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Sunday, August 13, 2017

What I've Been Watching: Summer 2017

Hey everyone! I'm starting to update every Sunday! I might start doing other days during the week, but as of now I am excited that I am starting a schedule. If you have been reading this blog for awhile, then you might be familiar with the posts I do with tv shows I watch. This summer I, unfortunately, haven't been doing a lot of reading, but I have watched some television shows.

1. That 70's Show


I have been watching so many comedies this year. I had finished The Office and Parks and Recreations early this year, so I decided to jump into That 70's Show. I am currently on the final season, and I am quite the fan of this show. That 70's Show started the careers of Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon, Wilmer Valderrama, and Topher Grace. Most of the show is just the daily life of six teenagers who live in the fictional place of Point Place of Wisconsin. Although this show was on from 1998-2006, the whole timeline of the show is from 1977-1979. The show is very light & funny, but sometimes some of the jokes are a bit touchy (there's a lot of humor regarding degrading women) which is the producers trying to get the mentality of the 70s. Also, it's so fun to see all these actors so young (especially the now married Mila and Ashton).  All the characters 100% pull off the styles from the 70s.

2.  Riverdale 


If you haven't heard of Riverdale, where have you been? This show is from the same channel, CW, that made The Carrie Diaries, Reign, and Gossip Girl. All the characters on this show are supposed to look and be named like all the characters from the famous comic books called The Archie Comics. There's Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Veronica Lodge (Camilia Mendes), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), etc... Except this series is almost entirely different than the comic books because it's a murder mystery series. The whole first season is how a web lies formed after the death of the character Jason Blossom. I really like this series. The only thing I don't like is how awful all the adult characters, not the actors, but there isn't a single nice adult. I highly recommend binge watching this show on Netflix before the next season comes out in October.

3. Orange is the New Black 

I feel like I don't even need to talk about this show much because it's been on for FIVE SEASONS. I started the show awhile back, but I decided to restart it, and now I am almost done with season one. The show hits a lot of topics such as sexuality, race, and gender. This show is very relevant. A terribly brief summary of this show is it's about Piper Chapman's experience in a women's prison. I don't think I am fully absorbed into the show, but I definitely want to watch more of it. Also Laura Prepon, from That 70's Show plays a whole different role here. Some of the scenes are intense, but the whole show is very good.

4. Anne With An E

I can't even express how much I loved this show. Anne With An E is the new version of the classic book Anne of Green Gables. There's only seven episodes of this show, and it covers only part of the book, but the adaption is so good. The show is about a girl who is adopted by a brother and sister who live on Prince Edward Island, on a ranch called Green Gables. Anne is an orphan who loves to learn, is always chatty, and has a big sense of adventure. This show didn't have high ratings in Canada, so Netflix started streaming it, but I really hope they make more episodes. The costumes and scenery are incredible.


Question: What are you watching this Summer?

Leave a comment and don't forget to come back on Sunday for another post, and maybe another day this week. 

                                                                 xx
                                                   Christina Madeleine

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

OOTD: Last Night in Long Beach Island

Hey everyone! How's your summer going? Last week, I went on vacation to Long Beach Island, New Jersey with my family and a friend for the week. I hadn't been down to LBI since I was 12 because the whole island was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, so it was a great experience to go back there. I'll do a post with all the pictures I took soon because LBI is such a beautiful place. On the last night, the four of us went out to a Mexican restaurant called La Bamba, and before that Bree (my friend) and I decided to do a tiny "photo shoot".

 I usually wear my hair down in my OOTDs, but that day my hair was wet, so my friend braided my hair for me. I do love braids, but I can't really do them myself that good.
 This is my friend, Bree, and I at the bay before going to dinner.


My outfit is from  a local store in LBI called B&B, and they have super cute outfits from Billabong and other "beachy" brands. I've always liked the Boho look, so I instantly fell in love with the pants and outfit. The white shirt was $20, the pants were $29, and my shoes were Steve Madden sandals.


I was a bit dressed up for the restaurant we went to, but it was my last night on vacation, so I felt the need to be a bit more fancy.

I hope you guys liked my outfit. What are your summer plans?

                                                                              xx
                                                                  Christina Madeleine


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What's Going On In My Life?

