The Nineties. An era filled with flannel shirts, Nirvana and MTV. The nineties mark the beginnings of things like the feminist ‘Riot Grrrl’ movement and the decade also made a massive turn in popular culture.
The Nineties really were the start of individualism. Music absolutely thrived. The underground Seattle scene burst its way through into the mainstream with grunge bands like the legendary Nirvana leading the way. Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, became the voice of the generation. After years of teenagers not being heard, finally someone was doing it!
The Riot Grrrl Movement paved the way for feminism and without it, who knows where we would be today. Started in Washington DC, Riot Grrrl punk bands addressed important issues in the feminist world such as rape, sexuality, sexism and the empowerment of women. Aside from the musical aspect of the movement, the women in the Riot Grrrl movement participated in politics, female rights activism, art & zines. The girls in the movement were showing people that women have power and that women should not be objectified, ignored or pushed around by a world, thought to be dominated by men.
Even though I never lived my teen years throughout the decade, I think all teenagers can feel a connection to the Nineties as it really was the one decade where teenagers finally spoke out. There was a sense of teen angst and justice about the 90’s that is definitely still relatable nowadays in our teenage generation. The raw and artistic legacy of the era will hopefully live on for generations to come.
- lemonit-a

The Nineties. An era filled with flannel shirts, Nirvana and MTV. The nineties mark the beginnings of things like the feminist ‘Riot Grrrl’ movement and the decade also made a massive turn in popular culture.

The Nineties really were the start of individualism. Music absolutely thrived. The underground Seattle scene burst its way through into the mainstream with grunge bands like the legendary Nirvana leading the way. Nirvana’s lead singer, Kurt Cobain, became the voice of the generation. After years of teenagers not being heard, finally someone was doing it!

The Riot Grrrl Movement paved the way for feminism and without it, who knows where we would be today. Started in Washington DC, Riot Grrrl punk bands addressed important issues in the feminist world such as rape, sexuality, sexism and the empowerment of women. Aside from the musical aspect of the movement, the women in the Riot Grrrl movement participated in politics, female rights activism, art & zines. The girls in the movement were showing people that women have power and that women should not be objectified, ignored or pushed around by a world, thought to be dominated by men.

Even though I never lived my teen years throughout the decade, I think all teenagers can feel a connection to the Nineties as it really was the one decade where teenagers finally spoke out. There was a sense of teen angst and justice about the 90’s that is definitely still relatable nowadays in our teenage generation. The raw and artistic legacy of the era will hopefully live on for generations to come.

- lemonit-a

Be a Stronger You


Over the past week, I have been hit hard with glandular fever. One of the main symptoms is fatigue; which can be defined as being extreme exhaustion.  I have been on average sleeping 16 hours per day, hence not having been to school or work for the past week. About 1 in 4 people will have glandular fever in their lifetime, the majority of these in their teens. Along with this, and many other diseases and virus’ being on the increase, it is important to protect yourself by having a strong immune system.

Ways to do this include:

 Exercise – Participate in a team sport, go for a walk or bike ride 2-3 times a week
Reduce Stress – This is difficult, but being organized is key and remember to smile, it is scientifically proven that smiling is relaxing
Sleep for at least 8 hours– Turn your phone off, you don’t need to play one more round of candy crush, it will still be there in the morning
A well-balanced diet – 2 fruit and 5 vegetables daily is recommended as well as combining it with diary, protein, breads and cereals and a treat here and there
Daily Multi-Vitamin – Even the best diet can be improved with a vitamin supplement to insure that your immune system is as strong as possible, I take Swiss Teen Girl 
Being hygienic – Wash your hands before eating and make sure utensils are clean and so on
Obviously even doing all these things you still have the chance of becoming sick, however you will be able to bounce back faster, getting back to your everyday routine quicker. 
 - florisa

Be a Stronger You

Over the past week, I have been hit hard with glandular fever. One of the main symptoms is fatigue; which can be defined as being extreme exhaustion.  I have been on average sleeping 16 hours per day, hence not having been to school or work for the past week. About 1 in 4 people will have glandular fever in their lifetime, the majority of these in their teens. Along with this, and many other diseases and virus’ being on the increase, it is important to protect yourself by having a strong immune system.

