The World From 5'2
Entertainment

The World from 5'2: A Blog And Other Thoughts From Gwen Dowson

My first adventure led me to Vermont and Boston where I made up a nice game for the solo shopper.

75
The World from 5'2: A Blog And Other Thoughts From Gwen Dowson
Gwen Dowson

Coming from Wyoming I have become an avid people watcher. Maybe it's the stark difference in location and upbringing, or maybe it's the fact that the population of Wyoming is around 600,000. Whatever the reason may be, I have become rather fascinated with the world around me.

On my arrival to University of Vermont, one thing caught my attention. As I walked down the red brick streets of church street. I saw a huge variety of clothes, trends, and styles. Vermont seemed to be the place where trendy outdoorsmen mesh with preppy hipsters, and come together to rejoice in their shared love for craft cider, carhart beanies, and red flannels. These trends seemed to be similar is some aspects to the fashion trends of the greater Philadelphia region, but also quite different. This was surprising to me because, thanks to my Wyoming upbringing, I assumed most people on the East would be clad in a vineyard vines button up and a Patagonia vest. It's nice to be wrong sometimes!

After bouncing around Vermont for the week, I headed to Boston. A city that I love, but don't know much about. Again, to my surprise, I found a rich Varity of styles, trends, and fashions. One that I was most interested by was the new(er) age street fashion. It was everywhere. From Moms in camo to high schoolers in denim overalls, it was there. As I took a stroll down Newbury street I got a clearer and clearer sense of many of the current trends, and since I had a full day by myself I thought I would create a little game.

Stop Shop and Go: How to have fun on your own. Obviously, I was going to need some guidelines and rules for my game. So here they are. First, the goal of the game is to create an outfit that embodies whatever area you are in. Second, the aim is not to spend an outrageous amount of money, so you can only purchase one item for each store you go into. Lastly, if you go into a store you have to purchase and item, so choose wisely.

The Game in Action:

Store one: Zara

Item purchased: white joggers

Why?: Fall means warmth, and what is more comfy and warm than jeans, joggers. Perfect for a day of leisure activity, travel, school, and easily paired with a nice pair of sneakers.

Store two: Forever 21

Item purchased: Fluffy green zip up

Why?: at this point in the game I decided to get a little creative. To spice things up I texted a group chat of friends asking them to give me a random color. I gave no reason for the color, only that I was in need of one. The color I got? Peridot green. After a quick google search to know exactly what color I was looking for I was on my way.

Store three: Brandy Melville

Item purchased: cream t-shirt and (whoops) green and navy jacket

Why?: With my white joggers and green zip up in mind I knew I wanted to have a cohesive, crisp, and fun outfit. The cream t-shirt had just enough color to add dimension to the white joggers, and the green and navy added a necessary pop of color.

Store four (the crown of the outfit): Sneaker Junkies

Item Purchased: beige and blue Adidas

Why?: To finish my outfit I was going to need my own fresh new pair of kicks. On entrance to the store, Sneaker Junkies, I was affronted with sneakers of all shapes and sizes. Knowing that I was going to want everything, I made it a goal to find something different than the norm. The task was a challenge, and though I almost fell prey to the draw of one more pair of white sneakers. I prevailed. Finding and falling in love with the shoes below.

The End:

All and all the game and adventure proved to be a success. Getting to explore and understand Boston more only grew the love I already had for the city. I also got the chance to meet and talk to other lovers of fashion which is always exciting. Fall break proved to be a successful and necessary adventure, and reminded me that exploring, learning, and meeting new people is still my favorite pass time.

Until next time,

Gwen :)

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Being a pharmacy technician never held as many risks as it does now. Exposure too hazardous conditions were little to none, and garbing up was only conducted in IV compounding. But, now, in order to give nurses the medications they need to help their patients, they need us, pharmacy technicians.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

Epic Activewear Deals Every Leggings-Lover Needs To Know About From Nordstrom's Biggest Sale

Wearing my pleather Alo leggings till someone physically removes them from my body.

I'll be the first to admit I'm not an athletic person, at all. Since junior high school, I've been happily cheering my friends on at their football games and soccer matches from the sidelines as long as I could go home to my yoga mat and spend Sunday mornings at Pilates with my mom's friends.

Weekends are often spent in my casual wear, from the second I throw them on for morning meditation through running errands and evening walks. No, I won't be running a marathon or joining my friend's volleyball league anytime soon.

Keep Reading... Show less
Disney

I've always been a huge Disney villain fan — whether it was for their cryptic one-liners, enviable outfits, or sidekick banter. Some of the most iconic lines from cinematic history have been said by the characters we love to hate and occasionally dress up as once a year.

The fear-mongering Gaston I now find hilariously cringe-worthy is now charming and oftentimes considered by fans as rightfully justified in his actions. Die-hard fans of the Disney villain fan club claim alternate egos in their favorite evil characters, adopting their hilarious witticisms into everyday life.

Keep Reading... Show less

TikTok was banned by the president, but Instagram is here with its newest feature called Reel. Many of us are still wondering why TikTok was being banned in the first place. Was it all the dangerous TikTok trends? It was because of a security concern, but not in the way you might think.

TikTok is owned by Dancebyte, which is a China-owned company. Basically, just like any other app, TikTok collects the user's data. The main question to ask yourself when investing in any app or marketing tools who will be owning my data? So yes, China currently owns all the TikTok user's data worldwide.

Keep Reading... Show less

Anyone who goes to Panera Bread will tell you that their mac and cheese is to die for. If you're a huge fan of their mac and cheese, you won't believe the new recipe they're coming out with!

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Reasons To Put The Damn Mask On, And Stop Fussing With It

COVID-19 is real people, do your part to protect yourself and others.

Ilana Stein

With the ever-changing reality of our world due to COVID-19, there has been one constant throughout these past unforeseen months, masks. Ever since coronavirus hit the ground running in the US, the CDC has been recommending social distancing and mask-wearing to stop the rapid spread.

Many people have been great about adhering to these policies, mandates, and suggested uses, but others, not so much.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

I Asked My Boyfriend His Opinion On Liking Other Girls’ Pictures, And, Spoiler Alert, It's Cheating

"When you get into a relationship and you're in love, you have to realize that liking photos is for the single lifestyle."

Ladies, listen up. If you are in a relationship with a guy and he is liking other girls' pictures on social media, then it's a red flag. A man who can look at someone else and show interest by liking it means he doesn't care about your feelings AT ALL.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been an athlete my entire life. I love movement and I've been jumping, kicking, swimming, dancing, throwing, you name it since I was in diapers. I'm also pretty competitive and probably went through a few sore loser phases. What can I say? I like to win, and losing can sometimes feel like I've failed. Especially, when your competitor is your best friend or someone that you worked all year long to defeat.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

Picture this, we're settling into our date, the conversation is flowing, we're ordering drinks, laughing, and then it happens... the job convo.

Him: "So what do you do?"
Me: "I'm a dating and relationships editor."

Keep Reading... Show less

- I have extremely sensitive skin, which is why I have always resorted to a plant-based organic beauty line such as Radha Beauty.

- Radha Beauty won me over years ago when I was looking for organic skincare brands.

- I was so excited to see they launched a new line incorporating USDA organic rosehip oil, so when their PR team sent me some, I could not have been more thrilled.

- After a week of using the products, my face felt as smooth as a baby's, looked more glowy than ever, and even cured some of my summer sunburn.

Radha Beauty isn't just a best-selling beauty brand on Amazon — it's a USDA-certified organic beauty brand I live by, and anyone who knows me knows I am all about holistic wellness.

Typically, it only takes three days for me to tell if a skin product is working or not because I have extremely sensitive skin. It's also why I have always stuck by plant-based organic beauty lines such as Radha Beauty.

Keep Reading... Show less

I have definitely had my fair share of breakups. I broke up with my high school sweetheart my second semester of college (he was cheating on me), I had a breakup with another guy I thought I was going to marry, and others in between. Regardless of whether you're the one doing the dumping or being dumped, breakups can HURT.

Keep Reading... Show less

Social media is something many of us have been addicted to (whether we want to believe it or not) since the moment we got it. I remember getting Facebook at 10. Instantly I was hooked. I loved being able to share my life with people, a little too much in my opinion, and I loved being able to see how/what other people were doing all the time.

Keep Reading... Show less

I am not in any way any sort of medical expert. These are just some tricks that work for me and have worked for others who also suffer from anxiety. These may not work for everyone, but I do hope these help some people in their fight against anxiety.

Keep Reading... Show less

-Having struggled with acne prone skin for years, I was cautious to try a new serum on top of the other products I've come to trust.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments