‘According to a Source’ by Abby Stern Book Review

Even before you start Chapter 1 of According to a Source by Abby Stern, you get a sense of what’s to come with the opening quotes. One of the quotes, in particular, is by the late Carrie Fisher: “You can’t find any true closeness in Hollywood because everybody does the fake closeness so well.” I had these words in mind while reading the pages that followed and it really cemented the theme for the rest of the book. The narrator, Ella Warren, is an undercover freelance reporter for the popular celebrity news magazine The Life and spends her nights scouring nightclubs and exclusive restaurants…

An Introduction to Teel Yes

One year ago when I was speaking on a fashion panel in New York City, a young woman sat in the audience with an idea brewing. She wanted to create her own jewelry company but wasn’t sure if she was ready to quit her day job to pursue her passion. However, after listening to our panel discuss how we got started in the industry and how we all took a chance to get to where we are today, she decided she was going to try. That young woman is now one of the founders of Teel Yes, and yesterday she invited…

The Beauty Within: RealHer

At Cliché Magazine, I’m always getting introduced to new beauty brands and new products, but not many brands have left an impression on me as well as RealHer. While most brands focus on enhancing your outer beauty, RealHer’s philosophy stems from confidence on the inside. Empowering phrases are stamped across their lip gloss tubes and makeup brushes; “I Am Beautiful” and “I Am A Queen” are confidence-boosting, while “I Am The Storm” and “I Decide My Own Destiny” strike another welcome chord. When I read those phrases, my face lit up, and I could truly understand that feeling beautiful was the first step…

A Sunday Detox with Cosmedix

From my experience, you either love Sundays or you hate them. I’m a part of the former; I think Sundays are the perfect day of the week to sleep in, relax, and get in some serious, much-deserved self care. One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday is pamper myself, and that includes taking care of my skin. While I tend to reach for L’Oreal’s pure clay masks to get the job down, this time, I tried Cosmedix’s Detox Activated Charcoal Mask–and I was impressed. The cruelty-free skincare brand first caught my attention by its pretty packaging, but…

Journal Entries

Below is an alphabetized collection of personal writing from my own handwritten journals. Although some entries may involve dreams, they are all works of nonfiction, are my own personal experiences, and are very dear to my heart. The entries are sorted into 5 different categories: Him (entries about guys), Her (entries about girls), Me (entries about me), Collections (smaller journal entries that follow a theme), and Essays (lengthy journal entries). My favorite entries have asterisks (*) next to them, in case you don’t know where to start. I hope you enjoy. Table of Contents

Less Is More: Aug/Sept 2017 Ed Letter

I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with summer. The child in me loves the carefree adventures that only summer brings, but as a fashion and beauty enthusiast, I can’t say it’s my favorite season when it comes to style. I had that in mind while brainstorming content for this issue of Cliché Magazine: what the heck am I supposed to wear when it’s 90 degrees? I’m the kind of girl who loves to layer: jackets, sweaters, and even jewelry. So when it’s over 80 degrees, most of my creativity goes out the window. When it’s almost unbearable…

The Golden Ratio

A few weeks ago while I was playing Persona 5, a test question popped up about the golden ratio. Being the English major and vocal Math-despiser that I am, I got this question wrong, but in turn learned something I probably forgot from high school: there is a formula for creating aesthetically pleasing designs. Now, I’m no mathematician, but when I spotted this yellow romper on Tobi’s website shortly after playing that night, the golden ratio popped into my mind—not just because of the color, obviously, but because it looked perfect to me. It was appropriately geometric: the deep v that dropped down…