Landing Your DREAM Job

Hi friends! Sorry I have been so MIA this past month; I have been working my butt off applying to every job under the sun now that my internship is over. I was interning at Buckle as a Sales and Management Intern, however I quickly realized sales wasn’t for me and that I wanted to continue on in hopes of becoming a buyer – at least this is what I was interested in all throughout school. I had this dream of living in NYC (like any other fashion major) and working for a brand like Victoria’s Secret or Michael Kors. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work for one of the biggest fashion companies in the world??

I know buyers spend a lot of their time traveling around the world – something I am also super passionate about – which was definitely another reason I had this dream of becoming a buyer. But as I was applying for every merchandising internship under the sun and was having no luck landing an internship, I just assumed I didn’t qualify for a merchandising position; Although I studied merchandising in school, I had only worked in retail on the sales floor which I guess wasn’t enough experience. Saying I was devastated is an understatement. I had never felt so hopeless in my entire life. So many thoughts were running through my head: did I pick the right major? What am I doing wrong? Will I EVER get a job? Did I just waste these last three years in school for nothing?

Three months go by and I am slowly approaching the end of my internship – without a full-time position waiting for me once I’m finished. I had spent all of July and August, and some of September, applying and interviewing for full-time positions with different companies. The same questions and feelings I had felt just a few months prior started rushing through my head once again. I was starting to feel even more defeated than before. But then something changed. It was like someone lit a fire in me. I started thinking about everything I had accomplished to this point and began telling myself I am worth it. I can do this.

I started to reach out to different connections via LinkedIn to see if they had any full-time positions open. I was going to do whatever it took to make myself and my family proud. Within a time span of three weeks, I had gone through all stages of the interview process with two different companies, two different positions. And let me just say that those three weeks were some of the most stressful weeks of my life. Knowing this was my only chance of landing a job before starting back at square one was terrifying. I had felt like those final interviews were almost like an all or nothing type thing – either I go in and give it my all and get an offer, or I go in and give it my all and get rejected.

I had spent the nights leading up to these final interviews researching everything there was to know about the company, their products, and their customer. I had spent those nights googling every possible interview question I could be asked and prepared answers for each one. I made sure my resume was as perfect as it could be. I made sure I was over prepared for these interviews – and I definitely was. It was almost like I was stressed for absolutely no reason at all. Those final interviews were some of the best interview rounds I had gone through. I couldn’t have asked for anything better from both the companies and myself.

Now the waiting game began….

A day passed and one of the companies reached out to me and felt as if I would be a better fit for a different department – product development rather than visual merchandising. Of course I didn’t want to pass this position up! So that day I spent my time researching all there was to know about the sourcing department so that I was prepared for my interviews the next day. After a couple interviews and phone calls about the position, I was offered a full-time position as a Sourcing Assistant. I WAS ECSTATIC!!! This was it. THIS was the day I had been waiting for. I had finally found a company that loved me as much as I loved them AND landed a position in a department that I am beyond passionate about. I will never forget that day and the feelings and emotions I was experiencing. For the first time, I finally felt like I had made the right decision in studying Fashion Merchandising. I finally felt wanted and like I could do something big with my life.

If I have any tips at all for landing your dream job, I would say these are the most important:

