Thursday, June 30, 2016

Would You Rather | 2016 Football Edition


Would you rather is a game of preference which forces players to choose between two options within a topic. In today's post, I'm focusing on plausible situations in American football from CFB to the NFL. As you read my answers to the questions, I hope you have fun thinking of which situation or option you would pick! Fashion, music and other sports WYRs are coming soon!

1. Would you rather never watch football again or see your arch enemy team annually win the college football championship for the next 10 years?

Even if I had to witness TCU win the CFB for the next decade, I would choose them over never watching football again.

2. Would you rather play for Art Briles or Bill Snyder?

I love Uncle Bill Snyder, but it would be a dream come true to play for the Great Coach Art Briles.

3. Would you rather get sacked by JJ Watt or Von Miller?

Von is smooth and quick on his feet, but JJ is a monster on the field! I would go with JJ hands down.

4. Would you rather play at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns or the Washington Redskins?

Both teams have struggled with quarterback issues over the past few years and although the Browns are known as the team QBs go to die, I would play for coach Hue Jackson any day over Redskins' Jay Gruden.

5. Would you rather see your team lose in the final seconds of a championship game or lose every game of the season?

Losing at the end of a game is extremely heartbreaking (trust me, I still haven't gotten over the outcome of the 2014 Cotton Bowl) but I couldn't stand to see my team lose every game in the season.

6. Would you rather cheer for your most hated team or eat spoonfuls of wasabi?

I would gladly eat wasabi before cheering for the Patriots or TCU (or Texas, OU, Bama, Ohio State, etc...).

7. Would you rather catch a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?

Peyton Manning is a phenomenal quarterback and it would be an honor to catch a pass from him over  Tom Brady, whom I despise. This question wasn't a hard one to answer.

8. Would you rather have your most hated coach coach your team or cheer for an enemy team that your favorite coach coaches for? (how many times can I say the word 'coach'?)

Coaches can always be replaced (unfortunately, in some situations) so if I loved a team, I could get past their leader to see the good in the players.

9. Would you rather see Wade Phillips or Sean McDermott coach your defense?

Both coaches are defensive geniuses, but it was incredible to witness the Panthers' rise to fame this past season opposite the offense.

10. Would you rather make a butt fumble or injure yourself while celebrating a play?

Injuries during celebration are extremely embarrassing, so I would rather suffer during a butt fumble. Okay, they're both embarrassing. This is a bad question.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pastel Paisley Tunic





Today's outfit represents everything I love about bargain shopping! I found this beautiful Madewell tunic at Nordstrom Rack for $40, while it's originally listed as $155 on the brand's website. I shop at Nordstrom Rack all the time because it has designer pieces for amazing deals! The dress not only looks fresh for the summertime, but also feels light and airy. I paired it with my favorite Saturday bag (sadly discontinued) and jewels. Another new addition to my wardrobe is this black heel from Payless. I was in the market for a comfortable pair of black work shoes and immediately went to Payless for their Dexflex Comfort collection. The shoes are gorgeous and insanely comfortable! At Macy's, I'm standing up for eight hours and these heels offer great support on my feet. Can we also talk about how cute they are? I love finding affordable pieces that I can style with other items in my wardrobe. Mixing high-end and affordable clothing and accessories is the perfect way to achieve a unique style.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Remembering Coach Pat Summitt


In a world where men continuously dominate sports, Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt was a game changer. Summitt won eight national basketball championship titles with the University of Tennessee as well as more games than any other DI college coach. She brought women's basketball out of the forgotten pit in the NCAA and into national spotlight. Whereas men's sports dominated headlines across the U.S., Summitt made sure that female athletes received just as much attention and recognition for their accomplishments. Not only did Summitt teach her players to win on the court, but also in the classroom. It's been said that her players sat in the front rows of class and were routinely academically checked.

