Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Foretold and Three Years Ago

Photography by Olivia Locascio, Logo Design by Lanea Zagrzebski
Between class work, work-work and applying for jobs, I have managed to have a few seconds to breath; you know, just a few here and there. Life is moving fast at school, and I can't believe that in just three years time I will be graduating with a Bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.

Going into it, I assumed I would be able to complete school in the "conventional" four years. I even predicted I may have to stay five, but proved myself wrong.

It feels weird even calling it "school," because the word school seems like something elementary school students say or your mom told you to "get to" when you were being pokey on Monday mornings. For the last three years, I have attended university.

It's been a chance at personal modification- a life changing experience, honestly. As corny as the previous sentence was, my next sentence will be even more of an eye roll, but in all seriousness- I am not the same person I was when I started here in September 2012. I am willing to bet in three years time you won't be either, whether you choose to pursue a higher education or not.

When I first came to the university, I was more naive and inexperienced, not to say I was completely unaware, but you learn a lot at school, there's no denying. When you build on previous experiences, you realize how much you didn't know and how much you've yet to learn.

I'll tell you something now, especially for those of you who are about to graduate high school, that you should get involved with organizations on campus if you decide to attend university. Making connections with your peers is invaluable, both for your personal and professional lives. College won't be a separate life; it will become your life, so to speak- your sole focus.

People struggle to focus on the present. I was told recently we are always thinking about the past, which is strange because previously I had been told we were only thinking about the future. It seems, no matter the outlook, we have problems focusing on "the now," so you can bet I'm going to challenge you to be present in your own life. Don't look too forward, and don't look back. Look at right now.

Different things work for different people. Attending university worked for me. It was something I wanted to do, something I wanted to experience, so I did, but I want you to know there's nothing shameful about not choosing to pursue a higher education. The reality is, it doesn't work for everyone and that's okay. You find yourself.

If you do decide to attend university, I'll tell you that going home to see your parents on the weekend will begin to feel foreign, especially as you progress throughout your education, and if you weren't independent already or even if you were, you will become even more so. The changes you will go through will be exciting, frustrating and interesting. There's no avoiding the decrescendos and crescendos of personal development. They're great. They help you become a better you.

I'm all about growth, in myself, my peers, my work- everything. I think there's always room to improve. There's always room to grow, experience something new, be happier and discover more.

I challenge you this Tuesday to do something that you didn't think you could three years ago. Maybe you're already doing it! Be unconsciously exceptional in your own skin, because you can be- because you are.

Challenge yourself and make sure to always have real conversations about who you are. Accepting yourself honestly will be your greatest reward.

Best wishes getting through the week.

Miss Trend She

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Body Honee Giveaway


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Giveaway: 2 Winners will receive 2 waxing kits

3/29 - 4/19

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

512organics Promotes Springtime Healing, Provides Organic Beauty Aid

512organics, Image by and for www.MissTrendShe.com
Taking care of my skin is a priority, especially as a female and person with type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes are at a higher risk of developing problems with their feet, so keeping my skin healthy and feeling fresh is a must. 

I am also a lady who enjoys a good high-heeled shoe, so you can imagine the attention I need to give my feet in order to keep them feeling soft and comfortable. 512organics has made it easy and sweet to provide this sort of indulgent self care.

During the winter months in the Midwest, healing dry skin is a battle. Keeping your skin hydrated is an even larger process, and transitioning into spring, I am even more aware of the impact the change of weather has on my body.

Recently, I picked up several products from 512organics, an organic skin and health remedies online shop from Austin, TX. The products I got from this shop have helped my body transition from the chill to sunshine, blissfully.

512organics' Coconut & Lime Sugar Scrub Foot Remedy has really done the trick. The scrub is super hydrating, and leaves a thoughtful lingering odor. In just a few uses, my feet were already feeling softer. Using a regular lotion is nowhere near as good. In my experience, previous lotions I have used have caused more dehydration than help, so I'm already impressed by the effectiveness of this product.

All you do is warm the scrub in your hands and you're ready to apply it to your feet using gentle circular motions. Depending on what area of the U.S. you're from, the coconut oil in the scrub may respond differently because of the climate, so keep that in mind.

