Top 5 Albums Of The Summer

By: Triana

With summer just about to end, let’s count down the best 5 new albums of the last few months.
5. Sia
Not my personal favorite this summer. I love Sia’s voice and attitude but her songs have a lot more pop elements in this album. Her last few albums really showed off her vocal talents but this,not so much. Sia usually writes lyrics for pop artists but I feel like she used them for her own album this time. The lyrics are catchy and I love her new music videos as well. It’s still worth listening to, but just not as shiver inducing as her older songs.
4. Ed Sheeran
Ed used to be one of my favorites a few years ago. I memorized all of his songs and bought the album on iTunes. I first heard his single, “Sing”, on the radio. I honestly did not think it was him. The song was very upbeat and there wasn’t the usual beat boxing thrown in. As I heard the rest of the songs on the album, they weren’t as upbeat as the single, but they were exactly the same as his first album. The guitar chords sounded very similar to the first album’s as well as the lyrics. Sure, a few stood out from the album as individuals, but most were quite similar. Ed has a great voice and nothing will change that, but he needs new material.
3.The Black Keys
Another band that changed to more poppy tunes was The Black Keys. Again, more upbeat songs accompanied the new album instead of the usual rock like songs. “Fever” still repeated over the radio today, has been worn out and does not give me the thrill it used to. The Black Keys also decided not to release their album on Spotify, making it very hard for me to find and listen to regularly.  
2. Lana Del Rey
As a die-hard Lana Del Rey fan, I absolutely love her new album but I do see the flaws in it. Her lyrics repeat from her last two albums, as do the topics and moods. Her album is very consistent in tone, making it great for listening to in whole. With four pre-released singles a lot of hype went on with the release of this album. It seemed to work though, many albums were sold and many fans were satisfied with her new work. 
1. Alt-J
From what I’ve heard of Alt-J’s new album I can already tell it’s going to be great. They two singles that have currently been released embody Alt-J as whole. It’s a little funky with fun lyrics and interesting synthesizer and drum solos. Having two albums that complement and not overpower each other is difficult but obviously simple for Alt-J. Their one single “Left Hand Free” was written in 20 minutes and that for me just shows how talented they really are. They are a quality band and their new album deserves an in depth listening to once it all comes out.

Top 5 Albums Of The Summer
By: Triana

With summer just about to end, let’s count down the best 5 new albums of the last few months.

5. Sia

Not my personal favorite this summer. I love Sia’s voice and attitude but her songs have a lot more pop elements in this album. Her last few albums really showed off her vocal talents but this,not so much. Sia usually writes lyrics for pop artists but I feel like she used them for her own album this time. The lyrics are catchy and I love her new music videos as well. It’s still worth listening to, but just not as shiver inducing as her older songs.

4. Ed Sheeran

Ed used to be one of my favorites a few years ago. I memorized all of his songs and bought the album on iTunes. I first heard his single, “Sing”, on the radio. I honestly did not think it was him. The song was very upbeat and there wasn’t the usual beat boxing thrown in. As I heard the rest of the songs on the album, they weren’t as upbeat as the single, but they were exactly the same as his first album. The guitar chords sounded very similar to the first album’s as well as the lyrics. Sure, a few stood out from the album as individuals, but most were quite similar. Ed has a great voice and nothing will change that, but he needs new material.

3.The Black Keys

Another band that changed to more poppy tunes was The Black Keys. Again, more upbeat songs accompanied the new album instead of the usual rock like songs. “Fever” still repeated over the radio today, has been worn out and does not give me the thrill it used to. The Black Keys also decided not to release their album on Spotify, making it very hard for me to find and listen to regularly.  

2. Lana Del Rey

As a die-hard Lana Del Rey fan, I absolutely love her new album but I do see the flaws in it. Her lyrics repeat from her last two albums, as do the topics and moods. Her album is very consistent in tone, making it great for listening to in whole. With four pre-released singles a lot of hype went on with the release of this album. It seemed to work though, many albums were sold and many fans were satisfied with her new work. 

1. Alt-J

From what I’ve heard of Alt-J’s new album I can already tell it’s going to be great. They two singles that have currently been released embody Alt-J as whole. It’s a little funky with fun lyrics and interesting synthesizer and drum solos. Having two albums that complement and not overpower each other is difficult but obviously simple for Alt-J. Their one single “Left Hand Free” was written in 20 minutes and that for me just shows how talented they really are. They are a quality band and their new album deserves an in depth listening to once it all comes out.