After attending the University of Tennessee at Martin, Summitt became the team's head coach at the ripe age of 22. She washed cars, held bake sales and even washed her own team's uniforms in order to raise money for the players. With such a low salary, Summitt was forced to learn the importance of passion and hard work. Over the course of her career, she's never received a handout and has taught her players the same truths she learned as a young coach. Summitt was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999 and trailblazed her way to the top of the basketball society. After 38 seasons and 1,098 victories, Summitt stepped down from her position at Tennessee soon after being diagnosed with Alzheimers- the disease that would lead to her ultimate demise.

As a woman trying to find her big break in the male dominated sports world, Pat Summitt is my inspiration. She could have given up after not being taken as seriously as the guys or after losing a few games, but she never did. Summitt always taught her players the importance of strength and toughness. The lessons her players learned will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mint and Distressed







Forever 21 topOld Navy shorts, Kate Spade Saturday bag, Daniel Wellington watch, Cole Haan sneakers, Tiffany & Co. ring

This outfit represents how my style has evolved over the years. At the ripe age of nine I began to sport Bebe tops with cutoff shorts and high heeled wedges. I know, not the best look for an actual baby. I've always believed in fashion over function but recently, I found a compromise between the two. I paired a cropped mint top with the most comfortable pair of denim shorts from Old Navy to create a fresh and casual look. I finished the outfit with my trusty Kate Spade Saturday bag, a healthy dose of gold jewels and my favorite Cole Haan sneakers. I'm loving this new middle ground that enforces the idea of comfortable with a stylish twist!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bill Cunningham, A Fashion Legend


When I aspired to become a fashion designer, I admired every iconic person in the industry from Coco Chanel to Anna Wintour and beyond. One of my favorite fashion figures was legendary photographer Bill Cunningham. Known for his signature cobalt blue jacket, Cunningham has been the fashion photographer for the New York Times. The photographer could easily be spotted traveling the city on a bicycle with his camera around his waist, shooting candid photos of street style phenoms. After studying Cunningham's work and researching the artist, I vowed to meet him one day and record my outfits through his lens. Unfortunately, Cunningham passed away after recently suffering from a stroke. He will always be remembered for his kindness and creativity, capturing beautiful people in a beautiful way.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

5 Things

1. My getting ready partners


2. Father's day dinner


3. More baby photos!


4. Meg and me


5. We bought grandpa a knife for father's day :(

Friday, June 24, 2016

Through the Photo Archives


After searching for old pictures of my dad and me in our photo albums, I came across some amazing fetus photos! As you can tell I've always been the wild one in our family and that fact is still true today. Whether I was swimming, playing music or just taking pictures, I was all about goofiness and fun. I hope these pictures bring a smile to your face just as they have mine!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Taurean Prince at the NBA Draft


After four successful seasons at Baylor, forward Taurean Prince was selected as the 12th pick overall in the NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Prince was originally acquired by the Utah Jazz, but a three-team deal allowed the Hawks to pick up Prince while Jazz gained George Hill and the Indiana Pacers brought in Jeff Teague. Prince will fill a crucial role with the Hawks in the upcoming seasons. According to Jake Fischer- Sports Illustrated contributor- after being picked, Prince said "he knew Hawks were targeting him all along. Atlanta brought him for a second workout. 'We were vibing the entire time.'" After high school Prince was originally committed to LIU Brooklyn, but switched to Baylor at the last minute. His career skyrocketed during his junior year when he was named the National Sixth Man of the Year by Bleacher Report. During his final year at Baylor, Prince secured a full-time starting spot and improved his averages to 16 points and six boards while shooting 36% from long range and 47% of two-points. He also has a pretty great sense of humor as shown in this video: Please note this interview was after Baylor lost to Yale in the first round of March Madness.




