my uncle: wide receiver for the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.

In honor of the Super Bowl today, I thought I’d do a little bragging 😉 My family are the most important people in my life. Ever since I was a little girl, with my purple Tamagotchi hanging from my backpack, they’ve always encouraged me to be the BEST I can be. It’s been stressed that I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to as long as I put God first. So, the way I see it is I owe them everything + I wanted to do a special article for my uncle: STANLEY MORGAN.

He lives in Tennessee but he & my aunt come to visit as much as they can. I can remember Stanley coming to see my grandma, hands full of football cards. He’d save the best ones for my brother, inked with his signature. School & grades were always  the base of our conversations. I always admired the way he’d focus on us, especially with all the amazing things he’s experienced. Although right now he’s too sick to travel long distances, he stays in touch with us as much as possible.

My dad would tell us stories of how he would watch all the games and meet all the coaches. They’d let him run out with the team & how he got to meet some of the greats. My dad ended up playing football in high school, his entire family fell in love with the sport.

NFL.com notes him as one of the most underrated players of all-time.

“For a long time Morgan was one of the most feared deep threats in football, averaging 19.4 yards per catch for his career. Slot guys today don’t record single catches of 19 yards let alone average that much. His numbers compare favorably with Pro Football Hall of Famers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. But because he wasn’t flying around in January like those two, he’s not in Canton where he should be.”

Although he played from 1997-1989, he’s still remembered today as one of the best players of all time. Therefore, in 2007 he was inducted into the Patriots Hall Of Fame.

“He hauled in 534 career reception, a franchise record that stood for 17 years. He remains the franchise record holder with 10,352 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns. His career average of 19.2 yards per catch still stands as an NFL record for those with more than 500 career receptions. Morgan also holds the single season receiving record for touchdowns (12 in 1979) and yards (1,491 in 1986). A four-time Pro Bowl honoree, he also was a fine punt returner, ranking among the career leaders in Patriots history. In 2007, Morgan was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.”

Even today, Patriot fans are OUTRAGED that Stanley isn’t in the NFL Hall of Fame. The reason he isn’t is because he was humble. He didn’t put focus on getting famous and putting his brand out there. Stanley put everything into the game and his team. As of today, Patriot fans everywhere are fighting to get him admitted. With his talent compared to his stats, the best things are worth waiting for.

thanks for reading guys, next blog post will be an exploration post so stay tuned!! also, make sure to follow me on instagram for faster blog updates @_mikaylahunt_ <3

xo, mikayla

I’M BACK! with a new clothing line :-)

MY APOLOGIES FAMILY. I took a month off to put together something I’ve been dreaming about doing for a very long time. After many long nights & stressful mornings, I finally launched my new line ‘Cinnamon Gray’ on January 29th! *insert heart emoji* haha, I’m absolutely ecstatic to start this journey. I’ve been taking care of myself mentally + physically in anticipation for the new year. Reading more books, working on my relationship with God, eating healthy breakfasts, & coming up with more blog posts ideas for you guys! There’s been some rocky roads along the way, but I can’t express how thankful I am to have you guys with me. If you have any ideas or a topic you’d like me to write about don’t be afraid to let me know! This is a new year for fresh inspiration + I absolutely crave it. Make sure to follow my line on Instagram @cinnamongray! Check it out & tell me what you think! It means the world that you guys have supported me this far. I’m thinking weekly blog posts ? we’ll be in touch 😉 xo, mikayla

“we are all broken, that’s how the lights get in.” -ernest hemingway

Faces of Royalty Annual Fashion Show

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“The Faces of Royalty is a benefit Designers and Fashion show to support our youth initiatives. It combines multi-levels of cultural creativity that represent our richness in the areas of the arts, spoken language, poetry, music and clothing designs.”


I’m such a sucker for fashion. From the music to the lights to the atmosphere. This particular show happened to have an amazing cause behind it. Brie Merritt, event planner & fashion blogger, partnered with an organization called Beyond Differences.  Beyond Differences is an organization in Greenville, SC that helps high schoolers transform their lives. Photo and video production was done by NELSONMERRITT PRODUCTIONS. If you’d like to check out their work, I’ll leave the link here!

