TAMU v. Alabama | 10/22

I think I am finally recovered from what was probably one of the best weekends yet, and I am so excited to share with y'all my adventures. If you have been living under a rock or absolutely care 0% about football, you might have missed that Alabama is good this year. This last weekend we played Texas A&M, and since both the teams were 6-0, College GameDay came to campus. All my friends know that I am obsessed with GameDay, and it's been my dream to see it in person for so long. Was it worth running on three hours of sleep and waking up at 3:30 in the morning? Most definitely. Plus, GameDay brought a ton of other amazing opportunities to campus.

One of the best parts of being at Alabama is people want to come here and talk to students, or at least, that is what my mass communications professor tells us all the time. On Thursday, the dean of communications from Penn State came to talk about the Paralympics, and it was so interesting because it's not something everyone thinks about unlike the Olympics. Then on Thursday, my roommates and our friends made signs for GameDay and watched the Fox production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. I was mostly focused on my sign and making cookies though...

To kick off the actual weekend, I spent my fair share of time hanging around the GameDay set. They do a show on Friday afternoons, and as soon as class let out, I made my way to Bryant-Denny. It was amazing to see some of the biggest names in sports talk about college football. Plus, I met Sam Ponder, who has been one of my biggest inspirations forever.

After I did that, I got to meet Rece Davis when he came to talk to the college of communications since he is an Alabama alum. Being able to meet people like Sam Ponder and Rece Davis made me remember why I am doing what I am doing. I was having kind of a rough week where I didn't feel motivated at all, but having these opportunities reminded me why I love sports and why I want to work in sports. 

Later on Friday, Catherine and Katielynn, who are in Theta with me, went to Tide Tipoff with me. Tide Tipoff was the kickoff to basketball season sort of like Kentucky's Big Blue Madness and Duke's Midnight Madness, but it has more of an All-Star game feel because Coach Avery used to coach in the NBA. It was so much fun, and it made me even more excited for college basketball season. It'll be hard not seeing Kentucky play every weekend, but they'll be in Alabama for my birthday, which is a huge plus.

Mickey's the one who came up with my sign, so everyone should follow him on Twitter.

Here comes the crazy part. Emma agreed to go to GameDay with me, and we decided to sleep at the Theta house since it is right next to the stadium. We went to bed around 12 and woke up at 3:30, and I could not sleep. I kept waking up in the middle of the night because I was so afraid I was going to miss GameDay. Luckily we woke up in time, and we sat outside forever. It was so cold, and I was so tired. We got in the front on the audience, and I had such a great time seeing legends like Lee Corso and Nick Saban together. I did leave a little early because I still had to go back to my dorm to get ready for the game.

Finally, it's game time! Theta had a gameday meal, so I took one of my guy friends, Mickey (who helped me come up with my sign) as my guest, and we went to the game together. Emma met us at the game because she took a nap after GameDay, which I wish I had had the time to do. Personally, all gamedays in Bryant-Denny are amazing, but the game against Texas A&M was the best I have been to this season. The atmosphere was incredible the entire time, and it was that game that reminded me why I chose Alabama. I wanted to be in that crazy, loud, exciting atmosphere during football season. 

xx, jKm


Fall/Early Winter Wishlist

Fall/Early Winter Wishlist

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six

Even though it is still consistently in the 80s in Alabama, I cannot help but be excited for fall in the mornings when it is actually cool. It makes me think of all the clothes that I get to wear because let's be real, fall is the peak of fashion. I am so pumped for sweaters, flannels, and boots galore. 

xx, jKm


Overcoming Anxiety

And how I am still dealing with it.

Today's post is a little more personal and little more in-depth than my normal fun, fashion and lifestyle posts, but it is something that has been going through my mind for the past couple of weeks. I also felt like it was something that I needed to share. 

Here's a little background information: I have had a problem with anxiety since I was in fourth grade, but I wouldn't say it became a real big issue until seventh grade. Seventh grade was when I started having panic and anxiety attacks regularly, and I had three peaks of anxiety: seventh grade, ninth grade, and eleventh grade. Odd years were clearly not good to me.

