You guys, I did it! I am finished with my undergrad education in the Science of merchandising apparels and textiles at UK. I graduated cum laude, and somehow I ended this semester with all As! The past three and a half years at this university were the absolute best. I made so many amazing memories, created lifelong friendships, and most importantly grew academically, professionally, and mentally. I didn’t expect to be emotional, but I am. I found my true self while at the University of Kentucky. Obviously college is about receiving an outstanding education. However, throughout these past few years I realized that it's so much more than that. I grew up in every way possible and I’m proud of the woman I am today. While at UK I was able to explore, research, and learn about every facet of the merchandising and fashion industry. This is especially because we were required to partake in an internship to graduate, which led me to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. It was the time of my life and I'm thankful the program pushed us to get real world experience. I never had any issues with my professors, and my advisor welcomed me into her office with open arms whenever I needed her. The faculty of the merchandising program are personable, and truly cared about my education and experience at UK.
I want to thank my parents, and my two sisters for being the BEST support system in the world. Not every parent would be excited about their daughter wanting to pursue a career in the fashion industry, but my parents believed in me and my passion, and for that I will forever be grateful. To my sisters: thank you for supporting me even when I didn’t feel confident in my own abilities. You all are a huge reason as to why I keep pushing for success. I can’t name everyone individually, but every family member and close friend was a vital component in me graduating. So thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Now moving on to an even more exciting topic. So even though I’m finished at the University of Kentucky, I’m not quite done yet... In January I will be moving to Milan, Italy to study at Nuova Accaedemia di Belle Artie, an art and design school. Studying at a school solely for art, design, and fashion is something I’ve always talked and dreamed about, but never thought I’d actually be able to do. I will be taking courses like fashion styling and design, and I am over the moon that I get to focus on my passion and take classes I truly enjoy. I’ve been getting a tad bit anxious recently because my departure is sneaking up on me. But after graduating and feeling so much love and support from family and friends, I am ecstatic.
Again, thank you to everyone who took part in my collegiate journey and who attended my graduation ceremony and party. I have never felt so loved! Last but certainly not least, thank you to all of you guys: my readers. You all have been a huge part of my college career as well. This blog has been a creative outlet for me since high school and the fact that you all are still reading and supporting, makes me happier than you’ll ever know. I am going to try my hardest to keep up with this site throughout my journey in Italy. Until then, enjoy these moments from my graduation day!
Happy December! I'm FINALLY back and I am so excited. I sincerely apologize for being MIA for so long. When I tell you life has been hectic, it's a major understatement. But as the semester is winding down, I was able to set some time aside to update you all as best as I can!
As many of you know, I lived in New York City this past summer for an internship at Kleinfeld Bridal. I wanted to blog my whole experience while I was there, however, working 40 hours a week at the salon, and running around the city with my girls kept me pretty busy. Regardless of how exhausted I was 24/7, it was the most amazing and beneficial experience of my life and I wish I could relive it every summer. I gained so much knowledge and experience, met so many beautiful people, made life-long friendships along the way, and had the honor of asking brides the famous question, "Are you saying yes to the dress?!" on a daily basis. Not to mention all of the gorgeous gowns I got to try on! (I may or may not know what designer I will be getting my future wedding dress from)! It truly was a life-changing experience and I'm blessed to be able to say I was one of the few chosen to participate in this internship. Not only did I get to work alongside world renown wedding gown designers and amazingly talented bridal consultants, I was able to fulfill a life-long dream: live in New York City. Working and living in the fast-paced atmosphere of NYC helped me understand what it's like to be apart of the fashion industry. I am more passionate and dedicated than ever before, and I cannot wait to dive into my career after I graduate. If you'd like to see pictures from my summer in the city, head to my Instagram, @emma_kayyy. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I will forever cherish my time at Kleinfeld.
Fast forward to present day. I am now a senior at the University of Kentucky and am so close to the finish line! Soon I will be graduating with a degree in fashion merchandising! The past 4 years at UK have been incredible. I'm sad to be leaving and closing this chapter of my life, but I'm thrilled to get my career started and begin the next chapter. I still am working at Evereve, and was promoted to lead stylist and merchandiser. With that being said, I'm working a lot more than I used to. Therefore, taking 18 hours this semester, working almost every day, my social calendar, and traveling, there left me absolutely no time to set aside for my blog. I can't promise weekly posts, or even every other week. I still have a lot going on, and my schedule stresses me out just thinking about it! However, I'm going to try my hardest to get this up and running again.
This blog has been a creative outlet for me since I was a senior in high school and I miss it. I'm eager to begin this journey again and take you all with me on all of my adventures. I have some really big things planned for 2019 and my goal is to document it. Sharing my experiences with my readers is so rewarding, so thank you for following along. I hope you all missed me as much as I missed you. Cheers loves!
First and foremost I would like to apologize for the major delay of this post. To say I have been busy is an understatement. But better late than never right?! In the days following my return from my spring break trip, several people asked me if I thought cruises were worth the money. If you can't already tell by my pictures and posts, the answer is YES. Going on a cruise is an amazing way to see and experience other countries on a budget. If you don't like being on the water, it may not be your cup of tea. However, if you don't mind it, then cruising may be the way to go.
