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Monday, November 13, 2017

Halloween 2017 + Life Update

Hey everyone! I know it's been awhile, and I should've have posted yesterday to be back on track, but everything has been hectic lately. I've been very focused on my school work and applying for college, so I needed to take a small break from posting. As of now, I am finished with my applications (which is so scary!), and I am ready to back into the weekly schedule of posting on Sundays. There will be a few more posts to catch you guys up on my life, but get ready for your weekly posts again! On another note, I have been writing for Affinity Magazine, and GLUE Magazine to further expand my writing. Both are teen run magazines, and super fun to be apart of! You can see all my posts in the tab on the top of the page called, 'Other Places I Write'

Another reason why I haven't been posting lately is that I have been planning a feminism/gender equality summit at my school, and that has taken up a lot of my time. I am the co-president of my school's feminism club, which put me in the position to plan the summit, and it has been a lot of work but I am so excited for it. Some of the speakers are Maria Cuomo Cole, Doreen St.Felix, Jeannie Gaffigan, and so many other wonderful people. I can't wait to meet them, and write all about it!

Every year I write about Halloween (ex: 2015 and 2016) and this year is no different, despite it being a few weeks late.  This year, I dressed up as Steven Hyde from That 70's Show. The actor, Danny Masterson, has been accused of sexual assault recently, so as much as I am not a fan of him; Hyde is one of my favorite characters from the show.

My Outfit
Denim Jacket - Forever 21
Patched Jeans - American Eagle 
Turquoise Socks - American Eagle (?) - purchased in 2015
Keith Richards for President shirt 
Pink Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters 
Gray Turtleneck - L.L. Bean 
Adidas Stan Smiths

Picture of Steven Hyde from That 70s' Show

My friends and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to take photos in our costumes.

Trudi was dressed as a fairy.

Marina was dressed as a character from Stranger Things (so...80s style). 

Nikki was dressed up as a bear. 

Almost everything thing I am wearing is my own. The only thing I borrowed was the Keith Richards shirt because the only band t-shirt I own is One Direction from 2013.

What did you dress up as for Halloween this year? I hope you liked this post, and I will be back with another one in a few days! 

                                                              Christina Madeleine

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Review: The Hate U Give

Hey everyone! I have recently read an amazing book called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Back in August I had done a post about books I wanted to read, and this book was number one on the list. Since this book was published in 2017, it's more expensive because there are only new editions out, I borrowed it from my school's library. I haven't been reading a lot recently, which I am quite sad about, but I am getting back into it.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

My Thoughts: 

The Hate U Give needed to be written. In the news for the last few years, there's been talk about the #BlackLivesMatter movements and police brutality; this book hits it all. Starr, the main character,is a witness to her unarmed friend getting murdered by a police officer. She has to deal with the scarring incident, but also with a series of other events. Starr deals with people from her neighbor not thinking she's "black enough" because she goes to a prominently white school and has a white boyfriend. She deals with people from her own school calling her friend, Khalil, a thug because he was involved with sketchy business before getting killed. She deals with news reporters making it seem like Khalil deserved to be killed, and that she was an unreliable source. The list goes on and on about the things she goes through, yet she's incredibly strong throughout it all. 

This book also talks a lot about how the media discredits many witnesses to unarmed murders, and changes the way the deceased person is viewed. In the book, Khalil is made out to be a thug by the officer who shot him because the officer didn't want to be put in jail for murder. The news made the officer seem like the victim and how he was "fearing for his life," even though he's one that pulled the trigger. This situation is incredibly real and happened with many cases in the last few years. Starr mentions a lot of these cases such as Emmett Till, Eric Gardner, Trayvon Martin, and so many other black men and women who were unarmed and killed by police officers. 

Another thing I liked about this book was that the main character is a strong female. Although the amount of female characters in literature is growing, there's still a lack of female black girls. On this note, men have been writing for a lot longer than women have in history, so it's important that there is more female representation. Starr is a unique and comedic character, and gives representation to many girls throughout the world. Angie Thomas really did a good job with character development of Starr, but also with her family. Starr's mother is a very successful doctor, and she is a great influence on Starr. Even the other girl characters in this book like Maya and Kenya were very three dimensional. 

