This past Tuesday, July 24th, news spread of singer Demi Lovato being rushed to the hospital due to apparent drug overdose. Sources were quick to assume that her hospitalization was due to heroin overdose. Demi’s close family and friends immediately shot down these accusations and rumors, confirming them to be false. Fans from all corners of the country were heartbroken and were sending tremendous amounts of love her way. Individuals such as Ellen, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Bruno Mars and of course, the Jonas Brothers showed their love and support via social media.
Demi Lovato has made her struggles with bullying, drugs, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder known, and uses it as a foundation when writing music and forming relationships with her fans. In a recent 2017 documentary titled “Simply Complicated” on YouTube Red, Demi opens up about the ups and downs she has faced throughout her life. Demi’s career kick-started when she got the part as a main character on the Disney movie, Camp Rock, and snowballed into a career leading to not only her own Disney show, but producing her own music as well. Being thrown into the spotlight so quickly had detrimental effects on her health both physically and mentally. Any fan of Demi knows that she took a break from the spotlight for a while, because of the addictions, eating disorders, and poor mental health problems that she was dealing with. At the young age of 19-years-old, Demi had started rehab.
.Fast forward 6 years, Demi Lovato is doing anything but dwelling on the past. She has become the best version of herself, being a huge advocate for mental health, and an even bigger advocate for confidence, which she based her 2015 album, Confident, off of. But this year, Demi released a new song titled Sober, in which she admits to not being sober anymore, breaking her six-years-sober. Demi has made her music personal on many levels, and this song was just as powerful as the rest, if not more so. In the song she apologizes to her mom and dad, her friends, her fans, and even herself. At the end of the song Demi sings,
“I’m sorry that I’m here again
I promise I’ll get help.
It wasn’t my intention
I’m sorry to myself.”
This song is raw and beautiful, and is a look inside of Demi’s life behind closed doors. It is definitely a song to listen to, if you haven’t heard it already. After hearing the news of Demi being rushed to the hospital, I was heartbroken, and I immediately started thinking about when I saw her in concert in 2013 for her Demi tour. It was my first general admission concert, and was probably my favorite one that I have been to by far. Her fans are so important to her, and I could tell during the concert. Multiple times Demi would talk to the audience like we were her friends, and had even stopped singing her cover of Rihanna’s Stay to ask a security guard to get one of her fans a tissue, since she was crying. Demi Lovato has a heart of gold, and has been through more struggles in the last 25 years that people go through in a lifetime.
Taking a trip to your local thrift store to find a vintage pair of high-waisted jeans to cut into shorts is nothing new, and is a fad that has been popular amongst our generation for years. It is a style that has grown so much that it is now seen in stores like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, but from my perspective, buying “vintage” clothing from a huge retail store is defeating the whole purpose behind it. In my opinion, buying vintage clothes from a store that has twenty of that same shirt in their back room does not count as purchasing vintage clothing. The beauty behind buying second-hand is that not only are you buying something original, but you are also saving the planet. Purchasing jeans from a Goodwill rather than Urban Outfitters not only saves you money, but also allows you to take a step towards saving the planet, that goes a little further than throwing an empty water bottle into a recycling bin.
Last summer, I discovered my love of thrift shopping, being able to pick up and a shirt or pair of jeans and bringing it home to either cut it up, distress it, or wear just the way I bought it. I loved it so much, not only because the clothes were inexpensive, but because I could find articles of clothing that I knew no one else would have, and I would have the opportunity to make them unique to my individual style. This past year I actually made an Instagram account selling vintage clothes that I found at local thrift stores both in Tallahassee and my home-town of Jacksonville, because I wanted to share what I was able to find with other people. On my account, named TLHvintage, I would post pictures of my washed, cut, and distressed vintage clothing. Rather than posting a picture of just the article of clothing, I would make sure to model my clothing in ways that showed my followers how the clothes could be worn. Often times I would make outfits solely out of my thrifted clothing, to show that it isn’t too difficult to make an outfit out of them.
