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Must Be Nice…

This video had everyone in my group (the 8 of us in the 20×20 room we share… yeah no walls, everyone can see your business) cracking up.  It wasn’t even that funny… we were just like… why does he have a video?!  We we cracking up at the dog looking at the erected statue of himself… and then he has a Santa Claus hat on.  LOL

I still have tears in my eyes!

I have no idea why this was funny!

This vid is for my dog lovers!

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

As you all know, I hate getting too personal on this blog. S and I like to keep our personal life… well personal. Of course we will call each other and talk about current events in our life, but we aren’t going to place them on the blog. I want this to be a drama free zone that you guys can come here after a long day read, relax, and have fun with our personalities.

I do want you guys to know that in this life, especially if you are in a first world country, you do have the ability to change the direction on how you are leading your existence. If you want more, do more. Don’t take your eyes off the goal. Don’t become distract with naysayers and haters. I have learned that the only people who don’t want you to do well are people who are jealous of your ambition and ability.

If you’re not happy with something in your life change it. Like Steve Jobs said, ‘When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

I want everyone who comes across this post to really read, analyze, and understand that quote. If you’re not happy, change your position. There is no reason not to be happy in ALL aspects of your life. Some people may say to themselves… I have been doing this for so long… I don’t know anything else.  No people… that’s called complacency and you have just convinced yourself that you have no ambition to strive for anything better. If you have a goal you CAN achieve it. The only person placing obstacles in front of you is yourself.

Remember, the mind and the soul of the body is a flowing river… even if there is a rock in the way water always finds a way around.

If you REALLY want to achieve something, you will find away to get what you need.

I’m looking for happiness is EVERY aspect of my life.

Happy Friday



PS: Isn’t that picture so cute?! I personal don’t have any haters in my life (if I do I can’t see them since I’m so high up). However, if you do then you guys need to never mind them and strut like that kitten, because trust… HATERS ARE ALWAYS JUST GON’ TO HATE!

PSS: I’m missing working today to see if I have CTS (Carpel Tunnel Syndrome)… Lets pray that I don’t.


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It’s getting HOT out there!

Okay, sorry for the late post. S and I are so busy with a lot of things in our personal lives. Especially with it being end of month and work typically starts coming first. I know for a fact that I was going to have my post ready last night, but due to all the unforeseen stresses at work, as soon as I got home I went right to bed. Seriously? Who goes to bed at 6PM?! I’m one step closer to being a Golden Girl.

Anywho, I will be posting the original entry later this evening for today, but I wanted to share this video for now. On Cinco de Mayo (May 5th for all you non Spanish speakers) my friend, Swetha, and I participated in an event to educate others on the rise of CO2 in our atmosphere.

I’m not sure if you know this about me, but from being raised in Austin I’m a natural hippie. I have been recycling since day one and learned since elementary school the importance of conserving water and energy. Even taking mass transportation was encouraged as riding the bus was only $0.25 if you were a student, $0.50 if you were not, and free on ozone alert days!

Yes, I am so serious.

However, my friend Swetha is even a bigger hippie than me and I love it! This woman has taught me more than a number of ways on how to conserve for our environment. She even has her own composter in her apartment.

Yes, a mini composter!

Swetha invited me to this event with her, and it was just a reminder about the dangers of trapped chemicals in our atmosphere. I know there are people out there that don’t believe in global warming (I’m not sure why they don’t believe that), but this is very real. There are MANY factors that contribute to global warming. This includes the increase of the human population, the industrial revolution, deforestation, burning of fossil fuels, and the increase of waste.

The video above was created on that day to teach people in the Dallas area the dangers of not changing our habits. The video is only 4 minutes long so take a moment to watch it. Swetha stars in it at the 1:38 point, and you can start hearing my voice at the 1:45 mark. I discuss the dangers of too much CO2 trapped in our atmosphere. Yes, I’m an uberdork. I know.

FYI: I’m wearing a hot pink F21 Racerback and Adidas yoga pants. The shirt was $3.80!

Let me know what you guys think of the video!


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I Love You More

This picture is especially moving for me. This weekend I got to hang with the nephew. He was my helper for this weekend’s engagement shoot. As we were about to begin at the new location he looked down in the concrete, read “Todd”, and placed his hand over the imprint.

My father always believed in my goals. Right now everything feels like it’s falling in place and there are times when I just want to call him to hear the joy in his voice.

He wanted me to know he’s still looking over us.

Happy 51st Birthday Dad.


Your Baby Girl


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Did You See It?!

What is the Ring of Fire?

 In an annular solar eclipse, the moon does not completely block the sun, but leaves a fiery ring around its circumference. Via

Let me know if y’all witness the event and if you have pictures!


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Avengers Movie Review

I know the Avengers has very little to do with fashion, but we can take a non-fashion break… for at least one day. I mean c’mon, the movie brought in 200 MILLION DOLLARS on its OPENING WEEKEND. You have to be out of your mind to think I wouldn’t discuss it.

