I know I can focus on bad television and fashion most of the time, but I am an avid reader. I love reading! There is nothing better to me than having a big chunk of time to just sit and get lost in a book. I could talk endlessly about all the different types of books I love and why, but today, I want to focus on young adult novels. There are so many amazing ones out there but if I can influence you with even just one, I’ll consider it a success! We all know about the obvious choices: Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Stay With Me, HARRY POTTER SERIES (note that is in caps), but I want to recommend the not so obvious.
I’m going to start with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.This was one of my favorites. This is not your typical boy-meets-girl, they fall head over heels story. It is complicated and let’s just say, not a love-at-first-sight story. It follows the lives of Park and Eleanor, teens living in the same small town. Both of the protagonists feel like they don’t quite fit in, though they are part of very different groups. They form a strange “friendship” to start and build from there. My favorite line from the book reads “‘I wanted to break that song in to pieces,’ she said ‘and love them all to death.’” Throughout, Rowell uses music to punctuate the story. You’re sucked in before you even realize. The story can get a bit heavy, but the fantastic writing and relatable characters make it well worth your time.
For as sweet and vulnerable as Eleanor and Park is, I wanted to go down a bit of a weirder path with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Sixteen-year-old Jacob becomes shaken up by the sudden death of his grandfather. He and his father go to a remote island to visit the orphanage in which his grandfather was raised. Jacob grew up listening to stories his grandfather told, and soon finds out those stories may have more truth than he ever imagined. At one point, he muses “I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”I’ll finish with The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Protagonist Charlie is chartering his way through the early stages of high school. He’s not sure where he fits in, or if he does at all. He gets befriended by some quirky seniors who help him see that everyone is soul searching, and not always very successfully. My favorite line is “we accept the love we think we deserve.” Though romance is involved, this isn’t a love story, but one of self awareness and acceptance. There are emotional twists and turns throughout that will leave you sad, shocked, and captivated.
All of these books are vastly different story lines, but all make you find something within yourself—strength, romance, pain—and help you work through it. Or at the very least, make you feel not so alone.
So PLEASE, any Young Adult literature that you found profound, TELL US! I want to know likes, dislikes, reviews. Anything you have to say about some YA lit.
Alright, this one is for you ladies! One of my favorite blog sites is HelloGiggles. This week, one of the articles was about the ill affects of body shape guides. The basic point of the article was how those guidelines limit what a woman can/should wear based on her shape. To an extent, I agree with that article. Because you are shaped a certain way does by no means mean you should be limited to certain pieces of clothing. So, I felt inspired to write a piece on flattering silhouettes for highlighting various body parts! This is all based on my experiences with friends, family, and myself! Don’t be an apple, a pear, an hourglass, or a triangle, be a blank canvas!
Let’s begin with my fellow ladies who are on the bustier side. Let’s be honest, dresses aren’t always our friend. Those adorable, strappy, open-back dresses and shirts that are popular don’t exactly lend a hand in the support department. Though we can’t get away with strappy,there are very cute options for us that also allow us to wear bras and remain fashionable. Anything that cinches below the bust line is perfect. Though Peplums are an acquired taste, they do make me feel great when I wear them (and I can eat without worry). Below, see a dress from Urban Outfitters and peplum shirt from Forever 21.
Now for the ladies who have some junk in the trunk. Flowing skirts and dresses always look adorable on those with a bigger bottom. And, of course, a rockin pair of jeans. I have a best friend with this body type and she bought an adorable skirt at Target of all places that she found comfortable and looked adorable on her figure. Jeans I know can be frustrating for her because her waist size is smaller than her bum, but when you find a brand that fits well, stick with it! Sometimes, expensive denim is the way to go for a perfect fit. Try Lucky or Citizens!
I carry my weight in my stomach. It can be frustrating but hey, what can I do. For me, I like minimizing the attention my clothes bring to my middle. So, I like to wear high waisted skirts, empire waist dresses, and avoid any shirts that are tight all over.
But really, the most important thing is wear what makes you feel confident! Don’t focus on the shape you may be defined as. Most of us vary anyway, so find what you like and go with it!
Feel free to post about your favorite looks!