Picture This: The Power of Visualization

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Back when I played soccer, my dad–the soccer connoisseur of my family–always told me to visualize on game day. He’d joke and facetiously say, “Be the ball,” like you see in movies, but his words also held some sincerity. He told me that if I pictured myself running off the ball, having a great first touch, and kicking with firm precision, then I would better be able to actually accomplish those goals in the rush of a game. So on early Saturday mornings, with puffy eyes and fresh dew coating the landscape like a blanket, my parents drove me to my soccer games as I dreamt of little black and white balls in the back seat. And I felt ridiculous doing it. I can’t say for certain whether visualization ever improved my skill in a game, but I do know it has found an unexpected yet welcome home in other aspects of my life—and it should work its way into yours, too. Continue reading

To Pack or Not to Pack? The Struggles of College Dorm Living as a Fashionista

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For many of us, the excitement of college lies just around the corner…as in, less than two weeks around the corner (yay!). But before the rush of trying new things, meeting new people, and exploring a topic of interest, the first test of college is the stress and difficulty of packing. That’s right. There’s no secret that dorms are small, with even smaller closet space. So you have to find some way to decide which of your beloved clothing items you can take and which will suffer the lonely fate of being left behind. Oh, what is a fashionista to do?! Continue reading

Dressing for Fashion Capitals of the World (As a Tourist)

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If you saw my Instagram post yesterday, you know I’ve been traveling for the last week and a half, and one of the places I visited was New York City for the first time. Not only did I feel excited to explore such an iconic and important city, but I also looked forward to observing all the fabulous fashion. After all, NYC is one of the fashion capitals of the world (along with Paris, Milan, and London). Being cute as a tourist is already hard enough with fanny packs and sneakers and all, but being a fashionable tourist in the Big Apple?! This posed a whole new kind of style dilemma. Continue reading