Happy New Year!!!

I’ve been thinking of a good way to describe 2016 and the only word I came up with, was eventful. I had to distance myself from social media for a long time because so many horrible things were happening and it was overwhelming. I wanted to say or do something to help but I didn’t know what to do. When I finally felt like I could write again, the election happened and yeah. So I decided to just start over again in the new year because what’s a better time than January first to have a clean slate.

I’m not one for making New Years Resolutions but I’m also not the type to make fun of people who do. I don’t make them personally because I know I’m not going to keep them, half of the time, I forget what my resolution was to begin with so instead I did something that maybe a little cheesy but I don’t care. It works for me and 2016 was the first time I hadn’t had one in years and I swear, it was like Mercury was in retrograde for a good half of the year.

I made a dream board! Some people call them vision or goal boards but the concept is still the same. My sisters and I went to HomeGoods and each bought push-pin boards. Mine is technically a shadow box but it was gold and I liked it so I’m repurposing it.We’re spending the day to putting our dream boards together. It’s kind of like tangible resolutions.

If you haven’t made a dream board, all you need is a push-pin or a cork board or even a poster board honestly and some magazines. You use images that represent goals or dreams you want to achieve in the new year and as you meet those goals, you take the photo down. I used push-pins for mine, some people staple or glue the item on, just to make removal easier. Hang the board in your room, somewhere you can see it and take a photo of it when you initially complete it. As you go through the year, if you’re ever feeling less than focused or driven to achieve your goals, look back at the first picture, then at your current board to see all that you’ve accomplished. Even if there’s only one picture gone, you’ve done something and that alone should be enough inspiration to keep you going.

I hope you had a wonderful and safe New Years Eve and a relaxing New Years Day. Here’s to the New Year!

Au Revoir💋

Back to School!

We’re going to go back, back to school again. Have you ever seen Grease 2? I know a lot of people think that movie is cheesy but I don’t know, I kind of like it. Anyways, the opening song is completely relevant because as it always is in August, it’s back to school time. This is my last week of Summer break but I’m not doing anything wild. I’m not joking,I got braces yesterday, yes at 20 but it’s NEVER to late for straight teeth! My mouth hurts really bad though,so that’s not great but on to the more important than my ortho issues.

IMG_3891As it is back to school, I felt obligated to write out advice for school. I only have ONE piece of advice for school, well one that leads to a lot of smile pieces of advice. Get a planner and USE IT! Don’t do what I’ve been doing up until last year, buy super expensive planners that are super cute, keep them in your school bag and never use them or don’t use them on a constant basis. I literally NEVER used them or if I did, it was sporadically. Around a year ago, I started using an online and physical planner and I swear my life has been changed. I got mine from Target this year. It’s apart of the Sugar Paper LA collection. It’s simple yet it’s very pretty and has plenty of lined writing space, which I desperately need.Keeping a planner helps me clear my head when I’m feeling overwhelmed, which is super important for myself and most people. If I get overwhelmed and I’m not actively trying to face it head on, I will stop doing it. Which, I know doesn’t help at all, in fact it just makes it worst but I will get into my bed and watch Netflix, like a lot of other college students. Keeping everything organized and planned out makes it easier for me to process and keeps me motivated. Which leads to the next piece of advice!

Stay motivated! I’m kind of into motivational speaking, like TED Talks. I recently found a YouTube channel, it’s called Marie Forleo,run by Marie Forleo and she has these conversations with people who I admire, like Bryce Dallas Howard and Elizabeth Gilbert just about life. They’re not necessarily motivational but I love hearing about how far successful people have come to be who they are today. Hearing their ups and downs, the struggles they went through helps me stay motivated to keep working on who I want to become. In the words of Lana Del Rey, I believe in the person I want to become. I know it’s not going to be easy but it’ll be worth it and I’ll I have to do is push through the hard times, which I know is easier said then done.

I hope this helps motivates you this semester, I feel like I got a little bit off topic but it needs to be said, especially in relation to school. Enjoy the end of your summer and I hope you have a good semester! I hope you get all A’s and if you don’t, don’t worry! It’s just a bump in the road, again advice easier said then accepted.

Au Revoir!

