Monday, April 1, 2019

South Beach, bringin the heat.


Party in the city where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn
"Welcome to Miami""Bienvenidos a Miami"


MIAMI, MIAMI, MIAMI. Where do I even begin? Miami was truly quite the time. I was fortunate enough to bring my Quarter Life milestone in with my best friend and a great week in the sunshine! Let me break it down for you..

The very first day we arrived in the early evening and were overwhelmed by our Airbnb host sending me 50000 texts about coming to meet us before we even landed. (Is this the Miami way? Idk it was a lot though). When we finally got to the BnB we were greeted by our host who I'm 96% sure was making sure we weren't going to be troublemakers (spoiler alert: we are). Then found our way to a grocery store to get our night one dinner and drinks of course. Night one was quite an experience. I had heard there was a club E11EVEN which was a 24/7 club and thought it'd be the perfect way to kick off our trip... WRONG. We get to this club, wait in line for roughly 45 minutes, get inside only for me to pay $42 for two basic tequila drinks. *Insert photos of me internally crying here* OH OH OH, to top it off, this "club" turned out to be a strip club on steroids and you don't even wanna know the things that we saw. After spending probably 30-45 minutes in said club (lol) we decided it was time to find something a little more our speed... cue this cute little outdoor bar called 1306 - SHIT WAS POPPPPPPIN'. Jenn and I walk in 10 minutes to close, crashed someones 90s themed birthday party, and had a lovely 10 minutes of her twerking on me while I sat in a chair dancing bc my feet felt like they were going to fall off at any given moment. 


Our first full day in Miami started out with bottomless bellinis/aperol spritzers at the cutest little restaurant called Limonada... and when I say bottomless.... I really mean we had about 73 pitchers of bellini and a spritzer or 17. It was absolutely out of control. We sat around for hours having chug challenges and giggling about typical Jenn and Katie things - I loved every second of it. The food was absolutely amazing as well - I had the Avocado Toast and it was truly to die for. To make the scene EVEN more delightful Limonada had THE cutest little photo wall to remind us all that when life gives you lemons you should make 'Limonada' which really is something that I think we should all live by. After death by Limonada, we made our way back to our Airbnb for a much needed nap before an incredibly large and in charge dinner at an incredibly fancy schmancy restaurant called Barton G. Barton G was quite the spectacular place that I recommend anyone go once in their life if given the opportunity but you really only need to go once. It's an extremely expensive high end restaurant which puts most of their focus on the presentation of their items than the actual quality I'd say. The displays in this place were insane, my personal favorite was our dessert 'Show Me The Money' which featured an oversized $100 bill, a fake safe, and GOLDEN CHOCOLATE COINS... YEP, just like from your childhood. While it was incredibly cool to appreciate the displays put together, they also kindly gave me the worst tummy ache ever :-( killin' my vibe for the night. After dinner, we hit South Beach to visit the infamous Mango's Tropical Cafe for a night on the town. Mango's is somewhere I'd absolutely recommend people attend at least once in your life. You will be absolutely floored by the talent there (I won't disclose if I mean that in a good or a bad way) it's a sight to see. Once we got enough of our premium talent fix, we hit up a local Cuban Restaurant, Havana 1957 at the Breakwater Hotel, for a late night snack before hitting the sack. 

The second full day started out with a bang - DRAG BRUNCH AT R HOUSE. I must say this may have been the absolute highlight of the trip for me. If you have never attended a drag brunch, you absolutely must, and don't forget a fat stack of dollar bills for all the ladies because oh my god they are so talented. Not to mention our glittery bearded waiter was the life of the party jumping on tables, twerking on guests, you name it - he did it. At the beginning of the show, the host went around identifying everyone celebrating something in order to wish them a happy whatever and of course I shared that it was my birthday. Soon after informing of said birthday, we were warned that everyone who was celebrating would be a part of the show and that we needed to drink up. (FML FML FML) DOWN THE RED SANGRIA PITCHERS WENT lol. After getting a bit of a buzz going, it was finally the end of the show and *apparently* my time to shine.... I HAD TO TWERK IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE RESTAURANT - yes me, no rhythm, awkward af, foot tapper, finger snapper Katie had to TWERK IT FOR A REAL ONE. My prize? A shot - yummy my favorite .... lol (if you know you know). After brunch we made our way to South Beach to lay out and had a little fun in the sun. That night we went out and I shameless asked men if they could name the 5 oceans (shoutout call her daddy) and then called it a night. 
Day Three kicked off in the late morning with lunch at Bodega - a taco shop we were dying to check out that had the absolute creepiest dark bathroom I had ever seen which Jenn called "relaxing" lololol. And then we decided to walk to the beach, the weather was perfect and the stroll was lovely, even found the cutest little door entry way and naturally had to stop for a quick photo session. At the beach, we decided to be ultra classy and rent our own chairs and umbrella which had a lovely view of the ocean and a child being driven around in one of those kid size escalades (bc thats what you bring to the beach when you're rich af apparently). That night we had a super relaxing night in sipping champagne and watching some completely terrible reality show on netflix (our favorite hobby).

