Friday Five: What I’m Reading This Week

September 29, 2017

It’s been a long week, and next week will be even longer. Work is picking up, I have my grad class next weekend, and two weddings to attend in the span of 72 hours. I am definitely counting down the days to that 4-day weekend.

Today’s post isn’t super long, but just a collection of things I’ve read from some of my favorite women on the internet over the past week or so!

1. “Please Don’t Call Me Mama” – a short plea from my good friend and fellow blogger Betsy detailing her aversion to being called “mama” by other women. It’s a sensitive point for a lot of people, but I do agree with Betsy. In fact, I’ve noticed that one of the fitness coaches at my gym calls me and other women “mama” and it rubs me the wrong way. I’m not a mother, and it’s a bit presumptuous to do so. What if I was a woman grieving the loss of a recent miscarriage or struggling to get pregnant at all? It seems a bit insensitive.

2. “Here’s What Sorority Recruitment Is Really Like” – September 16 marked ten years since I accepted my bid to join my sorority. I love this article for multiple reasons: first, it’s the most comprehensive guide to what goes on behind the scenes during recruitment. Second, even at a small school with only five chapters, this is almost exactly my experience on both sides (as a PNM and as a chapter member.) I do take issue with the assumption that all sororities in the South are racist, because that was not my experience at all, as I had sisters of all different races. However, I do understand that my experience was probably unusual for Greek Life in the South and recognize that the Greek System continues to be a very segregated thing.

3. “Women Aren’t Nags – We’re Just Fed Up” – I’ve read a similar article to this in the past that asserted that women carry around emotional labor that men do not. I almost cried when I read it. Yes, my husband is a huge help around the house, don’t let me give you the wrong impression. This week alone he has made dinner multiple times, gone to the grocery store for me, and done other household chores, including 3 hours of yard work on Saturday. However, this article resonated with me particularly with the part about praise: while I may cook dinner (and breakfast and lunch) every day, as well as do laundry, clean bathrooms, etc. I may not often receive praise, while my husband may cook one or two dinners a week and expect praise for it. I don’t want this to come off as complaining, just a comment on life and my experiences.

4. “Choosing Not to Breastfeed Adelaide” – My good friend Elisabeth, who was married just a few weeks after me, has two beautiful children, Lincoln and Adelaide. Having never had children, I don’t know much first-hand about the experience of breastfeeding, but I found this post to be a refreshing change of pace from the other articles I’ve read insisting that breastfeeding is the only way. While I do plan to breastfeed my future children if I’m able to, I appreciate Elisabeth’s candor about choosing her sanity and happiness over potential judgement.

5. “How Mike Pence’s Boundaries Hold Women Back Professionally” – I’ve been following Brita on social media for a long time because I love the hard work and effort that she puts into her articles. While we may not always see eye to eye on certain issues, she does a great job of researching and clearly explaining her positions and why. The fact that boundaries are being brought up indicates to me that without these boundaries, someone wouldn’t be able to sexually control themselves around someone of the opposite (or even same) sex. Much like rape culture and teaching men to not rape instead of women how to avoid being raped, we should deal with the root of the issue (controlling sexual urges and being professional) instead of instating boundaries. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to see how some congressmen are already handling the issue in a gender-neutral way.

That’s all I have for today! What are you reading this week?

Fall 2017 TV Preview

September 22, 2017

I’m back again with my Fall TV Preview. I can’t call it an annual thing yet since this is only the second year, but I definitely plan to make this a yearly thing. As usual, note that this list is all kinds of biased/sarcastic and may not include everything you’re looking for! It’s just my take on things. If you’re looking for more, visit Rotten Tomatoes. Just a note that these are organized by network, then chronologically by premiere date.

ABC – 

The Good Doctor
Premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m.

Marvel’s Inhumans
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.

Ten Days in the Valley
Premieres Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m.

The Mayor
Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 p.m.
(my pick)

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.

Verdict: I was so excited about “Marvel’s Inhumans” but after the initial reactions, I’m afraid this will be a flop. I so wanted to see Ramsay Bolton as a mutant! Instead, my pick is “The Mayor,” which looks like a fun and youthful political comedy.


Amazon – 

Premieres Friday, Oct. 13

Verdict: There’s only one show to pick from here, but this looks like it could be a spooky thrill right in time for Halloween.



Star Trek: Discovery
Premieres Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m.
(my pick)

Me, Myself & I 
Premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m.

SEAL Team 
Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m.

Wisdom of the Crowd 
Premieres Sunday, Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m.

