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The Must Have Coach Travel Accessories

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Traveling can be hectic, difficult, and include lots of walking so when traveling one must have the best travel bag, shoes, and wallet. I have picked the perfect travel accessories from Coach.com. These accessories are must haves for travel in large cities like New York City, Paris, or Milan. My picks are fashionable, versatile, provides convenience, and most importantly they provide comfort and ease when traveling.

For the bag, I picked the Chelsea Hobo 32 in Polished Leather. It is the perfect bag because you can carry it in two ways. You can wear it over the shoulder, close and snug to you or you can use the longer strap and carry it as a crossbody. Crossbody bags are great for travel because your hands are free to carry shopping bags, camera, and phone. The style is hobo chic and can go with casual or semi formal travel clothing. I chose black because the color will match many other colors. The bag is priced at $325, a great bargain for a high-end brand bag.

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I chose the comfortable classic sneakers for shoes called C101 Low Top Sneakers. They are the perfect travel shoes because they are great for walking long distances. The leather gives it a sophisticated look and it goes perfectly with the Chelsea Hobo bag. The shoes will go great with jeans or black slacks. The shoes are priced at an affordable $295.

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Now for the perfect wallet, I chose the Accordion Zip Wallet in Polished Pebble Leather with Willow Floral. I chose this wallet because it matches perfectly with the shoes and bag and it is an accordion zip meaning your things will not be in danger of falling out because it zips all the way around. It is a large wallet so it can contain your must haves for travel such as IDs and credit cards. The wallet can fit 12 credit cards and you can store your bills lengthwise. It also has a zipped coin compartment. Another feature of the wallet that you will love is it can fit an iPhone 7 or a Samsung S7 Edge. The wallet is priced at $275, a great buy.

Check out the Chelsea Hobo bag, C101 Top Sneakers, and Accordion Zip Wallet on Coach.com. These three picks will ensure your travel runs smoothly while you looking stylish. Coach also has other options for a crossbody bag, sneakers, and accordion zip wallet that you may fall in love with.

Be the Pillar of Your Community Not The Woman From the Page of a Magazine

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Growing up I always read magazines. I started reading Seventeen magazines when I was in middle school. What I learned from all of these magazines was that I needed to look good to attract a boyfriend or be liked by my friends. At an early age of about 14 years old I started being very conscious about how I looked.

I spent my weekends at the mall with my friends shopping and going to every single store to find THE OUTFIT. I looked for the perfect outfits in Express, Wet Seal, Gap, and Old Navy. I saved the money I earned from babysitting and doing chores around the house to buy all of these clothes. I was proud of my clothes. I would wear them during days when we didn’t have to wear a uniform. I would strut around in school and flaunt my new brightly colored plaid skirt.

I also started wearing makeup in middle school. Yes, I know it was a very young age to start wearing makeup daily, but that’s what I learned from the Seventeen magazines I read. It basically said in bold letters all over its pages that if I did not wear makeup I was never going to get a boyfriend and my friends would think I was ugly so wear makeup it was.

High heels were another must have for me when I was in middle school. I used to wear chunky heeled loafers during uniform days and chunky heeled MIA sandals during non-uniform days. I envied girls that could afford brand name shoes. I remember during those days chunky heeled Guess sneakers were the end all and be all of all shoes, but they cost $100 and of course, I could not afford them.

Another must have during middle school that I did not own were Coach and Dooney and Bourke purses. I don’t know if you readers out there know, but Coach and Dooney and Bourke purses typically cost $200 and my parents refused to shell out the cash for either of those brands. So I begged and begged, but alas no Coach and Dooney and Bourke purses for me. I tried to save my money for the purses, but I did not make enough from babysitting or my chores so I never did get to own a Coach or Dooney and Bourke purse in middle school.

Why am I writing about this? Well I just wanted to let some of my readers out there especially young women that from a young age we are programmed by magazines to be conscious of our looks from clothes, to makeup, to shoes, and to purses and this is something that most girls go through in their formative years as a teenager and they carry it on to adulthood.

To this day I try to buy nice clothes, makeup, shoes, and purses. Yes, I now mostly shop at Walmart or Target and have let go of the high-end brand names, but still, I am very conscious about how I look because of the magazines I consumed and still do consume. From January 2015 to September 2016 I lived in the Philippines and did not have access to fashion magazines and I have to say I stopped caring so much about how I looked. I started dressing in comfortable t-shirts, boy shorts, and just plain old flip flops. I stopped wearing makeup and my purse was a hand me down purse my aunt in England sent me.

I noticed that without being bombarded daily by the media about how I must look I became a woman that took pride in not how she looked, but how her attitude and behavior affected others. I realized when I was in the Philippines that people didn’t like me so much for how I looked and that they liked me simply because I was nice, caring, funny, and giving.

