New internships, new experiences!

Hello my lovely readers!

This week has been particularly special because after a long search for an internship in the museum-field and a lot of denials, I was finally accepted to be a part-time intern at the Attleboro Art Museum in Attleboro, Massachusetts. SO EXCITING!

Last semester I had a really tough time trying to land an internship. If you don’t know already, I am an art history major at school, and I am hoping to take my post-undergrad career in the path of doing museum/gallery work. If possible, I would also love to take my Business and Management minor and find a job at an auction house. Sotheby’s anyone??

There would be a viscous cycle of me sending in my resume to certain galleries in Boston (to be left anonymous) and I would consistently get a call back from them saying that they would love to meet and interview me. And of course, being so enthusiastic and bubbly and leaping at any offer they made, I made it a habit of traveling to and from Boston nearly every weekend to go to interviews. However, it would always end with “sorry, you’re awesome, but we chose someone else”. Normally I can let these denials slide and not effect me…but after a while it took a huge toll. I honestly got a little depressed and felt like all I was doing to succeed wasn’t worth it. After a while of this, I sort of gave up and ended up going back to my regular summer job of working at a kids camp in the arts. A great job, pays really well, but I really want to move on and find employment in the field I am actually studying.

But thank GOD for my school’s Career Services department. One of my advisers sent me an email about the Attleboro Art Museum and I sent my resume right away. Turns out, the woman in charge has had a lot of experience working with students from my college. I immediately got a call from her the next day and we scheduled an interview. The day I spoke with her, got the full tour of the museum and I was told that day that I got it. Finally…FINALLY the work pays off. I think the following image really applies for me here:

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But after my lovely talk with my new boss, I was sent off to explore the museum and the current exhibition they have there called 8 Visions. It was really fascinating. It was a collection of works by 8 separate artists that were selected by a jury…that happened to be all women! Throughout the main gallery, there were these intricate looking dresses that were displayed. And of course, I could not leave there with out taking pictures, knowing that I would have to blog about them later. 😉

Here are some pics of some highlights:

As always, have a lovely day!

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Sushi addicts rejoice!

Hello there!

Hope you all have been well these past few days…I for one have been doing my usual thing. You know…stressing about school work…scrambling around campus trying to collect all my components for my study abroad application. Time is passing so quickly! The first deadline is October 5. Holy guacamole that is coming up FAST!!!

But thank God for my boyfriend…he offered to order us take-out tonight to end a long, hectic week. And what else are we craving but SUSHI! While paroozing through Pinterest, I found an amazing Fab Find link that I wanted to share with you all. If you are a fan of sushi, but don’t want to break the calorie bank…check out these 6 low-calorie sushi options to keep yourself on track!

As always, have a lovely day!

A much needed update…

Hello lovelies!

It has been a while…about 2 weeks, if I’m not mistaken? Since the end of August I’ve been readjusting to college life and my schedule, yet again, is hectic as usual. With my art history major almost completed, I am taking on a new mission: to complete a minor in Business and Management. I’ve spoken with my advisers on the matter, and from what I’ve gathered, it is very probable that I will complete the minor in my 2 remaining years at college. Hooray! I’ve always wanted to find a job post-college somewhere in the art world whether that be working in an art museum, or my preferred route, at an art auction house.

I have also been somewhat stressing about my upcoming semester abroad in London. I am in the midst of writing my application and meeting with my advisers to make sure that I am accepted and am able to transfer the credits I need to complete my major/minor that I take there. So exciting!

So along with all of this schoolwork, I am also trying to keep up my fitness regimen. As you guys have seen before, especially in the summer when I worked at the fitness camp, my posts became more in the health/fitness category than the fashion/style one. But the reason for that is that at work we are required to wear work out attire. And as much as I am a fan of workout gear and accessories, I would have much preferred to share more actual outfits that reflect my style. Luckily for me, my running routine are easily adaptable to my college environment and I run outside in the mornings down a lovely residential area. I have started taking photos of myself post-workout like one of my other favorite bloggers, TrulyJess, to keep me accountable and on track. Because as we all know…college is one of the easiest places to lose your footing and to fall of the wagon in terms of healthy living.

Rockin’ the sweaty-look…

But I just wanted to update you on what has been happening lately in my life, since I’ve been out of the loop and out of communication for a while. Look forward to some new content coming soon!

As always, have a lovely day.

Product Review: Zevia

Zevia? What the heck is that, you ask? Well, in order to answer that question for you, let me tell you a story…

So back in my freshman year of college, I grew more and more dependent on Diet Pepsi. Since I knew that regular soda was terrible for you and was basically liquid calories, I thought having diet soda instead would prevent any real damage to my health.

Here’s where it gets a little scary. I grew sort of…addicted to diet soda. I mean, the stuff was practically pumping through my veins! I would have it whenever I would feel a sudden craving or wanted to feel full because the flavor was always satisfying to me, and the carbonation of the beverage kept my tummy full. But it got to the point where instead of opting for water, or tea I would always turn to diet soda. And I didn’t realize this at the time, but diet soda, although it is called diet soda, has some serious health risks.

