Saturday, June 25, 2016

Why I'm Team JoJo

Today, I'm coming out of the closet, and am admitting that, yes, I am a Bachelorette fan. I cannot contain my guilty pleasure any longer, not on my blog, nor in my tweets, which may have already given away my fandom.

Monday nights have, surprisingly, turned into my Thursday nights. After TGIT ended for the season (sigh), I wanted to find a new night of television to celebrate. I had watched The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in the past with a good friend in college, but only recently rekindled this dangerous flame.

What I like best about this season, though, is Joelle Fletcher. JoJo is a total girl's-girl, and guy's-girl. I don't know her personally, but, to me, how she presents herself on television is everything, and a piece of lovely pie. It's not just my crush on her hair that has me excited about the season, but it's how true she is to being herself.

Joelle has been through a lot, like many of us have in relationships. Still, she opens herself up to finding someone. It's difficult to break down walls when you have them, especially if you've spent a lot of your energy building them high through the crumble of poisoned passion, but, when you embrace courage, and let go of fear, you feel free, and happier. Dating one person can be difficult enough, so I can imagine that having the amount of men to date that she does can be exceedingly challenging, especially when they're essentially in a competition to claim your sole love and affection.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Self Belief and Shared Peace

Photograph by Alex Blăjan

I strongly believe that the foundation of a successful life begins with the belief in oneself. You musn't lose faith in your own sense of self, structure, inhibition, and habit. Life is too short, and rarely occurring, to let go of a dream. It does not matter if someone else says you can't do it. The only person you should believe when it comes to this matter is you. If you believe you can, you will. It will take hard work, but if you are willing to make it happen, it will happen.

Just believe in yourself.

Letting go of fear is a difficult challenge, but worth facing. Overcoming something is a beautiful experience that we all must go through at one point in our lives. It isn't always the kindest thing, but it is one of the most human.

On the journey to accomplishment, everyone must go through something. My something has been a part of me for more than 12 years. It is a subject I blog about often on Miss Trend She, because it is the one I know most about, feel the strongest for, and have experienced the most anguish over.

My leaf of absence, so to speak, from Miss Trend She was partially due to this. Truth be told, even in the age of the internet, sometimes we all need a bit of silent time to reflect on our lives, and what is happening to us in them. Of course, other factors contributed, whether it be extra activities, or a trip to visit family.

Nevertheless, in my time of reflection, I felt a bit dry. I didn't know what else to say about diabetes for a while. The feeling was new to me. There was almost a sort of comfort inside my head...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

3 Ways to Wear the Slip Dress this Summer

Photo Courtesy of Lyst
Boudoir-inspired fashion is making a big splash this season, with styles including pajama tops and bottoms, bedroom slippers, and, of course, the slinky slip. Surprisingly versatile and easy to wear, the slip dress features a classic and simple silhouette that is perfect for pairing with a number of different pieces. Whether your summer will be filled with festive get-togethers or laidback weekends, the slip dress can adapt to any occasion, making it a must-have for the season.

For A Wedding

Despite its simple cut and lack of adornment, the slip dress is ideal to wear to a wedding or other elegant event during the summer season. To avoid a nightgown effect, which is more prone to happening when you wear the slip dress solo, it's crucial to consider the rest of your ensemble, including hair and makeup, accessories, and overall style of the dress in question. Stay away from messy hairstyles, instead going with a polished updo, and wear bold lipstick or a cat eye—both moves will keep your look out of nightie territory. Whether dressing for a wedding, a romantic date night, or drinks with friends, accessories are crucial to completing your ensemble. A bold piece of statement jewelry (like a chunky necklace or cuff bracelet) paired with strappy heels and a structured clutch will complement the chic simplicity of the slip.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Facing Diabetic Burnout

I've reached a point I've been to before, but am not fond of revisiting. However, my returns are inevitable. I am human, after all. The phenomenon I'm talking about is called diabetic burnout. This happens when a person managing type 1 diabetes is simply tired of the attention it requires.

I understand it may be hard for others to relate to, especially for people who are close to me, who often don't recognize the 24/7 treatment I'm providing to myself. Like parenting, it's not a job, but it's part of who you are.

Parents can't stop caring for their children as they're growing up, but I'm sure most parents could relate to wanting to for a little while, and, though I have no experience in parenting, I don't think it's shameful wanting to step away for a few moments. It's natural to feel overwhelmed every so often.

Of course, in these situations, I imagine you would be able to take a walk, or a short nap to step away. This applies to parenting and managing diabetes. Like managing diabetes, the return to managing your children is inevitable. However, diabetes doesn't grow up and start caring for itself. Diabetes is the "Tuck Everlasting" inside of you that you carry with you, if you are lucky enough to age. Unfortunately, diabetes doesn't look as handsome or as fun as Jonathan Jackson's 'Tuck,' circa 2002.

Until there is none, until there is a cure, there is more diabetes everyday. Sometimes it's unpredictable, and sometimes it's on your side, and most days you wish it wasn't inside, but you get through and thank God that you're able to manage it as well.