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

 

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

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

Express to Impress.

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ImageHey hey HEY hey! I am now in Arlington, VA– which ain’t nothing but a shuttle ride into Washington DC. Going to spend the weekend networking and understanding the concept of leadership, brand yourself, and also build the foundation to success. While doing so, my lovely gal pal Sarah (an amateur photographer) will be taking the on the role of being my blog photographer. I’m not usually a person who wears business attire on a regular basis but this weekend is an exception and it gave me the opportunity to play dress up. I should get used to this because I intend on being your First Lady one day (David, if you will have me..if not, then…well…Plan B — I become President. Either way, it’s a win-win for me).

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I have been slacking with blogging lately because life has gotten super busy but this weekend is a great time to update a lot because of the multiple things we will be doing. ALSO, I have to actually dress up and not just walk around in gym clothes like a bum. I don’t even know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. We can pretend that it’s a great thing! ENJOY! haha. ❤
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Shirt and Skirt – Express
Heels – Nine West

Photographs taken by Sarah Musard.
Follow her @photographybysarahm

Judge a person by Who they look up to.

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Amy Cuddy, James Franco, Chiara Ferragni, Malala Yousafzai

Classmate, “Who is your role model” 
Me, “Uhm…I don’t know. I have so many!”
Classmate, “Name top 4 without thinking..”
Me, “James Franco, Amy Cuddy, Chiara Ferragni, and Malala Yousafzai”
Classmate smiles, “hmm, interesting.”
Me (raising an eyebrow), “What?”
Classmate, “Just surprised you didn’t name Hillary Clinton or, like, Britney Spears or something”

This little conversation had me thinking. Aside from what the dictionary tells you, what makes someone a role model? What makes them a good role model or a bad? To me, I think a role model is someone that, you not only adore and look up to, but is also a figure that helps mold your future self. Whether they inspire you through their experiences, teaches you ways to help better yourself, or motivate you in a sense that makes you want to strive to be where they are– it’s pretty clear to me, that a role model is much more than just someone you simply look up to. Mine are:

  • Amy Cuddy – Harvard Professor and Psychologist. Her Tedtalk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” really gave me the confidence to put good use to “fake it until you become it.” Basically she explains that we’re not always going to be comfortable with everything but even when we are faced with life’s adversities — as long as we handle ourselves in a manner that we think would be appropriate, we can break out uncomfortableness and start becoming what we want to be. She’s the reason why I have such confidence.

  • Chiara Ferragni – blogger for The Blonde Salad, fashionist/designer. She started her career with a simple blog that she started in 2009. Her tips on fashion, pictures of travels, and her overall personality really makes brings that freshness to the world of social media. She taught me to always follow your dreams because you never know when you’ll catch a break!
  • Malala Yousafzai – education activist. This Pakistani girl had the courage to speak up about women’s right to education. There was an attempted assasination because she spoke so openly about her beliefs and even after that — SHE STILL spoke for the importance of educating women. It’s amazing how we complain about so many things when there are people out there that would die to have what we have. She reminds me to be appreciative of all of our rights and freedom, as well as never giving up in what you believe in.

  • James Edward Franco – actor, author, director, professor, poet, artist, model, etc — this dapper mother effer, is pretty much my idea of a perfect man. Not only is he good looking but is also brilliant and versatile. How many celebrities do you know that is so open with his fans on social media sites such as instagram? I could literally spend hours upon hours talking about this man but we’ll let his resume do all the talking. He motivates me to be brilliant

So, as much as I love Britney Spears and admire Hillary Clinton — these four are my role models.