Author: Risa Marie

Lemon Pesto Chicken Orzo Soup

First off- this was all kind of experimental so I didn’t measure anything. Add ingredients accordingly based on how much you like each item and how much soup you’d like to make! What you’ll need: Chicken broth Orzo Chicken (raw or rotisserie, whichever you prefer) Lemons Garlic Celery Mushrooms Carrots Pesto Broccoli Zucchini Salt and pepper Italian spices Start cookin! I used a rotisserie chicken because it was easy but if you use raw chicken, cook that first and put aside. In sauté pan, sauté garlic and onions in butter or oil whichever you prefer, then add chopped celery, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli and zucchini. Cook on low stirring occasionally. In large soup pan, add chicken broth and heat for a bit, then pour in veggies and chicken. Let this simmer for a while. Add S&P & herbs. Go easy on these, if soup is under flavored, you can always add more later! While stock simmers, juice your lemons (I used 3 full lemons, but use as many or few as you like depending on how …

Hideaways vs. Geotags

Yesterday I visited a stunning river spot in Humboldt (where I’m currently living). I posted some pics on my Instagram story, because I wanted to share the beauty with my followers. However, when I woke up this morning, my DM requests were FLOODED with people asking the exact location of this beautiful place. I honestly cant say that I didn’t know that was coming, but I definitely was surprised by the sheer volume of requests. Right off the bat, I know this might sound a bit harsh, but I will never be geo-tagging, or sending out exact locations, and let me explain why. Living on the small island of Maui for almost 10 years, I watched SO much change. So many places that I had come to love, were destroyed, not only by tourism, but by influencers with millions of followers just tagging the location ONCE. Not only with their literal footprints, and tagging locations, but also by leaving sunscreen bottles, cigarrette butts, beer cans etc… That alone is almost worse than heartbreak. Eventually, many …

Bluegrass Babes

I’ve been a fan of fashion since I was young. Not necessarily high fashion, but I’ve always been a major collector of clothing. When I was in school, I used to save my lunch money from the week, bring a lunch from home,  and spend my saved up dollars on clothes instead. That was just the beginning of my obsession. Ever since then, I’ve always known that I wanted to design my own clothing, but its always been kind of a distant dream. Being a master procrastinator, I would plan out ideas but never go through with them. This summer I finally decided to start the process of making tee shirts. I’m starting small with a limited quantity of tees, and a message that is very close to my heart. Bluegrass is the music that has essentially guided me through life. I was raised going to Strawberry Music festival every year since I was born. There’s something so special about Bluegrass festivals, the sense of community, and the way that the music brings people together. …

Me Vs. Anxiety + Depression

This has been an extremely hard subject to put into words. It may look like I’m the happiest person in the world from the outside, but I have my bad days just like everyone else. I’ve debated posting about this for a while but eventually I have decided that it’s much more important for people with anxiety or depression to know that they aren’t alone than it is to hide my issues from the world, so here goes… It’s easy to tell yourself that everything is fine. It’s easy to tell yourself that you don’t care about the little things. It’s so easy to try and convince yourself that certain things don’t matter, and you should just move on and forget about the way you feel…. But you don’t forget. And you don’t move on. You bury it under layers of smiles and fake “I’m fines.” And eventually it shoots out of you like lava and takes over your life and makes the people around you take a step back, and wonder where all of …

3 Darlings 

I was scrolling through some old photos and stumbled across some real winners. It made me think about how lucky I am to work with so many incredible brands, and small companies… SO I decided to dedicate a post to just that… my favorite shops.  First of all I’d like to start this post with the most consistent brand featured on my profile… MAC Designs. The kickass female behind Mac is Marci, not only is she a total babe, but she absolutely blows me away by cranking out masterpiece after masterpiece. I’ve been wearing her jewelry pretty much exclusively for the past 2 (ish) years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. People always ask me how I can stand putting so much jewelry on & taking off it off every day… it’s easy, I literally NEVER take my jewelry off… Secondly we have Dazey LA. Dazey is run by the beautiful Dani who is an all around lady boss. Not only does she design her tees, but she models, and photographs them as well. An …

HAIR-apy 

Two posts in two days, I’m going for a personal record here! Yet another topic that my lady followers are constantly asking me about…. My GO-TO hair care routine! First of all- I have to be completely honest and say… My hair is generally my LAST concern. Living in Hawaii,  it’s constantly humid as hell. There’s always a possibility that I might end up at the beach, so styling my hair seems like a waste of time. Not to mention, I personally cannot stand when girls go to the beach with full hair and make up… It always brings so many questions to mind…What is the point? Why wouldn’t you want to dunk your head under that amazing turquoise water and wash away your worries? Don’t you know what your hair will be full of sand when you leave so you’ll probably have to wash it anyways? Sand and dry shampoo don’t mix well, trust me, I’ve tried it!  But like they say, to each their own!  Over the years my main concern has been to keep my …

A Day in the Life 

I want to keep my lovely followers in the loop, so I’ve decided to do more frequent posts on this page! This means that not every post will be perfect, but I’ve come to terms with that. You know what they say… practice makes perfect!  So- onwards and upwards…  I’ve had a lot of questions lately about what I like to do on a regular day, so I decided to deticate a post to just that. I bartend nights, so I’m not a morning person at all. In all honesty, I would love to be, but with my current lifestyle, it’s a no go for now. This beautiful morning, I rolled out of bed at around 10:30 and started my day with a very simple and quick breakfast… My favorite breakfasts lately seem to always include some sort of green, and a simple protein. When I’m feeling motivated, I’ll go for a tofu and veggie scramble but today I opted for plain scrambled eggs and spinach salad. Not long after breakfast (or should I say …