  • Have an open mind. I had spent my final year at school only applying for merchandising internships because I had this mindset of being a buyer – and that’s why I didn’t land an internship until a week before summer started. I wasn’t keeping an open mind to other positions. But when the time came for full-time positions, I had learned from my mistake and decided to have an open mind. And here I am, getting ready to start a full-time position in a completely different department than merchandising but I am SO excited for the opportunity.
  • Be yourself. My company values their employees and wants to make sure that you could see yourself fitting in with the culture of the company. If you visit the corporate office and don’t see yourself enjoying it, don’t fake it through the interview and tell them what they want to hear just so you get an offer. Not only are you going to hate the position in the long run, but you’re really just wasting their time, as well as your own time when you could be interviewing for a company that you’re truly interested in.
  • You will be stressed. Don’t give up. You have worked so hard to get where you are right now. You have taken the time to fill out countless applications which is like a full-time job itself. The process is long. To this day, I am still receiving emails from companies I had applied to a year ago for an internship either asking me when I’m available for an interview or telling me they went with someone else – like I HAD NO IDEA! Be patient. Keep applying for other positions while you wait to hear back in case you don’t hear back. Again, keep an open mind and don’t give up.
  • Research, research, research. I cannot stress this enough. In any interview, you will be asked about the company – “why this company? what do you know about this company? how would you describe our customer? who are our competitors?” You need to be prepared to answer these questions to show you have done your research and that you are truly interested in working for the company. Even if you have never even heard of the company, just doing your research will show you know something and that you’re willing to learn more. I recommend searching the company on LinkedIn and reading recent articles and press releases about the company.
  • Be proud of yourself. The fact that you are even applying for full-time positions is a big deal and huge accomplishment. You are already being so responsible and showing you’re a hard worker, so don’t let those rejection emails get to you. Like I said, the process is long and exhausting, but it will be so worth it once you get the job of your dreams. You are going to do amazing things.

Until next time…

Kenny xoxo


Advice | College

As I am laying here in bed looking back at pictures from my time at Ohio University, there are so many emotions rushing through my head. I changed so much from my freshman year to my junior year. Thoughts about my school changed. Thoughts about people changed. My thoughts about life changed. I am here to tell you about my college journey in hopes that you will learn something you didn’t know before. And if you could care less about my college journey or advice, thanks for sticking it out this long.

Let’s just say move in day was one of the most terrifying days of my life. Growing up I had always told myself I would go to school in Florida or California so that I could be by the beach; three years ago I was terrified to go to school 80 minutes from home. What can I say – things change. But no matter if you’re 30 miles from home or hundreds of miles from home, moving out for the first time will always be terrifying. My mom and I are extremely close which made moving out even harder. And to add to everything else, I was the first one to move in on my floor, so I was all alone in this new place and had no idea what to do. I was so anxious for my floor to fill with complete strangers that I barely ate for the first few days. What added to my anxiousness was the fact that I was going to college at the “#1 party school in the country.” I didn’t party in high school. I wasn’t into drinking or doing drugs like my peers. I would’ve much rather stayed home on a Friday night or gone shopping than got drunk at a party. I wasn’t like everyone else. Imagine being a quiet, introverted girl who had barely drank any alcohol ever, going to the #1 party school in the country – yikes. So yes, I was anxious. I was nervous. I was scared. But I was excited. I was excited to meet new people. I was excited to see what the college hype was all about. I was excited to do things on my own without any rules. Opening weekend was the first time I had been drunk, but it was a weekend I will never forget. I looked like a total freshman in my high-waisted shorts with a white cami tucked in (no, bodysuits were not a thing yet) and a light-weight cardigan on top. My new friends and I stumbled the streets of Athens in our mob of 15 while the upperclassmen yelled “freshman” at us all night long. What I mean is don’t walk in big groups or you will get called a freshman. 

Monday came along which meant my first day of my college career! I remember I had class from early in the morning until 9pm that night due to a three hour public speaking class I had every Monday. I got back to my dorm after a long day to find out we were going out. And yes, this is normal because SYLLABOOZE WEEK. But anyways, I was that freshman that didn’t know people went out the first week of classes either, but I got dressed and went out anyways. Let’s just say we went out at 9pm, didn’t find a single party, didn’t go to any bars, but went back to the dorm next to ours to hangout. An hour later and we are getting written up by an RA for underage drinking. Be quiet when drinking in your dorm room, especially when RA’s are doing their rounds. Fortunately, the police were not involved, but the fines, community service, and alcohol class were not fun. DRINK SMART. 

After this incident, I very rarely wanted to go out. I was on probation for 6 months and the last thing I wanted to do was get in trouble again. I mean, I went from this quiet girl who barely drank alcohol to this quiet girl who was charged with an underage her first day of her college career. Imagine the phone call I had with my mom – no bueno. 