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
By: Grecia 
The irony of this article is that it took me about 1 week to finally get to writing this piece. But luckily I have managed to come to 3 conclusive antidotes on how to get rid of this creative block (who clearly can’t take a hint no one needs it) that blocks our minds from all our creative visions.
 You may think..
What is this?
Is there a store where I can buy some sort of repellent to this?
 Is this contagious? 
If you enjoy writing or any sort of artistic activity you may be familiar with this creative block commonly known as that distinctive feeling that may seem like eternity and that perhaps you have mentioned to your doctor because you are pretty sure your brain took a vacation to Jamaica.
However the text below may differ to that theory and that in fact that is not the case as I have experienced this numerous times.
Creativity may spark up at any given time. That is the reason why sometimes creativity or “Vity” as I call it, crosses over to my bad side. Has it ever happened to you, that you are almost on the verge of falling asleep but at the same time about 1000 thoughts are crossing through your mind? Somehow in my case, that is the time when all of my creative juices decide to have a party. Suddenly I begin thinking of heaps of writing pieces ideas that didn’t happen to make an appearance in the daytime !!!
This can happen at any time trust me. What truly matters is that you pounce precisely on that time or any given chance where your brain starts to flow and your imagination explodes. Yes I have stayed up at late hours of the night to write. If you don’t you will probably forget later on or your motivation won’t be as strong. I actually live for these moments to happen frequently to me (even though they happen late at night). I just love it when I’m suddenly feeling creative and have heaps of motivation to do many things. Which leads me to my first point out of the three on how to get your creative juices flowing….
Learn how your mind works - Just as models have to learn how to move their body during photo shoots, just as athletes have to learn which parts of  their body work in their favor while playing a sport, artistic souls have to learn as well. Learning how your mind works opens the door to many new ideas. Study what makes that switch turn on. It may be harder for some (like me) but it may be a piece of cake to others. What I have noticed is that blogging on tumblr is one of my major sources of my creativity. whenever i see a picture or a quote i suddenly start thinking of ideas for writing pieces. However, I still haven’t mastered the way my mind works, my thoughts are literally all over the place 100% of time. Imagine a boy’s messy room up in my brain. Not Fun. It may take time but I will make it my goal to make this happen as I don’t enjoy staying up until 3:00 am.
Be in a quiet atmosphere - I have come to a realization while writing this article that maybe one of the reasons that most of my ideas come in the night time, is the fact that it is completely quiet except for the fact of rain drizzling at some times. Whenever you are determined to get your creative juices flowing, I recommend being somewhere where there isn’t much noise. I can usually write with music on, but that is mostly when my ideas are sky high and just coming rolling as I’m typing. If you’re having trouble focusing some of my favorite websites that help me really focus while writing are rainymood and coffitivity. I absolutely adore both, but if I had to choose I would say coffitivity is my favorite because when I found out about it, it was my absolute lifesaver. I used to spend about 99% of my time in coffee shops simply because of the effect it had on my mind. Never did it occur to me it was because of sound in my surroundings. Whoever invented this is a complete genius. 
Brainstorm - Yeah that annoying thing your English teacher makes you do before you write a paper. I used to be one of the MANY people who hated doing this step. I wanted to actually get to the part where you start writing the paper. But as I have grown to know as I was forced to make these brainstorm “webs” (you can’t really pretend to be doing them if your teacher is staring right at you) is that not only do they help your brain in a creative mode, they expand that one idea you had at the beginning into heaps more. What might have been a branch of an idea you had at the beginning might transform into a tree by the time you’re done. I usually end up going for the idea that sparks up when my thoughts are going crazy, towards the end. Overall doing brainstorms like these, also helps me to gather my thoughts into place.
Hope these helped  get your creative juices flowing! Let me know if they did or what you think are some other good ideas to boost creativity. Always love learning new things. Much love xx 

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

By: Grecia 

The irony of this article is that it took me about 1 week to finally get to writing this piece. But luckily I have managed to come to 3 conclusive antidotes on how to get rid of this creative block (who clearly can’t take a hint no one needs it) that blocks our minds from all our creative visions.

You may think..

What is this?

Is there a store where I can buy some sort of repellent to this?

Is this contagious?

If you enjoy writing or any sort of artistic activity you may be familiar with this creative block commonly known as that distinctive feeling that may seem like eternity and that perhaps you have mentioned to your doctor because you are pretty sure your brain took a vacation to Jamaica.

However the text below may differ to that theory and that in fact that is not the case as I have experienced this numerous times.

Creativity may spark up at any given time. That is the reason why sometimes creativity or “Vity” as I call it, crosses over to my bad side. Has it ever happened to you, that you are almost on the verge of falling asleep but at the same time about 1000 thoughts are crossing through your mind? Somehow in my case, that is the time when all of my creative juices decide to have a party. Suddenly I begin thinking of heaps of writing pieces ideas that didn’t happen to make an appearance in the daytime !!!

This can happen at any time trust me. What truly matters is that you pounce precisely on that time or any given chance where your brain starts to flow and your imagination explodes. Yes I have stayed up at late hours of the night to write. If you don’t you will probably forget later on or your motivation won’t be as strong. I actually live for these moments to happen frequently to me (even though they happen late at night). I just love it when I’m suddenly feeling creative and have heaps of motivation to do many things. Which leads me to my first point out of the three on how to get your creative juices flowing….

  1. Learn how your mind works - Just as models have to learn how to move their body during photo shoots, just as athletes have to learn which parts of  their body work in their favor while playing a sport, artistic souls have to learn as well. Learning how your mind works opens the door to many new ideas. Study what makes that switch turn on. It may be harder for some (like me) but it may be a piece of cake to others. What I have noticed is that blogging on tumblr is one of my major sources of my creativity. whenever i see a picture or a quote i suddenly start thinking of ideas for writing pieces. However, I still haven’t mastered the way my mind works, my thoughts are literally all over the place 100% of time. Imagine a boy’s messy room up in my brain. Not Fun. It may take time but I will make it my goal to make this happen as I don’t enjoy staying up until 3:00 am.
  2. Be in a quiet atmosphere - I have come to a realization while writing this article that maybe one of the reasons that most of my ideas come in the night time, is the fact that it is completely quiet except for the fact of rain drizzling at some times. Whenever you are determined to get your creative juices flowing, I recommend being somewhere where there isn’t much noise. I can usually write with music on, but that is mostly when my ideas are sky high and just coming rolling as I’m typing. If you’re having trouble focusing some of my favorite websites that help me really focus while writing are rainymood and coffitivity. I absolutely adore both, but if I had to choose I would say coffitivity is my favorite because when I found out about it, it was my absolute lifesaver. I used to spend about 99% of my time in coffee shops simply because of the effect it had on my mind. Never did it occur to me it was because of sound in my surroundings. Whoever invented this is a complete genius. 
  3. Brainstorm - Yeah that annoying thing your English teacher makes you do before you write a paper. I used to be one of the MANY people who hated doing this step. I wanted to actually get to the part where you start writing the paper. But as I have grown to know as I was forced to make these brainstorm “webs” (you can’t really pretend to be doing them if your teacher is staring right at you) is that not only do they help your brain in a creative mode, they expand that one idea you had at the beginning into heaps more. What might have been a branch of an idea you had at the beginning might transform into a tree by the time you’re done. I usually end up going for the idea that sparks up when my thoughts are going crazy, towards the end. Overall doing brainstorms like these, also helps me to gather my thoughts into place.

