It Starts with Us

    I am seventeen years old. I work for my own money at a part-time job as a server. If I need clothes, the clearance section is the only place my means allow me to shop. In fact, after a good few months, I went this past weekend. I bought a dress, two shirts, and two pairs of leggings from Forever 21. My bill was $17.49. How much money went into the production of this? How much did the 3 trillion dollar fashion industry profit from my purchase?

    I do not care about any of these questions. Knowing these answers will not benefit me. However, that is not where the questions stop. What was The True Cost of my clothes? The tags all say it “Made in Bangladesh,” my country. I used to feel a sense of happiness. Yes! My people will also, one day, live the way I live. With the economy running and so many people employed, there is no way Bangladesh will remain undeveloped.

   That is not the case. People are working at buildings with cracked foundations to go home to their disabled children because of the use of pesticides in the cotton. The amount of money I make in a month is not fathomable to so many people in my country. One thousand people should not die because a building collapsed. I bought $17.49 worth of clothes. I am wearing one of those items as I write this. I too played into the system where only a few pennies of my purchase went to those who made it.

   Now it’s our turn, no matter how small, to make small changes. I can’t afford high-end brands, maybe no even fair-trade clothes, but I can go thrift shopping more. I can consume less. The most important thing to do is to remain aware and let others become aware. I found two articles that give an insight into a world I was blind of. Please do take a look. People are worth more than getting crushed under sweatshops, and it all starts with us.

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“The ethical fashion industry can’t forget about women of color in the U.S.” https://hellogiggles.com/fashion/clothing/ethical-fashion-industry-women-of-color/

“I’m An Anti-Sweatshop Protester — Here’s Why I Wear Fast Fashion”

http://www.refinery29.uk/2015/04/188382/rana-plaza-boycotts-dont-work

The True Cost Trailer

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Kylie Jenner’s Holiday Makeup Launch

Kylie Jenner will be releasing a new make line called the Silver Series just in time for the holidays. Even though she came out with the Naughty or Nice palette in November  for the holidays she had more surprises in store. Her new Silver Series features 30 different concealers for various skin colors even though many people are saying that her idea came from Fenty Rihanna’s makeup line. Her shades differ from ” fair to deep dark”.  Her holiday line  also features 20 brand new lipsticks highly pigmented and “hydrating with a creamy satin finish”. There will be many different shades such as peachy Sherbet,  and Fiery Pomegrante. But what’s causes the most controversy is her new makeup brushes. Kylie plans to release a 16 piece make brush. These brushes offer a variety of sleek looking brushes but many blogs, and fans have taken to social media to express there opinions on the pricing. Kylie’s brushes cost 360 for the set. But prices vary depending on purchasing them separately. You can find all of these products on Kylie’s Cosmetics on December 13.

Written By: MS5

 

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Tennis Fashion Is The New Trend This Summer

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Fashion trends have been on a wide spectrum over the couple of years.  But now it seems like the next fashion trend may be coming from a unlikely place. Atheisure is a  fashion trend in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities. But it’s moved past the leggings , and sports-bra mentality.  Now brands are moving into a new phase and Tennis seems to be who they are tailoring too.  Outdoor voices  just debuted its first-ever tennis collection a project that founder and CEO Tyler Haney says has been in the works for about 14 months. Outdoor Voices’ entrance  into tennis apparel comes hot on the heels of another tennis-adjacent milestone for the brand the introduction of the Exercise dress. At the core of both this garment and its tennis collection is a fascination with the A-line silhouette which Haney believes is at the root of sport’s recent come-up in summer fashion trends: There’s “an ease” to that style that translates “on all different body types,” she says, which makes it an appealing canvas for a designer.

The sport’s relationship to fashion isn’t exactly new.  Serena Willams  just launched her first-ever solo clothing label, which has sporty undertones but isn’t overtly tennis-related. But it seems to be particularly present  for the summer shopper. If you are inserted in adding any of these new trends to you closet you can head to OutDoor Voice.com.

 Written by: MS5

Fashion Nova For Men is Here!!

As we know Fashion Nova is the fastest growing women apparel company with over 10 million followers on Instagram. The affordable retailer is known for selling form- fitting dresses, waist-fitting jeans, and crop tops in every single color imaginable.Celebrities like Cardi B, Kylie Jenner and Amber Rose have been seen rocking Fashion nova. In April the brand tweeted out an announcement that it will be releasing a Men’s clothing line, and after secretly dropping an Instagram page for Fashion Nova Men.