My first semester flew by. I was packing up my room to move back home for winter break before I knew it. Even winter break flew by. I was back on campus before I knew it. But I wasn’t looking forward to going back to OU after break. I remember everyone saying “I can’t wait to be back” but I felt much differently. Why wasn’t I excited to move back? I mean, it was going to be my first fest season as a bobcat, a time that every bobcat counts down to. But I wasn’t excited. I was nervous like I was when I first moved in. I was anxious thinking about being back on campus. But it was back I went. Still with the incident in the back of my head, I barely went out. And when I say barely, I mean maybeee once a weekend. But March came around which meant the start to my first fest season. For those who don’t know, “fest season” is what OU calls our spring semester. Each weekend starting in March, a different street on campus puts on its own fest up until finals week. Sounds like fun, right? It wasn’t. (At least for my first year). The first Friday night of fest season started off with me at a frat party and ended up with me in the hospital. Yeah, you read that right. I blacked out for the first time and don’t remember anything about that night, except for the fact that I didn’t drink that much. So if I didn’t drink much, how did I black out? I was drugged. I was always told to drink jungle juice with caution, which I was that night, but within an hour of drinking a cup of jungle juice, I blacked out and remember nothing. I vaguely remember waking up in a bathroom with vomit all over myself and hearing a girl say “don’t worry, we’re going to call for help.” And then I blacked out again. I woke up in the hospital to a nurse stabbing my veins with an IV. She said she didn’t feel the need to drug test me, but I know for a fact that I was drugged. How is it that my friend and I blacked out at the exact same time when all we had to drink was jungle juice? DRINK SMART. 

So, moral of my freshman year is to drink smart. Be cautious of you and your surroundings. Don’t make the mistakes I did. If you do, learn from them.

Because my freshman year was so rough, I was dreading going back to school for my sophomore year. I was nervous thinking about getting in trouble again. I was nervous for new classes. I was nervous for being in a different dorm. I went out more my freshman year than I did my sophomore year. I was basically living in fear. Each time I went out I was anxious and scared for my life. I couldn’t have fun because I was so focused on staying sober enough to know my surroundings and stay out of trouble. Sophomore year was spent in the library, only so I didn’t have to go out. I would purposely distract myself at the library so that I would have to stay longer to avoid going out. Looking back, I wasted away my sophomore year. Yes, it’s extremely important to do well in school, but college is only four years of your life and those four years are meant to be the best years of your life. I was doing anything but having the time of my life. I was constantly living in fear, fear that if I were to get in trouble again, I would either get kicked out of school or my mom would pull me out of school. When I look at pictures from my sophomore year, I have maybe 20, compared to the hundreds I have from my freshman year.

Sophomore year came and went without any incidents, thank god. But my third and final year was quickly approaching. I was moving into my first house and I was SO excited. Wow, did I just say excited?! Yes, I was excited to be back at school. I was so excited to decorate my house (we never decorated it). I was so excited to have my own room and my own kitchen and my own house in general. But I was still anxious about going out and having fun. I spent the first half of my third and final year at home. I would say that up until February of my junior year, I maybe went out 25 times, if that. All I could think about was my 21st birthday and how devastated I would be if I were to get in trouble right before I turned 21. But once I turned 21, I was a completely different person. I wanted to go out every weekend. I wanted to go out during the week. I was looking forward to fest season because I could finally drink without worrying about getting in trouble. The last three months of my college career were the best three months of my entire life.

Looking back on those three years, I have so many regrets. I regret being dumb. I regret being quiet and introverted. I regret wasting away the first two and a half years of my three years in fear and anxiety. I regret shutting people out of my life. I don’t want you to have these regrets. I want you to enjoy your college career. I want you to go out and socialize with your friends every weekend. Yes, every weekend. Because I didn’t. I lost so many friends because I shut them out. I would rather sit in my room than go out and risk getting in trouble. But now that I am graduated and all of my friends still have one year left, I wish that I was them. I wish I had one more year left in the best place on earth. I fell in love with Athens in my final three months on campus, but I wish I would’ve fell in love with it sooner. But I didn’t. And that, my friends, is my biggest regret.

