The Purse of Identity

More than 7 billion people, more than 7 billion lives: Each with a different soul and different genetic makeup, and they all fit in this blue, green planet like the little shards of glass that make up a mosaic masterpiece. I used to wonder how it could be that so many people can exist, have existed, and will exist, yet no two people could ever be entirely identical—then a dawn of thought rose soft rays of brilliant understanding to dance upon my ever-thinking mind, and I figured it out.

No two people could ever be 100% the same because of the complexity that goes into the creation of a person. I am a firm believer of zodiacs and their effect on people because we came from the stars, so we must have some sort of connection to the stars. Yet, most people believe that if you are a specific zodiac sign you’re going to be 100% like the stereotype of that sign. But…this isn’t true! I read somewhere once that how a person is star-sign-wise isn’t just based on their birthday, but also on the day of the week they were born, the year they were born, and the time (down to the second) that they were born!

“But wait! There’s more!”

Western star signs aren’t the only things that affect who you are. Chinese zodiacs could also play a part on your being—but each animal has multiple elements that affect how the animal characterizes the person, too! For example, for the Year of the Dragon (which is the year I was born in) there are the elements metal, earth, fire, water, and wood. The specific year determines the element of the sign, as well as the animal in the Chinese zodiac system. I was born in 2000, the Year of the Metal Dragon. You see? If it had been 1964 I would’ve been a Wood Dragon, and if it had been 2012 that I was born, then I’d be a Water Dragon.  Click here to find out about you!

Science is also an ingredient in who we are: Genetics, gene expression, environmental influence, neuroplasticity, stimuli, development, evolution, et cetera! They all affect what type of people we are. But our experiences also shape us, and we shape ourselves, too! We also fin ourselves, yet, at the same time, we create ourselves and decide who we want to be. Those around us also help to shape us, and our decisions do, as well. And if you’d believe it, maybe numerology might even be a part of it all—the Universe is made up of numbers, after all.

Then…there are our souls and our spirits. I believe in an After Life—I believe that we are more than just skin and bone. I believe that there is an essence to us that physicality can’t touch; that we are spiritual beings. So, you tell me: Could there be anybody truly like you? Like me? Like the people around you?

This is a fashion blog. So, why all of a sudden am I going on about identity? Because identity is a part of fashion. The style of the soul. The dressing up (or down) of your personality. The wardrobe that is your mind. Fashion isn’t just clothes, what goes with what, and what is everyone going to wear next. It’s who you are as a person, just as much as what goes on your person, and the way you carry and present yourself, too. We all carry a purse of identity; and they’re all full of wonders. Brag about how cute your bag is. You are exclusive; you are limited edition.

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Aesthetic

aes·thet·ic
esˈTHedik/
adjective
  1. 1.
    concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.
    “the pictures give great aesthetic pleasure”
    •  Beauty  Style
noun
  1. 1.
    a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.
    “the Dada aesthetic”

2015-2017 have been very concerned with aestheticism and finding styles that are personal and communal. But this kind of thing has always been around: subcultures are just so cool! Whether a person fits into a stereotype of a social group/subculture/lifestyle/aesthetic or creates a whole new definition for themselves isn’t what’s important—finding a sense of self and community is! Let’s take a look at some of these groups. I mean, I can only base them on stereotypes, but that doesn’t mean the “definition” applies to all. Seriously, put as much freedom and love into who you are and who you spend time with/want to fit in with as much as possible! One of the most important things you can do in life is to be happy. ‘Kay?

So, here are the aesthetics I’ll be covering today (I’m no expert, I’m just going off what the internet says, man):

  1. tumblr aesthetic
  2. kawaii aesthetic
  3. emo aesthetic

Okay, so there are waaay more than that, but it’s 8:55 p.m. and I just woke up from a way-too-long nap without doing any of my homework, so I gotta keep it simple. Something you should note, however, is that 2 and 3 can also overlap, and often branch out of 1. So, let’s get started!

tumblr aesthetic: 

 

I’M IN A DOWNWARDS SPIRAL, BUT AT LEAST I’M CUTE AND WOKE

So, the tumblr aesthetic is often comprised of vaporwave and visually pleasing photos that are also very teen angsty or teen activist-y. This aesthetic is a whole riot of other aesthetics (how many times am I going to use that word in this article? *sigh* I don’t know). You’ve got your social justice warriors, your fandoms, and your hipsters. Each group has something beautiful in them, and being part of just one group isn’t necessary (you’ve got many traits, so why fit in with only one group of people?). The SJWs, as they’re often dubbed, have a deep passion to change the world. This group vouches for minorities and works to get people’s rights noticed. Think neo-hippies with their “fight the man!” attitude and “peace, love” prowess. Fandoms range from bands, to shows, to otaku. There’s one particular fandom that’s infamous for there *ahem* excessive use of gifs, but it’s actually really cute and creative, if you think about it. The hipsters have got this thing for cool shots and deep words. I really like their introspective and brooding look into the world. As a writer, I kinda relate. They’ve always got a keen, creative, descriptive eye, and that’s pretty valuable.