Huge shout out to the host Breylan Jones; not just because he made me belch out an R. Kelly song haha. It was so exciting sitting across from fashion blogger, Janerio. Her outfit was gorgeous, and faux fur is always a plus 😉 Last but not least Tre Chapman of Sheen Magazine was in the building! I’ll post his outfit below. In case you didn’t know, he and Brie were the power couple of the evening <3 The poet was amazing, the clothes were amazing, the drinks were amazing, and the fact that it was all for a good cause puts the icing on the cake. PLUS THERE WAS AN AFTER PARTY.

I took a few photos of my favorite looks of the night. As always, I’ll save the best for last!

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This was one of my FAVORITE models of the night. Her sophisticated looks had everyone starstruck. The casual tie-dye top clashed with the heels in the best way possible.

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Brie Merritt

Best for last: Brie’s look! It’s the same one Ericka Mena (star from “Love and Hip Hop New York”) owns! You can pick it up atinterwinecollection.com, as well as her gold ornament holiday bag. The jumpsuit was $215 and the bag was $50. She ROCKED it. The diamond choker completely pieced the entire thing together. If you wanna check out her fashion blog I’ll leave the link here. She’s absolutely incredible & such kind person. I had BLAST covering this event & I hope to do it again soon!

Interview w/ Kylee Russell: “I’m forever thankful.”

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Most of you guys recognize Kylee Russell as Corbin Bleu’s adorable TV sister. Ever since Disney’s ‘Jump In’ aired in early 2007, the 20 year old actress has made her own name for herself. Guest starring on hits such as ER, Girl Meets World, Just Jordan, & Modern Family put her on the map! This beauty also has a hidden talent: she can sing. Plus, her fashion statements are the BOMB. Style steal coming atcha soon 😉

You may recognize her sister, Chelsea Tavares, who’s also in the acting business. The two are peas in a pod. Kylee is such a doll, and I had the best time doing this interview. Surgeon’s Warning: You may fall in love with her. Read ahead at your own risk. 

Kylee (right) & Chelsea (middle)

Kylee (right) & Chelsea (middle)

What was it like working with such an amazing cast on Girl Meets World? Favorite person to work with? Girl Meets World was SO much fun to work on! I loved every single person on that set! Cast and crew! They are all unbelievably talented and were an honor to work with. Plus I got to see Cory and Topanga in action. They will forever be couple goals!

Kylee guest starring on 'Girl Meets World"

Kylee guest starring on ‘Girl Meets World”

Is it true you guest starred on Modern Family, but totally forgot to watch the episode? Haha, have you watched it yet? What was your experience like on set? YES!! ? I guest starred, had the cutest costume (70’s disco chick) and was in a scene with Rico Rodriguez. But yeah, I totally missed the episode and just kept missing it every time it came on and I’ve still yet to see it!

Out of everyone you’ve worked with, who do you stay in touch with the most? There’s a good amount of people that I stay in touch with mainly through social media but I’d have to say KeKe Palmer. We were like family before Jump In and I absolutely adore her.?

What projects are you working on now? I can’t say much on it now BUT it’s an exciting one and can’t wait for everyone to see it.

Kylee & Sabrina Carpenter on set of 'Girl Meets World'

Kylee & Sabrina Carpenter on set of ‘Girl Meets World’

You’re well known for your ADORABLE role as Karin from Jump In. How do you feel it has played a part in your acting career today? Jump In definitely pushed me further in my career. And also reassured me that I wanted to act for the rest of my life. When it first came out I was no longer “Kylee”, I was “the girl from Jump In” and I didn’t mind. ? It was an amazing experience and I’m forever thankful.

Kylee as 'Karin' on Disney Channel's 'Jump In'

Kylee as ‘Karin’ on Disney Channel’s ‘Jump In’

What your favorite fan interaction by far? I received a fan letter from Germany and she told me I inspired her to pursue her dreams. And reading/hearing that from fans truly makes my day and encourages me to never give up and keep on going.