So my advice to you all is to enjoy college as much as possible. Make the most of your time on campus. Find your group of friends that you would do anything for and hangout with them as much as possible, even if it means staying up with them until 5am. Order late night pizza and cookies when you’re stressed out during the week. Make a fool of yourself in the bars. Befriend everyone you come in contact with. Don’t be scared. Don’t shut yourself out. Study hard, but play harder. If you’re at the library until 11 on a Friday night, meet your friends out. Do everything I didn’t do because if you don’t you will regret it. Be crazy while it’s acceptable, because once you graduate, you’ll wish you were back drowning in schoolwork instead of going to bed at 10pm in order to wake up and be to work at 7am. You’re only given four years (maybe more if you’re lucky), make the most of them while you can.

Until next time…

Kenny xoxo

What It’s Like To Grow Up in a Big Family

If there is one thing that has shaped me the most as a person, it would be my big family. There is no doubt that I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today if it weren’t for my incredible parents and my amazing (yet obnoxious) siblings. If you are from a big family, you can relate.

The biggest struggle of having a big family is taking family photos. I mean, it is a CHORE! There is always someone missing, someone looking at a different camera, or someone with their eyes closed. And with photos comes people’s good/bad sides, so making sure everyone is on their “good/bad” side is tiring enough. You can count to three all you want, but there will never be one picture that everyone is happy with.

With big families comes being accustomed to being called someone else’s name on a daily basis. It becomes a habit to respond to any name you hear because you are so used to being called some other name other than your own. If I got a dollar for every time my mother called me by one of my sibling’s names, I would have my own website!

Keeping track of everyone’s age is SO HARD. Seriously props to anyone who knows the exact age of all of their siblings and parents because I know I sure struggle when birthdays come around. Shopping for cards is so difficult because I’m always like “are they 7 or 10 now?” Time flies!!

Going off the birthday topic, birthdays are the WORST. You find your bank account crying each month because of all the birthdays you have to buy gifts for when you could be spending that money on food. You almost need two jobs to support your lifestyle!

But we all know Christmas is the best holiday because your family has finally come up with a system so you don’t have to buy gifts for everyone. I personally hate spending money, but when Christmas rolls around, I find myself spoiling whoever’s name I drew (within the budget, of course). This past Christmas I went to the Dollar Tree and got a bunch of small items to add to my gift, on top of the “big” gift so that I could get more bang for my buck – and spoil my family member a little more than others ❤

You learn to eat extremely fast. Growing up with a big family means eating as fast as you can in order to get seconds. And of course, you are always bribed by your parents with dessert. We all have been told “if you eat all your food, you can have a snack.” You BEST BELIEVE I was scarfing my food down so I could get my snack quicker.

Through all of this, your family will always be there for you no matter what. They are your best friends and your biggest fans. They want to watch you grow and succeed and are willing to do anything to make that happen. They may get on your nerves a countless number of times, but they will make you laugh even more – and it’s the laughs you are going to remember most.

Until next time…

Kenny xoxo

P.S. The photo above is of me at my high school graduation in 2014 with my dad, step mom, and five of my siblings. My mom, step dad, and three other siblings are not pictured. 

6/1/17 | A New Beginning

Hi friends, welcome back and HAPPY JUNE! Today is not only the start to a new day, but a new month and I could not be more excited to see what this month will have in store for me. For some reason, whenever a new month begins, I feel like I have another chance to start life over again. Anyone else feel that way?! I just feel like life has rewinded itself and is giving you another chance to try again. I have so many goals for myself that I am setting starting this month, and I cannot wait to tackle them.

First off, I just joined a fitness challenge by Gabby Male (if you don’t know her, check her out on insta @gmalefit – she rocks). Gabby has created an 8-week summer challenge called She Who Believes. The whole point of the challenge is to create a community of empowered women to come together to motivate and support each other over the course of the 8 weeks. Gabby had a goal to have about 50-70 girls sign up and there are already 225 GIRLS – that’s incredible. Today is the first day of the challenge and I have never felt more motivated than I do today.

