Thursday, January 17, 2013

You Are a Child of the Universe

I was browsing the web the other day when I found a quote that really touched me. It was a quote from Sylvia Plath's mother and it goes:

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here."

Now I have absolutely no idea if Sylvia Plath's mother actually said this or if it was just some creative person who thought it would be funny to say that it had to do with Sylvia Plath. What I do know is, I love it.

I often find myself thinking that I have so many blessings, too many to count, and that I have done nothing with them. When I was little, I really wanted to change the world. My dream in life was to help as many people as I could. And although I still vaguely have that dream, I've helped practically no one with all of the things that have just been handed to me.

I also feel like I don't deserve my life whenever I have a problem that I am very upset over. One time, I sat in my bed crying because one of my friends had been rude to me and then I thought, "There are millions of people that go hungry every single day and the only thing I have to worry about is what some other stupid teenagers think about me."

So with all of these thoughts of inadequacy, I had practically convinced myself that I didn't deserve the body, the life, and the family that I had. I had convinced myself that I didn't deserve to be a human being because I hadn't fulfilled my dream (and obligation) of helping people. But the moment I read this quote? I realized something.

I realized that we all deserve to be here on this earth, whether or not we are being productive members of society.

So instead of taking that cynical point of view and beating myself up over my lack of accomplishments, I will try to see the world as Sylvia Plath's mother did, as a beautiful place filled with beautiful and worthy people.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Inspired By: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

As a self-proclaimed wallflower, I absolutely adored this book. Charlie, the uniquely observant narrator of the book, beautifully and realistically describes the highs and lows associated with high school. But even if you're not in high school in anymore, this story will still touch your heart (cheesy but true). When I heard that they were going to turn it into a movie I was very skeptical but after getting chills from the trailer, I decided that I would be attending the midnight premiere. I also decided to create an outfit based on the book.

I chose androgynous clothing like the trousers and oxfords because the character Sam in the book is kind of a tomboy but has a lot of feminine moments (hence the lace and trench). Also, I threw in the fun, neon bag because it matched the bright green cover of the book. The quote above the clothing is just one of the gorgeous/philosophical lines presented in this novel. The quote below the cover (it says Wallflower: You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand) kind of sums up the novel from Charlie's perspective because he is constantly evaluating the world around him and just trying to understand the people in his life.

If you're interested, I've linked the trailer to the movie below but I beg you to read the book first!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mixed Feelings: Olivia Palermo

So I have to admit, I have super mixed feelings about Olivia Palermo. On the one hand, her style is TO DIE FOR. Seriously, I have never seen anyone able to pull off graphic pants or sheer pink lace dresses like she has (see picture below). 

But as a guilty fan of MTV's The City (the Whitney Port spin-off of The Hills, which was a Lauren Conrad spin-off of Laguna Beach) I have to admit that I absolutely despise her personality. I would literally cringe every time she opened her mouth because 1) she talks in the most stereotypical valley-girl voice I've ever heard and 2) she is so incompetent I'm surprised she's able to get dressed in the morning (granted, it's a little easier when you have to pick between Valentino and Prada rather than Target and Gap).

It came to the point where I was only watching The City to see if Olivia had FINALLY gotten fired from her surprisingly prestigious fashion industry job. Olivia not only managed to ruin every task assigned to her, but would constantly bicker with her co-workers and boss. Looking at that pretty little face of hers and those pretty designer clothes she always has on, one might think she is simply a very stylish girl. But I swear to god if you are ever considering having a decent conversation with her or, god forbid, hiring her... RUN AWAY. RUN AWAY QUICKLY. 

I feel like Jesus....

because this blog has been resurrected! And we're already starting with a terrible joke. This should go well.

So I recently (as of 10:35pm on a Wednesday night)  decided that I not only needed a blog like the other 5.3 million people on the face of the earth, but that I should continue using the one I had with a new concept. Quite Actually (if you can remember the olden days, if not just make it easier on me and pretend you do) was a fashion blog I started around 2010 because I wanted to jump on the blogging train purely out of selfishness. I saw that these fashion bloggers were getting awesome perks like free clothing, shout-outs in magazines, and sometimes even getting paid! But I soon became bored with my blog and abandoned it until now. My reason for resurrecting this blog is not purely selfish anymore (only a little) because I realized that I actually wanted to voice my opinions rather than just posting one outfit picture every 8 months. 

I hereby present to you a blog dedicated to fashion, social commentary, and anything else that tickles my fancy. God I hate that phrase. I'm sorry. I won't ever use it again, I promise. Let's try that again, shall we? So here it is, a blog dedicated to fashion, social commentary, and any other shit I decide to put on here. (Much better).