Obviously, I have dealt with anxiety for a while. Half of my life pretty much. It wasn't until recently, however, that I learned how to cope and how to "overcome" it. I will always have anxiety. It is a huge part of my life, but it isn't my entire life. I am more than the panic and anxiety attacks that can cripple me from going on with my day. I am more than the tear-filled nights. I am more than my mental disorder. I used to describe myself as an anxious person, but that's not quite true. Instead I am a person with anxiety.

My anxiety is rooted in my fear of lack of control. When there was something I couldn't control, I would panic. How do I fix this? How do I regain control? Most of the time, however, there was nothing I could do, but I never accepted that. I fought tooth and nail to be the sole person in control, and I always lost. I would have anxiety attacks over my grades, my friends, and my family because there was no other way for me to handle what I could not control.

I tried a lot of methods to get my anxiety in check. I tried medication, but I struggled with remembering to take it, and once you get off medication and go back on, your body gets messed up. I tried to go to therapy, but if there's something I hate more than not being in control, it's talking about my feelings. What worked for me was time, but remember what didn't work for me, works for other people. **Mental disorders are different for every single person, and every method of handling it is acceptable.** I needed to have time to learn what I needed to do in order to prevent anxiety attacks and to find out what made me anxious.

What helped me let go of my obsessive need to be in control was my dad being transferred to Ohio. It happened in my junior year of high school, and I was a wreck for a year. I refused to leave school and to move, and I don't think I have ever been more stubborn in my entire life. I made my parents' lives miserable for months, and I am so thankful that they did their best to keep me happy because I definitely did not win "Daughter of the Year" that year. This was the biggest change in my entire life, and I had absolutely no control over it. I couldn't get my dad to move back and have everything be normal. I had anxiety attacks just walking into school sometimes because I could not wrap my mind around everything. This was not my finest hour.

My dad ended up getting another job within the same company back in Georgia, and he moved back this past summer. But in that year and a half my dad was gone, I learned the biggest lesson I could have ever learned. I had to give up control in order to be happy. My junior year was one of the most anxiety filled years of my life because I spent so much time trying to change things no one had control over, but my senior year was amazing. It probably to do with a combination of learning how to control my anxiety and having extreme senioritis, but for the first time in a really long time, I was so happy, and I was less anxious than I had been in years.

This wasn't a over-and-done situation though. Even though my anxiety has been significantly lower than it has been in a while, it is still something I deal with on a daily basis. I mean, recruitment week was one big anxiety attack for me. However, I make the conscious decision every day to put myself and my mental health first. I remove myself from situations and people that make me anxious because that's something I do have control over. I focus on what I need rather than what other people need. It can be seen as selfish sometimes, but it's not. I have to remember that my mental health is more important than so many other things. I spent a lot of time not putting it first, and it really hurt me. Now I have learned what affects me in certain ways and how to lower my anxiety in certain situations. I've come a long way from the 12 year old who couldn't tell you what was making her cry.

xx, jKm


Enlances con SDS

Happy Friday, y'all! This week started off a little weird because it's fall but it's not fall, and I was in a little bit of a strange mood. Emma and I went to Target though after studying to pick ourselves up on Monday, and I am finally starting to feel less sick, which is a god send after almost three weeks of being sick. There are so pretty exciting things coming up in the next couple of weeks, so I am super pumped for more football games and Halloween and for it to finally feel like fall in Alabama.

I got to go home last weekend for the first time since moving to Alabama, and while I didn't get to do all my favorite things like going hiking, I still loved being home even if it was for less than 48 hours.

Y'all, I want to bake with Meghan, and I really want to bake in general. That's probably my least favorite part of dorm life. I miss being able to bake whatever instead of having to plan it all out.

How cute is Maggie?? I am so excited for fall outfits, and hers is perfect.

I need to start following Alex's tips because I so desperately want to be a morning person.

The New Balance x J.Crew collection makes me want to workout.

Chloe from Pop Cosmo posted this playlist, and I love it.

This dad runs the absolute best Twitter account. I am convinced that the four year old and I are the same person. 

The Resort Collection from Lilly is here! I am quite partial to all the navy and pink.

xx, jKm


Must-Watch Documentary

I haven't been watching a ton of documentaries lately because I am mostly watching things to relax and decompress after a long week. However, everyone needs to watch the Amanda Knox documentary. I watched it over three days, and I was so intrigued by it. I think about it all the time now.

