Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stylish or Childish?


This is a serious dilemma I'm currently in and I'm not sure what decision to make. So help a sista out here.

Lately, I've seen a lot of really cute stuff on Pinterest and monogram sites (like Marley Lilly), one of which being what I'm calling "under bun bows."




I love a good bow. I am semi-obsessed with them on things like shoes and belts and jewelry. But I'm having a hard time making up my mind on whether I think these are cute for a 20-something.

I like the idea of having something to spice up a simple bun, but I also fear that I will look like a small child. 

What are your thoughts on the "under bun bow?" Would you wear one?

xoxo, jgp

Happy Birthday, Callie!

Today, my best friend since 2nd grade is officially 21!

Sadly, I won't be able to join her to celebrate today, but by golly, I'm still going to tell her how much I love her!

I may also embarrass her a little here too. She'll thank me later for leaving out a few pictures, though. Where's the fun if I don't?

If you ever wondered what two best friends look like...


Callie is the one person who has been with me through thick and thin for as long as I can remember and I'm not sure where I would be today without her. She is, without a doubt, the best best friend a girl could ever ask for. 

Despite the fact that we've spent the past three years several hundred miles apart, we can still sit around and talk as if nothing has changed. And the conversations? Always weird. And awkward. But always hilarious and fun. Without her, I have no idea who would judge me for every move I make and then tell me to my face how stupid I was. That's what best friends are for right?

From late night sleep overs with early morning wake ups for swim practice, to crazy adventures in high school, to sitting at home doing absolutely for days on end, to accidents on the kitchen floor... we've been through it all. And I couldn't have asked for a better companion for the journey.

So now for the montage of hilarious and memorable pictures of us from high school... The good times, ya know?


We've grown up a lot since we first met in 2nd grade, but we've grown up together and our friendship continues to grow stronger despite our distance.

Thanks for always being there for me, Callie. And here's to 21 more years of friendship! 

I LOVE YOU!

xoxo, jgp

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Currently Reading: The Silver Linings Playbook


During the summer I read SO many books. Those long days out at the pool result in hours of turning pages. I just recently finished The Beach House, and it was great, but SO long. I was ready to be done with it by the time I got to the end. If you love the beach as much as I do, it's a good summer read!

Of course I immediately picked up another book, and I chose The Silver Linings Playbook. Raise your hand if you didn't know it was a book before it was a movie. Guilty? I was. Then I saw it on Amazon and snatched it up and decided to read the book before watching the movie. (I hate ruining a good book by seeing the movie first.)


So far, I'm loving this book! The way the book is written is very unique and I absolutely love the short, blunt sentences. I have a pretty good feeling this is going to be a really fast read, which is good. Because I'm dying to see the movie. 

Have you read the book? Or did you just see the movie?

xoxo, jgp 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Currently Swooning: MK


Last Christmas I went scouring the Michael Kors store for a new watch and ended up not getting one. I have a basic gold and tortoise shell one that I love, but I'm ready for something that makes a little bit more of a statement. This may be a birthday present to myself… I'm turning 21 after all.

So I searched the MK website and found some of my new favorite watches that will be earning your wrist compliments regularly.


(Click the image to see the watches in better detail!)

From left to right:

Obviously, I'm a huge fan of the "Parker" watches. That's the kind I was lusting over last Christmas and decided against. I also don't really dig rose gold, but the nude leather with the rose gold face is perfect. 

Now, how is a girl to choose? 
Do I go leather, or colorful, or glitzy or all of the above?

What is your favorite MK watch right now?

xoxo jgp 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I.D.

I have a confession to make: I have a strange obsession. 

Investigation Discovery.

It's a TV station that is nothing but murder mysteries all based on true stories. They run things like Dateline and 48 Hours as well as reenactment shows. And it's my addiction.

I could sit there for hours on end watching those shows forever. It's becoming a problem. 

I used to only have that station at home, but now that I have it in Athens, I can't stop. 

Mother always judges me for watching it, but something about murders has always interested me. (Side bar: before I wanted to be a sports broadcaster, I wanted to be a forensic scientist.) So, I am officially addicted.

Good news is I'm not the only one. I.D. actually has a subscription-type service called "I.D. Addicts." I have not reached that extreme and the goal is to avoid that. 



But it's certainly reassuring to know that I'm not the only person with this very odd obsession. I guess that is why there's an entire station dedicated to it.

Are you addicted to I.D.? What is your favorite TV station?

xoxo, jgp

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Currently Swooning: kate spade new york


You may have caught onto the fact that I am in love with the sport of golf. Unlike most people, I enjoy watching golf on TV. Which is what I'm doing as I write this post. You know who also loves golf? kate spade.

