My New Bestie. Snoop.

One of my favorite playlists to get me in the mood to go INSANE.

My mind is literally blown and liquified. Yesterday I saw Snoop with my best friends ever and I absolutely have to write about this experience, so I don’t forget this time in my life. I got to see a taste of how my dad was hanging out in the 90s and let me just tell you all that I would have fit right the heck in. Ever since I can remember my dad was always blasting NWA and my mom would be so mad that I was 7 years old knowing all the words to some bad freaking songs. I am so thankful that my parents never let me play my music because they really put me onto some insane bops. It is mindblowing how music can really bring people together. There were stupid kids like us, gangsters and just old people vibing to the same legendary beats. Before Snoop even came out, my eyes got to witness the Goodie Mob perform. Cell Therapy live was literally too much for me. Also, because it’s me, I was obsessed with the whole fit aesthetics of everyone. CeeLo Green rocked his legendary red sweat suit while everyone else coordinated in some sort of camo ensemble. This was before Snoop was supposed to perform and he literally was so wholesome just hanging out on stage, dancing to the music and of course smoking a FAT blunt. Snoop has literally been around since the beginning of time basically, so to me it was so beautiful to see all the tributes he played during his show. It all started with Nipsey Hussle, followed by the iconic Easy-E, then the Notorious Biggie Smalls and finally ended with 2Pac. To be honest, I was emo after this. I wasn’t expecting to listen to songs by iconic hip-hop legends, on top of seeing Snoop right in front of me. Easy-E was my dad’s favorite member of NWA and whenever Snoop blasted Boyz-N-The-Hood, I was in shock and sang my heart out. I actually got a little Hypnotized whenever I heard the sound of one of my favorite Biggie songs too. Thankful that he gave me the Ten Crack Commandments to live by. HAHA. Snoop was so iconic to honor his friends and vibe to some of his favorite songs by them. We’re not done with the 90s throwback though, whenever I heard the first beat of Gangster Party, I really would have cried if I wasn’t so dehydrated. Seriously though, Snoop singing this was so amazing. Tupac Shakur really is one of my favorite rappers of all time and I’m genuinely sad he’s not performing. Maybe I’m braindead but I’m positive he’s still alive just hanging out, he got tired of all the fame. Ya know.

Honestly,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         it was so cool to hear the music that started rap today. Me just being completely honest, I don’t like rap. Today’s rap isn’t my favorite and if I’m in the mood to get hype I would much rather listen to 90s hip-hop than today’s tunes. I think it’s just because this was the first rap music I was ever exposed to and I just appreciate the lyrics and beats so much more because I actually have a connection to that music. Rap back then was such a movement. It was good music that made people defy the normal rules of society and it changed the way society views the cops, drugs and gangsters. 

Snoop knew how much everyone wanted to see him and made sure to say that we crossed him off our bucket lists. I’ve been waiting to see Snoop Dogg ever since I was a kid chugging sun drop every day because Drop It Like It’s Hot was in the commercial. How ridiculous am I?? Nothing will ever compare to hearing “heyyyyeyyy smoke weed every day” live, straight from the mouth of THE Snoop Dogg. Not saying I even smoke weed at all, but IF I did it would be because Snoop told me to. LOLLL. I was with my best friends and it was so beautiful listening to all the music we love together. I still want to become besties with Snoop and I’m sad he didn’t invite us to join his entourage. Aww. However, this night has been the greatest experience in my life this far. I’m actually depressed he’s still not performing in front of me right now, but that’s okay. 

This version of Young, Wild and Free was so angelic. He ended the show leaving me speechless.

Change of Season, Change of Heart

This is a recent playlist of all the newest music that came out last week and I have so much to say about these new releases so stay tuned…

Happy Halloweek!! If you know literally anything about me, then you have to know Halloween is my favorite holiday ever. So yes..I will be dedicating a post to all my costumes next week. With the new gust of cold air coming in, this is the start to the greatest and worst time of the year. Personally, the cold weather puts me into a gloomy mood and my seasonal depression really starts to kick in. Last week, I sort of mentioned how I was just feeling really down and I was going through the start of the bad part. I shared a lot of my favorite tips for how to make yourself feel happier and ways to not get into a deep, dark place. This week I want to share with you all one of my really tough times and how I overcame it to be the confident woman I am today. 