So next time you open your laptop to online shop during class, check out Instagram first, where you can practically have the good finds from the thrift store shipped right to your apartment. Other Instagram accounts that I follow to find and buy vintage clothing include:
@TLHVintage (self promo?)
At the beginning of 2018 in January, news about the USA Gymnastics Team spread like wildfire throughout the nation. Women gymnasts, including Olympic Gold Medalist, Aly Raisman, started to speak out against their former doctor, Larry Nassar, on accounts of sexual abuse. It was brought to the world’s attention that the sexual abuse within this community started 30 years ago. For the past few decades, no one had listened or taken the worries of the women to heart, taking the stories of sexual abuse these girls encountered and sweeping them under the rug. It was not until this past year that the stories that these women were telling would be heard and taken to heart, prompting immediate action. With each passing month, police dug deeper into the hardships these women went through because of their abuser, and with each story the voice of the women grew stronger.
On July 18th, at the 2018 ESPY Awards, the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage was awarded to over 300 women survivors of sexual abuse from their former USA Gymnastics doctor. Over 100 women joined hands on stage to tearfully accept the award. In true Aly Raisman fashion, she gave an empowering speech, reminding her audience, “Do not let anyone rewrite your story. Your truth does matter, you matter, and you are not alone.” Aly also gave ode to Judge Aquilina, the judge who during Larry Nassar’s trial, gave every single woman that he hurt to stand up and share with the court their own heart-wrenching stories of abuse.
Aly was accompanied by fellow gymnasts Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas, each giving their own words of encouragement. Sarah Klein, one of the first women survivors from 30 years ago, stated that the women on stage with her were a “portrait of survival and a new vision of courage,” and she could not have painted a better picture in our heads. These women have gone through something that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives, each day being a struggle of its own. But as Aly Raisman stated, these women “struggled on their own, but will survive together”.
In moments like these, it is a constant reminder that women who have, or are, suffering from sexual abuse are not alone. It is an issue that happens far too often, and is not even close to being talked about enough. Hundreds of women were able to have their voices heard, after years of trying, but it shouldn’t take over 300 voices to make something so cruel to be vocalized. As Tiffany Thomas Lopez said in her speech, “you cannot silence the strong forever.”
Fashion buffs all know there are four fashion capitals in the world, New York, London, Milan, and Paris. So what if there was a fifth one coming? What we have been seeing lately is that there has been a serious rise in Mexico fashion recently that is shaking up the industry.
Since this has been on the rise lately and now that it has hit the radar; people believe it is going to be huge. Just in this past year Mexican designers have been getting the recognition that they need to emerge. Styles such as Mexican street style and Mexican boho influence have been circling in the market of US stores. Apart from other types of fashion lines, people believe Mexican style is unique because it reveals people’s personalities through the Mexican style they wish to wear.
Paola Quintero, a fashion coordinator at Elle Mexico explained that, “the mindset is changing,” Mexican designers are now setting new trends in New York and Paris. Even fashion week is showcasing Mexican creations.
Opening our fashion eye to different styles is always amazing, but Mexican designs rising so quickly has lead to controversy. As far as the Trump election, there has been argument that the only reason people are now supporting Mexican designs is because of the immigrant laws now implemented by Trump. It has been all over the news which already put Mexico in the spotlight. Suzzan Atala, a well-known Mexican designer, made the comment saying, “I know it sounds bad, but maybe it was a good thing. It’s going to make people realize how good it is to be united.” There is no doubt that the support for Mexico has risen because of this immigrant issue, but on the fashion end we question if this rise would have happened without all of the politics leading to it.
What is the real reason for this sudden Mexican fashion emerge, should we be prepared for the controversy that comes with it? What do you think?
“Magic” by Ben Rector
Ben Rector never fails to produce music that reflects true heart-felt emotions that always tend to pull at my heart-strings. His songs always make me take a step back, and look at my lifestyle from a different and more simplistic point of view. This album is no different than the rest, including soulful melodies and upbeat lyrics in each of his songs.
“ye” by Kanye West
Whether you’re a Kanye fan or not, it’s been nearly impossible not to have heard of his new album. With new sounds and vocals that bring you back to his older albums while still giving off a new flare, it’s hard not to find yourself playing the songs on repeat.
