My Last Swing

20th February 2015

Wedding planning can be stressful, to say the least. Between all the worrying over table centerpieces and seating charts, it can be easier said than done to sit back and enjoy the process.

Thankfully, that is what bachelorette weekends are for. To unwind with your closest friends and remember why you are doing all those silly things in the first place.

Between posing with fairy godmother at Disneyland to eating breakfast burritos at the beach, this past weekend is most certainly going into the record books.

(Pardon the quality of some of these photos. None of us wanted to lug around a big camera all weekend so our iPhones had to suffice.)

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First stop of the trip, Disneyland! We didn’t even plan the matching shorts or ears, it just worked out that way. I swear!

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She made all our wishes come true! Wouldn’t it be nice if that were true?

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After a day at Disney, it was nice to spend a relaxing morning at the beach in Newport. We also made a pit stop for my all time favorite treat…Balboa bars!

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Selfie!
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Allie & I really enjoy frolicking on the beach.

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The room set up before the real bachelorette shenanigans began.

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Cheesin’ for the camera.

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Incredible dinner at Bottega Louie… even though we got some strange looks in the restaurant. After all, it was Valentine’s Day.

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Pre fish bowl & post fake bar proposal at Mrs. Fish.
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My bucket list! (If you are wondering, I was not able to complete all the items.)

In 2015, I’m Resolving to be Content

2nd January 2015

(Image via Pinterest)

(Image via Pinterest)

Every New Year it is almost expected that you make some sort of resolution. And while I don’t normally feel the need to do so, this year I thought it was time to make one.

If you have followed any of my life events over the past year, you are probably wondering how I could not be content right.

And that is exactly the problem. From my professional growth to getting engaged to seeing so many of my sweet friends, this past year was surely one of my best.

But yet, despite all of this happiness and joy, I still found myself at moments wanting more.

A job that lets me travel around the world. A city where I once lived. A group of friends like the ones I have scattered across the country.

I think too often I get caught up in the next chapter or where I wish I was and forget to be in the moment and be grateful for the things I do have.

An amazing job and coworkers who help me thrive. A wonderful new community and family in Indianapolis. And a man who brings so much love into my life.

So with the mindset to look at my life through this lense, my goal in 2015 is to cherish every moment.

We are just 71 days away from getting married (ahhh!!) and I want to make sure to enjoy these final moments as an engaged couple and also enjoy these final moments as a “single” lady.

What have you resolved to do in 2015? Please let me know! I would love to follow along with your journey.

Showered With Love

3rd December 2014

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my best friend and MOH threw me the most beautiful shower. It was an amazing afternoon full of brunch, laughter, and just a few too many mimosas. Here are a few snapshots of some of the wonderful people who made me feel so loved!
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The type of friends that last long after high school and college.

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And the smile I couldn’t take off my face that entire day.

Our Twitter Love Story

16th September 2014

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When you think of grand, romantic love stories, they usually begin with a connection two people have the moment they meet.

But for us, our love story simply began with a tweet.

It’s incredible to think that I found my fiancé on a social media site that only allows you to share instances of your life in 140 characters or less.

After slyly laughing to myself each time someone asks how Joe and I met, I thought it was finally time to put the tale all in writing and to in fact show that meeting your significant other on social media is not as weird as you’d think.

While I have always seen Twitter as a great networking tool, I never thought it would land me a date.

That was until I got a text from a friend that some guy from Indiana saw my tweets and thought I was cute. (Later I came to find out this “crush” Joe had was really our mutual friend’s attempt to set us up.)

Living and loving my life in New York City, at the time I thought nothing of this little comment but figured I might as well see if the guy was any cute.

So when I discovered that he was in fact a very attractive man I thought the least I could do was follow him.

That simple action led me to discover that Joe and I had a lot in common. We both loved politics, baseball, and terrible pop culture references.

For a few months we would tweet and direct message back and forth about a number of random topics we’d encounter in our daily life. I learned a plethora of random facts about Indiana and what an actuary is while Joe learned the ins and outs of working in a newsroom.

When we reached the 3 month mark of our Twitter courtship, I decided to take the plunge and give him my phone number. As I waited to see if he would try to reach out, my heart skipped a beat when he texted me minutes within receiving my number.

Of course I never thought our innocent flirtation over social media would lead to anything. But the more I learned about Joe, the less interested I was in the guys I was meeting in New York.

In December after hundreds of messages, I decided to take the ultimate plunge and go meet Joe in person. Even though I was afraid to say this out loud, I told him that I felt like I was dating someone I’ve never met and I needed to know if this was real.

Thankfully, our first meeting did not resemble an episode of MTV’s Catfish.

As I nervously got off the plane (internally yelling at my self for flying to INDIANA), the minute I laid eyes on Joe I knew I had made the right choice.

I have to laugh when I think about the fact that I moved to the Midwest, changed careers, and found my soon to be husband all because of a relationship I built on Twitter.

Now I know there are a lot of skeptics out there when it comes to online dating in any form. And I know it is rare that situations like ours turn into happily ever afters.

However for all the single ladies and gentlemen out there still searching for love, I hope our Twitter love story gives you hope that your fairy tale ending could be just a tweet away.

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Why Best Friends Are The Best Soulmates

8th July 2014

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.”

― Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

No matter what age you are, no friendship can ever replace the relationship you have with your childhood best friend.And when you make this realization, the sad reality of adulthood fully settles in.

My “soulmate” Allie and I entered this state of friendship earlier than expected when we both moved to opposite coasts of the country. It was not boyfriends that came between us but time zones and 9 to 5 jobs.

Thankfully, it can be a day or a year between the last time we have seen or spoken to each other and, like most best friends, we can pick up right were we left off like no time has passed at all.

For us, our reunion in Allie’s new hometown of L.A. this past weekend was less about celebrating America’s independence, and more about celebrating the confident, independent young women we have become.

Because let’s be real, there is no way I would have turned into the person I am today without a lot of help from my friends.

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(Photos c/o Allie’s iPhone)

Has Social Media Made It Impossible To Live In The Moment?

20th September 2013

How do we find a balance between the desire to share and the need to unplug?

A few weeks ago I found myself among a packed crowed at Yankee Stadium as Justin Timberlake and Jay Z light up the stage performing their hit song “Suite and Tie.”

However instead of relishing in the moment of seeing two of my favorite artists perform live for the first time, my attention was focused on my iPhone.

As I frantically prayed for my Vine video to upload, I realized that instead of enjoying the concert I’d waited so long to see, I was too busy trying to document it on social media.

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Sure, now I have the images and videos to help me relive this event. And sure, I got some validation through the likes and envious comments I received. But for me, this was not enough to dismiss my feelings of social media remorse.

Whether I’ve missed a home run checking in on Foursquare to a baseball game or gotten too caught up instagramming my food to actually take the first bite, more and more social media has seemed to take away from instead of adding to my real life experiences.

And unfortunately, this is not just something I myself am doing.

Much like when I gather with friends who end up turning their attention from our real life relationships to digital ones, last year the website Badoo found nearly 40% of Americans spend more time socializing online than in real life.

While in many ways social media has allowed us to share everything from the simplest to most sacred events of our lives with more people in real time, it has also taken away from the action of “living in the moment.”

Now the challenge we face, especially for those of us who work within this medium, is how to deal with social media seeping into every spectrum of our lives.

Because, whether for better or for worse, social media is here to stay. So now we must master the art of finding a balance between the desire to share and the need to unplug.

(This post originally appeared on the Firebelly Marketing blog)

Goodbye NYC! Hello Indiana?

15th September 2013

a399d-godsplan“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” ― Woody Allen

I’ve always loved this quote. You want to know why? Because it is so blatantly true.
When I moved back to New York City a little over a year ago I had no intentions of leaving anytime soon.

But thanks to a few pleasant surprises that have come my way, all of this is about to change.
At the end of this week I am leaving behind my amazing team at Fox News Latino and all of my beloved New Yorkers to embark on a new in adventure.

Come October 1st, I’ll be joining a small digital marketing firm in the Indianapolis area that will allow me to pursue my love for social media and the digital landscape.

While some of you may be scratching your heads as to why a city lover like me would pack her bags for the Midwest, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear how living in this great metropolis has changed my life perspective.

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to fulfill many of my life long dreams in a very short time period which in turn has given me the opportunity to take a step back and reevaluate what it is I really want in life.

As much as I love the hustle and bustle of New York, lately I’ve found it more and more d
difficult to find that healthy work, life balance so many of us crave.

Even though I know this is a challenge I will encounter throughout my career, now feels like the right time to transition into this next phase of my life.

So while it pains to me leave behind what I consider to be the greatest city on earth, I am excited to embrace life in Indiana- corn fields and all!
xoxo,
Kacy

Piñata Craze Born Thanks To Growing Popularity Of ‘Gender Reveal’ Parties

13th August 2013

Jessica Jimenez was thrilled when she learned her first child was going to be a baby girl.

As she mulled over the options of how to reveal the news to her family and friends, simply showing off her sonogram seemed so passé.

“I wanted to do something kind of special,” the Miami mom told Fox News Latino.

While blue and pink cakes have been a popular way to reveal a baby’s gender to friends and family, Jimenez “wanted to do something different.”

Then suddenly a light bulb went off: what about a gender reveal piñata?

Jimenez said not only were her loved ones intrigued by the piñata, a must in most Latin American children’s parties; they thought the idea was “fantastic.”

“It was a great way to show everyone at the same time this is it.”

Recently, there has been a growing number of requests among piñata makers to make these special occasion decorations.

“In the last year it’s really gotten out there to have a piñata to reveal the baby’s gender,” Monica Uribe, of Piñatas by Design in Miami, told Fox News Latino.

“Last year we got two to three requests a month and this year it’s up to 15.”

Thanks to the advent of sites like Pinterest and Etsy, the bombardment of creative ideas for these full-fledged “gender reveal” parties have increased their popularity.

The appeal of piñatas, as opposed to the traditional cake route, is that everyone can be more involved in the fun.

“Everyone opened it together,” Jimenez said, adding that the piñata offered a way for them “to stand back and see everyone’s reaction” while her husband videotaped the entire moment.

Filled with candy, confetti, or little notes in the appropriate gender color, these papier-mâché creations are popular with more than just Latino moms to be.

“One would assume it be Latino families,” Uribe said. “But we get a mix from all over the country from all places.”

While most of the time the couples know the gender of the baby before they have the piñata made, some wait to find out the big news with their party guests.

“My husband gave the envelope with the ultrasound results to the candy shop preparing the piñata, so the shop owner really was the only person – aside from the ultrasound technician – who knew the sex of the baby,” Patrice Poltzer told Today Moms.

With this element of surprise, Poltzer said her “gender reveal party was everything and more than what I expected it to be.”

(This post originally appeared on Fox News Latino

Home Run Derby Bilingual Controversy Showcases Baseball’s Evolving Culture

30th July 2013

cespedes translatorsBaseball is slowly having to come to terms with the fact that “America’s favorite pastime” is evolving into an international sport.

With a mounting influx of foreign-born players growing in prominence in the majors, one of the issues being raised by fans and members of the league alike is how to accommodate players who do not speak English.

On opening day of the 2013 MLB season, over 24 percent players were born in Latin America and 4 percent were born in Canada, Europe or Asia. This marked the fourth highest percentage of foreign-born players in the league’s history.

Some foreign players always seem to have a translator, while others do not. That’s because of a number of factors, including team and league policies.

For Latinos, sports experts said, there are both benefits and disadvantages to being the “majority” minority in this sport.

While players can easily find other members on their team who speak Spanish, they are rarely guaranteed translators the way Asian players are.

Major League Baseball officials told Fox News Latino that it’s because Japanese players make sure translators are worked into their contract.

“It has been more common for Japanese players, some of whom have long played professional baseball before playing in MLB, to negotiate interpreters into their contracts,” Michael Teevan, senior director of public relations for Major League Baseball, said in an email.

That leaves many Spanish-speaking players to rely on teammates and coaches to interpret things for them when they don’t fully grasp the English language.

And while this seems to be working for players on the field, it can be a whole other story when it comes to press and high-profile events.

