Thursday, August 17, 2017

Statement Earring Must-Haves

As soon as I got my ears pierced, I decked them out in the shiniest, boldest jewels I could find. My medium of choice is anything made of Koa, but colorful pieces have been on my mind and in my cart. The J.Crew Carnation Drop Earrings would look beautiful with an all blue outfit paired with leopard slides. I love the look of coral and royal blue and the ear gems would be a fun addition  to my earring collection. I love the Baublebar Ashira Fringe Earrings for the fall! The plum shade fringe is perfect for the colder months and long nights. For a night out, I would pair them with a black mini dress and I would style them with denim overalls for the day. The most colorful and outlandish of the bunch is the J.Crew Fun Tassel Earrings, which scream summer. Pink shorts and a flowy blouse would be perfect with the bright beads. I love how classy the J.Crew Orbit Earrings are. They would instantly dress up any outfit from a fancy dress to shorts and a t-shirt. I would personally style them with a silk cami and ripped denim jeans with sneakers.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Junior Year Checklist

My first two years of college flew by and somehow I'm already entering my third! I'm expecting lots of school work, hours of athletic events, dozens of expensive books to buy, and immense stress from Japanese. This year will also be full of extra responsibility in living off campus and having my own car while going to school full time and working part time! For my fifth and sixth semesters at Baylor, I created a checklist of places I want to eat, activities to enjoy with friends, books to read, and road trips I want to take.

  • Roadtrip to Disneyland
  • Work at a football game at the Cowboys stadium
  • Go to a haunted house
  • Watch Baylor football win the Big 12 (dreaming big here)
  • Eat all of the foods at Six Flags
  • Volunteer for Meals on Wheels
  • Write more about sports for athletics
  • Read all of Langston Hughes' poetry
  • Spend thanksgiving with friends
  • Convert all KFC lovers to Popeye's
  • Find a waterfall in the south
  • Go on a spaghetti taste hunt and find the best tasting one in the nation
  • Take hundreds of outfit photos
  • Vlog at least three seconds every day
  • Go to concerts in different cities
  • Visit Brandon and Parker in NYC for easter
  • Watch Baylor basketball win the Big 12 (not dreaming big here)
  • Write enough poetry to fill a small book
  • Foster a dog or cat
  • Finish The New Jim Crow

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Coach | Ed Orgeron

I'd like to say that I'm a fan of zero humans in the SEC, but I've had a soft spot for (now) LSU head coach Ed Orgeron for years. Where Les Miles was the face and brains of the football program, Orgeron was the grit. His passion for the sport combined with his iconic raspy voice and square head put him on my list of favorite CFB coaches (which is a list shorter than Arya Stark's one). Oregon played as a DL at LSU for one season and completed his career at Northwestern State University, from which he graduated in 1983.

His first coaching stint was at his alma mater where he earned a spot as a GA in 1984. He continued his GA work at McNeese State for one season before switching to strength coaching at the University of Arkansas from 1986-87. Orgeron moved on to the University of Miami where he coached the defensive line, recruited Dwayne Johnson, and helped the team earn two national championships in 1989 and 1991. Orgeron stayed with the program from 1988-92 before taking a break from coaching due to personal and legal issues. After a two year hiatus, Orgeron volunteered as the linebackers coach at Nicholls State University and then took a job at Syracuse University where he coached the defensive line from 1995-97. His time at USC began in 1998 where he coached the defensive line and was eventually promoted to the recruiting coordinator and associate head coach under Pete Carroll until he left in 2004. During Orgeron's work at USC, the Trojans won two AP national championships. Ole Miss hired Orgeron as their new head coach in 2005, but he struggled to incorporate successful offensive schemes and was ultimately fired in 2007. The next year, Orgeron was named defensive line coach of the New Orleans Saints, but he moved to Tennessee to become the team's associate head coach, defensive line coach, and recruiting coordinator under Lane Kiffin (BARF) in 2009. In 2010, he returned to USC as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator and was named interim head coach in 2013 after the school fired Lane Kiffin (BARF AGAIN BUT HAHA). Orgeron attempted to earn the Trojans' permanent head coaching position, but was passed over in favor of Steve Sarkisian so he eventually resigned. Orgeron returned to LSU in 2015 as the team's defensive line coach and he was named interim head coach after the firing of Les Miles. Fortunately, his dream came true when the university named him head coach in 2016. Although his head coaching record is 22-29, Orgeron has one bowl game win under his belt and I'm expecting great strategies from him in the years to come!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Until Christmas