I’ve watched your vlogs & I’m a long time subscriber! What advice do you have for others who want to start vlogging? What camera do you use? Oh no way!! Thank you!!❤️ Well first things first, just be yourself! Post what YOU want to post and have fun with it. I always wanted to vlog but never started right away because I didn’t think people would find my life interesting. But then I was like “you know what? I’m just doing this for fun! If people like it, great! If they don’t, oh well.” And I film on an iPhone 7! The camera is bomb!

If you guys wanna check out her YouTube channel I’ll leave the link here. You can follow her on Instagram @kyleerussell & Twitter @kylee_mrussell & Snapchat @kyleerussell! Thanks for reading!

5 Ways to Be Blissfully Happy

I feel like I’ve been the worst mood lately. You know it’s bad when you constantly wake up aggravated, haha. I put together a list of stuff I’ve been doing to get myself back on track. Kind of a self-help thing. Hopefully it helps you guys as much as it helps me!


  1. Start doing new things. It seems pretty basic but I’ve found so much relief in exploration. Whether it’s trying a new recipe or discovering a cute little coffee shop. GET OUT OF YOUR EVERYDAY ROUTINE. “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” -Anna Quindlen
  2. Take care of yourself. Buy a new face mask. Get your nails done. As odd as it may sound, it’s so easy to forget the little things. Which brings me to number three-
  3. Appreciate the little things. Whether it’s food, movies (no matter how sappy), animals, or even those favorite pair of fuzzy socks! “Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you are supposed to.” -Susan Cain, Quiet
  4. Forgive. As much as I hate to admit, I have the hardest time showing forgiveness. Until, I realized that if I keep carrying that burden with me, I’m never going to be able to accomplish my goals. It SUCKS, but showing a forgiving spirit in all things totally helps. People are horrible, but it doesn’t mean you have to sink to their level. Before you know it you’ll end up being the one gasping for air. “When you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow.”
    MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC. You’d be surprised how much your fav album picks up your mood on a gloomy day. If you want my advice: curl up with a good book or that essay you haven’t finished. It’s the little things 🙂 “You only hear the music, When your heart begins to break.” -My Chemical Romance
  5. The best for last: FRIENDS! I don’t know what I would do in a world without my closest pals. Having incredible people in your life means everything. Especially when you feel like you have nothing.

Thanks for reading guys! see you soon, xo <3 enjoy the poetry except below.

“I think I must’ve been
a traveller of some sort in
some past life I cannot recall.
Because my blood boils and
and my mind drifts,
I yearn to leave this place,
and every place I’ve ever been.I cannot stay.
My soul does not let me.
That can be the only reason as to
why I feel so trapped in your arms,
or caged by this city, stuck in this
maze of people and buildings that
are getting too old.”

my wake up call.

Hey guys, thank you as always for checking out my blog <3

There’s something that’s been bothering me for a while now, and I feel like I should speak out because it’s affecting my relationship with you guys. I feel like it’s affecting how I transpose my feelings into blog posts.

There’s been a lot of people pressuring me to start making more money whether it’s covering events or selling space on my blog, whatever. Lately I’ve felt like I need to push myself harder to make more money, and in the process I’m forgetting why I started this blog in the first place. I love talking to you guys and hearing all about how you enjoy my posts. I love the experiences and adventures I get to go on & I thank God everyday that I’m able to do something I love. I’m so thankful for my close friends and family who’ve supported me in more ways than one. I’m still in awe of how far I’ve come and I owe you guys my best self.

The other night, I was applying for a blogging job online and I haven’t felt that overloaded since I was in high school. They needed essay after essay and research after research. My head was pounding, and I literally felt sick to my stomach because I’d built up so much stress. So, TO EVERYONE PUSHING ME TO BECOME SOMETHING I’M NOT, starting today I’m gonna try and remember why I started blogging in the first place.

Jordan Fisher once told me that, “If you do the things you love, money will come. Focus on your own happiness.” Currently craving the passion to find new fashion statements, defend animal rights, look up amazing art, create new experiences, and try to find meaning in writing again. find myself again <3

xo, mikayla

“The more we associate experiences with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live. And the more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we’re too poor to buy our own freedom.” -Rolf Potts

Guest Post: 9 Fashion Must-Haves for Men

Becoming a stylish gent doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank, and it’s also easier than you think. With just a few simple additions to your wardrobe (and ditching the cargo shorts) you too are capable of turning more than a few heads with your style nous.


