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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Diabetes and Me

Tonight, I went through a bit of a scare with my type 1 diabetes, and I'm not shy to share it, because I want people to be able to understand so that the condition and the experience of managing it can become more visible.

While trying to place my new humalog cartridge onto my pen, then screw the pen cap on, it wouldn't fixate properly. I'd done it hundreds and hundreds of times before, but it appeared my device was malfunctioning. Essentially, to a person without type 1 diabetes, it would be like your pancreas suddenly didn't connect, as if it suddenly couldn't do what it was supposed to. People with type 1 diabetes wear there pancreases on the outside of their bodies, with their pen needles or pumps.

I tried for about 15 minutes, then made a few calls to people who didn't understand what I was talking about, therefore they were not able to help me, though they should have understood because of their positions.

I felt helpless, but was still partially confident I would be able to resolve the situation. I always had been able to dpend on myself. Why would this time be different? Shouldn't I be able to solve it for myself, take care of myself?

I decided to try again, so I hung up while I was put on hold during one of the calls I made, and did my best to fixate it. Finally, after about a half hour of trying, hungry for dinner, and growing tired of my body, I managed to attach my new cartridge onto my pen, and screw the pen cap on.

Yes, I was relieved, but the stress I had didn't so easily cease.

All the time, I was thinking, "What if I'm not able to attach it? What if no one can get me a new pen needle device to hold my cartridges in, to take the insulin I need to survive?"

Monday, February 8, 2016

One more Beautiful Day

I have been away from the blog lately, taking some time to think. I've been doing a lot of inspiration searching, looking for new ways to be motivated, as I imagine most people do at the turn of a new year. There's always something, though. It doesn't matter the date.

There will always be something that makes you question everything, and what one must realize, or, what I've realized, is that change is constant.

Why is it, then, that change is so surprising at times? Why is it that a particular change in atmosphere, dialogue, or direction can steal your breath? Shouldn't you have seen it coming? Shouldn't I have? Shouldn't we all have?

What can happen, will, right Murph?

Maybe that's the humor in life, the joke in it, that we are so shocked at the constant movement, hills, and turns in the road. Meanwhile, we should learn to see the smile instead of a frown, or reflection in a puddle.

Life is weird, I'll give it that. It's not a joke, and I hope my previous statement didn't make you think otherwise, because it was meant to serve as a reminder to look at the lighter side of life. Don't focus on what brings you down. Be enlivened by the things that lift you up.

Carbs are nice, but so are veggies. (I hope you understand the comparison to life experiences.)

I like pasta, but I like kale, too, but mostly, I just like ice cream, and an unspoken amount of coffee. Now, in case you aren't following my offbeat path anymore, I'll let you back to leading your own, beginning with a favorite quote.

John Keats wrote, "A thing of  beauty is a joy forever."

Create joyful dialogue, and aspire towards new direction. Appreciate things as they are. Learn to eat your vegetables, and be impressed by a change in tone. The more things you handle, the stronger you will become. New atmospheres don't have to suffocate you.

Learn to breathe new air. Adapt to your life, and embrace every beautiful moment. You are up to you.

Miss Trend She

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Five Pairs is Five-Star

Image Courtesy of Warby Parker


















Eye glasses are a very important accessory to me. While I don't need to wear them around the clock, I need to wear them when I drive, since I am near-sighted. In college, I would wear them if I were sitting in the back of a lecture hall, and sometimes I wear them just for fun, because the right pair of eye glasses will call to you. You should want to wear your eye glasses, and with Warby Parker I want to wear at least ten different pairs on a rotation! Their styles are so cute, and trust me when I say that's the understatement of 2016, and we're barely into February, yet.

Warby Parker is one of my favorite lines to buy from, and with their current at-home try-on program, I'm even more thrilled. They pay to ship and send back five pairs of frames, so you can test the waters with your glasses. Quality and customer service are top-notch with Warby Parker. This means testing different outfits with different styles - truly a fashion girl's dream come true!

I love a pop of color and unique frame shape. For me, finding the right eye glasses is like finding the right purse. You don't necessarily have to be on the market for a new pair, but when you find a pair you like, you know you have to get them before they're gone!

I love the vintage-shaped frames that make me feel like I'm in a Hollywood Golden Age film - a Vivien Leigh among modern women. And, truth be told, retro has made a return as the new must-have modern staple.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Pink Dreams in a Blizzard

Image Courtesy of KaBoomPics.com

While sitting in the blizzard this morning, I attempted to dream of other things, of warmer days: springtime in New York, jazz festivals in the park and having a drink in the best beer gardens the city has to offer.

Tried as I did to ignore the beating on my windows and the sirens coming from outside, I couldn't help but wonder what everyone else was doing in this blizzard: watching movies, cuddling with their significant others, trying to sleep through it?

A restless person, I couldn't help but stare at the white wonder-wall that was covering everything in sight. The snow was constant, much like it still is, like someone cutting open a feathery pillow and dumping it over the ground. The feathers felt infinite, in this case, and, I'm guessing, also felt much colder.

I envisioned the cover photo of the film "White Bird in a Blizzard," starring Shailene Woodley. I thought about how cold it would be to go out into the snow. I wouldn't dare. Of course I wouldn't! I just kept staring, because you could only make out the outlines of the trees from my windows, and an uninviting balcony.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

High Praises for 'The Danish Girl'

Eddie Redmayne, by Jake Chessum
I have the highest regard for Eddie Redmayne, who embodies the stroke of artistic genius that is time, in his own craft. No film has hit me quite as hard as "The Danish Girl" in recent memory. Watching the film was a truly visceral experience that I will not soon forget, nor will I care to.

Watching is not fair to call it either, as the actors of this film welcomed you as participants in the story, and trust me when I say, you'll want to be first in line as one.

I can recall all the times I've cried because of a film. The first time was when I was 12-years-old while watching "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire." I had a prepubescent crush on Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory, so, of course, I shed a tear, maybe two, or three, but that's as generous as I'll remember. Then, of course, there was "The Notebook" a few years later, which I'm not as happy to admit, but will be honest in sharing.

This evening, I did something uncharacteristic of myself. I went to the movies alone, and I could not have had a better time. The minute Eddie was shown on screen, I knew I was in for a delight. Little did I know, the film would hit me as hard as it did. Eddie is never himself on camera, and I should not be so surprised, yet I surprise myself in the delight of this shock.

Eddie truly becomes his roles, and while I would normally use a person's last name in reference to them, Eddie and Alicia Vikander as Gerda, have had an insatiable effect in that they have befriended their audiences in an unexpected way. Therefore, first names only seem proper while reflecting on this unusual friendship. 



There are not many actors that achieve such embodiment and becoming as Eddie. When you watch the film, you don't think of the Burberry ads, or his previous year's Oscar-winning role as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything." You see someone completely different. You are lucky, and truly blessed in that you get to experience, not just characters, but people. You get a glimpse of a lifetime, and your breath is stolen, and you never feel so happy to need an inhaler. In fact, you hope your breath doesn't return for fear that the moment will pass as soon as you catch it... 

You fall for the story, and feel  crazy for admitting to it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Adler Accessorizes with Style, Designs for Individuals

Image Courtesy of Stocksnap.io

There are so many ways you can reflect your personality, whether it be in the way you dress, or the way you carry yourself. Little remains hidden about a person when self-expression is wholly achieved through the assertion of creativity, purpose and intellect.

For me, self expression is limitless. That's one of the things I love about blogging. I can customize the design of my blog as I please, incorporate pictures of my choosing in various posts, and write about whatever comes to mind. Self expression is a sweet sort of freedom that you most involve with the things you hold dearest to you.

Fashion, of course, is another way I like to show how I am. Fashion is encompassing of accessories,
clothes, styling, and even your phone. Jonathan Adler takes an everyday, necessary accessory and turns it into a work of art. His new designs for the Moto X Pure Edition have me feeling bubbly.

Image Courtesy of Motorola
When it feels like the world wants you to fit into a certain bubble, Adler pushes the limits and enchants with his use of creative design. Encasing your phone has never felt as individual as this. Trend setters and headline makers will excite over Adler's new designs. They are fresh, feeling and friendly to the eye.

Adler has created three limited edition designs with Motorola to help you express yourself, and, in Adler's case, three's a charm.

