Interning For A Magazine!?

Even if I have not been uploading videos on my YouTube channel, it does not mean that I haven’t kept myself busy this year. I wanted to make a blog post about something that ties into my personal life because it starts an exciting chapter for me and I want you all to come along with me!

So, if you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I am a college student with a fascination for style and beauty and that I have been going to school to study communications. Although communications is a very broad field, I love everything about it no matter which direction I explore. I’m happy to finally let you guys know that the real reason I haven’t touched YouTube in a while is because of the demands of school (which is coming to an end this fall!) as well as the demands of my part-time job and personal life, but also my internship with a magazine!

I haven’t said anything about this because I usually keep quiet about my personal life, but I want to share with you guys a magazine that is all about the arts less traveled and that is 71 Magazine. I’m talking fashion, music, film, science and technology (yes, there is art in even the things you do not think there is!) and I would really appreciate it if you guys would take some time out of your day to visit our website and read up on any of our issues.

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Today we released our music issue and singer-songwriter and musician, KT Tunstall is on the cover! I will not tell you guys the other artists featured in our issue because I want you guys to see for yourselves. It would mean so much to me if you all can go to our website during your spare time and look through our work. We are a bi-monthly, digital magazine, but if you would like, you can always order a hard copy!

Please let me know what you all think about the magazine if you get a chance to look at it and don’t forget to visit here and nominate 71 Magazine for Magazine of the Year. It is an honor just to be considered and it does not take long to register and it is FREE!!

I know I just poured a whole bunch of information at you, but I am so excited to finally let you all know a little bit more about where I’ve been and what I’ve been working on. I am not done with YouTube. I am just occupied with this new endeavor and that actually involves video editing for the magazine on top of my own personal endeavors. I will be back on YouTube as soon as I can, but until then…

I hope you all have a great weekend! Stay stylish!

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Music Monday

When you’re a communications major, your classes are smartphone friendly, but more importantly, social media friendly. I am currently taking a reporting class and it was a requirement to create a Twitter account. I have never had any interest in Twitter, but I am going to see if I like it and maybe I will create an account for Alamo City Sara.

When I was creating a bio on my Twitter, I decided to write this:

“Barbie on the outside, Rockstar on the inside.”

I thought about this for a while after I wrote it and realized that even though I love fashion, music was my first love. Music will always be number 1 in my life. Music was there for the years that I was still trying to figure out who I really was. It was there when I needed a good cry or when I needed to push through the last few minutes of my workout. My personal favorite genre of music is rock/metal because I love everything about it. I love the instruments. I love the brutality of each string, thump, and scream or high note. I love the fact that it makes you want to go into the pit. I love that the singing doesn’t even really have to be singing. I can honestly go on forever about why I love rock music, but I want to show you all some of my favorite songs right now instead!

  1. I Will Lead You by Filter – I got this album for my birthday. Filter is one of my favorite bands of all time. Frontman, Richard Patrick, used to play guitar in Nine Inch Nails before he branched off and created Filter. Most people are more familiar with their song Hey Man, Nice Shot from their Short Bus album, but they honestly have songs that are so much better than that one!

 

2. Bombs Away by Eels – I have had this song stuck in my head for a few days. This song is still a rock song even though the music is not the typical  instrumental experience you would get from bands like Green Day, Oasis, Avenged Sevenfold or Stabbing Westward where it is obviously rock. However, I think it is the way Mark Oliver Everette sings in this song that lets you know it is a rock song. I love that this song sounds like it can be an opening theme song for a murder mystery type TV show.  Although it is not everyone’s cup of tea, give it a listen.

 

3. Low Lands by Gojira – This is more like a metal band versus rock, but I love Gojira. Gojira is actually Japanese for Godzilla, but get this…the guys are not even Japanese! They are actually French. I discovered this band as a little freshman in high school and Magma is by far their best album. It was released in 2016 and I really feel a connection with their music. Their videos are a bit out there, but it really just makes me love them more!