The issue came to light during the 2013 All-Star Game Home Run Derby, when ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez, a Cuban-American, interviewed a variety of players in their native tongue.

Though it was not the first time that ESPN had interviewed players in Spanish, some viewers blasted the bilingual broadcast.

Even though the majority of the criticism seemed to have a racist undertone, there were also many Latino fans asking why ESPN decided to not make a translator available to these players rather than have the reporter interpreting the responses himself.

“I’m still surprised because I try to see what is really the harm in doing that type of interview,” Gomez told Fox News Latino recently.

Having built a relationship with many of the players he interviews, Gomez said that with millions of viewers watching events like this, he thinks “[the players are not] comfortable trying to put together English phrases that they’re not sure exactly what they’re saying.”

While many players, he said, are attempting to learn English, they become uncomfortable speaking a foreign language when the world is watching them.

“If I was dropped into Germany tomorrow, I don’t think two years from now I’d be comfortable giving a national interview in German,” he said.

With this being the second consecutive year ESPN has received flack for having Gomez conduct the interviews this way, ESPN is aware this issue is a “hot topic.”

ESPN said they strongly stand by Gomez’s bilingual reports.

“Pedro’s report in Spanish during the Home Run Derby was an effective way to serve all sports fans – both English and Spanish-speaking fans – and we’re proud that we’re able to do this,” said Gabby Nunez, the manager of communications for ESPN Deportes and ESPN International.

Nunez said the network tries to deliver the news the best way it can.

“The Hispanic market continues to grow with the bilingual fans and we want to be able to deliver news and report in the best way possible,” he said.

Ultimately, the decision regarding translators has nothing to do with the broadcaster or the league. It has to do with the players themselves.

“In the case of the All-Star Game and its events, we work with players individually to gauge their comfort level and to meet their preferences,” Teevan said. “We also talk to teams about the needs of individual players. Many players bring their own interpreters, in either a formal or an informal capacity.”

(This post originally appeared on Fox News Latino

Barbie’s Spark Debate Over Cultural Stereotypes

11th April 2013

This post, which originally appeared on Fox News Latino, was my first piece to go viral. I think you know you have started something when they are talking about it on CNN….

One is wearing a Chilean huaso, a knee-length black skirt with a ruffled blouse and red vest. Another is decked out in full Argentinean tango attire, with a ruffled blue dress and black lace shawl. A third has long black hair and wears a long pink dress filled with lace. And she’s holding a Chihuahua.

The dolls are part of the legendary Barbie line and they are being relaunched as part of an effort by Mattel, the makers of Barbie, to appeal to a new, more diverse generation of doll enthusiasts.

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The “Dolls of the World Collection” – initially launched 30 years ago but now making a comeback – is trying to represent a variety of countries to the Barbie consumer, including many from Latin America.

“Girls enjoy exploring the world and learning about different cultures through play,” Sara Rosales, a Mattel spokeswoman, told Fox News Latino. “The Barbie brand understands the significance of introducing new cultures to girls in a relatable way.”

According to Rosales, the company conducted research to create dolls “that celebrates both the country’s heritage and culture.”

“The Dolls of the World collection features the native fashions, while celebrating the cultures and diversity represented within each country in a way that will appeal to Barbie fans of all ages.”

But the campaign has provoked backlash among some advocates for promoting tired stereotypes.

“It would be nice to see some contemporary images from these countries,” Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, told Fox News Latino. “These images seem very dated and seem to have been created for a different time.”

With the new collection showcasing Barbies from countries – including Spain, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil – the Mexico doll, in particular, has caused a bit of a stir.

On the Barbie collector website, the doll is described as having the facial sculpt of a “new Hispanic” and a skin tone that is “LA tan.”

Dressed in a pink ruffled dress for a “fabulous” fiesta, the Mexico Barbie is accompanied by her “Chihuahua friend” and a bright-pink passport.

Journalist Laura Martínez told Fox News Latino she didn’t see the inherent stereotypes in the doll as offensives, necessarily.

Girls can “play with your Barbie Mexicana,” Martinez wrote out on her website, but “don’t even think of calling her indocumentada.”