Prince's strength on both offense and defense will allow him to shine in Atlanta. Good luck Taurean, we're so proud of you! P.S. Taurean was in my math class last year! Exciting times!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Beige Swing Dress





I've always been a blouse and jeans girl but I've recently fallen in love with dresses! They're easy to throw on and make me look instantly put together when paired with the right accessories. Today I spiced up a plain beige dress with my retro Kate Spade bag and everyday jewels. To tone down the outfit and make it appropriate for everyday in Hawaiʻi, I threw on my beloved Cole Haan sneakers. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The 2016 NBA Championship


After seven games, the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the 2016 NBA Championship title, outscoring the Golden State Warriors 93-89. Before Sunday's game, the Cavs were down 3-1 with the odds stacked against them. GSW's "Splash Brothers" Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were off their game the entire night; missing shots left and right. Cleveland's LeBron James was named the Finals MVP with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the final game. James' teammate Kyrie Irving also played a phenomenal game, recording 26 points, 6 rebounds and one assist. The Cavs made history after coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win the final championship game at Oracle Arena. Although Cleveland reaped the benefits of bogus officiating in game 7, James and Irving played the game of their lives while Curry and co. just couldn't compete. Congratulations to the 2016 NBA Champions!

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Everyday Summer Makeup


Now I know what you're thinking: this makeup looks just like the ones I've previously posted. I hate to break it to you all, but I'm a creature of habit. After realizing how well my skin had adapted to certain products, I stopped buying new beauty bits. The only experimenting I do is with lip products and even the one I'm wearing is an old rediscovery! I start off by applying a large dose of the Makeup Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer to ensure that my face won't melt off in this Hawaiʻi heat. Next up, I use my all-time favorite base product: the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Ochre. This tint is extremely lightweight but evens out my skin with a healthy finish. I cover my spots and under eye circles with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, which has the most beautiful coverage without going cakey. To set my face, I apply a light dusting of the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil in Translucent- a newer staple in my makeup bag. This powder doesn't sit on the skin and it keeps my shine at bay all day. I like to warm my skin up with The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 03, which isn't too warm or muddy. For a pop of color, I add the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed to the apples of my cheeks. I love this blush because it's matte and is a natural shade that can be used for any occasion. After finishing up my face, I like to fill in my brows with the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette. See what this blog would be like if I kept writing about makeup? I would continually post about the same products over and over again! Now for a few new products and tips! After searching for an easy eyeshadow to use on an everyday basis, I discovered that the perfect shade is my bronzer! Eyeshadows usually take a while to blend out, which isn't realistic for summer time. I found that a light dusting of bronzer over the lids and blended into the crease adds the perfect hint of definition! My newest mascara love is the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes, which is hands down the best mascara I've ever used. You can read all about my love for this mascara in this post. The Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roomiest Rose is the perfect pop of color for the summer time. I've used this lip product for four years and it's still my favorite formula!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

For Dad


When I was young I often overlooked the sacrifices my parents made to ensure my health, safety and happiness. I think it's safe to say that most adolescents whine and grumble about their "have nots" and forget about how hard their parents and guardians work to give them good lives. My dad has always been there to support and encourage me through any trial or celebration. He works so hard to support our family and has always saved up to allow my sister and I to attend our universities of choice. He has supported me in every activity, whether it's music, blogging or football endeavors. He's taught me to never give up on what I believe in and that it's okay to be nice to people sometimes. My dad is the most friendly person who always goes out of his way to make people feel comfortable (even if they're strangers). Whenever someone asks me if I'm Lance's daughter, I'm so proud to say yes. Happy Father's Day Kermy, you're the best dad a kid could ask for!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

5 Things

1. All you can eat prime rib aka the best dinner ever


2. These are my friends


3. Hawaiʻi is the most beautiful place in the whole world


4. Dad and me in honor of Father's Day


5. The iconic dress (currently saving all my pennies for this beauty!)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hamilton at the 2016 Tony Awards


Yes, here it is again- another Hamilton post. This time I'm celebrating the cast of my favorite play who broke theatrical and diversity records during the 2016 Tony Awards. While different elements of the play were nominated for a record breaking 16 awards, Hamilton's actors and co. took 11 for the night. Hamilton won for Best New Musical; Lin-Manuel Miranda's Musical Score; Book ("Hamilton the Revolution" aka the Hamiltome); Orchestration; Costumes; Direction; Choreography and Lighting Design. Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton's Aaron Burr, won Best Leading Actor (beating Lin himself); Renée Elise Goldsberry, the actress behind Angelica Schuyler, was named Best Featured Actress in a Musical; and Daveed Diggs aka Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson won Best Featured Actor in a Musical (beating Christopher Jackson as George Washington and Jonathan Groff as King George III). The cast performed a mixture of "History Has its Eyes on You" and "Yorktown" before closing the night with "The Schuyler Sisters". Have a listen to the videos below! I recommend keeping tissues on hand...I sobbed while watching the whole performance!



