Friday, April 22, 2016

Modest Fashion: Spring

This is Part II of my Modest Fashion series. To recap;

I haven't always dressed modestly. In fact, I used to feel pressure to wear low-cut tops and short shorts just because that's what everyone wore and expected you to wear, too. I never actually felt comfortable in that stuff, and now I embrace modest dressing because if anything, it gives me more confidence than before. I appreciate and respect my body, and although sometimes I don't like certain aspects of it, I know it's special and should be treated as such.

Where I live, Spring is all about dressing in layers as it is usually pretty chilly (although occasionally warmer). Layers are perfect for dressing modestly!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Book Review: Her Fearful Symmetry

Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Pages: 401
Publication Date: 2009
Also Wrote: The Time Traveler's Wife, The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress


Her Fearful Symmetry seems to have reviews across the spectrum, with some hating it, some loving it and everything in between. I have to admit, by the time I finished it the first time, I hated ALL of the main characters, if not every character in the book. I hated them for who they were, not for how they were written or anything. No, this book was written extremely well. To elicit such a strong reaction is a mark of how good a writer Niffeneger is. After that, you would think I would put the book down and never look at it again. But no, almost immediately, I reread it. Seriously--I got to the last page, and then turned around and started again. Now It's one of my favorite fiction novels EVER.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Modest Fashion: Winter

I haven't always dressed modestly. In fact, I used to feel pressure to wear low-cut tops and short shorts just because that's what everyone wore and expected you to wear, too. I never actually felt comfortable in that stuff, and now I embrace modest dressing because if anything, it gives me more confidence than before. I appreciate and respect my body, and although sometimes I don't like certain aspects of it, I know it's special and should be treated as such.

A story that really drives this sentiment home for me takes place between Muhammed Ali and his daughters, who one day were dressed immodestly. It is an excerpt from the book, More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali's Life Lessons Through His Daughter's Eyes.

When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father's suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.

My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them."

He looked at me with serious eyes. "Your body is sacred. You're far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too."


Here are five looks perfect for the Winter season:




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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Secret Self

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I am going to have to burn all my journals before I die.

And not because I write a lot of horrible stuff about people (notice how I said "a lot," which means I may have written some horrible stuff) or have a ton of big secrets (Again: "a ton." How clever). 

But because I believe it's essential to keep at least a small part of yourself unknown to the world. Maybe that's my introversion speaking, but I don't think so. You maintain a sense of self when you can be assured that there is a part of you that belongs only to you. 

This is extremely difficult for me, since my boyfriend probably knows almost every single detail about me (and I him). But even if my journal just contains a different wording of an idea that he already knows, then it's still somehow secret. It's my head on paper. Minus the blood, cerebral spinal fluid and brain matter. 

Some people don't feel the need to commit this gruesome act, but I find that it helps my real brain to feel less cluttered when I journal. It's the muggle version of a pensive.

Whenever I feel a little lost though, all I have to do is look back in my old journals. All my past selves will be there waving up at me, and as long as they don't start talking back I'll know I'm not completely insane. 

I may be crazy but at least I'll know who I am.  

Cheers,
 



[1] At this point you might be wondering what a picture of a turtle is doing here. It's because turtles can hide and I thought that was symbolic and significant to the subject matter. It's a shame the real reason isn't because I secretly own a collection of turtles and this was my way of hinting about it.

Monday, January 4, 2016

A New Beginning: Week of January 4, 2016

I know in reality January 1st means nothing, but it still brings a sense of hope and freshness. As we start the first week of this new year, here are some quotes that have inspired me lately:


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Friday, January 1, 2016

The Leading Lady

I have this problem of taking a back seat in my own life. I'm an observer by nature--if you happened to attend a dinner party with me, I'd be the one quietly absorbing the conversation around me--forgetting that I should probably talk once in a while, too.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Advent 2015

As Christmas approaches, I've been looking for a quiet way to celebrate and appreciate it before it quickly passes. Over the past few years, I haven't been able to really enjoy Christmas and find it's mostly because of the commercialism and stress that often pervades it. Instead of giving in and becoming totally stressed out, I've created a plan for Advent 2015.

Part 1 includes making my own advent candle like the one below:

http://www.theprettyblog.com/house/get-look-christmas-advent-calendars/

Thursday, November 12, 2015

For the Love of Books

Before the leaves started to turn, my boyfriend & I decided to take a trip to a bookstore cafe we'd never been to in the area. It was in the middle of an apartment-type complex; something we never would have found if not for Yelp! (If you live nearby Philly area, it's called Wellington Square Bookshop.) Visiting places like this instantly re-awakens my love for books, though that love never really dies.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Summer/Fall 2015

The title of this post alone is a testament to how little I've written lately.

I feel bad about that, but I also know I've needed a break this summer. A lot has been going on, some of it due to my own stupidity, and some I could never have helped or prevented. I'm hoping this Autumn season will be a little more quiet. I did manage to take some pictures of what I've been up to, however:



Tuesday, September 8, 2015