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I'm fully aware that I am *possibly* the worst blogger to exist on the face of the internet. I've hinted at this in a few other posts (trust me, they aren't that many...), but I've fallen out of love with blogging at the moment. This is not to say that I still don't enjoying creating content and pursuing creative realms, but the act of being an influencer and always being "on" has really taken a toll on me. I like to believe that I'll come back to blogging more reguarly, but I'm taking it in piecemeal. 

Last week, I took a much needed social media detox and simply deleted the apps from my phone. During that break, I realized that I do enjoy certain aspects of social media and the authentic content that certain individuals put out into the world. However, I came away knowing that I used to spend way too much time concerned with other's lives and the image they put out in the world than I should have been. In fact, I have been practicing the technique of consuming "mindful media".

For me, that means following people that promote positivity or provide something that I want to learn about and explore, and unfollowing accounts that don't do anything for me. It is also paying attention to what you consume apart from social media; think about podcasts, television shows, etc. I am much more chill with shows and movies though.... watching Baywatch was one of the best decisions I've made in awhile. Ha. 

To continue, another reason that I decided to refocus my energy away from social media and into the real world, is that I want to truly live in the moment. That my friends, is still a work in progress and probably will continue to be. I'm slowly finding ways to be present. Spending less time on Instagram is one way. I'm also training for a half-marathon and have found running to be mediative to me. Just me, the music, and my two feet. Speaking of music, I've been on somewhat of a "music exploration", thanks to Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Times. Music.is.just.so.cool. 

I can say it everyday, life is too short. There is no reason to not live your best life and do it the way you desire. Oh I know. It sounds so incredibly cheesy and cliche. However, as I've learned over the past several months, all of this takes time. So, start today or tomorrow. Just get out there and do what you love. Simply start.

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September's Best of the Best

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Why hello, it's been some time. September was a weird month full of transitions. I've been focusing on spending less time plugged into the internet and I've noticed that my mental clarity is much sharper than ever. Truth be told, another reason I've been MIA is that I just haven't been in the right mindset to blog. Social media is fickle and even after several years, I am still trying to find some balance in my life. To jumpstart my journey back to blogging, here are my long overdue monthly favorites. Oh, and tomorrow is my eighteenth birthday! 

Above (L/R): Mark Rothko Orange & Yellow (1956) and Orange, Red, Yellow (1961)

Through My Eyes

White Collar: USA Network totally peaked from 2009-2012 with its amazing lineup of Suits, NCIS, and White Collar. After catching up on Suits over the summer, I decided to switch gears to White Collar, the FBI meets con-man meets art theft show. It's one of those shows that becomes redundant after a while but still provides some mindless entertainment when necessary. 

Lady Gaga's music videos:  I have been the biggest Lady Gaga fan since her Fame Monster days and genuinely think she is the best artist of our time. One night this month, my brother and I watched a ton of her music videos, which are essentially genius pieces of musical and visual art. My favorites are forever Marry the Night, Paparazzi, and You & I. Go take a look. 

Autumn movies: You've Got Mail, When Harry met Sally, Hocus Pocus, Love Story, Rushmore, Dead Poets Society.... Autumnal movies should be a film genre of their own. I always find them to be both comforting and nostalgic. I recommend watching them all with a hot coffee in hand. 

In My Ears

Playlists: I've curated some new playlists for fall that you can access via Spotify. Here are some of my favorites right now:

Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac

Last Mile Home - Kings of Leon

No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand

Drinkee- Sofi Tukker

Wake Up - Circa Waves

Everything Now- Arcade Fire

Green Light (Chromeo Remix) - Lorde

Whole Wide World (Unpeeled) - Cage the Elephant

The Man- The Killers

 

In My Wardrobe

Vintage Kimonos: I purchased a vintage kimono style jacket via Etsy after being struck with sartorial inspo from nothing other than... The Parent Trap. Does the yacht dinner scene ring a bell? Instead of going the full mile, I plan to wear my new jacket with denim, t-shirts, and boots. 

Checkered vans: Speaking of funkier pieces, I finally jumped on the checkered vans wagon a decade too late. The ultra classic skater shoe received a modern update with a small platform. Safe to say, I have not worn any other shoes this past month. 

