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?

                                                              Christina Madeleine


Sunday, January 8, 2017

My Week in Photos 1/1-1/7

Hey everyone! I've seen many bloggers doing a series called "My Week in Photos", which if you can't tell is when they post some photos they posted from the week & a small blurb with what they did that week. I 've been meaning to do something like this for awhile because I take a lot of photos. I think I am going to try doing this type of post a few times a month. Since I am trying to do post twice a week, it would bring more variety to this website. Furthermore, this what I have done in the last week.

January 1, 2017

It was New Year's Day, so I decided to start on my resolution of getting + staying organized by planning out my whole week in my "Follow Your Dreams" planner.  I have to admit there is something nice about planning out your whole week, blogposts, homework, and homework.

Side note: I was organizing my planner right after watching Sherlock and it took me forever because I was still not over how good that show is.

January 3, 2017

It was my last day of break and I hadn't filmed or edited my video for my film class. The prompt was to make a video with no actors or spoken dialogue. My mind went to my dog, Bosco, who was sitting on the couch. I spent two hours of my Tuesday filming my dog in his superdog costume & trying to get him to act for me. In the end, the 2:30 video was a hit at my school. I have some photos of him during this time.

January 4, 2017

It was my first day of school after a 2.5 week break. That day wasn't the worst, but it was a big reality check on how important Junior year is. All I heard when I was in school were the words "SAT, "college," "tests," and "future." It was a very stressful day because all I can do is study hard and do all my work to give me an edge up in the future.  It also doesn't help that I took a 3.5 hour long practice SAT the night before school, so it was rough going back to school.My favorite part of the day was my art class where I started working on a new piece. Also, Wednesday was the day I was able to get the Q train at the Second Avenue Station in the Upper East Side. This station is absolutely beautiful and CLEAN, so it was different than most subway stations in New York.

January 6, 2017

Friday was a very busy day for me. I had school, but afterwards I went to the French Embassy bookstore with my friends, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, out to dinner, and then to my school's coffeehouse (kind of like a talent show with other single-sex schools in the area). 

January 7, 2017

Saturday was a day that I sleep in and catch up on work. How can I possibly be behind in my work after only three days of school!? In the morning, my father drove me to a new place in my area called "Baya Bowls" and I bought myself a pitaya bowl with kiwi, coconut shavings, honey, and pineapple. While I ate my breakfast I watched The Office (I only have 5 episodes left!), and then I worked on my homework. The rest of the day I did SAT prep, wrote an article for the Teen News Website that I write for called The Weekly Buzz (you should definitely check it out), and then wrote a blogpost. I know my life is sooooo interesting, haha.

 Do you like this type of post? What did you all do this week? Let me know in the comments. My life isn't crazy interesting (currently it's 20% school 20%homework 15%blogging 5%The Office 20% SAT prep 20% sleeping). I love to take photos, so I can definitely promise more insights on my life like this. 

                                                            Christina Madeleine


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

OOTN December 30: A Sweet 16

Hey everyone! On December 30, I went to a Sweet 16 for my friend Alex. It was one of the best the best parties I went to in 2016. Sweet 16s are usually big parties where everyone dresses up, so I found the cutest outfit and I wanted to share it with you all. My outfit wasn't expensive, but it still looked very classy (in my opinion).

My outfit:
Romper - Cue Boutique ( a local boutique in the area that  I live in) $30
High Heeled Booties - Buffalo Exchange (a thrift store in the Lower East Side of Manhattan) $24
Black Tights

I was in desperate need of a haircut, so the day before the party I had my hair cut and straightened. I rarely have my hair straightened (only about three times in the past year), so it was definitely a special occasion.

The outfit was very different than other things I have worn to Sweet 16s. When I first went to these parties, I wore dresses that were a bit longer and would make me feel like a princess when I spun. Then I went to a few birthdays in bodycon dresses (jncluding my own party), and lastly rompers became my item of choice. Not many people wear rompers, but I love them.

It wasn't planned that my friend, Nina, and I wore black, but it was the perfect time for a photo opt. 