Ways to do this include:

  •  Exercise – Participate in a team sport, go for a walk or bike ride 2-3 times a week
  • Reduce Stress – This is difficult, but being organized is key and remember to smile, it is scientifically proven that smiling is relaxing
  • Sleep for at least 8 hours– Turn your phone off, you don’t need to play one more round of candy crush, it will still be there in the morning
  • A well-balanced diet – 2 fruit and 5 vegetables daily is recommended as well as combining it with diary, protein, breads and cereals and a treat here and there
  • Daily Multi-Vitamin – Even the best diet can be improved with a vitamin supplement to insure that your immune system is as strong as possible, I take Swiss Teen Girl 
  • Being hygienic – Wash your hands before eating and make sure utensils are clean and so on

Obviously even doing all these things you still have the chance of becoming sick, however you will be able to bounce back faster, getting back to your everyday routine quicker.

 - florisa

SkinnyTV




            Recently, I’ve started to notice how much I want to be thin. Or, rather, want may not be the right word. It’s more a constant nagging sensation that resides in the most large areas on my body; the feeling that this skin, this flesh, this fat is wrong. It’s wrong and it should not be here. Its being here means that I’m lazy and insignificant and not worthy of the attention I receive. And these feelings suck. They make me not want to be noticed, not want to go places, not want to talk to the people I admire. And most of all, they scare me. I’m sure I’m not the only girl on this good earth who’s skipped a meal in order to see a smaller number on the scale, nor the only one who’s told herself that she’s not allowed to become the person she wants to until she loses those last ten pounds. And it’s then in my Slimquick-induced paranoia that I realize something: why does being thin dictate that? It’s not as if my body mass is the deciding factor on my intelligence, or style, or creativity. So why, if I am somehow a hard-working, efficient, interesting human being, am I consumed by this massive need to take up less space? I have one answer to that ever-present question and that is television.
            The TV is a sort of watering hole in my household where my family convenes at the end of the day to sit and wind down and passively bond with one another. The shows we watch range from my grandma’s odd crime specials to my obviously groundbreaking teen dramas. The unifying theme that seems to prevail in all female-led shows that grace our flat screen, is that she is skinny. This may seem like a blanket statement, but the few heavyset heroines have something in common as well; their weight is portrayed as an insecurity. The media depicts fat women as being unconfident, something that we all know is not true in all cases. Another common, baseless stereotype in modern television is that the larger lady is not the star. Sure, she can be the witty best friend or the nurturing mother, but very rarely do we see any examples of healthy, confident fat women living their own lives without the aid of a thin best friend telling her that her inner beauty is what really counts.
            Though the shows on television are a fantastic way to brainwash one’s self into a thin mindset, I believe there is nothing more effective in this field than commercials. The constant bombardment of information that these clips provide is already disarming, but when 56% of these are for beauty products marketed toward women, they can really become detrimental. Seeing spots advertising diet pills are especially painful for me because they’re basically saying that wanting to be thin is universal and that contentment in a heavier set is just plain weird. Well, that alienation hurts and breeds these feelings not only in me but in the other girls as well, expanding these feelings of scrutiny by tenfold. Another painful advertisement is that of Victoria’s Secret. I wholly admire the women who model they’re underoos and think they’re beautiful, but I have a slight problem with their “angel” motif. Sure, angels are meant to be striking and, yeah, these are some striking women but why must they all be so petite? The portrayal of heavenly creatures as having this body type is personally belittling because it makes me think that maybe my body isn’t so heavenly. Maybe the way I fill out my boyshorts and bra isn’t what they were intended for.
            Now, I don’t want you to think that I consider thin to be a bad thing. I don’t in the least! I think every body type is absolutely beautiful and equally worthy of flaunting! I just loathe the way that skinny is pushed on women as “the norm.” I can’t stand the manner in which heavier women are alienated by the media and the scrutiny that it breeds. If a woman is fat then she is equally as entitled to  the happiness that television shows represent as a “thin” trait, though in real life we all know that is not the case. Each and every one of us deserves happiness, regardless of our body type.
            To conclude this lengthy complaint about television and its influence on the female body image, fat women are portrayed as weak, insecure costars who need a shoulder to cry on in shows and are completely ostracized from commercials. The thought that thin is standard is something that women are constantly barraged with, causing huge damage to the psyche of many women and girls everywhere. The fact that television is such a center for communication in many households is disheartening as well, as it makes these feelings much more common. Hopefully in the future we as a people will be able to overcome our intense obsession with skinny and finally let people simply live as people. 
 - omn-i

