What’s Hot/ What’s Not Fall 2011

The highly anticipated Fall is finally here and as I begin to dig out my Fall favorites, I am more, and more excited to see what’s ahead! Surely, there’s a lot going on this Fall and check-in right here to what’s hot and what’s not for this season!

WHAT’S HOT

The new show, The New Girl. 

WHAT’S NOT

Tuning-out the slew of superb Fall TV shows (You know they’re your guilty pleasure, too!).

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WHAT’S HOT

Carving pumpkins.

WHAT’S NOT

The scary knives that pumpkin carving requires.

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WHAT’S HOT

The Halloween spirit.

WHAT’S NOT

Using Halloween as an excuse to dress… well, not very modestly (I’ll leave it at that!).

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WHAT’S HOT

Cool air and lovely sweater weather.

WHAT’S NOT

Runny, red noses from the chilly air.

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WHAT’S HOT

Fall football (DolFANs get your fins up! AND Go Knights!).

WHAT’S NOT

Lacking spirit.

HAPPY FALL EVERYONE!

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What’s Hot/ What’s Not: July 2011

WHAT’S HOT

 

Homemade everything- food, baked goods, crafts, and everything in between!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Rejecting creativity and originality.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Weekend getaways!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Work that you can’t get away from!

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Self-imposed book challenges (I plan to read at least 10 books this summer!)!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Letting the dust collect on your bookshelf.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Celebs that use their fame to support a cause. (All of the proceeds from Justin Bieber’s new scent, Someday, go to charity.)

WHAT’S NOT

 

Celebs that use their fame to support their bad habits.

 

 

 

 

 WHAT’S HOT

 

Frozen summer treats.

WHAT’S NOT

 

Hot winter drinks.

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WHAT’S HOT

 

Getting in the Fourth of July spirit!

WHAT’S NOT

 

Taking our independence for granted.

Lessons from Paris Midnights

We’ve all been there, in that “I know I’m really fortunate and life is good, but it would be really cool if I (fill in your choice desire here)” mind-set. Of course, this mind-set is just a fantasy and obviously not any kind of possibility, unless you’re Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s new movie Midnight in Paris. I didn’t find the movie overwhelmingly entertaining; however, all movie analysis aside, I did manage to find a very moral storyline in the movie that exemplified the ever-important notion of “the grass is always greener.”

By nature, we’re inclined to think or assume that something better than what we have exists. This has both advantages and dangers. If this “grass is greener” notion pushes you to strive for more and take control of your circumstances, then good for you for being so proactive! On the other hand, this “grass is greener” notion might mean that you’re missing out on the many great things you already have; besides, being envious of others is very counterproductive.

In Midnight in Paris, Gil (Owen Wilson) chooses the former option and realizing he’s unhappy with his life and his path, makes a change. His circumstances are quite extreme (I’m leaving the details at that so as not to reveal any spoilers), but we can learn a lot from Gil who realized that the “grass was greener” and used that notion to make some necessary changes to his life.

We’re left with two options, here. Option number 1: We can be content with and thankful for the great things we already have. Option number 2: We can be proactive and make the things we want happen. Neither of these options are easy tasks and neither can be chosen without conviction and strength, but no doubt, with a little bit of perseverance and determination, you will be mowing the green grass in no time.

What’s Hot/ What’s Not: Summer 2011 Edition

With temperatures rising and as we begin to dig out our Summer essentials, I am ecstatic to see what this Summer has in store!  From beach bods to sports games and watermelon, there is a lot going on this Summer! Check out what’s hot and what’s not for this Summer!



WHAT’S HOT

Continually working on your Summer beach bod.


WHAT’S NOT

Getting there by unhealthy means.

                 

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WHAT’S HOT

The unbelievably mesmerizing Casey Anthony trial.

 

WHAT’S NOT

Casey Anthony.

 

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WHAT’S HOT

Summer bucket lists.

 

WHAT’S NOT

Breaking the bank to complete the list.

 

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WHAT’S HOT

The NBA Finals.

 

WHAT’S NOT

The Miami Heat losing a game they were leading by 15 points.

 

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WHAT’S HOT

Summer memories.

 

WHAT’S NOT

Summer classes.

 

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WHAT’S HOT

Watermelon, hamburgers, and strawberry daiquiris around the pool.

 

WHAT’S NOT

The excruciating heat that prevents you from enjoying watermelon, hamburgers, and strawberry daiquiris around the pool.

 

 

 

Lessons from the Back-Stabber

We’ve all been there—in that “he loves me, he loves me not” scenario where we wonder if we should step out on a limb, and reveal the feelings we were keeping inside or if the chance isn’t worth the risk of heartbreak. With the first half of my college experience past me and with my recent entrance into the so-called “quarter-life,” I find myself contemplating where the line between taking the leap of faith and suppressing my feelings is drawn. I’ve started to learn that “getting what you want” is a personal and individual responsibility that sometimes (and by sometimes, I mean most times) requires stepping out of your comfort zone and going for it, pushing the fear of heartbreak aside.

My realization was bolstered by the heartburn-inducing, albeit extremely entertaining chick-flick, Something Borrowed. Cheating fiancés and attention-hogging best friends aside, this movie is an encapsulation of my most recent and significant epiphany (not that epiphanies are an extremely common occurrence for me)—that I can’t get what I want without making it happen and that sometimes life requires putting yourself first and putting yourself out there. Fulfilling my needs and desires are my sole responsibility. Worrying about other people so much that I put myself second, is not okay. (Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting subverting concern for other people; however, I am suggesting that concern for one’s own needs not be placed on the back burner—something I’ve been previously guilty of.)

In Something Borrowed, Rachel, the initially submissive and painfully acquiescent “people-pleaser” is so scared of stepping out on the aforementioned “limb” that she loses the opportunity with her Prince Charming while her best friend scoops him up fearlessly. While I don’t wish a man-stealing best friend on any one of you or myself, I do think there is a lesson to be learned from this back-stabber—that she got what she wanted because she went for it. In the movie, Rachel learns from this, too, and yes, she gets her Prince Charming back when she FINALLY goes for it—saying and doing what she wants, and throwing what’s expected of her to the wind.

We have to be open to the idea of putting ourselves out there. Is there some risk involved? Yes. But does the possibility of achieving what you want make the risk worth it? Definitely! Stepping out of your comfort zone can, of course, be uncomfortable and learning to put your own needs first can take time, but, like Rachel, maybe we’ll start to see that a little bit of gutsiness can result in a lot of personal benefit!