My Top 10 Albums of 2017

The new year is here and I’ve yet to embrace the “new year new me” as it’s now 2018 and I’m still running behind on nearly everything. Better late than never. Here is a list of my favorite albums released during the year of 2017 – albums of which I enjoy 75% and more of…

Artist Spotlight: Tove Lo

So this post is completely fueled by my latest obsession with Tove Lo’s new album Blue Lips which literally nobody is talking about even though it’s probably one of the best pieces of work released this year — but let’s start at the beginning. The song that started it all: “Habits” brought the Swedish singer songwriter…

Artist Spotlight: Charli XCX

This is me straying away from telling travel stories from this past summer and writing about other topics that interest me. And if you know me, you know that I love music and have curated quite the extensive music catalogue – much of which consists of lesser known artists that make people say “What the…

VACorps Instagram Takeover

After VACorps noticed my visual storytelling skills on my own Instagram account during my time in Cape Town, I was approached to takeover the VACorps company Instagram to share my journeys within the city and my internship at Reach Digital. I got to speak with the lovely Athena who runs the account and encouraged me…

Adventures in Namibia

Y’all wanna talk about a bumpy ride lets talk about the time Ariel, Waverlee and I thought it’d be fun to take a weekend trip to Namibia. As with any trip or excursion we tried to plan, naturally we had the absolute worst luck with trying to plan this weekend vacation. But per usual, we…

Overnight at Aquila Private Game Reserve

In the middle of our nine week stay we thought: what a good idea it would be to escape the every day life of Obs and take a trip somewhere – maybe even spoil ourselves and stay in a nice hotel or Airbnb. We had heard of Aquila Private Game Reserve from others (Rihanna had…

The Garden Route

Only our second weekend in Cape Town and we were already off on our first voyage away from the city. We woke up bright and early Friday to be picked up for a trip to the Garden Route – the area along the coast between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Once we were all on…

My First Day in South Africa

Before even leaving America, I specifically chose a window seat so that I could sleep against the side of the plane for the nine hour plane ride to London Heathrow and my ass gets on the plane to find that my seat is SO far back on the plane that the walls bow outwards and…

About Me

My favorite thing to do: talk about myself. My name is Riley Jay. I’m a current student at the University of Kansas studying strategic communications. I’m also working towards a minor in business and have studied French for six years. I hope to fuze my field of study with my love for music and pop culture…