December 30, 2011
Here's what I've got so far:
Go on a cruise. My friends and I have been talking about this for like two years. At this point, I'll go alone if I have to. They'll all be jealous when they see photos of me eating all the free food and lounging on a beach.
Be less messy. Nobody is allowed in my room. Seriously. Company stays in the living room and if they have to use the bathroom, there's a gas station down the street. My clothes are all over the floor most of the time and as soon as I pick them up, they find their way back. It's so embarrassing and I really need to work on it.
Be less of a workaholic. I pretty much work all the time, except for like an hour before I go to sleep because I like to watch Family Guy on Adult Swim. Otherwise, I'm working on the magazine, at my job, doing freelance writing or thinking up things that will make more work for me. Anytime I go out of town with my friends, they're always nagging me about answering emails when I should be enjoying my vacation.
Go to church more. I was at church at least three days a week growing up, but I haven't been that involved since I moved out on my own. I'm going to try and do better this year. I've been really blessed in life and I should be showing my appreciation more. Since the church I went to growing up streams services online now, I don't really have any excuses.
Move to NYC. I like my current job, but I'm not a fan of the location. There aren't exactly a lot of magazine career possibilities in the part of Florida I live in. My life plan has always been to move to New York and it's time to make it happen this year. By December, I'll be editing from NYC, which means way more opportunities for my career and it would be easier to do certain features for the magazine.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
December 29, 2011
So it is that time of year again. A time where we kiss the year goodbye and look ahead to next one with cheerful optimism.
I have to say 2011 was an interesting year for me. I graduated college and got a real job as some people would say. It was also a trying year filled with illness and strife. It's safe to say I am ready to kick 2011 to the curb.
I often think New Year's resolutions are silly but this year I have made a long list of them. I am determined to learn from the mistakes of 2011 and make 2012 the best year yet.
First, I will get healthy. Now, I know the most popular New Year's resolution is to lose weight. While I wouldn't miss a few pounds, that is not what I am after. I don't want to be super model or anything close to that. I want to start taking care of myself. It is time to start treating my body the way it deserves to be treated. Maybe put down the soda and start eating some salad.
That leads me to my second resolution. I not only want to be healthy physically but mentally and emotionally as well. I want to start taking part in the activities I have been wanting to do for sometime. This past year I have been thinking something has been missing in my life and I finally realized that I have been wanting to get closer to my faith. I joined a Bible study group with an old childhood friend that begins the first week of January. I couldn't be more excited.
Finally, write, write and write. As a professional journalist, you would think this would be easy. I don't just want to write for a paycheck but also write for my soul. I want to write that story that has been digging deep inside me for some time now.
While I am always hopeful around this time of year, there is more of a skip to my step these days. I am ready to take on 2012.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
December 28, 2011
|Me with long hair|
Rosie Huntington Whiteley pays homage 1960's chic in an editorial by Tom Munro for the January issue of Harper's Bazaar UK. Whiteley is transformed into a sexy house wife who enjoys a stiff cocktail or two. We personally love the hair in this editorial and desperately want someone to teach us how to pull that look off!
images via Fashion Gone Rogue
Glee may all be about Rachel Berry but we love bad girl Santana Lopez. Actress Naya Rivera brilliantly portrays the the troubled cheerleader every Tuesday night, bringing some much needed heat and the sass to the show. She also deserves kudos for her groundbreaking portrayal of a teenage lesbian coming to grips with her sexuality.
Not only is Rivera beautiful but she also has a beautiful singing voice. Hopefully, we will to hear her sing more often on Glee. Rumor has it that she is currently working on her first solo album. If so, we will be the first in line to buy it!
Image via Yahoo Images
December 23, 2011
1. Kirsten [Christmas cookies, A Christmas Story, sophisticated Santa outfit] 2. Jeni [red nail polish, sequin blazer, Kate Spade Curling Ribbon Ring] 3. Brianti [lace party dress, egg nog, Mariah Carey Christmas album] 4. Catrina [mulled wine, a sequin party dress and a christmas tree ornament (for the host)]
December 21, 2011
When I'm not editing Feather, I work at a news wire service. We have a policy on social media that helps me figure out what I can and cannot say, while still keeping my job.
If your profile is private and you know everyone who follows you, then you may not have to watch what you say as much, but be careful. People can retweet things from private accounts and employers can find it. You can still be yourself, but just a toned-down version. Save the awesome and uncensored version for your friends and family.
