and ALL THE FALL ACTIVITIES into my one day off a week. I have all the confidence.

Summer, I love you...

Until next year's list. 


PS: If you have any ideas for a FALL bucket list, send em my way, duh!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

riding the capital wheel with natalie la rose

Just like when we brought MKTO to a fan's house for a backyard sesh, and a tour of DC with Tori Kelly, we've been trying to provide experiences for people that they'll never forget.

Natalie La Rose came to town and we decided to take her to the Capital Wheel at the Harbor and do a little singalong at the top.

Originally I figured we'd have her sing her songs and stare in awe, but then something else magical* happened. We all sang the national anthem while going around.

*not sure if magical is the word, but you be the judge.

We then went to lunch and let these two winners ask her anything, grub on whatever they wanted, and just have a beautiful afternoon at the Harbor. Not a bad Wednesday.

It feels good to meet people and see them with the stare of "wow, what is happening." It's also pretty neat to see DC from on top of a ferris wheel.

And just in case you're interested in outfit details:

-basic F21 top
-Express shorts that can be worn into the winter because of the material
-shoes from Ross
-simple F21 gold necklace


Thursday, September 10, 2015

wearing: bohemian boyfriend

My dresser drawers are literally breaking because they're too full, I have to get new hangers every time I go to the store, and yet I'm constantly buying new clothes. I blame the purple hair and needing a new wardrobe. 

I've been getting a lot from SheIn.com.... which is a bit of a gamble. I've kept maybe half of the stuff, but it's pretty cheap and the quality is hit or miss. 

I got this top the other day and I'm pretty into it. It's different and flowy and makes me feel a little sexy because of the side boob action [assuming I had side boob to show.... let's be honest].

I go through phases where I really like my boyfriend jeans, even if I'm not totally sure how to style them. This is one of those times in my life. I probably need to find some better fitting ones, but they're just so comfortable and life is about figuring things out- right?!

-top from SheIn
-boyfriend jeans from NY&Co
-sandals from Kohls
-big blue earrings from a boutique at the beach

Next time there will be heels involved but let's be real: They're not that fun to wear all day in the office when you don't have to.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

exclusive interview: danni and i talked to kevin hart

This job really knows how to make sure I'm on my toes sometimes.

This morning was a struggle after a long weekend, and I was in the studio talking to Danni about some real serious ish when suddenly the phone rings and "Hi, I have Kevin Hart on the line for you."

Oh. Mild panic set in, and we obviously went forward with the interview someone else had set up while Googling like maniacs trying to figure out what he could be calling to promote.

What ended up happening was a conversation about why there is brail in drive thrus, his habit of walking into other people's hotel rooms, and what he's most proud of. The dude is clearly awesome.

Radio... throwing curveballs when all you [think you] wanna handle is a straight down the middle slow pitch.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

wearing: black and white jacquard curtains

Okay, so maybe I'm not wearing curtains, but this dress matches my bedroom so it feels like it.

It's ironic that I'm posting this outfit because I have had this dress for two years and never once worn it. I always thought it was way too big, but I guess that's the beauty in gaining some weight. [which to be honest- is why I haven't been posting. Sigh]

Someone was finally around to take a couple pictures, in an empty mall parking lot, and now here we are.
Because I never know how to pose.... [Don't even bother blowing it up looking for my underwear. I already did, sucka.]

It's a little wide, but it's really so comfortable. There are cinches right under the boobs and right above the butt to create "shape," but I felt like I was swimming in it before. Now I'm just confused about how I should accessorize this pattern. 
-dress from Forever21
-booties from Marshalls
-Kendra Scott earrings [c/o]
-necklace from Forever21
-total cost: $40ish

Funny thing is, I wore the same earrings and booties with another outfit last time I got a new dress, this one from Express [clearance, holla!]

[NOT "HOLLA" for phone mirror selfies as good outfit pics. I need a roommate... or a trainer for Slutty so she can take the pics and not try to be in all of them.]

Real talk about something I really don't wanna hear any response to unless it's motivation to get my ass in the gym- as much as people say it doesn't matter what we look like when we're in radio, I've been suffering in Struggle City with my weight this summer, yet not doing a damn thing about it. For a couple months I felt like I was busting my ass in the gym, eating healthy, and still gaining weight. I decided to just give up on the effort. What I've come to accept is that I think I'm hitting my "woman body" and it's going to be harder to work off this weight than in the past. I need to stop eating free food just because it's free, and stop believing people when they say I look fine because I don't feel fine. That's ultimately what's important. It's also important to get back to posting and hustling and making dreams come true so if you see me eating 3700+ calories in a night, kick my ass. Thanks, love ya, bye.


PS: Working all the angles works all the wonders.

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