My Thoughts on 2016

I've been trying to come up with a word to describe 2016, and I finally settled on one when I was at dinner with my best friend Tori. 2016 was a weird year. Everyone keeps calling it "the worst year ever" and whatnot, and while I do agree a lot of bad things happened this year, I can't tell if more bad things happened or if I am just more aware of the bad things happening in the world. And this was an election year, and I feel like all election years are weird and terrible, especially this one in particular. I think this year seems really bad relative to other years because I am older, and I do recognize more of what's going on in the world. Honestly, this year hasn't been all bad either. If this really was the worst year ever, the Yankees would have won the World Series and not the Cubs. 

Since everyone is adamant this year was the "worst," I have felt bad thinking this, but personally, I had a pretty good year. It's hard for me to hate a year where so many good things happened. I graduated high school. My dad moved home. I went to college and joined a sorority. I attended some pretty awesome football games. I fell in love with my major. I found some of my best friends. I met Rece Davis, Sam Ponder, and Paul Finebaum. It can be summed up like this, for the world, 2016 could definitely be seen as a bad year, but for me, 2016 was pretty great.

Remember when Kylie Jenner told us that this year would be the year we realize things? I want to say the biggest thing I realized was how much I deserve but that makes it seem like I think the world owes me something and that's not what I think at all. I guess it more like I realized what I want out of life whether it's in my career choices or my relationships or my personal life. A lot of this happened because I started putting myself first instead of the expectations of other people, and I talked about this when I talked about my anxiety. Obviously, I still want to make people like my parents proud, but I stopped caring (or have almost stopped) what other people expect of me. I realized what I am doing should always make me happy and make me proud of myself. I should never do something because it is what someone else "expects" me to do. 

My goal for 2016 was to focus on myself, and I think for the first time I actually accomplished a New Year's goal. I feel like I grew up a lot this past year, and while there were definitely some trying times, this year was a lot about personal progress. I am starting to be in a place where I am extremely comfortable with who I am, which is a HUGE first in my 18, almost 19, years. Obviously, there is a lot I didn't accomplish this year because my to-do list is always a thousand miles long, but I feel like there is a good precedent for the new year. 

As for 2017 and the world, I am going to keep fighting and making noise because becoming complacent about anything is not on my agenda. There will be rough moments for some people, but it's up to the ones with loud voices to make sure we can speak for those who are silenced. 

This isn't exactly what I had planned for today's post, but hopefully y'all still enjoyed it!
xx, jKm


Chocolate Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies

 While I am in college, I defintely miss being able to bake homemade cookies, so every time I come home, I make sure to spend some time with our KitchenAid mixer. Over Thanksgiving, I tried to make red velvet cookies, which didn't come out great, and I made chocolate chip cookies. This break I was rewatching Meghan's baking videos to get some inspiration, and honestly, cookies are what I am best at making, so this chocolate butterscotch pretzel recipe was right up my alley. 

These were so good. My family loved them even though none of them really like butterscotch. The best part? They got better over time, which I thought was really weird since cookies normally get harder the longer they are left out. Also the recipe is really easy to follow, and I am already planning on making these so I can take some back to school with me.

xx, jKm


Enlances con SDS

One of the Eagles recently came out about having anxiety, and when more and more people come out and talk about their mental health, it becomes less stigmatized. To me this is especially important in professional sports.

I love this ColourPop Ultra Matte that my sister got me. It's a lot darker than I would normally wear, but it's perfect for the winter. Plus it lasts all day, and it's super cheap.

This Carpool Karaoke is everything I never knew I needed in my life.

The Zayn/Taylor Swift song for Fifty Shades Darker is surprisingly/unsurprisingly so good.

In case y'all were wondering what got me hyped for my exams earlier this month, it was the Hamilton Mixtape. "My Shot" by the Roots got me through studying for microeconomics.

But lately I've been listening to my Spotify Year in Review playlist. It's definitely an accurate description of the songs I listened to over and over and over again.

I just got this crimson tulle skirt, and while I am not exactly sure where I am going to wear it, I am sure am excited to wear it somehow.

