September 10, 2017

What Is College REALLY Like?

Hello, my friends, and welcome to my 100th post!

I just finished my first week of college, and I'm here to tell you all about it.

Monday
Since this past Monday was Labor Day, I didn't have school. I used this free day to organize my schoolbag, clean my room, and take a shower! I wanted to make sure I started the year off fresh and at ease, with a clean and calm environment to come home to.

Tuesday
Tuesday was my first official day of college.

Once I found parking, I was left with 4 minutes to get to a class that I had no idea where to find. On my hopeless trek through the building, I ran into a staff member and asked him if he knew where my room was. He turned out to be the professor of the class I was looking for! By the time I sat down, my chest burned due to how out of breath I was. I was pleasantly surprised by the humor of my first professor.

After the first class, I had an hour to get lunch and work on blog posts. I got a bagel and a coffee from the cafeteria and sat down at a table, waiting for the time to pass.

My second professor of the day is super nice and outgoing. I was assigned two stories to read and a quiz to take, due on Thursday. I finished off the school day with another English class, taught by a very stern and intimidating woman. My professor spent the whole 75 minutes talking about how much harder this class was compared to its prerequisites, which I had been exempt from. Needless to say I was, and am, quite worried!

Wednesday
Wednesday was the first day of my Monday/Wednesday classes. On these days, I have a math class and a communications class. My math class started at 1:00pm, but I came in a little early to work on some homework. Math was really overwhelming. My professor has a thick Russian accent, so the lessons are a little difficult sometimes. I also stupidly forgot to bring paper, so I had to figure out how to create all of those fancy math symbols in an online document. I definitely learned my lesson.

My communications class seems promising, and my teacher gave us M&Ms so it's off to a good start!

Thursday
Thursday was my second day in my Tuesday/Thursday classes, and my last day of school for the week. Because I had been to these classes before, I was a little less anxious trying to figure out how to get there. Once I got to my classes, I'd sit down in the seat I assigned myself and pull out the assignments I'd been working on since Tuesday.

Although I'd only been out of high school for a few months, it felt like I hadn't been to school in years. The campus is huge, the homework is overwhelming, and the material is foreign to me. I still don't know how to get to most of my classes without circling the building a few times, but I'm getting the hang of it! As for everything else, I'm sure I'll manage.

Friday
Time to RELAX!

That, my friends, was my first week of college! Sorry for the long post; I guess this was more of a diary entry than anything else. For those of you who aren't in college yet, I hope this gave you a tiny insight on what's in store for you! For those of you who are currently in college or have graduated, I hope this was somewhat relatable!

My conclusion to what college is really like is quite similar to my hypothesis; college is fun if you put yourself out there (joining clubs, talking to your classmates), and it's not so overwhelming if you just keep up with your homework. If you do those two things, college will be fine! I'll see you later in the month for a non-school-related post!

Until then,
Jordan x

August 30, 2017

Back-to-School Clothing Haul

Hello, my stylish scholars! I have a very exciting post for you today.

To freshen my wardrobe for college, I did a little shoppin'. The 8 items featured in this post were bought for a total of $80, making them the perfect pieces for a student on a college budget!

Without further ado, let's get to the haul!



First stop, Target! Target is quite expensive for my liking, so I just went there for the basics. I bought a pair of black leggings and two v-necks in mustard and cream-ish. The leggings were reduced from $10 to $7, and the shirts were two for $14. What a deal! All 3 items are from the brand, Mossimo.



After Target, I went to Kohl's and raided the clearance section. I found the softest blue tank top with a lace-up neckline by the brand, So, for only $4.80!



The second shirt I found, also for $4.80, is this gorgeous graphic top. I absolutely love the neckline and shape of this top, and Sam says it accentuates my tattoos!

Although my school year takes place over the autumn/winter, I figure that these sleeveless tops would be great under cardigans as there would be no bunching up.

Onto the jeans!


I was in desperate need of some new pants, and rather than going for plain denim, I decided to go for something a little more fun. I bought two pairs of high-rise jeggings from the brand, So. I bought a grey pair for any 'business casual' outfits I may have to create, and I bought this glorious green pair because it's one of my favorite colors! Both pairs were $17.99 each.