Pssss. I’ll be posting about easy back to school style tricks and tips! Plus another playlist to get you up and out of bed in the morning. I know I need one before I go back.

Inspiration: Elizabeth Taylor

Originally I was going write about Charlotte Olympia but when I realized today was the fifth anniversary of Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s passing, I knew I had to write about her. Elizabeth Taylor is an iconic actress best known for her violet eyes, collection of jewels and well documented love life. While I admire her for all of those things,Elizabeth Taylor is an inspiration to me because of her strength and her activism.

Elizabeth Taylor is undeniably one of the greatest actress that has ever lived and I’m not just saying that because it’s something that people say. If you haven’t seen any of her films I recommend that you start with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Not only does this film include one of the greatest actors to ever live, Paul Newman, it also has some of the greatest insults I’ve ever heard in an Old Hollywood film. I also recommend The Last Time I saw Paris, which will make you cry. Butterfield 8,although she didn’t care for it. The V.I.P.s, which includes Richard Burton her fifth and sixth husband and half of one of the greatest love affair of all time. These are just four of the fifty movies Elizabeth Taylor made in her film career that started in 1942 and ended in 2001.

She’s regarded as one of the prettiest women to ever live. She had raven black hair, violet eyes and a birth defect that gave her an extra row of eyelashes. As pretty as she was physically, she was even prettier as a person. Elizabeth Taylor was the kind of friend I aspire to be. After one of her friends got into a car accident after a party at her house, actor Montgomery Clift, she ran down, helped him out of the car and kept all of the paparazzi away from him. Her dedication for her friends didn’t stop their.

Rock Hudson,another actor and long time friend of Elizabeth Taylors, died in 1985 from AID complications, she again, acted swiftly. She created her foundation The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation and the National AIDS Research Foundation, which continues on today.It is even said that she played a pivotal part in President Reagan to acknowledge the HIV and AIDs problem in the United States. She even helped pass a bill into congress to help people with HIV and AIDs.

These are just a few examples of the work she’s done for other people. I haven’t even began to talk about all of the hard things she’s gone through. Breaking her back as a teen while filming National Velvet. Her husband and the love of her life, Mike Todd, dying in a plane crash after only eighteen months of marriage. Almost dying from pneumonia before filming Cleopatra. Her public fight with prescription drug and alcohol abuse. She went through all of these things and after each set back, she came back swinging. She had a strength I aspire to have as I go through the rest of my life.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor was a beautiful, talented actresses who cared deeply for everyone and everything. She helped all she could while fighting her own battles. That’s why she’s an inspiration to me, as she is too many people. I can only hope to have the same strength and lust for life and love regardless of what happens throughout my life.I’ll end this with a quote from her that often gets me through any bad situation.

 You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.- Dame Elizabeth Taylor

Rest in Peace Dame Elizabeth Taylor. The world is a better place because of you.

Au Revoir!

Pssss. You can watch The Last Time I Saw Paris if you have Amazon Prime! If you’re on Spring Break, I hope you’re having a good week and if you’re in the middle of finals, good luck!

 

Inspiration: Lauren Conrad

If you’re anything like me, the first reality show you became invested in was The Hills. I absolutely loved watching the hills.I started watching The Hills originally because a friend of mine at the time told me that the women on the show went to FIDM and she thought it was something I’d be interested in. If you’ve seen the show,you know that after like a season it becomes completely about all the drama between the cast mates. My friends and I would watch that show religiously. If I hear Natasha Bedingfields song unwritten today, it’s like be transported back into another time.

lauren_conrad_weddingLauren Conrad was the main focus of the show until the middle of the fifth season but she stayed in the spotlight so to speak through her business endeavors, which is why she is one of the people that inspire me. Lauren Conrad is only thirty years old and has accomplished everything I aspire to and then some. She’s had multiple fashion lines, has published nine books, the ninth one, Celebrate comes out on March 29th and runs a successful lifestyle blog, just to name a few of her accomplishments.

Not only does she have an amazing entrepreneurial spirit, she’s also involved in making the world a better place through her businesses. The little market is an online store that specializes in fair trade goods.If you don’t know what fair trade goods are, fair trade goods are sold in a way that benefits the producers of products in developing countries and promote economic sustainability.

