Movie Review: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight

I know I’m probably too old to still be involved with American Girl, but though I don’t play with my old Emily doll anymore, I still love the movies.  They give off good messages and always make me feel happy once I’m done watching them.

Last night I watched the new AG movie, Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight.  I love dance and so I was really looking forward to it.  I really enjoyed this movie.  Some bits, like most American Girl movies, are pretty cheesy, but it was totally relatable.  I always compare myself to other girls and dancers and think they have it easy because they are really pretty and flawless.  It was cool to see that Isabelle went through that too and how she handled it.  It was nice seeing Jade and Renadda let their “perfect” walls down so we could really see who they were. 

This is a great movie for today’s society where we all strive to be perfect.  It lets girls know that making mistakes is not a bad thing, it’s what makes us who we are.  

I’m going to summer camp in a couple of weeks, and I’ve been thinking lately how everyone is so good at something, and I just feel so mediocre and boring compared to everyone else there.  This movie is helping me realize that everyone shines in their own way, and that I should recognize my talents and focus on them.  It might not be dancing, but maybe it’s something like staying calm in tough situations. 

I loved the ballerina, Jackie Sanchez, too.  She was such a great role model for Isabelle and Jade. She really did care about Isabelle’s problems.  I think that it’s very important for everyone who has someone to lift their spirits and make them feel like they are worth it.  I also think it’s important to be this kind of role model for someone else.

This is a great movie about self confidence, growing up, family, and friendship.  Definitely check it out!

Role Model Profile: Kaitlyn Jenkins

Name: Kaitlyn Jenkins
Born: April 11, 1992
Occupation: Actress
Best Known For: Starring as Boo Jordan in Bunheads

Why Kaitlyn Jenkins is special: She is a dancer who doesn’t let her “non-typical” ballet body define her. She proves with determination and passion, that anything is possible. She played Boo Jordan on Bunheads who displayed the same message.

Why I look up to Kaitlyn Jenkins: She is beautiful, passionate, determined, friendly, and a good person. She is a good role model and isn’t one of those celebs who are into drugs, alcohol, and partying. Kaitlyn is still a typical girl who loves dance and acting. Kaitlyn is very responsive and appreciative to her fans.

Lessons to Learn from Kaitlyn: Stand up for what you believe in, don’t back down, be grateful and appreciative.

Watch Bunheads and check out some of Kaitlyn’s Youtube Videos and her Instagram!
Youtube: Kaitlyn Jenkins
Instagram: kaitlynjenkins8

 

(P.S. We are birthday twins! I was born on April 11 as well!)

Kaitlyn Jenkins

My Role Models

I am hoping to do a post about most of these wonderful, strong ladies sometime int he future. Some are TV characters and others are real people. I’m not including the people I look up to that I really know, but I might do posts on them, too. These people all have different reasons that why I look up to them. Some might because of their inspiring stories and dedication, while others might be because I see them as a fashion icon or love their attitude and classiness. I’ll probably keep adding to this because I don’t think you can have enough people to look up to. This is in no particular order:

Chloe Lukasiak
Amanda Seyfried
Ginny Thompson/Bailey Buntain – Bunheads
Boo Jordon/Kaitlyn Jenkins – Bunheads
Sasha – Bunheads
Michelle Simms/Sutton Foster – Bunheads
Payson Keeler – Make it Or Break It
Kaylie Cruz – Make it Or Break It
Gabby Douglas
Shawn Johnson
Meryl Davis
Misty Copeland
Emily Maynard
Hermione Granger
Beacon Street Girls
Kate Middleton
Aquamarine
Bethany Hamilton

Tips to Feel Naturally Beautiful: Part I Attitude

Lately, beauty has been getting me down. I’ve felt bad about how I look and keep comparing myself to others. I wish my nose looked more like hers…her hair is so perfect…she must not have a worry in the world.
This has led me to come up with some ideas on how to feel and look more naturally beautiful. The first part will be all about attitude.

Attitude
Truly the most important step is attitude. I think it really either makes you or breaks you. What’s a pretty face if they are actually really mean on the inside?

1) Stop comparing yourself to others – This to me is the most difficult step. With media shoving down their ideas of perfection, it makes us think that our beautiful and unique features are actually flaws. Learn to accept not only yourself, but everyone around you. We are all different. If you try and focus your whole life about changing your face shape, you’ll only get sad about something you can’t change.

