march 19/16 – I’ve been going to the gym for the past three days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) so I decided to keep up by having a pretty healthy breakfast. I decided to make oatmeal, but my family ran out of almond milk (actual nightmare) so I had to use water for the quick oats. I added tons of coconut sugar and cinnamon to give it some taste, then squeezed in the insides of two passion fruits and placed two more on top. It was great. Take me back.
march 15/16 – So I’ve heard that American Apparel is apparently very controversial but to be honest, I don’t quite know what to believe. I know that there is a new chairwoman or CEO or something influential of the company who is unliked, due to the fact that she wants to go against what American Apparel have almost branded themselves as: uniqueness and difference (let’s ignore the previous problematic CEO Dov Charney, for now).
I respected American Apparel because the models they used were so diverse in terms of race, height, shape, etc and that they embraced being organic and natural (let’s gloss over the sweatshops the clothes are made in, for now). Apparently this new CEO has vowed to only cast Caucasian models with slim build, which is quite ridiculous, in my opinion.
Anyways, I was never much of a customer of American Apparel (never have been a customer actually, my wallet cannot withstand the prices in there), and while I still appreciate the clean, simple aesthetic they have, I suggest doing your research before buying from there. It actually made me really uncomfortable to walk into that store; I felt like I was being judged so I just walked right out after like 5 minutes. Nevertheless, you can’t deny that the whole “aesthetic” to that store is pleasing to the eye, hence why I took this picture.
march 15/16 – Went to the mall to look for prom dresses, emerged unsuccessful yet again. Felt very good in my outfit though. I bought some shoes from Topshop and a bunch of stuff from Lush, so I might do a Lush haul in the future.
TURTLENECK; Thrift Store (technically it’s my grandma’s LOL)
(FAKE) LEATHER JACKET; Forever 21
march 12/16 – Amazing lunch from Basil Box: tofu, sweet peppers and green beans on jasmine rice, topped with a peanut sauce and sprinkled with peanuts and sesame seeds. Also had some coconut water on the side. 10/10 would recommend, unless, of course, you are again allergic to peanuts (I’m so sorry).
march 12/16 – Went to the mall to look for prom dresses, emerged unsuccessful. Felt a little bit “minimalist tumblr” (it’s a thing, I swear).
DENIM JACKET; Forever 21
△; Below are a list of what I believe to be classic, enjoyable movies that I think everyone (or almost everyone) needs to watch in their lifetime. From The Breakfast Club to John Tucker Must Die, I strongly believe the majority of these movies will not only be entertaining, but also explore issues of identity and self-discovery. Is it problematic that the majority of these movies contain white characters? Yes. Are some scenes in the majority of these movies problematic? Definitely yes. Do you have to like all of these movies? Of course not. It’s important to recognize this and form your own opinions on these movies before watching. Let’s get started.
AMERICAN GRAFFITI, 1973 (PG) – A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
SIXTEEN CANDLES, 1984 (PG) – A young girl’s “sweet sixteenth” birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB, 1985 (R) – Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF, 1986 (PG-13) – A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.
PRETTY IN PINK, 1986 (PG-13) – A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY, 1989 (PG) – English teacher Keating told their students to look at poetry with a different perspective of really authentic knowledge and feelings.
DAZED AND CONFUSED, 1994 (R) – The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.
FORREST GUMP, 1994 (PG-13) – Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.
PULP FICTION, 1994 (R) – The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
CLUELESS, 1995 (PG-13) – A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, 1999 (PG-13) – A new kid must find a guy to date the meanest girl in school, the older sister of the girl he has a crush on, who cannot date until her older sister does.
FIGHT CLUB, 1999 (PG-13) – An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more…
NEVER BEEN KISSED, 1999 (PG-13) – A journalist enrolls in her old highschool as part of her research for a story.
SHE’S ALL THAT, 1999 (PG-13) – A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school’s prom queen.
