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Rainbow Wedding Update

It's official! We have postponed the Rainbow Wedding shenanigans until March 5, 2021. This is what our save the dates looked like (except the image shown above was a magnet and had a much sooner date). Isn't she cute?! My seriously talented friend Erin designed them for us (see her other work here and here). We can't wait to dance the night away, but until then, be safe and take care of yourselves! 
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Some Important Things

Hi friends,

It’s been a minute, and I wanted to get real for a second. It hasn’t been all sunshine and puppies over here (in fact it’s been storming literally quite a bit). There’s been a lot of stressing over the news, getting ragey over social media posts, feeling resentful about being stuck inside, berating myself for being ungrateful when I should be focusing on how lucky I am, crying over the injustice in this country, picking fights with people, and at times just really letting the dark parts of my mind take over. We have so much to be anxious about as a society right now, but we also have a lot to be grateful for. So anyway, here are some things you've probably heard before, but I think they're super important and worth repeating.


Black Lives Matter 
I hope it goes without saying, but I support Black Lives Matter. This is not about me, but I hate that I haven’t talked about this on here before, and I hate that in the past I’ve been too nervous about saying the wrong thing to say anything, but that changes now. I will not be quiet and hope my passivity will somehow lead to change.

I’ve been shocked and disgusted, along with the rest of the world, at the consistently abhorrent behavior of our police force and my eyes/heart will never be able to unsee the MANY systems in this country specifically designed to keep BIPOC down. I hate that so many people of color have died and suffered to get us to this point, but the revolution is here and it's not going away.

Don’t stop talking about race when the social media posts go back to normal.
Don’t stop saying the names of the victims of police brutality (Breonna Taylor’s murderers are STILL free, by the way).
Don’t stop signing petitions and donating and buying from Black-owned businesses.
Don’t stop asking questions about the white-washed “history” you learned about in school.
Don’t stop having difficult conversations (yes, with your family, too).
Don’t stop learning how to be actively anti-racist (not just “not racist”—that’s not enough).
Don’t stop when you, and everyone will, mess up.
Don’t get defensive when you, and you will, get called out.

Everything is a learning opportunity. I have turned to defensiveness in the past. It’s easier than admitting you were wrong. But I’m here to tell you that once you admit it, you can move past it, and that’s a much better feeling than anger about being wrong in the first place.

Instead of resisting change, let’s accept and move forward TOGETHER.

What I’ve been doing: 

At work, Sephora took the 15% Pledge where we are committed to dedicating 15% of our shelf space to Black-owned businesses and matching employee donations to organizations that support Black communities (National CARES Mentoring Movement, The National Black Justice Coalition, Change.org, ACLU, NAACP, and so many more). We are hosting Instagram Lives with some amazing Black leaders, we are enrolling in courses about diversity and inclusion, intrinsic bias, and holding forums for BIPOC to tell their stories and truly be heard.

And at home I’ve been learning first and foremost, but also donating, signing petitions, having conversations, consuming and reposting impactful social media posts, and buying from Black-owned businesses.

Here’s what you can do: 

Here’s an anti-racism reading list so that if you, like me, are learning how to do better, these are a great place to start. I’m reading “How to Be An Anti-Racist” by X Kendi. And I have many more on my list once I’m finished.

There’s an amazing lineup on Netflix both documentary and fictional (I just started Dear White People).

Shop Black-owned businesses—here's an awesome list from Etsy. I recently bought Lit Soul Candles which are upcycled soup cans, meaning the canned goods they once contained were used to feed homeless populations, and now they’re amazing-smelling meditation candles with a healing crystal at the bottom of each one. I gifted one to each of the women in my family.

Find organizations you can donate to here and here.

Here are a bunch of children’s books to help teach your little ones about anti-racism from the very beginning. You can even buy them from local bookstores around the country through bookshop.org.

VOTE!!

