Fashion Friday

Hey lovelies! Here’s a photo shoot that I took in the English office at our school. Oh how I love having impromptu photo shoots in random places. We kept thinking our teachers were going to walk in and it was really funny. So this outfit kind of got a lot of attention. A boy in my English class was like, “You look like you could be going to war or going to a wedding! You’re prepared for everything. It’s awesome.” I know people don’t usually wear combat boots with lace dresses but I guess that’s just what I was feeling this morning. And then I threw on a random green leather jacket because it was supposed to rain. And boy, did it rain. At least my feet were dry, thanks to my trusty combat boots. Also, isn’t my backpack wonderful!?!?!? It’s so 90’s sheikh. PLus it matches with EVERYTHING. Anyway, I hope you guys are having a wonderful week! (:

Dress: Forever 21

Jacket: Buffalo

Socks: Random

Shoes: Steve Madden

Backpack: American Apparel

Raindrops and Combat Boots,

P

Fashion Friday

Dress: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Kohls

Bandeau: Papaya

Summer is finally here! Time to bust out the short dresses (: I love this dress because it’s extremely simple. A plain navy dress in a very flattering cut. The cutout in the back adds a little flair to my otherwise boring outfit (: I wore a lace bandeau underneath and then accented the look with some silver jewelry. This dress is totally going to be a staple this summer. What are your summer staples?

Cute dresses and fabulous shoes,

P

My Favorite Best Friends

  • Harry, Ron and Hermoine
  • Shrek and Donkey
  • Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
  • Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
  • C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Robin Hood and Little John
  • Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein
  • Inigo and Fezzik
  • Winnie the Pooh and Piglet
  • Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Paul McCartney and John Lennon
  • Truman Capote and Harper Lee
  • P and I, of course

100 Pics in One Week

Sorry it took so long for us to post our pics. Taking pictures was really fun! It’s nice having documentation of all the crazy things we get ourselves into (:

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Here’s a sample of my pics!

Some of my favorite highlights:

  • E catching a frog with her bare hands
  • playing with my coach’s adorable baby Ella
  • getting wellies
  • TURNING 18!! (:
  • hanging out with all of my friends before we all leave (it’s bittersweet)
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This week was chock full of powderpuff football, planning our trip to Europe, graduation parties, and finishing school! And generally doing crazy things like being detectives and lying in roads! It was as much excitement as we could take! 

Loads of Love,

E&P

Exercise Makes All the Difference

(I found this picture at http://the-runners-tribe.tumblr.com)

How I Feel When I Don’t Run:

  • Irritable
  • Stressed-out
  • Fuzzy-headed
  • Generally unattractive

How I Feel When I Run:

  • Chipper
  • Enthusiastic
  • Focused
  • Clear-complexioned
  • Organized
  • Smart
  • Creative
  • Fit 
  • Strong
  • Ready to take on the world

If you don’t believe me, read this article by Jonathan Fields about your brain on exercise:

www.fastcompany.com/1783263/the-creative-brain-on-exercise

I am pretty uncreative about my exercise routine. I usually do stretches, running, and sit-ups. However, my friend T has a great, intense work-out routine set up for the summer:

www.livenaturallyblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/i-work-out.html

Exercise is not just about improving your appearance. It’s about feeling like your very best self! Release those endorphins!

-E

How I Feel About “Angry” and “Nice”

I am often described as a “nice” person. I don’t take offense to this. One of my top priorities in life is to make other people feel loved, respected, and better able to realize their potential. I appreciate the adjective “nice” if I believe it has those connotations. 

However, there comes a point where I draw the line. I object to the word “nice” when it is followed by “I mean, you like, never get angry…” Friends, I get angry often. Hearing that I never get angry makes me kind of angry. I get angry when the kids I peer tutor every week come in without books because their teachers don’t trust them. When people stubbornly refuse to respect one another, it makes me angry.

When someone says that I “never get angry” as a compliment, I am listening. And my sweet, beautiful friends are listening. We all respond to praise given to ourselves and others. So when someone says something like, “it is a positive thing that you never get mad,” we think that it is not okay to be angry. Since we are human and humans get angry, this can create a lot of misplaced guilt and passive-aggressive guesswork.

I believe righteous anger is a positive thing if dispensed correctly. I talked to the supervisor of peer tutoring, who talked to the teachers of the students, to ensure that they now have books with which they can do their homework. It is the anger Harry feels for Voldemort that makes him keep fighting (sorry, I interpret the world through Harry Potter). Even Jesus became righteously angry when people used the temple as a market (John 2:15, I think). It is only by becoming angry about the injustices of the world that we can have any hope of fixing them.

