Woke Up Feeling Real Dangerous

I got to meet Baker Mayfield yesterday! So many things had to go right for that to happen, so this is that story.

Kendall and I are in Austin this week/weekend for a PRSSA trip. We are staying with my aunt DeeDee and uncle Paul at their house, instead of at the hotel with the rest of the group (saving $$$ and also I just love my aunt and uncle a lot.)

Last night the rest of our group was going out to eat, but since they were staying a little outside of Austin, Kendall and I decided to forego the group dinner at a Mongolian restaurant and eat somewhere closer instead. Lucky twist #1: Kendall and I decided to do something different from the rest of the group. We chose The Grove, a wine bar with two locations: one downtown and one closer to my aunt and uncles house. Kendall and I initially didn’t want to go out yesterday since she had to do some research summaries for her psychology class. Lucky twist #2: Kendall dropped her psychology class yesterday, so suddenly we were free to go out last night. Lucky twist #3: we chose The Grove downtown location so we would be closer to the night life scene of downtown Austin, even though the other location was technically closer to home.

Dinner was good! We spilt a frosé and had a good time. Kendall decided she wanted dessert at the end, and even though I wasn’t hungry, I didn’t want to be left out. So I ordered dessert, too. (Side note: my slice of cake ended up being $9 and was definitely overpriced. But in the grand scheme of things, I’m gonna let it slide.) Because lucky twist #4: our dessert delayed our leaving The Grove. We had looked up bars on Yelp but nothing looked super great, tbh. As we were leaving just to meander down 6th Street, we saw a man sitting at a Grove table on the patio with a really cute puppy. He saw us staring at the cute dog, so he invited us over to pet him. We found out that he lived nearby and asked for a bar recommendation, and he gave us one. Lucky twist #5: we took a bar recommendation from a stranger with a really cute dog.

I am not really a bar person, so the whole experience was pretty unfamiliar to me. Kendall and I saw two open seats initially but for some reason felt compelled to pass them up (lucky twist #6) and sat at two other empty ones a little further down the bar. Kendall is engaged (woo my first friend getting married!) so she told me to take the chair next to the guys at the bar because I was “the single one.” Since I just wanted a fruity cocktail and wasn’t in the mood to be flirted with, I didn’t look at who I was sitting next to.

The bartender had a Baker Mayfield shirt on. I own shirts from Baker Mayfield’s brand so I recognized it, and complimented him on it. (Lucky twist #7?) Little did I know…

About five minutes later and half a drink in, Kendall turns to me and says “the guy next to you kinda looks like Baker Mayfield. Actually, a lot like Baker Mayfield.” I turn and look. Realization starts to hit me. I slowly turn back to Kendall. I look at Baker. I look at Kendall. We’re star struck.

I tap Baker on the shoulder. “We’re from OU! Can we get a picture with you?” I wasn’t going to let this pass me by. “Sure!” he says. He was very patient and let us take multiple each, with flash and without flash. A homie.

We were still sitting next to each other at the bar, so I took my chance and asked him some of the questions I had always wanted to know.

“Do you think Jalen will win the Heisman?” “I sure hope so.”
“Does the band play ‘Boomer’ too much?” “Yeah. It should only be played for celebrations.”
“What’s your Norman bar recommendation?” “Logie’s, for sure.”

He was so cool! He also talked to Kendall about her upcoming wedding and his engagement since they happened around the same time. He was there with his brother Matt, so I showed them the selfie I took with Matt at the Rose Bowl (the borderline weirdest thing I did, admittedly.) They were both so cool and didn’t mind talking to us about random things we thought to ask them.

After about an hour we decided we shouldn’t press our luck anymore and decided to leave (we had agency visits starting at 10 am this morning anyways.) So we said bye, and that it was such a pleasure to meet him, and took an Uber ride back home.

We are planning on going to 6th Street again tonight, but I feel like it’ll just be a disappointment. Baker Mayfield probably won’t be sitting next to me at every bar.

The biggest takeaway my mom got from this whole scenario? “Sometimes, you just need to order dessert.”

Deep in the Heart of Texas

I’ve been in Austin for a PRSSA trip since Wednesday, and I’m loving it! It is such a cool city with such a unique vibe. There hasn’t been as much burnt orange as I thought there would be, so I’m super grateful for that as well.

Yesterday was our first day touring PR agencies and I had a great day. I came with my friend Kendall and together we met two new friends, Jessica and Lexi. After our first agency visit we had free time to go to lunch and make our way to agency #2, so we found this fantastic pizza place: Taverna.

After lunch, we still had 3 hours to kill before our next agency visit, so we decided to forego an Uber ride and make the 35-minute walk. Downtown Austin had some great spots for photo ops, and we put Kendall’s new DSLR camera to good use!

The agencies we got to see were great, too! Yesterday, we went to Edelman, bread & Butter, and Giant Noise. After several hours of networking and learning more about the PR agency, we went home to relax before going out to eat and explore downtown more that evening.