The person I was at start of college is completely different than the girl I am today. I was shy for the first time ever in my life and I started to criticize myself in ways that I never even focused on before. I was so worried about stuff about myself that I used to love. Slowly I noticed that I didn’t like my brown, curly hair because all the ignorant boys just liked the girls with blonde, straight hair. I also started to hate the fact that I was 5,8” and was taller than pretty much everyone in heels. My entire life, I loved my curly hair and I loved how I towered over everyone, but what was the thing that made such a difference in college? Oh yea, literally dumb boys. I was so worried about a boy liking me or whatever their irrelevant opinion was about me. Now, I laugh at how much I cared about the opinion of a man and why I felt like it was such a huge problem for me to not have a boyfriend. After much needed time of reflection and self-love, I learned to be okay on my own and just love everything about me. Yesterday, my friend Chelsea actually told me how I’m the only person that she knows who can have a better time alone than with someone else. My initial thought was how crazy that was because I used to be so dependent on others and how I needed to always be around someone. Around the same time yesterday, we had a Kappa Delta date dash event and we had to 30 minutes to find a date and meet back up at an ice cream shop. Moral of the story, me being the pure embodiment of girl power, I went alone. HAHAHA, but the whole point of that little moment is that I actually am okay on my own and I appreciate the fact that I am so independent. 

Some advice that I want to share with you all is that it is okay to be on your own. The best growth comes from within and it is kind of necessary to be on your own to discover what you need. I used to be afraid to go places by myself, eat alone or go to an event and not know anyone, but now I use times like this to get out of my shell and meet people on my own. I also used to be really scared to sleep by myself because I always had bad nightmares and for some reason I thought that every time I went to bed someone would kill me. However, now I finally got over this fear by drinking a larger amount of hot tea to calm me down before bed and investing in a Slip mask. I realized a lot of my fears were just in my head and once I put it in my mind that I overthink about situations, it has helped me worry less about so many frivolous issues. One major thing that can help you focus on yourself and help manage the issue you think you’re facing is to find something you are passionate about. I realized I loved to blog and write about the stuff going on in my life and it has actually helped me focus so much more on all the good in my life. Finding something that you are passionate about will give you the extra boost to find that joy in your life to help keep that passion burning. 

Self-Care Sunday

I want to start this off by encouraging everyone to be confident in yourself and I want to remind you to not forget who you are. I haven’t been blogging that much recently because I have been going through it and I needed to take time to be by myself for a second. This past week I noticed that I was always staying busy with school, Kappa Delta, and all the other fashion clubs I am in. (I’ll be making a little fit for a fashion show I have coming up, so stay tuned) I started to see myself becoming really stressed out over the smallest things and it made me start to go insane. 

Sometimes in life you have to step back and focus on the things that matter the most to you. Whenever you work on getting yourself better, everything in life will fall into place. This past week I tried to take time for myself to do things that make me happy. I went to a recycled book store and ended up getting 5 new records and have relaxed by listening to all my new music. I also planned two really cool events this past week and I’m glad it’s over and they turned out perfect. I planned a vision board making sisterhood event and had a Queen V collaging event mixer with It’s on Us. I really tried to call my mom more and she helped me get my sanity back. Sometimes self-care can just be connecting with your family and remembering your roots. This past weekend I took a much-needed break and spent some time with my family in Austin. My mind just needed to get away from school and my responsibilities pretty much. I love hanging out with my family because they’re always there to roast me and check up on me at the same time. I drove to Austin and it was so therapeutic for me to drive and blast my favorite songs. Before I left, I created just a random list of queued songs that I knew I would love. For some random reason, it was so excited for me to try and guess what song was coming up. My aunt lives in the mountains pretty much and it was so peaceful to drive through the winding roads, even though I was also terrified. 

Whenever people think about self-care everyone just assumes, we do a face mask and all your troubles fade away. This is true but there is so much more to loving yourself. During the past few days though, I have been really focusing on exfoliating and moisturizing my skin and prepping it for this upcoming frozen weather. Whenever the weather gets cold outside, my skin tends to get really dry and I’m stuck applying moisturizer much more often. Right now, I am focusing on exfoliating dry spots on my face, it typically tends to be around my nose. I am moisturizing my skin with morning sunscreen and nightly serums. My favorite serum at the moment is my vitamin C eye cream. I cannot emphasis how much this has actually helped my dark circles become less purple. One of my other favorites is my retinol plumping serum for anti-aging. It is never to early to start caring about your aging skin. I really recommend going to the ordinary, it is a skin care website and you can take a quiz to see which regiment is the best fit for your skin.  