1. White button-down shirt
The white shirt is the epitome of versatility. It can go with anything, and anything can go with it. Heading to an interview? White shirt under your suit. Out for a drink with the boys? White shirt and jeans. This is quite possibly the single most important garment in your wardrobe and often the one viewed with derision. It’s just a white shirt after all, right? Try living without one and get back to us.
2. White sneakers
Now when we say simple, we mean simple. A plain pair of white sneakers are incredibly stylish and don’t get the attention they deserve. Sometimes less is more, and this is particularly true when it comes to the soles of your feet. Save the ostentatious high tops for the basketball court where they belong.
3. Tan shoes
There’s a common misconception among us men that black shoes are the be all and end all of formal footwear. For the office, weddings, interviews, and even date nights in fancy restaurants we can’t shake the notion that our shoes must be black and they must be shiny. Get out of that mindset and start wearing tan brogues with your navy or grey suit or even with your jeans for a classier casual look.
4. White t-shirt
When dress down Friday swings by at the office the chances are that the majority of your male colleagues will arrive in branded t-shirts. There’s nothing wrong with that but these one-time original style statements have become far too common. Stick on a high-quality white t-shirt and a pair of jeans and you’ll be surprised how much you stand out from the crowd.
5. Beige trench coat
Think more along the lines of Humphrey Bogart than Inspector Clouseau, and you’ll see where we’re heading with this one. The beige trench coat is an excellent spring coat that keeps out the chills and rain on your daily commute to the office. But it’s often overlooked as a casual coat and to be quite honest we’re not sure why? It adds a touch of class to a casual jeans and t-shirt look and looks far better than your usual parka.
6. Navy blazer
The blazer or sports coat is your get out of jail card for any event where you’re not sure about the dress code. Not too casual to look out of place at a wedding and not too formal for friend’s birthday party, the navy blazer is always a safe bet. You can dress it up or down as much as you like but always add a pocket square.
7. Stylish sunglasses
You know those awesome Oakley shades you bought for biking and running? Well, that’s what they’re for, biking and running. Please don’t be one of those guys that shows up at the races or a wedding in his sports sunnies. If style is your main dress concern of the day, then your sunglasses should reflect this. Choose a pair of aviators or even retro square style shades and make sure you take them off when you go indoors or when the sun goes down.
8. Slim pair of chinos
Jeans are great, but everyone has at least five pairs in their wardrobe. So for a slightly different look and a tad more comfort, a pair of chinos is ideal. Nowadays you can get them in pretty much any colour you like, but we’re going to stick with navy blue because it pairs so well with everything.
9. Navy blue suit
And last but by no means least, the navy blue suit. Now we know that you probably have a black or charcoal suit in your wardrobe, and if you already have one in navy, then we applaud your sartorial savviness. However, if you don’t then put it at the top of your to-do list. This is one of the most versatile suits you will ever own. Worn with black shoes and a tie it can be quite formal, whereas worn with those tan brogues we told you to buy earlier, it’s downright dapper in the most casual of ways.
We’re not suggesting for a moment that you max out the credit card on all of the above items and, in fact, you probably have quite a few of them already. But if you don’t, then make a list and promise yourself to buy at least two or three each month and in no time you’ll be quite the office style icon.


About The Author
Jatin Vengurlekar is the CEO of Montagio Mens Suits Sydney and a leading men’s fashion consultant in Sydney, Australia. He has been featured on publications such as HuffingtonPost, GQ, Men’s Fitness and many other leading publications. In his spare time, he likes to write men’s fashion advice on his men’s style blog and take his dog for walks on the beach.
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T. Lang’s POST: Preview Party

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As many of you guys know, one of my biggest passions is art. No matter what form. Not only was this beautiful event in the glory of the Whitespace Gallery. It’s a contemporary art gallery that features varied mediums in a converted 1893 carriage house. Pictures can’t do it justice.

