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  • Anonymous

    Like you, and many others, I first read The Giver in middle school. For me, at that particular time, the book was unique in that it was very different from any other book I’d read in school. Typically, required reading left me very very bored. I always found required reading books to be outdated and they often failed to touch on any sort of feeling or thought that resonated with me. I love reading and happily did so in my spare time, but I never felt gripped by any storyline I was forced to endure for class. It wasn’t until The Giver that I was genuinely excited to read a book for school and to share my thoughts in discussion with my peers. Largely, I believe that is the reason why I’m partial to the book. However, I do feel that the story is just really well written. It’s enjoyable and to be honest feels almost mystery-like as oppose to sic-fi. What saddens me is that the film adaption could not be farther from what I imagined when reading the book. In my head, the world within The Giver was much more traditional and simple, not as space-aged and modern as it is portrayed on screen. I’m irritated that Jonas in the authentic story is 11, whereas the actor playing Jonas in the film adaption is 24…It seems to me that the plot and aesthetic were tweaked to attract more filmgoers. I’m saddened to think that this newer interpretation may forever change the idea of the original book.


  • Anonymous

    Hmm…I definitely believe that ready-to-wear clothing is taking a really exciting turn toward bold statement pieces that are a little more “high fashion” in their structuring. I think we’ll see a lot more girls walking down the street in edgy, tailored pieces as oppose to a focus on graphic design (which I feel has been very popular for years now). Oversized sweaters are going to be huge this fall/winter, and I think knitwear is going to see a rebirth this year as well. Celine had these incredible knit flares paired with dramatic oversized sweaters on the runway for their ready-to-wear fw ‘14 line. I think everyday girls are beginning to embrace and celebrate their eccentricities more and more—and we see that through the playful pieces becoming more available through online retailers and now in stores as well. Lucite jewelry, playful eyewear, daring silhouettes… I think texture is going to outweigh graphic design this fall as well. I’m predicting a lot of knits paired with thermals, faux furs, etc. Imagine Natalie Portman’s dance wear in Black Swan meets a winter weekend in a cozy cabin. Untamed hair, fresh-faced makeup. Layers layers layers. I’m really feeling velvet and velour as well. Invest in a great big clutch (American Apparel sells some cool basic ones in a wide range of colors)—I think massive handbags are taking their leave. 60s and 90s are where it’s at—these two decade trends are going to stick around for a while. ;]


  • Anonymous

    Obsessive movie-watching. Reading. Writing compulsively. Baking and cooking. Doodling. Is drinking coffee a hobby? Drinking coffee. I really love collaging and journaling. I used to love photography and dance as well—though I haven’t really dabbled in either since high school. List making. Ice cream eating.


  • Anonymous

    I’m going to answer this question perhaps differently than you had imagined—because how I feel (or how anyone else feels) about relationships/single life is unrelated to what I find to be the most telling statement in your message. If your boyfriend is “rude and childish” IN ADDITION to other less-than-palattable qualities—then it is likely that you should not be dating this person. Relationships are meant to be mutually beneficial and equally appreciated and enjoyed. You should be learning from one another, pushing each other forward toward your dreams and your goals. You should feel loved and respected, and you should retain a certain level of admiration for your significant other. Why be with someone who you know to be rude? That’s poor behavior that no one should tolerate. Staying in a relationship solely because you’re afraid of impending loneliness, is not reason enough to sacrifice valuable time that could be better spent with quality people who will enrich your life. No one ever hopes to feel lonely or sad, but loneliness is just one of many feelings we experience in our lifetime. A little post-breakup loneliness will wear off if you reach inward and form a better bond with your core self. What do YOU love, what are your hopes and wishes, your likes and dislikes? OWN your identity, and focus on nurturing yourself for the time being. The better acquainted you become with yourself, the stronger you are. Don’t be afraid to cut unhealthy relationships from your life. There will be an adjustment period, but you’ll get through it and you’ll feel proud of yourself for doing what you know in your heart is a wise decision. Trust yourself! :] xo 


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