Insta Stories Roundup

I FINALLY posted some video content on my Instagram stories for you all after hundreds of requests from ya’ll and tons of (positive) peer pressure from my friends. You can check out the stories…HERE…but I promised I would also link everything I talked about in a post! So here it is!


Target Sweatshirt // literally wear this 24/7 and got it in a XL so I can have it SUPER comfy!!!! Online only has plus sizing still available, but I know I have still seen it in stores!

A&F Puffer Jacket // *50% off right now!!!* I own the navy but am kinda trying to negotiate myself into getting the burgundy too! Haven’t used it down at school yet but cannot wait to have a light jacket to throw on for morning walks to class that isn’t super heavy and a hassle to carry around!

Blender I Got For Christmas! 

J.Crew Pom Pom Hat// Currently UNDER $30! Seriously, the best hat I ever have owned and my family makes fun of me for how often I wear it…maybe even indoors…(hat is featured in picture above)

Madeline and Company Backpack// I have the charcoal and coral slim style…but they’re all to die for! Check out my other post with Madeline and Co HERE for more insight on why you N E E D this backpack!

Thanks for tuning in to my Insta stories if you did!!! As scary as they were, they were also super fun and I cannot wait to put more videos out there soon! DM me with anything you’d like to see! Until next time, xoxo, Ally



20 lessons for my younger self

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Soooooo my 20th birthday isn’t until late June. Quite honestly I am not even over halfway done with being 19 yet. However, I’ve always been a few steps ahead of even my own self and even though my friends that know of my love for kid’s section clothing may disagree, I have a pretty old soul for 19. (It’s a total Cancer thing. & every friend that knows how obsessed I am with zodiac signs is totally rolling their eyes right now, but it’s true! The stars don’t lie, look it up!) I’m also a freak about lists, and I also N E E D to clear my mind and write after this week of school work. So with all that being said, I got to work on my 20 before 20 list a little over six months early. Overachiever or just a girl REALLY excited to no longer be a teenager, you tell me.

I’ve changed and grown as a human bean a whole lot in my teenage years (thank goodness) and have a billion and fourteen lil nuggets of wisdom that I would tell my younger self. I’m definitely still figuring it all out, especially considering I have taken how many years of English and just finished my Linguistics class and STILL have to autocorrect the word “definitely”…but I’ve got a few things under my belt, and a whole lot left to learn.