Now just a quick little snippet of my fitness journey: I was a cheerleader all throughout middle school and high school, however I ate whatever I wanted. It was around my junior year that I started to care about what my body looked like, yet I never really did anything about it. Freshman year of college rolled around and I started working out at the gym on campus – but not regularly. I would get in this active mode where I would work out for weeks at a time, and then all of sudden hit a plateau and grew unmotivated. Although I was working out weeks at a time, I was still eating whatever I wanted. Well, I would have a salad for lunch and think I was good, and then eat all the pasta and french fries for dinner because I “worked out and had a healthy lunch.” No, it doesn’t work like that and I slowly started realizing that – but still never did anything about it. My junior year of college comes around and I am living in my own house with no dining hall plan and I am terrified – terrified because I don’t know how to cook. My junior year meals consisted of cereal, peanut butter toast, pasta, bananas, some salad, and lots of mexican meals (tacos, enchiladas, stuffed peppers, etc.) Again, I would work out for a couple weeks at a time, and then not go for months. My biggest insecurity is my stomach because that’s where all my food goes. I joined this challenge in hopes of gaining my confidence back to where I don’t have to drown myself in oversized clothing. I joined this challenge in hopes of becoming motivated to get myself to workout everyday so that I can gain that confidence back. I just want to be happy with myself and my body and I am excited to see where I will be at the end of these 8 weeks!

Another goal of mine is to grow my “lifestyle” instagram page. For those of you who don’t know about it, I had to create an instagram account for my study abroad class to keep track of the things we did while studying abroad. I honestly was going to stop using it once I got back home, but I figured I would keep posting to it and see where it goes. My dream job is to be one of those perfect fashion gurus that get to travel the world SOOO spread the word about my account!! JK JK, but really I am no photographer or fashion guru, but just a regular 21 year old Ohio girl trying to get myself out there. (Steve Madden did reach out to me and asked to use one of my photos for a marketing promo so that was pretty cool!) If you want to follow my lifestyle/fashion/travel/fitness instagram, its @kennyxcam ❤ I just hope to see it reach 1,000 followers within the next 6 months, so stay tuned for updates!

My final goal for the month of June is to build relationships with the people in my life. Once I moved to Athens for school, I definitely let my friendships back home slip, and now that I’m back home, I have already started to let my friendships from school slip. People don’t lie when they say college changes you. I have matured SO much since I started college and I think I have always just told myself that my high school friendships won’t be the same because of it. We all went our separate ways, met new friends, and started different lives. Of course some friendships just aren’t meant to be because, yes, people do change, but if you were best friends in high school, that bond shouldn’t go away just because you moved, ya know? So I am making a promise right now that I am going to build those friendships back up to where they were. My family and friends are the two things that mean the most to me; I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for them. Just lost, I guess.

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.”

Until next time…

Kenny xoxo

Define ‘Fashion’

I was always on the move growing up. But although I was always on the move, I never left the small towns. My elementary schools were in small towns, my middle/high school was in a small town, even my college was in a small town. The thing I love (and hate) the most about small towns is that everyone knows everyone. Granville, Ohio is an extremely small town. You may have heard about Granville in some articles about “the top 10 cutest towns you must visit.” Yes, Granville is a very cute town filled with people of all ages, but moving to a school like Granville can be a challenge. I moved to Granville in 6th grade. By 6th grade, everyone has their close friend group so moving there at that age was extremely hard for me – especially being the shy girl that I am. Fast forward six years to my senior year at Granville High School, I was still friends with the people I had met back in 6th grade. But looking back at those years, one thing that stands out to me was the fashion.

6th – 8th grade: Abercrombie/Aeropostale shirts, bermuda shorts, flare jeans, headbands, silly bandz. Every girl wore the exact same thing.

9th grade: light wash denim, tight shirts, v-necks, graphic shirts/tanks. Again, every girl looked the exact same.

10th grade: dark and distressed denim, crop tops, LEGGINGS BEGIN. (anyone else’s school try to protest against the legging-ban at school???)

11th/12th grade: crop tops still a thing, leggings still a thing, colored denim???, high waisted shorts/jeans begin.

Fast forward to college: leggings, oversized t-shirts/sweatshirts, athletic nike shorts, sneakers, birkenstocks – the usual class day attire.