Hello everyone! To start of this post I am going to insert a poor quality PhotoBooth picture of myself.


This is me. I am seventeen years old. My skin has a ton of acne right now. Also, I have bright blue hair. This looks like a fake smile, but trust me there's a lot for me to be happy about.

So, why am I talking like I've never blogged before?

I feel like I haven' truly been in touch with this blog lately. I have been doing OOTDs or just where I go with my friends. I just want to have a post where I just gave some updates on my life. Every time I blog, I always make the excuse that I need to post more and I definitely do, but sometimes I just don't feel it. I have so many thoughts in my head, but how do I just express it?

Here are some updates about my life...

1) I applied and got accepted to join the Youth Cabinet of NYC. This entails that I will be sitting with one of the Congresswomen of New York once a month and telling her what I believe is important to have in politics. I am excited because young people barely have a say in what happens before they can vote.

2) I am/ will be done with an internship at an awesome technology start-up located in Chelsea. Basically, I got to see how a business start-up works, and my voice will be in one of their projects on the app! I only was there for three weeks, but it was super fun and a great experience! If you want to hear more about it, I would be happy to talk about it.

3) I am officially an editorial writer and social media manager for The Weekly Buzz, which is a website/magazine written by teenagers from around the world for teenagers. This website basically will cover what is happening in the world in a fun way. We are also accepting guest writers, so you should definitely check it out! Also follow the social media for updates.
          Instagram: @theweeklybuzz (https://www.instagram.com/theweeklybuzz/ )
          Twitter: @theweeklybuzz09  (https://twitter.com/theweeklybuzz09 )
          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theweeklybuzzers/

4) I don't have to take any more SATs and ACTs. I am not going to dwell too much about this, but I am happy with my scores and it's a big relief to be done with the standardized tests. In December, I will hopefully be telling you guys about where I will be going to college. Right now, I am just trying to keep a positive outlook and not let a test define me.

5) I get to play my last season of high school field hockey in a month. Long story short, my school was going to cut the team without telling us. My friend and I fought the school, and sadly we only get to keep it for one more year, but it was an accomplishment in itself. I am planning on making the most of it and be the best senior on the team I can be.

6) I'm trying to be the best version of myself that I can be. I've dealt with a lot in the last two years, but lately I have been trying to have more positive thoughts. Also, I am starting to care less about what people think of me. I've learned that you can't please everyone, and that sometimes you have to back away from an argument even if you aren't wrong. I think going into senior year I am going to try to patch up some broken relationships. I tend to be a different person at school (kind of quiet and shy), and I am so tired of people walking all over me, so I am working on becoming a more confident person.

7) I joined a gym for the month of July! It was such a great experience because there's something about doing Zumba, and working out that makes me so happy. I don't judge any people at the gym because hey! we are all working on ourselves.

8) My hair is blue! On the last day of school, my friend came with me so that I could dye my hair. It took four hours at the salon and almost all my babysitting money, but it's blue! I am so obsessed with it. I never want to get rid of it, but sadly in a month I am going to have to dye my head a "natural" color because I go to catholic school.

So those are some of the big updates on my life, but this post isn't over yet! I want to spread some positivity:

Right now, the world is full of hate. We can't let the hate get to us because hate brings on more hate. Being positive starts with learning to be happy. There are times when I am so insecure that I can't look in the mirror, and then there are times where I am like, "heck yeah! I am beautiful!". Compliment people! Find hobbies that make you happy! Find friends who support you and love you! Read happy books! Go on adventures! The world is amazing and people are beautiful. I know this all over the place, but once you start trying to make other people happy, and finding things you like...the world becomes more clear and beautiful.


I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of your week! I am going to try to get another post up this week! 

Let me know what are your achievements this month, and things that made you happy!

                                                                         xx
                                                            Christina Madeleine





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Friday, July 7, 2017

Book Review: Mosquitoland

Hey everyone! Today, I am going to review the book Mosquitoland by David Arnold. Originally, I heard of this book because my friends who are in my school's book club told me about it. I didn't want to buy this book because I thought that I can probably borrow from many people because I believe this book is now a best seller. I saw this book in the Lost & Found auction at my school and decided that it was time to read it.




