Saturday, October 31, 2015

5 Things

1. The cutest cat in Texas

2. A beautiful new addition to the Baylor campus

3. My favorite movie of all time

4. Finding candy everywhere

5. A gorgeous scenic road trip

Friday, October 30, 2015

October Favorites

I missed last month's beauty favorites so I've acquired a handful of new and old must-haves. Starting with hair products, the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In plus Keratin is a long-time favorite of mine. As a spray on conditioner, it protects the hair against heat damage, breakage, and split ends while adding shine and strength to my locks. The Wet Brush is another strengthening hair item that allows me to comb through my strands without worrying about pulling or tugging. I purchased this cute handbag version that's easy for travel and ensures that my hair stays healthy every day. The Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop is a new purchase that's perfect for the fall. This rose-gold highlighter adds the right amount of sheen to the cheekbones without being a chunky glitter. I add the glow on top of my new Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed, which is a perfect neutral blush for both day and nighttime. On the lips for the fall, I'm loving the Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood. This is my favorite lipstick of all time that I've been lightly dabbing on the lips and blending out for a softer look.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Fresh Autumnal Wardrobe

Fall Wishlist

Zara red dress / Topshop denim dress / Rag bone short sleeve top / Rag bone oversized t shirt / Kate Spade coat / Current/Elliott mid-rise jeans / Madewell blue skirt / Rag & bone heeled booties / Madewell tan flat / Larsson Jennings leather strap watch / Rag bone black fedora hat / Kate Spade lily perfume

Early sunsets, crisp air, and the changing of leaves all signal the beginning of fall (on the mainland of course) and a new wardrobe is a must. I'm excited for lots of denim, leather, leopard, and warmer colors. A beautiful new coat is essential especially since my closet is full of summertime clothing. The Kate Spade 'Live Colorfully' perfume is a perfect year-round fragrance but pays tribute to autumns of the past. These wardrobe additions would all transition well into the winter with a few extra layers and are excellent all year long! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Keep In Touch

Leaving home for college is never easy and being separated from ones best friends is even harder. I've had a rock solid group of friends that I've made from fourth grade to sophomore year. We all came together last year and spent almost every single day together. It was great for me to have such an amazing group of friends so once it came time for five of us to leave for university, it was extremely sad. Three of my best friends are still in high school while the rest of us are scattered across the South and the East Coast. Before I left for school, many college students explained that my high school friendships would drastically change over the semester and I probably wouldn't be friends with my people anymore. I'm so grateful to have proved those statements wrong. I facetime/call/text my best friends nearly everyday or at least once a week in order to stay updated and keep in touch. Sometimes we miss a call and don't speak for a week, but we've continued to consistently speak on some level. Everyone's friendships are different once they leave high school. I'm just blessed that mines have stayed exactly the same.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Perfecting Fall Base

After using my holy grail Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Ochre everyday for the past 10 months, I decided to switch up my base for the new season. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Punjab has been a consistently stellar foundation in my collection. It provides amazing medium-full coverage without feeling heavy or looking cakey. The finish is demi-matte and lasts all day long even in Texas heat. Funny enough, I've gotten darker since I left the islands and so this shade is a tad too light for me now. I'll have to pick up a new bottle sometime soon as the wind chill picks up and I'll soon be sporting berry lips and copper eyes. If Sheer Glow is too pricey for you, I wrote a post over two years ago comparing it to a Rimmel drugstore foundation (which is my most read post of all time!) that you can read here.

Monday, October 26, 2015

For Seth

It started with Robert Griffin III- the first star in the Art Briles dynasty who brought Baylor its first Heisman trophy and a spot on the college football map. It took a turn with Nick Florence, the backup with an unlikely chance of winning who gave Baylor a 49-26 domination over UCLA at the 2012 Holiday Bowl. Bryce Petty was up next as the team leader who made the Baylor Bears the back-to-back Big 12 Champions. Finally, it was Seth Russell.

Russell was an unknown QB from Garland, TX that begged colleges to just glance at his highlight films. He was never on the list of top recruits and didn't have any chance of playing in the big leagues until one fateful day in the Garland High School gymnasium. It was there that Russell met Baylor OC (at the time) Philip Montgomery (now Head Coach of Tulsa) and told Coach Monty that he could reverse dunk on the basket. Russell's incredible athleticism led him to Baylor as a freshman QB who would sit on the sidelines for three years under both Florence and Petty. Although he was desperate to play, Russell would be patient and wait for his turn to come...and indeed it came.