SkinnyTV

            Recently, I’ve started to notice how much I want to be thin. Or, rather, want may not be the right word. It’s more a constant nagging sensation that resides in the most large areas on my body; the feeling that this skin, this flesh, this fat is wrong. It’s wrong and it should not be here. Its being here means that I’m lazy and insignificant and not worthy of the attention I receive. And these feelings suck. They make me not want to be noticed, not want to go places, not want to talk to the people I admire. And most of all, they scare me. I’m sure I’m not the only girl on this good earth who’s skipped a meal in order to see a smaller number on the scale, nor the only one who’s told herself that she’s not allowed to become the person she wants to until she loses those last ten pounds. And it’s then in my Slimquick-induced paranoia that I realize something: why does being thin dictate that? It’s not as if my body mass is the deciding factor on my intelligence, or style, or creativity. So why, if I am somehow a hard-working, efficient, interesting human being, am I consumed by this massive need to take up less space? I have one answer to that ever-present question and that is television.

            The TV is a sort of watering hole in my household where my family convenes at the end of the day to sit and wind down and passively bond with one another. The shows we watch range from my grandma’s odd crime specials to my obviously groundbreaking teen dramas. The unifying theme that seems to prevail in all female-led shows that grace our flat screen, is that she is skinny. This may seem like a blanket statement, but the few heavyset heroines have something in common as well; their weight is portrayed as an insecurity. The media depicts fat women as being unconfident, something that we all know is not true in all cases. Another common, baseless stereotype in modern television is that the larger lady is not the star. Sure, she can be the witty best friend or the nurturing mother, but very rarely do we see any examples of healthy, confident fat women living their own lives without the aid of a thin best friend telling her that her inner beauty is what really counts.

            Though the shows on television are a fantastic way to brainwash one’s self into a thin mindset, I believe there is nothing more effective in this field than commercials. The constant bombardment of information that these clips provide is already disarming, but when 56% of these are for beauty products marketed toward women, they can really become detrimental. Seeing spots advertising diet pills are especially painful for me because they’re basically saying that wanting to be thin is universal and that contentment in a heavier set is just plain weird. Well, that alienation hurts and breeds these feelings not only in me but in the other girls as well, expanding these feelings of scrutiny by tenfold. Another painful advertisement is that of Victoria’s Secret. I wholly admire the women who model they’re underoos and think they’re beautiful, but I have a slight problem with their “angel” motif. Sure, angels are meant to be striking and, yeah, these are some striking women but why must they all be so petite? The portrayal of heavenly creatures as having this body type is personally belittling because it makes me think that maybe my body isn’t so heavenly. Maybe the way I fill out my boyshorts and bra isn’t what they were intended for.

            Now, I don’t want you to think that I consider thin to be a bad thing. I don’t in the least! I think every body type is absolutely beautiful and equally worthy of flaunting! I just loathe the way that skinny is pushed on women as “the norm.” I can’t stand the manner in which heavier women are alienated by the media and the scrutiny that it breeds. If a woman is fat then she is equally as entitled to  the happiness that television shows represent as a “thin” trait, though in real life we all know that is not the case. Each and every one of us deserves happiness, regardless of our body type.

            To conclude this lengthy complaint about television and its influence on the female body image, fat women are portrayed as weak, insecure costars who need a shoulder to cry on in shows and are completely ostracized from commercials. The thought that thin is standard is something that women are constantly barraged with, causing huge damage to the psyche of many women and girls everywhere. The fact that television is such a center for communication in many households is disheartening as well, as it makes these feelings much more common. Hopefully in the future we as a people will be able to overcome our intense obsession with skinny and finally let people simply live as people. 

 - omn-i

deadlustre said: This blog is so genuine I love it

Thank you so much! X

- Neuksei

The Magic of Puberty

I don’t know, I just had always assumed I would be this awkward lanky girl with eyes far too big for her face that no-one ever noticed. I never once thought that I would come to be told my eyes were gorgeous and that I was beautiful.

It seemed unfair that at the beginning of high school there were these girls with perfect features and hair that sat just the right way, effortlessly tied back and still looking flawless. Every time I ever tied my hair back I just looked even gawkier and disproportionate. I’ll never forget the time I was walking to class in year 8 and a senior asked me jokingly if I was meant to look like a grasshopper. I never fully understood what he meant by that but it made me feel terrible, in fact I just wished to carve my eyes down so they’d look like everyone else’s.