Hope these helped  get your creative juices flowing! Let me know if they did or what you think are some other good ideas to boost creativity. Always love learning new things. Much love xx 

How To Stay Motivated + Beating Procrastination And Stress : School Edition

By: Triana
With school just around the corner for many, the need to change procrastination habits arises.
During the summer many teenagers spend their days being lazy or going out with friends every once in awhile. Sure, some do have jobs or camps that they go to for a long period of time, but school is more demanding.
Teenagers in America have school everyday. Teachers and parents expect the same work everyday from a student who is going through a lot of pressure. Teenagers get few breaks from this strain on their life. Weekends help, but with essays and applications due the next Monday, many can’t help fretting over every little detail. 
As a Junior in high school, I have been though a lot of stress in my life. As I go back to school this year I have to prepare for college applications and larege state tests. So much pressure is put upon me to be perfect, I sometimes need to take a step back for a moment and asses the situation. Everything will seem alright for one moment, but the next, as stressful as it was before.
As teens, we can’t do much about the amount of stress that we are under except to beat it. Staying positive, eating right, and balancing school and social lives are all important in overcoming too much stress. These are easy facts to list, but not so easy to comply to. Just to remember to eat breakfast everyday is a hassle for some. 
What comes out of this is procrastination. With so much to handle, sometimes stopping feels like the best solution. “I’ll do this tomorrow” or “I have time to finish it later” are common sayings when it comes to procrastination. Don’t every give up on a project or assignment when it comes to school. Find help, take breaks, but don’t ever completely give up to the point where finishing a simple assignment to go out with friends becomes routine.
I am not as experienced as I could be, nor am I a professional, but I do have a few tips and tricks to helping you overcome procrastination and stress at school.
I personally love to talk to people about the problems I am facing. Whether  this is friends, family, a teacher, or a therapist, it does not matter. As long as it’s productive and makes one feel better afterwards, it’s worth it. Planning a time where it’s not too busy in one’s schedule is key.
Keeping organized is also important. With various activities and assignments it can be hard to keep up. I find that buying a planner is the best way to achieve full organization. Something that looks nice with large enough boxes for everything essential that day. Don’t forget pens! A nice pen can make all the difference in writing and create a better space for organizational techniques. My school hands out planners on the first day, but these never work for me. If I carry around something pretty that I picked out myself, it’s likely to work better.
School can be overwhelming in itself, piling on activity after activity with extra sports and to top it off, charity work, is  too much for one person to handle. Remember saying no is okay. If a friend wants you to come to a party on Friday night but you have a paper due that night as well, don’t go. Let them know the situation, maybe stopping by for a short period of time is the best option. Finish the paper first, and as an incentive, go to the party for a few hours.
Speaking of incentives, they can be a great form of motivation for getting work done. If a project has to be held off until the last minute because of other assignments, motivate yourself with the promise of Starbucks in the morning for your hard work. Try finishing an hour of writing and then get a snack, or 15 minutes of Tumblr, or whatever your heart desires. Taking a bath can also be a great way to relax and motivation to keep working later. Call your best friends and rant for 5 minutes, it feels great and you can get a lot off your mind that is keeping you from finishing.
Don’t forget personal time. Make sure to take time to stay healthy and eat right. Full meals and snacks are necessary for full time students. Staying energized could be all one needs to stay focused in class. Pack granola bars or apples in your backpack everyday for an easy and healthy on the go snack.
Same goes with sleep. One needs 7-8 hours of sleep every night in order to function properly. Sleep is the most important thing in any schedule.
Whether you’re newly going into high school, or returning, these can be great tips end procrastination and start motivating. Try them out and let us know what you think in our ask box. 

How To Stay Motivated + Beating Procrastination And Stress : School Edition

By: Triana

With school just around the corner for many, the need to change procrastination habits arises.

During the summer many teenagers spend their days being lazy or going out with friends every once in awhile. Sure, some do have jobs or camps that they go to for a long period of time, but school is more demanding.

Teenagers in America have school everyday. Teachers and parents expect the same work everyday from a student who is going through a lot of pressure. Teenagers get few breaks from this strain on their life. Weekends help, but with essays and applications due the next Monday, many can’t help fretting over every little detail. 

As a Junior in high school, I have been though a lot of stress in my life. As I go back to school this year I have to prepare for college applications and larege state tests. So much pressure is put upon me to be perfect, I sometimes need to take a step back for a moment and asses the situation. Everything will seem alright for one moment, but the next, as stressful as it was before.

As teens, we can’t do much about the amount of stress that we are under except to beat it. Staying positive, eating right, and balancing school and social lives are all important in overcoming too much stress. These are easy facts to list, but not so easy to comply to. Just to remember to eat breakfast everyday is a hassle for some. 

What comes out of this is procrastination. With so much to handle, sometimes stopping feels like the best solution. “I’ll do this tomorrow” or “I have time to finish it later” are common sayings when it comes to procrastination. Don’t every give up on a project or assignment when it comes to school. Find help, take breaks, but don’t ever completely give up to the point where finishing a simple assignment to go out with friends becomes routine.