Katherine's (aka Katherout) Vlogmas has been my favorite this year mostly because I love seeing her Disney trips and her super cute boyfriend. I've also being loving Krista's.

I want this Zodiac print so bad. My roommates and I are weirdly into our Astrological signs, so it would be perfect for either my dorm this year or my apartment next year. This individual Aquarius print is amazing too.

I've been pinning a lot to make up for not being so active during school, so y'all should be sure to check that out. ;) Not going to lie, it's mostly been sorority crafts because I am so excited to get a little in the fall.

xx, jKm


Last Month of the Year

This isn't related at all, but while I was editing the pictures for this post, I remembered the time one of my roommates was singing "Sweatshirt," and I thought the lyric was "You can wear my sweater" because I live under a rock and don't know anything. 

Another post, another outfit that's mostly from Old Navy. Are we surprised at this point? Not really. This has been my go-to outfit this break, and by that I mean I have basically worn this outfit every time I go out. It's super easy to wear, but it looks nicer than just wear leggings and a sweatshirt, which is the other outfit I have been wearing exclusively. 

On Monday, I wasn't in the Christmas spirit, but I can safely say I am getting there. I dragged Marguerite to this town in the next county over because a few of my friends had been there earlier in the week, and I knew it would be the perfect place to take photos. Where I live doesn't have a true "downtown" area, so I absolutely love going other places that do. The downtown was decorated for Christmas, and it made me so happy and feel like it was actually the Christmas season. 

Sweater: Old Navy (similar) // Jeans: Old Navy // Scarf: Gap (similar) // Boots: Target

xx, jKm


Last Minute Gifts

I told myself this year that I was not going to do any gift guides. All bloggers do them, and let's be real, their guides are so much better than anything I could create. My gift guides are always terrible, and I just thought it wouldn't be worth the effort to create something I wasn't 100% happy with. Until I realized that I hadn't actually gotten gifts for anyone. My parents got the gifts for everyone else, and I get to put my name on them. I told y'all college had me crazy busy. I figured if I was doing last minute gift giving then someone else was too, and this idea was born (with the help of Caroline's post). So here's a gift guide for all the procrastinators out there who just remembered Christmas is next week. 

Also one of my favorite gifts I have given is a donating a goat in the name of one of my best friends. Donating money in honor of one of you friends is such a great idea, especially if it's a cause you know that's important to them. 

Not only did I procrastinate getting gifts, I procrastinated asking for gifts. I have absolutely no idea what I am getting this year since I only told my parents I wanted Anna Kendrick's new book, Coach Cal's new book, a sweatshirt, which I was supposed (and forgot) to order, and a Chewbacca onesie. Honestly I am just happy to be home for Christmas and to have had a good first semester, so whatever gifts I open on Christmas morning, I am a-okay with. 

xx, jKm


Christmas Spirit

Christmas is in less than a week, and I could not have felt less festive this entire month. For me Christmas has always been this incredibly magical time of the year. From the moment I wake up to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade to the moment I wake up on Christmas morning I used to always love this time of the year. I think getting older and having actual responsibilities put a damper on my Christmas spirit. I defintely didn't have time to think about Christmas and the holidays with how stressed out I was for the first two weeks of December. I barely even got to enjoy Thanksgiving because I was only home for two full days, and as soon as I went back to school, dead week and exams happened. I didn't stop being stressed from school until all my grades were finalized last Thursday. 

While I have been home, however, I have been desperately trying to find that Christmas "magic" because it's been kind of sad not to feel the excitement I used to feel as a kid. Ya know? Here's what I have been doing in hopes that one day I will wake up and it will actually feel like the holidays. 

Listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies | I love Christmas music so much, and there's nothing like belting "All I Want for Christmas Is You" multiple times in a row. My Christmas playlist is 6 hours long, and since it's so long, I am sure to be in somewhat of a festive mood by the time it's finished. Also bad Christmas movies are my guilty pleasure. Of course I love watching Love Actually and good Christmas movies, but there's something about terrible plots and bad acting set during Christmas that makes me really happy. My favorites include A Christmas Kiss II, 12 Dates of Christmas, Snow, Holidaze, and Christmas Crush. These are all on either Netflix or Freeform. 