I can remember the Amanda Knox case happening. I remember hearing about it and seeing images of her, but I didn't know what actually happened. I was in elementary school during the case, so I was too young to fully understand the severity of what was going on. The documentary, however, does an amazing job of explaining everything that went down. 

I think what was most interesting to me was the media response because it related to what we had been talking about in my mass communications class. The media jumped all over this, and basically declared Amanda Knox guilty even before the trial. The frenzy surrounding the case and trial was insane, and journalists did some pretty irresponsible things to add to the craziness. 

I highly recommend to everyone no matter what your interests are.
xx, jKm


Three Easy Halloween Costumes

It's the best season ever! Halloween! I love wearing costumes so much, so Halloween is the perfect holiday for me, but I could do without anything that is scary. Not for me. I am not really sure what my plans for Halloween this year are, but I know we are having Trick-on-Treat on Sorority Row the week before, and I am super excited. Kids from Tuscaloosa come and trick-on-treat at the houses, and I cannot wait to see all the adorable kids in their costumes.

Costumes can be kind of tricky when you have no idea what to do, so today I put together three easy costume ideas! You can check out my post from last year, too. 

I can't know be the only one obsessed with lace up flats. I think they're so cute, and they would be the perfect piece for a ballerina costume. Add a tulle skirt and a cream colored sweater with the perfect ballerina bun. Not only do you look super cute, it's an incredibly practical outfit. 

Animals are super easy to do. I think this actually might end up being what I do if I need a costume. Cat ears are super cheap at some place like Target or Party City, and then you just need an all black outfit and some cat whiskers. 

Ah. Tina. My favorite character from Bob's Burgers. Her classic outfit is so simple, and if you want, you can get a group of friends to complete the rest of the cast, which would be so much fun. 

What do y'all think? What are your Halloween plans?
xx, jKm


My Manifesto

With the rebrand of the blog finally being revealed last week, I wanted to refocus the direction of my blog. I feel like I say this all the time, but my life has been so crazy with the transition to college that blogging has not been one of my top priorities, which is awful because I love doing it. School and my sorority have definitely been my top two priorities, and that makes sense, but I don't even think blogging was my third priority. I am not even sure I know what my third priority was, but I want it be blogging. I love writing my thoughts done and taking pictures and creating stuff, and I am making it my goal this October to make some great content.

Since I am going through this "refocus," I thought it would be the perfect time to create a manifesto. I've been inspired by three different blogs to do this - Samantha, Emily, and Grace. Their manifestos are filled with words they live by, and we all know that bloggers love quotes. I have been feeling a little loss lately, and I think by creating this manifesto that I will be able to get through small funk and focus on what is truly important to me.
I really want to print this out and put it on one of the walls in my dorm and just look at it when I am having a rough time and need some inspiration. I know this month is basically almost halfway over, but I really want to make it a good month. 

xx, jKm


Enlances con SDS

I've been trying to go to more games besides football at school, and I absolutely love going to soccer games. I go with one of my guy friends, who knows way more about soccer than I do, and it's fun.

Y'all, I absolutely love this dress from Old Navy. I wore it to our hottest game ever, and I didn't feel gross wearing it, and it was super comfortable to wear throughout the day. 

I also love this top, which I wore with a button down jean skirt, and it was super cute.

If you haven't watched the Amanda Knox documentary, you need to right now. It's so good, and it finally helped me realize what the case was. I kind of remembered it, but I didn't know how it ended.

I have lots and lots of costume ideas running through my head... Can it be Halloween already?

Brooke's day in the life is so cute! Definitely makes me wish that I had video skills so that I could do one.

xx, jKm


September Recap/Favorites

September was such a fun, exciting, and crazy month. Between Big/Little reveal, initiation, homecoming week, and all the fun football games, I barely got any sleep, which is why I am starting off October sick. This semester is flying by so fast. It feels like I've been at Alabama for so long yet not long enough. It's so weird to see tour groups walking around campus and to see my friends from high school get into Alabama. It's like... I am supposed to be the freshman on campus. Y'all aren't supposed to be coming to school here. It's strange...

I won't lie. A lot of my favorites for this month are more of ideas/things rather than actual products. Since I am at school, I don't spend a whole lot of time trying out new stuff. Everything I use is such a tried and true basic, but a ton of exciting things happened this last month.

