Monday, February 8, 2016

My Week on Instagram #16

Hi guys!
This week's "My Week on Instagram" is pretty light on the pictures, like last week, but I have a couple pictures for you anyway! If you're new here, this is a weekly series that I do where I share a weeks worth of instagram posts and give you the behind the scenes! You can see all 15 previous weeks by clicking here! 

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Wednesday 2/3

Took this random picture at the student union. I got a soy green tea latte from Starbucks, which has been my favorite lately! I was trying to be pretty stealth when taking this picture, but I'm not sure if it worked! But I was watching a video from Drew the other day and he talked about how he uses the filter "Fade" when taking black and white heavy pictures and it is such a game changer! It made my picture look 100000X better! 

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Friday 2/5

Every year the school that I went to back in Hawaii has a huge carnival as a fundraiser for the financial aid program. This is from one of the first carnivals I went to when I was in Kindergarten with two of my friends. Every single year for the past 13 years we've taken this picture and it became tradition even though we've all gone our separate ways in life. I guess you could call it nostalgia, but it was kind of strange not being together, taking this picture, this year. 

...And that's it! I'm sorry these past few weeks have been a little light on the pictures, but I'll try to make an effort to post more! Make sure you're following me on bloglovin so you'll be notified when new posts go live, and I'll be doing a small giveaway within the next couple weeks!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Should Women Feel Obligated to Vote for Clinton?

Okay, I usually like to stay away from politics on here because it's a touchy subject and isn't my specialty, but I'm making an exception today. I saw this article (you can see the whole thing here) about how two feminists, Gloria Steinem and Madeline Albright were telling young women not to vote for Bernie and to vote for Clinton. Here are a few of their quotes...

"There's a special place in hell for women that don't support other women!" -Albright

"When you're young, you're thinking: 'Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,' " -Steinem

Both of these statements are highly offensive and quite frankly insulting to women, especially younger ones. Would it be great to have a women as president? Sure! But that doesn't mean that women should feel obligated to vote for Hillary over Bernie. 
To have big names try and pressure and guilt people in to voting for Hillary because "women should support other women" is disgusting. Furthermore, to imply that young voters are only voting for Bernie because that's what their male peers are doing is so anti-progressive. It's statements like these that turn people off from voting. Bernie has done a great job of getting young college aged people interested in politics and voting, and to suggest that it's only because that's what boys are doing is sad. 
If you're turning this in to a feminist issue, it shouldn't matter if women are voting for Bernie or Clinton because both are going to continue to fund Planned Parenthood, both are going to try get maternity leave for women, and wage equality. Their platforms on women's issues are practically the same (although this article argues that Bernie's is stronger). 

I think that for me and a lot of my peers, this endorsement actually turned us off of voting for Hillary Clinton. It's important to have a women as president, and I'm sure that it will happen eventually, but this is not the right way to go about it. It is more important to have women becoming informed voters and voting for whomever they feel is better for the job than having them vote for someone just because of their gender. 

Update: So, Steinem's apologized for her statement and said that it was taken out of context. That may be true, but the blatant sexism is still apparent in these statements and my opinions still stand. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

5 Ways To Have More Energy

In every office and classroom there's that person. That person that always looks happy, energetic and ready for life. That person that's always so alive compared to the "zombies" on their third cup of coffee. Well, guess what?!? You can be that person. Here's five ways to have more energy (that don't involve massive amounts of caffeine). 

1) Hydration
So many people are dehydrated and don't even know it. You need to be well hydrated otherwise your brain won't function optimally. The easiest way to tell if you're dehydrated is to look at your urine. If it's anything darker than a pale yellow, you need to be drinking a lot more! There are also so many great apps to help remind you when to drink. One of my friends uses Plant Nanny (I think that's what it's called...) and loves it!

2) Get Enough Sleep
You should be getting at least seven hours of sleep, but if your body tells you that you need eight or nine or ten hours of sleep, listen to it! You won't have energy if you're tired (duh!) and caffeine just masks the symptoms without treating the cause. Plus everyone can carve out the time for sleep! Just watch less tv, prioritize more, and get stuff done during your day!

3) Food
The first part of this is remembering to eat regularly. This means eating breakfast, snacks if you get hungry throughout the day, and making sure you never get to the point where you're starving. The second part is to make sure you're eating the right types of foods. This means whole, plant based foods. Carbs are energy, so make sure you're filling up on fruit and starches. 

