Monday, December 12, 2016

two days in London


Spending two days in London? Or just making a quick trip in the land of fish n chips and tea? In this post, i'm breaking down my best tips and worst mistakes made. 
(So that you don't have to).


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"walking through new york"

I had a big creative assignment in one of my classes this semester. The assignment was to act like a "flaneur" and write about New York City. "Flaneur" is a French term used to describe idlers, or wanderers. In 18th century Paris, this was a way of life for Parisians (and still is). Writers and artists would wander the streets for inspiration and pure observation. My piece is a poetic story.

This is what I came up with.

“Walking through New York” 
-a story of the city in autumn

It’s funny how different a city can look when you walk through it alone in autumn.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

writing for readers 1. old books


note:
i have this wonderful friend who is just as obsessed with poetry as i am. we often text each other randomly to occasionally discuss creativity, poetry, writing, and of course new revelations in our lives. in our last texting conversation, my friend brought up my blog, and she asked about giving me a topic to write about. and i thought the idea of readers requesting topics for me to write about was a great idea! its a win-win really. i get instant inspiration, and readers get something personalized to read. so i am opening up my blog email (which you can find in the contact area of my blog), as a way for you all to request topics for me to write about. 
the first topic is: old books.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Pieces of Paris Part 2

I still find myself going back to Paris and reminiscing on it. Its one of those places that I can't believe  I have actually been to. It was a dream before I went, it was a dream while I went, and it remains a dream even though the pictures prove that I was there and it did happen. And when Paris was happening, I knew I had to capture every moment. I filmed, I wrote, and I snapped pictures on practically every corner. Doing all of this made it even more real to me. It made me grounded in the sounds, sights, and smells that surround and embody the city of brilliant lights. This post continues on with my Paris photo diary, along with the thoughts that bring them all together. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope this little post takes you miles away to a place that really is as beautiful as a dream.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pieces of Paris (part 1)

I've been trying to figure out how to write everything down that has inspired me lately. The truth is, it's an overwhelming and extremely difficult task to have all of this material and not know where to begin the creative process. I have seen so much in these past months. In two weeks, I traveled to three different countries and saw three major foreign cities. I flew to fashion capitals and took trains to rugged villages. And ever since I have returned, people have asked me what the best part was. What was the most beautiful  place. And I have no clear answer. Every sidewalk held its own grace, every stoop had its own story. And the collection of each place was just as beautiful as the next. But I think that what makes a place beautiful is how you choose to walk around in it. Everyone sees a place differently, but to really see the beauty of a place, you have to become a part of it. You have to forget that you are only a visitor. Because when you feel like you belong there, then the whole world becomes your home. And as a traveler that is the most freeing feeling I've ever experienced. But I still didn't know how to write it all down. All of this inspiration was just coming at me, and what resulted was scribbles of lyrics and sonnets and journal entries. I don't really know what to call these pieces of writings, because they are all  really pieces of moments from all of these beautiful places. Some were written on trains between countries, some were written in a Parisian flat, and others were thought off along ocean cliffs. To begin, here are some pieces of Paris, along with a little video accompaniment.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Venice

Venice is a painting. Constantly being brushed upon by the eyes of those who see it as it really is.
It is a reflection, a song, a dreamland. 
But the best thing about Venice is not in it's canals or lonely streets. 
The best part, is letting those canals and those streets carry you away for a little while,
letting it lull you under it's quiet song,
and take you away through its fleeting dreams. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

WHY FASHION MAKES ME SAD

We should be asking questions.
Simple questions.
Where does this fabric come from?
Who made these jeans I am wearing?
Is that person ok?




This might sound melodramatic to some of you out there, but fashion has always been a part of my life. The whole idea of putting together items of clothing, getting to know fabrics, becoming familiar with the art of clothing (through learning how to sew and appreciating that art)- just makes me really happy. Call it a hobby. For some, watching football while eating chips and drinking certain beverages is a hobby. For me, going through my closet and putting the pieces together to make something pretty is a hobby.

