Wedding Season is never over

As always, I begin my blog with an apology because I don’t blog often and a fake promise that I’ll try to keep up with the blog (by the way, I haven’t blogged since mid-December I believe, and the new WordPress layout looks awesome. I’m a little confused, but it’s awesome).

Anyway, I love the terms “wedding fever,” “wedding season,” and “Pinterest weddings.” A lot of people think that there is a specific time for weddings, but last year was definitively the Wedding Year. Wedding season never ceased for me.

1. January: I started off the year flying to Puerto Rico to my cousin Vivi’s wedding to Rafael. It was an elaborate Catholic service (which I had never been a part of, so that was interesting) followed by the reception, dinner and awesome party at La Concha Hotel. It seriously ended around 1 or 2 a.m. Best wedding, hands down.

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That’s my sister, my niece, my sister, myself, my sister and some girl whose name escapes me. 

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Myself, my stepmom and my two nieces. 

2. March: My boyfriend’s best friend Ben got married at the Windermere Town Hall. It was a nice, quiet family affair.

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That’s our friend Ryan, myself and my boyfriend. I was having issues with my bangs… 

3. April: My boyfriend’s high school friend Kyle got married at Dub’s Dread Golf Club. It was a fun wedding, but I felt weird because a teacher I disliked in high school was sitting in our table and I couldn’t tell her how much I loathed her because my boyfriend is friends with her. If we ever get married, she’s not invited. Just saying.

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My boyfriend and I. 
4. August: My former coworkers, Emily and James, tied the knot this past August, lakeside at a private home wedding. It was a morning wedding too, which was a new concept for me. It was so lovely. We’ve all known each other (there’s a little group of us) for a couple of years now because all of us got hired at a new Chick-Fil-A together back in 2007.
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 Myself, Emily (the bride) and Carrie (another one of the Chick-Fil-A clan). 
5. December: My old high school friend got married at the Shades of Green Disney resort. It was such a cute but elegant wedding. From the rage faces to the Star Wars wedding march to the high-five after kissing: It really captured the essence of what Danika and Alex are. I reminisced with old high school friends and had a blast dancing to Gangnam Style with a bunch of Asians (Danika’s family is from the Philippines.)
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 Young, myself and Tommy remembering the good ol’ days. 
 Now it’s 2013 and tomorrow I’m headed to my first wedding of the year, followed by the first bridal shower of the year on Saturday, followed by Carrie’s wedding in February… I hope none of my friends get engaged soon because I can’t afford to be buying any more bridal shower and wedding gifts.
Best part of weddings: Spending time with family and friends, dancing, eating, drinking and dancing some more!
Worst part of weddings: Being called out to catch the bouquet because since I’m not married, I’m technically single. Even worse, having to go up to the “Single Ladies” song.
Nightmare part of weddings: People asking me when I’ll be settling down and getting married. I feel like I have so much stuff to do including graduating at the end of the year, finding a job, saving money, that I don’t have time to think about marriage. Yes, I have a wedding pinboard on Pinterest but I only did it because “everyone else was doing it.” And yes, if all my friends were jumping off of a bridge, I’d do it too.
Hopefully “wedding season” will be over soon. Here’s to not catching the bouquet!

Why can’t we all just get along?

The social media saga continues: Twitter now has Instagram-esque filters.

Recently, Instagram (who is owned by Facebook) pulled Twitter from its sharing app meaning that when Instagrammers wanted to share their pictures on Twitter, they would only be able to post a link instead of the picture. Users can still click on the link but a browser page will open in order to view the picture.

My phone just updated all of my apps and I was able to check out the Twitter Photo Filters that the social media site unveiled.

You can either upload a picture or take an original picture with the Twitter app. You’ll get a menu that is similar to the Instagram one. It has three icons: one for a quick edit, one to choose one of the 9 filters and one to crop the picture if desired.

I don’t really like the photo filters that they have. It reminds me of those crappy photo filter apps us Android users were subjected to before Instagram.

What I do like is the crop tool because we can either crop the picture or not and still be able to post it. On Instagram, we HAVE to crop it in order to post it.

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Instagram updated as well and added a new black and white filter with a white border around it.

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I’m not really sure why all these social media sites can’t get along! And I don’t know where Twitter is going with this since it is a micro-blogging app and Instagram is a photo-sharing app and there’s no point for them to be fighting.