kawaii aesthetic:

 

ANIME HAS RUINED MY LIFE *MOE EYES SMIZE*

I’ve really been into this kind of thing lately. I mean, I’ve always enjoyed the cuter things in life, and I grew up watching anime, but it’s been really pulling me in as of late. When I’m in college, I plan on studying abroad in Japan for a year or so. I love their youthful and childlike styles: lolita and kawaii. I really like how Mars Argo, Taylor R, Yours Truly-era Ariana Grande (not that I don’t love her style now, because I do love it still), and Mikan Mandarin dress. This aesthetic includes styles similar to theirs (as their styles are inspired by such), anime, manga, vocaloid, Japanese things, and cute things! I love how eccentric, wild, and free fashion is in Japan. Totally a-one.

emo aesthetic:

 

THICK EYELINER AND SAD MUSIC

Most people have had an emo phase in their life (probably around 7th grade)—or at least most people I know. This aesthetic is usually made up of “sad” or “heavy” music, like punk rock, emocore, screamo, etc. Dark colors, dreary imagery, and deep, sorrowful or wise words float around the emo aesthetic. Being an outsider is often involved with this type of thinking. Although I’ve never been full-fledged emo (although I wanted to be one back in 7th grade—I just wasn’t allowed to practice the style *sigh*), I’ve always thought that thinking differently and doing what you want is super cool. Mind that there used to be a stereotype about emo people being depressed and romanticizing negativity, but this was more back in the day. Thankfully, with the positive movements of today, it’s more of just a style, aesthetic, and “unconventional” lifestyle, and anybody can take it up now. It’s pretty great how people can branch out on the edge like that.

 

So, there yahavvit—different aesthetics, all beautiful and cool. Remember, there’s way more, and stereotypes aren’t always necessarily accurate. You don’t have to be a part of just one group of people: it’s more important to love yourself and to be happy and healthy.

That’s the true aesthetic of life.

Not Just Fashion—Life

When I started this blog, I had the intention of focusing its theme around fashion with bits of art, positivity, psyche, and life weaved into the main theme. I’ve decided to alter it a bit, though! From this point on, I’m going to recenter it around a theme of lifestyle, branching out into the aforementioned topics, and weaving them in with a bit of embroidery! Hopefully I can prevent procrastination with a broader range of things to write about!

That’s all for now! Ciao! ♥

My Mind and My Heart 9/04/2016

It’s been nearly 8 or so months since I last wrote something under this topic! Yikes! But, I’ve changed quite considerably, it seems. Even though I’m still the Queen of Procrastination and one who finds keeping consistent to be a bit of a challenge, I’m definitely still a new person, compared to who I had been way back when. However, I am still working on improving those two flaws. It’s okay, though! Everyone just needs some time learning how to work their lives out, and there’s no limit to it.

I’ve discovered so many great things in the past few months, including books, anime, and whatnot. I’m just all over the place, aren’t I? But it doesn’t detract from who I am as a person, because it’s a part of who I am! Let’s get into it, shall we?

Music: Okay, okay, okay. I cannot tell a lie, I have been absolutely obsessed with the Death Note soundtrack as of late. It’s clear to me that the show has become a major component of my life. I can’t decide what my favorites are from the OST because all of the songs are just so good!!! However, L’s Theme B, Misa’s Themes A, B, and C, Mello’s Theme C, and Near’s Theme A are definitely up there if I had to choose. I also love Matt’s Theme, even though he only gets one *cue the lonely tear roll*. Apart from that, I’ve been loving Studio Killers. They’re this really epic band with such a unique twist! My favorite from them has got to be Eros and Apollo. What dimes! I’ve also really been into Chocolate by the 1975, and Time of Dying by Three Days Grace. And Into You and Greedy, both by Ariana Grande, are just wow, I think. Check them all out, because, man, are they good! I’m pretty sure I’ve been into other songs, too, but I can’t for the life of me remember…oops!

