Monday, June 30, 2014

Monthly Favourites- June 2014

So I realize that I skipped May (find April’s here), but to be honest, nothing really stood out to me anyway. Here we are with June though. It has been a crazy month. I was doing some full-time work for my job, and it was exhausting. If I naps could be an actual favourite, they would be right up there. I did manage to have a lot of fun though. I happened to hang out with some really cool people, and make new connections. I feel very whole. I had some unfortunate family things happen last week, but it ended with the first family wedding, so things evened out. This summer is about to get even better though!

I am lifeguard for the summer, and my summer started today, so things are about to pick up for real. I have no idea what this summer has in store, but I cannot wait to get it all started! My staff is already awesome, and we spent an hour playing games this evening. But I’ll let you know how things turn out. Here are my June favourites.

1.       Favourite Phone App:

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And let the judging begin. I am easily addicted to stupid things like this. This month, it has been Family Farm Seaside. But here’s the thing: the people of Facebook can’t openly judge you with this because it is a phone app! Brilliant! It’s also free. Even more brilliant! If you have it/get it, my user code is FBKIFOV. Add me. Seriously. I’m actually admitting that I play this every day, so I may as well get some neighbours while I’m at it.

2.       Favourite Movie:

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Oh. My. God. This movie. I’m going to go there and just say it: I can’t even. Because Angelina Jolie. And those cheekbones. And the philosophical nature of the whole thing because I’m an English student and I appreciate things like that. I also really loved the emphasis on female relationships. I think it is so refreshing to see a movie that is not about finding the perfect guy. We don’t have enough of that in Hollywood movies.

3.       Favourite Accessory:




















I own this purse and I still can’t get over how cute this bag is. People gush over new crushes; I gush over this new bag. I got it at the most amazing discount store ever, Winners. It is a Betsey Johnson, and once I looked the brand up, I realized that my life is missing the most adorable accessories and clothes that define this brand. And don’t even get me started on the shoes. So to sum this up: I’m in love with this bag.


4.       Favourite Hair Product:




















I hate bandwagons. With literature, with products, with clothes. But my sister wanted to try this out and it is in my monthly favourite. My hair is really thin. If I skip a wash, it goes all grease-bomb. I’m talking move over John Travolta, because I own the Greaser thing. I typically use baby powder to fix it up, but then this happened. I started with the Tropical, but I tried the Blush and the Wild, and I love them all. I get amazing results every time, and this will be my summer go-to.

5.       Favourite You-Tube Channel:

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I’m starting this new thing this summer. It’s called working out. I kind of hate it. Nevertheless, I’m making this commitment for myself. I have already learned that I don’t like working out to take up more than an hour of my day (half an hour if I’m being honest). But I found this amazing workout channel on YouTube called PopSugar Fitness. The majority of the videos are under 10 minutes, although some are certainly lengthier. I love it though. So far, I really liked The 10 Minute Fat Incinerator Workout and I’m planning to get through all of the videos (including the long ones).

So there are my June favourites! Quite a variety of favourites I suppose. So what’s on your June favourites?


-Daniella

Monday, June 23, 2014

Take the Plunge

Summer is here (cue Frozen soundtrack). We all know (and quite possibly dread) the fact that summer means it is bathing suit season. It means itty bitty bikinis are popping up all over the place, and you get workout videos that have titles like “get that sexy bikini body.” And all of this gets only an eye roll out of me. I read an article about bathing suits called “Have Time Changed for the Better? A Look Back at Women's Swimwear” and a few points really stood out to me, and I believe it is worth taking a look at.

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The word modesty and bathing suits does not seem to make sense. The article outlines a study that proved that when men see women in bathing suits, the women become objects in their minds. I am not about to start calling men pigs, and I’m sure there are plenty of men in the world who still treat women with respect despite what is on their bodies, but one cannot deny the facts from the study. And summertime is when these facts come into play many more times than the other seasons. Is that fair? The article has, in fact, asked a fair question. Have times changed for the better indeed. I look at the earliest bathing suits and think “wow that’s a lot of covering up,” when these bathing suits were, in fact, rebellious. The article goes through many pictures of bathing suits over the years, and we seem to be wearing less and less over the decades. This whole bathing suit madness is so confusing. I can’t seem to figure out whether this is female empowerment or simply the works of an overpowering fashion industry.



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Here’s a fact for you. No matter what decade it is, there will always be people judging. If you wear a bikini, you aren’t covering up enough, but if you wear a one piece, you are covering up too much. And can we just talk about the lack of cute one-piece bathing suits in the world? So what do we do to balance between empowerment and objectification? WEAR WHAT YOU WANT. It can be just as simple as that. I do not look all that great in a bikini, but I go ahead and wear one anyway because that is how I am comfortable. Some girls that would look fantastic in a bikini are more comfortable in a full piece. As the article states, “the truth is, whether you’re topless in a G-String or wearing a skirted maillot, someone, somewhere is going to be offended by your swimwear.” So stop worrying! The good news is that there are more and more options every year for all shapes and sizes (including some lovely one pieced suits), so find what you are most comfortable in. When you’re ready to take those layers off the reveal your super cute bathing suit remember the real reason you’re doing it: to cool off in the water or get some sun on your skin. Take the plunge and have fun doing it, no matter what you’re wearing!

-Daniella

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Technical Difficulties

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Hey everyone! I have been taking an unintentional hiatus due to internet connectivity issues. I am not a computer savvy person (why am I writing a blog again?), so when I get a thing saying there's something up with my "proxy server," I panic and press buttons. It did not help, but I did somehow manage to find a way to fix it all up.

Anyway it has been a pain, and I am itching to get back to you with new content. So therefore, my regular posts will resume on Monday! Hang tight folks, I promise you that I have plenty more things to share with you.

-Daniella