January Recap

Okay so I don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s the first day of my FAVORITE month of the year, the fact the polar vortex is over and I currently have my bedroom WINDOW OPEN (!!!!), or the fact that I just tried on my new order of J.Crew denim and they look dang good but ya girl is in the best mood to sit down and recap January for you all!

I saw it all over social media and I agree completely, January was an entire year within itself! KU didn’t go back until the 22nd, and literally the past two weeks of school have somehow felt like an entire semester to me! I am in my third semester in the School of Education, which means I get the pleasure of only having T/Th classes, but 7 straight hours of them nonetheless. We are all anxious to get our classroom placements for practicum this upcoming semester in 3rd-5th grade, I’ll make sure to keep you updated! (Speaking of that, do I have any other Elementary Ed majors that would like me to do posts dedicated to questions or school topics?! I’m a major nerd about it, but if anyone is interested I’d love to!)

In addition to school, I have spent a good amount of the time back at the Union in the Panhellenic office. I’m not sure if the news was ever even shared on here, but I was elected President of Panhellenic for KU in October, and am ecstatic to hold the position after getting to do PR for Panhellenic last semester and absolutely falling in love with the community at KU and having yet another thing to put my energy into!

I did a little cabin fever cleaning during the insane cold the past few weeks and finally got around to hanging my beautiful prints from The Type Setter!  She let me choose the cutest four prints to display in my room at Alpha Chi and the navy and pink one’s I found were absolutely perfect. Like do we SEE that gingham?! *heart eyes here*

Lastly, I’ve been drinking..ALL the coffee. It’s been too dang cold for my iced coffee love, so i’ve been having to get creative in the latte department. We also got oat milk at AXO here and I am PUMPED. I wish so badly for the health benefits I liked almond milk but I just absolutely hate it and refuse to drink coffee if it’s in there. However, I am in love with oat milk and will add it to everything. I wanna find some new fun coffee shops to visit on KC dates as well so send them my way! Current favorite is Made In KC’s cereal milk lattes….wow!

Also! I’m selling so so much on my Poshmark page! @allykmiecik ! Comment on any item you have your eyes on that you found my page from my blog and I’ll discount it for you!! Anything for my readers 😉

Well, that’s all for January! Until next time, and onto Valentine’s Day!

xoxo, Ally

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Hi all! Happy Monday! KU is absolutely nuts and we don’t resume classes for the spring semester until NEXT TUESDAY, the 22nd. So I’m still back home in Omaha and finding things to keep me busy during the days and working lots at night. Anyways, this lil rant paragraph is more of me using this as one of those “things to keep me busy” hehe oops!

One of my best friends, and one of my two sweet littles at Alpha Chi, Elise, started up her own art print business about two months ago and has been absolutely rockin’ it ever since! She does everything from everyone’s favorite Pinterest quotes to custom portraits! Make sure to check out her instagram @ekmprints for more goodies!

We thought it would be fun to work together and pop on here once a week on Mondays (since everyone needs a little boost on Mondays anyways) and share a fun wallpaper with you weekly! Make sure to comment below or email me if you have any requests for colors, designs, etc, on the wallpapers!

HERE IS THIS WEEKS:

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Thanks for reading this Monday and can’t wait to chat with you all again soon!

xoxo,
Ally

18 lessons from 2018

So here is my annual start of the year post in which I spill little tidbits of things I learned over this past year and boy oh boy was it over the top with lessons learned. I want to keep this post short and simple because I hope to do a post elaborating on each individually later throughout the year. So without any fancy intro, here are 18 things I learned this past year:

ONE: Change is inevitable, however it’s a lot easier to embrace it than try to fight it.

TWO: You are a product of your own choices. Big & little, your choices are what make up who you are. However, you are not responsible for other’s choices, don’t give yourself blame where it’s not yours.

THREE: There will ALWAYS be someone that disagrees with you or is certain your way is wrong. This is okay and doesn’t mean you need to change for them.

FOUR: Even on your worst days where you want nobody, you need your friends. Starbucks runs, movie nights, just laying in their room, they love ya for a reason!

FIVE: Even though #3 is all true and valid, you will also be wrong sometimes. This is where the importance of having a growth mindset opposed to fixed comes in handy. (if you haven’t heard of these terms, Google them ASAP. I have used them in my leadership / personal development since high school and now even use them in the elementary classrooms I work in, they’ll change your mindset!)

SIX: Drink. more. water.

SEVEN: Some times you literally aren’t going to ever use things you do in school or things you have to memorize absolutely ever again. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still try on them.

EIGHT: There should always be time for things you love doing.