Woke up the next morning to day four aka MY BIRTHDAY! 25 here I am, I am ready to rumble. The morning started off beautifully with Jenn walking into my room to surprise me with some Mumm Napa champs while recording a video and naturally she walks in to me butt ass naked getting ready for the day. Typical Katie. We decided to do you all a solid and not post that video but alternatively for me to put some clothing on so that we could snap a few others. Then sipped champagne for a good minute before chilling out because not only was it my birthday but it was JET SKI DAY! When we arrived at the Jet Ski place we were tasked with getting our Florida Boating License by taking a 25 question test and let me tell you - taking a test with a bunch of loud obnoxious people around you is #stressful. We both luckily passed on the first try and then were able to spend an hour on the ocean whipping around on our own jet skis. So so so much fun. Low key a little terrifying when you take a turn too fast but hey, I'm the girl that lived. After jet skis, we made a quick change and headed to Sugar Miami an amazing jungley vibes rooftop bar where I had a few too many of the most delicious $18 cocktail and solicited all of my social media friends for money via venmo lol (if you sent me money you're a sweetie pie). FINALLY, my birthday concluded with dinner at the Versace Mansion. Yes, I said the Versace Mansion. Yes, I'm extra. No, my bank account doesn't want to talk about it. We had the most delicious meal, a great bottle of champagne, and I even was serenaded with a Happy Birthday song played by their in house Saxophonist. AMAZING. I truly had the best 25th birthday a girl could've asked for. 

Miami was something freakin' else man. AND I ALMOST FORGOT TO TELL YOU ALL.... the ubers/lyfts there PARK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD TO DROP YOU OFF. Cars just go around them business as usual, it is absolutely insane and my anxiety could not handle it lolol. Anyways - Hawaii on Wednesday but get your fix before then by checking out the VLOG VERSION of this trip by clicking HERE :)

Cheers!

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

The One About Mental Health


My Mental Health is something that I've always held incredibly close to my heart. Through blogging/vlogging I'd like to give y'all a little inside peak at where I'm at as I go on this journey.

I'm no where near where I want to be mentally. But, I am hopeful that I am someday soon going to be able to get there. If you are struggling as I am... seek out help from a professional or a loved one and know that it does get better. It just takes a little time!

Check out this video for a closer peak into my mental health journey: HOME VLOG - Mental Health

I hope you enjoy.

Xoxo
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Viva Las Secret Pizza


VEGAS, VEGAS, VEGAS....

Where do I even begin? This trip was the definition of a shit show.... from the beginning, SCRATCH THAT... it was a shit show from before the beginning. One of my good friends, Aziza and I had planned to go see Britney Spears at her residency in Vegas which she kindly cancelled last month. We decided to still go because 'screw it' we are #YoungWild&Free which really should've been a sign to stay home!!!

A few days before travel, winter storms began picking up in Vegas (yay) bringing concern of terribly cold weather paired with my terribly small outfits of choice. I kept telling myself the weather would get better and it'd be chill. BOY WAS I WRONG! Fast forward to my travel day, I get up, get all cute, drive an hour to my sisters place in traffic, have her drive me to the airport, where THE SECOND we pull up, I get a notification that my flight is cancelled.

I COULD'VE FREAKIN' DIED RIGHT THEN AND THERE.

I was bound and determined that I was going to Vegas. So naturally, I rented a Mercedes Benz and drove myself to Vegas through a literal winter tundra (lol). IT. TOOK. 8. HOURS. (the worst)

That night I was reunited with my gal pal and two of her friends and we went out to Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM where I dressed like it was 98 degrees outside bc of course. We drank too much and one of the girls cried bc of course.

Heres me looking like a thotty hut jr on night one #enjoy

Day two, we woke up, got lost in a stairwell, enjoyed a LOVELY breakfast which I ate two bites of at The Henry in the Cosmopolitan (where we stayed). Then we walk 500 miles to find a Fat Tuesdays which I faintly remembered going to from a trip in College and enjoyed  3,000 mph winds as we walked the strip. #GoodTimes 

Somewhere on this walk I got drunk and we went to some ramon place that I cant remember the name of because, again, I was drunk. Came home and took a nap before a night on the TOWNNN. 

And by town I mean Omnia to see Zedd. Zedd was freaking incredible. So much fun. A man named Cody Mac aka Stoney Mac would not stop hitting on me and trying to show off the table that he absolutely didn't pay a cent for (not cute). Then his MMA fighter friend who definitely was there with a girl ran up and kissed my face (ALSO NOT CUTE). The night ended and my friends and I retreated back to the Cosmo to die a slow and painful death. 



THATS ALL.jk jk I know it may not seem like it but I had the best time ever and am still recovering. I cannot drink ever again. (Aka until Miami)

O M F G

I almost forgot to mention the best part of the trip..... SECRET PIZZA. aka basically the only thing I ate all weekend. If you visit Vegas you must find Secret Pizza in the Cosmo or you're doing it so wrong. 