This week I want to challenge everyone to do something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone and you set aside time to worry about yourself. Make a playlist of your favorite songs and blast it everywhere you go. Even though it is important to focus a lot on yourself but don’t forget to make sure your friends are doing good too. 

For the Love of Music

A recent collaboration of all the songs that have been inspiring me.

I want to start this all off by saying how much music means to me and how it is a soul component of friendships that brings everyone together. Living in Denton has given me so many more opportunities to see my favorite artists in concert and experience listening to good music with the people I love. I feel like I have to share these crazy things I’ve experienced the past few days by simply just hanging out and listening to music. Side note, I needed a few days after ACL for my brain to start to function normally. 

Last Thursday, I went to see Tame Impala in concert and had a serious life changing experience. Before the concert event started, my friend Katelyn and I were reflecting on all the concerts we went to and basically making fun of how we were such big fan girls. I went to so many concerts when I was younger and always bought a stupid t-shirt that made me feel so cool. Particularly One Direction, those five boys are the main reason why I am the women I am today. Flash forward, I’m walking into the concert towards our lawn seats and it just feels so nice to see so many people hanging out all ready to hear some crazy music. I laid out my Kappa Delta shield blanket, of course, and it already smells like home outside. Once the band came out and started playing songs, I was literally speechless. It was such a thrilling experience to see one of my favorite bands performing right in front of me eyes. I was dancing like a fool to the songs that I listen to almost every day whenever I’m driving or getting ready. Here’s where it gets crazy, this lady came up to me and my friends and said we reminded her so much of herself. At this point, my mind was blown. I never got her name, but I named her Jean. HAHA. It was just really crazy because she basically told us that we’re going to be good and that she wants us to experience everything in life. I wasn’t expecting that at all so I just kind of thought about it the rest of the concert.

Now, let me get into this concert. It was one of the most insane life experiences I’ve had thus far. Literally, they put on a whole experience not even a show. Each song I knew every word and every beat to it. They had crazy graphics that deceived my eyes and made me feel like I was dancing around inside a music video. There were confetti blasting out and fireworks lighting up the stage. From where I was sitting in the lawn section, I could see the entire stage and it was insane to watch the show just as one big thing. It was actually really cool sitting there because I had my shoes off and I was dancing around, then I could lay down if I got tired and I could also jump around like a psycho if I wanted to. Tame Impala is just a band that can bring so many different people together. Their music is what I consider psychedelic indie rock. At the show, there were crazy rave girls there, old couples, families, and sort of normal people like me. During that entire concert I felt like I was at Woodstock, if I ever could have been. Everyone was just chilling out listening to music that is meant to be heard in a beautiful atmosphere. I was talking to my friend Katelyn and I described Tame Impala as a modern-day version of The Beatles. Tame reminded me of them because they have a similar look and their music has the same melody styles as a few Beatles song do. They’re also from another country other than the US and they have beautiful Australian accents. If the Beatles could put on a show right now, it would be so similar to a Tame Impala concert. There is an increased advancement in technology and graphic design from when the Beatles were performing in the 60s. Whenever I was in 8th grade, I was obsessed with the Beatles. Literally I was in love with John Lennon. So pretty much, I basically saw the Beatles too, right. 

After the performance, reality didn’t just return back to normal. There was another band performing at a different stage at the same venue. They were called the Roomsounds and they played soft rock music that was perfect to listen to after that extreme rollercoaster. Touching back on the story about past fan girl Alli, there were three girls standing by us dancing around, all in the concert shirts and it made me so happy because that was me and I know they’re all going to be amazing in life. The irony of me buying the vinyl of the band that performed after the band I came to see is only something I would have to do. I went to get the record and it ended up being the second album, but of course the singer gave me a cd copy of the first album just to have too. Ugh, how wholesome. There was also a random guy from Wisconsin that came to talk to me and all he said was that I had to listen to this band called Widespread Panic. It was the creepiest thing ever because he said I had to listen to the Til the Medicine Takes album and “there would be something wrong with me if I didn’t like it.” I wish I could make this stuff up, but this was such a crazy night for me. Finally, after a week of reflecting over this experience I listened to the album which was made the year I was born in actually. To be honest, I actually did like it and the songs have really strong easy listening beats. It gave me Kurt Cobain vibes and I forever love that man. Sometimes I actually get really sad that I was never able to see him perform live, but life goes on. Pretty much from this night, I learned that everything in life finds its own way to work out. It seemed like all of the things that I have ever loved in my life all connected and became such a beautiful thing that makes me so happy.