I don’t know about you all, but I have never been so sad about a spring break trip coming to an end. If I could go back and relive that trip 10 times, I would. My cousin Haley and I went on a 7 day cruise through the Caribbean and it stopped at 4 different ports. I’m going to take you guys through what we did daily, so you can decide whether or not you think a cruise is worth it! I have been on three cruises. Two with Carnival, and one with Royal Caribbean. This past time Haley and I sailed with Carnival, and our senior year of high school we sailed with Royal Caribbean. All in all, both cruise lines are great. However, there are some minor differences. Personally, we think the food and entertainment was much more enjoyable on Royal Caribbean. But, with Carnival our room was much bigger, and the ports of call were breathtaking. On this cruise we went to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico. Each country was special in its own way, and will hold amazing memories in our hearts forever.
We got on the ship Saturday around 2 pm, which meant we had all evening on the ship to get settled in and explore. Of course the first thing we did was head to the dining hall! We grabbed pizza and then made our way around the ship to get acclimated.
The rest of the night was dedicated to going to check out the entertainment. We went to the "Welcome Aboard" show and later on attended the adult comedy show. The comedy show was fantastic. Haley and I were crying we were laughing so hard! The entertainment is one of my favorite aspects of cruising; there's always something to enjoy!
The first day was a day at sea, which means you can’t get off the ship at all because you are heading to the first port of call. Haley and I decided to let ourselves sleep in, and have a relaxing day at the pool.
Our first port of call was the Grand Cayman. We woke up early so we could get on one of the first boats to get to the port; we wanted as much time as possible on this beautiful island. We took a taxi to one of the most well known beaches, got a couple drinks at a local bar, and enjoyed the water and sunshine.
If this picture in itself doesn't make you want to visit the Grand Cayman, I don't know what will!
The third day was one of my favorites. (If it's even possible to have a favorite). We stopped in Roatan, Honduras and it was breathtaking. We had booked an excursion before we left for the trip to go on a catamaran for the afternoon and we were so excited! We found our tour group, got in a van with our guide, and took a 45 minute drive through Roatan to get to our catamaran. Getting to see all the villages and beautiful views throughout that car ride was an adventure within itself. We finally arrived to our destination, met our captain, and set sail for the afternoon!
This was my first time snorkeling and saying it was an experience in an understatement! We jumped in, and all was fine the first ten minutes. As we were swimming around scoping out the marine life, I scraped the side of my leg on some coral. It didn't feel too good, but I didn't think anything of it! Haley and I stayed in the water for about 30 minutes until we decided to head back to the catamaran. I got out, and the captain looked at me with disbelief. I looked down and my whole right calf was covered in blood. Ewh! He bandaged me up and urged me to take it easy for a while. I hung out on the boat for about ten minutes before I ripped the bandages off and jumped right back in! (Oops!) I still have a scar till this day! I mean, can you really say you snorkeled off the coast of Honduras if you don't have a scar?
Our captain took us to a private island that is being turned into a bed and breakfast. We are definitely considering heading back to Roatan to experience it once the project is completed.. I mean look at this private beach!
The afternoon on the catamaran came to an end, but we still had about two hours until the ship set sail so we headed to the beach! We had to take a sky-lift to get there, and the view was unbelievable.
The day sadly came to an end. However, Haley and I definitely can say we took full advantage of the day, considering we were one of the last passengers back on the ship.
Day four was quite the adventure to say the least! This port of call was Belize City, Belize. Haley and I were super excited about this day because we booked an ATV excursion which would take us through the jungles of Belize. It was something neither one of us every imagined doing, but we are so happy we did it.
It took us an hour bus ride to get from Belize City to the our excursion destination. On our way our tour guide educated us on Beilizean history, culture, and people. When we arrived, we honestly couldn't believe our eyes.
We had the honor of having a true Belizeian meal for lunch, prepared by locals. It was delicious!
Our last port of call was Cozumel, Mexico! I had never been to Mexico so I was eager to get there. We had gotten a package to go to an all inclusive resort, so we were planning to soak up the sun, relax, and enjoy a few pina colada's.
Our last day was another day at sea to get us back to our port in Tampa, Florida. We had another relaxing day at the pool, and we got all dressed up for dinner!
Dinner was delicious as always. I'm still thinking about that dessert!
And I have to show off my beautiful bestie. I'm so thankful I have such an amazing friend/cousin to travel the world with. Thank you for all of the memories, and for the memories that we are going to make in the future. I love you!
If you have stuck with me through this whole post, first of all, you are a trooper! I know this was lengthy, but I wanted to take you all throughout every single day so you could form your own opinion on if you think cruises are worth it. Keep in mind, I didn't go into every detail. That would have taken you much, much longer to read! We took advantage of every show and activity we could, and we made memories that will last a lifetime. Haley and I booked through www.cruisesonly.com and got a decent deal. If you are thinking about booking a cruise for the summer and have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
I'm Emma Kay
A girl from Kentucky with high hopes and big dreams. I love all things fashion, travel, and long sessions of retail therapy.