Are you #TeamInstagram or #TeamTwitter?

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Not blogging enough #Journoprobs

Dear loyal followers,

Just kidding.

I can’t believe that I haven’t written anything in over three weeks, but I’ve just been so busy! Between school, work and my internship, I’ve barely had time to breathe. I am currently sitting at Panera Bread, working on a Driver Education online module (because I am an idiot)* so I figured, “What the hey. Let’s write something.”

*Kids, always pay attention to STOP signs.

(1) So my internship at the Orlando Business Journal is close to ending. I am sad because I loved being downtown and feeling like Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City” (for the record, I’ve never seen that show so I’m just speaking out of my butt). It was fun dressing up in business attire and learning business terminology. I am very thankful that I got this opportunity because it gave me the chance to explore a new territory.

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(2) I applied for an internship at the Orlando Sentinel and didn’t get it (the same day I found out I didn’t get it, I got the traffic ticket. Probably one of the worst days of my life). I’m not sure why, since I am the best thing since sliced bread. I was really bummed because I had previously spoken to the intern coordinator and he said that if I got an internship at the Orlando Business Journal, the probability of me being chosen for the Sentinel would be higher. But alas, I didn’t get it. Thankfully I have friends and family who shared words of encouragement and I decided not to let this bother me.

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(3) Today, I met with Christina Tineo of Feeding Children Everywhere and I am excited to announce that I got an internship with FCE for the spring semester as a social media/communications intern. FCE is an Orlando-based non-profit organization that… feeds children everywhere. Basically. They host events in which companies, schools, churches and other groups come together to package meals and those meals get sent around the world. I’ve always been drawn to non-profits so this is a great opportunity for me. Now, I can not only influence and inform people with my writing, but I will also be able to influence people with my actions.

(4) I applied for a summer 2013 internship at the Tampa Bay Times. It’s a paid internship, which is unheard of in journalism, from May until August. I’m crossing my fingers and praying that I get it. I applied last year but I had no experience. My resume is looking a little bit more professional these days so hopefully I get it. If not, they can expect another portfolio and cover letter from me next fall for a summer 2014 internship.

I promise I’ll get back in the swing of things and begin blogging again. I know my life isn’t the most exciting but I’m sure someone somewhere is probably itching to read another update of my “crazy” life. Now I have to get back to learning about my BAC and terrible driving habits.

Fun.

Update: 4 hours later and I can proudly say I got a 97% on my test. #safedriver #justkidding

Yes! I was just recently talking about the porn hub that Instagram has become and now all these articles begin to pop up everywhere!

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When I was in high school, someone took a photo of me in our school’s production of a Tom Stoppard play. For some reason my character was on her hands and knees in a ballroom-dancing outfit. One of my friends asked me if he could borrow the photo, to prove to another girl, he said, that I was in the school play. I never saw it again. I thought little of it. To me it was a funny photo of me in a pink dress. To the testosterone-charged boys among whom it circulated, it was a photo of cleavage. How do I know this? Years later my husband told me. He saw the photo.

I was lucky. There was just one photo as color copies were too expensive for school-age boys. The damage was pretty much limited to one zipcode. And I was dressed. But today, capturing and preserving a…

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BOGO: Warby Parker

It’s been a year since I got my Roosevelts in Bondi Blue from WarbyParker.com and as fun as they are and as many conversation starters they have given me, I now realize I need a more serious pair of glasses.

I realized that when one of the interns asked me, “Are those even real glasses?”

Yes. Yes they are, lady.

For those of you who are familiar with Warby Parker, this BOGO does NOT mean that there is a BUY ONE GET ONE deal going on. In a perfect world, BOGO would mean Buy One, Give One.

Warby Parker is an “alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear available today.” At Warby, they don’t believe that glasses should cost $300+. Their glasses start at $95 and their Titanium collection comes out to $145. They also have a line of prescription sunglasses that start out at $145 .

Their glasses also have a purpose. Warby Parker has partnered up with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

The best thing about them is that they also have a home try on program. I had never done this before. Last year when I bought my glasses I just went with my gut feeling and hoped that they wouldn’t make me look insane.

The home try-on program works like this:

 

These are the ones I ordered and I got them within 3 days!