I grew to be a stronger woman in the Philippines and I would have to thank my grandmother who served as a role model for me. My grandmother or Lola as I call her is a pillar for our village and not because she is the senora of the village who dresses in beautiful clothes, but because she cares about the people who live in our village. Many of our neighbors go to her when they have problems. Lola gives them advice and sometimes gives them help monetarily. Being around my Lola made me realize that the woman to be was not the woman from a page in a magazine. Lola was the woman I needed to become in order to be loved and truly make a change in people’s lives for the better.

Now I’m not trying to say stop wearing nice clothes, stop wearing makeup, just wear flip flops, and carry hand me down purses. That’s not it because actually soon I’ll be posting fashion type blog posts, but what I am saying is that material things do not make you the woman you want to be. Your attitude, behavior, and your empathy are what people care about. They don’t typically care that much about your looks, but how you are as a friend to them.

Scholastic Art Contest

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During the summer of my junior year in high school, I took a photography class at Rochester Institute of Technology. I learned how to use a 35mm camera. I was taught all about aperture, camera speed, film speed, how to develop black and white film in the darkroom, and how to print them in the darkroom. It was an awesome class and I learned lots.
 
I took lots and lots of pictures. Those pictures were then shown to my art teacher during my senior year in high school and he encouraged me to enter them at a Scholastic Art contest. I picked my favorite photographs and entered them. I ended up winning the Gold Key and $100. At that time $100 was a large amount for me so I was ecstatic.
 
I do not have all of those photographs anymore except one, but I did have them all up until 2016. I scanned in all of the photographs that I entered in the Scholastic Art contest and kept them on file in my computer. In the spring of 2016, my computer crashed. It had to get its logic board replaced so all of my files were lost.
 
Luckily one of the photos I had given to my manager from my old job in Rochester because she knew the model in the photo. I recently messaged her to see if she still had it and she did. Here it is up top. It was a photograph of a cat with feet in the image. I just wanted to take the photo of the cat peeking at me but there were also feet so I just framed it in the rule of thirds.
 
The photograph is awesome. The cat is adorable. I am so glad I scanned in this image and emailed it to my manager. She’s a lifesaver. She always does favors like this for me. It makes me want to get back to shooting more photographs even if it’s just using my tablet’s built-in camera.

How to Blog Schoology Lesson I Created

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I created a new How to Blog Lesson in Schoology. Schoology is a wonderful site to use to upload lessons because your students can easily add your class by entering the access code in the green box in the left hand side. Your students can then read the links you have posted and then do their assignments. Afterwards you can give your student a grade. Here are the various links and assignments I posted on my lessons page.

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WordPress works well with Schoology because you can create blog posts that you can then password and then give the password to your students. The blog posts I have created guide my students on how to blog. I also have a travel blog called Diligent Traveler that is linked from my How to Blog Simplified Version blog post that shows the students how I created a travel blog.

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Here is the first assignment. It is called Blogging Lesson 1.

  1. Read all the links posted on Schoology. They are links to my blog and they cover topics about blogging: https://marielawlorgraphicdesign.wordpress.com/category/how-to-blog/
  1. Watch the video tutorial in the blog: https://marielawlorgraphicdesign.wordpress.com/category/how-to-blog/.
  1. Create a WordPress account.
  1. Write a blog post in your WordPress account about your city.
  1. Insert a photo in your blog post.
  1. Create a short video about your city in iMovie or any movie editor of your choice.
  1. Upload the movie into Youtube.
  1. Embed the link into WordPress page.

Rubric:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0QHEa9yQ_WzYk1kUnRONW5hNEU

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Here is another assignment. It is called What did you learn from the How to Blog Links. It is a discussion assignment.

Briefly discuss what you learned from the How To Blog link: https://marielawlorgraphicdesign.wordpress.com/category/how-to-blog/

Reply to each other’s discussion posts.

View this link to see the rubric for the discussion: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0QHEa9yQ_WzSXhLZzZRY1lONmc/view?usp=sharing

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Here is another assignment. It is called Critique a Blog Post.

Critique at least 2 classmates blog post. Talk about whether you thought their blog was successful. Why was it successful? If you did not think their blog was successful, tell us why you did not think it was successful and add some possible improvements they can make.

Here is the link to the discussion rubric: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0QHEa9yQ_WzUkdMaDMxVkhsU3M/view?usp=sharing

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Here are the rubrics. Rubrics are important because they allow you and your students to measure how well a student is doing. The rubric I have created for assignment one allow me to grade my student in a grade scale from zero to 80. For the second and third assignment I have used a grading scale that is less formal and they are a grading scale of unacceptable, good, and excellent.