After the show, Katelyn, McKenna and I hanging out listening to the Roomsounds.

This was the very last few moments of the concert and it is just a short experience of how the whole show actually was like.

join the re-VULVA-lution

I’m excited to share with you all what new things I am doing and how life has been for me. So, recently I have partnered with Queen V and they started a campaign called join the re-vulva-loution. It is our fun approach on a topic that most women find confusing and embarrassing to talk about. I host events on my campus to promote the importance of women’s health and why it is okay for us to be more open about it. This opportunity has given me the ability to empower women to take control of their bodies and be confident in who they are. You all know how I am all about trying to make others feel confident, so this is just another way for me to support my girls.

For a few weeks now, I have been using Queen V products and I’m kind of in love. They have a range of products that help you Maintain, Enjoy and Heal you V. One of my new shower essentials is the V-bar and this is such a great product for everyone to try out first. It smells so clean and it leaves you feeling renewed. Everyday I have been taking their dd probiotics and I have more energy throughout the day. Plus, I feel better, my body is doing really good at the moment. Out of all the products that I tried out, my current favorite is the spritzer. It makes me feel so refreshed and it’s good to have for whenever you want a clean boost. One of my favorite daily routines is to care about myself in all ways, so I uplift myself by saying my daily mantra. The one thing I say to myself all the time is ‘I am’. This just means that have the power to do anything that I want to do. I can feel however I am actually feeling. By constantly reminding myself that I am whoever I want to be, it has helped me be more confident and be happy with myself.

I want to share what my days are like and how I have sort of changed my approach on things to help me be successful and less stressed. Notice how I say sort of because I am still a mess at times. School is really going pretty great right now. I became a much more organized student and I try to make to-do lists each day. After so many years of always having a planner, I finally decided to start using it regularly. It has helped me to always see when my stuff is due or what meeting I have coming up. My mom used to always tell me to use a planner but for some reason I just never did and it’s honestly really helped keep me sane. For most of my life, I was a really bad procrastinator and I waited until the last minute to do so much because I either forgot or was just lazy. Now that I actually plan out my days and see what work I have to do, it helps me get a little done each day so I don’t have to worry about it all at once. This has helped me become a better student because I am always staying on top of my assignments and looking over my notes each day to actually learn new things. Each day when I wake up, if I have time, I will make a list of all the things I have to accomplish that day and it really helps motivate me. Getting organized can really help you feel prepared each day and less stressed out in the long run.

It’s coming UP

So this week I was challenged to tell the future in my trend analysis class. We have an assignment where we have to pick one thing that we think is going to be an upcoming trend or popular in different styles. I really picked my brain and thought about all the things that I recently started wearing or what was trendy this past summer. The past few months I was really into cheetah print. That was my go to for everything from class, parties and work. I also noticed that everyone and their moms’ all owned a cheetah midi skirt or dress. That was the cheetah look of the summer. There’s also a few people straying away from the cheetah print and being unique with cow print. Typically, I saw many different fanny packs and scarfs. Again, that was summer, now we are transitioning into the best time of the year. Fall! With the drastic change in seasons, there needs too be a drastic change in the print of the season.

Cow Print. That is what I want to be a new trend this upcoming season. The first time I really became obsessed with cow print was in January whenever Kylie Jenner wore it as a swimsuit. However, it didn’t really pick up then and I kind of want it to be a thing coming up. I think this black and white print can be seen as classy because you can absolutely dress it up with some jewelry if you wanted to. It can also be seen as a trendy, casual style. This bag is from the Marques’Almeida 19 collection and I want to see if it becomes a new found craze. Personally, I don’t own any cow print at this moment, but when my pants come in next week I will style them and hopefully everyone will fall in love with the print. I am so excited for this soon to be change into my cold weather wear. This is my favorite time of the year to express my style and layer many different combinations.

Here’s some more examples of cow print being out of the ordinary. If you are not dead set on the black and white print, there are neutral colors too. This brown print is actually super cute to pair with gold jewelry and can be casual or dressy. The pants are a great balanced mix between both color combinations.

