Sunday, September 21, 2014

to do

Two weeks ago, I was challenged to write down ten things I was thankful for each week. It's a wonderful exercise to bring you back into a mindset of thanks and joy, and I thought I'd share the idea as well as my list of ten things.

1. Reading Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
2. "Dancing with the Stars" starting it's new season
3. My car battery being replaced
4. Movie night and bonfire with my friends
5. Painting my nails
6. Lots of birds outside my window 
7. Milkshakes with a friend
8. Talking about syntax
9. Reading writer's blogs and gaining inspiration
10. Eating peanut butter cake

Sunday, September 7, 2014

the greats: annika of the pineneedle collective

Inspired by so many amazing women I've been seeing around me- on the internet, in my life, or in print- I've decided to start a new series. Much like stuck in my head or recommendations, "the greats" will share what I love or admire- in this case, people. Without further ado, the first great of many: Annika of the blog The Pineneedle Collective.

Annika is a fashion blogger, but The Pineneedle Collective goes beyond that title. She promotes ethically-sourced fashion, which means refusing to support companies who may use sweatshop labor. To do this, she thrifts (which, if made by an unethical company, doesn't give them any of the profits) and makes her own clothes. She's also studying science in university (and integrates it into her blog posts!), showing that a girl can be smart and pretty and interested in fashion. Largely due to praise being based on appearance instead of academia (or athletics, or art, etc.), girls are underrepresented in scientific fields. People like Annika are important in adolescence, showing that girls can truly be whatever they want.

And so, I applaud Annika as a feminist role model and generally adorable person, and invite you all to look at the lovely pictures and text adorning her blog.

Monday, September 1, 2014

stuck in my head

Annie Clark, more popularly known as St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter. She plays several instruments, and began her career in various bands before branching out on her own. A few recommendations:

Happy listening!