Author, designer, lifestyle guru, Lauren Conrad has been an inspiration for myself and many other young women for at least a decade.She not only inspires you to be a better business woman but a better person. Which sounds weird because she is so young. She’s the kind of reality star we need more of today.

Tell me who inspires you and why in the comments below!

Au Revoir!

Pssss. Happy Monday! It’s pouring down rain where I live, which is weirder then it sounds because it rarely ever rains in Southern California. I’m happy though because I love the rain! I hope you have a wonderful day, despite the rain! I’ll be back again this week with my first installment in Closet Classics.

Must Watch List: The Future of Fashion

If you’re like me and love fashion, you’ve probably seen a fair amount of fashion documentaries. You’ve probably seen some of them multiple times, I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen the September Issue. I just love fashion documentaries. I love hearing how people like Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, and Diana Vreeland became who they are.

Being that it’s not an industry that many people take seriously, it can be hard to find documentaries that aren’t only demonizing it. Not that those documentaries shouldn’t be watched.I believe that it’s important to educate yourself as much as possible on all aspects of an industry, especially one you want to go into. I was in the middle of one of these searches when I got distracted reading articles from Man Repeller and Vogue that came up on my twitter feed.

I’m happy I did because British Vogue, I follow various Vogue accounts because they all post different things and I want to take in as much information as possible, tweeted a link to the 1-hour version of Alexa Chungs docu-series, The Future of Fashion. I’ve known who Alexa Chung is for a couple of years but I don’t know much about her outside of her being a model, author of It, and a contributor to British Vogue. I clicked on the link because of the title and I don’t regret it.

Although the interviews are mostly conducted outside of the United States, I think it’s an amazing documentary for everyone to watch, even those who aren’t that interested in fashion.In the first series, she just posted out the first two videos of series two special focused on British Vogue, she covers various topics within the fashion industry from different jobs, to feminism, diversity and Body image. She also has interviews with designers like Molly Goddard and Olivier Rousteing, just to name a few.

The documentary or docu-series offers so much information and advice for anyone who wants to be apart of the fashion industry, as I do. As well as insight into the truth about the bad reputations that plague the community.

Below I’ve put a quote that really stood out to me while I was watching The Future of Fashion. It’s a very eloquent way of stating what I’ve been trying to verbalize since I was sixteen. I’ve seen almost all of the docu-series and I absolutely love it. I hope you all do too!

Au Revoir!

Pssss. I linked the full 1-hour documentary version in the second paragraph.

“Fashion has a reputation for being like, shallow, and all about image, and duh duh duh, but actually when you get to it, the reason that people are interested in it – the reason people have jobs within this industry is because it is emotional for everyone. it’s about identity, it’s about how you feel, it’s about creating a persona.”- Alexa Chung

 

Inspiration: Man Repeller

For those of you who haven’t read the genius that is Man Repeller, I highly suggest you do.It’s one of the many blogs I follow about fashion and is probably one of my favorites. Man Repeller is a comedic take on the fashion industry and it’s pure genius.

I first began reading Man Repeller a couple of months ago because of a video I saw on their Youtube channel. It was an interview with Stacey London, another amazing women in fashion that I look up to, in a series called the chatroom.I came across the video when I was looking up advice for aspiring stylist or something to that nature. The interview/sit down talk was so good that I started watching all of the other chatroom videos. They’re all amazing and I highly recommend them for anyone, after I’d seen all of them, I just followed the links and ended up reading her blog and listening to her podcast, Monocylce and Oh Boy.

The reason I like  Man Repeller so much is because it’s fashion but it’s not so serious. Not that fashion isn’t a serious business, because I think it is and it bothers me when people act as if its just a frivolous hobby. It’s just not as intense. I’ve haven’t missed a Vogue magazine since I was sixteen years old and although it is my favorite magazine ever, I would be lost without it. Man Repeller is a lighter approach to the fashion industry and it doesn’t just cover fashion. Man Repeller covers everything from culture to beauty, they even talked about race with Ashley C. Ford, who is must twitter follow, about race.

Man Repeller is the fashion blog I wish was around when I was younger and I’m happy is around now. If you can’t get enough of the genius that is Lenadra Medine’s Man Repeller blog, you can always read her book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls, which is on my books to read list for 2016.

Au Revior!