I am not as experienced as I could be, nor am I a professional, but I do have a few tips and tricks to helping you overcome procrastination and stress at school.

I personally love to talk to people about the problems I am facing. Whether  this is friends, family, a teacher, or a therapist, it does not matter. As long as it’s productive and makes one feel better afterwards, it’s worth it. Planning a time where it’s not too busy in one’s schedule is key.

Keeping organized is also important. With various activities and assignments it can be hard to keep up. I find that buying a planner is the best way to achieve full organization. Something that looks nice with large enough boxes for everything essential that day. Don’t forget pens! A nice pen can make all the difference in writing and create a better space for organizational techniques. My school hands out planners on the first day, but these never work for me. If I carry around something pretty that I picked out myself, it’s likely to work better.

School can be overwhelming in itself, piling on activity after activity with extra sports and to top it off, charity work, is  too much for one person to handle. Remember saying no is okay. If a friend wants you to come to a party on Friday night but you have a paper due that night as well, don’t go. Let them know the situation, maybe stopping by for a short period of time is the best option. Finish the paper first, and as an incentive, go to the party for a few hours.

Speaking of incentives, they can be a great form of motivation for getting work done. If a project has to be held off until the last minute because of other assignments, motivate yourself with the promise of Starbucks in the morning for your hard work. Try finishing an hour of writing and then get a snack, or 15 minutes of Tumblr, or whatever your heart desires. Taking a bath can also be a great way to relax and motivation to keep working later. Call your best friends and rant for 5 minutes, it feels great and you can get a lot off your mind that is keeping you from finishing.

Don’t forget personal time. Make sure to take time to stay healthy and eat right. Full meals and snacks are necessary for full time students. Staying energized could be all one needs to stay focused in class. Pack granola bars or apples in your backpack everyday for an easy and healthy on the go snack.

Same goes with sleep. One needs 7-8 hours of sleep every night in order to function properly. Sleep is the most important thing in any schedule.

Whether you’re newly going into high school, or returning, these can be great tips end procrastination and start motivating. Try them out and let us know what you think in our ask box. 

Do Not Fear The Future 
By: Grecia
 { Listen to while reading this: Mother & Father - Broods }
As an upcoming senior I can tell you I’m very scared of the future but at the same time somewhat excited. Soon I will be dealing with college applications, SAT and ACT scores, getting a job, and experiencing my last year of high school. Trust me guys the years do go by fast !! I remember being a freshman in high school like it was yesterday. I used to look up to the seniors, and think about how smart and intellectual they were. I remember thinking how do they do it???
 I thought the day I would become a senior I would suddenly have everything under control and somehow a light bulb would turn up and suddenly know what i was going to do with my life. Well….. that is not the case. With just less than 3 weeks before I begin my senior year, I’m as clueless as ever. What I have realized however is that not everyone knows what they are going to do with their life. After all we are all within the range of 17-18 years. Some may know in their hearts from the moment they are 15 what they are meant to do, and some may take a longer time to figure it out. Wherever you lie on the age scale it doesn’t matter, take your time in finding yourself. Even if you change your major 458950 times in college it’s all alright. Being happy with who you are is what life is all about. You don’t want to be stuck working in job you hate.
 ”High school is the best years of your life”. 
In my opinion, I don’t believe this saying is true. I truly feel I will experience that kind of adventure when I’m in my twenties, living by myself and seeing the world in a whole new perspective. But you know what? It might be the best years of your life or it might not! It is completely subjective. There is nothing to worry about because there is a lot to look forward in your life.
One thing I can say, is that these 3 years so far have been a roller coaster. They were very good, but it had up and downs. A piece of advice, really focus on your studies! I have good grades overall but I wish I would have pushed myself harder these last 3 years, took more AP classes, and reached my full potential. 
My high school experience so far has made into the person I am today, very much different from my 14 year old self. I found true friends and I’m sure those friendships will last a longtime. I feel I have matured deeply, and discovered new passions I was unaware of before. It is totally OK to go through phases while you’re in high school. How else are you going to find yourself and what you stand for ??
Flowers do die, and soon so will my high school experience. I won’t see those familiar faces in the hallways anymore,won’t carry heavy books out of my locker, drink hot chocolate at 7:00 am in the cafeteria, won’t talk to my favorite teacher, and won’t spend five days of the week eating at the same corner table, laughing and talking about the weekend with my friends. I will truly miss all of these little memories and will remember them as a lovely speckle of a rainbow in my life.
Although I’m very nervous of what the future holds me, I am going for it. It is a new chapter in my life. What I believe scares me the most is that things will change and they won’t be as they have always been. I will finally have full control of what I want to do with my life, which gives me power that I hold. A power that everyone holds within. Even though I am just one person out of 7 billion I believe I can do anything I put myself up to. Anything is possible, if you believe in yourself. "Do not fear the future" is a new quote I will follow personally and I hope you do too. Much Love xx

Do Not Fear The Future 

By: Grecia

 { Listen to while reading this: Mother & Father - Broods }

As an upcoming senior I can tell you I’m very scared of the future but at the same time somewhat excited. Soon I will be dealing with college applications, SAT and ACT scores, getting a job, and experiencing my last year of high school. Trust me guys the years do go by fast !! I remember being a freshman in high school like it was yesterday. I used to look up to the seniors, and think about how smart and intellectual they were. I remember thinking how do they do it???