  1. The power of the word “no” in unbelievable. Learn that you don’t have to say “maybe” if what you really want to say is “no.” But also never say “no” because you’re too afraid to say, “I don’t know how can you teach me?” Never miss an opportunity simply because you’re afraid to learn.
  2. I know being materialistic isn’t the *best* thing to encourage, but sometimes buying yourself nice stationary or new shoes can make a hard day easier, and that’s okay. Use the money grandpa gives you as a sanity fund, your paychecks should go towards college. seriously, save your money for college.
  3. You will meet people who do not like you. You will meet people who do not think you’re attractive. You will meet people who don’t think you’re worthy of respect. That doesn’t matter in the long run, but it will hurt. Let it hurt, and then learn your worth and find the people that know it too. You’ll find plenty of those people in time.
  4. Forcing yourself to write out your feelings will not only save your own sanity but everyone you surround yourself with. You are not a fun girl when you have too much on your mind. You’re good at writing and good at expressing emotions, don’t let people convince you that being #soft is a bad thing.
  5. Buy the concert tickets the morning of and force your friend that knows maybe 2 songs to go. It’ll turn into one of the best nights and said friend will end up knowing just as many lyrics as you do.
  6. If you love someone, you’ll know. Never settle for anything less than the most exciting and heart racing and super duper good stuff. It’s not worth your time, and it’s not worth leading people on either if you don’t feel the same.
  7. Your softball career isn’t gonna go anywhere so don’t get your hopes up. However, it’ll be the best conversation starter, trending hashtag, and running joke for years to come so get ready.
  8. Driving 8 hours doesn’t usually sound fun. Driving 8 hours with three of your best friends to Texas for fall break simply because you can? The MOST fun. The money you save through AirB&B WILL be spent on REALLY good avocado toast and avocado popsicles and avocado macrons, don’t feel bad about it, you’re on vacation.
  9. Buy the bedazzled jeans, wear the sparkly converse, throw in your cornrows that make you feel like a badass. Being you and expressing it is the best way to love yourself. Do it all the time. You’re gonna be known as that girl in the pajama sets and pigtail braids, and you’re gonna own it.
  10. Don’t get mad at your sisters for stealing your clothes, just know it’s because they’ll never admit how badly they miss you. And when they do admit it, they’ll make you swear not to tell mom they miss you and stealing your sweater for 6 days in a row won’t seem so bad.
  11. You got a B in high school gym, don’t expect college health and exercise sciences to be any easier…
  12. Stop being so scared to let go of things that no longer serve you well / bring you happiness. Things that once meant the most to you in life may eventually end up meaning nothing and that’s okay. Change happens, we’re all fully aware you hate it, but you’ve got a whole lot coming.
  13. Not every class you take in school is going to make you fully confident with what you want to do with your career. Sometimes a class sucks because it’s math and you don’t like math…not because your entire life plan is wrong. Don’t let it get to your head, but also, take a few classes you like. You won’t regret signing up for that Career and Life Planning class second semester freshman year.
  14. Soak up every moment you have when you’re at home. Don’t take down the horrendous dance team pictures of yourself mom placed throughout your room and don’t be surprised when Maddy’s homework is left on your desk. Although you’ll cry A LOT less about leaving home sophomore year, you’re still gonna tear up every time you back out of the driveway. & your bed in Lawrence may be nice, but nothing is as nice as having your little brother across the hallway.
  15. Sometimes a weekend in your pajamas in your room watching far too much Gossip Girl that you’ve already seen is better for your sanity than forcing yourself to go out. Don’t let everyone else going out make you feel like you have to, but don’t isolate yourself from the world either. also, you’re gonna have way more fun on the nights out in tshirts and sneakers than you ever will trying to look good. fyi. throw on the jean jacket and keep your glasses on. nobody truly cares.
  16. Never quit being nice to everyone and smiling. You’re gonna make Elise Duryea cry at senior retreat because of it and it just may be the highlight of your high school career. But really, positive energy is infectious, and if you’ve got it, give it.
  17. You’re gonna struggle with the difference between giving someone a deserved second chance and letting them walk all over you. Know when to differentiate the two and stand your ground.
  18. You’re gonna drive 45 minutes to buy a $75 skirt for a ten-minute interview. And ya know what, you’ll look great, but you got the position because you deserved it. Giving yourself credit for hard work is never wasted. You can be humble while still feeling qualified and deserving.
  19. You can’t. do. everything. by. yourself. asking. for. help. is. not. a. weakness.
  20. You’re gonna drink too much coffee…start brainstorming ways to fix this now…but 19 year old you doesn’t have it figured out let either, so let’s keep that one just between us…(hey $2.34 for your go-to vanilla iced coffee with milk and light ice won’t break the bank.)

I’m positive there will be more than 20 more lessons learned simply in the next week, but that’s for another post. Keep dreaming big and working hard and learning lots, friends. Let’s change the world.

Until next time, xoxo, Ally


links i’m lovin’ 11/17/17


It has been the potentially busiest week of my sophomore year so far and I am in MUCH need of a weekend, so thankfully I am in luck! I had about 20 minutes of rest before class this morning to just sit and listen to Christmas music and read a bit of Harry Potter (I am forcing myself to restart the series and am in love all over again.) Anyone else never ever get a break?! Well I rounded up some links for ya in the spare time I had and you’re gonna love them:

{one} Although I will forever have a lifelong love for fleece tie blankets and never leave mine in the winter months, I can’t say I wouldn’t loooove this cozy (and cute) throw as well! Those pom poms kill me!

{two} My gift guides are in the process of being made for ya’ll, but in the meantime, I can’t help but lust over a few things on every one of Fran’s…specifically the monogrammed phone case and those darling bow gloves!!!

{three} the BEST tshirt you’ll ever own is under $20 right now and you absolutely need it in every color. A few basic colors are even under $15!!!!

{four} I. Am. In. Love. With. This. Dress.

{five} My favorite grocery store and my favorite holiday all in one. Thanksgiving is probably up there in my favorite holidays to outfit plan for, and Blair Waldorf never fails to be channeled.

{six} My Snapchat account was “compromised” yesterday and I am having the hardest time getting it back / being in contact with Snapchat!!!! Anyone else ever encounter similar issues?? SOS! My poor streaks!!!