Synopsis from Goodreads:

I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, Mosquitoland is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.


My Thoughts:
   
 I really liked Mosquitoland because it was quick, fun read and it kept me hooked. I was doing a summer camp for a week, and every morning and afternoon I would read this book. It took me about four days to finish because I was so interested in it.

The plot, basically, is a sixteen year old girl wants to get from Mississippi ("Mosquitoland") to Cleveland to go see her mother. The main character has been through a lot in the last year; her parents were divorced, her father remarries, and her mother has a "sickness" that isn't uncovered until later in the book. Mim has a very active imagination throughout the whole story, and most people in her life are afraid she is borderline schizophrenic which makes her point of view even better. Mim is a tomboy who loves Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Talking Heads (*the band*). She is the narrator od the whole story and makes many references to musicians, especially when she is on her journey.The thing I found annoying about the main character is that she is too rash, and spends most of the book hating adults. To be fair though she deals with some very bad characters on her journey i.e a child molester and other characters. Also you don't find out about why she runs away until the last few chapters of the book. One other thing I don't like about Mim is that she caused a rather serious injury to herself (I'm not saying what because I won't spoil it) a few years back and she told no one. Overall, Mim is a great character though because she brings to life some of the plots of the book that would have been boring without her version of the story. 

Many of the characters have stories that aren't fully developed, but the reader meets more teenage runaways. It's bit frustrating at times to read because the characters either lie a lot about who they are or they don't get to the point very fast. Even the main character, Mim, gets frustrated when people take too long to answer. Most of the adult characters are written as villains with the exception of a few that Mim changes her opinions on. 

I really liked the book, and it was very quick to read. I feel like the plot is so unique that once you get past the first few pages, you'll be absolutely hooked. I recommend this book as a summer read for when you are just relaxing by a pool or have some free time. 

Some Favorite Quotes:
“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.” 


 “Every great character, Iz, be it on page or screen, is multidimensional. The good guys aren't all good, the bad guys aren't all bad, and any character wholly one or the other shouldn't exist at all. Remember this when I describe the antics that follow, for though I am not a villain, I am not immune to villainy.”

“When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.”  

“I swear the older I get, the more I value bad examples over good ones. It's a good thing too, because most people are egotistical, neurotic, self-absorbed peons, insistent on wearing near-sighted glasses in a far-sighted world. And it's this exact sort of myopic ignorance that has led to my groundbreaking new theory. I call it Mim's Theorem of Monkey See Monkey Don't, and what it boils down to is this: it is my belief that there are some people whose sole purpose of existence is to show the rest of how not to act.”

“As simple as it sounds, I think understanding who you are—and who you are not—is not the most important thing of all Important Things.” 

Questions: Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

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                                                     Christina Madeleine
 
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

OOTD: 4th of July 2017

Hey everyone! I count Independence Day as the beginning of Summer (so does most of America I suppose), and I was able to spend the day with some friends. The 4th of July is filled with American Flags, Barbeques, music, and tons of memes. On television, there was a hotdog eating contest at Coney Island. A few of my friends and I went to a roof top to watch the sunset before going to the East River to watch fireworks.



                                             My outfit:
                                             One shoulder dress- American Eagle Outfitters
                                             Shoes - Adidas Stan Smiths $60


We waited for the firework show to start for over an hour and I might've been so annoying to the people around me that a couple moved away from my friends and I. My reasoning was that it was a public place so it was completely fine for me to start clapping when the show started or when any bright colors came. My friends and I might've also sang songs like: Party in the USA, Firework, and I'm Proud to Be an American...


When we are on the rooftop, we had a view of the whole entire city. The sunset was super beautiful, and it felt like a perfect summer night.


                                         Here's a picture of Aubrey and I sitting on the roof.




It was very nice to see my friends and spend this holiday with them.

I hope all my Americans out there had a nice Independence Day. Although the country isn't perfect, it was a day to celebrate the freedoms our country was based off and acknowledge that we have ton more work to do. I was glad to spend it with my friends.

Happy 4th of July (one day late!)