The Hate U Give is very important because Starr shows how a girl can do anything, but also how you have to speak out to be heard. The book sheds a light on how to advocate for something you believe in. It doesn't have to be just by marching, but through social media; Starr makes a tumblr account to show who the real Khalil was.  Starr shows how to cope with death, deal with broken friendships, start fresh, and to be an overall good person no matter what happens. This book will be a look into what it's like to live in 2017 for years to come. 

Some Favorite Quotes:

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” 

“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.” 

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” 

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.” 

I really hope that you read this book. Also, this book is being turned into a movie! Starr Carter is being played by Amandla Stenberg (from the Hunger Games!), and Sabrina Carpenter is also in it. 

Thanks for reading!!

                                                                          Christina Madeleine

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

OOTN: Dinner at Nobu

Hey everyone! I am back for another Sunday post (I know I skipped a week awhile back). Last month, it was my dad's birthday so we went to Nobu for dinner. Despite how hot the weather has previously been in New York City, I wore pants and definitely had to take photos in them. Also, the food at Nobu is so good and I took photos of that too.

Pictures of Food ( I don't know the name of it, but it's very pretty)

 This was a tuna tar tar dish, that my family split between the three of us. The green olive-looking item was actually a small peach.

 I believe this was also a tuna dish, but I am not certain. I loved the display of this dish.

 The lobster dish was absolutely amazing, and once again the presentation was so nice. The lobster corpse was there for show, and we didn't have to do any of the work to eat it ourselves.

 This was an octopus appetizer. I keep describing everything as amazing, but this restaurant is a bit pricey, but 100% worth it.

 Nobu is an Asian Fusion restaurant, and they have everything from sushi to cooked meals.

                                  Mochi!!!! I am absolutely obsessed with this dessert.

 Nobu Downtown is located in the original New York AT&T building, and it was cool to see the old building with such a hip, new restaurant.

My Outfit:
Red Top - Macy's
Pattern Pants - Macy's
Heeled Boots - Thrift Shopped from Buffalo Exchange

I know this was a quick post, but I am back on my posting game. Hope you guys like this insight into my life. Also, we are so close to 70,000 views on this blog (that's crazy!!). 

See you guys with a new post next Sunday (it's a book review!)

                                                             Christina Madeleine

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

I Was Nominated for the Liebster Award

Hey everyone! Last month I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Chloe from Chloe Isabelle Turner to answer the questions she's asked. So, I am just going to get to it!

1. If you could meet a celebrity dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Emma Watson. I think she's such an inspiration because she's a human rights activist and creator of HeforShe, went to college while acting, a style inspiration, and an amazing actress. She is so classy, and I overall a great person. If I ever had the chance to meet her, I would probably cry. 

2. Would you like to move to another country? – If not, why? If yes, where?

Although there is a lot of political turmoil in the United States, I am very luck to have grown up in New York. The U.S has so many different areas to visit. For example, California is so warm all year around, but then Nevada has a desert, and Kansas has cornfields and farms, and the East Coast has mountain ranges. I don't think I would ever move out of the United States completely, but I would definitely live in other countries for different amounts of time (definitely England, and or some other european countries). I really want to travel, but I think America (New York more importantly) will always be my home.

3. Would you rather sail around the world in a small boat or climb Mount Everest?

I  rather sail around the world in a small boat because I don't think I would be able to handle the whole climb up Mount Everest.

4. What fictional character would you most like to meet and why?

I would 100% want to meet Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She's the ideal female character because she never left Harry, independent, intelligent, and can stand up for herself. She is also such a role model to young girls to work hard in school, and be their own person. 

5. What 3 destinations would you most like to visit? 

 I really want to visit Portland (Oregon), Paris (France), and Thailand. They are such different places, but I always watch so many Youtube videos about them.

6. How would you describe your style?

I am starting to learn my style a lot more lately. I really like 90s styles like boyfriend jeans, denim, and turtlenecks, but I am more into bohemian styles. I love pattered pants, and flowy dresses in purples, reds, and blues. 

7. Do you have any favourite bloggers or youtubers? – Who are they?

I have a few blogger friends that I have definitely mentioned in the past who I adore. My favorite youtubers are Acacia Brinley Clark, Amanda Steele, David Dobrik, and DamonandJo. 