{seven} My parents are coming into Lawrence tonight for the SDSU / KU basketball game that my dad’s coworkers got him tickets for for his birthday and I cannot wait to see them!! I haven’t seen my mom since parents weekend back in September and a liiiiittle pre-holiday post-midterm retail therapy is for sure in order!

{eight} found this article so so interesting for the average #girlboss


{ten} I have officially started turnover for KU Panhellenic as the incoming Director of Public Relations and am absolutely loving everything I am getting to learn in this position. Sooo excited about all the challenges and learning opportunities I am about to undergo. Just a lil proof and reminder that you can turn any passion or interest into a leadership/growth opportunity!

That’s all for now! I’m off to catch up with a reader (hi Abby!) to show her around KU!!!! #rcjh!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally


Cold-Weather acessories under $75

So it’s mid-November, and the weather in Lawrence is finally starting to align with the Christmas music that has been playing in my car for the past few months. Minus June 25th and July 4th, I am SO biased to winter. Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong supporter of a good summer shift dress and my Jack Rodgers, but I won’t deny, I’m a sucker for anything that keeps me warm AND looks cute while doing it.

My winter wardrobe is pretty neutral in terms of color schemes. It seems as if the later in the year it gets, the more and more black I find myself pulling out of my closet. I think it’s the street style inspo of the super chic parkas I see all on my Pinterest feed this time of year that makes even walking to class something to feel powerful doing. (check this, this, and, this out for what I’m vibing off of!! Sooo makes me wanna trek the city ASAP!!) However, there will ALWAYS be that part of me that will never turn down a pop of color, or the hot pink J.Crew parka I’ve been lusting over since I set my eyes on it. So accessories are my go-to to add a cute signature piece of personality to an outfit. Especially when it’s freezing outside and the energy to put together an ensemble is more than lacking. I’ve put together a few pieces I think would be so fun:


cable knit scarf // cashmere mittens // pompom beanie (under $30!!!) // checked cape // faux fur muffs

I’d be lying if I said that mustard scarf hasn’t been in my cart on the J.Crew website for over a week now…Christmas present to myself? Over a month early? Using any justification I can here people.

Which one are you going to snag?
Stay warm (and look good doing it!), until next time, xoxo, Ally


Fall Break in TX, recap!

Alrighty, here it is. The long-awaited recap of my fall break in Texas. I have to say, the entire experience was an absolute blast, and being with four of my best friends from college made the entire trip even better. There were so many moments where I felt super “pinch me this HAS to be an episode of Sex and the City.” Which it did too many times when you had 4 best friends wandering a big city, gossiping about love lives and window shopping while munching on the yummiest snacks that were found just about everywhere we looked.

We left for Dallas Friday afternoon after we had all finished our classes for the day. The 7ish hour car ride was not awful at all with 4 different driving shifts and a pretty bomb playlist (made by yours truly, and linked right HERE for all your long road trip jamming needs) the drive went by amazingly quickly and soon enough we were in Dallas! My roommate and best friend Brooke’s older brother kindly let us crash in his apartment every night (minus Saturday when we stayed in a lil AirB&B outside Waco and 10 mins from the Silos) and with the apartment being in the middle of Uptown, we weren’t complaining at all!

Saturday morning was an early rise and a drive to Waco. We were BEYOND pumped to see the Silos during Silobration and they did not disappoint at all. With over 100 vendors and so much yummy food, we were set all day for an adventure. Brooke and I ended up picking up headbands that we are IN LOVE with, and did a little damage at the Magnolia Shop itself. It was like an HGTV version of Disney World. I’ll leave most of my explanation for the pictures below because the excitement explains itself. At the end of the day, we ended up watching a movie and munching on our cupcakes from the Silos Bakery before we fell asleep. (I had the lemon lavender and it was AMAZING.)

