Borscht is a symbol of Russian-Ukrainian friendship. Our traditional vegetable and meat soup with beets. Any housewife should be able to cook this soup. There are many borscht recipes. Each village, each house cooks borscht in its own way and believes that it is his borscht that is the most correct! You can endlessly talk about this topic. From myself, to be honest, borscht is not only a tasty dish but also a state of mind.
Do you want to learn how to cook amazing borscht fast and easy? Then follow my recipe
1 kg of the beef neck or any type of beef with bones ⠀ 1/2 of onion ⠀ 2 medium-size carrots ⠀ 3 medium-size beets ⠀ 1/2 of cabbage ⠀ 1 large potato⠀
Boil beef or veal (should be with bones) for 1.5-2 hours ⠀
Did someone say athleisure? Yeah, pretty much everyone during quarantine has said athleisure. What is athleisure (and how many more times can I say it before it starts sounding weird)? Athleisure is clothing that can be worn to the gym, but, can also be worn out and about while running errands. Although this was not previously considered fashionable, it has become increasingly trendy. This style consists of sports bras, hoodies, leggings, yoga pants, running shorts, sweatpants, and sneakers.
As quarantine has progressed, people have been thirsting after comfortable clothing as they work from home. Comfy sweatpants and sweatshirts initially sold out in many stores. And quite honestly, I’m not mad at all since this is what I wear on a daily basis. Someone that I consider a style icon for athleisure is Madison Beer. Although it can look basic at times, she makes sporty-casual look effortless. She definitely gives off the model-off-duty style that I strive for. Here are 6 ways that I styled athleisure according to Madison Beer.
We’re starting off pretty basic with this first outfit. I initially thought crewnecks were pretty bland until I realized that if you pair them with the right accessories, they can be stylish. It’s a good clothing piece to choose when you want to keep warm but stay comfy. I like to pair them with a fanny pack to give myself some shape in the oversized crewneck. This shade of blue is also one of my favourite colours and seems to be featured on a lot of clothing pieces lately. Additionally, you can never go wrong with some leggings.
Biker shorts have been essential for the past few summers. I bought my first pair pre-quarantine and have been wearing them a ton. This particular pair from Aritzia has garnered a lot of hype because they’re decently priced and great quality. Squat-proof + they definitely suck you in and keep you looking snatched. Aritzia carries so many colours, so it’s super tempting to buy more! Very comparable to Lululemon.
Madison Beer is almost always caught by paparazzi donning matching sweatshirts and sweatpants. This particular yellow moment is a vibe that only a few can rock. I have yet to buy a matching sweatsuit, so, unfortunately, my crewneck and joggers don’t match – but hopefully, this gets the idea across. If I were to choose, I would prefer a baggier jogger to fit the comfy vibe.
Small Top w/ Baggy Pants
I feel obligated to rave about these joggers. I bought them right when quarantine started and I wear them almost every single day. Super soft and look cute when you lounge or go out. Madison is iconic for wearing the small straight-neck bra-tops with baggy pants that show off the abs. The exposed skin on the upper half of her body effectively juxtaposes the bagginess of the jogger, making the outfit *chef’s kiss*. It’s pretty basic, but, it definitely looks comfortable for running errands, working at home, or going on quarantine walks around the neighbourhood. 10/10 would wear.
Additional: Draped Over The Shoulder
Draping sweaters or sweatshirts over the shoulder has grown in popularity recently. Instead of being covered in a sweater, this technique keeps you cool while also showing off your top underneath. If it gets chilly, you can always throw the sweater on. Staying trendy, while also being practical – sounds good to me! This particular sweatsuit that Madison wore is tie-dye which makes it extra trendy. Surprisingly, this isn’t the only matching tie-dye sweatsuit that she owns. Go cop some tie-dye athleisure!
Comfy in jeans? Is that an oxymoron?
Still staying athletic with the crewneck, but with some jeans! Baggy jeans are currently popular as they’re more comfortable than skinny jeans and they mesh well with the laid-back 90s vibe that’s circulating. Since I am petite, I think it’s quite difficult for me to rock this trend, so I don’t currently own the baggy ‘dad’ jeans that everyone owns. The oversized top + baggy jeans combo is definitely out of my comfort zone, as I feel like it makes me look even shorter than I actually am, but Madison clearly rocks it. Nevertheless, it’s fun to see taller people rock this trend, as the comfort level is 100/10 compared to skinny jeans. This pairing can be worn to the mall or to go out and eat with friends!
