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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Weekend Before Last Continued... Go Gam!

No one could ever say that I don't love my sorority and Greek Life- just check my archive.

The weekend before last, September 16th-18th, was the final weekend of Sorority Recruitment at the University of Akron. 

Here's my video from Bid Day- the second best day of the year, to Initiation~ in my humble opinion!




Go Alpha Gam!

xo,

KJB

The Weekend Before Last

I always knew that when I became an alumna, I wanted to be an active alumna at my chapter. So September 16th-18th as the majority parts of Formal Recruitment, were calling my name!

Philanthropy Round:


Get You Alums That Can Do Both

After Philanthropy Round, I was able to experience Melt for the FIRST time... I think my sandwich choice was the major dilemma, so until next time~ the verdict is not positive!




Who knew Chicken and Waffles should not be on a grilled cheese... Probably everyone, but I have a weakness for Chicken and Waffles.

After dinner and Menchie's, I was able to experience another Akron staple- Baxter's Bar. A shame I never knew about it while in undergrad.






Saturday morning brunch with my faves, at a restaurant that I thought I hated... But I found a bomb breakfast item, I'm now a fan!



The Bacado

My Favorite Brunch Date


Preference Round:

Gam Fam

Alums
After Preference Round, I experience another Akron staple- Brubaker's Pub in Downtown Akron!


About To Drop A Fire Bitch Tape


Get You Friends That Can Praise You and Keep You Humble
Sunday, BID DAY!:

Feels Like Home To Me


Reveal


Stopping Traffic

I love every opportunity I have to go back to Akron and participate in anything and everything Alpha Gamma Delta. It's Not Four Years, It's For Life~ cliche, but for me, I'm always there!

That's why I'm so excited to announce my new position on the Volunteer Service Team within Alpha Gamma Delta on the Recruitment Team as a Recruitment Specialist!

There's No Place Like Home

xo,
KJB


WCW #20: Jeannie Meets World

Meet this week's WCW, Jeannie McBride of the WFFT/Fox 55 News Team.




See more on YouTube!

  • How long have you been a part of the WFFT News Team?

I have been a part of the WFFT/FOX 55 News Team in Fort Wayne, Indiana, since October 2016. This is my first job as an on-air Reporter/Multi-Media Journalist. Before this, I was a Floor Director and On-Air Contributor at WKYC Channel 3 News in Cleveland, Ohio.



  • Have you always wanted to be in the public eye?

I always loved to perform. Growing up I danced, sang, acted in plays and musicals – the list goes on. I enjoyed entertaining people and having people be able to actually see my talents. I honestly think that is what encouraged me to be on TV.

  • What’s a common misconception about news/media?
A lot of people ask me if we get our clothes picked out for us or if someone does our hair and make-up every day.  Well, let me tell you – No. Especially at a local level, we do it all ourselves. It’s not glamorous. What viewers see on the screen is only a small percent of what reporters actually have to do.
  • What does your job entail?
I report for the 10pm newscast, so my workday starts at 2pm. We pitch our stories, get the story or stories assigned to us, and then it is a constant battle against the clock. I carry the camera, tripod, shoot my own footage, get the interviews, write, edit, and then somehow manage to be on live TV without looking like a hot mess. It can be stressful, but I love it. You never know what the day will bring. I could be assigned to a homicide or I could get a story about a stand-up paddle board fitness class- never a dull moment!

  • It takes a village, so who are your biggest supporters?

I honestly could not be doing this without the support of my family and my friends. Breaking into the broadcasting industry is difficult – especially if you want to be an on-air personality. There were e people who doubted I could do it, but thanks to my family, friends, and various mentors along the way, it was possible.

  • How did you advance your career?
I was involved in The University of Akron’s student broadcasting network: Z-TV. I was an anchor and a reporter for our news show: ‘Lights, Camera, Akron.” This allowed me to land an internship at WKYC Channel 3 news twice. The second time, the internship was during my second semester of my senior year, which turned into a part-time job as a Production Assistant/Floor Director. It allowed me to work behind the scenes at a big market TV station, while applying for reporting jobs at the same time. The connections and memories I made at WKYC were amazing and I probably wouldn’t be where I am today without getting that first internship.


