Why Baylor Fans should be the nicest fans.

Baylor football’s defense might be making it’s strongest show ever this season, but I having been playing defense for Baylor for years.

I have always been a Baylor fan. I have always stuck up for Baylor when rude jealous people made downgrading comments. I was ready to fight back with quick and witty retorts for God’s favorite team. (Other than the Dallas Cowboys, that is). I didn’t love it for the football team, I loved it for the tradition, spirit, memories, and values.

On the same Baylor swing when I was 6, circa 1997, then when I was 21, the day I graduated, December 2012.

Being a Texas girl, I’ve always loved watching football, so I attended every game I could- despite the win or lose probability. I was always happy to be a Baylor Bear, but it was a great day when we won an actual football game.

I’ve always thought that Baylor Bears were classy fans. I’ve watched Tech fans throw beer on fellow Bears; I’ve heard Aggies yell inappropriate comments that their mothers would be ashamed of.   I obviously know that there are exceptions, but for the most part I believe we are nice fans.

Toward the end of my time at Baylor, our Wins to Losses greatly shifted. We finally had a team to be proud of and a scoreboard to match.

I remember the night we beat OU. I remember the night RGIII won the Heisman. I remember the celebratory burning of couches on 10th street. I remember attending my first Baylor Bowl game.

 The list goes on and on…but one thing I don’t forget about is our past.

I remember losing.

I remember obnoxious teams with their unsportsmanlike conduct.

I hope I never forget.

Because you know what? Our past is part of us. Our past is one of the reasons why our present is so amazing. We used to be scrubby little Baylor.

You won’t hear me mouth off at the office. Sure, I’ll talk about my Bears, route for them, and perhaps engage in a little friendly rivalry, but you will never hear me downgrade another team in the hopes of making my Bears look better. I’m going to leave that to the scoreboard.

So, my what’s my hope for alum, current students and future Bears?

Stay humble. Remember our past. Have Baylor pride. Be nice. And remember that the sweetest revenge is winning.

I think Drake said it best…

Started from the bottom now we here.

Thanks and Sic ’em.

Baylor Forever.

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You’re so cute. Why aren’t you married?

This weekend was my first alumni homecoming at Baylor University. It was a wonderfully exhausting weekend.

Having graduated almost a year ago (last December) it feels like everything is the same…but it’s not. And I mean more than just our football team being ranked 6 in the nation.

It’s funny because while you’re in college I think you don’t really appreciate how close everyone is in relationships, as well as location. Graduating college is like a break up going as well as it possibly can. You graduate, leave, and move on.  You have fond memories, but the more you go back, the more you realize the growing distance between you and the town that helped shape who you are today and how you’ve changed since you left.

There are certain things that are expected of you once you graduate, especially from Baylor. I think I told people where I worked my job description no less than 20 times; however, my favorite question was the namesake of this post. “You’re so cute. Why aren’t you married?” I mean… what exactly am I supposed to say to that? I just laughed. I’d like to say that was the most embarrassing thing, but that, my friends, I attribute to my love for mens flannels. I wore one that I fell in love with from the men’s section in Target. I was waiting in line for a funnel cake,  when I noticed the guy in front of me kind of eyeing my shirt. Turns out he liked it enough to buy it and wear it to the BU game too. Oops.

Something that I love about Baylor is that they genuinely help you and expect you to succeed at life.

Baylor seriously has my heart and I could not have imagined anywhere else I would rather have gone. This is one happy and proud alum.

Alright. My sappy Alumni post is over.

Thanks and Sic ’em for reading.

College Football Makes Me Sad.

This is my first fall without going to school. It’s weird, but then it’s not…It’s weird because it was something I did for 16 years. It’s not all that weird because I already feel like I’ve been gone for a while. Maybe I was mentally gone for a while.

I remember graduating high school and not being sad. I had friends who cried, but me? I would cry if I got out of there any later!

I loved college. It was the perfect set up. You don’t go full days *disclaimer, my last semester I went 9-5 without any breaks and had to eat lunch on the way to my next class*, all your friends are within 5 minutes and so are all your favorite restaurants. Most importantly, you got to take naps. I graduated in 3.5 years with one of the most hour intensive majors, 147 to be exact. I never took less than 16 hours, took 18 hours twice, was a leader in my sorority, involved in honor societies, and had a social life on top of studying and withholding a GPA above a 3.5.

I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy college, it was wonderful and I have the best memories and awesome friends! I just think it’s human nature to want to keep climbing and get to the next big thing and I did that. I’m not sure that I fully enjoyed where I was at the time to the complete extent I should have. Sure, looking ahead is important because setting goals is what gets you places, but it’s also important to look around and enjoy the view from where you are at that exact moment.