Last but definitely not least, the most gorgeous pair of trousers you've ever seen. These navy and white, vertically striped trousers are by the brand, Candies. They were originally $48, but I got them for only $14.40. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! It feels too good to be true! These pants aren't a part of my everyday school uniform, but for days where I have to do a presentation or I'm feeling a little sassy, they would be perfect!

That's it for my college clothing haul! I hope this post has inspired you to go out and take advantage of some amazing deals. Sometimes you can find a hidden gem in the sales rack!

Until next time,
Jordan x

August 20, 2017

What's In My School Bag?

Hello, my babies!

As I briefly mentioned in my last post, I will be starting college/university on the 5th of September. This is a significant moment for me because I see the beginning of university as the beginning of the rest of my life. I am voluntarily going to school, to get a degree, to get a job, to buy a house, to support a family. It's kind of a big deal!

In order to make sure I get that degree, I need to make sure I have everything I need! Today I'm going to talk you through the contents of my school bag.


My school bag of choice is a messenger bag by the brand, Merona. The bag is made of a canvas material with a detachable shoulder strap, faux leather detailing, and magnetic buckles. On the inside, the bag has a cushioned section for my laptop and a decent-sized zipper pocket for all of my loose items. I absolutely love the earthy colors!




Now, onto the contents of this gorgeous bag!





Computer & Charger Cord
My electronic notebook and the cord that keeps it alive!
Expanding File
Having an expanding file is much easier than carrying 5 individual folders around. It's also a wonderful place to keep my snacks.
Daily Planner
Essential for staying organized! I like to write down my assignments, my work schedule, and any events happening in my life.
Textbooks
College classes usually occur every other day. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I'll be carrying my Math and Communications textbooks. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I'll be carrying my English and Philosophy textbooks!
Pens and Pencils
Obviously! I am a lover of all pens; black, blue, even purple if I'm feeling sassy.  I'm not a big fan of pencils though, so if I have to use them, I prefer to use mechanical pencils. They're just a little more fun!
Lip Balm
An absolute essential, especially during wintertime! I always feel much more confident with lip balm on.
Chewing Gum
Let's be honest; sometimes we just don't have time to brush our teeth in the morning. Whether you skipped out on your morning brush or ate a garlicky lunch, gum is a lifesaver.
Hand Lotion
The soap used in school restrooms is really harsh; at least on my little hands. A travel-sized hand lotion can be found in all of my bags, including my school bag!
Tampons
You never know when you or a friend might need one! Plus, it's better to be prepared than to walk around asking strangers for one.
Nail File
You won't need it often, but when you do and you don't have one, it's impossible to think about anything else.
Calculator
Every Monday and Wednesday, you will find a calculator in my bag!

That, my friends, is the contents of my school bag! I hope this post didn't make you cry at the thought of going back to school. I promise school will be alright as long as you stay on top of your work and stay out of drama! I wish you all a school year full of learning, personal growth, and edible school lunches.

Until next time,
Jordan x

August 10, 2017

A Three-Pronged Fork in the Road

Hello, my wonderful people.

For the first time ever in my blogging career, I failed to upload a post last month. Due to the relaxed, casual nature of my blog, I'm sure nobody noticed; however, I still feel like I've failed myself. My one goal as a blogger was to upload at least one post a month. I had a few posts in the works for July, but I hated them all. I tried pushing myself to write something, but my heart was saying 'no'. I then decided that having a month of no posts was better than having a month of half-assed posts that I couldn't care less about. Quality over quantity, right?

Between working, writing my book, maintaining relationships, and preparing for college, I've had little to no time to blog or film. Not only do I not know what content to make, but I also don't know where to put it.

When I find a topic I want to talk about, I need to decide whether it'd be better addressed as a blog post, as a YouTube video, or as a chapter in the book I'm writing. If I make a profound, life-changing realization, I save it for the book. If I have anything else I want to say, show, or review, I need to decide between the blog or the YouTube channel. I feel that YouTube videos are far more interesting for most people, making them the medium that I tend to lean towards. This basically means that my blog gets shat on.

Today I am here to tell you that from now on, I am going to bring you the highest quality of content, at LEAST once a month. In fact, I'm gonna start right now! If there is anything you'd like me to write about, click the 'Contact' tab at the top of my blog and shoot me a message! Get ready, because your mind is gonna be blown.

Thank you for your time, and I will see you soon!
Jordan x

June 30, 2017

Life Inspirations

Hello, my babies!

