Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I Don't Know What I Want to Do, And That's Okay


Some people know exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives at a young age. I used to be one of them- fashion designing was my passion. I only ever saw myself in the design studio, pushpins stuffed in a fabric bob on my wrist. However, my days of binge watching Project Runway and painting my world with expensive brand names dissolved as music took over my identity. I filled my bedroom with classic and nontraditional musical instruments and aggressively practiced the Oboe, much to my family's dismay (maybe a duck-like instrument wasn't the best choice to practice at 10 pm). Again, my interests transformed when I discovered a passion for football. I gradually filled my notebooks with player statistics and game quotes. My dreams began to revolve around coaching and raising up guys who are not only incredible players but also inspiring young men. Sometime during (uncle) Bernie Sanders' run for presidential office, I uncovered a hidden political prowess that I didn't know existed. I've recently immersed myself in politics, social justice and civil rights in a way that has inspired me to pursue these ideals. Maybe I'll try law school or volunteer for political office. Maybe I will become the first female head football coach in history. Maybe I'll become a social activist or volunteer in war torn countries. Or maybe I'll do everything! I have so many interests and although I'm in my second year of college, it's okay that I don't know what I want to do with my life. I hope for those of you who are stuck in a job that sucks or a long-term career that you're not in love with anymore, my thoughts will help you to pursue that which tugs at your heart and makes you want to face another day.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cole Haan StudiøGrand Sneakers


I fell in love with Cole Haan fashion at 10 years old when I discovered his classic driving moccasins. Although the drivers are completely out of my budget, the ZerøGrand and StudiøGrand sneakers have become a staple in my wardrobe. I found my first pair last year at Nordstrom Rack, which I've featured many a time in my fashion posts...





My second pair was also found at a Nordstrom Rack and my Cole Haan obsession has continued to grow.



The above featured StudiøGrand sneakers are my newest must-have for the fall. I love both the pale pink and black shades, which would match every piece of clothing in my wardrobe. Although the sneakers are pricey, they're extremely comfortable and easy to wear with any outfit!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Summer 2016 Vlog



Well well well what do we have here? It's been eons since I last posted a vlog (around five months to be exact) and this one is my favorite of all time. My summer was spent with family, friends and coworkers at Macy's. Although I didn't accomplish every item on my summer bucket list, I made so many memories I'll treasure forever. This vlog represents every person I love doing all the activities we love- specifically, eating and adventuring. I hope you enjoy this recap of my summer!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Nick Rolovich Show


My love affair with UH football ended as quickly as it began- I was a bandwagon fan in 2007 when the Warriors were at the top of the league. Under the leadership of head coach June Jones and quarterback Colt Brennan, UH was unstoppable. As a fifth grader, I was obsessed with Brennan and wide receivers Ryan Grice-Mullen and Davone Bess. I didn't understand anything about football at the time, but I knew I found a team to cheer for. Fast forward nine years and my love for football has grown into an obsession (read any of my sports posts for an inside look). Colt Brennan and June Jones are long gone but a new face at UH has again sparked my interest in the team. Nick Rolovich played at QB for Hawaiʻi from 2000-2001 and holds six school passing records. After playing in college, Rolovich moved on to assistant coaching at both UH and Nevada before landing the Warriors head coaching gig. After just eight months of holding the team's reigns, Rolovich has inspired a team of players with the idea that they can succeed in anything. His respect for the Hawaiian culture and the men he's raising will eventually lead to a new generation of UH fans. 'The Nick Rolovich Show' is an inside look at the day to day activities of the coach. Each episode features behind the scenes content of both Rolovich and his players. The show airs Sundays on KGMB at 10:30 pm, Monday on KHNL at 6:30 pm and every week on the Fox College Sports Network. Check out coach Rolovich's show- it's sure to be as unforgettable as the upcoming season!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

5 Things

1. The best breakfast with dad


2. Cheating on Samson and Scout with Lola


3. Never forget


4. Meg and me at Magnolia


5. Beautiful Kāneʻohe

Friday, August 26, 2016

Snow by Sleeping At Last


There are two different types of songs: the catchy tunes that grow in popularity after repeatedly playing on radio stations and the ones that tug at your soul. They're both easy to recognize. You know, the difference between the newest Justin Bieber song and the piece that makes you want to be a better person. It pulls the hair from your skin and knocks the wind out of you.