The ksny spring collection has an entire selection dedicated to golf, and I want it all. Here are a few of my favorites:


On Par Studs-- $48
Coin Purse-- $78

Isn't everything just too cute?! I'm dying to have the tote and birdie/bogey bag. And those earrings… Count me in! I would probably wear them too much. 

This collection is great and the new palm springs stuff is to die for. If only I had all of the money in the world. 

What products are you swooning over right now?

xoxo, jgp 

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Internship Struggle

I've mentioned on here a few times recently that I don't have an internship for the summer. I applied to about 50 internships for this summer and only heard back from a few of them. That's just how the broadcast industry works. 

There was no network left unturned. I applied to internships with ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX. Primarily because they all have sport-related networks connected with them. That was my primary goal for the summer… sports. I made it to the final round of interviews for an ESPN internship and interviewed with Tennis Channel, which were my top 2 choices and didn't land either of them. 

And looking back, I maybe should have applied to smaller stations like many of my friends did and I may be better off this summer. But I was determined not to settle. And here I sit. 

There are plenty of people around me in the same boat, so I don't feel bad for myself. And I understand that I have an extra summer to find the perfect internship. So this summer I've had to find other ways of keeping my resume moving and keeping my head up about the whole thing. 


After school ended in early May, I had two weeks off then started a Maymester (hoping I would start an internship in June.) I turned out to be wrong about an internship, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made in a while. For this class, I got to cover two NCAA National Championships. How awesome is that? That's resume-worthy and I did some really good work in that time. 

The month of June is more or less my month off. I've spent it getting my apartment clean and organized for the remainder of the summer and fall. 

July is going to be so much fun! So many 21st birthday celebrations (including mine!) and trips and festivities. I have the privilege of being credentialed media for sports events throughout the summer because I'll be a real-life reporter starting in the fall! AH! So I'll be at SEC Media Days in July and I'm so pumped! I'll be shooting promos and such beforehand as well. Which is perfect for a resume reel.  

It's easy for me to kick myself for not trying enough or not stepping out of my little bubble, but that gets me nowhere. So, I'm doing the best I can to benefit myself as much as possible this summer without the word "internship" on my resume for this summer. 

I'm also looking into so many other options for the rest of the summer and fall to help boost my resume. At the end of the day, if I do as much as I can and feel confident in that, no one can take that away from me. I'm quite content with the content on my resume right now and I still have quite some time before I graduate, so there is no reason to beat myself up about this.

And it's taken me quite some time to realize that. 

I apologize for the heavy post, but I needed to talk it out with myself a little bit as well.

Have you have any personal battles like this before? How did you deal with them?

xoxo, jgp 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Bodyweight Metabolic Circuit

You might as well call this "Death."

This morning, per my usual Thursday schedule, I got up and forced myself to go to one of my favorite classes at my gym: Total Body Challenge

And when they say "challenge," they mean it. Today was no different.

Usually, we grab a step with 2 risers on each side, a yoga mat, and hand weights. Today my instructor said all we needed was a mat and a swiss ball. Which was more terrifying than reassuring. And it turns out I was right. Today's class was rough.

After class, the instructor let us take a sneak peak at the sheet she was using to torture and told us that this is the exercise circuit she does while on vacation or away from a gym. So, I thought I'd share so that those of you who don't have access to a gym or some other form of cross-training type video/class could get the deadly workout I got today.

Warm-Up

5 minutes of some relatively intense cardio activity
(You can run, jump, flip, whatever you want. We did a combination of high knees, running in place, sprinting, lunges, squats, etc. The key here is to get your entire body warmed up and get your heart rate going.)

First Circuit

1 minute of static squats jumping in and out
(Basically, squat in a neutral position then jump out to a wider squat and repeat to the neutral squat.)

1 minute of alternating prone cross toe twists
(This one is more difficult to explain, but start in a plank on your hands. Lift your right foot, and twist it under your body to the opposite side and touch with your left hand. Twist back and repeat on the other side.)

1 minute break

1 minute of squat-jacks
(We do these a lot in my group fitness classes because they burn... bad. But it's a jumping jack that has a squat at the bottom. So jump legs out arms up, and when you jump back in, slow down for a second and squat. You when then jump back out from that position to the next jumping jack.)

1 minute of 1-leg burpees
(If you don't know what a burpee is, just Google is because it's hard to explain here... In this variation you do 30 seconds on one leg, keeping the other off the ground the entire time. Then switch legs for the final 30 seconds.)