(All pictures of Madison Beer came from Pinterest)
Out of the 6 outfits, which look was your favourite? Leave it in the comments below!
The Reasons I Will Academically Underperform this Semester because of COVID-19:
The topic of Covid-19 and the effects it has had on people’s lives is a tiresome and unfortunately necessarily overdone topic. However, most posts about the virus carry a sense of hope. Asking people to look on the bright side. They get to stay at home, they get to find appreciation for things they never thought to before, university students are able to spend more time learning and less time commuting. This is what I am angry about this week Disclaimer: I understand that coronavirus is a very serious topic that deeply impacts many people’s lives. This post is only to hopefully bring some humour into a sad and often unnerving topic.
Fall Semester is my favourite of all. You get the best mix of rainy, snowy, and chilly. The weather is ever-changing and every day brings a new surprise when you walk out the front door to head to the bus. You get a chance to drink your coffee, listen to music, maybe even catch up with a friend on the bus. This is all IMPOSSIBLE from the comfort of my own home. When I wake up for class, half the time I forget to even open the blinds. My music feels too loud in the morning when it is not trying to cover up the screeching of the Skytrain, and absolutely no one wants to wake up at 8 AM just have a pointless chat.
This is an essential part of being a student. The feeling you get as you look at all the other forlorn faces on the bus makes you feel like you’re not alone. Watching others slump over in their chairs as the night class clock strikes 8 PM is just not the same as watching blank zoom squares. The look two students who are essentially strangers give each other when a professor does something particularly weird will never happen. The only person I can make eye contact with is the reflection of myself on my laptop and if that isn’t sad, I don’t know what is.
There is also something difficult about hanging out with your friends when you have looming deadlines. However, with in-person school, meeting up to study allows for talking and getting work done. With these virtual study groups, I would rather just turn the video off and work on my own. It feels disingenuine and makes for a lot of longing for the good old days.
Although these are great for classes that you never would have shown up to if they were in person, they really do put a damper on taking classes with professors you love. They don’t tell their usual jokes, because who would laugh? They don’t have the same passion, because the energy is not the same when you sit in a room by yourself and record. They also tend to go really fast. I find myself rewatching many portions of lectures because professors forget we are taking notes and therefore do not take the pauses they normally would. All this to say that by the end of a one hour recording I’ve spent two hours scribbling notes that will later anger me to read.
One of the reasons many people are excited and motivated to enter into post-secondary is because of the legendary stories people tell them when they’re kids. The stories of independence, parties, friends, food, and just the pure experience of being in the building of thousands of others who are making the choice to better themselves, unlike high school where they are there by force. It is being young and getting to learn things that finally make you feel like you know something worth your time and can share it with the world. This experience that movies often try to capture, old people, talk about, and professors and administration try to facilitate is just not achievable in the online world. This September I enter into my last year and I am grateful that I got to spend a majority of my undergrad in the classic university setting. However, I am still saddened and of course, angered that this is most likely the way it will end. No grand goodbye or ceremony, just the “leave meeting” button on zoom to wave me off.
Setting up this blog has proven to be more difficult than I had expected. As the theme of this blog goes, I became frustrated many times throughout the week trying to configure the layout. Even now as I write this post, my blog is not meeting the standards I had unconsciously set for myself when I started. However, my anger only goes as far as aesthetics. Before writing any of the content, posting any of the links, or even researching similar blogs I made a vision board. I put what I wanted my posts to convey on this vision board and by collecting and sorting the images I was able to get a stronger sense of what I want my posts to feel life. It allowed me to flesh out more of why I wanted to do this topic.
I have seen a lot of anger on the internet and I wanted to know why. In what ways is people’s anger on the internet a reflection of everything they don’t say in person? An article I read by Dag Wollebaek examined how anger on social media can create an echo chamber effect. Allowing those who seek validation of their opinions in real life and do not receive it, to be rewarded in the online space. This is an immensely interesting topic for it shows how the internet is not a replacement for real-life but a supplementary space for people to get what they lack in reality.
This idea of using the online space as an aid is also something that I found in an article by Schwengel called “Technology as a Crutch For Teens.” Although this is not an academic article it makes some fair points. People are using the internet as a means of avoiding emotional instances in their real lives. This type of segway from real-life to online is something that I think this blog can embody.
