Heart Map Series: Jenn

After working on Atlas Blog all year, I feel absolutely honored to have worked with such an incredible team. Without the fabulous people on the Blog, I doubt I would have poured my heart and soul into each post.

This week, we have all created Heart Maps to give you all an insight into what we all value and love. Here is mine:

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My Boston Favorites

I always talk about Boston – I literally never shut up about it.

My soul is full of pride to know that I grew up in this incredible city. And after watching the Marathon from the finish line this weekend, my heart has just burst from happiness, love, and pride. Although it is normal to love the place you grew up, I know that my love and pride surpasses that normal capacity.

And as I am turning 2o this summer, I have put together a list of my all-time favorites within the city of Boston. For the most part, I am a HUGE foodie which is the reason why a lot of my favorites are restaurants. Along with food, I love shopping and large hang-out places which makes my list a combination of hidden places and well-known parts of the city. The way I went about making my list is by creating a quirky, lil’ map through Google to actually pinpoint the places I am talking about AND to make it easier for you all to figure out where they all are if you decide to try them out for yourselves!

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Japan: My Perspective

I have never been to Japan.

I know, I bet you have not been there either. However, there is a reason why that sentence is so important: I am half Japanese and have never been to the country that half of my body, my soul, my literal blood belongs to. Going to Japan is almost like a milestone in my family – if you go, you are a true member of the family. And as of April 10th, I am officially going to Japan this summer from August 17th to September 3rd.

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Commuting From Home

After going through a life-long search to find the perfect house for my family, I knew that there was no way in hell I would be able to live in apartment that I could pay for myself until I was a functioning adult. Most of this sentiment comes in part by the reality of getting zero assistance from my parents to pay for an apartment and the other fees that come with this responsibility. And since the cheapest apartment I have ever come across that is close by to campus costs $900 a month, I have decided to live at home for my junior year of college. I know, I know, I think I might have lost my mind but at the same time, I have no problem being a scammer.

For the most part, I am a home-body. I like the comfort of having a home or at least little pieces of comfort that remind me of home. And I have made myself quite the home here at Emerson but I am looking forward to having real food, free laundry, and a couch that I can lay on without disrupting someone else’s personal space. If it was up to me, I would gladly live on campus next year but that’s not possible as the junior lottery is a fake scam in itself and there’s not enough space for everyone.

What I noticed the most about making the decision to live at home is that I get a plethora of reactions from those I mention it to or those who ask about my living situation for next year. Overall, people tend to respect my decision but I have gotten a lot of confused facial expressions, some form of amusement, and a lot of questions. And for the purpose of this post, I have decided to share these quirky questions and give you my equally quirky but honest answers.

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Kylie Cosmetics: Hit or Miss?

90 million Instagram followers.

20 million Twitter followings.

#1 viewed account on Snapchat.

A total net-worth of $18 billion in 2016.

Welcome to the world of the youngest Kardashian-Jenner: Kylie Jenner.

And in case you were unsure of who Kylie is, she is the daughter of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner. She has gained fame through her family’s reality television show called Keeping Up With the Kardashians and since then has built herself a enormous social media following. However, Kylie is known for her famous, lip-filler pout and famously perfecting how to line her lips as shown through her Instagram posts:

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via Instagram @kyliejenner

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My Struggle With Unhealthy Eating

In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love:

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“I’m in love. I’m having a relationship with my pizza.”

For almost all aspects in my life, those words ring true. Not only am I perpetually single, I have almost always had a strong relationship with the foods I eat. It is very important for me to enjoy the food I eat and to have an experience while I eat. In my family, every meal we eat is made with a lot of love and is surrounded by a happy conversation — it is a tradition that makes me value meal-time. However, the bad part about this relationship is that a lot of the food I eat are horrible for my body.

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Vlogs Make Me Happy, OK?

I am a really nosy person – I absolutely LIVE for the drama, the inside scoop, the 411, etc. That’s why I adore any kind of social media that gives me a look as to what is happening in the world directly around me such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and even YouTube!

In case you were wondering how YouTube gives me an inside look, it’s through the millions of vlogs that are uploaded onto the website everyday.

What’s a vlog? Well, the direct definition of a vlog is simply a video blog. It’s really just a form of web television that can be found mostly on YouTube. The word ‘vlog’ was coined by Adrian Miles in 2000 after he posted a video with changing text however Miles was not the person to start vlogging.

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Navigating Professional Dress

I spent 3 weeks in professional clothing.

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3 sad, long weeks without leggings, sweatshirts, t-shirts, sneakers, moccasins – basically all of my most loved pieces in my wardrobe.

And the reason why I spent 3 weeks in professional clothing was primarily due to the fact that I was pledging Emerson College’s only local, professional sorority, Kappa Gamma Chi! Now that those 3 weeks are over and I crossed into Kappa, I learned a lot about professionalism and what it means to dress professionally; especially figuring out how to balance professionalism with comfort.

For the most part, I had two constant questions running through my mind when I was pledging: Is professional dress limited to a select handful of clothing options? Are we all going to be stuck wearing dress pants, blouses, and heels for the rest of our lives?

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Is Glossier Leading the Newest Revolution in Beauty?

Emily Weiss
Ms. Emily Weiss – C.E.O. & Founder

Ever wonder what it would be like to turn your blog into an up-and-coming, award winning skincare and makeup line? Well, Emily Weiss, the C.E.O. and Founder of Glossier, might just have all of the answers for us. Before starting her blog Into The Gloss, she was a favored fashion assistant at W and Vogue making her all of the connections that would create a cult blog following once she left the magazines.

And her blog grew to its height of popularity through her column titled “The Top Shelf” where Weiss interviewed famous editors, models, muses, industry professionals, even rising celebrities about their skincare regimens. Funnily enough, Weiss had a brief stint on The Hills as the uptight, mean intern making her role on the reality television show memorable.

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Tired of texting? Spice up your iMessage with GamePigeon!

Do you ever get bored when you are texting? Have you ever wanted to spice up your conversation with a fun, lil’ game? Well, I discovered something that will make all of these dreams come true during Thanksgiving break due to my best friend Meagan: an app called GamePigeon!

Credit: iTunes Apple Store
Credit: iTunes Apple Store

GamePigeon creates the best of both worlds by combining your iMessage with a game app!

Now, you might know what I’m talking about but if you don’t things are about to get a ~little~ exciting! Obviously, there have been apps created for iMessage before such as sticker apps and emoji apps but I did not realize that there were now game apps that could be used as extensions to iMessage! And the main one that is surging higher and higher in popularity is Game Pigeon (which also works for Android users!). 

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