My Twilight Confession

Around Valentine’s Day, Twilight in all its many film manifestations dominated the movie channels. And I mean, eight-hour blocks of time where each movie was played back-to-back sans commercials. Almost every day. If this sounds horrible to you, rest assured that that’s how I felt, too. I switched off the TV in disgust…but then something strange happened. I caught the beginning of Breaking Dawn part 1, you know, the one where Bella has a demon baby growing inside her. Since the vision of Kristen Stewart emaciated and bruised was oddly gripping, I kept watching. Before I knew it, I was hooked. I watched almost every single Twilight film playing nearly non-stop and I loved every minute of it. Whoops.

Now, when I was 15, I jumped on the Twilight bandwagon. I got super excited when my copy of the first book came in the mail, devoured it, and before I knew it, I was 17 with my friends at an awkward, tween-infested midnight party for Breaking Dawn. For about two years, I really liked Twilight. I thought it was romantic, interesting, and even if it was terribly written, it was a gripping story. I never hit that point of being “in love with Edward” but I really did like the love story. It wasn’t until I grew up a bit that I realized Edward was kind of a controlling, abusive boyfriend, and that Bella was a bit of an idiot.

So I backtracked. I became rather outspoken against Twilight and roundly criticized it. I perhaps went too far in the opposite direction. And now, seven years after I first picked up Twilight, I find myself kind of liking it again. Liking Twilight again was surprising considering all its major flaws, but I kind of want to apologize for hating it so much. Sure, it’s sentimental, and some of Bella’s decisions are a bit dubious, and Edward is more creepy than not, but there’s something about Twilight that’s fun, romantic, and a bit transporting.

Recently, I read Gone With the Wind, and was surprised at the amount of racism and propaganda present in the novel. Parts of the book, especially the pro-KKK bits, were difficult to read, but I loved the book just the same. I loved it for the story, for the characters, for the way it swept me up into a different world. Though deeply flawed, I could not help but adore the story.

I think I feel the same way about Twilight. I’m not perhaps the wide-eyed fan I was at 15, but I surely don’t hate it just for the sake of hating it, not anymore. And there are things about it that I truly like, even though it’s so far from perfect. I like Bella’s selflessness and her capacity for love, I like the vampires’ redemption journeys, I like the backstory Meyer wrote about the werewolf clan. It’s a fun story, and it’s entertaining. So I’d like to take this time to apologize for hating Twilight, and maybe admit that now I’ve come to see things in that story I hadn’t seen before. Or maybe it’s just fun to watch Kristen Stewart as a vampire.

Reflections on Rant Chic

It’s been a couple weeks since I started writing for Rant Chic, and I wanted to share some of my favorite articles on here, and some reflections about my experience. I really like having the freedom to write about whatever I like, and since it’s a website specifically geared toward girls and women, the experience has taught me a lot about what I want to read about, versus topics that are stereotypically “girly.” Strangely enough, I haven’t written a lot about fashion; it’s been a lot of culture and more feminist-themed articles. I would definitely like to express my love for fashion and sense of style on the site, but in the meantime, I’m loving these culture articles! I also like the times when I can write about food and Friends.

Here are my favorite articles so far:

A Feminist’s Love for Lana Del Rey

I love Lana, and I really wanted to explore my feelings toward her as a feminist.

ModCloth Signs Anti-Photoshopping Pledge

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the news, and think it’s a major coup for those who want more honesty in advertising!

18 Organic and Cheap Beauty Methods to Try Today

I’ve spoke a little about my organic beauty tricks here, and I did a little research to uncover a lot more beauty methods! They’re pretty awesome.

JK Rowling Should Never Stop Writing

I’ve been pretty annoyed lately by articles insisting JK Rowling stop writing for various reasons, and I completely disagree.

Olivia Wilde Breastfeeds In Glamour’s September Issue

I loved Olivia Wilde’s September spread in Glamour, and thought about what it means for the so-called controversy of breastfeeding in public.

Let me know what you guys think!
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The Wit & Wisdom of Roald Dahl

Recently I went to Barnes and Noble and wandered the Children’s section like I used to when I was little. I would sit in these brightly lit corners for what felt like days, discovering my favorite books. Books like Ella Enchanted and Inkheart. I went back recently and stumbled upon a shelf of multicolored Roald Dahl books and bought them all. Some, like Matilda, I had read before. Others, like The BFG, I had only heard about. I loved descending into this crazy world and sifting through the whimsy and the unexpected and sometimes, as in the case of The Witches, the downright terrifying, to unearth some rather funny life lessons. Some of my favorite quotes and moments:

“When a man grows hair all over his face it is impossible to tell what he really looks like…Perhaps that’s why he does it. He’d rather you didn’t know.”

Source: The Twits. The lesson? Bearded men are sometimes not to be trusted.

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face…A person who has good thoughts can never be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

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Source: The Twits. Beauty always comes from the inside, not the outside.

“‘It is very unfair the way we Spiders are treated,’ Miss Spider went on. Why, only last week your own horrible Aunt Sponge flushed my poor dear father down the plug-hole in the bathtub.’”

Source: James and the Giant Peach. It is very bad luck to kill a spider.

“She decided that every time her father or her mother was beastly to her, she would get her own back in some way or another. A small victory or two would help her to tolerate their idiocies and would stop her from going crazy.”

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Source: Matilda. Lesson: Punishing your parents is sometimes necessary to keep them in line. I know that every time our parents kept me from eating dessert before dinner, I dreamed of pulling pranks like Matilda did on her parents. Only when they deserved it, of course!

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

Source: Matilda. Lesson: Reading is the fastest, cheapest way to travel, and it makes you smart to boot. Matilda taught me to love books and made me fall in love with the power of stories. Also: traveling by book is also cheap (though not as cheap as by peach).