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Check out my video about Schoology:

Reviews Make a Great Blog Post

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One of the reasons you can start a blog is to share your reviews about something. Reviews make great blogs posts. My favorite blogs, Migrationology.com and iLovetypography.com have many review posts. Migrationology.com reviews places to eat all over the world. What makes this blog great are the videos and photos that go along with it so you can really see what the food is like. You can also see the blogger’s expression of how good the food tastes by watching the videos.

iLovetypography.com has many reviews on fonts. This site has become a go to site for graphic designers looking for type ideas. When you go to this blog you can see all sorts of new, up and coming trends of fonts you have never even heard of. When you go to this site you can look at the fonts you like then you can also click on links so you can purchase the font you like.

If you visit my other blog DiligentTraveler, you will find a blog filled with reviews about hotels and restaurants in Davao City. I was not paid for the posts, but there are ways you can get paid to post reviews. I suggest Googling how to get paid for your reviews if you decide to do reviews. The reason people love to read hotel reviews is because they can get a good idea about a hotel or a restaurant from a blog post.

They can learn about the hotel I am writing about by just reading my blog post, viewing the pictures I have posted and viewing my Youtube videos embedded on my blog posts. Below is a video I made of my stay at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.

I hope you enjoyed my How to Blog Lesson for the day, stay tuned for more lessons.

Photoshop Collages

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Graphic design has always been my passion, but during my spare time, I like to create mixed media art.  I typically create paintings and drawings then collage them together using Photoshop.  I also like to collage my photography work to represent an abstract idea.  Here are some examples of my mixed media art work.

These pieces were digitally collaged in Photoshop.  The orange painting is an acrylic painting with a drawing of old headphones collaged on top.  The red painting is a gouache painting with a drawing of a bamboo plant collaged on top.

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Here is another collage artwork below. This image is a self portrait I took during my undergrad years at RIT.  I then collaged it with a drawing of flip flops.  I think combining paintings, drawing, and photographs together allows the artist to create artwork that is new and intriguing.

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Here is another drawing of a spray bottle, a drawing of a flower, and a gouache painting collage in Photoshop below:

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Here is another collage below.  It is a collage of a black and white photograph and a drawing of a perfume.  I also colorized the black and white photograph using the selection tool.

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Here is another collage below.  It is a Photoshop collage of an image of a waterfall and a drawing of a wine glass.

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Check out this short video I made explaining how I made the Photoshop Collages images.

Posting Tutorials on Your Blog

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Everyone loves a good tutorial. I’ve posted tutorials on my blog in the past and they have gotten many views. When posting a tutorial, make sure to clearly outline how to do a certain thing. A good example of a written out tutorial is from my blog post called Polaroid Frame Tutorial.

I write about how to create a Polaroid frame effect for photos. I include images so that the viewer can see how I do photo editing. When doing a tutorial blog post, you can also add a video. Videos are better because you can clearly see each step of the process. Here is a video tutorial example that I included in my blog. It’s a video tutorial on how to use iMovie.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Make sure to make a tutorial post on your blog if it calls for it and of course, be sure to add images and video to help your reader understand the tutorial. View this iLoveTypography post on how to create a font. It’s a good example of what a tutorial blog post should look like. It has great pictures and I like how it outlines the different ways to make a font.

How To Blog Simplified Version

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Written By: Marie Therese Lawlor

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An example of a good blog post.

Visit my blog post on Diligent Traveler to see a good example of a good blog post: https://diligenttraveler.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/my-trip-to-japan/

Topic: First find a topic that you are passionate about.  Make sure that the topic is specific and not too broad.

Length: The length of the blog post will vary.  It depends on what you are writing about.  The important thing is to make sure that it is not too long because the audience might find it tiresome to read your blog post.  It is important to include details, but not too many details.

Voice: When writing a post make sure to have a voice that addresses the reader.  You can write as if you are writing to a friend.  This type of writing is more personal and grabs the reader’s attention.

Images: Photographs are a great addition to your blog post.  It adds interest and information.  Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Check out the images on my blog post.

Video: Videos are even more attention-grabbing than images.  Videos can convey information, make the audience laugh or cry and of course, keeps the audience’s attention.

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I posted videos on my blog post.

How to blog example:

Take a look at my blog post titled Traveling Is Not About the Destination

Topic: Travel
Travel is a topic I am passionate about.  I love traveling and afterward sharing the stories about my travels as well as sharing photos and videos. This blog post is about my journey to the Philippines and being stuck in Tokyo, Japan because of a flight delay. It is a specific topic and it is not too broad.

The Length: The length of my blog post is a few paragraphs long and gives information and details, but it is not too long that it tires the reader out.

Voice: When I am writing I imagine I am talking to a friend.  This type of method works because it eases me and keeps me from being too detailed. I never want to bore a friend.

Images: I have posted a few images that apply to my blog post and more specifically the paragraph it is under.  I have also added captions to the images that give the reader extra information.

Video: I have created videos about my trip to Japan.  These videos let the reader see a new side of Japan.

Here are the videos I created about my trip to Japan:

Here is another video I have on my blog post and it is a video of me talking about my trip to Japan on Photobooth: