Opinion: Life-Size II

I remember curling up in my Disney princess blanket and turning on the Life-Size movie. I was so excited. Tyra Banks was a tall Goddess-like barbie. Lindsey Lohan was a relatable character that was experiencing the same frustrations I was. I held that movie close to my heart. So I was excited to hear Life-Sized II was coming out this December.

I tuned into my Netflix account and curled up to watch the new Life-Size II only to be disappointed.  The main character Grace is unrelatable.  An empty shallow, dare I say it, CEO. Is obsessed with her image.  The opening scene is her wearing a bikini and getting sh–t faced drunk. This character is not at all the loveable tom-boy Casey.

pexels-photo-207809The friendships Grace has seems forced and self-centered. The funny moments aren’t authentic and what tries to be empowering just ends up being funny. For example, after a rap Grace performs at a shareholders conference. (After being late btw)  Displays her new dolls, “Woke Barbie, and Freckles Barbie.” The idea behind is admirable.

Times are changing and we need the media to change with it.  To think a returning fan or millennial would like this movie is an example of the disconnected studio. They push for remakes without understanding the heart of its fans. We are not all social media obsessed, robots. We appreciate 90s nostalgia for what it was. The lessons of friendship, love, and persistence don’t need bad raps.

If you have a chance check it out and tell me what you think.

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Best Floral Arrangement Money Can Buy

We all have that special someone that loves flowers. Below I have listed the best floral arrangments money can buy.

The Bouqs

This site is beautifully seamless. They list where the flowers come from, and a little bio about the farmers. You have the option to do a standard, deluxe, or grand bouquet.

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Bloombox Co.

A great floral subscription service is Bloombox Co. You have the option to customize the size of your flowers every month. Bloombox Co is available in Australia and the U.S.  Subscription prices range from $40-60 per month.

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The best and probably most popular online floral site is Venus et Fleur. Venus et Fleur has been featured in Elle, Vogue and InStyle magazine. It is a luxurious floral box, a perfect gift for someone special in your life.

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I love flowers. Do you guys have any more recommendations? List them below in the comments.

Minimalist Outfits on a Budget

I have come to love minimalist fashion. The pieces I’ve purchased can be mixed and matched with different outfits throughout the season.

Outfit #1

Top: H&M Cropped White Blouse

Jeans: Forever 21 “Mom Jeans”

 

Outfit #2

Top: Amazon Off Shoulder Top

Jeans: Forever 21 “Mom Jeans”

 

Outfit #3

Top: Express Black Reversible Black Cami

Jacket: Loft Demin Jacket

Pants: Loft Pants

 

UberEats Explained in Fewer than 140 Characters

downloadUberEatsMy new favorite app is UberEats. The concept is simple. Uber the famous carpool, taxi company has introduced food delivery. There are other companies that deliver food like Postmates, GrubHub and Doordash. I chose UberEats because I’m familiar with Uber.  In less than 90 words I’ll describe my experience! It was a cloudy day and I was hungry like SUPER hungry. I didn’t want a burger, or pizza, I wanted a home-cooked meal. While I was starving in bed I scrolled through UberEats.giphyEmmaW

I stumbled upon this little place called Gillies. It was less than 15 miles away. Their menu considered fried fish, mac and cheese, chili and meatloaf.  I quickly placed my order and waited. UberEats tracks the order from preparation to delivery. After the order is delivered there an option to tip the driver. UberEats is a great option for busy people.

People Projecting Their Self Limiting Beliefs On Me

I would like to apologize first for the long title. This title came to me when I was reflecting this morning. The reason I was reflecting was my energy has been off. I feel negative, gross and dragged down. One of these reasons could be my job. I have been working nonstop and sometimes not with the best people. The energy they project on me is sometimes negative.

If you ever meet me I’m a happy, bubbly person. People ask me all the time “how are you so cheerful?” It’s easier to be cheerful than you think. I chose to be happy. Everything is so much more difficult when you’re in a bad mood. Most days I’m ‘comme ci  comme ca,’ but when I feel something eating at me I go into investigative mode. meditation-1384758_960_720

I decided to write down everything that was bothering me. After I write down all my fears, feelings and emotions I reread it and put it away. I have to do this every week otherwise my feeling would eat at me.