If you are able to, please, please, please register to vote. Our president has repeatedly proven to us that he does not care about Black lives (or immigrants, or women, or protecting us from COVID… the list goes on). And not voting is a vote for him. He has to go.

WEAR A DAMN MASK 

This pandemic is affecting everyone, but it is disproportionately killing people of color. We HAVE to protect vulnerable communities. By not wearing a mask you are telling the world that your convenience is more important than other people’s lives (like my grandma, my mom, my immunocompromised friends, and literally entire races of people who are most likely to die from it).

We are learning more every day and info changes, but just because you’re over staying inside does not mean the risk has lessened. It has done quite the opposite since states (like Florida) have been opening up prematurely, but we know now that wearing a mask GREATLY reduces the risk of transference.

Stay six feet apart. Stay outside or in your home. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. And for the love of god, listen to the CENTER OF DISEASE CONTROL over the Karens and Todds on Facebook who think they understand the intricacies of a global pandemic better than the CDC.

And finally, because of these insane statistics, I’d like to informally announce that we are postponing our wedding. We are working on new save-the-dates and praying that our new date will land safely on the other side of this pandemic, but if not, we’ll postpone again because keeping people safe is more important than any party will ever be. Officially announcement coming soon.

Please take care of yourselves and others. If you have questions or want to talk about any of this stuff, please reach out. I’m here for you.
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The Rainbow Farm


Some people get into Animal Crossing during quarantine, we decided to start a real life Rainbow Farm instead. 

Everyone, please meet the newest babies in our family: our three-month-old puppy, Leon (short for Leonidas).
Leon is the friendliest, floppiest, sweetest little baby lion with the sharpest teeth. He loves water and sitting in the fridge more than any creature I've ever met. He already weighed 21 lbs when we adopted him a few weeks ago, so I'm pretty sure he's weighing in at around 30 lbs now. We are absolutely obsessed with every little thing he does, and I even started TikTok-ing because now I have endless material (follow me @mackensierainbow if you want puppy content).
And these are our three one-week-old chicks, Nugget, Gee, and Biv (if we get another, she'll be Roy, duh).
Jason has wanted chickens for as long as I've known him, and after spending time with my mom's hens he was even more excited. So for his birthday I took him to Rural King (yep, we in the south now) to pick out some babies. We have about six weeks before we need to move them to a coop, so for now we're just keeping them under a lamp and far away from the dogs.

Besides taking in allll the cute animals, we've been cleaning, painting, putting furniture together and literally nesting in this house. Many people have asked if we're homeowners now, and the answer is no, but we are renting this house from my sister who owns it, so we don't feel like the work we put into it will be a waste. I'm excited to show before and afters once we slowly but surely get this place filled out. 

Now that it's furnished enough for everyday living, however, I guess we need to get on the wedding planning train. We are six months out from our wedding date, and while I've been avoiding it because I'm afraid we'll have to postpone, we gotta be ready for anything (we haven't even seen our venue IRL yet). This isn't exactly the way I imagined our wedding planning season to go, but just trying to take it a day at a time and remember how lucky we are to be near family and have each other at this scary ass time. 

I hope you're all going easy on yourselves, staying safe, and focusing on the good.




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How We Met



Lately, the thing people want to know most is how we got engaged (and/or why we moved to Florida), but the second-most-asked question is, “How did you meet?” And while the easiest (read: most boring) answer is, “Tinder,” the truth is a bit more convoluted.

Let me set the scene for you:

The year is 2017 and I had *just* downloaded a dating app to distract myself from a breakup when I swiped right on a handsome British journalist. His profile was pretty sparse, but I knew he had recently moved to California from Hong Kong, he was into space, and he wasn’t smiling in any of his photos. Despite my irrational fear that he had an Austin-Powers-esque grill, I agreed to meet him at a cute natural wine bar in Oakland.

