Here is the thing, a girl can certainly be both interested in fashion and her appearance, while wearing less form fitting active wear around town. Some of the most fashionable of my peers are still casually caught in sweats and messy buns from time to time. Ya know things happen. Whenever there’s class, or errands to run, or during the to many hours we spend crafting, and organizing through our lives planned literally, by the hour they rock the look. Take it from me, starting my Mondays with an 8 am in the fall, and working/studying all night for days before, is going to push me towards the “comfort side” of my dresser and away from the designer in my closet. Honestly though, who am I kidding, I have been spotted in an oversized jersey for good ole’ game days, and even an oversized cat tee for my friends 21st birthdays throughout the past year. Maybe being a “trash walker,” is about more than just comfort on the way to class. It is a reminder that I am still allowed to wear whatever I want, when I want too, whether others deem it to make me look “attractive,” or not.
As I write this article, I am on my way to Tallahassee from a short getaway back home, and I am wearing… You guessed it, a sorority sweatshirt 2 sized to large, and running shorts. It’s comfortable and I am going to be on this bus for another 5 or 6 hours, so it is the more appropriate outfit for my days journey. But, just yesterday, while I had lunch at a trendy restaurant in Coconut Grove with my family; I was in wedges, dark wash jeans and a red silk tank, so even if I wasn’t dress the fanciest, I wasn’t worth being labeled a “trash walker.” I guess I am saying be the girl that can do both, and more importantly in whatever you’re wearing.
Just remember, it is important to support your girl gang, and the idea that people to wear whatever they want that makes them feel comfortable. If fashion is a way to express yourself, I express myself through baggy t-shirts to say, “I woke up and my coffee wasn’t ready, but I must continue my day,” “football games are what I live for,” “welcome home little,” or even just enjoying a wine night in with your girls. Be the girl that wears whatever she wants and rocks it any which way, even if it’s just a baggy tee. I hope you like these pictures of my favorite people rockin’ their baggy tees and looking so good while doing it. Till next time, I’ll be stuck in local coffee shops finding new inspiration, and new women to empower.
Nothing but Light,
I’ll preface this article with this: I NEVER in my entire life thought I would stop eating meat. My parents are from Greece and Italy, so meat is literally the one of the founding fathers of my culture. From lamb chops to meatballs, I loved and indulged on it all. But one documentary would change my perspective drastically.
Summer going into my sophomore year of college, I was unhappy with how my body looked. I hadn’t worked out in months and caught myself constantly eating unhealthy foods. I decided I needed to make a change. So I began working out every single day (heavy weights, little cardio) and cut out sugary foods, ate little carbs, and consumed little to no dairy. The change I saw in one month was impressive, and the change after three was outstanding. Even though I had lost just 10 lbs, my body was transformed. I was toned and no longer always feeling bloated. I was on the right track to the body I knew I could achieve, and then I watched “What The Health” on Netflix.
“What The Health” is a documentary exposing the meat, egg, dairy, and cheese industry and how horrific these foods actually are for our body. I don’t want to spoil any fellow meat-lover's’ appetite so if you’re interested in truly learning about how to fuel your body the RIGHT way, watch this documentary. It is unlike anything I have seen before— truly eye-opening. As I watched this documentary, I soon learned how to eat correctly (which they explain is going vegan) and I tried it. I was vegan for about 3 weeks, and it was not easy. I definitely recommend going vegetarian before making the leap to vegan. Nonetheless, I saw yet another transformation in my body. My skin was clearer and I was losing even more weight than before even though I wasn’t working out daily anymore. I noticed a change in my mood as well— I wasn't sluggish or as mellow as I was before. I had a new sense of energy and looked at eating as an adventure of what new recipe I would try next. I now love cooking vegetarian foods and I haven’t craved meat since. It’s been since late July and I’ve probably cheated twice with a Wendy’s burger post-happy hour (which, I’m sorry, how could you not??). Eating healthy feels so much better than any unhealthy food tastes, and I can say that now confidently.
One websites that got me started and kept me going was PlantBasedOnABudget.com. They have a range of recipes and even have meal plans to help you get started!! What foods they suggest you buy are all under a total of $25 (hence “On a Budget”) and the recipes are easy and truly delicious— they helped me discover that I love chickpeas!!
All in all,I love being vegetarian. Not just because it lets me skip the line at my sorority’s buffet meals, but because I feel so much better internally, and look how I want to externally. A good recipe to start with is cauliflower fried rice. Here you go:
4 steps to eat your first vegetarian meal. Enjoy!!!
P.S. - Shoutout Libby Grimond for that recipe. Love you girl.
This summer I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad with FSU in London! London is an incredible city and I completely fell in love with it during my 3 weeks there. It is also one of the fashion capitals of the world so naturally the first thing on my list to do was SHOP!! UK fashion is so different from what people wear in the US and definitely different from the fashion you would see in Tallahassee. Here are my top 5 tips for dressing like a “Londoner”.
I had so much fun people watching while abroad and I hope these tips gave you some ideas on how to get the London look. If you end up trying any of these out let us know!
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