I found that by using the internet in the ways that people who mistreat and misconstrue the meaning of it, allow me to amalgamate an increasingly interesting collection of emotion that will only ever be expressed on the internet and never in person. It also gives me the opportunity to see whether using the internet in this way actually affects my real life and in-person interactions.
Wollebæk, Dag, et al. “Anger, Fear, and Echo Chambers: The Emotional Basis for Online Behavior.” 2019.
Schwengel, Riley. “Technology acts as a crutch for teens” The Bucknellian (2012). https://bucknellian.net/24128/opinion/is-verbal-communication-a-dead-art/
Usually, it begins with a spurt of texts sent over to my best friend (all in caps, packed with non-verbal screams, sent with confetti for that extra pizazz). Usually, I spend the morning staring at my closet, as if the perfect birthday-night-out look will just come together itself. Usually, she rolls up into my driveway with Ariana Grande oozing out of the car speakers, as we yell at each other in the street complimenting each others’ outfits. Usually, we hit 3 (maybe 4, if we’re feeling extra saucy) restaurants in one evening, stopping in-between to grab some content for the feed. Usually, even after we’ve established that we’ve both had our fill, we stop at Starbucks on the way home. (Venti refreshers, always.)
Unfortunately, as we’ve been reminded over and over again, this is not like any other year. This is no “usual” September 23. This will be the first time in years that I won’t be able to celebrate my best friend in-person. And it stings a little bit.
Okay, a lot a bit.
Ain’t no crying in the club
But we’re not gonna let this bring us down! We’re here to vibe, party, and toast to the absolute gem of a human being that is my best friend. How lucky am I to be in your orbit.
So here’s a spunky mix dedicated to my bes fren, my hypewoman, my main! These are tracks that remind me of her, mark special moments in our lives, or are bops that I know I would’ve queued up in the car on the way into the city.
Through the years, I’ve experienced many different emotions towards fashion and clothing.
Growing up, my family did not have a lot of disposable income to buy new clothing. The majority of my clothing items were hand-me-downs, and my mom and grandma would bring me to the thrift store to pick a few pieces that I would use throughout the year. Overall, I didn’t have a preference for what I wore, as the only criteria to fulfill was that it was comfortable.
Once high school began, my attitude towards fashion took a turn. I spent countless hours visiting YouTube, WeHeartIt, and Pinterest for outfit ideas and clothing hauls (still guilty of doing this to procrastinate). I was shy and not extremely popular, so it felt like the only way to fit in was to buy the new trendy items that everyone else wore. However, this was difficult on a limited budget.
To combat the feeling of not fitting in, I resorted to DIY clothing and thrift flipping before they were even popular. To be honest, I was horrible at it; but, my parents believed in me and bought me a sewing machine. I grew up watching my mom sew everything, so it was fairly easy to learn how to sew. Consequently, my mom scolded me for cutting up my clothes and sewing them into different pieces. But, I consider this as the beginning of my creative expression through fashion. I look back and laugh at how badly I dressed; but, I was just trying my best to fit in (and failing horribly). Although this is the case, I find solace in realizing that we weren’t expected to be well-dressed and awkward phases were normal at that age.
I’m happy to see that thrifting is such a big trend because somehow it all comes back full circle. I used to fear being called out for wearing hand-me-downs and thrifted clothing. Yet, somehow my childhood is now considered cool. People who currently experience the same fear can feel relief in that sense. With that being said, I appreciate that I grew up in a frugal household and that I am now more fortunate to buy new pieces. As a result, I put more value in clothing as I was previously encouraged to find alternatives that were outside of the box.
Now that I’m older, I still find it difficult to express how much I enjoy fashion. Considering that I leave my house in a hoodie 95% of the time, I think it’s easy to discredit myself for not outwardly expressing my interest. Therefore, the goal behind this blog is to challenge myself to be more vocal. Funds are still limited (university life!), but, this puts my interest in fashion to the test by pushing me to find alternate ways of following trends.
Although I am still the shy and reserved person that I was growing up, I have become more aware of how the act of fitting in and popularity doesn’t matter. Everyone’s tastes are different. Sometimes, I look back on an outfit that I wore the day before and cringe at myself – but that’s okay! This is all a part of the process and it’s what garners growth in the first place. By no means am I a fashion expert in any way, but I invite you to join me on my fashion journey.