NINE: Gratitude is free and endlessly rewarding

TEN: You get back what you put in. Applies to relationships, your bank account (oops), school work, anything that includes a reward requires effort on your part as well

ELEVEN: You can never know exactly how someone feels in any given situation.  Never expect someone is feeling and thinking exactly like you, because they aren’t.

TWELVE: Be your own #1 fan!!!

THIRTEEN: Never do work just for the gold star. Apply for things, work for things, do things because you love them and they are meaningful for you. Doing things for your own satisfaction will always be more fulfilling than for approval of others.

FOURTEEN: Your dreams should always be bigger than you think you can accomplish. Dreams and goals are two different concepts. Set yourself goals to make your dreams reality.

FIFTEEN: Sleeping in is good for you when your body needs it. On days you don’t have anywhere to be, let yourself get the rest.

SIXTEEN: Sometimes the scariest things to do, words to say, or decisions to make will be the ones that have the best impact on your life. Do them with faith.

SEVENTEEN: Trust your gut and that lil feeling and voice inside you. They’re right about just about everything.

EIGHTEEN: Being kind & standing up for who / what you believe in will always be the golden rule. You can only complain about who / what you haven’y tried to fix. People depend on people, so don’t let yours down!

That’s all for this post friends! Stick around for posts coming up soon! Until next time!

xoxo, Ally

Christmas Wishlist 2018

It’s post Thanksgiving break so that means it’s *finally* socially acceptable for me to start posting Christmas content…right? Right. I have plans for gift guide to come, and a post on how my roommate and I decked out our room in the sorority house for Christmas, but until then I’ve rounded up a few of my own wished for items for Christmas this year. As I’ve gotten older it always seems harder to pick out things I want that I can get daily use out of.

Evelyn Henson Prints /// J. Crew Slippers /// Hoodie Allen Crewneck /// Outdoor Voices Shorts ///  Monogrammed Locket ///  Dry Bar Clips 

Evelyn Henson Print: The second I saw she came out with an “Omaha” version I knew I needed to get my hands on one. I am in LOVE with the NYC one as well. Maybe matching mugs for both as well? hehe.

Monogrammed Locket: This is currently UNDER $50 from Kate Spade and I am obsessed with how classic and elegant it is. One of the very first Christmas gifts I ever remember requesting as a little kid was a locket, so finding a more grown up version felt so fitting and quite nostalgic.

Dry Bar Clips: Okay. So I have MAYBE the thickest hair in the world and it’s usually pretty unruly so styling it at all rarely happens usually because its such a hassle to get all of it done. These bad boys would come in handy way too often. Plus my obsession with DryBar ever since my experience in NY is beyond real. I truly wish there was a location close enough for me to just ask for that for Christmas!!! 

Hoodie Allen Sweatshirt: It’s no secret Hoodie is one of my all time favorite artists after my 4 hour trip solely to see him perform live for the second time. I’m not usually one for artist merch but I have a HUGE soft spot for this comfy sweatshirt, large for snuggling in please! 😉

J.Crew Slippers: So I REALLY want a short pair of Uggs solely to keep my feet warm walking to class, but don’t want to wear them around the house if I’m gonna be wearing them outside. That’s why I have my eye on these navy slippers (duh.) How I’ve gone so long without owning them is beyond me.

Outdoor Voices Shorts: So the second I saw these I had to have them. I mean. Fleece. Shorts. C’mon. Wow. I am a HUGE OV supporter since Sammy from Preptista started working with them and ordered a pair of their leggings, but think these are my new favorite product of theirs.

I won’t lie…my #1 wanted item is this new invention from Shark Tank I found called “The Comfy.” Google it and TRY telling me you don’t know want one too. & they come in pink??? Sign. Me. Up. 

Let me know what YOU’RE wishing for in the comments! Until next time!

Xoxo, Ally

links I’m lovin’ 11/2/18

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{one} incase you haven’t already been made aware, it’s officially holiday season at Starbucks and ya girl has been waiting ALLL year long for the return of Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate. I’ve linked a list of all the menu items just so you can make aware of what you wanna sip on while listening to your Christmas music

{two} If you didn’t already catch up, my entire St. Louis recap is now up on the blog! Make sure to check out PART 1 and PART 2 !!!

{three} Evelyn Henson will forever be one of my favorite artists and her newest HOLIDAY greeting cards hit her shop the other day and they’re seriously TOO darling and I want every single one! Specifically eyeing this cutie!

{four} J.Crew is having 40% off with code “BOO” right now and I mayyyy have to use that as an excuse to snag this fleece!