 

1. Find 5 pairs online that you like, make an account at warbyparker.com and give them your credit card information (they won’t charge you but they need it just for authenticity).

2. They’ll ship them to you within a few business days.

3. Try them on. Post pics on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. Get feedback. You have five days to decide.

4. Send back and order online!

I think I’m getting the last ones: Thompson’s in whiskey tortoise.

I really want the orange ones but they defeat the purpose of buying serious glasses. Sigh.

So yeah, if you’re in dire need of glasses, check out WarbyParker.com. They are one of my favorite companies and I’m always preaching to my friends about how awesome it is (I’ve managed to get a few converts!).

Fixing my resume and as I’m searching for tips, I stumble upon Koretzky’s blog once again (last year I found it when I was also looking for tips).

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No writing assignment strikes fear into the cold, calloused heart of a college journalist quite like the resume does. Yet no assignment is so shoddily reported and so clumsily written.

Every spring semester for nearly a decade, I’ve collected resumes from the staff at the student newspaper I advise – and I’ve taken them to local, state, and national media pros for a blistering critique. Every year, only a handful don’t suck.

Of course, the top reason for a crappy college resume is simply a lack of journalism experience. Too many j-school grads think they can land a media job with a diploma in one hand and some class assignments in the other. (For more on that, see 9 Mistakes that Crush a College Journalist’s Career.)

But even if your experience is impeccable, you can easily lose that first job you’d otherwise be destined for. Here’s why…



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Meet me at Marlow’s: Seriously, I can’t move from the food coma

Georgia-based Marlow’s Tavern, Orlando’s new gathering spot, opened its first location in Orlando on Oct. 9.

The 4,500-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant is located in Pointe Orlando on International Drive (tourist land).

Marlow’s Tavern features the “Best of the Best” in classic American tavern fare, in a modern atmosphere including communal tables and an intimate outdoor patio. The bar straddles the interior and the exterior of the restaurant, uniting the two spaces.

The menu offers a diverse combination of classic dishes that are updated to a gourmet level as well as an extensive beverage menu, including wines from around the world and hand-crafted cocktails. Their dishes and drinks have local and seasonal ingredients.

Restaurant industry veteran Alan Palmieri, co-owner, will be in charge of the day-to-day operations and future sites of Marlow’s Tavern in the Orlando market.

It is important to Executive Chef and Co-Founder, John C. Metz, Jr. that Marlow’s Tavern partners up with a local charity to support and give back to the community. In the past two weeks, they’ve raised $6,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a private nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food.

Marlow’s Tavern is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

My picks: (May induce a heavenly food coma)

Starter:

Shrimp & Crab “Nacho” Plate ($11): rock shrimp, crab, pepper Jack cheese and fresh jalapenos.

Why it’s good: It’s not extremely spicy and they are very generous with the shrimp and crab. Also, the nachos aren’t soggy. No one likes soggy nachos.

Entrée:

Open Faced Tenderloin Steak ($12): Marinated bistro filet, garlic kale pesto, crumbling gorgonzola, caramelized onion confit, roma tomato, grille ciabatta and balsamic glaze.

Why it’s good: The steak was so tender and the asparagus as a side was amazing. Need I say more?

Dessert:

Fried Apple Pie ($6): Warm apple filling, toffee, cinnamon sugar and caramel.


Why it’s good: They are individual pies in the form of turnovers or “empanadas” filled with apple filling, covered in sugar and you can pour the warm caramel on top.

Drink:

Blueberry Buck: Hanger blueberry, fresh lime, Fee Brothers almond orgeat, Barrutt’s Ginger Beer, Candied ginger and fresh blueberry.

Why it’s good: Have you ever popped a blueberry in your mouth after going blueberry picking? That’s exactly what this tastes like, with a kick.

Marlow’s Tavern has made me a happy girl. The staff was excellent and very knowledgeable about the drinks and the ingredients used. This restaurant is completely different from most chain restaurants because the feel is intimate and the ingredients fresh.

Sidenote: Oh! Also, the Queen of Versailles, Jackie Siegel, was there. It was so weird. This is the second time I’ve seen her at a restaurant opening. She invited us to her Halloween party. I thought she was joking. I forgot to ask her for info so I guess I’ll never get to visit Versailles. The life of the poor working intern.