Friday, October 31, 2014

Monthly Favourites- October 2014

Happy Halloween everyone! I have an observation to start off. I am in charge of Halloween this year, and my mom told me to be ready for the little ones at 5:00. I waited for an hour before anyone showed up! Are kids not going out or are there simply no little kids in my neighbourhood anymore? I don't know, but this is so exciting for me! I am over the moon about how cute all the costumes are. Except, I was so excited about the first group of kids to arrive that I forgot to look at their costumes. Oh well.

October was a good month. I survived midterms, and I did very well on a couple that I didn't think I was going to do well on. For this week, I have been looking forward to dressing up and going out. However, I was lacking creativity this year. I had three costume events to go to, and I wanted three different costumes. One was a redo from the work dodgeball tournament, so I was an army person. Tonight, I ended up as a Christmas Cook (which is my favourite costume so far), and tomorrow, I will be a unicorn. All of my costumes ended up being comfortable, and decently warm (snow is in the forecast for this weekend), so I am proud of myself in the end. But enough about Halloween; here are the things that got my through this month!

1. Favourite Food

















The last time I had food on this list was in April, and I considered gum to be food. But this is real food. Here is why I like Hershey's mini chocolate bars so much. This is the only time of year that I can actually eat Hershey's chocolate. Other than Hershey's Kisses, none of the other chocolate is safe for people with peanut/nut allergies. On Halloween, candy is mass distributed to so many kids, and allergies are so common these days that they have to make them safe for these kids. And me. I always go out and buy myself (at least) one box of these things. The awful part of this picture is that I bought both of these boxes within a week. I promise that I shared a majority of the chocolate!

2. Favourite App


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Last month, I mentioned that I got Twitter, and I admit that I had Instagram at that point too. But I am not the best at learning how to function new technology things. It took me weeks! Now that I have figured it out, I love it. I don't what it is about people pretending that they are super artistic with their pictures that makes me so happy! At this point, I have only 6 posts, but bear with me. Creativity is not always prime in my mind.

3. Favourite Clothing Item



















Old Navy cropped jeans are my life. No joke. I live in these jeans. The deal is that I am short. So cropped jeans are regular sized jeans on me. I've been buying these jeans (which I happen to find on sale every time I go in)  and then getting rid of my other jeans that are two feet taller than I am. Also, the "boyfriend fit" jeans are the best thing that ever happened to me clothes-wise. Cropped jeans + boyfriend fit is the best situation for me. So there we go. I am so a jeans person.

4. Favourite YouTube Genre

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I stumbled on this genre because my Sociology prof suggested watching one particular video. Then I ended up on a loop of 1950s instructional videos. Yes, 1950s instructional videos. They are hilarious. As a feminist, some of them do kind of irk me, but for the most part, I just laugh it off. The best channel so far is OldTVTime. Go check it out. I don't have a favourite video yet.

5. Favourite Internet Item


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I had no idea how to classify this. But here's the story: you know how you're cleaning and then you want to listen to something that keeps you relatively focused? I find that with music, I stop listening and start thinking about this or that and I get distracted. I can't watch YouTube or TV because you have to actually watch it. Enter podcasts. My favourite YouTuber Grace Helbig started a podcast called Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig. It is brilliant. It's hilarious, and entertaining, and I wish it would upload every day. I think the only reason my room is clean is because of this podcast. Unfortunately, it is recent, so I have limited choices. If I can't have Grace, I like to listen to Ear Biscuits with Rhett and Link.

That is all. I am now off to an awesome Halloween party with board games. I love board games.

What was your favourite part of October?