20 days ago, I graduated high school. I have officially been launched into the real world, and I couldn't be happier. Or more overwhelmed.

Although I have a few years of college ahead of me and I'm still living with my parents, it's time to start thinking about life after education. What do I want to do? Where do I want to live? What do I want my living space to look like? What do I want my wardrobe to look like? What kind of car do I want to drive?

I'm not a very decisive person, so I love to look elsewhere for inspiration. Today's post is all about the people, places, and things that I aspire to do/have/be like in my lifetime. Enjoy!

Home Inspiration
Estee Lalonde


Estee is a Canadian, London-based YouTuber. Although our styles don't completely align, Estee is one of my home inspirations because she does a great job of incorporating color into very neutral spaces. We share a love of the accented neutral color scheme, and she has the green thumb that I wish I had! Above I've included a video she made of her favorite bits of her home, and I can't help but agree with her!

Fashion Inspiration
Emily Canham


Emily Canham is a 20-year-old YouTuber who specializes in beauty and fashion. Emily's wardrobe is the perfect mixture of elegant and casual, and even her most laid-back outfits look worthy of a day out!


My go-to outfit is a pair of leggings and a men's t-shirt, out of sheer simplicity. I have a few 'feminine' pieces, but the majority of my clothing is fairly androgynous. Emily does a great job of making feminine clothing appeal to me by including edgy/unisex touches. She also does a wonderful job of including inexpensive pieces in her wardrobe.

Blog Inspiration
Poppy Deyes

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Poppy Deyes is a food/travel/lifestyle blogger from Brighton, England. Every picture on Poppy's blog and Instagram is perfectly lit and edited, and they make you feel happy just by looking at them. Every aspect of her photography and blog layout seems to be thought out and precisely placed, which is a skill I have yet to master.

Click here to see what I'm talking about!

Ultimate Inspiration(s):
Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes

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Zoe and Alfie (a.k.a. Zalfie) are YouTubers based in Brighton, England, and I've been subscribed to their channels for about 5 years now. In those 5 years, their channels have grown massively, which has allowed them to do things that the average twenty-something could only dream of.

Zoe and Alfie are my career, home, fashion, and relationship inspirations for the following reasons:

Both Alfie and Zoe have made making YouTube videos their full-time job, which is something I've wished for myself since 8th grade. They are both authors of several successful books, which is a title I hope to have for myself one day. They recently moved into an absolute mansion of a home in the town that I've been dreaming of moving to for years. They also have the best relationship with each other's families, which is something I hope to maintain with my boyfriend's family. Not only are they a beautiful couple, but they're also beautiful people inside and out. They give as much as they get, and they are regular donators to charity.

Zoe and Alfie's unbelievable success is every aspect of their lives - especially at such a young age - is why they are my ultimate role models.

Click here to check out Alfie's vlog channel, and click here to check out Zoe's vlog channel!

Those are all of the life inspirations I have at the moment! Although I said I was an indecisive person at the beginning of this post, I don't want you to think that I'm trying to be anyone else. I like to think of these inspirations as people that spark an interest within me and expose me to things I never knew I liked.

I hope you enjoy today's post, and I'll see you soon for another one!

Love,
Jordan x

May 30, 2017

My New Tattoo

Hello, everyone! How are you all?!

My 18th birthday was on the 15th of May, and I decided to celebrate by starting my tattoo sleeve. In today's post, I will be showing you my tattoo and talking you through the reasons I got it.

I've always been a fan of hot bodies and beautiful faces, regardless of the sex of the person they belonged to. However, I am especially fond of the female body and all of the amazing, wondrous things it is capable of. I think women are some of the most magnificent things to ever walk the earth, and I knew I wanted some sort of tattoo to celebrate them. Rather than getting a pair of boobs etched into my skin, I decided to get a portrait of one of the most powerful women I know instead.


My tattoo is a stylized image of Cher, a famous singer. I drew the portrait myself and it now lives on my upper left arm!

Cher became famous in the '60s as a 16-year-old, singing with her boyfriend, Sonny. Throughout Cher's 50 years in the spotlight, she's done everything from singing, to hosting, to acting. I was exposed to Cher's talent - and elaborate costumes - by my mom around the age of four, and as I've gotten older and learned more about the multi-facetted woman, I realized that she might just be the most badass female out there.

