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The Truth About My Law School Applications

11th July 2019

If you’ve been a part of my life in the last two years, you would know how the law school applications process weighed heavily on my soul. My days consisted of constant LSAT (Law School Applications Test) studying, my weekends were consumed with full-length practice tests. I was consistently working on my application, writing and re-writing, proofreading and starting my personal statement from scratch over and over and over again. I was reaching out to law school students that I knew from my sorority, asking every single one their advice. On my 2-hour bus commute to and from the Governor’s Office, where I interned, I listened to podcasts on the law school applications process and LSAT strategies because I would get carsick if I tried to read. I was ALL in. 

And… even with all of that… I have to admit. The enrollment decision process was met with disappointment and sadness as I received several denials from schools across the nation. I was waitlisted from a school I had deemed as my “back up” option. My LSAT score was no where near where I had been testing during practice tests. This is all very hard for me to admit; I am someone who is tenacious and persistent, doing everything I thought I could to make it. And that’s just it… I did everything I could. I tried my absolute best, and at the end of the day, that’s all I can do. It was difficult at the time, but now I look back with pride and think: I did that. 

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Meet Paisley Raine

10th July 2019

Oh. My. GOODNESS, you guys. I am so excited for y’all to meet Paisley Raine, the newest addition to our family! Paisley is a four and a half month old Golden Retriever, and she’s so, so, so beautiful. We adopted her on Sunday in Tampa, Florida while we were touring apartments and the school that I’ll be attending in three weeks! 

Paisley has such a sweet, calm nature and she’s extremely low-key and observant. Nothing like her cousin, Gunner! Lol. Everyone remarks on how dainty and elegant she is, and let me tell ‘ya. She definitely has that elegant gal vibe going on. 

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Sustainable Practices and the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet and Profit

31st May 2019

Rachel Grace | Sustainability

When defining sustainability, many minds might jump to the idea of ecological sustainability – satisfying the needs of present generations without affecting the ability of future generations to fulfill their own needs. However, the environment and the natural resources it provides do not exist within a vacuum; there are people on this earth, and they tend to extract the resources on it. Because of this, a sustainable future only exists at the intersection of these three elements: planet, people and profit.

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The Truth Behind Your Favorite Cosmetic Brands: Greenwashing

22nd May 2019

The Truth about Your Favorite Beauty Brands | Greenwashing

I’m trying to be more environmentally conscious and mindful about the brands I choose to put my money towards. I love the idea that, with your money, you can vote for the type of world you want to live in. Don’t support unfair living wages? Don’t buy from that brand. Hate animal testing? Don’t buy from that brand. Really disagree with a business owner’s ethics? Don’t buy from that brand.

In a strategic communications course I took in the spring, one of our course topics was corporate social responsibility. We talked about how brands and companies contribute to the world around them, and how (specifically Millennials and Gen Zers) are more and more concerned with a brand’s mission and values. We want to buy from brands that contribute to a better world as a whole.

And… brands aren’t dumb. Brands know that we want cruelty-free products. They know we value products that don’t diminish the communities they’re produced in. These companies know we don’t want to spend our money to continue the cycle of poverty in third world countries. So what do they do? They use public relations and brand messaging to convey the good they do for our world, hoping that it will wipe out the mass production, cruelty, exploitation, etc. that they cause.

Greenwashing

Greenwashing is the act of brands and businesses to make unsubstantiated, misleading claims about the environmental benefits of their products. This tactic makes us believe that we’re making an impact with the products we’re choosing when it’s not proven that we are. It’s business. And it’s cruel.

These brands make claims that they are non-toxic, eco-friendly or natural, and in reality — they just aren’t. This is a marketing ploy that is used to swindle you into buying a product that is no better for the environment than the rest.

The Red (or Green?) Flags of Greenwashing

There are a ton of different strategic words these brands use in order to carry out this marketing ploy on us all. These terms are not regulated, meaning that a brand can literally use them even if it’s just not true. The reason for this is because most of these things are blanket subjective terms — what may be considered “natural” to you may not be “natural” to me. What distinguishes a pure product from another? Plant-based could mean that there’s one plant used or all plants used.