Sunday we grabbed a quick brunch in a small place in Waco, where I devoured some much-needed coffee and sweet potato pancakes that were to die for. We made the drive back to Dallas and ended up exploring for the rest of the weekend. From driving around the insanely gorgeous neighborhoods to spending a few paychecks at Zara, to hitting up Trader Joe’s and picnicking, and finally having Brooke’s brother show us the ropes to the TX State Fair, we had the most amazing weekend. I wouldn’t have had my fall break go any other way, even if Saturday was 98 degrees at the Silos…

A few foodie spots we hit up that I 10/10 recommend if you’re ever in Dallas:

  • Steel City Pops: **Thanks to Hannah, a fellow Jayhawk, for the rec!** I got the avocado popsicle and my life has been changed for the better. I was a little hesitant but knew I HAD to try. It is mixed with lime and is utterly brilliant.
  • HG Supply Co: if you are on the hunt for a stellar drink, quinoa burger, and rooftop, this is your spot.
  • Joy Macarons: get the cookie dough. just do it.


*Prepare for an overload of pictures, but what else would you expect from a blogger in a big city where her only duties were to look cute and look at cuter things?*


The line to get into this store was hours long at one point. Brooke and I waited it out and managed to get in only about a 10 minute line!!!!! So worth the wait once we got inside. We even saw Joanna’s mom!!!



Everything was just TOO photogenic. The bakery had to probably be my favorite thing we saw all day, probably due to the fact that the episode of Fixer Upper where it’s created is hands down my favorite. (right next to the Christmas guest home episode…okay…they’re tied.)


This lobster roll. No words.



This snap of Madisen and I was taken around 1pm. We were sweaty, we were hot, we were tired, we were SO sweaty. But SO happy.


*yet another pic outside the bakery*


One of the *literal* hundred of vendors. Brooke and I probably could’ve spent hours at each one. We actually got to chat with the owner of this one and crossed that off the official Silobration bucket list!


getting to see the May Designs booth was a blogging dream come true! It was like their Insta (that I have stalked all too many times) had come to life and it was AMAZING.


Did I mention they gave me flash tats and agenda stickers? Yeah, obsessed with them.




This booth was full of customizable sprinkles. Their business card was a bag of sprinkles. Coming from someone who had an emergency container of sprinkles in her locker in high school, I was in love.


Painting pumpkins with Joanna’s new paint line!! These cute lil pumpkins now line Brooke & I’s window in Alpha Chi and are just too cute.


The smells of this place were incredible. *also notice how as the day went on, the hair went up and the glasses went on…texas heat and I are NOT friends*


*patiently waiting to submit our sweet treat orders* B & I waited in this line for 45 minutes…and that was quick compared to other times of the day


Teddy Bear Park!


Happy gal with her avocado popsicle. Steel City you now have my whole heart.


Had to snap this picture of this sweet little restaurant because my aunt’s name is Nora and I love her so very much. Seeing it immediately made me think of her family and their sweet three little kiddos that I could cuddle 24/7 if given the chance.


B giggling at who knows what while at dinner @ HGSupplyCo Sunday night. The view was seriously, gorgeous.


Probably my favorite meal all trip. Brooke’s brother took us to his favorite coffee shop and naturally, the in sync roommates that we are, we both ordered lavender lattes and avocado toast. When I saw cilantro topped the avo toast, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. Weird fact: I literally could eat cilantro plain, it’s probably my favorite food. Anyways, the toast is to die for and was well worth twinning with B.


I’ve always seen Sugarfina things ALL over the blog world and socials but have always died to step foot into a store. Well, I got to, and was in love. How CUTE are these customizable ones?!


I’d be lying if I said B and I didn’t highly debate buying everything in the store…


Rose and champage flavored gummy bears? 2 of each please!


Had to throw in this snap of B in the Gigi Pip booth. We both stalk (and are obsessed) with their Insta and seeing them (and their gorgeous hats) in real life was a really big moment for both of us. (also how stinkin’ cute is my roomie?!)


Told you we had a picnic! Smoked salmon, goat cheese, crackers, sushi, olive oil popcorn, pico, pumpkin cookies, and more. The best.



Last but not least, a fun snap Brooke might kill me for of her eating some fried guacamole at the fair. Obviously had to be documented.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my fall break adventures! If you have any Dallas/ Waco questions feel free to comment or shoot me an email! I’d love to chat! Until next time, xoxo, Ally



links I’m lovin 10/20/17


So sorry there hasn’t been much activity on the blog this week. Fall break was filled to the brim with adventure, and I am editing pictures from those adventures as I type in order for a lil Texas recap for all ya’ll (yeah I went to TX for 5 days, “ya’ll” is now in my daily vocab.) Midterms, field work, and a quick last minute decision to go see Hoodie Allen in KC last night filled this short but mighty 3 day week, so not much time was left for doing a whole lotta nothing!  BUT, on the off time I did manage to find (aka walks in between classes was about it) I still have a few things I wanted to share with you! So let’s get to it:

{one} Ingrid has been on the top of my “people I aspire to one day be” list since like circa 2010 and honestly nobody has topped her yet. Her video on advice to her younger self does all my love for her some justice and is 100% worth the watch.

