More Than Your Seflie

Selfies — they’re everywhere right? A modern phenomenon. And whether we want to admit it or not, whether we take them to be goofy, show off our makeup or just because we’re bored (that’s me), we all take (and share) them now and then. And every Instagram like serves as a mini-confidence booster — but is that healthy?

In support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 23-March 1), Her Campus has been hosting a #LovingMe project, encouraging people (but young women especially) to share what they love most about themselves (excluding anything physical) on social media. I think it’s a great initiative to remind us we should be sharing more than our pretty faces.

What do I love about myself? I’m loyal (almost to a fault, but we’re focusing on positives here). I’m a good storyteller and good with words. I’m practical-minded with a creative streak. I’m good with my money. I’m nice. And you know what? There’s even more stuff that I love about myself  — I’m more than my body parts, whether I like them or not.

Which is why it’s so disappointing to see what the TODAY show has been doing this week with their “Love Your Selfie” series. The show’s intentions seem to be in the right place, as their blog explains:

Every day too many of us wake up unhappy with the way we look. TODAY wants to change that! With the “Love Your Selfie” series, kicking off Saturday, Feb. 22, TODAY will examine the obsession with body image and how we can join together to feel more positive about ourselves. TODAY’s anchors will take an honest and revealing look at how they feel about their own body image.

It sounds kind of great, right? I have to take issue though with how the emphasis is still placed on outward appearance. I much rather hear about what personality traits celebrities feature about themselves rather than listen to what they and the anchors are self-conscious about. There’s a time and place for that, and it takes guts to admit what your “imperfections” are, but NEDA Week is not that time — especially if it’s not balanced out with discussions on “inner beauty” and the like.

Ultimately, it feels like a missed opportunity, especially when the statistics TODAY shared about body image are so eye-opening: Read more

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College Fashion tells us about easy ways to update your summer wardrobe.

So I’m obsessed with leopard print (see here and here), so I need to try this leopard print nail tutorial from Hello Giggles a.s.a.p.

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☀ Sarah

P.S. I’m still looking for guest bloggers! Let me know if you’re interested!

Happy One Year!

I should've bought myself dessert today.


A year ago today, I was sitting at my mom’s dining room table, working up the nerve to hit publish on my first-ever blog post. Tonight, I’m sitting at my kitchen table in my Bronx apartment (with exposed brick and stainless steel appliances, natch) and I’m happy to say it’s my first blogiversary!

I don’t want to get too sentimental or anything, since this space is “just a blog”, but it’s really not. It’s been great being welcomed by the blogging community and creating my own little niche in the blogosphere. Not only has Shades of Sarah grown so much in the past year, but so have I. Actually, after a tough sophomore year of college, I can say a lot has changed for me in the past two weeks, but all for the better.

For those of you who have thought about starting your own blogs, I have this piece of advice: do it. Not only have I found a hobby I love and stuck with, but it’s given me opportunities too. I’m a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Fordham and I’m an editorial at Lovelyish, a Web site run by Xanga. And I love it.

And enormous amount of gratitude goes out to my readers, whoever you are. Thanks for all of your support, especially my blog friends and real-life friends. If you want reminisce with me, you can take a look back at some of my favorite and most popular posts.

◊ 20 Lessons I Learned Before I Was 20

Girl Crush: Mia Hamm

Fashion Inspiration: Thelma & Louise

In the Sun

Fashion Inspiration: The Chrysler Building

Big Lights Will Inspire You

California Dreamin’

Thank you again everyone! Here’s to a fabulous second year!

☀ Sarah

P.S. Now’s probably a good time to let everyone know I’m looking for guest bloggers this June! Contact me here if you’re interested.