Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Weekend Update

Well. My #BEDM challenge fell flat on its face this weekend. The last time I blogged was Wednesday... So ashamed. 

But not really.

The reason I fell off the planet was because fun was happening and I got busy enjoying myself. But I'm back! With all sorts of fun things that happened this weekend.

Thursday night I was finally reunited with all of my friends at one of my favorite places in Athens. It was exactly what I needed. 

Friday I finally got myself back in the sunshine (without a polo on) then ran around Athens with two other long lost friends. Tried a new restaurant in Athens. Saw Neighbors... again. I think it may have been funnier the second time around. 

Saturday tennis happened. As usual. Then I ate (more) Mexican food and rented Ted and drank beer. Solid Saturday night.

Sunday we finally celebrated Memorial Day with a day at the pool with friends... More Mexican food. No, I'm not even kidding. Followed by more chaos in my living room. My entire house is sticky. I should be more careful when pouring Jell-O shots... Whoops.

Monday I went back to working tennis, but spent most of my day screaming my face off for my friend Hunter that was playing in the National Championship doubles match. AND HE WON! Yes, the pictures are excessive, but I'm just so proud. Go. Vols.

He refused to put a shirt on, but he's a national champion. So who am I to tell him what to do? It was such an awesome weekend and I'm way too excited for the rest of the summer!

I'm off to a Braves game tonight, so make sure to check Instagram for my stereotypical sunset pic from the Ted. 

How was your Memorial Day weekend?

xoxo, jgp

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Where I Work

Today's scheduled #BEDM topic is "workspace." And I really wish I had better content for this one. If you've been hanging around here a while, you probably recall how my desk has looked for the past year.

Yeah. It ain't pretty. I promise you, there s a desk under there. So maybe writing a blog about my "workspace" is not the best move. It's been rough in particular this semester with me running all over the world every week (or it seemed that way at least.) So this was essentially how I lived all semester... How embarrassing.

With my internship in Gwinnett, I also had to learn to work/function there and back at home in Athens. I was essentially living in two worlds. But there were a few things that kept me on top of things even in the chaos. 

1. Pencil bag
No. I'm not five years old. But, yes. I still use a "pencil bag" that I carry with me every day (but not in my purse, I'm not that crazy.) I'm a color-coder, so having all the pens I need, all the time, is important to my life. Plus, mine is really cute. Here's one very similar to mine!

2. Mini notebook
This has been a new development. I find myself running around with lists all over the place. So I finally decided to get a small notebook that I carry everywhere with me so I can keep my lists in one place. It was such a lifesaver all semester. I've got this set from B&N.

3. Mobile calendar
For someone who is all about writing things down, this is weird. But being able to check my calendar on the go was so necessary this spring. Between meeting invites for work, making plans with friends, and keeping up with all of my school work, there was a lot happening on my calendar on any given day. I've told y'all a million times about my obsession with BusyCal, but it's seriously the best. It syncs up all my Google Calendars, Outlook Calendars, and anything else I need seamlessly. You don't realize how much you needed it until you have it. Worth the money. I promise.

I've spent the past two weeks getting my room back in order, so hopefully by the end of May I'll be able to share proof that I am sane with y'all. Because after accessing those pictures above, I'm starting to question it myself.

What makes your work space feel like home?

xoxo, jgp

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chuck Taylor

I don't know who I am. 

I can't be Caley Beacham. Because Caley Beacham hates Converse. 

But I want a pair. No, I need a pair. And I'm starting to think I've lost my mind. 

But Chuck Taylor's have been everywhere I look lately, and they are growing on me. Perfect for summer with some jean shorts and a v-neck. Or with a casual dress if you can pull that off.

I'm thinking these will be my next purchase soon. A summer shoe that isn't some form of sandal is actually something that's been lacking in my closet.

Basic white ones are always a solid choice, but I'm loving these pastels for summertime. And they are on sale!

How do you feel about Converse?

xoxo, jgp

Monday, May 19, 2014


Today's #BEDM topic is interesting: the best thing about being an adult. And that, my friends, is like asking what makes cheese so great. Everything.

I would like to preface this post by saying that while, yes, I am still in college (graduating in December), I am most definitely an adult. My mother and father haven't paid for anything of mine since the day I turned 18. When I was legally allowed to work at age 16, I had to get a job. And I've essentially been taking care of myself for as long as I can remember.