Lately I’ve been wishing Peter Pan was real and he could whisk me off the Never Never Land so I could get away for awhile. Sadly, he hasn’t showed up and I’ve been doing more and more “grown up” things. In the past 2 weeks I have:

-paid my credit card bill

-went to the gynecologist

-got my oil changed

-picked up and paid for my prescription

-paid rent on my storage unit

-got in  wreck and had to deal with the offender’s insurance

-paid my toll tag bill

-attended two different alum meetings: one for Baylor and one for Tri Delta

-attended a bridal shower

-got my car booted and had to pay a $113 ticket

-purchased anti virus software for my computer

I could keep going, but I’m pretty sure you’d fall asleep and I’m pretty sure you get the gist.

The point, is bloom where you’re planted. I could list some more cliches, but I think Texas girl,(Baylor grad!) singer-songwriter, Jillian Edwards Chapman says it best in her song Nonfiction Love Song:

“Used to want time to run so quickly
Now crawling is fine
Cause the older I get the more
I see I need every moment
To let my roots grow down deep”

So, no. College Football does not actually make me sad- fall, football, and sweater season give me the warm fuzzies inside. It makes me nostalgic for Baylor University and my time spent there. So much happened there and so much of it made me who I am today. Yes, I like my job and getting paid for my time, but that time will mark one of the greatest in my life.

It’s your life. Enjoy it for what it is. Thanks and Sic ’em Bears!

“Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days.” Ephesians 5:16

Mind your fruits and veggies.

I am a fresh fruit and vegetable snob and am in disarray if I do not have any in my house. That being said, sometimes I buy too much   in an attempt to make certain that I am never without any. Recently I was out of one of the types of bell peppers I eat, so I trucked on over to Wal-Mart and mindlessly put them in the bag with the half eaten ones upon returning home.  On Monday and Wednesday, I have class from 9:00 am until 3:45 pm with no breaks, so I bring my lunch with me. When I was preparing it the night before, I was appalled to see that my new pepper I purchased had begun rotting from the inside and the half eaten ones were a little too slimy and ripe for my taste.

While I was bummed about my veggies, I was thinking more on the fact how this was a demonstration of a life lesson that some learn all too late.  The older peppers had begun to over ripen  without me realizing it because they still looked fine. When I placed the new pepper in the same bag, not only do fruit and veggie bags force products to ripen faster, but I was also exposing it to older products, which causes fresh produce to begin to rot, the severity depending on the item. (Thank you Dr. Hassle in freshman year Chemistry.)

You’re probably thinking, how can that possibly relate to my life? Easy. Who do you hang out with? Do you surround yourself with uplifting people who have the same values as you or do you spend time with people who are causing the first stages of rotting in your soul? Whether you like it or not, you are a mixture of the people you fill your life  with. You may think you’re “strong enough” to resist certain behaviors or lifestyles, but the truth is that the more you expose yourself to it, the easier it will be to succumb to their same principles.

These past few weeks in the Business School at Baylor, there has been an Ethics Forum. I have attended two meetings and the most recent one was Nancy Richards of First Preston HT. Her presentation was titled “Crossing the Rubicon.” The Rubicon is a small river in Northern Italy and is used in the previous statement by history buffs. There was a rule in Italy that if you fought battles outside the country, you could not come back in. Julius Caesar marched his troops over that river in North Italy, which is where it gets its reference. Though the Rubicon is tiny, crossing it has large effects. Today, “Crossing the Rubicon” is a metaphor of an act that once you start it, it cannot be taken back; even if you were to retreat, what happened would still cause blood. Well today, that blood is more theoretical than literal, but it can cause more loss than death in most cases.

Nancy discussed how she had to make ethical decisions in her business and gave many examples of how she could have easily crossed the Rubicon, but didn’t. In some cases. it caused her company monetary losses, but in the end, she came out better than she was before even though she left certain people or even business to her company, in the dust.

The decisions we make are directly related to our ethics, which is influenced by the people we put in our lives. In Layman’s terms, if you hang with the dogs, you’re gonna catch some fleas. Doing what’s right is not always the easiest path, but God blesses us when we obey Him. Harbor the fruits of the spirit, for they never go bad.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”           Matthew 7:15-20

 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:43-45

Dear parents, I’m actually using the degree that you’re paying for.

