2017 Was Lit

Okay so I made this video literally for my own enjoyment cause I had a good year and it was nice to look at. I wanna reiterate had a good year. As far as the rest of the world, it is literally on fire and everything is scary and we will soon die either by nuclear bomb, the weather or robots its just a matter of which gets us first!!!!! So lets ignore that and enjoy this video that mostly features Tori, Lauren and my cat!!!

 

Some goals for next year:

More time and money spent doing stuff for myself that doesn’t include eating or drinking or CLOTHESSSSS: a hard one cause thats where most of my money goes looking at you pizza.

Get a couple tattoos I’ve been eyeing for literal years: new year new me????? Sorry mom and dad I promise they’ll be “feminine” (my moms word I would never say that and I can’t even spell it).

Try to be a whole vegan not just a I’m by myself and its convenient vegan: I do it for the most part, but I want to try it fully and see what benefits it really has (I’ll probably do a post on it too)

Try not to workout like a crazy person and feel super awful if I don’t workout: This one is hard because the workout part has always been the easiest thing for me to do, not the diet part. Its time to pull back a little on the working out and start making more changes to my diet.

Write more and not focus on if its actually good but just doing it more: I know I blog, but one day I would actually like to write a book, therefore I should be writing more stories of some kind and some stuff just for myself and no one else. I gotta flex my skills so I can write something actually good one day.

Set some long term goals like 5 years, 10 years etc.: I’m pretty good with shorter term goals, but Id like to set some that are also long term and something I’d have to work hard for a long time to achieve.

 

Excited for 2018 lets hope its even better than 2017!

I Flew Again and The Weirdness Happened Before The Flight This Time

Christmas time is here, which means my only transportation for getting home is flying. I’ve expressed my ahem, love, for flying already. It’s like a giant subway that waits for no one except there isn’t another one coming in 15 minutes if you miss it. As usual with my life, I got into a predicament that could have landed me in my favorite podcast “My Favorite Murder” as the poor defenseless girl who gets killed in the woods by a serial killer. Enjoy!

 

Luckily, everything after that went off without a hitch! Can’t help but worry about that poor other dude who had to find an ATM while that guy waited for him…….thank god for nice people. Happy Holidays!

Vegan Attempts: An Absolute Failure

As you guys are aware if you’ve ever followed this blog, I try my very hardest to be vegan. For the most part, it’s rather enjoyable and interesting to discover things I can substitute for dairy or meat in order to eat the things I love. Sometimes, it’s nice to be conscious of what you put in your body on a daily basis and require yourself to think before you eat. However, one of the worst things about being vegan is missing out on the glorious thing that is cheese. Cheese is beautiful and delicious and if you love it like I do, it can be a full meal all on its own. They are fabulous substitutes of milk and eggs, but I have found dairy free cheese to be the grossest stuff ever (although I haven’t tried every brand). Daiya makes amazing dairy free stuff and so I set out to try making vegan mac and cheese, aka my favorite meal of all time.

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I used just these ingredients because I wasn’t about to get all fancy with it and have it taste gross so I decided to keep it simple and hope for the best.

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First, I cooked the pasta and put a little of the pasta water with it because thats what PROFESSIONALS do thanks.

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I added equal parts milk and cheese and started melting it. Usually, with regular cheese and milk there’s more milk but since this is weird cheese and different milk I just made them equal so it wouldn’t be runny.

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It took foreeevveerrrrrr to melt and was extremely liquidy and so I got a lil nervous and added more cheese.

As it was melting, it smelled exactly like a boiling pot of playdoh. No joke. Here’s me feeling very nervous and hungry

Here’s it looking a lil weird, but fully melted!

And wow here’s the finishing product looks soo good right?

Here’s me chickening out cause it smells so bad and I don’t wanna eat it at all….

 

 

And here’s me thinking yes tastes exactly as it smells a steaming pile of playdoh with noodles

 

 

In conclusion:

So yeah, learn from me and don’t do this!!!! Maybe I’ll try some other cheeses and attempt this again, but for nowI am scared of vegan cheese and will not be attempting this until the playdoh taste is out of my mouth!

‘A Christmas Prince’: My Scathing Review

If you are even a person on instagram or have a netflix account (if not please unfollow me that means YOU DAD), then you’ve probably heard of the new Netflix movie A Christmas Prince. Since according to a Netflix tweet 53 people watched it for 18 days straight, I figured it couldn’t be that bad. I was so very wrong.