The men collection includes includes streetwear-inspired pieces like hoodies, sweatpants, denim, T-shirts and more. So be ready on June 12th to see the fellas Stunt for the ‘gram!!!!

 

~SF

The Death of Kate Spade

On June 5th, 2018 the body of Designer Kate Spade was found dead in her NYC home. The death was caused by an apparent Suicide (Hanging). Friends and family say there were no signs or indications that anything would lead to this. She was loved and known by many. Now we all mourn her death and wonder what is to come of the company she left behind, Kate Spade.

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Kate Spade was a designer who started Kate Spade New York in 1993. She distanced herself from the business over time, running it with her husband and making it a family business. Kate Spade was known for her colorful handbags and phone cases.

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED

In 2018, it’s very brave to post an Instagram picture without editing it at all. With all the editing apps and filters people buy, it sometimes leaves everyone thinking if they should up their game on their posts. Don’t worry though, because if you want to improve your feed, here are some easy tips!

CHOOSE A THEME

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Now when comparing, which Instagram is more appealing and more put together? You guessed it, it’s @aspynovards! Having a theme gets more attention to your followers and it also receives more likes!

2. UNUM

unum Unum is an app that helps you make the feed that you aspire. The app shows you when it’s the best time to post based on your followers. It also helps you create the feed you want before you actually post it.

 

It’s really that easy and simple! Now you can choose what theme you want, maybe more of a dark and calming feed, or something that screams joy and is colorful. It’s all up to you!

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Dote: The Latest in Online Shopping

You’ve heard of shopping online, but have you ever used and app custom to your shopping wishes? Welcome to the world of Dote. Dote is an online shopping app which suggests items based on stores users like and frequently visit. Dote, featured in Vogue and Teen  Vogue, has 5 tabs. In these tabs, users can see the latest trends, their feed, account and shop. Some items sold on the app are clothing, jewelry, home decor and beauty products. For those on a tight budget, Dote offers a “Deals” section which includes items from stores frequently visited by the user. Users can also purchase items through the app with free shipping. Dote is a personalized shopping experience as it tailors to each users likes and dislikes and offers easy in-app purchases.

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Summer Fun

As the pool opened during this Memorial Day weekend, it’s starting to feel a little bit like summer. We’re getting nearer and nearer to the last day of school. It’s almost time to sit back, relax, and enjoy. Summer is the time to have fun , explore, and try out new things. Don’t have any idea on what to do this summer? No worries, I got you covered. My goal is to make your Summer 2018 a memorable one and one for the books.

  • Have a picnic at a park
  • Go to the Zoo
  • Outdoor Movie
  • Go Thrift Shopping
  • Visit an Art Museum
  • Try out a new Food Place
  • Grab frozen yogurt w/ some friends
  • Plan a Pool Party
  • Work/volunteer
  • Go to the Gym
  • Go on a Run
  • Have a Spa Day
  • Get your nails done
  • Go to an Amusement Park
  • Do some yoga
  • Go on a Road Trip
  • Go to a different country or state
  • Go to a Concert
  • Catch up on some shows
  • Dress Up & Take Cute Pictures
  • Take some polaroids
  • Make a Campfire
  • DIY some items
  • Go on a late night adventure
  • Watch a sunset
  • Learn a new language or recipe

These were some possible ideas that you could do this summer, if you think of something else just do it!! Whoever is reading this, it’s your time to glow, this is your time to treat yourself and enjoy life, to become a better you.

I hope everyone has a fun summer. AA 4

New Season, New Emotions

May 18th was the day that many people anxiously anticipated for. This was the announced release date for the new season of the popular original Netflix series to come out, 13 Reasons Why. Executively produced by singer Selena Gomez, this show is intended to bring awareness about serious and life changing issues of the world, specifically teenagers. This fictional show including topics such as suicide, depression and abuse in the school environment, and ways you should cope with it.  The new season recently stirred up a lot of backlash, and mixed emotions pertaining to the way they executed these topics to the public. Many people say the producers began to dramatize and glamorize the idea of depression, and also created the show to be a little too vulgar. The producers of the show did not hold back on including many harsh and triggering scenes, especially in their last episode. Although they gave a warning in the beginning of the season, the public say that this was not enough. Even though they received all this negative feedback, it became one of the most popular Netflix original series. -GF 2jkj