Check ‘em out!:

  • L’s Theme B
  • Misa’s Theme A
  • Misa’s Theme B
  • Misa’s Theme C
  • Mello’s Theme C
  • Near’s Theme A
  • Matt’s Theme “Action”
  • Eros and Apollo by Studio Killers
  • Chocolate by The 1975
  • Time of Dying by Three Days Grace
  • Into You by Ariana Grande
  • Greedy by Ariana Grande

 

           

Oh! And…:

 

  • Hurricane by Halsey
  • Colors by Halsey
  • Lost Boy by Ruth B
  • Servant of Evil “sung by” Len Kagamine
  • Coffee by Bangtan Boys
  • I Got A Boy by Girl Generation
  • Gaeta’s Lament by Bear McCreery, sung by Alessandro Juliani
  • Kara’s Coordinates by Bear McCreery
  • Kara Remembers by Bear McCreery

 

 

I suppose I’ve remembered a few more!

Fashion: I’ve been into so many different kinds of clothes, lately. Like I said in my previous and first post under this topic, I’m an eclectic person with a variety of tastes and likes. However! I’ve been really into sundresses, (faux) leather, off-the-shoulder tops, and school-uniform-esque clothes lately. A lot of Liv Tyler inspired outfits have waltzed their way into my heart and mind, as well, and the Lana Del Rey/Lolita (from the movies) style has caught my eye, recently, as well. I’d be lying if I said that L’s, Misa’s, Mello’s, Matt’s, and Near’s styles haven’t influenced me, because to an extent, I think that they quite have! The previous school year, despite buying a whole lot of new clothes, I had mostly recycled many outfits throughout the year. This was mostly due to my not knowing what to wear, just wearing what was comfortable and appropriate for school, whatever was convenient, and having laundry day every weekend. This year, however, I really want to have a different look every week, and I want to experiment with my style a little more. Fingers crossed! I’ve already decided what I’m going to wear the first three weeks of school, and a failsafe/backup list for when I don’t know what to wear. I think I’m going to start posting OOTWs on here, and LookBooks, too, because why not? I could always use more content and content ideas, I think!

Food: I am not just a vegetarian, I am pretty sure I’m also a dulcetarian. That is to say, I’ve got a major sweet tooth. I’ve also been doing so well with my diet lifestyle (as I like to call it, since it isn’t a fad diet or temporary). I’ve been eating a lot of fruits and veggies (and egg, because it’s not meat, just a byproduct), drinking lots of tea and water, and just enjoying being vegetarian all in all. I haven’t had meat in 8 or so months. Wowza. But you can’t keep me away from chocolate or cake!

Books: I’ve come to accept ebooks and manga as books, as well. My goal at the beginning of summer seriously failed because I have not met my quota of 30 books. So sad! But, I did read quite a bit this summer! Recently I’ve been trying to read no matter how many distractions abound me, like I used to before 2011 when I found it getting harder and harder to concentrate on the words in front of me. I’m pretty sure that with determination I’ll be back on track! I read a manga called Tropic of the Sea by Satoshi Kon, which I absolutely adore. I just found it so endearing, and the cover artwork is so beautiful! I also really like the art of it altogether, though! I would definitely recommend it. I’ve also been reading quite a bit of fanfiction (only PG and G stuff, because yike!) and beautifully written short stories. Wattpad has been good to me. I’m also trying really hard to get a book—just one book, please!—written, edited, and published. *Dreamy sigh* Well…one day.

Shows and Movies: I haven’t watched too many movies this summer, but I’ve seen 4 different shows and I’m planning on getting into a couple of shows. The shows that I’ve seen have been Ao Haru Ride, Peach Girl, Kimi Ni Todoke, the first episode of Sherlock (which I want to get into!), and, of course, Death Note, as well as the first episode of the 2015 t.v. drama spinoff. I really want to get into Sherlock, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, Scream Queens, Shadowhunters, and Reign. That;s just the tip of the iceberg! I’m sure I’ll get into them and all the other shows that are on my list, eventually! Well, we’ll see! As for the movies, at the very beginning of the summer I watched the 2003 Peter Pan live action movie, When Marnie Was There, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Later on I watched the first movie of The Pirates of the Caribbean, Chronicles, In Time, Letters to Juliet, and Zootopia.  I also told my mom I’d watch The Cutting Edge, a movie she loves, and I’ll get to it, I’m sure! It’s been a great staycation!

I think I’ll always be constantly evolving and developing my interests, finding and creating new niches to nest in. I’d really like to hear about some of your interests! So please, feel free to tell me all about the things you guys like, and what type of people you are! Leave comments, feedbacks, requests, and ideas! Constructive criticism is also always appreciated! Till next time! Ciao!