My favorite songs from his album include Ghost Town and Violent Crimes.
“God’s Favorite Customer” by Father John Misty
I have been a huge Father John Misty fan ever since I first listened to Chateau Lobby #4. His lyrics are different than a lot of other artists that I listen to, which I like, because it’s refreshing to hear songs with lyrics that sound more poetic than redundant. He has recently come out with a new album, which stays true to his original sound and wit that make him stand out from the rest. His smooth rock voice, catchy instrumentals and heart-felt ballads make this an album and artist to listen to if you’re looking to venture out.
The songs from this album I’m listening to the most are Mr. Tillman and Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
“Come Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews Band
It has been four long years since Dave Matthews Band’s last album, Under the Table and Dreaming, and this new album makes up for it and came out just in time for summer. I have been listening to their first song release before the full album, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), constantly for the past couple of weeks and I was thrilled to see that this album stayed true to that Dave Matthews sound that we all have come to know and love. This is the perfect album to play at your backyard pool party or while riding with the windows down in the car (if the temperature doesn’t hit over 90 degrees, of course).
That Girl Is You, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), and Idea Of You have come to be my favorite songs from this album.
- Madi Scultz
In the midst of the push for inclusivity in fashion and more readily available clothing in plus sizes, the different ways in which clothing might fit people with disabilities have not been addressed as often. ASOS, the popular British online retailer already known for their reasonable prices and diversity without tokenism in model representation, has taken steps in the right direction with a collaboration with Chloe Ball-Hopkins. Ball-Hopkins, who is a sports reporter, athlete, and British Paralympic hopeful, happened to be born without hips and with her feet twisted toward her shins.
After going to the Splendour Festival and getting soaked with rain, Ball-Hopkins decided to design a waterproof set that is both practical and fashionable for festival season. Despite being a one-piece jumpsuit, the top and bottom separate with a zipper so that the pieces can be worn separately and are also easier to put on and take off. The jacket has a waterproof pocket on the breast that can be used to hold a phone, medication, or emergency information. The pants have elastic at the ankles to accommodate people with varying heights and make it easier to put rain boots on.
While shopping in-store can be difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair, it can be challenging to shop online when the representation is not there. Besides the details in the garment itself, the fact that Ball-Hopkins modeled for the site in a normal setting without focus on her disability made a huge impact. The photos emphasize that anyone can wear the set, and with simple changes that can make all the difference for someone in a wheelchair and also make life easier for able-bodied people, more of this is something we can all get behind.
Summer is the season in our lives where we can work on ourselves, both physically and mentally. Yoga is something I have enjoyed practicing throughout my summers at home. Between work and my summer classes, I am always looking for something to give me more stability in my life during my free time.
I believe that it is so important to take care of not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. Ayurveda, a practice that goes hand-and-hand with yoga, is used to promote your physical and mental state by positively affecting your mind, body, and spirit. The word “ayurveda” stems from the meanings life (ayur) and knowledge (veda), and is based off of the idea that no two people are the same, each one of us being one-of-a-kind, with an energy that is specific to the individual and no one else.
Ayurveda stresses the importance of your energy, or dosha, which can be categorized in three different ways. The dosha known as kapha, symbolizing earth and water, is found mostly in individuals with good memory, slower digestion, and who tend to be more emotionally stable. The dosha pitta, symbolizing fire, is used to categorize energies that are passionate, both mentally and physically flexible, and are dominant in most of their personal relationships. Lastly, individuals with the dosha vatas, symbolizing air and space, are thought of to have more active thoughts and be more spacey.
The most interesting aspect of Ayurveda to me is that all three doshas are found in each of us, but the dosha that is dominant can affect our characteristics and features such as our body shape, food preferences, and emotions. When all three are balanced, we can find ourselves in a happy and healthy state, but when the doshas are not balanced, it can lead to poor digestion, skin issues, and anxiety. Practicing Ayurveda can help balance these changing doshas, to keep you on track to living a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Some daily tasks that you can do to promote more balanced emotional and physical states are:
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