Decorate Your Room | I haven't done this at home because I am only here for a little before I have to go back to school, but I did decorate my dorm for our Christmas get-together. While I did leave to go to my room an hour into the party, I had so much fun decorating and making our dorm look more festive. Having the space feel Christmas-y during finals week made me so much better when I walked into the dorm after having spent 12 hours sitting in the sorority house studying. 

Dress like It's Christmas | During finals you could find me in Nike shorts and my oversized Theta sweatshirt because there was no way I was wearing anything else when I was spending all day studying. Now that I am home when I go out, I make sure to look a little festive. Sweaters, scarves, red lipstick. The works. The weather in Georgia has been weird. It was 60 degrees on Saturday, but today the high is 48. It's a little hard to dress like it's winter with this inconsistent weather, but I sure am trying my best. 

xx, jKm


Pretty Little Things

1 // 2 // 3 // 4
5 // 6
7 // 8

Something about the December holiday season makes me want to buy everything and all things that sparkle. I think it has to do with all the twinkly lights on Christmas tree, and let's be real, this is the perfect excuse to break out all the glitter and sparkles. I went shopping with my mom after I picked her up from school, and I won't lie. I envisioned many a Christmas party outfits finished with the perfect statement earrings or necklace. Now if only I had a party to go to... 

xx, jKm


My First Semester of College

As of Friday at 10:30 p.m., when I finally submitted my final essay for my American literature class, I am done with my first semester of college. This past semester has been crazy good in every single possible way, and I am so grateful I go to the University of Alabama. My college decision came out of left field it seemed for some people, and there would be times during the semester where I wondered what my life would have been like if I had ended up somewhere else. If I had gone somewhere besides Alabama. I figured I would still be happy. I would be in a sorority still, and I would still have great friends, but obviously my life would not be the exact same. Who knows if I would still be in Theta? I would have friends, but they wouldn't be the amazing friends I have now. What I am trying to get at is everything in my life led me to go to Alabama, and I could not be happier that I am here. 

So now here's me trying to put all my thoughts about my first semester of college: 

College is definitely an experience? In August, if you asked whether I was enjoying college or not, I probably would have lied and told you I was loving it. Now it's December I can confidently say I love almost every single aspect of college. Of course, the stressful days when I had two tests on the same day and the drama filled days when boys were mean are not fun. I stayed up too late sometimes, and had panic attacks in the basements of fraternities. But the days spent watching football with my best friends and the days spent hanging out with my sorority sisters? The great classes I took? Or even the nights spent eating terrible dining hall food after mass communications? Those are the moments that made college amazing and worth the stress of studying for a microeconomics test three hours before class starts. 

Everyone tells you that your freshman year goes by really quickly, and they definitely aren't lying. I honestly cannot believe that I am home right now, and I will be home for a full month. Four months ago I was going through sorority recruitment trying to find a new "home," and now I'm an initiated member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Four months ago my only friends were my roommates, and now I have great group friends. Four months ago I had never seen College GameDay or the Paul Finebaum Show live, and now I've done both. So much has changed so quickly in just four months, but for once, I am really grateful for all the change in my life. 

I wish I could easily explain how great and terrifying and wonderful college has been for the past semester. I've had such an amazing time like I said, but it's also scary to think about how I have 6 or 7 semesters left of college because this one went by so quickly. I am really excited to be home for a month, so I can take some time to figure out exactly what I want to be doing with my life basically. This month also means I can redirect time to the blog! My best friend/photographer Marguerite is going to be home this weekend, so hopefully I can convince her to help me out with some posts. 

Happy Monday!
xx, jKm


October/November Favorites

Long time, not a ton of writing. The past two months have been absolutely crazy busy, and so much has happened. However, this blog has fallen on the wayside. I wish I could say it was because I was so overwhelmed with ideas, and I wasn't sure how to complete them. I did have ideas, but I didn't have any motivation to sit down and write. College takes a lot out of you, and when I do have energy, I am usually doing something else like going to football games or hanging out with my friends. 