                                                                      xx
                                                         Christina Madeleine


 
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

What It Means to Be an Ally + PRIDE PARADE

Hey everyone! Happy Pride Day! If you don't know what Pride Day is...it's the one day a year where people of all sexualities and gender identities are celebrated. This day came around a few decades ago, but with the legalization of gay marriage and a greater acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community Pride Day has become even bigger. In New York City, 5th avenue is shut down for the day for a parade with rainbows and loud music. This was my first time taking part in this celebration even though I am not part of this community. I identify as heterosexual and cisgender (which means I am straight and fine with the sex I was given at birth), and many people who are like me feel like they can't go to LGBTQ+ events. The thing is... if you are an ally then you can go to these events as long as you are supportive of the group that has their event.
      Being an ally basically means that you support and advocate for groups of people who are discriminated or have a different life than you. I've talked about this before, but as a feminist I advocate for gender equality on all concepts. I go to marches, protests, and parades in order to show my support to a group of people. Communities want to be supported and as long as you aren't telling people how to live their lives, you'll mostly be accepted as an ally. For example, I am not part of the LGBTQ+ community, but today I wore the colors of their flags and cheered amongst people of all genders and sexualities. The beauty of this day is that everyone is accepting of each other.





Also I learned quite a bit about the different flags that this community has. The gay pride flag (the one that is the around me) is one of the most famous flags for this community, but I learned their are a few more. My friend, Bree (featured above), gave me the gender queer flag (that I will be putting up in my room), and gave my other friend the trans flag. Below is a chart showing all the different flags for the community:

Today was really fun because I got to see people of all races come together to support the LGBTQ+ community. We still live in times where people are discriminated for a variety of reasons, but today it was nice to see people show support for a community that has been marginalized for a long time. I believe that everyone should be supported and built up instead of torn down. Love is Love and everyone deserves to be loved no matter who it is.

Here are some pictures from today:

 If you haven't noticed I dyed half my head dark blue about 10 days ago. I hope to have it dyed for the whole Summer because I am not allowed to have it for school. My shirt and shorts are from American Eagle Outfitters. My tinted sunglasses are from Urban Outfitters (I am so obsessed with them!).
                               Here is Bree, Amayah, and I with our different flags!
           The streets were filled with other allies which I thought was pretty great.


The streets were filled for over 30 streets with different flags, posters, and people.


I hope you liked this post. Let me know what you think in the comments!
 I am officially done with my junior of high school, and I am free to write for the Summer. I will have more posts up in the next few weeks, and I am glad to be back in the blogging community!

Happy Pride Day!

                                                                          xx 
                                                               Christina Madeleine


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Monday, May 29, 2017

GOOD V18ES!? + FOUR YEARS OF BLOGGING

Hey everyone! I guess you could tell I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus recently. Last month I was in my school's rendition of The Little Mermaid. I had practices four days a week, and I was in about five number (Under the Sea being a personal favorite). This month I turned 17, went to Smorgasburg (a food festival that goes through the whole summer), went to the Women's Foundation Breakfast, went to two semi-formals, visited to Rhode Island, and had a ton of tests and quizzes. Next week I have three finals, an SAT, and an ACT. Basically my life has been pretty busy lately between outside activities, test prep, and school work. I am not trying to make excuses, but I really need to start budgeting my time better (I say that while I have a test to study for and finals oops). I know I've said this a million times, but for the Summer I will be updating a lot (especially since I will be in New York for almost the whole time).

First thing I wanted to mention in this post is that I have been blogging on This Fashion Girl for four years now. May 3, 2013 I created this blog and it's crazy that I still continue with it four years later. Blogging is something I really love to do, and I have made some pretty cool blogger friends because of it. What I've learned in the past four years of having a website is that as long as you love doing something, it doesn't matter what other people think. Something in particular that has happened many times is that people have made fake accounts under names like "unknown," "anonymous,"and even "ThisFashionGirl4," in order to comment/ takeover my account. As annoying as that is, I have learned to ignore things like that because I am part of a very supportive community of bloggers that build each other up. This website, for me, has been a way to keep in order things I have done and talk about things I like to do. Having a website has been a part of who I am for four years now, and I plan to continue doing this in the years to come.

