If you haven’t known me for a long time you’d never guess that I was painfully shy as a child. I struggled at making friends and often found myself without a partner when told to pair up. My mom often came home from a school curriculum night after hearing that my teachers forgot about me because I acted like I didn’t exist. I never got invited to anything because the other kids in my grade forgot about me too. My voice was unheard, feelings silenced, and worries hushed. I was completely and utterly inside my own head. I stayed that way for most of my elementary and middle school years and even my freshman year of high school. Change came very slowly and then toppled on me all at once. It started with volunteer work; I was forced to work with people for people, and I loved it. And then I got more involved at school and took hard, heavy classes, where my classmates and I bonded over a common struggle. My personality developed rapidly and I flourished in school. Then something happened. I began to make friends and go out. I thought it was so amazing that people actually liked me for me, and I became more comfortable with telling people what was on my mind. But there’s no permanent cure for shyness. There are still some hurtles for me to jump over and some things that just don't go away with time or effort. I still get really overwhelmed sometimes and I just want to go back to the way I was. There are some things, such as public speaking, that I just haven’t conquered. Shyness, I learned, is dictated by fear. I remember this every time I want to crawl under my rock again, but I also have to tell myself that I don’t want to spend my life being afraid.
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"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."
The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.
When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.
Counting down the days to the Chanel box set gracing my front door.
I oftentimes (excessively) use the excuse of my job as a writer to justify my excessive spending habits.
I needed the new Huda Beauty palette before anyone else in the name of journalistic integrity. It was my job to test out the new Francis Kurkdjian fragrance to make sure I could tell people whether or not it was truly worth the splurge (it was).
Take this time to research your privilege.
Listen, you can do whatever you want with your free time. It's yours to spend and you have free range. However, I hope you recognize that there are a ton of proactive things you can do right now instead of stalking your man's ex – yes, I know you do it becuase we are all guilty of it.
Take this time to research your privilege. There are always new things to learn and ways to deepen your understanding of yourself, this world, and your surroundings. We live in a multi-dimensional, ever-changing society that needs your help and your time. By that, I mean there are so many layers to each and every one of us, and with our physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional selves, we can create real, positive change.
I would know, because that's where I'm at right now.
Content warning: Article discusses eating disorders.
Currently 3 million people viewing the Stella McCartney purse I absolutely must have.
Online shopping has been a guilty pleasure of ours for years, but now more than ever it's been a shopping lover's outlet for all our home redecorating projects and resort wear we're purchasing for that trip we had to cancel.
One of my favorite places to (virtually) window shop has always been Nordstrom. I admittedly can't afford to go on sprees there often, but I still get a high off of adding things to my cart I know I'll never actually end up buying. But sometimes, that's not enough — that's when I, like the masses of luxury-, beauty-, fashion-, and decor-lovers around the world count the days down to the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
Whoever said you need to drink in order to have fun is seriously disturbed.
I remember the days where closet drinking before going to a party or bar was part of the night's itinerary. It was a requirement to have a good buzz flowing before calling the Uber to take you to that bar where you see everyone from your high school at. The pregames were the best part of the night, but it wasn't ever because of the alcohol, it was because of the atmosphere and those who were in it. The number of times I've heard "Wait, why aren't you drinking tonight? C'mon, get drunk with us" is endless, but think about it. Where were you when you were asked that? You were at the goddamn pregame and being there doesn't mean you need to be ripping shots. Being social doesn't require alcohol.
I asked 20 people how they cut back on alcohol while still being social.
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Whether you are quarantining away from your significant other because of coronavirus or separated by the country lines at this time, it's fair to say that long-distance relationships are tough no matter what. However, there are ways to show love from a distance whether that's through daily FaceTime calls, cute Snapchats, or sexy pics sent to them on their phone. You can brighten up their day even more with some of these unique gifts that can fit any price range and a variety of interests.
We're all so addicted to these screens that our lives are slipping away.
I've had the Instagram app since I was in the sixth grade.
If it's made by Rihanna, you know it has to be good.
Rihanna is known for many things: her music, fashion, makeup, and now skincare. As a makeup artist myself, I can confidently say that she rocked the makeup world when she released her makeup line in 2017 and has been influencing the beauty world ever since.
Trying some of her makeup products myself, I know that she doesn't skimp on quality, and even though some of her products may be a little pricey, trust me, you get what you pay for.
Seriously, please stop posting.
Dear White Moms on Facebook,
Just wear a mask, it is really not that difficult.
Friends, no one needs to be reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in the U.S. Frankly, this is because we have all collectively decided not to do the one simple thing that was asked of us and wear a mask.
I could make this a very boring article, and berate you with facts and statistics and the importance of wearing a mask, but I have opted against that for both of our sakes. Instead, I will attempt to reach you in another way. You might not care about a disapproving look from me, but from Nick Miller? Maybe that will be enough to change your mind.
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