Tuesday, June 28, 2016

20Kgs Until My 25th Birthday #20to25Challenge!

2010 Armenia, those jeans obviously don't fit anymore :P

You know when you get that "how did this happen" feeling? That's how I feel right now. 
What am I talking about? My weight. 

The most sensitive subject which I try to avoid talking about at all times, especially so openly on a public space like the internet. It's scary. But you know what? Fuck it, let's do this. 
I've toyed with the idea of doing this for the longest time, and I've always chickened out. I guess I didn't want to venture out of my comfort zone and expose my "vulnerable" side. I also didn't want to deviate away from the topics I usually write about on this thing, but since I've pretty much documented my weight gain on this thing (just go back to the archives), it would be nice to also document my weight loss. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Quest For the PERFECT Travel Handbag

When it comes to the list of things I like to buy, shoes are obviously on top but I also like to throw my money at Zara in exchange for pretty handbags quiet often. I've spent a ton of money to purchase a certain of number of handbags that I do not need, and honestly every time I buy a handbag I feel like "yes this is the one" but it ends up being a fling of a couple of months until I get bored... kind of like how it is when it comes to the love life but that's a story for another day. I've been on the quest to find the perfect travel bag every since I started purchasing my own clothing (so a good amount of time). I can picture all the things that this ideal handbag needs to have, I can picture the way it looks, but I haven't been able to find it in real life (at least one within my budget). This handbag needs to be spacious enough for me to carry my laptop, makeup bag, a notebook, a book, headphones, keys, wallet, my glasses, and pretty much all the other random things that like to make their way into my handbags. It also needs to have a good number of compartments so that things don't end up a mess in there. It needs to zip up completely so that nothing falls out since I'm a clumsy person (not in that "hehe I'm so clumsy" cute girl kind of way, legit Jenga towers falling all around me clumsy). The final three things I also would like: a comfortable handle which won't dig into my shoulders while carrying my life around, a zipper pocket on the outside of the bag AND it must be sturdy enough to handle my abuse. All this while still being aesthetically pleasing so that I can take a cute Instagram picture with my luggage, IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK? I've been stalking asos, Zara, Forever 21, Stradivarius, Bershka, Mango, Aldo, and *insert whatever name store* for a long time, and I still haven't been able to find what I'm looking for. I've been using my black H&M tote for the past couple of years and it has been doing the job fine, but my buddy's getting old and I'm scared that I might kill it if I over stuff it. If you have any suggestions, or if you also face the same struggle as me, do let me know!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Travel Diary: My Weekend In Windy Tripoli

A weekend getaway in Lebanon had been on my bucket list for quite sometime. After several failed attempts of making a little trip to Tyre or Amchit happen last summer with some friends, I concluded that such a trip would not be happening anytime soon. Little did I know that a couple of months after my failed summer master plan, I would be given the opportunity to have a fantastic getaway but to a city which I never thought I'd go to for such a purpose, Tripoli, or should I say "Tro-bles". When I received a phone call about this trip, I honestly laughed at the idea, "me? Tripoli? Why would I go to Tripoli?" was my initial thought, but boy was I wrong to judge the city in that way. Before I sound like a complete ignorant Beiruti, let me take a step back and explain my initial thought process. Before this weekend, I had been to Tripoli only on two occasions. The first was in 2009, when my cousin came from a visit from Los Angeles and my mother gave her a grand tour of the country. It was a very fun day trip filled with boat rides and yummy sweets, all-in-all a very "family friendly" outing. The second time I was in Tripoli, it wasn't even a proper visit, just a transit on my way to Aleppo by bus. Oh how times have changed. When people talk about Tripoli nowadays, at least the people that I run into, it's usually not in a nice way. It's almost always about shootings and fundamentalists, and never about the lovely seaside and all the interesting things the city has to offer. Thanks to the lovely people at the Via Mina Hotel, I got to see that the reality is far from the stigma associated with Lebanon's second largest city. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Barbie Has a New Body and I Love It!

Toys are usually not a topic I tend to cover on my blog, but after hearing this news I was inspired to write a couple of words on the subject. Barbie has finally released a new range of Barbie dolls that feature three new body types (petite, curvy, tall), seven new skin tones, and a variety of face shapes and hair colors. It's a big move for a company that has probably inspired a shit-ton of body image issues for girls around the world. 

Growing up, I owned many Barbie dolls and I LOVED playing with all of them. Especially my special edition Christmas Barbie and the Barbie that came with her own locker and backpack... I forgot her name. As a chubby bunny, I was always in awe of Barbie's body and thought that that's what I would look like when I grow up (even though no one around me really looked like that). I wanted blonde hair just like Barbie, and my cousin Talin (who preferred the brunette Teresa doll) would make fun of me for saying that out loud. As I grew older, I realized that it was an unattainable idealistic standard and that even if I really wanted to look like Barbie, I could never in fact look like her. I grew up at a time when the internet was just coming around, most kids did not get a mobile phone the second they learned how to read (or just breath). Magazines were filled with skinny models, but I never read them unless they had a poster of a band/singer I liked. Topics covered on kids shows were very relatable and "wholesome". Do you guys remember Lizzie McGuire and Boy Meets World? They were the best! I feel like times have drastically changed though in just a couple of years. Kids and tweens aren't as "innocent" as they used to be, which is a good and bad thing at the same time, but I want to focus on the bad part for a second. 

Being a kid (a term I'm going to use to refer to people under the age of 20) is hard, everything is confusing and you're insecure as fuck. Most of these insecurities come from messages a kid is exposed to throughout life from their surroundings and the media. When most of these messages keep saying the same thing, it's not far fetched for a kid to develop a certain mindset and think that he or she needs to be exactly like that message in order to be accepted and "normal". As you grow older the insecurities start to fade away, but some parts still linger and this honestly impairs your life. Who are these message makers to make you feel like shit? Who are they to say you're not pretty enough or skinny enough or tall enough or blonde enough? They're no one. They too are insecure idiots just like the rest of us, but they like to exploit insecurities for profit. Companies have been criticized for a while, Barbie and Mattel in specific, to stop manufacturing products that reaffirm insecurities. It's not acceptable for a 10-year-old to think about nose jobs and diets instead of school and fun! It's refreshing to see these companies finally adapt their products to represent a more diverse range of people in the world who have a diverse range of bodies that go beyond the stick-thin, big-boobed blondies. Could this be a marketing move by the company and not an actual step to show that "they care", possibly. That's business. The bottom line is making money for corporations and multinationals, there's nothing new there. Honestly though, who cares. Whatever their motives are, I'm happy that little girls can have Barbie dolls that look more like them. That they won't want to become blonde "just like Barbie" when they grow up. If they do want to become blonde, it would be because they just want to experiment with their hair color. Will this move by Barbie end eating disorders and stop all little girls from having any insecurities? Probably not, but it is a major move to help balance things out, and I really appreciate it. 

Thanks to an infinite amount of genetic combinations and evolution, we all come in a bunch of different shapes, sizes and colors. It's such an awesome thing! Why do so many of us spend most of our lives trying to change the things that make us, US? It's time to learn to be more accepting and to start redefining the crazy standards set on young and impressionable minds.  

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