Those of you that don't know me personally may doubt this fact, but I've been an adult for much longer than your average 21-year-old. And I've definitely had my fair share of ups and downs during that time. 

Age 18: Terrified
Age 19: Too comfortable
Age 20: Just wanting to be 21
Age 21: Alcoholism kicks in (kidding)

It's definitely been an interesting ride, but being fully responsible for everything I do, have, and want is such a great feeling every day. I don't feel like I owe my parents anything. I don't have to ask permission to buy something. And I can really do just about anything I want without question. 

Being the freakishly independent person I am, this is a blessing.

The best thing about being an adult is, without a doubt, the freedom. I can do what I want. When I want. How I want. And that's probably why I love being single as well. I don't have to plan my life around other people. I don't have to answer to anyone. I can just be me and run around and act a fool when I want. And be a big kid when I don't want to be a college student. 

It's definitely been a fun 4 years of college with complete freedom, but I'm certainly looking forward to entering the real world for 9 months before returning to school for my masters... Which was never the plan for my life, ever. But that was, once again, a decision I made on my own (with some guidance).

It's definitely the one thing I'm going to appreciate when I take on the world for real. Having made difficult life decisions on my own before finding a job, buying a car or house, getting married, or having kids (which I'm not). Being fully responsible for my own wellbeing will make my transition a lot smoother than most.

And I like to think I will live my life a little something like this:

What do you love about being a big kid?

xoxo, jgp

Sunday, May 18, 2014


After a week of pure chaos, here I sit on a Sunday evening. 

Watching the Billboard Music Awards. Studying for my GMAT. And trying to keep my eyes open.

All after a 2-hour nap this afternoon.

The exhaustion is all too real right now. And for good reason. This has been one crazy, fun, chaotic week. Try to keep up, here.

Returned to Athens from Kennesaw on Wednesday. 
Worked at the NCAA tennis tournament early Thursday morning. 
Turned back around and went to Atlanta for the Jason Aldean concert Thursday night.

Came back to Athens Friday morning to work tennis again. Loved getting to watch my Dawgs play, and cheer on a long, lost friend for the Vols! (Go Hunter!)

Returned to Kennesaw Saturday morning for graduation parties galore.

Everything about both of those pictures is awkward. But whatever. Life.

And brunch. Duh.

And now I'm back in Athens again.

Just rehashing all of that makes me tired. So I think I'll go crawl back in bed again. Back to "normalcy" tomorrow. Can't wait.

Falls asleep face first on laptop....

xoxo, jgp

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Uh Oh...

Missed my #BEDM post for today. I'll double post Sunday. This counts... Right? 

Love y'all. 

xoxo, jgp

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Obsession: Melted

I'll be the first to admit that I need to use more color on my lips. I know I should. It's just such a struggle for me. When you have no upper lip, things can get real ugly real fast if you aren't careful. 

I have a makeup bag full of nothing but lip color: gloss, liner, lipstick, etc. You name it. I've got it. And I never use them... Ashamed. 

I recently ordered a plethora of products from Sephora, and saw this lovely product on the front page:

I figured, well, I've tried everything else, and this stuff looks pretty cool. So, why not give it a try? And since I've been trying to experiment with a bold statement lip, why not get the hot pink?

Best. Decision. Ever.

It goes on like a gloss, but looks like a lipstick. It stays on pretty well, and it's easy enough to reapply that you can do it without making a to-do about it (read: me and lipstick.) 

The $21.00 price tag is a little high for me, considering my struggle with lip color, but I think that it may be worth it. I'm thinking about getting it in Melted Peony as well for every day color. 

I would definitely suggest this to anyone trying to find a good new color/product. I'm still on the prowl for my perfect lip color. Maybe this is it!

What is your favorite lip color product?

xoxo, jgp

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lessons Learned

Today's topic is an interesting and difficult one for me. I've been doing this for almost two years and I still don't quite have the hang of it. I still question half of the things I post. And I still wonder of anyone actually reads this thing. 

I'm supposed to give tips/advice on blogging. But I'm honestly still lost in abyss as well. Who am I to tell anyone how to so this? Half of the time I post things I look back and wonder why I ever thought that was a good idea. 