  1. Kidney damage.  A 2009 Nurses’ Health Study of 3,256 women found a 30% drop in level of kidney function for participants who drank 2 or more servings of diet pop daily. This means that those who drank at least 2 cans, bottles or glasses of diet drinks daily had 30% less kidney blood filtering ability than those who drank regular sodas or other drinks. The kidney function decline was noted even when consideration was made of other factors which may have affected participants, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.Why does diet soda harm the kidneys? Evidence is still coming in, but it’s thought that the sweeteners used in diet soda may scar kidney tissue over time.
  2. Weight Gain.  Perhaps surprising, but true: studies have tied diet soda consumption to an increased risk of obesity. In fact, a 2005 University of Texas Health Science Center study found a 57.1% risk of obesity for those drinking more than two daily servings of diet pop.How could a zero-calorie drink raise your risk of obesity? Researchers have a few theories. Some people may feel that drinking diet soda gives them a “free pass” to eat more foods that may not be so low in calories, thereby leading to weight gain. Another theory posits that the sweet taste of diet pop alerts our digestive system that high-calorie foods are coming. When they don’t, our bodies are confused and our appetite increases in anticipation of the food it’s expecting.
  3. Tooth Enamel Damage.  Soda is hard on tooth enamel, with the sugar and acid being the most problematic ingredients. Diet soda eliminates the sugar, but not the acid content of pop. Most of us are familiar enough with acid that we can imagine its impact on our tooth enamel, which is the main barrier our teeth have against decay.Phosphoric acid is found in many diet sodas, and its purpose is to promote carbonation. But it also erodes tooth enamel. Check your favorite diet drink to see whether it contains phosphoric acid; generally, darker colas are more likely to contain it than lighter diet drinks.Citric acid is another ingredient added to many diet sodas in order to preserve carbonation. Like phosphoric acid, it eats away at your tooth enamel. If you can’t give up your diet soda habit, try sipping it through a straw in order to reduce its contact with your teeth.
  4. Bone Loss.  Drinking diet soda can also lead to bone loss. This is because the phosphoric acid in the soda causes calcium in your bloodstream to be excreted more quickly than normal through urine. Your bones then give up some of their calcium in order to keep the bloodstream calcium level constant.(Info courtesy of Fitday.com)

So now that you can see how incredibly harmful diet drinks are to anyone’s well-being. But here is where things get good. While walking around Whole Foods one day I stumbled upon the soda aisle. I’ve been diet soda free since June of last year, and I wasn’t going to take any chances with other sodas, even if they were from Whole Foods. But then I saw the 6-packs of Zevia staring at me from the shelf. I mean, I knew of Stevia, the natural zero-calorie sweetener, but Zevia? What does that mean?

Basically, Zevia is a soda brand that makes their soda calorie AND sugar-free but not with any unnatural chemicals like in diet sodas that cause negative side-effects. Instead, they utilize two natural ingredients that make Zevia just as amazing as any soda you’ve tried: Stevia and Erythritol. Woah…that second one doesn’t sound too natural. But trust me…it is soooo natural. Erythritol is a natural component of fruits and vegetables and is classified as a sugar alcohol, even though it is neither sugar nor alcohol. It is derived from fruits and vegetables through a natural fermentation process, much like that of yogurt and has absolutely no calories and no effect on blood sugar.

And how does it taste…well, you’d have to look at my recyclables bin at my house to see how obsessed with this stuff I am. I LOVE IT! I can finally enjoy the bubbly awesomeness of soda without harmful side-effects. And they come in so many different flavors! (Black Cherry, Caffeine-Free Cola, Cherry Cola, Cola, Cream Soda, Dr. Zevia, Ginger Ale, Ginger Root Beer, Grape, Grapefruit Citrus, Lemon Lime Twist, Lime Cola, Mountain Zevia, Orange, and Strawberry)

Mind you, that Zevia is kind of pricy. For about $6 for a 6-pack it is relatively more expensive than your average soda. But hey, if you want to maintain your health in the long-run and cannot give up your love of the fizzy stuff, Zevia can be your savior!

As always, have a lovely day!

The Best Times to Eat!

While maintaining a healthy diet by eating the proper foods in proper portion sizes is crucial to your success, another factor that plays an important role is the TIME that you eat those healthy foods. Eating the appropriate foods and the right times will keep your metabolic rate at its maximum burning rate, allowing you to burn more fat from your body.

Here’s my first tip: Try to eat every 3-4 hours. I know this is somewhat difficult for most people because we are constantly on the go and barely have the time in our schedules for a full meal. However, eating smaller meals at this rate is crucial to your metabolic health because it will keep your inner engine running properly and will release hormones in your body that allows you to control your appetite.