200 million dollars. Can you believe that?!

Avengers is just one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. It highlights the characters Nick Fury, Black Widow, Iron Man, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America, and Thor. All the marvel movies in the last 5-7 years were all leading up to the Avengers movie.

The Villain…

I don’t watch a lot of TV so I’m not sure if the trailers revealed who the villain was. From my understanding the trailers did not. However, the villain in the movie is Loki. Loki is the half brother of Thor.

The Plot…

The plot is the same as it is in ever Sci-Fi/Comic movie. A person from another dimension wants to take over Earth to make the human their slaves. Yes, it’s really that simple. The story really follows how this group of superheroes band together to make a team.


I was honestly worried about Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow. Never fear. Black Widow doesn’t just pounce around like a sexy figure and pose the entire time. She is actually carrying her end in a badass way. I’m really happy that Hollywood is highlighting the female fighters without over sexualizing them. They are seeing that female crime fighters don’t need to super sexy to be liked.

I thought the Hulk was going to be another character pushed to the side. He was not. I have only seen one of the Hulk movies, and that was more than enough for me. I honestly didn’t enjoy it. However, watching the Avengers yesterday made me realize why I loved watching the Hulk reruns as a child. Mark Ruffalo played the character perfectly. You could really understand why you didn’t want him to turn in the Hulk. It was cool seeing how he has been trying to control the character.

The movie was funny. It has the perfect mix of action, drama, and comedy. At no point did the film take itself too seriously.


I would suggest anyone see it. I am honestly more excited about see the Dark Knight Rises this summer. No doubt do I think the Avengers will make good money, but I feel Batman will blow them out of the water.

Did you guys see the movie this weekend? What did you think?

Check out the video review the guys from Spill made for the Avengers movie.  I listen to these guys on podcast EVERYDAY at work.

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He Kept Austin Weird!

“Dad! Dad! Do you see that man over there? He’s wearing a bikini on the corner!” I said in a confused yet excited tone of voice. My dad looks out the window and bust into hysterics. He could not understand what he was looking at. On the driver’s side window my father sees a 40 something year old man, in a neon pink bikini, holding up a sign that reads, “Honk if you think I’m sexy.”

Every day that week on Burnett Road I saw that man. I told EVERYONE in my class about him, and that’s when I learned it was Leslie.

Leslie is the poster boy for “Keep Austin Weird.” But when you honestly think about it… was Leslie weird or were other people jealous of his free spirited lifestyle?

Leslie came to Austin from Colorado about 25 years old and the city embraced him… even while rocking a hot pink leopard print thong set with pink fury mules. Everyone would see Leslie everywhere. He was famous. The public and celebrities knew who he was, and everyone would take pictures of him. His reputation proceeded him.

If he needed a ride people would give it to him. I mean, it was just Leslie.

Leslie wasn’t just your friendly, homeless, crossdressing Austinite. He also ran for Mayor of Austin three times, and was an advocate for getting people to recognize the police violence against homeless people.

There has been paraphernalia made with Leslie’s pictures, and he was even in a Superbowl commercial. This was NOT your run of the mill homeless person.

Leslie passed away this morning at 1AM at Christopher House in Austin. He had recently undergone brain surgery. It is no secret that Leslie has had issues with his health stemming from an accident in Colorado about 25 years ago. Since then he has been known to have seizures. In October of 2009 Leslie got into an altercation that lead him into a coma, but two weeks later he was fine. On February 27, 2012 Leslie was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. No one knows what lead up to this, but brain surgery was completed. On the 4th of March Leslie regained full consciousness but was still moved to hospice since there was no improvement in his brain activity. This is where Leslie passed away this morning, March 08, 2012.

This honestly breaks my heart because Leslie made no excuses for who he was. He had no qualms about this, and lived his life the way he wanted too.

To Austinites, seeing Leslie wasn’t weird, it was normal. He represented what Austin was. He was accepted and loved. Seeing Leslie was like running into your crazy uncle. Yeah, everyone knows he doesn’t follow the status quo, but everyone still loves him.

Leslie wasn’t afraid to live.

SxSW this year is going to be less fun since Leslie won’t be around to hug and take pictures of the visitors coming from out of town.

The streets of Austin will be a little less weird without him.

Tonight there will be a parade from City Hall to 6th Street at 7:30 PM to celebrate the life of Albert Leslie Cochran. Everyone who comes is expected to wear boas and tiaras.

On Sunday at 2 p.m. near the Fannie Davis Gazebo on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail north of the South First Street and Riverside Drive intersection a memorial will be held in Leslie’s honor.

Leslie’s actual funeral will be private for only family and very close friends. That church will be PACKED!

There are rumors floating about claiming that Mayor Lee Leffingwell will proclaim March 08th Leslie Day.

ONLY in Austin would they name a day after a fun loving homeless crossdress.

God, sometimes I just miss home.

Godspeed Leslie. Godspeed.


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