Plot: 

Every movie about some girl and a Prince either goes one of two ways: she either dates him for a while and then, he’s actually a prince and she’s awkward and doesn’t fit in because she’s “not like all the other boring royal girls” or whatever. The second option is, he’s a prince and she is awkward and weird but somehow earns the trust of one person close to the royal family so they accept her and he finds out that she’s “not like all the other boring royal girls.” This movie is the second option. She is a journalist who works at a crappy place with mean people and all her co-workers say she should just quit already!!!!!!!!!! (but they won’t obviously cause they’re okay with the job actually they’re just sick of her bs).

So first, we meet her Dad. Her mom is dead because of cancer, since apparently divorce is unheard of. Her dad is basically just a mouth piece for the most corny lines you could ever think of. Also he owns a diner in Brooklyn and anytime people talk in the diner, its to say they love him for either his pie or giving them free champagne on New Years. The barf test starts early people just so you know.

She ends up having to travel to Alluvia to cover a story on the prince who is labeled as “a player and a bad boy.” She somehow ends up convincing some very questionable staff that she is the princesses tutor and hilarity ensues, (actually its more barfing)!

Of course the girl is a lil brat who sent all her other tutors running but she’s really just complicated okay! They took her character out of like a stock psychology article that says “parent died and now child is lashing out because she is hurt and misunderstood, needs caring “other” to aid her.”

She’s also randomly in a wheelchair for sympathy.

Next, the barfing continues where they have this little exchange and I really almost said “you know what this ain’t worth it,” but decided to blog about it instead.

Then, they have more corny lines where Amber, (the journalist girl), claims she breaks everything. She broke one singular thing…….Then the little girl tells her she’s, “not like everyone else” which is somehow a good thing for girls? Can we please retire the narrative that girls have to be “not like other girls?” because all girls are cool.

Then she creepily watches him play “the First Noel” and acts like he’s a musical prodigy like I didn’t also know that song when I was in 2nd grade, thank you very much.

Next we meet his obviously awful ex-girlfriend who only wanted him for his crown cause he can’t just have a normal ex, she HAS to be evil.

 

So next, the prince guy is supposed to go to his coronation thing, but, whoops, slipped his mind while he was playing with some orphan children.

Next, they have a really fake snowball fight and just fall right into each others arms.

Next, she starts to question who the prince really is like maybe he’s a decent human? Also, she wears an ugly shirt and takes really bad journalist notes.

Then, she tries to stalk him. I assume she thought this was a good idea because she weirdly nodded to herself before she did it? She then gets on a random horse all willy-nilly and it proceeds to throw her off and run away. She’s now lost in the woods for maybe a couples hours, tops, and gets growled at by one wolf for 4 seconds and of course the prince comes and “saves” her.

Then they have some weird talk about his becoming king and how he just wants to be himself ugh! Prince problems! Next, they read some weird poem by his dad? I don’t really know I kinda stopped listening. All I know is she found some papers in a secret drawer and finds out he’s adopted!!!!!

Then the mean girl kisses him after the night of deep talks, scandal!

She then gets super butt hurt about it for some reason.

Also would like to point out the bitchy girl’s name is Sophia. Honestly trying to steal ya man is something a Sophia would definitely do, am I right ladies?

Then they finally kiss because he’s tired of her talking, which is so gross. I would like this to retire in movies as well.

Next, he’s like come to the ball with me and she’s like okay I’ll wear my ugliest dress!

Then the little girl is like, “here’s a weird bracelet and also you need a makeover cause that hair needs help” which I agree.

That night is the highly anticipated ball and we get to see her makeover! Just Kidding, they just do her hair, give her some intense makeup and call that a makeover.

And of course everyone acts like she’s some angel coming down from heaven cause she put some dust on her eyes.

Also casually versed in the art of dance, of course.

Then the shit hits the fan and he finds out he’s adopted, she’s not really a teacher and everyone is mad at everyone. He literally says “I don’t even know who you are anymore” its like Richard, sweetie, you never did also its been like 4 days, tops.

Next, his cousin tries to take the throne cause he’s the only male heir and marries the bitchy girl. Well, apparently the princes dad’s poem is like some weird riddle he has to solve and this really important document that says, “I am the old king and I am dying but my son is my son because I say so and he’s king now, signed me” is hidden in this acorn ornament that he like gives his daughter??? Its all very weird but of course journalist girl figures it out and saves the day!

This dude then doesn’t talk to her for six whole days, (during which I’m sure she is ripping out her hair and burning his stuff), and then just shows up??? Proving that men have no concept of time, whatsoever.

Then, he of course proposes because forget dating!! Let’s just go all in after knowing each other for 4 days!!

And at first she’s like, “what I live in New York and my dad is here I can’t just move and uproot my whole life for you I don’t even know you!” but then she’s like “ehh who cares, I gotta say yeah based on absolutely nothing!”

 

And there you have ladies and gentlemen, the end. 0/10 would not recommend. If you want a good holiday movie with some romance watch Love Actually or The Holiday both kinda corny with a level of sophistication and no barfing. Please love yourselves and just watch something else. Anything else.

