Savannah Smiled

2.27.2015

Team #WhiteAndGold

Who knew "the dress of 2015" would be the true dividing line in our country? If you've been under a social media rock for the past 20 hours, I'll catch you up: a girl posted a picture to Tumblr of a blue and black dress...but, she saw it as white and gold in the photo. SO DID I. So did a lot of people! I thought this was a big internet hoax until my eyes decided to switch and I saw the dress as its true colors: black and blue. When you see it both ways, friends, it's really mind boggling!

via swiked on tumblr
And, if you're seeing the above image as white and gold, you're not alone! Apparently, there's some science to this that might involve wavelengths and light and eye cones and such. It's really the most bizarre thing I've ever seen, as my eyes have switched the colors several times now. Sometimes I see it blue, sometimes I see it white. 

Since I was an original member of team #WhiteandGold, I've found some things that we can all buy and enjoy that WON'T play black-and-blue tricks on us...or will they?

Any way you see it, February 26, 2015 was really fun, internet! I don't know if we'll be able to top the day that llamas ran loose in AZ (yep, llamas) and a single blue dress caused chaos across the web.

So, were you team #whiteandgold or team #blueandblack?

2.26.2015

JumpFromPaper Bags

I saw pictures of JumpFromPaper bags recently and thought they were just a part of a unique photoshopped art series. Soon, I realized these were real bags for sale! I sure hope I can get my hands on one some day. I would love to dress in serious all-black and have a bright cartoonish bag to contrast everything. These are just so much fun!

Here's my favorites from the JumpFromPaper shop: 

2.25.2015

Airplane Ready

I hate flying. I despise it. I don’t get physically sick much of the time, luckily, but I am completely uncomfortable the entirety of the flight. I’ve flown by myself a lot over the years, so I’ve had to figure out how to make trips in the air bearable. Here’s some things I do to get through 2, 3, even 8-hour flights with the least anxiety as possible:


SILENCE

I don’t like hearing people’s life stories on plane. That sounds terrible of me and I’m probably missing out on plenty of relationship opportunities, but I just can’t do it. Talking brings out my stress and nerves, which brings out my sick feelings. I try to avoid it altogether. As a matter of fact, when Montrell and I fly together, it’s still pretty silent. He’s got his headphones on, I’ve got mine (and a lot of the time I’m not even really listening to anything). Silence is my best flight friend.

OILS 

Since I’ve become an oil-believer, I make sure to put some Lavender or Peppermint behind my ears and on the back of my hand. Just breathing in my oils is comforting and can bring some “calm” to even a rough flight. On my last flight to Miami, I saw an elderly lady sitting nearby applying oils behind her ears too. I was proud I wasn’t the only one!


DISTRACTIONS 

I do really well on flights with tv screens and wifi. However, we like to save money, so we’re on no-frills flights most of the time. We make sure to have a movie or show saved and ready to play on our laptops or iPads. 3-hours of flight noises, crying babies and seatbelt “dings” isn’t all that fun, but watching a 3-hour movie can sure make the time pass quickly. Again, good headphones are key!



GUM + WATER 

Right after going through security at airports, I buy a water bottle and packet of gum. I take small sips of the water the entire flight, making sure I don't feel dehydrated at any point. The gum ensures that I don't have awful popping in my ears as we rise and descend. Works like a charm. Another thing I do right before boarding is use the airport bathroom! Even sipping on my water, I can usually make it the whole flight without having to wait in line and squeeze into that tiny flight potty.


COMFORT 

Yeah, right! The seating arrangements in planes are always just plain awful (unless you score an emergency row exit, which is basically the best place to be on a flight, besides first class). If I can calm myself enough to go to sleep, I lay straight back or wad up a hoodie, hug it like a pillow and sleep on the tray. I’m a back-sleeper anyway, so the first option usually works alright for me. We always try to get Montrell an aisle seat, as his bad knees can get pretty inflamed being so scrunched. It's better when he has an aisle to stretch out into.

EYES AHEAD 

I’m not one of those people who likes to look outside. I will if I’m seeing a new city for the first time, but for the most part, NO! I don’t want to see that we’re zooming through clouds and I definitely don’t like seeing the wings flip and flop as we hover near an airport. Turning is my least-favorite! I keep my eyes on my screens and my feet.


It’s true that flying anywhere can be an overall anxiety-ridden experience for people like me, but the flights I've taken have always been worth the destinations!


Got any more tips for nervous flyers? Leave me a comment, below. I’d love to hear them!

2.24.2015

Quillboxed Portrait

I've always wanted to collect fun custom works of art, instead of just having pictures of ourselves in our home. Someday I hope to have a gallery displayed of the different pieces. I've gotten a few artists to make drawings or paintings of us over the last few years and I'm loving our newest edition from Quillboxed!

I sent Julia a few pictures of us and gave her a few customization preferences, like wanting us to hold hands. When I got this in the mail, I was so excited. Even Montrell, who normally doesn't really think things are "cute," said how much he loved it! 

These portraits would be great gifts for weddings, baby showers or anniversaries and Julia is awesome to work with! You can check out her previous pieces on her Tumblr page, or go straight to her Etsy to make a order. We'll be back for Quillbox in the future!

This is not a sponsored post, just sharing the love.

2.23.2015

The Oscars Red Carpet

Now, the only Oscar that really matters should go to my boxed red velvet brownies that I enjoyed last night as we watched the red carpet and Academy Awards coverage. They were delicious. 

Anyway, here's some of my favorite red carpet looks of the evening. I watched the carpet coverage, but it was way too long to keep my attention. Thankfully, there's pleny of shots across the internet showing me what I missed. The theme of the evening seemed to be glamorous, but not Oscars-glamorous. I'm a-okay with that, as color and fun usually become instant favorites of mine. 


I don't know where this peachy-beige color came from, but I kind of love it. I kept pointing out dresses I loved, later realizing they were all the same shade of....well, whatever this color is! I think it's funny when you can see a fad so prevalent at an awards show. This color is a winner in my book!

Now, back to those brownies...luckily, there's plenty left. Brownies for days!

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