Think Pink for Summer

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This Spring, pink is the prominent color of fashion. But not just any pink – a light, airy, blush of pink is this year’s favored color. And as spring turns into summer, I predict pink will not be going anywhere. In fact, I think the fashion palette that you’ll see everywhere in stores is going to resemble very closely to a summer sunset with various shades of that blush pink with hints of gold and orange.

The thing about fashion though, is that these trends are swiftly changing. And with fast fashion chucking clothes out at an unprecedented rate, sometimes I hesitate to be swept up by these trends because I don’t want to buy something that I won’t wear frequently and, ultimately, I don’t want to contribute to the poor labor laws that enables fast fashion and the textile waste that impacts the environment very drastically. If you are interested in learning more about the impact of fast fashion, I highly recommend watching the documentary The True Cost which is available to watch on Netflix. Or if you don’t have a Netflix account, click here to watch Real Stories’ undercover investigative documentary which exposes the horrible conditions workers endure at fast fashion sweatshops.

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If you want to be a conscientious fashionista, then I recommend buying used clothing. Not only does this help environmentally with recycling already made fabrics, it can also help people in your community through your purchases if you buy from organizations like Goodwill.  Or if you prefer a vintage style, you can also buy at thrift stores or boutiques which will help local, small businesses thrive in your community. Wherever you choose to buy your used clothing, you can easily recreate today’s fashion trends with clothing that is already made. And this pink trend is one that you and I can easily jump on board since it is just a simple color palette instead of some crazy pattern or some design that is risky or uncomfortable.

The gold and pink combination is my favorite at the moment since it brings out the femininity of spring and summer as well as making anyone instantly look elegant and well-dressed. This light-pink blouse is one that I already owned for four years. And just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s lost its quality or appeal. I love the color block design this shirt has with pink as the prominent color with a pop of sandy-brown and burnt-orange that compliments the flaps and sleeves.

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Here, you can see I paired the blouse with this amazing gold skirt I found at my local Goodwill for only $3. What a steal! This beautiful skirt has a subtle floral pattern which is also trending right now. And even though it is used, the stitching on this skirt truly showcases its great quality, which makes me happy knowing this skirt will last me years to come.

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And to finish the look, I paired the outfit with some simple wedges that I’d already owned for five years. These shoes were not cheap, however, they are super comfortable and durable as they have lasted me this long and are still in good condition.

To me fashion is all about creativity and reinventing yourself by simply dressing yourself in something new. And I love how in doing that fashion makes me feel confident and beautiful, but I believe it’s important to be aware of the impact fast fashion has on the world, impacting the environment as well as worker’s lives. By buying used clothing, you can afford to try more trends and be creatively expressive through your fashion while also being a mindful fashionista. And that’s something that will always be trendy for years to come.

Vegan Eats: London Part 1

london.pngIf you are planning on traveling to Europe this summer, then London is by far one of the cities you need to experience. I might be biased since I lived there for a year, but trust me it’s a city that will pleasantly surprise you with good weather (contrary to the rumors of grey skies), a beautifully rich history, and of course the best Vegan Eats.

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The Magic of Reading

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Every writer is confronted with the daring goal to create a wonderful story worth telling, but before you were a writer (or considered yourself a poet, novelist, or artist), you started with a simple practice. You read. You read your favorite books, whether they were Dr. Seuss or Shakespeare. You read anywhere you could; on the bus to school or under your sheets late at night with a light. You read no matter what, and sometimes you read as if your life depended on it.

So, when daunted with the challenge of trying to write, trying to create, it’s easy to be swept up with the focus that most teachers place on you when you first study literature. You try to find meaning in the author’s intention. You analyze every little detail to try to explain some bigger meaning or overall theme. And then after all that studying, you attempt to mimic these favored styles in your own writing. But after all that hard work, sometimes you still find yourself daunted by the task of writing.

Well, don’t fret. The solution is simple. Read.

In the medieval ages, to read silently to one’s self was considered like an act of magic or witchcraft. The common belief was, what use could these words possibly have if they are not read aloud? During this time, reading was meant to be read aloud for an audience like a performance piece. Imagine, living in a time where reading silently was regarded as magical. But there is something magical in that, even in today’s times. As John Connolly wrote in The Book of Lost Things, “stories wanted to be read … They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their worlds into ours. They wanted us to give them life” (3).

As you can see, without the power of you as a reader, those words are just lines and font on a page. You, as a reader, put meaning into those words – no matter what the author intended for the story to mean. You create the images by simply looking at words – no images could possibly reproduce what you create in your head. That, in itself, is pure magic. Being a great writer is synonymous with being an avid reader. You can’t be a great writer without reading.  And that’s the simple truth. So, to create a novel worth writing you better start reading. Read stories that inspire you. Read works by authors you admire. Read genres you typically enjoy and find pleasure in.

So, to be a great writer, you must first be a reader. And being a reader, simply means that you’re a magical being. So, go forth, be magical, and read.