Throughout the rest of this year, I will be keeping up on this trend and see how other people view it. I’m also going to try and keep adding in my new favorite trends or basically just anything I like in this category. This fashion insights is just a closer look into my personal fashion opinions.

just Girly things

This playlist goes out to all my ladies for a little bit of inspiration! My bestie monique inspired me to make this little music mix. :))

I want to start this off by saying how my computer broke and why I wasn’t able to post last week. So, I’m getting onto my monster tall bed, not realizing my computer was on the very edge and it just fell 6 feet on the ground. At first I had no idea what fell until I was laying down about to watch Jane the Virgin and finally realized I don’t have a computer to do that. Moral of the story is that my computer screen broke and I didn’t have one for a week. But I’m back now to tell you about what’s new in the Real life of Alli.

This school year I set a goal for myself to get more involved in school and meet people through clubs. About 2 weeks ago, I went to a club called HerCampus and it’s basically a women empowerment club. They hosted an event called Pink Table Talk and we talked about different problems women face. Going to this event really opened my eyes to see how so many girlies relate to the same issues. It was really cool to be apart of an interactive discussion about several topics but the ones that I liked the most were abortion laws, women in the workplace and skin care. I just want to share my opinion on these issues because I feel that I have quite a bit to share.

Abortion laws are just so mind blowing. The thing that sets females apart of males is their beautiful ability to give life in to this world. It is a woman’s choice to decide if she wants to have kids or not. Personally, I really just hate kids and I wouldn’t mind not having them. Of course that’s not everyone’s choice, but it is a decision that needs to be respected by everyone, especially someone who does not have the ability to reproduce. An abortion is health care not a crime. There are still several states that have banned abortion beyond a certain point in time and there are are some states that have attempted to ban it in general. Each woman has a different story on why she wants to have an abortion or not. She should not have to explain her reasons to anyone and they should just accept it. Recently, someone shared their story with me and explained how she was pro-life but still had an abortion for herself. Everything happens for a reason and that’s just one thing people have to understand.

Another issue that really gets me fired up is women in the work place and how we are treated. It absolutely disgusts me how men can be such objectifying jerks. Women have fought so hard to get rid of the pay gap and to not only break the glass ceiling but crush it! I can’t wait until I’m finally working and able to contribute my thousand ideas. I still have no idea what I want to do exactly but I am getting more excited about digital retail and the internet marketplace. There are so many opportunites in this industry and I’m trying to learn as much as I can right now so I can always be one step ahead of any man. HAHA. Side note, not just in the workplace, but men in general can be really gross. I absolutely hate the fact that I have to take my pepper spray everywhere I go because I’m terrified of a guy coming to kill me. I love being a girl, but I just hate feeling scared sometimes because I am a girl. There are so many people in this world that have really messed up mentalities and it is sad that this is the reality we face.

One of my favorite topics is skincare. I can talk forever about proper skin health and some of my favorite tricks that keep my skin looking youthful. Moisturizing is the most import thing you can do for your skin. This prevents wrinkles from forming and keeps your skin glowing and soft. My go-to moisturizer is the Mario Badescu hydro moisturizer with vitamin C. This moisturizer has sunscreen in it and I can not emphasis how important it is to protect your skin and apply sunscreen every morning. Vitamin C is vital to ensure you have the correct amount of antioxidants for your skin, as well as preventing and treating UV damage. I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible because I do not want to get wrinkles from the harmful UV rays. I always have super dark purple under eyes despite the amount of sleep I get. I started using a vitamin C eye cream and I have noticed how my dark circles have gradually gotten lighter. Soon, I’ll do a whole skin care routine and you can all see how I treat my skin on the daily.