-Daniella

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

No Work Wednesdays

My best friend Marlee and I love Despicable Me.
I love friends. I love the idea of friends, I love the feeling of friends, and I love MY friends. I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but I have the best friends in the world. I am the happiest I have ever been because I am surrounded by the best people I could ever ask. My friends are my sidekicks, my rocks, my joy. They listen to my crazy, support me in any way they can, and the advice they give me is stellar. I will always hold my friends close to my heart because I know what it feels like to go through life without friends. I am thankful to have a handful of people to call best friends, and I am thankful that the connections in school have allowed my number of acquaintances to grow. I appreciate everything they do for me. Whether it’s answering my stupid questions, teaching me how to use Instagram, letting me cry on their shoulders, coming to my first university football game with me, or jamming out to the new Taylor Swift album, I treasure every moment I spend with them. The previous sentence was all based on true stories.

I share Wednesdays with Ashley (middle) and Madison (right).
The reason I bring this up is because I have had a fantastic day with a couple amazing friends. Among this insane time of midterms and essays and more midterms, we have found a haven with each other. We are all burdened with an extra long break in between our classes on Wednesdays. We try to get work done, but in a three-six hour time span, full focus remains unreachable. So we fill in the space with whatever we feel like doing that day. That has included shopping trips, adventures through forests (resulting in me falling in a river), Taylor Swift jams, McDonalds lunches, and life chats. We have officially dubbed Wednesdays as “No Work Wednesdays”. Don’t be surprised if it ends up as a hashtag on Twitter or Instagram.

Believe it or not, I have a moral to this whole thing. People get so stressed out about life. They get all caught up in the bustle of work or school or personal thing, and they forget how important it is to be with other people. Everyone needs friends to kick back with. It lowers your blood pressure (not based on scientific fact), and it makes you feel good about yourself (also not based on real facts). So if you’re going through a tough time right now, make sure you schedule some time with your best friend. I promise you that it is not wasted time. Could you get work done in that time? Sure. But will you run yourself down in the process? Most likely. You need the time with your friends. Trust me.

-Daniella

P.S. Go follow these people on social media.

Ashley:

Instagram and Twitter- @jupperoni

Madison:

Instagram- @greener18

Marlee:

Instagram- @marleejane28

Twitter- @MarleeJane28

Blog- http://marleeandyou.blogspot.ca/

Monday, October 27, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #12

So I have learned a valuable lesson this week. I really need to start writing things in advance. I also need to be more diligent about taking these copycat posts. I had an unexpectedly busy weekend with two last minute babysitting jobs and my sister requiring my help. Soooooooo, I need to take these pictures ahead of time so I can sit down in the hour I was home on Saturday and write this post when I was supposed to other than a few days late. I'm sorry. This has a slight affect on my schedule this week. I will write my regular Tuesday post on Wednesday, my monthly favourite post on Friday, and my copycat posts on Saturday. So there we go! Lots of posts this week!

Tuesday- I realize that this outfit really did not turn out the way I wanted it to. I tried. I really tried. But hey, things happen. I need grey pants. That's what I got out of this. I have also come to the realization that I need to configure all of my outfit ideas. I have pictures posted on a cork board in my room, saved on my computer, and pinned on my outfit board. I couldn't remember where it came from! It makes no sense. I finally figured out that is was from WhoWhatWear.

Denim shirt- Old Navy
Shirt- Winners
Pants- Old Navy
Boots- Wal-Mart




















Wednesday- If you are following me on Instagram, then you have already seen a picture of this outfit. And the caption is true. I fell in a river. The pants I am wearing in this picture are not the original pants because the others were all covered with mud. It happens. Maybe to only me, but it happens. This outfit was on the Tumbler blog Death by Elocution (which is a great name), but I found it on Pinterest originally.

Cardigan- Old Navy
T-Shirt- Old Navy
Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- Sorel





















Thursday- New favourite thing: cozy sweaters. I bought this sweater the day before and I simply had to wear it today. Thinking about cozy is making me happy. This is why I love fall. The idea is from Penny Pincher Fashion, and it is from an edit picture. It is the upper left corner of the full edit if you're curious. Also, I realized right about now that I did not actually wear these boots. The boots I wore are found on the Thursday outfit of this post. Don't you fear, I will have more cozy sweater outfits!

