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

Friday, July 28, 2017

For Perfect Makeup, Buy This...

I used to despise makeup sponges and reached only for my beloved Sephora Pro brushes. I thought sponges soaked up product and sheered out any coverage I wanted. However, I recently purchased the  Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and discovered the perfect way to achieve natural, flawless skin! I'm completely convinced and I'll never go back to face brushes ever again! Except for my bronzer and blush brushes but that's not the point. I dampen the sponge and spread my tinted moisturizer across my face before patting it in with the rounded side. The more I stipple product in to my skin, the more natural it looks! I spot conceal any blemishes or redness with my favorite concealer and pat it in with the pointed end of the sponge before dabbing the tinted moisturizer-soaked bit all over my face to achieve uniformity. I press the flat edge into my loose translucent powder and dab it into my skin, which is the key step! I used to press powder all over my face with a brush, but using the dampened sponge makes the powder more natural and flawless. The sponge truly pushes the products into my skin and leaves my face looking like I'm wearing little to no makeup. My "face" also lasts all day without touchups and is nearly smudge proof! I'm in love with this sponge and the way it makes me look and I'll throw out every other foundation and concealer brush from now on!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Colin Kaepernick to the Baltimore Ravens?

My favorite NFL QB and activist Colin Kaepernick might have another chance to start professionally as the Baltimore Ravens explore the possibility of adding him to their roster. I haven't liked the Ravens since Super Bowl XLVII where they took the victory over the 49ers- my first experience of pure football hatred. On a more recent note, the Ravens desperately need an experienced starter after news of Joe Flacco's back injury. Baltimore currently has Ryan Mallett and Dustin Vaughan as their backups, but Kaepernick's speed, strength, and passing abilities are difficult to ignore. Seeing as Kaep's former 49ers offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, is now the Ravens' senior offensive assistant and tight ends coach, a jersey and a paycheck could be in the works for the brilliant QB! Here's hoping the Ravens sign him during Flacco's rest period. I guess I'll have to get over my five-year-old hatred...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

J.Crew July Wishlist

J.Crew has recently been at the top of their game and I can't keep my credit card away. Denim and flowy blouses are my most beloved in the summer so these four selections would instantly blend in to my wardrobe. I love the details in the Hand-Embellished Floral Top. I would pair it with white jeans and white sneakers so the embellishments are the stars. No jewelry with this top, but loose curls would accessorize the look. J.Crew jeans are my go-to pairs and the Vintage Crop Jean in Lander's Wash is a light neutral for the end of summer-fall transition. Obviously jeans match any top so I would tuck in a silk Equipment blouse and dress it up with leopard loafers. Another denim favorite is the Ruffle Chambray Short- the perfect dressy shorts for the end of summer. For the summer heat, I would style them with a basic loose t-shirt and gold earrings. For the fall, I would layer them over black tights and top it off with a light sweater. Tie shoulder tops have been my obsession throughout the summer and the Tie-Shoulder Eyelet Top is the missing piece to my collection. I love how girly and feminine the blouse is, so I would rough it up with some distressed boyfriend jeans and my yellow Allbirds sneakers!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Essie 'Mod Square'

It's been a minute since I painted my nails and since I've been growing them out (no ukulele or guitar for the past two months- sadness), a pop of color was on my wishlist. I spotted Essie 'Mod Square' at Target the other day and was drawn toward the extraordinarily bright pink shade. Pink is my newest obsession and this polish pairs well with my colorful wardrobe. I applied two thin coats to my nails and spend most of my day staring at how beautiful it looks!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ekpe Udoh and Royce O'Neale Sign with Utah Jazz

Two former Baylor basketball players recently signed deals with the Utah Jazz (possibly my new team?) and Baylor fans should rejoice! 

PF Ekpe Udoh (2009-2010) earned high honors in his Elite Eight season at Baylor including Second-Team All-Big 12, AP All-American honors, All-Big 12 Defensive team, Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, and Big 12 All-Rookie team. He declared for the NBA Draft after his junior year and was selected by the Golden State Warriors in 2010. He played one season with Bnei Herzliya in Israel before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012, where he remained until 2014. Udoh signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 and played two years for Turkish club Fenerbah├že. In the NBA regular season, Udoh averaged 42.9% FG, 72% FT, 4 points, 1.2 blocks, and 0.7 assists. He signed a two-year $6.5M deal with the Jazz. 