Jessica and I outside of Giant Noise

The evening was… eventful. Kendall and I went out to eat at The Grove downtown and then decided to go get a cocktail at a bar. At the bar, we ended up meeting THE Baker Mayfield. The whole story of how that came to be deserves a post all to itself, so you can read more about that here.

Anyways, still in shock that I got to meet my idol, who was starting quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, 2017 Heisman trophy winner, #1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, and is now the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. I’m just in shock a little. Only a little.

We’re going out to 6th Street again tonight before heading back to Norman tomorrow! Sad that this awesome trip is already coming to a close.

-K

Feeling Paranormal

Today was the first day back at school after break, and honestly, it was super rough. I’m not usually someone who needs coffee to get through the day (I mostly just drink it for the taste,) but after my 8:30 was over I knew I needed to hit up the closest Starbucks drive through and get my hands on a venti caramel cloud macchiato, STAT.

Since I felt like the walking dead when I got up this morning, I channeled that paranormal energy into a new addition to my closet that I got over break! Three of these items are new, actually- the turtleneck tee and the corduroy jacket that I got thrifting our first day, and the ouija board pin that I got in downtown St. Augustine.

Disclaimer: I’ve never actually played with an ouija board, but I thought that the pin was so quirky and fun that I couldn’t pass it up.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Scrunchie: Black Scrunchie – Walmart
Jacket: Black Corduroy Jacket (similar)
Pin: Ouija Board Pin
Top: White Turtleneck T-Shirt (similar)
Skirt: Lace-Up Skirt (similar) 
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

If you’re just coming back from break, I hope you feel less like a zombie than I did! As I found out after devouring my cloud macchiato in 5 minutes or less, there’s no amount of sleepy that espresso shots can’t fix.

-K

MLITB

Today’s #OOTD is more formal than normal!

I’m in a sorority called Tau Beta Sigma, and today is the day of second degree, the third of three initiation ceremonies that membership candidates go through to become official. Black is not required, but my family decided we all wanted to coordinate today!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Earrings: Sophia Drop Earrings – Kendra Scott
Dress: Halter Top Black Dress (similar)
Heels: Nude Heels – DSW

Thankfully, the weather in Norman has been nice since I got back from my beach vacation. I was worried I would have to jump back into sweaters and coats, but I think I’ll be fine with just my dress on today. I’m so excited! I got a lot of new clothes on my trip and I can’t wait to start incorporating them into my spring wardrobe.

-K

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Sadly, today was our last day in St. Augustine. We leave early tomorrow morning to make the exhausting 21-hour drive back, so we spent today relaxing and getting ready for what tomorrow has in store for us.

It’s been a little chilly and windy all week, but today it was warmer with less wind so we made today our full beach day! We played frisbee and volleyball, although we can’t really claim to be good at either. It was fun way to be active on the beach, though!

After our brief stint of attempting to be beach volleyball players, we took some time to lay out on the sand and relax. We’re hoping to come back from this trip with a tan (but don’t worry, we made sure to keep applying sunscreen!) I’m glad we didn’t spend every day of this trip out on the sand, but I’m very thankful for the time we got out there today.

When it was getting close to low tide, we took our bikes out again! This time, we drove 3 miles to Beachcomber Restaurant and 3 miles back. The crosswind made it pretty exhausting, but the fried ravioli and guac I got at Beachcomber made it doable.

I’m so sad that we leave tomorrow! This week has been so incredible and I’m so reluctant to go back to my real life. Thank you for following along with me and reading all about our spring break vacation. I’ll be getting back to more #OOTD posts soon!

-K

How We Roll

Yesterday was so different and fun! We started out our morning by making a decadent brunch for all of us, complete with bacon, eggs, pancakes, and reheated french fries from Prohibition Kitchen. (We figured that fries were close enough to hashbrowns and could be eaten in the morning.) I’m a sucker for breakfast food, so it wasn’t hard to get me out of bed early when all my favorite things were being served!

After breakfast, we went to a local farmer’s market and craft fair, which was super cool. I loved seeing the things that other people grow, bake, and create. I personally didn’t buy anything, but a lot of my group bought baked goods or jewelry!

We needed a second round of caffeine while we were leaving the farmer’s market, so on the way back to the house we stopped at a coffee shop called The Kookaburra. It had been on my list of places I wanted to see and I’m so glad we went! I got “Aussie Iced,” which was cold brew with vanilla and cream, and it was super good. We couldn’t resist taking a picture with the turtle mural on the wall outside afterwards.

One of my favorite activities from yesterday was when we went biking on the beach! I haven’t ridden a bike in forever and was afraid I had forgotten how, but nope! It’s like I never took a day off. We rode down the beach 2.5 miles with the wind, and rode back up the street 2.5 miles back into the headwind. It was much less fun coming back home, but enjoyable anyways. I think we’ll take the bikes out again today for our full beach day!