No matter what year it was, the fashion changed, but yet each girl dressed the same. And yes, I am guilty of these looks, too. But growing up in a small town, this was all I knew. Yes, I should’ve kept up with the latest fashion magazines and started my own trends, but I was that shy girl, remember? To this day, I am still terrified to start my own trends because of how important appearances are. But to me, fashion isn’t about starting trends – that’s why we have models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, amirite?! To me, fashion is a piece of art. YOU choose how you want others to perceive you on that given day. What story/emotion are you wanting to portray? There are days where I will rock distressed black jeans with a graphic tee and leather jacket as seen in the picture above, but I can also rock the most floral dress and wedges. And yes, you can catch me at the grocery store on a Sunday morning wearing leggings and an oversized tee – ITS FASHION! No, but really, fashion can be whatever you want it to be, just like art can be anything you want it to be. You have no limitations when it comes to fashion, so what’s holding you back? This is my promise to you all that I will have no limitations in my fashion, either. If I want to pull a Britney Spears and wear denim on denim, I’m going to ROCK that denim on denim and not care what others think. Because THAT’S fashion. There are no limitations.

Until next time…

Kenny xoxo


Study Abroad | Italy

Hi friends! Welcome back to livinlikekenny. If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I crave traveling and adventures. Many of you don’t know this but my father is in the military. Because of him, I have had the opportunity to travel to many different cities between the US and Europe – Italy being my favorite.

One of my biggest dreams since high school was to study abroad in college. Now, being the family-lover that I am, I was too big of a chicken to study abroad for an entire semester, but after only studying abroad for a month, I later regretted that decision and wished I would’ve studied abroad for a longer period of time. But that’s besides the point; I studied abroad and had the most amazing time.

My study abroad adventure started with a short drive from Ohio to West Virginia. Upon arriving in West Virginia, I was approached by the other study abroad students I had never met before. I instantly grew more nervous as my family left me at the airport alone with these strangers. Within minutes, we were all following each other on social media and it was then that I knew I was going to be okay. The flight to NYC was short, thank goodness. It was in NYC that we met up with my good friend from Ohio University who would continue the journey with us. After a long and exhausting flight, we arrived in Italy! Now the adventure begins.

As soon as we landed in Italy, we exchanged our currency for euros and headed to our home in San Giovanni where we would spend the first two weeks of our adventure. I am sure you all are thinking “what/where is San Giovanni?” No worries, I was thinking the exact same thing. All you need to know is that it is the most beautiful and friendliest small town in Italy, and just a short train ride to Florence. What is the first thing you do when you arrive in a new city? EXPLORE!! And that’s exactly what we did. We went wandering around San Giovanni and came across the Las Vegas of Italy!! Las Vegas was a pool where all the San Giovanni locals spent their time swimming the day away and dancing the night away. We also spent a lot of our time here due to our short class days – and the amazing weather! If you are ever in San Giovanni, I definitely recommend spending a day at Las Vegas.

Studying abroad isn’t all fun and games though – yes we actually had class. Our first two weeks were spent studying Italian language and culture. A typical class day consisted of waking up at 6:30am, heading to a local cafe for espresso and your choice of a breakfast pastry, sitting in a small classroom for a few hours a day learning the Italian language, and then hopping on a train and heading to a new city to learn about the culture. Pisa, Florence, Lucca, Siena, and Fiesole were just a few of the cities we traveled to each day! We also spent an evening learning how to make different pastas, sauces, and bread! Taking a cooking class in Italy is a MUST. What is something Italy is known for? Yes, pasta, of course, but also wine!! We spent a day at a Chianti vineyard which was breathtaking. We were able to see what goes into making the wine, but also what goes into bottling the wine. And you can bet your bottom dolla we had ourselves a wine tasting, too; another thing to add to your Italy bucket list!

I will do a post entirely on my favorite Italian cities and things I recommend doing in each city later so keep an eye out for that. 

Our final night in San Giovanni consisted of stuffing our faces at a local apertivo. I would compare an apertivo to a buffet in the US. At an apertivo, you pay for your beverages and then are allowed to eat as much as you want from the “buffet.” I recommend going to an apertivo or two when in Italy as they are a great way to save your money! I would only spend about 5 or 6 euro at each apertivo for an alcoholic beverage and all the food I wanted – great deal.