 

4. Zenith by Huntress – Did you guys think I was going to make a list without any females representing? NO WAY. I am obsessed with Zenith by Huntress. The video is bad ass and Jill Janus really knows how to scream her guts out. She has always been into theater her entire life which explains the awesome shows she puts on when she is on stage.

 

5. Smile by Like A Sparrow

You guys, my boyfriend is the lead guitarist in this band! YES. He is the one in green in the photo of this video. If any of you are going to really give any of these songs a listen, please let it be this one. The music is beautiful and our friend Jonathan sings really good! Please be sure to find them on Instagram and Facebook! This is a more soothing song than the other ones. I promise. Please listen!

Facebook: Like A Sparrow

Instagram: @likeasparrowband

 

I know this blog was a bit out there and really didn’t have anything to do with fashion or beauty, but music is a big part of my identity and I want to be completely open and honest with you all.

I am also going to be releasing more YouTube videos soon so stay tuned and stay stylish!

 

 

Closet Series: My Shoes

Okay, I mentioned on here that I was going to do a closet series in one of my previous posts. If you are new here, this means that I am going to be doing a series on my YouTube channel where I show viewers exactly what is in my closet. I am dedicating videos to focus on a specific collection of clothing or accessories, so I started off this series by showing you my shoe collection!

Being a fashionista that is actively on the lookout for current fashion trends, but on a budget at the same time, I tend to hold onto a lot of my items for several reasons. First off, trends from the past always have the potential to come back. Secondly, if my items are in good condition and fit well still, why would I toss them unless my personal style has changed? Lastly, I just love having several options and pieces to work with!

I am going to put my latest YouTube video on here to show you all my shoe collection. Just a fair warning, I have A LOT of shoes. In fact, this video is almost 20 minutes because of all the shoes I have! I encourage all my followers on here to subscribe to my YouTube channel, especially if you love fashion! Other than my love for fashion, I have a deep love for music, so I added some music that I really love to the background of this video, including a song from a young, local artist here in my hometown! Always support local businesses and local music. By doing so, you are helping someone’s dream get that much closer to them! I hope to see you all subscribe to my YouTube channel 🙂

Thank you for reading and Stay Stylish!

Rebecca Minkoff: Guitar Pick Hinged Cuff Review

Rebecca Minkoff is a fashion designer with her own global brand where she sells apparel, jewelry, handbags and even footwear for women just to name a few things. The CEO, co founder, and brother to Rebecca, is Uri Minkoff who has his own line of men’s accessories. I had never heard about Rebecca Minkoff until my father gave me one of my Christmas gifts which was Rebecca Minkoff’s Guitar Pick Hinged Cuff bracelet in gold.

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My father and I both love music. We both get really passionate about new music and classic tunes and introducing people to new music. So when my father saw a bracelet with a guitar pick that said Love on it, he purchased it for me.  I can go on and on about spending the majority of my childhood in the CD room listening to my dad’s CD collection and any albums that had interesting artwork or an interesting band name, but I want to dedicate this blog to reviewing this product.

First off, this isn’t something that I asked my father to get me for Christmas. He told me that he was shopping for my mom, when he saw this bracelet and thought of me (my heart is melting right now) and he himself had never heard of Rebecca Minkoff. He found the bracelet inside a department store, but it can also be found on her website at https://www.rebeccaminkoff.com

I LOVE the bracelet. My initial reaction when I saw it was to put it on! I removed the tag and clipped on the bracelet on my left wrist. I grew curious about this new brand that I went straight to her website to look at more things. If you sign up with your email, you can get 15% off your first purchase!

As my day had progressed on Christmas, I was super happy to show off my bracelet when I noticed a problem…

The $58 bracelet’s clip was not getting the grip it needed to stay on very long.

If I could give this bracelet five stars, I would have. But for a $58 bracelet, you would think that the clip used to secure it around your wrist was a better quality. I would put on my jacket, it would snap off. I would raise my hand, it would snap off. I would shake someone’s hand, it would snap off. Unbelievable and definitely unacceptable.

