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As a child, I was raised by parents who decided to move around every one or two years, whether it was because of a job far away, or shifting from an apartment to a suburban town home of our very own. Some people say “Oh I am sorry. That must have sucked,” but in retrospect, you think it was pretty awesome to get cultured in so many ways. Sure, it was stressful at first but I learned to adjust.
If you were one of those kids, you definitely relate to the following list:
1. Everyone assumes your dad was in the army.
And when you tell them he wasn’t, you have to sit through an entire conversation explaining why you moved so much, and how it really wasn’t as bad as they presume it to be.
2. Everywhere you travel, you will have a group of friends close by.
Going to Austin City Limits music festival and you need a place to crash? No problem! You know your bestie from high school goes to UT and she can totally hook you up with a place to stay.
3. You know how to determine which friends are keepers.
With the number of people you have met, you already know which guy is the jerk just by looking at him. You also know which friends are worth hanging on to for life. #squadgoals for real.
4. College was an easier transition for you than it was for most people.
New place and new friends? You got this! Talking to people and starting fresh is your forte. You probably even have the emotional strength of a Scorpio and emanate confidence to all your peers.
5. When people ask you where you’re originally from, you tell them the place you lived longest or the place you lived last.
Be honest, your answer to this question changes a lot but who is there to check? I think it’s pretty awesome saying you are from New Jersey, Texas, and India.
6. Your personality is a combination of fragments from all the different places you lived in.
You wouldn’t have been the person you are today, even if you hadn’t lived in one of those areas. You got your accent from Kentucky, a huge appetite from Texas, your love for rap music from New York, and met your soul mate on a mission trip to China. Say what?
I found this video to be so cute initially…until I watched till the end. Keep your eyes peeled while watching this and try to find the hidden message throughout, before it is revealed.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW
It’s always important to determine the early signs of violent behavior and address it before it is too late. Anger is one of those things that doesn’t go away if it is ignored or bottled up in your heart. The grudges keep building up until one day, you just explode and let out those feelings, and not in a good way. Cry if you have to. You aren’t pathetic or weak because you cry. I know I do it a lot when I am stressed. I promise you will only feel better afterwards. Talking to a friend or someone who wants to help is a good idea. Seeing a professional can be even better if you feel like you can trust one better than someone you already know. If you need anything at all or just someone to talk to, feel free to email me and we can chat there. You can find my email in the “About Me” tab of my blog.
I recently started watching the Scream TV series, which is about a serial killer who strategically plots the murders of the main character’s friends to ultimately get to her. I won’t reveal anything just in case you want to watch. I absolutely love this show, but it got me thinking about real life serial killers. No one is born with deranged thoughts. Even Ted Bundy was brought up by wonderful parents. He was never bullied, sexually assaulted, abused, or tormented in any way. He developed these graphic thoughts over time with exposure to pornography and various other sources, as he says in an interview hours before his execution. So the point is, talking to someone about how you are feeling is always a good idea. If it’s someone else you are worried about, approach them in a comforting and nonjudgemental way.
Nowadays, especially in the midst of election season, hostility seems to have taken over as the dominant emotion during social interactions. It’s important to use the Golden Rule of treating others as you would like to be treated. It’s okay to disagree, but do it respectfully because we are all entitled to our own opinions. I have a challenge for you. Make at least one person smile today by performing an act of kindness. It can be a big gesture, or even a tiny one.
I made a video of five things you can do to warm someone’s heart. Please like and share the video so we can spread the love with others.
Now let’s get back to the outfit of the day.
I like to look presentable wherever I go, and it’s not to please others. Looking good is one more thing to get out of the way, so people can focus on what I am saying. Isn’t that why we are encouraged to wear standard black suits to interviews? A shabby outfit should never be the reason you aren’t taken seriously. Besides that, I live and breathe fashion, so if I do look nice, it’s to express myself and give my life a pop of color.
Shop my look
Plaid Shirt: Forever 21
Arizona Jeans: JCPenney
Scarf: Get it on AliExpress here
So I changed up my makeup products because I needed a closer shade to my skin tone.
Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Medium 29, $24
Eyebrow Liner: Walmart; Salon Perfect Brow Pomade- Dark Brown, $5
Lipstick: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick – Trap, $6
Make sure to request on my Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat/Facebook any other makeup swatches/tutorials you want to see or other OOTD ideas you want me to try!
