Thursday, August 31, 2017

The ASOS Summer to Fall Wishlist

I haven't browsed ASOS' website in a couple months so I'v missed out on all of their new arrivals! I love ASOS because its pieces range from affordable to high end while remaining chic and well-made! For the beginning of fall, I'm loving colorful blouses, patterned tops, and skirts galore! Although most autumnal trends gear toward dark hues, color and bright pieces are all I see. The ASOS Sleeveless Blouse with Embroidery is a beautiful shade of blue-gray that I would love to pair with dark blue denim and ankle boots. I would love the ASOS Wrap Mini Skirt with Tie Waist in Floral Print with a white t-shirt tucked in and gold accessories. The River Island Bell Sleeve Pleated Top is a classic shape that's perfect for any season. I would style it with skinny pink pants and strappy flats. Denim skirts are a beautiful addition to any wardrobe and the ASOS Denim Pelmet Skirt in Midwest is a flattering shape that I would pair with a strappy cami and heels for a night out. I don't wear many red pieces, but I love the PrettyLittleThing Floral Tea Dress with white converse and a denim jacket thrown over the shoulders. Yellow is one of my favorite shades throughout the year and the ASOS Short Sleeved Blouse with Ruffle and Lace Insert is the perfect pastel hue. I like the way it would look tucked into light wash denim jeans and sneakers. Rompers are one of my favorite clothing pieces because of their comfort and ease for any occasion! The New Look Floral Printed Romper is a perfect transitional piece from summer to fall because it's lightweight while incorporating a darker wash to the wardrobe. The ASOS Ruffle Shirt in Gingham is an adorable girly blouse that I would love to wear with either a denim skirt or midwest denim and nude flats. Another skirt favorite is the Willow and Paige Wrap Front Mini Skirt with Ruffle Trim in Gingham is a unique piece unlike any in my closet and I would wear it with a colorful sweater and black tights!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Newest Nude Flats

My mom and I have a habit of sharing or buying the same shoes (despite our different foot sizes) so as I was in the market for a pair of flats, I happily accepted her new sandals as my own. I've become a sneaker lover over the past couple of years and my shoe collection desperately needed fancier everyday options. For the days where I want to look classy without wearing high heels, these nude babies from Old Navy (similar here) are my pick of choice. I love the laser cut details and scalloped hems in the front, while the ankle straps keep my feet in place. The nude shade matches my leg color perfectly, which elongate my child-length limbs. I love styling them with everything from a sun dress to denim shorts and a t-shirt. Thanks mom for my new shoe addition!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Anu Solomon Named Baylor's Starting QB

Rejoice!! Today, Baylor football head coach Matt Rhule named my favorite kanaka maoli I've never met the team's starting QB. Anu Solomon is a graduate transfer from Arizona where he excelled on the field in his healthier days. A few unshakeable injuries deterred Solomon's plans as he lost his starting spot on the roster. After his transfer to Baylor in the winter, Solomon immediately competed with fellow QB Zach Smith to redeem himself and earn his spot back. While coach Rhule kept an even playing field with starters under wraps, I always hoped Solomon would win the QB battle. Solomon performed extremely well at Arizona, setting records and wowing fans across the nation. In his career, he completed 555 of 932 attempts for 6,910 yards with 49 TDs and 16 INTs. His mobility and poise under center are probably what gave him the edge over sophomore Smith who started the second half of the 2016 season. Seeing a kanaka lead our football team has been my dream come true ever since I began cheering for Baylor and I'm even more excited for the season to start with Anu at the helm!

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Boy

Sometimes people sneak up on us and quietly but surely change our lives. They make the world feel new and whole, mending the cracks with gentle hands. They gradually flow through the surrounding atmosphere like a fresh gust of wind pumping life through the lungs. Like a miner's first glimpse of life from the dusty darkness, they crumble walls and send the rescue rope. Jacob is my wind, my recovery team, my best friend-turned-boyfriend who is an essential part of my life. I've grown up with this blog (nearing the five year anniversary!) and I'm becoming more comfortable sharing nearly all parts of my life, including the romantic ones! Oooo, who knew I would be saying that so soon? Jacob and I have been best friends for nearly three years and we've experienced a lot of ups and downs as strictly friends. From mainland and outer island trips to nine hour days at band to beach days and hikes I was too afraid to complete, we grew our friendship and watched it blossom into something delicate and hopeful. Although he insists I friendzoned him after he confessed his feelings back in 2015, I truly believe our relationship wouldn't be as solid as it is now if we rushed into it as kids. I think the strongest relationships are built on friendships where both parties can be themselves and be as honest and comfortable as possible and that's what Jacob and I have now. Even though this is the beginning of our new journey, it feels good knowing we've grown up together and are looking forward to what the future holds. In order to understand our personalities a bit better, we answered a handful of questions for a mini Q&A! I hope you enjoy our responses and return for more posts about us!