But I think that's actually my advice. Write about things you care about, not what you think you should be blogging about. And write it in a way that works for you. Don't try to "create" a voice. Be yourself. Write like you are writing to a friend. This isn't a research paper. It's you. Chatting with your readers. 

So yeah, sometimes it gets messy and jumbled. But that's probably who you are. A messy and jumbled person. Or maybe that's just me. 

But that's honestly the most important thing I've learned in my two years of sitting behind a screen and sharing my thoughts with the world. 

That favorite blogger of yours that's been doing this for several years? She's going to write differently than you will. She's going to write about different topics than you will. She's going to have sponsors that you don't. And that's because she's taken the time to find her voice in her blog. It will change over time and develop, but just keep doing what you feel is right, and the readers will come. 

Be yourself. It's simple. But it's easier said than done. 

What have you learned about yourself from blogging? What's your biggest challenge? 

xoxo, jgp

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Today's topic really screams for a "take some pictures and show off how cute my house/apartment is" style post. But that's not happening. My room in Kennesaw looks like a 6th grader still lives there, and the apartment in Athens is in no condition for that. And I clearly didn't plan ahead (it's almost 11 as I write this.) So here we are.

But I do have a solid post today. Or so I think. I'm probably lying. I tried, okay?

For me, my "home" is Athens now. Some people my age in college may still claim that their "hometown" is their home. 

For me, that all depends on what makes something a home to you. Yeah, all of my family is back in Kennesaw. But my old friends are scattered all over the southeast. So the place that feels like home to me has become Athens. You're stuck here for four years, you better make it home!

It's funny for me to look back at how all of that changed. As a freshman you take off to your new college town with high hopes of it becoming a new home. For me, that feeling took almost three years to develop, and for others that never happens. And that's fine too. 

You can almost always figure these people out because they actually enjoy their trips back to their hometown. For me, going back there is a hassle and not something I look forward too often. Even when Athens is a dead town (read: right now), I would prefer to be here.

It's where my friends are. It's where my important stuff is. It's where I found my path in life.

Simply put: it's home sweet home. 

So if you are starting college in the fall, returning to your college town, or starting a new life after college, I encourage you to make that place your home. Don't see it as a "I'm just passing through" experience. That's where I feel most people go wrong. Live your life where you are, not where you were or where you want to be. Right there. Right now.

What do you consider to be your "home?"

xoxo, jgp

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Summer Must-Haves

Today's #BEDM topic is: beauty, fashion, and grooming. Which is so broad and I probably have too many things to say about too many things here. So in an attempt to control myself, I'm going to give you my one must-have in each category, specifically for the summer.

I wrote about this stuff last summer as well. It's seriously the greatest. Lightweight, light coverage, and has SPF. Perfection for summer sunshine. 

Jack Rogers Navajo Sandals- $110
Honestly, what are you doing if you don't have a pair of these classics in your closet already? I am in desperate need of a new pair of white ones. (And I can't find my nude ones... crying.) Definitely a summer fashion staple. 

I'm not even really sure this is considered a "grooming" product, but I'm going to make it one. I started by using the standard version of this stuff without the keratin, which is also great. But this stuff is amazing. "Miracle" is just the word. When I don't have this stuff in my hair, it feels like straw. Get some of this stuff ASAP. It's worth the money, I promise.

What are your must-have products for summer?

xoxo, jgp

Monday, May 12, 2014

JGP Early Summer Playlist

Going on Day 12 of #BEDM and I'm quite proud of myself. I haven't missed a day yet! It may actually be a miracle. But go me!

Summer is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but music is one of them for sure. I feel like every artist saves up the good stuff for summertime and I'm not complaining. Right now I'm absolutely loving everything that comes out. So, to make your life better (and easier) I've compiled my list of favorite early summer jams. 

I've been listening to these songs on repeat lately. So good. 

Anddddd here's the Spotify playlist. It's missing some songs and I'm not sure why... 

What is your summer jam right now?
xoxo, jgp

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Currently Reading: Hissy Fit

You could say I'm pretty predictable. I'm reading another Mary Kay Andrews book. Because she is the greatest. Every book she writes is amazing. And I can't get enough.

I've only blogged about one other MKA book, but I'm pretty sure I've read about 8 of her books. Southern romantic comedy style books? Count me in!

So, here's yet another amazing KMA book for ya!

This book is honestly hilarious. Bride-to-be finds her husband doin' it with her maid of honor at the rehearsal dinner. It's all downhill from there. Quality stuff for sure. 