Scarf- Garage
Sweater- Roots
T-Shirt (underneath)- Target
Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- Sorel




















Bonus- My outfit on Friday was nothing special. I kept it simple with jeans and a red t-shirt out of respect for the Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo that was shot last week in Ottawa (read about it here). Please remember this fallen hero as you go about your week. Anyway, I ended up going to my university's football game on Saturday, so I am sharing my outfit for that with you. It was a blast, but fall layering is of utmost important for being outside and siting down. I loved the way game layering was done on Seersucker & Saddles, so I made it my own! I was not too warm and not too cold. I loved the way that I could show off my purple without it being too in your face with spirit. I'm planning to go to the first final game next weekend, so GO STANGS!

Toque- University Bookstore
T-shirt- Last year's o-week
Plaid Button-up- Old Navy
Denim Jacket- Old Navy
Pants- Old Navy
Shoes- Converse





















Nails of the Week- It's back! I haven't done a nails of the week since April! This is Angora Cardi by Essie. I think is it a perfect fall colour.




















This weekend is Halloween, so I'm hoping that my costume will make it into this upcoming outfit post. To be honest, I don't even know what I'm dressing as.

-Daniella

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Modern Superwoman

Something you should know about me is that I am a feminist. Think of that what you may, but I feel no need to explain myself to you. It is a part of my life, and it is part of my identity, sure as my name is Daniella. I took a Women’s Studies course last year in school, but I was unable to continue with it because of the course module I am taking for my Honours Specialization in English. At the moment, I am taking a course in American Women Writers, and a term has come up rather frequently in this course as it did in Women’s Studies. That term is “superwoman.”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines superwoman as “an exceptional woman; especially:  a woman who succeeds in having a career and raising a family.” Historically, the term superwoman came about in 2nd Wave Feminism as a term of empowerment, and the definition above captures the essence of the 2nd Wave movement. You can read more about it here, here, or here, but the important thing to keep in mind is that feminism at this time became a social movement. This meant that more focus was paid to the lives women wanted to lead that took place outside of the home. How does the superwoman term come into play here? Well, women were still expected to look after their domestic tasks. Essentially, they had to balance their social lives, chores at home, family, and career all at once. Is anyone getting anxious just thinking about that? Me too. Were these women expected to have multiple arms?

Now that you know what the term superwoman means, how does it make you feel? I align this term with the notion of the “ideal” woman. I have no idea how one is expected to maintain all aspects of their lives by themselves. I can hardly cook, and I depend on Pinterest for outfit inspiration. Men are certainly helping and taking more interest in domestic lives more and more, and I am grateful for this change. However, I believe that the superwoman term has simply changed with the times. The “ideal” woman is still a vision in society’s mind, but it remains unattainable.

Women are expected to have perfect hair and nails and makeup, but when they put too much on, they are no longer a real person, and they are not good looking enough if they don’t want to put the effort in. Women are expected to be sexually appealing, but if they sleep with guys, they are a slut, and if they don’t, they are a prude. Women are expected to be gentle and kind, but they are considered rude and a bitch if they are not, and if they are, they are considered a pushover. As much as I would love to say that we should find a middle ground, I strongly suspect that society will find something wrong with that too.

I grow more and more frustrated as I write this. Why must we place such a strong value on being perfect? Why must there be a right and wrong way to live as a woman? I know that I have given in to these “standards” at some point in my life, and I am saddened by this.  I don’t think any gender should be defined by lines and boxes. Men certainly have roles they must perform too. They are expected to be masculine, and strong, and even dominant by some standards. Just to touch on the topic of transgender issues, the traditional male and female roles of society do not allow for transgender individuals to fit in at all! The similarity when it comes to gender roles is that neither men nor women have a lot to work with and make their own. The world leaves little to the imagination, which does not stimulate our creativity, and allow us to create our own being. For a society who wants us to “find ourselves,” it sure gave us a small sandbox to explore.

Can we please focus on our own beauty and strength and goals? Can we live the lives we want to live? Can we teach our children that it is okay to step outside the boundaries? After all, the world was not changed by people who played by the rules.