  • What is your personal brand?

Right now, I am still working on my personal brand. Being only one year out of college, “adulting” is still something I’m getting used to. Right now, I think it would be: driven and determined-, girl next door- and can usually been seen laughing at herself.

  • How do you spread the word about your brand?

Even though I’m supposed to be seen as a serious reporter, I never want to lose what makes me... well, me. So when I am on Twitter or Facebook or meeting with viewers, I always let my inner personality come out. It’s important to not lose yourself and to let others see what truly makes you shine.

  • How important is social media?
Social Media is huge! Almost everyone has some form of social media. It makes our world so small and it keeps people connected. You can find out what is happening across the world or you can even stay in touch with your best friend from third grade or your sorority sister who lives across the United States. Some people don’t like social media, but I think it has made more people communicate with each other than ever before.
  • How do you measure success?

Success is measured in the eyes of the beholder. For me, it is happiness. When I am truly at peace with myself, my life, and look back and say, ‘wow, this life has been a good one,” that to me, is success.


  • What’s happening in pop culture right now that has your full attention?

Currently, I am obsessed with the Olympics. Swimming and gymnastics are my favorite.

  • Where did you go to school? What did you go for?

I went to the University of Akron (#GoZips) and I was Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications: Radio/TV Broadcasting and I minored in Dance.

  • How did that help you get to where you are now?

During the Primary Election in Indiana back in April 2016, I got to interview former President Bill Clinton. That was amazing. Also, being at the Trump Rally was…wild to say the least.



  • What’s your greatest professional achievement?
If I’m really stressed out I know I need to go on a run or put in head phones and dance around my apartment. Sometimes, wine is necessary.


  • How do you handle stress?

If I’m really stressed out I know I need to go on a run or put in head phones and dance around my apartment. Sometimes, wine is necessary.
  • Do you have a mentor/mentee?

I have many, but three that truly stand out to me are Virgil Dominic, Isabella Moller, and Alaina Pinto. Virgil Dominic and Isabella Moller are always there giving me advice on reporting/news when I need it or giving me tips on how to improve my work. They give great constructive criticism and when they complement me… it is like winning a medal. Alaina Pinto was in Alpha Delta Pi with me at Akron. She was a year older and a communications major as well. She was the first person I knew to get a job as a reporter and she inspired and encouraged me to pursue my dream. It is so nice having someone who knows what you’re talking about or going through. We both are there for each other and I couldn’t be luckier.


  • What makes up your wardrobe?
My wardrobe used to consist of ADPi t-shirts and leggings, but I had to sadly trade those in for professional clothes. Now, I have a ton of dresses, blouses and dress pants because of being on TV every day. The goal is to not repeat outfits often, so mixing and matching and finding bargains on clothes is a must.

  • Where do you shop?
I love TJ Maxx, New York and Company, and H & M. You can always find something.

  • Who is your fashion icon?
Being an on-air reporter automatically makes my clothing style a little bit different than other young 20-somethings. It would probably be Megyn Kelly or Ainsley Earhardt from FOX News.

  • What can’t you leave home without?
I can’t leave home without my phone or my Caramel Latte lipstick.



  • Are you a member of any organizations? Trade organizations? etc.
Unless you count my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, I am not in any organizations at this time.

  • What is your “pump up” music?
Timber” by Kesha will forever and always be my anthem.

  • What’s the average day in the life of Jeannie look like?
An average day is me pressing snooze on my alarm at least five time, making coffee, workout out at the gym, preparing lunch and dinner and then off to work until I get home at 11:30pm. If it’s a weekend I’m usually traveling somewhere or lying out at the pool.

  • What advice do you have for other young women wanting to follow their dreams?
My advice would be is to never give up. People will doubt you or say you can’t do it, but if you believe you can – it is possible. It will be hard work and you will have to sacrifice some things, but it’s not easy achieving your dreams. Everything happens for a reason.

  • Why do you do what you do?