  1. How did we meet/become friends?
  2. When into the friendship did you know you liked her/him?
  3. What is your favorite thing we do together?
  4. Where was our first date?
  5. What is your favorite thing about her/him?
  6. Plan the perfect date!
  7. If you could pick one song to describe our relationship, what would it be? 

  1. We met my freshman year at band. I'm not exactly sure what day, but I remember Kameron (mutual friend) introduced me to her. We didn't really hang out that year, but during her senior year, we hung out pretty much every day and that's the year we became friends.
  2. It was around December during my sophomore year when I started to catch feelings for her. It kinda just happened as we just started to hang out more and more. I only found out that she liked me through Wally (mutual friend) and I had to muster up the courage to tell her during Hoʻolauleʻa #alwaysgame but she friendzoned me hard.
  3. My favorite thing that we did together would have to be when we went on a double date with our good friend and her girlfriend. It was a fun experience for me because it was sorta like our first date that we had together where I could show her off to everyone because I'm so happy that we were together. I think it made us grow even closer as a couple.
  4. I think our first date with just me and her was when we went camping at Malaekahana. It was kind of like a one day camping date where we went to the beach, took pictures, and had s'mores. I had fun that day. I'm sure Noelle had fun too. I just wanted to make sure that her first camping experience was fun and safe. I always have her back no matter what.
  5. My favorite thing about Noelle is that she's such a strong minded person. She'll do anything that she puts her mind to. Her perseverance towards her future goal of being the first female football coach really inspires me to work towards my future goals as well. I'm proud of all that she has accomplished so far and I can't wait to see what she accomplishes in the future.
  6. I'm not really a good planner for dates because I don't eat at fancy places like her lol. If I was to plan a date though, I would first take her out to her favorite beach where we would just chill there and maybe have a picnic because I know how much she loves that. Then we would go to the movies and probably watch something that she likes but I'll probably hate and not tell her haha. To finish it off, we would go to the beach and watch the sunset in the West because the sun sets in the West (Noelle will understand this).
  7. I would probably choose a friendzone song because that's what she did to me for a while haha. Nah, it would have to be the song "First to Say It" by Devvon Terrell (if you listen to this Noelle, you'll understand).

  1. I was always friendly to the younger kids in band to try and make them feel comfortable and I used to see him around with my friends who played trumpet. Besides Brandon and Parker, all of my friends were in the trumpet section so I was often hanging out with them. I started saying hi to him around practice and the band room and we became acquaintances, but didn't start a friendship until my senior year. We hung out a lot at band and during our free periods and gradually became friends!
  2. I started liking him when we became closer during my senior year as we went to the beach, movies, and out to lunch with all of our friends. He also ate dinner with me almost every Wednesday at practice and we talked a lot and joked around together. His sense of humor and kindness was what attracted me to him and I knew I liked him around the middle of the year. He told me he liked me at Hoʻolauleʻa in 2015 and I thought it was so sweet and brave! However, we didn't embark on a relationship until recently due to my apparent "friendzone" of him and other circumstances. 
  3. I like going to the park in Kapolei and sitting in the grass together or going to Dave and Busters because he's really good at the 1,000 ticket game and I'm better at everything else! Just kidding.  We always have fun wherever we are because our friendship is the strongest part of our relationship. Sometimes we just go to Barnes & Noble and read silly books to each other or tread water for hours in the ocean and he laughs whenever the waves splash my face.
  4. We've eaten at Denny's a few times together but our true first date was the double date he described in his response. That was the best night because we ate dinner and went to D&B with some of our closest friends and had lots of fun. We hadn't done a lot of couple-y things before that night where we could truly be together and it was memorable because of how fun it was. We won a lot of tickets, laughed as we failed at the football tossing game, and cheated at the soccer one. I didn't want the night to end.
  5. My favorite thing about Jacob is how laid-back and kind he is and how he treasures his friendships as much as I do. I'm thankful that we share most of our friends so there's never an awkward overlap when we're in a friend group setting. He's also always happy with easy activities like swimming, hiking, eating, or relaxing. He makes me appreciate the little moments in life like making it down a difficult hike or splashing each other in the ocean. He's also one of the nicest people I know. He treats everyone with respect and is thoughtful around everyone from the elderly to little kids. 
  6. If I could plan the perfect date, I would go on a picnic to a beautiful secluded spot near the ocean. I love how romantic and easy picnics are, especially when they feature edamame, sandwiches, sushi, and anything from Tanioka's. We could go swimming after and dry off with shave ice from Uncle Clay's! Dinner could be at an izakaya or a cute restaurant in town and we could go stargazing after. 
  7. I would choose "Umbrellas" by Sleeping at Last because it's been one of my favorite songs since I was in sixth grade and it makes me think of him!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hawaiʻi vs. UMass Recap