SF Royce O'Neale (2013-2015) was a beloved Baylor player after transferring from Denver. He helped the Bears make it to the Sweet Sixteen in 2014 and the NCAA tournament in 2015- the team's first ever back-to-back NCAA appearance. He earned Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors in his final season at Baylor. After graduating in May of 2015, O'Neale played in the summer league with the Boston Celtics before playing professionally for Germany's MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He participated in the NBA summer league again in 2016 with the Golden State Warriors and signed with Lithuanian club ┼Żalgiris Kaunas. The Utah Jazz signed him after his performance on the team in the summer league. His contract is a three-year deal.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 Baylor Football Depth Chart

The Baylor football post-spring depth chart features new starters and unfamiliar names. The list was released at the Big 12 Media Days last week, which should excite and pump up all Baylor football fans! The most obvious struggle the team will have is with their lack of experience on offensive line. The Bears lost multiple OL to graduation or early retirement this offseason, which consolidated an already thin depth of men in the trenches. Former TE Sam Tecklenburg moves to C with the departures of Kyle Fuller and Tanner Thrift. Newbies Mo Porter and Tyrae Simmons have their chances to shine as they take over their starting positions. Unsurprisingly, nearly every OL will be backed up by incoming freshmen Ryan Miller, Xavier Newman, and Henry Klinge III. I had the opportunity to meet each of those young men during recruiting and I can assure all that they are massive enough to start. Former Baylor basketball star Ish Wainright will also have a bit of playing time throughout the season at second team TE. I'm sure all Baylor fans would love an Ish TE whenever possible! In the QB battle it seems as though sophomore Zach Smith gets the QB1 title while my favorite Anu Solomon and frosh Charlie Brewer are interchangeable as backups. I can't wait to see Anu in action. At defense, we see the returns of DE K.J. Smith and Brian Nance along with FS Taion Sells. I'm excited to see how DC Phil Snow uses each of his men in a new defensive scheme! Okay, I really can't wait any longer can it be football season already?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

5 Things

1. Waiting in line for Mama's is always worth it

2. I camped like a real wilderness person!

3. Glorious breakfast foods

4. The most beautiful view to wake up to

5. Truth

Friday, July 21, 2017

San Francisco Day Four

On our last full day in San Francisco, we wandered around Japantown (Nihon Machi) with our cousin Nichole in search of cheap goodies at the dollar store, curry from any restaurant in the area, and unique beauty products. We started the day with breakfast from Tartine Bakery- one of dad's favorites, but got sick from the croissant sandwich! Luckily we recovered from a minor bout of food poisoning before meeting up with Nichole in the Japanese food haven. We stopped by the $1.50 store where dad purchased seven fountain pens ("they're only $1.50!" -direct quote, my father), I cleared out the chocolate mushrooms, and spent more money than necessary on kawaii products. I begged everyone to find a restaurant serving curry and it only took dad multiple Yelp searches and aimless walking in order to find a ramen shop with a legit curry bowl. We sat near the most obnoxious group of loud humans, who nearly made me explode with rage, but the curry was so delicious I would go back despite the freaking annoying people who ordered vegan ramen. Okay, mini rant over. Japantown is incredible and is a great spot to spend the day as it has dozens of ramen, bento, and teishoku available in SF along with cute shops and dessert bars. Although we were sad to leave the city, hanging out with Nichole and stuffing our faces with the best food was the perfect finishing touch!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Football Favorites | Michael Bennett

I've never been a Seahawks fan (@ Pete Carroll), but Michael Bennett is one of my favorites in the league. The DE joins my beloved Colin Kaepernick as an athletic hero due to his consistent community service, mentoring, and good stewardship. He was a three sport athlete at Alief Taylor High School where he excelled in baseball, football, and track. In his senior year, Bennett notched 110 tackles with four sacks, landing first-team All-District honors while succeeding in discus with a personal record throw of 147 ft. Bennett attended Texas A&M (disgust) where he played all four seasons as a DL. As a freshman, Bennett totaled 23 tackles for a loss of 4.5 yards with 3.5 sacks and one pass defended. He increased his numbers as a sophomore with 27 tackles for a loss of 6 yards with two sacks, one pass defended, and two forced fumbles. He exploded on the field as a junior where he notched 43 tackles for a loss of 6 yards with one sack, four passes defended, and one forced fumble. Bennett's numbers took a nosedive in his final year in College Station as he only showed 19 tackles for a loss of three yards with one interception. Bennett's younger brother Martellus (my other favorite! Post written about him here) also played at A&M from 2006-2008.

The Super Bowl XLVIII champion and two-time Pro Bowl participant went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, but was picked up by the Seahawks in his first attempt with the team. Although he initially showed promise, Bennett was dropped from his contract with Seattle and he moved to Tampa Bay where he notched a career-high 41 tackles, nine sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was released by the Buccs in 2012 before he returned to his inaugural team. Bennett's stats have fluctuated during his time in the league as he began his first season with the Seahawks under the guise of 18 tackles, 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. His 2015 season was a showstopper as Bennett recorded 33 tackles, 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He was a two-time NFC Champion in 2013 and 2014 and earned the title of Pro Bowl Defensive MVP in the 2015 game.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