You guys know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? RIGHT? I cannot tell you how many friends I have who simply do not eat breakfast because they say they are either not hungry or just don’t have the time. But seriously, eating breakfast within an hour of waking up is SO IMPORTANT. When you skip breakfast, you lose its stimulating benefits on your metabolic rate. You also become more likely to eat unbalanced meals, more calories, and larger amounts of saturated fat throughout the day. Plenty of research shows that those of us who skip breakfast are actually heavier.

You should start your day with more protein-based foods than anything else. They will help to stabilize your blood sugar and to keep you feeling satisfied all day.

Another important tip is to not eat 3 hours before you go to sleep. Why? Eating too close to bedtime raises your body temperature, increases blood sugar and insulin, prevents the release of melatonin, and cuts down on growth hormone release. All these factors interfere with the quality of your sleep and the natural fat-burning benefits of a good night’s rest.

Eating after working out is also a very important habit to have. After you are done working out, your body is begging for nutrients and calories to refuel. When you are moving your body on a machine or lifting weights, you are basically ripping your muscles (only slightly, no worries guys) and as soon as you are done working out, your muscles begin the restoration process. And the absolute best food to give your body after a workout is anything with PROTEIN! Protein is essential to muscle growth and overall well-being in your body.

I hope these tips will help you gain more control in your eating habits and allow you to feel more satisfied more often with the meals you are eating. As always, have a lovely day!

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SCARY SUSHI!

To all my avid sushi lovers out there. HEAR ME OUT! How do you know that sushi roll you just bought at Stop and Shop or at your favorite food court at the mall is safe? Remember, sushi IS raw fish…so whenever you consume anything raw, keep in mind that you are taking a bit of a risk with your health. But is all lost? Is convenience store sushi safe?

The people who are making this sushi are most likely not right there in front handing out their hand-made sushi combos. It is probably an outside facility providing it. The largest supplier of this kind is named Fuji Food Products, who ships sushi to some Target, Walgreens, and Trader Joe’s locations. Although Fuji’s factories have been approved by the FDA, it would be a safer bet to buy your sushi fresh. Whenever I buy sushi that isn’t from a restaurant, I opt for Whole Foods Genji Express. Their sushi chefs are right there making your rolls right in front of your eyes. Plus, Whole Foods is amazing…just thought of throwing that out there… 😉

Turns out that whether or not convenience sushi is made in-house of by a machine, it isn’t any more dangerous than potato salad, cold cuts, or other pre-packaged goods. I mean…think about how many more issues we have with E. coli and salmonella in our burgers and chicken.

But just so you guys are feeling confident in your sushi selection…check out these tips when buying convenience sushi:

  1. Take a look. You can tell a lot about the freshness of a sushi roll just by looking at it. Try to look for fish that has a natural, glistening quality to it. Nothing worse than dried-up sushi, right?
  2. Is it being refridgerated? The FDA has made it mandatory for sushi that is being sold by convenience stores to be refrigerated. If it is not, DON’T BUY IT.
  3. Check that date! Do not…and I mean it…DO NOT EVEREVEREVER eat sushi past the printed date on the sticker. Normally, refrigerated fish is good for about 3 days. If sushi is cooked, that period can be extended to a week. But seriously, do I even have to explain why you shouldn’t eat sushi after its expiration date? Really?

So that’s it, my lovelies! Have a lovely day, and practice safe sushi!

Panty Raid!

Hello my lovelies! I know I just recently talked about Victoria’s Secret Dresses but…after finishing up with my day, I decided to stroll on into my local Vicky’s to scope out the panty situation. I mean come on…how could I resist? An amazing quote from one of my besties…you can never have enough VS panties!!! They come in so many varieties and colors and can have lace, glitter, the whole SHA-BANG! And of course I walked out of there with 5 new pairs because there was a sale, 5 for $26 which is pretty nice since they are all priced normally around 9 bucks. And since showing off my booty to the WordPress community isn’t the best idea, I’m going to post some pics of my faves! Hope you enjoy!

Okay…so I wasn’t very adventurous with my selection. They are all what are called hipsters meaning they are supposed to end right at your hip. Plus…they always make your bum look REALLY good!

I am a huge fan of lace details so it shouldn’t be a surprise that 3 out of these 6 that are in the slideshow actually have a lace band around the top. They are pretty much the same style, the same fit, just with different colors and sayings on the back. I LOVE the baby pink! The green panty I adore because I love when the panties say something that is really out there and exudes confidence (exuding confidence off your booty!) You’ll definitely get that message across. Following that is just a leopard printed panty because I realized that I have absolutely zero animal print undergarments…well…with the exception of a bra…also from VS. So I opted for the animal print…you can never go wrong!

Okay, so the one with all the sequins and the lace…yeah. I actually bought it. It was a bit of an impulse buy. Sort of one of those days when you walk into a VS feeling all confident and you say to yourself, “Self, you need some scandalous underwear!” And with a little bit of prompting, I was standing in line with this bedazzled bottom. But when I wore it, I felt so glamorous. But in all honestly, I don’t even know if I could wear this out because it is so delicate. Only on special occasions 😉

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But anyhoozles, enjoy the gallery of panties and I’ll talk to you later! Have a lovely day!