Friday Favorites: The Final Five Are “Setting the World On Fire”

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope the week didn’t wear you out too much, since you were stuck staying up till midnight every night to watch the Olympics (cough NBC cough). The summer is quickly coming to an end. Teachers and students are heading back to school, the heat waves of August are rolling in, and I’ll be heading up to Wisconsin soon. This time next week, I’ll already be moving into my first apartment! Here are some Friday Favorites to take into the weekend and help you through next week. Let me know some of your favorite things from the week!

“Setting the World On Fire” — Kenny Chesney feat. P!nk

Kenny Chesney is my favorite artist. For my 16th birthday, my parents got me front row sandbar tickets to his concert with Tim McGraw, and it was a religious experience. The first song I ever heard by him was “When the Sun Goes Down” when I ten, and I was half asleep in the car on the way back from the doctor’s. I made my mom play the song three more times in a row. I’ve eagerly awaited every new album since then, and while the past few years didn’t do much for me, the release of  The Big Revival brought me back to that little girl in the car falling in love with Kenny Chesney for the first time.

So when the latest single from the upcoming album, Cosmic Hallelujah, dropped, I freaked. This has to be one of my favorite Kenny Chesney songs ever, and featuring P!nk? I mean, hellooooo? How perfect! It’s such a feel good song about being young, wild, and free, a theme Kenny Chesney has always kept throughout the years. Just look at the lyrics!

Up all night and we were feelin’ so good
Yeah, we got a little higher than we probably should
We were in a hotel singin’ in the hallway lights
We were strikin’ the matches right down to the ashes
Setting the world on fire, setting the world on fire

This is a must download for your weekend playlist. It is also available on Spotify!

Alex and Ani

When I opened the latest Alex and Ani email, I actually screamed at work. Staring up at me under the headline “Show off your spirit with new collegiate additions” was a picture of shiny, new Wisconsin bangle. How could I not make this a Friday Favorite? I’ve been dying for a Wisconsin bangle to complete my #charmedarms game day look, and to wear around campus. I even tweeted at Alex and Ani earlier this year begging them to make one, and they came through! Now the hard part is deciding between gold and silver. The Wisconsin bangle, and five more new collegiate additions, launch Monday on the Alex and Ani website.


The Final Five

I don’t get emotional about sports often, and when I do it’s usually me screaming obscenities at Badger football games when the refs make terrible calls. But every time the Olympics come around, I always get emotionally invested.

The girls of the Final Five captured my heart this year. From Aly’s happy tears when she slayed her floor routine for individual all around, to Laurie whispering to herself, “I got this,” before completing her beam exercise which helped the U.S. grab the gold, everything these incredible ladies have done has made me so emotional. Don’t even get me started on the angel to grace this earth, Simone Biles. Her face when she won gold? I was tearing up too. I’m pretty sure I’ll be searching for some Final Five posters to hang in my apartment. These ladies kicked ass, and I’ll try my damndest to put as much heart and soul into what I love the same way they did.



From Beaches to Bovines: How Agriculture Saved My Future

I wasn’t in a good place after my first semester at UW-Madison. I was 1,451 miles from home, I wasn’t sleeping, I was frequently visiting counseling and Mental Health Services, and I didn’t enjoy school. I kept telling my parents I didn’t want to go back to Madison after winter break. The only thing I was interested in going back for was a meeting with my advisor to confirm my enrollment in the Life Sciences Communication program and moving to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. It was my last shot. If I didn’t like it, I was positive I wouldn’t come back to Madison next year.

Life Sciences Communication and agriculture saved my future.

I found my calling in the LSC program. This is what I want to do with my life. I crave knowledge and experience, and I want to have the power to educate people on the scientific world around them, especially the agricultural industry. LSC is providing me the unique opportunity to do just this. Growing up in suburban South Florida, the only interaction I had with agriculture was the once a year visit to the South Florida Fair to see some livestock for five minutes and read a poster board about local produce. I never expected to fall in love with agriculture when I moved to Wisconsin, let alone want to    1930744_10205866091154675_7221384019544664510_nmake a career out of it.

I’m so excited to start working at the Center for Dairy Profitability this fall. I would have laughed if you told me in high school that I would be pursuing a career in the agricultural industry. I never dreamed I’d study agriculture, something underappreciated and taken advantage of by so many. I went to Bak Middle School of the Arts and Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts for middle and high school as a communications major, so I always envisioned myself as a journalist writing for a newspaper. I never anticipated I’d be writing about innovations in optimizing dairy production. I look forward to putting the communications skills I learned over the years at Bak and Dreyfoos to work, so I can help improve the Ag industry. I’m so lucky and happy I’ve found my passion here. Every assignment for LSC gives me a rush, no matter the class, because I know it is preparing me for a future I’m excitedly looking forward to. I don’t know where LSC will take me just yet, though I’m very interested in becoming involved in the developing space farming and agriculture aspect of the industry, but I can’t wait to keep following this path to find out.

In our meeting, my advisor also encouraged me to connect with CALS organizations to meet other people in the major. I took her advice, and I found a family in the Association of Women in Agriculture and forever sisters in Sigma Alpha. I couldn’t wait to get back to Madison after last summer to experience a whole year with the girls I came to love so easily and so quickly after five months. They’ve held my hand while I’ve cried, brought me flowers when I sprained my ankle, and celebrated milestones with me. My AWA and Sigma Alpha sisters are everything to me. I wouldn’t have found them without agriculture.