{two} Would it even be a links post if I didn’t include something I totally am convinced I need to survive from J.Crew?

{three} So naturally I’ve convinced myself I NEED another pair of New Balances…kinda obsessed with this pair….thoughts?

{four} My friend and I bought tickets at 7am for a 7pm Hoodie Allen show in KC last night and not to be dramatic but I love that sweet boy SO MUCH! If you haven’t listened to his new album…go for it. Or just play No Interruption on repeat, whatever works for you

{five} Mackenzie is on her THIRD 101 in 1001 list and I’m truly amazed. Reminds me that I probably should get around to updating mine….

{six} shameless promo of mine inserted here

{seven} Kate’s latest & greatest edition this week may have been one of my favorites. monogrammed pj’s AND Blair Waldorf headbands?! sold.

Well that’s all for this week! Expect a Texas update post real soon!
xoxo, Ally



Links I’m lovin’ 10/8/17


Another week FLYING by in college life for Ally with too much happening in all the best ways. Honestly it’s crazy keeping up with life in college but my busy body self wouldn’t have it any other way. From #NationalTacoDay on Wednesday dinner with my roomie, Brooke, to planning a huge sisterhood event for Sunday (pics to come!), to nights out with my pal Brenna (she’s really wanted to be mentioned on here so there ya go, let’s see how long it takes her to catch that considering she much prefers to just look at the pictures…) I have been running around 24/7 this week! But still managed to round up some links for ya’ll:

{one} THIS. NEW. LILLY. PRINT. Oh my goodness, I can’t get over how they somehow made avocados look so totally trendy, but they so totally did. I ordered the girl’s leggings and am seriously so pumped to have them arrive! I’m really debating getting the little baby shift for my new cousin, Edith. Can’t imagine how darling she’d look.

{two} It’s officially the time of year where we all have to debate our Halloween costumes. I’ve never been a huge fan of the holiday, slightly too spooky for me to be quite honest. However, Frannie’s fashionable costume picks have me almost excited to dress up this year!

{three} J.Crew has 30% off today!!!! If I wasn’t already wayyyyyy over my fashion budget for the month, THIS sweatshirt would 100% be in my cart.

{four} super shameless plug for Madeline&Co (and myself) to buy one of her backpacks at 15% off using the code XOXOALLISONNICOLE !!!

{five} I am in charge of a sisterhood fall movie event for Alpha Chi tonight and I totally forgot how much I LOOOVE event planning. I helped with the senior brunch last spring and was kinda hooked. I am super pumped to see how everything will turn out, I’m sure I’ll flood my Insta story with pics so be on the lookout!

{six} Target’s new clothing lines have me blowing my bank account every time I walk in. But how can I NOT when it features the cutest things ever like THIS DRESS, THESE BOOTS,  , and THIS COAT!

{seven} …have you?

{eight} One of the juniors in Alpha Chi is fostering a puppy for the human society and we got to watch it at the house for a bit on Friday morning. I was in major need of some puppy snuggles and this lil cutie was just the cure. Made me miss my doggo back home for sure though!

{nine} I’ve honestly never NOT been a Miley lover. I do have the entire Hannah Montana movie soundtrack in my car, and so THIS absolutely made my week and may or may not have had me in tears.

{ten} Way back before I even started this blog (we’re approaching THREE years..what..) I read Kate’s “coffee date” posts and they are honestly the reason I started blogging. She just uploaded a new one and it’s safe to say I am still so proud to be a part of the blogging community with people like her spreading good sales but also great messages. Give it a read, you won’t be let down.

That’s all for this week folks! My friends and I leave for Dallas/Waco TX for fall break in less than a week! Taking recommendations on anything and everything for those areas! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at!!! Another busy week ahead for me with a few midterms and packing my bags for Texas! Until next time! xoxo, Ally


Madeline and Company on Campus!