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Driving to Malaekahana



On Saturday, Kai‘olu, her younger brother and I drove out to Malaekahana campground to meet up with some of our friends. While we didn't stay that long, the journey to North Shore was filled with laughter, music and musubis. It takes a good hour and a half to get to Malaekahana and we made a couple of stops to look for food (I promise we weren't scavenging). After a luckless trip to Tamura's, we picked up musubis and drinks from Foodland before driving the final leg to the campground. We stayed for an hour or so and ate watermelon with our friends before heading back to town. Even though it took longer to get to Malaekahana than we hoped, seeing our friends for even a short while was worth the drive!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Collegiate Athletes Should Be Paid


Throughout my whole life, I've struggled athletically. Running the mile in elementary P.E. class was my nightmare as I was forced to face my lack of fitness head on. I've never been able to run a lap around a track without gasping for breath or feeling like my legs would crumble under my weight. Because of my lack of physical agility and endurance, I envied my athletically gifted classmates. Watching my cousin run a six minute mile or my best friend swim a 650 in under 10 minutes baffled me and left me feeling inadequate. Okay, I swear I was going somewhere with this intro; now to relocate my train of thought... Over time, I've grown to appreciate and admire the amount of work and training it takes for athletes to thrive in their sport of choice. Waking up for morning workouts and finishing practice in complete darkness takes more discipline than some full-time jobs. As my classmates and I have grown up, I've seen them pursue their dreams of playing in the NFL, NBA, WNBA and Olympic volleyball teams through their effort in college athletics. Based on real-life observations and stories passed on to me, I truly believe that collegiate athletes should be paid.

The arguments in favor of and opposed to financially compensated student athletes have spread in modern America where college sports reign supreme. In a world where Nick Saban "employs" the biggest and best in the nation and schools like Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson bring in millions of dollars a year based on their athletic success, a discussion on whether athletes should be paid must remain a priority in NCAA meetings. My opinion is based upon five points ranging from scholarships to a professional level of play.

In 2016, universities, coaches, the NCAA and television stations are multi-million dollar corporations  because of the student athletes. Last year alone, Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio made 3.7 million dollars while the school as a whole brought in 97 million. How many dollars did Spartan football players earn? Zero. Why is it that the men who put their health and safety at risk every week aren't compensated while their school's "brand" rakes in almost 100 million dollars a year? The NCAA made over one billion in earnings, but student athletes across the nation aren't even allowed to accept a meal from a school supporter. My friend Silas was personally affected by the NCAA's severe rules when he was kicked off the Baylor football team in 2014 after accepting housing from a family friend. Mind you, he was basically homeless since he only earned enough academic scholarships to cover school tuition. There is absolutely no reason for a student athlete to worry about where he's going to sleep at night or when his next meal will come when universities are securing millions of dollars a year based on athletic success.

Athletes are treated as professional players but they aren't financially compensated as such. Every team strongly encourages its players to be the best in the nation, whether it means lifting more or working out after everyone else has left the gym. The level of professionalism in play has raised to a whole new level over the last decade or so. Small town college athletes are regarded as heroes- similar to that of Cam Newton or Russell Westbrook. Gone are the days where student athletes could walk around town going unnoticed. The LaQuan McGowans and Derrick Henrys are praised by community members and are treated with as much special treatment as one in the NFL or NBA. If athletes are trained to win national championships as one would be with the Superbowl, why aren't they rewarded with not only recognition but also financial satisfaction? There comes a point in time where sports society must decide if student athletes are student-ATHLETES or STUDENT-athletes.