I am also trying to figure out what direction I want to everything - my life, the blog - to go in. I love writing, but I am not sure what I want to be writing about. However, I have a new project that I have started, and I am so excited to share it with y'all in the upcoming weeks. It's not quite where I want it to be, but I am going to spend a lot of time on it over winter break. 

So here we are at the end of November. The only way to really get back to blogging to me is show y'all what I have been up to for the past month and a half and what I have been loving. The last thing y'all saw was the recap of the Texas A&M, and a lot has happened since then. I am going to go ahead and apologize for all the pictures and long post. 

At the end of the month, we had our fall break. I didn't go home because I had gone home a couple weeks earlier, so I stayed with Emma in Auburn. We spent a day at Callaway Gardens, which strangely I had never been to. It was cool to do something in Georgia that I had never done before, and it was a nice way to be around nature and away from school. 

Cat, Emma, and I watched the LSU game together at the Theta house/our student center. Y'all, that game probably took a couple years off my life, but the end result was worth it. We are going to the SEC Championship after all. 

Theta had our semi-formal date party on election night, and boy was that a time. It was fun. I went with Mickey, who I take to everything basically, and Emma took our friend Evan. We didn't stay too long because it was on a Tuesday night, but we went to Waffle House afterwards in traditional fashion. It was definitely a nice way to distract myself from what was actually happening.

I got to go home! I went home for Thanksgiving, obviously, but I wasn't home for too long. I went home Tuesday night and went back to school on Friday morning/afternoon. While I only spent two full days at home, I loved every single second of it. Fall in my hometown is so amazing, and I loved being able to walk my sister's dog on the golfcart paths. 

And one last home football game!! I can't believe the regular season is over. I had to spend my last game with the two people I have basically spent every other gameday weekend with - Emma and Mickey. The Iron Bowl atmosphere was probably the best of the season with Texas A&M as a close second. I am really sad the season is over, but I couldn't have asked for a better to season for my freshman year. 

Since I did a pretty long recap of the past two months, I will keep my favorite "things" super short.

Brooke's "I'm in a Frat" playlist has been keeping me going the past couple of weeks. I will play this all the time in my dorm with my roommates when we've had a rough day. 

My favorite movie has been "When Harry Met Sally," which is on Hulu right now. I've known I loved this movie forever, but I just watched it again for the first time in a while. A perfect movie.

For makeup, I have worn either Monte Carlo from NYX or Partner in Crimson from Maybelline when I have worn lipstick to games.

To end this post, everyone needs to watch this Wes Anderson x H&M commercial. It's perfect.

xx, jKm


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


Tailgating w/ Chobani Mezé Dips

As y'all know very well, it is football season! I am so excited for the rest of the season at Alabama, and I absolutely cannot wait for SEC play to start. With the start of football season comes the start of tailgating. Tailgating is so much fun because you get to feel the atmosphere of the game even if you don't actually get to the game. 

However, tailgating can be incredibly unhealthy. Fried everything from chicken to oreos, which are amazing if you've never had them, and if I eat super heavy food in the heat, I get really sick. Here's where Chobani comes in. They've released some amazing dips that would be the perfect addition to any watch party or tailgate. So obviously the dips are healthy, but you can be even healthier by eating them with something other than chips. 

Here's what I would eat with each of the four new dips:

Roasted Red Pepper | Since there are peppers in this dip, I think eating something a little plainer for would be perfect. I absolutely love red pepper hummus, so naturally I think pita chips would be so good with this dip. Also, I don't about y'all but I love cauliflower, and it's basically the perfect substitute for everything. 

Three Pepper Salsa | The first reaction for this dip would be to grab a bag of chips, but to make it healthier, grab a bag of multigrain chips. Much healthier. I think pretzel chips would also be a great side for you dip. 

