Confessions Can Help | Women’s History Month

CW: This post contains content about mental health and sexual assault. Resources are the bottom of page.

A lot of people are probably “still processing last March,” as the memes say. However, I think this month is already pretty monumental, especially for women. It is Women’s History Month, after all. With that being said, we should celebrate women every day. After a tumultuous year, and one year since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, we may have even more to celebrate.

On Sunday night, while chowing down on my bacon cheese fries from Classic Pizza, my mom and I were watching Oprah’s interview with Meghan Markle and Harry. Simultaneously, social media was blowing up along with every word Meghan said. Mental health, I think, is something that wasn’t so much touched in the media, however. Mental health often goes unlooked, and I don’t know why I’m still surprised at the fact that people can be so inconsiderate to the topic. As a matter of fact, I just read an article about taking mental health days and why they seriously matter in terms of attaining clarity. You won’t get anything done with a clouded mind. And you definitely won’t get anything done when your mental health, at large, is going to sh*t. It’s even worse when you’re stuck in a toxic environment, like Meghan was. Markle begged for help, and the institution wouldn’t give it to her because it just “wouldn’t look good.” They lied to her when they said she’d be protected. Protection and security are ultimately what we, women, want in life, and that may look different for everybody. But needless to say, there are a lot of parallels to Meghan and Princess Diana. And boy, do I have a lot of opinions of Prince Charles. ūüė° Harry was absolutely right when he said he didn’t want that (still) raw piece of history to repeat itself. So, he didn’t let that happen to his wife. Harry really is the husband that Diana needed.

In third grade, I had a fascination with Oprah. This began with a Black History Month book report. Oprah was interesting to me because she was a “troubled teenager,” but you really have to understand why. She was molested by her father as a kid, and she additionally grew up impoverished. It wasn’t until the age of thirty-two that she became a millionaire. Something I didn’t know, was that she opened up the doors to “confession culture.” Huh. That’s maybe because self-help was frowned upon in the ’90s, at least that what’s conveyed to Charlotte in a Sex and the City episode. However, what Oprah probably had in the back of her mind, was that these so-called “confessions” could actually help people. That’s exactly what I aim to do on this blog, too. Personal experience does help people.

Nevertheless, I idolized Oprah in secret. I wanted to be a journalist until I was whisked away by outside distractions. I realize, now, that it’s women like Oprah who inspire me to tell stories and women like Meghan Markle who inspire me to convey parts of my story that were left untold.

Resources:

https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

Royal Wedding Fashion Paving Way For Summer Colors

I remember in eighth grade I willingly showed up late for school because I wanted to watch a piece of history: Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Now flashforward and I’m in college — fresh out of my (second) sophomore year, and I recall the presentation I had to do for my public speaking class; it was about the Royal Weddings. I chose that topic because it came at a perfect time: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Just think: you’re an American actress who was set up on a blind date with a prince. A PRINCE of all things considered! I still admire how humble Markle was during the process, such poise and such grace.

When doing this presentation, of course, the one topic I had to jump on was the fashion. Markle stuck to these traditions, even when Refinery29 said she may or may not wear a crown! But that’s just one tradition she stuck to. She carried the myrtle flowers and the late Princess Diana’s favorite flower, Forget-Me-Nots. And the couple made sure Princess Diana was not¬†forgotten during their special day.¬†She wore Queen Mary’s tiara and donned a veil with lace.

Now let’s talk about something else: her dress. She fooled¬†everyone¬†with her dress, but it actually made history. Some of my friends didn’t like her dress, but I thought it was very simple, very¬†her.¬†Hey, even Prince Harry said “You look amazing. I’m so lucky.” Cue the AWWWWSSSSS. I could say the same thing about her after-the-wedding dress. Prince Harry went ~modern~ with his velour jacket and bowtie.

*P.S. When I get married, I’ve decided I’m wearing a white or pink jumpsuit. I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS I HAVE FREE WILL.*

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Ceremony, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018

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LOOK AT THEM!

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Now, let’s talk about the guests. First, let’s start with the Her Majesty the Queen. She donned not just any green, but a neon green ensemble¬†with purple flowers and a purple broch. I couldn’t help but notice that her mother was also wearing a light green outfit, as well. Could these two be foreshadowing a possible summer color? Green? There’s no doubt that military green is in, but definitely would not be appropriate for a springtime wedding.

One wedding guest that never disappoints when it comes to fashion is Amal Clooney. She donned the color yellow and wore quite the hat, as all guests have to do.

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This sky blue that George Clooney is wearing is also another spring/summer color. Likewise, that pink that the woman behind him is wearing (and the stripes in his tie and matching handkerchief) is also a popular spring color this season that could make its way into the summer season.  Stripes, in general, are making their way back into the spotlight this summer.

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Markle’s good friend, Serena Williams, and Oprah Winfrey were also no strangers to this emerging color.

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Stay tuned for a post (who knows… maybe an article) about summer colors!

P.P.S. I don’t know about you, but weddings just have a way of making me believe in love ‚ô• Don’t you think? ‚ėļ

P.P.P.S. I do not own any of these photos***