2 minute break

1 minute of mountain climbers
(These are a more basic move. Get is a plank position on your hands. You will pull your legs in toward your chest, alternating legs. The quicker you go, the more difficult it is. The key is is not sticking your butt up in the air.)

1 minute of jump squats
(Stand in a neutral or wider position, depending on what you prefer. You will squat and as you stand from your squat position, you jump as high as you can. You will find yourself barely getting off the ground by the end, which is normal. It hurts.)

1 minute break

1 minute of inchworms
(Start in a standing position with your feet together. Then walk your hands out in front of you until you reach a plank position and try to go as far past that as you can. Then talk your hands back in. You don't have to stand up after each one.)

1 minute of spiderman climbs
(These are rough. Real rough. You start in a plank position. You pull your right leg up toward your right arm and try to do a push up at the same time. Then put your right leg back and do the same with your left leg. If you can't do the push up, just pull your legs up your side. If you do these right, you really will look like a spider.)

2 minute break

Cardio Interval
10 minutes of some form of intense cardio activity
(We did circuits that included ladder in-and-out runs for 3 minutes, medicine ball throw downs, sled pushes, and squats with weights. But any form of activity that gets your heart rate through the roof is the goal.)

Second Circuit

1 minute of over/unders
(These are a little odd, but you start to feel them toward the end of the minute. Stand in a neutral position. Pick up your right leg and step up and over. Your hips should open up here-- that's the key. When you put your foot down, squat. Then do the same with your left leg and squat. Coming out of the squat, jump. Imagine yourself on an obstacle course. You are stepping over the barbed wire and ducking under a net twice and then jumping over the wire again.)

1 minute of 5-dot drills
(Start with feet together. You will jump forward into a wider position then jump back to the middle with your feet together. Then back to a wider position. Then back to the middle and repeat. The 5-dots are the middle, your right-front, your left-front, your right-back, and left-back.)

1 minute break

1 minute plank on swiss ball
(You will be doing an elbow plank on the swiss ball. Rest your forearms on the ball and make sure your stomach and chest are not resting on it. And hold.)

1 minute lateral step-out on swiss ball
(These were tough. Balance your feet on the swiss ball with your hands on the ground. Then take your right foot off the ball, balancing on the ball with your left leg, and tap the right foot on the ground then back up to the ball and switch legs. You will fall off the ball a few times. It's inevitable, but just keep trying. The key is to not loosen your body-- keep tight and don't over rotate your body.)

2 minute break

1 minute bicycle crunches
(These are pretty basic. Pull in right leg, turn left arm/upper body toward and and switch.)

1 minute explosive step-ups
(These are fun. Lay on your back with your knees up at a 90 degree angle. You are going to roll back a little bit then roll forward. Your feet will hit the ground and when they do, use your hands to help you stand up. Then sit, roll, and do it again.)

1 minute break

1 minute of squats
(This is killer by the end of the workout. First ten seconds pulse at the bottom of your squat. Next ten, do jump squats. Then the next ten just hold a squat. Repeat again.)

1 minute of various abs
(We did a combination of leg lifts, basic crunches, bicycles, etc.)

THE END.

This workout is rough and all done pretty much without anything other than you and a mat. It's about an hour long and will absolutely kick your butt if you push yourself. 

I have to say, for once, I'm glad I got out of bed at a decent time this morning. It was well worth it.


What workouts do you enjoy?

xoxo, jgp

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Summer of Netflix

It's fairly obvious that my goals for the summer have changed. Without an internship, I'm just chilling in Athens trying to find something to do with my time. 

Obviously, the answer is Netflix. 

Last summer I spent 95% of my time painting coolers. So Netflix was my distraction, but once I moved and school started up, Netflix was put on the back burner. Priorities, duh.

But I have all of the time in the world this summer, so here's what I'm watching:

Friday Night Lights
I started this last summer and got through 3 seasons. But I've got 2 left and I've forgotten it all. So I'm starting over. And I don't hate it.

Mad Men
I'm about 2 seasons behind right now and it's driving me crazy. This is seriously one of my favorite shows, but I never have time to watch it live.

Dawson's Creek
Another show I started, but fell off the wagon with. Must finish... so much teenage angst. 

The West Wing
I've only seen bits and pieces of this show, but I'm pretty sure I'll love it. 

House of Cards
Another political themed show to watch this summer. Maybe I'll learn something and become all prestigious or something?