I'm leaving for Texas once again and struggling with leaving everyone I love. Somehow, leaving this summer seems harder than any of the previous breaks. I spent so much time with the people I love over break traveling, camping, swimming, hiking, and eating and it's painful saying farewell to the place where I feel the most myself. Nonetheless, I'll be home in December where I'll reunite with my beloved family and friends. Until then, a hui hou my beautiful Hawaiʻi. I miss you already.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

How to Say Goodbye in 10 Steps

One of my best friends left for college a couple days ago and I remembered how difficult saying goodbye is. You would think that leaving home and separating from my people would get easier each semester, but it only gets harder. Every break I spend at home is easy- I feel at peace with the people who know me best. Although I love where I go to school and the friends I have there, there's truly nothing like home. In the spirit of saying "see you soon" and "I'll miss you", I crafted a 10 step guide to saying goodbye.
  1. Share lots of hugs
  2. Share lots of tears (wear waterproof mascara or risk looking like a zombie!)
  3. Plan times to FaceTime and Skype each other
  4. Take pictures before separating
  5. Share final thoughts and sweet words
  6. Continue hugging
  7. Say you won't cry anymore because you'll see each other in four months
  8. Cry anyway
  9. Listen to Adele's '25' album on shuffle
  10. Repeat the process with each person

Saturday, August 12, 2017

5 Things

1. I couldn't feel my thighs for days but the view was worth it

2. The koʻolaus never get old

3. The best night with my humans

4. Missing Hawaiian food already

5. Words of wisdom

Friday, August 11, 2017

Baylor Football Adds Four Star 2018 Commit

One week after Baylor football added two 2018 commits to its roster, another has pledged his devotion to the team. Running back Craig Williams from Crosby, TX committed to the Bears after visiting Baylor at the end of July. At 5-9 and 170 pounds, Williams will need to bulk up a bit before earning playing time, but his speed and agility will make him a solid addition to the Bears' back core. Williams chose Baylor over the likes of Arizona State, Colorado, Auburn, Houston, Indiana, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Washington State, Utah, and Missouri. He will join current backs Terence Williams, JaMycal Hasty, and incoming freshmen as ball carriers in 2018.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Noelle Reads | August 2017

Author David Levithan's novel The Lover's Dictionary caught my eye as soon as I spotted it in Barnes & Noble. I was delighted that the cover accurately represented the book's content in a creative way! Levithan's novel assignment is to accurately illustrate the concept of love in his relationship through the words in the dictionary. Each piece of diction is more beautiful than the last as his definitions include memories, quotes, and realizations of the relationship's truths. Rotating between happy and sad anecdotes, Levithan's picture of love is realistic, funny, poignant, and raw. I'm already halfway through the book and I can't wait to see how it all works out!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

J.Crew Paisley Top

I went a bit J.Crew-overboard with this outfit in San Francisco and found the perfect mural as its background! I styled this paisley print J.Crew blouse with my favorite medium-wash jeans that I've been cuffing for a more laid-back feel. I don't usually like paisley print anything, but the shades of blue, white, pink, and lavender paired perfectly in the lightweight blouse. I completed the outfit with my new favorite white converses, which were the best walking shoes for the city! 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Football is Back!!!