8. Why did you start blogging?

I originally started blogging when I was about 11 on a Hunger Games Blog that I created which is pretty embarrassing. I started This Fashion Girl because I always liked the idea of having a blog, and then I saw the Disney movie called Frenemies and there's a part where two girls (Bella Thorne & Zendaya) start an online magazine and it became popular. I wanted to be able to have my own part of the internet and maybe have some success in blogging eventually.

9. Describe yourself in 3 words

Imaginative, Overthinker, and Passionate

10. Who inspires you?

I am a huge feminist, so basically any woman who is pushing herself to better the planet and make strives to equality inspire me. Women like Emma Watson, Zendaya, Rowan Blanchard, Millie Brown, Yara Shahidi, and Elaine Weltheroth are all very inspiring women.

11. What’s your favorite post you have written so far? 

This post: because it was my first fashion post in a very long time and I loved spending the time to talk about all my favorite trends.

I don't have a ton of bloggers that I can tag because a lot of people have done this tag. I am tagging everyone that wants to answer my questions! Just let me know if you do it because I would love to see the answers. Here are the questions:

1. Where is your favorite place to go? (Can be anything from a restaurant to a country)
2. Do you have a pet? What's their name?
3. What are your hopes for your blog?
4. What is your dream job?
5. If you could learn any language, what would it be?
6. What's your favorite book?
7. Who's your favorite musician at the moment?
8. What's your must-have clothing item?
9. What's your favorite sport? (if you have one)
10. What's one thing on your bucket list?
11. What's your favorite past time?

If you want to comment any of the answers to the questions, go for it! I want to know your answers to these questions :)

                                                         Christina Madeleine

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Shopping Haul *September 2017*

Hey everyone! How is September treating you? As you know, I love everything about the Fall/ Autumn. I love the styles, and the weather so much. The only slight sadness is going back to school which means back to studying, tests, and waking up early. But, there are so many back to school sales! In August, I went to the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead, Long Island to get the best deals on Fall Clothing. I go to a catholic school, which means that I wear uniform, I took the opportunity to buy clothes I can wear on dress down days and weekends. Here is what I bought :)

Vera Bradley 

I have quite a bit of trips planned for my senior year such as weekends at my friends' houses, skiing, and to Washington D.C., and I needed a new duffle bag that would fit everything I need. This bag was originally $120, and it was 70% off, which meant I only paid $36 for this huge duffle bag. I love the pattern of this bag, and the colors all go together so nicely.  I can't wait to use it!

Nine West 

 As much as I love handbags, I needed to be real with myself...and get something I'll use more. I bought a cute, small-ish, fashionable backpack from Nine West. I've never shopped there before, but my mother took me there and I was immediately drawn to the backpacks. I can definitely use this bag for going around the city, a day trip, or just to bring my computer and books on a vacation. I like the bag because it's small enough to make the distinction between going on a day trip and going to school. I can also style this with an array of outfits.

Nine West Backpack $60

Calvin Klein

At the Tanger Outlets, other stores give coupons that are valid only for that day. For example, my family and I went to Nike, and they gave us a 10% off coupon for Calvin Klein. I bought a sports bra (with cool back straps), and an "athletic" shirt that's so comfy I would rather wear it as pajamas.

(Kinda) Funny Story: I recently bought a black and white Calvin Klein dress from Century 21 for $50, and I saw the exact same dress but in red in the store for around $90. This has happened a few times, when I found the same article of clothing for cheaper at other places (it's a good thing to shop around).

American Eagle Outfitters

AEO is one of my favorite stores! I can always find good jeans, fun dresses, and cute shirts. First, I bought a $30 book bag for my senior year. I was in need of a good bag to fit my computer and binders. Since it's my last year of high school, I decided that I would go with the bag I found the best, rather than the usual one I always used (it's been through a lot).

AEO was having the buy one get one half off sale on jeans/jeggings. I bought three pairs of high waisted "jeggings", which are more like really stretchy jeans. Honestly, how did the early 2000s celebrities where low-rider jeans! High waisted are soooo much better! I can't wait to where these pants throughout the Fall and Winter.

I love socks! I bought two pairs of shoes on this day too, so I needed gray socks to go with it. AEO has the comfiest socks, and honestly if my mom wasn't there; I would've bought more pairs.

