[ 5 ] We Never Go Out of Style ~ Wear Your Label

If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s look online for things I can buy. While scouring Buzzfeed the other day, I stumbled upon what looked like a good site for me to shop. I have never been so right in my life.

The brand is unique and inspiring. No, it’s not a preppy store for elite buyers only. It’s for everyone; and I mean everyone.

Meet Canada-based company Wear Your Label. Its mission is to “design clothes to create conversations about mental health.” If that isn’t cool enough for you, 10% of the profits collected are donated to mental health initiatives to make an impact in other people’s lives. A cool aspect to the clothing line is the tags on the clothes. Normally, there would be instructions for washing or drying the clothes. These tags are much better. They give instructions on how to take care of yourself. Pretty cool, huh?

Another cool aspect of the site: there’s no boy’s and girl’s section. Wear Your Label recognizes that there are people who don’t fit into societal gender norms. And in order to accommodate all, they make sure to put all the clothes together. Here’s a few highlights of what types of items they sell (a lot of it is, at the moment, out of stock due to high demand.)

IMG_6613Gray “Self-Care Isn’t Selfish” tank, $30.00

What I love so much about this top is how true it is. Taking care of yourself is not a selfish thing to do. In fact, a lot of times, all you need to do to make yourself feel better is to slow down and do something that makes you feel good. It isn’t selfish; it’s needed.

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Black “Your Story Isn’t Over” Leggings, $45.60

Who doesn’t love a pair of leggings with an uplifting tagline? According to the description of this product, “thighs are considered a common place for self injury…the “Your Story Isn’t Over” Leggings act as a reminder to stay strong for those who may be struggling with self-injury.”

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Gray “The Good in the Bad” Tee, $35.00

I love this design. The Yin-Yang symbol is a perfect representation of how to recognize there is always a good in every bad you encounter. The use of the semicolon is also significant. A group named The Semicolon Project uses a semicolon to show that where a sentence could have been ended, but instead, didn’t. In other words, a life that could have ended, but didn’t. It’s a beautiful philosophy.

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Mood Disorders Bracelet, $6.40

This item is by far one of my favorites. I love the idea of a bracelet being used to show support for those struggling with something; it’s so discreet but present that it really warms my heart. There are seven different kinds of bracelets on the site, all the same price. The seven are as follows: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and Self-Injury bracelets.

The best part about all of this? You can just want to support the recovery of people with mental health abnormalities. By buying an article of clothing, you are showing your support for those who struggle with mental health abnormalities.

Want to check it all out for yourself? wearyourlabel.com

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[ 4 ] D.I.Y. ~ Mug Madness

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For this past Mother’s Day, I wanted to give my mom something special. For once, I had the money to buy something; but the problem is my dad had all ready bought her what she wanted. So now what? I was getting frustrated at my lack of knowledge of what to get my mother. What could she use? Doesn’t she all ready have everything she needs? But isn’t this about what she wants? I was driving myself insane. So I went to Pintrest (which I have newly discovered how to use, despite my young age) and searched for DIY ideas. Lo and behold, I found one: a DIY mug.

Okay, so I didn’t have to actually sculpt a mug or anything (which I have tried [and failed] with before). It was a blast to do, and my mom really liked it. What is this DIY, then, you ask?

I call it: Mug Madness.

I found the instructions here. I love this site. Gimme Some Oven let me make my first meal for my entire extended family: cinnamon apple pork chops. (Delicious, if I must say so myself.) So when I saw this site had instructions, I immediately went with it; and I am really glad I did. I’ll be giving you what I did and in the order I did them with pictures of the process.

First things first, I took a trip to my (kinda) local JoAnn Fabrics. They had the ceramic paint pens I needed in a bunch of different colors. I went with the brand “Painters,” which weren’t too expensive. They were about $4 each ($3.99 to be exact), and I bought three different colors: red, black and gold. It was nice that the metallic ones were the same price as the regular ones. All of the pens were fine, since I knew that if I chose a thicker version, my letters would be all smushed together.

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I searched around JoAnn’s for a bit longer for a white ceramic mug, but they had none, which was a bummer. So I went with my next option: Dollar General. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any white mugs either. Instead of getting discouraged, though, I decided I was going to do something fun: I got a colored mug and a white plate. The cost for the both of them was under $5.

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Before I could get to the fun part, I washed both of the items with warm water and soap, making sure to dry them thoroughly. Then the fun begins. Decorate your mug with fun sayings! Since mine was for my mother, I looked up mother’s day quotes that weren’t too long for the plate, and used the example text on Gimme Some Oven for the mug. Before putting anything on my materials, however, I practiced first. I used a thick piece of cardboard to get my paint pens working, then I practiced different penmanship for each of the sayings in each of the colors. Once I was satisfied with the design, I began transferring it onto the mug and plate. Once it was dry, I put in into the oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. I was really happy with the end result!

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Altogether, this project costs around $20. Good for a college student or a high school student, or even somebody who doesn’t want to go broke every time there’s a holiday. The time to do this project was around 3 hours, so it isn’t too time consuming. The time varies with both the paint and the length it takes to decorate. If your paint says to cure, then do what it says. The example on Gimme Some Oven said to let the paint cure for 8 hours. Mine had no instructions that I could see, so I baked it after 10 minutes. I recommend hand washing to keep the paint from flaking.

Hope this gets your inspiration gears going and motivates you to do something fun!

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[ 3 ] Body Image~ Imagine That

This first “real” post is going to be something serious and what I believe to be a real issue in today’s society for women. Yes, it’s a big topic that has a lot of controversy surrounding it, but go big or go home, right?