Y'all, any view from Bryant-Denny is absolutely perfect. I've gotten to go to all three home games we've had so far. I went with one of my sisters to the first one, with one of my guy friends to the second one, and with one of my sisters and her parents for the third one. The atmosphere is absolutely crazy, and I fall in love with Alabama football a little more every time I walk into the stadium. 

Theta had Big/Little reveal earlier this month! I absolutely love my big, and I knew from the moment she was my Kite Sister that I wanted her to be my big. My family is huge because I have twin, and my big is a twin who also has twins. Plus my grandbig is a twin... It's a little complicated, and I don't know exactly who is what, but I love my family so much. 

Homecoming week was absolutely crazy, y'all. In a good way and a bad way. I spent so many hours pomping with my sisters, and while it was 1:30 at one point and I was crying, I loved bonding with everyone and getting to know them so much better. Our pomp turned out so amazing, and we made it a little different than a normal one. We've raised almost $15,000 since Saturday!! 

xx, jKm


Fall Fashion Staples

It's fall, y'all! Technically speaking, my favorite season has started. Weather wise... I am not disgusting when walking to class anymore, and I can wear leggings or a long-sleeve shirt with dying. It's no longer 80-90 in Tuscaloosa all the time, but I am not breaking out my cute fall dresses quite yet. Obviously, I am living vicariously through everyone in the North's fall looks, and today I thought I would share with y'all what my must haves are for when it finally gets cold in the south. 
xx, jKm


A New Look

Hey y'all! First things first... I haven't been blogging for the past two weeks. Last week was homecoming week at Alabama, and I spent so much time working on Theta's pomp and float, which turned out amazing. I was getting home really late, so I decided to focus solely on school and Theta. But now the week is over, and my life is a back to normal, so my posting schedule will be back to normal. 

The next piece of business. So if you haven't noticed, things are a lot different around here. I finally bit the bullet and did a whole redesign instead of changing little things. The idea for the redesign came in the summer when Carly relaunched The College Prepster and Fran announced that she had a few changes on the way for the Blonde Prep. 

I had spent several weeks just staring at my blog. Something about it bugged me, and I couldn't not figure what it was. I was relatively happy with the content I was producing, and I was excited for what was planned, but I hated how my blog looked. I finally pinpointed what is was. The pink. If you are new here or don't remember the old design, my color scheme was pink and navy, which happens to be my favorite color pairing. While I love pink and navy in every other aspect of my life, I really disliked it for my blog. I knew it was time for a change, and I wanted to share with y'all how I decided on this new blog design. 

My blog name is based on that Southern charm and sass, and I wanted my blog design to reflect that. The number one priority was changing the color scheme. First, I tried searching for classic Southern colors, which brought me of course to Southern Living. One of the colors the featured was Historic Charleston Green, and while I didn't use that color, it got me thinking. I wanted to use colors that are seen in cities like Charleston and Savannah, iconic Southern cities. What better colors to use than sky blue and green? I used Pantone's Color Finder to search through different shades until I found the perfect ones. The sky blue is my main color with the green as an accent then I wanted to keep navy as my text color and white as my background. 

In the midst of searching through colors, I was also looking through photos of Southern cities to give me inspiration for the rest of the blog. I looked at a couple of cities, but like I said, Charleston and Savannah stood out to me. Savannah is one of my favorite cities, and while I haven't been to Charleston since I was little, I remember loving it so much. Savannah is so amazingly beautiful (shout out to Sherman for not burning it down), and Charleston is filled with charm. 

Then there is the font. I had being using Georgia as my body text and DubielPlain as my main font, however; I wanted something loopy and fun since both fonts I was using were serious serifs. I had downloaded LillyBelle a while ago, but I never really had any reason to use it... Until now! I think it is such a fun font, and I (hopefully) won't get tired of it. I am now using DubielPlain as my accent font with Georgia still as my body font. 

Finally we have icons & design elements. For the social media icons, I used the same ones I had before and just changed the color. I think the design elements were what I thought about the most. I knew I needed a new favicon and signature, but I wanted to add more. I created the labels for my most talked about categories, and you might be wondering about the pineapple. No, I don't like pineapples. Pineapples, however, in the South are a sign of welcome and hospitality, and I thought it was a perfect way to incorporate a bit of Southern tradition to the blog. 

Also, I created a drop down menu, which might be my proudest accomplishment HTML-wise. 

xx, jKm