Thursday, August 20, 2015

Back 2 Campus Style Inspiration: Preppy Chic

I decided, since the back to school season is here, to create five different looks particularly for college campuses. These five options are for those who want to express there preppy style. I chose to pair each outfit with a flatted shoe, because I know how it can be walking around campus in heels or wedges. It's not the most delightful thing in the world and you can still rock your style in a flat shoe. Back to school shopping is so much fun, but it can be hard to differentiate the specific styles you have in your mind. Don't worry I'm here to help! I will also be making other style options with different themes for back to school. So stay tuned!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What I'm Listening To: Stacy Barthe

It's really hard to find artists these days who have songs with real meaning. I remember being young and listening to India Arie with my mom and she would sing about loving yourself as you are and that we are all beautiful. I don't hear a lot of artists like India in today's times. That is why when I found Stacy Barthe on Pandora 2-3 years ago, I knew I found a gem. Her voice is so powerful and beautiful along with the content she produces. She has written songs for many artists, such as Rihanna, and she's been putting out her own music for a while now. The first song I heard from her was "Drink My Pain Away". The beat was awesome and her voice just flowed so smoothly. Then, she started to put out more and more music that I just really loved. Many people may know her song, "Flawed Beautiful Creatures", from the commercials for "Being Mary Jane". Which is such an uplifting song for many people to listen to. Now she has a new album called BEcoming. I pretty much love every song. My faves right now are Walk on Water, In My Head, and Here I Am. I highly recommend checking her out, because it is time for change from all this "trap music" that is trending right now. People need to take a stand and finally say that it is not okay to say any type of garbage you're thinking in your head. Then try to have it blasting in everybody's house, car, and dare I say work places. So I hope that Stacy becomes more popular and is able to put actual great music out for the lives of mostly young people.




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Virtual World Vs. Reality


I wrote a post last year for a class assignment asking if the internet has gone too far. I gave examples on the trending hot con and Kermit the Frog. Since then it seems like the internet has gotten worse. What happens when you've crossed all boundaries? You make up more boundaries to cross. Oh boy! That's what it seems like the media has been doing now. I personally feel like we are all a little too connected over the internet. Something that seemed like a benefit in the beginning is literally a curse now. There is so much craziness going on behind the screens of our computers, phones, and televisions. I saw the other day a girl that posted a picture saying "If I get 1000 likes I will stop cutting myself'", and my mouth literally dropped. Then she added male celebrities in the comment section begging them to like the picture. I was just like...what in the world is really going on. People are doing anything on Instagram and Facebook to get noticed and to feel that they are important. So many young women and girls posting half naked, if not naked, pictures on Instagram every two seconds. Seeking acceptance and seeming as though their self-esteem is really low. But then again what do you expect them to do when they are looking up to people such as the Kardashians? Who literally will do, take off, and act any way for attention/fame. I mean her own sisters duplicated her look and lifestyle as they got older...


Let's talk about this "Insta-Fame"concept really quickly. What the heck is this? I am so tired of seeing ordinary people on Intagram bragging about having such a luxurious and wonderful life, but don't have anything really going for themselves. People are naming whatever they want to be in their description and making people believe that they actually have certification for doing it. For example, all of these "makeup artists" who claim to be professional because they have mastered doing it on themselves, but have no pictures of their clients and events they've worked. All you see is them in their makeup with no official site that shows their work on other people, nor resume. How are you professional? Also, this man called Dan Bilzerian who's supposedly "Insta-Famous", that every guy looks up to and wants to be. All he does is post naked women, jets, and whatever crap he's doing. It is really appalling to me how this is supposedly a "man". Someone who is supposed to be living the life but has to get the attention and acceptance from everyone else to confirm that he does. Like...how is that life? Having no aim, no real purpose, nor goal in your daily routine. I'm not trying to judge his lifestyle, but the point I'm making is why do people look up to this? Why is he famous? Why is this a vision of a man? Instead of someone who works hard to provide for his family and showers love and care upon them. Someone people would deem just "normal" and "non-important". Then we have young girls sucking cups to get this new invention called full lips, because their personal God Kylie Jenner decided to get her lips done. Sorry to tell you ladies, but full lips have been here for forever and was labeled ugly for a long time directed towards black women and men.