I've also got a million documentaries in my Instant Queue, mostly about sports, i.e. ESPN's 30 for 30. My favorite.

The other night I watched an awesome movie on Netflix too! The Switch with Jennifer Anniston (girl crush) and Jason Bateman. 
I may or may not have cried a little bit.

What are y'all watching on Netflix? Suggestions are appreciated!

xoxo, jgp

NYR Update 2.0

My very first post on here was about this year's resolutions. My last update was in early February. And that was an epic fail. Like, good Lord.

So as we're getting into the month of June, I'm looking back on the past 5 months and seeing where I went wrong/ what I did right.

January: Organization
As we already know, epic fail. And the organization has only just recently resurfaced. It's been pretty tragic.

February: Fitness
This is definitely the one resolution I've stuck with completely. I've been busting my butt the past few months in the gym. There's a blog all about that coming soon...

March: Friendships
So this one was a little bit more of a struggle. I did make a valiant effort during March to reach out to my friends more often and reconnect. But I also found that in March I seemed to really start bonding with my broadcast friends. So I would say this was a success. I've gained some new friends, and reconnected with some old ones-- I can't complain.

April: Studying
I'll be honest here, this one got swept under the rug. Real bad. I am not much of a studier. Hence the journalism degree. And by this point in the semester, I only had one final to study for (read: dropped class), so it wasn't really a top priority.

May: Style
This was another one of those gray area goals. I wouldn't say I've "found" my style... But it's definitely improved since the beginning of 2013. In the summer in particular, I tend to change things up a bit from what I would normally wear. One thing is for certain about May... I did some serious shopping. So that counts right?

June: Work
Well, talk about epic fail. I was supposed to have an internship-- I don't. And I'm not really working this summer. Sooooo blogging is my work I guess. The internship struggle is definitely something I'll be blogging about... Probably later this week. 

So, I would say that so far this year, I've done a decent job of succeeding in my goals. Apart from the whole "not-having-an-internship" thing, it's been a solid year and I'm pumped for the rest of the summer and the fall. I'm pretty sure this is going to be my favorite year of college yet!

On that note, I leave you with some inspiration to get your resolutions back on track.


xoxo, jgp

Saturday, June 8, 2013

BFF

It's National Best Friends Day!

So I'm dedicating this post to my two best friends, Callie and Alex.


Everybody has a "BFF," and I've just been lucky enough to have two people who have been there for me through everything, and I can't thank them enough.

They both go to different colleges than I do, so the few moments I get to spend with them throughout the year are precious. Going off to college really makes you appreciate the time you got to spend with your friends in high school.

Even though I don't get to see them as much as I'd like, the times we do spend together are almost too much fun to handle (read: constant laughter.)

So here's to y'all! Thanks for being the greatest best friends a girl could ask for! Love you!

Did you tell your BFF how much you appreciate them today?

xoxo, jgp

Friday, June 7, 2013

Oh, How Lucky...

I love (read: hate) looking back at pictures from my freshman year at UGA because my sense of style was SO different than it is right now... as in-- there was none.

I didn't own a pair of wedges until the spring of that year. And I never wore heels out. Ever.

Now I feel goofy if I'm downtown without some sort of heel on. (Unless, of course, my cowboy boots look better with said outfit.) Despite the fact that I'm normally 6 feet tall with heels on. Whatever.

Truth be told, I only own one pair of "going out" wedges that are comfortable to make it through the entire night out. Of course they are all black Steve Madden's... a sophomore year purchase. WINNING.

Sadly, I only have one photo of me in said shoes...


Moving on!

As I've documented several times, I have a serious online shopping addiction. And a couple of weeks ago, HauteLook had some Lucky Brand stuff on sale. And I jumped on that REAL quick. 

Unfortunately, none of the clothes I purchased worked out, but I ended up with the perfect pair of summer wedges!


I'm absolutely obsessed with these and I can't wait to wear them every time I get a chance. I like them because unlike my black ones, which really cant only be wore on a night out, these can be worn anytime. The are just casual enough to wear during the day, but can definitely be worn on a night out.

Oh, and they are soooooo comfortable. Perfection.

They aren't on sale at HauteLook anymore, but I found them at a couple of different places online. The store with the most size options was Macy's. 

Have you found your perfect summer wedges?

xoxo, jgp

National Donut Day!

It's National Donut Day Y'all!


Go to your local DD today and get a drink to get a free donut! I'm about to go grab mine!

Fingers crossed my DD has the new Key Lime Pie donut (nom...).

This is my kind of celebration! 

