Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Baylor Football 2017 Schedule

There are 94 days until the return of Baylor football (thank the old gods and the new) and I couldn't be more excited! The start of the Matt Rhule era will begin on September 2 as the Bears tackle Liberty at home. Their non conference stretch continues with games against UTSA and at Duke in mid September. They progress through September with weekly games vs Oklahoma and Kansas State. Baylor's difficult midseason schedule features three consecutive Big 12 contests at Oklahoma State and against West Virginia and Texas. They get a break at the beginning of November with a road matchup in Kansas before finishing the season against Texas Tech, Iowa State, and TCU. Football come back!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pali Blues

Hinge top (old), Old Navy shorts, Ocean Creations necklace, Posh Pua swimsuit

Is there anywhere else in the world more beautiful than Hawaiʻi? I doubt it. I wore this blue-heavy outfit when Brandon and I traversed around the island in search of a suitable beach without crowds. We ended up at a mini beach alongside the highway in Kahana and visited the Pali lookout afterward. This is one of my favorite views on the island because it doesn't require hiking or sweating (sometimes I'm lazy and just want to witness photogenic views without physical activity!). I topped off my Posh Pua one piece with an old favorite Hinge cami and true blue Old Navy shorts- my typical beach/recreational outfit. The cerulean hues perfectly matched the gorgeous background where the ocean and sky connected as one.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Baylor Baseball in NCAA Regional

The Baylor baseball team earned their first NCAA bid since 2012 as they were selected for the Houston Regional as a No. 2 seed. The team completed an accomplished season, notching a 34-21 overall record and 12-12 in Big 12 conference play. They opened the season with a 12-1 record in 13 games, including a successful 2-1 run in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. The Bears finished the regular season on a 7-2 winning run but were eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament after losing consecutive games to No. 4 West Virginia and No. 1 Texas Tech. As a No. 2 seed, they will face No. 3 Texas A&M in Houston on June 2 at 2 p.m. (CT).

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Baylor Softball to the WCWS

Both the Baylor softball and baseball teams have seen immense success in their postseason play. The softball team earned a No. 15 seed in the Waco regional tournament as they faced Kent St and No. 12 James Madison in preparation for the Women's College World Series. The Lady Bears took down Kent St., 1-0, at Getterman Stadium on May 19 before dominating JMU on May 20 and 21, notching 4-2 and 1-0 victories, respectively. They advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals where they faced No. 5 Arizona in Tucson. Although they lost the first game after the Wildcats earned a run at the bottom of the seventh inning, they powered back, winning the next two games with scores in the seventh to launch them toward the WCWS. They will face No. 6 Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on June 1 at 8:30 p.m. (CT).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

5 Things

1. The most beautiful view

2. My home babies

3. Pali Lookout minus the wind and dead bees

4. The best shave ice ever?

5. Reunited with my soul mates

Friday, May 26, 2017

To Watch | May 2017

When I'm not in class, doing homework, working athletic events, or shopping, I'm most likely watching tv or movies. Because movie tickets are dirt cheap in Waco ($5 at any time? Ridiculous), I watched more films than I can count. My favorite of the bunch was Jordan Peele's cinematic masterpiece- "Get Out". I've raved about the movie to every person I know and watched it in the theaters seven times. I know that's a little excessive, but the film is that good. It made me laugh, cringe, shudder, and ultimately scared. Although it wasn't a classic horror movie, it found its own genre in the realm of instant classics. "Get Out" is one of my top five favorite movies due to its unique plot, incredible acting, and unbeatable humor. It's a must see for anyone who loves scary movies, comedies, and social issues. It will definitely win the Oscar for movie of the year. Another fantastic movie I saw is "Moonlight"- an independent game-changing film by Barry Jenkins. Through the eyes of protagonist Chiron at three points in his life, we witness the struggles he faces as a gay black child to man in Miami. "Moonlight" featured remarkable performances by every actor on set, but Mahershala Ali's cameo as Juan stole the show. It's no wonder he won Best Supporting Actor at the last Oscars. PBS' Independent Lens episodes are always educational, but the episode entitled "In Football We Trust" was one of my favorite pieces of television I've ever seen. The episode focused on Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to escape poverty and drugs in an effort to make it to the pros. I watched the show with my dad after I heard Common Kings' "Wade in your Water" playing and I was instantly drawn in. Seeing the boys deal with the pressures of taking care of their families, succeeding in the game, and trying to avoid crime was painful because it's the same story many Poly kids experience in Hawaiʻi as well. I loved the episode because it focused solely on Poly athletes- some of the most extraordinary football players, yet often the most ignored in media and awards. The episode can be found on PBS' website here.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Rematch in the 2017 NBA Finals

