Belly Buttons Are So Overrated

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Enough is enough, from thigh gaps, to bikini bridges and now the belly button challenge. The belly button challenge is a new body trend flooding social media. I am not talking about a stylish, fashion trend that everyone should follow. Instead the belly button challenge proves that society sucks.

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It’s believed that this trend started in China. No matter where it started it has made an unwanted appearance on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. The idea of this challenge is suppose to indicate if you need to lose weight. If your right arm is able to reach the left side of your navel from your back, you are thin and healthy. Completely bogus! I am not a health or fitness expert but I do have a brain and I know that touching your belly button does not prove if one is healthy. What girls fail to realize is that flexibility and long arms are the only things that determine if you can touch your belly button.

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         Today, the pressure to become thin is stronger than ever. From personal experiences, it can be hard to get rid of the negative thoughts about your body. Constantly, one is bombarded with thoughts of feeling fat, feeling ugly, and feeling unworthy.

It seems like these body trends are harmless but instead they have dangerous outcomes. Although I believe that the media is not the sole contributor to eating disorders, these trends can still add fuel to the fire. Eating disorders are no joking matter and continue to rise among teens and adults, both males and females. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, over 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from eating disorders. In fact, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. I wish society kept these facts and statistics in mind before they start telling us that being thin is all that matters.

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I am a huge advocate for promoting body peace. Although I find it hard to sometimes take my own advice, I strongly believe that body shaming needs to stop NOW. Since when does being thin make you a more worthy human being? I was always taught that it is what is on the inside that counts.

I can’t help but to laugh at this idea of the belly button challenge because it is nothing but complete foolishness. However, the sad part is that not all girls can laugh about it and most fall victim to society’s idea of the “perfect body.” Take the vow with me and promise not to post anything on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook that shames your body or others. It’s not worth it. Besides, belly buttons are so overrated, but being healthy never goes out of style.

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Lazy Days of (Almost) Summer

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Technically summer has not officially begun. The official start to summer is June 21st; however to me summer began the minute I handed in my last final exam. So far my summer has kicked off to a busy start. I’m currently balancing three jobs, an internship in the city, a sales associate at a retail store, and hopefully one of your favorite bloggers. With all the running around and trying to keep up with my schedule, I have barely had time to breathe which is why most of my recent blog posts have been written on the train. I like to call this multi-tasking at its finest. It’s very rare for me to have a day off, but when I do, I try to make the best of it. On those rare days to myself, I like to catch up on my sleep, catch up on all my favorite blogs, and head outside to explore and capture pictures for upcoming posts. That is my idea of relaxation. I’m not complaining about my busy schedule. I like to keep busy. Especially being in the city three times a week. The city has become my second home and hope I can call it my official home in the next few years.

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In my opinion, all summer clothes are super comfy. Nothing is better than throwing on a dress or a skirt and not having to worry about tights, a heavy winter coat, and boots. Today I decided to dress super casual because I finally had a day off, so jean shorts, a crop tee, and sneakers it is.

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I love my high-waisted distressed denim jean shorts from American Eagle. I bought them last summer and they are still my go to pair. The light wash pairs well with any shirt.

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On one of my recent Forever 21 shopping trips I saw this interesting crop tee. I have to admit I am not a big fan of crop tees because I think sometimes they can be a little too revealing. I like this tee because it’s not super cropped and when paired with high-waisted shorts it just shows the right amount of skin. Not only do I like the green tie dye pattern but look how neat the back of the shirt looks. It’s a destroyed back that shows some skin so of course I just wore a bandeau underneath. This top is perfect for a hot summer day because it’s so lite and comfy.

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Like I said, one of my favorite things to do on my days off is to explore and you can’t explore without comfortable shoes, so that’s why I chose to wear my white converse. I love my Shoreline Slip On Edition Converse because you just slip them on and don’t worry about tying them. Plus they make any outfit sportier and more casual.

IMG_9135    In case you were wondering I am still obsessed with elephants. Shout out to my best friend Jennie for giving me this amazing gold elephant charm necklace. I have been getting so much use out this necklace because it’s so delicate and simple.

IMG_9143                You can’t forget about sunglasses. I recently rediscovered my sunglasses drawer and I can’t believe how many pairs I have and all different styles, shapes, and colors. I love buying inexpensive pairs at Forever 21 and H&M so you always have a style on hand based on any mood. Today I was feeling groovy in my aviator sunglasses from H&M for a laid back vibe.

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IMG_9169  It’s crazy summer hasn’t even started yet and I have accomplished so much. Kudos to me for being so productive. I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer. Enjoy the sunshine. Stay tuned for my next post!

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Top: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shorts: American Eagle (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Converse  | Necklace: Etsy (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Sunglasses: H&M (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)

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Kimono Loving

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Walking into your favorite clothing store, I am certain you will find an extensive selection of kimonos. Kimonos long, short, patterned, colorful and some maybe with fringe or tassels, so it’s safe to say you will find a kimono that will suit your personal style.

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I like to call kimonos the summer sweater. They aren’t as heavy as a sweater so you can wear them in the summer heat without dying of heatstroke. They’re just a light piece of fabric that perfectly drapes your body to complete any outfit. My favorite way to wear a kimono is with a simple dress. I like this approach because sometimes dresses can just be boring without proper accessorizing. Kimonos are the perfect way to finish off a look and add more style.

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I’ve had the best luck finding kimonos at Forever 21, H&M, Cotton On, and TJMaxx. But like I said kimonos are so popular this season you can pretty much find a kimono anywhere. I love kimonos that feature beautiful prints, lovely colors and maybe even some fringe detailing. I usually go with kimonos that have some sort of neutral color present like black, gray, or cream. The neutral colors allow me to pair my kimono with a variety of pieces in my closet like a simple dress, romper, or jeans, which allows the eye-catching colors, and patterns of the kimono to really pop.

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Today’s outfit features a variety of Forever 21 items. On a recent shopping spree at Forever 21, I was impressed with many of their new summer items and of course I wanted them all. I love wearing dresses during the summer, so I bought this acid washed dress. Again it’s a simple gray color that can be worn in many ways but as you can see my favorite statement is to wear it with a kimono. My long floral kimono is also from Forever 21 and it features a similar gray color that matches the dress but also has beautiful pops of red and black. It’s a nice length with a few slits in the kimono to give it a flowing look

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I kept my jewelry minimal because I like to balance my outfits. When I wear a kimono I like to keep the jewelry simple or if I choose to wear a statement necklace I like to keep everything else simple. Balance is key (no pun intended because my necklace is a key) but I really love this simple, dainty silver key necklace from Forever 21. It goes with any outfit. Perfect for when you’re looking to add a little bit of bling. I rarely wear bracelets. It’s just one jewelry item I always forget but today I choose my BCBG charm bracelet because it goes with the silver and gray themes of my outfit.

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As for shoes, you can’t go wrong with a simple pair of black sandals from Forever 21. They match any outfit perfectly.

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Kimono loving is the title of this post because I love my kimonos this season. In fact I have a whole section in my closest dedicated to kimonos. I’m certain another one of my favorite kimonos will make an appearance in an upcoming post. Let me know in the comments how you feel about the kimono trend? Do you totally love it or can you do without it? If you like the kimono look tell me some of your favorite ways to style a kimono?

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Dress: Forever 21  (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Kimono: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR) | Shoes: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) (SIMILAR)  | Necklace: Forever 21 (SIMILAR) | Bracelet: BCBG (SIMILAR)

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