{five} After Brenna and I made a pit stop at the tea house in STL, I’ve been dying to find some teas to make in my room in Kansas! Shoot me an email or drop a comment on this post with any good loose leaf tea brands!

{six} I had to update my phone to the newest iOS after it was freaking out on me earlier this week, BUT there are SOO many new emojis involved in the update! Hello, meet your newest most frequent user of that bagel emoji!

{seven} One of my favorite things in the blog world is getting to watch bloggers I’ve loved forever team up with brands I’ve loved forever. Julia from Lemon Stripes will FOREVER be one of my favorite gals to catch up on, and her daughter Amalia is the stinkin’ cutest as well. She recently collaborated with Dudley Stephens to make an ice blue version of their pieces and I am OBSESSED.

{eight} I don’t even have words to explain how badly I want this.

{nine} I’ve started to be super interested in the faux leather pants trend that was popular last year but looks like is gonna stick around for this year too and these Free People pants (UNDER $40 RIGHT NOW) may be the perfect way for me to try it out…thoughts?

{ten} It’s Dad’s Weekend for AXO here at KU and I am SO excited to get to hang out with my dad! There will be plenty to catch up on via the Instagram stories so make sure to follow over at @xoxoallisonnicole to follow along!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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St. Louis Recap pt. 2

Hey friends! I am back with another set of pictures mainly of food from Brenna & I’s trip to STL a little over a week ago! Pretty sure I left you off last time after our amazing brunch at The Boathouse in Forest Park, butttttt we basically went back and took a nice nap before the rest of the night’s festivities. We woke up (by we I mean I) craving ice cream. After a quick Instagram/Apple Maps search I stumbled upon a place I decided we HAD to check out. It was called The Baked Bear and basically it’s the only dessert I ever want for the rest of my life.

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It’s famous for their ice cream sandwiches, but Brenna and I decided to really go all out and get half brownie, half pumpkin spice cookie, with espresso ice cream, rolled in sprinkles, and hot pressed. Zero regrets on that one. Wow.

After heading back from our ice cream coma we got ready for Hoodie and had full intentions of heading to a math themed pizza place (Brenna’s dream I think.) However, it was the opposite direction of the venue and Brenna found a little Middle Eastern spot right across the street. We were seriously so impressed and both actually ended up agreeing that although last minute, it was easily our favorite food we ate all trip.

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Next up was the concert at 7 and I have zero words to describe how much fun it is to see Hoodie in person. We got to meet him and he even is making a vlog appearance coming soon! Brenna and I always manage to end up laughing with every adventure we go on and this one was no exception, especially when he decided to play a Shawn Mendes song (Brenna’s favorite) and it was the perfect mix of two of our favorite things!

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The next day we were en route for Lawrence again but spent a slow morning getting breakfast, grabbing tea from the cutest spot, and making a quick arch pitstop because, well, when in STL I suppose.

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The trip was SO much fun and I wish we could go on mini vacations every single weekend! Hope you enjoyed stepping into our trip with us!

Until next time (& until this summer STL), xoxo, Ally

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St. Louis Weekend Recap pt. 1

This past weekend Brenna and I casually decided we were gonna take a little mid-semester *vacation just for the heck of it. (*vacation: we got tickets to Hoodie Allen and decided to peace out of Lawrence for the entire weekend solely to eat some good food leading up to our concert.) I’ve decided to break it up into 2 different posts just because there are too many good food snaps for one blog post to handle!

Friday we left a rainy and cold Lawrence early afternoon and got on the road with a mission to make it to the BAR K, a newer bar / foodie stop that DOUBLES as a dog park as well. We were honestly amazed with the entire concept and sadly it was pretty gross outside, but that didn’t stop us from hanging out with the pups for quite some time outside. We ate inside due to the weather but the food made up for that. Brenna got a tuna salad and I got white chicken chili (one of my FAVORITE fall meals) and both were AMAZING!

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However before we even made the dog / food pitstop, I convinced us to head over to a convention center in KC for the Holiday Mart going on that weekend. We spent probably too long sampling foods and looking at different toys and winter decor. The endless Christmas music and shopping was exactly how I wanted to start off the weekend! AND! Before we even got out of the car Brenna got a call that she got accepted for an internship this summer IN STL! How ironic and fitting for the weekend!!! My only wish for the holiday mart is that the lighting was sliiiiightly better….#justbloggerprobs

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We ended up getting into STL around 8pm and after being in the car all day we decided we wanted to just get to her brother’s apartment and eat instead of going out. After making a quick Trader Joe’s run, we cooked up some pappardelle with TJ’s vodka marinara (the BEST), and some veggies and called it an early night.