The coconut and lime smell is subtle, but distinct. It will not overwhelm your senses, but complement the flats you've been dying to get back to this season.

Plus, the scrub is totally edible. When speaking to Brenda Myers, Owner of 512organics, she said, "Many customers have sheepishly admitted taking a bite of it. It smells like a tropical dessert, so I don't blame them one bit, although I've added salt to help with shelf life, and that might be a little weird to taste."

Every ingredient Brenda uses is top-notch, and no ingredient is harmful.

512organics, Image by and for www.MissTrendShe.com
My hands are another zone I pay extra attention to, and Brenda's products have made it fun to focus on them. Since both feet and hands are at a higher risk of being effected by nerve damage, I am ever mindful of what I apply to them in order to be preventative.

512organics' Rachel's Gardeners & Farmers Healing Hand Remedy Salve is my weakness and lifesaver. You only need a little dab to bask in it's soothing effect. I love the almost woodland-like scent combination of sandalwood and lavender, among other natural ingredients.

The best part about 512organics' products is that they are all eco-friendly, herbal and hand crafted. The products are meant to heal and promote nourishment. So far, so right on! Plus, most products are available for around $12; exceptions apply.

Last, I tried Drowsy Drops, which were originally created to treat insomnia. Though I can't say I suffer from insomnia myself, as a college student I can say I do suffer from stress and anxiety when over thinking at night, so these drops have been useful. There is nothing artificial about them and they are completely vegan-friendly. Just dab a few drops on your pillow as a nightly bedtime ritual and your off to a lavender-infused, wistful dreamland.

Brenda has created a thoughtful line of products, crafted specially for the consumer and his or her environment. This is one of the most nourishing, natural online shops you'll find on Etsy, and for a limited time, Brenda is offering $10 off your purchase of $40 or more to Miss Trend She readers when you use the discount code "MISSTRENDSHE" at the checkout.

You won't regret trying these products. They're just in time for spring. Nature will thank you for using them and so will your body.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Win Products from Savannah Bee Company

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You can read the full review of the products here. The winner of this contest will receive a 1.7 oz. tube of the beeswax hand cream and a 1.65 oz. of royal jelly body butter.

The contest opened March 24, 2015 and closes at midnight EST on April 10, 2015. U.S. residents age 18+ are eligible. Enter using the form below.

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Enter to Win a Dune Jewelry Cuff Bracelet

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Do you have a special trip that you'd like to remember? Dune Jewelry has unique and beautiful ways to commemorate these trips with jewelry that displays and holds a special spot for sand, perfect for collecting from different locales around the world. Krista from Savory Savings recently received a cuff bracelet with sand from Cozumel, a family favorite vacation destination. Be sure to check out her review.

If you would like a chance to win your own beautiful cuff bracelet, enter using the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a giveaway from Dune from another blog in the last 12 months you are not eligible to win. The giveaway will run from March 25 through April 8, 2015 at 11 p.m. CST and is open to US residents, excluding HI/AK, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email. Consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list so you know who's emailing. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize, otherwise another winner will be selected.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Angela & Roi Breaks out New Collection, Supports Charities

Image courtesy of Angela from Angela & Roi

The handbag company Angela & Roi has come out with several new sophisticated cross-body bags just in time for spring and summertime months to enhance it's charitable brand and inspire modern stylistas.

"We have always taken to a minimalistic design, with a very classic and sophisticated aesthetic," said Angela, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Angela & Roi. "We do not follow rapidly changing fashion trends, but only color trends. The colors come and go, but our bags are here to stay."

Angela & Roi's new Arc Cross-Body bag features an architectural design and earthy tones, on trend for spring and summertime fashion. The company's attention to color has set it apart in the fashion industry, as has its mission to donate part of its profit to charity. 

Angela & Roi's "Donate by Color" mission ensures that with each bag purchased, a donation is made to a specific charity according to the color of the bag purchased. 

Each color is associated with a different health organization that is attached to a nonprofit Angela & Roi is partnered with. 