Next thing I wanted to talk about in this post is about "good vibes." Next year, I will be a senior in high school (I was only in seventh grade when I started on here), and each year the rising senior class gets to have a party and pick a name for their senior year. My class is called the class of good v18es.  Since that is a big part of my classes' identity, I just wanted to touch upon the importance of having "good vibes." My class had a kind of hippie theme going on for our party (pics below), but our decorations included pride flags and peace signs. Especially in current times, I feel like we, as people, focus so much on bring negativity to others. We point out things we don't like instead of things we do. There's just so much hate in the world. We get stuck in our own heads with opinions, and don't listen to others. We judge so many people for things that they can't change such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, and location. Having good vibes just means working towards something better, and trying not to be negative. I, personally, love the term because it's a way of promoting peace, justice, and inclusion.

Here are some photos from my classes' party:






I am going to try to post in the next week (but finals might get the best of me), but once school is out in two weeks I will be posting everything I missed in the last two months + the whole summer of 2017.

Thank you for FOUR wonderful years of This Fashion Girl, and I can't wait for so many more.

                                                                             xx
                                                               Christina Madeleine


         


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Prom Season WishList




Millybridal prom dresses

Hey everyone! It's officially prom season, and although I am not going to prom this year I am excited for all the styles. I am going to semi-formal this year, but right now I am going to talk about prom.  MillyBridal UK is a clothing store in London that specializes in bridal dresses and prom dresses.  They have a ton of options for prom including some vintage prom dresses! I am absolutely obsessed, so I compiled a bunch of prom dresses that I would put on my wishlist.

1. Scoop Neck Black Tulle Elastic Woven Satin Appliques Lace Long Sleeve Two Piece Prom Dress

This year, "two piece" dresses are the hottest type of dress on the market. The skirt part goes higher than your hips, and the top part usually stops at the rib cage. The only skin that really shows is a few inches of stomach. I find these type of dresses are 1) really classy and 2) makes you look taller. I am only 5'3, so usually I stay far away from long dresses, but I feel this dress would be an exception.

2.  V-neck Tulle Floor-length Appliques Lace Princess Unique Prom Dresses

 http://uk.millybridal.org/product/v-neck-tulle-floor-length-appliques-lace-princess-unique-prom-dresses-ukm020102479-17376.html

This dress reminds me of a princess who lives in the forest from a fairytale. First of all I love he way the top half dips down, and how their is something that causes the waste to cinch. I also like how the dress is flowy because it further goes with the whole "princess" look. The dress is 135 euros, which is a pretty good deal for a dress that gorgeous.


3. Backless Ball Gown Satin Tulle Floor-length Beading Elegant Halter Prom Dresses

http://uk.millybridal.org/product/backless-ball-gown-satin-tulle-floor-length-beading-elegant-halter-prom-dresses-ukm020102391-19545.html
This dress is so beautiful! Do you see the color of the bottom half? What is unique about this dress is that it's a halter dress which is very sleek and elegant. This is definitely a dress that would cause head turns at prom.

4. Scoop Neck Chiffon Tulle Sweep Train Pearl Detailing A-line Fashion Prom Dresses
http://uk.millybridal.org/product/scoop-neck-chiffon-tulle-sweep-train-pearl-detailing-a-line-fashion-prom-dresses-ukm020102441-19580.html

If you know me, then you know my favorite color is turquoise/teal, and so I obviously had to include a dress in that color. I especially like the detailing of the pearls on the top, and the "necklace". I am a fan of flowy dresses, so this is such a perfect dress for prom!

I hope you liked this post! Are you going to prom this year? What are your favorite prom dress styles? 

Also, definitely checkout UK MillyBridal (linked above).

Sorry I haven't posted in a month, but get ready for upcoming posts from semi, my birthday, and some spring adventures!

                                                                     xx
                                                       Christina Madeleine 


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Friday, March 31, 2017

A Day in Washington D.C.

Hey everyone! This week has been so busy for me. I started the week off in Boston, Massachusetts for three days and two nights. Then on Thursday I headed to Washington D.C for two days and one  night. What's the reason for all of my traveling this week? College Tours! It's cool that I get to visit all of these new places, but it's just so tiring. So, today and yesterday I visited two colleges and did some wandering of my country's capital.