Before the party, Emily and I took photos in our faux fur. My purple jacket was between $50 - $60 from Forever 21.

Question: What do you wear to birthdays/ sweet 16s?

                                                         Christina Madeleine

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Resolutions

Hey everyone, it's officially 2017! There were a lot of ups and downs in the past year. Some of the positive events that happened to me were traveling to Hawaii and Barcelona, going to concerts, going out with my friends, and my sixteenth birthday. There were many downs involving a certain subject in school, and stress from things happening in the world. In 2016, I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone, and in this new year I plan on continuing to do so even more. In past years, I have not completely followed my resolutions, but this year I plan on doing so.  Further more, here are my resolutions...written in stone (or at least the digital equivalent).

1. To Become More Organized

If you follow me on Twitter, than you know for Christmas I received a planer. This year I have a singer's trip, college touring, SAT class, the SAT, an internship, and just about a ton of school work and prep. Of course, I'll find fun things to do as well, but 2017 is a huge year for me when it comes to school and my future. Becoming organized is very important so I don't miss out on important dates about colleges. I also am going to schedule my posts, so that this blog will be active a lot more. I am aiming to have between 6-8 posts each month, and of that number have 4 very quality posts & the others can be photo posts. I am also part of a website called the Weekly Buzz, and I have to write articles for them twice a month, so organization is key to my success in everything this year.

2. Remove Toxic People from My Life

I have been on social media for about four and a half years now. I've decided this year that I will be deleting my personal twitter (not my blog twitter), and recreating it and only letting people I talk to/ know follow it. Currently, my personal twitter is followed by a ton of people that I haven't spoken to in two to three years. I think having a fresh slate on social media will let me follow more news outlets, and get rid of all those tweets I made from when I was in sixth and seventh grade. Also on Instagram, I think it would be good to clear my feed of people who I know have said bad things about me. I want to have this year filled with positive people because I already have the looming college process that isn't always the most positive thing to keep me busy. I learned in the past year that surrounding yourself with people who love you and care for your well being is better than having a ton of acquaintances. 

3. Be More Active

There is a chance that my field hockey team will be cut this year, but even if it's not, I don't want that to be the only time I am active. I know that it's hard to start working out, but I think this will be the year I actually take initiative and become active. There are so many benefits to being more active, and I really think that it will be a good stress reliever. I don't want to focus on losing weight because I think that being active will just help me gain confidence. 

4. Be More Confident 

With people I know, I can be loud and I never stop talking. When I am around strangers, I become shy and I tend to not speak as much. I have been told by my friends for so long that I need to talk more, and I think this year will be my year to raise my hand more and speak up. I also want to gain body confidence because I have finally come to the realization that I don't need to follow a certain standard. I currently am not 100% in love with my body, but in the last year I've worked hard to become more comfortable. I believe that with a good mental state, I will be able to gain confidence in my whole entire persona. 

5. Grow This Fashion Girl

In May, I will have owned this blog for four years. I was twelve years old ( a few days from being 13) when I created this blog, and this year I will be turning seventeen. I have not promoted my blog as much as I have wanted in the past. I want to have a schedule in which I have my posts up each month, but I also want to grow my audience. I love that people have been here for so long, but I think that it would be great to get more followers, readers, and commenters. I love writing, and I hope that my blog can reach more people & that I can meet more people through this website. 

6. Write More Fashion Posts this Year   

My blog is called This Fashion Girl for a reason, and it is because I love fashion. I am still trying to find my style, but I want to do more OOTDs & OOTN and posts about styles. I have recently bought some new shoes, and I am donating some old clothes to the Salvation Army; so I will have some new outfits coming up.

7. Read 30 Books 

I started this challenge too late in 2016, so this year I know I will able to read that amount of books. I love to read, and it is such a good way to relax and take a break from life. Do you have any recommendations of books to read? I am currently reading The Unexpected Everything, There Eyes Were Watching God, and Hamlet.

Question: What are your resolutions for the new year?

Happy New Year!

                                                          Christina Madeleine



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