Not only was Cher the epitome of natural beauty in her first few decades, but she has the most bold, fiery personality to match. Cher has been known to speak her mind and not take s*** from anybody, and she appears completely unfazed by the opinions people have about her, which is something I wish I was strong enough to overcome. Cher is a nearly perfect example of what every woman should be: strong, confident, independent, and ever-changing.

This tattoo is a reminder to be confident and indestructible. My life is promising and full of possibilities, because I am a woman, and I am capable of anything. 

I got my tattoo done by Samantha Weeks at Serenity Ink in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The tattoo took nearly 4 hours.

Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Jordan x

April 20, 2017

I Need Your Help

Hello, everyone! Today's blog post is a very exciting one for me.

3 years ago as of this month, I started writing a book. I've told a select few about my literary endeavors, but I've kept the majority of it under wraps in fear of humiliating myself.

The book is essentially a guide on how to get through life in one piece.

This book shows you how to...

- strengthen your mind and body.
- overcome physical and mental illness.
- alleviate the stress of everyday life.
- cook quick and healthy meals.
- accentuate your natural beauty.
- recover from past relationships.
- be the happiest you've ever been.

 There are so many layers and levels to this book that my explanations cannot do it justice! If I had to describe it, however, it would be a cross between an autobiography and a manual on how to be insanely happy, mixed with a hint of a cook book.

The book is nowhere near finished because the information I want to include in it can only be learned over time, which is why I need your help. My questions for you, my beloved audience, is what would you like the answers to? What do you want to learn about? What advice can I include in this book to make your life easier?

If you could, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post or click over to the 'Contact' tab on my blog to shoot me an email! The faster you send in you queries, the faster I can finish the book!

I am not going to share the title with you because I want it to be a surprise, but just know that this book will have the answers to everything. Well, almost.

Until next time,
Jordan x

March 27, 2017

Things to Not Worry About (Your Future)

Hey, everyone!

I had a mental breakdown last night. It was nothing out of the ordinary, and frankly I'm surprised it didn't happen earlier on in the evening. Although I'm extremely prone to panic attacks, the one I had last night was nothing like my usual ones. This mental breakdown came from a place of sadness and hopelessness rather than extreme nervousness. There was still crying and the complete disintegration of my mind, but rather than shaking and losing control over my body, I just sat there.

I was with my boyfriend last night when I started feeling gross. The past few days had put a bit of a stress on our relationship, and yesterday the negativity kind of added up. My meltdown was brought on by our conversation we had in my driveway after he had driven me home.

We talked about our minor issues, like why I would become so unhappy towards the end of every evening we spent together. (The answer was because I'd get tired and we couldn't find anything to do/watch on Netflix that we were both interested in.)

Opening up this door led me to thinking about other issues within our relationship; issues that weren't even issues yet. I started thinking about our future together, and if our extremely different lifestyles, beliefs, and interests would eventually make us hate each other. Opening up this door led me to opening every other door imaginable. I started to question my future with everything.

Sam suggested that the reason I'm so anxious all the time is because I obsess over the future. Although I think it's important to plan for your future, I realized that he was totally right. I worry about what might happen years from now rather than enjoying the present. I plan for the worst case scenario, which prevents me from being able to relax, which in turn poisons the 'here and now'.

We came to the conclusion that since we are such different people, we give and receive love in different ways. I need way more reassurance than he does. It doesn't necessarily mean our relationship is doomed, it just means we need to adapt to each other.

I still worry about things like where I'll end up, and what I'll be doing with my life, and if the guy I love now is the guy I'll love forever. However, I've realized that worrying about those things doesn't make them any better! Stressing out about your future doesn't stop it from happening. I've also realized that a relationship's success isn't predetermined by the couple's traits or differences; it's determined by your effort and your willingness to make things work. It's about deciding you love each other enough to overcome anything.

Long story short, things only work if you make them work. You'll only figure out what you want to do with your life by doing things. You'll only figure out where you belong by going out and exploring. So go out, make stuff happen, and don't let anything - including yourself - get between you and the things you love.

Until next time,
Jordan x

February 28, 2017

How's Life?

Hello, babies! I apologize for the lack of blog postage in February. This month has been surprisingly hectic, and I've had no idea what to post. When you've been blogging for 3 years, original ideas are hard to come across.

Embracing my brain fart and my busy life, I decided to make today's post about what's been goin' on over the past couple of months. In this post you will see where I've been, what I've been eating, and who I've spent my time with (mostly Sam). Enjoy! 