When I told my father, he had told me that someone had left a review of this same bracelet with the exact same complaint. I am going to review it on Rebecca Minkoff’s website and say the truth. The truth meaning that the bracelet is beautiful, but really needs a better way to secure itself around your wrist. The part of the bracelet that I’m referring to is the one circled below.

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My father was able to take care of this issue by securing the clip together, and tapping it gently with a hammer to flatten the little ball point so that the clip wouldn’t break away from it so easily. Although the solution was a simple one, customers should not have to do this at all. Especially for $58 worth.

The items in her site are overpriced, but she does have an under $100 section and an under $50 section. Jewelry and accessories are the most affordable options on there. Never be afraid to give an honest opinion or experience about something new. I love that Rebecca Minkoff is a young fashion designer who made her dream happen, so the least I can do is be honest with her about my first impression of one of her products so that her company knows what they need to pay more attention to.

I love my bracelet, just not the hassle. Always remain grateful and do not be afraid to give new things a try!

Stay Stylish!

 

Art

Today’s blog will be a continuation of my back-to-school theme, but will still be a little different. Monday I showed you guys a sporty look I created with the athletic student in mind and then yesterday I wrote my blog that had to do with taking care of business and placed an image of my business student look on it. Yesterday I talked about my personal struggle of realizing the STEM career field wasn’t for me, but that women of STEM amaze me every single day. Today, I will be showing you guys a blast from the past with some images of anything art related that I have done in the past because I am now channeling my inner art student!

I know that those who study art doesn’t just mean that you do art work. I understand. So I am also going to talk about my experience in my high school musical, Hairspray!!

This experience was definitely the highlight of my senior year and high school career. We had about a 3 hour rehearsal everyday after school from mid October thru early December. Throughout this time there was so many things going on in my life. First of all, I didn’t tell anyone that I was going to audition. Secondly, my ex was also auditioning and I was still not completely comfortable around him. Third, his new chick he had been talking to was the queen of acting at our high school. Fourth, I knew NOBODY. I made new friends during auditions, but none of them made it on the list, so I was back to knowing nobody again. Fifth, my ex and his new chick made the cut -.- and on top of all of this, my friend Ricky was in the hospital throughout this whole time due to his colon cancer returning.

My ex almost became my dance partner, which is why I thank God every day for my friend and dance partner, Rene.

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Rene became my dance partner. He was a junior while I was a senior. He kept me strong throughout this entire production and I really couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

hairspray2Here I am pictured with all the other female, “nicest kids in town” and this photo was taken at the very end of the play when we all had to come out and bow. This was a very proud moment for me because I almost didn’t try out after seeing how many people were auditioning and my ex boyfriend. What made this play most important to me is that it was dedicated to my friend Ricky’s passing that same month. I forgot all about fear at that moment. I forgot all about my ex and his new girl. I forgot all about how I was way outside of my comfort zone and just went out there!

With that said, never be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You may end up having the best time of your life!

 

 

On a side note, Hurricane Harvey is causing some storms here in South Texas. It looks like my city is going to get hit pretty hard. Weather reports predict that we are going to get 8-12 inches of rain through Saturday and Sunday. My first day back at school will depend on the extent of the rain and of course, the aftermath flooding will cost. If I am a little behind on blog posts, please do not be alarmed, I am probably just going to be with my family or maybe just experiencing power outages.

South Texas followers, use your common sense and turn around, don’t drown! Stay safe, and stay stylish.

 

 

 

Music + Fashion

Hello everyone! It is raining like crazy where I live, deep in the heart of Texas!

Rainy days are the best days to watch music videos all day long, which brings me to this fun topic which is 5 music videos I can think of from the top of my head that has nice fashion! I am going to start it off with Gwen Stefani’s music video for ‘Cool’

Gwen just looks so gorgeous in the present and in the flashbacks she has with an ex boyfriend. I love the vintage summer dresses she wears and it gives viewers a nostalgic feeling when they look at it. Although I cannot relate to the song, this is one of my favorite songs from her. The new girlfriend/wife is also beautiful! Oh, and the hairstyles in this video is also stunning!