With fame and fortune comes the responsibility of raising or looking after a family. For some student athletes, a lack of financial stability forces them to enter professional drafts. One former Baylor athlete was trying to decide whether to enter the NFL draft or stick behind for a year and the deciding factor was that he had a wife and son to care for. While he was picked up by a professional team, earning more experience could have seriously helped his draft stock. Many athletes don't finish school or earn their college diplomas because they fear that they won't be able to support their families without a chance in the pros. With the addition of a college athletic salary, student athletes don't have to worry as much about support and can instead focus on practice and accomplishing their dreams. Although staying behind doesn't always mean they'll have a higher draft stock, some players are better suited for the pros after four true years of experience.

Not only are student athletes going to university full-time, but also are practicing and playing full-time. Collegiate athletics are physically, mentally and academically demanding as students can't find another job. Most student athletes have 6 am workouts and practice before going to classes and then finishing their day with afternoon and night practices. After going home, eating dinner and working on homework, where does one find enough time in the day to find other work? Many student athletes need extra money to pay for rent, books, meal plans, etc. but have no time to work for the money. If they were financially compensated for their full-time schooling and athletic work, the struggle to complete a long day of classes and workouts wouldn't be as strenuous.

One of the most popular argument against paying student athletes is the idea that everyone has a full ride to college. This statement couldn't be any more false. All college teams have a quota of scholarships they can give out and they don't cover the entire team. While a majority of student athletes on any given team might have their tuition covered, there is still a handful who have to pay their own way, similar to any other student. If student athletes don't receive an athletic scholarship, they have to apply for academic ones, which are equally as hard, if not harder, to receive. Even though athletic scholarships cover school tuition, they don't pay for books, meal plans or housing, which means that student athletes have to find a way to cover those fees themselves. If they don't have any time for an outside job, where are they supposed to find the money to pay for every other fee?

The discussion of paying versus not paying collegiate student athletes will continue as the games become more aggressive and popular. I hope that my stance on the argument has opened your mind to a new opinion or has helped to secure your belief in a fresh way.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

High Waisted Denim Shorts



Forever 21 top, Old Navy shorts, Kate Spade Saturday bag, Daniel Wellington watch, Cole Haan sneakers

I've never been an avid shorts shopper, but I recently found the perfect pair of denim from Old Navy. This pair is extremely high waisted and smooths over any lumps or bumps to create the illusion of a thinner figure. I love how the shorts fit like a glove and can be dressed up or down. As you can tell, I dressed them down for an everyday look when I styled them with a simple black tee and my favorite sneakers. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Coach | Gregg Popovich


As I've previously mentioned in a few other sports posts, I didn't grow up watching NBA games. However, one name I've always known is 'Coach Pop'. Gregg Popovich is the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs and has been since 1996. Pop played college ball at the United States Air Force Academy before touring with the U.S. Armed Forces Basketball Team. After winning the Amateur Athletic Union championship, Pop was invited to the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team trials. He got his coaching start as an assistant with the Academy in 1973 and went on to earn head coach and assistant positions with Pomona-Pitzer and Kansas through the late 80s. From 1988-92, Pop was the lead assistant under Spurs coach Larry Brown. After a brief stint with the Golden State Warriors, Pop returned to San Antonio as the team's general manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations. One of the most memorable moments of Pop's career was when he fired coach Bob Hill and named himself head coach of the Spurs in 1996.

The arrival of Pop's heroic trio- Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli- has led to an annually winning team. The Spurs are always a threatening powerhouse in the NBA's Western Conference. Pop and his Spurs have won five championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He was also named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2003, 2012 and 2014. In 2016, Pop led his team to a franchise-high 67 wins. The combination of Pop and Duncan will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest duos in the NBA. I'm not a Spurs fan myself, but I acknowledge that every basketball fan will always remember the coaching genius of Pop.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Shopping for Work Pants