It’s no secret I am a sucker for anything that involves cute school supplies. Probably the future teacher in me, but something about pulling out a 10 page paper out of a gold foiled binder makes the 10 page paper just slightly less scary. However I’ve always had a struggle finding the perfect backpack that fit all my needs of being cute but also super efficient for my busy schedule. It either was cute and didn’t have enough storage, or was overly bulky and just DIDN’T go with any outfits and didn’t feel fun to wear (ya look good ya feel good ya study good am I right?!) Madeline and Company to the rescue on this dilemma by being SO stinkin’ cute, but also having a pocket and feature for my every need. Boy oh boy am I SO glad I got around to working with Madeline to show this bag to you as well because I am in full belief that every college gal who wants to look good NEEDS one of these bags.


The backpack comes in so many different styles and classic colors that I had the hardest time deciding which one I wanted to sport on campus this year. ( I won’t lie I literally had to flip a coin between the gray and navy) I finally settled on the slim style with gray with pink and gold accents and am in love. Every part of the bag honestly just keeps getting better. The inside lining is gray pinstripes and the back of the bag has a “be happy” message embroidered in gold. Each bag has a little mantra such as “smile often” , “be happy” , or “dream big” which is probably my favorite part about the bag. I am a big believer in #girlboss phrases and mantras (shocker) and this feature is my favorite to show off to friends. I love getting complimented on my backpack (which happens, often with a bag this cute…have never been able to say that about a backpack before) and telling them to “just wait and check out this!” as I turn the bag around to show them “be happy” embroidered on the back with utter pride of how cool it is and how happy it really does make me! (proof mantras do work!)


The bag has 3 main compartments and then a smaller zipper compartment on top as well as TWO side pockets that zip or unzip to fit water bottles! I figured it would be best to give ya a quick break down of what I use each pocket for:

MAIN ZIPPER: laptop (the bag comes with a velcro laptop sleeve as well!! *hands praising emojis*), notebooks, bigger textbooks, binders, agenda (here’s the one I currently am using and loving)

SECOND ZIPPER: textbooks that aren’t as large such as novels for class, my AP writing guide (#JustEnglishNerdThings), I can usually even fit a light jacket in here for days where the weather is bi-polar (so most days in KS)

FRONT ZIPPER: my glasses, pencil bag, my agenda pens (because yes, I have an entire set of 12 colored pens specifically for my agenda…and you don’t?), & of course my handy dandy clicker (which most likely only college students will understand that this obviously needs to be at easy access)

TOP POCKET: spare pens and pencils, sunglasses, allergy meds (lol.), headphones, snacks!!!! (snacks!!!!) (most backpacks have something like this, to shove the stuff you don’t really need but totally need in your backpack, but I will fully detest that this one has to be my favorite. Unlike other bags, it actually fits more than one pencil!!!!) 


*front zipper*


*second zipper*


*main zipper*




*top pocket*


*water bottle sleeve (unzipped)*

Coolest part about these backpacks! YOU can get 15% off your Madeline and Company order by using the code “XOXOALLISONNICOLE” !!!!! Feel free to email me at if you have any questions (or have a super hard time deciding which design you want because been there done that girl.)


If you can’t already tell, I seriously LOVE this backpack and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to be super cute on campus while still being able to store all of your things efficiently! Don’t forget to use the code “XOXOALLISONNICOLE” if you decide to order and want 15% off your purchase! Head over to asap to grab yours!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally



A little bit MORE about me…




Hey friends!  If you’ve been reading this blog since way back in ’14, you know a few things about me, but I always think it is fun to give a quick update to new readers! & because who am I kidding? I have for SURE changed since my junior year in high school (thank GOD.) Although some things never change: such as my love for a good hazelnut latte and Harry Potter forever and always being my guilty reading pleasure (anyone else lose count of how many times they’ve read the series or…?) but throw a girl in college 3 hours away from home and she’ll learn a few new things about herself to share with y’all (oh, and she’ll start saying ‘ya’ll’…even thought KS is like, one…state…more…south…) ANYWAYS! It’s Friday-Eve on the 4th week of classes and I need a breather just as much as the next gal. Figured this post would be fun and easy to read and fun for me to whip up as well! Let’s get onto the good stuff:

1.  I can’t function without a daily to-do list. Super typical type-A of me I know, but seriously, I have to write EVERYTHING down. Not even necessarily because I will forget, but because of the satisfaction of writing down things I need to or have accomplished. I think this is mainly stemmed from my small stationary / desk supplies obsession but we’re just gonna roll with it because

2. I’m such an introvert. Sure, I’m comfortable typing out my life happenings on the internet, but I am super shy when it comes to daily interactions. I like to think I am more extroverted around people I am comfortable with, but it definitely still takes that boundary breaking for me to open up to them. I can answer questions in class and think I am hilarious around my friends, but ask me to walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation…heck to the no.