I recently read an article from a fellow blogger on WordPress. Her entire article fascinated me- I had never thought about the song “All About that Bass” in this way before- was it really bashing those considered “skinny” and glorifying those that weren’t? When taking another listen to the song, I began to realize how accurate this seemed to be. I’ll admit it, I really did like the song. It made me feel good about my not-as-skinny-as-my-friends body shape. I let myself get sucked up into the fun beat and simply ideology of everyone being beautiful. But I suppose I never realized that the song has two major flaws to it. The first was briefly touched upon in the article: Girls, you need a boy to validate how you feel about yourself. How absolutely ridiculous is that? The second flaw is the fact that it deflates any girl who essentially feels good about herself. “Go ahead and tell them skinny b*tches that.” While it is followed with a “Naw, I’m just playing,” it’s the same thing as saying, “No offense, but xyz.” It’s still offensive.

So, if we don’t get validation from boys or other females, where can we get the validation of our body from? As a female, I can proudly say that I will never need a man to validate how I feel about my body, nor will I need a fellow female to tell me how I’m supposed to feel. The truth of the matter is this: my body is mine; you don’t like it, you can suck it up and leave. It’s infuriating when other people think that commenting on weight or appearance is an okay thing to do. It’s not. In truth, the fact that it’s almost socially acceptable to judge other women for their body type is disgusting.

You may be saying “I agree with you! But how do I change this?” This question is a difficult one, and it can have a different answer for every person. The best answer I can give you is what I do.

I have decided to believe in myself. I’m done relying on others for validation of my looks. In all honesty, it just makes me feel bad about myself. I’m done fishing for compliments. I’m done with complimenting other girls only to get one back. I’m going to mean what I say. When I say that I think somebody looks nice, I’m going to say it and mean it. No more half-hearted compliments. I’m going to choose to be happy with myself. I’m not petite; that’s for sure. But I’m deciding I don’t need to be petite to be happy. I just need to be happy. And I feel that every woman should take the opportunity to try this: point out your favorite parts of your body. Go ahead. I like my eyes, lips, and calves. Guess what, ladies? Nobody else has those same features. Sure, everybody has eyes, lips and calves, but not my eyes, lips and calves. And guess what connects the three together? My entire body. One part of your body isn’t beautiful; the entire thing is, and you should know it.

Believe in yourself. You are beautiful. I promise.


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[ 2 ] Barter System

If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?

This was the prompt given to bloggers of the world. So, how would I answer this? That’s a tough question. I always have hated the idea of “bragging” about one’s abilities. That’s one of the reasons I hate writing out resumes and college applications. List things that you feel we should know about you. I don’t know. How about the fact that I don’t have pinky toenails*? No? Okay, then how about the fact that I’m terrified of failure? See, the things that make me myself are not those typical “bragging rights” that a lot of people would first think about. They’re funny little quirks that show my personality.

But, alas, this question isn’t asking for quirks. It’s asking whether or not I would actually be worth something. So, here goes a selfish rant on what I could offer. I apologize beforehand.

Writing – In case it wasn’t obvious already, I really enjoy writing. I’m currently working on my second novel (the first is just a finished manuscript that I never want to get published because I wrote it in eight grade). I write poetry and short stories, and I am also working on an idea for a TV script. I have so many ideas floating around in my head for story ideas that I could offer my services for many things: whether that be editing, entertainment or an idea generator.

Music – On top of writing, I also have a passion for music. While passions are not generally considered skills, I do consider myself musically capable. I play piano, which I have had 5 years worth of lessons (yes I know I started late in life; I’m not one that started at 3 and is a child player). I also have taught myself guitar and ukulele, which I think is fun. I want to learn Native American Flute and bass guitar, along with cello and drums. Yes, I have a wide range of desires to learn things. But while I may not be able to teach those myself, I can write music for others. I know how to compose and create songs, some of which I’m hoping to get recorded onto a CD to sell. I would be able to offer, once again, my services in entertainment and as an idea generator.

Advice – This one is not quite like the other two. It’s not really a material object that I can offer others; this is something that is more difficult to accept. I’ve been told numerous times I give good advice. I personally didn’t believe it- until people started continually asking me for it. People often tell me things that they don’t tell other people. Why that is, I’m not really sure. Maybe I give off a trustworthy vibe. Whatever the real reason is, I feel like this is something I could offer the world that doesn’t take much thought; I always say what I think is the best thing to do in every situation, even if I don’t follow it myself.

So, based on these three things, I’d say I’d be pretty successful. As much as people don’t need entertainment, a lot of people really like it, and I feel like they’d want it anyways. I suppose I’d be pretty well off.

*Just for clarification, I do sort of have pinky toenails- they just don’t really count since they aren’t even a centimeter in length. I can’t even put nail polish on them, so I don’t consider them toenails.


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[ 1 ]

I’ve always hated beginnings of things. Starting up a new conversation gives me anxiety. See, look. I’ve already told you way more than you’d prefer to know. My case rests in my own awkwardness.

So, to delete the awkward atmosphere I’m sure I just created, I’m going to begin by telling you why I’m here.

I want to give my advice to the world.

Cliché, I know. But it’s true.

I want to tell the world what my perspective is on things. I want the whole world to know how I feel about anything and everything. Okay, maybe not everything, but you get my gist. I’m here to express myself and let others feel free to add onto my expression.

What will I be talking about?

Life, love, tips, stories, trials, tribulations, transitions, and, most importantly, what I think about all of them.

Interested? Stay tuned! My blogs can only get more awkward as we go, but you’ll learn to love it. I hope.