Always playing dress up.

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When I’m not working out, updating instagram, playing with my son, or making little posts for my blog– I work at this nail salon called “Nail Pro”. I’ve done nails for a solid 8 years now (typical vietnamese girl, I know. Spare me the jokes!) and one of the perks of doing this job is seeing the local fashion statement that goes in and out of the salon. You have the wannabe jersey shore guidettes, you’ve got the hood rat hooped earring mamas, you have the conservative sweater tied over the shoulder, you’ve got the crop top– You name it and I’ve seen it. With the summer here, I noticed that every group share a common love for dresses. In my opinion, for a day time look, I want a dress that can be flowy and had a nice open back. I love an itty bitty waste with a slightly poofy bottom. This dress I borrowed from my sister: it fitted weird so I tied it at the top.

What is your go to dress?
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ImageWhat I’m wearing:
Dress: Francesca’s
Jewelry: Alex and Ani
Shoes: Pink n Pepper

 

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Martha’s Vineyard, you were divine!

ImageAnyone ever been to Martha’s Vineyard? I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life and only been there twice!…TWICE. How sad. It’s only a 20 min ferry ride away. I have no excuses besides my parents never taking me. I took a short day trip out there with some of the people in my Unit to have breakfast (we fancy, huh?) at Linda Jean’s. It was nice little place with delicious food. For Martha’s Vineyard, it was pretty decent priced. They also serve mimosas, FYI. The best part of all, I got to spend the day with my best friend/lifting partner. So Martha’s Vineyard, CHECK!ImageImage

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Summertime Happiness

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 I have been slacking off a lot this summer but that’s because I have been so so SO busy with life. I’ll spare you the boring details but I think it’s time we get back into this, don’t you? This summer is strictly dedicated to just enjoying life. I want to try to live stress free and enjoy my two days off a week. Follow me each week as I adventure through various parts of Massachusetts and surrounding states (most likely with my son!)  I will also be talking a lot about fitness because I have been working hard at the gym and I would love to share it with you all. The key to success is to have constant motivation, and I get that from blogging. Send ideas on what you would like me to write about at promisesofcoffee@gmail.com or follow me on instagram at promisesofcoffee or my fitness instagram at FitCLe Image Today’s trip was to Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA. The sand was warm and quite nice between the toes. The temperature today was 79 with a breeze. It was not warm enough to stay in the water long but it was a lovely day to soak up some vitamin D! If you’re really bored, you can just sit back and totally people watch. I do that 99% of the time because I get bored very easily and always looking around for entertainment. Today, there was spanish music playing and a kite flown by no one. I saw someone shove their friend and I watch people litter. Got to spend some time with my friend and relax. The picture on the bottom was taken by him and it was inspired by the lovely Lauren Conrad. #trendsetter! ImageImage

Dream Window

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#JointhePAK 

My friend and I recently started this club/movement called PAK, which stands for “Positivity and Kindness”. Our purpose is to show that with very little efforts you can make a positive imPAKt (punny, much?) on the lives of others through simple acts of kindness. It’s very simple. To be a member, all you have to do is perform an act of kindness and BOOM—welcome to the WolfPAK (seriously, I am here all night)! The point of our club is to bring people together to do positive activities to help push kindness forward. Grey’s Anatomy was right on the money with their season finale when Kempner said, “we live in a world where something goes wrong and we automatically think it’s a terrorist act.” It’s a scary and cruel world out there: filled with crazy, deceitful, and misguided douchebags. It’s hard to pay attention to all the wonderful little things in life. Our first PAK thing was joining in the Free Hugs movement, which was AWESOME! A few weeks ago, fellow PAK members decided to start a “dream window painting” which is an event that involved students taking window marker and writing their hopes and dreams. We learned somewhere that people are 50% more likely to achieve their goal if they wrote it down (thanks, Sahil) – so we passed it on. That’s the great thing about PAK is that we promote positive acts. Here are some photos from our event. Video will be coming soon!!

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Spread Positivity and Kindness

Don’t hate on my comic book!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore has taken my graphic novel virginity! If you were to ask me a year ago if I planned on ever reading graphic novels, my first question would be “uhm…a what?” and then if you were to show me what a graphic novel actually is, “I don’t do comic books.” Not even “I won’t read comic books” but “I won’t DO comic books“. I just instantly tied comic book to geeks and I was so not about that life.  Let me go ahead and answer what you all are wondering, “No, I have never seen the movie.” The only thing I knew about that movie is that Natalie Portman got her head shaved for it. (YOU GO, GF!! I definitely can’t pull that look off. NO WAY!) For one of my classes this semester, this was on our reading list. I must admit, I was a bit surprised to see that I like it as much as I did. I liked it so much that I decided to choose the dystopian short story option to do my paper on. I pretty much wrote a fanfiction short story based off of a scene out of V for Vendetta.

