my thoughts on tanning.

Okay, if you are one of those people who do not like rants, click that little X button in the corner because I don't want you to be offended. Or read on, I don't care really I guess.
But anyway.

Today's post is about something that is really near and dear to my heart.
Tanning. Or Melanoma/Skin Cancer.
One of my family friends just passed away yesterday from a very, very extreme case of Melanoma.
So before I go on with this post first let me explain what exactly Melanoma is. Okay?
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
Melanoma is not as common as other types of skin cancer. However, the rate of melanoma is steadily increasing as the years go on. Whether it is because of the use of tanning beds, or what, it's increasing. Though the risk of melanoma increases with age it has also been frequently seen in young people. So yes, that means that YOU are suseptable to getting it as well.

Here are some risk factors.

•Have fair skin, blue or green eyes, or red or blond hair
•Live in sunny climates or at high altitudes
•Spent a lot of time in high levels of strong sunlight, because of a job or other activities
•Have had one or more blistering sunburns during childhood
•Use tanning devices

Okay, there's the background. But do you fully understand what I am saying here? Okay, lets look at some of the symptoms, will we...
1. Tumors.
2. Fatigue.
3. Irregular moles and your body starts to become weak.
4. Death

That's right. Death. So those of you who think that it is "No Big Deal" to go out and tan for prom, just do some reasearch, look at some pictures, understand exactly what you are doing to your body. Especially those of you who are fair skinned.

I am seeing so many girls lately tanning like CRAZY. And though I am not going to judge them for tanning, it is ultimately their choice, but I do feel like they need to be thouroughly informed on what exactly they are doing to thier bodies. It really makes me sick when I see someone tan every day. It only takes ONE time to get skin cancer, and people do not understand that.

Yes, you look good tan, sure. But I'm pretty sure you'll look better alive.

Not to mention how many wrinkles you will have.

I don't know, I know I'll get a lot of dispute over this post, but I really don't care. I am posting this because I care about each and every single one of you reading this. 

I just keep thinking about that family friend that lost her life too early to stage 3 melanoma. She had TWELVE yes, twelve brain tumors at ONCE because of this cancer. 

I don't know, maybe I worry too much, or care too much. Take it as you may. 

Let me know your thoughts. And google pictures, I didn't want to put them in this post because they are a little nasty, but if you really want to see what happens, check it out. 

Rest in peace, Genia. 




Another outfit of the day. :)

dress: inlovewithfashion.com

shoes: maurices

extensions: proextensions.com - use the code "blog" for 10% off! 

earrings: illusy - http://etsy.com/shop/illusy



Yay! It's Spring! :) 

Here's what I wear. 

Shirt - Apricot Lane
Leggings - Missoni
Tank - American Eagle
boots - minnetonka
Earrings - Flat and Ilusy 
Watch - American Eagle
Hair Ties - Maddyloo

PLEASE, let me know if you like the videos. I want to know whether or not I should do them. :)

Have a great week! 



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Have a wonderful weekend, friends. :)



missoni nails.

Remember this post?

Well I had a lot of requests to do a tutorial for you guys, so here it is! 

What you need. 
1 base color (I used a tealy blue)
2 accent colors (I used purple and green)
1 black sharpie
Top coat
A toothpick

What you need to do.

1. Paint your nails with a base color. 
2. Take your sharpie and draw 2-3 zig zag lines on your nails. (If it gets on your skin, don't worry! It'll come off!)
3. Take one of your accent colors and put a dot on a magazine.
4. Take your toothpick, dip it into the nail polish "dot" to get nail polish on it. 
5. Follow the black zig-zag, so you have the same design, with the color on the toothpick. (2-3 times)
6. Do the same thing with the other accent color.
7. Apply top coat.
8. Take a picture and email it to Rach so she can see. :) 

There ya go! It seems a little difficult, but it is totally worth it! 

Have a wonderful week! 

PS: Email me if you are interested in sponsoring! Now taking April Sponsors! :)



hello april.

You know what time it is! 

Sponsor time, baby.

This next month is not only a beautiful month, and my birthday month, but also the PERFECT opportunity to start your sponsorship with So, hi! 

Yea, yea, I know, I know. Why should I choose So, hi to sponsor on?

1: Because it's awesome.
2: Because being a sponsor of So, hi means that you are an automatic friend of Rach.
and 3: SINCE it is my birthday month I am offering 5 bucks off of any sponsor spot, all you have to do is put my ad anywhere on your blog. :)

Let me hit you with some numbers, huh?

I have over 850 followers.
I have an average of 800 page views a day.
I had over 18,000 page views last month. 
and in the last year I had over 100,000 page views. 
these are all steadily growing, as well. I have been increasing page views and followers ever since I have started the blog and it has been more than successful. 

So here at the rates. 

XL - $25
Featured introduction post (As many links and pictures as you wish).
 Option for giveaway. Option for guest post.

 L - $20
Featured in group intro post (5 links, 3 pictures).
 Option for group giveaway.

 M - $15
Featured in group intro post (3 links, 2 pictures).
Option for group giveaway.

SM - $10
Featured in group intro post (1 link, 1 picture).

Al la carte
Guest post - $10 (You pick when you would like the post to be up.)
Giveaway - $5 (Again, you pick when and how long you would like the giveaway to run.) 

Get at me bro, rachg.423@gmail.com

PS: Haul comin' soooooon. And hopefully I'll be able to post a little more often, school is crazy. For real.





Here are some pictures of my trip! It was a BLAST. For real.

Good morning everyone.

"I'm a Lobster!"

The whole class at Shedd Aquarium.

She is a penguin.

At Edbebevic's!

The Bean.

Willis Tower! 

On the Skydeck! 

The Science and Industry Museum.

Navy Pier.

And the whole class of 2012!

It was a WONDERFUL trip, I wish I could go back. :) 

What's your favorite part of Chicago?