This is mostly a photo post...but oh well! I need to go back to Washington D.C. because I really want to see the Smithsonian Museum.


 Here are some of the monuments and places I saw in this city.

 There was some official business going on in The White House when I was there, so unfortunately this is as close I could get to the building. For some reason I pictured The White House with more privacy to roam. It was cool nonetheless to see where the presidents of the United States have lived.

 This is the Eisenhower Executive Office Building which is the biggest building I've ever seen. It's huge! The whole building is filled with different details, but the architecture is identical no matter where you look on the building.  This building has a long history and many presidents have handled official business in it. 

This is the Washington Monument. It commemorates the first President of the United States... George Washington (who also appears on our one dollar bills).

Later on...


My family and I ate at a restaurant called "Founding Farmers", it's a pun on the term "founding fathers." The restaurant was so good! We originally weren't going to go in, but it was worth it. I had fish and chips.

 Later on, we stopped at an ice cream store called "Captain Cookie and The Milkman". Basically you have a choice of eight different cookies, and ten different ice cream flavors and you order an ice cream sandwich. I ordered Cookies N' Cream between chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were warm and it was delicious. It's a big ice cream sandwich, but it was a nice way to end a week of college touring.

I hope you liked this post! 
Have you ever been to Washington D.C? 

                                                                                 xx
                                                                  Christina Madeleine
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

OOTD: Golden Gate Park

Hey everyone! It's been awhile. This month I have traveled to California, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. In California, I was able to visit San Francisco, Monterrey, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbra with my singing group from school. On the second day of the trip we visited Golden Gate Park and did a whole tour of the city of San Francisco.

Here is my OOTD:


My Outfit:
Bomber Jacket- American Eagle 
Floral Shirt - American Eagle
Ripped Jamie Jeans - Top Shop
Sneakers - Adidas Superstars 

I've been super obsessed with bomber jackets, and I finally was able to buy one! Mine was on clearance from American Eagle and cost about 36 dollars.

         My friends and I took so many pictures by the Golden Gate Bridge because it was so sunny and beautiful that day. New York has been rainy and cold, and the sunshine was a change. I'm always unprepared for the weather when I go on trips, so there I was in long sleeves when it was very warm out.

I've been to San Francisco before ( you can check out that post here ) when I was 15, but this time I got to see even more and be with my friends. The Golden Gate Bride was so pretty, and interesting to learn about. Did you know that it was originally supposed to be painted black and yellow?

 After visiting the Golden Gate Bridge we went to Sausalito (more photos coming soon). I was trying not to be too "tourist-y" but I had to take photos in from of the Golden Gate Bridge!

 Check out my friend Nina (featured above!) on her blog: http://rainyday-writer.blogspot.com/

Lastly, this bomber jacket is officially my favorite jacket. The details of flowers on the back make it more unique. I like this jacket because it goes with any type of outfit especially jeans or leggings. I usually pair it with solid colors because then more attention goes to the jacket.

I am so sorry that I haven't been posting. I am on Spring Break, and I've been college touring. I know it's not an excuse to not be updating, but I have been motivated to blog again because more interesting things have been happening. Thanks for the support with this blog! I can't believe it's been almost 4 years!!

                                                                             xx
                                                               Christina Madeleine


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: The Unexpected Everything

Hey everyone! I recently read the book The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I am a fan of this author because I've read half of her books. Last year I read Since You've Been Gone, and what I particularly like about these books is how they are cute love stories that take place in the Summer. There is obviously conflict among the characters and such, but it's a very light read.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that
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My Thoughts:

At first this book seems like it would be very long due to the extensive number of pages, and the hard cover, but the story goes so fast. Lately, I've read some books filled with heavy drama, and I needed a nice story that was more realistic to me. Also, it's the middle of the winter here, so I needed to be reminded what Summer was like.

The main character, Andy, at first seems very snobby. She talks about how she only dates guys for three weeks, and then breaks up with them. Since her father is a congressman, she is always super organized and it gets to a point where she is very anal about everything. The beginning of the book is her freaking out about her summer program, and how she has to have a plan for everything. I really didn't like her mentality. Once a twist of fate happens and she ends up staying in Connecticut for the Summer; her whole demeanor changes. The first time I started liking her was when she starts getting into a routine with her new job (you can see from the cover that it's dog walking). As the book goes on, Andy broadens her horizons with new experiences and that's definitely due to the boy she meets named Clark.

