16 Things I've Learned in 2016 & A 2016 Round Up!

Photo courtesy of Katherine Braun
December 2016
      I know the general public's consensus is that 2016 was an awful year. We had a humiliating election in America and lost many talented artists both on the radio and the screen. I, on the other hand, had the craziest and most impressive year of my life. (Not to be a brag or anything) I've devised this lovely 2016 Round Up for the sole purpose of my audience, (you!), getting to know me a little better. Personal posts are a rare occurrence on Illusions of Elegance due to my unique blogging style (I prefer to talk about things that matter more to the entire world than things that just involve me). But, I'm always up for trying new things, and in the very least, it's beneficial for me to reflect on things that have happened in my life. 

Photo courtesy of Katherine Braun
December 2016

Photo courtesy of Katherine Braun
December 2016

16 Things I learned during 2016

1) Good taste in music attracts good people
2) You can do anything with the right connections
3) What's the worst that can happen? They remember you as that girl who had the guts to ______? Go for it. Your fear of looking stupid is wasting time
4) Having friends younger than you and older than you is priceless
5) Being licensed with a biweekly paycheck is the greatest thing in the entire world for a teenager
6) It doesn't hurt to stand out. 
7) Taking a chance on a show on Netflix can change how you see the world (aka television can be just as powerful as your favorite song)
8) Some people don't want to take a chance on the unique and choose the ordinary. They are losing the opportunity of a splendid adventure. 
9) You need to stop making excuses for why you aren't getting what you want, and go get it
10) Quality attracts quality and hard work pays off tenfold
11) Even God doesn't expect you to be perfect, stop beating yourself up
12) You don't need to please everyone, some people will just never understand. 
13) Getting a good night's sleep is more valuable than staying up late studying. Take care of yourself.
14) Never be ashamed of your ambition
15) You cannot feel bad about doing what's best for you. 
16) People will underestimate you. Let them. Because when you show them how accomplished you actually are, they'll be blown away (and feel like an ass). 

2016 Roundup - Individual Events With an Impact

3 Jobs - 1 Year           

     I'm a self proclaimed workaholic and a huge enthusiast for every job that I have. I think 50% of the photos I take are when I'm at work. Last January I was hired at my local bridal boutique. I am in love with my job and I talk about it constantly. 
    This September I was offered an internship at a local newspaper. I took it and started my repertoire of printed articles. It's tough to pick out topics from the daily grind, but I've had the opportunity to cover some really meaningful topics in my community. 
    A few weeks before Christmas, I was contacted by another local publication and offered a position. I'm really excited to be jumping on board there... it's an online platform which I'm obviously really comfortable with. 
     I also started up the journalism club at my high school and have successfully launched (with the help of many people) an online school newspaper. We are looking at expanding to a print version in 2017. I'm so happy that this brain child became a reality in such a short period of time. 
* names of publications aren't mentioned to protect my privacy, I mean, this IS the internet and I understand that anyone can read this. I just don't really want to be cyber stalked at this time, I hope that's understandable.

Loss of a Dearly Beloved Friend

     On January 27th, 2016 I had to say goodbye to the other half of my longest friendship and the boy I've loved the longest and arguably the most in my life: my cat, Big. He got sick for the first time in his life and it progressed quickly, leaving him too weak to eat or drink. My mom would put an IV with a bag of fluids in him just so he didn't dehydrate. He was in my life since I was in kindergarten, so obviously I felt a hole in my life early into the year. The day we put him down was the day I was hired at the bridal boutique. Funny how when one thing ends, another thing begins...


It's Not Easy Being Green: Pantone Names 'Greenery' Color of 2017

Pantone recently named "Greenery" the color of 2017. If you aren't familiar with the hype surrounding Pantone's Color of the Year, I've got you covered.
     Pantone, a house hold name for interior designers, is a company that, in the simplest of terms, creates colors. Pantone is most famous for their Pantone Color Matching System. The Pantone Color Matching System provides an array of colors for designers that stays the same through the planning process until the final product. Usually views of the true shade of a color can be skewed by the lighting it's being viewed in or a number of other factors. Pantone does a great job making sure that every time you see a color it's really that color. Confused yet? Me too. The color matching system also provides a systematic way of naming hues of different colors, including fluorescent colors and metallics, for easier reference. Some countries even use Pantone to refer to the exact color on their flags! 
Atelier Versace uses the colors of 2016
to create a showstopping couture
   Pantone's first color of the year was Cerulean in the year 2000. The color of the year is chosen by a group of color specialists from around the world. They get together for a top secret meeting to choose the best candidate for the color of the year. The color that the specialists choose goes on affect fashion and interior design for the rest of the year! 2016 was the first year to have two colors of the year. Those history making super stars are serenity and rose quartz. The calming duo makes for a surprising and very stylish color combination. Personally, serenity and rose quartz is one of my absolute favorite color combinations... I'm not getting over it any time soon although Pantone has already moved on.
The Color of the Year
for 2017: Greenery
  This week Greenery was announced as Pantone's Color of the Year 2016. It's just a matter of time until the Sephora x Pantone palettes hit the shelves... Initially I was appalled at Pantone's choice. Green? We had a green less than five years ago! But the key to really getting a feel for the color is understanding why it was chosen out of literally every color in the world. 
      So what is Greenery? Why is it worthy of being named the color of 2017? Greenery is a shade of yellow green that easily transitions from a statement color to a neutral. Pantone has included a guide to pairing colors with Greenery on their website. On Pantone's Greenery feature page, Pantone says, "Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate... A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality."
     Although the saying goes 'It's not easy being green', Pantone just made things a little easier for us all.