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7/14/14

Who still feels like shit?

This girl.  The 4th of July swung me out of my awesome fitness routine hard core!  I'm talking processed food, pizza, BEER, lots and lots of beer, and fun! Swimming counts as fitness right? We're good.  So this week I've been in full recovery mode and trying to get back into my routine!

I will tell you I had so much fun with flags and red white and blue!  So patriotic!

My activities included floating down the river, an event we like to call Shooting the Hooch.  I also went to the lake and got to paddle board.  I love the water!

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Traveling to the river in style! 

Biggest float ever!  RIP.  Held 12 people. 








Paddle boarding - check that off the bucket list



Pretty awesome boating skills here







The best failed group jump picture captured!



Hope everyone had a safe and amazing 4th!

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6/23/14

Long hair don't care Holla for $20 dolla

I got weeeeeaaaveeee y'all!!!!  Heeeyyyyy!!!



Long hur don't cur!  So I've been doing this for awhile now... probably since college.  But I haven't done it in about a year and I don't know why!  I love it!  Long thick hair!  Umm yes please!

Now I wasn't paid or anything for this post so I'm going to let you in on some ATL secrets shawty!  White girl style!  On how to get your hair did for $20.  I know in salons they charge you $800-$1000 for extensions but no way jose!  Not how I roll.

I like to get my weave sewn in not clipped in so I can wash and style it how I want and I don't have to fuss with it everyday.

1.  Go to a beauty supply store and buy your own weave!  They will help you color match there.  You can also get virgin hair and dye it to match yourself or the salon can.  I always get the longest weave I can buy.  The nicest longest extensions will run you about $130-$150 but you can use them multiple times and you will have lots of hair left over.

2.  Call a hair braiding salon in your area - I like to ask if they do white girls hair just for fun.

3.  I get 2 tracks done but the number of tracks is up to you.  Some people get 3.

     *A track is a mini braid that is braiding horizontally across your head that the weave is sewn into.  I get one where I pull my hair up half way and one an inch or so below that.  Don't braid all the way to your ears leave about an inch or so of space between your hair and the braid.  The salon should know this so don't worry but they may ask your opinion.

     *Price per track varies but mine is $10/track or $20 if I go to a nicer salon but hey it's just hair braiding.

    *The hair/weave/extensions are literally sewn into the braid.  They don't fall out.  You don't have to put them in every day.  You can wash them as normal and style as normal.  You can even go get a haircut and get them layered in but I just trim the ends a little and I'm good to go.  The braid will simply grow down and you can go back to get it sewn up again.  Super easy and low maintenance!


Disclaimer: Just don't go crazy in the ocean because you will have a tangled hot mess to deal with!


Hope y'all love my new extensions and go try it yourself!  Let me know if y'all have questions.  Happy to help!


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6/16/14

Happy Father's Day: 63 Years of Memories


Happy Father's Day to all the daddy's out there!  If anyone follows me on twitter you might remember that my dad has had some health issues these past two years so I wanted to do something really special for him this year to let him know all of his friends and family are thinking about him and care so so much!








I thought it would be so fun to get a memory, photo, or story from the past and incorporate it into one giant memory book.  I got this idea from Pinterest.  And the way I've seen most people do it is to put each memory in a letter.  But my dad is different.  He's a neat freak and is known for his organizational habits.  Everything I've ever done my dad has made me a book, with tabs to organize all of my documents.  So what better way than to present his 63 Years of Memories than to organize it into a book for him!  Right? 

I reached out to each of my dad's friends and family via Facebook and some emails I had.  I sent them this email below.


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Hello everyone!
If you're receiving this email, you probably know that my dad, Cliff Wright, is turning 63 this year (much as he would hate me to be reminding everyone, I'm sure.  So enjoy this opportunity to piss him off.) To celebrate his birthday, I'd like to put together a little surprise to let him know that we are thinking of him. I’m going to try and create "63 Years of Memories" by filling 63 envelopes with a memory his friends and family have of him. 
And this is where you come in!
If you have a spare moment in the next few days, I would be so grateful if you'd jot down a favorite memory you have of my dad or some awesome pictures. It doesn't have to be anything fancy -- you can just write it down on a piece of paper and sign your name. You can mention anything you like -- although the more nostalgic the better! Please absolutely feel free to send more than one memory (in fact, I welcome it -- I've got 63 envelopes to fill!), but make sure you write them on different pieces of paper (and sign your name to each) so we can split them up.
Thank you so, so, so much for participating -- I know everyone is busy with their own lives, and I do appreciate you taking a few minutes to do this; it will be so worth it when he reads all the memories people have of him! (Please don't forget to keep it a surprise until then, though!  Remember even Mom doesn’t know so Shhhhh!!!)
PS.  Feel free to pass this to anyone you think would like to join just make sure they know how to keep a secret!
Thank you so much again.
--Ady
You can mail all letters to:
(address)
*obviously enter your own address here... I watch Law and Order and I'd rather not have you standing outside my house.  No offense. ;)

If you’re in a time crunch you can always scan your memory and email it to:
Your email
Subject: 63 Years of Memories


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It took awhile to get all the responses in but boy did I get some good stories!  Fraternity brothers, family, my friends, and even some softball players my dad used to coach.  It was great!  I hole punched everything and organized it into a book.  

