Why the hate?
How I edit my Instagram Photographs:
Oct
19

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This is probably my most requested post for some reason! Perhaps it is because I have a very meticulous way of editing and posting photos on my instagram. The images all have the same exact boarder and the direction of the photo changes.  This allows my instagram to flow and allow full size images instead of having to crop the photographs into teeny little squares. 

I generally use between one and three apps on each image. 

These include

  1. Vsco Cam (Free -some settings and filters do cost money)
  2. Afterlight ($0.99)
  3. Photo GPS (Free) 

The first thing I do is I insert my picture onto Vsco Cam or I choose an image which is already on there (see the picture above on the right hand side). I love VSCO’s little flagging feature because it lets me organize which pictures I have not posted yet and which I have! (This generally includes either instagram or tumblr for me)

Then there are two things I always do because I like the affect it gives all of my photos.

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1. I increase the exposure

2. I fade the image a little bit

This gives my pictures a bright yet pale look which goes with the whole idea of my Instagram being sort of cohesive. I will also often use a filter but I did not on this one! If this was a picture of a human instead of a zebra then I would have put on the setting to not affect the skin colors because often my changes can give someone a sickly color! 

The next thing I do is add a border! Obnoxiously for this I need to use a second app, Afterlight. I will also occasionally use this app for editing photos but I prefer to use VSCO cam! I always do the basic white boarder which Afterlight has created to automatically make your image into a square. I will then size down the image to “75.” 

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Most of the time this is all I will do but if I want to keep a cool GPS location like I do with this one (um… Kenya!)  I just use this really convenient  app called Photo GPS and it allows me to choose the location. So, If I wanted to trick you into believing that I was in the Arctic then I could!

This is essentially all that I do! It is incredibly simple although also equally addictive! Happy instagramming!

Sit in the center of a library. Somewhere where you can see people. Don’t read a book; read the people around you. See the little girl working on her math homework, the teenage boy bobbing his head to the song he is listening to, the girl across from him who cannot stop staring at him, the men with ties too tight looking at long lists of numbers, the girl hiding behind a pile of books, and the women ripping her paper in half. Somehow I now realize every person is a book with a unique story to tell.
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What in the world is canyoning?
Oct
17

I’ve never been much of a risk taker - I love to have fun but I also see the value in lying in bed with my fuzzy blanket and a book or two (or three…) but recently I got an email inviting me to come canyoning - and so I took it without totally understanding what I was getting myself into. All I had to go on was this definition:

Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming.

For someone who prides themselves on being more of a pool side tanner than a competitive swimmer but this day ended up being one of the best experiences and has motivated me to  take more risks and not just stretch my comfort zone but extinguish it entirely. Although I’m fairly petite in stature I found climbing through tight pitch black caves incredibly unnerving but for me, the worst part was jumping off of cliffs. . Sadly I do not have any pictures of my 5 meter jump but for someone with a short stride this jump was incredibly difficult. The cliff did not have a straight jump downwards but instead had sharp rocks jutting out underneath and rapids which could easily pull down a teenage girl.

Although the water was freezing, I got about 100 bruises, and I was exhausted this was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Previously I would have never allowed myself to swim in rapids but this experience taught me to jump out of my comfort zone. It was completely worth it wake up at 5 in the morning to take a 3 hour bus ride to the Brecon Beacons in Wales (during which I memorized Billy Joel’s greatest hits) 

100k, blisters, and a couple of ghosts.
Oct
12

Some of you who live in England (or previous colonies) may have heard about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Described as an “award Leading youth Charity the DofE gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfill their potential and have a brighter future.” 

I’m attempting to complete the most difficult level the infamous gold award. This includes  spending 12 months Volunteering and for Physical and Skills one must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other — you decide which way round you do it. Unless you have not done bronze or silver, which I have not, then one must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections. On top of this there must be a five day expedition including a  Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatization day) which take place in the wild. 