-Daniella
Note: My pictures were found on Pinterest with no link to another website.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #11

First off, I am so glad to see how many people are loving the outfit posts! My hope with starting this was to show you how easy it is to take inspiration from the things you are looking at. Hopefully you have seen it and tried it for yourself! Anyway, I think this week just zipped by! It is midterm time, so I have been rather busy with my studying, but thank goodness that mine are rather spread out. I ended up writing my two toughest ones this week, so I am excited for tonight when I can relax with some good friends! I am loving the fall weather. I am pretty good at handling cool temperatures, so I was able to go out on Thursday and Friday without a jacket - even though people told me I was crazy! Fall is certainly my favourite season for clothing.

Tuesday- This was one of those "it's warm out but all the classrooms are still freezing" days. I managed. The schools really need to fix that. Anyway, it's the return of the leather vest! I love this thing, so it's awesome when I can incorporate it into an outfit. Thank goodness for Penny Pincher Fashion, because she has some great outfit ideas with a leather vest!

Tank- Old Navy
Denim Shirt- Roots
Vest- SmartSet
Skirt- Old Navy




















Wednesday- Good thing about this kimono: it looks great, and it dresses thing up. Negative thing: the tassels get caught on EVERYTHING. People, backpacks, handles, chair. I found the picture in Glamour magazine, and it caught my eye because I thought of this kimono, but I never thought to put it on top of a button up. It turned out to be a great look!

Button up- Old Navy
Kimono- Winners
Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- Sorel




















Thursday-  Like I said, I was able to stay outside in chillier weather in just this outfit. Although it is a simple outfit, I love how Hello Fashion made the outfit better by adding cute boots. I love my boots. They're not even hard to walk in!

Shirt- Roots
Jeans- Jessica Simpson at the Bay
Boots- Old Navy




















Friday-  I love dresses, and it just becomes so inconvenient to wear them during the winter, so I try to take advantage as much as possible right now. I found this through Pinterest, but it is on Jolie. I loved the layered shirt, and the fact that the combat boots made it look cool overall.

 
Dress- RW&CO
Denim Shirt- Vinatage from my mom
Boots- Wal-Mart






































I can't believe that it is nearly the end of October! But that means Halloween is coming up! I can't wait! Have a great week everyone!

-Daniella

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pinterest Challenge- Messy Updo Hairstyle

Here I am with another post for my Pinterest challenge! It was difficult to choose exactly what I wanted to do from my many pins. It is easy for me to do something with food, but I have done so many recipes already. I really need to get into some more crafty things. I've got a couple in mind that are more crafty for those of you who like that type of thing. I ended up settling for something with hair. I have recently had a new interest in doing my hair. That came mostly from my mom and my sister telling me that I need to learn how to style my hair, so I figured it out, and now I'm an avid hair researcher. I don't know.

Anyway, this style was really easy to figure out, and very easy to follow from the VP Fashion blog website.

 
(starting from the top left and moving left to right ending with the bottom right)
1. Separate your hair into three sections.
2. Twist one section of your hair.
3. Twist the section into a little bun and use bobby pins to secure it - it should be a little messy!
4. Repeat #2 with the next section.
5. Repeat #3 with the next section.
6. Repeat #2 with the next section.
7. Repeat #3 with the next section.
8. (not pictured) Pin down an flyaway hairs.
 
See? Super easy. My sister and I also figured out different ways to style it to make it look fancy.
 
 
I love the way it looks with and without the added accessories. Tip: don't use a tiny bow. It looks silly.
 
Big shoutout to my sister Brianne! She is always getting roped into taking picture for me, and not always willingly. You can find her on Instagram: @bri_poloni
 
Have you tried any hairstyles from Pinterest?
 
  -Daniella 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #10

This week seemed like a long one. I am fully exhausted. I have some work things to finish up, but the only thing I am looking forward to is SLEEP! Thank goodness for the long weekend. I am looking forward to the big turkey dinner tomorrow night. Thanksgiving is a great time to get together with family and eat everything you can! I'm a fan of food. That's all.  