For the third consecutive year, the NBA Finals will feature a competition between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors won the 2015 title following an explosive season with guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson at the helm. In 2016, the Cavs avenged their previous loss as F LeBron James in seven games. Although they didn't match their record-breaking 73 win season from last year, the Warriors dominated the playoffs, sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, and the difficult San Antonio Spurs to secure a spot in the finals. The Cavs took care of business as well, losing only one game in their postseason rounds and notching victories over the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics. With James riding the high of surpassing Michael Jordan as all-time NBA playoffs scorer, the Cavs are a monster opponent. On the other side of the ball however, the trio of Curry, Thompson, and F Kevin Durant are unstoppable and will look to drain every basket they can. Game 1 of the finals begins on June 1 at 8 p.m. (CT) on ABC.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reggi and Me

I've shared photos of Reggi in my previous 5 Things posts, but never explained who he is and why I was always with him. Reggi pup is one of my boss' dogs whom I was lucky enough to dogsit every weekend in April and the beginning of May. Reggi needed a babysitter during the weekends his owner was away and my apartment became his home away from home in those times. I know this blog is meant for sports and fashion posts, but I write about the things I love and Reggi tops that list. He is the sweetest, most loving and playful pitbull I've ever met and I am head over heels for this baby. Reggi likes playing with his frisbee, going on walks, swimming in Baylor's big fountain, sleeping on my arm, and giving kisses. He is extremely intelligent, obedient, and kind. He would sit with me on the couch when I watched tv, waited patiently for me to finish getting ready in the mornings before taking him out to potty, cuddled with me when I slept, and always posed for my snapchats. I am obsessed! I'll only be away from him for three months, but it feels like an eternity! I guess this is how normal parents feel when they're away from their demon human children? I love Reggi more than anything and he deserves a post dedicated just to his beautiful face! I can't wait to reunite with him in August!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

If Manu Decides to Go...

Although I wasn't a Spurs fan growing up, I've always known about their big 3: Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. I didn't know much about Ginobili, but found favor in him solely because he has a Hawaiian name (though now I know it's just short for Emanuel). After 21 years playing professional basketball, it's possible he may retire after this season, following in the footsteps of pal Duncan. If that is the case, I hope I can give him a personal sendoff worthy of his phenomenal career.

Ginobili began his professional time with the Andino Sport Club team in 1995-1996 before being traded to the Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca in the Argentine basketball league in 1997. After playing with Basket Viola Reggio Calabria in Italy until 1999, Ginobili entered the NBA Draft where he was picked up by the San Antonio Spurs in the same year. Rather than committing to San Antonio, Ginobili played for Kinder Bologna instead, winning the 2001 Italian League Championship, 2001 EuroLeague, and 2001 and 2002 Italian Cups. He was named MVP of both the EuroLeague and Italian League.

Ginobili moved to Texas in 2002 where he took his spot as a backup guard for the Spurs. Spurs coach Poppovich loved Ginobili so much he incorporated him into the starting lineup, rotating in and out in each game. In his career, Ginobili has played 992 games where he averaged 13.6 points and 3.9 assists as a shooting guard. Ginobili has been a reliable rock over the past 15 seasons in San Antonio. While he may decide to hang up the jersey for the last time, he will be remembered as one of the greatest guards out of Texas.

Monday, May 22, 2017

ASOS May Wishlist

My new favorite website ASOS has sucked me in again! While I'm home for the summer, breezy blouses and dresses are the stars of my wishlist and ASOS curates the perfect selection. From babydoll styles to pastel shades, these four pieces are my picks for May shopping. The cerulean Nobody's Child Sundress is the perfect dressy piece for summer occasions. I would sport the dress at a wedding, outdoor party, or fancy dinner with hot pink strappy heels and a trendy straw bag. I love how the dress glides over the waist and highlights the chest area without revealing too much. The flowy fabric is also forgiving on most body types. I love the yellow ASOS Cami in Seersucker because it's the epitome of summer. I've recently become a fan of pastel yellow and this blouse is sunshine in clothing form. I would style it with true blue denim jeans, espadrilles, and minimal jewelry for a sunset dinner. The ASOS Trapeze Sun Top is another basic piece that can be dressed up or down depending on the scenario. For a night out, the top would look amazing with black J.Crew Pixie Pants and sparkly flats, topped off with a blazer and gold jewelry. The ASOS Off Shoulder Smock Dress reminds me of my mom because of its girly yet casual style. For a classic Noelle look, I would throw a denim jacket over it and finish up with colorful sneakers.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The 2017 Summer Playlist