The next morning was an early morning as we started our adventure to ROME! Now I had been to Rome prior to studying abroad, however the views were just as beautiful as the first time. We spent our weekend running around Rome like the tourists we are – the Trevi fountain, Spanish steps, and the Colosseum were just a couple of the spots we made sure to hit during our weekend trip. After tossing my second coin into the Trevi fountain, I have high hopes for returning to Rome for a third time ❤

After a quick weekend getaway in Rome, we were off to Milan to spend our final two weeks. For anyone who doesn’t know, Milan is home to NABA, one of the best fashion/design schools in the nation. I was lucky enough to have taken an Italian designers course at NABA for the two weeks I was in Milan. My class consisted of traveling around Milan while learning about Italian designers. We spent most of our time in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II which is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world located in the center of Milan near the duomo. Amongst other classes offered at NABA are a Fashion Trend Scouting course, Fashion Design course, and even an Architectural Design course. If you ever have the chance to attend NABA, or even walk past NABA, be sure to take a look at the campus – it’s beautiful.

Although we spent most of our time shopping in Milan, we decided to take a spontaneous trip to Cinque Terre for a day. I, personally, love the beach and being by the water, so this trip was right up my ally! If you, however, enjoy doing touristy things, then I would recommend only doing Cinque Terre for a day. I wish we would’ve had a weekend to spend in Cinque Terre just because we were rushing to see each island, but it was still one of my favorite cities we visited! We arrived in Cinque Terre via train and then were able to hop from island to island via boat. Each island consists of their own restaurants and shops, as well as a beach area and hiking trails. Because we had a time limit, we really only had time to walk around each island for about an hour, grab some lunch, and layout on the beach. I definitely want to go back to Cinque Terre sometime soon so that I am able to enjoy each island more and hike the trails each island has to offer.

Throughout my month of studying abroad, I think my most favorite part was that I was on my own. Yes, we had some professors with us while in San Giovanni, but I was able to make my own decisions and decide how I wanted to spend my month abroad. No matter how long you’re studying abroad, you have all of the power to decide how you’re going to spend your time – are you going to travel each weekend? Where are you going to travel? What/where do you want to eat? Aside from my class schedule, I had so much freedom to explore the places I wanted to explore. One night in Milan, we wanted to do something different, so we looked up artists on tour and saw that Rihanna was performing in Milan one night – we all spent about 40 euro per ticket and went and saw Rihanna in concert IN MILAN! How awesome is that. Side note: if you’re going to see a concert in Italy, maybe even in Europe, just know the trains stop going at a certain hour so you will have to walk home (only took us about two hours to walk back l o l ) ANYWAYS, yes, study abroad. You will not regret it. I find myself looking back at my pictures wishing I could go back to running around Italy with some of the best people I have met. Yeah, you’ll leave with absolutely no money, but you’ll be leaving with life-long memories and friendships and souvenirs.

For those hesitating to study abroad, just hear me out. You will be nervous, especially if you have never left the country before, or even flown alone for that matter. But you will be okay. You will have the most amazing time with the most amazing people who share similar interests with you. The one thing I was worried about most was funding the trip, but I managed to make it work and so will you; save up your money, use financial aid, apply for scholarships, and you’ll be just fine.

Sorry this post was so long, but I hope you all enjoyed learning about my study abroad adventures. Of course we did other things than the events listed, but I just wanted to give you all a snippet of what it’s like to study abroad so that I don’t ruin it all for anyone thinking about going abroad. Traveling is so fun, even with strangers because we all left the best of friends. So go abroad. Or just travel abroad. OK.

Until next time…

Kenny xoxo

Athens, OH | Ohio University

Athens, Ohio. To some, this means absolutely nothing. But to many, this means a home away from home – life-long friendships and memories. For the past three years, Athens has truly been my home away from home.

It was just three years ago that I was that nervous/anxious/excited freshman moving out of her parent’s house and into a dorm filled with complete strangers. Tears filled my eyes as my mom drove away and left me in that new town alone. Little did I know that that “new town” would soon be one of my favorite towns. Within days, I knew I had made the best decision in choosing Ohio University – I have my fellow bobcats to thank for that. Bobcats are special people. There was not a day that went by where I didn’t feel welcomed on campus. There was not a day that went by where a complete stranger didn’t smile or say hi as we passed on the streets. That right there, is something special. That right there, is family. Athens may be a small town, but the people within Athens have the biggest hearts.

