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Cinco de Drinko

April 25, 2015

Planning a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? Or should we say Cinco de Drinko? Well we are, so check out the slideshow above for Cinco de Mayo party ideas, and a peek at the drinks (margaritas of course), the food (a good homemade guac is EVERYTHING), the decor (hello, color!) and the garb that’ll make an appearance at our fiesta. How will you be celebrating?  Cheers, Kat

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MARGARITA UNO

MARGARITA UNO

FIRST AND FOREMOST ON OUR FIESTA LIST: THE CLASSIC MARGARITA, NEED WE SAY MORE?

RECIPE VIA "THE CLASSIC MARGARITA", PHOTO BY RUSTIC WHITE
DIY TACO BAR

DIY TACO BAR

AS HUGE TACO FANS, WE KNOW THAT EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN MAGIC FORMULA FOR WHAT TASTES BEST. WE'LL BE CREATING A DIY TACO BAR WITH ALL OF THE FIXINGS FOR OUR GUESTS TO BUILD THEIR OWN AND ENJOY.

RECIPES VIA "DIY TACO BAR", PHOTO BY RUSTIC WHITE
MARGARITA NUMERO DOS

MARGARITA NUMERO DOS

THERE REALLY IS NO COCKTAIL WE LOVE BETTER THAN A MARGARITA, SO NATURALLY WE HAVE A FEW RECIPES UP OUR SLEEVES. MEET THE PEPPERED JALAPENO MARGARITA, BECAUSE #SOMELIKEITHOT.

RECIPE VIA "THE MARGARITA: TWO WAYS", PHOTO BY RUSTIC WHITE
COLORFUL DECOR

COLORFUL DECOR

YOU'LL FIND OUR COLORFUL BLOOMS, MISMATCHED DISHES AND A VIBRANT TABLECLOTH AT OUR TABLE, ALL OF WHICH CREATES A HIGH-ENERGY VIBE AND THE PERFECT SETTING FOR MAS FOOD AND DRINKS!

PHOTO VIA RUFFLED BLOG
THE PROPER GARB

THE PROPER GARB

DEPENDENT ON THE MOOD, WE MAY BE WRAPPED IN IT, HANGING IT OR SITTING ON IT; A MEXICAN SERAPE BLANKET IS OUR DEFINITION OF CINCO DE MAYO CHIC.

PHOTO VIA HAPPILY GREY
MARGARITA NUMERO TRES

MARGARITA NUMERO TRES

OKAY WE'LL HAVE MORE LIKE THREE MARGARITAS ON DECK FOR THE PARTY, SO LET'S CHEERS TO THIS SWEET RENDITION: THE PINEAPPLE MARGARITA.

PHOTO, RECIPE VIA "JOSE CUERVO HISTORY IN A BOTTLE: THE PINEAPPLE MARGARITA"
FESTIVE WEAR

FESTIVE WEAR

CINCO DE MAYO IS THE PERFECT TIME TO BRING OUT THE ROMANTIC SUN DRESSES, AND WE'LL DO JUST THAT. WHETHER IT'S AN OFF THE SHOULDER NUMBER OR AN EMBROIDERED KAFTAN, WE'RE EMBRACING THE PARTY'S PLAYFUL VIBES AND TAKING A TWIRL.

PHOTO VIA PINTEREST
HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE AND TORTILLA CHIPS

HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE AND TORTILLA CHIPS

WE LOVE US SOME HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE, AND WE'VE BEEN PERFECTING THE RECIPE FOR YEARS. DEFINITELY SERVING THIS GOODNESS IN A MOLCAJETE STONE WITH HOMEMADE TORTILLA CHIPS TO IMPRESS OUR GUESTS, TOO.

PHOTO, RECIPE VIA "BEST EVER GUACAMOLE" by RUSTIC WHITE
THE SOMBRERO

THE SOMBRERO

WE'RE GOING TO CHANNEL THE WHOLE VICKY-CHRISTINA-BARCELONA LOOK (OKAY THAT'S SET IN SPAIN BUT WE LOVE THE LOOK), SO YOU'LL FIND US IN THIS KIND OF SOMBRERO AT THE FIESTA.

PHOTO VIA TUMBLR
THE GREENERY

THE GREENERY

WE'LL GIVE A NOD TO MEXICO'S DRYER CLIMATE AND DECORATE THE PLACE WITH CHARMING TINS OF CACTI AND SUCCULENTS. P.S. CHECK OUT OUR POPULAR (AND REALLY EASY) TUTORIAL FOR CREATING YOUR OWN SUCCULENTS ARRANGEMENTS.