Now on to Facebook and it's craziness. Everybody is on there arguing, cheating and acting a plain fool for absolutely no reason. They have on the side of the main page certain "issues" that are going on even though it's predominantly foolish news and the quote on quote real news is on everybody's mind for about a week and then that's it. Everybody is copying each other career wise, fashion style wise, and personality wise. Everyone's identity right now is based on what they saw someone doing or wearing on Facebook/Instagram and then they duplicate it in their real life. Like...what happened to being unique? What happened to having your own identity?


Now lets move on to these social media "careers". What is this? Why would you praise and celebrate someone who decided to sit in front of a camera and brag about the stuff they bought, the outfits they wore, and the makeup they like? I'm sorry, but I am putting it out there that it is absolutely ridiculous to think someone on Youtube is a celebrity or star. It is absolutely ridiculous for someone to make and edit videos all day at home and make more money than someone who is working in a steel mill risking their life every time they go. This stuff isn't okay and I'm sorry but I am not about to pretend it is. Don't get me wrong I like watching YouTube videos of people trying new hairstyles, giving makeup tips, and especially DIYs. But when you act arrogant and you have people screaming over you when they could be doing the same thing you're doing, it is absolutely ludicrous!  What's even crazier is this Bethany Mota randomness and brands promoting her for absolutely no reason. Her videos are average and have been the same thing in a cycle since she's been on Youtube. But yet she's getting deals and awards...like for what?


Finally, this blogging craze...like why. Everybody loves fashion now and just must have a fashion blog now. Literally everyone! When I first started blogging, there were a lot of bloggers out, but now everybody is a blogger. Everybody wants to be a fashion guru, but yet you're copying styles you found someone else wear instead of being innovative and showing your creativity, which to me is what fashion is about.


I just want to say to everyone just find who you are and stop seeking it online. Take a break away from it all, because when you do all the craziness will evaporate instantly. Don't try to duplicate what someone else is doing because their life is obviously not perfect. When you have a phone and a laptop you can be anyone you want to be now. But I guarantee almost everyone online is unhappy and unfulfilled. Otherwise you wouldn't need to be online all the time. Just be content with who you are at the moment and know that everyday is a new day to discover who you are. Everyday is an opportunity to go after what you really want. So live instead of living through fantasy lifestyles on Instagram. YES SOCIAL MEDIA, YOU'VE GONE WAY TOO FAR!!!!


My Wisdom Teeth Removal Experience




I went to the dentist's office Friday morning a little nervous. I didn't know what to expect after hearing good and very bad experiences. So when I went back with the dental assistant I sat in the chair and waited patiently for the oral surgeon to come in. When he finally arrived I knew the procedure would go smoothly, because he was so cute. He started with injecting seven shots into my mouth. I know that sounds like a lot but after the first two I really couldn't feel anything. Once he finished he went to do the same thing to another patient. My mouth was so numb I couldn't even breathe through my mouth or swallow. Still waiting on him to start pulling my teeth, I started to hear a man gagging. That's when I started to feel scared, because at the time I thought he was pulling his teeth. But the dental assistant explained to me that he was just giving him the shots. That kind of made me feel better, but it was a little overwhelming to hear some one consistently gagging while also shaking uncontrollably from the anesthetics having synthetic adrenaline in it. So, the oral surgeon came and started pulling finally. It was pretty much done in 15 minutes. It went very smooth, except for one tooth that was sitting on my nerve and when he tried to pull it I started to experience excruciating pain. So when I let him know he stopped and instead cracked the tooth, drilled the part down to the root where it was on top of my nerve, and removed the other piece. It felt so much better after he did that. So in all, the procedure was very easy and not bad at all.

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Day 1
After the procedure was finished and I was allowed to go home, the anesthetics started to wear off. My dad was supposed to get my medicine immediately after we left the office, but he didn't. So I was sitting in really bad pain for about 2 hours until he brought the medicine to me. After I took my pain killers and antibiotics I was ready to sleep, but I couldn't. Something in the medicine had me hyped up and I found it very difficult to sleep. I went to bed very late because I pretty much didn't have a choice. I'm glad I had my brother and mom to keep me company and watching movies with them helped me to keep my mind off the pain.

Day 2-3
I thought I would start feeling better by then, but I felt no change. I still could barely open my jaw and had to keep eating mushy foods. They say to rest for the first three days and you should be fine, but it took me about two weeks to start feeling a change.

All in all, the recovery for me was horrible. I experienced heartburn, nausea, and stomach pains. I took my medicine with my meals and took my antibiotics as they prescribed. But still I got really sick out of the blue and my immune system was very week three weeks after the procedure straight. Its amazing though, how your gums heal and become how they were before your teeth grew in.