Tuesday- The shorts were as bad life decision. I wore shorts out of stubbornness and stupidity. It rained when I came home from school. The temperature also dropped about 8 degrees. So needless to say, I instantly put on my cosiest clothes and made myself a hot chocolate. I got the inspiration from Hello Fashion. I think I need to invest in some more cardigans. I love that they are cozy and can be dressed up or down. I'm imagining myself with a mustard yellow cardigan, but I don't even think I have anything that matches it! Well, I have learned two things; cardigans will be going on my clothes shopping list, and summer is officially over so I need to let go of the shorts.


Cardigan- Old Navy
Shirt- Aeropostale
Shorts- Old Navy
Belt- Fossil



















Wednesday- This was a last minute decision. I realized that morning that I need sweaters with patterns because this one did not quite cut it for me. I would prefer a pattern like the original found on the WhoWhatWear post. My sweater is very pretty though. I love the flowery shoulders.

Sweater- Target
Button up- Old Navy
Jeans- Old Navy




















Thursday- Yes, I realize that this outfit is pretty much the same as yesterday, but when I saw this outfit on Hello Fashion, I knew I had to change something up. And I LOVED it! My oxford shoes are once again making an appearance. I posted a point-of-view picture on Instagram because I was so happy about what I was looking at all day.





















Friday-  I had extra time to get ready for school, so I got to curl my hair and really try on an outfit. The original post was from Penny Pincher Fashion, and to be honest, I think I really nailed this one. This has happened only one other time on my fifth outfit post, and it was also with a outfit from the same blog. Just good luck I guess!






































As I said, I am anticipating all the turkey and pie of tomorrow! I asked some kids that I teach what their favourite part of Thanksgiving was. And they were saying beautiful things like "spending time with my family" and "thinking of all the things I am thankful for." And here I am thinking about the pie!

What's your favourite part of Thanksgiving?

-Daniella

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Review- Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton

I have read only one auto-biography/biography style book before. It was about Julie Andrews and it was for my final project in grade 12 drama class. I got into the book more than I expected, but that may be because I absolutely love Julie Andrews. I picked this particular book up after I read a review on it, and because I have an appreciation for Diane Keaton. She’s freaking DIANE KEATON! I would not consider myself to be an uber fan, but if there was one celebrity I want to sit down and have coffee with, it would be Diane Keaton. She is so down to earth and funny. Her take on life is so wonderful, and after I read this, my appreciation for her just grew. I loved her entire view on beauty and learning about the way it was constructed in her own life. It was a great read, and a genre that I want to explore even more.

1.       Don’t tell me what beauty is before I know it for myself (XVII).

Okay. Let’s just take a second here and think about this. It is no news to anyone that beauty is a social construct, and we basically force it as soon as the children of the world come out of the womb. So thanks social media. Why are we forcing all of our opinions on children before they are old enough to make their own decisions? How is that fair?

 

2.       I wished sex was as harmless and free-spirited as the atmosphere in Victoria’s Secret (66).

Sex. Did I get your attention? Probably. Because sex is this huge kind of taboo subject. Particularly when it comes to women. If women are free-spirited about sex, they are labelled sluts. But yet, we can look at Victoria’s Secret and LaSenza, and “harmless” and “free-spirited” are the only words that come to mind. Things once again don’t make sense.

 

3.       Now that I’m sixty-seven, I’m aware that fear is not gender-based (70).

News flash: guys are scared to put themselves out there too. That’s all I have to say. I hope that it doesn’t take everyone until the age of sixty-seven to figure that out.

 

4.       It’s fantastic to have an imagination stimulated by diversity (73).

I was just discussing this topic with my mom. I was expressing my concern for someone I went to high school with because I realized that they may never grow as a person. This person is so stuck in their box that their mind is closed off to any other possibilities out there. If you stay in the same place, then I don’t think you can mature as a person.