~♥xoxo♥~

Visam te cito

What To Wear When Binge-Watching Anime

Welcome, darling friends, back to What to Wear When! This week, why not cover some choice outfits for a night in binge-watching anime? Because many people, like a lot of people, actually do that. I’m serious! There are more anime-obsessed people than one would think. I happen to be one of them. But, although you ultimately end up ruining your life by becoming obsessed with characters who do not exist in this world, at least you’re passionate about something and get to enjoy awesomeness, which is always good, right? And let’s face it, that’s the way it is with almost every fandom, if not all.

Now, the prime question here is:

What type of anime are you watching?

There are many different types of anime. They have anime for almost every genre in the world, I think. However, let’s keep it simple. Are you going to watch a show or a movie first of all? Next, is it going to deal with out-of-this-world types of things, or is it realistic fiction? Is it shoujo, shounen, or family-oriented? If it’s shoujo, I recommend fuzzy pajama pants and an oversized sweater or sweatshirt. Maybe you might want to have a stuffed animal nearby for when you get to the emotional parts of shows like Ao Haru Ride, Say I Love You, or Kimi Ni Todoke. Sweats are also uber comfy. And fuzzy socks or just socks in general, and/or fuzzy slippers seem perfect for watching shoujo. They aren’t mandatory, so feel free to go bare like L from Death Note (even though Death Note is not shoujo). For your hair, you might want to put it up in a bun, keep it down, put it in a sidebraid, ponytail…it’s really up to you! Whatever is comfy for you is what you should pick. But no matter what…you might not want to wear makeup |em| unless you’re certain it won’t get in your eyes and stream down your face, or get everywhere when you end up sobbing uncontrollably.

If you decide to watch shounen, I recommend jeggings or gymshorts. They just seem to fit the mood. Sweats also work for this look, though. They work for almost any look, really. A tank top, camisole, or oversized t-shirt goes great with whichever of these pants you choose to wear. Keep in mind that you might get worked up and feel the need to punch something if you choose to watch shounen. Then the workout-esque clothes would come in super handy. You might also feel the need to lie down and scream out into the world for awhile, or go for a jog. Shounen just does that to you. Sometimes shoujo does, too, though. Just like shounen sometimes makes you cry your eyes out. So be weary. The rest of the outfit would go just like the shoujo one. Just don’t slip on the socks or slippers when you decide to go for a pace around your house.

If you’re watching a family-oriented movie, pajamas make the mood. Studio Ghibli offers plenty of films that you can laugh, cry, and smile along with. They also offer movies for you to watch in stock-still focus. Jeans and a t-shirt, or jeans and a t-shirt with a hoodie also work.

Whatever you decide to wear, I hope you enjoy the marathon/binge. The stories and characters that are brought to life by the creators of anime programs are incredible, and there are so many fantastic series and films out there for you to watch. Enjoy!

(I’ll leave you off with a list of recommendations. I hope you love whatever one you choose to entertain yourself.)

Anime Suggestion List (in no particular order. Note: I have not seen all of these, but I have seen most of these and all of the ones listed under “Family”):

Shoujo:

1. Ao Haru Ride

2. Say I Love You

3. Kimi Ni Todoke

4. My Little Monster

5. Ore Monogatari

6. Amnesia

7. Lovely Complex

8. Ouran High School Host Club

9. Fruits Basket

10. Itazura na Kiss

11. Peach Girl

12. Sailor Moon

Shounen:

1. Death Note

2. One Piece

3. Kiba

4. Bakugan

5. Pokemon

6. Black Butler

7. Tokyo Ghoul

8. Parasyte

9. Future Diaries

10. Deadman Wonderland

11. Hetalia

12. Naruto

Family:

1. My Neighbor Totoro

2. Whisper of the Heart

3. Castle In the Sky

4. Spirited Away

5. Porco Rosso

6. Kiki’s Delivery Service

7. Ponyo

8. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

9. When Marnie Was There

10. Howl’s Moving Castle

11. The Cat Returns

12. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

 

 

Ao Haru Ride is tear-jerking.

 

 

 

Death Note is mind-blowing.

 

 

 

When Marnie Was There is heart-racing.

Renascentia

Renascentia – the Latin word for “to be reborn.”

Every once in awhile I like to reinvent myself. What is that for? Why do I do it? I don’t really know, in the most honest of answers. I feel like part of the reason is that I’m so afraid of change that my life gets backed up and I need to go through an immense period of change to feel like I’m still going forward. I think another reason might be that I’m really big into self-improvement, self-discovery, self-fulfillment, self-realization, and self-actualization, as well as reinvention in itself. Still…I feel like there is so much more. There is something ultra romantic about starting over, or making a huge shift. It isn’t that I don’t love myself or the way that I am. I really do appreciate myself, who God made me to be. What I feel reinvention is, is that it’s not scrapping your old self and making your new self. I think it’s taking who you are in a moment and going through a metamorphosis that utilizes everything that you were and are into creating everything that you want to be. It’s a form of adaptation.

