photo by david_shankbone on flickr
Fashion is a product of pop culture and a medium in which to express ideals within any culture.
Fashion can be serious, fun, over the top, or understated.
You can claim a new persona and use fashion and beauty to define yourself as you see fit.
For me, fashion is about fun. It’s about experimenting and enjoying the creation of a look. Not everyone gets the same satisfaction and it’s possible that clothes are just so you are not walking around naked. But isn’t it fun to have them become something more. Isn’t it grand that those who choose can use them as an expression of self. Making it about knowing when to be polished, flirty, casual, or unhinged.
Photo of Patagonia by Piero on flickr
There is so much beauty to be seen in this world from the works of Matisse to Patagonia. Fashion is the everyday artistic movement that is constantly transforming and yet timeless. We still look back to past generations and recreate amazing looks that show us how far we have come and yet how we can’t get too far from the past. Everyday can be a curated look. Or you can save it for special occasions. Either way we all get to make it our own. This is why I love it.
I caught the red carpet today while I was stuck in bed (due to a cold) and I was happy to see my love for fashion reignite. I love watching gorgeous people get dressed up and flirt with the cameras. I wasn’t paying enough attention as of late to notice that Jennifer Lawrence has risen from new girl on the block to beauty icon and I am definitely stealing her honey blond hair next time I am in the salon.
My favorite look was probably the Marchesa gown on Naomi Watts. I am a sucker for beading details and white. She is a stunning beauty and she looked effortless walking the red carpet with the handsome Liev Schreiber.
There is much more to say about the red carpet but since I can’t use pictures online that are copyrighted I’m going to go straight to the awards.
I have the softest spot for comedies so unfortunately I don’t watch the dramas that won this year, but good job guys and especially the knock-out Claire Danes for best female actor in a drama. On to comedy, I was very happy to see 30 Rock lock down two awards since their last episode was just a few days ago and I am sad to see it go. Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin really deserved to win for their great performances.
I still haven’t seen Les Miserables (I know I’m on it) but I have heard the gushing about how great it is and I congratulate Anne Hathaway on her win. I also haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook but as you know I have a little girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence and I’m sure she deserved it (no homo).
And I almost forget Modern Family is a hilarious show and I must see it every week so I am happy to see them recognized for best comedy series.
Seriously the whole cast is priceless I can’t even pinpoint one person to be the head of the back because all of them work so well together to make a great program, bravo!
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Summer time this year is full of distractions and invitations to bar-b-ques, Disney trips, weddings, etc. How do I keep it all together when I have so many conflicting events to attend in order to gather knowledge on social media and the blogosphere as well as attend my waitressing job. Time management has never been my area of expertise. I like to go with the flow and figure out the day of whether I can even attend an event.
Time management is something I have never excelled at. There are lots of methods that I’ve tried day planners, apps on my iPhone, and best of all just relying on my best friend to keep my schedule (that worked until we graduated high school). Now that I’m part of the real world I’ve found that events fall on the same day and I have to choose which is more important. This leads to double booking and tactfully letting people down.
I think keeping my events and event reminders in my iPhone has been the most effective method. The only downfall is I sometimes have to stop a person so I can quickly put events in my phone before I agree to them. Other than that my phone is always with me and the added weight of a day planner doesn’t have to be added to my book bag.
What methods do you find effective in time management?
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When it comes to starting a business, I want to all of the time with: a clothing shop, sandwich place, dance academy, the list goes on. I manifest on a single idea, today it is a sandwich shop, and create it to fruition in my head. Then I come back down to reality. I realize that the future small sandwich shop I so desire to own one day will cost a lot of money to build and will probably lead me to debt for the first years of its existence. The food industry is an interesting one because there are a lot of others already starting up in many different ways. There are food trucks, culinary expert restaurants, and then there’s me who just wants a simple healthy sandwich shop that is small and a nice place for people to chat and enjoy something simple. I don’t have a lot of experience with making food, but I know a lot about serving from my 5 years of experience. Making the customer happy with the product and experience is my ultimate goal and I want there to be healthy options for gluten free, vegetarians, and vegans, as well as the normal joe. I’m trying to be everything to everyone and everyone says that’s sure to fail.
How do I appeal to a large market without going bankrupt? How do I separate myself from all of the competition? If I want to appeal to everyone who wants a sandwich then I would need to have so many products that I don’t know how I would pay for all of the lost product and storage, because once again my experience is with the customer service part of the food industry. I guess every small business owner has doubts about their abilities before they start a business but mine are challenging my efforts to even begin to start.
There are a lot of questions that go into starting something like this and I’m not sure I have all of the answers. One thing that does inspire is the number of resources and networks there are that help people like myself. ”Getting yourself locked up with your dreams and initial techniques without seeking for new ideas, other people’s findings, and taking the advice of experts will get you sinking down the road quickly.” (The Starting Entrepreneur)
I do realize that doubt in itself is a healthy fear that helps me prepare for the future. If I didn’t doubt my future then I wouldn’t prepare for it.
So I ask of you, do you ever dream of owning a business? Do you already own a business? What are your doubts and how do you view them?
There are a lot of self help books out there claiming to help you own a business and stop the constant job search permanently. I often wonder if I can live this dream scenario, just today I received The $100 Startup in the mail. However, I can’t help but wonder how realistic these books are and how many success stories are really a happily ever after.
I am a big dreamer. I am susceptible to the supposed expertise of another who tells me that I too can do something I love and make money doing it. I don’t dream of owning a fortune 500 company, I just want to have enough. I want to travel and experience new things and not worry about my bank account depleting. I am probably just like everyone else. The same day I receive my new book in the mail I hear about another book The Job Delusion. Which makes me think, how many books are out there claiming that you can follow your dreams if you just believe? How many of these have actually worked since people often start businesses and don’t succeed?
In my quest to learn if my recent purchase was just bullocks I found an article “The Danger of the Dream Job Delusion.” It basically says that it’s not what you do for a living that makes it a dream job, but how you look at your job that makes the difference. The author says that people won’t view their possibly mundane jobs in the same positive light if they are dreaming of something else. I understand the author’s frustration with hearing about how to “quit your cubicle job to start a business” but if that’s what someone wants to do what’s so truly dangerous about that? I agree that some people do enjoy their day jobs but these people aren’t reaching for a book on how to get out of it, they are learning how to get better at it. The threat people are facing by reading these books doesn’t really exist because if someone is happy with their job, they’re not buying books about how to change it.
So this dream job genre has really been taking off, but what can it do for me? It is true that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, but what if you take a shot and then lose everything you have? There is a lot for these entrepreneur hopefuls to lose. That’s what drew me to The $100 Startup in the first place. If the risk is only $100, I am willing to take a chance and hopefully learn something new.
For now, my faith in self help books hasn’t been shaken. I will be reading this book with an open mind, positive attitude, and a grain of salt just in case. I don’t know all of the figures for startups becoming successful, but I do know that a positive outlook makes for a better life. If something goes wrong I’ll chalk it up to experience. And just to throw in another cliche, YOLO.