Hanohano Haʻikū by Keauhou

Kuʻu Poliʻahu by Kalani Peʻa

Shores of Waiʻehu by Ekolu

I'm Still in Love with You by Al Green

Kuʻu Leo Aloha by Josh Tatofi

May I Have This Dance by Francis and the Lights feat. Chance the Rapper

Saturday, May 20, 2017

5 Things

1. I chaperoned kindergarten demons just to go to Bishop Museum

2. The baseball game where I fell in love with baseball

3. Always eating with Brandon

4. The view from our mother's day staycation hotel

5. Is there anything more glorious than food at the beach?

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Greatest Tennis Player in History

Serena Williams is undoubtedly the most outstanding tennis player in the history of the game. At just 35 years old, Williams has the most major titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined. With a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams holds the record for most major wins since 1968. Williams has collected records including the only player to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two decades, won all-time best 13 Grand Slam hardcourt titles, most titles won at the Australian Open (7) and at the US Open (6), and all-time record of most singles matches won at Grand Slam tournaments (316 matches). Williams' 39 major Grand Slam titles notched her at third place for all-time winners with 23 in singles, 14 in women's doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles. With older sister Venus, the pair collected 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and are unbeaten in the finals. Williams has also recorded four Olympic Gold victories with three in women's doubles and one in singles. She also earned her most recent Grand Slam title while weeks pregnant with her child (sit down all men forever). Serena Williams is the most phenomenal tennis player in the sport's history and will continue to thrive for the rest of her days on the court. How lucky are we to witness the greatness of one of the top athletes in the world.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Makai Mason to Baylor

Yale PG Makai Mason announced his transfer to Baylor for the 2018-2019 season, where he will spend his final year of eligibility as a grad transfer. I hated this guy when Baylor faced Yale in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament as the Ivy defeated my Bears, 79-75. Mason scored a career-high 31 points, prompting my intense hatred (I just love my teams a lot okay?) and foul mouth. Mason made the all-Ivy team in 2015 with an average of 16 points and 3.8 assists. After injuring his foot at the beginning of last season, Mason decided to transfer due to the Ivy League rule where players have only four years to play four seasons. Due to his redshirt, Mason will have two more years, one of which will be at Yale and the final at Baylor. As the Bears will lose starting PG Manu Lecomte in 2018, Mason will be a great addition to the lineup. For now...he's still on my kind of hate list.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Acacia Mahalo

I purchased my first Acacia suit! I only spent a good portion of my tax return on it (ps...damn! Thanks @ government for giving me back my money even though you're corrupt as hell) but I'm in love with the Teahupoʻo Full Piece in Mahalo. Although I've wanted one of the luxury suits for years, I could never justify the price tag for the prints featured. It wasn't until I saw a preview for their Mahalo collection that I knew it was the piece for me. I chose their Teahupoʻo design because I love the crochet neck/bust area as its unique to the brand itself. Although it may leave a gnarly cluster tan, I still think it's the best style for me. Now I'll go back to being a poor and eat only 99c saimin packets...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Poems in May

I love poems. I follow dozens of poets on Twitter and subscribe to the Poetry Foundation and so I can stay up to date with new and classic pieces. Spoken word or written, poetry is necessary for healing in any situation. I find myself grasping for new expressions of truth and beauty, pain and heartache in today's America. Poets like Clint Smith and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib speak life through their diction and describe my thoughts perfectly. I hope these pieces bring you healing as well.

Monday, May 15, 2017

I Love Baseball Now?

It appears as though collegiate sports have done it again in the realm of "making Noelle love them". I've always hated baseball since the time I went to my first Giants game as a child. An hours-long game mixed with drunk men hurling curse words and beer around me was not my favorite San Francisco memory. Who knew I would one day become those men? Oh...minus the beer of course. I've had more experiences with the game this past season as I watched and worked at a few Baylor games. However, yesterday was the turning point for my relationship with baseball. Just as the Baylor football homecoming game in 2012 started my passion for football, the UH vs. UC-Irvine matchup to win the series won over my heart. I somehow attract awful refs/umpires at every sports event I attend and this game was no different. After yelling ʻauwē a million times and losing my voice, my love for baseball began. Even in the seventh inning, I wanted to stay for the rest of the game (first time for everything right?). UH ultimately lost to the California demons, but I enjoyed the match up immensely. I still don't understand baseball as much as my beloved football and basketball, but perhaps one day I'll be an addict and post about RBIs and action within innings! For now I'll stick to my vocally aggressive fandom.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lā Makuahine