Premieres Monday, Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Young Sheldon (why why why)
Premieres Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Premieres Thursday, Nov. 2 at 10 p.m.

Verdict: I’m not a fan of “The Big Bang Theory,” so this whole “Young Sheldon” thing is just weird to me. “Wisdom of the Crowd” looks pretty much just like the concept of the movie “The Circle.” Could be interesting though, and possibly better than the movie. “SEAL Team” and “S.W.A.T.” are just two of the bunch of new military/police shows premiering this fall. My pick is “Star Trek: Discovery” because the buzz has been good so far and because (hello to) Jason Isaacs has a special place in my heart.


The CW –

Premieres Monday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m.

Premieres Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m.

Verdict: Another military show and a trashy drama. “Dynasty” comes on right after “Riverdale,” which I love, so there’s a good chance I’ll watch the first episode. I haven’t had a good trashy drama in my life in a while, so I’m in need of one. (I miss Gossip Girl.)


Fox –

The Orville
Premieres Sunday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. /Moves to Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Sept. 21

Premieres Sunday, Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m.

The Gifted
Premieres Monday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.

Verdict: I haven’t seen “The Orville” yet, but I’m not a fan of Seth MacFarlane so I doubt it would do it for me. My pick, however, is split between “Ghosted” and “The Gifted.” I love Adam Scott and Craig Robinson so “Ghosted” definitely has an upper hand there, but “The Gifted” has Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker PLUS an X-Men related plot. We’ll see which one withstands this fall (or will both be cancelled?)



The Deuce
Premiered Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m.

Verdict: I’ve heard nothing but great things about this show so far, and the previews for it that played before every episode of “Game of Thrones” this summer definitely did it’s job to intrigue me. The cast looks great (Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Franco) and the premise is pretty interesting. I’ll give it a try!


Hulu –

I Love You, America
Premieres Thursday, Oct. 12

Future Man
Premieres Tuesday, Nov. 14

Marvel’s Runaways
Premieres Tuesday, Nov. 21

Verdict: Well, the verdict is that there’s isn’t much information out there about any of these shows. They all seem pretty interesting, especially “Future Man,” but there are no trailers or much promotional material floating around. So, only time will tell!



The Brave
Premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m.

Law and Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m.

Will & Grace
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 28 at 9 p.m.

Verdict: Okay, so *technically* “Will & Grace” isn’t a new show. But I did want to include it since it’s new for this season. I haven’t ever seen the show but now that Hulu has added the first 8 seasons, I plan to watch! Everyone always goes crazy over these True Crime things so I’m sure the L&O version will be a hit.


Netflix –

American Vandal
Premieres Friday, Sept. 15

Neo Yokio
Premieres Friday, Sept. 22

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father
Premieres Friday, Sept. 22

Big Mouth
Premieres Friday, Sept. 29

Premieres Friday, Oct. 6

Premieres Friday, Oct. 13

She’s Gotta Have It
Premieres Thursday, Nov. 23

Marvel’s The Punisher
Premieres December (actual release date unknown)

Verdict: Netflix seems to have the most promising lineup of all the networks/streaming services this fall for new shows. I’m particularly interested in “Big Mouth” and “American Vandal,” both of which look hilarious. I’ve never been a fan of “The Punisher” so it’s not really on my to-watch list, plus I’m super behind on all Netflix/Marvel shows. And I would be remiss if I didn’t say a big “Awesome. Wow.” shout out to King George the III the II Jonathan Groff in “Mindhunter.” (Any other Hamil-fans out there?)

What’s on your list to watch this fall? Any returning shows you’re excited about?

Things I Won’t Apologize For

September 20, 2017

I won’t apologize for…

decorating for Halloween on September 4.

being able to rap all the words to Ice Ice Baby… and Started From the Bottom.

being 15 minutes early everywhere I go.

sticking up for the underdog.

hating exercise but loving Orange Theory Fitness.

loving La La Land just as much as Singin’ in the Rain.

going three or so days between washing my hair.

missing the way blogging used to be with linkups and ad swaps and active Twitter conversations.

getting married at 21.

playing World of Warcraft in college and now playing Overwatch.

wishing I had majored in musical theatre.

not being able to walk more than a mile without being in pain. (It sucks, but it’s just the card I was dealt when I was born with club foot.)

not having kids by 28.

wanting to cry every single day that Hillary Clinton isn’t our president.

believing in horoscopes just a little bit. I’m a Leo to a tee.

being too afraid to watch scary movies.

taking medicine to help with my anxiety and mood swings.

loving graphic design even though I’m not great at it.

only writing in cursive.

saying I don’t like certain foods when in reality I’ve never tried them.

still holding a grudge against my dog for chewing up the shoes in the photo above.

having no desire my quit my job to blog full time.

being terrible at painting my nails.

becoming obsessed with TV shows easily.

for being myself.