 

In the Kitchen

Tumeric: I've been reading up on anti-inflammatory diets and gut health in order to get my skin back in balance. A few things I've been doing are: 1) cutting down my coffee intake (at least a little bit), 2) drinking kombucha regularly, 3) taking a probiotic, and 4) sneaking in tumeric here and there. Some of my favorite ways are a golden milk latte or as a seasoning for tofu and vegetables. 

Waffles: Since it's starting to get cold again in the mornings, I have started to incorporate hot breakfast again, in lieu of smoothie bowls.  A favorite of mine is protein waffles. All I do is mix my favorite (vegan) chocolate protein powder, buckwheat pancake mix, baking soda, maca powder, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and some almond milk together. Pour it into waffle maker and out comes pure magic. 

Other & Other

Early rising: Getting back into a routine is always difficult. Add school into the equation and oof... One of the things I've been actively attempting to improve is my sleep habits. Truth be told, my sleep schedule is often out of whack, especially as school work piles on, so unless I make a conscious effort to sign off and get some shuteye, I'd be up till the sun rises. One of the biggest "hacks" that has helped me is having an Amazon Echo Dot. No joke. Having an alarm that you can't just switch off and roll back to bed makes a big difference in my morning. Once I hear that annoying sound, I am ~forced~ to get up and at it. 

 

I'm Back

 

Well, well, well.

Fancy seeing you around here, as it’s been quite some time. I finished my final exams last week, so I’m pleased to announce that I’m d-o-n-e with junior year. If you talk to any other person who has gone through this treacherous year, they will firmly agree that it’s akin to Dante’s 9th Circle of Hell. The absolute worst. It’s only recently hit me that I’m going to be a senior come September, but let’s not rush life. We have a full summer ahead before we even have the to cross the bridge to the land of stress, college, and my final year of high school.

During those crazy weeks of finals, I made an executive decision to take some time off from blogging. The main reason I did this was because I simply had zero time to focus on anything else other than school. The other reason, which I think is crucial to bring up, is that I wasn’t feeling inspired or motivated to blog. I know this could be seen as some ~saucy~ news to both readers and fellow people of the interweb, but yes, sometimes I just don’t want to post. After (almost) five year of blogging, I’ve realized that it’s okay to not be “on” all the time. A break is exactly what the digi-doctor ordered. 

So, at this point, you may ask… “Sloane, what’s next?”

And to that my friend, the answer is that some changes will be aflutter around here this summer. In the near future, STSS will begin the process of changing from a blog to an online portfolio with a blog component.  

Now, now, I don’t want you to think this is just for the sake of college applications or because I’m lazy. This is a decision I’ve been planning for awhile because as I grow and change, I feel like my own digital space should reflect that growth. 

Continuing on, in the next month or so, you will witness some design changes being born. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure if these changes will be happening overnight or… Forever and always winging it. Additionally, I have a plethora of digital back-logged posts from the past few months that deserve a spot in the online universe. Keep your eyes peeled for those. 

Now that the we have the nitty-gritty out in the open, time to dig into the goof stuff. What else is in store for this summer? I’ll be dancing the day away at Gov Ball on Saturday, followed by some time out in Montauk for quality surf and sun. No doubt that you’ll see me in the great Ocean State. Both Texas and California are on the horizon in July, so I’ll see you there. Finally, thank you for sticking with me this year. I’m completely aware that content has been up and down and back up, but I’m back.

Until next time, folks. Signing off. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Future Is [ ]

It is challenging to put yesterday's historical and magical day into coherent sentences, as the energy was indescribable and unforgettable. Perhaps making it one of the top five moments in my life. President Trump believes that we are a divided country, but I think anyone who was out marching or participating yesterday (across the 600+ cities, and 30+ countries) would care to disagree. I witnessed a powerful and strong union of individuals. Individuals who are of a different race, gender, religion, nationality, but these individuals were standing together. Truth be told, I have never felt more proud to call myself both an American and a woman than I did yesterday. I hope that this march, and the many to come, is a wake-up call to our government, representatives, and world leaders saying that we are here and we are not going away. 