Though I believe kindness (“niceness,” if your vocabulary is thus disposed) is an under-valued and precious trait, I refuse to be a doormat. I will defend my right to be angry, even if people assign me the description “bitch”, which is what I believe my friends and I shy away from when thinking about expressing our anger. P and I always talk about creating a better culture, and I think that means creating a culture where people (especially women-people) can be kind, loving, and passionately angry at the same time.

Lots of love, 

E

A Mother’s Day Post

Things I have learned from my mother:

  • Stop talking and just do it.
  • It is better to be average-looking than stunningly beautiful. People are more likely to judge you for your personality.
  • Be flexible. Most people aren’t.
  • Distance does not matter if you are truly in love.
  • If you don’t like something about yourself, don’t just sit around and complain. Change it.
  • Dream big.
  • If you have a choice between being smart and being lucky, choose lucky every time.
  • Don’t date someone who doesn’t tip well.
  • A good work ethic is one of the most crucial attributes in a person.
  • Sit up straight.
  • Marry someone who you can imagine going on road trips and having children with.
  • The wishes you wish for your babies when you are pregnant come true.
  • If someone has a problem with you, it’s their problem.
  • Don’t read books or watch movies if their sole purpose is to make you sad.
  • Always do the extra credit, whether you need it or not.
  • Showing up is 90%.

What a great day! I love celebrating my mom. She is such an amazing person and I so blessed to have her!

My Mom Has Taught Me:

  • How to read.
  • How to write.
  • The 206 bones in the human body.
  • How to put make-up on.
  • How to be a problem-solver.
  • To say please and thank you.
  • To be patient.
  • How to have dignity and respect for myself.
  • Love is everything.
  • Don’t hold grudges.
  • Don’t chase after money.
  • Study hard.
  • Take care of your body. 
  • Marry a good guy.
  • Keep your promises.
  • Never lie.
  • Be generous.
  • You can do anything you set your mind to.
  • When it comes to clothes: Less is not more, more is more. Be classy.
  • Hard work is everything. Hard work always beats talent.
  • Be confident in yourself.
  • Have common sense.
  • Always do the right thing, even if it is the hardest thing in the world.
My mom is the most amazing person in the world. I have no idea what I would do without her. She is the most beautiful woman that I know. She is smart, she is kind, and she is sweet. When I try to express how much I love my mom it just makes my brain hurt. For mother’s day I made her this awesome video, which I was going to share with you guys but I can’t get it to freaking upload to Tumblr. So maybe once I figure that out I’ll post it on here. 

Happy Mother’s Day!

-E&P

The Senior Book

Before the first time I lived away from home for a significant amount of time (a year), I believed that homesickness was a fairly petty emotion, felt by second graders at summer camp. Little did I know that the feeling described as “homesickness” would be sometimes completely suffocating and generally add a grayish tinge to my life. Of course, it was probably compounded by culture shock and lack of sunlight, but I am doing everything I can to avoid feeling so sad and hopeless when I leave home for college.

I am sharing my feelings of my first couple of weeks away from home as both a warning and advice. It is perfectly normal to feel homesick. From talking to my friends and family, and reading books, I have concluded that nearly everyone feels varying degrees of homesickness at some point or another. You will probably feel homesick if you are leaving home for the first time. You may even feel homesick if you are not leaving home, but all your friends are, which I think is not technically homesickness but feels about the same.

Prepare thyself, friends! First of all, love your friends and family as much as you can, even though you may be drifting apart from everyone as graduation grows closer. Experience all the joys of home- the food, the people, the comforts- keeping in mind that it will all be gone soon. And, finally, document it all! Take pictures and journal! 

This is a journaling project I’m doing to remind me of these beautiful, bittersweet days before I graduate. Not that I plan to have time to be homesick in college, but just in case.

P made the above page!

This is a card my little brother gave me for my 18th birthday. I think it is the best birthday card I have ever gotten.

You can’t really tell what this is because I had to print it out in black and white, but I had to include it because it is the screenshot of the Pottermore Sorting Hat telling me that I belong in Gryffindor. It always makes me really happy.

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I have also been saving various letters and notes of advice my friends and family have given me as senior year goes on:

This one is from P! I’ve blurred it for privacy reasons (we can’t go telling the entire internet our secrets, can we?). Also, I’ve included my acceptance letter into the University of Texas! 

Good luck with your own journaling projects!

E