3. I can’t sleep without socks on. The unpopular opinion, I’m aware. Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it and had the best night of sleep of your life.

4. My food taste preferences are never ending, I truly am not picky when it comes to my appetite. However, I think if I had to pick one “food group” to eat for the rest of my life “tailgating food” would hands down win. Chili, burgers, cheese dip, all that good stuff.

5. Literally nobody makes a better grilled PB&J than I do. Don’t believe me? Try it. You’ll be convinced.

6. If I could only wear my hair one way for the rest of my life, a french braid would win hands down. I was cursed blessed with what my family loves calling “Hermione hair” due to my overly thick/wavy hair. The rest of my 3 siblings have stick straight blonde or dirty blonde hair from my mom, and my dad just decided to hand down 100% of his dark and wavy genes to me. I know we always want what we don’t have, so at times I try to embrace the “mane”, but most days braids tame it as much as they can.

7. I have an unhealthy obsession with grey shirts. I have no clue what it is but I impulse buy them whenever they’re in my hand. I counted while packing for college and my current count is 13. I know. Problem. The first step is admitting it I suppose??

8. Navy is my favorite color. It’s honestly just endlessly classic and never fails to look good. I feel like I’m not the kind of girl that can feel overly confident in black, just not my personality, but navy? All day every day.

9. I. Love. Zodiac. Signs. And. Meyers. Briggs. Types. I check my horoscope every day. (I’m a true Cancer through and through.) I also am fascinated with MBT. I’m an INFJ and find everyone’s viewpoints on them so interesting and accurate!

10. I could quote Sex & The City word for word. I’ve also scored a Charlotte on every “which character are you” quiz.


Until next time, xoxo, Ally



scary but good. growth + stuff.


Last night I kept thinking about one of my favorite nights of this entire summer. I got to catch up with two of my really close friends, (hi Sara + Rach) over late night (decaf) lattes. After about a week-long heat wave, the lower 80s weather at 9pm felt almost chilly, and sitting out on a patio with two gals I hold close to my heart was just what I’ve been needing. We sat and chatted about typical 19 year old girl topics: the best new stores with the best new sales, the boys we shouldn’t have kissed but did anyways, and would it even be a girly late night chat if talks us all getting married one day didn’t occur? It was during my last sip of my hazelnut latte and listening to one of my friends go on to the other while giggling about setting her up with some guy, that I realized how amazing life’s seasons of growth truly are and how thankful I was to be in that exact place in that exact time.

That night was about a month ago. Rachel goes to KU with me as I’m sure you’ve read on here before, we still tackle each other when seen in campus, and figuring out life while sipping on coffee and convincing each other we “totally need the shoes” honestly doesn’t get better. Sara is just a ways away down in KC, and don’t worry, Rachel and I are making our way down quicker than ya know. We are all in different sororities, different majors, different places in our lives, but we’re all able to help each other grow.

While going through recruitment last week, I found it to be the most draining and emotional thing I’ve literally ever endured, like, ever. I’m not one for small talk usually, so that wasn’t always the easiest. However, there came a point during the second to last day when I realized what I really wanted to tell these girls. I was sitting one of the potential new members down in my roommate’s desk chair and about to ask her what she was looking for in a sisterhood when I realized going through the same process a year ago, that’s not what was on my mind. Sure I wanted to get into a chapter that wanted me, that was filled with people that loved and appreciated me, and all that stuff. But at the same time, I was an 18 year old gal just wanting to know how the heck I was supposed to figure out college on my own. So I did a lil improv (luckily it worked, the girl went alpha chi and is my little house tour prodigy may I admit.) I took a deep breath and got out of my mode where I was worried if my hair looked good, my posture perfect, and if I was saying all the right things. As I relaxed, I watched her do the same and I broke out the “you’re nervous aren’t you?” question. She immediately laughed and said something along the lines of thank goodness you asked I’ve been holding it in all day. After that, I left the convincing axo side of me (don’t tell my recruitment chair…) and focused on her. She went to an all-girls school like I did and was worried about figuring out friends, boys, her major, money, all of it. I’m gonna tell you all what I told her, and what I believe to be the most important lesson I learned my freshman year, and quite honestly am still learning:

Nothing is gonna change unless you do.

