05/11/19 - I Do Not Understand Fashion

Is Anna Wintour capitalizing off of the conformists that make up our society? Probably. And to that I say, “Go off sis”.

Listen up everyone: I, a young woman very much invested in clothing, do not understand fashion one bit and I am positive you do not either. Who determines what is “in”? How are they able to predict trends for seasons ten years in advance? Why is half of streetstyle just plain ugly? And why the heck is the September issue of Vogue such a big deal?

Personally, I got really into streetwear this past summer, mainly because it does not exist where I am from. I immediately fell in love with vintage looks in particular. I even made a blog post about it which I kind of regret now because I had no idea what I was getting into. Despite my interest that I still have today, I must admit defeat - I seriously just don’t get it.

Most of my confusion just comes from everyone in the fashion world in general. The Met Gala, for example. It just happened like last week so everyone is still talking about the absolute mind blowing creations that look like they came from an acid trip (sorry but it’s true). So you have the art, the artists, and the critics. It’s not the people making hamburger dresses that get me, or the people subjecting themselves to wearing them. It’s the ones telling me that the hamburger dress is haute couture and I don’t think that is remotely correct. People who do reviews about these celebrity looks are just so hard to follow because as fashion critics, you’re supposed to trust them, right?

but isn’t it all objective ????????????

For me, I really liked Zendaya’s Cinderella moment. But half the world (including Lindsey Lohan) just don’t care for it. So if fashion is opinion based, tell me why in the everloving heck are there people out there telling us what is trendy?

Now I know that the whole point of anything in this world is that there’s always going to be people that hate it, but the ambiguity of fashion and everything it entails drives me insane

Here’s another example:

I watch the YouTube channel PAQ, which is what got me into streetstyle in the first place. It’s a group of four British dudes (kids? men? lads?) who have fashion challenges every week against each other. I don't know if it’s just me, but like a good 73% of the time, the outfits that I think are amazing, everyone else makes fun of and vice versa. Maybe it’s just me being dramatic, but I think this is a conspiracy by the government or something because I feel like am living in a world of lies.

I think what we have here is the phases of life of a middle schooler as told by ~ fashion ~

I think what we have here is the phases of life of a middle schooler as told by ~ fashion ~

This screenshot comes from one of their latest challenges where they had to create an outfit from supermarket clothes.

And do you want to guess who won?

The guy wearing a dog harness

This actually hurt my feelings

This actually hurt my feelings

I am so deeply unsettled that I do not know how to end this post and all I know is that I just want it to end. Is there a moral? Did I learn something besides the fact that puppy wear may be an actual thing??? I think the only thing that can be taken from this is the fact that you can dress as ugly as you want and someone will still think you’re cute.

With the half ounce of sanity I have remaining, I will say thank you to everyone reading the blog and please continue to validate me so I am motivated to update because after this I am on the verge of tears :)

~ Lexi Prima

04/21/19 - A Gen Z Throwback Playlist

As the time gets closer to graduation and me moving from Middle of Nowhere, FL to Big City, NC gets closer I find myself getting in the ~ feels ~ more often. Mostly, I have been reminiscing on the good old days as I prepare to leave everything I’ve ever known behind. And what better way to do that than by listening to my favorite songs from middle school?

Listen, middle school was quite the doozy for everyone. Personally, I looked like the baby Voldemort from that one Harry Potter movie - browless, oily, and oddly skinny. Like every other dramatic pre-teen girl, I escaped through my music that no one else listens to because I’m edgy and actually pretty cool and you just wouldn’t understand.

So as I made this playlist I realized how cursed it actually is. I have every basic/cringey song ranging from Fall Out Boy, Ariana Grande, and even our forgotten queen Bridgit Mendler. I even sprinkled in some songs from our favorite ex Disney Stars as well as the ever present songs they would play at every middle school dance & field day. I think this is the best worst thing I’ve ever made so hate it if you want because I do too :)

Some Favorites (featuring commentary no one asked for)

5 Seconds of Summer - Everything I Didn’t Say ~Honestly, just listen to the entire 5 Seconds of Summer album because this band consumed my middle school self and I will proudly declare that

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know? ~ I never feel more punk and bada$$ (family friendly content here, folks) than when I listen to this song, still to this day. It is quite the “banger” if I do say so myself

Car Radio - Twenty One Pilots ~When I was 14 I would look at all my basic friends and say to them “I mean, the lyrics are super deep and poetic, so if you don’t get it that’s okay, I guess”. Of course I had no idea what it was about until later, but it is still one of my songs I listen to when I’m in an edgy mood

