Summer Recap in Photos

Judging from the fact I had to literally RElogin to WordPress to type this and my last Instagram over on @xoxoallisonnicole was close to over 3 months ago, it’s no surprise I had a busy summer to say the least. I wanted to round up a few photos from this summer that gave you an idea of what I was up to , because although I was absent, I was still having a blast and a half in real life!

Another little tidbit I wanted to throw in here that I seem to mention often whenever I take a little writing hiatus, but still can’t seem to kick, is how much blogging has evolved since I first started this site back in literally 2014 (what.) Fran sums it up real well in this post that I’ll just let you read for yourself. She’s right in the sense that Instagram had BARELY come out when I first started this. People were using the PRESET FILTERS ON INSTAGRAM if that tells you how dated this hobby of mine is, lol. I started this space as a way for me to have fun and whenever I think too much about it is when I am at a loss for what to write. I really hope to get back into the habit of writing what I want and what makes me happy and hoping you all share some interest in it! However, I am ALWAYS up for suggestions on things you want to see, snippets of my life you want to hear about, or more. Feel free to comment those down below, shoot me an email, slide into my Instagram DM’s, or all of the above, ha!

Let’s get onto my summer…

May was super bittersweet hanging with my friends while living my last month in my sorority house. Easily my favorite living spot over all my years of college and I miss it already. Sunset watching was on our bucket list, and see above, accomplished.

After school ended I headed home for the remainder of May and went on FAR too many Coneflower ice cream runs with my siblings.

I moved into my senior house in Lawrence early June. My dad and I designed made my bed together and I LOVE how it turned out. I’m still working on finishing touches of the room, but will for sure post a tour if that’s something you’re interested in!

My 21st birthday!!! I headed to Omaha for the actual day. We celebrated with dinner at my favorite seafood spot in Omaha, drinks at the restaurant I’ve worked at on breaks home through college, and of course the prettiest pink cake ended the night.

Random, but I had been eying these multicolor manis on Instagram for months and on my birthday FINALLY caved and just did it. I went the safe route with all pink tones (naturally) but still loved the look and got so many compliments. If you’re even thinking about it, do it!

Spent plenty of nights out and about with friends exploring my little town.

Went to Union Pier, MI with my entire extended family for my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary! The trip was to die for and I wish I could go back every day. We spent most days just in the backyard lounging in the pool drinking until bloody marys turned to margaritas. We would nap until feasting for dinner and spending nights playing games like music bingo, karaoke, a murder mystery party, and even a casino night hosted by my family

Little bro and dad came to visit!! Love any excuse to see any of my siblings.

This just in: new level of tired = first full week of student teaching AND sorority recruitment. Not quite positive how I survived, but hey I’m breathing. I love my exec team and we absolutely killed the LARGEST recruitment KU has ever seen!

Ended with my very last bid day 😦 “the sweet life” at Alpha Chi was, well, bittersweet. I am so not ready for all the lasts senior year has to bring but am loving soaking up any time I have with my friends.

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed my summer recap! What’s the best thing you did this summer?

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

Getting to Know Ally From ‘xoxo’

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I’ve had this blog since my junior year of high school (circa 2014 when my insta feed consisted of Lilly chinos & WAY too many editing stickers, lol.) My style has evolved from excessively preppy to more classic (even though I’m still a sucker for a good After Party Sale 😉 my bank acct is waiting for the day I give these up, ha.) I have moved on from sleep deprived busy high schooler to even busier but slightly better at managing her sleep schedule college student. I have created wonderful new relationships with amazing people in Lawrence that I am beyond thankful for. I’ve also been through my fair share of many new jobs and lots of new leadership roles in many different areas of my life.

Overall, lots has changed since creating this lil website. My blog has grown up and gone through tons of change (check out the new logo hehe) and so have I! I’ve also gained a whole bunch of new followers on my instagram and the blog that I haven’t properly introduced myself to & gotten to know, so I decided now was as good of a time as any to answer the stuff I get asked the most!

Feel free to leave any comments below with any more questions or shoot me an email at xoxoallisonnicole@gmail.com if you want to collab or chat! 

What’s your ultimate goal for your blog?