I thought the day I would become a senior I would suddenly have everything under control and somehow a light bulb would turn up and suddenly know what i was going to do with my life. Well….. that is not the case. With just less than 3 weeks before I begin my senior year, I’m as clueless as ever. What I have realized however is that not everyone knows what they are going to do with their life. After all we are all within the range of 17-18 years. Some may know in their hearts from the moment they are 15 what they are meant to do, and some may take a longer time to figure it out. Wherever you lie on the age scale it doesn’t matter, take your time in finding yourself. Even if you change your major 458950 times in college it’s all alright. Being happy with who you are is what life is all about. You don’t want to be stuck working in job you hate.

 ”High school is the best years of your life”

In my opinion, I don’t believe this saying is true. I truly feel I will experience that kind of adventure when I’m in my twenties, living by myself and seeing the world in a whole new perspective. But you know what? It might be the best years of your life or it might not! It is completely subjective. There is nothing to worry about because there is a lot to look forward in your life.

One thing I can say, is that these 3 years so far have been a roller coaster. They were very good, but it had up and downs. A piece of advice, really focus on your studies! I have good grades overall but I wish I would have pushed myself harder these last 3 years, took more AP classes, and reached my full potential.

My high school experience so far has made into the person I am today, very much different from my 14 year old self. I found true friends and I’m sure those friendships will last a longtime. I feel I have matured deeply, and discovered new passions I was unaware of before. It is totally OK to go through phases while you’re in high school. How else are you going to find yourself and what you stand for ??

Flowers do die, and soon so will my high school experience. I won’t see those familiar faces in the hallways anymore,won’t carry heavy books out of my locker, drink hot chocolate at 7:00 am in the cafeteria, won’t talk to my favorite teacher, and won’t spend five days of the week eating at the same corner table, laughing and talking about the weekend with my friends. I will truly miss all of these little memories and will remember them as a lovely speckle of a rainbow in my life.

Although I’m very nervous of what the future holds me, I am going for it. It is a new chapter in my life. What I believe scares me the most is that things will change and they won’t be as they have always been. I will finally have full control of what I want to do with my life, which gives me power that I hold. A power that everyone holds within. Even though I am just one person out of 7 billion I believe I can do anything I put myself up to. Anything is possible, if you believe in yourself. "Do not fear the future" is a new quote I will follow personally and I hope you do too. Much Love xx

Something That Disturbs Me

By: Bay

There are a couple of things that truly disturb me in life, but one really hit me hard tonight. So many people have disabilities in this world. I believe god made them who they are so that people know that perfect comes in so many different ways. Some of these PEOPLE have awful diseases but, still they continue to smile and brighten everyone’s day.
Look up, notice how I capitalized the word people? That’s because they are just that. Like everyone else, people with Down syndrome, autism, Aspergers, cerebral palsy, etc are people. They have feelings, they are pretty, they are smart, they are people.
Although many people believe this unfortunately some do not. Some people are ignorant and haven’t been taught correctly. I know sometimes it’s hard to see someone with a severe disease because they look different. When I was younger I know I said some mean things that I have learned are hateful and are not true. But I learned as I grew and realized how wrong I was.
Some of the people I have met with disabilities are my favorite people. They are the ones who are truly lovely. They are beautiful inside and out and can make you smile just by talking to them. They are strong, and intelligent. I admire people with disabilities.
I’ve heard kids at my school use the word retard, slow, dumb, cripple, freak and more. Let me tell you these “freaks” are some of the best people I know. I’ve had the incredible pleasure of meeting a girl who goes to my dance academy. She has cerebral palsy. She has no control over one of her hands, and she has to use a wheelchair. But she still had the confidence to get up on stage and dance.
Tonight I had a performance and I was disgusted by the actions of some of the other girls. Before the recital everyone was getting ready, there must have been at least 20 girls there. The girl who has cerebral palsy asked if someone would mind helping her up the lift (the elevator) before her dance. This was a fairly appropriate question considering she wasn’t able to do it herself.
The room went silent and time passed. You would think at least one person would come out and say, “Of course! I’ll help you!” But no one said anything. Finally after realizing no one was offering to help, I said,“I’d be happy to do it!”
Some of the people at dance looked at her with such distaste. Back stage I was telling her how good she did and how beautiful she looked and one of the girls looked at me as if to say, “Really Bay? Beautiful? Smh.” I glared at her and said, “What?!” She looked away quickly.
Please, if you see anyone with a disability treat them with as much respect as you would to you parents or your best friend. They deserve it just like everyone else.
Xxxx

Something That Disturbs Me
By: Bay

There are a couple of things that truly disturb me in life, but one really hit me hard tonight. So many people have disabilities in this world. I believe god made them who they are so that people know that perfect comes in so many different ways. Some of these PEOPLE have awful diseases but, still they continue to smile and brighten everyone’s day.

Look up, notice how I capitalized the word people? That’s because they are just that. Like everyone else, people with Down syndrome, autism, Aspergers, cerebral palsy, etc are people. They have feelings, they are pretty, they are smart, they are people.

Although many people believe this unfortunately some do not. Some people are ignorant and haven’t been taught correctly. I know sometimes it’s hard to see someone with a severe disease because they look different. When I was younger I know I said some mean things that I have learned are hateful and are not true. But I learned as I grew and realized how wrong I was.

Some of the people I have met with disabilities are my favorite people. They are the ones who are truly lovely. They are beautiful inside and out and can make you smile just by talking to them. They are strong, and intelligent. I admire people with disabilities.

I’ve heard kids at my school use the word retard, slow, dumb, cripple, freak and more. Let me tell you these “freaks” are some of the best people I know. I’ve had the incredible pleasure of meeting a girl who goes to my dance academy. She has cerebral palsy. She has no control over one of her hands, and she has to use a wheelchair. But she still had the confidence to get up on stage and dance.