What I like best about Motorola is its high quality, and now, in combination with Adler, its eye for design. The Moto X Pure Edition has a long lasting battery, and Lord knows a busy girl needs that! It also offers water protection, stunning HD quality, and is unlocked, so you don't have to worry about having a certain carrier to use it. 

Those are just a few reasons I love the brand and its collaboration with Adler, though. I have been a Motorola user for more than two years now, and the results are clear to me. From beginning to end, they nail it!

I am so excited to upgrade to Adler's design. For me, the Bridget back best reflects my personality. I love the iconicism behind it - I've always been one to like classic design, though I have to admit, the abstract appearance of Adler's Half Circle back also has me giddy. 

Choose which of the Motorola X Pure Editions by Jonathan Adler best suits your personality when you visit Motorola's website.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Don't Worry, Be Happy


I have never been more comfortable with myself as I am at 22-years-old. Time goes too fast to see yourself as anything but a value to your own person. Being your own friend will be your greatest reward this year. Make it a resolution, if you haven't already!

Taking pleasure in the ordinary, being happy with today, and letting people love you for you should be highly appreciable, and sought after.

There is no trying. There is only being and doing. Do the things that make you happiest, the things that make you feel the most fulfilled. They will be your fondest memories, and greatest rewards.

This year, I challenge you to find a friend in unexpected territory. Don't say you can't. Negative connotations regarding the belief of your own self-worth is highly detrimental to the psyche. Build yourself up. Don't tear yourself down. Don't be diluted by the opinions you think others have.

Viola Davis once said, "I don't have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn't love me has to say about me."

Love yourself. Know yourself. Sleep easily.

Life may seem complicated, and you may face difficulty, but perspective is everything. If you learn to love and believe in yourself, I truly believe you will live simpler and more ordinarily, and you will be wholly happy about it.

So here's to you, you beautiful creature, and a great year, month, week, day and moment. Live presently. See what's right in front of you. Find humor in happenstance.

Perceive happiness, and live it...

Miss Trend She

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Be Your Light


To me, blogging has always been about words. Beautiful pictures are beautiful pictures, and though they are worth a thousand words, not everyone has an amazing lens. I, among a select many, am limited to photo-taking resources.

A blogger is probably not supposed to reveal her secrets, but I trust you to keep mine safe as I generalize, and tell you that I have worked around not having access to a professional camera or photographer.

Regardless, I still prioritize with the message behind each post on Miss Trend She.

When I began MissTrendShe.com, I aimed to create and share meaningful posts. I had wanted to instill value in posting. There would never be a post created that didn't have a clear purpose. My hope was that these meaningful sentences would build connections between you and me.

While I'm not sure I've reached that goal, or have done my job right, so to speak, I am resolved in the surprise I see whenever I log into my template. Your readership over the past two and a half years has affected me greatly, and I am so grateful.

Though it would be harder to continue to write without your viewership and encouragement, I would like to believe, at the end of the day, I'd still be typing.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A Happy New Year, and a Glass of Champagne






















This year, I drank my New Year's resolution from a glass. While that may sound metaphorical, I promise you, it was literal. I spent time with two good friends, one of whom explained about a tradition where you write down your New Year's resolution on a piece of paper, light it on fire, then put it in a glass of champagne and drink it up as you're counting down to the New Year.


I can't tell you my resolution, exactly, but I can tell you that it's about being absolutely happy. While living an extraordinary life may seem ideal, the truly extraordinary way to live is when you are able to appreciate the ordinary.

Being ordinary is feeling content with the simple pleasures life offers. When you appreciate these simple pleasures, you're more likely to appreciate every day. I want to continue to smile and grow with utmost appreciation for simple happenstance.

I am so grateful to be in the place I am, knowing the people I do, and having the friends and family that I have. I can wait to see what sort of new love will ensue in 2016. I can wait to appreciate every moment, because I am most excited to live day to day. Time is too short to realize any other perspective.

So here's to every moment of 2016. To you, I wish the same circumstance - appreciation for what every single day has to offer, and a whole lot of love for simplicity.

Have a great time celebrating 2016 this weekend. Be safe, and responsible as you spend time with those whom you love.

Miss Trend She