I usually go through reinvention at the beginning of something. This is the beginning of new ideas brewing in my thoughts. It’s that time again.

I thought that if I’m going to go through with this reinvention, something that I’m going deeper into than I’ve ever before (I think and feel, but I could be wrong. Still, I’m not going to admit to that 😉 haha), then I might as well write about it. I am keeping a lot of it personal. I’m going to write a lot about it in my diary/journal (it’s both). But I also want to share a lot of it with you, if I can, and if I can figure out how. Reinvention is a topic of interest, for many. So, follow me on this journey. I hope it is one. Let me use this blog to record events and share thoughts with you all, friends. Maybe you’ll go into a period of renewal on your own, someday. Good luck if you do. I’ll see you through re-brightened eyes.

 

The Phoenix…the symbol of rebirth.

What To Wear When You Go Ghost Hunting

With the new lady-ified Ghostbusters film coming out (“who you gonna call?), I thought I’d take a little interesting perspective on the whole ordeal. That’s why I’m bringing to you this new series: “What to Wear When…”

First things first, I’m sorry I haven’t written for the past 3 months. I’ve been at a word block. And, hey! Ya can’t blame me. These little ruts happen to everyone. However, I’ve put a little music on, popped some bubblegum in, got the idea cooking, and now I’m ready to make up for lost time. It hasn’t really been lost, anyhow. Just think of it as the hiatus that happens before really boiling.

Now, onto the first article of this new series! “What to Wear When…” Ghost hunting.  Well, unlike what most people really think, ghost hunting is a profession that requires a uniformed type of look, like many others. A fireman wouldn’t go to work without his flameproof suit. A businessman wouldn’t think to go to work in his pajamas. Not good for business and all that, yanno? Likewise, a ghost hunter wouldn’t go to work in something unfit for his job. Now, when I think of a ghost hunter, for some reason I picture Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew (from the 2007 movie adaptation of Nancy Drew) or Brian Stepanek as Arwin (from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody). However, I realize that this is incorrect. A real ghost hunter would probably just wear something semi-formal. Or at least something that’s casual, but not downtrodden. Maybe a nice pair of jeans, a clean shirt, and some Holy Water. Maybe they’d have a crucifix around their neck and some salt in their pocket. And a little red never hurts. Besides that, an authorized ghost hunter might have a pair of heat vision goggles and a trunk full of equipment. An EVP is sure to help on-the-job, and so will an EMF detector. You never know what you could run into, or what kind of stuff you’d need to prove that an apparition is really lurking around.

Oh! But if you’re talking about casual ghost hunting, well then that’s a different story. The average Jane or Joe wouldn’t have all the high-tech materials professionals have, per se, but they might have at least some salt and Holy Water handy (that’d help). A crucifix, even a pretty one, can also be of service to you. Diamond crosses also make for a really cute accessory. Other than that, dress according to the weather. Sweaters for the fall, short sleeves in the summer, jackets in the winter, you know the deal. Jeans, sweatpants, or cargo-anything are good options. And sneakers. Be sure to wear sneakers for when you run out of there. High heels make it kind of hard to flee from a scene of terror. That is, unless, you’re Daphne Blake…but let’s not forget her nickname. It must be the heels.

If you ever do go ghost hunting, just remember to stay safe and keep out of the really dangerous areas of dilapidated hospitals and houses. If you’re going down a road on Mount Misery, watch out for policemen with bullets through their heads and flashing lights. Always remember to keep your cell phone on you and caution about you. You must always stay safe when entering  “The Twilight Zone.”

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve seen the Goosebumps movie, you’ll know that Zach and Hannah have the right idea. R.L., Champ, and Slappy…not so much.

 

 


 

 

 

What Your Skin Wants

Skin care is an enormous part of every teens life, is it not? That’s why the battle to have beautiful, blushing, blemish-free skin is one fought all over. Now, I haven’t got the very best skin in the entire world, but I’ve got pretty good skin, and it’s a major improvement from 2011, that’s for sure. It isn’t just about how good your skin is, but also about how much better your skin has gotten. That’s why I’m here to give you a few hints to help out on this struggle for smooth skin.

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!

I know that sooo many people say this, but it’s because it’s true! Water is like a miracle cure for your skin. Drink a lot of it and your skin will thank you, I swear!

Detox (the yummy way!)