     I think people were starting to get tired of my novel inspirational Instagram captions, so I needed a better place to house all the words that meant so much to me. I have always been someone who is very in touch with her emotions, and have also always loved celebrating absolutely anything and everything possible in the most excessive way possible. Since creating xoxoallisonnicole, I’ve been able to use this platform as a way to write about the things that mean the most to me in the best way I know how. I hope to use it more & more frequently this upcoming year to most more fashion & celebration related content. I think my overall goal however is just to have people find a space here where they can connect with what I’m saying. Words are my thing; I hope people get a whole bunch a feel good use out of them!

What’s your ultimate go-to outfit?

     I like to say any navy striped shift dress I see is “me in a dress.” Which is pretty entirely true. I wear navy like it’s my job and stripes are my neutral. I am always also seen in my pearl earrings, and my Jack Rodgers. I think I’ve decided my goal in life is to one day live where the weather always is in Jack’s season.

How did you come up with your blog name?

     I was freshly 16 and in a big “Just-Disovered-Gossip-Girl-I-Think-I-AM-Blair-Waldorf” phase: hence the “xoxo.” Allison Nicole is my given first and middle name! It was truly an impulse decision back then, but I am not entirely sure I would ever even change it if given the change, it just fits me!

What are some of your favorite posts you’ve written on your blog?

     My first New Years post, my post high school open letter, this one, this one , and this.

If you could work for your dream company, what would it be and what would you be doing?

This varies daily but anything from social media creation to in-house marketing strategist for various brands such as Rifle Paper Co, Paper Source, Madewell, J.Crew, Outdoor Voices, etc. I am all about brands that inspire me & go out of their way to be fun and make people smile with their product. I’d absolutely die to be someone that creates personal experiences those stores & the customers they have such as sip + shops, collaborations with local charities, or just fun ways to get the humans in the door.

It’s almost summer: What’s on your wishlist?

     Dresses, dresses, dresses. I am a BIG dress girl, especially in the summer. They’re just too easy to throw on and have a full outfit without spending time pulling pieces together to match! This flowy number , this gingham beauty , and this classic white summer piece are just a few of the many I am eyeing!


Thanks for tuning into this post & getting to know me a bit better, stick around and let’s have some fun!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

 

 

How to drink more water!

water!!

I will forever and always preach that water is literally the secret to life. From clear skin, to being energized for the day, to curing most of my spring time allergies, it does it all people! The average recommendation is 8 cups of water a day, and I sometimes strive to drink even more on summer days or days where I am being super active! Just like any lifestyle change, getting used to drinking loads of water can be difficult, so here are a few of the sneaky ways I get more water into my daily routine!!!!

 

// ask for an ice water along with your coffee order // 

This is such an easy and simple one that is so sneaky! I grab coffee more than I should (really need to quit doing that…yikes), but even when I am sitting at a coffee shop getting some work done, I ALWAYS ask for a glass of ice water along with whatever I order! Not only does it fuel your body, but it gives you something else to sip on! I usually drink my water until my coffee is slightly cooled off (I swear all my burnt tongue incidents are from coffee) and when I am focused on sipping on the water as well, my coffee lasts much longer! Make sure you ask for water when you’re in the drive-thru line to! They’re always more than happy to add it to your order for free!

// keep water by your bed // 

Prayer, stretches, and water. Ya gotta start AND end your day with the good stuff! During the school year, it would be my Camelbak or S’well water bottle that I would keep on my top bunk, but at home I just use a normal glass. I always like to drink a huge glass of water right before I go to bed, and then refill it and set it by my bedside. Then, I drink that entire glass RIGHT when I wake up. **BEFORE COFFEE** !!! Believe it or not, your BRAIN alone is 75% water! So by refueling it right when you wake up, you’ll be sure to be more awake more quickly and retaining information instead of that usual morning fog.

// treat yourself to a cute water bottle //

In the day and age we are in now where there are so many fun collaborations of brands with water bottle brands, there’s every chance in the world you can find one you love! I have linked a few I love here, here, and hereNothing makes me more motivated to remember to carry it with me than being able to brag about how cute it is! Personalized ones from Etsy also make the cutest gifts for friends!

Hope these small tips help keep you hydrated! How do you remember to drink water? Until next time!

 

xoxo, Ally