Also enjoy this other scathing review from Vogue.

Katie Vs. SantaCon and the Snow

It is officially winter up in this ho-ho-ho and I am pretty jazzed about it. Louisiana has like 3 days of cold weather and then it’s back to feeling hotter than Zac Efron’s body outside for the rest of the year (and oddest even get me started about it being hot on Christmas day). Luckily, NYC has actual season and I get to experience snow life!!!! Saturday was out first day of snow and it was absolutely breathtaking. I really wanted to stop and and take a picture everywhere we went it was like walking in a full on winter wonderland.

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Saturday also happened to be what the kids up here call Santacon. Its really just a city-wide bar crawl and day drinking fest while you wear santa-like attire. The thing you shouldn’t do the night before Santacon is drink and sleep in, which is exactly what my dumb ass did. It starts at 10 am and goes until 7pm. We did not pregame and I was not wearing my fancy snow boots so my day started out like this

 

 

 

and quickly went to this

 

The first bar we went to was closing and the next place had the longest line in the world so the day started out a lil rough.

The first place we actually got into was popping, but I spent 27 dollars on a shot and a drink the size only a baby would enjoy. When the bartender told me my total I wanted to just be like Hah jk I don’t need to be drunk that bad But i don’t think they can just stick it back in the bottle, so unfortunately I had to just pay for it. The next place we went to wouldn’t let us in because there were too many people in there but after illegally sneaking in, we found it to be quite the opposite and had a lovely time dancing in a space area. Next, we got some food and went to my fave place Pianos where they proceeded to tell me to take off the Santa hat I had been wearing for 6 hours. This was obviously my reaction:

Overall, SantaCon is probably better when you start at 10 am and don’t try to show up in the middle of it. It’s also probably better if you don’t try to go out to other bars afterwards because they will make you take off your hat and ruin your festive night.

 

Also please enjoy this video of the weirdest thing to date I have ever seen in a bar, thanks.

 

The Vibes? Cancelled

I’m very sorry to announce the cancelation of the vibes. It’s been about 5 months since I started this whole blogging thing. Still trying to find my niche and what I really wanna do with it. I love talking about the things I do or try that I’m really passionate about, but its hard to find something every single week that’s new that I’ve tried. I’ve thought about changing my domain (because really what does it say about my content?) and I’ve thought about adding videos to give it more of my own personality. I’ve also considered making it just about books or just about food or just about fashion, but then those are all of my passions and I don’t wanna limit myself to simply one or the other. As I said, the difficulty is talking about so many different things ever single week. Therefooorrreeee, I have decided to cancel the vibes. I decided I will just focus on the things I really enjoyed this week and the things that I did in the city in order to, not only post more, but post better. I sometimes find myself just half-assign my posts because I’m not really sure what to talk about and I definitely don’t want to do that. Writing is a passion and I never want this to be a chore or to feel like I’m posting something just to post something. I’m stuck between thinking I’m not talking about this enough/giving enough details about this to how long can I talk about this jacket that I like????? So I will be posting more often and more about things I do/read/try that I really like and feel passionate about and less like oh I have to post about this because it’s Sunday but I barely even liked it. I’m going to utilize my Instagram more for the content I post one here so definitely follow that as well (@katieohdam). I will also definitely be talking about the stuff I do around NYC that I loved, which is one reason I wanted to start putting videos on here as well (sometimes videos just capture things better ya know).

So there you have it. I want to make my content better and more interesting to read cause one day I wanna be bloggin from my studio apartment drinking coffee and not having to do that 9-5 stuff homies.

Live From New York it’s the Sunday Vibes

Before we begin I gotta talk about this cute as shit little bakery right next my apartment I discovered (actually Kristen did when looking at my location on Find My Friends so shout out to her). It’s super tiny, but cute and there’s cat decorations all over the place. Bonus is that most of their stuff is gluten free and everything is vegan. Sometimes living in Brooklyn annoys me, but this is one of those times where Brooklyn is cool as heck.

Beauty¡

This week I thought I’d give a little tutorial on how I do my eyeshadow. This is how I do it when I’m going out and wanna look fancy!

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So I’m using this Kylie Jenner Palette, the Burgundy Palette. I may not like Kylie Jenner very much (like who cares if she’s pregnant barf me), but I gotta admit, her eyeshadow is really good. Super pigmented and I don’t have to use a whole bunch of it to achieve the color I want.

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I’m gonna be using the red colors cause they match the scarf I’m wearing tonight (cause I’m matchy matchy af). Most people who do their makeup start with the eyes but I never understood that tbh. I wanna go for a more dramatic look so I’m gonna put tape on the side of my eyes to help get a cat eye without free handing it.

I just kinda eye ball it and hope I get them straight (sometimes works sometimes they’re crooked because I am just a girl not an expert). I make sure to put on eyeshadow primer, I use the Two Faced one.

I usually start with the more glittery part on my eye lid and then the more matte shade in my crease. Next I’m gonna line my eyes with black shadow and smudge it out. I used the Naked two palette and the last black shade.

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I sort of do a triangle thing in the corner of my eye. I also highlight my brow bone and the other corner of my eye. This is the finished product!

I usually don’t go this dramatic but the opera calls for the dramatic right? Right.

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Style¿

(Minus the) Leather High Waisted Wrap Front Skirt @ Express $59.90

Double Layer Satin Cami @ Express $39.90

Got this beauty on sale at Express and I am in lurrrrveeeeee. I paired it with this top because I like the contrasting fabrics of satin and leather, but you can do lace as well! It’s super high waisted which I love (honestly if anything goes back to low-rise I will have to just go into hiding). I wore it with stocking and booties a few weekends ago and you can also do OTK boots. Also express has $25 off of $100 right now just FYI you’re welcome.

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Fitness¿¡

Had another Saturday where my brain violently did not want to workout. I decided maybe I should start incorporating some yoga in my life sine people rave about it a lot. I’ve tried it before but I usually find it so slow and I get tired of it very easily. This one however was relatively fast paced and I actually was slightly sweaty after. I only burned about 150 cal (which I tried not to stress about) but I felt pretty tight and toned afterwards. Might have to go against my extreme cardio nature and do this more often (maybe).

Entertainment¡

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So I finally finished the first season of Riverdale (its been on my Netflix list for agggeeessssss). To sum it up, its kinda like a more fast paced Pretty Little Liars (or should I say better cause it took 40 years to find out who A is). There were a couple weird parts like when Veronica and Cheryl have this like dance off and its very weird and cringe-worthy. I guess it’s more directed toward idk people in actual high school, but some parts make me barfy(like how much they SING). I am patiently waiting for season two to be on Netflix despite my judgment. Here’s hoping I don’t quit it in the middle for season 4 like I did with PLL. Only so much “who done it? Find out in three years” a person can take.

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THIS.BOOK. Obviously one of my favorite authors and this book reels you in with the first chapter, its insane. I haven’t technically finished it yet, although I read it till 3 am last night for no other reason than I couldn’t stop. Its all about true crime and thriller stuff but thats all I’ll say cause when I first started reading it I also had no idea what it was about, so you should be blinded and delightfully surprised as well.

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Pandora decided it was going to keep crashing my phone, so it had to go. Luckily, I found a playlist I liked on Spotify that I loved just as much. I only have two settings when it comes to Christmas: classic Christmas and jazzy Christmas. Unfortunately, Spotify can only satisfy one at a time.

Katie Does NYC Things

Kept it a little low-key this weekend and just went to Opera (I think I just contradicted myself?). I felt like an old bitty complaining about today’s uncultured youth anytime I told anyone what I was doing that night. But also a very fancy old bitty. Then my friend proceed to inform me this was probably gonna last about 3 hours and I started to feel a little less fancy and little more worried I would die of boredom. The Opera was Thaïs which is basically about this godly man trying to convert this promiscuous lady to become a nun. It works, but not before he decides he loves her and doesn’t wanna be godly anymore (men are fickle beings). The first act was a little dull and I began to fear that I wouldn’t make it through all three, but to be fair, the first Act was a lot of praying and exclaiming. Also the entire thing was in French (which I only knew because I recognized the word for garden thanks 4 years of french!), so you have to read the words on the little screen in front of you (thankful for the little screen otherwise what a snooze fest). The second and third acts were more entertaining with this famous violin solo in the middle of Act II and III. If you’ve ever watched a cartoon in the 90s I feel like this was in an episode somewhere (or maybe I made that up but I recognize it!!). Then I was like “if I like this am I a weird nerd?” but then when was I ever to a nerd? There were a few funny parts (I don’t think they meant them to be funny) like when a guy threw a bunch of cash in the air to distract them so Thaīs and the guy (whatever his name is) could get away cause that is definitely a sure fire way to distract me too. All in all something I would definitely do again if I ever wanna feel  •cultured•

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Also please enjoy me failing at trying to see the Rockefeller Tree get lit (I was very annoyed and you’d know if you follow me on snapchat!!!!!!!!!!!!) (Also the other reason I kinda wanna post videos on here cause its pretty funny).

 

I’m thinking about putting videos on here of me talking about something (story of something funny that happened, my fails of nyc etc.) lemme know what you guys think! (I feel like I’m asking the void but its fine).