2) Don’t think it’s bad to think you are beautiful – Often, if I have a day where I feel particularly pretty, I think I’m full of myself or delusional and end up feeling sad again. Why can’t I feel pretty? Understand it’s not a bad thing to love yourself.

3) Be a nice person – Be grateful, kind, listen to others, the works. This is what truly makes you beautiful.

4) Don’t make looks define you or rule your life – There are so many more important things. I think volunteering at your local hospital is a lot more beautiful than the shade of lipstick you have on. That being sad, you don’t have to ignore looks completely. I think that if you feel pretty, it can lead to confidence. Just remember to prioritize.

5) Let someone know they are beautiful every day – You know how great you feel when someone compliments your hair or your eyes. Make someone else feel that way too. Saying a few words like “I like your blouse!” can give someone a great feeling.

I will post some beauty/appearance tips later!

For part 2 click HERE

Why I Love Bunheads So Much

Bunheads, an ABC Family show, was cancelled last year, but to this day is ranked as my all-time favourite TV series. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched the series (it would be shocking if I actually knew the real number!). It is a show about a Vegas show girl named Michelle who ends up marrying a man named Hubble on a whim and moving to the town of Paradise to live with him…and his mother, Fanny. When Hubble dies in a car accident, Fanny and Michelle have to figure out what to do next. Fanny also owns a ballet studio. The show is filled with ups and downs, laughs and tears. I completely adore it. Here are some reasons why:

1) Dancing – very unique, beautiful, and fun. I especially love the dance for Fanny and the lyrical one focusing around Sasha

2) It’s fast – The dialogue keeps your attention because it’s so fast!

3) It’s funny – Amy Sherman-Palladino’s writing is hilarious. It’s very witty and pop-culture-y, which I love!

4) The characters – There is not one character who isn’t perfectly realistic and thought out. There is something unique and special about every one (and the main six characters are all my role models!)

5) The actors – They were all unknown to me at first. Now I love and look up to each one as themselves and not just their characters. Plus, Sutton Foster is just amazing!

6) It’s realistic – Nothing crazy really happens (like magic or murders). Instead, it’s all about real life experiences and problems and stuff like growing up. It is not boring at all and is actually very refreshing and different from every other TV show I’ve seen.

7) Watching the characters grow – It’s nice being my age and watching a show where people really do grow up and mature and change their lives (even at Michelle and Fanny’s age, ha ha).

Bunheads will never get old for me and I think it will always be as comforting and wonderful to me as when I watched it the first time. Even though it was cancelled last year. I am thankful for 18 incredible episodes. Please watch it. I know you won’t be disappointed!

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Art Class

Tomorrow is the deadline for my distance ed art class.  I really enjoyed it, though it did stress me out a bit.  I love being challenged and this really pushed my creativity.  It gave me a good excuse to sit and draw all afternoon!  I’m not very good, but I liked learning some new techniques and reasonings behind art.

For my final project, I need to do an exhibition displaying some of the art work I created during my class.  I decided to create an Instagram account and posted the pictures there.

I would really appreciate it if you would take time and like and maybe comment on my pictures.  I love getting feedback and my project is due tomorrow.  I’d be more than willing to check out and follow your account if you like!

Thanks!

My user is: artbyharper5

 

http://instagram.com/artbyharper5

I’m Only Human

I love this song by Christina Perri. It makes me feel good about myself and my imperfections and reminds us that we all have flaws.

 

Why I’m so Sad that The Carrie Diaries was Cancelled

For though of you who don’t know, The Carrie Diaries has been cancelled. Possibly one of my favourite tv shows of all time has been destroyed after only two seasons. Here are some of the things I am going to miss about TCD.

1) Carrie – I feel like she is one character on TV I can connect with. Especially in the early first season. She’s just discovering the world and has so many darn thoughts in her head at all time! Plus, her wardrobe is to die for. Plus she is played by one of my biggest role models, Annasophia Robb.

2) The 80-ness – Probably my favourite parts. The clothes, the music, the furniture and cute quirks like their phones! I love the music so much. It just puts me in a TCD mood.

3) Sebastian Kydd – Have you seen his hair? Enough said.

4) Dorrit and Mouse – I love Dorrit. She is so rebellious and hilarious, but such a teddy bear inside. And Mouse is just awesome. She shows girls that being smart can get you guys and doesn’t intimidate the good ones.

5) The cheesy but completely relatable and heartfelt morals at the end of each episode

Did you watch TCD? What are you going to miss?