What is your favorite DD donut?

xoxo, jgp

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Gallon Challenge


I remember in high school when some of the dumb jocks would carry around these gallon jugs of water all day long. They thought they were cool or something. 

I'm not doing that. I'm aiming for something more like this.


Everyone knows that one of the biggest things about being healthier and losing weight is water consumption. I found that last week, while working the golf tournament, I was getting easily dehydrated. So two days ago, I started a challenge.

For the rest of June, I'm going to try and drink a gallon of water a day. (I'm drinking 4 1-liter bottles of water a day.) This isn't healthy for people who don't workout a lot, so not everyone should jump on this one. But drinking a gallon a day has many health benefits for people who exercise often.

It flushes your kidneys and digestive system and hydrates your body, which helps your metabolism function more effective. That's all I need in life. 

The colder the water, the harder your body has to work to warm it up to digest it, essentially burning more calories.

I'm going to try this for a month and see if I see any improvements in my workouts and if I feel like I'm losing any weight, particularly water weight. 

Have you ever done this before?

xoxo, jgp

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

#CMTAwards

If you didn't know, award shows are quite possibly my favorite thing on the planet. And tonight was the CMT Awards (Eep!). I'm not really sure I could put into words my absolutely unhealthy obsession with country music award shows. Which is why that is a path I'm looking at taking in like as well.

Sports broadcasting or producing award shows. 
Strange set of options, I know.

 But I love them both, and I'm completely torn on my life path. So in the meantime, I'm just going to share my thoughts on tonight's show!


Biggest surprise of the night:
Little Big Town singing a Fleetwood Mac song to perfection and Keith Urban jumping in with a little bit of guitar. It was beautiful.

I almost cried when:
Carried Underwood brought out the show choir for her performance of See You Again in honor of the Oklahoma tornado victims.

Most on-point award:
Florida Georgia Line winning Duo Video of the Year. They are absolutely amazing. I'm seeing them this summer and I couldn't be more excited. 

WTF? award of the night:
Miranda Lambert winning Female Video of the Year for Mama's Broken Heart. There were definitely better options. I absolutely LOVE Miranda Lambert, but that's not her best work.

That awkward moment when:
Blake Shelton doesn't know he won an award that his wife just presented...
Oh, and that moment when Carrie Underwood won Video of the Year for Blown Away... A song about a tornado in Oklahoma killing her father. This was immediately after her performance for Oklahoma.

Favorite part of the night:
Luke Bryan's performance at The Stage (a bar in Nashville.) I love when award shows do that. It's more intimate and a change of scenery never hurt. Plus, it was Luke Bryan. 

Favorite performance of the night:
HOW DO I PICK JUST ONE?!
I'm probably going to have to go with Darius Rucker and Lady A doing Wagon Wheel. That is probably one of my favorite songs of all time. And Darius Rucker is perfection.

Least favorite part of the night:
Jason Aldean hosting. As much as I love the man, he doesn't have a personality at all. 
Another thing I will continue to hate is every time they show Taylor Swift dancing and singing in the audience. She just looks awkward. Stop it.

Least favorite performance of the night:
No question on this one... Taylor Swift. Give it up. You aren't country. Get off the stage and stop flailing around like a fool. That is all.
A close second was definitely Kasey Musgraves singing Blowing Smoke. It was just plain boring.

What I would have changed/what I loved:
I absolutely loved opening with Jason Aldean and Lenny Kravitz. And I loved closing with Florida Georgia Line and Nelly. Collaborations like that are really changing country music, so it's important to highlight that. 
I wish Jason Aldean hadn't hosted. It was just painful to watch. 
There were a ton of performances, and most of them were great. Some of the ones on the smaller stage were very lackluster. If your going to pick performances, make them worthwhile. 
Also, get rid of Dog the Bounty Hunter... Dear God. 

But overall, it was a very entertaining show and well planned! Wish I had been there!

What did you love or hate about the CMT Awards tonight?

xoxo, jgp

Currently Reading: Sisterhood Everlasting

If you are anything like me, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books and movies were some of your favorite growing up. 
And if you didn't know, Ann Brashares wrote another one: Sisterhood Everlasting.


It's basically the story of where all 4 girls are 10 years later. And I'll go ahead and warn you, it's really, really sad. I'm almost done with it, and it's picking up a little bit. But despite how sad the book can be at times, it's a great, easy read. Just like the first ones. 

I would HIGHLY suggest this book to any girl in her 20s, and especially if you had any form of interest in the original books/movies. It's a great story about growing up and how things can change in an instant. 

What are y'all reading?

xoxo, jgp