If you've never picked up one of her books, you should do that immediately. It will make your life exponentially better, I promise. 

xoxo, jgp

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Currently Swooning: THE Wrap Dress

Wrap dresses are making a huge comeback right now. They are flattering on just about everyone and are a simple staple to keep on hand. 

With all the graduating happening around me right now, I've seen my fair share of cute dresses... Which already has me thinking about mine in December. And I think I've found a winner. I've just got to find it in me to pull the trigger before it's gone.

This Rhode Resort Lenny Wrap Dress is absolute perfection. Minus the $290 price tag.
But I think it might actually be worth it. Lawd. I need this dress in my life.

I mean, it is perfect for a December graduation, right? Yes, Caley, it is.

How do you feel about the resurgence of the wrap dress?

xoxo, jgp

Friday, May 9, 2014

Congrats Y'all!

I'm on a sappy kick right now. Mainly because I'm a little unstable about the fact that all of my friends are now graduates of the one and only University of Georgia.

Yesterday's post I looked back at my four years here, and today I'm dedicating my post to all of the wonderful UGA graduates who inspire me. My Broadcast and Grady family played a vital role in my time here. And as I watch them turn their tassels, it breaks my heart that they are leaving but know that they are going on into the world to do great things in the world.

I couldn't be prouder to say that I spent more than enough time with these people over the past two or more years. I can honestly say that I wouldn't be the person I am today with this family of people and I'll miss them terribly in the fall. So thanks, y'all. 

So cheers to y'all! Congrats on graduating from the greatest university in the world and go kick some ass in the real world! Georgia hail to thee!

Who motivates you?

xoxo, jgp

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Athens, I Love You

Apparently May is "Local History Month" and today's #BEDM post is all dedicated to the wonderful city that is Athens, GA. Forget the history part of this, I'm just going Throwback Thursday on it and re-hashing my favorite memories of my four years here. Because let's be honest, that's a lot more fun than a history lesson!

Freshman Year
It's crazy for me to look back to these days. I absolutely loved my time in good ole Russell Hall and would honestly go back and spend another year there with those same ladies. 

Probably the most random picture in this post, but that apartment (and these people) were my life for 6 months. Glory days.

Oh my, how we've grown up...

Tailgate freshman year. Once again, how things have changed...

My good 'ole cousin. He's all official and graduated from Bama last weekend!

Oh, boy. This night. And this house. Wiped out on the ice... Definitely my best moment.

The lovely ladies of 4North!! Take me back!

No, this isn't Athens. But it's Athens-ish. And will go down as one of the craziest weekends of my college career.

Freshman year snow storm! A whole week snowed-in the dorms. Take me back.

The first-ever Paint the Town Red. Best. Committee. Ever.

Sophomore Year
Not my best. You could say I was stuck in-between but it definitely was a life-changing year. 

Ran my first half marathon!! Wahoo!

Corey Smith at the Georgia Theatre! First show I ever saw there.

Once again, the greatest committee ever. Best Olympics yet.

4 North reunion. My favorites. 

Junior Year
Ah. Junior Year. You were fun. And when I met some of the people I will be friends with for the rest of my life. The year of the Broadcast Fam!

The greatest mock show class of all time. The start of the greatest group of people I've been so blessed to spend two years with.

Jason Aldean in Sanford. One of my top 5 memories in Athens.

UGA vs. Southern game. All of my favorite people in town for one of the most memorable tailgates ever!

One last homage to the most amazing family of people I could ask for.

Senior Year
I can honestly say that this year has been the most rewarding, amazing, and fun year of my time at UGA. As I head into my 5th year in the greatest university on the planet, I'm sad to let some of my closest friends go, but I'm so excited about where they are headed in life! 

The last tailgate. I'll miss these two lovely ladies next year!

LSU tailgate. Hands down the greatest of them all.

My last PTTR... And raising the most money in the spring EVER. Love these people.

Spring break in Key West. I can't express how much I wish I was back on that boat.
And I end with one of the greatest nights I've had in Athens, ever. Cinco de Mayo with the best of the  Fam. Let's do it again. Now.

And now I'm going to go cry in a corner because all of these people are leaving me. 

Hope y'all enjoyed the throwback today! It's always fun for me to look back on these crazy four years.

xoxo, jgp