Eventually though I grew into my own and accepted the way I looked and flourished because of it. Now I’ve been chosen as a Grand Finalist for a modeling competition in London next year and I’m still gob smacked. I thought I’d forever be that awkward lanky girl, but it turns out that eventually everyone gets there, they get through what’s known as puberty and come out looking better than ever before. I guess in that way we’re like butterflies, although I wish I could use a different comparison as I’m deathly afraid of the creatures but it seems to be the only that fits right.

 

Buses are great

I am unashamedly obsessed with long bus rides. The majority of people I have met despise the contraptions as a) they’re always cramped b) the air con is too cold c) the drivers are rude and d) if you forget your headphones you’re stuck listening to the girl in the back seats tunes as she blasts one direction on repeat for the next hour.

Although bus rides can have there down sides I really do find them all together quite a relaxing experience. I use my time on the bus to reflect on the day, my goals for the future, how life is going at the moment and just take in the scenery. I go into the city weekly for work and I’m forever taken aback when I see the gorgeous view of the river when we cross the bridge pictured above. Unfortunately I don’t think anyone else notices things like this on the bus, they’re all too tuned out and focused inwardly.

Another thing I love about bus rides is the people watching. What better way to examine another persons character than to watch them sit cramped up awkwardly next to a complete stranger for a quarter of an hour. Sometimes it can be hilarious, and at other times I find it depressing to watch people. Most of the time the people on the bus look bored, tired and otherwise completely sick of the life they live and it makes me sad to see they don’t enjoy the serenity of the lovely chilled people mover like I do. On occasion I see odd people donning pajamas or a crazy outfit with utter pride and that makes me happy, they make me enjoy my trip even more.

Basically, I think the concept of public transport is genius. It’s serene (when small children aren’t on board) , gives you a great tour of the town you live in or a city nearby and it gives you some serious people watching time. Next time you catch public transport I dare you to strike up a conversation with a stranger that sits next to you or even in front of you, there are some interesting people out there and I wish I had the guts to give it a shot myself.

I hate myself because of the telly

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it most likely is considering all the people I see opposing the media constantly shaming the skinny ones and saying that the ideals of beauty are completely wrong in this day and age but I just don’t find the media offensive anymore.

I think I’ve just become numb to the influence of advertisements selling the latest skin care miracle and weight loss diet plan secret that no ones ever heard of because I am truly happy in my own skin. I know that’s not the case for the majority of teens as we’re all a bit sensitive when we’re just getting to realize who we are and who we want to become but I am an honest believer that in time everyone can learn to love who they are, what their body can do, and can learn to block out the negative influences from ads and mags.

I’m an aspiring model and the thing that gets me is that everyone is constantly worrying I’m going to start starving myself and banish cake from my life. Well firstly I have a fast metabolism so I am in no rush to do either and secondly I am much smarter than that. I am not about to wreck havoc on my beautiful bod just because I am going into a competition. Yes I’ll be eating more protein and veggies but there isn’t a way I’m giving up my bbq meatlovers pizza or the occasional bowl of cookies and cream ice-cream. All my life I’ve been told I’m anorexic, but has anyone asked me if I have a fear of gaining weight or of consuming food? No. The fact is I love food, and just because there are skinny models prancing down catwalks and posing seductively in editorial campaigns in the mags I read does not mean I am going to throw down my bowl of pasta because it will ‘make me fat’. It’s bullshit I tell you!

In short, listen to your body. Be kind to it. You only have one. Find things you love about it and if there are things you don’t nurture them and improve them so you will love them. I do pilates and HIIT because it makes me feel good inside and makes my legs look fabulous, not because the magazine models stare me down and force me to. And whatever you do, don’t you dare skip a chance to nourish your body with food because if you do it’ll just feel dreadful! Your body is your temple, your home, it is yours and always will be so make sure you care for it. No matter what anyone or anything tells you.

 

Grudge Worthy

Grrrr, ahhhh. Hello there I am the grudge nice to meet you. Not really, but yeah just excuse me while I eat your soul.