White Popsicles

I've been choosing color over neutrals recently and have seen style as both an art and a means of dictating my mood. I love the pink, yellow, and orange popsicles on this Maison Jules tee for the summer time as they're easy to color coordinate. I originally paired the top with hot pink pants but instead went for classic white jeans from J.Crew (my new favorites!) and my pastel yellow Allbirds sneakers. These shoes are incredible soft and comfortable to wear around the city! I threw my denim bomber from LOFT over the shirt because I like how it breaks up some of the colors. My pink Kate Spade bag finished off the look and my bright pastel tirade continues with my upcoming outfits!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Life Changing Restaurant

Gary Danko is the most incredible restaurant I've ever experienced. Our first visit was in 2014 and the food was so amazing we had to go back! Luckily we reserved a table on our most recent trip and had the same life changing experience as the first. Gary Danko is a high end restaurant without extravagant prices. Located in Russian Hill, the multi course eatery boasts its twelfth Five Diamond rating from AAA and a Michelin rating. Although it mainly features French cuisine, the chefs also create Asian and American inspired dishes. The menu lists dozens of appetizers, entrees, and desserts meant to be paired in three, four, or five courses. Gary Danko is unique because they encourage diners to tailor their selections to their taste: selecting one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert, or even three entrees, three desserts, or three appetizers. We usually go for the classic one, one, one, but my dad chose the four course selection with one appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert. The prices for all are reasonable with three courses for $89, four for $107, and five for $125. For my menu, I chose the sweet corn soup, seared fillet of beef, and peanut butter bar and they were all the best foods I've ever tasted. The waiters are all extremely attentive, the food is incredible, and every element of the restaurant makes us want to go back every day. If you ever have the chance to reserve a table, I highly recommend it for the best meal of your life!

Monday, July 17, 2017

San Francisco Day Three

Saturday in San Francisco was one of the most fantastic days ever because we witnessed Hamilton with our own eyes! I (and everyone else on the planet) have been obsessed with the founding father musical since its Broadway debut and frequently annoyed my family with my constant belting of the soundtrack. When my mom purchased tickets for the Broadway tour in SF, we were all ecstatic to see Lin-Manuel's genius through a new cast. Although I would die to see the original cast perform live, the San Francisco cast was just as phenomenal as the OGs. My favorite was Joshua Henry who played Aaron Burr (my favorite character). I've been a fan of his since I watched his Hamilton remixes during his tenure in the Chicago cast and was willing to travel to the windy city just to see him on stage. Luckily enough, I didn't have to go to Illinois and instead watched him in awe at the Orpheum! The whole musical was even more incredible than I hoped and I blubbered from start to finish, amazed that I was in the presence of my favorite piece of art. All I can really say is that Hamilton is one of the few things in life that is better than one could imagine and my love for Angelica Schuyler was reawakened. We also visited our favorite farmer's market at the ferry building and ate porchetta, bison dumplings, and peach pie before stuffing our faces with food court Asian food and Ghiradelli sundaes to end the day!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Roger Federer Makes History at Wimbledon

Tennis great Roger Federer continued his winning legacy with a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title. After defeating Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, in a quick sweep, Federer accepted his trophy with his typical grace and ease. He also added to his historic victory as he became the first male Wimbledon winner without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg accomplished the feat in 1976. Federer's win seemed long overdue as he had been injured for five months after hurting his knee. Marin Cilic struggled on the court after sustaining a blister and never recovered from the pain. His skill and speed continued to decrease as Federer only improved. His final ace over Cilic sealed the deal and wrote his name in a new section of the Wimbledon record book!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

5 Things

1. One of my favorite views

2. Outfit outtakes

3. Glorious pizzas

4. Puppy showdown

5. Simple poetry

Friday, July 14, 2017

San Francisco Day Two

Day two of our trip to San Francisco consisted of meals at my two favorite restaurants of all time: Mama's and Gary Danko. We've been eating breakfast at Mama's since I was in the single digits and it's still my most beloved eatery ever. When we were younger we used to wait in line for over an hour to get into the restaurant but we've recently discovered the sweet spot of 7:30-7:40 a.m. where we can make the first seating! Once we get inside, we stand in line to order and spend an ungodly amount on breakfast food (which is the only food worth all that money) and pick too many dishes. I usually go for the classic bacon and eggs with a chocolate coffee cake to share. Today, however, I tried their corned beef benedict with fruit and we all split pancakes and coffee cakes. Their pancakes are heavenly and I would love to sleep on a bed of them every night. After stuffing our faces, we walked 30 minutes back to the hotel and rested until it was time for the grand finale: dinner at Gary Danko! Gary Danko is the fanciest and most delicious dinner location I've ever visited where it's so luxurious we have to make reservations three months in advance on the exact date! Luckily we booked a spot and spent the whole night feasting on three courses and announcing, "this is the best meal I've ever had" after every bite. A full post on the restaurant is coming soon, so I'll save the food photos for then! Now off to bed before Hamilton tomorrow!!!
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