How To Write A How-To Article

How To Create The Best How-To Article And Use It To Nail Your Next Writing Assignment

The perfect how to on "how-to."

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Finding an idea to write an article on can be hard work. For one thing, there are so many subjects to write about: politics, religion, love, friends, family, nature, and more. Once you find a topic, the hunt for a more specific idea seems simpler. However, if finding an article idea is still too much, writing a "how-to" article can be a great way to combat writer's block. Sometimes I even approach the start of class assignments as if I am writing a how-to article. Doing so helps me organize my ideas in a way that will support my thesis. The how-to article is a great general outline for any writing assignment because it forces you not only to define your claim but to then explain it in simple terms of how.

When writing a how-to, you must first choose what needs to be explained and answer questions like "Who is the audience for this piece?" Figuring out these questions will not only create an even more narrow idea of the article's topic but will help you to cater your writing to the chosen audience.

After the topic and target audience have been chosen, figure out a few of the most important things in your topic to point out. For example, if you are talking about creating a garden, what are the most important aspects of this? Color scheme? Soil types? Weather conditions? Season? This will allow the reader to be able to find the most pertinent information. Otherwise, the article can feel like digging through a textbook.

After this, simply follow your outline of key ideas and explain why they are necessary for your topic! How-to articles can lead to a great final product or act as a brainstorming session that will lead to a more immersive topic idea. They are highly beneficial for any writing assignment you may be having difficulty starting, or even if you are struggling to get past a thesis statement. Thinking of things in terms of "how to" definitely boosts ideas and concepts that can further develop an article or paper, or it may just turn into an article on how to do something specific!

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How To Dress Like A Minimalist 101

Your guide to being and dressing like the ultimate minimalist; less is more!​
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Is black and white your go-to outfit? Are blank walls and plants your interior design aesthetic? Do small details intrigue you?

This is your guide to being and dressing like the ultimate minimalist; an article that I have been wanting to create for a long time, hence the reason why it's so long #SorryNotSorry.

Minimalism is a term used to describe a type of aesthetic with very little, limited details, pieces, and forms. It is a design concept that is symbolized in various types of art from fashion to photography, music, interior design, and literal art itself. Sometimes it can be interpreted as plain and/or dull, but to my eyes, it is proof that simplicity is beauty.

As well as being an aesthetic, minimalism is also a complete lifestyle. It is someone that believes in the idea of "less is more." Someone that doesn't need a million things to be satisfied, but can instead live off of a limited amount of things to be happy and successful. It is about appreciating what's most significant in life rather than little, unimportant, materialistic things. Many religions preach ideas of minimalism, including my own. Although I cannot say that I am a true minimalist yet, it is definitely something I believe in and am working towards fully becoming in my life.

Now that you know the backdrop of minimalism, you can dress like a minimalist with the proper values in mind! Minimalist fashion is definitely one of my favorite types of styles. It's just such a classy, polished, but also expressive and chill look. Here are 10 ways to dress like a minimalist!

1. Don't be afraid to skip the jeans for some dressy/loose pants (although boyfriend/mom jeans are an exception)!

A girly approach to dress pants!

Culottes like these two pictures above are so in right now and I'm in love with them !!

2. Jewelry: Go dainty or go home (including watches)!


3. For accessories other than jewelry, it's all about the details!

Belts

Handbags/Bookbags/Satchels

Minimal fashion is all about shape, especially with bags!

Small bookbags are my personal fave!

Glasses

Hats/Fedoras

4. Long cardigans, long coats, long anything!

5. Snag some inspo from workwear/office pieces!

Like the fashion nerd I am, I lowkey stare at men/women going to work on the subway for some morning minimal inspiration. So if your aunt wears a blazer and takes the train to work, chances are I am staring at her on the subway (I'll tell her you said hi). Anyway, you don't need an app or even this article to see minimalist fashion. It is probably literally in front of you, stepping on your shoes in a cramped subway car at 8 in the morning.

Pair a blazer with a classic white tee, loose jeans, and your favorite sneakers for that chill-cool look.

6. Ditch the crop tops and bodysuits for loose, modest, and comfy clothes!

Who said you have to show skin to be beautiful?

7. Grab some pieces from the guy in your life's closet!

Men's fashion is immensely incorporated into women's minimal fashion. So don't be shy when you steal your brother's, dad's, or boyfriend/husband's clothes!

8. Limit your color palette to very basic, neutral hues!

Personally, dressing in at the least amount of color is the hardest part of minimalist fashion to apply. I usually dress in dark Fall/Autumn colors like navy, mustard, mauve, plum, olive, and waaay too much burgundy/maroon along with minimal tones because I can't resist them. Minimal tones include, of course, black, white, and gray, but also charcoal, cream/off-white, camel, chestnut, nude, blush and other pastels, taupe, and beige.

9. Basics are your best friends!

Basics are where the beauty of minimalism lies. You don't need expensive tops with a bunch of sequins or bold fabric to stand out! All you need are some everyday tops styled with detail and sophistication.

The golden rule of minimal fashion: build your outfits off of basics, and work your way up from there. This includes basic tops, pants, shoes, everything. Even limited patterns!

10. Layer, layer, layer!

Layering is such a simple way to make you look very put together and make it look like you took forever to plan your outfit when in reality it probably took you less than 5 minutes!

Go to shops for the best minimal pieces:

1. H&M

2. Zara

3. Uniqlo

4. Oak & Fort (very overpriced, but if you have the budget this is the best. I use this shop as my main minimal inspiration bc ya gurl doesn't have that type of money.)