In all seriousness it’s coming up to Halloween which means serious horror movie marathons with my bestie and my boyfie. This makes me a very happy Mackayla. I absolutely adore the gore. I am unashamedly in love with all things chainsaw massacre, paranormal scariness and sci-fi creepy heeby-jeeby because well let’s face the facts I’m a horror movie junkie. Movies like Chucky, The Exorcist and even One Missed Call don’t satisfy my craving for the creeps. To be honest with you I just end up laughing in each of those movies because the plotline is so benign and ridiculously simple.

I like a movie that challenges me, leaves me freaking out and wanting more. If there’s a sequel even better. I love the ones that contain excessive amounts of blood, gore and have me covering my eyes but peeking through my fingers because I just can’t stop myself from watching.

One thing I must admit I’m terrible with is going to mass sleepovers and watching horrors as I tend to creep everyone out. I love watching The Grudge with my lighthearted friends who scream and get all uncomfy when I do the grudge walk, noise and eyes. I’m really quite evil, so here’s a tip for you guys : if you are easily given nightmares refrain from spending your Halloween night tucked up in bed next to me. Guaranteed you will wake up next to The Grudge eyes right next to your face, isn’t that a nice awakening.

- Mackayla, purrfash


Ella Yelich- O’Connor’s hair hides her secrets, and the phrase ‘only 16’ is beginning to wear thin, but despite the cliché newspaper articles attached to her, Ella, or Lorde as you may know her, has the freshest sound on the block.
Her latest album, Pure Heroine, was released in New Zealand last Friday, and the carefully curated selection of tracks further displays Lorde’s lyrical talent and abstractly refreshing way of writing about teenage mundanities that we were subject to on The Love Club EP. Songwriting has always been about making words come to life for Ella, and her poetic background has ensured she has an abundance of interesting themes and, for lack of a better word, ‘cool’ ways to explain them.
Pure Heroine relies heavily on Ella’s exquisitely husky vocals, backed by creative electronically generated beats. The background music doesn’t detract from Lorde’s singing at all, and in fact, enhances her unique style. The term electronic is often grouped with dance/pop, and although Pure Heroine is definitely radio friendly, the synths are more nostalgic than  typical party music. Royals and Tennis Court are on this album, but the majority of the tracks stray somewhat from the beaten pop track, Buzzcut Season and White Teeth Teens being two of those. These tracks have honed her way with words and original way of making pop not pop. Give them a listen and you’ll see what I mean.
The album in its entirety captures the bittersweet feeling of youth and yearning, the day to day life of a general teen, and how its not like the movies. There’s a sense of impoverished luxe, false glamour, intentionally conspicuous name-dropping, and boredom. It’s relatable and different, stripping back the distorted image of teenage years and leaving it raw. 
Pure Heroine is just as much of a story as an album, and the editing decisions, add to this work of art. Listen to the album on repeat, and you’ll pick up on the finer details, such as how the last track perfectly loops to the first track and how Ribs reverberates back and forward between headphones. It’s a carefully thought-out album, but isn’t trying to hard and stays true to Ella’s style. We’re on each other’s team.
My rating- 4.8/5- Exceptionally relatable, fresh, and another huge step up from The Love Club
Tracks to download- 400 Lux and Ribs
Find her her- lordemusic.tumblr.com for great inspiration and updates from Ella herself, or twitter.com/lordemusic for more incredibly strung together phrases that are just really exciting to read.
**Review and photo by Botanicalist for Teen Direct.

Ella Yelich- O’Connor’s hair hides her secrets, and the phrase ‘only 16’ is beginning to wear thin, but despite the cliché newspaper articles attached to her, Ella, or Lorde as you may know her, has the freshest sound on the block.

Her latest album, Pure Heroine, was released in New Zealand last Friday, and the carefully curated selection of tracks further displays Lorde’s lyrical talent and abstractly refreshing way of writing about teenage mundanities that we were subject to on The Love Club EP. Songwriting has always been about making words come to life for Ella, and her poetic background has ensured she has an abundance of interesting themes and, for lack of a better word, ‘cool’ ways to explain them.

Pure Heroine relies heavily on Ella’s exquisitely husky vocals, backed by creative electronically generated beats. The background music doesn’t detract from Lorde’s singing at all, and in fact, enhances her unique style. The term electronic is often grouped with dance/pop, and although Pure Heroine is definitely radio friendly, the synths are more nostalgic than  typical party music. Royals and Tennis Court are on this album, but the majority of the tracks stray somewhat from the beaten pop track, Buzzcut Season and White Teeth Teens being two of those. These tracks have honed her way with words and original way of making pop not pop. Give them a listen and you’ll see what I mean.

