coming home

After almost five weeks in Colombia, I came home. This was not the narrative I had planned for my little overseas dalliance. I was supposed to be in Colombia for over six months, set to return in mid-December. I thought I’d come back fulfilled, with perfect Spanish and tons of amazing stories and not even wanting to return home. Life had other plans, though, I suppose. First, let me say...

Colombia update: expectations versus reality

So I’ve been putting off writing any kind of Colombia update because… well, because being here has been more difficult than I imagined. I’ve been waiting for my mood and attitude to change, but I figured it’s good to be honest, and I want to chronicle what’s *actually* going on with me, so here it is. I can actually track my mood changes by scrolling through the photos on my...

bad cats

If you’re a cat owner (rather, if you are owned by a cat), then you’ll know what I mean when I say that it’s nigh on impossible to get much done around the house if the cat is in an attention-seeking mood. All bets are off: you’d better drop everything to give the cat some pets or they will log your having ignored them and be back with a vengeance...

why ‘The Stylish Disaster’?

When I tell people what my blog URL is, it usually gets a good-natured chortle, and that was kind of the point: style and snark, all in one title. Imma get real with y’all for a sec, if you’ll allow me. The Stylish Disaster, to me, is such a fitting moniker because I feel like a total disaster probably 75 percent of the time. The other 25 percent is largely driven by...

fitting room follies: Topshop edition

Hey, friends! October is flying right on by, but you’d never know it in Austin because it’s still 90 degrees outside. In an effort to get into the fall spirit (and because I got paid on Thursday and was high on that temporary ‘I’m rich, beeyaaaatch!’ feeling before all my money goes to bills and adult-ish shite), I made a pit stop at Nordstrom to peruse the racks for some...