ALMOST FAMOUS, 2000 (R) – A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.
HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS, 2003 (PG-13) -Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies’ man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the “How To” beat for “Composure” magazine and is assigned to write an article on “How to Lose a Guy in 10 days.” They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.
SCHOOL OF ROCK, 2003 (PG-13) – After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.
13 GOING ON 30, 2004 (PG-13) – A 13 year old girl plays a game on her 13th birthday and wakes up the next day as a 30 year old woman.
MEAN GIRLS, 2004 (PG-13) – Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.
MILLION DOLLAR BABY, 2004 (PG-13) – A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
NAPOLEAN DYNAMITE, 2004 (PG) – A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.
JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE, 2006 (PG-13) – Three ex-girlfriends of a serial cheater set up their former lover to fall for the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken.
SHE’S THE MAN, 2006 (PG-13) – When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she’s not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.
JUNO, 2007 (PG-13) – Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER, 2009 (PG-13) – An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
THE BLIND SIDE, 2009 (PG-13) – The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
THE HELP, 2011 (PG-13) – An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, 2012 (PG-13) – An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, 2012 (R) – After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
STAY RAD, rach xo
△; Minimalism (no, not the fashion) has made me feel a lot better about myself and my life in general, so I felt I needed to share.
It started when my World Religions teacher gave us an assignment: Touch every item you own and make a mental note in your head, then write down a two paged paper, double spaced, on your experience.
Sounds boring, I know. but I did it anyways, and I truly realized how much pointless stuff I really owned. Half of the items in my closet had grown too small or I didn’t wear them, i had numerous amounts of books from when I was around five, and my room was a cluttered mess. I realized I mostly kept this stuff around, not because of significance or personal meaning, but because of the amount of money I’d spent on it. Why would I throw out something I’d spent so much money on?
However, getting rid of this stuff may be the key to feeling happier and more free.
01; PEACE OF MIND
By letting go of most of your material possessions, you let go of your stress as well. In the process it may seem scary, but after a few months, you probably won’t remember why you kept that item around in the first place. It was hard letting go of some of my items – what if I needed to wear that shirt on a special occasion? What if that doll grew to have some value? But after you let those items go, your worries about them go with it and you feel more free.
02; EXTRA CASH & MORE EXPERIENCES
When you don’t waste your money on materialistic items, you’ll realize how much you have left over for more meaningful, once in a lifetime experiences, like concert tickets or vacations. Giving up things you never wanted in the first place can result in more enjoyable things in the process.
03; CONFIDENCE & COURAGE
Most of the time we don’t realize it, but our life quickly becomes centered around our possessions. We fear for what would happen if they were gone, if a fire took them away or they were stolen. It’s amazing how we develop such a sense of security around what we own. Reducing your items to the necessities can make you realize what really matters and develop a greater sense of self in the process. Your items do not define who you are.
04; BETTER RELATIONSHIPS
With more freedom, more courage and less worry, it’s not surprising that better relationships result from minimalism as well. Without your focus being spent on your stuff, it can be spent on putting more time and love into friendships, relationships, etc. You’ll find it easier to let go of things that don’t matter, because now you do kinda have a sense of what does.
05; UNTETHERED LIFE
Reducing the excess amount of things you have allows you to live an untethered life with a little more freedom. You’re able to do what you love to do without worrying about all these things holding you back. You’re able to pack up easier and move somewhere else if you feel like it. Being a minimalist makes you realize that money doesn’t amount to everything, and you’ll develop a deeper happiness and overall understanding to living a fulfilling life.
I’m not saying that you should get rid of every single one of your possessions so that you’re living with the bare necessities. Minimalism is not about that, it’s about letting go and living a meaningful life with less. You don’t have to be a full on nomad and get rid of every single thing you own. Take a few steps. Get rid of some clothes in your closet. Donate the books you don’t read. Reduce the amount of clutter in your life. You’ll find yourself happier without them.