Monday, December 22, 2014

Cliché Magazine Feature

Through my general web browsing I stumbled upon Cliché Magazine, a digital magazine which covers everything from fashion, to beauty, to music, and much more. It was a pleasure to recently be interviewed for their winter Style Column! Check out a selection of the interview by Victoria Olmo below:

December means the start of our Winter session for our Style Column! Get ready for style and beauty inspiration all made for this cold weather season. Our featured bloggers will have your skin looking radiant, your makeup on point, and your clothes stylish and snugged with their helpful tips. Kicking off the start to these snowy days is blogger Alyssa Freitas from her blog on Blogspot. She’s a nineteen-year-old student with an exuberant personality that shines through her blog writing. Her posts feature the equal excitement in her life from her experiences and the incredible, helpful tips she shares with readers. Read on to see why we think she is a blogger’s delight in this debut of our Winter session

Style Column. Cliché: What are your top beauty/fashion routines?
Alyssa Freitas: Over the years, I have learned that simple works best for me for both fashion and beauty. Fashion wise, the most important part of my routine is asking myself, “If someone else was wearing this, would I compliment them?” If the answer is yes, then I go with it. If not, I ask myself how I can make it better. For beauty, I don’t do too much. Moisturizer, foundation, cream blush, mascara, some concealer, lipstick, and I’m ready to go.

Name the top three products you couldn’t live without this season. 
This season, I am all about lipstick to brighten up dreary winter days. My particular favorite is Wine with Everything by Revlon because of the creamy texture and affordable price. I also find it very important to use moisturizer to protect my skin from the effects of the cold. I use Olay’s Complete Daily Defense with SPF because the sun does shine even in the winter after all! I love the rosy cheeks you get from being out during the winter, so to have that look even when inside I use cream blush. As it turns out, my favorite cream blush has been discontinued, so I’m on the lookout for a replacement.

For the rest of the interview click here.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Loving The Law: Social Media

I have a bit of a fascination with the law as it relates to the internet, social media, and blogging. Since we have entered a new age of intellectual property and copyright issues, there is so much that needs to be developed legally to deal with it.

I recently came across the online publication New York County Lawyer. The November issue focused on social media and its influence on the legal profession. I enjoyed many of the articles, particularly "Social Media Content: Who really owns what you post, pin, tweet and share?" Check it out below.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Why I Blog

As a general rule I am a consumer. I devour books and feast on Pinterest boards and revel in the creation of others. And I was fine with that. I was happy to enjoy the hard work of others because they could do it much better than I. After starting this blog however, I have found the joy in being a creator.

Why I Blog |

Yes, I don't always use my own pictures or have completely original ideas, but three times a week I sit down and make something I never have before. There is certainly value in exercising my mind and challenging myself (in something other than schoolwork!).

Blogging has given me a reason to do research (for posts like this one and this one), teach myself HTML coding, learn photo editing, and develop the ultimate color coded calendar. It has shown me that working hard is not necessarily enough to get results, but rather that luck and timing play an integral role. To keep writing week after week I have had to redefine my idea of 'success' and do this for myself first; to have a product that I am proud of.

Since I have willfully joined a saturated market, I realize that I have to curb my anticipation of being a wide reaching blogger and focus on creating quality content for those who do take the time to read. Thank you to those of you who visit this blog and leave kind comments. It means very much to me that you stop by!

For other bloggers do you feel the same? What makes blogging worth it to you?


Monday, December 15, 2014

Etiquette: Digital Edition

Once upon a time there was no such thing as social media, text messaging and Facebook. The rules of etiquette concerned letter writing, when to leave a calling card and how to behave at formal dances. Now, however, we need new guidelines to help us navigate the digital world. There is so much that can be covered, but here are the top rules you should keep in mind for your online life.

Etiquette: Digital Edition |

  • If you wouldn't say it in person, don't say it online. Just like your parents may have told you 'if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all,' you should not feel emboldened by the anonymous nature of the internet. Keep it positive and constructive.
  • THERE IS NO NEED TO SHOUT!!!!!!! Or use multiple exclamation points. Caps lock is not your friend. Since the person or people on the other side can't hear the inflection of your voice or see the expression on your face it is best to keep your words lowercase and let one punctuation mark serve your purpose.
  • Remember once you press send/submit/post, it is out there. An email can't be unsent and a post, even if deleted, can be seen and a screen shot can be taken. For these reasons be absolutely sure that you don't mind if your words or picture were to be seen by everyone you know.
  • Give credit where credit is due. If you post a picture you didn't take then include the source and if you are quoting someone be sure to include his or her name. You don't want to violate copyright laws.
Remember to try and be a positive force in an age where negativity is the norm online


This article was originally published (by me!) on HerCampus TCNJ.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Back In Time: John Adams

I just made the realization that I never before dedicated a post to John Adams. He is mentioned in my about page but he deserves so much more. My PSE mentor, Colleen, is the only other person I've met who shares my love for him so it is quite clear that I need to spread the word about how integral he was to the revolution and what an inspiring person he is.

The HBO John Adams series (based on the book by David McCullough, which I highly recommend) is what initially sparked my interest in this fascinating man. Fun fact: I went to theater camp with the boy who plays young John Quincy. The series gives a wonderful picture of John Adams' contribution to the formation of the United States of America. What people don't often realize is that had he not secured a loan from the Dutch during the war, things may have turned out tragically different.

Adams never failed to give everything he had to his country and sacrificed being with his family to do what was right for liberty. I so admire how he and his wife Abigail were able to stay in love and faithful to one another despite the distance and time between them. The mini series really shows how Abigail's counsel was vital to John as he was faced with countless challenges (behind every great man...).

Figures like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson (don't even get me started on how much I dislike Mr. Jefferson) get all of the attention and glory, but with Adams pulling the strings (like ultimately nominating Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence) I would suggest that history as we know it would be completely different.

Beyond his political contributions, John Adams was such a good man and hard worker. He never owned a slave, worked his own farm well into old age, and was an essentially self taught solicitor. I could go on endlessly about how I want to be like John Adams. A few Christmases ago my brother got me a poster of the great man and I have it hanging up by my mirror in my dorm room. Each day I look at it and say to myself "Be like John." It's like a "What would Jesus do (WWJD)" mentality, except I add a J for John. If I can be anything even remotely like these two great men I will be satisfied.

Have I sparked your interest in John Adams? Who do you look up to?

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