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Saturday morning we made some pumpkin pancakes for breakfast that we ALSO got from Trader Joe’s. Honestly, Trader Joe’s favorites post coming soon. We then headed out to Forest Park and walked around. It was the absolute most gorgeous day outside and just being able to be outside in that kind of weather was amazing. We found this place called The Boat House to grab a late lunch at and I’m so glad we found it because it was the most perfect place to just be outdoors. It was right up to the water in the park. (I actually got to feed ducks!!!) There was also live music and not to mention the BEST huevos rancheros I think either of us have ever eaten.

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Up next is more info on our ~actual concert~ and our little morning adventure before heading back to school! Part 2 coming soon!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

fall flannels with @TargetStyle

There’s nothing I love more than dresses as a staple piece for literally all seasons. You don’t have to match them with anything, you throw one on and have a complete outfit, and oh, you don’t have to wear pants (the best part.)  This fall flannel dress from Target’s new line is no exception to my love for them. I am a natural sucker for navy and this color scheme is absolutely perfect for fall. I paired it with my riding boots but it would look perfect with some Jack Rodgers too for slightly warmer days.

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The bow detailing in the front is my favorite part by far. It makes the flannel aspect just slightly more girly and I couldn’t be more in love with it!

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There are a few other flannel patterns to choose from as well that I have linked HERE!

Do you have a favorite staple fall dress? Send me the link to yours in the comments!

Just for kicks I thought I’d throw in this “flannel” outfit picture from the early blogging years for your entertainment….IMG_1786.JPG

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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humpday pop-in

Hey friends! Just me here sayin’ hey!
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This picture may not be the most bloggy thing in the entire world but it sure as heck is how I feel about now. A whole lot of excited about life and a little bit of the best kind of nervous about it as well. OH! And coffee constantly in hand, duh. There’s no real rhyme or reason about this post besides I’m in the mood to pop on over to this website and give a few words over here!

The past few weeks have been crazy busy fun for me but also just emphasis on the “crazy busy.” It seems like that’s more of a way of life for me than a phase of a few weeks here and there, but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been really into journaling lately every single night and also just whenever I need to get something out of my head. It sounds silly but I truly cannot leave my room without a notebook in hand or with me. Written words will forever and always be my safe space and way to stay sane, and they’ve been beyond comforting to me recently. In terms of good things, bad things, exciting things, scary things, what I want to eat, and what I need to get at the store. Every single dang thing in my life get’s written down and it feels AMAZING.

I guess this post is my way of getting to share my word writing advice with you all as well. If you sometimes feel like your brain is gonna explode and you don’t even know why, write it out. If you’re stressed but can’t put words to why, just start writing what you want to do today and I bet it’ll turn into a little thought process of what’s really in your head. Write without being afraid of what you may put on paper. Write knowing it’s YOUR brain and nobody else gets to see it if ya don’t want em to! Write because sometimes you can’t sort your brain until it’s on paper and you can read it on the page and say, oh, so THAT’S why I feel this way.

Validating yourself is OKAY. Needing to understand your own thoughts is GOOD. Being so full of emotions in your head that they need to go on paper is HEALTHY! Guess what?! That actually is a crazy cool reminder that you’re THINKING and your noggin is producing thoughts! You’re alive! You’re working! 

I think our society has being stressed at such a norm or almost an expectation these days that having a brain full of thoughts and emotions is automatically assumed as a bad thing. It’s automatically assumed that overwhelming thoughts mean scary situations and that’s not the case. You are allowed to have those moments, and ya know what, embrace them. Embark on your thoughts with your noggin! Love that lil guy and everything he produces!

Again, not a real point to this post besides my thoughts. I hope this helps your noggins as well. Have the best rest of your week. Write on dudes.

xoxo, Ally

rugby stripes + denim

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What can I say? I will forever and always be a sucker for stripes, and if they’re pink and navy (aka my literal personal brand color at this point) don’t even get me started! I had been eyeing rugby shirts forever (still on the hunt for a KU one if anyone has any links PLEASE send them to my inbox asap !!!) and the moment I saw this J.Crew one was on sale over spring break last spring, I absolutely had to snag it.IMG_3803
It is seriously such a fun piece to wear, it’s so comfy and requires basically no effort while still looking fun and stylish. Not to mention rugby shirts are totally making a comeback (which I am totally stoked about!)
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Add in my favorite denim skirt from a boutique in KC and my classic gold jacks and you’re good to go. I’ve also worn it with white denim or denim light-wash shorts and have loved all three options so far! Potentially eying the rugby DRESSES I’ve started to see all over as well. What are your thoughts on the new trend?

shirt (similar) // skirt (similar) // jacks 

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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