On My Radar: It Will be Okay

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This week has just been one of those weeks. It is safe to say the weekend can’t come soon enough. It started off so promising and then one thing lead to another and basically I can’t wait for it to be over.

So far my week has gone something like this; I’ve managed to injure my foot, I randomly broke down and started crying in the middle of my stats class (my professor didn’t say anything but kept looking at me funny). I also had a meeting with my academic advisor and found out I still need to take 98 credits in order to get a dual degree by the time I graduate. On top of that, I can feel a cold coming on and I am absolutely exhausted.

Now in the grand scheme of things, my problems are oh so minor yet at this moment it’s questionable if I’ll make it through (I’m slightly kidding…).

I must remember that it will be okay. All of these problems are not the end of the world. I will get through this. Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start.

Everything will be okay.

How do you deal with stressful weeks?

-Madeline Simone

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Hollywood Glamour

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I recently visited a fashion exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and was in awe of the beauty. The exhibit was called “Hollywood Glamour / Fashion and Jewelry From the Silver Screen”. The exhibit displayed dresses and accessories worn by Hollywood actresses on the movie screen in the 20s and 30s.

The various gowns were designed by Chanel, Travis Banton and Adrian. The gowns were absolutely stunning. Many of the dresses were timeless. There was a black Chanel dress in particular that I was slightly drooling over.

In the back of the exhibit there was a giant screen playing various clips from the movies the gown on display were featured in. I was fascinated by the screens ability to alter the appearance of the dress. On the other side of the exhibit was jewelry and accessories worn during the 20s.

I love looking at fashion from previous eras. Fashion is always changing yet is also influenced from the past. It’s amazing to see a dress that was made 90 years ago and could still be worn today.

The exhibit will be at the MFA through the beginning of March. If you have the opportunity to go before it closes,  I would highly recommend it.

What do you think about the evolution of fashion?

-Madeline Simone

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Current Obsession: Journals

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I have a love for good quality paper, stationary, notebooks and journals. I’m always on the hunt for a beautiful journal to fill with my thoughts and ideas. Here are some of my favorite journals.

Do you obsess over good quality paper and journals?

-Madeline Simone

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Healthy Living: Detox Time

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At the end of January I decided to go on a two week detox. I will be the first to admit that my diet is absolutely horrendous. It is something that I have wanted to fix but never knew where to start. I am the world’s pickiest eater. I really wish I could eat better but I get easily grossed out by textures of foods so eating healthy can be a struggle. I could live off of bread and cheese for the rest of my life but unfortunately that is not an ideal diet.

 It wasn’t until recently when I realized I needed to make a change in my diet. I decided to go on a cleanse because in the past I tried slowly introducing vegetables into my diet but it was never successful. I figured the only way I could get results was to limit myself to a really strict diet.

During the two week detox I eliminated dairy, wheat, gluten, caffeine, sugar and reduced my intake of processed foods. I’d be lying if I said it was easy. In fact it was very difficult (I nearly quit… a few times). My mom and sister also did the detox with me which made it a bit easier to get through.

Although I couldn’t wait to eat bread and chocolate, I learned how much I enjoyed eating healthier foods. It definitely took a few days to get used to but later on in the first week I started to feel really good. I had more energy my complexion improved and I felt better about myself. Over the course of the two weeks I was also able to lose seven pounds.

The cleanse wasn’t about losing weight for me but instead finding alternative foods that I enjoyed instead always picking the unhealthy option. I also did the cleanse because I wanted to prove to myself I could do it. The cleanse taught me portion control and the importance of moderation.

Have you ever done a detox before?

-Madeline Simone

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