The album in its entirety captures the bittersweet feeling of youth and yearning, the day to day life of a general teen, and how its not like the movies. There’s a sense of impoverished luxe, false glamour, intentionally conspicuous name-dropping, and boredom. It’s relatable and different, stripping back the distorted image of teenage years and leaving it raw. 

Pure Heroine is just as much of a story as an album, and the editing decisions, add to this work of art. Listen to the album on repeat, and you’ll pick up on the finer details, such as how the last track perfectly loops to the first track and how Ribs reverberates back and forward between headphones. It’s a carefully thought-out album, but isn’t trying to hard and stays true to Ella’s style. We’re on each other’s team.

My rating- 4.8/5- Exceptionally relatable, fresh, and another huge step up from The Love Club

Tracks to download- 400 Lux and Ribs

Find her her- lordemusic.tumblr.com for great inspiration and updates from Ella herself, or twitter.com/lordemusic for more incredibly strung together phrases that are just really exciting to read.

**Review and photo by Botanicalist for Teen Direct.

Finding your style
A major factor in every girls life is what she wears and how she looks and compares to her peers, no matter what age she is. Keeping up the latest trends can be really expensive and a waste time as trends move quickly. I find that I need to buy clothes that are “timeless”, clothes that will never go out  of fashion. This is a very affordable way of shopping and you will still look fab.
Each decade has its own fashion. Lets take an example from the 90s. The Denim Jacket is something that will never go out of fashion as it is a basic piece of clothing that goes with everything and can be worn in all seasons. It is also a uni-sex piece of clothing so both men and women can wear and rock it ^.^
A bad example of timeless fashion are Windsor Smith shoes. They seem fashionable now but these shoes will only be in fashion for a little under a year. This isn’t very economically smart and isn’t environmentally friendly when your throwing out shoes. 
To find your style, you need to look at your interests, personality and body type and figure out what you will be comfortable in and what you will feel happy in and what will boost your self esteem. Body weight should not limit the amount of fashionable clothes that you can wear because 95% of lovely clothes are not skin tight. I have a high BMI but I can still look fabulous with a little bit of effort. 
Message me for further questions about good places to shop for trends and good clothes to buy and clothes to avoid. 

Finding your style

A major factor in every girls life is what she wears and how she looks and compares to her peers, no matter what age she is. Keeping up the latest trends can be really expensive and a waste time as trends move quickly. I find that I need to buy clothes that are “timeless”, clothes that will never go out  of fashion. This is a very affordable way of shopping and you will still look fab.

Each decade has its own fashion. Lets take an example from the 90s. The Denim Jacket is something that will never go out of fashion as it is a basic piece of clothing that goes with everything and can be worn in all seasons. It is also a uni-sex piece of clothing so both men and women can wear and rock it ^.^

A bad example of timeless fashion are Windsor Smith shoes. They seem fashionable now but these shoes will only be in fashion for a little under a year. This isn’t very economically smart and isn’t environmentally friendly when your throwing out shoes. 

To find your style, you need to look at your interests, personality and body type and figure out what you will be comfortable in and what you will feel happy in and what will boost your self esteem. Body weight should not limit the amount of fashionable clothes that you can wear because 95% of lovely clothes are not skin tight. I have a high BMI but I can still look fabulous with a little bit of effort. 

Message me for further questions about good places to shop for trends and good clothes to buy and clothes to avoid. 