Recently I did my final expedition in which I slept for 6 days in tents and lived in the creepy Dartmoor.  So here I found myself, waist deep in mud yet laughing uncontrollably for almost a week! 

The first day was spent driving up to Dartmoor (with a pit stop for some junk food) and meeting our examiners who were much kinder and more open than we had ever dreamed! Our first night was one of the coldest because tents don’t provide too much protection. We immediately discovered that our tent was a bit of a dud and was not waterproof on the bottom — yet we had to live with this for the next week! 

Our second day, the first of walking, was one of the most difficult. With backpacks full of food and supplies we had hiking straight up hills in incredibly low visibility for 27 km. Showing just perhaps where these ghost stories found their inspiration! We enjoyed lunch in a creepy stone circle and had a nice break in the forest where we learned all about the water storage system of Dartmoor. This was our last night at a campsite and although I thought it would be a treasured experience it ultimately was horrible. First, it was mislabeled on the map and we got incredibly lost! Then we discovered that it was a turkey farm and the farmer was quite harsh — there was an adorable dog who was completely blind. 

Waking up the next day was miserable as it was raining but after walking more than 23 km I was glad to see our gorgeous wild camping location! Luckily this was our shortest day and thus allowed us to have more breaks (and a couple of naps). 

Day three — have you ever felt the wall? I did not just run into the wall but instead I took a rocket into a sheet of metal. Everything hurt and I was angry at the world. Luckily my group is a lot of my close friends and they were able to help me come over the 25 km  of pure torture (which included a brief visit to a prison). 

For our last night we camped at the crossing of two small rivers but the next morning we awoke to rapids just by the edge of our makeshift home. As it was unsafe to cross the river where we had stayed we ended up walking for more than 3 hours across two feet of water alongside a river to find 4 separate places to cross to get onto our original route. This was supposed to be a short and sweet route but due to the flooding the last stretch was impenetrable. This led us to hike back up an incredibly steep hill which we had previously flown down on! This went from being a planned 18 km day to 28 km! 

Although I had a lot of fun I am grateful that I am now done and my muscles can heal!

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My Desk:
Living at boarding school means that school and live are merged. What causes you stress may also be able to remove it. But being able to manage this diseray is vital in not only success but happiness at a boarding school or university. 
For me, this split has to be a more physical one. Whilst my bed is for relaxing and talking to friends, my desk is all about work and organization.
Organizing - I’m a very visual person so I have most of my school supplies laid out in little boxes on the upper left hand side of my windowsill.
Happiness - Next to these is a couple of pictures from friends which is a nice reminder for when I feel like I am drowning in essays! Behind the middle picture frame is a Gilly Hicks body spray. On the actual desk is also a bottle of hand lotion to provide a mini 60 second spa in between homework.
Snacks - I can not explain how important snacks are! I have a whole drawer filled with munching food and a small glass container on my window sill which is always filled with candy(sweets) or nuts. 
Music - I have the habit of always having music playing in my room (even when I’m not). Currently I am obsessed with these two playlists (Indefinite Reverie and Cinnamon Sundays) particularly the first because it is so long and all incredible!
Tea - Perhaps this is a habit which was spread to me through the continuous english rain but I always have a huge cup of tea on my desk and I even have a huge purple tea organizer behind  the left curtain!
I cannot believe that September is almost over! 

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My Desk:

Living at boarding school means that school and live are merged. What causes you stress may also be able to remove it. But being able to manage this diseray is vital in not only success but happiness at a boarding school or university. 

For me, this split has to be a more physical one. Whilst my bed is for relaxing and talking to friends, my desk is all about work and organization.