PHOTO VIA FENTON AND FENTON
MARGARITA NUMERO QUATRO

MARGARITA NUMERO QUATRO

HERE'S OUR FOURTH (AND FINAL, WE PROMISE) MARGARITA RECIPE, JUST IN CASE ANYONE AT THE PARTY IS FANCYING MORE OPTIONS FOR THE TASTE BUDS. WE KNOW THAT THESE MINT WATERMELON MARGARITAS ARE BEYOND DELICIOUS, AND REALLY ALMOST TOO EASY TO DRINK.

RECIPE VIA "MINT WATERMELON MARGARITAS", PHOTO BY RUSTIC WHITE
ROASTED CORN SKILLET QUESO FUNDIDO

ROASTED CORN SKILLET QUESO FUNDIDO

ODDS ARE, WE'LL NEED ANOTHER DELICIOUS DIP AT OUR SPREAD, SO WE'LL SERVE THIS CORN QUESO, WHILE TRYING NOT TO EAT IT ALL OURSELVES.

PHOTO, RECIPE VIA "ROASTED CORN SKILLET QUESO FUNDIDO"
A SWEET TREAT

A SWEET TREAT

WE DON'T REALLY NEED ANY CONVINCING ABOUT HOW DELICIOUS THESE CHURRO BITES WILL BE; THE PERFECT SWEET TREAT AT THE END OF OUR PARTY. THOUGH THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE IS OPTIONAL, WE'RE GOING TO SAY "MAS, POR FAVOR!"

PHOTO, RECIPE VIA COOKING CLASSY

Featured image, Rustic White

My Kiawah Island

April 24, 2015

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When we lived in Chicago and found ourselves needing to escape all the noise we’d run away to Kohler Wisconsin, a tiny little town in between Milwaukee and Green Bay set on the edge of Lake Michigan, Kohler was my calm in the crazy.  So when we moved to Atlanta two plus years ago I knew I’d need to find a refugee again to replace my beloved Kohler.  Enter Kiawah Island.  A barrier island on the Atlantic coast, 20 miles south of Charleston, and an easy five hour drive from Atlanta, lies Kiawah a sanctuary along the shores.

Kiawah, a private island community is home to a mix of year round residents, luxurious second homes, the quaintest downtown, a top ten golf course, and a five star resort appropriately called The Sanctuary.  Awaiting at the end of winding moss filled streets  The Sanctuary is the epitome of grandeur.  With its sweeping architecture, specifically their two main staircases, and immaculate grounds this seaside mansion envelops you in Southern hospitality from the moment you walk through the front doors.  And by the time I had made myself cozy in front of the fire with a pinot in hand any stress that was lingering from the week was all but non existent.  

Our weekend was filled with lazy mornings, plush white robes, room service, and magazines.  Hours spent in the spa.  A few rounds of golf at the Ocean Course.  Lingering dinners and fireside discussions about everything and nothing at all.  And plenty of oceanside play with Addison as she braved the waters to fetch her neon yellow tennis ball.  All in all, it was exactly the recharge and refuge I needed and I have a feeling we’ll be back the next time things get too noisy.  Do you have any place you escape to?  Truly, MKR

This story is in collaboration with The Sanctuary Kiawah Island, a resort I absolutely love and adore.  Opinions and images are 100% my own.  

First Half Marathon Training

April 23, 2015

Let me emphasize the “first” when I say First Half Marathon Training. Eight weeks ago, my boyfriend and I decided we wanted to run in our first half marathon. Neither of us are “runners,” but we are/were athletes. I’m not here to tell you about how fun the running became; I’ll tell you that running will always be a bit frustrating and boring to me.  Eight weeks ago, I didn’t understand how people could say it could ever be therapeutic, thrilling or fun.  But I did know that I wanted to challenge myself physically, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this thing.  After a week or two in, I quickly realized the training was very mental for me. Getting 13.1 under my belt was definitely doable, but it would just take patience and one step at a time. Training is coming to an end, and I learned that I honestly started to enjoy a good 5-miler on an overcast day, and that’s something I never imaged that I’d ever say.

Having a set training regimen helped immensely.  We found what I thought to be an aggressive 8-week training schedule published online by Dartmouth.  I convinced myself that if Dartmouth said this is what you had to do to prepare for running 13.1 miles, this is was what I had to do…like our own little scientific formula. Every Tuesday and Thursday, my boyfriend and I would hold each other accountable to our “easy” runs and carve out time on Sundays for the long distance runs. 

As the weeks went by and we increased our mileage, I found myself running longer distances than I ever had before.  There were good and bad runs (I learned that hills can seriously break you and running outside really IS more exciting), but I completed each run, per our scientific formula, and I took it step by step up through the end of our schedule.