How to: Be successful in school 



I am now entering my 12th and final year in school and by now I would think I know a few tips and tricks on how to be successful.
1. Agenda  Agenda, day planner, same difference. All you need is a portable place you can write down events, tests and homework. Only in grade eleven did I start carrying one around and it saved my life. I have a terrible memory and by being able to write down anything and everything I was able to keep track of things that I would normally put aside. You may also choose to use your phone, but having a separate unit forces you to get off Facebook and actually look at what you need to do. I also live for the personal satisfaction of crossing off a task.
TIP: Go to chapters or a place that sells stationary. If you find a nice planner it will be more likely you will use it.
2. Homework  If the teacher assigns homework to you and gives the last ten minutes to work on it, take advantage. That way if you forget your homework at least you have a few questions finished to show the teacher the next day.  Also, write down that you do have homework in your agenda. If you write it down its 100% more likely you will remember to bring it home.  Copying down your neighbors work will only get you so far because when it comes to the test you will not know what you are doing and your teacher will find out soon enough that you’ve been cheating. Trust me, I know.
3. Study Every test I haven’t studied for I have done terribly on. I never believed I had to study until I began to get 50-60% on tests and quizzes. Take 20-60 minutes the nights before a test to review information.  Math: do the chapter review or go over homework questions. Many teachers put questions from the homework on tests Science: Go over any formulas and if you have trouble with any do some questions. Get a family member to quiz you on scientists or theory’s.  Social: Have a friend make up questions for you. If you ask each other questions it is much more likely that you will absorb the information coming at you English: English is tricky but read over your notes and be sure to know any vocabulary that might appear. Read any books in advance. If you are to read To Kill a Mockingbird by October 22 be sure you have because Sparknotes is not the most reliable source. It’s a great place to review but will not help you with the character development of Jem.
4. Join a club  In grade nine I joined yearbook club. As lame as it sounds It was great having a team of people around you. Not only did I help create a yearbook but I also had a group of 8 people that I knew had my back. They were there every Tuesday to listen to my rants. There were also older kids so I was able to hear how to butter up to certain teachers and the best things to eat at the cafeteria. Being in yearbook for the past three years allowed me to come out of my shell and look at other clubs. In grade eleven I joined students union (student council). I worked hard all year and I tried my best to not miss meetings. I signed up for all the early morning and weekend jobs. My hard work and dedication was duly noticed and I was elected student union president for my grade twelve year.  Many people drop out of clubs and after school activities because they don’t like to waste their lunch hours or miss the 4 o’clock MTV special. Most clubs only gather once a week, so reschedule that subway lunch run for another day. Being apart of a club is fun especially if you find people that share similar interests. It’s also beneficial to put down on resumes and college applications.
TIP: Ask a friend to join you! My friend joined students union with me. We were at the school at 6am to flip pancakes and stayed after school to decorate for the dances. You will have much more fun If you have a friend with you and you guys can motivate each other to keep going to meetings
These four points may seem pretty lame but you must know they have only helped me out for the better. No one has ever made fun of me for carrying around a notebook or skipping out on lunch once a week. Besides, I still go out on a Saturday night because being on Yearbook doesn’t prohibit me from having fun.
Love, kkoka
How to: Be successful in school

I am now entering my 12th and final year in school and by now I would think I know a few tips and tricks on how to be successful.

1. Agenda
Agenda, day planner, same difference. All you need is a portable place you can write down events, tests and homework. Only in grade eleven did I start carrying one around and it saved my life. I have a terrible memory and by being able to write down anything and everything I was able to keep track of things that I would normally put aside. You may also choose to use your phone, but having a separate unit forces you to get off Facebook and actually look at what you need to do. I also live for the personal satisfaction of crossing off a task.

TIP: Go to chapters or a place that sells stationary. If you find a nice planner it will be more likely you will use it.

2. Homework
If the teacher assigns homework to you and gives the last ten minutes to work on it, take advantage. That way if you forget your homework at least you have a few questions finished to show the teacher the next day.
Also, write down that you do have homework in your agenda. If you write it down its 100% more likely you will remember to bring it home.
Copying down your neighbors work will only get you so far because when it comes to the test you will not know what you are doing and your teacher will find out soon enough that you’ve been cheating. Trust me, I know.

3. Study
Every test I haven’t studied for I have done terribly on. I never believed I had to study until I began to get 50-60% on tests and quizzes. Take 20-60 minutes the nights before a test to review information.
Math: do the chapter review or go over homework questions. Many teachers put questions from the homework on tests
Science: Go over any formulas and if you have trouble with any do some questions. Get a family member to quiz you on scientists or theory’s.
Social: Have a friend make up questions for you. If you ask each other questions it is much more likely that you will absorb the information coming at you
English: English is tricky but read over your notes and be sure to know any vocabulary that might appear. Read any books in advance. If you are to read To Kill a Mockingbird by October 22 be sure you have because Sparknotes is not the most reliable source. It’s a great place to review but will not help you with the character development of Jem.