 

5.       We all long to feel confident, look great, and do well. We all want to be remembered.  Sometimes we’re lost. Sometimes we’re found. But one thing’s for sure: no matter how much control we have over our appearance, we’re all awkward, laughable, ugly, and beautiful at the same time (80).

And here it is. The truth about all human kind. Unfortunately, there will always be someone out there who will make negative comments about your appearance. But the thing is, we’re all in the same boat. We all need to embrace flaws in not only ourselves, but others too.

 

6.       I never jog without a chaser of red wine on the rocks (96).

That sounds like my kind of running. I hate physical activity. I also don’t run.

 

7.       I like to think of stealing- or appropriating- as a way to create your own version of beauty, especially since it’s based on an idea of someone else’s idea of an idea (109).

I think this is exactly what beauty is. I refer you back to #1 where I say we force it on our children. While that fact is still true, I do not believe that to be the end of it all.  Children grow up. They learn. They adapt. They break away from the ideas of their parents. But the basis of the ideas of beauty comes from parenting. If we instill positive comments about beauty in our children, then the world be a more, well, beautiful place.

Diane Keaton has amazing values when it comes to beauty. She shares these values through anecdotes of her own life as a child, as a celebrity, and as a mother. I give this book 4/5 stars. If you enjoy the topic of beauty and values, then I would definitely suggest this book. Diane’s voice as a narrator is wonderful.

I haven’t decided what book I’m going to read next, so it will be a complete surprise!

-Daniella

 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Copycat the Cool Way #9

This week marks a huge accomplishment. For the first time since school started, I have caught up on my work! On a day to day basis, I am no longer scrambling to get stuff done, or getting all backed up so that I'm spending my full weekends doing homework. I'll let you in on a little secret . . . I started writing this post on Wednesday simply because I had the time! I already feel fantastic with the workload lightening, but I know that all my classes are about to speed up all at the same time! I shall enjoy this while it lasts.

Tuesday- I found this outfit from a Jessica Simpson clothing ad in Seventeen magazine. I have always loved my sweater, but I find it difficult to find ways to style it. It's obviously not the same type of sweater, so I gave it my own adoption! That's what inspiration is all about!

Sweater- Roots
Shirt- Zellers (when it was open)
Jeans- Old Navy
Shoes- American Eagle

Wednesday- Want to instantly make an outfit cooler? Leather jacket. I don't get enough chances to wear mine, but I really need to start doing it because I got so many compliments! Even my dad made a comment, so I know that if my dad noticed, then other people did too. I found the picture in a dressing for work article in Glamour magazine. I think I got this outfit down pretty well. I can't do the tucked in shirt thing though. When I saw the photo, I instantly thought of my own jeans because they had similar colouring.

Jacket- Smart Set
Shirt- Aerie
Jeans- Jessica Simpson (The Bay)
Shoes- DKNY




















Thursday- So. It was actually hot on Thursday. But once again, I had to deal with the inevitable cold classrooms. This sweater was perfect for the job, and the last time I wore it was my fifth outfit post. I got the idea from Seventeen magazine (is there a theme this week?). I tried to put a collared blouse underneath to get the full picture, but it didn't quite work out. But that's what experimenting is all about!

Dress- Old Navy
Sweater- Old Navy



















Friday- I have already talked about my love for  kimonos in my sixth outfit post, so it is natural that another was going to pop up in another post. Once again, the most simple thing just elevated a simple outfit. I got the idea from Coco's Tea Party, mostly because her kimono looks like mine! But I wish I had shoes like hers...

Kimono- Winners
Tank top- Bluenotes
Jeans- Old Navy




I am really enjoying my copycat posts this year! I have been so motivated to dress well, and it makes me feel excited. Taking a little pride in caring for the way you look is certainly not a bad idea! So here's your challenge: try to take on some of the looks that you admire in your style icon. Grab a picture, and make it yours!
 
 -Daniella