Image Courtesy of Angela
from Angela & Roi
The company currently works with 11 charities, which means it's bags are available in 11 different colors for 11 different causes. The following organizations are current collaborators:

  • Anxiety & Depression Association of America- Green
  • Lung Cancer Alliance- White
  • Keep a Child Alive- Red
  • Joslin Diabetes Center- Gray
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer- Pink
  • Prevent Cancer Foundation- Brown
  • Melanoma Research Foundation- Black
  • National Kidney Foundation- Orange
  • Colon Cancer Alliance- Blue 
  • American Childhood Cancer Organization- Gold/Yellow
  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America- Purple

Angela & Roi's mission has stemmed from their own upbringings and personal ideals. 

"Roi and I went to a fashion show one evening, and we watched as bursts of red color filled the runway," Angela said. "The show was to benefit HIV/AIDS, and from that, we got the idea to associate color and cause. Growing up, I was always taught to give back whenever possible, and Roi's dad always emphasized the importance of health, as his father has suffered through many health problems. We made the connection between color, cause and charity, and it stands to grow bigger by the day."

Together, Angela & Roi are a team that aims to raise awareness, support cancer and fight disease. Their handbags are also 100% animal-free and sweatshop-free. Because of the duo's philanthropy, Angela & Roi has been coined as "The Most Innovative Fashion Company" in the business.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Welcome to the Updated MissTrendShe.com

Photography by Olivia Locascio
I am pleased to welcome you to the official re-launch of MissTrendShe.com, thanks to the help of some of my talented friends. 

I have been excited about debuting the re-launch all week, and can finally express my gratitude to those who helped me get to this point, through this post.

Olivia of Photography by Olivia Locascio has taken all the new pictures you'll see across the blog and it's social media platforms that emphasize the Miss Trend She brand.

Lanea Zagrzebski did the new design work. To me, the new design offers complementary flair to the profile features you've been reading. It follows a minimalist, sophisticated and timeless aesthetic to keep you engaged with those voices.

Both women have been an absolute joy to work with. They are endlessly creative and passionate about what they do, and both are graduating from college this year in their select fields. In my obviously biased opinion, they will both have ample success in their chosen careers.

I hope you enjoy seeing our collaboration in all of it's facets across MissTrendShe.com. You'll notice an official Miss Trend She ad bar, "Contact" page, new icon, and more have been added to the brand repertoire. For more photos, I suggest checking out Miss Trend She's various social media accounts and Photography by Olivia Locascio on Facebook. I will be sharing them for some time.

In the past month, Miss Trend She has gained almost double a following across it's social media platforms, and I am so grateful and corny about it. I could not do what I do without your support. Your readership is invaluable.

Thank you.

This Monday, Angela from Angela & Roi handbags will help me emphasize the point of my re-launch and overall site mission, which is to deliver creative content to fashionable folks. Spoiler alert! Angela & Roi has been named "The Most Innovative Fashion Company" in the business, and for a good reason I think you'll enjoy discovering on March 23 at 7:30 a.m. CST.
Photography by Olivia Locascio

Miss Trend She is and has been a way for impassioned individuals to express their voices to an
optimistic community of learners, creatives and go-getters. Miss Trend She is not exclusive to a select target audience, but rather seeks to effect all open-minded people in an inspired way.

I have always been enchanted by the idea of working for a magazine, and though I was told when interviewing Kate White for The Pointer earlier this school year the magazine industry is "in an incredibly perilous situation," I remain stupidly giddy about pursuing the world of magazine publication. I realize the industry's multiple needs to create digital content, videos, social media posts, establish branding, etc.

Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I believe magazines stand a chance, otherwise I wouldn't be as stubborn. Still, I follow and honor White's advice to "seek opportunities in many places." I've always been a busy person. I don't think I'll ever stop. I want to experience as much as I can in media.

In a way, Miss Trend She has been a way I've created my own "magazine." I do everything myself- interviews, networking, writing, editing, social media, you name it. I won't even say "Miss Trend She is my baby," because it's not. Miss Trend She is way past infancy. It's me. Miss Trend She, I'd like to think, is growing in dog years, because everything has happened so fast.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Important Message to Readers

www.MissTrendShe.com is going through a re-launch!

Please be patient as the process will take a while, and enjoy reading previous posts as site changes occur.

*Site changes will be made live, official re-launch will occur at a specific time, TBA.