Don't Worry, Baby

Tennessee is currently a very conservative state. This is America and our differences are what make this such a great country. This does mean, however, that men are voting on all things lady-related. Anything having to do with a woman's uterus or a fetus is regulated by very strict, conservative people. When I found out I was pregnant and had no insurance, this allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief. I may not be able to have insurance in this state, but my unborn fetus has m

Hanoi, Vietnam

The constant beeping, much like a never-ending morse-code, calls out through the city all day, and all night; A kind of chatter through the streets, conveying joy, fear, anger, all with a high-pitched beep. My initial response is to be unnerved. Much like a smoke detector that needs its batteries changed, you finally seem to forget about it until another beep startles you. If you ever thought about taking anti-anxiety medication, this is the city where you will need it. There

2019 Swim

Is it just me or has the swim industry taken a dive for the worst? It's like they hit a plateau over the past three years and decided suddenly to just plummet into the deep end with zero creativity, poor styling, boring colors, and blatantly bad designs this season! I recommend sticking with the tried and true, time-tested pieces that are still available. Avoid the unflattering 80's designs that looked bad then on cocaine-addicted models and look even worse today. Maybe I'm b

Beijing

Once we made it into China, we loved it! China is obviously a HUGE country, and we will need to go back to get a feel for the rest of the country, but Beijing was a great starting place! When we walked into our hotel, it was a little after midnight. We promptly checked in, walked through the indoor garden towards our room, and upon entering, flipped on the television while we began to strip the day away. Essentially, the TV was just background noise, but the news was on and t

Gibraltar

Sorry, but that’s what I think of any time I hear "Gibraltar." So, what/where is Gibraltar? Gibraltar is a giant rock & it's also, a British Territory, shaped like a peninsula on the coast of Spain. I know what your thinking... "Why would you travel thousands of miles to go see a rock? We have plenty of rocks in America!" and while you are correct, this rock is astounding. It literally took my breath away when we first saw it, and that was at night. The juxtaposition of this

It Is Really F***king Hard To Get To China

I had every intention to write a positive piece on traveling to China, and I will, if I ever get in… I guess I should start at the beginning. I found this insanely cheap flight through Next Vacay from Nashville to Beijing for $394 roundtrip. This is not a joke. The flight was Air Canada, from Nashville to Toronto with a 5 hour layover and then direct to Beijing. Ridiculous steal , right?! I had to book it. The universe was telling me to go. After booking the flights, I read t

Tangier

It is easy to become consumed in the addiction of travel. I LIVE for that fresh stamp smell in my passport, but that isn't the point in traveling, is it? If you don't have the time to go off the beaten path, hang where the locals hang, absorb the soul of a country, then why travel at all? This is especially relevant in today's Insta-famous world. We all want that perfect, iconic shot of us being fucking fabulous in a new place, but once you put the camera away (and you actual

Well I never been to Spain...

I'll be honest with you, I had no interest in visiting Spain. I wasn't against Spain per se, but it was one of the last countries in the Europe for me to visit and I wanted to check it off my list, but I wasn't THAT excited to see it. Ian and I booked a ridiculously cheap flight to Amsterdam ( about $450 through NextVacay.com) and I found another flight from Amsterdam to Spain for less than $80 round trip (through RyanAir.com). So, we could vacation in Amsterdam for three day

The Devil Within

Mmmm Maybe I should say, the devil you want inside of you... This is my coveted, top secret, best selling recipe for "Devils on Horseback" (Vegan recipe also included). If you are not familiar with Devils, they are more of a flavor concept than a recipe. It can be a date, or a fig, or something kind of sticky and sweet, stuffed with blue cheese, or goat cheese, or any stank cheese, wrapped in meat like bacon, prosciutto, or whatever. There aren't really rules, but the product

New Year, Same You

I'm not perfect. No, that's an understatement. I am in no way, shape, or form, even remotely close to being perfect. I am flawed beyond reason. I think that most of us are. But when the new year rolls around, we are all coerced to follow the time-old "tradition" of making resolutions. We are encouraged to knit-pick ourselves and then make public promises, that we will follow them. "Next year, I'll be better." When I turned 30, I was terrified. I was worried that I hadn't acco

XXX Amsterdam XXX

Every time I tell an American that I'm going to Amsterdam, I get the same reaction. You can see on their face that they are trying to figure out why a nice girl like me would go to a naughty place like Amsterdam. Hahaha And I understand this because when Covergirl initially asked me to go to Amsterdam, I too, felt confused. I had to make an appearance on the following season of America's Next Top Model and they happened to be shooting there. All I knew about the city was that

Travel Like A Supermodel...On A Small Business Owner's Budget

It's no secret that my modeling career has taken me to exotic locations all over the world. I have worked in South Africa, Italy, Australia, Greece, Turkey, France, Singapore, Sweden... The list goes on and on. But when I cut back on modeling to start a restaurant with my husband (Ian) in 2014, I lost all of those free travel perks. Not only that, but being a small business owner does not pay nearly as well as a model! Every penny goes straight back into my business. It is tr

Help Me, Ronda

We flew into Malaga from Amsterdam. It was a short flight that I booked on Ryan Air for less than 100 euros! If you're anything like me, you're currently thinking, "Where the hell is Malaga?"Shocker. It's in Spain. It's actually in the Costa del Sol region, (which translates to Coast of the Sun) and it sits on the south of Spain against the aquamarine Mediterranean with an average of 320 days of sunshine annually. It's freaking beautiful. But we weren't stopping at the beach.

My Weight Journey

Twenty bucks says that you think that's a typo and I forgot to write "loss" between weight and journey. Well, you would be wrong, my friend! Our bodies are constantly changing and evolving. Sometimes we gain weight, sometimes we lose it. That's life, kid. We are taught that once we reach our "peak" bodies (usually around high school or college) that's how they are always supposed to look. And that's why I want to share my journey with you. 100 I hit 100 pounds in 5th grade. A

Dear Diary...

I was raised as a strong southern woman in a strong southern family. We went to church every Sunday & Wednesday, ate homemade supper at the table every evening after Daddy got home, and always said the blessing. We shelled peas, raised a garden, and marched to the beat of our own drum (even with frilly panties and ruffled socks on). I was never taught to succumb to a man. In fact, I was the only girl on my T-ball team, and I kicked all the boy's butts at the sport. I was rais

Never Ending Closet

*I would like to preface this post by stating that I am not being paid to write this. This is completely genuine and my utmost personal opinion. A couple weeks ago, I was approached by a clothing company that I knew very little about. I had seen commercials and pop-ups for Gwynnie Bee, even gone so far as to click on their website, but I didn't really understand what it was. Regardless, they wanted me to shoot for them as a model and I was booked for the job. As soon as the b

Restaurant Review - JaJaJa NYC

Hey, y'all! It's fashion week and that means that I'm in NYC. This is my first long-stay trip to New York as a vegan and I am super excited to eat as much vegan food as possible! My first stop was "JaJaJa" (pronounced Ha-Ha-Ha), a vegan Mexican restaurant downtown. I happened to be two blocks away at a casting and when I searched nearby vegan options, it popped up. Everyone loves Mexican food and since the Nashville airport offered nothing vegan this morning, I was pretty st

Why I Went Vegan

A vegan diet means that I do not consume any animal products. I do not eat any dairy, eggs, or meat. Not even fish! No cheese, no ice cream, no milk. Lol There's a lot of confusion about what veganism is, so hopefully this description helps everyone understand what I do not eat. Though, the fun part is what I DO eat! **Oreos are vegan. In July of 2017, I went vegan. Gasp. I know. I don't do diets. Me going vegan had nothing to do with me wanting to lose weight, because I was

Anti-Aging Secrets

I sat down with Anjee Wilson, R.N. and owner of "Added Touch" in Springfield, TN. We discussed various options for aging skin and available treatments! I mean, who doesn't want to look younger?! Watch our video to learn more about topical treatments as well as some more invasive options for you. Please, keep in mind that every medical treatment has risks associated with it. Don't use anyone who isn't a professional to perform treatments. Also, you are beautiful just the way y

What It Feels Like

I was able to catch up with the dazzling model, Katya Zharkova in South Beach. Katya moved to America because she saw me win America’s Next Top Model. It’s crazy because I think of my past work with reality tv as something to sweep under the rug, but then I remember the fan mail I received from mothers who's daughters were battling eating disorders, girls who wore a bathing suit to the beach for the first time because of me, and then there’s Katya, who left her country, moved