Daniel Caesar Salad

Let me share with you all what my life was like this weekend. My best friend in the entire world came to visit me and we saw our favorite artist. In a nutshell, it was the most beautiful weekend I have ever had, thus far. This might sound kind of weird but I live each day with the mindset that it’s the best day of my life. I just think that you’re never going to know whenever your last day is going to be so might as well really live life. Aside from my life perspective, Kennedy, my literal soul mate came to see me. Kenny and I had the experience of our lives whenever we went to go see Daniel Caesar. Let me remind you just how much I love him and how I really just love music in general. Personally, I feel that I would be a completely different person if I didn’t listen to music and didn’t have any angelic sounds to get through my days. So naturally you all should know that me and Benns waited 7 hours outside just to be front row for our poetic king. Looking back now, I don’t remember it being that long of a time. I feel as if it was like 10 minutes because the whole time I was just hanging out with my bestie listening to good music, so it was pretty chill.
Now to talk about the concert, it was the most beautiful thing ever. Every event that happened that night ended up working out and turning into the greatest memory. We’re inside the venue for a max 10 minutes and Kennedy literally passes out. No joke she dropped to the ground but some how she managed get approved from the medics and got escorted all the way back through the crowd to get to the front with me. She also saved me from dehydration and rescued me with water. This all occurred in perfect timing right before the opening act came out. Koffee was a new artist that I never heard before and their Jamaican inspired music had me feeling so good and in a super chill mood to see one of my favorite artists. I added my favorite song by Koffee down below if anyone wants to hear it. You can also follow my Spotify if you ever want to listen to the same music as me.

I wish that I had words that could even describe how this concert made me feel. Daniel sounded like something that could never be played from my headphones. His voices sounds so angelic live and I could see him performing by giving his heart to us through his music. Once the show began I was completely speechless. There was a backdrop of draped fabric that had a light shinned perfectly on it so we could his band playing their instruments in the shadows. You can see how cool it looks with him singing. Everyone in the whole entire room was so mellow and were really all just hanging out and watching him sing to us. I really loved the visuals that he had playing during a few of his songs. During Get You, he had a video of Kali Uchis dancing behind him. I appreciate whenever an artist performs a song that features someone else because they find cool ways to incorporate them in. He also performed TOO DEEP TO TURN BACK and let me tell you all that I am completely shook. His backup singers, who were all completely beautiful, sang the beat to the song as a beautiful video played behind them all. Most of the duration of this concert, I really was just admiring and listening to Daniel Caesar sing the songs that I listen to almost everyday to me. It was absolutely worth the wait outside for almost half of my day, because I was able to stand front and center to see one of my favorite artist sing with my best friend by my side. I actually cried a lot during the show because it was absolutely beautiful. Right as I could feel the concert was about to be over, I actually got really sad because he didn’t play Japanese Denim which was my favorite song by him for the absolute longest time. Daniel Caesar has left the stage at this point and the whole crowd starts shouting Japanese Denim and I start crying because I know he HAS to come out and sing. Of course, the first beat of the song dropped and I am shaking because it was a life changing experience to see this being sang right in front of me. I knew that once this song was over, I would have been fulfilled by seeing Daniel Caesar live. Just so you all could experience the same beauty I did, you can all watch some of the videos I added down below.

This song on its own is amazing, but adding the backup vocals and the video just makes it a true work of art.

Whenever Daniel performed Open Up, my jaw literally dropped to the ground. His vocals are absolutely amazing. He sounded so much better live because you could hear the emotion in his voice. This song is a different tune from the original song at some parts and I personally think it sounds so pure.

Hi, Welcome to Kappa Delta

GO Greek. GO UNT.

Today was the first day of recruitment and it was a completely different experience from a year ago. I was the one who was basically supposed to see if the girls I talked to would be a good fit for Kappa Delta. To be honest, I was just as excited and nervous to meet them as they were. There were about 340ish girls that went through this whole process and it was a lot for me. I have no idea how I would of mentally survived if I was still at Tech. S/O to my strong sisters there!! We had 9 parties total and I talked to 2 girls each. The first day is typically just a meet & greet so I tried to find out as much as I could about my girl in the span of 7 minutes. I just asked the basic questions like what their major is and where they were from. I really tried to remain cool and collected because I know how the PNM (potential new member) was probably feeling nervous. Whenever I was going through this process last year, some houses I went to I felt kind of intimidated by the girl recruiting me. Only because I knew she was pretty much judging me. In KD, they don’t want us to act a “certain way” during recruitment, they encourage us to be ourselves and be confident.