  1. Organizing - I’m a very visual person so I have most of my school supplies laid out in little boxes on the upper left hand side of my windowsill.
  2. Happiness - Next to these is a couple of pictures from friends which is a nice reminder for when I feel like I am drowning in essays! Behind the middle picture frame is a Gilly Hicks body spray. On the actual desk is also a bottle of hand lotion to provide a mini 60 second spa in between homework.
  3. Snacks - I can not explain how important snacks are! I have a whole drawer filled with munching food and a small glass container on my window sill which is always filled with candy(sweets) or nuts. 
  4. Music - I have the habit of always having music playing in my room (even when I’m not). Currently I am obsessed with these two playlists (Indefinite Reverie and Cinnamon Sundays) particularly the first because it is so long and all incredible!
  5. Tea - Perhaps this is a habit which was spread to me through the continuous english rain but I always have a huge cup of tea on my desk and I even have a huge purple tea organizer behind  the left curtain!

I cannot believe that September is almost over! 

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Things I will miss about New York:  (Inspired by Daniella (2)

  • The architecture 
  • central park
  • the weather
  • the country
  • my family
  • the food
  • freedom
  • my dog
  • rowing
  • waffles
  • netflex
  • bagels 
If You Obey All The Rules You Miss All the Fun - Living with a Uniform
Sep
22

Uniforms are generally associated with soldiers, nurses, and firemen. But in reality think about stereotypes and how they dress. Business men wear suits, waiters wear all black, and high school girls are obsessed with short shorts and pink. Right, or was that just mean girls?

Like many british private schools, my school requires me to wear a suit seven days a week. Very few adults wear suits as frequently as I do. On top of that rule I have to wear black shoes, have my hair tied back, only wear V-neck sweaters, have one piece of jewelry, and have no nail polish. But I’ve learned to cope with having an incredibly strict uniform but over time I have used these rules to enhance my style instead of truncating my expression.  

I’ve learned that its all in the details and because everyone is dressed so similarly even the most minuscule constituent seams to be very loud. My outfits, although always black or blue suit with a collar, vary with things I would have never thought I would have used.

Through incorporating unusual shirt designs, heels, cufflinks, hair accessories, eyeshadows, and bowties, I’ve made the uniform not only tolerable but enjoyable. 

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I have a small problem. My name is Nilla and I’m addicted to leggings! (I have a mutual understanding with Jenna Marbles)

In particular I’m in love with the “In the Flow Crop ii" by Lululemon. I got them for my outdoor yoga - or well any makeshift yoga which is not done on a mat! I’m a bit of an impromptu yogi. I have done splits and handstands in some of the weirdest places. That, together, with my love of being comfy has led me to wear these basically constantly!I normally love Lululemon but I am slowly starting to see them fray at the seams  which I thought wouldnt happen because they are meant for yoga!

Honestly, I used to be the type of person who said "leggings aren’t pants" but my life has changed a lot and I’ve realized that I have to make my own opinions about things instead of letting my friends, my family, or society decided on how I should feel about things! I understand that leggings have a sexual connotation but I’m going to wear what I feel comfortable in. I control my life not my friends, my family, or even society.

A Teenager Who Likes Opera Music:

Sounds something out of a bad sitcom right? But honestly, it is my weakness and I am so lucky to have grown up in both New York and Salzburg, two of the Opera hubs of the world!

This year I was given the incredible experience to go to three premieres in Salzburg. One for an opera, Charlotte Solomen, and two for plays, The Forbidden Zone and Hinkeman. All three were incredibly unique and diverse   yet I loved them all.

Now getting to the part that you honestly care about the “WHAAAAT” or “WEEIRREDD” reaction  you probably had when you began to read this post. I’ll be honest with you: most seventeen year olds don’t have basically every piece composed by Mozart but I do. I went to opera summer camp for three years and grew up immersed in the appreciation of classical music. Salzburg has gifted me the ability to appreciate all genres of music and performance. Look in my iTunes: Disney, Beethoven, AC/DC, Bridget Mendler, and The Arctic Monkeys (just to name a few)

This is my plea to you to just try something different. Music and performance is a form of personal expression and although you might rather listen to punk than bubble gum pop - try it! Honestly, put in a pair of headphones and search up something different on 8tracks. Who knows what you could find! Anyways, the nice thing is about headphones is that, unless you are trying to kill your ears with the volume, no one can tell what you are listening to!