After a handful of interviews and two rejections, I finally landed a summer job! I will be working as a Beauty Advisor at Macy's and I couldn't be more excited about the temporary gig. Although I don't write about beauty as much as I used to, I'm still interested in new products and makeup experiences. The only difficult part about accepting the job is trying to find the right clothing within the dress code! I wear jeans and strapless tops almost everyday, so I'm on the hunt for "dress pants" that are in regulation with Macy's guidelines. The two stores I'm going to browse for pants are Old Navy and J.Crew. The teal J.Crew Martie Pant is a gorgeous pant that I would love to add to my new "work wardrobe". Although the color is a bit outlandish, it's a perfect way to add a pop of color to an all-black outfit. Another pant that I love is the Old Navy Pixie Mid-Rise Ankle Pants in a polka dot print. These trousers would transition easily with the tops in my wardrobe and the price point is fabulous! Which pant do you like better?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

5 Things

1. A two hour drive later


2. A mandatory rainbow shave ice


3. More graduations!


4. I'm always and forever with uncle Bern


5. The best Japanese food ever

Friday, June 10, 2016

My Blog and Me - This Is Noelle's 1,000 Post


Three years; 1,000 posts; a high school diploma and college education later, and here we are. This Is Noelle has become so much more to me than just a teenage girl's blog. When I started blogging, I was a naive 15 year old trying to navigate my way through high school. I found my identity in marching band where I learned how to be a leader and traveled around the world to perform in international parades. I found a family in the friendships I made- the unbreakable bonds created as we stood together through the blood, sweat and tears. Music became my life and I added 'professional musician' to my list of possible careers. I chose to write about makeup tips and beauty products because they gave me a self-confidence that I never had before. Beauty empowered me and although I don't write about it often, it still does today. Putting (virtual) pen to paper everyday gave me a voice and an outlet for my personal thoughts. Even though I was mostly writing about makeup at the time, that topic seemed like the most important in the world. As time went on, my friendships strengthened, I grew closer to my family and my interests and outlook on life transformed.

Although I've always felt different from other kids my age, I was still trying to figure out what that meant in high school. I went against the grain just for the sole purpose of rebelling. While my classmates embraced their Hawaiian culture, I tried to distance myself from mine. I knew I had a certain thought process, but I didn't know why I believed in the ideals I did. Through much typing and lecturing from my sister Megan, I have become secure in myself and my beliefs. They may not always be parallel to what my parents believe, but now I know that's okay. I've also found my personal mana in my Hawaiian and Japanese cultures- a sense of self that will never disappear. In the beginning of my senior year I committed to applying only to Baylor University, much to my parents' dismay (not because they don't like the school but rather they urged me to not put all my eggs in one basket). Rebelling again, I ignored their advice and was accepted two weeks after applying. One of the greatest uses of This Is Noelle is to keep my family updated while I'm away at school. I would often feel lonely as other Baylor students went home on the weekends, but I knew that I had a purpose at the school and transferring home was not an option.

As my love for Baylor increased, I became obsessed with every athletic team, especially football. If I told my younger self that one day I would note every statistic and player information in my journal, fetus me would laugh in elderly me's face. In all honesty, football has empowered me. That may seem like a weird thought, but it's 100% true. I'm nowhere near athletic (and that truth has haunted me throughout every P.E. class and activity), but observing a team of underdogs and their inspiring coaches has given me a new sense of purpose. One day I will become a football coach. That statement has terrified and excited me as I've blogged about the sport 3-4 times a week. Whereas I used to identify as a weak girly-girl, football has given me strength- a strength I wouldn't know without sports writing. The posts I'm always most excited about are football-focused because it's the topic I'm most passionate about. Another newfound passion of mine is politics and activism- subjects I've never thought I'd be interested in. The fight for equality among all humans despite gender, religion, sexual orientation, economic status and race; combatting political corruption and climate change; and creating a world that's safe and healthy for all humans and animals has grabbed a hold of my spirit. I'm not trying to push a political agenda, just simply stating the issues that have emotionally affected me. Without this blog, I wouldn't know how to state my beliefs in a positive and professional way.