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The performances gave me chills in the BEST way. Not just because it was 30 degrees, but because these artists have complete control of every emotion they have ever had. I’ve never seen so much passion. One glimpse, and you can tell there’s something amazing happening here. I can promise you that this won’t be the only time you hear the name “T. Lang.” Luckily for you, I have clips. (You can watch these incredible performances here, here, here, and right here.) If you want to see the real thing, the Post premieres in March 2017. I’ll be in attendance, and you’ll wanna to be there too. If you support the arts as much as I strive to, you can donate at the link here to keep this beautiful movement alive.

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This powerful company consists of Emma LalorJacquelle Blythe, Jazmine Brooks, Scott Wheet, Indya Childs, Joshua Archibald, and Mandi B. Mpezo.

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“T. Lang Dance, an Atlanta based dance company, performs original provocative works created by artistic director and choreographer, T. Lang. Founded in 2008, Lang relocated T. Lang Dance from New York City to Atlanta; continuing to develop, direct, and produce high-impact work that blends traditional and experimental contemporary movement.”

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“Lang’s 2016 season included another commision from the High Museum of Art’s Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit and another award from Creative Loafing Atlanta for Best Choreographer. Lang is an Associate Professor and founding Department Chair of Spelman Dance at Spelman College. Lang stays engaged with the next generation of movement artists through her summer dance intensive SWEATSHOP and as a faculty member at the American Dance Festival and the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy.”

 

Pentatonix & Us the Duo: live at Bon Secours!

I STILL can’t believe so many people showed up for an a cappella concert. Before we get to that, let’s talk about Us the Duo. Micheal & Carissa Alvarado. All they had was a piano & a mic but they were breathtaking. They truly tried to express themselves through their music. Carissa even sat on the corner of the stage and LITERALLY sang to the crowd. I can’t think of anyone better to open for Pentatonix.

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Before I knew it, Pentatonix were rising from the bottom of the stage. Screaming came from every which direction as they bounced onto the platform one after the other. Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Mitch Grassi. What left me awestruck was the fact that each voice seemed complimented all the others. According to some nearby fans, Mitch is the fashionista of the group so he’s definitely my next “style steal” victim 😉

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WHEN HALLELUJAH CAME ON THE VIBE OF THE ENTIRE VENUE SHIFTED. Phone flashlights lit the arena as Pentatonix honored Leonard Cohen in song.

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I’ll leave the setlist and a bunch of other cool pics below! Of course, I happen to leave my camera at home so everything are compliments of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

I GOT SIGNED BY AN AGENCY!!

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“Hi Mikayla,

We are happy to say we have discussed at the agency your application and we would like to take you on to our agency.

We would like to take you on to our bloggers section.

Tom will be your agent so feel free to put ” For bookings, tom@thebloggeragency.net “ on your social’s.

I am the Director and would like to personally welcome you to The Blogger Agency.
Welcome To The Blogger Agency- Mikayla!

Many Thanks,

Lois
Staffing Director”

Officially the coolest email I have every recieved. FIRST OFF, The Blogger Agency represents models, actors, actresses, kids, animals, and of course: bloggers. I applied months ago, not expecting a response. Honestly, I was feeling down at the time and business was slow. The reason I became a blogger is so I can do volunteer bible work, teaching people about God. of course, I also love what I do 🙂 What the Blogger Agency does is connect brands with social media influencers like me. Such as Google, Pandora, Yahoo, Tumblr, ModCloth, etc. As a full-time blogger, getting jobs can be extremely difficult. The Blogger Agency makes sure you’re connected with the best of the best!

Anyway, when I got this email I had no idea how to react. I grabbed my things and took myself on a date to the Cheesecake Factory. After an entire plate of crab cakes and strange looks from the waiters, I came to a conclusion that I was proud of myself. In this business, everything is unpredictable. Which is actually a huge reason I love it, but this was more than that. My own personal accomplishment.

“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but- well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

shoutout to everyone who’s been with me through this incredible journey 🙂 shoutout to coffee + netflix for all the late night support. shoutout to everyone who kept me company while i was in the hospital. i don’t wanna say names but you guys know who you are. shoutout to everyone who helped me with the endless photoshoots and events and makeup i love you guys endlessly. shoutout to the advice givers, the attitude forgivers, and of course my familyyy. for all the love and support no matter how annoying 😉

“As long as your words survive, then you lived and you mattered and you changed the world and I cannot remember your name.” -Neil Gaiman