I am a reporter because I love telling stories. A lot of people think all news is bad, but I try and find the good stories or at least find ones with a positive message. It gives me 2 minutes to brighten up or educate people about different things happening locally or even on the national level. I love when I get recognized at the grocery store or at the gym because it shows that I’m doing my job well. And hearing compliments from the viewers – it makes every stressful day so worthwhile. I get paid to do what I love – what could be better?

Thanks Jeannie!


xo,

KJB

Monday, September 26, 2016

Are You Registered?!

This election, like every election is crucial- but even more so is you exercising your right to vote!
Even Google Wants You to Vote

Did you know that in Ohio, that if you haven't cast a ballot in a few cycles that you may have been removed from 'the rolls'~ whatever that may mean~ and in which case you would NOT be registered to vote?

So on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th, you could go to your voting place and NOT be able to vote? Sure you could cast a provisional ballot, but all that definitely does is re-register you and perhaps, the officials will count it in the total.

Did you know that Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia also remove voters who haven't voted in six years? Pennsylvania also has a similar law to Ohio's.

So what can you do, cause it's not too late~ in Ohio, October 11th is the LAST day to register to vote! I suggest heading over to voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us or by calling 1-877-868-3874 to make sure that you are still registered.

Last Day To Register, courtesy of Google:
Alabama: October 24th
Alaska: October 9th
Arizona: October 10th
Arkansas: October 10th
California: October 24th
Colorado: October 31st, in person: November 8th
Connecticut: November 1st, in person: November 8th
Delaware: October 15th
Florida: October 11th
Georgia: October 11th
Hawaii: Online, in person: October 10th, Mail: October 8th
Idaho: October 14th
Illinois: Online: October 23rd, Mail: October 11th, In person: November 8th
Indiana: October 11th
Iowa: Online/In Person: October 29th, Mail: October 24th
Kansas: October 18th
Kentucky: October 11th
Louisiana: October 11th
Maine: Mail: October 18th, In Person: November 8th
Maryland: Online/Mail: October 18th, In Person: November 3rd
Massachusetts: October 19th
Michigan: October 11th
Minnesota: Online/Mail (Received By): October 18th, In Person: November 8th
Mississippi: October 8th
Missouri: October 12th
Montana: Mail: October 11th, In Person: November 8th
Nebraska: Online/Mail: October 21st, In Person: October 28th
Nevada: Online/In Person: October 18th, Mail: October 8th
New Hampshire: Mail: October 29th, In Person: November 8th
New Jersey: October 18th
New Mexico: October 11th
New York: October 14th
North Carolina: October 14th
North Dakota: You DO NOT NEED to register to vote~ go to Google to learn more
Ohio: October 11th
Oklahoma: October 14th
Oregon: October 18th
Pennsylvania: October 11th
Rhode Island: October 9th
South Carolina: October 8th
South Dakota: October 24th
Tennessee: October 11th
Texas: October 11th
Utah: Online/In Person: November 1st, Mail: October 9th
Vermont: November 2nd
Virginia: October 17th
Washington: Online: October 10th, Mail: October 8th, In Person: October 31st
Washington, D.C.: Online/Mail: October 11th, In Person: November 8th
West Virginia: October 18th
Wisconsin: Mail: October 19, In Person: November 8th
Wyoming: Mail(Received By): October 25th, In Person: November 8th

Make sure to watch the first Presidential Debate between HRC and the Orange Chupacabra tonight!

xo,
KJB

Friday, September 23, 2016

Flashback Fashion Friday: Weekly Round Up

Here's to another week in the books!

Monday:



Tuesday:


Wednesday:


Thursday:



Friday:


Here's to another great weekend!

xo,

KJB

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WCW #19: Luisanna Meets World

It's time for another WCW... World Meet Luisanna, or as I know her- Luu. 

Luu and I both attended The University of Akron and majored in Fashion Merchandising! 

She's crazy creative! Here we go...

Photo Cred: Taylor Kaufman


  • How long have you been into photography?
-hmm . Lets see. I really started to get into photography about 9 years ago when I was a freshmen in high school. (Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long) I remember taking a class in photo and I instantly fell in love with it.  I just loved the idea of capturing images to create a still moment in time. 


  • Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw my inspiration from aspects I see on a daily basis.  As many can tell from my photography I don’t have just one thing that I am always shooting.  I love having the variety to shoot what my mind desires.  From people to the urban environment I now live in.  This world is pretty amazing and inspiring if you just stop to take a look around for a few seconds.


  • Who has helped you get where you are?
My family has definitely helped me tremendously to get to where I am.  They have always been there to support me in any journey that I have decided to take.  Many of those journeys weren’t easy and I had to overcome a ton of obstacles but at the end of the day they were and will always be by my side. I am truly honored to have family that supports me like mine does.  Ah, thinking about it makes me want to cry but that’s how much they mean to me.

  • What is your personal brand?
As of now, I am on the verge of building myself up as a photographer.  I have hopes, time and patience that in the future one of my photos will be featured in a magazine. That is a dream of mine!


  • How do you spread the word about your brand?
Lately, I have been spreading the word about my brand by handing out my personally made business cards.  Also, I have definitely gained a good following on social media like Instagram and Facebook.  I think that anyone who wants to promote himself or herself needs to really utilize the benefits of social media.



  • How do you measure success?
The way I would measure success is setting a goal for yourself and sticking to it through thick and thin to see the end result.   Personally, I don’t see success as having all of the money in the world.  It’s more of knowing that within yourself you finished the race. Haha, I know I’m cheesy.


  • How did you get started?
  hmm. I would honestly say that I am still getting started.  I have a whole future ahead of me.

  • What is your greatest professional achievement?
My greatest professional achievement was moving to New York City a few months after graduating college and landing a real job my second day here(which doesn’t usually happen to most people).  I came to the city with no job offer at all, one suitcase and a bus ticket. Talk about SCARY but I made it!



  • Where did you go to school? What did you major in?
I went to school at The University of Akron for Fashion Merchandising. I also minored in Photography. (cough cough) GO ZIPS! 

  • What did you want to be before you grew up?
Before I “grew up” I always wanted to be a doctor.  As a matter of fact, I started my first semester in college in the field of nursing. At the end of my first semester I realized I wanted to go to school for something I was actually passionate about and that’s when the field of fashion and photography came to mind.  I honestly don’t know what I was thinking to even go to school for nursing in the first place when seeing blood makes me cringe. Haha.

  • Do you have a mentor/mentee?
I had a lovely mentor in college by the name of Dr.Teena Jennings.  She was always there when I needed someone to talk to about work/school stress. She was also there from start to finish of my college career and I appreciated her greatly for that.  
Another person I would consider to be my mentor would be my cousin, Dariana.  I grew up with her always being by my side.  Dariana is the older sister that I never had and I look up to her as a role model. I currently live with her now in the city and she pushes and motivates me to better myself EVERYDAY! I am not kidding when I say EVERYDAY haha.  I have no idea where I would be without her in my life!

  • What can others learn from you?
What others can learn from me is to never be afraid of new experiences and never underestimate yourself.  I had to learn that!

  • What advice do you have for young women?
For the young women out there just know that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.  Even if the task seems impossible just know that you will never be handed anything in life that you can’t accomplish/overcome. Trust me!

  • What makes up your wardrobe?
My wardrobe is made up of many comfortable but trendy pieces.  I like to buy clothing that I can mix and match with one another.    

  • What is your ‘must have’ accessory?
My must-have accessory would have to be a cute necklace.  A necklace can dress any outfit up.

  • Who is your fashion icon?
I have many fashion icons.  Currently, my top 4 would have to be Rihanna, Jhene Aiko, Vashtie and Vanessa Hudgens

  • What’s your morning routine?
My morning routine throughout the week usually consists of getting ready for work.  I like to make it to work early to get a head start on my day.  On weekends I love to start my morning off with a relaxing yoga session.

  • What are your thoughts on fast fashion?
Personally, I like fast fashion.  It helps you keep up with the latest trends without having to spend too much money.  

  • Where do you shop?
My two favorite stores at the moment are Zara and H&M.

  • Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because I love it.  I love new experiences and learning new things. I think everyone should strive to love the path they want to lead.  


Photo Cred: Melvin Mescudi

THANKS LUU!

xo,

KJB