The people I interact with let these emotions manifest in their everyday lives. When I meet them it like “Whoa! Don’t bring that energy here buddy. My space is sacred!” I’m very empathic and can feel people’s emotions.

I don’t have a solution for eliminating these negative people. The only advice I can give is to keep yourself full. Keep your space sacred and distance yourself from them.

Fall Layered Necklace

It is official! Fall is here, and that means layering galore. In this article, I decided to tackle

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necklace layering. It can be fun yet tricky at the same time. Below I have listed a couple of my tips for the perfect layered look.

#1 Buy Cheap

If you’re first starting out buying cheaper, less expensive necklaces is the way to go. This is because when you’re first discovering your style you don’t want to get bogged down with prices. Shops like Forever21, Francescas, and Aldo can be a great option.

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#2 Buy Sets

The stores I’ve mentioned above have already arranged sets for $12-20. That can help you get an idea of what you would like to wear.

A plain gold chain, a delicate diamond necklace or an extravagant gem piece.  You can buy these pieces from Baublebar, and Etsy.

#3 Customize your Sets

Once when you are comfortable and know your style, make a custom set of your favorite necklaces. Now would be the time to invest in quality necklaces like a

#4 Wear to Wow

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You’re a fashionista anyway so wear to wow.

The Lasting Influences of Fredia Kahlo

It was a Friday night and I was looking for a feel-good movie to watch on Netflix. One of my suggested movies was Coco. I’ve only heard great things about the movie so I pressed play. Coco was a lovely, enchanting movie, briefly in the movie you see Fredia Kahlo. Kahlo is in her studio swaying her hips around as she paints herself. She paints herself, puts on a play about herself and talks about herself!

I can’t help but think the real Kahlo would be disappointed.  They depicted her as a self-

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absorbed artist. Kahlo’s story begins when she got into an accident that nearly paralyzed and caused her to lose her right leg.  She spent most of her time immobile and with herself.  Kalho is quoted as saying “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone because I am the person I know best.”

Kahlo has influenced women, surreal artist and Hispanic culture for years. Her fearless approach to fashion, love, life, and death is so transparent. Frida wore vibrant bright skirts and dresses. She sometimes wore a pants-suit. She expressed herself in fashion and art.

Kahlo loved many people in her life, men and women. Her greatest love was Diego. She has said “I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and I’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.” Diego loved Frida for her insatiable spirit and talent.

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Her art often represented her struggles. She tried many times to conceive children but it was impossible because of her accident. The infidelity of her husband caused her grief. The constant pain she was in because of her accident made it difficult to get around. Despite it all, she painted and shared her story with us. Which is selfless.

There are many movies and exhibits that cover the real life of Frida Kahlo. A good place to start is the movie with Salma Hayek called Frida.  She was an artist before her time.

What Makes a City Hospitable

A hospitable city is a place where you feel at ease. A place you can plop up your feet and relax. I have traveled to a few of these places and it’s easy for me to say I’ll be returning. A hospitable city has friendly people, great food and budget-friendliness.

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Airbnb recently released a study of the most hospitable cities according to Airbnb users. I have added the study to this article for y’all to check out. Some of the most hospitable cities include Ashville, Austin, Charleston, and Nashville.

Southern states like Nashville and Charleston are more likely to rate as a “hospitable city.” You can see examples of hospitality throughout the city. The pace is slower, people talk slower. In fact, it is not uncommon for folks to sit on their porch drinking sweet tea and having long conversations.

Food is another major part of it. A good slow cooked chicken with a variety of sides and limitless drinks. You’ll eat until you burst. My favorite vacation dish is a moscow mule with chicken and waffles.

The friendliness of the locals was also a major factor. A warm, inviting attitude is what makes people return.  It helps when the agents recognize your birthday or anniversary.  When you’re traveling you also want to get the most for your money. Southern states are known for inexpensive food, and hotels.

 

Time Travel

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Have you ever wanted to time travel?

To a place unknown

A place unseen

A place only you can go

Without leaving your home

Without moving your feet

Inside this place you are everyone and everyone is you

You see, you feel, you speak 

You share because you are them and they are you

Until the end, the last word

The time travel ends

Your feet planted

You are you again 

The time travel ends

–C.Smith