Obviously, it’s not essential that you specifically use your degree. For me, there’s a sense of satisfaction  that comes with applying what I learned in a class room setting to a real world sense. My internship this summer, as well as my daily life as a fashion major, has allowed me to do just that.
Here are examples of 7 classes I apply knowledge from daily:
Textiles: While I Ioathed the class, I did learn a thing or two. One day at JCP a customer was telling me that there was a sign that said polo shirts were on sale. I politely asked her to take me to where she found it. At the table, there was a sign that read “Double knit  polos $7.00,” but the polo in her hand was clearly not a double knit; it was a pique knit. While one associate might of just given her the price instead, I was able to save JCP money by selling it at the price they intended for it to be sold at, while explaining to her the difference. Sure, she may not have been happy, but she did realize I was right. In this case, knowledge really is power.
Ideas of Mathematics: I took this class my freshman year and thought it was a joke. We learned things like the different ways to count ballots and how to fairly divide something into one large thing of different segments (ie a group of teachers amongst five different grade levels of different sizes). The weirdest thing to me at the time was when we studied bar codes. Yep. Those black and white lines with number actually mean something. While I knew they described the product because of my previous retail experience, I didn’t know how in depth they were. This has helped me a lot, especially in a department store setting with quite a few lot numbers and skus.
Apparel Analysis: In this class we had a final project that consisted of examining two similar products of the same style. I did a Wal-Mart polo versus a Ralph Lauren Polo. The RL polo was better quality, so it was worth the money. The most interesting project to me was a guy who compared True Religion jeans to Wranglers. He said the Wranglers were the better buy when comparing price with value and whereability. Knowing how to examine a garment not only helps me shop better, but it also helps me explain to a customer what value they’re getting. For example, a lady returned a top because it had  rhinestones and pearls sewn on it. When she put it in the washing machine, the pearls came off. She was complaining that it was supposed to machine washable *blah blah blah* I stopped listening, because I knew just by looking at it, it wasn’t. I immediantly looked at the tag on the inside and showed her where it said hand wash only. We still took it back, but she was kind of embarrassed for making a such a scene. It was in my Apparel Analysis class that I learned how important it was to read clothing tags.
Apparel Production: I already knew how to sew when I entered Baylor, but I took a class anyway. While it did bug me at times becuase of certain ways I had to do things, it did teach me better ways to accomplish tasks. Since I sew for other people (see my site here), anything that helps me get work done faster is very beneficial. Also, I can usually tell how garments are made when I see them. This information can be very informtional to a retail customer.
Accounting: Clearly the problem with America (besides obesity and lost souls) is that most don’t understand accounting and they overspend. This class should be a necessity for all, so they can learn how to make a budget and income/expense statemet. It is probably the most real world class a person can take in any major and I use it on  a daily basis- at work or not. (Not to mention I live with an accounting major and it is her life LIFO.)
Apparel Financial Control: This is essential for any fashion major to take, as it is basically accounting on steriods, in a retail sense. You learn everthing from gross margin percentage to markup. Though it was a fast paced class, it was one of my favorites. This helps not only corporate buying positions, but “in-store jobs” as well. The more you understand, the more you can teach and create a better overall company.
Finance: As much as it kills me to say this, finance is actually very applicable. I barely made it through the class with a C (and lots of tears), theories behind it are still with me. If more people understood things like term  insurance vs whole life insurance, they’d be better off. Learning the best way to finance something is key for twenty somethings like me who are starting out on their own.
I was fortunate enought to go into school with a clear vision that fashion merchandising was what I was supposed to do. Since then, God has blessed me with many things that confirmed that I was where I was supposed to be. With one semester worth of classes left, I’m sure this fall I’ll learn more things that will help me when I graduate and lead me to a career that I’ll love. (and put to use that Baylor tuition money my parents have forked over).

20, Single, and Childless.

Suzie*: “Lauren, how many kids you got?”

Me: “um…none.”

Suzie: “what?! Why?”

*name has been changed

This is regular everyday conversation with one of my JCP co-workers. I’m 99% sure (and 60% of the time I’m right every time) that I’m the only female in the building who doesn’t have a child or a baby daddy. Let me say that this post is not against men, relationships, or babies…I like them all. These is a meer perspective. (See proof below).