Tonight I had a performance and I was disgusted by the actions of some of the other girls. Before the recital everyone was getting ready, there must have been at least 20 girls there. The girl who has cerebral palsy asked if someone would mind helping her up the lift (the elevator) before her dance. This was a fairly appropriate question considering she wasn’t able to do it herself.

The room went silent and time passed. You would think at least one person would come out and say, 
“Of course! I’ll help you!” 
But no one said anything. Finally after realizing no one was offering to help, I said,
“I’d be happy to do it!”

Some of the people at dance looked at her with such distaste. Back stage I was telling her how good she did and how beautiful she looked and one of the girls looked at me as if to say, 
“Really Bay? Beautiful? Smh.” 
I glared at her and said, 
“What?!” 
She looked away quickly.

Please, if you see anyone with a disability treat them with as much respect as you would to you parents or your best friend. They deserve it just like everyone else.

Xxxx

What To Wear: New School Year
By: Nigar
I know you don’t want to think about it yet, but sadly school is starting soon again. So to avoid morning stress when you can’t pick any clothes for school, here are some outfits ideas that are perfect for a school day.
Flowy dress with an over sized knit cardigan
When the weather is nice, not too cold not too hot, this outfit is a great option. I really like the cute loose dresses with prints from Brandy Melville and you can probably find knit cardigans at so many places like vintage stores. For shoes i’d wear a pair of white (or black) converse. 
Loose white top with dark knee ripped skinny jeans
This outfit would probably be more for girls with a rock kinda style. If it’s too plain you could add a lot of other stuff to it. A cute necklace or lots of silver rings would look amazing ! You can wear it a pair of boots or also converse. 
Loose striped top with rolled up boyfriend jeans
I really like this tomboy outfit and i think this will also fit very comfy. I have a a pair of boyfriend jeans myself which i bought at Asos and i love them ! For shoes i’d wear a pair of low cut Doc’s or`converse again. A fedora hat would make this outfit complete. 
Skater skirt with a knit sweater
I wore this a few days ago and i loved it ! It’s so cute and comfy. I got my skirt from H&M and i got my sweater from Brandy Melville. You can get both items in different colors or other stores but do look if the colors match. You could add some jewelry and wear the outfit with any shoes you’d like (they need to be comfy though because it’s for school). 
Also, if you live in a cold area like i do you can also wear tights or coats with some of the outfits. Good luck to everyone next year, don’t worry you’ll do great !

What To Wear: New School Year

By: Nigar

I know you don’t want to think about it yet, but sadly school is starting soon again. So to avoid morning stress when you can’t pick any clothes for school, here are some outfits ideas that are perfect for a school day.

  • Flowy dress with an over sized knit cardigan

When the weather is nice, not too cold not too hot, this outfit is a great option. I really like the cute loose dresses with prints from Brandy Melville and you can probably find knit cardigans at so many places like vintage stores. For shoes i’d wear a pair of white (or black) converse. 

  • Loose white top with dark knee ripped skinny jeans

This outfit would probably be more for girls with a rock kinda style. If it’s too plain you could add a lot of other stuff to it. A cute necklace or lots of silver rings would look amazing ! You can wear it a pair of boots or also converse. 

  • Loose striped top with rolled up boyfriend jeans

I really like this tomboy outfit and i think this will also fit very comfy. I have a a pair of boyfriend jeans myself which i bought at Asos and i love them ! For shoes i’d wear a pair of low cut Doc’s or`converse again. A fedora hat would make this outfit complete. 

  • Skater skirt with a knit sweater

I wore this a few days ago and i loved it ! It’s so cute and comfy. I got my skirt from H&M and i got my sweater from Brandy Melville. You can get both items in different colors or other stores but do look if the colors match. You could add some jewelry and wear the outfit with any shoes you’d like (they need to be comfy though because it’s for school). 

Also, if you live in a cold area like i do you can also wear tights or coats with some of the outfits. Good luck to everyone next year, don’t worry you’ll do great !

Converse Love
By: Triana
They’re comfortable, they go with every outfit, you can wear them till they fall apart. The every day girl’s dream. Converse. 
Investing in a pair of these shoes does not cost much. They’re relativity inexpensive seeing as how they’re so versatile. 
The canvas and rubber keep the shoes looking nice, until they get some real wear in them. With these shoes you don’t have to worry about keeping them pristine, you can throw them around and it just adds to the character. 
Converse has a pair made for everyone. There are low tops or high tops and an array of colors. They even offer ones you can customize yourself. Pick one or pick a few, you can’t go wrong.
Adding these shoes to your summer wardrobe is no mistake. Run and jump around without a worry in the world. You’ll always have your go-to shoe in your closet.
If you’re looking for something to start the school year off right, try a pair of converse too. They create the perfect back to school outfit with some leggings and a t-shirt or a girly dress and a cardigan. Depending on your school, you won’t even need to change your shoes for gym. 
Another idea is to just throw a pair in your locker. Make sure they don’t smell first though. If you wear a pair of uncomfortable shoes to school, you can just change into the converse and not be in pain for the rest of the day. What a relief!
Keep it simple with converse and you won’t regret it.

Converse Love

By: Triana

They’re comfortable, they go with every outfit, you can wear them till they fall apart. The every day girl’s dream. Converse. 

Investing in a pair of these shoes does not cost much. They’re relativity inexpensive seeing as how they’re so versatile. 

The canvas and rubber keep the shoes looking nice, until they get some real wear in them. With these shoes you don’t have to worry about keeping them pristine, you can throw them around and it just adds to the character. 

