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In Defense of the Fashion Industry

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I'm going to go forth with this blog post assuming you've all seen The Devil Wears Prada, otherwise known as one of the best films of the last century. On the extremely off chance you haven't seen it, (which you should as soon as you finish reading this post) I'll give a brief summary: young female journalist becomes assistant to the editor-in-chief of the largest fashion magazine in the nation, who is characterized as a heartless bitch. (The fictional editor-in-chief and fictional magazine are said to be heavily inspired by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue). At the beginning of the film, the girl (Anne Hathaway) is unfashionable and passes judgment on the entire industry, but over the course of 90 minutes--which is one calendar year in movie time--begins to appreciate clothing and beauty as she adorns herself with designer brands. This is a very minimal subplot of the film, but I think it's an important narrative: I think fashion should be more highly regard…

Ryan: I'm Sorry

Often it's counterproductive to say sorry for the things we did as fifteen year olds. Our outfits too contrived and our eyeliner too smudged, the list of missteps could fill a five subject notebook. Besides, a lot of those things we did as freshmen in high school aren't generally that damaging. Embarrassing, yes, and sometimes even reprehensible...but never that dire. I don't feel the need to apologize for how I clipped up the face-framing hair in a Snooki-esque poof or the winky faces sent to boys late at night via text. I do, however, have something from my adolescence weighing on my conscience, and I think the only way to begin to shake that feeling is to figuratively throw my hands up in apology. Specifically, this is for a boy named Ryan, with whom I am no longer in touch. This isn't for any reason other than the effects of space and time, though. I imagine Ryan is just as vibrant, talented, and pensive as he was when I met him nearly five summers ago. This apolog…

2015 Resolutions!

(I wrote this on a plane yesterday in a Word document, and I'm only just posting it. So if the timing seems off by a day, that's only because it is)

Hello and Happy New Year, everybody! I hope you’re all optimistic and ready to tackle 2015 head-on, although I really do think 2014 went by entirely too quick. It was a great year, though: I finished my freshman year of college on the Dean’s List, I worked as a camp counselor, I became an RA, I declared my major, and I stayed single the entire time. One of those accomplishments is less exciting than the rest…
Anyway, I’ve missed you guys! Since Blogmas ended, I’d love to say I’ve been doing a lot of really exciting stuff, but to be totally honest, it was just a lot of binge-watching The Office and eating chocolate. I wish I had more things of note to tell you, but as I’m racking my brain, I can’t remember what I’ve been up to. My grandparents visited for a few days and I went to the gynecologist, but that’s hardly exciting. Also t…