On a slightly more personal note, this past election has lit a flame within me. A flame that continues to burn brighter and stronger every day. It has made me recognize that my voice holds power, and that power must be used. Each and every one of us holds that power. Use your voice to spread positive messages of love, not hate. Continue to educate yourself (and others) about issues that concern our fellow citizens, our planet, and our communities. Support those around you. Never stop fighting and working for what you believe. And lastly, my fellow ladies, never underestimate yourself and never forget that you, yes you, can change the world. 

Back in November, we asked ourselves the question, "where do we go from here?", and I think after yesterday, we will are going to be pretty damn well. January 21st, 2017 has come and gone, but it is only the beginning of something greater. 

Let's get ready and let's get to work. 

 

 

 

Forward | 2016 Wrap-Up

I learned

+ That self-love and self-trust come before anything else. If you are unable to love yourself, you cannot give your own love to anyone else fully and authentically. Trusting your mind and heart is challenging and failures are bound to happen, but realizing that your own trust is more important than others is pretty empowering.

+ Be grateful for the supportive people in your life and never feel guilty or bad for asking for help. Vulernablilty isn't weak. 

+ Your body is a temple. Take care of it. Eat well and work out often. But, also take care of your mind and soul. Treat others well, educate yourself, and grow. Mental health is irreplaceable. 

+ Realize that you have many soulmates. Not every single one of them is romantically related, but a deep connection with certain people happens for a reason. And some of these people will fall out of your life, but understand and appreciate what they bring to you when they are present.

+ Spend time alone. Enjoy your own company, whether it is reading, watching a movie, listening to music, or just reflecting.

+ Get outside more. Run. Walk. Bike. Sit. Pause and watch the sunset. Take the headphones out and listen to nature's own soundtrack. Remember the little moments because in the end, they will overpower the big ones. 

I Wore

+ Gucci loafers

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+ Loads of denim

+ Realisation Par dresses

I listened

+ Over 40,000 minutes of 2016 was spent listening to music on my Spotify account alone, so it is safe to say that music holds a special place in my life. Playlists were created and here are my favorites. Be sure to follow my account to keep up with my current listenings (like my first playlist of 2017)

+ Nostalgia

+ The Soundtrack I, The Soundtrack II, and The Soundtrack III

+ Autumn Twenty Sixteen

+ Summer Tunes

I visited

+ Clearwater, Florida

+ Anguilla, BVI

+ Rhode Island // Newport, Providence, & Block Island

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+ The Hamptons

+ Seattle, Washington

 

+ Mentor, Ohio

 

+ Miami, Florida 

I wish (for 2017)

+ To try my best to live in the moment and immerse myself fully with who I am around and what I am doing. 

+ To read the endless stack of books I have accumulated over time 

+ To cut down on the time I spend on phone

+ To use my voice to help others and spread awareness about issues I feel strongly about


xx, sloane

 

 

With Gratitude...

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G'morning on this glorious Thanksgiving day.

Every year as this holiday rolls through, I remember to share some words of gratitude with you all. Like always, I am incredibly thankful for all of your support- this website would honestly be nothin, nada, without any of you. I don't say it enough, but thank you, thank you, thank you.

This year, I am thankful for the following... this is only the short list, I could go on forever. 

 


endless love, compassion, laughter fits, freedom, happy and sad tears, the ability to feel, see, hear, touch, move, and breathe. 

Family, friends, teachers, dogs, the ocean, sunrises and sunsets, the stars, the great outdoors, thunderstorms, loud music, changing seasons, a thumping bass, late night journaling sessions, day-dreaming, dancing, driving with the windows down,

hot coffee, vegan pancakes, baseball caps, my favorite sweater, running, sweating, moving, sailing, reading a good book, watching a thrilling film, sleeping, gilmore girls, hilary clinton, heated debates in class, and holiday candles.

traveling, skiing, snowfall, airplanes, people watching, early breakfasts and late night chinese food, strobe lights, packed dance floors, messy hair, spoonfuls of peanut butter, train rides, New York city, quiet coffeeshops, crunching leaves, special people, st.barths beaches, and film cameras. .