On January 3rd, Moose enjoyed one of his favorite snacks. Can you guess what it is?


On January 9th, my mom and I went out for lunch at the smallest cafe I've ever seen. The iced mocha I was drinking was infused with cinnamon and cayenne and called the Heartbreak Hotel. It was AMAZING.


On January 15th, Sam and I celebrated our one month anniversary by taking his dog to the park!


On January 21st, Sam pretended to steer a boat while eating candied cashews.


On February 3rd, my sister drove us all around Wisconsin to pick up her concert tickets.


On February 10th, I experimented with tomatoes and burrata, a mozzarella ball filled with shredded mozzarella and cream.


On February 12th, Sam and I created a pesto pasta dish and watched the Grammys!


On Valentine's Day, I got a new shirt...


... and the cutest letter of all time.


On February 18th and 19th, I vlogged my weekend. Click the video above to check it out!


On February 21st, I figured out that I was 34% Scandinavian and 0% Irish. Who woulda thought?!


On February 26th, Sam and I discovered a cafe in Milwaukee that happens to be the perfect mixture of our personalities; biker hippy!



Today, Sam and I started off the morning with our respective coffees and relaxed on the couch.


Later on in the day, we met up during his lunch break for a quick enchilada in my car!

I hope you somewhat enjoyed looking back on my first two months of the year. To answer the question that I titled the post with, life is pretty darn good! I'll see you soon for my next post! I promise it won't take another month.

Until then,
Jordan x

January 30, 2017

2017 Bucket List

Hello, my lovely people! I hope you've all had a decent start to the new year. 

2017 is going to be a very big year for me. Over the next 12 months I will be entering adulthood, graduating from high school, and going to college. Between those 3 major life events, I plan to fill my schedule with 'bucket list' activities to make 2017 the best year of my life thus far.

So, without further ado, here's my list of things to do!

Explore My Hometown
I've spent nearly 2 decades living in and around my hometown, but I've only seen what I'm exposed to on my daily routes. This summer before I move to Milwaukee for college, I'm going to take some time to explore my hometown and appreciate where I come from. I'm going to attend the summer festivals, the water shows, and the street fairs. Rather than saying my hometown is holding me back, I'm going to experience what it has to offer and figure out why most people that graduate from my high school decide to stay here.

Vacation with Friends
Parents are great and everything, but there's something about being with people in the same age bracket with similar mindsets that feels extremely liberating. Being with friends gives you the freedom to make your own rules, schedule, and bedtime. Young adults would agree that it gives us a sense of maturity and control over our lives, which - if managed wisely - can make life all the more enjoyable.

This summer, my boyfriend and I plan on going camping, renting a bungalow up north, and possibly going to California. We want to go everywhere our budget will allow us! Like I said in my last post though, over-planning leads to disappointment. I'm going to keep an open mind about our worldly endeavors and remember that the best trips are the spontaneous ones!

Get in Tune with My Body
I'm not sure what this means yet, but I know I'm in way more physical pain than I should be. This year I'm going to listen to my body and take steps towards making myself feel better naturally. I'm going to lessen my reliance on pharmaceuticals such as ibuprofen and try to heal myself with things like meditation, pilates, or yoga.

Get Tattoos
I want to get a few tattoos this year. My sister and I are going to get matching tattoos at some point, and for my 18th birthday in May, I plan on starting my sleeve. You'll have to wait to see what I get!

Grow Out My Hair
Whenever I try to grow out my hair, I get annoyed with it and tell myself I'd look better with it short. This leads to a 6-month period of me looking like a 12-year-old girl if my hair is not perfectly styled, which it usually isn't. This year, I am going to grow my hair out to see if it makes me look any better.

Accept Life
Just yesterday, I decided to indulge in a couple Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that I had been saving for a rainy day. When I opened up my purse to get them out, I discovered that someone had stole them. They were only 89 cents, but it made me SO UPSET. I had bought them with my own money and had been saving them for a desperate time, and they weren't there. Sometimes your candy gets stolen and you just gotta deal with it. Not everything goes the way we want it to, and that's something I'm going to work on accepting this year.

Those are all my goals and ambitions for 2017! Stay tuned to see if I end the year with long hair, a start on my tattoo sleeve, a better mindset, and more worldly experiences!

See you soon,
Jordan x