The University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors earned a victory over UMass in their season debut to start the year off strong. Under the watchful eye of second-year head coach Nick Rolovich, the Warriors look to bounce off their bowl-eligible first season. QB Dru Brown has been a solid addition to UH's roster as he has quick feet and a strong arm, allowing him to connect with crucial receivers such as John Ursua and Metuisela ʻUnga. Against UMass, Brown completed 25 of 38 attempts for 391 yards, three TDs and one INT. Not too shabby for a second year starter in a rebuilding offense. He also recorded eight carries for 19 yards and one 29-yard TD. The Warriors finished the first quarter tied up at 7 but recorded handfuls of penalties, stalling what could have been momentum in their favor. The second quarter ended again tied up with 14 scores a piece. The UMass Minutemen grabbed the ball to start the second half and used their offense to add another score before adding a second TD with 4 minutes left in the quarter. A good PAT by UH's Alex Trifonovitch evened the scores out a bit, but the Warriors still trailed 28-21 at the end of the third. Brown started the fourth quarter out with a bang as he nailed a pass to WR Marcus Armstrong-Brown, tying up the game at 28-28. UMass added another TD to their collection, but another made attempt by Trifonovitch left the score at 35-31 with five minutes left in the game. With only 48 seconds left, Brown connected with ʻUnga on third and goal at the seven-yard-line to secure the 38-35 comeback victory.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

5 Things

1. Sweet babies

2. Dad and dinner at my favorite mainland eatery

3. The best Game of Thrones meme

4. Don't leave me

5. Surprise addition to my science class

Friday, August 25, 2017

Patrick Mahomes in NFL Preseason

My favorite football player of all time, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has made a name for himself in NFL preseason. Although the rookie is not the Chief's starting QB, Mahomes has racked up better stats than Alex Smith and KC's other backups. With a cumulative 65.8% completion rate, Mahomes is showing off the skills he had at Texas Tech in a pass-happy conference. In the time he's spent under center with the Chiefs, Mahomes completed 25 of 38 attempts for 207 yards with three TDs. In comparison, Smith completed 19 of 32 attempts for 175 yards and one TD. Mahomes has also carried the ball five times for 31 yards. If he continues passing with efficiency, Mahomes could become the Chiefs' new starting QB come regular season!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Last Day Home

On my last morning home, I begged my friends to go hiking with me at Lanikai Pillboxes followed by breakfast at my favorite Cinnamon's. The last time I hiked pillboxes in 2015, I remembered it being a fairly easy trek up the mountain. This time around, Mikayla and I took multiple breathers and questioned our fitness levels while laughing as women easily carried up their newborns. We eventually made it to the top (hours after Waileia did I'm guessing) and received Kaiʻolu's help as she lifted our bodies on top of the pillbox itself. We are all thankful for that woman and her muscles. After we took a handful of cute pictures on the structure, we started walking back down and I got to cocky for my own good. I became really confident going down and ultimately fell flat on my ass to my friends' amusement. No worries though, I only bruised my ego. Once Kaiʻolu and Waileia departed us, we headed to Cinnamon's where we all (except Ali) feasted on kalua pig eggs benedict and kanaked right after. Brandon and I took naps at my house and shared our tearful goodbyes (just kidding no tears only yawns). I went to dinner at Zippy's (obviously) with my family and my dad and I were off a few hours later!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