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A few have you have recently requested more information about my dog because well, he is all I talk about but I’ve never actually answered any of your questions! (Even if you don’t read this please just realize how adorable he is and how gigantic how tongue is!) :

What is his name?
His name is Wade

Why/How did you choose that name?
Well, it’s actually a pretty embarrassing story! I was much younger and I wanted to call him dojo (which I was saying really incorrectly! I was pronouncing it almost like Dijon mustard) because I loved it’s meaning and I thought it would be cute if we called him “DJ” as a nickname. I almost embarrassed myself for the rest of my life! Luckily my mom had this idea that dogs like the sound of W’s. I don’t know know where she got this idea but some how we ends up going with Wade!
I honestly spent hundreds of hours on babynames.com looking for ideas!

What type of breed is he?
Wade is a goldendoodle! That means he is a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle!

How old is Wade?
Wade is now 4.5 years old! His birthday is on December 13th!

Is he hard to take care of?
Once you get into the habit of it, spending time with a dog is relaxing! I love going on runs with him and taking him to the doggy park! Obviously it is a lot of responsibility, especially when a dog is as large as wade! Having a dog is also a great way to build good habits because they need to run on a schedule and thus so does the owner!

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Crazy College Tours Day Two:
We had another early rise when my alarm clock buzzed at 4:00 am this morning. Honestly, it was worth it because when we got to the airport the sun had just begun to rose and it caused an absolutely beautiful sunset which reflected off of all of these huge airplanes.

After a brief flight we landed at Duke which was honestly beautiful and more incredible than I could’ve ever imagined! (Especially their gardens!) The tour was followed by a few laps at the pool and a huge dinner!

Eating Raw in New York City:

Last year, I was living 100% raw as a “health kick” during August. My friend Daniella showed me this incredible restaurant and I recently returned to indulge in a mother daughter dinner before I heading back to school for at least two months! 

Raw Vegan, often dubbed Raw, has many benefits because, when done correctly, the person is only eating natural and healthy products. Although fruits and vegetables are naturally delicious not being able to cook limits the amount of food one can eat drastically but this restaurant has found the solution.

Pure Food and Wine has found creative ways to allow you to retain your lifestyle whilst also being able to eat everything you normally would. My suggestion is to not get three courses because although they look small the portions are incredibly filling! Make sure you have space for dessert! They are incredible and hard to believe that they are vegan - let alone raw and gluten free!

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Getting over one’s fears: Probably one or the hardest things in the world to do. Fittingly, as fears aren’t supposed to be nice and easy to come over - that is what makes them terrifying! Honestly, I’m a scaredy cat! Recently, I went zip-lining through a river gorge! My fears include heights and anything which travels fast! This 750 m long zip line was just about the worst thing I could imagine - until I did it! Fears are these irrational little creatures who hide inside you and come out to freak you out every once in a while!  Although I stood at the top of the platform shivering and gripping onto the metal, once I landed safely at the bottom I was itching to do it again! I know this hasn’t relinquished my fear but I think I’ve definitely taken some power away from that little monster hiding within me.

Nice.. where is this?

This is a little bit outside of Salzurg, Austria!

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why-the-hate:

Getting over one’s fears:
Probably one or the hardest things in the world to do. Fittingly, as fears aren’t supposed to be nice and easy to come over - that is what makes them terrifying! Honestly, I’m a scaredy cat! Recently, I went zip-lining through a river gorge! My fears include heights and anything which travels fast! This 750 m long zip line was just about the worst thing I could imagine - until I did it! Fears are these irrational little creatures who hide inside you and come out to freak you out every once in a while!
Although I stood at the top of the platform shivering and gripping onto the metal, once I landed safely at the bottom I was itching to do it again! I know this hasn’t relinquished my fear but I think I’ve definitely taken some power away from that little monster hiding within me.

Nice.. where is this?

This is a little bit outside of Salzurg, Austria!