Most people immediately think of RGIII as the best QB to ever come through Baylor University. I beg to differ. Seth Russell is the best Baylor QB that has ever played. While most predicted the Bears would fall after Petty's graduation, Russell proved the critics wrong. He was strong, fast, athletic, and was a dominant force on the field. In just seven games, Russell had completed 119 passes of 200 attempts for 2,104 yards with 29 passing TDs and 6 rushing TDs. He escorted the Bears to their first #2 ranking on the AP polls and led the FBS in passing efficiency, passing TDs, passing yards per completion, points responsible for per game, and passing yards per attempt. Anyone who doubted Russell's abilities before the season had their mouths shut as soon as the QB stepped on the field. He was on track to record over 50 TDs in one season before his sadly ended.

During the Iowa State game on third-and-fifth with 8:14 left in the second quarter, Russell took a hard hit that ultimately broke a bone in his neck. He will have to undergo surgery with a recovery time of six months. True freshman QB Jarrett Stidham will be forced to replace Russell in the upcoming games against Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas.

Seth Russell is the best QB Baylor has ever seen. He might not hold a Heisman trophy or have led the Bears to a bowl or conference victory, but he's seen the most inspiring half season of the Briles dynasty. Russell has become a beloved icon in all of college football and for you Seth, our unlikely hero, we will win it all.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Baylor vs. Iowa State Recap

The stage was set for an ugly homecoming weekend in Waco with treacherous winds and thunderstorms. Although the annual Friday night bonfire and Saturday morning parade were cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions, the Baylor Bears suited up for their afternoon game against the Iowa State Cyclones.

The Bears were productive in the first half with 377 yards and a 35-7 lead. The first big drive of the game resulted in a 36 yard TD pass to WR Corey Coleman despite heavy coverage by a Cyclone CB. A Baylor defensive stop resulted in an Iowa St fumble recovered by NB Travon Blanchard. The defense took advantage of the Cyclones' offensive mistakes and got the ball back at the Baylor 45 yard line. The ideal field placement helped QB Seth Russell to achieve a 37 yard rushing TD. The speedy play was paralleled by a 17 yard TD run by RB Shock Linwood shortly afterward. The Baylor defense answered their counterparts with a pick by CB Xavien Howard resulting in a two yard rushing TD by RB Devin Chafin who was back on the field after a three week injury hiatus. CB Ryan Reid picked another Cyclone ball following the Baylor TD. The Bears' 35 points at the end of the half were on the scoreboard for the entire third quarter without any additions as the team started to bobble.

QB Seth Russell had an understandably rough time in the monsoon conditions during the game. He passed for a season low 16/37 for 197 yards and 2 TDs with 1 rushing TD and 1 INT. A couple of sloppy plays in the rain forced an intercepted pass and Russell just couldn't connect with his receivers as well as he had in the past. A hard hit on the QB on third-and-five resulted in Russell on the bench with an unknown neck injury and Coach Briles called for a field goal attempt. Russell was then swapped out for true freshman QB Jarrett Stidham (who, luckily, has played in every game this season). The Baylor defense stepped up and stopped the Cyclone's momentum when DE Jamal Palmer forced a fumble that was recovered by DE K.J. Smith at the Iowa State 23 yard line. Stidham and co. ran the ball and passed to Coleman for a 12 yard TD.

It's unknown whether or not beloved QB Seth Russell will be back in time for the Kansas State game in Manhattan on November 5th. He will see a specialist tomorrow to determine what the extent of his injury is and how to treat it.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

5 Things

1. Homecoming fun with friends

2. Always eating

3. A weekday trip to the Highers Athletic Complex

4. Samson trying to be like Moose

5. A rainy win against Iowa State

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Fall Denim Wishlist

Jeans are arguably my favorite piece of clothing to wear no matter how hot it is outside. Some women feel that they look best in skirts or fancy dresses and I think that jeans suit me really well. Now that fall is upon us and the days are quickly getting cooler, I'm again on the market for new pieces of denim in my wardrobe. The Current/Elliot 'The Stiletto' Destroyed Skinny Jeans are a must have in the fall. The light-wash and slight distressing would look amazing with a black blouse and denim jacket. The dark blue AG Ankle Super Skinny Jeans are perfect for everyday as they are iconic and classic. I would pair this denim with a plain t-shirt, statement necklace, and rough combat boots!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Exile Vilify by The National

The National is an incredible indie-rock band that's made a huge impact in my life. Led by frontman Matt Berninger, guitarist twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and bassist and drummer brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf, the band has a soft acoustic sound that's unlike any band I've ever heard. The song "Exile Vilify" is a typical song by The National with gorgeous instrumentals and Berninger's famous voice. This is my current favorite song because it's relatable and inspires me to experiment more with my song writing. Have a listen to it and let me know if it's as incredible to you as it is to me!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Best of Brandon and Noelle | Video

Throughout our band career, my friend Brandon and I decided to record videos of ourselves in concert. What started out as a project for Japanese (of which we sadly lost the footage) turned into a handful of hilarious videos of our not-so-hot playing skills and random comments. These are just a few of my favorite clips that showcase our personalities throughout the years. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I do!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Natural Fall Lip