I am not a big fan of the other characters in the book, but Clark is definitely a personal favorite. I particularly don't like Andy's friend, Toby, because she spends most of the Summer pining after this guy who has no interest in her, but she's very possessive of him. The girls in the book all are interesting enough, but almost all of the conversations are about boys. Although relationships are a common topic among teenagers, Andy's friends made it almost a necessity to mention a boy in all conversations. Clark is a very well developed character because he breaks the mold of the typical people from the made-up town in Connecticut. I am not going to spoil anything, but he has a pretty cool job and he's very smart. His influence on the other characters make the book from very superficial to a cute love story/ summer story.

Morgan Matson is a talented writer, and I do want to continue reading her other books. I think a key characteristic in a good writer is that they can make you hate or love the characters, but be able to keep you involved with the book. The Unexpected Everything does have a message in the book, which is that life doesn't go according to plan. You might have your whole life written out in an organizer, but that might not be the way that it works out.  I recommend this book for people who wants a summer-y feel. This books is very young adult orientated, but it deals with enough topics that I feel that most people will enjoy it.

Some Favorite Quotes: 

“I could do this. If whole galaxies could change, so could I.”
 

You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail - especially if you fail - come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation... 'Once, I dared to dare greatly” 

“The idea that you could rethink the thing you'd always thought you wanted and change your plan - it was almost a revolutionary concept. That you could choose what would make you happy, not successful"

“Sometimes we get a little bit of a facade. We think we have people. Family, friends... but in the end, it's just you and the darkness. Everyone leaves eventually, my young friend. It's better, really, to learn early. This way, you can save yourself some disappointment.” 

Question: Have you read anything similar to this book?

I am sorry I haven't updated in almost a month! I have had so much college test prep to do. There's only eight days left in the month...so I'll try to catch up with some posts!

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                                                          Christina Madeleine
 







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Sunday, January 22, 2017

I Learned To Ski!

Hey everyone! Over last weekend (January 13-15), I went on my school's ski trip to Okemo Resort in Vermont. I've never skied before this weekend, so it was a very eventful weekend for me. It took six hours to get to Vermont because of all the traffic. My friend and I took that time to watch the movie Shutter Island (I give it 10/10). I shared a room at a hotel with my friends, so the night was fun because we played about forty rounds of Cards Against Humanity.

This was my first time to Vermont, and I have to say it's so pretty. I stayed in Rutland County; it was so peaceful and the air felt so crisp.




There's a Waffle Cabin at Okemo that's on a mountain, and the only way to get to it is to take the chair lift to the top of the mountain and than ski halfway down. As a person who never skied before, it was kind of scary the first day I went because I didn't know how to stop half way down a mountain, but by the second day I was a "pro."




I give a lot of credit to my friends because before my lesson they took me on two slopes to teach me how to ski. They were pretty efficient and I love them for trying to teach me even if I might've fallen twice and teared up a bit (I was petrified!). On the second day, I went on a few of the easiest slopes with my friend (also a fellow beginner) about five times, but my classmates who were more experienced with skiing and snow boarding stuck around to help us out. It was a lot of fun to to be on the slopes with so many people that were willing to help me.



Overall, skiing was so much fun and I definitely want to go again. I bought my own goggles for the next time I hit the slopes, and eventually I'll get more of the paraphernalia. I was so scared to ski because I had never even seen skis in real life. In the two days, I learned a lot about skiing and how fun it is. The best parts about the trip was being with the girls in my class and realizing how amazing friendship is because literally the girls who usually ski black slopes (the hardest ones) took time to stay with me on the easiest slopes. Also, my friend Nikki and I were so proud of ourselves because by the second day we were able to ski by our own. Although this trip was only two days, it will last in my mind for a long time. Next year I'll be back at Okemo (but hopefully I'll ski before then!).

Question: Have you ever gone skiing?

                                                                            xx
                                                              Christina Madeleine






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