Because I have a certain fondness for clothes, I am also particularly familiar with this thing called shopping. When quality clothes are too pricey (which is 99 percent of the time), I know where to go to get pretty things without breaking the bank, and i'm sure that all of you fashion and budget conscious people out there know of these places too. Other than the sometimes wonderful sale section of my favorite clothing store (Anthropologie) (cough cough), when I need a certain clothing item, I find myself at stores that have a large variety and small price tags. Most people do. It's ok, this is a blog. Let's be honest here.

So some stores that seem great for variety and price are Forever 21 (don't sue me), H&M (who is hopefully not reading), and basically every other brand that has mannequins that change every other day and a lot of stuff in their stores. Up until two weeks ago, I thought these stores were great and convenient and actually reasonably priced!

Fast forward to today, where I am saying that I aim to never buy an item from stores like this again.



I recently got the two month free Netflix thing, and I sort of have this guilty pleasure that includes watching a ton of documentaries, so you can only imagine how crazy I was going watching documentaries. Anyway, I stumbled across this documentary called The True Cost, and seeing that it was about the fashion industry, I excitedly pushed the play button.

Warning: After watching this documentary you will never be able to step inside your "favorite" stores again without feeling some sort of sadness and guilt.

The truth is that a ten dollar shirt is not a normal shirt.
There's more that goes into clothes.
More love
More quality
More care.
And yet, here we are.
Standing in front of a clothes rack.
Where everything is on sale all the time.

 I am not the sort of person who is ok with unknowingly contributing directly to the harmful conditions of fellow humans.
Unfortunately, until seeing this documentary, I was never really aware of the reality behind the little printed made in (foreign country) tag that is so common on almost every item in major retail stores. Before I reveal these realities that penetrate almost every popular clothing store, here is some info about the fashion industry in today's age.

Two words: FAST FASHION

This is the golden rule for major fashion retail brands. We live in a society where fashion changes EVERY DAY. Some people actually attempt to keep up with these "trends". The result are major retail stores that get thousands of new clothes in every day and throw thousands of "yesterdays" clothes away every other day. This concept is almost hard to grasp because it seems so unreal, and yet, this is reality. You may be thinking "ok, so sadly these clothes are being thrown away in extremely large numbers and being put in landfills all while releasing harmful toxins into the air, but there is no direct link to any actual human beings being hurt by me buying a shirt."
Wrong.

The documentary follows a textile factory worker in Bangladesh who gets barely enough money to eat, but goes to work in a factory because it is her only option. In the factory, she is taking in harmful chemicals from the rapidly produced fabrics and the factory itself  is at risk of collapse. Thousands of people in a nearby factory have already died because their factory did collapse. Hundreds die taking in the harmful chemicals given off and many people in the area are born with defects and deformities as a result. These are the factories that produce goods for the stores that are across our streets and in our malls. This is the reality behind the mannequins of H&M and Forever21 and many other retail stores.

After watching the video and shedding many tears, I rushed up to my closet to face the inevitable. I read the labels. Made in Bangladesh. Made in China. Made in India.

My heart sunk.

I looked at my Anthropologie pieces for some hope. My favorite homey, quirky, great-smelling store.
Made in Indonesia.

After watching this video and pulling myself together, I realized that I actually learned a lot of things. I learned that even cotton is being produced in a harmful way and that there is a big difference between simple "cotton" and "organic cotton".  I learned that fashion is the second most polluting industry after oil. I also learned that there is a big price that people in another part of the world are paying for my pair of $8.50 slacks. I learned that as a customer, and not a consumer, I can decide where I buy my clothes and I deserve to know everything about that product. Nothing should be hidden. Thankfully, there are fair trade fashion brands out there that answer all of the simple questions shoppers should ask and provide quality clothing that pays attention to the people who make it.

In the future, I plan to make guilt-free fashion choices and wear clothes that are not made in ways that endanger another person's life. Will I step into a retail store again? Probably. Will I see the stores the same way and buy things more easily? No. Because no clothing item is worth the price of inhumanity.

"I don't want anyone wearing anything,
which is produced by our blood."
-Shima Akhter (Bangladesh Garment Factory Worker)


with the hope of sharing this information and my experiences in the most honest way possible,
Angelica.




all text other than Shima Akhter's quote from The True Cost was written by Angelica owner of angelicasallegories