Chili Lime | I think this dip is right up my sister's alley, and because of that, I think cucumbers would be a nice pairing for this dip. Light and fresh with a kick of chili and lime flavor. Sounds perfect for a Saturday afternoon. 

Smoked Onion and Parmesan | Finally, probably my favorite of the four dips. I love cheese a lot, y'all, so I saved my favorite food for my favorite dip: carrots! Honestly carrots are perfect for any and all dips and are the world's greatest vegetable. #sorrynotsorry

You can mix and match the dips and the sides anyway you want, but that's just personally what I would do. All these sides would be perfect for any dip. Carrots, pretzels, cucumbers, cauliflower, and whole grain chips are great alternatives to your typical potato chip or regular tortilla chips.

xx, jKm


First Month of College

College is weird. The entire concept is strange if you think about it. You get a bunch of 18 year olds who don't know each other and think they're adults and put them in a dorm. You expect them to go to class and make good grades while also living on their own for the first time. I thought I would easily survive on my own, but the first time I had to handle something on my own I cried at least five times. It's a concept that does not make sense at all to me, but it appears to work. 

I've been taking classes for almost a month, but I have been living at Alabama for a little over a month. The first day of classes I called my mom crying because I felt like I couldn't do it. I didn't have friends except for my roommates. I didn't feel quite at home at Theta yet. I thought I had made the wrong decision, and it wasn't just about going to Alabama but going to college in general. I was not ready for it, but who really is? Who is ready for college as soon as they get there? There's always going to be fear and doubt because you haven't been to college before. It's one of those things that you just have to dive right into or else it won't work.

Here's what I learned in the first month of college. 

The feeling of fear of missing out is real but so is the feeling of not wanting to go out. | I don't like going out. That's plain and simple. I would rather have people over in my dorm than go to a frat party, so I don't go a lot. I go to my sorority's swaps, and that's pretty much the one time a week I will go out. Yeah, sometimes I feel like I am missing out on something when my roommates and friends go out, but I like staying in and watching movies. All of this is mostly to say that you don't have to go out. If you want to, obviously do it, but do what you want to do and not what you think your friends want you to do.

Joining a sorority was probably the best thing I could have done. | If you didn't know, I am obsessed with my sorority. I love going to the house every day, and even if I am just sitting there studying, I feel so happy because I am surrounded by my sisters. Maybe I am a little extra sappy because it is Big/Little week, but joining Theta has been the best decision I have made in college so far. Instantly getting 450 new sisters was so overwhelming, but once I started meeting people and making friends, I did not regret one moment of going through recruitment. I could on for days about how much I love Theta, but I will save the for another post another day. ;)

Sometimes all you really need is a call from home. | I miss my family a lot. They are my best friends, and we are rarely without each other. This is the first time I have been away from my family for longer than a week, so obviously you can sense that this has been hard for me. However, a call from my mom or sister or a text from my dad in our family group chat makes everything better. Also any time I get a picture of my sister's dog, I feel so much better.

You need two things to survive college: Nike shorts and a smart phone wallet. | Never carry a lanyard. Never. You look like a freshman, says every upperclassman ever. I have a Vera Bradley one that is in the Alabama print, but I don't carry it around campus too often. I mainly use it if I am going out somewhere and I need to carry more stuff with me. So where do I put all my stuff you ask?? My license, debit card, and student ID all go in the silicon wallet thing that I stuck on the back off my phone. I got mine during recruitment, and I know a ton of clubs give them out during welcome week, or you could get one at the bookstore. Then my room keys go in the pocket on the inside of my Nike shorts. Everything is easily accessible for when I need to get into my building and room.

Math will never get easier. | I really only say this because I am finishing this post at 1 in the morning after trying so hard to finish math homework. I gave up after 2 hours.

You will find your people but you will also find not your people. | Obviously, I love all 400+ of my sisters, but there are some that I feel like we were meant to be friends. And it's nice to narrow down a group of 400 to a couple of girls that I am becoming really close with. Plus, I love my roommates so much, and I am so glad the universe brought us together to be weird and have fun.

xx, jKm