5. Thrift Shopping (you can find some amazing pieces sometimes)!

6. Forever 21 (not amazing for minimal fashion, but if you really look, especially on the F21 website, you can find some great pieces)

Some of my minimalist inspirations:

1. ToThe9s - YouTube channel

"To The 9s" is a YouTube channel run by Cassie Masangkay and Ricci Pamintuan, two girls from Vancouver, Canada that have amazing minimal and street style. They are definitely a huge reason I love minimal fashion so much since they are so polished and simply chic!


YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuhVHgBfJKGB4WTr8...

Instagram: @wearetothe9s

https://www.instagram.com/wearetothe9s/

2. Subhi Taha

Subhi Taha is a male fashion designer from Texas that has his own Islamic-inspired minimal collection. He also makes fashion and comedy related YouTube videos. He is a true minimalist in that he is a minimalist in his actions, religious beliefs, and fashion. So inspiring!

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/subeeTube

Instagram: @subhi.taha

https://www.instagram.com/subhi.taha/

3. Dina Tokio

Dina Tokio is a fashion designer and beauty blogger. She is not recognized as a minimalist as her style is a mix of many different types. But it is her modesty and elegance even with pops of color and bold prints that make her outfits so minimalistically stylish! She is without a doubt my favorite icon in the fashion industry!

YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_KQKeg7kNrlvrIXP...

Instagram: @dinatokio

https://www.instagram.com/dinatokio/


This article was way longer than I expected it to be, but I still know that I could have written so much more to be honest. Haha! I hope you gained some minimalist inspiration for your next outfit from some of my tips! Now go splurge on some pointed toe loafers and collared blouses!


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3 Videos To Start Your Yoga Journey Off On The Right Foot

Yoga: not only a physical exercise, but a mental release that will leave you happier, healthier, and more in touch with your body.

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It's important for us to incorporate a variety of physical activities and exercises into our normal routines in order to keep our bodies strong, happy, and healthy. Many people, however, think of "exercise," solely as intense cardio or heavy weight lifting session. While those are both great forms of exercise, nobody should be so hyper-focused on the intensity of a workout as a sole criterion that they overlook the validity a slower yet equally beneficial option like yoga incorporated into our routine once in a while.

It is just as important to push our bodies as it is to give them time to rest and heal. Yoga is a way to connect your mind to your body and to explore your body's limits. It is a way to slow things down, allowing for a release of tensions from your body and mind. Studies have shown that people who practice yoga on a regular basis experience less stress, feel happier, and are more in tune with their emotions. Additionally, yoga is an easy way to increase muscle tone, strength, and flexibility. Haven't convinced you yet? Yoga can also increase energy levels, help to balance metabolism and improve circulatory and cardiovascular health.

Since I have started practicing yoga, I have seen changes in every aspect of my life. A few years ago I learned to start listening to my body when it told me it needed a break. I like to start every morning with a workout. If I wake up feeling sore and fatigued, instead of painfully pushing through an intense workout like I used to, I simply pull up one of the following videos and allow myself to heal and recharge for the day while still feeling satisfied having done something physical to start my day.

Since implementing that, not only have I noticed a change in the way my body feels, with higher energy levels and more endurance in my workouts the following days, but I also notice myself feeling more at peace throughout my days. I think straighter, and become far less irritable. My anxiety levels go down and I have more patience. I have been practicing yoga for nearly six years now, which has given me plenty of time to find some wonderful videos to use. Here are my top five, suitable for any level yogi to use with modifications to make your session more or less difficult depending on what your body needs.

1.25 Minute Fat Burning Yoga Meltdown Beginner & Intermediate

This is a video that I have used so many times that I think I have memorized every word by now. This video is part three of a three-part yoga for weight loss series. If you are a beginner, use this video but also check out the first two videos which may be helpful for you in learning some basic terminology and poses!!! I prefer the third video greatly over the other two but please feel free to try the others as well.

First of all, it's short (25 minutes) so you can squeeze it in at any time of the day, whether it is a quick morning session or a mental break between class. It is very mild and by far the least difficult of the three videos I will share, however you will still feel a nice burn in your legs and a good full body stretch. I also absolutely love the instructor, she is happy and fun to listen to, even after a hundred times listening! Trust me you will use this video all the time.

2. Full Body Flow - Intermediate Vinyasa Flow Yoga Workout

This video says it is an intermediate level, and you will notice that it is slightly more challenging than the first video I shared if you end up trying them both. That being said, it includes options for modification which allow any level of practices to successfully complete. In this video, you will be doing a series of Vinyasa Flows which is a great way to bring your body into a rhythm. It is also a great way to keep your muscles feeling balanced and to bring a sense of symmetry into your workout. You can expect everything you do on one side to be repeated exactly the same on the second side.

This video will test your strength and flexibility, and allow you to reach full relaxation and focus in a short 35 minute time spans.

3. Fluid Flow Intermediate/Challenging Yoga Class

Leigh Butler is an incredibly talented yoga instructor. Of all the videos I have shared with you in this post, this video will be the most challenging. I still encourage you to try it as there are modifications throughout the video which allow you to take it easier or more difficult variations on the poses.

This is also a longer video, it is a full hour long practice. When going into this workout you should expect to challenge your body. It will be a challenge of strength and flexibility that will leave you feeling energized and free of any tightness throughout the rest of your day. If at any point in the video something is too hard, just take a break and what feels good for your body until you are able to jump back in. Good luck!

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