Because not every workplace has a social media policy, here are a few tips:
Keep your sex life to yourself. I cannot count how many sexual tweets and retweets I see coming across my feed. It's pretty much never acceptable, but if you want to go into detail about the last time you hooked up with a guy, make sure your profile is private or you will never get a job with a company that looks up social media profiles. Unless you aspire to work for an adult entertainment company, in which case your tweets are completely appropriate.
Remember your audience. My boss follows me on Twitter. On Facebook, I'm connected with co-workers and former professors. I have to stay mindful of this whenever I write a status update or share something controversial. I also have followers who read Feather, so I have to keep our code of conduct in mind, as well. You're a representation of the people you work for, so make sure you're not hurting their image.
Don't talk about your co-workers. People will make you mad at work sometimes, but text or call a friend and vent, don't use social media. You'll end up making it even easier for the supervisor who has it in for you to get your fired if she has proof you've been bad-mouthing her because it makes the company look bad when you do.
What are some rules you follow to make sure you don't lose your job over social media?
December 19, 2011
|Clay (Ron Perlman) and Jackson (Charlie Hunnam)|
dispatch motorcycle justice on "Sons of Anarchy."
(image via TV Super Guia)
The oddest thing to me is that the lead character, Jackson, has a girlfriend who's a doctor and she seems OK with the fact that he murders people by day as long as he doesn't kill her in her sleep or anything. Which his motorcycle club would probably do if she ever ratted them out. But bad boys are extremely hot, so she takes the risk.
For those of us who don't want to get shot in the back of the head at a stoplight as a form of retaliation, make sure your boyfriend doesn't start exhibiting any of these signs. If he does, that innocent little club he's in, is probably doing a little murdering and gun running on the side. At the very least, they're in the pornographic film business.
He wears a gun holster EVERYWHERE. If he has to take his guns with him when he's going to the corner store or even just to take out the garbage, someone's after him. Don't worry too much. It's probably just a rival gang who's armed to the teeth and have been following you just in case they need to kidnap you to get to him. No big deal.
He comes home from meetings or work at the shop with blood on his clothes. If he's not a doctor or an athlete, there aren't a lot of logical explanations as to why he'd have blood on his clothes. There's a good chance he spent the day torturing members of rival clubs, or killing them. Whichever he needed to do. Just to be sure, check his knuckles. If they're bruised, he probably taught someone a lesson today.
People are always coming to your house with fresh bullet wounds. It's one thing if he has a friend or two who have been shot in the past, but if he's always carrying them into your house with open bullet wounds and asking for a needle and thread to do some amateur stitching, that's a little sketchy. How many hunting accidents can his friends get in? Especially, if you've never even seen them with hunting gear.
Your guy friends are too afraid of him to hang out with you. All of your guy friends are refusing to see your sexy new man. In fact, they've stopped answering your calls, texts and Facebook messages. You can even get a tweet from any of them. You can pass it off as jealousy or possibly violent intimidation. Quick test: has your boyfriend beat up strangers who look at him the wrong way in public? If you answered yes, you now know why your guy friends have all disappeared.
For fun, what would be a few other signs that your guy is involved in a violent motorcycle club?
December 16, 2011
Some of you may have noticed that for the past two weeks or so Ruffled Feathers has been updating five days a week. Our Blog Editor Sara, has been sharing her favorite magazine editorials, girl crushes, hot topics, music videos and her weekly "Sara in the City" column. Of course, the editors are still writing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Feather Notes will also keep coming, but we'll have even more starting in February. You won't always have time to read the site or maybe you've already devoured all the content (in which case, I love you!), so we want to give you little nuggets through Ruffled Feathers.
Starting this week, I took over the @rufflings Twitter account. I hope I haven't been too uncool so far. We also just created a Facebook page for Ruffled Feathers. Be sure to "like" us!
We've got plans to add even more in the future because we want to be able to share even more with you to brighten your day a little.When you comment on posts, it also helps us tailor content toward what you like because we're here to help you navigate your twenties. We can't do that if we don't know what's important to you.
By the way, you should definitely be paying attention to the fashion section in January. I will tell you more about that next week. In the mean time, enjoy the continuation of holiday stories and much more that we posted on the website this week.
|Philip Lim SS 2012|
|Calvin Klein SS 2012|
|JCrew SS 2012|
|DVF SS 2012|
1. Catrina [iPad 2, J.Crew Bond Street Bag, Miu Miu Glitter and Suede Peep Toe Ankle Boots] 2. Jeni [Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Large Bow Ring, Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette, Michael Kors Malone Suede Wedges] 3. Jenny [Dior Backstage Velvet Eyes, Creed Love in White Perfume, Tiffany & Company LOVE Bangle in Gold] 4. Brianti [Kate Spade No Sleep Till Brooklyn Bracelet, Betsey Johnson Leopard Face Watch, J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Houndstooth] 5. Kirsten [iPod Touch, Coach Thin Op Art Rhinestone Bangle, Harry Potter 8-Film Collection]
December 15, 2011
"I'd like everyone to join me in my global flash mob," she said.
|(image via Yahoo News)|
Since we're all about sharing our twenty-something wisdom at Feather, I thought I'd share what the past year has taught me.