I'm not the biggest fan of shirts with words on it, but I really like this shirt. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you would know how big of a feminist I am. I am glad AEO is selling shirts with sayings like this to promote feminism and women empowerment. Girls can do anything! Also, I will 100% be wearing this shirt with one of my new pairs of jeans.

 My camera was being annoying, and this is the only shot of this shirt I got (but, there's an outfit of the day coming out with this shirt on!). This shirt is cropped and long sleeve, and has an elastic around the waist. I pair it with high waisted jeans, and it black boots or slip ons.

 This is just regular gray t-shirt with flowers, but I thought the pattern was so pretty. I am planning on wearing this shirt with a ripped denim jacket (from Forever 21 below!).

Forever 21

For me, Forever 21 is a hit or miss store. I can sometimes go in there and find tons of clothes, and other times I'll get only a few items. This time, I bought two items and I am perfectly happy with them. The denim jacket was $32 and is a sturdy jacket. Usually denim is so much more expensive, and I wasn't originally looking for a jacket, so I was pleasantly shocked with the price.

I got a pair of shorts for $12.50, and they are good for just hanging out around the house or pairing with a t-shirt.

Steve Madden

I bought two pairs of boots from Steve Madden because they were having a buy one get one half off sale (which is my weakness when it comes to shopping).

These rose-velvet boots are definitely the cutest shoes I own at the moment. They are so easy to get on because instead of lacing them up, you just zip them up on the side. I believe these shoes were around $70.

Yes, I already own about three pairs of black boots with heels. The difference between those and these are that these boots zipper on the side and is about 5x more comfortable. I can't wait to pair these boots up with dresses and jeans. These shoes were about $90 before the discounts.

Eddie Bauer

Northeast winters are freezing, and I needed a coat that would last me for years and keep me warm. This coat is from Eddie Bauer and was originally $275, but it was on sale and I bought it for around $130. I really like this coat because it's the perfect length and I can wear it over my uniform on the train. Also, there's fake fur on it which is good because I wouldn't have bought it if it had real fur.

Victoria's Secret

At Tanger, the VS outlet was one of my best buys. I bought these two sports bras for $10 each, and a regular bra for $19. Usually these sports bras at least $25, and I wasn't willing to pay that much. I was in desperate need of sports bras for my field hockey season, and VS did not disappoint.


 I'm going to a christening for my new baby cousin in the end of September, and I needed a dress to wear. I've never been to LOFT before, but my mother is a big fan of the store. I automatically fell in love with this dress. It was originally $82, but I got 10% because I asked for a student discount. I can't wait to show you all my OOTD.

Question: What is your must-have Autumn clothing?

Hope you liked this post! Don't forget to comment :)
                                                               Christina Madeleine

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*Note: Tanger Outlets has all/most items on sale, and I didn't get anything for free. This post wasn't to brag at all, but to show you all what I bought. All photos were taken with a Canon Powershot.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Favorite Fall Fashion Trends: September 2017

Hey everyone! When I was thirteen, I started this blog to talk about fashion, and it seems that I haven't wrote about actual trends in years! Of course, I have done ootds, but can I still call myself a "fashion blogger." Since my last fashion trend post (four years ago), I have been through a ton of trends to find myself. The worst being my time when I would wear galaxy tights underneath denim shorts, but let's not talk about the fashion don'ts! I, absolutely love Autumn (especially months September through November). I like the idea of wearing cute jackets with jeans, nice scarfs, faux fur coats, and knee high boots way more than I like shorts. This Summer I enjoyed wearing skirts and dresses though, so I might continue that style into the Fall.  Today, I want to talk about my favorite Fall trends.

1. Turtle Necks 

I love turtlenecks. Last year, I bought two from Land's End, and I paired with everything. I styled outfits of pink skirts with a black turtleneck, tights, and knee high boots. The trend of turtlenecks have been around for ages; we've seen Marilyn Monroe and The Beatles wear them. This trend looks classy and you can pair them with jeans, overalls, dresses that go over them (but it depends how thick the shirt is). Also, chunky turtleneck sweater dresses paired with tights and ankle booties is perfect for winter weather. Lastly, turtlenecks are SO COMFORTABLE. Last year, I literally wore them everyday because of the fact that they are usually made of cotton, and feel like pajamas.

2.  Ankle Boots 

Ankle boots or Chelsea boots have been seen on celebrities like Harry Styles to models like Kendall Jenner. I, personally, adore this trend because 1) it's so easy to have a chunky heel that is comfortable 2) it goes with everything. My staple would be black ankle boots, but there are some colors like maroon and blue that also go with many outfits. Also, wearing ankle boots gives you the excuse to wear knit socks that are taller than the boot and match it with either tights or a dress. As shown above, you can also pair black ankle boots with jeans. How could you go wrong with this fashion staple?

3. Paper Bag Waist Pants 

Paper Bag Waist Pants are definitely one of the newer trends that I really like. Pants, like these, are sold at stores from H&M to Stella McCartney. There isn't much freedom when it comes to styling these pants, but not every article of clothing needs 10 ways to style. These pants would go well with either heeled sandals (if it's warm enough out) or chunky ankle boots. With the two photos, the pants are styled with white shirts, but is always subject to change with the color of the pants. I like the style of tucking in the shirt because it makes the outfit look classy enough for a work day or just to dress up. The pants are stylish, but comfortable. This year, I hope I can get myself a pair of these pants.

4. Faux Fur Coats 

I hate REAL fur because I don't believe in killing animals for their fur. But, FAUX fur sign me up all the way. Last year, I bought a purple faux fur coat from Forever 21 for about $55 and I was so obsessed with it. You can see me wearing it back in an OOTN from last December. I find faux fur coats to be so fun, especially when they are in different colors. Also, if you style the coat well, then it can go with so many outfits. For formal events, you can wear it over your dress and pair it with heels. But for a day out, you can pair it with jeans. It's perfect for the Fall because usually faux fur coats aren't heavy, but it'll still be warm enough out to wear them. Once again, it's a cute look and no animals are killed in the making of it.

5. Blazers 

I think blazers are great. When I was in middle school, I bought a blazer at Century 21 and I wore it with everything to make it look fancier. I recently bought the blazer on the right for $50 from Century 21 and it's Tommy Hilfiger. I saw the same jacket at Macy's for $82, so now I feel a bit better for how cheap I got it. I bought the blazer because I will be joining the Congressional Youth Cabinet of New York in September, and I felt I needed it for the occasion. I might do a post about how I style it because currently I am planning on wearing it with dark jeans, a white shirt, and black boots.  Blazers in general can turn a casual outfit into a formal-business outfit very quickly. You can wear blazers over dresses, with pants (maybe even the paper bag waist pants). This is definitely a staple to have in your closet for the Fall.

6. Jeans 

First of all, I included the image of the jeans with the fishnets underneath them because I love that style. I have yet to try it, but this Summer I saw the trend so much. Secondly, jeans are great. My recommendations for good jeans are American Eagle, Topshop, and Hollister. Out of the three, I prefer American Eagle the most just because their jeans fit so well, and come in a variety of styles from high waisted to boot cut. Also, their jeans are pretty affordable. Topshop is a bit pricey, but 100% worth the investment. I own the Jaime jeans from Topshop, and they were $80, but I wear them all the time. Jeans are so easy to style, and they go with everything from t-shirts to chunky sweaters. Also, you can wear almost every type of shoes with jeans.

7. Knee High Boots (and over the knee)

I just really like boots, okay? I recommend if you are going to buy knee high boots go to Steve Madden.  At the moment, all my shoes are either Adidas or Steve Madden, and I have no regrets about that. Steven Madden shoes are so durable, and you can get them cheaper in the Fall (student discounts sometimes!), and at the outlet stores. High Boots are so fun to style with dresses and cardigans. I don't like wearing them with jeans, so tights usually is the way I go with them.

8. Scarfs 

Once I start wearing scarfs, I know its officially Autumn. Big, chunky scarfs are good to match with sweaters (as shown above) or with dresses. Scarfs are good to wear on chilly days, or to make a plain outfit look a bit more fun. The trend carries on into Winter, so it's six months of styling scarfs! Adding a scarf can change a whole outfit, and it's a subtle accessory.

Questions: What are your favorite fall trends? Do you have any of the same as mine?

Leave a Comment! 

                                                        Christina Madeleine

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*None of these photos used in this post are mine. I take no credit for these pictures. If I took a photo from Google that is yours, let me know by contacting me and I will take it down *

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