I hope the first few days of school haven’t been a total drag! I started fresh at the University of Houston after transferring this fall, and I am loving it so far. There are so many opportunities to explore and take advantage of, and so many influential people to meet. But I only have three years left, so I won’t let any opportunity go to waste. And neither should you! Turns out, everyone (okay, most people) is nervous to talk to a stranger. If you don’t make the first move, neither will they. The cell phone will help them pass by, but you should be better than that. These communication skills will help you in life, I promise (but then again, I am still young. What do I know about life?). Learn to step away from your phone, because this addiction may cost you a job if you can’t keep your hands off of it during business meetings.
Anyways, I have a new video out today! I hope you enjoy. Please give it a thumbs up, share, and subscribe!
Here it is! The back to school fall lookbook everyone has been waiting for. I spent forever filming this in the heat so I hope it was worth it. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Check back in a few hours and I should have all the outfit links in the description box. Please give it a thumbs up! Subscribe if you haven’t!
Well, back to school season is just around the corner. Some of us (admit it, ALL of us) are dreading going back to school. The only fun thing about it is the friends. Here is a little adorable video from our cat friend, Michael, about some of his school pet peeves (pun intended). The last one is way too real.
P.S. I am still trying to figure out if the cat is a robot or not.
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Hello folks! So today I decided to have a little fun since I get Friday’s off from summer school. I am currently enrolled in an English course and a Statistics course for my Business and Journalism majors. Unfortunately the only time available for my English class was an 8 AM. Woop-di-do! There is no beating this Houston traffic, so I leave my house every morning at 6:30 AM to get to college on time.
Anyways, my younger sister and I went to see The Purge: Election Year.
Now let me put this out there: if you cannot handle graphic elements like fake blood and scary masks, then this movie is not for you. The main concept of this movie is that there is a new and evolved America where there is one day (a few hours of one specific day, rather) when crime is legalized. People bottle up all their anger and hatred so they can kill and release the tension at once. The rest of the year, anyone who commits crime is executed without trial. There are definitely many cringeworthy moments in this film that make you ask yourself “how can people be so disgusting and hateful enough to kill each other?” But then again, open up a newspaper. Just kidding, who reads those anymore. Pull up google news or CNN on your iPad and what is the first thing you see? Go on, do it.
Terror attack. Power. Seize Control. Killed. Terrorist. Thief. Brawler. Path of Horror. Chaos.
All these words highlighted on the very first posts of this news outlet. Not going to lie, horror is one of my favorite movie genres to watch. Maybe even my go-to. That doesn’t mean I am desensitized to pain and violence. I just tell myself it is fake and go for a little scare, that’s all. We watch action movies where people jump off of buildings and run through glass doors and come out completely unharmed, with hardly a visible scratch. That isn’t realistic either but we still watch them, not thinking of the impact if a person did that in real life.
Going back to my main point, I tried to watch this movie just like the hundreds of other horror movies I have seen, but this one was a different experience. The crime rate throughout the world is at an all-time high. Hearing of all the terror attacks happening makes it harder to enjoy these scary movies with the simulated spewing blood and shrills in the background. As people shot each other because of petty arguments in the past over money, power, and beauty in this film, I could not help but picture the starving Syrian refugees and the innocent people who lost their lives in Istanbul, Baghdad, France, etc. It is like a nightmare come true.
My heart goes out to all of those who are grieving, sad, ill, or going through hardships. But there is no excuse for murder. By all means purge. Not by killing someone, but by forgiving.
Here is my OOTD:
Shop my look
Top: Forever 21
Jogger Pants: Charlotte Russe
Thong Sandals: Wet Seal
Scarf: Get it on AliExpress here
Shades: Forever 21
Crossbody Purse: Walmart
Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Deep 34, $25
Foundation: Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation – Warm Nude 30, $10
Lipstick: ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick – Bad Habit, $6
I know this is finals week for most students in America. I wish everyone the best of luck! But just because you have exams doesn’t mean you can neglect our health. Make sure to eat and sleep on time. Even if you don’t have exams, take a deep breath and assure yourself that you can get through with work, school, exams, or even just a difficult day. Tell yourself that and you are already halfway there!
If all else fails… please do not drop out of school. Take PSA’s word for it.