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From the love of my AWA and Sigma Alpha sisters, to Don Stanley helping me conquer my fear of social media, to the extraordinary interview opportunities I got in Ron Seely’s science writing class, I’ve found my place here. I’m so unbelievably happy, it’s hard to believe I was even at the same school last year. My LSC peers, the incredible staff, and professors have made UW-Madison my home. Whenever I think of LSC, I think of the Phillip Phillips song “Home”:

Don’t pay no mind to the demons

They fill you with fear

The trouble—it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

I’m not alone anymore. I’m not scared of being so far from home. I felt so lost those first few months here, with no one to turn to. Now, I have a support system in my LSC family to fall back on during my worst days.

I just smile at the confusion on people’s faces when I tell them I’m a Life Sciences Communication major. Because while it might be a jumble of words to them, it is everything to me. LSC is more than just a major. LSC is my life, my family, my home.  If I leave any legacy here at UW-Madison, I’m proud and honored it will be with the Life Sciences Communication program.


Cheers,  Josie

Friday Favorites: Challah-lujah it’s the Weekend

Happy Friday y’all! I hope the week didn’t wear you down too much and you’re ready for a relaxing weekend. The Olympics officially start tonight, so be sure not to miss the opening ceremonies. I love getting to see the show every country puts on each time. I’ve got a few new favorite things to share with y’all, so kick back, relax, and have a look at my latest obsessions!

Challahlujah Breakfast Sandwich

The brainchild of my friend Stephanie and I is quickly becoming one of my favorite breakfast dishes. Thanks to some Instagram inspiration from the always punny @unkoshermarket, we came up with the Challahlujah Breakfast sandwich: corn beef hash, over-medium eggs, and cheese, all on a toasted challah roll. To be honest, it was more the name we were proud of than anything, but the second we took a bite into it at work the next day, we knew we had a masterpiece on our hands. Luckily, we both work at Suzy Q’s Hometown diner, so Steph asked Suzy (aka Mom) if we could put it on the specials board. And it actually sold! Talk about a confidence boost for a girl who just tests her recipes out on her family!


Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick

There are two things that make finding a good, true red liquid lipstick hard for a girl like me:

  1. I talk so much it comes off too quickly.
  2. I’m so pale

But thanks to the collaboration between Smashbox and YouTuber goddess extraordinaire Lilly Singh (aka IISuperwomanII), I’ve found a product that pays no mind to any of these issues. The Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick alone is a godsend. It is a comfortable matte that doesn’t leave your lips dry and begging for lip balm thanks to infused primer oil. I wear it for six hours at work where I’m talking to customers and coworkers constantly, and I don’t have to add lip balm or reapply once. Smashbox’s website says Advanced Polymer Technology makes it stay put for up to 8 hours, which it easily does. I made mine last for 12 hours with minimal fading once! They claim it’s “smudge-proof, budge-proof, and non-feathering,” which it is for me!

Could it get any better? Oh, I assure you it can. Throw in the gorgeous genius that is Lilly Singh and you get the best shade of the bunch: BAWSE. One of my favorite terms is girl boss, and Lilly embodies that. Her “no-rules red” collab with Smashbox is my favorite color ever, and gives me a confidence boost whenever I step out of the house with it on. I get so many compliments from family, friends, and strangers every time I wear it. And what Badger fan would I be if I didn’t have a show stopping red to wear to games at Camp Randall?  At $24 a tube, this is a bit pricer than what I usually go for, but it is so worth it! I also own the Always On Liquid Lipstick in Babe Alert, a nude rose.

Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer

final seal

This liquid gold is cement for your face in a tiny bottle. It is actual magic. The product description on Amazon reads “Apply over any completed makeup for smudge and water resistance. Final Seal keeps makeup in place on performers who heavily perspire.” Well, what better place to test it than a hot, greasy diner in the middle of the summer in Florida? The regular customers that come in the end of the day kept complimenting my makeup, since it’s usually been melted off by the time they see me during the day. Not with this beautiful blue spray. Ben Nye Final Seal gives a gorgeous matte finish that holds on for hours. I bought the 1 oz bottle to give it a test run, and I’ll definitely be buying one of the larger ones after this.

ColourPop Eyeshadow

As you can easily see, we’ve got a theme going here. I’ve been on a makeup kick lately, and one of my favorite finds is ColourPop, especially their eye shadows. The colors are stunning and super pigmented, and at $5, a great price. After $30, you get free shipping within the US, so there is always an excuse to get more beautiful colors like this. They have everything from pinks to metal colors and metallic to pearlized finishes. I was nervous to buy some of the more ~~fun~~ colors like blues and greens, but if you’ve got the confidence, you can rock them casually during the day just as easily as you can at a party. I won’t lie, half of what makes me fall in love with a shade is it’s description. A few of my favorites?

  • Bubbly: A truly angelic pink with tons of silver and bright bubble gum pink glitter = A princess pink that is totally rave worthy.
  • Girly: Creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome finish. Girly, the perfect way to class up your stripper heels.
  • Lovely: Soft light gold with shimmering flecks of multi- dimensional glitter, wear anywhere from a sweet afternoon tea to a belligerent night in Vegas.
  • Tea Party: A versatile soft peachy pink with gazillion silver glitters and subtle hints of pale pink glitter. Highlight anything and everything with it! This shade is made for you if: you love pink champagne, sparkles, and tea parties (duh).



Cheers,  Josie