Sisterhood

On this amazing Friday, we showed our potential new sisters around our beautiful KD Kastle. This day was so much fun because I got to talk to a sweet girl and tell her all about our sisterhood and how I literally am in love with Kappa Delta. sidenote: I met my rush crush… I really love getting to share with potential new babies, what this sisterhood really means to me. Everyday I get reminded why I joined Kappa Delta and how blessed I am to be apart of an organization with girls that genuinely love me and want the best for me. Kappa Delta is so focused on confidence and really uplifting our sisters and bragging about their accomplishes no matter how small. We care so much about our sisters and want a strong sisterhood that lasts forever. There are so many sisterhood activities that we do throughout the year that help us keep up with each other and build immense bonds that can’t be broken. As everyone in the entire world knows, I transferred Tech and now I go to UNT. So yes, I switched chapters and I was welcome with wade open arms into a new chapter. I have the amazing opportunity to live in the house and I am soooo thankful I do. It has really helped me adjust and get to know all my sisters better. There is a big difference in number from my last chapter compared to this one, but I actually like being apart of a smaller chapter a lot more. It has really helped me get to know all of my sisters and actually stuff going on in their lives instead of just their name. Obviously, because I just moved into the house I didn’t really want to give a tour so I just stayed in the kitchen for half of the party and talked to all the girls that passed through. My room was on the house tour and I was actually so proud with how cute it turned out. Even though my bed is up so high and I hit my head almost 5 times a day, I have a cute sitting area set up underneath. It’s almost like I should be Pinterest famous for it. HAHAHA

Our love for Girl Scouts & PCAA

Today is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE day of recruitment. This was the day that I really fell in love with Kappa Delta. Our platform is Confidence, so everything we do we do it confidently and we try to enstill confidence in anyone we work with. Kappa Delta’s first philanthropy is the PCAA, which stands for Prevent Child Abuse America. The biggest fundraiser we do is Shamrock Week, the theme is different each year and all the events are different for each chapter. We donate 80% to the National Foundations and the other 20% back to the local advocacy center. I really like how Kappa Delta doesn’t just give money, but we really try to be as hands on as possible with our philanthropy so we can make a true impact. However, because we are not trained to work with the children in this program, that is why we joined our other partner 21 years ago. It’s the Girl Scouts of America!!! This is my favorite thing about KD because we get to donate to a cause which is really close to our hearts and work hands on with a group of young girls and really change their lives. Going back to our confidence platform, we try to teach these young girls that they can be strong women who can change the world. I was a Girl Scout when I was younger and I wish I could of had a college girl talk to me and tell me how great of a women I would turn into. My homegirl in this pic just transferred here from Pace University in New York. We’ve been talking a lot this week about stuff we relate to and just life. But while talking to my new sister, we realized just what Kappa Delta truly means. Kappa Delta is so different from any other sorority. No one looks the same, has the same background or even has the same major, but what really brings us together is our values and what is really important to us. A Kappa Delta is someone who will always lift someone up, inspire other women to be the best possible person of theirselves and she is confident enough to stand up for what she believes in no matter what. Even though I am here with a different group of girls, I just switched the location of my home. I could never imagine myself not being apart of Kappa Delta. This group of girls will always be real and remind me what girl power really means.

White Rose

This is the day where we really seal the deal and our favorite PNMs want to go KD. We really show them what being a Kappa Delta is like and how amazing their life can be if they choose KD. Kappa Delta welcome these girls into our home and we share with them our white rose ceremony. Every time I am apart of this ceremony it brings tears to my eyes because I really love Kappa Delta so much and it is amazing for me to get to share that with my potential new sisters. Today we wore long grey dresses, which is actually a tradition of the Gamma Beta chapter and it looks so beautiful as a group. I’m gonna be honest, I absolutely hated my dress because it is not my style and of course it was too simple for me, but they looked really good against our beautiful light background. Let’s just take a quick moment to appreciate our amazing light background and that gorgeous ice sculpture. Like we really popped off with that.

Best Day, Bid Day

This is the day we have been looking forward to for the past 2 weeks. I was so excited whenever they called out my name and I realized Natalie was my bid day buddy. She’s so cool and I’m really happy she went KD. Bid day was so much fun to hang around all my sisters and welcome our new babies home. I can wait for these girls to literally fall in love with Kappa Delta like I did. The theme was so beautiful, it was “Racing home to KD” and the decorations rocked. We had the greatest snacks ever. If you really know me, I always eat chips and I ate so many. The pizza rolls were delicious and I’m glad I’m a KD because we always have really good food. We took the cutest pictures of PC’19 and made sure they knew how to throw up the right sign. I had to make sure my girl Natalie matched the theme so I gave her a matching skirt to wear with her new shirt. I just had such an amazing day because I loved sharing Kappa Delta with my new sisters. And once again after we were done with stuff at the house, we all went to go eat at a taco place. So yea, it was a great day.

I just want to brag about my amazing, talented sisters who spent so much time on these letters and they are SOOOO CUTE!!

