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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dress By Color - Queen Green

     Welcome to my Dress by Color Project. This is the fourth in a rainbow of posts related to fashion and color. Join me the next two weeks as I share my zany outfits.
 

     I've never had any green in my wardrobe until recently really. This silky new emerald green shirt makes my eyes look so green, so it is officially a new favorite shirt.

     And when I needed to switch shirts to something I could clean the house in, I had another long-sleeved, casual green baseball tee to change into.

     My third and final green article of clothing is a chunky knitted long green sweater, which is HEAVEN when Texas weather finally drops below freezing.


     Hats off to a good green laugh from Pinterest!

     And speaking of Pinterest, follow my emerald green board for more inspiration.


     Come back tomorrow when I sing wear the blues.

~Madeline

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dress By Color - Old Yeller...I Mean Yellow

     Welcome to my Dress by Color Project. This is the third in a rainbow of posts related to fashion and color. Join me the next two weeks as I share my zany outfits.

     I took a picture outside like my last two posts. I had this beret and everything. I wasn't feeling that outfit, so I snapped this:


     I don't have yellow pants, but this was a yellow tank and scarf.

     I thought my two yellow dresses were a bit fancy for a Wednesday. :) You want to see all the yellow clothes I have? I've amassed quite the collection (compared to most people, since yellow clothes are hard to find.)


     My inventory of YELLOW:
  • 1 tank
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 2 dresses
  • 2 necklaces
  • 1 shirt (business casual)
  • 1 scarf/beret set
     A funny thing happens when you tell someone(s) that yellow is your favorite color. You get yellow things because it made the person think of you (since yellow is a rare favorite color.)

     And so, I have yellow, and lots of it:

 

 
 



 
     So, thank you, my people, for the yellow. I like this system! Wear something green tomorrow. Pretend it's St. Patrick's Day early!
 
~Madeline

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dress By Color - Orange You Glad?

     Welcome to my Dress by Color Project. This is the second in a rainbow of posts related to fashion and color. Join me the next two weeks as I share my zany outfits.


     Orange is a color that's always been a little weird to me. I rarely dress in this zany color, unless clothes are given to me. (It happens that most, if not all of my wardrobe right now is given to me through hand-me-downs, Christmas money, or stealing from my dad, mom, and brother's closets.)

     :)

     It's too bad I outgrew those orange pants I used to have. That would have made a crazy outfit! Since I had to use a little blue here, I went all out in accessories: orange necklace, pony tail holder, and dots on my socks.

     Hold on! I found a picture with the orange pants...from another rainbow project...

     I have a rainbow-obsession problem. Please send help...and chocolate...always chocolate.


     If you want to join me in this little challenge (maybe by just wearing one item of our color of the day), please let me know in the comments. Tomorrow find something in your closet (or your mom, sister, or friend's) that is yellow! Good luck!

~Madeline

P.S. Congratulations to Robyn Barnes, who won the owl, and Anni, who won the chain!

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     I love you, amazing readers! Now is your time to shine!

~Madeline

Monday, January 26, 2015

Learn What Your Teenager Is Saying With This Free Guide


Words, words, words!
I'm so sick of words
I get words all day through
First from him, now from you
Is that all you blighters can do?
      ~Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady, "Show Me"

     As much as I love words, drinking them in from books, blogs, magazines, speakers, and mentors, and spilling them out here and in books and articles, sometimes I am SICK OF WORDS.


     I love proper grammar, but like every teen, I catch myself saying a few of these. Adults, pay attention: this is your definitive guide to basic teen terms and abbreviations. (Ex. means example.)

Totes ~ Totally, definitely

Totes ma goats ~ Popularized by a commercial, it's a variation of totes (see above)

LOL ~ Usually means laughing out loud, though whether the person is actually laughing is debatable since this one is so overused. Could also mean lots of love, but very rarely. See also: ROTFL.

YOLO ~ You only live once. Basically, go for it because you may never get the chance again.

Kk ~ Ok.

Fam ~ Family.

# ~ This is a hashtag. Used on Twitter and a variety of other social media sites to tag your tweet with a phrase. Ex. #humpday #liveperformance #sotired. People can then search for a specific hashtag and see them all grouped together.

Hump Day ~ Wednesday. A term brought back to popularity by yet another commercial.

ILY ~ I love you. :)

TBT~ Throwback Thursday. Often used as a hashtag on Thursdays whenever people are reminiscing. Ex. Remember when Mr. So-and-so did such and such? #TBT OR Look at these embarrassing baby pictures of my sister. #TBT

Swag ~ Swag can be an interjection or just another term for awesomeness, style, etc. Ex. "They've got swag."

Selfie ~ A picture of oneself. Taken by oneself. Often with a smartphone. Some of you are just catching on.

Homies ~ People you understand and get along with well. See also: peeps.

FYI ~ For your information. Most adults know this one already.

BRB ~ Be right back. Often used in speaking or texting.

XD ~ A version of the smiley face, believe it or not. :) = XD

Peeps ~ People you understand and get along with well; friends.

Chill pill ~ Used when someone needs to calm down. Often, "Take a chill pill." See also: chillax.

Chillax ~ Used when someone needs to calm down. A combination of "chill" and "relax." A command.

ROTFL ~ Rolling On The Floor Laughing. Again, it's unsure whether the person on the other side of the cell phone is trying to make you feel good or if you were actually funny.

Word ~ An greeting or agreement. Ex. Word!

Jazz hands ~ Take your hands and hold your arms at about a 90 degree angle. Shake your hands. Congrats. You are doing jazz hands.

RT ~  You see this mainly on Twitter. It means retweet, which is resharing a tweet with your followers.

S/O ~ Shout out

     How many of those did you know already? Which one surprised you the most? Please let me know, especially you parents, in the comments below.

~Madeline

Dress By Color Project - Code Red

     Welcome to my Dress by Color Project. This is the first in a rainbow of posts related to fashion and color. Join me the next two weeks as I share my zany outfits.


     Today I got the zany idea to dress in all one color. This is partially because I just rearranged my closet by color and partially because I got a new red sweater this weekend.

     Red is, classically, the color of love. With Valentine's Day around the corner, this seemed like a fun way to start the week. Plus, I always do things in rainbow order. That's just the way I roll.

     Will you don something red today and think fondly of me?

~Madeline

Thursday, January 8, 2015

5 Tips for Reading A Ton of Books in 2015

 
     My goal for 2015 is to read 50 books. To be specific, this is what I am working on:



      I have already read three books this year, motivated by this very list. I read a book set in a different country (The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho), a book based on a true story (Kingdom's Edge by Chuck Black), and a book by an author I've never read before (Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke).

     Here are my tips for reading a ton of books in 2015:
  1. Skim the boring parts (especially if you're reading Moby Dick). The classics especially can go super deep into the details that you don't really need to know. Don't worry about missing anything important because if it is truly important, it will be clear and repeated.
  2. If it's boring, chunk it out the window. You can't read it fast if you dread picking it up.
  3. Stop at an exciting part. You'll be more likely to pick it up again if you're at the height of the action.
  4. Even better, don't stop at all. Especially if it is less than 500 pages, try to read it in a day.
  5. If you can't do that, read in all your little windows of time. Use those times that you usually get on your phone or computer. In fact, silence your phone, so it's not a distraction.
  6. BONUS: Go read. Right now. Peace out!
     I hope these tips and the book list inspire you to go get a beautiful piece of literature and read read read!

~Madeline