I’m most certainly not the best writer out there but as I’m getting older, I find myself more interested in creative writing. I don’t know if that’s because of my admiration [obsession] for James Franco or if it’s because English is constantly challenging…who knows. I love it so much that I decided to change my major to concentrate in English. BOOM BOOM BOOM! #lifedecisions

I will attach a link to my livejournal where I will be posting my writing pieces. First post will be of my short story off of “V for Vendetta” to which I have titled, “Frank“. For a background scoop of this little piece of fanfiction, it is based off of a scene of a minor character (Frank, the Fingerman) that died due to an explosive caused by V. I wanted to give Frank a voice. Basically, I wanted people to empathize with his death a little bit. I don’t know. Check it out and let me know what you think! Or don’t. That’s okay too. I know I’ve been quiet in the blogging world but it’s that time of year where students try to get their shit together for finals. BEAR WITH ME! I admire your patience. Also, prayers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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WHAT I’M WEARING:

Sweater – Forever21
Shoes – Charlotte Russe

Link to short story:
http://christinale.livejournal.com/852.html

 

FREE HUGS for the Degenerate Beauty Queens

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To quote Lana Del Rey, we are a bunch of “degenerate beauty queens”. It’s unfortunate that our generation is so warped into this dehumanizing way of life. We live in a world where we give people weird looks when they wave to us or think someone is being creepy when they’re just smiling. You let a car go in front of you and, 89% of the time, you don’t even get a thank you’ wave. We spend more time on our phones than we do having an actual face to face conversation. When was the last time you started a conversation with a stranger? If you go into a doctors office nowadays, all you see is everyone on their phones. I think the lack of verbal and physical human interaction has caused us to become these stuck-up Miranda Priestly (Devil wears Prada [Meryl Streep’s character, the snobby bitch]), where it’s all business, all the time. I was becoming this Miranda-Priestly-zombie until I went to the NCSL leadership conference in Arlington, VA and met some amazing people. One of them is Tom Krieglstein (I had to google his last name because I definitely butchered that!), who was the MC of our conference. He brought the FREE HUGS campaign to our attention and it really sparked something inside of me.
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ImageHe showed us this video that shows a man walking around with a sign that says, “Free Hugs” and him walking around hugging strangers.  I got a bit emotional watching it because I thought to myself, “how sad is it that there are not more people like this out there?” I turned to my gal pal, Sarah and said “THIS IS MAKING ME SO EMOTIONAL!” After hearing the story of Juan Mann, it didn’t take much to get me on board, nor did it take much to get my fellow student senates to join in as well.

ImageWhile we were waiting for the time to board our flight, we spent an hour walking around and holding the “FREE HUGS” signs and this was the reaction we received:


This inspired me to start this club with my friend called, PaK which stands for “Positivity and Kindness”. Our mission is to show that with very little efforts, you can make a positive imPAKt [punny!] on lives through simple acts of kindness. Movements such as FREE HUGS, cost nothing but you can see from the video that this made a lot of people smile. The world is already cruel enough. If more people went out there and tried to make it a better– then maybe people wouldn’t be so bad. This also motivated me to donate my birthday for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. Pencils of Promise is something that I believe in because I see education as an absolute necessity in changing the world. Some people don’t share my views but I truly feel that if everyone is educated than there would be less ignorance and therefore better judgement. Who knows, there could be a child out there who will be able to cure aids one day, or a child who will one day become a leader that says NO to war–all that child need is an education. You can totally support this effort, and give me the best birthday present in the whole entire world by donating here.

Follow PaK on twitter : @jointhePAK

Touring through Washington, DC during the NCSL conference.

ImageI was glad to have been able to have some free time to go on a tour around Washington, DC during the National Center for Student Leadership conference (NCSL). I felt I have learned more from being there, on that tour, than I’ve ever had in any of my history classes throughout my whole academic career. There is something about being physically there that just makes you retain more information and seek more knowledge about different things. Such as, did you know that George Washington laid cornerstones to the U.S Capitol Building but died before it was finished? Our tour guide was knowledgable and provided us with the substantial amount of information. I mean, I feel as though I can now probably answer some questions on jeopardy! Kidding, kind of.
ImageThe only complaint that I have really have about this tour is that we were on a strict time limit; I was pretty upset about not being to walk closer towards the Capitol Building because we had to get back on the bus to get to another stop. I have this weird thing where I want to actually physically touch the building to feel complete. Is that weird? Probably so but it gives me this weird I’m touching history feeling and not being able to walk up there– it made me pretty annoyed.

ImageAhh, the White House. I remember in fourth grade, I looked up how many rooms there are in the White House and when I learned that there were 132 rooms..my initial thoughts were, “holy cow, I feel bad for the person who has to mop those floors!”. As I got older, my concern for the cleanliness of the house is not as apparent but what is is my desire to live in this house one day. Whether I marry a President or become President– I will live in the White House.

The rest of the tour consisted of walking around different memorial sites and I can’t even begin to explain to you how each site touched me differently. What broke my heart was seeing the Vietnam Memorial wall face to face. Knowing that every name listed is a life gone too soon (or missing in action) is unsettling. The worst is while I’m standing there, teary eyed, staring at these names– I hear a teenage say, “I know veterans are people who are dead….sooooo how do you know which of these names are people who are dead?” I was so mortified by her statement because of her tone of voice as she said it. She was completely nonchalant and did not really seem to care about her surroundings. Her ignorance is truly what scares me for the future because she is our future. TEACH YOUR KIDS!
ImageImageImageOne of the best things about all this is experiencing DC with some of the best people. My fellow student senates and I were able to get closer because this trip. It’s nice to be able to be with a group of motivated, energetic people that have a thirst for knowledge and life. They funniest bunch of turds. If anyone ever has the opportunity to go to DC– I would definitely recommend taking the tour but also be sure to take the time to walk around and experience it for yourself without the group. There were moments where I wished that I was able to just take a moment to let everything sink in but because there was a time constraint.. it made it difficult.

Pictures by @photographybysarahm