Detoxing is really important because so many toxins get built up in our system and it can really affect our skin negatively! Drinking tea, water, lemon juice, and water with apple cider vinegar really help out with detox. My favorite teas (also some of the best teas for the skin) are green tea, peppermint tea, lemon tea, white tea, burdock root tea, dandelion tea, yerba mate tea, and ginger tea. Using dandelion extract increases the skin-care-potency of these drinks, so keep that in mind, my friend.  Honey is also great for detox because it can help to flush out the ugly little toxins that get trapped in our lovely little bodies, and it’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, too!

Cleanse it!

Keeping your skin clear requires your skin to be really clean. There are a lot of products that could help with this. Here are a few that you could get over the counter, easy peazy:

♥ Noxzema

♥ Cetaphil

♥ Neutrogena (with pink grapefruit)

♥ Neutrogena

♥ Clean and Clear Oil Control

Mint Chapstick?

This is a weird tip…but, Classic ChapStick in Spearmint always helps my skin out. Here’s how it works: The lipblam is meant for the fragile skin of your lips, so it isn’t harmful to your skin, plus it’s a skin protectant that contains menthol. Menthol is the chemical in mint that makes it minty, and it works wonders when applied to the skin. Menthol can keep skin clear and can even get rid of acne scars! How magic, huh? Also, it’s a lot easier than growing mint and crushing it up. However, you could also buy menthol cream, but it’s hard to find one that’d suit your case. Besides, ChapStick is cheap and reliable.

Moisturize!

Moisturizing is necessary even for people with oily skin (like me *sigh*). It keeps your skin supple, smooth, and soft, which equals healthy! It’s vital, but easy, and you only have to do it once a day (twice is suggested for those with dry skin).

You can use honey to moisturize your face, although it’s sticky, but it works if you’re planning on having a spa day because you can leave it on for fifteen minutes and witness the softness. Buttermilk, milk, olive oil (but not too much olive oil because it can cause breakouts), aloe vera, shea butter, and coconut oil all work, too. Otherwise, try using products containing these, maybe even with Vitamin E for uber healthy skin. I prefer Jergens, Philosophy, and Cetaphil moisturizers, myself, but Aveeno and other products work fabulously, just as well.

♥ Jergens (with Vitamin E)

♥ Aveeno

♥ Philosophy “renewed hope in a jar”

♥ Cetaphil

Sunscreen, baby!

I’m not one to talk because, even though I should, I don’t wear sunscreen. Jennifer Garner does wear it, though, and she says that it’s one of her best skincare secrets. So try it out and keep your skin safe from harmful UV rays!

Note: There’s a difference between sunscreen and sunblock. Sunscreen filters harmful ultraviolet rays, but does not inhibit tanning or Vitamin D absorption (Vita. D is also a friend of the skin, while U.V. rays are absolutely not). Sunblock, on the other hand, completely blocks any rays from the sun, preventing tanning.  

♥ Sunscreen

♥ Sunblock

Saltwater

Keeping this beach theme alive for awhile, saltwater is a big help to the skin. The salt cleanses the skin and reduces oil, and the water flushes out what villains have already permeated your soft barrier. My dad used to go to the beach all the time and wash his face out with a bucket of saltwater and it worked! I usually just wash my face with some warm water to open the pours and create a little solution of salt and good old dihydrogen monoxide (water) in a little plastic cup, which either wash my face with, or apply like a strange (and itchy, ughck) cream. It helps out, trust me!

Healthy Eating 

When your system is happy and healthy, so is your skin! Eating healthy is great because it provides you with a lot of vitamins, antioxidants, and detoxing. Apples, kale, lemons, oranges, and strawberries are good starters. They’re yummy, and there’s so much you could do with them! I bet you’ll be happy to hear that chocolate (dark chocolate, which is uber delicious, too!!!) is also great for your skin. I sure know that strawberries, dark chocolate, and I are the best of friends.

Vitamins

Try taking ’em. Vitamin supplements are major proponents for your body’s health. Plus, they come in fruity, chewy, gummies which is always fun, right?

♥ Nature’s Way (Multivitamin)

♥ Flintstones (Multivitamin)

♥ VitaFusion (Multivitamin +)

I could go on and on forever detailing every little thing I learned about how to improve and maintain your skin, like how omega-3 is really awesome for it (and your brain, too), and how in other countries they have different techniques that work fabulously, but for now I won’t. Maybe one day I’ll write a book on it…maybe. But for now, I’m going to send you off with just one more tip, and it’s one that you don’t have to spend any money on.