December 13, 2011
|(image via We Heart It)|
December 12, 2011
Chocolate Chip Cookies
December 9, 2011
It's finally getting cold in Florida, which means it must be winter! Well, it's actually 70 degrees today, but that's a drastic improvement from the usual 90+ degrees.
I've definitely seen the influence of the season I love (but can't really experience) in our December stories. For shopping purposes, we're showing you how to do gift giving in style and great beauty items based on personality. If you want to give, while giving back, purchase a gift that helps those in need. When it's time to make your high school ex-boyfriend regret that "We're better off friends" speech he gave you before college at a holiday party, we've got the perfect outfit choices. For those cold winter nights, try one of our spicy recipes to turn up the heat.
1. Kirsten [hot chocolate with marshmallows and Elf] 2. Jenny [hot water with lemon and her brother's oversized cashmere cardigan] 3. Catrina [tomato soup and a scarf snood] 4. Brianti [hot cocoa and Edward Scissorhands] 5. Jeni [homemade chai latte and Pinterest]
December 8, 2011
Journalism legend Barbara Walters recently interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It was his first interview with western television.
In the interview, Assad denied ordering the widespread killings and torture of protesters of his country. “There was no command to kill or be brutal,” he said. When Walters asked about the torture of children, Assad calmly responded with “I don't believe you.” The UN claims he has taken 4,000 lives with his orders.
Assad in the interview appears to be calm and collected to the point where he comes off cold. Walters described him as being “disconnected.”
For more information check out ABC News.
What do you think about the recent interview?
“Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates and guys are just people to have fun with.”
-Sex and the City
While I am happy for my friends for finding their soul mates, it does remind me that I am single...like really single.
That's when the neurotic thoughts kick in. Why am I still single? Will I ever meet the one? What if I become a crazy lonely cat lady? I hate cats!
However, as of late my idea of what a soul mate actually is has been changing. We all consider a soul mate someone we are romantically linked to but what about our friends? Maybe our friends are our real soul mates.
Three years ago, I met my best friend Gillian. I was in college and at a Halloween party and acting like a fool because I may or may not have drank vodka like it was going out of style. It just happened to be Gillian's dorm room where that infamous party took place. We met and instantly clicked.
Since then we have been inseparable. We see life the same way. She knows everything about me. I can come to her with everything and know she won't judge me. I would be lost without her.
Last weekend, We were in New York City for Gillian's birthday and somewhere in between running down the busy New York streets and laughing like hyenas, it hit me. This is what it is like to have another half.
Perhaps a soul mate isn't just a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Maybe a soul mate is just someone who understands our heart and helps us grow into the best that we can be.
In that case, I have no worries about turning into a cat lady.
December 7, 2011
December 6, 2011
|(image via Love Kardashian)|
Khloe is the only family member from the Kardashian clan that we would actually want to hang out with. She is witty, irreverent and fun. She is fiercely loyal and will defend the people she loves to the death. Most importantly, she knows how ridiculous her family is and it's like she's in on the joke with us.
So, cheers to you Khloe! Thanks for being the one Kardashian we don’t think could be a complete fabrication.
It's fitting that our Blog Editor, Sara, chose to have Khloe as our girl crush because our favorite editorial right now is of the Kardashians. Sure, Kim may have pranked us all with her whirlwind marriage (I still think it was real), Kourtney would be irrelevant if Scott didn't used to be crazy and Khloe gets treated like an unwanted stepchild sometimes, but they look like normal sisters in these photos for Glamour's January 2012 cover shoot. It's easy to forget that 200 paparazzi were probably camped outside to snap photos of them leaving this photo shoot.
You can say what you want about the Kardashians, but you can't deny that they keep you talking about them. You also can't deny how fun these photos are.
(images via Glamour)
December 5, 2011
My 13-year-old sister is a baking prodigy, so we're going to try to recreate the recipe when I go home for Christmas. Despite what Anthony Bourdain thinks, I love Paula Deen and I have since before she was famous. The best food is the kind that could possibly kill you. I just don't recommend eating it too much.
If you're in the mood for a gooey pumkin treat, try Paula's recipe:
(via Food Network)
- 1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg