Goodbye, California

Ten months ago, I packed up all my belongings and moved 2,000 miles away from everything I had ever known. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew it would be an adventure. And quite the adventure it has been!

I’m so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to live out here. I worked for the best family I could have ever dreamed of working for and fell in love with their two kiddos. I never imagined I would be able to say that I can do all the things I’m capable of doing now. For example: getting up early every morning, having a hot breakfast on the table, while packing two lunches, getting two kids to school on time, as well as keeping up with their after school activities. It’s a lot harder than it sounds! I guess it could be considered the norm for some people my age, but I never thought I would see the day when I was domesticated. And the crazier part is, I didn’t mind it. I borderline liked it! But, not enough to do it for the rest of my life – for someone else’s kids, that is. I figure one day I’ll have kids of my own and I’ll have to deal with them… but this was GREAT practice for the future. Those two kids taught me so much and showed me the ability to love unlike I’ve ever loved before. Continue reading

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OH MY GAD: Getting Settled & A Big Revelation

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I have been meaning to write a quick update for some time, now, after dropping the bomb that I was moving across the country. Things have been going great! I’ve been working quite a bit, actually. The kids and I get along really well and I absolutely adore the whole family! They have played a huge role in making this transition so much smoother for me.

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New Beginnings

 

God has perfect timing; never early, never late. It takes a little patience and a whole lot of faith… but it’s worth the wait.

-Unknown Author

First and foremost, I want to apologize for how negligent I’ve been. Things have been crazy in my personal life, putting my blog and YouTube on the back burner for awhile. With that being said, I have some big, big, BIG changes happening. It has taken a lot of planning, soul searching, and getting past my fears. TODAY I will be packing up my little car and moving across the country to San Diego, California!

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a hairstylist. And for the past year I’ve been living out that part of my dream working at St. Louis’ top salon with some of the best hairstylists in the business! But the second part of “the dream” was to be a hairstylist in California. I’m not sure what it was that has always drawn me there, but California seemed like the place to be. It’s a funny thing because I think I was 15 years old when I decided that’s where I wanted to end up and I had never actually been there! I can count on one hand, specifically two fingers, how many times I’ve visited and both times have been some of my most memorable vacations. Continue reading

OH MY GAD: VICTROLA!

28A few weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to work with Lauren Cram, St. Louis’s local creator and designer of VICTROLA, on the photoshoot for her latest collection. Although her designs can stand alone, once we got deeper into the shoot and I got to know Lauren I loved the designs even more! Lauren is a fun, energetic and outgoing gal but at the same time she created a comfortable, laid-back, and creative environment for us to work in. If this shoot couldn’t get any more personal, Lauren hosted it at her home!

So, who is she? And what is VICTROLA? Lauren is a nationally recognized fashion designer who lives vicariously through the alter-ego-of-a-clothing line that she’s concocted: VICTROLA. Bold, sassy and daring – Her designs take on the character she wishes she could be. And who doesn’t want to be that woman? With her keen eye for lush fabrics, strong silhouettes and great sense of style, VICTROLA is the perfect combination of pure girlishness with an edge. Which is DEFINITELY right up my alley! Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Fusion Quesadilla

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Bret here, with another installment of Foodie Friday! I hope you’re excited for some fusion comfort food because I have a super awesome, super easy recipe for you today. I was feeling a little bit of leftover winter blues the other day and I decided some fresh Springtime food would do the trick, and it totally did!

Today I’m going to show you my recipe for an awesome Fusion Quesadilla. I know what you guys are thinking, “ Everyone already knows how to make a Quesadilla,” but I promise this one is special. It’s a fresh pear, chicken, and Brie quesadilla and it is delicious. Continue reading

Foodie Friday: The Introduction!

Bret here, with the first installment of Foodie Friday! To learn more about how to connect with me, click here!

Today I will be discussing with all of you beautiful people what, in my opinion, you will need in order to start this little food adventure with me. In a nutshell, my personal “kitchen staples.” Some of this is going to be a no brainer for most, it might be new to some of you, and I’m sure some will critique me wildly. Mind you, that this is about having fun in the kitchen and learning new things and everything I do may not be considered traditional. This is purely just for fun and I by no means consider myself a chef. I COOK BECAUSE I LOVE IT. Continue reading

2014 St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards

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Something super cool happened… I’VE BEEN NOMINATED FOR 2014 ST. LOUIS FASHION BLOG AWARDS!! I had no idea! Voting ends this Friday on September 19th. The day before my birthday!

I’ve been nominated for:
  • Best Beauty Blog
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Video Blog/Vlog
I’m totally speechless. This is really awesome. I’ve never been nominated for any kind of award.
For the last year I’ve been working really hard on my YouTube Channel. And I absolutely LOVE vlogging. And I have a ton of cool new videos coming soon (so make sure you’re subscribed)!
So, if you have a free second PLEASE go vote for your favorite blog (AKA me, AKA Gadden Rose).
UPDATE: Thank you so much for the win for People’s choice Best Video Blog/Vlog Award!!!