What I Learned From My Mother by Julia Kasdorf

I learned from my mother how to love 
the living, to have plenty of vases on hand 
in case you have to rush to the hospital 
with peonies cut from the lawn, black ants 
still stuck to the buds. I learned to save jars 
large enough to hold fruit salad for a whole 
grieving household, to cube home-canned pears 
and peaches, to slice through maroon grape skins 
and flick out the sexual seeds with a knife point. 
I learned to attend viewings even if I didn’t know 
the deceased, to press the moist hands 
of the living, to look in their eyes and offer 
sympathy, as though I understood loss even then. 
I learned that whatever we say means nothing, 
what anyone will remember is that we came. 
I learned to believe I had the power to ease 
awful pains materially like an angel. 
Like a doctor, I learned to create 
from another’s suffering my own usefulness, and once 
you know how to do this, you can never refuse. 
To every house you enter, you must offer 
healing: a chocolate cake you baked yourself, 
the blessing of your voice, your chaste touch.

Hauʻoli lā Makuahine to my best friend and the light of my life! My mom is the most gracious, loving, hardworking, and thoughtful mother on earth. She's taught me how to persevere in school, how to defend myself (I won't discuss the fight at Disneyland haha), how to skateboard and play football, and how to stand up for what I believe in. She's supported my every dream from fashion design to coaching and encourages me to pursue all of my passions. She has opened her heart to the issues on mine and now educates others on them. When she's not raising up the demon children of America, she's running our family, cleaning the house, taking care of the pets, and making sure we live good and decent lives. We've become twins as I've grown up and there's no one else I'd rather imitate. Hauʻoli lā Makuahine e koʻu māmā, you are my hero.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

5 Things

1. Reunited with my people!

2. Last one with my favorite roommate

3. Love you forever sweet baby

4. My Nihongo soulmates

5. Tesch!

Friday, May 12, 2017

My 2017 Summer Bucket List

At the beginning of last summer, I made a bucket list of places I wanted to visit and foods to eat. My list was extensive and although I couldn't check off every item, I still went to my favorite places with my best friends. This year I'll be in summer school for half my break, but a trip to San Francisco is on the menu and the beach will be my playground. I hope this list keeps me on track to accomplish as many things as possible over the next three months!

  • 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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Manuhealiʻi Ka Ua Kanikoʻo

Manuhealiʻi dress, Kate Spade bag (old), Kate Spade Saturday shoes, Daniel Wellington watch, Ocean Creations necklace, Hawaii Bookmark earrings

I've recently decided to shop mainly local and/or Hawaiian clothing and accessory businesses to support ethical creating. I've always loved Manuhealiʻi and I've grown quite a collection of pieces from each launch. The babydoll dress from their Ka Ua Kanikoʻo collection is one of my all-time favorites because of its flattering shape and Kamehameha colors. I paired it with a couple of my classic Kate Spade pieces and my Hawaiʻi-made necklace and Koa earrings. This outfit is a perfect representation of me- Hawaiian with a classic twist. I ate my weight in prime rib after taking this picture but at least I liked my outfit beforehand!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer

Last Christmas, my mom stuffed the HP Sprocket Photo Printer in my stocking (despite my protests against receiving gifts) and I've gotten great use out of the unique device. The sprocket is a portable printer that doesn't require ink. It only needs sheets of photo paper loaded into the device and bluetooth connection to a cell phone. I'm still not certain how it works without ink, but it somehow easily prints my favorite pictures on HP's thick sticker paper to be posted anywhere I desire. I simply open the HP sprocket app and click on the picture I want to print. Once the bluetooth connection is established, I tap the print icon and my photos are tangible within one minute. The printer is a bit pricey at $129.99, but the number of photos it can print is immeasurable! I like to throw my sprocket in my purse as a modern Polaroid camera so I can hand out printed pictures to all of my friends.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Football Favorites | Colin Kaepernick

Can I rename this "human favorites" instead? The first time I noticed former San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick was when the 49ers played the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII aka "The Harbaugh Bowl". I didn't watch football back then but I knew I hated the Ravens (and the Patriots) so I aggressively and profanely cheered for Kaep and co. Although I was disappointed that day, I continued to root for this QB I grew to love, even more so as controversy surrounded him.