I was thirteen years old when Sleeping at Last released 'Snow' on the December EP in Yearbook. Eighth grade is one of those years where every emotion is heightened, every situation feels like an apocalypse. During my middle school apocalypses, 'Snow' was there for me. When I went through life changes, my song remained the same. As I grew up and times grew increasingly challenging, I always came back to 'Snow'. Heartbreak, lost friendships, death and new beginnings have all been healed by 'Snow'. The piece has seen me through my worst and my best- a tried and true friend. Relationships may change or fade, but I know that this song will always be there till the end of time.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Universal Fall Outfit


Fall is one of my favorite seasons to dress for and this year I'm inspired by dressed up basics. Most days I can be found sporting a flowy top and denim no matter what the occasion. I fell in love with these four pieces from J.Crew because they're all versatile enough to wear during Autumn as well as the rest of the year. The Harlow Cardigan Sweater is in the most precious blush shade, which is my favorite color of all. I've become a huge fan of lightweight cardigans and this one will be a great addition to my blue-black-gray wardrobe. I would layer the sweater over the Swing Top in Spanish Indigo on chilly days. The breezy chambray blouse is a gorgeous everyday top to pair with seasonal accessories. These Toothpick Jeans are a closet must-have for every woman. I absolutely love my toothpick jeans and this pair is the next to add to my wardrobe! I love the look of denim on denim and this light blue blouse styled with the jeans are an easy to wear pairing. Finally, I would add a girly element with these Mary Jane Flats in Glitter. I love the idea of adding glitter to everyday pieces and these classic shoes are perfection! I want to wear them with everything from denim to sundresses.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Planning + No More Complaining


For some odd reason, I decided that taking 17 credits and and working two part-time jobs in one semester was a good idea. I know there are people who work and go to school full time and they deserve all the credit in the world, but damn have I had a hard time waking up the past few days. My class schedule itself isn't as difficult as last semester and I'm enjoying taking Japanese again! However, I'm quickly learning how to balance six classes, two jobs, an off-campus apartment and cooking all of my meals while trying to get a good amount of sleep.

Any time I feel bad for myself or whine about getting out of bed, I watch this video of 18-year-old Gaspar Marcos- an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala.


Gaspar came to America alone after both his parents died and has worked extremely hard to make a living. He wakes up every day for school and heads straight to work right after. Gaspar washes dishes at a restaurant until 2 a.m., goes home to shower and sleep and wakes up three hours later for school. This is not just a rare occurrence- Gaspar sometimes goes days without sleep. If I'm complaining about working 9-5 on weekdays, imagine how exhausted Gaspar feels? It's easy to get caught up in how anxious, stressed or tired I am, but I'm glad I found an inspiration in Gaspar so I can recognize how privileged I am everyday. I hope Gaspar's story will help you to realize how lucky you are too.

Because I have so many assignments, meetings and athletic events to remember, my Ban.do Medium Agenda in Marble, Jade has become my lifesaver. Due dates and test dates tend to creep up when there's so many other things to remember. I've always loved planners but have never been diligent with tracking all of my projects and exams, but this year will be different. I started out by writing down my work schedule (don't want to show up to the wrong job on the wrong day!) and all of my family and friends' birthdays; by the way, I still owe you a present, Megan! Next, I filled in seasonal vacation and no school days. As I've gone through my first couple days of classes, I began to write down the final exam days in December even though it's still the beginning of school. Lastly, I note every important quiz, homework assignment or project that's listed in my classes' syllabi. Even though my workload will be insane this semester/year, I can't wait for what's to come!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Baylor Football 2016 | Upcoming MVPs


After the departure of Coach Briles and at least a dozen current and future players, the football team's roster had quite a shakeup. Starting spots on both sides were suddenly available as the team welcomed walk ons and late additions. Injuries and academic issues continued to plague the team as players such as DE Brian Nance, RB Johnny Jefferson, S Taion Sells and DT Byron Bonds were no longer able to play. Playmaking spots are now wide open and I have a feeling that a handful of players will make a huge impact on the upcoming season.

NB Travon Blanchard- Junior Blanchard has already seen lots of playing time at nickel over the past few seasons. A two-year starter, Blanchard could be the key to a solid defensive effort. With the defensive line being a major concern for the team, Blanchard could loan his skills to either the 3-4 alignment or in the backfield as an extra safety. His stats show his versatility on the field and his press quotes reveal his strong character. Look to Blanchard for leadership both on the playing field and in his everyday life.