10 Days Till Baylor Football!

After what seemed like an endless offseason, Baylor football returns in just 10 days! As a primarily football blogger, finding ways to post about the game from January-August is extremely difficult. I've tried writing about coaches, drafts, player trades, recruits, and commits, but there's nothing like a good recap or player profile during the fall. Watching players suit up in the green and gold (and icy white) is almost as exciting and seeing them charge out of the tunnels to their adoring fans. With only 10 days left without my favorite football team, I'm reminiscing my most loved moments since I became a fan. From comebacks to game-winning touchdowns, here are my favorite plays in Baylor football's recent history.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Homesick Playlist

Pua Kiele by Josh Tatofi

Masese by Kapena

Lei O Piʻilani by Kuana Torres Kahele

Kuʻu Ipo I Ka Heʻe Puʻe One by The Brothers Cazimero

Bamboo by Kimie'

Seabreeze by Keola and Kapono Beamer

Molokaʻi Slide by Ehukai

Kaulana Nā Pua by Project Kuleana

Hawaii ʻ78 by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Monday, August 21, 2017

Current Elliot and Converse

Current Elliot top (similar here), J.Crew jeans (on sale!), Converse sneakers, Kate Spade bag (old, similar here), Kate Spade sunglassesHawaii Bookmark earringsDaniel Wellington watch

I sported this light outfit in San Francisco's Japantown or Nihon machi with my family. San Fran in the summer is my dad's worst nightmare because it's too hot for a jacket but breezy enough for jeans. I was in the same boat as he was, since I love layering outerwear! On this particular day, the sun was out and the trades were nearly nonexistent, so I stuck to a non-fail look. I paired this new Current Elliot peplum tank top with my favorite J.Crew jeans cuffed at the ankles. The cuffs make the denim a bit more casual and easy to wear in the hot sun. Because we would be walking a bit, I styled the outfit with my white converse and threw on my pink glitter sunglasses from Kate Spade for fashion and function. My beloved Hawaii Bookmark earrings, Ocean Creations sunrise shell, and Daniel Wellington watch completed the easy look!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 Baylor Football Prediction

The 2017-18 Baylor football team has all of the odds stacked against them despite a successful offseason of recruiting and practices for new head coach Matt Rhule. With a brand new staff and underclassmen starters, the Bears aren't expected tons line in the upcoming season. The Big 12 boasts 5 teams in the first AP top 25 poll including Oklahoma (7), Oklahoma State (10), Kansas State (20), West Virginia (22), and Texas (23) with Baylor obviously missing from the rankings. Although the team is returning handfuls of talent at all positions (especially my favorite Poly), the lack of depth on the O-line is what might end their season early. I try to be optimistic every year and hope for the best so this time around, I predict the Bears will go 5-7 due to their rebuilding season and win three of the five games at home. I haven't researched their opponents enough to make a solid guess of who Baylor beats, but I'll take a swing and say they beat Kansas, Texas, Liberty, UTSA, and Duke.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

5 Things

1. Gold floor pupus with dad

2. Last morning views

3. Adulting!

4. The best person I know

5. Welcoming me back

Friday, August 18, 2017

I Got a Car!

After countless miles of walking and hitching rides from friends over the past two years, I'm lucky to have my own car! My dad and I have been researching the best car to purchase/lease for the remainder of my college years (and thereafter) and settled on a handful of Subarus. Throughout the car buying process I learned two things: 1. the make and model of a car does matter and 2. the car industry is still a misogynistic marketplace. We visited Subaru first and were greeted by the kindest, most knowledgable salesmen who didn't pressure us to buy a specific type or even a car in general. I instantly fell in love with the Forester and although dad wanted to weigh our options by visiting Toyota, I still kept the car in the back of my mind. The Toyota dealership we went to turned me off as soon as the salesman greeted my dad and shook his hand while simultaneously ignoring me. None of the cars I test drove- Camry, Prius, and Rav4, felt comfortable and had the looks I was aiming for, but the service (or lack of) was the worst part of the process. Needless to say I wasn't impressed with any part of Toyota and was happy to return to my Subaru. The 2018 Forester has a huge sunroof, a reverse camera, a giant trunk, a touch screen monitor, and loads of safety features. I love how high it is off the ground without being too big for me to drive. I'm ecstatic to not walk 40 minutes to work anymore and to drive anywhere I want without borrowing a car! Mahalo nui mom and dad and aloha ʻoe to my beloved red car at home!

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!
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