The start of the 2017 football season officially began last week as the Cowboys took on the Cardinals in the backups' chance to shine. Former Baylor basketball PF-turned Cowboys TE Rico Gathers made a stunning debut as he caught one of Dallas' TDs in order to win the game 20-18 on August 3. The Texans and Panthers challenged each other in a shootout on August 9, leading Carolina to a 27-17 victory over Houston. August 10 hosted a variety of games including the Falcons vs. Dolphins (23-20, Miami), Redskins vs. Ravens (23-3, Baltimore), Broncos vs. Bears (24-17, Denver), Eagles vs. Packers (24-9, Green Bay), Vikings vs. Bills (17-10, Minnesota), Jaguars vs. Patriots (31-24, Jacksonville...YES), and Saints vs. Browns (20-14, Cleveland). As the NFL preseason continues, I'm excited for the return of Baylor football and the rest of the CFB season!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hawaii Bookmark Mauna Koa Earrings

I purchased my first pair of Hawaii Bookmark earrings last April and have worn the ʻOhe pair nonstop ever since. While I often complain about my empty wallet and ongoing search for money, that didn't stop me from dipping my toes into the website's pool and adding the Mauna Koa earrings to my cart. I've wanted this pair since I saw my favorite comedienne Pashyn Santos wearing it and when the site announced a 10% off coupon code in her honor, I picked it up! I love how sturdy the koa is in these earrings and their size and length. Obviously I'll be pairing them with my classic tita bun and any local outfit I own. Hey, I can't quit my quest for aunteh-status now...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Poems in August

This month's collection of poems focuses on love and identity in society. An anonymous poet penned the first piece and I loved their description of one's realization of love. My favorite line is "like a miner's first glimpse of life from the dusty darkness." During Emmett Till's birth month, poets around the nation shared pieces about his life and the future ripped from his hands. This poem specifically spoke to me through its repetition and diction. I love how bold and raw Epistle is. I love how its author illustrates commonly held ideas in a fresh way. Another poet without a name spoke Three into existence by using blocked phrasing to separate time periods. Last up is WAKE ME UP WHEN MY GENDER ENDS- a time-appropriate work that made my heart soar. Find beautiful poetry around you this month and meditate on it!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

5 Things

1. My undercover day job

2. Shitty quality picture, high quality friendship

3. Lap pal

4. The only time of day I like Kailua

5. Keauhou and banana lumpia with my favorite sisters

Friday, August 4, 2017

What I Accomplished on my Summer Bucket List

It seems as though I slacked a bit at accomplishing the tasks on summer bucket list. The original goal sheet included:
  • Camping at Malaekahana
  • Beach days
    • Nānākuli
    • Yoks
    • Kahana Bay
    • Waimānalo
    • Queens Bath
    • Makapuʻu tidepools
    • Cockroach Cove
    • Sunset Beach
  • Hiking
    • Crouching Lion
    • Lanikai Pillboxes
    • Mānoa Falls
    • Maunawili
  • Spend the day in Hāleiwa
  • Ziplining
  • Eating at my most beloved restaurants
    • Likelike Drive Inn 
    • Sweet E's
    • Young's Fish Market
    • Kakaʻako Kitchen
    • Tokkuri-Tei
    • Tokoname
Luckily, I checked camping off my bucket list, which was the main goal for my summer! I had the best time camping, which I narrated here last week. I naively expected every day of break would be filled with beach hopping, hikes, and kanak attacking on my favorite foods. I ignored the fact that my summer school class took up six weeks of vacation and all of my friends had jobs or internships to attend to. Although I didn't cover the lot of my list, I spent my time well with the people I love. I've gone camping, golfing, swimming at new go-to beach spots, ate a shit ton of Zippy's shoyu chicken, filmed mini vlogs, and had a few sleepovers. Sometimes it's easy to get discouraged over what I didn't do rather than embracing what I did and who I did it with. For now, I'll scroll through the photos and vlogs with love and excitement for the next time. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Baylor Football Adds Two 2018 Commits