LB Taylor Young- Taylor Young was one of my first favorite football players ever. Now a junior, the linebacker has been a menace on the field since his first game as a redshirt freshman. Even though he's not the largest player, Young's passion and strength outshine his size. He will be a crucial element to the 3-4 defense along with fellow LBs Aiaivion Edwards, Raaquan Davis and JUCO transfer Thomas Cletcher.

QB Seth Russell- There's currently no player on the team who's of more importance than senior QB Seth Russell. With all of the uncertainty in the offseason, Russell was a shining light for his fellow teammates and all of Baylor nation. Russell was undefeated as a starter last season before he went down with a broken neck and was one of the best quarterbacks in the nation. After such a horrible injury it will be interesting to see Russell's abilities back on the field once more. He will undoubtedly be the leading figure for 2016 Baylor football and is of great importance to today's team.

Monday, August 22, 2016

My Favorite Outfit Shot


Most fashion bloggers have a signature pose- the "candid" laugh (guilty), head turned over the shoulder, the brisk walk across the street, etc. My favorite fashion photo is the detailed shoe pose. In order to achieve the instagramable picture, I angle my phone or camera down toward my feet and stick my butt back so my clothing fits in. Most of the time my feet are facing forward with a little bend in the knee (who knew outfit pictures require so much effort?), which is the most flattering angle. I hold my bag down or sling the long strap over my shoulder and make sure that all of my jewelry is showing. Whenever I'm wearing opened toed shoes or sandals I like to have my nails painted to make everything prettier. A tiled mosaic, grassy patch or rock and stone mixture are all great backgrounds for shoes, so choose wisely. And that's it...you are now a fashion blogger!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The College Sophomore


Tomorrow marks a new beginning- my first day of classes as a college sophomore and the start of two athletics jobs. New school years always give me batches of anxiety, but I'm excited to start a real "adulting" life as I balance school, work, a new apartment and cooking my own everyday meals. This year I will learn how to manage a 9-5 weekday schedule with after school events and homework. I will probably struggle with stress and overwhelming amounts of work, but I have high hopes for my sophomore year! Here's to new beginnings, real adult work, a 17-credit semester and lots of sports work!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

5 Things

1. Miss you both always


2. We spent three hours trying to convince Laz to write an autobiography


3. The best people


4. Dad's personal tennis lesson


5. See you soon Mik!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Come Back Soon


My parents and sister left me after a week of apartment shopping, home furniture deliveries and hours of fixing up my new place. We spent every day driving back and forth between Home Depot and TJ Maxx as my sister Megan waited patiently in the car. I'm so thankful to have generous and supportive parents who set up a "brand new" home for me for the next three+ years. Their love and guidance through this new stage in my life has been incredible. I'll never be able to repay them for everything they've done for me here at school and throughout my young life. Although it was difficult to say goodbye to them for the next four months, I'll be face timing, texting and calling them every day. I love you mom and dad!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Updated 2016 Baylor Football Roster