Colin Kaepernick was a three sport athlete at John H. Pitman High School, excelling in football, basketball, and baseball. Although he was most successful as a pitcher, Kaepernick's true love revolved around the pigskin and pads, so he accepted a football scholarship with Nevada in 2007. As a freshman, Kaepernick played in 11 games where he completed 133 of 247 attempts for 2,175 yards with 19 TDs and 3 INTs. Kaepernick continued to improve in his second year, becoming the fifth player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 or more yards in a single season. He completed 208 passes of 383 attempts for 2,849 yards with 22 TDs and 7 INTs. He was also named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. Prior to his junior season, Kaepernick was named to many award watch lists including Davey O'Brien, Maxwell, and Manning. He completed 166 of 282 pass attempts for 2,052 yards with 20 TDs and 6 INTs. With his stats, Kaepernick became the first player in NCAA history to record back-to-back 2,000 and 1,000 yard seasons. A dominant junior season drew praise from the media, coaches, and award watch lists. Kaepernick was named to the pre-season watch list for awards including Davey O'Brien, Manning, Paul Hornung, Unitas, Maxwell, and Walter Camp. In his final year, Kaepernick became the second quarterback in FBS history to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 in a single season. He completed 233 of 359 attempts for 3,022 yards with 21 TDs and 8 INTs. He is the only QB in Division I FBS history to pass for over 10,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 yards in a career. 

In the 2011 NFL Draft, Kaepernick was selected by the 49ers as the 36th pick. In his first season as a backup, he completed 3 of 5 attempts for 35 yards. Replacing former starting QB Alex Smith, Kaepernick finally had the chance to prove himself on the grand stage. He completed 136 of 218 pass attempts for 1,814 yards with 10 TDs and 3 INTs in 2012. Kaepernick led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, but they ultimately fell 31-34 against the Ravens. His stats continued to improve as he completed 243 of 416 attempts for 3,197 yards with 21 TDs and 8 INTs in 2013. San Francisco attempted to return to the Super Bowl, but failed against the ultimate champion Seattle Seahawks. In former head coach Jim Harbaugh's last season with the 49ers, Kaepernick recorded 289 of 478 attempts for 3,369 yards with 19 TDs and 10 INTs. After Harbaugh left for Michigan, Kaepernick was benched as starter and only completed 144 of 244 passes for 1,615 yards with 6 TDs and 5 INTs. 2016 was Kaepernick's last season on the 49ers roster and it was filled with controversy. He totaled 196 of 331 attempts for 2,241 yards with 16 TDs and 4 INTs. 

My respect for Kaepernick grew when he infamously knelt during 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the beginning of the 2016 season in protest of the treatment of African-Americans in the U.S. He continued the civil disobedience throughout the season, inspiring a wave of support from other NFL players across the nation. Although his actions sparked uproar from NFL fans and non-viewers, Kaepernick stuck to his beliefs and became an inspiration for the progressive community. In his free time, Kaepernick held free "Know Your Rights" camps for youth of color where he educated them on their constitutional rights, the importance of higher education, self-empowerment, and how to act in encounters with law enforcement. He also made a "One Million Pledge" where he stated, “I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months.” His website clearly details where each dollar goes and for what reason. Along with his donations, Kaepernick rented a plane to send food, water, and supplies to those suffering famine in Somalia. In early 2017, the non-profit organization '100 Suits' shared how Kaepernick donated 50 of his own personal suits to go to clothing those who are homeless, escaping domestic violence, or recently paroled and looking for jobs.

Although many despise Kaepernick's "anti-American" protest, he's remained true to himself in the good deeds he performs in his community and in the world. Colin Kaepernick is my hero because he truly cares for the oppressed when he donates his money, time, and the own clothes off of his back to help others. He was recently released by the 49ers and many GMs have stated that they won't pick him up to "teach him a lesson", but I believe that Kaepernick will end up in a place he needs to be where he can play the game he loves while continuing his social justice and humanitarian work.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sleeping At Last Top Favorites



Hold Still

Needle & Thread



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Peach Floral and Light Denim

ASOS topJ.Crew jeans, Kate Spade Saturday bag, Cole Haan shoes (old, similar here), Kai Ea earrings

I sported an easy spring outfit on my last day in New York during Easter weekend. I chose a floaty blouse, light denim, and comfortable sneakers for boating in Central Park and exploring the MET since I knew it would be a long day. I found this peachy floral peasant blouse on ASOS and I paired it with my favorite light blue J.Crew jeans and classic Cole Haan sneakers. I've worn these shoes to the bone and I'll probably keep them forever. I like how my outfit blends well into the background of the tomb in the MET. Was it tacky taking outfit photos in a building full of history? Probably but I did it anyway, as usual.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

5 Things

1. My Reg pup is back!

2. A last lunch with my favorite humans ever

3. Kickball for work

4. Treat yo' self always

5. Six times a charm

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