Now at the end of my training, I decided on a quick list of half marathon training essentials I really had to have. Have you run a half (or full!) marathon?  Are you running your first soon like us?  I’d love to hear what you have to add to the list. And since the big race is this Saturday (be on the lookout for my inevitable race bib pic), any last-minute tips are appreciated too!  Send some good vibes to Music City as we take on our first 13.1.  Cheers, Kat

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RUNNING SNEAKS

RUNNING SNEAKS

THIS WAS THE FIRST ORDER ON MY LIST TO GET ME PUMPED ABOUT TRAINING. I WASN'T TRYING TO ORDER A PAIR OF BROOKS OR NIKES SINCE I'D REALLY RATHER BE BAREFOOT ON A YOGA MAT. INSTEAD, I OPTED TO ORDER A PAIR OF AFFORDABLE, BLUE SAUCONY SNEAKERS WITH DECENT REVIEWS. THEY'VE WORKED OUT GREAT SO FAR AND THE COLOR COMBO LOOKS GOOD (WHICH IS IMPORTANT TOO, YOU KNOW).

PHOTO VIA PINTEREST
A GOOD SPORTS BRA

A GOOD SPORTS BRA

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ESSENTIALS IN MY OPINION: A GOOD SPORTS BRA. I OWN MY FAIR SHARE OF TARGET SPORTS BRAS, BUT MY LULULEMON BRA IS MY GO-TO FOR HIGH-IMPACT RUNNING. THERE'S NOTHING WORSE THAN REALIZING IN THE FIRST MINUTE OF YOUR RUN THAT YOU'RE LACKING THE SUPPORT YOU NEED.

PHOTO VIA LULULEMON
GOOD TUNES

GOOD TUNES

WELL THIS IS AN OBVIOUS ONE. GOOD SONGS AND PLAYLISTS BRING ME THROUGH A HARD MILE WHEN I NEED IT THE MOST. SO, WHETHER IT'S KANYE, TALKING HEADS OR BEETHOVEN, LET THE GOOD TUNES CARRY YOU.

WHICH REMINDS ME, GOOD HEADPHONES HAVE TO BE ON THE LIST TOO.

PHOTO VIA PINTEREST
CAREFREE CLOTHES

CAREFREE CLOTHES

I CAN'T STAND WEARING WORKOUT GEAR THAT YOU HAVE TO CONSTANTLY ADJUST. I RECENTLY PICKED UP THESE SHORTS FROM UNDER ARMOUR AND I LOVE THAT THE WAIST BAND STAYS IN PLACE. SAME GOES WITH THIS STELLA MCCARTNEY RUNNING TOP, IT STAYS RIGHT AND TIGHT.

PHOTO VIA PINTEREST
ORGANIC ENERGY POWDERS

ORGANIC ENERGY POWDERS

I'M LUCKY TO BE TRAINING WITH MY BOYFRIEND, WHO TAKES HIS ORGANIC ENERGY SUPPLEMENTS PRETTY SERIOUSLY. I NOW JOIN HIM IN SWEARING BY THIS ALL-NATURAL PRE-WORKOUT RAW TEA, ISKIATE ENDURANCE AND RECOVERY NECTAR. ALL OF THESE TASTE GREAT (WE THINK) WITH NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORING OR SYNTHESIZED VITAMINS AND WE SIMPLY DRINK THEM WITH WATER BEFORE AND AFTER RUNS.

PHOTO VIA POPSUGAR
THE GEAR + APP

THE GEAR + APP

I ACTUALLY DON'T USE AN ARM BAND FOR MY PHONE SINCE I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GLANCE AT MY DISTANCE THAT I'M TRACKING WITH THE MAP MY RUN APP (WHICH IS AWESOME BY THE WAY). HOWEVER, I HAVE A FEELING I'LL WISH I HAD ONE FOR THE BIG RACE LIKE SO MANY OTHERS WILL.

PHOTO VIA LULULEMON
THE WATER BOTTLE

THE WATER BOTTLE

I'M SO SCARED OF GETTING CAUGHT DEHYDRATED ON A RUN (AND AFTER), THAT I'M CONSTANTLY CARRYING MY WATER BOTTLE AROUND WITH ME EVERYWHERE I GO.

PHOTO VIA POPSUGAR
STRETCH ROLLER

STRETCH ROLLER

I HAD NEVER KNOWN WHAT A STRETCH ROLLER WAS BEFORE STARTING OUR TRAINING, NOR HAD I ANY IDEA HOW GOOD IT WOULD FEEL AFTER A TOUGH RUN. YOU COULD FIND ME ROLLIN' IN MY LIVING ROOM AFTER EACH LONG DISTANCE RUN.

PHOTO VIA REFINERY29

Featured Image, Lululemon

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