I'm not the greatest writer in the world; I'll never be Bukowski or Kerouac, but my heart and soul rests in this blog. I've transformed from a feeble teenager to a confident young person, someone who's not only deeply affected by world issues but also spends a good chunk of time engrossed in a football game, Broadway powerhouse ballad or thought-provoking poem. This Is Noelle has given me an outlet for all of my interests across the board. It has taught me to believe in myself, to discover my interests (which often change) and to become a better person through it all. My blog has transformed my life and I hope that it's helped yours too. To the next 1,000 posts...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Chomage/Tita Bun




Today's beauty post is all about a specific hairstyle I'm been a fan of, which I like to call my chomage/tita bun. Now I can't take credit for either of those coined phrases because a chomage (am I even spelling this right?) is a common hairstyle for sumo wrestlers while a tita bun is famous in Hawaiʻi. Both styles employ a similar idea- a homage is a bun sat at the top of one's head, while a tita bun is a rubber ban wrapped randomly around a mass of hair. I like this look because I can put it together in two minutes and the only heat styling I include is when I straighten my bangs. In order to achieve this hairstyle, part your hair in two halves. Take the top half and pull it almost all the way through the rubber band, then turn the band and wrap it around another twisted piece until all the hair is up. I'm sorry if this description is hard to follow, but I hope it helps if you want to experiment with new styles. The best part of this hairstyle is that it creates waves after you take your hair out of the rubber band!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Iconic Game | Baylor vs. TCU 2014


It was the game that sparked one of the most heated rivalries in college football. Dubbed as the greatest game of the 2014 season, Baylor vs. TCU inspired and haunted football fans across the nation. Think about the stereotypical Hollywood movie ending: the underdog is seconds away from defeat until he rises from the ashes and wins the war. Although Baylor was ranked No. 5, four slots above TCU, the Horned Frogs were demolishing the former on their home turf.


Quarterback Bryce Petty led the Bears to the comeback of the season when the team overcame a 21-point fourth quarter deficit within the final 10 minutes of the game. The Petty-thrown interception returned for a touchdown with 11:38 left changed the tide of the game. As Baylor fans' hearts sank at the thought of a TCU victory in Waco, Petty energized his team, letting them know the game was not over. With the help of WR Corey Coleman and RBs Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin, the Baylor offense exploded in the fourth quarter. After marching down the field, Petty and co. handed their fate to redshirt freshman kicker Chris Callahan who, before the game, made one of six field goal attempts.  With four seconds left, Callahan kicked a 28-yard field goal straight down the middle of the posts. The Bears had overcome a three touchdown deficit in the game's last 10 minutes, shocking both students and football fans across the nation. Have a look at the video above to witness one of the greatest comebacks in college football history. P.S. the rivalry is alive and growing...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury's Legendary Lashes



I originally started blogging as a hobby to share my favorite makeup products and beauty tips. I had been watching hours of makeup tutorials on YouTube and thought if all these other girls could make it big in the beauty industry, I could too. As it turns out, beauty is not my calling and this blog isn't my ticket to fame and fortune. As the world turns, am I right? Fortunately after a couple of years, I found that This Is Noelle is more successful and exciting as a lifestyle blog with a mixture of fashion and football. The unique niche I've established has allowed me to enjoy writing posts and not spend as much money as I used to on makeup! However, I still like to dabble in smokey eyes and the occasional new product. While my makeup routine is tried and tested, I've incorporated a fresh mascara into the mixture- one that's lifted both my spirits and my lashes within the last week. I purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara after researching the product's campaign and watching application demos on YouTube. I'm always searching for the perfect mascara and although I adore the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, LL has given me more volume and length than the former ever has. Its brush head coats every lash evenly without going extremely clumpy. It also adds the perfect amount of definition and has a wow factor that makes me want to apply more and more coats (I usually end up with four to five coats). The only con about the product is that it's nowhere near waterproof! I used to wear Perversion when I would swim at the beach but the last time I was at Kahala beach, I ended up with raccoon eyes! One downside ain't gonna kill me now though, is it? I'm in love with this mascara and I highly recommend it if you're looking for insane volume and length.
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