“She kept her eyes steadily on the glass, and now the power was concentrating itself in one small part of each eye and growing stronger and stronger and it felt as though millions of tiny little invisible arms with hands on them were shooting out of her eyes towards the glass she was staring at.”

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Source: Matilda. Lesson: Fierce intelligence will quickly turn into a superpower, and you’ll never have to get up to get a snack again. While Matilda uses her amazing powers to help her teacher Miss Honey reclaim her house from the evil Miss Trunchbull, all I wanted as a kid was to make a box of Cheez-Its fly toward me from the kitchen (Hell, I still want that). The lesson here is that practicing telekinesis is always a good idea.

“And at the same time, his long bony body rose up out of the bed and his bowl of soup went flying into the face of Grandma Josephine, and in one fantastic leap, this old fellow of ninety-six and a half, who hadn’t been out of bed these last twenty years, jumped onto the floor and started doing a dance of victory in his pajamas.”

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Source: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Lesson: Chocolate is the world’s most powerful motivator, and can lead to ninety-year-old men leaping out of bed for the first time in twenty years. Really, if you can’t get out of bed and work for it, you really don’t deserve all that chocolate anyway.

“I want one. All I’ve got at home is two dogs and four cats and six bunny rabbits and two parakeets and three canaries and a green parrot and a turtle and a bowl of goldfish and a cage of white mice and a silly old hamster! I want a squirrel!”    

Source: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Lesson: Being a spoiled brat will cost you a career as an expert chocolatier.

Guys, this is serious. A lifetime’s supply of chocolate is at stake. Throw in a great glass elevator that can take you all over the world for free, and you had better make sure to be a nice, honest little child. Your wealthy, well-traveled adult self will thank you for it. Also, don’t swim in the chocolate river, it’s a trap.

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Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award

sisterhood-of-the-world-blogger-award2_thumbThis one really means a lot. When I started this blog I just wrote about the books I’d read. It was straightforward reviews and iPhone photos, and that was only ten months ago. Then I started asking my family to take some outfit shots, and started experimenting with fashion blogging. And now, almost a year after I began this blog, I feel like it has morphed into something I could never have imagined. This feels like my home, this little corner of the Internet world. The Sisterhood of the World awards mean a lot to me because I have striven to make this blog accessible to women like me: women who like reading, learning and teaching, who love fashion and beauty, who are struggling with life choices and dating, et cetera. So thank you! Thank you for reading, commenting and following.

I was nominated by Bold Beautiful Belle and The North Star.

Questions from Bold Beautiful Belle:

1. Favorite book series? Always Harry Potter.
2. Favorite restaurant? The Bronx Alehouse!
3. Favorite poem? The Lady of Shalott, Tennyson
4. Favorite flower? Lily of the valley
5. Favorite Disney princess? Ariel or Megara
6. Favorite way to spend Saturday night? Going out to the crappy bars in my area with my friends and cousins.
7. Favorite way to exercise? Aaahhh, I don’t exercise as much as I should but I do like taking long walks.
8. Favorite accessory? Rings.
9. Favorite place in the world? This is so hard. Maybe Italy, maybe a cabin in Alaska, maybe a bookstore in Peekskill. Maybe my own bed ;)
10. Would you rather DIY or buy from a store? Depends on my mood. Sometimes I love to be creative and save money and make something, at others I would rather shell out half my savings to buy something ready made! 

Questions from The North Star:

1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Probably the ability to change my appearance at will, like Tonks in Harry Potter. It means I’ll never have to fiddle with a curling iron ever again! Makes life easier.
2. Who is your favourite Disney character and why? It’s a toss-up between Ariel, Megara, and Aladdin.
3. What is your favourite color? Red! I love its boldness.
4. Who is the person who has inspired you the most? JK Rowling and my father.
5. What is your favourite number? (Most people I know have never thought of an answer to this question) 716 is my lucky number.
6. When was the last time you did something really spontaneous? Oooh, that’s a bad one. Probably some drunken escapade. 
7. Do you like roller coasters that go upside down? Naaaah. 
8. What time of year do you like the most and why? Spring. I love the colors of the flowers and the smell of the air.
9. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? Italy, to see my family, or India.
10. What is/was your favourite subject at school and has/had this always been your favourite or did you love something new every year? I always loved English/Literature and obviously still do. 

Here are my own nominations for this illustrious award:

Daisy Chains & Dreamers

The Taste Tracker

Books & Cleverness

And my questions:

1. What time period would you go to if you could time travel?
2. Do you watch TV or read at night?
3. What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
4. What is your least favorite social media account?
5. Did your blogging dreams live up to reality?
6. What did you want to be when you were younger?
7. What’s the beauty item you could never live without?
8. Are you iPhone or Android?
9. What are you looking forward to most in the near future?
10. What is your drink of choice?

 

Fashion // I hear the birds on the summer breeze

This is an outfit from about a week ago when I went to brunch with my family. The skirt’s from Chicwish. I really love the lining on the inside and the detail on the waist but it wrinkles so easily. I tried to put a braid in my hair and make it a bit more interesting. Not sure it worked! Happy Monday!

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top from Tobi, skirt from Chicwish, sandals and bag thrifted

The Best Vacation

Here are some pictures from a vacation I took a couple weeks ago, to a magical place called Glen Brook Farm in upstate New York. We go every year in July, and for a week, we act like lunatics and do strange events like mini golf in costume, pretend horse racing, really bad karaoke, costume contests, and a fair amount of alcohol. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the week, plus an awesome double photo shoot. It’s really the best place on earth.

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Caesar salad costume. Impressive, I know.

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And a dramatic golf photo shoot:

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Can’t wait for next year!