Throughout my time in Athens, I kept a list of my favorite things, places, and memories that every bobcat can relate to:

  • Washington Hall – my first home in Athens. It was here that I met my first friends at OU and made some of the best memories. East Green will forever be the best green!! ❤
  • Nelson Dining Hall – thank you for your endless amounts of pasta, breakfast, and my all-time favorite, nelson brownies!!
  • Shively Dining Hall – chicken nugget monday was the best day of the week
  • Morton/Jeff Hill – thanks for all the blood, sweat, and tears…you will not be missed!!
  • Court Street – need I say more?? Home to all the best restaurants and bars in the country!! I will miss you dearly.
  • Stephen’s – please send me a life supply of your pesto pasta
  • JBar – need I say more
  • Pigskin – wish I would’ve found you sooner, but thanks for a fun couple months ily!!
  • Cside – slice night, the patio, great music, my fav!!
  • Burrito Buggy – many people hated you but you will always be a fav of mine ❤
  • Bong Hill/Radar Hill – #views!!!
  • Mill Street – don’t even know where to begin…basically thanks for all the laughs, cries, memories, and for always catching me when I fell ❤
  • Slouvakis – mozz sticks and chili cheese fries!!! I will miss you most
  • Obetty’s – best hot dogs in the whole world ❤
  • Figleaf Boutique – spent all of my paychecks here NO SHAME
  • The RFPD (retail/fashion) Program – gave me the best of friends that made it hardest to say goodbye
    • Shoutout to these girls for my senior bar crawl – I wouldn’t have made it to all 18 bars without you!!
  • Anything else I forgot because Athens truly is a magical place <33

To anyone reading this post that has never been to Athens, please get out your calendars and plan a trip. And yes, even if you have to fly there, you won’t regret it!! To anyone reading this post that still has time left in Athens, just know I want to be you and if you ever want someone to visit you, hit me up!!

Choosing a college is a big decision. My biggest advice I can give is to choose the college that feels like home. As soon as I set foot on OU’s campus, I knew it was the place for me. You WILL get that feeling, I promise. Of course I advise you to choose OU because I guarantee you will not regret it. The campus is beautiful, the people are beautiful (inside and out) and so welcoming, the food is SO GOOD, and you will make the best memories running the streets of Athens with your best friends.

“I’ve learned that your college friends become kind of family – you eat together, take naps together, fight, laugh, cry, and do absolutely nothing together until you can’t remember how you ever lived your life without them in the first place.” I found this quote my freshman year and didn’t really think much of it. Three years later and this quote could not be any more accurate.

Thank you Ohio University for the past three years. Thank you for giving me the education I will need to be successful. Thank you for giving me the best of friends. Thank you for the laughs, the cries, the adventures. Thank you for being my home away from home.

Until next time…

Kenny xoxo





To anyone and everyone reading this – hi, welcome to my blog!

Disclaimer: I am in no way a journalist or professional blogger/writer; just a recent college graduate wanting to take up a new hobby.

For those who don’t know me, give me one minute and you will then know everything you need to know about me:

  • Born in Colorado // Live in Ohio
  • TWENTY FUN!!! definitely still a kid at heart though
  • Recent college graduate from Ohio University – OU OH YEAH!!
  • Studied Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development (I love clothes)
  • Hobbies include eating, sleeping, shopping, traveling, and keeping up with all my fav celebs/bloggers via social media <33
  • My favorite place I have been to thus far is Italy – Milan, Rome, Fiesole, Cinque Terre, and Florence are just a few of my fav cities
  • I absolutely love food but I’m also the pickiest eater on the planet, oops!
  • I am the second oldest child out of nine kids

To be honest, I have no idea where this blog will go. For all I know, no one will read this and I’ll just be talking to myself (but what else is new). But for those of you who choose to read each and every post, you’re in for a treat!! Get ready to read about food, friends, fashion, adventures, and advice from me to you. Welcome to LivinLikeKenny!

Until next time….

Kenny xoxo