Halsey - Colors ~I hate to be that person, but I was stanning Halsey all the way back in middle school/freshmen year time. You know, before she was famous. Anyway, of course I knew every lyric way back when I thought I was a master of color theory or whatever

You & I - One Direction ~I honestly didn’t listen to much One Direction until after they broke up (sad, I know) but this was definitely in my secret feels playlist

All Time Low - Dear Maria, Count Me In ~It wasn’t until one of my friends looked up the lyrics did we realize it was about a stripper but this song slaps so no judgement here

Marina and the Diamonds (now just MARINA) - Primadonna ~If you ever want to know how I feel about myself to this day, take a listen

Flo Rida - My House ~This song is here purely for the fact that it’s one of three that the band at my school knows how to play and I just can’t escape it (the other two songs being Timber and the Alma Mater)

Pierce the Veil, Kellin Quinn - King for a Day ~This is what I mean when I say I thought I was so cool with my music taste - this is one of the only songs I know from whatever album this was on and only because it featured the dude from Sleeping With Sirens

Bridgit Mendler - Ready or Not ~Did you forget about this gem? Because honestly, I feel like we were/are still sleeping on our girl Bridgit because she had some serious bops

Selena Gomez & The Scene - Love You Like A Love Song ~I remember this music video and how iconic it was and honestly, it still lives on with our generation whether you realize it or not

Honorable Mentions

Panic! At The Disco - This is Gospel, Miss Jackson

Green Day - American Idiot

Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl

The 1975 - Girls, Chocolate

Disney Channel Original Movie “Lemonade Mouth” - Determinate

04/14/19 - Local Stressed Teen Gets Acupuncture

Okay so I am a very stressed out person

I like knowing things and especially knowing that these things are going how I want them to go. That is why I have been a wreck lately. See, I am at a point of life right now where everything is about to change. Exams for IB start in a few weeks, then I graduate, and then before I know it I will be moving and going to college. Needless to say, I am not psychic and I’m really wishing that someone around me was.

Since I have no idea what is in store for me these next couple of months, my stress levels have been taking over. I have been constantly worrying over the stupidest things that I know I can’t control. So who do I go to?

Mother dearest, of course.

But my mom isn’t a therapist, or better yet, a psychic. So who does she call? A handy dandy acupuncturist.

I think that there is some weird stigma around alternative medicinal practices such as acupuncture here in the US. It’s not necessarily a negative connotation, rather than the misunderstanding and assumptions about these things. I guess in some areas, these practices are more “trendy” than anything, which can discredit the origins and philosophy it is based on. I honestly had no idea what I was even getting into but I did come out with a whole new perspective on traditional Chinese medicine.

now for the ~story time~ portion of today’s post woooo

I walk into the doctor’s office and am greeted by the soft glow of himalayan pink salt lamps and some sort of meditation music surrounding me. I was incredibly confused because I knew not a thing about acupuncture and was expecting more of your standard doctor’s office type of vibe. The fact that the flooring was all carpet took me for a spin as well. I had never been in the place of practice of a doctor who practices alternative medicine so this was definitely new.

After doing all the boring adult paperwork stuff, the doctor takes me to the acupuncture room (I have no idea what else to call it) and we talk about all my issues. I told him about the stress as well as other things I have like random back pains and frequent headaches. He then proceeded to tell me that all of my problems are connected to my liver and gallbladder.

Honestly, I didn’t know how to perceive that considering he was able to say that based off of me complaining. The doctor explained how he knew with his knowledge on traditional Chinese medicine but if I tried to explain it I would sound like a fool. Just look it up if you’re invested enough.

Now for the fun part with the needles. I got six in total - one in each hand and foot, one on my right leg, and one in my third eye area. A lot of my friends asked if the needles hurt. The sensation is different for everyone, but the actual poking of the needle in the skin does not hurt at all. For me, a few seconds after each needle went in, I would experience waves of dizziness. It was definitely the strongest when he put the needle in my third eye area.

And then I started crying lol

Apparently it was just a release of emotion that needed to be let out and acupuncture will do that to you. I also laughed at myself for crying and there was this weird moment of me laughing to myself while the tears kept coming.

After all the needles were in I was left to relax for about ten minutes. Once we were all done I will say I felt so much better than when I came in. And since acupuncture is used in combination with other forms of medicine, I also received pills made of Chinese herbs for the stress.

Overall, it was a great experience and I already have another appointment made. Acupuncture is used for so many things so if you find yourself wanting to explore alternative medicine, I say go for it. If this was helpful for anyone, let me know in the comments :)

~ Lexi Prima