Baylor football's 2018 class grows bigger with two new additions. Connor Galvin was the first of the day- a senior OT at Katy High School. The 3-star athlete would help to fill a space in the Bears' lack of OL depth after he graduates next year. With offers from prestigious programs such as Oregon State, Texas Tech, TCU, Florida, Houston, Duke and UCLA, Galvin was a highly touted prospect whose commitment to Baylor will instantly boost the Bears' talent. At 6-6 and 260 pounds, Galvin is the perfect size for the Bears' frontline. Baylor's second commit of the day came from LB Joseph Ogunbanjo, a senior at Alief Taylor. The fellow 2018 commit also boasts 3-stars and an ideal size at 6-2.5 and 215 pounds. Ogunbanjo collected offers from top DI universities such as Arizona, California, Houston, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Indiana, and Utah. As Baylor loses a handful of defensive stars next year, Ogunbanjo has the opportunity to find his way in a starting position on the field.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Noelle Listens | August 2017

The Gold by Manchester Orchestra

Bottom of a Rainbow by Kimie

Where This Flower Blooms by Tyler, the Creator

Pua Hone by The Brothers Cazimero

Resentment by Beyoncé

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Happiness Is

I recently read an article that discussed the importance of memories- specifically, ones that create joy and glorious happiness. My parents often say that I only remember the bad things that happen, so I looked through my photo library in search of pictures that capture me at my most elated. Although I thought I would find a few that illustrated my pure joy and excitement to be alive, I discovered dozens of beautiful moments shared with friends and family. The pictures brought back some extraordinary memories of vacations, achievements, and even day-to-day times spent with loved ones. This exercise taught me that happiness is in the laughter of my friends, the silly inside jokes we share, the long car rides around the island, the moments in band I thought I hated, the sweet victories, the meals with my family, and the days spent lounging on the sand. Happiness isn't always found in money or extravagant purchases, but rather in the faces of the people I love most. Happiness is a choice and I'm glad I chose these humans with whom I spend my days.

Monday, July 31, 2017

J.Crew Gingham Dress

J.Crew dress, Kate Spade bag (similar here), Ocean Creations necklace, Hawaii Bookmark earringsDaniel Wellington watch

I fell in love with this J.Crew dress as soon as I saw it on their website last month. I desperately wanted to add it to my wardrobe (come on, how many blue gingham dresses do I own? It's a serious must-have in my closet) but didn't have enough money for the full price piece. Luckily, J.Crew quickly added it to their 40% off sale and that baby was mine for under $35! I guess sometimes patience pays off. I wore it to Hamilton in San Francisco and paired it with my pale pink Kate Spade bag and strappy nude flats. I would love to style it with a denim jacket and converse on the mainland as well! It's the perfect lightweight, flowy summer dress and I can't wait to wear it throughout the rest of my break.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I Went Camping and Didn't Die!

Prior to this camping trip, I had never spent a night in a tent without a bed. The idea of camping without electricity, wifi, or clean showers and bathrooms always made me sick, but I was actually excited to go this time! Putting a tent together isn't as intimidating as it seems if you have the right tools and partners, although taking one apart and re-packing it is a nightmare. We discovered the importance of charcoal one the first night as we attempted to make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and ended up with lukewarm ones (still good though!). After a quick trip to the Foodland near Malaekahana on the second day, we purchased a mini bag of charcoal, just enough to make more sandwiches and roast s'mores (which is the only important part of camping). The outdoor showers were kind of a nightmare, but sleeping next to the ocean was amazing! Although I probably won't get the best sleep of my life on the solid ground, camping isn't too bad! Appreciate the outdoors away from technology, spend time in the water, make a lot of s'mores and enjoy your time together.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

5 Things

1. A failed attempt at a cute selfie

2. Baby in my lap

3. The most amazing wedding pupus I've ever had

4. Is this sky even real?

5. Thanks once again

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