Positivity

Positive thoughts and positive energy are scientifically proven to keep you looking young, beautiful, and healthy. Certain hormones (like serotonin and dopamine) are released when you’re in a feel-good-vibe and mindset. These hormones are very beneficial to your health and homeostasis: Your overall well-being. So keep a smile on your face and love in your heart and you’ll do just fine, my love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Mind (and My Favorites) 1/31/2016

Okay, so we all know that our views and favorites change ever so wildly and spontaneously in this ever-changing world, right? I’ve come to realize that with every passing day, I like new things, think differently than I did the day before, and my brain is developing so rapidly that I think it’ll just pop! like a water balloon that’s been filled to its bursting point. Looking back at old diary entries and old social media posts, I can’t help but laugh at my ignorance and naivety, except I’m still a long way coming, and my eighteen-year old self will probably feel that same way about my sixteen-year old self—and I’m still only 15! So…why not share some of my bulging brain candy with y’all? I mean, I’ve got enough to spare.

Music: I’ve been all over the place with songs this month! Now, mind you, I don’t necessarily have to update monthly, just whenever I feel that my brain has evolved further, yanno? But that’s all besides the point. Melanie Martinez has not been able to get out of my brain! Yikes! I love her and her thought-provoking music, which always contains a hint of magic in the way it sounds. I’ve been listening to almost all of her songs on repeat (I still haven’t heard Playdate or Pacify Her yet, but I’ll get to it, I’m sure). My two favorites from her, out of all her extraordinary tunes, are Mad Hatter and Pity Party. They’ve just got something about them that charms me to them every time I put my headphones on! Another artist (well, group of artists)—a band that I just discovered just last week, actually—is The Royal Concept. It was love at first hear. I heard the beginning of On Our Way and then clicked on Smile, enamored by that happy, little (albeit simple) title. Right away the title was glued to my face. I returned to the first song, later, and fell for that, too, along with all of the songs that I’ve heard from them, so far. Besides those two, Fashion is another favorite of mine from them. I was even listening to it on repeat while writing the coat post! Two more songs I’ve been dying over are Crazy and Cryin’, both by Aerosmith. The music videos’ stars drew me to the songs, and the music kept me coming back. Who doesn’t love a lil’ Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone?

When time gives some of itself to you, check out these great songs:

  • Mad Hatter by Melanie Martinez
  • Pity Party by Melanie Martinez
  • Soap by Melanie Martinez
  • On Our Way by The Royal Concept
  • Smile by The Royal Concept
  • Fashion by The Royal Concept
  • Cabin Down Below by The Royal Concept
  • Crazy by Aerosmith
  • Cryin’ by Aerosmith
  • Angel by Aerosmith
  • This Is Really Happening (Taylor Swift’s version)
  • This Is Really Happening (Britni Hoover’s version)

I added 5 extra songs that you might like to give a chance to! I encourage you to listen, if you can, to both Taylor’s and Britni’s versions of This Is Really Happening because both are remarkable, but for different reasons. Taylor, being the writer, poured her heart out, and Britni, the performer, poured her voice out, but both versions are outstanding without a doubt.

Fashion: When summer had come along I decided that I wanted to devote myself fully to a preppy wardrobe/style. I’ve always been eclectic and overcomplicated, so I thought that sticking to one sort of fashion sense would be a healthy challenge for me. A challenge it was, but maddening, too. Yes, it simplified things, but it also created chaos:

“Oh, I can’t wear that! It isn’t preppy!” *insert sitcom audience laugh here*

I adore the preppy lifestyle/subculture, but without a billionaire’s bank account, sticking to one style can be a bit too challenging. Then, last week, I read a post on the blog Birdie Wears a Tie by a girl named Mary who’s uber cool:  Click this and check it out!  I really like her mind because she isn’t afraid to stand out and to let her thoughts just come and go! With that I’ve decided to pick whatever clothes fit my emotion, or the day, or whatever else it should fit for me to feel satisfied with the outfit. Maybe one day I’ll want to dress preppy. Okay, Cher Horowitz, Nancy Drew, and Blair Waldorf will be there for inspo!  If I want to be comfy in panache I can turn to Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. If I want to be classy and elegant, but still fresh, those same two girls are there for me to steal the style of. Do I wanna go boho? Selena Gomez is right there to provide some insights for me. Hipster? tumblr. Nerdy-cute? tumblr. Geeky-chic?—okay, you get the point. Styles, trends, and fashion senses are in a perpetual and infinite loop that conforms with society, culture, generation, and personal development, so be eclectic. Let yourself dress like you just rolled out of bed one day, and like you’re going to the Met Gala the next. As long as you’re having fun and expressing yourself, that’s all that matters, because that’s what fashion is.

