My Body, My Choice

By: Nia Alavezos

I’ve donated to Planned Parenthood every month since the election. I will continue to donate money once a month for the next four years, and if I have to, the next eight. On the night of November 8th, a fire ignited in my soul through the tears and the anger; I was prepared to fight for my fellow women. I was prepared to fight for my fellow Americans. I was prepared to fight for the future of this country. Continue reading “My Body, My Choice”

Gerri Ferreyra | A 4k Fashionista

By: Gerri Ferreyra

Thinking back to the beginning, and looking at how far I have come is overwhelming. It reminds me of how no dream is too big and no hobby is too silly.

My Youtube channel was created in 2014, and I’ve been making videos inconsistently until  about six months ago. My channel was my outlet; it was extremely personal and nothing that I wanted to share. I was bullied when I was younger for many different things, but the infamous phrase I heard the most  was “anorexic.” I was force fed pudding at lunch and thrown around just so they could prove how petite I was. After I moved schools I discovered how amazing high school was. I wanted to create videos to share my experiences and assist people who were going through similar hardships. Although my previous experiences left me insecure about myself, I found that I could still express myself through fashion.

Gerri Ferreyra YouTube, Gerri1016
My love for fashion grew quickly and inevitably while the content I was creating changed. To me, fashion is not about wearing the most expensive brands, but about being comfortable with who you are. I wanted to express sense of comfortability to those who found or still find it difficult to be themselves because they were told what they should wear. I’ve learned that once you are confident in yourself that no one can bring you down. As my own confidence grew, my channel followed. I started getting sponsorships from brands such as Smile Brilliant, Scentbird, BodyBlendz and more. A company called Fandemic gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, to create my own beauty line which I happily accepted. The campaign was a success and the box was named after my beloved pup who passed away a month prior, KillerBeauty. People love feeling passion, so as long as you genuinely believe in what you are practicing someone will listen. YouTubers commonly make the mistake, where they have high expectations for views and profits soon after their first videos. People can see through these falsities. Always remember, people invest in the “why” because if you truly believe in what you are doing, they will too.

Follow Gerri:
Instagram @itsgerri
Twitter @itsgerri

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My Love Affair With Solitude

By: Nia Alavezos

I love my solitude. In fact, I enjoy it way more than I should. I yearn for those moments alone while I’m stuck in traffic so I can get a few extra minutes with my thoughts before jumping head first into the workday. I always find myself cancelling plans with friends because the thought of giving up my precious alone time on the weekends sends shivers through my soul. Am I weird? Is there some unrooted problem that needs to be investigated because I love being alone so much? Should I go see a shrink? Probably, I’m almost 99.9% sure. I might even be crazy. But do I care? Absolutely not. Continue reading “My Love Affair With Solitude”

January 20, 2017 | From USA to “Trumpland”

By: Elizabeth Colombini

So we are quickly approaching the final stretch of the most publicized train wreck known to man as we witness the new president elect bulldoze his way into the White House (soon to be known as Trump White House and Casino). So far he has given us a glimpse of what the next four years are probably going to look like. His petty, childish, unfiltered opinions typed out in 140 characters at 3:00 a.m. for all the world to see is not what I would call Presidential-esque. But by now, many have witnessed Mr. Trump’s very unqualified skills as leader of this country.   Continue reading “January 20, 2017 | From USA to “Trumpland””

Holiday DIY Project | Wreath Chandelier

By: Manfred Joa

Can you believe it? The Holiday season has long since begun to take full form and we’re only two weeks deep into December! If you know either Julia or I, you’ll know that Julia’s already enormous obsession with Target pales in comparison to my indestructible love for Michaels. You’ll also know that I am a huge sucker for DIY projects and spend a lot of my free time knitting and crafting in general. What better way to bundle up for the Holiday season than to play with glitter and create DIY projects!  Continue reading “Holiday DIY Project | Wreath Chandelier”

Why I Have Literally One Friend

By: Bryanna Nieves

Throughout high school, I was what you could politely call an introvert. I thought I had some friends, but looking back now they were what I consider these days as just acquaintances. My record of zero boyfriends didn’t change until I was sixteen, irrelevant middle school relationships included. And to top it all off, I moved from Queens, New York to Carmel, New York during November of my sophomore year of high school. It, as my fifteen year old self would put it, blew. Continue reading “Why I Have Literally One Friend”

Daydream | A Music Review

By: Julia A. Morales

Anneliese McCarthy, a student at SUNY Purchase, released her EP on December 1, 2016. The 5 song, acoustic album has the ability to bring a soft, meditative feeling over the bodies of listeners. The choral hall reverb pays homage to the title “Daydream” as it penetrates the ears.

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Dear Brown Girls | You Are Magical

By: Simone Ritchie

Do not panic when you show up to your first day of school and no one looks like you. You will be swallowed up in the sea of light hair and fair skin and be lost in a crowd of people that look like Disney princesses. You will take honors courses and become a part of the handful of fellow dark-skinned students who “don’t belong.” One day, you will take a non-honors course with one of your white friends. On the first day of class, he’ll turn to you and say, “We’re the only white people in this class.” You’ll laugh because this obviously isn’t true, but you won’t say anything because deep down, this anchors you, no matter how hard you try to fight it. Continue reading “Dear Brown Girls | You Are Magical”

Sexy Saxophone | A Newcomer to the Game

By: Julia A. Morales

Loughlan McLean, an 18-year-old economics major at SUNY Purchase, wowed Daily Moda Creators Julia Morales and Manfred Joa in his audition for the Daily Moda Showcase. Sporting a silver saxophone, the quiet young man played along to the tune of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. His soulful playing took him all the way to the Daily Moda Talent Show, where he was voted as the best act by the audience. 

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