I was going to give it to him for his Birthday but that's not until November and with all the hospital stuff I wanted the cheering up and support to come sooner so I knew Father's Day would be the perfect day!  

I gave him the book and knew he was blown away!  He was a little shocked I wanted to sit down and have him read each one aloud but mom loved it and chimed in frequently with her recollections.  Dad was a little hesitant to read the stories from his frat brothers because you just know they had a blast together and well.. I've been to college.... I know how it goes.  But they were all great and so funny!  

He read each story and then added his own memories from that time and couldn't believe his friends remembered these things.  He never knew how much he was appreciated and loved so I'm so glad so many of his friends and family participated!  He's a very humble modest guy so it was so nice to hear these memories!  He's even told me he's re-read these letters several times and the book is really special to him.  

There were a couple of themes I gathered from the letters:

1.  My dad always brings the party and bad habits.  He's known for providing all the alcohol, wine glasses, and cigars for every party, staying up late, and jamming out to loud music (usually the Allman Brothers).  Probably how he became a Wine Importer and Spirits Distributor.

2.  He was President of his fraternity (Kappa Sig), master of ceremonies, a guard, played football, wrestled, and was really respected.  Being 6'8 and 250 lbs he was never hazed or picked on even though many tried.  There were many stories about the many failed attempts.  He also built the float (among many other things: pools, houses, etc.) for my mom's sorority (Phi Mu) and they won!

3.  He's always going above and beyond to make any occasion, trip, or event special and he's always over prepared.  (I remember going to spring break in college with my friends and as soon as we got to our hotel in the Bahamas there was a basket of fruit, 2 bottles of champagne, and a cake that said 'No Drinking Home By Dark' from my smart ass dad).  It was so special and my friends and I really loved it. 

I get a lot of these traits from him and couldn't be more proud to be related to such an amazing dad!


In a way, I'm sort of sad that this project is over because it was so much fun collecting all of these memories, many of them occurring years before I was even born.  I realized all of the people from his past, weirdly, slowly but surely had a huge impact and put into action the sequence of events that led to my life as I know it.  So this was also a great gift to me!  Getting to know my dad in a different way and learning more about his past.  Random trips that started in college ended up with him buying time share which ultimately I have today and I've known as our yearly family vacation my entire life.  All from a random college weekend trip.  The puzzle pieces fitting together are great!


My dad has definitely made an impact on so many people.  And it turns out, you can make a lot of memories in sixty three years. And then, if you're lucky, you can relive them all over again.

Happy Father's Day Dad!  I love you!  


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6/12/14

The Hamptons!

I spontaneously decided to jump on a plane to NYC because ... well... NYC is always a good idea!  I went to go visit the fambam, my cousin, and his friends and take a quick weekend trip to The Hamptons.  Luckily, I had a friend flying in from San Francisco so after we caught up in Atlanta we took off for New York! 

I got to stay in one of my cousins apts which just so happened to be on the 5th floor.  That sucked.  Lugging luggage up 5 flights of stairs.  Word of advice, when traveling via planes trains and automobiles.... PACK.  LIGHT.  Something I'm not so good at.  

I'm also not 25 anymore so staying out until 5 am 4 nights in a row was definitely a challenge... but hey... when in Rome.  Challenge accepted.  Day 1, I was a rookie but by night 4 we were doing it better than the boys! 

The weekend was great.  Our own apt in NYC West Village, bottle service wherever we went, comped drinks, comped food, our own pool house to stay in... the trip was a treat.  Aggressive.  Next time I might do it the relaxing way... with girls.... so I don't have to eat and party like a frat boy.  

My favorite party by far was going to 1OAK SouthHampton and jumping on stage with A$AP Ferg and taking a photog!!! He was so so so so nice and willing to take selfies with me!  Love him!  IF you haven't heard his jam... 

1. follow Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Leah McCarthy for my super cute inspiration! click here 

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2. Listen to WORK 


Well if you like photos.... There's about 50 below! Welcome to The Hamptons! 

NEW YORK!


Amazing Quac and Margs in NYC West Village 


Walking the streets 

Cheers to NYC





Patio Dinner in NYC 

Having fun in the streets!


Riff Raff's in NYC 






Next day taking the train to The Hamptons!  Plains, trains, and automobiles! 



boys repurposing pool toys for fireball 

Our table

public shaming for drunk texting


Beach Day in The Hamptons!





The Whitest White Girls That Ever White Girled 

Best Lobster Roll in town 


Ready for 1OAK

Vintage Chanel Earrings I got to wear that night! Obsessed!

suspenders: all white: "classy" astro turf out on the patio : bottle service 



1OAK SouthHampton with A$AP FERG and the bro's (haha) 








it does exist!!!

The best pizza I've ever eaten: ricotta cheese and pesto: leaving NYC



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