This next one is from the band HAIM which has three sisters in it, Alana, Danielle and Este Haim. They each have their own style which shows in all their videos. I chose this video because the outfits they wear are all outfits I would personally wear. You can see who is more casual, who is more rocker, and who is the girliest in this music video here, ‘Want You Back’

This next one is a complete 180 from the fashion and music in HAIM’s music video. This one is a country music video from the artist Jennifer Nettles. This is her song ‘Unlove You’ and I want that red dress! She wears three different dresses in this video, the red one at the bar, the silver one under water and the red one under water. The red one under water is the same as the one before, but they put a longer red skirt over it to make it more dramatic. I tear up when I hear this song. No other country love song sung by a woman gives me a stronger emotional feeling. It’s so powerful.

This next one will help you get the tears out of your eyes from that last one, it’s one of Sheryl Crow’s hits that needs to be in everyone’s summer playlist, its ‘Soak Up The Sun’ ! Sheryl makes me want to go out and live near the beach so I can have the perfect excuse to dress like this every day! from the swimsuits, to the bohemian beach babe wardrobe, to those slick sunglasses and stone/seashell jewelry, how can you not love this?

Since I did one with some summer fashion, this next one is some winter fashion without it being a Christmas song of course, Alicia Keys music video for ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ this song by her holds a special place in my heart because one of my best friends sang this song when we did karaoke for my birthday one year. I think of her every time I hear this song! It’s one of those songs that will make me smile no matter what.

I hope you all enjoyed reading and watching these videos. These are all based on my own personal opinion and songs that I like to listen to. These videos were also ones that I was able to think of from the top of my head, so please don’t freak out if you really felt like I missed a lot of good fashion forward videos. I know these songs and videos ( with the exception of HAIM) are all old and whatnot, but I love the fashion and the music of hack then a lot! You can comment which music videos you like the fashion in! I would love to know what you guys like and listen to.

Enjoy some music and stay stylish!

Chester Bennington…You Will Be Missed

Hello everyone,

Today’s blog is about a musician that helped shape my brother’s and my childhood. Chester Bennington, front man of Linkin Park, songwriter and actor, has passed away today, July 20, 2017. I heard about the news from my boyfriend who also loves music as much as I do. We are both speechless to the breaking news and cannot process any of this information right now.

For today’s post I want to take a moment to send my condolences to Chester Bennington’s family, friends and fans who also stopped dead in their tracks the second they heard this. Hybrid Theory and Meteora were albums that I would play in my CD player, long before I had my first iPod Nano. Their album Minutes to Midnight which came out in 2007, had their song ‘What I’ve Done’ in the very first Transformers movie and when I first listened to it I got the chills because Chester Bennington’s voice was so stunning. I saw that movie the summer right before I started middle school and found myself listening to Linkin Park a lot again.

I also love the fact that Chester did a song in the Queen of the Damned soundtrack which is named ‘System’ and is my personal favorite song from that CD. He also did some acting and I can remember him clearly in one of the Saw movies. He really seemed like a down to earth guy and I knew I should’ve seen them in concert the last time that Linkin Park came to my hometown. If any of you guys have ever seen them in concert, let me know in the comments below.

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Now on a more serious note…

Reports say that Chester was found dead in his home after committing suicide. Suicide is a serious issue that we need to constantly bring awareness to and take action in order to prevent it from happening. Depression is a real deal. I have never suffered through depression, but I have a lot of friends who have. I admit that I have been naive about depression because I didn’t understand it nor could I relate to it. But instead of blowing my friends off because they were depressed, I offered my time and prayers to whatever they had to say and just tried to be a good friend to them.

This leads me to inform you guys that I never had a solution for anyone’s problems, but I know that sometimes what people need is to just talk to somebody. Anybody. Find someone to talk to because I know for a fact that we are not alone in this world and there are good people out there who are here to help you and may be just a call away.

For those of you who are like me and have not personally dealt with depression, remember to be kind. Consider the fact that maybe the person next to you may be having a bad day or that there are many people out there who are wearing a facade because they do not know how to cope with whatever they are going through. We do not know people’s lives and people do not know our own lives.

Here is the national Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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