My Uber dropped me off across the street, so with my heart in my throat, I made eye contact with the brunette sitting outside, hoping he was my date, as I waited for the crosswalk to count down. He recognized me, smiled with all his beautiful teeth, and we decided to turn the first meeting into a full-on bar crawl. We had one drink at each bar/restaurant on Grand Avenue until we discovered The Alley, a grungy, quirky piano bar with business cards literally covering all the walls that I’d somehow never discovered before that night. The bar crawl ended there because it instantly became my favorite bar in Oakland and we stayed until they kicked us out.

Needless to say, we had the best first date ever, but since this was the first person I’d even gone out with after a breakup, I was skeptical. I agreed to a second date, but my brain was already spinning. In the past I jumped into relationships too quickly and too often, so I felt like I couldn’t possibly date the first guy I matched with just out of principle. Plenty of fish in the sea, and all that crap. So I explained via text that I’d prefer to just be friends, and he graciously agreed.*

We lost touch after a few months and I went on to play the field. He did the same, and even though we only lived a mile away from each other and had a lot of hobbies and even a few friends in common, somehow we never accidentally crossed paths.

Finally after almost a year of bad dates, repeatedly deleting the apps, and declaring to my roommates that love was definitively deceased, I found myself back at The Alley, this time with one of my best friends, Devyn.

We had just imbibed in $5 all-you-can-drink sake, and I was feeling bold so I slurred, “THIS is the bar I was at the last time I had a good date. I’VE ONLY HAVE ONE GOOD DATE IN A YEAR.” 
"Ok, so what did you do to f*ck it up?” she asked, also sassy from obscene amounts of sake.**
“Idk, I just thought it was too soon..?”
“We’re texting him.”
“Noooo what would I even say?!”

So we devised a plan. We took a photo of the inside of the bar that we knew would be recognizable and drafted a text together. Something along the lines of, “I’m at The Alley! Thinking of you. How have you been?”

Smooth, right? But it worked.

Thank the good lord, he wrote back very quickly and asked if I was free to hang out that Friday. I was, and we ended up at The Alley again, except this time when we left we didn’t spend a moment apart for 15 months and then he asked me to be his wife.

*A little advice for my single ladies: if you want to know what a guy is really like, tell him you just want to be friends after an amazing date. It’s telling. 
**Sending a MASSIVE thank you to Devyn for calling me out on my shit and for not letting me miss this opportunity just because rejection is scary. I like to think Jason and I would have found each other again no matter what, but I’m so grateful that the timing was literally perfect for both of us on that fateful night. Even though I hate knowing that we could have spent that first year together and didn’t, I hate the thought that I could’ve messed it up because of poor timing even more. Love works in mysterious ways, my friends.
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Looks Like We Made It


You guys, that was some kind of adventure.

We started driving to Florida about two minutes before the Shelter In Place order came through for the Bay Area. So not only did we pack our lives into my car while it was pouring rain (for the first time in months), but a house nearby also caught fire, so driving out of Oakland in a pandemic that day truly felt like the apocalypse.

WILD.

But we’re here! We went through several bottles of hand sanitizer and drove about 12 hours a day (even our meals were eaten inside the car) so we got a nice jumpstart on our Quarantine 15. I know you’re jeally #weddingbods

 But seriously, with all the terrible news and anxiety-ridden everything, I’m trying to focus on the good, the gratitude, the goofy. Like, the fact that we made it to Florida safely and healthily, our kombucha SCOBY is happy in its own cupboard, the bizarre spider plant pictured above only lost a few limbs on the journey, I got my hair cut right before we started driving, and I finally got to watch Frozen 2 last night (so good).

 I’m incredibly relieved to be reunited with my family even if I can’t hug them. I had no idea COVID-19 would have this kind of impact, and I’m v v grateful that we got here just in time.

My people are being cautious, staying home, and staying healthy even though it's REALLY hard, and I really hope you all are too.

 What are you feeling grateful for lately?
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