I was actually asked by one of my co-workers if I was married. (He saw my Baylor seal ring that has diamonds on it) While I wanted to say “It’s on my right hand not my left hand, idiot,” I kind of chuckled  and replied with a simple “nope.”
The conversation of course continued on from there. I was then asked if I had “a man”. When I said “no”” the response was “What? no boyfriend? You need one.” Welp. That’s a big, fat lie. I don’t need one. So far all they’ve done is just caused extra drama or trouble to my life. *Key word: So far. I’m a rather simple person- the most high maintenance thing about me is my hair, so any dramatization or mind games are a major turn off.  No, I’m not against relationships, boys, or marriage. I’m just not going to go around seriously dating someone I couldn’t see myself marrying. Quite frankly I feel like too much pressure is put on young people to get married. *there’s nothing wrong with people getting married right after college- some of my best friends are and I’m so happy for them! I’m just saying there’s quite a bit pressure to and seeing as I graduate in less than 160 days I won’t be taking that path…
 For example, I told a guy a while ago that I was graduating in December. He replied with “Well you have 6 months to get your Ring by Spring…better get working on that.” For those of you who don’t know what I’m referring to, you can read this post. Basically lots of girls at Baylor get engaged by Spring of their senior year.  I was kind of taken aback when he said that. I don’t need a ring by spring. I’m probably going to get slapped by a truckload of Baylor girls for saying this, but it honestly doesn’t appeal to me. Why do what everyone else is doing? I’m a dreamer and there’s things that I’d like to do before I settle down. Sure when someone comes along dreams often change, but until God shows me that I’m going to keep on following the current path he has for me, whatever that may be.
Sororites at any given college have a stereotype. I am a Tri Delta at Baylor and our stereotype is being “the marrying kind”. That being said, there really isn’t a meeting in the Spring without someone having a Candle Pass for their engagement. I personally don’t give a flying flip about getting to do a Candle Pass…that just isn’t important to me. I don’t know if it’s because I was raised to be independent or if it’s the fact that all my favorite icons didn’t really rely on men: Coco Chanel, Queen Elizabeth I, Audrey Hepburn… The thing I think that contributes most to my way of thinking is that I learned (the hard way) that you cannot depend on other people for your happiness…especially romantic relationships. True joy and happiness come from God- people will always let you down. Because of that, I don’t look to a relationship to feel good about myself.
This whole tangent about Baylor and relationships leads right back to what my co-workers have said to me. They have voiced to me that must live a sad and lonely life because not only do I not have children, but I currently don’t have a boyfriend. Actually it’s quite the opposite. I’m living in the peace that God has an infintely greater plan for me than I could ever imagine. I’m not desperate for a relationship- I’d rather have a really good one than 20 bad ones and 2 baby daddys. Yes, I know that relationships can fail even with good intentions, but as long as I live my life with open hands and the knowledge that God gives and takes for the better I’m golden. I know quite a few people who just settle for whatever comes their way. As humans we are too easily pleased.

Menswear of the Moment.

The Avengers did more than beat the box office record for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-Part 2…they succeeded in making a hilarious yet action packed movie that many moviegoers fell in love with. RDJ’s witty retorts, Chris Hemsworth’s attractiveness, Scarlett Johansson sexiness, and Chris Evans’ fashion sense; I could go on and on.

Being an apparel major, my eye is drawn to clothing. Chris Evans’  very first outfit is what caused me to follow his clothing choices throughout the movie. The picture above is that very one I am speaking of. I love how the pants are a little more high waisted than usual. The waistband is thicker, which allows a wide belt to accentuate his midsection. I loved the color scheme and just how hipster and effortlessly cool he looked.

I’ve been a fan of him since The Fantastic Four, but I never really thought of him as a fashion icon until now. I love this denim Louis Vuitton button up, coupled with the skinny navy tie.

There he goes again showing off his fashion sense! The brown tie is modern, but classic and in my opinion, pulls the whole outfit together.

One of the clothing brands that I believe excels in menswear is Brooks Brothers. Who else can say that they have dressed 39 out of 44 presidents?  I’d say that’s pretty reputable. They always bring together timeless pieces with a trendy twists. Pops of color have been a major trend lately and I’m glad to see it transfer over into menswear.

Not only have I seen it in adds for J. Crew and Brooks Brothers, but I’ve also seen it on the streets. While studying for my Economics exam in one of Baylor’s libraries, I snapped this picture above. I really liked the guy’s choice of blue shorts and his loafers were classy. (Call me creeper if you’d like. I don’t care.)

My sister’s boyfriend’s prom was this weekend so I went with them to take pictures. This boy showed up to take snapshots with the group and I instantly liked his entire outfit. It takes a confidant person to pull off blue paisley pants but I think he did an exceptional job of it. I appreciate the lengths he went to in coordinating his outfit. Look at the detailing all the way down to his shoes!! His is also sporting a bow tie which is very in right now. While guys usually decide to wear all white suits and coordinate with pimp hats and canes to prom, I was happy to see that someone was willing to stand out and show some fashion sense.

This was another suit I appreciated. Khaki is just a fun color to work with. I thought it was crisp and clean, and of course I liked his bow tie.

(Obviously I thought my sister and her boyfriend looked precious.)

The direction that mens fashion is going in excites me. For the first time it may excite me a little more than womenswear. GQ  is great for finding out what is in and what isn’t- they’re just an overall  classic publication which is why I like them. Their Swagger-Jacking of the week this week featured Chace Crawford. He’s a Texas boy and a Gossip Girl star…what’s not to love? One of the items that was said to be his style and right on trend were skinny ties. It made me smile because those are the type of ties that I’m currently sewing and selling.

 Here’s some of my latest neckwear for Southern Elle.

“Fashion fades, style is eternal.” -YSL