Sunday, March 19, 2017

do what you can't

Earlier this month vlogger and media superstar, Casey Neistat, published a video titled "Do What You Can't" to his youtube channel.  The video is dedicated to the underdogs, the go-getters, the new generation of media makers. Although it's centered around creators, the message itself is inspiring nonetheless. It can apply to anyone who's ever been told no, told they can't do something, told they will never become something. But what does it mean to be something?

Everyone has different goals in mind, a specific vision of who they want to be or who they feel they need to be. Each choice we make daily, each thing we say or do, defines who we are and builds who we become. Eventually, all these choices, even the small ones, lead us to our goal. And sometimes we start off without a goal in mind, not really knowing where we're going, and that's ok. In the world we live in, being something has to do with public or viral recognition. Many confuse success with fame or money, the same goes with happiness. From what I've observed, it's not who you know or who knows you, it's who you are.

During World War II, a woman named Lyudmila Pavlichenko went from a simple university student to one of the most dangerous snipers in the world. When the Soviet Union was invaded Lyudmila was one of the first volunteers at recruiting. She was told, "but you'll get your fingers dirty", "this isn't your job", but she challenged her doubters. She didn't go into the army expecting to achieve anything, she just knew that there as an opportunity to use her skills in front of her, and she took it. At the end of the war, Pavlicheko had accumulated 309 kills. She knew it wasn't going to be easy, she knew there would be many cases of adversity ahead of her, but she did her job anyways. Because of who Lyudmila Pavlicheko was, who she had become, she was able to accomplish so much. Not all of us are going to put our lives on the line or receive worldwide recognition for our accomplishments, and that doesn't really matter. What matters is what we do with who we are, how we handle our lives.

I've been lucky enough to be blessed with a good family and surrounded by loving people and role models. Despite what looks like a perfect life on the outside, I've been through some challenges that have taught me to look people in the eye and say "I dare you to doubt me." I've been told by coaches, teachers, classmates and various other people, including the father I thought was good, that I will never be enough. Instead of getting down on myself I worked to become better, I didn't always prove them wrong but I learned and grew. There will be countless people telling me no, telling me I can't do something, but now I know that they're wrong.

So do what you can't, break down those walls, prove people wrong, face every challenge with a smirk on your face and a twinkle in your eye. What are you waiting for? 
There's nothing stopping you.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

What I'd Wear: Paris







Parisian women don't try too hard, they don't care too much, they're simply effortless. I am constantly inspired by French women, they're so chill and comfortable with themselves. Not to mention, they have amazing taste in clothing. When I think of a French woman, I think of denim, blouses, stripes, minimal accessories, red lipstick, Gucci, Dior, and classic footwear. Their style is simple and effortless. I doubt I'll see many french women wearing Balenciaga's thigh high metallic heels. It's just unheard of! To replicate Parisian style, I stuck to the basics. Denim, stripes, neckerchiefs, ankle boots. Stereotypical? Yes. Stylish? Always. I felt so comfortable in this outfit, however, a beret would've really completed everything.

The red neckerchief added a pop of color to the neutral palette, and in a way, replaced the classic red lip most Parisian women wear. The distressing on the denim jacket added a bit of edge. This Rag and Bone jacket is my go to during the spring/summer seasons, it goes with everything! It especially compliments the stripes. I'm not a huge fan of denim on denim, so I opted for a high waist skinny to even things out. While trying to figure out what shoes to wear, I immediately thought of a basic loafer or mule. But, neither seemed to work. As always, my Acne Studios boots came to the rescue. There's just something about a sand ankle boot that pulls everything together. 

I know, I look very stereotypical. But I'm an American! I have yet to perfect French style, and yet to visit Paris. One day, though, I'll be walking around Paris in Dior, headed to get macarons. One day. 

-K .xx


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What I'd Wear: London







London is one of my favorite places in the whole entire world. My whole life I've admired the city from afar, up until May of 2014 that is. I grew up listening to British rock bands, watching British TV shows, and eventually followed one of the biggest boybands of all time around on tour; One Direction. So I guess you could say I have an affinity for Britain, but there's just something about London.

If I were to go spend some time in London, I've already come up with what I would wear. The city itself is full of rock and roll, but also a bit posh. I decided to stick with the posh side for this look, hence the peplum detailing in my Burberry coat. There's no better combination than a pretty blouse, black denim, and ankle boots. For a while, it was my go-to! This beautiful blouse stands out amidst all the black in the outfit, complimenting the sand color of my ankle boots perfectly. I picked my always trusty Acne Studios ankle boots because they seem to go with everything, elongate the leg, and add a bit of edge to any outfit. 

I was quite happy with how this turned out. I'm usually pretty self-conscious of the way my figure looks in a tight, high-waist pant but I honestly don't mind it here. I guess it doesn't look too bad! London, watch out. See ya soon. 

-K .xx


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