Organically Becca put together this list of “red flags” you should watch out for when you’re looking for products that are actually natural and good for the environment:

Botanical

Chemical-free

Dermatologist recommended

Earth-friendly

Extracts

Gentle

Green

Herbal

Mineral

Natural

Naturally essenced or fragranced

Oil-free

Organic

Paraben-free

Plant-based

Plant-derived

Pure

Raw

Sensitive

Sulfate-free

So, when taking a look at these products on the shelves in the store, be sure to take a peek at the back of the product. Read the ingredients for yourself. Are the ingredients things you recognize? Or are they mostly ingredients you don’t?

Ingredients To Look Out For

Concerning ingredients range from micro plastic to different types of oils that are completely decimating rainforests around the globe.

Here’s your short list of ingredients to keep your eyes peeled for:

(And here’s why)

Polyethylene (micro plastic)

Palm Oil

Chlorphenesin

Tetrasodium Edta

Ci 15850

Stearic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol

Cyclopentasiloxane (silicon oil)

Aluminum Hydroxide

Dimethicone Crosspolymer

Dimethicone

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Methylparaben & Propylparaben

Propylene Glycol

Disodium Edta

Petrochemicals

Syntheic colours

Fragrances

Preservatives

2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol

Diazolidinyl Urea

Butylphenyl Methylpropional

Ci 19140

Amodimethicone

Top Greenwashing Companies

It comes as no surprise, to me at least, that the top greenwashing brands in America are electricity and power brands. However, there are still so many beauty brands in particular that claim to be natural and organic, yet are far from it. They use green and white packaging, use alluring buzzword terms that sucker us all in.

The Method

I’ve included a short list for you, but then I’ve gone into more depth about the types of non-green qualities if you’re interested to see why I’ve included them in this list. Just remember: all of this is subjective. I myself am mostly concerned with animal testing and human exploitation, as well as unsustainable business practices and production. I’m not as concerned with the natural ingredients, although some of those practices have landed them a space here on this list as well.

The Short List of Greenwashing Beauty Brands

The following are not linked to products, but instead an explanation as to why they’ve been included on this list. Please click on a link to read a fellow bloggers’ deep-dive investigation into the unethical or unsustainable practices these brands are guilty of. 

  1. Kiehl’s
  2. Origins
  3. Aveda
  4. Aveeno
  5. Estee Lauder
  6. Moroccan Oil
  7. The Honest Company
  8. Arbonne
  9. Bio-Oil
  10. Covergirl Natureluxe
  11. Herbacin
  12. Herbal Essences
  13. Johnson’s Natural
  14. Josie Maran
  15. Jurlique
  16. Korres Natural Products
  17. LUSH Cosmetics
  18. Nivea Pure & Natural
  19. Organix
  20. Simple Basics
  21. Tarte Cosmetics
  22. The Body Shop

I’m going to go more in depth on a ton of these different companies as time goes on, but this seems like a good starting point to present the dangers and reality of greenwashing. Many of these companies are companies I personally have bought from; they’re raved in Sephora reviews and generate millions of dollars per year. However, just being aware of the harmful effects they have not only on the environment but your body as well can help to stop the mass consumption of these products.

Which brands would you like me to do a full deep-dive into first? ‘Cause you know that’s where I’m headed. Let me know in the comments!

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Xo,

Jade Nicole

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Racial Incongruence: My Experience

20th May 2019

photo by ophelia livs photography

Today, multiracial and multiethnic children are on the rise in America. As a multiracial individual myself, I have always been aware of the disconnect I experience as my social and self identities differ from one another. Many multiracial children and adults share this racial incongruence. In this post, I hope to share my experiences as a Filipino, Caucasian and Japanese woman. I hope to explain how my cultural experiences were quite confusing growing up as a result of this racial incongruence.

The family I grew up around identifies as mixed-race, as well, but they are Japanese-White. Many of them are white-passing. They did not share my identity exactly. Fielding questions about my racial ambiguity is a common experience for me, and has been my whole life. While none of these things impacted me detrimentally, I do feel that it allows me to open up about multiracial experiences and the nuanced, often incongruent realities of mixed-race children.

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