I don't have a photo of the pizza but it is featured in my Vlog: CLICK HERE <3

ANYWAYS. 
until next time xoxoxo






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Friday, February 15, 2019

VANCITY is the one I love


O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


(LOL I had to)

I must say, Vancouver, BC completely surpassed all of my expectations. And when I say 'all of my expectations' I really mean I had none because I had never been out of the United States so I wasn't sure how different or the same Canada would really be to me. Spoiler Alert: The only TRUE difference was using the CAD instead of the USD.

On my day of travel, I marched through security, flashing a smile, my passport, and my plane ticket reading FIRST CLASS. I was so excited to be living the lavish life for the day. When I parked myself in my seat, I was treated to a cocktail (which I had no idea I had to chug before takeoff), pillow/blanket, a hot towel (Why? I'm still not sure. But I damn sure used it like I knew what I was doing), and my special made vegetarian meal - which honestly was subpar but I'll forgive them. Upon arrival to YVR, I received the most terrifying interrogation as to why I was in Canada (Idk bc I like to have fun by myself????) and then was on my merry way to my STUNNING airbnb.
Day 1 was everything I could've dreamed of and so much more. I woke up - late but not too late. Turned on some Travis Scott and danced around as I got ready for the thing I was most excited to experience... The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Upon arrival I was beyond amazed at all of the greenery and had to stop multiple times just to appreciate how much work it must've taken to create such a masterpiece. I spent about 3 hours at the park walking around, filming, and enjoying the scenery. Just as I had imagined, there is nothing like this place. (Quick unsponsored plug - if you're traveling to Vancouver, this Bridge Park is a MUST visit location). Post-Park I was on a mission to try some highly recommended vegetarian tacos and a spicy margarita from Tacofino and let me tell you, that place did not disappoint. I would've spent my whole trip eating there if I wanted to gain 700lbs. BEYOND amazing. So amazing that I had to take a long ass nap after getting back home.

Upon awaking from my margarita/taco food coma - I took a stroll through the city to Canada Place - where I captured the photo up at the top. It was truly the most gorgeous view of the city lights, ocean? lake? thing,  and the prominent mountain range. The only downfall to this part of my excursion (4 mile walk lolol) was I realized two miles in I had left my camera at home so I got zero footage of my foot adventure that afternoon. Once home I was completely starved (again) and naturally did what all normal people do and made a dinner reservation at Heirloom Vegetarian to celebrate my 2 month anniversary of going vegetarian (YAY ME). This place again satisfied all my needs and I've actually come home and unsuccessfully tried to recreate the salad I had there because it was the best thing I've ever tasted. Later that night, I made an instagram poll on whether I should go downstairs to the Local Bar or hit the hay for the night. Naturally, since most people in my life are a bad influence, I spent the night drinking beer and chatting up the super cute bartender who kept saying EH?! Pretty safe to say I can call this one of my favorite days ever.

Day two was an early one for me. I got up and taxi'd over to Canada Place in order to make it onto a shuttle up to Squamish, BC to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola. Let me tell you - this was an amazing time. Being an Arizona girl, I RARELY see snow and I was so excited to play in the white pow pow and hike around for a couple of hours before hitting the Travis Scott Concert that night. Travis was an incredible performer encompassing his best hits old and new all while sending people on his two Roller Coasters!!!!!! It was such a fun and interactive show that I would encourage everyone to attend if you have Astroworld coming to a city near you.
AND THAT WAS MY TRIP. It was a quick one but the best time of my life. I am so beyond glad that  I decided to take a chance and start solo traveling. And I am stoked to have many many more trips coming up in the next couple of months to take y'all along with.

If you haven't checked out my full trip video: CLICK HERE.

ALSO CAN I JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY: AHHHHHHHHH MY BLOG JUST LAUNCHED!!! Thank you for supporting it thus far, it's only going up from here.

Cheers,
Katie
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

MAMA, WE MADE IT!


Hello.

What's up y'all?

Hey Everybody!

Hey, how are ya? (Shoutout Jeffree Star)

I cannot believe I am FINALLY saying this but, WELCOME TO MY BLOG.  For those who have yet to catch on, my name is Katie. I reside in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, but was born in Portland, Oregon.

I've got a the worlds greatest family. Truly, the Henry's will rock your world 100% of the time. We are absolutely better together and always on our game. They've all shaped me to be the woman I am today and for that I thank them.


In college, I was a Delta Gamma at Arizona State University all while majoring in serial dating and my Bachelors in Communication. That's great and all (I know), but my FAVORITE thing about college was it is where I met (most) of my best friends, I am sure you will meet them all eventually via Blog, Vlog, or my Gram. My friends are some of the most amazing, empowering, and gorgeous people in the world and I'm so lucky to call them my gang. (Shoutout Dirty Girls Group Chat & beyond... I love u all sm)

Fast forward a few years, I work full-time as a manager, but have always imagined myself doing something in the entertainment/creative space so HELLO, HI, IT'S ME, HERE I AM WORLD. I'm so ready to go full bore and produce the utmost premium content for (hopefully) more than 10 readers/viewers on my blog/YouTube.

ANYWHO!!

I'm workin' on loving every aspect of my life and I'm excited to take y'all along.

Xoxo -

Katie
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