Converse has a pair made for everyone. There are low tops or high tops and an array of colors. They even offer ones you can customize yourself. Pick one or pick a few, you can’t go wrong.

Adding these shoes to your summer wardrobe is no mistake. Run and jump around without a worry in the world. You’ll always have your go-to shoe in your closet.

If you’re looking for something to start the school year off right, try a pair of converse too. They create the perfect back to school outfit with some leggings and a t-shirt or a girly dress and a cardigan. Depending on your school, you won’t even need to change your shoes for gym. 

Another idea is to just throw a pair in your locker. Make sure they don’t smell first though. If you wear a pair of uncomfortable shoes to school, you can just change into the converse and not be in pain for the rest of the day. What a relief!

Keep it simple with converse and you won’t regret it.

Trip To Canada/USA

By: Nigar

Hello lovely readers ! Recently I’ve been on a trip to Canada and USA and i wanted to make a little article about all the places I’ve been to. I truly had the best vacation ever and i’d love to come back to all the places again !

Toronto (Canada)

First i went to Toronto and it was my first time in Canada so i was very excited ! The people there were very nice and helpful. I really liked the difference between the buildings in the city because there were old ones made of bricks with cute plants on the roof but also very modern buildings which was fun to see all together. There were also a lot of cute cafes i really enjoyed while watching the World Cup ;) Places like Queen Street W. and Yonge Dundas are great to go shopping. If you ever go to Toronto, try to go on a bus trip to the Niagara Falls, itself and the area is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth going to. Toronto is one of my favorite cities now.

Miami Beach (USA)

I’ve been to the USA a few times already but Miami was totally new for me so i was very stoked ! The people there were very different from the Dutch people which i really liked, they’re more open and not afraid to be their selves. Miami Beach is more a place to relax and go swimming than a busy city to go shopping. At night it’s fun to go out and have a drink at Ocean’s Drive, i really loved that street because it’s so alive and has a good vibe. It was also a fun place to watch the World Cup ! Miami just made me happy.

New York City (USA)

Last but not least, my favorite city of all time. This was my 4th time there and i was very excited to go back again ! The city is so big and alive i just enjoy watching the city. Places like Greenwich Village and SoHo have the cutest apartments ever. I went to the High Line for the first time which was very lovely and peaceful + they have great restaurants across the street. One of the most fun things i did in NY was going to Coney Island in Brooklyn, i had a really fun night there. But my favorite place in NYC will always be Central Park. Me and my friend went for a picnic there which was very relaxing and peaceful. My last day i went to the Today Show to watch 5 Seconds Of Summer perform there and it was a really fun experience ! New York City is still my favorite city.

Trend Alert

By: Nicole

Hello everyone! Although it’s summer time, this week has been a hectic one! I’ve been keeping myself busy by having photo shoots with my friends, trying out DIY activities to share, and of course, writing more articles for our lovely readers! Here are some items and obsessions that caught my eye this week…


Slip-On Sneakers - Slip-on sneakers are becoming quite a trend this summer, and it’s no wonder why: they’re comfy, light-weight, practical, and look ultra chic! They look great with skirts, boyfriend jeans, shorts, and dresses, and are ideal for walking in the city! Neutral colors are the best when it comes to everyday shoes like these, so I recommend investing in a pair of white, black, or gray slip-ons.You can find these fab shoes from brands like Vans, H&M and American Apparel.

Fruit-Infused Water - A wonderful - and delicious! - way to stay hydrated during the warm months of summer is to drink fruit-infused water. It’s quick, easy and convenient to make and perfect for on-the-go or after a workout! Make very thin slices of your favorite fruits (I usually use lemons and oranges) and put them in a bottle of water. You can even add mint leaves or small berries (such as raspberries, etc). Enjoy this sweet and guilt-free treat!
Kimonos - These beautiful Japanese blouses are perfect for dressy occasions or a night out! Pair them with a crop top and high-waisted shorts, a fitted dress, a t-shirt and jeans and even sneakers or wedges! Kimonos can be found in American Apparel, Forever21, Charlotte Russe, Brandy Melville, Etsy, and more! You can even try sewing one yourself out of a big old scarf, using a template! A girl at my school created a business sewing and selling kimonos made out of scarves, and her business has been so popular lately!
Triangl Bikinis - These awesome bikinis have become very popular recently, but I can remember wanting one since the first time I saw one on Tumblr over a year ago! This Australian brand creates the most high-quality, unique, stunning swimwear and underwear! Their bikinis are to die for, and although they aren’t in everyone’s ideal price range, they are a price worth splurging for. They are durable and made of good quality materials, and should last for a few years. Visit triangl.com for more information!
Chokers - Having recently bought a choker necklace online (I should receive it in the next few days), I’ve become a huge fan of them! The style of chokers that is popular right now is a black cord choker with a metal charm hanging from the front (usually silver). The charms come in a range of styles, from a hamsa hand (which is like the one I just bought) to a crescent moon to a yin-yang symbol! This trendy accessory is versatile and neutral, so it matches almost any outfit! Here are some outfits I put together on Polyvore to style your choker. These lovely chokers can be found on websites such as Etsy, Brandy Melville, and eBay. This is the exact choker I just purchased online.

Trend Alert
By: Nicole
Hello everyone! Although it’s summer time, this week has been a hectic one! I’ve been keeping myself busy by having photo shoots with my friends, trying out DIY activities to share, and of course, writing more articles for our lovely readers! Here are some items and obsessions that caught my eye this week…
  • Slip-On SneakersSlip-on sneakers are becoming quite a trend this summer, and it’s no wonder why: they’re comfy, light-weight, practical, and look ultra chic! They look great with skirts, boyfriend jeans, shorts, and dresses, and are ideal for walking in the city! Neutral colors are the best when it comes to everyday shoes like these, so I recommend investing in a pair of white, black, or gray slip-ons.You can find these fab shoes from brands like Vans, H&M and American Apparel.