After our biking workout, we came home and relaxed by the pool and in the hot tub. We were really tired so being able to lay out and read a book was the ideal afternoon. I am sure going to miss this place when we leave tomorrow!

Sorry this post was up a day late! Can’t wait to share our last day’s exploits later on. Stay tuned for those!

-K

The Oldest City in America

It’s day three of our spring break trip, and we spent it in historic downtown St. Augustine! St. Augustine is the oldest city in America, and it has really cool old buildings and gorgeous Spanish architecture. This is what I was really looking forward to, since I love European-style architecture and wanted to be surrounded by that for a while.

St. Augustine has an old Spanish fort and since we didn’t want to pay $15 to get inside, we just walked around and took pictures outside. It was quite windy by the ocean but we managed to get a few shots with our hair under control!

For lunch, we went to a place called Prohibition Kitchen. I love soft pretzels (see: Tino’s Italian Eats & Sweets) and was extremely shocked when the largest pretzel I’ve ever seen came out hanging on a banana stand. I had ordered a side of fries as well, and wish I hadn’t because the pretzel was so much larger than expected. Everything was good, albeit more than I could handle!

My friends and I love taking pictures (as you can probably tell,) so after lunch we sought out some fun backgrounds and did another photoshoot! The biggest lesson I learned from today is that my iPhone 7 camera doesn’t really cut it anymore. I’m looking forward to the day I can upgrade to an iPhone with portrait mode, because it really changes the game.

After a long day of walking up and down St. George street browsing stores and people watching, we decided to stop for gourmet popsicles at The Hyppo! I got “Simply Strawberry” and it was the perfect end to our afternoon downtown.

We were worn out from being on our feet all day, so we came home and rested in the late afternoon. Now we’re making Italian food for dinner and are going to feast on spaghetti and garlic bread, and probably watch Queer Eye. I’m so sad this vacation is more than half over already!

-K

Low Tides, Good Vibes

Today was our second full day in St. Augustine and we did so much! We went to the beach in the early afternoon and spent a while taking pictures and attempting to get a tan. It was kinda windy which made both of those objectives moderately difficult, since it made our hair unruly and the beach kinda cold. But we had a great time regardless!

After our afternoon on the sand, we came home and got ready to go out to eat. We went to a place called Salt Life Food Shack, and even though the service was slow, it was pretty good. I got “shack fries” which came with a special sauce. Despite not being able to figure out what was in it, I enjoyed them regardless. We love getting dressed up, so this was a great excuse!

After our dinner, we were craving a dessert so we headed downtown to get milkshakes at a place called Cousteau’s. I got a “Stevesie,” which they describe as a “vanilla milkshake with homemade cookie dough ganache. Cookie doughlicious.” I’m a slut for anything cookie dough, so this shake was the clear choice for me!

As we were leaving Cousteau’s, a group of boys who had been watching us said, “Jesus f****** Christ, those women were so beautiful.” Personally, we found that observation incredibly wholesome.

We want to see historic downtown more in the daylight, so that’s where we’re headed to tomorrow! It is so cool and I can’t wait to show you the cool places we discover.

-K

Seas the Day

Yesterday, me and my crew rolled out of Norman at 5 a.m. and began the 21-hour drive to St. Augustine, Florida. The drive was rough, but we made it, and didn’t end up hating each other in the process. We finally arrived at our house at 2 a.m., exhausted but excited for the next few days.

Today it was a little rainy and cold, so we decided to forego the beach and go thrift shopping and grocery shopping. We may go downtown a little later, but for now we’re content at home making homemade pico de gallo (thanks, Rachel!) and watching the new season of Queer Eye.

Knowing that we were going to be out and about, I opted for an #OOTD that was simple, fun for spring break, and easy to get on and off when we went to the thrift store. I’m hoping we get some warmer weather soon!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Shirt: Black Crop Top (similar)
Belt: Loop Belt – Target
Jeans: Mid-Rise Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes: Advantage Sneaker – Adidas

I got some great stuff thrifting, so I’m excited to incorperate them into my #OOTDs over the next few days. Check back soon for another vacation update!

-K

Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plains

Despite knowing that the Oklahoma wind was going to continue sweeping down the plains today, I made the unfortunate decision to wear a skirt to class today. The #OOTD was very cute, 10/10, but it was super inconvenient to have to hold my skirt down every time a particularly strong gust of wind came. Cold weather + skirts I can deal with, no problem. But the wind was another problem altogether!

SHOP THE LOOK:

Sweater: Black Sweater (similar)
Skirt: Houndstooth Skirt (similar)
Boots: Ellie Waterproof Knee High Riding Boot – BLONDO

Tomorrow I get to finish packing for my spring break trip, and I’m so excited! We leave really early Saturday morning, so the next time you hear from me, it’s likely I’ll be en route (or already in) Florida. Stay tuned for the details on our spring break shenanigans!

-K