Drip for Less

Today is your lucky day!! I’m going to share my favorite fashion secret: Ross. It’s my go-to store for trendy, quality clothes and accessories. Let me be the one to tell you all about what I really get into. I find the best deals but only if I’m in the mood to shop and actually look for stuff. All my sisters out there know what I mean when you really don’t want to shop but you do it anyways just to pass time!! I know some of y’all are wondering what the heck i’m talking about because Ross can definitely get trashy but some stores are definitely better than others.

Recently, I went to a Ross in San Antonio where I found all the accessories featured in my cover pic. They’ve been starting to carry a lot of name-brand jewelry for basically a steal. The cherry earrings I’m wearing are from BaubleBar and they would of probably cost me like $25 but I paid $5.99 for that little cherry moment. My mom went to Vegas a few weeks ago and of course she had to go to Ross. Vegas is known for having beautiful stores, so obviously you know that they had to have a pretty decent Ross. Girl came through with some really good finds. She bought the daintiest ‘A’ BaubleBar necklace and it only cost $8.99. :O My mom also found me the most beautiful, golden cheetah dress ever. It is a long-sleeve flowy, maxi dress that is going to be perfect in a few months when it isn’t 110 degrees outside. Quick tangent: I think this happened 2 days ago, but I’m also delirious from recruitment. Anyway, I walked to my car, planning on going to target, I had my lil girl power metal water bottle in my car with water in it from the previous day. So, me, trying to not get dehydrated from this Texas heat, drank the old water and it literally burned my mouth. So yes, I’m tired of this heat and ready for the chill autumn temps before I start to freeze. Ok, lets get back to it. My favorite accessory I got at Ross was my Quay sunglasses. The cute, trendy black ones in the pic are surprisingly, from the Ross in Corpus. I also have another pair of pink oversized style gladiators that I got there too for only $19.99 as well! But, who really would of guessed?

Personally, I think that Ross has some original pieces of clothing and accessories for really good prices, BUT you have to be willing to look for them. For as long as I can remember, I always had that mentality that ‘your shoe size hardly ever changes so buy the shoe.’ I have so many shoes and accessories because I think you can always rewear them more than I would probably rewear clothes. Some really cool things that I’ve gotten in the past few months are a pair of Steve Madden platform grey camouflage, reflective sneakers that were like $12.99. I also found some really cute clear and colorful rhinestoned sandals from Steve Madden that only cost $21.99. I can always find shoes anywhere I go because my size isn’t as common as others. Oh wait, in case everyone forgot I’m 5’8″ so I sort of have big feet. Old news though, I wear a size 10 so most of the time I can find really cute shoes at not only Ross but a lot of other stores whenever they’re having sales, like Dillard’s and Nordstrom. S/O to all my ladies with big feet too lol.

Some cool accessory finds I’ve gotten from Ross would also be a pair of lightning bold rhinestoned huggies from BaubleBar too. And as you all know I live for feminism and GIRL POWER, so I bought cutest pair of rose gold earrings that say ‘GRL’ on one side and ‘PWR’ on the other. They’re from BCBG and I absolutely had to get them because they were only $5.99. I also go to Ross to find unique, decorations that they don’t carry at other stores. One time, I found these beautiful glass hanging lanterns that I hung from my celling in my room and I think that they were the coolest thing. For my room right now, I bought this really cute blue velvet desk chair that is the exact colors of my room. I also found this cool rainbow woven rug there that only cost $15.99 and I was planning on getting one from Urban that looked just like it for $79.99. COME ON savings!!

One thing I want to end with is to never diss anything until you experience it and try something new out. There are so many ways to look cute and dress any accessories up without spending a fortune on your wardrobe. I can also credit my somewhat- budget friendly looks to NastyGal, my favorite online store. I really can’t remember a time they didn’t have a sale going on. I probably (definitely) will do a NastyGal haul soon. The red tie-up dress I’m wearing is from there. I really want y’all to check out this site because the old CEO Sophia Amoruso has an inspiring podcast called ‘Girlboss’ that I hope someone might listen to it because of this post. Each episode is a different story about a female business plan or inspiring interviews with amazing women leaders. I’m gonna link the most recent podcast and want you all to learn something new. I am a gal who loves to support environmental awareness and obsessed with making sure everyone recycles. The last podcast really gave me hope that people will understand their environmental impact and start to live a green life.