  • Fruit-Infused WaterA wonderful - and delicious! - way to stay hydrated during the warm months of summer is to drink fruit-infused water. It’s quick, easy and convenient to make and perfect for on-the-go or after a workout! Make very thin slices of your favorite fruits (I usually use lemons and oranges) and put them in a bottle of water. You can even add mint leaves or small berries (such as raspberries, etc). Enjoy this sweet and guilt-free treat!
  • KimonosThese beautiful Japanese blouses are perfect for dressy occasions or a night out! Pair them with a crop top and high-waisted shorts, a fitted dress, a t-shirt and jeans and even sneakers or wedges! Kimonos can be found in American Apparel, Forever21, Charlotte Russe, Brandy Melville, Etsy, and more! You can even try sewing one yourself out of a big old scarf, using a template! A girl at my school created a business sewing and selling kimonos made out of scarves, and her business has been so popular lately!
  • Triangl Bikinis These awesome bikinis have become very popular recently, but I can remember wanting one since the first time I saw one on Tumblr over a year ago! This Australian brand creates the most high-quality, unique, stunning swimwear and underwear! Their bikinis are to die for, and although they aren’t in everyone’s ideal price range, they are a price worth splurging for. They are durable and made of good quality materials, and should last for a few years. Visit triangl.com for more information!
  • Chokers - Having recently bought a choker necklace online (I should receive it in the next few days), I’ve become a huge fan of them! The style of chokers that is popular right now is a black cord choker with a metal charm hanging from the front (usually silver). The charms come in a range of styles, from a hamsa hand (which is like the one I just bought) to a crescent moon to a yin-yang symbol! This trendy accessory is versatile and neutral, so it matches almost any outfit! Here are some outfits I put together on Polyvore to style your choker. These lovely chokers can be found on websites such as Etsy, Brandy Melville, and eBay. This is the exact choker I just purchased online.

How To Prepare For School

By: Bay
Even though I know it’s a shame, we have to face the inevitable fact that school is coming soon. Summer is flying by and before we know it cold weather will come and homework will frustrate.
I find it easier to get myself prepared for school before it begins. There are many ways you can prepare yourself for the long days, but I have put together the perfect list that does just the trick.
First of all about 2 weeks before the first day of school you should begin to set your alarm clock in the morning so you get used to waking up early. This way your body has a chance to get into this habit and your brain is prepared so you’re not full of fatigue.
Next you have to go school shopping and get all your school supplies. Make sure you keep in mind the saying “quality vs quantity” while buying new things. I try and use as many supplies from the year before so I don’t have my parents buying new supplies that I already have.
You should also take a look into your closet and think about what outfits you can put together every morning. Look at some cute outfits that might not be the most comfortable but look adorable for the days you just want to dress up. Also look for some comfy outfits with leggings and sneakers for the days you’re feeling lazy, and just don’t care.
For those of you who have to wear a uniform I know you can’t really scan your closet for the perfect outfits. Although that doesn’t mean you don’t get to spice up your uniform. You can add some fun jewelry or hair accessories. Or you could paint your fingernails and toes. You could also wear a touch of makeup and some cute fake glasses.
I like to think of some back to school hairdos so I’m not having the same old boring hair everyday. A mixture of braids, buns, curls, or straight hair looks nice. Look some cute ones up on Youtube!
Make sure you go shoe shopping so you have a variety of comfy and cute shoes that don’t give you blisters. If you buy and new pair of shoes I suggest walking around in them with thick socks before so you break them in. I learned this from an expert.
I like to sort my stuff and pre-pack my bag so I’m ready for the first day.
I hope you find this useful!
Xoxo

How To Prepare For School

By: Bay

Even though I know it’s a shame, we have to face the inevitable fact that school is coming soon. Summer is flying by and before we know it cold weather will come and homework will frustrate.

I find it easier to get myself prepared for school before it begins. There are many ways you can prepare yourself for the long days, but I have put together the perfect list that does just the trick.

First of all about 2 weeks before the first day of school you should begin to set your alarm clock in the morning so you get used to waking up early. This way your body has a chance to get into this habit and your brain is prepared so you’re not full of fatigue.

Next you have to go school shopping and get all your school supplies. Make sure you keep in mind the saying “quality vs quantity” while buying new things. I try and use as many supplies from the year before so I don’t have my parents buying new supplies that I already have.

You should also take a look into your closet and think about what outfits you can put together every morning. Look at some cute outfits that might not be the most comfortable but look adorable for the days you just want to dress up. Also look for some comfy outfits with leggings and sneakers for the days you’re feeling lazy, and just don’t care.

For those of you who have to wear a uniform I know you can’t really scan your closet for the perfect outfits. Although that doesn’t mean you don’t get to spice up your uniform. You can add some fun jewelry or hair accessories. Or you could paint your fingernails and toes. You could also wear a touch of makeup and some cute fake glasses.

I like to think of some back to school hairdos so I’m not having the same old boring hair everyday. A mixture of braids, buns, curls, or straight hair looks nice. Look some cute ones up on Youtube!

Make sure you go shoe shopping so you have a variety of comfy and cute shoes that don’t give you blisters. If you buy and new pair of shoes I suggest walking around in them with thick socks before so you break them in. I learned this from an expert.

I like to sort my stuff and pre-pack my bag so I’m ready for the first day.

I hope you find this useful!

Xoxo