“I dress like [ish] call it fashion, but your fashion’s the [ish]”

-The Royal Concept, Fashion

Food: At the end of December I decided that I wanted to be vegan. Then I realized that I had to transition into it for it to be long-term, so at the beginning of January I decided to have a strict diet plan to transition into veganism: Some days I’d be vegetarian, one day I’d be pescetarian, and some other days I’d be vegan. Then I realized that it would be more complicated than that and that to enter a new, healthy lifestyle, that you do have to transition into it, but you can’t limit yourself too much, or else you’ll want to quit. With that I decided to be vegetarian with some vegan foods added into my diet, and that I would follow my diet/exercise plan, but in a way that balances flexibility and discipline. Gosh, food’s a pretty difficult subject. I never realized how complex it could really be! Is that the same for everything? *enter dramatic music here*

Movies: Goodness, I’ve had to have watched Clueless three times this month. I think it’ll always be one of my favorites, but that’s the most I’ve seen it in one month! Could I be addicted? I also watched The Devil Wears Prada for the first time (I know, I know, I should’ve seen it sooner), and, darling, it’s all that it’s cracked up to be. I mean, with Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep (the Queen of the Silver Screen) in it you already know that it’s going to be good, but, honey, it is better. I also saw The Boy on Friday (which was the 29th) and right before it my father and I discussed the possibilities for the plot since the haunted doll/dummy archetype has been overdone…but it’s good. So good. Honestly, just go watch it. Unless you have any of the things that you shouldn’t ride an amusement park ride with, because my friend Gisselle and I have been psychologically damaged by this film, and that’s how you know a horror movie is good. In fact, I had a nightmare last night connected with the movie, and I woke up in a cold sweat—it was that tremendously frightening!!! Then my dad bought all of the Star Wars movies, and it is a need-to-watch, so I’ll get to that. He also bought Goosebumps, the movie, and I’ve been obsessed with the series and its author since I was six, so naturally I’ve got to get around to watching that, too. I also want to watch Cruel Intentions really badly, because it’s got that preppy-thing going on that I’ve already let you know I’m obsessed with. Except…it’s with a twist, and I love stuff like that, too. Things that leave you thinking are always intriguing, don’t you think?

Books: There are far too many books on my shelf, right now—I’ve got a list longer than Santa’s going! In class we’re reading Macbeth and there are stars in my eyes. I adore Shakespeare with a passion thicker than the blood spilled in the play that I have yet to find out what happens in. I have a class copy, a copy of it in a simplified version on my Literati (it’s like a Kindle but with a different setup. I love it), and a copy in a book that is complete with all of Shakespeare’s known plays—but I want to wait until we read it in class. That way the experience can be shared. At home I’m reading The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, and Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (it’s a terrifying and sorrowful must-read). Then I’ve got another book that I need to find somewhere in my jungle of a room that’s about academic success, and I’ve got to read Wonder by R.J. Palacio so that I can participate in this connection between my high school and one of the elementary schools in the district that I live in. Haha…I’ll get around to it…right?

Oh, goodness me, I’ve written a heck-of-a-lot, and I haven’t even spilled all of my brain and my heart, yet! Well, that’s alright, with all the thoughts zooming around my brain like a high-speed chase on an expressway, I don’t think I’d be able to! On that note, I hope you like this series that I’m starting on my blog (I’ll call it My Mind and My Heart, but this first post will be different in name for contrast)! I’d truly appreciate it if you left some comments with ideas of stuff for me to write about. It can relate to the ultimate theme, or it can be disparate from it. I’d also love any feedback you’ve got. It’d be a great deal of help. Thank you so much for reading, especially if you’ve read this all the way through. Till next time! Ciao! ♥

~♥xoxo♥~

Visam te cito

Coat Season

The jackets have been off these past few months for New Yorkers with no snow to boss us around.

“My jacket don’t get no love. No hats and no gloves…” -Ariana Grande, Winter Things

But things have changed! A heavy blizzard hit us on Sunday, January 24, 2016…and snow means the coats come off the shelves and out of the depths of your closet, once again. You can still stay stylish while keeping cozy, though, and here are some great choices to help you do just that!

Peacoats: This timeless classic will bundle you up, and make you look like an established somethin’.

♥ Anne Klein Double-Breasted Long Peacoat

Walker Coats: Just as the name implies, these fancy-shmancy jackets are brilliant for a crisp winter stroll.

♥ Kenneth Cole Faux-Leather-Trim Buckle-Front Walker Coat

Trench Coats:  For that sultry 50s mystery movie feel.

♥ MICHAEL Michael Kors Hooded Satin Trench Coat

Puffer Coats: These warm jackets never go out of style! They’re far too cute.

♥ Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux-Fur-Collar Puffer Down Jacket

There are endless options when it comes to winter fashion, so you don’t have to feel like the return of snow is an outfit-inhibiting thing! In fact, with more ways to mix and match, the fun is only beginning! Give your winter wardrobe some love, and let the snow fall, fall, fall