4) Exercise
You don't really need to exercise a ton. Just getting in some walking or biking will help immensely! You want to get the blood pumping (bonus points if you do it in the morning) and it's such a great way to get a jump start in the morning. If you can't exercise a ton, make sure you're standing every hour and that you're not sitting for long periods of time. Walk to the bathroom, fill up your water bottle, walk to the printer, just make sure you're not excessively sedentary. 

5) Get Up!
Hitting the snooze button has been proven to not really do much. It's not long enough to get you back in to your REM sleep and just makes you more tired throughout the day. Getting a good start to the day is the easiest way to make sure you have energy! Set out your clothes for the next day, put your alarm on the other side of the room, do whatever you can to get yourself up and at it right when your alarm goes off!

Let's stop being sleep zombies and start living life to the fullest! Let me know your tips for having more energy in the comments below!

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Week on Instagram #15

Haha I feel bad for even making this a post this week because I only have one picture to write about, but I've been so consistent these past three months that I didn't want to stop now! If you're new here, I do these "My Week on Instagram" posts every Monday (you can see all the previous ones here) to show you guys the behind the scenes of my instagram posts! My instagram name is @miss_sienna if you'd like to follow me too! :)

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Thursday 1/28:
The only post I did this week was a throwback Thursday one! Haha but this was taken in December 2014 when I was skiing at Mount Rose with my family. Now let's talk about the clothes here... None of us have ever gone skiing before, but our uncle has, so me and my brother are wearing his ski clothes (yes, he has a pink ski jacket) and my sister is wearing my cousin's. I haven't been skiing since then, but my brother went snowboarding with his class in Japan last week. I think my sister wants to go skiing again in the future :P

I hope that you enjoyed this really short post! If you want to see more pictures from that ski trip, you can check out my post on my travel blog here! Also, let me know what other types of posts you'd like to see in the comments!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

9 Hair Accessories To Stay Warm and Fashionable

We're in the midst of winter and some of you might be searching for that perfect accessory. I'm not a huge hair accessory person myself, mostly because I tend to run around between classes and it can get a little too hot for me. But if you're looking for a cute hat or headband, I gotchu covered! Here are 9 of my favorites!

So most of these are pretty basic. Like the usual wintery cable knit things that are soooo "tumblr worthy." I like those and I think that if you're only going to get one, a cable knit one in a neutral color could be great! My personal favorite one from this collage is the one smack dab in the middle. I love the blue and pink because it's such a cute pop of color without being too over the top or crazy! 

Let me know what types of accessories you like to wear in the winter! I usually go for an infinity scarf instead of beanies or headbands, but I'd love to hear what you like to do! Also, this is completely interactive, so click on an accessory if you'd like to purchase it!

Friday, January 29, 2016

5 Breathtaking US Nature Spots to Visit Before You Die

The United States has some incredible scenery that's often under appreciated. From Texas to Virginia and California, here are 5 breathtaking spots you can't miss!

1) Palo Duro (Texas)
The Palo Duro canyon is located in the heart of the Texas Panhandle and is the second largest canyon in the US. Doesn't this look like such an amazing place to hike or explore?

2) Yellowstone (Wyoming)
There are so many different hot springs and geysers in Yellowstone. If that's not your thing, then maybe the bears and wildlife are. 

3) Great Falls (Virginia)
Great Falls is one of the first canals built in America. The Potomac river runs through it and looks incredible. After you've taken your pictures, you can also go climbing on the rocks. 

4) Napa Valley (California)
Most people go to Napa for the wine, but look at that scenery! There's nothing better than eating good food, drinking great wine, and watching the sun set over the vineyards. 

5) Yosemite (California)
Yosemite is located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Most people go to see the Falls, but this area is great for hiking, climbing, and adventuring through the forests. 

This is only the start of the United States nature spots to visit before you die and doesn't even begin to cover all that there is. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Friendships: How to Make Them, Keep Them, and Lose Them

Hi guys!
Today's video is a little bit different from the others that I've done. It's an advice video all about friendships. Friendships definitely change and evolve with age and since I've been in college I've experienced that first hand. Here are some of my tips to help you have better relationships with your friends!

I think that these tips apply to everyone no matter the age, but are especially applicable to other college students (like myself) because your friendships from home definitely go through the ringer as you try to adapt to adult life and independence. Let me know in the comments your top tips for friendship especially if you're in college or older because I'd love to get some tips from people that have experienced more in life! Also, please give this video a thumbs up if you like it and subscribe for more!