Laura Mercier makes some of my favorite beauty products from their Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Ochre to the Secret Camouflage in SC3. I've recently ventured into their lipstick range when I picked up the Crème Smooth Lip Color in Spiced Rose. This shade is similar to my favorite NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita because it's a neutral pink that's "my lips but better". It's a good fall shade that works with any eye look from natural matte shadows to a dark smokey eye. Because it's a creamy formula it doesn't last all day, but it's easy to touch up within a few hours. It's been a must have in my makeup bag and I'll be repurchasing it when I run out!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Baublebar x Gal Meets Glam

I've been reading Julia's blog for four years and consider her my inspiration for This Is Noelle. Her chic and feminine style translates from fashion to homewear and her collaboration with Baublebar exudes just that. Julia's collection is filled with beautiful jewelry and home decor that's currently up for grabs! Some of my favorite pieces are the Sing Bib NecklaceBliss Drop EarringsRabbit Ear Glass Display Case, and the Cabochon Link Bracelet Set. The collab includes wine charms, jewelry stands, bookends, collars, and other goodies. Grab a piece while they're still available!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Baylor vs. West Virginia Recap

The date was October 18, 2014 when the Bears arrived in Morgantown to play the unranked West Virginia Mountaineers. What started off as sloppy passing and rushing by Baylor quickly escalated into a chaotic mess of flags thrown on nearly every play. With a total of 17 soft penalties for 205 yards (yes you read that correctly), the Bears simply couldn't come back to win against WVU and finished the game with a 41-27 loss. This year, the Mountaineers came to McLane Stadium and the Bears were unstoppable. As arguably the strongest team in the Briles era, the offense had 693 total yards with eight TDs and two field goals. The final score in the explosive game was 62-38.

The shining star of the game was none other than QB Seth Russell who rushed for 160 yards and a TD of his own. With a combined 540 yards and 6 TDs, the QB could not be slowed down. Russell has proven to be a similar version of beloved Robert Griffin III when it comes to his speed, strength, and agility. Although he has the ability to throw deep passes like that of Bryce Petty, he exceeds his predecessor in almost every way. Russell has shown that he likes to take risks on the field. Whether it's throwing the ball to a receiver who has two backs covering him or faking the handoff and running 30-40 yards into the end zone, the current QB under Briles is an obvious knockout.

Junior WR Corey Coleman again proved why he's the best receiver in College Football. His speed and incredible connection with Russell allowed him to have 10 catches for 199 yards and three TDs against the Mountaineers. In just six games, Coleman has passed the school record of TDs in one season (record formerly held by WR Kendall Wright who now plays for the Tennessee Titans). Coleman now logs 16 TDs in half of the season and is on track to receiving 30+ TDs for the rest of the year. WR Jay Lee received two TDs of his own and TE Trevor Clemons-Valdez (if you haven't heard that name before, it's because he wasn't on the team earlier this season) received one in the late fourth quarter.

The Baylor defense really stepped up and found their rhythm today with star players DT Andrew Billings, LB Taylor Young, S Orion Stewart, and DL Beau Blackshear. Billings was a monster in sacking WVU QB Skyler Howard for losses and a pick in the end zone by CB Ryan Reid helped the Bears' momentum skyrocket. Even when Billings took a nasty chop block to the ankle and was helped off field, he powered through and returned to watch his team play the rest of the game. Luckily his ankle wasn't broken and he will hopefully be back when the Bears head to Manhattan to play Kansas State. The defense held the Mountaineers to only one TD in the second half and showed their potential in an incredible way.

The Bears will play the Iowa State Cyclones at McLane Stadium on Saturday at 11 am.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

5 Things

1. Watched a performance by the President's Own Marine Band...I only fell asleep twice

2. Claire and I at the Texas State Fair (cue the insane culture shock)

3. Wings and football on Sunday afternoons

4. Beautiful Pat Neff lit up after a big win

5. Weekly Facetiming with Mikayla

Friday, October 16, 2015

60 Days in Photos

I've been in Texas for two months already. Time flies by so quickly so it helps to stop and document the moments that I might forget. Most of you that read this blog are my family or friends and are maybe a little interested in what I've been getting up to in the Lone Star State. I've already shared a lot of these photos in a few installments of 5 Things, but I wanted to compile some photos I've taken while in school. I've been to the Texas State Fair, watched the President's Own Marine Band perform, perform in and watch college football games (always proud of our Bears!), visited Dallas and Fort Worth, and made some great friends! It's been a fun, difficult, exciting, sometimes lonely, football-and-friend-filled two months and I can't wait to see what I'll experience in the rest of the semester!
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