No. Name Position Height Weight Year Experience Hometown/
High school/Last college
1
Young, Taylor LB 5-10
225
JR 2L DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto HS
2
Hall, Davion S 6-2
205
JR 2L Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau HS
2
Lynch, Blake WR 6-3
210
RS FR SQ Gilmer, Texas/Gilmer HS
3
Atkinson, Jared WR 6-2
210
FR HS Mesquite, Texas/Horn HS
3
Wright, Tion CB 5-10
180
SR 2L Amarillo, Texas/Tascosa HS/Moorpark College
4
Arnold, Grayland CB 5-9
175
FR HS Kountze, Texas/Kountze HS
4
Smith, Zach QB 6-4
235
FR HS Grandview, Texas/Grandview HS
5
Jefferson, Johnny RB 5-10
205
JR 2L Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker HS
6
Black, Henry S 6-0
200
RS FR SQ Shreveport, La./Woodlawn HS
6
Hasty, JaMycal RB 5-9
200
RS FR SQ Longview, Texas/Longview HS
7
Blake, Jourdan S 6-0
185
SO 1L Princeton, Texas/Princeton HS
7
Hawthorne, Lynx WR 6-0
195
SR 3L Refugio, Texas/Refugio HS
8
Zamora, Ishmael WR 6-4
215
SO 1L Houston, Texas/Elsik HS
9
Cannon, KD WR 6-0
180
JR 2L Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant HS
9
Reid, Ryan CB 5-11
190
SR 3L Dallas, Texas/Sherman HS
11
Houston, Jameson CB 6-2
200
RS FR SQ Austin, Texas/St. Michael’s Academy
11
Stricklin, Pooh WR 6-1
185
RS FR SQ Waco, Texas/ Midway HS
12
Jones, Quan WR 6-5
215
JR 2L Wylie, Texas/East HS
13
Nicholson, Tony WR 5-10
185
RS FR SQ Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie HS
13
Texada, Raleigh CB 5-10
165
FR HS Frisco, Texas/Centenniel HS
14
Platt, Chris WR 5-11
170
SO 1L Willis, Texas/Willis HS
15
Mims, Denzel WR 6-3
200
FR HS Daingerfield, Texas/Daingerfield HS
16
Heard, Preston QB 5-11
195
FR HS Bellaire, Texas/Episcopal HS
16
Miller, Chris S 6-0
185
FR HS Frisco, Texas/Lone Star HS
17
Russell, Seth QB 6-3
220
SR 3L Garland, Texas/Garland HS
18
Bennema, Zack QB 6-4
225
RS FR SQ Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley HS
18
Waz, Chance S 6-0
185
JR 2L Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson HS
19
Davis, Raaquan LB 6-2
225
JR 2L Rockwall, Texas/Heath HS
20
Edwards, Aiaivion LB 6-1
230
SR 3L Stephenville, Texas/Stephenville HS
21
Levels, Patrick NB 5-11
195
SR 3L Dallas, Texas/Roosevelt HS
22
Tolbert, Jordan CB 5-11
175
RS FR SQ Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point HS
22
Williams, Terence RB 6-1
220
SO 1L Ennis, Texas/Ennis HS
23
Brown, Ezekiel CB 6-0
165
FR HS Midlothian, Texas/Midlothian HS
24
Hockman, Jonathan RB 5-11
200
JR TR Park City, Utah/Park City HS/Utah
25
Bucey, Dwyer RB 5-9
200
RS FR SQ Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep
25
Preciado, Rajah S 5-9
180
FR HS College Station, Texas/College Station HS
26
Sells, Taion S 5-10
190
SR 3L Irving, Texas/MacArthur HS
27
Vaughns, Verkedric CB 5-10
195
SO 1L Mesquite, Texas/Poteet HS
28
Stewart, Orion S 6-2
205
SR 3L Waco, Texas/Midway HS
29
Koym, Jarrod S 6-0
200
SO SQ Odessa, Texas/Midland Christian HS
30
Kelly, Chad LB 6-0
210
FR HS Grapevine, Texas/Faith Christian School
31
Schrepfer, Wyatt RB 5-10
205
JR SQ Trinidad, Colo./Hoehne HS/Colorado School of Mines
32
Jones Jr., Lenoy LB 6-1
225
RS FR SQ Waco, Texas/ Midway HS
32
Linwood, Shock RB 5-9
200
SR 3L Linden, Texas/Linden-Kildare HS
33
Hunter, Iain LB 6-0
205
JR SQ Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch HS
34
Martin, Connor PK/P 5-9
175
FR HS Frisco, Texas/Centenniel HS
35
Franklin, Mallory S 5-10
200
JR SQ Everman, Texas/Everman  HS
36
Anderson, Allen LB 6-1
190
FR HS East Bernard, Texas/East Bernard HS
36
Galitz, Drew P/K 6-0
205
SO 1L Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett HS
37
Jaynes, Tyler NB 6-2
210
JR 1L Gatesville, Texas/Gatesville HS
38
Williams, Jordan LB 6-1
220
RS FR SQ Paris, Texas/Paris HS
39
Morrison, Russell WR 5-11
190
FR HS Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch HS
40
Callahan, Chris PK 5-9
205
JR 2L Houston, Texas/Second Baptist School
40
Williams, Deonte LB 6-2
230
FR HS Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy
41
Kelly, Clint LS 6-1
230
SO HS Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine HS
42
McVea, Jairon S 5-9
175
FR HS Richmond, Texas/George Ranch HS