4. Join a club
In grade nine I joined yearbook club. As lame as it sounds It was great having a team of people around you. Not only did I help create a yearbook but I also had a group of 8 people that I knew had my back. They were there every Tuesday to listen to my rants. There were also older kids so I was able to hear how to butter up to certain teachers and the best things to eat at the cafeteria. Being in yearbook for the past three years allowed me to come out of my shell and look at other clubs. In grade eleven I joined students union (student council). I worked hard all year and I tried my best to not miss meetings. I signed up for all the early morning and weekend jobs. My hard work and dedication was duly noticed and I was elected student union president for my grade twelve year.
Many people drop out of clubs and after school activities because they don’t like to waste their lunch hours or miss the 4 o’clock MTV special. Most clubs only gather once a week, so reschedule that subway lunch run for another day. Being apart of a club is fun especially if you find people that share similar interests. It’s also beneficial to put down on resumes and college applications.

TIP: Ask a friend to join you! My friend joined students union with me. We were at the school at 6am to flip pancakes and stayed after school to decorate for the dances. You will have much more fun If you have a friend with you and you guys can motivate each other to keep going to meetings

These four points may seem pretty lame but you must know they have only helped me out for the better. No one has ever made fun of me for carrying around a notebook or skipping out on lunch once a week. Besides, I still go out on a Saturday night because being on Yearbook doesn’t prohibit me from having fun.

Love, kkoka

Spring Playlist!
To get you pumped for Spring I have compiled a bunch of tunes that remind me of this awesome season. Have a listen and get inspired, Spring 13’ is going to be the best one yet. Check out the playlist on Spotify here. 


1.     Mushaboom – Feist2.     Pumpin Blood – NONONO3.     Lovesick – Peace4.     On & On – Illy5.     Here Comes the Sun – Yuna version6.     Don’t You Think Its Time – Bob Evans7.     I Found Out – The Pigeon Detectives8.     Fall At Your Feet – Boy & Bear9.     Pictures – Sneaky Sound System10. In The Morning – The Coral11. Little Secrets – Passion Pit12. Act Your Age – Bliss n Eso13. Something I Need – One Republic14. Fred Astaire – San Cisco15. Daylight – Matt and Kim
Love, florisa

Spring Playlist!

To get you pumped for Spring I have compiled a bunch of tunes that remind me of this awesome season. Have a listen and get inspired, Spring 13’ is going to be the best one yet. Check out the playlist on Spotify here


1.     Mushaboom – Feist
2.     Pumpin Blood – NONONO
3.     Lovesick – Peace
4.     On & On – Illy
5.     Here Comes the Sun – Yuna version
6.     Don’t You Think Its Time – Bob Evans
7.     I Found Out – The Pigeon Detectives
8.     Fall At Your Feet – Boy & Bear
9.     Pictures – Sneaky Sound System
10. In The Morning – The Coral
11. Little Secrets – Passion Pit
12. Act Your Age – Bliss n Eso
13. Something I Need – One Republic
14. Fred Astaire – San Cisco
15. Daylight – Matt and Kim

Love, florisa


On the Fear of Falling, Part 2
At first the warmth will be welcomed with open ribs,  The slender bones parting themselves to absorb the heat,  The richest slice of flesh beating and pumping in ecstasy as the adoration embraces it.  But like bathwater you thought was of a flawless temperature, it reveals itself as too hot for the heart to handle, And you will break your own hands at your panicked attempts to rip it out, The pale on your fingertips peeling away as you burn,  First the inside Then the outer bits,  Smiles with flames curling up at the sides and hair flickering away, The strands and skin once coated in love now arranging themselves in a pile of ashes that looks like I once did.  The bath water becomes murky and finally cools over your naked pile of bones, The bows of your skin yanked away from the present.
- Gambiance

On the Fear of Falling, Part 2

At first the warmth will be welcomed with open ribs,
The slender bones parting themselves to absorb the heat,
The richest slice of flesh beating and pumping in ecstasy as the adoration embraces it.
But like bathwater you thought was of a flawless temperature, it reveals itself as too hot for the heart to handle,
And you will break your own hands at your panicked attempts to rip it out,
The pale on your fingertips peeling away as you burn,
First the inside
Then the outer bits,
Smiles with flames curling up at the sides and hair flickering away,
The strands and skin once coated in love now arranging themselves in a pile of ashes that looks like I once did.
The bath water becomes murky and finally cools over your naked pile of bones,
The bows of your skin yanked away from the present.

Gambiance