What will you not apologize for?

Friday Five: August Beauty Favorites

September 8, 2017

Hey y’all! Long time, no chat. I’m trying to get back on the blogging wagon, and have a few things on the docket for next week. Today I wanted to share with you five things that I’ve been loving recently in the beauty realm! (There are affiliate links below. I may get a small amount based on your purchase but it won’t affect you in any way!)

1 – L’oreal Paris True Match Foundation

I have to thank Meg O. for re-introducing me to this foundation. I used it FOREVER ago, like in early college years, and didn’t realize how awesome it was. When they say “super-blendable,” they mean it. I just use my fingers to spread it across my face and then use a beauty blender to smooth it out. Amazon has it for $7.12 and I got it at Target for $8.99, so I’m definitely ordering it from Amazon next time!

2 – wet ‘n wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Lipstick

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge lipstick person. I like a little color on my lips but nothing crazy. I also hate reapplying, so I want something that sticks around. Did I mention I’m also cheap? At $4.68 (on Amazon, I believe it was $4.99 at Target) you can’t say no to this lipstick! Although it’s not the longest lasting drugstore lipstick I’ve tried (that would be the Rimmel Provacalips) the color definitely holds for hours and only slightly transfers. I got it in the color Coral Corruption because that’s what Meg O. recommended but I definitely want to try it in other colors!

3 – Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Laquer

I’m not one to buy fancy nail polishes, but my good friend bought me a collection of Morgan Taylor polishes for my birthday and while they aren’t cheap ($9 for .5 oz) the quality is simply amazing. They rarely chip, they glide on perfectly, and the colors are so flattering. I’ve been wearing one called “Ice Queen Anyone?” and it’s the perfect shimmery rose gold for fall. I also love the Figure 8s and Heartbreaks, a deep purple/mauve.

4 – Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

I first tried this body wash after Blissdom in 2013 because Johnson & Johnson was there giving out samples (and by samples I mean FULL SIZED BOTTLES.) Ever since then, this has been my go-to body wash. It’s not cheap, but my skin feels so super soft every time I use this. I’ve recently started using it again and I’m so glad I did. When the temperatures start to cool down and dry skin starts creeping back, this body wash makes sure that scaly feeling stays away.

5 – Eyekepper Vintage Anti-Reflective Computer Glasses

Okay, so these aren’t exactly a beauty product, but they have been saving my eyes over the past few weeks. Not only do they keep the headaches away, they look cute to boot!

Now I want to know, what have you been loving? Any fun products to share? Leave them in the comments below!

goals for 28

August 2, 2017

As I write this post, I have less than 24 hours until I turn 28 years old. I’ve always been the type of person who waits for their birthday in anticipation. Who starts posting months away with a countdown or does a blog wish list of all of the items I want for my birthday. But this year, things seem different.

I don’t know if it’s because of the current state of things or what, but my brain isn’t thinking about me for once. I’m all about taking the day to celebrate myself, but this year, I don’t have a long list of things I want or want to do. I’m content.

Despite the horror show that has been politics over the past year, personally it’s been fantastic. My husband and I bought our first home together. I got accepted into a masters program and start next week. We just took our first beach vacation in seven years. I’m working on a few exciting behind the scenes projects with some amazing women. My job is fantastic. Contentment in my personal life is exactly what I need at 28.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that I have nothing else to learn or give. If the past year has taught me anything, it’s that thinking about people other than yourself is more important than anything else. So, for my 28th year, I’m setting some goals.

Number 1. Continue to seek out justice in the world. Educate others and support those who need it.

Number 2. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. But don’t be afraid to speak out.

Number 3. Take care of yourself. Emotionally. Physically. Spiritually.

Number 4. Set goals and stick to them. Learn self control, but don’t get upset when you slip up.

Number 5. Have fun. Take risks. Don’t let fear hold you back.

I’m constantly learning how to improve myself as a human being. how to say “no” when it’s necessary. How to stay inspired without getting overwhelmed or overworked. In my 28th year, I hope that these goals can stay at the forefront of my mind and in everything I do.

And because it’s not a birthday post without a good GIF…