43
Jacobs, Jacob DE 6-5
255
SO 1L Waco, Texas/ Midway HS
44
Johnston, Clay LB 6-3
220
RS FR SQ Abilene, Texas/Wylie HS
44
Malin, Josh TE 6-6
275
SO SQ Cibolo, Texas/Steele HS
45
Singletary, John S 6-0
195
FR HS Frisco, Texas/Legacy Christian Academy
46
Matiscik, Ross LS 6-0
220
RS FR SQ McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd HS
47
Boyd, Kyle LB 6-2
230
FR HS Mesquite, Texas/Horn HS
48
Blanchard, Travon NB 6-2
210
JR 2L Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS
49
Ogor, Eric NB 5-11
205
RS FR SQ Richmond, Texas/Foster HS
50
Simmons, Tyrae OL 6-3
300
JR TR Ridgeland, S.C./Ridgeland-Hardeeville HS/College of the Sequoias
51
Lutzel, Chris LS 5-11
205
RS FR SQ Huntersville, N.C./Southlake Christian Academy
52
Roberts, Greg DE 6-6
260
SO 1L Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches HS
53
Orcutt, Keith OL 6-4
300
JR SQ Little River, Texas/Academy HS
54
Fox, Harrison OL 6-2
300
JR SQ Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon HS
55
Cletcher, Thomas LB 6-1
215
SO TR Corona, Calif./Centennial HS/Fullerton College
55
Fuller, Kyle OL 6-5
315
SR 3L Wylie, Texas/Wylie HS
56
Smith, K.J. DE 6-2
265
JR 2L Frisco, Texas/Centennial HS
57
Thrift, Tanner OL 6-5
320
JR 2L Hutto, Texas/Hutto HS
59
Bullard, Koby LB 6-1
225
FR HS La Vernia, Texas/La Vernia HS
60
Coffey, Michael OL 6-4
245
RS FR SQ Navasota, Texas/Navasota HS
62
Justice, Dalton OL 6-2
325
FR HS Thomas, Okla./Thomas-Fay-Custer HS
63
Russell, Daniel OL 6-2
340
JR TR Garland, Texas/Garland HS/Blinn College
64
Desouza, Dom OL 6-6
310
JR SQ Pacifica, Cali./Terra Nova HS/City College of San Francisco
67
Rodoni, Thor LS 6-2
230
FR HS Los Banos, Calif./Pacheco HS
68
Wilson, Ishmael OL 6-4
310
JR 2L Lancaster, Texas/Bishop Dunne HS/Texas A&M
70
Pelzel, Josh OL 6-6
320
SO 1L Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale HS
71
Threet, Jim OL 6-4
345
FR HS Sunnyvale, Texas/Sunnyvale HS
72
Blackmar, Blake OL 6-5
350
SO 1L Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS
74
Muir, Sean OL 6-3
285
JR SQ Sutherland, NSW, Australia/Kirrawee HS
76
Porter, Mo OL 6-5
310
JR SQ Missouri City, Texas/Marshall HS/Navarro College
77
Lawrence, Patrick OL 6-6
310
SO 1L Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie HS
78
George, Cody DT 6-2
275
RS FR SQ Lorena, Texas/Lorena HS
81
Murphy, Blake WR 5-10
170
JR SQ Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS/Redlands
82
Moore, Kaleb WR 6-0
205
SR 1L Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair HS
83
Edmiston, Cole WR 6-1
190
JR 1L Gatesville, Texas/Gatesville HS
84
Okeke, Obim WR 6-0
220
RS FR SQ Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman HS
85
Feuerbacher, Jordan TE 6-4
265
JR 2L Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood Park HS
86
Jones, Marques WR 6-2
200
RS FR SQ McKinney, Texas/McKinney HS
87
Clements, Jayson TE 6-4
225
JR TR Waco, Texas/ Midway HS/Stephen F. Austin
88
Tecklenburg, Sam TE 6-3
270
RS FR SQ Plano, Texas/Plano HS
89
White, Trevor WR 5-7
165
SO SQ Arlington, Texas/Martin HS
90
Hunt, Tyrone DE 6-5
280
RS FR SQ Arp, Texas/Arp HS
91
Morris, Andrew DT 6-1
285
SO 1L Mesquite, Texas/John Horn HS
92
Johnson, Michael DT 6-1
270
FR HS Missouri City, Texas/Hightower HS
94
Jones, Xavier DE 6-3
245
SO 1L Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia West HS
95
Roy, Bravvion DT 6-2
335
FR HS Spring, Texas/Spring HS
96
Bonds, Byron DT 6-2
290
SR 3L Allen, Texas/Allen HS
97
Lewis, Ira DT 6-3
300
SO 1L Houston, Texas/Lamar HS
98
Jones, Will DT 6-1
265
FR HS Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy

After a historically horrible offseason, the 2016 Baylor football roster is updated and complete. The upcoming season is full of opportunity for the 35 walk ons as well as a chance to prove that the team as a whole is more than the mistakes of a few and the judgment of many. I'm extremely excited to watch the players prove their worth on the field as they play the game they love. It's time to support the young men who stayed with BU when they could have walked away. Sic' em 2016 Baylor football!
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