Freshman year is going to be hard. You’re going to have moments where you’re on top of the world, and moments where you think there are actually no chances you could ever get lower. You’re gonna doubt yourself a billion and one times, and you’re gonna tell your parents you’re positive you know what you’re doing. You’re gonna stay out too late when you shouldn’t, you’re gonna learn to stay in when you should. You’re gonna make friends you probably shouldn’t, and you’re gonna make friends you feel like you don’t deserve. You’re gonna get hurt, and you’re gonna learn that healing takes its own pace and that you’re allowed to take your time. You’re gonna miss home, and when you finally go home, you’re going to realize you miss school. You’re gonna spend too much money on food, and you’re gonna learn that the best of friends share closets because they spent all their money on food. You’re gonna fail a quiz or two, and you’re gonna laugh one day because of it. You’re going to grow. You’re gonna grow so much that next year when you’re sitting in my chair talking to a girl in your position, you’re not even gonna realize how much you grew until right then.

I am so stinkin’ thankful I got to share those things with that girl, but I’ve been wanting to write them out here for you as well. My cousin that I love to bits is a freshman as well, and I’m writing them for her. I have so many freshmen friends that I want to take every bit of it to heart. & on top of all of it, I want them to know they’re allowed to be terrified of the growth, but that at the end of this year, they’re going to not even remember how they were scared in the first place.

Finding your people in college is SO important. I probably have that written in every single blog post on here. Finding and loving yourself, also so important and also on every single blog post on this website. But finding your people that encourage and support you finding and loving yourself, those are the ones you need to keep. I learned the hard way that the process of finding those friends doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes they’re constantly putting themselves out there for you and you’re too focused on a friend that isn’t good for you to notice. Sometimes you’re too scared of it going wrong to try. Trying is the scary part. Finding the people that won’t ever make you doubt that again, that’s the good stuff. I’m not promising sunshine and rainbows forever once you find these people. There are some things in life you’re never gonna get over, some people you’re always gonna miss, and some pains that you’re gonna deal with forever. But, there’s also the people that will remind you that those spots in your life aren’t your whole life. They’ll take you under their wing and be by you forever.

My group of friends in alpha chi is just one big group of STEM majors. I’m not kidding, there’s talk of biology all the time, and then there’s my elementary education and english loving self. I love them to death for it, and make fun of my friend Katie for how much she literally LOVES mitochondria, but I think I knew I had found my people through this. We were all at KU’s bible study and a leader was asking our majors. They all replied their fancy science stuff, and myself, feeling a little less smart and whole lot out of place, stayed quiet. Literally three of them at the same time proceeded to introduce myself for me and brag about how good of a teacher I was one day going to be. That’s when I knew, these people. That’s when it clicked: college is gonna bring you people that choose you, choose them too.

I will admit that the transition from high school friends to college friends is weird. As bad as it sounds and as weird as it is to admit, in high school, sometimes we are friends with people because its convenient. We see them every day, we have class with them, etc. In college, chances are you aren’t gonna be best friends with someone just because you’re in the same class. It’s a crazy big maturity jump as well, and I remember the moment that my friends wanted to sit down and genuinely ask how I was doing and what my dreams and aspirations were is when I realized this. It’s the best thing that one gets to experience, finding these friends, I’m so sure of it. I think it’s why I want all the freshmen I know to find them too. It’s why I want them to have a few rough patches (only a few) solely to see who they’ve found that picks them up again. You’re gonna grow kids, I promise ya, it’s gonna scare ya, but I’m so excited for you.

Lengthy and rambling yet again, but wouldn’t be a post from Ally if it wasn’t now would it? Thanks once again for reading my witty words and hopefully gaining a piece of insight or two. Until next time, love big, show up for people, be unselfish, offer what you can, be a healer, be kind, and be brave.

xoxo, Ally